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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts from Packers and Movers

Packers and Movers understand that packing and moving is not an easy job for a single person. While packing and moving entire homes and offices, it is bound to take up a lot of your time and effort.

So, we spoke to many packers and movers, and helped curate the best dos and don’ts for you!

Do – Get packing accessories

Before beginning the process of packing and moving your house, it is convenient to get the following packing materials to help make your packing easier. Do a rough estimate of the amount you will need and be sure to gather the following:

  • Sealing tape
  • Labeling paper
  • Markers for labeling boxes
  • Naphthalene balls to put in trunks
  • Old and used bed sheets
  • Locks and keys

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Don’t – Forget to make to packing list

Be it an office or your home; be sure to make a packing list for your reference. It is essential to make comprehensive lists, as it makes for easier packing and moving. When an item or room gets packed, tick it off on your packing list. This will leave you with a clear picture of things remaining to be packed.

Do – Discard non essentials

Discard or give away things which you feel are not useful. Instead of cluttering up your new home, moving time is a good time to do away with non essentials.

Don’t – Pack carelessly

Whilst packing, don’t go about packing carelessly! Be sure to combine items sensibly in boxes. Don’t over stuff in one single box. Be sure to place crushed papers for cushioning at the bottom of each carton for layering.

Do – Pack one room at a time

This is one basic, thumb rule followed by all packers and movers! When you pack one single room at a time, it lessens most of the packing problems people feel. Don’t go packing all of your rooms at the same time, as it tends to make your unpacking task all the tougher.

Don’t – Forget to label the boxes

Be sure to label the boxes of each separate room like the kitchen, bedroom and study. Don’t forget to spend a moment to give a small description of the items inside the box.

Do – Put a Fragile label where required

Always, always, always put a Fragile label where required. If the carton has some breakable items like glass or crockery, be sure to mention it as “Fragile” for handling with care. Also be sure to put an arrow depicting the right direction for electronics, fragile and heavy items.

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Don’t – Forget to pack your essentials where accessible

Be sure to pack necessities like toothbrushes, face wash, towels, diapers, and nightwear in advance. Always have some snacks or food handy to eat when shifting. Keep these bags some place accessible!

Do – Start packing early

Be sure to start packing in advance so as to avoid any last minute rush. This allows you to be systematic and not pack frantically.

Don’t – Open all your baggage in one particular place.

When you are unpacking and setting up your new home, be sure not to open all your boxes at once. Only take out the items of one single room at a time. Go about setting up the kitchen and bedrooms first – all the rest can follow!

By following these simple do’s and don’ts from experienced packers and movers you will be able to shift your house or office without over straining yourself. In case you wish to save yourself all this trouble log on today on EzMove.in for the best packers and movers in town!

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ExpertSpeak by Packers and Movers – 5 things you should pay attention to when moving

Moving house from one city to another requires you to go through the excruciating process of packing up and moving all that you have ever possessed. Experienced packers and movers usually ensure that your goods are transported and relocated safely, from your home to your preferred destination. However, packers and movers also advice caution when packing the following things.

Perishable Items

Food should not be packed when moving long distance, as they can easily get spoiled. Plants also need special care, as they can die if they not cared for well. Packers and movers also advice emptying your fridge and food containers 24 hours before moving house.

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Valuable Items

Valuable items like important papers, financial records, medical records, cheque books and jewellery should also be packed properly. Packers and movers advice that these sensitive objects are best carried with you rather than sending them away with your moving truck. Also, be sure to have your air or train tickets and cash handy!

Sentimental Items

We all have a lot of sentimental attachment to our precious photo albums, or special mementos which may not be expensive in the monetary sense. These items are so precious that they can never be replaced! Packers and movers advice you to keep a special look out when moving these!

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Hazardous Items

There are many hazardous items even among our household items like kerosene, paint thinner, acid, fireworks or matches which can be explosive or inflammable. These items are dangerous to move as they can cause physical harm such as convulsion and burns. Most packers and movers don’t allow such things when moving house.

Sharp Objects

Sharp objects are extremely dangerous to handle. Sharp objects like knives, blades or scissors require special attention while packing. These items can damage other items as well, so it’s best to get the packers and movers to pack them.

Need a hand for moving house? Choose from among the best packers and movers on EzMove.in

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Packing materials used by packers and movers

Providing good packing materials is one of the most significant assistance that your packers and movers can provide you when you are moving house. There are many different types of packing materials that packers and movers use while transporting your things safely to the new city.

