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  • How to Find a Cheap Storage Unit for Your Move?

    When preparing for your move, you know that there are a lot of questions that need to be worked out. You need to be certain that you’re doing what makes sense and that you’re going to be able to take care of the problems that often arise during your move.

     

    Sometimes, a storage unit is necessary. Whether you’re downsizing, you’re going away for a period in between, or you’re just looking for options in case there is a delay, you want to be sure that you can find a cheap option that works. How do you do so? Let’s take a look.

     

    Why Do You Need It?

     

    There are a lot of reasons why you may need to get your hands on a storage unit at some point in time. In many cases, you are going to need it because there seems to be some sort of lag time between when you are moving out of your home, and when you are moving into the new place that you are moving into. Storage can often save you a lot of headache in those cases.

     

    Another reason you may need it is that you’re moving into a smaller home and you aren’t completely sure as to how you are going to be able to fit everything. You may not have time for something like a yard sale or moving sale before moving day, or maybe the weather isn’t right for it. So, you can get a storage unit and deal with it after the move is completed.

     

    Know the Right Size for Your Items

     

    One of the most important parts of this process is knowing how much stuff you’re putting in there. Are you going to be putting a lot of large furniture in there? Or is this going to be someplace where you just have some boxes that need to be dealt with or sorted through after you’re done with the rest of your move? That’s going to make a big difference.

     

    In the United States, storage units are typically measured in feet. The smallest units you can find are 5 feet by 5 feet, and they will typically only hold what you’d find in a small, walk-in closet. Now, from there, you have 5 by 10 ones and 5 by 15 sizes, which are equivalent to small and large walk-in closets, respectively.

     

    After that, you get into the bigger sizes that people typically imagine storage units to be. 10 foot by 10 foot units are some of the most common units that you’ll find, and they’re about the size of half of a garage (for one car). Add a few more feet, and you get the 10 by 15, which is the second most common size, and only a little smaller than most one vehicle garages.

     

    If you’re in the market for a very large option, then you may be exploring 10 by 20, 10 by 25, and even 10 by 30 options. These are huge storage units are great for long term projects or if you have a lot of furniture that needs to be stored for an extended period of time.

     

    The thing about the size is this – sure, it may fit a lot of the items that you want to fit, but the bigger the storage unit is, the more that you are going to need to pay for it, whether you rent it weekly or monthly. Large units can cost over $100 or even $150 per month, depending on the company. The smaller units are closer to $40 to $75 on a monthly basis.

     

    Do You Need Climate Control?

     

    Climate control is a relatively big question to consider as well. If you’re only going to be keeping your items there for a week or so, climate control may not be that big of a deal. But, if you know that you’ll need to keep it there for a few months at a time, then that climate control is an incredibly important factor.

     

    On top of that, even if you’re only storing the items for a week or two, and you live in a humid area, there’s a lot of risk that comes with that. Furniture and other wooden items can warp; any sort of liquid could explode. If you are in an unusually cold area, freezing temperatures can cause items to crack or break. So, more often than not, you are better off going for climate control if you’re dealing with extremes for any period of time.

     

    Many storage companies will offer both options for people who are looking to rent out their storage units. This is because climate control costs money – they’re essentially offering air conditioning and heat for the items stored in their units. You may end up paying anywhere from $10 to $25 extra per month (or $5-$10 per week) if you’re looking at getting a climate controlled unit to work with.

     

    Where Does it Need to Be?

     

    Knowing location is a pretty important part of figuring out exactly what you need to do in order to properly take care of your move. If you’re moving across town or across the county, you may be fine with any storage unit that is located at or between those two locations. But, if there are necessities that are going to be stored in there for awhile, then you may want it to be a little bit closer.

     

    When it comes to long distance moves, you want to take some additional time researching. This is where it’s important to start making connections and getting a good understanding as to where things are in your new town or city. Sometimes, your moving company may have some recommendations as to where to go. Or, as we will explore in our next point, they may even have units available for you to rent.

     

    Does Your Moving Company Offer Storage Options?

     

    In some cases, long distance movers and local movers will offer storage units as part of everything that they have to offer you. People move all year long, but storage units are a passive form of income for moving companies that allows them to make some money on the side and help their customers in the first place.

     

    In many cases, all that you’ll need to do is ask your local movers about their additional services. They’ll let you know if they have storage units. In some cases, they may be able to give you some sort of a discount or offer, especially if they’re the ones that you chose to take care of moving your home.

     

    Search Online

     

    Now that you know all of the answers to these questions, all you need to do is go ahead and look around on the World Wide Web. You can start to see what storage companies are out there and learn as much as you can while trying to figure out how much you are able to spend on your storage unit as well.

     

    In many cases, you’ll be able to find some pretty helpful information about the process and you will be able to start getting quotes for the storage units that you’re checking out. You can compare prices and then see what is going to be best for you and for the time that you’re putting into your move and everything related to it.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. How long can I rent a storage unit?

     

    Storage units have varying contract periods, and it all depends on what you need and how you plan on taking care of everything. In many cases, you will find that you’re looking at either a weekly, a bi-weekly, or a monthly option when it comes to renting a storage unit at most places.

     

    1. Will movers help me get my stuff out of a storage unit?

     

    Yes! If you let them know that there is a storage unit involved in your home move, your local movers will typically work with you to go pick things up from there as well. And, if your items need to go into a storage unit, they can take care of that too and you can work with them for a pickup at a later time. Just chat with your local or long distance movers about your circumstances.

     

    1. Are there alternatives to a storage unit?

     

    Certainly. If you decide to go with a moving pod, you can utilize that as your storage if you need to wait before moving into a space. You may also be able to talk with your movers and see if they offer storage in their truck overnight if necessary, as well.

     

    Finding Your Storage Unit

     

    Thankfully, there are a lot of different options available in terms of storage units, so you want to be certain that you take your time and find one that fits within your budget and what you need to accomplish. In many cases, you’ll be sure to find something affordable and near your new home.

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  • How To
    How To Choose The Right Moving Boxes To Pack Kids Toys

    Moving kids’ toys can be a real hassle. We all know just how much kids love their toys, and how much family members and friends love to give them toys that they can enjoy. But, when it comes time to get ready to pack them up for a move, it isn’t always an easy thing to sort out.

     

    So, how do you find moving boxes that are going to work for this purpose? How do you make sure that you do things in a manner that is fair for your child and makes them feel valued and cared for? And how can you be sure to do things right? Here’s a quick guide to help with all of those questions and more.

     

    See What Your Kids Still Play With and What They Don’t

     

    Packing is definitely the time where you want to go ahead and take a look at what your kids are playing with and what they seem to be ignoring. If they’ve seemed to outgrow some of the things that they once loved, then it may be time to have a chat with them about what there is to keep and what is going to be sold or given away.

     

    In some cases, they may have just forgotten that it existed, or misplaced where it went. In other cases, they may try to insist that it’s theirs and they can do whatever they want with it. Be sure that you are willing to talk it out if it’s something that you know they don’t use. Your child will be more likely to listen and communicate with you if you make it a conversation instead of a demand.

     

    Consider Donating or Selling in a Moving Sale

     

    Once you figure out what is going to be able to go, you can talk to your kids about the other options that they have. They can donate their toys to whatever organization that they wish – there are all sorts of them out there that take kids’ toys and give them away to children in need.

     

    Or, if you’re having some sort of moving sale (garage sale, yard sale), then you can let your kids sell them in that. If you want, you can even allow them to keep some of the money that their toys sell for. It’ll take a little work on your part to ensure that you split things properly, but it can help teach your kids a little about money at the same time.

     

    Look Around to See if You Have Any Original Boxes

     

    If you’ve gotten any toys within the past few years, it’s likely that you’ve actually kept a few of the boxes around in case you were to sell them or get rid of them for any other reason. In those cases, those boxes are going to work really well for actually packing them back up.

     

    Now, it’s not likely you kept whatever it was packed with on the inside of the box – and that’s perfectly fine! In those cases, you may be able to utilize the extra space so that you can pack up stuffed animals or whatever else that you may want to put in there.

     

    Original boxes also offer another benefit – they make it a lot easier to label things. If you use the original box, you have something on the outside that makes it easy for you to know what’s in there in the first place.

     

    If you don’t have the original boxes, then be sure that you look into the dimensions of toys that need to be packed. Consider using laundry bags for stuffed animals and utilize storage you already have for your children’s toys as packing boxes.

     

    What To Do With Toys That Are Too Big to Pack?

     

    Say that your little one has one of those cars that they can ride on or a scooter that they use fairly regularly. Maybe you got them that massive Costco teddy bear that comes out every year around Christmas time. In any instance, the item just isn’t going to fit in an ordinary box.

     

    You have a few choices with what you can do with these. You can load them up in the back of the truck, no issue, and make sure that they have a moving blanket on them. You can use a separate vehicle and put it in the trunk, or you can try to find a box or bin that will work well for it.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Should I really do a moving sale before I move out?

     

    That’s completely up to you, but a lot of people decide to do one for a few reasons. For one, because it gives them an opportunity to get rid of items without ever leaving their house. Also because a sale provides them with the opportunity to make a little bit of cash to use for the move. It’s worth the effort if you have the space, honestly.

     

    1. How can I help my kids to be generous with their toys?

     

    Talking with your kids about generosity and looking through their toys with them can be really helpful as you try to determine what they want to keep and what they want to give away or sell. Teaching them the importance of generosity is always a good lesson.

     

    1. What about toys with sentimental value?

     

    If there are toys with sentimental value – for example, a toy that was given to them by a family member that is now deceased – there are always options. Even if they are not played with anymore, you can always put them in a display case or do something else with them. Don’t just get rid of toys for the sake of “saving space” if there’s something special about a toy.

     

    Start Loading Up The Toys!

     

    There are a lot of considerations to be made when you start exploring toys and what is involved in packing them properly. If you start the process early, you can ensure that packing their toys will be easier and less stress on everyone that is involved in the packing process.

  • How To
    How To Pack Large Wall Art In Boxes

    Many of us put a lot of importance on the décor we have in our homes. We focus on how it looks and we want to be sure that it’s constantly in pristine condition, no matter what happens. But, when it’s time to move, how can you be sure that you can move it without damage?

     

    Before you just buy moving boxes from Home Depot indiscriminately, it may be in your best interest to go ahead and start searching for exactly how you may want to do things. If you have a large piece of wall art, here are some tips you can use to make sure that it gets packed properly.

     

    Do You Have the Original Box?

     

    Sometimes, your best bet is to go ahead and get the original box that the art came in. If it’s a newer piece of art that you’ve added to your home in the past couple of years, you may have thought to keep the box in case you sold it or moved it to a new place.

     

    Obviously, if it’s an older piece or a family heirloom, you may find it difficult to find the original box. That’s alright – there are other options that you can consider when looking for the right box.

     

    Know the Dimensions

     

    What are the dimensions of your piece of art? You don’t want to guess at this – it’s best to take some time to actually measure everything out with a tape measure. This will allow you to get all of the dimensions, and then you can take those numbers with you as you go searching for some sort of box that is going to fit the item properly.

     

    Much of the time, you can talk to companies that make boxes or movers that provide them and let them know what it is that you’re packing up. They can give you an idea if there’s a box available for what you need, or if you’d be better off creating it.

     

    Find Appropriate Packing Material

     

    If the artwork has no frame, then you want to purchase glassine paper, which can help to protect the edges around the entire piece of art. It’s typically available in craft stores or shipping stores.

     

    If it’s in a frame, then you want to wrap the artwork completely in bubble wrap – old-style bubble wrap is more effective at protecting something as fragile as art. Then, you want to put packing foam around the outside. Foam boards come in all sorts of sizes and work fairly well for this purpose. It’ll keep the art secure and prevent it from bumping during transit.

     

    Is the artwork more like a sculpture? Bubble wrap works well for that too, but be sure that you keep your eyes out for foam pieces that will help to fill up the extra space around the item as it sits in the box. Packing peanuts, blankets, and clothing may also work well for this purpose.

     

    Either way, you want to be sure that you reduce motion as best as you can, and that you do put as much packing material in there as possible so that you reduce the chance of damage.

     

    Pack it Carefully and Label it Properly

     

    Now that you’ve got everything in order, it’s time for you to start actually packing the item. Pack it up carefully – be sure that you have some help if it’s a heavy piece of art. Try to utilize gloves or something similar so that your nails don’t inadvertently scratch the surface of the painting as you try to take care of things.

     

    Then, you want to be sure that you label it. The most important information you need to write on the box includes what piece of art that it is (a short description works), what type of art it is (sculpture vs. painting, etc.), and what room that you’d like it to go into when the movers are unloading your items.

     

    Let Your Movers Know

     

    You don’t want to surprise your movers with the fact that you have a couple of really large, fragile items that you’re going to need them to move into the truck. Be sure that you point those items out to them if they do an at-home quote, or let them know about how many of those items that you may have if you’re looking at an online quote.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. When should you pack your décor?

     

    Décor is not absolutely essential to your home, and these items are often some of the strangest shaped and bulkiest items in your home. So, your best option is to take some time early on in your packing process in order to ensure that you have it all packed up and out of the way. Then, you can focus on things that will fit more easily.

     

    1. What is crating and is it a good idea?

     

    Crating is a method that some moving companies utilize in order to safely pack large, fragile items while also ensuring that they are going to be able to move them effectively. In short, they actually build a wooden box around the item so that it can be safely moved and so there is no concern that something else will run into it during the move.

     

    1. Do movers charge extra for moving fragile items?

     

    It depends on the company. When they give you a quote, be sure that you ask them about the items you’re concerned with and they’ll include any extras in that quote. If you’re super concerned, you can ask them ahead of time to see what rates you may be able to expect when they add those items into your quote.

     

    Packing Your Art the Right Way

     

    As you may expect, there are a lot of details that you need to think about as you explore what it is that is available to accomplish. If you take some time and really look at your options, you’ll find it that much simpler to ensure that your move goes smoothly and that you can keep your art in top condition during the move.

  • How To
    How to Choose the Best Packing Material for Your Move

    You’ve been trying to work out all of the details of your move – planning for movers, finding a house, sorting out work. And now, it’s time to start getting your stuff ready to go out the door on moving day.

     

    The next thing on the moving checklist is packing up your items. But, to do that, you’re going to need some supplies. Let’s take a look at the different types of packing material that you can consider when you’re sorting out your packing supply needs.

     

    Packing Paper

     

    Nowadays, a lot of people are making the choice to go ahead and just use basic paper in order to keep things safe during their move. Packing paper is not very thick, it’s often made from recyclable materials, and it’s biodegradable, so it’s not going to just go and sit in a landfill when it gets thrown away.

     

    You could also use newspaper instead, but there is the risk of the ink coming off and onto the things that you wrap in it. Be aware of that possibility and you can prevent problems. You may want to put another layer of paper between the newspaper and the items that you’re concerned about, just to ensure that you don’t have that problem.

     

    Either option is fairly reliable and can prevent about the same amount of damage. It won’t be able to protect quite as well as some of the other options that we’re going to discuss in this article. But, if you’re not moving far, you don’t have a lot of fragile items, or you just need something that takes up a little bit of space, you’ll find that paper is a pretty solid choice.

     

    Bubble Wrap

     

    The tried and true bubble wrap is always an option to consider when you’re getting ready to pack up your home. It’s one of the most versatile options out there and, if you use it correctly, you’ll find that it’s that much easier to protect everything that is being packed.

     

    Bubble wrap is, probably, the most expensive material listed here. You actually get bubble wrap in a roll, like you would if you were buying wrapping paper or something similar. This allows you to get several yards of it at the same time, and then you can cut the pieces apart so that they fit whatever it is that you’re doing.

     

    It comes in various sizes, too. You can get small, medium, and large bubbles, each of which can provide a different level of protection to the items that you have. There are also these options called “air sacks,” which are similar to bubble wrap, but it’s just a plastic pillow of air instead of having a lot of little bubbles around the outside.

     

    Styrofoam Peanuts and Corners

     

    Many people don’t like Styrofoam peanuts because they are considered to be messy and not that great for the environment. But, if you use them strategically, you’ll find that they can be pretty handy for what you need. They can fit into spaces that you may not be able to fit some of the bulkier options that we’ve listed here.

     

    On top of that, if you’re packing up something like a desktop computer or a television, then you need to be sure that you take a little bit of time to see if you can find Styrofoam corners. You can put these around sharp corners so that they don’t end up protruding out of the box while you’re transporting them. It protects you from the corners, and it protects the corners from becoming damaged, as well.

     

    Soft Home Items and Clothing

     

    Don’t want to spend a lot of cash on packing material? You may just want to use the items that you’re already packing. Clothing, towels, and other soft home items are actually a great option if you want to be certain that things stay safe.

     

    While you may need to do a little bit of adjusting to ensure that you’re able to fit the clothing or home item around the fragile items in your boxes, it can definitely work. Socks and washcloths can go into hollow items, for example, to protect their integrity.

     

    One important tip, however – you want to be certain that all of the items that you use in your packing are going to be as clean as possible. All clothing that is used for packing must be washed thoroughly – otherwise, you’re likely going to have some problems when you’re unpacking those items later on.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Why use packing materials?

     

    No matter how careful you and your movers are, your items are going to get jostled around, which makes it easier for them to break. Packing materials are a pretty solid way to ensure that the items you own are not going to be broken when they get to your destination – instead, they’ll be protected and ready to go.

     

    1. How can I save money on packing supplies?

     

    There are a lot of ways to save money on supplies. You can buy a kit, which will often have everything that you need, together, at a discounted price. You can also go to local businesses in order to grab free boxes or ask around to see what people have on hand. Get creative with what you have, as well, and you’ll save some cash.

     

    1. Wait, doesn’t my moving company provide packing supplies?

     

    It depends on the company. If you have made the choice to get packing and unpacking services as a part of your move, then they may have the supplies that you need, or may include them as part of that service. Other moving companies will sell packing supplies and/or packing kits, but it’s often an additional cost.

     

    Get Packing!

     

    Now that you know what packing materials that you can use, it’s time for you to go ahead and start the packing process. Get the items that you need and start planning it out. Soon, you’ll be all packed up and ready for moving day before you know it.

  • How To
    How to Find the Best U-Haul Trailer Rental Near Me?

    Renting a truck is a big first step when you’re working out the details of moving day. But, how do you know that you’re going to find the best truck rental companies for your efforts? Will they charge by the mile or by the day? And how much should you budget?

     

    In this article, we’re going to help you sort out the important questions that are involved in helping you find a truck that makes sense for your moving needs.

     

    What Type of Move Are You Doing?

     

    Putting together a game plan for your move is essential. Town and one-way moves are a lot easier to work out than long-distance moves, and they are going to be much more affordable as well. Some companies won’t even offer their trucks for long-distance moves, so you need to be aware of that as well.

     

    If you’re doing something simple like improvement projects or furniture delivery, you may also be able to find some solid deals on trucks. You want to look around to see what you can find and how you want to be able to execute your move.

     

    How Large of a Trailer Do You Need?

     

    There are all sorts of trailers available for you to choose from, and you want to be sure that you know what it is that you’re looking for from one of these. For example, do you need one that is lightweight and easy to tow? Motorcycle trailers are lightweight and can be used for multiple applications as well.

     

    If you’re hauling larger items or working on some sort of home improvement project, utility trailers are perfect options that you can work with. These are large trailers that can fit pretty much anything, and utility trailer rentals are typically really affordable if you get it from the right place.

     

    Also, be sure that you keep an eye out for companies that offer extras that you may need. These can include essentials like an easy-access loading ramp or tow dolly. Some companies even offer auto transport-approved trailers that you can rent.

     

    What Does Your Car or Truck Need?

     

    In some cases, you need to have the right things on your vehicle if you’re looking to tow instead of renting an entire truck. A front-wheel-drive vehicle or all-wheel-drive option is often best. You may need things like hitch balls and mounts or a heavy-duty tie in order to keep everything together, as well. Research ahead of time to ensure that you have what you should.

     

    Seek Out Reputation

     

    When you’re looking at businesses for deliveries and renting trucks, you want to be sure that you work with someone that has a great reputation.

     

    Maybe you want a prestigious company, like what you’d see in the migration trends top 25 options. Or maybe you just want to know that you’re going to be working with a local company that you can trust. Either way, you want to learn as much as you can before making a choice.

     

    Compare Rates

     

    Now that you have whittled down your options, you want to be sure that you also compare how much that they cost. If you look at haul migration trends and top companies, you will often find that you’re able to use different tools to compare your prices.

     

    Be aware, however – truck rentals to or from the biggest growth cities of 2019 may end up costing you a little bit more than you may have expected, so be sure that you budget for it.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Can I rent a U-Haul if I’m moving to Canada?

     

    If you’re looking to move to one of the 25 Canadian growth cities, then you may be curious about how you’re going to get your items there. Thankfully, if you’re looking at the top 25 Canadian growth cities, then you can work with U-Haul to ensure that things are done in the most effective way that it can be done. 

     

    1. How long can I typically keep a U-Haul?

     

    U-Haul typically does its rentals based on the day or the month. If, for some reason, you need to keep it longer than the initial rental period, you will need to contact them ASAP. You’ll likely need to pay a late fee, plus any fees for the additional days.

     

    1. Are there other companies that I can rent vehicles from?

     

    Many car rental companies will also offer some sort of rental with them, based on trends. If the top 25 Canadian cities are included as a potential destination, you may also be able to connect with movers in Canada to make sure that your trip goes the way that it should. Search around for truck rentals and see which one is right for your needs.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    Getting ready for your trip starts by working with the right company. Finding a truck rental that will charge by the mile can be really useful and you can make sure that things go the way that you’d like them to. Budget ahead of time and see what a difference it can make for moving day.

  • How To
    How to Tape Moving Boxes

    Getting ready for moving day is a lot of effort and you want to be sure that you do things in a manner that makes sense. You’re planning all sorts of things, and you’re getting ready to pack up your home so that you can be ready to go.

     

    As you start to pack, you’re likely going to be dealing with a lot of moving boxes that you’ll load up and get ready to go. But, how can you tape moving boxes without too many problems? In this article, we’re going to share some of the best methods out there when it comes to folding and taping your moving boxes appropriately.

     

    Folding the Box

     

    The first step of taping your box is making sure that you fold up the box properly. There are two ways to fold your box; the simple way and the complex way. The simple way is exactly as easy as it sounds. You literally put the flaps of the box and tape it as thus. No complex folds and it gets done really quickly.

     

    The complex folding job is a really common way for people to assume that they are adding more stability to the box in question. You take one flap on top of the box, then put the next flap (clockwise) underneath the one side of that flap. Then, continue doing it that way until all four sides are secure.

     

    Neither one is better than the other. Some people do believe that the more complex way ends up holding up better than the simple way, but that all depends on what it is that you’re putting into the box and the type of box that you’re using.

     

    Where Should the Tape Go?

     

    When it comes to where someone applies the tape, you want to be sure that you put it in two main spots – the crack on the top of the box, and the crack on the bottom of the box. You’ll likely want to put the packing tape on the bottom of the box before you start packing it with items.

     

    Also, make sure that you keep the tape dispenser handy. If you start to notice that there are some problems with the corners of your boxes, or that it needs a little more support on the sides, you can tape there as well. But, typically, if you reinforce the areas that open up, your box should be ready to go with no problems.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. What type of tape should I use?

     

    More often than not, you are going to be looking for packing tape as the primary tape that you’re going to want to use. Packing tape is incredibly strong (it can hold a lot of weight if you pack properly) and it’s easy for you to remove when you get to your new home. Masking tape doesn’t hold well enough, and duct tape is messy and can be difficult to remove.  

     

    1. How much weight should I put in the box?

     

    Packing tape is really strong, so you may be tempted to put as much as you can into every box. And while that’s okay with lighter objects, you’ll need to be careful when you’re packing heavier items like books.

     

    On average, you want to be sure that you’re not putting more than 40 lbs in one single box, so that it can still be lifted without concern of injury for you or the employees of the moving company you hire.

     

    1. Can I use packing tape on any box?

     

    Yes, packing tape is incredibly sticky (but not “tacky,” like duct tape’s sticky side). So, you can use it to close any box that you may need to keep closed up during the move.

     

    Last Words

     

    If you’re aware of how you tape moving boxes, you will find that the process goes more smoothly and you have more options. It keeps your items safe and ensures that your moving process will go that much more smoothly than it may have otherwise.

  • How To
    How to Find Affordable Moving Supplies Near Me

    Are you excited for moving day? In many instances, you have a lot of logistics that you need to make sense of and you want to be sure that you do things in a way that makes sense. How can you be sure that you can find what you need? Do you know the best place to buy moving boxes for affordable prices? And where can you go to get moving supplies near me? Here is a quick look at what you can do in order to get your hands on the best moving supplies without spending an arm and a leg.

     

    Ask Around to See if Friends and Family Have Extra Supplies

     

    Do you have any friends and family that have just moved to a new place? Or maybe you know someone that just got a big shipment of items for one reason or another? Chances are, you have friends and family members who have boxes, tape, and other supplies that you’re going to be able to repurpose for this exact use.

     

    Be sure that you are also offering them cash or something in exchange for their items – don’t expect them just to give them to you for free. If they insist on just giving it to you, that’s fine – but just don’t assume. They spend money on those items to start with, so it’s polite to offer them money for those things. 

     

    Talk to Your Moving Company to See if they Offer Packing Kits

     

    Moving companies often offer packing supplies as part of what they have available for sale. In some instances, they may have what are referred to as “packing kits.” These are kits with moving boxes, tape, and a number of other supplies that you may need in order to make sure that you’re going to be able to pack up everything in your home without any trouble.

     

    Some moving companies will also offer moving boxes as part of their own packing services. If you’re already hiring a moving company to assist you with your move, you may want to ask and see if they are able to provide packing services as well. At that time, they will let you know whether or not they require you to buy or rent your moving supplies, or if they are included in the base cost of your move.

     

    Consider Renting Boxes Instead of Buying Them

     

    Speaking of renting boxes, many people don’t realize that renting is going to be an option for them until they’ve already gone and bought the boxes that they need. Renting boxes is a very affordable way to keep your costs down, because you can typically rent in bulk without any sort of problem.

     

    Your moving company will have more information about how you can do this and how much that you’re going to expect to spend on the boxes in the first place.

     

    Shop Around at Local Stores

     

    You don’t necessarily need to go to your moving company in order to get your moving supplies. Many of the supplies that you need are going to be available at office supply stores and other locations where you may find such items. You may have to shop around at several different places in order to make sure that you’re getting the best price, but it’s worth it if you’re not spending a lot to get the items that you need for your move.

     

    If it’s close to “back to school” time, you will find that it can actually be much more affordable to go ahead and purchase your moving items at your local office supply store or something similar. Many times, you can get items like tape and labels for next to nothing, and even have some extra on hand in case you need it. On top of that, you may also be able to find bins and other supplies you need for moving in the “back to college” section of the stores, which often pop up during this back to school time as well.

     

    Get Creative with What You Already Own

     

    Do you have suitcases, bags, and other objects that you can fill up with items? If so, then you want to be sure that you use them to their fullest ability. Suitcases are a perfect option for all of the clothing that you’re taking with you. If you have a small set of plastic drawers, all you need to do is tape them closed and they’re ready to go. Just take a look at everything that you’re taking and see how easy it is to stack it all together.

     

    By getting creative with what you own and making sure that you’re doing the best you can will save you a lot of money and make sure that you’ve got exactly what you need. It means that you’re going to be spending a lot less on the boxes and supplies you would have to buy otherwise, and it also means that you aren’t wasting as much space on those things. You may even find that you aren’t going to need quite as big of a truck because you were able to condense the items you were taking into fewer containers and/or smaller containers.

     

    Look at what options you have and see what you can find. Typically, you can really search and find quite a few options that make sense in relation to the big picture of how you want to do things and how much you are going to want to spend. See what’s out there and make sure that you get all of your moving supplies in order so that you can start the packing process without too much trouble.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Can I get boxes for free anywhere?

     

    There are a lot of places that you can go to get free boxes, including liquor stores, libraries, office buildings, and schools. These boxes are going to be smaller than what you find in a packing kit or from your moving company, but they are often good options if you’re moving a lot of books between places, or other heavy objects where you only want to put a few in a box. Some restaurants may also have some good options for boxes.

     

    1. Do I need to empty my dressers for my movers?

     

    Yes. While it may seem like a good idea to keep your dressers filled, it could make it more difficult for your movers to move everything. You can, however, remove the drawers and keep them filled, then wrap them with plastic wrap. That way, you save some money, the movers are safe, and you need fewer boxes.

     

    1. How do I know how many boxes I need?

     

    While you can’t know for sure how many boxes that you are going to need to take with you, you can get some solid estimates based on the size of your home. A good rule of thumb is to get 10 small boxes, 5 large boxes, and 6 to 8 medium boxes for every room. You may need more or less based on a variety of factors, but if you do that on average, you should have enough overall.

  • How To
    How to Choose the Best Companies to Ship a Car

    When you think about moving your car from one place to another, some of the most obvious things that come to mind are hopping in the car and driving it yourself or paying someone else to do it for you. Of course, if you’re moving and can’t move it yourself, or don’t have a friend or family member that can handle the job for you, these options won’t be of much use to you.

     

    There is, however, the third option. In this day and age, you can ship almost anything from one location to another will relative ease for a fee. This includes automobiles. Companies that handle this task are automobile shipping companies, and they can help take the stress off of you so that you can rest assured that your car is going to get where it needs to be when it needs to be there.

     

    Of course, when you start shopping around for an automobile shipping company, you’re only going to want to work with the best. Your car is your baby, after all. With that in mind, many moving facilitation networks, such as iMoving, exist to help you identify the best possible companies to work with, ensuring your car gets to your new home with nary a scratch on it.

     

    What is Automobile Shipping?

     

    Automobile shipping is simply the business of getting your vehicle from point A to point B. You’ll choose a company, you’ll tell them where your car needs to go and, depending on the distance, you’ll be quoted a fee for the job. It’s as simple as that.

     

    Whether you’re moving and can’t transport your car yourself, or whether you just bought a car and need it shipped to you, having it delivered to you isn’t a tall order these days. There are many professional auto shipping businesses that do this exact task on a daily basis. The trick is for you to find a company you trust to get the job done right.

     

    Why Should You Choose an Automobile Shipping Business?

     

    You take great pride in your car, and for good reason. You paid good money for it, and as such, you have every reason to want it taken care of. You deserve to be a little stingy when it comes to deciding how you want it transported. Moving your car along with everything else during a big move can be a hassle, but luckily, a great auto shipping business can be just what you need to make it happen.

     

    Here are some of the great things about going with a professional auto shipper to deliver your car to your new location.

     

    • You save yourself mileage on the odometer by having it shipped instead of driving it.
    • You save time on your move.
    • There will be no wear and tear on your car for a long trip.
    • If moving it long distance, you’ll save money on gas, hotels, and more.

     

    These are some great reasons to not worry about driving it yourself, and entrusting the job to the professionals.

     

    So, how does one find the best automobile shipping business for the job?

     

    Choosing the Best Company to Ship Your Vehicle

     

    If you decide to go with an auto shipping service to get your car delivered to your new location, you are going to want to choose the best of the best. Your car is a huge investment that you made, and you want it in the best possible hands.

     

    Here are some of the things you can do to identify the best auto shipping companies in the business so you know your car is in good hands during the shipping process:

     

    • Does the company have great reviews?

     

    Check out the social media pages and official website of every company you look at. Glowing reviews from previous customers indicate that you might have found a good, trustworthy company to work with for shipping your car.

     

    • What transport model do they offer?

     

    When it comes to auto shipping, there are two modes of transport, open or enclosed. Open transport involves your car being in the open air on a trailer, while enclosed transport involves an enclosed trailer, the better option, because it keeps your car safe from weather and the elements.

     

    • Do they have insurance?

     

    In the unlikely event that something happens to your car during shipment, you don’t want to be the one liable for it. Ensure that any company you work with has great cargo insurance for peace of mind in the event that something unexpected happens.

     

    These are a few of the best ways to find a great shipping company to handle your car. When you know a company has done business with happy customers, cares about your vehicle, and has the insurance to back it up, you know you’re dealing with professionals.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Shipping your car can be a stressful endeavor, and having questions is only natural. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about vehicle shipping:

     

    1. What’s the cheapest way to ship my car?

     

    Open transport is usually the cheapest route to go for shipping your car. You may see open trailers with vehicles on the highway often. This is because it is the least expensive and most used way to ship a car.

