Move combining tips .- Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Rental Truck Sharing Tips.- Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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Moving Insurance Tips- Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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How to choose a moving insurance company ? - Monday, March 15, 2021
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Should I buy a moving insurance ? - Sunday, March 14, 2021
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Money Saving Tips on your move.- Saturday, March 13, 2021 COMBINE MOVE WITH OTHERS SHARE RENTAL TRUCK ELIMINATE RATHER THAN RELOCATE While you're organizing or packing for your move, sift and sort. Use a heavy hand toward the trash can, and let common sense and these tips be your guide. The Floor Plan.. If possible, get a floor plan of your future residence, or make one to scale on graph paper. Then try to fit your furniture in. If it won't fit on paper, it won't fit when you arrive. Get rid of it. Color-Coordinate Your Move. If the sofa just won't match, don't move it. Often you can replace furniture and appliances more cheaply than you can re-upholster or refurbish and move them. Ignore the I Might Need It Someday Syndrome. Don't move the riding mower to an apartment. Part with tools you won't have a place to use. And remember, junk is junk. You don't need a furnished attic. Book Learning. Condense your library as much as possible. Then investigate the cost of mailing treasured volumes compared to the cost of moving them. The special postage rate for books may save you money. Plan for Plants. Check with your mover. In some cases, it may be illegal to bring plants into a particular state. Even if it is possible, it may not be sensible. It's Not Dirt Cheap. If you're determined to take your huge outdoor planters, fill them with miscellaneous items instead of dirt. Same goes with the sandbox. There'll be dirt and sand where you're going. The Shirt Off Your Back. While one dress or one suit doesn't weigh much, the average full wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. So if you're never going to wear it, don't move it. Contact your local Goodwill agency and make a donation -- there may be tax benefits. The Sound of Money. Hundreds of CDs can make for a heavy box. If your taste has changed from rock to Bach, purge your collection accordingly. Some music stores will buy back your used CDs for cash or store credit. Wrap CDs in a large piece of heavy paper, starting at the paper's edge and alternately folding the paper over one CD and stacking another on top (CD-paper-CD-paper). When you have run out of room on the paper, place the bundle upright in a packing carton. Toys -- The Kids'. Now's the time to clean out the toy box. If the kids are old enough, give them incentive. Let them stage their own garage sale and keep the profits to buy something special -- after you've moved. Toys -- Yours. If your treadmill hasn't gone a mile in months, moving it won't help. Consider selling weight-lifting equipment and replacing it at your destination. Remember, weight equals cost. Sell any hobby equipment you no longer enjoy. Food for Thought. Frozen foods cannot be shipped, so eat up. Consume canned goods and food staples, and don't replenish them. Plan menus to make the most of what you have. Be sure to empty your refrigerator completely and clean thoroughly to prevent odor problems. Handyman Heavies. The workshop is a storehouse of bulky, heavy items. Evaluate them carefully -- from the tool table to the tools. It might be advantageous to replace the massive workbench, etc. Rugs. Unless they're valuable, or you're sure they'll fit and flatter your new residence, get them out from underfoot. The Swing Set. You'll probably come out ahead with your back, your kids and your finances if you replace it rather than move it. Firewood. Don't take it with you. Cue Clues. A pool table requires special handling. Your best shot might be to sell it and then replace it at your new destination. Musical Notes. Pianos and organs also require special handling and should be tuned after a move. If they're an enjoyable part of your life-style, move them; if they're just impressive trimming, you might want to trim your moving cost. Bah Humbug. Be Scrooge when it comes to special holiday decorations. Don't move what you can't or won't use. Don't Be Fuelish. Do not under any conditions move flammable items. Empty fuel from the lawn mower, power tools or kerosene lamps. Don't take paints (oil base), bleach, cleaning fluids, lighter fluids, matches, ammunition or any other type of combustible. Check the kids' chemistry set. Butane tanks cannot be loaded into a moving van unless they are certified as being professionally purged. If you have doubts -- don't take it. Better safe than sorry. Can Your Aerosol Cans. A seemingly innocent aerosol can of hair spray could explode and endanger your whole shipment. Eliminate all aerosol cans -- hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants, household cleaners, insecticides, tarnish removers, car cleaners and others. LIQUIDATE OR DONATE Once you decide what you're going to part with, decide how. If you're selling a home, the buyer may be your best customer. Some items that can often be advantageously sold with the home are listed in the next section. There are other ways to make a good riddance -- a good profit in the process. Have a