think, everybody has a dream of settling at one place, buy a house,
become part of community. This can come after few years of moving
experiences. I firmly believe, 'More you see the world, more you learn'.
And so for those who are planning to move or are hesitant to move, I
intend to provide clear picture of what is involved in a successful
move. Points, that everyone should know to make moving experience, a
I'll cover more on interstate
move, as this is definitely more complicated than within state move,
still many factors remain same.
If you are moving for a
transfer of job following points that you must consider before moving
I suggest going through few sites that help you look forward. What
is the saving potential? Yahoo's Salary
Comparison is a good one.
of Living: Even within USA, standard of living varies
largely from state to state. Your one-dollar earned in Iowa may
provide you 50 cent worth in California!
of housing: If you plan to rent an apartment / town house,
you need to know what are the housing communities near your work,
are good sites to check apartment rents and even setting up
appointments. Housing in especially Silicon Valley area has been
very scarce. If you do not shop around, you might lend up in a
thoroughly expensive place with strict lease agreements. So, I
strongly suggest to start looking for apartment at least 2-3 months
in advance. Usually, all across America, people move places between
April to August. So, chances are good that in this season, you can
not find a reasonably good place at an affordable price.
for move: If you wish to carry all your belongings, then a
careful study of what is absolutely required and what are your pride
possessions, will help you estimate, how many pounds you'll be
carrying. To decide about a professional Mover is a task by itself.
Check out this website.
to estimate cost of moving between two cities. This has links to many
other related sites also.
License and Vehicle registration: This varies from state to
state. Most states require that each driver get state license within
60 days of becoming resident. Some state licenses require just
vision test but some may require passing written test.
current auto insurance company has office in the state you are
moving then things are lot simpler. Otherwise you might have to buy
new policy and in order to buy new policy, you may be required to
get car registered in the state plus get driver license within 30-45
So, someone who is going temporarily say 6 months or a year may not
need to change license or car registration. Check up with your
insurance company as well as state Dept of Motor Vehicles.
Car prices in some states are
high due to various reasons. Check life of your vehicle. If you're
planning to sell, do it before you move. You may not find good price
in new state. Say a car with Pennsylvania registration will fetch lot
less in Texas because it has been treated with salts and has weathered
extreme climatic conditions! Same way CA's EPA standards are different
than rest of the country. If your 'lemon' is a worn used one than
better sell it off before entering CA. Otherwise you might end up
paying more in moving and passing smog test than its worth.
and how to deal with Movers
Usually basic charge is on weight, say for 1000 lbs. and each additional
100 lbs. at some rate. Weight range depends on size of company and size
of truck. Big companies may not like to take 1000 lbs. so they start
with 2500 lbs. While few may carry even 500 lbs. If you do not have lot
of furniture items then you may want to check UPS as ground services for
cheaper and reliable medium of transport. Only condition is that in that
you can send only those that you can pack in boxes. If you can
disassemble dining table and pack in boxes, fine. But then there is
always restriction on irregular package size.
If you are not sure of your new address, you might want to store all
your stuff in their warehouse. This is usually at city of origin. If it
is a nationwide company then they may have storage facility at
destination. There will be charge on month basis. Be careful to ask for
Storage Handling fee. As some unscrupulous movers advertise FREE One
month Storage but will charge $65 for storage handling fee!
You pay how high you live! Literally, they charge on stair case basis.
May be up to $75 per flight.
Furniture needs to be packed in blankets. All wooden articles should
have tight joints else disassemble and pack separately. All drawers and
such parts should be taped before blanket wrapping. For all furniture
items Movers can pack/disassemble and then unpack/assemble for you. This
is charged or included in basic rate. Glass items must be packed first
with bubble wrap and then stuff with lots of papers/foam globules in
cardboard boxes. Crockery is best in its own corrugated box. Take extra
care of appliances. They tend to outgrow in size than original boxes.
Provide additional cushion on all delicate sides. Disassemble as much as
you can. Remember, you'll have to assemble appliance on your own. I'm
keeping vacuum cleaner in mind.
: It is mandatory
for Movers to offer state required minimum coverage in most states which
is included in rate. Usually this is with $250 deductible. Check rates
for better coverage. This is trickier than auto insurance. Get maximum
details on condition of coverage, claim procedure, deductible and list
of nature of damage (scratch, chip, breakage etc.) Many movers classify
your 1-year-old furniture as in worn condition, even though it looks new
to you. When it comes to paying you for damages, value of your prized
possession will be of Flea Market! So, be aware that most moving ends
with some or other claims. And filing for claims takes more of your
precious time then asking before hand.
Note down what you have in each box that you packed or Movers packed.
The inventory list is the single most document that you can rely on. It
should have item number (identification of each piece), what it looks
like (box or bed frame or mattress or loose piece of furniture),
condition (usually you have little authority to note that). When
you get your stuff, this is what you will be referring to see you got
all you loaded. Also condition at the time of unloading will be noted.
The deliveryman from company will sign after you put remark on condition
at delivery. This will be used to file for claim, if any. Equally
important is your contract. That contains rate, list of all other
charges, details of insurance coverage, promised date of delivery, money
you paid and owed etc. Get everything that has date, serial number and
company's name and PUC number printed. This is very important as all
Moving (Transport) companies should be registered with state level PUC
(Public Utility Commission) and DOT (Federal Dept. of Transportation).
Such registration means you have somebody to cry before, if you have
problems! Though, I wish you need not go to this typical government
offices for complaints. It is waste of energy and time. So, better educate
yourself and confront the tough
you can ask for free quote that give rate of service. Say $1000 for
first 1500 lbs., and each additional lb. 5 cents. A genuine quote should
contain, "Not Over ___" figure. This is the maximum that will
be charged for complete move. This can give you clear idea of what
you'll be paying at the most. The professional movers will do this,
after visiting your place, listing all items that you want to move. They
can do approximation even on the basis of your lifestyle! Get a signed
copy of estimate. This should have all extra charges or rate of
additional services like packing, loading, storage etc. Book a mover
with acceptance of estimation. This should have exact date and time of
loading, services to be included/required. It is experienced that they
say we do not have box for your king size mattress and so can not pack
it. So, be specific and elaborate as what all you need to do by they
come to load the truck and what they will have to do.
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