Planning out a move entails seeking out and hiring the right moving company. Booking a moving company usually occurs right after you receive a reasonable estimate. Booking the services alone, however, isn’t the final step. In fact, there are six additional steps you should take once a deposit or full payment on the booking is made.
#1 – Set up the exact time and date for the move.
It would seem to be a proverbial no-brainer to set up a specific date for the move. Not everyone pins down the exact time for the move. Knowing the exact time when the moving truck plans to arrive allows you to coordinate your own steps after things are packed on the truck.
#2 – Determine who does the packing.
Moving companies don’t just move your belongings. They frequently offer services for packing the items. Requesting the moving company handles this duty could be the best decision. Improper packing might lead to damaged property. All that can be avoided if an experienced person handles the packing.
#3 – Double-check to make sure the company would be willing to move certain items.
A moving company likely has specific policies regarding things it just won’t move. Hazardous materials, in particular, probably won’t be accepted by the movers. Other things banned things might not be so obvious. If you wish to move, say, rare artwork or collectibles, make sure the moving company is willing to accept the items. If not, then you must look into courier shipping services to move such things.
#4 – Review the liability policies that come with a standard moving contract — if any.
No matter how much care the movers take, things can and do go wrong. What happens if another vehicle crashes into the moving truck seriously damaging your belongings? The moving company should offer a policy that limits liabilities to address any losses. Review the company’s policy options or, if necessary, look towards a third party for options.
#5 – Plan a reception for the moving company.
Someone has to be there to accept the belongings when the moving company arrives. When you won’t be able to, be sure someone else will be. The moving company does need to deliver your items to someone. Leaving the contents of a four-bedroom on the front lawn of a new residence wouldn’t be the best plan.
#6 – Find out about communications and tracking.
With long distance moves, you might be worried about how well the transport takes place. Usually, the moving company provides a cell phone number to the driver. Or, the dispather could act as the point person for any inquiries. Determine how you can contact the moving truck if necessary to keep stress levels low.