Virtual Move Estimates Vs. In-Home Estimates

The current COVID-19 pandemic has altered business-as-usual in many different ways across business sectors. One significant change in the moving industry has been the use of virtual technology for moving estimates. This technology was available before the pandemic, but many moving customers opted for in-person estimates instead. In this article we will explore the technology that is available, and make the argument that it is just as good as an in-person estimate, if not better, for its added benefits.

What is virtual moving technology?

Virtual moving technology allows you to get an in-depth and accurate moving estimate from the comfort of your home, by using a smartphone or tablet. An agent representative will walk you through the process and help you determine the following:

  • The total number of items that will fit into a standard moving truck
  • Total number of items and sizes to be moved
  • Total weight of your belongings
  • Special items and items that need to be crated
  • Space layout of your home on moving day
  • Entry/access points in your home for the moving crew on moving day
  • Special circumstances for moving day preparation

What are the benefits of getting a virtual estimate?

  • Prevention of unnecessary contact in your home during the pandemic
  • Schedule on your time instead of a moving company’s
  • Convenient, easy, and stress-free

Many moving companies have shifted towards doing virtual estimates for the protection of their customers as well as staff. RLD Relocation is here to answer any questions that you may have about the process.

How to Change Your Mailing Address When You Move

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Just moved to a new home or planning an upcoming move? Congratulations! In addition to all of the excitement surrounding a move, you need to be mindful of certain important tasks to complete.

If you’ve been wondering how to change your address when you move, read on. We have put together a “Moving Change of Address Checklist” to simplify the steps you need to take.

  • The first step on your change of address checklist should be going to the post office. Whether you choose to do so online or in person, your local United States Post Office is the number one stop to make.
  • Make sure that you inform your USPS clerk or note online all addresses to change when moving. This includes having mail forwarded for a certain period of time from your old address to your new one, in addition to any other addresses that may be affected with the relocation—like work/school mailing addresses and more.
  • Forwarding your mail will give you the option to start having mail delivered at your former address automatically sent to the new one based on whatever date(s) you choose.
  • During the period of time that you are having mail forwarded, it is up to you to update different companies/service providers (like credit card companies, family/friends, schools, etc.) of your new address so that they will begin sending physical mail correspondence to the correct place.
  • After your mail forwarding service ends, you will no longer be able to retrieve mail that is still sent to the old address, unless you still have access to that residence or P.O. Box.
  • Fees associated with updating your address and/or forwarding your mail are usually very minimal, and more than worth the nominal amount to ensure you receive mail in a timely manner.
  • Be sure to also alert the appropriate federal agencies (like the IRS) of your new or upcoming address, as well as changing the address on your vehicle registration. Most of these changes can be made online, but some entities may require visits in person, as well as supporting documentation to accompany the request.
  • Your driver’s license also needs to display a current address. Either go to your local DMV’s website or visit a physical location in order to get this information updated as well.

Once you’re able to check the change of address task off of your seemingly never-ending list of things to do associated with your move, you’ll be able to settle in and enjoy your new home with peace of mind.

If you’re in the market for the best household moving company to help you with your upcoming relocation, look no further than Arpin Van Lines. Arpin offers an array of moving and storage services at unbeatable rates.

The consistent professionalism you’ll experience with your locallong-distanceresidential or commercial move will make you so glad you went with the best—Arpin Van Lines.

RLD Relocation is a proud agent of Arpin Van Lines. We’re here to help with all of your moving service needs. Call today.

5 Items You Should Toss Before Your Household Move

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Are you planning to make a Household move soon? Before you start packing, make sure you aren’t taking anything unnecessary that will slow down the process.

To help, we have rounded up the top five household items you need to be sure to toss before your residential movers arrive. Getting organized and decluttering will be so worth it during your residential moving process!

Broken or damaged belongings

While it can be tempting to hold on to certain thing in less-than-stellar shape due to their history or sentimental value, they can slow down your move in a major way.

Before you begin your household moving & packing process, do an inventory of your furniture, as well as smaller belongings.

  • Any heavy pieces, like furniture, that are irreparably damaged or broken need to be trashed (or donated). Posting “project pieces” that may need some TLC on resale sites is also an option—and can help you score some cash for your upcoming move!
  • Smaller items that are broken or damaged can be gone through one small room or section at a time—like a closet or cabinet. Your household movers will also enjoy not having to move damaged items!
  • The less items you have to be moved, the less time it will take, resulting in more affordable residential moving services.

