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Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Moving Damage?

Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Moving Damage?

Homeowners Insurance policies vary completely so the first thing you need to do to see if your homeowners insurance covers moving damage is confirm with your agent.   There is a huge disconnect between homeowners agents we have spoken to and the “google answer” as you will see below.  We have also added a section below on how to completely protect yourself from loss during moving.

Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Moving Damage

While homeowners does typically cover your personal possessions during a move there is often some ambiguous terms relating to when, where and if your items will be covered.  Jeff Johnson, an Arbella agent states moving damage or loss is covered if it is related to a peril listed in your contract.”  In other words, there has to be a catastrophe to be covered.  These terms conflict with the  google answer:

“gray area of homeowners’ insurance that we discovered: Some policies will cover damage to belongings while they are in your home. However, they will not cover damage that occurs while the belongings are in the possession of the moving company or in transit”

which we found google’s answer to be incorrect.  In fact, homeowners insurance seems to be effective while your goods are in transit if there is a major catastrophe – fire, theft – that is when your homeowners insurance is activated.

 

Johnson has also stated “If the moving truck is in an accident or there is a fire/theft while transporting your belongings and your property is damaged, you’d most likely be covered by your homeowners policy. ”

You are not covered if your moving company damages your furniture during moving.  For example, if the legs of a table are damaged and the table cannot go back together, your homeowner’s insurance will not compensate you – you will have to file a claim with your moving company which you will find specific instructions below.

Another consideration will be your deductible.  Most homeowners insurance policies include a $1000 deductible.  If you claim a computer or TV is stolen from your move – you may not be covered due to the fact that the item with depreciation subtracted may not even be worth the $1000.

Does insurance cover moving damage
Protect Yourself During Your Move

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOVING DAMAGE?

Moving companies are liable for $.60/lb/article for any moving damage.  Therefore if a table breaks while moving and it weighs 100 lbs.  The amount a moving company is responsible for is $60!  Moving companies are not liable for damage to an actual residence ( i.e. walls, doors, etc.).  Moving companies are not liable for any items they don’t pack.  There are a few movers that offer full replacement value coverage for a move- here is a quick rundown of what you should do to keep yourself protected from moving damage during your move:

  1. Of course, talk to your homeowner’s insurance – and get all of the details.  What, when, and how much they cover.
  2. Find a moving companies that offer full replacement coverage for the instances that your insurance agency will not cover moving damage.  There are only a handful of moving companies that offer full replacement moving coverage.  And only a few of those offer coverage at a reasonable rate.
  3. Compare moving estimates including coverage rates.  Many van lines full replacement value coverage rates are so high – over $1000 for an interstate move which is usually what their deductible is! In which case there would have to be a major issue in which your homeowner’s insurance would kick in.
  4. The best moving companies will allow you to choose coverage when they arrive at your place- not beforehand.  The movers that make you choose beforehand will most definitely have two types of  moving crews – the customers who choose coverage will get the good crew.  The ones who don’t opt for coverage will be be covered only at the $.60/lb so you can only hope for the best.
  5. Always check moving company reviews from verified sources – they can shed light on how moving companies are handling damage.

If there is damage during a move, your moving company will most likely send you through their claims company which is a lengthy process – you won’t see any compensation for 3 months or so.  Your best bet is to offer a reasonable amount for your moving company to credit back to you – it can save a lot of time on both ends.

 

 

Instant Moving Estimate – Get a moving estimate in under 10 minutes!

Instant Moving Estimate   —  Get Your Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes!

It’s almost moving day and you have procrastinated finding a mover – You need an instant moving estimate – a fast, convenient estimate for the cost of your local or long distance move.  This moving estimator is a godsend!  Not just a ballpark estimator, it gives you a flat rate, guaranteed price based on your exact inventory. Most “instant moving quote” sites are just information gatherers where you will be called/emailed by lots of different moving companies.  Not only that but these are ballpark estimates which means they can change by the hundreds or even thousands if you are moving out of state.  Although it may sound great to have a bunch of movers call you with quotes- you will get called and emailed a hundred times a day – from moving brokers all over the country.  This instant moving estimate form is private and emails over a quote without the high pressure sales calls or emails flooding your inbox.

Instant Moving Estimate

Instant Moving Estimate

The Simple Steps to Get Your Instant Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes:

  1. Click the instant moving estimate link
  2. Fill out the city/state or zip codes you are moving to
  3. A second screen will pop up so you can add inventory – later you can access this screen to add anything you forgot OR take anything away
  4. Click Send
  5. You will have an instant moving quote sent right to your inbox

If you require an in-home estimate – you can schedule a on-site estimate right on the same screen.  A representative will be dispatched an you will get an appointment to receive a detailed, in-home moving estimate from a moving expert.

For more information on moving estimates and how they are calculated you can check our moving estimate blog post.

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Canada

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Canada

 

Were you one of the people that vowed to move to Canada if Trump was elected president?  Well, it’s not your imagination – it really happened.  Now the real questions about finding movers and how much it actually costs to move to Canada.

