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As we all know, moving involves a lot more than simply hauling all of your belongings to your new home. There’s plenty of loose ends to tie up in order to make sure your new home is move-in ready and to ensure that you can step right into your normal day-to-day life after you move. There’s always an adjustment period when you move, but a great deal of stress can be alleviated by making sure everything is ready to go and your future home is ready to be lived in from the moment your furniture is in place and all the boxes are unpacked. Here are five important missteps you should avoid to make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running after getting settled.
One of the biggest obstacles that can create the most problems when moving is not giving yourself enough time to take care of everything. If you’re doing the move yourself, you need to arrange for renting a moving truck, having everything packed, gathering all the supplies you’ll need, possibly enlisting help to move furniture, and any other number of things that come with setting up your life in a new home and new city. It’s helpful to lay out a moving plan with specific dates in mind to accomplish certain tasks to help make sure you stay on schedule. Don’t forget to give yourself time to clean up and leave your former residence in good condition so that you get your full deposit back, or so that it’s in proper condition to sell to a prospective buyer.
Moving can be an expensive endeavor and it’s always tempting to do as much of the work as possible yourself in an effort to save money. While this makes sense to a certain extent, it can be detrimental if you put too much on your plate while juggling everything else in life. Many people tend to equate the do-it-yourself route with saving money, but you have to be conscious of your time as well. If you still have to work and take care of family obligations while trying to manage everything that goes into moving, it can make for a very stressful and tiring undertaking. It’s fine to do what you can on your own to save some money, but don’t underestimate the importance of your time and sanity when trying to manage a move. There’s a reason that many people enlist the help of movers and the benefits can often outweigh the costs.
A-1 Auto Transport offers a full suite of moving services to any location across the United States, no matter how big or small the job is, regardless if it’s a local, cross state, or across the country. We have some of the most affordable rates in the industry and are happy to offer FREE estimates to all interested parties for any type of move. Call us today at 888-509-3213 to learn more about our services, or if you’d just like to get an idea of the cost by getting a FREE estimate! No payment or commitment is required for a price quote—just call us up and we’ll be happy to help!
If you do decide to contact a moving company to assist with your move, a common mistake to avoid is only talking to one mover. As with any other type of service, you’ll find difference levels of service and different pricing, depending on who you’re dealing with. By contacting multiple moving companies (which should all give you a free estimate without any hassle), you’ll get a firm idea of how much you can expect to pay, as well as be able to determine which companies are more experienced and professional.
Packing all your belongings is a time consuming process and it’s often easy to overlook some simple and obvious things you should have done in hindsight. This gets back to the idea of putting together a moving plan and checklist and can make things much easier if you’re thorough and meticulous in how you pack. Be sure to separate things that you use on a daily basis for easy access before moving day to avoid having to scramble for things like toiletries, phone chargers, and anything else that you may need to use on a daily basis.
Once move-in day arrives and you have everything unloaded and situated, it’s always easier if you have everything ready to go so that you can step right into your new home and get back to the pace and normalcy of life that you’re used to. This means making sure that all utilities are set up, any prescriptions are transferred to a local pharmacy, you have access to your bank accounts, you’ve filed for a change of address, your kids are set up and ready for a new school, and you’ve contacted all necessary parties about your change of residence (don’t forget things like contacting your insurance carrier, both for your car and your home).
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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