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ClickandMove Has a New Look!

clock December 26, 2011 23:20 by author Janet Corniel

 

Moving? ClickandMove is here to help! We are excited to tell you about our new look! Save time and energy by letting our service help you catalog your items and send it to our extensive list of AMSA Pro-Movers in your area.  Our service will help partner you with just the right mover to serve you, whether you need a small moving company or a large van line service.  Best of all, you win!  As you submit your request, movers will compete and give you their best competitive bid on-line in the comfort of your own home at your convenience.  

Our new home page allows you to navigate with ease and gives you all the information you need to complete your request in several clicks of a button.  Scrolling testimonials gives you direct feedback from our proven clients.  

Out of time to complete your inventory? No problem. Just save it and return to it later.  Moving is stressful enough.  ClickandMove is here to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision and pick a mover at your convenience alleviating the stress associated with that task.


 



How do I choose a mover?

clock December 20, 2011 17:46 by author Al Ayres

Without trusted recommendations from friends and family, look for credible affiliations like the AMSA or the BBB. A membership in a national van line also indicates an established moving company. Smaller local companies are a good choice for local moves however always check for a local business address. Be cautious with movers that operate from a residence or only have a cell phone number.

If there is a move in your future, try Click and Move. It’s the world’s easiest way to get competitive quotes from reliable movers.

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Selling Your Things to Downsize Before a Move

clock December 19, 2011 18:47 by author Janet Corniel

 

Before you move, selling your things may be a great way to downsize.  Once you know you are moving, take inventory.  As a part of taking inventory, go through your things and identify the items you no longer need or want.  Find the items that will not fit into the decor of your new home or things you may not be able to take with you on your relocation.  As you do this take pictures and note what you want to sell and what you want to donate.  For the things you want to sell, set up an account with a service to sell your goods online.  Consider setting up a separate email account specifically for the sale of these times.  This way folks can only contact you through that email and you can easily track interest in your items.  

Depending on the time of year and your ambition, you could hold your own garage or yard sale.  Keep in mind that if you do choose that option, you will have to make the time to prepare for it.  Market your sale and utilize all the free resources out there to get the word out.  From community bulletins to public boards in cafes, using these tools will help you notify your customers of the sale. Once you do hold your sale, make sure that any items that are remaining do not make its way back into your house.  These are great ways for you to save money and time by preventing you from moving any unwanted items to your new place.  

 



Top 5 Packing Supplies

clock December 12, 2011 15:57 by author Janet Corniel

 

As you plan for your move, getting the right packing supplies are critical to ensure a successful move.  The investment and time in obtaining the right supplies is worth it in the long run.  Here are top five packing supplies that can make the most of your efforts.

 

Sturdy Boxes

Getting the right boxes for your move is essential.  In order for your things to be protected, you want to have durable boxes that are made to carry the weight of your goods.  For example, you don’t want to recycle a flimsy box to hold your grandmother’s china.  Look online for moving boxes.  You can find them at home improvement stores as well.  Do your research to help you find the best deals.  Keep in mind there are special boxes for all kinds of goods.  If your budget is tight, make sure you invest in the right boxes for your special and fragile items.

 

Tape

Just as getting the right boxes for your move is important, so is getting the right tape.  Get packing tape.  It is worth the time to find.  It will ensure that your boxes with stay intact and allow you to tape up your boxes quickly.  When you are packing, time is of the essence.  Therefore, you don’t want to waste your time with tape that doesn’t work well.

 

Permanent Ink Marker

Permanent ink markers are a must.  You will use them continuously.  If you want, you could purchase a variety pack with various colors.  You could then color code the boxes by room.  Get a good supply because you will use them throughout the move.

 

Garbage Bags

As you pack, you will inevitably find things you don’t want or need.  Therefore, having garbage bags to hand will help immensely.  If you are donating some of your things, consider using white garbage bags for those items so they do not get mixed up with the trash.  Use lawn or a different color garbage bag for the trash.  

 

Packing Paper

Packing paper is very important to ensure that your things arrive safely.  Investing in this will save you tremendously.  Although you will use it throughout the house, you will use the most for your kitchen.  

 

For more great packing ideas, please Starline’s Packing Tips.

 



Moving Quotes made Easy

clock December 9, 2011 23:20 by author Don Kachur

CLICKandMOVE.com gives consumers the edge in seeking comparable prices from reliable movers

Recently Mayflower Van Lines conducted a survey of 1000 recently moved families.

 Surprisingly they found that only half (49%) of the people looking to hire a moving company shopped around for a quote. Considering that even a local household move can cost as much as 5000 dollars, and that the moving industry is very competitive, it is surprising the number of people who don’t bother with even a second estimate.  Not only that, but consumers are constantly warned about scam movers who dupe the customer with a low ball quote and then boost the price at destination. You would think that more people would source at least a few moving companies.

It   seems that many consumers slough off a second estimate because they are fed up with the moving industry’s estimating process. The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and most moving companies insist that they need to meet you at your home to do an inventory of the furniture to be moved. This sales visit can last anywhere from one half to one hour and usually is done during working hours. This is informative and usually results in a reliable estimate-but to do this a second, third or sixth time is unrealistic for a working family.  Statics show that half of consumers settle for the first price they receive.

There is a better way.  Rather than having 3 or 4 salesmen poking around your home to create an inventory of your household, create your own inventory of furniture and send it to a few moving companies for an email quote.  CLICKandMOVE.com makes the inventory process quick and easy and allows you to send your inventory to multiple movers, right from the site. The resulting quotes will all be based on the same list of household furniture, making them easily comparable and providing you with a written list of furniture just in case there is any “misunderstanding” of what was included in the price. This will help you avoid any price “surprises” at destination.

How do you find moving companies that you can rely on?  The first step is to ask friends and family.  Personal references are the most reliable but often limited. Web review sites offer recommendations and condemnations from other customers.  Google has a link to mover’s reviews on their search results or you can find more reviews for your city on Yelp or Angie’s List. You can also confidently select movers from the list of ProMovers on the CLICKandMOVE.com website. They are all members AMSA.

Keep in mind that not all reviews are trustworthy. Competitors can post negative reviews and owners can praise themselves. It is best to solicit bids from members of moving associations and to have a look at their BBB ratings. The BBB is the only review site that investigates every negative review to ensure credibility.  Once you find a mover that you can trust and that is within your budget, invite them over to confirm the inventory and look for any problems that may affect the price such as truck access, difficult stairways or a long carry. You will also have an opportunity make human contact with the service representative who will answer any questions you may have about the move.

Keep in mind that price is not the only factor. Pick-up and delivery dates can make or break a deal on a long distance move. And a “cheap” local mover can often cost more than a professional firm once the dust has settled. Moving is stressful enough, without the misery of late arrivals and damages. To make your move go as smoothly as possible, do some homework and get a few comparable quotes. It will save you both your money and your sanity.

See the full survey here:

http://www.mayflower.com/moving/mayflower-newsroom/press-releases/2011/avoid-mover-fraud.htm