Mark the Mover’s commercial moving services maintain the same high level of service that is responsible for the popularity of our residential moving division. We offer crews of full-time professional Atlanta movers, modern vehicles and equipment, and an attentive customer service staff on call to handle any unexpected complications that may arise. Landlords depend on Mark the Mover in Atlanta to remove and relocate heavy safes up to one and one half tons. We move photocopiers, fireproof file cabinets, large desks and credenza, huge heavy conference room tables, auditoriums full of chairs, pianos and music studios, and more.
Our commercial moving services are preferred by companies large and small. We maintain a large inventory of specialized commercial relocation equipment. Our fleet of liftgate trucks and heavy duty appliance dollies will help you move large file rooms, desks, chairs, computers, conference rooms, and even small commercial removals like bars, restaurants, bakeries, barbers, beauty shops, doctors and dentists. Our charges are easy to understand and our movers are trained professionals. Call us today and make a reservation for your move: 404-351-0018.
Supplemental Coverage for Household Moving – Valuation
Moving companies do not call the premium coverage that we offer households for their household goods insurance. We leave the term insurance to the true insurance companies like your auto insurance and your homeowners insurance. Since we are reselling a premium household goods protection package for homeowners with a value worth insuring, we call that product ‘valuation’.
The moving company has by law and regulation a minimum responsibility for the value of the household goods they carry for you. In the transportation industry, the homeowner is the shipper and the moving company is the carrier. Carriers are required to offer a basic level of compensation for the household goods they carry, that may vary from state to state, but is almost always smaller than the possible losses that could be incurred. There are different levels of liability that carriers will cover according to the premium products that all big and established moving companies offer, the premium versions being what is called valuation. The level of valuation that a consumer paying for premium coverage determines the compensation they receive if anything is damaged during the moving process. It is worth asking the moving company before buying their valuation product whether, in some cases, they only pay for transport damage. The vast majority of damage occurs in handling the household goods.
Federal law puts a name on the coverage beyond the term valuation that you will hear, released value and full value protection. The Released Rates Orders of the Surface Transportation Board of the U.S. Department of Transportation created this new class of reimbursement for goods shipped by carrier and it is important that released value and full value protection are not insurance policies governed by state insurance laws.
Released value protection offers a small amount of reimbursement for lost and damaged goods with no extra charge to the customer. Released value protection requires carriers to assume liability for up to 60 cents per pound per household goods item. A 100 pound, $2000 flat-screen television broken or missing would mandate the carrier reimburse $60. Customers opting for released value protection sign a contract agreeing to these terms.
Consumers opting for released value protection sometimes do so after checking with homeowners insurance coverage or even purchase third-party moving and relocation insurance that will increase their coverage for household goods losses and damage.
Full value protection either built into the hourly cost of high end moving services (usually starting at $ 175 an hour for two men and on up) or more often for an extra charge based on the value of the household, usually with a minimum coverage of $ 15,000 to $ 25,0000 is a smart choice for households of any substantial value. The movers are required to repair or replace, at their choice, broken or lost items, or pay the shipper (the moving customer) the item’s current market value. Still, moving customers need to be careful with jewelry or antiques that the contracts and agreements do not protect the carrier, indeed in the case of jewelry, sometimes you would no more combine such items with household goods than you would leave your wedding ring in your unlocked car. Check with your mover to see if such items should be explicitly listed and enumerated in shipping documents.
Our Charlie Brown facility is adjacent to I-20 and undergoes routine pest control treatments. Our standard storage service includes pickup, inventory, and delivery upon request. If you are remodeling or building a new home, our full-service storage is a perfect hands-off solution for our customers.
We provide a full-service, vaulted private storage alternative to the hassle of inconvenient public storage centers.
Our midtown facility is less than 200 yards from a fire station and undergoes routine pest control treatments. Our standard storage service includes pickup, inventory, and delivery upon request. If you are remodeling or building a new home, our full-service storage is a perfect hands-off solution for our customers.
