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The Pros and Pros of Hiring Professional Packers.

Packing up the entire household belongings and moving to a new place is a very challenging task. It gets extremely stressful for those  who have a limited time period to move to the new place. The best possible way to do the moving and packing in a hassle free way is to hire a professional packing and moving company, but they certainly come with charges.

I have put together the pros and cons to hire professional packers or to do the packing and moving yourself. You can take an informed decision after weighing both the sides.

Pros and Pros and Pros

  1. Less Stress

You will be stress-free if someone else is packing the belongings since packing is a very hectic and time consuming task. Hiring a professional packing and moving company will save your time and energy. You can focus on other important things in  life like  preparing for the move, taking care of kids, winding up from your office. Hiring packers and movers will reduce the physical as well as emotional stress.

  1. Time Saver

Packing all the household belongings can take few weeks and months. Where as a professional packing and moving company will pack all the belongings in few days. If you are a working professional, you won’t have extra time to pack up everything.

In addition to this, you will lack proper packing material like bubble wrap, foam, cardboard box etc. You must load and unload all the belongings carefully. Those who opt for a moving company will not have to worry  about packing and loading the belongings.

  1. You won’t have to search and invest in moving supplies.

The best part about hiring a packing and moving company is that you won’t have to buy any high end moving supplies. Packers will bring all the packing material like boxes, packing tape, foam cushions, bubble wraps etc. A professional packing company always ensures to make use of best moving supplies and equipment so that all the belongings are properly protected and secured during the transit.

  1. Damage Proof

A reliable and professional moving company will carefully pack, load and unload your belongings in an efficient way. The moving staffs are well skilled and trained to properly pack all the household items.

Cons

  1. It is expensive

The first reason people opt not to hire a professional packing and moving company is the money factor. Moving and relocating to a new place is going to cause you extra bucks on top of it hiring movers to pack your belongings can be a pricey affair. Rates are usually calculated according to the weight and volume of shipment.

This can be overcome by using a platform like EZMove.in where you can compare pre-verified vendors and find the best price.

  1. Less Control

Some people prefer to do everything themselves, hiring a moving company will not be a good decision for them. The individual has to hand over the duty to someone else.

If you are planning to hire a moving company, give them proper guidance about what should go where, which will help you exercise some measure of control.

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How to Identify if a Moving Company Is Legitimate

Don’t fall for a scam during your next move. If you are paying a huge amount to a moving company then it is important to ensure that the company is legitimate. The moving day is stressful since you are trusting all your precious belongings to an unknown entity. There are several ways to check out the credibility of the packing and moving company

Is the moving company properly licensed and insured?

Before choosing a moving company check all the details regarding license and insurance. You can get the list of the reputable moving company from internet. The moving companies must be registered with the government and must follow regulations. The moving company must be reliable to replace the value of damage items during your shipment.

In some cases the movers will pay 60% damage per item. It is must for the packing and moving company to provide with proof of insurance. Look for additional documents like registration of service tax, PAN card in the company name, functioning current account, ID proof of owner and staffs.
Are there any complaints?

There is no smoke without fire if you see several complaints from the customers, it is a red signal and you must carefully check the reviews and complaints of each moving company. You can also check various social media sites like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram etc for the consumer’s complaints and testimonies. In addition to it visit the company physically to double check. Check the way they handle the customer support and post service complaints.

What are the moving reviews?

When you are looking for a trustworthy company, it is very important to check the review of the company. You can also ask  your friends , family and colleagues for recommendations. Pay heed to their personal experiences and suggestions with the different moving company. Be aware that the internet is filled with fake reviews and ratings.

Did the mover inspect your things before giving you an estimate?

It is mandatory for the moving company  person to do  a personal inspection or at least a video survey of your things before providing a quotation. Else you can end up paying  more amount than actual estimation. If they provide you a quote over an email or phone without actually inspecting the household belongings then this is a red flag and can be a scam too. They should not be trusted.

Are they professional?

Besides the license, insurance and reviews consumers should look out whether they are actually professionals, do they have a business email ID and physical office. The moving vehicle is from a reputable transport company? The staffs and drivers are  with the uniform ? Have you received the quotation in official papers with the moving company stamp or just in a random paper etc. Go with your gut feeling.

