Protecting your Fragile articles while relocating

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The most vulnerable items in any relocation is usually your glassware including china. So if you want your fragile items to survive, you may need to provide them with plenty of protection. Packing your fragile items like Crockery, glassware, photo frames etc. can be demanding since those need to be secured from bumps, vibrations or shocks of any kind while transportation. You may need to consider a lot of basics on how to pack your fragile items so that they don’t shift from a place while stacked on a moving truck since different items need different handling, for example, bone china needs different packaging method when compared to the LCD Television.

Most common hazards for fragile items may be vibration and shock. This may come in various forms like, a box getting dropped due to sudden braking, or shaken by a heavy vibrating engine or carted over rough path when being moved to a truck. Don’t use newspapers because the print residue may stick on to the items that the best of washing process will not take it off. Also, the print residue can ruin porous items like clay pots or lampshades or things with rough finishes like antiques. People may also try to use towels, blankets or bed sheets for protection, which may either consume most of the space in a box or aid cracks in the glassware due to compression. Therefore, packaging material to be used for cushioning needs to be able to protect from shock and vibration while possessing physical characteristics which do not harm the items both from breakage and color imposition.

Efficient packing materials for fragile items include;

1. Inflated material like bubble wraps privide cushioning around the object
2. Heavy grades of paper or kraft paper can be wadded into the box or may
be wrapped around the objects. These types of paper provide more cushioning than the newspaper
3. Corrugated paper pads which are made from fluted board having right amount of thickness provide the required cushioning
4. Foam sheets engineered to fit around the objects for optimum cushioning
5. Packaging air tight foils which are designed to fill a void within a box,
protect the objects from the sides of the box. The can withstand multiple
shocks on a moving truck.

Right sized box for the job is 2×2 which barely carries 4 Kgs. Wrap individual items separately with sufficient padding for protection. Ideally they shouldn’t come into contact with other items inside the box. Clearly label the boxes as “Fragile” and “This way Up”. Photos in glass frames should get the same care. They are even harder to replace and are just as breakable.

Apart from cushioning, the items may need to be braced within the box to securely hold them in place during transportation. For example, the LCD Television set often comes with molded braces on the rear that secures it from shifting when properly fastened inside the box. It always makes sense to save any specifically shaped bracing material which come with the items during original purchase.

A wide variety of packaging material is available with the Packers and Movers registered with MakingMove.com to take care of your fragile belongings. It is always advisable to discuss the items you plan to protect with us while booking your move and get the right packing material to keep your fragile items safe.

Basics of Car Transportation

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1. Car Shipping: Car shipping and transport was largely conducted by dealers and manufacturers until the last fifteen years. Vast People movement and explosion of Internet has allowed this niche service to grow and reach the general consumer marketplace by means of specialized operators

2. Preparing your car for shipping: You will be completely responsible for
getting your car ready for shipment – Be it Cleanliness, Repairs, Empty fuel tank, Valid insurance etc. Preparation should not take much time which also will help ensure smooth shipping. Ask your transporter for additional tips on how you can prepare your vehicle. Car transport does not need to be a hassle.

3. Insurance: Check with your Car insurance company to verify whether your car insurance applies during car transit. While auto transport companies do insure your vehicle during transport upon request, they DO NOT insure personal items left in the car.

4. Door to Door Service vs. Warehouse to Warehouse: Car transport companies offer several levels of service depending on how quickly you need your vehicle shipped, how much you want to pay, and where the car needs to be picked up and delivered.The Door-To-Door delivery service would definitely attract a certain premium over the Warehouse drop service.

5. Classic or expensive car transport: Transporting an expensive or classic
car takes extra care and experience by those who are performing the move. Owners of such cars need to be assured that their vehicle is in safe hands and that the people involved in the move know how to effectively handle any problems or issues that may arise. This service too holds a premium cost over the regular car shipment.