We provide a full-service, vaulted private storage alternative to public storage centers. As such, we are different than, and sometimes less convenient or more expensive than the discount public storage centers. However, we constantly strive to have the very best moving company reviews in Atlanta and treat our storage as a premium addition to the many services offered to relocation customers in Atlanta.
Climate controlled storage
Packing can be a stressful part of a move. You get started too early and pack things you need, or you run out of time. Do you have enough boxes, the right kind of packing paper, or should you use bubble wrap? Is this box too heavy, or should that even go in a box? Well, let us send a crew of professional packers to prepare your goods for moving. We can even unpack and set everything up in your new home. Mark the Mover brings a line of boxes and packing materials to pack everything in your household. When you realize that moving and packing a household is a specialized skill, then you can appreciate that Mark the Mover has served Atlanta well for 30 years. Our experienced packers know the best ways to wrap and pad valuables, and how to choose the packaging and padding properly.
Valuation for Georgia Moving Companies – Moving Insurance and Valuation Explained
All licensed movers (or carriers) assume a basic level of liability for the goods they transport dictated by state and federal regulation. However, for most households, the legal definition of the value of their goods is usually not sufficient and you should be aware of the amount of protection provided and any additional charges that may apply.
Before explaining the basic mandated coverage, we should mention that a very few homeowners policies may insure goods in transport, independent insurance companies sell moving insurance for the household relocation market, and Mark the Mover sells a product called valuation which affords increased levels of protection. We will describe the basic coverage, as well as all these options you have to protect your household move.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the moving company (carrier) is by default responsible for up to $ 300.00 in damages per move. ($ 2,500.00 in catastrophic, i.e. loss of entire shipment due to fire, theft, etc.) The generally accepted adjusting method to value the repair or replacement of a household item is to assign a value of $ .60 (60 cents) per pound, i.e. a 200-pound dresser or television set is limited to a value of $ 120.00. Thus, most consumers rely on specific loss prevention tools in addition to their basic relocation agreement.
Remember, if the shipper (you) does not agree to accept these limits in coverage, or another coverage option, the carrier is not required to perform the move. This may result in the loss of your deposit and additional charges if an agreement is not reached.
Many people opt for valuation, i.e. which is a fee to cover your household goods under our cargo policy. This offers greatly enhanced additional coverage against damages and / or catastrophic loss of an entire shipment.
In short, we offer three basic coverage options to choose from:
Option 1 – Basic Carrier Liability – There is no charge for basic coverage, however damages to household items is limited to $ 300.00 per move at $ .60 (60 cents) per pound of household item, and catastrophic loss is limited $ 2,500.00.
Option 2(a) – Full Replacement Value, No Deductible – Our most premium solution covers replacement or repair without deductible. A minimum of $ 5000.00 in valuation must be purchased per room moved.
Option 2(b) – Full Replacement Value with Deductible. By assuming a $ 300.00 deductible, ($ 750.00 inter-state) you (shipper) purchase valuation from the carrier (moving company) at a minimum of $ 5000.00 value per room of household goods moved. Check with Mark the Mover at 404 351 0018 for the current inter-state and intra-state valuation rates. This covers repair or replacement of any lost or damaged household items (at the discretion of the carrier).
Atlanta Moving Tips and Checklist
Schedule for movers and packers
Address change, Service Cancellations
- credit card 1
- credit card 2
- credit card 3
- safety deposit box
- investment accounts, ira’s, etc.
- Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date. Notify former employers, especially if you might have a 1040 coming.
Movers are for furniture and heavy lifting. Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Plants. If you value them, move them yourself. Pets, fish, cigars, wine, etc.
Quick Moving Checklist
Contact Mark the Mover to reserve your moving crew at (404) 351-0018.
Gather boxes and other packing supplies. Mark the Mover carries a full line of packing supplies available for pickup or delivery.
