The Top Tremedous Organizing tips to make your move smoother.

shutterstock_165131120Moving is one of the inevitable things everyone must go through at some point in their lives.  It is one of the most stressful and anxiety inducing experiences that can only be diminished with preparation. While most people know that is important to plan ahead of a move. there are a few things that can fall to the wayside. Below we have identified some frequently forgotten tips to make sure your move goes smoothly.

Tip #1 Back Up Your Data

Chances are you have important information stored on your computer and other hard drives. Back this information up. While nobody wants to think about it, a dropped computer or damaged hard drive may cause you to lose all information stored on the device. Backing it up on the cloud and other storage spaces can prevent extensive loss. There are several data cloud options available, many offering free storage. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and other services make it possible to backup important files for free.

Tip #2 Organize Your Cables

Organize and label your cords. If you know what all the cables are for you can probably skip on the labeling, but organize your cables based on rooms. Have your living room cables in one container, your office cables in another. This makes sifting through the box of wires easier. Use Masking tape, create a tag and write the info on the tape.

Tip #3  Pack up your DVD/CD Collection separately

Having a large media collection requires a considerable amount of space while moving. A DVD rack may easily take up several boxes. For big movie and music fans, the amount of boxes filled may become excessive, especially for a moving truck tight on space. To cut out all of these boxes, opt for a binder sleeve and slip the discs in here. It saves space both inside the moving truck and the new home.

Tip #4 Label the Boxes

The last thing you want is to have a bunch of boxes and not know what is inside. You can color code the boxes with stickers, so you know what room each goes to along with what’s inside. This helps when moving into the new home. With an easy to read coding system, instantly knowing where a box goes makes it easier to unload a truck.

Tip # 5 Mix Heavy and Light

Have you ever tried to pick up a box of solid books? It’s extremely heavy. Instead, go half box/half clothes. Lightens the load while keeping the same number of boxes.

Tip #6 Pack these last

Have a box full of essentials you’ll need when you first arrive at your new home. This way you won’t need to go digging for the items later. Along with this, pack the tool kit last so you have access to it first thing.  Access to tools for assembling furniture becomes easier when the tool box is readily available. Cleaning supplies should also be packed last. Whether moving into a new home or apartment, performing a light cleaning ensures it is up to your standards before you start putting stuff away. Easy access ensures you won’t need to go out and purchase cleaning supplies.

Stay tuned to Connecticut’s Finest Movers for more tips and tricks!

5 Questions to ask before hiring a professional movers

shutterstock_147902750Moving can be an incredibly stressful process, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you hire a reputable moving company. Don’t assume that every moving company is the same – take a little bit of time to compare moving companies to help keep potential issues from coming up and could even help you save money over the long run. The following are five questions that you should be sure to ask a professional moving company before hiring them:

1. What are your payment terms?

Cheaper moving companies that aren’t that reliable will often charge you money upfront – like a deposit. Never pay for anything until your move has been completed. A good moving company won’t require you to pay until the work is done. Be sure to ask about hidden fees that they may add on. A good moving company is up front about any potential add on costs, such as gas costs, or won’t charge any add on costs at all.

2. What kind of estimate do you provide?

They may either provide a binding estimate based on the services provided or a non-binding estimate, which is the estimated cost based on the weight of the shipment as well as additional services that may be required.

Some moving companies will provide a hybrid of the two, known as a guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimate. This means that you will either pay the binding estimate provide by the mover or the actual costs of the move if they were lower than the estimate. A guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimate is typically indicative of a high quality moving company. Whatever type of estimate it is, make sure it’s written down in your contract.

3. Do you have insurance?

They should have liability insurance in the event that your possessions are damaged during the move. The minimal amount of protection, known as “released value,” provides coverage for any damages at 60 cents a pound. You can ask for more comprehensive coverage if you are transporting more valuable items, but this will cost you a little bit more.

4. Do you employ your moving crew?

This may seem like a strange question, but not all moving companies employ the people that work for them. Cheaper moving companies may use temporary hires or casual laborers instead of fully employing their workers. A moving company that actually employs its movers is more professional and is more likely to have properly trained its workers.

5. How long have you been in business?

The longer a moving company has been around, the more trustworthy they are. A moving company won’t last very long if they don’t do a good job – a poor reputation will eventually sink their business.

Be sure to ask these five questions to a moving company before you hire them. You’ll want to make sure that you work with a trustworthy moving company that will treat your possessions with care.