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Get to Know the Moving Industry

In today's economy, it's not unusual to be required to pull up stakes and move because a new assignment or a new job.

That's why it's important to be familiar with the professional moving and storage industry and understand your rights and responsibilities when you move.

First, there are important differences between intrastate moves - which take place within the same state - and interstate moves between one state and another because only interstate moves are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. (International moves are regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission.)

Local and other intrastate moves come under the jurisdiction of your state government. About 30 states have various degrees of regulation - some more than others - and the rest are unregulated. So, if you have a problem with a local move or intrastate move, you may find yourself on your own in getting the problem resolved.

Local moves are generally based on a per-hour cost for the personnel and t…

Helpful Tips for Moving Season

With moving season now in full swing, here are some moving tips to help companies and families deal with the stress, uncertainty, and challenges of moving.

* Keep a copy of the bill of lading and inventory for yourself before the driver leaves.

* Prior to the mover's departure, complete a final walk through of the house to make sure nothing was forgotten.

* Provide the driver with your contact information in case he needs to reach you along route.

* Give the driver the correct address of your new home or storage facility.

* For long distance moves, the name and telephone number of a contact person currently at the destination should be given.

* Provide the moving team with a fresh supply of water and restroom facilities.

* If possible, arrange for the house closing to be a day or two after the loading day in order to reduce the stress of trying to load and close your house at the same time.

* Get a good night's sleep and have a hearty breakfast the morning of the move to be prepared f…

Ten Tips for a Sane Move

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 43 million people move every year, with almost half packing up and relocating between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Moving is considered one of the top three most stressful life transitions. The following tips can help tame the chaos.

1. If you don't use it, leave it.
Packing time is a blessing in disguise. It's the perfect time to get rid of items that have collected in your home. Look at each item and think to yourself: "Do I use this? Do I need it?" Be honest. If you don't use or need an item give it away, sell it, or throw it away. PS: Some charities will pick up your donations.

2. Consider hiring help.
Sometimes it's best to leave the job to those who do it best: the professionals. Interview and get bids from several moving companies. PS: Your best bet is to get recommendations from friends.

3. Order plenty of packing supplies.
Don't skimp on packing materials. Be sure to have plenty of boxes, tape guns, tape, …

Positive Attitude Helps Cope with Stress of Moving

Fact: Moving is stressful. In fact, moving ranks right behind divorce or a death in the family as a major source of stress. Learn how some families - including one who has moved eight times in the last 12 years - deal with the stress of moving by keeping a positive attitude.

Some interesting takeaways: The children have displayed more angst about moving as they've grown older but they've grown closer as siblings. Moving forces you to "reorganize and set new goals".

Tips: "Pre-plan; make moving an adventure; frame moving in a positive light and quickly involve yourself in the good things of the new community". Subscribe to the local newspaper the day you arrive in your new location. Volunteer at a school or with a local/community organization. Host a neighborhood party for families living in the area. Start a reading club. Explore the local parks and trails.

Six Week Plan to Keep Calm when Moving

Keep in mind the following moving tips from professional movers and consultants in order to reduce the chance of panic when preparing to move to a new home:

Six weeks ahead

• When your job requires relocation, verify what the company covers and your responsibilities.

• Establish moving dates, and reserve the truck and crew.

• Determine whether you or the movers will pack. If you're packing yourself, order moving boxes and packing supplies.

• Reserve a move-in date at the new home.

• List everyone you need to notify of the move. Update your contacts/address book.

• Obtain the post office’s change of address kit and use it to notify creditors, friends, family, doctors, lawyers, subscription companies and anyone else of the new address.

Five weeks ahead

• Arrange disconnections and new connections.

• Sort items you don’t want. Set a garage sale date or pickup/dropoff of donations.

• Contact the IRS or your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.

• Chec…

Summertime is Moving Time: Moving Tips for Kids

Many families with school-age children move to a new home during the summer. In fact, more than 10 million kids in the United States relocate each year. Moving can be exciting, but also a bit scary - especially for children. With that in mind, Allied Van Lines worked with a child psychologist to develop tips for a smooth move:

Communication is key. Mr. Olkowski advises parents to tell children about a move as soon as possible. Present the move in a positive manner, even if parents don't always see it that way.

Give children a chance to say goodbye. Consider hosting a moving party. You can give your children address books and scrapbooking material so they can keep connected with their old home, friends and community.

Move in together. Parents should take time to explore the new neighborhood with their children. Also, check with schools about testing, attendance and extracurricular activities.

