Efficient Moving Advice That Will Make Your Day Successful


It’s move day, and time is money. Obviously, you need things to go as smoothly as possible. 

But remember: fortune favors the prepared

So, what’s the most efficient way to move?

Find out with this essential advice to take the stress out of moving and avoid wasting time. 

Tip #1: Communicate About Your Circumstances 

Discussing your plans with a friend is a good way to get ideas on how to move…. 

Just don’t expect your move to resemble theirs!

So how long will it take movers to load a truck efficiently? 

The structure, accessibility, and layout of each residence are different, and these attributes will definitely affect your move time.

Consider these things about your starting and ending locations:

  • Do you have a one-story 3-bedroom home?  Fewer staircases mean it could take less time to move compared to a similar home with the same number of bedrooms but two stories
  • Living in an apartment or condo? It’s important to let movers know if you have to reserve an elevator or have a time limit to move somewhere new
  • Remember: these movers have never been to your place. Let a booking agent know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Does your home have odd features or landscapes that could make moving a little harder? Do you have a roommate or children that would be disturbed by noises?

Factor in the general amount of belongings you have—and whether it’s all properly packed—and your move could be faster or longer than average.  

 

Tip #2: Point Out Meaningful Items & Be Thorough

Many people own something with either sentimental or material value.

It could tug at your heartstrings or simply be expensive. 

Either way, tell your moving company and the crew beforehand.

That childhood trinket, professional artwork, special collector’s item, or wedding gift? Movers won’t always assume how special or fragile it is unless you point it out.  

Even if it’s a simple request to be gentle with a certain box, your moving crew wants to make sure you’re happy and comfortable with their service. 

Here’s how to be detailed and let movers know what you want

When you’re booking a move:

  • Inform the agent about anything that you want handled with special care (gun safes & ammo, delicate items, items up to or over 500 lbs., etc) 
  • Ask your booking agent to make a note of this for the crew (a responsible company should do this automatically, but request it anyway.) 
  • Be clear on what the moving company will and will not move… (To abide by state regulations and company policies, there are some things movers simply cannot disassemble or transport—like live plants or baby cribs 

Before move day:

  • If you’re packing your own things, label boxes with delicate or sensitive items (preferably with red-colored tape or marker)
  • Clear packed boxes out of the way so movers can safely and quickly walk between each room to the exit 

On move day:

  • Walk movers through every part of your home and point out anything delicate or special
  • Open closet and cabinet doors to make sure nothing is overlooked
  • Show the crew anything that may need to be double-wrapped
  • Let movers know which boxes are ready to be loaded and which boxes have delicate or heavy items
  • Check all outdoor patios, closed doors, and drawers. Leave everything open as movers are loading so nothing is missed

Remember that extra communication is keyand almost all moving mishaps are preventable! 

How can you help make your move more efficient? Voice your wishes early so movers can reasonably meet them.

 

Tip #3: Stay Attentive & Focus On The Move

Back to the point about communicating throughout your move: this works best if you stay focused on the move itself.

Now we’re definitely advocates of a smooth, stress-free move because we train movers to become true professionals in how to handle and transport your items.

Professionals don’t need hand-holding, but they may need to ask important questions that can make or break your move. 

Here are some focused tips that will make your move easier:

  • Stay accessible throughout the day without interruptions or distractions from friends and family who may be there
  • If you can’t be accessible: discuss your move with someone who will be physically present, knows what and how you want to move, and who is authorized to speak on your behalf if there’s a question or concern

If you hire a moving company to help you move, you expect (and should get) professionalism.

Make your move more efficient by occasionally checking in with the crew leader and voicing your concerns or questions. 

 

Tip #4: Call Your Moving Company 

Whenever a service person comes to your place, you should know what to expect, right? The same thing goes for moving crews who you’re relying on for a successful, well-organized move.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Movers are human, too, and the unexpected could happen and directly or indirectly impact your move. 

Don’t hesitate to call the moving company. A phone call to immediately notify the company will take less time and save you the headache of enduring an awkward move if:

  • If anything goes wrong or if movers are late
  • If you have questions about added services or charges
  • If you simply feel uncomfortable (especially if a mover seems ill)….

It’s your move day, and there’s no need to waste time. 

 

Tip #5: Know All Fees (& How They’re Calculated)

Doing research on the moving company you’ve chosen will eliminate a lot of headache upfront. However, if you want to have a highly efficient move, that’s not where the buck stops.

For example, 3 Men Movers uses a transparent travel fee

This includes the transportation costs of our facility distance to your starting address, the distance from your final address back to our facility.  

Likewise, our hourly rate doesn’t start until we arrive at your first location and you sign the crew in. The clock stops when you sign the movers out at the end of the service. This way, clients have the ultimate approval over their move.

So, not only are such costs explained upfront, but there are no sneaky fees tacked on to the end of your move.

We’ve calculated the transparent travel fee in the most reasonable and relevant way for each individual client. 

Be wary that some extremely common tactics in the moving industry are to:

  • Add on charges for going up/down stairs, handling safes or pianos, etc.
  • Claim there is no travel fee—then add on fuel costs or the time it takes to get back to the facility (often in rush-hour traffic)
  • Claim that their travel fee is time-based and therefore cheaper… and it certainly looks inexpensive at first

Yes, some movers will find ways to charge you for time spent not actually moving… Unknowing clients then end up paying for the cost of movers to sit in notoriously horrible Texas traffic, or they get charged an hourly moving rate for the driving time!

No matter which moving company you hire, be aware of what you’re paying for and how charges are calculated:

  • Thoroughly read a copy of your rights (all licensed moving companies are required to furnish this for you)
  • Ask the booking agent to explain all services, charges, and fees and how they’re calculated. You need to know what factors will influence the rates you’re paying 
  • Ask if they will hold your items on the truck if add-on fees aren’t paid immediately

Ensure that you understand any time-based charges or potential extras. It will eliminate lots of misconceptions and disappointments. 

 

Tip #6: Ask About The Movers Themselves

Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move!

If you’re interested in hiring a moving company, ask about the people who will actually be moving you:

  • Feel free to ask how long a crew has been moving
  • Ask if the crew is experienced in moving specific or delicate items
  • Voice any sensitive issues they should be aware of (e.g. domestic abuse, elderly or sick residents, medical equipment)
  • If you own animals, inform the booking agent in case a crew member has an allergy that would affect the efficiency of your move
  • Request by name any movers you’ve heard of through online reviews or from a friend

One of our Movifestos states, “We respect that your home is sacred.” 

We also back it up with onboarding crews to our expectations, criminal background checks, and ongoing professional training so their skills stay sharp. 

At 3 Men Movers, if you request a crew—perhaps you heard a friend or online reviewer singing the praises of one by name—we’ll honor it. After all, you deserve the move you want.

 

Tip #7: Be Aware of the Claims Process

Heaven forbid you’ll actually need to file a claim, but in case you do, you should know how it works first.

How to find out if a moving company’s claims process will go smoothly:

  • Does the company have carrier liability?
  • Are the movers involved in the claims process? 
  • Do moving crews have accountability or incentives for their claims rates?
  • How does your moving claims process work? 
  • Where do I start by filing a claim—should I call or email?
  • Do I need to provide a receipt or proof of value to get the maximum allowable amount in case of a claim?
  • How long does the claim process take? Are there deadlines?

