Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Things you may forget when planning a Move

There are so many things that people usually forget to pay attention to while planning a move. Here is a list of things for you to keep in mind to ensure that your move is safe and smooth with no loose ends.

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Drain and disconnect all appliances

The movers are responsible for transporting the appliances. However, before they arrive, you must carefully drain those appliances and disconnect them. It is your responsibility, if you are the owner of the property, to service and reconnect them.

Notify financial institutions of the change of your address

You wouldn’t certainly like confidential information to fall in the wrong hands, thereby facing the risk of a huge fraud. Make sure you inform your banks, insurance brokers, investment advisors, and credit card companies of the change in your address in writing. Similarly inform the local post office of your move and request them to forward all your mail to the new address.

Get a copy of your medical history from your doctor

Your medical files are your personal property. Strangers have no business to have access to your medical history. Remember to inform your doctor about the move, and request that no reports are sent any more to your old residence. You must ask for a copy of your medical file, along with a reference to a new doctor in the area of your relocation.

Plan the route

Highway maintenance or construction usually necessitates traffic diversions. It would be better to get to know whether there are any notified traffic diversions along the route of your move. In such a case, you need to have an alternate route plan that would minimize the cost of the move. You must also check the best pit stops along the alternate route, particularly if you have seniors, children or pets travelling with you.

Pack an essentials bag

The contents of the essentials bag may vary as per the family size and typical needs. However, they can include favorites such as blankets, clothing, toys, coffee, tea, snacks, matches and a bottle opener. This bag will come in very hand during the move and the first couple of days of relocation.

Ensure the functioning of all utilities at the relocation before moving

Nothing can be worse than shifting to a new house to find that you have no utilities; more so if blankets are inside a securely packed moving box or wrapped around precious items. Before the move, it is very important to ensure that the utilities are working properly in the new home.

Ask for the mover’s advice on items they will not transport

An experienced professional mover will offer you advice on the items they will not transport in their moving truck; they include snow blowers and lawn mowers, flammable materials, live plants, precious items, and play and exercise equipment. You must remember to get that advice and act accordingly.

It is important, therefore, not to forget the things listed above when you plan a move. It is equally important to remember hiring the right mover. There are reputed moving companies in California that pride over a safe and smooth move. Ask for recommendations and check online reviews to ensure that you hire the right provider.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Signs of a Wrong Moving Company

We have all heard about bad experiences and horror stories of moving companies. They make us even more concerned about choosing the right one, when we need to move. The truth is there are many reputable movers, who offer the benefit of their long experience, have the best men and equipment, and deliver exceptional service.

However, unfortunately, fraudulent movers are also plentiful. It is very important to be wary of such movers. Here are a few clear signs of a wrong moving company.

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No on-site estimates

Reputable movers offer on-site estimates with an elaborate itemized inventory. This ensures that the estimate replicates details of the things you need to move – with no surprises when the mover gives you the final bill.

Do not, therefore, trust a company that does not give you an on-site estimate. If a mover provides a quote without seeing the site first, it is highly likely you will pay in exasperation much more than what you expected.

No license

All moving companies should have a valid license. Keep in mind that if a moving company is unlicensed, they will not have cargo insurance, general liability coverage, etc. Moreover, the workers usually lack the experience and skills necessary to complete moves safely and successfully.

They are very likely to cause damage to your possessions and sustain personal injuries that you may have to deal with. In case you have an uneasy feeling that a company you plan to hire may be working without a legal permit, change your mind forthwith.

Way too cheap

There is a strong possibility that a mover, way too cheap, may not show up on the big day and you may end up in a fix. A very common thread between moving companies that do not show up is that they gave you an extremely low price. The truth is you will only get what you are ready to pay for.

Therefore, if a moving company offers you a price much lower than the estimates of other companies, you must suspect rather than trust the price-wise alluring. Such a company is probably ill experienced, hires undocumented movers, does not have a license, or will charge you exorbitant ‘hidden fees’ on your big day.

