There are many myths out there about moving. These will help identify some of the misconceptions out there, so your moving experience can be better planned, saving you time, and money in the long run.
ALL CONTAINERS ARE THE SAME FOR MOVING:
Moving boxes are specifically made for packing, carrying, and holding the weight of heavy items. You should always use quality boxes to make sure your items are protected. Many moving/storage companies will sell moving kits, and many online box companies sell them too. ( and will ship directly to your home)
I DON’T NEED TO PURCHASE MOVING INSURANCE:
“If the movers drop it, it will be covered” is definitely far from the truth. All states have standard movers liability for each moving company whether it is a local move, or long distance move. If you do not purchase additional coverage, depending on the state, your goods are released at $.30 cents or $.60 cents per lb, for local (depreciated value), and interstate (replacement value)usually with a deductible). Make sure you know your coverage options, otherwise your remedy may be limited. Also with electronics, if the mover did not drop it, it is considered mechanical condition unknown (not proven if it worked before it was moved, and most moving companies will not test electronics).
MOVERS WILL REPLACE ITEMS IN BOX IF BROKEN AND THEY MOVE IT:
If the moving company did not pack it, and there is no damage to box, it will most likely not be covered (packed by owner or PBO). If the box is still intact, there is no way to determine if the box was packed properly, (if not professional packed).
LABELING AND INVENTORYING ITEMS ARE A WASTE OF TIME:
While this may take you more time in your initial packing and sorting, this will save you hours and hours when it comes to looking for items, especially if you need something right away.
I DON’T HAVE TO PAY MOVERS UNTIL ALL THE BOXES ARE UNPACKED:
Most moving companies are C.O.D, unless, a corporate account. Some companies will collect payment before the truck is completely unloaded, or upon arrival at destination to ensure payment is made.
EXPECT ITEMS TO BE BROKEN:
This is not true, especially if you hire a reputable professional moving company. Accidents do happen, but most reputable companies do background checks, and know who they are sending to your home. That is why it is always a good idea to make sure you check references, get referrals. The companies are there to make sure your items arrive in the manner they were picked up.
MOVES CANNOT BE PLANNED:
It is always best to plan your move well in advance, and don’t wait till last-minute to hire your mover. Do your research, eliminate items, get quotes, get references, pack ahead of time. Waiting till the last day can make your day disastrous because you never know what could lie ahead of your day.
GETTING QUOTES IS A WASTE OF TIME:
Every moving company is different, and may have different rates and different services offered. Don’t assume everyone does the same thing. Make sure you know what you should expect to pay, and what services you will be receiving if hiring a professional moving company. Remember cheapest is not always the best option.
ALL MOVERS ARE THE SAME:
WRONG! This couldn’t be farther from the truth, there are reputable moving companies, and there are “rogue” moving companies out there. Always make sure to check better business bureau ratings (and # of complaints), get references, and referrals from friends and family.