While the idea of having to move your bulky mattress may seem impossible we’re here to make it easy. As long as you make the right preparations, moving the large items in your home is nothing to stress about. Keep reading for 3 easy steps to move your mattress!
Rent a box truck
We do not recommend that you try to move your mattress with an average sized vehicle or even a truck. Attempting to strap cargo onto a car with no experience is extremely dangerous for you and other drivers. You can rent a truck in most states for around $20 a day and this route is much safer.
Purchase a mattress cover
Covering your mattress is going to keep it clean and damage free during your move. Many other people have used your rental truck before you, you’re going to want to ensure that it isn’t exposed to any dirt/contaminants while also preventing any snags or tears. You can pick these up from your local home improvement store or you can order one online from sellers like Amazon.
Load it into your truck with the help of a friend
You’re going to need the help of at least one other person to load your mattress into your new place. If you’re moving your entire home, we recommend putting your mattress in the truck before your bed so that once you arrive at your new place you can unload and set up the bed first and then bring your mattress in and set it on top!
Moving a mattress is a pretty simple process but our expert recommendations are to protect it with a mattress bag and to forgo the idea of moving it without a truck. If you want more pro tips on how to properly load a moving truck check out our guide!
We’ve all been there. That awkward moment when you’re paying the bill for a service and you don’t know whether or not you should leave a tip or not. This happens frequently in the moving industry as most of us only move once every five years, which is why we’re providing you with a few tips on tipping!
Am I required to tip my movers?
You are not required to tip movers. As with any industry, tipping is never mandatory and you should never feel obligated.
How much should I tip my movers?
As a standard, most customers tip around 10%-15% of their final bill or $10-$30 per mover. But, always know that the amount that you choose to tip is completely up to you. If you want to tip more or less you have the power!
Should I tip in cash or by card?
You’re also probably wondering whether you should give a cash tip or tip by credit card. Either is appreciated, but cash tips are typically preferable, because it’s easy to distribute amongst the team.
Who should I give the tip to?
You may also be wondering who to give the tip to at the end of your move. Our crews consist of a crew leader and two helpers. Depending on what you feel comfortable with you can give each crew member their individual portion of the tip or you can give the tip to the crew leader to divide later.
What if I can’t tip them?
If you can’t tip your movers one of the best ways to say thank you is through writing a review on platforms like Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List, or BBB. Why? Because then other potential customers will request your mover by name.
Experiencing a flooded home is truly devastating. The amount of items that are salvageable will depend on the amount of water that enters your home and where your belongings are located. Although it is heartbreaking, if your items were exposed to substantial water they will most likely have to be thrown out. Our recommendation to save the belongings that haven’t been damaged is to move them into storage.
Report the damage to your insurance company first
Before you start preparing to move into your storage unit you should ensure that you take photographs of the damage before anything is moved or altered and call your insurance company.
Move undamaged items to a dry, safe space
Until you can get all of your belongings moved into storage ensure that they’re in a dry space. Possibly a second story, garage, or even outside if you have nowhere else to move them. Once exposed to water, the majority of your items will not be salvageable. Over time, wet items can grow mold and mildew making your living environment unsafe.
Work out all of the details for your storage unit beforehand
Make sure that you have everything worked out before the day that you need to move into your storage unit. This includes paying for your first month of rent and setup fees, getting the key and lock to your unit, and if possible visiting and opening up your unit so that you know where it is. A few more tips are to act fast on booking your unit if there has been a flood. Capacity will probably be running low due to others with flooded homes needing storage. You should also verify that the unit that the building your unit is in hasn’t flooded.
Do not pack perishables, plants, or valuables
When you begin to pack your items ensure that you aren’t packing any of the items listed above. Do not pack perishables even if they are in sealed packages. Plants are also a no due to the fact that they could bring insects into your unit. Valuables like cash, important documents, or jewelry should always be kept on your person for safety.
Ensure that all items are packaged and sealed
You should ensure that your belongings are ready to be transported to your unit. Everything except large items that cannot be packed should be boxed, sealed, and labeled. This will help keep your belongings safe while they’re in storage and it will also shorten the amount of time that you or your movers spend loading your truck and filling your storage unit.
Recovering from a flood is no small feat but, if you take it step by step, it’s not impossible. Acting fast and remaining organized are key to ensuring that you save as many of your belongings as possible by getting them safely to storage.
