Top 10 Moving Tips

So you’ve decided to move. Whether you’re relocating for a job offer, or to upsize your family home, or even just to obtain a change of scenery- these top ten moving tips will help you out. Personalized Movers has combed through their history of moving experience and put together this list of moving packing tips to help you plan and execute your relocation seamlessly. When it comes to moving, checklists come in handy when dealing with tasks you need to complete so we designed our tips like a list.

list icon Moving Tip #1: Know The Type Of Move You’re Conducting.

You may be aware of your new address, but planning a move requires a lot more detail. Knowing these details will enable you to receive an accurate moving quote. There are two categories of moving, residential and commercial. Beneath these categories are the distance of the move, whether it’s local or long-distance. If your move is 100 miles or more from your original address, the move is considered a long distance. Additionally, long distance moves can range from cross-country to international. If you’re moving internationally, you’ll want to work with an experienced moving company knowledgeable in international property law. So the first step to your move? Write down what category it belongs in. Check.

list icon Moving Tip #2: Itemize Personal Property.

Itemize your property

In order to ensure the safe relocation of your property, make a detailed itemization of the objects in your home. If there is time, taking pictures will help keep items organized. This is also important to retain insurance value on personal property, in the case of lost or damaged items. Make special note of any extra expense or oddly sized items, so that your movers will know to handle them with care. Moving home items can be a hassle when you have to account for everything but it is definitely worth it if you are looking to protect your things from damage or theft. This tip may be one of the most important packing tips because it allows you to take into account what you own and what you still have when you get to your new location. A good tip moving experts like to give is to transport items that are important to you on your own. By doing so you are guaranteeing that your important items won't be lost during a pack move between your homes.

list icon Moving Tip #3: Get Moving Insurance.

If you are moving big and expensive items or moving across the country, make sure to invest in moving insurance. Accidents can happen, and it’s important to have coverage. Moving is expensive enough and lost or damaged property can result in an even bigger cost (financially and emotionally). Replacing lost items can be expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t want to obtain outside moving insurance, make sure you work with a moving company with a favorable liability clause to protect your property. An improperly packed box may destroy the items inside of it leading to loss of value if not insured. Moving insurance ensures that the value of your pack boxes is able to be covered if damaged.

list icon Moving Tip #4: Junk Removal Or Garage Sale?

There are items that will inevitably be left behind. Maybe you’ve lost interest in them, or you just don’t need them anymore. Many home moves can leave behind couches, refrigerators, and other bulk items. But not every home has a junk removal service, which can result in a bill from the city for the service post-move. Avoid unnecessary charges by planning a garage sale, or organizing post-move junk removal with your moving company! A garage sale is a great way to pick up a few extra dollars for the move. Home packing takes lots of time and sometimes the things you are packing are not worth packing at all. If you can save time by not packing a few things and throwing them away instead, having your move packed only with the important things may be a good idea after all.

list icon Moving Tip #5: Specialty Moving Services.

Specialty Moving Service

Figuring out the type of moving services you need can be exhausting since there are so many. However, if you own a piano or fine art piece you will definitely require specialized moving services. Musical instruments require specialized packing and shipping, to retain musical integrity. Throwing a blanket over a piano for a move can result in severe damage to its sound quality. The right movers will know the process of protecting each part of the expensive instrument and ensure that it is relocated carefully. In addition, your movers should be able to help you make sure your piano is re-tuned at its new location. For fine art pieces, movers should be able to provide the correct padding and creating for items. In some cases, truck storage temperatures can be acclimated to protect paintings so they don’t get damaged during transportation. If you need to find free moving boxes start early. 

list icon Moving Tip #6: Family Pets.

Moving with animals can be fun, but should be properly planned for. If you are driving across thecountry, make sure your animal is crate trained and able to be comfortable for extended travel. If you are flying, make sure to consult with your vet on how to make air travel a comfortable experience for your pet. Also, make sure you follow airline guidelines on planning for a flight. Certain dog breeds are not allowed in the cabin or on the plane, due to the risk of air pressure damaging a dog’s health. If you are driving during extreme weather, make sure your emergency kit includes items for your pet. Also, bring plenty of water for you and your animal!

list icon Moving Tip #7: Auto-shipping.

Moving home is a big enough project, but moving a car is huge! Make sure you know ahead of time that you will need auto shipping service, so your movers can factor it into their moving quote. Make sure to work with a seasoned auto-shipping service, who can secure your car during transport and avoid damage. Make sure your moving company is registered and licensed with a US DOT number. If traveling across state lines, also make sure they are registered with the Federal Maritime Commission.

list icon Moving Tip #8: Know your moving estimates.

