You want to make sure your goods are covered in case of an accident or loss while they are in our care. Therefore, it’s important that you choose the right valuation option.
The valuation option you select determines the basis upon which any claim will be adjusted and establishes the maximum liability of Collegian Movers. The liability of Collegian Movers for loss or damage is based upon Collegian’s tariffs, as well as federal laws and regulations, and has certain limitations and exclusions. To be clear, valuation is not insurance. It is simply a tariff-based level of motor carrier liability. If you desire insurance, you should consult your insurance company representative about available insurance coverage or check to see if you are covered under your home or renters insurance policy.
Full-Value Protection (FVP)
Under this protection plan, if any article is lost, destroyed or damaged while under Collegian Movers‘ interstate authority, it will either 1) repair the article to the extent necessary to restore it to the same condition as when it was received by Collegian or pay you for the cost of such repairs; or 2) replace the article with an article of like kind and quality or pay you for the cost of such a replacement. An additional charge applies for this option and is included upfront in every estimate. Collegian Movers will determine the appropriate settlement method to be used.
Collegian’s total liability for loss or damage will not exceed the amount you declare as the value of your shipment.
Released Value Liability (basic protection / 60 cents per pound per article)
With this type of valuation, Collegian’s maximum liability for loss or damage to an article in the shipment is 60 cents multiplied by the weight of the article. This is the basic liability level and is provided at no charge.
All claims are subject to a $250.00 deductible.
We strongly recommend that you carry items of extraordinary value* with you. Items considered to be of extraordinary value are any article that is irreplaceable, sentimentally valuable to you, or expensive. These articles include jewelry, money, photographs, antiques and stamp collections. Additionally, we recommend that you pack all important documents yourself and not move them with the rest of your household goods.
However, extraordinary valued items can be included in your shipment, if you follow these simple steps.
Follow these steps to ensure that your extraordinary value* claim does not have minimal liability. Fist, complete and sign the Cargo Coverage Options form. Then, choose and sign Option 2: Actual Cash Value (ACV). And, finally, declare your extraordinary valued items along with their current value.
If you do not wish to declare any articles of extraordinary value, please complete an sign the Cargo Coverage Options form and choose and sign Option 1. You must also complete and sign the Release of Liability form.
*In the moving industry, we consider items of extraordinary value to be an item worth over $5,000, or worth over $100.00 per pound.
Collegian Movers does offer last minute moving services. We can accommodate a same day move as long as we have extra manpower and trucks available. In addition, we can pack, load, and move you out one day and deliver your items at a later date if needed or keep your items safe in our secure storage facilities. We know when faced with a last minute move, you have a lot on your mind.
Our professional emergency moving company knows you don’t need more stress in your life, and we are here to help. We offer moving services to accommodate last minute, emergency moves, and same-day moves. So, when you need moving assistance from a Connecticut Moving Company call the best, Collegian Movers. Additionally, we welcome last minute long distance moves, at no additional charge. Please read our page on last-minute moving services to schedule your move or book your move online using our last minute move scheduler.
We often hear from our clients “can you help me pack?” Packing can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when you are moving last minute. Reduce your labor burden during the moving process and hire our professional packers. Help with packing is often necessary with last-minute moves to speed up the process. We offer full-packing services including, unpacking, disposal, plus moving services to help you move quickly. See our page on Packing Services Alternatively, give the office a call and speak with one of our professional salespeople. They would be happy to help you make the necessary decisions about the types of packing services you need.
Additionally, please look at the Moving Tips for more detailed information about Packing Supplies and Packing Tips. You will find a wealth of useful information to help you with the overall packing process.
Absolutely. Here at Collegian Movers, we can help you move just about anything. We’ve likely already moved something like it before. We’ll help you check items off your moving checklist until the job is complete. Remember, that you should start to plan your relocation at least 2 to 3 months prior to your move date. This way you have enough time to execute your move plan. Additionally, be sure to also put your important documents in a safe place for transport. Plus, you have extra time to de-clutter your home and to create a moving checklist of things that need to be moved and packed. So, call us today. Tell us what it is you need to be moved, when you need it moved, and where it’s going. And, we will take care of the rest.
