How to Rent a Bus to Drive Yourself – With Resources

If you’re like me, you’ve searched for information on how to rent a bus you can drive yourself, and only been able to find a bunch of rental companies that claim you can rent a bus from them, but then offer you a smaller vehicle.  Or you only come up with charter companies that want you to use their driver.

How to rent a bus to drive yourself?  You can rent a bus for yourself from private individuals.  Some of the buses you find will be converted into custom layouts and others will be traditional seating.  Visiting some of the online RV rental sites listed below will help you find what you are looking for.

This resource will help you find a bus that you can rent and drive yourself.  The reason you can’t find a bus to rent and drive is because there aren’t any companies that offer this type of rental.  At least no companies that I could find.  I am going to show you how you can locate them.

There are two main places I have been able to find buses to self drive.  They are outdoorsy.com and rvshare.

Outdoorsy.com

If you’ve ever visited Outdoorsy, or if you go there now, you will probable think you can’t find a bus for rent on the site.  And I will admit, it is difficult to find a bus on their site when you go directly to the site.  Outdoorsy has very limited search capabilities.  You basically can only enter the city you want to search in and the dates you are looking to book your rental.  But there is another way you can search.

To find a bus on Outdoorsy, you have to do a search on Google that limits itself to results on Outdoorsy.  The search you execute on google looks like the following:

site:https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental bus

This search yielded some good results.  Here are a few.

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2016 Tiffin Motorhomes Allegro Bus

Make: Tiffin Motorhomes
Model: Allegro Bus
Type: Class A
Sleeps: 4
Length: 45 Feet

This bus comes loaded with features.  It has air conditioning, toilet, kitchen, generator, beds, and so much more.  And the best part is you get to drive it yourself.  This size bus does require a special license to drive.  It is also pretty pricey at $300 per day.

If you slightly change the first Google search, you can find some smaller buses/vans.  Here is the search:

site:https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental sprinter

And here is a result from that search.

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10 Seater Custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Make: Mercedes Benz
Model: Presidential Sprinter
Type: Class B
Sleeps: 10
Length: 24 Feet

This is an amazing looking bus. It has custom captains chairs that swivel. There are two bench seats in the back that accommodate two people each. The benches can each fold down to create a bed for all for people that are seated on them. There is a toilet in the very back of the van. There is also a small refrigerator, sink, and microwave oven. I would like to take this on everyone of my trips. How about you?

RVshare.com

Another website you can find some good buses to rent and drive yourself is rvshare.com.  Rvshare has very good search funtionality.  You can search by location, date, number it sleeps, price, type of drivable RV, type of Towable RV, type of booking, your own keywords, and additonal filters.

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The screen shot above was done with ‘bus’ entered in to the keyword field.  All of the results are for you to drive the bus yourself.

Here is one of the listing.

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As you can see, you can rent this beauty for ony $295 a night.  And you get to drive it.  This definitely beats renting a hotel room.

The bus also comes with a plethora of amenities.  You get an stove, sofa, microwave, refrigerator, kitchen sink, toilet, shower…the list goes on and on.

Here is a result from searching with the keyword ‘sprinter’.

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As you can see, both sites have owner’s listing their buses and vans for you to rent.  You may not be able to find exactly what you are looking for in your immediate area.  But if you are willing to travel a little bit, you should be able to get the right vehicle

What type of license do you need to drive a bus?

Licensing varies from state to state, so be sure to check with your state and any state you will be driving in.  To drive a vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 pounds, your regular license should be fine.  Anything over 10,000 pounds requires a special license.

As an example, in Louisiana, to operate a vehicle over 10,000 pounds and less than 26,000 pounds and for hire, you would need a Class D license .  To operate a vehicle less than 26,000 pounds not for hire, you would need a Class C license.  To operate a straight vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds, you would need a Class B license.  And to operate a vehicle with a trailer that is over 26,000 pounds you would need a Class A license.

For a bus, like the Tiffin Allegro Bus shown above, you would need a Class B license.  For a bus, like the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, you could use your regular license.