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Your Moving Checklist for when you have to move on short notice

Moving is a tough task but last minute moving can give you nightmare. Moving all the mountain of belongings in a short notice can be very difficult.  Below are few tips to make sure your last minute moving can be done efficiently.

  1. Schedule Packers and Movers

Schedule a moving date, you are comfortable with as you might be required to call few moving companies until you find one you like. Always cross check the moving company reviews, ratings and compare 2-3 quotes. Make sure to ask the moving company to personally visit your home for an estimation. You can also check pre verified packers and movers on EZMove.in

  1. Start looking for new home

Start the house hunting as soon as possible. If you are moving for a new job, your company can be helpful to find a property dealer. Always hire a reliable and experienced real estate broker.

  1. Give notice

Last minute moving can be a stressful job but don’t miss out small details like informing your landlord. Even they need to start looking for a new tenant soon. Always share the specific details with them including the number of notice days.

  1. Sell or donate items

It is best to discard all the unwanted and unused items before showing. Prepare a list of furniture, electronic goods and other belongings that you want to donate or sell. You can make a fresh start at new place too. Trashing a pantry is a painful task, you can save the nonperishable food items and can donate the remains pantry to the local food bank.

  1. Packing

Gather all your moving supplies like boxes, tapes, markers, newspaper etc. Start packing items that you need the least like packing gardening tools, unused kitchen appliances, books, pictures etc. You can also designate a particular unused room to keep all the packed boxes. Start packing one room at a time and label them. Don’t forget to pack the important documents like birth certificate, bank papers, property documents, marriage certificates, mark sheet, passports etc separately and carry these along with you during the travel.

  1. Change the Address

If you found the new place then you can change the mailing address. Let your bank know you are moving.

  1. Utility service providers

Apart from moving and unloading all the stuff at a new place looking for the utility provider is also a tedious task. It is best to call the cable person, plumber, electrical etc early and inform them about the change in address.

  1. Clean the old house

Before leaving  check the closets, rooms and drawers. It is best to hire a housekeeping professional to clean the house before leaving.

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Packing Mistakes Most Novices Make!

Stuffing the entire house into tens of cardboard boxes can be the most tiring and stressful activity for any individual. While doing the entire packing there is bound to be mistakes, some that be quite costly.

Below are most common moving mistakes that people make

  1. Knowing how to pack for the first week at their new house

When moving keep all your essentials handy so that you don’t suffer much at the new place for first few days. Unpacking is also tough, and you make take days and weeks to unpack all your belongings at the new place. It is must to have essential items handy. You should carry things like mobile chargers, toilet paper, towels, first aid boxes, money and some ready to eat food items that you will need during the first few days.

  1. Not planning enough

Have a plan in place during packing. For example where to store dishes, clothes, books etc. Planning this ahead will help you to easily move the boxes at their respective places rather dumping into a room and later waste energy again moving and sorting them.

  1. Overloading boxes

Don’t put too many heavy items in a large cardboard box as there are chances of it breaking during the move. Instead of that, divide all the items equally among boxes and fill the extra space with lighter items like pillows, towels etc.

  1. Packing fragile items the wrong way

Pack all your breakables and antique collectibles with special care. Stuff the cardboard box with bubble wrap or soft pillows to avoid damage. In addition to it label the boxes “Fragile” clearly, so that you can guide the moving staff accordingly.

5. Not labeling stuff

To avoid getting yourself confused during unpacking time, the best way is to make use of clear labeling so that anybody can identify the content of the box easily. This will help the moving staff to handle the belongings carefully.

6. Getting sentimental about non essential stuff

It is very common for us to get sentimental when packing all the old books, photo albums and mementos.  But, often when people start packing all the old stuff which they haven’t seen in years, they get tear-filled memories and emotional which slows down the packing process. You can prioritize the important rooms and get those belongings packed first and then can move to the sentimental items.

7. Forgetting the Final Check

Before handling over the keys double check the closets, cabins, draws etc. Move to the new home knowing nothing was left behind at the old home.

