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September 29th, 2021 1:02 PM by Barbara Doeringer

If contemplating a move in the near future, here are some tips to take some of the stress out of it:

  1. Plan your move in advance so you have time to evaluate your options and make a decision based on overall value as per mover and insurance.
  2. Confirm that each mover carries commercial general liability insurance, automobile liability, cargo liability and workers’ compensation.  This can be verified by a certificate of insurance.
  3. Check if the moving company is licensed by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting:   Floridaconsumerhelp.com
  4. Get a written estimate from several movers and compare them.  These should include:  name, telephone number, physical address and state registration number of the mover; date the contract or estimate was prepared and proposed date of the actual move; appropriate pickup and delivery address, name and phone number of the shipper; name, phone number and physical address where the goods will be held if necessary; itemized breakdown, description and total of all costs and services provided; and acceptable forms of payment.  
  5. Determine if the company is a moving broker or moving company.  A broker arranges for the transport of your household goods for a fee and sells your move to a moving company.
  6. Check your homeowners or rental insurance policies for moving coverage.
  7. Accidents do happen, so discuss valuation with your mover and know the difference between released value at 60 cents per pound and full value protection.  

There is so much to know when planning to hire a moving company.  An experienced realtor can assist and guide you in the proper direction as part of the selling process.  Whippet Properties of Florida can recommend any professional services needed.  

For additional moving tips, visit Professional Movers Association of Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Better Business Bureau online.  

Posted by Barbara Doeringer on September 29th, 2021 1:02 PM


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