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7 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Published July 6, 2014 

Moving is a notoriously stressful endeavor. There is a ton of work to get done in a short amount of time. This can often result in multiple moving mistakes only to be realized once your move is complete. For that reason, we have put together a list of 7 mistakes you will want to avoid the next time you are moving. Avoiding these mistakes will make your move a much smoother and less stressful process.
 
1) Moving without a plan — Sometimes moves are necessary and you don’t have a lot of notice; however you should never move without a plan. It only takes a few minutes to sit down and outline a basic plan or download one of many checklists available online. By having a plan, you are preventing yourself from being overwhelmed by your move. You are saving yourself time, eliminating stress, and reducing your chances or forgetting the important things.

2) 

Not allowing enough time for packing 

— This is a recipe for moving disaster. If you don’t allow enough time to pack, you will find yourself in a mad rush trying to get everything packed for the movers. This leads to sloppy packing and increases the chances that your items will arrive at your new location damaged. Avoid this by allowing 5 hours minimum to pack each room of your home. Begin with the most cluttered rooms first and get them out of the way. 


3) Hiring the wrong moving company — Cheaper isn’t better the majority of the time and moving companies are no different. Not to mention that the moving industry is full of scam artists who will give you a low quote and then hold your belongings ransom on their truck until you come up with more cash. Protect yourself against scams by hiring a moving company that is licensed, bonded, and insured like All Pro Packing and Moving. You can also check up on your moving company using a few websites: ProtectYourMove.gov, MovingScam.com, and the Better Business Bureau in your area.

4) Recruiting the wrong help — Using friends and relatives can be cost-effective, but if you use your help in the wrong way, it can slow down your progress. Make sure you assign your help the right tasks. Use the abilities of your volunteers to your advantage by giving them tasks that match their specific skills. This could be packing or caring for the little ones while you make progress toward moving day.

5) Not labeling your boxes correctly — Many people will try to save time by skipping this step only to find that it takes three times as much time to find their belongings once they arrive at their new location. Labeling your boxes properly will cut down on the frustration of settling in at your new place. Mark the top and 2 sides of your boxes with what room they belong in and a brief list of the contents. This will help your find your things in the sea of moving boxes.

6) Packing items the wrong way — If you haven’t allowed enough time for packing, you will find yourself in a rush as moving day draws closer. This will result in trying to get all of your belongings inside a box, but may end up in a rush job with items that are not properly protected. Your boxes are going to be stacked again and again throughout your move, and having boxes that aren’t packed the right way will result in damaged items. Check out our article on moving boxes for more information.

7) Over or under-insuring your belongings — Standard movers’ insurance allows only 60 cents per pound of coverage. Even if you purchase extra insurance, it may not provide full replacement value of your items. Most of the time, this extra insurance also does not cover items inside boxes that you packed yourself. The first place to check for the best coverage for your move is with the company who provides your homeowner’s insurance. Ask if they cover moves or have extra coverage you could purchase to cover your move. This is often the cheapest option and is full replacement coverage. Make sure you are clear on what is covered and what is not.
Moving is a lot of work, but it shouldn’t be such a daunting task if you avoid these moving mistakes. Having a plan of action will save you time and make your move a smooth transition for everyone involved.

Moving is a lot of work, but it shouldn’t be such a daunting task if you avoid these moving mistakes. Having a plan of action will save you time and make your move a smooth transition for everyone involved.

Moving Boxes: Not Just Any Box Will Do

Published June 28, 2014

What’s up with your moving boxes? When you’re moving, packing your boxes correctly is only part of the process. The other detail that you may have missed is the type of box you are using. Are you packing your valuables or family heirlooms in just any old box? Did you even purchase insurance on your move, but leave out this detail? Moving boxes aren’t just any old box.

Did you know there are boxes that are specifically designed for moving and storage?

CERTIFIED MOVING BOXES

There are boxes certified as moving boxes and they are usually stamped to indicate such. Were you to hire a professional company like All Pro Packing and Moving to pack your items for you, they would use a variety of boxes designed just for moving. You may have even bought your boxes at a retail store where they were labeled as moving boxes. The problem is that most retail stores do not carry certified moving boxes, but a lightweight alternative because they cheaper and easier to stock. 

THE DIFFERENCE

Think about it…the boxes you pack for your move will not be gingerly handled one by one. They will be stacked and re-stacked numerous times. In addition, they will be hauled on a truck from your old home to your new one. You want to make sure you take every precaution to prevent damage to your belongings during this transition. 

The basic differences with moving boxes are:

• Designed to be stacked – certified moving boxes are designed and reinforced for stacking
• Moving boxes come in different sizes – each serves a different purpose
• Moving boxes are printed with labels for contents and which room they belong in

TYPES OF MOVING BOXES

There are actually a wide variety of boxes designed for moving available. The basic boxes that are standard are usually sized as follows:

Medium Moving Boxes (18x14x12) – Best for common household items such as books, collectibles, dishes, etc.

Large Moving Boxes (20x20x15) – These are all purpose boxes capable of holding heavier items. These are best suited for packing some heavy items with lighter items in the top.