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Easily Overlooked Essentials You Will Need Once You Move

Packing for a move is very stressful and may times essentials are overlooked easily. With all the planning and required packing during the entire relocation process you can easily forget important and small things that you are going to need on the day at your new house. But, many times these small things can make a big difference. Below are 6 easily overlooked essentials that you will need on moving day.

Basic cleaning supplies

The moment you arrive at your new home you expect a picture perfect living room, sparkling floors and clean toilets but that’s not going to happen by itself! Chances are high that the house you are moving won’t be clean and neat when you arrive. Even if the home is cleaned previously, it is going to have dust hiding in the corners and in addition to it, floors are going to get dirty for sure during the unloading and moving process.

Always have cleaning supplies on hand during the day of a move. You can include

  • Cleaning spray
  • Small vacuum
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishwashing detergents and sponges for dishes
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Waste cloths

Cloth Hangers

While packing all your belongings, pack all the cloth hangers in a plastic bag so that you can use it at your new home. After unpacking and organizing the kitchen, assemble your beds. The next important thing is to put all the hangers in the closet, you can hang your clothes as you unpack the boxes containing clothes.

Batteries

This is the most commonly ignored item, but it is one among the most important items. You are definitely going to need batteries at your new homes, it can be for TV remote, AC, night lamps etc. If you are not sure about the powder during the first day you will require additional emergency lights and batteries.

Toothbrush

Make sure you pack all the toiletry items like toothbrush, paste, soap, hand wash etc in a simple toiletry bag, it is the most necessary but often forgotten item.

Toolbox

Always remember the location of the toolbox and make sure you have labeled the box clearly. The toolbox is very important during the initial days of living in a new home. You will need simple tools like measuring tape, utility knife from day one at your new home.

Make sure, the toolbox should include below items

  • Hammer
  • Different sized screwdrivers
  • Measuring tape
  • Nails
  • Utility Knife
  • Cutting Pliers

Chargers

Don’t forget to pack and carry all the electronic charges. They can be easily get tossed in some random box or left behind in the old house. Carefully pack everyone’s mobile charger, laptop charger and other charging devices in a separate box.  You may not want to spend the initial days at the new house with a dead phone.

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Don’t Forget to Do These 5 Things Before Moving Abroad

Relocating to a new country can be a joyful event for many. The visa paperwork,  looking for a suitable apartment,  change in the time zone all these can however make it  challenging. Other concerns like the language barrier, packing, transportation, storage etc can add more worry. These can be reduced to a great extent, all you need is a reliable moving company, right local consultant to make sure that your international relocation will go seamlessly.

Packing for a move abroad

If you are planning to move abroad, then you require more packing than regular local shifting. You need to let go of stuff like electronics, kitchen appliances as the electronic devices available at India does not support dual voltage. For your laptop and mobile however, it is important to invest in a adapter and converter so that the device can work seamlessly in foreign outlets.  Once you have settled in your new home you can purchase basic electronic appliances like hair dryer, water kettle etc which are compatible with current outlets at your home.

When it comes to the medication, it is not possible to schedule an appointment with a reliable physician before you move abroad. You may be required to wait for few weeks or months. Plan in advance and bring medications necessary for 3-6 months.

Never pack your important documents with your shipment, there are many chances of losing it. Essential documents like birth certificates, mark sheets, medical reports, school records, passport, driving license, marriage certificates etc must be carried along with you safely.

Language and cross-cultural skills training

It is very obvious that one may be unfamiliar with the new language, so it is advisable to get trained before moving to the new place. This will help you to connect with the locals easily. You can also research about the country’s culture, history, politics  by this you can easily mingle with the local people. If this move is due to a new job, ask HR of the company to offer language or culture training.

Transportation

Navigation in a  new country is very important, you must be aware of the common transportation methods as well as important landmarks, so that you don’t end up lost in the new place. It is best to research about the public transportation, bus routes, trains, rental vehicles etc.

Renting furniture abroad

When you moves internationally, things won’t go as per plan. The furniture can arrive late, lost or damaged, may not fit into your new home etc. The best option is to rent furniture temporarily until the mover arrives with your shipment or you can shop for new. This will save you with huge shipping cost too. It is a good idea to rent essential household furniture while moving to a new country. You can also rent items like vacuum cleaner TV, beds etc.

