November 26, 2021

Moving Long Distance: The Challenges You Face While Moving & Its Solution

Long distance moving will always be a test of your patience and perseverance. We know it is not an easy task. If only moving was as easy as reading a book. Here at Texas Movers Group, we understand the struggle and know that we are your helping hands.

There are and will be challenges that you will have to overcome for your long distance move. But that does not mean you can’t be over prepared for those challenges. Here are some challenges that you might face while moving and its solution.

Challenge #1 Packing for a long distance move

When packing for a long distance move the hassle is trying to figure out how you’re getting to move your personal belongings with as little to no damage as possible. All of your belongings are valuable, but there are some items that are probably much more fragile that you can’t risk damage. So what can you do?

Solution: Moving companies want to make sure that your belongings are reaching you from point A to point B. They want to move your belongings and have them transported to you with no damage.

If it’s within your budget hiring professional packing will be the way to go. Moving companies with a lot of experience use specific packing materials and specialized moving, which is essential for moving long distances. Packing for local distances is much simpler as the distance between the locations are shorter. Here are a few things to consider when packing for long distance:

  • Double wrap furniture using shrink wrap and new/sterilized moving blankets
  • Double-layered, corrugated boxes for maximum protection
  • Specialized boxes for fragile belongings and electronic equipments and artwork

The key to all the packing is organization. Organization is your new best friend. Consider labeling each and every one of your boxes based on room. If you are packing yourself, we recommend that you label your boxes with your full name.

Challenge #2 What is going to be moved

Apart from figuring out how you pack and ship your belongings to your new home, knowing what is actually going to move with you and what is not is part of the challenge and process. So how do you know what is going to move?

Solution: Create an inventory list. The inventory list can be very specific. The list doesn’t have to follow a certain way or method. As long as you can understand how the list works, then that’s all. The inventory list should help you figure out what is moving, being donated or sold. Plus this list will also come in handy when unpacking your boxes. Your inventory will also help you make sure that all of your boxes and belongings arrive at your new home. Most importantly, it’s a great way to check that nothing went missing during the packing process before the movers leave for their destination.

As for items that you don’t need or not taking with you, clients could make a little extra cash by selling these items. If you think that might take up more time than you’d like, donate them!

Challenge #3 Lost or damaged valuables

It’s already challenging having to move cross country or internationally. But when you’re faced with an unexpected situation of your belongings either getting lost or damaged, what are you going to do?

Solution: Consider getting insurance. It would be less of a struggle if all of your items reached you without a scratch. Damaged or lost items aren’t very common. It’s good to prepare yourself for the unexpected. Ask your moving company about moving insurance. Depending on the moving company’s policies you might even be able to insure specific belongings that are valuable for the trip.

If insurance isn’t in the picture for you, fret not. One way you could prevent damage to your items is by labeling boxes as “fragile” and organizing your boxes in the safest way possible.

When packing your items don’t put all the fragile items into one box. Instead, spread them out into other boxes with extra and proper padding. This way, if your boxes get mishandled you won’t be surprised with opening one box with broken glass or dishware.

Challenge #4 Unexpected costs

One of the most frustrating and challenging parts about moving is unexpected costs. We’ll be frank, your moving might cost a little more than you thought.

Solution: Make a budget. You can make a budget which will take into account what you know you will spend. Then make sure to leave extra room for situations that may happen.

For example, you might have to do a last minute supply run, or you may have to end up staying somewhere overnight due to mechanics or weather issues. Or it might be for a situation where food isn’t available so you need to order take-out.

Working with a moving company will help you give an overall estimate of what you will be spending on your move. Just in case, keep a little extra in your budget for personal expenses on the way.

What can Texas Movers Group do for you

Texas Movers Group is the one stop shop for all your moving concerns. Need insurance for some of the items you’re shipping? Texas Movers Group.

Need a moving company that will help you plan your move according to your moves and budget? Texas Movers Group.

Need some loading assistance? Texas Movers Group will make sure all your belongings are labeled, inventoried, and loaded in a systematic process. They will also make sure that all your upholstered furniture is wrapped with professional moving pads that cover the furniture and protect it from dirt and damage.

Need assistance with unloading? Texas Movers Group offers professional help. Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request.

Long distance moving doesn’t have to be strenuous. Texas Movers Group is here to make sure your long distance moving experience is nothing but a smooth ride.

