What Are Additional Moving Services?

Most people should be familiar with what a professional moving company can do, right? The moving crew will carry all of your belongings out of the home you are moving from, will load them into a moving truck, and then will drive off. The next time you will see them they will be arriving at your new address with all of your things and then they will take them inside your new place. That is what professional moving company does, right?

In a nutshell, this is the basic moving services offered by most moving companies. However, a legitimate professional moving company can and will do much more to complete a relocation job. There are many additional moving services that reputable moving companies offer.

Packing

Why would you want to risk damaging your expensive possessions such as an antique piece of furniture or a piano when you can hire professional movers who are also properly licensed and insured? No one else but a legitimate professional moving company can offer customized moving solutions that will work best in your situation.

Unpacking

Unpacking is another valuable service offered by most top-rated moving companies. Having your professionally packed household items not only delivered to your new home but also brought to their respective rooms, unpacked carefully, and positioned how you want them. You want to make sure the terms and conditions of any additional moving services are clear from the start so there are no surprises later.

Handling of Special Household Belongings

To avoid additional moving services fees, you may be tempted to move the number of special household belongings you have by yourself and maybe a couple of dependable friends. This could be a huge mistake. If your expensive items are damaged they will not be replaced except at your own expense. Let a professional and insured moving company handle these items for you.

All Reasons Moving Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Bay Area-Based Moving Company Offers Worldwide Residential and Business Relocations

San Jose, CA (June 1, 2016) – All Reasons Moving & Storage, a San Jose-based moving company, is celebrated 25 years in business. The company has been serving the Bay Area since 1991 and, as a Certified California ProMover, is recognized as an industry leader, along with belonging to the exclusive club of successful California businesses owned and operated by women.

When Kim Tucker, All Reasons Moving’s founder, first launched the company, she worked on the front lines of each move – driving trucks and moving furniture – to ensure each job was completed with integrity and speed. In an industry with a typically high turnover rate, All Reasons Moving’s continued success over the past 25 years is due to an outstanding team of well-trained, long-term professionals.

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating 25 years serving customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and worldwide,” said Tucker. “Our company would not be where it is today without their support, and the hard work and dedication of our amazing employees. I look forward to many more fruitful years in business and thousands more residential and business moves around the world.”

One of the first in California to receive the designation of Certified California ProMover by the California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA) and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), All Reasons Moving was recognized for their commitment to professional, ethical business practices and quality customer service.

Over the last 25 years, All Reasons Moving has grown into a thriving family operation, and Tucker says she couldn’t have taken the company where it is today without the support of family members. Tucker’s daughter, Jessica Martinez, is the office manager and son Josh Hufana is the Operations & Warehouse Manager; her husband Tom Brown is an estimator and her son-in-law James Martinez is their salesman.

About All Reasons Moving & Storage

Recognized as a leader in the moving and storage industry, All Reasons Moving provides high quality relocation at the hands of well-trained, long-term professionals. In fact, that’s part of what sets All Reasons Moving apart: the majority of their movers are employees, and several are family members! No job is ever too big or too small, and they give every customer the same individualized attention for a totally customized experience. For more information, visit www.AllReasonsMoving.com.

Media Contact: Three Girls Media, Inc. (408) 218-2391

Erika Taylor Montgomery, [email protected]

Moving Efficiently with your Family, Friends or Pros – Part Two

Moving Efficiently: Tips for Organizing a Move

Welcome to Part II of Moving Efficiently. A little bit of pre-planning will help you organize your move. Whether family, friends, or hired moving professionals, no one wants to waste his or her time. It may sound a little self-serving to say “get the most from your helpers.” The truth is that people who help you will be happier when your  pre-planning saves them time and frustration.

People want to feel needed. They want to know that their time spent has made a difference. So do yourself and your helpers a favor by planning ahead for moving.

Last time we recommended assigning people to manage the specific tasks, including team leads who are responsible for supplies and food. This time we focus on how to stage work so that when help arrives, they can carry out their focused tasks quickly and efficiently.

1. What you must do first.

By now you’ve already decided whether you will have (or have had) a garage sale. There should be no trash in any closet or drawer. If there are items not moving with you, get them out of the way. The goal is to have your  helpers focus on packing anything they see. It’s a time waster if something gets packed when it shouldn’t.  And vice versa.

2. Have supplies at the ready.

By this point, you’ve assigned the task of purchasing moving supplies. On move day, their job is to make sure that every room is equipped with enough boxes, paper, tape and markers. That way an entire room can be packed quickly and efficiently. It’s frustrating for your moving helpers to have to rummage and search for scissors, a misplaced Sharpie marker, or run out of moving boxes.

3. Stage the work.

Direct your assistants where to focus. We recommend packing the least needed items first, and the most needed items last. This serves two purposes:

  • You will have access to your more needed items for the longest time, and
  • Your most needed items will be packed onto the moving truck last and will be unloaded first.

Label drawers or closet shelves so that people will know where to focus on packing first. When everyone knows their assignments, you’ll find the work gets done faster and you’ll save energy. You’ll need it… for when you unpack!