Storing your belongings

If you are moving to a new country for a long duration then it is best to sell or give away as much as you can. If you are moving for a short duration then it is important to store the item for future use. You can google for self-storage facilities, it is the safe way to store all your furniture, belongings, antiques etc when you move aboard. The price of the storage unit may differ based on size and  specifications.

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4 Moving Scams Smart People Generally Fall For

Each year many people fall victim to moving frauds all around the world. It is already stressful to pack all the stuff yourself. So, one thinks to professionals and get the job done smoothly. However, the recent spurt of moving scams has made people think twice, before hiring packers and movers.

Here are some frauds and scams that unscrupulous companies try to pull on customers.

Scam -1: Holding your stuff hostage

The moving company with pack and load all the belongings into their vehicle, drive to the destination. However, before unloading they demand additional money. This can be totally avoided, if you can get the quotation and final bills in writing before hand.

Scam -2: The Shifty Scale

Many packing and moving company charge by volume and weight of the shipment. An unreliable company can quote a low upfront price based roughly on the approximate weight of belongings.

They scale all the belongings by themselves and report a heavier weight of belongings than the estimated weight. They then trick the customers into paying more price than the actual quoted one.  They demand the difference in price to be made immediately.  Ensure you have checked the weight yourself, never pay without checking the weight.

Scam – 3: The broken broker

There are many  companies that provide quotes and finalize a cheaper quote over the phone or mail without even properly investigating the belongings personally. They demand a advance deposit too.

These brokering companies then outsource their customers to random unverified vendors, who don’t live up to the expectations of service.

Scam – 4: The lowball

The lowball is a method by which the moving company with sell items or their services at a lower price than the actual price and afterward the rates are increased to raise the profits. Many customers get scammed by this during the estimation and then face the consequences during moving day. This can be avoided by asking all the details in advance, and not budging once price is finalized.

Have you every been scammed? Share below!

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How to Move a Bed and Mattress By Yourself

Our home is filled with a number of different types of furniture, but none is as bulky as compared to a bed. Starting from the mattress to the frame, head board and the side table, moving a bed can be a challenging task. Here are few tips that can be helpful while moving a bed and mattress across the city or country.

If you are planning to move the mattress by yourself that you could save some money without hiring packers and movers. In addition to it, moving the mattress yourself will help you to have a control over the entire shifting. You can choose the best way to pack the bed and relocate it to your new home. Take special care if the bed is antique one as it may not be dismantlable.

Things you are going to require

  1. A mattress cover to safeguard the mattress, frame, and additional units.
  2. Supportive friends or family members. You will require additional help to bring the mattress, frames and side table to the new place. There must be someone to support when you are placing the mattress into your moving vehicle.
  3. Bubble wraps, moving straps and strong tapes.
  4. Screwdrivers to disassemble and reassemble the bed.
  5. A container to securely keep all the nut and bolts after disassembling it.
  6. A vehicle to transport the bed and mattress.

Size of vehicle to Rent

If you are only planning to move the bed and the mattress and don’t have other furniture or other bulky household stuff, you can choose a small or medium sized truck for yourself. Even a tempo would do, if your bed is fully dismantable.

Method to Move the Bed

Start with washing and packing all the bed sheets, pillows, blankets and side pillows. Once everything is packed strip down the bed and start with packing the mattress. Back up help for moving the heavy item maybe required.

Once you have packed the mattress, then you can start with the disassembling of the bed frame. Careful remove and collect all the screws and small nuts and bolts into a container. Heavily wrap the frame of the bed , you can use bubble wrap or blanket for additional protection. This will prevent the frame from getting scratched or damaged. Carefully pick and carry each item based on their length to the truck.

Other options for moving your bed

  1. Moving container – If you are planning to store your bed temporarily then you can opt for a moving container to move the mattress and bed unit. During the moving day simple move the container with bed and mattress.
  1. Shipping – If you want the bed and mattress to the new place soon then shipping is the best and quick way. While shipping the bed carefully wrap and protect the bed frame, mattress, and another additional units. This will safeguard the bed from damage due to long distance uneven ride.
  1. Hire professionals-You can always take services of the professional packing and moving company. This may cost you more but it will save a lot of time and efforts too. Professionals have experience in moving all kind of beds and furniture. They will make sure the moving is done in an efficient way.
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3 Time-Saving Tips During Move

Relocating to a new place is a huge and challenging task. To pack and shift an house and then rearrange everything in a totally new place, can be daunting for the bravest of us! Time is very crucial when it comes to packing and moving, if you have enough time to deal with the requirements then the entire shifting will end up well. If you’re short on time, the entire move will be stressed for you as well as the people involved.

