Top Moving Tips for Consumers
By Mickey Matteson, CRP, RISMedia Guest Columnist
Today you're probably finding yourself amongst more challenges than ever before. You are looking for ways to cut costs, cut down necessities, and still have everything that you want. Below are some tips to help cut down the cost of your move and at the same time get the service you need:
De-Clutter Now is the time to clean out your closet and get rid of anything that you don't need. That old heavy desk in the corner that is not being used and the treadmill that doubles as a clothes hanger. Having a garage sale or giving things to charity will help reduce the weight and cost of a move.
Get a 'Binding Not-to-exceed' estimate One of the costs contributing to a move is the weight of the shipment. With this estimate if your actual weight is more than the written estimate, you still pay for only the amount of the estimate. But if your actual weight is less than the estimate then your costs can go down.
Get full replacement 'valuation' coverage When you move, things can get damaged. This coverage is what will protect your goods in the event of any damage.
Do you need furniture assembly & reassembly If you have a large desk, entertainment center, or table that has to be taken apart and put back together, do it yourself to cut down on costs. If that is not possible then make sure the company you use has these services so that you can take advantage of them.
Get a reputable mover It is important to use a mover that is going to provide the level of service promised to you. Check out the better business bureau website to make sure they are what they say they are.
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