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  • Moving with a toddler

    Posted on October 16, 2015 by Todd

    Whats makes moving even worse than it already is? Moving with toddlers. Moving with toddlers is so much more than getting their stuff from point A to point B. You need to make sure your little one stays safe during the chaos.
    There are no rules for child proofing your move but a little common sense can go a long way! Maybe one of these tips could save you a trip to urgent care.
    First things first-keep track of dangerous items. Kitchen knives, scissors, poisonous chemicals, don't forget about medications cleaning supplies.
    Cleaning supplies is one many forget about. Keep those far out of reach from your little ones. Those are often times poisonous and potentially toxic. You should be using chemical free cleaners anyway!!
    Next-outlets, staircases, toilets and bookshelves. Consider keeping the baby gate around and blocking off areas that may be potentially harmful.
    Regardless, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


    This post was posted in Green Things, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, toddlers

  • Living life in Orange County!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Todd

     

    It’s no secret that we love living in Orange County. Considering Todd and I both grew up in the Inland Empire, OC’s sweeping views and cool temperatures make for a nice home. I could give you a thousand reasons why I love living in Orange County but I’ll just give you my top 5.

    1. The beaches. Nothing feels better then putting my toes in the sand with the ocean breeze blowing in my face. I mean, people travel here to go on vacation! It also makes it really convenient when Todd wants to go surfing. If you have never been, be sure to check out The Strand in Dana Point, Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. When I pull my beach chair out on the sand and close my eyes, it feels like I’m on vacation!

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    2. Orange County is dog friendly! There are so many restaurants, shopping areas and beaches that welcome your beloved pooch. We recently we to What A Dish in Dana Point and they brought Frankie his own bowl of fresh water and dog treats while we were eating. For us dog lovers, it doesn't get better than that! If your in OC and wanting a place to take your dog, check out the app called Bring Fido. It gives you all of the places where dogs are welcomed.

    3. Great shopping! Every store you could imagine is somewhere in Orange County. You have one of the biggest shopping meccas in Santa Ana called South Coast Plaza. There is Fashion Island in Newport Beach which is my personal favorite. Not only does every store allow your dog but you can see the ocean while your shopping! Also check out the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. A fun, kid friendly place with a huge ferris wheel and great restaurants.

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    4. It’s safe and well kept. Irvine has been voted one of the safest cities for years now. But it’s not only Irvine, many of the cites in Orange County are safe for your children and families and kept

    clean. People take pride to live here so they keep it nice. I guess that’s why there is a premium to live in Orange County.

    5. Lastly, the weather. When it’s 70 degrees all the time, who can complain? It rains maybe 10 days a year and breaks 75 a few days during the summer. Other than that, it’s sunshine all day long!
    Regardless if you’re a resident of OC or just visiting, there really is something special about Orange County.

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    This post was posted in City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, travel, summer

  • 30 Tips for an Easier Move

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing! Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.11.07 PM

    2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.

    3.  Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!

    4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!

    5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!

    6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.

    7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!

    8.  If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.

    9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

    10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

    11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.

    12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

    13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

    14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!

    15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

    16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!6-RdHNOoaJP8qdKqf079HfZScSG4ktTIETMI9-Xb0TI

    17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

    18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!

    19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

    20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.

    Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

    21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.

    22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!

    23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

    24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

    This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

    25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

    26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

    27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

    The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!

    28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

    The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

    29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

    Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

    30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, moving tips, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, rent moving boxes, boxes, cardboard, pink, packing

  • 10 Tips For Moving With Your Dog

    Posted on June 14, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    Moving is almost always stressful. Not just for us humans but for our mans best friend. Between the chaotic mess of moving boxes and the logistical nightmare of physically moving your belongings, your pets are sometimes lost in the shuffle.

    So next time you move your precious Fido, make sure you check out these tips so Fido can settle quicker into his new digs!

    1. Dogs notice change! Especially when it’s around the house. Have you ever noticed how your dog reacts when your suitcase comes out of the closet? In order to keep your pup from becoming agitated by all of the packing, try to complete the process over time.

    2. Dogs are routine. Try to keep to your dog’s daily routines as much as you can. Canines are creatures of habit and thrive on consistency. If you change or eliminate his rituals it’s likely that Fido will act out with undesirable behaviors like peeing in the house. Ugh!

    3. Check their dog tags! Make sure your pet has up to date ID tags with your current phone numbers and the new address. If you are unsure of a number where you can be reached, make a tag with the number of a friend or family member that could be responsible for your dog in case of an emergency.

