Should You Re-Sign Your Lease or Move?


If you’re renting and your lease is about to expire, you might be struggling with the decision of whether you should resign it…or move. It’s a tough choice, especially if you don’t have any major complaints about where you live, but maybe you’re not opposed to making a change. If you keep asking yourself “should I move or should I renew my lease?” take a look at some considerations to make first.

The Benefits of Staying Put

If you find yourself trying to come up with an answer to the age-old “should I move?” question, there’s probably a reason you’re having trouble with it. In fact, there are likely several reasons you’re thinking about staying right where you are. The following are some great reasons to stay, so if you can relate to most of them, it might be best to renew your lease:

  • You like your house or apartment
  • You’re familiar with & comfortable with your surroundings (such as your favorite grocery store!)
  • You like your neighbors, property managers and neighborhood in general
  • You’ll enjoy saving money by not having to pay a deposit at a new place
  • You won’t have to move or pack
  • You won’t have to spend time finding a new place
  • You won’t have to pay to hire movers

The Benefits of Moving

Of course, moving has its own benefits and is sometimes the best option. That’s why you’re even asking yourself “should I move?” If the following reasons to move appeal to you, it may be time to hire Dallas movers and find a new place to live:

  • You’re ready for new adventures
  • You want some new surroundings
  • You don’t like your current location and want better proximity to work, school, etc.
  • You need more space
  • You need a more affordable home
  • You don’t feel safe or comfortable in your current home
  • You’re excited for a new or nicer space to decorate how you want

What to Consider Before Making a Decision

As you think about whether or not you should move, you should ask yourself the following questions before you make your decision:

  • Commute: How is your commute? Would moving closer to work save you a lot of time every day?
  • Trade-Offs: What are the trade-offs of moving? Would moving closer to work put you farther away from your favorite amenities?
  • Security: Do you actually like your living space right now? Do you feel secure where you are?
  • Lifestyle: Is your current space conducive to your lifestyle, or would moving make life easier? Would your current situation make it hard to move? For example, would it be difficult to show proof of income, or do you have big dogs that might not be allowed in a new place?
  • Relationships: Are you close to friends, family, or your significant other? If so, how far away from them could you live?
  • Roommates: Do you have roommates right now, or would you need to get some to afford your new place? Would your current roommates come with you if you moved?
  • Budget: Do you have the money it takes to pay for your move, such as deposits & moving expenses?
  • Timing: Do you have the time right now to search, read reviews, and scout out new places? If you still aren’t sure about moving, can you stick it out another year, or maybe get a lease extension for now?

So, after asking yourself these questions, do you think you’re ready to move, or should you stay awhile? If it’s the latter, you might still want to keep these questions in mind for the next time your lease comes up for renewal. But if the benefits of moving outweigh the benefits of staying put, be sure to schedule Dallas movers for help relocating! At 3 Men Movers, we have years of experience helping people move, so click here for a free moving quote


Items Our Movers Can’t Put on the Moving Truck and Why


Professional movers can make your move easy by packing up your belongings and driving them to your new home on moving day. However, as you finish packing, keep in mind that there are some types of items your movers cannot put in the moving truck. That’s because safety is among our top priorities, and some items simply cannot be safely transported in a truck. So before moving day gets here, take a look at what our movers can’t move for you.

Dangerous Items

Some things just aren’t safe to pack into a moving truck, as they could end up hurting our movers and anyone on the road. Items that aren’t safe for us to move include:

  • Oil
  • Gas/Fuel and Lighter Fluid
  • Pesticides
  • Cans of paint
  • Guns and weapons
  • Live ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Bleach, Ammonia, nail polish remover, or other strong cleaning fluids

Not only is it dangerous to move these items, but in many cases, it’s against the law. So just don’t try packing these. Instead, you can look into the safety of transporting them yourself, or perhaps just safely dispose of them and then buy replacements when you get to your new home.

Pets

This should come as no surprise, but experienced movers won’t put animals in the back of the moving truck. It’s just not safe for them back there. Not only is it not comfortable like a car is, but you also need to keep them in plain sight to ensure nothing falls on them on the way to your new home.