Garage Sale. Organize it, advertise it and manage it. You'll be amazed to see how profitably your trash can become someone else's treasures. Advertise in the Classifieds. For more valuable items, it pays to put an ad where the interest is -- in the appropriate classified section of your metropolitan and neighborhood newspapers. Donate to Your Favorite Charity. Itemize the items and keep a receipt. It may help you qualify for a tax deduction. SELL IT LIKE IT IS Before you even put your residence up for sale, carefully consider extras that can be included to increase the appeal and the value of your home -- and to cut moving costs. Discriminating buyers will probably want everything but your family portrait. Many extras add more value to the house than they actually cost in the first place. This is even true for apartment dwellers, who may find the future tenant a ready and willing buyer. 24. From Chandeliers to Ceiling Fans. Most buyers assume that such fixtures are included with the home. Unless there's a special sentimental reason, they probably should be. Bulky, fragile ceiling fixtures require special packing and handling. And this costs money. 25. Appliances. Consider the age, size and color of your appliances. These are very heavy items, and usually require professional servicing before the move and special installation upon moving in. So, if your stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer or freezer won't fit or match in your new home, perhaps it's time to start anew. 26. Verify Type of Power. You can prevent wiring damage caused by temperature changes by unplugging all electronic items 24 hours before loading and waiting 24 hours at your new residence before plugging them into an outlet. Check to be sure that you have the proper power connections and sources for your appliances in your future residence. Don't move a gas stove or dryer to an all-electric house. 27. Hearth and Home. They go together. Special fireplace screens and tools are hard to move and may not fit where you're going. Sell them with your home. 28. Shelving Systems. If you have a built-in shelving system, leave it that way. No new owner will appreciate holes in the wall where the shelves used to be. 29. TV Antenna. Re-mounting it is more bother than moving it. 30. From Flag Poles to Basketball Goals. We've been asked to move them before! Sell them with the house and save yourself time, trouble and money. VALUABLE INFORMATION 31. Arrange for the Transfer of Valuables. Start with the contents of your safe-deposit box. Carry with you or send by insured or registered mail, small valuables such as jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, stamp collections, etc. Items of such unusual value should not be included in your shipment. The same is true for important computer diskettes which can warp and become unreadable. MISCELLANEOUS MONEY, TIME AND HEADACHE SAVERS Once you've organized your belongings, it's time to organize your move. The things you don't do can cost you both money and time. Here's a listing of small details that can save you dollars and headaches. 32. Coordinate Your Move. Give your mover plenty of notice and, if possible, arrange occupancy dates in your new residence to avoid storage or delays. 33. Notify Telephone, Electric, Gas and Water Companies. Discontinue service on a specific date. Request final meter reading. 34. Write each utility in the city to which you're moving. Tell them when you will want service started. Otherwise, you might have to pay hotel rates while you wait. 35. Notify Laundryman and Newspapers to discontinue service. 36. Notify Security Company, Lawn Service, Garbage Disposal Service or any other type of regular service. 37. Check Your Bank and Savings Accounts. Arrange to transfer deposits so that you don't lose interest. Use your bank as a credit reference. 38. Notify Your Post Office, Publications and Correspondents in advance. 39. Notify Former Employers and the Social Security Administration. This will simplify obtaining information for income tax purposes. 40. Collect Any Deposits. Whether it's a landlord or the utilities, it's easier to get deposits back in person than via long distance. 41. Check with Orthodontist, Obstetrician, etc. If any members of your family require ongoing medical or dental treatment for which you have paid, arrange with the practitioner to pro-rate payments with a professional in your destination city. 42. Check Your Homeowners Insurance. It may be possible to have it applied to your future residence, or reassigned to the future owners and pro-rate payments. If not, possibly you qualify for a partial refund. Be sure to coordinate insurance so that you're covered in your new residence immediately. 43. If You Sold It, Don't Move It. Be on hand moving day to make sure that anything which was supposed to go with the home doesn't go on the van. Should you accidentally take items, the new owner may not be understanding. And, it cost to return items! 44. Membership Fees. Depending on the clubs or organizations to which you belong, you may be able to sell memberships or get a partial refund on dues. 45. Lockers and Cleaners. Be sure to collect all your belongings in club or school lockers or at the cleaners. 46. Call Toll-Free. If you're stopping along the way, use the toll-free numbers of major hotel chains to make advance overnight reservations. 