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Simple Tips to Transform Your Home into Your Personal Castle

The COVID-19 pandemic saw many people spending more time at home, which led to a massive surge in the number of DIY projects completed. Now, thankfully, the pandemic is finally winding down – but that renovating spirit is still going strong. 

From decluttering to repairs to cleaning grime, everyone seems to be reviving their home to create a healthier and more pleasant living environment for themselves and their families. If you’re itching to start some renovations of your own, here are some great tips to get you started, courtesy of Eh Buddy Moving.

Start With Getting Rid of the Clutter

After living in a house for several years, corners get filled with items that don’t belong everywhere. Closets get stuffed with clothing you haven’t worn since the ’90s. And bills can fully cover your counters. Removing these things is the first step in your home refresher program.

  • Treat each corner individually. Decluttering your entire home is an overwhelming task, so the easiest option is to take it step by step. Start with one corner, then move on to the next, and so on. You want to distribute your work in bitesize chunks.
  • Create two piles, one for donations and one for trash. When going through items like clothes and old toys, it’s best to decide what’s going in the garbage and what could be repurposed by giving it to charity.
  • Label your boxes. This might sound obvious but depending on the size of your remodeling project, you might have an easier time simply emptying out one or more rooms so that you have more space to work. Incidentally, this is also great advice if you need to move your business!

Get Important Maintenance Done

While you can do many improvement jobs around the home by yourself, you may need professional help for some.

  • Chimneys need regular cleaning. You can hire a chimney sweep service to get rid of debris, blockages, and soot. A professional sweep will check your chimney and make sure it’s safe to use. You can expect to pay between $100 and $300 for the service.
  • Remove any traces of mold. Black mold is not just unsightly but incredibly dangerous. It can cause breathing problems and various illnesses. Before hiring a mold removal company, check online reviews and their qualifications, and ask how much experience they have.
  • Make sure your electrical appliances are safe to use. A professional electrician can test your sockets and smoke alarms and ensure there are no wiring hazards. This ensures peace of mind, especially if you’re expecting children.

Envision Your Home From a Buyer’s Perspective

Whether you plan on selling now or in the future, embarking on a home improvement journey means you want to consider what a potential buyer would see. Apart from deep cleaning, consider home renovation projects such as building a new kitchen or creating a functional basement space. Even if you don’t plan on selling your house yet, taking steps to increase its value is usually a good investment.

Turn Your Home Into Your New Favorite Place

By improving your home by getting rid of old things and ensuring it’s a safe living environment, you can feel less stressed about having to spend so much time in it. It can also help pass the time while stuck in one space during the ongoing pandemic.

The creation of Eh Buddy Moving was made possible by Adam Morrell and Terry Langdon. Adam spent the last 15 years working for many moving companies and concluded there must be a way to provide a better quality of service to customers.  He knew he could build a better company if he was able to partner with the right administration, financial, and business operating expertise. To learn what we mean firsthand, call (587) 896-2700.

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A lot of customers are aware of heavy item fees with moving companies however, there are those that are not aware hence why I am writing this article to completely transparent to all of our customers. Heavy items and specialty moves take a skilled mover and special equipment to pull off the correct technique to ensure the safe movement of your valuable possession.

We do offer piano moving at Eh Buddy Moving Ltd. We also offer heavy item moving in conjunction with your regular residential move. For example: It is standard in the moving industry to tack on an extra charge if they crew come across a heavy item that they are moving. The price will vary depending on the weight of the object. For instance, if you are moving a three bedroom home and you were estimated 6hrs 3 man crew and truck for x amount of dollars and then the guys show up and find out they have to move a commercial fridge weighing 500 lbs up a narrow flight of stairs from the basement you be sure they are going to charge you a heavy item fee accordingly.

That maybe an extra $200 to $400 depending on how hard it is to maneuver their way around corners and up a rickety staircase. Keep in mind these fine gentlemen are risking their health to move this heavy fridge and secondly, they have to move this appliance with the utmost care and precision.