Upon request, Collegian Movers can provide a certificate of insurance (COI) for your move. If this is a requirement for your move, you must request it in advance. We need to be notified, at a minimum, 2 days prior to your move date. It is not an uncommon request that we receive from movers. In fact, a certificate of insurance is often expected. This is especially true when moving in an apartment building, or moving out of a high rise, or any property with building managers. Most building managers of these types of properties require a COI for any moving company that works on the premises. So, don’t wait, speak with one of our moving consultants for more information about certificates of insurance today.
Wondering How Much To Tip Movers? You are not alone! Our moving prices do not include gratuity. Tipping is optional and greatly appreciated by our movers. So, if the movers did a great job, please feel free to tip them.
Important to note, there is no “average tip.” However, as a guideline, tips for movers range from 5% of the total bill to $20 per man. Plus, if your job was complicated, took a long time, or the movers were exceptional, it is ok to give more.
Just so you know, a complicated move includes those with narrow or winding stairs, a steep lot, far away parking, or very heavy furniture. Likewise, if your move takes the moving crew 12 hours to move or to pack your home, that is considered a long day. In either of these cases, you may want to consider tipping a larger amount.
Proper etiquette is to tip each mover individually and not to give the lump sum to the foreman of the job.
If at the last minute, you realize that you forgot to get cash for the tip, or you feel awkward handing out cash each individual movers, simply call the office and ask your move coordinator to add an amount to your bill of lading.
We provide affordable packing services and unpacking services for your entire home or business. Additionally, we create custom crating or specialty packing for select items that you would rather entrust to our professionals. If you are in Connecticut, including the Fairfield and New Haven counties and don’t feel like packing, just let our movers and packers take care of it for you. We will help you pack and unpack all of the belongings that you are moving in record time.
It is best to be packed and ready to move on move day. However, our moving crews arrive prepared for all situations. So, if you need boxes or other materials, they will be available for you at the job site. If you have specific needs or are not fully packed, it is best to alert the dispatcher on the day of the move. He can then assure that the movers arrive with the right amount of boxes on move day to make your move go smoothly. Alternatively, you can order moving supplies to be delivered to your home prior to moving day, or stop by the office to pick up the supplies you need in advance.
Collegian movers offer basic disassembly and assembly of all large pieces of furniture. This service is free of charge when moving. However please note that this service takes extra time for a mover to do. Therefore, it may end up costing you more money if you choose not to do this yourself. Our movers carry tools with them to assemble furniture. It is best to notify the dispatcher if you have a particular piece of furniture that requires disassembly and assembly.
We specialize in commercial business storage solutions. These provide businesses with a safe and secure storage solution. Our business storage unit rentals have no long-term commitments. In addition, we offer temporary, short-term, and long-term storage options. Besides that, all of these options have a month to month lease.
Our warehouse storage facilities are useful to Commercial Clients. As a result, we have several corporate clients who use the commercial business storage to store their extra business furniture systems and unused office furniture with us. Our storage services include commercial storage solutions, business warehousing & inventory control. The warehouse itself contains individual vaulted storage units. Our storage facilities are monitored 24/7 by alarm systems, surveillance equipment, and a fire suppression system. So, you can rest easy knowing your belongings are secure in our safe and secure warehouse storage facilities, managed by our team of storage specialists.
Give our business consultants a call today to find out more about our commercial business storage solutions!!
Yes. We offer house furniture removal and disposal services. We recycle & donate used items. Collegian Movers works with charitable organizations to give new life to unwanted, yet usable items. Additionally, we can remove your furniture and bring it to a new location or keep it safe for you in our storage facility.