47. Check on Car or Installment Loans. You may be required to notify the lending company of your move. 48. Transfer all Insurance Records. Verify that your car insurance is adequate, as rates vary from city to city. 49. Close any Revolving Charge Accounts with department stores or specialty shops not located in your destination city. 50. Notify National Credit or Charge Card Organizations. 51. Try to Complete Closing and any other legal matters before you move. It's costly to make a return trip to take care of details. 52. Arrange for Payment of Your Mover at Destination. Unless charges are to be billed to your employer or the cost of your move has been charged to your personal credit card, payment by cash, certified check or money order is required at your destination. THE BETTER THE PACKING, THE BETTER THE MOVE Professional packing is an added expense, but it often pays for itself in convenience and safety. Your mover has the expertise and materials to pamper and protect all your possessions. Even if you have the time and energy to pack, consider leaving your delicate or fragile items (china, glassware, silver, clocks, etc.) for the professionals. If you're a determined do-it-yourselfer, do it right. Ask your Wheaton Agent about specially designed containers and materials; you can buy them at a minimum cost to assure maximum protection of your belongings. 53. Don't Use Newspaper for Packing. Newsprint fades easily and could ruin the items it was supposed to protect. 54. Pack Toilet Articles and Medicines separately in small containers. Be sure corks and caps are secure. 55. Don't Pack Too Compactly. Give fragile items breathing room to avoid breakage. You can leave clothing in drawers, but remember -- overstuffing can cause drawers to warp. 56. Arrange for Proper Servicing of Your Appliances. Contact a professional or ask your Wheaton Agent to arrange service for you. 57. Leave Fitted Sheets on Mattresses to protect them. 58. Spread Your Linens Around. Instead of putting them all in one carton, use your linens as fillers to cushion other items. 59. Put Heavy Items on the Bottom and them fill up with lighter things. Use smaller cartons for books, cast-iron cookware, etc. 60. Pack Your Current Phone Book to contact friends or businesses in your former location. 61. Indicate Contents on the Outside of the Carton. If possible, designate which room the carton should go in; it'll simplify things at your destination. Be sure to indicate on the outside of the carton if the contents are especially fragile. 62. Combine Items You'll Need Immediately Upon Arrival in one box. Designate it Unload First. Include necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, cups, a can opener, soap, etc. SAVE ON TAXES 63. When You Donate Items to Charity, request and keep an itemized receipt. It might help you qualify for a tax deduction. 64. Keep a Detailed Record and Receipts of Your Moving Expenses -- including transportation, lodging, meals, etc. If you are moving because of a change in principal place of employment, such reasonable expenses are deductible. Check with the Internal Revenue Service or your accountant for specifics. Keep a Record of the Costs of Improvements made in your home through the years and any expenses associated with the sale of your home, including realtor fees or classified costs. Insurance and Inventory. The two go together. Your possessions are worth as much in transit as they are in your home. Make sure they're insured accordingly. Talk to your insurance agent if you have any questions. Your Wheaton Agent will be glad to give you a complete inventory form. It can save you money moving -- and afterward. The ideal time to prepare this inventory is while you organize for your move. List your possessions and their approximate value. Photograph or videotape your items room by room. You'll probably be amazed to realize what your possessions are really worth. Keep your completed inventory in a safe place. Then if you have extensive household damage in the future, you can establish accurate, comprehensive insurance claims. Pick Your Mover Like You Picked Your Possessions. Very Carefully. Because it's not just anybody's furniture -- it's your collection. Trivia or treasures, miscellaneous or heirlooms, your possessions are a part of your personality and lifestyle. They're what will make your new home uniquely you. A proven, professional mover is your best assurance of a good move. Don't Be Sold By a Low Estimate. Estimates are exactly that. The actual cost of your move will be determined primarily by weight and distance, plus the cost of any extra services you require. So if one estimate is significantly lower, be suspicious. That way you won't be surprised on moving day. An Estimate Is Only as Accurate as You Are. Be precise and thorough when you show your Wheaton Agent what is to be moved, and what, if anything, is not to be moved. Canvass everything from the attic to the basement. The more thorough you are, the more accurate your estimate will be. Check the Record. Although movers are no longer required by the government to furnish customers with information about their performance, it's a good idea to compare movers. You'll find that Wheaton Van Lines has one of the best records in the moving industry for estimating accuracy as well as on-time pickup and delivery. Ask Someone Who Knows. At Wheaton Van Lines, most of our moves come to us as repeats or referrals. We are proud of this fact, and strive to perform our services in a way which gives our customers the confidence to recommend us to their friends and colleagues.

