Choosing a Moving Company

The moving process can be stressful. When it comes to choosing a moving service, we want to help put your mind at ease. Here are the things you should consider when choosing a moving company.

1. Check for the moving company’s license

When you want to establish the credibility of a moving company, ask for their license.  The moving company’s license and other requirements differ depending on whether you are moving within your state or to another.  In order to do business across state lines, the mover must be licensed with the federal government and have a U.s Department of Transportation number. the By simply looking up the moving company on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, you can find out if the moving company meets the interstate requirement.

2. Know when to use local or national mover:

if you are moving within the same state, it is recommended that you stick with a local moving company because it is much easier to resolve a problem with the local moving owner rather than with big corporations. But if you are moving interstate, you should use a national moving companies.

3. Do your background check on the moving company:

Don’t be deceived by the claims of moving companies, people can pretend to be what they are not just to get the contract to move your things for you. That's why its always important to verify licenses and references of the moving company, don’t just depend on the information displayed on the moving company’s website, check government and independent sources. Dig through their social media page, read comments from customers and read up what other people who have used their service is saying about them. 

4. Get Quotation:

After doing your due diligence, get the quotation in writing from the moving company and to be on the safe side, you should get estimates from more than one moving company and ensure that the quote covers everything in your home. Do not accept verbal estimates. In addition to a binding written estimate, it is recommended you get the following document from the moving company on moving day:

•    Bill of lading:

 A receipt for your belonging and contract between you and the mover. Please: do not sign a contract if there is anything there you don’t understand

•    Order of service:

This is a document that authorizes the moving company to transport your household items from one location to another

•    Inventory list: a receipt showing each item and its condition before the move.

There is no rocket science to moving, following these tips will help you engage the right moving company to help you make a seamless relocation. Who said relocation has to be burdensome?

What to Do When You Have to Move Quickly

Life can take us in unexpected places. Whether for a job, a personal reason or just a case of wanderlust, sometimes you need to move quickly. Once you realize that you need to up and go, where do you start? Take a deep breath, here are the the step by step tips to a quick move.

#1: Define Your Plan of Attack:

Depending on how soon you need to move, you may want to look for a temporary place to stay. Consider friends and relatives that live in town who wouldn’t mind having you there for a week. Additionally, AirBnb has options for an extended stay for up to several months. If you decide to move to a temporary place it may be more expensive, but it eases the burden of quickly committing to a long-term situation.

#2: Your New Home:

Renting is a popular option for folks who may have to move with little notice. It’s important that you also check Instagram and Twitter to find out what people are saying about the areas you're considering. This can help you to avoid a potential disaster. After surveying at least three rental properties, you will need to simply make a decision with the information you have been given. Quick moves are all about doing the best with the information you have been given.

#3: Packing Time:

The first thing you pack should be a box of essentials. Pack the items you would want if you were packing for a two-week trip instead of moving. After this, begin packing the rest of your belongings. Sometimes people who need to move quickly will simply take the essentials with them and leave the rest to be moved by a reputable moving company.

 

When you need to get on the move, who can you trust with your possessions? Tidewater Moving is licensed, insured, and a part of the small percentage of moving companies that belong to the Better Business Bureau. If you need to get out of town quickly, give us a call to schedule your move today!

 

 

 

 

How To Properly Box Up Wine Glasses

 

You may not have any issues packing up clothes, books, or other daily use items, but glassware is a different animal. Special items require extra care. Whether it’s crystal from your wedding, or fine wine glasses, moving these items requires a special procedure. Broken glassware can be a Champagne in the butt, but Tidewater Moving has your covered. Here are our 5 key tips for boxing up wine glasses.

#1: Cell Boxes

Cell boxes are pre-made boxes that include separate pockets. So, in each pocket you place a wine glass or a champagne flute. The cardboard that goes between each glass will prevent them from bumping in each other. This extra protection significantly decreases the chance of glassware breakage.  

#2: White Tissue Papers

Newspaper is often used as a packing aid in order to cushion glassware and other fragile items, but it may not be the best choice for expensive items. When pressed against glass, ink from newspapers will sometimes leave an imprint that is difficult to remove. To avoid this, pack your best items in white tissue paper.

#3: Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is a great solution if you want to take protection one step further. By placing tissue paper around glasses before bubble wrap, friction is reduced and so is the chance of breakage while moving. With cell-boxes, tissue paper, and bubble wrap, your glasses will be well protected within their boxes.

