Moving Do’s and Don’ts

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DO:  

 

Do start planning your move at least a month in advance.

Do go through all of your closets and drawers and get rid of items you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time.

Do have a yard sale or donate items you no longer need.

Do make a list of all of the packing supplies you need. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do get at least three written estimates

Do label boxes with the contents and room

Do stay present on moving day. The movers are going to have questions and you need to be there to ensure a smooth move.

Do stay hydrated during the move and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Do get a good night’s sleep before the move.

Do have a “moving day survival kit.” These are items that you need in the event you don’t completely unpack. It should include toiletries, towels, a change of clothes and bedding.

Do make a list of everything you need to do on moving day.

Do make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do make necessary arrangement for pets.

Do make sure you have necessary medications.

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DON’T:

Don’t have small children with you on moving day.

Don’t select your mover on price alone. Make sure the company is reputable, insured, licensed and experienced.

Don’t overload boxes. Ask your mover for advice on what should be packed in the appropriate sized box.

Don’t pack valuables such as jewelry and important documents. Keep them with you.

Don’t forget to make the necessary arrangements for correspondence and utilities.

Don’t forget to make arrangements for meals and snacks before during and after the move.

Don’t forget to check your calendar for scheduling conflicts and ask for necessary days off at work.

Don’t leave packing for the last minute. Be done in advance so that you are free to supervise the move or deal with any unexpected issues.

 

For a FREE Quote or questions about your residential move, corporate move, logistics or storage, please call us at 1-800-283-6683 or visit our FREE QUOTE page here:    FREE QUOTE

North American on Cable TV in November

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This November, North American Van Lines will be featured in a segment on 21st Century Business is a live-to-tape, in-studio, Q & A style show that broadcasts on Fox Business Network (FBN), CNBC and Bloomberg International cable networks.  The North American segment features Marc Galvagno, Chairman of North American’s Movers Association discussing how the van line is utilizing technology and alternative delivery methodologies to combat industry capacity issues and better serve customers. The 21st  Century Business program featuring North American will be broadcast on the following dates.  Please see local listings for channels and times in your area.
  • Fox Business Network – November 9
  • CNBC – November 13
  • Bloomberg International – November 24

Corporate Relocation

Relocating employees is a complicated task. We go far beyond merely providing moving trucks, moving boxes and stretch-wrap. It’s all about insight, trust, integrity and peace of mind. We handle all the details of corporate relocation, providing a quality experience for transferring employees. A corporate relocation program is developed that caters to employees and their families. Our corporate relocation services are comprehensive, ensuring every single need is met and every expectation is exceeded. Our full-service move offerings include packing, crating, storage and vehicle shipping. Your single source relocation coordinator will assist employees in choosing which services are best suited to them and their individual relocations.

Corporate Relocation – Destination Services

Destination services further assist employees during their transfer process – including home sale and purchase assistance, area orientation, spousal counseling, mortgage services and settling-in services. We want to ensure the smoothest, most enjoyable, stress-free corporate relocation experience for transferring employees.

Corporate Relocation Service of Choice

Trust in our corporate relocation programs. Our professionals will work to ensure we devise a program that is customized to meet the needs of your business in terms of budget, timelines, etc., while also minding the unique needs of your transferees. Throughout the corporate relocation process, you can expect dedication to quality relocations to be apparent. Contact us today regarding our corporate relocation services.

Moving With Pets

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florida movers - packing up the dogMoving is stressful for humans but don’t forget about the impact on pets. Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne has some ideas for helping to make the transition easier for your furry family members.

  • Determine what the ordinances and regulations are for your new area, including leash laws, tags and licensing. Contact the local humane organizations and the City Clerk’s office for information.
  • Make sure you have copies of all of your pet’s records and vet’s contact information. You also should have the contact information and hours of operation for the local animal hospital in case of emergency during the move.
  • On moving day, secure a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax until the transition to the new location. All of the movement and changes in environment can be very stressful. Check on your pet regularly and try to maintain his or her normal potty and feeding schedule as much as possible. When moving in, do the same thing, keep your pet secured in a quiet, safe place until everything is settled, then allow your pet to move around and become familiar with the new surroundings.
  • Make sure you have your pet’s bowls, toys, medications, food and other necessary items accessible on moving day.
  • If your pet is normally anxious or nervous, speak with your vet about medication or other natural options to help keep your pet calm.
  • Make sure the new location is set up to be pet friendly. Have favorite toys or blankets available. Keep an eye on your pet and don’t leave him or her unsupervised until you feel confident that your pet is settled in. Keep your pet leashed until he or she becomes familiar with the new surroundings. Even if your pet responds well to your commands, the stress can easily cause your pet to become confused and run off.
  • During transport to the new location, it is recommended to use a crate or carrier to keep your pet secure and safe.
  • Ensure your pet’s tags are updated and you have a recent photo, in the unfortunate event your pet runs off.
  • If you need to find a new vet, do your research ahead of time. Inquire about emergency services, boarding, reputation, hours and maintenance services and pay attention to how the staff treats you while you are performing your research. Staff should be friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, helpful and caring.
For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.      
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Finding The Right Neighborhood For You

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Home Is Where  the Heart Is:

Finding the Right Neighborhood for You

  Congratulations! You are ready to buy a home. You’ve saved enough for a down payment, researched investment potential and pre-qualified. It has lots of closet space, an open floor plan, big yard, pool and it’s just the right size. But, wait! Before signing on the dotted line, consider this, is your perfect home in the right place for you?