Our moving crews can remove an entire house of furniture or simply the few pieces of furniture you need to get rid. Our furniture removal services are especially handy when you have new furniture being delivered. As most furniture companies do not offer removal services.
We do not sell insurance; we are a moving company and are therefore not legally allowed to sell insurance. Insurance is only sold by licensed agents. We do however we do offer moving cargo coverage options:
Additionally, we recommend checking with your current company insurance policy to see if it covers your goods during the move.
All claims are subject to a $250.00 deductible.
We do not sell insurance. Insurance is only sold by licensed agents. Regulations only permit moving companies to offer moving cargo coverage options on your shipment.
We also recommend that you check to see if your current homeowners or renters insurance policy covers your goods while you are moving.
All claims are subject to a $250.00 deductible.
We do not sell insurance; we are a moving company and are therefore not legally allowed to sell insurance. When moving your piano you will need to include the value of your piano so we can quote the additional valuation coverage option in your moving estimate.
We offer 2 types of shipment protection options for pianos:
Some of our locations have on-site storage which provides our clients with temporary storage options. Our moving services accommodate overnight storage, hold-over storage, and temporary storage. When a holdover is necessary, our moving crews safely store your items on our trucks or in our warehouse. In addition, our moving services include long-term storage solutions for people who are moving long-distance or overseas. Our storage warehouse is able to store your items for a few weeks, months or years.
In addition, we offer storage in transit (SIT) for those who need overnight storage to be held on our moving trucks for next day delivery.
We do offer short term or long term storage options at our centrally located 25,000 square foot warehouse. Our storage units are located in a full-service facility. We do all the lifting and moving for you. As part of the storage service, Collegian Movers pick up your items to be stored, brings them to our facility and safely stores your items for you. Then when you need your items, we deliver them back to you. Please ask for more details concerning our clean, vaulted and secure options.
Collegian’s CT Storage is a full-service storage facility. We do not offer self-storage units. We pick up and move your storage items. Next, we carefully pack and inventory your items. And finally, we loaded them into your personal storage vault within our warehouse. When you need to access your storage in Connecticut, simply contact Collegian Movers to schedule access to your storage units. Storage access is based on availability and made by an appointment for a small charge. A pro mover will assist you with access to your storage units. Alternatively, you can call and ask us to deliver specific items from your inventory list. Our crew will deliver them at a convenient time for you.
Check out our blog for ideas on How to Get Organized and Declutter before moving into Storage?
Making sure nothing is forgotten in an office move requires that you stay organized. To assure all of your things are accounted for when moving your office, use our office relocation checklist during your final walk through.
After the movers have loaded the final boxes, do a walkthrough of the space. Be sure to include every room in the building and check the following items on our list. Additionally, we recommend taking pictures as a precaution.
Office Relocation Checklist (Final Office Walk Through)
Did you know, you can now completely manage your entire moving inventory list online? We have done this to make the moving process even easier and more time effective for you. You can simply log into your account and submit a list of items, add additional items, or remove items as your moving needs change.
If you do not have access to a computer, contact your move coordinator either via phone or email. He/she will be happy to assist you with any changes or updates you need over the phone. Keep in mind your cost estimate may change.
One final note, you can only edit your moving inventory list online up until the move has been confirmed. Once your move has been confirmed, you must call the office to edit any of the details of your move.
Are you preparing for your office relocation, non-profit, office, school, library, real estate agency, or other community organization / professional space? You need a good office relocation action plan. Planning and preparation are the first steps towards assuring a successful commercial move. The planning phase generally begins about 6 to 12 weeks before the move. This is when you begin to collect the data you need to create your move plan. Also, be sure to determine what is to be packed, moved, and eliminated. Finally, you need to identify where the items belong in the new space. Furthermore, special planning for office relocation is essential to avoiding headaches, staying on time, and on budget throughout the move.
The cost of a long-distance move depends upon the distance you are moving and a number of items you are moving. By filling out our online form, we can help you to determine the size of your move. The price of your move may increase or decrease depending on how you choose to customize your move. Here are four important questions to consider when you are moving.