Prepare to change all accounts to your new address
Make childcare arrangements for moving day.
Estimate a fair value for the items you are moving. If moving is not covered by your homeowners or renters insurance policy, inform the crew leader for your move and request information about valuation coverage.
Reserve the elevator in your building if applicable
Decide if you will keep plants, fish, or give them away.
MTM cannot carry chemicals on a moving truck. Dispose of flammables, cleaners, and poisons or arrange to move them in a personal vehicle. Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. need to be emptied as well.
Other items that cannot be transported by Mark the Mover; Sterno, Fireworks, Ammunition, Nail polish and Nail Polish remover, Paints and paint thinner, household batteries, pool chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, Matches, Aerosols. Liquids that could be caustic or flammable. Any compressed gas products, such as fire extinguishers, aerosol hair spray, or compressed air for cleaning electronics. The Post Office has an extensive list of items that cannot be shipped by post or parcel post. Almost all those things cannot be shipped by a common carrier mover either. Dispose of properly or give away to a neighbor unused items like charcoal lighter fluid or oven cleaner, and what you must keep, like nail polish, transport yourself as you would your pets and valuable houseplants.
Make a plan for parking a moving truck as near as possible to an entryway. If parking on a street or lot is required, reserve the appropriate spaces with personal vehicles or road cones.
Pickup Dry cleaning, take kids to babysitter, Tie up dog.
Be ready to start your move when the crew arrives
Detailed Check list
Two Months before your local move
Check with the movers to ensure your move is scheduled.
Garage Sale. Donate to Charity. Throw away junk.
Start to use perishable items and frozen foods.
Get moving and packing supplies that you need if you plan to do your own packing or partial packing. Use Moving industry boxes and supplies to prevent damage. Check http://atlantaboxcompany.com for supplies.
Create a “Master Notebook and File (MNF)” and plan your new home layout and where you’ll place the furniture. Create a floor plan.
Get familiar with your new community. Use the new Chamber of Commerce, visitor bureau, and welcome wagon on schools, community programs, parks and recreation facilities.
Keep all receipts for moving related expenses in your ‘MNF’. Many moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040 or visiting the IRS website at www.irs.gov website. You will be able to download and print form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.
Finalize all real estate and rental needs.
Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance.
Create a master Office file with medical and dental records, prescription and vaccination records, important documents, wills, stock certificates, jewelry, coin collections, etc. – these you will not leave your chain of custody.
Return all the things you have borrowed, return library books, videos.
Notify schools in the old and new location and arrange for the transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in new schools.
One month before moving your household
Post Office – Change of Address form. Get this at www.usps.com – Add this to your ‘MNF’ and make copies.
Friends and family, Banks, Insurance companies, Credit card companies, Doctors, dentists and any other service providers, Clubs or Associations, Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
Throw out more stuff. Have Another Garage Sale. Donate more to Charity.
Decide what items you will move yourself, such as pets, houseplants, valuables.
Create a floor plan of your new furniture layout.
Make a decision on who will do most of or all of the packing. It is a good idea that you let the mover do most of the packing. They know how to do this best.
Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for connection and disconnection.
Check requirements for new drivers license and auto registration in your destination state.
Three weeks before moving
Decide more packing you will handle yourself, like fish and houseplants.
You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
If you are moving to a building with an elevator make sure the elevator will be available on your intended day and time of arrival at your destination.
Two weeks before moving
Back up all your computer files on a USB hard drive, to be moved with your valuables. Store any valuable software CD’s, such as MS Office with your valuables and your ‘MOF’ (Master Office Files)
Clean and clear closets, basement and attic.
Dispose hazardous items not allowed to be shipped like Gasoline and propane tanks – corrosives and combustibles
Drain your lawn mower, snow blower and power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
Cancel newspapers and other regular deliveries
Clean out gym and school lockers
One week before moving
Pick up any dry cleaning and laundry.
