Bad Movers: How to File a Complaint

Did you know an average of 36 million Americans move each year? With this stat in mind, you can imagine just how busy most moving companies are. While there are lots of moving companies out there that provide excellent service, there are also many that do not. Some are dishonest. Some are unprofessional. And some are just plain rude. As you probably already know, moving house is stressful – much too stressful to have to endure incompetent, untrustworthy movers. If you would like to know tips on how to spot a bad moving company, we have you covered, but in this article, we will discuss how to file a complaint against movers.

Should you file a complaint?

If you are unhappy with the service your moving company provided, here are some ways to know if you are in the right to file a complaint against them:

  • You were treated in a rude and non-professional way;
  • They arrived late to pick up your items or to deliver them to your new home;
  • They handled your moving boxes and furniture carelessly, causing minor or serious damage to your belongings and/or property;
  • They failed to deliver all of your belongings to your new address and are unable to locate where the missing items are;
  • They requested much more money than they originally quoted;
  • They tried to cheat you, rip you off, or showed negligence by using dishonest scamming methods.

After reviewing the list above, and if you feel your voice needs to be heard about the service you were provided, here are the steps to take in order to file an official complaint.

Step 1: Contact Your Movers

If you have a problem with the service your movers provided, the first step to take is to contact them. This should be done as quickly as possible because waiting can lead to an even more negative experience. Coming to a peaceful resolution of a dispute or claim is the best solution for both parties, saving time, money and stress.

Inform your movers about the problem or problems you experienced, in the best possible way – and stay calm. Becoming aggressive or angry will not help your situation. Also, be ready to provide evidence to back up your complaint, such as photos that can prove the existence and the extent of the damage your belongings suffered while in your movers’ possession.

After reviewing your complaint, the movers should compensate you based on the moving valuation you agreed on prior to your move.

Step 2: Write a Review

Whether your moving company provided good or bad service, you should always take the time to write a review. Good reviews will help the moving company further their great business, while a bad review will help warn others so they don’t experience a bad move like you did.

Another reason to write a review is if your movers won’t take your complaint seriously, or if the issue you are having with them is much more serious than a few broken dishes. No business ever wants to receive a negative review, so writing one may help you solve the issue in your favor.

Step 3: File a Complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Another important step to take in filing a complaint against a moving company is to inform the U.S. Department of Transportation. To do this, the case must involve:

  • A mover that is unlicensed or uninsured.
  • Incidents of damaged or stolen items.
  • Failure to keep the agreed timeframe of the move, delivery, etc.
  • Overcharging of over 110% of a non-binding estimate.

After submitting your complaint, it will be entered into the FMCSA’s consumer complaint database. It will then be used for analytic and statistical purposes.

To file a complaint, you must fill out a Household Goods Consumer Complaint form. (← this will have a link attached when I post it.)

Step 4: File a Complaint Against a Moving Company with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)

You can also file a complaint against your mover with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). These complaints will involve cases of shipment delay or moving service performance. To submit a complaint, click here.

Step 5: File a Complaint Against a Moving Company with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Another outlet to file a complaint against your mover is with the Better Business Bureau, either online or at their nearest location. Note, however, that the BBB cannot make your mover undertake any particular actions concerning reimbursement because it is not a governmental institution.

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How to Spot a Bad Moving Company

Moving house requires many things, but planning and preparing are two of the biggest. These tasks help make a relocation easy and more successful, and you do want that, don’t you? Sure you do! Unfortunately, no matter how much effort you put into orchestrating a move that is flawless, certain events can occur that are simply out of your control. One thing, in particular, is to hire a bad moving company. After putting so much time and effort into planning and preparing a good local or long-distance move, it can be truly disheartening to have a poor moving company ruin it all. Though there are some movers out there who are dishonest, disreputable and fraudulent, let it be known that there are also many good and respectable moving companies that strive to make your relocation a success. So how do you bypass the “bad” movers and end up with a “good” one? The first step is by learning how to spot a bad moving company.