What kind of fuel does a bus use?

Buses come in both gasoline and diesel.  Diesel is more common because diesel engines tend to have more power, especially when towing.

The smaller vans, like the Mercedes Sprinter, come in both diesel and gas powered.  Mercedes only offers the Sprinter in a 4-cylinder for gas and in a 6-cylinder for diesel.

How much will gas or diesel cost for a bus?

The cost you pay will be however much the fuel is at the pump per gallon.  Large buses get between 4 – 10 miles per gallon.  A smaller vehicle, like the Sprinter will get between 16 – 24 miles per gallon.

According to fueleconomy.gov, diesel fuel contains 10% to 15% more energy.  They say this means vehicles with diesel engines will go 20% to 35% further than gas powered vehicles.  Gas, at least at this time, is cheaper than diesel when priced per gallon.  If you are given a choice between a gas or a diesel engine in your rental, you should consider the price per gallon and what kind of load you will be carrying.

Are winds and other road conditions a concern?

The larger the vehicle the more the wind will affect how it drives.  You will need to slow down when the wind in high to keep from being blown around and possibly losing control.

Rain and snow can be extremely dangerous when operating a bus.  Be sure to get the right kind of training for these conditions.  It’s a good idea to go out and do some  real world simulated driving on a closed course.

A bus rental is waiting for you

Whether you’re taking a large group on a day trip or you want to head out on the road for a long hiatus, you can get a bus and drive it yourself.

Checklist for Changing Address: The Ultimate Guide

There are a lot of things you need to take care of when you move.  Somethings, like unpacking your extra boxes, can wait a little while.  Notifying others about you change of address is one of those things that just can’t wait.  We’ve put together this checklist for changing your address to help you make sure you notify all of the people and businesses you need to.

Post Office

The post office needs to know where you have moved to so they can get all of you mail to you.  You can go to the USPS website to notify them about your change of address.  As of this writing, there seems to be a small fee  of $1 when you submit the form online.  You can also call the post office and verify you new address over the phone.   You will have to pay a $1 for phone verification.  If you visit the post office in person, you shouldn’t have to pay the $1 verification fee.

The post office website says you can make a permanent address change or a temporary address change.  The temporary address change can last from 15 days to 1 year.

They also offer a premium forwarding service that allows you to have your mail collected by the USPS and shipped weekly via Priority Mail.

IRS

Notifying the IRS of your address change is extremely important.  Thankfully, there a few ways you can notify them.

When you file your taxes

You can notify the IRS of you address change when you file you tax return.  One of the questions they ask you is “has you address changed?”  If it has and you haven’t notified the IRS yet, you should fill out the section for change of address.  The downside to using this method is you have to wait until you are filing your taxes.

By Form

You can change you address with the IRS at any time by filling out Form 8822 for individuals and Form 8822-B for businesses.

In Writing

If forms really aren’t your thing, you can notify the IRS of you address change by writing in.  You will need to provide the following infomation:

  • Full name
  • Old and new addresses
  • Social security number, individual taxpayer identification number, or employer identification number
  • Signature

The IRS also encourages you to notify the post office, especially if you change of address happened after you filed your tax return and you are waiting on a return check.

Social Security Administration

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The Social Security Administration provides a way for you to notify them of your address change on their website.  The process looks fairly simple.  First, create an account if you don’t have one already.  Next, login and clikck on My Profile.  Then select the Update Contact Information button and add you info.  Then, schedule when you want the information to update.  Finally, review and submit.

Electric Company

There are a few things you have to consider when notifying your electric company that you are changing your address.  First, you have to decide when you are moving out so you can notify your current electric company to shut your service off.  Before telling your current provider to shut the service off, you have to decide if you should leave the electricity on during and after your move.

If you have a lot of things to move and it will take you several days to move everything, you may want to keep the electricity.  Also, if you haven’t sold your home yet, you probably should leave the electricity on so the home can be cooled or heated while it is being shown to prospective buyers.

You also need to notify your new electric company with the date you want the electricity turned on in your new home.  You may need to put a deposit down and schedule new service ahead of time.