Packing things in a  hurry can cause damages, sometimes irreversible. In addition to that, if the person is in a hurry then there are more chances to lose important and necessary things. Time management is very important during a relocation.

Here are 3 time-saving tips during the move

Make a Plan

If you are interested in doing things in good time then it is advisable to move as per schedule. Create a checklist and plan the things to do and move accordingly. If the plan is foolproof then it will save you from the mess and hassle of last minute moving.

Carry Less

Transporting each and everything with you will not be a good idea if you are struggling. Make a list of  things that you actually need. You can either sell off or donate the unused or unwanted items. Select the items which are essential and useful for you. This will save a lot of time and money as well since the moving company or the vehicle will charge based on the weight of the shipment. There is no use to pack and carry useless things to a new place.

Get Help

Taking help in shifting is a great help that you can ask your friends and family to do. Only ask for help from those whom you can trust with your belongings. If you don’t have such folks or are not interested in disturbing them, you can always opt for good and reliable packing and moving company. They usually charge an affordable price for their services. In addition to it, moving companies are professional and they can handle the requirement very well and they will take care of entire shifting process.

The entire process of relocation is heavily dependent on the time hence proper planning, preparation is very important so that the entire shifting can be executed seamlessly. With the help of these 3 moving tips, you can save your precious time and can invest on other important tasks.

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7 Things To Do In Your Notice Period

Once you have decided to say goodbye to your current company or planning a switch in near future, below are a few things you should do while serving your notice period. This will be a great way to end your journey in that company in a positive way.

It is always advisable to leave on good terms. Always stay polite and cordial to all your colleagues. Give your organization time to complete all the formalities completely, so that there no hassles in the future.

Your boss must be the first one to know

You may have had tough times with your boss, but your boss must always be the first person in the organization to know about your switch.

Give time to help him absorb the information since he/she needs to plan so that work does not suffer. He may even resolve your issues and request the senior management to retain you. In case you are adamant on leaving, then he may be able to ensure a smooth exit.

Once you have submitted the resignation letter do not take your work for granted and maintain a professional routine. Always follow company protocols since the last impression could last a lifetime. Many make the common mistake of being casual and ignore the work on hand.

Knowledge Transfer and Prepare a good succession plan

An effective succession plan is very important to ensure that work is not hampered. Your employer may want you to complete or submit a final report on all the existing projects before you leave. Make sure you provide complete knowledge transfer about your projects to your replacement.

It is important for your replacement to understand the responsibility and get complete clarity on the status of projects. Introduce your replacement to the current team, clients, and vendors on or before your last visit to them.

Documentation and finances

Procure your relieving letter from your employer so that there is no objection from their end. Make sure you save all your personal data and contacts from the office computer if allowed.  Delete any personal data before handing over official laptop. Check your insurance cover since the insurance sponsored by your employer will elapse as soon as you leave the firm. Have a complete discussion regarding gratuity and PF details and how you can claim them.

Take up a hobby and meet up with friends

After fulfilling the official task, take out time for yourself and for the people outside the office too. Prepare a list of friends who you wish to meet and hang out with. Spend quality time with all your friends because you have ample of time and may not get this chance again.  You can also take up a new hobby or follow your passion like photography, cooking, horse riding etc.

Research about the new job

If you have found a new job, make the best use of the notice period time to research about the roles and responsibility of the new profile. If the new job requires some additional technical skills then you can enroll yourself in various courses (online or offline) to get a detailed knowledge about the area. This will make you feel confident at the new place.

Finalize your relocation plans and packers and movers if using. 

Once you have found the new job in a different city or same city, if there is a need of a relocation then you can start finalizing packers and movers. You can get quotes from different packers and can choose the best, reliable and affordable company. This will save you from last minute hassles.