2017 is a good year to buy luxury real estate in South Florida, experts say

Here is a great article I found about South Florida Real Estate.  It certainly is a positive read!

It’s a good year to snatch up some luxury real estate.

According to ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s year-end report, 2017 will be a buyers market thanks to an abundance of luxury options available. Sellers are expected to reduce their prices, particularly in the $1 million to $5 million range.

That is thanks in part to the end of the election season and an increase in consumer confidence, said Anthony Graziano, senior managing director for Integra Realty Resources — Miami/Palm Beach, which produced the report.
south florida movers“I think a lot of people delayed purchasing decisions, waiting to see what was going to happen in the economy and the election and everything else,” Graziano said.

In 2016, Miami-Dade County had 36 percent more single-family homes available in the $1 to $5 million range than in 2012, according to the report. The number of single-family homes in that range was up nearly 25 percent in 2015 over 2012, while prices were lower by 3.5 percent.

“Most of that product tends to be on the waterfront, and as a result, the waterfront pricing took a hit because there is more inventory,” Graziano said.

Miami-Dade prices for non-waterfront properties, both single-family homes and condos, rose in 2016 by 9 percent, he said.

This year, the majority of Miami-Dade single-home sales are expected to be in the under-$1 million market, the report said, forcing sellers for higher-priced homes to bring down their prices.

movers in miamiBrickell, downtown Miami, Edgewater and Midtown continue to lead the market, with almost 60 percent of all new units being delivered in 2017 and 2018, the report said. After 2018, Sotheby’s predicts a shift in new units to Miami Beach, Sunny Isles and Hollywood Beach, followed by a smaller number of boutique units in South Beach, Miami Beach and Surfside.

Also incentivizing buyers this year is the specter of higher interest rates, which are expected to increase twice in 2017.

36 percent Increase in available single-family homes in the $1 to $5 million range in 2016 compared to 2012

“If interest rates are continuing to go up and the market senses that, that’s going to bring people up from the sidelines to buy at this price and lock in my interest rate for five to six years,” Graziano said.

In the condo sector, a slowdown of buyers from Latin America is expected to continue, while domestic buyers and those from Canada and Europe are expected to increase.

“Remarkably, the Miami brand continues to sell worldwide, and long-term trends indicate no reversal in Miami’s fortune as the dominant gateway city along with NYC and San Francisco,” the report said.

Still, the overall condo market is expected to remain choppy. The loss of Latin American buyers will drop waterfront condo prices by another 5 to 8 percent. Non-waterfront condos are expected to drop their prices by 3 percent, making it a good time to buy a resale condo in Miami.

But new units are projected to maintain or increase prices.

If interest rates are continuing to go up and the market senses that, that’s going to bring people up from the sidelines to buy at this price and lock in my interest rate for five to six years.

In Broward County, the single-family-home market is expected to continue its growth from 2016. Broward homes, in large part because of their value, are priced 30 to 50 percent less expensive than comparable homes in Miami-Dade, the report said.

The condo market will benefit from an influx in domestic retirees that will snatch up properties in Broward, instead of Miami-Dade, because the dollar stretches farther, Graziano said.

“People make housing choices and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to go here,’ ” Graziano said. “They don’t have to move to Miami. For them, this is their retirement home, so more people are looking at Broward as an alternative.”

A positive economy — Florida was one of four states in 2016 with 3 percent employment gains — is likely to drive the region to a successful 2017, the report predicts.

“I personally think 2017 is going to be a better overall year [than 2016]” Graziano said.

If you are one of the many people moving in 2017, don’t forget to call Lucky Moving for your moving, storage, and packing needs!

This article is complimentary of the Miami Herald, originally posted here.

Where Do I Even Start In Decluttering My Home?

The number one comment I receive about getting started with a minimalist lifestyle goes a little like this:

I want to live simpler in Fort Lauderdale, but I have no idea where to start!

Or a little like this:

I am so tired of all the clutter of my Miami home, but I have no idea how to get rid of it!

