Movers estimates are based on weight when you are making an interstate move. Once the weight of your household items are calculated then the carrier can calculate the estimate with their tariff. Of course their are other factors like long carry, flights of steps, elevators, mileage and so on. In the article below you can download a typical cube sheet to fill out yourself to get a rough estimate of the cost of moving.
What is a Cube Sheet?
I wrote in an earlier entry about how taking inventory is the first and most important step to getting an accurate moving quote. That inventory is typically taken using a “Cube Sheet“. Nowadays more and more movers are using handheld inventory devices to take your inventory but it’s the same basic process and the same math is used to determine the cubic feet and the weight of your belongings.
The document that we’ve provided here has all the information you need to figure out exactly how much your stuff weighs. That weight will be used to determine the estimate given to you by the moving companies. Exactly how it factors in to that estimate will depend on whether you’re moving interstate or intrastate and if it’s intrastate then also what state you live in and possibly where in that state. But at least you’ll… Read More
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There are many great articles about moving with some very helpful tips and tricks. Ultimately you will have to make the choices of how you intend to move. Full service letting the pro’s do it all. Having the movers pack a couple of rooms and moving the rest of the house, or doing all the packing and let the movers take care of the furniture. You can come up with what ever works for your budget but be careful of any low priced bids (30% less than the next lowest bid) because they usually end up costing a lot more at the end.
The rumors are true my family is moving. Maybe you have a move coming up in your future? On the outside your like calm and on the inside your kind of like going crazy. Moving is hard whether you’re moving one mile away or a thousand miles away there’s a lot of work involved. Don’t you worry your pretty little mind I’ve got some amazing moving tips and hacks that will help make your move a bazillion times easier.
Let me tell you one the first things you have to do. Purge before you move! Tempting to think I’ll just throw stuff in a box and we will figure it out the next house but take time to de-clutter and get rid of as much as you can before moving. It’s just less stuff to pack up, less stuff to haul and just less stuff.
A great moving tip is don’t buy that expensive bubble wraps. But it is really super fun to pop. You don’t need it just use your own towels rags and even your own clothes to wrap your breakables and fragile items. You can use coffee filters in between breakable items or styrofoam plates coffee filters are like dirt cheap.
Another way to save money is don’t buy boxes. Just check your local classifieds, criagslist and even facebook. People are always willing to give their moving boxes for free when they’re done. Another option is pick up the phone and call the stores nearest you they get boxes every week and they’re happy to give them away for free.
Start with things on the wall along with everything on the wall is décor. Just get that stuff out of the way you don’t need it. When it comes to packing your clothes you do not need to put them in boxes. Take a bundle of clothes and pack them just like a dry cleaner bags them. You’ve got a giant bundle of clothes that’s wrapped protected and can just be tossed in the back of the car.
Another great tip is do not unpack your dresser drawers. Take the drawer out wrapping them in packing wrap and toss it in the truck then when you get to where you’re going pull off the wrapping paper and stick it in the dresser. Labeling is so important be sure to label several sides of the box and write down every single thing that’s in the box. You don’t want to be rummaging through a hundred boxes when you need something. Just write on the outside of the box so you can find what you need easily. When it comes to packing and moving the trick is to be ultra organized use different colored tape and color-code boxes based on the room they need to go to. Make several master list and have them placed in a few obvious places so everybody knows exactly where the boxes need to go.
Watch Video For Tips On Moving With Kids
Moving can get really hectic and crazy and it gets really easy to lose track of stuff. One thing I recommend doing is getting some of those sturdy plastic bins and keeping all your moving supplies in one bin. We’re talking scissors tape packing rap markers your color-coded master list and even a few simple tools that you might need to take off doors.
Be sure to pack a box of all your necessary items that you need to function when you arrive at the next house. You will want to have easy access to this box when you arrive at the next house. We’re talking basic things like hand soap, toilet paper, dish soap, dish brush, paper plates, cups and plastic forks. You may also want some bottled water, snacks, phone chargers, paper towels, shampoo, towels, a shower curtain and some activities like coloring for your kid. Because I promise you’re gonna want to shower after all the hard work it takes to move.
One thing most people don’t take the time to do is to snap one last picture of you and your family in front of your house. Give it a little kiss goodbye and move on out folks. So their you go those are some quick and easy tips for making packing and moving a slightly easier task. Remember every minute you take packing, labeling and organizing will save you a lot of time when you get to your new home.