    4. On the day of the big move, you want to make sure that your dog is safe and secure. Place him in a room with some toys, water and a comfortable sleeping area. Keep the door closed and place a sign on the door letting movers and family members know not to open the door. This will prevent your pup from running out of the house while boxes are loaded.

    5. If you are moving a long distance, pack snacks and water for your pet for the car trip. Make sure to locate pet friendly lodging if an overnight stay is required. Make sure you make occasions stops to let your dog handle their business.

    6. When you arrive at your new home, you may be tempted to let your dog out to explore. Until items are unloaded and people stop going in and out, you’re going to want to keep your dog confined in a room with a door.

    7. Try and maintain some consistency when setting up your dog’s space and bowls. If his crate was in the living room within earshot of the television before the move, position it there again. Try to keep objects he is familiar with inside his crate. Having his normal items around him will help him relax and settle in.

    8. Before you let Fido roam in the backyard walk the perimeter while checking for holes or weak spots. The last thing you need when moving is a missing dog.

    9. Get back into a routine as quickly as possible. Lengthy walks around the new neighborhood will let your dog acclimate to his surroundings and will probably help you meet your new neighbors!

    10. Remember that moving is a big change for everyone involved. Your dog doesn’t understand why he isn’t in his usual surroundings anymore. Many dogs have been known to try and run back to their old homes if they have the opportunity and have become lost or injured in the process.


    This post was posted in Moving Checklist, Orange County and was tagged with green moving, moving tips, irvine moving boxes, moving orange county

  • Timeline when moving: Where do I start?

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Todd

    Everyone welcome a new contributor and local real estate agent, Claire Seneca. Claire has over 10 years experience in Real Estate and she can help you with any questions you may have. She is going to be writing a few articles for us over the next few months.

    Timeline when moving: Where do I start?
    (2 MONTHS OUT)

    1) Sort and purge – Go through every room in your house and decide what you would like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverages.

    -Where to Donate your Old Goods: To find a Goodwill location near you, call 800-664-6577 or go to goodwill.org.
    For the Salvation Army, call 800-958-7825 to ask about home pickups in your area. Go to salvationarmy.org for a list of drop-off locations (click on "About Us," then "FAQs," then "Donations," then look under "Goods").
    Vietnam Veterans of America picks up donations of clothing and other household items in 28 states. Go to clothingdonations.com for information

    2) Research - Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it.

    Get recommendations. Ask friends, coworkers, and local real estate agents. Look in the phone book for moving companies that have offices near your home. You’re going to want to get an in-person estimate of how much your move will cost. Don’t rely on any estimate that comes from someone who hasn’t looked in every one of your closets. Don’t assume that big-name companies are best. Do not get estimates through websites that offer to “find you a mover.” Find the mover yourself and avoid the numerous scams associated with some of these sites. And don’t use household-goods brokerage services that find a moving company for you―they are not regulated by the laws that movers must follow.

    Do an initial screening. When you have a list of recommended movers, go online to do a quick background check (you can do a more thorough check later). Call or go to the website of the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org). You also can call or e-mail the American Moving and Storage Association (moving.org, 703-683-7410, info@moving.org) to see if a moving company is a member, which means it has agreed to abide by the organization’s published tariffs and to participate in its arbitration program. AMSA membership is voluntary. As long as a moving company checks out in all other ways, the fact that it is not a member shouldn’t rule it out.

    Be sure to check the consumer-advocacy sites movingscam.com. Each of these has a blacklist of companies with a history of consumer complaints, as well as tips and general information about the moving industry. You can also do a search using the company name at Rip-off Report (ripoffreport.com).

    You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate. If you’re moving to another state, ask if the company will give you a written binding estimate or, even better, a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Both types of estimates put a guaranteed cap on what you will pay for your move. While nonbinding estimates are legal (as long as they’re given free), as the U.S. Department of Transportation moving guide warns, “You should expect the final cost to be more than the estimate.” And while interstate movers are allowed to charge you for binding estimates, most will offer them free. Estimates for interstate moves will be based on the weight of the items you’re moving and the distance of the move. For moves within the same state, rules about estimates vary: Some states (such as California) require that movers give a written and signed binding estimate; others (like Illinois) forbid them to. Either way, estimates for these movers are based on the amount of time the move will take.

    3) Create a moving binder -Use this binder to keep track of everything—all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.

