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5 reasons why moving on your own is more trouble than its worthEvery move begins with one important question should you move by yourself or hire a professional moving company? Most of the time, it feels like a difficult moving dilemma and, whether you like it not, you are going to have to be the one to find the solution that works best for you. Since both moving scenarios have their unique advantages and disadvantages, there are no magic formulas that can show you the correct answer. However, unless you are moving just across town, you might be surprised to find out that relocating on your own is very rarely worth all the stress. Below are the top 5 reasons why moving on your own is more trouble than it’s worth.

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4 tips to help you decide how many moving boxes you need when movingThe process of packing for your moving process is simply unimaginable without cardboard moving boxes. With the exception of pieces of furniture and household appliances, the rest of your things will have to be packed into moving boxes of various sizes in order to be correctly protected during the actual transportation of your possessions from your old home to your new one. Naturally, long before you initiate the intensive and time-consuming packing task for the move, the very first question that you will ask yourself is how many moving boxes am I going to need.It is important that you understand upright that because each home is unique and each relocation itself is equally distinctive too, it is impossible to determine the precise number of moving boxes required for the successful completion of your packing task. Nevertheless, although there isn’t a magical formula that can tell you exactly how many moving boxes you are going to need to pack up all of your household items, here are a couple of good ways to find out an estimated amount of moving boxes that you will need for your move. Here are 4 tips to help you decide how many moving boxes you need when moving.

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4 tips that can help you move with a big familyA big family is a huge responsibility. And if you are planning a move with your family of five or more, the many responsibilities and challenges that lie ahead of you might seem impossible. How can you possibly organize a problem-free move and complete all of the arduous moving-related tasks, while also taking care of your whole family including your pets?

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10 easy steps to help you move into a dorm

10 easy steps to help you move into a dorm

Moving into a dorm sounds pretty straightforward. The good news is that there is nothing really complicated about it and your parents will most likely be there to help you throughout the move too.

All you have to do is familiarize yourself with the most important steps to know before moving into a dorm, and you will be ready to handle your dorm move without having to go through any stress or anxiety. Follow these 10 easy steps to help you move into a dorm for a successful start of your time at college.

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The holiday season is slowly approaching. As we all know, this is one of the most hectic times of the year when everyone seems to be in a rush. While some will be busy decorating the Christmas tree, you have different plans – you will be moving during the holidays. Adding a cross-country relocation to the already stressful period of the year can be daunting and exhausting. However, it is far from impossible. One of the most important tips for a successful relocation during this part of the year is to plan in advance and stay organized.

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Relocation can be a very stressful time for everyone, especially for those who have never moved homes before. This is completely normal and it shouldn’t worry you. After all, we’re only human and we grow attached to the places we live at. This is why it’s so hard to say goodbye. And not only that – we also say goodbye to all of our friends who live there, perhaps our job and other relatives. You should start by thinking about how you’re going to be making a positive change in your life by moving to a new place. There are certain steps you can take in order to ensure a smooth relocation and avoid any unnecessary stress. Follow our guide if you want to learn how to cope with stress during relocation. We truly hope it will help you out!

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For an outbound move, it is obvious that you need some sort of professional moving help, since shipping luggage is primarily the responsibility of moving companies. There are services you will require that only certain licenced moving/shipping companies who are well established in the cross continental moving business can provide. You can’t rely on anyone else than those moving experts, and when the time comes, they are going to be your best friends and trusted allies. But if you are planning to move your house, or your business somewhere inside the boundaries of your own country, you might want to save up on hiring the professional movers. Are you best off moving on your own? Here are some objective reasons as to why hiring a moving company is ultimately safer and better solution than moving of your own accord.

You get insurance: Getting your possessions to your new home is only one aspect. Getting them there in one piece, without losing anything is something quite different. Similarly having a company with specialists in assisting with relocation will help minimize your stress as well as giving you additional reassurance when you move. This is why you should investigate the insurance which is provided by the company. No move should ever be conducted without insurance from the international moving company. Ensure you know the outcome if the worst was to happen and ensure that you’re covered for every eventuality.

You can hire a packing crew: One of the most dreaded tasks about moving house is probably packing everything you own into boxes. It’s tedious, dull and makes your back hurt. Not to mention very particular when it comes to dividing, labeling and proofing. That is why, apart from obvious time-saving reasons, you might want to hire a professional. I’m sure there is no need for us to convince you even further, but let us mention some benefits of having assistance packing team anyway: there is more time for you to go about your business before leaving the country, like taking care of the paperwork, checking all the passports and such; plus, you can’t be quite sure you have secured items from all the tumbling they might endure, so why not leave that to someone who has been specifically trained to do so; even further, packing can be an exhaustive feat, it requires strong, able hands and bodies to handle around all those boxes. You wouldn’t even have to worry about moving supplies, as the company is very ready with all kinds of boxes and duct tape, literally anything that can help wrap things. Our crew will then take everything to the storage unit that is either ready for shipping, or in case you need more time, a storage device that will wait until you’re ready to go.

