November 7, 2011

10 Things to Ask a Cross-Country Moving Company

cross-country moving trailer

One of the most important things on your to-do list when you move a long distance is to find the best cross-country moving company that also fits your budget.  If you do not hire a reputable cross country moving company, it could end up costing you more time, stress and money in the long run. Take good care of your family by taking the time to thoroughly research the background of any company you plan to hire.  Having a list of questions that you ask every cross-country moving company will help you in your side-by-side comparison. 

10 Questions for a Cross-Country Moving Company:

1.  Is the company a licensed business and registered with the Department of Transportation?

2.  Is the company and all its employees insured, and are the workers bonded?

3.  Will the company be hiring subcontractors for any part of your move?  If so, what standards must those subcontractors meet? 

4.  Does the company own its own vehicles?

5.  How many people will be assigned to your move on moving out and moving in day?

6.  Will the same team that loads your belongings be unloading them?

7.  How long has the cross-country moving company been in business?

8.  Does the company have a list of references available? 

9.  Will your shipment be transported with other shipments?  If so, how does the company assure the shipments do not get mixed up? 

10.  What actions will incur additional costs beyond what is given in the estimate?

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April 22, 2011

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 27, 2010

Preparing for an Estimate from a Cross Country Moving Company

Moving across the country can seem like a monumental undertaking.  Choosing a cross country moving company should be the first task on your to do list.  You will be entrusting your belongings to the company you choose, so want to take the time to research companies and compare the estimates you receive.  It is best to get at least 3 estimates before you settle on a cross country moving company.  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.

Preparing for an estimate from a cross country moving company:
1.)  Get rid of the things you no longer need before you receive estimates.  It is difficult for the cross country moving company to estimate the size of truck needed or the weight or your belongings when those items are still scattered throughout the house.
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 and assemble 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 moving, such as an antique wooden banister or leaded glass windows.
5.)  Let the cross country moving company know of the entrances they are to use for loading and unloading and challenges they might face.  Taking a dresser through a window, because it will not fit through your small twisty staircase is important to know.
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 web site.  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. 
8.)  Know what you plan to pack yourself and what you plan to have the moving company handle.

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