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Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:14

Tips For Military Household Goods Moves

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Tips For Military Household Goods Moves

If you are in the military in Hampton, Virginia, or somewhere nearby and you have to move, there are a lot of things to think about. Military moves are some of the most complicated at all. Luckily, the military wants to make sure their service personnel have the ability to make these things more manageable. To do so, they have provided a number of useful of hints and tips, as well as a list of military approved movers for you to consider. Let's take a look at some of the hints and tips they have provided.

Firstly, military personnel are advised to make a checklist of important phone numbers, information and dates. They should then speak to their PPSO or TO regarding any questions they may have. Once a military family receives their orders, it is time to start looking at military household goods moves companies. There are a number of choices available and your current base should help you with this as much as possible. It is generally recommended to move outside of the months of May to August, mainly because the various holidays during that particular range of time make it a very busy period. Additionally, you must know that nothing is set in the military, so there is a possibility that you suddenly have to move sooner or later than expected. This is why it is so important to work with a mover that has been military approved, as they will know and understand this. Generally speaking, these companies also know that military personnel always have the move on a weekday.

There are some things you have to do yourself as well. The best movers Hampton has to offer that are also military approved will want to know what you have to move and how much would be the total weight. The military has provided a handy calculation tool to estimate the weight of your goods. Use this well and use it to try and get rid of some unnecessary things as well. You will only be allocated a certain amount of weight to move, which means that it could cost you a lot of money if you go over that. Only take what you really need to take. You will find that if you go overweight in your first weighing, you can take items out and ask for a reweigh at no extra cost. If you will use multiple shipments, it is your responsibility to indicate which items have to go in each shipment. You are in direct contact with the actual moving company, not the military, so all of this is your personal responsibility. This is also true for organizing delivery, which may or may not be at a new military base. If you move overseas, other rules will apply.

 

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Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

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Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:36

How To Get Your International Moves Right

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How To Get Your International Moves Right

Moving to another country is stressful and hard, and this includes those who currently live in Newport News, Virginia. There are many things to think about to get your international moves right. Luckily, there are ways to make your life a little bit easier. First of all, when you're moving international, you have to make sure that you are communicating properly with all the involved parties. Talk to your movers, to people you are leaving behind, people you are taking with you, and people you will be joining. Communication is key to any successful operation. Additionally, try to have a room in your existing property to put things in that you will not be taking with you. Alternatively, create "do not pack" labels to put on certain items. Some good movers will be able to provide you with these. Make sure things such as jewelry, photos, keepsakes, important documents like passports, computer disks, prescription medication and so on, should not be packed. This is not because you don't want them to move with you, but rather because it is likely that your items will be moved some time before you do, and you may still need them before you go. Also, start downsizing as soon as possible. Take as little as possible. This will also make sure that the chance of something going wrong is reduced.

Next, think about how your items will be moved. When moving out of the country, you will usually find that your moving company travels by air and/or by sea. If you have to choose between the two, then you need to think about the pros and cons of both options. A good moving company will be able to help you with this. Some considerations include cost (air is more expensive) versus time (sea takes longer), for instance. If you need to have your items the moment you arrive, then you will have to either choose air transportation, or you will have to send your items away much sooner.

The next important element has to do with paperwork. You need to not only keep them aside, you also need to know where everything is and what you need at a particular time. The best movers Newport News have to offer will guide you in this as well. If you move abroad there is a possibility that you have to show proof of purchase of some of your items. Your moving company should be able to tell you about this, as well as what you should do if you do not have such proof, for instance if you have inherited certain items. However, there are perhaps also other documents you will need in order to move to a foreign country. These could be things such as your birth certificate, marriage license, vaccination records and more.

 

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Norfolk, Va. 23509

757-985-3737 or 800-587-7474

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:45

Moving Pictures Safely And Securely

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Moving Pictures Safely And Securely

If you are moving home from Suffolk, it is likely that you also have a few pictures to move. Moving pictures is something that you need to pay particular attention to if you want to make sure that nothing breaks. It means packing them properly and ensuring that your moving company knows that they are well protected. Unlike moving furniture, pictures are often wrapped, which means it isn't immediately clear that there is something fragile in there. Make sure you speak to your moving company about how they want you to pack things. Indeed, they may even be able to help you with packing materials such as bubble wrap that you might need. It is likely that they will also want you to put stickers on the package to indicate that it contains a fragile item. If you have particularly important pictures, such as original artist ones, you may also want to take out additional insurance on these items.