See wikipedia for a comprehensive list of power companies in the United States.

Gas Company

You can notify your gas company to shut the gas off as soon as you know the date your will move out.  The only thing to consider here is whether to keep it on for heating purposes if your home is still on the market.

Your new gas company may require a deposit and early notification to hook up the new service.

You can see a list of natural gas companies on wikipedia.

Phone Company

If you have a landline, you will need to contact your phone company with the date you are moving out.  If your home is still being shown to prospective buyers and you have an alarm that is being monitored, then you will need to leave the phone on until you sell your home.

Unless you are building a new home, you should probably have phone wires already connected to your new house.  Contact the phone company ahead of time so you can make sure you have service when you move in.

Cable Company

You probably won’t be watching much television while you are moving, so let the cable company know early about your address change.  This may net you a little spare change if you haven’t reach the end of the month.

When you move into your new house, you may or may not already have cable connected to the home.  Notify the cable company as soon as possible to limit any delays.

Internet Company

The internet seems to be vital to most of us these days.  If it is to you, then you will want to leave your service on until you move out of your old home.  You also need to make sure you contact your new provider before you move to be sure you have service as soon as you move in.

Water Company

Many water companies require a deposit when you start service.  Be sure to notify the water company the you will be moving to a new address.  If you are living in the same area, you may be able to transfer you account to the new address.  Just be sure to get your deposit back if you do shut off the service.

Home Insurance

If you presently have homeowner’s insurance, your premium will be prorated when you sell your home.  If there is a balance due to you, be sure to let the insurance company know about your new address so they can mail you a check.

Employer

Notifying your employer employer early can be an immient help to you.  Your employer can help you transfer to another location if they have one available.  Many companies also have people dedicated to helping their employees find work in a new area; even if it is with another company.

If you are staying in the same area and will not have to switch jobs, notify your employer with your new address so your check and other job related mail can reach you.

Bank

Your bank needs to be notified so there records reflect what is on your identification.  Your id has to match your bank account or you may not be able to do transactions in the bank.  Speak to your local banker to find out when is the right time to update your bank account with your new address.

Also, the bank needs your correct address so they can mail debit cards, checks, and other items to you.

Credit Card Company

Your credit card company will send your statements to the address on file.  Your address is also used to verify your identity when you are applying for a new credit card.  Contact your credit card company to find out what is the right way to notify them of your address change.

Usually you can notify your credit card company by mail, phone, or through their website.

Health Insurance

Most health insurance is through an individuals employer.  Don’t assume your address has been updated with your health insurance company just because you updated it with your employer.  Contact your health insurance company to verify they have received the change.

Your health insurance company needs your correct address so they can mail your statements and id cards.  Also, if your address is not correct on your account, you may have trouble when you go to the doctor’s office.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance, like health insurance, is usually through your employer.  Be sure that your dental insurance company has the right information in your file.  Don’t expect it to be update by your employer.

Life Insurance

You buy life insurance to protect your family in case something happens to you.  The life insurance company needs to have your correct address on file so it can identify you.  They also need to have your correct address so they can know how the laws will affect your policy if you move to a new state.

Car Insurance

Your car insurance premuims are partly determined by the area you live in.   You can move just a few miles away and see your premuims change.  Be sure to get a quote from your insurance company for your new address.  You may want to shop around to see what different rates you can get.

Retirement Accounts

Notify your retirement accounts so you can receive your statements an your new address.

Mortgage Company

If you are selling your home, you may need to let the old mortgage company know your new address so they can send you any final statements and letters.

If you are moving to a new address, but are keeping your old home (either as a second home or rental), you need to let the mortgage company know where to send your bills and other correspondance.

Accountant

Your accontant need to know your new address so he can put the right information on your tax returns and other documents.  You should let your account know early if you are moving to another state.  Your taxes could be affected by your move.  You need to notify your account so he can give you an assessment of how your taxes will be affected.

Retail Clubs

If you are a member of Sam’s, Costco, or another national retail club.  You should update your address to receive sales and renewal material.  Also, update your address so that any order you make are sent to the right location.