Another way by which these companies may save is by renting out trucks that are not conducive to moving. Cheap movers do not have the required funding to buy the right vehicles. This means you run the risk of damage to your possessions during moving.

Promise of the contract on the moving day

In case the company accepts your job on the phone and assures you that they will get you the contract on the day of the move, you must cancel the deal forthwith. A prior signed contract protects the customer against companies that may not show up, cause damage due to negligence, or increase prices when asking for payment.

Hiring a wrong mover can cause immeasurable damage and enormous stress. It would therefore be best to choose a well-reputed moving company and get your money’s worth.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Tips for a Successful Winter Move

You may not always have the option to choose a convenient season or day for a move. Maybe you cannot but move during the chilly winter season on a frosty day; perhaps, you have secured a new job in a different town, or you have to move for family reasons, or your lease is up.

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Challenges of winter moving

Winter definitely is the most challenging season for moving. Apart from the obvious discomfort, icy conditions may make the move hazardous. In fact, professional movers advise against doing a DIY move.

Frosty environment and slippery boots can put you and your family at risk of injuries to the knees, back, and neck. They may as well increase the susceptibility of damage to your belongings, especially your furniture; moving on such a day on your own can turn out to be a dear experiment.

Stress-busting tips

Listed below are a few recommendations that can assist you in reducing anxiety and ensuring a successful winter move.

Employ a reputed mover

Without a doubt, the first major decision you can make for a low-stress move is to have on board a reputable mover. Ask your family and friends for recommendations; you can also research online by checking reviews. Look for BBB membership and customer endorsements of the mover, especially with reference to the following.

1.  Assisting you plan the move in advance

2.  Long and rich experience in dealing with winter-related moving problems

3.  Moving securely your possessions without any damage caused by freezing
4.  Having the right knowledge of buildings, roads, and various areas served

Schedule the moving date

Although a winter move is challenging, there are numerous advantages as well. Since winter is considered off-season, movers are likely to offer flexible dates.

However, it is best to schedule your dates in advance, once you have hired the mover. It is not a good idea to move on a date you do not prefer just because the mover you like is already booked for that ideal date.

Keep a check on the weather 

The conditions of the winter weather make a lot of difference. Keep checking weekly weather forecasts before the move. You can also call up the moving company to check whether there are any concerns regarding road conditions or reports of snow-stranded vehicles. It is best to delay the move instead of having your things stuck in a snowstorm.

Clear the approach to your house

Clear the streets, driveways, and sidewalks, which lead to your house. Use a shovel, salt, or a snowblower to clear all the main walkways so that the moving company can traverse them safely; they can thus protect all your belongings and furniture from any damage.

Take care of your pets

It is best to move your pets before the big day so that they are safe. On the moving day, there will be a lot of activity inside and outside hour home. It will be easy for the pets to slip out and get exposed to freezing temperatures. Pack their treats, food, toys and other supplies and send them over to a friend.

You can take numerous other useful steps for a successful winter move. Seek guidance from the right moving expert with the right background to make your move a pleasant experience.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Moving with your Pets Worry Free

Another important aspect of a move is giving attention to the meticulous moving of your pets. They may not be able to understand that they are being uprooted from a familiar turf and taken to new surroundings. You have to plan their careful move and smooth relocation.

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Maybe you consider your pets more humane than many humans. It is possible for your family to pamper them with extra treats during a move, in order to make them feel comfortable. However, drastic diet change can cause them digestive problems. Follow their regular routines for a less disruptive moving.

Here are a few things you must keep in mind while moving with your pets.

Let your pets have a health check-up

Do not forget to book an appointment with the vet for your pets to ensure that they are healthy, have had all the immunizations and are fit to move. In case you are moving your pets to a different state, it is necessary to have an Interstate Health Certificate. Also, keep all the health records of your pets ready for passing on to the new vet in the new place.

Click their latest pics for use if they get lost

There are so many stories we hear about pets being lost when travelling thousands of miles to reach their new homes. This may not happen to you: nevertheless it is a good idea to take the following precautionary steps.

