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How to find the best moving company for you

Posted by cgreitz84 on January 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (8)

    So often when someone is starting the moving process they find themselves at a stand still as to which moving company they should hire.  Or even where to begin finding a reputable company to get a moving quote from.  Even in the day and age of the internet it may seem impossible to find a mover that makes you feel truly comfortable with the moving process.  If you find yourself in this boat then here is some helpful advice to help you navigate the path to a happy move.

     Let's start with the internet,  it can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to selecting a moving company.  Not too mention it is now officially one of our favorite tools when it comes to finding information on any and everything.  It's important to remember when searching the internet that it is not just the website results that you should be looking at, if you neglect to check into the character and reputation of the mover you find online you may find yourself in a sticky situation come move day.  Look around their site for a little, do they give you links to moving information sites, or a .PDF of the government issued Rules and Regulations handbook that informs you of your legal rites.  Just as important do they have real testimonials from customers, and do they allow anyone to post comments about their move?  From there do a little background checking, wether you use Angie's List, Yelp, Etc.  and find other real life opinions about the company before you move ahead

    A tiny addition to  the internet section, beware of Craigslist movers, most of the movers that post on Craigslist are trustworthy but as we all know there are a lot of scams out there so be careful before you pay anything...this could be said about all moving companies though which is why we are not done yet.

    Other handy resources is your local phone book...I know it may be covered in dust burried away somewhere but it's always been there and it still works just as well.  Most reputable moving companies will buy space in a phonebook even if they do have an internet presence, and it's always good to double check what you found on the net by looking in the phonebook and seeing if the company is actually putting money out there to build there business.  Most of the time that is a good sign that you are dealing with a legitament company because fly by night operations rarely spend much and try not to leave too many traces of their existence.

    It can be a hair pulling experience moving to begin with so make sure that before you hire a mover that they will be saving you the anguish, because isn't that what your paying for in the first place!  Just remember to do some leg work and really look into any company before you do business with them, the extra time spent at the begining will save you time, money, and headaches in the end.

Selling Unwanted Items

Posted by cgreitz84 on November 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Getting rid of stuff you don't want to move

 

   When you begin your move you are probably going to run into a few things you haven't seen in years. Some items you realize you don't need anymore, and in these penny pinching times, some items you don't find worth moving. When you run across these items you have 2 options.

One is to give items to charity, this is a great option if you can afford it. Don't forget that most charities will give you donation slips, and some may even come to your door to pick up donated items. With that being said, charities won't take all your unwanted items so you will need to figure out what to do with those particular items.

 

What to sell

  • Obviously this depends on your individual circumstances, and almost anything can be put up for sale or donated.
  • Furniture like sofas, television stands, desks, etc.
  • Appliances, even scrapped can fetch a pretty penny, such as air conditioners, fridges, etc.
  • Electronics, i.e. televisions, video games + consoles, computers, etc.
  • Board games, gaming tables, etc.

 

Where to sell

 

  • First and foremost, there is the ever present yard sale / garage sale. This cuts out the middle man, prevents shipping costs, and can fetch a bigger pay-day then a lot of the other options. The downside is there is a lot of set-up involved. Days of planning, making signs, setting up tables, etc. but it is still one of the best options. If there is anything that remains unsold afterwards you can always use one of the following methods.
  • The internet is possible the second best option. E-bay, Craigslist, etc. are reputable places to sell unwanted items. Using the internet can give you quick sales and regulated prices, and since your ad is up all over the world you don't have to hope that people show up to your yard sale. To do this effectively you need to take good pictures of your items, and you will probably have to pay for shipping costs, but this is still one of the best ways to sell your items
  • Flea markets / Farmers markets rent stands over the weekend, generally for very little money, where you can set up and sell your stuff to a wide audience, you don't have to worry about advertising your sale, and they generally have protection from weather so you don't have to think about rain days.
  • Last but not least is Pawn shops, you won't get the best price here because they are in the business of reselling your items. So in general expect to get half of what it is actually worth. They also have a relatively low range of items they will actually buy. It can be a quick way to sell your stuff though if you don't want to put all the extra work of a yard sale.
  • A variation on the pawn shop is Second Hand shops, again you won't get top dollar for your items but they will buy all sorts of things from books to clothes and even kitchen equipment.

 

Selling your items will not only make your move quicker, cheaper and easier, but you also get to put a little cash back in your pocket.

Packing your house

Posted by cgreitz84 on November 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (3)

Where to begin

   The best place to begin is a plan, take stock of what you have and what you are going to move.  It's important to remember when you pack your own boxes and hire a mover, that unless the box is damaged the moving company is not responsible for any damage to the contents.  With that in mind you need to pack well otherwise you might not be happy with the outcome of your move!

