Category Archives: After You Move Tips

What’s a Bill of Lading and why do we need them for reviews?

published by on November 19, 2013After You Move Tips

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A Bill of Lading Primer

The Bill of Lading (BOL) is one of the most important documents you’ll receive from your mover. Your mover should give this to you on moving day and it includes crucial information about your move, like your “from” and “to” addresses, inventory of your belongings and costs. You can read more about the BOL here. Think of it as a confirmation of everything you and your mover have agreed to. If anything doesn’t look right, talk to your mover before signing.

We’re not snooping; we’re just thorough

When you review your mover on MCR, we require that you attach your BOL in order for your review to be published. “Eek! But it has my address!” you may think. Don’t worry. We’ll never publish your BOL on the site and we’re not trying to be nosy. The BOL is just the very best way for us to verify that all of our reviews come from real consumers for real moves.

What we look for on the BOL

First, we need to be able to read it. Then, we check for the mover’s name, location and license number (these should all be part of their paperwork). To verify your move, we at minimum check for your from/to locations, your move date and your signature indicating that the move was completed.

What’s so great about ‘verified’?

We’ve all seen the questionable review that’s just too good to be true. How do you know what to trust? By validating each review with a BOL, we can guarantee that the reviews you’re reading are real. It’s also our way of ensuring that a mover can’t keep a bad review from being posted. If we can prove the move happened, we’ll publish the review to help others avoid a bad experience.

So, when we ask you for your BOL with your review, we’re really not trying to be annoying. We’re just trying to be the most trusted source on the web for mover reviews. Love this idea? Hate it? Let us know at support@movingcompanyreviews.com.

 

 

 

 


Tips For Navigating Your New Neighborhood

published by on June 17, 2013After You Move Tips

The boxes are finally gone and your house has shifted from cardboard castle to proper home. Time to get your bearings and familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood!

If you’ve moved a long distance, chances are you’re headed for a new moving challenge: replacing all of your old haunts and services, which might include a flurry of paperwork, membership applications, web searching and meeting the neighbors for local tips. Not sure where to start on your recon mission?

Here are 5 Must Know Places In Your New ‘Hood

1. Emergency services – Hospital, police department, and fire stations. Being responsible and knowing where to go in case of an emergency is a must, even more so for newly arrived families. It’s also not a bad idea to know where the closest health care centers and public safety locations are. Aside from emergency care, know the direct line to the local police and where to find a new doctor or dentist.

2. Grocery store – Unless you plan on always eating out, look up a few local grocery stores to stock up on food and goodies at home. Grocery stores also tend to be a hub of local day-to-day happenings, so check out a bulletin board or a city newspaper to hear the news about town.

3. Child care center and schools – Search online to research childcare providers and schools in your area. If you live near your school, take a walk with your child to their bus stop or to their school to get an up-close impression and help your child acclimate to the new area.

4. Recreation center/gym – For those times you need to blow off some steam or just work on your fitness, many cities offer membership programs into community centers with gyms, swimming facilities, and other options. For the children, a lot of cities run municipal summer camp programs which can help your kid meet some new friends, even during summer move season.

5. Take out – After another long day of unpacking and organizing, you might just want to skip the kitchen and go straight to delivery. Knowing how to get some food dropped off or where your new fave take-out pizza place is going to be is a key survival tactic in the early stages of the post-move. All in the name of keeping your new kitchen clean for another night right?

Hope that helps, let us know what makes your top places to look for in your new neighborhood. Remember, getting used to the change in scenery can take some time, but you’ll feel at home soon enough!

 


Review Your Mover And Get Pizza

published by on May 14, 2013After You Move Tips

Moving season is upon us! Millions of Americans move between Memorial Day and Labor Day, at the height of peak moving season. Are you planning to be part of the “mass exodus” this summer?

If you’re hiring movers to help with your move, we want to hear from you!