     

    1. What is the safest way to ship my car?

     

    While open transport is the cheapest route to go for shipping your car, if safety is what you’re thinking about, then enclosed transport is what you want. An enclosed trailer will keep your car safe from weather hazards and the elements and is worth the extra money for most people.

     

    1. How much does it cost to ship my car?

     

    The cost to ship your car depends on the mode of transport and the distance required to get it from point A to point B. on average, you’ll be looking at a figure of at least a dollar a mile.

     

    Kick into High Gear

     

    Knowing your car is being delivered safely to your new location is worth every dime spent to make it happen. For those times when you’re moving and can’t handle your car transport yourself, then finding a great automobile shipping company is the best way to go to get your beloved vehicle to your new home, where you’ll be driving all-around your new city and enjoying everything it has to offer.

  • How To
    How Are Moving Costs Calculated?

    You might not know what to expect after your move, but you can expect how much it will cost.

     

    Whether you’re doing a long-distance move or a local move, there’s a budget for that. Not knowing your moving costs is half the stress, so give yourself a break by creating the ultimate moving budget beforehand.

     

    If you’re trying to estimate the cost, don’t do so as an amateur; use a moving cost estimator calculator to figure out those moving expenses like a pro. There are several calculators conveniently located online. They are simple and easy to use and can give you a reasonable estimate before you take it to the moving company.

     

    The moving company will then give you a more narrowed estimate that is either binding or non-binding, but here’s what you can absolutely rely on.

     

    How much does it cost to move?

     

    Even if you’re doing a DIY move, it’s going to cost money. There’s no way to get away from the cost of a moving truck and moving boxes, so just be prepared to spend at least a penny or two.

     

    Depending on the size of your move, typical moving costs breakdown as follows:

     

    • A 4- bedroom house: $1500 to $2000 for 12 hours
    • A 3- bedroom house: $700 to $1000 for 7 to 10 hours
    • A 2- bedroom house: $375 to $525 for 5 hours
    • A studio apartment: $150 to $250 for 3 to 5 hours

     

    What are my moving costs?

     

    Know what you’re getting into before moving day comes.

     

    While every move might be different, there are some things that just stay the same, so you can expect these factors to affect the cost of your move.

     

    • Size of your move- Those are the estimates listed above, but even if you have a 3 bedroom house with more stuff, the more you have, the more you can expect to pay. This is because more stuff requires more hours of labor, and thus more on your wallet.

     

    • Travel fees- This is everything from the gas you’ll have to spend on your own car, to the hotel price you might have to pay if it takes several hours to drive where you’re going. Even if you’re flying, you’ll have to consider the cost of shipping your car where it needs to be.

     

    • Moving supplies- This is also a must, but hopefully one that you can cut back on. While tape might not be free, boxes, bubble wrap, and similar packing supplies could be. Always look for free boxes at grocery stores or Facebook or craigslist ads posting free packing supplies.

     

    • Cost of storage- Things can get messy when it comes to moving. If you’re not moving straight into your new place because it will take a few days or weeks, you’ll have to consider the cost of storing your stuff in the meantime.

     

    • Date of move- When you move actually plays a bigger role in your moving expenses than you would have ever thought. Moving companies offer discounts and specials during their off and slow seasons, such as summer and Monday through Thursday. Try and move during these times and you might just save a buck or two.

     

    • Insurance- Insurance and coverage vary with each move, but if you have specialty items or are worried about your entire life’s worth of stuff, you’ll want to consider liability coverage and extra insurance to keep your good safe.

     

    Can moving costs be reduced?

     

    If you want to save money on your next move, you’re in luck because your moving costs can be reduced. All it takes is the know-how.

     

    For example, moving supplies is a big one. The smart mover will never spend money on moving supplies. Boxes are easy to find free, all you have to do is start searching. Be a smart mover/ packer and ditch the bubble wrap for all the old towels and blankets you have in the house. Use those to wrap dishes and breakable items instead. In addition, check moving websites for coupons and discounts on moving supplies that you can’t live without, such as tape.

     

    The less stuff you have to move, the cheaper it will be. Before you start packing, get rid of unwanted clothes and goods, to make your move lighter, and therefore cheaper.

     

    Another way to reduce moving costs is to shop around. The first estimate you receive shouldn’t be your only one, because you never know what other companies might have to offer. Be sure they aren’t charging you for things you haven’t heard of, and make sure you understand the contract clearly. Some companies might even charge a weight minimum, which you wouldn’t want for a small move.

     

    Lastly, try and change the day of your move if you can. Moving during the summer and Monday through Thursday is always cheaper than on the weekends. If that doesn’t work, you can also contact your company’s HR to see if they could be responsible for your moving costs.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Can I only pay movers for part of the process?

     

    Yes. If you only want movers to pack, hire them to pack. If you want them to load, do that; a drive— there are some portable container companies that will let you load the container, and they drive it. Hiring professional movers doesn’t have to be for a full-service move.

     

    1. Can you negotiate moving costs?

     

    In fact, yes. Once you have several estimates from quite a few moving companies, use those to leverage with your favorite one. Show other companies what their competition has to offer and they’ll likely match it and meet your demands.

     

    1. Can my moving expenses be reimbursed?

     

    One of the many reasons that people move is for work. Several companies will compensate you for a job-related and required move, if it is over 50 miles away. This means the company could pay for your moving expenses upfront or reimburse you for them later. All it takes is reaching out to your HR department.

  • Moving Tips
    Tips to Find the Best Cross Country Movers for Small Moves

    What’s the difference between small moves and large ones? Your sanity, of course.

     

    A small load might be less to move, but if you’re moving a long distance, you’ll still want your stuff to be in the hands of the professionals.

     

    In the moving industry, the best way to find these professionals is by word of mouth. Seek out customer feedback when searching for moving companies, and don’t choose one until you absolutely love their reviews. The best cross country movers should have positive feedback no matter what size load moves they have done.

     

    What is considered a small move?

     

    Some moving services won’t even consider your small move. Many companies require a minimum weight of the shipment to be met, which is typically around 2000 pounds.

     

    A small move however, is right around 1000 pounds, so what do you do?

     

    The truth is you can’t simply drive your stuff yourself for a cross country move; even if it doesn’t seem like very much stuff at all. You likely don’t have a vehicle large enough for this, but you also don’t want to be charged a minimum when your belongings don’t even weigh that much.

     

    When getting your free moving quote, try to find places that specialize in small moves, otherwise, accept that you’ll be paying or more than you need.

     

    How much does a small move cost long distance?

     

    Small move, small money - except when long-distance comes into play. Local moving with a small move might be a cinch, but a cross country or interstate move requires a bit more calculation.

     

    Typically a small move is anywhere from 100 to 1000 pounds. In order to travel 100 miles, this might cost you $400 to $850; 1000 miles from $475 to $1200; or even 2000 miles for $500 to $1500.

     

    So, reasonably, however even your small move might start to cost like a large one the farther distance you go.

     

    In the end, your small move cross country will be calculated based of the following factors:

     

    • Whether or not you purchase insurance
    • If you have any specialty items
    • If your move involves stairs
    • The size of your items
    • The value of your items
    • The amount of labor required to complete your move.

     

    How do I pick the best moving company?

     

    When it comes to this type of move, a small move, you have to be more picky, more precise, and make sure you’re not overspending on your small move cross country.

     

    Some of the best ways to move a small amount of stuff a long distance, might be the ways you’ve never thought of.

     

    1. Self pack and ship parcels via USPS

     

    Most people don’t even know that USPS does this, but if you have a small move- a really small one, this is a great option to consider. Typically boxes/ items can weigh no more than 70 pounds per box. This is helpful for a move around 500 pounds without any large furniture.

     

    1. Ship it via pallet by a packaging company

     

    If you don’t have very many items to take with you, and nothing too valuable, you can take your belongings boxed yourself, or have them box it for you, and then have it palletized and shipped as a pallet. This is one of the cheapest ways to move your stuff only costing around $50 to $100 when dropping off and picking up your items. Again, this is typically recommended for moves without furniture, and if you have no more than a pallet worth of stuff.

     

    1. Choose the right moving company

     

    This might be easier said than done, but all it takes is a little more research. Try to avoid going with big name moving companies such as U-Haul or Rent-A-Truck that will likely charge you the weight minimum. Instead go with smaller, more personal moving companies and ask if they specialize in small moves. You can always move your big items this way, and your small ones via the methods described above.

     

    1. Decide if it’s worth the move

     

    If you have a run-down washing machine on its last leg- is it really worth taking with you? If repairing an item or appliance is going to cost near the same as replacing it completely, consider leaving it behind. This will keep your small move small and make it less stressful to worry about how to get what where.

     

    1. FedEx next-day air

     

    Last, but not least, if you really need things moved a far distance fast, you can choose to next-day or second-day ship your belongings. This might be one of the more expensive options however, so make sure you’re keeping track of the budget.

     

    Is it worth it?

     

    At this point you might be asking yourself: is it really even worth the move? The truth is, yes, because what is the alternative— leaving your stuff behind only to purchase it all again? That’s no good.

     

    You need your belongings to go with you one way or another, but some things to help you decide how much help you might need could be:

     

    • How heavy are your belongings?

     

    If you have a lot of big, heavy, bulky furniture that’s going with you across the country, but only a few boxes of clothes and household goods, there may be the dilemma of if you even need help at all. If you have a bunch of really strong friends, maybe you can get the job done yourself. If not, however, professional movers would be fast and cheap for only moving a few pieces of furniture.

     

    • How far is the move?

     

    Everything about moving is stressful, even when it’s a small move, so ask yourself if you really want to be handling all those miles on your own. Packing and unloading is one thing, but the drive is the worst part for many people. One option is to choose a “You pack, we drive” moving company that allows you to pack up a moving container yourself, they just do the driving.

     

    • Do you have kids? Do they need babysitting?

     

    No matter the distance that you’re moving, when kids come into the picture, it changes everything. If your kids need to be watched or babysat, it might just be more worth your time and money to hire professional movers and let them take care of it, so your kids don’t get in the way; hurt, or injured.

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Does every moving company charge a weight minimum?

     

    No. This is usually only true of big name moving companies like U-Haul. Choose smaller, private owned ones for small moves.

     

    1. Will my company pay for my small move?

     

    No matter the size of the load move, if your company requires that you move a certain distance for work, you may be eligible for your company to pay for the move. Speak to your HR contact for more information.

     

    1. How do I move a few things without a moving truck?

     

    Portable moving containers, USPS shipping, and freight packaging are all different options than a traditional moving truck. These options are recommended for moving valuable things or if you just don’t have that much to move in the first place.

  • How To
    How to Find Cross Country Movers

    Moving for any reason can be an exciting process but also very stressful and time-consuming. Getting your items packed and ready to load onto a moving truck is just one of the things you’ll have to take care of during the process – there’s much more to organize and schedule before you’ll be ready to get on the road.

     

    Long-distance moving can be especially difficult, as your household will need to cross the state line and enter an entirely new area. Your moving experience is highly dependent on how organized you are and what moving option you choose, such as the moving company chose to complete the move. Let’s look at why you should work with cross country movers and discuss some tips that can help you find the right moving services for your household.

     

    Why Hire Professional Movers?

     

    Many people wonder if it’s worth the extra costs to hire professional movers when they can move items on their own using a rental truck. Renting a truck is often the first solution homeowners consider when it comes to keeping the costs of their move reasonable, but this can have drawbacks – especially if you’re planning on moving across the country.

     

    If your household is going to be travelling beyond state lines, it may be beneficial to work with a full service moving company or even just a few expert men and a truck. So, why should you work with cross country moving companies when relocating anywhere within the United States?

     

    Less Stress

     

    While it may seem easy to maneuver a moving truck or pack and load items, the process is a bit more difficult than many expect. Rental trucks are tougher to drive than personal vehicles, which could leave you with damage fees and other charges if anything happens to the rental truck.

     

    Instead of risking damage to your belongings or the vehicle itself, professional movers can transport your household items with no problem. These professionals are trained and know exactly how to handle all of your belongings and maneuver expertly in moving trucks, keeping them intact and delivering them to the specified destination.

     

    Guaranteed Delivery

     

    When moving your items with a professional moving company, the best way to keep your costs low is by staying on track with the timeline of your move. This can be difficult, however, if there are delays out of your control that affect your move.

     

    Early deliveries can be just as costly as late deliveries, as you may be responsible for a storage fee if your items will need to be stored and kept safe by the company for any duration of time. For this reason, hiring movers that offer a guaranteed delivery date ensures you get the most out of your move and don’t have to deal with extra fees or hassles.

     

    Extra Protection

     

    Moving can be a stressful process not only on your peace of mind but also on your belongings. When your items are delivered to their new home, they should ideally be in the same condition they were when they were packed into the moving van.

     

    Professional movers have the expertise that is needed to ensure your items are kept safe during the journey to your home, so you don’t have to worry about repairing or replacing items. You also receive added protection with the company’s moving insurance as well as any supplementary insurance added onto your move.

     

    Tips for Choosing Cross Country Movers

     

    There are hundreds of moving companies out there, which means you have plenty of options to choose from. Not every moving company offers the same services, however, so it’s important to consider your choice carefully and gather information about the movers you are considering. How can you figure out which movers are best for your cross country move? Let’s look at some tips below.

     

    Check the company’s license

     

    Every moving company that provides long distance transportation of items should be registered and licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This organization issues a U.S. DOT number that lets you know you are working with trusted movers.

     

    The U.S. DOT number can be found on the FMCSA’s website, a consumer affair agency, or by speaking with a representative of the moving company. The customer service representative or team member you speak with should be able to provide you with the license number as well as any additional information about the company that you desire.

     

    Review insurance options

     

    Insurance is another important consideration when choosing a cross country moving company, as there is always a chance of accidents occurring no matter which movers you pick. Licensed long distance movers are mandated to provide homeowners with two options – full value protection and released value protection.

     

    • Full value protection: When you are covered with full value protection, the moving company is liable for paying the replacement value of any belongings that have been lost or damaged during transit. This coverage varies depending on the mover.

     

    • Released value protection: When individuals are covered with released value protection, there are no additional charges added to the move. However, individuals will not have as much protection as they would with full coverage – items are partially insured based on their weight and an amount specified by the moving company.

     

    Get an in-home inspection

     

    Inspections are the only way for your moving company to give you an accurate quote, so be prepared to get an in-home inspection. If you’re not able to get an in-home inspection, some companies do video surveys to assess your belongings and provide an estimate.

     

    During the inspection, the professional will inventory your belongings and send an estimate that includes the possible costs of completing your move. For cross country moves, cost will be based on the weight of items, so it’s important that your movers know exactly what is being transported and what is being left behind.

     

    Get referrals

     

    The internet is a mecca of information about whatever subject you can imagine – this includes reviews about businesses in almost every part of the world. These reviews, however, can be biased or paid for, which means you’re not getting accurate information. For this reason, getting referrals from friends or family members is recommended.

     

    By asking co-workers and other individuals you trust, you get the story of their first-hand experience with the company and know exactly what to expect. If they’ve had a good experience, it’s likely that you will also be satisfied with the services of your moving company and can avoid dealing with unprofessional or unsatisfactory movers.

     

    Look for red flags

     

    Not every moving company can be trusted, so it is essential to be discerning in the search for cross country moving experts. While there are plenty of red flags to be wary of, let’s look at two that can keep you from dealing with shady or unlicensed movers – large deposits and name switches.

     

    • Large deposits: Any reputable movers you work with should not ask for an exorbitant deposit before moving your items. Any deposits paid should be minimal, so beware of large deposits.

     

    • Name switches: Untrustworthy companies switch names to avoid being listed in the BBB’s directory, which shows complaints filed against companies as well as other information for consumers.

     

    Search the Better Business Bureau

     

    The Better Business Bureau, or BBB, is an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that companies practice ethical behavior and setting the industry standard for trust in the marketplace. You can find information about the performance of businesses, including their track record and any complaints filed against the company.

     

    They hold strict accreditation standards that all listed businesses must meet in order to be listed. By searching their directory, you can make sure that the moving company you choose provides legitimate and trustworthy goods and services.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. What’s the average cost to move across the country?

     

    Your moving budget should be planned meticulously, including extras to cover unexpected fees and other expenses. The costs of moving can vary considerably from household to household depending on the size of the move, special circumstances, what items will be moved, distance between households, and more.

     

    Studio apartments cost less to move while single bedroom apartments and family homes are more expensive due to their size and the amount of household items they typically contain. You will need to get at least three quotes to find a price that fits your budget and review services offered by movers.

     

    1. What’s the difference between a binding and non-binding estimate?

     

    When working with movers, you will receive either a binding or non-binding estimate. An estimate that is non-binding is simply an approximation of your final costs. Because the price of long distance moves is often determined by weight, you will only receive an accurate price once your items have been weighed and your moving services have been finalized.

     

    A binding estimate is an estimate that is given based on what services you will require as well as other information provided to the moving company. If services are added or removed, the price will be adjusted, and you must sign off on any additional charges.

     

    1. What are intrastate and interstate moves and how are they different?

     

    Not every move is the same, yet homeowners often make the mistake of assuming that moving companies provide the same services and have similar prices. Knowing the difference between the types of moves can make it easier to handle all of the aspects involved in your move and choose the right movers.

     

    Intrastate moves are moves that take place within the same state, which are also known as local moves. These movers are regulated by state laws – if the state has moving regulations in place – and do not cross state lines.

     

    Interstate moves are moves that go beyond the boundaries of your state or country and are known as long distance moves – whether you’re moving less than hour away or an entire continent away. Intrastate moves are governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as federal laws.

     

    1. Will my belongings be weighed at the time of my move?

     

    Not every move will be based on the weight of the belongings being transported, so not every homeowner needs to worry about weigh-ins. When a shipment is weighed, a ticket with the official weight is generated and used to determine your final costs. If you have a binding estimate, weighing is not required.

     

    If you believe that the weight of your items is inaccurate, you can request that your belongings be weighed again to determine the true weight of the shipment at no extra charge. If your items are reweighed, your charges will reflect the last weight on the official ticket.

     

    1. Is tipping movers required? If so, how much do I tip?

     

    Tips are often an afterthought when moving, as many other expenses can pile up and there are numerous details to tend to before and during your move. While there aren’t any rules in regard to tipping, you should plan to show appreciation for a job well done in some way after your items have been delivered.

     

    Monetary tips can be anywhere from $5 to $20 per team member – you can also opt not to tip certain members if you feel as though their professionalism or handling of items was not satisfactory. Homeowners also have the option to provide tips in the form of beverages or food, which can be given throughout the moving process or once the job has been completed.

     

    When your moving day arrives, it’s important to make sure that all of your belongings are packed and loaded onto a moving truck safely and carefully. Cross country moves are nerve-wracking, as you will be separated from your items for several hours, days, or weeks, but you can trust that your items are in good hands when you choose a reputable moving service. When deciding on a moving company, look at several options and do ample research to determine what the best option is for your relocation.

  • How To
    How to Move Utilities when Moving Home

    Getting organized for moving day takes a lot of time and effort, and you want to be sure that you have everything in order. Obviously, you need to have your movers scheduled and start packing up your home. But, what about all of the little things that need to be done? Do you have the small details in order, yet?

     

    Many people don’t realize that utilities need to be part of their moving checklist from the beginning and that they should be taken care of pretty early on. Here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind when you’re moving utilities during the moving process.

     

    Sort Out What Needs to be Turned Off and What Services Can Move With You in Advance

     

    As you get started with the process of moving, you want to do some research and contact your utility companies to see what they have to say about the process. In many cases, you’ll just need to schedule your final bills to get a final meter reading and be done with it.

     

    If you’re going to be transferring utilities, then you’ll provide them with your new address. They will add that address to your file. Then, they will schedule when you need to turn off your current utilities and when the utilities at your new home will be turned on (or put into your name, depending on the situation).

     

    Connect with the City to See About Starting a Water/Sewer/Trash Account

     

    Taking the time to set up utilities before moving into a city or town that takes care of such things for you will take a little effort. Many towns and cities have a central system of plumbing that goes underneath the city. The city or town is in charge of caring for this system. So, if a water pipe bursts on your street, the city or town will come to repair it.

     

    In those cases, you also likely have a municipal trash route that you live on, and you’ll have a trash can from your locality. Garbage will be picked up on a particular day. There are even some municipalities that will have recycling bins available, either on the same day or a different one.

     

    Water, sewer, and trash are typically under one bill. So, when you sign up for an account and put it under your name, the city will have a minimum cost that you’re working with. If you go over a certain threshold of water use, you may go to a different bracket where you will have to pay a bit more.

     

    If you live in a rural area, it’s likely that you have some sort of septic system (instead of being connected to the main sewer line) and/or water well (instead of being connected to the main water line). These will be set up and ready to go when you move into your new place. You are also unlikely to have a trash system and may have to take your trash to the dump. In those instances, you won’t have to set up those utilities or pay extra for them.

     

    Do You Have a Homeowners’ Association?

     

    When you move into a neighborhood, you will learn whether or not you’re going to be affiliated with a Homeowners’ Association, or HOA. These are often “governing bodies” that help keep the neighborhood looking nice and ensuring that it’s safe.

     

    In some cases, they will also be responsible for paying one large collective bill to the town or city you reside in. Your dues will then help pay for water, sewer, gas, and electricity. Your real estate agent can give you a better idea as to whether or not an HOA is in the neighborhood you’re looking at and how much you could expect to pay in monthly or yearly dues.

     

    Update Your Address

     

    Make sure that you have your account numbers and other pertinent information available, and then either sign onto your online account or connect directly with service professionals. Give them your new address and make sure that everything is updated with it. This includes checks and cards you may be using for payments and any other addresses associated with the card. 

     

    There are a lot of different things that you need to have in order before you get your move sorted out, and your utilities are absolutely essential in that case. If you start the process as you can, you’ll find that it’s much easier to accomplish your goals. You won’t have to worry about whether or not utilities have been turned on and you can stay ahead of problems.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Why would I be able to move some utilities with me?

     

    Depending on where you are and where you’re headed, utility service or two may be the same in both areas. So, many utility companies will have something in a place where you can just keep your account but use it with a different meter at a different address.

     

    Can I move my electric meter?

     

    No, it is illegal to move your electric meter on your own, and it’s also very dangerous. But, if you’d like to take your electric meter with you (in instances where you purchased a smart meter and other reasons), you can talk to your utility and they can assist you.

     

    What type of heat is best?

     

    Electric is often the most expensive, but the most convenient. The most common is natural gas, and you can also have a fireplace, woodstove, or coal stove to keep your home warm. The type of heat that is best for you is the one that matches your lifestyle and your budget.

     

    Should I have my gas meter indoors?

     

    Probably not. If something goes wrong with your natural gas, the chance of a gas leak at your meter is incredibly high, and you don’t want that to be indoors if it happens.

     

    What utilities are absolutely essential?

     

    When you start to turn on your utilities when you move, you will be required to turn on the electricity, your form of heat, and water/sewer services. Your municipality may also include trash as a part of your water and sewer bills. Non-essentials can include internet, telephone, cable, and any other services that aren’t necessary for health and wellness.

  • How To
    How Moving Companies Calculate Cost

    Moving costs are a big part of the conversation when you’re looking to work out the details around a big move. Because of that, it’s likely that you’re exploring a lot of different avenues as to how you want to take care of things. How can you be sure that you get an accurate look at potential costs so that you can have an accurate moving budget?

     

    The cost of your move is going to vary based on the type of move that you’re going to be experiencing. Local moves take a lot less coordination and logistical data than long-distance ones.  Thankfully a moving cost estimator calculator can be a handy resource for anyone who may be looking to sort out the details of their move.

     

    But, how do you sort out the costs of a potential future move? How can you put together a budget that is actually going to work? Here are some things that you can look at during the process of scheduling your move in order to get the best idea of how much money you will spend to make things happen.

     

    How to Calculate Local Moving Cost

     

    A local move is going to be a lot easier to sort out than a long-distance move. Typically, most professional movers consider a local move to be a move that is less than 100 miles from your original destination. Since these will, likely, only take a few hours to sort out, they are going to need a lot less manpower (and thus, a lot less cost) than long-distance moves do.

     

    Most moving companies are going to give you an hourly quote, based on how long they believe the job is going to take. That quote is likely $20 per mover, per hour. So, most moves are going to have at least 3 movers involved, so you’re looking at around $60 an hour or so for your local move. Most moves are going to take 3 to 6 hours in order to complete, so you’re looking at anywhere between $180 and $360 for that alone. Then, if you make the decision to get extra services, those may up your cost more.

     

    Calculating Long-Distance Moving Costs

     

    Your cost calculator is going to get quite the workout when you’re trying to get an accurate quote from long distance moving companies. Typically, you are going to pay around 60 cents per pound based on how much stuff you have. Why does the weight of your stuff matter? Well, if the moving truck is going to be hauling your items for hundreds of miles, then that’s going to account for something. They may need to stop at weigh stations, deal with paying for gas, and more.

     

    But, weight is not the only thing that they may account for when it comes to dealing with the cost of your move. On top of that, they may also have a “cost per mile” associated with it. This is likely only a few cents per mile, and it’ll be combined with any of the other costs that you may have. In some cases, you may only pay this cost.

     

    There may also be extra fees if the company is renting a truck or if it’s going to take them multiple days in order to complete your job in the best way possible. If they are a company with experience, they will let you know what type of information during the process of getting an estimate. They can talk to you about all of the potential extra costs and such. 

     

    What Extra Costs May There Be?

     

    So, we’ve talked about extra costs a couple of times. What sorts of extra costs may you be exploring as an option here? Many moving companies are going to provide a wide array of additional services. While many of the extra costs that we mention here are going to be optional costs, they are costs that you’re going to want to consider in order to make the moving process simpler.

     

    • Packing services

     

    Getting your items packed and unpacked may seem strange, but for many people, packing and unpacking can take a lot of time and energy. Some people may not be able to physically do the things necessary to pack up their home. Because of that, many moving companies have made the choice to go ahead and offer packing and unpacking services.

     

    • Insurance

     

    If a moving company is going to be taking care of your items, then you want to be certain that you get full value protection. Not only does it help you to get your value back if something happens to your stuff during the trip, but it also protects your moving company as well. It gives everyone peace of mind and it makes it easier to take care of accidents.

     

    • White glove services

     

    Do you have fragile items that need to be handled with care? Maybe you have large items that are going to be difficult to move and keep safe? In any context, you are going to need to get white glove services that can take care of such things. White glove services may or may not accrue additional costs, depending on the company and how many items you’ll need to be moved in that manner.

     

    • Considerations for moving across the state or country lines

     

    Moving across state lines shouldn’t have too many problems unless you are taking plants or animals that shouldn’t be moved. Many moving companies won’t move plants, and no moving companies will move animals, so you will have those items with you. If you’re moving across country lines, then you will need to take care of any international fees that may be accrued by your movers.

     

    • Truck rental options

     

    In some cases, moving companies may need to get truck rentals if you have more stuff than their current trucks will be able to carry effectively. They’ll need to rent or borrow a vehicle, and they may have you cover some of the costs associated with that.

     

    • Storage options

     

    Sometimes, there are delays between your moving dates. Or, in other instances, you may be downsizing and you just don’t have the space that you did for everything that you own. So, as a result, you may need to look for storage options. Some moving companies that you’ll connect with will have storage options for an additional fee.

     

    Not all moving companies are going to offer these as options, so you’ll want to research and see if the ones that you’re considering have them as an option. You can usually find this out from their website, when you call to get a quote from them, or if you have an appointment for an estimate. If you know what sort of additional service that you may want, you can ask them directly and they should know the response.

     

    What is the Average Cost to Move a 3 Bedroom House?

     

    So, you want to be ready for moving day and know how much you’ll be spending to make it a reality. You have a three-bedroom home and every room is filled with all sorts of items that are going to need to be moved. How much is it going to cost you to take care of everything? Well, the average cost of your move is going to vary based on the distance of the move and how much you’ll be moving.

     

    If it’s a local move, it will be about 3 to 6 hours of labor, and you’ll pay the hourly rate based on how much stuff you’ll be taking. On top of that, you may have extra fees that are related to packing, unpacking, white-glove services, or moving large, fragile items. On average, a local move for a 3 bedroom home is going to average between $500 and $1000. If you take care of it on your own, you may be able to do it for less, but it’s a lot more work.

     

    Moving further than 100 miles can be a lot more effort, as we’ve explained in this article. Because of that, the average cost of moving a 3 bedroom home long-distance is going to be exponentially more than a local move would be. Mileage, weight, and additional services may come into play as a part of your cost. All in all, it’s going to average around $1000 a room, for a total cost of $3000 to $5000, depending on what you take with you.

     

    As you can see, there are a lot of logistics to consider, and everyone’s cost is going to be a little different based on what they own and how you want to do things. Moving companies are going to charge for different services and ways of accomplishing your goals, and they can let you know about those potential costs when they talk to you about your estimate. In order to save money, your best bet is to explore your options and seek out local or long distance movers that can help you to sort out the details and get you to your location for a fair price.

  • How To
    How to Find the Cheapest Places to Live in Florida

    If you’re thinking about a move to the beautiful Sunshine State of Florida, then you’re not alone. People all over the country love Florida and everything that comes with living here. From the gorgeous beaches to the delightful seafood, the tropical nightlife to the cool, rainy nights. Florida truly has something for everyone.

     

    Whether you have visited Florida extensively and have a good idea of where you’d like to live or you are just now entertaining the idea for the first time, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of affordable places to live in Florida.

     

    No matter where you’d like to live, you can find yourself a handy moving calculator to take advantage of online, to help visualize what it might cost for you to move. Luckily for anyone looking to make a move to the Sunshine State, there are plenty of cities that offer affordable living. Affordable living means a lot more than just the price of the house, too. You can also factor in things like amenities in the area you choose to live in, among other things.

     

    What Are Some of the Most Affordable Cities in Florida?

     

    For anyone looking to move to Florida and find an affordable place to live, they won’t be short on options. This is because Florida offers several cities and towns that offer affordable living to almost anyone who wants to make the move to the beautiful state.

     

    If you’re wondering what some of Florida’s most affordable cities to live in are, you won’t have to wonder much longer. We’ve got you covered with some of the most affordable cities that Florida has to offer.

     

    1. Kissimmee

     

    Kissimmee offers some of the most affordable housing in Florida. It is also home to one of the best amusement parks in the country. Home to about 60,000 people, Kissimmee has a lot to offer its residents besides just affordable housing. There is a lot of room for jobs here, as well as plenty of great things for residents and tourists alike to enjoy, like tasty restaurants and plenty of fun nightlife.

     

    1. Palm Coast

     

    Located on the upper coast of the Sunshine State, Palm Coast offers its residents a piece of tropical paradise. Not only is it scenic and gorgeous, offering plenty of beach space to residents and tourists, but it also has so much more for you. Rarely touched by hurricanes because of how tucked away it is, this is a beautiful corner of Florida to move to and live in comfortably and affordably.

     

    1. Cape Coral

     

    Tucked in between the larger cities of Tampa and Miami, Cape Coral is a huge hub for fishers and people who want to go boating. A great retirement area, Cape Coral offers several hundred miles of canals for people to explore. With home prices in the area going for around $180,000, Cape Coral is one of the most affordable cities in all of Florida to call home.

     

    1. Palm Bay

     

    The area now called Palm Bay was originally known as Tillman. The name of the town was changed in the 1920s to Palm Bay, named in honor of the city’s abundant palm trees. Home prices in the area average in the $90,000 range, and Palm Bay offers residents and tourists plenty of things to enjoy. If you love outer space, Palm Bay might be the place for you. You can find the John F. Kennedy Space Center here, along with Cape Canaveral, the site where several rockets launch.

     

    1. Orlando

     

    The Theme Park Capital of the World has something for everyone, especially if you have a family. There are several great amusement parks where you can take the kids, including Disney World and Universal, where you can explore the new Harry Potter at Universal area. Orlando also offers NASCAR races, along with golfing and plenty of beautiful beaches.

     

    Orlando is a highly popular destination for tourists from all over the world, but it is also a great place to call home, with affordable housing and plenty of job opportunities.

     

    1. Gainesville

     

    Gainesville is home to university students that come to the University of Florida, along with several other prolific places. Gainesville is very well known for its vast array of different kinds of trees, affectionately referred to as Tree City by its residents. Gainesville is home to all kinds of different theaters, delicious restaurants, and even museums. There is a little something for everyone in Gainesville, including affordable housing and a good cost of living.