You can split the workload: Hiring a packing/moving crew means you have a lot more free time. With a crew like ours, there is also a possibility to work out an agreement between a customer and the packing service team, to either do a full packing and unpacking at the scene, or that you pack some things, and then they do the rest. You can ask to have the cargo delivered and unpacked if you’re in a hurry. You can ask the crew to drop everything off, but not to unpack. You might want them to send you moving supplies. During an on-site packing, you can decide whether you would want some items packed separately, and what items can go in a single box together. There will be full cooperation from the members of our staff toward any customer, and any wishes you might have will be respected.

Sensitive cargo: We are best known for our high performance standards when it comes to dealing with sensitive cargo that’s been destined to be delivered from anywhere in the USA to anywhere else in the USA or any country abroad. Ocean freight logistics is not a foreign concept to us. We can guarantee the safety of your precious cargo, in the process of moving house, moving your company abroad, or transporting your vehicle using our services. One more thing we can assure you of is that there are no hidden costs, and that the bill will be the same as we have formerly agreed upon.

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7 Best Beach Towns to Live In 

Are you moving out for the first time and trying to decide what are the best beach towns to live in? Waking up to the sound of the ocean, spending your weekends at the beach, getting to eat seafood to your heart’s content – that is simply how you imagine a picture-perfect life. Well, it’s high time you started packing your bags and scheduling moving services. We’re bringing you our top list of some of the most vibrant, picturesque, dream-like coastal communities in the country!

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Here is the deal. There are several factors you have to take into account while choosing the international moving company.  In this article, we will make sure that you get the idea just how many aspects are involved and try to give you an impartial overview of those aspects. Firstly, before going on to contact one of the moving companies, you should make sure you’ve considered all of these steps:

  1.      Always do research

In the era of the Internet, there is hardly a service that can escape the harsh but righteous reviews of the online community. The same way people would give recommendations to students enrolling into a prestigious school, people now give recommendations and evaluations to certain services and companies that they have crossed paths with. Go through the reviews on the forums and sites dedicated to moving, and see what former customers have said about the efficiency, costs and the overall execution of the services that they asked for. Incorporated in your research you should include recommendations and testimonials from friends. When seeking the recommendation, make sure you ask questions around punctuality, clarity of communication, customer service and also facilities for tracking. It’s quite rare for international moves to be 100% error free, but it’s important to know if something went wrong, how the company overcame the issues and how they communicate.

  1.       Verification

At the same time, you will be checking for phony companies, who want to steal from you and those who mean serious business. If you can’t find a review for a company and you aren’t sure of its background, ask them to send you their license for business and/or certificate via e-mail. By providing those documents, they say that they mean business, and avoiding to provide them for you means they don’t have your best interest at heart.

  1.     Ask for quotes

Don’t let any one company sway you into dealing with them before asking around about the price range of the specific service with other moving companies. This is a very universal, somewhat obvious piece of advice, but beware of those moving companies who won’t bat an eye before adding hidden costs to your final bill. Because of this, many moving companies are now promising you great deals without any hidden expenses. To shield yourself from such shady deals, we suggest you get as many estimates as you can from a variety  of moving companies. That way you are somewhat familiar to the price range, or at least have the general idea of what something might cost you.

  1.       Specify the services you need

Upon contacting the company’s moving expert, here are a few things to establish with him or her. Give them the details of your move, precisely what state and city you’re coming from and what state and city you want to relocate to, and have them explain to you the services and utilities their company provides in your case. Have them check the availability of the requested service (For example, additional storage – if there is enough space left during the time frame of your move).  If your possessions require specific handling, such as priceless vase or a fragile piece of furniture, make sure you ask them about custom crating services. Such items can pose a great liability if not reported to the moving company handling your belongings, as the potential damage can backfire on both the customer and the company.

  1.       Establish the interval

The deadline you come up with in cooperation with the moving expert can serve as a guideline for both you and the movers. Best thing to do is ask them for their expected time of delivery to that destination and then try to incorporate your needs into it. You can work around the problem if your schedule does not align with theirs. In such cases, you can use the service of additional storage, to buy time before leaving on the moving day. Of course, no plan is completely foolproof when transportation and traffic is involved, which leaves you with an option of just being patient and hoping for your belongings to arrive intact.

