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Avoid Moving Brokers

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Here at Mighty Movers, we have our own crew, our own equipment, and our customized pricing is tailored to your specific needs. This is how a moving company should operate. However, there are many “moving brokers” out there – and we caution you to avoid them for many reasons.

What is a moving broker?(And why should you avoid them)

A moving broker is definitely NOT an actual moving company. They do not have moving trucks, professional movers, proper moving equipment, and in a lot of cases not much moving experience. Brokers do not have the operational and logistic capabilities moving companies have. Moving brokers are sales teams that book your move and sell it to an actual moving company. Sometimes the broker is not able to sell the job for various reasons – low estimates, availability, resources and the list goes on – in this case you can get stuck without a mover on the day of your move. Many moving brokers operate from call centers located anywhere in the country.

When you book your move make sure to ask the company to conduct the move whether they are an actual moving company or broker. For example, Mighty Movers is a local moving company with an office (and supervisors) close to you that can assist with any problems or concerns that may arise during the moving process. To ensure this, confirm that the company uses their own crews and trucks to pick up your shipment.

Two Keys to a Successful Office Relocation

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Regardless of the reason for your office relocation – the need of a bigger space, moving the business to another town, finding a less expensive alternative than renting space, etc., you should always strive to save yourself the troubles and turn the potentially chaotic experience into a more bearable one by keeping some important “big picture” keys in mind.

The faster the office removal goes, the better for your business.

Your clients will need to be notified of your move – and for various business processes, it’s essential that the move is done in a timely fashion. For efficiency purposes, your move should be in the hands of professionals. They might need to have a look at everything beforehand in order to make an estimation of the number of vehicles and movers that will be needed. This is done only for your convenience since you cannot really calculate these things on your own. The experts will do it instead of you, and thus the risk of hiring too many movers and trucks will be eliminated, so will the extra expenses on your part if you make a mistake with the calculation.

Respect the specifics of the equipment that has to be moved.

Fax machines, copiers, computers, etc. All these have to be carefully packed by people who know how to do it in order for the items to stay undamaged. The equipment you’ll be moving must have cost you a fortune, and you should not risk receiving it in a bad condition after the relocation. So, the requirement for them to be treated with special attention is a must.

In conclusion – hiring an experienced moving company is critical when you’re dealing with an office relocation. A trusted crew like our team here at Mighty Movers is highly trained for paying attention to these details. Give us a call for your next commercial relocation.

Smartphone Apps that help plan your move

It’s 2014. Chances are – you probably own a cell phone. And more than likely you can’t live without it. That’s perfectly okay. We’re in the same boat. There aren’t many things that a smartphone can’t do – so it only makes sense that there are apps to help with your move.

Realistically, you will require real muscle when it’s time to actually do the “physical labor” – but that’s why Mighty Movers exists. Leave the grunt work to us.

To help plan for the event, here are a few apps you can use to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

iMoving (iPhone)

If you have a home full of expensive electronics, collectables, etc., then you will need to create an inventory of the contents of your home. This will ensure that you receive an accurate quote from the movers and help you to determine if you will need additional insurance.

The iMoving app makes it super easy to create a content list and receive reliable quotes or estimates based on your belongings. It is customizable and automatically calculates each object in cubic feet and weight.

Astrid Task/To-Do List (iPhone & Android)

Although not officially a moving app, Astrid Task can prove to be extremely beneficial when planning a move. It is basically a personal assistant that helps you keep track of everything you need to do. You can create lists, set reminders and more. This is an app that you will want to continue to use long after the move as well.

Moving List (iPhone)

At $2.99 – this is a small price to pay for an app that has so much to offer. It features 95 pre-populated to-do tasks and of course, you can add your own as well. Organize tasks by due date or category and use the fun Packing Decider feature that will help you decide to trash or keep that old worn out chair.

Home Inspection Checklist (Android)

Sometimes, the excitement of moving causes you to overlook some important details, or forget to look for something at all. Whether you are renting or buying, you will find this Home Inspection Checklist pretty helpful. It will assist you in evaluating a residence thoroughly before you make your final decision.

For the full list of moving apps, check out the full article.

Organize Your Self Storage Unit

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Whether you are beginning your move to another city or need a self storage unit to free up space in your current home, you really need to prepare ahead of time. One easy way to better prepare is to make an inventory list. The folks over at TheMovingBlog have put together a few tips on making a list to better organize your storage.

From TheMovingBlog.com

There are a few ways to create and manage your list. It is probably best to start with the bigger, more expensive items. Belongings such as jewelry, electronics, TV’s, furniture and computers should all be written down and have the serial number included if you can. Be sure to take pictures of all of these items as well. (Taking pictures and documenting serial numbers will help if you need to file an insurance claim.) This can also help if your possessions are damaged while in the storage unit or moving truck.

Once your bigger items are packed and documented you can move onto the smaller items. For pieces such as plates, glasses, pots, pans etc., you can simply place them in boxes. Count the number of boxes you have for each room and be sure to label the boxes in detail so you have an easy system once you need to unpack. For example, “15 kitchen boxes with 7 being dishes, 4 being glass, 2 silverware and 2 pots and pans”. Items which don’t need or won’t fit in a box can still be listed – 10 curtain rods, 3 shower rods, 6 lamps etc.

