Moving Tips

The Cheaper Mover’s tips for an easy and efficient move

Getting Started

  • Determine what you think is valuable enough to move with you and what you can get rid of. If you have a habit of holding on to things that you will never use again, these are things that can be left behind or sold in a garage sale.
  • Start storing the items you will need to move. Things like boxes are sometimes difficult to come by. You should start collecting them now so that you will have enough by the time you are ready to walk out the door.
  • Start packing the items that are not essential. At this point, you can start packing away pictures on the walls, a lot of your rarely used plates, bowls, and cups. There are numerous things that you will not need within the next six weeks and you should start getting those into the boxes you are saving.

Keep yourself Organized

  • Label everything. As you pack your non-essential belongings, you should use some tape and a marker to mark the boxes with their intended location in your new home. When you are unloading those boxes, you will know where to put them. Also, be sure to label breakable items as “fragile”. For example, you might label teacups as “Kitchen – fragile”
  • You should also consider numbering the boxes to help keep track of them. If you have hired professional movers to help you in the process, this is more important. You want to be sure that all the boxes you have packed reach your home. 

Keep your belongings safe

  • As mentioned above in organization, you should label things according to how breakable the contents of the boxes are. If you have some of your old china in a box, you should label it fragile so that the movers are aware of how to care for that specific box. Although the idea is that they should always be careful, you almost have to expect things to get broken at times. You just do not want it to be some of your most favorite possessions.
  • Use some of your towels and pillows to keep items safe. Ensure that you label this on the box, however, so that those unpacking do not unfold a towel that has something made of glass wrapped in it.
  • Keep all hardware for disassembled furniture neatly organized. For example, keep the bolts and nuts for each bed frame in separate bags, and label them accordingly. This will make it easier to know which parts go with what items when trying to put them back together.
  • Tape loose items together for easier transport. For example, you could tape several mops, brooms, and other similar items together in an easy to handle bundle.

Extra Insurance

Released Valuation: Most licensed movers automatically provide released valuation, not insurance. Released Valuation coverage, or the basic liability insurance as it is commonly called, is usually available as part of your standard moving fees at no extra cost, but you have to sign for it. Under this plan, the moving companies assume liability for your items up to a value of $0.60 per pound per article. So if an item weighs 100 pounds, the mover’s liability is $60 on that item regardless of the actual value of the item. The basic liability insurance will not provide full coverage for damaged goods.


Declared value: The value of your possessions is based on the total weight of the shipment multiplied by a specific amount per pound (minimum charge of $1.25 times the weight). You decide the dollar amount. For example: if the specific amount is $1.25 per pound, and your household goods weigh 5000 pounds, the moving company would be liable for a maximum of $6,250. In a case of damage, the insurance will be based on the depreciated value of the damaged item up to the maximum value of all the items that you shipped. The amount of the protection is limited by the depreciated value of the item


Lump sum value protection: The lump sum value insurance gives you the option to insure your items by the actual value of the items, usually per $1,000 of value and not by the weight of the items. You decide item’s value and the mover is liable for that value. To choose this option, you must make a declaration in writing on the moving contract.
Full-value protection – This coverage will cover all damaged or lost article by replacing, repairing or providing a full cash value for the item. Usually, there is a minimum coverage amount of applicable deductibles. This is the most expensive option and must be purchased in advance. This is good options for high-value items.
You can purchase full value protection for 1.5 percent of the declared value


Items of Extraordinary Value: This category refers to individual items with an individual replacement value (and matched sets with a combined value) in excess of $10,000.00.
Items must be listed on the Bill of Lading and the value confirmed by written appraisal. The appraisal must be presented to the carrier on or before the day of packing.
Additional valuation will have to be purchased beyond the minimum of $10.00 per pound.
Items such as documents, jewelry, specimens, stamp and coin collections are best taken with you or sent by a commercial courier to provide the security such items warrant, since the mover cannot assume liability for them.

Regardless of which option is selected, any and all claims must be filled in writing within 60 days of completing the move.

The following items are not covered for either option of Released Liability or Replacement Value Protection:

  • Loss, damage or delay to any of the goods described in the Bill of Lading caused by an Act of God, the Queen’s or public enemies, riots, strikes, a defect or inherent vice in the goods, the act or default of the consignor, owner or consignee, authority of law or quarantine.
  • Damage to any articles that are not packed and unpacked by the carrier
  • Mechanical condition of audio/visual or electronic equipment unless servicing and preparation was performed by the carrier.
  • Items of extraordinary value unless disclosed on the face of the Bill of Lading and by special agreement to do so.
  • If one item in a set is damaged. Only that one item is covered by the valuation, not the entire set.
  • Plants (live, dried or artificial).
  • Damage to the goods at place or places of pick-up at which the consignor or his agent is not in attendance.
  • Damage to the goods at place or places of delivery at which the consignee or his agent is not in attendance and cannot give receipt for goods delivered.
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