Is Moving In Together the Right Step?

Ah, love. It can be an amazing thing, but it might only be so amazing when you’re living apart. Combining worlds and belongings brings a whole different element to any relationship. Living with the one you love might be the best thing that you’ve ever done. On the other hand, it could be the worst and hardest idea that you’ve ever had. So, how do you figure it all out?

Calling all the Pretty People

When we go out on dates (or out in public in general) we tend to look our best. We put on makeup, find the right clothes, the perfect shoes, spray perfume, and do everything we can to look completely and totally appealing to our loved one. But, what about those days when you are just lounging around home? Or, those days when you don’t feel good, so you grab your rattiest sweats, wrap your hair into some kind of top bun, and trudge around with watery eyes carrying a box of tissues? Has your partner seen you on those days? If he’s only seen you when you look amazing, it’s time to open up his eyes.

Before you move in together, invite him over for a night of just relaxing, and make sure not to get all dolled up. Why? Because the person that can’t stand to see you at your worst (or isn’t so affectionate when you aren’t looking your best) is probably not a person you can live with. After all, you don’t look amazing all the time, right? So, let him see you as you really are a few times, and then decide if you want to live together. Otherwise, you’ll spend the first few months in your new place trying to look perfect all the time — and this can be exhausting around the clock!

Get Used to Those Bad Habits

When you visit your partner at his house, you probably see a relatively clean place that’s somewhat hospitable. But, this might not be the person that he really is. He may leave hair in the sink after shaving, might toss his dirty clothes on the floor every day, and may never think to leave an extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. If you don’t know about these habits, you’ll be in for a rude awakening. Either find out what his dirty habits are, or learn quickly how to sit back and roll with it. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting in no time when you move in together.

Money Talks

Living together means splitting expenses like utilities and rent. Do you know what is financial situation looks like? How much he can afford? Whether or not he has a steady job? Love can get you pretty far, but you’ll get fed up quickly if he can’t afford to carry his half. At least if you know the current financial situation, you can plan to pick up more of the slack.

Make Sure Your Relationship Is Clear

Sure, moving in may mean that you don’t want to see other people, but he has to be clear on your daily activities too. If you want to hang out with friends three days per week, this has to be understood from the start. If you expect him to be home for dinner each night, make this clear too. Living together may not mean spending every waking minute together, but neither one of you will know whether or not this is the case unless you take the time to talk it over.

Ready to Call Your Movers in Fort Collins?

If you’ve gone over everything listed above and you still want to live together, Exodus is here to help you pack, move, and unpack. We also have storage rental spaces available in both Fort Collins and Denver, just in case you don’t want to let go of everything just yet. As a moving company in Fort Collins, we can provide you with a complete free moving quote, just call us and ask for one.

Your Fort Collins movers can help you move in or out, and even in again if you don’t like where you are when you move out! Living with someone takes a lot of thinking and planning, so make sure to carefully consider every angle before you make that move! What do you think? When is it time to move in together? Leave us a note on Facebook!

How to Ensure You Keep Your Stuff Safe

Moving is stressful enough. Add onto that the process of finding the best Denver moving company, and you might feel like tearing your hair out! There is so much to think about, so much to do, and forgetting just one detail can spell disaster. How do you get through the process with your sanity intact?

It’s all about planning. Just as with any big decision in your life, you need to ensure you’ve thought through every possible scenario so that you are prepared. If you aren’t prepared, you might as well put on that straight jacket before you’ve even packed a single box.

Through it all, you just want to make sure your stuff makes it to your new home in one piece. Here are some tips to making sure your stuff makes it through the entire process safely.

Do your homework. Sure, that long distance moving company looks all professional with its fancy fleet of trucks and vans and complete menu of packing services, but looks aren’t everything. You need to see how customers feel about them. The internet works to your benefit, really – Facebook is where people are increasingly going to vent frustrations, or sing a company’s praises. Talk to your friends for their recommendations, or take it a step further and contact the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You’ll be able to see if any claims have been filed against them, and their record with the DOT.

Read the fine print. So many people blindly sign the papers shoved in front of them just to speed along the process. However, when it comes to every single possession you own, you should take a moment to read through that long distance moving company contract. If any wording makes you uneasy, talk about it with the company to see if it can be reworded or changed. Before you sign on that Denver moving company, don’t get pressured into signing a document that makes you uncomfortable!

A word on insurance. Yes, movers are required by law to provide $0.60 per pound to replace items damaged or lost in transit at no cost whatsoever to the customer. When it comes to certain items, it just makes sense to request additional insurance, often $6.00 per pound, or even your own third-party insurance. Items costing over $100 per pound in value require separate insurance. Don’t skip this for those big ticket items – you don’t want to have to pay to replace it!