Here’s a list that we at Florida Moving Systems, have found to be the top things to consider beyond the floor plan:

1) Consider your lifestyle today and tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and no one plans for a divorce or job loss but you can take realistic stock of your life’s wants and needs. You may, for example be single and enjoying nightlife while looking forward to marriage and children.  Does the neighborhood you are interested in provide the entertainment options you want today while providing a family friendly environment down the road?

Be honest with yourself, if you don’t enjoy yard work and aren’t interested in cleaning gutter, repairs and maintenance, maybe you prefer a townhouse or condominium where for a monthly fee, those things are managed for you.

Also consider your proximity to loved ones. If you enjoy throwing regular dinner parties, for example, will your friends drive forty five minutes each way to visit you?  If a family member regularly watches your children, are either of you willing to drive the distance to pick/drop off the kids?

2) Location, location, location. Take stock of places you frequent and potential drive times; particularly consider your morning and evening commute for work. Don’t just imagine it. It may be worth your while to take a day and drive the commute during rush hours. After you have unpacked the boxes is not the time to find out that you cannot endure the hour-long commute that includes various busy school zones, train crossings and bumper-to-bumper traffic!

3) Are you and your neighborhood a fit? Ask yourself these questions:

What if you enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and you have a neighbor who religiously mows his lawn at 6am or the house is located near the airport or railroad tracks?

What if you enjoy your quiet and the neighborhood is filled with the sound of playing children every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings?

What if you are young and laid back and your neighbors are all retired seniors that watch every neighborhood movement?

What if you are moving into a deed restricted neighborhood and you have a camper, boat or regular visitors that violate the parking rules?

What if you have children and there are no other children in the neighborhood or the street is very busy so that children can’t venture outside to ride bikes or play ball?

Have you researched whether there are any public road works planned that will affect your quality of life or property values?

Will the streets flood during heavy storms and what is the drainage?

Have you checked the local demographics?

Do the neighboring homes look like they are kept and maintained as you would like?

Do your neighbors have unruly pets?

Here are some suggestions to help you with your research 

  • Drive around the neighborhood. Look for any neighbors that might be out and about and take the opportunity to introduce yourself; ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and the week. Observe what your senses pick up; watch the flow of movement for people and cars, listen for local traffic, the neighbors, wildlife and nearby public transportation, does the neighborhood match your overall aesthetic and does it feel like it could be home for a long time?
  • Ask your realtor about the neighborhood, as well as nearby neighborhoods. You want to gather as much as information as you can about the surrounding areas as well. 
No question is wrong or too small! Do your research so that when you do sign on the dotted line, you know that there really is no place like home!

For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.

 

Questions To Ask Before Choosing Your Professional Mover

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Tips for Selecting a Professional Moving Company

At Florida Moving Systems, Inc, we know there are so many choices when it comes to contracting a moving company. It is ideal to start contacting moving companies at least a month in advance. Whether you’ve asked your friends or checked the yellow pages, you’ll need to ask for more than just a quote to narrow the selection down to the right one to fit your unique needs.

Here is a list of questions you should ask a prospective moving company before you make your choice.

What is your first impression of the company? Was your initial contact professional? Did they return your call in a timely manner? Was your contact pleasant and interested in working with you?

1) Ask about the company’s profile.

  • How long in business?
  • How many employees?
  • Affiliations with the local chamber of commerce of moving associations
  • Rating with Better Business Bureau
  • Ask if the company is licensed and insured and ask for proof
  • Ask about the companies reputation and references – (you could also check the companies website for “testimonials”0
2) Ask for an in-home estimate.

3) Ask the salesperson to visit all of the rooms to be moved and be clear about everything that will be moved on the day.

4) Ask your salesperson the following questions:

  • How long has he or she been with working on estimating moves and how long with the particular company
  • Ask how long the move with take
  • Ask how movers will handle large or very valuable pieces
  • Ask how long it will be before you receive your property if you are moving long distance
  • Ask for written estimate and ask the salesperson to explain the pricing and any line items you don’t understand
  • Ask if a deposit is required
  • Ask what type of insurance the company offers
  • Ask about the company’s policy on loss or damage of your valuable
  • Ask about any variance in the estimate if the actual amount is over or under the amount you were quoted
  • Ask how the movers will protect your walls, carpets and furniture as it is being moved in and out
  • Ask if there is a minimum amount of hours for the move
  • Ask if the company offers any discounts (such as military or student discounts)
Pay close attention to how the manner in which your questions are answered. The salesperson should be willing to provide all of the information you require to make an educated decision.

If at all possible, make sure you are present to supervise the move.

Finally, when making your final decision, go with your gut. If you felt rushed or if questions were not answered to your satisfaction, it may not be the right choice.