Disconnect and clean any appliances that will be moving with you and those that will remain. Use baking soda to get rid of any odors. You can also leave a container of baking soda in the refrigerator.
Gather keys, alarm codes, garage door openers and be prepared to hand them over to the new owner or real estate agent.
Clean your house as much as you can before the moving van arrives. Search every room, closet and around the house before the moving van arrives.
Be there when the movers arrive. If you are not able to be present the entire time the movers are there, designate a friend or family member to help out and make decisions.
Hand over keys, alarm codes and garage door remote controls to the new owner or real estate agent.
Provide the driver with clear directions to your new home
Stay home until the last item is packed. Make a final inspection before the van operator leaves. Check the mover’s inventory and make sure you agree with any notations about the condition of your furnishings. Take pictures if necessary. It is your responsibility to see all of your goods are loaded. Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the movers leave, pack your phone in one of your suitcases for easy access when you arrive to your new home.
Review your floor plan so you can tell the movers where to place your furniture and appliances. Make yourself available for the movers for instructions on where to place your furniture while unloading. Stay there in case there are any questions.
Get a baby sitter for your kids during the loading and unloading process.
Put your pets in a room where they will not be in the way of the loading and unloading process.
Payment is preferred upon delivery by credit card.
After the Moving Company Leaves
Call the department of sanitation in your new home to find out which day the trash is collected and what type of recycling programs are available in your community.
Get new service providers such as a bank, pharmacist, dry cleaner, cable television etc if you have not already done so.
Locate your local post office, police station, fire station and hospitals as well as gas stations near your home.
Register to vote at your new address.
Decide which documents must be kept and determine for how long. File and keep them in a safe place.
Movers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What do I need to prepare for my move?
A.Decide if you want to use our excellent packing services. If you are going to pack yourself, you can purchase all the boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, etc. from Mark the Mover. If Mark the Mover is packing and moving your household, we will bring all the supplies needed. Typically, we will send a packing crew to your home one or two days prior to the move. If you are only using moving services, it is important to be completely packed.
Q. Does Mark the Mover use shrink wrap and furniture padding?
A. Our trucks are well supplied with quality moving blankets to ensure that every piece of furniture is adequately protected on our trucks. Shrink wrap is used to protect sofas from dirt and to ensure that items such as dressers and entertainment centers stay closed while in transit. We offer shrink wrap and padding at no extra charge. Our goal is to have as few damages as is possible.
Q. Why do I need so many guys on my move?
A. Some moving companies assign less men than are optimal on a move. They do this because it is easier to sell less movers due to the lower hourly charge. We recommend adding one or two men on the crew resulting in a discount on the hourly rate of each mover. Also, the move goes along more quickly and more efficiently since the movers do not tire as quickly.
Q. Is Mark the Mover licensed and insured?
A. Of course Mark the Mover is licensed an insured. Mark the Mover adheres to all state laws and customary moving procedures.
Q. Are your movers permanent employees?
A. Yes, Mark the Mover never uses day labor or temporary help. All of our moving crew members are hired after a full background check and subject upon employment to both random and scheduled drug testing. Often, the crew members we bring aboard already know how to move, and have moving experience. Many of our movers have been in the business for more than 10 years. Since Mark the Mover has among the best employee benefits, our moving crew members are loyal and long term assets to our company.
Q. Should I tip my movers?
A. That’s really up to you. Some people tip and some people don’t. Movers do not expect to be tipped. Tipping is not required but if your crew does a great job, a tip of 2-5% for the entire crew is appropriate.
Q. How does Mark the Mover charge for services?
A. On local moves, we generally charge people on an hourly basis. Our pricing conforms with the rates mandated by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Pricing for interstate moves is based on the weight and distance. Mark the Mover does not add fuel surcharges. Acceptable payment types are credit card, cash, check, and certified funds.
