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Can You Pass the Quiz on How to Organize a Move to a New Home?

Organizing anything can seem hard. If you are moving it can seem whole house hard. Moving all of your belongings is a cumbersome task, but if you organize everything you can make it a lot easier on yourself.

I have put together a short quiz that will help you see what your understanding of moving organization is and to show you that a few preparatory steps can save you loads of time. See how you do with the quiz?

1. What is the best way to organize your things?

a. by color

b. by size

c. by shape

d. by room

The answer is “b”. First, organizing by color or shape not help you in any way. Organizing by room appears to be a likely solution and is viable, but it is not the best solution. Organizing by separating different size things into different rooms will give you a good picture of all you own.

2. What are the different ways you can move?

a. Use your own vehicle

b. Rent a truck

c. Hire a professional moving company

d. All of the above

The answer is “d”. There are really are no restrictions on the avenue you choose to move. There are also additional service you can use like storage, trains, boats, and planes. The specific way you move will be determined by your unique situation. Do you have the physical ability to move everything? Is there enough time for you to move it all? You should come up with a set of questions that works through your scenario and that will ultimately guide you into the right decision to make.

3. Where can you find information to help you in packing and unpacking your rental truck? (Choose all that apply)

a. The police department

b. The Internet

c. A truck rental company

d. A real estate agent

In most cases, “b, c, and d” are all good choices. The police department is burdened with solving crimes and other police activities and should not be bothered with your move unless someone is doing something that my be illegal or dangerous. The Internet is the ultimate source of information and will always provide helpful tips. A truck rental company is in the business of loading and unloading trucks, so they will be able to help you. Real estate agents, although not all of them, have been involved with many moves and will be able to provide assistance.

Understanding these few questions in this quiz should give you good running room to plan you move in an organized way. This will save you money and time.

Moving to England From America

If you are moving to England from America, you have to think about somethings and plan well.  You need to know if and when you can travel to England.  You have to look for a place to stay.  You should research the major cities.  Some places are dangerous, you should know which places to avoid.  Also, if you plan on going places, you have to learn the transportation system in England.  Finally, you have to know the laws and customs of England.

The first order of business it to find out if you will be allowed to travel to England, when you will be allow, and how long you will be allowed to stay.  You have to apply for a visa.  If you are only moving there for a short period of time, less than six months, you can just get a travel visa.  If you plan to move for longer and you need to work, then you will need to obtain a work visa.

Once you have the visa in order, you need to look for a place to stay.  You can do searches on google.co.uk for “relocate to England”, “flats”, “let a room”, “rent a room” to start with.  You can also search real estate sites like rightmove.co.uk.

You should research the different regions of England including the major cities like London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Coventry, Nottingham, and Leicester.  Each of these cities are located in different parts of the country and have different things to offer you.

You also have to be aware of the dangerous places in England.  Usually when you hear about England in America it is not in the context of bad neighborhoods, but there are some bad neighborhoods in England that could be very unsafe for you and your family.  So make sure you know where they are.

Moving to Europe from the USA

Moving to Europe from the USA can be an exciting experience, but you have  to take somethings into consideration.  You are still a citizen of the United States.  Europe is not one big country like the United States.  The laws are different from the US no matter which country you decide to move to.  Also, you will be far away from family.  Finally, you may not have the same conveniences that you have in the US.

Every year thousands of American citizens visit countries all over Europe.  They take in the beautiful scenery and are sweep off of their feet.  Many get the itch to move to Europe.  Some decide to make that journey.  I assume, if you are reading this, that you are at least thinking of moving to Europe from the USA.

One thing you have to remember, if you are from the United States, is you are still a citizen of the US unless you obtain citizenship in the new country you are moving to and relinquish you US citizenship.  This means you have to abide by the laws of the country you are living in, as well as, by the laws of the United States of America.  If you do anything that is illegal in the US, even if it is legal in the country you are moving to, you could be charged in the United States.

In the United States we have a set of laws that guide our nation.  As part of the federal law, states are give all of the rights that are not reserved by the federal government.  Europe is different.  They have unified in some ways, but each country is different.  You have to learn the laws and customs of the particular country you move to.

