Monday, May 28, 2012

Moving Yourself

Do it yourself move.  If you have a truck, trailer, van, lots of able and willing friends and/or family. This is the least expensive way to go.  Have a Pizza Party Move", provide refreshments and expect your bathroom to be used.
Topic:  How to choose a truck and how to start the planning process
1.  Measure the size of the rooms in closest square foot.
2.  Count for furniture or rooms of furniture, try to keep the rooms together.
3. Carefully estimate how long you will need for pick up drop off and return to rental business.
4.  Pick a solid date to move.
5.  Carefully box and label all fragile equipment and breakables.
6.  Overnight or 3 days if personals for after the move, labeled.
7.  Cleaning equipment in a separate box with lids on  tight, label it.
8.  Pre-routed maps for everyone who is driving.
9.  Plan a schedule to correlate with helpers or other drivers.
10. Cell phones are a must.
11. Keep your sense of humor, it will be a long day.

Until Next Time,
Classic 1 Realty

Friday, May 11, 2012

Reputable Moving Companies

Stress and moving pretty much go hand in hand. When possible rent a moving truck and move everything yourself. Who else can you depend on?   Well in a perfect world that would be the way to go, as long as everyone is very careful, items are packed well and you have a strategy in place in case of vehicle mishaps, volunteers not showing up.  More on that next blog.
Credential checking:What is the moving crews status with the company? Back round checks?  Temporary Employees? What is the company's U.S. Department of transportation registration number.  Twenty-eight states require both state and U.S. DOT registration Florida is one of the twenty-eight states  that requires State and US DOT registration.

Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.  Unrealistic price breaks, very low estimates probably indicate foul play.
It is difficult to trust a company with all of your belongings.  Moving company scams are definitely on the rise with more than 4,000 scams reported each year across the nation.  Read more on moving scam information  moving scams  and fox business.  

There are many sites that offer customer reviews  and company suggestions such as merchant circle, the better business bureau and angies list

Most moving companies are reliable, just do your research.
Until next time,
Classic 1 Realty