Real Estate Quarterly
There’s an expression – “three moves equals a fire” – that many people think is not far from the truth.
There are so many decisions to be made. Uprooting all that is sacred to a home owner’s existence – and all that is not so sacred – and rearranging elsewhere can be an inside-out experience. Not to mention the actual strain and pain of packing, lifting, stacking, carrying, cleaning, and moving the things of your life to their new locale.
It can be an emotional and stressful time and in one respect much like a vacation – it always ends up costing more than the moving homeowner expects.
But for some people, and we’re not talking about the general population here, it’s as easy as handing over your trust and set of keys to professionals that will handle everything to the most minute detail while you lounge without worry at your favorite retreat.
Check with friends who have moved recently for their opinions of the companies they used. The Better Business Bureau can give you an idea which companies get the most – and fewest – complaints.
When you have selected a moving company – and experts recommend you get cost estimates from at least three firms – be sure to ask lots of questions.
Peter Zamecink, president of Delivery Limited (in 2002), a Dallas-based moving firm, says he is constantly surprised that customers ask few questions.
“People should not hesitate to ask questions,” he said. “What is included? ‘Does the transfer company have cargo insurance?’ ‘Employee insurance?’ ‘Exactly what are the services included?’ ”
Delivery Limited is a turn-key mover in that it handles everything from packing to the actual move to setting up at a new location. Such movers may cost more than other companies, but they usually provide services some standard movers don’t.
Steve Erspamer, a former teacher, stated Delivery Limited in 1978 as a summer-only delivery business, but now his company has 55+ employees, 150,000 square feet of climate-controlled, security-sensitive storage spaces, and a respected reputation.