Moving Stats: 2016 in Review

For those of you that are just looking to move an infographic highlighting the stats of the moving industry in 2016 as compared to 2015 is probably boring.

I get that.

I however find them interesting.

I’m biased. I know this. But it gives me a good picture of where the industry was headed and where it may go.

BY knowing this data I can pivot a little (or not) to give you all the best moving service possible.

And I know you guys like that.

So here is the infographic. I hope you like it.


Moving Trends: 2016 Annual Relocation Data Survey by MyMovingReviews.

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What Movers Will Not Move

What Movers Will Not Move

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Moving Insurance Claims and Complaints

Moving Insurance Claims

moving insurance claimsIf you believe that your mover didn’t treat you or your belongings right, you have options available to try to set matters straight.

Your first avenue for claims should always be with the moving company itself, and the sooner the better. The most common complaints fall into three categories:

  • If anything lost or damaged, note it on the mover’s copy of the inventory sheet before you sign it. If you don’t discover the loss or damage until after you’ve packed, you must file a loss and damage claim within nine months after delivery.
  • You may feel that you’ve been overcharged, particularly if you’ve used a nonbinding estimate or if you feel you’ve been charged for services that weren’t provided. You’ll need to file an overcharge claim with the company.
  • If you have unforeseen expenses because of a delay in pickup and delivery, you may be eligible for some reimbursement. Your belongings must be shipped with what’s called “reasonable dispatch,” which means that your mover needs to pick up and deliver on the dates you have requested–unless the movers encounters delays that are beyond its control, such as weather, road construction, or equipment breakdown.

If the delay occurred because of such circumstances, you may still want to file a delay claim, although under “reasonable dispatch,” the mover isn’t contractually obligated to pay you.

On the other hand, if your mover missed a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating circumstances were in play, you are entitled to an agreed-upon reimbursement rate. But you’ll still have to file a claim.

Arbitration

If the moving company doesn’t settle your claim to your satisfaction, you can request arbitration. The company is required by law to have an arbitration program, and you should have received information about it when first received an estimate.

Be aware that under federal regulations, only loss or damage claims on interstate shipments are subject to mandatory arbitration.

Filing a Complaint

If you want to go on record with a complaint against your mover or if you believe your mover has broken the law, you can file a complaint with FMCSA’s Household Goods Consumer Complaint hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or online at www.1-888-dot-saft.com/CC_main.asp. You should include your name, address, and telephone number, as well as those of the mover; the mover’s DOT and MC numbers (if available); and a short narrative of specific violations that you allege.

The complaint will be maintained in the carrier’s file as part of its permanent record, and if FMCSA decides to take enforcement action against the mover, you may be contacted to provide additional information.

You should also contact your own state’s attorney general, the Better Business Bureau, and your state’s moving association.

 

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Moving With Pets

Moving with Pets

moving with petsAs if the move weren’t hard enough, you can’t put your pets on the moving van.

Huge temperatures swings and the lack of food and sanitation in the moving van would make life extremely hard on your pet. But it does mean you have one more thing to plan for, the sort of thing that lives and breathes and depends on you.

On the other hand, if you’re driving solo cross country (or across town), your pet might make pretty good company.

Get a pet carrier, if you don’t already have one and put it in the back seat where it’s safest. Take your pet for a few short rides to get it used to the car.

Pet travel kit. When you travel with a pet, you’ll need to keep it both safe and comfortable. Vets recommend the following:

  • A kennel, cage, or appropriate container that you keep the pet in while traveling.
  • Food, a dish, and a can opener if necessary.
  • Drinking water brought from old home.
  • Bedding
  • A favorite toy.
  • A pooper-scooper and plastic bags.
  • A collar with license, rabies tag, pet’s name, your name, and contact info.
  • A leash where appropriate.

If the pet gets carsick on short drives and continues to do so, talk with your veterinarian about medication that may help.

Smaller animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and birds can travel in their regular cages. Make sure they have food and water and the cage door closes securely. Cover the cage with a cloth to help them keep calm.

Fish are harder to move. What you need to do will depend on the type of fish you have. Check at the pet store to see if you’ll need special containers or a battery powered aerators.

Simple Tips

  • Feed your pet five or six hours before leaving, but not any closer to the time you are set to leave.
  • Make plenty of rest stops when traveling and protect the upholstery by covering it with plastic tablecloth.
  • Get a collar for your pet that bears its name, your name, your new address, and a phone number where you can be reached.
  • When you take the pet out of its carrier, be sure to put your pet on a leash.