Following is a list a few types of packing materials that good packers and movers prefer to use. Most of these packing materials should be available with the local packaging material suppliers or the packers and movers you choose!

Bubble wrapping materials

Bubble wrapping materials is one of the most popularly used by the packers and movers worldwide and now even in India. Bubble packaging material is basically air encapsulated in plastic sheets. The air bubbles are captured between the poly sheets and sealed together to make bubble wrapping paper.

Though extremely useful, this type of packing material is used to wrap only lighter items. The limitation being the cost as one meter of bubble wrapping material can cost anything between Rs. 30 to Rs. 60.

Packing or Cardboard Boxes

Packers and movers in India have used packing boxes for moving for many years now. They are extremely cost effective, are strong and stable enough to sustain a move. These packing boxes are easy to carry and move. Cost of these packing boxes depends upon their sizes.

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Foam Packing Materials

Foam is perhaps, one of the cheapest packing materials used by packers and movers. Though cheap, they are extremely helpful as they keep the items safe from moisture and dust particles. Foam sheets are used by packers and movers to pack mostly furniture and electrical goods as they stay secure with this type of packing. The price varies depending upon the thickness of the foam sheet.

Inflatable Packing Materials

Inflatable packing materials are plastic sheeting with air pressure which helps to secure household items from damage. Air within the plastic casing acts as a layer of cushion for fragile items and protects through cushioning. Packers and movers prefer to use this packing material only in moderate climatic conditions.

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Brown Paper

Using brown paper as a packing material is the economical. Packers and movers also recommend this as it is easy to pack and easily available as well. This material needs to be used in many layers. Small items are best packed with brown paper. It is available quite cheaply.

When planning a move, be sure to choose the right packing material depending upon your requirement. The packers and movers you choose to help you move, can help you out with this. You could also try making it an EzMove and not having to worry about a thing!

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Top 10 Tips to pack Kitchenware safely when relocating

We all know that relocating or moving house can be hectic and tiring. But we have to do it anyway! The most difficult part to packing is usually the kitchenware. You have to keep essentials unpacked till the last minute, and you just can’t afford to pack them shabbily in a hurry!

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Today we bring you our top 10 tips to safely pack kitchenware which will help you to pack your beautiful crockery easily.

  • While packing don’t leave any space in the packing box where you place your kitchenware. Try to fill these gaps either with straw or foam pieces. This ensures that your precious kitchenware doesn’t move during the transportation process.
  • Be sure to also fill the kitchenware with straw or foam. Close the lid of the glass and metal boxes tightly to ensure no scratches occur.
  • When packing glassware, it is important to seal tightly with packing materials after placing them in thermocol boxes securely.
  • Place your small kitchenware inside the big ones, but ensure that they don’t get scratched or develop cracks due to shocks during the move.
  • Any kitchenware made of porcelain or glass should be wrapped using packing materials such as bubble wrap.
  • Always place heavy kitchenware in smaller boxes and the lighter items in bigger packing boxes as this will make it easier to carry during the moving process.
  • When moving glassware place them in upright position instead of placing flat on the surface, as this will reduce the chance of developing cracks.
  • For packing kitchenware, always make a soft layer first inside the packing box with foam or other packing material and then place your precious crockery inside, as it will provide insulation against shocks during the move.
  • In case, it needs to be held in a particular manner, mark the box with an arrow appropriately.
  • Most importantly – Do not forget to label the boxes in a place where all the handlers can read as ‘Fragile–Handle With Care’.

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During packing a house, it is always the kitchenware which is really tough to pack. It never hurts to get an experienced hand whilst packing and moving house. Reach out to us today on EzMove for a hassle free moving experience.

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Top 10 tips for moving house – An Infographic

Moving can be hectic and tiring! You will always have something pending, something leftover! So, to help you out in this tiring time, we bring you an amazing info graphic on the top 10 things to check off your list when moving house.

You should surely prepare an ‘Essentials’ carton that contains important items such as remote controls, shelf supports, bed legs, keys, telephone charger, telephone handset, furniture assembly instructions.

Be sure to make a note of any precious items that may need special care to move. Also list the contents on the side of the carton for easy viewing while cartons are stacked and in a notebook as well.

