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General Information About Movers

Movers generally lessen the burden of relocation for their customers. Moving furniture, electronic equipment and other heavy or delicate items can be quite a task. Household removals often require careful wrapping to avoid damage to the items. Other clients require move of confidential files. This is especially true of those making corporate moves. This is where movers come in. The movers wrap the items in cardboard, bubble wrap or blankets and pack them in rigid boxes to avoid damage. They usually use moving vans except for international moves where they use shipping containers as storage is required. In this case, there are additional warehouse charges for the period over which the items are stored at the warehouse.

A contract between the movers and the client has to be made. This is called the bill of lading. A flat rate is usually quoted by the mover. This is called the binding rate. The binding rate remains the same irrespective of the transit time i.e. the time between when your belongings are picked to when they arrive at the specified location. Additional charges for warehouse storage, rented items, insurance, packing and unpacking are added onto the binding rate.

With every mover comes a carrier liability. This is the liability or responsibility that a mover assumes for your items. It varies from mover to mover. Each mover specifies under which conditions he is responsible for any damage to your items. Carrier liability should not be confused for insurance.

Movers offer transit insurance. This is the insurance that covers your items during the period between which they are packed to when they reach the specified destination i.e. during the transit time. This covers the client incase of any damage to the items e.g. if a car is scratched, glass items are broken etc. Where insurance has been paid for, the client is entitled to some kind of remuneration depending on the type of insurance cover.

Whereby one would like to move by themselves, movers often offer rental services for their trucks, moving vans and other moving equipment. Other companies even sell the moving supplies to this particular type of client. Rental companies usually offer some training services to the client. This type of moving is referred to as self-moving or do-it-yourself (DIY).

Finally, movers are of different types, depending on the distance over which they move the items. International movers handle long-distance moves i.e. from one continent to another or from one country to another. Intrastate movers move items within a particular state while interstate movers transport items from one state to another. Intrastate movers are also known as local movers.

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