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If you are one of the fortunate ones that haven't had to pack up an entire house or apartment and move yet and you have to do so, you aren't in for a whole lot of fun. Moving is a lot more work than most people realize until they are neck-deep in packing peanuts and moving boxes. My blog was created to help those first-time movers find their footing and create a plan that will make the process a little more easy. Take your time and peruse the included tips and hopefully, your big move won't be a big headache.

Tips For Planning Your Move

If you are planning a move in the near future, then you want to make sure that you are as protected as possible. You want to simultaneously make sure that your belongings will be protected and that you will get your money's worth. To help make sure that your move goes as smoothly and successfully as possible, here are some tips to follow:

Understand Your Rights

First of all, you should know that you have some very specific rights when it comes to moving. These rights are listed and protected by the government, which means that you can pursue legal action if these rights are violated.

Among other things, you:

  • May be present when your shipment is weighed, and may request that it can be re-weighed.

  • Have the right to ask for and be granted written estimates.

  • May ask for the availability of various dates for pickup and delivery.

If you feel that your rights have been violated, then you could consider talking to a lawyer about your best course of action.

Discuss Everything Important with Your Mover

Before you commit, you want to ask your potential movers absolutely every question that you have. You will want to know when the move will happen, how the process will work, how much you will be charged, and what will happen if something goes wrong. You need to know if there is moving insurance involved and exactly what your options are if something is damaged during the move.

You will commonly be directed to a dispute settlement program, which is a means of resolving any conflicts between you and the moving company.

Pay Attention During Pickup and Delivery

You want to make sure that you are present at all stages of the actual pickup and delivery. If something goes wrong at either of these stages, then you want to be able to identify the problem as quickly as possible. You won't have control over your belongings while they are being shipped, but you can have some control during pickup and delivery. If something is missed during pickup or is not deposited during delivery, then you want to talk to the movers about it as quickly as possible. If you fail to notice either of these until long after the event, then you might have a lot more trouble resolving your issue.

To this end, you want to make sure that you keep detailed lists at every stage of the process. You want to note everything that is loaded and unloaded, which can often be much easier if you label every box and piece of furniture accordingly.

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