Questions to Ask a Packing Service if you are Considering Using their Service

October 15, 2013 by  
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Packing is often the most stressful aspect of moving homes. Look around you; all those wooden furniture items, books, kitchen appliances, tables, chairs – it’s all too much sometimes to think about how you are logistically going to get everything organise and ready to go as soon as the removal men arrive.

Questions to Ask a Packing Service if you are Considering Using their Service

If it is too daunting a task, or you simply rather just not do, then there are packing companies out there who will do it all for you. For a price they will come round, pack everything away in a neatly and professional manner in the transport vessels they provide themselves. This will save you the time an effort of sourcing cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap, plastic containers, and whatever else, as well saving you time as you won’t have to pack anything. If you are considering using their service, below are some questions to ask your potential packing company:

• Are they available when you need them?
As you will have some time between finding out when you’re moving out and the actual day you are moving out, your availability should be quite flexible. But this is no ways means leaving booking a packing service, if you require one, to the last minute. As soon as you find your move out day, phone up packing services to see if they are available on any day that you too are also available. If they are fully booked, then there is not much point continuing the conversation – you’ll have to look elsewhere for your packing needs.

• What service do they provide?
Like with every other industries, the services that packing companies provide will vary from a full packing service (where they will pack away everything you own ready for the removal company London as soon as they knock on the door) to a lighter service (when they only pack what you tell them to pack). What you decide will largely be down to how much money you are willing to pay. If money is no option, then why not chose a full packing service. But if you are working to a budget, then a lighter service is probably right for you.

• Do they provide an insurance policy?
Accidents happen: it may not be anyone’s fault, but whether it happens or not, it’s always nice to have financial security for the worst case scenario. Most packing services will recognise that accidents happen on the job and, as such, will offer insurance policies to ensure that if the worst does happen you’ll be fully compensated for it.

• Do they provide their own packing materials?
Almost all certainly will, but there may be the odd one that doesn’t. With this in mind, it’s always best to ask just in case. If you already have the packing materials but just can’t be bothered to do the packing, then ask them that if they will provide a discount if they provide their own packing materials.

• How much do they charge?
This, by all accounts, is probably the most pertinent question you can ask. Do not by any means take the first quote you are offered – it probably won’t be the cheapest. Shop around multiple companies to get the best range of quotes you can, and then use those quotes as leverage against other companies. This will ensure you that you get the most out of your pounds. The price of hiring a packing company will largely depend on the service you require. Needless to say, a more extensive service will cost more and a less extensive one will cost less. Whatever you decide to choose is down to you, your individual circumstances, and your budget.

Basic Guide to Renting Your First House/Flat

October 2, 2013 by  
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Renting your first property can be overwhelming for many reasons. There is a lot of paperwork to sort out and even more organising to be done before you even come close to moving home. There are so many considerations to decide upon when choosing a place to live and one of your main priorities should be deciding on your budget. Once you have your budget sorted there are many agencies that specialise in renting out homes and a lot of options to choose from. When renting, a security deposit needs to be paid by each of the tenants as an insurance that you will ensure the upkeep of the property is maintained.

Basic guide to renting your first house

Deciding on all inclusive or not can really make a difference to your experience with renting. All inclusive is a suggested idea for first time renters, as you don’t have to chase up your housemates for the electricity or water bills and there are no arguments about who has used more water this month or who keeps their lights on constantly. This is however, a typically an option at the higher end of the budget scale.

Renting a home that isn’t all inclusive does make the monthly rent cheaper and does prepare you for what it’s like to own your own house. If this is what you decide on, make sure you ask about the typical bill prices so you don’t get a big surprise when your first bill comes through and you find yourself short on cash. The choice is yours but make sure you thoroughly think this through; it will save a lot of hassle in the long run.

You also have the option of fully furnished, partly furnished or unfurnished. If you do have a furnished home, most land lords will provide you with an inventory which you must complete to insure everything that is supposed to be there is and is fully functioning. This will be checked over once your tenancy is terminated and any damages or missing items will be deducted from your initial rental deposit.

