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The state of Connecticut Public Utility Control Authority regulates movers in Connecticut. The authority ensures that licensed movers have proper general liability, auto and workers compensation insurance and files. It also ensures that movers adhere to an approved rate. Movers may charge you only in accordance with their rate filings. Because they are regulated, movers cannot pass on discounts or price incentives to customers on in-state moves. Local Moves occur within the state. Local movers generally charge an hourly rate. Remember, you are buying a service. You need to decide how much service you want. You play a key role in making the move a success. Local movers offer a variety of services, from the very basic "two men and a van" to a complete executive-style full pack, move, store, deliver, unpack and even maid service. After you decide what services you need, you need to schedule a survey of your home. The next step is too schedule a survey of your home. During that appointment, be sure to show the movers everything you want them to do. You should document at this time whatever you agree that you are going to do. At this time you should document everything you and the mover have agreed upon. Because movers charge generally by the hour, here are some important things to remember: Because movers generally charge by the hour here are some important things to remember. Reputable moving companies are very good at supplying accurate estimates. However, since the estimate is calculated on the approximate time to move, you play a critical role in what the final invoice will be. When a mover meets with you to provide an estimate, consider the following: Whatever you agree that you are going to do yourself reduces the estimate. Whatever you have agreed to handle yourself helps reduce the estimate. This includes packing your own boxes, moving furniture downstairs, or up from a basement, etc . If you fail to complete these items, the mover will complete them for you, although your costs will go up.. It is essential to be organized and focused when the movers arrive. Indecision on moving day may cause delays loading the van. You will pay more while the movers wait. Do not schedule any other activities or errands while your movers are there. Any changes you make or delays you create will impact the final invoice. Keep all valuables on your person or put away in a safe place. Two very important steps: When the driver says. "We're all loaded" at loading, it is critical that you do a last walk through. Check the entire house. Be sure the movers have all you want on board. Also, look at the walls, doorways and entrance ways. Make sure there is no damage by the movers. It is too late to make a claim after the mover leaves. The second critical time is at delivery, when the driver says, "Everything is delivered." Walk around your house, make sure all the furniture is where you want it. Also, check the walls, hallways and entranceways of your new house. Make sure everything is in good shape. If not, note it in writing on the mover's paper work. It is too late to make a claim after the mover leaves. Most carriers offer printed moving guides. Take a few minutes to read those brochures. Practice what they advise to save time and money. For a full service move, movers will charge their packing service by the box. Packing can run as much as 60 to 70% of the cost of the move. Most movers have one charge for the carton, paper, bubble and tape required to wrap and box items and a separate labor charge to pack items. Interstate Moves (state-to-state) - while these moves are discounted, there are other variables you need to weigh when making your decision: Single point of contact service Peak season rates Cost of replacement insurance Pick-up and delivery guaranteed
Selecting an oil company is about more than the price of the oil. If you shop around for every tank of oil, you may save a few pennies, but you are likely to end up with an unreliable company and poor service. If you have never had a home with oil heat, here are some suggestions:
*Make sure you are not going to get an Answering Service, but the actual oil company.
The former owner of your new home may have given extra keys over
the years to neighbors, friends, relatives, etc. Depending upon the
condition of your current locksets, you may want to re-key, replace
or upgrade them to a level appropriate to your security needs. You
also may want to have all your locks working with the same key, making
entry and exit from your home more convenient. Door viewers, which
allow you to see your visitors before letting them in, add an additional
measure of security. A professional locksmith service can help you
make these decisions and provide installation.
Security System Monitoring is the connection of your security system
to a remote central station. When your system trips, the signal transmits
via the phone lines to the Central Station where the operator will
verify the alarm and call the appropriate authorities. This is a must
if you have a fire system installed or want Panic or Medical monitoring.
When you have a monitored system, you can specify what action the
monitoring company should take when it receives a signal. In addition
to calling the police or fire departments, the company also will notify
people on your call list (neighbor or family). The monitoring company
will also establish a "pass-code" or "code word" with you that will
enable them to verify that the person they are speaking with is the
authorized person. Any other code word than the one authorized, will
tell the Central Station that you are under "duress" and the company
will notify police.
*UL listing assures back-up power in the event of any power outage.
UL Central Stations also maintain the strictest security measures.
All electronic alarm systems include the master control panel, at
least one keypad for arming and disarming the system, a selection
of sensors (entry sensors at perimeter doors and windows plus motion
detectors for areas inside the home), and a warning signal such as
a siren and/or strobe lights.