If you have a pet, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day. Be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transport to your new home. To protect your files do a quick backup of important files on your computer just in case something happens to it in transit.

Notify your service providers like your milkman and newspaper guy that you’ll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop. Similarly notify the bank of your address change so that your documents can be forwarded to the right address
Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Be sure to insure anything that’s valuable and has a chance of getting damaged.

 

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Keep these handy hints and tips in mind while moving house and it will surely make it a better experience for you.

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Moving house – Be sure to read our checklist!

Firstly, congratulations on your new house! We hope it does bring in a lot of joy and happiness in your life. We would also advice following our list of things to check before taking possession of your new home. It will surely save you a lot of trouble, and hassles.

1. Signs of seepage or dampness: Be sure to touch the walls looking for signs of dampness. This should especially be done in the case of kitchen and bathroom walls as it has the maximum number of pipes running between walls. Also, keep a keen lookout for irregular patches of painting that may have been done over to cover up damp patches.

2. Cracks in wall paint: A no brainer really! Be sure to ensure that there are no cracks, and that your walls are as beautifully done as you imagined!

3. Missing removable parts: This is something to go over keenly. Look for faucets, fan regulators and other small items that are removable.

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4. Sliding doors and windows:  Ensure that all your sliding doors and windows are neither jammed nor awkward. Make sure they slide smoothly.

5. Hollow Tiles: Check the entire flooring of the bathrooms, kitchens and rooms for hollow tiles. This can be done by tapping the tile with a sharp object like a key or any other object. This is important because the odds of hollow tile coming off in a few months time are quite high. The replacement cost of the same can be high.  In case you aren’t able to find the exact type or pattern of the tile, you would be stuck! Hollow tiles also allow moisture to seep in, leading to damp and unhealthy walls.

6. Electrical Sockets:  Ensure that all fan and light switches in the boards are fixed properly and securely. Ensure that there are no gaps, all plug points work and are connected to the main electrical supply point.

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7. Water flow and pressure: Be sure to check all the taps and even the water closets for optimum water pressure. Check the direction of water flow, so that it’s not spurting in all directions.

8. Measure rooms sizes: Yes, as amusing as it may sound, it is critical that you ensure that you have got what you have paid for in terms of room sizes.

9. Common amenities: While most apartments promise the basic and in some cases pretty luxurious amenities, be sure to check if these are completed. Start paying for these amenities only when they are 100% complete and usable.

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So, once you have satisfied yourself with all the above points, go ahead and move into your new house!

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How consumer awareness can help you

Being aware of your consumer rights can prevent you from being taken for a ride by unscrupulous traders. It has been over 25 years since the Consumer Protection Act (CoPRA) has been introduced in India. However, still only 20 percent of Indian consumers know about this Act and only 42 percent of consumers have ever heard about the concept of consumer rights. About 53 percent of Indian consumers are not aware of our consumer redress system, the sole objective of which is to provide consumers with a simple, speedy and inexpensive redressal system to their grievances.

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Today we provide a brief about the various remedies available under the Indian Law which can provide relief against unscrupulous merchants.

The Indian law provides the consumers with the following rights:
Right to Safety: This protects consumers against hazardous goods.
Right to be informed: This empowers the consumers to be informed about price, quality and purity of products being sold.
Right to Choose: This empowers the consumers to have access to a variety of goods and services at competitive prices.
Right to be Heard: This right ensures that the consumers interest and welfare must be taken care of.
Right to seek Redressal: This right provides protection against unfair trade practices and settling genuine grievances of consumers.
Right to Consumer Education: This right aims to educate consumers about goods and issues related to them.

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Duties of an aware consumer
As a consumer we too have some duties to ensure that we don’t get cheated. These are simple steps which we should follow in our daily lives. These are as follows:

  • Ensure that you get a bill for every important purchase
  • Ensure that you get the warranty card stamped while purchasing consumer durables.
  • Don’t buy products without ISI mark or Agmark on consumer goods.
  • Formulate consumer awareness groups and create consumer awareness.
  • Always make a complaint on genuine grievances with concerned authority.
  • Exercise your rights wherever possible.

When you can make a consumer complaint

As a consumer if you have faced any of the following unfair practices you can submit a consumer complaint with the concerned authority:

  • If you have been overcharged by the retailer
  • If there has been duplication of products
  • If retailers are selling their product more than the printed MRP
  • If the product sold to you is expired
  • If the quantity is less than what you paid for.

