Getting Ready to Move?

So you’re ready to move into a beautiful new home. You can make the move easier, more fun and more efficient if you keep the following three tips in mind before you even start packing. With these helpful suggestions, you’ll enjoy the moving experience, and maybe even improve your life in the process.

Pack and label boxes for your new home’s layout

It’s important to do your packing with the layout of your new home in mind, so take some time to note the similarities and differences between your old home and your new one. If the new home is smaller, you may have to cut down on your possessions or rent a storage unit. As you pack your belongings, imagine where you would like them to end up in your new home. Label the boxes with the specific destination you have in mind. Keep your things organized according to where they’ll be most useful in your new home.

Use detailed labels on your boxes

This is especially important when packing many smaller items into a single large box. Label every box with a list of the important items you’ve packed inside it. Remember to keep track of identification forms, checks and banking information, toiletries you use every day, extra clothing and towels. You may not wish to unpack everything the moment you move into your new home, so pack the items you’ll need right away in boxes separate from the rest of your belongings and clearly mark them as “urgent.”

Get rid of useless and depressing belongings

Making the move to your new home offers you a couple unique opportunities to improve your life. First, you can simplify your life by getting rid of things you no longer use. A good rule of thumb to use in most circumstances is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year. Be honest with yourself and keep only what you really want and need; this will cut down on clutter and make your new home feel more enjoyable and clean.

As you sort through and pack your belongings, notice how they make you feel. If you feel depressed by that old photo of your ex-husband or ex-wife, throw it out. If that old pair of shoes makes you feel down, get rid of them. Paying attention to how you feel about your possessions will afford you an opportunity to remove negative emotional triggers from the new environment you’re moving into.

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Moving Checklist

Some Moving Tips to Keep in Mind:

Notify your telephone, electric, gas, water, and credit card Companies.

Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date.

Notify former employers. This will make tax time less taxing.

Be there and give direction. Let them know what you want loaded first and loaded last.

Get a copy of your inventory sheet from the foreman. Double check his notations about existing damage to your goods.

Have your insurance plan readily available. Hopefully you will have no use of this tip.

Devise a system. You should label your boxes with their destination in your new home. Hang numbered signs on the doorposts of each room and write the same numbers on the appropriate boxes. (Example: “2nd Fl./Room 4″) If you’re handy with a pencil, sketch a sample layout of your house, number the rooms on it, and post the layout on the truck for reference.

Load the rooms to be unloaded first—last. Whatever room is furthest from the entrance in your new home should be that room. In other words, unload back to front. The kitchen should be done at the very end though, because heavy appliances should go in the truck first.

Don’t forget to have your tools ready when you start unloading. You should put your tool box in when everything else is loaded in the truck.

Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Don’t forget about your plants either. Most are too sensitive to make a long journey in a hot, dark truck. If you can take them with you too.

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Things to Keep In Mind When Choosing A Moving Company

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Before you buy a car, you read reviews, take test drives and bicker with the car salesman (hopefully not too much bickering).

Before you buy a house, you look at many different styles and sizes before choosing the right one — and then you hire an inspector to look at it even more closely.

Heck, you probably even check out restaurant reviews before going out to dinner.

So when you move, why don’t you spend as much time — or even more time — choosing a moving company?

Most people don’t.

An Important, Complicated Decision

Choosing the best moving company isn’t easy. The moving industry is very complicated, and to ensure you get a quality moving company, you have to put in some legwork.

However, it’s something you MUST do, because there are rogue movers out there that will take advantage of the unsuspecting.

This article outlines the major parts of the process of finding and hiring a mover, with links to other resources to help you with more detailed information.

1. Look for mover names. Ask for recommendations from family and friends, and check out the phone book for local movers.

Interested in learning more about the moving industry? This article gives you a moving industry background and a list of moving terminology.

2. Start calling. Don’t get quotes over the phone; the only solid estimate is one that you get after you have a moving company representative in your home looking at your stuff.

However, use your initial phone call as a good screen to to see if you’re comfortable with the movers – ask about the number of moves they make, whether they own their own equipment or contract out; how long they’ve been in business; and whether they’re a member of the American Moving and Storage Association. None of their answers should disqualify movers, but they’re a good way to give you a glimpse into the type of company you’ll be working with.

After talking to a handful of companies, arrange for at least three in-home assessments so you can get accurate estimates of how much your move will cost. It’s the only way to get an accurate moving quote, and it’s usually a good way to screen out scam moving companies, which often don’t like to take the time to give you an in-home estimate.

3. The in-home assessment Show the moving company EVERYTHING you plan to move. The more thorough you are in detailing what has to be moved, the more accurate the estimate will be.

Also, let the estimator know about any factors at your home – or the home you’re moving to – that could complicate the move, like stairs to climb, which might add to the costs.

Remember: Disclose everything so there are no surprises upon payment.

The in-home assessment is a good time to get a feel about the company you’re thinking of hiring – a quality estimator probably represents a quality company. You should also get a lot of information about the company, because this interview will form the backbone of your decision. (See this article for a full list of questions to ask your moving company.)

