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How to do a Moving Inventory

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Almost everyone realizes that moving does require having an inventory of some sort. The reason being is that when you have an inventory list, you are going to be well organized. This organization ensures that you are not going to lose any of your belongings while moving. With this being said, there is more to a moving inventory than simply documenting what is in boxes. It does require a little time and planning, but in the end, you are going to be better off for doing this.

Pre-Packing Walkthrough for a Moving Inventory

One of the first things that you need to do is a pre-packing walkthrough. Many people utilize their cell phones and capture a video or numerous pictures of what they are going to be packing. Be sure that you get close ups of very valuable items along with serial numbers for televisions and the like. The more information that you have now, the easier it will be later if there is something that goes missing or becomes broken.

Have a Labeling System

We have discussed just how important a labeling system is for those who are packing. So you need to find the one way in which you want to label that makes sense to you. We often recommend the idea of a color coding system in which each room is given its own color, and you can also utilize a listing method on these boxes so that you know where certain items are in these boxes.

Have a Master List

Be sure that you have a master list of the items that you are packing and moving. A master list is going to include what is in the box, the box color (if using a color coding system), along with the number of the box or other identifying information. Be sure that you keep this master list with you throughout the move. Once you are at your new home, this list is going to be the only way to tell if you are getting all of your belongings together in your new home.

While your items are being unpacked, be sure that you are checking off boxes as they are arriving. This will be much easier to do now, than trying to do this after everything is unpacked. This is one reason why you need to be present when your items are delivered by the moving company. What happens if there is an issue? We hope there aren’t any issues, but accidents do happen. In the event that there is an issue with your moving inventory and what has arrived, then you need to tell your movers immediately and contact the office. From here, we can work with you to figure out a solution that meets your needs.

 

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Move the Environmentally Friendly Way

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We recycle, carpool to work, utilize the latest energy efficient windows and doors throughout our home, increase the temperature in our home by a few degrees, and buy more fuel efficient cars all in name of helping to save the environment. So why does this commitment to doing what is right have to stop when you move? The good news, is that it doesn’t have to stop. There are several ways in which you can make your move more environmentally friendly.

How to Be Safe for the Environment while Moving

There are several tips that you can take into consideration when it comes to moving environmentally friendly. We have compiled those in which you should consider:

  1. Use packing materials that are eco-friendly, meaning avoid using the Styrofoam packing peanuts. In addition, you may find that reusing boxes could be a great way to make use of the green packing materials. You can also look into renting plastic crates to pack your belongings in and then returning these to the company once your move is complete.
  2. Complete your move in as few trips as possible, which is not an issue when using Excel Moving. We will bring a truck and crew large enough to load up and move your entire home in just one day…one of the benefits of using a professional moving company compared to doing this on your own which could take several trips and tanks of gas.
  3. Ensure that the company you use to move your belongings is doing their best to help with the environment, which we agree should be a vital part of any business!
  4. Once you are moved, make sure that your new home is utilizing green energy. This means, energy efficient appliances, power reducing bulbs throughout the home and the like to start your new home off right.

What do you think? What green tips can you share for a move? We would love to hear from everyone, as we believe this is an important issue everyone needs to be aware of.

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Find a Moving Company that Will Work for You

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The big day is quickly approaching, and your move is almost here. Have you found a mover yet? For those who are thinking about taking on this task on their own, you may want to reconsider and utilize a moving company. A moving company is going to provide you with a move that is less stressful and overall easier. However, you cannot choose just any moving company that you find in your vicinity.

We have compiled a few tips and questions that you are going to want to ask those moving companies that you are interested in using so that you are getting the best deal possible!

Questions to Ask a Moving Company

Here are a few questions that you are going to want to ask potential moving companies:

  1. Does the quote cover everything or could there be extra financial surprises at the end of the move?
  2. What terms do you have for moving my belongings?
  3. What form of payment do you accept?
  4. Do you offer a guarantee on your services, such as ensuring the items arrive on time, not broken and the like?
  5. Will my items have to be transferred to another truck in order to get them to their final destination?
  6. Do you offer insurance on my belongings and is this an extra fee or a part of the quote?
  7. What is your process for filing a claim if something were to be broken?

Tips to Keep in Mind when Looking for a Moving Company

Now that you realize what important questions you should be asking a moving company, now you need to focus on a few tips that can make your search easier.

  1. Talk directly to the moving company, do not use a broker. A broker cannot give you an exact rate like the moving company can.
  2. Consider moving insurance if you have a lot of items that are valuable and you believe that the moving company insurance is not going to be enough.
  3. Keep a running inventory of all those items that you are packing and moving, so that you always have a way to prove that items were gone or damaged.

If you are moving into the Carolina’s, whether it be North or South Carolina, we can help. Here at Excel Moving we are dedicated to moving your professional, with courteous and with ease.

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Labeling Boxes for a Move

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One of the first aspects that many people talk about when it comes time to move is labeling your boxes. Is it enough to label a box with their destination? Such as “Living Room”, “Kitchen”, and the like? That is what most people think. And this does work. However, we have combined a few labeling tips that can make your entire move a bit easier. It will require a bit of organizing on your behalf while packing, but in the end, you are going to find that it can make your move into your new home even easier!

Consider a Color Coding System

A color coding system is great, and it can help to eliminate a lot of issues that people normally have about where boxes should go. That is, as long as you tell the movers what the colors mean. For example, blue may mean kids bedroom, while red may mean kitchen. With this concept, you are going to want to try to stay within the color as much as possible. For many this means even using tape for the boxes that corresponds with that color.

Number your Boxes

This labeling idea is one that is going to help everyone involved. And it is a highly recommended tip, even if you are not using any other labeling method out there. Each box should have a number on it, and on a master list, you should have written down what each box contains. For example, box 1 may contain your sheets for the master bedroom, along with trinkets from this bedroom. On your master sheet, list these items.

Many people prefer to go through and also number the boxes in terms of how many total boxes that they have. For example, after packing if you have 65 boxes, you would then go back and number the first box “1 of 65”. This is just a great way to ensure that every box arrives at your new destination.

Always Mark the Box if Care Needs to Be Taken

If you have a box that is full of fragile items, be sure that you are marking the box to say so. Writing “Fragile” or “Handle with Care” on the sides of the box will ensure that the movers see this and do as you say. If you are using a color coding system, be sure that this Fragile is written in black on the boxes, rather than color so that it stands out more.

In the end, you can come up with your own labeling system. However, the key is to stick with whatever method that you started with so that all of your boxes are labeled in the same way. Do you have any tips for those who are getting ready to pack up their belongings? Any labeling systems that you devised for packed boxes? Share your ideas to help others! And remember for your move, there is no better help in the North or South Carolina area, than Excel Moving!