Tips for Moving to Boca

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Moving to Boca Raton?

Keep Your Move Smooth With These Essential Tips from Veterans Moving

When people are asked what they think about Boca Raton, most will say it’s a very exclusive city In fact, Boca Raton is known for its exclusive gated country club communities and high end lifestyle that includes everything from yachting and private jets, to frequent sightings of Mercedes, Jaguars and even a more than occasional Rolls Royce.

But these days, people are also moving to Boca because they are fleeing other parts of the country due to the Pandemic.

With many upscale restaurants, seaside parks and upscale shopping centers, Boca Raton is an outstanding place to live. The southernmost city in Palm Beach County, it is conveniently located about 50 miles north of Miami and even offers its own private airport. It has a variety of people including some of America’s rich and famous, students and a diverse political makeup.

But there are a lot of details in making a move to this area beyond just packing up and getting the furniture secured, and the more you know, the better. So here are some tips we think will help save you some time.

What to Know to Move to Boca Raton?

If you are one of the northerners choosing to move to Boca Raton, there are some key factors you want to keep in mind to ensure a smooth move. Obviously, the first thing is to find a Boca Raton moving company that will treat you and your possessions like their own.

Next, you want to know about things like setting up your electric, water, Wi-FI, cable and any other utilities where you want to create accounts. Here are some of the key resources you will need, whether you will own or rent and what documents you need to open an account.

Utility Accounts –

Electricity – Electricity is provided by Florida Power and Light (FPL). You may or may not require a deposit to start your electricity. Contact them for further information at 561-994-8227.

Utilities Services

Utilities services provides residents of Boca Raton with water and sewer services.  You can contact them at 561-338-7300. You can even arrange a tour.

Water – City residents are put on a bimonthly billing cycle for water service. There is a deposit of at least $80 required to get started. Call 561-393-7750 for further details. Click here for more details.

Utility Tax – there is a 10% tax on water fees for accounts within the city limits.

Municipal Services – For solid waste collection, building and fleet maintenance and a variety of other municipal services, this is the department to contact. You can reach them at 561-393-7884.

Natural Gas – As more consumers choose natural gas, in Boca it is provided by the Florida Public Utilities Company. Their phone number is 561-278-2636. Contact them to find out more about how to have gas service turned on in your new residence.

Telephone – to arrange to have local telephone service for a residence you need to contact BellSouth. Their number is 561-780-2355 for residential service and 561-780-2800 for business services. For cell phone service you have a choice of the national brands. Contact the one that you feel comfortable with.

Internet & Cable TV – There are a variety of internet and cable TV services available to choose from. In many cases it will depend on the community you will be living in and the home owner’s association rules.

Change of Address – as with any move, if you are moving to Boca Raton, you will need to file a change of address with the post office. Click here to file your change of address.

Schools in Boca Raton

There are several excellent public schools in the Boca Raton area including Boca Raton Elementary School, Calusa Elementary School and Boca Raton High School. For those that want to send their children to private schools there are many excellent choices including Saint Andrews Schools and French American International School of Boca Raton which is an alternative school. There are also excellent, nationally recognized colleges including Florida Atlantic University and Barry University.

Shopping in Boca Raton

You will have no problem finding a Walgreen’s or CVS, with some open 24 hours. For grocery shopping there are numerous Publix markets. There are also some excellent upscale shopping centers including the Town Center at Boca Raton, Mizner Park and Boca center. There are also additional choices including University Commons and Royal Palm Place. Each of these offers a variety of national brands, local shops and excellent dining choices.

The Beautiful Boca Raton

Let us not forget that Boca Raton has miles of beautiful beaches for your year round enjoyment. The city keeps the beaches clean, the ocean inviting and sand warm and white.

Whether you are moving to Boca Raton for business, retirement or to get away from a high tax state, you want a professional, experienced and cost effective moving company. That means you want to make Veteran Moving your moving company. We provide excellent residential, commercial, local and long distance moving. Contact us for a free estimate. Just click here or call us at 561-414-3620.