    4) Organize school records –Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

    Stayed tuned for my next blog “ One Month Before”

    A little bit about Claire:

    Claire Seneca is a licensed real estate agent with over 10 years of experience spanning across multiple states now representing buyers and sellers in Orange County. In 2002, she began her career in Austin Texas, and was named “Rookie of the Year,” closing over $4 million in sales, ranking #7 amongst 100 top producing agents at the Lake Travis Keller Williams office. Practicing real estate in Texas, Indiana and Tennessee afforded Claire new opportunities to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and keenly assess the current local market. Her diverse client base includes first time home buyers, professional athletes as well as top level executives. Claire applies a level of knowledge, negotiation skills and sophistication necessary to “get the job done”, offering each client her undivided personal attention, up-to-date market information and a relentless work ethic…all key ingredients ensuring excellent service. Whomever the client, “It’s All About You” is her motto.

    Before Real Estate:

    Growing up in Louisiana, Claire graduated from the University of Louisiana where she was crowned “Miss UL” in 1979. Her heritage as a “cajun girl” is evident in her loyalty as a fan for the UL Ragin Cajuns, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. If there were only one food in Claire’s diet it would be the local favorite delicacy, boiled crawfish.

    After leaving Lafayette, LA in 1986, Claire and her husband moved to Nashville, TN and were an integral part of the music scene where they signed a recording contract with Brentwood Music, a division of conglomerate Zomba Music. Their debut album resulted in 3 (#1) charted singles and 1 top 5 single along with a “Duo of the Year Award” from the CCMA.

    Above all, Claire’s goal each day is to deliver results for her clients and give back to her community. She is hopeful to one day establish a local orphanage. She supports the “Wounded Warriors Project” and is active in her local church. Claire and husband Jed, have two children, daughter Cali who is currently serving in the U. S. Coast Guard and son Seth, an assistant wrestling coach at Corona del Mar High School and aspiring trader. In her spare time, Claire loves to cook good ‘ole southern food and spend time with her husband sailing on the “Bon Temps”, their 32’ Ericson.

    Whether you are looking to buy/sell a Multi -Million dollar home in Orange County or buy your first home or condo, Claire is sincerely dedicated and uniquely qualified to help you find your dream home or investment property, with a ”lil bit of southern flare” of course.

    Claire Seneca
    949.423.8074
    BRE# 01922437
    www.CallClaireNow.com

    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    140 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100
    Newport Beach, CA 92660


    This post was posted in Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist and was tagged with moving checklist, orange county, orange county realtor, reusable moving boxes

  • Starting Fresh - Moving Ideas

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by Todd

    Starting fresh – Moving ideas

    Moving is never easy, especially because it involves change at so many different levels. Usually when you know that you need to move, you start making a plan of the things that you want to keep, and the ones you want to leave behind. After all, it allows you to start fresh in a new place, where you can change the page and live a different life. Therefore, you will need to make a list with all your stuff, and then organizing the ones that you have to take with you.
    In order to be able to move without difficulties, you should follow certain unwritten rules, such as:

    Moving boxes. Among all the moving supplies that are available, moving boxes are a must have, and you need to get as many as possible, in order to pack all the things you have. We rent plastic moving boxes that make moving way easier then with the standard cardboard moving box. Check out our packages and pricing here!

    Other moving supplies. Except moving boxes, there are many more supplies that you need to take in consideration, such as bubble rolls, moving blankets, packing tape, glass and dish packs, and many other supplies.

    Packing glassware. The biggest challenge is know how to pack glassware without breaking them. You can use bubble wrap, or even cotton clothing. Another tip is to pack them vertically. In this way there are lower chances to break.

    Organize. As mentioned before, it is essential to know how to organize all your things. Therefore, it is recommended to make a list. In this way you will make sure that you didn’t forget anything.

    Pack ahead. If you want to make sure that you will not forget anything, and especially if you want to save more time, then you should seriously think about packing ahead. Therefore you will save more time, and you will be able to think about everything else that needs to be done.

    Labeling. After you have packed the moving boxes, it is essential to label them. In this way you will know for sure where your things are, and you will also know which are the boxes containing the glassware, or the ones containing the essential stuff.

    Improvise. Besides boxes, you may also use baskets, laundry bins, and suitcases. Make sure that you use anything that you can, trying to be eco-friendly.

