Know Your Moving Rights

Many things can go wrong with a move, and like every other kinds of contract, your dealings with a mover is a serious business, and the all necessary terms need to be well defined. As the client, the person who wants to move, the one whose properties will be handled by some strangers, and the one who will also be making payments, you are the one at risk of a greater loss. Hence, you should be very careful and make sure things are done properly.


There are certain things you should know when hiring a mover. There are rights guaranteed you by law, and you should know them so as to be guided properly. These things have been specified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and are contained in a booklet titled: “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.”


Here are things you should know:


Firstly, your mover is required to present to you the booklet from FMCA. You are to read it thoroughly and all the information it contains. Then you should ask your mover further questions.


Written estimates

Movers must give written estimates. Do not accept a verbal quote from a mover. Estimates must be written. The estimates can either be binding, non-binding, or guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimate. Binding must remain at what is quoted. Non-binding can be lower or higher than quoted amount. Guaranteed-no-to-exceed can only be lower, but not higher, than quoted amount.You are not to sign a blank or incomplete document. Make sure everything is included and clear to you before signing.



Your mover is responsible for any loss or damage to your items during the transportation of the shipment. However, the extent of the responsibility depends on the level of the liability you choose. It can be Full (Replacement)Value Protection, where your mover repairs or damaged items to the point it was or replaces withsomething (or payment) of equal value. The second one is Waiver of Full (Replacement) Value Protection, under which the mover’s liability does not exceed 60 cents per pound, per article. You should inquire with your mover how each of these applies and know which is best for you.



Your mover must prepare and present to you the following documents:an inventory of your shipment, a bill of lading, freight bill, and weight tickets (if your shipment is moving under a nonbinding estimate).


Weighing Properties

You have the right to be present each time your shipment is weighed or request a reweigh at no charge. Your mover should tell you when and where each weighing will be done.


Delivery receipt

You should refuse to sign the delivery receipt if it contains any language releasing or discharging your mover or its agents from liability. You can strike out such language before signing, or refuse delivery if the mover refuses to provide a proper delivery receipt.



On the occasion of loss or damage to your properties, if you cannot reach a settlement with your mover, you have the right to request arbitration from your mover. You may choose to pursue a civil action in an appropriate court having legal jurisdiction in lieu of arbitration

What You Should Know About Passports and Visas When Moving Abroad

Obtaining visas and passports can be one of the toughest parts of moving abroad. There are procedures to be followed, and rules that must be obeyed. However, the rules can also change within a short time, and that could increase the difficulty.


For you to travel abroad, you must have at least two blank pages in your passport. It used to that you can add pages to your passport, but that is no longer the case. Instead, you’ll have to get a new passport altogether. It is necessary to have enough blank pages in your passport. You may find it more helpful to request a super-size passport with 52 pages instead of the standard 28.


A passport may not be all you need when moving to a new country. Shorter journeys that are less than 90 days will not require a visa for about 22 countries in the EU.


Different countries have different requirements of documentations for visas, and you can find out about these requirements from the U.S. Department of State for each country. Getting this information early enough is important so you can put together whatever is needed for your move.


Applying for visa takes some time depending on the country you are heading to and the kind of visa you are applying for. It may take at least 3 weeks for your visa application to be reviewed. Hence, you should begin the process early.


For some countries, you may be required to have a passport that will be valid for up to six months before you plan to leave a country. This is because renewing your passport when you are outside the country is not as easy as when you are in your home country. So there should be enough time.


Your visa requirements also depends on the kind of visa you need, which is based on the purpose for the journey. You should find out find out the kind of visa you need and make sure you apply for the right one.


You will be required to pay some fees for your visa. The amount differs based on the country you are going to.

Should You Plan a Move Before/After Pregnancy?

It is a critical issue that draws many concerns. Different persons would have different views to it and prefer one to the other. But the answer for you will depend on some things, and you are better off to decide on it. But here are things to consider from each side. They will help you decide.


The Good Side of Moving before the Baby Arrives

  • You have freedom to do things. You are better able to move about and get things done when the baby has not yet arrived, especially if you are shopping for a home. Your attention can be required at any time and there are things to take care of to that effect.
  • You’ll be more relaxed after the move to have and take care of the new baby. You can afford to give the baby the needed attention, and rest from the hard work of moving.
  • You may need a recovery time after delivery. This depends on individuals. Some would need longer time to recover after delivery, especially if they had a C-Section.
  • It saves you some money. The coming of a new baby usually means lot of shopping. By moving before the baby arrives, you can decide to do the shopping at your new location, which will reduce the things you’d have to pack and the amount of things to move.
  • You will enjoy a support network at your new location than when you move after delivery and leave whatever group you already associate with.
  • You can better use your nesting instinct. Remember, the third trimester is considered a nesting period, when the instinct to set the home up for the baby is on the highest. If you are already in your new home by this time, you’ll put that instinct into good use arranging the place for the coming baby. Else, all the effort will go to the old place.

