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As you start looking for moving companies in Illinois, you’ll no doubt notice the overwhelming amount to choose from. Scrolling through the top 10 lists will get old quickly, not to mention confusing as you read over and over again how each and every company is the best.

 

If you’d like to verify every certification and read every user review, the team at iMoving can’t blame you. But most people just don’t have that kind of time.

 

That’s precisely why iMoving has done the work for you. Using our platform, you can search and book a trusted Illinois moving company that has already been screened by us and have:

  • A Certificate of Insurance (COI),
  • 2 years minimum experience in the moving business,
  • Department of Transportation or Illinois authentication,
  • Passed our interview process,
  • High levels of accountability and are removed from our network if iMoving’s community standards are violated.

 

After entering the details of your upcoming move, you can instantly choose from our selection of handpicked, fully insured, and licensed Illinois movers. At iMoving, you can expect transparency, honest pricing, reliability, professionalism, and respect every time.

 

Moving Services in Illinois

 

Knowing the kind of services you need before you move can go a long way in helping you find an Illinois moving company more efficiently.

 

The amount of time you are able to dedicate to the preparation of your move will also affect the services you need. The more time you put in, the less help you may need from a professional service.

 

Most companies you come across will provide similar basic services that help you prepare and organize your belongings for the trip ahead. For more in-depth needs, you’ll want to look at companies that specialize or are full-service.

 

  • Storage: Moving companies offer the option of storing your things with them for both short and long amounts of time. Perfect for those moving from larger to smaller places or who need quick, temporary storage due to an unexpected housing situation, there’s no need to panic about what to do with your things.

 

  • Packing Services: Properly securing a whole house or apartment is time-consuming and can be overwhelming. Use this service to take some of the pressure off yourself. Illinois moving companies, including those in iMoving’s network, are trained to pack your things to reduce damage. They also disassemble, reassemble and do partial packing.

 

  • Boxes & Supplies: Moving companies supply their customers with any and all supplies they need for the move. From the necessities like boxes and tape to less thought about, yet useful, supplies like labels, they carry everything you need to get your things organized. For oddly shaped or heavy-duty items, they may have crates.

 

  • Business Services: Changing office buildings or retail space? This service is what you’re looking for. An Illinois moving company will move your furniture, equipment, and employees if you need them to. You can even find places with climate-controlled storage for equipment that is temperature-sensitive. Make sure to find a trusted mover for your company’s data!

 

  • Long-Distance Moving: Interstate and cross-country moves are a bit complex and take more time to make sure everything goes according to plan than a shorter move. These professional Illinois movers are trained to pack your things to survive the bumps and bruises that can happen on the long road to their final destination.

 

  • Local Moving: Moving a short distance to a new neighborhood is still stressful. A local moving company can help you make this a more positive experience, getting your entire move done usually within a day or less. They can do the packing, transportation, and unpacking and you’ll end your day much happier.

 

Important Things to Keep in Mind before Hiring an Illinois Moving Company

 

No matter where you’re moving in Illinois, you’ll find its Midwestern charm hard to resist. Before getting too caught up in the Prairie State’s scenic beauty and rich history, you still have to make it there first. It’s important to think about a few things before handing over your prized possessions to a moving company for relocation.

 

Is This an Honest Moving Company?

 

There is just no shortage of moving companies in Illinois that are going to tell you they are the best and that every fee you’re paying is absolutely worth it. To this, iMoving says do your research. No one likes to feel as if they are being lied to or taken advantage of, which is why we keep you in control of your move and only work with the best Illinois movers to bring you the fairest price possible.

 

It’s important to compare quotes from 3-5 companies. After that, make sure you know the answers to these questions:

  • Are there any additional moving supplies you must pay for?
  • Do potential charges exist that you are not already aware of?
  • Do you have a list of referrals I can speak with
  • Does the company have a ton of complaints lodged against them?
  • Will there be any additional transfers of your belongings?

 

Do not dismiss any red flags or bad feelings you get from a company. Trust yourself, find a new company and move on. And, if the mover is part of our iMoving network, please tell us!

 

Check if the Mover Offers Sufficient Insurance

 

Opening your boxes and finding your favorite crystal goblets have shattered or a vintage piece of furniture has been damaged is not a good feeling. Having insurance that doesn’t cover the loss of irreplaceable items is worse.