For this reason, you should transport your pets on your own. If you don’t plan on driving to your new home, you’ll have to make arrangements for someone else to drive them. And of course, if you’re moving with pets and your new home is too far away to drive to, plan on putting them on a plane–making sure to read up on the airline’s rules of transporting your pets by air first.

Valuables and Irreplaceable Items

Our movers will happily transport everything from your couch and bed to your TV and all your kitchen appliances. But we’ve found that irreplaceable items–like your great grandma’s super fragile teacups and your photo albums chock full of snapshots of great memories–would be better off going with you in your car. The same goes for any medications you need, and items that would be time-consuming or expensive to replace–like passports, credit cards and jewelry.

Basically, anything that you don’t want even the smallest risk of losing or breaking should not be put on a moving truck. We do have insurance to ensure you can replace any items on the off chance they’re damaged during the move…but that won’t help you get back mementos that money can’t buy! So it’s best to err on the side of caution by packing valuables and sentimental items into your vehicle.

Loose Items

Finally, our movers can’t transport loose items during the move, so if you want anything moved, you should put it in a box. After all, boxing it up will keep it safe and less likely to get lost during the move. If you need help boxing up anything you’re bringing with you to your new home, let us know and we can arrange to provide you with our packing services.

If you’re ready to hire professional movers to assist you on moving day, contact us today!


Moving with Pets & Keeping Them Zen


Whether you’ve had weeks or months to plan your move, you’re probably stressed about the process.

Now imagine if you had no time to prepare, and were told you were moving to a new home only as you were squished into a car filled with boxes.

Talk about stress!

And that’s exactly how your pets will probably feel on moving day–unless you make some preparations ahead of time.

So, if you want to relieve some of the stress of moving, consider these tips on keeping your pets relaxed, happy and safe while you wait for the movers to arrive.

Keep the Environment Relaxed

We all know moving is stressful, but you don’t need to broadcast that to your pets in the months before the move. They can easily sense your anxiety and will start to feel anxious themselves if they frequently see you yelling, crying, or hurriedly tossing your belongings into boxes. So it’s important to stay calm for the sake of your pets–and your belongings!

You can reduce your odds of feeling extra stressed by leaving yourself plenty of time to pack and clean. Don’t wait until the days leading up to your move. You should start decluttering and packing soon after you call local moving companies for quotes. But don’t do it suddenly and frantically. Instead, work methodically so your house gets packed up gradually enough that your pets barely notice the change. This way, there’s no sudden shift in their environment, allowing them to continue to feel safe and relaxed.

Prepare Your Pets to Travel

Another way to relax your pets before the movers show up is to make travel arrangements ahead of time. Will you be driving your car to your new home, with your pets next to you, or will you be taking them on a plane? Either way, you’ll probably need to use a kennel, which means you should spend some time getting your pets used to it if they’re not kennel trained.

If you’ll be driving to your new home, remember that you’ll need to stop often so your pets can go potty. Be sure to bring some snacks and their water bowl, plus some bottled water you can fill it with. If your pets have comfort items or favorite toys, bring those for them to cuddle with during the road trip to your new home.

If your pets will be flying with you, check with the airline for the rules regarding pets on the plane. You’ll want to know where they’ll be for the flight and what you need to bring, such as a kennel and any extra fees you have to pay for your pet to travel. Doing all this ahead of time can reduce the stress on you and your pets on the day the movers arrive.

Give Your Pets Time to Explore the New Home

Maybe you already did a few walk-throughs of your new home and know exactly who is getting what bedroom. But your pets probably missed out on all the fun and will feel lost for a bit when they arrive. So give them some time to explore their new digs! They’re going to need some time to sniff around the house and find their favorite spot.

To help your pets feel right at home, unpack a few of their favorite things and place them in whatever space will be theirs. Once they’ve had some time to look around, consider going on a walk around the neighborhood. And give them some extra attention once the movers leave and you’ve started settling in as a family. They’re going to be confused for a while, but they trust you. So as long as you seem happy and relaxed, they will, too!

