7 Things Professional Moving Companies Wish You Knew

Monday, March 14th, 2016

No one enjoys the moving process, as it is typically both a stressful and expensive experience. Due to this, often people throw the DIY approach out the window and instead hire professional movers to get the job done. However, hiring movers typically doesn’t get rid of the stress entirely, as there are still many things that could go wrong. It is best to know how moving professionals work best, which means knowing when you should help them out and when you should get out of their way to make your moving day go as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together a list of things that your moving company WISHED you knew to make their job and your move as easy as possible.


1.  Prepare Before the Movers Get There

Before you do anything, first think about everything that needs to get done so that your moving day can go smoothly. Do you need to find parking for the moving truck? Do you have to reserve your apartment’s elevator beforehand? If you are moving in or out of an apartment, then it is also important to know the building’s rules, such as if they have designated moving hours so that you do not run into any major issues.



2.  Let Movers Know Which of Your Things Are Fragile and Valuable

Movers cannot read your mind, and so they will not have any idea what the value of your things are, and they will not necessarily know which of your things are fragile. Make a list of the possessions you want your movers to be extra careful with. The easiest way to handle damage is to avoid it entirely by communicating with your moving company about the things that are precious and/or valuable.


3.  Pack Your Stuff Up Before Moving Day

If you decide you want to do your own packing, then ensure that you’ve finished doing so before the moving company gets there. Don’t leave any of your boxes scattered around the house or un-taped. Ensure that all of your boxes are correctly filled and taped up and place them all in one room so that your movers can quickly access them when they show up. Doing so will speed up the moving process enormously and will also ensure that your things are kept safe. It is also recommended that you stack your boxes against the wall so that your movers can move around freely.


4.  Properly Label Your Boxes

You do not need to write down everything you’ve put into the box, but it is a good idea to note where you want the box in your new apartment or home so that your movers can put it where it needs to go without asking you or just guessing. Doing so will also save you money if your movers are charging an hourly rate. Additionally, make sure your movers will be able to understand your labels. For example, if you write “Ron’s room” make sure your movers know which room you are talking about.


5.  Don’t Hover

You may think you are doing your movers a favor by getting into the truck with them and sorting through items or helping them lift boxes, but you are more than likely just getting in the way. Movers are professionals who are trained and skilled at what they do. They’ve likely created a plan on how to get your move done as efficiently as possible and so it is important that you respect that. This means not hovering over them and letting them get the job done. You are better off directing your movers into the right rooms and reassembling your furniture in your new abode.


6.  Don’t Forget to Tip Your Movers

You should tip your movers anywhere between $20 and 50, but if you are feeling generous, then they will gladly accept more. Keep in mind that your movers’ job is no easy task and so tipping them will be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if you want stellar service, you may even consider tipping your movers before they start so that they are motivated to work hard. Buying your movers lunch is also a nice gesture that won’t go unnoticed.


7.  Make Sure to Do Research on Your Moving Company

The moving industry, unfortunately, has a terrible reputation. You will find that there are good movers and bad movers. Keep in mind that every moving company out there will be on their best behavior when discussing the estimate, but it is essential to look beyond that to find the company that will both efficiently move your things and make the process as comfortable as possible for you. It is recommended that you swing by the office in person to ensure that they are the real deal and not just one guy working out of his home.


Preparing your Pets for a Safe Move

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Moving is not only a stressful experience for you and your family – it is stressful for your pets as well. Due to the fact you likely consider your pets a part of your family, it is important to know how to prepare them for a safe and stress-free move.

Getting Crate Ready

If your pet is not used to being crated and you will need him to be for the move, plan ahead. A few months or weeks, at a minimum, take the crate out and let your animal get used to it. Place a few of his favorite or familiar items in it so that he can associate it with being safe. Letting him explore the crate on his own without any pressure will make him get acclimated to it much faster and with much less stress. This way when it is time to move and use the crate, he will not experience large amounts of anxiety.

Ride in the Car

Riding in the car is not something all pets do often. If your animal is only used to the car to go to the vet, chances are it may be an anxiety provoking experience for him. During the same time frame (a few months or, at least, weeks before your move) take him for short rides in the car and to somewhere fun. Maybe take your dog to the park or your cat to a relative’s house. Make the ride short and sweet and the destination something that does not cause them more stress.

Staying out of the Way

On the big moving day, it is important that your pets are out of the way for their own safety as well as their mental wellbeing. With people constantly coming in and out and familiar belongings being removed from the home, it is very easy for pets to get scared and stressed. If you have someone that can keep an eye on your animals while you move, that is the best option. If this is not possible, at the very least, crate him or put him in a room where he is out of the way and can relax until it is time for him to leave.