6 Essential Tips for Moving to South Florida During COVID-19

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Thinking about moving to Delray Beach, Parkland, Deerfield Beach or ‘anywhere else but here’ to escape COVID-19? You’re not alone, As the pandemic has changed lives across the nation, moving to South Florida for personal or professional reasons is spiking. Our tropical weather and lack of congestion is certainly a draw for many people in the big cities across the northeast. “People from New York City are moving to Delray Beach in droves”, according to our realtor contacts, Andrea Benrubi.

Choosing the best movers during this time is a challenge, unless you know what to look for. Truly professional movers such as Veteran Moving Company in Pompano Beach have made adjustments to their operating procedures and best practices as the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved in order to keep their customers and employees as safe as possible. Here are some of the essential tips we’d like to share about ‘moving during the age of COVID-19.

  1. Offering Virtual Moving Quotes

One of the simplest services offered by movers like us today is offering a virtual moving quote. Professional movers will offer an in depth consultation ( or even video conference ) customers to look over your home for an accurate quote. Professional moving quotes should include details such as:

  • Inventory list
  • Weight costs
  • Moving fees and special considerations

This quote might be emailed to you so that you can move to Parkland or Deerfield Beach, Florida in record time. Be sure to read all of the details before signing the final paperwork.

  1. Wearing Proper Safety Gear

COVID-19 is highly contagious, so moving best practices should include safety gear. Masks, gloves and even shoe booties might be worn by the movers as you transition to Delray Beach. Show off your courtesy too by wearing a mask around the movers. By protecting everyone from the virus, you can quickly enjoy the local landmarks after the move, such as the Pineapple Grove Arts District.

  1. Distancing During the Physical Move

Reputable movers will keep their physical distance as much as possible during these unprecedented times. A six-foot space should always accompany their movements. They may get closer to their colleagues when they move certain items, however, but they shouldn’t require such close contact with the customers.

There’s no need to ride with the movers in the truck during the move either. You’re welcome to follow along in your vehicle to maintain social distance.

  1. Being Courteous at the New Destination

Once you arrive at your new home with the movers, they should be aware of the destination’s special needs. There might be a large population of seniors who appreciate quiet. Consider a late morning move into the new home. Parkland, for example, will have their Farmer’s Market open every Sunday. You may want to schedule your move during these shopping hours when residents are away from home. Any noise created by the move won’t be such a nuisance as a result.

  1. Sanitizing Trucks and Accessories

Exploring Parkland, Delray Beach or wherever your neighborhood is might be on your mind right now, but focus on the movers’ habits as they move items into your new home.

There should be constant sanitizing of dollies, straps and other tools. Wiping down touchable surfaces must be a regular occurrence. If you don’t see these sanitizing tasks being carried out, be sure to ask about them. Being proactive about virus safety will keep everyone healthy in the long run.

  1. Working With Empathy Among Affected Families

According to the Census Bureau, more than 20 percent of the population within Deerfield Beach, Florida is over the age of 65. People within this age group are considered “at risk” during the pandemic. Quality movers will take this fact into consideration as they move you into a new home.

They’ll be considerate of your feelings if this move is due to a death or sickness in the family. Extra precautions might be taken in these cases. Keep your movers updated with any information that you feel is important for a smoother experience.

Discuss any concerns about moving to South Florida during COVID-19 with your movers today. They’ll perform your move using best practices such as those we highlighted today and offer professional, friendly advice and insider tips that will help make your transition to South Florida a smooth one!

Popular Moving Myths Shattered

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Popular Moving Myths Shattered

Moving is stressful enough without having to wonder whether you are entering the wild west when you start planning your move.

From the myth that you’ll save money with a DIY move to the myth that weekends are the best time to move ( they’re not ) to the popular myth that all professional movers are scam artists ( there ARE still a few bad apples ), there are alot of myths that need to be explored as being true or false.