Personally, at 3 Men Movers, we’re really proud of a claims rate that is consistently less than 3% of thousands of moves over the past few years.

Again, no matter what company you choose, you still need to know how their claims policy will affect you should you need to use it. 

 

Tip #8: Properly Crate or Prepare Unique Items

Musicians have to move too… And so do people with huge armoires. 

Despite how much you own and have to lug into a new place, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before your move day arrives.

Save time by preparing:

  • Box up everything and label anything fragile
  • Number boxes and have corresponding sticky notes/tape for the new rooms they’ll go into
  • Ensure nothing is protruding from boxes that would make them difficult to stack on a dolly or truck 
  • Set out extra blankets on top of items you want movers to wrap (but they’ll also bring their own)
  • If you want to speed up your move, disassemble whatever you can before movers arrive
  • Unplug appliances and take out tubing at least a day in advance (put a towel down for refrigerators)
  • Wrap and place televisions and any fragile glass in their original boxes, if possible
  • Call the moving company if you have any safes over 600 lbs 
  • Find out if safes were drilled into the floor by previous owners 
  • Empty safes before movers arrive (movers can’t transport ammunition)

Special note for musicians:

  • Crate or case musical instruments you want movers to transport (especially stringed instruments like harps and cellos)
  • Let movers know if there is an instrument inside of a case
  • If you don’t have a case but insist that movers handle it, please be prepared to sign a waiver for liability

 

Tip #9: Know Your Storage Facility 

Timing is everything when you’re moving. That’s doubled if you are moving into or out of a storage facility.

If your movers are stopping at a storage location, there are some things to communicate if you want things to go smoothly:

  • Talk to the facility manager in advance to determine if your items will fit.
  • What times will the storage location allow you to move in?
  • Are there deadlines for when a storage facility will no longer accept moves?
  • Is there 24-hour access?
  • Make sure there is a facility manager onsite when you and your movers arrive in case you run into problems or need help.

These are the most significant you should know if you’re moving items into storage (it’s certainly not everything). Understanding your facility and needs will prevent any issues with not having enough room. 

Certainly, you don’t want to spend more money or time than you have to when you’re moving! 

 


Domestic Violence Survivor’s Moving Safety Guide [DOWNLOAD]


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Moving out or threatening to leave is the most dangerous thing a domestic violence survivor can do. 

It’s also the most necessary thing a survivor can do. 

This downloadable PDF guide is designed to make it easier. 

It explains not only what you need to do in detail, but how and why. 

This guide is brought to you by our partnership with the domestic violence shelter, Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC). 

P.S. We will never sell your personal info.

“It is crucial that you do not tell your abuser, his family, his friends, or any mutual friends of your plans to leave.  This could sabotage your plans, or even worse, cost you your life.”

Peggy Wright, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Programs at Fort Bend Women’s Center

Domestic Violence Survivors’ Moving Safety Guide

Download the Free Guide

So why are we doing this?

By leveraging our vast moving assets and crews, we’re driving items donated during a move to the FBWC resale shop, PennyWise. 

This way, the Center can generate more profits and funds to support survivors who leave and try rebuilding their lives. 

FBWC provides not only shelter, but therapy, connections with legal advocates, access to medical care, training resources, and so much more. 

The help survivors receive is vital, as they most often leave with nothing for themselves and their children or pets. 

Stopping family violence is not whimsical, part-time dabbling for us. 

It’s a goal that we will do anything to reach. 

If you have an upcoming move…

Let us know during booking, and we’ll take items or furniture you don’t want (with a few restrictions) as donations. 

Not only is it one less thing you have to worry about, but you’ll feel better knowing that it ended up in a much more useful place than a landfill.  

If you’re not moving but still want to help…

There are still ways you can support FBWC and domestic violence survivors. Please consider giving in one of the following ways:


Here Are the Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move


Trying to pack for a move ahead of time can be overwhelming.

Depending on how many things you own, you may feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do. 

If you’re wondering where to start read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our new video series, Master Your Move

As the first interview guest, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique (and extremely useful) background in claims. She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them claim-free by knowing what to expect and what to do. 

You guessed it—her insight is super valuable for helping you understand what and how to pack before your movers arrive.

After all, who wants to deal with replacing broken furniture or mishaps?

 

Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Properly Pack for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself. It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for getting packing out of the way before move day—and doing it correctly so you don’t waste time or damage your items. 

Fold or Vaccum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (that’s not a liability or illegal). Yes, that means luggage and suitcases, too! Instead of fretting about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel gear and put clean clothes inside

This is extra important if you have any thin, beaded, fringed, expensive or delicate fabrics to protect on your move as a suitcase is much safer than a box. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase. Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

Towels Will Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

If you’re pondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea. Newspapers can often be too thin to keep dishware from rattling in a box and chipping or breaking. Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”

—Norma 

Color-Code Your Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move. Crews find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it a step up a notch to also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination. Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the corresponding rooms with the matching box numbers.

How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains, “We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

Are you planning on moving a plant? Invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat and click here to check out our how-to guide. 

Disassemble Lamps & Child Equipment

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and break them down. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces before movers arrive. 

Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simply to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before move day will make it easier for movers to stow it to the truck. 

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let anyone but a representative for the child equipment company put these back together

Pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc— should be clean and disassembled or folded if possible. The cleaning part is especially important, in case any moving crew members happen to be allergic to dander from certain pets. 

Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 

 

Packing Don’ts: These Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than average. Improper packing can also result in damages during the move that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

Keeping Boxes Open 

Having open boxes is a big no-no. Why? Movers are coming into your home to work quickly. 

If you haven’t reserved packing services (which would be done before movers arrive), it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes. Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages. Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move.

Try to disassemble anything that is oddly shaped and won’t fit in a box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

Clothing-Cluttered Drawers 

This is a huge ‘don’t’, which many people, unfortunately, do a lot. Avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers. Norma sums up the problem nicely:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering this item, to where they have to turn it on its side. All the weight of it falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages—not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is, it could break, jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and damage as well.” 

—Norma

You might think it’s easier than taking them all out and putting them back later… but that’s only true if your clothes or furniture aren’t damaged in the moving process. 

Not Securing Jewelry or Fragile Items

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, though. Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside. Make sure jewelry or watches are cleared out and put in a lined or wrapped box that has a hard outer shell. 

It’s important that jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly.

Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances. 
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage.

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

Packing With Boxes That Are Cheap, Flimsy or Missing Lids

Packing materials that are harder for movers to work with will slow down your move. If you’re packing yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items. Flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big stuff! Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

Using Bags For Packing Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes will not protect your items when being transported. Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes. Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it ensures items don’t bump or fall around in the back of a truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest move ever (not to mention your movers will adore you).

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you? 

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need, they’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot.  


Here’s How to Make Moving Somewhere New Less Scary


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So you want to move somewhere completely new where you don’t have any connections?  

Well, there’s a wrong way and a right way to fulfill your desire of moving somewhere else alone. Below, we break down what you need to know before you go, and why.

Moving to a New City or State? Consider These Things First

The last thing you need is to be afraid or caught off-guard by unexpected challenges. Before you load up a moving truck with everything you own, make sure you investigate everything that will impact your life and happiness in a brand-new city.

If You’ve Never Lived There

Desiring to relocate elsewhere and start over can seem thrilling. But if you’ve never lived there, haven’t even visited, or if you have no family/friends waiting, picturing your new life can conjure dreamy illusions not based in reality. 