I feel the pain of everyone who has left a comment like this, because I have been there. The good news is there is a way to get past it all, and have a home you love that is completely decluttered!

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Where do I even start in decluttering my home?

Today, we are going to go through a step by step guide to declutter your home, so you can start living the minimalist lifestyle of your dreams! It is going to take some work, but, if you are determined enough, you can do it!

If you have not guessed today’s question, it is:
Where do I even start in decluttering my home?

My favorite place to start in my home is with the one place that stresses me out the most. Jumping in to tackle this place gives me motivation to continue. I am willing to bet that you already know where this one place is, too!

For me, my craft room bothered me the most. I had several half finished projects, things from an old business, office supplies, etc. It all drove me INSANE! I knew that if I wanted to get started the right way, this was the place to start.

Now, I am not expecting you to have it perfectly decluttered on the first attempt. In fact, I am hoping you do not. The purpose of starting here is to get some things out of the way you no longer want. If you feel overwhelmed, call a decent Fort Lauderdale Mover to help.  Once you see this progress, my next step will set you up for success!

The next step is going to be the bread and butter of the entire decluttering process. The original idea is from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. However, I have adjusted it a bit to accommodate better to my surroundings. I also refrain from asking if it brings joy, unless it is clothing or home decor. If I have to look at it or wear it, I want it to bring me joy. If it is a hair clip or spatula, I want it to bring necessity to my life.

Break things down into categories

The piece I took from Marie Kondo’s book is using categories to declutter. It allows you to pull everything within that category from your home and put it into one location. The reason we do this is to see how much we have of a particular category.

Here are a few examples of categories I personally use [or would use]:

  • Shirts [all sleeve lengths and types]
  • Bottoms [again, all lengths and types]
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing Suits
  • Pajamas/Workout Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Purses
  • Jewelry
  • Books & Magazines
  • Home Decor
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Kitchen Silverware
  • Cups/Mugs
  • Plates
  • Cooking Pots/Pans
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Pantry
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Kitchen Towels/Cloths
  • Cleaning Products
  • Linens/Blankets
  • Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Beauty Products
  • Hair Products
  • Crafts
  • Junk Drawer
  • Mail
  • Paperwork
  • Office Supplies
  • Kids’ Toys
  • Kids’ clothes [Use same categories mentioned above]
  • Kids’ shoes
  • Kids’ accessories

I am sure there is more than what I have mentioned. If you like to be more specific that is fine. If you do not want to be as specific then group all the clothes in one category rather than shirts, bottoms, undergarments, etc.

You can come up with whatever list you like, just make sure it covers everything in your home.

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Start decluttering!

Now that you have your list of categories, start at the top and get ready to work your way down your list. I like to put things on my bed or on a rug to see everything clearly, but make sure you take it out of its current home to declutter. You do not want the influence of available space while you declutter.

You should also have three designated spaces for the fate of your items. The options should be: Sell, Donate, Toss items in Broward County Dump.

Sell items that are worth your time, such as nice furniture or an expensive purse…
Donate items that are in good condition, but not worth investing your time to sell it.
Toss any trash or items that are not in good enough condition to sell or donate.

In this process, you may ask yourself a few questions to help you determine the fate of that item. Common questions you should ask are:

  • Is this item useful?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Is it worth the real estate it takes up in my home?
  • How often do I use this?
  • Would I purchase this in the store right now, if I had the chance?
  • Does this item make my life easier or harder?

Of course, there are many more questions you could ask yourself to determine what happens to that item, but I will leave you with these.
Items that leave you hanging.

There are going to be items you cannot make a decision about the first time you declutter. For these items, I suggest putting them in their own box, putting it out of sight, and allowing it to be there for 30 days. If you have not went into this box for a specific item by the end of 30 days, you can live without it.

I personally keep a just-in-case box for items I think I want to donate or need to donate. About every 30-45 days, I take this box to my local homeless shelter to donate.

