Moving is always tough work. I recently talked about some handy things to do when you're moving house. Now I have more tips for you from reader expresso14, who kindly shared three great tips that you might find useful:
- Definitely pack things yourself if you can, especially clothing, books and the like. If you've got big, fragile items, pay the movers to pack them — then they're liable for breakage. Transport valuable items, financial documents, irreplaceable things yourself. Murphy's law certainly applies during moving.
- Get multiple quotes and don't necessarily go with the lowest bidder, especially if they're significantly lower — that's a tip off something is fishy. Spend the time to check the Better Business Bureau pages of your perspective movers. Get someone to come to your place and give you an estimate — that's a lot more accurate than over the phone (unless you move frequently and know how much you have).
- Although it may not seem like saving money, get the most expensive insurance option for your belongings — known as full replacement. If the movers break or damage something, they have to pay the actual cost to replace it. Otherwise, they generally pay 60 cents per pound. Better safe than sorry.
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