Above all, beware the low-ball offer. If an estimate is way out of whack compared to the others, it’s probably too good to be true – and you more likely you are to get hit up for more costs later by an unscrupulous mover. (See this article for tips on finding a trustworthy mover. And this article explains moving companies’ hidden charges — they’re how they make up for the low-ball bid that they gave you.)

4. The estimate. Now that you have the estimate, be sure you understand it completely. The documents you get from the moving company should include the estimate, which could be a combined document that serves as your order for service and your bill of lading – be sure to clarify with your moving company. (See this story for everything to know about moving estimate.)

For an interstate move (generally known as a long-distance move), make sure the estimate has a description of the type and quantity of goods you’re shipping, the distance of the move, delivery dates, as well as any additional services you’ve requested.

A local move estimate (generally under 50 miles) are charged according to an hourly rate plus any additional costs.

During the estimate process, you’ll also be asked to consider insurance to protect your goods. (This article describes more completely how much moving insurance you should buy)

Finally, the moving company will taken an inventory of your stuff to be moved. Make sure the inventory is accurate. If they miss something, you will end up paying more on your moving day. Also, be sure you’re prepared for moving day!

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Choosing Your Moving Company

I think a lot of people view shopping for a professional moving company to be like shopping for a car. There’s a dealership on every corner and they all have the same product. Admittedly, there are a lot of movers and generally, they all provide the same service. Are there truly significant differences between them? Why is there a difference in price from one to the other?

Let me start by revealing a trade secret. If you take a group of reputable, professional movers, and simply compare their local rates apples to apples, there won’t be enough difference between them to make a judgment. This is because most states, Ohio included, are regulated by the state’s Utilities Commission.

Moving companies are required to register and publish their rates. Since this information is public, every mover in town knows every other mover in town’s rates. Nobody strays from the pack for fear of looking too expensive, or feeling like they can get more because everyone else is charging more.

The bottom line is that there is true competition for your business. And just like any other industry, if you’re in need of hiring a mover, you need a selection process. So here’s some advice to make sure you get a good, fair, professional mover and don’t get stuck with a too-good-to-be-true headache.

1. You get what you pay for

There is no magic formula. Moving is labor and equipment intensive. The more men, the more hours, the more miles, the more it should cost. Nobody has figured out how to levitate your furniture with their mind, so if it seems too good to be true, it might be.

2. Get multiple estimates

Getting multiple estimates is a good practice because you get to compare the estimates (if you can understand them) and it gives you a chance to “interview” the company.

3. Ask a lot of questions

A professional mover is going to ask a lot of questions of their own to make sure that they thoroughly understand the scope of what they’re doing and what’s most important to you. They should also be more than happy to answer your many moving questions. In my experience, the higher caliber of service, the more questions they want you to ask. If they seem annoyed or unwilling to answer questions, that might be an indication of how they’ll treat your move.

4. Good communication equals good movers

Like any service-oriented company, a good, professional mover is going to have great communication. Do they tell you how and when they’re going to communicate with you? Do they ask how you prefer to be contacted? Do you know what to expect as far as the next steps? Do you know what you’re responsible for? Many problems can be avoided by simply engaging in good two way communication.

There are differences between movers, but the fact is you won’t find out most of them until after you hire them. I could go on and on about pre-hiring qualifications (drug screening and background checks), training, experience, and damage claims prevention. Those things differ from company to company. Don’t just get quotes, let the moving company earn your business. If you’re making your decision on price alone, you might be in for some surprises or disappointments. Visit at http://advantagemovinginc.com/

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Getting Ready to Move?

So you’re ready to move into a beautiful new home. You can make the move easier, more fun and more efficient if you keep the following three tips in mind before you even start packing. With these helpful suggestions, you’ll enjoy the moving experience, and maybe even improve your life in the process.

Pack and label boxes for your new home’s layout

It’s important to do your packing with the layout of your new home in mind, so take some time to note the similarities and differences between your old home and your new one. If the new home is smaller, you may have to cut down on your possessions or rent a storage unit. As you pack your belongings, imagine where you would like them to end up in your new home. Label the boxes with the specific destination you have in mind. Keep your things organized according to where they’ll be most useful in your new home.

Use detailed labels on your boxes

This is especially important when packing many smaller items into a single large box. Label every box with a list of the important items you’ve packed inside it. Remember to keep track of identification forms, checks and banking information, toiletries you use every day, extra clothing and towels. You may not wish to unpack everything the moment you move into your new home, so pack the items you’ll need right away in boxes separate from the rest of your belongings and clearly mark them as “urgent.”

Get rid of useless and depressing belongings

Making the move to your new home offers you a couple unique opportunities to improve your life. First, you can simplify your life by getting rid of things you no longer use. A good rule of thumb to use in most circumstances is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year. Be honest with yourself and keep only what you really want and need; this will cut down on clutter and make your new home feel more enjoyable and clean.

