5 Ways to Save Money While Moving

1.pngMoving between houses can be a very daunting task, especially when one has absolutely no prior experience in it. This happens because of the sheer number of things that must be done in order to move – packing, choosing a means of transportation, choosing the company whose services you are going to avail, disassembling and reassembling the furniture – the list goes on and on. However, the most efficient plan is always the one with the most thought put behind it, so here are five easy tips to save money while moving:

Plan in advance:

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This is the most important part. While it may seem somewhat paranoid, it is best to start planning your move as soon as possible – people have often started planning from as far as three months back before they had moved and still faced problems. While it may seem that planning is an easy task that can be done a week before moving, trust me, things get extremely hectic at that point because of the number of things that need to be planned and arranged, thereby leading to blunders that end up costing a lot of money.

Choose what to take, and what not to:

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If you are moving from one city to another, then there is absolutely no point taking anything and everything that you may find in your house – you could very well sell them off that old bucket or useless junk at some shop for some quick money. Do not be lured into the trap of nostalgia, and look for what is the most profitable method of getting rid of the junk you do not need; online websites can help you sell off stuff easily at very reasonable prices.

Company or friends?

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Another important aspect of the issue is whether you will enlist the help of your friends or of a company to help you move. For example, if you are moving within the same city or someplace that is near your previous home, you could easily hire a truck and move your own furniture with the help of your friends. However, if you are moving to a different city or a state altogether, then it is probably the best to hire a company that will help you move your belongings with the least amount of hassle possible.

Quotes:

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If you are planning to hire a company’s help while moving, then it is best to look at multiple companies way ahead of time and get a quote from all of them regarding the expenses. While all companies will initially offer the lowest prices possible, at the time of moving, they will hit you up with various hidden expenses based on the things that you did not tell them about. So, it is best to get a complete survey done well ahead of time and choose the company that will provide you with the best deal.

Miscellaneous objects:

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Miscellaneous objects like books are the most difficult to move, because companies charge exorbitant amounts to move a large number of them. Hence, it is perhaps better to choose an alternative service to send these – books, for example, can be sent easily through the postal service. Also, companies charge a lot for cardboard boxes, so it is better to arrange for them beforehand and pack your belongings into them. You can even earn a nifty profit by selling them after you are done!

5 TIPS FOR SETTLING DOWN IN A NEW CITY

bgimg1.jpgIn this present century, moving from a city, state or country to another is nothing uncommon. It pushes one outside of their comfort zone, and makes them grow as a person, and allows one to discover an all new phase of living life. But it is equally imperative for one to recognize the possible apprehension, loneliness, self-doubt, culture shock and the loss of confidence that comes along with it.

Here are a few tips to help you get accustomed to the whims and fancies of the city you are moving in to.

Research the cost of living

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In today’s national economy, one has to make ends meet no matter how hard it gets for them. You would not want to find yourselves penniless only a few months after moving to a new city. Therefore it is essential for you to know how much a dollar stretches out in a new city. If you have a job lined up for you would know how much to save and how much to spend. It will not only help you get a clear budget for a period of time, but also help you count on your savings.

Go and meet your neighbors

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This is probably the first thing one should put on your to do list, when you move in to a new city. You can easily go visit the neighbors and greet them politely. This will let them know that you are new to the place and you would get ready help in times of need. Plus, a group of friends does not hurt anybody! You can ask them about various local places that you might need to keep a track of.

You can ask your friends or family if they know someone in the place you are moving. This will definitely help you in find a faint sense of support if not a lot and make moving in easier for you.

Subscribe to magazines and local newspapers

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When you are shifting to a new city it is necessary for you to know what is happening around you. The best way to do that is by keeping yourself updated reading magazines and newspaper. You must subscribe to local newspapers and magazines right after moving in. Various local magazines might also have subscription options online. This way you could get your hands on the magazine even more easily.

If you read everything about your new surroundings, it will become much easier for you to settle down, especially with an insight into local happenings around your area.

Get to know your transportation options

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It is always tricky to navigate in an unfamiliar city, irrespective of it being big or small. It will quite obviously take a little bit of trial and error for you to figure out the fastest routes, the shortcuts and the various subway lines. It is therefore highly recommended that you look into your city’s transportation choices, such as the subway system, the bus transit lines, the various bike sharing programs and also the ridesharing services. You are sure to start using public transportation and explore places with much more confidence once you figure out the entire transportation system! You can surely start with the study a map of the city and its different neighborhoods.

All it takes is one friend

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To be honest it just takes one brunch partner to help you get through that first milestone year in a new city. When you are settling down in the city, do try to him or her, and do not let any opportunities go to waste! You can easily strike up friendly conversations with your colleagues, people at the fitness classes or while shopping and dining. You can also meet new people online or through mobile apps. Once you have that one solid person to do something with, life will become easier for you.

