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Five Big Mistakes in Moving

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Nortrh East

The Move Advocate, a move management & referral service, offers great advice when relocating your household goods.  Here are five big mistakes they recommend you should avoid:

Getting a quote over the phone or internet: A big mistake that consumers make, when planning their moves, is obtaining a quote over the phone or the internet. Any quote obtained in this manner is a non-binding quote. The only way to obtain a guaranteed or binding quote is to have a visual survey of your household goods by a reputable mover. If you choose to accept a quote over the phone or internet you are setting yourself up for a nasty scenario when the mover shows up at your new home and demands more money.

Waiting too long to line up a mover: Allowing time for a visual survey, receiving a written and binding quote, and reserving a truck for your move takes a lead time of 4-6 weeks. Although moves can be arranged in a shorter period of time, many consumers find that their choices are limited by availability, especially in the busy summer months. In our current real estate market many homes are taking longer to sell, but once sold are closing very quickly. The time to obtain estimates for your move is before your home sells so that you are prepared when it does.

Misrepresenting what you are moving: It is very important to show the surveyor or estimator everything you are planning to move. If you forget to show items in a basement, garage, attic, or off-site storage unit and then add those items at time of pick-up, your estimate will no longer be binding. In the same vein, if you commit to packing your own items but don't have time to finish, the van line will pack your items and charge you for the service. If you are uncertain of whether you will be taking something, or are not sure if you will have time to pack everything, ask the surveyor to put the items or service in the estimate. If you decide not to take something, or do not require the packing, the cost will be adjusted downward.

Paying a deposit up front: Reputable movers do not ask for payment up front to reserve trucks or dates.  This is a classic red flag in moving. A reputable mover will expect payment upon delivery.

Finding a mover based upon price rather than reputation and service: If a mover gives you a price that is significantly lower than other movers it is likely that you are being low-balled. If a surveyor has underestimated your weight in order to give you a lower price you may find, on moving day, that the moving truck does not have enough room for your shipment. This is called an overflow. An overflow means that your items will not all travel together, will not all arrive at the same time, and will generally just cause you a big hassle. Another way to lower cost is to compromise service. Look for a competitive bid from a professional mover who is certified and reputable. Although price is an important factor, don't base your decision on price alone.

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Scott Baker
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker Realty - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio

I agree with all. Really like the first and the last. You need them to come see what it is they are moving so no one has any surprises. Also do a little bit of legwork, many times there is a reason someone is the cheapest.

Aug 09, 2010 02:33 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Cristina, great advice. I would add to get 3 or more people on the crew. Their rates per house are more expnsive but they get it done faster.

Aug 09, 2010 02:45 AM
Cristina McBreairty
Century 21 Nortrh East - Windham, ME
Realtor, CDPE, SFR

Great input Anna.  Thnaks!

Aug 09, 2010 01:32 PM