Professional Movers Can Save You Time and Money

There are some instances when hiring professional movers can actually save you time and money. Hiring professionals to assist you with all or part of your move is recommended if:

  • You can’t get off of work or if your timeline is short.  Moving Professional Movers bring a great benefit to the task – they know their job.  If your move must happen quickly or if your time isn’t sufficient to allow you to do it, hiring a professional makes sense.  They’ll do it quickly while you take care of other matters.
  • If your employer is reimbursing you for the cost of the move. If this is the case, you’re in luck.  Take pictures of valuables before hand, document everything and let the Professionals work their magic while you sit back, stress-free, and drink margaritas.  Don’t forget that moving expenses are usually tax-deductible, especially if in conjunction with taking a new job.  A quick conversation with an accountant or tax attorney should give you the facts you need.
  • If you have items that require special care such as very heavy furniture, antiques, collectibles, a piano or other items, you’ll want the professionals to take care of that.  Again, document everything but then turn them loose and let them work their magic.  They’ve done it before a hundred times, which is probably about 99 more times than you have.  Also, they typically have insurance that will cover lost or broken items which is a big advantage.
  • If you’re moving overseas, you have little chance of doing a “DIY” move.  In almost all cases, this calls for the professionals
  • Depending on the reason for the move, you may be under undue stress or mental fatigue.  If the move has been prompted by the death of a loved one, or maybe a divorce, then undertaking a move might not be the best idea for you.

Here are a few tips if you do decide to hire a professional moving company to help with your move:

  • Get referrals, just like for everything else.  Check with the BBB, look at online reviews.  DO NOT automatically go for the lowest bid – this is one area where you typically get what you pay for.
  • You should be able to get a written quote from at least three companies for you to run comparisons on.  The estimates on these quotes are likely to vary by quite a bit so make sure you’re doing an apples-to-apples comparison, going over each quote line by line. Looks for charges for materials such as boxes, tape and blankets as well as charges for mileage, gas, storage or other add-on fees.
  • It doesn’t hurt for these companies to know you are shopping around – it provides them a little incentive to give you a better deal and treat you nicer.   Don’t keep it a secret.
  • Finally, ensure the wording on your quote is “not to exceed” so that any unanticipated costs will have to be paid by the moving company and not you.

Is the price tag of a Professional Moving company worth your piece of mind?  It’s up to you. Hopefully these tips will help with that decision.  Good luck!!

Geo specific information you should keep in mind when moving

Accidents happen, there’s no denying it or getting away from it.  They just do.  When moving, there’s an increased risk of accidents due to heavy equipment being moved, walking up and down those slippery moving truck ramps, climbing ladders, etc.  It’s a good idea to know where to go for help should an emergency situation present itself.  Many cities have some kind of local directory of urgent professionals to handle a variety of urgent situations.  For example, Urgent Atlanta has a list of water damage, medical and dental professionals that offer 24 hour service.

Regardless of the city you are moving to, there’s more than likely a director such as this and it’s a very good idea to become familiar with it.  Emergencies never pay attention to the clock – and it seems the most expensive or most painful injuries happen after normal working hours.

Finding the right neighborhood for your real estate purchase

Buying a house is probably the single largest investment you’ll ever make.  It’s that way for most people and although everybody wants a nice, beautiful house, sometimes the budgets aren’t in alignment.  At some point during the process, more than likely you’ll have to consider tradeoffs.  2 bedrooms instead of 3.  Laminate countertops instead of granite.  An outhouse instead of indoor plumbing.  That sort of thing.  One area that is often ripe as a tradeoff is the neighborhood itself.  You may need to reset your expectations as you move further down the house buying process with regards to what neighborhood you may end up living in.

If the neighborhood is not locked down tight and you are considering different neighborhoods, there are a few things to consider.  How far away is it from work and/or school? How far away from family (the further away, the better), and what is the social scene like?  Does the social scene match up pretty well with what you like to do?

The local paper can give you a lot of the information you need, as can the local Chamber of Commerce and various other State and local agencies.   It’s critical that you do the research up front because once you’ve bought, you’re kinda stuck.  So do your research, get the answers and dig inside yourself to see how comfortable you really are living there.

Neighborhood safety is important also.  Talk to realtors, neighbors and the local police.  Many people overlook talking directly to the Police about this but really, where are you going to get the good scoop?

You’ll want to know about emergency services nearby.  Fire, Police, Medical – all of the normal stuff.  You’ll want to know where they are but you also want to know about various other urgent care type facilities and how they work, what their hours are, etc.  24 hour clinics for urgent dental requirements or maybe emergency medical or flood damage repair are nice to have businesses not too far away.  You never know when trouble will strike.

Drive through the neighborhood, talk with the residents if you’re comfortable, and get out and meet as many people as you can.  These are the people that will give you all of the information about the neighborhood and what you can expect if you move i.

Scope out the grocery stores and, as mentioned before, the entertainment options.  Are they in alignment with how you live you’re life?  Remember, it’s much hard to change it later than it is now.

Medical and Dental

It’s important to understand the medical and dental landscape of your new area.  Where’s the closest doctor?  Where’s the 24 hour dentist?  Where’s the Vet?  These are things you’ll want to know when you move it – or even better yet, before you move in.  When the kid bangs his favorite set of teeth against the closet door at eleven o’clock at night, that’s no time to scramble for contact info for an urgent dental clinic.  Nor is it the time to figure out where to take Fido when he eats something he shouldn’t have.  No, you need to have this information on hand.  And not just for emergency medical or dental either, but also for elective procedures such as plastic surgery professionals that are located by the use sites like makeoverga.com.  The locations around your new home might be unfamiliar but with a little perseverance you can figure it out.

Good luck!