     

    These are some of the most affordable cities to move to in the Sunshine State, each of them offering their residents great, affordable housing opportunities and quite a diverse job market.

     

    What is the Cheapest City to Live in Florida?

     

    If you are looking for the hands-down cheapest city in all of the beautiful state of Florida, your best bet is probably going to be Cape Coral. Not only is Cape Coral a decent-sized city with a population of 170,063 as of the last census, but it has a lot more on offer, too.

     

    In Cape Coral, the average home purchase price is around $173,400. The average monthly rent in Cape Coral is $1,095. The unemployment and crime rates in Cape Coral are also very low, being a very safe city with quite a large and open job market. It is quite close to the beach, as well, with the closest beach being only 2.5 miles away.

     

    There are all kinds of fun things for you to do in Cape Coral should you decide to pick up and move. You could spend the day with the whole family at the Sun Splash Water Park. You could even spend some time soaking up the history of Cape Coral at the Cape Coral Historical Museum, where you can learn a lot about the local area and where its roots come from.

     

    If you like nature, you’ll really enjoy the Yacht Club Community Park, which offers a beach and a pier that you can fish off of. If you want to go kayaking and check out one of Florida’s longest trails (6,600 feet!), check out Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. There is no shortage of things that people who love nature will enjoy in Cape Coral.

     

    All of these things, along with the sheer affordability and overall safety of the city of Cape Coral, make it a very popular place for people to move to when they think about moving to Florida. If you are looking for the overall cheapest place in Florida to live, and want to be able to enjoy all of the things your city has to offer you, then Cape Coral just may be the place for you.

     

    What Are Some of Florida’s Biggest Attractions?

     

    One of the biggest reasons people love Florida so much is the sheer amount of things to do. There are a ton of attractions for tourists and residents alike to take advantage of in the beautiful Sunshine State, so if you are thinking of moving to Florida, here are a few must-see attractions for you to check out when you get here.

     

    • Disney World Orlando

     

    If your kids or kids at heart love Disney films, then Disney World in Orlando may be one of your first destinations! At Disney World, kids can meet some of the stars of their favorite Disney movies, like Mickey Mouse, Sheriff Woody, and Snow White. There are plenty of rides to enjoy, too, as well as water parks like Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

     

    • Universal Studios

     

    Film buffs would love to check out Universal Studios, where people can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as the new Star Wars addition. There are all kinds of rides and even shows to enjoy while you are at Universal Studios.

     

    • Everglades

     

    The beautiful Everglades National Park is a sprawling 1.5 million acres of marshlands. Protecting all kinds of species such as alligators, crocodiles, Floridian panthers, egrets, and many more, the Everglades is a tourist attraction that is home to all kinds of unique Florida species.

     

    • Daytona 500 International Speedway

     

    Fans of NASCAR will love to check out the infamous Daytona 500 International Speedway. Being one of the most important landmarks in the NASCAR Cup Series, the races get kicked off every year in February at the Daytona Speedway. It was built in 1959 and has had huge amounts of people to make their way out to see the races every single year.

     

    These are just a few of the fun things you can check out once your move to Florida is over. So, get excited! You will have all kinds of fun new things to enjoy, very soon.

     

    Now that you know some of the most affordable places to live in Florida, some facts about the cities, along with some of Florida’s must-see attractions, then you should be getting hyped up about your move to the Sunshine State. When you get here, you’ll wonder how you haven’t lived here your whole life.

  • How To
    How Do I Prepare To Move To College

    Hello college, goodbye responsibilities- except the responsibility of making the grade, and moving of course.

     

    Moving for college is one of the most memorable times of a person’s life. Let’s just be sure you don’t remember the anxiety of moving more than the good memories.

     

    Proper preparation is absolutely crucial, especially if you are going to a college out of state. It’s your first start, your brand new start, so you want to be sure that you’re thoroughly prepared.

     

    One thing that can help you prepare to move to college is using a moving out of state checklist. This checklist includes tasks such as research your new city, find a place to live, set up your utilities, and so on.

     

    This checklist might vary slightly when it comes to moving out of state for college, but these are some of the most important tips and tricks for every future college student to know.

     

    What do I do before moving to college?

     

    Preparing for college isn’t just about packing up your old childhood memories and moving into your dorm. Part of the preparation is closing an old chapter and starting a new one.

     

    Not sure what we mean?

     

    Before moving to college, try to do things you haven’t done yet. Meet up with friends you might not see for a while, travel- do something spontaneous to celebrate and make lasting memories before you move on to the next chapter of your life.

     

    If you’re not sure exactly how to turn the page, make sure to do these things before moving to college:

     

    • Meet up with friends: Since you are moving on to a new chapter, be sure to share a few more laughs, memories, and goodbyes with old friends that you might not see for a while. This is especially useful if you feel anxious or uneasy about meeting new people, bonding with your old friends one last time will help.

     

    • Travel: Take a trip; go somewhere, go anywhere! Since you will be living at the same place for the next 4 years, take the time that you have before moving to the college by traveling somewhere new. One great thing to do is to travel to the state of your new college and visit all the most popular sites.

     

    • Get to know your new city: There’s traveling around your new state, and there’s getting to know your new city; they’re completely different. When you get to know your city you familiarize yourself with all the important stuff like where the grocery stores are, the best gas stations, hospitals, and let’s not forget the favorite burger joint. Taking the time to get to know your new city in a more up-close way, decreases the stress of moving somewhere new.

     

    • Meet your roommate: Do your best to connect with your roommate before your first day of school. This will allow you to get things prepared for your dorm room together, and eliminate the awkward tension of meeting for the first time later on. Social media is a great way to meet your roommate. You can even start by just chatting, texting, and emailing for a while. Start with what you’re both going to be studying and about who’s bringing what for the room, until you feel comfortable enough to ‘hangout’.

     

    • Avoid summer classes (if possible): The summer before you begin college should not be spent buried in textbooks. You’ll be doing that enough in If possible, avoid taking summer classes before moving to college. You don’t need the extra preparation, what you need is relaxation.

     

    • Make new friends: In addition to meeting your roommate, you should also do your best to make new friends before moving to college. Whether this means connecting through social media or hanging out in person, making new friends can really alleviate first-time college jitters.

     

    • Stay away from home at least 2-3 nights: If you’ve never been away from home before, now is the time to do it. Whether you’re the most independent young adult or not, there is nothing like spending your first night, alone, in your dorm. Before heading to college, prepare yourself by staying out a few times a month so that you can get a feel of what it’s like.

     

    • Start a budget: One of the biggest realizations once you’re in college, is that you’re no longer relying on your parents’ money for everything. Managing your money now, before you go to college, can give you a leg up and prevent you from going broke your first semester.

     

    • Do all the chores: Okay, so maybe we don’t mean all of them, but most of them. Some of the most important things that new college students don’t know how to do are laundry and grocery shopping. Practice these things before moving to college so that you’re ready to live on your own like a pro.

     

    • See a doctor: Take one last trip to the doctor, dentist, etc. Get a physical done, check on your health, and most importantly, take care of yourself. You want to head into college as your best and healthiest self yet. Not to mention health service at college won’t be the same as back home, so get the most of what you can before you move.

     

    • AND THEN…pack: We’re certainly not saying forego packing altogether, just don’t make it the only way you prepare for college this summer.

     

    What should I pack for college?

     

    There’s no doubt, the list of things you need to bring to college is long, but there’s also a list of things you don’t need to bring.

     

    While you are starting anew, completely on your own, you don’t have to bring everything, but you also don’t want to forget the essentials like these.

     

    School supplies

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Notebooks
    • Paper
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Binders
    • Post-it notes
    • Index cards
    • Envelopes with stamps
    • TEXTBOOKS

     

    Organization

    • Lamp
    • Mini trash can
    • Various sized storage bins
    • Fan
    • Bulletin board/ whiteboard
    • Mini toolkit
    • Picture frames
    • Picture hangers
    • Hangers

     

    Linens

    • Full sheet set
    • 2 pillows
    • 2 towels
    • Throw blankets
    • Laundry basket
    • Laundry detergent
    • Drying rack
    • Shower curtain (if applicable)

     

    Electronics

    • Chargers
    • Laptop
    • Portable speaker
    • HDMI cord
    • Headphones
    • Extension cords

     

    Toiletries

    • Shampoo
    • Body wash
    • Hairstyling products
    • Makeup
    • Aspirin
    • Antacids
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Small first-aid kit
    • Lotion
    • Nail clippers

    Household items

    • Lightbulbs
    • Paper towels
    • Trash bags
    • Pots and pans
    • Plates and silverware (plastic)
    • Tupperware
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Water bottle
    • Dish soap
    • Dish towels
    • Ziploc bags

     

    Clothing

    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Pants/ jeans
    • Shirts/ tops
    • 1 pair of boots
    • 2 pairs of sneakers
    • 1 pair of dress shoes
    • Swimsuit
    • Heavy coat
    • Hat, gloves, scarf

     

    How much does it cost to move for college?

     

    Like any other move, it does cost to move to college, and we’re not even talking about tuition.

     

    Depending on whether you are going to college in-state or out of state will determine how much it costs. Typically moving in-state might cost anywhere from $300 -$500, whereas moving out of state could be upwards of $1300.

     

    The important part is setting a budget and saving money and time, where you can.

     

    Believe it or not, there are actually professional college moving services, just like there are any other types of moving service. Hiring professional movers for college can significantly reduce your time and stress, while even saving you a few bucks.

     

    Some of the things you need to know before hiring movers to help you got to college are:

     

    • The date of your move
    • The size of your dorm
    • Elevators vs. stairs
    • If you can park your car, and where?

     

    On the big day, be sure to be in an accessible location for the movers to reach you, or have the appropriate means necessary to move your stuff.

     

    Should I move for college?

     

    Should you go to college? Absolutely. Should you move out of state or stay close to home? That is entirely up to you.

     

    There are benefits for both moving far away and staying close to home for college.

     

    For students that choose to move far away from home, the opportunity could expand their horizons in various ways; meeting new people, seeing new places, and trying new things without the weight of their past or parents on them.

     

    Moving far away, however, might heavily depend on the cost, travel, and unique family needs. One of the biggest factors of staying close to home is that it is often cheaper.

     

    Before you make the decision consider a few things:

     

    • Are you sick of your hometown?
    • Would you like a fresh start?
    • Can you afford it?
    • Would you rather save money for furthering your education, such as a master’s degree?

     

    Remember that out of state colleges tack on an extra fee for tuition, just for coming from a different state. The money alone can deter a person from moving far away for college.

     

    The important thing is that when it comes down to it, the best college move for you will be the one with the school that suits you best.

  • How To
    Reliable Moving Company

    If you’re planning on moving, be prepared to invest a lot of time, sweat, and money into getting things to your new residence. Hiring a moving company makes things simpler, taking away some of the hard work that goes into the moving process. There are thousands of movers you can choose from, so how do you know which moving company is best?

     

    Finding a reliable moving company can mean the difference between getting your belongings to your new home intact or not getting them there at all. There a lot of considerations you should take into account, including whether you will require local movers or cross country movers. To help you choose the most reliable moving company, let’s look at some of the things you can do to make sure your movers are reputable and trustworthy.

     

    Get Referrals

     

    The first place you should start when looking for a reputable moving company is to speak with friends, family members, and co-workers that have worked with movers in the past. These individuals have experience with these companies and can give you insight into which movers may work well with you.

     

    You may even ask your real estate agent for referrals, as these professionals often have experience dealing with moving companies. Friends and users on social media can help as well, though not every user on the internet gives a fair account of their experiences.

     

    Licenses & Insurance

     

    Movers have different license and insurance requirements depending on whether they do long distance moves or stick to local moves. When moving to another state, look for the moving company’s U.S. DOT number. This number is assigned to all licensed long distance movers by the U.S. Department of Transportation FMCSA.

     

    To find information on a moving company’s insurance, you can visit the FMCSA’s website and make a request for their U.S. DOT number, allowing you to verify their license and file claims in the event of a problem. Information on local movers can be found at a consumer affairs agency in your area, which the FMCSA’s website lists in their database.

     

    Avoid Large Deposits

     

    Paying a deposit is not uncommon, as this gives the moving company a bit of insurance. However, deposits that seem much too high should be avoided. Moving companies that charge an exorbitant deposit fee may not be the best option for your move, so be wary. As a general rule, deposits should not exceed 20 percent of your moving estimate.

     

    If you don’t mind paying a large deposit, the safest way to pay is using a credit card. If anything goes wrong, you will be able to dispute the charge and won’t have to worry about losing money.

     

    Get an Estimate

     

    Before committing to any moving company, getting an in-home estimate is highly recommended. A moving company will not be able to provide you with an accurate estimate if they do not see your home or belongings, so be wary of quotes given over the phone or online – especially if you do not provide a list of items to be moved.

     

    To broaden your options, consider getting estimates from several companies so that you can gain more insight into how each company fits into your budget. During the estimate, look at the professionalism and knowledge of the representative. If they seem helpful, professional, and answer your questions, you may have found the right movers.

     

    Ask About Extra Fees

     

    Moving quotes are determined based on the items being moved along with how far they’ll need to be transported. However, extra fees are often included in your final payment depending on the circumstances of your move. If your home has stairs that movers must ascend and descend, you could be charged a fee. If the moving truck must be changed or adjusted, you may incur a fee.

     

    It’s important to know what kind of fees you may be charged by the moving company before making a decision, as your move could end up being much more expensive than you initially budgeted. Fees can vary from mover to mover, so ask your moving company about fees you can expect.

     

    Verify Their Address

     

    A business card is pretty standard, so ask moving companies for their business card. If they don’t have one available, look on their website to find an address – it should be listed somewhere. Google is a great resource for finding addresses of businesses as well as the Better Business Bureau.

     

    Use the address to verify the moving company’s location and make sure that it is registered to the name of the moving company you’re considering. Look out for a residential name listed on the address, as this could be indicative of a business that is not yet fully established.

     

    Check the Better Business Bureau

     

    The Better Business Bureau, commonly shortened to BBB, is an organization that was designed to inform consumers about trustworthy businesses. They provide information about the performance of the company and conduct investigations to ensure companies are conducting their business ethically. A company’s rating with the BBB can help you determine whether or not consumers can put their trust in them.

     

    When choosing movers, look for companies that are accredited by the Better Business Bureau or that have received a good rating. If you make an inquiry to the Bureau and the company you’re considering isn’t listed, you may be better off going with different movers.

     

    Assess All Documents Before Signing

     

    Before putting your signature on any documents be sure to review them thoroughly. Look through all details and make sure that you understand what you are signing so you can avoid getting stuck in a contract you don’t like. Gather all the details of your move, costs, and the services movers will provide on moving day and get them in writing.

     

    Don’t sign blank contracts, as this could leave you at the mercy of your movers. Go through your contract several times, ensuring that every item being moved is inventoried properly. Knowing your contract can make filing claims easier and let you know what to expect.

     

    Read Reviews

     

    The internet holds a vast amount of information about moving companies all over the country, whether they’re good or bad. Reviews can be found on numerous websites, allowing you to get user insight into movers. When looking at reviews, it’s important to remember that not every review is accurate – it’s important to be discerning during your search.

     

    Verified reviews can be found on the website of the Better Business Bureau as well as on the website for the Department of Transportation. Look at reviews on various sites before making a decision, as a lot of bad reviews can indicate a company that hasn’t satisfied their customers and good reviews are a sign that the company is reliable.

     

    Hire a Local Moving Company

     

    While there are thousands of options available when it comes to movers, you can play it safe by choosing a local moving company. By choosing a company located near you, you can feel more secure due to their community presence. When looking online, you could end up working with movers that are based hundreds of miles away and verifying their information can be more difficult.

     

    If you choose a local company, you will be able to ask around and get information from residents in the area that have experience with the movers and can let you know how they operate. You can speak with professionals in person and get your move organized without struggling to communicate over the phone or online.

     

    Professional Accreditation

     

    The Better Business Bureau isn’t the only way to figure out how trustworthy a moving company is – you can look for accreditation from other organizations. Trade associations verify companies and vet them before they can become members or receive approval seals. Look out for official seals and logos, which can give you information on associations that vouch for the moving company.

     

    You can also get in touch with the American Moving and Storage Association and find out more information on movers you’re considering. There are plenty of other resources you can use as well – though be wary of websites that look too good to be true.

     

    Choosing a moving company isn’t always easy – it can take a while to sift through your results and find movers that are right for your situation. However, the effort is worth it to ensure that your belongings arrive to their destination without delays or damage. You can look for information on mover’s licensing, accreditation, and their listings in the Better Business Bureau database.

     

    To get recommendations, speak with friends and look at reviews to find out what experiences others have had with the company you may work with during your move. Get estimates from several companies before you sign any documents and be wary of companies that want you to pay large deposits before moving your belongings.

     

    With all of this information, you can feel confident in choosing a moving company that is reliable, trustworthy, and experienced.

  • How To
    How to Transport Cars to Another State - iMoving

    There quite a number of cross country movers that can help you transport your car from one state to another. Sometimes when you are moving over long distances, it makes a whole lot of sense to fly while you will get your belongings shipped to your new home. When you decide to go with the option of shipping your belongings, of course, your car would need to be shipped as well. You have to consider all the logistics involved s that you can fix it in your budget.

     

    However, you must take your time to engage the services of a professional mover to transport your car to your new state. Read reviews, and request quotes from more than one moving company to decide on which one you will engage in. Avoid rushing to hire a transportation moving company, take your time, before you sign the dotted lines, it will save you a whole lot of stress in the end.

     

    Aside from transporting your car when you are relocating, there are several other reasons why you might need to transport your car aside from one place to another. You could want to ship your car because you want to sell it or because you want to bring it along with you for a vacation. For whatever reason that may prompt you to want to transport your car, we will consider the choices available to you and how you can get it done the best way possible.

     

    Find a professional transport company

     

    The first task you need to fulfill is to find a good transport company that can help you get your car to your preferred destination. You can search online or use an auto transport company directory to check out different transport companies that are available. Search for the ones that are in your area, and also request for their moving quotes. Compare the quotes from each transport company.

     

    Getting the right transport company is the foundation on which the success of your move lies. Hence, your decision should be influenced by the availability of you’re the transport company on your proposed move date and their quotes if it fits into your budget. Based on this you can make your decision, also you can check the other tips that can help you in getting the right transport company in the sections that follow.

     

    Go with a licensed and insured company

     

    One important thing you should consider in engaging a transport company that can help you with your move is to ensure that they are licensed and insured. You don’t want to hear stories that touch the hearing on how one mishap or the other didn’t allow them to get the job done or how the car got damaged in transit. Hence, you have to check that the transport company id licensed and insured. You can visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website to check if the company is properly licensed, and you can also lookup for the company’s U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) number. Once you can ascertain that the transport company is licensed and insured, then you can go ahead to engage their services.

     

    Check out for reviews

     

    Take your time to check online for reviews on the companies you wish to hire. Read reviews to see what people have to say about these companies, and this can serve as a guide to let you know which one of them you can hire. Remember previous performance can help to predict future performance.

     

    Also, check the ratings of these companies with the Better Business Bureau.

     

    Narrow down the list of companies based on those that meet up with your search and reviews. Request for quotes from these companies, compare the quotes before making your final decision. Do well to request quotes from at least 3 transport companies.

     

    How much does it cost to move a car?

     

    There are a couple of factors that add up to give the cost that will be required to transport a car from one state to another. On average, the cost of shipping a car is around $600 - $1,000 for a four-door sedan and around $800 - $1,100 for a small van, SUV, pickup. You are, however, likely to save on your cost of moving the car if you transport the car during the off-season winter months. If you are moving in the summer, the cost is higher.

     

    Other factors that can affect the total cost of moving a car include the following;

     

    The distance of your move

     

    The longer the distance you are transporting your car to, the more the cost due to the cost of fuel charges, increased labor charges, and tolls among others. Distance is a major determinant that will have a significant impact on the cost of moving your car from one place to another.

     

    The size and weight of your car

     

    Another factor that can affect the cost of moving your car is the weight and size of the car to be transported. The bigger or heavier the car is, the more it will cost to move it across the state by your cross country movers. This means that if you are transporting a car that is big or heavy, be ready to pay more on the cost of transporting the car to your preferred destination.

     

    The model and make of your car

     

    The make, model, and features in your car also play a role in affecting the cost of moving it from one place to another. For example, if you are transporting a classic car or a luxury car, you should expect to pay more to transport these types of cars. This is because they require more specialized attention from your shipping company.

     

    Mode of transportation

     

    The mode of transportation you choose to move your car from one place to another will also determine the moving cost. The cost varies depending on whether you choose to go for an open or an enclosed carrier. An enclosed carrier is more expensive than the open-air carrier, and this is why the open-air carriers are more common with most shipping companies.

     

    The time of the year you decide to move

     

    The season or time of the year you choose to move will also affect the cost you will incur in moving your car from one place to another. You will incur more cost to transport your car if you are moving in the summer than you will incur if you choose to move the car in the winter. This is because the demand to move cars in the summer is higher than in the winter and according to the law of economics “the higher the demand, the higher the cost”.

     

    Insurance costs

     

    Another cost that you may incur while moving your car is the insurance cost. Your shipping company is required to carry insurance, but this may not be sufficient especially if your car is very valuable. You can check with your existing car insurance policyholder to find out if your current plan covers long-distance shipping, or you can decide to purchase additional insurance that will protect your car in the event of any bad occurrence on the road.

     

    Getting your car ready for transportation

     

    You need to prepare and get things going before the day you plan to move your car. Proper planning will enable you to have a hassle-free movement of your car. Although your auto shipping company will generally go over the basics that you need to do prior to the pick-up day. However, you need to do a few tasks on your part.

     

    Check your fuel gauge

     

    Make sure you check your fuel gauge to ensure that it is not more than one-quarter full.

     

    Empty all items from your car

     

    It is important that you empty the car as your transport company might have a set weight limit that you must adhere to.

     

    Check your car’s battery

     

    Check to make sure that your car’s battery is fully charged.

     

    Check your car’s tires

     

    Make sure your car’s tires are in good condition and are inflated.

     

    Remove all valuables

     

    Remove all valuables in your car including those that don’t add weight like standalone GPS devices, and important documents in the glove compartment of your car.

     

    To ensure that you are safe, it will be a good idea for you to check your car closely for any existing damages and to take snapshots from all angles. This will enable you to know the condition the car was before it was transported so that you can easily detect if there is any damage to the car while in transit.

     

    Other methods of transporting your car

     

    There are other methods you can explore to transport your car from one part of the country to another. You can also hitch your car to your moving truck or you engage the services of a driver to transport the car to your preferred destination.

     

    Hitching your car to a moving truck

     

    One way you can also transport your car is to hitch it to a moving truck. If you having a moving truck conveying your belongings to your new location, you can also hitch your car to the truck using a car trailer or dolly. You can ask your moving company or cross country movers for the possibility of hitching your car to the truck If they agree, it might come at an additional cost and you must also note that this might be a challenge that can slow down mobility. If you are not transporting to a far distance you might want to consider this option but if you are transporting across states (long distance), then you might want to avoid hitching your car to the truck.

     

    Hiring a driver (Concierge)

     

    Hiring the services of a concierge transportation company can also be an option you can explore in transporting your car from one place to another. They will allow you to hire the services of a driver who will drive your car to your preferred destination. They can even help in taking your pet along. However, if you prefer this option, make sure you go through a concierge transportation company rather than just hiring a random driver. These concierge transportation companies pre-vet the drivers that work for them. So when you go through them, you are guaranteed that your car is safe. Also, make sure you have the move covered by your insurance in case of any mishap.

     

    Whether you need to transport your car due to transfer from your workplace, or because you are relocating, or maybe you want to take your car along with you on vacation. For whatever reason that may prompt you to want to transport your car from one place to another, you can always get the job done by starting with hiring the right transportation or shipping company.

     

    The safety of your car in transit is important and you wouldn’t want to leave the job into the hands of a company that is not competent. Hence, we have to state it here again that your transportation company must be licensed and insured. When you hire the services of a transportation company that is licensed and insure, then you can relax and feel confident that everything will work fine.

     

    In conclusion, make it a point of duty that before you hire a transportation company to transport your car, you read reviews, do your due diligence to ascertain the capacity and the capabilities of the shipping company before you sign the dotted lines to engage them.

     

    Remember, the safety and success of transporting your car to your preferred destination lie in the hand of the transportation company you hire. Hence, ensure that you do well to hire the best transportation company around that will guarantee you peace of mind.

  • How To
    How to Ship Furniture Across Country

    There are several ways in which you can ship or transport furniture either across country or across the state. Whether you are moving, gifting furniture to friends and family members or settling an estate, your preferred means of transporting the furniture will depend on a few variables that apply to your situation and your budget.

    It can seem like an ordeal or a difficult task to transport furniture across the country but it is not as difficult as you think when it is handled by a professional transportation or shipping company who has the expertise and experience to get the job done. This is why it is important to hire the services of the best cross country moving companies around, affordability should not be your first priority here when you are moving or shipping cross country. Your major priority should be the competence, experience, and capacity of the cross country moving company.

     

    Factors that affect your medium of transportation

     

    The size of your home, its weight, value, and distance of shipment are some of the major factors you should consider in deciding which medium of transportation that will be most preferable in transporting your furniture cross country. We will take a look at how these factors can affect your furniture as you transport them from one point to another.

     

    • Item size

     

    There are some furniture types that may not be suitable for shipping. Large items such as dining room furniture or couches can be difficult to move without professional movers, and they are not easily shipped using air freight. 

     

    • Weight

     

    Heavy boxes and furniture might be difficult to move without the appropriate equipment, and because of this, they might not meet strict requirements for a plane, bus, or train transport (railway).

     

    • Value

     

    The value of the furniture you want to transport will also come to play in deciding whether it will be worth the cost of transporting it cross-country. If it does, then you might want to go ahead. However, when you are transporting those designer pieces or heirloom furniture, you are sure they are worth the cost required to transport them from one country to another.

     

    • A distance of your shipment

     

    The longer the distance you are moving, the more the cost of shipping.

     

    However, a quick tip to cut cost is that if you are shipping your furniture because you are moving, you can get rid of items you don’t need any more to cut cost. You can sell these items, donate them to charities, or give them out to family and friends.

     

    It must be noted that as far as moving or transporting your furniture cross country is concerned, your top priority when you are hiring a cross country mover must not be ‘how cheap?’. If you want to save money on your long-distance shipment, you have to do research to find out ways in which you can get more affordable shipping options based on your unique moving needs. 

     

    Before you ship your furniture

     

    There are a few things that need to be done when planning to transport furniture cross country. Below are a few of the things that need to be done;

    • Make sure that the people who are receiving the furniture are aware that it is coming and they also know the day that it is coming. It is a good thing to want to surprise your friends or family with a gift of a nice chair, table or hutch but limiting these surprises can be a clog in the wheel of making things to work well. Hence, it will be good to avoid trying to give surprises so that your shipping company can find the job easier. Make sure there is an agreement between both ends from where the furniture is coming and where it will be received that furniture is on the way. This will enable the recipient to also be prepared and make all necessary arrangements to receive the furniture. Communication between the sender and the receiver or recipient is important as it will help your mover easily get the job done without any hiccups.

     

    • Make sure that the furniture will fit into the space that has been reserved for it on arrival. Measure to fit the space where the furniture will be installed when it gets to your preferred destination. Your visual perception might not be as accurate as you think. Hence, it is important that your recipient already has the dimensions of the pieces and the location it will be installed.

     

    • Clean the furniture before it is moved. So that you don’t have your items in the furniture that is to be shipped. You don’t want to transport your furniture only to discover that you transported it with your prized wristwatch, cufflinks, perfume, or important document among others.

     

    • Have a clear path that your furniture will pass through from where it is located and to the exit of the house and to where it will be loaded into the truck. This will help to prevent any form of damage to your furniture as it is being moved. The same thing applies to when the furniture arrives at the other end, there should be a clear path from where the truck will be unloaded and to the entrance of the house and to where it will be located in your new location.

     

    • If you are shipping furniture to a building or apartment, ensure that you notify the facilities management ahead of time, and also get permission. You don’t want to have your furniture get to your preferred destination and it couldn’t be offloaded because you have not gotten the required permission to have it delivered and installed. Hence, to avoid this kind of scenario, make sure you get in touch will the facilities management of where it will be installed ahead of time to ensure all is properly set for them to receive the furniture. It can be an added stress to start making plans for where the furniture will be delivered just because it was not allowed to be delivered and installed where you want because you didn’t obtain the needed permission ahead of time.

     

    How to ship your furniture?

     

    Thinking of shipping your furniture any time soon? If your answer is yes, then you can enjoy the tips that we have provided here to help you successfully ship your furniture.

     

    Measure and weigh your furniture

     

    You need to get the dimension of your furniture. You can get the exact dimension or size of the furniture from the manufacturer’s specification sheet. However, if you don’t have the manufacturer’s specification sheet, then you have to do the measuring by yourself. If it is a loose piece, do your best to find out the length, height, and width of the piece. If it is in a crate or box, you should have the exact measurement handy. This will enable your carrier to give you a reasonable length.

     

    Take photos

     

    Taking a photo of your furniture before it is shipped will let you know if there is any damage to the furniture while it was being transported to your preferred destination. This is a safety precaution that can give you an idea of what the angles of the furniture look before you it was shipped. If you notice any disparity in what the furniture is looking on arrival, then you can file for damages or ask your movers what went wrong. Taking a picture of the furniture before you dismantle them will also help you to easily put them together when they arrive at your preferred destination. The photo you took before dismantling can serve as a guide to help you easily put them together.

     

    Pack your furniture

     

    Use thicker cardboards for reinforcement where necessary, and you can use a crate, or a double box when you are protecting a much heavier item like your furniture. Use bubble wraps or form to cover delicate areas that may easily get damaged. If you have any pieces of the furniture in the box, get cushioning materials to surround them and fill the empty areas in the box for added safety. If your shipment weighs over 70 pounds, you can attach a heavy package caution sticker. Proper packaging of your furniture will go a long way in preserving your furniture while it is in transit to your preferred location.

     

    Choose a cross country mover

     

    Read reviews about cross country movers that you can hire. Make sure the movers you pre-select are licensed and insured. If they are insured and licensed, then your confidence level that they can get the job done increases, and you can have less to worry about. Request quotes from more than one shipping company that meet your needs, compare the costs to make your final decision on which one you will hire. Hiring the best cross country moving companies requires that you take your time and do your due diligence as the success of your relocation depends on them.

     

    Communication

     

    Once you have decided on the cross country company you want to engage, now is the time for effective communication. Make sure you liaise with them for the best possible way to get your furniture delivered to your preferred destination. Ask as many questions as possible and get all your doubts cleared. Open all lines of communication on your move day, so that your movers can reach you in case they run into any difficulty, traffic, or have other issues they run into as they may need your attention to get the issues resolved.

     

    What’s the cheapest way to ship furniture cross country?

     

    The cheapest way that you can ship furniture across the country is to;

    1. Sell some of the pieces that still have value.
    2. Take along only items that you truly need or that you can’t do without.
    3. Compare quotes from more than one cross country movers and hire the one that best fits into your budget and will meet your moving needs.

    These three tips will help you get the best and affordable deal to move your furniture cross country.

    You should also understand the fact that your final moving price is much influenced by the total weight of your shipment, the distance to be covered and other extra services as your type of move may demand. So you will be yourself a great favor by shipping only items that you need.

     

    How to pack your furniture for shipping

     

    The final tips on how to ship your furniture are based on how you can cheaply pack and protect your furniture to save moving cost. To save on your packing cost, you should pack and protect furniture that you can handle by yourself and leave the specialty items to the professional packers to handle. But make sure you pack small items that are easy to pack by yourself. That way you will have fewer items for professional packers to handle.

     

    Partially disassemble your furniture

     

    Another option or thing you can do to cut costs is to partially disassemble the furniture you are taking along with you. If you leave the entire furniture to your cross country furniture movers to disassemble, you will be incurring more cost. Get to work, get your toolbox and disassemble as many parts of the furniture that you can handle. You can refer to the manual to get an idea of how you can disassemble the furniture parts.

     

    Whether you are moving patio furniture, a dining and kitchen furniture, a living room furniture, or bedroom furniture, you have nothing to worry about as long as you have done your due diligence in hiring a cross country mover that is competent, licensed, and insured. With the right company, your furniture will be delivered without any hassle, so make sure you ask questions, read reviews, and check online for testimonials about the cross country movers before you sign the dotted lines with them.

