Homeowners and renters preparing for a big move must make a series of major decisions, often very quickly. These include setting a moving date, settling on the right supplies for the job, and, most important of all, choosing a moving company. To ensure that a move goes smoothly, here are four key questions to ask when getting a moving estimate.
Is the Company Prepared to Handle My Move?
One of the most important factors in any move is making sure a moving company can handle your particular situation. Whether you’ll be moving from a rural home to an urban high-rise, or from across town to across the country, knowing that your moving company is prepared to handle your move is critical. Be sure to ask whether the movers have handled moves like yours in the past, and ask if they’re prepared to face specific obstacles like parking restrictions, steep stairs, narrow passages, elevator-free buildings, or any other issues likely to pop up during your move.
Is the Company Properly Licensed?
It may seem obvious, but in order to avoid being scammed, you’ll need to know if a moving company is officially licensed. The United States Department of Transportation issues business license numbers to all professional interstate moving companies in the country, and doing business with a company without one means rolling the dice during an already hectic period. Note that movers operating strictly within one state are licensed by that state, and they may follow state-specific requirements and regulations.
Does the Company Have References?
Hearing what others have to say about a particular company is one of the best ways to predict quality and professionalism. Before entrusting your property to a moving company, ask to see a few references and testimonials from previous clients. A variety of opinions should help you decide if the company is best suited for your big move.
Does the Company Offer Liability Coverage?
No matter how well you’ve planned your moving timeline or followed the best practices for packing, accidents still happen. In the event of a mishap, you’ll want to know that your belongings are covered. Explore the moving company’s liability coverage options and make sure they offer coverage that you’re comfortable with.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC helps Atlanta area homeowners and businesses move easily and with confidence, and our team is more than ready to answer any questions you might have during your moving estimate. To learn more about our residential and commercial moving services, or for specific questions, contact us online or call (770) 833-6603 today.
There’s a great deal to think about and do when moving to a new home. Advanced planning helps the process go more smoothly. Follow this checklist timeline for a successful move.
One Month Out
With the moving date a month away, movers should already be scheduled, and if renting, the landlord should have received official notice of the upcoming move. If these things haven’t been done yet, take care of
them as soon as possible. Be aware that especially during busy seasons, many moving companies are already booked, and most landlords require at least a 30-day notice. It’s also a good time to fill out a change of address form through the post office.
Next on the list, start cleaning out closets. This is the perfect time to get rid of excess belongings that are no longer needed; there will be less to pack and less clutter in the new place. Sell larger items, like furniture pieces or electronics, through online boards or directly to family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.
If planning to pack fragile or treasured items that’ll be transported in personal vehicles instead of in the moving van, get boxes and plenty of packing materials. Family heirlooms need to be packed with utmost care to ensure their safety during transport, and it’s helpful to label these boxes correctly for easy identification. Also, check to see what household products are not allowed to be moved, and discard these hazardous items safely.
One Week Out
Now is the time to set aside whatever is needed the first couple of days and nights while the move is in progress. Items may include clothing, pajamas, blankets, medicines, toiletries, work-related essentials, and anything else that needs to be accessed easily during those first few days in the new place.
Other checklist items include the following:
– Return any library books or other borrowed items
– Take care of final bills
– Ensure the utilities at the new place are set up in your name starting on the move-in day
– Create a move-out cleaning checklist, or hire professional housecleaners for a final post-move cleaning
This is the time to tie any loose ends and double-check arrangements. For example, decide if houseplants will go with you or stay with friends. If the refrigerator is going to be moved, defrost and clean it.
The Day of the Move
When professional movers arrive, typically early in the day, show them around the home, and then allow them to do their work. Be prepared for a whirlwind of activity as they systematically pack belongings, room by room. Packing rooms and loading boxes into the moving van can take a large part of the day. Once the movers are done, inspect the home room by room, checking all closets and drawers, to ensure nothing’s been left behind.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC can help with your upcoming move. Contact us to learn about moving options, from a la carte services to a full-service move. Call us today at (770) 833-6603, or fill out our online form to request a service.
Moving to a new home is hard enough already; don’t make it more difficult by doing it without the right equipment. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC has years of experience with residential and commercial moving, as well as furniture and appliance delivery. These tips on essential supplies come from that experience, straight from the professionals.
A tape gun is an absolute must for packing for a few reasons. First, packing for the average residential move can easily take two to three rolls of tape, sometimes more. It’s a hassle having to stretch that out by hand each time, especially if the end of the tape is lost and has to be pulled off the roll with a fingernail. A tape gun will also have a pad to press the tape down onto the box, improving its adhesion and reliability. Finally, the teeth on the gun will help cut the tape and prevent the packer from having to use their teeth or scissors (one more thing to keep track of) to cut strips each time.
