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PCSing? Here Are a Few Tips to Help.

clock April 2, 2012 22:46 by author Janet Corniel

PCS (Permanent Change of Station) season is about to start.  Therefore, as you get your orders to your new duty station, let ClickandMove help you find the right professional mover.  Here are some tips to help you and your family PCS with ease.

Make copies of your orders and keep them to hand.  This is so important because you will be asked for this paperwork throughout the process and having easy access to it will help tremendously.

When you are selecting a mover, consider their capacity to help you with your move.  Once you have used ClickandMove and have gotten your estimates online, you want to begin to narrow down your choices.  This will allow you to begin your due diligence.  Ask questions of your prospective movers about capacity, experience, experience moving military personnel and references.  Also, do not forget to get their MC number.  Once you have this number, go to www.protectyourmove.gov . This will allow you to get an understanding of the movers standing.  It is a great resource and worth the time to check.

Even though you may have done this countless times before, make it an adventure.  This helps your family make the most of the move.  Have a ‘mini’ vacation on route to your new duty station.  Chances are since you will have to transport your vehicle and drive anyway, make a fun road trip out of it.  This will give your family some excitement and anticipation.  Stop off at sites to see that you would not have had the time for in the past.  It will help you build memories for your family for years to come.


 



How to Understand Moving Quotes?

clock March 27, 2012 00:36 by author Janet Corniel

Moving quotes can be a bit overwhelming for those who have not moved very often.  However, it is so important to get a clear understanding of what is being charged.  A good way to start is to think about your needs first.  If it is a local (intrastate) move, your charges will be less and based on the hourly rate of the personnel needed and the number of trucks required to transport your goods.  However, as the distance increases, your charges may be based on weight and mileage.  If you are moving to another state (interstate), your charges will based on the weight of your goods and the distance you are moving.  The other thing to keep in mind is the insurance charges.  As you can imagine these will increase as your distance increases.

Most movers offer these types of estimates:

Non-binding

A non-binding estimate is an estimate of what the cost should be.  However, it is not finalized until the final shipment is weighed.  Keep in mind that the non-binding estimate cannot be 10% over the original estimate for a total of no more than 110%.  

Binding

A binding estimate should be the amount that is billed to you.  However, if there are any additional services that you may need during the process, it will be added to the total.  Your mover should include almost everything in the original binding estimate, which is why it should be more expensive than a non-binding estimate. 

Not to exceed

This is an estimate that is based on a binding estimate or the actual cost, whichever one is the lowest.  It is important to know that with this type of estimate, it is binding, like the binding estimate, but it sets a ceiling. Make sure you clarify what that entails with your mover.

 

The most important thing to keep in mind as you maneuver through this process, is to get several estimates, at least three.  Make sure that they are the same type of estimate.  You want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not apples and oranges.  This way you will be better equipped to make the right decision for your and your family.


 



How Do I Move With a Professional Mover?

clock March 19, 2012 21:37 by author Janet Corniel

 

Moving with a professional mover is the easiest way to move.  However, the best way to make the most of your move is to do your homework ahead of time and prepare yourself.  Once you know you are moving, you want to begin your search.  ClickandMove is a perfect way to start this process.  Simply take your inventory and submit it electronically to movers in your area.  You then get your estimates at your convenience.

Once you have these estimates, you want to begin your due diligence.  After you have done your research and background checks, you want to select your mover as soon as possible.  This is especially important if you are planning to move during the peak moving season.  Therefore, once you get your mover on board, schedule that date.  Unfortunately, you may not get the exact date you are looking if you wait too long.  Most professional movers will do their best to accommodate your schedule.  However, you may need to be flexible just because of the capacity issue in some markets.  

It is important that you develop a rapport with your mover.  Get a point of contact.  This is so important to have.  This way if you have any issues, questions or concerns you have one person to discuss it.  You also want to understand the policies and procedures of your professional mover.  This will help you prepare and manage expectations.  A good professional mover will take the time to help you understand and educate you about the process.


 



Finding Day Care After Your Move

clock March 12, 2012 20:49 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding day care after you move can be a challenging task.  It is so important to take the right steps to ensure you find just the right place or person to take care of the most precious people in your life, your children.  As with most everything with moving, you should start early.  Begin the process of your search before you move.  Consider all of your requirements and list your expectations.  Think about what you want.  Are you looking for in home care or an established facility?  Are looking for full-time or part-time?  Are you looking for care for infants, toddlers or children?  Does your child have special needs that need to be met?  What discipline techniques do you use in your own home and what types would you like the provider to use?

Once you have identified your child care needs, you can begin your research.  There are many tools online to help you find qualified and licensed facilities and providers.  These include but are not limited to Care.com, Daycare.com and Greatschools.org.  Greatschools.org will help you find preschools in your area and offers ratings.  Care.com will help you find other resources like adult day care and pet care facilities in addition to child care facilities.

Once you have begun your search, you will want to narrow down your choices to a few and plan to interview and tour facilities.  When you are interviewing and touring, you want to make sure that all of credentials are accounted for and documented.  However, in addition to meeting all of the technical requirements, you also want to make sue it has that ‘feel good factor’.   You know your child best and you will have to make sure it is the right fit.  Finding that right place or person is so important to you and your child’s transition to your new life.



 



Resources to Find a Job After a Move

clock March 5, 2012 22:15 by author Janet Corniel

 

If you are planning on finding a job once you move, it should start early.  In order for it to be successful, it needs to be an integral part of the process.  Keep in mind that in a competitive job market, having an online presence and having a clear direction will help.  Once you know you are moving, you should start your search.  This will enable you to optimize your options and location prior to settling.

There are many great resources online that can help you hone your search.  Monster and Career Builder are helpful resources to get started.  Further, you should begin to work your online resources before you move.  Consider a LinkedIn account, if you do not currently have one.  If you do, start to work your current network so that you can build a support base before you get there.  Further, this will allow you to illicit help from professionals to get introduced to job market opportunities before you transition into your new location.  This will enable you to begin to ask questions, evaluate the job market in the new area and establish a network of professionals there, which will help you make the most of your efforts.  Also, if you belong to any professional organizations, contact them and utilize any opportunities they offer.  Further, if your spouse or significant other is on a corporate relocation or job transfer, you may be eligible for employment services.  Be sure to evaluate policies and procedures and benefits available.  You want to take advantage of everything that is available to you.