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How to Identify Bad Landlords before Moving In

How to Identify Bad Landlords before Moving In

When searching for an affordable apartment, one of the biggest concerns is whether the landlord will demonstrate a commitment to serving the tenant. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the home is safe and maintained. However, many landlords try to keep costs low by minimizing the staff and postponing repairs.

Very unethical landlord practices can put both the tenant’s health and property in jeopardy. Fire hazards can lead to actual fires that can consume everything that the tenant owns. To protect themselves in the event of a fire, break-in, or other disaster, tenants should consider looking for renters insurance at RentersInsurance.com.

Few renters want the hassle of dealing with a dishonest, unethical, or unreliable landlord, especially if the tenant has to go through the trouble of suing the landlord or the expense of terminating the lease early. Fortunately, there are ways that tenants can identify and avoid bad landlords in the first place.

Signs Of Bad Landlords

The first telltale sign of a bad landlord is the condition of the property. Most landlords try to get the property in the best condition possible in order to impress potential renters. If the apartment already appears to be of low-quality, that is a sign that the landlord isn’t responsible.

Another way to determine if the landlord is reliable is his or her overall attitude. If the landlord does not behave in a professional manner, this is a sign. Many tenants get an unsettling feeling when they first meet a disreputable landlord.

The Internet can be a handy tool for identifying bad landlords.  Wronged tenants are often eager to voice their frustrations. Many websites list user reviews of apartments. If none are available, the apartment seer could consider approaching one of the current tenants to ask about his or her experiences.

Another approach is to try to determine whether there are any legal incidents that the landlord has been involved in. Most landlords do not change their behaviors and any repeated legal troubles that the landlord has been involved in can be a sign of things to come. Before signing a lease, the tenant should learn his or her legal rights. Even though many poor tenants can be spotted, the tenant should be prepared in the event that the landlord turns out to be irresponsible.

Finally, contact Men on the Move today for your next move!

Searching for the Best Moving Company

Searching for the Best Moving Company

Moving preparation is the basic requirement for a successful and smooth moving. And one of the basic steps to take as part of it is doing a thorough search for a mover. Simply reading about moving companies online or asking friends is not enough as you will see in this guide. It is meant to provide you with directions on how you can find the movers you can really rely on. Also, what requirements they need to follow. Make you’re moving efficiently by following the several steps here below.

Finding the Best Moving Companies

What can you do to make your search efficient and have the best results? Follow a few simple steps and they will help you on your way to finding the best moving company:

  1. First of all, begin by making a search for moving companies near you. That of course depends on whether you want a mover that is nearest you or your destination. That can be tricky. You should always get a moving quote to start the process. It is free to fill it in and after that, the movers will contact you.
  2.  Make sure they have a website by a reputable Internet provider. Today a lot of moving companies have websites so when you are searching online the result is a place where the majority of reputable moving companies are promoting their business. In addition, speak with them, see that the quote online matches what prices they will actually give you.
  3. Online is also the place to read reviews for moving companies. Some of them are fake but you will recognize for which moving company feedback is true: usually, an unreliable moving company will have only bad reviews, written by unhappy customers, or only good reviews written by the company that is fake. The best moving companies let their customers do the talking.
  4. Be careful when hiring a moving company: it has to be a real moving company and not a broker. What is the difference? A broker generally will hire a moving company to do your move and you won’t know which one it is until moving day. That may be quite an unpleasant surprise after all you’re trying to find the best moving company and expect to be dealing with them directly. A lot of people make this mistake so when contacting companies ask them if they are a mover or a moving broker.
  5. Your search should continue looking for the best moving companies by looking more thoroughly. One of which you expect to hire for moving. Search for their registration at the Department of Transportation – every moving company must have one. Here you can take a look at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulations.
  6. Check the licensing and insurance, too – it is on this page.
  7. And it is not a must but it will definitely narrow your search to a better company if you can also take a look if it is present in the Better Business Bureau where you will also be able to file a complaint if that’s the case. That will give you additional information, too. You can even give them a call and ask if the moving company has a complaint against it.
  8. It would really help if you could take a good look at your home and decide what’s to be moved. Then make a moving checklist – this is the basis of your moving and the main factor that will define your moving costs. You will need to have it in order to give it to the movers.
  9. You may even want to visit to the company’s office if they are a local mover – ask them about their work, since when does the company function, how long have their employees been in the moving industry, what training they have had so far and how often do they receive new training. In general, your goal is to establish if the moving company and its staff are well experienced in what they do. While you’re in there inquire about the services that the moving company offers and the prices for them. Different moving companies will have a different price list and different services. Usually, a mover will be able to take care of your packing, loading, unloading, and storage – if you need one.
  10. Ask to see the moving trucks – they should have the name of the moving company on them. Sometimes in summer in the peak moving season moving companies hire additional trucks if necessary. But this is more of an exception than a rule.
  11. If you don’t understand anything ask the moving company. Don’t sign any blank sheets and read everything before you sign it. Especially be careful if you see small prints. When conducting your search remember to ask anything you don’t understand related to the moving or the paperwork that the moving company presents you.