In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, many in and around Houston have found themselves with flooded vehicles and no idea what to do. If you weren’t able to move your car in time and it flooded we are here to provide you with a step by step guide on what to do if your car floods and the best methods to try and reverse the damage.
1. Inspect the level of damage without turning the car on
Before going out to inspect your car ensure that the area is safe and that the water has drained from the street or area that was flooded. When you go out to inspect the level of water damage to the car it’s important that you don’t turn your car on. If water has reached the engine, turning the car could damage the car beyond repair.
2. Drain the car of water
Use buckets, a wet vac, and other tools to get the water out your vehicle. Be sure to clean out any mud that entered the car and lay down towels to help soak up the remaining water. Remove the mats and lay them out to dry.
3. Check the oil dipstick and the air filter
If you see water droplets that’s a good sign that there is water in engine.
4. Call your insurance company
Once you’ve started the process of drying your car you need to call your insurance provider. Explain the extent of the damage and see what they will cover.
5. Have your car towed and inspected by a professional
Before starting your engine have your car towed to a mechanic so that they can check and engine and assess any damage that you may not be able to see from the outside of the vehicle.
One of the most important things is to remain calm in this situation. Follow these steps and act proactively. Don’t automatically assume that all is lost, but we do recommend that you have a professional take a look at the car just in case!
Planning to pack your own car, rental van, or moving truck for your next move? You’re in luck! We’ve been doing this every day for over thirty years and we’re sharing our expert advice on how to load your vehicle without damaging your belongings and while capitalizing on all of the space you have available.
#1 Put the Heaviest items on the bottom
Your first layer of items should be your heavy items like bulky pieces of furniture or boxes full of heavy items like books. The heaviest items must be layered at the bottom of vehicle to prevent them from damaging lighter items.
#2 Add your stackable items on the second layer
The second layer should consist of boxes that are of medium weight. They should also be able to stack evenly on top of your first layer.
#3 Put oddly shaped/lightweight items on your third layer
The top layer should consist of items that are lightweight and items that are oddly shaped and difficult to stack such as pieces of art, irons, and even decorative light fixtures. You’ll be able to fit them in using all of the remaining space that you have left without being bent, scratched, or broken.
#4 If you can, fill all open space
One of the tricks that we have learned is to fill all available space. Open space leads to shifting which can lead to damages. If you don’t have enough items to fill your vehicle you can also use straps from your local hardware store to secure your items.
Packing your vehicle can feel like you’re playing a game of tetris but following our simple stacking pyramid will ensure that your items arrive in the same condition that they were in before your move.
An extra step to make the process even easier is to pack an essentials box with all of your must-haves for the first night in your home. Be sure to label it and pack it towards the end so that it’s not buried in your other boxes.
If you’re gearing up for a move one of the questions at the top of your mind is how long the process is going to take. It’s important to plan out each that you don’t end up running short on time and low on patience.
The three phases that you’ll separate your move into are: packing, moving, and unpacking. We do have to preface this by saying that every move is different and while this guide definitely gives you an idea of how much time you are going to need to set aside for each phase these are general estimates.
Phase 1: Packing
Studio/One bedroom apartment: 1 to 3 days Two bedroom apartment/house: 3 to 5 days Three bedroom apartment/house: 5 to 6 days Four bedroom apartment/house: 6 to 7 days Five bedroom apartment/house: 7 to 9 days Six bedroom apartment/house: 9 to 12 days
If you have a storage unit/garage/shed add 1 to 3 days (depending on how large/full it is).
If you hire professional packers you can expect that it will take them around half the time that it would take you to pack your home.
Phase 2: Moving
Loading a 24 ft truck (a standard size moving truck) can take anywhere from 3-10 hours. You’ll also need to factor in the time it takes to drive to your new place and unload. The time varies depending on the amount of belongings that you have and whether or not you are fully packed on the day of your move. If you’re fully packed your movers can get right to work. Loose items (items that are not boxed) can add hours onto your move. Additional stops along the way to pick up items will also tack on time.
Phase 3: Unpacking
The unpacking process is something that most of us dread. In general, takes a little less time to unpack than it does to pack. When you’re unpacking you’re just placing things where you want them instead of having to wrap, fold, and. The key to a smooth unpacking process is to resist the urge to procrastinate and take care of it as soon as you get moved in!
Most of the stress that people experience during a move is due to a lack of time, giving yourself enough time to complete each phase prevents that frustration from ever happening!