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The Consumer Protection Act of 1986 provides for consumer disputes redressal at the district, state and national level as well. Consumers can solve grievances in a speedy, simple and inexpensive manner by simply submitting a complaint on plain paper. Supporting documents like the purchase bill and warranty card must be attached along with the complaint. Unlike popular perception, you don’t require a lawyer to argue your case. You can do so yourself.

So, become aware of your rights and fight for your dues! Jago Ghrakh Jago!

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Moving to a new city- Know about Octroi

Octroi refers to the tax or charges levied by the various state governments on goods that are brought into its Municipal Corporation limits. These goods could be for personal use, for sale, or consumption. At present, this tax is levied as Octroi charges in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. However, in Maharashtra the Octroi is also in the process of being abolished and a new tax called the LBT is being planned to be introduced. Despite state wide bandhs and strikes, there is still no clarity on this issue yet!

Major things to know about Octroi

List of goods on which Octroi is levied:

A complete list of goods on which Octroi charges are applicable is available with the Municipal Corporation of that state. Mostly the list includes goods like food grains, leather products, cars and other automobiles, precious metals like gold and silver, imported glassware and chinaware, wooden goods, silk and silk items, domesticated animals and items of value.

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Calculation of Octroi

Octroi charges can vary between different states and are subject to change from time to time. The list of charges for different goods is usually released by the Municipal Corporation whenever changes are made. When moving house, you have to give your packers and movers the total list of goods that you are packing and their market value. This helps in calculating your total Octroi charges beforehand.

Octroi through packers and movers

Your moving will pass through Octroi check posts while crossing the Municipal limits. Here an officer will cross check the goods and collect the amount of tax to be levied.  Your packers and movers can pay the charges at this post, and you can either pay this amount beforehand or ask them to add it to the final relocation bill.

Important points to keep in mind

  • Octroi charges can be portrayed as a matter of ambiguity by unscrupulous packers and movers.  They may try to dupe you by quoting unnecessary charges in the name of this tax.  Therefore it is important that you stay well informed.
  • At the Octroi collection checkpost, the officer provides an Octroi certificate authorizing the entry of the goods. Remember to ask for this certificate during delivery of your goods, and before making the final payment.
  • As mentioned above, Octroi is applicable only for limited few states, so ensure claims of Octroi charges are applicable to your relocation.

Instead of troubling yourself with the nuances of Octroi, you could just log onto ezmove.in where we make it a hassle free moving experience for you. Get a transparent list of the applicable charges and cost depending upon your relocation. Choose from amongst verified packers and movers and get control over payment terms by making payments online. So for a trouble free moving experience, log on today on ezmove.in

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Top Indian cities – An infographic

There are many beautiful and thriving Indian cities where one can choose to settle down in. Today we bring you an amazing info graphic on the best Indian cities to live in and why!

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New Delhi, the capital of India, is the center of politics, commerce, finance, education, healthcare, media and much more. Makes it one the best and the most expensive cities to live in!

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is an extremely popular tourist destination. Jaipur is famous as one of the largest exporters of gold, diamond and stone jewelry. Jaipur is indeed a beautiful and industrious city to consider living in.
Chandigarh or the planned city of India has the unique privilege of being the capital to two states. Chandigarh is well known for its architectural and urban design. This city is quite popular for people looking for a quiet and urban city to live in.

Kolkata is a city that faces substantial urban pollution, poverty and population problems, despite which it is still popular among immigrants. The famous yellow cabs and trams are still a tourist attraction. A hub for industries like coal and steel, it does generate numerous employment opportunities.

Ahmedabad, home of the textile industry and rightly nicknamed ‘Manchester of the East’ is a thriving and industrious town. Good city to explore as well as settle down in!

Surat, famous as the diamond capital of the world, is popular as a city to live in as well. After the disastrous plague which made its citizens sit up and make a change, it is also considered to be the cleanest city of India.

Mumbai, is undoubtedly the most populous Indian city and the fourth most populous city in the world. It is also the wealthiest city in India, where you can find many opportunities in every field.

Pune, a city famous for its educational facilities and prosperity, is also known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Popular as a pensioner’s paradise, it has now evolved into an urban hub!

Bangalore is a hub for India’s information technology sector. Among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world, it is the go to place for start-ups!