Supervise. One of the best ways to ensure nothing fishy happens while your house is being packed up and then unpacked at your destination is to be there. Just being physically present in the home during the process can lower the risk of something being stolen. If you can’t be there, see if another family member or friend can be there in your place.

Take advantage of pack-for-you services. If you’ve chosen a trusted moving company, the above scenario is not a concern. When it comes to packing up the boxes that will go on the truck, you might think it’s safer if you pack them so no one is tempted to steal any of the contents. The truth is a reputable moving company is not going to have employees that steal as part of their team. Another fact: it’s safer to leave the packing to the moving company! Why? Because they have the experience to make sure the job is done right. They have the expertise to make sure each item is packed with care, ensuring that all of your belongings remain intact when moving to Loveland, CO.

Make a list, check it twice. Each item should be marked on a master list. Even better is marking the items contained in each specific box. Inspect the items as you unpack, checking each off the list and noting which ones arrived damaged or even missing. If you spot damage, be sure to take pictures. If something appears to be lost, don’t fret – just contact your moving company as soon as possible. The movers might be able to help you locate the missing item. If you don’t like the way your chosen moving company handles the situation, take note of it throughout your communications with them so that you can report them to the proper organization.

Moving Estimates and Their Fluctuations

There is no real set standard for what companies use as a base for their moving estimates. Every company has different standards that they adhere to with strict policy, however the majority of the time these policies can conflict with other companies views on the matter. This means that every company is essentially going to give you a different quotes depending on who you go to. So how do you decide which companies going to be the best for you and the situation which you find yourself in? A good question, let’s look into it.

Question MarkPrice at the pump

One of the biggest expenditures that companies have these days is gasoline. Fuel is so crazy expensive because of the limitation of finding it, or so the gas companies say. Now, I’m not here to argue whether or not we are being overcharged for a fuel which is still pretty prevalent. What I am stating however is that it will be a big factor in whether or not your moving experience is expensive. Depending on how far you move, the fuel price dramatically increases. This could honestly be expected because you need gas in order to travel any sort of a distance. However, depending on which place you are moving to, the expenses could increase as you move. But you might ask, how?

Distance is alive and well

Well, let’s say that you are moving to California from Colorado and you know that in Colorado the gas prices are approximately 3 dollars a gallon. In California you could expect the price to rise at least a dollar a gallon, so along the way your price is going to increase along the curve which represents fuel prices. Anybody who has ever driven a vehicle knows that one dollar a gallon can make a massive difference in even a single tank of gas. So, just be prepared when you have someone help you move to expect fuel prices to rise as you move to your new location. Not letting it surprise you is the first step to accepting that it’s something that is going to happen whether you like it or not.

The heavier they are..

Another big factor in whether or not your expenditures are increased or decreased is the amount of things that you are moving. Full-service moving company quotes need to gauge about how many trips they will need to make, or the size of vehicle that is needed in order to make a single trip.  You could make a single trip with an average sized home provided that you rented out a large enough truck, however you must realize that gets pretty expensive pretty quickly. Something that you could definitely do to help yourself out is to drive alongside of them and take as many things as you can in your own vehicles, or try to get things there ahead of time that you know that you can move. I know if you are moving long distance this may not be the most feasible option, but it is one way of reducing your costs.

Graffiti Dollar SignHome is where the wallet can afford

Another thing to keep in mind is that moving is expensive no matter what you do. Moving in general is not something that people do on a daily basis and as such requires a lot more effort than you would expect. Just make sure you aren’t surprised by the amount of expenditures that go into moving after you have already purchased the house, or at least put down a down payment. There is a reason people tend to stay in the same places, or at least relatively close to where they have their first home. It’s because unless they are being sponsored by a company to move out to a new location, those expenditures can become increasingly problematic.

Enjoyment

All of this may sound rather dark and gloomy, but don’t let it get you down. Moving is an exciting adventure that allows you to experience new things that you would not have before. You should embrace it and enjoy it for what it is rather than fear the expenditures which you will be undertaking. Those are going to happen whether you like it or not, so focus on the good and try to enjoy the experience. If you don’t, you’ll find that you don’t like the area you move too much more frequently than the place you used to live in. So go out there, explore, and show the world that you are afraid to see new things and risk it all in doing so.

Defining Your Value

Value means different things to different people. For some, it is a simple, tangible and easily calculated concept. For others it’s a bit more open ended.