  • How To
    The Best Way to Ship Plants Safely

    Moving a household from one part of the country or cross country is in itself challenging, not to talk of moving plants along with you. It can be challenging but that is not to say it can’t be done or that the task of moving your plants can’t be simplified. Most houseplants don’t survive cross-country relocation as it can be traumatic and some plants don’t get to recover from the trauma.

     

    It is not strange to see that most plants die as a result of the trauma. If humans can be affected by the emotional and physical stress that comes with moving from one part of the country to another, how much more plants? It could even get worse if you are traveling over long distances.

     

    If you are concerned about whether your plants will survive and you don’t want to put the effort in transporting them only to find out that they eventually didn’t survive, then you might want to consider giving them out as gifts to your friends, family, or neighbors before you move. But if you wish to keep your plants at all cost, maybe for the memories it brings, then there are a couple of ways to raise their chances of surviving the move and getting to your new home safely. However, you have to prepare the plants and do somethings ahead of your move day.

     

    Get to know and understand the restrictions

     

    If you know or have read about seed catalogs, you probably would have noticed that companies don’t ship plants to some states. For instance, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and California don’t allow shipment of citrus plants from out-of-state. There other states that have similar restrictions but these are the most notable ones. Hence, if you are attached to a particular fruit, whether oak, nut, or pine tree in your yard and you wish to bring it with you to your new home, you might have to quarantine it. For example, California restricts the import of plants to those that are free of pests, not to be resold, strictly houseplants, or those that are grown in sterile commercial potting mix.

     

    These restrictions are just for the states to protect their agriculture and natural resources as the introduction of new plants from another state can introduce weeds, plant pests, and disease. Hence, if you are moving to a different state, make sure you call their Department of Agriculture to first make sure they will allow you to bring in the plant you wish to relocate. This will save you a whole lot of troubles so that you don’t get trapped in some difficult situations as a result of the restrictions that may be involved in transporting your plant to the state you are relocating to.

     

    However, your mover should be able to give you more information about these restrictions as they are expected to be better informed. If they are even conversant with transporting plants, then you might have little to worry about restrictions or no restrictions.

     

    Hire a mover

     

    The fact is that most long-distance moving companies do not take houseplants. Even when you find those that do, they might not have vehicles that are climate-controlled to give your plant the best conditions that will enable it to survive the trip. This is why the best way to transport your plants is to keep them in your car but you must ensure they are properly packed, and give them the right attention while you transport them in your car. But you can make inquiries from your movers cross country if they have climate-controlled vans that can help transport your plants to your new home. The best van to transport your plant is a climate-controlled van if they are transported in this kind of van, then their chances of surviving the relocation increases.

     

    If you are hiring a mover to relocate your plants, make sure you find out if they have climate-controlled vans to get the job done. This will help to preserve your treasured plants as they are in transit.

     

    Pack your plants properly

     

    When it is few days before the move, ensure that the plants are properly watered so that on your moving day, the soil can be moist and not soaked with water. Stake tall or leggy plants to add support, and pack sphagnum moss around the plants to keep the soil contained. In case the plant is oversized, you might need to put plastic over the top portion of the pot and secure it with string. This plastic will allow you to lay the pot on its side without the soil spilling out. Proper packing of your plants can go a long way in ensuring that your plants survive the stress and trauma they will go through during the process of relocation. 

     

    Wrap all plants in cones made from butcher paper to protect the plants from the intense cold, heat, and sunlight that can affect them while in transit. Put the plants in boxes, keep the lids on and crumple up paper and stuff around the pots to keep the plants from sliding. Carefully set the boxes on the seats where it can get air and sunlight. Do not allow your house plants to get too cold or too cold and do not put them in the trunk of your car even if there is space.

     

    When you get to your new home, carefully unwrap the plants and water them right away. Make sure one of the things you give top priority as you get to your destination is your plant so that you can help them recover easily from the stress they went through in transit. Water them to keep them fresh, this will keep them wet and not starved of water.

     

    Now that you have packed your plants, it is time to transport them to your new home. This is where the bulk of the job lies. You have to be at the top of your game especially if you are doing it on your own. We will be providing you with expert tips on how to transport your plants especially if you are transporting them in your car.

     

    How do you transport small plants?

     

    There is a couple of ways through which you can transport your houseplants from one place to another. You can choose to hire a mover, or transport them in your car, or mail them.

     

    How to ship your plants

     

    You can make arrangements to have your plants shipped either by air or by land. Although shipping can be quite expensive and it doesn’t guarantee that they will survive. However, if you are shipping to a long distance, then you might want to select and ship your favorite plants while you sale the remaining ones and use the money to buy new plants in your new home. The fewer plants you have to deal with while you relocate, the more attention will be able to give to the plants with you in transit. Selling some of the plants will enable you to focus on the most important ones that you have decided to transport. Your plants need your attention when they are in transit, and if the way they will get the attention is to limit the ones you are taking along to your new home, then that’s okay.

     

    When and how to ship plants

     

    You can decide to mail your plants via your postal agency, or you can decide to go with a private shipping company. The deciding factor that should prompt your choice of transportation is which is the safest and fastest.

     

    If you are going through a postal service, it is best to choose priority mail. If you are the type that ships regularly, has a service pick up the plants so that they can help you to keep them cool until the plant is ready to be moved. This will increase the chances of the plants surviving.

     

    Also, you have to put in mind that some shipping services do not deliver on Saturdays and Sundays, so you have to consider this in ensuring that the plant spends the least time as possible in the box. Hence, the best time to ship should be early in the week; most likely on Mondays or Tuesdays will be appropriate so that your plant doesn’t stay in the box over the weekend.

     

    You also have to put the weather conditions at your end and at the recipient’s end into consideration. If either you or the recipients will be experiencing extreme weather conditions, you might want to choose a better time to ship the plants.

     

    Labeling

     

    Properly label the boxes that contain your plants. This is important especially if you are shipping your plants, proper labeling can help your plants survive mal-handling. For example, you can put a label on the outside of the box saying “Live Plant” and “Perishable”, this will enable them to be handled with care and tenderness. Although, this might not guarantee that they will be handled with care but it can win over the attention of the handlers to take extra care.

     

    Shipping guidelines require that you should include details of a return address as well as the shipping address on the outside. In case you are using a box that was previously used for shipping, then you must ensure that you remove the old labels so that your package will not be wrongly shipped to the wrong address.

     

    How do you transport plants in a car?

     

    Transporting your car in a car over long distances can be very tricky especially if you will be making several overnight stops along the way before you get to your destination. However, if you insist on transporting them in your car, then you have to treat them like you will treat your pets. Do not allow them to get too cold or too hot as stated earlier. If you will leave them for more than an hour in your car ensure that they get enough air by slightly opening the windows of your car, and also ensure they have enough water that will keep them hot before you make the trip.

     

    Whether you wish to ship your plant or transport them in your car, it is important that you should go with the best choice that is most appropriate for your condition. However, the safety and how fast your plants get to your preferred destination should be a top determinant in deciding your means of transportation.

     

    You don’t want your plants to get to its destination only for you to find out that it didn’t survive or for it to die a few days later. Hence, to avoid this kind of scenario, try as much as possible to take your time in prepping the plants for transportation, pack them well using the techniques explained in the early part of this article, select the most appropriate means of transportation, and make sure you choose the best day of the week to send these plants to your new home or destination. Choosing the best day of the week to transport them can help limit the number of days they will be in transit and this can also increase their chances of surviving after the trip.

     

    When your plants finally arrive at their destination, attend to them immediately, carefully unwrap them from the box, and water them. Give them the right attention at least the first week after they have arrived at your new home. Water them immediately on arrival, so that they can stay fresh and regain some strength. They deserve your attention during this period so that they can recover from the trauma and stress encountered in transporting them from one place to another. If you will not be chanced to take care of them during this period, you can assign someone who will be available to give them the required attention and that way you will help them survive.

  • How To
    Hire Movers for an Hour

    How much can you get done in an hour? Now, how much moving can you get done in an hour?

     

    The answer is, probably not much by yourself, but when you hire movers for an hour, that extra set of hands can do a lot of good.

     

    Moving is one of the few chores that should not be handled alone. The more help you can enlist, or in this case, hire, the better. Some people are intimidated by the idea of hiring professional movers, but you shouldn’t be.

     

    Whether you need movers for the entire move, or just an hour, you will be amazed by how much they can accomplish. If you’re having trouble deciding how much help you need or for how long, it is helpful to use a moving cost calculator.

     

    This takes into account where you’re moving to and from (the distance of your move), how large of a place you are moving (studio vs. 4 bedroom house), and the date you plan to move.

     

    All of these factors determine the overall time and cost it will take to complete your move. Once you’ve got that nailed down, it’s time to bring in the professionals.

     

    How much do movers charge per hour?

     

    Movers do charge per hour. However, keep in mind that what might take you six hours to complete, should only take the professionals three or so.

     

    Typically at least two movers will be assigned to your job at a time. Just imagine one mover trying to lift up your sectional couch, and then it will make sense why you need at least two. Although, this doesn’t mean that you’re paying for both their hourly wage. When researching what moving company to choose, be sure to read the fine print whether you are paying one flat rate hourly, or paying per hour, per mover.

     

    Another factor to consider when it comes to hourly rate is whether you are paying with or without the moving truck. Without the moving truck means you are paying for labor alone which might be cheaper. Two movers with a truck might be $90 to $120 per hour, while two movers for labor only might be $60 to $80 per hour.

     

    These rates will also vary depending on what city you live in. They can also be negotiated. The only thing that won’t change is that whether the movers are driving, wrapping, or unloading, the same hourly rate applies.

     

    And don’t forget the hourly tip. It is important to tip your movers at least $5 per mover, per hour, which equals approximately 10 to 15%.

     

    If this still sounds like a lot, here’s the national average on how your professional movers break it down:

     

    • 2 movers with 1 truck: $100 per hour
    • 3 movers with 1 truck: $145 per hour
    • 4 movers with 1 truck: $190 per hour
    • 4 movers with 2 trucks: $200 per hour

     

    Remember- $200 for one hour might seem like a lot, but with 4 movers, it might only take them one hour.

     

    Can you hire movers to move one item?

     

    There’s moving and then there’s moving. Whether you’re transporting just one item or several, it’s still just called moving.

     

    Several people assume that movers are only hired when there are several items to be moved, but the truth is, movers are hired all the time to simply move one item. Not to mention, this will significantly cut down on your cost per hour. Just think: how else are you going to be able to move that family heirloom grand piano without a little help?

     

    The important thing to remember is that movers are there for your leisure. Just need help loading? A mover can do that. Only need help packing? A mover can do that.  Only got one item to move? A mover can do that too.

     

    Movers are available for your every need, even if you only have one. Just keep in mind that there are certain items that movers just can’t move; whether singular, plural or otherwise.

     

    These forbidden items include hazardous material, perishable foods, pets and plants, and irreplaceable items overall. It makes sense why movers are unable to move even these singular items.

     

    Some can be a danger to the movers themselves, such as hazardous materials. While others, like prized possessions and other irreplaceable items, could be a detriment to you if anything happens to them. For these types of items, just handle it yourself.

     

    No matter the quantity or size of what you need moved, just remember that movers are there to get whatever job you need, done.

     

    How much should I pay someone to help move?

     

    When it comes to moving, it’s important to define what you mean by ‘someone’. If you’re paying your friend to help you move, the answer is pizza. If you’re paying a professional, then there are several different ways that you may pay.

     

    • Family: You know your family better than anyone, so knowing what they expect to be paid is all based on you. Some family members might expect nothing, others a favor in return, or some, maybe just a family dinner.

     

    • Friends: Like family, your friends should be mostly easy to please. When it comes to paying friends, consider less money and more food. Friends are always down to help for pizza and beer, and maybe even just a little gas money.

     

    • Personal ad/services: If you have come across a personal ad, on Facebook, on Craigslist, or just in the newspaper, this might be a very cost-effective and reliable method for you. Just make sure you can perform some sort of background check to make sure their trustworthy. Typically you can pay these personal ads around $20 to $25 an hour, which saves you quite a bit of cash.

     

    • Professional moving company: Of course your safest and most effective bet is always to hire a professional moving company. These companies will charge anywhere from $60 to $120 per hour, but you’ll be more than satisfied with the way you and your stuff are treated; with professionalism and care.

     

    Now that you know some of the ways to pay to help you move, just make sure you’re paying the right way. Any professional or ad service workers deserve to be tipped, so never take advantage of their help and professionalism.

     

    Is it worth it to hire movers?

     

    If you’re still wondering whether or not it’s worth your time and money to hire movers, the answer is yes, it is worth it.

     

    Here are the cons to moving your stuff yourself: it’s a lot of work, it can take a LOT longer than expected, and if you thought just ‘renting a truck’ was easy, the costs of renting a truck can quickly add up.

     

    On the other hand, these are the top reasons why people hire professional movers.

     

    1. Increase efficiency- If you’re not a packing professional, moving is like navigating a maze, in the dark, with no idea where the final destination is. It’s difficult to decide where to start? How to fit everything? And not to mention loading the truck is like playing the ultimate game of Tetris. Professional movers, however, are significantly more efficient because they’re pros. Let them do the heavy lifting and tedious packing, while you can focus on other things.

     

    1. Provide safety- Whereas if you move, you might be the only one responsible for your things, hiring professional movers might actually increase the safety and security of your belongings. You may purchase liability and other coverage, which is like having a backup plan for when things go wrong.

     

    1. Ease the process- Moving yourself can take weeks, months, and then when it’s finally moving day, you’re still not ready. Hiring professional movers can seriously ease your mind and ease the process. They will think of everything from the inventory list to the fastest route from point A to point B.

     

    1. Save time- Time is money, right? So why waste your time and therefore your money, by packing inefficiently yourself? With the help of professional movers you will feel like you’re saving money by how much you’re saving time. You can even get more things done at once since they’ll be packing and you can do well- everything else.

     

    1. And hey, the estimate is free- The best part about using professional movers is that the estimate is free. Get as many movers as you would like to come to see what you have inside your home, estimate how far you have to travel, and give you the best quote. You can compare quotes and even negotiate them, all before ever spending a dime.

     

    Now that we’ve convinced you to hire professional movers, you might still be wondering where to start. That’s where iMoving comes into play. At iMoving we facilitate your next move by taking care of every move.

     

    Our unique system allows you to list every item so you don’t forget a thing. Then, see costs per item, so you know exactly what you’re paying for, even get personalized suggestions based on your inventory. Finally, you can use our services to search licensed, secured, and recommended movers in your area, for the best rates.

     

    Moving can be stressful, but with iMoving it doesn’t have to be. Let us do the hard work and show you just how easy your next move can be.

  • How To
    Move a Hot Tub With Ease

    Owners of hot tubs love having one. Hot tubs are perfect for relaxing in after a long day of work, letting the stress melt away. They are also a fun thing to have when you have people over, allowing you to hang out in the hot tub with your friends or significant other. There is really nothing negative about having a hot tub when you really think about it.

     

    If you are planning a move in the near future, you are going to want to bring your hot tub with you. For that reason, we have compiled some tips on the best and easiest ways for you to safely move a hot tub to your new home. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone, as there are plenty of nationwide relocation services that will be more than happy to help you get your hot tub moved to your new location.

     

    With all of that said, let’s look at some a few questions asked by people who are moving hot tubs, and address them in detail. You’ll find plenty of valuable information here that will assist you when the time comes to move your hot tub to your new home, so you can continue enjoying it whether you’re by yourself, your partner, or friends and family.

     

    Can you put a hot tub on its side to move it?

     

    It is relatively easy to move a hot tub with a truck, a trailer, and the help of some of your buddies. It is best maneuvered around when the hot tub is turned on its side. It is completely safe to move a hot tub like this so long as the folks moving it are careful and take precautions. Here are a few things you can do to move your hot tub safely on its side.

     

    • Get prepared. Under your hot tub, there exist many wires and lines for plumbing. Damaging these could hurt the operation of your entire hot tub, so you will want to make sure that they all stay secured. Bundling them up together and storing them somewhere separate is a good idea so that the hot tub is empty and freely able to be moved to its side.

     

    • It is heavy. Don’t forget, your hot tub is not going to be something light that you will be able to just pick up and move with ease. A hot tub can weigh more than 800 pounds, you’re going to want to keep that in mind and make sure you have the necessary precautions in place. Make sure an adult is at each corner of the hot tub to help handle the lifting, having everyone lift up the tub and then gently placing it on its side.

     

    • Moving it. The moving process for hot tubs is not a difficult one, but just a matter of simple coordination and good planning. After the hot tub is on its side, it is time to move it. You can put a few two by four boards under the side of your hot tub to keep it from being damaged when you are pushing it along on the appliance dolly. Secure the hot tub to the dolly, and ensure you have measured any entrances or exits in advance so you will know that the hot tub is going to fit through.

     

    • Be safe! It is important to remember to take the proper safety precautions when moving your hot tub. It isn’t light, so remember to do the proper lifting to avoid knee and back problems. If you’re not properly attentive to the task when moving the hot tub, you run the risk of injuring yourself, other people, or the hot tub, so make sure you are careful and communicate with the people helping you. Take as many breaks as you need so you don’t overexert yourself.

     

    How do you drain a hot tub with a garden hose?

     

    Before moving your hot tub, you’re obviously going to have to ensure that there is no water in it. It is definitely possible to drain your hot tub with a garden hose, and we’re going to show you some easy steps to get on the path to making sure your hot tub is nice and drained for when the time comes to move it to its new home.

     

    Step 1. Put the end of the hose into the tub, straight into the water. Turn on the hose until there are no bubbles and water coming from the end of it.

     

    Step 2. Turn off the hose and disconnect it from your faucet. Crimping the hose and taking it to the lowest point in the yard, allow the water to pour out of the hose by gravity. Easy enough.

     

    Step 3. Going back to the hot tub, you’ll want to make sure the garden hose stays at the bottom of the tub until the level of the water drops more. You can position the end of the hose to the lowest point of the tub when the water is almost drained. This will allow the remainder of the water to be sucked out.

     

    How much does it cost to move a hot tub?

     

    If you think you’d rather have a professional moving company handle moving your hot tub instead of worrying about doing it yourself, there are plenty of companies to choose from. If you’re going to go this route, you will, of course, want to know what you’ll be paying for the privilege.

     

    The average price in the United States for moving a hot tub professionally is anywhere in the range of $280 to $300. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that the professional movers have the equipment, skills, and knowledge necessary to move your hot tub safely and easily, taking the worry and the stress off of you and helping you get your hot tub to your new home.

     

    A few things can affect the final cost of moving your hot tub. Some of these could include the size of the hot tub, how far the tub is going, whether it needs to be moved up or downstairs, and additional services such as disposal of an older tub or removing or installing the tub’s wiring.

     

    It doesn’t matter what size your hot tub is, professional movers will know exactly what to do. If you’re thinking of having your hot tub moved professionally and not having to worry about dealing with it yourself, get in touch with one of your local hot tub moving companies today by giving them a call, and most will be happy to come out and take a look at your hot tub, ask a few questions about the move, and give you an estimate.

     

    How do you transport a hot tub in a truck?

     

    If you’ve never moved a hot tub yourself, you may be overwhelmed and not sure which processes to follow. Don’t worry, this is entirely normal. Luckily for you, we have gotten together some information you will need to follow to make sure you are moving your hot tub safely and efficiently.

     

    You want to make sure you do the job safely so you don’t get hurt, as well as so you don’t damage your hot tub. This way, you’ll be able to keep using it for a long time after the move.

     

    Moving a hot tub can be a bit of a challenge. After all, they can weigh up to 900 pounds without water in them. When you add water to the hot tub, it can weigh up to a whopping 6000 pounds. That is no joke of weight to be messing with, so you want to make sure you do everything right.

     

    If having a professional moving company handle this job is out of the question for you, follow these steps to make moving your hot tub on a truck safer and easier on you.

     

    1. Gather your supplies. You’ll want to make sure you have all your moving supplies ahead of time. You should have moving straps, appliance dollies, large pieces of plywood, and some cleaning supplies. You can find most of these items at a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

     

    1. Reserve a moving truck. Not just any regular truck can handle hauling a hot tub. You’ll want to make sure you have at least a 15-foot truck to rent. Reserve it for a day ahead of your move so you can comfortably load it up. One of the most popular truck rental solutions is U-Haul.

     

    1. Find some help. You won’t be achieving the mammoth task of moving a hot tub on your own--so gather some friends. You’ll want at minimum three friends helping you out, this way four people can move the tub, one on each of its corners.

     

    1. Disconnect and drain the tub. This one shouldn’t come as a surprise, but you won’t be able to move the hot tub if it’s full of water.

     

    1. Plan your route and load up the tub. Know where you’re going with your hot tub and assess any potential obstacles that might get in your way ahead of time, such as fences, outdoor furniture, and others. Knowing this will help you decide where to position the moving truck. The final step is to utilize your dollies and plywood to load up the truck.

     

    We can help you get it done

     

    When you’re looking for the perfect solution to moving your hot tub professionally, look no further than iMoving. We have assembled a network of some of the best professional moving companies around, and they are properly equipped and certified to move your hot tub with ease, saving you the stress and the hassle! If you’re ready to get your hot tub moved, give iMoving a visit today to see what we can do for you.

  • Moving Tips
    Best Cross Country Move Tips

    You never really know what it means to move ‘cross country’ until you move cross country.

     

    It means as little as 2,092 miles from the shortest point from coast to coast in the U.S., or as many as 3,500 miles at the greatest distance from coast to coast. Either way, you’re looking at a week’s worth of travel- at least.

     

    Unless you’re moving with your two kids, one dog, and 50 boxes of your most valuable possessions; then you’re looking at a lot longer traveling time.

     

    Don’t make cross country moving harder on yourself than it already is.

     

    If you’re moving cross country, hire the best interstate moving companies to pack up your troubles so you don’t have any. These professional moving companies will have the expertise needed to get you and your things across the country with the least amount of hassle, in the fastest time possible.

     

    Moving cross country doesn’t have to be as hard as it may seem, all it takes is this guide for the ultimate know-how.

     

    How do you prepare to move cross country?

     

    Moving can be stressful, but it should be equally as exciting. With a new place comes new opportunities and adventures. The secret lies in your preparedness.

     

    Especially if you’re moving cross country, make preparedness first on your list. The more prepared you are, the more you might be able to let some of that excitement in.

     

    If you’ve never prepared to move cross country before, these are the best tips and tricks to get you there and back with ease.

     

    1. Plan ahead: Did we mention preparedness? This is number one on our list because it should be number one on yours. As soon as you know that you will be moving cross country, start preparing. Make a spreadsheet, a checklist, write everything down-you’ll be grateful you did.

     

    1. Stick to your schedule: If you’re going to plan ahead of time, don’t make it all for naught. Make sure you stick to it, otherwise all that planning was pointless.

     

    1. Minimize before you pack: You already know you’re going to be moving a lot of stuff, but don’t pack more than you need to. This is true for every move but especially cross country moves. Sell, give away, and toss whatever you don’t need to start fresh in your new state.

     

    1. Make an inventory: Once you’ve downsized quite a bit, now you can create an inventory. This is especially important for cross country moves because depending on the variety of ways that you can get your things from one point to another, you want to make sure it is all accounted for.

     

    1. Pack with an organization: The last thing you want after traveling 3,000 miles is to open a box full of random goods. Organize items based on what room(s) they go in and you’ll find that setting up your new space won’t take nearly as long as the travel did.

     

    1. Pack with care: When packing to move cross country, distance is a factor. Unlike other, shorter moves, your stuff will be packed up longer, on the road longer, making more turns, hitting more bumps, etc. So be sure to pack your fragile items extra carefully.

     

    1. Label with your name: This isn’t something you would think about for a typical move, but since your stuff could travel without you, or via different methods of travel, having your name labeled everywhere will help ensure nothing gets lost.

     

    1. You go first: Labeling your name is great, but you also want to make sure your stuff doesn’t get there before you. When it comes time to move, it’s okay to travel without your stuff and before it, so that you’re there when it finally arrives.

     

    1. Double-check your belongings: This goes without saying; if you want all your stuff to end up with you, make sure it is all accounted for, and then count it again.

     

    1. Triple check your route: Typically moving across the country requires several vehicles and clearly, several hundred miles. It is important to make sure you know where you’re going and where your stuff is going, so triple checks the route to your new home.

     

    1. Leave it to the professionals: Of course, the best way to move cross country stress-free is to leave it to the professionals. Sure you can rent a truck and drive it yourself, or you can sit back, relax, and let the experienced professionals pack your stuff with care, drive that heavy truck, and keep track of your belongings for you.

     

    How can I move cross country cheaply?

     

    It’s true, anyone can move across the country, but not everyone can afford it. Although oftentimes you don’t have a choice.

     

    If you have to get your stuff across the country, then money can’t stop you from doing so. Even if you know how to get your stuff across the country, most people are more concerned with knowing how to get it there cheaply. Fortunately, saving a few extra dollars in your wallet is possible.

     

    Moving cross country cheaply requires these things:

     

    • Choose the ideal moving time. Not everyone knows this, but there is actually a moving off-season. This is typical during the fall and winter when moving companies experience less business. During this time they will likely offer better prices and discounts.

     

    • Look for discounts. If you’re not moving during the off-season, still look for discounts. Coupon codes, military discounts, student discounts- you’ll never know what a moving company has to offer unless you ask.

     

    • Check if your company can pay for some or all of the move. Often times if you are required to move more than 50 miles away, at your job’s expense, your employer may be required to assist you. All you have to do is speak with Human Resources.

     

    • Find free stuff. There is nothing better than free when you have to move 3,000+ miles away. Find free boxes and remember that backpacks and suitcases can store items just as easily, and all those towels and blankets you have are great for keeping fragile items protected.

     

    • Drive your own car. One of the biggest ways for you to save money when moving cross country is by driving your own car there. This takes care of the cost of you and your car, without having to put you on an airline or transport your car via trailer.

     

    • Hire moving labor. Whether you want someone to pack, unpack, load, unload, or all of the above, if time is money, you will save significant money by saving significant time, if you hire some help. That’s what they’re there for.

     

    How much does a cross country move cost?

     

    Once you’ve saved a pretty penny or two by following our cost-effective tips and tricks, you might be wondering how much it does cost to move cross country anyway?

     

    Of course, there is not one standard cost. Moving from New York to California is still different than moving from South Carolina to Arizona. Then you have to factor in a number of bedrooms, amount of stuff, and overall mileage. To put it in perspective, a move of only 1,000 miles, starts around $4000.

     

    While you might not get an exact answer here, it is important to know what you will be paying for when it comes to a cross country move.

     

    Some of the factors to consider for your cross country move include the size of your move, packing fees, travel fees, storage, moving supplies, and liability and coverage.

     

    Specifically, travel fees are important to factor because most people can’t simply drive a week straight without stopping. So it is important to consider where such as in what hotels you might be staying at and when. Travel fees also include gas if you are driving yourself.

     

    When moving such a far distance and using professional movers, liability and coverage is also a fee that several people forget to include. It is important to have this coverage however to protect and insure your goods.

     

    How long does it take to move cross country?

     

    After the chaos and commotion of packing, the only thing you’ll want to know is: when do we get there? When moving cross country, the journey might be interesting, but admittedly it’s all about the destination this time.

     

    Everyone wants to know when they and their staff will be in their new location, and the truth is that it is all dependent upon where you’re going. Typically a move across the country can be completed in as little as 2 to 5 days but can take as long as 7 days to move from coast to coast.

     

    This time will also change depending on how diligent you are and assuming you don’t get lost. However, if you want to move with the most diligent and experienced movers, use iMoving. IMoving is not a moving broker. We facilitate moves by creating a unique platform where you can manage every part of your moving process from the inventory to the mover’s route and then have access to handpicked, licensed, professional movers.

     

    For the first time ever our company takes the stress out of your move and puts all the control into your fingertips. You would hire a professional to do any other kind of job, so hire professional movers to do just that, move.

  • How To
    How to Move to a New City Even with Bad Credit

    Moving to a new city can be expensive especially if you are moving long-distance or cross country. Moving can even become more difficult if you are not financially buoyant and you still have bad credit on top of that. What that means is that you might not be credit worthy and to get a loan to finance your moving expenses can be difficult.

     

    To relocate or move to a new city with bad credit requires proper budgeting and financial planning so that you can maximize resources at your disposal. One of the best things to do if you are working on a lean budget is to get as many quotes as possible from moving companies around you or you visit the websites of these companies to make use if their moving cost calculator, compare the quotes and make an informed decision on which of them you will hire.

     

    Having bad credit can affect a whole lot of things in your life. Relocating or moving is one of the areas that can be affected. Your credit can have a significant impact on how and what you need to do to relocate from your present home to a new city. You might be unable to rent a moving truck, and this might even make your move even more expensive as you might have to take out a bad credit loan such as a payday loan with very high-interest rates.

     

    Bad Credit

     

    Bad credit should not define who you are knowing full well that life has a way of throwing us off the balance with unexpected occurrences that can affect one’s financial plans and make individuals become cash trapped.

     

    Credit Score and the Highest Credit Score Possible

     

    Let’s quickly take some time to explain the credit score and what the perfect credit score means. Credit scores are broken into ranges such as poor, fair, good, very good, and excellent. We take a look at each of the ranges.

     

    • Poor Credit Score: A poor credit score below 580.

     

    • Fair Credit Score: A fair credit score is a score between 580 and 669.

     

    • Good Credit Score: A good credit score is a score between 670 to 739.

     

    • Very Good Credit Score: A very good credit score is anything between 740 and 799. This range is just good enough to put you in a good position to negotiate favorable deals when you need to take out loans.

     

    • Excellent Credit Score: An excellent credit score is any score from 800 and above. With this can of the score, you can get the best interest rates and negotiate favorable terms when you wish to get a loan. Even banks would be happy to lend you money because they will see you as a low-risk borrower.

     

    However, the good news here is that despite your bad credit, there are still ways out to ensure you move to a new city without any difficulty. We will be providing you with some of the important tips that can help you move seamlessly to a new city regardless of your bad credit.

     

    Best tips to move to a new city with bad credit

     

    Below are some of the important tips that can help you to move to a new city even with your bad credit.

     

    Avoid moving at peak periods

     

    One way to cut your moving cost if you are working on a lean budget is to avoid moving during the peak period. The best time to move is during the off-peak period (early fall and winter) to save more on your moving cost. The off-peak period is usually before the start of a school year, this falls between September and April; moving demand during this period is on the low. Another advantage of moving during off-peak season is that rent at this time is cheaper and more affordable as there are fewer demands for homes and landlords are eager to cash in on rent. If you can save enough on your moving costs, you will have enough cash left to fix your credit.

     

    Rent first and buy later

     

    Rent is an ideal idea since it is not always easy to get a mortgage with bad credit. Renting first before buying a home, will give you more flexibility, it will also make it easier for you to relocate to a new city if things do not work for you. Budget enough for utility bills as these bills are not included in your rent.

     

    Get recycled boxes

     

    You can buy recycled boxes to package your belongings, used or recycled boxes are cheaper and will not cost you much. You can even sell the boxes once you have finished using them. You can also get these boxes free of charge by asking friends and families who recently moved or who may have boxes they no longer need. Other places to source for boxes include stores, bookstores, and pharmaceutical shops among others.

     

    Get rid of items you no longer need

     

    As you prepare and pack items to be moved, look out for items that can be additional luggage that will be of no use to you in your new home. Get rid of these items. Doing this will reduce the volume of items to be moved and you will be able to safe enough money in the process. The more items you can get rid of, the lower your moving cost.

     

    Transfer your balance to reduce interest

     

    This is one easy way to improve your bad credit. There are some credit card companies that offer 0% interest rate if you transfer credit from one of your accounts to theirs. Doing this will drastically reduce your interest and you will be able to make monthly payments without much difficulty. This system works for both small and large debts.

     

    Pay more than the minimum balance on your credit

     

    One sure way to get rid of your bad credit is to pay off your debts. In order to take a big step towards paying off your debts, consider paying more than the minimum balance on your credit card statements every month. If you do this on a regular, you will pay off your debts in no time and you will become creditworthy faster than you can ever imagine.