Flammable or toxic materials

  • Your household moving company will likely make you aware of this as soon as you book your move.
  • As far as items that will be transported on the moving truck are concerned, no flammable or otherwise toxic materials will be able to be loaded.
  • Think about open paint cans, propane gas tanks from a grill, or gasoline in your lawnmower.
  • These items will need to be disposed of or properly drained prior to your moving day.
  • Otherwise, you’ll be responsible for transporting them to your new home on your own. Household moving companies simply cannot take that risk.

Old or expired food

  • Cleaning out your fridge and freezer is also a must-do to put on your list ahead of a residential move.
  • Check expiration dates on food, beverage, and condiment containers.
  • Anything old or approaching their expiration dates are probably best to throw out.
  • Moving a large amount of refrigerated food can also be iffy for your household moving services company. When in doubt, throw it out.

Take out the trash

  • Make sure you don’t leave behind an extraneous amount of garbage or trash. Anything left by the curb that doesn’t get picked up in a timely manner will likely irritate your neighbors.
  • Call city services or a company that provides “junk” pickup to have them haul off any excess waste.

Multiples of items

  • Any items that you have in bulk for no apparent reason can also be donated, sold, or trashed.
  • These types of items include duplicate clothing items, shoes, or even mismatched dishes and various items in your junk drawer.
  • If you have an overabundance of these things that either never or rarely get used, there’s no need in letting them continue to take up valuable space in your new home.

Think you’re ready to get moving? Don’t wait! Call or visit https://www.arpin.com/ to book the pros at Arpin Van Lines for your upcoming household move.

 

What is the most cost-effective way to move cross country?

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Moving coast to coast can sound intimidating at first, but you can make the process more manageable and cost-friendly with the right preparation. Given that finding a place to live can feel like you’ve spent a small fortune, it’s understandable to worry about the price of moving as well.

When you are ready to figure out the move’s nitty-gritty details, there are a few things you
should keep in mind.

Ways to Move

First, there are a couple of different ways you can get your belongings to their new location:

  • Drive a Rental: this option is one of the cheapest options, but there are a few drawbacks, such as the responsibility being fully on you and the time it takes.
  • Use a Professional Container: Someone else drives the container, of course, but you have to do the dirty work of loading the container with all of the things you want to bring with you.
  • Hire Moving Company: This may be considered the most expensive of all the ways you can move, but it’s the most hands-off and quickest way.

Second, you have to take a look at the time and effort you are willing to spend on the move since it will ultimately influence your decision. As mentioned above, driving a rental may be the cheapest option, but it will require time and effort from you and anyone willing to help you. If time is of no consequence, that may be the best option.

If time is a significant factor in your move and needs to happen quickly, you can begin to look for the most affordable moving company to assist you. Start with reviewing potential cross country movers that are near you. Gather at least three cross country moving quotes in order to have something to compare.

Potential Prices

Every family’s budget when it comes to moving is different, which is why you should explore all of the options available to you as you find the one that fits you the most. Moving prices can vary greatly based on factors such as the distance, the size of your original home, and the weight of the items you’re moving.

  • Renting a truck could potentially run around $1,000 to $3,000. The price will depend on the size of the truck you need, any specialized equipment with it, and how many miles you’re going to move. Some companies will charge extra miles, so it’s important to review any of your cross country moving quotes.
  • Using a storage container to move can cost around $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the size of the container and the distance you are moving. Since it does require someone to pick up the container, what makes it cheaper is the fact that you have to pack it yourself.
  • Hiring a moving company to help you complete the process is the most expensive at around $2,000 to as high as $10,000. The distance and amount of items will be what sway the price of hiring someone to help you through this.

The key to obtaining the best price is to get cross country moving quotes from multiple companies and comparing them. The comparison will also help you make sure there are no hidden costs associated with whichever option you choose.

Cut Costs

No matter how you are planning on moving, there are always ways to cut costs. Take some of these tips and tricks as a way to help you save

Sell

One of the easiest ways to save money on your move is to move fewer items. Hold a garage sale or donate items you no longer need in an attempt to alleviate the amount of items and their weight. If you find yourself moving with just a truck, less items will also save you time.