Extra Large Moving Boxes (23x23x16) – These should only be used for light items such as bedding, drapes, towels, clothing, or pillows. Do NOT pack heavy items in Extra Large moving boxes. 

There are other specialty boxes on the market as well such as Wardrobe boxes which are equipped with a bar in the top for moving hanging clothes. You won’t find certified moving boxes in stores. Your best bet to ensure you are getting the right boxes is to ask your moving company. You will get better pricing this way than if you buy your materials yourself. You can also venture online and find out where you can get boxes in your local area.

Make sure you have right moving boxes. If your move will require special packaging for things like guitars, framed mirrors/pictures, or flat panel TVs, ask your All Pro Packing and Moving representative what options are available. Don’t forget to ask about special offers on boxes!

Moving: Packing Your Home Room by Room

Published June 21, 2014

Moving starts with one box, one room at a time. If you break your home down by room, not only will your move be easier, but it will be better organized when you arrive at your new destination. It’s much easier to view the task at hand, one room at a time rather than considering your entire house. That can be a daunting task that would overwhelm anyone. These tips will help you pack that first box and get you on the road to being ready when your movers arrive.

SETTING UP TO PACK

To pack efficiently, you need room to work. Grab a folding table if you have one. You can use this in each room as a working area. Gather your boxes and packing materials together. Decide which room to tackle first and set up your table in the middle of the room. Place your packing materials nearby. Pick a starting point. If there’s an item you are thinking will be difficult to pack, start with that and get it out of your way. Work your way around the room in a clockwise direction. It won’t be long until you begin to see your progress.

FILLING YOUR BOXES 

Be mindful of the size of your boxes. If your boxes are too large, you will have a difficult time filling them. When you are packing your boxes, it’s important to do it the right way, so that your items won’t be damaged. Here are some things to consider:

• Put heavy things in first and then fill with lighter, more fragile thing on top
• Fill each box as completely as possible
• Pack items tightly together in the box to prevent shifting

PACKING BREAKABLES

If you hire a professional to pack your breakable items, you will notice they have it down to a science so they don’t have to worry about damaged goods when the move is completed. Everything needs to go in a box, yes, even those lamps.

• Line your box with soft material such as crumpled newspaper
• Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap or several sheets of newsprint
• Make sure the entire item is covered with adequate packing material

THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP FOR MOVING

Label your boxes clearly. This is important for multiple reasons. If you are using professional movers, this is assist them with accurate inventory of your boxes to ensure nothing gets left behind or misplaced. Write a description of the contents of each box. This doesn’t have to be detailed, but should give your movers and idea of what’s inside the box so they can place the boxes in their truck accordingly. Don’t forget to label the box with the room it came from. This will help you when you arrive at your new home to get settled more quickly. Not to mention, the movers will know where to place your items upon arrival and you won’t be left with a bunch of shifting around to do in addition to unpacking.

Your move is only as difficult as you make it. The better your plan, the smoother your move. Don’t forget that you can always hire All Pro Packing and Moving to pack your items as well. This will save you the stress especially if you have other obligations such as work or small children. Get your free quote and ask about our free moving boxes!

7 Questions to Ask Your Local NC Mover

Published June 17, 2014

All Pro Packing and Moving specializes in local moves within or near the state of North Carolina. There are still some questions you might want to ask in regard to your move. Knowing exactly how everything works will allow you to plan more thoroughly for this big transition. Here are 7 questions that will have you ready when your movers arrive.

1. Do you work for the movers or are you a broker?
Brokers help customers find the right moving company. They do serve an important purpose in the marketplace, but they cannot give you a binding quote and are not responsible should you suffer loss or damage during your move.

2. 

Do you give binding quotes?

Most of the time, quotes you receive over the phone or via email are not binding. This means that additional charges may apply to your move. If a broker or mover gives you a binding quote over the phone that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A mover will usually only give you a binding, or “not to exceed” quote after viewing your items in person. Brokers don’t give binding quotes.

3. Does the quote include extra charges?
Many times, extra charges will be added to your moving bill for different things such as: appliance handling, fuel, staircases, etc. Moving large, awkward items like pianos and hot tubs will often require additional charges.

4. Will my move include transferring my items to another truck?
This is an important question to ask because if your items need to be transferred, this increases the chances for damage occurring to your belongings.

5. What payment types do you accept and under what terms?
Hiring movers that only accept cash is not recommended. Before you pay, make sure you are clear on the amount that is due upon delivery of your items versus any deposit amount requested. Is a deposit is required, is it refundable? This is an overall important question to ask so you can be prepared to pay for your move in an efficient manner.

6. What insurance is included in your quote and is there an upgrade available?
The mover should offer basic coverage; usually 60 cents per pound. You may have an option for an upgrade from your mover at a decent price. You can also work with a 3rd party to cover your move.

7. What happens if my property is damaged?
You should know what the process is if anything were to be damaged during your move. You need to be clear on what action you should take in this situation. If you are packing your items yourself, you may not be compensated for items that were packed poorly.
For more questions that are specific to All Pro Packing and Moving, check out our FAQ.

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