Pets–especially those that get carsick–need plenty of air. Run the car’s air-conditioning or leave the windows open an inch or two. Smaller animals such as gerbils, rabbits and hamsters are sensitive to temperature extremes. Keep the car at a temp you find comfortable, and they’ll be comfortable too.

Don’t leave any pet unattended in the car for any length of time. The summer’s heat and the winter’s cold can be fatal. If you have to leave the animal in the car for a short period during the warm weather, open the windows part way, or leave the air-conditioning on to keep them from overheating.

If you’ll be on the road for more then a day, check to make sure the hotel or motel you’re staying at allows pets in the room. Pack a jug or two of tap water from your home, and water and feed your pet once daily. Strange water can mean upset stomachs…and you don’t want that.

Check state and local pet regulations before you leave home. Regulations for cats are usually as simple as getting the animal a health certificate, rabies shots, and a local license. But if floppy is a dog, chicken, horse, llama, or something more exotic than your average turtle, there’ll be stricter requirements that you need to know about and meet before making the move.

 

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Matthew McConaughey Moving To Lansing?

Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He’s Moving to Lansing, Michigan

Matthew McConaughey moving to lansingLANSING, Michigan – In a huge surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey reveals in a new interview that he is moving to the Lansing, Michigan area. He tells the magazine that he is “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is looking for a big change in life.

“I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. I’ve been to Lansing a couple of times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live,” McConaughey told the magazine.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Lansing,” McConaughey reassured fans. Let us know what you think in the comments section below especially if you’re a resident of the Lansing, Michigan area.

Here is the where you can find the original article.

While this is a great article, it is truly just link bait.

I’ll admit it: I know that this article is fake but I also know that I can get a bunch of people to click on the article and come to my website, thus making my  website that much powerful. So I am using an SEO technique called “news jacking” to get more viewers of my website for the express purpose of getting higher rankings in the search engine, thus making more money.

For the truth about this, and any other celebrity you may think is moving to your small town check out this great article: http://www.snopes.com/celebrity-moving-small-towns/

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ABF To Start Charging California Compliance Surcharge

California Compliance SurchargeABF Freight System has instituted a $5.92 surcharge for each shipment going to or from California.

This month, the Arkansas-based, LTL division of ArcBest Corp.  began the California Compliance Surcharge to offset the state’s higher operating costs and stricter regulations. The surcharge does not apply to shipments moving under Volume Price, TimeKeeper Price, a TurnKey Price or U-Pack quotes.

In recent years, truckers have had to meet progressively stricter emissions standards in California. Additionally, the state’s courts upheld the state’s meal and rest break rules for truckers and ordered carriers to reclassify independent contractors as employees in several high-profile cases.

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/major-carrier-to-start-charging-california-compliance-surcharge/#sthash.kON9VUk1.dpuf

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Packing: The Right Moving Box

moving boxBoxes for moving should be clean and sturdy. Those that are ripped or starting to come apart will only get worse during the course of the move.

For ease of loading try to gather boxes that are similar in width and length (the height can vary); this will make them easy to stack.

Though scavenging boxes will save money, many people find the convenience of new boxes worth the price. Orderly stacks of new boxes are easy to keep organized, so you can quickly pull out the right-size box.

If you purchase boxes from a moving company, they will usually buy back what you don’t use. Also check online companies that specialize in  moving materials. They may charge less can can deliver boxes and supplies in just a couple of days.

Some companies sell box kits that include a variety of box sizes typically needed for specific rooms. Whether you buy a kit or just order boxes, have a variety of boxes on hand for packing.

Types Of Moving Box

wardrobe boxWardrobe Boxes. Wardrobe boxes have a double-strength cardboard and a metal hanger bar, so you can simply transfer hanging items from your closet to the moving box. These generally come in two sizes, a shorter one for shirts and folded over pants and a taller one for dresses, coats, and other long clothing. Wardrobe boxes can also be used for large items such as hanging plants and large lamps. Many people keep them after the move to use for off-season storage.

files boxBoxes for paperwork. If you have sturdy filing cabinets and will be able to transport it with a hand truck, its usually best to just wrap the cabinet and move it with the files inside. Otherwise, but boxes made for paperwork. These sturdy boxes come in a variety of sizes to hold legal- or letter-size files. They are also ideal for manuals, receipts, and other important documents. Most have an easy-open top or removable lid, so no taping is needed–and you can easily get at the papers.

