Moving to a new house is a very difficult and complicated process that creates a lot of anxiety, and any mistakes you make when planning and executing your move will create greater troubles down the road. Unfortunately, mistakes are common, but the big ones can be avoided if you do the research and plan properly. First, do not wait until the last minute to schedule a moving company to help you with your move. The longer you wait to schedule your move, there will be less reputable movers available, and you might even be required to pay for last-minute moving services. In other words, all the reliable and affordable movers will be booked if you wait too long, and all the desirable moving dates will be taken. In the end, you might be left with inexperienced movers, as well as inconvenient pick-up and delivery times, higher rates, and a world of anxiety. Second, do your research and do not only get one quote. In order to find a fair rate and make an informed decision about your move, you need to gather several estimates and compare the rates and services offered by several legitimate moving companies. Then, carefully weigh your options before making your final choice. Otherwise, you may end up paying much more than necessary. Furthermore, request an onsite estimate because if you get a moving quote over the phone or only submit an inventory list, your final moving costs will probably be much higher than the amount stated in the estimate. The only way to get an accurate estimate is to have a manager from the moving company visit your residence and perform a visual survey of your possessions as well as assess the complexity of the job in order to determine how long the move will take and whether extra services will be required. Once the moving company visits your home or apartment, request a binding written estimate because if you fail to get this estimate in writing, you may end up paying a much higher price than you previously agreed upon. Next, many people get suckered into a moving scam because they do not clearly see the red flags. Red flags include pricing that is very low or deposits that are very high. With low pricing, you are likely being moved by an inexperienced moving crew with worn-out moving vehicles, while large advance payments signal a mover that might disappear on or before your scheduled moving date. Finally, while paperwork can be quite boring and difficult, do not skim through it or ignore it completely. It is essential that you carefully read all the documents provided by your movers in order to prevent fraud attempts and ensure a problem-free moving process. Never ever sign blank or incomplete papers and make sure you understand and agree with all the clauses in a certain document before signing it. Pay extra attention to the fine print, review the moving company’s rules and regulations, so that you can rest assured in the honest and competent approach of the moving company you chose, and look for liability protection in case of loss or damage to your property.
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