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Understanding Valuation And Insurance Options When Moving

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There are a number of things that you need to consider when you are in the process of moving such as the place where you will be moving to, travel time, the time you need to finish your move as well as the amount of money that you need to employ the services of movers in case you will need one. And in the event that you hire people like expert movers, it is paramount that you ask about the extent of their insurance coverage. Remember that the moving company is liable for the value of your possessions and knowing how much insurance coverage you can take advantage of is important. Under Federal Law, interstate movers must offer two different liability options that are also referred to as valuation coverage:

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  • Full Value Protection: If you go for this, the moving company is held liable for the replacement value of lost or damaged goods in your entire shipment. This is the most comprehensive insurance plan that families who are on the move can take advantage of when it comes to the protection of their personal belongings. This means that if any article is lost, destroyed or damaged while being handled by the movers, they will, at their discretion, offer to do one of the following; repair the item, replace the similar item, and make cash settlement for the cost of the repair or the current market replacement value. By choosing this option, the movers are allowed to limit their liability for the loss or damaged of articles of extraordinary value unless these are specifically listed on the contract. An article of extraordinary value refers to items costing $100 or more per pound and you should ask your mover for a written explanation of this limitation before your move is finished.

  • Release Value: On the other hand, released value coverage is the most affordable option for moving families because it does not require additional fees. Under this option, the movers assume liability of no more than 60 cents per pound per article and you are required to sign a specific statement on the bill of lading or contract which shows that you agree with the terms of this option. Keep in mind that you are compensated based on the weight of the item and not its actual value and if you do not select released value as your option then your shipment will be automatically considered as under the full value protection and you will be charged accordingly.

Overall, full value protection and release value are not insurance policies governed by state insurance laws but are Federal contractual tariff levels of liability authorized under Release Rates Orders and Surface Transportation Board of the United States Department of Transportation.

Finding A Low-Cost Mover Without Getting Scammed

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Moving can be a costly if not frustrating event in a person or family’s life. While being able to find moving companies that charge an affordable fee is always a good thing, the possibility of getting movers who lack professionalism or ethics increases. And with the moving industry being de-regulated since the year 1995 as well as the decrease in federal monitoring of moving companies shady moving companies are bolder in conducting their underhanded businesses. So how do you keep yourself from getting scammed?

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  • Recommendations: Perhaps one of the most reliable ways to find a reputable moving company is to ask recommendations or suggestions from friends or relatives who already have moved and employed the services of such movers. Researching online, particularly in online email groups or other social media platforms is also an option.
  • Large Moving Companies: The thing with large moving companies or brand-specific moving companies is that they are already established and are reputable. This means that you are assured that these people will not try something shady just to earn a bit more and risk their brand name. The drawback though is that their services can be steep. Also, unless you are a VIP, or you own a huge mansion and own a lot of furniture then chances are, they are likely to put your belongings along with other clients’ possessions to fill up trailer space. While it should not be an issue, the problem comes in if you are pressed for time or have no other place to stay at because professionals like them have a delivery window of 2 days up to 2 weeks.
  • Do-It-Yourself: On the other hand, you could always do it yourself or ask some friends or relatives to help you move. You can probably rent a truck for the time being to get your furniture transported and agree upon the payment upfront. It may be too much of an effort on you and your family but it will probably save you money.

Then again, thanks to the internet, finding reputable movers is no longer like finding a needle in a haystack. Moving oftentimes is troublesome and stressful but you could always find ways to lessen the bad experience.


Mover Tips: Deciding on a Moving Date

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Deciding on a moving date is important and should not be taken lightly. It can be difficult to follow through your daily routine when you are in the process of moving hence it is important that you are able to decide on a specific moving date. So what are the things that you should consider when you are deciding on a moving date?

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  • Cost: One of the first things that you should consider when it comes to deciding on a moving date is how much you are willing to spend on your relocation. You should realize that the cost of employing moving companies depends on when you will be moving. If you will be moving during holidays or during the weekends then it is likely that these companies charge more. If you do not want to spend a lot of money then moving during the winter season or during weekdays is always a good idea.
  • Saving Money Alternatives: It is easier to decide on a moving date if you have sufficient funds. If you are having difficult time saving money then what you can do strategically to afford the move is to schedule your moving date with a friend who happens to be moving. While the chances of this happening are unlikely, it is still a cost-efficient alternative. You could also negotiate with the moving company when it comes to prices.
  • Movers Availability: In addition to money, it is also important that you coordinate with the moving company in terms of their services’ availability. While reputable movers are reliable, they tend to have a lot of clients which can make it challenging for you to get a moving date that the movers are available as well as a date that works for you too.

