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5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

To err is human, but making mistakes on moving day can burn a big hole in your pocket. Don’t just survive, moving day – own it! And here are some tips which will help you during the day when tension is running high and tempers are running short!

5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

Being way behind your packing schedule

In spite of all the checklists, you’ve seen and downloaded and made – the one thing many people forget to account for is the amount of time it will take to pack up and move house. What first time movers and sometimes, even veterans don’t realize is that – it requires some amount of prep time before you get into the groove where you can pack in a jiffy! Deluding yourself with thoughts like “Oh! I can just dump them in a box and they’ll reach safely” is the perfect recipe for headaches on the D-day!

To avoid leaving packing for the final moving day, here are a couple of pointers

  • Before you begin packing make a timeline – FOLLOW IT.
  • Begin packing as soon as you finalize a packers and movers.
  • Begin packing from the areas in your home that are the hardest to sort out and pack.
  • Don’t leave any packing for the last minute

Forget to pack an essentials box

Most people, who don’t plan a move properly, end up not packing an essentials box – which really comes in handy when you begin to settle down at the new place!

Fresh change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, tool box, some packets of food and other sundry items, which are most essential when moving house.

So think of all the items that you will not be able to survive without for even a day and include them in your moving day survival box. Just so you don’t forger, put it on your checklist.

Leaving “quick” tasks for the morning

D-day is the most unpredictable day when moving home or office. Anything that can go wrong – may go wrong! Packing is tough and maybe after doing it for a couple of days, you’ll be tempted to leave a few quick jobs for later! You’ll convince yourself, that you’ll get up early and they’re no harm in this! You couldn’t be more wrong!

Don’t leave anything for the last minute as your alarm may fail to go off or the packers and movers may show up earlier, or you may just not be feeling too well! Everything is unpredictable! So, stay ahead of the curve, by completing all the quick tasks before hand!

Turning your back on moving day safety

The best piece of advice anyone can give you – is to stay safe during that roller coaster of 24 hours when moving home.

Babies, small children and pets – have a knack of getting into dangerous situations. Make sure they stay away from all the madness. Designate a family member to look after them in a safe place – away from it all. You too will be less distracted when you know they are one hundred percent safe.

Don’t block the paths and hallways, as they were would be a lot of footfalls – and someone may trip. Drop the frills and dress in tracks so that you’re comfortable on your feet.

Handing over your valuables to the movers

Many Indians keep some amount of jewellery at home. Despite all the preparations and planning, last minute goof ups can happen and you may just have loaded all your “khandani” jewels into a truck – and before you realize it – it’s pulled out of your driveway! Even important documents along with other valuables should always be carried in person.

Avoid the above mistakes and you should have a relatively hassle free day! Look on the bright sight! New house, new place– new possibilities!  Cheer up, because moving day is round the corner and it will all be over soon!

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How to unpack and organize after you’re done moving

So, you’ve survived moving day! But troubles aren’t over yet, are they? You still have to unpack all your belongings and settle down, right? How and where to begin, when your new home looks like a warehouse!

Logically, you should unpack and prepare the rooms according to importance! Pretty simple!

Start with the Bedroom

What would you crave after an exhausting day of loading, unloading and dealing with the stress of moving – a place to sleep! When you feel as drained as your phone battery – is there any reason to have second thoughts about unpacking the bedroom!

Don’t fret about unpacking your actual bed, if it’s getting late – just flop your mattresses on the floor and cover with a clean bedsheet! Never underestimate the power of sleeping on clean sheets!!

Next is obviously the Kitchen

If you can do it simultaneously – great! Else it is best to finish of the bedroom and head straight for the kitchen!

Kitchen is obviously a priority as even soon as you feel exhausted you need to grab a bite or a glass of refreshing cold water! Focus on the essentials first and get out your stove or a hot plate. After you’re done unpacking the utensils, get some staple grains like dals and rice in a couple of boxes – so that cooking can commence.

Appliances can wait – bit if absolutely must set up your mixer grinder, refrigerator and oven. Toasters and other small appliances can be opened and set up as the unpacking progresses.

Bathroom

Well, assuming that the basic bathroom setup would already be existing – you would just need to unpack your essentials bag. Getting your toothbrush, toothpaste and soap in place – will help save your sanity in the morning!

Dining Area

After your kitchen and bathroom are set up, you can think of setting up your dining area so that you have a place to sit down to eat! Having a dining table in place – really helps to make the house come together!