Read more: http://www.themovingblog.com/list-organize-your-self-storage-unit/#ixzz2gnd8M0M0

Scout Neighborhoods Before You Move

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Before you move, you’ll probably want an idea of where in town you should live before you even begin looking at stats, prices, and other data. Sites like StreetAdvisor, are entirely dedicated to neighborhood reviews and information. And don’t be fooled with sites like FourSquare and Yelp – even though these are normally used for restaurants and businesses, there are reviews for entire neighborhoods at Yelp, and some of them are both hilarious and useful.

City Data is another site that offers a wealth of information about the entire city, as well as specific neighborhoods. The site includes cost of living, average home prices, and even local attractions or famous destinations in the area. Plus, their forums are an invaluable resource—a treasure trove of information and locals who are willing to help you decide where in town you’d like to move, visit, or just learn more about.

Similarly, Neighborhood Scout can help you learn more about specific neighborhoods once you’ve pinned down a few you’d like to live in. You can start with a bird’s eye view of a city, and then zoom in on popular neighborhoods, up-and-coming ones, or test your luck with neighborhoods that are more affordable but offer a more authentic and less glossy experience. Whatever you’re looking for, both sites will help you find a few neighborhoods you might want to look into.

Moving 101: Taping a Moving Box

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I think we’ve all been the victim of a poorly taped box. Contents falling through the bottom can be dangerous and unfortunate for your fragile items. Before we load up the Mighty Movers truck for your move to Allen or Plano (or anywhere else) you should make sure all your boxes are properly secured.

This first video assumes you are using a normal tape dispenser and you are starting off with an unfolded box. It gives great suggestions on how to create a secure bottom with specific taping patterns.

Starting with an Unfolded Box

This second video is very short and assumes you are using a “roller” tape dispenser. It gives a few tips on how to seal the top of the box.

Tips on using a Tape Roller

For all the things that don’t fit in boxes – like appliances and furniture – it’s time to call the big boys at Mighty Movers. We realize no two moves are the same so we will customize your quote and you’ll love our friendly staff.

Moving? 4 Things You Should Do to Protect Against Identity Theft

TDepositphotos 19154257 xshere were more than 12 million victims of identity theft in the U.S. last year, a Javelin Strategy & Research study found. If you’re planning a move, be extra diligent to protect against this crime—identity thieves pray on distracted individuals, and one simple oversight can leave you vulnerable to their schemes. Follow these tips as you’re packing up your home to prevent identity theft:

Cancel and Reroute Your Mail Prior to Moving

Identity thieves can steal personal information from bank and credit card statements and other financial documentation mailed to your home. Some forms (like your annual 401k statement) appear when you least expect it, and an identity thief can open lines of credit and utility accounts and even make major purchases with just your Social Security number and address. Cancel the mail and file a change of address form a few days before you move. If you forget to do this, mail will continue to arrive and pile up in your mailbox, making you a prime target for identity thieves.

Destroy Credit Card and Bank Statements

Throwing away tons of personal documents before you move is one way to invite trouble. According to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics, 64 percent of identity theft cases involve credit card fraud. Identity thieves use information found in your trash to open bank accounts, start credit cards and make large purchases in your name. They’re constantly finding new ways to profit from your good name, so make sure you follow the changing trends. read up on new scams and get tips on how to stop them from many sources online like the DOJ, or follow LifeLock on Twitter for simple tips and news everyday.

Contact Banks and Government Benefits Departments

If you receive any state or government benefits and have forms and documents sent to your home, alert the office to your pending change of address and have your next check or document sent to your new home. Any document containing your Social Security number and name can lead to identity theft.

Pack and Transport Documents Safely

Pack all of your personal documents in a safe place and carry them with you to your new home. Do not entrust a moving service or second party with these documents, as they can get lost or stolen. Simply move them all at once, and put them in use a high-quality safe or file cabinet when you get there.

Take special care of your closing documents and all forms relating to the sale of your home. These documents are tempting targets for any enterprising identity thief. In a new scam, identity thieves can actually steal your home right out from under you by securing your personal information and forging title and deed documents.

Common Moving Superstitions

Moving to a new home is usually a very exciting time. It can symbolize the new beginning and always brings positive feelings and excitement. It is quite normal that you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. Proper planning, research, and preparation are key. And, hiring the right movers (that’s us) can be a big factor. Still, some people turn to superstitions to make sure they will have luck, wealth and happiness in their new home.

Popular Susperstitions

One of the most popular superstitions about moving is to have a full container of rice when you step into your new home. The same applies for salt and sugar. And the salt should be spread on the floor of every room in the place including over the front door to ward off evil. Perfectly fine, except for the fact that you will have to clean the mess.

What day should I move?

Some people still believe that they should move into the new home when the moon is waxing. Supposedly, there are particular days when you should not move under any circumstances. But it is hard to say which these days are – some say Saturday is the best day, others say it is not. Some say you should definitely move in on Wednesday, others say do it on Monday (because that day symbolizes the new beginning).