     

    Ask for Help

     

    Do not hesitate to call on your friends and family members who can help you with packing and loading on your move date, this can go a long way in saving you moving costs. Just give them a direction on how you want the job to be done and offer little incentives in the form of light refreshment.

     

    Use a co-signer

     

    If you want to find your way around paying high-security deposits when you want to move, you can ask a relative or a close friend with good credit to cosign. Your cosigner will be held liable for the debt if you are unable to pay off the debt. Having someone as a co-sign can help you in easily getting financial aid and also put you on a good negotiating stand.

     

    Find privately owned apartments

     

    Houses managed by professional management companies will carry out credit checks and with your bad credit, you might not stand a chance in this kind of scenario. Hence, the ideal thing to do is to source for privately owned apartments s that you can bypass certain stages of scrutiny that you might undergo if you go for houses managed by professional management companies. You can check local classified ads for apartments that offer flexible credit terms. When you apply to rent a house from private owners, they can understand your situation better and thus offer you more flexible terms that can accommodate your lean budget. While looking for a house to rent, avoid renting through real estate companies because they have minimum credit score requirements.

     

    Get movers with flexible payment plans

     

    If you are unable to finance your moving expenses, you can look for movers that offer flexible payment plans over a period of time. Use their moving cost calculator to see how much you will incur over a period of time. Although, most of these moving companies will require a minimum down payment, and you can spread the remaining payment over time by agreeing to an automatic draft monthly payment from your bank account. You can also skip hiring a mover by renting a truck but you will have to do the packing and loading by yourself. You will arrange all logistics in transporting your belongings to your new home in this case. In this case, you will only need to pay for the truck and the gas.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Why would my credit even matter when I’m moving?

     

    You want to be certain that you’re able to get into the home or apartment that you want to live in. On top of that, you are also going to need to work out some sort of contract or payment plan with your moving company. In both situations, your credit score may be explored, and if it’s not good, you may have a harder time getting the resources you need.

     

    1. How can I fix my credit?

     

    There are credit counselors that can help you to sort out everything about your credit and help you to put together a plan that will fix it. Paying off credit, catching up on bills, and other positive financial interactions can also help with your credit score.

     

    1. Are there home loans for people with bad credit?

     

    Absolutely. There are a number of different companies out there who are willing to work with you, even if your credit score isn’t as good as it could be otherwise. You’ll have to research a little in order to figure out which ones you’re eligible for and if they’re right for your purposes and the house that you’re thinking about purchasing.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Just because your credit isn’t great doesn’t mean that you can’t find a great apartment or take care of your moving needs properly. Look into the options we’ve discussed here, work with friends and family members, and get ready for the move that is going to change your life and future.

  • How To
    How to Move a Washing Machine

    You don’t want to relocate without carrying your washing machine along. Although transporting it may cost you money, but your initial pre-relocation breakdown shows that it is well worth it. The easiest way to move a washing machine is to hire a professional moving company and let them handle it for you; however, that will cost you more money.

     

    Yet, this is another option – you may decide to move your washing machine by yourself to save some money. Just have it in mind that relocating a washing machine without the help of an experienced moving company is not and will not be an easy task. But it is achievable. If you have the required information about “how to go about it,” moving a washing machine is practicable if you have the time.

     

    We will share all you need to know to get the job done on your own. Hope you have your instructional manual handy? It will help a lot. Let’s start by determining the weight of a washing machine.

     

    How heavy is a Washing Machine?

     

    Relocating a washing machine is a tedious work to do, and you will get to understand this when you know the average weight of the machine itself. While the popular medium-sized top loader is 150 pounds in weight, a medium-sized front loader is about 200 – 250 pounds in weight. The machine’s capacity, type, or sizes are the deciding factors of the weight. A lightweight washing machine will give some movement on the floor when it’s being used. Concrete counterweights that weigh 55 pounds upward are being included in the washers to maintain balance and control movement.

     

    Heavyweights – Front-Loaders against Top-Loaders

     

    The popular washer capacity is between 3.9 to 5.1 cubic feet with a common width of 27 inches, regardless of where the machine opens, whether in the front or on top. You can compare several fronts and top-loading styles with a median point of 4.5 cubic-feet or any size of your choice.   

     

    Typical Top Loader Models

     

    • LG WT4970CW – 147 pounds
    • Samsung WA45H7000AW – 126 pounds
    • LG WM4270HVA – 200 pounds
    • GE GTAN2800DWW – 155 pounds
    • GE GFWS2600FWW – 243 pounds

     

    Typical Front Loader Models

     

    • Whirlpool WFW95HEDC – 244 pounds

     

    You will observe that top loaders are not as heavy as front-loader washers. This may be due to the less usage of water by the front-loading machines, which calls for the need to add a counterweight to control movement and maintain balance during moving. Kindly note as you are worried about the weight, washer’s weight increases when filled with water. You can refer to the machine’s manufacturer’s specification to determine its weight.

     

    Moving a Washing Machine

     

    Regardless of your type of washing machine, there are many things you have to do to prepare for its move from one place to another. Carefully follow the tips below, as they are vital to moving your washing machine. Should you skip or miss any step from the to-do list, the entire washing machine move may be rendered impossible based on how crucial the missed step is.

     

    Below is how to prepare to move a washing machine before the moving day:   

     

    • Read Owner’s Manuals and Warranty Information

     

    Search your house for the owner’s manual of your washer. It will be required, so you can read what the manufacturers recommended when moving the washing machine. If your copy of the manual is nowhere to be found, do a Google search of the particular brand, the model and put manual at the extreme. Should that not work as well then contact the place where you bought the washer for help. Kindly note that reading the owner’s manual is a recommended procedure.

     

    • Get the Necessary Relocation Equipment and Supplies

     

    It is more important to use the appropriate equipment when relocating a washing machine. Equipment like appliance dolly, moving blankets, pliers, a vacuum cleaner, wrench, packing tape, gloves, washing machine cleaners and moving straps. 

     

    • Enlist Helping Hands

     

    Considering the weight and size of the washing machine as discussed above, it is not advisable to do it alone as it is a tedious and backbreaking task. Although it is tagged a do-it-yourself move, you are not expected to do the heavy lifting all by yourself, just that you don’t want to hire a professional moving company for the task due to the cost involved. You are most certainly going to need help moving the washing machine from one house to another.

     

    • Doorways and Stairways are to be measured

     

    Make sure all the doorways and stairways through which the machine will be conveyed while bringing it out are properly measured. You will want to know if the appliances will fit through the openings without much stress before you begin the process. If it doesn’t, you will have to come up with another idea of how to move it out of your home.

     

    • Locate the Washing Machine Transit Bolts

     

    There are shipping bolts on the washing machine which are metallic rods placed in the machine to lock the drum and stop it from moving during the transition. You cannot move the washing machine without installing its transit bolts, as doing this will only bring damage to the drum suspension mechanism of the machine due to the vibrations on the road. Locate the shipping bolts of your washing machine or locate the best home appliance store in your area for help if you cannot find the metal rods. 

     

    • Make sure you clean the Washer

     

    You won’t want to have a dirty washing machine in your new home. We advise that you clean out both appliances before you move it. Doing so will not only enhance the safety and efficiency of the machines; it will also prevent bad odors. Make sure you use a tablet or formula designed specifically for cleaning a washing machine. A typical example is afresh or other related formula designed to remove dirt and residue stored-up inside your washing machine. Start the washer with the tablet inside. After this process, open the washer door and leave it for a day to fully dry and allows for fresh air in the interior. Empty the lint trap to clean your dryer, and use a brush or vacuum to clean it out. 

     

    Getting your Washing Machine Ready for Relocation

     

    It is generally known that you have to defrost a refrigerator before you can move it. Just like the refrigerator, regardless of the brands or models, moving a washing machine from one place to another involves more serious and careful preparation.

     

    Below are the steps to preparing your washing machine for the move:

     

    Step 1: Empty the washer of any clothes

     

    Moving washing machine with clothes is not advisable considering the added weight of the clothes which may be soaked with water. Although this step can be overlooked, you may be surprised at what you will find in the machine.

     

    Step 2: Clean out the drum thoroughly

     

    You may find some stored-up detergent that you’ve been using to wash your clothes when you take a careful look at the drum. You can either use the pre-set clean cycle to clean the drum from any stored detergent or you run a short wash cycle with only water. The drain lines of your washer will also be cleaned out by doing this. 

     

    Step 3: Dry out the drum perfectly

     

    Leave the door of your washing machine open for a day after cleaning out the drum so it can dry if you still have enough time before the relocation day. You can use a clean, dry cloth to dry off any excess water on the drum if you do not have much time. 

     

    Step 4: Turn off the power supply

     

    Disconnect the power before you handle your home appliance to avoid electric shock. Disengage the washer from the power supply by unplugging it from the wall socket.

     

    Step 5: Shut off the water supply

     

    You can now turn off the water supply once you have disengaged the washing machine from the electric supply. To disconnect your washing machine from the water supply, locate the local water valve and turn it clockwise. The stop valve can be located behind the machine unit. Be more careful, so you don’t disconnect any of the water drain lines when locating the water valve.

     

    Step 6: Empty the hoses

     

    It is almost certain that there will be water left in the hoses.

     

    Step 7: Remove and pack the hoses

     

    After drying out the water from the hoses, you can then go ahead to remove and pack the hoses in one place, preparing the washer for the move. Disconnect the hoses from the washer by using the pliers. Pack the hoses in a big plastic bag and place them in moving boxes, then mark that box washer’s accessories. 

     

    Step 8: Empty the drain hose of the washing machine

     

    A drain hose should be present on your washing machine as it channels all the dirty water into the wastewater canal. Trace the drain hose to its discharge point and then disconnect from there and safely connect it to the back of your washer. There should be a special bracket on the washing machine that will hold the drain hose. Secure the hose with a moving tape to avoid tripping accidents as you move the washer with a dolly.

     

    Step 9: Install the transit bolts in the washing machine

     

    Even though you can transport a washing machine without transit bolts, it is advisable not to try it. The transit bolts help to hold the washer drum firmly and locked in one position, so it won’t get damaged during the transition. The suspension mechanism of your washer may get damaged without these shipping bolts, and the cost for repairing it may be same as buying a new washing machine.

     

    Step 10: Enlist as many help as you can

     

    Making sure your friends or other helpers are available to offer you a hand when you are ready is the last preparation when moving a washing machine from one place to another. You must have like two people to help you move your washing machine.

     

    Can Two People lift a Washing Machine?

     

    You will require the help of three people to lift your washer onto a moving truck and also to complete the installation in your new home. You could end up breaking your back if you decide to do the lifting by yourself. The drum in a washer has a huge weight, and the machine’s size also requires at least two people to lift it while the 3rd person will help with the truck.

     

    Steps for Lifting Washing Machine

     

    Step 1

    Leave the door of the washer opened and have someone on the left and another person on the right side of the washing machine.

     

    Step 2

    Carefully handle the front of the washer. Both people should place one hand each in the washer and press it against the top. The other hands should be placed behind the machine, and their legs bend to get into a balanced position.

     

    Step 3

    Lift the washer straight up with legs and not arms or back. This will help reduce the stress your back.

     

    Step 4

    Tell the 3rd person to slide and centralize the base under the washer

     

    Step 5

    Gently release the washer onto the base and make sure it stays at the center.

     

    Will a Washing Machine fits into my Car?

     

    It is most likely that your washer will not perfectly fit in your car. Most especially, if it is an upright model, which is usually common, it is highly recommended that you hire professional couriers in this case. When you opt for courier service, the driver will handle the lifting of the washing machine and placing it into the right position; none of which will be required by you. The delicate components of the washing machine could get damaged if you or your driver runs into many bumps without avoiding them. Unload the washing machine gently and with utmost care when you arrive at your new home and have it wheeled to its new position. 

     

    Can a Washing Machine be laid on its Back for Transport?

     

    Although washers appear to be bulky in the outside part, the interior is much delicate and can be easily damaged if handled roughly. Issues like damaged suspension, knocking of washing machine out of alignment and loose pads may result from laying your washing machine on its side, as the inner and outer tubs may bump against each other. This same issue may occur if you try to move a washer on its back, so it is advisable not to try either of it while moving a washing machine.

     

    Transporting a washing machine in an upright position is the best and safest way to move it. You will need a dolly to get your washer off the ground and through many hurdles such as stairs or loading inside a moving truck due to its odd shape and height. Use strong ropes or packing tape to secure your washing machine to the dolly for more safety. Wrap your washing machine in moving blankets when you are ready to load it into a moving truck to prevent scratches, dents or dings while in transit. 

     

    Conclusion

     

    Kindly note that moving a washing machine is not an easy task and such must be taken with uttermost seriousness. If you fail to handle the task with seriousness and carefulness, then you should expect damages to the washing machine and injuries to yourself, as it would be inevitable. If you are therefore not sure you can pull this off by yourself, then you are better off hiring a professional moving company with enough experience to handle the move for you. Stay tuned for more informative posts!

  • How To
    How to Search for Apartments

    Hunting for a new house to rent when you move or planning to move to a new city can be a tedious task. It can even be more difficult if your current location is several miles away from the city you wish to relocate to. However, the job is made easier by the internet as you can search online to have a good idea of the house if it meets your desired standards and you can make necessary contacts to ensure that you get the best deals for your new home.

     

    Planning to rent an apartment out of state or cross country requires taking your time and being diligent not to rush things over. There are several factors that you need to consider when getting a new apartment; you have to make sure the neighborhood is suitable for both you and your family and the area is easily accessible, you might also want to consider how much it will cost to hire movers to help you relocate to your new home.

     

    Vital tips for getting an apartment for rent in a new city

     

    Below are some of the helpful tips that will help you to get the best deals when you go hunting for a house to rent;

     

    Start searching as early as possible

     

    Commencing your search for a new home as early as you can help you to manage pressure as you know you are not in a hurry. If your reason to relocate is not as a result of an emergency occurrence, then make sure you commence your search for a new home at least three months before the day you plan to move. Starting your search as early as you can enable you to have enough time to carefully review the neighborhood, explore the local scene, and you can figure out the average rental prices for the kind of apartment you wish to rent. One question you should ask yourself is “how much does it cost to hire movers to help you relocate to your new home?”.

     

    If you start your search early enough, your agent or realtor will be unable to take advantage of you, this is because you won’t be under undue pressure to negotiate and close the deal. If you are running late to get an apartment on the other hand, you might not have time to negotiate the rent and you will be under pressure to close the deal as fast as possible. Hence, starting your search for a new home will go a long way in reducing the amount you will pay for rent.

     

    Decide on your preferred

     

    When you decide to move to a new neighborhood, one of the first things to do is to decide what type of neighborhood you wish to move to, this will help you narrow down your options. You might want to consider the easy of commuting to your place of work, or areas that you already have friends living in, read through blogs, ask questions and also read some neighborhood reviews. Other factors that may influence your choice of the neighborhood include safety, average rental prices, ease to access grocery stores, and ease of transiting. You can contact your real estate agent with your priority list and they take the stress of searching of you by getting you a location that meets your requirements.

     

    Have a wishlist

     

    Make a list of what you want in your new neighborhoods. Split your list into two; “must-haves” (such as dryer, pet-friendly rental terms, and an in-unit washer) and “desires” (like private entrances and balcony). As you search for your ideal home tick out what each apartment you are looking to rent have and do not have on your list. This way you will be able to select an apartment that meet most of the requirements on your list.

     

    Get a reliable agent

     

    If you do not have the time to go searching for a new home by yourself, then you can entrust the task into the hands of a reliable estate agent. You can find reputable estate agents with consistent listings in the neighborhoods you wish to move to because they will have a good idea of the area and can easily find you the best apartment in your preferred location. They can provide you with accurate information regarding neighborhood amenities, pricing, and commute times. Ensure that the real estate agent you wish to work with is open to working for a client who might not be physically available due to their tight schedules.

     

    Have all required documents handy

     

    Once you have engaged the services of a real estate agent, you need to ask what information your landlord will require from you. Make sure you provide all the required documents to your agent as fast as possible to avoid any delay once they find a suitable apartment for you. Documents required may include bank statements, pay stubs, and credit checks among others.

     

    Be realistic about your apartment requirements

     

    This is most important if you are not physically available to check out the apartment. As a result of this, you need to be flexible and able to trust the judgment of your real estate agent. You have to understand that the search will probably have one issue or the other and as a result of this, you need to be patient with your agent to get you what is most suitable for you.

     

    Consider a visit

     

    Try as much as possible to make time out of your busy schedule to visit your prospective home. Make sure you inform your agent or realtor of your visit ahead of time, so they can make arrangement to take you to as many apartments as possible. Cease this opportunity to also drive around the neighborhood, and you can talk to a few locals about what they think about the area. They can even give you an ideal estimate of what the rents in the area should go for and this can serve as a guide in helping you negotiate the rent for your new apartment.

    You can do enough research for a new home you wish to live in the next year or more, it is definitely going to worth your time and effort.

     

    Hiring movers

     

    You must ensure that you hire the services of not just any movers but responsible and reliable movers. If you hire the wrong mover, then you might not have the best moving experience that you envisage. Things can get messy if you fail to get it right from your choice of the mover and this is why you need to do your due diligence to read reviews and what people have to say about a moving company before you engage their services. The success of your move is dependent on the expertise and efficiency of your moving company.

     

    You can invite your prospective mover to your home for an in-house inspection. Request for quotes from more than one moving company and compare the quotes to decide the one that best suits your budget and would get the job done the best way possible.

     

    In conclusion

     

    Make sure you take your time to search for a home that will best suit the lifestyle of you and your family so that you can enjoy your stay in your new neighborhood. You don’t want to move into a new city and in few months you are wishing you had not moved there and then you will have to start going through the rigors of searching for a new home. This can be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive as you will be incurring more in expenses. To avoid this type of scenario, make sure you take your time, do not rush things over so that you can get the best place you can call a home for years to come.

  • How To
    How To Avoid Moving Scams

    No matter how smart you might claim to be, when you are unfamiliar with a particular terrain, your chances of getting scammed are high. The scams can come in many different forms, and you could fall a victim of one of the styles or become a victim of more than one type on the same day. You have to get the necessary knowledge and information that will help you stay away from any scam you might encounter from local movers. Imagine being scammed to pay certain additional fees, with your belongings seized until you pay. Or having to pay extra fees on your insurance. The scams come differently, but you have to also be smart to understand it and prevent it.

     

    Finding the ideal company can be a bit of a problem because of all the things that are involved in it. One problem you might be faced with is your eagerness to move. You might be so excited to move that you hire any moving company that comes to mind, or pops up on your screen first. Another situation is that you might be tempted by offers that look too good. Some unlicensed and unprofessional movers can also be on the internet pretending to be excellent in service and ripping people off. The things that can make you fall are numerous but the information is power.

     

    Being a victim of a scam can be very disheartening, and we hate to see you get disappointed. There are sometimes psychological and emotional afterthoughts that come as a result of the scam. In a trial to stop or help you avoid the scams in every possible way, we have come up with useful tips, and advice to save you the stress of being scammed, and protecting your property and saving you time to focus on other productive things.

     

    Most useful tips you can help yourself with avoiding moving scams

     

    1. Choose a Company With a Good Reputation

     

    The idea of writing these tips is to guide you in making your choices so that you do not get scammed. It is not hard to come by a reputable company. It’s all up to you to sit down and do your findings yourself, this way you will be able to choose the best. Trust me, when you search for a moving company that has a long track record of quality services, you reduce your chances of getting scammed. Companies that understand what it means to have a good name over trying to make money immediately are the best types of companies to work with.

     

    If you have been following our previous posts, you will understand that we have given you some tips on how to find these reputable companies, but if you missed them, here’s a summary.

     

    The best way to get them is by asking out friends and family on what movers they have tried before and what was their level of satisfaction. Once this is answered, you will be left with some choices which you now have to make more inquiries so that you can get the best from them. Be careful to listen carefully and regard any warning they give to you. You have to make sure a no is a no, do not consider even if they seem to be enticing.

     

    Another way is for you to run research yourself. Once you run this research, you will be able to determine what’s best for you. Shortlist a few companies you have background knowledge about, and make a call to them one by one to sample their opinions and prices. Finally, you should take to the internet and see what people are talking about them. Be cautious of the red flag and make sure you follow your instincts when they refuse some companies.

     

    Another thing to look for in a good and honest company is that they have insurance, and they are licensed. Surely, the government will never give license to a company that scams, and even if they do after they notice they revoke their rights to operate as a moving company. So these are the things you need to look out for when you are thinking of a moving company with a good reputation. It saves you a lot of stress and also gives you the confidence to trade with them.

     

    Insurance comes in handy, especially for those who are going to have a long distance move or those who have special, expensive, and very important items they cannot lose. If this is the case, then you have to make sure you hire insured movers. When you do not hire insured movers, you have to bear the brunt of whatever comes your way from the scammers. They will take your most prized possessions and vanish into thin air, and most times, there is nothing you can do about it.

     

    Added to the fact that you must hire a company that has insurance, you must also make sure you the insurance claim the provide you with is not bogus or reasonable. If they ever say their insurance covers the entirety of your items with no extra charges, you need to get suspicious as this is practically impossible. Every moving insurance must have two forms – one is the released value insurance, where you don’t have to pay, and the other is the full value protection where you have to pay.

     

    2. Planning Ahead Cuts you Some Serious Problems

     

    We always advise everyone packing or planning a move to start early. You almost cannot miss it when you start early because of the length of time you have in making a lot of solid decisions. So plan way back before you even decide to box the items. No matter the circumstance or situation that might be around your moving, it is always better to take time out to make adequate plans to help you through the move and also to help beat the scam.

     

    Many companies are excellent at ripping off desperate customers. When you come to them at the very last minute, or with few moments to go, they end up making a lot more over your head than they would if you come on a good day without tension. Moving companies equally tell many people to book down their move long before the actual date. This way you will be at least assured that your date will not be moved. Seeing how desperate you will appear to be during the last-minute move, you will give in to anyone who promises to excellent services when you need them the most.

     

    3. Question Offers Critically

     

    After making your finding from a couple of moving companies, you then get in touch with this company that offers you an amount respectably low from the others you have enquired from. It is very normal to be tempted because you want to save money, cut down a few dollars, and use the money for something else. Whatever the situation is, you should be able to look into these types of deals and see if any shady. Do not just jump at the offer. Take your time to compare.

     

    You need to be careful with scammers because they can cause you a lot of issues if they are not properly managed after you have hired them. They tend to give you a lower price, and when it’s the delivery day, they will seize your belongings and ask you to pay some additional fee. If you do not comply, they continue to hold your items. If you dare make a move to take them to court, they will vanish with your property forever. Now you will have to start life all over, and you end up losing what you thought you could gain.

     

    4. Watch out for Moving Companies That Ask for Full Upfront Payment

     

    Most first-timers always fall for this scheme. After making inquiries with their selected moving company, they are asked to pay the complete amount before the day of the move. This might not seem to you as a big deal, but most of these scamming companies do this to take your money away, and you fall victim even before moving a single item from your home. You have to open your mind up and search for the companies that will require you to only make part payment.

     

    Reputable movers will always ask that you go on a contract and the both of you have your contracts signed while you have your copy. If anything goes wrong, then you can use your contract as evidence against them. Some of these moving companies that ask for full payment do not even exist in the first place, they only have a well-advertised scamming scheme, and you fall for it. It might be too late for you to realize that they will never come after you make payments, or they disappear with all of your property, yes! Your entire property and that is more gain for them because they get to sell it off.

     

    5. Get the necessary Recommendations From Reliable Sources

     

    Your first reliable source when it comes to issues of moving and selecting a company that you feel is dim fit to help you is to get the information from those who have successfully moved. They might be family members, your relatives, your colleagues, your friends, and even your neighbors. They are the ones that will give you the best types of information without bending the truth. So if you want something raw, and very direct, you should ask them. They will never try to paint any company to be good (except if they own the company of course) so make use of that information in deciding.

     

    Also, remember that reputable companies don’t have issues with getting positive reviews from satisfied customers. It is essential; once you choose to hire a company, you need to make sure you are paying close attention to how they are reviewed. They should also be able to give you the contact details of their past satisfied customers, if they refuse, then understand that you are headed for a ditch. Scan through various websites and see if they even have an online presence. If they do, check out the consistency of their ratings, if it seems as though they have bad ratings on a platform and good ratings elsewhere, be suspicious because it might have been paid reviews.

     

    6. Try The Credit Card Test

     

    This works most of the times when you are dealing with moving companies that want to scam you. Tell them that all you have to pay is with your credit card. Professional and reliable companies will never have an issue with that, but fake movers will insist on a cash-only policy. If they continue to persist this request, make sure you look elsewhere. Try out another moving company, and you will see the difference. It’s a simple trick to use in knowing who is fake and who is not. But do not limit your test to this alone, make sure you apply other methods.

     

    7. Try to Search for Quality, not Cheap Services

     

    Try as much as possible to search for quality instead of searching for cheap services. If you are always looking for who will give you a ridiculously small quote, then you stand at the best position to be scammed. Make sure you plan for your move well enough and save up for it so that you can choose between the best offers from professional and reputable companies.

     

    In conclusion

    You have to make follow these guidelines to help yourself. These are the tips that will help you avoid scams in possible ways. The best things in life come with proper planning. Even if you are a newbie, or have little experience, you can still fall victim to a scam, so take your time and study this guide to help you.

     

  • How To
    How to Plan a Move During the Holidays

    The best time for everyone to relax and take a break off from work is the holidays. Most people use this time to unwind from all the hard work they have been doing throughout the year, and this is quite understandable. But as much as the holidays are fun for those who seek to enjoy it, it might be stressful for you if you are planning a move during this season. There will be so many functions, parties, meetups and many other things that you might get overwhelmed; sometimes it might feel as though you need to be in so many events that you might have to plan your move after the holiday.

     

    We very much understand how it can be stressful for you during the holidays, and to this effect, we have gotten some proven tips to help you pack and get ready to move this holiday. The most important first step to having a successful move is first to make sure you are grounded in your organization. Get everything in shape, knowing what to do and when to do it. If you can get this first step, then the rest will no longer be so much of a hassle. The best method is to get everything you need for the holidays written, after which you can know what days you have free, and what days are left for you to have fun.

     

    Wonderful tips that help you pack and move successfully in this season of holiday.

     

    Make Sure You Save Well Enough

     

    The reason why you need to save will become clear to you once you hit the holiday period and you have to spend a lot on keeping the holiday spirit and moving. But you don’t have to wait till that time; you can develop the habit of saving right now, and gather as much as you can. Saving is the best way to live because you will have so much to give into this holiday that you might be drained when you need to move. Trust me, good moving service is not cheap, and if you want the best, then you need to save seriously.

     

    The best way to save is to know the total estimate or budget of what you will be spending. Make sure you make inquiries into what you need to pay in full for moving and every other process that will be covered. You need to know the total amount so that you can plan your budget well. Once you have a full view of what you are to spend, you can know how to save and make enough plans to also cater for your Christmas. The best things in life come when we have made enough plans.

     

    Be the Early Bird

     

    For you, your holiday starts from the moment you get closed from work. It's fine to want to start immediately after you are given this date, but don’t you think every other person planning a move will be thinking the very same thing? To help beat this, you need to start a few weeks, or even months before your closing date is declared. This way, you will be able to have something to work with when you decide to pack. Part of starting early is to also get a place in the home to set up all the boxes you will need for the move. And you also need to select a particular room where you can place the moving supplies, especially boxes.

     

    The next step is to then proceed to each room in your current home. The first step is to make sure you start disposing of everything that will not be moving to your new home. It could be things broken that you hope you would fix one day but never got the chance, it could be a broken plate or anything that you know will not move. Let this process be the purging process, where you rid yourself of anything not needed in the house. This way, you will have a clear focus when you eventually decide to start packing.

     

    Remember, moving day should be a day where you de-clutter a lot of useless stuff. When you have this in your mind, it makes it easier for you to sort out things. You can also decide what things to keep and sell when you have packed your items. Trust me; there are parts of your property you no longer need, you have to break your connection with them and throw them away or sell them or give them out as a gift. You can also pack all of your books into one place; the reason is that you can always get to the library if you need to read. The more you can deal with, the easier for you during the holidays.

     

    Celebrate Only Moderately

     

    Like we stated earlier, the best time to have all your things ready is before your closure day, or before the holiday. Doing this affords you the luxury of having to do other things. You don’t want to seem like a bad person for not attending the event of your best friend. So planning is essential. What you should do is to pack early, this way you will be able to join in on the fun others are having during the holiday. Do not stop celebrating just because you want to move. Make sure you show that you are in control, and don’t let the moving plans overwhelm you.

     

    Now that you know you must still celebrate despite the plans you have for moving, you must try to figure out one thing. And that is the fact that you have to celebrate moderately. The goal is to have the two – moving and the holiday time out, without anyone interfering. So you can make still do the usual things you do but not in the same tenacity. If you want to celebrate surrounded by boxes, then you need to get gift boxes and set your moving boxes aside. You can place them in the garage, so your whole house doesn’t look like you are ready to move that night.

     

    If you know all of your items, and belongings cannot fit into your garage, then this is a pointer to the fact that you need to hold a garage sale. Once you have decided what needs to go and what needs to stay, you can sell off the rest. Moderate celebration helps you achieve two things at the same time. One is the fact that you get rid of more stuff, and reduce the number of items you will be moving. The other is that you earn some hundreds of dollars to help you cover your moving bills. You know some things are essential to go, like your children’s toys, some of them outgrew it a long time ago.

     

    In the spirit of celebration, you still need to continue with the celebration even though you are found moving on the day of Christmas. Plan something with your family, so it doesn’t turn out to be the worst Christmas you’ve had. You can make it the most memorable one. Try to cook your family’s favorite meal, also take some for lunch, have your gifts ready, and open them at the right time. You can help make the process easier by renting a place that will allow you to stay and have the well-deserved fun.

     

    Be Watchful of the Weather

     

    Moving during the holiday means moving when it’s wintertime, and that means a lot. The first thing you need to be prepared of is the cold, among many other obstacles. Winter might pose a very serious challenge for you, depending on where you stay. You have to be watchful of the weather, it could suddenly turn from normal snow to heavy snowfall and blizzard, so you have to be very watchful. The road can be blocked for a long time, and if you live in that place, you might not be able to move as you planned. So be very watchful.

     

    Try to check the weather forecast; this is a great way to have a clue of how the weather will be before you set out to move. Once you have a solid report of the weather, you can plan your move in accordance. As you keep going closer to the date you are meant to move, you need to continue checking the weather forecast. This way you will affirm that the date set is the best for your move. If you notice any change in the weather for the set date, you need to either readjust or cancel your move. You don’t want to be stuck in the snow on that day.

     

    As an addition to checking the weather forecast, you also need to prepare yourself and your family as well as the home for the winter season. What you can do to help yourself is to clear the snow in your walkways, help make a clear path also by clearing the snow leading to your house and sprinkling salt on that path. Also, give your family the orientation of how these things work, and tell them how to pack your items in waterproof bags so that the melting snow doesn’t affect some of your belongings. You should also wrap and pad other items to create very heavy insulation against cold if you have items not meant to withstand the cold weather.

     

    Get Holiday Moving Experts

     

    Some local moving companies know how to move your things at any point in time of the year except the holidays. There are also movers who know how to move things, especially during the holidays. They know all the safe practices and the things they must do to ensure a smooth and successful move. These are the experts you need to hire during your time of the move. They are the ones that will help you out with all the necessary precautions you need to take during your move.

     

    Remember that you are not the only one planning to move this holiday, many people have the same plan to move for so many reasons. One is that this is the best time for them to move because the process is lesser, and they can afford it. Another reason is that this is the time most people get to spend with their families. So whatever your reason might be, you need to search for these movers on time. You should book your move as early as possible because others will also plan their move at the same time you are planning yours.

     

    Starting early helps you achieve a whole lot. First is that you get to have more than one option to choose from, you also get to review them on time and know which one of them is the best for you. You ask your friends and family around to help you decide which is best according to the services they have tried. Make sure the company you choose at this time must be insured and licensed. The winter period is a time where the chances of having your belongings damaged are high, and you have to try as much as possible to reduce it. If you are lucky, you can also get some excellent winter discount to help lower the overall price of moving.

     

    In conclusion, we understand what it means to move during the holidays. If you are not proactive or act based on the knowledge, you might end up being frustrated. So we have gathered these useful tips to help you manage both yourself and family well. We also want you to pay attention to any concern raised by your family on what you need to do.

