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Tips For Moving With Movers

Moving is an arduous and stressful endeavor. Professional movers provide an array of services to make the process as smooth as possible. They offer expertise in logistics, safety and equipment to safely and efficiently move items from your old home to your new one.

When choosing a moving company, check to see if they are licensed at the state and national level. Also, look for their U.S. Department of Transportation and motor carrier operating authority numbers. If you’re hiring a full-service mover, they should be willing to do a walk-through of your home before issuing an estimate. This means they should ask questions, take inventory and provide you with a booklet titled Your Rights and Responsibilities on Moving Day as well as an inventory list and bill of lading (if a long distance move).

Many movers provide packing, transporting, storage and crating services for homeowners, businesses and apartment complexes. They have specialized containers for antiques and artwork, and they are able to disassemble and reassemble large furniture pieces like beds or dining tables. Some movers will even do a complete home clean before packing, saving you the hassle of cleaning and dusting on your own.

Most movers will also disconnect and reconnect utilities such as your refrigerator, washer and dryer. Be sure to have your electricity, water, gas and internet reconnected before your movers arrive to avoid additional fees. If you’re moving long distance, the movers will likely disconnect and reconnect your appliances, but it’s best to do this yourself or have someone else do it.

If you have expensive or antique items, consider purchasing full value protection. This ensures that in the event of loss or damage, the mover will repair or replace your item or pay a cash settlement for it. Most movers will include this in your quote, but some will add it as an option.

It’s common to tip movers 5% to 15% of the total moving cost, although some companies include this in their pricing. Tipping isn’t required, but it’s a nice way to show appreciation for their service.

Due to the pandemic, movers are taking extra precautions to protect themselves and their clients. This includes wearing masks and gloves, sanitizing trucks and packing materials, and adhering to social distancing rules. They may also require a security deposit to cover damages or lost items, so be sure to inquire about this before hiring them. Some movers also offer special pandemic-related pricing.

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