Bad Online Reputation

When on the search for a moving company to help with your relocation, one of the first things to research online are reviews and testimonials left by former customers. Good, reliable movers care about their reputation and work hard to keep their online record clean by providing excellent service and handling any claims, disputes and issues with clients in a quick and fair manner. Yes, there will also be a few bad reviews every now and again no matter what the business, but if a moving company is followed by mostly bad reviews, proceed with caution because you may be next to leave a bad review.

Not Licensed

All legit businesses must be registered with and licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes interstate movers. Before hiring a moving company, you should check out the FMCSA’s website and ensure they have the required licensing information. If they do not, run the other way because you may be dealing with scammers.

Refuse to Insure Your Belongings

Just as moving companies are required to have the proper licensing, they must also assume proper liability for the value of items they relocate. As a consumer, it is your right to ask a moving company for proof of insurance, request any additional information about insurance options they offer, and what their process is for filing a claim in case of lost or damaged items.

If a mover refuses to provide you with the proper moving coverage for your items, this is a big warning sign that something’s not right and you should take your business elsewhere.

Phone or Internet Estimates Only

Getting a moving estimate via the phone or internet is incredibly easy. But consider this – how will a mover be trusted to provide you with a precise moving estimate without performing a detailed, in-home inspection of all the items you have to move? Obviously, they can’t.

In order to get a detailed and accurate moving estimate, it is important to request an in-home inspection by a qualified representative from the company. The primary job of a moving expert is to determine exactly how many items a person has to move, along with any special circumstances there may be (e.g., an item is too heavy, awkwardly shaped, fragile, etc.). They are also responsible for noting any details that will affect the final cost of the move, such as special packing requirements, long flights of stairs, narrow hallways or doors, and so on.

With all of this said, to ensure you are not handed an alarming bill after your move, never accept moving estimates solely over the phone or internet. Also make sure you get an in-home estimate from several reputable moving companies (not just one!) before making your final decision in who to hire for your relocation needs.

Other Red Flags to Watch Out For

We have already discussed several things you should do to ensure you don’t hire a bad moving company for your relocation, but there are some additional red flags to be aware of. If you experience any of these things during your search for a moving company, don’t hire them.

  • They do not answer the phone with their company name.
  • They do not have a website, or their website does not provide licensing information, insurance options, nor an address.
  • The mover does not provide flexible payment options, but instead demands a large deposit or cash-only payment.
  • On moving day, your movers show up in an unmarked moving truck, seem unprofessional, bring dirty or damaged packing materials, or behave in a rude manner.

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Top 12 Things to Do Before Moving Out

From the moment you decide to move to the moment the moving truck shows up, you will be met with a variety of tasks to accomplish. In fact, the number of moving chores and packing jobs can become so overwhelming you may get easily confused about what things you need to do before moving out, and when you need to do them. To better tackle all your moving tasks, and make your move a success, here are the top 12 most important things to do before moving out.

1. Research packing supplies and tips on packing. This will help you prepare yourself with everything you need in order to properly pack all of your belongings.

2. Sort through your belongings, organizing everything into three main categories: “To Keep”, “To Donate/Sell”, “To Throw Away”. Remember, the more items you move with you, the more it will cost in terms of the amount of supplies you will require and how much it will cost to ship all of your possessions. By donating, selling or even throwing away any items you no longer have a use for, you will save money on your moving shipment, spend less time packing, and may even make a few bucks on those belongings you decide to sell.

3. Make a moving budget. This will help you decide what kind of move you can afford. Be honest with yourself about your finances, and ask yourself some important questions. “Will you be able to afford professional packers and movers, or will you need to stick to a self-move with just you and help from your family and friends?” “Can you afford to buy all of your packing supplies, or do you need to locate as many free moving boxes as possible?” Figuring out the answers to questions like these will help ensure you stick to your budget instead of drowning in expenses.

4. Designate a specific spot for all of your important moving documents, such as a brightly colored folder. This will make it easier to keep everything together so you won’t lose anything and also so you can access any documents quickly and efficiently. Be sure to keep this folder with you at all times so you don’t lose it during the stressful, and often chaotic, hustle and bustle of moving day.

5. If you are moving out of a rental property, be sure to let your landlord know about your plans to move, as soon as possible.

6. Figure out how to properly pack and ship certain items, such as those that are fragile and need to be handled with the utmost care. When researching this subject, consider what specific packing supplies you will need, like bubble wrap, packing paper, protective blankets, and other cushioning materials.

