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In every move, you should separate items into three piles; disposables, movers and personal. Although all household items belong to you, they are not all equal in value and meaning. Here is a look at special items that should be in the personal pile so you can carry them in your car instead of in the moving truck.
Although they may not be expensive, your official documents like certificates, title deeds, lease agreements, ID and others are incredibly valuable and almost impossible to replace. For that reason, you must take special care in storing them and pack them in your special personal bag. Apart from just protecting them from loss and damage, you need to have some documents with you for identification and other purposes before you unpack.
These are typically those items that are expensive or irreplaceable like family heirlooms, antiques, jewelry, fine china and expensive paintings. While not all valuables can fit into your car, you should make a point of handling these items personally and making arrangements for them to prevent accidents.
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Whether you will arrive in your new house the same day or not, it is very important to pack a personal bag for the night. This will cover you for the time being before you unpack everything else. An overnight bag should include toiletries, change of clothes, keys, money and credit cards, medication, snacks, phone charger and a flashlight. You can also have your comb, makeup and any other small item that you may need along the way.
Electronics should also be divided into two categories; personal and truck. While things like refrigerator, cooker and dishwashers can go into the truck; have your flat screen TV, laptop and other gadgets put in your car. But, wherever they are placed, you must still take steps to protect these delicate items by ensuring they are swathed in bubble wrap and sealed in boxes.
The last thing you want is to get to a new house and have to open all the boxes because you cannot find essential tools. A tool box should always remain in the car just like the spare wheel because they can be used at any time. Make sure you have a hammer, bolts, nails, pliers, duct tape and some electrical gadgets in your tool box.
Just like the tool box, your first aid kit should never leave the car unless there is an emergency. It is especially necessary during a long distance move because people can get ill on the way. Your first aid kit should have all the necessary items and also a pack of painkillers and acid reflux medication.
Moving from one house to another is exhausting and you may need to rest on the first day. With these special items safe and secure in your car, you can rest easy knowing there is no rush to unpack everything on the first night.
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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