As with all your items, you have to use a little bit of common sense. When moving household goods, you have to protect them properly. For instance, your bedding and clothing may go in a rubbish sack, but you wouldn't put your glasses and silverware in a similar bag. The same is true for your pictures. If they have a glass front, they will need to be protected from damage so the glass doesn't break. If they are on canvas, you have to make sure that they are packed in such a way that they cannot get ripped by other items that are being moved. For instance, you would not put a canvas image next to a piece of furniture with sharp corners such as your dining table, as this could go straight through the canvas. Instead, it is generally best to ensure that the pictures go into your moving truck last, where they can be placed at the top of all the other items. Again, your moving company is likely to be able to give you more advice on that.

Indeed, the most important thing is probably that you find a moving company you can trust. To find the best movers Suffolk has to offer, spend a little bit of time doing your research. Find out whether they have experience moving the particular items you have and whether they will provide you with the packing materials to keep those items safe. If they don't, they should at least be able to provide you with advice, information and guidance on how to wrap your items and how to mark them. Use the internet to your advantage in order to find the best company out there, not in the least because you should be able to find customer testimonials as well.

 

Southside Moving and Storage

1533 Harpers Rd

Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

 

Proudly serving Richmond, Chesterfield, Chester, Henrico, Ashland, Hanover, Mechanicsville, New Kent, Powhaton, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Prince George, Charles City, Petersburg, King William, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Portsmouth, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Surry, Smithfield,

 

 

Sunday, 12 October 2014 19:34

Hints And Tips For Interstate Moving

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Hints And Tips For Interstate Moving

If you move interstate, there are a number of rules and regulation that you need to adhere to. As such, the first thing you should do is check with <a href="https://www.protectyourmove.gov/consumer/awareness/glossary/interstate.htm">the U.S. Department of Transportation</a> and find out whether your move is actually classed as interstate.

"If you do not see your move pictured, check with your mover and state and local authorities for clarification."

If it is indeed an interstate move, then you will come under FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) rules and regulations. These will determine whether or not you are able to move certain items across state (and international) borders. Additionally, if you are moving inside a state, but you are crossing state borders to reach your new location, then you will also have to adhere to their rules. Generally speaking, your moving company will be aware of the rules around long distance moving and there will be nothing for you to worry about in particular. However, it is always best to check out some details yourself, just to be on the safe side.

Choosing Your Moving Company

It is very important that you spend a little bit of time looking into the various moving companies that can service you. Strangely enough, interstate moves are highly regulated by the FMCSA, but interstate movers are not. This is why it is so important that you look into how they <a href="http://business.time.com/2012/05/07/moving-season-5-ways-to-make-the-transition-go-smoothly-and-avoid-costly-problems/">follow the various rules</a>.

"Get at least three moving companies to visit your home, especially if you're moving across state lines. In some jurisdictions, movers are regulated and consumers have some protection, but interstate movers are largely unregulated."

Most moving companies will be able to give you an online quote. However, it is very important to get a truly accurate quote that is a result of the company actually looking at what you intend to move and how. Hence, when you plan on cross country moving, or moving between states, you should only accept price quotations that have been based on an actual visit. These should still be no obligation, but the price in the quotation should be fixed. That way, you won't find yourself having to pay far more than you had initially expected.

Price Considerations

Price is, unfortunately, very important. However, you have to make sure that you are not blind-sided by low prices. What you should be looking for is value for money. If a price looks too good to be true, you can almost be sure that things will go wrong at some point. Perhaps you have to pay a little bit more, but if in return for that, you receive packing materials, insurance and excellent service, then it is worth paying more. It is all about value for money.

