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Should I tip my movers

Lots of folks are not even aware that tipping in the moving industry is very common. For those who did not know about tipping your movers, (Um…was my bill not high enough), it is OK. As we like to say, tips are always appreciated but not expected.

If you are not comfortable with tipping or feel it may be outside the norm, you can always offer your appreciation with Gatorade, Pizza or other Goodies. This can show your appreciation on a budget.

Movers in the industry as a whole are typically not paid correctly. Many movers are paid cash daily or considered “1099 Employees” or sub contractors. It is important to only support companies that pay their employees as W-2. In fact Move Buddies hourly rate is 30% higher per hour than the national average. We also offer vacation and personal time for all Employees who have been part of the team for more than a year.

Move Buddies also offers monthly bonuses for safe driving, and our Mover of the Month award that goes to excelled performers for the month.

So while tipping is part of the norm ,it is definitely a choice that Move Buddies movers never expect, but always appreciate.

 

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Saint Patricks day in Savannah Georgia

Well we made it through another Saint Patrick’s day with minor incidents. A few bathroom incidents and definitely some spilled food and beers, but other than that things went off without a hitch once again. The weather was gorgeous and the Saint Patrick’s day parade went off without a hitch.

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For the very few out there that may not be aware; Saint Patrick’s day is bigger than Christmas in Savannah Georgia. The streets are overflowing with shoulder to shoulder crowds of green geared and party ready fans. The parade that goes down the river front is amazing. Historically correct and interesting and packed with unique shops from the locals, it is hard to beat the experience.

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Packing materials for your move

The time has come. You must slowly build up the energy before your upcoming move. 20 days. That is all you have left. The key to a successful move is always planning. And planning on doing your own packing can not only save you up to 50% off the cost of your move with professional movers, it can also help you with the emotional separation that can come with moving and another healthy chore of de-cluttering. A good focus is three boxes a day. I mean just three boxes a day that you pack. Depending on your move size, would depend on the start date of packing those three boxes a day.

I always recommend you start with the hard parts first, this way as you are winding down too your move date, and dealing with lots of other action items, the packing will be easier , hence you will spend less of your day packing and more focusing on other items.

Another good tip for packing your clothes and trying to figure out how many wardrobe boxes you will need, would be using the 3′ rule. Typically 3′ of closet space will fill one 18″ wardrobe box. If the clothes are not dry clean worthy, I have seen many folks put 4′ of space into the same 18″ box, but just prepare for some ironing.

Have lots of glass and art. Boxing these items is tricky and I would recommend watching videos on YouTube such as this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=you+tube&oq=you+tube&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60j0l3.1148j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8#q=packing%20china%20tips%20site%3Ayoutube.com

In order to try and learn the proper way to pack. Boxing materials for these items can add up in cost quick. You can save some of that cost, by bubble wrapping then tapping each pece of art and sticking it in a dresser draw packed with packing paper(dunage).

Well Newspaper can make great and cheap packing paper, please be aware that the print wipes off easy and can permanently stain china, dishes, pictures, art and other like items. You must be careful on direct surface contact if you decide to use newspaper.

While the liquor box or banana box are common free give away by many local business, beware, fruit flies, roaches and other bugs quickly find a home in these boxes and bringing them into your home is going to be a headache. If you are looking for a cheaper source on boxes, check your local craigslist site free for taking. Many Earth conscious folks give boxes away that are usually in great shape. You can check here:

https://charleston.craigslist.org/search/zip

https://savannah.craigslist.org/search/zip

A helpful tool with your boxing estimates can be found here on the Move Buddies moving tips page: http://www.movebuddies.com/movers-corner.html

Planning ahead can save you worries and monies. A well planned moved makes for a better and healthier transition. If you are moving in Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina you can always call and ask a Move Buddy for more helpful tips and tricks to help conquer your upcoming move.

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Hiring the right moving crew

Moving is a headache. Moving with the wrong Team in your home is a nightmare. Sure, Insurance questions are always important, but after that is checked off your list, start the real prying. Who are your movers? Over the years I have been to several industry seminars and hearing some horror stories. We have current clients, that we had too work twice as hard for in order to earn their trust back from prior move nightmares.

Due diligence is a must for a headache free and cost effective move. No matter if you are moving in Charleston, South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia here are some great screening questions when vetting your mover.

  1. Are you movers W-2 Employees? You want to be clear on how your workers are treated and the company is structured, typically “1099” companies tend to be shady and often the movers are not actual Employees in your home.
  2. Are your Employees trained? Its a dumb question right? Nope! Make sure you ask the question. You should feel comfortable with your companies polices and procedures in making sure your hard earned belongings are properly handled.
  3. Are the Employees background checked? Even ask for proof. It is important that your movers are background checked. Every year we get hundreds of applicants that are turned down for sexual or violent crimes. Many companies don’t run background checks, which means these applicants that we deny become employees of our competitors.
  4. There is no day labor or worse, roadside pick-ups? Its true and it happens every day, even with the biggest van lines. Guys are often picked up at gas stations or other labor spots and paid cash. This same individual is usually on the deliver side and could be familiar with your new home address. Not very good peace of mind.
  5. How do you rate Team performance? Many moving companies in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina don’t even think about tracking their moving teams performance. At Move Buddies we use the nationally recognized NPR scoring system. Every customer completes a survey of each team member so we are able to detect and train out weakness in our system.

All the other things such as verifying licensing of your mover and your movers insurance are still important. The final step in making sure you hire the team is making sure you ask the right questions.