 

Before agreeing to hire anyone, make sure you clearly understand the insurance policies of the company you intend to move with. It’s common for Illinois movers to provide bare-bones insurance but offer premium replacement coverage. If you have expensive, or high-sentiment items, getting extra coverage may be a good idea.

 

Time of Year

 

Consider moving to Illinois at any time but the winter. The sub-zero temperatures are enough to bypass this time of year but add the blizzards which are commonplace in Illinois and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

Another thing to know about an Illinois winter is that it comes with heavy construction! The roads gets so worn down from salt that potholes form and must be covered up annually.

 

You have three other seasons to choose from. You’ve been warned.

 

Toll Roads

 

If you’re going to be driving, start collecting quarters, actually all spare change, right now and put them in your car. Illinois has over 250 miles of toll roads, especially in Northern Illinois, so get ready to have to pay your toll to access some of the areas upstate.

 

To make your life a bit easier, you may want to purchase an I-Pass. Attached to your bank account, it can be placed in your car’s front window for automatic payment of tolls, instead of having to worry about always keeping change around (because honestly, who still carries change). It’s faster, easier, and saves you from counting out coins and holding up traffic.

 

Be sure to ask your moving company how that affects the move, and what is expected of you.

 

Searching for Illinois Moving Companies: Common Questions

 

Moving to Illinois doesn’t have to be frustrating or scary if you ask the right questions. Some of the most common concerns and questions we’ve heard over time should be able to help you during this upcoming transition.

The more you know, the better prepared you are to handle the unexpected with finesses.

 

1. What are some important questions I should ask my moving company that I may not think of?

 

During the chaos of scheduling and coordinating moves, a lot can go unsaid. These questions are often overlooked, hopefully, they will get your wheels spinning about other questions to ask the moving company.

 

  • Are there any restrictions on how and what is packed?
  • Will the same company that picked up your items by delivering them?
  • How can you get in touch with the driver and move coordinator during the move?
  • What is their cancellation policy?

 

2. Is an on-site estimate really necessary?

 

It may seem inconvenient to have someone come in your home and survey your belongings, but we assure you they are doing it for your benefit.

 

If a company refuses to do an on-site estimate and only offers phone estimates, that is a problem.

 

An on-site estimate is a more accurate representation of the labor needed to complete the job. Things such as parking, steep staircases, and narrow doorways can be discussed beforehand, making for a better job done by the company. You’ll also be able to ask questions about what should be disassembled and if doing it yourself can save you money.

 

So while it’s not absolutely necessary, it definitely keeps you from being blindsided by extra fees.

 

3. What kind of insurance should I get?

 

Full value protection is the more comprehensive plan that protects your items. The moving company is liable for replacing the value of any of your belongings that have been lost or damaged. The price of this insurance varies by company.

 

Release value protection doesn’t cost anything extra but only offers minimal protection. Illinois movers are not liable for more than $0.60 per pound.

 

Don’t forget you can purchase third-party insurance if those options are not good enough for you but remember to check your homeowner's insurance if you have one. You may already be covered!

 

4. What’s the best way to find a reliable mover?

 

Is this a setup for a shameless plug or what? While iMoving knows we can make your moving experience a breeze with our trusted network, if you are going at it alone there are a few ways you can build a list of good moving companies in Illinois.

 

Ask for recommendations: ask your friends and family for the companies they’ve used in the past. Even though all the online reviews exist in the world, getting a recommendation from a trusted friend is still one of the best ways to get a trustworthy mover.

 

Online Forums: look for people who have completed the same move that you are about to complete. They may even have information than just about companies to choose from; they’ll be able to offer advice on the best time of year to move or just a great local spot to visit once you’ve settled in.

 

Best Ways to Save Money on Your Next Move

 

Moving is expensive but necessary because when it’s time to go, it’s time to go.

 

To keep your pockets from being completely empty when you arrive at your new destination, these handy tips will help you reduce the costs of moving.

 

Relocation Stipend

 

We can think of nothing better than getting someone else to pay for your move altogether. Often, if you are moving for a new job, you can put everything on the company’s dime.