Prices that are too good to be true are just one of the warning signs to look out for. Moving companies that want huge deposits, don't give you any detail about their licensing, use rental trucks or are vague about their company name should be avoided. It is unlikely that these companies will follow the necessary rules and regulations, and this could mean that you are the one who could end up being in trouble.

One particular element to look into as well is <a href="https://www.protectyourmove.gov/consumer/awareness/rights/RightsB.htm">liability insurance</a>.

"In general, your mover is legally liable for loss or damage that occurs during performance of any transportation of household goods and of all related services identified on your mover's lawful bill of lading."

This is why it is so important to have a complete bill of lading. Check each item that is loaded onto the truck, and each item that is taken off the truck at your destination. It is all about protecting yourself and your belongings

 

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1533 Harpers Rd

Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

 

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Isle of Wight, and Smithfield.

 

 

Sunday, 12 October 2014 02:02

Moving With Pets - What You Need To Know

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Moving With Pets - What You Need To Know

Pets are true members of our family and they deserve to be treated as such. Hence, if we move house, we need to think about moving with pets as well. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it may seem. Let's take a look at a few hints and tips you will need to take into consideration.

First of all, you need to look into the regulations of the area where you are moving to. This is particularly important if you are relocating pets abroad. Very often, you will need proof of vaccination and some areas will require you to quarantine your pet for a certain period of time. Next, you need to find movers that are happy to deal with pets. This means that they are experienced in the treatment of animals and that they make sure they are comfortable and well looked after during the entire experience. If you can't simply put your pets in the car with you when you move, it is likely that your pets will have to be away from you for quite some time. You need to know that your movers are committed to the welfare of animals and will always make sure that they are treated properly. Some of the best moving companies who frequently deal with pets will have specialized pet carriers to ensure the pets are safe during transport. This is particularly important if there is any overnight travel, or if the moving truck driver has to stop for breaks. You need to know how your pet will be fed, whether it will be let out for exercise and so on.

From your end, you will have to prepare the new home for the arrival of your pet as well. You know that it will take you some time to adjust to your new property, and the same will be true for your pets. Make sure you have their regular comfort toys and beds ready, that they know where their food is and that they get some good tender, loving care as soon as they arrive. Moving pets is very stressful for them because they don't understand what is truly going on. They haven't had the opportunity to have conversations with you about the why and when of moving. On the other hand, they will probably have sensed that something has been up and they will need some time to readjust. Just make sure that your pets are treated the way you want them to be treated when you are moving. This means having conversations with your moving company about your expectations and what they can deliver. Only choose a company that you fully trust with the welfare of your animals.

 

Southside Moving and Storage

1533 Harpers Rd

Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

Proudly Serving all of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Richmond, Chester, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Petersburg, Franklin, Isle of Wight, and Smithfield.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:56

Tips For Students Moving To College

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Tips For Students Moving To College

If you are moving to college, you will probably have been making plans for quite some time now. However, when the actual time comes, students moving to college always find that the experience is stressful and confusing. They simply don't know what to take with them, what to throw away, what to store, and so on. Additionally, moving out for the first time is both stressful and fun, and finding a positive balance between the two can be very difficult. So what can you do to make student moves easier to handle? Let's take a look at some hints and tips.

First of all, you need to know exactly where you are moving to and how much space you will have there. This will greatly determine just how much you can actually take. Next, you need to find a good moving company to help you with the actual move. They will often also have a lot of hints and tips to make the process easier. Additionally, they could supply you with boxes and packing materials to help you with your move. Once those are arranged, it is time to start sorting through all the different items. The first is to make two piles: one for those you keep and another for those to be thrown out. Be ruthless. You have a life ahead of you to collect new stuff. Anything that you do want to throw out should be sorted into donations to charity and actual trash. Then, it is time to start looking into your keep pile. Pick out the things that have true sentimental value for you - things you don't absolutely need, but can't throw away either. These can be placed in storage. With everything else, ask yourself with every item whether you will need it to improve your college experience. How will that particular item make your life better? An alarm clock, for instance, is a really important item. However, a poster of The Doors may not be so important. After all, you will probably go shopping for decoration items at some point when you are in college.