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How Fuel Prices Can Affect Your Move

How Fuel Prices Can Affect Your Move

If there is one positive from all the craziness lately is the drop in gas prices. Of course, there is not a person out there that hasn’t been affected by fuel costs. The cost of fuel affects the daily commute, heating your home, and even groceries.  Indirectly, the cost of fuel can even affect the cost of your relocation since it affects many moving companies directly.

Fuel Prices Affect Moving

Across the board, moving companies are feeling the pinch since fuel costs are incorporated into their daily operations.  Movers must pay for plenty of fuel. Traveling back and forth for in-home estimates and the packing up, unloading, and transport of moving trucks are just some examples.  Overall, the moving industry has a pretty small profit margin and higher fuel costs cut into that profit even more.

Fuel prices can really affect long-distance moves. Any move that is longer than 40 miles one way or out of state can be classified as a long-distance move.  Fuel is a big consideration when receiving a long-distance quote.

For a long-distance move, the quote is not based on actual items but more on the actual weight of the move. For the best and most accurate quote, try to fill out the form located here, to the best of your ability.  Even if you are not moving out of state but are still moving over 40 miles you will need to fill out the long-distance form. The form will walk you from room to room asking about items in each room.

Finally, in these tough times, we here at Men on the Move are here for you. Currently, we are operating and follow all safety precautions set by the CDC. By booking your move today you can save some while fuel prices are low.

 

Office Moving Companies Near Me

Office Moving Near Me

Sometimes there are reasons out of our control that forces you to move your business. Increased rent, the decline in the neighborhood, or better financial reasons, whatever the reason, if you need to move call Men on the Move. Office moving can be a stressful time considering all the logistics of it all. There are many aspects to consider when moving your business. The first being scheduling the right time with your employees.

You do not want to conflict with their schedules causing overtime or less work to be available. The next consideration is who will handle packing everything making it ready. This is where great companies like Men on the Move come in. We can handle everything you need to make your office move go smooth and efficient. Our experts can help you decide what time is best for your business to move. Also, help schedule the best day to do it.

We also carry all the moving supplies you need such as boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape. At Men on the Move, we take the hassle out of moving and handle it all so you do not have to worry. Our dedicated crew is quick and efficient and can get you in your new location in no time.

Trust Men on the Move For Office Moving

Do not trust your office move to fly by night moving companies that will damage your stuff and overcharge you. Men on the Move is a local and fully insured moving company that strives to provide the very best customer service in the state. There is a reason we receive the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

So take the stress out of it all and call us today at 734-744-9547 or fill out our commercial quote form and we will contact you with an estimate. Finally, when it comes to a local moving company that can move your office to its new location, the clear choice is Men on the Move!

 


 

Long Distance Moving to North Carolina

Long Distance Moving to Wilmington, North Carolina

The winter semester at many colleges and universities is over and graduations are underway. During this season, Men on the Move helps many young graduates move home. Long distance moving or interstate moving from Westland or Livonia are the most popular moves during this time.

Recently after completing a long distance move from Michigan to North Carolina, our Michigan movers had a chance to Long Distance Moving in North Carolinavisit the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington. Also, the USS North Carolina Battleship was one of the first fast battleships in World War II. The success of this ship helped to establish fast battleships as a protector of other aircraft carriers.On April 29 in 1962, the USS North Carolina because a memorial for the 10,000 people from North Carolina who died in the war. While in North Carolina, we had a chance to stop to have some fun and visit this great battleship. (Check out the photo on the left.)

Are you a recent graduate of  Michigan State University, Wayne State University, or Oakland University? Are you looking to make an interstate move from Michigan? Men on the Move is here to help you with a smooth college moving experience. Contact us today.

 

 

Why use a Licensed Moving Company?

Licensed Moving Company

Trucks with no company names, or logos are a flag for a potential unlicensed illegal movers.

Moving day is approaching, and you may have found that you are in need of some extra hands on the move. If you’ve never hired a moving service company you may be asking questions like “How much is this going to cost?”, “What is the difference between a licensed and unlicensed mover”, or “ Why not use this craigslist guy?”.

First off, we are going to strongly advise you not to use the craigslist guy, just for the simple reason that he probably isn’t licensed. Having a license for a moving company is important for you to the consumer because it ensures a few things:

  1. That the company is running a legal operation and can be held accountable for any of their actions
  2. A licensed company will have insurance, and in turn, will probably offer insurance for you the consumer.
  3. Unlicensed movers are more likely to potentially damage your stuff, change prices once they have your possessions, or steal your stuff.

Men on the Move Is A Licensed Moving Company

In the past few years, there has been a skyrocket in complaints against unlicensed moving companies. Many sting operations to shut these illegal operations down (Here is an example story from New Jersey). From items getting stolen to unexpected price hikes, you need a company you can trust. For the Metro Detroit area, there is no better company to use than Men on the Move. You’ve probably seen us on highway helping someone with their move or heard about us on the radio. When it comes down to it, no one does it better than Men on the Move.

We also offer free quotes for your commercial or residential move so you can better assess your moving costs. Finally, we are fully licensed, insured, and always give our award winning service.