7. Get a moving estimate. To do this, contact a few reputable moving companies near you. An in-person estimate is best, so schedule a time for movers to come to your current home to help create a more accurate estimate for your move. Be sure to let them know how many items you intend to move and what fragile items, if any, you may have that will require more movers or special moving tools or supplies. Also be sure to inform them of any obstacles that may hinder your move – flights of stairs, a long distance from your door to the moving truck, etc. All of these things will make an impact on the cost of your move and what your chosen movers will need to come prepared with the day of the move.

8. Prepare your old home – and new one if possible – for moving day. Many things can happen during a move, from scuffed floors and damaged walls, to personal injury, etc. This being said, you will want to ensure the property is protected. Cardboard is a great tool to use because it provides cushion and protection to all sorts of things. Cover floors and carpets with it to help eliminate dirt and other problems from occurring. You can also wrap cardboard around stair railings and sharp corners to help keep them protected from large furniture, and other items that are being moved about.

9. Pay extra attention to how you wrap and carry large, bulky items, such as couches, tables and chairs. To avoid damage to your belongings, property, and yourself, be sure to wrap any protruding areas, like table and chair legs, with extra protective layers. If possible, remove these pieces and wrap them separately to make them less awkward to move.

10. Find out ways you can save money during your move. One way is to opt for a self-move with free help from family and friends. Moving boxes and other packing supplies is another great way to save money when moving. Check grocery stores, liquor stores, and bookstores, which have a continuous supply of boxes.

11. Create a move-out cleaning checklist. This will help guide you through the steps to take to leave your old home in good shape. If leaving a rental property, this will help ensure you get your deposit back, which will be more money in your pocket for your move.

12. Change your address with the many companies and people who should be aware of your whereabouts. Some include: utility companies, banks, the post office, schools, the department of motor vehicles, family and friends.

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Helpful Tips to Create a Moving Checklist

When you’re preparing for an upcoming house move, your brain can become a cluttered and jumbled mess as you fill it with more and more tasks you must accomplish before the big day arrives. Not only will this cause the stress of your move to become overwhelming, but it can also cause errors to occur – important jobs forgotten, chaos and injury, etc. So what can you do to combat these problems and make your move less overwhelming? While moving house will never be completely stress-free, there is something you can do to tone down the tension – create a checklist.

Making a moving checklist is an essential step to take to help guarantee a successful relocation. Lists will help you organize all of your activities, from scheduling a moving truck and moving help to packing all of your belongings easier more efficiently. What’s also great about checklists is that they are useful no matter what type of move you are having – local, interstate or international.

Here are a few ideas on how to make a moving checklist:

Use pen and paper. When making a checklist, it is always a good idea to start with pen and paper. This will help get your mind focused on the task at hand – moving. Since paper lists can be incredibly hard to keep up with, and hard to read, be sure to only use this method for a first draft.

Create a Word document or Excel sheet. After you have your first draft written out on paper, you can then transfer it over to an MS Word or Excel document via your computer. Don’t forget, though, that your electronics will eventually need to be packed, so at some point, our next step will serve you well – printing them.

Print your list. Printing your checklists will provide you with easy-to-read copies of your checklists. There are also many websites out there that allow you to print pre-made checklists. These lists usually cover all of the most important moving-related tasks and items, but know that they are unable to be modified, which means you may still need to make a few lists of your own.

Use your phone. Considering your phone will typically be with you at all times during your move, it may be the optimal place to keep your checklist(s). Saving a PDF file on your phone is one way to keep your list(s) handy. Another is to download a moving app, such as the My Move app for iPhone, Android and the Kindle Fire. Not only is this app free, but you can either use pre-made checklists or create your own. You can also check completed tasks off as you do them.

Now that you know some convenient ways to go about making a checklist, here are some things to consider adding to it.

Household Items Checklist

First, make a checklist with all of the household items that need to be moved. Be sure to group all of the items that need special handling together – fragile belongings like electronics, antiques and china, or bulky items such as pianos. This will allow yourself and professional movers to better prepare for the job, including how many movers will be needed and what tools or equipment may be required.