Price is important when looking at and comparing moving companies. But don’t overlook the types of insurance coverage that the moving company can provide. Even worst is to assume that you are being covered only to find out that it is inadequate. I have a feeling that most consumers fall into the latter category. To learn more about this issue read the excerpt below.
If you’re wondering whether you need insurance before moving, remember that no matter how careful you are in choosing movers, accidents can happen. Boxes can be bumped or dropped or shifted during transit and no amount of research will guarantee the safe arrival of your goods. What can be controlled is how effective your moving company is at resolving claims and making sure you’re adequately… Read More
You may also ask who handles claims in their office and what are the procedures and necessary documentation for filing a claim. Utilize what you learned from the above article to protect your rights and to get an apples to apples estimate from each moving company.
You should be asking this question when you are getting an estimate so that you are protected. Movers do have a responsibility to insure your possessions but you will want to have a good understanding of the minimal coverage that they are require to carry. Don’t get caught off guard if you have a problem with some moving damage.
Moving is kind of the worst, whether your new place is down the street or states away. This is why we pay movers to do the literal heavy lifting for us. The one thing that scares a lot of people about hiring
a moving company, though? The thought of potential damage.
No moving company has a 100% success rate, but the truth is, most of them will try as hard as possible to get your belongings to their final destination safely. But, as we all know, accidents happen. If you hired movers…
Anytime you have a system set up in place people will try to manipulate to the best of their ability. Customer reviews can be a big factor as to why we purchase from particular companies or products. I know I am guilty of checking Amazon for product reviews before I buy a high dollar item. The article below demonstrates why we need to verify a companies reputation from several sources i.e BBB, Yelp, Google. You want to look for some consistency in what you see from each source. Yelp’s blog published this piece of information and it is a quick read:
Although most businesses earn their reputations fairly, some are becoming sophisticated in their attempts to manipulate their online reputation. Fortunately, Yelp is just as committed to protecting the integrity of our content and we are constantly learning and improving our mechanisms to detect suspicious behavior.
Today we are protecting consumers (and businesses who play by the rules) by taking additional measures to shut down attempts at review manipulation. Yelp has issued a new Reputation Warning on more than 100 listings for…
Asking a customer to give a review should be standard practice for businesses but to provide a discount for your services is unethical. A lot of companies utilize some form of discounting on your next purchase or being placed in a drawing. In todays world people don’t want to be bothered giving feedback to a company unless they are mad. So they offer an incentive to get the desired information from the consumer. This is perfectly fine but when you discount a persons bill before the feedback then they are buying your opinion. You probable will also give a less than true picture of your experience so just don’t do it or disclose the discount for your review in the review like the one example. This will alert other consumers and the appropriate authorities of the company’s business practices.
One of the problems business people fall into is quote low to get in the door then upsell the customer once you start the job. Unfortunately this tactic works over and over again. The problem is that it damages the business reputation and repeat business. Customers are quick to jump on the lowest price to often with out doing the necessary homework. In some industries like moving it can be a long time between moves so moving companies fall into this sales tactic not to mention they take legal possession of your belonging until you pay the bill. Watch what can happen to you:
Always be leery of a bid that is 30% less than other companies or advertised low hourly rates. You can find a lot of these companies advertising low rates on Criagslist. Every state is different when it comes to local moves so you need to investigate what your rights are when a moving company charges more then the estimate. Remember knowledge is power and these companies know that most people are lazy. It never hurts to call the BBB to check a companies complaint history. The people in the above story obviously did not check this moving companies history.
I have been in the moving industry for many years and when ever a friend is going to move they will inadvertently ask me for advice. Working with friends can always be a little complicated so I direct them to articles on fmcsa. Hey our tax dollars at work, right! Only after they have educated themselves will I answer their questions.
Moving is a significant event in anyone’s life. While most moves go smoothly, there are some dishonest or “rogue” movers that may try to take advantage of you. The best defense against moving fraud… Read more
Seriously the federal government has written a pretty darn good booklet. Educate your self so that you can get the information you need when talking with at least 3 different moving companies. Movers will give you all kinds of excuses but when you ask the right questions you will find your experience to be far more pleasant.
Can you say damage claim? It is not every day that you can get a front row seat to view someone else stupidity. That is what happened here so enjoy. After a couple of successful attempts these clowns step it up by going with a lot heavier item and you guessed it. I wonder who explained this to the client? Not to mention the owner of the company. Can you say your fired!!!