Contact Texas Movers Group, your long distance move solution.


The Ultimate Tips for Moving Internationally

Moving from one house or apartment to another is a challenging and exhausting process. Moving internationally… that is another greater challenge in itself. Relocating from one country to another pressures you into thoughts you never thought you would have. How much is it going to cost? Downsize? What’s the best shipping method? All of your questions are going to be answered. Right here. Right now.

Prepare your identity documents

Make sure you have all your necessary documents on hand and in order! And make sure to have those important documents on your carry-on! Keep an electronic copy of all your documents, just in case.

It’s always good to have more than one copy of your documents. Leave a copy with a family member, or on your file, or in your storage. Documents can be easy to lose and you’ll be in safer hands knowing that you have copies of them.

Start small

Take a deep breath. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Ready? Simplify. If you’re anticipating your move to be short term and you’re going to be moving alone, you’ll probably have minimal packing and sending. Sending and moving boxes back and forth, especially if your stay is short term, is not worth the hassle or the money. Limit to items that can fit in your luggage and get bigger and easily replaceable items when you’re there.

Research

Find as much information you can find about the country you’re relocating to. Is the weather hot all year round? Will you need all four seasons’ worth of clothing? Will you have access to essential supplies and comforts?

A great example would be medication. Medication strength and availability vary overseas. So, bringing medication with you, as long as it’s legally allowed, might be important.

Keep in mind, every product and services offered in another country differ. Always do your research.

Check your budget

If you’re planning on moving internationally long term, checking where finance and needs will play a big part in deciding what to take and leave behind with you. If your relocation is due to company relocation, chances are you’ll be given more financial leeway. If this is the case your financial burden will be taken off your hands.

If you are moving abroad on your own accord, create a budget. Figure out how much you want to spend when moving abroad, items you will need to feel comfortable, and what will be more cost-efficient for you to buy there.

Whether you’re moving for business reasons or on your own terms you can always get a quote from moving companies and this will help you set a budget.

Shipping items when moving overseas

Divide belongings by what can wait a few weeks. International flights allow you to take two suitcases with a weight limit on each. Figure out what are the items and belongings you need to take with you. Once you’ve narrowed that list, divide what are the items you don’t need for about a month or two.

When moving to another country you’ll come to the realization that some of your possessions are unnecessary. Once you’ve analyzed all the unnecessary items consider donating them, selling them, or throwing them away. Getting rid of unnecessary items that you haven’t used or don’t have any value to you will help you downsize a lot.

Make sure you have plenty of time to go through your items so that you can be efficient and objective. Create an inventory of your belongings of what you do keep, which will hold the international movers accountable for anything lost in transit.

Choosing an international mover

There are many moving companies that will help with international move. Look for a company with lots of experience. This is key and it matters when it’s your items that have to navigate through customs. Ask the movers whether they will provide you with tracking information. It’s reassuring to know the movement of your belongings at all times.

Fact check: the mover with the lowest prices might not always be the best choice. Research your movers, or mover of your choice. Ask questions, check reviews, and make sure you’re comfortable with the mover’s claim and dispute resolution processes.

Research public transit

Public transportation is your best friend. When relocating overseas you may not have access to your own personal vehicle right away.

If you or someone you’re moving with has a disability look for housing with reliable public transportation close by. It might even be beneficial to move into an area with fast and reliable public transportation. It’s always better to stay ahead of the game.

Find your embassy

When you’re planning to relocate, figure out how close or far your embassy is. If you lose your passport, if you want to vote, if you want to register your child, or if you just need help, knowing where your embassy is will be a big asset.

Socialize

Moving to a country where you don’t know anyone can be mentally,emotionally, and physically stressful. Make time to go out, meet the people, and get to know the culture. Socializing will help with adapting and assimilating to the country and their culture. Eventually, you might be able to find people who were or are in the same position as you!

Texas Movers Group has you covered

Moving to a new country is an exciting and overwhelming experience. Whether you’re moving by yourself, with a partner, or with your family, figuring out how and where to start is a stressful moment. There will be setbacks and unexpected challenges but moving your items doesn’t have to be part of the equation.

Texas Movers Group is here to make sure that your move is done right. The first time. Moving across to the other side of the world doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Texas Movers Group team of expert movers and customer service staff can help you unload and take some of that stress off for you.

