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Challenges One Might Encounter During Long Distance Move

Challenges One Might Encounter During Long Distance Move

Any move presents unique challenges that the everyday individual might not have to deal with on a regular basis; however, it’s important to do your best to prepare and plan for a long distance move so that you aren’t sideswiped by the commonly unforeseen issues movers often experience. Long distance moving in particular is difficult to plan or prepare for, but it’s not impossible. Of course, things might wind up out of your control at various points, but it’s best to at least have a plan of attack to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. The common challenges one might encounter during a long distance move aren’t all that different from local moving issues; however, they’re worth discussing in order to best prepare. Lost or damaged valuables Even when you pack and move all of your own valuables, some items are bound to become damaged or even broken. Moving companies are generally more careful with boxes that are clearly labeled as “fragile,” and it’s important to organize your boxes in the safest way possible. For instance, packing all of your heavy dishes into one giant box is never a good idea—it is best to spread out the weight of your items and pack them reliably with proper padding. This way, if a box does get mishandled, you won’t have an entire set of broken dishes in one box when you arrive at your new location. Furthermore, if you own specialty items like antique furniture that can easily become damaged during transit, you might consider purchasing moving insurance. You can find out more about the moving company’s insurance...
Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Of course we all know that organization, preparation, and planning can greatly improve a moving transition. Unfortunately, sometimes, being organized can bite us back. If you’ve ever moved before, then you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to find an item you desperately need. Of course, staying organized helps—especially if you clearly label all of your boxes. However, it can be extremely helpful and even more efficient to plan what you DON’T want packed away before a move. Here is a list of a few of the most essential items that movers frequently claim they needed during the transition of a move. Toiletries and a few clothing necessities If you’ve ever traveled before, then you know how important it is to keep your bathroom toiletries handy. If you’ve ever traveled before and lost your luggage, then that’s a whole other story. Being without toiletries and basic clothing necessities can be more than a hassle, but an all-out burden. It helps to keep a few pairs of socks, undergarments, a pair of sneakers, pants and a t-shirt at the very least in a bag with your toiletries. Just having one change of clothes can make a huge difference in a time of desperation or displacement—especially if you have kids! Having a school outfit picked out or lunches packed for the next day after a move can help lessen the load of stress. First-aid kits and prescriptions Other basic essentials include a first-aid kit and all of your daily prescriptions or vitamins. Keeping this in a suitcase with your toiletries and clothing is the best, most efficient...
How Do Moving Companies Charge You?

How Do Moving Companies Charge You?

There is a lot to consider when moving all of your belongings to another location. It can be a stressful, time-consuming process, and it’s helpful to have professional movers guide you through the process to relive some of the burden and do most of the heavy lifting for you. Of course, moving costs money—it costs even more money if you plan on hiring a professional moving company to do it for you. Depending on several factors, your move may become more or less expensive than you originally imagined. It can be especially helpful to know how moving companies typically charge their clients before jumping into a decision. Here are some things to consider so that you can be prepared for the most common moving costs associated with hiring a moving company: Amount and Weight of Items Typically moving companies charge more for clients moving from homes with larger square footage, but that may not translate into more items necessarily. For instance, an individual moving from a smaller, 3-bedroom home may have more items than a person moving from a 5-bedroom home. Especially for long-distances moves, moving companies charge by weight of the total items being moved. This is why it can be especially helpful to move as many items yourself as possible that do not necessarily need to be transported professionally. Clothing, books, or other bulky items that take up space and weight, but could be moved easily by a non-professional, can save you money in overall cost by reducing the overall weight of the items being moved. Local or Long-Distance? If you’re moving local or long-distance, you’ll have...
Knowledge You Must Have Before You Deal with a Mover

Knowledge You Must Have Before You Deal with a Mover

Imagining yourself moving all of your furniture and belongings accumulated over decades of residence can feel overwhelming and stressful. If you are considering hiring professional movers, there is a lot to consider first. Finding the right moving company involves knowing something about the moving process, typical obstacles, and a general knowledge of the way the business works. While moving companies can be a great help to you during such a stressful time, there are things you should be aware of before you decide to deal with a mover. Taking precautions and performing some research before hiring a mover is an important step to ensuring that your move goes smoothly and without complications. Here are some things to consider before you choose a moving company and what you should look for: The Estimate Process Various moving companies go about the estimate process differently. Many movers tend to rush through a walk-through in which they determine the estimated costs for the move including the length of time it will take from start to finish. Unfortunately, these estimates are usually not guaranteed and if they are, they can swindle you into binding contracts without the proper information provided. When a company representative comes to your home to provide an estimate, there is a lot they need to consider including the logistics of the move, the amount of items you’ll be transporting, and the amount of time it will take to do so. If the in-home estimate takes five minutes, you might be in trouble. An accurate, thorough estimate takes a bit of time to conduct, and you shouldn’t settle for a moving...
Checklist to Make Your Move Successful

Checklist to Make Your Move Successful

Moving poses many unique challenges that one may not consider until the actual day of the move. However, it’s best to think through your moving experience before you get stuck without a plan. Some moving companies that are especially mindful of how stressful the moving process be can be particularly helpful in preparing their clients for the big day. Other moving companies, however, tend to take advantage of inexperienced movers with the understanding that a lack of adequate preparation will likely cost the customer more money in the end. It is important that movers take matters into their own hands in preparing for a move. Here is a short checklist that will help make your move more successful (and inexpensive): Get Quotes and Estimates When surveying the moving companies in your area, it is critical to compare pricing options and qualifications. Moving companies do not all charge the same way, and it may help you to figure out how you can cut a few corners to save some cash—after all, moving to a new place may pose unique challenges that you’ll need a little extra money for. Understanding how a company charges can help you get inspired to ditch some of those old items you don’t use anymore, or better yet, sell them at a garage sale to put towards the move. Take an Inventory of Your Belongings After you get a good idea of what moving company you’d like to hire, you can take an inventory of your belongings; sometimes it may be helpful to reverse these first two steps, depending on what types of items will pose...
What Characteristics You Should Seek in a Mover

What Characteristics You Should Seek in a Mover

Moving is a process that generates a ton of stress from start to finish. Having a good moving technique down does not come naturally, and the average family or household requires help getting the process going. There are many unforeseen issues that can arise during a move, so it’s essential to have knowledgeable, professional help throughout your move. Hiring a professional moving company may be new to you, and there are certainly qualities that you should look for in a business before hiring one. Every moving situation is unique; for instance, your individual needs might be different from that of a family of seven. Truly knowledgeable professionals will be able to find solutions that work best for your own circumstances. There are other things to look out for in a moving company, and they are all equally important. Doing research before you choose a company to move your precious belongings is a responsible step to take, and it will likely leave you with a more positive end result. For a little extra help in the research phase, here are some of the characteristics you should seek in a mover: Reputability This is usually the first place we start when researching any business or service before investing our money in them, and it’s a good place to begin. You can start by looking at a company’s online reviews to investigate the impressions, opinions, and level of satisfaction from others who have utilized their services. Keep in mind that while not all clients will be pleased equally with a company’s services, it is important to find the baseline of customer satisfaction....