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How to Verify Your Mover is Legitimate- Friday, March 12, 2021

Once you have shortlisted potential moving comapnies based on quote your received or any other criteria that is important for you. You should always do some minimum background check of the company before finalizing.

1. Verify that the moving company is licensed with Department of Transportation. Ask their DOT number and verify that it is still valid. In case of moving broker it would be Motor Carrier (MC) number.

2. Verify that the moving company has the adequate insurance. Visit to see the insurance information of the moving company.

3. Make sure the mover or broker is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by visiting

4. Check the complaint record of a mover or broker at or call the FMCSA's Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints department at 888-368-7238 and ask about the complaint history of your moving company.

5. Check the company's information, consumer review and record at BBB website .

Its also a good idea to check if moving company is member of AMSA ( American Moving and Storage Association). Moving companies who are members of the American Moving and Storage Association have agreed to meet the standards of service, abide by the terms of published tariffs and participate in the Arbitration Program sponsored by that organization. You can check whether a mover is a member of AMSA by calling their toll free number 1-888-849-AMSA. In addition to establishing industry standards AMSA also provides arbitration services to resolve disputes over lost or damaged articles or other service matters.

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Moving Tips- Thursday, March 11, 2021

Moving is not only a physical but also a mental pain. A proper planning and starting early makes the process easier and less agonizing. Here is an eight week to do list to make your move little less agonizing.

 Eight-Six Weeks before Your Move

  • If you have not already done this start looking for house at new location based on your need and budget; like if you have children you might want to rent a house in good school district, if your kids go to public school. Do some research about the locality before deciding. Shop around and get the best deal for you.
  • Make the list of inventory you have.
  • Mark inventory items you want to leave behind. 
  • Remember weight and volume costs money. Decide what you want to take with you and what it’s better to leave behind. Example, it’s better to leave an old mattress spring box behind and buy a new one at new location rather than paying hundreds of dollars to move it. While deciding what you want to take and what you want to leave, it’s important to keep in mind the layout of your new house, for example if your old sofa will be too big for your new living room it’s better to sell it rather than move it. Having said that, it all depends on how old it is and how much it will cost you to buy a new one. See if there are items that can be sold.
  • Mark inventory items that you decide to sell. Organize a garage sale or sale it on craigslist. Keep striking out the inventories from the list that are sold out.
  • Make a file and keep receipt, documents for all the moving related expenses, depending on your reason and distance you might get tax deduction.
  • If you are leasing your house notify the leasing company or apartment management of your move.

Six-Four Weeks before Your Move

  • Notify financial institutions about address change and request all correspondence after your move date at new location.
  • Notify post office, magazines, library, vehicle registration authority, vehicle insurance company.
  • Notify and take necessary action to cancel or discontinue club membership, children's lessons.
  • Contact your children's schools, and arrange for records to be forwarded to your new school district.
  • Contact utilities (gas, water, electricity, telephone, mobile, internet and cable TV) to schedule disconnection or transfer of services on the day following your move.
  • Call the utilities in your new place to arrange for service to start the day before your move.
  • Arrange for an expert, if necessary, to install fixtures upon their arrival at your new home.
  • Complete any repair work on your old home, and arrange for any critical services needed at your new home.
  • Buy some packing materials to pack non-essential items.
  • Start Packing
    • If packing yourself, start packing seldom-used articles like fancy dishes and glasses, specialty cookware, non-essential clothing, curios, art, photos, and decorative items.
    • Keep each box light enough to handle. Heavier items go in smaller boxes, lighter items in larger boxes.
    • Number each box and maintain a list of items that goes into each box.
    • If possible it is also a good idea to take photo of each item that goes into the box.

