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Moving Checklist – Part 5 of 8

In part 5 of our 8-part checklist series, we take a look at steps you should take in the 5th week of your 8-week move preparation. If you missed last week’s checklist, you can see it here: Moving Checklist – Part 4. During this week, it’s time to make things more official–file a change of address with your local post office and update your account information with businesses and websites (banks, credit cards, etc.). You’ll also most likely need to request for a few days off before and after the move so you can have a little time to breathe.

Moving Checklist - Part 5 of 8

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Finding Moving Companies in Fort Worth, Texas

With a variety of moving companies in Fort Worth, TX, it can be difficult to know which company to choose, so we’ve compiled a list of things to look out for that should help you in your search.

5 Tips for Searching for Moving Companies in Fort Worth

Experience: you want Fort Worth movers who have been in business for several years–in general, the more years in business, the better. You don’t want amateurs planning your move (especially for long-distance moving), and you want experienced handlers to ensure that your valuables are handled professionally.

Solid Track Record: You should look for companies that have positive reviews online, especially on Google and Yelp. There will always be a few unhappy clients for any company that has performed hundreds of moves (or more) over the years, so as long as the reviews are overwhelmingly positive you should be good to go.

Reasonable Rates: Everyone likes to save money, but cheaper is not always better. The best way to get a ball-park idea of what your move should cost is to requests quotes from several companies and establish a rough average. The more descriptive you can be regarding the details of your move, the more accurate your quotes will be. If you see any quotes that are well-below the average, be wary, as you may pay more in the long run with tacked-on fees and expenses.

Proper Registration: If you’re looking for long distance moving companies in Fort Worth, you’ll need a company that is properly registered. According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), companies hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number.

Additional Moving Services: Do the moving companies offer extras that you may need for your move? Do they offer moving materials, can they help you pack if you need assistance? These are other factors to keep in mind; they may be relevant for your situation, or they may not matter.

Keep these five things in mind when you’re searching for local movers and you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a good company to help with your move. At Texas State Movers, we’d love to help you out–give us a call at 214-320-1230 or visit our Fort Worth movers page for more information.

How Much do Movers Cost in Dallas-Fort Worth?

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Ever wondered “How much do movers cost in Dallas, TX?”

The answer, of course, is not clear-cut. The total price can vary based on a number of factors, including:

  • Amount of items to be moved
  • Distance of the move
  • Type of move (residential or commercial)

Naturally, if you only plan on moving to another part of Dallas, or moving in or around Fort Worth or Plano, for example, the move is considered more local and can cost considerably less than if you intend to move cross-country. Do you have a lot of large furniture you’d like to take with you? That can also add the cost–as can the number of boxes filled with yours and your family’s belongings (or office furniture and equipment if you’re looking for a commercial moving service).

How much do local movers cost?

Local residential moves are often the most cost-effective moves for moving companies, so the savings are passed on to you. Local commercial/office moves are often in a similar price range–but again, there are other factors to consider. Local moves are typically moves that are within a 40 to 100-mile radius; this number varies depending on the moving company.

It’s important to remember that any estimates that you get are exactly that: estimates. The price can fluctuate, and the primary way to get a binding-estimate is to discuss terms with moving companies and to be sure that each factor of the move is discussed and evaluated. It’s important to note, however, that binding estimates are only valid for the agreed upon terms. If you realize you need more moved, the quote may change.

Other factors that can affect the cost of a local move include accessibility. If the truck can’t be parked near the door of the new residence or office building, additional charges may be incurred. If you’re moving from a 3rd story apartment to another 3rd story apartment (for example), there are a lot of stairs to climb, which adds to the overall labor required to execute the move. Weather and road conditions can also affect the move, so it’s important to take note of the forecast as well.

How much do long-distance movers cost?

Because of the extra time, fuel, and wear and tear on moving vehicles, long distance moves are often more expensive than local relocations. Interstate moves are often considered to be long-distance.

The weight of all of the items to be moved, plus the distance of the move, are often used when calculating moving quotes. Some companies use the total weight to calculate costs, others will use the overall volume of all of the items to generate a quote. When speaking with moving companies to get quotes, the more detailed and accurate you can be with sizes, dimensions, and materials, the more accurate the quote will be. The same is true for volume; mentioning details such as couch sizes, bed sizes (twin, full, queen, king), box sizes and counts, and more will help create a clearer picture of your moving needs.

How much does it cost to pack?

