Monthly Archives: July 2013

What Will Your Move Cost – How Movers Calculate Estimates

If you are getting ready for a move keep in mind that no two moves are the same and rarely are two moving estimates the same. Doing your own research and comparing estimates from different moving companies’ works best, rather than comparing your estimate with your neighbor’s estimate. There are always several factors, including your individual circumstances that movers take into consideration before they calculate your estimate.

Four factors in estimating a move:

  • Time – how long will the move take and how much manpower is needed are usually the factors movers use to estimate a move. Movers may charge by the hour or by the day, depending on how much manpower may be needed to complete the job in the allotted timeframe.
  • Distance – how far will you be moving from your current residence? Movers either charge by the mile or a flat rate depending on the distance of the move. Flat rate moves are usually within the area or between major cities. When movers charge by the mile it is usually for long distance moves such as moving from state to state.
  • Weight – movers rely on experience and the on-site visit to eye your possessions to evaluate and estimate the weight of your things. It is always a good idea to obtain a binding estimate from your professional movers so that the amount doesn’t change once the truck is loaded with your possessions.
  • Access – access to your home may be another factor if a full-size moving truck cannot access your residence. Limited access factors may cause movers to charge an additional fee if a shuttle is needed to move your possessions from your home to the moving truck if there are narrow streets or no parking which limits access.
  • Any other circumstances pertaining to your individual situation such as storage of belongings, special handling instructions for precious items, moving during peak season or holidays, will all determine the amount of your estimate. For more tips on moving visit our website: http://bbdmoving.com/

Moving into a New Home – A Checklist for First-Time Buyers

If you are a first time home buyer you may be surprised to learn how much work is involved, not only in moving and purchasing the home, but setting it up as well. It may be hard to visualize how to set up a new home if you are not in it yet, so it is best to make a list of essentials to plan ahead of time. Homemaking is an involved process and there will be many essentials that you will need right away. After your professional movers have taken care of moving your belongings safely into your new home, there are some essentials you will need:

  • Budget your expenses – After settlement of your home and setting up utilities, it will be time think about home essentials. You may not want to wait till the last minute after you move in. First time homebuyers are usually stretched to the limit with expenses so you don’t want to purchase items on a credit card. It’s smart to plan ahead for the expenses and purchasing the essentials beforehand so you will have them on hand when you arrive.
  • Odds & ends inside – While taking care of the more important items like food and furniture for your new home, it is easy to forget about the smaller items such as window coverings, curtains and blinds for the windows. You will need shower mats, shower curtains and waste baskets for the bathrooms. The other essentials include area rugs for your tile or wood floors and floor protectors that stick under furniture legs to protect floors from damage. Also a good idea to have hardware on hand to hang pictures and frames in your home. Another service your professional mover provides is to hang and mount your flat screen TV.
  • Odd & ends outside – setting up house is likely to involve purchasing a few outdoor essentials such as lawn care items, snow removal items and basic garden tools such as rakes, trimmers, rubber hoses. Also, some basic tools for minor repair jobs inside and outside the house such as screwdrivers, hammers, nails, wrenches, a power drill, flashlights, etc.

Hopefully by purchasing these essential items ahead of time, you will now be prepared once you move in and won’t have to worry about last minute expenses. For more tips on moving please visit our website: http://bbdmoving.com/