Now that you are in a new city, do not lose focus in the chaos and the excitement of setting up a whole new life. Try taking small steps at a time and it is a good idea to make a list of your personal and professional goals you want to achieve once you move in.

TIPS WHEN MOVING DURING THE SUMMERS

Contrary to popular notions, summers are actually a great time for you to move! In fact, a lot of statistical data show that up to 11% of home moves occur during the summers as compared to just an 8% during the winters. But, even taking into consideration all advantages that moving during the summers has to offer us, there are a few challenges that you might encounter. With the tips mentioned below, you ought to make moving day a great success for you and your family without breaking a sweat!

1. Have the utilities turned on and tested before you move in

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It is a real pain moving into a house or an apartment that has no access to electric lighting or water. In order to avoid such a pathetic situation, ensure that all the utilities have been paid for and are functioning. Working on these utilities beforehand can save you a lot of time so that you can comfortably organize your new home. A small step like this can indeed make a huge difference!

2. Avoid Fridays and the weekends

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Applying the concept of the rush hour in this case, except over entire weekdays, the last three days of the week are always particularly hectic. This is essentially because most people will book movers over Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – these being the days they will most probably get free from work. Expect bookings to be full, and if possible, plan your move over the rest of the available days. You get more power over fixing a price with your movers this way, in addition to having them be more agreeable to whatever extra work you need.

3. Pack a lot of bottled water

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Summertime can end up being torturous and excruciating, and moving around and organising a move can take a toll on your body. Avoid dehydration and heat strokes, and constantly plan ahead by packing lots of bottled water. This will help you, as well as anyone else involved in the move – particularly the workers, who will work better and faster as a result.
Additionally, if your children are also tagging along during the move, make sure you’re carrying portable fans or anything similar, which will keep them comfortable. This, of course, applies if you cannot find some place to keep them while the whole process is going on.

4. Remember that not all items you carry are good with heat

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You ought to extend some extra care towards items that might not go well with excess heat so as to save them from any sort of damage. This is particularly essential for things like perishable food items, a few electronic devices and even live pets such your goldfish in a fishbowl. Use protective screens or package them as required, and as for live pets, it is recommended that you carry them along with you safely.

5. Acquaint yourself with symptoms of overheating

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Carrying over from the previous point, you cannot always make sure people do not suffer from the heat, so you will have to be prepared. Learn to spot symptoms from a distance. If you are able to spot anyone who is suffering from dehydration, heat strokes or anything similar, make sure you deal with it as soon as possible. You may be potentially saving a life. Do not forget – sunscreen and sunglasses can always be helpful as well.

The entire process of moving house during the summer months might be more favourable considering the pleasant weather but the challenges show up even when they are least expected. With the tips we have mentioned, you ought to be prepared to take over this huge responsibility with much ease, and succeed!

International Moving Terms- What You Need to Know!

cargo-shipThe notion of moving overseas can be daunting, that’s not even taking into account the vocabulary that comes with it. Basically, for the uninformed, it’s an entirely different language. However, Executive Moving Systems has you covered. Below is a glossary of terms common to international moving and a simple explanation of those terms.

Actual Cash Value – Value of goods after depreciation is taken into account.

Agent Overseas – Usually another moving company appointed to act as a partner in your move. The most likely situation is that your mover will appoint someone at destination to receive your shipment, clear it through Customs and arrange final delivery.

AWB – The Air Way Bill is the most important document in airfreight transportation. It serves as a contract for carriage and shows all relevant information about the shipment, the shipper and the consignee.

BAF – Abbreviation that stands for “Bunker Adjustment Factor”.

Bill of Lading – This is your contract with the carrier. It is your receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. Your signature on this document acknowledges that your goods have been loaded on the moving van and “released to the carrier”.

Bonded Warehouse – A warehouse that meets with local Customs specifications, and allows shipments to be stored pending clearance by Customs.

Booker/Booking Agent – Inter-continental mover responsible for booking, coordinating and managing the shipment.

CAF – Abbreviation that stands for “Currency Adjustment Factor”.

Chargeable Weight – The weight used for tarification to determine the freight charge

COD – Cash-On-Delivery, where the payment is made upon the delivery of the goods.

Contract – Document that specifies liability between booker, client and third parties involved in a move.

Consignee – The person/ the company to whom the shipment is to be delivered.

Consolidation Freight – Shipment booked with an airfreight forwarder or consolidator. Consignment is carried on a House Airwaybill (HAWB) issued by the consolidator. Carrier issues one Master Airwaybill (MAWB) to the consolidator for the whole consolidation.

Consolidator – A company or person that will collect less than container load (LCL) shipments from moving companies and ship them to destination once a full container load (FCL) has been obtained.

Container – A modular steel box that is designed to hold goods during transport on sea and land.