Whether you’re moving with an established company or unverified movers, accidents happen. If your belongings are scratched, dented, or broken what you should do now. The answer is simple: follow the steps to file a claim against your movers.
Photograph your damages
Make sure you document the items that are damaged with photos. Best case scenario you’ll also have photos of the condition that the items were in before your move.
Call your movers and ask for a breakdown of the process
Every company and state has different procedures and laws when it comes to what a mover is required to do when a client’s belongings are damaged. The required evidence, timeline for the mover to acknowledge that they have received the documentation, and the required time to either deny or present an offer to settle the claim will vary.
Send in the requested paperwork, receipts, and photos
The best way to speed up the process is to send back all required information in a timely manner. The company will most likely ask for documentation like photos, a written claim form that details the damages, and possibly receipts for the items.
Choose to accept or deny the settlement
After being presented with a settlement offer you can choose to accept or deny the offer. If you choose to accept the offer you will need to send back a written agreement. If you choose to deny the offer, the next step is to seek mediation with your local DMV.
File a complaint with your local DMV if you’re being ignored
If the company isn’t responding back to you the best thing for you to do is to contact your local DMV and file a complaint against the company.
Although the process of filing a claim can be lengthy and frustrated, the best advice we can give in this situation is to, keep the lines of communication open and respectful. If not, your local DMV will be the best resource in order to ensure that the company that damaged your items are held accountable.
If you’re planning on using professional movers for your upcoming move you’re probably wondering when you should book your move. Depending on whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator your natural tendencies will differ, however, there are standard rules of thumb when it comes to the ideal time to book your move!
Start shopping around a month in advance
Locating a mover takes time. Starting to shop around a month in advance leaves you with ample time to locate movers in your area and research them thoroughly before deciding who you want to book with. Along with getting details directly from each company, you’ll also want to make sure that they have positive online reviews, are registered with the DMV, and are verified by trusted sources like the BBB.
Book your move around 1-2 weeks in advance
When it comes to the moving industry, availability plays a huge role in whether or not you get your desired move day and your top choice of mover. If you’re moving during the winter when demand is low you may not have to worry, but if you’re moving during the peak summer season movers book up quickly and you’ll want to stick to the 1-2 week range.
If possible, avoid having the movers come the day you need to be out of your home
Moves are unpredictable. We are unable to tell customers who call for quotes exactly how long their move will take because there are so many unpredictable variables some of which include: exactly how many items a customer has, traffic on the day of your move, weather, and much more. You never know what road blocks will arise during your move, give yourself the time to work through them.
You should at least plan on booking your mover a week in advance. This timeline ensures that you avoid a last minute scramble to find a mover. In order to make sure you’re 100 percent set for your mover check out our tips to get your home packed quickly and easily for your upcoming move.
Moving with pets | Tips for moving with pets | Moving Tip 387
Andrew from operations explains the best way to move with your pets. Moving with a Cat or Dog can be stressful but 3 Men Movers is here to help make it easier. Here are our best tips and tricks when moving with your pets. You can also visit our tips page for a better understanding of moving with your furry loved ones!
Hi, I’m Andrew and I’m here with moving tip number three hundred and eighty seven.
I am here to talk to you about moving with pets.
So moving with pets it definitely complicates your move and it’s important to know the first thing to do when you’re planning on moving pets the first thing you want to do is make sure that your moving company and your movers are aware of your pet’s presence.
The next thing you want to do is try to secure your pet either behind a baby gate or possibly in the backyard but what we think the best option is to actually have your pet stay with a friend for the duration of your move so the movers can move in and out of the House that worrying about your pet getting out.
If you have no other option:
Maybe it’s a last minute move and you really need for your movers to do the move with your pet inside of your apartment or home.
Just know that if they do have to keep the door closed and open and close it every time they’re moving something either from inside the House to the truck or from the truck into the new location it is going to add to the cost and to the time frame of the move.
Moving into your first apartment and feeling stressed? We’re giving you insider tips to ensure that your move is free of surprises and stress!
Take ALL of your monthly fees into consideration before deciding on an apartment
Your rent isn’t going to be your only expense. You’ve also got to take into account energy, water, renters insurance, parking fees, internet, tv, food, and entertainment. Make sure your monthly income covers everything before you decide on your new place and that you have a little wiggle room in your budget after you cover the big stuff.
Ask about the fees to move in at your new apartment
You also need to take into account the subsidiary fees associated with the move in. These fees usually include first and second month’s rent, a security deposit, and application fees.