To know the real deal, you’ll need to look into things like:

  • Influential cultures/subcultures, politics, or policies. It may not be obvious now, but the general pace, attitudes, and demographics of a new place will have a tremendous impact on your longterm happiness. Plenty of people who are used to a way of life may find it hard to adjust to something new. Whatever preconceived notion you had of the place you want to move to, your new discoveries about it may be super interesting or extremely off-putting. 
  • Climate, weather, and seasonality.  This is crucial if you hate certain weather extremes. Note: climate is general and is defined as “the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long time period.”  For example, Texas is known for its scorching, humid summers, heavy and sometimes dangerous rainfall, and lack of four distinct seasons. (Unless you count allergy season by itself). People with a strong preference for mild or colder climates or individuals with medical conditions triggered by heat definitely shouldn’t move here on a whim! The same logic applies if you have a severe respiratory disease… You probably should investigate if your desired city has heavy air pollution. 
  • Check transportation routes. When you’re looking for a place to live, transportation is a key factor in getting to a job or important services. No matter if you’re house- or apartment-hunting if you plan on commuting, use Google Maps or Quora to find out where the major traffic areas, interstates, highways, or public transportation routes are. While you’re at it, see what’s nearby in terms of grocery stores, hospitals, urgent care clinics, shopping centers, public facilities, or entertainment. 

 

If You Don’t Already Have a Job 

Not having a job lined up wherever you plan to relocate can make things more difficult, but it’s certainly not an automatic failure. 

If you’re trying to land a gig in your new locale, do this before you move:

  • Check out the local job market. Depending on where you live, some industries have a stronger presence than others. It’s up to you to find out which fields, occupations, and skills are more in-demand in the new place you want to move. Roles for a marine biologist or scuba instructor may not exactly be abundant if you want to move to a landlocked city or state with no coastline or beach. 
  • Build your network online. What skills do you need to work on to get the job you want? Of course, you’ll need to polish your professional presence—resumes, curriculum vitae, portfolios, etc. Get copies of any transcripts, diplomas, or certificates before you move. Then, the hustle begins: Join professional groups or meetups (Facebook is fantastic for this), establish yourself on LinkedIn and post regularly while reaching out to former colleagues, professional acquaintances, and new connections. This will help increase your online visibility to recruiters and employers needing to fill a role. Research job opportunities and apply online directly with the company you’re checking out. Ask anyone you know who lives there to keep an eye out for roles that fit your skillset. It will also help you help others who are looking for new opportunities you come across but don’t want; they will likely appreciate it and return the favor when necessary. Check into larger employers or startups based there because they’ll often have more roles to fill. 
  • Gain a new skill or trade. Trade schools, internet-based certifications, and online courses from colleges and universities have made it easier than ever to develop an existing competency or gain a new skill. If you don’t already have a role in the city you’ve moved to, focus on one of these methods to get the background knowledge for a new job. Also, consider getting a freelance hustle in the gig economy in case you need to temporarily make ends meet. 

If You Have Pets or Children

Ok, so you’re not exactly alone if you’re bringing pets or kids along to a different city or state… However, if you are alone, then you’re definitely the breadwinner. 

Here are some super important things that parents and pet owners should look into before moving somewhere unfamiliar:

For pet parents: Check your residential pet policy.

  • It’s more than just paying pet rent. Some homeowner’s associations (HOAs), many home insurance companies, apartment complexes, and even cities/counties have policies that ban certain animals, including specific dog breeds and mixes. Although there is much controversy over these breed restrictions, certain entities like apartment complexes and rentals, reserve the right to enforce any lease bans on what they deem “aggressive breeds.”
  • Even if you don’t have an aggressive breed as outlined in the contract, another neighbor could. If the thought of it makes you uneasy, it should. Terms of the other tenant’s lease are only known and enforceable by the landlord. So, it’s at their discretion to give them the boot, and you won’t have a say if a dispute arises over an unfriendly pet.
  • Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance companies often have long, arbitrary dog blacklists, too.  Many smaller cities, homeowner associations (HOAs), and apartment complexes have breed restrictions as well. Unfortunately, many people don’t consider this or even ask about pet policies when they move somewhere new.  If your pup is considered a prohibited breed or has a history of biting, you often can’t get renter’s or homeowner’s insurance coverage, so check into this before moving.
  • If your dog is deemed an aggressive breed and harms someone? You’re facing 100% liability for the resulting costs because it won’t be covered by an insurer. You can try to get an exception, have the dog excluded from the policy, or search for another insurer. More exotic pets (like snakes or meat-eating reptiles) are typically excluded from homeowners and renter’s insurance, altogether.

For parents of children: Dig into school district ratings.

  • Education is a crucial part of childhood development. If you have children in primary school, you’ll want to research the best school districts where you’re planning to move and make sure you’re legally zoned to those districts.
  • Find the answers to important questions about the districts and any specific schools you’re eyeing. What are their ratings and why? What are the policies, programs, and track records of the schools? What are students and other parents saying about the school? It will have a big influence on where you choose to live.
  • For those in secondary schools, focus on any interests your kids have that are reflected in the academic or extracurricular activities. For instance, if your daughter is adamant about becoming a pediatrician, look for schools that emphasize science exposure. Getting credit for certain advanced high school-level courses can help offset your child’s college tuition costs later. Depending on any training programs that your child completes, they could possibly graduate high school with a professional certification! Join online parental groups and check local news sources to get the real scoop on the state of childhood education before you move. 

If You’re Single or Simply Don’t Know Anyone

Single? Looking for friends? 

Stop us if this starts to sound like a dating ad, but you’re going to have to work harder to get to know a new place so it’s not so intimidating. 

If you’re moving and don’t know anyone:

  • Read up on the neighborhoods. Most cities are unofficially separated into different neighborhoods. The upscale suburbs, the newly renovated and gentrified areas, urban enclaves, tourist traps, where to get the best shopping, food, business or industrial connections… You name it. If you’re excited to explore a new city, get to know where you want to hang outwhere you want to live, and if you want those two to actually be the same place or separate. Can you handle living around an area with frequent noise? What about the quieter family-oriented suburbs? Do you want your amenities within walking distance or do you prefer to live on the outskirts and see the stars? 
  • Check crime rate & response times. When you’re alone in a new city you don’t know very well, safety should be at the forefront of your decision. This also goes back to the first point: know where your nearest hospitals, ER, and urgent care centers are near your new spot . What’s the average first responder time? What do the crime rate and density look like by neighborhood or zip code? There are lots of deceptively attractive areas you’ll see in the daytime that actually have surprising crime rates. Whether it’s break-ins, burglaries, juvenile mischief, or even violent crime, you need to know before you make the commitment. Get the real deal from real residents using apartment review pages and sites like Nextdoor.com for neighborhoods. 

