Some Important Moving FAQs
There are a lot of moving FAQs that come up when you’re getting ready to move to a new place. What should you have on your moving checklist? Are you concerned about the budget for your moving costs? How are you going to get the packing materials that you need in order to get prepared for your experience? At Moving APT, we can answer all of those questions and more, helping you to get every one of the resources that you need in order to make your cross country move as simple as it possibly can be.
As you start to get ready to move, you have to put together some sort of a budget in order to make sure that you can get everything done the right way. In order to figure out your moving costs, you have to know a few factors.
These include looking at your moving checklist so that you know the number of goods that you are moving, going over what sorts of packing materials that you may need to keep things safe, and knowing just how far you are going to be moving.
Put this all together and you’ll have an approximate budget to work with.
Keeping everything in mind for your move can be difficult; we can help you to put together a complete moving checklist so that you can start the process of moving without stressing yourself out too much.
Our checklists may include things like cleaning up your current home, working out what packing materials you have to purchase, and sorting through everything so that you know what you’re keeping, what you’re tossing, and what you’re donating or selling before your move.
These lists will make the process more organized and efficient, allowing your move to go much more smoothly than it would have otherwise.
Everyone has different needs when it comes to packing materials, and at Moving APT, we want to help you to figure out what it is that is necessary.
If you have a lot of fragile items that need to be secure, you’re going to want to have different materials for packing than you would if you were packing up a lot of toys.
Inventory what it is that you are going to be moving and then let us know! From there, we can help you decide what materials to purchase and how to get it ready for your cross country move.
This depends on the nature of the moving estimate provided, whether a non-binding or a binding moving. A mover is not obligated to give a moving estimate to a shipper. However, if a customer requests a moving estimate via the phone or internet, and the mover tagged it as an ‘estimate,’ it must be presented in writing. The mover may offer a binding or non-binding moving estimate, and the estimate must state with all clarity its type, whether binding or non-binding.
If possible, endeavor to make your move away from the summer months or during the month-end. A lot of moving companies charge higher rates for moves performed during these seasons. Try to relocate in the middle of the month. Movers are mostly busy on the first and last days of every month.
Usually, when moving, situations require goods to be put into storage. When this happens, there are various storages that you may consider, and it is therefore very important to know how your mover’s liability for your goods may be affected when placing them into storage.
Even though a claim should be filed as soon as you can, you have 9 months from the delivery date to file a claim. This implies that the claim should get to the movers by 9 months from the delivery date, not valid by midnight on the final day of the 9 months.
If you haven’t received a claim form from the mover, there is no need to wait for it. Waiting to file after the 9 month period implies that the claim will be considered late by the court.
Be available when the movers show up. Talk about the delivery arrangements with your mover. Strip your beds and get them ready for packing. Save your strength and allow the moving crew to disassemble the items for you.
Go through the bill of lading before signing it and keep a copy of it after signing. And lastly, inform your mover how to contact you at your destination.
Let the mover knows where you can be contacted while on the move to your new home. This will make sure that the movers can always contact you if they encounter any problems.
Leaving the packing task to highly trained packers who specially designed boxes and material is important to a successful move. Arrange packing with the mover a few days to your move before loading the moving truck. If you take the self-pack route, now it is still better to start.
While you surely can save more money packing yourself, movers will not often take liability for damage to belongings that you packed yourself. Some of your household appliances may need servicing before moving. Your mover can arrange these services for you.
Although your moving boxes will be labeled with content stickers, write your name boldly on the sides and top of each moving box. This will ensure easy identification of your items as they are unloaded from the moving truck. And indicate the box that contains delicate items. That will ensure you know the boxes to check first for possible damage during delivery.
If the mover didn’t show up for pickup and delivery on the date you both agreed, and you had to spend extra on things you wouldn’t have, you may be able to get back the expenses from the mover from what is called a claim of the inconvenience of the delay.
Ask your mover before the day of your move for the payment or other arrangements they have for you if they delay your shipment unduly and the fault is theirs.
If you are being provided a non-bonding estimate, the charges given by your mover on your shipment must be determined by the exact weight of the shipment. Your mover may not have the legal right to charge transportation on shipments with non-binding moving estimates on cubic feet, time, volume, or any other basis except for weight.
Also, shipment weight is the only required basis for charges recognized by the federal government and must figure out on a scale certified by the state with a duplicate of the ticket from the weigh master given to you as support for the final invoice.
Out of state charges are determined by the weight of your goods and the distance of your move and are often subject to an increased level of liability by your moving company in case you have a claim.
Charges for international moves are determined by combining the land changes between the two homes and the ports, the ocean shipping between the ports, and any extra portage, customs, or handling charges that may apply in each country involved in the move.
Moving companies offer different kinds of services for variety. We suggest you speak with different movers to make a comparison of their services. Ask your family, friends, and neighbors to share their experiences with their recently used movers.
After gathering a few names of movers, check to see if they belong to any national or state relocation associations like the American Moving and Storage Association. You can also check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or any other consumer organizations in your area.