The subject about which our moving and relocation consultants receive the most questions is long distance moving and storage. Because of the complexities and many stages involved, long distance moving and storage requires skillful and experiences movers. When storage is involved, there are in fact two moves involved – the first, a move that involves pickup and delivery to storage, and a second move that involves bringing the goods out of storage and delivering them to the destination state. In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we provide some essential information about Long Distance Moving and Storage – particularly about moves that involve storage.
Preparing for your Long distance Moving and Storage Relocation
When storage is involved, long distance moves require professional packing services. Professional movers will be able to pack your goods and boxes in a way that will ensure their safe delivery. Since the goods will be loaded and offloaded two times – from pickup point to storage and from storage to the destination state, everything must be shrink-wrapped, bubble-wrapped, boxes etc. Television screens and other electronic equipment must be boxed and crated. Mattresses must go into mattress boxes and so on.
Preparing for Going into Storage
When preparing for a long distance move that involves storage services, it is best that you ask the moving company to send a representative to your house and provide you with an on-site written estimate. The on-site estimator will be able to estimate your packing needs and provide you with an estimate that will include picking up your goods and packing them, moving them into storage, the monthly storage fee, moving the items out of storage and delivering them to the destination state. When you are contacting Alpha Moving and Storage, be sure to ask if one month of free storage is available for long distance customers.
This new Alpha Moving and Storage article provides some tips and advice about finding a local Jersey City NJ moving company you can trust. The three factors you should take into consideration when seeking a Jersey City NJ moving company are: location, reputation and cost. These three factors are interrelated, because a local mover will be able to offer you with a better, more cost effective move.
Locating a Jersey City NJ Moving Company – Location
We often speak about the importance of hiring local movers for your coming relocation. Only a local Jersey City company will be able to provide you with a guaranteed pick up time and date. Only a local Jersey City company will be able to address any possible problem that might arise on the day of the move – Send additional movers and trucks, immediately address requests and complaints and provide solutions to local parking and traffic issues. So make sure all companies you are considering have an actual physical location in Jersey City New Jersey.
Locating a Jersey City NJ Moving Company – Reputation
Check the reputation of the local mover you are considering by requesting references and examining its Better Business Bureau standing. Ask your mover for references from Jersey City residing customers that have used its services in the past.
Locating a Jersey City NJ Moving Company – Price
We all look for the most cost effective moving prices. That being said, some companies present a bottom line estimated price that appears to be attractive on paper, but is considerably increased on the day of the move. In order to avoid such an uncomfortable situation you should examine the estimate details carefully, including possible extra charged. When possible, as your local mover to send a representative to your house and provide you with an on-site estimate.
Locating the best long distance movers for your coming relocation is not an easy task. With so many companies out there, it is sometimes difficult to sort out the various estimates and offers. Looking for the best long distance movers also depends on your particular destination and relocation needs. Let’s take a look at some tips that can help tell the difference between reputable and disreputable companies, expensive and inexpensive ones and so on.
The Best Long Distance Movers – Prices
In order to compare long distance moving service providers you will need to compare, prices, reputation and customer service. While checking prices, you should compare the basic charge unit and possible additional fees.
You should make sure that the long distance price is detailed in writing and in an easy to understand way. Make sure the amount of weight or cubic feet on your estimate is realistic. Some movers lowball the weight or space of the move on their estimate, then increase the charges on the day of the move.
The Best Long Distance Movers – Reputation
Checking the reputation of your potential long distance mover should be done by accessing the Better Business Bureau website. Check the company’s standing with the Better Business bureau and if it addresses complaints and attempts to successfully resolve them.
The Best Long Distance Movers – Customer service
You should also compare the lever of customer service.
How clear and easy to understand was the estimate the mover provided you with?
How friendly and informative was your relocation consultant?
Do you feel that all your questions were addressed?
You should go with a moving company only if you feel that all your questions have been addressed and only after properly checking its reputation and comparing the prices it offers. Please contact Alpha Moving if you have any questions about looking for the best long distance movers.
This new Alpha Moving and Storage article is intended to serve as a short guide for selecting your local NJ movers. In order to make educated and cost-effective decisions regarding your upcoming move, you will to familiarize yourself the way local NJ movers operate, provide estimates and charge.
Receiving Estimated from Local NJ Movers
In order to understand the moving estimates that local NJ movers will give you, you will need to familiarize yourself some basic moving terms. There three main types of moving – local moving, long distance moving and commercial moving.
Local moving involved moves taking place within the same state.
Long distance moving involves moves from one state to another.
Commercial moving involves moving offices, commercial and industrial equipment etc.
Alpha Moving and Storage is one of the few local NJ movers that are equipped to professionally handle all three types of moves.
Local moving is charged by the hour with a fixed rate that depends on the number of trucks and movers necessary to complete the relocation. Long distance moving is charged according to a basic rate per cubic foot or a basic rate per pound. Your shipment will be weighed or measured by the local NJ movers.
Selecting your Local NJ Movers
Don’t make the error of looking only at the bottom lone price of your estimates. Many times, reading the fine print and checking the basic charge units will reveal that the company with the lowest bottom line estimate price is actually the more expensive one. If the basic charge units and a list of additional fees and charges is not written on the estimate, contact your local NJ movers and request a new estimate detailing them.
Please feel free to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant with any questions regarding local NJ movers.
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post is intended to serve as a short guide for finding Moving Companies in Jersey City. Alpha Moving and storage is one of the best and moving companies in Jersey city and is able to provide you with any local, long distance, storage and commercial moving services.
Locating Moving Companies in Jersey City
Contacting moving companies in Jersey City should take place in the following way:
First of all, request each company for its address in Jersey City.
Be sure to verify the address. Make sure it is valid and not a P.O box, or the address of a self-storage location.
If possible, ask for a representative of the company to visit your house and provide you with an on-site estimate.
A quick visit to the local company facility should quickly give you an idea about its size and capabilities.
Receiving Estimates from Moving Companies in Jersey City
After selecting between three to five moving service providers you should ask for written estimates. Do not schedule a move unless you have all the details, prices, fees etc. in writing. The company’s licensing information should appear on the estimate.
After receiving the estimates, you should check and compare the individual charge units and verify the licensing information you were provided with. Compare the rates per hour for local moves and the rates per pound or per cubic foot for long distance moves. By doing that you will be able to understand the actual terms of the move and avoid any unpleasant surprised.
Check the moving companies in Jersey City that you contact if they need you to arrange parking for your truck. Make sure you discuss parking and access conditions in your street before the day of the move. Also, be sure to mention flights of stairs or any elevator hours or restrictions.
Finding a moving service provider that will answer all your needs sounds easy in theory. All you need to do is perform a simple web search, look at the top moving service results and pick from the first moving service providers that shop up in the results. But soon enough, you may discover that supposedly simple task to prove quite daunting. Many of the companies are not even moving service providers, but brokers and index sites, many of them are not even located in your area and others give confusing and difficult to understand estimates.
Focusing on Moving Service Providers Suitable for your Needs
In order to avoid the confusing situation detailed above, you should limit your searches by applying the following criteria:
The moving service provider should be located in your area.
The moving service provider should present you with an easy to follow and understand estimate that will include the basic charge unit and all possible additional fees.
The moving service provider should be able to commit to an exact day and time in which the move will begin.
The moving service provider should provide you with references.
The moving service provider should have a good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Limiting your Searches
You should limit your searches to three to five quality service providers. It is recommended to check the above criteria for each individual company before contacting it. Contacting companies that aren’t located in your area, brokers or companies without a solid reputation would ultimately prove confusing and frustrating. Doing careful research beforehand and limiting your searches to a group of select movers in your area will help you to experience a pleasant and cost-effective move.
If you have any questions regarding moving service providers in general or about individual aspects of moving, feel free to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation expert.
In this new Alpha Moving and Storage Information blog article we discuss everything you need to know about long distance moving and storage. We collected tips and recommendations from our dispatch managers, foremen and sales representatives and are proud to present them here.
Trimming Down Inventory
Long distance moving and storage is volume or weight based. Taking this into consideration, you should try to trim down your inventory as much as possible. Get rid of all unnecessary furniture, old collections you no longer have any use for etc. Tidying up can save you a lot of money for your long distance move.
Contacting your Movers Early
Try to contact your long distance moving and storage company and schedule your moving date at least four to six weeks before your pick up date. Scheduling early will ensure availability and will give you enough time for packing and moving inventory decisions.
Understanding your Moving Price
Make sure you fully understand your long distance moving price. The price should be presented in easy to understand terms and include a mention of all possible fees, such as packing fees, additional elevator or stairs fees etc. If you are not sure about any of the details appearing on your estimate or about any of the price details, be sure to contact your relocation consultant and ask for clarifications.
Check and double check the reputation of all long distance moving and storage service providers you are considering.
If you need storage services, check with your moving company about a possible one month of free storage. If you are going into storage, we strongly recommend that you allow the moving company to perform all packing services for you. Household goods that go into storage need to be carefully and professionally packed and protected. This is why professional packing is essential and highly recommended.
Finding the best long distance movers for your specific destination state can prove to be a daunting task. With so many companies offering their services, how can you select the best long distance movers?
This new Alpha Moving and Storage Information Blog article will help you in determining the answer to this question.
The Best Long Distance Movers – Understanding Long Distance Moving
Long distance moving is normally done with 50’ trailers that transport household goods across state lines. In order to make such moves more affordable, several shipments are combined to be shipped in a single trailer, according to the destination states and trailer route. The pickup is normally done with a regular truck.
In order to find the best long distance movers, you will need to make sure the companies you are considering have enough experience is covering the area you will be relocating to. Also, double check the fact that the movers own their own trailers and perform their own long distance deliveries.
The Best Long Distance Movers – Understanding Long Distance Pricing
Because several shipments are combined on the same 50’ trailer, the charges for long distance moving are determined according to the amount of space or weight of your haul.
The truck will be weighed before and after the movers load it with your household goods in order to determine the actual weight of your shipment.
Alternatively, the movers will measure the exact amount of space your shipment will take on the delivery trailer. This is why selecting the best long distance movers involves determining the basic charge unit that the relocation company offers you. Each company should provide you with a specific rate per pound, for weight based long distance moves, and with a specific rate per cubic foot for space based long distance moves.
Finding reputable NJ movers is not always an easy task. Website based searches yield dozens of results. Some customers tell us that they were contacted by more than fifteen moving companies. Things can get pretty confusing when you receive fifteen different prices from fifteen different NJ movers. This is why you need to thoroughly check the reputation of all NJ movers you deal with and the prices that they offer you.
NJ Movers Prices
As mentioned, you will probably receive a large number of estimates. When you fill out your information in index websites – websites that offer your information to several moving service providers, you will be directed to between six to twelve movers. Considering the fact that some people leave their information with several such websites, you can find yourself contacted by over fifteen different NJ movers.
We recommend that you prepare an inventory list and a list of the packing services required in advance. You should provide all NJ movers with the same lists and information. Be sure to specify items that require special packing or handling, items that are extremely heavy and items that could be difficult to fit through the doors.
NJ Mover Reputation
Once you provide all NJ movers with the inventory lists and the information, you will receive an initial estimate from each of them. Some of the companies will send a representative to your house to take a look at the furniture and provide you with an estimate on-site.
Once you receive all the estimates, do not make your decision before thoroughly checking the reputation of all NJ movers you are considering. Do not make the mistake of going with the lowest price without first checking reputation, estimate terms and conditions and possible extra fees. Finally, keep in touch with your NJ mover even after you schedule your move and be sure to provide updates about any changes.
Alpha Moving and Storage is one of the most reputable moving companies in New Jersey. A local Jersey City company with many years of experience servicing the New Jersey area, Alpha Moving provides local, long distance and commercial moving services. In this latest blog article, we discuss everything you need to know about moving companies in Jersey City.
Finding Reputable Moving Companies in Jersey City
There are dozens of companies that offer moving services in Jersey City. Most of them are not locally based. Some are located in neighboring cities, some are located in remote places in New Jersey. So the first step for you to take is to verify the address of all moving companies in Jersey City you are considering.
The physical address should appear on all correspondence the moving service provider sends you. Be sure to ask for the address if you do not see it on the emails, faxes, written estimates and any other form of written communication you receive from the company.
The Importance of Local References
Any moving company should have references to provide you. Our recommendation is that you ask for references from local customers residing in Jersey City or the Jersey City area. You could contact such local references by phone or email and ask about their moving experience with the company you are considering.
If a company does not provide you with its physical address or with local references, it is a good sign that you should not use its services. When it comes to license numbers and licensing information, the company’s physical address and references, don’t accept any excuses. There is no reason in the world a reputable, legitimate company should not be able to provide you with all the above information.
For more information about Alpha Moving and Storage, a local Jersey City company, be sure to give us a call at any time.
We all want to find the best possible moving service at an affordable price. However, accepting low priced moving offers without thoroughly checking the reputation of the mover involved may lead to disastrous results. This new Alpha Moving and Storage blog post provides information about finding the best possible moving service at an affordable price, while being cautious enough to double check the price and reputation of the company involved.
The difference between an affordable price and a price that is too good to be true
All moving service providers have similar expense, especially when it comes to long distance moving. While getting moving estimates, if you are getting a price that is significantly lower than all the others, you should probably be wary and double check that it comes from a legitimate company. While competition is healthy and differences of five to ten percent can still be regarded as legitimate, going with a company that provides a price thirty to fifty percent lower than all other probably means that charges will be increased on the day of the move.
Reputation and Affordable Prices
Checking the reputation of moving service providers before actually receiving prices will save you a lot of precious time and unnecessary trouble. Make sure that each moving company you are dealing with is a member of the Better Business Bureau. Ask the company to provide you with references from customers who have used its services in the past. Make sure that all licensing information appears on the written estimate the moving company provides you. Double check that all the licenses are in order.
Ask your moving service provider about any possible extra fees. Such extra charges should appear in writing on the estimate.
If you have any questions about getting a moving service at an affordable price, feel free to contact Alpha Moving and Storage at any time.
Welcome back to the Alpha Moving and Storage information blog. This time, we would like to discuss how long distance moving company New Jersey based services operate. This article will discuss how to locate New Jersey based long distance movers and how to inquire about long distance packing services.
Locating a New Jersey Long Distance Moving Company
As mentioned before in this blog, not all moving companies that will appear in your Google results for “long distance moving company New Jersey” will actually be NJ based. Many service providers do not have a physical address in New Jersey. In order to make sure you are getting the local service that you need, verify the actual address of a mover before you begin dealing with it. If the mover you are dealing with is telling you it has a “branch” in your local area, make sure this is actually the case. If needs be, pay your mover a visit and make sure it is a genuine company with all the necessary equipment and manpower.
Inquiring about Long Distance Packing Services
You should have a definite plan regarding packing. Deciding whether you would like to do the packing yourself, or whether you would like the mover to pack for you will help you to determine the final moving costs in advance.
If you require full or partial packing services, be sure to tell your mover about it as soon as your first call. If you have any last minute packing that you need, call your relocation service provider with an update. The most important thing is to update your mover with any changes rather than wait for the day of the move. You are always welcome to call the Alpha Moving and Storage call center to receive more information or to provide our company with updates.
What makes a moving company reputable? When getting so many NJ moving company results while searching for your relocation company, how can you tell the difference? After all, every NJ moving company claims to be reputable, offer reasonable prices and great service. In this new Alpha Moving and Storage blog article we will show you some simple and easy to follow ways to check the reputation of your NJ moving company.
Making Sure your NJ Moving Company is Reputable
First of all, you need to make sure the NJ moving company you are dealing with is licensed and insured. You could begin your search by checking a few official government-related websites. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website is a good place to begin. To make sure your NJ moving company’s licensing information is genuine, you can use this link.
Next, you can check with the Better Business Bureau to check if the NJ moving company has any complaints and how it handles them.
If, for any reason, a NJ moving company is not providing you with its license number and information or address, be sure not to use it. Accept no excuses, using a company without valid licenses is always going to end up in catastrophe.
NJ Moving Company References
References are very important. When a moving company has enough volume, it should have plenty of happy customers. Happy customers are always happy to share their feelings and provide references. If a company tells you that it has no references to provide you, it is probably a sign that you are dealing either with a new company, or with a disreputable one. It is best to ask for references from customers from your city or area. If you have any more questions about checking the reputation of your NJ moving company, please contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
This new Alpha Moving and Storage blog post will show you how to find a local Jersey City moving company.
Looking for your Local Jersey City Moving Company
Searching online for a ‘local Jersey City moving company’ will give you interesting results. If you pay attention, you will notice that many of the companies are not from Jersey City at all. Some are from neighboring cities, others are not even close to Jersey City itself.
In today’s competitive moving industry, some companies seek to service moves that are far from their local facilities. We strongly believe that it is in your best interest to find a local Jersey City Moving company.
A local Jersey City moving company will be familiar with your neighborhood, parking conditions and restrictions, apartment complex limitation etc.
A local Jersey City moving company will be able to quickly solve any situation, send more movers, packing materials and so on.
A local Jersey City moving company will be able to send a representative to your house or apartment and provide you with a written estimate.
A local Jersey City moving company will have a storage facility in your immediate area.
Selecting your Local Jersey City Moving Company
You should compare the reputation and experience of the JC moving companies you are considering. Check with the Department of Transportation and Better Business Bureau and made sure you are dealing with a reputable service provider. Also, ask for references from Jersey City customers who have used the company’s services in the past. It is only after you have thoroughly checked and double checked your potential movers’ location and reputation that you can make your selection. If you have any questions about how to find a reputable Jersey City moving company, you are more than welcome to contact an Alpha Moving and storage relocation consultant.
You have successfully dealt with the task of finding the best long distance moving companies. Now you have a list of about three to six long distance movers and the time has come to make your choice. Before actually making your selection, take some time to study and compare a few important things. Most importantly, you should realize that the bottom line price on your estimate is not the only thing you should consider. You should also compare the terms and conditions, the so called ‘hidden fees’ and read the ‘fine print’. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post will help you, not only in finding the best long distance moving companies, but also in selecting the perfect one for you.
When comparing long distance moving prices you shouldn’t only look at the bottom line price that appears on your estimate, but also check and double check the terms and conditions.
Since long distance movers charge by weight or space, you must know what basic charge unit they will be using for your move. If, for example, one company charges you fifty cents per pound and another charges you sixty, then the second company will always be the more expensive one. This will be true, even if the second company has given you a lower estimate. They’ve merely reduced the amount of weight on the estimate to make it appear less expensive.
Comparing Terms and Conditions
All the extra fees should be mentioned in the estimate itself. Take your time and read all the ‘fine print’. Make sure that you understand whether or not your quote includes packing services. If you require packing services and those are not mentioned on the estimate, be sure to check with your relocation consultant whether or not they are included in the price.
Alpha Moving and Storage is a local Jersey City NJ moving company. We think of ourselves as the best moving company Jersey City has to offer and pride ourselves with offering the best possible service – both personal and professional. This post is about why we think of ourselves as the best moving company Jersey City has to offer. We are always working hard to get even better.
Our local Jersey City location means that we know this city in and out. We are familiar with all the parking regulations, apartment complexes, street access issues and so forth. Our local headquarters is just around the corner, which means that we can always send more assistance if needed. If you need additional packing materials, additional movers or storage, our facilities and warehouses are just around the corner.
Friendly and Personal Service
Whether you need a relocation expert to come to your house to take a look at your furniture and provide you a written estimate, or you want to drop by our offices to ask questions and examine the facilities, we are always at your service.
We offer local storage service, which means that if you require such a service, your goods will be stored right here in Jersey City. Alpha Moving and Storage offers both short and long term storage services. Customers are billed monthly.
The warm recommendations we constantly receive from Jersey City New Jersey customers speak for themselves. You can read written testimonials or watch YouTube video recommendations right here on this website. We’ve earned this great reputation by working hard, being attentive to our customers and their need and always striving to improve and get better. We are always open to suggestions. If you have an idea about how we can get even better, be sure to write or call us and let us know.
Selecting long distance moving companies is a complex and often daunting task. Moving long distance involves a lot of stress, having to select from a long list of long distance moving companies certainly adds to that. Many times, prices, conditions and terminology may vary considerably. In order to help you with selecting your long distance moving companies, this short article offers some basic, simple advice and guidelines.
Downsizing the List of your Long Distance Moving Companies
When you have a list containing over a dozen long distance moving companies, things could get pretty confusing. We recommend that you downsize that list to about four to six movers.
The best way to do that is to start eliminating the following types of long distance moving companies from your list:
Long distance moving companies that are not located in your area
Long distance moving companies that do not have a good BBB record and reputation.
Long distance moving companies that aren’t moving companies at all, but broker services.
Long distance moving companies with estimates that aren’t providing you with a clear and easy to follow pricing system.
After following the above recommendations, your list of potential companies should considerably shrink.
Making Your Selection
Choose a local company that was able to send a representative to your house and provide you with a price in writing. Your mover should present the estimate in an easy to follow and understand way, offer you a definite pick up date and provide all the information in writing. Make sure the price you received from your potential movers does not contain any “hidden fees.” Ask about possible extra fees and make sure that you understand whether or not they could apply to your move. If in any doubt, call your relocation consultant for information and clarifications.
Locating New Jersey movers sounds like an easy task. After all, a simple internet search for ‘New Jersey Movers’ would give you dozens and dozens of results.
The problem is that many of the companies presenting themselves as New Jersey movers are not even located in the state of New Jersey. Some of them are not even moving companies at all, but broker services.
This Alpha Moving and Storage post will help you make sure that the companies you are dealing with are actual New Jersey Movers.
Checking and Double Checking Location
The first thing you should do is check the physical location. Don’t be shy about verifying the moving company’s physical location over the phone. Also, make sure it is not a broker’s office, but an actual mover with all the necessary trucks and facilities. As mentioned before on this blog, we recommend that you pay your New Jersey Movers an actual visit. Checking the mover’s office, trucks, facilities and storage is the best way to ensure that you are dealing with the genuine thing.
Asking for Local References
Jersey City movers should have most of their activities concentrated in the NJ area. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem for your mover to provide you with local references from people who moved locally in New Jersey, or from New Jersey to another state. Make sure that the mover you are considering specializes in the type of relocation you are looking for. Especially when it comes to long distance moving, it is very important that the relocation company will have all the necessary knowledge, experience and equipment. You should also request some email addresses so you could contact past customers directly and hear what they have to say about their moving experience. Don’t forget to check the New Jersey Movers’ reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
This Jersey City Moving Made Easy article offers some basic tips for making your life easier when moving.
Order Packing Supplies in Advance
Starting to pack early will make your life much easier. The best way to do that is to order packing supplies in advance. Contact Alpha Moving and Storage a few weeks prior to your move and ask about our packing and box-delivery services.
Choose your Mover Early
Waiting till the last minute to choose your mover will leave you little time for all the final necessary arrangements. Try to make your final moving decisions at least three to four weeks in advance.
Clearly Label and Number all Boxes
Labeling is something that can save you a lot of time and money. Every box should be properly labeled. The label should mention the contents and the designated room. Clearly mark boxes with fragile content as such.
Let the Movers Handle Electronics and Fragile Items
Even if you decide to do the packing yourself, it is recommended to let the mover handle electronics and delicate items. Professional movers have the experience, knowledge and materials to properly pack and handle items such as televisions, computers, glass and marble tops and so on.
Inform your Mover of any Changes
If you decide to leave a few items behind, purchase some new items or require additional packing services, let your moving and relocation company know about it in advance. Also, if you have any parking or access difficulties, make sure the relocation company is aware of them.
Take the Day Off
On the moving day, take the day off and spend it with the movers. Even if you’re very busy at work, it is very important that you yourself will be there with the mover to make sure everything goes smoothly and the communication is direct and efficient.
After creating a list of potential New Jersey Moving and Storage Service providers and receiving several estimates, you will need to sit down and make your selection. Prices and conditions may vary considerably and things can get very confusing. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post is intended to help you select a New Jersey Moving and Storage Service.
For information about how to check the location of New Jersey Moving and Storage service providers and their reputation, please check some of our previous Alpha Moving blog post entries.
Comparing New Jersey Moving and Storage Service Estimates
Our first recommendation is to get no more than three to five estimates from reputable local companies. Even though it is easy to get dozens of estimates, thanks to numerous online service, this would normally only lead to confusion. Making sense and comparing twenty different estimates is just a waste of time and could lead you into making the wrong choice.
When sitting down to make your selection, you need to “compare apples with apples.” This means that you will need to compare the basic charge unit the New Jersey Moving and Storage Service providers offer you, rather the bottom line price.
Comparing New Jersey Moving and Storage Service Basic Charge Units
All moving service providers make their cost calculations based on a specific basic charge unit. Your basic charge unit should appear on your estimate. For long distance moves, it is the rate per pound or the rate per cubic foot that the mover uses to calculate the amount of space your shipment will take on the truck. For local moves, it is the fixed rate per hour. If the basic charge unit does not appear on the estimate that your relocation service provided you, contact your mover and ask for to receive it in writing.
If you are moving in Jersey City or from Jersey City to another state, it is important to hire the services of local Jersey City Movers. This article details the reasons why hiring local Jersey City Movers is so important. It is a part of a series of articles dedicated to our NJ customers and intended to provide all relevant moving and relocation information.
Alpha Moving and Storage – Local Jersey City Movers
We are located on 16th street. Alpha Moving and Storage has years of experience in moving customers in and out of Jersey City. This means that we are familiar with your street, your neighborhood, your parking conditions and so on. Hiring the services of local Jersey City Movers, such as Alpha Moving, means that your mover is right around the corner. In case more movers, packing supplies, or trucks are needed, we are just around the corner.
Moving Long Distance with Local Jersey City Movers
Alpha Moving and storage offers long distance moving services from Jersey City to every corner in the continental US. Being a local Jersey City company means that we can send a representative to your house and provide you with an on-site estimate. The Alpha Moving and Storage on-site estimate will create a comprehensive list of all the items you will show him that need to be relocated long distance. After creating the comprehensive inventory list, the relocation consultant will discuss your packing needs with you. We offer all types of packing services, partial packing or full service packing. Remember to be as thorough as possible hen showing the Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant your items to be moved and when discussing your packing needs. Based on all the information provided by you, the on-site estimator will provide you with a written estimate or your coming long distance relocation.
Alpha Moving and Storage is a local Jersey City moving company. We specialize in Moving and Storage Jersey City Services, both local and long distance. In this article, we will present you with a list of the moving and storage Jersey City services that we offer. If you require additional moving services in Jersey City, please contact our local offices directly. Our moving and relocation sales representatives will be happy to answer your every question.
Moving and Storage Jersey City Services – Local
Alpha Moving and Storage offers all local moving services in Jersey City. Charges for local Jersey City moves are done by the hour. The cost of the hourly fee for your local move will be determined according to the number of movers you will require. If you are moving locally in Jersey City, contact our offices for pricing and additional information.
Moving and Storage Jersey City Services – Long Distance
We specialize in long distance moving from Jersey City. Alpha Moving and Storage has been conducting long distance relocation for many years. We offer all packing and storage related services. You are welcome to contact our offices and request for a representative to come to your apartment or house and provide you with an on-site estimate.
Moving and Storage Jersey City Services – Storage
Alpha Moving has local storage facilities in Jersey City. We offer both short and long-term storage. If you are relocating long distance and require storage services, we will provide you with a set monthly storage fee. You will receive monthly invoices and are welcome to remain in storage for as long as you need to. After the storage period, Alpha Moving will deliver your goods from our local storage facility to your long distance destination. Storage fees will be determined according to the size of your move.
This article – Long Distance Moving New Jersey Made Easy, is intended to provide all the information relevant to our NJ customers about finding a long distance moving and relocation company. Our aim is to create a comprehensive series of articles about all aspects of NJ Moving.
Finding your New Jersey Long Distance Moving Company
In the previous article, we briefly spoke about the difficulties involved with searching for movers online. Here are a few recommendations that will help you with your search for a New Jersey Mover:
Call every company you are considering before submitting your information online. Ask each company if it is an independent mover, a broker, or an index information service.
Our recommendation is to create a list of about three to five NJ long distance movers.
Movers on your list should all have local offices and facilities in New Jersey.
Movers on your list should all have experience conducting long distance moving to your destination state.
Make sure the movers you are contacting are licensed and insured.
Check the reputation of all New Jersey Moving Companies you are considering. We will elaborate further about the subject of checking the experience and reputation NJ relocation companies.
Long Distance Moving New Jersey Made Easy – Checking your Local NJ Companies
As mentioned above, you should contact companies that are local and verify the information that they provide over the phone. Even if you search online for “local NJ Movers” you may still get results for companies that aren’t local at all, or aren’t even moving companies. Verify that addresses provided online are actually genuine local office and storage addresses. You should also request the relocation company to send a representative to your house to conduct an in-home estimate, especially when a large sized move is involved.
We are starting a new series of articles called Moving and Storage New Jersey Made Easy. The articles are presented as a service to our New Jersey customers who are considering moving locally or to another state.
Selecting a Local New Jersey Moving Company
Selecting a local moving service provider for your next relocation may sound like an easy task. In theory, all you need to do is conduct a simple internet search, select the two-three first results, get an estimate and go with the least expensive one. Actually, selecting a mover is a complicated task for several reasons:
Many times, the first search results are index sites and not actual moving company websites. These are internet websites that request you fill out personal details such as your name, phone number, move size and inventory list. Your information is then transferred by the index website to six to twelve prospective moving companies.
The least expensive estimate is not always the right one for your needs. Disreputable moving companies may try to intentionally lower the estimate, then raise the prices on the day of the move.
The estimates are sometimes presented in a confusing and difficult to follow way.
The Moving and Storage New Jersey Made Easy series of articles will give you answers to the questions above. The articles answer questions such as:
How should I search for a New Jersey Moving and Storage company?
How do I compare prices various New Jersey Movers offer me?
How do I check the reputation of various NJ Movers?
Researching the moving industry and learning more about how to receive and understand moving prices will help you save money and avoid uncomfortable surprises on moving day. We at Alpha Moving and Storage hope that you find the information presented here useful. We will be delighted to hear from you regarding any additional questions.
This is the second part of our Alpha Moving and Storage Complete Guide for Local Moving in New Jersey.
For more information about the basics of local moving in New Jersey, hourly rates and contacting local movers, check part one of this article. In this part, we examine payment and usage of packing and packing materials, other possible extra fees, inventory lists and how to lower your local moving expenses. We hope you will find this article useful.
Packing and Packing Materials for Local Moving in New Jersey
Packing is required for all glass parts, small items that need to be placed in boxes, mattresses, electronic equipment and any other items that may incur damages during the relocation process.
Alpha Moving and Storage customers have the option of doing some or all of their local packing on their own. You are welcome to consult with your relocation consultant in order to reach your packing decisions.
Alpha Moving is able to sell you packing materials, such as boxes, bubble wrap, tape and shrink-wrap prior to the move, to help you with your packing. You can also request full packing service.
Working with Inventories and Reducing your Local Moving Costs
The fact remains that most people move a lot of items they don’t really need. Some tend to just let the movers haul everything they own onto the moving truck, without sorting our unnecessary items before hand. This, of course, is a mistake. Sorting out and getting rid of unnecessary items is a great way to reduce your local moving costs. A good way to do that is working with inventories. When you go room by room to write down everything that you own, it automatically makes it easier for you to get rid of unnecessary items. Start early, at least a few weeks before your moving date, go room by room and get rid of unnecessary items little by little and every day.
If you are contemplating a local move in New Jersey, this two-part article will provide you all the relevant information you need in order to select a local mover in New Jersey, compare prices and make your decision. The first part of the article is dedicated to the basics of local moving in New Jersey, how they are charged and how to compare prices. The second part of the article explains about additional costs and discusses ways to lower your New Jersey local move. We hope you will find this article useful and welcome your comments and requests.
The Basics of Local Moving in New Jersey
Local moving in New Jersey is charged by most moving companies according to a fixed hourly rate. Your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative will provide you with a fixed hourly rate for your local New Jersey move. In order to calculate your New Jersey local moving rate, the sales representative will take into account the size of your house, the size of your inventory list and the number of movers that your local relocation will require.
Local NJ moves are charged according to the time it takes to pack and prepare the goods, load them to the moving truck and offload at the destination. An hour of travel time will be charged for the time it would take the movers to return to the Alpha Moving and Storage headquarters.
Contacting Local Movers
The best way to contact local New Jersey movers is by first creating a list of movers that have a warehouse in your immediate area. Such movers will be familiar with your city, neighborhood and even street. They will be able to provide you with a guaranteed and accurate time to start the move.
Please contact your Alpha Moving and Storage local relocation consultant for any questions about moving in New Jersey.
This is the final part of our Alpha Moving and Storage guide for moving long distance from New Jersey. If you are interested to learn how long distance moves are charged and transported and how to reduce your moving costs, check out parts one and two of this guide. In part three, we will discuss the importance of selecting a local moving company that has its main headquarters in New Jersey as your long distance service provider.
Why is it Important to have a New Jersey Based Company as your Long Distance Mover
Every simple Google search will give you results for dozens, sometimes hundreds of moving companies. Many of those companies advertise nationwide and do not have a local headquarters in New Jersey. Many others are brokers who sub-contract your long distance move to actual movers, of which you have no information.
The best way to go is to select a local company for your long distance move. Such a company will be able to perform your long distance pick up at a set, guaranteed time, provide storage services in its local storage facility and send more movers and assistance at a moments notice.
Making Sure you are dealing with a Local New Jersey Company
The first thing you should do in order to make sure you are dealing with an actual, local New Jersey company is to ask for the physical address. Make sure the address you receive is not a post office box, or a self-storage facility. A respectable, local company will allow you to visit its local headquarters, offices and storage facility. Once you have established the fact that you are dealing with an actual local company, check its reputation by visiting the Better Business Bureau website, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website and asking for references.
This is the second part of the complete Alpha Moving and Storage guide for moving long distance from New Jersey. In the first part, we looked at the way long distance moving from New Jersey to other states are charged. In this part, we will take a look at possible additional charges and ways in which moving costs can be reduced.
Possible Additional Charges for Moving Long Distance from New Jersey
You need to take into account that possible additional fees may apply for your long distance move. You will need to decide whether you would like to do the packing yourself or have the moving company perform full packing for you. Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in full packing services for long distance moving.
Self-packing should begin as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks before the actual moving date.
Try to notify Alpha Moving and Storage about any restrictions, elevator hours, access difficulties etc. The more precise you are with the information you provide your mover, the better.
Reducing Costs for your Long Distance Move from New Jersey
Because fees for moving long distance are all about volume, reducing costs has to do first and foremost with reducing the inventory. This is why it is so important to create an inventory list as soon as at least six weeks prior to your long distance move from New Jersey. This list should include all the items in your house. You need to go room by room and write everything down, even items you are still not sure whether you will be moving or not. It’s always better to sort out and take off items from your list than discover that you’d forgotten a few pieces. Go over the list and try to get rid of all the items that you don’t really need.
Moving long distance from New Jersey is one of Alpha Moving and Storage’s specialties. Alpha has been moving customers from everywhere in New Jersey to anywhere in the continental US for years. In this series of blog posts, we will take a look at how long distance moving from New Jersey is done and why it is important to select a local company, such as Alpha Moving and Storage as your mover.
The Basics of Moving Long distance from New Jersey
Moving long distance from New Jersey is charged according to the volume of your shipment. Once you finish compiling an inventory list and decide what you would like to move, the Alpha Moving and Storage estimator will be able to determine the estimated amount of weight or volume of your move.
On the day of your move, the truck will be weighed before and after it is loaded in order to determine the actual weight of the shipment. Alternatively, moving companies will measure the amount of actual cubic feet you have on the truck.
An Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant will provide you with a set rate per pound or a set rate per cubic foot before your move.
Long Distance Deliveries from New Jersey to other States
Deliveries of long distance shipments are done with 50’ tractor trailers. This is why several shipments are combined to fill a single trailer. This is also why is it so important to deduce the volume of each individual shipment. In order for your estimate to be accurate, try to determine your exact inventory list a few weeks before your actual moving date and report any changes and additions to your long distance relocation consultant.
Combining several shipments in a single trailer allows moving companies to lower the costs for performing long distance moves.
We are thrilled to announce that Alpha Moving and Storage has partnered with Move for Hunger, a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste.
Alpha Moving and Storage will be joining Move for Hunger’s network of relocation companies that have delivered over six million meals and seven million pounds of food throughout the country!
About the Alpha Moving and Storage and Move for Hunger Collaboration
With over one million people in New Jersey suffering from food insecurity and one in every six children in America is going to bed hungry each and every night, Alpha Moving and Storage president and owner, Daniel Kupershtein felt that the company had to do something to help.
Every time we service a move, we see people throwing away a lot of stuff. Much of the stuff people get rid of is food. It’s always a shame to see good food that can help families in need simply thrown away or left behind. Now, thanks to the collaboration between Alpha Moving and Storage and Move for Hunger, this food will no longer be wasted.
The Alpha Moving and Storage team will be collecting food items from customers and directly deliver them to the local Move for Hunger local community food bank. This service is absolutely free to all Alpha Moving and Storage customers.
Every Move is an Opportunity to Donate
Now, every move gives you an opportunity to donate and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. All you need to do is donate canned food and non-perishables on your moving date.
We at Alpha Moving and Storage are always looking for new ways to be better involved with the local community. We are proud and honored by this opportunity to work with Move for Hunger and help those in need in our local community and across the nation.
For more information about Move for Hunger and how you can donate when moving and make a difference, please contact your Alpha Moving Relocation Consultant, or simply call our company offices.
Here is a link to the original Alpha Moving and Storage and Move for Hunger press release:
In the previous entry of the Alpha Moving guide to the basics of moving, we started to take a look at long distance moving. We demonstrated how the location and reputation of potential movers should be checked and discussed the importance of determining your exact inventory. In this final part of the series, we examine the way long distance moving is priced and explain how to compare estimates.
Receiving your Long Distance Moving Price
As discussed in the previous entry, moving and relocation companies will charge for the amount of weight or space that your shipment will take on the truck. Because of the distances involved and in order to make the moves more affordable, most companies use 50’ tractor trailers for deliveries and combine several shipments. Moving companies will offer you a set rate per pound or a set rate per cubic foot. This basic charge unit will determine the price of your move. Actual charges will be based either on the weighing of the truck at a certified weight station, before and after it is loaded, or on an actual measuring of the space your shipment takes on the moving truck.