The moving industry is really quite reliable and standardized, when you choose to work with an experienced and well regarded professional moving company.

Myth #1 – You Can Save a Ton of Money by Moving Yourself.

Fact: While on the surface renting a truck for the day doing a DIY move rather than hiring a moving company might seem to be a cheaper option, 9 times out of 10 it will end up costing you more and in so many ways!

In addition to the cost of the truck rental, you also have to pay for:

  • Gas
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Insurance to protect your items
  • Parking permits
  • Road tolls
  • Meals and hotels along the way
  • Moving equipment such as dollies, furniture pads and moving straps
  • Packing materials
  • Pizza and beer or gifts to bribe your friends for helping you move!
  • Glue and tape to fix, or try to fix, the priceless items broken along the way!

NOW does it seem cheaper? By packaging all your services into one, you are not only making things easier on yourself financially, you are giving your body a break and not risking your back and neck in the process.

By tackling your own move, you are putting the safety of your belongings in jeopardy. If you pack incorrectly and your valuables are damaged en route, you are solely responsible to replace or repair them.

Myth #2 –  A Box is a Box is a Box…They Are All the Same.

Fact: Boxes come in all sizes, strengths and shapes…ok maybe not too many different shapes but sizes and strengths. If you have gone to Publix or to Total Wine and Liquors for your boxes in the past, you may want to rethink that. Those boxes are made for a short lifespan to move foods and bottles from A to B. Boxes designed for moving will be sturdier and can have some unique features. It is well worth the money spent to purchase boxes suggested by your movers…or negotiate to have them included in your quote. You will find boxes specifically designed for dishes, glassware, artwork and even hanging clothes!

Myth #3 – Moving is Extremely Stressful!

Fact: OK…we are not going to say moving is a stress-free life experience but with the proper planning, advice and moving company in your corner, the amount of stress can be exponentially decreased. So call The Veteran Moving Company in Pompano Beach today to ensure your move meets and exceeds your positive expectations. From Deerfield Beach to Delray Beach and everywhere in Broward and Palm Beach, Veteran has high reviews for transporting your furniture and valuables on time and on budget!

 

Using Storage Units In Moving to Deerfield Beach

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The Dos and Don’ts of Using a Storage Unit During While Moving

Today we are going to discuss and show you the dos and don’ts of utilizing a storage space during your upcoming South Florida move, so listen up!

First thing to remember…Don’t Be a Hoarder!

Heading to Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, or Parkland? South Florida is an amazing place to live so why not live lighter by putting the past behind you? Moving is the perfect time to take an inventory of your belongings and decide what you need to keep in a storage unit temporarily and what you need to get rid of once and for all!

DID YOU KNOW? There are well over 20 storage centers with spaces to rent in Deerfield Beach alone? From CubeSmart Self Storage on Hillsboro Blvd. to Sunshine Storage on SE. 7th St!

If you think about it, a move can represent the time to clean your house and clean house! Moving can be a cathartic event where you can wipe the slate clean and restart in your move forward. Family heirlooms are always worth keeping but do you really need to bring your high school books, your out of date entertainment center or clothes you haven’t fit into since the last century with you?

Storage unit accepting items

The Swedes Have it Figured out

As a matter of fact in Sweden, people actually take the time to begin decluttering their home whole so when they finally pass on your death isn’t a bigger burden to those you leave behind than it has to be. There is even a best seller written about it: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. You may want to pick this up before you move from your condo off Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach to your new home off Camino Real in Boca Raton!

Don’t Start a Storage War!

Gone are the days of renting a storage locker or pod and filling it with all of your discards including stuff you just want to throw away but are pretty sure it is not legal to drag to the side of the street! It didn’t seem that long ago when filling your garbage containers with paint cans or weapons grade uranium was overlooked, but that time has passed! So, hey…when your buddy says, “let’s just rent out a storage unit and leave it all there until we find a place to dump it!” give him one of those ‘are you kidding me?’ looks and treat your storage unit properly including following safety guidelines and storage unit regulations.