Side note: Research your local organizations before deciding where to donate your items. Not that I believe one place is better than the other, but giving organizations unwanted items is the same as deciding where you want to spend your money. Some organizations seem like a great option, but have you looked at where their profit goes? If they are non-profit, have you looked at where they contribute in the community?

I personally chose my local homeless shelter after realizing the company I was donating to was in it for the money rather than the community. Not every homeless shelter is created equal, but mine will accept anything and use it to help someone in need. They even accept glass jars that I want to recycle!

What to do when you finish decluttering. 

If you have worked all the way through your category list, I first want you to do a celebration dance! I mean let us be honest… YOU ROCK!

Second, I want you to gather everything you have chosen to donate, and get it gone! The faster it is gone, the quicker you can have a clutter-free home!

The third thing you need to do is start posting your sell items on whatever medium you choose. I personally love my local facebook groups for this, but choose whatever works best for you!

What is next? 

Now that your home is clutter-free you will have more time for the things that truly matter in your life. You may decide to develop a new hobby, start a new career, make more time for your family, or whatever you decide that makes you happy.

This journey is yours, so live it to the fullest!

I hope this post helped give you some sort of direction to get rid of the excess so you can focus on more important things. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below for me!

I would also love it if you answered this question: What is the one thing holding you back from living the life of your dreams?

Have a fabulous day!

This article was originally published here.

Must-Have Moving Checklist and Tips

MOVING, MOVING, MOVING

My first move was from college back to my parents. In order to graduate, I had to do an internship at my old hometown station and work as a news producer. I spent three months there before I moved again.

My second move was to my first big girl job in Alabama. In Alabama, I had the chance to really focus on my blog. I was posting 2 times a day, every day of the week. My blog was flourishing with new content.

When the opportunity arose to move back to Texas, I jumped for it. This meant after 8 long months in the south, I was packing all my things together to trek back to my home state.

After 10 months in my beloved townhome, I am now moving AGAIN. This time to a more permanent living situation. I am buying a house in the same city I live in now, making my moving distance tiny compared to the last three moves. I am so excited to settle in and become a pack rat, plus my sisters are moving in with me in the summer.

Because I am making such a huge step in my life, I want to include you all in the process. If you have any questions about moving or buying your first home, please leave a comment. I plan to write a few more posts on my experience, and I want to answer as many questions as possible.

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MOVING SCHEDULE

6 WEEKS OUT

PURGE: My favorite thing to do before a move is purge. I go to every room and create a trash, donate and keep pile. Once I am done with the piles, I revisit the keep pile and scrutinize my decision for keeping each item. I usually get rid of all of my excess junk with this method.

RESEARCH: This is the perfect time to find out what services you need to use for your move. For example, I do not need movers or a rental van, but I do need to hire carpet cleaners. I use online review sites to determine who I narrow down my options, and then I reach out to the company’s to get a quote.

TIME OFF: I always request time off from work as early as possible to ensure I will have time dedicated to my move! Six weeks out usually guarantees that I have my time.

4 WEEKS OUT

CHANGE ADDRESS: Refer to the infographic above to see a list of things you need to change your address for (and pin for a later move). I also have to change addresses for all of my blogging things like affiliate accounts and sponsored posts accounts. Be sure to think of all the special things you do that will need an address change.

EAT IT ALL: I always write down everything I have in my fridge, freezer and pantry and make a meal plan focusing on the items in the refrigerator. This keeps me from having to waste space on food!

START PACKING: I always start packing early because I am too nervous to wait til last minute. I start with the least used rooms first, and then I make my way to the least used cabinets, and so on. Plus, I always take a photo of each room, so I will know how I decorated for the new house. Also, I create a binder that lists everything in each box, so nothing will get lost (I even take photos of the boxes).

SCHEDULE MOVERS: After you have done your research, it is time to decide on a moving company. I normally use UHaul with my family as the movers, but everyone does it a different way. Just make sure you have your decision and your plan set in stone.