Making Correct Comparisons
When making your final decision regarding which moving company to choose, you need to take three factors into consideration: reputation, price and possible extra fees. The first thing to do is compare the reputation and experience of the movers you are considering. Next, you should compare the basic charge units, the price per pound or cubic feet. Finally, don’t forget to check for added possible fees, such as charges for packing and packing materials, paperwork, access, delivery and so on. If you require storage or temporary storage services for your long distance move, ask the relocation company if it offers one month of free storage.
In the previous entries of the Alpha Moving guide to the basics of moving, we examined the process of preparations and decisions you should perform before contacting potential movers. We also demonstrated how to limit your search to six local and reputable movers and took a look at local moving and how it is estimated by relocation companies.
The two final entries will deal with the most complex type of relocation – long distance moving.
Receiving your Long Distance Moving Price
While local moving is charged by the hour, long distance moving is charged according to the amount of weight or space your shipment will take on a moving truck. This means that having a precise inventory for your move is crucial. It also means that the weeks before a long distance move are a great time to hold a garage sale, get rid, donate or throw away all the unnecessary furniture and stuff you have. You don’t really want to pay long distance moving fees for shipping an old sofa or a couple of chairs you will end up throwing at the destination point. Working with lists will help you to determine which items to take and which items to sell, donate or throw away.
Check your Mover’s Reputation and Location
Make sure the long distance mover you are considering has the necessary experience, knowledge, means necessary to successfully complete a long distance move. Visit the Better Business Bureau website and check if your long distance mover has a good rating and whether or not it addresses and solves complaints. Getting a cheap long distance moving price from a dishonest mover means absolutely nothing. Prices that are below industry norms usually end up being artificially inflated on the moving date, so if you are getting a price that seems too good to be true, check and double check its authenticity. Last, but not least, remember to check the location of your mover and make sure it has offices in your area.
Now that you’ve limited your search to six local and reputable moving companies the time has come to learn a little more about moving estimates and how various service providers present them. In this part of the Alpha Moving Guide to the Basics of moving we will take a look at local moving estimates and how most service providers calculate them.
The Basics of Local Moving
Even though there are variations, most relocation service providers charge for local moving by the hour.
Based on the size of your move, the relocation company will decide the number of movers necessary to complete it. Smaller moves will require as little as three movers, larger moves may require five or six.
Determining Rates and Charges
After receiving information about the size of the move and determining the number of movers necessary, the moving company will be able to provide you an estimate for the amount of time completing the move would take. Almost all relocation service providers provide a fixed rate per hour.
Comparing local moving estimates is fairly easy. You should compare the rate per hour, the number of movers and potential additional fees.
When comparing the hourly rates, bear in mind that you still need to check the number of movers you will be receiving. If you have a three bedroom house, completing the move with only two or three movers will be difficult and would take a lot of time. On the other hand, a crew of five movers will take much less time to complete such a move. Even though the rate for five movers is more expensive than the rate for three movers, the move itself will take much less time to complete and will therefore end up being much less expensive. Before making your decision, don’t forget to check for additional potential fees such as packing materials.
Welcome back to the Alpha Moving and Storage guide to the basics of moving. By now, you should be ready with your inventory and packing lists, know all about your destination point and storage needs. It is time to contact potential movers. In this part, we take a look at how you should conduct the initial search for potential relocation companies.
Limiting Your Searches
An internet search for potential relocation companies will yield dozens of results. Before you start filling out dozens of online forms, take a minute to consider limiting your search to only a few reputable companies. Being bombarded by thirty estimates from shady moving companies will serve no purpose at all. Even if you get very low prices, it is difficult to believe they will remain the same on moving day. Our recommendation is to limit your search to up to six companies. Again, receiving dozens of estimates will probably end up causing confusion and may lead you to make an erroneous decision.
Check the physical location of your potential movers before actually contacting them. Many moving service providers advertise their services regardless of their distance from your physical location, others will simply subcontract movers from your area. The best way to go is to contact local movers directly. Check addresses and make sure they contain an actual office storage facility and a warehouse. Local movers will be able to provide immediate solutions to any problems that might occur during the relocation. If you need more movers, or more packing materials, if you have parking or access difficulties, a local relocation company will be able to provide you with immediate solutions.
Once you have a list of about six established relocation companies with local offices in your area, it is time to check their reputation.
In the previous part of the Alpha Moving and Storage guide to the basics of moving, we began to discuss the necessary steps you will need to take before starting your search for a moving company. In this part we take a look at the information you will need to provide potential movers in order to get prices and information.
Focusing your Moving Needs
It is recommended that you be able to answer the following questions before actually contacting your movers:
When will you be moving?
There is a difference between a last minute move a week from today, a move during the summer, the busiest moving season, and a move during the holiday season or in midwinter. Unless you have a pretty clear idea about when you will be moving, movers will find it difficult to provide you with accurate information. During the busy summer months, it is recommended to reserve a mover at least a month in advance.
What is your moving destination?
If you want to move long distance, but are still unsure whether you’ll be moving to Iowa, California or New York, there’s no real point in calling moving companies. The rates for each long distance move are different, depending on distance and demand, so there’s no real point in asking for rates if you’re still unsure where you’ll be going to.
Will you require packing and storage?
Additional services such as packing and storage for local moves will add to the price of the move. Getting back to the inventory lists, remember to tell the movers about fragile items and items that need special handling so they’ll be able to take that into consideration when preparing your estimate. Generally speaking, the more focused you are about your destination and the moving services you will require, the better and more accurate prices and information you receive.
It doesn’t matter if you need to move cross-country or just around the block, moving involves a lot of work and a lot of stress. Understanding more about moving and the way it works will help you, not only in making the right decisions, but also in relieving your stress. This new series of Alpha Moving and Storage articles is intended to provide interested customers with the basics of moving. From contacting movers and checking their reputation to scheduling long distance deliveries, you will find it all here.
Before Calling Your Movers
It is recommended to focus your objectives, prepare inventories and make decisions regarding your move, even before you start calling moving companies. Searching for relocation services or calling a mover without really knowing whether or not you will need storage or packing services, or what furniture you will be taking with you probably won’t be that effective.
Making Decisions and Preparing Inventories
Start by preparing an inventory list. Many people make the mistake of giving a list of furniture from memory, such lists will almost always be highly inaccurate. You’d be amazed by how much furniture, boxes and “stuff” you’ll discover around the house. So take your time, go room by room and prepare a detailed list of all the furniture you have. If you are still unsure about some of the furniture, mark them with an asterisk, it’s better to provide your mover with a slightly inflated list and end up paying less than providing an abbreviated list only to discover you have ten more pieces of furniture on the day of the move. If you have furniture with glass parts or delicate pieces that will require special handling, be sure to mark them down on your list. This will prove useful when the time comes to discuss the packing aspect of the move with your relocation company.
In this final part of our ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover’ we will examine the final aspects of comparing various moving estimates and how to compare estimates for local moves.
The Basic Charge Unit for Local Moves
Unlike long distance moves, local moves are charged by the hour. The moving company should provide you with a set price per hour of labor. The fee will depend on the number of movers that are required for your move. Small to medium moves will require three or four movers, and larger moves could require up to five or six movers. Some larger local moves will require two regular sized moving trucks.
Just like with long distance moving, it is important to check not only the bottom line price, but the rate per hour you were provided with, the number of movers the relocation company intends to send and the number of hours it estimated it would take to complete your move.
Comparing the Basic Rates and Added Fees and Making a Decision
Once you look at the basic rates the companies are offering, you can compare apples to apples and make an educated decision. But before making your decision, you should also check for additional fee.
The most common added fee is for packing and packing materials. If you want your moving company to pack some or all of your belongings, be sure to check the fees for packing and packing materials in advance. For full packing, you should be able to receive one set fee for the packing of all your furniture, breakable items, kitchenware and so forth.
Additional added fees may include surcharges for long carry, elevator use and certificates of insurance. If you are unsure about charges for additional fees, be sure to contact your sales representative and ask, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Welcome back to the ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover.’ Now that you’ve already trimmed down the list of your potential movers after checking licensing information, reputation and location, it is time to compare moving estimates and make an educated decision.
How Many Estimates Should I Get?
As mentioned before, the internet allows you to get estimates from dozens of companies. However, getting too many moving estimates may prove to be more confusing than helpful. We recommend that you limit your final potential moving companies list to up to five companies.
After making sure all of them are reputable, according to the instructions listed in the previous entries of this guide, it is time to collect the written estimates.
A lot of customers make the mistake of comparing only the bottom line price. However, when it comes to both local and long distance moving, it is more important to check and compare the basic charge unit and the potential additional fees.
The Basic Charge Unit for Long Distance Moves
Long distance moves are charged according to the weight or space your shipment will take on the moving truck or trailer. With weight based long distance moves, the truck is weighed before and after it is loaded. The company should provide you with weight tickets and base their final charges accordingly.
With space based moves, the movers will measure the exact amount of space that your shipment takes on the moving truck or trailer.
With weight based moves, the company should provide you with a basic price per pound and with space based moves, the company should provide you with a basic price per cubic foot.
When you receive the estimates from the moving companies, check not only the bottom line price, but also how much weight or space they estimated and what basic rate per pound or per cubic foot they are offering you.
Welcome to the fourth part of the ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover.’ Check out the previous entries for information about how to focus your search for a moving company and check its licensing information and reputation.
In this part, we will focus on the advantages of selecting a local company that has an office and a warehouse in your immediate area.
The Importance of Checking your Mover’s Address
Some customers assume that if a moving company contacts them and provides them an estimate that it must have an office in their immediate area.
You’d be surprised to learn that some of the companies that contact you have offices located in other states. Some of them are not moving companies at all, but brokers that merely pass on your move information to a moving company of their choice. Though not all brokers are dishonest, it is much better to choose your own mover than allowing someone else to do it for you.
Asking for a Physical Address and Verifying It
Just like your mover’s licensing information, the physical address should appear on the estimate, contract and all other correspondence.
Even if the address is in your area, you need to make sure it is not the address of a self storage facility or P.O box.
The best way to go about verifying the address is paying the potential mover a visit. Such a visit will also allow you the opportunity to check the warehouse, storage facility and trucks, to make sure you are dealing with a genuine and legit moving service provider.
A local mover should be able to send a representative to your house and provide you with an estimate on-location.
Such estimates are much more accurate than estimates provided over the phone. An on-location estimate will allow your relocation consultant to provide you an accurate estimate for full packing services.
In the previous ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover, we began to discuss the subject of checking a mover’s reputation.
In this part, we’ll examine additional ways of checking a mover’s reputation, by looking into its Better Business Bureau record and asking for references.
Checking a Moving Company’s Reputation with the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is an unbiased organization that registers complaints from consumers and tries to mediate between service providers and customers.
Checking a moving company’s Better Business Bureau is easier than ever with their easy to use website.
It is important to check not only the number of complaints that a company has, but also whether or not complaints had been resolved. Resolved complaints could tell you a lot about the company’s willingness to take responsibility and try to address customers’ concerns. On the other hand, when a company has a low BBB rating and a lot of unresolved complaints, you should probably avoid its services and look for another mover.
Asking for References
Any reputable mover should have references it’d be able to provide you. Try to ask your mover for references related to the type of move you are about to perform. If you are going to move cross country, it’s nice to see an enthusiastic reference letter from a customer who had moved locally around the block, but not very useful.
If the mover has enough experience in performing a particular type of move, local, long distance, or commercial, it should have relevant references for you.
Some references will also contain contact information, a phone number or an email address. You could send a brief, polite email and inquire the customers about their moving experience, just to make sure the references are authentic.
Once you’ve checked the moving company’s licensing information, BBB record and references, it is time to move to the next stage, checking its location and understanding the estimate terms.
In the previous entry of our ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover’, we provided a general overview about learning to focus your search by concentrating on the three most important aspects: reputation, location and estimate terms.
Now let’s begin an in depth examination of these aspects, staring with reputation.
Checking the Moving Company Reputation
As mentioned, internet searches for movers will give you dozens, sometimes even hundreds of results. All the moving service providers will claim to be reputable, inexpensive and completely reliable. Are they all really reputable, inexpensive and reliable? Of course not. It falls under your responsibility to sort the good from the bad by doing some careful research and validating all the information you receive.
Checking our Licensing Information
The first thing to do is to check that the company is actually licensed and registered. Anyone could open a website and advertise on the internet.
Start your search on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website. Don’t hesitate to ask potential movers for their license number. Any mover that hesitates providing licensing information should definitely not be used.
If you find out a company is not properly registered, don’t use it, no matter how cheap a price it offers you. Such moving companies normally provide extremely low estimates in order to lure customers, then inflate the price once the goods are loaded onto the truck.
One thing you need to understand is that no moving company will openly admit to being unlicensed or nonreputable. Sometimes, the worse movers employ the most convincing sales representatives. So it falls under your responsibility to check and double check all the information you’re receiving, no matter how tempting or convincing.
For more information about how to check licensing information, you are always welcome to contact one of our Alpha Moving and Storage relocation experts.
There is no doubt that the internet has drastically changed the moving industry. Once upon a time, everyone used the good old Yellow Pages. When the time to choose a mover came, they simply opened the Yellow Pages and contacted a couple of local movers.
Nowadays, a simple internet search yields dozens, sometimes hundreds of results for various moving services, some reputable, others just pretending to be reputable.
It’s easy to lose your way in this maze of moving offers. Some of the results are for web indexes, which means the contact information you fill in is transferred to several moving companies.
Learning to Focus your Search
In order to find your way in this ‘moving maze’, it’s important to try and focus your moving company search. If you follow the instructions of this moving guide, you’ll see just how quickly the list of potential movers gets shorter.
In the ‘Alpha Moving Guide for Selecting a Mover’ we will discuss the three most important aspects involved with selecting your moving and relocation company: reputation, location and estimate terms.
Starting Your Search for a Moving Company
In order to allow yourself enough time to research and make a correct decision, try to start as early as possible, preferably at least eight weeks before your moving date.
This will also allow enough time for the movers to send a representative to your house and provide you with an on-site estimate.
Contacting movers in advance will also allow you the opportunity to visit their local headquarters and make sure they have the proper trucks, equipment, storage facility and so on.
Additionally, starting early will allow you to consider an offer from the mover to provide full packing services. Should you decide to do some or all of the packing on your own, you will have enough time to order packing supplies and pack at your leisure.
In this second part of the new Alpha Moving and Storage Guide for packing your kitchen, we will examine how to pack your pots and pans, large appliances, silver and flatware.
Remember to label all the boxes containing kitchen items. Boxes containing breakables should be marked with “Fragile” and “This Side Up” labels.
Packing your Pots and Pans
Before actually starting to pack your pots and pans, sort them into groups of similar sizes. Using packing paper, separate them and place them together in nested groups. Once done, place each group upside down on packing paper. Finally, wrap several more sheets around the group and secure it all with tape.
Packing your Plates
First of all, place crumpled packing paper or bubble wrap at the bottom of your box. Each plate should be individually wrapped with a sheet of paper. Then, each group of two-three plates should be wrapped and packed in a bundle. Use white paper or newsprint in order to do that.
Packing Kitchen Appliances
Before you disconnect them, remove all the contents of your appliances, as well as all the movable parts. Doors and drawers should be secured with packing tape or plastic wrap. Unplug your refrigerator twenty four hours before the move. Remember to turn off the gas before disconnecting your gas stove.
Smaller appliances should be wrapped with bubble wrap. Pack each small appliance separately and be sure to use appropriate sized boxes. Fill up all empty spaces and gaps with peanuts, or crumpled packing paper to make sure your appliance is safe and secure inside the box.
Packing your Silverware
Your silver pieces should be wrapped in plastic wrap or newsprint to avoid tarnishing. Place flatware and flatware sets in plastic bags or small boxes. Silverware chests should be wrapped with towels to avoid damage during transit.
Packing your kitchen is one of the last, and most daunting tasks you will need to undertake for your coming move. We need out kitchen appliances and utensils and food supplies till the very last minute. This means packing the kitchen will probably take place in the last day or two before the move, a stressful time as it is. However, packing the kitchen, especially the fragile items, should be carefully done and proper boxes and materials should be used.
You can still try and get some or most of the packing early. Try to think of the essential dishes, utensils, pots and pans and so forth that you’ll need until the very last minute and set them aside. Everything else can go into the boxes. You can also set aside and label boxes for such last minute items you’ll need till the last day or two. Items that are not used on a regular basis include serving dishes, odd shaped pots and pans and tablecloths.
Take out all the stuff you keep in your pantry and start cooking and eating what you already have. It is recommended to move as little foodstuffs as possible. Only canned, tinned and packaged goods are allowed, everything else will simply be thrown away, so start eating!
You should use packing paper to pack all your glassware and cups. Tuck overlapping edges and be sure to start from the corners, then wrap diagonally. Pack all glassware and cups by placing them in an upright position within the box. To be on the safe side and for extra protection, pad your boxes with some bubble wrap. Also, be sure there are no empty spaces in the box to avoid breakage during transit.
If you have questions about packing your kitchen, be sure to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant. Also, be sure to inquire about our full packing service.
If you’re finished decluttering and sorting out your garage in preparation for your coming move, then this second part of the Alpha Moving Guide for Packing your Garage is just for you. In this part, we’ll take a closer look at how to handle your tools and the heavier items in your garage, such as gas-powered tools, lawn mowers and workbenches.
Packing your Tools
Let’s start with the smaller, regular tools one can find in almost any garage: hammers, pliers, screwdrivers etc. Such tools should be properly packed in cardboard boxes. Be sure not to pack boxes that are too large and heavy to safely handle. You tape sharp tools. All blades for tools such as chisels and saws must be protected to avoid injury. You can use old towers and socks to place such items in. Mark boxes with such items, so you’ll know to be extra careful when unpacking them.
Packing the Larger Items
The first think you should do is consider whether or not it would really be worth your while to move large and heavy items, such as workbenches and gas-powered tools. If you are moving your workbench, check if the bench can be disassembled to make the process of moving it easier.
Now let’s move on to gas-powered tools and lawn mowers. All motorized tools should be emptied of fuel before moving. You should know that virtually all moving companies do not allow the transportation of gasoline and hazardous materials. You can visit a local recycling center or automotive shop in order to dispose of old gas.
Take another look at all the odd-shaped heavy pieces in your garage. Such items take a lot of space on the truck. Many times, the movers can’t place boxes or other items on or directly around them. Make sure that such items are worth the price of moving. More than often, it would be better to simply replace them at the destination.
For many people, the garage is where everything they don’t quite want to get rid of, but don’t quite want to throw away ends up. Add the usual mixture of tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment and file boxes, and you end up with a daunting packing task. This Alpha Moving and Storage guide will help you with the task of packing your garage with some easy to follow practical advice.
Before you start Packing
Taking a bunch of boxes into the garage and just starting to pack everything is probably a bad idea. You’ll simply end up taking a lot of stuff you don’t need. Especially when long distance moving is concerned, you really don’t want to pay for weight or space for items that will eventually get thrown away.
Getting things in Order
So sorting out and decluttering should come first. You can start by sorting out and throwing away hazardous materials such as gas and oil, pesticides and paints. Many such materials are not allowed on the truck for long distance moving.
If you decide to take cans of paint, paint thinner or other liquid materials, make sure you carefully tape all the lids. Also, contact your moving company to inquire whether or not such items are permitted, again, especially when long distance moving is involved.
Sort out all the building materials, wood, and scrap metal you thought you might end up using one day for your dream projects. If it sat there in the garage for the past ten-fifteen years, it’d probably just end up sitting in the new garage for the next ten. The same rule applies to your, probably vast, collection of nails, screws and bolts. If you haven’t used them in the past few years, it would probably be better to get new ones, if needs be, at the destination, instead of paying for moving them.
In the first part of our first Alpha Moving and Storage guide for packing electronics, we offered information about disconnecting and properly labeling your electronics. In this part, we’ll take a look at the actual process of packing them.
Starting the Packing Process
Once you finish removing all the batteries and ink cartridges, be sure to pack them in sealed plastic bags. You don’t want to open your boxes and discover ugly ink stains. Make sure all the cords and remotes are properly labeled, as detailed in part one of this guide.
Using the Original Boxes
Those of you who have had the foresight to save their original electronics boxes, should definitely use them. The original boxes of your televisions, entertainment system, computers etc. can offer maximum protection, as they had been custom made.
Packing it yourself
If you haven’t saved the original box, you should purchase appropriate boxes from your moving company. Alpha Moving and Storage sells boxes that are designed to fit various electronics, such as televisions, DVDs, etc.
Bubble wrap should be used to protect all screens and monitors, as well as other sensitive electronics, such as printers and speakers. Be sure there are no empty spaces in any of the electronics boxes you pack. In order to do that, you should use newspapers or peanuts.
While packing, make sure that items like speakers are upright so no internal components would be damaged.
Don’t use large boxes to pack several items. When it comes to electronics, each item should be packed in its own box.
Label each and every electronics box so the movers would know to handle it with care.
Remember, Alpha Moving and Storage offers full service packing for electronics and has all the necessary materials and boxes. Call your relocation consultant for more information.
Packing electronics is one of the most complex tasks of moving. Items such as televisions, computers, and stereo systems need to be properly wrapped, packed and protected, in order to avoid damages. Just thinking about all the cords, screens and knobs you need to pack and keep track of, is enough to give you a serious headache. This helpful guide will help you make the process of packing your electronics a little less painful. Remember, if you need assistance with packing your electronics at any stage, you can always inquire about full or partial packing services with your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative.
Disconnecting your Electronics
Before you start disconnecting your electronics, make sure you draw diagrams or even take photos that will help you reconnect them. It’s easy enough to pull out all the cords and plugs, but unless you do that in a planned and organized way, it can get very confusing when the time comes to reconnect everything.
Remember to remove any CDs and DVDs, cartridges from your printers and so on. Also, back up all your computer files, just to be on the safe side.
You’d be amazed just how helpful the simple act of labeling can prove to be when the time comes to unpack your goods. Disconnecting your electronics means that you’ll end up with dozens of cords, remote controls and so forth. Even if you’re convinced you know exactly where all the cords go, do yourself a favor, take five more minutes and label everything.
Dusting it up
Even if you’re in a hurry while packing, be sure to dust and clean your electronics. Not only is this your chance of doing some ‘spring cleaning’, it’s actually healthier for your electronics, especially if they are going to be subjected to heat during transit.
Alpha Moving offers storage services for both local and long distance moves. We offer both short and long term storage, which means you can store your shipments for days, months, or even years. Let’s take a look at how you should prepare your shipment for storage, how moving in and out of storage works and how the storage charges are calculated.
Getting Everything Ready for Moving into Storage
It doesn’t matter if you’ll be moving your goods into storage for a few weeks or a few months, your shipment must be properly packed, boxes, crated, wrapped and protected. Bear in mind that moves involving storage will require several stages of handling: packing and preparing the shipment, loading the goods onto the truck, offloading the goods at the Alpha Moving storage facility. Moving out of storage will involve pretty much the same stages, starting from loading at the storage facility and ending with offloading at the destination.
This is why we highly recommend utilizing our full service packing when moving in and out of storage. This will help you to avoid damages and allow you to purchase additional insurance coverage.
Storage and Relocation Costs
The storage costs are calculated according to the amount of space your goods will take at the Alpha Moving storage facility. After determining the size of your shipment, you will be given a monthly charge per storage. There is no limit on the amount of time you can spend in storage. You will receive a monthly storage invoice.
For local moves, the hourly charges will apply both for the move into storage and the move out of storage. For long distance moves, you will be required to let the Alpha Moving team know about the first date in which you will be ready to receive your goods at the destination location.
No matter if you’re moving local or long distance, packing and handling your fragile items is an important part of the preparations. Alpha Moving and Storage offers full service packing for both local and long distance moves. However, if you decide to do some or all of the packing yourself, this short guide will help you with some selecting proper packing supplies and planning your packing schedule.
Preparing your Packing Supplies
Before starting the actual packing process, be sure to prepare durable packing materials. Such packing supplies include: new and sturdy boxes, packing tape, labels and stickers or markers, foam peanuts, bubble wrap, white paper or old newspapers.
Alpha Moving and Storage can provide you with packing materials, be sure to inquire with your sales representatives regarding box delivery options.
Packing and Labeling your Fragile
When packing your boxes, make sure there are no empty spaces and that the fragile items inside cannot move or shift during transit. In order to avoid breakage, you need to fill in all empty spaces with newspaper or foam peanuts.
When packing plates and dishes, be sure to wrap each item separately with white packing paper. Use suitable sized boxes and try to avoid using boxes that are too large. Stuffing a large box with too many items will normally result in damages.
Labeling your boxes of fragile items is also very important. Using your labels, stickers or markers, make sure each box with breakable items is marked accordingly. The movers will know to handle such items with extra care and place them on the moving truck in a way that will lower the chances of incurring damages.
If you have expensive delicate and fragile items, be sure to inquire with your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative regarding insurance options beyond the free basic liability insurance.
In this second part of our ‘Alpha Moving and Storage Rules and Regulations for Local Moving’, we will take a look at some of the practical aspects of local moving.
Providing Accurate Information
Providing your local mover all the relevant information regarding your move will help you save both time and money. Be sure to report any potential obstacles and hindrances such as: flights of stairs, difficult areas to reach in which large furniture are placed, excessive distance from the door of your house to the nearest place in which the truck can park and so forth.
You should also report oversized items that require special handling or equipment. If your building or complex requires a certificate of insurance, you need to alert the movers in advance. If you’re not sure, check with your building management in advance. Also, check about elevator restrictions. Some building managements allow only particular hours for elevator use, so be sure to check that in advance.
Packing and Storage
If you require additional packing services, the moving company will charge you according to the actual usage of packing materials and hours of labor. Items suck as mirrors, glass parts and items, televisions, mattresses, china etc. need to be carefully packed before they can be loaded to the truck. If you decide to do the packing yourself, be sure to inquire with your mover about the proper way in which the packing should be done.
If you need storage, two moves will actually need to take place and both will be charged by the hour. The first move will involve moving your goods to storage, the second move will involve bringing them from storage to your new home and offloading them from the truck. Shipments that go into storage will require careful packing so that damages will not be incurred.
Local moving may be less complex and demanding that long distance moving, but it still involves a particular set of rules and regulations. Learning about these rules and regulations in advance can help you to experience a better move and even lower the cost of your relocation. In this new series of blog posts, we will examine some of the most important rules and regulations for local moving in the hope of clarifying a few useful and important questions for our customers and the general public.
Local Moving Costs – Determining the Price per Hour
Nearly all moving and relocation companies charge an hourly fee for local moving. The cost per hour depends on the number of movers and trucks you will need in order to complete your move. Smaller moves can be serviced with only three movers, while three or four bedroom houses will require between four and six movers to complete. Obviously, the more movers, the higher the cost per hour. On the other hand, the more movers, the less time it would take to complete the move.
Local Moving Costs – Calculating the Total Number of Hours
Once the charge per hour is determined, the rest depends on how many hours it would take to actually complete your local move.
Movers charge for the time it takes to pack and prepare the shipment, load the truck, drive to the destination and offload. On top of that, a fee called ‘travel time’ will be applied. Travel time is calculated according to the time it would take the movers to drive back to the warehouse from the destination location.
Because local moves are charged by the hour, the more packed and organized you are on the moving day, the faster would it take to load the truck. Therefore, it is recommended to start packing, disassembling and preparing for your local move as early as possible.
Welcome to part two of this brief guide concerning rules and regulations for long distance moving. In part one, we took a look at prohibited items and the question of moving plants and perishables. In this post, we will examine the question of taking items of personal value and insurance.
Packing and Shipping items of Personal Value
As this is a long distance move, it is highly recommended that you avoid packing items of great personal value in your boxes. Try to avoid the long distance packing and shipping of the following items:
Personal Files, Documents and Certificates
You really don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your passport, marriage license or birth certificate are lost of damaged. Such items should definitely not be shipped long distance. While preparing for the move, try to prepare a few folders or a small box to take with you. Such a box should contain the most important personal documents, such as: address books, tax records, financial statements.
Jewelry and Medication
You should also try to avoid packing expensive jewelry and try to take them with you. Try to think of medication you may need and take them with you as well. Additional items you shouldn’t pack into your boxes include vehicle keys and rare family photos.
The basic liability moving companies are required to provide long distance customers by law in sixty cents per pound per article. This insurance is not suitable for expensive items, antiques, artwork and so forth. Full coverage insurance is recommended, especially for long distance moving, in which the chances of incurring damages are higher.
For interested customers, each relocation company offers its own additional insurance. For more information about the additional full coverage insurance options offered by Alpha Moving and Storage, please inquire with your relocation consultant.
Each moving company has its own specific way of conducting long distance moving. However, there are some specific rules and regulations that are relevant to every long distance relocation, no matter what mover you use of state you move to. In this series of posts, we will examine some of these rules which will help you pack and prepare for your coming relocation. Remember to check for specific details and information with your moving company and contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant with any questions.
Due to the nature of long distance relocation, some items are prohibited from crossing state lines, both because of the distances involved and because of rules and regulations specific to each state. This is a list of some of the items normally prohibited, please remember to check with your relocation company about specific items. Avoid packing any flammable or corrosive items in your crates or boxes. Motor oil, pesticides, lighter fluid, fertilizers, kerosene, and other such liquid flammable materials should be avoided. It is not allowed to pack weapons or ammunition and you should check with your mover about. Here is a helpful link for more information about the transportation of firearms across state lines.
Perishables and Plants
It is highly recommended to avoid packing perishables for your long distance move. Please try to dispose of perishable foods and avoid packing them into your boxes.
However, there is no reason not to pack dry and canned foodstuffs in sealed cans or bags. When it comes to perishables and foodstuffs, it is highly recommended that you consult with Alpha Moving and Storage or your relocation company before actually starting the packing process.
Several states do not allow the transportation of plants, due to agricultural regulations. Also, most plants will simply not survive the long distance trip.
In this third and final part of our ‘Most Useful Tips for Packing’ guide, we will examine some more practical advice gathered by our Alpha Moving and Storage staff. For more tips, check out part one of this guide and for explanations about various box types, check out part 2.
Packing your House one Room at a Time
If you’d like to make the packing process more organized, try to pack one room at a time. Packing your entire house randomly might create a state of chaos with boxes lying around in every corner. Concentrating your efforts in a single room at a time will also help you create organized inventory lists.
Taking your Personal Items with you
Our strong recommendation is not to pack personal items you might need in boxes the movers will transport on the moving truck, especially if a long distance move is involved. Pack passports, medications, essential paperwork and so forth in a separate box and be sure to take it with you. You may also want to pack a separate box of ‘essentials’ things that you will need right away in your new home. Such a box can contain toilet paper, utensils, writing materials and so forth.
Packing the Right Size of Box
Packing items into the right size and type of box is extremely important in order to avoid damages. Don’t pack heavy items in boxes that are too large. Such boxes may become uncharitable and can also be torn at the bottom. Using the right type of box will also save you much needed room on the truck, as everything will fit easily. For a list of various types and sizes of boxes, check the second part of the Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Most Useful Tips for Packing’ guide. As always, feel free to drop us a line or give us a call with any question.
Welcome back to the new series of posts from the Alpha Moving and Storage blog. In this second part of our ‘Most Useful Tips for Packing’ guide, we’ll take a look at the various types of boxes available for Alpha Moving and Storage Customers.
Getting to Know Various Types and Sizes of Boxes
Familiarizing yourself with the various box types will help you plan the packing process and make it easier. Here is a short guide for some of the most commonly used box types, all available from Alpha Moving and Storage.
Book boxes are intended for the packing of small items, such as CD collections and books. Book boxes are small and easy to carry. Size wise- they are about one and a half cubic feet.
Medium Sized Boxes
Medium sized boxes are three cubic feet. These are normally used for the packing of small appliances, toys, canned food and other items that are not too heavy. Medium sized boxes are also used for the packing of small appliances.
Dish packs are particularly sturdy and have a double cardboard wall. They are intended for the packing of breakable items such as dishes, china and glassware.
Wardrobe boxes are shoulder-high and have a metal hanger in the middle. You can use wardrobe boxes to pack your coats, shirts and so on. Shoes can be placed at the bottom of the box.
As the name implies, mirror boxes are flat boxes that are intended for the packing of paintings, mirrors and so forth.
Again, the name pretty much says it all. Mattress boxes are intended for the packing of mattresses and box springs. A separate mattress box is required for each box spring and each mattress.
Alpha Moving and Storage provides box delivery services and stocks all box sizes and types detailed above.
For the past few weeks, we’ve spoken with our customers and Alpha Moving and Storage foreman and dispatch managers and compiled a list of the most useful packing tips. We are now happy to present you with those tips in a series of blog posts.
Starting the Packing Process as Early as Possible
The most common advice, from both customers and moving professionals, was to start packing early. The most common self-packing mistakes will happen when people run out of time and are pressured to use inappropriate boxes, place unprotected glassware in boxes and so forth. Try to start a few weeks in advance, create a packing task list and go room by room. Remember, proper and careful packing reduces the chances of incurring damages.
The Art of Labeling
You’d be amazed how much time the simple action of writing down the contents and designated room on each box will save you. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in your new house with dozens of unmarked boxes. Labeling will save you the unnecessary burden of carrying boxes from room to room.
Getting Rid of Items
You’d be amazed to discover how much less you’ll have to move after doing some sorting out around the house. Going room by room and creating a careful inventory list can help you with that. The process of writing down items will make you stop and think about their usefulness. Sorting out will help you to lower the cost of your move. It will also help you speed the process of unpacking and settling in your new home.
Don’t Pack Boxes that are too Heavy
Try to be as practical as possible and avoid packing huge boxes that will be impossible to carry. Stuffing too many items in one giant box can also lead to damages. Also, remember that you will still need to carry and unpack some of the boxes from room to room in your new house.
This is the third and final part of our Alpha Moving and Storage guide for unpacking. In the previous posts, we took a look at how to label your boxes in a way that will make the unpacking process easier. Also, we discussed unpacking boxes for specific rooms in the house, such as the kitchen and bathroom. In this post, we’ll discuss the unpacking of boxes belonging to the living room and bedroom.
Unpacking your Living Room Boxes
As mentioned in our previous unpacking articles, after you unpack the essential kitchen and bathroom boxes, the remaining process of unpacking can continue at a more comfortable pace. You can use a floor plan of the house, or even simple drawings, in order to plan the placement of furniture. This can also help you with the unpacking, as you will know where to place the content of each box. When labeling the boxes, try to divide them according to shelves, cabinets and boxes they need to go to. This will help you distribute the boxes and to unpack them quickly.
The same can be said about packing book boxes for your library. Try to maintain some sort of order – paperbacks, art books and so forth. This will help you in unpacking books to your library shelves.
Unpacking your Bedroom
Remember to pack separate boxes of bedroom essentials. Pillows, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, these are all things that you will need on your very first night in your new house. Use the ABC system of labeling boxes according to the urgency of their unpacking (described in the first part of this article series).
As you can see, unpacking can take place in a quick and efficient way, if you do the packing in a careful and well-organized way. Our Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultants will be happy to provide you with further information and tips about packing and unpacking. Thank you for reading.
In the first part of our Alpha Moving and Storage unpacking guide, we’ve discussed the importance of marking and labeling your boxes to make the unpacking process easier. In this part, we will take a look at how to unpack boxes in the various rooms of the house, such as your kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.
Unpacking your Kitchen Boxes
The kitchen is naturally one of the first rooms to unpack. Start with taking out all the essentials you’ll need to prepare food, such as pots and pans and cutlery. As mentioned before, dividing the kitchen items into different classes of boxes, based on how urgently you’ll need them, can help you start with unpacking just a few boxes, then continue to gradually unpack. Make sure you take the time to carefully unpack boxes containing breakable kitchen items, you don’t want to break expensive dinnerware by impatiently unpacking.
Unpacking your Bathroom Boxes
Bathroom boxes normally contain shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, deodorants and other liquid or semi-liquid items. This is why you’ll probably want to finish with the unpacking of the bathroom boxes during the first day or two. You’ll need most bathroom items as soon as the first evening or morning in the new house and there aren’t normally that many boxes anyway. In general, we recommend starting the unpacking process in the kitchen and the bathroom. Unpacking for other rooms, such as the living room, for example, can probably wait a few more days.
In order to make the unpacking process possible, you may want to clean the new house a day or two before actually moving in. Cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen will allow you to begin the unpacking process for these rooms right away and place all the items in their proper drawers, shelves, cabinets and so forth.
In the next and final Alpha Moving unpacking guide, we will take a look at unpacking the living room and bedrooms and provide some general unpacking tips.
So the moving truck has left, leaving you with piles and piles of boxes you need to unpack. Unpacking is not an easy task, but before you panic, here are a few tips that can help you save time and ease the process.
Labeling Boxes for Unpacking
Even though the urge is to unpack as quickly as possible and get all the boxes out of the way, you may want to consider taking a few days or even weeks to do the unpacking. Labeling all your boxes before the move can help you with that. Pack things that you’ll need right away and things that you won’t need for several days or weeks in different boxes. You can prepare an unpacking task list and do a little bit every day. This will help you to start a new job and slowly settle into your new house at the same time. The boxes should be labeled according to the rooms they’ll go into (kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and so on) and how urgently you’ll need them. A possible way to do that is marking each box with the room name, then writing next to it A – for items you’ll need immediately, B – for items you will need during the course of the first few days and C – for items that can wait for a few weeks while you’re settling in.
Beginning to Unpack
Ask the movers to place each box in its designated room. Once the boxes are in the rooms, you can sort them out and start unpacking the ones containing the items you’ll need right away. Place boxes with items that can wait a while next to one of the walls in a way that won’t get in the way during the first week or so.
For information about unpacking the boxes for each individual room, check out part two of this unpacking guide in our next Alpha Moving and Storage blog post.
This is the second article containing tips and advice for packing your kitchen. For more advice, please check our previous Alpha Moving and Storage blog post. In this article, we will take a look at how to pack specific kitchen items such as dinnerware, silverware, pots and pans.