Being far away from home is probably the hardest thing to deal with.  Unless you know a lot of people in your new country, it can be a little lonely at times.  But, if you make an effort to get out and meet people you should do fine.  Most European countries are friendly toward Americans, as long as you don’t act obnoxious.

Moving To Europe From The USA

photo by albertan

We are all use to having Walmart, Target, and other conveniences close by.  In some parts of Europe you will not find these kinds of conveniences so close.  If you are from the country, this may not seem like anything.  But if you are from the city, it could take some adjusting.

Moving to Europe can be fun.  Just be sure you research everything before you go.  Be ready to learn some new things and make new friends.  You will do fine.

Cheap Movers

Choosing a moving company is an important decision.  You want to make sure your things are moved safely and timely.  You also don’t want to pay to much for the move.  Should you use cheap movers or is paying for the most expensive movers the right way to go.

I don’t think you can base your decision on price alone.  Choosing a company just because it is cheap can lead you into big trouble.  It is can be like buying the cheapest television in the store.  It may seem like a good deal, but a year after you have bought it and it won’t work anymore, you will know that you should have spent a little more money.

Likewise, just because a company cost a lot of money, it doesn’t mean they are a good company.  There are some really bad companies in many industries, including moving, that are very expensive.  The more services you get, the more you are going to pay.  That logically makes sense.  If you get a full service mover who packs, ships, and unpacks everything, then you are going to pay more.  Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.  If the services listed in a quote are different, then you have to calculate that difference.

You also have to look at the speed of a company.  One thing that may make a company cheaper than another is that they are not very fast.  One reason for this could be that they have many customers and cannot service them all.  The less they charge, the more volume they have to do to make a profit.  But they could be very good at handling the volume and actually deliver you things in a better time than a more expensive company.

What I am trying to say here is, don’t let the price, whether high or low, dictate to you if a company is good or not.  Decide on all of the services you want done for you.  Shop around for different companies.  Compare their prices to one another.  Make sure you read reviews.  Because this is such an important purchase, I feel it would be in your best interest to ask the moving companies that you are considering to give you a few of their past customers to interview.  The key to getting all of the information is to ask for satisfied customers and dissatisfied customers.  Allow each party, especially in the case of the dissatisfied customers, to tell their side of the story and then decide which company you want to go with.

In the end, make sure you are getting what you pay for.  Don’t choose a cheap mover just for the sake of going cheap.  Also, don’t pick an expensive mover just because they have a high price tag.

Piano Movers

Moving a piano takes skills.   You should hire professional piano movers for a number of reasons.  Your piano is very heavy and irregularly shaped.  Your piano needs to be protect properly to keep it from the different elements that arise during moving.  A regular moving company doesn’t have the experience to move your piano the correct way.

Your piano is not like any other box, appliance, or piece of furniture you own.  It is heavy and has a unique shape to it.  This means you have to make the correct accommodations for moving it.  You do not want to stuff it in a moving truck and pack box around it.

You also have to be very careful when it is being moved to and from the truck, as well as, when it is in transit.  You have to wrap it correctly so it will not be scratched or broken.  You also have to be mindful of the temperature.  Extreme hot or cold conditions can make your piano warp.  Also, sudden changes in temperature can warp the wood.  The temperature has to be controlled at every point in the move.  If you turn the electricity of in your house or you new house doesn’t have the electricity turned on when the piano arrives,  it could be sitting in bad conditions.  Wrapping the piano correctly will insulate it.  Professional piano movers will know how to wrap your piano correctly.

Piano Movers

 

Regular moving companies are good at moving many things, but they usually are not equipped to move a piano properly.  If you are not careful, you could end up with your piano being damage and not even know it for a while.  If the wood in your piano warps because of improper moving, you may just think it is out of tune and then find out later that it will not tune no matter what you do.  It will be very hard to prove that the moving company caused the damage.

If your piano is old and you really don’t care to much about it, then you should move it yourself or have a regular moving company move it for you.  If you have a piano that is valuable to you and you don’t want to see it damage in a move, you should look for a professional moving company.  Search for moving companies and read reviews.  It is very easy to skip the research step after looking at a few websites and making a few phone calls, but it is in your best interest to spend some time doing the proper research.