The Good Side of Moving After

  • It’s too much work packing when heavy. The baby bump, aching back, hurting womb, etc. All the difficult activities of a move will only not make things easier. But this won’t be so for post-delivery move.
  • You will know better what amount of space you need. With the new baby and all that is needed for it, you may better evaluate how much space you should go for.
  • Sometimes pregnancies are unpredictable. While you don’t hope for such, any complications can arise and require special attention. It may attempt to ruin your moving plans. But after delivery, you are relaxed and can go about the move without fear of any uncertainty.
  • New babies offer an easier way to make friends and connect. A new baby can bring easier connection with your new community. You make friends more easily, especially with other new moms.

How To Move Your Aquarium And Other Strange Possessions

Many things about moving make it quite complicated. But apart from the general moving process itself, there are also particular items that prove really difficult to move. They are things you cannot just pack up into a box and zoom off with. They not only require a lot of extra efforts, there are also risks involved in moving them.

One first consideration would be selling these things and buying new ones when you get settled at your new location. That may sound like an option, butmay not be a favorite one for you. How much you cherish some of these items can prevent you from considering the option of selling or giving them away.

Let us take a look at some of these special items and what can be done with them.


An aquarium

For the aquarium, you have two things to deal with: the tank and the fish. You tank is only valuable when it is intact. If it gets smashed in the truck during the move, there will be nothing admirable about it afterwards.Firstly, the tank has to be drained before moving it. There are special boxes designed for glass. You need to find such and have it packed in it. You can check online, go to hardware stores, or get it from a moving company.

For the fish, it depends on the distance of the move. It may be difficult for the fish to survive change in temperature and other physical conditions while moving them. Short distance move can be achieved by packing the fish in insulated containers that are sealed with oxygen or that have a portable aerating equipment. Long distance moves will also require proper packing and shipping by air, which can be very expensive.


Some other such possessions that are cool in your home until when it’s time to move may include:

  • Giant musical instruments
  • Anatomical human skeletons
  • Pinball machines and classic arcade games
  • Large indoor trees
  • Antique crystal chandeliers
  • And more


What to do

  • You can search for special boxes for these items. Some of them are available, but for those that aren’t, you can cut several cartons and tape the pieces together to form a custom-shaped container for the item in question.
  • There are certain packing supplies that should go with delicate items to avoid them breaking. Before placing them into the box, you can wrap such items in foam packing paper or thin bubble wrap.
  • Pad items properly with paper pads, blankets, cloths, pillows, etc., and make sure the box is stuffed before sealing it.
  • Some items may require special movers. Make necessary consultations and find out what it will take for such items. And when you have these strange properties, you may just let professional movers handle the move, including packing these items.

How Do I Get a Big Couch through a Tiny Door?

You’ve been on the relocation process for a long time now, sorting, packing, cleaning up, and doing all the other necessary things. You’ve overcome loading the things into a truck. Your properties have gone all the way down to your new place. You gave the first sigh of relief when all the things arrived. Unloading seemed smooth and you have been looking forward to getting done with the business. Then all of a sudden you are hit with a painful realization: the couch won’t go through the door easily; it seems it is bigger than the door.

That sounds like being hit again just when you are managing to stand from a fall caused by a previous hit. What do you do?


Detach the legs

Check if the legs of the couch can be removed. If yes, then take them off. That will reduce the supposed size of the couch.


Start measuring

If after removing the legs the couch still won’t go through easily, or if the legs are not detachable, then measure all its dimensions and be sure of what they are. Measure the door’s height and width, and compare measurements. If the door width is more than the back height of the couch, then try turning the couch so it’s facing down, and slide it in.


Try different angles

Try standing the couch and taking one side in before the other. Someone should be inside and someone else outside. Angle the couch and slide the seat through the door so that it curves around the doorway. You and the other person may have to keep tilting the couch back and forth as you push it in.



If all dimensions of the couch prove that it just won’t get through, you can consider getting it dismantled and reassembled inside the house. It requires professionals and will cost some money. Or you may also consider taking the door off the hinges and see if that creates enough room. And the door frame, too. But before you do this, you should measure first, so you do not waste the efforts and maybe money.


Try other entrance points

Are there other doors around the house? If there are other doors, perhaps from behind, see if they are large enough for the couch to go through. Or maybe a window large enough to contain it; the window glasses would have to be removed in that case.


If none works

You can consider selling the couch, maybe on Craigslist, and getting a new one. Or you may even want to give it out to a friend or family member. Either way, you won’t get the exact value of the couch, but what other option is still left?

