Real People: PODS vs. U-Pack ReloCubes

This post is part of our “Real People” series. Each post is written by a real person, not employed at HireAHelper, that actually used the service listed. These posts offer the inside scoop on the pros and cons of using moving equipment and services from companies like PODS, 1-800-Packrat, Penske Truck Rental, Budget Moving Trucks, U-Pack ReloCubes, and Uhaul. Today’s post is from Shiromi A. of Seattle, WA.

My husband was retired military so we moved seven times in four years and I can tell you it never gets easier. You’d think we would have the moving thing down by now, but I find each move has its own set of unique challenges to overcome. When we decided to move from Portland, OR up to Seattle, WA to live near the water, we knew this would take some planning. We called around a few interstate moving companies but it was pricey. We didn’t want to rent a truck because you pay by the day and that time crunch can be stressful. My husband and I quickly came to the conclusion that either PODS or U-Pack ReloCubes would be our best bet. Continue reading

Are My Movers Licensed And Insured?

paperwork largeFirst of all, I want to say, “well done.” If you’re taking the time to ask this question and figure out the answer, you’re off to a great start! Nothing will ruin your move more than becoming the person in that horror story who has all their belongings stolen by their movers or is charged 300% more than the original quote. It’s important to protect yourself from the rogue movers and scammers operating nationwide this summer.

What is a licensed mover?

Regulations and requirements for licensure vary from state to state. You can check out your state’s requirements here. Some states require movers to register with the state as a moving company and to offer at least two options for insurance (full-valuation or released-value). Some states have additional requirements. Beyond insurance, states might set standards regarding estimates, liability, mover agreements, etc. Continue reading

4 Simple Tips for Unpacking After Your Move

You made it. Everything was packed, loaded, unloaded, and the movers sent on their way. The hard part is over. Or is it? You’re in your new space, surrounded by boxes, and the sight can be overwhelming. Below are a few tips to make this next step in the moving process go smoother.

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How Can I Help My Senior Parents Move To A Smaller Home?

King of the Castle by Mart Wegman

King of the Castle by Mart Wegman

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably stressing over your parents’ or grandparents’ health, safety, finances and possibly social isolation. However, your parents and grandparents are most likely focused on how to fight to keep their home and how they’re going to manage. For many seniors, their home has been their home for decades. After all, “Home is where the heart is!”

Make no mistake about it; even with a full list of logical reasons to make a move, it will be a difficult and emotional life transition. The most important issue to consider when helping your senior family members prepare for a move is their emotional state. Continue reading

Moving Secret #347: How to Eat Well and Exercise During a Move

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Moving is ranked as one of the top three most stressful life events. Here at HireAHelper, we want to prepare you for the different aspects of your move so it’s not as stressful! One such aspect that may not have crossed your mind is the issue of healthy eating and exercise during your move. But when you think about it, proper exercise and nutrition are two of the best ways to cope with stress! Unfortunately, pizza and beer are the age-old standard food groups when moving. Here are some ways to avoid the greasy cheese, eat well, and still have an empty kitchen when you leave.

 

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