Also on your household items checklist, you should include things that are unable to be packed or moved by professional movers, such as plants and hazardous materials (gasoline, pesticides, motor oil, etc.). Having these items on your list will help you decide if you should really take them with you on your move, and if so, to remind yourself to find a safe way to do so.

Packing Checklist

Packing will be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs to accomplish when moving. Having a detailed checklist that includes all of the belongings that are to be packed will benefit you greatly.

If you decide to pack your belongings by yourself, it is a good idea to include on your list the supplies you will need to get the job done. This will help ensure you have all of the materials you need so you won’t have to keep running to the store for things you’ve forgotten.

If you are hiring professional packers, you should also add to your checklist any items that may require custom crating, such as valuable paintings and sculptures.

Utilities Checklist

Before moving, you will need to notify important utility and service providers of your change of address. Here are some that you should add to your checklist:

  • Government Offices: State/Federal Tax Bureaus, Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, City/County Tax Assessor.
  • Utility Companies: Electric, gas, water, internet, cable.
  • Personal Accounts: Bank/finance Companies, credit card companies, insurance companies.
  • Personal Service Providers: Doctors, dentists, accountant, lawyer.
  • Subscriptions: Newspapers, magazines.

You will also need to change your address with the Post Office or fill out their online form for address change.

Kids Checklist

Moving with kids can add a lot of extra stress to a move. You want to ensure they are well taken care of throughout the moving process, and also that none of their belongings get left behind or lost in the shuffle. So make a checklist designated just for them. Include on it everything from collecting school and doctor records to a rundown of all of their possessions.

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Helpful Tips to Survive Living in New York

Moving to a new state is no easy task, especially one as crowded, cosmopolitan and lively as New York City. It takes lots of time, organization, research, and money. Oh … and don’t forget packing. Lots and lots of packing! But what happens after the move, when all of the moving boxes have been unpacked and things have officially settled down? Do you sit at home in hopes you will adjust to your new surroundings? No way! You get out there and adapt to the people and places around you. To become a true New Yorker, here are some helpful tips to survive living in the Big Apple.

Avoid Taxis

For New Yorkers, public transportation is a fact of life. But which form of public transportation should you take? Bus? Subway? Before you say taxi, let us stop you … don’t take a taxi. Don’t get us wrong; taxis are great. But they are in no way cheap. Sure, public transportation can be unpredictable with construction, delays, and whatnot at all different times of the day. Not to mention, the characters and crowd you will meet may be a little unnerving. But buses and subways are a bargain in comparison to taxis. In fact, you can even call them a necessary part of life in NYC. So if you want to save some cash, public transportation is a good choice. But don’t forget. Considering NYC is huge, with sights to see and places to go no matter where you turn,walking isn’t a bad idea – and it’s free!

Complain About Rent

There’s no denying that New York City is an expensive place to live. $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment … yowza! But believe us when we say you won’t be the only one who feels the urge to complain about the price of rent. So let loose and complain with the best of them. Besides, even though square footage may be a disappointment, everyone abides by it in order to stay in such an incredible place, and your complaints will only help you create a mutual bond with others.

Be Open-Minded

The United States has always been a melting pot with people from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. This is especially true in New York City. It’s also a large factor in what gives this city such a unique personality. To live in NYC, you must be open-minded and accepting of everyone around you. Even on days when you don’t want to, it is what it is, and your open-mindedness will encourage others to be accepting of your idiosyncrasies.

Be Confident

In order to make it in NYC, you have to possess a lot of confidence, so leave your shy and worried self at home when you venture onto the streets of this city. New Yorkers are a confident bunch; they know what they want and are not afraid to say it, nor are they afraid to hurt your feelings in the process of getting what they want. This is especially true when navigating this city’s heavily populated streets. Things move faster in cities like NYC. Being new to the area, you may feel the need to abide by pedestrian walkways and traffic lights, but you’ll quickly learn that New Yorkers operate differently and aren’t scared to follow their own rules.