Contact Texas Movers Group today to set your international relocation in motion.


October 22, 2021

The Most Pervasive Problems in Long Distance Movers

Long distance moving is not an easy task. It’s usually a stressful time filled with worry, packing, and planning. We know this well Here at Texas Movers Group – it’s our job to help you through the process.

However, there are some things that even movers can’t overcome. Here are some of the most common problems clients face when they move long-distance and what your mover might do about them.

The Most Troublesome but Avoidable Problems in Long-Distance Movers

  • They may not be able to give you the right weight of your goods.
  • Your mover might take days to get you a quote. So, check their system – find out where you can check their past quotes or request one by emailing them.
  • You may not be able to pack the things well in the time allocated to you. In this case, you may want to ask your mover to pack a small portion of your items or all of it and label it.

They will pack it neatly and you can go to them with your heavy items. You will have time to pack the rest of the items on your own later.

What To Do About Packing Delays

As we mentioned earlier, it’s a stressful time for the clients that are moving over a long distance. And when they call us in, that’s just what we start to hear. “My belongings are in storage for two weeks. They can’t be delivered to me until that time. Can you help me?”

The sad thing is that we can’t help. Generally, storage companies send movers out to pick up the items and deliver them to the client, but it can sometimes take a long time. If the item isn’t ready, storage won’t ship it out. So, it’s best to pack the items in advance and have your mover deliver the items when you’re ready.

You can help the situation by calling your storage company as soon as you get your shipment so they can give you an estimated arrival date.

What To Do About Lost Items During the Move

If someone sent something with you that got lost, this can get super stressful. Luckily, you’ll have this one easy to solve, you just need to document everything you brought with you.

When you receive your first shipment, bring that box with you to the mover’s office, make sure you physically check it through the box, and make copies of every document you’ve received with your package. You’ll want to save this information so you can show it to the mover when you sign your contract.

How To Prepare for a Cross-Country Move

While it’s a lot easier to move to another state or even another country, it’s still not that easy when you’re moving cross-country. You can never plan too well, so you should make sure you’re not leaving anything to chance. Below are some tips to help you get everything done in time.

Start early: Start looking for movers as early as possible. Your new movers might be busy during the middle of their busy season, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Start looking for movers as early as possible. Your new movers might be busy during the middle of their busy season, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Maintain a regular check schedule: Scheduling regular check-ups with your movers will ensure you’re always getting the latest updates from them.

How To Handle a Cross-Country Move When You Have Pets

The last thing a new homeowner wants to deal with is a disgruntled pet. These animals must be shipped to the new home while the homeowner is away. And, if you can’t get rid of your pets, your best bet is to find a local trainer to take care of them for you. The cost  but it will be cheaper than losing a beloved family member.

What To Do if Your Move Takes Much Longer Than You Planned

Have you ever been scheduled to move, but you got a phone call at 9:00 a.m. that your mover is an hour late? What happens then?

It might be a good time to have a sit-down with your mover. Ask them what could have happened and if they are able to deliver. Explain that even though you have a strict moving schedule, you need your move to go off without a hitch.

Your mover might be just a few minutes late, but if they have a problem with a customer, they’ll get fired.

Be prepared that the more time passes, the more problems can crop up.

Have you ever needed a little extra help during your move?

If you’ve ever been to a moving company, you’ve probably seen a roomful of people. It’s safe to assume that each one of those people works as a team to assist with your move.

What To Do When Your Shipment Arrives Damaged

If you experience damage to your items when your shipment arrives, you may not be prepared to handle this situation. Of course, the costs are high – you might have to deal with it with insurance and get another one shipped.

A professional moving company should be able to provide any insurance you need for this situation and be able to assist you immediately.

Keep in mind that when your shipment arrives damaged, this is the property of the shipper. It may seem that the freight forwarding company is at fault, but that’s not always the case.

The Experts at Texas Movers Group Can Solve All of Your Long Distance Moving Problems

Moving long-distance isn’t as simple as it seems. This is why Texas Movers Group makes sure everything is done right the first time. From our fantastic customer service staff to our highly trained and friendly movers, we can relieve the stress of long distance moving for you.

Contact Texas Movers today to solve your long distance moving problems.

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