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Moving Day Tips: Featuring Jim Setaro of Vanguard Moving and Logistics

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Our goal at Vanguard is to provide our customers with courteous, professional and caring, moving services and to assure a positive experience from the initial phone conversation to the completion of the job on moving day. We understand that moving is one of the most stress related endeavors that a person does in their lifetime and we strive make their move as enjoyable as possible. We have a climate controlled warehouse and can provide secure containerized storage to our customers, both short or long term.

When should I start packing for my move? Do I need to have everything packed before the movers show up?

It is never too early to begin the organizing process of a move. Identifying the items that will be sold, donated or disposed of will greatly help in getting the ball rolling. Our clients often wish to reduce the cost of the move by packing some of their goods themselves. Although it is always best to have the packing professionally done, it can be a substantial part of the cost of a move. We recommend that if a client wishes to do some packing on their own they might concentrate on non breakables such as books, linen, pots and pans etc. and leave the fragile glassware, lamps, and artwork to the professionals. To be sure that the loading goes smoothly, it is always a good idea to have the packing completed by time the crew arrives on moving day.

Should I take an inventory of all my belongings so I make sure everything arrives at my new home?

If you are moving to storage or to another state, the driver will take a descriptive inventory of your goods before loading and provide you with copies. It will be necessary for you to acknowledge the contents of the inventory with a signature. On a local move it is not customary to take inventory, but if you desire the goods inventoried, it is advisable to request that service at the time of your initial in home survey so the estimate can reflect the additional time required to perform that service.

Is there anything I should make sure is set up in my new home before I make the move?

During winter months it is always a good idea to be sure that the driveway and walkways at your new home are clear of snow and ice before the van arrives to unload your goods.

How do I make sure there is a parking space available for the truck at my old and new home?

If you are moving from or to a condo or apartment it is always advisable to alert the building management or condo association, and your neighbors of your moving schedule. This will help to avoid moving day parking disagreements or unforeseen parking restrictions that could delay your move and ultimately add unnecessary charges.

When should I turn off the electricity in my old home?

You should notify the power company , landlord, realtor, attorney, etc of your intent to vacate the property on a given date. You will be advised as to when your power should be terminated and the correct procedure to terminate.

Should I provide helpers for the movers?

A licensed, professional moving company will provide a crew of insured qualified movers to complete your move. If the company that you have hired requests that you provide some additional "helpers" you should be concerned.

What are some other things I can do to make sure my move runs as smoothly as possible?

To help in making your moving day go as smooth as possible there are a few things that you can do. When the crew arrives do a "walkthrough" with the crew chief and crew. Be specific as to what if anything is not to be moved. Point out specific pieces that you are concerned about and alert them to any prior damages that incurred from a previous move. This will insure that the pieces receive special care in the load and unload. Be sure that you have a plan as to the placement of the furniture in the new home. Have the desired destination of cartons clearly labeled on the side, not the top. Be sure that the corresponding rooms in the new home are identified to the crew before the unload begins. Careful planning, organizing, and working with your move coordinator will help assure a successful, stress reduced move.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you?

You may call us for a consultation or to get additional information regarding our fine services by calling 203 798 6060. Or contact Jim Setaro at 203 501 9514.

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