7 Easy Guidelines To Moving Home

Nowadays you can travel just about anywhere in the world. This has begun a new culture, in the young and old, of adventure and the exploration of new places. Jobs aren’t limited to what’s available in your town or county, people can chase their dream professions to any area of the planet. With this new culture of adventure-seeking, the need to move home and settle in a new area is high. Everybody and anybody will move home at some point in their lives, these are seven easy guidelines to help make the ordeal less taxing and more organized.

Checklists

Moving checklists can help to create order out of the chaos that is moving.

When packing your precious possessions away into boxes, checklists can be invaluable. In a hectic and stressful move, they can help create order out of the chaos. Of course, there is such a thing as having too many checklists, which could create more problems than they solve. The best way to have a smooth and trouble-free move is to only create checklists that are the most essential.
A practical way of applying this is to make a checklist for every room, e.g. one for the living room, kitchen, bathroom etc. The next step would be to tick off the items as they are wrapped and put in boxes and then label the boxes afterward. This creates less confusion and stress when the boxes need to be unpacked again. Also, as an extra measure, when packing fragile items, it’s best to put these in the same box and label the box as fragile so that extra care is taken with these items.

Movers

One of the most beneficial things available in these current times is the existence of moving companies. These companies are specially designed to help you pack and move your items from one place to another in the most efficient, injury and hassle-free way possible. Many hands do indeed make light work, especially when they are someone else’s hands.
If the start and end points are a long distance apart, however, then the same people that pack and load the items can’t be expected to unload them. This calls for the use of the second team of people at the receiving end to help unload at your destination. As when dealing with any company, a good piece of advice would be to arrange payment rates beforehand with written contracts. This means there will be a lot less confusion when it comes to issuing payments.

Standardized Packaging

In stores that specialize in packing equipment, you will find a good collection of strong and sturdy boxes and cartons made especially for carrying heavy loads. These boxes and cartons are usually to a standardized size, shape, and quality. These shapes and sizes are specifically made to fit nicely into trucks and dollies, which makes stacking and storing much more simple. Using old, mismatched boxes tends to create problems with moving because they may not fit with the measurements and dimensions of the moving trucks and dollies as well as the standardized boxes. This is why buying a good number of standardized boxes and cartons before packing makes moving simpler and more efficient.

Notifying Change of Address

Notifying change of address is something that is often pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list when moving, but this is in fact quite an important part of the moving process that can have stressful ramifications. To help with this, it is a good idea to create a list of all the companies, friends and family, doctors, schools, or anyone else who may have your address. The next step would be to make phone calls, send letters, email or contact them in any other way that will best reach them. It is also a good idea to give, in writing, your change of address to the local post office if any post needs to be forwarded on to your new address. This also applies to service providers, such as gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi, and T.V, especially if you want to continue with their services. In some cases, you may need to cancel your service and switch providers to a company that provides services in your new location.

Cash at Hand

A problem that can occur when you least need it, is the expectation for you to pay someone in cash and for there to be a complete lack of cash points near at hand. To prevent this disaster, it is best to carry around a good amount of cash with you so that money transactions may be completed without a hitch. Of course, many companies these days, including Big City Moving Company, accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal, check, or money order. The bottom line is, you should ask your moving company if cash is going to be required.

Transferring Schools

A good suggestion for those families moving home is to arrange the transferring of children to a school closer to the new address, unless you’re only moving a few streets away. It creates far more problems later when there is a long commute, making school runs far more stressful than they need be.

Author Bio
Shawn Wood is the content writer at Costa Mesa Moving Company and has been highlighting the requirements of modern homes and offices for the past four years.  He has particularly been efficient in highlighting the needs of a modern family home.

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Big City Moving Company will be publishing links or articles that will help reveal exclusive discount codes. One of Boston’s most affordable moving companies is helping to keep the cost even lower this spring! Great savings on all moves, twitterwhether residential or commercial, from student housing to full houses.