Pack a Pet Bag

Make sure you have a bag packed for your pet that is easily accessible so when you arrive at your new home or at a hotel, if you have to break the move up over a matter of days, you will have what your pet needs. This takes some of the stress off of you, which in turn, makes him feel better. When he has his familiar bowls, blankets, and toys, he can have some of the comforts of home with him, helping him to feel relaxed. In this bag, you should also carry any type of emergency items you may need for your pet if he has any special health concerns.

Arriving at your New Home

Once you are at your new home, don’t let your animal roam the house right away. Instead, put him in a room that you inspected and deemed safe while you check out the rest of the home. Now that the house is empty, you can easily identify any hidden hazards that can be an issue for your pet. Once you know each room is safe, start spreading out your animal’s belongings, placing them in rooms that are as close to the rooms you had at home. This will help him to get acclimated with the new house quicker because he will not only have his familiar belongings, but still have the scent of the old home as well.


Moving with a pet does add an element of anxiety to the process, but it can be made easier when you take the right precautions. As long as you don’t just pick your pet up and move with no warning and are sure to bring the comforts of his old home, he should get quickly acclimated with his surroundings and love his new home as much as you do.


Tips for Handling Moving Company Disputes

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

After dealing with the stressful affair of moving across the country, as well as the time it takes to unpack all of your things, the last thing you want to do is receive a bill from your moving company and realize that it is for thousands of dollars more than you expected. You also don’t want to find out that some of your valuable possessions were damaged or lost in the move. However, both these situations are much more common than you’d think. If either happens to you or another issue with your moving company, it is critical that you know how to handle it. You have many options that are available to you if you choose to dispute a bill from your moving company or claim that your possessions were lost or damaged. Nevertheless, be aware that movers have the right to hold your items while you dispute your bill. Let’s take a look at the options you have to handle a moving company dispute.

Ask About Company’s Dispute Settlement Program

If you are moving across state lines, before the moving company touches your household goods they are required to give you information in regards to their particular dispute resolution program. Movers must give you info on a neutral dispute settlement program in case that your household goods are damaged or lost or if you believe you were charged too much.

What to Do for Damaged or Lost Goods

If your home goods become damaged or lost during the delivery process, it is recommended that you request a claim form from the moving company. Fill out this claim form as best as you can. The company will inform you of where you need to mail in the form. It is usually required that you file a written claim within nine months of the service. Additionally, your claim must be handwritten, but it is not necessary that it be submitted on the moving company’s claim form. It is best that you send your claims information to the moving company through certified mail. If the settlement offer made by the company is not to your satisfaction, then you have the option to turn in a loss and damage claim through the dispute settlement program or proceed to look into more serious legal remedies.

If You Believe You Have Been Overcharged

The movers will appraise your move-in cost and will inform you of the charges for its services before you sign any paperwork. These charges must also be published in a tariff, which is made available to you if you request it. If you believe that your moving company overcharged you, then it is recommended that you contact the Surface Transportation Board to seek further assistance.

If You Used a Credit Card and Were Overcharged

If you paid your moving service using a credit card and were overcharged or unrightfully charged for a service you did not use, then you can dispute the charge that was put on your credit card with the credit card company. If the company agrees with your argument, they will debit your account for the amount and will leave it up to the moving company to sue for what they are believed they are owed.

File a Lawsuit as a Last Resort

You should first see if the moving company will file an arbitration, which is a type of out-of-court dispute resolution. This is easier and less expensive than a lawsuit for both parties involved. Your moving contract may have an arbitration written in its language if your moving company is part of the American Moving and Storage Association as it is a right provided under the Carmack Amendment for moves across states. It is highly recommended that you look into the AMSA’s programs for dispute before filing a lawsuit. If you decide to proceed with legal counsel, then keep in mind that court filing fees and lawyers can be extremely pricey and so could negate the amount that is awarded to you. Due to this, it is best that you seek consequential damages, and attorney’s fees as well so that filing suit is worth the time and expense. Talk to a lawyer to find out if this is the right choice for your situation.

How to Survive Moving When You Have No Money

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Moving is a daunting task for anybody, but especially for those who have little money to spare. The task of getting all your stuff from your current home to a new house, and to a new city, without spending money you do not have is difficult. However, it is not impossible, especially if you follow some money saving tips. Here are five strategies and tricks to ease the stress of moving and save you a substantial amount of money when you are on a tight budget.