     

  • How To
    How to Pack Your Garage for A Move

    Uhm, I guess we made it here. The portion of the house we hope never to come into because of how unorganized it might be. But I guess we still have to do the needful. The garage is one place in the home; we always throw things we don’t want to see anymore. We also know that this is one place we pray never to pack, but when it’s time to move, you must do everything to make sure you separate the good from the bad. Not all the items in this place are bad. Some have just spent a long time in the garage.

     

    You are here now; you want to move to a new place, you have to think about the best way to move your entire belongings, and how much it would cost to hire movers, so you don’t go crazy over the bulk of the work to be done. It can be very scary, even from merely staring at all the items you have to move, but some of these processes are easy. All you need to do is apply the right set of tips, and you will be on your way to having a very easy garage moving.

     

    Here are some of the best tips to help you in packing all of your garages for an easy move.

     

    Plan, organize and get things noted down

     

    If you have followed our previous articles and moving guides, you will notice that we are always keen on planning. Planning affords you the ability to take your time and put a lot of things into consideration. In the same fashion, when it is time to pack your garage, you have to make the best plan to help you move everything without stress on the actual moving day. Part of planning is knowing the number of items you have in your garage. When you start from there, we know what else to look out for to ensure a safe pack.

     

    In the same manner that you would take stock of everything in each room in your home, you should also take stock of all the items you have in your garage. The garage is known to some people as the abode of junk and useless items, among some few useful kinds of stuff. When you take stock of all the items, you will discover the items that need to be disposed of. Once you are sure of, want you want to keep, and what you want to dispose of, you can pretty much clear a lot first and give your garage a breathing space.

     

    As you make your way to selecting what’s good and what’s not, you need to be on the lookout for the items that are also good, but you don’t want to keep anymore. Some things might be in perfect condition, but you might not have use for them anymore. The best thing to do in such a case is to categorize the items in this order – useful, useless, and donations. This method will help you know what to throw away, what to give out, what to sell, and what to gift out to friends and family.

     

    This is one of the ways to first get rid of all the excess things, belongings, items you might find in your garage. Trust me, as soon as you start; you will understand that decluttering is an essential process of any moving process. If you have things you are attached to emotionally, it would be best you detach from them, especially if they are useless so that you have less to worry about. This is the first big step in helping you reduce the overall cost of moving because you get to move a lesser item.

     

    Get the moving supplies

     

    Remember we spoke about having all your things planned and recorded properly. The next thing for you to do is to make sure you know the number of supplies you need depending on the number of useful items you need to move. You can never guess when it comes to moving and packing your garage items, you have to be sure, and you can only be sure when you have an inventory. Supplies are the next thing for you, know the items and what packing supplies would fit each item so that you can effectively pack.

     

    Some of the garage items have irregular shapes and sizes, they are not like the normal square or box sizes, and so knowing all these details will help you a great deal in arranging your supplies, and knowing what to buy. You will need heavy-duty boxes, to help move weighty items around. In the same way, you will also be needing blankets and padding materials to help serve as cushions when you move certain items in the house.

     

    If you want to improvise with the supplies, feel free to do so. You can always get cardboards to help yourself if you need a makeshift moving box. Be cautious when you use the cardboards or moving boxes; be sure careful not to overload them and have the weight lying or pulling the items down. Don’t also forget to add a plastic wrap, moving tapes, and packing paper. All these items will ensure you have a safe packing experience.

     

    Attention to safety

     

    With regards to safety, the garage is one place you need to be careful about when you are packing. You would also understand this when you are packing your kitchen items. There are lots of things and items that you need to keep an eye for in the garage, so you don’t end up hurting yourself. Always put safety at the forefront of your mind when you are packing the garage items. Remember that safety in the garage is not only in terms of being hurt by sharp objects. There are many other things you need to be careful about.

     

    Go back to your inventory and look into the things you have to separate. For instance, you will need to separate your tools, from your power chords, from other attachments and batteries. Some of these things have heavy chemicals that can cause major damage to your skin. This is the reason you need to be extra watchful in the garage. If you don’t have sufficient light there, you need to include a very good lighting system there. Your health and safety are more important than anyone else. Everything you separate must be kept in their appropriate cases, or kept in a place where they are easily identifiable as dangerous.

     

    Every item with a sharp edge should be wrapped in a way that keeps the edges disclosed. You can use paper, a blanket you are no longer using, a plastic wrap, or even your towel to make sure you have the best protection from the sharp items. Also, be sure to place all sharp objects together, and tie or pack them in the same place, so that you can label them together in the same way. Be sure also to pad the boxes very well, and cover up any space in the box that might be making the items dangle. Do not overload the boxes. If you have tools that you have to remove screws and nails, be sure to pack all the removed nails and screws in one place, to make it easier to them.

     

    Pack your stuff and clean up

     

    With safety in check, and the moving supply also in check, you can now proceed to move your items. What you can do to help yourself is to make sure you get markers also, and labels. Once you pack the items you need the most, arrange them carefully into the boxes. Then arrange the next set of items into the boxes. Make sure you do this till all the items you are sure you need are packed inside the boxes. As you continue to fill the boxes, you should have a sign of relief because the items are getting smaller.

     

    Now that you have gotten all the items into the box, you should label all the items properly. Labeling can never make you go wrong, except you labelled the wrong thing from the start. Be sure to label as much as you can so that when you eventually move, it will be easy for you to find all your items. Even if you think you have a good memory and can remember all the items in your boxes that is fine, especially when you are going to move and arrange everything once in your new home. For those that would still leave some boxes unpacked after weeks or months out of indecision, you need to take labeling very seriously so that you don’t get confused when you finally decide to unpack the boxes.

     

    After the labeling and packing have been done, the next thing you need to do is to clean your garage. You can start by removing the cobwebs around, also make sure the items you are placing in your boxes are cleaned, so you don’t have to go through the same struggle when you are unboxing. Try to touch the garage clean; a few cleaning will not hurt. But if you are too tired to do it, don’t stress yourself, and let your main focus be on how to get all the items in one piece and move them to your new home.

     

    Be careful to note what you can’t put in your truck

     

    Now that most of your items have been packed, you should take note that not all items can be placed in the moving truck and reason is simple. The garage is where we put some of the harsh chemicals we use in our homes, and it would only make perfect sense for you to arrange the items in a way that you don’t mix the chemicals with other normal items in the truck just in case they spill, or the truck hits a bump. So you don’t want your favorite shirt ruined before you get to your new home.

     

    A good way to know what not to add to the moving truck is to ask the company you will be hiring. They will give you a list of things you are not allowed to put in the truck with your other items. But if you want to have an idea on your own of some of the things that should not be in the truck, these are they.

     

    • Aerosol can
    • Cleaning solvent
    • Batteries from cars
    • Liquid bleach
    • Chemicals for the pool
    • Insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides
    • Gas tanks
    • And a list of other types of chemicals.

     

    Pack similar items together

     

    There are items in your garage that might have a similar use case; such items need to be packed together. Once you notice them, they may be of varying sizes, but it’s always good to keep them together. This way, you will have ordered and structured items. It will also make it easier for you to pack them and also help you in finding them once you are ready to set things up in your new home. If you have cleaning items like broom, rakes, spade, and other similar items, you can assemble them and tie them together or wrap them, so you know how to find them later.

     

    Keep the essential items handy

     

    Some of the materials in your garage might be needful immediately upon moving. You need to put this together and make sure you have a separate box that you can keep them and label them properly so that when you need them in your new home, it will be easy for you. The same way you pack the things you need on the first night after your move should be the same way you prepare such items. Structured packing is always the secret to having a seamless and smooth moving experience.

     

  • How To
    How to Pack Fragile Items on Your Upcoming Move

    Do you know that beautiful antique flower vase in your home or that costly glass cup you bought for rare and special occasions? They could get broken if you are not careful enough or patient. Part of what comes with moving is the need to get things done on time. The whole rush and process of moving things around can make you a little confused, and you will eventually break things. You need to be calm when trying to pack delicate and fragile items.

     

    Certain items cannot be replaced. Certain gift items that you might probably never find anywhere else. Or even things passed on to you from your parents and grandparents. You don't want to break the beautiful antique your grandparents gave you. Damaging any of these delicate items can be a disaster. To avoid these types of tragedies, you need to make sure you follow these tips.

     

    Let's start with Pack Fragile Items tips to help protect your most prized possessions.

     

    1. Proper preparation

     

    The first thing you need is to plan properly. Nothing beats a very decent preparation done over a long time. First off, you need to make sure you get an accurate detail of the fragile items you have in your care. Start from taking the list of kitchen items, antiques, wine glasses, and every other thing you feel might get broken at the slightest contact with a hard surface.  Once you are done with the list, you can proceed to take taking the items to a place.

     

    Remember that this is not the time to rush. If you are not going to hire any of the local moving companies to help you, then you can do it yourself. Get the items and put them together in a spot or a room. This way, you will be able to keep track of the fragile items because they are in one place. The next thing to do is to make sure your pets or your children are restricted from going to that spot or area that you have kept the items. In case you are wondering why this is necessary, you will understand it when you lose your items, that it's better to be safe than sorry.

     

    2. Get packing supplies

     

    The next thing you need to realize is that you need to get supplies for packing the fragile items. The fragile items are not the other items that can be thrown into a box or a bag. They need to be attended to separately and more carefully. So the first thing to do after sorting and deciding what you need to pack is to get the boxes as well as paddings to get your properties safe.

     

    For the supplies, you might be needing lots of brown paper, bubble wrap as well as special packing paper. Just in case you can find some of these immediately, or you run out of those, you can improvise by using some of your blankets, or even your duvet to protect delicate items. So let’s start with some practical tips to help you with the wrapping process.

     

    3. Wrap with the bubble and paper wraps

     

    Now, you want to make sure you do an excellent job wrapping the items. Remember that they are not like regular items. Any form of sudden or harsh collision could cause major damage. You should try covering the items first with more than one layer of bubble wrap. After that is done, you can go ahead and wrap with the paper wrappers. After the wrapping is done, you should use a bit of tape to seal the layers, so it stays in place. This type of protective wrapping ensures that your items would be safe during the moving process.

     

    4. Extra cushioning

     

    Even after you might have done a perfect job in wrapping the items, it is never wrong to take extra measures. As a way to take additional measures, you can get paper. Either brown papers or even newspaper. Before you arrange any of the items into the box, you can add lots of paper at the bottom of the box. Carefully place all the wrapped items in the box. After arranging the items, you can also add a lot of paper to make up for the spaces. This extra measure helps in creating the perfect padding and cushion to your items. If you want to be a little extra, you can go to the extent of adding paper in between to make sure they are tightly packed.

     

    5. Label the boxes to identify them

     

    When you have done the needful, you need to create a way of identifying the boxes. Most of these boxes will look alike, so you need to label them properly to be able to handle them with care. In the same manner, you can keep the boxes aside and write on them so that you can know them differently. You can explicitly write the names of the items on the boxes, for easy identification. The labeling will help the movers and yourself identify the boxes filled with fragile items. The packing and unpacking process will also go with a lot of precision and caution when you label the boxes.

     

    6. Pack them separately

     

    You should try as much as possible to place no other items with the fragile ones. The whole essence of packing and labeling them is to protect them from damage. If you have done all these, it will make no sense to have items placed on top of the fragile items. Separate the fragile stuff from the big non-fragile ones. So as a rule of thumb, always leave space between the items that you are packing. If you have to pack them in a separate truck or car, then you should do it to avoid regretting that your hard work didn't pay off.

     

     

    How TO Pack Some Items With Specific Detail

     

    Glasses and glassware

     

    To do this process successfully, you will need a good box and some newspaper. First, remember what we said about how to pad the boxes. Get the newspaper and put some of it at the bottom of the box. Then get your glasses and glassware in place. Stuff a good amount of paper into the glass cups, and make sure you wrap them. After the wrapping is done, you will also need to tap them a bit, so the padding doesn't come off.

     

    Next thing you want to do is to arrange the glasses according to weight properly. The heavier ones should be at the bottom, while the lighter ones should be above. To have a better experience, you can get pliable cardboard and arrange the glasses in layers as you keep adding them into the box. Please note that the box might be heavier than you expect because glasses are little and when combined, can be very heavy.

     

    Plates

     

    Plates are a bit different from the glasses and glassware and need a different packing method. We know your plates are of different kinds, but we will try to cover the ones we can. If they are just regular plates, you will have to use a bubble wrap to wrap each plate. Then you use tape to hold it in place. After this, you should always remember to put the plates in a vertical position. This is the best position to store your plates so that the amount of contact between them is reduced.

     

    For the fine china plates, you will need more than mere wrapping and a vertical position. More to it is the introduction of pliable cardboard to the entire process. The pliable cardboard is to be placed between each plate, as well as the top and bottom as well. If you can't get the cardboard, you can use cushion foams instead.

     

    If there are empty spaces in the box, again fill them all up so that the amount of movement inside the box is reduced. Also, be sure to pack the boxes according to the limit it can take. Don't stuff a box more than what it can take. You'll end up having the box fall from beneath.

     

    Other items like mirrors and bigger glass items

     

    Mirrors and other larger glass items have to follow another procedure to be protected. You have to use tape to form a star=like shape from the middle of the glass. This is the same methods companies use in keeping their glass intact. The edges and corners are the most important parts of the mirror, so you have to protect them by using tape and foam frame protectors. After that process has been done, remember to have the entire glass wrapped in a bubble wrapper. 

     

    If the mirror or glass is not so big, then you can get a corrugated box specially designed to help transport mirror during a move. They have the right about of padding to help absorb the vibrations that can cause the mirror to break or crack while being moved.

     

    Another thing you must note when you are moving more than one piece of glass is that they must be arranged well. You need to sort them out according to size and have them stacked upon each other. The big ones should be stacked together, while the smaller ones should be stacked together too. As you stack them one over the other, you need to place a good amount of paper between them to have the cushion effect. The goal is to make sure they are not broken or damaged.

     

    Bubble wraps and brown papers are the most important things you will need in all of these processes. You can also use newspapers, they work very well, but you must have lots and lots of them to make this work. You can always make do with the items you find in your home. The blankets can also serve as a good padding or cushioning material for your glasses. When you have this in place, you should only pray for a smooth ride from your former home to your new home. This is what will make you happier.

     

    Packing your instruments

     

    Instruments are an entirely different item. If you play the guitar, you should have a case for it, and you need to make sure you carry them along so that you don't feel regrets when the strings are broken by someone, or the fretboard gets damaged. Try always to keep it within your eyesight. And if you do not have a case, you should get a case at once, if you truly love your instrument. But that only applies to a little instrument like the guitar. You will face a bigger problem with a bigger instrument.

     

    An example of such an instrument is the baby grand piano, or the piano itself. It weighs a lot, and it's not something you can carry all by yourself around the house down to your truck. It should be in your best interest to hire professionals who can help you with the disassembling and rearranging process. If you do not do it, you stand at risk of losing your piano for good. You should also know better than to have all your piano moved in with other heavier items. Fragile items like their space and you need to give them, so they don't cry.

     

    In conclusion, we hope we have been able to give you some of the best tips you can ever imagine when it comes to packing for your fragile items. There is a reason why they are called fragile. Most of them are expensive, and most of these things are rare, so you need to do all your best to make sure they are kept safe and sound. Once you are ready to pack, put these things into consideration.

     

  • How To
    How To Ship Your Car When You Move

    You will agree that moving is not fun, in fact, it could get worse if you have to move to another state entirely. One of the things most people have had to worry about when moving is how they would ship their cars. Since they cannot travel with their cars, they would have to ship it. How then would they ship it? In this article, we will discuss how you can ship your car when you decide to move to another state or city. 

     

    Best whys to ship your car:

     

    1. Shipping Your Car On A Truck

     

    According to a research that was carried out by USA Today, it was discovered that the best way to transport personal cars is to have them shipped by truck. Cars can be shipped either on open or closed trucks. According to the Car Transport Interstate, open trucks would expose cars to elements while closed trucks that are safer are over 60% more expensive than open trucks. It was also revealed by Interstate Car Transport, that shipping cars across the country would take about 7 to 14 days. It could take lesser depending on the distance between the place the vehicle is to be shipped from and where it should be shipped to.

     

    While shipping by truck is one of the most common ways you can ship your vehicle, there are certain things that you have to take to heart. They include;

     

    1. Having a broker by your side is actually the best way for you to get the best prices when shipping from one point to another.
    2. Endeavor to abide by the 500 pounds weight limit that has been stipulated by the relevant authority.
    3. Payment; you have to know the price for moving your vehicle. The price for moving vehicles would vary depending on certain factors; the company, the distance, the weight of the cat, and whether you would prefer the open or closed truck. With this in mind, it is important that you find out the cost before you decide to ship your car.
    4. Insurance; this is very important. Endeavor to find out the insurance of the company you choose. Also, it is advised that your vehicle is in good condition.

     

    2. You could decide to hire professional drivers

     

    This is actually the second common way you can have your vehicle shipped when you decide to move. It happens to be a faster alternative than having to ship your car in a truck. They also happen to be more expensive and even safer for your vehicle. Some of the advantages of professional drivers;

    • They are insured
    • Most of them would allow you to pack your essential household items and even your pets as well
    • You can decide to join them on the ride.

     

    You could decide to hire an independent driver you know around your place of residence, or you could hire someone that has been recommended by your friends or colleagues. While you may need drivers, there are certain ways you can find them; running local ads is one way that has proven effective. For safety reasons, it is advised that you run criminal checks before you pick one for the job. Also, you could decide to apply for short-term insurance that would cover them and your vehicle. This would ensure that your vehicle is attended to if anything happens during the trip.

     

    Before you decide to opt for this option, it is important that you remember that driving your car for a long distance would eventually take a toll on it in the months or years to come.

     

    3. Drive Your Car Yourself

     

    This is one of the best ways you can move your car to a new location. This is simply like taking a road trip. Those moving to shorter distance would find this the best option for them. This does not only save you enough money that would have been used to either hire a truck company or a professional driver, but it also assures you that your vehicle is in the best hand (your hand). Those moving to other states or cities would find this a challenging task, but they would find it surprising to know that it can be done if they are determined.

     

    Those who have doubts about driving their car to their new location would first have to fly their stuff to the new location, then fly back to drive their car to the new place. Doing this would ensure that you do not have to take items with you as you drive.

     

    4. Auto train

     

    You will find it surprising to know that you can move your car by train. If you plan to move your car to the following cities; Washington, Florida, DC and Orlando, then you can simply have your stuff packed into the car then load the vehicle into the auto train. According to sources, this auto train is able to carry; SUV's, cars, motorcycles, and others.

    5. Hiring a non-professional to do the job;

     

    Asides from driving your car yourself, this is the least expensive option. You could hire a student, a friend, or anyone who is trustworthy and in need of cash. Although this option has its own risks, there are other upsides that we will consider.

    • It is a personal way you can move your car
    • It is affordable

     

    Endeavor to ask for a price and pay them once they have done their job. For security reasons, double check your insurance documents to find out if it covers potential accidents that may occur during the trip.

     

    Tips To Consider When You Decide To Move Your Car

     

    While we have discussed some of the ways you can ship your car when moving, there are certain tips that you have to take to heart. These tips include;

    • Ensure that your car is in good shape
    • Ask for price
    • Double check your insurance documents
    • Ask questions

    Conclusion

     

    We have discussed five ways you can ship your car when you decide to move to another location. Also, we have mentioned tips that you should take into consideration before choosing any of the options.

  • How To
    How to Make a Packing Plan for Each Room

    Finding an apartment is not an easy thing, as you have to sift through a lot of trash, with the aim of getting the right one. It can be likened to kissing a lot of frogs in a bid to get to Prince Charming.

     

    You go around, checking the amenities of the buildings, wishing that one would have everything on your checklist. If it doesn't have a big bathroom, it doesn't have a nice kitchen. This is so bad. You are about to give up. Your parents never told you house shopping was that hard, but things will get better, you tell yourself.

     

    After you have checked a lot of buildings, you have finally stumbled on the right one for you. Hallelujah! The next line of action is to move your things. You groan!

     

    Your mind is racing. How will you start packing your things into moving boxes? How will you muster the strength to do the moving? You wonder.

     

    If only, there was something that you could, a magic trick that would save you the stress.

     

    Moving and searching for an apartment, a lot of persons don't know which one is more stressful. To some, going through the entire searching for house and application process is tougher than the other, and vice versa.

     

    One thing we can all agree on is that once we have found a new apartment that we like, we feel a lot lighter, well, until the moving phase starts.

     

    Packing things is a very annoying aspect of moving to a new apartment because it incorporates you trying your best to remain organized as you sift through your belongings.

     

    For us that have large belongings, this can be a pain in the ass because everything becomes too complicated for our liking.

     

    If you have the intention of moving into a new apartment soon, there are some tricks that one can use to make it less overwhelming. Below are tricks that will keep you organized. One thing is sure; you have to make a moving plan for each room. Why is this important? Look at everything you own now; there are some items that will fit a room, and look out of place in another room. For each room you have, create a moving plan. This way, you can easily move what should be in a room into that room without stress.

     

    Making up a plan for each room is easy by doing the following:

     

    1. Mark Your Calendar

     

    Once you have gotten your application for that new apartment accepted, the next line of action is to choose a date you will move, and have it marked on the calendar. Don't be the one that decides to be spontaneous with the moving. It's common to hear some persons say that they will move whenever they are convinced in their guts. That's definitely the recipe for disaster, as you may end up postponing the date until you are forced to move. At the end of the day, you are confused, and without a moving plan for each room. Look at your schedule for the month, what day will you be free to move? Marking the date on the calendar allows you to see physically the amount of time that is left to plan.

     

    The marked date on the calendar will act as a judge, looking at you until you make that decision to start planning. It will guilt you into making plans. That's the goal for persons that do not fancy planning.

     

    That's not all. Once you have marked the date when you will move, use the days between that date and the current day you are in to start packing. Give each day, a pacing project. Say that you will pack the things in the sitting room today. Tomorrow, you will pack the things in one of the bedrooms, and so on and so forth.

     

    Well, it is important to find out if your future or current apartment complex expects that you tell them about your moving schedule. Set this up quickly, and you will have the best moving date. This also saves you the stress of having to move without a plan.

     

    2. Start Early

     

    Immediately the moving date has been marked on the calendar, the next line of action is to begin those preliminary packing projects.

     

    What do you need to do before the moving date? Remember that the moving date is meant solely for you to put your boxes in a moving truck and leave, and not to start arranging your properties in a box. It is important that you know the difference.

     

    Spend the days between now and the moving date to declutter each room. Go to your bedroom, what things will you keep and what things should you give away. Do the same for other rooms, especially the attic and basement.

     

    Look for movers. This is a very important aspect of moving. If you have movers that are crappy, you will be left with a crappy job. If you get a good mover, they can help organize the moving well. Some movers may even give you some tips. Once you see a mover, tell them what you want for each room. The packing of inessential items that fall into each room should be done. Whatever you do, it is important to write out on the boxes which property will work out for each room. This will allow you to do very little when the moving day comes near.

     

    3. Enlist help

     

    Don't be the one that hates asking for help. You will need help, and that's the truth. Instead of trying to do everything yourself, you should ask for help. Do you have a roommate that will move with you? Ask for his or her help. What of friends and family? Call them up and ask for their help. Once you are done, never forget to appreciate them, even if it is a meal. Don't come off as selfish.

     

    They can aid you to declutter the various rooms and organize them back. They can even bring up ideas in moving, especially if they have moved before.

     

    Tell them what you want for each room. You can have them packing a room, and labeling the boxes, while you work on another room. They can also help you on that moving day. Since they already know the moving plan ahead, it is quite easy for them to know what goes into each room.

     

    4. Declutter and Donate

     

    Don't be the hoarder that can't do away with irrelevant items. Look at the things you have, will you need everything? I doubt that.

     

    Before you begin packing everything, move from one room to the other, and look at the items there. Do you need than painting? What of that old chair? Or old clothes? Look at everything and choose which one you want to get rid of, and which you will save.

     

    Don't do this while you pack up your things because you will be stressed totally. Do it before you back. Once you have made up your mind on what you don't want, toss the remaining ones to charity.

     

    Sort everything that is found in every room, and begin to remove those things that you have no plan of using. Is the item broken? Toss it. Is it unusable? Toss it. Is it stained and will take a lot of cleaning? Simply toss it.

     

    Is it looking awesome but you have no use for it, why not donate it? If you have not used an object for long months, there is a great chance that you don't need it.

     

    If you had forgotten that you once possessed this item, you should consider tossing it, as you most likely do not need it. This allows you to pack only a few things.

     

    5. Figure Out What You Need

     

    Now that you have looked at everything you have, it allows you to know how many moving boxes will be needed to move the things in a room. It also permits you to know which moving supplies that you may need to get things out if each room.

     

    Ensure that every room gets the necessary moving bins or boxes that will carry everything that you have decided to keep in each room. What amount of printing paper will each room need? What of the packing paper? If you had not taken a tour of your house, it wouldn't have been finding out this information.

     

    Go and find out from your local liquor store or grocery stores, if they have additional boxes that can easily be used to help reduce how much you will spend on moving boxes.

     

    If a room has a lot of breakables, it is only wise that you get bubble wrap for the room to ensure that everything there is safe.

     

    6. Create a Packing List

     

    Here, we are not asking you to create a list of every item that you possess. No, what we are asking you is to make a list of the important items that you use a lot. Go to each room, what items there will you need a lot? Making the list allows you to know what and what are important in every room. This way, you can easily search for the items once they are moved to the new apartment. You already know where they are, so putting them in their new positions will be easier

     

    It won't be a bad idea to try making the list of those items that you may need immediately at that new apartment you are moving to. It could be the bed sheets, important bathroom supplies, and even kitchen utensils. Immediately you get to an apartment; you may need to use the toilet or whip something up in the kitchen. This is why writing the packing list for each room is important.

     

    7. Pack Like You’re Going on Vacation

     

    It is important that you pack those important things that you may need, packed in a way that you can access them easily. Those big items that you will also need should be packed in such a way.

     

    When you are packing your suitcase, do it in such a way that you would pack for a holiday. Usually, when we pack for a holiday, we do it in such a way to ensure that we won't need to pull out all the clothes in our box when we need something urgent there. Pack those items that you will need on top.

     

    Do the same for your bathroom boxes. It is important to know that if you pack your toothbrush beneath every other bathroom appliance, you may suffer for it. You know that you will need your toothbrush, put it on top of others. This will save you the hassles.

     

    8. Organize Items for the New Apartment, Not the Current One

     

    Packing room by room is very important, but what you should know is how the setting of your new place is. Does it rhyme with your old place? If it does, you can pack room by room, without batting an eyelid.

     

    Look at the rooms that you have in your brand new house, and have your properties organized to fit those new rooms. This will make unpacking quite easy without stress. When you pack a box for every room, you tend to save yourself from any stress.

     

    You can take it up a notch by snapping photos of every item that is entering a box. Once you try to look for those items in your new apartment, you can merely look at your phone gallery, and see which box has the properties that you are seeking.

     

     

    9. Make Use of Easily Wasted Space

     

    One thing that you should note is that you will have some spaces that won't be used. Since you will end up using bags and suitcases, you may have space in your furniture. You can use them as the extra storage space, but you should not make them very heavy to carry them. Ensure that what you decide to carry shouldn't damage the furniture.

  • How To
    How to Know how Many Boxes you Need to Move

    We can't talk about moving without seeing the need to have boxes bought. Boxes are essentially the first thing your mind goes to when you talk about moving. There should be nothing else clouding your mind than what you need to move and when to get them moving supplies. Boxes are very important because of how neatly they make your things look, and how decent all of your items can be arranged in a box. The issue for you after getting all your plans ready should be how many boxes you need for the journey.

     

    One of the most tricky questions to answer is the number of boxes you will need to get in order to move all your stuff. There are no rules to the number of boxes you need because each home is distinct and the number of boxes you might need solely depends on the number of items in your home and what you want to pack. It is almost safe to say that the more you live in a place,  the more likely your chances of acquiring a lot of stuff.

     

    Ideally, moving time should be the best time you have to declutter your home and rid yourself of the things you no longer need in the home. When you are deciding on how to move, and when to move, you should not have all the same items moved to your new home. There will surely be things that you have that you might not use or will not use. You can throw away such items or sell them off. This way you will be able to have less load to worry about, and have fewer boxes to buy. This is the smartest thing you can do for yourself.

     

    In the same manner,  you can help yourself and your family by understanding how your family culture, habits, and ways are. Having a sound knowledge of these things will guide you in making the right choice of what to do and what not to do. You can also know what to declutter from your home knowing your habits.

     

    There are things that spark up memories and are very relevant. Those things can be kept. But the things you have not used in a long while, or might not use should be kept behind. Now it's up to you to do a yard sale, gift them to some of your friends and family or simply throw them away. The choice is yours to make.

     

    Guide To Know How Many Boxes Needed For Your Move

     

    Ask The Local Moving Company

     

    This is like the rule of thumb for those who have not had their experience with moving and they feel they are either going to choose something below the number of boxes or something more than the number of boxes they need. It is very easy when you ask your local movers to help you check your belongings and tell them to provide you with an average of what you need. This way, you don't have to figure out what you need on your own. You simply have to trust their judgment and follow what they say.

     

    You are also human and have your own sense of calculation. You can simply call the moving company to give you a confirmation of what you've been thinking in your mind. It's always very interesting for people who have had their experience of moving before. with the first time experience, they can understand what exactly they need, and how much more they need to add just in case the boxes are not enough.

     

    The Size of the Box

     

    The size of the box is also very important. When you are planning on moving, it is essential you have a detailed list of all the items and belongings you possess. This list will give you the best idea of how many boxes you will need. For some items, you will need large boxes, for some items you will need small boxes. While others you might only need to carry them in a briefcase. But know that the size of the box is very important in helping you point to the typical amount of boxes you will need in the long run.

     

    The Type of Box

     

    Size is not the only characteristic you look at when deciding how many boxes you will need for an effective move. The type of box is another important factor. You will notice that there are some items in your house that have an irregular shape and would need a box that can help you carry it. Other special boxes too should be considered. There are boxes designed for bottles, glassware, and other fragile items.

     

    You also need special boxes for mirrors, and instruments. So as much as you need the size of the box to be optimal for the move, you also need to pay attention to the type of box, so you don't end up using a box that is not meant for an item. The end is usually disastrous. Instead of saving money, and cost you end up spending about 3 times more of what you should have spent if you had done the right thing.

     

    Remember that the size and type of boxes in use are what you have to worry about because you are going to handle the moving on your own. Most of the moving companies already know what to do and how to handle the situation. If you need to move and make it easy for you, you should get medium boxes. Medium-sized boxes can be used to carry many different things. It is always advisable to use these box types to carry heavy things. This way it'll be easier for you to carry them. Make sure you label the boxes so you don't end up confusing yourself.

     

    Do The Math

     

    You should also be able to do the math on your own of how many boxes you need. For a start, you should be able to know how many items you have in the home, the total number of rooms you have plus your garage, attic, basement and other places. You also need to know the connection you share with your items. Most people tend to think they only need just a few boxes and at the end of the day find out they need more than they asked for. This issue can easily be resolved if you just take the details of everything you own.

     

    The irony of it all might be that you might be living in a small home and you will still have so much to pack than those living in a large home. If you have a nature of always collecting things, or keeping souvenirs then this might apply to you. It's not always about the size of the home but always about the family, how many members, their habits, and what they have in their home.

     

    Precision is very important. So you need to open all the closed wardrobes, cupboards, and other things in your home. You'd be shocked at how much boxes you need when you get the details of your belongings. Here's a hack. If you like cooking and have a lot of utensils get more medium-sized boxes. If you like cooking then you definitely need small boxes to pack all your books and magazines. Finally, for the fashionistas, you would be needing the wardrobe-type boxes to help you pack all your great fashion dresses.

     

    Ideally, a family of two living in an apartment with a single bedroom would need close to 10 small sized boxes, four large boxes, twenty medium-sized boxes,  a wardrobe box, and any other type of special box depending on their habits and special items they possess. With this standard, you can work out how many boxes you would need for a larger family. If it's a family of five,  the. You need five times the amount of boxes stated earlier. This is the best way to estimate the number of boxes you need for a family.

     

    Standard moving boxes

     

    Those are the cases you will require the most to pack up your family things. They come in 4 distinct sizes:

    Small moving box. Surmised estimate: 18'' x 18'' x 16''. Limit: 1.5 cubic feet. Net weight limit: 65 lbs. Inexact cost: $1 per box.

