Do you have a move in your
future to St. George, Utah? You’ve picked well! Per our friends at Utah.com, the reasons to
relocate here are as numbered as they come. Think: Zion National Park and the
surrounding state parks’ year-round adventures. There’s a vibrant art and cultural scene
here. Meanwhile, take advantage of some of the best dining and drinking Southern Utah
has to offer. Did we mention the moderate winters?
Speaking of seasons, summer is the busiest time of the year for moving. Whether you’re
moving on your own or hiring a mover, here are some important steps to ensure your move
is a successful one:
Hiring a mover
—Do your research. The Better Business Bureau hears from consumers nationwide who
have had major problems with their moves, such as having their belongings stolen or
damaged or any number of other problems. Check the moving company’s record with the
state in which it is based. In addition, all interstate movers must be licensed by the federal
government and are assigned a motor carrier number. These numbers can be verified on
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s web site.
—Get at least three written estimates. The key is to insist on in-home estimates instead
of an over-the-phone estimate. Don’t automatically go with the lowest estimate; consider a
mover’s record and references and take into account what each company includes for the
price quoted. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
—Consider purchasing insurance. When moving, you’ll have several insurance options
available to you, ranging from full replacement value to more limited coverage. The most
extensive coverage, full replacement value, is the most costly. But with that coverage, any
of your belongings that are lost or damaged will be repaired or replaced or you’ll be given a
—Line up friends and family willing to help. You’ll need help making a move, and it’s
important to make arrangements well ahead of time for help on moving day.
—Rent a truck or trailer from a reputable company. Ask friends and family for
recommendations and check the company’s record with the BBB.
—Go through your belongings before the move. Whether you’re moving yourself or
having a moving company handle it, go through your belongings and donate or sell those
things you no longer use. You’ll have less to move!
—Check your insurance options. Check with your insurance agent to review your
insurance options in the event your personal belongings are damaged, lost or stolen during
We at 1st Rate Mortgage wish you the best as you get settled into your new home.
Welcome to the community!