If You’re Buying a Home There

House-hunting means you’re seriously thinking about settling in a new place. If you’ve never lived there before and never bought a house, you’ll want to look out for these things specifically:

  • What are local and state taxes like? What about insurance? What are the property taxes and insurance rates in your new desired location? Are they higher than what you’re paying now (or more than what you’d be willing to pay)? Don’t stop at digging into the property taxes, but find out if your new destination requires state income taxes, too. 
  • Before closing, check Mother Nature. Are you moving to an area notorious for flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, etc? If you’re eyeing a move to a new place with a reputation for natural disasters, this should be at the top of your FAQs when looking for a new home. Real estate agents should be able to help answer these questions while steering clear of anything that gives you pause. Likewise, it’s best if you’re upfront about your concerns right away.
  • Find the nearest fire department. Not only will this help you save on home insurance costs, but you’ll feel safer knowing that trained firefighters aren’t far away if you ever need them.
  • Locate nearby noise-makers and potential hazards. Unfortunately, some people don’t even think about this until they’re trying to sleep or get to work and a train abruptly and very loudly interrupts them… Or when that nearby airport activity constantly jams up their WiFi and cell phone signals. The dangers of living near an outdoor gun range or an unofficial outdoor shooting practice area are obvious.  Airports, railroads, shooting ranges, etc… these are things to avoid when house-hunting somewhere you’ve never been before. Make sure you notify any realtor you’re working with, too, of these deal-breakers.

Get Ready to Start Over Somewhere New. Fearlessly.

Lots of people find it too intimidating to even consider heading off alone. 

(Meanwhile, other folks do the exact opposite, diving in headfirst to the prospect without planning at all). Both mindsets can end up regretting “what could have been.”

It can seem exciting to move to a place you’ve never lived in. It can also prove challenging if you don’t check out this critical information first. 

Now, you don’t have to let any of that stop you!


20 Important Questions to Ask Movers Before Booking


Looking to move? You’ll need to prepare some important questions to ask movers before you hire them and let strangers into your home.   

If you’re seeking a reputable brand that’s safe and efficient, there’s more to it than just scanning the rating and number of reviews, or simply taking the word of a friend, 

While you’re searching around for affordable moving quotes, it’s easy to forget all the questions you should ask. 

So, what are the important things you don’t know that you need to ask? 

By the time you’re ready to book movers, you should have 100% clarity on:

  • What services you are and are not getting
  • The professionalism, licensing, and experience of the company and crews entering your home
  • How you’ll be charged
  • When you’ll be charged
  • What you’ll be charged for
  • How much any fees and hourly rates are
  • What to expect on your move day
  • How and who to contact at the company if something goes wrong

Nobody could break this down better than our Moving Experts.

They want to share everything you’re not asking moving companies but should be.  Not only will they help you find the right moving service, but any honest and reputable company should be able to answer them all.  

Ask Moving Companies About Their Credentials & Crews 

  1. How much experience do you have with moving?
  2. Are you licensed to move with the U.S. Department of Transportation? Are you licensed with the DMV in your state? What are your licensing numbers?
  3. Do your movers and packers have training or prior experience?
  4. Did your movers and packers pass a criminal background check? Are checks done consistently?
  5. Do you regularly drug screen your movers?
  6. Do your teams know how to properly move or pack/unpack my special items?

Make sure that questions about security are the first things you ask a prospective moving company. 

Larger companies will have a lot more crews to choose from, so you should be able to get a crew that can accommodate your needs the best. 

Unfortunately, lots of people prioritize pricing over quality when looking for movers.

Sure, a quick Google search of something like “cheap movers” or “cheap moving companies” will generate plenty of results… 

While it’s good to be mindful of your spending, you won’t know what you’re really getting for that low price tag until you dig deeper. 

Moving experts, Omar, Carlos and Felicia, agree that people often don’t factor in security when finding a crew to enter their home.

“A lot of companies use day laborers,” Carlos states. “Day laborers could be anybody…”

He pauses, then says, “Do you really want anybody in your home? So, you want to make sure that the movers that are being used are background-checked, drug-screened professionals… because anybody can move a box, but not everybody can move.” 

Felicia agrees that security should be at the top of the list no matter if you live alone, if you own expensive items, or if you have a family with young children. 

“Think about it…” she starts, “someone comes to your house and they’re day laborers. They don’t have a background check. You don’t know where they’ve come from. You know, they have your address, and they can always come back.” 

You’ll absolutely need to ask this question if you have fragile, expensive, or sentimental items.  Let’s face it, not everyone can gracefully move a baby grand piano, a gun safe, alcohol, glass tables, or a rare collection.   

Legally, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the state of Texas both require movers to be licensed in order to operate.

However, most customers don’t realize that this is not regulated, so not all moving companies are actually licensed and registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). Before doing business with any moving company,  ask for their USDOT number and TxDMV number and check it online

These licensing numbers should also be posted on their website and any quote emails they send you. 

If they don’t have one, forget them. There are plenty of other trustworthy and legally compliant companies out there!  

Omar says, “One thing [customers] always forget to ask… make sure that the guys are licensed professionals, that they’ve been around for a while, they know what they’re doing, they have their reputation…. Definitely want to check customer reviews, make sure it’s a good company, make sure it’s a reputable company that you’re going to be going with.”

Ask Companies About Their Moving Policies, Services, & Fees

  1. What do you charge for on a move? Is there a fee for rescheduling or canceling a move?
  2. How much is each charge?
  3. What does your travel fee include? Is it hourly? Does it include the drive time to and from my destinations?
  4. How do you verify the start, stop, and any non-work times for your crews?
  5. Will you do a virtual or in-person walk-through?
  6. Can your movers donate or remove furniture I don’t want after a move?
  7. Do you offer packing and unpacking services? What does this include?
  8. Will I be charged for certain supplies? If so, how much?
  9. Is there anything your company will not move?
  10. Is assembly/disassembly of furniture included? Are there types of furniture you won’t re-assemble?
  11. Will all my belongings fit in your truck for 1 trip? What truck sizes do you offer?
  12. What is your claims rate and process if there are damages?
  13. Is the tip included? When and how can I leave a tip?
  14. Who do I contact if I have a problem during my move?

 

Make sure you ask lots of questions when getting moving quotes from different companies.

Ask about their licensing to move, policies, what they can and cannot move, how they calculate fees, and who to contact if things go wrong. 

“Make sure they disassemble; because, a lot of times we don’t know how to take beds apart, or furniture,” Felicia says, mindfully. “A lot of companies don’t disassemble at all. That’s a good thing to ask. Don’t assume they do, because a lot of them don’t.

Felicia recommends you also ask lots of questions about the company’s fee system and policies. This way, you won’t get slapped with sky-high charges when the company promised an inexpensive travel fee upfront. “A lot of times they’ll give you a price based on the hourly rate and the trip charge, and you think that’s a good price because it’s pretty cheap or reasonable. But, guess what? They hit you at the end when you’re coming back.”  

Exorbitant fees can also sneak in when movers charge fuel or hourly trip fees in areas with horrible traffic...meaning you’ll pay for the time it takes them to drive in rush-hour traffic. 

In your quote, (which you need to get in writing) there should be a clear breakdown of the services you’re getting and the cost for each one. 

A representative for the moving company should be able to easily give you definitions of each service and what each fee involves when you ask. 

Due to widespread illness and anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, the company’s claim, cancellation, and rescheduling policy should be clearly outlined and more flexible as well. 


Suffering Domestic Violence? Here’s How to Move Out Safely.


moving safety tips for survivors of domestic violence and abuse

For victims of domestic violence, the COVID-19 pandemic presents another obstacle when trying to leave toxic situations and move out.

With stay-at-home orders, job losses, financial and emotional hardships, and lack of resources or support, moving out and escaping an abuser unharmed can seem like an intimidating effort.

