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5 Tips to Make Summer Moving Go Smoothly

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips to Make Summer Moving Go Smoothly

Summertime is often a difficult time to move. Friends are on vacation, and the heat is so intense, just thinking about moving boxes makes you sweaty. If you have to move during the summer, follow these moving tips to avoid complications, and make your move less difficult. 1. Ensure utilities are on in advance You don’t want to arrive at your new home to find out that you can’t turn on your air conditioning, or even plug in some fans. Sometimes utilities take a little longer than planned to turn on, so check your new home before you start moving. This way, you can call the utility company for help if your utilities aren’t turned on in time. 2. Make a moving kit When you arrive at your new home, you will want to take a shower and put on some fresh clothes. The last thing you’ll want to do is dig through boxes while you’re hot, sweaty, and tired. Pack a backpack or duffel bag for everyone in your family. Include these items in each bag: At least one change of clothes One set of pajamas Shower items (shampoo, body wash) Towel In one of the kits or a separate kit, include: Toilet paper Hair brush Makeup Lotion Anything else that is essential to your family for your nightly and morning routine should be included. 3. Ask for help in advance Summer is often the most popular time for vacations, so you need to ask people well in advance for help. You don’t want to wait until the weekend before your big day to find out that your friends all have plans. As soon as you set your moving day, ask everyone you know for help. Send periodic reminders until moving day. 4. Take care of your helpers While moving in the heat, you need to replace all the water that you are sweating out. It will also lower your body temperature and lower your risk of heat stroke. Set up a large refreshment area to keep everyone who is helping happy and healthy. Some great refreshment ideas, other than plain water, include: Lemon water Cucumber water Berry infused water Iced tea Lemonade Buying a couple of watermelons is an inexpensive and tasty way to hydrate your friends and family. Watermelon is 92 percent water. Eating watermelon will give everyone a wonderful snack while keeping their water content high. 5. Take advantage of the weather Nearly 700 thousand people frequent garage sales every week. These people buy nearly 5 million items. Take advantage of the hot, summer weather, and have a garage sale for the items you decide you don’t want to take. As you move your items, place what isn’t going into the moving truck into a designated area of your yard. At least one of your helpers can stay at the house while a load is taken to your new home. The helper that stays can oversee your yard sale. You can choose a new person to stay with each trip to give one mover a break. This will kill two birds with one stone by getting your wanted items moved, and your unwanted items sold in one swoop. You can take whatever doesn’t sell to a local thrift store at the end of the day....

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3 Questions to Ask the Movers Before Getting an Interstate Move Quote

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask the Movers Before Getting an Interstate Move Quote

Moving out of state can fill you with excitement, but it can also leave you overwhelmed with decisions to make. If you’re hiring a mover, you’re one step ahead of the game, and you’re also at an advantage. Interstate moving companies are required to adhere to certain laws, one of which is registering with a government agency called the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). But what are these laws, and how will they impact your decision about who to hire? Here are three critical questions to ask when getting a moving quote, and how their answers can simplify your moving experience. What kind of quotes do they give? Specifically, you need to know if the quote is in writing, and if it is binding or non binding. By law, interstate moving companies must provide an estimate in writing, whether it’s binding or not. The estimate should include an itemized list of what you’ll be paying for (packing, loading, storage, handling, and transportation fees), how much—if anything—you are required to pay up front, and what forms of payment they take. A non-binding estimate is a great way to get a ballpark figure of what you can expect to pay, and it’s usually based on the weight of the goods. It’s not set in stone, and it could change before the move, but you are protected to some degree with the 110% rule. With this rule, the moving company is allowed to charge you the estimate amount plus 10% over. Bear in mind that the company can later bill you for additional services, especially if the moving fees were based on the weight of the shipment, and your items were heavier than expected. But once you pay the estimate plus 10%, the company must release your property. A binding estimate is typically given for moves based on the number of items as opposed to weight. It’s somewhat of a misnomer because in actuality, this figure can change on the day of the move. In these cases, the 110% rule does not apply. A binding estimate shouldn’t be mistaken for a guarantee. However, if the estimate is revised on moving day, that’s generally the amount owed by the consumer. Do they provide in-person quotes? Having a representative come to your home to give you a quote in person is always beneficial. But if you’re planning to move to another state, it’s a federal requirement, provided that the moving company is located within 50 miles of your home. Many consumers have a hard time estimating how many items they’ll have on move day. Plus, this figure will go up once all the boxes are packed. If you have a binding agreement set up based on an estimate of 150 items, but you end up with 375 items that need to go on the truck, the amount owed will increase. When the company comes to your home to take an inventory of your possessions, they’re more likely to be accurate when giving you a quote. Remember, both a binding and non-binding estimate can change at any time before the work begins. So if you want accuracy in your estimate, it’s best to research moving companies within 50 miles of where you live. What sort of damage protection do they offer? Most everyone wants some sort...

