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Knowing What Your Needs Are for Your Pro Move

  1. Think About Your Moving Needs: Do You Need A Pro?
  2. Balance is Necessary 
  3. Direct Delivery
  4. Are There Building Requirements?
  5. Can a Large 53-Foot Trailer Reach the Destination?
  6. Will Unpacking Be Required?
  7. Is Crating Required?
  8. Do You Need to Purchase High-Value Insurance?
  9. Do You Need Trash Disposed Of?
  10. Will There Need to be Storage for a Period of Time?

1. Think About Your Moving Needs: Do You Need a Pro?

Professionals in the business world are busy people. Every ounce of time is valuable and important. The reason to use a moving company is so they can do what they do best: move from one destination to another. Not needing to wait for a specific schedule of van line shipping delays. If you are looking for a moving company, reading reviews works a great deal. By reading moving company reviews, you can protect yourself from the rogue movers. Once you find some pro movers worth your time, you can contact them to see if they can provide moving services. Try to get a free quote on their website so you can get a more customized estimate.

These companies should also be able to provide move storage for those with extra stuff. If you are an executive, your pro mover will start relocating items to the new location first. Executives also can get their things moved into their office from different locations. This can include their home or an international location. Pro moving companies understand that executives travel from country to country. This is why international moves are available for these multi-location systems of the business.

2. Balance is Necessary 

They want a speedy, direct moving service that allows them to have delivery done on time. This allows them to enjoy the move or trip they’re going to take to their new destination. It is important for the director/executive to have a work-life balance. Whether it's taking the time to enjoy family or to discover the new place, this helps ease stress. Most of all, it allows them to get back to what they are good at once work begins. The pro moving company should have positive reviews by other executives.

These individuals inside of a corporation are the lifeblood of the business. Also, they are the driving force of the nation. There are many things to take into consideration during a pro move. Thus, it is important to find out, in advance, from the parties what their moving needs are.

  • Is direct delivery needed? Is there a locator?

  • Will there be a time where the person will need to go into storage?

  • What type of building is it? a high-rise building perhaps?

  • Can a large 53-foot trailer reach the destination?

  • Will unpacking be required?

  • Are there any high-value works of art or paintings?

  • Any items over $5000? Do these need to be crated?

  • Do you need to purchase high-value insurance?

  • Do you need all of the trash disposed of?

  • Will the person's goods need to be placed in storage for a period of weeks/months?

3. Direct Delivery 

Direct delivery is an agreed date that your moving professional has promised delivery. The contract signed by both parties states this date. Usually, this costs extra, especially if you’re going long distance. You must communicate that you want this service to the moving company before picking up. The reason for this is that a competent mover can plan and schedule your delivery. Do not compromise your service by finding the cheapest price! This includes when it comes to finding apartments pro move. A mover that values himself will charge a price supporting the service. A good moving company values its own service and wants its customers to be happy. Top movers provide customers with excellent moving service, guaranteed. If you're planning to take a vacation during the move, you must tell your mover in advance. This includes tours, conferences, or speaking engagements. At times, if the items are going in storage, then they are actually moving four times. You must take the correct precautions when wrapping, crating and packing the items. This is to prevent them from damage.

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4. Are There Building Requirements?

Depending on what type of building at the destination, there are a few things that could change the price. The movers needing to spend more time to do the delivery or pickup, which can inflate labor costs. If you’re going to a high-rise building, the movers will need to take an elevator. Unless, of course, it was built before the 1930’s...and the men may need to go up a tiring flight of stairs. Moving companies cannot complete an apartment pro move at night. Apartments want residents to be quiet at night and moving causes too much noise. Ask apartment expert for more information on building rules. The movers can pre-plan for this and order more manpower which comes out to less time for the move. There is nothing worse for a mover than working until 1:00-2:00 am. This won’t make anyone happy.

  • Also, if there is a loading dock, will the moving company have accessibility or will they need to make an appointment?
  • Will the building require building insurance?

Building insurance usually has a cost involved. The building’s name needs to be on the certificate and then faxed or emailed. This process ensures that the building has the movers on file.

5. Can a Large 53-Foot Trailer Reach the Destination?

This is very easy to understand. A 53-foot trailer is a standard big rig, 18-wheeler. If any of the locations can’t support this size or allow access on the road, then you have two options. The mover can either transport it into a smaller vehicle, called a shuttle. Extra costs will apply for the labor and extra vehicles needed. Your second option is pick up in a smaller vehicle and delivery with that same vehicle. If you make the second choice, then there will be a premium rate. With this option, the moving company will probably lose money if they are going over 500 miles. Fuel consumption will be exactly the same if you drive a small 24-foot truck or a 53-foot truck. They will lose money on the space they would’ve had in the larger vehicle.

