4 Tips For Getting The Most Accurate Moving Quote

accurate moving quoteIf you are planning a move, one of your first steps will be to get a good moving quote. However, the quality and accuracy of your quote could vary greatly. There are some rules to follow that can help to ensure that your quote is as accurate as possible

1. Provide A Detailed Inventory

Providing a detailed inventory is the best way to let your potential mover(s) know what it is that need to be moved. Be sure to find a make and model number for the larger items, such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, pianos, and anything else that is large and/or heavy (200lb+).

2. Try To Take An Educated Guess For Your Boxes

Most people hire movers well before they have finished their packing. That means that there might not be a final box count when you are making your initial contact with moving companies. Try to visualize how much will fit into different boxes, and offer your closest guess as to what it should come out to. If you’ve moved within the last five years or so, you might have a better idea of how many boxes you had on the previous move, although things could have changed. Just bear in mind – if you told your movers that you thought you would have 15-20 boxes, and you wind up packing double that – make sure you contact them and let them know that there is a wide difference on what you initially estimated.

3. Walk Your Mover Through Your Access Point(s)

Having a convenient access point can be a huge factor for any move. Even if your move is small, if there is no convenient access point, and items must be carried a long distance, it could be cause for adding an additional mover or equipment in order to make your move efficient.

You’ll want to give your mover an idea of how close they can get the truck to your door. If there are any long hallways, walkways, staircases, or anything else in between your items and the truck, let your movers know. The more information that you are able to provide about the access to your home is the better your estimate will be in the end.

4. Be Very Clear About All Large Items 

If you have any large items (could be sofas, armoires, pianos, or more) – you’ll want to provide as much information on them as you can. Dimensions and approximate weight can be crucial information. Also – some large items will simply not fit up or down your stairways, or around tight corners or doorways. If you have any pieces that did not fit into your house through a stairway, and had to be lifted to a balcony or through an upper level window – you need to let your movers know. Oftentimes a hoist can be attempted, but the crew would need to know in order to have the proper tools and equipment.

Take special note if you have any larger items that were assembled in a room. Seeing as they were never carried up or down stairs in their current state, it could be uncertain whether or not they would fit through the doorways and stairs. Having this knowledge in advance can prepare your movers for any potential issues that might come up.

3 Things Movers Can Do For You (Besides Moving)

With a warm, sunny weekend ahead of us, we are flying right into the heart of do-it-yourself season. But do-it-yourself doesn’t have to mean yourself. You just need to know who can help! And for these spring cleanup/renovation projects, hiring movers can make your life a lot easier.

1. Junk/old furniture removal

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set a few things into your basement or garage, awaiting the time that they will once again be useful. And if you’re like most people, that time may never come. This grows truer the longer you live in a house; junk and old furniture will pile up. Taking it to a dump, or second-hand store, can be quite a task, if you have to do it on your own. However, many moving companies (ourselves included!) are more than happy to come and help you clear out your belongings. You can arrange for a donation, or just trash it altogether. The important thing is that you don’t have to do it yourself!

2. Clearing rooms for painting, flooring, or other renovations

A lot of people choose this time of year to tackle some home projects. If you plan on painting a room, refinishing the floors or carpeting, installing new windows, or anything else that might require you to clear out a room (or many rooms of furniture) – you can get help with all the heavy lifting. If you’ve got the room to store items at your own house, you can still hire movers to take everything and clear it out. You’ll have the floor open to do whatever it is you need to do.

3. Furniture delivery and assembly

If you plan on doing any furniture shopping, you may want to consider hiring movers to help you get things from point A to B. Even Craigslist (or other hand-me-down, person-to-person) pick-ups can be arranged by your local moving company. And if you do get some new furniture, there’s a good chance it’ll come in a box, and assembly could take hours of frustration. We suggest you save that aggravation, hire a moving company, and get outside and actually enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

4 Things People Forget During A Move

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Leaving your old home behind and moving into a new one could be a scary proposition. You need to pack up your life and shift it elsewhere. That’s easier said than done. How are you supposed to pack your belongings, the proof of your existence, into tiny little boxes and hand them over to the movers? Am I the only one who thinks this is absurd? Well, you’re not left with much of a choice, so why not? Here are 4 things people don’t think of when relocating.