These are some of the factors that you have to consider when it comes to figuring out the best moving date for you and your family.

Things to Consider When Contemplating a Seachange

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In Australia the allure of a cosy little beach shack on a quiet headland somewhere along our beautiful shores has seen Aussies in every generation contemplate the sea change from city to seaside at one point or another. For some, it’s the ultimate move, but for others the shoe just doesn’t fit, so it’s important to weigh up whether or not the idyllic dream of shipping your life toward the sea is really right for you or just a pipe dream.

Is the Change You’re Needing Really Permanent?

Before you make the big switch from city smoke to coastal retreat, take some time to seriously consider whether you need a permanent change or whether you’re just aching for some time away from the daily grind. They say that “change is as good as a holiday” and it applies vice versa – sometimes all you need to feel refreshed is some time out from your job, your neighbourhood, your country or your daily routine, rather than packing up your whole life and shifting it elsewhere. A good way to decide whether you’re seriously ready for a permanent change is to simply trial the seaside life for a few weeks or even a few months if you can. Rent out a holiday house and spend a solid block of time away from home, then see how you’re feeling by the end of it and whether or not you’re missing home and feel newly enlivened once you get back.

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Will A Coastal Town Suit Your Lifestyle?

Whether it’s by trialling the coastal lifestyle through an extended holiday or simply doing plenty of research, you should try to determine whether a sleepy seaside haven will allow you to live the kind of day-to-day life that you’ll find fulfilling and will bring you happiness on a long-term basis, once the holiday novelty wears off. Weigh up your needs and try to find a place that can meet them. If you’ve got your eye on a town in particular, does it have appropriate services and amenities? Consider things like schools, hospitals, shopping, sporting facilities, nightlife, culture etc.

How Will the Move Affect Family and Friends?

If you’re moving with a partner or bringing the whole family along, you need to be sure that they’ll be happy in their new home too. What will the effect be if your kids have to switch schools and make new friends? Will your partner have to sacrifice his/her career to move? If your kids are budding soccer stars, are there local teams and comps for them to play in? Is this new location somewhere that your partner can entertain his/her passions and feel stimulated? Also consider the friends and family you’ll be moving away from and how the move will affect your relationships. Is it close enough to be able to visit each-other on weekends? Are you willing to uproot yourself from your whole network?

How Will You Make Ends Meet?

You should also consider whether you can actually afford the move and what you’ll do for money once you’re there. Are there many jobs in the area? Are there jobs there than appeal to you / your partner? What are the costs of living like? And how about real estate, is it affordable? If you’re going to commute to work, how will this affect your weekly budget? Weigh up all the costs and be practical about whether the move is feasible for you at this point in your life, or whether it’s worth waiting for the right house / job / more savings etc. If you’ve seriously considered all these factors then perhaps you’re ready to make the switch and start browsing real estate web sites, job classified, even Coral Homes display homes if you’re thinking of building a house for yourself. If you’re practical and well-informed there’s no reason why a sea change can’t be the best move you’ll ever make.

Important Tips When Moving To Another State

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Moving is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time, effort and expenses especially if you are moving to a different state. If you are foreseeing yourself moving soon to a different state due to job relocation, job loss, or an inheritance, make sure to keep the following in mind.
  • Get To Know The State: Not all states are the same. Each state have their own individual state laws, and sub-culture. What the East Coast has may not be available in the West Coast.
  • Check Information about Different Movers: Unless you live in a recreational vehicle and you are travelling with your family every now and then, you will need the help of movers. However, it is important that you pick reputable ones because these people can assure you that your things will not get lost or will not get broken as they are transferred to another place. If they are registered in the Bureau of Better Business, make sure to check customer feedbacks and their overall rating. Trusted movers are ones who own their trucks and those who are able to resolve various disputes or issues.
  • Housing: It may sometimes be difficult to find another place to live in especially if the move is sudden but it is important that you at least have an idea where you will be staying. There is nothing wrong in staying with some relatives but it would be best that you already have a place where you will be moving your things to. Ask assistance from professionals like real estate agents about a particular location or a city and state. They should be able to help you find a decent place to stay.
  • Do Not Bring Everything With You: There may be some things at your old place which you would like to keep. Perhaps, it has a sentimental value however; make sure that you only bring things which will be useful when you transfer.
  • Condition Yourself Emotionally And Mentally: This is perhaps one of the most difficult things to manage when moving. Moving can be a stressful or depressing experience depending on the reason for the move. But then again, you have to muster the willpower in you to be strong and bear with the situation.
So if you find yourself in a similar situation like moving NYC, make sure that you keep these advises in mind.