6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Mover

By | Moving

Introduction

Moving to a new home can be stressful and overwhelming. It requires a lot of preparation, planning, and energy. But if you hire the experts all that stress can be significantly reduced. Check out some of the benefits of hiring a professional to do all the “heavy lifting”.

1. You’ll save time!

You never know how much stuff you have until you’re packing up to move! This can be a never-ending task! But if you hire a moving company to do it for you the only thing you’ll need to worry about will be deciding what to bring to the new home!

2. You’ll avoid improper packing!

Throughout the years you’ve accumulated all kinds of things, some hold a sentimental value, other items are expensive and then there are the ones that are too fragile (glassware, china, artwork, furniture, and electronics). Not every item should be packed in the same way! The professionals are aware of the various risks that may threaten the integrity of your belongings and of the most common reasons for items to get damaged during shipment. Sure there is always the risk of damage during the move but having an expert to do the packing will certainly reduce it.

3. Liability!

Your movers will be liable for the items that they pack! If you do it yourself you will be responsible for any damage! Also, they offer insurance options!

4. Efficiency

If you do the moving on your own more than likely you’ll have to ask time off from work to do all the packing, planning and even to do the actual moving. If you aren’t that lucky and can’t take time off then you’ll be overwhelmed by having to do all the preparation during your free time which will make the moving process last longer! Imagine having to deal with long commutes, traffic, work-related issues and then having to go home to pack!

5. You won’t have to coordinate friends….

A moving company will guarantee the right amount of personnel needed to get the job done! Otherwise, you’d have to ask your friends, colleagues or neighbors for help and that could slow down the process due to everyone’s diverse schedules and availability.

6. You won’t do the heavy lifting!

Moving is not only stressful but it also requires physical strength and energy! Hiring a professional moving company guarantees that your belongings will be loaded into a truck and then brought safely into your new home without you having to do any extra time at the gym!

Sources

www.mymovingreviews.com

Moving Estimates in Minutes

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Introduction

Moving requires a lot of time and planning. Even if you are only moving a couple blocks away from your current home there are several details that you will need to have set . Planning a move can be stressful and time-consuming but the idea of moving without good planning can definitely be far more stressful.

One of the most difficult things when planning a move is finding the time for it. You have to do a lot of research, make sure the mover is legitimate, decide on what things you’ll bring to the new home, packing and of course you need to figure out how much it will cost.

A few years ago your only option was an In-Home estimate which meant that you needed to schedule an appointment with a moving company so they would go to your home and make a good assessment of all your belongings so they could give you a fair estimate for your move. Nowadays things are far more simple and you have more options. Sure you can still have someone go to your home to get the estimate but there is also a new and quick way to get the information you need in just a few minutes that will easily adapt to your busy schedule.

Video Estimates

All you need is a smartphone, laptop or tablet since any of this devices will allow you to download the App (SurveyBot by gosurveybot.com) that will help you get the information you need from the comfort of your home!

How to get the App?

Download  SurveyBot by going to Google Play (for Android devices) and to Itunes or the App Store (for Apple devices).

The next step is to schedule the virtual estimate itself. The date and time are up to you! Using only your mobile device, you can connect with Joyce Van Lines for a live video chat designed specifically to be convenient, efficient, and accurate.

The video chat is conducted entirely from your home. Shortly after, you will receive an estimate of your moving costs.

It’s so easy!

  1. Download the App
  2. Schedule video estimate
  3. A Joyce team member will call you at your chosen time
  4. During the video call, slowly pan through each room to ensure the accuracy of your move estimate
  5. Wait for the Joyce team member to reach you to receive the information,

 

To get an idea of how long this will take:

  • 1 bedroom take about 5 minutes
  • 2 bedrooms take about 10 minutes
  • 3 bedrooms take about 15 minutes

 

Feel at Home in Your New Place

By | Moving

You just into your new place and suddenly you’re feeling overwhelmed by blank walls,  boxes and stuff lying around EVERYWHERE. While homeowners have the luxury of customizing their home into their heart’s desire, renters are a little more restricted.

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3 Apps that Make Moving Easier

By | Moving

Introduction

In order to have a successful move, you’ll have to coordinate and execute several small and big tasks which can be very time-consuming and overwhelming. Instead of having a mental list of everything that needs to be done there is a lot of cool apps that can offer effective solutions to make the moving process more efficient and stress-free.

 

MagicPlan

(Free, available for Apple products)

MagicPlan is an iOS app that lets you create floor plans using your camera. You can create the floor plans from scratch based on pictures or you can work from a sample that the app provides. It is a great solution so you can start planning the layout of your new home and it makes the decoration easier. This way you won’t have to live in your new places with several unopened boxes that you still need to unpack because you don’t know where everything will go.

 

Sortly

(Free, available for Apple devices and web login)

This app is a useful tool to be organized. You can create moving checklists, QR labels, tags, notes, photos, and 15-second videos.  It allows you to have an inventory of all your belongings. All you have to do is take a picture of the item and then categorize it so you can easily find it later.

 

Updater

One of the most time-consuming tasks is to notify people of your new address. This app saves you time by doing it for you. They can help you forward mail with the USPS, update over 15,000 accounts and records, connect utilities and digital services, update license with the DMV, send digital moving announcements and more.