If you’re going to be renting with friends, be sure to pick them VERY carefully. Living habits clash and a lot of fall outs can occur when someone does things very differently to you or doesn’t live up to your cleanliness expectations. One big thing that a lot of people forget about is the local area! This is where you are going to be living so make sure it’s in an area where you can feel comfortable. If you don’t drive, make sure you have access to public transportation to and from wherever you may need to go in a regular basis. Local services may also be of interest to you such as supermarkets, pubs, etc.

Before your place is secured, a number of details may be asked of you to ensure you can afford the property. A credit check will be carried out to look at your reliability of paying obligatory bills on time just to make sure they won’t have to chase you up every month. They may also ask about your general income and if your wage is or is not sufficient, they may ask you to produce a guarantor as a security measure if there is a concern that you may be unable to pay your rent or bills.
Renting is a great kick start on starting your own life, but you have to make sure you make all of the informed choices so you don’t find it a troubling experience.

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Professional Moving Advice: Tips for Every Stage of the Process

August 19, 2013 by  
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No matter how you approach it, moving to a new home is a challenging process. Even those people who hire assistance for packing, moving and unpacking still have a lot of organizing and work to do, and it can be daunting to know where exactly to start. Here are some professional tips put together by home relocation experts and professional movers from around the world. They can guide you through every step of the moving process including packing, relocation, hiring a moving company and unpacking.

Packing Up: Where to Start

The toughest part about moving is often figuring out where to start. Don’t head straight for the boxes; the first step is actually getting out a pen and a piece of paper and making a list. Start documenting every step of the process including what you pack, inventory for the boxes and dates for delivery. Having all this information in one place is vital.

Don’t Skimp on Packing Supplies

Everyone wants to save money during relocation, and it can be tempting to find free boxes or skimp on newspaper and packing supplies. Resist the urge to save, however, and invest in high-quality packing peanuts, tape and boxes. Protecting your belongings is a big job, and you will have more peace of mind if you know that your things are safe and secure.

Should You Hire a Moving Company?

A big question for many families is whether they need to invest in a professional moving company. If you are moving to somewhere within an hour’s drive and you have the time and transport, it may not be necessary to pay for assistance. However, professional help can be smart for those who need to move heavy items, are relocating to a different state or a new country, have a tight deadline or simply have other commitments at the same time as the move.

Protect Your Most Valuable Items and Bulky Belongings

Make sure that you have insurance to protect your most valuable belongings. Don’t assume that the moving company will have adequate coverage. If you have particularly large items that need to be moved, such as a piano or a water bed, let the shipping company know in advance so that they can bring along the right equipment needed to move it all in one piece.

Keep a Box of Vital Supplies With You

A great tip given by professional movers is to keep all of your most important items in one box that stays with you. This could include computers, phone chargers, a change of clothes and your coffee maker. Even if you arrive late and don’t want to unpack everything, you will have the things you need close at hand.

Don’t Sign Until You Have Unpacked

If you use professional movers, you will probably need to sign a paper saying that the items arrived safely. Movers may try to rush you through this process, but stand your ground and take your time. Open up each box, check your inventory and ensure that everything arrived in one piece.

Having the opportunity to move to a new apartment can be a wonderful experience, but there is no question that it takes work. Whether you are moving across the country or just down the road, this professional moving advice can make the process simpler.

A Guide for Unpacking Your Home

August 13, 2013 by  
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When it comes to moving house, you should be planning your moving day as well as possible. The inevitable stress that comes with moving day is more than likely to be your biggest concern, but you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of planning to unpack your belongings once you’ve arrived at your new property. It’s tempting to unpack only the essentials and leave the rest for another time, but in doing this you’re likely to forget about valuable or important items and you’re delaying the settling-in process. When moving house it’s important to plan your unpacking schedule as well as you would plan your moving day. If you aren’t sure of where to begin then take a look at this guide to unpacking your home.