Part of moving with pets and keeping them calm is preparing ahead of time, and you can get started by contacting moving companies for quotes as soon as you know you’re moving. At 3 Men Movers, we’ll gladly give you a free quote for our moving services, so contact us today!


How to Spot the Red Flags and Avoid Rogue Movers


As a Houston moving company that’s been around for over 30 years, we’ve heard lots of horror stories about moving scams.

In fact, some of our customers came to us after realizing that another moving company scammed them, overcharged them, or just didn’t honor their contract.

After listening to these horror stories, we decided enough was enough.

So, we made a short video showing you exactly how to check whether a moving company is operating legally.

We also created a list of red flags to look for before hiring movers in Houston.

Here are some of the signs to look out for if you want to avoid moving scams.

 

 

The Price Is Amazingly Low

If you’re looking for Houston movers and see an ad offering cheap prices–like 30 or 40 percent less than all the rest–you’re probably going to do a double take and consider calling them. Hey, who doesn’t want to save money? And that’s exactly what some dishonest moving companies count on!

They expect their low prices to get people in the door, at which point they’ll nickel and dime you until you pay more than you should. And if they don’t increase the price, they’ll likely offer subpar services, which is all they can afford to give since they don’t pay for insurance, aren’t licensed with the DMV or use cheap, low-quality labor.

Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

There’s a Lack of Identifying Information

A good Houston moving company is proud to tell you the business’s name because the movers have spent years building their reputations. A company with tons of complaints, however, is going to be wary of giving you their name… which is why one of the moving red flags is when you call the company and they don’t say their name.

Similarly, if you hire a Houston moving company and the truck doesn’t have a logo or DMV number on it, that’s a bad sign because movers are required to have both.

They Have a Bare-Bones Website

Before you hire a Houston moving company, check its website.

First, look for its street address.

If there’s only a PO Box or no address at all, run!

You should be able to put the address into Google Maps and see a building so you know it’s a legitimate company.

Also, if the website has stock photos or pictures of paid actors, these are moving red flags.

A legitimate moving company will have real photos of their movers and equipment. After all, you absolutely deserve to know who will be showing up at your home on moving day!

The DMV Says They’re Not Active

Another item you should see on any moving website is the company’s DMV number.

If you don’t see it, don’t hire those Houston movers. Even if you do see a DMV number, check to ensure the company is active by plugging in the number at the Texas DMV Truck Stop site.

The video above shows you how to search for a company in the database.

For moving companies, maintaining a proper state license is quite easy.

So, if the site says the company is no longer active, it’s a HUGE red flag.

Avoid hiring those movers no matter what!

There’s No Contract

A legitimate moving company should present you with a contract to sign before your move.

This allows you to formally agree on the price, schedule, and how to proceed if your Houston movers break or lose your belongings.

It also contains important policies and *should* be followed up by a Rights & Responsibilities pamphlet, as is required by law.

So, if a so-called ‘moving company’ doesn’t offer this, they’re simply not legal.

If there’s no contract to sign, you’re not as protected as you should be and it’s best to cancel the move.

While you should do the research well before moving day, don’t be afraid to cancel at the last minute if you’re feeling uncomfortable with the Houston movers you hired. Moving day is hard enough without feeling pressured into keeping movers around who you don’t trust.

You can always contact the Texas DMV or even 3 Men Movers if you’re not sure if a Houston moving company is playing by the rules. We want to ensure you’re safe and happy with your move, so contact us any time at our Houston office!


Watch Out For These 4 Main Triggers of Move Day Stress


You know moving is difficult, and that’s why you’ve hired movers to do the heavy lifting, (literally.)

So why are you still feeling stressed about the move? Shouldn’t you be sitting back with a glass of sweet tea, feeling good about your stress-free moving experience?

Apparently, that’s not a reality for most people. In fact, despite having over 30 years of moving experience, even our CEO was stressed about her recent move, and she had the best movers at her beck and call!

So why is moving stressful? Here are the top four reasons for move day stress.

1. Physical Exertion

Okay, everyone knows you’ll be stressed if you try to do the whole move without the help of a moving company. Moving is physically exhausting! But we’ve realized that while hiring movers can cut your physical work in half, you’re still bound to be stressed at some point.