Q. What happens if it rains on the day of our move?
A. Generally speaking, inclement weather does not interfere with a move. In most cases, the distance between the front of your house and the truck is minimal thus minimizing the time that your furniture pieces will spend in the weather.
Q. What packing materials do I need for a move?
A. Here are some general guidelines for the amount of packing materials that will be required for their move. Typically, people are surprised when they use more boxes than expected for packing. Mark the Mover will give customers full credit for any unused boxes left over from packing. Make sure you have plenty of packing materials. See our packing tips page for more advice on packing your home.
1-2 Bedroom Apartment or House
15 Book boxes 1.5 cubic feet
10 medium cartons 3 cubic feet
6 large cartons 4.5 cubic ft.
4 dish packs
2 wardrobe boxes
6 rolls of tape
2 magic markers
Packing paper 25 lb
8-16 Picture slices (requires 1 for small pictures, 2 for medium, 4 for large)
3-4 Bedroom Apartment or House
20-30 small 1.5 cubic ft. book boxes
15-20 medium 3 cubic ft. boxes
10-15 large 4.5 cubic ft. boxes
10-15 dish packs
6-10 wardrobe boxes
18 rolls of tape
2 magic markers
Packing paper 25-50 lb
16-24 Picture slices
5-6 Bedroom Apartment or House
50-75 small 1.5 cubic ft. book boxes
25-35 medium 3 cubic ft. boxes
30-40 large 4.5 cubic ft. boxes
10-15 dish packs
10-15 wardrobe boxes
24 rolls of tape
4 magic markers
Packing paper 50-75 lb
30-40 Picture slices
Q. I have some really valuable baseball cards and jewelry. What should I do with them?
A. Valuable baseball cards, jewelry, original artwork, and the like are considered to be items of extraordinary value. Items such as those are not covered by cargo insurance. In most cases, the most practical solution is to move those items in your personal vehicle.
Q. Will my move cost more if the movers have to take an elevator or stairs?
A. The speed, size, and proximity of the elevator can have a major impact on the move time. One of the most important time-saving measures a customer can take is to reserve their elevator for exclusive use by Mark the Mover. One of the most frustrating and time consuming parts of moving can be when our movers have to compete with another mover for elevator usage. This allows one person to occupy the elevator full-time and help load and unload it. A significant number of stairs and/or a long carry distance will definitely add time to your move. We typically like to add an extra mover onto a move that has an elevator or stairs.
Q. What happens if I need to postpone my move?
A. We understand that sometimes our customers need to postpone a move due to circumstances that are beyond their control. We make every effort to accommodate postponements but are sometimes unable change our schedule on short notice. To avoid a cancellation charge, we require 72 hours advance notice for postponement and cancellation.
Q. How do I get an estimate for moving?
A. Call 404-351-0018 or email email@example.com to speak with a representative. For many people, it is adequate to conduct a phone interview and email or fax an estimate based on that. In cases where our customers require the best possible estimate of the cost of your move we need an inventory of your household which can be emailed or faxed to us at 404-351-4873. If you need help with this, in many cases you can call us and we can come out and do an inventory for you.
Q. Does Mark the Mover charge extra for moving pianos?
A. Piano moving does not cost anything beyond our standard hourly rate. Most pianos need to be tuned after they are moved.
Q. How does Mark the Mover handle pool tables and weight machines?
A. We use a professional pool table installer for moving all tables. Pool table moving is a separate charge from the move depending on the make and model of the table. Our employees can move less complicated exercise machines such as elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and treadmills. For more complicated machines, we use 3rd party contractors for assembly and disassembly.
Q. Can Mark the Mover move houseplants?
A. We have no problem moving most houseplants if the move is less than 50 miles. Since plants are fragile and cannot be boxed or otherwise protected we cannot guarantee that they will survive the trip. If your house has more than 5 plants, we may need to add a small van or cube truck onto the move. Plants can require a lot of truck space since they cannot be stacked. If your family has access to an SUV or truck, our movers can assist with loading or unloading plants into your personal vehicle.
