Moving Company 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Move

There’s a lot to consider when planning a move and we’ve all heard stories about negative experiences. Don’t wait until the last minute to interview prospective companies and get quotes. 

How do I pick a moving company?

• Before you sign the moving quote, read the fine print.

• Schedule an in-person meeting and walk through of your home to get an accurate quote – in writing.

Research the moving company beforehand. Do they have experience with your specific type of move?

What kind of liability coverage does the company provide? In addition to liability coverage options, you should ask to see a moving company’s proof of insurance. 

For example, if the move is to a high-rise apartment building or a multi-storey townhome the movers should be prepared to handle things like steep stairs, no elevators and small doorways. Or be prepared for an off-hours move when an elevator may be available.

Do I need moving insurance?

Before handing over your things, you’ll want to make sure your belongings are insured in case of a mishap during the move. 

Some movers offer basic coverage based on the weight of your belongings or “Replacement Value Insurance”.

What is a binding quote?

Can the mover provide a binding quote or a not-to-exceed estimate?

Some moving companies offer non-binding estimates, which means the estimated price of your move is subject to change, depending on actual hours. If you would prefer to know exactly how much you’re going to owe ahead of time, hire a company that offers a binding quote.

Prepacking, labelling, blanketing boxes and belongings will help cut down the moving time. Decluttering before moving day will ensure you’re only paying to move items you will actually use when the move is over.

What should I have in my moving checklist?

You may also want to find out:

• How will you contact them and the driver during the move?

• Are there any potential charges you’re not already aware of? What additional moving supplies will you be paying for?

• Do they have a cancellation policy?

• What forms of payment do they accept?

• Will they pack specialty items, such as TVs and electronics?

• Will this moving company be delivering your items or will another company be delivering them?

• Will your items be transferred to another party along the way? Will they subcontract the move?

• How long the move is estimated to take?

• Will all my items fit into my new home or should I consider temporary storage?

Looking for a new place to move to? Contact me for the latest information on the Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and surrounding area markets. I am ready to help you find the perfect home.

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