That’s because even when movers wheel all the heavy items out of your house, you’re still going to be walking around, moving around boxes and smaller possessions. Maybe while your movers remove your fridge, you’re busy doing laps around the house, finding random items you forgot to pack. All that exertion adds up, especially when you’re used to sitting at a desk job and normally only log 5,000 steps on your Fitbit … on a good day! And that unexpected exertion leads to move day stress.

2. Extra Tasks

No matter how much physical help you have from your movers, you’re still going to end up exhausted from all the extra tasks that require mental focus. You have to schedule your move, and once that’s on the books, it’s time to start calling utility companies to cancel services at the old house and set them up at the new house.

Add these administrative tasks to your normal day — which probably involves working, taking care of kids or both — and it’s no wonder you’re stressed! Moving feels like a part-time job, and that’s even with help from a great moving company. And it’s not like you can outsource these tasks. You have to squeeze them into your day, which causes sleep deprivation … and that can lead to a compromised immune system and mood swings. In fact, many people get colds while moving, further increasing move day stress. So yeah, why is moving stressful? Probably because of all of this!

3. Added Stress on Relationships

Now you’re grouchy, haven’t slept, and you’re spending all your free time packing and making phone calls. It’s no surprise that your relationship is probably not thriving right now. In many cases, one person perceives the other as doing less than they should, causing arguments leading up to moving day.

So if you find yourself snapping at your significant other, don’t worry. It might not spell the end of the relationship. It just means your move is probably almost over, so wait a little bit before you decide to inform your SO that they will be getting kicked out of your new home before even moving in!

4. More Decisions to Make

Another reason for move day stress is that you’re making decisions all day. Even when you have terrific movers doing most of the work, they’re going to need some direction, and it’s going to come from you! So prepare to be pointing your finger to let movers know where to put furniture. Your brain will be exhausted for sure, especially if you’re also deprived of sleep, food, and free time.

Wrapping Up

Now you know why move day stress exists. So how can you try managing your stress when moving? Planning ahead helps, as you’ll need time to purge your house of items you don’t want to bring with you. And getting your move scheduled with a moving company will also help you achieve a stress-free moving day … or as close to that as possible! Contact 3 Men Movers today to get a quote.


6 Things Your Movers Want You To Know Before Move Day


You’ve found your new place (congrats!) and now it’s time to book your move.

Maybe you’ve never used professional movers or maybe you have, but it’s been a few years. Either way, we want to share expert information that our movers want you to know before your big day. You can always expect us to show up on your move day ready to hustle, but if we all start your move on the same page, we’ll arrive as strangers and leave as friends.

Here are the top 6 things your best moving-day buddies want you to know before the big move:

1. Carry important items with you

We encourage you to carry any expensive jewelry, cash, medicine and important papers (such as your passport) with you. Why? We never want to be at risk for misplacing any of your valuables and cause panic. As a matter of fact, it’s standard practice for our crews to alert our customers if they see cash or jewelry lying around. Here’s a true story – one of our customers couldn’t find her passport after her move and had to cancel her trip to Europe – turns out it was at the bottom of a box in labeled to go in her garage. Bottom line – we will all have more peace of mind when you keep expensive or irreplaceable possessions with you during your move.

2. Be ready to go (like really ready to go)

This one sounds easy but gets tricky as “ready to go” tends to be subjective. “Ready to go” for our movers means that when they arrive, your items will are already boxed, sealed and labeled. If you’re still tossing items in boxes and looking for the packing tape while the movers are trying to load the truck, just know that your move will take longer. If you realize at the last minute that you’re not ready, don’t panic! We can always add packing services to your move, just realize that it will be a separate cost.

3. Don’t leave drawers full of belongings

Please empty your desk and dresser drawers before moving day. It’s natural to think that your drawers are technically like “boxes” themselves, but moving heavy furniture is hard enough when it’s empty, so imagine how much heavier a dresser is when the drawers are full!

Keeping all your clothes in your dresser means it needs to be double-wrapped to ensure the full drawers do not slide open during transit.

