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It’s Easy moving right?

For Able Removals, yes it’s easy moving because we have done it more than 30 000 times in over 30 years!  As for the general public, moving might pose many problems and you might have a lot of unanswered questions!  Find the answers to them here, and if you don’t find it here, ask us!
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Weigh Your Moving Costs


Moving to a new home can be a costly undertaking. Whether you hire a moving company to assist you or purchase all the supplies yourself, expect to be out hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars. But how do you know how much to budget and save for your big move? Here are some tips to help you consider your moving costs:


  • Do your research. It’s difficult to merely guess at how much moving costs will add up to. Furthermore, where you live will drastically change how much a move will cost you. If you’re hiring movers, be sure to research several before selecting one. And as tempting as it is, don’t hire one based on price alone. There are other factors to consider, such as customer service, reputation, availability, etc.
  • Consider weight. If you’re moving long distance, you’ll likely be charged based on the weight of your belongings. You may incur extra fees for bulky items as well. To limit the weight of your belongings, sort everything as you pack into three piles: what you want to keep, what you want to donate/sell and what you want to toss. Then get rid of items in the third category and hold a moving sale for items in the second. Only pack and transport belongings in the first category.
  • Consider the distance. Obviously, the farther you move, the larger the moving costs. That’s because truck rentals are typically charged hourly or daily and gas can get expensive. If you hire movers, distance will also be a factor. Knowing how many miles you’ll be traveling will give you a better idea of the moving costs you will incur.
  • Consider timing. If you’re looking for the cheapest time to move, think about what’s popular – and do the opposite. Just like travel destinations have peak times (and thus, more expensive flight and hotel fees), so do moving companies have peak seasons. For the most part, avoid summer, as it’s the most popular time to move, and thus, the moving costs are higher. Also, consider moving on a weekday instead of a weekend, and the middle of the month instead of the beginning or end.
  • Use online tools. That’s right – you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. There are online tools to assist you in estimating your moving costs, or figure out how many packing supplies you need.
  • Are there any extra fees I need to be aware of? Some moving companies will charge for things like: strangely shaped or awkward items; a residence that’s not easily accessible for a large moving truck or van and requires shuttle service; condos or high-rises with elevator and load restrictions; and loads that need to be hand carried over a certain distance. You may also be expected to pay fuel surcharges or transportation surcharges. If your items need to be stored, additional fees like warehouse handling charges may apply. Find out in advance so you can be prepared and avoid any surprises.
  • How is the cost of my shipment calculated? If you are moving long distance to a new state, the charges may be based on the weight of your shipment and mileage. These are referred to as the transportation charges. There are a variety of different charges that could appear on your estimate, so be sure to ask the mover to explain each item charge for you.
  • What can’t we bring? Packing perishable, dangerous or hazardous materials in your household goods without your mover's knowledge is not a good idea. Seemingly innocent items such as nail polish remover, paint and automotive maintenance products can limit their liability if something goes wrong, so be sure you know which items are on the hazardous materials list. And if you choose to pack your own boxes and the articles get damaged, it may be more difficult to establish your claim against the mover for those boxes.
  • What can you tell me about your workers? Quality movers will have extensive coverage for workers compensation, so you don’t have to worry about being sued if a worker gets hurt while on the job. Also, choose a company that performs background checks on its workers – after all, you’re letting them into your home. This is a preemptive measure taken to ensure only the most reputable, professional workers enter your home, including packers, drivers, movers, coordinators and other staff.
  • How do you pack fragile or high-value items? Fragile items should be those defined by you to be breakable or high-value (such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc.). Ensure that all the items in your home are packed by experts using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • How should I pay and what are the payment methods? Tariff provisions require that all charges be paid before your shipment is unloaded at destination. Payments can be made using cash, certified check or money order. But find out which other payment options are available, such as a credit card. In the event that your employer is paying for the move, the employer may pre-arrange to be billed via invoice. Just be sure to have this all worked out prior to packing and loading. If the method of payment is not established prior to load day, it can cause you problems on delivery day.
  • How will I know where my shipment is once it leaves my home? Find out if the moving company offers satellite tracking capabilities that will allow you to trace the whereabouts of your shipment and driver over the internet.