Corporate Account – The organization or company that finally pays for the whole move, usually the employer of the transferee.

Crate – A timber, wooden case for an overseas shipment (often referred to as a liftvan).

Customs – Legal body in charge of formal inspection of goods before allowing a shipment into a country

Customs Clearance – Formal inspection procedures carried out before allowing a shipment into a country.

CWT – Abbreviation that stands for the rate or charge per 100 pounds

Declared Value – Value the owner declares its goods to be for the purpose of insurance. This will form the basis of your insurance cover and it is important that it reflects the value of your belongings.

Deconsolidator – A company or person that will receive the consolidated shipment at destination port and break up the consolidated shipment back into individual shipments.

Demurrage Charges – Demurrage charges are those which are charged by the customs ware house stations when the goods are stored and not cleared within the specified time i.e., these are the charges for excess period of storage of goods.

Destination Agent – The moving company appointed to act on your behalf at destination.

Detention Charges – Alternative term for demurrage charges.

Door-to-Door Shipment – Transporting the shipper’s goods from their residence at origin to their residence at destination. This type of move will increase the degree of control you have over the move and subsequently minimize claims.

Door-to-Port Shipment – Transporting the shipper’s goods from their residence at origin until the port at destination. This tends to happen if the shipper has decided to arrange transport with a destination agent of their choice from the destination port, and tends to be done by a shipper when they want to save money.

Enquiry Form – Document containing all information gathered over the phone on the transferee or the corporate account.

Export – Shipping of goods outside country borders.

Export Wrapping – Method of packing household goods and personal effects for transportation overseas. Usually involves heavier and more specialist materials.

FAIM – FIDI Accredited International Mover

FAIM Standards – Criteria’s to become a FIDI Accredited International Mover.

FCL – FCL stands for Full Container Load. One container contains one consignee’s cargo. A FCL shipment has specified move dates as agreed with your mover.

FIDI Association – The FIDI Global Alliance covers over 100 countries worldwide represented by 25 FIDI Associations. A FIDI Association is an association of moving companies, or a distinct section of such an association, which is recognised by FIDI as representing the views and interests of FIDI companies in a particular country or region. FIDI recognizes its associations by their FIDI names.

FIDI Moving Company – The FIDI alliance comprises over 600 international removal companies, all accredited by the FIDI Accredited International Mover standard (FAIM).

First Equity – First request for information from a transferee or a corporate account to a moving company.

Groupage – Groupage means filling a container with shipments that are less than container load (LCL). The entire container is filled by your own shipments but can contain several transferee’s small shipments and as such you act as a consolidator.

HHG – Abbreviation for Household goods – typically transferee’s private belongings to be moved.

HAWB – HAWB stands for “House Airway Bill” – International air waybills that contain consolidated cargo are called master air waybills (MAWB). MAWBs have additional papers called house air waybills (HAWB). Each HAWB contains information of each individual shipment (consignee, contents, etc.) within the consolidation. International AWBs that are not consolidated (only one shipment in one bill) are called simple AWBs. A house air waybill can also be created by a freight forwarder. When the shipment is booked, the airline issues a MAWB to the forwarder, who in turn issues their own house air waybill to the customer

Inbound Shipment – Import of household goods.

Insurance Certificate – The official insurance document given to you by the insurance company. You will need this in the event of a claim.

International Move – A Move across national borders.

Inventory – A list of your belongings to be moved or a list of your belongings in transit or in storage.

LCL – LCL stands for Less than Container Load. When a shipment is not large enough to fill one full size shipping container, it is packed in liftvans or wooden crates and loaded in a ISO container. So, multiple shippers will share the container.

Liftvan – A crate used in the packing of your belongings.

Marine Insurance – Insurance specifically to cover your belongings whilst in transit over long distances and/or across water by vehicle, ship or aircraft. The policy will cover specific marine risks.

MAWB – MAWB stands for “Master Airway Bill” – International air waybills that contain consolidated cargo are called master air waybills (MAWB). MAWBs have additional papers called house air waybills (HAWB). Each HAWB contains information of each individual shipment (consignee, contents, etc.) within the consolidation. International AWBs that are not consolidated (only one shipment in one bill) are called simple AWBs. A house air waybill can also be created by a freight forwarder. When the shipment is booked, the airline issues a MAWB to the forwarder, who in turn issues their own house air waybill to the customer

Multimodal Shipment – A shipment by means of different types of transportation. (Sea/Air, Sea/Road, Air/Rail, etc.)

NVOCC – Stands for non-vessel operating common carrier. A shipment consolidator or freight forwarder who does not own any vessel, but functions as a carrier by issuing its own bills of lading or air waybills and assuming responsibility for the shipments.

Origin Agent – The moving or shipping company appointed to handle your move at origin.

