Since the beginning of my career in the moving industry (in the 70’s), I have never experienced a summer with such a shortage of moving trucks. Summer is always busy, however this is the first year that is fully booked for a month in advance. Anyone planning to move long-distance this summer should call their moving company immediately, as availability is difficult to come by.
In searching for the right mover, ask friends to refer any companies they’ve used (and were satisfied with). You should also explore rating services, such as JD Powers and Associates. Ask your mover to come to your home and give you an estimate for your move. If they refuse to do this, AVOID THIS MOVER at all costs.
When packing your belongings, keep safety in mind above all else. Damaged goods will end up costing you more money than proper packing materials. The better packed your belongings are, the happier you will be at the end of your move. If you have some free time, you could save money by packing your non-breakable items yourself. Unless you have some packing training or prior knowledge, I strongly recommend you have a professional pack any breakable items, such as lamps, glass shelves, artwork, electronics, fine china, etc… Odd-shaped items can be tricky to pack, so having boxes of the proper shape and size on hand will ensure the safety of your belongings. Ask your mover for a list of the packing materials needed for your move. You can find all these items at Box Brothers, and if your order reaches a minimum, you can have Box Brothers deliver all of these materials to your doorstep at no additional cost.
TIP: Don’t forget to get some tape. A rule of thumb is that you’ll need about 1 roll of tape for every 10 boxes.
Unless you have a policy that covers “Damage in Transit,” you should purchase full replacement coverage from your mover. DO NOT HIDE anything valuable. List items on the High Value Inventory provided to you by your mover so that if anything is missing or damaged, you will be able to collect the full value of the item; otherwise you cannot collect more than $100 per pound.
Since there are so many things to think about when you are moving, it is a good idea to get a checklist. Your moving representative will have some literature to make the process a bit more manageable.
The only thing that NOBODY can provide you with is MORE TIME. So GET A MOVE ON, or you may not find an available mover on the dates you needs.
Christine M. Sorgi
Certified Moving Consultant
American Relocation & Logistics
Mayflower Transit, LLC