Long Distance Moving Guide

Long Distance Moving

When you talk about a long distance moving, the first thing you need to consider when hiring professional movers. What is the exact definition of a long distance move? A long-distance move is any move that is over 40 miles, that can be in-state or out of state.

Before hiring a moving crew for a long distance move, make sure to have all your dates and addresses locked down and correct. Some companies may charge you if you need to change moving dates at the last minute, so before booking make sure to have all your information correct. Next, you need to decide how much you are moving. Are you moving all your furniture or just some or none and buying new?

Long Distance Moving Tips

Once you have a list of what you are going to take, the next step would be to pack. Of course, packing yourself or having friends and family help can save you some money over having a company pack your stuff. Canceling your utilities at your old place and scheduling new installs at the new place is something you should consider doing as well.

Once you are packed and scheduled you need to consider hiring an experienced and insured mover that will handle long distance moves at a reasonable price, such as Men on the Move! Men on the Move have decades of experience and will always deliver your belongings on time and safe and secure, contact Men on the Move today for your long distance move.

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2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Men on the Move earned the esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award! This award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Men on the Move has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, Michigan Mover Awardsreflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

We feel truly honored to receive this award for the 3rd year in a row. I am very proud of my employees for always putting their best foot forward when relocating customers in Canton, Westland, or Livonia, Michigan.

“Only about 5 percent of the Moving and Storage companies in Michigan have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

 

From Novi to West Bloomfield we can help you move!

Are you moving to Novi? Are you moving to West Bloomfield? Are you moving from Novi or West Bloomfield? No matter where you are moving in Michigan, there is one place you should contact for professional movers and a insured company, that is Men on the Move!

Why bother your friends or family to volunteer to help you move, how many times have you asked them? Sure they say yes, but you know they don’t want to help. Don’t inconvenience them, and why put yourself in that position. On top of finding volunteers, then you have to secure a truck or trucks, and if nobody you know has one then you have to rent a truck.

Once you have the volunteers (probably have to bribe them with money, beer or dinner) and you paid for the truck then you have to take a whole weekend and move everything you have. A whole day gone, you are not getting it back. Why bother with all of that when you can simply hire Men on the Move. Men on the move covers all over, from Novi, West Bloomfield, Westland, Garden City to Taylor, they got you covered.

A foot of snow outside and you need to move? Call Men on the Move. 95 degrees outside and it feels like your 2 inches from the sun, call Men on the Move! No matter what the conditions, Men on the Move can move you to your new home. Men on the Move is the premiere moving company in Michigan!

Do not delay, contact us today at 734-729-6683 or  734-913-9966 or use one of our convenient quote forms and we can help you move to your dream house with no hassle!

Winter and Cold Weather Moving Tips

Winter is harsh and cold weather moving can make a difficult job even worse. Here are a few cold weather moving tips that should help when moving in winter.

Snow/Ice – It is important to remember that you hired a moving company on moving day not a snow removal company. Before your moving company arrives, your driveway, walkways, sidewalks, back decks, and basement walkouts should be clear of all snow and ice.  You can save time (which is money on some types of moves) by making sure this is done.

Doors – If you are 100% against having the front door left open, then as the customer it is your responsibility to keep the door open. You should have a friend or family member playing doorman for the moving crew for the entire move. You wouldn’t want a moving technician carrying your expensive flat screen TV while trying to open a door. A third mover or more time to work around this issue… again might cost you more.

Protecting Floors – In most cases, the company can lay a moving blanket at the entryway to keep mud or sludge from being be tracked into the home during the relocation. Typically for an additional fee, the moving company will lay plastic carpet protector along the main walkways of the home before the moving begins. There are logistical, liability, and safety concerns associated with movers wearing any type of disposable shoe covers. Check with your moving company before the scheduled moving day.

Electronics – Extreme temperature changes can cause condensation build up on the high tech circuits. Consumer electronic items such as computers, laptops, DVD players, TVs, stereos are subject to this. It is best for your electronics to acclimate to room temperature for at least 24 hours before plugging everything in and setting it up.