6. Will Unpacking Be Required?

Most of the professionals want an easy, seamless move. Before the movers even show up, there are certain items that need special attention. These include cash, jewelry, medication, and identification. Electronics such as iPads, laptops, and mobile phones should go in a safe area. Only give a trusted associate access to these items. Do yourself a favor: don't assume that the moving company handles any of these items. Their contracts state that they are not responsible for these items. These valuable things must travel with the person and in hand baggage. Packing Day is easy; figure out exactly what you want to move. Do you want only the kitchen packed, or the full home packed?

7. Is Crating Required? 

Keep in mind, you will want to ensure any item valued over $5000. The insurance company will require that it sits in a crate in a wooden container. Crating is not a quick action. A carpenter needs to have the measurements of the items to assemble the crates. Then, he or she ships each piece to the pickup destination before loading. If you do this after the fact of loading day and you have any damage, the insurance company will deny your claim.
 
The packing day should be the day or days before pickup of your shipment. This will allow a controlled, organized packing situation.

8. Do You Need to Purchase High-Value Insurance?

There are US Department of Transportation laws that a moving company must follow. One such law is a requirement of insurance that entails $.60 per pound per article for damaged or lost items. To understand this calculation, take the weight of an item and multiply that by $.60. Say for example a table, which is 150 pounds, you’d receive $90.
 
Not much, huh?
 
To ensure designer furnishings and antiques, you can get a moving insurance quote. If you have homeowners insurance, you should take a look at your policy. Home relocation may fall under your coverage, which negates the need for insurance. Also, any licensed carrier must hold up to $25,000 cargo insurance per shipment. That means you’re covered up to $25,000 when the items are inside the vehicle. Taking photos and videos of your items before the move can also help you in case you need to file a claim for damages. If you are ever in that situation, all you have to do is play a video for evidence. This way, you can prove that your items were in good condition before the move. You may also save it on Youtube as a private video in case you need to back it up for later use.

9. Do You Need Trash Disposed Of?

Do you believe that it is a rule for a moving company to get rid of your trash? Some moving companies charge to take the trash off your property. Some people like to keep moving boxes; we suggest only keeping them if you plan on doing a move within 2 years. If not, throw the boxes away. They’re a porous item that can absorb moisture and create mold over time.

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10. Will There Need to be Storage for a Period of Time?

Companies moving for the first time in a while may be looking for storage. This is in case they are not able to arrange their office the way they want it the first time. They may need to remove things from the office and have a temporary place to store them before they find a space for it. If there is a need for storage please communicate this in the beginning when booking your move. An extra handling charge may apply. Also, you may need to find storage space on your own. In large areas of the country, there is a shortage of open storage facilities and space. This is especially true if there has been some kind of natural disaster within the last 2 years. Pre-planning is the key to taking control of cost and time on a move. This tends to be important for those that need a speedy return to their job.  Good luck, and I hope this article was helpful to you even in Atlanta GA.

Finding a pro move company on Moving Authority is the first step to ensuring that your move is in the right hands. A moving pro is really the only safe way to move these days. 
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Elicia B

4 years, 11 months ago

If we take a Direct Delivery option on our move, and arrange drop off to be on a specific date and time, what happens when the movers comes in late?

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Adam P

4 years, 11 months ago

Elicia normally you would be compensated if you have paid for a guaranteed date of delivery but if you ordered regular direct delivery the carrier would have a window of dates to arrive. Make sure you communicate to the moving company exactly what you want so that they can meet your needs. Don't assume anything but make it very clear so all involved understands what you want.

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Tracey Small

4 years, 11 months ago

I am moving into an apartment building on the 7th floor. I understand that going up a service elevator is not very easy and this takes a lot of time. I have specified all the requirements and the instructions on my quote and some companies are quoting me up to $1000 more than others. I don't want to take the cheaper option but get a lot of extra chargers on my bill. Would you recommend going for the cheaper and letting them keep their word, or would you recommend the more expensive option?

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Adam P

4 years, 11 months ago

I recommend that you research the companies on our site and then make your decision. The moving industry is a service business and you pay for what you get. If you have a couple of companies telling you up front that there will be extra charges then they likely want a stress free move, just like you. I would trust them more because they are doing a pro move. Moving isn't like buying a pair of jeans where you aim to find a really cheap price. I'll ask you a question, would you choose the cheapest doctor, lawyer or dentist? No, you choose the best. You should do the same when it comes to all pro moving and storage companies, Tracey.

