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There is nothing that will reward you during your moving process more than reducing the weight of the shipment. This is why it is a good idea to de-clutter before inviting the moving company for an in-home inspection. One of the ways you can de-clutter is by gifting some of the items that you no longer need.
The following are steps that will help you in the de-cluttering process before you start donating the items that you don’t need.
The first step when de-cluttering should be sorting. If your attic is full of things that you don’t use, then you will need to go through each one of them. By so doing, you figure out the items you want to go with and can have these packed and ready for the mover to ship.
Most people will want to sell some of the valuable items that they don’t need before giving away the rest. A good approach is organizing a yard sale, selling whatever can be sold, and then giving away everything that doesn’t sell. You can also have a section with giveaways where anybody who attends the sale can take whatever they find useful. You can also try eBay and Craigslist for some of the larger items if you have time.
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Once you have decided the items you need to donate, the next step is finding charities that are willing to accept the items. You will want to group similar items together. For example, all clothes can be kept together so that you can have an easy time telling them exactly how much you want to give away. When talking to them, try and get them to come and collect the items rather than having to ship them or drop them off yourself. This will save you time and money on shipping costs.
If you can’t find a charity that needs a specific item that you have, you can list it on Freecycle and see if you can find someone who needs it. Anybody who is interested in them will get in touch with you and arrange how they can come and collect it.
There are a number of institutions that will benefit from your unwanted items. For example, homeless shelters will find your unwanted bedding very helpful. You can also donate your old books, comic books and magazines to a local school or library. If you have old working toys, boxes of crayons or half used packs of copy paper, your local day care center will find some good use for them. Your children’s old clothes and shoes will be gladly received by your local children’s home.
De-cluttering is one of the things that will reward you the most when planning a move. Although you can get away with not doing it in short local moves, it is absolutely necessary for long distance moves. You don’t want to ship goods across continents when you can get them easily once you have arrived in your new 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.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
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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