As part of our mission to help people find great movers on MovingCompanyReviews.com, we want to hear about your real experiences. We want the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. You’ll have our undying gratitude, and a free treat to help you unwind after a successful move.

In partnership with Xfinity, every verified mover review you submit between May 20 and July 31 will be rewarded with a $10 Domino’s Card eGift.

Recently moved? Review your mover starting May 20 and be sure to upload your move receipt or Bill of Lading. We only post real reviews from real moves.

Moving before July 31? Sign up for a move reminder on our site and we’ll remind you a few days after your move to come back and review your mover. You’ll get your pizza as soon as we verify your review.

Moved a while ago and still have your move receipt? Great! Review your mover starting May 20 and you’ll be eligible for your pizza fix too.

Thanks for helping us deliver real reviews and creating happy moves. Hope everyone has a safe and happy move!

*Official Rules and Restrictions

First 1000 persons to submit a verified review of one of the participating moving companies via an applicable submission page on or before 6/30/2013 will receive an eGift Card worth $10 at Domino’s pizza. Moving receipt, bill of lading or other verifiable move document (each a “Move Receipt”) must be submitted with review; Terms of Use at http://www.movingcompanyreviews.com/terms apply. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older with domestic moves only. Limit 1 coupon per Move Receipt. Sponsor, Domino’s Pizza, LLC, and their employees, franchisees, members, officers, and agents will have no liability for claims or damages of any kind related to this promotion, including without limitation the use of or inability to use any eGift card.  Sponsor: MovingCompanyReviews.com, a division of HomeFinder.com, LLC, 20 N. Wacker, Chicago, IL 60606.

Any questions about qualifications or reward fulfillment, contact support@movingcompanyreviews.com (not your moving company).

 


Review Your Mover and Get A Free Coffee

published by on February 9, 2013After You Move Tips

Moving season is upon us! Millions of Americans move between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Are you planning to be part of the “mass exodus” this summer?

If you’re hiring movers to help with your move, we want to hear from you!

As part of our mission to help people find great movers on MovingCompanyReviews.com, we want to hear about your real experiences. We want the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. You’ll have our undying gratitude, and a free treat to help you unwind after a successful move.

In partnership with Xfinity, every verified mover review you submit between May 20 and June 30 will be rewarded with a $5 Starbucks Card eGift.*

Recently moved? Review your mover starting May 20 and be sure to upload your move receipt or Bill of Lading. We only post real reviews from real moves.

Moving before June 30? Sign up for a move reminder on our site and we’ll remind you a few days after your move to come back and review your mover. You’ll get your gourmet coffee as soon as we verify your review.

Moved a while ago and still have your move receipt? Great! Review your mover starting May 20 and you’ll be eligible for your caffeine fix too.

Thanks for helping us deliver real reviews and creating happy moves. Hope everyone has a safe and happy move!

*Official Rules and Restrictions

First 1,000 persons to submit a verified review of one of the participating moving companies via an applicable submission page on or before 6/30/2013 will receive a Gourmet Coffee e-Gift Card worth $5 at Starbucks. Moving receipt, bill of lading or other verifiable move document (each a “Move Receipt”) must be submitted with review; Terms of Use at http://www.movingcompanyreviews.com/terms apply. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older with domestic moves only. Limit 1 coupon per Move Receipt. Sponsor, Starbucks and their employees, franchisees, members, officers, and agents will have no liability for claims or damages of any kind related to this promotion, including without limitation the use of or inability to use any eGift card.  The Starbucks word mark and the Starbucks Logo are trademarks of Starbucks Corporation. Starbucks is also the owner of the Copyrights in the Starbucks Logo and the Starbucks Card designs. All rights reserved.  Starbucks is not a participating partner or sponsor in this offer. Sponsor: MovingCompanyReviews.com, a division of HomeFinder.com, LLC, 20 N. Wacker, Chicago, IL 60606.

Any questions about qualifications or reward fulfillment, contact support@movingcompanyreviews.com (not your moving company).


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