Common Questions About Moving

Moving is a life changing event. It’s said that the average person moves every four to seven years.

We expect you to have questions about your move – and why not? Moving isn’t something you do every day! Below are some common questions our customers have in regards to their move.

Is Executive Moving Systems Inc a licensed moving company?

Yes. Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Executive Moving Systems Inc operates under US DOT 72029 MC74681 and under individual state authorities.

Is an estimate required?

Yes. A written, signed estimate (or waiver) is required for all moves.

What is a tariff?

A tariff is a public document required by the US DOT for all moving and storage companies. It outlines the moving company’s rates and charges and details the services provided, the conditions under which the services are provided, and the prices charged. Each moving company determines its rates and charges and publishes its own tariff.

Am I protected against loss or damage caused by the move?

Yes. You may choose from Executive Moving Systems Inc “Full Value” protection plan or the “Basic” plan. The method you select determines Executive Moving Systems Inc’ maximum liability to you.

Am I protected against loss or damage caused by the move?

Yes. You may choose from Executive Moving Systems Inc “Full Value” protection plan or the “Basic” plan. The method you select determines Executive Moving Systems Inc’ maximum liability to you.

How do I pay for my move?

Executive Moving Systems Inc accepts a variety of payment options. We accept:

  • Major credit cards
  • Money order
  • Cashier’s check
  • Cash

Do my appliances need special attention?

Yes. Most appliances require special servicing to assure safe transportation. Any moving parts, such as motors or washer drums should be securely fastened for shipment.

Can I pack my china, glass, and crystal?

Yes. You may choose to pack any or all of your belongings, however, most people prefer to have their fragile items packed by Executive Moving Systems Inc’ professionals. If you decide to pack items yourself, remember the basic principles of good packing.

*Please be aware: If you pack items and damage occurs, but the box is in good condition, Executive Moving Systems Inc may not be liable for any repairs or coverage.

What items should I plan to take?

When moving with Executive Moving Systems Inc, we suggest that you plan on transporting all valuables, such as money, jewelry, coin collections and important papers. In addition, you should plan to take with you any medications or prescription drugs.

Are there items Executive Moving Systems Inc does not transport?

Yes. For the safety of your belongings, our crews and equipment, there are items that Executive Moving Systems Inc does not ship. This includes combustibles and explosives, living materials and perishables.

This is a small list of the most common questions asked about moving; you may have additional questions or concerns regarding your upcoming move, if so, please feel free to contact your local Executive Moving Systems Inc Representative, or contact us.

Moving in Spring: Beat the Summer Rush

Historically, springtime has been ideal for escaping the house you’ve been cooped up in all winter, taking a much-needed break, and repairing your yard after months of it being chilled. What many people don’t know is that spring may also be the ideal season to schedule a move. From the perfect temperatures to the lowered costs on professional movers, here are a few benefits of moving during springtime:

The Weather

Moving can be an exhausting, stressful and daunting task; and doing it in the frigid cold or breathtaking heat just adds to the stress. Spring weather provides a pleasant middle ground between the chills of winter and the heat of summer, making for a more enjoyable moving experience. The only downside is that spring is known for being the rainiest season, so there is a chance that your move might be slowed down because of showers.

The Lower Costs

Summer is by far the busiest season for moving companies for a number of reasons – for starters, children are out of school and the weather is typically more pleasant. Because of this, the costs of hiring a moving company rise from the beginning of May until around Labor Day. To save yourself from paying these increased prices, plan your move for the spring. Because the demand for movers is lower, many moving companies offer deals on premiere services, allowing you to receive a more comprehensive move without breaking your bank.

The Flexibility in Scheduling

Unless you call a mover and lock down a moving date months in advance, chances are you won’t be able to move on a date of your choosing. Due to the high volume of moving requests that moving companies receive in the summer, they simply don’t have enough drivers to fulfill each customer’s exact needs. As a result, many people are forced to move days or even weeks past their desired date. Since spring is a less competitive season for moving, it’s much easier to secure the move-in date you want—even on short notice.