“What we do know is that because of COVID-19 there has been a dramatic increase in domestic violence1, not only in our county but around the world. We also know that most of the area shelters are full and because of the epidemic are not accepting new clients, so it is a particularly dangerous time for victims who are still with their abusers.”

Peggy Wright, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Programs at Fort Bend Women’s Center

 

Read on to see moving tips for those escaping domestic violence, and download the moving safety guide designed to help abuse survivors plan a safe relocation.

A Survivor’s Guide to Moving Out Safely

If you’re experiencing domestic violence and need to leave quickly, you may be too anxious or frightened to hash out the details.
So, below is a plan to follow. If you don’t have time to do everything on this list—that’s okay. Oftentimes, people escaping abuse don’t have days or weeks to plan.

Pick out what works for your situation and whatever you can do to stay safe.

If abuse has escalated to the point that you fear for your life or that of any children in the house, please call 9-1-1.


Before Moving: Plan Your Exit

If you live with an abuser, you may not feel you have the courage to move out yet. 

And that’s okay

Even before you’re ready to take that first step, planning is critical.  Doing it early—even if you’re not prepared to leave as soon as possible—will boost your chances of success.

Here are some tips from movers and our friends at Fort Bend Women’s Center:

  • Set aside money when you can. Shelters offer services free of charge. It’s still a great idea to have your own money to access depending on how you are moving out and your post-move plans. Things will be easier if you have money to access independently. Try setting up a checking or savings account in your own name at a bank that is separate from your partner. 
  • Gather your most important and valuable items. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but set aside what you can, whenever you can.  (Example: extra car keys, car title/lease paperwork, emergency cash, insurance cards, birth/marriage certificates, social security cards, health records, extra medications, debit/credit cards, extra clothes, children’s clothing or supplies, any evidence of physical abuse— like photos, journals, notes, medical or police records, etc.). 
    • Store them in a private place. Private, as in, ONLY you have access to it. Do not leave this with anyone close to your abuser or any place where your abuser could easily find it. (Examples: a personal lockbox, a backpack, with a trusted friend or family member, or in a safety deposit box in a bank your abuser doesn’t know about). 
    • Make copies of any documents your abuser is likely to notice is missing. 
  • Create a code word, phrase, or signal. If you have children or other loved ones living with you and your abuser, they need to know exactly what to do when you say this. You should also do this with any trusted friends, family, or neighbors you can call on stay with or help you leave. (Examples of a plan: Go to a neighbor’s home, ask your school staff to call/text me, call grandma). In case you’re in a situation where your abuser is closely monitoring your every move, or listening, create a code term that sounds natural but is unique to you and your loved ones. You should also practice what to do in case of danger—especially if you have kids. 
  • If possible, get your own cell phone. The chance that an abuser has secretly installed a surveillance app on their victim’s phone is extremely high. Many IPS (intimate partner surveillance) apps can be installed without even touching a cell phone. According to MIT’s Technology Review, one survivor even recounts how opening a photo texted from her ex-boyfriend gave him total access to her cellphone—including her apps, current location, emails, passwords, camera, and even social media accounts. If you can get your own phone, use a passcode that can’t be easily guessed.
  • DO NOT ditch the compromised phone, (this could enrage the abuser). Use it for simple tasks, but do not use it to call/ search for movers or domestic abuse resources. 
    • Suspect you’re being spied on? Don’t bother paying for anti-spyware apps since most can’t find all the creepy software, and the abuser could react violently. The only way to remove it is to factory reset the phone, and that will remove all your current apps and settings. It’s best to get a cheap phone that allows you to privately text, browse the internet, plan your move, and make calls to police or family violence centers. 
  • Can’t get your own cell phone? Keep the Fort Bend Women’s Center hotline number handy: 281-342-4357. They suggest “saving it under something innocent like the name of a restaurant [or business] you like.
    • To plan your move, use a public computer at a library, school, or friend’s house. If you know where you’ll be moving, set up mail forwarding through your local United States Post Office, or do it online for $1.05. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, you can get help from a shelter when you’re there. (Log out of all services and clear your history when you’re done.)
  • Research how you’ll move. Will another trusted adult be helping you move? Will you hire a moving company instead? Make sure that whatever company you choose has domestic violence policies in place (what we call “privacy moves”), and that the movers have undergone criminal background checks. We call these “privacy moves” because we take every precaution to protect your privacy—which is vital in cases of abuse. No one who calls will be able to discuss details of the move just by using your name. In fact, you’ll be issued a personal file locator number so only you can review the move information.  CLICK FOR MORE ABOUT PRIVACY MOVES. 
  • Know your options: call shelters in advance. This is important to learn the policies about whom they allow to stay or visit. Even if there isn’t room, a shelter can often refer you to another place. Hotels are often used to house people escaping abuse when centers are full, and staff members will assist with meals, health care, child care, pet care, education, job training, counseling, waivers for utilities and phone service, legal help, longer-term shelter, and more. 
  • Shelters may be able to help you with pets.  Take any evidence you gathered previously, (like photos or medical records of abuse). Besides legal help, you’ll also want to ask if the shelter is pet-friendly. Typically, service and support animals are welcome. If not, you can leave your pet with a trusted friend or family member out of the abuser’s reach in case (s)he tries to retaliate. Shelters may also be able to connect you with resources on fostering your pet if necessary. Fort Bend Women’s Center, for example, has connections with the Houston Humane Society and can help make arrangements for fostering or sheltering pets.
  • Know the best time to leave. If you live with your partner, ask yourself: when do they go to work or leave the home for extended periods of time? Are there any rooms you feel safe in that you can exit from in case you have to move quickly? If you don’t live with your partner, consider: When is the best time for you to be alone or have privacy?
  • Avoid posting or messaging anything on social media about your plan. You’ll need to memorize important information, like phone numbers or addresses of trusted neighbors, friends, or family. If you have children, tell them to memorize it too. Agree on a code word/phrase that will let everyone involved know what to do when it is used

On Move Day: Time is of the Essence

When survivors of violence leave their abusers, it can be a dangerous time. But you are strong enough to make it out! These steps will help make it easier on the day of your move. 

