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Tips for Peak Moving Season

clock May 31, 2013 01:11 by author Janet Corniel

 

Many find themselves moving during the peak moving season.  It allows you to coordinate school schedules and benefit from the good weather.  For the most part moving during the peak season can be seamless but at times can pose some challenges.  There are some things to keep in mind to help you make the most of the peak moving season.  Here are some tips to help you along.

 

Start early

Starting as early as possible helps you tremendously.  Even if you don’t have an exact date, making contact with the professionals early helps you by making your needs known so both you and the professionals can plan.  This way you will be on their books and they will be able to fit you in their plans.  Therefore, when you do have an exact date, they can do their best to accommodate you.


Target your date as soon as possible

As soon as you know when you will be moving, you will want to let your professional movers know.  This way they can make every effort to meet your date.  This will also help if you have any temporary storage needs and any other third party services.  Make sure to coordinate those services with your professional mover once you set your date.


Meet with movers as soon as possible

Once you know you will be moving, schedule appointments to meet your professional movers.  This gives you the time to meet them and get to know them and familiarize yourself with their services. Once you short list your movers, meet them as early as possible to make your selection and this way you can be best prepared to make your plans.  It also helps you make the right decision for your move. 


Be as flexible as you can be

Understand that your professional movers will do the best they can to accommodate your needs.  However, the more flexible you are the easier it will be for both you and your professionals mover.  It is understandable that when you move there are deadlines that must be met.  However, if you have any flexibility in your schedule and needs, it will help you and possibly save on additional costs.


Moving can be challenging but following these simple tips can help you make the most of the peak moving season.



 



Packing Yourself vs Hiring a Professional

clock April 25, 2013 22:27 by author Janet Corniel

 

Depending on your budget, you may be evaluating whether to pack yourself or hire a professional to do it.  Having the professionals pack is a great option if you can afford it.  However, there may be alternatives that may suit you and your budget better.  Be honest with yourself and evaluate what you can and can not do.  Consider packing the things that you can handle, like your clothing, christmas decorations, kitchen and linens.  For the more difficult items or high valued items, hire the professionals.  This way you can enjoy the best of both worlds.  You can save some money, protect your high-valued items and still save your back.  

If you are going to pack yourself, make sure to get the right materials to transport your things.  Unless you are a college student packing your stuff in garbage bags, you really want to find the right packing materials to protect your things.  There are ways to save money on get what you need.

Here are few tips that can help:

 

Take inventory.  

Take inventory of all of your things.  Identify what you can pack easily and what you will need the professionals to do for you.  Get rid of the things that you don’t need and itemize your things that are expensive or have sentimental value.  This is important to make sure you give them the attention they need.

 

Go online.

Once you have identified what you can pack, go online to find packing materials.  There are various resources at your disposal.  Keep in mind that some moving companies will sell used and new packing materials to you.  You can also find some great supplies on Craig’s list.  Be sure to review any used materials carefully.  Packing materials can only be used so many times before they will no longer hold up.  Take the time to inspect what you are getting.

 

Go shopping.

You will need to visit your neighborhood store to get permanent markers and tape.  The best tape is shipping or packing tape.  You may want to consider getting a tape gun.  These are very useful and will make quick work of preparing your boxes.  They are relatively reasonable and are a huge time saver.  Most tape guns will allow you to replace the tape when you are out.  Keep in mind you can never have enough tape and markers so be generous.

 

Have a party.

Host a packing party.  When you take inventory, identify a room in the house where you will need extra help and hold a packing party for that room.  Get some beer, wine and food and whatever you can to coerce your friends into helping you pack.  This works especially well for the kitchen and garage.  Just make sure that the friends you invite are not practical jokers and label your contents something ridiculous or limit the ‘beverages’ until most everything is packed.

 

The garage is always a royal pain to pack.  If you can’t get your friends to help you with this task, you may want to give to this to the professionals.  Remember that anything flammable for obvious reasons can’t be packed.  These include what you may expect like gasoline and propane.  However, it also includes items you may not expect like fertilizer, paint and pressurized contents like aerosol containers.  Therefore, you will want to have these items sold, donated or given away before the day of your move. Make sure your propane tanks are included.  Your mower should not have gasoline and your barbecue should have an empty propane tank.  Leave all of your left over paint to the new owners because you will not be able to move those items, plus you really don’t need that at your new place.   

