Moving Tips From a 30 Year Industry Pro

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Recently I happened to meet Dan Dizzino, Mayflower Moving.  We chatted about his vast experience with assisting helping people move from place to place.  These are his "Moving Tips from a 30 year industry Pro."  

 

MOVING TIPS FROM A 30-YEAR INDUSTRY PROVIDER

 

As summer begins, beside all of the wonderful things this brings, it also launches the peak moving season. Families tend to want to move their children when school is out whenever possible. What this does is create a situation for professional movers where they see 50% of their annual revenue generated between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

 

So, a logistical nightmare for a logistics industry…..

 

And, if you’re stressed, don’t wonder why. According to the American Psychiatric Association, moving is the third most stressful activity we experience following first – loss of a loved one, and second – loss of your work. So find an honest professional carrier (there are many actually) and rely on their expertise for help. Here are some basics to start the process:

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

  •      Start your research early. Six weeks to two months in advance of your anticipated move is best.
  •        Always seek an in-home appraisal and only accept a written quote – protects you from the mover saying “you didn’t tell us that” –  you are not a moving consultant so likely don’t know what’s critical and not
  •        Understand the basis of how you’re being charged – Hourly? Weight? Space? Guaranteed? Estimated?
  •        Are you planning on boxing your loose items? It can be an overwhelming task – talk to your mover about what some packing help may cost
  •        You are NOT buying a Honda. Do not just look at the bottom line assuming you are getting the same services from everyone – professional moves are a combination of different services that make up that bottom line – make sure you see everything the same from each provider. Take your time – most mover’s proposals are not very “user friendly” with “boiler plate” and the like…
  •        Fully understand what the mover’s liability is for loss and damage. It can be VERY confusing as many options exist, some of which will leave you sorely disappointed if you have damage
  •        If this is a long distance move, be sure to understand the carrier’s delivery schedule fully – only the dates on the Bill of Lading are enforceable, not what anyone tells you.  So do understand your day/days of delivery and is there any penalty to your provider for lack of performance
  •        Sort, discard, then do it again. Every ounce counts – trite but true. Do not spend good money toting about items you think you may someday, in the future, if you ever have a party that you may possibly need this box full of chaffing dishes….NO, NO, NO! You’ll likely never use it again if you’ve not touched in 2-3 years.
  •        Conversely, the cost of sending a couch across the country as part of your move is about $150. So, if you still like it, don’t get rid of it to save moving costs!

You can reach Dan at 602-445-7308, 1439 S 40th Avenue, Suite 200A, Phoenix, AZ 85009

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Jan Green 

Labeling rooms, and boxes, makes so much sense and I have recommended this multiple times. No matter how careful you are with packing, and labeling, movers do not operate quite the same way.

Jeff

Jun 14, 2018 08:13 PM #32
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Tamara BetterBuyerSavvySeller

Proper planning prevents piss poor performance << great advice from my military friends. Basically, this is the same thing. The more you plan, the easier things are. The move is definitely a two-part. You need to pay attention to the pricing and terms with the moving companies. You also can’t forget that boxing and unboxing is a lot easier when you are organized and well-planned

Jun 14, 2018 08:30 PM #33
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Kat Palmiotti
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I definitely agree with these tips, especially the one about discarding because every ounce does count!

Jun 15, 2018 04:08 AM #34
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Jan Green
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Exactly Kat Palmiotti !  I remember my first corporate move and how the packers even packed trash into boxes.  I was speechless, but learned a valuable lesson.  Dump the trash, wash the trashcans and leave dryer sheets in them!

Jun 15, 2018 07:36 AM #35
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Joan Cox
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Jan, haven't moved in 17 years, so wonderful tips to share with our clients!  

Jun 15, 2018 08:33 AM #36
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Jan Green
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Lucky you Joan Cox !  It's amazing how much stuff we collect in our homes.  It's liberating to get rid of things.  Have a great day!

Jun 15, 2018 08:35 AM #37
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Hi Jan- I've moved so many times and these are excellent tips. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when moving is paying to move items they end up throwing away when they reach their new home. 

Jun 15, 2018 05:21 PM #38
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Thanks, Jan for the great moving tips. I will keep to give to my sellers :)

Jun 15, 2018 06:49 PM #39
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Kimo Jarrett
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Moving is a great time to discard items that are obsolete, useless or inoperable.

My last move was a lot of fun, laughing with family members who came to help and reminisce about memorable moments and items that were either being tossed, gifted to family members or donated to a charitable organization.  Great post. 

 

Jun 15, 2018 09:34 PM #40
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You are so right Kathy Streib !  It's frustrating to move and then realize you paid to move something you didn't need :)  Thank you for commenting.  Have a great weekend!

 

Jun 15, 2018 10:06 PM #41
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® feel free to copy and make it your own on your stationary. I'm sure you can add more tips!

Jun 15, 2018 10:07 PM #42
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Jan Green
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Kimo Jarrett that sounds like a fun time!  It's funny what we collect! 

Jun 15, 2018 10:07 PM #43
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
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I so appreciate your post, great information.

I am fortunate to have a great mover on my team. He follows all your guidelines and takes great care of those he moves.

Thanks for sharing.

Jun 16, 2018 03:07 PM #44
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Jan Green
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Good for you John Wiley .  Having a great mover reduces your clients' stress!  

Jun 16, 2018 03:38 PM #45
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Gita Bantwal
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Jan, thank you for sharing these great tips. I will reblog this post so more people will read it.

Jun 19, 2018 04:38 AM #46
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Jan Green
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That is so sweet of you Gita Bantwal !  These are tips from an industry pro, but I bet you could add even more. Thank you for commenting!

Jun 19, 2018 08:42 AM #47
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
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Jan, this is an excellent post. Moving is so stressful and I find movers are worth every penny. Always a great idea to discard items we don't want, no sense in paying to move something and then getting rid of it.

Jun 20, 2018 05:25 AM #48
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Jan Green
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You are so right Amanda S. Davidson !  Moving ranks right up there with divorce and other stressers.  Finding ways to reduce that stress is a big help, especially with the right mover. 

Jun 20, 2018 07:50 AM #49
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Mark Sindone
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Moving house is not as easy as you would think, and for all of the people out there who are thinking about handling a house move on your own by renting a van or a truck and roping some friends in to help, good luck! I would always choose getting professional movers to assist, especially if you've got big furniture pieces but of course, sometimes we may not be able to afford that.. But it is totally worth the money when you don't have to break a sweat to move everything on your own!

Jan 16, 2019 10:01 PM #51
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You're right Mark Sindone !  Wow, commenting all the way from Sydney on ActiveRain, that' s a first!  You're right. I always hire professionals to help with a move.  Some I've hired weren't that great so it's best to look in the US for Yelp reviews for comments by others.  Have a great day Mark!

Jan 17, 2019 08:43 AM #52
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