As you sort through and pack your belongings, notice how they make you feel. If you feel depressed by that old photo of your ex-husband or ex-wife, throw it out. If that old pair of shoes makes you feel down, get rid of them. Paying attention to how you feel about your possessions will afford you an opportunity to remove negative emotional triggers from the new environment you’re moving into.

To know more visit http://advantagemovinginc.com/getting-ready-move/

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Moving Checklist

Some Moving Tips to Keep in Mind:Notify your telephone, electric, gas, water, and credit card Companies.

Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date.

Notify former employers. This will make tax time less taxing.

Be there and give direction. Let them know what you want loaded first and loaded last.

Get a copy of your inventory sheet from the foreman. Double check his notations about existing damage to your goods.

Have your insurance plan readily available. Hopefully you will have no use of this tip.

Devise a system. You should label your boxes with their destination in your new home. Hang numbered signs on the doorposts of each room and write the same numbers on the appropriate boxes. If you’re handy with a pencil, sketch a sample layout of your house, number the rooms on it, and post the layout on the truck for reference.

Load the rooms to be unloaded first—last. Whatever room is furthest from the entrance in your new home should be that room. In other words, unload back to front. The kitchen should be done at the very end though, because heavy appliances should go in the truck first.

Don’t forget to have your tools ready when you start unloading. You should put your tool box in when everything else is loaded in the truck.

Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Don’t forget about your plants either. Most are too sensitive to make a long journey in a hot, dark truck. If you can take them with you too.

To know more visit http://advantagemovinginc.com/moving-checklist/

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Things to Keep In Mind When Choosing A Moving Company

Before you buy a house, you look at many different styles and sizes before choosing the right one — and then you hire an inspector to look at it even more closely.Heck, you probably even check out restaurant reviews before going out to dinner.

So when you move, why don’t you spend as much time — or even more time — choosing a moving company?

Most people don’t.

An Important, Complicated Decision

Choosing the best moving company isn’t easy. The moving industry is very complicated, and to ensure you get a quality moving company, you have to put in some legwork.

However, it’s something you MUST do, because there are rogue movers out there that will take advantage of the unsuspecting.

This article outlines the major parts of the process of finding and hiring a mover, with links to other resources to help you with more detailed information.

1. Look for mover names. Ask for recommendations from family and friends, and check out the phone book for local movers.

Interested in learning more about the moving industry? This article gives you a moving industry background and a list of moving terminology.

2. Start calling. Don’t get quotes over the phone; the only solid estimate is one that you get after you have a moving company representative in your home looking at your stuff.

However, use your initial phone call as a good screen to to see if you’re comfortable with the movers – ask about the number of moves they make, whether they own their own equipment or contract out; how long they’ve been in business; and whether they’re a member of the American Moving and Storage Association. None of their answers should disqualify movers, but they’re a good way to give you a glimpse into the type of company you’ll be working with.

After talking to a handful of companies, arrange for at least three in-home assessments so you can get accurate estimates of how much your move will cost. It’s the only way to get an accurate moving quote, and it’s usually a good way to screen out scam moving companies, which often don’t like to take the time to give you an in-home estimate.

3. The in-home assessment Show the moving company EVERYTHING you plan to move. The more thorough you are in detailing what has to be moved, the more accurate the estimate will be.

Also, let the estimator know about any factors at your home – or the home you’re moving to – that could complicate the move, like stairs to climb, which might add to the costs.

Remember: Disclose everything so there are no surprises upon payment.

The in-home assessment is a good time to get a feel about the company you’re thinking of hiring – a quality estimator probably represents a quality company. You should also get a lot of information about the company, because this interview will form the backbone of your decision. (See this article for a full list of questions to ask your moving company.)

Above all, beware the low-ball offer. If an estimate is way out of whack compared to the others, it’s probably too good to be true – and you more likely you are to get hit up for more costs later by an unscrupulous mover. (See this article for tips on finding a trustworthy mover. And this article explains moving companies’ hidden charges — they’re how they make up for the low-ball bid that they gave you.)

4. The estimate. Now that you have the estimate, be sure you understand it completely. The documents you get from the moving company should include the estimate, which could be a combined document that serves as your order for service and your bill of lading – be sure to clarify with your moving company. (See this story for everything to know about moving estimate.)

For an interstate move (generally known as a long-distance move), make sure the estimate has a description of the type and quantity of goods you’re shipping, the distance of the move, delivery dates, as well as any additional services you’ve requested.

A local move estimate (generally under 50 miles) are charged according to an hourly rate plus any additional costs.

During the estimate process, you’ll also be asked to consider insurance to protect your goods. (This article describes more completely how much moving insurance you should buy)

Finally, the moving company will taken an inventory of your stuff to be moved. Make sure the inventory is accurate. If they miss something, you will end up paying more on your moving day. Also, be sure you’re prepared for moving day!

To know more visit http://advantagemovinginc.com/things-keep-mind-choosing-moving-company/

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