Not so fast Bubba! There are rules in the storage world too. While it is perfectly acceptable to store your mother-in-law’s fancy china, you are not allowed to store your mother-in-law in a unit. That would be wrong…unfortunately to some. As a matter of fact, no living things are allowed to be stored like that…and if you did, how long would they continue to be living anyway?

Many of us temporarily store our furniture and valuables in storage units while we are moving from A to B. But DID YOU KNOW that you can NOT store guns and ammo in storage lockers? Not only that, even paint and fireworks are verboten. Cars, motorcycles, RV’s and other vehicles are OK as long as they are registered, insured and are in working condition. Need to empty out your South Florida storage unit?

The list of permitted and prohibited items can be found below or even better…call Veteran Moving Company in Pompano Beach and we will help you first hand…unless you are storing your mother-in-law

Moving in Florida During COVID-19: Overcoming Challenges

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“Hey Steve…could you and your van help me out this weekend and move my stuff?”  “I know it is on the 5th floor but we can just put our backs into it!”  “Bubble wrap?  We don’t need no stinking bubble wrap!  Just wedge the vase between these two statues!”  “The piano?  You take that end and I’ll  take this end…how hard could it be?”. Well, it could be very hard moving during the COVID-19 pandemic here in South Florida.

It used to be that the only concerns one had with making a move was how many pizzas and beer to buy for your friends who had pick-up trucks and were helping you move!  Then came the era of moving companies under quoting and over-charging…or worse, holding your belongings hostage until you paid their exorbitant up-charges! 

It was business practices like these that inspired Mark Weber to start Veteran Moving Company in Pompano Beach, Florida. Way before Mark became a U.S. Marine, he was well known for being fair and honest.  Mark felt that the behaviors exhibited by many of the companies in the moving space would create the opportunity for an honest and hard-working businessperson to be a beacon of what could and should be in the industry.

Now, in early 2020, we are faced with even common tasks becoming more dangerous in this age of COVID-19.  You want to keep your belongings safe during your South Florida move but first must focus on protecting your loved ones!  Who can you turn to in a situation like this? 

Always trust a veteran! Veteran Moving Company, family owned and operated, is led by United States Marine Corps veteran, Mark Weber. Who better to take command of your move than someone trained by the best of the best? Mark and his team, seeing the recent change in the moving landscape due to ‘The Pandemic’ of our time,  have been wearing masks, gloves and boot coverings, to protect you, your loved ones and your belongings since the start of the CDC guidelines coming into effect. Mark and Co. do not take chances with their clients belongings or their clients in general. Your safety and peace of mind and of course the safe transport of your furniture and valuables, is job #1 for us.

Even though they take pride in the warmth and caring of every client and each delivery, Mark and his team are now limiting, as necessary, the in-person contact, to help keep everyone healthier and try to flatten the curve in South Florida.  Mark is keeping a close watch on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor Desantis guidelines to ensure his practices are as protective as they can be…for his clients and his team.

Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Veteran Moving Company offers the most complete suite of moving services…from White-Glove service moving your home or business to making trips to colleges all over Florida, and beyond, to help pack and move the college kids now returning home early due to COVID-19. 

Call 561-414-3620 today for a free estimate for your move, from Boca Raton and Parkland to Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach. And  while the traditional welcoming handshake may have to wait, our commitment to service is always the safe way to move!

Insider Tips for Moving to Your New Home in South Florida

South Florida insider moving tips

Moving to a new home is always an exciting experience, especially if you are moving into South Florida! However, too much excitement and enthusiasm can cause people to forget the most important aspects of moving.

Besides packing boxes, wrapping things, hauling luggage and moving furniture, there are several special considerations you may not have considered. Here are a few little known tips to remember before you plan on moving to your new condominium in Delray Beach, apartment in Pompano, home in Parkland or wherever you are moving in the area.