    Moving can be exciting, especially if you don’t have to worry about the procedure, and therefore you can make some plans and enjoy the new life. Even if it may seem scary at the beginning, you certainly are curious about anything that will await you in the new place, wondering about the neighbors, and the city, if you want to move away from your old town. Once you have a moving strategy, all you need to acquire are a few moving supplies, and of course, the famous eco-friendly plastic moving box, PiggyBoxes!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Moving Boxes, Irvine, orange county, moving box rentals, cardboard boxes, packing supplies

  • Buying a Home? Pre-Qualify Yourself Before Getting Pre-Qualified

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Todd

    I've known Matt for a few years as he helped Jamie and I purchase our new home.  He held our hand the whole way and seriously made things so easy.  We are bringing Matt on board here at PiggyBoxes as a guest writer for our blog as we want him to be able to help our customers as much as he helped us.  Matt will be writing articles tailored to those that are thinking about purchasing a home in the future.  However even if you aren't ready to buy right now still listen up as he's got some great tips for everyone, it's good to be prepared just in case that perfect place comes along!

    Buying a Home? Pre-Qualify Yourself Before Getting Pre-Qualified:

    Buying a home in today’s market is like taking on a Part-Time Job. There is lots of preparation required to lay the foundation for a successful transaction. To the buyer, the home is the ultimate Trophy. To the lender, the FICO Scores ARE the Trophy. Below, we will highlight what a prospective Home Buyer should be preparing for so they can position themselves for a smooth loan process. I will highlight the three areas that are important to qualify for a loan. They are:

    1. Credit Report: The mortgage credit report consists of 3 Scores. The scores are derived from the three credit bureaus, Trans Union, Equifax and Experian. Like a fingerprint, each person has credit specific to them. When a report is run, the data is run through the three bureaus and a FICO Score is generated. The mortgage industry takes the middle score and uses that score for pricing the loan and underwriting the loan. If there are two borrowers (or more), the lowest off the middle scores is used. I strongly recommend you contact your lender and have your credit report run. As a lender, we need to establish what the credit scores are as well as the monthly bills associated with the credit report.

    With credit scores, the higher the better. People tend to think the “Lender” likes borrower with high scores. Wrong! It’s the “Software” that both Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac utilize that love the high scores. Fannie Mae’s software is called Desktop Underwriter and Freddie Mac’s is called Loan Prospector. But, to impress your realtor and lender, simply use the letters DU (Desktop Underwriter) and LP (Loan Prospector). In the event your scores are low, contact me and I can help you to get your scores higher.

    2. Income: Not only do you need good credit to buy a home, you need an income. With regards to income, lenders gather all the income documentation and come up with a monthly income for each borrower. The income that is calculated will be reviewed by the underwriter so the loan officer and processor have to figure the income correctly. Lenders require 2 Years of Federal Tax Returns, W-2’s, and 30 Days of Paystubs. If the borrower is involved in a corporation, two years of Federal Corporate Returns are required. And if a borrower is involved in a Partnership, 2 years of Federal Partnership Returns are required. All income has to be supported by tax returns as reported to the IRS.

    3. Assets: Lenders require two months of complete banks statements. Complete as in all pages to the statement. The bank statements support the funds available. Lenders also require explanations on deposits that are not employer related direct deposits. And deposits not tied to a borrower’s income needs to be both explained and documented as to the source of where the money came from. The total cash required is dependent on the type of loan that is being applied for. In addition to the standard bank account, assets can be derived from brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, CD’s, Stocks, Bonds, etc. The asset has to have a cash value determined and any liquidation of funds to be used for mortgage financing has to be documented.

     

    Matthew Rundle
    Production Manager
    Westin Mortgage
    Cell: (909) 630-2029
    E-Mail: Matt.Rundle@WestinMortgage.com
    Website: www.WestinMortgage.com

     

    At PiggyBoxes our goal is to make your moving experience easier.  From our reusable plastic moving boxes that we deliver and pick up for free to our innovative moving box packages, we want your move to be easier.  We hope that Matt's articles can help out as well.  If you have questions or comments for him please don't hesitate to contact him!

    -Todd


    This post was posted in Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist and was tagged with buying a new home, qualifying for a mortgage

  • Concordia University Eagle Golf Classic 10/15/12

    Posted on October 22, 2012 by Todd

     

    Giving back is fun.  Promoting your business is fun.  Hanging out on the golf course all day giving back and promoting your business is really fun! Last Monday we sponsored the 15th hole at Oak Creek Golf Course in Irvine for the Concordia University Eagle Golf Classic.  Since I graduated from Concordia University (CUI) back in 2009 is was a great opportunity to give back to my Alma Mater while promoting my business to some of the Orange County business community that attends.  We had an idea to put a few of our eco-friendly moving boxes (PiggyBoxes) out in the fairway as a target.  We decided if you hit a box, you win!  We donated a Vizio LCD TV so whoever had the lucky shot was walking home with a new TV!

