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In the military moving is called PCSing. It is also something that you should probably become familiar with, since they tend to move families every few years, according to the Military Move website (tons of resources are also available there). Being asked to move so often can make this a very stressful task, compounded by a lot of different moving parts. Despite this, if you follow some top tips for your military move, it can not only reduce stress but also make things as smooth as possible.
One of the scariest things about moving is the fact that many times, it leads to a lot of different things, each one of which is in various stages of completion. That leads to a lot of disorganization. Start by collecting boxes and packing materials ahead of time. Also, make a list of everything needed to be done. This should include items like shutting off utilities, calling the movers, transferring TV and internet service, etc...
Even if the military is doing the heavy lifting in terms of moving furniture and the like, you probably still will want to take some things in the car. Consider fragile and easily damaged items in this category, as well as things you will need immediately or simply just don't want to be without. Keep these in a separate place from your other items so that you will maintain organization.
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A move is a perfect time to get all those things you really don't want or need anymore. Toss those things whose useful life is done and maybe even consider donating others. You may even want to sell a few things that still have value. Obviously, having fewer things to move will make it easier and go more smoothly.
Not only do you need to make sure everything is packed, but do so in such a way as to avoid breakage and damage. Be practical, as well, by wrapping items in your own linens, towels, and clothes. Of course, the most breakable things will probably still require bubble wrap. Also, use things like packing peanuts and other cushioning materials in your boxes where needed.
It should go without saying, but use boxes. Make sure all boxes are in decent shape and they have tops that can be closed. You don't want to use trash bags or other carrying cases that will not stack well. Also, pay attention to the weight of each box. Making them too heavy will only lead to more problems. A good way to avoid this is by spreading heavy items like books among multiple boxes.
Of course, getting everything to your new location is only half the job. To this end, make sure that all of your boxes are labeled. Some people simply label the box as to its destination in the new home, i.e. kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc... However, if at all possible, consider listing exactly what is inside. This will make it much faster in terms of unpacking and also make things less stressful because you know what needs to be unpacked immediately and what can possibly wait a day or two.
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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