    Medium moving box. Rough size: 16'' x 12'' x 12''. Limit: 3.0 cubic feet. Net weight limit: 65 lbs. Estimated cost: $1.50 per box.

    Large moving box. Surmised measure: 18'' x 18'' x 24''. Limit: 4.5 cubic feet. Net weight limit: 65 lbs. Inexact cost: $2 per box.

    Additional enormous moving box. Estimated measure: 24'' x 18'' x 24''. Limit: 6.0 cubic feet. Net weight limit: 65 lbs. Rough cost: $2.50 per box.

     

    Claim to fame moving boxes

     

    Notwithstanding the standard cardboard boxes referenced above, you may need to utilize various forte boxes to pack books, garments, kitchen things, pictures, individual archives, etc.

     

    Closet boxes. Ideal for moving draping garments with zero possibility of harm to your costly articles of clothing. Closet confines come 3 sizes: little (24" x 24" x 34"; 11.3 cb.; approx. cost: $11), medium (18" x 18" x 46"; 8.6 cb.; approx. value: $12), and huge (24" x 24" x 48"; 16 CB).

     

    Dish barrel boxes. Extraordinary for pressing and moving weak things, for example, kitchen plates, glasses or fragile old fashioned things. Dish packs are twofold walled for greatest assurance. The measure of a dish barrel box is 18" x 18" x 28", with a limit of 5.25 CB. Surmised cost: $6.

     

    Book boxes. Perfect for pressing and transporting substantial books. The components of a book box are 12″ x 12″ x 12″, with a limit of 1.0 cb. Inexact cost: $1.25.

     

    Mirror and picture boxes. Intended to keep encircled things shielded amid a house move – from mirrors to pictures, photographs, works of art and different kinds of confined fine art. Picture encloses come 3 sizes: standard (37" x 4" x 27"; 2.3 cb.; approx. cost: $5), huge (48" x 4" x 32"; 3.9 cb.; approx. cost: $7), 4-piece box (up to 40″ x 60″ x 3-1/2''; approx. cost: $8).

     

    Where to get moving boxes

     

    Now that we know what types and sizes of boxes we need. The next thing is where to get these boxes. You can get them from a number of places.

     

    First. You can get these boxes from stores that sell moving boxes. Here you can find a very large collection of different sizes and different boxes that have special uses. So if you are searching for something you can use for all your special items, you can go to any of the stores around you that specialize in selling moving boxes. All standard sizes and types can be found therein whatever quantity you want.

     

    Another way to get boxes if you are a bit low on a budget is from places around. you can check around your area to get as many boxes as you need for free.  the only thing is that you must start scouting for boxes early. you can go to your local wine store to ask for boxes, you can also go to your grocery store or supermarket and ask that they provide you with the boxes they no longer use.  you can equally find all sizes but you might not be lucky to get special boxes.

     

    In conclusion

    The tips and information above will guide you on how to go about knowing how many boxes you need to make a successful move. Different factors are you be considered when deciding ANF we have tried to list a few.  We hope you find this very useful in helping you decide what and how to move.

     

  • How To
    How To File a Moving Insurance Claim

    One of the most beautiful things is always having to move from your former place to a new place. We know how much you have planned this moment and the way you look forward to settling down. But the most disappointing thing is when you discover that some of your items and belongings are not in the same condition that you met them. This can be a very big discouragement. If you are not so pleased with this type of situation and need to do something,  then we recommend you filled an insurance claim to your local moving company.

     

    What is a moving insurance claim?

     

    In simple terms, this is the complaint you lay down when you have any of your property damaged after your move. This is a claim you tender to show that your belongings have been damaged or are not in the condition you left them. It is very essential that we all have insurance on our belongings when moving because we can never tell what will happen, or what might accidentally break.

     

    So if you notice anything scratch on your TV, a defect in one of your formally standard belonging, or even a broken or cracked expensive item, then you might need to file an insurance claim. Continue reading this informative piece so that you can learn the detailed procedure on how to file a moving insurance claim.

     

    Be prepared before the move

     

    Planning to make your move a successful one does not start from only making a well-detailed list of all your beginnings. It also spills over into making sure you get your stuff insured. Prepare all your belongings as though you were expecting damage. We know you don't wish for any of your items to be broken or get missing but you should be able to take precautionary measures by planning to file a moving insurance claim even before it happens, just in case you might need to file an insurance claim later.

     

    First thing's first, you must have a well detailed and comprehensive list or inventory of all your items, and belongings. In this inventory, you should add the details of their current state, and the monetary value of all these items. If you still have the receipts and credit card statement showing the amount you purchased these items then you should add it, as a solid proof.

     

    Taking pictures and videos showing the state of your belongings prior to the time they were moved is another great way to give solid evidence. Despite the fact that your local moving company will have their own list, and inventory of all the items, it is still important you have yours. Just imagine having to file a moving insurance claim, you will have twice the evidence to back your claim. This will give you a higher chance of being attended to promptly.

     

    More information should be kept. If you ever spoke with any of their customer representative, or worker, you need to also document this. You will be shocked at how handy all of those things might become for you. Thinking about the things spoken above, you will agree that it is starting to make sense. So if you find any of your belonging damaged, here is what you have to do, after you have gotten the entire document ready.

     

    Accurately document the damage and monetary value of the item in question

     

    This process is only kickstarted when you notice damage or harm done on your belongings. Once it is something you have noticed, be sure to take the pictures of the new state of the item, and compare it to the former state. Having both the old and new pictures would provide very solid evidence to support your claim. Also make sure that you keep this item, do not misplace or throw it away. Most insurance companies ask for this concrete evidence before further work can be done.

     

    The next thing you want to make sure you do is to get the monetary value of the item in question and place it saddens by side with your claim. To make the task a lot easier for you, you can simply take the credit card statement or the receipt and take it to those who you are filing the claim to.

     

    Pen down the details of your conversations

    from the day you decided to hire the moving company up until the time you decided to lay the claim,  you need to have a record of all the conversation you have with them. this will help you with accurate information on the timeline involved when you made the claim. You should also include all the hard copies of documents, bills, receipts, and every form of paperwork gotten from the moving company. This will help you in providing something you can give to the insurance company hen you want to file a claim.

     

    You shouldn't stop at having all the conversations you get from your moving company, but you should also make sure the new conversations and details you get are equally recorded. Pen down the name of everyone and anyone who speaks to you within that period. Always ask for the names,  and addresses of those who spoke you. If they do not provide it, you should ask from them and they will provide you with it

     

    Look into your moving company's contract once again.

     

    The next thing for you to do is to make sure you go through the contract with your moving company over and over again and with scrutiny. There are many parts of the contract you have to pay attention to. Some of the sections you should dwell on are the inventory and bill of lading sections. 

     

    The inventory sections show you how the total amount of items and belongings you have in your possession. You have to crosscheck this part because it contains the information about the items you have gathered by the moving company. You should crosscheck it with yours to see if it is consistent. If you have found it to be consistent then you can agree to what they have on their list. Be sure to go through this list so you don't get surprises that some of your items were already damaged before the move.

     

    The bill of lading section of the list would contain information about your confirmation of certain information like the pickup and delivery date,  your signature, and the type of insurance coverage you chose. Do well to have this copy for yourself too. Filing a moving insurance claim would require a whole lot and you don't want to be stuck halfway without having the right amount of tools to fight with.

     

    Be also aware of the type of insurance, you have chosen. There are essentially two types. We have value coverage and full coverage. The full coverage grants you a full sum of money stated for each item you have placed. It gives you the exact same amount, but the values coverage only makes your moving company accountable to pay you 60% of whatever the value of the item costs.

     

    Inform your moving company about the claim you want to file

     

    The next thing you want to make sure you do is that you want to inform your moving company about filing a moving insurance claim. There are two outcomes you can expect from telling your moving company. One is that you can expect that they might want to settle things amicably with you. If they choose to settle things with you, and you like the terms then you can go ahead. But if you don't quite agree with their settlement, then you can let the second option take place. 

     

    The second option is that they can provide you with a detailed analysis of the types of moving insurance claims there are. They will give you the best information, and you can go ahead to choose the best you want. They can also hint you on some of the additional steps and costs you need to have taken when you are trying to file a claim. If your materials are not complete, they can guide you on what else you need to provide so that the filing process is easy.

     

    Go right ahead and file the claim

     

    After putting all the necessary things in place, you need to start your moving process as soon as you can. There is a law that you have to file your claim within nine months of noticing the damage. The best thing is to start early that is why it is advisable to have all of the things mentioned earlier even before you have any case of damage so the process is easier for you.

     

    After the moving company must have given you the things you need to provide,  you should also try as much as possible to add the following even when they are not demanded. A copy of both your personal and company inventory so they can be cross-examined. The monetary value evidence of the item in question, videos, and pictures of the item that was damaged, little information that you can provide in words describing the damage on the item.

     

    After you must have successfully filed an insurance claim. The company is now left with the work of acknowledging that they have received the claim. This is meant to be within a time frame of 30 days.  After the acknowledgment, the revolution comes next. The moving company now has about a month of 120 days to bring a resolved answer to you. The method and manner in which the issue is resolved are solely dependent on the type of insurance you choose. You need to make sure you have a full understanding of what the company is to cover and what they are not going to cover.

     

    Before you can even think of laying an insurance claim, you should be sure of the company you are choosing. Make sure you only choose the best company for your moving needs.  When you are not sure about the company you want to choose.  You will not have a firm grip on them when it comes to handling cases of an insurance claim. Before hiring,  you should be well aware of the company you are choosing.

     

    Make sure they explicitly stated that they have insurance. Moving companies without insurance can make you regret if anything goes wrong. All the information provided above is only in the context of having a company that is insured. So you really need to be selective when it comes to choosing a moving company. Moving is a serious business, so you need to devote serious time to selecting the best company for the job.

     

    Also, try as much as possible to remove any barrier that might make you not earn the insurance claim. Remember that what you put in is what you get. If you claim that your belongings are less than the actual amount, then when you are to be paid, you will give the full amount of what you have stated in the insurance coverage. You should also try to get all the necessary documents so you are not refused a chance to get restitution for your items.

     

    In conclusion

     

    we believe that anything can happen during a move. you're fine China could get damaged, or even your antique table. Any item can get damaged,  and what you need is an insurance claim. We strongly advise people to take their insurance claim serious even before they see any sign of damage.  It is always better to be safe than sorry. Moving is not something you wake up one morning to do. A good plan is what makes the entire process successful,  and this is one of the plans you can make in bringing it to success.

  • How To
    Ship a Car to Another State

    Shipping your car to another state is obviously a task that you cannot handle on your own, the task needs to be outsourced to an auto shipping company. Hence, your first assignment in shipping your car to another state is to search for available auto shipping companies that is safe, secure, licensed, and affordable at the same time.

     

    There are certain things you will like to avoid when shipping your car and as a result of this you need to get a transportation company that will guarantee you the following;

     

    • They must be able to deliver your car to your preferred destination as at when due without compromising on the agreed arrival time.
    • The car must arrive at the new location safely without any damage being done to it, which means there should be no scratches, no paint chips, and no dents whatsoever inflicted on the car.
    • Their services must be affordable and yet they must be of top-quality at the same time.
    • The whole transportation process has to be seamless without you having to leave other important things you need to attend to and of course, this is the reason why you have decided to engage the services of an experienced auto transportation company.

     

    The first thing to do in shipping a car to another state is to source for aa dependable and trustworthy company that is licensed, secured, and insured and other things will naturally fall in place.

     

    Just like moving from one place to another may be tedious so also moving a car to another state may also be tedious. The bulk of the whole task stops at putting logistics right before, during, and after moving to your new location. If all logistics are in place, then definitely whether you are moving your car or anything else like a piano will be seamless.


    I will be highlighting a few steps to be taken when you are moving your car to another state. These steps will guide you and help you have a good experience whenever you plan to move your car.

     

    1. Choose a Shipping Company

     

    Getting the right shipping company is the foundation of everything else you will need to do to have an enjoyable moving experience. If you get the choice correct you are in for a good time. However, if you are unlucky to go with the wrong company, everything might just out a mess, so it is good to take your time to source for the right company. Some of the things you need to do to make the right choice of shipping company are as follows;

    • Check Auto/Shipping Transporter Review: The best measure of future performance is to evaluate past performances, so before you engage any auto transport company make sure you read reviews about them from independent sites so that you don’t read reviews that have been doctored. Find out what their clients say about them, ask friends and families for recommendations.
    • Compare Prices: In as much as you want quality services, you still would not want to go outside your budget, s it is good to get quotes from different companies and you compare to make your final decision.
    • Check Their Registration: Make sure your selected shipping company is registered and has a valid US Dot number on their website. With this, you can know if the company is legitimate or not.
    • Liaise With Your Auto Transport Company: Call your auto transporter to have an idea of their professionalism and responsiveness. Try to know if they will answer your call and how fast they will reply to your message or get back to you.

     

    2. Book A Viable Shipping Date

     

    After you have settled for a shipping company, the next thing is to book an available shipping date. Carefully evaluate your situation and select a date and book ahead of time; at least two weeks earlier s that you can get good rates and delivery dates. If you book too close to your move date, it will be considered as an emergency shipment and it will cost more.

     

    3. Prepare Your Car

     

    Make sure you prepare and get your car ready for shipping before the pickup date and time. A few things you need to do in order to get your car ready may include;

     

    • Wash the outside and inside of your car; this will make it easier for you to notice any scratch, and dents that may appear on the car in transition.
    • Inspect your car with the tracker.
    • Take a picture where necessary before your car is transported.
    • Empty your tank so that it does not add weight to your car but ensure you have enough fuel that will be enough for unloading and loading.
    • Remove all your personal belongings by clearing all you have in the car.
    • Handover your car keys to the driver.
    • Remove any removable part in your car s that it doesn’t get missing in transition.
    • Deactivate your car alarm.

     

    4. Pick Your Car

     

    Your shipping company will give you a delivery window that includes the timing when your car will be delivered. This may take few weeks depending on your destination. You will need to monitor the progress of the job by communicating with your shipper from time to time and also this can be done through a tracker. Your shipping company should provide a means with which you can track your car through a GPS enabled tracker.

     

    Finally, upon delivery, make sure you inspect your car for any damages, dents, and scratches, among others. If your car arrived in good condition, then you can sign the bill of loading. If you find any kind of scratches, dents, or damages you can use the document to file a claim.

     

    Moving your car to another state requires a lot of effort and as such, you should make necessary plans ahead of time and make sure you engage a top professional auto transport company to get the job done for you and you will enjoy the whole process without you having to move a morsel.

  • How To
    How to Move to A New Home in One Day

    As much as we all like to make plans, and have everything organized. There are certain times where life hits us with a lot of surprises, and unexpected outcomes. It might never happen to you, and again if you are not so lucky, you might have a taste of what it means to have a moving situation happen to you. You have nothing to worry about really. It all depends on the posture of your mind.

     

    The truth is that a successful move can only occur when you have it well planned from weeks or days before the actual moving. But you don’t have to worry much. We have gathered useful tips that will help you make the best of your time, and pull out a successful moving in just one day.

     

    Make sure you are in the right frame of mind and follow these tips to be at the top of your moving game

     

    1. Relax Your Mind

     

    This is the first significant step. You have to first forget about all the unfortunate instances and possible events of failure that might be running through your head. As much as it might seem like a very daunting task to pull off in one day, you need to appear calm and collected but in mind and action. It doesn’t mean it is impossible; it can be cleared off gradually. You need to break things down into bits to begin. Trust me, panicking has no perk, it only adds to the stress in your mind.

     

    2. Create a Moving list

     

    The next thing you need to place your mind on after relaxing it is to make a list. You know your house more than anyone else. Pick up your pen and make a list of the entire household items you have or own. The first thing will be to get the items all on paper, the next procedure that follows will be to arrange them in order of importance. The list will come in very handy because it will also serve as a checklist where you can tick off items that have been successfully packed.

     

    Having a list is a huge motivation for you to continue moving. Once you have everything on paper, you will be prompted to carry on the next step. Howeve, you want to make a list is up to you. The division, the sections you want to attend to first, as well as the listing of items individually or collectively is all up to you. So to be encouraged, you have to have to get your list ready.

     

    3. Organize Your List

     

    Immediately you have a comprehensive list of all the things you want to move into your home; you will need to have your items organized. Let everything have a section they would fit into. Let the papers go to the paper section, let the glassware go to the glassware section, let the clothes also be organized in the clothes section. The most important thing is having it all figured out; this way you are motivated to continue packing all your items.

     

    Another crucial reason for organizing your stuff is to make sure you also section them according to use. You should organize your items according to useful items, items to be disposed of, items you want to give out, and items you want to sell. Once you have this list, you can sure of what is going with you when you decide to move, and you also know what is not going with you. The organization helps a great deal in helping you know the items you should pack first and the ones you will not need to pack.

     

    4. Now You Need to Get Some Help

     

    The next thing you need to do is to start the packing process. The process should be done in two ways or both at the same time. The first thing you might want to do is to make sure you get to hire movers. Now one thing you should know is that the cost of hiring movers in just a short notice might be a little higher than average. So you might want to get your pocket ready for the task. You can find a couple of moving companies that can very much help you with the emergency moving service and will do a great job.

     

    If you feel the cost of hiring movers is a little above what you can afford, you can try an alternative. The alternative is to have friends and family come over to your place to help you with the move. Friends and family always come in handy in these situations especially if you have reliable friends. If your neighbors are available, then you can call them to lend a hand too, and they will be glad to help you.

     

    Another thing you can try is to get a moving company, and get quotes. You can beat the price down by having your friends come over to assist too. That way, you get a reduced price for getting some work off the ground. The thing about applying this is that you can get the professional movers only to move the most difficult and challenging items, while you and your friends only attend to the much simpler ones.

     

    5. The Next Thing is to Get Moving Supplies or to Improvise

     

    So, here comes the real deal. If you have got enough cash to spend, you can get moving boxes for the items you have after creating a list and organizing all your household items. There are a couple of websites where you can get boxes and have them delivered to your doorstep. You can also go to the store yourself and buy the boxes. Since you know the items you want to move, you can pretty much buy only the specific boxes that suit your moving needs.

     

    If you can’t get the boxes because things are happening very sudden, you can improvise with garbage bags. The best options will be to source for clear garbage bags where you can quickly pour in items to be moved. You can take your list of organized items and put them in the plastic bag while you label them. The labelling is important because it will help you know where to start searching for items in your new home. Make sure you dispose of junks. Don’t be tempted to take along the things you have not used in ages.

     

    6. Think Very Fast

     

    Remember we spoke about you being calm and collected at the beginning. This is where your relaxed mind comes to play. By the time you get to this tip, you should have been in the mood where you are encouraged to move. Then you should think very fast in turning ordinary materials to special materials. For example, you can use your blanket to wrap the fragile cups, and glassware. And many other things that you can do to make sure the moving process is almost stress-free.

     

    7. Start the Packing Categorically

     

    To make the job a lot easier for you, you need to pack your things room by room. You should start with the children room if you have children. Their rooms should give you the least problem since they don’t have a lot of stuff. If your children are grown enough, you can hand them the bag to put in items themselves while you settle other rooms in the home. Once the rooms are settled, you can face other places together. But if you do not have grown up children, you will have to do it for them.

     

    For those who have a baby or babies while they are trying to move, you might need to get the baby or babies a babysitter. It is very tasking to have babies crying while you are trying to settle the arrangement and packing of your stuff. If you can’t get a babysitter in short notice, you can try taking your baby to your friend’s place or anyway they will be safe while you pack with a clear head.

     

    Remember that as a rule of thumb, you should reduce items while you pack. This is the best time to throw away things, so you don’t end up packing junks with useful items.

     

    8. Get a first-day bag

     

    A first-day bag is simply the bag that you can use to pack in all the items, clothes and essentials you will be needing on the first day of moving. You should realize that you might be too busy to start searching through the pile of packed items to get a single item. A smart tip is to make sure you get all the items you will need on the first night, or even for the whole day the next day. Things that can be contained in the box are a change of clothes, toothbrush, underwear, plates, toothpaste, and soap. Etc.

     

    9. Make Plans for a Moving Truck if you are to Move With Friends

     

    Now, if you have chosen the option to pack with your friends, you will need a truck. Renting a truck, and moving with the help of your friends, family, and neighbors will cut down a great deal on the cost of hiring movers. So instead of hiring movers, you Do It Yourself (DIY). Part of planning yourself would be to get the persons to help you on time. Please note that some truck rental companies add manpower; it’s your choice to accept or refuse them.

     

    Now the trick about hiring a truck, or getting someone with the truck is that you need to do it early. Instead of thinking of it as the last thing to do after packing, you can place a call even before you start packing. Seeing the moving truck waiting early for you will motivate you to work faster. You will get things done faster and can move items in as soon as they are packed. You don’t want to sit waiting for the moving truck to arrive hours after you must have finished packing. Waiting in itself can be very tiring.

     

    10. Store Things You Cannot Move in a Day

     

    To make moving achievable in just one day, you need to find where to keep the rest of your items. You can have your items split amongst your friends with a checklist. This way they can help you keep some of the stuff you cannot move on that day. Just give them a date you want to come and pick all the items you must have dropped off with them. This is something many people fail to realize. Once you can do this, you will not worry with regards to your items.

     

    You also have to consider the bulk of what it is that you are going to be storing. If it’s very minimal, then you can keep it at your friends or your neighbors. If it is very much, you need to do the needful. Look for companies that are offering excellent warehousing facilities. They will provide you with a very decent warehousing service and give you enough room for the period that you want to leave your items with them. This is a very smart tip that would help you.

     

    In conclusion, we believe moving in just a day might seem impossible in your mind, but it is possible. All you need to do is to apply a systematic approach to how you organize and move your items, and you will be fine. Make sure you have hands that will help you, give them instructions on what to do, and also be thankful as they help you.

     

    Since time is not on your side, you should watch how well you make use of it. Coordination, planning, structuring, and sound thinking are the elements you need to pull through at a time where the things are sudden.

     

  • How To
    How to Pack For your Upcoming Move?

    It is a big decision to want to move from your previous apartment or office to an entirely different place; it means a whole lot to you as a person or organization because of the total structural adjustments that would have to follow the process. Moving is not as easy as it seems, and it is equally very easy, it all depends on the angle you like to see it from and the smart tips you apply to make the process less cumbersome. After making your decision to move out finally, there are things you must have put in places like the new apartment you are moving into, the new day you want to move, and a whole lot of other logistics.

     

    The weight of the thinking about the entire process itself can weigh your own even before you start the actual event of moving, and that is why you need to be guided on how to make the packing process a seamless one. Be sure to know that you at the right place right now if you need some really helpful tips and useful guidance with regards to how to pack for a move.

     

    Please find below some of our helpful tips on how to pack for a stress-free move

     

    TIME MANAGEMENT

     

    Among everything you need to consider very carefully when you make up your mind to move is time. Time is of the essence, and how well you structure your time is how well you will be able to make the most of it. The rest of the processes will fit into an already laid down and carefully thought-through plan. The first thing you must do in structuring your time is picking a date you want to move; the date should be chosen long before you intend on moving, so you have enough time to plan. The next thing after that should be to create stages for the moving process; you should be able to breakdown the entire moving process into segments and have time to complete each segment, that way you will be able to monitor your progress.

     

    If you are busy with work most of the time and have the weekends to yourself, you can consider using the weekends effectively and also calling your family and friends to make the task a lot easier. Time must be apportioned to the places you want to start with, the rooms you want to declutter and so on.

     

    DECLUTTERING IS THE NEXT BIG STEP

     

    You must never forget that every moving process requires that you are very much into what you are doing. This means that you must be able to apply your mind to the things you need and the ones you do not need so that you can dispose of them. Take a look at your property or items and categorize them. Some would fall under the junks category which, of course, you would dispose, some would fall under the useful items category which you would make use of. Others would also fall under the category of items you want to give out. By the end of the decluttering process, you will realize you have only a few useful items to retain; still, the once voluminous property will shrink and become a lesser burden to bear.

     

    Remember that we will be allocating the time factor to the decluttering process too. For each category of items you will be clearing up in your home, you need to set a time to get it over with quickly. Set a time and date for the items you want to give out or sell. In the same manner, you need to try as much as possible to dispose of all the items you feel are not necessary so that you can have relief after seeing a large chunk of load disposed of.

     

    MAKE A LIST OF WHAT IS LEFT

     

    The next step after decluttering and using your time well, you should get a list of the items that are left. This will give you an idea of what is left for you to manage and proceed to the next level. For this stage, you will need to create a checklist of some sort and go to each room in your home and make a list of the items there, for example, the appliances, furniture, tools, and every other thing. Knowing the entirety of your property gives you a holistic idea of whether you need to hire a professional moving company or doing it yourself. Once you are done with this stage, you can proceed to the next stage.

     

    GET MOVING BOXES TO AID YOUR PACKING

     

    The next big, or let’s say small step for you would be to get moving boxes that you will use to pack all of your items. The reason why we asked that you get a list of the items left in your home is for you to know how you can go about gathering boxes for all of your items. You should know the different sizes of items in your home and the sizes of boxes that you are equally going to use to pack the items. You should gather large, small boxes, as well as specialized boxes also that will be used for special items. Please note that the heaviest weight of box you should use must be 50 pounds.

     

    There are two ways to get moving boxes to go about your moving; the first way is to source for free moving boxes from different places. You can get free boxes from liquor stores, grocery stores, and any other place you know they have an unlimited number of boxes. Another way is that you can buy moving boxes to help all of your items have a haven. Without the boxes, must of your items will not be in a nice shape, and you might even lose some for good¸, so it is very important you acquire these boxes. In my opinion, it is always better to buy boxes than to get for free from places where they have been laid in waste for too long. You might have to start cleaning off dust and removing pests infested in these boxes, so to have no issue with all those infestations and dust; you can get brand new boxes.

     

    Also, be aware that not all types of boxes can be used for all items in your home for the special ware like the glassware, Tupperware, and other delicate items. Get boxes designed for wine glasses and also win. You should also make sure you find enough packing supplies that you can use for padding, taping, and protecting the delicate items.

     

    START INFORMING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY EARLY

     

    If you have chosen your friends like your work associate to help you with the moving process, you need to start calling them early or remind them frequently beforehand so that it sticks to their minds that they have committed their time to help you. You should have chosen a date, and they should all be aware of the date that you have chosen if they are to move with you. If you have also fixed different dates that you will have your home decluttered or carry out a yard sale, then you also remind them about it. In the same manner, you should also get your babysitters reminded about the specific date they are meant to come and start their job. Do not also forget that you are to set the dates you want to remove your cable and other devices in your home. An early reminder would save you from being disappointed.

     

    START THE ACTUAL PACKING

     

    Immediately you get all the things in place; you can start packing your stuff segment by segment into your boxes, this is with the assumption that you have gathered all the necessary boxes to be used to pack. Then you must first start room by room; if you have little children, it would be best you start from their room first, pack all their things in a way that you know they will not be misplaced. After the children’s rooms, you can proceed to your room and other parts of your home. Packing according to rooms should ease your stress, and make you think better because things would be done in an organized format. After you have gotten your things together, you should be able to label all the boxes in use. Label the boxes that belong to your children according to their ages; you can also use color tapes and color codes to be able to separate them.

     

    Labeling and color codes are also very important in identifying different other components placed in boxes that look alike. You will save yourself from a lot of confusion doing it this way. Things that have similar properties or composition should be placed together, like the cups, glasses and all other related items. Remember also to keep your chemicals in separate boxes, never mix chemicals with all the other items because they can be harmful to those other items and can even damage your belongings for good. So be wise about what you are packing together. Your jewelry and other expensive items should be packed separately in a way, and place that you can monitor them closely. Figure out in your mind which boxes you want to go in first because these are the boxes that will come out last when you eventually get to your new apartment, and you start unpacking.

     

    In everything you are going to be packing, one essential thing is for you to have a first-night pack. This pack will contain everything that you need to survive on the first night after you move into your new apartment. They will include items like your clothes, medications, toiletries, a couple of snacks, and things that you can easily access even if you are too tired to unpack your boxes on the first day.

     

    HIRE PROFESSIONAL MOVERS IF YOU CAN’T DO IT YOURSELF

     

    This is a very crucial choice you need to make even before you start moving, it is like the second thing you need to think about after you have structured your time. We always have the idea that we can do a lot of things all by ourselves until we reach the point where we are stranded. If you have a lot of items to move and a large family as well, you should consider hiring professionals to help you with your moving needs. If you also have expensive and delicate items that you don’t want to be broken, a professional moving company can help you get the job done. The only time you should consider doing it yourself is if you have very little to move, then you can hire a DIY truck and move your things around.

     

    Be very careful when trying to hire a moving company to meet your needs, be sure that they are professionals and you must have researched well about them, that’s why you need enough time to check the best. Moving expensive and delicate items should also inform your choice of the type of company to hire, you should be thinking of hiring a company that has insurance and are licensed, this will bring a certain level of assurance to you.

     

    CHANGE YOUR HOME ADDRESS EVEN BEFORE YOU MOVE

     

    To make it sink in well into your mind that you are moving to a new home, you should change your address weeks before you move. The address change is something most people forget to do because they still don’t fully realize that they have moved. Try to bring to your consciousness the fact that you have moved to a new home by checking and updating all necessary documents that require your address. If there are also websites that require your address information, be sure to make the necessary adjustments. Little things like this will inform your mind about the fact that you have moved, it might take a little while for your mind to follow through, but you’ll be fine eventually.

     

  • How To
    How to Move A Baby Grand Piano?

    Moving from a place you have spent most of your life can be tough, because of different situations tied to it. Some of the issues that you are likely to face are trying to break the emotional attachment you have with the neighborhood you stay in, trying to truly convince yourself that you are moving and other related issues. Moving is very beautiful in the end, and you give a deep sigh of relief after a successful moving process, but remember, not all moving processes turn out to be successful.

     

    It is very important that you pay attention to the type of moving company you choose as well as the quality of the services they offer. Even if you try to do some things on your own, there are just things that you will need help handling. In this article, we will be talking about how to move your baby grand piano, because it is a very important item you possess, and it is equally very delicate. We will be putting you through on steps that you can take to move your baby grand piano safely from your current apartment to your new apartment without breaking a single thing.

     

    What You Need To Know First While Moving Baby Grand Piano

     

    Preparing your mind for the move is the most important thing you can do for yourself. The first thing you also have to realize is that there are two ways to go about moving the piano. One way is doing it yourself. If you are very sure that you have what it takes to disassemble the piano, then you can go ahead and do it yourself. The second way is for you to make sure you hire professionals to help you with the task. Do not try to cut down on cost by watching a few YouTube videos as a crash course on how to disassemble a baby piano. You might end up damaging your keyboard even more than you thought you were about to save on cost. Only use professionals on things you have no idea about, it’s fast, it’s safer.

     

    As a rule of thumb, before you can move your baby piano, you have to be aware of the fact that it needs to be taken apart. First, it sounds scary, yeah? But not to worry, experts can help you with this. Speaking of experts, it is imperative that you know the company you are trying to hire also. Just because a company promises to offer you piano moving services for a low price doesn’t mean you should jump at the offer. Even if they offer a moderate or high price, it still doesn’t pass as being professionals. You have to do your research on whichever company you want to select. To do this, you should be able to run a search online and check the reviews provided by other customers about the local movers or the company you wish to use. Better yet, you can search for websites that offer specialized moving services for baby piano and employ them.

     

    The primary criteria for choosing any professional is making sure they have insurance. Insurance is your saving grace when they damage any part of your piano; this is something you would never get if you try to move the piano on your own.

     

    The Actual Process of Moving Piano

     

    We strongly recommend that you don’t have to bother about moving the baby piano yourself, but if you insist on doing it yourself, we have put together a list of some of the procedures to use in moving the piano. The actual moving process will be described in two sections; one is the disassembling section, and the other is moving the piano.

     

    Disassembling The Baby Piano

     

    We go bit by bit in this process, and the first thing you want to do is to take out the piano lid. The baby piano will be disassembled in an entirely different way from the upright piano. The baby piano also weighs about half the size of the upright piano and so we must reduce the weight by detaching each detachable part. To remove the lid, locate the little screws that hold it in place and remove them using your screwdriver. Be sure to have more than one screwdriver for this process, never lose the screws, except if you intend on not placing the lid back.