Student Movers

Hiring student movers can save you money.  They are generally cheaper than higher professional movers.  But the question is, will you get the quality of professional movers if you use college student movers.

When I was in college I definitely needed extra money.  I also helped my fair share of people move.  I never equated making money with helping people move.  I had a truck and they needed to go somewhere.

The thing was when my friends and I helped someone move, which usually was another friend, we didn’t really know what we were doing.  We would pile everything into the back of the pickup truck anyway it would fit.  This usually resulted in things moving around and ultimately breaking.  We also would lay appliances, like refrigerators, down.  We did not know that the oil in the compressor would move around, and sometimes leak out.  We also didn’t secure everything and would have things fly off the truck.  You would think that after a few times of it happening, we would make sure it didn’t, and with somethings we did.

The truth was, we were not professional movers, we were college students, just like college students in Houston, Denver, or any other part of the country.  Now, if we had been guided by a mentor, someone who new the business and made sure we were doing things the right way, we could have been really good at moving.

I think that college students can do a good job at moving your house, office, or what ever you are moving.  I just believe that they have to have guidance.  I mean if you really think about it, some of our best military equipment is moved and used by college age men and women.  Under the right guidance, with the proper training, they can do extraordinary things.

There are also those few college students who excel at organizing, planning, and understanding the proper way things should be done.  These type of students have the ability to lead other student movers into doing excellent work.

So, my advice is proceed with caution if you are thinking of using student movers.  I believe students, with the right leader, can do very good work.  I would say do the same amount of due diligence you would use in selecting any mover.  Look for reviews from former customers, search the web for information about them, make sure you both have an understanding of the process and who is responsible should things not go according to plan.  The best way to do this is to have a contract in place.  If any mover will not give you that, then you should steer clear of them, even student movers.

Moving to Florida

We’re moving to Florida.  That’s what we said the last time we visited Orlando.  We went in the Spring and the weather was so nice.  There was so much to do and see.  There are a lot of nice neighborhoods with some really nice houses.  We were beside ourselves.

Well, we didn’t make the move, but we did have a really good time.  We went to, of course, Disney World, Dave and Busters, shopping, and site seeing.  I would have to say the highlight of the trip was Disney and the home we rented.  We were able to go to the Disney parks for four days.  We rented a nice five bedroom home for only $600 for six days.  Most of the other houses this size were renting for well over $1000.

What we really liked about the Orlando area was how clean it was and how much there was to do there.  This may be because we are not from there and our perception was a little skewed, but it certainly seemed nice.  There seem to be a lot of people employed and not a lot of run down areas.  Now, we didn’t go through the whole city, so I can’t say that all of the city is that way.

I think the negatives of the Orlando, Florida area are the mosquitoes, hurricanes, and the hot weather.  Mosquitoes are not pleasant anywhere, but they are pretty bad in Florida because of all the swamps.  You can keep them away with mosquito spray or Skin So Soft from Avon (that’s a little known trick).  Hurricanes are never any fun, but at least you have more warning than if a tornado was coming.  Hot weather in Florida is like being in a sauna.  You feel like you can’t get it off of you.

Give the pros and cons, though, Florida seems like a nice place to move to.  Every place has its pluses and minuses.  I think that the pluses in Florida, specifically, out weigh the minuses.  If you are looking to move, check Florida out.  I think you will enjoy it.  Take yourself a trip down to Orlando.  If nothing else, you can at least see Mickey Mouse and enjoy a good time with your family.

As for us, we won’t be moving to Florida anytime soon, but will be thinking about it.  And maybe next time we are down there we will see you poking your head around the Orlando area.

Refrigerated Truck Rental

If you are moving something that needs to be refrigerated and you are only moving it once, or if you are getting into a business that will only need to use a refrigerated truck every so often, then you should get a refrigerated truck rental.  A refrigerated truck rental will be better for you because they are expensive to buy, they must be maintained, and you must run them often of you could risk the refrigeration motor seizing.

Buying a refrigerated truck will cost you a significant amount of money.  Trucks are expensive as it is, but when you add an insulated box and a refrigeration unit to it, it is going to be very expensive.  Also, you will not want to use the truck for none refrigerated stuff because you risk damaging the truck with something that it was not intended to carry and it is going to burn more gas than a truck its size that doesn’t have a refrigerated box on it.

