Moving Tips For Consumers Include Negotiate Aggressively

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Each year, approximately 19 million American households (42 million people) move to a new home, representing an average of 16 percent of the population or 115,000 people per day. In five years, nearly 80 percent of the US population will move.

We recommend consumers leverage the convenience of Internet sites like Moving.com to locate professional movers and then shop rates aggressively to find the best pricing

Interstate mover rate deregulation in 2008, combined with fewer consumers "on the move," has created a buyers market for professional moving services during National Moving Month this May.

"We recommend consumers leverage the convenience of Internet sites like Moving.com to locate professional movers and then shop rates aggressively to find the best pricing," said Anne Carroll, vice president of strategic partnerships at Move, Inc.

Services and tools provided free of charge to consumers at Moving.com include: Find a Mover; Find Moving Trucks; Find Moving Help; Find Self Storage; Boxes and Supplies; Free Credit Report; Move Planner; Salary Calculator, Local School Reports, City Reports, Compare two Cities, Rental Guides, and more.

Carroll recommends that consumers remember that quality is just as important as price in planning a successful move. At Moving.com, consumers are matched with pre-screened, licensed and insured movers.

Consumers unsure about what type of moving services they need can take an online quiz at Moving.com. After answering a series of short questions, they will receive a report to help decide whether full or self service assistance is necessary and what type of trucks are most appropriate. A handy chart compares the effort and cost involved in different types of moves, factoring in home size and timing.

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