Free Supplies

Find free supplies from friends and family, your community, and local retailers. Try to find as many boxes, tape, newspapers, and bubble wrap to help offset some of the costs of moving. It’s no secret that many people order online, therefore, it should not be too hard to find boxes to help you pack.

Moving Date

Sometimes you can better control the date of your move, which might make things more affordable. Certain times of the year, specifically April through September, are usually the busiest times for moving, and a lot of prices for trucks or moving companies can get higher. Try and move outside of those months, and avoid the weekends whenever possible.

Ship Items

Items such as books can get shipped through the USPS using their Media Mail, and though it might take longer to reach you, it can be cheaper. Try and use other such mailing services to ship your items to their destination without having to carry them yourself.

 

RLD Relocation is a proud agent of Arpin Van Lines. If you are moving internationally from Ohio, contact us today to help.

DIY Moving Tips

Moving on your own can be a daunting activity, but can also save you a lot of money. Here are some DIY tips from the experts on how to prepare for your move.

Make sure you’re organized

Start by taking not of what you’ll need to pack, room by room. What must I bring? What can I leave behind/donate? Separate what you won’t be taking with you. From there you’ll want to organize things room by room, separating things from small to large, fragile and not.

Lots of Boxes

You’ll be surprised by how many boxes it takes to pack an entire apartment or house. Make sure you have plenty of boxes in a range of sizes. You probably already have a couple boxes lying around that will come in handy for your move. For the rest, you can visit your local shipping store or better yet, find recycled boxes from neighbors or online via craigslist or freecycle.

Don’t overpack/ don’t underpack

On one end, you don’t want to allow too much movement between your carefully packed belongings. But you also don’t want boxes that are heavy that can break under too much pressure. Keeping the weight evenly distributed is best, and when loading, make sure to keep heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter, more fragile boxes on top. Creating a color-coded labeling system can help with this.

Set proper time aside to move

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when moving. That’s why setting aside time each day to go through your belongings and organize everything is important. Begin with a couple of hours every day and increase as needed, without overextending yourself. It’s important to pack things carefully, sensibly, and correctly.

We’re here to help with your move if you should decide to not do a DIY move.
RLD Relocation is your trusted, expert moving company in the Akron, OH area. We serve Akron, Northeast Ohio, and beyond. Call today to learn more.

Should I Buy a Home During Coronavirus

Coronavirus has impacted nearly every business sector across the country. The U.S. economy has taken a major hit: from layoffs to business closures, and rising grocery store prices. While there may generally be more stress on the economy, not every sector has screeched to a halt. The real estate market has been doing surprisingly well. Roughly 48% of real estate agents have seen a decrease in buyer interest compared to last year. At the same time, 45% said that the market is more tempting right now for some buyers do to all-time low mortgage rates. (according to NAR Flash Survey: Economic Pulse). While the temptation might be there to buy and cash in on those low rates, some people are still hesitant to go through the buying process during the pandemic. If you’re asking yourself: “should I buy a home during coronavirus?”, you may wish to consider the following.

Virtual Realty

Social distancing has forced realtors to reassess how they help their clients buy and sell homes. It goes beyond practicing safety precautions during in-person showings. Most realtors have moved most of their business online by setting up virtual open houses, tours, and closing deals. Once a buyer has expressed serious interest in a property by viewing the online materials, serious consideration is put into how to safely show the home in person.

Moving During COVID

The majority of moving companies have begun to implement virtual moving technology into their day-to-day as well. Estimates can now happen virtually, preventing any unnecessary in-person contact. Should you choose to buy a home during coronavirus, there are movers who will help you move as safely as possible. RLD Relocation is here for you.

5 Easy Decluttering Tips for Your Home

Many of us are guilty of having a lot of junk. Whether you are preparing to move or just want to clean out some space in your house, decluttering your space is a good exercise. We have collected some of our favorite easy decluttering tips to share with you, to help you with whatever stage of home improvement you may be at.

  1. Make a thorough checklist – the more specific you are with your planning, the more you will be able to get done. Go through every room of your home and detail each little project you would like to accomplish.
  2. Tackle small projects at a time – keep yourself energized by doing your tasks little by little rather than in all one go. Pick one room per day or do it week by week. If you have a lot of decluttering to tackle, it is best to avoid burnout by doing it a little bit at a time. This will make sure that you are thorough and doing the job right.
  3. Keep, donate, sell, and throw away – these are the options that you have for your items. You can have a yard sale or try and sell items online. Donate things you don’t want to thrift stores, churches, or shelters.
  4. Ditch duplicate items – throw away socks without matches and donate silverware, mugs, or other kitchen items you may have too many of. It’s easy to collect things over the years but simplifying your collection is a rewarding habit.
  5. Clean as you declutter – when you declutter you make more room in your home. This is a great opportunity to dust, vacuum, and otherwise tidy up space that was previously cluttered!