Refrigerated trucks require additional maintenance.  The inside of the refrigerated box must be kept clean and dry.  Moisture and dirt could cause mold to grow which may cause a health hazard.  The refrigeration unit must also be maintained.  The unit should be serviced every year.  If a part breaks, like a fan motor, it could cost you a lot.  You must also maintain a clean filter or you will cause the unit to work harder than it should and eventually you will damage it.

Like any motor, you must keep it operational. This requires running it often to keep the parts inside the motor from locking up.  Basically, the parts become “frozen” together and cannot move when you try to start it.  If the parts are then force to move, they could break.  The best way to keep this from happening is to run the motor often.

If you are going to use a refrigerated truck regularly, you should invest in one.  But, if you only need to use one sometimes, it will be best if you get a refrigerated truck rental.  You will save on the cost of buying and maintaining it.

Pickup Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

When you rent a pickup truck do you need one with unlimited mileage? There are a lot of factors at play when making that decision. I would like to give you some tips that may help you make up your mind.

I have helped many people move. Everyone has an idea of how much stuff they have and how much effort it will take to move it, including how many trips it will take. If you have this all figured out then you can definitely make a determination as to how many miles you are going to drive when you rent a pickup truck. But if you end up making more trips than you originally estimated, you will pay more.

To determine if you need a truck rental with unlimited mileage, calculate how much stuff you have to move. Divide everything into potential truck loads. Look carefully at how you divide it up and make sure it will fit.

It is not really good to over or under estimate. If you decide to pay by the mile and over estimate, then you will not get a refund and will have paid too much. If you don’t pay for enough miles and have selected to pay by the mile, then you will pay a premium for the extra miles you drive in the pickup.

Conversely, if you go with a pickup truck rental unlimited mileage and only use a small amount of miles, you may be over paying. You should calculate all of the possible scenarios and determine which will be most beneficial to you. Also, be sure to include the cost of gas or diesel in your computation. Although diesel cost more than gas in most places, diesel can pull heavier loads more efficiently.

Another thing to look at in determining whether you should pay by the mile or get an unlimited mileage pickup rental is the possible routes you will take to move. Some routes are longer than other, so you should use mapping software to determine which is the shortest. You also should check with the department of transportation in the areas where you will be traveling to see if there will be any road closers. One road closer could cost you big time if you are paying by the mile.

When you are renting the pickup truck you will have to sign a contract. Make sure you understand all of the terms before you sign it or you could end up paying for some extra miles, even if you thought the rental was an unlimited mileage rental.

Lift Gate Truck Rental

A lift gate truck rental can be a big help if you need to load and unload very heavy things on to the truck.  You can rent lift gate trucks with or without a ramp.  I have a few stories about times I should have had a lift gate truck and I didn’t.

I remember when I was younger I helped my cousins husband move somethings.  I drove my truck to the house they were moving from and someone helped me put the washer and dryer onto the truck.  I drove to their new house and got her husband.  He was a really big fellow.  He custom built motorcycles and was fairly strong.  I figured the two of us could get these appliances down without much trouble.  But I did warn him that they were heavy and that we should be careful.  He went out the house before I did.

When I came out of the house to help him unload the washer and dryer, I was shock to see him bear hugging the washing machine as it sat on the edge of the tailgate of my truck.  I figured there was no way he was going to move it by himself, but that’s just what he did.  I would not have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes.  He lifted that washer off of the truck and carried it across the yard and brought it into the house.  He was like a lift gate.

The next time I should have had a lift gate truck rental was when I moved a huge refrigerator.  I strapped it to a hand truck and a friend and I put it on my pickup truck.  The problem I had was that there was not going to be anyone at my destination to help me get it off the truck.  I was sure I could do it by myself without damaging the refrigerator.

When I got to the new house I really wasn’t sure how I was going to get it down.  I decided I would hold the handles of the hand truck and lower it down.  Well, this didn’t work out to well.  I started to slide the refrigerator down the tail gate when I realized it was much heavier than I had thought.  It was too late by this time, it was headed for the ground.  The hand tuck slipped from heads and the refrigerator slammed to ground.