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Your Guide to Moving to New York City

The Big Apple. A sea of lights. A place where big dreams come true. Where are we talking about? You guessed it – New York City. We’ve all heard of it. We’ve all seen it on TV and in movies. Many of us have even been there to get a taste of one of the most exciting cities in the United States. But what will it be like to actually move there? To live there? As you can probably guess, actually moving to NYC is much different than spending a few vacation days there. So before you pack up and move to the city that never sleeps, it’s important to be prepared for what’s to come. In this guide, we will provide you with some important things to consider before moving to NYC.

The Cost of Living

The glitz and glam that come to mind when you think of New York City can be pretty alluring. But don’t let the bright lights cloud your vision and cause you to overlook one of the most serious things to consider when moving there – the cost. The glitz and glam of NYC comes at a price – and it’s a high one.

When moving to NYC, rent will be your biggest expense. So, the first thing you need to do before even considering a move there is to figure out how much you can afford – and be truthful with yourself. Renting an apartment in NYC can be incredibly intimidating. A simple search online will show you what we mean. Rental prices vary greatly by neighborhood with an average of $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in areas like Manhattan (less in other nearby neighborhoods).

Another hefty expense when living in NYC is the cost of owning a car. If you have the cash, you can of course keep your car. Just know that in order to do so, you will have to spend an average of $450 a month to keep it in a garage. Luckily, NYC is a great walking city with extensive public transportation, which can help cut some costs. But remember, as much as you like the idea of being able to walk to the grocery store or a nearby cafe, you will likely need to use some sort of public transportation to get to and from work every day. Whether by bus or train, it’ll cost you. To ride the subway, the pay-per-ride fair is around $2.50. There are ways to save money, though, such as by purchasing a variety of passes and cards so you don’t have to stop and pay a toll each time you ride.

Taxes

Taxes can be a sore topic of discussion for many, but no matter where you move, it must be taken into consideration. The state and city of New York has one of the highest tax rates in the country. Along with state and federal taxes, NYC also charges a personal income tax. State tax is 8.5%, while the city tax varies between a 2.9% and 3.6% rate depending on your personal income. And don’t forget sales tax. Sales tax in the city is 4.5%; however, essentials, like clothing and footwear, are exempt of sales tax if under $110.

Life in New York City

New York City has been a breeding ground for cultural, social and political movements and changes throughout the course of its history. Here you’ll find an endless list of places to go and sites to see. From clubs and bars to museums and Broadway, there’s no wonder NYC is dubbed the city that never sleeps. With so many possibilities at your fingertips, there is no denying that you will never be bored when in NYC. But remember, in order to do all of these things, you will need the money and to experience them. Before you move to such a bustling city, you’ll want to make sure you are someone who can handle lots of people and commotion. Also, if you don’t think you will make use of the many things to do in such an explosive city, it may not be the right home for you.

The Weather

Before moving, especially to an entirely different state, you will want to consider the type of climate it has. New York City, for example, is in the Northeast. This means very cold winters with negative temperatures, snow and ice. If you are used to a warmer climate, like Alabama or Florida, moving to a place like New York City will be quite a climate change – and a shocking one at that! Not only will you need the proper wardrobe, you will also have to endure these cold winter months on a daily basis. Can you handle it? If you excel in cold weather, go for it! But if frigid temperatures and snow aren’t your thing, you may want to consider moving elsewhere.

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What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away (Part 2 of 2)

As you learned from What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away Part 1, having a best friend move away can be very hard to handle. But helping them, comforting them, and reducing some of the stress surrounding their move is a wonderful way to show you care.

In What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away Part 2, we will cover some ways to make your last days within arm’s reach of your friend, count.

Stay in Touch

Technology makes it easy to keep in touch with others. More than likely, you and your best friend already spend the greater part of your interactions digitally anyway. But a distance in miles and a lack of in-person contact will definitely make an impact on your friendship. Luckily, there are lots of ways to stay in touch with your pal when they move away. Here’s how:

  • Talk on the phone.
  • Send text messages whenever you want to share something or even just to say hi.
  • Schedule a set time for video calls via Facetime, Skype, etc.
  • Use social media to stay current on your friend’s post-move life.
  • Write and send emails.
  • Send postcards, letters and little gifts to provide a physical reminder of how much you care about them.
  • Plan visits, and get together as often as possible.