 

If you have gotten lucky enough to have a job that does this for you, it’s the ultimate win. Just make sure you do your research and get a good company that will get all your things to Illinois in one piece.

 

Donate

 

We are all guilty of having things we don’t remember buying, haven’t used in years, or forgot even existed. In the corners of your closets, basements, attics, and other places are unused items that the less fortunate need or someone else will actually use.

 

This is the opportunity to clear out some unneeded items, do good for others and save some money. If you make sure to get a receipt for everything you’ve donated, you can claim it on your taxes and get some extra money back in that refund.

 

DIY Packing Materials

 

Blankets, sheets, and sweaters make great cushioning. There’s no need to do everything the professionally trained, expert way - especially if you simply cannot afford it.

 

You can also use newspapers and magazines for glassware and plates instead of bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Keep that ink from ruining your things though!

 

Don’t forget to stuff your socks or other clothes into any open spots you see in those boxes. You want to make sure nothing moves.

 

Weight = Money

 

You are going to get charged by the pound. Now that you know this, are you really going to use that exercise machine? It’s already covered in dust. Maybe it’s time to part ways?

 

Taking everything with you just because it’s yours is going to cost you. For larger items, take the time to really think about the space it takes up in your everyday life and if it is something worth bringing along to your new place.

 

You’ll be surprised at how quickly sentiment fades when your hard-earned money is on the line.

 

Bundle Services

 

It’s great if you can find one company that can do it all. If you need storage but also packing services and a truck, going to 3 different places will cost you more money than finding one place that offers all three.

 

They may even offer discounts with each service added on. If your negotiating skills are up to par, you may be able to get them to go lower. It never hurts to ask or try!

 

That’s What Friends Are For

 

You may have no choice but to use movers for some items, but if you’re moving locally, ask a few friends with cars to help out with the lighter things.

 

Try limiting them to just one trip per friend and then buy them pizza at your new place.

 

Last Thoughts

 

With so many Illinois moving companies to choose from, don’t bother wading through tons of information and quotes.

If you don’t have as much time as you’d like to get everything done, or planning a move just isn’t your thing, try iMoving.

 

The professional local movers we partner with our experienced and reliable, we offer full transparency and you are connected with someone during your big move the entire time.

 

We have done the work and know the best companies that will handle your things with care.

No stress, just excitement at the journey ahead.

 

DSL VS. Cable Internet: Speed, Cost And More | iMoving

If you are searching for internet service after your move into a new location, the two popular internet types available are cable and DSL. The two will fetch you a strong connection to stream movies, check email, take part in Zoom meetings, and more.

 

However, each comes with its strength and weaknesses, but we think your best bet is to choose cable.

 

DSL internet is the ancient option, with much availability and direct monthly rates (often around $50 per month). But it has restricted speeds and is not even as fast or reliable as a cable.

 

Cable internets can have more Byzantine contracts and surprise fees. But its speed can be as fast as 10 times DSL. And, in some situations, it can also be cheaper, with prices starting from around $20 every month for the most affordable plans to more than $100 per month for superfast gigabit speeds and package options.

 

In this article, we will discuss the details about DSL and cable, so you can choose which is the best option for you. Let’s dig in!

 

DSL vs. Cable Internet at a Glance

 

Cable internet is fast and cheap; it can reach gigabit speeds (although it still can’t be as fast as the upload speeds of fiber internet). DSL is slower but one can be easily ordered and installed. Both internet types often provide you the option to package with other services, such as landline phones, streaming services, and cable TV.

 

Comparison Table

 

Features

DSL Internet

Cable Internet

Download speeds

.5–100 Mbps

10–1,000 Mbps

Rate

$27.99–69.95/mo.

$19.99–109.99/mo.

Gigabit speeds?

No

Yes

Symmetrical speeds? (upload/download are the same)

No

No

Bundle options?

Yes (landline phone, streaming services)

Yes (cable TV, streaming services)

 

The Differences between DSL and Cable Internet

 

DSL and cable both provide internet service to users, but they run on different network connections. DSL operates via land-line telephone's copper wiring, making it widely available but also a bit old-fashioned and slow. DSL usually tops out at around 100 Mbps for download speed.