Encourage children to be part of the moving process. That means packing, unpacking and even de…

How to Pick the Right Mover

The first thing you need to do when preparing to move is to determine how much you want to do yourself -- everything, nothing or somewhere in between. Your budget and desire to save some money will likely impact your decision. When selecting a moving company, make sure to ask friends and family for suggestions. Whatever you do, don't simply go with the lowest bid. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always ask for (and check!) references before selecting the moving company that is going to help you move. Quick calls to your local Better Business Bureau and State Moving & Storage Association will also be well worth your while.

Terms Commonly Used in Moving Estimates

Good planning will help reduce the stress of your move. Choosing a mover wisely, knowing your rights and understanding moving terminology can save you time and money.

TERMS COMMONLY USED IN MOVING ESTIMATES:

Extra Labor and Waiting Time: Charges for extra workers you request on the job, such as "maid" service, accessing attics/crawl spaces, holding the truck because you are not ready for delivery, etc.

Fuel Surcharge: Percentage adjustment to compensate mover for higher fuel costs.

Overtime Loading and Unloading: For work on weekends, holidays and between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.

Packing and Unpacking: These charges are based on the shipment's weight and include containers the mover provides, with the exception of specially constructed crates for fragile items. With full-service packing, the mover packs most or all of your shipment. With custom packing, the mover packs only what you designate. Most full-value-replacement insurance does not cover what you pack yourself.

P…

Serial Movers: Always on the Move

Moving is stressful so most people move as seldom as possible. Other people seem to always be moving. Why? Some crave excitement ... a new neighborhood to explore. Others are re-enacting stressful childhoods or simply looking for a fresh start. Some are just looking for the right "fit". Whatever the reason, these "serial movers" are growing in number ... leading to numerous theories on what motivates their peripatetic ways.

Weakening Real Estate Environment?

Most residential moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So - amid talk of a weakening real estate environment - how is this moving season shaping up? In New York City, apartment sales are holding their own but there are some troubling signs. Recent activity shows an annualized 5% to 10% gain in both transactions and apartment prices. Good, right? Yes, but not compared with a 25% increase in both areas in the same quarter last year. Also, apartments are taking longer to sell (with averages up to 130-140 days compared to 90-100 days in 2004-2005) and the number of listings have ballooned (6,900 co-ops and condos on the market versus 4,300 a year ago). Sound like a good time to buy? Perhaps, but consider that average apartment prices in New York City have remained roughly the same: $423,659 for a studio; $700,201 for a one bedroom; $1,491,060 for two bedrooms; $3,295,963 for three bedrooms, and $7,175,170 for four bedrooms!

Moving Tips from the AMSA

The weather's getting better which means ... moving season is here! Peak season for residential moves is between Memorial Day and Labor. With that in the mind, the American Moving and Storage Association ("AMSA") provides the following helpful packing and moving tips:

* Be available on all loading days. Movers will have questions.

* Accompany the driver as he prepares your inventory. Ask questions if you are unsure of the condition that the driver is noting.

* Carefully read and complete the Bill of Lading. This is the legal contract between you and the mover, treat it accordingly.

* Make sure you have copies of the Bill of Lading and Inventories before the driver leaves.

* Before the driver leaves do a final walk through the house checking all closets and storage areas to make sure nothing was missed.

* Provide the driver with contact information in case he needs to reach you during the course of the move.

* Acquire the driver's truck number, agency and contact information…

Tips to Cut the Stress of Moving

According to the Census Bureau, about 43 million people in the U.S. move each year ... and summer is the busiest season. No two ways about it -- moving is stressful. However, with adequate planning - and lots of deep breathing - you can make it less stressful. Mary Scott Tuck, director of transportation statistics at the American Moving and Storage Association, offers some basic suggestions when planning a move:
* Start packing early
* Move on a weekday (when banks, utilities and government offices are open)
* Keep in mind that the beginning and end of the month are the busiest times for movers
* Be available on both loading and delivery day -- the movers will have questions
* Don't schedule your house closing to occur on the same day as your moving day
* Get some rest
* Remember, no matter how prepared you are, things occasionally go wrong ... relax.

Real Estate Industry Impacted by Bloggers

The real estate marketplace has always been characterized by inefficiency and restricted information, but that's beginning to change thanks to ... blogging!

Blogs can offer an unfiltered look at a property, project or neighborhood and everything is fair game -- market gossip, innuendo, facts, opinion, etc.

Obviously, buyers and sellers still need to do their own due diligence, but they are increasingly going to the web to try and accumulate as much information as possible before making a buying or selling decision.

Protect Your Move

In Feb. 2005, a partnership between Federal, State and local government, consumer groups, and the moving industry was formed with the goal of preventing moving fraud. The partnership - the first of its kind - seeks to educate consumers and improve the coordination among government and industry partners. Check out ProtectYourMove.gov for a vast collection of Federal, State and local resources to help plan a successful move.