Guide to unpacking your home

• Starting point.
When you’ve arrived at your property and all your boxes and bags have been unloaded from your car or van, it’s important to apply a system to your unpacking. Start by moving all the boxes to their correct rooms (boxes labelled “kitchen” go into the kitchen etc). This is going to make the unpacking process much easier and much faster.

• Essentials boxes.
Your boxes of essentials need to be unpacked first. You should have at least one essentials box per room, with all the items you’re going to need for the first night in your new home. What you pack here is up to you – it could be the kettle for that much-needed cup of tea or your laptop for work purposes. Whatever extras you want to include in your essentials boxes, don’t forget the necessities. You’re going to need hygiene products, toilet paper, duvets and bedding as well as cutlery and crockery.

• Kitchen and bathroom.
Your kitchen and bathroom are the first rooms that need to be unpacked as they’re going to see the most use in the first few days living in your new home. In the kitchen, appliances should be unpacked first as they’re going to take up the most room. Unpacking your bathroom shouldn’t be that big a job, and it’s one that can be entrusted to family or friends to do for you.

• Children’s bedrooms.
If you’re moving with children it’s important to get their rooms unpacked as soon as possible, especially if they’re young children. Children can struggle with adjusting to a house move, so you should try to make them feel as much at home as possible.

• Your bedroom.
Your bedroom is the next most important room to unpack. Make sure you have enough clothes for the next couple of days, as well as other essentials like your hairdryer, make-up or other important items. Making your bed is one of the most important things to do in your new home. Moving house is stressful, and you’re going to want to fall into bed at the end of such a long day, so make sure it’s already been made!

• Living room and dining room.
Your living and dining rooms shouldn’t be a priority to unpack. It’s likely you’re going to have furniture to move and arrange in these areas, so make sure this is done before you start tackling those boxes and bags. Start with the big items first – your television, coffee tables, bookcases and cabinets need to be sorted before anything else. From here you should unpacking as you have done with your other rooms – with the most essential items first. Following these hints and tips should make your unpacking process a breeze!

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8 Essential Items Needed when Packing for a Move

August 7, 2013 by  
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The time has come: it’s time to move out. After you know your move out/ move in date, it’s time to start packing everything you own up ready to be transported to your new dream home. Although you probably know – or have been told – how stressful packing can be, with careful planning and the right tools, it need not be. Let this brief text be a guide for the essential items you will need to pack everything you own in preparation for the move:

8 Essential Items Needed when Packing for a Move

Cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes are the cheapest vessel for transporting your good. If they are sturdy enough, they should be able to hold a good amount of weight. Books, DVDs, pots and pans – all reasonably small objects can be transported in cardboard boxes. You can get them for free if you ask nicely in any large supermarket. Failing that, ask around to see if family or friends have any spare. If you still can’t get your hands on any, you can buy them for an incredibly low price on the internet.

Plastic containers
Although plastic containers are cheaper than cardboard boxes, they are also much more structurally sound and durable. You can also use them for storage in your new home. You can buy them for a modest price at any good hardware or office supply store.

Bubble-wrap is essential when it comes to transporting your fragile, delicate, or expensive possessions. They provide protection against any scrapes or dents incurred during the move. Bubble-wrap is also extremely cheap – so don’t be frugal when buying; bubble-wrap your fragile items with meters of the stuff to ensure they will be fine when you unpack them in your new home.

Moving blankets
If you are using a removal company to help your transport your items, then the chances are they will provide moving blankets for your furniture. But if they don’t, then get online and buy yourself some. They are used to protect your wooden furniture and sofas during the move.

Friends or family
If you are moving alone, then packing all of your possessions can seem like an incredibly daunting task. To help with the chore, ask your friends or family if they don’t mind lending a helping hand. If you’ve been helpful and nice to them over the years, they will surely help you out now in your time of need.

A duster
Packing up belongings that haven’t been touched or move in years mean they can get quite dusty. The last thing you want to do is to open these dusty items in your new home – that will just make it dirty straight away! When packing everything away, give it a quick go over with a duster to ensure that everything is pristine when you move in to your new home.

