Choosing a low-ball quote
We cannot stress this enough. Do not select a moving company that gives you a significantly lower quote – this is the No. 1 way to get scammed! Do you think it is feasible for a mover to come in 20%-50% less than others and move you at such a lower cost? Be aware of hidden fees. The cheapest quote will end up being the most expensive. Even worse, the mover could hold your goods hostage until he gets his money. Remember the famous sayings “You get what you pay for” and “You pay cheap, you get cheap.”
Not getting a binding quote
The definition of a binding quote per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Sec. 375.401-(b) 1) is an agreement made in advance with your shipper. It guarantees the total cost of the move based upon the quantities and services shown.
Please be advised, a mover can provide a binding quote based on an estimated amount of weight or volume. It is highly recommended to use a moving company that provides you with a flat binding quote based on your item list; as total weight and/or volume can always vary after your shipment is loaded.
Assuming its cheaper and easier to move yourself
It is never easy to move. Packing all of your items correctly, packing them properly onto the truck, and driving to your new residence can be a difficult task. It may also take longer than you expect, cost more than you estimated, and chances are you will not be happy with the outcome.
Not having a budget
If you are moving from a large home or moving long-distance, you will most likely incur costs in the thousands of dollars. It would be wise to
understand how these costs fit into your overall budget, which will include your travel plan to your new home, auto transport, temporary living
expenses, insurance, etc.
Not having a plan
Moving is complex; many tasks and activities need to be coordinated. Having a plan is a vital part of preparing for a
successful move. Without a plan, you will not have a full sense of what needs to be accomplished. (For helpful tips, check out our Moving Guide)
Not taking care of things in advance
Many things need to be taken care of before your move, such as changing your address (http://www.usps.com
)), switching your utilities, transferring your medical/dental and school records, etc. Get a head start on them! You will feel relieved to get them out of the way, and this will help you concentrate on other details of your move.
Failing to disclose everything to your mover
Being accurate will ensure accuracy. The more your mover knows the more accurate your mover can be. Maybe your apartment is on the third floor of a building with no elevator; your china cabinet will need extra protection; your street does not have access for a large moving van, or you decided not to move the dining room set after all. These are all possible circumstances. If your mover is not aware of these conditions in advance, you may be charged for it at a later date (pick up or delivery).
Changing your move plans but not telling anyone
It’s fine to change things about your move. Sometimes move dates may change because closings fall through. You may decide you are moving the washer and dryer after all. However, it is important to update your moving company on the changes. You can never tell them too much! Some things may affect your quote, and it is better to work out the details ahead of time rather than last minute.
Not understanding your insurance options
We know how stressful moving can be. Imagine how your children must feel. To make it easier for them, we recommend keeping them busy with activities such as puzzles, board games, etc. Make sure to make the proper arrangements for your children for the move day. Maybe a neighbor can watch them. If this is not an option, pick a room in your old home and your new home where they can stay while the movers do their job. Remember, safety first! Don’t forget to make the proper arrangements for your pets as well.