Guidelines for Smooth Moving For the Disabled

Moving is generally nerve-racking and stressful. It can only be assumed to be even more difficult for someone who is physically impaired or having a disability. The process remains the same, but for the sake of your special condition, it is necessary to take things easier and avoid stress as much as possible. You don’t want to get the situation worsened by more anxiety. So here is a guide that will help you.


Begin Planning Early

The earlier the better. When you give yourself a long time to plan and carry out a move, you can get about things with ease and take your time to complete all that needs to be done. The pressure mounts as the moving day approaches. You should avoid that by being prepared on time.


Work With a Checklist

Your checklist should contain all that needs to be done. With that you can measure your progress on the process. And if your checklist is very comprehensive, you don’t have to worry about whether or not there is something you are forgetting. It will remind you of all you need to do.


Assess Your New Home

You may require certain conditions in your new house. It is important to do an assessment and be sure everything is okay. For instance, if you use a wheelchair, you may need to be sure the door is large enough to allow a wheelchair pass through. Make sure the conditions at your new home are right for you.



Know About Changes in Your Disability Benefits and Services

Your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will not change even if you are moving to a different state, since it is a federal program and applies in every state. However, you would need to provide the agency with your new address to avoid interruptions in your payments. Also you need to find out how the move will affect your Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI).


Get Others to Help

You can enlist friends and family members to take care of the packing and some other aspects of the move. This will ease the workload on you. You can also have the movers take care of the packing and unpacking.


Take Care of Your Medical Needs

Inform your physician about your move and let them advice properly. You should refill prescriptions, and keep close to you all your medications. Ask your physician for recommendation for new health care provider in your new location. Medical records should be transferred, and you should also have contact of the new physician as well as keep handy the contact of your old doctor for emergency reasons.

Escape From Debt By Moving To A Different State?

Debts are plaguing. Many times you don’t plan to get into it, but circumstances get in the way. And when you are trapped in debt, it is not only embarrassing, but it does try to steal your peace of mind. You often feel like your creditors or debt collectors are all over you all the time trying to get what they can from you. It is overwhelming. Knowing you currently do not have the means to pay them off can be frustrating.


On the other hand, moving to a different state is refreshing. For most people, a move means a chance for a fresh start. So there is the temptation to want to move as a means of escaping debt. But the question remains: Is it possible to escape from debt by moving to a different state?



No escape, really

When you move without leaving a forwarding address or contact information for your new location, it does only a temporary good. It can only give you a break from the constant contact your creditors make to remind you of your debt. In the long run, there is really no escape.


What about your credit score? When your creditor reports your debt to a credit reporting agency (like Equifax, Experian and Trans Union), and your debts are recorded in your credit report, it will have a negative impact on your credit score. And you know what that means. It follows you everywhere you go. Getting loans will be difficult, and sometimes other things like insurance or rent, too.


If there is a court ruling against you that shows you are legally responsible for the debt in the previous state, when you move, your creditor or collector can file a copy of that judgment in your new state where they seek its enforcement and the court will send a notice of the filing to you. In some states the process may be complicated for the creditor, but ultimately, they will still get to you.


What to do

If you have genuine reasons why you have to move, your debt should not keep you back. However, you can deal with the issue by getting an attorney that is good at debt negotiation and credit repair. This will cost you some extra bucks, but can eventually help you reduce your mountain of debt. Only make sure the person you hire has experience and good success record on the matter.


If the move is out of concern for your debt, after negotiating with your creditors, you may decide to look for states and cities with the lowest cost of living, where you can make something good out of a modest income. This works well when you have a work you can do anywhere you are. With the extra savings at your new location, you can begin paying off your debt.

A Guide for Students to Move with a Limited Budget

Moving is scary for many things, among which is its cost implication. Now when you are a student about to move, you will even be more concerned about that. You have a limited budget and you don’t want anything to drain your college wallet. Are there ways you can cut costs and save some bucks from the move? Yes!

Start searching early

From the point of deciding to take admission in another city or state, you should begin researching on moving services and their charges, and compare your findings. Starting early allows you explore different options and find something that fits your budget.There are estimate calculators that can give you an idea of the cost of your relocation. It can help your planning.


Book early

There are the busy seasons. These are times of the year when most moves are undertaken. Both the manpower of moving companies and their equipment are busy at such times. The beginning of the school year and the end of it would fall into such times, as many students, amongst others, would be moving. It is important to book early. It is your guarantee to securing the mover of your choice and also getting a good deal. Rush hour booking would cost you more, definitely.

Or move yourself

If you have a car, you can consider the option of moving yourself. Get friends and family to help out with the move; the packing, loading, unloading, and lifting things up the stairs.

Talk to your roommates

If you will be sharing a room with some others, it is important you start early to communicate with your roommates. There are many things to talk about, many plans to make together. It begins with who brings what. This is important so you don’t duplicate certain items that can be shared in the room, like fridge and others. Also, when you all share what to bring, it could reduce the amount of stuff you have to move. You should also talk about arrival and plan so you’ll be available to help each other unload things.