A packing schedule
As soon as you find your move out/move in date, draw up a packing schedule. If you pack a little each day – starting with the items you don’t use regularly and finishing with the items that need to be packed on the last day – then the task will fly by and it won’t be as harrowing as an experience as people often testify that it is.

Duct tape
Most cardboard boxes – especially already used ones – will not shut properly, meaning that if they are precariously stored in the transport vehicle, items could be flying out all over the place. To avoid this, simply get down to your local hardware store and buy some duct tape. Remember; duct tape can solve almost any problem a human has.

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Preparing Kids for a Move

July 24, 2013 by  
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You may be excited about moving to a new home or relocating for your career, but your children may not share your enthusiasm. Moving is an unsettling experience for a child. Many respond with fear, anger and anxiety.

Teenagers, especially, react negatively if they’re moving away from their established friends, schools and neighborhoods, but younger kids also worry about losing old friends and fitting into new schools. A little preparation helps calm and reassure children about moving.

Talk About the Move

As soon as you know you’re moving, call a family meeting and discuss the move. Explain the reasons for the move, whether it’s to a larger house, a better neighborhood or a better job.

Young children who have never experienced a move may get frightened. Reassure them by sharing the story of your own first move, and how it made you feel. Be sure to emphasize the positive aspects of the move, whether those positives are larger bedrooms for children or more family time due to shorter commutes.

Teenagers and Moving

Younger kids tend to get scared at the idea of a move. Teenagers tend to get angry. They understand the move means leaving old friends and their secure routine. They may feel like you’re not considering their feelings, or you’re making the move arbitrarily.

While teens are more likely to express anger, they’re dealing with some fear as well. Moving to a new middle or high school can be traumatic, with the very real danger of not fitting in at the new school. Teens who are dating will worry they’ll never see their boyfriend or girlfriend again.

These are very real and valid concerns, and should be treated with respect. Listen, offer a shoulder to cry on if needed and don’t take it too personally if you’re in the teen’s bad books for a while.

Easing the Transition

If possible, take children to visit their new neighborhood before the move so they can get a feel for their new home. If distance makes this impossible, search the Internet to find information on the new town to share.

Talk about the positive aspects of the new town, trying to see things from a child’s perspective. An eight-year old won’t care if the new town hosts the 12 Palms addiction rehab center, even if you have a relative who needs support for substance abuse. They will, however, be interested in their new school’s website and local kid-friendly attractions.

Above all, be patient. Kids may mop and sulk for a while after a move. They have a right to miss their friends and need some time to adjust. Children are also very adaptable — give them the opportunity and they’ll quickly get used to their new home.

Michelle is a blogger and feelancer. She’s written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she’s writing. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Getting the Most out of Your Moving Truck

July 18, 2013 by  
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The summer moving season is upon us, and if you are considering renting a moving truck, you should consider a few things while packing. Not only can proper packing reduce the number of trips you must take between your old residence and the new, but it can also significantly reduce the costs of renting the truck in the first place, freeing up resources for more important things such as furnishings for your new home or maybe even a post-move mini-vacation. Let’s look at four tips to help you maximize the space in your moving van.

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Assess the Situation

Before you even rent a truck, you should attempt to estimate the volume of possessions being moved. If you’re moving an entire house, but you have few pieces of large furniture and a limited amount of possessions, you may need to rent only a cargo van. But if you are transporting all of the goods from a three-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom house, you will need larger, much larger. The largest moving vans available for rent are typically 24 to 26 feet long, about 8 feet wide, and about 8 feet tall. If you have enough items to completely furnish a large apartment or home, you will need all of this space and more.