The Ideal Time to Sell your Home

Just as summer is the peak season for the moving industry, spring is the peak season for selling a home. Unlike moving, however, it’s actually best to sell your home during busy season. The housing market works the opposite way of other markets, meaning that prices rise as more homes are listed. Also, more potential buyers means you can be pickier with who you decide to sell your home to, so you don’t have to worry about settling for a lower sale.

When you combine all of these benefits, it becomes clear that spring is the most advantageous time for you to schedule your relocation.

5 Pests to Avoid During Your Move

The time has come for you to move, and you’re armed with a plan, your moving company and some boxes. But your current living space may have had pest problems in the past, and you don’t want to bring those pests with you. Or maybe you’re unsure of what your new home will bring and want to avoid any unwanted visitors.

The battle against pests is much easier fought when armed with the proper knowledge. Below you’ll find five of the most common pests that appear during a move. Use the following information as a guide for avoiding or dealing with pests.

Bed Bugs

Bed bug infestations occur more commonly in urban areas, and they bother landlords and tenants alike. Make sure you do what you can to rid yourself of any before the move, and investigate your new living space prior to moving to avoid problems in the future.

Many large metropolises, such as New York City, mandate that landlords release an annual bed bug infestation report to all tenants. If you want to make extra sure that you’re not moving into a bad situation, search the Bed Bug Registry, which lists bed bug infestations across the United States.

You should hire movers that inspect for bed bugs. Previously used boxes might also create an avenue for infestation, so it’s best to obtain new packing materials from your mover.

If you currently have or previously experienced a bed bug infestation, use our advice to make a clean break before the move:

  • Wash clothing and bedding in water that exceeds 120 degrees
  • Dry items for 20+ minutes on the hottest setting available
  • Pack all items in clear, sealable plastic bags away from the infested area
  • Inspect all containers, boxes, and suitcases before you pack
  • Discard any packing material upon arrival outside of your new home
  • Inspect all electronics
  • Check bookcases and other furniture for signs of infestation
  • Seek professional treatments to ensure peace of mind

Bookworms

Book worms are often thought of as charming, scholarly little “guests” that live among your books. Truthfully, they pose a much larger problem than most people give them credit for. If you’re worried about a bookworm infestation, avoid wrapping your books in newspaper that could transfer ink. Pack your books in new, clean, acid-free boxes to give them a bookworm-free environment, or use clear sealable tubs to safely transfer your books.

Discard or repair any books with mildew or mold damage. Check the spines and binding to ensure no stowaway bookworms remain. Vacuum your bookshelf and boxes to remove any loose eggs or nests.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can almost anything thrown at them. To ensure your new home remains free of cockroaches, take steps to eliminate the transfer of eggs from your old home.

Conduct a close inspection of all items before packing. Wash any clothes and linens before you pack them, and shake out items with cracks, crevices, or hidey-holes. Vacuum everything you can.

Again, obtain clean and new packing materials. Roaches aren’t the only pests that might reside in old or used cardboard boxes. Many movers provide clean plastic and sealable bins, which provide a much safer and cleaner alternative.

Termites

Certain termite sub-species may make a home in older wood furniture, which requires professional removal. Consult a professional pest control service to inspect your current and future homes. This will ensure that no unwanted pests will be waiting for you when you move in.

Weevils

Much like roaches and bookworms, weevils have larvae that can lie dormant for some time before maturing into an infestation. Best practices insist on discarding most food such as larger bags of flour, sugar, grain, or rice before you move. These present high risks, and aren’t worth the trouble.

Clean pots and pans along with any cooking utensils before you pack for your move. Upon arrival, inspect your new pantry for any cracks. Fill existing cracks and spaces with caulking solution, and clean your new kitchen thoroughly before you unpack.

