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Planning Your Move

Planning your Move

Planning your move might be the most crucial aspect of moving.  Planning your move can also be the most stressful!  But if planned well, with the help of your moving company, the stress will be kept to a minimum.

Once you have identified the companies that you want to quote you, evaluate the estimates and selected your mover, you will then have the challenging task of planning your move.  Most reputable moving companies will supply you either on paper or online with a timeline list of the things you need to do week by week up to your moving day. They will also provide you with a Move Plan document confirming the details of the move itself including Where From, Where To, When and How.

Plan ahead. Divide your property into items the mover will handle, items you will handle and items you will leave behind.  There may also be items that are best to store either long term or just for the period between when you move out of your old home and the time when you move into your new home!

The ideal move involves relocating all of your belongings from your old place to your new home in one day. But in reality, our clients often need to store some or all of their possessions for a few days or even months. U. Santini has secure, professionally operated storage facilities located in Tri-state area to help you with this.

The moving timeline necessarily will be lengthy because it must cover many things.  Below is an abbreviated example of the moving timeline:

 Six to eight weeks before moving day

Working with a mover:

Conduct you research in collecting the names of movers you would like to consider (See my discussions regarding “Choosing a Mover”).

Call those movers and arrange for the agents to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.

If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.

Determine if you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by the moving company’s experienced packers?  I am certain your agent would be happy to discuss packing services with you.

Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.

Read the “Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual” (all reputable full-service moves have one) to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.

Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.

 Four to six weeks before moving day

Places to notify:

Notify the post office that you are moving from.  An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site.

Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following list will be helpful:

Electric, Pharmacy, Gas, Dry Cleaner, Water, Lawn Service, Telephone, Bank/Finance Companies, Sewer District, Credit Card Companies, Trash, Laundry Service, Cable/Satellite, Auto Finance Company, Fuel  (Oil/Propane), Health Club, Sewer District, Doctor(s), Newspapers, Dentist, Magazines, Accountant,  Newsletters, Lawyer,  Professional Journals,  Broker,  Insurance Agency,

Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, State/Federal Tax Bureaus, City/County Tax Assessor, Veterans Administration

Miscellaneous:

Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.

  • Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
  • Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.

 Two to three weeks before moving day

Working with the mover:

Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone umbers where you can be reached.

Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.

If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.

Preparing the family:

Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.

Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)

Preparing household items:

Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables (hazardous and perishables) and personal items you should keep with you below:

 

Hazardous materials

Perishables**

Personal importance/ sentimental value

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Scuba tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer
  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods

 

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Home videos
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.

Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.

Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.

Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture)

 

Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!

……Dan

What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at dansblog@usantini.com

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

Deciding When to Move

WHEN TO MOVE

When you should move sometimes can be perplexing when you don’t have a specific must move date and therefore can choose when you actually make your move.

Obviously you may have set dates on which you must move.

However, if you have flexibility for your moving date, there are benefits that you can take advantage of and save money or receive other promotional benefits.

The month or the day of the month when you move can be significant to a mover as to the rates that are charged or savings or promotion.

Be sure to let us know if your moving date is flexible.

The spring and early summer months are the busiest times for movers in the New York metropolitan area so if you can avoid moving during these time periods you will be better off not only to obtain possibly better rates but also for better chances to get the exact date you require.

In addition, the beginning and end of each month are traditionally busier than mid-month, regardless of the season. If you are planning to move during one of the times, plan well in advance so your mover’s schedule will fit yours.

What have you been told by other movers?

Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!

 

……Dan

 

What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at

dansblog@usantini.com

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

SPECIAL TOPIC – FLAT RATE & OTHER ESTIMATING METHODS

Myths About Pricing

Movers can offer different types of estimates, binding, non-binding, and not-to-exceed.

You will be hearing all of the many terms mentioned above when it comes to pricing and it can sometimes get quite confusing.