When you do move to college, you have to be ruthless with your decisions. This is a time of transition, where you say goodbye to your old life of being a child, and say hello to your new life of being a young adult. This means you should also rid yourself of those things that still hold you to the past. Relocating to college is your opportunity to start a new life. Redefine yourself by letting go of things you don't really need anymore. Remember that they are only things, and things can be replaced if necessary. Furthermore, the less you take with you, the less your move will cost you.

 

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Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:36

Some Of The Best Moving Tips You Will Ever Get

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Some Of The Best Moving Tips You Will Ever Get

Moving home is one of the most stressful things that you will ever experience. Nobody likes it, although we all love the result of moving into a brand new home. However, there are plenty of things you can do to make this experience a positive one. The following moving tips may be just what you need. The first thing that you must do is find a good Charlottesville moving company, because they will be able to make your job a whole lot easier. If you find a good company to help you, then they will basically do all the hard work for you. In fact, they may even supply you with the boxes and come up with solutions such as short term storage, if there is a period of time in between moving out of one property and into another one.

Unfortunately, there will always be a few things you need to do yourself. The most important one of those is sorting through your belongings. You are going to have to be really strict and make three piles of stuff. The first is a pile of things that absolutely need to come to the new property. The second pile is what you can throw away. Be ruthless and throw as much away as you can. Don't look back, the future is forward in your new property, where you don't need all that old stuff. The final pile you need to make is the pile of things that can go to charity. Some of the best residential movers Charlottesville VA has to offer will even take this to your chosen charity for you, although most would charge you something for that. Again, be ruthless. If it is something you won't use anymore, but that isn't broken, then send it to charity and make someone else happy with it.

Finally, a stress-free move is a well-planned move. Never leave anything to the last minute. Start sorting out your three piles as soon as you know you're moving and make sure you find one of the best movers Charlottesville VA has available as soon as possible. That is also because they may be able to provide you with boxes. Have a plan that clearly states who is doing what and when and make it as detailed as possible. Also, don't forget that moving is always in two stages: leaving one property on the one hand, and entering a new property on the other. This means you also need to come up with a plan for what to do when you are in your new property. Clearly mark your boxes with the room in which their contents will need to go to make that stage of the process easy as well.

 

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1533 Harpers Rd.

Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

Proudly serving all of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Richmond, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Midlothian, Franklin, Isle of Wight, and Ivor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:53

Moving Your Parents When They Don't Want To Go

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Moving Your Parents When They Don't Want To Go

The bond you have with your parents is strong, but there will come a time when it changes. Suddenly, you are the one that has to look after them and this can be very difficult. Parents tend to get stubborn in their old age and they are set in their way with little desire to change this. If you find yourself in a situation where moving your parents is the only available solution to them, you need to prepare yourself to have a battle on your hands. However, there are a few things you can do to make this process a little less stressful. If you find the best movers Richmond VA has to offer, for instance, then at least all the logistical aspects of this move will have been sorted. All you then need to do is manage the emotional and psychological aspect of this move.

Elderly people value their independence, and quite rightly so. They have worked hard all their life for a house that they can call a home and they have gone through difficult times in order to live the life they have. The last thing they want is some "youngster" (even if that is their child) coming in an telling them that they have to go. However, if they are getting frail or if they live too far away for you to properly look after them, there often isn't anything else to it. Don't just show up with a Richmond moving company, however. Your parents are still your parents, which means you don't have authority over them. As such, you need to involve them in the process. Deep down inside, they know that they have to move, they are just afraid of this major change that they will need to go through.

Make sure you involve your parents at every step of the way. It is their belongings that have to be moved and their life that is being put upside down. Hence, make sure that when you search for some of the local movers Richmond has to offer, they are involved in choosing that company as well. Moving your parents has to be a joint venture and you need to listen to their concerns and worries. Help them to see that their life in the new property will be so much better. Perhaps they will have more leisure opportunities, or they will be closer to you or some of their other friends, for instance. Explain to them, as well, that the memories they have of the house they live in now will not die as soon as they move out. After all, you are there to carry those memories on as well, even after they are gone.

