Look here Mr. Fancypants, just because you can afford something doesn’t mean you should necessarily pay for it. Your big corporate job with all the great benefits and your paychecks, maybe those aren’t all working up to hiring full service movers. Maybe your big paycheck should be saved for college funds or rainy day funds or, get this novel idea, travel funds. Yeah, don’t be afraid to leave your stuff behind and pick up and just go to another country or another state or anywhere.
So what if your funds have already been saved into buying a house funds or you value your free time or you don’t have enough friends to call in favors for. Maybe you’re pregnant and are not supposed to be lifting heavy things. So go ahead and hire those full service movers. But! But, here’s a few things to keep in mind when you do. And don’t say we didn’t tell you I told you so when you get the bill after and you had to give up your fancy travel plans.
- Use the internet to research your moving companies. Yelp is a great place to start for honest reviews form passionate customers who have already experienced the service. Obviously take these reviews with a grain of salt but take in an overall tone here.
- Ask friends and families for referrals from companies they have used. Sometimes they’ll get a nice kickback for referring you and then maybe you can all go out to Happy Hour, on them of course since you’re brokebrokebroke.
- Carefully read the contract regarding expensive and delicate items. Did you know how incredibly fragile large flash screen TVs are? I have an aunt and uncle who just moved from Connecticut to Florida and used a full service moving company and while the overall experience was positive, their 60″ flat screen TV was damaged and wouldn’t turn on after they arrived. They spent two weeks using a baby TV while waiting for the repairman to come out and look at it. Of course, if you had moved yourself, the same issues might have come up.
- You may want or need to purchase additional movers insurance, specifically to cover incidents like I noted above with the TV. That is another cost to consider.
- A general rule of thumb is movers won’t touch your plants. You’ll need to make other arrangements like giving them way to neighbors or transporting them yourself.
- You’ll need to hire a specialty mover to handle items like pianos and wine. Your average mover is aware how sensitive these items are and while they are certain they could handle safely, it’s better to leave to the guys who are willing to take up that liability.
- Important documents should never be left with movers as insurance and contracts may expressly noted they won’t cover. This means you might have to buy a small package of medium sized moving boxes, perfect for documents and other items you’ll need to pack yourself and keep in safe keeping.
If you’re worried you’re a victim of a scam or moving fraud, visit the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Household Goods Program at www.protectyourmove.gov for more resources.
Of course, follow your gut instinct and don’t be afraid to speak up if you think something is not right when you are managing your move. Be polite and kind and you’ll find that kindness and warmth is returned. Really, be nice to those guys. There’s a reason you didn’t want to lift that heavy couch yourself.