Not having the correct address on file with your retail club should affect your shopping in a the local branch in the area you move to.

Church

Notify your church so any tax documents and other information can reach you.

Ecommerce sites

Ecommerce sites need to have your correct address on file so your shipments go to the right place.  You also will need to update the address on your payment information.  You should coordinate the payment update with your credit card company and bank to make sure they match.

Streaming Services

Your streaming service shouldn’t be affected by your change of address.  But, you do need to update your payment information to reflect what is on file with your credit card company or bank.

Payment Providers

Payment providers like Paypal and Stripe need to have your correct address for identification.  If  there is a mismatch between what they have on file and what your financial institutions have on file, you may have trouble depositing or withdrawing money from your account.

Doctors

Your doctors need to be notified of your new address so that vital records and correspondance can reach you promptly.  You should be able to change your address by contacting them over the phone or at one of your appointments.  Also, your correct address is needed for billing and insurance charges.

Dentists

Like your doctors, your dentist needs your correct address to send records and for billing to be completed.

Lawyers

If you are buying a new home or selling a home, your lawyer will need to know the correct addresses.  You also need to let your lawyer know of your address change if they are managing any trust, beneficiary document, wills, or the like for you.

Veterinarian

Your veterinarian is like your doctor only for your pet.  Your vet needs to have your correct address to send records, bills, and other information to you.

Family

Of course, your family needs to know where you are moving to.  The best way to let them know the exact location is to have a house warming party.

DMV

The DMV need to know where you live so your vehicle registrations can be changed.  You also will have to get a new driver’s license with your new address on it.

Voter Registration

You will have to update your voter registration will your new address.  This will probably cause you to have to vote in a new place.

Moving A Refrigerator

Moving a Refrigerator

The refrigerator is an great piece of equipment and is one of the most important items in your home. You use it for so many things, from cooling water and drinks, to freezing meat, making ice, and saving that left over chicken salad. I am sure you can think of a few other practical uses you’ve had for yours. Living without it would be quite a hassle.

The biggest challenge is moving it without damaging it, the floors, and yourself. Refrigerators are extremely heavy.  This can be a serious issue when you attempt to move one. But, with the alternative of buy a new one or paying someone else to move it, it’s much cheaper to move it yourself. Refrigerators appear to be very strong because of their size and look, but many parts are very fragile. If you don’t move it correctly, you run the risk of damaging, scuffing, or even causing it to not work at all. The good news is, if you follow the right procedures, you should be able to successfully move your refrigerator to its new location.

Here are a few safety tips before you move.

Remove all the contents from the refrigerator and make sure that it is not plugged into an outlet.  After you unplug it, wait a few hours to give it time to defrost.  You may want to put some towels on the floor while it is defrosting.  Sometimes water will leak out.

Take advantage of this time to clean out the refrigerator. If you leave food inside to long, it will become hot inside and start to spoil very quickly.  This will create a very unpleasant odor that you may not be able to get out later.

Secure the shelves by taping them together or removing them until the move is done. Take out any shelves that are made of glass, and make sure to properly wrap them individually for extra protection. After they are wrapped and you have loaded the refrigerator on to the truck, you may place them back inside the refrigerator during transit.  Just make sure they won’t move and are padded well.

Once you are ready to start the move, pull the refrigerator out.  Make sure you don’t damage anything as you slide it out.  You can rent a dolly from your local hardware store to move it safely.

To keep from damaging the refrigerator, walls, and doorways, wrap it in furniture blankets or any kind of blanket for that matter.  You also should secure it to the dolly with ratchet straps.

How to move a Refrigerator on its side:

A lot of people think that moving a refrigerator on its side can damage it.  We agree. When moving a refrigerator on its side,  some of the oil may escape from the compressor and run up the lines.  If this happens the appliance may be damaged.

This is the number one problem when moving a refrigerator on its side. We suggest that you don’t lay a refrigerator on its side to move it.  If it is the only option you have, you should call a professional.  Otherwise, you run the risk of permanently damaging it..

