Screening Moving Companies
Moving home can often require having to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, either locally or across the country. Naturally, you want to be guaranteed that the company you hire will provide the best service possible.
To choose the right moving company for your move, it’s a good idea to screen any company you are considering. As the moving industry continues to grow, unfortunately, moving scams do occasionally happen. To avoid hiring a fraudulent moving company and being a victim of a scam, check each company thoroughly! Start by finding moving companies that service your area and are able to deliver to your new destination. Friends, family, coworkers or the Internet are good places to get recommendations.
Look at the website of each moving company for professionalism and services offered. Any reputable moving company will have their DOT number available. Check licensing and insurance of all the companies you are considering. Read customer reviews and check company ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Once you have done your research, eliminate any company that is not satisfactory. Speaking with the moving companies you have shortlisted, and receiving written estimates is the next process in screening the moving companies you’re thinking of hiring. Ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand was your move involves.
First Day Essentials
There’s a lot to plan when making a move, make sure to have some basic essential items packed for those first few days in your new home.
If you’ll be arriving at the same time as your belongings, make sure the essentials box is clearly marked. Once it’s unloaded from the truck, place it in a room where it cannot get lost among the other boxes. If you arrive prior to your belongings, consider mailing the box of essentials, or if driving, keep it with you in the car.
Bedding and linens – Sheets and towels. If there won’t be a bed when you arrive, consider packing an air mattress.
Toiletries – Your basic day-to-day toiletries. In addition to these, pack: Soap, bathroom tissue, shampoo & conditioner, and a medical kit.
Clothing – Pack enough clothing according to your daily schedule, include work attire if you need to go to work. Bare in mind, you might not have a working washing machine in the beginning.
Cleaning supplies – Pack a few cleaning supplies until you’re able to make a trip to the local supermarket. Something’s going to need cleaning.
Kitchen items – Planning to cook, pack some basics: a pot, pan and some reusable plates and cutlery.
Children and pets - Don’t forget the essentials for your kids or pets, you know what they are!
Electronics – Many people work on mobile devices these days. Make sure you have all components needed to use your electronics.
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