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Smart Moves: Tips For Safely Moving On With Your Lives And Choosing The Right Moving Company:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

After getting married I moved in with my DH only to move back in less than a year, and wait for him to join me. While there where no casualties to report the first time around, we had quite a few the second time around. While I at first was inclined to believe that it was probably due to my husband’s lack of proficiency in packing, after inspecting the boxes myself, it became quite obviously that our belongings had been obviously manhandled. I lost some of my favorite china and some very meaningful knick-knacks.

Regardless, we consider ourselves fortunate; at least will still have most of our possessions. All too often you hear of couples who fall victim to grand theft “auto”…meaning that the drivers they chose, put their possessions in a truck and drove off with them.

The best way to avoid this scenario is not necessarily by doing the driving (and moving) yourself, but by doing a bit of fancy footwork ensure your move is smooth.

· Put your detective cap on. Check out the company thoroughly. Don’t forget to ask for references, and check their reputation and any complaints against them with the better business bureau.

· Once you’ve gotten all the information you need to feel “comfortable” get any and all additional information that may work in your favor. Include: owner’s and manager’s/supervisor’s name, former company names (check with the Better Business Bureau again), etc.

· Get a first hand referral from someone who has (recently) used the company and also ask for the names of the crew they used.

· Keep a detailed list of how many boxes you are moving with a description of what is in each. Retain for your records. Make sure the movers sign a similar list without all the explicit details of what each box contains. Also retain for your records.

· Make sure the movers are licensed and insured.

· Never give cash. Credit is best for stopping payment with regard to legitimate troubles and discrepancies.

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