Big City Moving Company offers anything from simple labor to full-service moving. They can help with packing or unpacking, assembling furniture, arranging furniture and interior design, junk removal, hoisting, and much more! People have called upon Big City Moving when doing home projects such as re-flooring, painting, or other renovation projects. You don’t need to be moving to need a moving company! Our crews are very experienced and can be a tremendous asset for these home projects. google_plus_logo-400x434

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‘BBB Certificate of Customer Service Excellence’ Awarded to Big City Moving Company

2014 Better Business Bureau Award for Customer Service Excellence goes to Big City Moving Company!

2014 Better Business Bureau Award for Customer Service Excellence goes to Big City Moving Company!

We are pleased to present the Better Business Bureau Certificate of Customer Satisfaction Excellence! Through our hard work and dedication to our customers, we have once again secured the award for 2014. Our commitment to customer service has been a huge contributor to our outstanding A+ Rating with the BBB.

Big City Moving Company has always put the customer first. Upholding a good relationship and building a strong reputation with our customer has been a cornerstone of our business plan since we began as a business in 2002. One of our primary sources of new business has always been through word-of-mouth, and maintaining an excellent connection with our customers is the only way that we can keep that going.

We are very proud to have this token of our achievement, and honored to share it with our customers who have helped us achieve this goal. We will continue to provide the best service at affordable rates in 2015 and beyond. All of our customers have helped us to get to this point, and we look forward to continuing to offer you reliable moving services, as well as snow removal and other general labor needs. Our business is stronger than ever right now, and we plan on using our strength to provide an even greater customer experience.

Tips For Moving To Boston This January

Moving during the harsh New England winter can be tough. Luckily, we had a reasonably mild December, but there is snow and brutally cold weather on the horizon. If you are moving to Boston (or the surrounding area) this January, there are some things that you need to do! This handy guide will help get you on the right track to a successful move.

Keep Things Flexible

One of the most important rules to follow when planning a winter-time move to New England – you must be flexible! Trying to hold steadfast to deadlines and moving dates, faced with unpredictable weather, can be a recipe for disaster. You should always have a backup plan available just in case things get nasty on you.

Get Your Moving Permits

If you’re moving to Boston (or one of the other cities that requires permits: Cambridge, Brookline, or Somerville) – it is very important to obtain your parking permits. Once the snow starts to pile up, parking becomes a premium for everybody. Reserving your own spot is going to save a lot of stress and make things easier and faster for you during your move.

Prepare For The Worst

Our recent article, Cold Weather Moving Tips, has some great advice on how to properly prepare for a move during the winter. Make sure you’re wearing the right gear, and that you have properly cleared all of the necessary walkways.

 

Tips For Moving Furniture – How To Wrap Your Stuff

Properly wrapped furniture, fit to be moved
No matter the size or distance of the job – if you are moving furniture, you are going to want to properly pad and wrap your items. Furniture pads will help to protect the walls, floors, and doors, as well as the furniture itself. Taking a few extra minutes during your move to properly pad your items can go a long way in protecting your property during your move.

1. Empty out the drawers and cabinets. You don’t want to have loose items clanging around inside your furniture while it is being moved – it can damage the items and your furniture. The best method for moving furniture is to have it completely empty. Even having the weight of some towels or bedding in a dresser can cause warpage – the furniture simply was not meant to be moved with any extra weight in it.

2. Secure the doors, drawers, and any other moving/sliding parts. You can use tape or stretch wrap to help keep everything in place.

3. Cover your item with a furniture pad. Larger items may require multiple pads to completely cover. It is best to hold the pad in place with some tape. If you do need multiple pads to cover an item, it can be helpful to tape down the pads by section, until you have covered the piece of furniture entirely. It can be helpful to have a second person helping with this – one person to hold the pads in place, and another to apply the tape. Remember – the tape only needs to hold the pad in place.

4. Once your item has a pad taped in place, you can stretch wrap it for additional protection. This final layer will help to keep the pad in place, protecting your furniture. It can also give you something to grip at if you need it.

5. That’s it! You are ready to move your furniture!

How Much Should You Tip Your Movers?

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked is “How much should you tip your movers?” This can be a difficult thing to answer, as there really isn’t one correct solitary answer. There are some things that you should take into consideration if you want to make sure that you are being fair with your movers.

Tipping Is Not Mandatory! 

The movers might try to persuade you otherwise, but tipping is 100% optional, and up to the customer. If you feel like your movers fell short in some way, you shouldn’t feel obligated to tip. I would say that roughly 65% of moving customers tips their movers.

