There are certain things to look for when hiring movers. “Make sure the moving company is a member of the Better Business Bureau and that the estimate you receive is in writing,” said Peter Armstrong, manager at Canada Moving. “Ensure that you understand the terms of packing – if you pack boxes yourself insurance may not be covered. And it’s imperative that you understand what insurance you have with your move – a lot of moving companies won’t have replacement value insurance and some people don’t know to ask that question.”
Taking on a big move can be costly, both monetarily as well as time-wise. “You’re going to have to rent a truck so that alone is going to cost you $100 to $200 with fuel, and you have to count your time getting the truck and then dropping it off,” said Chris Boundikas, who co-founded Alumni and University Movers with partner Kevin Houben.
“The truck has no equipment so you don’t have blankets, elastics, straps for moving heavier stuff, and rolling dollies or hand trucks. When you finally get to your home you have to bother a friend or two to help you transport everything, and you run the risk of injuring yourself and others, which you’re not insured for. With getting the stuff in and out, you run a huge risk of breaking and scratching stuff if it’s not packed and moved properly, or you could damage walls going in and out of your house.” Yet these variables are virtually eliminated when you opt for hiring movers.
Going at a move alone is a big endeavor – it involves not only immense planning but what could be major back-breaking work (literally). Leaving the heavy lifting to a moving company could be just what you need to make a smooth transition into your new residence, accident-free. Hiring movers might be one of the best investments you make when buying or selling a property.
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