Philadelphia contractors give tips on moving

Philadelphia contractors give tips on moving

My wife and I are downsizing from a two-story, four-bedroom house to a ranch with less space. What advice can you offer on preparing for our move?
- Albert Auld, Philadelphia Angie's List member

When downsizing, Lee's Moving and Storage owner Tom Liebtag says the best way to prepare is to get rid of as much stuff as you can before you move. This saves you money if you're billed by weight or by the hour.

Liebtag, whose business is based in Roslyn but servicing Philadelphia and surrounding counties, also stresses the importance of making sure your mover is licensed through the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

If they're not licensed, he says, they can't obtain insurance, which means homeowners' belongings aren't covered if they get damaged during the move. Movers also can't get workman's compensation insurance without a license, so the consumer could be held responsible if a mover is injured on the job.

Many customers who downsize often inquire about renting long-term and short-term storage facilities, says Kevin Riley, owner of highly rated Riley & Sons Moving & Storage in Philadelphia. "Sometimes you can get a cheaper unit through a moving company and they are usually a more secure facility," Riley says.

Liebtag also warns against getting estimates for movers over the phone. "If you're going to get an estimate, the mover should come out and see the house and see what you're actually moving," he says.

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