Cost to Move to Canada
Cost of Long Distance Moving

 

Canada is a huuuuge country.  It’s true.  The moving costs to move from Boston to British Columbia Canada will be much different than moving from Seattle to BC.  Even BC is a large area so whether you are moving to southern BC or northern BC – this makes a big difference.  Essentially, moving from the United States to Canada is charged per pound.  The rates per pound will range from $.50 ( Seattle to Vancouver) to $2.00 per pound ( Los Angeles to Montreal). To make things easier – I have picked the most popular moving destinations in Canada: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Winnipeg to give you an idea of cost of moving to Canada:

Moving to Boston to Vancouver  $1.70-$2.05/pound

Moving from Los Angeles to Vancouver  $.90-$1.20/pound

Moving Boston to Toronto $.90-$1.15/pound

Moving Boston to Montreal $.60-$.90/lb

Moving Boston to Calgary $1.50-$2.00/lb

Moving Boston to Winnipeg $1.15-$1.55/lb

Factors that will effect the overall moving costs to Canada are:

  • time of year of move
  • availability of long distance moving companies
  • flexibility of moving dates
  • actual weight you are moving ( generally the weight per pound and cost per pound have a direct relationship – the more you move the less per pound it will cost)
  • quality of service

Another helpful article regarding long distance moving in general is our Not So Quick Long Distance Moving Tips which includes the pertinent questions to ask your US to Canada Movers.

Costs to Move to Canada
Long Distance Moving To Canada

When researching long distance moving companies to move you to Canada – you need to make sure they don’t have any additional international fees on top of their rate per pound – this can increase your move by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  Some larger van lines charge interstate rates up to $.40 more per pound – so make sure all fees and costs are in writing!  A good place to start is finding an online long distance moving estimate  to get an idea of your shipment weight.

Other Minor Details of moving to Canada will be outlined in the Canadian immigration website or http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp .

 

Should You Help Your Friends Move?

Should You Help Your Friends Move?

Have you ever wondered how strong of a friendship you and your bestie have?  You can gauge your comraderie by their level of help during a move.  Let’s put it this way  – if there was a ceremony for friendship the “friendship vows” would be  ” in moving and in chillaxing.”   Check below for our “Should You Help Your Friends Move?” guide – also an accurate evaluation of your bromance.

Everyone who has moved while in college or shortly thereafter knows how precious moving day help can be.  Let us help you find out if you should help your friends move:

TYPES OF FRIENDSHIPS and RESPECTIVE MOVE SCORE

  1. Enabling Friendship:  Move Score 8                                                            This friendship is a special bond between buds that empower each other to do the impossible.  This friend will boost your ego and are definitely one of the best types of friends to call for a move.
  2. Hot and Cold Friendship: Move Score 5                                                           The Hot and Cold friend is like a corked bat. Your hot and cold friend may show up, show up late or not at all but they do, they will easily provide that extra umph to get you home.
  3. Class Clown Friendship: Move Score 3                                                              One of the worst friends to help with a move – this friend loves pranks and those are not appreciated while moving.  Also, you will be so busy laughing – nothing will get moved.
  4. Bromance: Move Score 9                                                                                              You know that friend who completely admires you for whatever reason.  This is the best friend to invite for a move. This friend will do the entire move for you – to show up and just to be around your awesomeness
  5. Drinking Buddies: Move Score -10                                                                        Just.  Don’t.
  6. The Long Distance Friend: Move Score 6                                                       If you are moving long distance and actually hiring long distance movers – the long distance friend is a great for moral support – mainly because they won’t actually have to do any heavy lifting.

Helping your friends move can make or break a friendship.  Your patience will be tested but after all the back-breaking effort – you’ll become better buds after a move together.  Just don’t forget the pizza and drinks.

Of course, you could avoid all of the moving drama by hiring local movers, movers within 100 miles of your original residence or long distance movers.

Moving for Millennials

Moving for Millennials

Guide to Moving
Moving for Millennials

I am pretty sure this is going to be my favorite post about moving – ever.  While I am not quite in the millennial cutoff, I feel a kindred spirit to the average millennial- and that’s probably why – millennials are never “average” – a blog about moving to these unique beings with elevated thoughts and feelings seems so basic.

I have read story after story from companies marketing to millennials and how they have to convey their “story” to this crowd.  Well, most corporate “stories” sound like they are mixtures of Ferris Bueller meets Ernest.  You’re too Young…Let it Go. Yet corporations still try to classify and advertise their so-called “stories” to these special snowflakes.  I think not, I have a feeling most millennials can smell a B.S. marketing agenda a mile away.  