This amount varies widely based on exactly what you need. Do you plan on packing everything yourself, or would you prefer to have a company do it for you? What packing materials do you have on hand (old boxes and containers, packing tape, etc.), and what do you need to buy (more boxes/containers, packing materials such as bubble wrap/styrofoam peanuts, etc.)?

How much do moving boxes and supplies cost?

If you have a lot of old cardboard boxes or plastic containers stashed away, they will certainly come in handy during a move. You can also purchase more from a number of stores, including Walmart, FedEx, UPS, and more. Many moving companies can make your life easier by offering all the supplies you’ll need in one place at reasonable prices–including boxes, packing tape, packing materials, and more.

How can I keep moving costs down?

Many people think DIY moving is a great way to keep the cost of a move down. However, there are many pitfalls with this approach. Moving truck rentals are often quite expensive; between daily fees, fuel costs and insurance, it can start to add up fast. Not to mention the time involved… hiring professionals helps make a move go much quicker, and your time is valuable. Every day spent packing, loading, moving, and unloading, is a day you miss out on work or a day you don’t get to enjoy doing the things you’d rather be doing. There are other factors to consider when debating whether a DIY move is the best fit for your needs; we will do a full article on that in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind:

How much does a moving dolly cost?

If you’re planning on loading things up yourself, you can save a lot of trouble by renting a dolly to help. Not only will you speed things up, you can help avoid potential strain and injury from moving heavy objects.

How much does moving insurance cost?

If you plan on hiring professionals, you’ll most likely want to pay a little extra for some insurance. Good movers will treat your valuables with care, but there’s always a risk for damage. Bumpy roads, slips, drops and more can cause undesirable damage to valuable items; accidents happen, unfortunately. Having solid insurance through the moving company you choose provides priceless peace of mind.

As you can see, there are a number of factors that influence the answer to the question “How Much do Movers Cost in Dallas?” The best way to figure out the answer is to take a full accounting of everything you need to have moved, figure out distances, decide what materials you have and what you need, and determine move dates. Then reach out to local moving companies and get quotes, and be sure to figure out insurance costs so you can get a clear picture. If you’re looking for reliable and experienced movers in Dallas-Fort Worth, give Texas State Movers a call (214-320-1230) to discuss your needs!

Moving Checklist – Part 4 of 8

We’re on to part 4 of our 8 part moving checklist! If you’ve made it this far through the list, you should be nearing the half-way point of your preparation before the big day. Now’s the time to start clearing out your pantry, fridge and freezer. It’s also time to let everyone know you’re planning to move (if you haven’t yet already). It’s also about time to gather the supplies you’re going to need to get everything packed properly.

 

 

Once you make it through this week’s packing list, you’ll be half-way through! Congratulations, you’re getting there, and in no time you’ll be all settled in your new home. As always, if  you need moving supplies or moving services in the Dallas-Fort Worth/Plano area, Texas State Movers is here for you! Contact us today via our contact page or give us a call at 214-320-1230 to discuss your needs. And as always, if you found this infographic useful or helpful, please feel free to share it on social media!

 

3 Ways to Make Your Next Move Better for the Environment

There’s a lot to think about when planning a move. A whole lot. Between worrying about packing, finances, moving companies, kids, and deadlines, there’s little room for anything else, much less fretting over the effects a move might have on the environment. Should this even be an issue? If you’re trying to minimize your carbon footprint, should you be concerned with the environmental impact of your move?

Think about it this way: moving involves a large diesel-chugging truck traveling a very long distance while weighed down by a heavy load of cardboard boxes. Lots of fuel exhaust and lots of paper products going to waste. Moving may just be a short, isolated event and not a huge part of a lifestyle, but there are still a few easy steps you can take to make sure your move has as little impact on the environment as possible.

Find the Right Truck

The first thing you can consider, whether you’re hiring movers like us or going DIY, is the different kinds of moving trucks available. Nowadays, there are trucks on the market that run on the much cleaner burning biodiesel fuel, which is made from agricultural oils and animal fat rather than fossil fuels. More and more moving companies are starting use these trucks, and you may even be able to find one from a truck rental company. While you may not always be able to find one, it never hurts to look around for an opportunity to use a biodiesel moving truck to get your furniture across the country.

Cut Down on Weight
Another way to lower fuel emission is to decrease the weight of your load. The fewer items you pack into the moving truck, the lighter the truck will be and the less fuel it will take to transport them. This means you should have extra motivation to thoroughly go through your possessions and get rid of everything you no longer need. Easier said than done.