Time to plan will help you tremendously.  Therefore, start as early as possible.  It will offer you more time to address all of your needs.

 

 



Understanding Your Moving Estimate

clock March 23, 2013 23:46 by author Janet Corniel

 

Understanding your moving estimate is an important step in the process.  You want to make sure that when you get your moving estimate, you understand how the mover is costing it out.  Is it time and materials or is it weight-based?  In any event, you want to make sure you understand how they came up with the figures so that you can compare the estimates correctly.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get more details.  It is vital that you take the time to understand everything to avoid any miscommunication or surprises later.  

In addition to understanding your estimate, take the time to understand any regulations in your state with regards to estimates.  In some states there are additional regulations that can help you.  For example, where I live in Colorado actual costs can not exceed 10% of the estimate.  Therefore, you want to educate yourself on what is standard and what regulations apply to you.

When you review your estimate, look for insurance, packing charges, unpacking charges, loading and unloading charges.  Understand what is included and how it was derived.  This way you can compare each quote.  You want to make sure that you compare apples to apples.  If there are additional charges included in one estimate but not in another estimate, ask why.  It is important to clarify these potential charges ahead of time to ensure you have everything accounted for at the start.  This is especially important if you are moving out of state or out of the country.  There are additional regulations and charges that may affect you.  Therefore, do you research and ask questions.  Educating yourself ahead of time will save you frustration and money later. 


 



The Right Mover for You

clock February 13, 2013 21:27 by author Janet Corniel

 

With the peak moving season around the corner, many of you will be trying to find just right mover.  Before you begin your search, the best way forward is to evaluate your moving needs.  You should ask yourself these questions:

 

Are you moving locally?  Interstate?  Internationally?

This is a very important question because you will need to assess your choice based on whether or not the moving company can best meet your needs.  You want to make sure that they can handle the transport of your goods elsewhere.  There are special requirements that must be met for interstate and international moves.  Therefore, you will need to assess the companies abilities to move your things.

 

Flexibility

Speak to your movers to evaluate how flexible they are to meet your ever changing circumstances.  Moving can be disrupted with unforeseen situations and you may need to change your plans midstream.  In other words, instead of taking immediate delivery of your goods, you may need to put them in storage because your closing fell through.  Ask these hypotheticals of your mover, because it is important to know that they can make changes to accommodate you.  Most will be able.  However, during peak moving season that could change or limit their flexibility.  Therefore, check ahead of time so that you are reassured before you move.

 

Credentials, licenses and reputation

This is very important in your selection.  You want to make sure that whomever you choose has the credentials and applicable licenses.  Chances are if they have these, they will have a good reputation.  Take the time to do your due diligence.  Research online.  Check out their website.  Go to www.protectyourmove.gov and review their credentials online.  If they have a complaint history it should be located there.  Just remember to get their US DOT number ahead of time to do your research.  Also, ask for references.  

 

Get to know them

Stop by and check out their offices.  This way you will have peace of mind.  Get to know your movers and where they are located.  Ask questions.  Find out if they have storage facilities and how they conduct their operations.  Ask about their employees and if they run background checks on them.

 

Finding the right moving professional to help you will make all the difference in your experience.  So take the time to do that and you will be glad you did.


 



Finding the Right Mover

clock January 14, 2013 23:43 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding the right mover is an important part of the entire moving process.  Doing your due diligence is essential in finding the right mover. 

ClickandMove can help you find the right mover in your area based on the inventory you submit online.  Once completed, you will receive the estimates online in the comfort of your own home at your convenience.  After you have received these estimates, take the time to do some research online.  You may have to contact the moving company directly to get some further information to check their background and credentials.  This should be done with any moving company you consider.  You will need to get their US DOT number or MC number.  

Once you have a short list of movers and their information, go to www.protectyourmove.gov.  This website from the US Department of Transportation is a fantastic resource for anyone who is moving.  It gives you great information about how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of moving fraud and how to best prepare yourself for a move.  In addition to these great tips and information, it offers you the ability to search whether or not a moving company has any complaint history.  Once you have this information, you will be better equipped to make an informed choice.  Keep in mind to ask your professional mover about their policies and procedures and the coverage of your items.  Make sure to get everything in writing so that you have documentation to reference later.  Moving can be stressful.  Therefore, taking the time to find just the right mover will help to alleviate some stress.