How to move a refrigerator in a pickup truck

Carefully slide the fridge onto a cart or dolly and use straps to wrap around it.  Make sure they are tight. Back your pickup truck as close as you can to the house.  The less distance you have to travel with it, the better.

At the back of the pickup truck, place yourself on one side and have your helper stand on the opposite side. Bend your knees while maintaining a very good grip.  Be sure to lift with your legs to avoid back injury.  You may want to also wear a back support brace.  Use smooth and slow movements to avoid hurting yourself in the process.

You can now slide the unit to the back of the cab.  Tied it down with rope or straps.  Remember that there will be wind blowing on the top part of the refrigerator as you are driving.  This will try and make it move backwards.  Don’t use bungee cords. If you do, the refrigerator will move all over the place the faster you go .

Don’t speed and avoid bumps in the road.  You should try to take streets that have lower traffic and go during times when there won’t be as many people on the road.

When you get to your new place, unstrap it and move it to the foot of the tail gate. Slowly take it down and remember to bend your knees to avoid hurting your back.

Moving a refrigerator to clean behind it

When moving a refrigerator to clean it, it can be very simple on one hand, and difficult on another. Newer fridge models now have wonderful helping resources in the form of wheels! This makes moving your fridge from point A to B a lot easier than the older models. If your fridge has wheels, you won’t have an issue moving it. The only recommendations are that you should remove items on the top, or just to be mindful of the items that are there. There are plenty of horror stories about a blender, rice cooker, and other objects falling and the glass breaking or someone getting hurt simply because someone totally forgot about it. Since your fridge has wheels, you won’t have to remove the contents from inside, however, be very mindful when you are moving it about. Remember the contents that you may have inside that can get spilled and damage other edible goods. After cleaning the area, safely slide the fridge back into its space.

If your refrigerator model has no wheels, to remove it from its current position to clean, you may need some help to lift it so that it does not damage your flooring or carpeting. Using a dolly or another item will help. Also, remove the contents from the top of the appliance because it will be elevated and this will eliminate any accidents to anything on top and your persons. You may also want to remove contents that have the ability to spill inside, such as water, cups of juice, and dishes of food. If the item cannot spill at all, then it is most likely safe to stay; just use your best judgment. After it has been lifted from the space, you can clean, and then carefully put it back. Now you are able to replace the contents back inside.

Moving a refrigerator on hardwood floors

In this move, it is best to be very careful. If you pull the fridge across the floor, it can easily damage your flooring. The most recommended solution to move a refrigerator on hard wood floor is to use a fourth-inch Luan plywood, which is a type of flexible wood. This can be purchase at local hardware stores, like Home Depots. To move the fridge on it, take a sheet of 4′x8′ luan and cut it into a two pieces, 36″x48″ or 30″x48″, depending on how wide your fridge is. You need them wide enough that they will fit through your archway and between the cabinets.

Please ensure that the floor is clean before you lay your luan down; you don’t want to trap any debris or dirt under there that could damage the hardwood.

Slide the fridge on the first piece of luan, then lay the second piece just in front of the appliance, then slide or roll it on that one. This will be like a puzzle, interchanging the tiles. You’re essentially making a pathway for your fridge to roll on. Cut a small piece of lumber, about 2 x 2 or 1×1, then put it on the wall in the spot for the refrigerator. This makes a turning point or pivot, so whenever you push the fridge into its final spot, you can easily remove the final piece of luan by pushing on the top of the appliance. It also makes it easy to insert a piece of plywood under the front feet so you can pull your appliance out and clean behind it whenever you would like.

Luckily, if the flooring isn’t going to be visible when your refrigerator is in place, you probably won’t need to protect it. So with the last piece of luan, simply push your sheet of luan directly to the cupboard kick plates and push the fridge back into its place.