Give a Gift

Giving your friend a special moving-away gift is a nice and thoughtful gesture that will further seal the bond you have. Sure, there are tons of gift shops out there, but to make your gift unique to your specific friendship, you will need to think a little deeper and even resort to your own creativity. Here are some ideas:

  • Make a photo album that commemorates your friendship. Take the time to select unique pictures that have captured special moments between the two of you. You can also write meaningful captions, etc. to make the album even more personal.
  • Get your friend a practical gift for their new home. This way, every time they use your gift, they will think of you.
  • Make your friend a survival kit. Fill it with comfort foods, funny photos, travel games, a CD with their favorite music, and anything else you think your friend will enjoy on their trip and during those first few days in their new home.
  • Select a meaningful object as a token, or reminder, of your friendship – a piece of art, a bracelet or other accessory, a book, or anything else you feel represents your friendship together.

Create a Special Goodbye

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone special to you. But when your friend moves away, it is an important part of the process. So in appreciation of the time spent with the person you consider your best friend, it is a good idea to find a way to express your deepest feelings with them, and give them a heartfelt sendoff. Try one or more of the ideas below to create your special goodbye:

  • Throw a farewell party. A goodbye party will be a mix of joy and sorrow, but it is a good way to help embed special memories for everyone there. Eat your favorite snacks, enjoy your favorite drinks, listen to music, dance, recall funny events – anything that will make you laugh, remember the good times and set a celebratory tone for your friend’s impending move.
  • Go somewhere meaningful. For some one-on-one time, head to your favorite place in town. Here you can spend some alone time together in your beloved surroundings, sharing your thoughts, emotions and enjoying each other’s company.
  • Write a goodbye letter. Writing a goodbye letter is a great way to express to your friend how much you appreciate and care about them, and how much you are going to miss them. There are no rules to what your letter should contain, so speak from the heart and say what’s on your mind. Remind your friend of the first time you met, or of a funny experience you had together – whatever you want to include to make your friend feel your warmth and love when they open it.

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What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away (Part 1 of 2)

Having a best friend is a wonderful part of life. You’ll laugh together, cry together, and be there for one another through all of life’s many challenges. But what do you do when your closest confidant is moving away? Most likely you will be shocked and completely saddened by the news. However upset and confused you may feel in this situation, you need to remember that your friend is probably even more stressed and worried by the imminent changes they will soon be facing. During this time, they will need you more than ever. So what can you do to help them, comfort them, and reduce some of their stress? Continue reading to find out.

Offer Support

It can be tough to evoke happiness when a best friend moves away. It can be a very sad situation, after all. But being supportive will help reassure your friend that their future endeavor is going to be okay. Here are some ways to show your support:

  • Offering your excitement is a great way to show your support for them and their impending move, so push away the sadness and put on your bravest face. Take some time to research positive aspects of the area your friend is moving to, and let them in on the many cool things you find. Telling them that their soon-to-be home and town have a lot of great qualities will help assure them they are making the right decision. It is also a good idea to encourage them to explore their new location at length and to make every effort to adjust to their new environment.
  • Be Sympathetic. Moving is a big deal – one of the largest changes one can make in their lifetime. So it goes without saying that your friend will experience plenty of apprehensions and worries, expectations and hopes regarding their relocation. A good way to be there for your friend is to be sympathetic and lend an ear. Listen intently to everything they have to say to help them vent their feelings, and try to come up with some useful and reasonable advice. Your efforts to ease their anxiety will reassure them things are soon to change for the better.
  • It’s also important to tell them you will miss them, but that their relocation will have no effect on your relationship, nor will it sever your special bond.

Lend a Helping Hand

Moving is hard. It comes with a never-ending list of tasks to accomplish, from organizing and packing to loading and unloading the moving truck. It may feel difficult to actually help your friend move away from you, but it’s important to push your self-pity aside and lend a helping hand. Doing so will save your pal lots of time and will help them avoid moving scams. Here’s how:

Find your friend a reliable moving company:

  • Ask all of your friends, relatives and acquaintances who have recently moved for their opinions, recommendations and feedback on moving companies they have worked with;
  • Research how to prevent moving fraud and ensure a safe relocation;
  • Read online moving reviews, visit websites and compare the cost and conditions different moving companies offer;
  • Make a list of licensed, insured and trustworthy movers that meet your friend’s unique moving needs.