It might help to use 3 boxes as you begin packing your things. One box for what you know you’re gonna keep, one for things to donate or sell, and the last for the trash. When trying to determine if you should or shouldn’t keep something, ask yourself honestly. Do you actually think you’ll ever NEED it?

Even if the answer is “no”, however, it can be difficult to get rid of things that have sentimental value. Sometimes it can help to save those items for last and throw out some less valuable stuff like old bed sheets and clothes first. This can build momentum and let you make clearer choices of what to bring along and what to leave behind.

Cutting down on your item load has more benefits than just decreasing gas consumption. Moving companies usually charge by the weight of your items, so any weight taken off will save some money. As will selling as much of your old things as you can.

Use the Right Container
Lastly, before you start packing, don’t go straight for the old cardboard boxes. Buying them can be expensive, and even used boxes aren’t a very good idea as they’re usually worn out with a bottom that’s ready to give in to any weight you put in. Instead, try renting out reusable plastic containers; these are sturdier than boxes and thus can be used indefinitely without ending up in the trash. Plastic may not be the absolute best for the environment, but their reusable nature beats the huge amounts of wasted cardboard that moving boxes usually produce.

So next time you’re planning a move, take a little bit of time to think about what steps you can take to make your move greener. If you need some help determining what you can do, call us and we can help guide you through the steps you can take to make your move a bit more environmentally friendly. It might not have as big an impact as an entire lifestyle change, but you can still make a difference by cutting down on what would otherwise be a pollution-heavy activity.

Moving Checklist – Part 3 of 8

We’re back with part 3 of our 8-Part Moving Checklist series! Week three is the time to knock out a bit more research, purge and downsize your belongings, and start packing! We recommend starting with cleaning out the closets–get rid of clothing that no longer fits, things that never get worn, etc.

You can donate these clothes, or sell them, whatever you prefer! It’s also about time to research new schools for your children (if you have any). If there are multiple options, be sure to read reviews and reach out to the administrations. And finally, it’s time to start packing items you won’t be needing for a while; seasonal decorations & items, basement/attic items, etc.

 

Moving Checklist - Part 3 of 8 - Infographic

 

How are you doing so far? If you’ve kept pace with the infographics, you’re doing great! Keep up the good work, there’s still a lot to do in preparation for the big move. As always, if you’ve found this visual checklist helpful, feel free to share it on your favorite social media site(s)!

Helping Your Children Cope with a Big Move

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If you ever relocated to a new city or state as a child, you might remember how painful it was. Leaving everything and every one you know behind is scary, and even more so for children. There’s so many unknowns: will they like their new home? Will they fit in and make new friends?

As a parent, there’s several things you can do to help prepare your child(ren) for a move and make the transition easier for them to deal with. Here are just a few to get you started.

Tell your kids about the move as soon as you know it’s going to happen. They need time to deal with such a big change, and springing it on them last minute is not the best way to go about it. The further in advance they know about it, the better. Be sure they know why they’re moving: providing them with a reason can make the move feel less random and unexpected in their eyes.

Let your kids help plan the move. If you involve your children in the planning process, they will feel like they’re a part of it, and not just being forced into it. A great example is to let them decide what colors they would like to paint their new room. Take them to their new home if possible, or show them pictures of the home and their bedroom so they can start preparing. Show them on a map where their new home will be, and show them landmarks and entertainment options that will be in the same vicinity as your new home.

Keep some things the same. Children enjoy consistency, it helps them feel secure. While the idea of nice new furniture might sound great, many children are often connected to their current furniture, and forcing them to get rid of it might make the move more difficult. However, some children might jump at the chance for a new bed, so you might consider asking them which they prefer (if you can fit new furniture into your budget, we know that’s easier said than done!). If they would like new furniture, you can find several options to present to them, almost as a reward for handling the move so well.

What it all comes down to is the fact that communication is crucial. By keeping your kids informed and involved, they are more likely to warm up to the idea. Don’t spring it on them last-minute, and be sure they can get involved to help ease the pain.

 

Getting Moving Quotes in Dallas, TX

We all know moving can be stressful. There’s a ton of variables and factors to consider, and the thought of relocating can be rather daunting. One of the best things you can do for yourself is reach out to professional movers for moving quotes in Dallas.