Pack to Stack

While packing, make sure that your boxes are filled from top to bottom and from corner to corner. While this typically leads to a heavier box, it also creates a cube-like block of items that won’t be crushed easily from any direction. The more boxes you have, the better, but make sure that these boxes are not too large or too small. Miniature boxes, while cheaper, will only complicate your move and make it harder to find your items in the unpacking stage. Large boxes, if filled to their full capacity, can become so heavy that they are a danger to anyone attempting to lift them or move them into place. But regardless of size, make sure that all of your heavier boxes are stackable so that they can form the base of your possessions in the moving truck.

Utilize Every Available Inch

Once you get all of your items packed properly, begin stacking them inside the truck. Put the heaviest boxes at the front on the floor with lighter or equally heavy boxes above them. Continue stacking until you’ve reached 5 or so feet high and then begin stacking back towards the door. Repeat the same process so that all of the heavy items are on the bottom, with lighter boxes on the top. Then place the lightest boxes and bags on top of all the possessions in the moving van, and cap off the end of the space with a few pieces of furniture. Not only will furniture hold back the boxes to prevent shifting, but by placing them in the back, you will make sure that they are offloaded when you are least fatigued. And as a final point of caution, be sure to secure your looser items with straps or bungee cords to prevent them from sliding around or causing damage, and keep bookcases and other large items that are likely to tip wedged against boxes or the wall of the truck.

Store Some Stuff

If you can’t possibly fit all of your stuff into your new home, there are plenty of self storage units around that you can rent. Not only do these units offer safety and convenience, but some of them can be rented with heating installed to prevent moisture buildup in your goods. A local Hanover MD self storage company has even said that 1 in 10 families rent storage units. So don’t feel like you’ll be the only one, or that the only other solution is to throw out all your stuff. So whether you need to stow away an unneeded car or just a few boxes, self storage units are a legitimate option to consider.

Moving: 5 Tips To Make Moving A Stress Free Experience

July 2, 2013 by  
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Moving is usually an exciting experience that can quickly become stressful. If you do not plan well, it can become a disaster. From registering at a new school to repairing a car, it is easy to forget things. There are 5 ways that you can reduce the stress of long-distance moving.

Organize and Review the Paperwork

A lot of paperwork is usually required when you make a major decision. No one wants to travel hundreds of miles and realize that the proper documents have not been filled out. If you move internationally, you need a visa. Anywhere you move, organize important forms like address change slips and car registration documents. Handle legal and financial documents well ahead of time. Make copies on paper and on the computer.

Use Your Savings Account

For a small or large move, start using your savings account for months ahead of time. Even if you move to another home within the same neighborhood, have a large collection of money saved up. People are always surprised about how expensive life can be. Also, some companies try to cheat customers with hidden costs.


There are various tasks you must complete before a move, and most of them are not free. If you want to do a cross-country move, save enough to visit the area first. From the beginning, compare the costs of long distance moving Sacramento CA providers.

Review Storage Options

Hiring a mover may not be enough. If you run out of space, you have to sell your belongings or pay for a monthly storage rental. The first choice is not practical for most people, so find the right storage provider. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it is better to secure belongings than leave them in an unsecure area.

Manage Healthcare Issues

Keep your health issues in check before and after a move. Be cautious if you move to an area that has extreme, unpredictable weather. Review the weather reports and know what to expect on the arrival date. If you have severe health conditions, prepare more cautiously. Before children can attend school, vaccinations are usually required. Have backup glasses, contact lenses, a first aid kit and other supplies for emergencies. Know how easily you can refill medications.

Research Your Mover

Choose the mover carefully, and review the agreement before signing. Know if the company is bonded and insured in case of damage. Determine the cost by hour or pound. For ultimate convenience, choose a mover and packer. There may be a special charge for an exceptional item like a piano. Choose between a binding or non-binding quote that is either locked or not.

If you are too weary to unpack, use a quality moving professional. If you cannot drive with a moving trailer, contact the right mover. Deal with workers who will arrive to your place on time and handle the valuables with care. First, follow certain tips to prepare for a move.