This one might not show up on many “packing essentials” lists, but it can really make a difference. A wardrobe box is a taller box that has a metal bar running through the middle of the top section. This allows packers to hang clothes on hangers, like a temporary closet. This saves time by allowing the packer to avoid taking items off of their hangers (and eventually putting them back on) and also keeps nicer garments from wrinkling during the move.
Of course, the best way to make packing a breeze is to let the professionals handle it! Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC provides full packing services. We individually wrap all glass items with care and place them into color-coded boxes for the customer to unpack at their new home or office.
At Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC, we go above and beyond for our clients because we know that a satisfied customer is the best advertisement. We serve all manner of homes and businesses within a 500-mile radius of Atlanta, GA. If you are in need of professional, experienced, and courteous movers, look no further. Call us at (770) 833-6603 or contact us online to get started.
Fayetteville, GA is a small city with big benefits: close proximity to downtown Atlanta (just 22 miles), a diverse population, and Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the largest U.S. film production studio outside of California. Those considering a move to the area should check out the five best neighborhoods in Fayetteville.
Those who prize green space will love these single-family homes on large lots by award-winning builders, nestled among 58 acres of parkland and two lakes comprising more than 50 acres. Canoe Club also boasts extensive amenities, including tennis courts, a four-lane lap pool, fireside coffee bar, and even a full catering kitchen.
Not only does Woolsey have the lowest crime rate among Fayetteville neighborhoods, but it also gets high marks for families because of its excellent public schools. This area primarily features large, single-family homes, the majority of which are owner-occupied. Woolsey is a great choice for traditionalists who want to raise their family in a community with old-school appeal.
Design aficionados will love the authentic architectural styles that pop up in this exclusive neighborhood. Residents can choose from an English manor or French estate, all on impeccably landscaped plots. Neighborhood amenities in New Haven include nature trails, a community pool, an outdoor fireplace and grill pavilion, playground, and sports parks, along with excellent public schools.
Cherokee Pl / Old Senoia Rd
This newer neighborhood consists solely of medium-sized and larger homes built between 1970 and 1990, so it’s a good choice for those who want a low-maintenance home that isn’t necessarily brand new. This area is prized for its low crime rates, great schools, and a strong sense of community. Notably for those who value diversity, this area has a significant population of sub-Saharan African families.
Timberlake is one of the most exciting communities in Fayetteville for those who prize outdoor activity. Its homes are among the few in town with easy access to more than 90 miles of wooded paths in Peachtree City. This network, created for pedestrians, cyclists, and golf carts, allows residents to access parks, retail shopping, restaurants, and schools without hitting the highway.
When shopping for a new home in Fayetteville, these five top communities should absolutely be on the short list. Anyone seeking a home in this area will be packing their things and calling the movers in no time. Contact Tate the Great Moving Company at (770) 833-6603. We can handle all of the moving services to make the whole process a breeze.
Moving is stressful, even if the new house is only a block or two away. Despite the frustration and worry associated with the process, many people choose to handle the move themselves. This requires renting a truck, loading their belongings, and driving a vehicle twice the size of their normal car down unfamiliar streets. If that’s not hassle enough, here are a few more reasons to let a professional moving company manage even a short-distance move.
It’s not uncommon for individuals handling their own move to strain a muscle or break a favorite bookshelf in the process. Though a slight muscle strain may seem like little more than an inconvenience, it can cause discomfort for days, depending on how badly it was injured. Professional movers know how to lift heavy pieces of furniture without damaging the furniture or injuring themselves.
Anyone who has ever moved to a new home knows that the faster they get into their new place, the faster life can get back to normal. Hiring a moving company will significantly speed up the packing, loading, and unloading processes. Professional crews can load, drive, and unload a full house in a matter of hours. When homeowners handle the move on their own, they’re often left making multiple trips between their properties and are forced to rely on friends and family to help speed the move up.
Unfortunately, most homeowners’ insurance policies do not protect belongings on a moving truck. That means, if an individual breaks their antique lamp in the process of loading the truck themselves, they’ll have to pay full price to replace it. However, a professional moving company will always be able to offer insurance, protecting items in transit. If an item is damaged during the move, the company will work with the homeowners to cover the cost of the replacement.
Though many people believe that moving on their own will be cheaper, this may not always be the case. Truck rentals, boxes, tape, dollies, and moving supplies all add up over the course of the move and the cost can take homeowners by surprise. When they hire a moving company, all those materials and costs are factored into the estimate. Even if the professional movers cost slightly more, homeowners will save on time, freeing up their schedule and allowing them to get back to work more quickly.
Next time homeowners are looking to move, they can avoid the hassle of a DIY move with the help of a professional moving company.