Outbound Shipment – Export of household goods.

PBO – Abbreviation that stands for “Packed by owner”. When you choose to pack your belongings yourself, either into cartons supplied by the mover or into your own boxes. Insurance companies often refuse to insure goods packed by their owners.

Packer – Person in charge of packing, wrapping, loading the goods at origin and unpacking, unwrapping and unloading the goods at destination.

Packing List – This document lists all the goods that are packed in a shipment and has 4 main purposes: It is used to check the goods at all stages of handling; as a receipt, therefore the importance for the customer of signing for agreement when the goods are collected and unpacked; as an attachment to the insurance certificate as it is the evidence that the goods were shipped and their conditions at the time of packing; for customs clearance as proof of the goods which are being imported.

Planning the Move – Action to find the ideal routing for shipping household goods considering time and costs constraints.

Port-to-Door Shipment – Transporting the shipper’s goods from a port to destination residence. This is quite unusual; these moves are mostly taken care of by national companies contracted for a particular international move.

Port-to-Port Shipment – Transporting the shipper’s goods from the origin port to the destination port. Generally, these types of moves are booked directly with a forwarder.

Pre-move Survey – Survey organized by the moving company at client/transferee’s house to assess the volume or weight of the goods to be moved in order to provide an accurate quote for the move.

Quotation – Detailed written proposal of the moving service and price offer, drawn up and signed by the service provider.

Relocation Company – Company that is specialized in taking care of the transferees and provide one or several services like: moving, destination services, school search, home search. Area of activities and services are much broader than just the moving aspect.

Replacement Value – Value of goods equal to the replacement cost at destination.

Ro-Ro – Roll on, Roll off. Method of sea transportation typically for cars.

Shipper – Usually – but not always – the customer whose shipping requirements are being serviced

SIT – Abbreviation that stands for “Storage in Transit”. Temporary storage of your household goods in the warehouse of the moving company, pending further transportation.

Survey Form – Standard document issued by the moving company where during the pre-move survey visit, the surveyor note down all the details that will enable the booker to make a cost estimate and later on a firm quotation.

Surveyor – The employee responsible for doing the pre-move survey at client house.

Transferee – The person being relocated or assigned to work in another country.

Transit Time – Time it takes to get goods from point A to point B. In the moving industry this usually includes the packing and unpacking.

Warehouse – The building used to store the goods (in transit, short term storage, long term storage).

W/M – Abbreviation that stands for “weight” or “measurement”.

We hope that helps you navigate some of the language that we, in the moving and storage industry, use every day! Be sure to ask your Executive Moving Systems Representative if you have any questions regarding terms or your move in general.

Use These Apps for an Improved Move Experience

7k0a0783.jpgIn today’s world, if you can think of it, there’s more than likely an app for it. Our mobile devices are created with incredible technology that can bring tools and information to our fingertips almost instantaneously. Whether you use apps for cooking, time keeping, calculating or shopping, there are apps out there for virtually every aspect of one’s life.

However, to do so would be to go beyond the scope of this blog article. We have identified a few apps that can help you on your moving day! Please be advised that not every app listed is available on both Android and iOS platforms, but don’t worry, they all have desktop applications or websites affiliated with them, so they can be accessed on any PC, Mac, tablet or laptop.

Boxmeup

Think of Boxmeup as those awesome X-Ray specs that you could order from comic books way back when. The Android only app builds virtual containers for you, allowing you to mirror the contents of a particular real world box. It will then form that list into a QR code, which you can print out and place on the real world box. By scanning the QR code with your phone, you can quickly see what is in the box without having to open it!

Olioboard

While it may be a website only application, Olioboard is worth checking out. Think of Olioboard as a virtual decorator for your home. Room by room, you can design the layout of your home with real furniture (by way of full 2D or 3D models) before every buying a thing.

The site also features direct links to online retailers so you can buy your furniture, should you so choose. This is a very easy to use tool to help you set up your home before your possessions are delivered post move.

Redbeacon

What if I told you, there was a personal concierge for your home? Well, it exists and its name is Redbeacon. The nifty app for both Android and iOS takes your zip code information and a specific service request (for example, a plumber) and within 24 hours it will return results for quotes (when possible) and product recommendations from the professionals. By contrast, Redbeacon also provides guided advice if you choose to do things yourself!

Walkscore

Walkscore is particularly useful in those instances where you’ve decided which city you want to love in but haven’t quite nailed down your living situation. The Android and iOS app allows you to search a specific city, neighborhood or address and it will turn up housing prices and available rentals.

Additionally, Walkscore returns results for entertainment, dining and shopping in the selected area as well; it even estimates transit times based on your method of transportation, whether it is walking, driving, biking or public transportation.

While there may not be a Executive Moving Systems app, we do have a website where you can find all sorts of moving information and resources.