  • Confirm the details with your movers & others. Whether you’re hiring pros or supporters to help you move—or getting out by yourself—review how you want your move to work. Go over your code words and escape plan with children or people who are helping you move. Use a public computer (like at a library or at most shipping stores) to print out the destination in case your phone is being spied on. 
  • Make sure your essentials are ready to go. In a hurry? Grab the essentials that you packed previously and go. Remember those copies you made? Leave them in case you have little to no belongings to move and don’t want your abuser to quickly catch on that you’ve left.
  • If you don’t have boxes (or the money to get them): ask your local grocery store. These will probably be somewhat worn or less sturdy, and you’ll probably only be able to use them once, but it’s a good fix if you have no money. Your moving company can also provide these—especially if they have packing services.
  • Lock up anything that could be used as a weapon. Make sure they are as hard to reach as possible (Example: putting things like guns, knives, or bats in a safe, on top of kitchen cabinets or in a toilet water tank.) Also, review where your exits and windows are in case you have to run to another room.
  • Review your destination. Will you be leaving unexpectedly? Where will you go and how will you get there? Have your printed directions ready—especially if you think your cell phone is being used to spy on you.
  • If you have children at school and can’t pick them up before moving: ask the front office to change release privileges so an abusive partner cannot pick them up after finding out you have left. Sometimes when abusers feel they have lost control, they may try to lash out and retaliate by hurting your loved ones. Do this at the day and time you’re planning to leave a shared home.
  • Ditch the compromised cell phone. Remember: it’s highly likely that your abuser is spying on your location and whatever info passes to/from your phone. Once you are safely on your way to your destination, that is the time to ditch it or do a factory reset. But first, log out of every online and app account you own.
    • NOTE: Resetting your phone will remove your current apps and settings, so you’ll have to download and log into them again. Some apps you should avoid downloading again (like certain email apps) and only access them through a computer.
  • Update each account password and its security questions—something the abuser can’t guess. Do this for your email account first, since social media and other apps will often send location info to your email to authorize any changes.
  • Unable to discard the compromised phone? Disable your Bluetooth, Bluetooth scanning, and location (usually called Location Sharing in your Settings or menu bar) so your phone cannot communicate with other devices. Look in Settings to ensure Bluetooth scanning is disabled, as apps can use it to share your location even if you have Bluetooth turned off. Check each application in your privacy and security settings to ensure suspicious-looking apps cannot access and share your information. Download Google Voice, a free service that generates a virtual phone number for you to make and screen calls or texts.
  • Ensure that no one can make changes to your wireless service. If you are the account holder for your wireless service, call and ask them to put additional security measures in place, or change your verbal PIN. If you are setting up a new service, inform them of your situation as many providers will waive fees.
  • Have your personal phone easily available & set up Emergency SOS. Moving out due to domestic violence can be scary, so it’s necessary to be prepared. Using the SOS feature is easy and will call the police first, then alert your emergency contacts in case you are in danger.
  • In case of danger: use your Emergency SOS buttons or call 9-1-1 . Use the secret code/phrase/signal with any children or people who are helping you move. Do not run to where your children are in case your partner tries to hurt them. If you must go to another room, make sure it has an exit.
  • If your abuser shows up unexpectedly—or is already home when your helpful friend/movers arrive— they should be prepared. For movers, this means acting on their privacy move policies. (Example: at 3 Men Movers, this includes appearing as if they have the wrong house). For supporters helping you move or children, this means acting on your emergency code word plan or calling 9-1-1 in case your partner becomes threatening or violent. 
  • Have in-car navigation? Disable it. Turn off any GPS navigation in your car or if you have it on your phone. 
  • Reach out to your safe place. Wherever you’re going—be it a shelter or a loved one’s home—reach out first to see if they can provide you with any help or transportation to your destination.

After Moving: Protect Your Future

Follow these post-move privacy tips to securely embark on a new, brighter future. 

  • Get & keep copies of your protective order. Depending on their funding and access to lawyers, shelter or domestic violence attorney may be able to connect you with a family violence attorney or help you fill out paperwork—but you may have to persistently check on the status. Children and pets can be included on these orders, too. Carry a certified copy of the protective order with you everywhere you go. Addresses may be on these documents or police reports, so consider using a P.O. box or a friend’s address for your mail. Be careful who and where you submit your new phone number and address. 
  • Ask for service deposit waivers. Getting a break for a while will help you gain financial independence and avoid returning to toxic partners who make you feel like you can’t succeed without them.  In Texas, the deposit for utilities (like gas, electricity, and wireless/phone service) can be waived or reduced to a monthly basis. The requirements include getting a letter signed by Certifying Entity and faxing it to the utility company (you can use faxes at any shipping/postal store). According to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, entities that can sign utility waivers are
      1. Family violence centers
      2. Treating medical staff
      3. Law enforcement personnel
      4. Office of Texas District or County Attorney
      5. Office of the Attorney General
      6. Grantees of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation 
  •  Change up your routine. If you take the same route to/from work, take a different route. Avoid going to the places your abuser knows. If you normally work or shop at night, try switching to the daytime. The most vulnerable time for survivors is when they leave and the abusive partner has lost control. Ensure your abuser can’t predict where you’re going. This will be easier if you’re moving a lengthy distance from where your abuser lives.
  • Notify your workplace. You just did an incredibly brave thing by choosing a better future! Someone else’s choices shouldn’t change that. Give a photo of the abuser to your work supervisors, security staff, or coworkers that you trust and work closely with at the same times. They don’t have to know the details, but they should be aware that (s)he isn’t allowed near the premises to harass, stalk, or threaten you via a protective/restraining order. You can also alert authorities at your children’s school, even if you changed their schools
  • Unlist your new phone number. Lock down new emails or social accounts. It’s common for abusers to show lots of remorse or even cry in order to get back into your life. This is a manipulative tactic to regain control, and they may also try this through mutual friends or family. Unfortunately, you’ll have to make some changes to avoid caving to pressure.
    • First, set up two-factor authentication (this is available on almost all Internet-based accounts).
    • Next, do a social media cleanse, like blocking your abuser and their friends, not allowing yourself to be tagged in photos without review, not sharing any location tags/check-ins, etc. so they cannot see where you now live. If you share mutual custody of children, it’s more complicated. Shelters can connect you with a family violence attorney who can assist you further. Call your wireless company and ask to change or unlist your new phone number.
    • Finally, avoid doing business with companies who state in their Privacy Policies that your personal information might be sold for marketing purposes. 
  • Set up security in your new space. Pick security systems (like cameras and alarms) with motion-sensitive lighting and backup that won’t fail in bad weather or can’t work without WiFi. You’ll also want to make sure a simple laser cannot disable them. Security system companies may also be able to help survivors settle in with discounts or a monthly waiver. Replace wooden doors with steel or metal doors. Secure doors windows, garages, and doors with security bars or locks so they can’t be opened from the outside.

 


How to Get Help For Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation and needs help, please contact the following:

 


Here’s What Really Happens When Movers Damage Your Furniture


what happens when furniture is damaged

The moving industry has a dirty secret, the truth is that the state requirements surrounding claims are not designed to protect you. If you’re dealing with an experienced and professional mover, they should take measures to prevent your belongings from being damaged. But let’s be honest, things happen. If lamp drops, a wall is scratched, or a piece of furniture is dinged most movers use the law in order to ensure that you’re never fairly reimbursed for their mistakes.

They don’t have to fairly reimburse you for damages that they cause

If your mover drops a designer lamp and it shatters, you’d think that they would be obligated to provide you market value for the lamp right? Nope! Movers in the state of Texas are required to provide you with a settlement that is measured by the weight of the item, not the value. The state requires that in the event of a damage movers are required to provide 0.60 per pound per item. What that means is that if your lamp weighs 8 pounds, your movers would only be required to give you $4.80 after destroying it.

They’re not required to get back to you in a timely fashion

On top of not having to rectify their error by giving you what you deserve for your damaged belongings, they don’t even have to respond to you in a reasonable amount of time. According to state requirements, you’ve got 90 days to file a claim with your moving company, which provides you with plenty of time to unpack and inspect all of your belongings. However, your movers have up to 20 days before they are required to even acknowledge your claim and a whopping 90 days to either deny or make a settlement offer. Pretty crazy huh!

If they’re illegal movers they could leave you in the dust

The moving industry is riddled with illegal companies that pop up overnight and begin operating without a license. Often, these companies have fake addresses and even phone numbers that are mysteriously disconnected when a client whose belongings have been damaged tries to get back in contact with them. You could be left with damaged items and no way of tracking them down. Or even scarier, they could load your belongings into the truck and disappear with it all. Before you book, search the company’s name on the TxDMV Truckstop app. If they are verified movers, their credentials will show. If not, you should think twice before booking with them.

