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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.


 



Planning a Move

clock December 10, 2012 23:49 by author Janet Corniel

 

Planning a move can seem overwhelming.  The best way to overcome this is by taking it incrementally.  If you are planning to move next year, start early.  This will help you prepare ahead of time.  Here are some great tips to help you plan your upcoming move.

 

Plan.  Planning is an important element to any move.  It helps prepare yourself for the tasks at hand.  Getting an early start helps tremendously.  This allows you time to itemize all of what you have to accomplish and gives you time to do research and price comparisons.  It is never to early to plan.  In fact, if you plan to move next spring or summer, start now.  The peak moving season is late spring and early summer, so getting a head start will help you secure some dates and the mover you want.

 

Downsize.  Starting early affords you the opportunity to get rid of the things you do not want or need.  Consider selling your things online or donating them.  An early start will allow you the time you need to organize yourself and evaluate whether you want to pay to move those items.

 

Research.  An early start allows you to do the research you need to do.  This gives you time to research the area you are moving to and the help you need.  Contact the professionals you will need and let them know your plans.  Beginning this task early allows you the chance to meet with people with less stress and gives you the time to make your decision.  It also gives you an opportunity to compare prices and shop around.  Do not forget to do your due diligence.  If it sounds to good to be true, it may be too good to be true.

 

Special Handling.  If you have any special items that require special handling, starting early is very important.  It gives you the time to research your options.  If you are planning on moving a piano, horse, cars, art or collectibles, you will need to research your options in order to make the best choice for yourself.  Don’t forget to mention any of these special items to your mover.  If they are not able to transport it, they may be able to put you in contact with someone who can.

 

It may seem crazy to start thinking about moving while you are celebrating the holidays.  However, this is one case where if you start early it will pay off.  Keeping the move in your mind as you put your holiday decorations away, start your spring cleaning early and make phone calls will help to alleviate some of that work as you get closer.  

 



Settling into Your New Home During the Holidays

clock November 13, 2012 04:36 by author Janet Corniel

 

Congratulations!  You made it.  You have successfully made your move and now it is time to unpack and settle into your new home.  This may seem daunting during the holiday season.  However, there are some things you can do to make it easier on yourself.  

Make unpacking a priority.  Start with the most used room in your house.  For most, it is the kitchen.  Once you have unpacked your kitchen, focus on each of the rooms.  Soon, it will be complete.  

Focus on what is important.  Find out what needs your attention right away and address it.  However, really reconsider beginning a DIY project in the midst of the holiday season right after a move.  You may want to put it on hold until after you have settled in and have celebrated the holidays.  This will give you time to find your energy and focus on the project instead of overwhelming yourself with everything at once.

Get excited.  Get excited about decorating your new place for the holidays.  Do some shopping for your new home.  It is really nice to have that feeling of making your house a home.  

Get the word out.  Use your holiday cards as a way to let your friends and family know of your move.  This way you can send them your new address and contact details.  Further, it gives you an opportunity to inform them of your new life in your new place.

Holiday revelry.  Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to meet new people.  Therefore, go to parties or have one for your new neighbors.  This gives your a fantastic chance to get to know people on a social basis and make new friends.

Give yourself a break.  Moving is stressful and moving during the holidays just adds to the stress.  Therefore, take time for yourself and family.  The tasks will get done and you will be settled.  However, keeping that healthy communication and connections to your family is so important.  Stay in tune to your child or children.  This way if they are having any trouble adjusting you can address it immediately.

Keep in contact.  There are many ways you can keep in contact with friends and family you have left behind.  This is especially important during the holiday season.  Skype, Facetime, email, phone calls  and social media all offer easy and little to no cost options to keeping in touch.  

Stay positive.  It is so important to keep that in mind.  You set the tone for the move.  Therefore, your kids will pick up on how you feel.  So if you make it an adventure, they will see it the same way.  Reassurance goes a long way and remind yourself it is only temporary.