Important. Remember this piece of advice: If it is heavy for you it will be heavy for the movers. So keep things that are heavy to the smaller boxes.

Dish Pack Partition Kit_mainCell kits. A cell kit, also called a partition kit, slips into a matching box to isolate glasses and other small objects. Most kits have two or more cell sizes. Small cells are typically 41/2 inches square and 61/2 inches deep for each section, and these are 12 sections or cell grids. Larger cells are commonly 41/2 inches square but 13 inches deep. Make sure your valuables will fit loosely into the cells, so you can wrap them.

Dish-Barrel-BoxDish Barrel. Also called a dish pack, this is a large box with walls made of double-thick cardboard for extra strength and cushioning. It can also be used for packing a number of small pictures and other fragile items. Typically we use them to pack in blankets and pillows as it is easy to overload the box and make it too heavy to lift.

lb2_lgLamp Box. This tall, relatively slim box is just the right size for most lamps and may accommodate the shade as well. Make sure your lamp will fit with several spare inches to allow for packing material. Some lamp boxes can also be used for golf clubs and other tall items.

ND_Moving_Boxes_TV_400x400TV Boxes. If you managed to save the boxes that originally housed your TV, monitor, stereo components, and other electronics, it’s always best to reuse them–especially if you have the foam packing. Otherwise consider buying boxes made specifically for electronics and small appliances. Some are designed to hold, for instance, and 70 inch TV, or a standard-size CD or DVD players.

Picture and mirror packing. TO pack a large glass-framed picture or mirror, buy a two-part picture box. The upper portions slides up and down to accommodate pictures of various sizes. If you’re ordering online, they are typically shipped in bundles housed in a frame box, so you may end up  with one frame box as a bonus with each bundle of boxes you order.

As an alternative, buy a picture packing kit, which includes for foam corners and a strap that holds them tight. Once wrapped, the picture can be safely stored in a box.

Scavenging Boxes

Of course the cheapest way to obtain moving boxes is to scavenge from local businesses. Liquor stores, copy centers, office supply, and grocery stores can be good sources.

Check with the manager . Often stores have boxes available only early in the morning–before they break them down and dispose of them.

Unfortunately the hallmark of a scavenged box move is often a hodgepodge of different size boxes that have to be fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. As much as possible try to get groups of boxes that are the same width and length, so that they can be stacked neatly.

Also, avoid boxes without lids, because you can’t stack on top of them.

Liquor boxes are sturdy, but tend to be on the small side. Use them for small heavy items, but be sure to also look for large boxes.

Copier pare boxes are sturdy and have a removable top. They are strong and big enough to be useful but no so big that they’ll be too heavy to carry. Copying outlets will often set them aside for you.

Some veteran DIY movers swear by banana boxes because they are  strong, plentiful, and stack well. Handle holes make them easy to carry, though the openings  in the lid and bottom can be inconvenient.

Boxes that hold toilet paper or paper towels are large but usually not strong enough for dishes or heavy items. They are ideal for clothing and linens.

You’ll often find a stack of broken down boxes near a dumpster. If they have not been damaged by packing strap, you ca easily fit them into your vehicle. However it pays to be a bit choosy; check them for size and make sure they are not damaged.

 

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Do It Yourself Move: Hiring Pros For Part Of The Move

We are talking about hiring pros to do some of the move you to make it a partial do-it-yourself move. Last week we presented you with part 1 of this which you can see here.

Hiring the Pros

do-it-yourself moveYou pack, they drive. Self service moving companies will deliver a truck or a trail to your home for you to pack and load, then a moving company driver will pick it up and deliver it to your new home. In some cases another family (or two) may share the truck with you.

Charges are usually assessed based on the percentage of the truck that your possessions take up. The truck may take several days longer to reach your new home if other families are involved.

Hire help for loading and unloading. Both self-service and full-service moving companies provide workers on a hourly basis. Check the fine print for extra charges. You can also round up college or high school kids, but if you do, be sure your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your possessions and possible injury to a helper.

Piano movers. Pianos–even uprights and spinets–are amazingly heavy. They can cause serious injury and harm if anything goes wrong when moving one, especially up or down stairs. Unless you have already moved one yourself or know someone who has, it is almost always best to hire a pro.

Hire a handyman to help disassemble and reassemble. Some aspects of moving require carpentry, plumbing, or wiring expertise. If you prefer to have someone else take care of this work for you, hire a general contractor or someone with more specialized skills.