More and more you will hear the term “flat rate pricing”.  Currently it has become a very appealing concept and much the “buzz” in the moving business.  But…

… Is this rate really flat or are there hidden EXTRA charges. What people have found is that either they or the moving company did not include ALL of the items when the estimate was originally created and that more items have been discovered and hence the “flat” rate has to be increased to cover those items that were “left out.

 So, this is all confusing, right?

 When you really think about it, if you accurately identify ALL of the items that you intend to move and they are accurately and honestly priced by your moving company, then it IS, effectively at “flat rate.”

Let me know your opinion and experiences.

80 years and still movin!

……Dan

What thoughts or experiences can you share with us?   Email us at dansblog@usantini.com

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini.  Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

Moving with Children

MOVING WITH CHILDREN

Hopefully you have read my previous blog and have found it helpful.

But there is one additional factor to consider, perhaps the most important, in choosing a mover. This is the issue of moving with children. This factor is the way a mover considers the children in your family. When you are moving with children the ideas below can help to put your children’s minds more at ease when dealing with the idea of moving to a new strange city and home.

This “Moving with Children” article will deal with a child’s special needs and concerns:

  • What to pack – we will guide you as to how to pack your child’s belongings if you are doing the packing. If we are doing the packing be sure we know the items that need special care.
  • What not to pack – we will point out to you what to keep out or be sure we know what to leave out: things like a favorite game, a toy or a teddy bear!

When you are moving with children, here are other ideas that can help reduce or eliminate the fears of a new city or new home:

  • Show you children pictures of the new place where they will be living.
  • Or, if possible take your child and familiarize them with their home or even their new room so that they can be excited to.
  • Reassure your child that you are ALL moving and that mommy and daddy aren’t going away

Other suggestions on how to handle the packing and the move when moving with children:

  • Try to avoid your child seeing all of their things gone at one time.
  • Leave out special things until the last minute.
  • Make a little personal book about the move and read it to a young child frequently before the move day. 
  • Have your mover set up your child’s room first (if possible) so they can come into their new room with the familiarity of the old one.
  • If you are moving to or from Brooklyn check some great books on moving from the library… www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Keep in mind that U. Santini is a 3rd generation company with our own family. We have moved with our children as well. We understand what is involved and what it takes!

So come move with U. Santini. The only company that can say we are…….
80 years and still movin!

…….Dan

Have you or are you moving with children?

What thoughts or experiences can you share with us? Email us at dansblog@usantini.com.

If we put your input on our website you will automatically receive a 10% discount on your move with U. Santini. Just include your first name only, your city and state and a your valid email address.

Choosing a Mover?

How do I Choose?

Just consider a few factors:

  • Experience –  You should simply make sure that the company has been operating for more than just a few months and will be there for you when you need them. Certainly, as you can see, U. Santini, with its more than 80 years is more than qualified in this area.  Further, unlike most other companies U. Santini not only owns all of its vehicles and equipment but it owns it’s office buildings and parking lots.  This certainly makes us more than able to compete!
  • Capabilities –  Just ask a few simple questions to be sure the company can do what you need them to do:

Q:  Are the company’s people trained and experienced?

A:  At U. Santini our employee have personal moving and handling training from our expert staff as well as more than 5+ years industry experience.

Q:  Does the company have the proper insurance?

A:  U. Santini offers full replacement insurance and maintains a $ 5,000,000 general liability policy.

Q:   Does the company have the necessary equipment to make my move efficient and stress free.

A:   U. Santini has a fleet of trucks sized correctly for your specific moving needs along with ALL the necessary equipment and supplies to take care of every facet of the move.             

  • Reputation – Check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (hyperlink to BBB).  Also check the testimonials (hyperlink to testimonials page).
  • Price – Make sure that the company is competitive.  Certainly not the highest price but also not the lowest.  What should be sought is the company that will give you the least stress AND the best value.
  • Comfort Level –How comfortable did you feel with your customer service contact.   How easy was it to go through the home visit to obtain the information needed to do your estimate.                                                                                     

 Tell us about any experiences or suggestions that you may have.

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