     

    Now that you have taken the lid out. Wrap it carefully with a nice moving pad to help protect against any damage, scratch or harm. Make sure the lid is covered entirely by the pads till you cannot see the lid anymore. Blankets are also good substitutes for moving pads if you can’t buy one at the moment.

     

    The next thing you have to focus on removing after the lid is the lyre. The lyre is that thing right underneath the piano to which the pedals are connected. They are made from wood and are fixed in with screws. This again is one of the reasons why you need more than one screwdriver. All you have to do is to remove the screw from the lyre and place the lyre separately. Take the screws and keep them separately. At this point, you need to keep the screw separately and label a bag for each screw to avoid confusion.

     

    After removing the lyre. We would love to focus on taking care of the pedals. The pedals ideally are three, and each must be wrapped separately. Never try to wrap all three at the same time, you might stand at risk of breaking them. Make sure your moving pads are securely wrapped on each, and use tape to keep them firmly in place.

     

    Resting the Piano Against the Board After Disassembly

     

    The next thing for you to do is to get your piano to rest against its board. Your piano should have a piano board which is a wooden surface made for the side of your piano, and it can be used to strap the sides of the piano well enough. If your piano doesn’t have one, you can ask from a local music store and get one. Now you should rest the board against your moving pad while you try to remove the other legs. Never let the entire weight of the piano rest on the legs, the other legs are not firm enough to carry 500 pounds without snapping, so be careful.

     

    The next step is an easy one. Once you have your piano board in place, you can rest the piano on that end and make it stand upright, sideways. Then you need to get your moving pads to wrap the piano. Make sure you buy the thick moving pads, and if you must use blankets at all, you have to use thick ones. Wrap the moving pads around it well, and use straps to fasten the moving pads securely onto the piano.

     

    Remember the board? Yeah, this is where it comes in even handy. The board comes with straps that allow you to fasten the piano to its flat surface. Make sure the piano sits well on the board, and check again to see if the straps are tight enough not allowing any little movements out of place. Again, you can check out your local store for straps.

     

    The legs of the piano are the next in line to be removed. It depends on the model of baby piano you use; some have three legs while others have four. The legs are attached to the piano using little bolts or screws which can be removed using an Allen key or a screwdriver. Carefully remove all the legs of the piano without damaging any of them.

     

    The next set of items you want to focus on should be your legs and lyre. Take your legs one by one and wrap them all with the moving pads. Don’t place two together, they must all be wrapped individually, and not only that, but they must also be completely wrapped in such a way that they will be covered completely, till no wood can be seen. After wrapping them, use packaging tape to hold the moving tape in place.

     

    Moving All Parts of The Disassembled Piano

     

    For this section, we will be describing how you can move all the parts you have disassembled.

     

    The most obvious part of the piano you will need to be careful about moving is the large part. After wrapping the piano properly, be careful to place it on a dolly. Make sure the dolly is formed enough and moves only in the direction you want it to, to avoid a situation of sliding and slipping out of your control. Make sure it doesn’t tilt in any way and make sure you have firm control over the dolly. Get your friends to help you move the sturdy dolly, an average of three persons at least should do to be on a safe side. Don’t allow children to handle.

     

    We would love to assume that for the fact that you have chosen to move your piano yourself, you are also renting a truck to move it all by yourself. If this is the case, then this is how you should move your piano safely into the truck. Get a very strong plank and place on the truck, and let the rest of the plank touch the ground. Then you get three to four of your friends to help move the piano on the plank. Split yourselves, let some be in the truck while others are outside to roll the piano in. Make sure you keep the piano in an upright position. If you have to move the keyboard down the stairs, try using a plank to ensure the keyboard stays upright. Please note, you must not let the piano slip out of your hand.

     

    Securing Your Piano Once It’s Loaded Into the Truck

     

    After successfully getting the piano through the staircase and into the truck, the next thing is to get the piano fixed firmly in a position where it will not fall or slip. Make sure the piano is made to lie in a vertical position; this way you reduce the risk of having it damaged. See to it also that you do not place any item on the piano so that you don’t damage the keys.

     

    It would be a smart move to try and get a separate truck for the piano to avoid an accident. The remaining parts of the piano can be kept in any position and anywhere in the truck because it is not as sensitive as the piano. But you still need to be careful about the placement so that you don’t break the legs or the lyre or the lid. Do these things, and you should be fine.

     

    We are still back to emphasize that after you have read through the process of packing, and moving the baby piano, and you feel it’s something that is too stressful, you should go ahead to hire professionals to help with the task. Do not be tempted with the simplicity of the description; it might not as easy as you are reading it. To help you with an idea of companies, tailor your search to look for companies that specialize in moving all types of piano, and not to forget that they must have insurance.

     

    On average, the prices of moving a piano vary according to distance, and according to the weight but in average, if you are moving a piano within the same area then you can have it between $200-$600. If you are moving to a farther distance, then the price will be more.

     

    We have gotten you the most useful tips that you can use in moving your baby piano from the initial stage of disassembling it, to the stage where you can finally place it in your new apartment. We hope that you find these tips helpful and can share around with your friends who are trying to move their keyboard. Happy moving and have a great time.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Can you move a baby grand piano while it’s fully assembled?

     

    You can, but it’s not recommended. Removing lids, lyres, and other pieces of the piano is going to help reduce the weight of the piano, which makes it a lot safer and easier for you or your movers to transport. Disassembly can also prevent your piano from getting damaged during the move, as well.

     

    1. What if I don’t have blankets?

     

    You can typically rent moving blankets from the company that you are renting the truck from and/or hiring movers from. Moving blankets are thick and heavy, and they will offer layers of protection so that your piano doesn’t get scratched, bumped, or broken. Talk to your moving truck company or your movers and they can help you out here.

     

    1. Should I hire movers or move it myself?

     

    While baby grands are easier to move than other types of pianos, they are still incredibly heavy and need special knowledge and tools to be able to move properly. If you have experience and tools, then you can move it yourself. Otherwise, you’re likely better off calling a mover to help you out.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Your baby grand piano is important to you, and we understand that moving it properly is the best way to ensure that it’ll stay with you for years to come. Use our site to find movers that have experience in moving pianos so that you can have the most confidence in who can move your possessions most effectively.

  • How To
    How To Get Federal Financial Moving Assistance

    It is quite trite to say that, people relocate all the time, and for various reasons, which are mostly unexpected. The reason could be an emergency, a major job opportunity, educational advancement, occurrence of a natural disaster and so on. The basic point is, whatever the reason, there is often no prior plan to relocate or move. This is where our major issue lies, as moving comes at a very expensive rate, depending on if you are relocating across the state or within the same vicinity.

     

    Most of the time, having enough extra funds at hand or in your account for this situation really makes a difference. However, we know this hardly occurs, as said the extra money is almost never enough for the move. This point is mainly because you cannot adequately calculate the cost of your move, as there are always hidden expenses we fail to budget for. Also, even when we choose to carry out some aspects of the move ourselves, certain expenses still arise that will surely give you difficulty.

     

    However, there exists a fortunate remedy to the problem of lack of funds for unexpected or unplanned relocation. This remedy comes in the form of financial aid strictly provided for relocation. There are a plethora of ways in which one can secure financial aid to give you the capital needed for your move. As, due to the fact that, relocation costs are usually high and often increase via various expenses like traveling, the government along with certain employers often put in place a relocation financial aid program to help curb your relocation financing problems.

     

    The purpose of said programs is to provide moving assistance, in order to make the cost more affordable for you. Furthermore, via these programs, the government and certain organizations, graciously offer funds to help people with the aforesaid problem. However, most people are either not aware of these programs that offer aid or, they are ignorant of how to get financial aid from the programs. This brings us to the crux of this piece, as it shall provide below the major organizations that provide financial assistance, and how to seek aid from the established organizations.

     

    Programs That Provide Financial Assistance For Out of State Move

     

    As earlier stated, most people do not move or relocate from their homes willingly. Often times, it is prompted by some unforeseen circumstance or the other. Consequently, people under this blanket, often do not have the means to afford the move. This has to lead to the creation of certain programs by the government and other bodies, to effectively curb this problem by providing financial assistance for relocation. To this, below we shall highlight both federal programs and other various programs that offer financial assistance for moving. Furthermore, we shall examine how to get the financial assistance you desire. Therefore, the moving financial assistance programs are:

     

    Federal Financial Assistance For Homeowners

     

    This financial assistance program is usually restricted to a set of people. Therefore, you must fall under the eligibility requirements to get this. To this, it is conducted by the Federal Relocation Assistance Program, and by their standards, if you are a victim of a natural disaster which has displaced you, then you may be eligible to receive financial assistance for your relocation expenses. This also applies to small business owners who may have lost their property due to a natural disaster.

     

    In other words, to be eligible for this program, you must be an individual family or a small business owner that has just gone through a natural disaster. The aim of this program is to aid families and small business owners with grants to pay for their move and easily move to a new home that is closely similar to their former property. Furthermore, in reference to the small business owners, the program helps them find new locations for their business and also gives them grants to cover their relocation costs. Also, it is pertinent to state that displaced families are also given a deposit for their new home.

     

    Furthermore, the Federal Relocation Assistance Program also reaches out to Renters. If you are a renter who is at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship or displacement, this program is for you. In addition to this, Renters can also get aid from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program at the US Department of Housing & Urban Developments. The program helps pay for moving costs and also provides temporary assistance in paying the rent of the applicant.

     

    Furthermore, the Housing and Urban Development Department also provides renters with relocation assistance, when their current home is to be demolished or acquired for a project. However, the project must be funded by the government.

     

    Federal Financial Assistance For The Prevention Of Homelessness

     

    This is similar to the aid provided by the Housing and Urban Development department to renters. However, this program is targeted at homeowners. It is a grant given to citizen homeowners are about to lose their homes as a result of a sudden eviction notice. These grants when given, usually take care of moving costs, motel or hotel accommodation to prevent sleeping on the street and so on.

     

    The grants are usually given to the homeowners, through housing agencies, religious organizations and local authorities. Also, it is advisable to take advantage of this grant early, as the authorities administering the grants are usually expected to dispense the funds within 3 years. Furthermore, a closely related program is one provided by the Housing Industry Foundation. They provide emergency one time funds for families who require immediate emergency assistance. They aim to lessen the financial problems of families who are unable to raise immediate funds for their emergency relocation.

     

    Relocation Grant For Low-Income People

     

    Most of the time, families who have problems with relocating, are often low-income families. A lot of families with low income regularly find the cost accompanied with moving as a major burden to bear and most times require financial assistance for them to easily relocate. As a means to help this category of people, the government usually creates programs to provide them with grants for their move.

     

    The aim of the programs is to aid low-income families through their move and do this by reducing their financial burdens. Hence, if you fall into this category, it will do you a lot of good to locate whatever authority is currently administering the program on behalf of the government. Most of the time, such programs are administered by various charitable organizations, housing agencies, religious organizations and so on.

     

    Relocation Aid For Physical Challenged Citizens

     

    Unfortunately, it is not so far off to imagine that disabled or physically challenged people are unable to raise money to pay for various services. This also applies to services such as those consisting within relocating. Disabled people are often unable to have the finances needed for moving, be it out of state or within the vicinity. Hence, various organizations, as well as the government agencies, have set up different programs specifically for the purpose of aiding this class of people.

     

    They provide help to this category of people through various grants and policies, whenever the need for relocation arises. So if you fall under this category, or knows someone who does, visit the nearest housing agency or the Housing and Urban Development department, and ask for this.

     

    Employer-Based Relocation Programs

     

    This is a relocation program normally set up by private bodies and organizations. Here, most employers create a policy to provide assistance for employees with relocation financial problems, when necessary. This usually comes up where they need to move is created by your employer. For example, where your employer requests that you move out of town and take a job position in a branch of the organization, you may be entitled to a moving allowance or a relocation package.

     

    Said relocation package or moving allowance depends on where the branch you are moving to is, most times,  either out of state or country. The aim of this allowance is to enable the employee to pay for hotels or hostels, acquire temporary accommodation and take care of a lot of other moving expenses. However, it is important to note that, oftentimes the moving allowance is not immediately ready or provided, so the employee often has to use his own money or source for the money before later getting a refund.

     

    Furthermore, depending on your employer and the program set up, you might be reimbursed after a little while or over some time. To this, if the scenario of your employer asking you to move everything comes up, always ask for this.

     

    Tax Rebates

     

    This sought of financial assistance, is also related to your job or a prospective job offer. If you find yourself in a scenario where you are moving based on a job transfer or any job-related issues, you should know that you are eligible for some form of tax rebates on your moving expense. For this sought of financial assistance, it is advisable to consult a tax expert, in order to take full advantage of this. Also, most relocation packages paid by an employer are tax-deductible for the employee.

     

    Ultimately, this leads to the lessened financial burden when relocating, via deduction of moving expenses from your taxes. However, to take full advantage of this, it is highly pertinent to seek the aid of a tax expert.

     

    Veterans Relocation Assistance Program

     

    This is a special moving financial assistance program created by the government. It is targeted at veteran citizens who meet certain requirements stipulated by the government, such as the state of discharge and such. Said veterans when eligible are granted access to moving assistance in the form of payment for rent and utilities, housing support, security deposits, child care and other forms of aid provided by the Veterans Supportive Services. This program is known to always be available when needed, in matters of relocation and moving, as well as any other matter.

     

    Charities and Religious organizations

     

    This is for those who, for some reason or the other, does not fall into any of the above categories. For such people, there exists many religious organizations that provide moving and relocation assistance. They usually provide such assistance to needy and low-income families as well as single mothers and women low income.

     

    Furthermore, they aid disabled citizens as well. They aid each and every class with moving assistance either by providing financial assistance raised or via the provision of labor and tools to help with the move. However, depending on the religious organization or charity, there may be certain requirements to be met in order to qualify for such assistance. However, you can always try out your luck and see how far it takes you.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    1. Do I ask my new employer about relocation assistance?

     

    Yes. While it may seem awkward, you can always negotiate with your employer to see what may be best in regards to relocation assistance. Let them know how excited you are for the opportunity, but be clear that you’re going to need some financial help in order to make it a reality. Most times, businesses can provide at least a little bit of help to make it happen.

     

    1. Can I get a personal loan for moving expenses?

     

    Absolutely. If you have good credit and you need some help to make things a reality, a personal loan could be a good way for you to bridge the gap.

     

    Some financial institutions will have multiple options available that can work really well for a moving loan; others may even have special “relocation loans” that are designed for someone that is in your exact situation.

     

    1. Can I use school loans for relocation purposes?

     

    Yes, as long as they are related to your schooling. If you’re moving to a new apartment or moving into a dorm, you may be able to use some of the money from your state, federal, and private loans in order to execute it all properly.

     

    In conclusion

     

    if you ever find yourself in a situation where your finances are not enough to handle any complex or unexpected move or relocation, you should be aware that there are a plethora of ways you can be helped. As, from the government to its agencies, to regular housing agencies, religious organizations and various charities, a lot offer and provide genuine and generous assistance to aid you with this particular problem.

     

    So, when next you are moving, you should try to make the most of any or all of the opportunities given above. Furthermore, the fact that the requirements for most of them are not as strenuous as you might have thought, should be a boost to you. Also, there are so many options, so if one does not work for you, seek the next best thing.

     

  • How To
    How to Protect Floors When Moving

    Moving homes is a situation which can bring about lukewarm feelings for some reasons. For one thing, moving homes is like going on a new adventure with everything that you own. It can be quite exciting. However, on the other hand, it can also be very scary to think about. There is just so much that you would have to fix or do during this period. One of such things is moving.

     

    Moving would require taking your things over to another property. This would mean carrying heavy objects across your floors into the truck or van outside. One area of your house which could suffer much damage when you are trying to move is your floors. Now the damage of floors can affect you in both ways. For example, floors in your previous home can get scratched or dented in the process of moving on. This would cost a lot including your security payment which would have made earlier. It could also affect your new home as moving to it would require carrying heavy loads through the floors.

     

    Important Tips to Protect Your Floor

     

    • More spending: damaged floors would not fix themselves. To have them fixed, you would probably need to spend more than you bargained for initially. This would put a strain on your budget and your new move.

     

    • It could also delay your movement as the floors could turn out to be too badly damaged to be used.

     

    • It would also increase the stress levels you already have. After all, moving from one place to another is a lot of work.

     

    When all this is taken into perspective, it becomes important to consider several ways in which floors can be protected when you are trying to move your things to a new location. Here are some tips which would surely help;

     

    Lighter Items Help

     

    When moving, it is always important to remember that dragging your heavy items across the floor is a sure way to make your floors get damaged very quickly. This is because most floors are very delicate and fragile. Dragging your heavy items on it can feel a lasting mark on the floors. Such damages could include dents on wooden floors or the breakage of tiles if you prefer to tile your home. If you want to keep the floors intact, then, the first thing you can do is to ensure that you reduce the heavy things which you drag on your floors. You can do this by carrying items on your arm when you can. These may even include furniture which is light but can have edges which can damage the floors when they are dragged on it.

     

    You should always keep in mind that your floor would always suffer less if the heavy loads are kept out of direct contact with your floor at all times. For the much heavier load, you can always get someone to lift it off the floor with you. This would ensure that the floors are always protected from damage.

     

    Safety comes first

     

    If you want to avoid damage to your floors, the best principle to follow is to be safe first. Safety goes in a lot when you have to pack your items together in general. Following safety tips would help you to avoid damage to your floors. Here are some of those tips;

     

    • If you are dealing with chairs, tables and other forms of furniture, you can ensure that you stay safe by tying or wrapping their legs in a material that covers them completely. For example, you can try to do this with a blanket. This would come in handy in the event of a situation where such a piece of heavy furniture mistakenly falls to the floor when it is being moved out.

     

    • When packing things, it is always a better idea to make use of cardboard boxes to pack. However, it should not just be any cardboard. Ensure that the box which you have chosen would have the power to hold the load or weight they are carrying. The truth is that the biggest cause of damage when moving is the dropping of load unintentionally on the floor. Getting the right cardboard box would help you avoid all of that.

     

    • You should also ensure that the boxes which you have chosen are taped as much as possible. This would prevent it from getting damaged easily.

     

    • It is always better to check the normal standard weight when you are packing. This is usually about 20 pounds for every box which you are carrying.

     

    Your Heavy Furniture may need to be measured

     

    Another thing which would surely make a difference when you are packing to a new destination is measuring your furniture. There are many reasons why it is necessary that you do this. One such reason is that you would be able to know what load can successfully fit into your new location. The other reason is that it would help you to avoid further damage to your floors and the previous room. For example, not measuring your furniture would leave you open to the chances of that furniture not being able to pass a door. What you would thus cause for yourself in the process would be scratches or dents on the door and so many other places. The worst-case scenario would see the heavy furniture fall to the ground in a heap. This would cause your floors and other fragile items in your home to get damaged.

     

    It is therefore important to know the sizes of your bigger furniture and other items which you intend to move to. If this seems a bit hard to figure out, then getting a local moving company to do this for you would be the perfect start. They have a much better experience dealing with issues like this and would take steps to ensure that you move everything that you own with any damage done to the floor.  A great example of a local moving company would be iMoving.com. They are known for their perfectionistic attitude towards any job that they get.

     

    Furniture Sliders

     

    Another way to guard your floors when you are in the process of moving would be by getting a furniture slider. Furniture sliders simply refer to a piece that is made from plastic. It is bounded by rubbers which are hard. What this achieves for you is that it eliminates or reduces the friction which dragging furniture around would cause you.

     

    While moving, you are surely going to moving a lot of things around. From huge furniture to even appliances, you would need all the help that you can get. Getting a furniture slider to do the trick for you would be amazing. A furniture slider can be operated by simply ensuring that the furniture slider is placed under the leg area of the item which you intend to move. Once this has been done effectively, you would be able to move your heavy furniture from where it was to where it would be taken to the new home. It would almost be like your item was on a pair of ski! 

     

    It is also important to note that while your budget may not give you the necessary funds to get a furniture slider from the local store, you can always create one from home or create an alternative. You can be pretty sure that you would find this reassuring.

     

    Getting a Dolly

     

    Using wheels to move things has been in existence almost since airplanes were made. This innovation is one of the best things that has happened to humans in such a long time. This innovation would also definitely come into play when you are packing. Moving your items using wheels would be a good way to ensure that you do not have direct contact with the floor. To make sure that the wheels which you are using have no negative effect on the floors, it would also be better to get a dolly.

     

    If you plan on using a dolly, there are some options that are opened to you. One of them is getting an appliance dolly. That would most likely use two wheels; you would also get the opportunity to use a furniture dolly instead. This is usually pushed on four wheels. Four wheels would go a long way to ensuring that your item has all the stability and balance that it should have.

     

    If you are looking to get a dolly, most of them can be rented for a particular fee, or you can simply just purchase your very own. It is important to note that the tires of the dolly should be made of soft rubber. Anything hard has a chance of hurting the ground. You should always check for how clean they look to avoid stains on your floors.

     

    Doormats are useful

     

    Moving to a new property can take place at any point in time. It is therefore essential that you get yourself prepared for anything. For example, you could decide that it is time to move during the snow or when it is raining. If you are in this situation where the weather in your area is not quite favourable, you would realize that your acquisition of doormats would be of assistance. It is all too easy for you to carry stains and dirt from outside into your house especially during the process of packing. There is just so much back and forth that it would hard to keep account of how you work.

     

    If this is the situation that you are faced with, then you should make sure that you have doormats available. The bigger, the better when you are faced with this situation. Ensure that you have at least one doormat at the entrance of your house and another one right after the door has been opened. They should be enough to ensure that everyone legs and shoes get dusted off before they enter into the house. Another benefit of this is the reduction of accidents. When a floor becomes watery for example, the tendency for people to slip and fall to the ground heavily is increased ten-fold. Doormats would also help to keep other things out such as the dust.

     

    Blankets and Rugs

     

    To ensure that your floors are well protected during a transition, you can keep them covered using an old blanket or rug. This always turns out to be excellent protection for your floor as they would not feel the full impact of any fall on them. It would also help you avoid the stains which may affect your floors in the long run. Damages such as dents and scratches would also be avoided due to the presence of the old blankets and rugs.

     

    Another reason why you should use your old blankets and rugs effectively is that you would probably not need them in your new home. Using them to achieve your grand purpose would be so much better than keep your life cluttered in your new home. It would surely help you to simplify your life.

     

    Moving from one place to another is a lot of work which can take a toll on you. Fortunately for us, we have professionals who are skilled at moving items for us. Such companies like iMoving.com make sure your floors are well protected by using protective materials to protect the weaker items in your home. Such things would include lamps, mirrors and so much more.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Moving day can be very special to the heart. It could be the day you finally achieve your long-term goal of having your own house. Keep it that memorable by ensuring that your floors are always well protected. That is the only way to keep on smiling for a long time to come!

     

  • How To
    How to File a Complaint Against a Moving Company

    Moving homes is a very stressful process, even if you are moving within the same city. More than 30 million Americans move every year! Some move to a different neighborhood, while others go cross country in search of a new life.

     

    Almost all these moves are completed properly. Some families go DIY, renting a moving truck and packing up their possessions. Others hire movers through services like ours at iMoving.com.

     

    Most moving companies offer impeccable service at affordable prices. But some moving companies to take the liberty of crossing lines that should not be crossed. Whether a mover increases the price at the last moment, fails to provide services included within the contractor engages in some other inappropriate behavior, families may be wondering about their options.

     

    Filing a complaint against a moving company is often the best way to get justice. We will go into detail about the possible issues that individuals can experience with movers, along with your options after the fact.

     

    Best Way to File a Complaint Against Moving Company:

     

    Possible Problems With a Moving Company

    Many individuals and families think they may have done something wrong to have a bad moving experience. But the truth is that with so many companies offering moving services, vetting can be difficult.

    It is why using services such as iMoving.com is so helpful. Services like ours already do a lot of vetting before listing the moving options in a city. Only verified, insured movers with the best conduct are on our list.

    If you happened to hire a mover with a poor reputation, you may have experienced one or more of the following issues:

    • Moving workers were rude, unprofessional or engaged in harassment.
    • Employees arrived very late on moving day.
    • Took extra days or weeks to transport your possessions, despite providing a guaranteed delivery date.
    • Did minor or serious damage to your possessions during the move.
    • Failed to deliver all your belongings. Unable to give you a straight answer on where those boxes or possessions are located.
    • Gave you a final bill that was a lot higher than what you were quoted at the time of your possessions being packed and loaded.
    • Misrepresented or failed to provide some service that was included in the moving contract you signed.

    Individuals or families who have experienced any of these issues with a moving company should take action. When movers are allowed to get away with such behavior, it hurts you and any future customers who may go to that mover for assistance.

     

    Peaceful Resolution

     

    The best way to resolve any issue is through dialogue. Most moving companies are very reasonable and would be willing to help you sort through an issue.

     

    If you booked the movers through iMoving.com or a similar service, you should contact that service provider first for assistance. But if you hired them independently, call the moving company directly and explain your issue.

     

    It is always best to speak in a calm way. Even if you are angry or upset, being aggressive over the phone will not get you anywhere. Calmly explained what happened, why you are upset and how you feel the moving company can make the situation right.

     

    Most professional movers will happily assist you in finding a resolution. They do not want an angry customer. But there will be a few movers who dismiss your claims or act as if it is not a big deal. In such a situation, you may have to escalate the matter to get justice.

     

    Writing a Review

     

    Companies depend more on reviews than ever before. It is so easy to find information about how companies operate, with sites such as Yelp and Yellow Pages providing customer reviews and ratings for businesses.

     

    You can even leave a review directly on Google, as most people use a search engine to find nearby movers. Explain what happened without rambling and leave a star rating that you feel is indicative of your overall experience.

     

    There are many instances where a company will start taking a customer’s complaints seriously after they leave an online review. Do not be surprised if you get an email or a response to your review, with the company asking you to get in touch.

     

    But there are bad apples in every industry. Some movers may respond with a dismissive statement, attempting to discredit what you said. If you experience such a response, there are a few agencies where you can file a complaint.

     

    Filing with the FMCSA

     

    If you found out your mover was unlicensed, overcharged you over 110% of a non-binding estimate, damaged or stolen items, or engaged in some inappropriate behavior, you can take your case to the FMCSA.

     

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, makes it very easy to file a complaint. You can do it online by providing relevant information about yourself and the transaction with the mover.

     

    Two things can happen after you complain to the FMCSA. One is that your complaint is logged in the public record against that company. It shows up when other customers or businesses search for that company.

     

    It is also possible the FMCSA will start an investigation and take action against the company. In such a situation, they may contact you to get more information.

     

    Submit a Complaint to the American Moving & Storage Association

     

    The American Moving & Storage Association offers a “Request for Arbitration” form that you can use to file a complaint against a moving company. They handle cases of overcharging and items that were damaged or stolen.

     

    But the arbitration process does cost money, which is often taken out of any damages that you may receive from the moving company.

     

    Complain to the Better Business Bureau

     

    The Better Business Bureau is still a very powerful agency when it comes to accrediting businesses. They have an online complaint section that you can use to file a complaint against a mover.

     

    It is useful to use the BBB complaint process if the mover you hired is accredited. If they are not, the BBB cannot do much for you.

     

    But if the business is accredited, file a complaint and the BBB will forward it to the mover. They have two weeks to respond. When the two weeks are up, you will be told of the company’s response.

     

    Based on what they say, the BBB will take additional steps to resolve the matter. Most cases are resolved within 30 days. It is possible the mover will offer you compensation, as they do not want their accreditation taken away or their BBB rating lowered.

     

    Taking the Case to Small Claims Court

     

    We hope that you have not come as far without a resolution. But it is possible. If all else fails and you believe the matter is serious enough, you can go to small claims court.

     

    Hire an attorney, explain the situation, and you can take the case to court. It is especially relevant for significant overcharging or cases where expensive items were damaged or stolen.

     

    In the future, it is best to use a service such as iMoving.com to hire verified and reputable movers. It greatly reduces the possibility of you experiencing serious issues during the moving process.

     

    Even the best movers can make mistakes. But movers with a good reputation are the ones that take steps to make up for mishaps. When you hire a reputable mover through iMoving.com, you will know that any issue you experience will be handled swiftly and with the respect you deserve.

  • How To
    How to Find the Best Movers in New York

    Movement is a part of life. The average person would likely have to relocate from one location to another at some point in their lives. The task of relocating from a house or office space to another is no doubt a daunting one; whether it involves switching locations within a city or across different states, the entire process can be energy-sapping and time-consuming. This could get even worse if you lack the requisite knowledge in selecting the right movers to undertake your relocation because the reality is that there are many moving companies all around America and especially New York and they certainly don’t all offer the best value for money. This is why it is important for the individual to be armed with the necessary knowledge on how to select the best moving companies

     

    New York is one of the most desirable places to live in America. It is a city that plays host to people from all works of life and is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. It is a city that best captures the concept of the American dream. Also known as the economic and financial capital of America, New York is also the most populous city in America, and every year more and more people throng into the city. It is a city of endless opportunities which is why it is densely populated. Relocating to or within New York can be very tricky, several factors can come to fore which ordinarily does not exist in other states. For example, it is not impossible to find a property listed as situated in one borough while in actual fact it is situated in another borough, in most cases this could all be part of the shenanigans of the homeowner to course more money from the prospective tenants. This is why there could be more behind any description you see, which is why if you are not well attuned to the environment then it's best to get a trusted moving company that is well familiar with the location to take charge of the movement. There are many factors to consider in selecting the most suitable moving company in New York and some of these expatiate below.

     

    The best indication of the effectiveness and efficiency of a moving company is in their reviews. It is indeed true that out of the mouth of two or more witnesses the truth is established. This is why one very reliable way of identifying the best moving companies in New York is through reviews. What do people have to say about their services? If there is a complaint of missing property, insubordination by staff, poor customer care, poor service rendered, poor organization and logistics, etc? All these are red flags that should not be ignored because the last thing you will want on the day you are relocating is a shoddy moving company messing everything up for you on an already busy day. The quality ratings or scores should also be put into a proper perspective by the client. If their quality rating is low then they shouldn’t be saddled with the task of moving your valuables. 

     

    In business, money is perhaps the most important variable. There are many moving companies and they don’t all charge the same rates. It is important to discuss and finalize everything relating to their charges before moving on with the relocation. Transparency ought to be a key attribute of every business entity but sadly, this cannot be said to be the case in every business setup. Some moving companies might have extra charges they wouldn’t make you aware of until you have reached your destination and then they refuse to unpack until you pay the extra charges, therefore, boxing you to a corner! Ensure that every single aspect of their charges is itemized clearly before going on with the deal. 

     

    New York is not just densely populated, it is also expansive. There are some moving companies with specific areas they serve. Hence, you must not just assume every moving company within the geographical location of New York automatically plies every neighborhood and suburbs within the city. You must find out and ensure to confirm from the moving company just to be sure. There are other questions that need to be clarified and these include; the duration of the move, cancellation policy if any, restrictions if any on what can be moved by the company, will there be another party involved in the move, etc.

     

  • How To
    The Simple Solution on How To Choose The Right Movers

    Moving...just the thought of it can give you a headache, but, remember when the idea of starting over again, somewhere else, somewhere new offered you a sense of excitement? Let’s get back to feeling like that!

     

    Keep these 5 items in mind when you’re looking for the right team for your move. You might be able to find that (calmer) sense of adventure once you’ve found the right candidate. 

     

    1. Look for the professionalism you can trust.

     

    Ethics, respect, confidentiality, and a positive attitude should be non-negotiable elements when it comes to individuals and businesses that consider themselves to be moving professionals.

     

    2. From pricing to reviews and ratings, transparency matters.

     

    Look for teams and individuals who are transparent in all aspects of their business. Nothing should be masked.

     

    3. Respect for others directly translates to how belongings will be handled.

     

    This is a no-brainer, but an easy one to forget. 

     

    4. Expect a thorough walk-through.

     

    A moving estimator who skirts through a home tour may not quite understand the scope of the job. Someone who takes their job seriously will ask a number of questions to make sure they understand the inventory that will be making its way across the country or across town borders. 

     

    5. Don’t forget to do your homework, too.

     

    Often, movers estimate the total cost of the move by how much weight will be moved by truck. If you’re thinking about donating certain heavy bookcases or beds, give it away, donate it, sell it, or offer it to the new owners of your space before you tell the movers it is part of your inventory.