#4: Empty Space

Even with all these layers to protect your glasses, you probably still have some empty space within the box. So, it's time to pad it as well as you can. Tissue paper and bubble wrap can make a great buffer, but we’ve even seen people using clothing, towels and more to fill in the empty space. The goal is chance that the glassware will move within the box when it’s being transported.

#5: Label Well:

Every box that you close should have a label referring to the room to where the items belong to. In the case of the glassware boxes, make sure that you also label it as fragile. Tidewater Moving seeks to move every item with care, but proper fragile labeling helps us to identify those boxes that require extra special attention. Once your packing is complete, it’s time to pop a cork and pour a glass to celebrate your new home! 

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Step-By-Step Tips For Moving Into Your First College Dorm

Step-By-Step Tips For Moving Into Your First College Dorm

The big day is approaching!  We bet you're feeling pretty anxious, excited and many more emotions about moving into your college dorm. College is going to have enough challenges on its own, so don’t make moving harder than it has to be, here are the tips for moving into your first dorm.

#1: Time For Some Homework:

Here is the key information you should know before moving:

  • The dorm address
  • The move-in date
  • Where to park if you are taking a car
  • The layout and dimensions of your dorm room
  • Items that are already included in the room like a bed frame, table, microwave.
  • Items that aren't allowed in the dorm like candles, large furniture items, and more
  • Your roommate's phone number or social media info.

#2: Time For A Master List:

The master list needs to include everything you need to take with you. You need to carefully think about it to make sure that you don't miss anything. Don't forget to include a first aid kit, hangers, important personal documents, and any medications you may take. You may want to pack only the clothing that you will need for the current season. If you are taking trips home for spring or fall break, you can always swap out your wardrobe.

#3: Get in Touch with Your Roommate:

You'll be living for at least one semester with your roommate so you should probably get to know them. So, before the move-in, make sure to contact her and introduce yourself. Take the time to discuss with her things you both might want to share. There's no point in having 2 TVs 2 stereos, and in one small room.

#4: Start Packing Early And Often:

Start packing as soon as possible. To pack systematically, begin by packing the items that you won’t need in the weeks leading up to your move. As you begin packing, be sure to place all containers/boxes out of the way for your own sanity. It may be best to set aside a corner in a room, or a portion of the garage to store your packed items until moving day. Be sure to pack an overnight bag with essentials for your first couple nights in your new place.

#5: The Move-In Day:

If you’ve hired a reputable moving company, then the day of your move will be a breeze. Grab your overnight bag and other essentials and hit the road. Take in the freedom of being on your own and enjoy the first day of your college experience. Life moves quickly, so take in the memories beginning with day one.

Tidewater Moving has already helped so many students with their big day on campus. If you need a moving company for college dorm moving, look no further. We have package designed for you! Give us a call today or email us for a quote!

 

How to Deal with Bad Neighbors

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You just moved into the most beautiful apartment and you think your life couldn't get any better, but then you suddenly start hearing your neighbors. The inexplicable noises, the bad Nickelback albums or endless parties. Bad neighbors can take your perfect apartment and turn it into a nightmare on Elm Street. The situation is so common that it has been parodied in movies, comedy routines and a few hilarious YouTube videos. For those who have to deal with it, bad neighbors are anything but funny. If a good living situation is being ruined by bad neighbors, here are the steps that you can take:

#1: The first step for resolving an issue is almost always to speak directly to the neighbor. Give them a call or stop by. If now isn’t a convenient time, ask them when they would have 10 minutes or so to talk.

#2: When you talk with your neighbor it’s important to avoid accusations. Instead, try to explain what issues you are having. Let them know if you have been unable to sleep properly due to noise. Your neighbors can’t fix the issues if they don’t know what is bothering you, so always start there.

#3: If the talk doesn't lead you anywhere or if they refuse to talk all together; write a personal letter and offer solutions to the problem.

#4: If a solution still isn’t found, it may be time to involve your apartment complex or HOA. They will probably send complaint notice to them on your behalf.

#5: For some situations, you may need to call your local police precinct for a noise complaint. Most cities have a noise ordinance after a certain time. If your neighbor is breaking the law it may be necessary to make a phone call to the non-emergency police number at your local precinct.   

#6: If the situation continues, it may be time to start looking for a new place to live. It isn’t uncommon for tenants to use bad neighbors as leverage to get out of lease, so give it a go!

If you decide that moving to a new place is the right decision, then Tidewater Moving can help. Our team of experienced movers are ready to schedule your move at a price that won’t break the bank. Give us a call today!