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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

moving van

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!

Movers—getting your kids ready for them

getting ready for move

Moving is not a one person decision, but a family affair. For that reason, the first thing you do as the decision maker should be to bring your entire family together and inform them of the intended move. For sure kids might be excited to have the moving trucks rumbling on the homestead but they surely suffer a shock for the change. It is therefore advisable to tell when the move will take place and the reason why you are moving.


A get together with friends


If possible, a few days before the move, have a get-together for your kids and their friends. A picnic will be a great idea also. Let them talk about their friendships and get used to the fact that they will be parting ways. In this way, the shocking of relocating and leaving their friends will be minimal.


The toy story


Kids may have a container full of toys! But it may be impossible to carry all those to the new location. Kids get so used to some of their toys that telling them to leave those toys may hurt them. You should therefore sit down with your kids and explain to them that movers may have excellent moving services but may not be able to take all their stuff to the new place. Let them pick a few toys that must go and give the rest to their friends or give them for garage sale


School check out


And finally, before the moving vans from those moving companies descend to carry your stuff away, you should take time to clear your kids from their current school. Let them interact with their teachers and especially their favorite teachers. If there are transfer documents to be taken for the office, get them before they get into difficulties enrolling to their new school.

After the Move

Once your household belongings are in the new home and pretty much in place, you will have to give closure to the relocation experience at least from the practical point of view. Follow this concise after the move guide for some helpful advice on how to perform some smart moves to finish the moving in, and begin a new life.

Take care of your children needs

Adapt the new home to your children so that they feel home. Arrange their rooms, make space for their games, if you need any security features like safety gates, now is the time to have it done.

Call the new school to double check everything is in order with your children’s records and to find out about social activities like sports, dance classes, or a reading club for your children. In addition, contact the Chamber of Commerce for information on children and teenager’s hobby stores, adventure parks, libraries, clothing stores, etc. Look on the Internet for local associations, groups or places offering cultural, social and sport activities for children in your kids’ age group.

Set up, register, and transfer

If you did not do so before the relocation, you will have to take care of it after the move. Contact the local board of elections and inquire about procedures for registration to vote. Once registered, ask them to notify your preceding voting district about the change of voting districts. If you have experienced an out of state move, you will need to contact the local Department of Motor Vehicles to request a new driver’s license and license plate/tag. Transfer and up date your insurance through a local insurance agent according to the new needs and possessions you may have. Set up new accounts for online and offline services like electricity, gas, water, bank accounts, veterinarians, doctors, subscriptions, memberships, deliveries, etc. Go to the post office and fill-in a change-of-address form. Get all your medical records transferred to your new health care practitioners no matter if you experienced a local or an out of state move.

Get acquainted with the neighborhood and the area

One of the best moving tips to follow is to get out of your home and begin exploring the new area you live in. Start talking with your new neighbors, parents at your children’s school, co-workers, etc. about the new neighborhood and begin familiarizing yourself with the lifestyle of that particular area by becoming part of a social, cultural and/or sport-like activities.

Call the local Department of Sanitation to be informed on which days the garbage is collected and whether there are recycling programs in the community. It is recommended that after your house moving you find out where the closet police station, hospital, fire station, gas station and food store are.

The period right after the move may be the hardest part of the relocation process, but with a good disposition and some work you will be leaving the moving boxes behind and heading into a new life.