 

  • Lists, lists, and more lists.  Write a list of the items you are moving, items you are getting rid of or selling, and lists of what you'll need to get the job done. 
  • Figure out how many boxes you'll need (check out the boxes widget on our site).  
  • Gather all the right materials, tape, bubble wrap, paper pads, etc.
  • Think honestly about what you use often in your home and things you never touch, you don't want to pack away things you'll need after it's already in a box.
  • Make a plan as to what you are going to do with all your items that you are not going to move (tips for selling or donating your items soon!).

 

   It is best to start packing as early as possible, sure a pair of movers can pack a 2,000 sq. foot home in a day, but for most people a room a day is the average.  If you can start around a month or 2 in advance you should have enough of a head start that you never feel rushed during this hectic process.  When you start packing early you can literally pack yourself into a corner if you don't plan appropriately.  To prevent that, it's best to start in your storage areas and closets, packing up all the things you rarely use.  Items like holiday decorations, off-season clothes, etc.  This same concepts can even apply to your kitchen, leave only the dishes, utensils, and necessary pots and pans for your family (side note, this also makes for less dishes!).  Other ideas for where to start, under your beds, sheds, old files, books, kids toys, spare rooms, etc.  

   When you get close to moving day start packing everything, which brings us to the next part of this article...Packing your boxes.


Packing your boxes

   Now this might seem like a no brainier, and for the most part it is, but there are common problems you can avoid if you follow these steps.

 

  • Never fold the flaps on your boxes, ALWAYS tape the top and bottom, using about 3 strips of tape each.  It never hurts tape the corners of your boxes for extra stability especially for you fragile boxes.
  • Make sure your boxes are closed fully and as square as possible, this will make for an easy time packing the truck and will help prevent damage.
  • Use small boxes for heavy items such as books, c.d.'s, etc. and larger boxes for lighter items, like pillow, bedding, etc.
  • Pack according to your destination.  If you have 2 kids sharing a room now, but they each get there own room in the new home, separate their items before packing.
  • Label everything.  Make sure the labels are very visible, especially any boxes marked Fragile.  It can really help when you unpack if you know that box your looking at goes into John's bedroom dresser or which shelf those books belong on.
  • When you pack a box make sure it is filled to the top, if not the box is likely to crush the second any weight gets put on top of it.  It helps to save some sheets, throw pillows, etc. so you can put them on top when you can't quite get the box filled.

 

   Packing is never fun, but if you follow these tips it should get rid of the headaches and also make your move a damage free one!!

Quick tips for moving to a big city...

Posted by cgreitz84 on November 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Things to Think About 

 

    If your a veteran of one of the big cities in this country, you know there are plenty of extra steps involved when you're trying to move into a new place.  From the parking restrictions, to the secure building access, nothing comes easy in the city.  As such moving under those conditions can become extra stressful.  Truth be told, there isn't that much of a difference with one big exception, planning.  This article will give you a few quick and easy steps you can take to make your move smooth and fast.

 


 

  • Talk to your current / future building super - This will help you gather all the appropriate information as to your buildings rules and regulations on moving...This will really help you avoid some major headaches, some buildings won't allow moving services in their building without appropriate insurance papers being faxed in, etc.  A good understanding with your buildings front desk and staff will be the biggest step in making your move as simple as possible. 
  • Make sure you get the right size truck - Wether you are renting a truck, or hiring a moving service, making sure your truck can easily access whatever building entrance is needed.  This also means a shorter walk for you or your movers, which will save you time and money.  As a side note, you can also generally reserve parking spaces either with your building if you have private parking, or through the city if it is metered parking that you will have to use.
  • Figure out the best access - Wether this means reserving a freight elevator, which really speeds up the process if using an elevator is the only way to get your move done.  Another thing to think about is security doors, if you have several of them in your building it can really slow down the whole move.  Sometimes, if planned in advance, building will allow for these doors to be propped open during a set time for your move.  Another solution for this problem if you have a key fob access is to just let your movers hold onto the fob for the duration of the move (or a spare one if you have one).  
  • One last thing about elevators - If at all possible, make sure all of your items can fit into your destinations elevators if that is the only way to get to your place.  Nothing can ruin a move quicker then if your couch and bed can go into your new apartment and you have to sleep on the floor till you can find another solution!

 

Well this is my first real blog entry, I hope it was helpful, and gives you some insight on moving.  Please let me know what you think, and feel free to add any ideas you have on this subject.  Stay tuned because this is the first of many, and remember submit any ideas or concerns you have about moving to get feedback from professionals and peers.

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New Moving Blog: more coming very soon

Posted by cgreitz84 on November 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

   We here at We Haul are trying to make your moving experience as smooth and fun as possible, in that spirit we are starting an open forum for anyone to discuss various moving topics.  This blog will be added to frequently by professional movers, hopefully from various peers in this field.  We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts, questions, and concerns about moving...and we will give plenty of helpful tips to make your moving day a bit easier.  Check back with us here at http:///www.wehaulrelocation.com to find the latest news and tips on moving.


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