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4 Important Questions for People with Disabilities to Ask a Moving Company
When you live with disabilities, you learn to develop workarounds for everyday situations that most people don’t have to think about. However, when you encounter an unfamiliar situation, you may not immediately know what you need to do to ensure that it’s accessible to you. And what’s more unfamiliar than moving into a new home, possibly in a new city or state?
For people living with disabilities, the moving process can have some unique challenges. However, those challenges aren’t insurmountable, especially when you have the help of a good moving company. Take a look at some questions you need to ask your moving company. The answers can help make sure that your move is as comfortable and convenient as it can be.
Do You Offer Packing and Unpacking Services?
A moving company can do much more than just transport your goods from point A to point B. One of the most helpful moving services for people living with physical disabilities is packing services. Packing can be hard for anyone, and it’s even harder when you’re dealing with mobility issues or you are a wheelchair user.
While many people are aware that packing services are an option, you may not know that some movers will actually unpack your items for you as well. This can be a big help, allowing you to get settled into your new home and have access to items you need as quickly as possible.
Packing services can also help ensure that your items reach their destination safely. If you have delicate medical equipment that needs to be moved, having professionals pack it for you can give you peace of mind that your expensive equipment will be protected and safe.
Remember that packing and unpacking services can significantly inflate the price tag of your move. However, there are ways to cut costs. For example, if you have family or friends to help on one end of the move, you may only need to pay for movers to help with packing or unpacking on the other end.
Do You Offer The Extra Services I Need?
In addition to standard moving services like packing and unpacking, you may find yourself in need of additional services that aren’t normally part of a move. While your mover might offer these services, they’re probably going to cost you extra.
For example, perhaps you’re going to arrive at the new house before your household goods are scheduled to. If you have important medical equipment or accessibility items that are going on the moving truck, you may not be able to wait too long for those items to arrive.
In this case, your moving company may offer an express delivery service, ensuring that your household items arrive within a tighter window than normal. However, you’ll pay more for speedier service.
Are Discounts Available?
While some important questions that you should ask involve extra costs, ask this question to save you money. Not all discounts are advertised, and because your costs may be higher than they would be for someone without disabilities, you should be especially proactive about looking for ways to save.
Like many companies, moving companies often offer military discounts. If you’re a disabled veteran, you should find out if you can save some money this way. Senior citizen discounts are also common.
You can also find discounts through your own contacts — some offer family and friends discounts, so if you know someone in the business, they may be able to help. Your real estate agent might also have access to discounts. And of course, you should check the moving company’s website and social media sites for coupons and sales.
If all else fails, just ask a representative from your moving company directly if there are any discounts you might qualify for.
Don’t let moving be more of a hassle than it has to be. Find out how a reputable moving company can help meet your specific needs.