   1.       Keep the latest photographs of your pets.

         2.       Implant under their skin an ID microchip.

         3.       Put a tag with the new address around the neck.

Ask a friend to pet sit

It is a good idea to ask your friend to pet sit or board your pets overnight so that you can focus on the move.  Moreover, the unfamiliar people and the unusual activity on the moving day may upset the animals.

Mark their boxes

Make sure that the pets’ containers are marked clearly, so that they have their items readily available when they need them on relocation. Moreover, remember to have enough toys and food on hand during the move and on arrival at the new place.

There are certain time-sensitive problems when you move fishes. Aerobic bacteria within the tank begin to die when the oxygen flow is shut down. You will have to allot yourself enough time to disassemble and reassemble the tank, since your fishes can’t be taken in it. You will require an alternative special container for housing and moving the fishes.

Birds too tend to get stressed by a move.  For a journey that’s short, you can carry them in their usual cage. Make certain that there are no mirrors or swings in the cage that may fall and injure the birds. It is best not to leave water and food inside the cage to avoid any mess. For long journeys, rent a special bird carrier. However, try out the special carriers with the birds before the move to decrease their anxiety.

With just a little forethought and caution, you can surely make the move easy for your pets!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Claiming Moving Expenses as Tax Deduction

Moving in itself can be an expensive affair; moreover, you need to remember many things: sell, organize, buy, and pack. If your move is for a new business or a job, it becomes even more important that you arrive for relocation in a calm frame of mind. Did you know that you could deduct certain moving expenses for tax relief? Here are a few things you should be aware of.

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Eligibility requirements

You can easily claim your moving expenses as tax deduction, if you fulfil the following criteria:

Moving distance: The new work location should be a minimum of 50 miles away from your previous house in comparison to your previous job location. In case this is your first job, it should be at least fifty miles away from your previous home.

Timelines: If you have a new job, you must be ready to work on arrival at the new location for at least 39 weeks full-time during the first twelve months. In case you are self-employed, you should meet this requirement and work for a minimum of 78 weeks in the first two years. Moreover, you must be in the area of your current location.

Tax return: In order to claim the moving expenses incurred you should submit the personal tax return that covers the year of the move.

Record keeping

You’re expected to keep proper and correct records of moving expenses including, mileage logs and receipts. It is always safe to make use of a reputable moving service provider.

The Internal Revenue Service, the nation’s tax collection agency, requires that your employer provide detailed breakdown of every cost incurred. Make sure that the moving agency offers detailed estimates with no ‘extra’ surprises.

 Your employer will ask you to engage an affordable mover to keep the expenses low. You must not forget to get at least three quotes to show the employer that you have done your research and have made the right comparisons and the right choice. 

Expenses eligible for deduction

  1. Crating, packing, and transportation of your household goods      
      2. The cost incurred while traveling. If you travel using a car to your destination, you may be able to claim the actual expenses like gas and oil or utilize the average allowance scale of twenty-three cents per mile. Whatever the method you employ, you’re permitted to deduct tolls and parking fees but not insurance or general repairs of your car.

    3. Lodging such as accommodation close to your previous home within a day after vacating your old home; plus accommodation for the day you arrive for relocation. However, lodging and travel expenses do not include food or meals.

     4.  Insurance and storage charges of household goods and personal items within one month after shifting from your previous house, and before moving to your new location.

While shifting can be a tedious task, you can certainly recover some of the expenses by taking advantage of the tax laws.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Moving your House without Stress

You are right – rather dubiously – if you think you will save money by hiring a van and roping in friends to help with moving your house.  You may not be aware of the amount of time, effort, planning and organization that moving requires. All this takes a toll that is in itself a cost.

Moreover, if valuables get damaged in the move, that is another cost added. The best way to move your house with little stress is to use the services of a reputed professional packer and mover. They ensure that the move is stress free in every respect. Having said that, there are a few pre-move things you can do yourself; you can ensure that way there is no stress related to the move.