6. Enclosed Transport: Your vehicle will be transported in an enclosed container that allows it to be free from dust, sand, rain and other elements of the road, ensuring safety and protection while in transit

7. Arrival of the car: Remember, vehicle transport companies are rarely able to provide specific pick-up and delivery times. Unforeseen problems, like traffic or breakdowns, can cause potential delays. Patience and preparation are essential and will make sure both you and your vehicle transporter have a positive experience.

When it comes to transporting you Car, one of the most important things to notice is the safety of the vehicle with regards to things such as rain, dust, heat and car theft. Considering the above factors, MakingMove has  aggregated the best in class Packers and Movers and Car Transporters
for faster, more cost-effective and safe transportation of your vehicle.
With industry leading customer service and the dedication to your customer experience, we work closely with you to ensure safe, timely delivery of your car and motorcycle.

Do I sell my Furniture or carry along while relocating?

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Although it may not sound like a step forward, when relocating day comes closer, instead of packing up all your old inexpensive furniture, Manish Datta, founder of MakingMove.com suggests selling it all which otherwise may prove costly affair for transportation.

You can actually make decent money selling your old stuff combining it with the economics of transport. Once you’ve sold your old furniture, you will have a nice option to upgrade and might even discover you are happier with the new upgrade.

Quite obviously, this approach is not meant for everyone. The value of selling your old furniture depends heavily on the total value of your furniture being sold, since we are trying to proportionately relate it to the cost of transportation. Also, this process of severe reduction of resources can force you to realize what really matters for your household.

However, learning that your cost of transportation is higher doesn’t really
require you to sell your stuff. Quite honestly, if you have nice, classic
furniture that’s still in good shape, it would be dumb to sell and buy again.
This idea of selling everything you own is dramatic but might eventually prove pointless.Although not hard, but think of it this way that you’ve just saved yourself enough money you would have spent re-buying the furniture when you actually didn’t need to.

Selling your old furniture and making any decent money on it is not easy. It takes time and energy to sell, which otherwise you would have spent finding a cozy place to live in your new city of move or to get acclimatized. If cost of moving is the only reason for selling your furniture, it may also depend on who’s paying for it. You may not have to worry if the company pays up for the move.

Now, if its you who is paying for it, I can see how reducing your old furniture may benefit your actual cost of move by hiring a smaller truck. Although selling furniture and other non-essentials when moving sounds like a great idea to keep the consumer culture going. And on the contrary, You may also find things that you constantly desired to own and finally purchased them.

Should you feel you need some assistance with heavy lifting during your
relocation, specialty furniture movers are available for full home removals, long-distance relocation or very heavy pieces of furniture such as plush sofas and chairs. If you don’t want to pay the full price of taking services of Packers and Movers to pack, load, and unload your belongings, you may have to handle the move yourself.

While moving becomes cheaper, in many cases it can present a problem when moving your heavy furniture. Therefore hiring furniture Movers and Packers for the specialized move is the best option. This will prevent valuable furniture and antiques from getting chipped, scratched, or damaged during relocation. Additionally,you can hire furniture movers to move a single item of large furniture like a piano or a large dining table, to ensure that it arrives safely to your new home.

MakingMove.com Pricing Algorithm for Household goods shipment

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algoHousehold goods Transportation pricing is considerably more complex than the commercial cargo where both operators and the consumers have been doing their assessment for rationality. Consumers may not like paying for anything extra like empty spaces in the truck booked for relocation or for additional number of boxes.

As far as the industry norms go today, transporters do not tell their customers how their pricing structures are built for different volumes of household cargo. Most of the times the rates are decided by the imaginary yard stick without a coherent formula.

Manish Datta, founder of MakingMove.com says, “Pricing algorithm for household goods movement is actually the ability to charge the right price to the right customer at the given moment. And all this depends upon the need of the transportation industry to follow ethical and best fare practices.

