Your comprehensive Moving Check-List

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Being attentive right from the day we went live in July 2015, we learnt there
is a lot to be done and remembered while relocating, so we have compiled a
comprehensive Moving Checklist to assist you at every step 2 months prior to
your proposed move. This comprehensive Check-List will take you through the
entire moving process from start to finish, we thought best based upon our
rich experience over this period.
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Avoid costly moving mistakes with the help of our moving Check-List. For
additional help during your proposed move, look no further. Team MakingMove.com
shows people how to significantly reduce moving costs by providing them with
a unique online survey which calculates the right cost for the given volume.
You pay only for the space your inventory occupies in the truck.

 

8 weeks before the move                                                                                                                              Remarks

If you are living on rent, notify your landlord of your tentative move date
Search for an appropriate home in your new city of move
Arrange School, pre-school, Day-care transfers

4 weeks before the move                                                                                                                               Remarks


Confirm the date of your actual move
Notify the relevant utility companies ie Power, Telecom, TV, Internet, Gas of your departure from the current city

Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide which items can be sold and which can be donated to a charity
If you need new furniture, order them now and arrange for delivery when you move in to your new home
Check for your vehicle insurance whether it includes transit insurance which
may save you some spend for buying additional insurance
Talk to several moving companies and obtain quotes. Get references and do
check the limits of their insurance
In case you are not using professional moving company, you may start talking to individual truck owner/operator

2 weeks before the move                                                                                                                             Remarks

Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes
Notify your milkman and newspaper delivery that you’ll be moving and give
them the date you would want the service to stop
Notify the bank of your change of address and if possible open up a
bank account in the new city of move
Notify Electoral office of your new address
Plan to carry yourself important legal documents and jewellery
Schedule any necessary repairs required in your new home
If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them on the move date
Make a note of any precious or fragile items that require special care to move.
Remember to sort through your Car, Bike and storage area
Prepare a SURVIVAL KIT with kettle, tea and coffee, breakfast requirements,
children’s needs, pet requirements. bathroom necessities, medication, spare
light bulbs and tools
Finalize arrangements with your moving company. Confirm arrival times and
make sure your Packers and Movers have directions to your new address

1 weeks before the move                                                                                                                             Remarks

Arrange for new bank account, Gas, telephone and internet connections
Arrange for day off from work on the moving day
Ensure new home will be thoroughly cleaned before you move in
Disassemble outdoor items like drying equipment, Air conditioners and coolers
Create a handy kit with hammer, allen keys, screwdriver, nails and wall hooks
Set aside bed linen, towels to be used on the first day so beds can be made
up quickly on your arrival
Ensure all meters read and new house key collection organized
Draw up a plan of each room in your new home with furniture placement for the
moving company’s supervisor. Saves your time and energy.
Coordinate for the timing with the moving company for removals
Arrange for access and parking for the moving truck at your new premises

1 Day before the move                                                                                                                                  Remarks

Defrost and empty out your refrigerator
Pack your personal belongings to take with you
Unplug and tie-up appliances cords
Necessary cash-in-hand
Bid good-bye to your old neighbors, friends and colleagues
Prepare an action plan for the moving day
Confirm the timing with the moving company for arrival the next day
Ensure all utilities in your new home are connected

Moving Day                                                                                                                                                  Remarks

Place the SURVIVAL KIT you prepared next to you
Guide the movers with the action plan for removals. Its important to ask them
to load kitchen boxes last so they are first off the truck
Check all items as they go into the moving truck
Lock all doors and windows and turn off the geysers
Check the balcony area, tops of cupboards and open up drawers
Return al keys to the house owner or the representative before moving

Guide to handy relocation ideas

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These points cover all the significant and reliable moving ideas that
MakingMove.com has learnt over a period of time dealing with both its Users and the Operators. As moving time approaches fast, it is only when you realize that you simply cant put off this move anymore and MUST move. Then comes a lot of pondering to build upon the existing anxiety.
– How will I pack those breakables and fragile household treasure?
– Do I have adequate cardboard boxes to pack my stuff? How many do I order with the Moving company?
– Which Moving company do I hire?
– What is going to be their moving quote?

Therefore, ponder ahead and decrease the chances of going wrong on the removal day. Make certain you’ve hired an expert Packers and Movers and Car Shifting service well in advance to the proposed move day. You may not want to ignore everything for the day prior to your relocation. Run a check at what you don’t actually need to pack, what’s required for careful loading and what is the value you would like to declare for insurance cover.

