Today, we’ll clear up some confusion among my Daytona Beach moving clients when it comes to 2 particular moving company services:
Many people will select a moving company and just assume that packing and loading are one and the same when, in reality, they are 2 separate and distinct elements of your move. That may be because they were not itemized on your moving quote as individual fees, so you are not even aware.
Of course, moving companies will certainly load your furniture and then re-assemble it at your new destination. Isn’t that exactly why you hire a mover in the first place: to eliminate the get-your-hands-dirty, back-breaking part of your move?
Let’s face it; who wants to carry a bulky cabinet or 300lb washer/dryer combo down a flight of stairs? Certainly not me. That is exactly why you hire a moving company in the first place.
But in reality, packing services are a separate and distinct service from loading and unloading and one in which you are traditionally charged as an additional line item.
Here's a helpful hint...ask your movers sales person if they offer a separate packing crew that only handles the packing portion of your move. These specially-trained packing crews are proficient in the most effective packing methods to ensure that your personal belongings arrive intact.
And, to make your unpacking more efficient, my Allied team will never mix and match packed items from different rooms to save on boxes. So when you open a box labeled "Master Bedroom", you WON’T find your dishes or blender mixed in. This can be a significant inconvenience when you have to DIG through boxes to find items from room-to-room.
Here are the 3 most common packing services our moving customers ask about:
1) Full Service Packing:
2) Packing Fragile Belongings:
3) Do-it-yourself Packing
Item 3 above certainly sounds like an incredible, cost-saving option, but when you account for your time, effort, and all the supplies needed, it can turn into a lot bigger job than you may have bargained for.
Let me know if you're interested in my flat-rate, cost saving options for packing.
Be sure to tune in again next week as l cover moving topics such as basic services, guaranteed price protection and some of the most popular and cost-effective options offered by my Allied moving team.
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Regardless if you are moving into the Daytona Beach area or embarking on a long distance moving adventure, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the stress levels (and your blood pressure numbers) come moving day.
Here are the top 5 ways that local and long distance moves can go wrong and how to prevent them:
1. Working without a plan
Do you fully understand everything involved in moving, beyond the move itself? Sure, there's the packing and loading and making sure your belongings are properly handled; but that is only a small part of the big picture.
Here are other, often overlooked considerations:
a) Transferring utilities
b) Notifying your doctors, insurance company, post office, and others of your move
c) Scheduling of flights and other related transportation needs
d) Canceling all home deliveries and maintenance services
e) Arranging access to personal items you will need in transit
f) Booking hotel reservations
Keep a dedicated file handy that contains all the information and documents you'll need to maintain order, before and after the move. Most moves happen when school is out, and, as a result, moving companies are in the middle of their peak season.
Failure to book your move well in advance can leave you scrambling for a last minute moving company. We all tend to make better, more informed decisions when we aren't under the gun.
3. Placing too much of the moving responsibility on yourself
Many times an inexperienced mover will dramatically underestimate the scope of work and the effort involved in moving.
Over-confidence seeps in, or perhaps a tight budget, and they convince themselves that they are perfectly capable of anchoring the ship without any assistance whatsoever. Sure, they rent a truck and scarf up some blankets and boxes, but then the ship begins to take on water.
I'm certainly not insinuating that it's all bad all the time, as I'm sure some families manage to pull it off without major setbacks. However, there are risks nonetheless. And one of the biggest is injuries to yourself and your family. Even young, in-shape adults are prone to injury from improper lifting techniques and trying to handle too much weight.
Another common mistake is miscalculating the size of the truck required to pack everything onboard. And, what about getting that 500 lb fridge up (or down) the stairs?
Another consideration is piloting a large, multi-ton vehicle. What if it rains, or snows? How about backing up without destroying the sprinklers and crushing the garden borders?
Big trucks require much longer stopping distances and a keen eye kept on overhanging tree limbs and roadway signs.
4. Failure to allot adequate packing time
Packing at the last minute is a recipe for failure. You feel rushed and tend to skimp on the common sense packing strategies that you would otherwise use. Heavy items may get tossed in with precious heirlooms that are easily damaged or destroyed.
And, when you are in a hurry, you may move items that would have otherwise been thrown out if you had the time to really look closely. This can result is unnecessary expenses moving worthless, unneeded belongings.
Moving is a great time to purge the accumulated items that you no longer need and never use. This includes overloaded junk drawers, clothing, linens, unused and dried up paint, rusty tools, lawn care equipment, and more.
Now is the time to clean house and rid yourself of worthless junk that just takes up much needed space in your home.
5. Not packing a daily survival kit
Smart movers always pack a personal survival kit to keep life humming along in preparation for, well, whatever happens.
This kit would include life's necessities such as scissors, toiletries, a screwdriver, your address book, a flashlight, your laptop, blankets and stuffed animals for the little ones, your favorite pillow, pet food, a can opener, soap, coffee, and medications.
And last but not least, keep a little cash handy for tips and spur-of-the- moment meals.
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