Q. How do I pay at the end of my move?
A. We accept all major forms of payment for local moves including cash, check, credit card, and other certified funds. Cash or certified funds are the only acceptable form of payment for long-distance moves.
Q. How much prior notice does Mark the Mover need to schedule a move?
A. It’s not possible to say exactly how much advance notice we require to accommodate your move. During less busy times, we may be able to schedule your move with 1 or 2 days advance notice. During peak demand times such as weekends and all days during the spring and summer, it’s best to call 3-4 weeks ahead of time to make a reservation.
Q. Does Mark the Mover do interstate/long distance moves?
A. Yes, Mark the Mover is certified for long-distance moving. We are not a van-line and are able to give a higher level of service on interstate and long distance moves because the truck and crew are exclusively moving your goods. Larger companies are only able to give 5 to 7 day delivery windows and will often sub-contract moves out to parties that are not under their direct control. Often, your move will be one of many that the crew has to deliver. If there are complications on any of the moves prior to yours, there may be a long postponement of your delivery resulting in a major inconvenience. We are able to give our customers a guaranteed 24 hour delivery window.
Q. Does Mark the Mover offer temporary storage?
A. Yes – Mark the Mover offers a unique service called storage-in-transit. Many times customers are selling the the home they are moving out of and are unable to immediately move into their new home. Our short-term storage solution allows customers to leave their household goods on a truck in our secure yard. This service eliminates the cost of conducting an inventory and double-handling your goods as they do not have to be unloaded as part of the storage-in-transit service.
Q. Can Mark the Mover unhook my appliances?
A. Yes and No – Mark the Mover cannot disconnct GAS appliances. Electric appliances, namely washers, dryers, and refrigerators, can be disconnected and moved for customers who sign a full release. Bear in mind that many refrigerators have ice makers, and often have a copper water line, which we can disconnect, but we cannot re-connect. You should be prepared to replace this with a new line, or the newer re-inforced vinyl water lines available at most hardware and home improvement stores. Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot reconnect any water lines at the drop-off location.
Q. Does Mark the Mover broker any moves to other companies?
A. No – Mark the Mover only utilizes full time employees for moving. By forgoing opportunities to be a broker, we limit the amount of interstate business we conduct. Our belief in quality over quantity means that our customers can expect the best service available for their interstate or long-distance move.
Q. Will my move be finished in one day?
A. Whenever practical, we complete moves in a 1-day span. We are able to send out enough trucks and men to complete most moves in 1 day. If a customer is using our packing services, we will send a packing and prep crew 1 to 2 days prior to the move. In cases where a customer is working with a decorator or wants to move one or two rooms at a time, we can send a smaller sized crew and move their house over the course of two or three days.
Q. Does Mark the Mover cover the cost of repairs if something is broken on my move?
A. Unfortunately, damages to household goods can occur in spite of all the precautions our movers take. Each move comes with $300 of coverage for repairing or replacing your household goods in the event a damage does occur, subject to terms and conditions set by the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Federal Motor Carrier regulations. Moving consumers that need more robust loss mitigation options will be asked to consider valuation coverage, explained on our moving company valuation coverage page. Smart consumers also should check with their household insurance carrier to make an informed decision on the level of coverage desired. Younger movers with hand me down furniture may have different coverage needs than a seasoned collector of antiques, and we strive to offer a range of options to fit your needs.
Q. Mark the Mover requires a deposit. Why is that?
A. When Mark the Mover makes a reservation for a move, we will be there. Some companies will overbook peak days and then show up for only the “best” jobs. At Mark the Mover, we treat our smaller moves with as much importance as our large ones. When we schedule a move with a customer, we stand behind our agreement. Likewise, we take a non-refundable deposit to protect ourselves against customers who schedule more than one mover and then use whichever company shows up first. Believe it or not, that does happen.