Moving a refrigerator with a water line

When moving a refrigerator that has a water line, don’t fret too much. The water line does not make it difficult to handle. It’s actually very easy to pull off. First, turn the water off. It is always better to avoid accidents. Always be mindful of the things on top of the fridge because you may need to pull the fridge out a bit, depending on the availability of space in your reach. If the space is narrow, then try to bring the fridge forward, remember to take you time. Your aim is to now have some space so you can see and reach behind the appliance. Ensure that you can fit within the space as you will need to be behind the fridge to do the disconnection. If your fridge space is wide and you have the ability to rotate it 90 degrees, go ahead, so that you can have enough space to disconnect the parts. On the back of the refrigerator, your water line which comes with the fridge connects with another plastic tube which is about 25-30 feet. That plastic tube allows the water to enter your fridge. You can disconnect it at the intersection where the metal nuts are. Once disconnected, you can then move the fridge out more to clean or if you are going to move that fridge, you can wrap up the water line that is attached to it and proceed with caution using the steps above.

Moving a refrigerator a short distance

When moving a refrigerator a short distance, bear in mind how near or far away it is really going. Short distance can mean across the road, to a new room, or five minutes away. If you have a dolly and you want to move the fridge across the street or place it in the garage or someplace not too far, you can easily use the dolly to transport it. Load the fridge on it and strap it on for safety. As always, it is better to be safe than sorry and no one likes feeling sorry. You can walk moderately with the appliance or you can go really slowly, it should be obviously what works best for you. If you’re unsure, just take your time.

If you need to move the fridge a block away or up the street, a pickup truck would be needed to make it a lot easier on your behalf. If you have a few helpful friend, ask for the help to transport it or you can pay a small fee to have it moved the short distance. Try to keep it in the upright position; this is always preferable and strapping it and securing it is always important, no matter how near or far.

If it is a short distance inside the house maybe from the kitchen to the dining room, you can use the luan plywood to assist.

Moving a refrigerator up stairs

Moving a fridge upstairs requires the minimum of two persons rather than risking the possibility of damaging your appliance and hurting yourself. If you have a dolly, this would be a very helpful resource for this project. If you don’t, buy one or rent one for the day, as it best recommended for this task. Slide the dolly under your refrigerator and ensure that the fridge doors are at front, you should only see the back of the fridge if you are behind the dolly handle bars. Also, secure your appliance using the straps on the dolly to ensure safety. Tip the dolly further to the back so that fridge is balanced of the wheels. Once the dolly is at the first stair, back it up one step at a time. Once you have made it over the stairs, to the place where you want to place it, you can unstrap the fridge and have your helper assist when you are ready to take the fridge off. Have the person hold the fridge while you slide the dolly from beneath it, seeing that you have successfully made it up the stairs. Seeing that oil was unstable during the move, it is best to have it stand in the position for a few hours before plugging in.

 

These are just a few of the possible steps you can take to move a refrigerator from point A to point B. Remember to practice safety at all time and also remember, if you cannot handle it on your own, it is always best to ask for assistance.

How To Distinguish Good Moving Companies From Bad Ones

You go online and search ‘Moving Companies.’  You get back hundreds of results.  How do you determine which ones are good and which ones are not.  You could assume that if they are listed higher in the search results, then they must be good.  But this won’t work because the search results are not always a good indicator of what is good.

You also could try review sites.  There are free and paid sites you can look through to try and get a feel for what a company is really like.  The problem with this is, a lot of people don’t leave reviews.  Also, review sites can be gamed by unscrupulous companies to make it look like they have done an excellent job.

If you have friends and family that have recently made a move, you can ask them who they used.  But how many of us have close friends and family that have just moved.

More than likely, after you do an initial search, you are going to be left with a list of moving companies that you know absolutely nothing about.  So, how do you determine which ones are good and which ones are not.

  • Have a local office
  • Website
  • Timely response
  • Offer quotes
  • Accept multiple forms of payment
  • Offer references

Have a local office

Any good company is going to have a local office that you can visit.  If you contact a company and they say they are located out of state or don’t allow outside visitors, you should not do business with them.

Once you confirm they have a local office, you should visit it.  You will be able to learn a lot about the company when you go to their office.  By looking at the outside and inside of the building, you can see how they treat their own belongings.  If everything is shabby, you can expect they won’t think much of your stuff when they are handling it.  On the other hand, if everything is taken care of well, you can hope they will handle your things with the same care.

