As you embark on searching for your new place to live, keep in mind the importance of taking measurements. Whether you are renting or buying, you definitely want to have this in mind. Once you have narrowed you search, you should make the effort to measure. This will help prepare you for the move by allowing you to understand what will fit, what can be moved and what you will have to sell or leave behind.
Be creative. Some items may not fit in the same room as in your old home but you may find a better place for them elsewhere in your new place. So be aware of your options as you walk through.
Remember that measurements not only work for your furniture pieces but also appliances. If you are moving any appliances, make sure to take your measurements ahead of time. You do not want to pay to move them only to find out that it does not fit.
Area rugs, art work and other important items should be measured so that you can have a good understanding of what will fit and where.
Manmeet Bhullar, Minister of Service Alberta, presents the 2011 Consumer Champion Award to Don Kachur, President of Highland Moving and Storage Ltd.
Highland Moving was recognized by the Government of Alberta as the 2011 “Consumer Champion” for the development of CLICKandMOVE.com, a consumer oriented web application that customers can use to solicit comparable moving quotes. The CLICKandMOVE website allows relocating customers to take a virtual room by room tour of their home and simply click on “icons” of furniture that need to be moved. This inventory is then submitted online to multiple moving companies to get accurate and comparable moving quotes. Until now, the consumer could either get estimates on the phone, which are notoriously inaccurate, or face the inconvenience of meeting with multiple salespeople to survey the contents of their home. Not only is CLICKandMOVE a significant time saver in the busy days before a move, but it also ensures that all movers are bidding on the same household inventory, eliminating the prime source of “bait and switch” moving scams.
Highland Moving has provided reliable, honest and friendly moving service to the citizens of Alberta for over 70 years.
Mayflower Canada is now offering their internet customers the convenience of creating their own furniture inventory online. “With more and more dual income families, consumers are quickly moving towards self service in all their purchases” said Anne Martin, President of Mayflower Canada. “For the relocating consumer, online inventories are a great time saver in the busy days before a household move. Rather than meeting multiple salespeople in their home, they are able to complete an online inventory in about 15 minutes. This furniture list instantly appears on a moving consultants screen and is then followed up with a telephone quote or an in-house estimate if required”.
Consumers really appreciate this service-some literally say they “love it!” In fact, CLICKandMOVE recently received the 2011 Government of Alberta’s “Consumer Champion” award and is a great first step for consumers to avoid moving scams. The app is also available on some BBB sites, where the customer can send the inventory to 3 competing movers for bids
Given these economic times, chances are your college student may be moving back home after graduation. It will be an adjustment for both of you. Keep in mind that your young adult is just that - a young adult. He or she left bright eyed and ready to learn. However, now they have received their education and are looking toward their future.
When they move back home, the best thing to do is to have a family meeting. Clarify your expectations and have them do the same. This will alleviate some friction or misunderstandings in the future.
It is important to realize that even though your little boy or girl will always be that in your eyes, in their minds they are an adult full of life experiences. Therefore, clearing the air as they move in will go a long way in preventing any issues later. Discuss things like employment, financial contributions, household duties, length of stay and things that will be deal breakers. This will lay the foundation for their stay with you and expectations on both ends. The honeymoon of having them home will expire. Therefore, I can’t emphasize the importance of this. So, take the time to do it. It will pay you and them dividends in the future.
Moving paintings and sculptures require some care and preparation. It is important to let your mover know that you will be moving these special items. It does not have to be an expensive work of art, it could be a special piece of art that your child made for you. Either way, take the time to identify these special items so that extra preparation can be taken to prevent damage.
If you are packing yourself, you want to make sure that you adequately protect the item. You want to take steps to stabilize the item and wrap it to protect it. You may want to consider crating it or storing it in a special box. Definitely label the item fragile so that your mover will know to take extra care with that piece.
However, if your mover will be packing you, depending on the piece, they may advise you to crate the item. If so, you may want to seriously consider doing that. It may be worth the extra cost to ensure the item gets to your destination safely.
If you are transporting artwork of significant value, you want to identify this with your mover and speak to your insurance agent. You want to make sure you have the item appraised. Depending on the value, you will want to have a special insurance rider to cover the item. It is better to take the extra steps before you move in the event something were to happen. Have all of your questions answered by your mover and insurance agent. It will give you the peace of mind that your special item is adequately covered.