“Around here, we do not look backwards for very long…We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we are curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney
Moving to a new home is an exciting prospect.
The thrill of being in a new neighborhood, starting a new life and mingling with neighbors that could potentially be your new friends are all excellent likelihoods to look forward to. However, moving can possibly be a complicated process fraught with issues and dilemmas that can put a damper and a pall to what would have otherwise been a seamless journey. Not to worry, however, as this is precisely why there are moving companies—to facilitate a more efficient move. However, you should not just arbitrarily go with the first moving company you come across. You have to be a little bit through and meticulous in your selection of a move as you can never be too careful. Exercise caution and protect yourself from fraud in a myriad of ways. Initially, you can do this by exercising a little diligence in the selection of a moving company.
After all, you cannot entrust a lifetime’s worth of belongings just to anyone. What would happen if your mover decided not to show up? Or worse, what if they ran away with your stuff? Well, to prevent such scenarios from happening, here are some of the tips to keep in mind if you wish to protect your move. So that whether you are moving to a new unit in Avida Settings Cavite or elsewhere, your lifetime’s worth of belongings is adequately protected:
1.) Choose your mover carefully
Much like it was stated above; do not just randomly hire anyone to handle your precious possessions. Your first step after deciding the move should be to look for a reputable and trustworthy moving company. In fact, this might even be considered as a pivotal step when it comes to protecting your moves. Scams and rogue movers can be avoided if you check to see if the moving company you are considering is licensed. Furthermore, it would not hurt to read some reviews as regards the company and get some referrals as well. Ideally, you should obtain at least three different quotes from various moving companies. Choose the one that works best for you and your budget.
2.) Research what valuation coverage covers and does not cover
Before anything else, know that valuation coverage is a lot different from moving insurance. So, before your move, you should already have an idea of what valuation coverage is; what it does and more importantly, what it does not cover. Do not assume that it would cover all of your belongings during a move. To illustrate, valuation coverage might not include those belongings of yours that were damaged by fortuitous events (i.e., natural causes), or it might be a lot more challenging to make a claim against a moving company if you had packed your belongings on your own and in your own boxes.
3.) Consider purchasing additional moving insurance
No matter your mover’s level of liability, you should still consider purchasing additional moving insurance. This cannot be stressed enough as, after all, it is so much better to be safe than sorry. In this regard, the additional protection will help you breathe a little easier knowing that your belongings are adequately covered. Moreover, as valuation coverage is limited and in no case would provide you with full compensation for any item damaged or lost, any type of moving insurance through a third-party insurance company is sure to come in handy. This is especially useful when you are planning to move incredibly precious and valuable items.
4.) Take photos of all of your belongings before moving
With the innumerable stuff and belongings you have, it can be somewhat hard to keep track of what they are all. To ensure you do not miss anything, make an inventory before packing any of it by taking photos of it. Apart from having your belongings itemized, it would also help you make a claim should any of your items be damaged simply by showing a before and after photo of the said item. They make for stronger and more plausible cases and would serve as evidence should you need to hold the movers accountable for their actions.
5.) Pack carefully and strategically
While it might be tempting to leave everything up to your movers, packing is still your responsibility and ensuring that everything is secure for the move should be a priority of yours. One of the ways to protect your move is to have a strategic approach towards packing your items. Sort them into fragile and non-fragile ones and label them accordingly. Furthermore, you can prevent potential damage during transit by ensuring that you pack them as securely as possible. Lastly, using the right boxes, protective materials and packing supplies can go a long way.