Sell Useless Stuff – Don’t Waste Time Moving Junk

All of us have acquired items that seem to keep piling up over the years, rarely used and gathering dust in garages and filling up your spare bedroom.

Before throwing unwanted items in the trash, consider the value the item may still have in someone else’s hands. Look up the value of every item that you no longer want by going onto online selling sites and apps. LetGo.com, OfferUp.com and CraigsList are great places to start. I recently sold several doors from my old home, a smaller flat screen TV, an old stereo AND my old toilet on OfferUp! You could make a few hundred dollars that you wouldn’t have made by going to the dumpster.

Take Basic Packing Lessons

People don’t realize how important it is to pack things correctly. And the earlier you start, the better the outcome. Many people waste dozens of boxes packing items that only need a few boxes. Other people waste time by running back and forth to the store, buying new packing materials. You may not realize it, but the best movers will help you pack professionally for a separate fee. Also, keep the packing supplies handy after you finish packing in case there is more stuff that you overlooked.

Arrange for Secure Transportation

Hire a well-reviewed and budget-friendly South Florida moving company to assist you. Hiring professional movers is your best assurance that you won’t injure yourself or get lost while trying to do the move all on your own. Find a licensed and insured mover that has many positive reviews. These movers who have access to one or more moving vehicles and provide insurance to ensure that your move is secure.

Label ‘FRAGILE’ and Handle With Care’ Boxes

Everyone has delicate items like dishes or paintings that can be easily damaged. How about that sailfish you caught off Pompano Pier? Don’t forget to label all of the boxes that need special handling with care. Your movers may be irritated or in a rush and not be thinking about the condition of your items. Make them care, and remind them of their responsibilities in handling your delicate items by clearly labeling them ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘Handle with Care’.

Label Top Priority Moving Boxes

Label boxes that contain the highest levels of priority for you. These include toiletries, valuables and important documents that are related to the move. You want to remain well organized to prevent any more headaches that come with moving to a new location.

Maintain the Condition of Your Former Home

It is common to see an old home that is left in disarray after people have moved out of it. Keep your old home in good condition if someone has bought the house and is moving in soon after you move out. It’s common courtesy to keep an area clean for someone else’s use.

Moving into your new home is not always straightforward. It’s easy to increase stress by forgetting to do a few simple things or by the wrong steps. There is an unlimited list of do’s and dont’s of moving to a new place. Make sure to remember the steps that require special consideration.

The most important tip is to contact Veteran Moving Co., in Pompano Beach. With years of experience moving people from Deerfield Beach to Delray Beach, we can apply all the ‘insider tips’ to make your move go smoothly!

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South Florida Moving Checklist

Ask The Mover…Frequently Asked Moving Questions

Planning your Move in South Florida? Be sure to Hire a Professional Moving Company!

1. When is the best time to plan your South Florida move?

You need to consider that moving companies are usually the busiest from mid-May to Mid-September. Specifically, the end of the month sees the heaviest volume of residential moves.

It’s advisable to give your movers a 5-day window for the loading of your items and flexibility in your preferred arrival time. This can make the whole move that much easier.

2. Why should I hire a professional moving company?

Hiring a professional moving company is very much recommended for all size moves both residential and commercial. Even a modest-sized house can require moving items that can be quite a task and can be very physically and emotionally difficult for the average homeowner. The South Florida heat and humidity can cause many unforeseen problems as well.

Hiring licensed, professional movers ( like those at Veteran Moving  ) can be the right decision to get the job completed faster and more efficiently, as they have the specific equipment, physical strength and expertise to handle larger items in a much safer way than you can do it yourself.

3. How much time do I need to plan ahead?

When hiring a moving company, remember to plan at least six weeks before your scheduled move. This will give the estimators a good visual idea of what will be required as far as the personnel and equipment needed, to then provide a more accurate price estimate, with fewer surprises later on.