Truck Rental Tips for Moving from the US to Canada

Whether to take advantage of a new job opportunity or to be closer to friends and family, many people living in the United States may find it necessary at some point to move to Canada. Renting a truck to haul possessions is a popular option. While the two countries have a special relationship, some issues can arise of which those moving should be aware.

While a valid passport will gain any American entry into Canada for up to six months, driving up to the border with a rental truck full of possessions most likely will be taken differently. There are several things movers should consider when preparing to relocate.

  • Be sure to check if the truck rental company will allow the vehicle to be returned in Canada. Otherwise, the truck will have to be driven back to the States for return, and a ride arranged to get back to Canada. Another option is to rent the truck in Canada, drive to the United States, pack everything and bring it to Canada.
  • Determine which size truck will be needed to move the possessions. Buying too large of a truck will be a waste of money, but going too small will mean multiple trips and could cost more in fuel and additional rental fees if extra days are required to move.
  • Decide whether additional equipment such as hand trucks will be necessary to help load large possessions.
  • Make the reservation early for the truck to avoid any complications later. This can help ensure the truck will be available on the dates it is needed. Be aware truck availability is often higher early in the month, while some companies offer midweek specials on rates.
  • Extra caution and safety should be practiced when driving the rental truck. It likely will be loaded and heavier than other vehicles the driver is used to controlling. Avoid backing up when possible, but if it is necessary have someone outside giving directions. Trucks will need wider areas when turning. Due to the increased weight of the truck, allow for greater stopping distances and don’t tailgate other vehicles.
  • When procuring moving supplies, such as boxes, opt for quality over a cheaper price. It will be worth it in the end when everything arrives intact at the destination.
  • Even when all of the proper procedures have been followed to gain citizenship in Canada, household goods brought into the country with a rental truck will have to go through customs, which can take up to 14 days.

Renting a truck to move from the U.S. to Canada can help make the process easier and save money over hiring a moving company. With proper planning and precautions, the move will be nearly seamless, making it a more enjoyable experience for all involved.

Author Bio: Claire Atkinson writes for a Canadian finance website where you can learn about the top 10 trucks and compare insurance quotes.

Things You Need To Know When Moving To Another Country

May 1, 2013 by  
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There are many different things that an individual will need to get in order before they move out of the country. Many documents will need to be found or obtained such as a passport, the proper ID, financial information, health insurance information and more. Sometimes the person might also be able to obtain a country, residency or working permit to allow them to temporarily move to the country for a job or other reason.

In this case, it would be wise for the person to obtain a storage unit to have their items, furniture and appliances stored in while they’re away. There are many different storage units that an individual may inquire about for storing their items weekly or monthly. However in the event that the individual is moving to the country permanently, they will also need to figure out how to get their belongings to their new home.

While clothing and other small items may be be put into a plane cargo or carried on board, there are many items that will have to be delivered another way. Things like couches, dressers, TV entertainment centers, dining centers and other large items will need to be shipped or delivered by means of truck freight or even by ship. It is up to the individual to decide which option suits them best; however there are advantages to using both a truck freight and freight by boat.

If the individual requires a special VISA for foreigners, then they will need to inquire about obtaining one at an Embassy of the country they’d like to visit in their area. Additionally, for those who might be moving to the country for a job or other business-related option should ensure that they have all of their required paperwork.

This can include banking information, employer information or other important documentation when they’re inquiring for a permit. Some countries require that the person is to file all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation months before they are to depart for the country; meanwhile some countries allow the person to finish their paperwork upon arriving at their destination country.

Before one moves to another country, they should also research the laws including the rules and regulations for health insurance and the health care system. Health records should be one of the most important pieces of documentation next to a passport, employer information and other important information. Things to know about the health insurance and the health care system in the country the person is moving to is what kind of health insurance the individual needs.

Furthermore, if the person has an existing medical condition where they are in need of being seen regularly, they may inquire about the doctors they wish to see and save their contact information for contacting them when they arrive to their destination country.

This article was written on behalf of Overseas Packers & Shippers by Joe McCord. Overseas Packers & Shippers are Australia’s premier international removalists.

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