Packing yourself greatly reduces the cost of moving. You can review our packing services if needed. Remember that your items should be fully packed before the actual move date. Additionally, storage is available for both long term and short term. Long term storage may be necessary for items that may not fit into your new location. Short term storage may be necessary if your closing gets delayed. Lastly, will you be adding additional cargo coverage to your move? We provide an accurate estimate to you before you move. So, you always know how much your long distance move costs before you hire us.
Follow our Relocation Blog for Movers to find out How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move.
The cost of a move depends upon many factors and can vary drastically. By filling out our online form, we can help you to determine the size of your move and provide you with an accurate estimate before you move. The moving quote is a free no-obligation estimate. So, you will know how much your move will cost and can whey your options before deciding upon a mover. If you decide you do want to move with us, you can easily book and confirm your move online, with the click of a button. Additionally, if you would like additional moving tips on how to reduce the cost of your move, check out our blog article on moving costs. We look forward to working with you.
Planning to move art, antiques, valuables on your own? Use these moving and packing tips to prevent damage or breakage during your move.
When packing up a kitchen, you need to have many items of varying sizes. Therefore, you need to have boxes in varying sizes, as not all items fit into the same size box.
In general, the most common box used to pack a kitchen is called a China Box or Dish Barrel. The size of this box is 5.2 cubic feet.
China boxes are well constructed for fragile items such as China, dishes, stemware, and crystal. They are corrugated cartons and are commonly used for packing the kitchen and dining room.
It is recommended when packing up your kitchenware to add two layers of bubble wrap or packing paper on the bottom of each the box. By protecting your dishes in bubble wrap or with a crushed paper you add an extra level of cushioning to your fragile items. It also helps to eliminate shifting of items inside the heavy-duty moving boxes.
Then, wrap each piece of dinnerware with a thin layer of packing paper and stack them one at a time in the box. Again, adding an extra layer of bubble wrap or paper in between every three dishes. It is best to stack the dishes vertically, on their edges, rather than one on top of another, as they are less likely to break this way.
For silverware, we recommend wrapping each similar type of silverware (knives with knives, spoons with spoons, etc.) with a rubber band. This keeps them together. Next, place all of the silverware into one smaller sized box, and finally tape it closed with packing tape.
In addition to various sized boxes, pick up the following
Take care with your packing of kitchenware. Wrap each item and allow for cushioning in between items. This reduces your risk of finding broken dishes and shattered wine glasses when you open the boxes in your new location.
If you need more help packing your kitchen, our professional movers and packers are here to help.
Absolutely. We are licensed by the Connecticut and Federal DOT agencies. Per our license agreements, we are required to carry “Workers Compensation” for our workers and insurance on all our vehicles. Our CT LIC. # is C-589. Collegian Mover’s U.S. DOT. # is 482141. And, our ICC MC # is 252992. Please call the office to discuss any particular questions you may have regarding our Licensing and insurance. We would be more than happy to discuss it with you.
Collegian Movers Storage takes great pride in protecting your belongings and strives to provide state-of-the-art storage unit alarm system. Our warehouse is monitored by camera and video surveillance, and secured with multiple alarm systems, fire suppression system, and well-lit corridors. Every item in our Connecticut Storage Facilities are inventoried and tagged before being placed in a secure storage vault and each vault is individually labeled, locked and supervised by our in-house warehouse manager.
Interstate and long distance moving payment terms require payments to be made with a cashier’s check or money order. Tariff provisions require that payment is due, upon arrival at your final destination, before your shipment is unloaded. For corporate moves, make sure your employer pre-arranges an acceptable payment method. Most importantly, be sure to have the method of payment worked out ahead of time to avoid problems on the delivery day. All payment are required on the day of services rendered unless other arrangements are made in advance.