  1.     Insurance

When it comes to choosing an international moving company to help you move, cost is definitely a factor, but cost effectiveness is what you should really be thinking about. After all, getting your possessions to your new home is only one aspect. Getting them there in one piece, without losing anything is something quite different. Similarly having a company with specialists in assisting with relocation will help minimize your stress as well as giving you additional reassurance when you move. This is why you should investigate the insurance which is provided by the company. No move should ever be conducted without insurance from the international moving company. Ensure you know the outcome if the worst was to happen and ensure that you’re covered for every eventuality.

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We all know that relocation can be a very time-consuming and stressful event. However, there are some steps you can take in order to make the entire process go as smooth as possible. One of the most stressful things about relocation is packing, especially if you own a huge house with lots of expensive items. This can give you lots of anxiety simply because you constantly have to worry about whether something is going to get damaged or lost during transportation. By using these packing tricks and tips you can be certain that you relocation will be quick, efficient and a lot less stressful!

There are several things than you might have to do when it comes to packing. Organization and time-effectiveness are essential. If you have no previous experience with relocation, don’t worry. Here are our best pieces of advice which will hopefully make you less worried about having to relocate. Let’s first breakdown the moving process into 4 segments:

  •        Organizing and getting everything ready
  •        Packing your belonging
  •        Transportation to the new location
  •        Moving in

Step 1: Getting everything ready and purchasing moving supplies

        This is the most essential part of your relocation. If you don’t feel confident enough about doing this on your own, ask a friend or someone close to you for some advice on how to cope with relocation organization. Be aware that there are many things that you need to take into consideration, so start planning on time. Being time-efficient is very important – after all, time is money! There are several things that you need to do before you can start packing all of your stuff:

  •        Organize all of you belonging before you start packing them: If you’ve never moved homes before, you might not realize the fact that you will come across certain things you forgot you even had. This is completely expected and happens to literally everyone. This is why organizing all of your items is really important. You can organize them into sections, for example ‘stuff for kitchen’, ‘bathroom stuff’, etc. Once you’ve gathered everything you have into piles accordingly, you will get an estimate on how many moving boxes you’ll need, as well as how many supplies you’ll have to purchase. The next things you should do is to measure any big furniture you own. This includes beds, closets, bookshelves, glass cases, etc. Once you’ve got all of the dimensions it will be easier to choose how much packing material you’ll need. Another important thing to take into consideration are any delicate and fragile items you might own, such as expensive paintings, musical instruments and anything else. Assess these items before you decide how much and what type of protective moving material you’ll need.
  •        Find and purchase appropriate packing supplies: Even though you might think that only moving boxes will be sufficient, you simply cannot go without more packing supplies. Some of these packing supplies include large moving boxes, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, duct tape, etc. There are lots of supply stores where you can easily locate and purchase all of these items. Don’t forget to make a shopping list! If you miss out on buying something, there might not be enough time late, so organize everything on time. You can always opt for any item you might encounter at the store and purchase it on the spot. But be prepared with a shopping list, which will contain all the absolutely necessary supplies you’ll need. You will also need certain tools for making your relocation easier. Such tools include dollies and handtrucks, for example. This will help you save so much time and energy, so definitely consider purchasing those too. 

Step 2: Packing your belonging and preparing for relocation

  •        Packing up everything: This is the final step. If you’re brave enough, you can pack everything on your own. However, if you have no experience, you might want to ask for advice from a professional or someone with a bit more experience. The most important thing to remember is that packing takes a lot of time, especially if you have a huge house with lots of furniture and other items. Remember to take short breaks every now and then in order to not get too exhausted. Also, don’t forget to have fresh water with you at all times. Keeping yourself hydrated will certainly help. Try to have a proper meal during these breaks in order to ensure having enough energy to go through the entire process. Once you begin packing, it’s best to work in sections. First, pack everything that belongs to the kitchen. Then, pack stuff that’s supposed to go in the bathroom. Make sure you have a packing checklist and track your progress as you go. This will ensure that you don’t miss anything while packing and will make the whole process a lot easier.
  •         Or simply hire a professional moving company to help you pack: Can’t be bothered to pack by yourself? Want to avoid any unnecessary hassle and stress? If this is the case, you can always find a reliable and professional moving company which can help you pack everything. There are so many moving companies out there nowadays. If you hire Cross Country Moving Group, you can be certain that our professionally trained staff will safely pack and transport all of your belongings. This will prevent any unnecessary stress. With Cross Country Moving Group, your relocation process will be swift and smooth.

 

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