Packing your Pots and Pans
Pots and pans come in various shapes and sizes, so you will need to find the right size of boxes to fit them all. Begin by looking for boxes that would fit your largest pots and pans. Dish packs are boxes that are specifically intended for the packing of boxes and should fit almost any size of pots and pans. You can order dish packs in advance from Alpha Moving and Storage. Call your relocation consultant if you would like to check the option of receiving a box-delivery.
Packing Dinnerware and Silverware
After finding the right size of box, begin the packing process by placing a double layer bubble wrap on the bottom of the box. Each piece should carefully wrapped with packing paper. When packing dinnerware, be sure to stack each piece, one at a time, then add some extra paper or bubble wrap between every two or three dishes. Don’t rush it. The more time you take to carefully wrap and pack your dinnerware, the more you reduce the chance of breakage.
Silverware should be sorted according to type and should be packed in small boxes of their own, so as not to damage other items. The best way to go is to use small boxes, or even shoe boxes. Use wrapping paper and tie different types of silverware together by using a rubber band or some string.
If you have any other questions about the packing of foodstuffs, silverware, dinnerware or any other kitchen-related items, be sure to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative.
Packing the kitchen is one of the most delicate and complex aspects of moving. Packing dishes, glassware and appliances the wrong way might result in breakage and damages. The last thing you want is to open boxes at the destination and find broken glasses and dishes inside.
This Alpha Moving and Storage post presents some simple methods you could use in order to do a better job and try to avoid damages.
Packing your Appliances
If you have some extra storage room in the house, always keep the original boxes of appliances you buy. When it comes to packing appliances, packing them in their original box is your best bet of avoiding damages. If you don’t have the original box, look for boxes that are about the size of the appliance you want to move. Before placing the appliance in the box, be sure to remove all the extra parts, glass bowls and so on. Some appliances require actual disassembling. In such cases, try to find the original instruction manual and place it in the same box. It will help you to reassemble your appliance safely.
Before placing the item in the box, wrap it with bubble wrap. Fill up all empty spaces with newspaper, or packing paper.
Before starting the packing process, be sure to check the expiration date of all dry foodstuffs. Use small boxes for the packing of foodstuffs and mark them in a way that will help the movers identify them and place them in your new kitchen. When it comes to the packing for foodstuffs, use your judgment and try to avoid packing liquids and things that might spill or break during the move. If you have doubts or questions about packing of foodstuffs, be sure to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
This post presents some more advice and information about moving with children. For more information and advice, see our previous Alpha Moving and Storage post.
Properly Saying Goodbye
Getting your child familiar with the new environment is important, but so is parting from the old one. Let your child experience a sense of closure by organizing a farewell party to which she will invite all her friends. Also, have your child gather emails, addresses and phone numbers from all of the friends and family members you will be leaving behind. This will help her feel more comfortable with the move and ease the fear of losing contact with loved ones.
Helping your Child Feel Better about the New House
Allow your child to decorate her new room. Decorating the new room will both be fun and help your child transform it into her own special place. Let your child be creative and imaginative, as much as possible.
A short time after your arrival, take your child to see and visit all the fun places in the new neighborhood, such as parks, playgrounds, restaurants and so forth.
Be Attentive to your Child’s Emotions and Needs
You will probably be extremely busy throughout the process of the relocation. Even so, you simply must find the time to speak with your children and hear all about their concerns. If possible, share the reasons for the relocation with them. Don’t be impatient about their possible objections regarding the relocation. Remember, things that might seem trivial and inconsequential to you as an adult, can be painfully important to a child. Let your children know you care and share their concerns. The more attentive you are to their difficulties, the more attentive will they be to the reasons behind the move and the more likely to accept the logic behind it.
Moving is both an exciting and stressful time for both you and your children. For children, moving can be a very stressful, even a frightening experience. Moving to a new school, leaving the neighborhood, saying goodbye to old friends, these could all prove frightening, frustrating and stressful for children of any age.
As parents, there are a number of things that you can do to support your children emotionally during this emotionally challenging period. This article will point out a few of them.
The article will discuss some of the things you can do both before and after your upcoming relocation. Above all else, try to be available to assist your children and lend them a supportive ear.
Preparing your Children for the Move
The more you teach your children about the new place you’ll be relocating to, the better. Remember that a lot of the stress related to the move has to do with your child’s fear of the unknown. As your child learns about the destination city, looks at photos, brochures and postcards, the more familiar and comfortable she’ll become with the notion of moving. Also, try to give children, especially school-age children, as much time as possible to prepare themselves to the idea of relocation.
Familiarizing your Child with the New Environment
If at all possible, it is recommended to take your child to see the new house and neighborhood before the actual move. Take your child to visit the new school or kindergarten so they would know what to expect. Familiarizing your child with the new environment may take off a lot of the “edge” from the fears and concerns she might be experiencing. Meeting the new teacher and a few future classmates in advance can do wonders to ease many fears and concerns.
This is the second part of our Alpha Moving and Storage Guide for moving with pets. In this part, we will provide you with a checklist of recommended actions you should take before moving your pet. For more information about moving with pets, check out the Department of Agriculture’s official website. For any other question, you are always encouraged to call your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
Tips to Help you Travel with your Pet
If you are moving your pet with an airline, consider the use of sedatives. Sedatives may also be useful if you have a long trip by car.
Be sure to carry a copy of your pet’s health record, obtained from your veterinarian in advance.
Remember to check if an entry permit is required by the destination state. In most cases, the requirements and regulations are similar. That being said, the state of Hawaii required that pets be quarantined for a period of up to one hundred and twenty days. International moves with pets are more complex and you should check for the rules and regulations of the specific country you will be relocating to.
Don’t laugh, but you need to prepare and pack for your pet in advance. Make sure you have your pet’s food bowl, medication, food, leash and so forth. Remember to take some water for your pet and a few treats. Bring an extra bag of your pet’s regular food, just in case you’ll have a hard time finding it at the destination.
An identification tag is always useful. Even if your pet is highly trained, the stress of the move may cause it to get scared and confused. Make sure the tag includes all the relevant information, such as your pet’s name, your name, new address and phone number.
Moving can be stressful not only for you and your family, it can also be stressful for your pet. As they are highly attuned to you, pets can actually feel your stress and sense that something is about to take place. You will need to reassure and prepare them for the coming move. There is also the practical question of how you will move your pet, usually by car or by airline. Airline pet moves will require some extra preparation and certificates. In short, moving your pet is a lot more complicated than you would assume.
This two-part Alpha Moving and Storage article describes some of the practical aspects of moving with pets.
First Stop – Your Vet
So the first stop in order to begin the process of moving your pet, should be your veterinarian. If you decided to move your pet by airline, you will need to check is a health certificate is required. This certificate should be provided by your veterinarian. Before visiting your vet, make sure to check the specific requirements of the state you will be moving to and the requirements for importing animals. A good place to check the requirements is the Department of Agriculture’s website. There, you will be able to find useful links and information regarding the regulations of various states.
The Importance of a Veterinarian Examination
It is recommended to have your pet examined, even if you’ve decided to take it with you in your car. Your moving destination many require various vaccinations, such as heartworm. Again, be sure to check in advance so you could ask your veterinarian to give your pet the proper shots and provide you with the necessary certification. If your pet doesn’t have an identification chip, it is highly recommended to have the veterinarian implant it with one before the move. Bear in mind that some airlines require all pets travelling with them to be implanted with a chip.
This is it! Moving day is finally here. Excitement is mixed with nervousness as the movers arrive to pack and move your furniture and boxes. In this final Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Countdown Guide to Moving’ article, we will examine the preparations you need to perform on the moving day itself and when moving into your new home.
At the Pick up Point
It is highly recommended that you are present at the pick up point to supervise the entire process of loading your goods. No one knows your personal needs better than you do, being there to tell the movers what to take first and how to handle your goods is not only important, it is essential. If you cannot be present, make sure the person in change of overseeing the process of the packing and loading is a person whose judgment you trust. Also, be available by phone in case the driver needs to contact you with any questions.
Once all the items are loaded onto the truck, go room by room to make sure you or the movers haven’t forgotten anything. You don’t want to call the movers half an hour after they’ve left and tell them about a piece of expensive equipment forgotten in the garage or an important box forgotten in the attic.
Before leaving the house, make sure all the switches are turned off. Also, be sure to lock all the doors and windows.
At the Destination
Try to get there early to take care of as many preparations possible before the movers arrive.
Go room by room and think about the placement of all major items. This will help you instruct the movers where to place them as soon as they are offloaded and save you a lot of unnecessary work at a later stage.
It’s the last day before moving. By now, you should have everything lined up and ready to go. This Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Countdown Guide to Moving’ entry takes a look at the last preparations you need to do a day before your pick up date.
Confirming all the Moving Details
If you haven’t heard from your movers, call them to verify that you are still on the schedule.
Confirm the pick up time.
Go over the pick up address one more time and make sure they have the correct details.
If you have any last minute inventory updates or changes, be sure to tell your relocation consultant about them.
If you have any changes in your packing needs, update your relocation consultant. If you planned to do the packing yourself and didn’t have enough time or knowledge, ask your mover to bring packing supplies and reevaluate the estimate with packing fees included.
If you have any parking difficulties or access issues, make sure the driver is made aware of them.
Final Personal Preparations
The day before the move is when you can pack all the things you’ll need as soon as you get to your new home.
Prepare a box or two with all the items you will need as soon as you get to the destination. These boxes should be loaded to the truck last and offloaded first.
Make sure your refrigerator is defrosted and clean.
Go room by room and make sure you’ve sold, donated or thrown all away items and furniture you won’t need at the destination.
Moving is very stressful. Plan the day before the move in a way that will allow you and your family an hour or two of rest. Go for a walk in the park, your favorite local restaurant or visit friends. This will help you relieve some of the tension and feel better about the relocation process.
Welcome back to the Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Countdown Guide to Moving.’ A week before your move most everything should be set and ready to go. Make sure you’ve already taken care of inventory and packing decisions, have a professional mover lined-up and the travel preparations set in motion. Now let’s take a look at preparations you need to take care of about a week prior to your moving date.
Phones and Bank Accounts
Disconnect the local phone service at the pick up point and make arrangements to connect it at your destination point.
Be sure to notify your bank and transfer your account.
Paying the Moving Company
Most movers accept cash, a certified back check or a money order, unless credit card payment approval has been secured. Check with your local sales representative and make sure you are able to pay the driver according to the payment arrangements you’ve secured with your mover.
Take care of all personal items, such as jewelry, important documents and so on. Pack them and make sure you can easily find them. When it comes to personal documents and jewelry, it is highly recommended to transport them yourself.
Prepare a menu for your last days, so you could get rid of all frozen foods and other non-canned foodstuffs.
If you have gas-powered equipment, such as lawnmowers, remember to drain the fuel from them.
If you’ve decided to do some of the packing yourself, about a week before the move is a good time to finish packing everything you won’t need handy in the final days.
Check with your moving and relocation company if there are any other preparations you need to make prior to the move and be sure to update them of any changes regarding your inventory or anything else that might influence the move.
This is the third part of the Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Countdown Guide to Moving.’ Two weeks before your moving date you should already have most of the organizational preparations behind you. Now’s the time to start taking care of the more practical aspects of your coming move.
Working on a Final Inventory
By now, you should have a pretty clear idea about which items you will need to leave behind or sell. Go over your inventory lists one last time. Take off items you’ve gotten rid of and add new items you’ve bought. Be sure to update your moving and relocation service provider with your final inventory list. Inventory fluctuations will almost always influence the price of your move, especially if it is a long distance move, so inventory precision and updates are crucial.
Some Final Preparations
If you are moving long distance and are shipping a vehicle, you should already have an auto transport service booked.
Make all the necessary arrangements for flying or driving to your new destination.
Discuss both practical and emotional aspects of the coming relocation with your children. Preparation is essential in order to make the process of relocation easier for them.
Make arrangements for servicing your appliances, both at the origin point and your new home.
Be sure to dispose all flammable items, such as aerosol cans, gasoline, cleaning fluids, bleach and so on.
Alert all regular services about your upcoming move. You don’t want the gardener or the newspaper delivery guy showing up the day after you’ve moved.
If you have outdoor furniture, now’s the time to decide whether you are going to take them with you or leave them behind. Most outdoor furniture is bulky and will take a lot of space on the truck. Sometimes it’s most cost effective to simply purchase new ones at the destination.
Welcome to the second part of the Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Countdown Guide to Moving.’ Three weeks prior to your moving date you should already have an organized inventory list for your coming local or long distance move. If you followed the advice on the previous ‘Three Weeks’ part of this moving guide, you’ve also already notified the post office and all the relevant utilities and service providers about your coming change of address. Now let’s continue to the Alpha Moving and Storage recommendations for things to do about three weeks prior to your moving date.
Packing and Floor Plans
A floor plan of your new home can be very useful for deciding about the placement of furniture in advance. If you discover that some items won’t fit into the new space, you can sell or donate them. Don’t forget to update your inventory list with any changes!
Now’s the time to make decisions about packing. First of all, decide whether you’d like to pack yourself or have your movers do the packing for you. After that, update your moving service provider of your decisions.
If there are any changes about your moving destination, moving dates, inventories or packing decisions, be sure to notify your moving company about them.
If you have pets and are moving long distance, start thinking about making proper arrangements or contact a pet shipper.
Make sure you transfer all insurance policies covering theft, property and fire to the new house.
Before contacting your mover about insurance, check your homeowner’s police. Sometimes moving is covered by the insurer and no further policies will be necessary.
Request details from your moving and relocation company about basic liability (sixty cents per pound per item) versus purchasing a full coverage moving insurance policy.
Experiencing a successful move is all about timing. Do things correctly, at the right time and with the right company and there’s no reason you wouldn’t experience a stress-free move.
The Alpha Moving and Storage professional staff have created a ‘Countdown Guide to Moving’ which will help you to plan, prepare and make the right decisions. In this first part of our new guide, we’ll take a look at things you should do about four to five weeks prior to your moving date.
Address Changes and Notifications
You’d be amazed how many bodies and organizations need to be notified of your coming change of address. It’s recommended to start notifying various organizations about your coming change of address about four to five weeks before your moving date.
Start with the Post Office. Provide the actual moving date as the day in which your change of address should take place. Taking care of that in advance will save you a lot of headaches later on trying to locate important lost mail.
Prepare a list of all the local utility service providers and notify all of them about your upcoming relocation, relocation dates and new address.
Think about all the magazines, clubs and organizations you are a member of and notify them all about your change of address.
Don’t forget to retrieve all your medical records. Ask your doctors, dentist and so forth for recommendations. It would be very useful to get a list of professional health care providers in your destination city.
If you have children, let the school know about your coming move at least a month in advance so the teachers could help with preparing your children, emotionally and pedagogically.
Inventorying your Move
About four weeks before your moving date is also a good time to begin working on an exact inventory for your coming move. If you already have a mover, such an inventory list will be helpful in determining your price. If you don’t, an actual inventory will help you compare the various estimates provided you.
Here is another entry in our popular “Best ways to Save Money on Moving Costs” series. Remember, you can always contact an Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant for more information about reducing your moving costs and expenses.
Selling Items of Furniture to your Buyer
Check with the buyer of your house if she is in need of purchasing furniture. Many times, you will discover that you can sell a lot of your unwanted furniture to your buyer. This is an excellent way to make things easier for all parties involved.
Things that are Easy to Sort Out
When it comes to flammable liquids and items, there’s not much of a dilemma about whether or not you should move them – it is absolutely prohibited to move them. Also, do not move hairspray cans – they might explode during the move – deodorants, various car cleaner, aerosol cans of any type and so on. If you are unsure about certain items or flammables, be sure to call your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
Before moving your appliances, take into consideration factors such as color, age and size. An ancient refrigerator, for example, is probably not worth moving long distance, the same goes for washers, dryers, stoves and so forth. If you are looking for a new look for your new home, consider the color of your appliances. Also, be sure to take measurements to check whether they would fit into niches, against certain walls etc.
Decorations and Miscellaneous
Don’t just stuff boxes with miscellaneous items, Christmas decorations and so forth. In most cases, it’s just not worth it. It’s better to throw away, sell or donate such items that add a few dozen of unnecessary boxes to your move.
This is part five of our Alpha Moving and Storage guide dedicated to helping you find ways to reduce moving costs.
On a Musical Note
Pianos are expensive items to move long distance. If you are a musician, then, of course, it goes without question that you need to move your piano. Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in moving pianos and will be able to assist you with moving your piano safely.
However, if you have a piano that is not in actual use, and many of us have an “orphaned” piano in the living room, consider selling it rather than moving it.
Outdoor toys and furniture are large sizes and sometimes odd-shapes. When it comes to items such a swing-set or a slide, it’s not always a good idea to move them. Compare the cost involved with moving such items with the cost of purchasing new ones at the destination.
Just like pianos, pool tables are heavy and expensive to move. If you just happen to have a pool table lying in your basement and are not actively using it, it’s probably a good idea to sell it or to get a new one at the destination.
Rugs and Paintings
A new house involves a new design and items such as rugs, drapes and paintings might not fit with your new design. So before packing and moving them, think twice about whether or not they fit with your new home environment. If you will be utilizing the services of an interior designer, consider consulting with her about moving or selling individual items and coming up with a definite plan for furnishing your new house in advance.
Welcome back to the Alpha Moving and Storage guide on how to save money on moving costs. This is part four of this definitive guide and it brings you more practical tips and advice about long distance moving in particular and moving in general.
Music and Toys
If you have a large music collection, perhaps moving will be a good time to join the digital revolution. A large collection of DVDs and CDs can add up to dozens and dozens of bulky and heavy boxes. Naturally, this can add quite a lot to the price of the move. Holding a garage sale to get rid of old CDs and DVDs might be a good idea. The same thing it true when it comes to toys.
Don’t just stack all of your children’s toys into boxes. If you start sorting out, there’s a good chance you’ll discover they have ‘grown out’ of most of their toys. Donating or selling some of your children’s toys is an excellent way to reduce your moving weight and volume.
Eating Away your Moving Weight and Volume
When it comes to food, it’s probably not a good idea to move it. Boxes of canned food will be heavy and probably not worth moving and frozen food cannot be moved. The best way to go is to plan your grocery shopping in the weeks before the move in a way that will allow you to consume all that canned food that always lies hidden in the drawers and cabinets. You can create a sort of menu for the two-three weeks before the move to help you get rid of all that extra food. If you’re still left with some foodstuffs, you can always donate them in the days prior to your moving date.
Here is part three of our Alpha Moving and Storage guide for the best ways to save money on moving. The guide mainly concentrates on long distance moving, but includes general tips that are suitable for any type of move.
More Methods to Sort our your Goods
Surprisingly enough, color might be a significant factor when it comes to deciding what items you should take with you or leave behind. Each house is different when it comes to space, lighting and so forth. If you are going to paint the walls differently, or move to a sunnier climate, you should probably think, or rethink, the color of the furniture. You just might end up discovering that a lot of your living room furniture, for example, just won’t fit into your design plans. Again, it’s a pity to pay money for moving items only to end up discovering you don’t really need them, so think about every possible factor, including color, before actually adding an item to your inventory list.
Moving your Plants
A lot of people can get very attached to their plants. Unfortunately, moving plants is not recommended and in some cases not even legal. It is illegal to move plants into some states. Even when it is permitted, plants are heavy – think of the weight of dirt, and may not survive the time it will take to move your items long distance.
There are a lot of Goodwill agencies in your area that will be happy to receive your donation. When it comes to old clothes and other items such Goodwill agencies can use, you can both help the community and reduce your moving costs at the same time.
This is the second part of the Alpha Moving and Storage guide to save money on moving costs. In this part we will continue with some simple and practical advice that will help you reduce expenses.
Mailing or Shipping Books
Before packing your library, try and compare the cost of mailing some of your volumes to your long distance destination versus paying for moving them. You may discover that the cost of mailing some heavy volumes will be less expensive.
Remember that the charges for moving long distance are based on weight of space. With weight based moves, the price for moving art books or other expensive volumes may be very expensive.
Checking if Everything Fits
If you are moving into a smaller apartment or into a house with a different layout, you may find yourself in a situation in which you do not have room for all the furniture.
In order to avoid that, try to get a floor plan of your new house or apartment. Using that floor plan, check if all the items of furniture in your possession will fit into the new space. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation in which you’ll pay for moving your large sofa or piano and end up needing to get rid of them, simply because there’s no room.
Another useful thing to do, if possible, is checking the dimensions of entrances in the new place. If doors and entrances are too narrow for some of your items of furniture, you may want to consider leaving them behind, or contacting your moving and relocation company to check for other solutions. Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultants will be happy to assist you with making such decisions.
Whether you are moving from a four-bedroom house or a tiny apartment, moving and relocation is expensive. When it comes to moving, because of all the high costs involved, you definitely don’t want to be surprised by extra charges.
This is why we here, at Alpha Moving and Storage have devised this guide to the best ways to save money on moving costs.
The Basic Fact of Moving
Running the risk of sounding obvious: in moving, especially in long distance moving, the more you move, the more you pay. You’d be amazed how many people forget about this very simple fact when it’s their turn to move.
Especially for long distance moving, in which the determining factors deciding the final cost of the move are distance and weight, you need to understand that each item you’re adding or detracting will influence the price of the move.
A singly bulky piece of furniture, such as a sofa, may have a lot of impact on the final price. Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of all those items you don’t really need, donate clothes, sell some used books and so forth. Don’t just pack everything and move it, sort out the things you don’t need in order to save money for your move.
Check if it’s worth it
When you’re moving long distance, you may want to consider purchasing new items at the destination instead of moving them cross-continent. Depending on the rates the moving company provides you, try to estimate the cost of moving individual heavy items of furniture. Many times, you’ll find out it’s more cost effective to simply purchase a new living room than to move the existing one.
If you are unsure about the average cost of moving specific, individual items, feel free to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant for more information and advice.
Most of the articles about moving and relocation talk about information and services that moving companies need to provide their customers and for a good reason. However, there is another side to the moving story and the successful outcome of a relocation has to do, not only with services and information rendered by the mover, but also with the level of cooperation and information given by the customer.
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post takes a look at this unfrequented aspect of relocation and provides a few tips regarding information you should provide your movers with.
Providing Complete and Accurate Information
There are three important aspects that will be crucial for any move: inventory, packing and conditions at pick up and destination points. The more accurate you are with the information you provide regarding these three aspects, the better will your moving experience be.
Providing Information about Inventory
Your inventory list must be complete and accurate, whether you provide it in writing, over the phone or to an in-house estimator. Be sure to update your mover about any items you added, purchased or got rid of. Inventory fluctuations will influence both local and long distance moves, so be sure to be as accurate as you possibly can.
Providing Information about Packing and Access Conditions
Don’t surprise your mover. If you need full packing services, be sure to inform it in advance. If you’ve decided to do the packing yourself and change your mind at the last minute, be sure to give your relocation consultant a call and update her.
Providing information about access conditions is also of the utmost importance. Be sure to report any parking limitations, elevator usage restrictions and other possible hindrances in advance. If told in advance, the moving company may be able to come up with ways to solve various parking and access limitations.
Almost any relocation consultant you happen to talk to, no matter what company you’ll be speaking with, will boast of the fact his moving company is ‘licensed.’ Actually, this is not something to boast or brag about. Moving companies have to be licensed and it is illegal for a non-licensed company to provide relocation services or to present itself as licensed. However, and sadly enough, there are quite a few scam and fly-by-night companies that present themselves as legitimate and licensed, while in actuality they have no trucks or even offices. This is why verifying that you are dealing with a licensed company is so important. So when the time comes to move, don’t just take the word of your relocation consultant for it, check and double check yourself that you are actually dealing with a licensed mover.
Checking Licensing Information
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post will show you just how easy it is to do that.
Checking whether or not your potential mover is licensed can be done with just a few clicks of a mouse. Clicking this link will take you to an official Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, where you will be able to check the licensing information of your potential mover.
In order to do that, you need to ask your potential mover for its DOT license number. After receiving it, use the link above and verify the number you’ve received. Once you enter it, you should be able both to verify the number and to receive other useful information about the relocation service you are considering.
Don’t Accept Excuses
If a moving service does not provide you with its license number, or the number you’ve been given does not check out, don’t accept any excuses. Even if you receive a very low estimate, moving with an unlicensed company will always spell disaster and end up costing you more, sometimes much more.
We’ve written several times about the advantages of hiring the services of local movers. A local mover will be able to provide you with a superior service, having the flexibility to handle various situations, knowledge of the area you reside in and experience working with building managements, parking restriction and other specific conditions that have to do with your surroundings.
It is important that you, as the customer, verify that you are actually dealing with a local company. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog provides a few tips that will help you verify the physical location and the experience of your relocation company.
Double Checking the Moving Company’s Address
A lot of moving companies use a sort of ‘trick’ in order to appear local. They simply buy a P.O box and then provide it as the local address of their business. This is especially being used by services such brokers who do not have actual facilities.
Another famous trick is providing a self-storage address. When you receive an address, double check that it doesn’t house a self storage facility in which the company has simply bought some storage space and not an actual facility.
Paying your Moving Company a Visit
Of course, the possible way to go about verifying your mover’s location is paying it an actual visit. A genuine mover shouldn’t have any problem allowing its customers to visit their offices and sign the contract on location. Ask to see the trucks and equipment that the mover uses to make sure everything is on the up and up. If you are going into storage, ask to see the moving company’s storage facility and the location where your goods will be stored.
If the company is avoiding you or gives you various excuses regarding its location, it’s probably a good sign you should move on and seek another service provider.
When you think of moving, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is stacks and stacks of boxes, packed and unpacked, rolls of bubble-wrap and tape. Then you think of dishes and cutlery outside the cabinets and drawers, books scattered on the floor, a messy house and a big, big headache. For many people, packing sounds a lot easier in theory that in actually is in reality. What you first think would take you a day or two, ends up as taking weeks. This is exactly where professional movers can help you.
Why Packing Matters
Moving companies will be able to offer you professional packing services and save you a lot of time. Many times, professional packing will also help you to avoid damages. An item properly packed is an item less likely to be damaged. Certain items, especially delicate and fragile items can be properly handled only by movers using specially designed boxes, bubble wrap and equipment.
The Services Professional Packers can Offer you
Moving companies will send the packers with all the packing materials you might need for your move including dish packs, book boxes, television boxes and crates, wardrobe boxes, mattress boxes, bubble wrap and tape. For larger moves, the moving company can send you a team of packers on the previous day to perform all the wrapping and boxing that you need. Having such a separate day of packing and preparation can make the moving day itself much easier. All that the movers will need to do on the moving day itself is load the truck with the already packed boxes and items of furniture and off-load at the destination.
Professional movers will also blanket-wrap all your items of furniture, then tape the blankets on the outside, to ensure there will be no scratches or damages.
When you are considering whether or not you should hire professional movers for your upcoming relocation, you need to take into consideration several things that may make a lot of difference. Many customers make the error of comparing the bottom line price alone – the price of performing the move by yourself compared to hiring professional movers. However, this takes out of the equation important factors such as insurance and possible damages that may end up costing you much, much more.
Preparing for the Move
Self moving requires a lot of preparation time. You will need to organize, pack and label all the items in your house. This may take hours, days or weeks. Bottom line, you may end up losing work days and time. Professional movers will easily be able to do what would take you long weeks in a matter of a day or two.
Insurance and Possible Damages
Self moving means self packing, loading and offloading the truck by yourself. Many times this will lead to breakage and damages or, God forbid, even injuries. Professional movers will be able to safely pack and load all your goods. Professional movers spend years doing their jobs and know exactly what they are doing. Additionally, a professional moving company will be able to offer you full coverage or partial insurance.
The Stress Related to moving is another important factor to consider. Knowing that you have professional movers on board to do all of the moving and packing for you can and will do wonders to take off the stress off your shoulders.
To summarize, when you are considering whether you should perform the move by yourself or hire professional movers to do it for you, don’t forget to consider the three important issues we have raised here: the time consuming preparations and packing you will need to do by yourself, the question of insurance and possible damages and last, but not least, the stress related to moving and how using professional movers could help you handle it.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about moving scams and companies that considerably inflate the price of the estimates they provide their customers with. However, there still seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the nature of moving scams, how to check the reputation of moving companies and how tell the difference between a reputable, local company and one that will end up charging you two, three times more.
Examining the Reputation of Moving Companies
Part of the problem is the fact that people don’t know where to check the reputation of movers. A lot of customers rely on what the sales representatives of the mover tell them. Obviously enough, every mover will tell you he provides the best possible service, has the best reputation and never increases the price. Surely, this is not a good way to differentiate between good and not so good moving companies.
Making the Right Moving Choices
The best way to start is by checking the reputation of the moving company you are considering on unbiased and official websites.
Start by checking the legitimacy and licensing information of the mover. Double check that there aren’t any pending complaints or violations.
Make sure the company you are considering is properly registered and licensed there and accept no excuses.
Once you finish your examination to make sure the mover you are considering is licensed, you can continue to the Better Business Bureau website.
There you can check the reputation of the moving company. You can also check the attitude of the company. Even if there are complaints against a company, you can see whether they were resolved or not and this fact can imply about the attitude of the company towards its customers.
After following all these stages, you can request the company to provide you with references from customers who have moved with it in the recent past, perhaps even some email addresses to communicate with them directly.
Local moving may appear to be simple, but it too involves some complex processes, all depending on a moves size, packing and storage needs. Understanding your local moving estimate and how it works will help you control both costs and the way the move is conducted. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post takes a look at local moving estimates, how they are priced and how you can better understand them.
The basic Local Moving Charge Units
Though various companies may apply different charging system, when it comes to local moving, the vast majority of all movers will charge by the hour. This hourly charge is normally determined according to the number of movers you’ll need for your move. The charge per hour will be different if you need three, four or five movers.
Not all movers actually write the hourly charge per hour on their estimate form. Some movers will simply write the total estimate price. Knowing the hourly rate of your local move is always a good idea. If the move takes more or less time, you want to be able to determine the reason for price fluctuations. Also, knowing the hourly rate will help you realize if the estimate is realistic or not.
Additional Local Moving Charges
Every move, both local and long distance, require packing. No matter what size of move, blankets for wrapping, boxes for packing and bubble wrap for breakable items will always need to be used. Virtually all moving companies have additional costs for packing and packing materials. In addition to the rate per hour, make sure that your local estimate contains the rates for possible packing charges. It may also be a good idea to request your mover to detail all other possible extra fees on the estimate form to avoid the possibility of later confusions.
Getting estimates for your long distance move can prove to be a confusing experience. Prices may considerably vary and each company presents its estimate in a different way. This is why it is important to know a little more about long distance moving and how long distance estimates actually work before making your selection. In this article, we will take a look at long distance estimates and explain the basic calculations that moving companies use in order to price them.
Determining the Basic Charge Unit
All moving companies need to use a basic charge unit in order to calculate prices for long distance moving. Even though some companies will use weight based systems while others will use space based systems, the principle is always the same.
Moving companies combine several shipments on a large 50’ tractor trailer in order to perform deliveries to other states. It is the only way to make long distance moves affordable for the customers yet still profitable for the moving company. This is why they need to precisely calculate the amount of space your goods will take on the truck in order to price your move.
In order to do that, they determine a rate per pound or rate per cubic foot. Long distance estimates actually determine the amount of space your goods will eventually take on the shared trailer performing the delivery.
Comparing Basic Charge Units
In order to fully understand a long distance estimate, you will need to compare the basic charge unites. The movers will provide you a rate per pound, for weight based moves or a rate per cubic foot for space based estimates. You can compare the two by multiplying or dividing by seven, meaning 1 cubic foot will average a weight of seven pounds.
Please contact your relocation consultant for further information about the long distance estimates and services Alpha Moving and Storage can provide you.
Many long distance moves involve short or long term storage. This means that many special preparations will be required, including careful packing, labeling and insuring your items. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post takes a look at a few of the preparations and provides other useful information about the subject.
Packing for Storage
The packing process is not essentially different, but it should be done more carefully, considering the fact that your items will need to be loaded and offloaded from a truck several times. It is our strong recommendation to utilize the services of a professional moving and storage company for your packing needs. A professional mover will be able to properly protect, insure and label all your items. However, if you decide to do some or all of the packing by yourself, here are a few important points to consider:
Storage and long distance deliveries require careful packing. Use only new and sturdy packing materials.
Carefully label each and every one of your boxes. This will help the moves with moving your items in and out of storage.
Don’t place any important documents, medicine or other items inside the boxes going to storage. Especially for long distance moves, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation in which an important document is stored in another state.
Carefully mark all fragile items so the movers will know to handle them with care.
Consider allowing the movers to pack all the electronic equipment, televisions, mattresses and so forth. Remember that your items are going into storage. There’s a difference between packing files and books and packing expensive televisions or chinaware. Such items are best left for professional movers to handle, especially when long distance moving and storage are involved.
Alpha Moving and Storage will be delighted to offer you full packing services. Please contact your relocation consultant for further details.
Getting familiar with your potential relocation company and its reputation is an essential part of insuring a successful move. All moving companies claim to be reputable, but you will need to verify your mover’s claims and do some careful research of your own. This Alpha Moving and Storage article provides a few important tips that will help you do just that.
Asking for References
It’s pretty obvious that you should ask for references, it’s a little less obvious to check the origin of your references. Make sure the references your potential mover gives you are genuine. Ask for the email addresses of customers who underwent similar moves and write them a brief mail to verify their existence and ask them about their moving experience in person. A good moving company should have no problem providing genuine references.
Verifying all the Details
Make sure that you get a proper address as well as all the correct licensing information for any moving company you are considering. The address you are receiving should not be a P.O box, the address of a self-storage facility and so forth. It may be a good idea to consider a local company that provides an office address in your area. This way, you will be able to pay the company a visit and make sure you are dealing with a genuine and legitimate business and not with an online virtual entity or a broker.
Another good way of getting familiar with your future mover is to request that a representative will pay a visit to your house and provide you with a written estimate. The estimator will be able to leave you with a written estimate that will contain the moving company’s address and all the relevant licensing information, as well as an actual price for your coming move.
If you decide to do some or all of the packing for your coming more on your own, here are some professional packing tips compiled by the Alpha Moving and Storage Dispatch department.
Empty out all the drawers. This will make the items less heavy to carry and less prone to any damage.
Similar items should be packed together. Don’t mix up books and dishes, glassware and cast iron items. Group similar items together and pack them in appropriate boxes.
Be sure to keep all parts of broken down items together. Prepare and label in advance small plastic containers or bags for screws, hinges etc. Losing such items will make it very difficult, sometimes even impossible to reassemble a broken down item.
Carefully fasten all electrical cords and make sure they’re not dangling from any of the pieces to be moved.
Use white paper for the packing or fine china rather than newspapers. When using newspaper for delicate packing, the ink can sometimes rub off onto the china.
It is highly recommended that the total weight of any box will not exceed approximately 50 pounds.
When packing your own boxes of delicate items, try to place a thick layer of crushed paper in the bottom in order to create a “cushioning” effect.
Don’t “overload” your boxes. Pack the items firmly so that the items inside won’t shift while the moving process is taking place. Don’t force the cover closed so the items inside won’t be crushed and damaged.
List the content of each box on its side. This will help the movers both with the loading of the truck and the offloading at the destination. It will also help the movers place them in their designated destination rooms.
For further information and packing tips, be sure to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in moving from New Jersey and the tri-state area to Florida.
Here are some useful bits of advice and information concerning moving to Florida and based on our extensive experience
Researching your Destination Location
Florida is a large and diverse state with five regions, each with its own unique cultural and geographical characteristics. Therefore, before making a decision regarding your destination, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the various Florida regions and their characteristics.
Central Florida has contains beautiful homely small towns, lakes and famous tourist attractions such as Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center.
The Florida Panhandle is known for its friendly residents, air of southern charm and beautiful Gulf coast beaches.
Southern Florida, the largest Metropolitan includes Miami, Key West and West Palm beach.
Northern Florida is a region that’s well known for its historic landmarks as well as its Southern local atmosphere. The cities of Gainesville and Jacksonville are located in Northern Florida
Becoming a Florida Resident
In order to become a Florida resident, you will need to take care of officially changing your address. Don’t forget to take care of your driver’s license and insurance coverage. You can get all the relevant information about Florida residency in the State of Florida portal.
Moving to a new Florida home means that you’ll need to start thinking about hurricane safety. It’s recommended that you have any existing hurricane shutters inspected right after you move into your new house. Also, have any hurricane shutters as well as your roof inspected and reinforced. Regularly stock supplies such as water, batteries and canned food. For further information, check the official State of Florida website.
If you have any more questions about moving to Florida, you can call your Alpha Moving and Storage representative any time.
One of the main issues with moving is that it is a very time consuming process. Suddenly, you need to lose valuable work days, spend less time with your children and have no time at all left for yourself. Luckily enough, there are some effective ways to help you with time management and make the process of moving a little less daunting.
Letting your Movers Pack for you
Packing is one of the most time consuming aspects of moving. Full packing may add to your moving charges, but it will save you many hours, sometimes even many days of work. If you’ll need to miss several days of work in order to pack, sometimes it might even be more cost effective to pay for professional full packing.
Working with Organized Moving Lists
Creating organized task lists and working with them on a daily basis is also something that can save you a lot of time. Our advice is to start at least a month before the move, write down all the moving tasks and divide them into daily, manageable portions. You’ll find out you can invest just a single hour a day, if you start early and remain consistent.
Scheduling a Separate Packing Day
If you have a large move on your hands, you may want to inquire with your relocation company about a separate full packing day. This will considerably shorten the time the actual move will take, as the movers will just need to load the truck on the moving day.
No matter what relocation company you are dealing with, here are some essential questions that you must always ask potential relocation companies in order to avoid moving-day surprises.
Are you an actual mover or a broker?
Not all brokers are necessarily bad, but they can’t really control what will happen when the time to move comes and won’t be responsible for price increases or damages. Not all brokers present themselves as such, so you should always ask.
What are your extra fees and charges?
Even if a mover provides you with a bottom line price, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any extra fees. Some movers won’t tell you about extra charges unless you ask about them, so be sure to inquire.
You don’t want to wait until after you’ve incurred damages to check about the insurance. There’s a big difference between basic liability sixty cents per pound per article insurance and full coverage, especially if you have expensive items. Again, some movers won’t tell you anything about insurance unless you ask, so be sure that you do. If you have expensive items to move, full coverage is always the best way to go.