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Don’t Forget About The Tip When Budgeting For A Local Move

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Forget About The Tip When Budgeting For A Local Move

When budgeting for a local move, don’t forget to include a tip. You aren’t required to tip your moving crew, but most people like to give their movers a gratuity. According to an Apartment Guide survey, 71 percent of people tip movers. Since even a small tip can reach a hundred dollars or more, it’s important to factor this into your moving budget if you’re going to leave one. Here’s a guide on how much to budget for a tip, along with some suggestions on how to give it. Deciding How Much To Tip Movers Although most people leave a tip for movers, the amount they give varies widely. The above-mentioned survey found that, of those who tip 60 percent base the amount on their move’s cost, with 39 percent giving 10 percent of the cost and 21 percent offering a generous 20 percent 17 percent use an hourly rate to determine their tip 23 percent give each mover a flat amount To see just how much a tip may add to your moving budget, consider how these methods of calculating the gratuity would increase the cost of a $1,500 local move. A 10-percent tip would add $150 to the price of the move, and a 20-percent gratuity would double that amount to $300. These amounts would be shared by the crew. For the sake of this example, assume there is a crew of six people and the move takes a full day, eight hours. A $150 tip would leave each laborer with $25, and a $300 one would give each crew member $50 for the day. No mover is going to complain about getting an extra $50 for their day’s efforts. Even $25, though, is a respectable tip that breaks down to an additional $3.13 per hour for the crew members. If you were to use the other methods to settle upon an amount to tip, the gratuity might be less, but it will still add a significant amount to your moving expenses. For instance, using the above example, giving each person an extra $2 per hour would add $96 to your move’s cost. A flat rate of $20 for each person would increase the price from $1,500 to $1,620. Leaving a Tip for Your Movers Because a tip is for the people who are moving your belongings, it should be given directly to them — not their boss. By handing each mover a tip, you’ll have an opportunity to express your thanks to them personally. They can hear in your own words how grateful you are, rather than from their supervisor. Additionally, handing out tips directly to each crew member will prevent an unscrupulous crew supervisor from pocketing the entire amount. Most people wouldn’t do this, but it’s best to not give anyone the opportunity to take another crew member’s tip. To make sure you’re able to hand out tips to each crew member, break up the amount you have into individual gratuities. If you want to tip $150 and there are six members, break the amount into 20- and 5-dollar bills so that you can hand each member $25. If you want to tip them $300 total, get six 50-dollar bills from the bank. This way, you won’t have to leave the entire amount with one...

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About To Load Into A Self-Storage Unit? Make Sure To Prevent, Protect, And Preserve

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About To Load Into A Self-Storage Unit? Make Sure To Prevent, Protect, And Preserve

As you prepare to move your belongings into a self-storage unit, you have probably already thought your way through decisions about the unit’s size and cost. You’ve decided whether or not to use a climate-controlled facility and even on which floor you want to rent. You’ve double-wrapped your crystal and marked boxes containing fragile items accordingly. However, there are some lesser-known considerations that are also important to keeping you and your belongings safe. Preventing injury Something you may not have thought about while planning to move items into your storage unit is your own safety. Here are some general guidelines to prevent injury. Don’t overexert. Moving is hard work, and you may not have lifted heavy objects or performed repetitive bending/pushing/pulling for a while. Use your legs to lift (instead of your back), use ropes to pull doors down, and don’t be too proud to use a push cart. Watch for hazards. You’re in unfamiliar territory along with people who are also moving their belongings in/out of the building. Look out for slippery floors, items left in walkways, doors left ajar, and cords strewn on the ground. Use proper equipment. If you are moving in during inclement weather, make sure to wear gripping shoes and watch for icy areas. If you need to use a ladder, take the time to ensure all contact points are on the ground before you climb. Stack sensibly. Don’t stack boxes in precarious pyramids or too-tall towers where they could fall on you and cause injury. Remember, how you move is just as important as what you move. Protecting your identity There is a dark side to storage facilities: dumpster diving. Aware that people routinely dispose of personal belongings while loading in and out of storage units, some ne’er-do-wells target dumpsters at storage facilities after hours. Believe it or not, this is a court protected right in some areas, such as California. Regardless of whether or not you believe people have a right to forage through what others have thrown away, you will not want dumpster divers making away with anything that would allow them to steal your identity. For this reason, never throw out anything with personal information on it. Take it home and run it through a shredder instead. You may want to discuss the potential for this kind of theft with the facility managers if they are not already taking measures to prevent it. Preserving your belongings The final aspect of self-storage you should consider before moving your belongings into your unit is that of insurance. After all the trouble you are going through to store them safely, you want assurance that if they become damaged, you will be compensated for their loss.You will assume wrongly if you assume the storage facility automatically covers your items in their property insurance. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company to see if your policy covers items moved from your residence into a storage unit. If not, you can purchase a policy from the storage facility that will cover damage from fire, hail, wind, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning. It should also cover vandalism, plumbing leaks, and burglary. However, note that most policies will not cover: flooding pest infestations missing items (unless a burglary can be proven) motor vehicles inordinately valuable items such as...

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