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For safety reasons, federal laws prohibit moving companies from transporting any hazardous materials including paint, ammunition, propane, and other flammable items, says Randy Shacka, president of Two Men and a Truck. This means your moving company cannot move items that contain gas such as grills and lawnmowers and may not take perishable things like food, plants, or pets. It’s up to you to find out what you personally must be responsible for moving so there aren’t any surprises on moving day.
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“Reputable moving companies will provide a schedule and stick to it,” Mr. Sapir says. “Between May and September are the busiest times of year for most moving companies, and you can expect rates to skyrocket and quality to suffer. Avoid this by booking long in advance and getting your schedule set in stone.” You need to know these tricks to make your moving day as stress-free as possible.
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Movers usually charge by the hour so some movers will try and maximize the charges by telling you there’s nothing you can do, Brill says. As they slowly pack items for you, you will be paying for that extra time spent. If you’re looking to save money, do everything you can beforehand.