Your Estimate is Not Your Contract

moving contractHappy belated Fourth of July! I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday weekend. The busy moving season is still in full swing which means we have been fielding a ton of great questions all summer long. One in particular stood out to me: “What is the difference between my estimate and my contract? Aren’t they essentially the same thing?”

Four Important Questions to Ask Your Mover

moving questionsWhen it comes to searching for a moving company, the options and information you encounter can be overwhelming. It’s important and very helpful to ask specific questions to ensure you end up working with the right mover for your needs. The following questions can also help you be sure you don’t end up in the middle of a scam.

Binding vs. Non-Binding Estimate

changed costIn the spirit of the busy moving season I thought it would be a good idea to continue on our vocabulary lesson trend since many of you are dealing with or will soon be dealing with a ton of moving industry lingo. We know how important it is to obtain an estimate before your move and that it’s even more important to make sure that estimate is done in person. Today I thought I would go over the difference between a binding and a non-binding estimate.

Are My Things Protected During a Move?

valuation Last week in our mini moving vocabulary lesson, we started to get into the valuation of the items in a household goods shipment. This is an important topic that not many people know enough about so I figured I’d take some time to go over it a little more. First of all, the answer is yes, your things are protected against loss and/or damage during a move. The real question is how much protection is provided and at what cost?

A Moving Vocabulary Lesson

moving vocabularyLike all professions, the moving industry uses specific jargon on the job. Most professionals don’t even think twice about the work related language they use because it’s so common, but that doesn’t mean you are expected to understand every term. It’s important for you to know what is going on though so, by all means, if you aren’t sure what something means, just ask! A good mover will do his/her best to ensure they don’t confuse you, but it may still occasionally happen. I encourage you to leave any questions not addressed in this post in the comments section. But, today let’s go over a few common terms: Inventory, Bill of Lading, and Released Value.

Three Things You Need to Know About Moving the Elderly

moving the elderlyA few months ago my parents had to move my grandparents into an assisted living development. It was my grandparents’ choice, albeit a reluctant choice, as there had been several falls and other mishaps in the previous months. Everybody expected the move to be pretty simple.
It’s been three months, however, since the move was completed and my parents are still receiving daily phone calls about the move, unpacked boxes, and misplaced items. Catching up with my parents the other day, heard a ton of stories, some funny and some sad. This got me thinking, what are the most important things for people to know when moving the elderly?

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial DayHappy Memorial Day!

For those of us in the moving business, Memorial Day marks the official start of the busiest time of the year.

But, it’s much more important than just the start of the summer season.

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all of those who have died defending our lives and our country. And it is also a time to thank those who are still fighting for the lives we live every day.

Thank you to all of our veterans, active and inactive, old and new, for all that you have done and all that you still do.

Happy Memorial Day!

“Should I Tip My Movers?”

Do I tip my mover?I am happy to say that my friends have dubbed me their go to girl for moving questions. I am also happy to say that one of my close friends just purchased her very first home in North Carolina. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she rattled off all the details of the most major purchase of her lifetime. “It actually has a white picket fence, and a screened in porch, and a back deck, and three bedrooms, do I tip my movers?” Wait, what was that last part? It’s a very common question so I figured I’d take a moment to answer it for all of those wondering the same thing.

How to Move Your Grill

grillSummer is known for two things: the busy moving season and barbeques. Okay, maybe the busy moving season is just what my summers are about, but you know where I’m going with this. For families moving in the summer, packing and moving a barbeque grill could make or break later festivities. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just loading it into the moving truck. In fact, if done incorrectly you could really be putting yourself and your movers in danger.

Should Renters get a Home Inspection?

home inspectionThis past weekend was a rainy one in my new city. I happen to love thunderstorms and using rainy days as an excuse to be extra lazy. As I settled myself onto my living room couch with a new book and my 60 pound lap dog, I noticed a “drip, drip, drip” coming from my kitchen. I had my fingers crossed that it was coming from the faucet, but to no avail. I walked in the kitchen to find a pretty sizeable puddle on the tile and a water stain above it on the ceiling. I immediately got frustrated. I JUST moved in here, how is there already such an issue? It got me thinking, should we have gotten a home inspection before moving in? Is that common for renters?