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Susan Stratton

4 years, 10 months ago

If there is an unforeseen circumstance that the move takes longer than necessary, like an accident on the road, or a road block, can I be charged an hourly rate extra?

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Adam P

4 years, 10 months ago

No not if your doing a long distance move, there would be no extra charges normally. If you are moving local you could be charged extra. If you where on an hourly rate the movers would calculate your bill by the time they work for you. All pro moving companies that move long distance should be in communication if there is a delay to traffic or road closure. Hope my answer helped Susan.

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Alex S

4 years, 8 months ago

Good Day, How would I know if the company I am using is a pro moving company?

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 8 months ago

Hi Alex,
Pro moving companies usually identify themselves as specializing in that specific type of service or have a specific package that comes with all of the custom or extra features you need for a pro move. Search moving companies on our site by clicking the "moving companies" button at the top of the page and search by your state to find movers near you.

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Jimmy Bobbyson

4 years, 8 months ago

I'm in Atlanta, and I was thinking of maybe rent a truck but I got back problems. I read your page and was thinking that i may need experts to move me. A promove for my apartment coming down stairs and my question is do i need to rent the truck if I hire movers? Can you tell me please.
Thank you JB

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 8 months ago

Hi Jimmy. When you hire a moving company they provide all the things you need; they have their own trucks, moving people, dollies, furniture blankets, etc. You normally need to pack your own items into boxes, although some companies will do that for you as well for an additional fee. I would not recommend moving your items down the stairs yourself, especially if you have a bad back. The last thing you want it to hurt yourself more or damage your stuff. You can start by entering in your information in the blue box at the top right hand of the page and get a free moving estimate today. Hope that helps!

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Zack Bisko

4 years, 8 months ago

Hello there,

I was wondering if you know where to find free apartment listings? Maybe I've shown up to the wrong place but I figure why not give it a shot, I'm moving so I need to find a new apartment.

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 8 months ago

Hi Zack. Although Moving Authority is a site to find local moving companies in your area, we would still be happy to direct you into the right place to find apartment listings. Each city you are moving to/ from may have local sites that list apartments for rent. Some of these can charge to see the listings. Simply searching 'apartments for rent in BLANK city" into a search engine is always a good place to start. Craigslist is a good place to find free listings of apartments. Good luck with finding an apartment and make sure to use Moving Authority to when you need to hire a moving company!

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Gabriel

4 years, 1 month ago

It is always very important to use a professional moving company when moving your goods. A lot of people have lost valuable goods simply because the moving company they used was not a professional one. At the end of the day, they only get apologies or time and resources wasting court cases. Knowing a professional moving company is not too difficult. You should find out what equipment they have and the range of services they offer. The availability of the Internet is also an advantage as you could easily look them online and check their reputation, before finalizing any deal with them.

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Gabriel for sharing this comment. Promove moves should only be done by licensed moving companies. Reviewing promove is great to indicate which moving companies are doing well.

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Vivian

4 years, 1 month ago

This pro move sound like something expensive, though it’s a premium way to move your items. It’s interesting to know that delays on the road not caused by the client would not be paid for. Extra handle sounds like spending extra time before having to collect your package from the movers. If they are not the same, the I expect the movers to charge more for having them delayed than buying more time directly with them to keep your items. I really think it’s better to handle the move differently if heavy loads are not allowed through the path I’d have to take. This will murder any attempt to reduce cost.

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 1 month ago

Vivian they are many different ways to do a move. Depending on that the price could change. Once you have done an apartment locator and then calculate your move, next should be find the best pro mover you can. Depending your needs you should go with the most professional service you can afford. Sometimes it is cheaper hiring a company that knows what they are doing. this apply to piano moves, office relocation and long distance moving service.

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Tony M

4 years, 1 month ago

Good Day,

The insurance is not enough to cover all my furniture, do I need to specify certain high value items or is there some place else where I can take out extra insurance? Regards

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Adam Peterson

4 years, 1 month ago

Yes you do have the choice of insurance and high value items but you would have to place these on a "high value item list" which is a moving form that must be completed before the move is started. After you fill out the Free Quote form and submit it, you should receive an email about insurance options. Close the job with a copy of the inventory by signing and taking a copy of it so that both parties mover and customer are covered.

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Lisa O.

4 years, 1 month ago

Does your website help find packing help as well? My husband, our 3 children, my mother in law and I will be moving from Minneapolis to Denver and packing the entire house seems SO overwhelming. Can I also compare packing services with an estimator? We are moving out of a 6 bedroom house with a substantial amount of stuff, so I would like to know what type of costs I would be looking at if I were to pay for a full pack. Please let me know, thank you.

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