Moving Estimate

Moving estimates should be given free of charge. However, many companies will try to insist that a free quote is given contingent on the binding agreement for services. Avoid getting into a binding agreement with movers before understanding your quote. Each estimate should be simple to obtain, without a commitment to services. Along with an estimate are a number of days that your move will take. Make sure that the mover will be able to complete your move within the given amount of days. If they go over a number of days, you are entitled to some money back for the days taken after the final date given.

list icon Moving Tip #9: Know your moving rights and responsibilities.

There is a legal aspect of moving, which requires each person moving to perform certain responsibilities. For example, if you are moving out of state, you need to notify the post office and apply for a driver’s license from your new state. Check out the US DOT Rights and Responsibilities section on the official site at protect your move.

list icon Moving Tip #10: Make your move happy.

It’s important for your personal health to remain mentally strong when moving. Focus on being on task and organized, but also allow yourself to take breaks. Look for ways to have fun- make a list of things to look forward to. Also, make a list of items to be thankful for. This will help keep the transition to your new destination a positive experience!



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In American English, the word "truck" has historically been preceded by a word describing the type of vehicle, such as a "tanker truck". In British English, preference would lie with "tanker" or "petrol tanker".

Beginning the the early 20th century, the 1920's saw several major advancements. There was improvement in rural roads which was significant for the time. The diesel engine, which are 25-40% more efficient than gas engines were also a major breakthrough. We also saw the standardization of truck and trailer sizes along with fifth wheel coupling systems. Additionally power assisted brakes and steering developed. By 1933, all states had some form of varying truck weight regulation.

The intention of a trailer coupler is to secure the trailer to the towing vehicle. It is an important piece, as the trailer couple attaches to the trailer ball. This then forms a ball and socket connection. It allows for relative movement between the towing vehicle and trailer while towing over uneven road surfaces. The trailer ball should be mounted to the rear bumper or to a drawbar, which may be removable. The drawbar secures to the trailer hitch by inserting it into the hitch receiver and pinning it.   The three most common types of couplers used are straight couplers, A-frame couplers, and adjustable couplers. Another option is bumper-pull hitches in which case draw bars can exert a large amount of leverage on the tow vehicle. This makes it harder to recover from a swerving situation (thus it may not be the safest choice depending on your trip).

The public idea of the trucking industry in the United States popular culture has gone through many transformations. However, images of the masculine side of trucking are a common theme throughout time. The 1940's first made truckers popular, with their songs and movies about truck drivers. Then in the 1950's they were depicted as heroes of the road, living a life of freedom on the open road. Trucking culture peaked in the 1970's as they were glorified as modern days cowboys, outlaws, and rebels. Since then the portrayal has come with a more negative connotation as we see in the 1990's. Unfortunately, the depiction of truck drivers went from such a positive depiction to that of troubled serial killers.

“ The first original song about truck driving appeared in 1939 when Cliff Bruner and His Boys recorded Ted Daffan's "Truck Driver's Blues," a song explicitly marketed to roadside cafe owners who were installing juke boxes in record numbers to serve truckers and other motorists.” - Shane Hamilton

Another film released in 1975, White Line Fever, also involved truck drivers. It tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to take over his father's trucking business. But, he soon finds that corrupt shippers are trying to force him to carry illegal contraband. While endorsing another negative connotation towards the trucking industry, it does portray truck drivers with a certain wanderlust.

In 1971, author and director Steven Spielberg, debuted his first feature length film. His made-for-tv film, Duel, portrayed a truck driver as an anonymous stalker. Apparently there seems to be a trend in the 70's to negatively stigmatize truck drivers.

"Six Day on the Road" was a trucker hit released in 1963 by country music singer Dave Dudley. Bill Malone is an author as well as a music historian. He notes the song "effectively captured both the boredom and the excitement, as well as the swaggering masculinity that often accompanied long distance trucking."

During the latter part of the 20th century, we saw a decline of the trucking culture. Coinciding with this decline was a decline of the image of truck drivers, as they became negatively stigmatized. As a result of such negativity, it makes sense that truck drivers were frequently portrayed as the "bad guy(s)" in movies.

The United States' Interstate Highway System is full of bypasses and loops with the designation of a three-digit number. Usually beginning with an even digit, it is important to note that this pattern is highly inconsistent. For example, in Des Moines, Iowa the genuine bypass is the main route. More specifically, it is Interstate 35 and Interstate 80, with the loop into downtown Des Moines being Interstate 235. As it is illustrated in this example, they do not always consistently begin with an even number. However, the 'correct' designation is exemplified in Omaha, Nebraska. In Omaha, Interstate 480 traverses the downtown area, which is bypassed by Interstate 80, Interstate 680, and Interstate 95. Interstate 95 then in turn goes through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Interstate 295 is the bypass around Philadelphia, which leads into New Jersey. Although this can all be rather confusing, it is most important to understand the Interstate Highway System and the role bypasses play.

