On the move? NY1's latest real estate report has some tips about hiring movers to help make your move as smooth as possible. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
Moving from one home to another can be a stressful process, but the key to an easy and successful move is using a reliable and reputable mover.
"Finding the right mover is hard," says Jenna Weinerman of unpakt.com. "You really have to do your due diligence and make sure that you put in the time, because a bad mover could end up costing you more in the long run."
Unpakt.com is a price comparison and booking site that helps people book reputable movers.
Weinerman says taking shortcuts when hiring a mover is never a good idea, and she has some tips on how you can make sure you and your stuff are in good hands.
First, she says to make sure the company is licensed, insured and registered with state and federal agencies. Also, check the Better Business Bureau for a rating, and scour various sites for customer reviews.
She also says to watch out for a few things.
"If the mover demands cash only on move day, I'd probably run for the hills," she says. "If you look at their website and they don't have a physical address, a phone number on the website, if they're not willing to answer your questions, and if they tell you all your goods are fully insured, it's probably not true."
She says the most common issue on move day is a price spike when an hourly move takes much longer than expected, so she recommends finding a mover that has a flat rate, all-inclusive move. Also, it's a good idea to have the mover come to your home to see all your inventory for an accurate estimate. And be aware of what coverage is included, and find out if you should buy more.
"Some movers will tell you that you will receive 30 cents a pound, 60 cents a pound for your goods," Weinerman says. "In reality, do the math yourself. If you have a 20-pound TV, you'll be getting $6 to $8 for your TV. So make sure you know exactly what kind of valuation you're getting.
It's also important that you understand all the terms of the contract. In the madness of a move, it's easy to skim and sign, but you should take the time to read the fine print to avoid any problems later on.
Finally, the best way to have a smooth move is to make sure you or someone close to you is there to supervise the packing, loading and moving. This will help you avoid being unsettled as you settle in to your new home.