Leave the shopping out

As the time approaches for your move to college, there is usually the urge to check for all the things you need, list them out and begin stocking up. You probably have the list ready. But to cut cost by reducing your load, it is better to leave out shopping until you arrive at your new location. In that case, you can better assess whether or not you really need certain things you planned to buy. You may find your roommates brought some of those things and they can be shared.

Preserve some materials

You can save some bucks from packing materials when you preserve them, especially the good ones. Since your next move is not so far away, you can flatten the boxes and keep them somewhere, so they will come into use next time.

5 Tips for Moving Abroad

It could be for the fun and adventure in exploring new and unknown territories. Sometimes it is for the pursuit of particular interests. It could be for career, research, education, or to be with some friends or family. There are many reasons for which you may choose to move abroad. But whichever is the case, there are some basic things necessary for such journeys.


You must be prepared. Moving abroad is not like going to the next town. You don’t wake up and just do it. Preparation is important if you must have a smooth journey, and these tips will guide you on what you should do in line with your planned move.


  1. Decide on the country

The purpose of the move should guide this decision. When there is a specific need for the move, like a new job, an already secured admission, a research in a specific place, etc., knowing where to go won’t be an issue. However, if it is a decision you have to make all by yourself, then you will be considering several factors including viable countries based on your profession, business or interests, living conditions, ease of securing travel documents, etc.


Travel with passport and map
Travel with passport and map
  1. Some homework is important

It begins with researching on your new destination. Find out all you can about the country. You will need all that information in the weeks and months to come. Find out about the travel requirements for that country and if there are any risks and warnings about moving to the place. Research on places to live and do what you intend doing.


  1. Apply early

Starting with your passport, apply early for one or renew your old one. You are expected to have at least to blank pages and should be valid for up to six months after your return. But if you will be staying longer and may need renewing your passport while still abroad, you would have to contact the U.S. Embassy in your resident country. If your journey requires a visa, you should also begin applying for it early, as embassies would take some weeks to review your visa application. You can find out the requirements for different countries from the U.S. Department of State.


  1. Start saving

Moving to a new country and setting up there will not only cost you some money but will also take some time. Except you are moving for a job, which means you already have one, it may take some time go get settled at your new country and get a job there. Moreover, everything about a move costs some money.


  1. Build a network

Our world is indeed a global village. Right where you are you can create connections with people in the country and city you intend to live in. Several social sites and tools allow you to build such connections and get firsthand information on things going on around there. Your profession or line of interest can also be a way to create such connections. Find people who are into the same field you belong to. You can also start from where you are and build friendship with local residents who are from that country.

5 Things People Forget To Do Before They Move

There are a thousand and one things to do when planning a move. A thousand and one things to remember and keep track of. The probability of forgetting some things that should be taken care of is very high. It gets worse when the move isn’t planned properly with enough time to make necessary arrangements. And as the D-day approaches, anxiety increases. Even worrying over what must have possibly been forgotten can make you forget some other things. This is why working with a checklist is important. To help make things easier, here are five things that most people forget to do before moving. Hopefully, you wouldn’t make the same mistake.


Couple surrounded by boxes resting
Couple surrounded by boxes resting
  1. Organize personal and family records

Family records are important, and you should make sure you collect all of them and organize them. These include family education and health records. The children’s educational records need to be transferred to their new school. Your family’s medical records should also be transferred from your current physician to your new one. Ensure you make arrangement for these transfers. Also endeavor not to forget to get the vaccination records and other medical details for your pets.


  1. Change your address

You should remember to change the address for all your mail with the U.S. Postal Service. Doing this is now made easy, and you can achieve it by just filling an online form. However, it is important to take care of it early enough (at least 2 weeks before you move) so you can start off with your mail by the time of your move-in.


  1. Contact your car insurance company

Car insurance requirements differ from state to state, and sometimes even differ within cities in the same state. You should contact your insurance compact and make inquiries on what changes apply to the coverage, rates and deadlines in line with the transition. Also find out the details for updating your insurance coverage for your new location.


  1. Organize your finances and subscriptions

Recurring charges from subscriptions and memberships should be cancelled to avoid continuous accumulation, and for some this needs to be done within a given cancellation period. For monthly bills, make proper arrangement to have them paid promptly. It is possible to lose track of bills with all the other things packed. It may be helpful to set up automatic payment for your bills at such a busy and hectic time.


  1. Collect items from the cleaners, tailors or repair shops

When you can forget to take care of some things at home with all there is to do when moving, it becomes even easier to forget anything you gave out that needs to be collected. Did you give anything to the cleaners, tailors or repair shops? If so, then remember to collect them on time for the move. Also remember any items your neighbors may have borrowed from you, like the lawn mower.