 Four-Three Weeks before Your Move

  • Make personal travel arrangements if you are using a moving company to ship your items.
  • Identify and list everyday household goods, like every day utensils, some daily use cookware, small appliances, clothes, iron, ironing board, vacuum and whatever else you will need for daily use.
  • Start Packing Seriously
    • Buy packing materials.
    • Start packing items which are not for daily use. Number each box and maintain a list of items that goes into each box. If possible it is also a good idea to take photo of each item that goes into the box.
    • Put essential items together, so that you do not have searched through or open all the boxes on first day in your new home.
    • Put a note on your freeze and mobile phone “Buy only essential groceries, toiletries”. Most of the moving companies do not allow food items.

Two Weeks before Your Move

  • Make arrangements for transporting your pets and any house plants, because movers can't take them in the van.
  • Meet with your bank to change account status.
  • Transfer all current prescriptions to a drug store in your new town.
  • Cancel any delivery services such as newspapers.
  • Consider starting a subscription to the newspaper in your new town to introduce you to local news happenings.
  • Have your automobile serviced if you're traveling by car. Be sure to empty secret hiding places to remove valuables and spare house keys.

One Week before Your Move

  • Mow your lawn for the last time.
  • Dispose of toxic or flammable items that can't be moved.
  • Drain the gas and oil from gas-powered tools such as lawn mowers and snow blowers; movers will not take them if full.
  • Double check to make sure arrangements has been made to disconnect and service your major appliances being moved.
  • Pack your trip kit of necessary items that should go in your car and not the moving van: your checkbook, cash or travelers checks, medications, essential toiletries, light bulbs, flashlight, toilet paper, pet food, spare glasses or contact lenses, baby or child care items, toys and car games for children and your notebook with moving information If you have young children, arrange for a baby-sitter to watch them on moving day.
  • Since you'll have your hands full, the extra attention from a sitter will distract the child's attention from the turmoil of a move. Also arrange for a baby-sitter to be available when you arrive at your new home with young children.
  • Pack your own suitcase of clothes for the move. Put your open first/load last boxes in a separate place so the mover can identify them.
  • Pay all outstanding bills. Be sure to indicate your new address on payment receipts.
  • Remove any fixtures you are taking with you and replace (if specified in your home- selling contract),

One To Two Days before Your Move

  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer, clean both with a disinfectant and let them air out. Put baking soda or charcoal inside to keep them fresh.
  • Arrange for payment to the moving company. This payment must be made when your belongings arrive at your new home - before your belongings are unloaded.
  • If you have bought moving insurance make sure that moving insurance does not require the items to be packed by professional packers or movers, if required, ask the movers to do the packing and get a prove mention in the movers inventory list the items that are packed by packers or movers.
  • Find out your moving company's accepted methods of payment, terms, and its policy for inspecting your belongings when they arrive to determine if any breakage has occurred.
  • Empty your safety deposit box. Plan to take important papers, jewelry, cherished family photos, irreplaceable mementos and vital computer files with you.
  • Write directions to your new home for the truck operator and provide your mobile number, so that they can reach you in case of emergency.
  • Leave your forwarding address and phone number for your home's new occupants. If your old house will be sitting vacant, notify police and neighbors.
  • Moving Day Remove linens from the beds and pack in an open first box. When the movers arrive, review all details and paperwork. Accompany the van operator to take inventory.
  • Verify delivery plans. If there is time, give the home a final cleaning, or arrange in advance for someone to perform this service the day after moving out.

Move-In Day

  • Inspect the house for any damaged or old items. Make a note of them and take a photo. Email the details and photo of damaged or old items to your property management if it’s not your own house. This photo might be handful in case the house owner or the property management charges you for damage which was already there.
  • Order food delivery because you are going to be busy when the moving truck arrives.  
  • Review your floor plan to refresh your memory about where you want furniture and appliances placed.
  • Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and if not follow up.
  • Confine your pets to a separate place to help keep them from running away. Consider boarding them at a kennel.
  • If you have kids and you hired a baby sitter, call to check he\she is coming on time.
  • When the moving truck arrives, one person should check the inventory sheets as items are unloaded and second person should direct the movers on where to place items.
  • Make sure none of the boxes or items are broken. If you transferred TV and furniture or any fragile items, make sure they are not broken and are in working condition. If there is any damage to the items get them in writing from the delivery person. You will need this if you want to claim from insurance or if you want to do a tax deduction. Take photo of the damaged items before disposing.
  • Enjoy stay at your new home.
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