 

Cable functions on the coaxial wiring spread by a cable company. Premium cable plans are more expensive than DSL, but the cable is faster, more reliable, and offers better options for bundling with cable TV or even a mobile phone plan. Download speeds of cable are up to a high of 1,000 Mbps, or 1 Gbps.

 

DSL vs. Cable Internet: Structure

 

DSL is one of the oldest internet technologies after dial-up and it makes exclusive use of your local phone line to send data and connect you to the internet. There are two major types of DSL connections namely: symmetric and asymmetric.

 

Symmetric offers the same upload and download speeds, while asymmetric provides download speeds that are higher and its upload speeds are lower.

 

DSL, unlike cable, gives a non-stop, dedicated connection to your business, which means that the connection is for only you and is not being shared among any neighbors. Also, DSL is always connected. Since it runs on different frequencies for phone and internet, you can easily be on the phone and still browsing the internet at the same time, with no interruptions.

 

As regards setup, the internet provider will typically determine the needed equipment depending on your subscription; also supply you with it.

 

Majorly, this equipment will be used:   

  • A DSL modem establishes the connection between the telephone line that contains the DSL service and your PC.
  • A router, which sends the data from your modem and delivers it to your PC
  • A line splitter, which features two connections, each for the DSL and the phone line.

 

Cable internet or DSL is so much different, as it works via the current coaxial cables used to send a cable to your office, and telephone lines. Similar to DSL, your internet provider will give you the needed equipment, like a cable modem against a DSL modem. The modem links up to a coaxial cable in your business premises, letting the signal be converted into data that are transferrable by your devices.

 

Moreover, cable internet operates on a shared network and this can reduce performance and lead to lag time during peak internet congestion times; this is a huge difference between DSL and cable.

 

DSL vs. Cable Internet: Availability

 

DSL and cable internet are both largely available all over the United States. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mentioned that almost 88 percent of the United States population can access at least one DSL provider in their area. Almost 89% of Americans can access the internet from at least one internet provider in their area. However, there are some restrictions.

 

About 37 percent of Americans can receive about 25 Mbps of internet speeds or faster. It is so much convenient to receive cable internet with speeds of 250 Mbps or more, however, gigabit speeds on cable are not common, only available to a few, 15 percent of the United States market. In addition, it is popular to have only one cable and DSL provider in your location. You can select one or the other, but it is not as popular as having an option between several cable and DSL companies.

 

DSL vs. Cable: Pricing

 

DSL and Cable internet almost cost the same in most cases, but we think cable is still the best deal since you can receive faster speeds and more dependable service at a nice price. Cable provides you numerous options, with promotional prices and package deals specially made to make things easier as you opt for a bundle.

 

DSL popularly has fixed rates, direct plans, and monthly commitments. You can land some best deals from DSL as well, though, and the no-contract option of DSL provides you more flexibility if you choose to cancel your subscription or change providers. Many DSL plans cost about $50 every month, which may or may not be a great deal. Paying such a huge amount is only worth it if you can get a speed of 25 Mbps or faster.

 

However, it is not if your internet provider will only provide you 5 – 10 Mbps download speeds – much slower than a cable provider could give you a similar price. Cable internet download speeds start from 10 – 1,000 Mbps. You can usually get low-priced plans for $50 per month or less. Or, you can pay between $60 and $100 per month for fast internet if you reside in a big family or have many mobile devices that use Wi-Fi every hour.  

 

DSL vs. Cable Internet: Price Comparison

 

Internet type

Price*

Download speed

Upload speed

DSL

$27.99–69.95 per month

.5–100 Mbps

.5–30 Mbps

Cable

$19.99–109.99 per month

10–1,000 Mbps

1–50 Mbps

 

On average, you should plan to spend around $50 to $60 per month for a nice cable or DSL internet connection. Deluxe cable packages with faster speeds will be more expensive. You will also need to consider extra fees for installation, a router and modem, and taxes.

 

What is the Cost of Installation?

 

For cable and DSL internet, installation often costs between $50 and $100 if you hire a professional to do it. You can always go for the DIY installation option, which reduces the fee drastically. Many DSL and cable internet providers also offer continuous promotions that allow you to waive the installation costs or receive a rebate through a VISA gift card – be sure to ask about receiving free installation when you register.