Don’t Spend Money on Boxes

It is tough to move without boxes, which is why moving companies tend to charge unreasonable prices for them. However, purchasing boxes is a waste of money as there are plenty of ways you can get your hands on them for free. For instance, look around your workplace or office to find empty boxes, such as printer-paper boxes, as these are large and strong enough to contain many items. Additionally, ask your friends or family members if they have any lying around. If this does not work then, you can always look in the free section of Craigslist or Freecycle to find free boxes.


Be Smart About Utility Cut-Off Dates

Many utility companies will prorate you on the day of your departure date, which means that if your billing cycle does not match your moving day, you may want to consider cutting off your service before the next monthly cycle so that you are not paying for a whole extra month of utility bills. It is true, you can indeed survive without cable for a couple of weeks. However, you likely don’t want to use this tip with electricity. If you are moving to another city, then do research on whether it offers a free service to get you the best deals on signing up for utilities. For example, Dallas has Utility Concierge.


Make Sure You Have a Secure Job Before Moving

Whether or not you have money, it is usually not a good idea to move to a new city without already securing a job before hand. If, for some reason, you did not have time to take care of this crucial matter before relocating, you must buckle down and secure one right after you relocate. Unless you are lucky, job hunting is usually a very slow process and can even take months before you come into contact with an interviewee. It is highly recommended that you ensure your expertise is a valued commodity in your new city to minimize the stress of having no money and to shorten the amount of time that you are surviving on very little funds.


Get Rid of A Lot Of Your Stuff

Donating or selling some of your stuff can not only earn you some money and get you a tax deduction but will also eliminate extra weight, which will lower your moving costs substantially. If you are bringing your furniture with you, then it is also important to look at your new house’s measurements. The last thing you want to do is go through the effort and cost of moving bulky furniture only to find out that there isn’t actually room for it.


Consider Asking for Help

If you really have no financial resources to move but need to do so, then you may want to think about asking your close family or friends for help. The good news about being in a dire financial situation is that just because you do not have the money right now during a transitional phase, does not mean you will not have it later. Asking for help can make your move manageable, as long as you ensure that you pay back whoever lent you money.

Why Real Moving Boxes Matter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Why Real Moving Boxes Matter

If the above image looks pretty similar to your usual source for moving boxes, you’re certainly not alone.  It’s certainly unlikely that any of your fellow dumpster divers could ever say they had a great move with these boxes.  Those who use actual moving boxes purchased from a reputable source, though, have a mcuh higher satisfaction rate.

Why Used Moving Boxes Aren’t Ok

Many people aren’t aware that moving boxes are actually rated for strength.  If you look closely at a real moving box, you’ll see an edge crush test (ECT) rating that helps you compare strength.  What people also don’t know is that the measured strength of a box goes right out the window with the first crease, fold, or dented corner.  Used boxes may seem like a steal, but they’re likely to lead to damaged items, which will cost you much more.

Finding Affordable Moving Boxes

If you’re lucky enough to be working with reliable movers, they’re likely to offer reasonably priced packing supplies and boxes.  There’s no better way to ensure you’re getting the good stuff than to go through a dependable moving company that knows the best suppliers of moving materials.

The key words in the above paragraph are “reliable” and “dependable” when it comes to your movers.  Where do you go to quickly find the best movers for the job?  The Houston Movers homepage is a great start.  Just plug in your moving information to receive complimentary price quotes from the best relocation companies in the Houston area.

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Moving Tips – Will The Houston Astros Finally Be Moving Out of Last Place?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Houston Moving Tips

Now that the 2012 baseball season is in full swing (sorry, couldn’t help myself), you might be wondering about the Astros chances for moving up in the National League Central.  Maybe you’re faced with a similar situation where a promotion or new job has you looking to move into, out of, or around the Houston area.  Well, we just happen to have some great tips for you and the Astros…

  • Pre-Plan Your Moving Day – Whether you’re simply moving across town or upgrading to a swanky mansion because of your new contract extension, you’ll want to get a jump on planning things right away.  Nothing makes a move more stressful than waiting until the last minute to get started on things.
  • Focus on High Quality Moving Materials – Nothing keeps your knickknacks or MVP trophies safe during a move like high quality, reliable supplies and boxes for moving.  Don’t cut corners here, unless you want your first night in Houston to be spent super gluing your stuff back together.
  • Choose the Right Moving Company for Your Needs – There are a ton of movers out there to choose from the in the Houston area.  You’ll obviously want one that is reliable and can meet your moving needs.  Want a big time saving tip on that one?

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