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Moving Efficiently with Family, Friends & Pros – Part One

Tips for Organizing and Moving Efficiently

Moving a home can be very stressful. Whether you’re organizing a team of family members or if you’ve hired pros like us, a move takes coordination. Chances are you won’t be performing every moving task on your own. You’ll be assigning tasks to your moving team. Many of us are not familiar with project or task management. Here are some tips to help you make your move more efficient.

Assign Team Leaders to Manage Certain Areas.

Even children can be responsible for some jobs. Moving can be a traumatic process. Making them feel part of the team can help. A huge time-waster is people standing around not sure how they can help. Or worse, having multiple movers doing a task that should only take one person.

Make a list of jobs and who is responsible. Then, tape it in a prominent place so your moving team can refer to it without having to bother you, the move manager.

1. Supplies Manager.

Not being able to quickly and easily find supplies is one of the biggest time wasters during a move. Several days or a week prior to move day assign someone purchase needed supplies. We recommend having these moving supplies on hand:

  • scissors
  • box cutters
  • strong tape and dispensers
  • Sharpie pens or other permanent markers
  • disposable cameras
  • extra moving boxes

Add anything to this list you think you might need and make sure you have enough. We recommend setting up a supply area in each room. That way each moving helper can manage himself.

If you don’t hire professional movers to supply wrapping paper and other moving supplies, you will need to use one of our handy charts to determine how many of which kind of boxes and how much paper you will need.

2. Food & Water Manager.

Moving is an extremely labor-intensive, tiring… okay, an exhausting job. Not only are you using your body intensively, often mental fatigue accompanies moving as you sift through precious belongings, making myriad decisions about them moment by moment. You need to keep up your and your team’s strength, and most importantly, stay hydrated. Assign one person (who can drive) to be responsible for maintaining a food and hydration table in a centrally located place. This person can also arrange for lunches and dinners between packing duties.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Moving A Home Efficiently Tip: Add Music

Use Fun, Upbeat Music to Increase Home Moving Efficiency & Foster a Better Mood

Moving a home is generally known to be a stressful time. It is a time of renewal, change, discarding the old, and moving into the new and uncertain. The sheer physical requirements of moving a home are tiring. Now add the emotional component. It isn’t surprising that you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted when dealing with all the loose ends related to moving.

Why think about music during a home move?

Human beings are drawn to rhythm and music in widely varying forms the world over, from infancy until old age. Music brightens our world. It lifts our spirits and can change our outlook on things. It can calm, invigorate, inspire or make one nostalgic. Music is a universal language. And you can use it to your advantage during a home move.

Our advice: Put on some tunes!

When faced with a particularly distasteful moving task, like cleaning out the garage or basement, grab your iPod or your mini-speakers. Hook them up to your laptop or other favorite music system. If you have internet access, Pandora offers a way to build your own radio station with endless variety.

Blast it out! A lively salsa, peppy jazz, or just some good old fashioned rock ‘n roll will do wonders to keep your feet moving, your mind occupied with happier thoughts, and decision-making (as in what to throw out!) a breeze.

At All Reasons Moving we understand the human side of the home moving experience. Our clients aren’t robots; neither are their friends who are often on hand to help. Like plenty of good food and water, keep your movers happy and productive with rollicking tunes. After all, many companies play background music to inspire certain paces and behaviors. For example, visitors to Disneyland are hard-pressed to find a corner of the park unattended by peppy, upbeat chords. Is there any reason your home moving experience shouldn’t be at least as pleasant as the music at Disneyland?

At the final moving destination, be sure your tunes are within easy reach, too. They should be among the first thing you unpack. It’ll keep your mind clear, your feet moving and your face smiling.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

 

Moving Tips – Pre-planning is Key

With so many details to consider prior and after a move, it isn’t surprising that moving can seem chaotic and difficult. On the All Reasons Moving blog you will find a lot of helpful tips on managing a move to keep your sanity, keep track of your belongings and prepare yourself like a pro for the entire process. Below are four tips that will help even more.

We always appreciate hearing from our clients who have had a successful moving experience, or where they could have had a smoother go of it. Please let us know your moving experiences (good and bad) and tips so that we can provide better service and information to our community.
BEFORE the Move Tips.

Our BEST Tip Ever: Hire a GOOD moving company. When you hire a reputable moving company, your cares and concerns are considerably reduced. When you trust your movers, peace of mind soars. There are several ways to find a mover but the biggest things is to make sure they are licensed and insured.

        Resources to help you choose a mover:

Make a Moving File: From moving contracts to confirmation that the energy has been turned off, you will accumulate tons of paperwork related to the move. Put all files related to the buying and selling of your home, the move, the new home, contacts and useful information in one portable file box that you keep handy at all time. Consider keeping a measuring tape, calculator, business card holder, stamps, stationery and envelopes, and a file for current bills and correspondence in this box as well.

Necessity Box: Always pack a box with essentials. Things you know or think you may need in your new home the first night. Flashlight, toilet paper, light bulbs, tools, toothbrush & paste, paper towels, plastic cups, bottled water, soap and whatever else you know you can’t live without and don’t forget about what your pets may need like food and a water dish.

 

Moving is a stressful time but a bit of pre-planning can help take the stress out of your move.

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