Drawing room

Yes, it’s obviously the last priority as who has time to relax and lounge around when a house is to be unpacked! Setting up your entertainment centre, and sofas will make you feel that finally the house has begun to look like a home!

Storage area

Keep moving everything that you don’t really need to the storage area your new house. Store away any trunks and boxes which you feel will come useful the next time you consider a move.

Packing and moving has a deadline – so people tend to be more organized! But, unpacking can be laid back – so much so that people can take over a month to finally settle in.

While it is advisable to take a slow pace, don’t keep putting it off out of laziness. Once the house is fully set up then only can you begin to feel that you are settling in into your new life!

Here are a couple of pointers which should help to make your unpacking easier:

  • If it is going to take two minutes, just do it! Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  • If you have labeled the boxes, then first place all the boxes in their respective rooms.
  • Be sure to dispose of packing materials properly. Sometimes the workers themselves are willing to take them away so resell. Someone’s trash is another’s treasure!
  • Don’t forget to clean up on a regular basis as the dust from all the boxes can tend to accumulate.

Hope you found these tips helpful! In case you are looking for packers and movers, do think of getting a quote from EZMove.in.

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Moving your pet by Indian Railways

As mentioned in our previous post Planning to Move Your Pet by Airways, today we will talk about moving pets by trains.

Moving a dog by train is quite simple and comfortable. Following are the documents that you will require before moving your dog:

  • Dog’s vaccination records
  • Fit to travel certificate from a vet
  • Your dog’s license

Dogs can travel with you in First AC. The caveat here is that you need to have two berths in your name. So, if you are travelling alone – book two tickets in your name itself. If you have family or a partner along then that’s a ticket for each of you, which will suffice.

On reaching the station, head straight to the baggage counter. There they will book your dog as “extra baggage” for a fee. The fee is calculated based on the weight of your dog and the distance of travel. This fee usually varies between 600 to 1000 Rs.

You will not be able to pay this luggage fare until the train chart is prepared which is about two hours before the train leaves the station.

In First AC there are two types of compartments or coupes – one with only two berths and the other with four.

If you are lucky enough to get a two berth coupe – then enjoy a trouble free journey with your dog! Get down at stations, let him take a stroll and enjoy his favorite pass time – sniffing everything on the platform!

ProTip: It is possible to request a 2 seater coupe from the Commercial Manager – Passenger Reservations.

Just try to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose, causing trouble for fellow passengers. They are within their legal right to ask for your dog to be removed. Other than that, you are good to go!

If you have seats in a four berth coupe – your fellow passengers should not object to the dog, otherwise he will have to be moved to a box in the luggage or brake van.

If this happens, leave your dog in the brake van with food and water. You could go and check on him at intervals. Please be aware that the box provided in the brake van wouldn’t be clean or very comfortable, so it would be wise to check it out before the journey begins. If unclean, request the railway staff to clean it. They are also amenable to taking care of your pet during the journey if you pay them a little.

Please remember that all this valid for all trains except Rajdhani trains. No pets are allowed on Rajdhani trains.

Please do not attempt to move your pet in other compartments of the train, for you will be:

  • Fined for all unbooked pets.
  • The TT can ask you to de-board if the unbooked pets create trouble for other travellers.

Indian railways is dog friendly, however the same cannot be said for our feline friends. Cats are not considered pets – but wild animals! Horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and even camels are welcome aboard our railways – but not cats.

You will need a certificate from the Department of Wildlife, Government of Delhi, that your cat isn’t a wild animal. Besides this you need the standard vaccination records as well a fit to travel from a vet.

In case you have any questions, feel free to drop that in comments! Are you planning a move with a pet? Do read our next blog for Tips and Tricks for travelling with Pets!

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Planning to move your pet by airways

Planning a move is always stressful for the entire family, more so for the young ones. However, the one group of people for whom the move is inexplicably difficult is our pets. For their world just became topsy-turvy – with unknown men coming in and packing up their dog house/litter along with their toys and treats.

With airlines in India having different rules, it is better to plan their move along with yours, so that there are no unpleasant surprises. There are only two major airlines Air India and Jet Airways which allow you to bring your pet along. While SpiceJet and Vistara also do allow pets their routes are currently limited.

If you have decided to transport your pet via airways, please read the following carefully to avoid last minute hassles.

