Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Get a Relocation Estimate

How will you get a relocation estimate?

This is one most common question that most people tend to ask while choosing a mover or a moving company. The answer to this question is quite easy. Use your common sense. You are a consumer and you have every right to ask for the quotes and estimates before you select a moving company. It is advisable to get the relocation estimates from a number of moving companies, rather than from just a single moving company. Just make sure, in advance, to check out if there are any surcharges or fees. Some companies will quote you lowest prices but there will be extra charges hidden and you will end up with incurring more expenses.

Estimates or quotes can be available over the phone after providing proper information. If you don't want to get the estimates for your move over the phone, you can ask the company's representative to visit your place. An estimator will physically visit the office or your home and will check out your things to be moved. He/she will prepare an itemized list of the entire household and on the basis of this the final moving estimate can be produced.

Another possible option is to just check the estimates directly from the company's office. You can find a tons of moving companies in the Internet. Just make a list of all the movers that are existing in your locality and visit their office. You can talk to them directly and get the estimate quotes for your move.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Prepare Your Home Plants For The Move

How to prepare your home plants for the move? This is one most important question that many gardener tend to worry about when it come to move! Here are some tips on how to prepare your plants for the relocation. If you're moving locally, sometimes your plants are not allowed to move along with you. I remember my move from California to Toronto years back; I got stuck to a real bitter problem. My long loved potted peach bonsai had been disallowed into Canada. I was really heartbroken and had to give off my most loved peach bonsai to the customs there! My days were blue for some times without my bonsai. I hope she is living well in some garden.

Prior to take your plant to your new destination, try to know if there is any legal restrictions. Get all necessary information about which species are allowed. It is a real terrible feeling to leave of your greens to the custom officers, without knowing if he has a green thumb at all!

Believe me... I talked to many movers. I know that most of the movers do not cover the damage to your plants, since they are too delicate to sustain the jolts of the move. Check before your sign the contract if your mover will cover damages to your plants. If they do so, ask them if there are any rules or any additional expenses to be incurred.

If you are an experienced gardener, you can pick the do-it-yourself option! You will better know the nature of each kind of plant and you can arrange them accordingly. Plan your packing scheme! Get some sturdy boxes for your plants to be packed. Don't forget to stuff bubble wraps and foam cushions between pots, so they won't break! Remember you need to pack the tall plants in plastics; create some holes so you plant can breath.

All plants cannot suite to all kind of climates. Before you plan move your plants, spare a second thought on it. Check if you have any varieties that will not be able to adopt the new climate. If you have such plants, better to leave them with a responsible gardener pall who you know for long.

Moving with your plants requires huge lot of thoughts and decisions to be taken. It is advisable not to make mess in haste.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Finding Good Movers

My previous post was all about a bitter experience that I had while moving from Minnesota to Ohio. Relax... your worst nightmares would soon be futile fantasies if you make the right kind of decision. Right decision in this regard is choosing the right mover. A good mover should be a complete package of every essential thing that might be required to benefit a customer. Starting from having a set of well trained professionals, who would pack your stuff with immense care to having a good storage facility, a good moving company should have every single reasons to be chosen. Once they walk into your home, you can leave all your worries behind and sit back at your couch to play game online! Most of the good movers, I have seen, in the industry also have departments of freight forwarding and pet moving.

Finding a budget moving company in your locality is a real easier task - even more easy than you might think it to be. If you are looking for a budget mover with proven track record, I am sure you will soon get one, as I know well that there are budget mover companies in about every area of the United States, who can move you and your belongings and pet fro one corner of the country to other safely and with a decently low rate.

Once you got a list of movers you might want to ask them about the dispute resolution procedures they follow. Ask them without fail what recourse you have if your items are damaged or lost in transit and who to contact if there are problems on or after the moving day. Don't forget to ask them as to how will you be able to track the progress of your relocation process... especially if it's a long distance move. Don't forget to keep your pals' suggestions in your mind, while on move!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moving Scams And Laws Governing The Moving Companies

Moving Scams have spread out like virus

Moving Scams has become the most heated up topic of discussion these days, when there's hardly any scope to trust a new mover. I have been moving across the country since years and have gathered a little bit of experience when it comes to a move - be it a domestic/ local move or a long distance one. Many of my peeps have been asking me if I could recommend any good moving company. The answer is not really easy. Had it been so easy to recommend a good mover, there wouldn't be a reason to make a post like this - talking about moving scam.

Presently the moving business are actually over seen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is a part of Federal Department of Transport (DOT). A genuine mover must have a DOT license number, which consumers must check before signing the contract. The FMCSA has as few as only nine investigators, who has to handle an incredibly huge volume of complaints against moving companies every year. When the congress dissolved the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in the year 1995, they had removed the authority from the FMCSA to raise a voice on the behalf of the consumers, whenever a moving company intended to take undue advantages of their ignorance. Putting it in simpler words, the Congress doesn't have the authority to help you out of wrinkles created by unscrupulous moving companies, even though they want to. In most cases the scam moving companies usually get escaped without paying the fine for any unlawful act they did. Evidences are their that many complaints against movers had been overlooked.