 

What is the Cost of the Equipment?

 

You will need a router and modem to get your internet working on your new device. You can go for a ‘gateway” rental (features modem and router combined0 from your internet provider, which often costs about $10 monthly. Some internet providers add the gateway to your monthly bill. Or, if you decide to save money on rental costs, you can purchase the equipment yourself.

 

  • Tip: DSL and cable providers both usually offer sweet deals to allow you to cut the price off your bill. When you register, ask if you can receive a VISA gift card, a modem/router, or a waiver on installation for free. You also can save money by packaging your internet with a cable TV or phone bundle. Read our article on reducing your internet bill for a list of important deals and promotions.

 

DSL vs. Cable: Speeds

 

Speed is the most obvious difference between DSL and cable internet. DSL is so big, reliable but not ready to slow down for any reason – its download is around 100 Mbps but often runs a bit slower.

 

Internet speed (download)

Things you can do online

5–10 Mbps

Web browsing

Checking email

Streaming video in SD on  one to two devices

25 Mbps

Downloading large files

Hosting Zoom video meetings

Playing online games with one or two players

50 Mbps

Organizing Zoom meetings with large groups

Streaming video in 4K on two to three devices

Playing online games with two to five players

100 Mbps

Running smart home security cameras in HD

Playing online games on five to 10 separate devices at a go

500 Mbps

Downloading several large files at a go.

Streaming video in 4K on ten devices at a go

Operating varieties of Wi-Fi smart home devices together

1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps)

Doing almost anything online with no delays or slowdowns in service

 

Cable, on the other hand, resembles a souped-up Honda, allowing you to rev your Wi-Fi engine to the maximum if you wish. You can locate cable internet plans that transfer anywhere from 25 to 1,000 Mbps download speeds. Faster internet speeds are helpful if you make use of the internet for next-level stuff like content creation, online gaming, attending video chats with large groups, or operating home security cameras.

 

Cable plans also enable you to access mid-level speeds not really gigabit but still a bit faster than DSL. A cable internet plan within the range of 100 to 500 Mbps is ideal if you want the best speeds at a cheaper price that can support huge households.

 

Also, that doesn’t mean DSL is no good. Its top speed of 100 Mbps is often fast for most users. With 25 Mbps, which you possibly will find in most DSL market, is a string if you reside in a fairly small home (like, two to three people) and you use the internet often to check email. Stream in HD and use social media.

 

DSL vs. Cable Internet: Customer Experience

 

To understand the best DSL and cable p0roviders that put in their best for customers, perusing the breakdown of the 2020 customer reviews of HighSpeedInternet.com is important. EarthLink, a DSL internet provider was the leader of all the 15 internet providers covered.

 

Provider

Type

Overall customer rating

EarthLink

DSL and fiber**

4.01/5.00

Optimum

Cable

3.92/5.00

Windstream

DSL and fiber

3.88/5.00

Xfinity

Cable

3.88/5.00

AT&T

DSL and fiber

3.83/5.00

Spectrum

Cable

3.81 /5.00

CenturyLink

DSL and fiber

3.79/5.00

Frontier

DSL and fiber

3.77/5.00

RCN

Cable

3.61/5.00

Cox

Cable

3.60/5.00

Sparklight

Cable

3.60/5.00

Suddenlink

Cable

3.48/5.00

Mediacom

Cable

3.31/5.00

 

EarthLink (also a provider of fiber internet in some markets) tops the ranks all over the board, taking the leading spots for installation, technical support, customer service, billing, and more.

 

On the highest, a cable internet provider also works well, taking the third position for total customer satisfaction and receiving top rakings for tech support, billing, reliability, and customer service.

 

Xfinity, one of the largest cable internet providers in the United States, also score high marks, sitting in 5th position for total satisfaction. Xfinity was once known for poor customer service, but it’s improved over the past few years. It ranks first for speed and in the top five for other important categories such as reliability and customer service.

 

Our Thought 

 

While we understand the simplicity of DSL, we think cable internet is a better deal. It is faster, more stable, and provides you many options to select from. Whether you want the most affordable plan possible or something huge with gigabit speeds or cable TV to match, cable internet providers offer everything you need.