3 WEEKS OUT

UTILITIES: Refer to the infographic on which utilities you need to make plans for. Remember, this should be adjusted to your lifestyle – just remember to turn off the ones in your current home!

SCHOOL: This is the time to make adjustments and call on your children’s new school. I personally do not have a lot of experience with this because I am not a mother, but three weeks gives you enough time to get everything in order.

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PETS AND PLANTS: Make a plan for how your want to transport your pets and plants. In the past, I have loaded up Schmidt in my car because he is good on the road, and I have put my plants in the passenger seat floor. In this next move, I just have to go down the road, so it will be incredibly simple!

2 WEEKS OUT

SCHEDULE SERVICES: If you are using any other service besides moving, this is the prime time to make an appointment. I will be scheduling a carpet cleaning at this time, and if you are getting new furniture, make sure you will be at the new home when the delivery is made.

PACK IT ALL: You should be living out of a few suitcases at this point. I always have a weeks worth of clothing and toiletries in a suitcase to use until I make the big move.

1 WEEK OUT

CLEAN VEHICLE: You will be using your vehicle to move, and in some cases, you will be in it for an extended period of time. This means you will want it to be clean and functional. I always take my vehicle to get the oil changed and vacuumed before a move.

CLEAN CURRENT HOME: If you are renting and want your deposit back, you need to follow the cleaning guidelines in your lease. I always replace all old bulbs and deep clean the entire place.

SETTLE ALL BILLS/SERVICES: If you owe anything or have any services that are specific to your area, get them settled now! You do not want an old problem to follow you to a new home!

DAY OF

Final walk through of your old home
Walk through of your new home
Plan all immediate home improvements (painting, etc)
Make sure all windows are locked
If you used movers, inspect all your items/report broken items

I hope you enjoyed these tips and this moving checklist! What are your tips?

Original article posted here

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Quality Moving Companies

Quality moving companies in boca raton florida offer a great deal of services. These services include things such as long distance moving, storage, and packing supplies. All of these things can help assure the prevention of damage to one’s property as well as ultimate convenience and organization. Even though one is ultimately paying for the safety and moving of their items, these extra services can seem like luxury.

First, many moving companies only offer short distance moves in boca raton florida . Fortunately, many quality moving companies offer long distance moves as well. It is becoming more and more common for families to move long distances, so many moving companies are obsolete when it comes to how far they can help you move.

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Next, if your move is planned for a long time, or you just need some extra room, then boca raton florida storage is another service that may come in handy. For a price much cheaper than any other room you will rent, you can store a large amount of items for as long as you need. Quality companies always make sure to have working electricity, fair prices, and clean storage units. Lastly, if payments are no longer given to the storage company, then a quality company would make extreme attempts to contact you before making any decisions about what happens with your items.

Different Types of Moving Companies

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Ever have to worry about moving from one place to another? Read on and find out how these companies "can take you places."

Whether you plan on relocating across town, you will need a trusted company you can depend on to get you there. And that's where moving companies come in. They are there to help you move those boxes of stuff you got and be assured that your valuables are genuinely taken cared of.

As cliché as it may sound for most us, it's really frustrating when moving companies are not organized and professional. We know how frustrating it is to deal with the most unprofessional companies, and that's why we only employ with companies who know how to provide quality service. Well, of course moving companies make sure that they provide the best services possible to their valued customers.

To maximize your moving needs, one has to find out what type of moving services they wish to take advantage of. The following moving services will bring you satisfaction to and from.

Long Distance Movers. If you need to move out of state or over a hundred miles away, this is the type of service that most company provide.

Local Movers. Moving under a hundred miles within your states? Look no farther because they can get you there in no time and at a very reasonable price.

International Movers. You may choose this if you want to relocate overseas with ease.

Auto Transport Movers. Now you can ship your car with confidence using the best auto movers.

Self Storage Movers. You may also keep your valuables under lock and key with affordable self storage with these Self-Storage Movers.

Small moves movers. Moving to a studio or dorm room? Contact a small move movers and move with more convenience and comfort.