As a matter of fact there are laws governing the moving companies. But on the other level, the moving industry is unique in having some special privileges and legal loopholes that no other industry can even think of enjoying. Consumers have to fight against these legal loopholes enjoyed by the moving companies. If you find yourself trapped into the crunches of the unscrupulous acts of your mover, you can talk to the local police and file complaints with FMCSA and DOT. This is not the end of the story; you need to get in touch with the local, state or federal representatives. Media can really bring in differences! Call the media - newspaper and TV channels. you can write reviews on various free review sites to let people know the reasons for your dissatisfaction.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What to Look For Before You Sign a Moving Company

Inexperienced people might wonder as to why it is always difficult to pick a mover. If you haven't have an experience in moving, probably you won't be able to take things as seriously as it should be. Pre-moving phase is the most vital time, since lots of decisions have to be taken during this time.

Prior to reach out to a mover for the moving quotes and estimates you need to decide which items will be moved Before reaching a mover, decide which items will be moved and which ones will be disposed off. Evaluate what kind of services would you like to get. If you are not confident enough, you might rent a packer to get all your things packed professionally.

Contact a number of packers and make a good list. Talk to all of them severally prior to signing a mover. Ask your friends and other consumers and try to know their experiences with their moving companies. You have to judge the price that they are charging. Compare all the prices before you come up with your decision.

Suppression of facts might prove to be a fool's errand on your part. Inform your mover of every possible situation (if any) that will help them to make a more correct estimate of your move. Make your moving company aware of all kinds of conditions like road access, parking problems, delivery restrictions etc.

Reliability of a mover is one most significant thing! Check out your mover's reliability. Reviews on the web is the one of the best ways to get information about a mover. For more information you can call the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and request information about a moving company.

Before signing a mover don't forget to check the DOT license number. Experienced people won't recommend any mover without a the valid license.

Last but not the least, make sure you understand all the points related to coverage for loss or damage of your shipment and all extra charges that you might have to incur, if any.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Relocation With Your Kids

Evidences are there that Relocation is one of the most emotional time, when you need to bid bye to all your long known acquaintances, best pals and some special peeps of your life. You will have to say bye to certain things that you have always loved to see each fine morning, some special twits at your patio, those chirps at your backyard garden that used to raise you from your bed with every sunshine! It is a specially emotional moment for kids and in most cases highly stressful for them - not only physically, but mentally as well. Most important thing is to prepare your children for their upcoming move.

Planning has always been a big issue for a move. Whether you're having a long distant move or a short distance one, try to involve your kids when planning, despite knowing he/she is going to make silly things and comment stupidly. Let him or her enjoy the pre-move phase. By this you can get your kid seasoned before the move actually happens.

Prior to leaving your place, make frequent freak outs with your kids to their favorite places. Take them to the parks they like the most. The zoo, museum, aquarium, lakes, their play zones are all important pockets to visit with your children. Visit kid's best friends' houses. Don't forget to carry your camera and grab every single moment in your lens.

Encourage your kids to exchange home and email addresses and not to be forgotten the phone numbers with their friends. Remind them that keeping in touch from far away is like bridging miles!

Talking to your kids about relocation is of immense significance. Encourage them to express their feelings. this way they can be judged if they are scared or apprehensive about the move to happen.

Explain them your reason to move. Talk to them what special about the new place, the new home and how exciting the new region will be for them. Start making them enjoy a sense of optimism.

Help your kids know more about the new place. Things can all be easily googled from the web! Help them get clue about the new demography, the weather, people and their culture, education and everything.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Picking The Right Moving Company

If you have relocated at least once in your life time, I am sure you have realized that moving has usually been one of the most hectic task, with seemingly endless count of things that are to be accounted for. Starting from preparing the packing lists and packing the things carefully, there are tons of things to be accomplished with care. Moreover, although these things only apply to the process of moving, yet you may still have to deal with lots of arrangements to get the power turned on at your new home, arrange for service provider of satellite or cable TV service. Hiring a good moving company may turn out to be one of the best solutions that can help you on your move.

There are hundreds of moving companies buzzing across the net, making it really confusing as to which one to be picked and which ones are to be rejected. Make sure you select your mover with immense care; remember you are giving them the entire responsibility of taking care of your entire possession from your old home to your destination. Good movers would usually guarantee the arrival of your belongings precisely according to your pre-planned schedule. Internet undoubtedly is a big source to find a good mover. All you need is to keep certain things in the forefront of your mind. Make sure that the mover has its fame and proven track records of its big milestones achieved in the past. Pick a mover that will facilitate you with all the most important facilities that you might be needing!