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How Ready Are You to Buy a Home?

Determining Your Dream Home and Finding It!

Factory Built Homes Are Worth a Look

Purchase Manufactured Homes with FHA Loan

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Corner Lots

Know the Neighborhood Before You Buy

Tune in to an Open House on the Radio

Finding a Qualified Broker or Agent

Shopping for a Loan and Choosing a Lender

How to Improve Your Credit

How to Survive the Loan Application Process

Making an Offer and Signing Contracts

Cancel Your Contract in 3 Days

Understanding the Closing/Settlement Process

Choosing Home Inspection and Settlement Professionals

Double Check Your New Home - The Walkthrough

Know Your Consumer Rights

Seniors Have Many Housing Opportunities

Preparing for the Big Day -- Relocating Moving

Make Your Home Your Castle - Cost Effective Redecorating Ideas


Finding a Qualified Mover

What you should look for.

he Things to Check
It's your responsibility.

There are a few things you should look for when hiring a mover. The first is to check that the mover is licensed with the state's Department of Transportation (DOT). Be sure to check your mover's license certificate and call the DOT for verification. You may also want to check with the local Better Business Bureau to make sure he or she doesn't have any complaints filed.

Each company will structure their fees differently. It is a good idea to talk to a few companies to see how they work. As with any service professional, ask around for recommendations. You may have neighbors and colleagues who have moved recently and who can steer you toward a company.

Take a Good Look at the Estimate
It's revealing.

Another way to gauge a moving company is by the estimate they offer.

Remember that estimates are not guaranteed prices. They are ballpark figures. Your mover cannot give you a binding estimate over the phone or Internet. Be sure to note which items you will move or pack yourself and which you need help with from them. This will make your estimate even more accurate.

The Best Kind of Estimate
Be sure to get it...or get another company.

Most companies will give a "not to exceed" estimate following an on-site inspection. This estimate will have qualifying statements attached. If the conditions of the move change in any way, such as you don't finish packing and they have to complete it for you, the price will go up. If you cannot get a "not to exceed" estimate or a binding estimate, look for another mover. Always get the estimate in writing and look for the "not to exceed" qualifying statement.

Final Hint:

Look for moving companies that are established. Check how long they have been in business. Look for membership in professional associations or certifications from organizations.

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