Care Taken When Moving Appliances

Washers – Even though your washer should be drained before moving it, the washer will always maintain a little water.  Components like the mixer valve, pump housing and internal hose areas may have moisture. Using your washer while water is frozen in these components can result in damage to belts, hoses and other internal parts of the washer. Your washer should only be operated at a temperature of above 60°F.

Dryers – Like most things when subject to freezing temperatures, igniters and heating elements in the dryer can become brittle. Operating the dryer will cause a sudden temperature change and may damage internal parts. Your dryer should only be operated at a temperature of above 60°F.

Refrigerators – A refrigerator may be plugged in for use the day of the move, but the ice maker should not be connected to the water supply for at least 24 hours. Moisture in the solenoid valve, supply lines and cold-water reservoir may be frozen. This will hinder the normal operation of the icemaker. If the cold water reservoir was not drained before the move started, it could be frozen solid causing hairline cracks in the water reservoir. It is very important to let all components of the ice maker system reach operating temperature first. Then a thorough check can be completed after hooking up the water supply.

Open doors and lower thermostat settings are typical moving day phenomenon. So remember to think of your pets and indoor plants as well when moving in winter.

Protect your belongings from moving scams

I found this story today while searching out moving news on the web. I thought this would be a good story to share with everyone. We here at Men On The Move hear this kinda of stuff all the time. When you call a company price might be the most important. But ask yourself the day of the move how important is price then?

Call 12 For Action reveals tips to avoid scams
Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 6:03 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

Reporting by Susan Hogan
BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – If you are moving this month, you are one of 37 million Americans who are. Call 12 for action has uncovered important information to protect your goods and your wallet.

Imagine, you hire a moving company, pay them big bucks. and then, your belongings and the mover are no shows! All too often customers Call 12 for Action when moving goes wrong..

Trying to save a few bucks on her last move, Deborah Viera of Bristol admits she hired a moving company without doing her homework and ended up costing her some valuable antiques. This time, she says she’s doing her homework.

“This time i wanted to make sure i did my research, called recommended and they have a good reputation.”

Cynthia Tuaniga and her husband are still waiting for their belongings they haven’t seen since early February. Despite repeated calls to the mover, they say they have no idea where their stuff is.

“Then, they told me they can no longer talk to me because I made a Better Business Bureau complaint.” she said. Cynthia tells Call 12 For Action that the company is now just hanging up when she calls..

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Tells us that is simply not true. In fact, they encourage customers and businesses to work things out together.

The BBB received more than 8900 complaints last year against moving companies, mostly about damaged or lost goods and final prices in excess of original estimates.

So before hiring a moving company ask for a copy of their motor carriers certificate and insurance information. Also, you can check out their hourly rate on the PUC’s website.

And beware of hiring movers advertising on Craigslist or other online advertising sites. Virtually anyone with a truck can claim to be a mover, but they can’t always be trusted to follow the rules

May is National Moving Month:

We bet that you didn’t know that National Moving Month is in May, did you?  Well, all through the month of May we get to celebrate National Moving Month – it runs all month, from the 1st through the 31st.  So, what is National Moving Month all about?

Things kick off on May 1st and the celebration mainly focuses on the moving industry.  It is an excellent way to set off the moving season since most people happen to relocate in the spring and summer months.  In fact, almost 44 million people pack everything up and move to a new home or neighborhood each year in the United States alone.  (And most of these moves are initiated during the peak season – between May and September.)

So, what else does National Moving Month entail?  Well, during this special period, most moving experts will be focused on not only providing relocation services to residents and businesses but also educating Americans like yourself about how to plan a successful and efficient move, sharing tips on packing, and how to handle your children’s concerns during a move.

In addition to being able to learn more about the moving industry and making your next relocation even easier, National Moving Month is a great time to find specials from various moving companies and get lots of extra support for relocating.  Though it may not be a widely known celebratory month, we sure like it!

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