Some moving companies accept credit cards only for the deposit and take payment for the rest of the move in cash or certified check. So if you plan on using your credit card for the relocation payment, be sure to ask in advance. Some companies may charge you an extra fee for credit card payment, so ask about that as well.
Getting a better and more accurate estimate for your coming local or long distance move is directly related to the amount of research and preparation you conduct in advance. Selecting the right companies to get estimates from, providing accurate details and receiving an on-location estimate will help you receive cost-effective and accurate estimates.
Dealing with the Right Companies
Don’t wait until after you receive the estimates to find out information about the reputation of moving companies. It is much better to do your research in advance and deal only with reputable companies right from the start.
Start by selecting three to four companies with good Better Business Bureau credentials and appropriate references.
Everything is in the Details
The more accurate you are with the information you provide your mover with, the more accurate will the estimate be. Make sure to mention all items of furniture, including the ones you are yet unsure whether or not you will be moving. Be as precise as possible about packing you may require and all the relevant access conditions.
If possible, it is always a good idea to have a representative come to your house and give you an on-location written estimate. A relocation consultant that actually sees your furniture and the items to be packed and boxed, will be able to provide you with a more accurate and effective estimate.
Be sure to show your estimator all the rooms in the house and all the items to be moved. If you are still unsure about some of the items to be moved, it’s still a good idea to show them to your estimator, just to be on the safe side.
While local moving may be logistically easier that long distance and large commercial moves, it still has its own complexities. Even moving just a few blocks away should be done professionally and in a timely manner.
In this post, we examine a few essential tips and trade secrets that will help you with your coming local move.
Keeping the Local in Local Moving
You’d be surprised to find out how many non-local moving companies are offering their services for moves in your neighborhood. Taking a local company for your local move will help you to get better service and avoid unexpected surprises on the moving day.
Local movers will be able to send a representative to your house to provide you with an on-site accurate estimate. If you need storage, a local company will be better equipped to provide you with long or short term storage solutions.
Taking Care of the Practical Aspects
Making sure that the moving truck will have a parking place next to the pick up and destination location, taking care of packing beforehand and providing your mover with timely inventory updates will help you to avoid surprises when the moving date comes. Taking care of all the little details will make a lot of difference. Local moves are charged hourly, which means that saving time equals saving money. The more effective you are with your preparation, the less time will the move take and the less money you will need to spend. For more information about local moving tips and secrets, be sure to contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
There are many complexities and stages involved with long distance moving. By understanding the various stages involved, contacting movers on time, packing and arranging correctly and avoiding scams, you can improve your moving experience and cut down on your moving costs.
In this latest Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we examine a few tips and trade secrets that will help you with your coming long distance move.
Contact Potential Movers Early
The sooner you contact potential movers, the better. Not only does long distance moving require plenty of preparation time, you may actually be able to get better rates and cut down on the costs by scheduling early. Add the fact that you’ll be able to do some of the packing yourself over the weeks preceding the move and you’ll agree that contacting the movers at least six to eight weeks in advance is the right decision to make.
Make Proper Arrangements at the Destination Location
Most long distance moves will take between seven to twenty one days to be delivered. This means that you will need to make proper arrangements at the destination and find yourself a place of temporary residence.
Make sure that you take all the essential documents and medication as well as other essentials you will require for the days and weeks of waiting.
Avoid Brokers and Unknown Companies
Try to avoid brokers and unfamiliar companies for long distance moves. Most times, such companies will simply subcontract your long distance move, which means you will lose control over the delivery procedure and may be forced to pay much more for services rendered.
Many customers prefer to do some or all of the packing themselves. Some do it because of the costs involved, others simply because they prefer to prepare and arrange their own boxes. If you’ve decided to do self packing, the following tips will help you to get better results and avoid possible damages.
Getting Proper Packing Materials
The first question that comes up is where to get packing materials. It is highly recommended to use only new boxes, designed specifically for moving and transportation. Getting used boxes at the supermarket may save you some money, but it might end up causing you damages.
The easiest way to get packing materials is to search online for a specialized company that delivers materials to your door, or simply to contact your mover and ask for a box delivery. Alpha Moving and Storage provides the service of selling packing materials on or before the day of the move. For further information, please contact your relocation consultant.
Follow the instructions of your movers or box providers. Use boxes for their specific uses. Don’t stack heavy items such as books in large boxes, or small items in large ones without filling them up.
If you prefer to pack your own dishes, use dish packs and remember to wrap each item with white paper of newspapers. Glass surfaces must be covered with bubble wrap and electronic equipment should be protected and boxed up.
Your mover should be able to provide you with blankets on the moving day to wrap and protect all non-breakables such as sofas and tables with no glass or marble surfaces.
We often speak of services and information that your mover needs to provide you with, and for a good reason. But, for a move to be successful, the communication needs to work both ways and there are definitely things that fall under the customer’s responsibility.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will take a look at some essential information you must provide your mover with in order to experience a successful relocation.
Inventories and Inventory Updates
It goes without saying that you need to provide your mover with a precise inventory list. That being said, many customers make the mistake of not updating their mover about inventory changes.
Let’s say, for example, that you are about to perform a long distance move. Removing a single item, such as a sofa, will definitely change the weight or volume of your shipment. Failing to report such a change to your movers may result in price fluctuations.
Pick Up and Delivery Information
When it comes to moving, every little detail about your pick up and destination location might influence the moving conditions and even the moving price. Provide your mover with all the relevant information regarding access, flights of stairs, elevators and elevator restrictions, gated community details, certificates of insurance and so forth.
Be as detailed as possible. Sometimes, details that seem of little or no importance to you may prove to have a crucial importance for the movers. If you’re unsure about some of the information you need to provide, check with your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant in order to receive additional details and information.
So you’ve finished the research stages and ended with about three to five companies from which to choose your actual mover. What now? How do you select the most suitable company for your needs?
Let’s take a look at a few things you need to check before making your actual selection.
Making Sure you are dealing with an Experienced Mover
Remember, all moving companies, good or bad, will claim to be amazing service providers. It is your responsibility to check and double check the validity of their claims. The first thing to check, especially if you are moving long distance or if storage is involved, that the mover you are considering actually specializes in the type of relocation need.
Long distance moves require not only knowledge and experience, but proper connections and manpower at the destination location. Don’t hesitate and ask for specific details about the estimated delivery time and the number of movers utilized for both pick up and delivery.
Making sure all the Information is Correct and Accurate
Long distance moving is normally charged according to weight or space. Either way, your final inventory will determine the cost of your move. Therefore, when scheduling your move, you need to make sure that your mover has all the correct information and correct inventory lists.
Update your mover about any inventory changes, whether you’ve decided to add items or to remove them from your inventory.
Remember, checking the experience of your potential mover and making sure that it has all the correct and updated information can actually help you to experience a better move and cut down costs.
A good mover can make all the difference, not only between a stress-free move and a terrible experience, but also between a cost effective move and an expensive one. This makes a thorough examination of your potential mover absolutely essential.
Let’s examine a few basic things you’ll need to do in order to check the reputation of your mover and make sure it has the knowledge, experience and reputation you need.
Verifying Promises and Checking Reputation
All movers will claim to be reputable, have a fleet of trucks and ultra-modern headquarters. You, the customer is the one who must check the validity of their claims, both by visiting the mover’s facilities and checking its reputation online.
A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau. Make sure your mover is registered with the Better Business Bureau and had a decent rating.
Next, you can check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation that all the license numbers you’ve been provided with all legit and that there are no complaints or violations registered.
Stay Clear of Prices that are too good to be true
If the price you’ve received from a mover is significantly lower than average, you should be extremely cautious with your decision. All companies have the same expenses, so while there can definitely be price fluctuations, it doesn’t make sense for a price to be fifty percent lower than all others. Many times, the companies involved will find excuses to double and triple the price on the actual moving date.
Every mover has its own way of presenting estimates and moving price quotes. However, no matter what relocation service you intend to use and what type of moving service you need, the same essential information must always be provided to you.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage we’ll provide you a brief summary of the essential information you must insist your mover provides you with.
Information Regarding your Mover
All movers must provide you with their license numbers and exact address. Don’t settle for PO boxes, general storage addressed or any other variation that’s not an exact physical address.
The license numbers you’ll be provided with, will allow you to run a check on the mover and make sure it is legit.
The mover must also tell you how many men will be coming to perform your move, and an estimated delivery time for long distance moving.
If storage is involved, all storage fees and the storage address must be mentioned in the estimate.
Information Regarding your Estimate
The estimates you receive must always include a list of all possible extra charges, including packing and packing materials.
The estimate must also make clear how it had been calculated. Make sure the basic charge unit, whether cubic feet or weight for long distance moving, or hourly fee for local moving, is clearly marked on the contract to avoid any misunderstandings.
Also, the estimate must include both pick up and destination locations and any other specific information discussed and agreed upon between the customer and the relocation consultant.
It’s no secret that moving can be a difficult experience for children and teenagers. Having to deal with a new environment and a new school, leaving friends behind and the stress of needing to make new friends are all issues that should be addressed by parents.
Here are a few things you could do in order to try and make the process of moving a bit easier on your children.
Make your Children a Part of the Process
Whatever the reasons for the relocation are, try to share them with your children, according to their age and abilities.
If the move doesn’t seem like an arbitrary decision by the parents, but a logical step, coping with it just might get a little easier.
Listen to your Children’s Concerns
Demonstrate empathy for your children’s concerns. Things that may seem trivial or easy to cope with for you as an adult may be extremely difficult for a child or a teenager. It is important that you speak to them and support them. The more you listen, the more they’d be willing to share their feelings, trust you and accept the relocation.
Give your Children Time to Adjust
Be prepared to allow your children a period of several weeks or even several months of adjustment. Be understanding and prepared to accept moodiness and melancholy as a natural reaction.
The question of how to reduce moving costs is on the mind of most people needing to relocate. The costs involved can accumulate to very large sums indeed and every dollar counts. This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post provides a few essential tips that can help you to reduce moving costs.
Do you really need it?
The more you move, the more you pay. This simple, obvious truth often eludes you when the time comes to move, because of the stress involved.
When you’re moving, it’s time to get rid of everything you don’t need, and a lot of things you may think you need, but actually do not.
If moving long distance, compare the price of purchasing heavy or bulky items to the price of moving them. Sometimes, it’s just not worth it.
Packing and Preparing
Doing some of the packing yourself and preparing items for the move by breaking them up or bundling them together can also help to reduce moving costs.
You can request your mover to deliver boxes to your house or purchase boxes online.
Go room by room and create a checklist of things you can pack and prepare yourself, as well as things you can sort out, sell or leave behind.
Also, check with your mover if moving mid-month or midweek reduces the cost of the relocation charges. Most moves take place either during the weekend or during the end of the months. Because of that, moving companies might be willing to offer lower rates for available dates, if you’re flexible with your moving schedule, you just might be able to reduce your moving costs.
If moving is stressful, last minute moving can be almost impossibly intense. Work or education related situations may leave you with no other choice, sometimes leaving you only with a day or two to find movers.
Luckily, many large and reputable moving service providers, Alpha Moving and Storage included, offer last minute moving services. With some careful research and correct decision making, your last minute move might just become a pleasant surprise.
Making Correct Decisions for your Last Minute Move
The fact that you need to move last minute doesn’t mean that you need to place your goods in the hands of a disreputable moving company. It will probably be less expensive to store your items than to fall at the wrong hands.
Even if you need to move last minute, make sure you are dealing with a reputable, licensed moving company.
Contacting the Right Company
It will be easier for companies in your immediate area to add your move to their current schedule. Large moving companies might be able to use one of their trucks to conduct an afternoon last-minute pick up on its way back from a morning move. If your last minute move needs to take place at the end of the month or during the summer months, take into consideration some flexibility regarding the pick-up time might be needed.
Some companies will give you a window of time for the movers to show up, as they will need to send one of the crews only once it will be finished with a morning move.
Undoubtedly, packing is one of the most important aspects of any move. It doesn’t matter whether you are about to conduct a local or a long distance move, unless your goods are properly packed, there’s a good chance you might incur damages.
This Alpha Moving and Storage post offers some essential information about packing, packing materials and packing charges.
Packing Materials Available for your Use
Almost all moving companies offer free blankets for wrapping and protecting wooden furniture and non-breakables. The blankets are wrapped around the items, then taped from the outside to that the item will be hermetically sealed.
Movers can offer you various sizes and types of boxes. There are book boxes, for packing books and files, dish boxes, for packing dishes, glasses and kitchenware, mattress boxes for packing mattresses, electronic and television boxes and wardrobe boxes for packing coats, jackets and dresses.
Bubble wrap is used to cover glass items and electronic equipment before they are placed in their boxes. White paper is used to cover glasses, plates and fragile kitchenware. Cardboard crates are created by the movers for odd-sized breakable items.
Charges for Packing
Packing charges can be determined in advance when an on-sight estimator arrives to your house, or calculated on the moving day according to actual usage. It is recommended to decide in advance whether you would like to do some or all of the packing by yourself. If you need full packing services, it is recommended to inform the mover in advance. A supply of packing materials is always available on the Alpha Moving and Storage trucks for last minute packing.
It’s one thing to take a look at a moving estimate and check the bottom line price, it’s quite another thing to understand it. Some people make the mistake of checking only the bottom line price without reading the fine print, checking the basic charge unit or asking questions about extra charges.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll need to check when looking at a moving estimate and before making your final decision about which relocation company to choose.
Not all Estimates are the same
There are several types of estimates and it is important to understand they are not all the same. The best way to go is to get an on-site estimate from a local moving company. The relocation consultant who will arrive to your house will provide you with a binding estimate, including the extra costs for packing and packing materials.
A non-binding estimate uses a basic charge unit, per hour, for local moves and per pound or per cubic foot for long distance moves. In the case of non-binding estimates, it is best to compare the basic charge unit rather than the bottom line price.
Reading the Fine Print
Check what’s included and what’s not included in the price. If packing and packing materials are not included, make sure to inquire about possible charges. Also, compare the charges various movers have for extra services that might be required, such as a certificate of insurance, long-carry and stairs. Reading about such extra charges and comparing the fees in advance could possibly save you hundreds of dollars.
Once you’ve selected several moving companies and collected several quotes comes the difficult task of selecting one. Some people find this to be the hardest decision to make. In this post we will try to make your lives a bit easier and provide you some tips about deciding which company to use.
Let’s start with the most obvious parameter – price. Actually, comparing prices is not as easy as it sounds. The bottom line prices are based on weight, space or hourly estimates. One company might estimate a lower number of hours or a lesser weight, making the estimate price tumble, but the bottom line price on the day of the move skyrocket. This is why you should compare the basic charge units and not the bottom line price. If the basic charge unit is not mentioned on the estimate, be sure to ask your mover for the rate per hour, pound or cubic foot it will be using and get it in writing.
Again, this might sound easy, but is sometimes more complex than it sounds. Various companies offer self-storage addresses and other strange addresses as their ‘local headquarters’. Make sure the company you are considering is really local and not a company situated hundreds of miles away.
Read and re-read your estimate to make sure you understand all the fine details. Check what’s include in the price and specifically inquire about packing and special charges for long carry, flights of stairs, elevator use and so on. Sometimes, a company that charges slightly higher will provide you with a much better value for your money.
It’s no secret that some moving companies are more reputable than others, but all movers present themselves as the best there is. In order to avoid uncomfortable surprises, it is highly recommended that you conduct careful research about the moving company, its reputation, its past and its location.
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post provides a few more tips that will assist you in making sure you’re dealing with the right type of company.
Researching your Mover – Where should you start?
The first thing to do is make sure you are actually dealing with a legitimate moving company and not with a fly-by-night operation that may disappear after your goods have been loaded onto the truck.
Ask for the mover’s license numbers and make sure it provides you with a physical address that’s not a self-storage facility or a home address. The federal motor carrier safety administration and the Department of Transportation have searchable databases in which you can get more information.
Checking the Physical Location and Requesting References
As mentioned quite a few times in the Alpha Moving and Storage blog, the best choice for your move is always a local mover. Prefer companies whose headquarters are located in your area. This will make it easier for you to visit the facilities and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate mover.
References are also important. Ask to see references from customers that successfully used the company’s services in the past. If possible, the references should relate to the same type of move you are about to perform, local, long distance and so forth.
It may also be a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau record of the mover you are considering.
Educating yourself about the moving industry before actually making decisions about which company to use, will help you to experience a more successful move. This post will briefly examine the way most movers operate in the local and long distance moving industries.
Understanding Local Moving
Local Moving is normally calculated according to an hourly cost. The cost per hour is determined according to the number of movers necessary for the move. According to the size of the move, relocation companies would normally use between two to five movers.
Charges are calculated according to the time it would take to load the truck, drive to the destination and off-load. Travel time, which is normally a one hour fee, is added to compensate for the time it would take the movers to return to their local headquarters.
Packing materials, such as boxes, bubble wrap and white paper, is used, are available for an additional cost. Most movers provide free blankets for wrapping wooden furniture sofas and so forth.
Understanding Long Distance Moving
The logistics of long distance moving are more complex than those of local moving.
Charges are based on the amount of weight or volume that your shipment would take on the moving truck. Actual transportation to another state is done by 50 foot tractor trailers, which means several shipments are combined.
Because of the complexity and longer duration of long distance moving, careful packing is extremely important. Professional moving companies will be able to offer you full packing services. In such cases, the movers bring all the boxes and packing materials you might need and pack the entire contents of your house, furniture, boxes and electronic equipment.
In a time in which a simple web search for movers can give you hundreds of results, some people will collect dozens of estimates from potential movers. The more estimates you collect, the more confused you may become. Various methods of calculation and a wide range of prizes may make it almost impossible to make an educated selection.
Let’s look at some essential facts that will help you to compare moving estimates and made an educated decision about your local or long distance relocation.
Limiting your Estimates and Making Correct Comparisons
Instead of getting your estimates based on general web searches, it is better to limit your searches to a few local and reputable companies. Our recommendation is to concentrate on about three to four reputable companies.
Once you end up getting all the estimates, try to concentrate on the basic charge unit the various service providers provided you with. This is more important than the bottom line price, because the final charges will be based on the actual weight, space or number of hours the move will take.
Reading the Fine Print and Asking about Special Charges
Read the entire estimate, including the so called ‘fine print’ before you make a decision. Make sure that you have definite moving plans before placing your reservation. Decisions about packing and storage should ideally be done before hand so that the movers would provide you with a final and accurate price.
Your final decision should be based on comparing rates, extra charges, and of course, the reputation and previous experience of the company you are considering.
Proper communication with your relocation service provider is essential in order for you to experience a stress-free and successful move.
This Alpha Moving and Storage “Essential Information” blog post lists some of the most important information that you will need to provide your movers.
Preliminary Information you should provide your Mover With
Information about the Moving Process
Obviously, you should begin with the type of move you plan to do, the pickup and destination points and the date of your move.
It is our recommendation to decide in advance whether you would like the movers to pack for you or do the packing by yourself, and provide that information to your relocation consultant.
If you cannot receive the delivery at the destination point right away, make sure to mention it to the mover and check about storage options. Alpha Moving and Storage provides both long and short term storage options, from overnight to monthly invoiced storage plans.
Information about your pickup and Delivery Points
Make sure you provide your mover all the relevant information about both pickup and delivery points. If you have flights of stairs, difficult access, parking issues, make sure you notify your relocation service provider about them.
If you live in an apartment complex or a gated community, check with your building or complex management about the relevant moving procedures and provide them to your relocation service provider in advance.
The more detailed information you provide your mover with, the better. Providing accurate and timely information will ensure a smooth and stress-free move.
Selecting a relocation company may prove to be one of the most difficult moving tasks. After gathering several estimates, this supposedly simple task can prove to be very confusing, sometimes almost impossibly so.
This latest “Essential Moving Tips” blog post provides some useful tips that will help you to make this important decision.
Knowing where to Look
The best way to go is to concentrate on three to four reputable companies. If you start gathering dozens of estimates things will only get confusing and might end up getting involved with the wrong type of mover.
Ask friends, check the Better Business Bureau and make sure you’re dealing with actual movers and not with brokers.
Knowing how to Compare
Don’t compare bottom line prices. Compare basic charge units, services provided and additional fees, such as charges for packing and packing materials. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions that appear on your estimate. If you don’t understand something, don’t hesitate to ask. It’s better than being surprised when the time to pay the moving bill comes.
Knowing how to Choose
When the time comes to choose, make sure the finalist is both reputable and has provided you with all the information you need. Check and double check the terms and conditions on your estimate, including the ‘fine print’ and ask detailed questions about possible extra charges. Having a company representative visit your house and provide you with an on-site estimate is always recommended. Finally, make sure you deal with a specific relocation consultant you feel comfortable with and can consult at any time.
Packing is one of the most important aspects of any move, local, long distance, commercial or international. Even for a move round the corner, careful packing is essential in order to guarantee the safe delivery of all furniture and other goods. This Alpha Moving and Storage “Essential Moving Tips” post will briefly discuss some of the most important facts about packing and packing materials.
The Difference between Professional Packing and Self Packing
Is there a difference between professional packing, done by movers, and self packing that you yourself will do? The answer, of course, is yes. There’s a lot of difference.
Movers use boxes and materials that were designed to fit and protect your dishes, books, clothes, electronic equipment and so forth.
Additionally, movers have the know-how and the experience to protect delicate and breakable items. It’s better to invest a bit more and have professional movers take care of the packing for you than incur damages and receive broken items.
Different Types of Packing Materials
Wardrobe-boxes, dish-packs, book-boxes, television and electronic-boxes, these are only some of the specially designed boxes you could find with professional moving companies. Even if you decide to do some of the packing yourself, you should still use such boxes and materials. You can order them online from various companies that specialize in selling moving boxes and materials.
Alternatively, you could ask Alpha Moving and Storage to perform a box delivery and bring boxes, bubble-wrap and other materials to your doorstep.
For more information about packing, packing materials, boxes and box-deliveries, contact your Alpha Moving and Storage Relocation consultant.
Local Moving may sound easier and quicker than long distance relocation, but it shares many of the complexities involved with state to state moving.
This newest “Essential Moving Tips” article will provide you some useful tips for local moving.
Scheduling your Local Move
Just because it’s “local” doesn’t mean that you should wait for the very last minute to reserve your move. Many people make the mistake of not scheduling a few weeks in advance. Especially during the summer months, reputable movers will get booked up very quickly. If you need to move at the end of the month or on a weekend, make sure the reputable mover you are considering is available and schedule your move a few weeks in advance.
Packing for Local Moving
What’s true about scheduling your move is just as true about packing your belongings. Even if your goods are just moving to the nearest town, unless you pack them properly you are running the risk of incurring damages. Glass items, dishes, books, electronic equipment and delicates should all be properly packed.
Make sure that the mover you are considering has enough experience in providing packing services.
If you decide to do the packing yourself, order quality materials and new boxes that are intended for moving.
Sorting Out Furniture
Even if you are moving locally, you shouldn’t just throw everything on the truck. Sort out your inventory by preparing lists and get rid of unnecessary furniture and ‘junk’ that had accumulated over the years. This will make your move quicker, easier and more cost effective.
With this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we begin a new series of brief articles called “Essential Moving”. This series will present various aspects of moving and provide easy to understand tips and explanations.
We’ll begin with tips for long distance moving.
Things to Consider Before Moving Long Distance
Because of the complexities entailed with long distance moving, it is best to decide about all matters relating to packing, inventory selections and decisions, and timing in advance.
Especially for larger moves, the decision about packing should ideally take place at least four weeks before the actual moving time. This will allow you enough time to order boxes and do the packing yourself, or make all the necessary arrangements to have a mover do the packing for you.
Things to Consider while Selecting a Long Distance Relocation Service
Check and double check that the mover you are dealing with has enough experience is doing long distance moving. It would be a good idea to physically check the mover’s facilities to make sure everything is on the up and up and that it has all the trucks and equipment.
You should check not only who will perform the pick up, but also who will be conducting the long distance delivery.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should make sure, by checking license numbers, that you are dealing with a mover and not with a brokerage firm that will subcontract your long distance relocation to a third party without your knowledge.
We’ve already discussed the importance of locating a reputable local mover a few times in our Alpha Moving and Storage blog. In this new post, we will offer you practical ways to actually locate such a mover and to make sure that it can handle the type of relocation you need.
Checking your Local Listings
When you search for a moving company, the first few results you will see are for local companies. Google provides you with actual addresses and maps of such local businesses, along with reviews, Google + page links and other relevant information. This is a good place in which to start looking for your local mover.
That being said, you still need to be careful and verify that the location and details provided by the moving company are correct.
Getting Local References and Checking for Community Involvement
When asking for references from your moving company, check and see if it can provide you with local references from people from your state, area or city who’ve used their services in the past. Also, a lot of local service providers are involved with local community services, charities and organizations. A socially involved local service provider is exactly what you’re looking for.
Make sure that the local mover you are considering has enough experience with the particular type of local or long distance move you are looking to perform.
If you check for local Google listings, ask for local references and look for local community connections, you are sure to locate an honest local mover that will provide you quality service.
The internet has made it very easy to receive a large number of estimates. Filling a simple online form is all that’s necessary for getting a long distance moving estimate. But receiving many estimates has its disadvantages. The prices range from the very low to the extremely high, the terms are often confusing and the way in which the estimates are presented is different.
This newest Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, offers some simple ways to compare long distance moving estimates you will receive from various relocation service providers.
Comparing Apples to Apples
If you end up comparing only bottom line prices, you may end up making the wrong selections. It is very important to try and compare the basic charge units that various service providers are offering you. The rate per pound or the rate per cubic foot should be clearly mentioned on your estimate.
In order to compare weight and space based charge units, you can simply multiply or divide by seven. This should give you a pretty balanced idea of how the various estimates compare to one another.
Checking the amount of Weight or Space you were estimated with
Some companies may provide you with a low weight or space estimate to make the bottom line price artificially appear lower. Use the various charge unites you’ve received from the various movers in order to realistically compare prices.
It is also essential to check all the other terms and conditions, such as rates for packing and packing materials, fees for difficult access, certificates of insurance and so on.
Long distance moving preparations can be tiring and time consuming. The complexities involved with long distance moving may entail weeks of packing, inventorying, sorting and arranging.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will present you with a few simply time saving tips you will easily be able to utilize in order to save time and experience an easier and quicker long distance moving process.
Allowing your Mover to Pack foryou
Packing, and especially packing for long distance moving, can takes days or even weeks. Full packing services may add to the price of the move, but they can save you days of valuable time. Moving companies are able to provide a service in which you pack absolutely nothing at all.
The movers arrive with specially designed boxes, white paper, bubble wrap, tapes and everything else needed in order to pack your house from top to button. In addition to saving time, professional full packing, done by professionals, is also a much safer way to move and will decrease the chances of damages.
Working on a Definite Moving Plan with your Relocation Consultant
Your relocation consultant can actually help you in saving time and properly plan your moving schedule. Try to contact a relocation consultant and schedule a move a few good weeks before the actual moving day. Then work on a step by step moving plan with your consultant. This may assist you in avoiding unnecessary preparations, deciding which items you should get rid of and deciding on a definite self packing or full packing plan.
In our previous Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we discussed the subject of finding out more about the reputation of a moving company. One of our recommendations was to select a local company in your immediate area. But how can you make sure you’re actually dealing with a local company? Let’s take a look at a few simple actions that will allow you to check your potential mover’s location.
Double Check the Address
Some companies will provide you a PO box or the address of a self storage facility in the area as their local address. Normally, that’s not really a good sign. You should check the address listed with the various moving regulating authorities. You may also want to actually pay a visit to your local mover’s headquarters.
A large local company should have equipped facilities and a proper storage facility. If the company is trying to avoid allowing from visiting their offices, it should probably turn off your warning bells.
Especially for larger sized moves, it is our strong recommendation to have a local company representative come over, inspect your goods and provide you with a written estimate.
Make Sure you Deal with an Actual Mover and not a Broker
Moving brokers will provide you an estimate and even reserve a move for you and then simply offer it to the highest bidding mover. This basically means that you end up using a company you know absolutely nothing about. Some brokers may provide you with local addresses, so it’s up to you to do some in-depth research and make sure the address you are provided with is that of an actual mover.
Every moving company that you will contact regarding your upcoming local or long distance move, will crown itself as the most reputable, trustworthy and cost effective since relocation truck wheels were invented. So how can you actually tell the good from the not so good?
In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we will take a look at some proven methods that may help you to find out more about your moving company’s real reputation.
Do your own Research and use Unbiased Sources
As mentioned above, all movers will claim to be reputable, especially the terrible ones… So it’s basically up to you to do some in-depth research.
The best way to go is to use unbiased sources such as the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation. The recommendation is to take off companies that have a lot of complaints and violations from your list of moving companies.
Make sure that the proper license numbers appear on the estimate and contract that the moving company is offering you.
Going Local is Always a Good Idea
When it comes to moving, your best bet is always to use a local company that can send a representative to your house and provide you with an on-site written estimate. Make sure that the company has facilities and resources in your area and that it has the necessary trucks and equipment to perform the type of move you require. It may also be a good idea to ask for local references and pay a visit to the company’s headquarters in your area.
While the recommended way to prepare for a move is to plan ahead and begin the preparations at least six to eight weeks in advance, people many times find themselves in a situation in which they need to perform a last minute move. Work constraints, last minute changes and unexpected events can all lead you to a situation in which you have a week, or even less, to plan and execute a move.
Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in last minute moving and can offer you practical solutions for local and long distance relocation.
Packing and Relocation Last Minute Moving Solutions
Especially for larger moves, when you need to move last minute, you have a very limited amount of time, sometimes no time at all, to do your own packing. Alpha Moving and Storage offers practical last minute moving packing solutions. One of our specialties is full packing.
The movers arrive on the day of the move or on a previously scheduled packing day, with all the boxes and materials you may need. They then proceed to perform full packing, including kitchen items, electronic equipment, glassware and glass furniture parts and so on.
Scheduling a Last Minute Move
We try to provide a flexible schedule, even during the busy summer months. Our local facilities and fleet of well equipped trucks allow us to do last minute moving during the early morning and late afternoon hours, according to the customer’s choice.
If you have a last minute move in the New Jersey area, don’t hesitate to give an Alpha Moving representative a call to check for availability, time frames and full packing options.
With dozens of moving service providers competing for your business and advertizing themselves on the internet, selecting a relocation company can become a daunting task. However, posing a few basic questions and answering them in an orderly manner, can actually help you to select a mover with ease.
Let’s take a look at a few of these basic questions.
Reputation and Location of the Service Provider
Almost all movers that you will see in your internet search will present themselves as local and highly reputable. You need to do a thorough background check in order to make sure this is actually the case.
Company reputations should be checked through unbiased websites and sources, such as the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. It can also be helpful to request references from customers who’d undergone similar moves to the ones you are about to make.
Check that the local address you’ve received is genuine. You may also want to pay an actual visit to the mover’s headquarters to make sure everything is on the up and up.
Selecting the Right Mover
Your relocation service provider should be experienced in the particular type of move you need to perform. Check and double check, especially if you need long distance moving services, that your mover has the necessary facilities, manpower and resources in both pick up and destination locations.
If the mover offers you storage services, make sure your goods will actually be stored in their facilities and not in a self-storage facility.
Creating a well organized moving schedule list will help you to save both time and money for your coming relocation. Starting your preparations early enough, creating a daily task list and contacting your relocation provider six to eight weeks in advance, will ensure a relatively stress-free experience.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will examine how you can create an organized task list that will help you to cut down expenses and experience a more comfortable relocation.
Creating Various Moving Lists
You should create a general moving task-list, as well as several lists that will assist you in organizing all the relocation-related assignments.
The first is a dated list with all tasks, such as – contacting movers, making decisions about packing, finalizing your moving dates and services and taking care of transferring all services and utility-services from the pick up to the destination.
Creating Detailed Daily Task Lists
Inventorying and packing are the two major and most time consuming tasks related to the move. You should begin with creating a detailed inventory list. Go room by room and write down all the items, mentioning ones that should be packed and ones you are yet uncertain whether or not you will be taking.
Then you can create a daily packing list that will allow you to do just a little bit of wrapping and packing every day, while continuing with your normal daily routine.
Such detailed list should be joined to the general task list and will assist you in providing accurate information to your movers.
We’ve all heard the stories about corrupt relocation services and estimates that ‘magically’ doubled or triples on the day of the move. Of course, selecting a reputable moving company will help you to avoid such uncomfortable situations, but there are also preparations and processes that can help you to receive an accurate estimate. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we’ll take a look at some of them.
Choosing a Local Relocation Company
Only a local moving company with an actual headquarters and facilities in your area will be able to send a relocation consultant on location and provide you with a better and more accurate estimate.
Especially for larger moves, it is essential for someone to actually inspect the inventory to be moved, make decisions about packing and consult you with various on-location decisions the movers will need to make.
Providing Precise Information and Updating Changes
In order for the estimate to be accurate, the information you’re providing needs to be accurate as well. Be as precise as you can, don’t forget to mention items you are still undecided about, don’t forget to mention difficult access, elevator hours, building complex or gated community restrictions or any other information that might influence the work of the movers.
You also need to carefully consider your packing needs and tell the relocation consultant, in an advance, about the items you wish to be packed.
Finally, be sure to update your relocation consultant with any changes that might influence the move, such as inventory changes and new information about the destination location.
Being aware of the necessary preparations for local moving and creating a detailed list of tasks for the relocation, can save you both time and money. It can also help you experience a more relaxed, stress-free local relocation experience.
This Alpha Moving and Storage post explored some of the essential preparations you should do for your local move.
Before Contacting your Local Mover
Start working on your inventory list before contacting your local mover. Going room by room and writing all the items to be moved, will assist you in getting rid of unnecessary stuff, make more educated decisions about packing and provide your relocation company with accurate information.
It can also actually reduce the cost of the move, as you’ll get rid of unnecessary items and allow the movers to complete the relocation in less time.
Contacting your Local Mover
Ideally, you should contact your local mover about six to eight weeks before the moving date. Provide the relocation company with the detailed inventory you’ve created and make decisions about packing. If you’re in need of storage, be sure to inquire about long and short term storage options.
Scheduling your Local Move
About four weeks before your actual moving date, you should contact your mover to set up the date and the time. By that time, you should also make all the other relevant decisions such as whether you would like the movers to pack for you and what items you should leave behind. Of course, Alpha Moving and Storage is also able to perform last minute moving services. Please contact one of our relocation consultants for further information about last minute moving.
It is no secret that long distance moving can be an expensive process. However, proper planning and using the assistance of a professional relocation company can definitely assist you in reducing the cost of the move.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will examine a few simple things you can do in order to try and reduce your moving costs.
Managing and Reducing your Inventory
Organizing your inventory can actually do wonders to reduce your relocation expenses. Because the basic long distance charge unit is based on their weight or space, inventory management is much more important than in local moving.
Sorting out your belongings, selling old paperbacks, throwing stuff from the garage you no longer need, even going through your paperwork, these can all add up to take off a lot of weight or space. You’d be amazed how many things you’ll end up selling, donating or throwing away.
Managing your Moving Schedule
The sooner you contact a long distance relocation company and begin with the preparations, the better. Especially during the summer months, last minute moving rate are highly expensive. Also, starting early will give you more time to do some of the packing yourself. Consulting with your relocation company about which materials to use and what items you can pack yourself, can definitely help in reducing costs.
You should also be careful with the estimates you are receiving. Make sure you compare apples to apples and check the basic charge unit, per pound or per cubic foot that each individual service provider offers you.
Sorting out your belongings, starting the process early, doing some packing yourself and carefully comparing estimates can definitely do the job and help you in reducing long distance moving costs.
We’re often asked by customers about the various preparation stages for their long distance relocation. While each move is different, there are still processed and procedures that apply to each and every long distance move. Let’s take a look at the recommended stages for state to state relocation.
Preparing for the Relocation and Contacting a Mover
We recommend beginning the process of searching for a long distance mover approximately six to eight weeks before the anticipated moving date. This will give you enough flexibility to make necessary changes, sort out your inventory, decide whether you want to do the packing by yourself or want the mover to pack for you and so on.
Setting your Moving Preparation Schedule
About four to five weeks before the actual moving date, you should create a list with all the moving tasks. Create a daily schedule with small tasks, including packing, sorting out goods, holding a garage sale and so on. This will allow you to continue with your work and regular daily tasks, while gradually completing your preparations.
Making Decisions about Moving
Selecting your mover should ideally be done at least six weeks prior to your moving date. About four weeks before the moving date, you should also be ready with the rest of your moving-related decisions about packing, storage and inventory lists.
At that time, it is also recommended to create a list of questions for your long distance relocation consultant and make sure everything on the estimate you’ve been given is clear.
In this latest ‘Essential facts you simply must know…’ post we will discuss some important information you need to know before searching for movers online. As basic searches will yield hundreds of results, we think it is highly important to educate consumers about the differences between movers, brokers, index websites and local companies. It is also important to know how to research the reputation and references of the various relocation service providers you may be considering.
Filtering your Initial Search Results
The first thing to do is sort out all the services that do not represent actual moving companies. Checking for Department of Transportation license numbers will do the trick nicely, as brokers and index websites won’t have them.
Then, it is recommended that you sort out all services that do not have a local headquarters in your immediate area.
You should be left with three to six service providers and then move on to the stage in which you search their reputation.
Checking out Reputation and References
A good place to start your reputation checkup in the Better Business Bureau. This is an unbiased source to check about the conduct of relocation service providers you are considering. Also, you can check the Department of Transportation’s and federal motor carrier safety administration’s websites.
Finally, it may also be helpful to ask the mover itself for some references from customers who had recently utilized its services. Try to ask for references that relate to the type of move are about to make, whether its local, long distance or commercial.
In this Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Essential facts you simply must know about…’ we will discuss moving estimates and how you should read and understand them.
The various ways in which moving service providers present moving estimates can get pretty confusing. However, it is important not to look only at the bottom line price and check the details and possible extra fees.
Checking the Basic Charge Unit
The most common mistake people do when checking moving estimates has to do with checking only the final price. Not checking the basic charge unit and the possible extra fees may result in additional charges.
It doesn’t matter if you are moving local or long distance, the basic charge unit the relocation service provider offers you is crucial for the understanding of your estimate.
