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Tips To Keep Moving Costs

download (4)Many people need to move out of their hometown, either for a job or a better life. But it is difficult to find stability in the new town, considering that you are not aware of everything about the new place. There are several ways to shift to a new place, which is budget-friendly and keeps costs to a minimum.

Here is a list of some tips to reducing your moving bill.

• Take only what you need

In order to save storage and transport costs, only pick those items that are essential to you. This is obviously because more space requires more money. You need to manage your stuff. Make a proper plan prior to the shifting to save a good amount of money. Keep all the required items in your luggage and discard those items that are not essential. In order to remember everything you need, prepare a written checklist.

• Calculate your moving costs

It is very important to calculate all your moving expenses before starting your shifting preparation. A lot of expenses are involved, in both the cases of either moving the belongings on your own or hiring professional movers. Both the ways are pretty costly to increase your expenses. Keep the receipts of your income tax reductions and grants with you.

• Get free packing and moving supplies

Cut your budget as much as possible in order to lessen you expenditure while moving. Buy handy packing boxes of different sizes from your nearby stores or supermarkets. Always remember that small boxes are ideal for storing valuable things.

• Decide on your means of transport

The amount of furniture you want to move depends on your budget. The cheapest way to move furniture is to rent a truck or trailer. If you travel light, then shipping your belongings is the most affordable option. Next option is a bus or train. You can also avail air transportation by availing cargo shipping services.

• Ask your friends and family for help

You can ask your friends and relatives to help you to move your belongings for the day. Plan with them prior to the actual day of moving. Provide an incentive to them as a token of gratitude. Do not forget to thank them wholeheartedly for their support.

• Hiring a moving company vs. cashing in a favour

You can hire a truck for moving your belongings by just paying the cash amount hand to hand. On the other hand, you can hire a moving company, sit back and relax without any tension. It depends on an individual’s choice.

Many of the ways mentioned above are simply great ways to cut down on moving. You can benefit from these, especially when you are on a tight budget.


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How To Choose A Reliable Ocean Freight

Do You Need Ocean Freight Shipping Services?

Do you need to hire the services of an ocean freight shipping company? Perhaps you are relocating to another country, in which case you’ll be shipping your household goods. Maybe you need to send an express parcel overseas. Or if you have an export business and you need to transport a freight shipment. These are the 3 types of cargo sent via ocean freight. You have to deal with an ocean freight shipping company for the most reasonable price. Transporting by air can be very costly, especially if you need to send your items in bulk.

Search online for the best ocean cargo transport company. Most of these companies have websites. All you need to do is send the details of your shipment and the customer service representative will give you a quote. Transacting online saves you time and effort because you don’t have to physically visit the offices of your option companies. Be particular about reading the information about the company and their services (in their website). It could be overwhelming, but you have to be in-the-know. Read about company reviews in the site as well. You can access valuable information about the shipping service provider you’re hiring from forums and review pages.

How Do You Know That The Company Is Reliable?

A good ocean freight shipping company will have your cargo transported by sea smoothly. That is, there ought to be no problems with documentations, especially with the Federal Maritime Commission. The FTC regulates rules and policies of ocean freight shipping globally. There should be no glitches with the custom’s clearance too. Take note of this when hiring an international shipping service provider.

Many businesses send their merchandise abroad via ocean freight, and a lot of them hire agents to be able to avail of the most reasonable prices for their shipping. You can do so, too. Take your time asking pertinent questions about your concerns. You may be able to get the best deals from your international shipping provider. At the same time, ask for your cargo to be covered by an insurance policy. Shipments are in transit at sea for a few days to a few months, and shipment containers are loaded and unloaded in different locations from time to time. This process makes your cargo prone to damage, that’s why you should ask for the shipping company to cover your shipment with an insurance policy. You don’t want to suffer any loss for your items. You should be able to track your cargo, too. Ask about how you can access shipping tracking to your international shipping service provider.

Be Particular And Be In-The-Know

A reliable company will actively transport your goods without problems in customs at any time and in whatever location. Note the services offered by the company so you can avail of the best prices. Consider if the company offers standardized services. With their company managed well and with the proper connections, all documentations, tracking, insurance and custom’s clearance, among other requirements should be managed carefully and your cargo delivered safely, in tact and on time by a trustworthy and efficient ocean freight shipping company.


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Finding Treasures When Moving House

It’s not unusual to hear stories of removals companies who have been asked to effectively ‘dispose’ of unwanted items during a household move.

