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1. Insuring your Belongings during the Move
Nothing’s more frustrating than having your antique furniture
broken during a move or your grandmother’s jewelry box “mysteriously
missing.” Though it might not be completely comforting, taking
out moving insurance can numb the pain to some extent. But how do
you know how much insurance to take out on your belongings? Find
out below by reading about the different types of insurance coverage.
The basic coverage
Interstate movers must provide minimal insurance coverage of 60
cents per pound. For an intrastate move, that minimal amount of
coverage depends upon the individual state. Let’s say that
you don’t want to take out any additional coverage other than
the basic coverage. If your goods weight a total of 12,000 pounds,
the total amount of total coverage would be $7,200 (12,000 x .60).
If you have a lot of valuables, this might not be the best option.
Declared value coverage is a step above the basic coverage. Basically,
it means that the amount that the moving company would be liable
for would max out at the per pound value of your goods multiplied
by the total number of pounds. For instance, if you value your goods
at $1.30 per pound and you have a total of 10,000 pounds, then the
amount of total coverage would equal $13,000. Claims are paid on
the depreciated value of the items that have been lost or damaged.
This option might be good if your belongings weigh a lot.
Lump sum value
As opposed to the declared value method, the lump sum value places
a maximum amount of coverage based upon the total value of your
goods. If your goods are relatively valuable but don’t weigh
that much, it would be a good type of coverage to choose.
Full value protection
If you want the best possible coverage, this is it. In this scenario,
the movers would be liable for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
They would either pay you the replacement value of the item or repair
it, if possible. Just note all the items you want covered under
this policy. If you don’t, only those items with an extraordinary
value (greater than $100 per pound) would be covered under this
type of coverage.
Hiring the right Bronx
moving companies can turn a usually stressful experience into
a pleasant one.