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Moving Tips

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Moving Tips

Q: When is the best time to move?

A: Most moving companies suggest you select a time other than summer or the end of the month. The heaviest demands are placed on trucks, equipment and personnel when children are out of school from June through mid-September, and at the end of the month.
Triangle Movers understands that there are many factors that will influence your choice of when to move. Factors involved in the decision may include:

  • New job responsibilities
  • Separation of family while the move is underway
  • Transferring children during the school term
  • Buying or selling a home

Triangle Movers will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

Q: How long does it take to move?

A: It depends. Factors such as time of year, weather, the size of your shipment, and the direction and distance you are moving affect the schedule. If you are moving locally, Triangle Movers will work with you to determine a schedule based on your needs and our availability. For out-of-state moves, a centralized dispatching system is used to schedule pickup and delivery dates according to your desired timeframe and the availability of moving professionals at your destination.

Q: When should I call a moving company?

A: It’s never too soon. The more notice you give, the more likely Triangle Movers will be able to meet your preferred dates. It is smart to give Triangle Movers four to six weeks advance notice, if possible.

Q: How much will my move cost?

A: The cost of your move depends on the weight of your belongings and the distance they will travel. The total price may also include the following costs: any charges related to “For All It’s Worth” protection, and additional services such as packing and unpacking performed by Triangle Movers at your request. These charges are based on tariff rate schedules.

Q: What is a tariff?

A: This is the “price list” used by moving companies who provide interstate transportation of household goods. The list includes all of the various services offered by the company and is on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Triangle Movers has copies of the tariff available upon request.

Q: How and when should I pay the moving company?

A: Tariff regulations require that charges be paid in cash, credit card, money order, cashier’s check or traveler’s check before your shipment is unloaded at your destination. Unfortunately, the van operator cannot accept a personal check. This payment rule applies to both regular and binding estimates.

Q: Am I protected against loss or damage?

A: You may purchase an “For All It’s Worth” full-value protection plan. Triangle Movers has a long-standing relationship with Baker International, a worldwide provider of relocation insurance, and can provide you with information you need to arrange coverage. Ask your personal moving consultant for more details.

Q: Can my possessions be stored temporarily?

A: Triangle can store your belongings at its secure warehouse, or they can be stored by an agent of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines at your destination.

Q: Are there items I cannot move?

A: For safety or liability reasons, certain items can’t be transported on a truck. Among the items that are not allowed:

  • Combustible liquids
  • Engine starting fluids
  • Corrosive liquids
  • Kerosene
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Gases used in welding
  • Acids
  • Lighter fluids
  • Antifreeze compounds
  • Scuba Diving tanks (unpurged)
  • Bleach and other cleaning liquids
  • Matches
  • Auto batteries (not in vehicle)
  • Propane tanks
  • Explosives
  • Paint removers or thinners
  • Flammables
  • Stain, lacquer, varnish
  • Black powder, primers
  • Valuables
  • Adhesives (glue, cement)
  • Stocks
  • Fireworks
  • Food items
  • Aerosol cans
  • Currency
  • Ammunition
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Perishable foods
  • Dynamite or any type of explosive
  • Jewelry
  • Gasoline/diesel
  • Fuel
  • Stamps, coins or other collections
  • Hand signal flares
  • Houseplants
  • Gases, compressed
  • Living plants of any kind
  • Weed killer
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Did you know...?

Do I Have to Get My Quote In Person?

No! As virtual options have become more popular, moving companies have followed suit. Any top moving company will allow remote options for your quote survey.

Now, when looking for virtual options, remember how important it is to have a good, thorough walk-through. There are some moving companies who will offer “instant quotes” or quotes over the phone. These should be considered as a “ballpark” estimate to be finished up later. Instead, look for an option over video chat where the moving representative sees your house and the items to be moved via their cell phone.

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