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December 3, 2014

A Brief Guide On Purchasing Moving Insurance

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Relocating to another house, state, country or another part of the world can be difficult on you and your belongings. Even if you or your professional movers pack and handle every item you have carefully, there’s still a chance that accidents can happen resulting to breakage of some of your items. Therefore, before you plan to move, you’re encouraged to purchase a moving insurance.

Why Get A Moving Insurance?

As what is mentioned above, even if you hire the best moving company, accidents can still happen during transit of items, upon arrival or while unpacking the items. With buying a moving insurance, you know you are adequately compensated. By paying for a moving insurance, you’re assured of a 100% safe and peaceful move.

How To Purchase A Moving Insurance

When purchasing a moving insurance, you’ll need to give details on the value of each of your items because this will greatly help when if needed, you’ll settle the claim with the insurance company.

Once the move is finished and there are any damages, you need to report it immediately to the insurance company. You’ll need to file a claim and ensure that a representative of the insurance company acknowledges your claim within the 30 days so the settlement can’t be done within 120 days.

Types of Moving Insurance

Declared Value Insurance. The value of the items is based on their collective weight. A price per pound is multiplied by the total weight and the product is the value of your liability amount.

Assessed Value Insurance. This type of insurance is usually offered when the items involved are highly valuable. You will be covered based on what you have declared as the actual value of your items.

Full Protection Insurance. In this type of insurance, lost and damaged items will be replaced along with a set minimum coverage amount.

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December 3, 2014

7 Ways To Cut Down Moving Costs

7 Ways To Cut Down Moving Costs

Are you moving to your new home in a few days or weeks? Your bank might feel a little bit empty right now after you’ve paid for your new home’s down payment, closing costs, brokers fees, taxes, amongst others. Because of this, you surely want save a lot of your moving expenses. Luckily, we have prepared for you 7 ways to cut down on your moving costs.

  1. Avoid peak seasons. As much as possible, avoid moving during the months of June, July and August, as these are considered expensive due to high demand. Furthermore, avoid moving at the beginning or end of the month because of the huge amount of leases due to month-end terminations.
  1. Avoid moving unnecessary items. Moving companies will charge you according to the items you’re moving and the weight of these items, therefore, if you want to cut down moving costs, don’t move unnecessary items. You can either done these items or sell them as it will even help you earn money.
  1. Use what you have for packing your things. Moving companies charge a lot on packing supplies so if you want to cut cost, make use of items that you already have like your suitcases, plastic bins, boxes, and even your sheets and linens.
  1. Ask questions. Even the most legitimate moving companies will not say all the costs of the move unless you ask them to. Therefore, if you want to get a clear picture of the total cost of the move, ask how much they’ll be charging for heavy items, repacking and the like. Furthermore, every professional mover has a cost for each of its services; know them so you can avoid them.
  1. Get at least three estimates. If you’re going to hire the services of a professional moving company, it’s recommended to get an estimation of at least three companies. In this way, you can determine if you’ve got the best deal possible.
  1. Pack your items yourself. Packing services actually makes your job easier for you, but can be costly for someone who wants to save on moving expenses. However, if you don’t want to spend on packing services, at least allow them to pack your heavy and fragile items to ensure that they are moved safely to your new home. Just remember that if you purchase an insurance for your move, the insurance will not be covering items you pack yourself.
  1. Research for some potential tax deductions. Keep all your receipts with you and consult a professional to determine if you can save from possible tax deductions. For instance, if you move to a new full-time job at least 50 miles away from your previous home, you can actually save on the cost of packing, transporting or storing your household items from next year’s tax return.

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December 2, 2014

Secrets To A Successful House Move

Secrets To A Successful House Move

Are you among those individuals who recently purchased a home? Then probably one of your next moves will be packing up your things. For first-timers, this can be an arduous process therefore; we have prepared for you some secrets to help make your household move a lot easier and smoother.

Write everything down. Before you start packing even one box, you should make a simple list either through a computer-printed list of numbers with a space where you can write the contents or using a notebook. This is where you’ll write the box number and the contents for each box. Just remember, to be specific when describing the box contents to make unpacking a lot easier for you.

Use color coordination. Aside from the above-mentioned technique, you should also designate a color for each room or area in your new home. In this way, the movers or you can easily determine where to put the box once you’re in your new home.

Get rid of unnecessary belongings. There’s no sense in packing and moving things that you don’t need or use anymore. Therefore, days or weeks before your planned move, look for such items and discard them, either through selling them through a yard sale or giving it your other family or friends.

Get in touch with the utility companies. Phone, cable, Internet companies, etc. should be informed a few days before your planned move since they need enough time to set-up everything in your new home. Don’t forget to contact other companies regarding the change in your address.

Pack ahead of time especially essential items. Anything you pack ahead of time will certainly save you a lot of time on the day of the move. Furthermore, you should pack in advance a few necessary items that can help you get through the first few days especially if your mover is late. This includes some clothes, dishes, utensils, toiletries and medications.

Bring important papers with you. As much as possible, keep your important papers with you too. This includes birth certificates, marriage contract, school records, important contact numbers, bank records, current bills and the like.

Make use of your luggage. You can use your luggage and duffle bags in packing your clothes, bed sheets, towels, and other paper goods so you don’t have to spend a lot on boxes.

November 21, 2014

6 Questions To Ask A Professional Moving Company

6 Questions To Ask A Professional Moving Company

Whether you’re moving interstate or across town, transferring your household belongings is certainly a stressful life experience. But to make the process easier for you, you can always hire the services of moving companies. Unfortunately, choosing between different moving companies these days is also difficult especially if you have never done so in your life.

But don’t worry! It’s our goal to help make the selection process a lot easier for you through the set of questions we have prepared for you to ask potential movers. These six questions will surely narrow down your options until you finally find the right professional moving company to hire.

  1. Is your company licensed? This should be the first question you should ask a moving company before proceeding to ask other questions. Remember, a reputable company should adhere to the state and federal licensing and insurance requirements and you can verify the information through your local agencies.
  1. How long have you been involved in the moving industry? Of course, any homeowner would want to hire someone that has extensive experience in such industry. This is important as longevity conveys a possible business health. Three years in the business is the recommended industry minimum to be considered a stable professional moving company. You can as well ask them about their best and worst moving scenarios and if they’re unwilling to share these experiences, take that as a red flag.
  1. Are there complaints filed against the company? This helps you determine whether the mover is reputable or not. You can verify the company’s answer through the Better Business Bureau or other local consumer advocacy agencies within your area.
  1. Are my items insured throughout the entire move? The law actually requires moving companies to provide valuation coverage to their clients. A minimal amount of insurance should be provided free of charge, while the standard rate of insurance is usually around sixty cents per pound.
  1. To what extent are your responsibilities on items that can get damaged during the move? As a homeowner, it is important that you completely understand the various levels of liability for loss or damage to your goods during the move. Although all moving companies are required to assume some responsibility, the levels may vary which you should be aware of. Furthermore, the liability can also be affected based on who packed the goods, therefore, if the consumer packed the items, the moving company typically isn’t liable for any damaged on the items.
  1. Can I ask references from your recent customers? Getting feedback from the company’s customers is one of the best ways to determine whether you should hire the company or not. In this way, you’ll know whether the movers did the job well and scheduled the delivery on time. You’ll also learn whether there were unexpected charges or problems throughout the move and if they satisfied with the company’s job.