But one quote isn’t enough, your best bet is to contact multiple reputable moving companies to see which quote is the best fit for you.

You have a few options for quotes: calling on the phone, online quotes, and in-home estimates.

Phone and Online Moving Quote Estimates

These are good options for convenience, and the more detailed you are with what all you need moved, how far, the dates, etc., the more accurate the quote will be.

In-Home Moving Quote Estimates

These quotes are great because the movers can see what all needs to be moved and can form a better picture of what all will be required to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

 

Seven Simple Tips for Accurate Moving Quotes in Dallas

 

When reaching out for estimates, keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Be sure that the moving company offers the type of move you need.  For instance, if you’re moving from/to an apartment, be sure the company offers apartment moving. If you need to relocate an office, be sure the company offers office/commercial moving services.
  • Get quotes from multiple moving companies.
  • If doing in-home estimates/quotes, plan on giving each mover about 30 minutes to look everything over and create a quote for you.
  • If doing in-home estimates, try and schedule them all on the same day, or within a few days–this will save you time and get it all done with quickly.
  • If you need large items moved (such as beds, couches, large TV’s, etc.), be sure you tell/show the movers, as they may affect the quote.
  • If you’re moving to/from a place that requires going up and down stairs, be sure the movers are aware, as that can affect the quote/estimate as well.
  • Be sure to mention any other circumstances or concerns you may have, so that all parties are well-informed.

The bottom line: clear communication is key! The more clear the job is, the more likely you are to receive accurate quotes.  And, of course, accurate quotes are key to avoiding any surprise expenses come moving-day.

If you’re looking for moving quotes in Dallas, give Texas State Movers a call (214-320-1230)  for a fair quote! We’ve been helping Dallas, Fort Worth, and Plano residents move for over 30 years.

Preparing for the First Week in Your New Home

Moving to a new home is a huge undertaking.  Most people are just happy to get through it, and focus on the here-and-now: do I have everything packed in boxes, did I schedule the movers, etc.  People can get so wrapped up in getting out of their current home as smoothly as possible that they forget to plan ahead for when they’re at their new home.

The first week in your new home is bound to be pretty hectic.  We’ve put together some things to keep in mind, so that as you transition you’re fully prepared.

Everyone Should Pack a Suitcase

Be sure to pack like you’re going on a mini-vacation.  Keep everything you’ll need for the first few days in your bag–from changes of clothes, to pajamas, toiletries (toothbrushes, contacts, shower gel, shampoo, etc.), medicines, and any electronics you can’t live without for a few days, such as your laptop or tablet (and don’t forget the chargers!).

Packing ahead of time ensures you aren’t digging through boxes just to find something you were probably going to need/want anyway.

Plan to Dine out for a Few Days

Unless you plan on unpacking everything in the kitchen first, be sure to set some money aside to eat out for the first few days while you get everything situated. It doesn’t have to be fancy five-star restaurants, just some cheap, filling nutritious food. Then you don’t have to worry about cooking and doing dishes, which just adds to the overall task at hand.  Plus, you can treat yourself and your family with a break from the unpacking.

Take a Few Days Off From Work

If you’re moving during the week, the last thing you want to do is come home from a long day at work, just to be greeted with a long night of unpacking and organizing.  If you have a spouse that also works, the same goes for them. And if you have a stay-at-home spouse, they will thank you for being around to help with everything!  You should plan on taking 2-3 days off if possible, as you’ll probably need more than one day to get situated.

If You’re Moving Long-Distance

If you have children, be sure to ensure that your children are registered for their new school(s).  If you have pets, be sure you find a reputable veterinarian in case any emergencies arise.  If you’re moving out of state, be sure to research and budget enough to file the paperwork to get any vehicles you have legal for your new state (inspection, registration, etc.), plus plan on getting your new Driver’s License.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can help ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.  If you’re looking for a reputable moving company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, be sure to give us a call at Texas State Movers and we’ll take care of you!

 

 

Moving Checklist – Part 2 of 8

This is a continuation of our moving checklist series. For Part I, please visit Moving Checklist – Part 1 of 8.

When you’re preparing for your big move, if you’re following along with our Moving Checklist series, you’ve hopefully knocked out Part I, the preliminary research page, and are ready for Part II, the second week of preparation.  Knock out these next 3 steps and you’ll be ready to rock for Part III (the 3rd week)… hang in there!

We will have part 3 posted soon, so stay tuned!

Moving Checklist - Part 2 of 8

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