Moving Checklist

July 25, 2008 by  
Filed under Moving Tips

Pre-Move Preparation

1. Obtain the pamphlet describing your rights and responsibilities from the moving company.

2. Ask the people closest to you for advice about the moving company.

3. Consult with the Better Business Bureau about the moving company.

4. See if the moving company will responsible if any of your items are damaged.

5. Ask whether the moving company has set guidelines for handling disputes.

6. Get cost estimates from a minimum of 3 moving companies, and compare their services as well.

7. Verify if the moving company has been registered with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), and also find out it if has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number.

8. Document the times for both pickup and delivery of your items.

9. Get contact information from the moving company so that you know who to call before, during, and after the move.

10. Insure your items in case of damage or loss of your belongings.

On the Day of the Move

1. Make sure that you are present the entire time so that you can direct the movers and answer questions if needed.

2. Watch the movers as they go over the list of your possessions and clear up any confusion about the condition of the items to be moved.

3. Look over all documents carefully prior to signing them.

4. Hold onto the bill of lading until your items are finally delivered to you, all expenses are paid, and all disputes have been settled.

5. Scan your residence one last time before the movers depart to ensure that nothing has been left unpacked.

6. Write down the directions to your new residence and supply this to the driver.

7. Give the driver and the moving company details on how to contact you while your items are in transport.

On the Day of Delivery

1. Make sure that you are present, once again, to provide directions and answer questions.

2. Pay the driver the amount determined in your agreement with the moving company before anything gets moved.

3. Watch the movers as they unload and unpack your belongings.

4. List any items that were damaged in transit before placing your signature on any documents.

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LAKELAND – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an animal cruelty case that reportedly involved kittens being thrown from a moving truck.

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The Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incident in north Lakeland at approximately 9:44 a.m. today, sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Wood said.

Witnesses reported that the driver of a white GMC pickup truck had run over a kitten while traveling toward U.S. Highway 98. The witnesses followed the truck and saw another kitten being thrown from the passenger-side window, Wood said.

The witnesses followed the truck to the Tractor Farm Supply store on U.S. 98 and confronted the driver about what they had witnessed.

When deputies arrived, they found one dead kitten alongside the road on Rockridge Road, Wood said. A second kitten was found alive and has been transported to the sheriff’s Animal Control Section for medical evaluation. A third kitten is missing.

Once medically cleared, the surviving kitten will be placed for adoption, Wood said.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver of the truck as David Carl Arthur, 67, of 11221 Rockridge Road, Lakeland. Arthur was the only occupant of the truck, Wood said.

Inside the truck, she said, deputies found a sign that read, “Free Kittens – 1 Mile.”

Arthur complained of shortness of breath and chest pains, Wood said. Emergency medical personnel took him to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing, but Wood said Arthur faces three charges of animal cruelty.

Car Shipping – Know How

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Auto Transport

Shipping a car across the nation or even internationally is not an easy matter. Unlike mailing a letter there is a lot at stake. After all, a car is not only transportation to some but it can mean the ability to go to work or obtaining one’s essentials. This is a prime reason why, when shipping a car, you should choose your auto shipper confidently and without any second thoughts. The company you choose will be entrusted with the care and timely delivery of your car. To transport your car successfully, follow the steps below:

Preparing Your Car for it’s Journey-

1. Before you entrust your car to any transporting company you should make sure your car is in good, basic condition. It should be washed and cleaned thoroughly, ready for any inspection the company or state may require.

2. Remember to remove all of your belongings from the car –this includes accessories or any additional parts, such as the antenna or fog lights.

3. Double check the battery and radiator. The battery shouldn’t have any leaks and you should be careful to have anything connected to it that may drain its power, like an alarm system.

4. Ensure that the radiator has antifreeze. Lastly, leave the gas tank only a quarter full.

Leaving Your Car with the Auto Shipper-

When planning to hand your car over the shipping company, plan ahead. Like when moving or traveling, you should keep your schedule open and flexible, ready for any possible issues that may arise. Upon handing the car over to the company, make sure that you obtain the bill of lading. This document is of utmost importance, it should be signed by both yourself and the auto shipper. The bill will have a description of the condition the car was received in, and because of this, will allow you to file a claim should any discrepancies occur during the transport of the car. If a claim does need be made, file it within two weeks of the car’s delivery, but remember to pay the company in full as agreed until the claim is resolved.

Other Things to Consider-

1. Educate yourself with the auto shippers’ terms and insurance policies. It would be best to make sure that your car is properly insured.

2. Be aware, that although companies may offer services like pick up and delivery, this may not always occur. Theses services may be affected by any safety laws or inspections the DOT imposes on auto shipping companies.

