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Jul 20, 11:37
Question by john.quintero (John)


My new home isn't ready. What can I do with my goods in the meantime?

We need to make an in-town move, but our new house may not be move-in ready when we have to vacate. What are our options? Also, we both work, and we need someone to coordinate the move for us. Suggestions?

Jul 20, 15:32
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Professional moving companies can handle all that, and the good news is that type of thing happens a lot -- it can be a challenge to have move-out/move-in dates for both houses match up precisely.  

If you time between your move and your access to your new home is short, most moving companies will load your goods on a truck, then hold them until you can accept delivery.  You may possibly incur a truck rental charge to hold your items on the truck, depending on the moving company's schedule. 

If the period is more than a few days, they can load your items, take them to storage, and then deliver them when your new home is ready.  There are also other options such as PODS or some other mobile storage container, where you load up a mobile storage unit, which is then stored until you need them.  

Because your move will be somewhat more complex because of the delivery issues, you'll want to be extra-vigilant when selecting a moving company.  Heed this advice:

* Use a moving company that has a local presence -- it's easier to set up the move, and coordinate your delivery dates because they won't have to travel far when you're ready to receive your stuff. It also simplifies the claims process, should you have any.  

* Get in-home visual estimates. You can ask for a ballpark figure over the phone, but the moving company MUST see what you need to have moved to give you an accurate moving estimates. Insist on it.

* Don't choose a low-ball moving quote. This could be an attempt to get your business now, only to jack up the prices later. It's a common moving scam.  



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