When it comes to relocation, value usually refers to both money and convenience. It often comes down to how much it would literally cost to replace items broken in a move as well as things like what it might cost to move during a certain time of year. In keeping with this week’s series on word definitions, the following terms are all about defining the value of your move.

HIGH VALUE ARTICLE

There is a Moving Industry figure that has been created to put a standard value on replacing items. Generally, when items are damaged during a move this figure, referred to as “released value”, is applied. This rate is generally 30-60 cents per pound for each item and this amount is automatically covered by the moving company with no additional insurance needing to be purchased. A High Value Article is an item that has a value of more than $100 per pound. Things such as furs, rugs, jewelry and electronics fall into this category. These items require a separate form called a “High Value Inventory Form” to be filled out.

PEAK SEASON RATES

When is the best time of year to move? Even though there is a season for everything, you will find many different opinions on this topic. Every time period has its pros and cons. While Winter is inconvenient from a weather perspective, it may be less expensive to hire a mover. And while Summer may guarantee good weather, it is also what is considered in the industry to be Peak Season. In order to avoid especially high prices between June and September, it is important to book your mover early.

TARIFF

Although there is some regulation and consistency between moving companies, each one is able to set their own rates. This responsibility is set forth by the Surface Transportation Board, and results in the creation of what is known as a Tariff.  A Tariff is a document created to fully outline and explain what a moving company offers and how they calculate their pricing. It is designed to give an overview and to create accountability. Every professional moving company should have a Tariff available for you to consult upon request and we highly recommend taking a look at it to avoid hidden charges.

Defining Your Distance

All moves are not created equal. This is an important concept that every professional mover is all too aware of. There are household moves and commercial moves. There are local moves and international moves. And as mentioned in previous blogs, it is vastly important to understand all the terminology that might be used in the wording of your moving contract. The following are terms that have to do with how far you want your moving company to take you.

LONG CARRY

An important thing to understand about your move is exactly how accessible your entrances and exits are to the large moving trucks that your company will be using. You can always measure this yourself or find out from your real estate agent. A Long Carry charge is the fee added when your movers have to carry items an “excessive distance” between the truck and their final destination. If there is no driveway access or temporary parking is unavailable on your street, you may incur fees that you weren’t expecting. It is important to check with each company to find out exactly what their allowance is in distance before they start to charge a Long Carry fee.

OPERATING AUTHORITY

The Operating Authority is the name given to a certification officially administered by either the state or national government. This regulatory documentation authorizes professional movers to transfer goods from one place to another and is usually defined to a specific geographical area or region. While there are 4 main kinds of Operating Authorities, it is most vital to make sure that your preferred mover is licensed to move your home of office from point A to point B. This becomes especially important for long distance moves where you will be crossing state or national lines. Asking questions about this kind of regulation on the front end, can not only help you to select an appropriate mover, but can help you to avoid extra charges and complications during your actual move.

Defining Your Moving Charges

In a continuing effort to empower our customers to make informed decisions when it comes to moving, we would like to continue our highlight on industry terminology.  As we mentioned before, the business of relocation has developed a vocabulary all of its own over time. Without understanding what these words mean it can become increasingly difficult to navigate not only the search for your preferred mover but the contractual process. The following are some of the key terms used to describe the kinds of charges that you may encounter.

ACCESSORIAL CHARGES

An Accessorial Charge is an extra, additional, special or supplemental charge. These charges are associated with services offered by moving companies such as packing or unpacking but can also include Flight Charges and Pickup and Delivery Charges. In general, these are fees associated with extra services that you request. But it is important to pay attention to Accessorial Charges that can become included based on the nature and scope of your move. Paying close attention to the terms in your contract can help you to avoid hidden fees.

LINE HAUL vs. FLIGHT CHARGE

As mentioned in one of our Terminology Tuesday posts, a Line Haul Charge is a term used to describe basic charges for long distance moves calculated by mileage and weight of total shipment. But a Flight Charge is generally calculated in addition to this figure. Flight Charges are additional fees associated with a moving crew relocating your items up and down flights of stairs as this creates a need for extra time and effort on the part of the team. These fees can be avoided if there is an elevator available to the crew that is large enough to transport your belongings.

PICKUP AND DELIVERY CHARGES

Many people may take for granted that they understand what movers mean by Pick up and Delivery Charges. But most often you will find this defined as “Separate transportation charges applicable for transporting your shipment between the storage-in-transit warehouse and your residence.” This cost is generally only a factor if you will be needing to use storage in between moving from one place to another. It is a good idea to read the fine print when it comes to not only a moving companies taking your items to storage and storing them, but also, how much it will cost to move them on to their final and eventual destination.

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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