Requirement for carriage of pets:

Please ensure that you have the following documents for transporting your pet, be it a dog, cat, bird or rabbit as checked–in baggage or cargo.
• A fitness certificate from a vet.
• Vaccination records.
• For transporting birds and rabbits, a letter from the State Forest or Wildlife department is required that the species of bird or rabbit is not endangered.
• The crate for your pet should be an IATA-approved cage. This ensures that it has enough space to lie down, stand and turn around.

Protip: You may like to purchase the crate in advance so that it gives a chance for your pet to become accustomed to, ensuring a more comfortable journey.


Besides meeting the above requirements, different airlines have different regulations – so it is best to iron these out so that the D-day goes without hang-ups
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• Pet animals can be carried as an accompanied baggage or shipped as Cargo – for both however, the pet in transported in the cargo hold only. For both booking has to be made separately atleast 72 hours in advance.

• Booking travel for an “unaccompanied” pet is only done through the airlines cargo office. Also such travel is possible only on direct flights and not connecting flights.

• If you are bringing your pet along, only Air India allows pets in the cabin only if the combined weight of the pet and the carrier are less than 5 kilos. If your pet is above 5 kg, it needs to be checked in.

• Pregnant pets, unweaned litters and pets below the age of 8 weeks are not accepted for travel.

• Call in to make the reservation for your pet because it cannot be done on the phone. There is a limit to how many pets the airline can take on each flight, so find out in advance if there is space for your pet.

All said and done air travel is an expensive way to move your pet. You may also like to consider train travel, which we will cover in our next post Moving your pet by Indian Railways.

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Your step-by-step guide to avoid moving Frauds

In India, moving industry is moving at a quick speed – amounting its total yearly turnover more than billions, according to estimate. But, the industry till date is highly unorganized, and as a result of which it has set of aligned issues – finally turning end users or customers the ultimate sufferers. One of the issues with the industry is presence of moving frauds in India.

Why moving Frauds are on the rise in India

Simple office set-up: It is easy to set up independent offices by anyone, the resource availability is not a problem and most importantly the offices can be run using a simplistic work model – Set up an office anywhere, give it a name, employ some local unemployed folks, train them with basic stuffs and start operation. Minimal investment, maximum returns!

Rise of nuclear family – The transition of people from villages to cities and forming family to live and work alone has given a boost in the development of packers and movers companies in India. People are regularly in the need to relocate and hence they need relocation companies who can assit them move quickly

Besides, the absence of a systemic way to hire moving companies, the need to urgently relocate, the ignorance on the part of consumers, and lack of awareness programs initiated to check the moving frauds result in the rise of regularized moving frauds

Types of moving frauds in India

Moving frauds can be of different types and any types; depending on the nature of relocation, the company responsible for frauds and awareness of consumers who hired the moving service. However, the usual types of moving frauds are –

Hostage frauds – Convincing customers to hire a company and then taking hostage of the belongings of the customers till the latter decides to pay double the amount decided initially

Hidden cost frauds – Companies lure customers providing a great to sound invoice and then hikes the price before delivery saying these are hidden cost unmentioned in the initial estimate

Collecting deposit and vanishing – Companies keep deposit before providing a certain solution but do not come up to provide the service. As a consumer, you should not provide any upfront since it is enough to understand for the moving company that your items are with them, so why they need any cash in advance

Taking someone else’s name – There are companies who sound like familiar companies and people trust them. But later come to know these are actually fake companies who tried to manipulate a customer by masking

How to avoid moving frauds in India

Investigate the moving and packers and movers company in India

  • Ask for an estimate
  • Compare quotations
  • Ask for testimonial
  • Go to online comparison sites to compare reputation of the companies

Choose a company that sounds honest, does not provide any guarantee, provide logical quotation, has a reputed history and has been recommended by people who you know personally.

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Smart Pack And Move Tips – Do garbage bags provide useful alternative to conventional packing bags?

One of the little discussed, seldom-thought about and often-ignored topics of moving relevance is packing boxes. People to relocate would invest most of their valued time articulating to-dos, comparing and hiring a reliable packers and movers and adjusting with accommodations and articles to bring down quoted price. But then, however you move- whatever you move; packing boxes literally is the centre topic of your relocation.

Relocation boxes, packing boxes can be availed from online classified sites, grocery stores, wine stores or from your friend or neighbor who relocated recently. Moreover, if your packers and movers company is hired based on complete solutions model, they would themselves bring up with professional boxes. But even then you would still need some of such boxes pre-arranged for yourself to pack your valuable.

WHICH TYPE OF PACKING BOXES IS RELOCATION-FRIENDLY?

