Did you know, that more people are moving into
Florida than out?! In fact, the ratio is
approximately 3 to 1.
Companies usually charge higher prices because
they go back north empty.
Most Florida Moving Companies will move you for
less, sometimes 45% percent less.
Most Florida Moving Companies will beat any
written quote from your local moving company.
Reminder List of who
should be notified of your move, such
as; The Post Office, utility companies,
banks, magazine companies, newspapers,
credit card companies, clubs, schools,
your physicians & Dentist, and relatives/friends.
If you decide to move
yourself, the first thing you need is to rent a truck.
Have the rental company help you determine the size of
truck that you will require. You'll have to pay the
rental fee, mileage, and additional fees if you rent
pads, dollies, blankets, packing materials and boxes.
And of course, if you break anything, you pay.
Hire a Professional
For long distances,
you'll probably want to hire a professional moving
company. Get at least three estimates for your move.
Contact the movers and ask for a copy of their companies
literature and the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)
brochure, "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You
Move", and a copy of the company's "Annual Performance
Interstate moves are
usually based on the weight of the shipment (an average
residential move ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 pounds) and
the distance of the move. Additional charges for
packing and unpacking, disconnecting and hooking up
appliances are added.
You have the option of
choosing either a binding or non-binding estimate. If
you know exactly what you are shipping at the time of
the estimate, you can avoid surprises with a binding
estimate. Although the fee may be higher that a
non-binding estimate, the agreed upon price is final.
There is no guarantee that a non-binding estimate is
final, so choose a non-binding estimate if the exact
shipment is questionable. If the cost of the move is
greater that the estimate, you will have to pay the
original estimate plus 10 percent. Regardless of the
type of estimate you choose, be prepared to pay the
driver in cash, money order, traveler's checks, or bank
check before your goods are unloaded. The most important
document to have in your possession is the 'bill of
lading'. This is the legal document between you and
Upon delivery of your shipment, use the
'bill of lading' as the movers off load your household
items making notations if there is visible damage. You
have 90 days after delivery to file a loss or damage
claim, but it is best to do it immediately. It takes
time to settle into a new home, so unpack the kitchen
first, bedrooms and bathrooms. Try different furniture
arrangements. Go out and explore your new
neighborhood. Meet new neighbors and may be join a
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