TIPS On How To PROTECT YOUR MOVE By A REPUTABLE MOVER

Dated: 04/03/2018

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• Make sure your Mover is fully licensed, registered, insured.Ask the Mover to provide a License number and proof of insurance. Or call 973-504-6200 (State of NJOffice of Consumer Protection) to check.

 • Make sure you are provided a free in-home survey and written estimate.A Mover is required to physically survey your goods prior to calculating an estimate. (The only exceptionis if the shipper is not able to provide access or physically be there.) After physically surveying your goods,a mover is required by law to provide you with a written estimate of the costs at least 24 hours prior toconducting the move. The only exception is for a ‘short notice’ move, or a move less than $500.

 • Make sure you are provided a copy of your Inventory or Cube Sheet to accompany yourestimate.An inventory outlining articles being moved should be generated and provided by your movingConsultant. It also details what the Mover is packing and what the Shipper is packing. This providestransparency for services and additional services to be done and proves that the price quotedencompasses all the articles noted. A move may be priced hourly, by weight, or by cubic feet (space). Nomatter the method, the price quoted should be based directly on what you are moving, and additionalservices such as packing. Estimates should be within 10% of final charges unless the customer requestedadditional services. It is easier to challenge a discrepancy in charges with the inventory detail.

 • Do your online Research. Google your Mover to make sure they are a brick & mortar businessand not an online broker. Or ask your Realtor for a Referral.Online brokers and search engines are great for finding best prices for a hotel or car rentals. But movingbrokers can be trouble. An online broker sells leads to movers and does not always check to see if they areoperating legally. They will quote you a low price and may ask for money down to book. They then farmthe work out to whoever will take it. It often is an unregulated entity. You sometimes may not know who iscoming to your home to perform your services.If someone shows up at all, you often do not who you are letting in your home. Moving is a laborintensiveservice which puts people inside your home with all your possessions. Reputable and licensedcarriers screen their employees (drug tests and background checks). If someone is sending 4 men to yourhome for 8 hours for $500, they are not operating legally.Usually the mover who arrives will find a way to increase your price and you have no documentation (seeabove) to argue otherwise. They know you are stuck on the day of the move. And there is no recoursewhen you cannot locate the broker who put you in this mess!In N.J. a great resource is www.NJMovers.com. All Movers on this site belong to the NJ Warehousemen &Movers Association (founded 1969) who screens and monitors all members and provides ethicalstandards and monitors ethical practices of membership. They have links for out of state referals as well!Check www.bbb.org for Better Business Buruea ratings or Angie's List for customer ratings.If you go to the Mover's website, click to map the actual location, and read the reviews. (Illegal moversand brokers have stolen our online photos to add to their websites.) Be wary of companies who use aname close to a nationally known Carrier. For example, you can go to www.Bekins.com to make sure weare an official Carrier for Bekins Van Lines.Or ask your Realtor for a Referral! 

• You should not be required to provide a deposit to book a date or be charged monetary penaltiesto changes dates.Reputable movers do not usually require money up front to book. A Consultant or Mover who pressuresyou in your home to book a date and put money down, is the one to walk away from. Follow your instincts.Charges are usually collected after loading prior to delivery (unless coming to storage) as regulated in thetariff filed by the Mover. 

• You should review your closing(s) timelines with your Realtor and Mover to avoid unnecessaryadditional charges especially in high volume months.Moving costs more on the weekends. Set your closings mid-week. Close Thursday and move Friday. (Donot close Friday and move in Saturday if you can avoid it!)Summer months, end of the month (29,30, 31) and mid-month (15) are the highest volume days. Lenderslike to keep their ledgers neat and it forces everyone to move at the same time. Any flexibility can help youget a better price and a better selection of movers.Keeping in communication with your Moving Consultant, Realtor, and Lender is key in reviewing logisticsto avoid bottle-necking around closings, which can result in additional moving costs.

ANY MOVING QUESTIONS, please email Tara@SeaCureMove.com or call 800-458-0026.www.BekinsNJ.com

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Kim Pileggi

Greetings from Long Beach Island! I am a full time real estate agent specializing in LBI sales and summer rentals, servicing all of LBI and the surrounding mainland communities. I have earned several ....

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