Website

Every real company should have a website.  If a moving company doesn’t have a website, you should for another company.  This is not to be judgmental.  But, you have to ask yourself, “Why don’t they have a site?”  If they can’t afford one, then you definitely don’t want to do business with them.

The website can also be an indicator of the quality they offer.  If the site is broken or just not designed well, you can assume that they don’t pay attention to details.  When someone if moving you stuff, you need them to pay attention to details.

A word of warning, the testimonials on a website or that they company presents to you on paper are selected by the company.  This means they are only showing what they want you to see.

Timely response

If they don’t respond to you when it comes to the little things, like returning phone calls, they won’t respond when it comes to delivering your furniture.  You need a company that is punctual.  You need to get them to commit to a schedule and guarantee they will keep it.

Offer quotes

All good companies offer quotes.  You need to know how much it cost before you make a decision.  One of the best ways to do this is to get quotes from multiple companies.  If the company you are thinking about using is higher than the other, ask them why.  They may have valid reasons for being high.  If they reasons a not good, you will have to decide is it worth it to pay more for their services.

On the flip side, you don’t want to choose a company base solely on price.  This could get you in a world of trouble.

Whichever way you decide to go, you want to make sure you know all of the cost before signing a contract.  You need everything spelled out so that there is nothing left unknown to you or them.  You may want to have an attorney look over the moving contract before signing it.

Accept multiple forms of payment

If a company says they only accept cash, you don’t want to do business with them.  All real moving companies have bank accounts and can accept checks.  If they say they don’t accept checks because they can’t verify them, they are lying.  All checks can be validated.  If a company is worried about that, they can use a validation service that guarantees the check or they can wait for the check to clear before they will move.

If you turn your cash over to someone that you have not thoroughly verified, you may never see it again.

Offer references

One of the best ways to determine how good a company works is to ask for references.  You want to get references for three people that were satisfied and three people that were not satisfied.  If they company says they don’t give out references, then they have not done their due diligence to make sure they can provide you with good, independent reviews.

Choosing a moving company is a big deal.  You will spend a good bit of time and money with them.  More importantly, you are going to trust them with moving all of your belonging in and out of you new home.  Choosing the wrong company could end up costing you significantly.  Choosing the right company will make you life, during your move, a whole lot easier.

Take your time.  Do some good research. Ask as many questions as you need to.  Only after you are satisfied with all of the answers give, should you move forward with hiring a moving company.

Organizing a Move – Five Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions you will have when you are moving. Getting answers to these questions will help you complete your move easier. One of the most important task in moving is organizing your things. How and where to start, as well as, following the right path once you have begun are all keys to having a successful move. The following is a list of five frequently asked questions about organizing a move.

What should you do first to get your move in order?

You should separate all of your belongs and determine what you will keep. If you skip this step the rest of the process will suffer.

How should you separate your things?

You should start by separating your things by size. Use your different bedrooms to sort them. Take out anything that you do not intend to keep and get rid of it. This will help you determine the number of boxes and what size truck you will need to move.

Should you use your own vehicle or rent a truck?

There are a few factors that play into whether you should use your own vehicle or rent one. First, is your car big enough to fit everything in or are you moving close by that you can make multiple trips? Do you want to put the wear and tear on your vehicle? Although you can fit the things in your car, the weight and movement of your stuff my do some damage it.

Should you hire a professional?

Hire a professional allows you to pass off the loading, unloading, and transport tasks. But you will have to spend some time researching the different companies. You also will spend more money.

Where can you find more help with organizing your move?

The Internet is the first place you can look for help with your move. Search moving sites and forums for advice. Next, you can talk to your local truck rental company for info. They usually have guides that will help you decide on which size truck to use and which packing supplies you will need. Finally, you can check with your real estate agent for some extra tips.

Before you start your move, be sure to ask yourself these questions and any others that would help you in moving. Be sure to think about planning and streamlining the process. Also, consider the cost for each of the different scenarios. And make sure you start early.

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

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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.