Public transportation is vital to a large part of society and is in dire need of work and attention. In 2010, the DOT awarded $742.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 11 transit projects. The awardees specifically focused light rail projects. One includes both a commuter rail extension and a subway project in New York City. The public transportation New York City has to offer is in need of some TLC. Another is working on a rapid bus transit system in Springfield, Oregon. The funds also subsidize a heavy rail project in northern Virginia. This finally completes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metro Silver Line, connecting to Washington, D.C., and the Washington Dulles International Airport. This is important because the DOT has previously agreed to subsidize the Silver Line construction to Reston, Virginia.

The basics of all trucks are not difficult, as they share common construction. They are generally made of chassis, a cab, an area for placing cargo or equipment, axles, suspension, road wheels, and engine and a drive train. Pneumatic, hydraulic, water, and electrical systems may also be present. Many also tow one or more trailers or semi-trailers, which also vary in multiple ways but are similar as well.

Logistics is generally the ability to organize and put in place many complex operations at a single time. It is the management of the flow of things to meet the needs of customers or corporations. Resources managed in logistics includes tangible items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, etc. Not to mention the items that are not tangible such as time and information. This means that the movement of physical items, such as in the moving industry, involves a clear understanding of solid workflow. Such logistics can involve the handling of necessary materials, producing, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.

In 1991 the film "Thelma & Louise" premiered, rapidly becoming a well known movie. Throughout the movie, a dirty and abrasive truck driver harasses the two women during chance encounters. Author Michael Dunne describes this minor character as "fat and ignorant" and "a lustful fool blinded by a delusion of male superiority". Thelma and Louise exact their revenge by feigning interest in him and then blowing up his tanker truck full of gas.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the USDOT specializing in highway transportation. The agency's major influential activities are generally separated into two different "programs". The first is the Federal-aid Highway Program. This provides financial aid to support the construction, maintenance, and operation of the U.S. highway network. The second program, the Federal Lands Highway Program, shares a similar name with different intentions. The purpose of this program is to improve transportation involving Federal and Tribal lands. They also focus on preserving "national treasures" for the historic and beatific enjoyment for all.

Business routes generally follow the original routing of the numbered route through a city or town. Beginning in the 1930s and lasting thru the 1970s was an era marking a peak in large-scale highway construction in the United States. U.S. Highways and Interstates were typically built in particular phases. Their first phase of development began with the numbered route carrying traffic through the center of a city or town. The second phase involved the construction of bypasses around the central business districts of the towns they began. As bypass construction continued, original parts of routes that had once passed straight thru a city would often become a "business route".

Ultra light trucks are very easy to spot or acknowledge if you are paying attention. They are often produced variously such as golf cars, for instance, it has internal combustion or a battery electric drive. They usually for off-highway use on estates, golf courses, parks, in stores, or even someone in an electric wheelchair. While clearly not suitable for highway usage, some variations may be licensed as slow speed vehicles. The catch is that they may on operate on streets, usually a body variation of a neighborhood electric vehicle. A few manufacturers produce specialized chassis for this type of vehicle. Meanwhile, Zap Motors markets a version of the xebra electric tricycle. Which, believe it or not, is able to attain a general license in the United States as a motorcycle.

The industry intends to both consumers as well as moving companies, this is why there are Ministers of Transportation in the industry. They are there to set and maintain laws and regulations in place to create a safer environment. It offers its members professional service training and states the time that movers have been in existence. It also provides them with federal government representation and statistical industry reporting. Additionally, there are arbitration services for lost or damaged claims, publications, public relations, and annual tariff updates and awards. This site includes articles as well that give some direction, a quarterly data summary, and industry trends.

Moving companies that operate within the borders of a particular state are usually regulated by the state DOT. Sometimes the public utility commission in that state will take care of it. This only applies to some of the U.S. states such as in California (California Public Utilities Commission) or Texas (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. However, no matter what state you are in it is always best to make sure you are compliant with that state

Tracing the origins of particular words can be quite different with so many words in the English Dictionary. Some say the word "truck" might have come from a back-formation of "truckle", meaning "small wheel" or "pulley". In turn, both sources emanate from the Greek trokhos (τροχός), meaning "wheel", from trekhein (τρέχειν, "to run").