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Moving Tips: Part 2  

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Last month, Gimmel Gimmel movers gave us several tips to help prepare us to be smarter about our moving. And this month we have a few more important and helpful ideas for you. Happy and safe moving!

Insurance:
Some movers try to save money and don’t insure the contents of the truck. If an accident happens and your property is damaged, the moving company won’t be compensated by the insurance company. If a large amount of property is damaged, many movers won’t be able to bear the cost and, even if you sue them, you won’t have anyone to collect from. Not to mention the grief and extra time you’ll have to spend on the claim against them.

Many companies do talk about general insurance coverage, but don’t stipulate specific amounts. The insurance element becomes critical when the movers pack the contents of your home. The chances of something breaking or being damaged then grow significantly.

What should you do?

When signing an agreement with the movers, you should make sure the insured amount is listed (don’t get confused: this is to insure the contents, not the truck). Ask to see the insurance policy. And confirm that the amount covers the value of your home’s contents. Watch out for clauses about deductibles. These usually are for hundreds of dollars, but the amount of property damaged during a move is usually relatively small. This kind of clause lowers the movers’ motivation to be cautious.

Not Staying on Schedule:
If you scheduled the move for early morning, it might mean you have to get up at dawn, but it raises your chances of the move starting on time. Scheduling a move for the afternoon is problematic.

Moonlighters:
Movers who deal all year long with moving food and other items, and become home movers over the summer in order to enjoy the seasonal prosperity…. Not every truck owner is a home mover. This area requires professionalism. A professional mover can move the contents of a three-room apartment in the city within three-four hours. A moonlighter will need much more time and the chances he will damage your property are greater.

What should you do?
Make sure the mover deals with home moves on a permanent basis. If you suspect otherwise, ask for names of customers who moved homes with this mover during the winter.

Packing, Disassembly, Assembly:
Having the movers pack your things costs money, buts it’s worth every agora when you do it with professional people. A professional is equipped with the necessary packing materials. And if you ask to pack your own things, they will supply you with packing materials as required, unlimited amounts of boxes, or at least a sufficient minimum quantity, and additional auxiliary materials — usually at lower-than-market cost. He will also be equipped like a carpenter so he can disassemble and assemble closets and other furniture. When an unskilled worker disassembles and assembles a closet, there’s a very large chance that the closet will not be the same as it was.

What should you do?
Check in advance what the packing cost is, what packing supplies the mover has and what their cost is. If you are packing on your own, ask how many boxes he can supply. Never agree to a price per box for packing. If the mover insists on a per box rate, usually 20-30 shekels per box, then agree to a specific sum as the highest limit, let’s say 1,000 shekels. And know who is doing the assembly and disassembly.

 

How much does it cost to move?

Basic Moving Cost: 1,300-2,000 shekels

Add-ons:

Building’s entrance is far from the parking area: up to 300 shekels

Additional floor: 150 shekels for third floor

200-250 shekels from the fourth floor and up

Detaching and reattaching refrigerator doors: 100-350 shekels

Closet: 50-60 shekels per door

Packing: 700-1,500 shekels (or 18-40 shekels per box)

Tips: 50-100 shekels per mover (up to 20% of the cost of the move)

Narrow stairwell: 100-200 shekels

Use of a crane: 250-285 shekels per hour

*These prices refer to moving a three-room apartment from the first floor to an apartment on the second floor (with no elevator) in the center of Israel, in the city, in buildings with ordinary-sized stairwells, during the summer, with 50 boxes. Price survey — in cooperation with the Midrag (“Rankings”) company.

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