Some movers may estimate higher or lower weights of a different number of hours. This will obviously influence the bottom line price. By comparing apples to apples, or in other words, by comparing the basic charge units, you will avoid unnecessary and sometimes very unpleasant surprises on the moving date.
Comparing Additional Fees
It is also important to read the ‘fine print’ and familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of the estimate and possible additional fees. Packing will play a major part in most relocations. Each and every mover charges a bit differently for packing services. Receiving prices for boxes, materials and packing labor in advance, will help you in making an educated decision about whether you should do your own packing or allow the moving company to do the packing for you.
Welcome back to the Alpha Moving and Storage ‘Essential facts you simply must know about moving’ series of blog posts. This time, we’ll take a look at some important facts concerning the selection of a local moving company.
Why is it Important to Utilize the Services of a Local Mover?
While searching the internet for moving services, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between local movers in your area, large movers with several bases, brokers and index websites.
Why is it important to do some research and be able to tell the difference?
A local company will be familiar with the area of the required pick up. It will be able to send a representative to your house and provide you with an accurate estimate.
Local movers will also be able to set up an exact time for the pickup. You may also pay a visit to the local company’s headquarters and storage facilities and sign any potential deal on location.
Why is it Important to tell the Difference between Actual Local Movers and other Service Providers?
Some of the web results you will receive will be for brokers and index websites. Brokers are services that will provide you with an estimate, schedule a pick up and then transfer your details and the move itself to a different moving company.
Index websites simply take some basic information, such as move size, name and phone number, and transfer it to several relocation services.
Obviously, using a local, reputable moving company is always a much better option than utilizing the services of brokers of unfamiliar non-local companies.
In this Alpha Moving and storage ‘Some essential facts you simply must know about…’ post, we will discuss packing and packing materials.
A certain level of packing is necessary for almost every move, local and long distance, and therefore, it is highly beneficial to gain a better understanding of the processes involved.
The Difference between Blanket Wrapping and Packing
Alpha Moving and Storage provides blanket wrapping services for local moves, free of charge. Blanket wrapping is done for non-breakable items of furniture such as sofas and tables without glass or marble surfaces. The blankets are wrapped around the item of furniture, then are taped on the outer blanket side, so the item will be hermetically sealed.
Blanket wrapping is not used for breakable items, electronic equipment, tables with glass or marble tops and other such similar items. Such items are placed in specially designed boxes.
In some cases, mostly when glass and electronic equipment are involved, the items will be bubble wrapped before placed into the boxes. Shrink wrap is also used when necessary, as well as white paper for dishes, glasses and similar breakable items.
How Most Movers Charge for Packing and Packing Labor
Movers have set fees for their packing materials, such as boxes and bubble wrap. When custom-built wooden crates are needed, the movers will provide a price for the building of the crate in advance. Most movers will also charge for the labor of packing, the amount of time the movers will spend in packing your delicate items and furniture.
Welcome back to the ‘Essential facts you must simply know about…’ series of posts from Alpha Moving and Storage. This time, we will take a look at local moving and examine some various basic facts you should know before your coming move.
How Local Moving is performed by Most Service Providers
Since local moving is mostly finished in a single day, the vast majority of movers apply an hourly fee. When you call to receive an estimate, your relocation consultant will offer you a rate per hour that will cover the basic costs of the move, without packing.
This hourly rate depends on the amount of movers required for your local move. Based on the size of your inventory and your access conditions, your relocation consultant may assign any number of movers, normally from two to six, for your move.
In some cases, a single truck will not be enough to contain all your goods, and two trucks will be assigned to finish the move in a single trip.
Hourly Calculations, Travel Time and Packing Fees
Based on your hourly rate, you will be charged for the time it takes to load, drive to the destination and offload the goods. You will also be charged for travel time, which is normally the same amount of time it took to drive from pick up to destination with a minimum of one hour. This is charged for the time it will take the movers to go back to the warehouse.
As in all other types of moves, packing and packing materials, if needed, will be separately charged.
Welcome to a new series of posts from Alpha Moving and Storage called ‘Some essential facts you simply must know about…’. In each of these posts, we’ll examine a different topic that we feel is absolutely essential for a better understanding of the moving industry and how it works.
The first topic we’ll take a look at is long distance moving. Here are some essential facts you simply must know about long distance moving.
How Long Distance Moving is performed by Various Companies
Almost all long distance moving is transported to the destination with the aid of 50’ tractor trailers. This means that several moving shipments will be combined, each one separately inventoried and numbered to avoid confusion.
The vast majority of movers will provide you with estimates based on weight or space charges.
Once again, this is due to the fact the shipments share a single trailer and therefore, the percentage of the trailer load they take must be calculated.
How Long Distance Charges are calculated
With weight based estimates, the local moving truck, picking up the goods, is weighed before and after it is loaded in order to calculate the exact weight. The weight is them multiplied by a pre-agreed upon rate per pound.
With space based estimates, the amount of the space the goods will take on the local moving truck will be measured. The cubic footage will be multiplied by a pre-agreed upon rate per cubic foot.
Additional charges may be incurred if the customer requires assistance with packing and packing materials or in cases in which difficult access is involved.
Everyone knows how expensive long distance moving can be. Some long distance moving will require storage, professional full packing and other services which may increase costs. So how can the price of your long distance moving be lowered?
Let’s take a look at a few simple things you can do to lower the price of your relocation.
Avoid ‘Bargain’ prices.
This may seem as a paradox, how can you save by not going with the cheapest offers? In actuality, when you receive prices that are extremely low, it normally means you’re dealing with a shady company that will increase the price on the moving date.
By getting prices only from reputable companies, preferably with an agent actually visiting your house and providing you an estimate in writing, you’ll avoid paying all those unexpected, last minute ‘price increases’ and end up saving a lot of money.
Once you secure a reputable mover, check with your relocation consultant what you can and cannot do yourself in order to try and lower the costs. Check what items you can pack, what materials you need for packing and so forth. By working in coordination with your mover, you will avoid repacking and lower actual costs.
Obviously, getting rid of unneeded furniture after calculating the cost of their moving and transportation is another great way to cut down your relocation costs. You’ll be surprised how much getting rid of some completely unnecessary items can save you.
You may consult with your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant to receive more information about this subject.
Checking your moving and relocation estimate involves a comparison of the final price, the basic charge unit and the terms and conditions. A careful examination of your moving estimate may save you many unnecessary headaches when the time comes to pay for the relocation. This post will show you how to check your moving prices and charge units so you can compare estimates from various companies.
The Bottom Line Price is the Least Important Part of your Estimate
You may raise an eyebrow, but this is absolutely true. The bottom line price is definitely not as important as the basic charge unit and the terms and conditions.
Ill reputable movers are notorious for lowering the amount of weight, volume or hours needed to complete the job in the estimate. This means that they may present you with a highly distorted picture in which the bottom line price is supposedly inexpensive. In actuality, once the day of the move will come, you’ll discover you have more weight or volume and therefore need to pay more, sometimes much more.
This is why you should compare the basic charge units the movers are providing you with: the hourly rate for local moves and the charge per pound or per cubic foot for long distance moves.
Comparing Terms and Conditions
You’ll also need to compare prices for additional services. The main service that can add to the price of the move is packing. Make sure you have a definite packing plan in advance. Ask your mover what packing services are included and not included in the price and compare prices for packing, packing labor and packing materials.
What’s the difference between full and partial moving services? Aren’t all relocation deals supposed to be ‘full service?’ There are a lot of misconceptions about what’s included and what’s not included in moving estimates.
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post will present you with a thorough explanation about full moving and relocation services.
Services Included in Full Service Offers
Full service offers will include both moving and packing, as well as other services such as breaking down items of furniture and putting them together and blanket wrapping.
The movers will bring boxes, bubble wrap and other packing supplies. They will proceed to pack and wrap all items in your house.
Kitchen items, such as plates, mugs and cutlery will be wrapped with white paper and placed in specially designed Dish Boxes.
Mattresses will be placed in Mattress Boxes.
The movers will also be able to pack books and files in appropriately sized book and file boxes.
Electronic equipment and televisions will be placed in boxes or crates once they’re bubble wrapped and blanketed.
The movers will disassemble and reassemble items that can be safely handled in such a way.
All items will be carried, loaded, offloaded and placed in their designated locations in the new residence.
Alpha Moving and Storage offers full service deals for both local and long distance moving. For more information about our offers, you are welcome to contact one of our relocation consultants.
A great moving and relocation estimate is not only about the bottom line price presented to you. A good estimate is also about the terms and conditions, the possible packing fees, the charge per unit and the credibility of the approximation provided you. In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will take a look at some of the factors you need to consider when receiving and comparing estimates.
Looking at the Fine Print
If you’ve received a low bottom line price, it’s important to check the following:
Is this a binding estimate or merely a rough approximation of your weight / volume / amount of hours it will take to complete the move?
What’s not included in the price? Check that possible fees for packing, documentation, handling, possible access issues and so forth are not above industry average.
What happens if you have over the weight / volume / amount of hours appearing on the estimate? Make sure that the basic charge unit is not significantly higher than the industry average.
Low Princes and Credibility Issues
Is the moving price you’ve received is significantly lower than the rates other movers have provided you with, check and double check the credibility of the estimate. If you are dealing with a disreputable relocation service provider, most chances are that the price will significantly increase during the day of the move. Try to avoid using obscure companies without a local base in your area and without doing a thorough background check. Such a background check should include looking into the company’s license numbers, BBB record. You should also request references from customers that have moved in the past few months.
When the time comes to receive your moving estimate, a simple internet search for a local move will provide you with hundreds of results. But are all the movers that come up on the search results actually local? How will you be able to know whether or not they are really located in your immediate area and is it really necessary for your relocation service provider to be local?
In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post, we will attempt to answer these questions and explain why it is important to use a local mover with a headquarters in your immediate area.
Checking that you are dealing with an Actual Mover
The first thing you should do is to check that you are dealing with an actual mover and not with a broker or an index site. Brokers will provide you with a moving estimate and will then offer your move, once you schedule it, to a mover of their choice. Index sites are websites that will ask you to submit your information and will then pass it on to several moving companies.
So always check the licensed numbers and addresses of the movers to make sure they are legitimate.
Checking that you are dealing with an Actual Local Company
Ask for the physical address of the mover. You may also want to visit its offices and warehouses to make sure you are dealing with a large sized company.
A local company will be able to ensure an exact and accurate pick up time, send more movers if needs be, is familiar with the area, parking restrictions, hourly limitations and so on.
No matter whether you are moving local or long distance, selecting a local company with a physical address in your immediate area is always your safest bet.
The advantages of preparing a detailed inventory for your coming move are both practical and financial. Having a detailed and accurate inventory will help your mover to provide you with a better and more accurate estimate. It will also help you to sort out things that you are not interested in moving and possibly reduce the costs of the move. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we will demonstrate how creating a detailed inventory can help you with your upcoming move.
Preparing your inventory and Sorting out Items
You’ll be surprised to hear how many people end up taking and paying for the moving of items they do not need, only because they failed to properly inventory their goods in advance. Go room by room and prepare a list of the items you will be taking with you, the items you are still considering whether or not to take with you and the items you will be leaving behind.
Organizing your inventory in such a way will also assist you to reach decisions about what items you would like to pack yourself and what items you would like the movers to pack for you.
Providing your Mover with Information Regarding Inventory Changes
Be sure to provide your relocation company timely updates about any inventory changes you may be doing. It doesn’t matter whether you are buying and adding new furniture or getting rid of some items, such changes will almost always influence the price of the move. Be sure to update your mover about them and avoid unwanted and unnecessary surprises on the day of the move.
Searching for a reliable mover is not an easy task. With virtually hundreds of service providers who offer local and long distance services, who can really say which one of them is reputable and reliable? Luckily enough, there are some simple guidelines you can follow that will assist you in selecting your mover.
Gathering your Estimates
There’s no need to get too may estimates. In order to avoid confusion, it is recommended to limit yourself to three to five estimates from reputable companies.
Try to get estimates only from local companies that have headquarters in your immediate area.
Check the Better Business Bureau record of all companies you are considering.
Make sure the estimates are presented in a clear and understandable way.
Make sure all possible extra charges, such as packing, long carry, elevator fees etc., are mentioned in a clear and understandable way and in writing.
When comparing estimates and before making your decision, it is important to look at the basic charge unit and not only at the bottom line price. The charge unit is the rate per pound or cubic foot for long distance moves and the hourly rate for local moves. You should also compare prices for packing and other extra fees.
It goes without saying, that the company you select should have a good BBB record and be able to provide some solid recommendations.
Going carefully through all the stages of the process discussed above will ensure a better and more cost effective relocation experience.
It goes without saying that verifying the reputation of your mover is of the utmost importance for the successful outcome of your move. But how should you go about doing that? Internet based searches for moving services yield hundreds of results and all the movers claim to be honest, reputable and the best thing since the wheels of the truck were invented. It is the customer’s responsibility to verify the validity of such statements by using reliable and unbiased sources. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post we will examine how you can check and verify the reputation of your potential relocation service provider.
How to check your mover’s Reputation
You can start by checking the Better Business Bureau record of the relocation company you are considering. The Better Business Bureau keeps track not only of customer complaints, but also of the willingness of the movers to try and resolve them. Even the most reputable company may have a small number of complaints, but it will do its utmost best to successfully resolve them.
The next place to look for information about your mover in is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Ask your potential mover to provide you with their license numbers so you can check if it is properly registered and has no violations or complaints.
A good moving company should always have references. Ask to see recommendations from people that have utilized the services of the relocation company you are considering. Try to receive references from people who have undergone similar long distance of local moves to the one you are about to perform.
Although the recommended course of action is to utilize full packing services from a professional relocation service provider, you may pack some or all of your goods yourself. Self-packing means that you will pack your goods in a way that will allow the movers to safely handle them on your relocation day. This means that when goods are improperly packed, the mover may refuse to move them or will need to re-pack them. In order to avoid such a situation, it is important to utilize proper packing materials, boxes and knowledge.
Using the Correct Materials
Our strong recommendation is to use only new, sturdy and appropriate boxes and materials. The use of second hand boxes is not recommended. Remember, if the boxes you will use will not be appropriate, the mover can’t rake responsibility over potential damages to their content and may even refuse to move them.
If you decide to pack yourself, you may order new boxes and materials from various online services that will deliver them to your doorstep. You can also ask your relocation consultant about the prices Alpha Moving and Storage can offer you and arrange for a box-delivery.
Understanding the Correct Process of Packing
Use the right type of box for each item. There are various types of boxes for various types of packing. Book boxes, linen boxes, dish boxes, wardrobe boxes and so forth. You can ask your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant for more information about boxes, the packing process and the various options that our company can offer you.
A correct exchange of information between mover and customer is highly important for the successful outcome of a relocation process. In the same way that the mover must provide its customers with all relevant information about pricing, procedures, packing and so forth, the customer should provide detailed information about inventory, access, dates and times and so on.
In this post, we will examine some of the essential information that you should provide your movers with, in order to ensure the successful outcome of your relocation
Information about Locations and Times
When you provide your mover with information about your pick up and destination locations, be sure to mention the following details:
Time restrictions – Be sure to tell your mover if there are elevator hours, if you live in an apartment complex and can move only on specific hours etc. This information is absolutely essential and should be provided in advance.
Parking limitations – Check in advance and report any parking or access restrictions to your movers.
Information about Packing and Inventory
Whether you are self-packing or have decided to use full packing services, be sure to tell your mover about your packing needs in advance. If you have decided to self-pack, the best way to go is to consult with your relocation provider and ensure that you have the proper packing materials and know how to properly handle breakable items and electronic equipment.
Be sure to provide your relocation service with a detailed and accurate inventory list of all the goods you intend to move.
You need them for virtually every move, large or small, and you never pay any mind to them until the time comes to pack, then they become a rare commodity. Let’s talk about boxes. Some moves will require hundreds of them of various shapes and sizes. Using the right type of box is essential in order to ensure the safe arrival of your goods to the destination. In this Alpha Moving and Storage blog post we will discuss the various boxes available for packing, their various usages as well as box delivery and full packing options.
Box Typed and their Usage
Different typed and sizes of boxed are used for different purposes.
Book and file boxes – are used for the packing of books, files and paperwork.
Wardrobe boxes – are shoulder high and contain a metal bar in the middle for coat hangers. Such boxes are used for the packing of coats, dressed and other items.
Mattress boxes – are used for the packing of mattresses.
Television and electronic boxes – are used for the packing of delicate electronic equipment and televisions.
Dish boxes – are large sized and sturdy boxes that are used for packing the content of kitchens, including dishes, glasses, utilities and so forth.
Box Delivery and Full Packing Services
Alpha Moving and Storage provides full packing services. This means that the movers will arrive to your house, on the day of the move, or on the previous day, with all the packing materials and boxes you may need. The movers will disassemble, wrap, pack and box all items before loading them onto the truck.
If you would like to pack some of the items yourself, you can ask your Alpha Moving representative to hear more details about box deliveries in which boxes and other materials can be delivered to your doorstep.
Proper organization of your moving schedule can actually help you to lower your moving costs. By starting your preparations early and allowing yourself enough time to work with your movers, you can do some of the packing yourself, reexamine you’re your inventory and get rid of some unnecessary furniture and perform other actions that will save you both time and money on the day of the move.
Reexamining your Inventory
Sorting out your inventory and getting rid of some unnecessary items can help you to considerably decrease costs. Especially for long distance moves in which charges are based on either weight or space, trimming your inventory and getting rid of certain bulky and unnecessary items may be a wise decision. In order to do that, you will need to create an organized inventory list in advance. You are more than welcome to consult with your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative regarding inventory lists and decreasing your inventory.
Preparing Information and Getting your House Ready
Make sure you have a written list of all the little details that can make a lot of difference on the day of the move. Write down information about access to both pick up and destination locations, building management restrictions, certificates of insurance and so forth.
Also, organize all things that are to be taken, pack everything you would like to pack yourself in advance and make it as easy as possible for the movers to access your furniture and take them to the truck as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
While all people will agree that it is important to carefully research the reputation of the long distance moving companies they are considering, few people actually research their movers thoroughly. A simple search on the internet will provide you with hundreds of different results for long distance movers, each claiming to be the most reputable there is. It is your responsibility to make sure you are actually dealing with a reputable and honest long distance moving company.
Checking the Mover’s Reputation by Using Unbiased Sources
The first places to check are the BBB and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These are unbiased sources of information. If a company is conducting its business in an honest and straightforward way, it should have a good record with the Better Business Bureau and no major violation complaints with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Checking Licenses Location and References
The mover’s license numbers should prominently appear in all its communications and contracts. License numbers will help you to ensure you are dealing with an actual long distance mover and not with a broker that will pass on your scheduled move to an unknown moving company.
Your best bet is to select a mover with actual headquarters in your immediate area. Such a mover will be able to provide you with an on-site estimate. Also, it is a good idea to ask for references from past customers who are willing to recommend the movers and the services that they provide. Remember, a thorough examination of the mover’s reputation will ensure that you’ll experience a smooth and trouble-free move.
Many people tend to think of full packing as an additional service they may or may not need to use according to schedule constraints and the terms and conditions of the movers they are utilizing. What they fail to realize is that for certain moves, especially long distance moves, full packing is not a luxury but an essential and extremely useful service. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we will examine some of the advantages that full packing for long distance moving can give you.
A Damage-Free Long Distance Move
Let’s face it, professional movers will do a much better job in protecting and packing your delicate items and furniture. This will ensure the safe arrival of your goods to their destination. It’s not only a question of the packing materials that are being used, professional movers have been handling and packing furniture, electronic equipment, mattresses and so forth for many years. It will cost you much more to replace damaged goods than to pay for their proper packing by professional movers.
Better Insurance Options and Peace of Mind
With full packing services, your insurance options widen. Full coverage insurance for long distance moving is only available for moves that have been professionally packed by the movers. A better insurance will give you peace of mind and relieving your stress is just as important as ensuring that your goods will arrive safe and sound to the destination.
For more information about full packing service options and full coverage insurance, feel free to contact an Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative at any time.
It is a well known fact that moving should best be planned and scheduled in advance. The more time you have to plan your move and select your moving service provider, the better. However, it is also well known that life is full of surprises and one cannot always foresee the unexpected turn of events that will require him to conduct a last minute move. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we will examine some tips that will assist you to conduct a last minute move and avoid unexpected charges.
Getting an Estimate for a Last Minute Move
The fact that you need to move last minute does not mean that you do not need to be thorough with getting your estimate. The last thing you want to do is to fall into the hands of the wrong mover when you need to move in just a few days. Stick to the reputable companies that have a good BBB rating and can provide you with references.
Also, make sure all terms and conditions are explained to you clearly and are presented to you in detail and in writing. Remember, having to move last minute is a delicate situation and you do not want to be relying on a disreputable mover when you need to be relocated urgently.
Last Minute Packing
Alpha Moving and Storage can provide you with last minute packing services. Even if you reserve your last minute move only a day or two in advance, our trucks have a supply store that allows our movers to perform last minute full packing services.
For more information about last minute packing and last minute moving services, feel free to call an Alpha Moving and Storage representative at any time.
It is no secret that long distance moving can be expensive. The many processes involved and the possible additions of packing and storage and other moving related expenses can add up to quite a considerable amount. Luckily enough, there are ways in which you can lower the price of your long distance move. In this Alpha Moving and Storage post, we will suggest a few simple methods that can help you to bring down the cost of your long distance move.
Preparing for Packing
Even though full packing is highly recommended for long distance moving, there are still some packing processes that you can do yourself in order to try and lower the costs. Our recommendation is to leave all fragile items, glass items, electronic equipment and so forth to the moving company. But in order to lower costs, you can pre-order boxes such as book boxes, and pack some of the non-breakables such as books and files by yourself.
Getting an Early Start
Especially if you are moving during the busy summer months, reserving your long distance move in advance can actually lower the costs. During the summer, as moving companies are gradually booked up, prices gradually rise. The sooner you receive your estimates and reserve your move, the better. For summer long distance moving, our recommendation is to reserve at least six to ten weeks in advance to ensure the best possible rates, as well as availability.
Planning ahead, reserving early and discussing all processes in detail with your moving company can really help in lowering the price of your upcoming long distance move.
Although most professional relocation service providers, Alpha Moving and Storage included, will allow you to perform partial packing, it is our strong recommendation to utilize the full packing services that we offer.
In this post, we will discuss the advantages of full packing services and describe how they can benefit your move.
Using Professional Movers to Pack and Prepare your Items
Professional movers will be able to make sure all the valuable items, electronic equipment and furniture in your house will be properly packed. The Alpha Moving and Storage employees all have many years of experience in handling both simple and complex packing issues. Most of the times, investing in full packing services will be well worth it, as it will help you to avoid damages that are likely to incur when self packing is involved.
The movers can also arrive a day before the actual moving date for a separate day of packing. This way, on the moving date, they will be able to immediately start loading the truck as soon as they arrive to your house. Especially for larger moves, which require a lot of packing, this is a very convenient method of moving.
Broadening your Insurance Options
If you do your own packing, you can only receive the basic valuation insurance, which is sixty cents per pound, per item. Full packing allows you to obtain a full coverage and more comprehensive insurance. Contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant for more information about insurance options and full packing.
Providing your relocation company with accurate information in a timely way is absolutely essential if you would like to experience a successful move. It begins with the information you provide during the time you make the initial contact with your information company, continues with inventories and details and ends with updates a few days before your actual moving date. Let’s take a look at some of the essential information that you need to provide your relocation service provider.
Information you should provide during your Initial Contact
When you first contact your relocation company, a few weeks before your actual moving date, you should provide an initial inventory list, information about your packing needs and an estimated date for pick up. If you are about to perform a long distance move, you should also provide information about delivery locations and dates, as well as storage needs.
Information you should provide to receive an Estimate
In order to receive an accurate estimate, you should provide an item by item list of items. If an on-site estimator visits your house, it is important that you show him all the items you intend to move and describe your packing needs with accuracy.
Updating your Relocation Company
It is also very important that you update your relocation company about any changes regarding your inventory, packing needs or delivery information. Such updates will allow your mover to create proper adjustments and keep your estimate accurate. Remember, the more accurate the information you provide, the more accurate will the estimate be.
Alpha Moving and Storage offers its customers both short and long term storage. Long term storage is mostly used by customers who are moving to long distance destinations or abroad. There is no limit to the amount of time that you can spend in storage. We have customers who spend a few weeks in our secure facility while others store their goods for as long as several years. In this short article we will explore the subject of how to prepare for long term storage.
Packing and Preparing for Long Term Storage
Full packing is essential for long term storage. This is a long process, which involves packing and wrapping all the items in your house, delivering them into storage and then, when the time comes, taking them out of storage and delivering them to your new destination. It is our strong recommendation to have the moving company perform full service packing before you go into long term storage.
Payment Options for Long Term Storage
Alpha Moving and Storage will send you monthly invoices for storage. This means that you are not limited in the amount of time you can spend in storage. As mentioned above, some of our customers spend only a few weeks in our secure storage facilities, while others spend several years there and simply receive monthly bills.
For long distance moves, it is important to let the mover know what will be the first available date to receive your delivery, as soon as you can in order to ensure a timely delivery.
Inventory lists and various other moving related lists can really help you to prepare for your upcoming move. The more organized you are with your checklists and inventories, the better prepared will you be.
Let’s examine some of the helpful lists that can assist you in experiencing a stress-free move.
Inventories and Packing Inventories
Creating inventory lists in advance will help you to decide what you should take with you and what you should leave behind. An inventory list will also help you to assess your packing needs in advance. Creating an accurate, room by room inventory will also help you to provide accurate information to your relocation company and therefore receive a more accurate estimate. Create an item by item list, mark down items that you are not yet sure whether or not you will be moving as well as items that will require packing.
Task Lists and Schedules
As we’ve pointed out several times, proper organization is extremely important if you would like to be well prepared for your coming relocation. Daily and weekly task lists will be extremely helpful in arranging your time. Try to have your task lists begin six weeks before the actual moving date. Create realistic daily and weekly lists that involve packing, inventorying, contacting relocation service provider and so forth.
Although it may seem like a lot of work, creating such inventory and task lists will be well worth your time and can result not only in better organization, but also in finding cost effective solutions.
It is no secret that long distance moving is complex, involves several stages and may take many days to complete. In order for a long distance move to be successful, proper packing needs to be done. Most professional movers will recommend full packing for your long distance move. Let’s take a look at some packing solutions and recommendations for your upcoming long distance move.
The Advantages of Full Packing
Because long distance moving involves the transportation of the goods to another state and sometimes even storage, it is extremely important that all the goods will be well protected. Full packing, allows maximum protection for your valuables. All your glass items and breakables are wrapped with bubble wrap and then placed in specially designed boxes. All sofas, tables and non-breakables are wrapped with blankets and are then taped on the blanket side. There are several types of specially designed boxes, such as book boxes, wardrobe boxes, linen boxes and so forth.
Partial Packing and Box Delivery
You can also do some of the packing by yourself. In such cases, it is recommended to order boxed from your relocation company and have them delivered in advance. Alpha Moving and Storage can provide you with all the packing materials that you may need and deliver them to your doorstep, including boxes, bubble wrap and tapes. If you choose the box delivery option, remember to order your boxes enough time in advance. This way you will allow yourselves enough time to comfortably perform all the necessary packing.
Effective, economical solutions for your upcoming move have to do with organization and planning as much as they have to do with receiving cost effective prices from relocation companies. With proper planning and a proper schedule, you can actually cut down on your costs. In this brief post, we will examine a few such methods.
Allowing yourself Enough Time to Compare and Research
By starting the relocation preparations at least six to eight weeks before your actual moving date, you will allow yourselves enough time to properly compare the various services, research reputations and decide on the most cost effective solutions.
Deciding on a Packing Plan
Making proper decisions about packing is essential in order to cut down your moving costs. If you decide to do all or some of the packing by yourself, you should order packing materials and create a daily packing schedule that will allow you to pack and wrap the content of your house.
Deciding what Items you should Leave Behind
Sometimes, especially for long distance moving, it may be better to leave an item behind than to take it with you. Deciding in advance what items to take with you and what item you should leave behind can assist you to considerably cut down your moving price.
Again, cost effective solutions can often be reached by arranging and organizing your move in a better way. Allowing yourselves enough time, deciding on a packing plan in advance and trimming down your inventory list, can make a lot of difference and considerably improve your moving experience.
A moving inventory list can serve as an essential tool that will assist you in all the stages of the relocation process. A proper moving inventory list that contains all items to be moved, packed and handles will also assist you in getting an accurate estimate from your moving company. It will help you pack and prepare for your upcoming moving date and provide you with a better sense of security and ease towards the entire relocation process.
Writing Down your Moving Inventory List
The process is simple enough – try to have the house properly organized with everything in its proper place before you begin. Then, go room by room and write down all the items of furniture. If there are items you are still unsure whether or not you will be packing, write them down and place a question mark beside them.
Writing Down an Inventory for Boxes
As you go along, try to estimate the number of boxes that will need to be packed in each room. It is probably easier and more effective to create a room by room inventory. Don’t forget to approximate the size of the boxes – large, medium or small.
Mentioning your Packing Needs
Mark down breakable and delicate items that will need special packing. This will be very useful when you begin the packing process and order packing materials. It will also be useful for your relocation company, if you decide to hire its services for full packing. Take your time and try to be as meticulous as possible. The more precise you are with your moving inventory list, the better. It is recommended to create such a list even before you contact moving companies, so you could present them with it and receive a highly accurate estimate.
When faced with the task of moving, many questions and concerns may pop into your mind about moving. It is important to differentiate between the sense of unease and stress that the thought of relocation may arouse in us and legitimate concerns that should be properly addressed and handled.
Let’s take a look at a few of the questions that will both east your concerns and help you to get some practical answers about moving. All you need to know about moving you’ll find right here and some more in our other articles.
What is your basic charge unit?
Almost all moving companies use a specific charge unit for both local and long distance moving. Whether it is an hourly rate for local moves, or a rate per pound or per cubic foot for long distance moves, knowing the basic charge unit will help you to understand the various pricing options open to you.
What are your extra fees?
The use of packing supplies, long carry, difficult access and flights of stairs may involve extra fees. It is important to ask about those in advance and get them in writing. This will help you to compare the prices various companies offer you.
What are my Insurance Options?
There are several insurance options moving companies will present you with. Starting from the basic liability insurance of sixty cents per pound per item and ending with full coverage insurance. Check in advance with your mover, what insurance options are available for you.
What if I need Storage?
Alpha moving and Storage and other reputable movers have their own storage facilities and can offer you short and long term storage. If needed, check with your relocation consultant about available storage options in advance.
Because long distance moving involves long term processes, long term storage may often be necessary. When you switch work places, schools and universities, you may need to delay the shipment of your goods for weeks or sometimes even for months. Storage for your long distance move, at those kind of situations require some preparations.
This Alpha Moving and Storage blog post will detail a few of the most common procedures for obtaining storage for your long distance move.
Storage for your Long Distance Moving – Procedures
All goods that go into storage must undergo a full packing process. Although customers are permitted to pack some of the goods themselves, it is highly recommended to allow the movers to do full packing for you. Goods that spend days, weeks or months in storage must be well protected, covered and wrapped in order for damages to be avoided. Therefore, it is essential to fully prepare each and every item and have it properly packed.
Movers utilize specially designed boxes for all dishes, glass items, electronic equipment and other breakable items.
They also use bubble wrap for glass items and use blankets to cover all wooden items, tables, chairs and so forth. The blankets are then taped on the blanket side, so that they will be hermetically sealed.
Storage Billing and Schedule
Alpha Moving and Storage does not limit the amount of time its customers can spend in storage. Monthly invoices are sent to the customers. A move out of storage date can be predetermined or the customer can simply update us a few weeks before she is ready to begin the delivery process.
Although the recommendation is always to allow the moving and relocation company to perform full packing services for you, in some cases, especially for smaller moves, self packing is definitely an option.
In this post, we will take a look at some helpful Self Packing tips that will assist you with the process of self packing.
Where do I get my Packing Materials from?
Packing materials can be obtained through your moving company. Alpha Moving and Storage and other professional relocation companies can perform box deliveries and deliver quality materials, such as boxes and bubble wrap to your doorstep.
Alternatively, there are many websites that specialize in packing materials and boxes and you can order online.
If you are interested in a box delivery, simply contact your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
How do I handle the Packing Process?
There are different types of boxes for different types of packing. Both your relocation company and websites that specialize in packing materials can provide you with specially designed boxes, such as book boxes, television boxes, mattress boxes and so on.
In order to properly self pack your goods, it is recommended to order and use new packing materials and boxes. Especially for books and electronic equipment, new and sturdy boxes will do a much better job than used ones and will improve your chance of experiencing a damage free move.
If you have any doubts about how to pack items such as dishes and glass items, you can either consult with your Alpha Relocation customer service representative, or check various instructional videos, which are available online.
It may appear slightly odd, but various moving companies apply different pricing systems/ moving estimates for both local and long distance relocations. Making sure that the moving estimates you receive is clear and easily understood is an absolutely essential element of your relocation, especially if you would like to experience a comfortable and stress free move.
In this post, we’ll review some of the methods you can apply in order to better understand the prices various relocation service providers offer you.
Making sure your Estimate is clear and Understandable
It’s not enough to take a look at the total price of the estimate, it is also very important to understand how the price was calculated and whether or not it is a binding one.
All moving and relocation processes are charged according to a particular charge unit. Some of the ill-reputed movers may attempt to create the illusion of a low price by deliberately providing you with a low estimate of the weight, volume or hours of necessary labor. Therefore, it is important to compare apples to apples and check how the basic charge units various movers offer you compare with one another.
Moving Prices and Reputation
An ill-reputable moving company will always offer you a very low price. Therefore, if a moving estimate sounds too good to be true, don’t be tempted to utilize the services of the company that offers it. Make sure you deal only with well known, reputable relocation service providers that have a physical base of operation if your immediate area. Also, you need to check the license numbers of the service provider in order to make sure that you are dealing with an actual moving company and not with a broker of an index website.
Although all relocation processes share many common elements, each and every move is different and has its unique needs and specifications. Needless to say, local moving, long distance moving and commercial moving are very different. But even two moves within the same category can be very different. So; your moving needs are also may be different than your next door neighbor.
Checking the Moving Company’s Experience
Selecting the right mover for your moving needs has a lot to do with understanding what your particular relocation process entails. Some movers will specialize in performing long distance moving while others will be much more suitable for a local move.
The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the experience of the mover. Check with the mover itself and online about the particular experience it has. You can also ask for references from customers who successfully underwent a similar type of move.
Checking the reputation of the relocation company is important, but it is not enough. One must make sure that the relocation service has the necessary equipment and experience to handle your particular type of move, and moving needs.
Understanding the Needs of your Relocation Process
Before contacting a mover, it is recommended that you write down a complete list of all your moving needs. Be as particular as possible and detail your packing needs, the dates of pick up and delivery, storage needs, access difficulties and so forth. The more detailed you are, the better can you check the suitability of the mover you are considering to answer your needs. Being thorough and meticulous in your choices can spell the difference between and successful and an unsuccessful relocation experience.
As we have often pointed out in this blog, the more time you take to familiarize yourself with the way moving and relocation, and the moving industry works, the better will your relocation experience be. Educating yourself about prices, procedures, reputation and other aspects of the moving industry can and will make all the difference.
Let’s take a look, one more time at some of the aspects of the moving and relocation world that you will need to familiarize yourself with in order to experience a successful move.
Moving Companies, Reputation Estimates and Locations
Finding the right moving company for your needs will require you to compare the services they offer in the right way. You will need to check the reputation of the movers, by using websites such as the Better Business Bureau and the federal motor carrier safety administration.
You will also need to make sure that you are dealing with an actual mover with a headquarters and a storage facility in your area.
Fees and Charges
It goes without saying that researching the way moving and relocation companies charge for the move is important. You will need to make sure that you understand the terms the mover uses and that the estimate is crystal clear.
A good estimate should detail the basic charge unit and include all possible fees and surcharges. Ask your mover if all the possible additional fees, such as packing and access fees are mentioned in the written estimate.
Again, make sure that everything is clear and that you understand the terms and conditions. Don’t hesitate and ask your relocation consultant for clarifications and ask as many questions as you need until you understand how all fees are applied.
The cliché ‘timing is everything’ is especially true when it comes to moving and relocation. Making your arrangements at the right time and managing your moving schedule correctly will have a crucial influence on the successful outcome of your move.
Here are a few pointers that will help you to better manage your moving schedule for your upcoming move.
Getting your Estimate and Moving Information
Unless a last minute move is involved, you should contact your relocation company at least six to eight weeks in advance. This will give you enough time to make all the proper arrangements, familiarize yourself with all the relevant procedures, pack and prepare.
This will also allow you to compare offers from several reputable relocation services and select the one that is most suitable for your needs.
Packing and Preparing your Home for the Relocation
Bases on the decisions that you will make with your mover, you will be able to plan an exact daily schedule with daily tasks. This moving schedule will allow you to continue with your work and your daily routine while preparing for the move.
Detailed task lists can be very helpful. This is especially true when it comes to packing. Prepare a list of all the items and boxes that you will need to pack. The best way is to divide the necessary packing into manageable daily tasks. If you allow yourself enough time, you can pack only a few boxes every day and be ready for the moving date.
Of course, you can always allow the professional Alpha Moving and Storage movers to perform full packing for you, on the day of the move.
Getting the right information and asking the right questions are for the successful outcome of your relocation. The more you get to know the moving company you are about to use and its services, the more you familiarize yourself with the processes, procedures and fees, the better chances you have of experiencing a stress free, hassle free move. Let’s take a look at some of the most important questions that you will need to ask your relocation consultant.
Important Questions Related to Fees and Charges
Your relocation consultant should give you both the basic charge unit and a list of all possible extra fees.
For both local and long distance moves, a basic charge unit will be applied in order to calculate the actual fees. This information will help you to keep track of the charges and allow you to ensure all the fees are fair and accurate.
Ask your relocation consultant about extra fees such as packing and protecting glass items. You should also familiarize yourself with possible access fees such as long carry, charges for flights of stairs and so on.