    Here is where we put the PiggyBoxes: (this is looking from the fairway towards the tee box)

     

    In order to be eligible to win the TV, you had to donate $5.  Out of about 70 people who tried, we only had 1 successful shot!  Congratulations to CUI Music Professor Jeff Held who had the lucky shot! Jeff walked home with a brand new TV which he was very excited about as he said they still had an old tube TV at home and this would be a nice upgrade!  He was also able to tell his wife, "See hunny, playing golf all day does pay off sometime!"

     

    All in all it was a great day out on the course, the weather was perfect, and we had tons of fun! Can't wait to do it again next year!

    Here are a few more pictures of our set up:

     

    - Todd


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Giving Back, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Golf Tournament, Irvine, Oak Creek, Eco-Friendly Moving Boxes

  • Questions To Ask Moving Companies

    Posted on October 9, 2012 by Todd

     

    These days, hiring a moving company is easier than ever.  A simple search on the internet can give you tons of companies along with tons of reviews.  Once you narrow it down to a few companies, do a Google search on their name and see what comes up.  I wouldn't immediately give up on a company that has a few negative reviews, but take a few minutes to read the review and see if the company followed up.  You may get a good idea of how their business is run by reading comments from the owner. Once you've done that, give the companies a call...I always prefer to talk to them on the phone compared to a email.  You can ask many more questions and get more detailed answers.  Here are a few questions to ask:

    - How long have you been in business?  Experience is worth a few extra $'s in my opinion.

    - Are you licensed and insured?  It's not a bad idea to ask for proof of this.

    - What happens if you break something?  Hopefully this doesn't happen but its always a good idea to find out just in case.

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    The biggest question people want to know is about price. In my experience most movers charge by the hour.  For a typical 2-3 bedroom home your looking anywhere from 2-6 hours (most companies have a 2 hour minimum anyways).  Most also charge double drive time.  This means that if it takes 20 minutes to get from your old home to your new home, they will add 40 minutes to the total time. This is very standard. Some questions to ask about price:

    - How much per hour?

    - Any extra fee's for large items, etc?

    - What supplies are included? This is an important question.  Most companies will want to use plastic wrap, tape, blankets, etc. but may not tell you they cost extra.  I suggest using them for TV's, furniture, etc. but make sure you know how much they cost.  I've been charged up to $40 for tape and plastic wrap, with nobody asking if I even wanted it.

    - How many movers are included? Most of the time you will get 2 guys, rarely 3 unless you pay extra.  For the average move I don't think its necessary to pay for a 3rd guy.

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    Last thing I always recommend to people is to negotiate price.  Get bids from those few companies and use them against each other. Sometimes you can save a few bucks just by asking!

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    Hopefully these tips helped.  Feel free to post any questions you have!

    -Todd

     


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Moving Boxes, moving supplies, movers, moving companies

  • Moving Checklist: 2-3 weeks before the move.

    Posted on September 25, 2012 by Todd

     

    So the move is quickly approaching! Here are 8 things to do 2-3 weeks before moving day:

    - Make sure you have scheduled delivery of all your supplies! Boxes, packing paper, etc... (If you are ordering our eco-friendly moving boxes we recommend scheduling delivery 1 week in advance to the move!)

    - Begin packing. First go with the things that you don't use very often and work towards the more frequent items.

    - Use Labels! As you begin packing its important to label exactly what's inside each box.  "Kitchen" sometime isn't the best label...try: "Silverware, paper towels, large mixing bowls, etc..."  This will come in handy when you have moved to the new place and are looking for something important before you've started unpacking. (think toilet paper!)

    - Make an inventory list of all valuable items you are packing, take pictures as well. You can never be too sure!

    - File a change of address with the Post Office. You can do it online via the USPS website HERE.

    - Check your work schedule. If necessary, make sure you put in for the day off if you haven't already!

    - Contact the moving company to confirm! (never a bad idea to do this again as you get closer to moving day)

    - Contact utility companies. Make sure things are on at your new home and that you have set a date to turn off things at the old home.

     

    If you have questions about anything on this list we are always available to help.  Give us a call at 877-927-4449 or email us at support@piggyboxes.com!

     

    -Todd


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