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RISMEDIA, Jan. 22, 2008-Help your clients reduce stress with these five tips for a smoother move – they’ll thank you for it.

After your clients find their dream home, it’s easy to assume that they’ll be eager to box up their belongings and settle into their new abode as soon as they can get a moving truck. Here are some tips you can share to make their moving experience hassle free:

1. Make sure that your moving quote is based upon a visual survey.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when booking a move is assuming that a phone quote is guaranteed. The only way to obtain a binding quote is to have your household goods visually surveyed by a moving company. Make sure that you get the quote in writing.

2. Read all documents before signing.
Once you have been provided a written quote, make sure you read before signing. The quote should document weight, distance, and services to be rendered. If you have verbally discussed any special services make sure that those needs are reflected in the estimate.

3. Make sure you have adequate valuation coverage.
Standard coverage for interstate moves, which all carriers are required to provide, is 60 cents per pound. This amount will be inadequate if an expensive item, such as a plasma television, is damaged in your move. Additional insurance can be purchased through the carrier or through your home insurance policy.

4. Use a reputable mover for your move.
The number of choices available for your move is enormous. Make sure that you are using a reputable mover who is licensed, bonded, and insured. A reputable mover will not ask for a deposit up front and will have moving trucks with their own company name on them.

5. Make sure the mover can contact you.

If you are planning to have your phone disconnected the day of your move, make sure that the moving company has your cell phone number or another way to reach you. This is also applicable for your new residence.

For more information, call The Move Advocate at 800-617-1918. The Move Advocate can arrange for multiple, no obligation quotes, based upon visual surveys by carefully selected van line providers.

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