Hard, durable, cartoons with solid base are believed to withstand your relocation woes. Depending on the type of goods or article to be moved, the nature and format of your packing box differ. Some people still want to simplify all the tasks and prefer to move with garbage bag.

Does such bags are preferable than packing boxes

Advantages

  • Garbage bags are easily available
  • These bags can be flexible
  • Such bags can be folded, balanced and easily stored

Disadvantages

  • Garbage bags are not good to pack selective variety of items
  • You can pack only simple items; not fragile ones
  • Garbage bags can be broken, and do not provide good solutions for distance travel

So, garbage bags are not always preferable than conventional packing boxes. If you are moving far away with precious items, you should arrange for good-based boxes and label these accordingly.

So, opt for packing boxes, for smarter relocation than opting for garbage bags

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Tips to select a fake-proof relocation company

Before you get to choose a relocation company to transfer, relocate, or move to a newer destination either for professional personal reasons; you need to be cautious about your selection. Since not being cautious is welcoming possibilities of becoming victim of fraud. With this guiding blog, we try to write some definite symptoms that hint foul play on the part of relocation company you are going to hire. Knowing this saves you from not regretting later. Read on!

THEY HAVE A QUOTATION TOO LOW TO JUSTIFY THE REALITY

Got a quote that is too low? Beware! A professional company would never stoop to quote you on the basis of just anything. It would quote you based on some vitally important factors. If your relocation company’s quote is low from others; ask reasons and detailed nature of fees charged. Quite often, this brings worms out of the can

THEY ARE NOT REGISTERED

Any company could literally register. But hey, these days we have strict laws and gradually not anyone can register, but only verified applicants. A packers and movers company in India if not registered doesn’t seem to be professional.

THEY OPERATE FROM UNDISCLOSED OFFICE FACILITY

If a company doesn’t have any office space and is operating unanimously, it hints a foul play. A professional company would have registered office facility and its address should be mentioned on the company’s communication sources including website and draft

THE COMPANY HAVE PECULIAR ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

Is your packers and movers company providing you with peculiar answer? Does it seem to be concerned about answering quick and easy questions than those that important. Ensure to be informed before hiring such packers and movers companies.

THEY ARE IN HASTE TO SERVE YOU

Is the relocation company you want to hire is in haste and asking you for some quick advance in the form of prepayment? Please be informed and beware! Do not pay without getting registered invoice and do not necessarily hire without being informed about the company.

THEY LOOK UNPROFESSIONAL

Some unprofessional symptoms include sending you badly written invoice, hesitant to show you genuine reviews, few people resources, uncertain claims etc

While we write part two of the series, do let us know of your views if you have any experience

Shifting? Tips to pack your fragile items

Relocation ensues packing all your beloved items with utmost care to ensure that they end up in one perfect piece at your new address. Since all these cherished pieces have some or the other memories attached to them, we pack it with utmost love and care. But sometimes in spite of being so careful, they tend to break in transit. To avoid such mishaps we have brought together these tips which will ensure that your favourite glass set and that Photo frame gifted by your best friend doesn’t even get a scratch when in transit.
1. For all those exquisite crockeries, line up the boxes with bubble wraps and newspapers or foam fillers.
2. Be patient when packing the fragile items, do not pile them up and wrap it with a single sheet of paper.Each piece needs to be wrapped with paper and then put in the boxes.
3. When putting them in the boxes, always ensure that the heaviest item is stored at the bottom and then go ahead with the lighter items as you fill the box.
4. Fill the empty spaces in the boxes with either newspaper or foam pellets.

 

5. Cross the photo frames with a tape and protect the corners with Foam corner protectors.
6. When packers and movers are employed, ensure they do not mishandle any of your products and label the boxes Fragile Handle With Care.
7. Put a foam plate in between two plates, because this acts as a cushion for your favourite plates from your wedding dinner set.
8. If you are not getting your fragile items packed by the packers and movers, then start packing the fragile items at least a week in advance.
9. When packing Lamp Shades, box it down and put it flat side up in the box and make sure you do not put anything heavy on it because this might cause damage to your Lamp shade.
10. All the delicate and expensive items should be packed separately and put in individual boxes before storing them in the cartons.
11. After wrapping the glassware’s and crockeries with newspaper put a cello-tape around it so that the packing stays.
12. Before you seal the carton, add a final layer of packing material for e.g. bubble wrap, newspaper, foam pellets etc. so that it acts as a cushion.
These pointers will definitely come in handy when you shift your entire household, and even if you employ packers and movers for the same, you can always ensure that they follow these tips and give you a stress free relocation.