How to Select a Real Estate Agent

The real estate agent you hire to help you buy or sell your home is absolutely instrumental in how quickly you’ll be able to move, how much money you make or pay from your transaction, and how positive your experience will be overall. Just as you’re careful deciding which moving company to hire for your move, so too should you take the right steps to ensure that your home buying or selling experience is a positive one.

Follow our advice to help you partner with a quality, professional and knowledgeable real estate agent:

Ask for Referrals

Real estate agents tend to get most of their business through word-of-mouth referrals. Begin your search by asking your friends, family members, and neighbors for their recommendations. Everybody knows someone who knows a real estate agent. Chances are, those closest to you may know of a great professional who specializes in home buying and selling in your area.

Look at the “Headlining” Companies

Most real estate professionals work in an agency setting. Although an agent doesn’t have to be backed by a recognizable name, it can help to start your search at these companies. Because they are large corporations with a trusted brand, their agents tend to have the right licensing and credentials.

Hire a Realtor

There’s a difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor (sometimes more officially referred to as a REALTOR®). A real estate agent is anyone who earns a real estate license in your state, while a Realtor is a real estate agent who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS, a trade organization for the real estate industry that requires its members to adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Look for Other Certifications

All a real estate agent really needs is a license in order to operate in your area, but you can look for other credentials, as well. Awards, brokerage licenses, the NAR Realtor stamp of approval, GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute), and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) are all good signs and are usually a great indicator of success.

Ask Sales History

Don’t be afraid to ask for details about the real estate agent’s history and success rate. Sit down and go over all your questions, including their sales rate for the past year, the amount of time they’ve been in business, what their areas of specialty are, and if they have a strong presence in certain geographical locations.

Go Over the Financials

Depending on how much money your home is worth, your real estate agent could be potentially making a large income on the sale or purchase of your house. Don’t be afraid to ask about what is included in this price. Ask if you’ll have to pay anything out of pocket, where their commission will come from, what happens if you decide to switch agents, and any other issues related to finance.

Trust Your Instincts

It’s always a good idea to get along well with your real estate agent. You don’t have to be best friends, but this is the person you’re entrusting your family’s residence to, so it’s good to know you can respect and trust them. Above all else, be comfortable with their method of communication. If they are difficult to get hold of or aren’t as forthcoming as you’d like, it’s usually a good sign you need to shop elsewhere.

Surprisingly, There Are Things Your Movers Won’t Move!

Moving companies can be lifesavers. We’ll carry everything you own, handle three flights of stairs and we’ll move you any distance. Is there anything that we won’t do?

Actually, yes. There are certain items that we just can’t move. If you don’t know about these ahead of time, it can become a headache. Here’s a handy list of what a professional moving company such as Executive Moving Systems Inc. cannot move for you.

Hazardous Materials

Not too surprisingly, federal law bans moving companies from transporting hazardous materials. This is probably a good thing. The list includes the obvious propane tanks, gas tanks and ammunition but it also includes other items you may not have considered:

  • Car batteries
  • Corrosive Liquids
  • Compressed gas canisters

If you have anything hazardous it’s best to dispose of it before you move and restock it at your new home.

Household Plants

If you’ve made an investment in potted plants, this one might sting a bit.

While a few moving companies may be willing to move a plant or two for a shorter move, most will not. You might have to and transport your plants yourself.

Food and Pantry Items

When it comes to all the items in your pantry, here’s a simple rule to follow: nonperishable foods can be transported but perishables are a strict no.

Keep in mind that anything open is considered perishable, no matter the expiration date. It’s better to play it safe and pack only sealed containers.

Alternatively, consider donating your unopened food to a local food bank via an organization such as Move For Hunger.

Lawn and Garden Items

Lawn and pool equipment can quickly become a source of stress on moving day.

Pool chemicals need to be disposed of, as does weed killer and pesticides. However, you can move the actual lawn equipment, such as your lawnmower or generator as long as you plan ahead.