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Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
Moving takes a lot of planning, and that includes knowing what your moving rights are. Read on to find more about your moving rights and what you can do to prepare.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
Just finished a move with Aaction movers very impressed with the customer service. Move was scheduled for today 5-21-17. We received a call from Bismarck office confirming there arrival time on 5-19-17. During that call we were informed driver and staff would be out on 5-22-17 by 9:30 that morning. We received a call from the driver himself on the morning of 5-22-17 that they were on there way. They arrived by 9:30am. Moving staff was friendly, prompt,professional and very concerned that our stuff was handled safely. After the move we received a follow up call later in the afternoon from Bismarck office checking how the move went. Overall very impressed and would highly recommend this company. They worked around our timeline when we scheduled, they followed up with several phone calls and the moving team was very efficient and friendly.Thank You Aaction movers!!!Eric
THANK YOU so much for the exceptional service we received from Allied / Jobbers as we made our move from Hendrum to Ely, MN! First of all, we *really* appreciated your graciousness in coming out to do a second estimate for us. Secondly, we were delighted at how close the actual cost came to that estimate -- no big surprises!! Most of all, we'd like to sing praises for our lead mover (on the Hendrum end) and SOLE mover on the Ely end, Shane Busby. Shane was AWESOME to work with! He was pleasant and friendly, easy-going and hard-working. "Hard-working" is a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!!! On the Ely end of things, Shane's local help never showed up, nor was he able to reach them. He ended up unloading our ENTIRE household (15,000+ pounds!) ALONE!!! He barely stopped for a breather, and did everything with great care and precision. We were VERY IMPRESSED. Many people would have at least expressed frustration or irritation if assistants didn't show up; not Shane -- not a complaint was uttered. He was SO professional, took it all in stride, and worked extra-long hours to get the full job done. At the end of the unloading, he offered to put together a bed that remained disassembled -- willing to work until the very last detail was taken care of -- but we told him no, he had done MORE than enough and should feel free to go; we could handle the bed on our own. At the end of it all, Shane was just as pleasant and good-natured as he'd been in the morning! Amazing! (He even interacted throughout the job in a warm and friendly way with our kids -- and not all adults are good at doing that.) We HIGHLY recommend Shane for future work that you might need completed. He was a Godsend all the way! Thanks so much for a great move!
Aaction Movers went above and beyond in helping me with my moving needs during a very stressful time. My mother, who was living in an assisted living facility, passed away unexpectedly. I had 48 hours to pack and move all of her belongings and furniture out of her 2 bedroom apartment. The move was arranged through the Bismarck office. A crew arrived within that timeframe and did a great job of packing my mother's things and moving all of it into storage. My mom also owned a home in another state and several months later a move was arranged to have that furniture and belongings brought out to Colorado where I currently live. Most recently, everything was moved from the initial storage unit to one that is close to my home so I can begin going through it all. The boxes and furniture arrived without any damage, even after multiple moves. The crews that I worked with were professional and efficient. Aaction Movers is a business that I would definitely use again, and I highly recommend them for any moving or storage needs.
CHARGED DOUBLE WHAT THEY QUOTED FOR HALF OF THE WORK THAT WAS QUOTED., DID NOT BOTHER TO WRAP ANY MIRRORS OR PICTURES, DAMAGED 2/3 RDS OF THEM, DESTROYED OUR MAHOGANY DESK AND FILE DRAWERS. LEFT A STORAGE UNIT, AND DID NOT EVEN BOTHER TELLING US. PROBABLY THE WORST COMPANY I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH.
I moved my family from Denver to Bismarck. I've been very nervous about moving companies because I always feared something getting damaged. This relocation was amazing. Ask of my things were packed up and unpacked at my new house. I was in the loop 100% from start to finish. I had tons of questions and the Bismarck office was amazing and I felt like part of the process. I can't be happier I chose AAction Movers Bismarck.
I have had the worst moving experience to date using Jobbers Moving in Bismarck. I have used several different moving companies over the years and each experience has been professional, efficient, and worth the money that was spent. All charges were explained up front and any concerns dealt with quickly and satisfactorily. Jobbers was late arriving for the appointment with no notice. The 2 workers that were provided were unmotivated and unprofessional, taking frequent extended breaks, making the process last much longer than necessary with the potential of going into overtime with a substantial amount of items left to be moved. In order to avoid this, I was forced to load the remaining items myself on another rented uhaul trailer. To add additional cost, I was then informed that the hourly rate begins from when the workers leave the warehouse and ends when the return, tacking another 1 hour at 150 dollars onto the bill although they live in the same town. After calling to discuss my complaints with Jobbers, I was told that I'd be hearing from Steve who set up the move. I have yet to hear from him indicating poor customer service. This lack of follow through or customer service is also documented on various other websites indicating an inherent, unchecked problem. I will not be suggesting Jobbers to friends or using again.
Worst moving company I've worked with so far. The packers didn't pack everything they were supposed to, the ones who loaded the truck a few days later had to finish which took a very long time, we moved, were expecting delivery the day after we moved in, over a week after we moved out. We're now going on two weeks with no delivery because they "couldn't find a driver." Fail.
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.