How does 3 Men Movers do things differently?

1. We use our expertise to prevent damages from occurring

Our damage claim rate is pretty impressive, under 2% (not to brag); which isn’t easy to maintain considering that we handle up to 2,800 moves during our peak months. 3MM crews take great measures to prevent damages including wrapping your furniture with shrink wrap and blankets to keep it protected, pack your belongings tightly in the back of the truck to prevent the items from shifting, we take care when we are loading/unloading to prevent furniture from scratching your walls, and our crews even roll out a blue carpet to protect your floors!

2. If something goes wrong, we’ll be here to make it right

For the 2% of clients that do experience a damage during a move, we go above and beyond to do everything that we can to make the situation right. We believe in accountability and every one of our clients has a number to call and a person to talk to in the event of something going wrong. In fact, the person that you would be speaking to is our Claims Manager Norma! She responds to all claims within a week, and she does everything in her power to ensure that each client’s belongings are either fixed or replaced.

In Conclusion

At 3 Men Movers, we understand that your belongings are more than just material possessions; they’re your memories and should be respected as such. However, there are many moving companies out there that abide by the state requirements and will not go out of there way to make things right. Be careful who you book with and choose a mover who’s on your side!


13 Things That You Need To Know Before Moving To Austin


Yes, Austin is weird, but there’s a lot more to the city than that. It has a culture all its own, which is why we’re breaking down 13 things that you may not know now but you should before moving to the 512!

Austin was never meant to grow as much as it has

According to 2016 stats released by the US Census, there are around 49 new residents added to the city every day. To put that into perspective, Houston receives about 51 new residents a day but it’s twice the size of Austin. The influx of new residents paired with the lack of space has caused the city to experience growing pains that can seriously affect your day to day life, like the ever-present traffic on I-35.

Live music every day is still alive and well

Although many locals will tell you that Austin is a completely different city than it was 10 years ago (thanks to the constant stream of transplants), one thing that hasn’t changed is that Austin is still the live music capital of the world. Publications like Do512 and the Austin Chronicle are great resources to find live music any night of the week and Austin also hosts legendary festivals like SXSW and ACL each year.

You’ll have natural wonders right in your backyard

Barton Creek Greenbelt (located around 6 miles from Austin’s city center) is a local favorite for hiking, biking, and swimming. However, an insider tip is that Barton Springs Pool doesn’t always have water, so it’s important to enjoy it during the summer months. Other noteworthy natural wonders around are the beautiful Longhorn Caverns and the stunning waterfall and swimming pool located at Hamilton Pool.

Austin is extremely eco-friendly

Ain’t nobody got time for excess environmental waste in Austin! But seriously, the city takes its commitment to reducing its footprint very seriously. Officials even passed a plastic bag ban in 2013 and made a zero waste pledge to be achieved by 2040.

You’ll need a car to get around

Like the rest of Texas, you’ll need a car in Austin due to the unfortunate lack of public transportation. However, Austin is extremely biker friendly which is a great way to get around if you’re not going far. The city’s Bicycle Master Plan, adopted in 2014, ushered in efforts to further expand bike lanes across Austin.

The unemployment and poverty rates are lower than the national average

Austin’s unemployment and poverty rates stack up pretty well when you compare them to the national averages. The percentage of residents living below the poverty level is 11.7%, significantly lower than the national average of 14.5%. The unemployment level is 3.0% as of July of 2017, just below the US average of 4.4%. Unfortunately, while more people have jobs, the average household income in Austin is $55,216, slightly lower than the national average of $56,516.

The city is awesome for young professionals

The combination of an awesome nightlife and music scene, a healthy job market, and access to outdoor activities makes Austin very desirable for young professionals. More than 40% of the population is between 18-44 and the median age of the city is around 33.

There may not be pro sports in Austin but the Longhorns rule the city

In many ways, Austin is a college town. The UT campus sits in the center of the city and game days are quite the production and traffic tends to reflect that. However, even if you don’t have seats, the bars are a great place to watch the game.

It’s not very diverse

While the city is very young, it isn’t as diverse as other major Texas cities like Houston and San Antonio with more than half of the population being white. If diversity is a must for you, this is going to be a trade-off.

6th Street isn’t where you’ll find the locals after hours

While 6th street is an attraction that you should definitely witness at least once, the majority of people that frequent 6th on nights out are usually tourists or college students. If you want to skip the pandemonium and hang with the locals check out the bars on Rainey Street, East Austin, and 2nd Street.

It’s a mecca for the liberals of the state

One of the most interesting things about Austin that even though it’s the state capital, it’s a blue dot in a red state. Texas has voted Republican since the 70’s but remains majority democratic and is known for its liberal nature.

There are always new spots to check out

The upside to the Austin constantly shedding its skin is that there’s always a new eatery or bar to check out. Just by doing a quick search on Yelp we found about 40 restaurants that are in Yelp’s “hot and new” category.

It’s hot, like really (really) hot

You’re probably expecting the heat, but let’s be honest this is Texas. However, what you really need to prepare for is the combination of the heat and the humidity. During the dog days of summer, the average temperature fluctuates from 95-99 degrees paired with a lot of moisture in the air…not fun. But on the plus side, you’ve got plenty of swimming holes like Barton Springs and McKinney Falls to cool off in!

In Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a lot to love about Austin. From the tech presence, to outdoor activities, and live music; it has so much to offer. We hope our insider tips have helped you learn a little more about the city if you’re planning to move or even if you’re just planning to visit!

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10 Moving Apps To Get (& Keep) Your Move on Track


You’ve got an app to wake you up in the morning, an app to help you keep appointments, but what you may not know is that there are apps that help you plan and remain organized throughout your move. As your resident moving experts, we thought we’d do some digging and give you the scoop on the best 10 apps to keep your move smooth and uneventful (re: the dream move).

Phase 1: Finding a new home

You can’t move unless you’ve got somewhere to go so the first step when planning a move is deciding where you’re going to be moving to. Unlike the old days, all you need to do is type in the zip code that you’re interested in and browse away!

Best Apps

  • Zillow: if you’re looking to purchase or rent a home this is a great place to start your search. Along with viewing the prices of homes you can look through photos of the exterior and interior, video walkthroughs, when the home was built, details on the make of the property, and information on the neighborhood it’s located in.

  • Apartments.com: hunting for an apartment is much easier when you utilize tools like Apartments. You can sort apartments based on neighborhood, price, and even the proximity to your office. A pro tip is to screenshot the price of the apartment before you view it in person. Rates for apartments are known to change regularly but many apartments will honor the rate that it was listed for when you online if you have documentation.

Phase 2: De-cluttering

One inevitable thing that happens every time you pack up your home is rediscovering all of the stuff in your house that you haven’t used for ages, or boxes that never managed to unpack after your last move. Take the time to purge before your move, instead of hauling stuff to your new home that you don’t use or want anymore. If you haven’t used it in 6 months, let it go!

Best Apps

  • LetGo: this is a no-fuss app that does exactly what the name claims to, it helps you let go of things that you don’t want to haul to your new home whether that’s furniture, clothing, or even old electronics.

  • VarageSale: while it has a similar setup, VarageSale helps you sell items within your community and is linked to your Facebook account which may add a level of security and comfort for you. Once you join a community you can post the items that you want to sell. Since it is community-based, most buyers will actually arrange to meet you at your home or at an agreed upon location to pick up their items.

