May is prime time for moving. People move so much during this month that even the Better Business Bureau released useful tips on the topic. "
According to Kare 11, “We have heard cases where literally a truck is in front of someone's house and they are like 'we are not unlocking this thing until you pay us more money,' and it does happen," said Dan Hendrickson, spokesperson for the BBB in Minnesota. Here are some tips to help your moving experience go as smooth as possible during this month:
• Check that the moving company is licensed – There are a lot of unscrupulous movers with less than honest business practices. To avoid this pitfall, only used licensed moving companies. In addition to checking the moving company’s certifications, also look for reviews on sites like Yelp or check to see if it has any complaints on sites like Ripoff Report.
• Plan ahead – Regardless of the amount of items you are moving, it is always good to have a plan in mind before you undertake this task. Give yourself at least three weeks to pack and arrange for movers. Moving can be a very stressful time so adding to it by completing everything at the last moment will only add the frustration.
• Get estimates – You should try to get all quotes from the moving company in writing. Ensure you are clear on how much it will cost per hour and if there are any penalties for overtime. Depending on the size of your house and the distance you are moving, you will need at least a minimum of three hours for the movers to get everything going
• Purchase insurance – Most moving companies offer insurance or you can seek out your own policy. It is always good to have a plan in place in case any of your items gets damaged during the move. However, hiring a reputable moving company with experienced and well-trained works will lessen the chances of damage to your items.
While moving can be a bit of a headache, it doesn’t have to be if you follow these tips. Moving during off peak hours will also help you to save a few dollars on moving costs.