At the same time, more and more customers seek lowest prices instead of seeking value for their shipment. “Where can I get the lowest price?” should be an easy question but its definitely not simple to answer. Contrary to the popular belief, you would eventually realize the operators who charge you the least cause you the most trouble. There are a slew of factors ranging from volume, distance, types of packaging, shipping fees and Trained vs Untrained labor. Making things even more complicated are the fly-by-night operators who tend to bring in abysmally wrong fare practices in the marketplace and sometimes adjust prices frequently to make a quick buck at the customer’s risk. Such operators normally set up their shop during an active period of relocation in India between March to July and wind up operations during the lean period, usually putting the trust factor at risk.

Taking into account such complexities, MakingMove.com teamed up with some of the top rated Packers and Movers in India and developed the pricing algorithm for household goods transportation by evolving the factors mentioned above. In an exclusive website presented by us, we first uncovered the irrational gaps in the industry realms and then automated
the process through technology tools. We now present never seen before pricing for household goods transportation. Having created a benchmark in transparency for your moving expenditure through our unique pricing algorithm, we provide simultaneous listing of multiple quotes to give you a wide choice. Economy, Savings and Reliability have been the 3 guiding principles of our pricing policy.

We have quantified the value for each household item in terms of Cubic Feet (CFT), which denotes the volume. The total CFT being shipped gives you a fair idea on the amount of space your entire inventory would occupy the truck. Our pricing structure is based on the medium end of the spectrum in order to provide economy together with quality. The choices allow our users to make sense of the price. We have organized our quotes with pricing from the best moving company to an average moving company in India. We basically quote value and the overall exceptional experience associated with relocation.

The Hidden Cost of Relocation

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A study conducted by MakingMove.com has revealed that most of the households in India which do not enjoy the reimbursement facility by their employer for relocation, underestimate the cost of moving by a substantial amount, maybe equivalent to 30% of the actual cost.

Since people are more focused on the actual moving cost of their household goods, and other expenses like travel tickets, there are other costs involved which are often ignored. Advance house rentals in the new city of move is a major cost which usually gets ignored while budgeting. There are other costs related to initial settling down in the new city like regular food and upkeep expenses which are often unaccounted for and do mount up over a short period. These small but highly essential expenses take the relocating family by a huge surprise.

Six out of 10 people have revealed they were over budget when moving to a new location, while 40% of those interviewed said they spent most of their cash on redecorating the interiors, 85% of those interviewed said the new contract with cable TV and broadband together with a new telephone connection proved costly as an added cost. The cleaning expenses and payments to temporary labor for errands too proved costly for almost all of those respectively who were interviewed.

Nevertheless, given the extra expenses that are a part and parcel of relocating to a new city of move, only 60% of those questioned had the money in their pockets to meet the extra cost involved. Others end up getting further into debt by applying for personal loans or using their credit cards abnormally. And a few people rely on the back of their friends and family for that additional help. There were also a few who didn’t mind selling off their inessential household articles to raise funds.

Sacrifices people indulge for a short duration to cover up the additional costs can range from giving up going to their favorite restaurants or forego buying new clothes till the time they are comfortably placed and even do away with family trips that they were often used to.

Manish Datta, founder of MakingMove.com said “Given the microeconomics scenario the country has to offer, transportation costs are essentially on the rise. Therefore the key factor here would be to churn out every potential cost when relocating so people are not taken by surprise by the unexpected expenses. It becomes paramount for people to view the costs from a larger picture which might include things as small as buying a bottle of water from the supermarket”.

He added “As relocating can be a stressful event for a family, it is a good idea to do a proper research of the new city of move for home rentals, school fees, conveyance expenditure and general cost of living to determine your periodic expenditure does not fall out of your scheme of things”.

He further adds: “In an exclusive website presented by us, we first uncovered the irrational gaps in the industry realms and then automated the process through technology tools which can fill the gaps in your shipment assignment processes, and optimize your transportation by Packers and Movers through the optimum network we built for the lowest possible cost. Hence applying our strengths to lower your cost of move to least possible degree.”