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When is the best time to book a mover?

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8 Weeks in Advance

When planning a move, one crucial factor is timing. A good rule of thumb is to start looking for a mover about eight weeks before your expected move date. While this might seem early, it allows you ample time to make an informed decision. After all, your choice of mover is incredibly important, and early planning ensures you won’t be rushed into a hasty decision.

The Pitfalls of Waiting Until the Last Minute

Waiting until a day or two before your move to contact a mover is a recipe for stress and potential disaster. During the peak moving season from May through September, movers are often booked two to three months in advance.

If you delay, you might end up desperate to find anyone available, which can lead to overlooking critical factors like the mover’s reputation, licensing, and insurance. By starting your search early, you mitigate these risks and ensure a smoother moving experience.

Do Some Homework

Finding a good mover involves more than just glancing at a few websites and reading reviews. By beginning your search well in advance, you give yourself the opportunity to dig deeper into your options. Here are some key areas to focus on:

  • Order of Service: This is the detailed list of household goods and furniture that your mover will pick up and transport. Understanding this process can help you organize your packing and ensure nothing is left behind.
  • Bill of Lading: This contract between you and the moving company outlines the terms of your move, including services provided and the cost. It’s essential to understand this document thoroughly to avoid any misunderstandings or hidden fees.
  • Dispute Resolution and Claims: Knowing how to handle disputes or file claims for damaged goods is crucial. Researching this in advance will prepare you for any issues that may arise and ensure you know your rights and the correct procedures.

Starting your search eight weeks in advance provides the time needed to gather comprehensive information and choose a reputable mover. This preparation reduces stress and helps ensure your move goes smoothly, giving you peace of mind as you transition to your new home.

For a reliable and seamless moving experience, start planning today and make the process as stress-free as possible. Happy moving!

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