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As I traveled so much, I learned how to pack light, but I always felt I was a little bit too nomad. I never had a permanent place to stay: No home, no properties, no refrigerator of my own, no pictures to hang on my own walls, and worst of all nobody to share my […]

MOVING WITH A ROOMMATE

Renting an apartment may be quite expensive, especially if you’re moving to a big city like Los Angeles, California. I come from a small town in southern California called Escondido, and I decided to taste a little LA action so I took off to study at UCLA. I first came to my aunt’s house in […]

Things to know when moving internationaly

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Puts International Movers into 3 categories: Vessel-Owning. There are about 2,700 FMC-licensed and bonded licensed freight forwarders (LFF)/international movers operating in the US. Non-Vessel-Owning. There are over 3,300 licensed and bonded intermediaries/agents/non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) that have an official service agreement (NSA) with a vessel-owning mover. Non-Licensed, Non-US-Based, Non-Vessel-Owning. […]

Requirements Your Mover Must Meet

A move that crosses a state line at any point; even if the state line is Canada or Mexico; even if you end up in the same state you started from; and even if the truck does not cross state lines, but the move continues by plane or rail outside the state is considered an […]

When and how do I pay the mover?

Standard procedure is to pay the mover just before unloading. While most local moves are based on hourly rates, most interstate moves are based on weight. If you agreed to a non-binding estimate for your long distance move, the final price must be based on the actual weight. If this actual weight results in a […]

How are Moves Priced?

Intrastate Moves: Hourly The most common move type in North America is the small, local move of a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. These moves are most typically priced by the hour. In the event you are travelling a longer distance, but still staying within state, your state may or may not require that your […]

What type of insurance coverage can I choose for my move?

If you have homeowners or renters insurance, your furniture should be covered during your move from most “acts of god” as well as vehicle peril in which the crash causes the damage (confirm with your policy provider). However homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover you against scratches, dropping or falling over, etc. As […]

Dispute Resolution

For smaller complaints such as pricing or damage disputes, filing a complaint and writing online editable reviews have been enough incentive for many movers to resolve the issue properly for customers. www.BBB.org Editable Online Reviews The Arbitration Program Your Mover Must Belong to State Attorney General and Consumer Protection Agencies:  https://www.protectyourmove.gov/related-sites/state-search.htm For more serious criminal […]

How do I Identify brokers/middlemen from actual truck-owning movers?

All Interstate and most Intrastate moving companies can be confirmed as either a moving company or broker by viewing the number of moving trucks (power units) a company owns on their federal registration page. A broker’s page will show 0 power units. To view this registration page you can either run a search here:http://www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx. Most […]

Top 9 Things that Make a Great Mover

They are accommodating. They have the mindset that anything they can do, they will do. They are fair. Pricing, terms and damage response offerrings are fair. They are reliable. They show up on time and do what they promised They are responsive. They answer their phone and respond to emails quickly. They are involved. They […]