Packing Tips for Self-Service Moves

Packing Tips for Self-Service MovesIf you’re moving, and you’re planning on packing your items yourself, you should take some time to properly pack and secure your items. Many people who are moving tend to just sort of take what they can get in terms of boxes – a cardboard box is a cardboard box, right? Well, not all cardboard boxes are made equally, unfortunately, and many times items packed in unsafe boxes for moving purposes end up getting damaged in one way or another. The problem just gets worse with the more stuff you’re looking to move, so getting your items packed right the first time will save you a lot of time and effort. If your moving company will be packing your items for you, you don’t really need this blog, but for all those out there who plan on DIY-ing it up, you should keep reading to learn more about how to properly pack and ship your items.

For starters, make sure to get moving boxes. You can find moving boxes at most hardware stores, and companies such as U-Haul and maybe even Self-Storage and other storage unit facilities will be able to either furnish you with proper moving boxes, or at the very least point you in the right direction so you can go get some from your nearest store. Proper moving boxes are typically made of stronger corrugated cardboard, which allows you to more securely pack items in them. There are typically five different types of moving boxes. Small boxes are for your odds and ends, particularly books and the like. Medium boxes also fall into this category, but you’ll need fewer of them. You’ll need at least a couple of large boxes to handle some of the larger items in your home, and for your dishes and the like you should probably look into getting a dish pack, which is a specialty box designed to haul around dishes. Wardrobe boxes are your largest boxes, designed to fit in most all your clothes in one fell swoop.

How many moving boxes you’ll need largely depends on how much you’re shipping, so gauge your move as you’re boxing your items and go from there. When picking up supplies, don’t be afraid to ask questions pertaining to the various types of boxes, as the people who sell you your boxes will likely be able to explain more about their particular boxes. When packing, always make sure to use packing tape – duct tape doesn’t stick to corrugated cardboard, so keep that in mind. Free boxes are enticing, and you can use some free boxes for unimportant goods in your move, but you should strive to protect anything valuable. Use packing paper, which you should be able to get wherever you get your moving boxes, as ink from newsprint can actually stain your household goods.

Auto Transport Tips: Dealing with Carriers

Carrier 5Last time on our Auto Transport Tips segment we talked about dealing with brokers, which is something that everyone who’s shipping a car should know at least a bit about how to do. But they’re just one part of the auto transport industry, only half of your actual shipment, and as such they aren’t the only company that you need to know how to talk to. Knowing how to deal with the carriers that ultimately end up transporting your vehicle is equally as important as knowing how to communicate properly with your broker, but they’re two different types of companies and what you need to know will vary not just among the different types of companies in the industry but also the individual companies themselves.

 Dealing with your car shipping carrier is a bit different than dealing with your broker because they’re physically moving your vehicle from the pickup location to the delivery location, and because of that they aren’t available all the time to talk. The best transport companies are the ones that communicate openly with their customers, and while carriers are no exception to that statement it also doesn’t mean they can talk to you whenever you call them. It’s illegal for them to speak on a mobile phone or be on a mobile device while driving or operating the transport truck, and they face stiff penalties for breaking those particular laws. Most of the time you’ll be talking to your broker except right before pickup and right before delivery, which is where communication with your carrier is of vital importance.

You will arrange pickup and delivery locations with the driver if they can’t physically get to the addresses you gave your broker. Regardless of if they can get there or not, they’ll also call you to simply touch base, let you know they’re in the area, and that they’ll be arriving shortly to pick your vehicle up. Be kind and courteous; though that’s advice that everyone should take into every new situation, not all do, and car shippers are moving cars all day, every day, and spend hours upon hours in their trucks. Give them a bit of slack. Make sure you are informative about your vehicle; there should be no surprises when the carrier arrives to pick your vehicle up. You want to make sure you both inspect the vehicle properly and thoroughly as well, as if any damage occurs during transport you’ll need whatever you put on your pickup inspection report. Overall just make sure that there aren’t any major surprises and you should be just fine dealing with carriers.

Auto Shipping FAQ: When Will my Vehicle Be Picked Up?

Auto Shipping FAQ: When Will my Vehicle Be Picked Up?We’ve resurrected our Auto Shipping FAQ blog series, and in this helpful first (well, technically second) post we’re going to discuss when exactly your vehicle is going to be picked up and/or delivered when you hire an auto transport company to move it. But the answer to the question posed in the title is a complex one, despite being one of the most common questions asked of auto shippers today. When you book your order with an auto transport company, that’s when the clock starts rolling, and most companies will get your vehicle picked up within 1-10 days of you booking your order (the average turnaround time from booking to pickup is 4-7 days). This is because no one is even looking for an auto transport carrier for you until you book, and once you book you’re going to need to give them time to find one, and this is what generally takes the most time during the shipment of a vehicle.

The biggest problem with quick pickup is the fact that not all cities have auto transport trucks in them, going through them, or even planning on going through them in the next week. Major metro areas are where you want to ship your vehicle to and from as they are where all the carriers like to go due to how many people actually live in major metro areas (smaller metro areas still eclipse 200,000 residents). Roughly 75% of all major metro areas in the U.S. have at least one auto transport truck currently within their city limits, but this isn’t always as helpful as it sounds, particularly if that one area is seeing a lot of freight going out at once. The lone car transport driver in the area can basically cherry-pick the highest-paying loads, causing prices out of that area to temporarily increase. The auto transport industry runs on the road, and because of that it’s ever-changing. That’s why it’s so hard to say when exactly your vehicle will be picked up.