Don’t go overboard on buying before you move in
Even though you’re probably ready to deck out your new place, hold off until after you move in and stick with the basics. The more you buy, the more you have to pack up and take with you. It’ll be easier on your wallet as well to buy home accessories gradually as you have to front quite a bit of money when moving into a new place.
Figure out who’s going to help you move in
If you’re moving out for the first time and don’t have a lot of belongings, you may be safe just having friends and family help you. However, if you’ve accumulated a lot or don’t have people nearby that can help, you may need to find movers. While you’re shopping around ensure that you’re putting your belongings in the hands of verified movers by checking online reviews and ensuring that they are compliant with your DMV.
Find out where the loading area is
After you’ve got people to help you move, ask your apartment where the designated loading area is. The last thing that you want to do is block the traffic flow.
Reserve an elevator
This is an extremely important step for an apartment move. If you don’t reserve an elevator you’ll have to share the elevator with all of the tenants in the building adding time to your move and cost as most movers operate on an hourly rate.
The most important thing to ensure is that you have all of the facts up front. It’s a detailed process but once you’re moved into your new apartment and enjoying your new space it’ll all be worth it!
How Long Does Moving Take? Understanding how long moving takes and tips on how to make your move go smooth and fast
Ever wonder how long moving will take? or How long professional movers take when moving? 3 Men Movers has the answers as well as some tips to make your move faster! Malcolm is our most experienced Moving Specialist and his kind voice is here to soothe any worries you have about moving. Stay tuned for more moving tips so your move day is as easy as possible!
Malcolm’s Moving Tip
Hi my names Malcolm and I’m going to give you moving tip number 12
We get this question all the time
It’s very important
How long should my move take?
Now, first of all, we learned a long time ago to never guesstimate how long any single move could take because all moves are different.
No two people ever move the same amount of things.
Now the Key is for you to be packed up and ready to go.
The more ready you are the faster and smoother loading up that truck up will go for you. And it takes a little bit longer to load the truck than to unload it because when we get there our guys go right to work disassembling furniture./
We are going to wrap it up and protect it for you with stress wrap plastic and quilted moving blankets and when we get to your new home we are going to reassemble your furniture and put it inside where you want it.
For some reason unloading usually is faster.
Now if you’re packed up and ready to go you’re going to get moved in a quick and efficient amount of time.
But there are no averages and if someone ever tells you how long a mover is going to take they are just guessing and all they’re doing is guessing and they over guess they don’t under guess. But our guys are really efficient we normally can do 2 jobs in a day, each crew.
And while we can’t tell you how long any single move will take because they all are different
If you are packed up and ready to go when we get there it should be a good smooth process for you.
Moving In A Hurry? How To Get Out Of Your House In 48 Hours!
Last minute moves happen for a variety of reasons but they almost always cause stress. If you’re currently in this situation there’s no need to worry because we’re sharing packing and moving tips that allow you to get out of your house in 48 hours with zero stress!
Call movers as soon as you find out you’re moving
If you need to move out of your home quickly you’re going to need help. Don’t be pressured to go with the first moving company you find. Take the effort to ensure that your belongings are going to be safe in the long run, check out our tips on finding reliable movers.
Toss as much as you can
Decluttering is going to be your saving grace, you’ll have less to pack beforehand and less to unpack after you arrive at your new location. If you haven’t used it in the last six months throw it away or put it into a pile to donate!
Gather the necessary supplies
You’re going to need boxes, packing tape, and markers to label your boxes. Don’t be conservative when purchasing moving supplies. If you end up over purchasing on boxes and tape you can always take them back but if you under buy you’ll end up running back and forth to the store. Insider tip: if you splurge and buy wardrobe boxes you’ll save major time when it comes to packing your closet.
Take a day off of work to pack if you can
In order to limit your stress and to get as much done as you can, take the day off of work if you have the ability to. If you can’t take a day off of work to pack you should consider asking family to help or hiring professional packers.
Start packing room by room
Once you’ve got your packing supplies all that’s left to do is get to work. Make a list of everything that you need to accomplish and start tackling it little by little. Just focus on getting through the room that you’re packing to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Don’t skimp on labeling your boxes in your hurry to move out of your old place. It’s a small step that makes a huge difference in the process. If you label your boxes your movers can take them right to the room that they belong to saving you time and hassle in the long run.
Moving out of your home in a hurry doesn’t have to be stressful. As long as you prepare for the process, reach out for help, and keep calm you’ll be fine!