Importance of a Visual Survey for your Move
When planning a relocation, it’s vital to hire a professional mover who can support you throughout this process. A professional mover takes care of the heavy lifting and can also oversee packing and storage, and offers a host of amenities to boot.
Make sure you start by arranging visual surveys with licensed, insured, and registered movers. An honest moving company will usually offer to provide a free virtual survey and a written detailed quote. They will complete this survey via a video call or in-person if you prefer. Companies that offer quotes over the phone without seeing your home for themselves can’t provide an accurate cost estimate which may add extra costs later. Or the mover may not be adequately prepared to service your move come moving day.
There are multiple benefits of getting these visual surveys:
- Get an Inventory List
- More Accurate Cost Estimates
- Lays out what Contents the Mover is expected to Pack
- Identify Fragile, Special, and High-Value Items
- Determine Choices for Valuation Coverage
- Protect Against Moving Scams
We Create an Inventory List for You
One of the most significant benefits of a visual survey is that you receive an inventory of everything surveyed in your home. This list may not be down to the exact detail, such as two blue shirts, two green socks, one red hat, and so on, but an overall accounting of what you are taking. It will list room by room the furniture plus the estimated cartons for your contents and who is to pack them.
Inventories are extremely helpful for later reference when you are making changes and need to update your mover. Or keep track of what you decide to take for yourself! You can also refer to the inventory list if the mover claims they never accounted for a particular item and want to add an extra fee to their original quote.
Visual Surveys are Helpful for Movers Too!
While you get a free quote from a moving survey, it’s also helpful for the moving company. For example, if moving long distance, this is usually priced by weight and mileage in addition to packing and any special services. But the bulk of the quote depends on:
- The Size of Your Household or Household Goods Going
- How Much Your Belongings Weigh
During a visual survey, the professional moving consultant will be able to see what you own and how ‘dense’ it is, whether a large pull-out sofa or a small rattan settee. The consultant will also take a quick peek into your closets, cabinets, and storage areas to see what hidden items may need to be moved.
Whether moving locally or long distance, capacity matters in calculating logistics and pricing. This allows movers to address packing needs and calculate a more accurate or guaranteed quote.
We Also Assess Fragile and Valuable Items
Further, you can use the visual survey to identify which items need specialized moving services. A professional moving consultant has the training to determine what requires extra care. For instance, you may have overlooked the fragility of that antique glass cabinet you inherited from your Great Aunt. The moving consultant will see it with fresh eyes and recommend fragile packing or even custom crating to provide extra protection during transport.
A professional moving consultant can also help you with insurance or valuation choices since you may not have an active policy or a policy that provides coverage on goods while in transit or storage. Most moves are covered with a standard valuation that pays out by the weight of the shipment. A professional mover will offer and explain Full Replacement options above and beyond the Basic coverage and will factor in any high-value articles,
Learn More About Getting a Visual Survey from a professional mover.
A mover must have the proper licensing to perform in-state moving and storage or out-of-state moving and storage.
Here are some valuable, trusted resources to find the right mover for you.
If moving within the State of New Jersey, you can search for a mover through the New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association site:
To verify a mover’s license in New Jersey, you can check with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
If moving WITHIN another state outside of New Jersey, please check our references of State Associations to help you select a licensed mover from your state.
If moving out of state, you can verify your interstate mover’s motor carrier number and find other essential tips.
Once you have made your initial list, reach out to each mover to set an appointment with a professional moving consultant for your visual survey! These are the first vital steps in ensuring a successful move!
Tara Dixon, VP Business Development, Sea Cure Moving, Inc. NJ Agent for Bekins Van Lines.
Tara is a proud member of the NJWMA and a contributor to Movers for Consumers
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