Important Information you should provide your Relocation Consultant
If you have any special requirements, restrictions that concern the time in which the pick up or the delivery can take place or any other information that can influence the specifics of the move, be sure to tell your relocation consultant about them in advance.
When the moving company has all the necessary information it will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate and a better relocation experience.
Because of the nature of long distance moving, the distance between pick up and destination locations, the fact that new jobs, schools, universities and so forth are often involved, long term storage is often needed.
In some cases, long distance moving will involve long term storage for several months. So how does this work exactly and what services are available?
Let’s take a look at some of the basic long term storage services that Alpha Moving and Storage can offer you.
Long Term Storage and Full Packing
Long distance moveing that involve full packing, we strongly recommend to use full packing services.
When Alpha Moving and Storage performs full packing services, the movers bring all the boxes and materials needed and then pack, wrap and protect all the items of furniture and boxes.
Because the goods will remain several weeks or even several months in storage, it is very important that they will be properly packed and wrapped. Professional packing will ensure their safe arrival at the destination point.
Occasionally, Alpha Moving and storage offers a one month of free storage special for long distance moves.
There is no limit to the amount of time that our customers can spend in storage, from a few weeks to a few years. Our customers receive monthly invoices and can tell us in advance when they would like to move out of storage, or simply update us whenever they are ready.
Remember to check with your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative about specials such as one month of free storage.
If the stress related with moving is so difficult for adults, you can only imagine how much more difficult it can be for children. Changing environments and schools, parting from friends and even sleeping in a new room, these can all be uncomfortable experience for children.
So how can you help your children cope with moving, and the experiences related? Let’s take a look at a few simple things that every parent can do to help their children cope with moving and the mental pressures of relocation.
Talking, Sharing & Understanding
Those are three basic things that you can do and that can work wonderfully. First of all, talk to your child about how she feels. Be sure to show empathy. Even though your own grown up concerns may seem more important, your child has an entirely different world view.
The more empathy you demonstrate, the more will your child feel comfortable in sharing her fears and concerns with you.
Sharing your Own Concerns
Let your child realize that her fears and concerns are only natural. Stress the fact that you yourself have your own concerns and that the relocation is stressful for each and every member of the family.
This will help your child feel that she is not isolated in her concerns. Accepting the fact that such concerns are natural will help your child in coping and overcoming them.
Also, realizing that you too have your own fears, will strengthen their feeling that the relocation is a shared family experience, and that the family, as a unit, can handle it better together.
Local moving is the most common type of relocation. It covers a wide area of moving, from relocating a few blocks away to relocating to another remote city in the same state. While most local moving is simpler in nature than long distance moving, there are still many variables and some important issues to cover.
Here are some of the most essential tips that can aid you with your local move.
Understanding Local Moving
In most instances, local moving is charged by the hour. The hourly rate is normally determined according to the number of movers that will be required for your move. While small moves will require only two or three movers, larger moves may require five or even six movers.
Additional costs normally involve packing and packing materials. There may also be additional costs for access conditions, flights of stairs, certificates of insurance and so on.
Selecting a Local Mover
In order to find the best mover for your local move, you will need to seek a service provider with a physical location in your immediate area. Such a mover will be familiar with the area of the pick up and the area of the destination and will be able to provide you with flexibility and accuracy regarding the pick up time and date and the delivery.
You should check the physical location of the mover you are considering to ensure that it actually has local facilities that include all the equipment you will need, in your immediate area. If storage is required, make sure that the mover has a proper storage facility, which is suitable for your relocation needs. In some cases, movers may provide you with up to one month of free storage for local moving.
Long distance is the most complex type of moving within the United States. Some long distance moves that involve storage may take weeks or even months to complete. In some cases, the goods need to be transported across thousands of miles to get to the destination point.
This is why it is important to select the right moving company for your long distance move and to educate yourself about all aspects of the relocation.
In this post, we’ll provide you with some of the essential long distance moving tips that will help you to experience a better move.
Educating yourself About Long Distance Moving
First of all long distance tips is that you will need to learn the essential facts about how long distance moving is priced. Long distance moving is charged either by weight or by space. Because several loads are shared on the same trailer for transportation, the movers will need to determine the volume or the weight of your shipment.
For weight based moves, the truck is weighed before and after it is loaded. The difference between the two represents the actual weight of the shipment. Charges are based on a per-determined fixed charge unit per pound.
For volume based moves, the shipment is measured once it is loaded onto the moving truck and charged are based on a predetermined rate per cubic foot.
Second of long distance moving tips, it is highly important to check with your mover about all the additional costs involves. Such costs may include packing and packing materials and charges for the pick up or delivery conditions such as flights of stairs, long carry, certificates of insurance and so forth.
Long distance moving tips are more than tips, they are some what education about the business of long distance moving.
It goes without saying that packing is possibly the most important factor of any long distance move. Because of the complexity of long distance moving and the fact that delivery may take days, and if storage is needed even months after the pick up date, careful packing is a must. Some of your most important decisions about your relocation process will have to do with packing.
Here are some packing advices that will help you to come up with better decisions and experience a better relocation experience.
Packing Advice One – Determining your Packing Plan
An important element is to determine your packing plan in advance. You will need to decide whether you want to do all the packing by yourself, perform some of the packing or have the mover do full packing for you.
An early decision about your packing plan will help you to determine the amount of time you will need, assuming you have decided to do all the packing by yourself.
Additionally, it may help you to let the movers know about your packing plans at an early stage and assist them in coming up with the best strategy for your move.
Packing Advice Two – Selecting your Packing Plan
The recommendation, especially for long distance moves, is to go with a full packing plan. Full packing is done by professional movers who will bring all the supplies, boxes and materials you will need and pack the entire contents of your house.
Full packing is the best way for you to try and avoid damages and enjoy a better moving experience.
A simple online search for any type relocation will yield numerous results. Some people assume, erroneously so, that all the companies coming up in their search results are local companies. In actuality, many of the companies which will be at the forefront of the search results will be located in a remote location and do not necessarily specialize in providing relocation services in your area.
So how can you find out whether or not you are dealing with an actual local mover? In this post we will attempt to answer this question and provide you with some tips for finding the perfect local mover.
The best way to check and verify the information that your moving company is providing you is to check with the DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Both have websites that will allow you to double check the actual physical address and also to see if there are any upstanding complaints or violations.
After checking the location, it may be a good idea the pay the facilities a visit yourself and make sure that you are dealing with a large enough company, which has the necessary trucks, equipment and so forth.
How Local is Local?
The answer to the title question depends on the type of move that you would like to perform. For local moves, it is recommended to use only local mover, movers that are located in your own city or in a neighboring city.
For long distance moves, it is recommended to use movers that are located in the same state as the origin point and that have the necessary means and knowledge.
Finding a local mover that is a reputable can really improve your chances of experiencing a successful and stress free relocation. In the post yellow pages era, the internet makes it possible for remote movers, brokers and index sites to present themselves as local service providers. Therefore, it is up to the customer to double check the location of the mover and ensure that all the information provided by it is true and can be verified on location. Let’s take a look at some of the do’s and don’t of finding a local mover.
Finding a Local Mover for a Local or a Long Distance Move
The first step is, of course, to check and double check the address of your mover. Some movers will provide the address of a warehouse or even a self storage to avoid discussion of the fact that they are not really local movers.
Verify the address of the mover you are considering and make sure that it is an actual office and a headquarters that contains trucks, equipment and possibly a storage facility.
It may even be a good idea to pay the movers a visit at their local headquarters and make sure that they actually have all the facilities and necessary equipment.
Selecting a Local Mover for a Long Distance Move
For long distance moves, it is also recommended to find a local mover, close to the area of your pick up. A local mover will be able to offer you a precise time for pick up, a local warehouse and a storage facility. It will also have the ability to send additional movers, if the need arises, to replace a truck that broke down and to solve problems that may occur with speed and efficiency.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed researching tips for finding great movers. In this post, we would like to refresh your memory and provide some more advanced tools that will help you to check the reputation of the mover you are considering.
Checking the Mover’s Specialty
Of course, it is important to realize that the decision of which mover to use is not only about reputation, but also about whether or not the mover you are considering is suitable for your specific moving needs.
Two different companies may specialize in entirely different areas of moving. Therefore, as soon as you create the initial contact with your mover, make sure to ask if it specializes in the specific type of move that you require.
If you are moving long distance, make sure that you check if the mover has a lot of experience and the necessary facilities, equipment and trailers.
If you are moving locally, make sure that the mover is located in your immediate area and has a local headquarters.
Checking the Movers Reputation through Reliable Sources
So how would finding great movers will be checked? All movers will claim to be highly trustworthy and it is up to you, the customer, the check the credibility of such statements a with reliable sources. The premiere such sources are the BBB and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Another helpful way is getting references from customers who have used the services of the moving company in the past.
Remember, finding great movers, and checking the reputation of the mover you are considering is essential to the success of your move.
Getting your moving rates is easy, a simple web based search will provide you with dozens of service providers, and each will be happy to provide you with rates. Understanding moving rates can be trickier. Many service providers will present you with confusing estimates and unclear terms and conditions. Furthermore, the price ranges can vary from the extremely low to the extremely expensive.
Understanding your moving rates is therefore essential for those of you who would like to make an educated decision that will lead to a successful relocation.
Comparing Basic Charge Units
As mentioned above, prices will vary, but it is important not to look only at the bottom line price. Your comparisons should concentrate on the basic charge units. Both local and long distance moving are charged according to a basic charge unit. Local moves are charged by the hour and long distance moves are charged according to a rate per pound or a rate per cubic foot.
Some movers will deliberately provide a low amount of weight or a lower number of hours to make the estimate appear more appealing. This is why it’s important to compare apples to apples and look at the basic charge units when getting your moving rates.
Reading the Fine Print
Terms and conditions should be mentioned in writing by each of the movers you will be considering. Most movers will charge additional fees for various services such as packing. If packing charges are not mentioned in the estimate, ask your mover to provide you written information regarding such services.
Additionally, each mover will have its own charges for various hindrances, extra labor and documentation. Such fees may include charges for flights of stairs, the usage of elevators, the production of certificates of insurance, encountering parking difficulties and so on. Such possible extra fees should be mentioned in writing by the mover on the estimate form itself.
State to state moving is a complex process that involves taking many practical and logistic decisions. There are many service providers that offer state to state moving, some of them highly professional and experienced, while others lack the necessary skills, equipment and facilities.
In order to make the right decisions, it is best that you familiarize yourself with some of the basic terms of state to state moving, how it works and the way it is priced.
How State to State Moves are priced
The majority of the relocation service providers you will be considering will charge you according to the size of your shipment, using weight or space based systems to calculate actual cost.
The weight based system works as following – the truck is weighed in a certified weight station. The weighing takes place before and after the loading of the goods. The calculated difference is the actual weight. The customer receives weight certificates as proof of actual weight and charges are based on a pre-determined rate per pound.
The space based system works as following – the moving service provider determines a pre-agreed upon rate per cubic foot. The goods are loaded onto the truck and then the actual space they take is multiplied by the above mentioned rate per cubic foot.
How State to State Moves are done
State to state moves are normally transported by using 50’ tractor trailers and combining several shipments. This means that unless you have an especially large shipment (trailers can contain about 3500 cubic feet) your goods will be transported along with other shipments going the same route.
The goods will either be shrink wrapped and palletized or sealed in wooden containers so as not to be damaged during transit. The trailer may perform several drop offs before it will reach your point of delivery.
How you prepare for your relocation will have a crucial impact on the success of the moving process. Selecting a reputable moving company is only one aspect of the preparation process. Many people do not realize that there are many other preparation stages, stages that will involve the customer’s active participation. Such stages will involve taking careful inventories and making important decisions about the packing process.
Let’s take a look at some of the preparations for your relocation that will help you to experience a less stressful and more positive relocation experience.
Determining your Relocation Moving Needs
In order to select the right moving company, you will need to better understand your relocation needs. When you know exactly what will be the items you will be taking with you and the items that you will be leaving behind, you will be able to provide moving companies with accurate inventories that will allow them to provide you with accurate prices. The same can be said about packing and packing materials, when you make your packing related decisions early then you will be able to allow your movers to provide you with an exact price for all of the packing needs you will require.
Finding out more about Special Moving Needs and Limitations
Determining your packing needs and your inventory is not enough. You will also need to determine any other special moving needs and limitations that you may have. Such needs include access difficulties, flights of stairs, elevators and elevator hours and restrictions, certificates of insurance, rules and regulations for building managements and closed communities and so on.
Share all the information you gathered with your movers. The more you find out about your special moving needs and limitations in advance, the easier will it be for your mover to provide you with an accurate estimate.
Finding a NJ company that you can trust will require some careful research. When you look for a moving company in the New Jersey area, you will need to check its location, reputation and capabilities before you make an actual decision. Let’s take a look at these three factors that will assist you in finding the right NJ company for your needs.
Location and Reputation
Finding out more about the reputation and the physical location of the NJ company you are considering is crucial for the success of the entire relocation process. We’ve covered the subject of reputation many times in this blog. It is important not only to check websites such as the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration but also to ask for relevant references.
It is also of the utmost importance to make sure that your NJ company is actually located in your area. Remote companies will find it difficult to provide you with the local service that you need and many logistic issues may arise if you choose to utilize their services.
Finding our More about your Mover’s Capabilities
It’s not enough to research your mover’s reputation and location, it is also extremely important to find out if it has the proper abilities and capabilities that are suitable for your needs. You need to ensure that the service provider you are considering has the necessary experience and the abilities and that it specializes in the type of service you require. Some movers will be better equipped to serve local moving while others will be more suitable for commercial or long distance relocation.
Be sure to inquire with your mover about its particular fields of expertise. Also, when requesting references, it may be a good idea to ask for references from customers who used the particular type of service that you will require.
Moving rates from various relocation services can vary from extremely low rates to extremely high ones. A simple online search will yield dozens of results and possibilities, from well known, brand name Van Lines to obscure names that you’ve never heard of. Things can get pretty confusing down the line, as you try to sort out all the information and select affordable moving rates from reputable movers.
This guide will provide you with some tips regarding moving rates, how to apply them in order to calculate moving costs and how to avoid receiving them from disreputable movers.
Getting Moving Rates from Reputable Companies
Before getting into the subject of how to receive rates and how to apply them, it is essential that you understand how to differentiate between reputable movers and disreputable ones. Why? Simply because disreputable relocation service providers will offer you extremely low moving rates and then will increase them on the moving date.
Here’s what you should do to differentiate such movers from the reputable ones:
When getting moving rates, make sure that you are dealing with an actual relocation service provider and not with a broker. This is also something you can check and cross reference by using the websites above.
Double check the local address that the mover provides you and make sure that you are dealing with a company that has the necessary headquarters and equipment and not with a virtual, online entity that will subcontract your move.
Make sure that the company you are dealing with has experience with servicing the type of relocation you are looking for, local, long distance or commercial.
Ask for references from people who used the company before and were pleased with the quality of the service they received.
Once you finish sorting out the good from the bad, get three to four moving rates from reputable, local movers whose information and reputation checked out.
Understanding your Moving Rates
As mentioned above, you need to get three to four moving rates from reputable companies that met all the criteria above.
Now comes the part of understanding how movers will actually price your move.
Long distance moving rates are calculated either by weight or space, mostly by using a fixed price unit. Space based relocations will get a set rate per cubic foot while weight based relocations will get a set rate per pound. In the first case, the shipment will be measured, once it is loaded onto the truck, in the second case, the truck will be weighed before and after loading to determine actual weight.
There are several additional possible fees that may increase your moving rates. Most relocation service providers charge extra for packing and packing materials. Your best bet is to get an estimate for packing costs before the day of the move.
One time fees for long carry, flights of stairs, certificates of insurance and access difficulties may sometimes apply. Try to get a list of all possible surcharges from your service provider when you receive your moving rates.
Nowadays, virtually any customer that will search for a moving company online will agree that researching reputation is essential. That being said, in actuality few people really know how to find out whether or not they are dealing with an actual reputable mover or with a dishonest service provider.
Here are a few of the essential things you need to do and those you need to avoid in order to ensure you are dealing with a reputable company.
Research before Contacting the Mover
Many people make the mistake of researching the reputation of the mover only after they have contacted it and received the estimate. Remember, moving companies employ expert sales people who will do everything they can to convince you that they are reputable, honest and absolutely the best service providers of all time. Do you really expect a sales person to tell you anything else? It is your responsibility to check the mover’s license numbers, actual physical address and Better Business Bureau score. Contact only companies that have headquarters in your immediate area and an impeccable reputation.
Checking References and Visiting the Mover
Ask the mover to provide you with actual references. This means references that contain the email address or phone number of people you can actually contact to make sure they are real. While it is true that some people may hesitate to leave their phone number on a reference letter, as they will not want to be bothered, most of them will have no problem whatsoever to leave their email address and allow other people to contact them and ask for their unbiased opinion.
Do not consider using movers that cannot provide you with valid license numbers, references and addresses you can check, even if they offer you highly attractive rates.
Creating an organized schedule can have a crucial effect on the success of your move. A moving schedule can and will influence all aspects of the relocation, including packing, inventorying and making inventory choices, selecting a moving company and more.
When you work with organized lists and assign a due date for each of the assignments, you will be able to control the relocation process, reduce stress and possibly even reduce expenses.
Let’s take a look at how you can create a moving schedule that actually works
Creating your Schedule
You should begin creating your schedule about eight weeks before the pick up time. Although some of the variables may still be unknown, you can begin working on the inventory lists and on the packing lists.
Needless to say, the inventory list will have a crucial impact on many of the moving decisions and it should be as detailed as possible.
If you decide to do the packing yourself, then you should write down all specific packing assignments that you will need to perform. Assign a reasonable due date for each of the packing assignments you wrote down.
Contacting and Selecting Movers
We recommend that you contact movers approximately five to six weeks before your moving date and only after you have an organized inventory list and an organized packing list.
Moving companies can assist you to finish your dated assignments by providing you packing materials in advance or practical and technical advice.
Getting actual pick up and delivery dates from your mover will help you to finish your schedule and make the appropriate adjustments. If you are having difficulties with creating your schedule, most reputable and experienced movers will be able to guide you through the process. Feel free to Contact Alpha Moving and Storage at any time for assistance with creating your relocation schedule.
Defining your relocation needs and understanding the processes that you need to undergo will play a crucial part in the success of your move.
All relocation will require the same set of preparations that will include inventorying and deciding what to take with you, packing and actual moving.
That being said, there are many possible variations for each of the preparation steps. This is where your individual needs come into play.
Let’s discuss the possible variations for each of the moving preparation stages.
Inventorying and deciding what to take with you
This stage may possibly have the most impact. We recommend that you deal with the inventory issues even before you contact a moving company.
The first thing to do is to go room by room and mark down all the items that will go with you. If you are unsure about specific items, mark them in your inventory list to get possible pricing variations with or without them.
You can also mark down items that will require packing. This will help you in the next stage which involves packing.
Packing Related Decisions
When you have an organized list which contains all items that require packing, it will be easier for you to decide whether you want to pack yourself or whether you would prefer the mover to do that for you.
The Actual Relocation Process
Once you have a clear idea about your inventory and packing needs, it will be much easier to select a relocation service.
Your best bet is to contact three leading New Jersey Moving companies to get estimates. Be sure to check and double check the companies’ license numbers and reputation before you contact them.
All estimates that you receive must be in writing and detail all possible surcharges and fees, such as packing, long carry and documentations.
A quick internet search for New Jersey Local Movers will yield dozens and dozens of results. Virtually all the options for movers that you will see on the results will promise you great rates and a great service. But unlike the flashy and colorful slogans and promises, a lot of the companies will not be local to your area; many of them will not even be actual movers.
So how can you tell the difference between real New Jersey local movers and companies that are only pretending to be ones? This post will help you to tell the difference by following a few very simple steps.
Making Sure you are dealing with an Actual Moving Company
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one cannot stress the importance of checking license numbers enough. Sometimes, it is the only way for you as a customer to tell the difference between a broker, an index service and an actual mover. So be sure that your first step is to request license numbers and check them out to make to sure that you are dealing with a genuine service provider which has the equipment, manpower and experience to handle your move.
Making sure you are dealing with New Jersey Local Movers
When it comes to making sure that you are dealing with New Jersey local movers, it is not enough just to request the physical address. Some companies will provide bogus addresses, a P.O box or the address of a self storage facility just to make it seem as if they are local.
Your best bet it to consider only companies whose headquarters is in your immediate vicinity. This way, you will be able to pay them a visit and see for yourself that you are dealing with an actual and genuine company.
Selecting the right movers in south Jersey has to do with following three simple steps: finding out whether or not you are dealing with an actual licensed moving company, checking the mover’s reputation and previous experience and making sure that you are dealing with a local mover. Following the three steps will allow you to secure reputable and trustworthy movers in south Jersey.
Finding out whether or not you are Dealing with an Actual Licensed South Jersey Mover
The first thing to do is to check the licensing information of the mover you are considering. You can use the Department of Transportation website to check the license information the mover provides you and to make sure their license is valid and that there are no major violations.
Checking your South Jersey Movers’ Reputation
Once you have validated that the service provider is an actual mover and not a broker, you can continue and check its reputation.
A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau which can be safely used to receive unbiased information about moving service providers. You can also ask the mover to provide you with references from customers that have recently used its service.
Making Sure you are dealing with a Local South Jersey Mover
The third stage has to do with checking and double checking that your moving service provider has an actual headquarters in your area. Local movers will be able to provide you with a much better service. They will be familiar with south Jersey and be familiar with all the necessary arrangements.
Local movers will be able to provide you with enough manpower, bring an ample supply of packing materials and give you enough options to suit your exact moving needs.
Alpha Moving and Storage will be happy to provide you with more information about the local services it provides in south Jersey.
A lot has been said and written about the importance of securing a reputable and trustworthy moving company for both local and long distance moves. Most of the information you will find online and offline refers to the reputation and the practices of movers. While it is of the utmost importance to check the reputation, licensing information and history of the movers you are considering, it is no less important to check if they are local to your area.
Locating Local Movers in NJ
If you are looking to secure movers in NJ, it is important for you to be able to tell the difference between actual local companies and companies in remote locations that will not be appropriate for your relocation needs.
Some companies that advertise themselves as local movers in NJ actually come from out of state; some even pass through the area, to make deliveries, and will be undermanned and unable to provide you with quality service.
This is why it is important to request the physical address of the mover you are considering. If you are told that the main address is in another state and that the company has ‘branches’ in NJ, it is best that you request to pay a visit to the local headquarters in order to make sure that the company has actual trucks, manpower and facilities in your area.
The Importance of Securing a Local Mover
A local mover will be able to provide you with a precise schedule, be there on time to perform the pick up, be able to bring a fresh supply of packing materials, if necessary and provide you with more manpower if and when the need arises.
Additionally, local movers in NJ will be familiar with your neighborhood, with the parking arrangements and the local rules and regulations.
If you want to learn more about the local services that Alpha Moving and Storage provides in NJ, be sure to give us a call. A customer service representative will be delighted to provide you with all the information you need about our facilities in New Jersey and the local services we provide.
Moving is a very stressful experience for adults, so you can just imagine how much more stressful it must be for children. Helping your children handle the stress related with moving is extremely important and easier achieved than you may think. By speaking with your children about their fears and anxieties and sharing your own with them, you can transform their moving experience into an easier one.
Speaking with your Children about their Anxieties
Acknowledge that your child’s fears and anxieties are legitimate. What may seem obvious for you as an adult may appear threatening for children. Let then know that you understand why they feel uncomfortable and encourage them to share their anxieties with you and speak about them often.
Share your Reasons for Moving and your own Anxieties
Some children may feel angry at their parents because of the relocation; leaving their friends, school and neighborhood behind can be extremely traumatic for them.
It is important that you share your reasons for the relocation with them. Don’t look down on them and try to speak with them in a mature way. An adult’s worse mistake can be to underestimate a child’s intelligence.
Let them know that you yourself have some fears and concerns about the relocation, the more human you seem to them, the more likely they will be to accept their own fears as legitimate and try to overcome them.
Familiarize your Children with the Environment you will be moving to
If possible, explore your destination location with your children. A fun filled day spent in exciting places located in the city you will be moving to can do wonders and transform their feelings of fear into ones of expectation.
If your destination is remote, you can explore fun filled places and trip destinations online and plan for a family fun day once you arrive at your new home.
Moving is a time consuming business and it may take you several weeks to finish with all the preparations, both at pick up and destination locations.
Those preparations will include, among others:
Selecting a reputable relocation company
Preparing detailed furniture inventories
Preparing packing lists and assigning packing tasks
Buying or selling items of furniture
Checking restrictions and special needs for both pick up and destination locations
This partial list of tasks alone may seem mind boggling, but if properly arranged, can be handled with less time than what may be imagined.
Here are some time saving tips that will help you to better manage the arrangements for your move.
Begin your preparations early, at least six to eight weeks before the actual pick up date.
Prepare a daily task list that will account for all the packing and arrangements that you need. Dividing your moving arrangements into manageable moving tasks will help you to avoid unnecessary stress in the days that precede your pick relocation date.
Prepare a careful inventory that details not only all the items that you would like to move but also all the items that require packing. Once you do that, decide which of the items on your packing list you would like to pack yourself and which ones you would like the relocation service to pack for you.
Coordinate your schedule with that of the movers by reserving your pick up date early on. If you have a large move and you require packing services, you can request the mover to schedule a separate packing day.
Make sure that your mover knows everything about elevators, flights of stairs, restrictions and necessary certificates in advance so no time will be wasted on the moving day.
When you are about to conduct a long distance move, you are facing a long series of challenges. From the logistic practical challenges of locating new housing arrangements, education for the children and settling in a new work place to the technical arrangements of finding a mover and safely transferring your belongings.
Selecting the right relocation service can make a lot of difference, not only regarding the practical aspects of the move, but also regarding the mental ones. Using a moving service that you trust and feel comfortable with will help you feel better about the entire relocation process and ease the stress related with moving.
Practical Preparation for Long Distance Moving
There are several practical steps that you can take in order to meet the challenges related with long distance moving.
The first, and perhaps the most obvious one, is selecting your relocation service at least four to eight weeks before your actual pick up date.
Especially for larger moves, it is recommended to request an onsite visual inspection so as to receive a written estimate. It goes without saying that the company you are considering should be a reputable one with a local headquarters in your area.
Packing for Long Distance Moving
Make sure that you come up with a definite packing plan for your long distance move. The recommended way for long distance moving is to have your relocation company perform full packing services. This means that the mover will bring boxes, bubble wrap and all other necessary materials. In some cases, especially for larger long distance moves, a separate day of packing is scheduled. In such cases, the movers only need to load the goods onto the truck once the pick up day arrives.
Even if you decide to do the packing by yourself, you can still have the movers pack the delicate items, glass items and electronic equipment in order to avoid possible damages.
Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in both local and long distance moves in the Hoboken area. As a local company, Alpha Moving and Storage is familiar with all the special requirements of moving in the Hoboken area.
A non-local mover will not be familiar with the parking arrangements, flights of stairs and other challenges that moving in and out of Hoboken poses.
Local Moving in Hoboken
We perform all types of local moving in and out of Hoboken. As mentioned above, as a local company we are very familiar with all the special requirements moving in and out of the city poses. All our movers have experience with local moving in the Hoboken area and can assist you with any type or size of move.
Requirements like certificates of insurance and hourly operation restrictions are also handled by our knowledgeable dispatch staff.
Long Distance Moving to and from Hoboken
It is a well known fact that long distance moving poses many challenges. Those begin with the packing and preparation process and end with the challenges that delivery in another state poses.
Alpha Moving and storage specializes in long distance moving to and from Hoboken. We have our own local storage facility that can accommodate your shipment for as little as a week or as long as a year. We also specialize in the expert packing required for the long distance moving process.
Our knowledgeable staff members will be able to assist you every step of the way, from pick up in Hoboken to your long distance delivery. Our sales representative will assist you to come up with a definite moving plan that will include packing, organizing, estimating, possible storage and delivery arrangements.
With years of experience and a great local reputation, Alpha Moving and Storage is your best choice for Hoboken Moving.
Time and again, we are getting back to the subject of how important it is to get a local mover for your relocation. Why is this so important?
Let’s take another look at all the advantages local movers can give you and the difference a local mover can do.
Let’s begin with the most obvious advantages, those of location. When you hire the services of a local mover the service is sure to be better on almost every parameter.
The movers will arrive on time as their local headquarters is located near your pick up point and not in a distant city or location.
Extra movers and assistance can be brought from the local headquarters if needs be. Movers that are located in a remote area will probably not be able to send you more help in needs be.
A local mover will be familiar with your pick up location and will be better equipped to handle potential hindrances.
Local movers will be able to send a representative to your house or apartment and provide you with a written estimate.
Alpha Moving and storage has a lot of experience in servicing the Hoboken and Jersey City areas and knows how to handle flights of stairs and access issues. We are also familiar with the various closed communities and can prepare appropriate certificates of insurance and work around elevator restriction hours.
You can actually go and pay your local mover a visit to make sure that its facilities, warehouse, office and storage are appropriate. This will help you to make sure that you are dealing with an actual, reputable and experienced mover and not with a virtual online entity that will pass on your move to a third party once you make a reservation.
Working side by side with your mover, in an organized way, can ensure that you will experience a stress free move. It goes without saying that this will be possible only if you’ve selected a reputable company and made sure that it has local headquarters in your area. But once you’ve made sure that the company you chose is indeed a reputable one, a lot of the rest depends on you.
The accuracy of the information you provide your moving service provider and your cooperation can make all the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful move.
Providing Correct Information and Updates
Inventory, packing needs and access issues are the three main areas you will need to provide careful information about.
Any inventory changes should be immediately reported to your relocation service provider. Such fluctuations can actually change the final price of the move and reporting them in advance can assist you in avoiding unwanted surprises.
The same is true regarding packing needs. If you initially indicated to your movers that you will do the packing yourself and ended up wanting them to do some packing for you, be sure to let them know about it in advance.
Access and Delivery Information
Make sure you research and find out if the delivery point has access difficulties or if there are any special requirements that the movers will need to follow.
Your relocation company needs to know about elevators, flights of stairs, time restrictions, certificates of insurance and any other relevant access issues.
As a general rule, the more accurate the information you provide your movers, the better will your relocation be. The best way to go is to update your mover both by phone and email so you can have a written documentation of the communication.
Long distance moving involves many important preparations and packing is one of the most important. Some long distance moves involve crossing distances of thousands of miles, storage and re-delivery.
This is why careful packing is essential. Let’s take a look at some of the most important aspects of packing for long distance moving.
Non-breakable items are normally wrapped with blankets. This is done by the moving company and involves wrapping an item like a sofa with several blankets and then taping it on the blanket side. This seals the item and helps in preventing tears, scratches and other unwanted damages.
There are many specialty designed boxes for breakable items such as dishes, electronic equipment, lamps and televisions. Kitchen items such as dishes are wrapped with white paper and then are placed inside specially designed dish packs. Glass items and some electronic equipment are bubble wrapped and then placed inside specially designed boxes.
There are many other specially designed boxes suitable for other items. Clothes and towels can be placed in linen boxes. Coats and dresses can be placed in specially designed wardrobe boxes which contain a metal bar in the middle.
There are also mattress boxes for protecting your mattresses. Televisions are protected inside television boxes with crates created for large screen and flat screen televisions.
It is highly recommended that you hire the services of a professional moving company to do the packing for your upcoming long distance move. Because of the complexities of long distance relocation, the proper protection of all items is a must. A professional mover will be able to ensure that the packing process will be properly done and your items will be safe and protected during the long process of the relocation.
Once you finish getting estimates from various moving service providers, you may find it difficult to compare and select the right one. One of the most common errors that customers make is comparing only the bottom line price of the estimate.
Some movers take advantage of that fact and introduce various extra charges in their terms and conditions sections. This may cause a situation in which the final price you will end up paying on your moving day will be much higher.
Let’s take a look at how to compare and understand the terms and conditions of your estimates to avoid such situations.
Compare Basic Charge Units and Not Bottom Line Prices
As moving estimates are based on hourly rates, for local moves, and per pound rates, for long distance moves, it is important to check the basic rates.
A lot of movers will tend to lower the estimate of hours needed to complete the move or of the weight of the shipment. This creates an illusion of a low estimate with a low bottom line price.
However, on the moving date, the charges will be based on the actual amount of hours or on the actual weight. This can inflate the price of the move considerably.
This is why it is important to compare basic charge units and not bottom line prices.
Always read the fine print and look for possible additional fees. Check if packing materials, packing and blanket wrapping are included in your estimated price. If they are not included, make sure that you get a list of their prices.
Other additional fees may involve elevator fees, documentation fees for insurance certificates and additional fees for flights of stairs.
Make sure that all the fees appear in writing on the official estimate with detailed prices.
One of the major factors that contribute to the success of a relocation process is the communication between mover and customer.
It goes without saying that a mover should provide excellent customer service and provide you with all the information that you need in order for your move to be successful.
That being said, the information channels should be effective both ways and correct information provided by the customer is just as essential to the moving process’ success.
Let’s examine the information that you will be required to provide your mover.
Inventories and Schedules
Providing a correct inventory and updating your mover periodically about any inventory changes, are essential to a relocation process’ success.
We recommend that you start the process by going room by room and writing down all the items that you are about to move from it.
Don’t forget to mark down items that will require packing so you can make better decisions about whether you would like the mover to pack for you or whether you would like to do the packing yourself.
In addition to an exact inventory, you will need to inform the mover of your schedule, especially for long distance moves, and update it about any changes immediately.
Access and Restrictions
It is very important to inform your relocation company about any access issues or restrictions for both your pick up and destination addresses. It is also important to update your movers about time restrictions, if you live in a gated community or a building that has elevator restrictions.
Remember, the more accurate the information you provide your movers, the better will your relocation experience be.
If you need more details regarding the information you need to provide your mover, don’t hesitate and call an Alpha Moving relocation consultant to hear more about the subject.
One of the most important decisions regarding your upcoming move will be whether or not to pack everything yourself or to have the movers do professional packing.
Such decisions will influence your moving preparation schedule and canen influence your moving dates, as full packing may require an additional packing day.
Let’s take a look at some of the options that are available to you.
Full Packing Services
When you select the full packing service, it means that the mover will bring all the boxes and materials that you need and pack the entire content of your house.
Packing materials include not only boxes but also bubble wrap for glass parts and glass items, white paper for packing dishes and more.
Specially designed boxes are available for packing books, dishes, televisions, electronic equipment, clothes, mattresses and more.
For larger moves, a separate day of packing may be required. In this case, the movers will come a day before the actual moving date to prepare and pack the contents of your house.
Self Packing and Partial Packing
When you decide to pack yourself you will need to get the boxes and the materials yourself. You will also need to create a packing schedule, to avoid a situation in which you will be unprepared on the moving date.
You have the option of ordering packing materials from the relocation company you’ve selected.
Alpha Moving and Storage offers box delivery services. You can order all the materials, including boxes, bubble wrap, tapes and white paper and have them delivered by our movers to your doorstep.
You also have the option of allowing the movers do only some of the packing for you. Many people prefer to leave the breakable items and the electronic equipment for professional movers to pack.
The Alpha Movers have a packing materials supply store on the truck, available for last minute packing on the moving date.
What does planning ahead has to do with reducing and handling moving related stress? Well, basically everything. Most of the stress related with moving is simply caused by the basic fear of the unknown. Thinking about changing your environment, your workplace, your children’s schools and kindergartens and so on can cause a lot stress. Add to that the stress of the moving process and something very close to panic may ensue.
This is why the more you plan ahead, know what to expect and are familiar with all the aspects of the relocation process, the better and more comfortable will you feel with the entire process.
Starting the Process early and Coming up with a Definite Plan
Ideally, preparations for a relocation process should begin two to three months before the actual moving date.
Our recommendation is to work with organized lists that will detail tasks and schedule. This will help you organize everything for your move and will also serve to ease your “fear of the unknown” as you will know what to expect at each and every step.
Your list should include the tasks of creating and managing an exact inventory list for your move, a list of reputable possible movers, a list of tasks you would like the movers to perform from you, a detailed schedule for moving dates and times, access information for both pick up and delivery locations and any other relevant details.
Scheduling and Moving
Selecting a reputable relocation service means that you will be able to get an organized estimate and an organized moving schedule. It also means that you will be able to avoid unwanted surprises.
Combining the creation of an organized schedule and utilizing the services of a well known and reputable relocation service can and will greatly reduce the stress related to your move.
Not many people who are about to move will think about terms such as strategy or will develop an actual detailed plan for their move.
If you are about to move and you are not developing a detailed plan that includes all stages of the relocation, including researching various movers, coming up with a detailed inventory, developing a packing plan and defining what services the movers will provide, these are all essential elements that will ensure a successful relocation experience.
Let’s take a look at some of the simple things that you can do in order to develop a correct strategy for planning your move.
The Initial Stages
Researching for finding the correct moving company is an essential part of your strategy. The best way to go is to consider only, licensed, reputable moving services; begin with a list of about five to eight movers and then eliminate the services that are less suitable for your needs until you come up with three final names.
The next logical step is to create a detailed inventory list of all the goods you intend to take with you.
Finalizing the Details
Before you select your moving company, you will need to get all the inventory details correctly in order to make sure your estimate is correct.
You will also need to provide all the access information, the exact times in which you will be available for the move to begin and exact information for the destination.
An important aspect has to do with deciding whether or not you intend to do the packing yourself.
The movers will be able to offer you full packing services, which means that they will come with all the boxes and materials that you will need. The movers will protect all the items and breakables as well as pack all the boxes.
Making the right decisions for your relocation may prove to be a complex process that involves a lot of research and thinking.
Moving may not be the most interesting subject in the world, but unless you take some time to learn some of the basic rules and regulations you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation once your goods are loaded onto the truck.
Let’s take a look at a few of the basic facts that you will need to learn in order to find Hoboken NJ Movers that will provide you with the service you deserve.
Finding out More about Hoboken Moving Services
It doesn’t really matter what type of moving service you need, there are a few basic research rules that can guide you through the process of getting a decent estimate that will not change on the moving date.
Pay attention to the basic charge unit and not only to the total estimated price.
Check for extra fees other than the basic charge unit.