Try to take some time off to conduct an examination of your household stuff for a possible house clearance. You may like to dispose off the inessentials like old furniture, utensils or clothes. Will help you think in advance to utilize the profits of your sold objects towards some possible decorations in your new house of move or maybe cover your transportation cost. Or you may even want to make a box for charitable needs.

Dedicate some time to plan on how you are going to pack up your possessions. Books are straightforward but weigh much, your valuable items require sensible wrapping and may consume enough time and some of your furniture which requires to be disassembled.

Figure out much ahead in time how many packing boxes you will require and have this communicated to the moving company since each addition of box may change the moving quote. The regular dimensions of a cardboard box is 2″x2″x2″. Also contemplate what else can likely be helpful like bubble wraps, foam padding, old newspapers and required nuts and bolts for carriers. Boxes made with corrugated cardboard are better than the normal ones. Pull out all hazardous material such as paint, bleach and repellents and plan them accordingly into different boxes and store them away from the remaining stuff.Your advance communication to the moving company will help you loads in saving time and energy.

Start out early on the removal day. Packing usually takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you do not plan the packing ahead and run about chasing your wall pictures or your wardrobes for special clothing. Always start at the top within the house or at extreme end if it is single floor and continue either downwards or forwards.

Typically pack the heavier stuff first like refrigerator, washing machine, sofa etc. It will make the loading much easier for the other stuff in boxes. Pack a single area at one time, for eg. the bedroom, and distinctly label every carton with specifications on the content along with the room that it belongs. Clearly tag all boxes that carry fragile items and keep all boxes designed for each area in a formation known to you. This should save you considerable time unpacking.

Finally, store valuables like jewelry, legal files, important documents and place them in a secured area on the removal day or put them in a safe custody which can be released post relocation.

The thrill of pioneering online logistics solutions

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We, at MakingMove.com, inspired by the optimism of the internet era, proudly take credit for being the pioneers in developing end-to-end online logistics solution, right from the survey of your goods to be shipped to the quote generation and payment facilitation to the final delivery.

In one sense, pioneering online logistics solution has become our key characteristic here at MakingMove.com. But it soon would become apparent, through the other cloned websites, that this comfortable approach to transportation, is a part of an ambition of the users as a whole. The basic idea of MakingMove.com is to shorten the gestation period from contacting a logistics company to the actual date of move. We have brought down this entire exercise to a bare 20 minutes from a possible 1 week over a conventional method. It caught everybody off guard initially, doubting the accuracy of our software. But slowly it narrowed down to our users acceptance levels when our accuracy was found to be at 95% and the pricing on our algorithm at clearly 10% lesser when compared to what is offered by the same logistics companies over a conventional method.

Being a pioneer is cool, but behaving one is difficult. When we went live in July 2015, the need for guidance was profound, although we learnt as we burnt our fingers paying the price to develop 75% automation in an otherwise unorganized industry. The balance 25% is what we claim as physical deliveries.

MakingMove.com also strives to give logistics companies, the Packers and Movers and the Car Transporters everything they need to gain competitive advantage through the power of automated solution with high impact sustained content delivered to audiences in a uniquely intuitive way, thus providing them savings with respect to the time and cost consumed manually. Content is now grouped together in what we call as the pricing algorithm, which enables the users to generate the quote instantaneously by submitting their total volume being shipped. We’ve added a host of new capabilities by integrating the logistics company’s cost parameters to our algorithm. In addition, we offer support for a variety of payment options for our users which in turn helps in streamlining the payment method to the verified logistics companies impaneled with us.

“Being at the forefront of a new platform can be both thrilling and taxing, especially with a service that we perceived can change the face of logistics industry. As the founder of a company offering revolutionized service on internet, I’ve seen both benefit to the user and operator so also the potential pitfalls from those who are averse to adopting newer systems since we are working in an arena which is On-demand. And above everything else, it is basically a matter of improving upon what has come earlier” – Manish Datta.

At MakingMove.com, efficiency is a primary subject for us. Our time and resources are completely utilized to find more ways to improve our services online. New technologies can make all the difference when it comes to generating efficiency which we are effectively incorporating. But speed shouldn’t come at the expense of quality. Therefore, we have placed checks and balances at every crucial step within the software, which validates a potentially wrong entry by the user. While we take pride for being a problem solver, we also credit our users for being extremely interactive with us and say “I wish you had this”. Today, the product we present to you in its entirety is built based on our user reviews. And we profoundly thank all our users who have helped us with their timely intervention towards our pursuit of improvement.

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.”