Strange Practices from Around the World

In the Philippines for instance it is believed that when moving to a new home the first time you get in you should carry a loaf of bread and a new broom with you. It is believed that you should never take an old broom into a new home.

Also, it is said you should leave your home from the same door you enter when you go out for the first time. Never accept knives and other sharp items such as scissors as presents. When choosing the home, make sure to count the stairs that lead to its door. Their number should not be in multiples of three under any circumstances.

Do you know any other strange beliefs about moving? Please share them with us in the comments!

Moving Day Playlist – Good Songs to Listen to While You Pack!

We found a great list of songs to play while you’re packing from themovingblog.com. These upbeat tunes will keep you energized throughout the process. Then, once you’re all packed – give the Mighty Movers a call to help with the transport!

If you’re moving by yourself or with a partner, take some time to think of your favorite songs with a positive vibe and a good beat to add to this moving day playlist. You may even have a few of these tunes in your music library. If you’re moving with kids, get them involved and add in some of their favorite songs so that they will enjoy the move, too. It may also help to create a couple of different moving day playlists, e.g., one for packing, one for driving to your new home, and one for relaxing after you get there.

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AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along
All-American Rejects – Move Along
Audio Adrenaline – Starting Over
Beach Boys – I Get Around
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Billy Joel – Movin’ Out
Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
Blink-182 – Going Away to College
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Segar – Night Moves
Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Colin Farrell – Gone, Gone, Gone
Cream – Crossroads
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our House
Daft Punk – Around the World
Dave Matthews Band – Drive In Drive Out
Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
DJ Ayres – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Remix)
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Foghat Slow Ride
Foo Fighters – New Way Home
Gladys Knight – Midnight Train to Georgia
Grateful Dead – Truckin’
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
Ja Net DuBois – Movin’ On Up (Jefferson’s Song)
Janet Jackson – Runaway
Jay Z – On To The Next One
Jet – Get Me Outta Here
John Denver – Take Me Home
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
Kiss – New York Groove
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Lipps Inc – Funky Town
Ludacris – Area Codes
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It
Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way
Sheryl Crow – Every Day is a Winding Road
Sublime – Wrong Way
Sweet – Fox on the Run
The Beatles – Ticket to Ride
The Black Keys – Goodbye Babylon
The Cranberries – Dreams
The Eagles – New Kid In Town
The Eagles – Already Gone
Willie Nelson – On the Road Again
Young MC – Bust a Move

Moving Home – Essential Packing Materials

When you begin planning the packing process, materials will inevitably be a key consideration. While the easiest options is usually to go to a supermarket and gather together as many older items as possible, putting together a collection of good quality boxes and other materials will make the whole move considerably easier. These should be the main areas for consideration:

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Cardboard Boxes

This really should be your main concern, as flimsy boxes can lead to all sorts of problems, particularly when your possessions are in transit. Good strong materials make it less likely that they will split while being carried and offer more protection to the contents, so always go for good, strong, possibly double-thickness cardboard. Another consideration should be the sizes you choose, as if your boxes are all of different sizes then packing them into your removal van will become a much more difficult task. Obviously you will need smaller boxes for heavier items, but try to make sure you have no more than four different sizes. Lots of lighter items in the small boxes, a small amount of heavier items in the larger ones.

Suitcases

Suitcases are not often thought about when it comes to quality moving materials, but utilising your luggage carriers can make moving certain heavier items much easier. Most good quality suitcases have wheels and are incredibly well-made, so are ideal for carrying things such as books because the case can simply be wheeled out of your house removing the need to lift. If you were simply going to pack your clothes into your suitcase then have a think if they could be a bit more useful transporting something else.

Packing Tape & Gun

Obviously you will need a good quantity of tape to fasten your boxes, but investing a few pounds in a tape gun will speed up the process (and make it slightly more enjoyable!). A good tape gun will allow you to close up your boxes with speed and efficiency, and make sure your tape is of good quality to ensure everything holds over the course of the relocation.

Protective Wrapping

Bubble wrap is most commonly used, and you can never have too much when it comes to a house move. Your china mugs and delicate ornaments can never be too well protected, so take your time to make sure you wrap items well. Air pockets are also efficient at filling spare space in boxes and stopping things moving around as you carry them.

Packing Paper

Cheap and effective for wrapping crockery and other items. Please note that using newspaper can lead to substantial problems, as the ink often rubs off and onto your belongings and can be difficult to remove. Good quality brown paper should be used for wrapping, and any spares can be used to pad out partially filled boxes.

Sticky Labels

Essential. As you only have a few different sizes of box, you will need to know what is in each one. Sticky labels afford you a space on which to write clearly. They can also be used on heavily wrapped items which cannot be identified!

Marker Pens

For writing on your sticky labels and identifying boxes and their contents. Try using a different coloured marker for each room so that your removal men know which boxes need to go where when it comes to unloading. This will prevent you having to lug them round the house once the removal men have gone.

More tips at http://movingservices.org.uk/man-with-a-van-soho-the-flexible-alternative-when-moving-house/