There is an issue there about responsibilities because professional furniture removals companies aren’t also waste disposal specialists but there’s an even bigger question to be asked: Do you know what you’re throwing away?

The Internet Selling World

In the last 10-15 years, the arrival of online selling and the huge growth in antique programmes on TV has raised awareness about the value of ordinary household items yet people are still just throwing them out.

What looks like junk to you just could have some value.

So, here are just some of the unlikely things that are selling right now and which you might have waiting to be thrown out as part of your house move.

Top Tips

Look out for:

    1. Old iron objects. Fireplaces, ranges, decorative plaques, rusty old radiators – these things are all now considered to be ‘architectural antiques’ and might be worth quite a bit.


    1. Old 60s/70s gadgets and appliances. Your parents’ and grandparents’ stuff might look like junk to you but today lamps, stereo systems, plastic chairs, plastic lamp shades – they’re all considered to be “20th century design” objects and many people are paying high prices for them.


    1. Garden furniture and ornaments. Once considered only useful for breaking-up, today old concrete urns, animal statues, toadstool seats and old metal chairs and tables, are all highly desirable. Some will be stripped down and refreshed or repainted and then sold as ‘shabby chic’.


    1. Old clothes. Those old shoulder-pads from the 1980s might look ludicrous to you, as do those old bell-bottoms from the 60s and 70s but if you have any kicking around on a clothes rack in your loft, you might be surprised at how much vintage clothes collectors might be willing to pay. Of course, they’ll need to be in reasonable and wearable condition.


    1. Old tools. Granted, that broken-handled screwdriver from 2010 probably isn’t going to be worth much but those old iron and steel tools from say the 1890s, 1920s or even 1950s, might well be. They were probably made to an extraordinarily high quality specification at the time and even if they’re a little rusty now, there are avid collectors of such items.


    1. Transport. True, you probably know that classic vintage cars are worth a lot and wouldn’t dream of throwing one away but did you know that vintage bicycles are highly prized? Even those from as late as the 1970s/80s can fetch good prices.


  1. Toys. You might be staggered to see the prices collectors will pay for some sorts of toys from as recently as the 1980s/90s. Tin Robots from the 1960s catch fetch a king’s ransom if they’re in half-decent condition. Board games, early computer games – they’re all collectible.


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Tips for Managing Your Furniture

So, you’re understandably a little nervous about your removal day and want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

That’s sensible because we’ve all heard about and many have experienced a removal that went badly or significantly wrong.

One of the most important elements to get to grips with is that of managing your furniture removals company and here are some top tips to aid in going about that.

    1. Trying to manage an unprofessional and/or incompetent removals company can be difficult bordering impossible. So, the moral of the tale is to make sure you do whatever it takes to select a good one to begin with. Take references, use a long-established and highly professional furniture removals company and avoid jumping for simply the cheapest quotation.


    1. Insist that your potential providers come to look at your property and your contents as part of their quotation process. Don’t make a selection, even a preliminary one, based upon a ‘sight unseen’ estimate. That would leave you vulnerable to the “I didn’t know that” response when the removals company turn up to do the job – and that’s the first step towards escalating costs or a bodged job.


    1. Get confirmation of everything, including collection dates/times and the same for on-delivery, in writing. Don’t accept casual ‘matey’ promises over the phone – they’re useless if things subsequently go wrong and you’re seeking redress.


    1. If you have any larger, heavier or more challenging items to move, make sure that the removals company specifically confirm in writing that it is included. That should avoid the “you didn’t tell us you wanted that shifted” syndrome.


    1. On removals day itself, make sure that you circulate to keep an eye on packing. There’s a balance to be struck here between maintaining a watchful eye and getting in the way or even worse, trying to micro-manage the packers and removers. If you have selected a top-class professional company, this should be a relatively minor task but do it anyway. Don’t accept shoddy packing or a ‘chuck it all in” culture if you see it starting.


    1. Do likewise when your cartons and furniture items are being loaded onto the vehicle. Make sure that they’re using strapping to secure furniture items to the side of the vehicle and that they’ve thoroughly and comprehensively protected your furniture with blankets and other such protection.


    1. Be sure to watch also when heavier furniture items are being taken down stairs or out of doors. A second’s carelessness or simple error of judgement might leave gouges out of plasterwork or wood. If that happens, make sure you formally note it to the removers because you’ll probably be asked to pay for repairs by the property’s new owners when they move in. Your removal company’s insurance should be taking care of that rather than your bank balance.


  1. Do all of the above again – when you’re moving in and offloading!