Check the reputation of the Hoboken NJ movers you are dealing with and ask to see some references.
Make sure that you are dealing with an actual moving entity and not with a broker or an index website.
Prefer local movers with a headquarters located in your immediate area.
Once you’ve received the estimate, make sure that you fully understand the terms and conditions as well as any price fluctuations that may occur. Don’t go with an estimate you don’t fully understand.
Make sure that you get everything in writing from the Hoboken NJ Movers you are considering to use. Written estimates should detail both the basic charge units and all possible extra fees.
If you are interested in finding reputable movers in Hoboken NJ then you will need to conduct some in depth research that will help you to sort out the good from the bad.
In the current internet based advertisement environment, dozens of service providers offer their services. Every simple Google search will yield many results and may lead to some confusion.
Sometimes, the best looking websites are actually the worse service providers, so the flashy look of a webpage is not really an indication. That being said, how can you truly differentiate the good from the bad?
Looking for Reputable Movers in Hoboken NJ
The first thing you should do is make sure that you are dealing with an actual Hoboken NJ mover and not with a broker.
In order to do that, you will need both the physical address of the mover and its license numbers. This represents a very important part of the relocation company selection process. We recommend that you do this before you even get an estimate. It is also important to verify the physical address. If you get a P.O box or a public storage address, double check that you are indeed dealing with a genuine service provider.
Verifying Information and Getting References
Double check that the information you are receiving is genuine by visiting the FMCSA website.
Once you have verified the information and the reputation of all movers in Hoboken NJ you are considering, it is time to move on and receive estimates.
Our recommendation is to trim down your list of potential Hoboken movers to three final candidates. All the estimates you are receiving should be presented in writing and detail all possible charges and surcharges. You should also request to see references from customers that have used the company’s services in the past.
Decisions regarding selecting your Hoboken relocation service provider should be made only after a long process of research and comparison.
It goes without saying that you should check the reputation of the Hoboken Moving Relocation Service Provider you are considering, but there are also other factors that you should take into consideration.
Let’s take a look at a few of the factors that should influence your decision.
As we mentioned above, reputation is definitely important but so is the location of the moving company. A lot of movers advertize in areas which are remote from their actual location.
It is important that the mover you are considering will be located in your immediate area for several reasons.
A mover in your area is more likely to arrive on time. You don’t want a situation in which the mover calls you and tells you it’s stuck in traffic.
Replacement movers and personnel can be sent in case something happens. Dispatch and management are close by and can be directly contacted.
You can actually visit the mover’s headquarters and inspect their facilities and equipment.
The mover will be familiar with the surroundings and will be able to handle stairs, access and other area related difficulties with relative ease.
It is also highly important to make sure that the Hoboken moving relocation service provider you are considering has experience in servicing your particular area.
Movers that are familiar with your neighborhood will be equipped to handle your relocation faster and with more efficiency.
It is your responsibility as a customer to make sure that the mover you are considering is indeed experienced, has the necessary equipment and is located in your immediate area. Careful research may be time consuming, but it will be well worth your while.
Finding reputable Hoboken moving companies is essential for the success of your relocation experience. Nowadays, because of the many options the internet provides service providers, many services that do not actually have trucks or facilities advertize themselves as movers.
Such services will simply pass on your information to another company of which you know nothing about. This is why researching correctly and finding a reputable service is now more important than ever.
Let’s take a look at some basic actions you can take to improve your chances of avoiding disreputable services and finding the one that is suitable for your needs.
Hoboken Moving Companies – Understanding how Moving Works
Once you have validated the license numbers your potential mover provided you and looked at some references, it is time to move forward and receive an estimate. In order to receive an estimate, you will need to understand some of the basic charge units and the way the industry works.
Local moving is mostly charged according to a fixed hourly rate. Each mover will have different rates for a different number of movers.
Long distance moving is mostly charged by weight or cubic feet. This means that your shipment will be measured or weighed and the charges will be based on the pre-agreed upon rate per pound or per cubic foot.
Hoboken Moving Companies – Understanding the Terms of your Estimate
It is essential that you fully understand the terms and conditions of the estimate. First of all, make sure you realize how the price is comprised and how it can potentially change. Next, you need to check what extra charges may be added. Most movers will charge additionally for professional packing, if necessary. You should also check for other additional fees for flights of stairs, access difficulties and so forth.
If you are looking for Hoboken Movers, finding the most suitable service may be a more difficult task than you imagine.
A quick online search will provide you with many results, online advertisements and more. So how can you tell the difference between the good and the bad and how can you make sure that you won’t end up with a mover that will considerably increase the price on the day of the move.
Here are some pointers that will help you in determining how to select your Hoboken Movers and avoid unlicensed companied.
Hoboken Movers – Checking Licenses and Reputation
The first thing you should do is ask any potential Hoboken Movers for their license numbers. This will help you to sort out actual movers from brokers and other services that will simply pass on your information.
Check that the license numbers you are getting are valid and that there are no violations that were done by the company. Use this link to check and validate the information your Hoboken Movers provide you with.
The next thing you should do is ask for references from customers that have actually used the moving service. A good company should have no problems providing you with some solid references.
Paying a Visit to the Local Headquarters of your Hoboken Movers
Make sure you are dealing with a real company whose headquarters are in your immediate area. Ask to pay your movers a visit so you can view their trucks and facilities. This will ensure that you will not be lured into selecting an unqualified service provider.
Hoboken Moving Company services, such as local, long distance and commercial moving, are available from Alpha Moving and Storage.
The city of Hoboken is one of the main areas of operation for Alpha Moving and Storage. With many years of experience, we are considered one of the most experienced Hoboken Moving service providers. This experience allows us to better handle the particular challenges moving to and from Hoboken poses such as narrow flights of stairs, access difficulties, parking and more.
Here are some of the Hoboken Moving Company Services that we Offer
Local moving to and from Hoboken done by experienced and well trained crews
Long Distance moving services from the Hoboken area to any destination location within the continental US
The Alpha Moving Storage facility has been successfully servicing the needs of Hoboken clients for many years
Expert packing services. We offer both partial and full packing services at affordable prices
Free estimates that will be tailored to suit your specific budget and needs.
A Reputable Hoboken Relocation Service Provider you can actually Trust
Our reputation speaks for itself! Alpha Moving and Storage is one of the most reliable moving service providers in the Hoboken and tri-state area, offering excellent service and affordable prices.
Our expert crews are knowledgeable in all aspects of long distance and local moves to and from Hoboken.
From the estimate stage all the way to the safe delivery of your goods, our friendly estimators, dispatchers and movers will make you feel at ease.
We take pride in the fact that most of the business we handle comes from repeat customers and recommendations.
If you explore our website, you will be able to view many testimonials and video testimonials from happy customers that have used our services in the past.
If you are considering a move to or from Hoboken, Alpha Moving and Storage is definitely the right choice for you.
Storage is an essential element for many types of moves, local, long distance and international.
Relocation services will offer you both long and short term storage for a fixed monthly fee.
Obviously, you want to make sure that your valuable goods will be well protected and in a clean, climate controlled and safe environment.
In this post, we will provide you with answers for questions that you should ask your movers regarding storage as well as with a few of the basic facts about how boxes and furniture are stored and handled by most relocation service providers.
Local and Long Distance Storage Options
Most relocation services will determine the storage charges according to the volume your household goods will require in the storage facility. Obviously, the charges here are based on the amount of space required. The most common way to determine the storage fee is according to a rate per cubic foot.
In most instances, the charges will be based on set monthly fees. In some cases, long distance moving will involve up to one month of free storage.
You are highly advised to make sure that your mover has its own storage facility. Also, make sure that the storage facility has the right conditions to protect your goods.
Delivery from Storage
For long distance moving, taking the goods out of storage represents the natural continuation of the long distance process.
For local moving, the move out of storage represents a second move that will be charged according to a pre-agreed upon hourly rate.
Before making your selection, make sure that your potential mover provides you with detailed information about storage fees, storage basic charge units and re-delivery procedures.
Local moving may sometimes sound deceptively simple, but in actuality involves some complex processes that will require a lot of careful planning and thought.
Educating yourself about how local moving works will help you to make correct decisions about packing, inventorying, selecting reputable movers and avoiding disreputable ones.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic local moving processes in order to allow you to make more informed decisions.
How Local Moving is charged
Almost all relocation service providers charge according to a pre-determined hourly rate. The rate will be provided by you relocation service provider.
Your relocation company should specify how many movers it will send you for the specific rate quoted.
If the number of movers was not provided you, be sure to inquire how many will be sent to service your move.
An hourly rate of $110 for four movers will end up working better for you than an hourly rate of $80 for two movers.
Make sure that the hourly rate and the number of movers assigned for your move are both provided to you in writing by the relocation service provider.
Possible Extra Fees for Local Moving
Possible extra fees have to do with packing, access difficulties and travel time. Most movers will provide you with the option of packing some or all of your items by yourself. If you will need any assistance in packing your boxes or handling glass items, electronic equipment and so forth then the movers will charge you for it.
Travel time is charged for the time it will take the movers to return back to their headquarters once the delivery is done. It is normally the same as the hourly rate.
If the truck cannot park by your house or if you have any other access difficulties additional fees may apply, so inquire with your relocation company about those.
Long distance moving is undoubtedly the most elaborate type of relocation. It involves various stages that may take place hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles apart.
Selecting a relocation service for such a complex move is not an easy task. The more information you have about the long distance industry and how it works, the better will your choices be.
In this post, we will provide you with some of the most essential information about the long distance industry and how it works, so that you can make better and more informed choices.
The Basic Charge Units
Let’s being with describing how long distance moving is normally priced. Most relocation service providers charge either by weight or space. The reason for such pricing has to do with the fact that long distance moves, or at least most of them, are transported via 50’ trailers. This means that several moves will share the same large truck.
Your load will be measured or weighed in order to determine just how much room it will require on the trailer and charged accordingly.
Most service providers will assign your move a rate per pound or a rate per cubic foot. The rate will be determined according to the pick up and destination locations and according to the size of your shipment.
Possible Additional Fees for Long Distance Moving
The two main possible extra charges are packing and storage. Most movers will charge additionally for packing boxes for you and for protecting glass items and breakables.
If you will not be ready to accept your delivery right away, storage fees may apply.
Alpha Moving and storage runs occasional specials for one month of free storage, so be sure to inquire with your sales representative if you need storage.
Selecting a reputable NJ mover is possibly the most important aspect of your relocation. This will help you to avoid damages, surprising extra fees and other unpleasant experiences.
In order to help you make the right choices, we’ve come up with a list of important questions that you should ask potential NJ movers. These questions will help you to clarify whether you are dealing with an actual local mover, a broker or another type of service provider.
Important Questions to ask your Potential Movers
Are you an actual licensed moving company?
Are you a moving company or a broker?
Could you provide me with your license numbers?
Where are your offices located?
Can I pay a visit to your local facility?
What are your prices based on, what is the basic charge unit you apply?
What extra fees do you have and how much will packing services cost me?
Can you provide me with some references from customers that were happy with your services?
What are my responsibilities? What information do you need from me in order to provide me with an accurate estimate?
Can I do some of the packing by myself? What are your packing policies for different types of items?
If I am moving long distance and I need storage services, do you provide one month of free storage?
Getting detailed answers for such questions is essential. Most importantly, don’t accept any excuses if companies are not providing with clear and understandable answers. Try to avoid companies that do not provide you with license numbers or whose license numbers do not check out. It is also recommended to consider only companies whose headquarters are located in your immediate area.
We’ve dedicated several posts to this important subject because we continue to receive important questions from customers that try to compare offers and make educated decisions.
We will attempt to draw a general picture regarding how to correctly search for a New Jersey based relocation service and how to compare the various offers that you may be receiving.
When you search for a New Jersey moving company, it is highly important to ensure that you are dealing with an actual service provider and not with a brokerage agency or an index website. Such sites will simply pass on your information to various service providers, of which you know nothing.
Trying to find local results which contain an actual address is a great first step. We recommend that you verify the address and go pay your potential mover a short visit. This will help you to ensure that you are dealing with an actual mover.
Your search should also include information about license numbers and reputation.
Researching your Potential Relocation Companies
Make sure that you write down all the license numbers and double check their validity. If a mover cannot provide you with a valid license number, do not accept any excuse and move on to the next potential service provider.
Regarding reputation, you can check with various review websites, as well as with the Better Business Bureau. You can also ask to view some references from customers that recently moved with the company you are considering.
The more time you dedicate to carefully researching your potential movers, the better will your moving experience be.
A NJ based web search will provide you with dozens of results for various companies and services. The various offers that you will receive can often be confusing. Various terms and conditions and price range fluctuations may leave you at a loss as to how to prepare for your NJ based relocation and what moving company to choose.
Let’s take a look at a few of the preparations you can do in order to clarify the confusion and make the right selections.
Sorting out your Moving Offers
The best way to sort out moving offers is to limit them to about three or four, only from highly reputable service providers.
The criteria for a relocation company to receive an estimate from should include:
A New Jersey based company with actual headquarters in your area.
A company with a good reputation and positive BBB rating.
A company that provides a written estimate in which the charge units, all terms and conditions and all possible extra costs are clearly detailed.
Making Informed Decisions
Once you have finished conducting research, you should combine your own personal decisions in order to provide companies with correct information and make informed decisions.
In order to receive a good estimate, you will need to provide your mover information about the following:
Tell your mover whether you intend to do the packing yourself, or whether you would like it to do the packing for you.
Prepare a complete inventory list, go room by room and mark down items that are to be taken, items that will be left behind or sold and items that will require packing. Try to estimate the number of boxes that will require packing for each room.
Virtually all professional moving service providers will offer you full packing service for your relocation. What is full packing and what materials do the movers use?
In this post, we will examine the packing process, the materials and the techniques that professional movers use.
Full Packing Materials
Professional moving service providers use specially designed boxes. The boxes are sturdy and are sized specifically to contain various household goods items.
Dish Packs are used for packing fragile kitchen items, plates, glasses and so forth.
Television boxes are available for packing TVs.
Electronic boxes are used to pack DVD equipment, stereo equipment etc.
Wardrobe boxes are about shoulder high. They contain a metal bar, placed at the top of the box and allowing the movers to place coats, jackets and shirts on coat hangers so they will not be damaged during transit. Shoes can be placed at the bottom.
Book and file boxes are used for printed materials. Book and file boxes are comparatively small, to avoid damages and the creation of boxes that are too heavy to carry and safely handle.
Mattress boxes are used for the packing of mattresses.
For larger televisions and mattresses, the movers may need to cut and create new box crates that will fit your items.
Full Packing Methods
Free blankets are used to wrap non-breakable items such as tables, chairs and sofas. The blankets are taped on the blanket side, to create a hermetically sealed environment for the furniture item.
Bubble wrap is used to protect all glass and breakable items.
White paper is used for dishes before they are placed inside the dish packs.
A simple web search for movers may lead you to dozens of offers. Once you finish collecting all the estimates you may discover that prices, terms and delivery times are very different in each and every one of them.
So how do you know which one to go with and differentiate between real prices and ones that may considerably change on the day of the move? In this post, we will provide you with a few basic rules that will help you to compare moving process, terms and conditions.
Basic Rules for Moving Price Comparison
It is always better to compare basic charge units and not bottom line estimates.
For long distance moving prices, the basic charge unit to compare is the rate per pound or the rate per cubic foot.
For local moves, the basic charge unit to compare is the rate per hour.
For local moves, it is also important to check how many movers you will be assigned for a particular hourly rate. For example, if you receive a rate of $90 an hour for two movers, a $110 per hour for four movers will be a much better deal
Check for extra fees and other charges. Such fees are added onto the rate per hour for local moves and the rate per cubic foot or per pound for long distance moves.
Always check the reputation and reliability of the service provider you are considering and make sure that you are dealing with an actual mover with a local headquarters and the right equipment.
Get the offer in writing and in an organized way. Everything needs to be mentioned in detail, including possible extra fees, terms and conditions.
Most relocation companies use one of two methods to calculate long distance moving prices: space based estimates and weight based estimates.
Both systems are based on the consolidation method, combining several long distance shipments on a large 50’ tractor trailer. This method allows movers to considerably decrease the prices they charge for long distance moving.
Understanding the Pricing Systems
Weight based moves are calculated according to a fixed rate per pound. If, for example, your mover provided you with a rate of fifty cents per pound and you have a five thousand pound shipment, you will end up paying $2500 for your move.
The trucks are normally weighed before and after they are loaded in a certified weight station.
Space based moves are similarly charged by a fixed rate per cubic foot. The goods are loaded onto the truck and the actual volume is determined. If, for example, your mover provided you with a rate of two dollars per cubic foot and your goods ended up taking five hundred cubic feet of space on the truck, the actual charge for the move will be $1000.
Additional Possible Costs and Charges
Long distance moving is a process that requires proper packing. The recommendation is to allow your movers to offer you professional packing services.
Most service providers will charge for professional packing services. The necessary packing will include blanket wrapping for all non-breakable items such as sofas and tables, packing of fragile items and electronic equipment in specially designed boxes, bubble wrapping glass and breakable items, packing dishes and china in appropriate boxes, packing mattresses, mirrors and pictures.
If you need storage services, normally because of delays in your first available delivery date, then the movers may charge you for weekly or monthly storage fees. Alpha Moving and Storage occasionally offers its long distance moving customers with one month of free storage.
You’ve accumulated a few good estimates from reliable and reputable NJ movers. Now the time comes to make your selection. How can you compare the different rates, charge units and terms that the various different movers offered you?
We’ll outline a few basic guidelines that will help you to make your decisions and compare the estimates you’ve received.
Comparing the Moving Prices
The most important thing about comparing prices is understanding that the total estimate price is much less important than the basic charge unit.
For local moves, the charge unit that movers use is normally the rate per hour. For long distance moves the charge unit that movers use is normally the rate per pound or cubic foot.
As local moves are charged for actual time and long distance moves are charged for actual weight or space, it is the charge unit itself that makes an estimate more or less expensive. Some movers intentionally lower the amount of hours or weight to make a high charge unit appear more attractive, so be sure to be weary of that and make your comparisons wisely.
The second thing that you should compare is the surcharges. Almost all moving service providers charge for packing and packing materials and some have other surcharges. Not taking those into account when comparing your estimates may prove to be a mistake. If a mover has higher than average packing fees then he may end up being more expensive even if its regular estimate appears to be lower.
Of course, all comparisons should be made only after you’ve verified the fact that you are dealing with a reputable and reliable mover. Also, such comparisons should also take place only after you’ve made sure that the estimate and all terms and conditions were understood and verified in writing.
NJ movers will be able to provide you with long distance estimates for any location in the US. Actually, NJ and the Tri-State area may be the area with the largest concentration of moving service providers in America.
This means that there is a lot of healthy competition, but is also means that you will need to be extra careful while getting your long distance offers and beware of companies that will inflate your price when the moving date comes.
Here are a few things that you can do in order to make sure that your long distance estimate will remain the same on the day of the move.
Getting a Solid Long Distance Moving Estimate
First of all, before getting your long distance estimate, make sure that you have a clear idea about what you are moving, when you are moving and when you will be able to receive your delivery.
The size of your shipment, the time of year in which you decide to move and your storage and delivery requirements will have a crucial effect on your final price. Because of that, the more accurate information you provide your movers, the more accurate will your estimate end up being.
Once you come up with a definite inventory as well as definite pick up and delivery time frames, you will need to make decisions about packing.
Most NJ movers will charge you for packing services and you will need to decide whether you would like to do your own packing or allow a professional moving service provider to pack for you.
The general recommendation is to allow a professional service provider to pack for you, especially for long distance moves. So make sure that you inquire about possible packing and how much it will add to the price of your long distance move.
Selecting your NJ movers may be a difficult task. A simple online search will yield dozens of moving company results, most of them involving unfamiliar names.
You go over the website offers and discover that all of them promise amazing prices, fantastic service and a personal treatment. So how can you tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones?
The simple answer has to do with objective research. It is your responsibility, as a customer, to check licenses, actual location and reputation.
Checking your NJ Movers
The first thing you want to do is differentiate between actual movers with a local headquarters in your area and brokers and index websites.
Brokers will provide you with an estimate over the phone. Once they schedule your move, they will transfer it to a moving company of which, most of the time, you know nothing about. This is definitely something that you should try to avoid.
Ask the movers to provide you with their license numbers and physical location. This is something that will allow you to make sure that you are dealing with an actual mover.
Ask for references. Good companies will always be able to provide you with some solid references.
Make sure that the mover is located in your immediate area and not on the other end of the country. Local movers will have much more control over the relocation process and will be able to provide you with a much better service.
Check and double check the estimate that the moving company is providing you. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions and read all the ‘fine print’ before signing. The estimate terms should be clearly defined and understandable. If something is unclear, be sure to get back to your sales representative for clarifications.
Long distance moving is a complex process that involves several stages. Arranging for a timely pick up, storage, transportation and a delivery that may take place thousands of miles away is a process that should be meticulously planned, organized and executed.
In this article, we will outline some of the most important preparations that you will need to take care of in order to experience a smooth long distance relocation process.
Initial Preparations – 5 to 8 weeks before your Moving Date
The first thing you should do it to come up with a definite inventory and prepare all the information you need to provide potential movers in order to get estimates.
Go room by room and prepare a list of items that are going and possibly going with you.
Mark items that will require packing and prepare a separate list of packing needs.
Try to come up with a definite moving plan that will include decisions about whether or not you intend to do the packing, definite inventory lists and items that you will leave behind.
Final Preparations 1 to 4 weeks before your Moving Date
About four weeks before your moving date you should already have a mover booked.
Let your mover know if you will be ready to receive your long distance delivery right away or if you will require storage services.
Let your mover know of any access difficulties in your long distance destination location and other special requirements such as a certificate of insurance.
Make sure you understand the estimate the long distance mover provided you. For long distance moving a basic charge unit per pound or per cubic foot will be applied. Check with your relocation specialist how the basic charge unit will be applied and whether or not packing fees will be included.
Many people hire the services of a moving company, without fully understanding their rights and responsibilities or even how their moving estimate will actually work on the moving date.
This may result in unwanted surprises once the moving date arrives both for you and for your relocation specialist.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic responsibilities and rights that you have as a customer.
Understanding your Moving Rights
First and foremost, your relocation specialist should provide you with a written estimate that details all charges, surcharges and potential packing fees.
It is your right to get an estimate that will be completely clear and understandable and address possible additional fees, in case that you decide to move more items, pack additional items or change any other moving particulars.
The address and license information of the mover should appear on the estimate and you should make sure that you are provided them. Do not go with a mover unless you know its physical location and check that its license numbers are in order.
Understanding your Responsibilities
Your most important responsibility is to provide accurate information to your mover and update it of any changes before the relocation date.
For example, if you decide to purchase additional items of furniture after you have received your written estimate, then you should inform your relocation specialist of the additions to check if they will influence the total cost.
If you have any last minute changes, access difficulties, inventory changes, requirements for certificates of insurance and so forth, then you should make sure your moving company is made aware of them.
If you decide to do your own packing, make sure that you use proper materials and consult your relocation company about how to pack and handle delicate items, antiques and so forth.
It is always recommended to allow the mover to do the packing for you, in order to be properly insured and avoid potential damages.
A lot of people face the dilemma of whether they should do their own moving and packing or hire the services of a professional relocation specialist to do all the work for them.
Using a professional moving company, assuming it is a reputable and reliable one, has many more advantages than simply saving you some loading work and a sore back. Avoiding potential damages, getting proper insurance and handling various access challenges are just some of the advantages that using a professional, reputable moving company will give you.
Avoiding Damages and Getting Proper Insurance
Let’s face it, when it comes to delicate items, glass items, kitchenware, electronic equipment and antiques, a professional mover will have a much better idea of how to relocate them to a new location without incurring damages.
Professional movers are equipped with specially designed boxes and packing supplies. More importantly, their movers know how to apply them properly, what type of particular boxes and materials to use for each item and so forth.
Professional movers can also offer you insurance, which means that if, god forbid, you do incur damages then you will be compensated accordingly.
Professional movers know how to handle heavy items of furniture and avoid personal injury, something that you should think about if you are planning to move items such as pianos, sofas and big screen televisions.
Handling Potential Problems
When you are moving, many unexpected things may happen during the relocation process.
Professional movers will know how to handle issues such as parking and access difficulties, required building certificates of insurance, flights of stairs and elevators.
To summarize, we regard moving as a specialized process which professional relocation specialists are equipped and have the proper knowledge and expertise to handle. Hiring a reputable, professional moving company is always recommended.
Moving long distance with your children and family can pose many challenges. Handling a new job while trying to help your children adapt to a new school or kindergarten as well as an entirely new environment is not simple, to say the least.
Experiencing a stress free relocation process may help you to better handle the challenges that you will need to face.
Preparing your Children for the Relocation
It is important to address the stress and anxiety that your children may feel. Talk to your children about what they may be experiencing and make them understand that the fears they may be feeling are completely natural. Share your own concerns and hesitations about the relocation with them, this will help them feel that you share their inner world and are not looking down on their concerns.
Have your children help you as much as possible with the moving preparations. If they will be actively involved with the process, they will feel emotionally better about the move and share the excitement of moving into a new place with you.
Selecting your Moving Services
It may be advisable for you to select a full service relocation package so you can clear more time to concentrate on assisting your family handle the challenges of the relocation.
A full service relocation package is one in which the movers conduct full packing for you. For larger moves, this means that the relocation specialists will arrive to your house a day before the actual moving date, arrange, pack and prepare all your items so they will be ready to be loaded onto the truck.
A full service package will also help you to avoid damages and to get better, full coverage insurance for your valuables.
When you are about to perform a move, it is important to view the entire relocation as a process, one that requires careful research and planning.
Starting your preparations at the right time, researching your potential movers and understanding your rights and responsibilities are all important elements of this process.
Planning your Move Schedule
It’s important to begin your preparations early, create inventory and packing lists and contact potential movers to request estimates.
It is recommended that you will have a definite moving plan, understand your packing and storage needs and already have an inventory of the goods you would like to take with you, before you contact your potential movers. This will give you the ability to provide accurate information to your movers and in turn receive more accurate estimates.
Researching and Understanding your Rights and Responsibilities
There are a lot of moving companies out there, some of them reputable while others may look to lure you in with low estimates that result in inflated prices on the moving date.
Researching the reputation, location and experience of your potential movers is a must, if you would like to experience a successful move.
When you are researching potential movers, make sure you are dealing with an actual relocation specialist with a local headquarter in your area.
Ask for licensing information and check the numbers to make sure that the mover is actually registered.
When you receive your estimate, make sure that you understand it completely and read the fine print which involves additional fees and surcharges.
Don’t hesitate to ask your relocation specialist about anything you do not understand. Make sure that you understand what you yourself need to do, as far as packing, preparing and arranging your items for the move.
In an attempt to provide better service, we’ve recently concentrated more attention on online our local search results for the NJ area. We wanted to share with customers and other quality local based movers, some of the advantages that we’ve discovered.
LOCAL SEO represents a great opportunity for actual movers with a physical location (as opposed to brokers and online mediators) to rank well in relevant search results in their business location. This means that if a moving company is located in New Jersey, it stands a good chance of being featured on the first page search results, even for very competitive keyword searches, if it manages its local listings correctly.
In this article, we’ll discuss the actual steps that you need to take in order to create local listings that will help search engines understand you are a relevant local moving business.
Managing your Various Local Listings
You will be surprised to hear that many movers do not manage their local listing in various search engines.
Not wanting to take any credit from Yahoo or Bing, Google still represents most of any movers potential business. It is very important to claim and manage your local Google Listing and manage your Google + page.
Google is now finishing a process of combining its Places listings with its Google + for business pages.
If you do not create, edit or claim your business page, it means that one will be automatically created for you.
The new Google Places page gives you the opportunity to manage your local listing and your + page from the same dashboard.
Managing Reviews Content and Social Media
Successful Local SEO for movers involves a lot more than simply claiming and editing various listings. It involves a continuous effort on your part in creating and adding quality content to your various related pages, in receiving and managing positive customer reviews and being active in various related social media accounts.
This continuous effort will cause search engines to notice your local presence and include your moving business name as one of the relevant local search results.
A successful relocation process is all about properly arranging and planning your moving tasks.
When you have enough time to research and find a reputable moving company, to compare moving estimates, to pack and prepare your goods and to make necessary preparations for the pick up date, your relocation process will be a successful one.
Let’s take a look at how you can create a simple task list that will help you to better arrange your upcoming move.
Combining the Different Moving Preparation Aspects into one Efficient Moving Task List
Your task list should begin approximately eight weeks before your actual pick up date.
The first task, which may take a few good days to complete, should be to inventory your goods and come up with a list of items. This will help you both with packing procedures and with getting more accurate moving estimates.
The second task should be to decide whether or not you would like to do the packing yourself.
If you decided to do the packing yourself, the next task should be to create a packing list. Go room by room and write down all the items of furniture that will require packing and the estimated number of boxes to be packed.
With all this useful information at hand, you can now contact between three to five reputable moving companies and request estimates.
Gather all the estimates and prepare a chart that will compare all moving prices, terms and conditions.
Approximately four to five weeks before your actual move date you should make your decision about which moving company you would like to use. Make sure that the mover sends you an understandable contract which details all the terms and conditions as well as possible extra fees.
Finding a reputable company and getting a fair and reasonably priced moving estimate is not an easy task.
The moving estimates that you will receive from different companies may be contradicting, differently priced and differently presented.
Here are some questions that may help you to shed some light on the estimates and help you to make the correct decisions regarding your relocation process.
Important Questions you should ask your Relocation Service Provider
Are you a broker or an actual moving company? If the answer is a broker then you should probably look elsewhere, as brokers will simply outsource your scheduled move to another company.
Can you provide me with your license numbers? It is very important to check that your potential mover is licensed and registered. Don’t take their word for it and ask that the actual license numbers will be sent to you. Once you get the information check that the company does not have a large number of complaints or violations.
Is packing included in the moving estimate price? Most movers will charge separately for packing and packing materials. In order to avoid unnecessary and often uncomfortable surprises on the moving day, make sure that you understand how the packing charges actually work and how much materials and labor may cost you.
Do you have an office in my area? Local companies with an actual headquarters in your area should always be preferred. The recommendation is to pay your potential movers a visit and take a look at their trucks, equipment and storage facilities.
Are you registered with the Better Business Bureau? Most professional, reputable moving services will be registered with the better business bureau and will have a high ranking. Make sure that the mover you are considering for your relocation is properly accredited.
We recently made a little survey with our Alpha Moving and Storage foremen and asked them what they thought was the single most important aspect of any relocation process.
It is not surprising that the almost unanimous answer was packing.
Decisions about your packing strategy can change the nature of your move for good or ill and to a large extent the success of any move depends on whether or not your precious items of furniture and boxes arrive safe and sound to the destination, definitely something that is related to correct packing.
Let’s take a look at a few tips and recommendation that can help you to make the right packing decisions.
Making Correct Decisions about Packing
When it comes to packing, a lot depends on the size of the house and the amount of furniture it contains and the value of the goods.
Naturally, the recommendation is to hire professional movers to provide full packing services for larger moves and for expensive items of furniture.
Self packing is problematic insurance wise and may lead to unnecessary damages.
For smaller moves, self packing is an option but it should be accompanied with correct planning and a well thought of packing schedule.
Using Quality Packing Materials
Our strong recommendation is to use only new and specially designed packing materials. This will help you to avoid unnecessary damages and heartache.
Even if you decide that you prefer to self pack, you can still request your movers to provide you with the packing materials.
Most movers can arrange for a ‘box delivery’ and provide materials such as boxes, bubble wrap and tape to your doorstep.
If you decide to have movers do all the packing for you, make sure that you receive a complete and all inclusive packing price that will include both materials and packing labor.
It is no secret that packing is one of the most important aspects of any move.
Decisions about packing should be done at a very early stage of your move planning as they will assist you in understanding just how much work you have to do, how you can break it into manageable daily tasks and whether or not you will need the assistance of professional movers.
Let’s take a look at how arranging your packing schedule can help you to experience a better relocation process.
Making Early Decisions about Packing
It is important to make the decisions regarding your packing strategy at an early stage, preferable even before you contact a relocation company.
Obviously, the first decision will be whether or not you will do the packing yourself.
Even if you decide to have professional movers do all of your packing for you, you will still need to decide if you would like them to pack everything on the moving day itself or if you want them to come a day or two before for a separate day of packing.
A separate day of packing is normally recommended for large relocation with many glass items, antiques and so on.
Creating Manageable Packing Tasks
If you are interested in doing your own packing, prepare a full list of all the packing that needs to be done.
The best way to do this is to go room by room and write down individual items of furniture that need to be packed and an estimated number of boxes.
According to the time you have remaining before your moving date, divide the packing activity into daily manageable tasks.
This method will help you to be better prepared for the moving date and avoid unnecessary last minute stress and anxiety.
Although it is recommended to start planning and arranging your move at least four to six weeks in advance, there are situations which may lead you to a last minute, unexpected move.
An unexpected job offer or a family emergency may force you to pack up and move in just a few days and this means that you will need to contact movers, schedule your move and pack in a very short period of time.
Here is some advice for arranging a last minute move.
Consider Full Packing
If you only have a few days before your moving date, it may be better for you to arrange for the movers to pack your goods for you.
Rushed packing may lead to damages and unnecessary heartaches when the time comes to open your boxes.
Most movers will charge you extra for packing boxes for you, but they will be able to save you some valuable time and help you to avoid damages
Don’t Lower your Standards
A lot of people are tempted to hire disreputable companies simply because they are available to perform a last minute move. This may prove to be a big mistake, as you may end up paying much more than what you were estimated.
Even though it is a last minute move, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t insist on finding a reputable company that provides you with all the terms and conditions in writing.
Make sure that you receive an understandable, solid estimate that details all the terms and conditions of the move.
It’s better to postpone the moving date in a day or two and go with a reputable mover than to rush things at any cost and end up with a nightmarish experience.
A lot of people in need of moving fail to understand the difference between professional packing, done by professionally trained movers and other types of packing.
Not only will professional packing save you a lot of precious time as you prepare for your move, it will also help you to avoid damages and even shorten the amount of time it will take to load and off-load the moving truck.
Let’s take a look at the benefits that full, professional packing services can offer you.
Reducing the Chances of Incurring Damages
Professional movers undergo training and have a lot of experience in packing dishes, glass items, electronic equipment, glass and marble tops, mattresses and so forth.
When it comes to ensuring the health of your valuables, nothing is better than professional packing.
Additionally, when the movers pack your belongings you get better and more extensive insurance options.
Enhancing the Efficiency of the Moving Process
When professional movers are packing the boxes, processes such as the loading of the truck become much easier and quicker.
Movers will use new and professionally designed boxes and materials and will know what type and size of box is appropriate for each and every one of your items.
Saving Time and Getting some Peace of Mind
Another important benefit of professional packing is that it will save you much needed time, time that you can use to work and complete other tasks and preparations for your move.
Last, but not least, we all know just how stressful moving can be. Knowing that professional movers will take care of all your moving needs will offer you much needed peace of mind and allow you to feel better about the entire relocation process.
Alpha Moving and Storage offers full and partial moving services for all sizes and types of moving. Contact an Alpha Moving relocation specialist to get prices and more information.
Because of vast number of options that online searches will provide you, locating reputable movers is not an easy task.
Many of the search results that you will get when searching for movers in your area will not represent actual companies, but brokers and index websites which simply transfer your information to third party service providers.
Let’s take a look at some simple processes that will help you to differentiate actual, reputable movers from other service providers.
Always Check Location and Local Headquarters
The first question you should ask yourself is – where is the company located? Make sure that it has an actual location in your area.
In some cases, it may be a good idea to pay a visit to the headquarter location, meet the movers and check the facilities.
Always Check License Numbers and Reputation
Make sure that the moving company has all the relevant MC and DOT numbers. Once you make sure the company is licensed, check its reputation and ask for references from people who experienced similar moves.
Request an On-Site Estimate
The best way to receive a price from a moving company is to ask for a company representative to come to your house, make an inspection and provide you with a written estimate.
This helps the movers to provide you with accurate price and also adds a personal touch to the relocation proceedings and a sense of familiarity between mover and customer.
Make sure you fully understand your Estimate
Always read the fine print and double check all the possible extra charges.
Most movers will charge separately for packing materials. If packing was not included in the estimate you received, check how much it can potentially add to your moving price.
Also, check if there are other possible fees and in what cases they are applied.
The term local moving describes a wide range of relocation operations, from short distance moves in the same city, to moves that can take hours and even days to complete and moves that includes storage and re-delivery.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic facts of local moving and see how proper preparation can assist you with your move.
Inventorying your Goods
Proper inventorying is important for any type of relocation. Not only will proper inventorying allow you to get more accurate estimates, it will also help you to divide packing tasks and other related tasks into manageable daily assignments.
Your inventory list should be organized by rooms. You should also mark down every item that will require packing and add an estimated number of boxes to be packed for each room.
Packing your Goods
Once you create your detailed inventory, it will be easier for you to come up with a packing schedule.
Your first step should be to order a box delivery and get all the materials you need for the packing process. You should then start working according to the daily task list that you created, carefully packing a few boxes per day.
Selecting your Movers
The recommendation is to contact local movers about four to six weeks in advance. Try to have a detailed inventory ready before you actually contact prospective movers. This will help you to explain what size and type of move you need, and will help the mover in providing you with a better and more accurate estimate.
Make sure that the movers you are considering are located in your area and have actual offices and facilities. A good way to check is to pay a visit to the moving company headquarters and request to see the trucks, storage and offices.
There is no doubt that long distance moving is a complex process that involves many preparation and relocation processes.
For moves in which storage is required, the process becomes even more complex and basically involves two separate moves, one into the storage and one out of storage and to the new destination across state lines.
Here are some of the basic facts about long distance moving that will help you to better prepare for your coming relocation.
Most relocation service providers will use a large fifty foot semi trailer for their long distance deliveries.
This means that your shipment will be combined with several others and that the movers will charge according to the percentage of the space your goods will take on the vehicle.
The two most commonly used methods to price a long distance move use weight and volume.
Weight Based Long Distance Moves
In weight based long distance moves, the mover will weigh the truck used for pick up before and after your goods were loaded onto it.