3. Be prepared to make any deposit or payment in advance of any service. Preferably, ask ahead so that you are not surprised.

4. There are two options for car delivery: door-to-door or terminal delivery. If door-to-door is not available for you specific needs you can always choose to have the car shipped to a terminal delivery near you.

Valuation vs. insurance

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Insurance

It is a Federal Law that all interstate moving companies must offer a customer at least two liability options which are referred to as valuation coverage. The two different options are called (1) Full Value Protection and (2) Released Value.

(1) Full Value Protection

Unless you specifically ask for the other coverage option, the Released Value option, most moving companies will give you Full Value Protection. This is considered the more comprehensive option in which the moving company is responsible for the replacement value of any items that have been damaged, broken or lost. Should this happen, the movers will either simply repair the item, replace it with a similar item, or reimburse you for the cost to repair the item or the market value cost to replace it.

The Full Value Protection plan allows the moving company to adjust their liability for items of exceptionally high value unless the customer specifically lists these items on the shipping documents. Articles whose value is over $100 per pound are considered high value items. Some examples of these items are jewelry, antiques, china, furs, etc. It is recommended that you always ask for a written copy of the movers’ policy regarding high value items before hiring them.

Full Value Protection plans’ costs can vary depending on whether or not the mover offers different levels of deductibles. Again, ask your movers for written details on the cost for this particular plan.

(2) Released Value

Because it is offered at no additional cost, it may be tempting to choose this plan. But, keep in mind that this really provides no real coverage should something happen to your item(s). The way the Released Value plan works is this: the mover will not reimburse you for more than $0.60 per pound per item. So, for example, if you had a 10-pound antique statue worth $1,000.00 that was damaged by the movers, they would only have to give you $6.00 as compensation.

Keep in mind that with this plan, you are essentially insuring your items by their weight, not their value. There is no fee for the Release Value plan, but you will need to sign the contract or shipping documentation to confirm this as your plan choice, otherwise the moving company will default to the Full Protection Plan and you will be charged accordingly.

Remember that neither of these insurance options are controlled by State insurance laws. They are Federal contractual tariff plans authorized under Release Rates Orders of the Surface Transportation Board of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Third Party Insurance

If you choose the Released Value protection plan, the moving company may offer to sell you or help you obtain additional insurance through a third party. This insurance is not included in the basic plan and you would be responsible to purchase it separately. Third party insurances are governed by State law, not Federal law like the above mentioned valuation options. If you opt to purchase separate coverage from a third party, you are still entitled to receive the $0.60 per pound per item under the Release Value plan, but you would receive the rest of your reimbursement from the third party insurance company for up to the amount of insurance you purchased. If you hire a third party insurance policy through the moving company, they legally must provide you with a receipt or confirmation at the time of purchase.

You are also entitled to purchase additional insurance on your own. Before doing so, you may want to check into your homeowner’s policy as you may be covered during a move.

Always check with your state, county or local consumers affairs agencies or state moving association if you are moving within your current state as rules and regulations regarding moves aren’t always the same in every jurisdiction.

Another thing to note is that there are some things you can do to make sure any claims won’t be denied in the unfortunate event of a loss or breakage of any of your possessions:

-Do not pack perishables or hazardous materials without the movers’ consent.

-If you decide to do your own packing to save money, keep in mind that if something breaks, you may not be able to prove that the mover caused the damage. They may turn down your claim saying the items weren’t packaged correctly.

-Do not choose the Released Value protection plan if your possessions are valued at more than $0.60 per pound.

-Do not forget to notify the movers, or indicate on the bill of lading, any items of high value.

Read Additional information related to this topic:

Moving Insurance Into the 21st Century: NAIFA Launches New … – NAIFA supports insurance regulatory reform and modernization that helps American families and businesses achieve financial security.

NCOIL recoils from insurance bill moving through Congress – The National Conference of Insurance Legislators is pleading for help from governors and state attorneys general to defeat insurance legislation that is moving through Congress that would pre-empt some state insurance powers.


Time to Move

July 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Real Estate

As the housing market softens across the country, now is the time to relocate. National Relocation is a great tool to assist you in your move. With this tool, you can research schools and neighborhoods, find a realtor, get multiple quotes from movers, and find home inspectors, as well as many other services you may need when relocating. You can also research our huge inventory of foreclosures and get quotes for mortgages. With National Relocation, you can search for rentals, both houses and apartments, if you’re not quite sure you want to purchase a home at this particular time. You can find other information to assist you in your move, including information on insurance agents for your home, auto, life, and other insurance needs.

Space Estimator Widget

July 16, 2008 by  
Filed under self pack moving companies

New widget we came up with will estimate the space of truck for your move