Before the Move: Tips for Buying a New Home

St Charles 1There are things that no one really thinks about when it comes to buying a new home. Granted, most people have their bases covered in terms of finances and credit and the like, but we’re talking the little things, especially if you’re going to be starting a family. Most people that use household moving services are moving with their spouse and their kids and their pets and all the baggage and luggage that comes with them. If you have the money to buy a new home and afford household goods transportation services, chances are you have options in terms of where you’re going to move to and what type of neighborhood that you want to live in, and that’s sort of our first tip, free of charge: make sure that the neighborhood that you’re moving to is actually one that you want to live in. Check out city-data.com; it gives great breakdowns for different cities based on neighborhoods and can give you a great idea as to the actual crime rates per neighborhood, school districts, distance to entertainment and shopping, and a whole lot more.

That’s something else you want to keep in mind: the schools. As mentioned, the majority of people that utilize nationwide household moving services are moving with their family, including their kids, and this next part is geared toward that demographic, regardless of whether you have young children or older ones. School plays an important role in a child’s development, and as a writer with children myself, having a good, safe school to send them to every day is a real godsend. Research the school district that the neighborhood you plan to move to is located in and see how they stack up in comparison to some other places that you’re thinking of. Good schools are an easy thing to look up; if you have high-schoolers, check out graduation rates and other statistics that can give you a sense of scholastic competence on behalf of the school.

These are just some of the things that we’ll be talking about in this new blog series. In future installments we’ll discuss things such as what to look for when buying a house, what things you can do to ensure you get the right buy for your family, finding good housing on a budget, apartment living vs. single-home living, and much more. If you’re interested in getting some free household moving quotes, you can fill out our free online quote request form on this page, as well as peruse our helpful articles dedicated to household moving services. If you’re moving and also need auto transport quotes, you can fill out the form to the left and simply mark that you’re moving in the box provided on the second page. For questions or concerns, or help navigating any of the quote forms or the website in general, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent today.

Auto Shipping to Warwick, Rhode Island

Warwick 1Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island and is the largest city in the county and second-largest in the state, after Providence. Warwick is home to over 82,000 residents currently, and was first founded in 1642, one of the first cities in New England. Though little more than a small farming community for years, Warwick was privy to great events throughout history including one particular incident just before the outbreak of the American Revolution when patriots boarded a British ship docked in the harbor, stole its cannon and burned it. The ship was in port to uphold the recently-passed Stamp Act, a major precursor and focal point in the reasons behind the start of the American Revolution. After over 360 years of being a town, Warwick has changed drastically, and today is mainly a suburban town with healthcare and retail services being its prime economic drivers.

Let’s get this out of the way now: Rhode Island is far from the most popular auto transport location in the United States; with so many major cities surrounding it, auto transporters have no desire – nor the need – to go to somewhere such as Warwick. Because of this, it’s going to likely be more expensive to ship in and out of Warwick, Rhode Island than it would be to or from other major metropolitan areas. Warwick, however, does have one thing going for it: the fact that it sits not too far off of Interstate 95, the main interstate that auto shippers on the east coast use. I-95 runs through some of the largest metro areas on the east coast, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Miami, to name a few. Warwick sits south of Providence, which is where most carriers that do run routes into Rhode Island go, so at least you can meet them along the interstate, which may help cut down your pickup window a bit.

If you can swing it, try to get to a city like New York City, or at least the metropolitan area. Auto transporters don’t like going into New York City proper, and they can’t travel through areas like Manhattan due to both city ordinance and their large size. However, the outskirts of the metropolitan area tend to have plenty of places that shippers can easily get to and from and maneuver around in, so that really helps the cause there. As mentioned, Providence may also be a good place to move your pickup or delivery to as well, though this is more dependent on the current conditions of the industry as well as the season – it’s a lot harder running routes in and out of Rhode Island during the winter months. Talk to your shipping representative for more information, and if you want you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reliable and dependable auto shipping companies. As always, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes today.

How Pre-Paid Shipping Works and How It Can Affect Your Shipment

Dollar Sign 3In auto transportation there are generally two types of payment options when it comes to paying the driver: either pre-paid or cash-on-delivery, with the latter easily being the most acceptable form thereof. Auto transport brokers are responsible for finding loads for carriers and carriers for customers, and they make their money by charging a deposit to the customer. Some companies offer pre-paid services: you pay the entire cost, broker fee + carrier cost, up-front, and the broker does everything. As auto transportation drivers live basically load-to-load, trying to get as many as they can and to move them as fast as possible, and with so much money tied up in overhead costs, particularly fuel, having cash-on-hand at all times is a life-saver for an owner-operator in the car shipping industry…and pre-paid shipments don’t give them that particular luxury. In fact, pre-paid shipments are a real hassle for carriers because of the stipulations that come along with it, and for that reason alone only the largest carrier companies with several trucks and a central dispatch office are going to take pre-paid shipments.

This puts both customers and dispatchers at brokerages in an awkward position. The customer has to shell out quite a sum of money then simply wait; the dispatcher is now under pressure to find a carrier that will take a pre-paid load when probably 80% of the companies that dispatcher uses regularly do not take pre-paid orders. Pre-paid shipping makes it all the more difficult, more often than not, and tends to result in extended pickup windows and a longer dispatch time. It’s frustrating for everyone, basically, and unless you’re shipping with a company that has made its living off of pre-paid shipments since it was founded, it’s likely going to backfire on you, especially if you’re in a hurry. Try to look at it from a carrier’s point of view: they need their money pretty much right away, but with a billing they won’t see it for days or weeks or maybe even a month, depending on the brokers’ terms for the billing time.

