An Accurate Inventory can Avoid Discrepancies on Move Day
Relocating can be one of the most stressful events in an individual’s life. No matter how many times we’ve done it. No matter how early in advance we plan. It never seems to be an easy task. The very nature of picking up all your belongings, packing them up, loading a truck, driving across the county, and then unloading is definitely a task better left for professionals. But even when professionals are the ones executing these tasks, it’s not 100% guaranteed that you will get your things with zero damage and within the expected delivery days.
That being said, there is a few things you can do to ensure your odds are for the better. The first piece of advice is to use a moving consultant. One moving consultant that has been redefining the industry is moveconnects.com. Unlike most consultants and brokers who prioritize their carrier relationships, Move Connects has built a reputation for putting the customer first.
The second piece of advice, arguably more important, is to measure the inventory yourself. Don’t leave it up to the mover. Take a tape measure and measure the length width and height of every item that will be going on the truck, add them up, and that is the total three-dimensional volume of your move. This is also known as the cubic feet. Also known as the amount of space you’ll be reserving on the truck.
Main Cause of Inventory discrepancies
The number one discrepancy accounting for the most overcharges is the accuracy of the inventory provided. The accurate inventory, most commonly expressed in cubic feet or weight, determines how much space will need to be reserved on the truck. Since multiple long-distance moves are usually consolidated onto one large truck, the accuracy of the inventory is super important for the logistics process of coordinating a move. That’s why when there are even only a few extra items, your move can throw off the whole route and be subject to pay overages.
If you’re not using a moving consultant, be sure to use a mover who is known for the accuracy of their inventory.
Both unitednationwidemovers.com and TrucksandBoxes.com have a reputation for very strict and time-consuming inventories. They first ask you to provide an itemized list of your goods for transport, then they do a virtual walkthrough to cross-verify that list, and then they assign you to a move coordinator that will verify the details of your move before move day.
Although it seems like a lot of work, you will be happy you went through the process because it will save you hundreds if not thousands. The good news is that once you take a very detailed inventory with one company, you can provide your volume to other companies to get a quick quote.