What If I Provide Lunch (or Breakfast / Coffee / Dinner / Snacks / Etc)?

While our movers do appreciate being offered a meal, I would say that almost all of them would prefer cash to food or drinks. Many of our movers bring their own lunch or snacks anyway.

What If I Offer Furniture (or a TV, or Other Household Goods)?

This can really depend on your mover. Some of our guys are happy to bring home a new nightstand, or a little desk or something like that. Some of our guys just don’t really need that type of stuff. Like the food, I would say that most of our movers would strongly prefer to receive a little bit of cash as opposed to some object.

OK! Cash Is Best! How Much Should I Give? 

To cut to the chase – cash is king. While our movers are grateful to be offered anything at all on a move, whether it be a glass of water or a hot meal – everybody prefers cash. I would say that a fair rate to tip the movers would be $5-$10 per hour per person. For a small, three-hour job, that would equate to $15-$30 per person.

Five Tips For Planning A Move During Winter

Some people love it, some people hate it. If you live in New England – it’s something that you have chosen to live with, one way or another. SNOW! Winter weather conditions will make it difficult for anyone planning a move, but there are some things that you can do to make everything go as smooth as a sheet of ice.

1. Always Have A Second Option

Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable here in New England. From one hour to the next, a forecast can have drastic changes. You really just never know exactly what you’re going to get when a storm is on the horizon. Keeping a backup moving date available can be essential. When there are roads closed, parking bans, or unplowed roads, there isn’t a safe way to try to move.

2. Make A Path

It is essential to have a safe, fully cleared pathway from your moving truck to the entranceway(s). You’ll need to have enough space for your moving truck (or storage pod, or van, etc) to park as well. Attempting to move furniture across ice or snow can be very dangerous, so be sure to melt the ice as well.

3. Protect Your Floors

Things tend to be particularly dirty when there is snow on the ground. The snow melts and gets all wet and dirty, plus all the salt in the roads and walkways can get everywhere. We recommend using some floor protection (Home Depot, Amazon, etc) to prevent the floors from scratching. As long as you make a clear path into each room, the movers should be able to set the furniture wherever you need it to go.

4. Drive Carefully! 

If you are transporting your belongings in a truck, make sure that you drive as carefully as possible! Leave as much space as possible for braking and adjusting to any unexpected conditions.

5. Be Flexible 

Winter weather is often going to slow things down. Traffic will move much slower. Carrying furniture – especially up or down stairs or ramps – can take longer. Trying to rush things in the snow can be very hazardous – so be flexible and don’t try to do too much at once.

BBB Accredited Movers For Six Years (and Counting)

BBB Accredited Movers For Six Years

Big City Moving Company is celebrating six years of accreditation with the Better Business Bureau this week! Through our steadfast commitment to customer service and providing a great product, we have maintained and excellent rapport with the BBB and with our clients. In fact, Big City Moving remains one of the few A+ Rated Movers in the Boston area.

Why Does It Matter? 

To us, being BBB Accredited movers means that we are committed to our customer. We will do everything within our power to provide the best product to our clients. If any issues do arise, we act fast to find a resolution to keep our customers happy. Having the seal of the BBB to back us is a reminder that our reputation is in you (our clients) hands. We believe that we can and will provide the best service possible.

Although we have been in business longer than six years, we feel like this is a huge milestone for our company. As a younger company, there can be a sharp learning curve. Some mistakes needed to happen in order to better ourselves and figure out what it takes to provide the best service. We got accredited to show that we are a “Better Business” and that we have excellent business practices. We aren’t afraid for people to look in at our company and learn more about us, because we believe that people will be very happy with what they learn about us.

What Does It Mean For You? 

Discount time! Just because we are so excited about our six years with the Better Business Bureau – we will take $6 off of the rates for all of our services! Just mention code BBB-6 to apply the discount to your move!

How Many Moving Boxes Will You Need For Your Move?

Discover Ways to make Your Move EasierWhen you are planning a move, knowing the right amount of boxes to obtain can be a real challenge. You have to make sure you have enough so that you don’t leave anything unpacked, but you don’t want to have the burden of having piles of leftover packing materials either. Determining the right amount of boxes can be a challenge, but these tips will help you narrow it down.