Phase 3: Packing

Being properly packed doesn’t just mean getting all of your belongings into boxes.You need to keep tabs on what belongings are in what boxes and where your movers need to place them when they start unloading. Trust us, if you don’t document the process you’ll end up digging through 20 boxes just to find the coffeemaker.

Best Apps

  • Sortly: one of the coolest features on this app is their visual inventory lists. Instead of writing the contents of your boxes out on paper, you take photos of the items as you pack them, add them to a visual list, and print a QR code that you apply to each fully packed box. When you get to your new home, there’s no guessing what’s inside. Just scan the QR code and you can view everything in it.

  • MagicPlan: this app allows you to create a floor plan and map out how you want to organize your new space. This is a particularly great tool if your sizing down and you aren’t sure how your current furniture will fit into your new place. Once you know where your furniture is going to go, you can put a label or sticky notes on each item so that your movers know exactly where to place it when they begin unloading.

Phase 4: Finding a mover

When choosing a mover, you’re deciding who you’re going to let into your home and handle your belongings so it’s important to choose wisely.

Best Apps:

  • Yelp: you’re probably already using this app to find new eateries but Yelp is also a great resource for locating local moving companies. While you’re reading through customer reviews, make sure to expand each review and read the responses that the owners leave. This helps you find out whether or not your movers will be there for you in case if issues do arise.

  • Truckstop: hiring unlicensed movers puts your home and your belongings at risk. After you find a company that you want to reach out to, use the Truckstop app to ensure that they have a valid license before trusting them. All movers in Texas are required to list their DMV number on their website (it’s usually in the footer of the site) and on their trucks. Once you search their number you’ll be able to see whether or not they are compliant with DMV regulations.

Phase 5: Settling in

Now that you’ve gotten through finding a new place, preparing for your move, and moving your belongings into your home all that’s left to do is settle in and make your new house feel like home.

  • HomeAdvisor: this app makes it easy to find professionals that can help you add finishing touches to your home after you move in. You can find vendors that can help you re-paint walls, fix plumbing issues, or to help you re-vamp your landscaping.

  • NextDoor: moving to a new neighborhood is a lot like your first day at a new school. You’re shy, you don’t really know how to get around, and it can feel pretty daunting. NextDoor makes being the new kid on the block a lot easier. You can join neighborhood forums to ask for advice on local home service vendors, get the low-down on neighborhood events, and even ask your neighbors about how to stay safe in the area.

In Conclusion

Technology is woven into nearly every facet of our lives, so why should it be any different when it comes to your move? Take advantage of these apps during each phase of your move and we guarantee it’ll be your easiest move yet!


Packing tape | Tape for packing test | What tape is the best for packing? | 3 Men Movers


Editor’s Note: This content was originally published on on 10-20-17. We updated and republished it on 7-2-19 to make it even better and more informative!

You have your Houston movers booked, and you are super excited about your brand new place! Now all that is left to do is the dreaded packing. Nobody loves packing, but it gets even worse when you don’t have the best packing supplies to make the process go smoother. You might have never considered this before, but did you know the type of tape you use makes a difference?

Packing tape should not be difficult. Find out what tape stands up to the test and comes out as true champion! Not all tape is created equal and you can clearly see what in this video! This video will also help you learn how to properly tape a box for moving!

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So What Tape Is Best For Packing?

Paper tape blows away the competition for the reasons below:

  • You can write on it with Sharpie, and the ink won’t smudge.
  • It rips easily so you won’t need scissors every time you finish taping a box.
  • It’s easy to find the end of the tape so you aren’t wasting precious time constantly searching for it.

Moving is already stressful enough–why compound it with additional, useless stress over packing? This Houston moving company knows what we are talking about because we have been in the business of moving people since 1985. Visit our website to find additional packing tips or if you decide you’d rather just bypass the packing altogether, you can hire our professional packers to do the job for you. Happy Packing!


5 Frequently Asked Moving Questions




Our goal is to make each phase of your move as easy as possible. While every move is unique, there are frequently asked questions that come up on nearly every call receive, so we decided to compile a short Q&A to help answer your pressing questions!

Q: How much is my move going to cost?

A: The cost of each move is determined by two factors: the hourly rate and the trip charge. We can tell you exactly how much your trip charge is using your starting and ending addresses; this cost covers your crew getting to your location and back to our office. Our hourly rates vary by day of the week as we do have midweek specials but we’re more than happy to break down the varying rates for you, just fill out our form to receive your quote.

Q: How long is my move going to take?

A: Every move is different. The length of your move is affected by the amount of belongings that you have, whether or not you are fully packed and ready to go, and the amount of traffic in between your locations. To better control the length of your move ensure that you are boxed when your crew arrives – you’d be amazed how much time you can save with this simple step!

Q: Do I have to tip my movers?

A: The most important thing that you should know about tipping your movers is that tipping is completely up to you. On average most customers tip our movers $10-$30 per mover and either hand their tip to the crew leader, give it to each individual, or ask that it be put on their credit card when paying their final bill (whichever they feel most comfortable with). You should also know that one of the highest forms of flattery for our crews is providing them with a positive review!

Q: Is my furniture going to be protected?

A: All of our moving crews arrive at your home with everything needed to keep your belongings protected throughout the process of moving. Our experts will wrap your belongings with blankets, shrink wrap, and pack/strap your items tightly so that your items don’t shift during the transit process (which is when the majority of damage occurs).

Q: What if there are damages?

A: Although our trained professionals will do everything in their power to prevent any damage to your belongings you can rest assured that if there is damage our claims department will work with you to either repair or replace your damaged items. Our customer service team is here 7 days a week to support you.

In conclusion

Please keep in mind that these are 3 Men Movers policies and not industry standards. If you do have further questions regarding your upcoming move please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!


What Do You Do With Boxes After Moving?




For those who have curbside recycling, disposing of boxes after a move is easy, for others it’s a little more labor intensive but well worth it. Recycling one ton of cardboard can save up to 1,944 square feet of space in a landfill. To make the process as pain-free and environmentally friendly as possible we’re giving you three easy alternatives to throwing your boxes away.

Drive them to a local recycling facility

The most popular method is to drop your boxes off at a local recycling facility after you finish the process of unpacking. In order to maximize space in your vehicle break your boxes down as you unpack and stack them in your vehicle.

If you have your used boxes ready for recycling at the end of your move another option is to ask your movers to drop them off at your local recycling facility or at their facility if they recycle boxes at their headquarters. We’re proud to offer box recycling as one of our green initiatives at 3 Men Movers! Just be sure to ask your movers about the process beforehand and if you are having them drive to a facility know that you may incur a fee for the extra stop.

Donate them to a local charity

Charities routinely make supply deliveries and you may be able to break your boxes down and take them to a local organization. Just be sure that the boxes you drop off are in good condition!

Give them to a friend or neighbor

Our final option to give your boxes a new life is to give them to a friend, neighbor, or coworker that has an upcoming move. If none of your contacts are moving you could make a listing on NextDoor, which connects you to residents of your community and see if anyone in your area needs them.

In conclusion

Not only is recycling your boxes better for the environment, you’ll also have a lot more space in your home without boxes cluttering your rooms so it’s a win-win!

If you do choose to donate your boxes ensure that you also pass along the message to reuse or recycle your boxes after they’re done utilizing them!