Moving into a new house can be an exciting time. We have some expert unpacking and moving tips that will help you get settled quickly.
Call your new utility companies to set up services the day before you expect to move in. The first few days in your new home will be much more comfortable if you have electricity, water and heating or air conditioning!
Develop a plan for where you would like to have your furniture placed in the home, even if it’s a simple drawing. This will save you the trouble of moving furniture by yourself after your movers depart.
Start with a fresh palette by cleaning your new home before the movers arrive.
Be prepared to pay your driver for the moving services. Depending on the company you hire, accepted forms of payment could include cash, traveler’s check, money order, cashier’s check or even pre-payment via credit card.
If you can, have two people in the new home on move-in day. One person can make sure everything from your inventory list is unloaded and the other can tell the movers where you would like the items placed.
Check items off the inventory list as they are unloaded from the truck. If you discover that anything is missing, contact a customer service representative at the moving company right away.
Consider hiring a babysitter if you have small children in the house and put pets somewhere where they will be safe and out of the way.
Keep in mind that many moving companies will offer additional services for a separate charge, including electronics installation and unpacking.
(source: United Van Lines)
Mr. Greenstein, Vice President of Watson Internet of Things (IoT), Consumer Offerings, IBM, believes that “Digitizing the shipping industry enables supply chains and businesses to be more efficient, cost-effective, and transparent.” This transformation will include AI. The idea is to have IoT-enabled sensors gather data (tides and currents, temperature, wind speed and direction, water levels, berth availability and visibility), analyze with AI and provide it to operators thought one interface. There will be no one size fits all solution for all ports, but digitization should save shipping companies and ports allot of money through greater efficiency, so many ports are currently exploring their options.
(World Maritime News)
In 2018, in an effort to reduce the pollution associated with shipping, the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) will enforce compliance to MARPOL Annex VI on air emissions as well as the ballast water management (BWM) convention. Random fuel supply testing as well as engine room logbook inspections will be a part of this enforcement.
“All Terminal D quay and yard cranes will be operated by remote control technology, making it the first terminal of its type in the world to fully install this technology,” says HPT.
This is a part of the Terminal D project which will almost double HPT’s TEU capacity. They are super post-panamax quay cranes and capable of handing the mega vessels currently in operation.
(World Maritime News)
Americans are moving westward, flocking to the Mountain and Pacific West, while the Northeast and Midwest continue to lose residents. In 2017, more residents moved out of Illinois than any other state with 63 percent of moves being outbound. Vermont had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017 with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. Those are the results of the United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.
(United Van Lines)
The number of incidents in 2017 were lower than they have been in over 10 years. The most dangerous area continues to be the Gulf of Guinea near Nigeria which reported 36 separate incidents.
(World Maritime News)
Shipping and some rail transport have been affected by an unusual winter storm (dubbed a bomb cyclone by meteorologists) on the East Coast of the United States. The impact is expected to stretch into the weekend. According to the American Journal of Transportation the following ports have been affected:
- North Charleston
- Norfolk PMT
Per Reuters, Boston, New York and Philadelphia have deployed icebreakers to keep their shipping lanes open, though ports are expecting delays.
(American Journal of Transportation & Reuters)
Understand the Real Costs of Moving
When budgeting for an impending move, there is more to consider than money when evaluating cost. You’ll want to understand the true financial, physical and mental investments before making your final decision. After all, if you underestimate the cost of your time, health and emotions, your move could cost you a whole lot more than originally expected.
Evaluate Your Financial Costs
1) Packing Supplies
An investment in proper supplies will pay dividends when your belongings arrive at your new home. Sturdy boxes, packing paper, dollies, wraps and straps will ensure that items are secure when being loaded and delivered. Ask your local agent about the supplies they furnish and sell before buying supplies on your own. They may be able to estimate your needs more accurately.
2) Hired Help
The help you choose on moving day can dictate the relative ease and error you are prepared to compromise. Friends and family are attractive options for those willing to stomach the inherent risks, butif you are looking for a little more peace of mind, professional movers can help the process go as smoothly as possible.
3) Professional Packing.
It is all too easy to underestimate the time, materials and effort required to pack and move your home, especially when all of your belongings are all stored neatly away in your closets and cabinets. Consider the following.
