Archive for March, 2010

State to state movers—tips on how to hire them

state to state movers

State to state movers should be qualified and reliable for any move. Here are some tips on how you should go about hiring a moving company for your interstate move.

Moving from one state to another is both taxing and expensive at the same time. This type of move requires an experienced state to state mover who understands all that is required. Below are some tips that can help you in the process of hiring these movers.

• Go with a moving company with a clean track record. Research various state to state movers and make sure they have never been involved in moving scams and have a good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
• Call the state to state movers and ask as many questions as you can to be clear on what they offer and for how much.
• Make sure you are dealing with the real state to state mover and not a broker. If it’s a broker, then insist on speaking to the actual mover and discuss the move with him or her.
• Never sign the moving contract until you understand all that it contains. Some words might be very binding and you may end up paying more for moving services you don’t require.
• Ask for moving quotes but let the quotes be based on weight and not volume. Weights are exact but with volumes you might end up paying for the empty spaces left in the moving truck after you load your stuff.
• Ask for moving insurance but let it be based on weight preferably and not value.
• Don’t accept state to state movers who will only take cash or insists on down payments before they can start the job.
• Trusted moving companies advise that clients should not pay for the move until the move is complete and moving trucks are unloaded at the new place.
• Lastly, you should hire a state to state mover only when you are convinced of their credentials and are sure you will get a high quality moving service from them.

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Moving vans—tips for driving rented moving van

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Moving vans may prove hard to drive considering the size and the weight you’re moving. Here are tips on how to drive the moving van from the movers.

1. Being a self mover and renting a moving van can save you a lot of money at the end of the day. However, if the move is not well planned to you drive the moving van without adhering to a few rules, you might get entangled in a financial mess and legal handles costlier than opting for a full service mover.
2. Moving trucks are not like your personal cars. They are larger and their operations may be different. By operations I mean gear systems and placement of various switches on the ‘switch board’.
3. So, the first thing you do when you get your moving van from the moving company is to familiarize yourself with the van. Adjust the seat to fit your comfort, adjust the mirrors and know where the location of vital controls like turning indicators switches, wipers, horns etc are. After this, you should take your van for a test drive to have a general feel of it.
4. When you hit the road, you should remember that moving vans are bigger than cars and so while turning, you should take wider turns. And should I remind you that you need to obey ALL traffic rules? Common sense.
5. Parkways can save you some distance but you should avoid them. Moving trucks and moving vans are not allowed on parkways and you might be fined heavily or get stuck on low height parkways. Care should be taken when passing under bridges to avoid hitting low height bridges.
6. Don’t over speed. This can cause accidents or may be problematic while stopping the moving van. Don’t back up unless there is enough space for that.
7. Always have some refreshments in the van especially if you are a state to state mover. If you must rest for the night, book hotels in advance. In fact, you should include this in your moving checklist.
8. Lastly, and not the least, keep checking the gas level to avoid getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with a gasless powerful moving van!

Relocation companies and how to choose them

relocation companies

Let’s start with the services relocation companies offer. To start with, relocation companies offer various diverse moving services and most have some specialization. One moving company may just be offering state to state moving service while the other may specialize on international relocation. There are of course many others that offer local moving services.

Moving services, as I mentioned, are many and diverse. Some relocation companies may be dealing with house moving while others my concentrate on office moving. Others take areas such as car moving, piano moving or heavy machinery moving. There are companies who offer many moving services together. These relocation companies have been in the moving industry for years and understand all issues that pertain to moving.

Depending on the nature of your move, it is advisable to go for a specialized mover to move you. If you are moving a piano, it is advisable to seek moving services from a piano mover. If you are moving office, then you should go for an office mover. By opting to movers with specialization, you can be guaranteed that your move will be handled by experts in that field.

Getting in touch with movers is not a hard thing. The first place to look for is the internet. You will get thousands of relocation companies here and it’s up to you to research and know which the best moving company to go with is. You can also check on the local directories to find movers.

But you should take time to research on the relocation companies to avoid being duped. Get free moving quotes from the moving companies you shortlisted and choose one that has reliable moving services and fits within your budget. Ask them as many questions as possible and make sure there are no hidden costs after they give you the moving quotes.