4. How can I spot a scam and a disreputable mover?

– When a moving company doesn’t insist on taking a visual tour of all of the goods to be moved, or only gives it a quick look, you need to reconsider using them. A reputable estimator will ask specific questions and open doors and cabinets to get the best gauge of what will be needed to facilitate the move for you.

– If they demand cash or a large deposit before they start, is a good sign they should not be trusted. There are several moving companies like this in South Florida, so be cautious!

As a matter of fact, last year Federal authorities have charged 12 individuals with operating a multistate South Florida-based moving scam based in Hollywood, Florida that bilked more than 900 victims, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

– Check their history. If they frequently change their name it usually means they are working a scam and should be avoided.

-As a general rule, don’t ever sign a blank contract under any circumstances. If you are presented with this type of contract by the mover, reject it right away.

-Stay away from a quote they say it is guaranteed, not to exceed contract. Make sure you carefully check the fine print for statements that say the price won’t be exceeded unless your items weigh more than what the estimate had specified. If you see this it should be rejected.

– Make sure you make it a point to open all of your boxes and check for any damages after the move. don’t procrastinate, because you usually only have nine months to make a report to the company and then file a claim with the insurance company.

Yes, it’s crucial to be vigilant, especially in South Florida, where last year some disreputable movers in Broward County held their customers furniture and other valuables hostage! It’s true, 14 moving companies, all located in Broward and Dade counties, allegedly used false or deceptive advertising to convince people to purchase moving services. Make sure your moving company is well established in the area, is fully licensed and insured and has great reviews!

5.  What should I expect when a relocation specialist visits my home?

They will do an extensive survey of your home. Then an estimate is done, based on the weight, costs of packing supplies and all other associated costs. They must know everything that will be included, so try to have everything open and available for the specialist to see. Try to reduce any clutter that could make it difficult to see all of the items in closets, attics, and crawl spaces where you have your things stored.

6.  What do the following moving terms mean?

A non-binding estimate

A non-binding estimate is one that may change in the future, usually due to additional items and/or services that you added on after the initial estimate was completed. But it must be stated that is non-binding in writing and agreed upon by both parties.

A binding estimate

A binding estimate is a legal agreement in writing, between the mover and you stating that the moving expenses won’t exceed the agreed-upon, set price estimate. For any added services after this agreement, those costs would be required to be paid at delivery.

A bill of lading

This refers to a contract between the mover and you which should be presented to you before the loading of your furniture and other items.

If you are moving in South Florida, from Davie to Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach to Delray Beach and would like your questions answered by a friendly and knowledgeable mover, call Veteran Moving Company today!

Tips For Moving a Piano in South Florida

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Moving a piano may seem like something you and your friends might be able to ‘pull off’, but it’s very easy to get over your head when moving one. A piano is a delicate musical instrument and moving one involves several steps and is best left in the hands of professional piano movers. Here are several tips that you can use for moving a piano.

Measurements

The first tip is to make sure that the piano is actually going to fit in the space that you are moving it to. If you live on the 8th floor of a condo like Toscana on A1A in Boca Raton, will the elevator be able to accomodate the size of the instrument? Therefore, you are going to need to measure the room so that you will be confident about the fact that it will fit. It is also a good idea to measure the staircases and doors in the area.

Job Requirements

The second tip is to make sure that you are equipped to handle the job. You will need to own the role of piano mover for the day. This means that you need to make sure that you have everything that you need to move the piano properly. Some of these things are going to include straps, a dolly, dampening pads, a truck, a ramp and other equipment.

Pathways

The third tip is to make sure that all of the paths that you are going to be moving the piano is cleared. This is going to be especially true about the door that you will be traveling through to get the piano into the new place. The door of the place where you are going to be moving it from will also need to be cleared of anything that can get in your way.