Self Service Movers. Who says you can't pack by yourself and just hire a moving truck to save money? Self Service movers can actually do that.

Moving Labor Movers. Do not add complications to your relocation. Simplify your life by hiring helpers to move your valued items.

Corporate Relocation Movers. No desk is left behind with corporate moving companies.

Special Movers. When special handling is required, let special movers move and handle your valuable stuff such as pianos, pets, artwork, & more.

Relocating can turn into a nightmare. It can make you swear off if you hire the worst movers. Moving companies believe in making all your moves as if it is your first time. They make sure they accommodate you each time, like it's the first time you did business with them. Moving companies aren't just your ordinary moving company. They make your moving experience extraordinary.

Are There Certain Items a Moving Company Won't Transport?

You're preparing to move, or at least considering the idea if you're reading this article, which means that you need to find the right professional for your relocation. But, who do you choose, and why? The best choice is to find local movers, who have an in-depth knowledge of the nuances of moving in your area. This, in list format, will further examine and demonstrate why you should choose local movers.

Why to Choose Local Movers

For their knowledge of the area and its roadways
For local moves, rates are based on an hourly minimum, with driving time and additional labor taken into account. Local movers will have a knowledge of the area that allows them to choose the most efficient routes for your move, saving you time and money. They can also use that knowledge to circumvent heavy traffic areas, and to find the best places to put a moving truck if parking is limited.

For their ability to anticipate your needs
Local movers have an understanding of what it takes to move in the area, as well as, an understanding of what most homes and businesses in the area are like. Using that knowledge, they can anticipate what kind of packing and materials needs you will have, and then they will likely have the necessary supplies on-hand.

For the on-site estimate
Often people get a final bill that does not reflect their initial estimate, and that's because they did not have an on-site estimate performed. On-site estimates are when the moving company sends an expert to your home or businesses to physically calculate the cost of the move, and then you get a "not to exceed" quote price. This service will not be available if you choose a moving company that is not local to your area.

For their small company attitude and dedication
It's easy to think that your move will be a great experience if you use one of the major van lines, but that doesn't take into account the fact that most of the industry is made up of independent companies. These local, independent businesses help fuel the economy and provide a certain level of care and concern that is lacking with corporate movers. Local movers can provide small-town sensibilities, working hard for you and your move, because your business is important to them.

Deciding to go with local movers is an easy choice, because they offer a personalized moving experience that is sure to make the process effortless and enjoyable. Make sure to research any company you're interested in using, regardless of size, so that you don't end up in the hands of a rogue mover or a broker. Good luck with your search for great local movers.

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Moving Companies - How To Choose A Local Mover

Finding a moving company that can fit your budget, and your time frame are two points that require major decisions when you are choosing a moving company. But, what most people forget about, or might not even know about are some of their rights and responsibilities when they hire a moving company.

It is a federal law that movers must tell you that they can inspect your packages, your cartons and what you are shipping. If you are doing all the packing yourself, and want to hide something from anyone it is important that you realize that this may not be a privacy issue. Movers, carriers, and drivers have a right to know if they are transporting anything that is illegal, that will explode or that could be considered dangerous when traveling through tunnels or on boats. If you have cargo that looks suspicious the moving company for safety may check your items.

If a carrier is packing your contents of your home or office, you have a right to have a copy of their content listing. This listing should match exactly. If you are packing yourself, you should supply the moving company with an exact listing of what is being transported so there are no questions about the value of the shipments or what was in the shipment.
Moving companies are regulated by federal agencies for your protection. If you are given paperwork about your contents, about where your contents will be taken, about charges or about the company, it is in your best interest to keep all of these papers with you until you have unpacked and organize your new home to ensure that the company has delivered all of your item, within the time frame, and the price that you were quoted.

Movers are not required to give estimates, but if you are given one, also get in writing how much the company could vary higher or lower so you are not surprised later by a high bill. Often time's estimates are just that, estimates and homeowners are surprised at higher bills. Ask questions of your moving company so you understand the charges, and what additional charges could occur.