 

Conclusion

 

Regardless, there is no winner between DSL and Cable internet. They are both better and both serve the same purpose. If you desire fast internet speeds, consider cable internet; if you want affordability, go for DSL.

While DSL and cable might satisfy smaller or low-budget businesses, larger businesses must be mindful of the limitations of the technology.

Whenever you are ready to move, our top local moving companies are ready to take you to your destination at affordable rates.

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  • Things to Know Before Hiring Pool Table Movers Near Me
    Moving Tips

    A pool table is a heavy piece of furniture that needs special care when relocating. The easiest way to move one is to disassemble and reassemble it at its new location. Pool table owners should know the make, model, and age of tables. They should also know how many pieces of slate it has and how far the movers will need to take it.

     

    The slate in pool tables is what makes them heavy. Pool table manufacturers use slate because it doesn't warp as wood tables used to do. Local movers will also need to know if the table has pockets or a ball return system. Take the time to learn about your pool table before calling to find pool table movers near you.

     

    Where to Find Information on Pool Tables

     

    If you bought a pool table for your home, there should be paperwork that gives you the specifics that you need for the movers. The manufacturer's name, model name or number, and how much slate is in it should be on your receipt or in the owner's manual. If not, then you can look it up online.

     

    The age of the pool table may be more difficult to find if you didn't buy a new table. Some pool table dealers sell used and antique models along with new ones. However, if you know the name and model of the pool table, its age should be easy to find online.

     

    Most pool tables have serial numbers somewhere on the table. It could be in one of three places:

     

    • On a plate attached to the table
    • Inside of the ball-view door, which has a plexiglass window
    • Stamped under the table

     

    If you don't have a receipt or manual, look for a serial number, nameplate, or the brand name elsewhere on the table. For example, Brunswick tables either have a nameplate, or their name gets stamped on the wood of the table.

     

    What Size is Your Pool Table

     

    Pool tables vary in size and weight, but they are generally eight to nine feet long for a regulation-size table, which is eight by four feet, or a tournament table that is nine by 4.5 feet. If your table is longer than nine feet, you may have a billiards table. A regulation billiards table is 10' x 5', although some non-regulation tables can be 12' long.

     

    If you have a smaller room you may have a "bar" size measuring seven by three and a half feet. The width of a pool table is always half of its length. Depending on the materials of the table, they can be as heavy as 1,000 pounds.

     

    Calculating the Costs of Moving Pool Tables

     

    Professional pool table movers are the best people to take on the task of taking your pool table to your new home. They know how to properly disassemble the table, wrap it up to protect it, and place it in their truck to keep from damaging it.

     

    To calculate the costs of moving the table, use a moving cost calculator to figure out how much you will pay for the delivery of a pool table. The costs include the distance of the trip, gas mileage, the services from the company, and the size of the pool table. Although the average cost is $550, some larger billiards tables may cost $1,000 to move.

     

    When hiring pool table movers, get a moving estimate in writing that gives the details of the services you will receive from the company. It should include the cost they quote, the services they're including, and the date of delivery.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    What do pool table movers need to know about the table?

     

    It is helpful for professional pool table movers to know the size and weight of the pool table. They should also know the manufacturer's name, the age of the table, and how many pieces of slate are in it. The movers will also need the distance of the table's move.

     

    How much do moving pool tables cost?

     

    As with anything that professional movers relocate, the cost includes the distance the movers will drive, the size and weight of the table, and the services the table requires. The moving services include disassembly and reassembly of the table, gas mileage, and moving blankets to protect the table. The average cost is about $550 to move a pool table.

     

    Where is the information about a pool table?

     

    If you bought the pool table, you should have a receipt with the manufacturer's name, the make and model of the table, and perhaps a serial number. If you cannot find the receipt, look for a nameplate on the table or the manufacturer's name on the base or beneath the table.

     

    Why hire professional pool table movers?

     

    Professional pool table movers carry insurance to replace or repair a pool table they damage while moving it. If you attempt to move the table yourself and it sustains damage, you will need to pay to repair or replace it. Professionals also have the proper equipment to move bulky items, such as pool tables.

     

    What is the best way to find pool table movers?

