Researching Moving Options
FSP Housing Search FaceBook group is a great place to ask questions and get help from FSP participants who are on the ground in New Hampshire.
Make Decisions About What You are Bringing With You
Will you sell everything and repurchase in NH?
Will you cull your possessions and move just treasured items?
Will you move everything you own?
If You are a DIY Mover, Check into Companies Such As:
ABF Uload, PODS, Budget Rentals, AmTrak, etc., and keep in mind that the largest DIY moving trucks available have a payload of about 5 tons and are between 26'-28' in length.
Tips for Full Service Moving Companies:
Most do not require you to pay a deposit up front, but do require payment in full no later than the day before the truck shows up.
The best way to research a moving company is to first read reviews online, check with the Better Business Bureau, Yelp.com, and ask your FaceBook friends for advice.
Start by choosing three companies to come out and give you an actual weight estimate and quote, but know what you are moving before you ask them to come out. This weight estimate meeting should be free of charge.
Deciding on a moving company is often about price, but it is also about the customer service you expect. Write a list of what you expect in a mover and go over it with the representative who comes out to estimate your move weight. Make sure you know who will be your contact all the way through your move.
Best Advice Ever Given by a Moving Company Representative:
“If a moving company says they can give you an accurate moving estimate weight over the phone, run screaming for the hills, it is not possible.”
If a company suggests that they can estimate the weight of your items over the phone, they are most likely going to be one of those companies that adds fees for stairs, how many feet the front door is from the street, etc. Often the weight is far under-estimated and the end cost can be double what was quoted. It is not advisable to work with this type of moving company.
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