Moving companies speak their own language.
You need to know how to speak the jargon to understand what you are
getting yourself into.
Here are just some of the phrases and words you will
hear once you start looking for a moving company:
Now Let's Look at some
Pitfalls to Avoid:
1. Not getting an on-site estimate could mean you
don't have an accurate estimate. Most moving companies offer free on-site estimates.
Take several up on that offer so you can compare. Be sure to give the same information
to each company.
2. Not following a list of action items leading up to
your move can mean forgetting some key things. Make a list and follow it�or use
ours as a guideline checklist.
3. Not being organized will get you every
time. Moving is nothing but organization. Without it, you will spend half your
time searching for things and the other half trying to clean up the mess you created
4. Packing essential items is a big pitfall. This is so
easy to do if you don't have a place the entire family knows is off limits to
a box. Try cleaning out the linen closet and giving everyone a shelf for "not
to pack" items. This list should always include passports, official papers, checkbooks,
medicines and the like.
5. Not checking the moving company's license with
your state's Department of Transportation and the Better Business Bureau.
Not getting several estimates and not insisting on a "not to exceed" estimate
are both pitfalls to avoid. The "not to exceed" estimate protects you. Interviewing
several companies gives you the best deal.
7. Not considering ALL the costs
associated with a DIY move, including the boxes, van, pizza, etc. You may find
that hiring a local mover is just as inexpensive and eliminates all the heavy
lifting! Can't argue with that.
8. Not being ready for the mover on moving
day. If you are not completely packed, it will cost you extra. Be ready.
Not reading your insurance coverage for the move carefully enough. You want to
make sure your stuff is covered completely. You may also want to check your existing
homeowner's insurance to see if it will cover the move.
10. Not paying
the moving company because it was a bad move. This is never a good idea. You are
still legally obligated to pay for the service, regardless of how bad. Now you
can negotiate with the company for a reduced rate or file a complaint with the
local Better Business Bureau�but you can't just not pay.
You Are All
You can talk, compare estimates, and insure your property. All
that's left is taking our quiz. Then you can move on to the final module: Make
Your Home Your Castle: Cost-Effective Redecorating Ideas.
to test your knowledge.
It's a good idea to take a quick quiz to be
sure you're retaining the course material. Be sure to review the sections of the
course related to your WRONG answers!
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