 

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Richmond, Va. 23235

804-887-3100 or 800-587-7474

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Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:30

How To Make Moving With Kids Less Stressful

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How To Make Moving With Kids Less Stressful

Moving home is one of the three most stressful things you can do in your life, next to a close bereavement and getting married. The stress factor is multiplied exponentially if you are moving with kids as well. This is because moving is generally a decision that you have made, and not one of theirs. Children struggle with change, and particularly if you are moving out of the area, meaning your kids have to say goodbye to their friends, school and community. So, you have found the best movers Richmond VA has to offer, and you are ready to go. How do you now find a way to make this process easier on your kids?

The most important thing is that you involve your children as much as possible. You could even ask them to help you find a Richmond moving company if they are old enough to do some research. Once you have chosen your company and you have your boxes, they need to help empty their belongings out of the house and decide what they want to keep and what they want to throw away or donate to charity. You can do it together and reminisce about the memories that are attached to the items they decide to pack. It is absolutely fine to have a little cry over some of these items, and to remember the good times that they will now be missing. However, ensure you have information ready to show them how they will develop new and positive memories in the new house as well. If they used to love going to a skate park, for instance, have some images and details about a new skate park with you. Remember that your children are, deep down inside, afraid of the change that they are going through and alleviating those fears is your most important job.

Once you are ready to move, involve your child at every step of the way again. When it comes to moving Richmond companies will tell you when they will come to take your stuff and your children should be there as well. Maybe they can even help carry some of the things, making them feel more part of the process. Seeing the actual removal of the boxes will give them the reassurance that their belongings are looked after properly. Upon arrival at your new property, let your children decorate their new room as much as possible. Give them the boxes they had packed and let them unpack each item again. This will show them that they may have moved house, but they haven't had to leave their memories behind. These are difficult times, but by giving your kids some tender loving care, they should be fine.

 

Southside Moving and Storage

8014 Midlothian Turnpike

Richmond, Va. 23235

804-887-3100 or 800-587-7474

 

Proudly serving Richmond, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Petersburg, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newportnews, Franklin, Smithfield, Yorktown, and Isle of Wight,

 

 

 

Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:22

Long Distance Moves Need Not Be A Haul

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Long Distance Moves Need Not Be A Haul

It is probably not the most liked event to many people, but it can be a very exciting time if done properly. Relocating your home and family to a different place at first seems like an uphill battle, especially with long distance moves. The best advice is to contact a specialist in this industry and have them help you with this big step. Communication and trust between the client and the moving company is very important to prevent any unnecessary trauma and worries. There probably is no way to handle interstate moves without any stress, but the client can have peace of mind and control over the project if planned correctly. Take into consideration all factors that may influence the relocation and plan the journey accordingly.

Interstate moves can be very tricky. The biggest influencing factor may be when your home contents should be collected and when it is required at the new location. Long distance moves may span over a few days if you consider the distance to be covered. Contents can only be packed on the date when they are no longer required. The moving company should be reliable and trustworthy to arrive at the scheduled time. This is very important when the client works within a limited timeframe for relocation. When arriving at your destination, the last thing you want to worry about is that you will be without your belongings for too long. The client should be able to rely on the moving company to deliver the cargo at the specified time. If you are planning to stay in a different place of accommodation prior to moving in to your new residence, you may want to consider using a moving company that can also provide storage during that time.

Another important factor when you plan an interstate move is the safety of your possessions. Using a reliable and reputable company can help ensure the safety and offer minimum riskd. Opt for a company with staff that is trained to effectively pack and load the cargo and who are reliable with long distance moves. Even though you have all your trust in the moving company and their staff, anything is possible on the open road or in storage areas. It is therefore advisable to have sufficient insurance for your property while in transit and in storage. Insurance should include coverage against damage and theft. The best you can do as client is to ensure that from your side you packed and covered your house contents properly. Inquire from the moving company if they can offer packaging and at what additional costs. Mark packages clearly and indicate which packages contain fragile contents. If all the logistics are effectively done, there is no reason not to enjoy the journey and have a memorable experience.

 

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1533 Harpers Rd

Virginia Beach, Va. 23454

757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474

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