The difference between the two weights will be your actual shipment weight. The charges will be done according to a pre-determined rate per pound.
Volume Based Long Distance Moves
In volume based long distance moves, the charges are determined according to the amount of space that your goods will take on the truck.
The moving company will provide you with a pre-determined rate per cubic foot that will depend on the destination location.
Once the goods are loaded onto the moving truck, the mover will calculate your actual volume and moving costs.
Packing Charges for Long Distance Moving
Packing boxes and breakables are normally not included in the long distance moving price. Make sure you check packing rates and possibilities with your moving service provider in advance.
We recently did a little survey and asked our foremen and crew members what they think are the most essential moving tips.
Here are some of the tips and advice that they came up with.
Always tell your movers about changes in advance. If you’ve already received an estimate and you want to take off or add items to your inventory, be sure to call your moving company and let it know about it in advance. Inventory changes can and will influence your move, especially if you are moving long distance.
Be sure to let your movers know about difficult access, stairs, parking limitations or anything else that may influence the loading or off-loading of the truck. If you neglect to mention such issues, especially for long distance deliveries, this may seriously influence the amount of time it will take the movers to off-load your truck.
If you plan to do your own packing, make sure that you have enough quality materials and try to avoid second hand boxes. You don’t want boxes to be torn and valuable content to be damaged. Investing in quality materials will help you to avoid such a situation.
Make sure you understand your moving estimate. This means that you need to realize what the mover needs to do and what falls under your responsibility. When it comes to packing, be clear about your intentions and whether or not you would like to pack your own boxes and breakable items.
If you are moving long distance, make sure that the delivery terms are understood. In some cases, you will need to wait a few days before receiving your delivery, so be sure to make proper arrangements.
If you are moving long distance, be sure to let your mover know what is the first day in which you will be available to receive delivery at the destination location.
Long distance moving does not necessarily need to be complex or stressful. When proper preparations are done and with the aid of a professional moving service provider, a long distance relocation process can be done easily and effectively.
Preparing for your long distance relocation can and will make all the difference.
Here are a few tips that will help you with your preparations.
Following an Organized Schedule
Because long distance moving involves many stages, creating an organized task list will help you to make sure you will be properly prepared for your moving day.
Create a ‘to do list’ that includes arranging paperwork, contacting movers and packing.
Your list should include a detailed, room by room inventory list.
Once you have an organized list, you will need to divide the work to manageable daily tasks.
Don’t forget to order boxes in advance so you can pack a little bit every day.
Avoid postponing packing to the last minute. Packing for a long distance move is time consuming, dividing it into daily manageable tasks will help you to avoid a situation in which you will need to rush things or not be properly prepared on the moving day.
Contacting Moving Service Providers and Getting Estimates
Unless you need to perform a last minute move, the recommendation is to contact potential movers at least five to eight weeks in advance.
This will give you enough time to properly check the reputation of the service providers you are considering and compare estimates.
Make sure that you are dealing with actual, licensed movers and not with broker companies that will simply offer your details to other service providers.
Also, make sure that the company you are dealing with has enough experience performing long distance moving. A good way to check is to request references from customers who have done similar long distance moves.
We won’t be revealing any big secret here by stating that moving can and probably will be stressful.
Managing your relocation schedule correctly can significantly reduce the stress levels and allow you more time for a better preparation process.
Managing your Schedule
Managing your moving and relocation schedule should start at least four to six weeks before your actual moving date.
Our recommendation is to prepare an organized list that will contain all the possible aspects of the relocation process including contacting and hiring movers, packing and organizational processes.
Creating your Packing Schedule
Your packing schedule should be created in the following way:
Go room by room and write down all the items that need packing.
Once the list is complete try to organize it into logical sections such as boxing, wrapping and so forth.
Divide the packing into daily tasks that will leave you enough time to get everything in order for the moving date.
Creating your Other Relocation Schedules
Moving companies that you consider for your relocation should be contacted at least four weeks before your actual pick up date.
This will allow you enough time to compare estimates from reputable and experienced companies.
Create a list of potential movers and then check their reputation and licenses.
Your final list should contain about three or four movers that you verified to be trustworthy.
Prepare a chart that compares the moving rates and extra fees.
Creating written schedules and comparisons will allow you both to make better selections and to limit the stress of the preparations by dividing the work that needs to be done into manageable daily tasks.
In order for such a process to be truly effective, you will need to begin the preparations enough time in advance, contact movers ahead of time and begin the packing process a few weeks before the actual moving date.
Learning how to compare moving estimates for various NJ moving services may not be as easy as it sounds.
There are numerous relocation companies offering their services online, some of them are not real movers but brokers or index websites that provide your information to third party companies.
So how can you know which companies should be trusted and how will you be able to compare the various offers that you will receive?
Simple Comparisons that can help you select your NJ Mover
No matter whether you are moving long distance or local, keeping track of the basic charge unit and additional possible fees will enable you to compare prices in a realistic way.
Of course, all the price comparisons should be done only once you’ve established that you are dealing with reputable NJ movers; unless the company is reputable, the moving estimate you received can and probably will change on the move date.
Double check that you are dealing with a licensed company and not a broker by requesting the department of transportation information.
Check the company’s reputation via unbiased customer information services such as the Better Business Bureau.
Ask for real references that you can check. Ask customers about the quality of service they received for similar moves.
Comparing Charge Unites for Local and Long Distance Moves
Once you establish the fact that you are dealing with a reputable company, check the basic charge unit. The basic charge unit is the hourly rate for local moves and the price per pound of per cubic foot for long distance moves.
When you are receiving various prices, it is important to compare the basic charge units and not the bottom line price, as this is the only realistic way of determining how expensive or inexpensive a company is.
The simple term local NJ moving combines many variations that can be very different and require different specialties and abilities.
While Alpha Moving and Storage is capable of taking care of all your local moving needs, it is important that you, the customer, understand the various options that you have in order to make the right selections.
Let’s take a look at some of the local NJ moving options that are available for Alpha Moving and Storage customers.
Full Service Local NJ Moving
Full service basically means that the Alpha Moving and Storage teams comes to your house and takes care of all relocation needs for you.
This includes full packing, disassembling of items of furniture, wrapping of relevant items of furniture, loading of the truck, driving to the destination, off loading and taking care of all reassembling and un-wrapping.
The full service packages are slightly more expensive than the partial service ones but they are highly recommended. Full service means not only that the mover will take care of everything for you; it also allows better insurance options and improves the chances of experiencing a damage-free move.
Partial Service Local NJ Moving
The partial service packages combine packing and preparation done by the customers with packing, wrapping and moving done by the professional Alpha Moving and Storage team.
This option is especially relevant for small and medium sized moves.
The recommendation is to still allow the Alpha Moving and Storage team to pack delicate electronic equipment and glass items for you, in order to avoid possible damages.
If you are unsure if a full service package or a partial service package is more appropriate for your needs, your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation professional will be able to help you with your decisions by getting some information about the size of your move and your packing needs.
Long distance moving services are considered by professionals to be the most complex form of relocation because of all the technical, logistic and organizational stages involved.
Alpha Moving and Storage offers professional NJ based moving services to every corner of the continental US.
It is important to understand that there are several options available to customers and those include, full service, partial service, storage services and more.
Full Service NJ Based Long Distance Moving Services
Full service packages are especially recommended for people who are moving long distance. Because of the large distances and the storage that may sometimes be involved, we need to make sure that each and every one of your items is packed in the best possible way. The Alpha Moving and Storage relocation professionals are trained to provide you with packing solutions for all your electronic equipment, glass items and delicates.
The full service packages that we offer include all the packing materials and all the packing services that you may need. They also include complete disassembling and reassembling for furniture, professional blanket wrapping and full loading and off-loading services.
Partial Service NJ Based Long Distance Moving Services
Partial service packages combine some self packing and preparation by the customer. We still recommend that you allow the Alpha Moving and storage professionals to take care of all delicate items such as electronic equipment and glass tops.
Storage for Long Distance Moving Services
Alpha Moving and Storage offers its own storage facilities located in NJ and operating round the clock, seven days a week.
Long and short term storage is available and occasional one month of free storage specials are offered.
If you have any questions about the various options for long distance moving and how to select the one most appropriate for you, don’t hesitate and contact an Alpha Moving and Storage relocation specialist.
Edison NJ is located in the Middlesex County and has a population of approximately 100,000. Edison is the fifth largest city in NJ and was ranked by the CNN Money Magazine as the twenty eight most livable small city in the United States. It was also ranked by U.S News and World Report as one of the 10 best places to grow up in due to the quality of its educational institutes, green awareness and low crime rates.
Available Edison NJ Services
We offer all types of moving in the Edison NJ area. As a local NJ moving company we send our own trucks, personnel and equipment to handle all our Edison operations.
Local, long distance and commercial services are all offered for reasonable prices and conducted by highly trained crews.
Local Moving Services in Edison NJ
We offer professional local moving services anywhere in NJ and the tri-state area. The moves are conducted by trained professionals and are charged by the hour. Our movers are well trained in all aspects of professional packing and can offer you assistance with packaging all your kitchenware, delicates and electronic equipment.
Long Distance Moving in Edison NJ
Alpha Moving and Storage offers long distance moving services from Edison to anywhere within the continental US. With many years of practical experience, our movers will be able to prepare, pack and load your goods in a professional way that will ensure their safe delivery.
Both long and short term storage services are also available for any size of a move. Check with your Alpha Moving and Storage sales representative about one month of free storage specials, available for long distance customers.
To summarize, if you are an Edison NJ resident in need of a professional moving service, Alpha Moving and Storage is definitely the right choice for you!
Elizabeth is the fourth largest city in NJ with a population of more than 120,000. Elizabeth NJ was named in 2008 as one of America’s greenest cities by the popular science magazine and experiences a steady growth in population according to he most updated Census numbers.
Services Alpha Moving and Storage is offering in Elizabeth NJ
As a company that services all of the tri-state area, Alpha Moving and Storage offers local, long distance and commercial moving services in the Elizabeth area.
As a local company, Alpha Moving offers its own storage services for Elizabeth residents. Both long term and short term services are available.
Long Distance Services
We offer professional long distance moving services from Elizabeth NJ to any destination in the United States. Alpha Moving and Storage specializes in full packing services for long distance moving and can handle any size of shipment.
Local Moving Services
We offer local moving services within Elizabeth or from Elizabeth to other destinations within NJ. Local moves are charged by the hours, which is the standard way in which most professional moving service providers operate. Additionally, we offer professional packing and un-packing services for local moves.
Commercial Moving and Storage
Alpha Moving and Storage has many years of experience in conducting successful commercial moving all over NJ and the tri-state area. Our experienced on site estimators will be able to suggest solutions and come up with binding prices for any type of commercial move. We are equipped with the latest and most sophisticated trucks and machinery and our foremen and movers are highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of commercial moving.
To summarize, if you live in Elizabeth NJ and you need local, long distance or commercial moving services, Alpha Moving and Storage is definitely the best choice you can make.
Utilizing the services of a moving company means that you trust a service provider with all your possessions and valuables. This also means that you should feel comfortable and familiar enough with your mover. Unfortunately, many service providers will make you feel cozy and comfortable while the estimating and negotiating stages are going on and then prove to be something completely different when moving time comes.
With all the horrific stories about movers and moving companies, how can you build trust between yourself and your mover and know that all promises, given at the estimate stage, will be fulfilled when moving time comes?
Getting to Know your Mover
How can you truly feel that you are familiar with a moving company? Almost all moving services will have flashy websites and attractive offers, so how will you be able to tell which one is telling the truth?
Verify all the information that the mover provides you, including license numbers, the validity of references and physical address.
The estimate itself should be crystal clear with all terms and conditions outlined and detailed. Details should include packing, insurance options and all possible surcharges.
Double check that you are dealing with an actual mover and not a virtual entity by paying a visit to its local headquarters. Take a look at the trucks, facilities, storage area and offices. Sign your contract at the moving company offices.
Make sure that the moving company has enough experience to provide you with all the promised services. Check how many years the mover has been in existence. For larger and more complex moves, experienced and reputable companies should be preferred.
Try to avoid estimates that are considerably lower than average. Such offers are normally too good to be true and will change once the day of the move comes.
Long distance moving may involve timing considerations that will make storage a necessary part of the process.
Moving all your valuable possessions hundreds or even thousands of miles away sounds stressful enough, adding to the equation the fact that your valuables will need to be packed and stored for several weeks or months may make the stress levels impossibly high.
Fortunately, proper preparation, professional packing and professional storage services can make the process much easier.
Let’s take a look at a few recommendations that can help you to make the right selections and reduce the stress levels.
Selecting a Moving and Storage Company
It goes without saying that you should choose a moving company that will be in charge of all aspects of the relocation. This means that one moving company should perform the pick up, pack your goods, move them to its own storage facility and be responsible for the long distance delivery at the end of this process.
While many moving companies will boast of the ability to perform all the actions that this type of move involves, some of them will actually use sub contractors, self storage facilities and long distance delivery agents.
Double check that the mover you are considering is skillful enough, has the necessary experience and owns its own secure storage facilities.
Preparing your Shipment for Storage
It goes without saying that preparing a shipment for storage requires full packing done at an expert level. We highly recommend that you request your moving company to provide you with full packing services.
Full packing services will considerably reduce the chances of incurring damages and are also necessary if you would like to purchase full coverage insurance for your goods.
Ask your mover to provide you with one final price that will include packing and storage fees based on a visual inspection of your goods.
Saying that long distance moving can be stressful is almost as clichéd as saying that the wheel is always turning or that the customer is always right. Like most clichés it became such a familiar saying because it is based on something true and common.
Moving to a new place, sometimes thousands of miles away, can indeed be stressful.
The good news is that managing your long distance move better can actually reduce the stress levels. Let’s see how that can be done.
Selecting the right Moving Company
Again, it may sound like we are stating the obvious, but a lot of people make wrong decisions when they are selecting the NJ movers for their long distance move.
Try to avoid the following mistakes when selecting a NJ mover for your long distance move:
A flashy website does not mean that you are dealing with a reputable moving company.
Don’t select a mover before checking license numbers and reputation.
Compare the basic charge units and not the bottom line price of all the moving estimates you are receiving.
Don’t forget to inquire about the prices for packing and packing materials.
Managing your Time and Resources
Start planning your long distance move at least five to six weeks in advance. This will allow you to:
Research moving companies and their long distance estimates in a thorough way.
Dedicate enough time to inventorying and packing.
Create a daily task list which will allow you to comfortably prepare and be ready for the move date.
Last, but not least – make sure you are familiar with your moving company, make sure they have a local headquarters and visit it to inspect their trucks and facilities. Also, have the movers visually inspect your property and the items that you intend to move long distance.
When you go online to search for a moving company, any moving related search that you will perform will provide you with dozens of results. In addition, some of the websites that you will use to request estimates from are index websites, which means that the information you will submit will be transferred to about six different moving companies?
What does it all mean? It means that you will be flooded with at least ten to fifteen different estimates, each one using different terms and each one with a different bottom line total.
Let’s take a look at a few simple facts that will help you to make more educated comparisons and select the best moving estimate.
Comparing Long Distance Estimates
Long distance estimated should be very clear and easy to understand. You will need to familiarize yourself with the basic charge unit that each and every moving company uses in order to make educated comparisons.
Most movers will either use a rate per pound or a rate per cubic foot. Rates per pound and rates per cubic foot can be compared by multiplying or dividing them by seven. This means that a rate of fifty cents per pound is the equivalent of a $3.5 per cubic foot rate. Make sure that each company provides you with its basic charge unit, as each may use different weights or volumes in their estimate. Only comparing the basic charge unit will allow you to make a real comparison.
Comparing Local Estimates
Local estimates use a rate per hour. Again, this is what you should compare, pretty much in the same way rates per cubic foot or per pound are compared for long distance estimates. That being said, make sure you inquire about how many movers the hourly rate will allow you. Some movers will offer very low rates per hour, but will send only two movers, which will take much longer to complete the move.
Two people may perform similar moves in the same area and at the same time, one will tell you that he had a wonderful experience and that all went smoothly with his move, while the other one will tell you that he had an uncomfortable and stressful experience.
What makes the difference? Why was one move a success and the other one a disaster? Assuming both men used a reputable and reliable moving company, the answer will have a lot to do with the preparations that were conducted for the move.
The two key elements for experiencing a stress free and successful move are packing and inventorying. Let’s take a look at how they can help you.
Inventorying for your Move
Why is inventorying important? Because when you go room by room and prepare a list of all the items that you are taking with you, all the items that you are considering to leave behind and all the items that need packing, you have your move plan.
When you communicate a careful inventory to your movers, you will be able to receive a detailed and accurate estimate that will also cover your packing needs.
Packing for your Move
If you’ve decided to pack yourself, you must come up with a detailed plan and begin a few weeks in advance.
Make sure that you order packing materials in advance. Check with your Alpha Moving and Storage relocation expert if a box delivery to your house can be arranged.
Write down all the items that need to be packed and create a task schedule.
Work with your schedule, start early and pack a little bit each and every day so you will be ready for the moving day.
Use only new and professional packing materials and try to avoid used or torn boxes.
Everybody will agree that it’s important to select a reputable and honest company for any type of move, but ask them how you can differentiate between the good and the bad and you will get at least a dozen different answers. Some will talk about online reviews, others about the better business bureau, while others will recommend a thorough on-site inspection of your household goods.
In actuality, you need to check and compare all of the above, as well as license numbers and several other factors.
Let’s take a look at some of the methods that can help you to select reputable NJ Movers.
Double Check Information the Mover is providing you
Always double check that the information the mover if providing you is correct. All movers you will contact will claim to be reputable and licensed, therefore, you must double check license numbers, better business bureau information and references. If any of the information you were provided with proves to be incorrect, be sure to take your business elsewhere.
Make Sure Other People were Happy with the Service the Mover provided them
A good company will have strong and convincing references, which means that you should be able to communicate directly with people that had a similar relocation experience and were happy with the service they received. If the mover is trying to evade the subject of providing references, it may be a good sign for you to look elsewhere.
Familiarize yourself with your Movers
Only sign a contract when you feel you are familiar and comfortable enough with your movers. Have someone come over to your house to inspect the goods and go to the company’s local headquarters to see the trucks and equipment and meet the staff. Remember, doing research and familiarizing yourself with your movers can make all the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful move.
Inventorying and packing are two of the most important elements of any type of move, local or long distance. Deciding on your packing strategies and creating inventories at least four to six weeks before your actual moving date will assist you in being prepared when that time actually comes, as well as with selecting the right type of mover.
Taking Down your Inventory
Inventorying your goods is essential for deciding on packing and moving strategies.
Go room by room and write down all the items that it contains in an organized manner.
Mark down particular pieces that will require packing or special handling.
Estimate the number of boxes that will need to be packed in each room.
Mark down items you are not sure whether or not you are moving to your new location.
Deciding on Packing Strategies
Once you have an actual inventory which lists all items that will require packing and an estimated number of boxes, it will be easier for you to decide on a packing strategy.
Contact potential movers and provide them with the inventory list you have created.
Make sure they provide you an estimate for packing all the items you marked down as requiring special handling.
Check what it will cost to pack all the boxes for you.
Check how much it will cost you to order all the boxes and materials and do the packing yourself.
Once you have all that information, it will be easy to compare offers, possible costs for full or partial packing and possible costs for self packing. This will allow you to make better decisions that will take both pricing and convenience into account.
When moving, it may sometimes appear impossible to tackle all the tasks that you are faced with. Sorting out your items, creating comprehensible inventory lists, deciding what items you would like the movers to pack for you and securing the services of a reputable mover are among those tasks.
Organizing the tasks for your upcoming move and arranging them in a comprehensible check list is a great way to ensure that you will be prepared when moving day arrives.
Creating your Moving Tasks Checklist
Our recommendation is to start at least six to eight weeks in advance. The best way to go is to create your moving tasks checklist before you contact moving companies. When you will have all the information you need sorted out and written down it will be much easier for you to receive accurate estimates.
Write down what you intend to do yourself and what you would like your mover to do for you.
Decide on a packing strategy – self packing, full packing by the movers or partial packing.
Go room by room and write down a complete inventory list.
Sort out items you do not want to keep and cross them out from your inventory list.
Mark down items you are not sure whether or not to move.
Arranging your Task List
Use the lists you’ve written down to create a task list that will include the following:
A packing schedule – divide packing tasks to daily activities according to the inventory list you created. This way, you will be able to complete the packing without much effort and on time.
When to contact movers and what specific questions you need to ask them.
Create a separate sheet to compare estimates, terms and conditions from three reputable movers.
Create a specific schedule for contacting, comparing and selecting mover.
When you search for moving companies online, the one thing that you can be certain of is that each and every service provider you will contact will claim to be the most reputable, worthy and trustworthy with the best prices, terms and conditions.
In actuality, many of the service providers that advertize their services on the internet are brokers, directory websites that pass on your information to several movers and actual moving companies that are not the most reputable in the world, to put it mildly.
So how can you, as a consumer, protect yourself and find actual reputable movers?
Some Key Points to Check and Verify
Let’s take a look at some key points you need to check and verify.
Your best way to make sure that you are dealing with an actual local mover is to check the physical address. Our recommendation is to actually go and pay a visit to the mover you are considering in order to make sure that it has all the resources, trucks and equipment necessary. A reputable mover will encourage you to come and visit its offices in order to sign the contract.
Ask for a company representative to come to your house and provide you with an on-site estimate. Make sure you mention your packing needs so these will be included in the price.
Check moving licenses to make sure that you are dealing with a registered mover.
Ask for references from other customers. You may want to write a short email to one or two customers to ask them about their experiences with the mover you are considering.
Make sure that all terms and conditions of the move are discussed and understood in advance. Check with your mover about packing charges and any other fees that may be added on top of the estimate given to you.
Conducting proper arrangements for a move have a lot to do with long term planning. When you have your moving plan in place at least three to five weeks in advance, you will be able to make important decisions about packing, sorting and preparing your goods.
Deciding on a Moving Strategy
Moving companies will offer you various options for your coming NJ move, which include: full or partial packing, storage options and a separate packing day.
The first stage then, is to decide on your moving strategy.
Are you going to do the packing by yourself or will you be interested in the movers doing some of it for you?
Are you interested in full packing services?
Will you be available to receive delivery on the other end or will you need to delay the shipment in storage until your new location becomes available?
If you want to pack yourself, where will you get your boxes and packing supplies from?
Are you going to need a separate day of packing, done entirely by the movers?
Which items will you be keeping and moving and which items will you be throwing away or donating?
When you have answered all those questions it will be much easier for you to make careful and timely preparations.
We recommend that you create an actual checklist which contains all the questions above and other questions that are relevant to your particular move.
Your first decisions should be about inventory and packing. Create an inventory checklist that will help you to decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away or donate. Once you are sure of your moving inventory, it will be much easier for you to reach decisions about packing and inform your relocation specialist accordingly.
Long distance moving often involves solving timing and scheduling problems. This means that you may need to store your goods for weeks, or even months, before your destination location becomes available for moving in.
Alpha Moving & Storage offers cutting edge, secure storage facilities in its New Jersey location. Storing with us can solve almost any scheduling issue, as we provide you with both long and short term storage.
Let’s take a look at the various options that you have for storing your goods.
Short Term Storage Options
Check with your Alpha Moving & Storage relocation consultant about occasional one month of free storage deals. When we run such specials, it basically means that Alpha will move you in and out of storage at no extra cost.
Bear in mind that delivery time to some destination states, such as California, or Washington will take at least seven to fourteen days. This means that if your new location is ready three or four days after your NJ pick up date, no storage will be required at all.
Long Term Storage Options
If you need long term storage, your Alpha Moving relocation consultant will assist you by providing you with a monthly storage fee that will be based on the size of your shipment. Billing is done monthly and there is no limit to the amount of time that you can spend in storage.
Best Packing Practices for Storage
When moving to storage, everything needs to be properly packed, boxed, wrapped and crated.
We strongly recommend that you request full packing services so that our professional movers will make sure everything is ready for storage.
If you decide to pack yourself, be sure to ask your Alpha Moving & Storage relocation consultant for instructions and consider purchasing professional packing materials and have them delivered to your house.
A random internet search to find moving companies that will assist you with your long distance move from New Jersey to another state will produce dozens of results.
Flashy, graphic filled websites with tempting promises about unmatched prices are easy to find, but how can you tell which ones will provide you the best service?
Long Distance Service Providers
There are several types of long distance service providers that will feature in the results of your internet search.
Local, NJ based moving companies with actual headquarters in your area.
Moving companies based in other states.
Brokers and web directories.
Let’s talk about the last two options first to demonstrate the advantages of using a local NJ Mover.
Moving companies based in other states will attempt to perform pick ups along their delivery route. For example, a company based in California that has drop offs in NJ will attempt to schedule pick ups so as not to come back empty.
Although many of those companies are legitimate, the fact that they do not have an actual physical location in NJ may hinder their ability to provide you with quality manpower and moving supplies.
As for brokers and directory services, here you actually enter the unknown, as your booked move will be passed on to a third party of which, in many cases, you know nothing. Obviously, this is a situation that you want to avoid.
Local NJ Movers
The only way to ensure that you will receive quality service is to use a local NJ mover:
Check the mover’s actual physical address.
Make sure that the mover is licensed and has a DOT number.
Visit the mover’s local headquarters and check that the trucks and facilities it boasts of are real.
Ask for references from people who performed a similar move.
Understanding the way long distance moving is priced and conducted is essential, if you would like to experience a successful relocation process.
In order to make your life easier when the time comes to move, you will need to familiarize yourself with some key terms, such as: rate per cubic foot, rate per pound, delivery time and packing charges. Let’s take a look at those terms to give you a better idea about what to expect during your coming long distance move.
Pricing Units by Weight and Volume
Almost all professional moving companies charge for long distance moving either by weight or by volume.
Weight based charges and volume based charges are pretty similar and the formula movers use to translate between the two systems is to divide or multiply by seven, meaning a cubic foot equals seven pounds.
Your mover must provide you with the basic charge unit, which means a price per one pound / cubic foot. Having and understanding such a charge unit will allow you to compare estimates from various movers with ease.
Extra Fees and Delivery Times
The window of time for delivery that the movers provide you depends on your availability at the destination to accept the goods. This means that you will need to plan ahead and sometimes find a place to stay in a few days before your goods will arrive, depending on the distance between pick up and delivery spots.
Extra fees, beyond the basic charge unit, may include packing charges and difficult access charges. Be sure to mention any possible access issues to the mover in advance and ask if any extra fees will be incurred. Also, come up with a packing plan in advance and check for possible packing fees for electronic equipment, glass and marble items.
Locating reputable NJ movers, especially during the summer when a lot of the larger moving companies are booked solid for months in advance, may not always be an easy task. When you are searching online for moves, the results that you will receive may sometime be overwhelming.
Let’s take a look at how you can sort out the good from the bad by checking reputation, comparing terms and conditions and verifying that you are dealing with an actual local NJ mover.
Checking Licenses and Locations
The first thing you need to do it to verify that you are actually dealing with a licensed company. The internet makes it extremely easy for brokers and other middle men to create luring websites filled with golden promises of fantastic service. In actuality, such services will only pass on your move to a third party of which you know nothing.
Make sure that you check the license numbers to verify that the mover you are dealing with is recognized by the DOT, has a physical address in NJ and owns proper trucks and facilities.
We recommend that you pay a visit to the company’s local NJ facilities and see the trucks, offices and staff for yourself.
Ask for references from customers that have used similar services from the mover you are considering. If you are dealing with an established mover that’s been around for a while, it should be able to provide you with enough references to ease your mind and your concerns.
Understanding the Estimate Terms
Make sure that all the terms and conditions, including hourly rates, long distance per pound of per cubic foot rates, packing fees and difficult access fees are understood and given to you in writing before you actually sign the moving contract.
Alpha moving and storage specializes in providing full packing services for any type and size of move, from small local moves in NJ to large long distance moves to other states.
Let’s take a look at some of the full packing services and options that Alpha Moving & Storage can offer you.
Packing Kitchen Items, Books and Linen
We use specialty boxes, which means that various types of items will be packed in professionally designed boxes that answer specific packing needs.
Book boxes will be used for books and other printed material. Because of their small size, book boxes may also be used to pack other non breakable small items.
Large sized boxes called Dish Packs are used for the packing of kitchen items. The Alpha Moving and Storage movers use white paper to carefully wrap all individual dishes, glasses, utensils and so on, before they are placed inside the Dish Packs.
Linen boxes are medium sized boxes that are used for the packing of linen and other similar items.
Wardrobe boxes are shoulder high cardboard boxes, used to pack coats, jackets, dresses etc. Wardrobe boxes have a metal bar, placed in the middle, so they can be used as mobile coat racks. Shoes and other light items can be placed at the bottom of the wardrobe box.
Packing Electronic Equipment and Mattresses
Mattress boxes are specially designed in order to fit small to medium sized mattresses. For larger mattresses, the movers may need to create a larger box.
Electronic boxes and television boxes are used for TV’s DVD’s, stereos and other similar equipment. For larger televisions and flat screen televisions, crates and cardboard crates may be necessary.
All glass and marble items are bubble wrapped and placed inside custom cardboard boxes to ensure maximum protection.
Selecting a reputable moving company in order to experience a successful NJ move is not always an easy task. When you are flooded with offers, each using a different pricing system, this task may appear almost impossible.
One of the most basic recommendations that we give our customers is to make sure they understand their NJ moving estimate before they make their selection. This means that they need to familiarize themselves with concepts such as hourly rates, travel time and packing fees.
Understanding the Hourly Rate
Local NJ movers will normally provide you with an hourly rate. It is important to understand what is included with the rate your local mover provided you. Ask your mover the following questions:
How many movers will you receive for your quoted hourly rate?
Will travel time be charged separately and if so will it be charged according to the same hourly rate?
What are the extra fees that are not included in this hourly rate?
You must make sure that you fully understand the answer to each and every one of the above questions. Also, it is recommended that you receive all the details, including the hourly rate, travel time fees and possible packing charges in writing so that you can review them and compare them to offers from other companies.
Understanding Packing Fees
Most movers will provide free blanket padding for local moving, but will charge extra for packing glass and specialty items.
Ask your potential movers what the packing fees will be.
Mention items that may need extra care, such as marble tops and expensive electronic equipment.
Decide in advance whether or not you are interested in full packing services.
If you decide to pack yourself, ask for guidance from your mover about recommended packing practices.
Long distance moving is a complex process that involves several stages, a high level of awareness and understanding from customers and a high level of professionalism and skill from the movers.
The more you educate yourself about long distance moving and about the options that you have, the better will your decisions be and the more successful your relocation experience.
Here are some of the main issues that you will need to familiarize yourself with in order to experience a smoother and more cost effective long distance move.
Long distance moving is charged either by weight or by volume.
Weight based charges are determined according to an accurate weighing process in a certified weight station. The moving truck is weighed before and after it is loaded to determine the shipment weight. Customers should always receive a copy of the weight certificate.
Volume based charges are determined according to the actual space a shipment will take on a moving truck. Most professional moving trucks will be marked with lines that show both movers and customers the volume.
Understanding the charge unit used to calculate the price of the move will give you more control and better understanding.
The mover should provide you, in advance, with a basic charge unit, or in other words a fixed price per pound for weight based moves and a fixed price per cubic foot for volume based moves.
Long distance moving requires careful packing in order to make sure that items are not damaged during transit. Packing charges depend on the amount of self packing that customers choose to do, the size of the inventory and the existence of specialty items that need special handling and care.
It is recommended to check with your moving company in advance about packing charges and options.
There is no argument that packing is the single most important aspect of any move, whether local or long distance. There are, however, several approaches to packing with some customers preferring to do all of it by themselves, while others will prefer to have their professional mover pack everything for them.
Let’s take a look at some key points you need to consider before you make your decisions about how to pack for your local NJ move.
When you are packing by your own, the most important points to consider are:
Make sure that you use only new and high quality packing materials. Used boxes and poor quality materials may result in damages.
Plan your packing schedule in advance and don’t delay all the boxing and wrapping to the last minute. Write down all your packing tasks and create a checklist.
It is recommended to begin to pack at least two or three weeks in advance.
Make sure you let your mover know in advance if you have not managed to pack everything by yourself and need any last minute help.
Order specialty boxes for items such as your television, your mattresses, your linen and your books. Such boxes can be ordered online or delivered by your mover in advance.
When your mover is doing full packing for you the most important points to consider are:
Make sure that your relocation company is aware of the fact you are interested in full packing.
Ask your relocation consultant about packing prices and options and make sure that you completely understand them.
If you have any antiques or items that will require special handling, have your moving company take a look at them to check if any crating or special handling is necessary.
If you are preparing for a local NJ move or for a move from NJ to another state, there are several preparatory stages that will need to undergo in order to experience a successful relocation.
Selecting a reliable moving service
Comparing moving estimates
Making decisions about the packing process
If relevant: taking care of storage needs
Let’s take a brief look at each of these preparatory stages.
Comparing Moving Estimates from Local NJ Companies
Make sure you understand the terms and conditions. It is essential that you know what the basic charge unit is. In local moves, it is normally a rate per hour and in long distance moves it is normally a rate per cubic foot or a rate per pound.
Check for extra fees, such as packing other moving related charges.
Selecting a Reliable NJ Mover
Check that the mover has actual headquarters and facilities in NJ
Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. Ask for references and check if all licenses are valid.
Making Decisions about the Packing Process
Check for packing prices and options
Decide whether you want your mover to perform full packing or if you would like to do some of the packing on your own.
Ask your mover to deliver boxes and materials if you decided to do some of the packing on your own.
Make sure that your mover has local storage facilities in your area.
Check the fixed monthly storage fee.
Check about prices for moving your goods in and out of storage.
Searching for a reputable local NJ mover may be a more complicated task than you may think.
A simple online search will quickly reveal that there are literally hundreds of companies that are competing for your business. So how do you differentiate the good from the bad, and how do you even know which ones are local?
Let’s take a look at some of the essential things you should check while searching for a reputable local NJ mover.
Making Sure you are dealing with a Local NJ Mover
The first thing to remember is that not every mover offering services in response to an online request is located in NJ. Furthermore, some of the offers you will receive may not come from movers at all, but from various index services and brokers.
So the first think you should check is that the mover has an actual physical address in NJ.
We would also recommend that before making your actual selection you pay a visit to the local headquarters of the moving company. Take a look at the trucks, the equipment and the storage facility.
Professional companies will not mind you coming over to finalize your moving deal and will be happy to show you around.
Make Sure you are dealing with an Experienced and Reputable NJ Mover
Every mover will promise you the world and claim to be the most reputable in history. It is your responsibility to check if those claims are right. Ask for references, check that license numbers are valid and make sure that the mover has enough experience in handling your specific type of move.
Moving from NJ to another state is a complicated task that requires a professional mover with enough experience, not only to perform all the related tasks successfully, but also to ensure that the customer feels comfortable and does not experience unwanted stress.
One of the first things that you should check when moving long distance from NJ is that you are dealing with a local company that has actual facilities in your immediate environment.
Local NJ Long Distance Movers
When you are searching for a mover online, the results you will get for your query will be a mixed bag of local, non-local, good quality and low quality movers.
Some of the results you will receive will be for brokers, companies located in other states and small companies that may subcontract the booked move to a larger company.
The best way to make sure that you will receive good quality service is to check the reputation of the mover and its actual whereabouts.
If the NJ movers that you are considering have an actual headquarter that is close by, you are recommended to go down there personally, take a look at the trucks and the equipment and sign the contract in their offices.
That is the best way to ensure that you are dealing with an actual, reputable mover and not with a virtual entity.
In addition, you need to make sure that you are dealing with a quality mover by requesting appropriate references.
The best way to go is to request references from past customers that successfully finished a long distance move similar to yours.
Remember, if you have any questions about finding good quality NJ long distance movers or any other long distance moving related subject, don’t hesitate and contact an Alpha Moving and Storage relocation consultant.
There are several things that you need to consider when performing a local move in NJ or a long distance move from NJ to another state:
• The company you deal with should be a local NJ based moving company
• You should always prefer actual moving companies to brokers
• You should make sure you understand the terms of the estimate and any possible extra fees before you sign up with a particular company
• You need to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company which has actual facilities and a local headquarter in your area
Comparing the Moving Estimates
In order to make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the estimate you received, you will need to compare the basic charge units and the possible extra fees.
Local moving is charged according to a fixed hourly rate. In addition, the usage of packing materials and extra fees for difficult access may be added.
When you are receiving your local NJ moving estimate, you should ask your relocation consultant about the rate per hour and about all possible extra fees.
Long distance moving from NJ to other states is normally charged according to a fixed rate per cubic foot or a fixed rate per pound.
When the charges are weight based, the truck is weighed before and after it is loaded in order to determine actual weight, and charges are determined according to a pre-agreed upon rate per pound.
Space based moves are measured for actual volume and the price is determined according to a pre-agreed upon rate per cubic foot.
Especially for larger pick ups, it is recommended to request an estimate on location. A professional relocation consultant will be able to give you a binding estimate for the amount of weight or volume that you have.
Selecting a reputable NJ mover may sound like an easy task, all you need to do is Google some moving companies, get a few estimates and then select the best price, right?
In actuality, it’s much more difficult to get an honest NJ mover than what you may think.
When you search for movers online, you get a mixture of great and not so great companies. You also get a lot of brokers.
Local NJ Moving Companies
In order to protect yourself from moving companies that will charge you more, and sometimes a lot more, than what you were estimated, you will need to do two things: carefully check the reputation of the mover you are considering and make sure you are dealing with a local, New Jersey based moving company and not a broker or a company that has its headquarters in a remote location.
A local company will be able to give you better service because of several reasons:
• It has local trucks, facilities, manpower and equipment
• It will be able to provide you with an on-site estimate
• It will do the pick up with its own personnel
• It will be easier for you to research and check its reputation
Knowing who you are dealing with and checking the local NJ Company’s reputation are extremely important for the successful outcome of your relocation experience.
It is also important not to accept extremely low prices from questionable companies or brokers.
When the price is too good to be true, it normally means that it will double or triple on the day of the move.
If you have any questions about how to select a reputable, local NJ moving company or how to compare moving estimates, the Alpha moving relocation consultants will be happy to provide you all the assistance you need, over the phone or on location.