 

Sources

www.sortlyapp.com

www.floorplanner.com/magicplan

www.updater.com

4 Common Moving Mistakes

By | Moving

You’ve just rented or bought your new place and are ready to start the next chapter of your life. You can see the finish line, and it’s almost there! Now you just have to cross it. With so many different aspects involved with moving, it’s easy to forget about something here or there. These bits of advice will help ensure that your moving day is a smooth one, void of any unnecessary last-minute headaches and heartbreaks.

Not removing fragile items from storage furniture

The day has finally arrived and you’re getting excited about your new setup already. You’re still not finished packing though. Putting everything away is taking longer than expected. After a long packing and organization session, you think that you’ve finally finished packing up your whole house. You walk around your place one last time and notice a storage furniture full of small items that you’re way too tired to pack. Once you move the furniture you notice you don’t like it. All the small items are scattered around and look disastrous.
This frustration could’ve been easily avoided. If it is a lightweight storage furniture, remove everything before the move. You will thank us later.


Not considering parking space

They day of moving is here! The truck is outside and now they’re looking for a space to park and start mounting the truck with your stuff. You dash outside and the closest parking spot is 2 blocks away, and you inform the movers of the situation.
Reserving a parking spot at both locations is essential for an efficient move. The onus is on the customer to provide parking for the moving truck. Any parking tickets incurred are also the responsibility of the customer, so by securing parking spaces at both locations, you will not have to incur any additional fees/fines. It will make for a shorter and easier move.

 

 

Not reserving elevators

The movers have arrived, and they enter your apartment. They lift and carry your couch to the hallway but the elevator are taking forever, as, to be expected, you’re not the only one using them.
If you live in an apartment building or high-rise condo, you will need to reserve an elevator, and coordinate the times with your moving company. Buildings usually equip and protect the service elevator with padding/blankets before the start of the move, and most places will not even allow you to move without reserving one. Many buildings also require a “Certificate Of Insurance” from the moving company. This COI usually needs to be received before the day of the move. To obtain a copy, it’s as easy as requesting one from the moving company via email or fax.


Not labeling boxes according to rooms

You did it! The move is complete, the movers have left, and now you’re alone in your new place with all your possessions. But then you look around the house, and there are boxes everywhere. You open the first box in the living room, and see that it’s full of dishes. You go to the kitchen, and find out that those boxes are full of blankets and clothing. As tired as you are, you realize that this move isn’t close to being done.
To help alleviate this problem, there is a simple process that can be done while packing – labeling each box as it is packed. By doing this, your movers will be able to place the labelled boxes in their desired room. The last thing you want to do on moving day is to spend unnecessary hours dedicated to finding items all over the house, and then having to place them where they belong. A simple label on each box will make it that much easier to set your new place up and have it feeling like home in no time. The movers will also be able to figure out the safest way to stack the boxes on the moving truck. Writing “fragile” on boxes of delicate items will also let us know how to individually treat each box.

Cheapest Time to Move

By | Moving

Moving can be stressful and  expensive especially if you leave everything to the very last minute. You may think that the best way to save money is to do all the moving related things on your own like getting a truck and asking a few friends to help you pack and load your belongings and although that may represent a lower cost the  truth is that it may also represent more stress.

Being well informed and planning ahead is definitely the best way to get the full value of a professional moving company for less. Why would you do everything on your own when you can get the experts to do it? Exactly!

Knowing when the best time to move is can have a very positive impact in your wallet.

Check out some of the most recent statistics for 2016 regarding the moving industry.

Best Time of the Year

Summer is one of the busiest time of year for the moving industry. This means that due to the high demand May to September will be the months to avoid in order to save some money. Based on that the best time of the year to move and get the best value is the winter ( anytime between January -April or  October-December).

Best time of the month

Moving and Real Estate are related industries. Most people choose to move right after their monthly lease is done so this means that the best time of the month to get the best value is right in the middle.

Best day of the week

The busiest days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Monday so the best days to book your move would be Wednesday through Thursday.

There you have it planning and being well informed is key to have the best value for less!

Sources

www.mymovingreviews.com

5 Tips to Choose your Mover

By | Moving

5 Tips to Choose your Mover

If you are moving soon and you don’t know where to start. This is for you ! Find below 5 simple steps to help you choose the right mover for you!

  • Research

Find the best movers near you!

Before you take advantage of any professional moving service you need to know who those moving companies are. Here are some tips so you can find the best match for you:
Go online: Make the best use of technology ! You don’t need to leave the house in order to find the moving company that will best suit you!
Some sites like www.consumeraffairs.com/movers  inquire on what your moving needs are so they can find the best option for you.

  •  Get recommendations!

Word of mouth is the original social media platform. So why not take the time to ask your friends, co- workers, neighbors on what their experience has been with any given moving company.

  • Make sure your mover is legitimate!

Once you know what your options are make sure the mover is registered with the federal government!

You can go to : https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp and search by company name.

Check out the moving company in the American Moving & Storage Association

Website: www.promover.org

The AMSA has a program called “Promover”. A company that is certified as a promover:

  • Is licensed and insured
  • Complies with  Federal Regulations
  • Maintains Acceptable BBB Ratings
  • Is Vetted and Certified by AMSA
  • Abides by Ethical Business Practices
  • Check for reviews!

Here are some sites that will allow you to gain some perspective on other people’s experience:

www.movingscam.com

www.movingcompanyreviews.com

www.reviews.com/moving-companies

  • Compare!

Get estimates from different companies but make sure to develop your list of priorities so you don’t compromise quality for price.

Sources

www.fmcsa.dot.gov

www.themoving blog.com

www.moving.org