If you get any quotes that say pay up front, pre-pay, or anything else like that, take it with a grain of salt. We’re not trying to say that pre-paid shipments are inherently bad or anything, they’re just a different breed of payment method from the industry norm, and not all carriers take pre-paid orders. This is why pre-paid shipments tend to have longer pickup windows, as finding a reputable carrier willing to take a pre-paid order can take more time than a standard carrier. Talk to your representative about your payment options and how the method of payment will factor into your auto transport experience. If you’re looking for someone to ship your vehicle still, or just want to compare some different prices, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reliable and reputable shipping companies within about an hour. If you have questions or concerns, you can always call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417.

Clean Transportation Jobs Up as Clean Energy Gains Ground

direct carrier auto transport quotesSolar power and electric vehicles and transportation were major contributors to job growth in the United States in the second quarter of 2014, says Environmental Entrepreneurs, with Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Massachusetts, New York and Utah also ranking high on the list. Adding jobs in clean-energy and clean-technology sectors shows that for the first time alternative energy is making large enough waves to be taken seriously. Electric and solar cars have been around since at least the 1960’s, but no one really invested in them until now. Clean energy, as many people know, is perhaps the best way that the United States has of weaning itself off of foreign oil and helping to reduce the environmental impacts that go along with burning fossil fuels. That said, companies such as Tesla Motors – a company that is seeing itself in the news more often than not these days, for good reasons – and General Motors are planning on adding close to two thousand jobs in the clean energy sector; these jobs would include things such as electric battery construction, transportation and logistics, and research and development.

The more good news we hear about alternative energies, the better the outlook is for that type of technology to enter the auto transportation industry. When auto shipping trucks only average 6-8 miles per gallon of diesel fuel, it gets pretty expensive to haul vehicles from city to city, state to state, across literally millions of square miles of terrain. In all, over 12,500 jobs have been added to the clean energy sector, a massive jump over new additions in the first quarter of 2014. This means that clean energy is not a fad, it’s not going anywhere – as of right now, even Silicon Valley is getting involved. With some of the largest venture capital groups located in Silicon Valley and the rest of California, it’s not surprising that investment in technology that is literally right in their backyard would skyrocket. Companies like Tesla have set the mold; now, everyone else just has to get on board with what they’re doing.

This is great news for auto transportation companies because electric or solar-powered transport trucks – while, admittedly, quite a few years away – nonetheless have the potential to radically transform the auto transport industry. Right now, with fuel costs so high, much of the price you pay for transport is tied up in overhead that carrier companies have to pay to maintain their rigs and keep them driving. As prices for fuel continue to rise, prices for auto transport continue to rise as well, making it more and more expensive as the years go on. Alternative energies could reverse that trend, allowing drivers to focus on their loads and customers to focus on the shipment itself, not how they’re going to pay it. Nonetheless, it’ll be a while before we reach that particular utopia; until then, you can get free auto transport quotes from reliable and reputable companies by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417 or filling out our free online quote request form. It’s easy, takes only a few minutes and gets you reliable quotes from reliable auto transport companies.

Auto Transport to North Charleston, South Carolina

North Charleston 1Originally a part of greater Charleston, North Charleston was officially incorporated in 1972, and today is home to over 104,000 residents, which makes it the third-largest city in the entire state of South Carolina. The city began primarily as a plantation town, with several major estates situated in the areas north of the city. What became North Charleston started really after the end of the American Civil War, when phosphate fertilizer plants came to the area and caused the first major industrial boom in the area. The plantations were divided up into smaller farms, of which some remain today, and the city grew slowly but surely. Incorporation in the early 1970’s paved the way for the city to annex several adjacent plots of land, including the Charleston Naval Shipyard and the Charleston International Airport. Read more about North Charleston at the city’s website too.

North Charleston, like Charleston, sits on the east coast of the United States, and while its size makes it a more popular auto transport destination, it sits pretty low in the ranks of most popular. This is a problem, because the only major route into North Charleston is Interstate 26, which runs southeast from Columbia to merge with Highway 17 in Charleston, to the south. I-26 has a bit of help in the sense that it also intersects Interstate 95, one of the most heavily-traveled interstates in the country, but even then it’ll still be more expensive to move a vehicle into Charleston or North Charleston just because of how isolated it is when compared to other major metro areas. Prices are mitigated a bit by its connection to the interstate highway system, which helps keep auto transport more affordable for a lot of people, and you can even talk to a representative about possibly moving your pickup or delivery location to somewhere closer to Interstate 95, then taking 26 back to town.

Unlike cities in the northern U.S., North Charleston has a relatively mild climate that sees little extremes in terms of seasonal variations. Summers are warm, winters are warm, fall and spring are warm. Average highs during the winter months sit in the upper 50’s and low 60’s, which really helps with auto transportation services. Charleston may not be the most popular area to ship to or from, but winter shipping may actually help prices into and out of North Charleston simply because no one wants to run on snow-covered routes, so they stay to southern routes and take what they can find. Again, talk to your auto shipping representative to get the full scoop on seasonal variations to and from North Charleston. If you’re trying to get started on finding a company, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. As always, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live agents if you’d prefer as well.

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