Last minute moves are considered to be any move that is booked on the same day or one day prior. Don’t hesitate any longer, give us a call so we can best accommodate your desired times and dates. Fill out our Last Minute Moving form to schedule your move or call one of our associates to help you.
Collegian Movers Moving & Storage specializes in last minute moving in Connecticut. Our company understands the added concerns of last-minute moving. If you have an emergency and need to move right away, we understand that you have a lot going on. So, we’ll work with you to make your move as hassle-free as possible.
During an in-home estimate, a professional estimator will visit your home and survey the items you plan to move. They will estimate the weight and size of all of your belongings. The estimator will additionally discuss your move details with you. These details include dates, packing services, moving services and more. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have about your upcoming move. At the end of the visit, your salesperson will draft a customized written estimate for your review.
Sometimes, when you move is just as important as how you move. At Collegian Movers, when moving a business, we move on your schedule. This provides you with the flexibility and customization you need to keep your business running smoothly. The best time to move your business is generally when things are less busy. So, it will depend upon the hours you are open, the type of business (online, clothing store, office, etc), your lease dates, and your flexibility. However, to get the maximum results out of your movers, we recommend moving first thing in the morning, starting at the 8 to 10 a.m window. The movers will have the most energy of the day and you’ll have extra time in the day to unpack, organize and get settled into your new location.
Collegian Movers offers two payment options for moving services, cash or check. Collegian accepts a certified check, traveler’s check, bank check or personal check with certain limitations. The foreman of your moving crew will collect the payment for your move. You are expected to pay movers before they unload the moving truck at your destination. Optionally, you may pay at the time your goods are loaded onto the truck at the origin. Just let your Sales Representative know which you prefer.
If you need to make a change to your move date, please call the office as soon as you know about it. Then, notify the move coordinator that booked your move. They will work with you to accommodate changes to your schedule. Changes to your move date may affect the price of your move. We cannot guarantee that a date will be available for you if you are making a last minute change. In general, we do not work on Sunday’s. However, there are instances when a Sunday move may be possible. For further information about available dates, please contact your move coordinator.
Here is what to expect when moving with Collegian Movers.
Our fully licensed and insured Connecticut moving and storage company believes that everyone should be provided with the same level of quality service and courtesy, regardless of relocation size or scope. As such, our A+ BBB-accredited business has a reputation that tops the charts on Yelp, Google+, and Customer Lobby. Hence, we are certain you will be completely satisfied with your move from start-to-finish.
You are required to make all payments for you move prior to completion of delivery. All other other payment arrangements must be made in advance. Additionally, you may choose to pay at origin (before the move) or at the destination (before delivery). Collegian Movers accepts several payment methods for moving services. These include cash, personal check (returned checks will be charged a $25.00 fee), cashier’s check, and money order. When using a check, you may pay using either a business or a personal check. Please make all checks payable to “Collegian Movers Inc.” If you have any additional questions about your move, please speak with your Collegian Movers Sales Representative.
When you schedule your move early, you have a better chance to secure the exact moving date(s) you require. Additionally, it allows you to plan your move with less stress and even more time. And, although we have the ability to handle last-minute moves, we highly recommend that you book your move as far in advance as possible.
If you are moving into an apartment, your residence may have insurance requirements. Additionally, it may have limited moving access, or you may need elevator reservations. In these cases, we recommend booking your move at least two weeks in advance.
Most importantly, remember that if you are moving in the summer, be sure to book your move early. Summer is the height of the moving season. According to statistical data, roughly 65% of all residential moves in the U.S. take place between May and September.
Are you getting ready to move, but still need boxes and packing supplies? Well, you are in luck, because Collegian Movers sells moving boxes, storage boxes, and packing products. So, to make things easy for you, you can purchase your moving supplies from us. We have the moving products and services for all of your local pickup needs. We offer new and used boxes and other packing materials. Most importantly, our boxes are made for moving. They are sturdy and heavyweight. This is important for moving your items safely. It adds an extra layer of security to your packed items.