Saturday, 28 July 2012

House Moving Tips in Singapore

Some House Moving Tips

Did you know that moving house is said to be the second most stressful event after losing a loved one? All that sorting, packing, cleaning and assembling can take a toll on one’s sanity. It is likely that each of us will find ourselves moving more than a couple of times in our lifetimes. Gone are the days where families just settle in one house for their entire lifetime. Here are some tips that will help make residential moving a smooth transit for your family into the new home.

Do not make packing a last minute affair as it is the most crucial process that will determine the ease of the moving process. Be sure to have the following tools and packing materials on-hand: Industrial cling wrap, bubble wrap (newspapers are a good and cheap alternative), masking tape, duct tape and plenty of scissors and pen knifes. One should purchase standard-sized cardboard boxes from moving companies. Those that one gets from the backyard of supermarkets might be too flimsy after having gone through so much wear and tear. Get sturdy moving boxes so that you do not have to worry about your items falling out.

The rule of thumb is to pack room by room. Be sure to label the boxes clearly for ease of reference later on so that the movers know which room the box is to go to. Take the opportunity of packing to spring clean and throw out unnecessary items that have been cluttering up over the years.

The second most important thing about moving is the transportation of the boxes and furniture. Unless you own a mini-van and coach a squad of rugby players that are willing to help you with the moving, it is best to hire the professionals to settle this part. Professional movers have the necessary tools to disassemble bulky furniture like shelves and bedposts. They can take it apart and put it back together for you in the time you take to find the instruction manual on how to disassemble your sofa piece. They are also able to navigate stairwells and small lifts with much skill while carrying a mattress in one hand and a sofa in the other.

While many of us will end up straining our backs just trying to lift a box filled with books, these professional movers are well-accustomed to the heavy weight they have to carry and know how to move your bulky furniture with care. They will also come armed with tons of industrial cling wrap and bubble wrap to ensure that your furniture does not get scratched during the moving process.

The moving process today has been made much simpler with the blossoming of the professional movers industry. Some professional movers even offer packing services so that you do not have to lift a single finger at all. Moving can be a stress-free experience with the right moving company. Be sure to get a few recommendations from friends and families and a few quotations from different companies before deciding on one.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How to Choose the Right Office Mover Company?

How to Choose the Right Office Mover Company?

It is a nightmare whenever your employer decides to re-locate to another site. As you would have to stay behind each day to sort out the files and documents that you have accumulated over the years and having to decide whether to discard or pack them and move them to the new office.  How should you pack them such that confidential information would not be leaked, and you can’t move them yourself earlier as there are many current working files?  What if you are in charge of IT equipment, how could you plan to move so that they are transported safely to the new location?  And if you are in charge of the overall move for the office, what should you do?

You can enlist the help of professional mover companies!  They can advise on how to plan, co-ordinate and execute the move, with minimal disruption to the business activities. Besides providing consultancy services, these mover companies will provide the transport and manpower to move whatever required of them.  These professionals will provide the relevant expertise, equipment, boxes and materials to ensure files, documents, office equipment, furniture and any fragile items are properly taken care of.  For example, they will provide proper materials (companies may charge for materials) to pad relevant items, if necessary to avoid damage and also to use the correct equipment for transporting and loading them into the truck. 

When choosing a mover company, you need to know your needs before shortlisting any.  You can seek out these mover companies through words of mouth or via the net.  Gathering information from friends / colleagues, what is written on the website and by calling them directly will help to determine if they meet your needs, you can then short list the 3 to 5 mover companies that you would like to meet in person.  They will survey your office before providing the quote and when you are meeting the representative from the company, you can also make a quick assessment of their service; including how generous and brilliant they are in giving advice to your concerns.

Once the 3 to 5 mover companies have given their quotes, they shall be listed in the decision matrix.  The next step is to list the criteria for choosing the ideal mover companies.  These criteria shall include, cost, as quoted by each mover company.  Other criteria include the size of the truck. If there are special requirements, then this criterion should be included eg the need of ensuring confidentiality of files / computer / discs / documents during the move or be able to take special care of unique equipment.  Further, the ability to provide sound advice on planning, co-coordinating and executing the move in an efficient and timely manner must be included. A criterion of being highly recommended by other companies, friends, colleagues should also be considered.

Once you have finalized the criteria, rank each mover company according to how best each meet the criteria, scoring a 1 ie ranked first, for the mover company that best meets the criterion and rank last ie 5, if 5 companies are shortlisted, for the mover company that least meets the criterion.  Once ranking has been completed, total up the score for each company.  The mover company that has the lowest cumulative score is ranked first overall and is the best-balanced choice.  Before signing the contract with them, it is wise to have another discussion with the mover company; including visiting the company to ascertain that your needs will be met so that the co-ordination of the move is a smooth and successful one.  

Thursday, 12 July 2012

How To Allocate How Many Movers We Need When Moving To a New House?

How To Allocate How Many Movers We Need When Moving To a New House?

Moving to a new house is an exciting experience, but it can also be daunting because of the many decisions that need to be made, for example, whether to hire professional movers or not, which company to hire, how many movers to book and many more. A professional moving company will be there to assist you with this, as they are able to send sufficient movers to help you based on
experience. But if you choose to hire independent movers, how many should you book?    