A few national moving or crating companies will send pros to your old home to do the work needed to get you ready to move and then send workers to your new home to help get you set up. Items that call for special skills include:

  • Appliances such as the washer, dryer, refrigerator with icemaker, or dishwasher.
  • Heirlooms such as grandfather clocks and china cabinets with curved glass fronts.
  • Recreational equipment, including pool tables, exercise equipment, and swing sets.
  • Some furniture items such as waterbeds and wall units.
  • Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other electrical items.

The Container Storage Option

PODSNew players in the self-move category–and an increasingly common sight on streets and driveways–are containers that can accommodate the contents of one room or a room and half. The rental company drops off the containers; you load and pack them. Then the rental company picks them up and delivers them to the new home or a storage facility.

It generally takes several days longer to reach the destination than the traditional moving truck because the move is coordinated with other boxes in the area. It’s also convenient option for families who are downsizing and want to move a roomful of stuff into a storage facility.

 

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Residents Of Abbot Manor Forced Out Of Their Homes

Dozens scrambling after East Lansing shutters apartment complex

U-Save Moving and Storage as well as other moving companies were part of the move out exodus this last Wednesday to help these residents into their new apartments. It is our understanding that the East Lansing Fire Marshall ordered the residents to have been moved by 5pm on 30th March 2016.

EAST LANSING – As many as 51 people were forced to move out of an East Lansing apartment complex Tuesday after city officials cited it as unsafe.

Residents of Abbot Manor, at 910 Abbot Road, were notified Tuesday by WestPac Campus Communities that all residents of the three-story building had to relocate immediately.

In the letter to residents, WestPac, which owns the building, said it has had ongoing issues with the roof that were continuing to cause water damage.

A local representative for WestPac referred the State Journal to company CEO Patrick Smith. Smith did not return messages left Wednesday seeking comment.

Annette Irwin, East Lansing housing and university relations administrator, said building and fire inspectors determined on Tuesday morning that none of the floors could be occupied. Officials received a complaint from a resident, she said, and upon inspection found extensive mold and water damage.

Irwin went to the building earlier this week. She said she saw the damage firsthand, including fallen pieces of drywall.

“We were really concerned for the safety of the residents,” Irwin said. “We were especially concerned that, with more rain, more drywall could fall, at a minimum.

East Lansing Fire Marshal Gerald Rodabaugh said he would stay on site until 7 p.m. Wednesday to see people get their belongings out safely.

“There’s a lot of water damage in this building,” Rodabaugh said.

Michigan State University senior Louise Almeida spent the morning packing her belongings. She’s lived in the building since August of 2014 and was planning to move north to The Rocks at Chandler Crossings until her lease is up. WestPac also owns The Rocks, and Almeida said the company is honoring her lease.

Irwin said Tuesday afternoon that the city was working with the understanding that all residents would be relocated to other WestPac apartments in the area. Santa Barbara, California-based WestPac owns or operates at least eight area rental communities.

“Before the mold and everything started becoming bad in my apartment, everything was fine, besides in the hallway,” she said. “I liked my nook, and that was it.”

Several people who were moving out Tuesday said most, if not all, residents were students and that most attended MSU.

MSU junior Evan Harless of Holt moved to Abbot Manor in August. Harless said he and two roommates each paid $565 per month in rent for their three-bedroom apartment, but that it was often difficult to get a receipt when they paid their rent.

“Management is a mess,” he said.

Harless said he and his roommates will be moving to one of the complexes in Chandler Crossings.

The three-story building has 30 apartments and is licensed for 51 residents. It was not immediately clear how many of those apartments were occupied. The college town apartment rental website uCribs lists rents at Abbot Manor as ranging from $525 to  $750 per month.

Danielle Miller of Marysville didn’t think she’d have to pack again so soon after unpacking. The MSU sophomore just moved in at Abbot Manor two weeks ago.

She’ll move home and commute the two hours to class, she said.

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Jennifer Lopez Moving to Michigan

 

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In a big surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, Hollywood actress Jennifer Lopez claims in a new interview that she is moving to the Rochester Hills, Michigan area. She tells the magazine that she is “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is looking for a big change in life.

“I’m just tired of living in a gated community full of other rich people walled off from the rest of the world. That’s just not real life. I feel like – at this point in my life – I just want to live in a place full of real, genuine people and I’ve found that in Rochester Hills. Every community has its problems but the people in Rochester Hills are good, genuine, friendly people and they care about their community and those are the most important things to me when choosing a place to live,” Lopez told the magazine.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Rochester Hills,” Lopez reassured fans.

You can read the original article here.

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