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October 29, 2014

Preparing for an Estimate from a Cross-Country Moving Company

Family using moving container for cross-country move 

Moving across the country can seem like a monumental undertaking.  Choosing a cross country moving company to get you there should be the first task on your moving checklist.  You will be entrusting your belongings to the company you choose, so want to take the time to research at least three cross country moving companies and compare the estimates you receive.  It is extremely helpful to prepare before you get those estimates, so you can have a good handle of what each company is offering you.

Here are a few tips on preparing for an estimate from a cross country moving company:

1.  Get rid of the things you no longer need before you receive estimates.  In order to get an accurate (and likely lower!) estimate, you need to have a true understanding of how much you will be moving. Have that yard sale now.

2.  Make a list of all the rooms you will be moving and the contents of those rooms.  Include furniture, lamps and artwork.  Make a guess as to how many boxes for each room will be moved, as well (for example, 2 wardrobe boxes of clothing for the master bedroom).  Do not forget to include the garage, basement, attic and yard. 

3.  Make note of anything that might require special attention.  For example, you may need the cross country moving company team to disassemble a crib or use special packing materials for an heirloom vase.

4.  Make note of things in your current or new home that will need to be protected during the move-in or move-out process, such as an antique wooden banister or leaded glass windows.

5.  Let the moving company know which entrances they can use for loading and unloading, and challenges they might face.  Passing a dresser through a window because it will not fit through your small, twisty staircase is important to know ahead of time.

6.  Look up the license number and proof of insurance before you meet with a cross country moving company.  That information is usually listed on their website.  If not, ask for it when you first call.

7.  Have your desired moving dates nailed down before you meet with any cross company moving company.  If your dates are flexible, you may be able to save some money on your move.

8.  Know what you plan to pack yourself and what you plan to have the moving company handle. If you already know that you won’t let anyone else pack up your clothes, let them know upfront.

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October 29, 2014

PACK RAT Promo Code Can Help Save Money on Your Move

couple with moving boxes 

Moving coupons and discounts are everywhere these days.  If you recently sold your house, you have probably already received several moving coupons from moving companies in the mail.  And if you hop online and do a search for "moving promo code" or  "PACK-RAT promo code," you'll be directed to all sorts of coupon portals.  It doesn't take much time to find deals, especially online. 

However, choosing 1-800-PACK-RAT means not having to rely on a promo code to get a great deal on your move. We stay competitive with our pricing and always help our customers find the lowest available price. If you are moving long-distance, you can save money by being flexible with your move dates or your method of transport.

Your first step is to get a free online quote or call 1-800-722-5728 to speak with one of our move specialists. With 1-800-PACK-RAT you always get great customer service and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee -- no promo code required.

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October 9, 2014

Do You Need Moving Insurance?

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No matter how careful you are when you are using a self service mover, things can happen.  Your uncle could drop a box as he is helping load things into your portable storage container.  You could stack a heavy box of books on top of a glass lamp you forgot to label "fragile."  Your contents could shift during transport.  Or your neighbor could accidentally bump into your storage container while backing out of his garage.  Things happen when you move, whether you are having a professional moving company handle everything or doing the move yourself with the help of a self service mover.  Protecting your wallet and your belongings in the event that mishaps occur is always a wise decision.

Any reputable self service mover will offer you various moving insurance plans when you inquire about estimates.  Those plans will cover your belongings and the portable storage container during your rental period.  You can choose a plan that covers only damage to the storage container during your rental period, or a more comprehensive insurance plan that also covers damage to your belongings up to a certain amount.  The price of those insurance plans is dependent upon the deductible and plan you choose and is usually purchased on a monthly basis.  Your movers are responsible for damages that occur beyond your control, such as storm damage, vandalism, fire, etc.  Make sure you do not pack or store items that are not allowed to be packed or stored in your moving container (usually included on your rental agreement.) 

In addition to insuring your belongings while they are being stored or transported, contact your current renters or homeowners insurance company to see what might be offered.  Many renters insurance policies cover your belongings while you move.  You can also purchase moving insurance from various companies. 

Moving requires a lot of steps, regardless of whether you hire someone to do it all for you or do it yourself with a self service mover.  Moving insurance is always recommended, because things happen. It will not cost you much to provide an important safety net for your belongings and your wallet. 

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