A guide to dealing with packers and movers

[] Looking for packers and movers for relocating to a new place? Here is your guide to finding a suitable service provider

Shifting to new places brings a lot of hassles for the occupants. In addition to being stressful, overseeing the entire process of packing and moving can also be hectic. One of the major tasks is to find a reliable packers and movers service in your city, which can deliver your things safely and in a timely manner. While the internet is flooded with listings of movers and packers companies, many of them can be scams. Also, if you are moving to a new city, it is important that you ensure your luggage remains safe during transit. To help you navigate through these problems, here is a detailed guide that you can follow, when you are moving from one home to another.

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How to find the right moving company?

One should put some extra effort in researching the company, before hiring a packer and mover. You can use Housing Edge services, to pick from a list of reliable movers and packers companies that are verified and offer premium services. Here is how to find one:

  1. Visit Housing Edge and select ‘Packers and Movers’.
  2. Submit your details.
  3. Get quotes and select the service provider you like.
  4. Discuss the details and other important things.
  5. Pick the desired loading slot.
  6. Get your things loaded, relocated and unloaded.

A guide to dealing with packers and movers

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One of the major benefits of choosing a movers and packers company through Housing Edge services is that you get 100% insurance under HappyLocate Assure Program, for any kind of damage during transit.

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Finalising packers and movers: Things to know

  • Talk to multiple service providers and understand the process from start to end, for a clear understanding.
  • Take quotes and ideas of costs of relocation from three or more companies, to make an informed decision.
  • Do background research about the company. Search the internet and read reviews about the company, their branches, support policies and cost breakups.
  • You can also ask for references of the company’s past customers, so that you can verify the quality of service.
  • Do not forget to read the terms and conditions and also add clauses, if needed, to ensure your safety if anything goes wrong.
  • Declare the value of the goods being packed and moved and opt for insurance accordingly.
  • Sign the packing list after reading it carefully.
  • Do not make any payment in cash and do not pay the entire amount in advance.
  • Understand the liability cover, which is maximum up to 12 times the amount you are paying for the service. So, if the freight charge you paid is Rs 15,000, then, the company is liable for a maximum of Rs 1.8 lakhs for damages, irrespective of the value of the goods being packed and moved.

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Responsibility of packers and movers company

  • Bringing and using good quality packing materials to pack each item safely.
  • Labelling each and every box to locate them while unpacking.
  • Creating a detailed and itemised packing list of the goods being packed.
  • Handling and loading the goods carefully, in logical order, on to a truck.
  • Getting the packing list signed by the owner and transporting the goods to its destination.
  • Once delivered, getting the delivery slip signed from the receiver.
  • Unpacking and arranging the items at the new place. However, this is a value-added service and is usually chargeable.
  • Providing transit insurance and settling claims, if anything gets damaged as per the value declared.

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Packing and moving tips to make relocation easier

Once you have decided to relocate, it is important that you start well in advance, to avoid last minute hassles. Here are some tips to follow, if you are moving home from one place to another:

  • Start packing from the rooms which you rarely use and then, move to the area which is utilised the most. This will avoid chaos at the last moment.
  • Create a checklist of all your belongings and categorise them accordingly. You can mark them as per room or where you want to keep them in your new home. Check off the items as soon as it gets packed.
  • Mark the relevant boxes as ‘fragile’, ‘accessories’, ‘liquid’, or ‘electronics’, to avoid any damage. This will help you sort things out easily while unpacking and save a lot of time.
  • Ensure that you ask your packing company to bring anti-static bubbles for packing your electronics.
  • Always prefer packing tape over duct tape as the latter is not very reliable for holding heavy materials tightly.
  • Make sure the fragile items are packed with extra care and safety. Keep a layer of bubble wrap around the items, so that it can absorb shock and rough handling.

Intercity packers and movers

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Moving to a new city is an experience completely different from relocation within the same city since it involves a lot of time and efforts. Besides, hiring a reliable intercity packers and movers company becomes necessary. With prior planning and reliable services, you can ensure a smooth intercity relocation. Finding professional packers and movers with experience and expertise in shifting household items, and even vehicles, makes the process even simpler.

Most intercity packers and movers may also help you get insurance to cover any damages during the transit. Further, the service charges you pay may also include octroi charges. The overall shifting costs will also depend on the total distance and amount of goods.

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How do you negotiate with packers and movers?

Ensure you take quotes from multiple service providers to evaluate the options and then negotiate as per market rates.

How to pick the best movers and packers?

Pick the one that has a strong presence across the country, provides insurance and has good reviews online.

(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta)

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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