Hyderabad, also known as the Twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad is India’s pharmaceutical capital. Capital of Andhra Pradesh, it is an extremely popular city to settle down in.

Chennai is the chief commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India. It is India’s second largest exporter of technology and business process outsourcing services. Also known as the “Detroit of India” for its thriving automobile sector, it is indeed one of the most popular destinations to settle down in.
Which city are you currently living in? What are the aspects of your city which you enjoy the most? What would you like about your city to change? Do share!

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Top 10 things to do in Mumbai

Mumbai– The land where dreams comes true, or so they say! The mesmerizing skyline, the bustling crowd and the world of opportunities all contribute to the phrase-“Yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan”.

Mumbai has loads to offer, thus ensuring that you never have to get bored! You can admire the mysterious Ajanta and Ellora caves or the mystique magnificence of European architecture that dots Mumbai, or just spend time by the Juhu Beach. But what are the top 10 things that you must, must do whilst in Mumbai?

Visit Gateway of India

The big, bold Gateway of India arch faces towards Mumbai harbor, and is the famous symbol of the city itself. Bustling with energy it has a bevy of people ranging from giant balloon sellers and photographers to Indian and foreign tourists to the omnipresent Bhel puri chaat makers. Take the royal Victoria ride (horse drawn carriages) around the Oval Maidan and enjoy the evening breeze.

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Beautiful Beaches

Mumbai being situated on the western coast and surrounded by Arabian Sea, has been gifted with some of the most beautiful beaches. Visiting these beaches is a must with friends and families. It is a welcome break from the chaotic life of Mumbai. The top three beaches to visit in Mumbai are Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach and Aksa Beach which gives you a picture of a colourful carnival complete with Ferris wheels, astrologers, pony rides and screaming children.

SidhiVinayak temple

A standing testament of beauty and architecture, SidhiVinayk temple is one of the most beautiful temples situated in Mumbai. If you have a wish, you should visit SidhiVinayak temple with devotion and Lord Ganesha will surely make it come true!

It’s a Street Shopping Fling!

Street shopping in Mumbai is more or less a gamble, you either win or could get cheated but you still get the joy of bargaining. The streets of Mumbai are among the best spots to shop in the entire country. Junk jewellery, chic fashionable dresses or flashy gifts Mumbai’s shopping arcades like Hill Road, Linkin Road and Fashion Street never disappoint!

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Night life calling

There may be range of tourist spots to visit in Mumbai, but in addition to it Mumbai’s night life is the most happening in India. With a thumping mix of music, amazing themed bars and food, Mumbai is a rival to many European countries when it comes to the night life. So after the humdrum of a hard working day you know where to head!

Visit to Haji Ali

One of the top 10 attractions in Mumbai, is the Haji Ali mosque – situated in the middle of the ocean. A serene walk on the 500 yard long yard way to reach the mosque is surely worth it. So make a point to visit this spiritual place to take blessing from the revered saint Pir Haji Ali Bukhari whose tomb it is.

Trip to Elephanta caves

Are you free this weekend and need a place to enjoy with your friends and family? A ferry to the Elephanta caves sounds just a perfect get away. The ‘wow factor’ about this place is, that these caves are crafted by hand. Elephanta caves are famous for its astonishing architecture from the days of yore. Trekking towards Kailasa temple is absolutely adventurous and a good break from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai life!

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Write those Foodie diaries

If you are a complete foodie and you are in Mumbai, one thing you cannot miss is the ‘street food’. Mumbai is known for the street food sold by its bevy of portable stalls and hawkers. At times you’ll feel munching from these stalls is better than all those fancy restaurants. So snacking in the evenings from the roadside should definitely be on your list.

A view of the jewel

A beautiful D shaped viewing gallery along the Marine Drive called the Queen’s necklace. It is a famous hanging out spot. The view from the sea is breath taking. If you wish to enjoy the serenity it is recommended that you take a walk on the walking strip at the southern end of Marine Drive.

Film City

Film city is a pilgrimage for all the budding talent in India and also a major spot for tourists. It is huge and can be an entire day trip. So plan accordingly and step behind the scenes to see the making of some of the best block buster movies of Bollywood.

Although there are many places and so much to do in this city, but here were the list of top 10 things that you absolutely must do in Mumbai. So lights, camera, action! Welcome to the city of dreams “Yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan”.

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