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I was so excited about moving after have gone through the death of my husband, I failed myself. Since I had a short distance for moving, I decided to use someone local. Little did I know he was a crook. Due to the events of my life and present state of mine and everything that was going on in my life, I failed to check the truck when he said he was finished.
After looking back on some pictures of my old house, I realized that I did not have a lot of my things in the new home. At the time of the move I was missing some kitchen items, but did not think much of it at the time and went out to buy new.
The pictures I looked at started ringing a bell in my head, "Where is my folded room divider?", "Where is my little cabinet with shelves?" "What happened to my old Poloroid camera?", etc. Nothing he failed to bring everything in.
Now a tip to all. Before paying the movers, check out the truck and make sure it is EMPTY. A hard lesson learned.
You should notify the police. You know who the person is. The police should be able to get your belongings back.
If you are moving long distance using a professional mover, try to make itemized list of what is in the boxes. We lost 9 boxes on our last move and lost money from insurance because we could not tell them exactly what was in each box.
By Sharon S. from Mackinaw, Il
I just helped a friend pack for a move with a big company. It was very organized the company gave the family a to do list and other hints. My friend and I came up with a better idea. Instead of writing everything down on paper which is a two man job we took digital camera pictures of important boxes.
With labeling on the box and a picture on hand which you can keep in the camera while you move or print out onto a disc ( at your local camera photo shop or your self on the computer if you have time, someone else can do it for you). This way you have a perfect photo of the lost items if it ever happens and it is usually dated as well. Less arguments with the moving and insurance companies.
I just had a nice surprise this morning. The company which handled our move from Houston, Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee sent an email saying we have a refund due us. They processed over 200 dollars back to the card we used to pay them.
Overall we were pleased with the service and the original price was fine considering they carefully moved and cared for 57 years' accumulation of stuff. I heartily recommend Graebel for long distance movers. In the past we always got rid of the large furniture and moved our own boxes in a rented truck, but this time since we hadn't had the large pieces very long and couldn't afford to replace it all we opted for a mover. I was impressed with Graebel and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone contemplating a move.
By Marty from Knoxville, TN
If you are hiring movers, be sure to ask them what their insurance covers before packing anything yourself. Quite often, they will only cover boxes that they have packed. If you are required to pack the boxes, only put a number on the outside of the box and whether or not the contents are fragile. Then make a list of the contents that each number correlates to. This will help ensure that valuable items don't end up missing.