It is your right to ask for a binding estimate. That is what the total charges could be, and no higher. This is a written estimate stating what the maximum charges are. Your bill might not be as high as the binding estimate, it could be lower, but your charges will
never be higher. This is something you should have in your possession before the move takes place.

Space reservations, and expedited services are something that often times come into play when you hire a moving company. If you need fast services, and you want them right now, you are going to pay more than what you would otherwise if you would have called in advance or waited a few weeks. It is your right to be able to get fast and speedy moving services, but often times this is not going to be the lowest prices you will pay. Understanding this will help you when you want to compare bills with another company.

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Quality Moving Companies

Quality moving companies in boca raton fl offer a great deal of services. These services include things such as long distance moving, storage, and packing supplies. All of these things can help assure the prevention of damage to one’s property as well as ultimate convenience and organization. Even though one is ultimately paying for the safety and moving of their items, these extra services can seem like luxury.

First, many moving companies only offer short distance moves in boca raton fl . Fortunately, many quality moving companies offer long distance moves as well. It is becoming more and more common for families to move long distances, so many moving companies are obsolete when it comes to how far they can help you move.

Small Office Movers

Next, if your move is planned for a long time, or you just need some extra room, then boca raton fl storage is another service that may come in handy. For a price much cheaper than any other room you will rent, you can store a large amount of items for as long as you need. Quality companies always make sure to have working electricity, fair prices, and clean storage units. Lastly, if payments are no longer given to the storage company, then a quality company would make extreme attempts to contact you before making any decisions about what happens with your items.

Moving Companies - Tips About Your Rights

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Moving can be such a daunting task, especially when you have a lot of belongings. You pack them up, the movers come get them, the movers move those items to your new home, and then you have to unpack the very things you had just packed. If there was only a better way, right? Well, until the technology for "packing robots" is developed, this is the only way in which packing is going to be done. But how about those things that the movers won't move? What do you do with those things? Most of all, what items will they not move? These are great questions because some individuals are not prepared for the answers.

What they won't move

Movers are pretty good about moving your belongings to your new home. However, there are some things you need to know before you start scrambling for the boxes and tape. Those things are what they won't move. Those things are:

o Pets - If you have pets, you need to make arrangements to move them. Hopefully you're not taping them up in boxes for the movers to move them. However, it is a federal regulation that prohibits them from being able to transport animals in their vans. That is why you must place your pet in a cage or carrier in your car and move your pet yourself.

o Plants - Not moving live plants is another thing that is federally regulated. There is an exception, though. That exception is if your destination is within 150 miles. If so, they can move them. Then again, you have to check with the movers and their individual policies.

o Flammable items - Moving companies cannot move anything flammable or combustible. That means you have to ensure that oil and gasoline are removed from lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other power equipment. They also cannot transport any type of fuel such as propane tanks, tiki torch oil, or gas cans.

o Hazardous chemicals - If you have pesticides or other items that can be considered hazardous, they are not able to move that either. Fertilizers and the such must not be placed within a moving van. This includes anything that is toxic. You must find another way to transport these items.

Not transporting these items are both for the safety of the moving companies and to protect your belongings when their inside of the moving van. It is quite understandable why you do not want flammable items in the van with your clothing and your furniture. It is also understandable why you do not want your pet in the back of the van either. The environment is unsafe for your furry friend.

Things to note

Also make a note that transporting personal items should be done by you. This is in references to essentials such as a change of clothes, medications, and toiletries if your move is a long one. You also want to keep your valuables such as jewelry and family heirlooms with you. That way you know that they are safe by being able to keep track of them at all times.

You also need to read the small print in the agreement that is given to you by the moving company. Make sure you read everything that is given to you so that you know the restrictions and can accommodate those restrictions before moving day. That way you are prepared and you're not running around looking for a solution that is probably packed away in an unknown box in the back of the moving truck.