Safety

The fourth tip is to be as secure and safe as possible when you are moving the piano. This means that it needs to be one of the first things that you put on the truck when you are moving. It is important to remember that the casters might not always roll when you want them to. But this could also be different if you don’t want them to roll and they end up rolling for you. In order to make sure that you don’t have to worry about the casters rolling or not rolling, then you will need to secure the piano with the ropes and straps.

Path

The fifth tip is to make sure that you have a path that you are going to be taking while you are moving the piano. This is going to be especially true if you need to go up and down the stairs with the piano. You want to make sure that the stairs are actually going to be able to take the weight of the piano while you are moving it.

Tune

The sixth tip is to make sure that the piano stays in tune. Even if everything goes the way that you planned when you were moving the piano, there is still a chance that it can get out of tune during the move. You will need to be prepared for it to be tuned up after you have moved it. But most of the time, the experts recommend that you wait about a month before it is tuned by a professionals.

From Davie to Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach to Delray to West Palm Beach, let Veteran Moving Company take the hassle out of moving your piano anywhere in South Florida.

Think You’ll Save Money With a DIY Move in South Florida?

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Comparing the Costs of a Moving Yourself vs. a Professional Mover

Do You Remember the First Time You Moved?

You probably rented a truck, got a few friends together, and made a day of it. Your furniture was definitely the hand-me-down variety and your plates and glasses were probably a smorgasbord of styles. So what if a few things got knocked around, it was fun — wasn’t it?

Okay, so you hurt your back, but it felt better after a few beers at Duffys. And your couch? Only one leg broke off when it slid down that flight of condo stairs.

Not every do-it-yourself move is a disaster, but the possibility is always there. So why do so many people still decide to move themselves? Because they figure they’ll save a lot of money.

To decide if that’s true for you, use this moving estimate form to estimate the cost of handling your own South Florida move. The hidden costs in do-it-yourself moves are often unpleasant surprises you only find out about after you have moved. We have included them in this exercise to help you make an informed decision.

In many cases the cost savings of a do-it-yourself move balanced on the other end with the responsibility, liability and time loss, adds up to negligible savings. If that is the case for you, we would love to orchestrate your next move for you. From Pompano Beach to West Palm Beach, Parkland to Delray Beach, Veteran Moving Company’s highly rated, licensed, friendly and capable movers are ready for you! Want to learn more about what’s truly involved in a do it yourself move? Read on…

Renting a Truck

The first step in a do-it-yourself move is renting a truck. To determine what size truck you need, the rental firm will ask how many rooms you’re moving – 5 rooms would mean a 24 foot truck, more or less. If you’re experienced at loading and packing a truck, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you might have to add on a trailer. If you’re planning on turning in your truck at a location other than where you rented it, you’ll probably have to pay a special drop-off charge. Depending upon where you’re going, it could add hundreds of dollars to the rental cost.

Fuel & Repairs to the Rental Truck

Did the truck rental firm tell you you’d get 10 miles to the gallon? They’re right – if the truck is empty. But once it’s filled with your belongings, your mileage could be as little as 5 miles per gallon. If the truck needs repairs on the road, they’ll be paid for by the rental firm – when you turn the truck in. So be sure to have extra cash/credit on hand to cover any possible emergencies.

Moving Equipment

To make things easier, and safer, you’ll want to rent some moving equipment. Start with a hand truck – you’ll need to move heavy items like your refrigerator and washing machine. Add pads to protect your furniture – you’ll need at least twenty per room. Finish up with straps, tie-off ropes and a heavy padlock to keep everything secure in the truck. If you’re towing a car, you’ll also need to rent a tow bar.

Packing Materials

The cost of packing materials like boxes, crates, packing tape, bubble wrap, peanuts and padding can really add up fast. Once you have the materials, remember it always takes longer to pack than you think it will. You also need to know how to balance the load in the boxes, otherwise they will be unwieldy to lift. Packing and unpacking your family’s valuables is not as easy as it sounds. Packing valuables and antiques is also not something that should be left to amateurs. But don’t worry, you can always make a run to the UPS store and pay them to pack your antiques and valuables separately.

