Making Your Move
Hire a Van Line – Or do-it-yourself?
you look at it, moving your household from one residence to
another is tough. It
takes planning and plain old hands-on work.
But understanding your options and making the best
choices can take a lot of the stress out of moving.
Mayflower Transit offers the following information to
help you with these choices.
know that you’re going to be moving, here are some of the
key decisions you’ll have to make up front:
Should I hire a
van line, or rent a truck and do it myself?
What are the pros
and cons of each?
What are the
different options for each?
moving verses hiring a van line
and moving yourself can be a good option for settling into you
new place. And
moving this way can save money.
But be sure you understand all the costs and dynamics
involved in moving yourself.
Here are some things to consider when deciding between
a do-it-yourself move or hiring a professional mover:
costs – When
calculating the cost of renting a moving truck, make sure you
factor in expenses for insurance, fuel, tolls and the rental
of moving blankets, straps and dollies.
If you need an extra day for loading and unloading, add
that to you rental cost.
move also will require packing tape and paper packing
materials, and you might need to purchase boxes from the
rental company. (The
time-honored tradition of collecting boxes from the local
grocery or liquor store is always an option.
But be careful when gathering used boxes.
It’s not uncommon to find insects or other pests in
them.) Also, be
aware that a random collection of boxes won’t stack as
easily or efficiently into the truck.
you choose to hire a van line, moving equipment, accessories,
boxes and packing materials may be included in your cost,
along with the packing.
sure to ask what services and materials are included when you
get a full-service move estimate.
– If you’re
moving yourself, find out about getting insurance on the
contents of the truck because your renter’s or homeowner’s
policy probably doesn’t cover your household goods while
they’re in transit.
can purchase coverage for vehicle damage, damage or theft of
your belongings, or even medical and life insurance through the
truck rental company (usually) or through your personal
insurance agent. If
you’re using a professional van line, the cost of the move
will include minimal valuation for damage or theft during
loading, transit and unloading.
(Valuation is tariff-based coverage that movers provide
while your goods are in their custody and care.
You may purchase additional valuation from your mover.)
and unloading –
you have friends to help with the loading at your old
residence, great. Try
to line up some help with the unloading at the other end of
the move, too. In
the case of a full-service van line move, a team of movers
will load and unload your belongings.
big truck –Driving
a big moving truck can be perilous – especially in bad
weather. Make sure
the one who drives the truck is equipped to do so safely.
And be aware that breakdowns can happen.
Make a plan for what you will do if your rental truck
should break down en route to the new residence.
professional moving –
a look at the do-it-yourself move programs some major van
lines are offering now.
most of these programs you do the packing and loading, a
professional driver transports your belongings to your destination,
and you do the unloading and unpacking.
Some van line offers this service only for interstate
moves (from one state to another).
This kind of do-it-yourself move can save money,
eliminate the stress of driving a big truck, and provide peace
of mind while your belongings are on the road.
And it can free up the adults in the family to drive a
second or third car to the new destination, if need be.
storage – If, for some reason, you need to store some or all of your household
furnishings, compare the cost of rental storage to the cost of
storage in a van line’s warehouse.
And find out whether mini-storage rentals include
insurance on you belongings.
Call for a free quote
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