Do you have special cargo? You may not want to risk packing and loading all of your belongings on your own – especially if they carry a higher value. You may want to seek the advice of a specialist before moving antiques, electronics and large furniture. It’s absolutely necessary to consider potential damage and breakage as you calculate the cost of packing and moving yourself.
Make a Supply Run. You’ll need to purchase boxes, blankets and bubble wrap when moving yourself. Proper packing demands professional materials including special boxes, wrapping paper, furniture padding and tape. And don’t underestimate your needs or you’ll be making multiple trips to the store to restock.
Can you drive large moving van? If you live in a moderately-sized home, you may need up to 1,600 cubic feet of moving space. This endeavor is more than many drivers can handle – especially if you are tasked with navigating narrow suburban streets and alleyways.
Your Time is Money. Don’t forget to calculate the cost of your time, especially if you are taking off work to pack, load and deliver your own belongings. If you opt to handle the entire move yourself, consider setting aside 2 or more days for both loading and delivery.
When planning a move, your choice of transportation is potentially the most cost contingent. When it comes to containers, trailers and trucks, your expense will likely scale with the level of your need. You’ll want to consider the timing, distance, volume and complexity of your move before contracting services or renting equipment.
5) Travel& Living
Regardless of distance, the moving processtends toinflatetravel and living expenses. In addition to potential lodging and air fare, incremental purchases like food, fuel and convenience itemscan add up unexpectedly, especially when you are doing most of the packing and moving yourself.
6) Distance Adds Up.
As a rule of thumb, the longer the distance, the more cost-effective professional movers tend to be. This is due to a number of factors.
One-way rental price may include additional fees. The price you pay may include fees to cover the cost of inventory maintenance and truck relocation when you return your moving truck to a location in a different city.
Mileage, Fuel and Insurance costs add up. Truck rentals may require that you pay these fees on top of the base price. This can end up being rather significant considering that some moving trucks only get between 6 -15 mpg.
Unexpected delays add to rental costs. Just when you think everything is going according to plan – something always tends to happen, right? If you fall victim to Murphy’s Law during a move, delays could cost you extra in rental fees.
Longer trips are a greater risk. Let’s face it, you may be able to pack like a pro, but can you drive like one? The longer you are on the road, the more you’ll face opportunities for damage and accidents. When you rent, these risks are placed squarely on you.
7) Real Estate Expenses
For most of us, the moving experience comes coupled with at least one real estate transaction. Whether buying, selling or leasing, you’ll need tocalculate the costs associated with your real estate to properly budget for your move. After all, contracts, estimates, titles and utilities can put a significant dent into your bottom line before you even start to pack.
Every major move comes with incidentals. They are virtually unavoidable given the scale of the undertaking. Even the most careful shippers are susceptible to mishaps. No matter how well you plan, or how careful you are, it is inevitable, supplies will run low, pictures will break, bulbs will burn out and paint will be spilled. It’s best to budget a couple extra dollars for human error.
Evaluate Your Opportunity Costs
9) Missed Work
Even when everything goes according to plan, a move can be a timely endeavor. The effort required to research, coordinate, pack, and move is significant. Considercontracting a couple extra hands or a full-service solution so that these tasks don’t translate into missed work. Just remember, vacation days have a monetary value too – so don’t waste them on anything less than a trip to the beach.
10) Personal Time
As moving day approaches and critical tasks intensify, time can seem to escape you. Without professional help, you’ll likely be consumed by paperwork, appointments and last-minute packing; unable to negotiate a single moment for family time or rest. For these reasons, you may want to consider the cost of your free time when weighing a do-it-yourself solution.
11) Recovery Time
You should carefully consider your ability to handle the physical demands of your move long before you start packing and loading. With a couple days of intense lifting, cleaning and traveling ahead of you, personal limits and recovery time should be at the forefront of your thought process.
(source: United Van Lines)
- Get Started Early & Hire a Pro: Hire a certified ProMover (like Crown) as early as possible and avoid driving an unfamiliar truck in icy conditions.
- Keep your Walkways Free of Snow and Ice
- Keep Warm: Dress in layers and a warm drink handy.
- Make Sure Your Car is Ready for a Winter Trip
- Keep Your Winter Supplies in the Car
- Keep an Eye on the Weather
- Protect Your Possessions and Home from the Elements
(HuffPost by Andrey Grehov)