Independent movers are movers which do not belong specifically to a company, rather they are freelance movers who are called in when the company receives a call. Such companies will only provide you with the manpower to load and unload the truck, leaving you to settle the rest, including the truck. It might be cheaper to hire independent movers if you can rent the truck separately at a lower rate. You can also hire these movers directly, saving on the company’s middleman costs. 

There are several things you have to consider when deciding how many movers is required to move. Here is a quick checklist to help you decide:

1.    What is your budget? You have to work out how much you want to spend on hiring movers, and then call up companies for quotations before you decide how many movers you can afford.

2.    When are you moving?
During peak seasons like the New Year, many people prefer not to work, so if you simply have to move during that period, you might not find as many movers, and you may incur higher costs which could mean your budget cannot accommodate as many movers. Call ahead of time to check with the company.

3.    Do you have friends and relatives to help you move? Having people willing to help you out would mean you need to hire fewer paid movers. You should also ensure that the movers you hire are reliable and will turn up, so you do not have to hire back-ups to replace them.

4.    How long have you lived in your current home? The longer you have lived there, the more things you are likely to have accumulated and you will then need to hire more movers. Get the company to send a representative to your home and give you an estimate of the number of workers they will need to send on moving day. You could do this after you finish packing your belongings into boxes.

5.    What kind of furniture do you have? Do you have a piano or other bulky furniture that needs to be handled carefully? If so, you might need extra manpower, or even consider hiring specialist movers for these items for your peace of mind.

6.    What type of house are you moving to? Or what type of house are you currently living in? If you need the movers to use the lift or stairs to reach your home, or you live in a double-storey house, there will be more moving involved and you might want to hire more movers to get the work done faster. If you are moving to a hostel, 2 movers might be enough. But if you are moving to a landed property, you would probably need 6. Again, you could consult the moving company for advice, which they should be willing to provide.

7.    How does the company charge? Some charge less if you do your own packing, so you could save if you have the time to do it yourself and hire them only for the moving. You should also find out if the company charges by the hour or by the worker, what the minimum hours are, and how much the additional charges will be should you need additional time to complete the move.

For example, depending on how the pricing system works, it might be cheaper to hire two workers for the minimum 3 hour block and then pay them for an additional hour to complete the move, as compared to hiring three workers for 3 hours. The reverse might also be true, depending on the policies of the company. You would then have to decide if you would rather spend more time or money on the move.

The above checklist should be a rough guide for you, but if you are in doubt, it is always good to consult the moving company as they would know best.

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Friday, 6 July 2012

What Insurance Does House Moving Company Provide?

What Insurance Does House Moving Company Provide?

House Moving is a huge responsibility, as many valuable items from your home are handled, packed and carried out from point A to point B. Anyone and everyone who has moved, knows it is hard to deal with personal items that are fragile, expensive, massive so on and so forth. So when one has such many times, they would not only hire a trusted and professional moving company, the clients would definitely want to know what insurance/s does the house moving company provide, for the best and maximum coverage for those items they want and need to be insured for.

Although professional movers are liable to what happens to your goods, please read through carefully and determine with the house moving company the extent of liability coverage for goods lost and damage, that the company will provide. While reading the terms and conditions properly, also determine the estimated value of your possessions. Clients have to understand and realize that the insurance provided by the house moving company only covers a certain amount of the total value of your goods. And that is why you will need to get the right or additional insurance/s to be fully covered.

Clients would then want to know what insurance/s does the house moving company offers. Insurance that is available through the mover is based on estimation/valuation, that method will determine the obligation by you and the house moving company. Normally there are three types of valuation for the client to consider. Different companies provide different types of insurance.

First, declared value, how that works is that the estimated cost of your things you move may be based the total weight being moved times by a certain amount (maybe $1.50) per kilogram/pound. So for example, if the client’s total possessions weighs in about 5000 KGS , the house moving company would be liable about up to $7,500 (when calculated). Please note this is a rough estimation, it all still depends the situation. The claim settlement will be then based the decrease value of item/s damaged or lost.

Second type would be lump sum value. If the client needs insurance that is based more according to the value than rather on weight, they can get insurance for the particular amount, however the amount is variable dependent on the insurance that is purchased or provide by the house moving company. In such cases the client must know the value of their items that is being moved and declare in writing on the bill of lading.

Thirdly, comes the most coverage desired, which is the full value protection. This kind of coverage includes, destroyed, damaged and loss of goods. This insurance will reimburse the repair or substitution of client’s item/s. Bear in mind, there is a minimum coverage amount from the house moving company and includes relevant deductibles.

Clients can also use homeowners insurance or transit insurance as a supplement. Most homeowner’s insurance policies covers about 10 percent of value of the client’s personal possessions, and can be a good supplement to the insurance provided by the house moving company. Next will be the transit insurance, which is also another worthwhile supplement provided, this coverage can save a client thousands of dollars and is normally available through the house moving company or through the homeowner’s insurance company.

Please remember if you are moving irreplaceable, top valued items, you the client should consider taking special measures in insuring the safety and protecting such items. Clients would be highly advised to buy additional insurance or coverage, which is available by speaking to the house moving or homeowner’s insurance companies.