Moving is one of those necessary evils of change. It is stressful and tiring and no wonder most people concentrate on everything else and forget about the mover. You need to also check on the kind of mover you will be working with. There are several questions you need to ask to be certain.
- Does the company know about and agree to abide by the terms of the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers? Does the company provide you with a pamphlet that outlines customer and mover rights and responsibilities, as well as written material regarding mover liability for loss or damage, optional programs available, limitations on liability and additional costs associated with each level of liability?
- Is the company insured? Ask them to provide you with the insurance company’s name and policy number.
- Does the company have their own equipment, or will a sub-contractor or another company be providing the service? Which company? What is their record like? Get references.
- Who will be providing services at the end of the move, such as unpacking, claims settlement, and storage? Is it the same as the original company, an affiliated van line, or someone else?
- If your belongings will be left overnight in a moving van, will the van be kept in a secure facility? Be sure to use a company that uses vehicles designed for household goods moving and storage.
Since moving is a pain somewhere it is important to ensure that it is not a pain to your pockets. One way of ensuring you do not spend much during relocation is ensuring you move during off peaks periods. Charges are lower then. Also weigh your options.
If possible, try to move during non-peak periods. Demand spikes during the summer because children are out of school and parents are scrambling to get into their new place before the new academic year starts. The first and last days of the month — especially around Sept. 1 in a college town — are peak moving periods, too, as leases expire and renters swap apartments.
Can’t move in the fall or winter? At the least, try to avoid holidays, weekends, and the beginning and end of the month to avoid paying a slight premium.
And don’t forget to solicit the services of a sitter for your little ones and furry friends.
Do Your Homework
Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring someone, weigh your options and look for promotional offers. But don’t wait until the last minute to shop around or the quotes you receive for both truck rentals and professional movers could be steeper if demand is higher.
Every year many people relocate to different parts of the country. Most of the moves occur without any incident but the number of complaints is rising steadily. This therefore necessitates the need of protecting oneself from moving scams and there are several signs to look out for.
Phoning it in
A mover who doesn’t insist on an on-site inspection of your household goods is giving you a sight-unseen estimate — and those are usually too good to be true. Homeowners typically have considerably more belongings than they think they do, and good estimators aren’t looking at specific items as much as guesstimating their bulk and weight. (A queen-size bed with no headboard or footboard weighs far less than one with an ornate, heavy wood frame.) Moving prices are based not only on mileage, but on the weight of your belongings and the amount of room your goods take up in the truck.
The cursory glance
An “estimator” who does a quick walk-through of your home without opening cabinets and taking note of exactly what you plan to move is going to be way off the mark. A good estimator will ask you questions (“Are you planning to move all the food in your pantry, or will you eat it before you go?” “Are you planning a yard sale to get rid of anything; if so, what?”).
It’s incumbent upon you to give as much information as possible (“We’ll be buying a king-size bed here to take with us, so add on that cost,” or “I’ll be donating these 20 shelves of books to the library, so don’t include those.”) Thousands of people each year have their belongings held hostage by scam artists who low-ball your quote, then refuse to deliver your belongings until you’ve paid them hundreds or thousands of dollars more — in cash.
Sourced from: http://www.moving.com/articles/promover/moving-scams.asp