Essential Tips For Packing

One important thing to realize about packing is that different sized boxes can serve a different purpose. In general, you want to keep your boxes weight to roughly 40Lb. Having much more than that can weaken the box and cause damages to the contents.

Small boxes should be filled with items like books, CDs, and DVDs. Those items don’t weigh a whole lot on their own, but by the time you have packed up a cubic foot or so into a box, it should weigh about 40 pounds. Larger boxes should be filled with bulkier items that don’t weigh as much, such as clothing, towels, linens, blankets, or lamp shades.

A common mistake is to only choose larger boxes, and then filling them with whatever items you have throughout the house. We’ve seen large boxes filled with books exceed 150 pounds, and the boxes just aren’t made to withstand that much weight. They wind up bending and buckling under the weight, and many of the books wind up with damages like bent spines and creasing.

Talk To Your Movers

This is an important step for any move, but you should really consult with your moving company. Oftentimes, accurate estimates can be given by phone, as long as you are providing enough details about your packing needs. Unusual items might require special packing materials, so make sure to mention anything fragile, or unusual in size or shape.

If your packing needs are a bit more complex, you can always request an in-house consultation. Having your movers on-site to see your packing needs for themselves can be a huge advantage.

Figure Out What You Think You Need

Open up all the closets, all the cabinets, all the dressers and drawers, and really get a good idea of everything that you will need to pack. Try to visualize how your items may fill boxes as you go along. Keep a running list going with different box sizes, and you can note any items that you have concerns with.

Add A Buffer

Most moving companies will allow you to over-stock for your packing needs, and then buy back what you don’t need. Whatever you think you might need, it is always a good idea to order just a little bit extra, as long as you will be able to return it to your movers. It’s better to have some left over boxes than some left over packing to do.

4 Essential Pieces Of Moving Equipment To Help You On Moving Day

Moving Equipment

Pads, dollies, and straps are all used to protect your belongings within the truck

Moving can be a really tough job. However, utilizing the right gear and equipment can really help to make sure that your move isn’t any more difficult than it needs to be. Some equipment helps to protect you, some to protect your equipment, and some of it just makes the whole process easier. The following pieces of equipment can really help to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

1. Padded Moving Blankets

Padded moving blankets are essential for every move. We find it best to secure pads to your furniture items with tape, stretch wrap, and/or elastics. Padding your furniture also helps to protect your walls and other things that the furniture might rub into; it’s a lot less damaging to hit a quilted moving pad than it would be to snag a wooden corner.

Aside from padding your furniture, moving blankets are also useful if you need to slide anything. For example, if you were to slide a dresser across a hardwood floor, you may damage the dressers legs, and you will most likely scratch the floor. However, adding a furniture pad as a buffer will work wonders in keeping everything protected.

2. Moving Dollies (Four Wheelers) 

The easiest way to move most boxy furniture and appliances is to put it on a moving dolly. This is even more important if you are moving within an elevator building, or any building with long corridors. You can’t really dolly your furniture up and down stairs, so that is one limitation of moving dollies. However, if you get creative with some locking moving straps, bungees, or ropes, you can secure almost anything to a dolly. That can be useful if you have any pieces that don’t set flat on your moving dolly.

3. Hand Trucks (Two Wheelers) 

Hand trucks can be great for shuttling large numbers of boxes along. They are also very useful for some larger pieces that might be awkward to carry, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, armoires, and even bureaus. Some hand trucks are even special made for these large items, and will have straps to secure the cargo to the hand truck, as well as “stair climbers” over the wheels, which make it possible to bring these items up or down stairs. Proper use of hand trucks can shave hours off of your moving time, and can help to save your energy as well.

4. Simple Tool Kit

You’re going to want to keep a basic tool kit handy for any move. Essential items would be a hammer, philips & flat-head screwdriver, alan key set, and adjustable wrench. It can be handy to have a socket set, pliers, and even some power tools as well, but they aren’t as essential. You’ll want to make sure that you have all the equipment you may need to assemble or disassemble any furniture, remove doors from hinges, and possibly to unmount things from your walls, like TVs or framed items.