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10 Things To Do Before Moving Out

There are a countless tasks to cover when one is shifting houses, no matter how many times you have done it before sadly enough the list of things to do not decrease, they either change or increase. One definitely has a lot on their plate before the shifting day and the only way it can be successfully done is by prioritizing and planning at least two months in advance. Let us look into our list of 10 things one should before moving out.

Get rid of unwanted items: Relocation is the best time to get rid of all the extra things that have been piling up either in your wardrobe or your storage room.

Request a change of address to your Bank: This is one of the most essential things that we all tend to overlook. Atleast a month prior to your shifting day, one must place a written request for a change in address to the Bank when relocating across cities for future requirements for e.g. requesting for a new chequebook, new debit card, credit card, and many others.

Disconnect cable connection: Inform your cable operators of your shifting date and ensure that they promptly disconnect the connection a day prior and clear the dues if any to avoid last moment confusion.

Get estimate from Packers and Movers: Getting estimates from various Packers and Movers can be a searing task, but nonetheless one has to, and rather than making unlimited phone calls to these Packers and Movers simply log on to the online portal of EZMove.in and simply list down the household inventories and you will receive quotes from a number of Packers and Movers and shortlist a few and meet them in person before zeroing in on one.

Select the Packers and Movers and check the details: After obtaining the estimates from the Packers and Movers, select the one with good reviews and make sure there is complete clarity about entire relocation process and always take insurance for the expensive items for e.g. Washing Machines, Television, Dishwasher etc.

Buy groceries for the new house: Get a list of the immediate groceries you will when you shift into the new home, and buy them two weeks before the moving day and label it and keep it in a different box.

Intimate your friends and relatives: Man is a social animal so when relocating one must inform the relative s and friends way in advance so that the season’s greetings keep coming your way , even after shifting.Cancel newspaper subscriptions: Ensure you cancel your newspaper subscription and clear the dues if any before moving out

Book travel tickets if necessary: If you are moving across cities and do not plan on driving then insist on booking travel tickets at least two months prior to the moving date to avoid last moment inflated rates.

 Apply for NOC for car when relocation to a different state: Always remember to apply for a No Objection Certificate from the regional transport office when you are relocating to a different state.

These are just some of the things that we thought might assist you in making your relocation easier and trouble free. Let us know if these things to do were useful or not ?

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10 Significant Packing Tips When Shifting From Pune

Shifting is a pain, and someone who has been through this ordeal could not agree less. Since everyone learns from their share of stressful experiences, with shifting not being an exception, let us share with you top 10 packing tips, which will ease your pressure by a good margin and also enable a relaxed and trouble free relocation.

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A month before the shifting date, fix a meeting with the Packers and Movers in Pune who will be assisting you with your relocation. Understand their terms and conditions; ensure they do not trouble you with hidden costs in the last moment and always make sure to take insurance for all your expensive goods.

Decide at least six weeks prior to the shifting day, as to what would you like to shift and what would you want to discard. It is imperative to get rid of the extra baggage, since it reduces headache and also increases space in the new house.

Buy all your groceries two weeks in advance and store it separately. Ensure that the Packers and Movers also pack them separately and keep it in easily accessible location, so that once you shift into the new house, you can start setting up the kitchen immediately.

Empty out all the contents from your fridge a day prior to the moving day, clean the fridge and wipe it dry and switched off post the cleanup.

Keep all the essential items in a separate pouch, like for instance the car keys, the old as well as the new house keys, wardrobe keys and all important paperworks.Keep it with you at all times when the Packers and Movers are doing their job , so that it does not get shipped off with the rest of household items.

Do not forget to click a picture of your television wires and connections, so that you know which wire will go where once the same is dismantled in the new house.

Make a list of what items will go in which room , so that when the Packers and Movers arrive in the new house , you can guide them through the placing of the boxes.

Ensure that the Packers and Movers label the boxes correctly, before loading them onto to the vehicles.

See to it that the Packers and Movers give you a list of the items , which they have packed so that it is easier for you to cross check them when it arrives at the new address.

Always try and reach the new place and get it cleaned before the arrival of the Packers and Movers.Because it always easier to clean an empty house.

These tips do ensure a smooth and hassle free shifting because when you plan things beforehand it is always easier to to handle the stress which comes with relocation. EZMove.in has been working diligently to solve the troubles associated with shifting by enabling customers to choose reliable Packers and Movers in Pune through their user friendly online portal.

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