And the same goes for delivering a vehicle, too. Many factors can impact how quickly a car transporter can get your vehicle from your pickup location to your delivery location. Cross-country transport usually takes 10-14 days, on average, though some routes, particularly northwest-southeast/northeast-southwest oriented routes, can take even longer depending on the specific route and the driver’s itinerary. Mileage plays an important role in how long it’ll take your vehicle to be delivered, though factors such as inclement weather, traffic conditions, road conditions, and more can also impact your shipment time. For more information regarding factors that can impact your pickup and delivery windows, give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live auto shipping experts. If you’re satisfied with what you know and want to ship your vehicle, fill out our free online quote form and get ten free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transporters e-mailed to you within the hour.

Across the Map: New Jersey Auto Shipping Services

Across the Map: New Jersey Auto Shipping ServicesThe state of New Jersey, located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, is the fourth-smallest state in terms of total area yet ranks 11th in total population and, surprisingly, 1st in population density, with 1210 people per square mile living within its borders. The entire state of New Jersey is part of either the New York City or Philadelphia metropolitan areas, yet still has a population of 8.8 million residents. Its largest city, Newark, has a population of over 277,000. New Jersey itself was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, as many cities such as Camden, Newark, Paterson, Trenton, and many more saw huge growth in their manufacturing centers. This is also part of the reason why New Jersey was hit hard by the urban deindustrialization that began to happen in the 1970′s and 1980′s. Read more about New Jersey here.

The fact that two of the largest metropolitan areas on the east coast completely cover New Jersey helps tremendously when it comes to transporting a vehicle to or from the state, as does the fact that its density sits at over 1,200 residents per square mile. Population density is a crucial indicator of a city or state’s popularity with auto shippers, as high population densities means a lot of people, and more people means more potential customers. Areas such as Newark, Edison and Elizabeth, which are located just outside New York City, as well as cities such as Cherry Hill, Camden and Trenton (located outside Philadelphia), are going to be a lot easier to transport to and from as they are located even closer to those metro areas. Cities along the eastern seaboard, such as Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, will likely see a bit higher prices due to the fact that they sit off the beaten path a bit, so to speak.

The Interstate Highway System connects most all those areas mentioned above to one another, which is also a huge help when it comes to transporting a vehicle to or from New Jersey. The main interstate that runs through New Jersey is easily I-95, a major north-south interstate that stretches from Miami all the way north to the Canadian border with northeastern Maine. I-95 is the lifeblood of the east coast, providing access to many different areas including cities outside both New York City and Philadelphia on the New Jersey side. No major interstates run to the coast except I-195, which is an auxiliary interstate of I-95 that runs east toward Wall Township. Other, smaller highways, like Highway 18, can be used by carriers to access other parts of New Jersey, though typically it’ll be a bit more expensive to utilize those routes and part of the reason why shipping to or from a larger city will likely net you cheaper car transport prices. For more about transporting a vehicle to or from New Jersey, you can fill out our free online quote form, call us toll-free, or visit our auto transport to and from New Jersey article for more information.

Auto Shipping Services to Saint Charles, MO

Auto Shipping Services to Saint Charles, MOThe city of Saint Charles is located just a bit northwest of Saint Louis, and is currently home to over 65,000 residents. Saint Charles was originally the last “civilized” stop for the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804, and remained a major stop for pioneers heading west during westward expansion. It served as the capital of Missouri from 1821-1826 while the main capital of Jefferson was being constructed. Saint Charles is a river town; located on the powerful Missouri River, which flows past nearby Saint Louis and enters the Mississippi River just north of the city, Saint Charles was a major player in the steamboat trades during the mid-1850′s, and the river even today is a major source of income for the town, between tourism along the riverfront and trade along the river itself. You can learn more about the city itself by visiting Saint Charles’ official website.

Saint Charles sits right along Interstate 70, which is really helpful when it comes to transporting vehicles to or from the city. As it runs right through the heart of downtown and passes into Saint Louis, which itself is an even larger city that I-70 passes through, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an east-west carrier traveling along I-70 to get your vehicle to where it needs to go. It also helps that a small interstate, I-64, branches off from I-70 west of Saint Charles and runs south and then east into Saint Louis proper, providing auto shippers with multiple ways to get from one to the other and making it more convenient for both carriers and customers to get to a variety of different areas around Saint Charles. This ultimately keeps prices into and out of the entire region a bit lower than average, which definitely helps when it comes to affording to pay for auto transportation services.

Companies that offer auto shipping services to Saint Charles will likely pickup along routes that pass through Saint Louis due to its proximity, though you should be aware that harsh weather is a factor that can impact your auto transport prices during the winter shipping season, particularly during January and February. Cold winters are common in the area, though they are mitigated somewhat by the Missouri river nearby; regardless, you should expect slightly higher prices for auto shipping services both to and from Saint Charles. Also, if you are shipping from the east into Saint Charles, you may find it slightly cheaper to ship to Saint Louis, as you could easily pick your vehicle up in the nearby metro area and drive the twenty or thirty miles back to Saint Charles. For more information about transporting a vehicle to or from the city, you should visit our Saint Charles auto shipping article.

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