Help your friend organize and pack:

Sorting out a lifetime’s worth of belongings and packing each and every item safely for shipment is a time-consuming and laborious process. A process that your friend will be more than thrilled to have your help with. To aid in these moving tasks:

  • Spend a few hours at your friend’s place, and help organize their belongings. It may sound tedious, but it can actually be a fun experience. You’ll get some quality time together and relish old memories you’ve shared in the past as you happen upon half-forgotten items.
  • As you help your friend sort through their possessions, act as the deciding vote as to which items they should definitely keep and which they can live without. Your decision making will come as a welcome help when making the hard choice of whether to keep or diss certain possessions. If there is time, take your organizational skills one step further and help your friend organize a garage sale. Selling their unwanted items can earn them some extra cash to make the moving process less stressful. You can also help them by taking their unwanted things to a charity center or recycle center.
  • Collect any packing supplies you may have at your house, and give them to your friend. Every cardboard box or roll of tape you are not using can come in very useful for them; it will also save them money on packing materials.
  • When all of your buddy’s belongings have been organized and they have the necessary moving supplies, help them pack their belongings safely and efficiently. This means wrapping and packing all items with utmost care and making sure all boxes are well padded, tightly sealed and properly labeled.

Offer to Help on Moving Day

The greatest challenge your friend will face in the relocation process is moving day. Not only will it be physically challenging, it will be emotionally challenging too. Your help and support on this stressful day will be of utmost value. Here are some things you can do:

  • Arrive at your friend’s place a couple hours before the moving truck or movers arrive in order to help them handle any last-minute tasks – removing obstacles from entryways, covering floors, walls and bannisters with protective materials, etc.
  • If your friend has kids and/or pets, offer to take care of them during the move. Knowing everyone is safe and cared for will remove a great deal of stress during this stage of your friend’s move.
  • Moving day takes many hours to complete, which means everyone’s appetites will be quite high when all is said and done. A good way to offer your friend help on the day of their move is by supplying food. Whether you provide snacks, a homemade meal, or just order some pizzas, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Continue on to part 2 of this blog series to learn even more things you can do when your friend moves away.

Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Move

When you hear that someone you know is moving – whether to a new home, city, etc. – how do you feel about it? Are you happy for them, but are glad it’s not you? Or do you feel pangs of envy and jealousy holding your insides in a tight grip? If you can’t help but wish you were the one moving, it may be time to ask yourself some important questions:

  • Am I happy?
  • What am I doing with my life?
  • Who am I?
  • Is my current situation what I want, or do I need more?

You may be scared to find out the answers to these important life questions, but they are vital if you want to live a life that you are truly content with. To help you in your quest for happiness, here are five warning signs that it’s time to move.

1. Your budget is stretched too thin.

Can you pay your bills, but your disposable income disappears in the blink of an eye? Or worse, are you unable to pay your bills? If your budget is stretched too thin to be able to afford to pay for the things you need and want in order to live comfortably, it is a clear sign that it’s time to move. Money woes can cause major stress and anxiety, and can become a serious burden. It’s not always easy finding a location that offers cheaper living costs, but with adequate research, it is possible. Extensive research should be done on areas like overall living costs (housing, utilities, food, healthcare, education, transportation, etc.). You should also check the unemployment of the area and more, specifically, employment opportunities in your area of expertise, because let’s face it, moving will only be worth it if it’s possible to find a good job that can loosen the stress on your financial situation.

2. You’re stuck at a dead-end job.

Are you underpaid and/or unappreciated at work? If so, you are probably feeling an escalating dissatisfaction with your current job. This is a sure sign that your career may be headed in the wrong direction. Sensing deep inside that your professional skills are being wasted and taken advantage of, then a move could suit you well. Moving to a larger city will provide you with better job opportunities and help you fulfill your career goals.

If a large part of why your current job is causing you high levels of stress or simply not working out is because of a long commute, moving closer to your job could be worth it. Not only will it mean less time in the car – or on other means of transportation – but it also means you’ll have more money.