Moving Companies - How To Choose A Local Mover

Moving can be such a daunting task, especially when you have a lot of belongings. You pack them up, the movers come get them, the movers move those items to your new home, and then you have to unpack the very things you had just packed. If there was only a better way, right? Well, until the technology for "packing robots" is developed, this is the only way in which packing is going to be done. But how about those things that the movers won't move? What do you do with those things? Most of all, what items will they not move? These are great questions because some individuals are not prepared for the answers.

What they won't move

Movers are pretty good about moving your belongings to your new home. However, there are some things you need to know before you start scrambling for the boxes and tape. Those things are what they won't move. Those things are:

o Pets - If you have pets, you need to make arrangements to move them. Hopefully you're not taping them up in boxes for the movers to move them. However, it is a federal regulation that prohibits them from being able to transport animals in their vans. That is why you must place your pet in a cage or carrier in your car and move your pet yourself.

o Plants - Not moving live plants is another thing that is federally regulated. There is an exception, though. That exception is if your destination is within 150 miles. If so, they can move them. Then again, you have to check with the movers and their individual policies.

o Flammable items - Moving companies cannot move anything flammable or combustible. That means you have to ensure that oil and gasoline are removed from lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other power equipment. They also cannot transport any type of fuel such as propane tanks, tiki torch oil, or gas cans.

o Hazardous chemicals - If you have pesticides or other items that can be considered hazardous, they are not able to move that either. Fertilizers and the such must not be placed within a moving van. This includes anything that is toxic. You must find another way to transport these items.

Not transporting these items are both for the safety of the moving companies and to protect your belongings when their inside of the moving van. It is quite understandable why you do not want flammable items in the van with your clothing and your furniture. It is also understandable why you do not want your pet in the back of the van either. The environment is unsafe for your furry friend.

Things to note

Also make a note that transporting personal items should be done by you. This is in references to essentials such as a change of clothes, medications, and toiletries if your move is a long one. You also want to keep your valuables such as jewelry and family heirlooms with you. That way you know that they are safe by being able to keep track of them at all times.

You also need to read the small print in the agreement that is given to you by the moving company. Make sure you read everything that is given to you so that you know the restrictions and can accommodate those restrictions before moving day. That way you are prepared and you're not running around looking for a solution that is probably packed away in an unknown box in the back of the moving truck.

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Moving Companies - How To Choose A Local Mover

Moving locally may not require quite as much preparation, or be quite as stressful as moving long-distance, yet how ever far you're moving you still have a huge upheaval to live through and local moving companies are there to help you.

It's not how far or near the place. You will still make the necessary arrangements and preparations. The only difference is the distance.You should also condition yourself and your family that you are really moving in a few days time.

When you're moving locally it's quite tempting to consider doing the move yourself. There may be any number of reasons why you think moving yourself would be better than hiring professional movers...

Perhaps you think it's easy to rent a van or truck to move yourself; perhaps you believe you would save money; perhaps you think your friends and family can help you: perhaps you think you can save money moving yourself.

But, no matter how attractive the idea of saving yourself money sounds, we can tell you from experience that moving yourself is no fun - it's more stressful and extremely tiring on the whole family. It takes so much of your time just in planning, what more for the moving day itself?

Whether or not you decide to use a local moving company, why not find out all you need to know about moving both locally, and long distance. Our Moving Guide is a great place to start, plus we have many Moving Tips.

Here are just a few reasons why we recommend you use a professional moving company:

1.Professional moving companies are just that - Professional! They move people like you every day and they know exactly what they're doing. They know what and what not to do. They are trained and skilled to do the moving for you. They also have enthusiasm and discipline.

2.Professional moving companies can pack your belongings for you so your things will be packed the right way - or you can choose to pack them yourself but use their packing materials.

3.Professional moving companies are insured - this means that all your worldly goods will be protected should something go wrong. No need to worry about your beloved things on how they will reached your new home.

Hope these tips will make you decide how to make your transferring. The idea is to make you feel good about moving and to have wonderful experience and memories about it.

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