Planning your move with Able Removals


Even the most organized person can be unprepared for all that comes along with moving, so helping we are helping you out along the way!


One to Two Months Prior to the Move

  • Decide if you are going to be using a moving company or if you are going to do it yourself.
  • If you decide to use a moving company, make an appointment for the movers to come to your house to evaluate the work that will be needed and to give you an estimate.
  • If you are going to be doing the move yourself, call a moving vehicle rental company to get their rates and reserve a truck for your big day.

One Month Prior to the Move:

  • Change your address with the post office, credit card companies, banks and magazine subscriptions.
  • Call your current utility company and let them know what day to have your utilities disconnected (usually the day after your move). Call your new utility company to tell them what day to connect the utilities at your new home.
  • Check with your insurance company to make sure the items you are moving will be covered.
  • Create a list of friends, relatives and business associates who should be notified about your move.
  • Transfer or get copies of medical and dental records for everyone in your family. Also, ask if they have any referrals for healthcare providers in the area you will be moving to.
  • If you have children, get copies of school records, and if you have pets, get copies of the records from your veterinarian.
  • Start going through your belongings and deciding what will be moved, sold or donated. Have a garage sale or sell your items online. For the items that will be donated, call your local charity and ask what the process is for donating the items.
  • Purchase packing supplies and start filling an “Open First” box. This box will contain the items that you will need right away, such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, cups and plates, scissors and snacks.
  • Start a box for your valuables and important documents. Keep this box with you during your move.

Two to Three Weeks Prior to the Move

  • Make any travel arrangements or special arrangements for any children or pets.
  • If you are not using movers, start boxing items that you will not need before your move. Make sure to label the boxes for the room that they will go into at your new home, and if possible, make a list of what is in each box to create a master list.
  • Begin using up your food in your pantry and refrigerator/freezer.

One Week Prior to the Move:

  • Confirm your reservation with the moving company or rental truck company.v
  • Transfer your prescriptions.v
  • Send out change of address notifications to the friends, relatives and business associates that you listed.

One Day Prior to the Move:

  • Make sure you have bottles of water and snacks for moving day, as everything will be packed.
  • Pack your suitcase with your personal items and clothing you will need immediately.

Moving Day:

  • If you hired a moving company, supervise the movers. If you are moving yourself, communicate the plan for loading the rental truck to all who are helping you.
  • Take a last look around to see that nothing is left behind.

One Week After the Move:

    • Make sure your mail is being delivered properly.
    • Change your automobile registration and driver’s license.

Packing Tips


Before you get to the actual moving part of the operation, it’s important to make sure everything is properly packed away and ready to go. Fortunately, we’ve got a variety of tips and tricks that will help you organize and store your belongings beforehand to save you a considerable amount of time and energy at the end of the move. By utilizing the packing tips provided on our site, you can certainly eliminate some of the confusion and clutter that only makes the relocation process more stressful than it ever needs to be.


With our comprehensive packing guide, Allied has taken the difficulty of packing and simplified the process. Our room by room packing guide gives you specific packing tips and instructions on how to expedite the packing of each room. Quality packing is essential for a successful move. 


Do-it-yourself packing is a big job, but it is worthwhile because you will save money on your relocation costs. With the right materials, and a little help from Allied you can achieve professional results and maximize the protection of your possessions.


The living room packing tips we provide will work for any of your larger main rooms in the house, whether it be family rooms or great rooms.


We have the home office packing tips to assist you in your next relocation. Packing a home office can be tricky, especially when sensitive documents, electronics and computers are involved.


Packing up your kitchen and laundry room for a move can seem a little overwhelming, but there are ways to complete the task in an organized and effective way.


Our garage packing tips are designed to take the major task of packing up the garage and streamline the process for you. 


Allied's bedroom packing tips will assist you with packing any bedroom in your home, from the nursery to the master bedroom.


Preparing your dining room for a move requires extra time and care. Since packing your dining room primarily consists of packing china, crystal, flatware and dining room furniture, you will want to pay special attention to how you pack each item.


Get your move where you want it, Use Able Removals.