If items like jewelry or clothing are left inside the dresser, they often shift around and can break, rip, or slide into the space behind the drawers. (And trust us, you don’t want to have to dismantle your dresser drawers just to find your favorite cologne or socks after a long day of moving!)

When thinking about desks, please understand that some items will shift around during transit—like you’re on an airplane—so it’s better to pack them safely within boxes.

Just try not to pack more than 20 to 25 pounds in each small box. And don’t forget to label your boxes! This is especially important when you’re packing fragile items that your movers need to handle with care.

4. You don’t have to tip—but it’s nice

Tipping is appreciated, but not required! If you think your moving company went above and beyond to give you a smooth move by handling your home and its belongings with respect, go ahead and tip 10-15% of your total.

But again, you are not obligated. Movers will appreciate a cold beverage and a respectful attitude on moving day just as much!

5. Make sure kids and pets are out of harm’s way

Keep your children and pets in a safe area during the move.

You know how hard it is to move quickly around little ones who are crawling or walking nearby. It’s even harder when you’re carrying large furniture that you can’t always see over.

Safety is important to movers, so just make sure they can move around easily without stepping on anyone while loading the truck.

6. Reserve that elevator

If you live in an apartment, try to reserve an elevator for your move day. Sharing the elevator with all your boxes and furniture isn’t the best way to become friendly with your new neighbors. Plus, your move will be delayed if the movers have to wait for the elevators to become clear and available. Save yourself money and stress, and talk to your front office about your options.

Wrapping Up

Overall, it’s important to remove any obstacles that could keep your movers from getting the job done quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Now that you’re aware of some ways to make your move go smoothly, feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Happy moving!


The Pros And Cons Of Moving During The Summer


Summer is without a doubt the busiest season for moving. However, moving during this time of year comes with positives and negatives. We’re going to give you both, along with a few helpful tips that will make moving in the summer a breeze!

The Pros

1. The real estate market is up during the summer

If you’re looking to sell your home, the summer is the perfect time to list. Making a profit from your current home will be essential to ensuring that you have an easy and budget-friendly summer move!

2. The timing aligns with the patterns of common life events

Many moves occur during summer because the timing correlates with major life changes. Kids go on summer vacation, grads move from their college towns, newlyweds move in together because it’s wedding season, and so on.

3. The weather

If you live in an extremely cold climate, the summer is probably the best time of year for you to move. Trying to get settled into your new home while dealing with snow, ice, and chilly weather is no bueno.

The Cons (& How To Combat Them)

1. The rental market peaks in the summer

Unlike for sellers, the summer is not an ideal time to look for a new place if you’re renting. Because the demand is so high, apartments raise the rates on leases significantly.

Solution: Start looking for your apartment two months out

You will be able to put in your application as soon as tenants give their 60 days notice, or snag new apartments as soon as they go on the market. Depending on when you start looking you may be able to avoid peak summer rental prices.

2. Professional movers may be more expensive during the summer

Also due to the demand, the cost of moving fluctuates year-round and is typically higher during the summertime. You’ll need to budget more if you want to hire pros to handle your summer move. If you’re on the fence on whether to hire movers consult our guide.

Solution: Be fully packed when your movers arrive

Even though rates for movers will likely be higher in the summer, the best way to keep your bill low is to be fully packed and ready to go when your movers arrive. Having loose items will only make your move slower and your final bill higher due to the fact that most movers have an hourly rate. If you need tips on packing, check out our handy guide!

3. The weather

If you live in a hot climate, like Texas, moving in the summer won’t provide you with any type of relief. Moving during the height of the summer gets pretty rough, especially when you’re moving during the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.

Solution: Stay hydrated, and move in the morning

The summer heat is a hard one to combat. The best that you can do is to stay hydrated and, if possible, start your move in the early morning so that you avoid the hottest part of the day.

Wrapping Up

Moving in the summer has its pros and its cons. However, if you plan accordingly and are prepared for your move you can successfully combat the negative aspects and enjoy the positives!


What Should I Do With My Valuables When Moving?