Insurance

The transit insurance you buy from the rental firm covers liability on the truck and its contents – but only if the damage is caused by a fault in the truck itself. Cargo insurance, which covers your belongings in transit, is separate. And it isn’t usually a part of your homeowner’s policy either. Check with your insurance agent before you move, and make sure you’ve got the necessary coverage.

Loading & Unloading

Odds are you and your spouse can’t handle all the moving and loading yourselves. You might be able to get a few friends to help, but how hard do you really want to push them? Hiring a couple of men is probably the best idea. Find out if they have a minimum charge (often higher on weekends and holidays) and make sure they know what they’re doing. That’s not always easy to do if you don’t know what to look for. Just to be on the safe side, check that your insurance covers any damage or injury during the move – regardless of who is involved.

Renting and fueling trucks, finding the right moving boxes and packing equipment, packing up the boxes properly, finding a crew of helpers, being sure you have the right insurance, physically lifting everything, loading up and unloading everything and unpacking items and placing furniture etc. Yes, there are a lot of variables involved in a move here in South Florida, or anywhere for that matter, especially when you try to do it yourself!

If you’d like help from a professional mover who has done it successfully many times and has the amazing reviews to show for it, call South Florida’s favorite movers – Veteran Moving Company today!

‘Stress Free’ Moving Checklist for South Florida Moves

Moving Day Checklist South Florida

Veteran Moving Company has assembled a handy stress free moving checklist to aid you in your upcoming move and help you plan ahead so your South Florida move is as easy as possible. Just print this checklist out and follow it to help you keep your move on track!

15 to 30 days before you move

____ Eliminate everything you don’t want to move.
____ Prepare an inventory of everything you plan to have moved.
____ Determine “replacement value” for insurance purposes
____ Notify the post office of your move.
____ Make arrangements for medical or dental records, if necessary.
____ Inquire about auto licensing and auto insurance, if moving out-of-state.
____ Notify your children’s school and make arrangements for records.
____ Close any local charge accounts.
____ Return any local ATT, Xfinity, DirectTV or U verse or other cable equipment.
____ Obtain any veterinarian records, if necessary.
____ Make airline and hotel reservations, if necessary.

8 to 14 Days Before You Move

____ Return anything you have borrowed and collect things you have loaned.
____ Transfer bank accounts and safety deposit items.
____ Arrange to disconnect FPL utility services.
____ Arrange to connect utilities at your new South Florida residence.
____ Arrange to have appliances serviced for your move.

2 to 7 Days Before Your Move

____ Dispose of all flammables.
____ Plan articles that you will take with you in your car, including toys and games for children.
____ Arrange for shelves, TVs and any other installed items that you will take with you.
____ Pack suitcases with clothing and personal items you will need the first day in new residence.
____ In a special box, pack items you will need the first few hours in your new residence.
____ Make special cartons labeled “Do Not Move” for items not being moved.

The Day Before You Move

____ Take down shades or curtains and curtain rods.
____ Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer, and let them air at least 24 hours.
____ Clean and air your range.
____ Plan a simple breakfast for the next morning, (no refrigeration or cooking) use paper plates.
____ Finish packing your personal belongings (but leave out the alarm clock.)
____ Get a good night’s rest.

Moving Day

____ Remove all keys from desks or safes and place them in a safe spot.
____ Strip your beds, but leave them assembled. The moving crew will dismantle.
____ Be on hand when the movers arrive to answer questions and sign inventory.
____ Accompany the driver as he inventories your possessions to be moved.
____ Check to make sure your appliances have been readied for transport.
____ Place copies of the signed bill of lading and inventory in an easily reached place at destination.
____ Be sure the driver has the correct delivery address, adequate directions and a phone number.
____ Confirm the expected delivery date and time with the driver.
____ Before leaving the house for the last time check each room, closet and cupboard. Lock up.

You’re on Your Way – Good Luck with your move!

Call us if you need help!