3. You’ve found your life partner.

Have you found your better half? The one you feel completes you and the life you’ve always dreamt for yourself? If so, a move may be in your near future. While your current residence may have been the perfect place when you were single, your relationship status may mean it’s time to relocate to a new and larger home – quite possibly, even a new town or state.

4. Your family has expanded.

It can be very exciting to start a family. But as it grows, your home may quickly change from spacious to claustrophobic. You may need a house that offers more than one bathroom, so morning routines are less stressful and chaotic. Or you may end up needing an extra bedroom because your once young children now need their own personal space. Whatever the reason, as things grow, more room is needed, and the best way to get it is to move to a larger home.

5. Your home is too large.

Upsizing your home when your family expands is a good decision that will serve you well for many years. But as time chugs by, your home may end up feeling too large. As your kids grow up and move out on their own, or when you are no longer able to maintain your home and property due to its size, this is a clear indicator that a move is in order. Less space can actually come with many positives, like lower maintenance costs and more disposable money to spend on your favorite activities and hobbies.

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Top Moving Questions, Asked and Answered

Moving house can be summed up in a number of words: exciting, stressful, chaotic, expensive. And with all of these things, your relocation can result in total confusion and a number of questions. What do I do next? What should I expect? How much is this going to cost me? So here’s what you do: hop onto your favorite web browser and search for information on all of your most grueling questions. Information is a powerful weapon and will give you a major advantage when moving from one home to another, saving you an enormous amount of time, money and stress! To make your move more efficient, we’ve listed the top questions people search online before moving house. We’ve also provided some useful answers and advice. Check it out!

Why do people move house?

Moving house is typically not something that just happens on a whim. It takes time, money and loads of planning. So if it’s such a serious matter, why do people do it? Many reasons! The number one reason people move is due to new or better job opportunities. When moving for this purpose, one may relocate to another part of the country, or even abroad.

Other main reasons for moving include:

  • The desire to be closer to a loved one;
  • The necessity to move into a more fitting home in a cheaper or safer city;
  • The wish to move to a place with a better climate;
  • The need to escape a past filled with bad memories.


What is the cheapest way to move cross country?

Depending on where you plan to move, you will need to decide whether to opt for a self-move or to hire a professional moving company. For a local move, a self-move is typically the cheaper (and first) choice. But for a move that will take you across the country, the best choice is to opt for professional movers. Hiring professional movers is one of the largest moving-related expenses. Is there any wonder people hit the Internet to search for movers with the best rates, along with ways to make a cross-country move cheaper?

To move cross country on a budget, here are some tips:

  • Find an affordable mover.
  • Book your move early.
  • Take only the belongings you truly need.
  • Sell items you aren’t taking with you.
  • Find free packing materials.
  • Pack whatever you can by yourself.

What steps do I take when moving house?

When first deciding to move to a new home, the process of moving probably feels rather straightforward. But with an ever-growing amount of tasks to complete within a limited time period, moving can become chaotic, stressful and hard to manage. Any lost time during your pre-move preparations can greatly hurt your chance of a smooth move. So what do you do? Successfully manage your time. For some, this is easy, but for many, it can be a real struggle! Searching the Internet for a good moving checklist will make a huge difference in the success of your move. A checklist can help you figure out what to do when moving and what items to take with you, along with valuable ideas on how to organize your time effectively and use every hour of every day to your advantage.

How do I choose a moving company?

Are you looking for a moving company that will offer high-quality services at an affordable (ahem… cheap!) rate? Of course you are! Who isn’t? This being said, it’s understandable why move-related online queries often contain the words cheap, affordable, low-cost and cost-saving. The mission to find a top-rated mover will not be a walk in the park, but if you do your homework and spend a fair amount of time researching movers, then the time and efforts you have invested should pay off nicely in the end. For tips on how to find a moving company, click here.

How do I pack for a move?

There’s no question that packing a home for a move is the toughest moving-related job. It requires lots of effort, energy and time. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that packing tips are one of the top things people search for online when moving house. There are tons of packing tips out there – some with general advice on when to start packing and how to pack quickly. There is also a handful of efficient packing tips aimed to help you save an enormous amount of time and how to keep your belongings protected at the same time. For useful packing tips, check any of our guides.

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