One of the things our customers worry about the most when moving, is how to keep their valuables safe from damage. A “valuable” can be subjective… from items that have monetary value to sentimental items that could never be replaced. No matter where they fall on the spectrum, here are our top tips to keep your valuables safe when moving.

Insider top tips on how to keep your valuables safe during your next move:

Know where your valuables are before your move

During the process of moving it’s easy to lose track of things, especially if you haven’t seen the item in a while. Some people get to their new home and are looking for an item that they haven’t seen in years but assumed was in a box somewhere. Before the packing phase of your move ensure you know where your valuables are so that you can make sure they are packed and transported to your new home.

Pack your items ahead of time

If your valuable item is personal, we recommend packing and boxing it ahead of time instead of leaving it for your professional packers or movers. Seal it with packing tape, and add a label on the outside of the box instructing your movers where they should place the box in your new home. It’s a little work on your end, but it ensures that personal items aren’t lost.

Take your valuables to your new home early

The back of a moving truck can be a hazardous place. Even when a truck is loaded properly, you have to remember that the back of the truck is full of very heavy and bulky items. If you’re worried about a very delicate, valuable item (think glass or crystal) getting damaged consider transporting it to your new home ahead of time. Another option is to set it aside and let your movers know that you will be taking it to the new location later. Even with proper wrapping and protection, some delicate items are best moved outside of the truck.

Keep your valuables near while moving

There are some things that you should keep on yourself during a move (like expensive watches, cash, wedding rings and bands, other jewelry, priceless antiques, and any items that you deem priceless). Your belongings will be out of their usual place, and you may have different people going in and out of the home (movers, internet installation crew, cleaning crews, etc.) so keep these valuable items with you at all times or with a family member. It will give you peace of mind and ensure that they remain safe and in your hands.

Wrapping Up

Ensuring your valuables are safe during your move doesn’t need to cause you stress it just requires a little pre-planning. Remember to keep your valuables boxed, sealed, or on your person. Happy moving!


Moving With Pets 101


If move day is around the corner, you’ve probably made arrangements for movers to come, and started compiling a list of things that you need to get done to complete the process. So, make sure your pet’s needs make the list too!

Sometimes our pets are so much a part of our family that we forget they require special treatment on move day.

That’s where we can help!

The last thing that you want on move day is an anxious or scared pet.

Like children, pets thrive on stability. So, having the whole house packed and moved is scary! They want to know that they are going with you.

Here are a few tips and tricks that can help your pets remain comfortable and calm throughout the process of moving.

Scenario #1 Have someone else care for your pet the day of the move

In most situations, the best thing that you can do for your pet is to remove them from the home on move day. Have a friend or family watch them if you can, or take your pet to daycare until you wrap up the move. If you are planning to go the daycare route remember that most daycare centers require that your pet’s shots are to date.

Scenario #2 If your pet stays with you on move day be very attentive

If your furry friend stays with you on move day you need to be extremely attentive. Make sure your moving crew knows where they are so that they don’t prop open the door to the area that the pet is in and allow them to escape. Even if you don’t have a pet who runs you should never let the pet roam around the movers. If they are lifting heavy items and unable to see their feet they could accidentally step on the pet or lose their footing and hurt themselves. Crate your pets during the move and make sure your movers know that you have a pet in the home.

Scenario #3 If you are doing a long-distance move make sure you’re prepped

If your pet is going to move with you across cities or states, make sure that you do plenty of prep work.

For extremely anxious pets, you may be able to get a sedative from the vet to help ease the transition.

If you are going via plane make sure you check all of your airline’s requirements when it comes to pet travel. If you are traveling via car ensure that your pet has things to make them comfortable in the car, like a blanket, toy, or your shirt (they usually feel at home with your scent).

In Conclusion

If you are a pet parent you probably think of your animal as a child.

Like kids, pets need to be eased into the transition of moving. Ideally, you would have them somewhere else while the move is taking place. But, if they do stay at the home use our tips to ensure that your pets don’t escape or find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Finally, make sure that you have all of your pet’s essentials in a box that is easy to locate at your new place so that they can feel right at home!