If you are decluttering in preparation of a move, contact RLD Relocation today if we can assist you with any moving or storage services!

How to Lower Your COVID Risk on Moving Day

All across the country people are adapting to their everyday lives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra precautions should be taken during everyday activities such as going to the grocery store and the post office. Moving is no different. Moving companies are adapting how they do business to meet the needs of a socially distant society. There are steps that you can take as a customer as well, to lower your COVID risk on moving day. If you are moving in the near future, here are some tips to consider.

  • Only move if you have to – part of the thrill of moving is being able to explore your new area and get involved in your new community. That may be harder to do in the era of COVID, so be prepared to feel a little isolated if you are moving to a new town. Socializing is more difficult these days, but it will not be forever, and it will pass.
  • Don’t reuse packing supplies – buy new boxes instead of using recycled ones from stores. Carey Moving & Storage can provide you with moving boxes should you need them.
  • Avoid unnecessary socializing in the days leading up to your move – the risk of COVID severely decreases with the less contact you have with the outside world and other people.
  • Practice social distancing on moving day – most moving companies will be adhering to strict pandemic protocol. Do your part by keeping 6 feet between you and others, providing a hand-washing station at the moving location, and sanitizing high-traffic surfaces such as doorknobs.

At RLD Relocation, we know that current times can feel a bit uncertain. That’s why we are doing our part every day to protect our moving crews and customers. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, feel free to contact us. Thank you.

Settling In After a Long-Distance Move

A long-distance move is a very exciting venture. You get to settle into your new home, your new town or city, new community and perhaps even a new job. For some, moving far away can feel a little bit overwhelming. Here are some settling in tips to help you get acquainted with your new home and location.

  • Try different arrangements for your furniture – your first instinct may not be your favorite placement for your belongings. Experiment with your furniture and decorations until your new house feels like a home.
  • Change up the paint and décor – often sellers will paint their house neutral colors when it is on the market. Now that you have purchased or rented your new place, give it a touch of your own personal style.
  • Read Yelp reviews – if you are unsure of where to get take-out or get a haircut in your new town or city, do a bit of internet research to see where the locals suggest.
  • Look up events – in the era of COVID there may not be as many community events to go to. But there may still be outdoor activities available such as going to see live music outside at a restaurant or a drive-in film screening.
  • Explore the outdoors – go visit parks, hiking trails, or nearby lakes and rivers to get a feel for the place and find out what kind of outdoor activities are available.
  • Check out local cafes – take a book and pick a new spot each week to try out. Many places are open for outdoor seating and you can get a feel for your town or cities coffee shop culture.

Exploring a new place can be a lot of fun. Take advantage of the opportunity to settle into your new town or city and make the most out of your new community. Contact RLD Relocation today for help with your next long-distance move.

5 Important Tips for Moving During the Pandemic

Many of our lives have been affected greatly by the current pandemic situation. The moving industry like many other industries have been affected. If you are considering moving in the near future, take into account these safety tips for moving during the pandemic.

  1. Don’t recycle supplies and boxes – instead of using boxes that you picked up from local businesses, buy new. Many moving companies offer the sale of moving materials, or you can order online from a company such as UHAUL or Staples.
  2. Contact your mover far in advance – one benefit of doing this is to secure your moving date. But also talk to your moving company about what steps they are taking to maintain sanitation and social distancing. You can read Hollander’s COVID action plan here.
  3. Be smart and organized – have everything packed and ready to go in an organized fashion in time for moving day. Preventing last minute details will allow movers to get in and out of your home quickly, keeping everybody safer.
  4. Offer sanitizing materials – Some companies are equipping their teams with sanitation items like hand sanitizer and wipes. Give your movers access to a sink and hand soap if possible to ensure that everyone is low-risk.
  5. Reschedule your move if you’re ill – your moving company will work with you to reschedule. It is much better to keep away the possibility of exposure.

Stay safe, and feel free to contact RLD with any questions at 234-334-7777