Being part of a moving and storage company, not exactly the most buzz-worthy of industries but there are a few things that millennials are doing to affect this industry:

  1.  Millennials don’t move as many things as baby boomers, generation x, y and so on.  Most millennials are super eco-friendly and we love it!  Millennials are more content donating/giving away old furniture than paying for it to move across the country.  The usual millennial move is a few pieces of really nice furniture, a  computer, flat screen tv and about 40 boxes.  There are many moving companies catching on to this and changing the way ( and the speed) in which they get shipments to their customers.
  2. Millennials hate moving companies, and companies in general, that are scams.  Slowly but surely, all of the rogue movers are disappearing.  Millennials are great at exposing exposing scam companies – and writing about it.  So movers – be good!
  3. Most millennials will pay more money for a better moving service.    We have found that millennials are inclined to pay for things like expedited service, same day moves from NYC to Boston/Philadelphia/DC/Providence.  Essentially, millennials don’t like to wait and are willing to shell out a few additional dollars to avoid doing so.  There is no better mover that feels the pain of waiting for things more than Monster Movers – with expedited shipments and advanced logistics – you won’t go wrong.  They haven’t been called the “relocation innovators” for nothing.
  4. Millennials move – a lot!  Although millennial moves are smaller they move every few years or less and usually to other major cities.   There are some major long distance movers that are really catching on to this crowd.

 

 

 

Piano Movers

Piano Movers

Piano Moving requires a special skill set aside from moving boxes and basic furniture.  Most movers will sub-contract another moving company to handle your piano move which can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars in addition to your moving bill.  Monster Movers staff are highly trained piano movers – every mover is required to move our own upright piano and grand piano before even going on a move.  Our piano movers carry the best piano moving materials including: piano boards, straps, steamed moving blankets, tools and shrink wrap.

Piano Movers

Piano Movers

It is highly suggested that you hire professional piano movers for any type of piano moving.  Injury, damage and inability to reassemble the piano are common issues of those who attempt to do this alone or with a moving company that is not used to moving pianos.  Below is our crew moving a baby grand piano.  Although it looks easy enough, for those who haven’t done this before – it is  much, much harder to move a piano than it looks

 

Monster Movers is a mover you can trust to move your piano.  Approximate piano movers cost:

Upright Local Alone: $425

Upright When Moving Entire Residence: $200

Baby Grand Local Alone: $450

Baby Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $225

Grand Local Alone: $500

Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $300

Monster Movers also offers long distance piano movers to MA, CT, RI, NH, ME, NY, NYC, PA, NJ, OH, IL, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TX, CO, CA, AZ, UT, and WA.  Please fill out a moving estimate form for a long distance piano move quote.

Here are links to our most common piano movers needed:

Piano Movers Boston

Piano Movers NYC

Piano Movers CA

What is the Average Cost of a Move?

What is the Average Cost of a Move

It’s almost impossible to come up with an average cost of a move.  There are so many variables which I will outline below.  However, for the point of conversation – an average local move cost from trustworthy, licensed movers is approximately $1085.  The average long distance moving cost is approximately $4800.  What do these totals actually mean to the average consumer?  I will discuss below:

Average Cost of a Move
Average Cost of a Move

 

Average Cost of a Local Move

The average cost of a local move will depend on a few key factors ( and a few minor ones):

  1.  Size of residence – This one is pretty obvious.  The average local moving cost takes into account all size  homes/townhouses/condos/apartments.
  2. How far you are moving – All moving companies will charge to drive from the old residence to the new one.  An in-state move will be charged at an hourly rate.
  3. How packed you are – If your residence is heavily furnished, you will have more boxes and hence, more items and it takes longer to load/unload.  If your movers are packing for you this will increase your average moving cost.  For the purposes of the average local moving rate of $1085 – we only included moves that did not require more than one hour of packing.  If your movers are packing for you the average packing charge for a move is $655.
  4. Quality of movers – This average total was taken from Monster Movers which is a high quality mover.
  5. Additional Items – There are many additional smaller factors that effect the average local moving costs.  They are: stairs, long haul, overall layout of  your residence.
    1. Stairs/Elevator – If your residence is up/down stairs or an elevator the average moving fee will increase.
    2. Long Haul – Some condos and apartments have long hallways as well some homes have a longer trip to get from residence to the truck.
    3. Overall Layout – If your residence is in an older home that has smaller doorways and tighter spaces to move in/out, expect your move fee to increase.

 

Average Cost of Long Distance Move

The average cost of a long distance move is much more complicated mostly because of the distances traveled.  Here are a few of the considerations included in the cost of an average long distance move.

  1. Rate Per Pound – This is probably the most important factor when considering the average cost of a long distance move.  This is essentially the rate per pound that you are paying for your items to be shipped.  This rate changes depending on it’s own set of details:
    1. Destination City
    2. Origin City
    3. Distance Between the Destination and Origin
    4. Demand – The demand for shipments going from Boston to DC is going to be higher than Boston to Norther Maine.  Therefore, the average long distance moving rates will be more going from Boston to Maine.
  2. Price of Fuel – Many long distance movers add a fuel surcharge onto their long distance moving costs.  As the fuel fee decreases, the fuel surcharge should decrease.  Some movers incorporate the fuel surcharge into their rate per pound ( recommended).
  3. Guaranteed Dates – If a guaranteed pick up date and/or delivery date is required, the average cost of a long distance move will change drastically.

Overall, the average cost of moving services depend  on many different factors.