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Make a full inventory

Start planning the move, much before the movers arrive on the scene. Make a full inventory of all your personal belongings.  This will help you to decide on what goes where in the new home, and thereby make setting it up faster. Incidentally, you will discover a few things that were with you all along but were long forgotten; there may be a need for them in the new home.

Get rid of junk and unwanted things

As part of the inventory process, segregate all the junk that has accumulated over the years, and things that are of no use any more. Get rid of all of them to set up a clutter-free new home.

Segregate the items you want to pack yourself

There are often very precious items or things with a great sentimental value, which you want to handle yourself. Segregate those, work out how you will pack them, and keep them ready for the move. If you are in doubt, you may ask for professional advice and help, which the moving company will be glad to offer.

Take photos

It will be wise on your part to take photos of all your valuable things just before the move. In case of damages caused by the moving company during transportation, the photos will be of great use in making damage claims. The same thing will apply to photos of the old house/apartment vacated on a move. This will protect you from greedy property owners, who want to fleece you for imaginary damages you caused.

Pack a moving day survival kit

You will need a few essential things, as soon as you arrive at the new home. Pack a survival kit in a plastic tub, moving box or any other container that you can access as soon as you step into the new home. It should contain a few basic tools, paper towels, a coffee maker (and of course coffee), powdered milk, snacks, first-aid medicine and regular  medications, toilet paper and anything else you know you will need on arrival.

The pre-move steps outlined above can make life much easier for you on the moving day. This will help the moving company as well to work faster, facilitating a quick move. You can thus start setting up your new home sooner than you would expect. Contact a professional moving company as early as possible so that you can work with them for a totally stress-free move.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Why a Cheap Moving Quote can be a Bad Idea

Moving can certainly be anxiety-ridden for a variety of reasons – from the emotional stress of leaving behind friends and relatives to packing up all your belongings accumulated over time. Another major reason why so many people get tense is the price, both physical and metaphorical, associated with moving.

Shifting to a new house can mean a lot of money, from getting a mortgage or paying more rent for new furniture required in the new house. Understandably, most people try to find out ways of cutting costs.

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The wisdom of cutting costs

The biggest mistake you can make is to cut costs when hiring professional movers. Probably, you think of performing the whole move on your own. Moving delicate, heavy, or wrongly shaped furniture and other such attention-demanding belongings necessitates expertise that you may not have.

Untrained movers do not have the right packing equipment and the experience for executing the job properly. It indicates a strong possibility of damage not only to belongings but also to staircases, walls, ceilings, and floors.

Others who avoid a DIY move try to find cheap moving companies, in the hope of cutting costs. However, choosing a professional mover, who quotes a low price, comes with numerous risks. It is extremely important to take decisions keeping in mind these risks.

Here are a few questions you must consider before hiring a mover just because the price is lower.

Can you ignore damage to your furniture?

Cheaper moving companies make profit by spending less time on every move. These movers will not take the necessary time and care to pack and unpack your household effects without damage. Another way these people cut their costs is by hiring inexperienced and untrained workers, which puts your possessions at a very big risk.

Do you like the prospects of potential criminals being involved in the move?

More often than not, cheap movers hire cheap laborers on daily wages, instead of those who are trained and certified to work full time. These companies do not care to check whether such laborers have any criminal background. Hiring such a mover is asking for trouble.

Can you accept the use of an ill-equipped truck for the move?

Cheap providers will never invest in good moving trucks or quality equipment required to ensure that your move is seamless and safe. This again points to probable damage to your belongings during actual transportation. The move might ultimately prove to be too expensive, contrary to what you initially thought would be cheap.

Are you willing to pay hidden charges?

Like most others, moving business is extremely competitive. For any move, the quotes you get from moving companies should be almost the same within reasonable limits, given the same logistics and inventory.

If there is a substantial discount in the price of a particular company, you should be on your guard: there will definitely be some hidden charges. Make sure you get all the details spelt out in writing to avoid any fraud. Look for reviews to get to know what previous customers say about the company.

As far as moving is concerned, the quality of service depends on what you’re ready to pay. You would do well not to compromise on engaging a quality moving company in order to save a few dollars!