     

    Although you can search for pool table movers online, the best way is to call a local pool table dealership and ask them for recommendations for movers. They may offer that service at their dealership since they need to deliver the tables they sell to customers.

     

    Get to Know Your Pool Table

     

    You will need to supply details about the pool table to the moving company for an accurate quote. If you cannot find the paperwork for the table, contact the dealer where you bought it. However, you can look up the information online by finding the manufacturer’s name on the table.

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  • How Do I Know if My Movers are Qualified?
    Moving Tips

    Finally, you have gotten a new apartment after all the stress. Now, you are wondering how you will move. Out of every moving phase, one of the most important parts is the mover. If you have a crappy mover, you may have a crappy moving job in your hands. This is why it is of great importance that you look for a good mover.

     

    How can you tell a professional from a scam? When you get the local moving company, you have to be rest assured that they will do the right job. This is why it is advisable to run a background check on the moving company. How good are they? Have they had clients that complained? Have prior clients complained about things getting missing? It is important to know that the mover you use will have access to you, your properties, and your new home.

     

    1. Large Down Payment

     

    Usually, a lot of legitimate movers only request that you make a bit of a down payment before the job is done. They do not ask for everything to be paid before they move your things.

     

    After asking for a small down payment before they start the job, they expect that you make the rest payment on delivery, immediately they are done with the job.

    This allows the firm to be held liable for ensuring that your properties get to their destination quickly and in a safe manner.

     

    If you see a moving company that requests that you make a large down payment, you should consider taking your business elsewhere because that screams a scam.

     

    Once they get the entire sum before movement, what will make them come over on D-day and move you?

     

    2. Cash-Only Payments

     

    One thing you should know is that if you made a cash payment, you tend to get a higher value for your cash, but once you notice that it is only cash payments that the movers accept, you should be careful. If they don't accept anything else, apart from cash, you should run to the hills. It is advisable that you opt for credit card payments because it leaves a paper trail. If you have some disputes, how can you prove that you made payments if you opted for cash? The paper trail of a credit card can act as proof.

     

    One can tell a legitimate mover from those that are scammed by looking at how many payments forms they have. If they don't have more than one, you should consider taking your business elsewhere. Ask them if they accept credit payments, as a legitimate one should. After that, you can decide to use such a payment form or cash.

     

    3. Extremely Low Rates

     

    A company that asks for a large down payment should leave you suspicious; the same can be said for very low rates. If you notice that the rates are too low, your red flag meter should start waving.

     

    One thing you should know is that moving is not a job that is done for a very affordable price. No one can do that, that's the basic truth. One thing you should note is that moving is not affordable, and once you find something like that, there is a great chance that it is a scam.

     

    The moving firm has vehicles to take care of and fuel; it also has employees that it has to pay for and so on.

     

    Whatever estimates a moving company gives you should be compared with different estimates from another firm. What does it look like? Are the estimates too cheap for now? One thing you should know is that scams will give you a very cheap estimate at first, then on a moving day, they tell you that the rates have increased because of one flimsy reason or the other. At that moment, they know that finding a moving company will be almost impossible for you.

     

    4. No Logo

     

    It won't be a bad idea to look at their moving trucks. If you can, please do. See what kind of moving trucks they use. Are their logos on the trucks? Do the trucks look good or seem like things that came out of a freak show? These things should be considered. If you can't see the trucks, you can ask around. Who has used the moving company before? Did they use a marked moving truck or not?

     

    If you notice that your moving company comes on D-day with a truck that is not marked with their logo, or a rental truck, you should become suspicious.

     

    Every legitimate mover embeds its logo on its moving truck, and that's the basic truth. Many of these movers use a rolling billboard to advertise their firm, while they get paid to move your properties around. If you notice that your moving company doesn't have a logo on the truck, and you can't see their phone number on it, there is a great chance that it can't be termed a legitimate one.

     

    5. No Address or Office

     

    A lot of companies, especially the movers, have running and updated websites. Their online presence can give you a hint if the company is legitimate or not. The internet is a perfect place to find scams. Sometimes, it is advised that before you use a product or service, you search the internet to see how legitimate it is. You can start by searching the name of the product or company and putting 'scam' on it. There is a great chance that you will get hits if the company is a scam. Look at the moving company's website. How does it look like? Did you notice reviews? How genuine do they look? Do some companies fake their reviews? Do they have similar wording?

