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Coastal Van Lines Moving & Storage Mover’s Guide page 2

Coastal Van Lines is Now a Florida ProMover

Coastal_Van_Lines_Florida_Pro_MoverCoastal Van Lines is 1 out of only 6 movers in the State of Florida to be certified as a ProMover by The Florida Mover and Warehousemen’s Association (FMWA).  The state trade group holds these ProMovers to a high standard and required an extensive background check and each ProMover is required to abide by a set of honorable business practices.
The Florida Movers and Warehousemen’s Association is a statewide professional association founded in 1979, and whose mission is “representing Florida’s qualified and experienced movers in their business, consumer, and governmental concerns.” The FMWA, and its members, all agree to abide by the association’s code of ethics and protect Florida’s consumers. More info about the Florida ProMover Program can be found here http://www.fmwa.org/?page=FloridaProMover

How to Spot a “Rogue” Mover

Spotting a “Rogue” mover or moving company can be difficult for the average consumer. There are a few red flags that we believe will help you make an informed decision if you decide to use a professional moving company. With the busy moving season upon us, it’s certainly in your best interest to heed these warning signs.

  • Did you get a “low ball” quote over the phone or on the Internet only?
  • Did the moving company offer to visit your home or did you merely get a quote that sounded too good to be true?
  • The moving company’s website has no reviews and when you ask for reviews you are told “there are too many to count.”
  • The moving company is not licensed or cannot seem to locate their license info when you ask for it.
  • The moving company only accepts cash or money orders
  • The moving company only uses rental trucks, instead of company owned trucks.
  • The moving company does not have a warehouse or a physical location is non-existent.

If you are looking for a mover be sure to consider all of these important factors and be sure to ask your mover many questions. If your moving company can’t answer simple questions, such as these, then you might have accidentally contacted a  “Rogue” mover who may give you a great price but at a high risk for you and your family.

 

Movers Checklist

4 Weeks Before Moving

  • Decide Which items can be thrown away or donated to charity
  • Arrange a transfer of school records
  • Check with your homeowners policy holder to see if your move is covered

3 Weeks Before Moving

  • Plan to use up most of the food in your house before you move
  • Notify the post office of your move and fill out an address change form
  • Notify magazines/newspaper subscriptions of your move

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Decide Which items you will pack, and which Items Coastal can pack for you
  • Return library books and return all things you may have loaned
  • Properly dispose of flammables, gasoline, aerosols, acids, etc.
  • Arrange utility connections in your new home

1 Week Before Moving

  • If necessary, transfer bank accounts and update online payment options
  • Arrange to have payment ready for your moving truck driver
  • Fill prescriptions and arrange to have them with you in the car
  • Drain water from hoses, and drain gasoline from lawn mower/outdoor tools
  • Leave items for Coastal in their current place (glassware in cabinet, etc)

1 Day Before Moving

  • Put cleaning supplies, toiletries, coffee pot in a special box to be loaded last and unloaded first
  • Defrost and clean, and dry your refrigerator

 Moving Day

  • Be on hand all day to answer questions and confirm your new address
  • Make a final check of every room to make sure nothing is left and your windows and doors are locked in your old home.