Cost of Relocating

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One of the things that is greatly underestimated during a relocation is the cost. You don’t think relocating could cost a lot, until you have to pay for it. It’s a mistake everyone makes, so don’t feel bad. Before calling the moving company, it’s best to estimate the cost of relocation yourself. This will give you a ball park figure to work with when you’re negotiating with various movers. Also, take into consideration interstate travel costs, if there are any. Once you’ve done the math yourself, you can take quotes from different moving companies.

Inconvenience of Relocating

We all know relocating is inconvenient. However, some of us don’t know how inconvenient it can be. For example, when my family moved to a new city we arrived there before our belongings did. Due to the late arrival of the shipment we were forced to live in a hotel for a few days. That just added to the cost of relocation. If you’re going to hire a moving company you better make sure they deliver on time. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck waiting for your shipment to arrive in an empty house. That’s a bad start for your new home, don’t you think?

Damage during Relocation

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When we talk about damage we’re not talking about the damage to your shipment. We’re talking about the damage to your home. When heavy furniture is being brought into your home there’s a chance that there might be damage to your walls and windows. If your window gets shattered while moving in your couch you’ll need to get replacement windows. You need to be present to supervise the movers when your furniture is being brought in. This will reduce the chances of accidental damage to your home. It’ll also inspire the movers to be more careful with the furniture.

Renovation after Relocating

There’s always some amount of renovation needed after relocating. That’s an aspect of relocation that many people aren’t aware of. You best brace yourself because once the furniture’s been moved in you’ll feel like changing the décor of the house. There are always some personal changes that you feel you need to make for the house to become your own. All I can say is that don’t get carried away and spend too much money. You’ve already spent a lot relocating. And if you’re renting the place then I suggest you don’t change a thing, because you’re not going to be there for long.

Relocating can sometimes offer more that what you bargained for. The scenarios mentioned here should give you some idea of what to expect.

Shruti Vaghe is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Sidetex, leading providers of replacement windows in Connecticut. She has a very dynamic personality and she enjoys trying new things. You can follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

4 iOS Apps to Make Your Move Simple and Effortless

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Moving can be quite the difficult task. Wouldn’t it be to you, if you were asked to uproot your life and shift it somewhere else? Relocation is a task filled with obstacles that we create ourselves. And we do this by handling things haphazardly. If we were a bit more organized in the way we handled our move, we probably wouldn’t have such a hard time with it. We’ve made a list of iOS apps that can bring some order to the chaotic way each of us handles our moves. Hopefully, we’ll do a better job with them.

My Move

‘My Move’ is the ideal app to help you organize your move. You can get in touch with local and international movers with the help of this app. Read reviews and testimonials from customers to help you narrow down the right moving company for the job. You can also access any complains that were made against the company. Besides this it also provides a checklist of things that you need to do before your move. If you’re looking for tips or notes on how to plan a smooth move, that too can be found here.

State Farm Move Tools

You’ll find moving tips virtually anywhere, but you won’t find the tools to execute them. ‘State Farm Move Tools’ have compiled everything you’ll ever need for your relocation needs. The interface is so clean and crisp, that you’ll have no trouble navigating through it. There’s a virtual packer mode that allows you to practice your packing before you actually do it in real life. This will help you avoid mistakes while packing and prevent the need to reopen the boxes. This app can also help you label your boxes in an efficient manner, so you don’t lose any of your belongings.

moveAtlas

It’ll be good to get some expert advice when you’re in need of it. Fortunately, the ‘moveAtlas’ app provides that service. You can benefit from the expert advice provided by Atlas and make your move a less complicated experience. The app also provides checklists that’ll help you cover all the important things during the last minute. If you’re looking for a no-obligation quote, then you can get it through this app. You can also check the status of your shipment by using the Atlas tracking system.

Move Estimator

Movers often overcharge you for your shipments. In order to stay one step ahead of the game you should use ‘Move Estimator’. It’ll help you estimate the exact weight and volume of your shipment. That way you’ll know if you’re being overcharged. Knowing the weight and volume will help you find the right storage unit for your storage needs. Based on the quote provided by the moving company and the weight of your shipment, you’ll know which mover is trustworthy. This app also provides quotes from movingscam.com, a website dedicated to protecting you from movers.

Moving may be a complicated task, but these apps simplify it. Make use of them to make your next move a breeze. After all, what’s the point of having technology if it won’t simplify your life?

The author of this post, Shruti Vaghe, a freelance blogger currently writing for Abacus Self Storage, which specializes in public storage units. She loves photography and design and enjoys attending workshops to better her skills. You can follow her on Twitter at @ShrutiVaghe.