     

    Does the website have the address of the mover written there? Is the address just a city or a P.O. box? Whatever moving company that you opt for should have an address.

     

    Once you see the address, it is important to find out if it is genuine. You can track out if an address is really a building that houses companies or merely an empty lot. Find out yourself if you don't want to be scammed or be offered crappy services.

     

    6. No Bill of Lading

     

    Every legitimate mover will ask to sign a contract with you. Immediately you agree to use them; they will expect that you append your signature on their contract, this is usually called a Bill of Lading (BOL).

     

    What the bill of lading contains are things like estimated price, delivery date, as well as the needed supplies. Whatever BOL that you append your signature on should have words that specify that you won't have to make extra payments like driver's fee or compulsory tip. What you agreed on should be what is paid. This should be written on the contract.

     

    The BOL shouldn't be ignored because it ensures that both your properties and interests should be protected. You don't want your properties missing.

     

    7. Many Extreme Reviews

     

    Look at the reviews of the company, what are they like? Before you hire any moving company, you have to look at their reviews? Are they commendable or scary? If you notice that they have amassed a lot of negative reviews, you should consider running to the hills. This most likely means that their services are nothing to write home about and should be avoided.

     

    If you notice that every review there seems too positive, then there is a great chance that the reviews were faked.

     

    Look at the reviews that were written concerning a moving company on a popular review site before you make that decision.

     

    A great way to see if a company is legitimate or a scam is to see if they have been certified as a ProMover at American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

     

    This program was created in a bid to find scam movers while telling clients what movers are professional and reputable.

     

    If you can't find your moving company there, then you know what to do, run for your life.

     

    8. Scheduling Trouble

     

    If you notice that the movers keep postponing the move, then you should become very suspicious. Sometimes, a change of schedule may occur, but it should only be once. Once it becomes more than one, you should consider running to the hills, when the scheduling changes become a lot, there is a high tendency that it is a scam. Try and look for another mover.

     

    If you wait for this moving company, you may notice that in the end, you will be frustrated. One thing we advise people to do is never tolerate tardiness that occurs more than once because you may end up paying for it. This is why when you sign a contract, you look at the conditions attached to it. Are there any hints that you can't back out of the contract as long as you give them the necessary notification? If there are, this may affect you later when you notice that they are tardy. At that moment, you won't be able to do without them because you agreed to unfavorable terms. Whatever contract you sign should have terms that are beneficial to you.

     

    9. Lax Phone Etiquette

     

    When you call them on the phone, how do they sound? Do they sound like they are bored and irritated by your call? Do they sound professional? Once you call them, what do they say? Do they state the name of the moving company? If you call a cross country moving company, and they answer with 'movers,' or 'hello,' you may be onto a rogue mover. Are they nice? Or rude? No matter how nice they are, and there is no level of professionalism in the way that they interact with you, they are most likely a scam.

     

    Call them on the phone and listen to their tone. What did you notice about the interactions? Are they too playful? Too serious?

     

    One thing you should note that is if they are either too playful or too serious, then there is a problem. They should be friendly and professional at the same time.

     

    Try to hear what's happening at the background while the conversation is ongoing. Is the person on the other end, shushing someone close to him? Can you hear kids playing about it? What of screaming? It is quite easy to find out if someone is a scam or not by listening. Sometimes, the signs may be there, but since you are not alert, you may not notice them.

     

    This saves you from falling into the arms of a scam.

     

    10. No On-Site Quote

     

    A lot of moving firms are known to send their representative to your home before they come up with an estimate. This is done because the moving prices usually are not dependent on solely the distance between the old house and the new one. It also encompasses the number of properties you have, and how much they weigh.

     

    A lot of homeowners usually possess more properties than they may have thought. A professional representative looks at the house and tries to draft a quote that is dependent on the estimated weight.

     

    If you get a mover and they don't come to see what you have in your apartment, your red flag meter should be moving. A good mover must come to your house to look at what you have, and make estimates from there.

     

    Why is this important? If they don't come to see what you have, they may end up giving an estimate that's not realistic.

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