Consider the following:

COMMON HEAVY ITEMS

  • Piano, Organ
  • Safe, Gun Safe
    (Includes fireproof safes and fireproof filing cabinets)
  • Most Furniture with Marble, Granite or Stone (Including bathroom vanities)
  • Dense Wood Furniture (Oak, Maple, Walnut)
  • Non-Standard Home Gym Equipment (Commercial of Professional Grade Treadmill, Elliptical, etc)
  • Large Dimension Glass (Usually 3/4″ or Greater Thickness)
  • Large Aquarium (Empty, 120+ Gallons)
  • Single Slate Pool Table
  • Hot Tub
  • Specialty Equipment (Pottery Kiln, Commercial Printers, Arcade Game etc)

COMMON NORMAL ITEMS

  • Electric Piano, Keyboard
  • Gun Cabinet, Gun Locker, Small Handgun/Pistol Safe, Small Cash Box/Safe
  • Dresser, Kitchen/Dining Table, Nightstand
  • Futon, Couch, Sleeper Sofa, Recliner
  • Standard Home Gym Equipment (Treadmill, Elliptical, etc)
  • Bed Frame, Mattress
  • Bookcase, Bookshelf
  • Children’s Pool Table, Ping Pong
  • Washer, Dryer, Television
  • Armoire, Wardrobe

FEES & REQUIREMENTS

The following items below are considered specialty items and the pricing varies depending on weight and accessibility.

  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Grand Piano
  • Gun Safe
  • Oversized Upright Piano
  • Standard Upright Piano
  • Unlisted, Over 300 lbs
  • Unlisted, Over 500 lbs
  • Unlisted, Over 800 lbs

Moving can be one of life’s most dreaded tasks and causes much un-needed stress for most. Choosing the wrong moving company can turn out to be your worse nightmare. Every moving company has their own schtick and I think you will find out what has lead to our immediate success.

1. Figure out what type of movers you need.

Every moving company has a specialty. Some offer piano, safe moves, packing, storage etc.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself (and then verify with a moving company):

  • Is my move local, or am I moving across the country? Will I require a cross country moving company? Would a local company be able to complete the job?
  • Are there any items that require special equipment or skill to move? Some might include pool tables, pianos, hot tubs, etc.
  • Do I require any other services like packing, trash removal, or a cleanout?

2. Find potential movers and evaluate their credentials.

A simple Google search might seem like an ideal way to pick a good moving company. However, try to be systematic with your search so you can compare and contrast different movers. We suggest creating a blank spreadsheet to organize the results and fill it with as many moving companies as you can before you get sick of the process.

For each moving company, create a column for each of the following:

  • Where From. In this section, write down where you found the company. You could write Google or something like “personal reference.” For personal references, make a note of who referred you and what that person had to say. When you look back at your spreadsheet, personal recommendations will tend to hold more weight, and you can opt to call these companies for a quote first.
  • Years in Business. New companies might be less expensive, but companies that have been in business for a long time are less likely to be flight risks.
  • Areas of Service. Can this company accommodate both where you live now and where you’re moving?
  • License and Insurance. Find out if the company has licensing and insurance information on their website.
  • Accreditations. Are there any specialized accreditations or certificates on their website that are worth mentioning?

3. Read online reviews for the top 5 companies.

The most important thing to look for in a moving company are good, honest reviews. Don’t choose a moving company without this step, and don’t just trust the testimonials listed on the website because these can easily be faked or fabricated. We suggest narrowing your spreadsheet down to the top five choices.

Search for additional reviews using the following platforms:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Yelp
  • HomeStars

4. Request in-home qutote

Did you know that Eh Buddy Moving offers an accurate in home estimate?

Once you have a good sense of the online reviews and presence of your top 5 moving companies, the next step is to get in-person estimates. You should get at least three estimates, and it is vital that these be in-person and not over the phone or through email. It is challenging to accurately assess a move without seeing the size of the house and belongings. During the estimate, ask for proof of their insurance

There are some red flags to watch out for during the estimate stage that can help safeguard you from moving scams or from unreliable movers.

Be on the lookout for some of the following signs.

  • Low bids. Toss out any estimate that is significantly lower than the others. This low cost might be appealing, but it can be a sign that the movers don’t understand the scope of the project and will cut corners. It could also indicate a scam.
  • Large deposits. Technically, a reliable mover should not request more than 20% of the estimate upfront. We recommend never paying more than 20% down, and it’s better when the company does not require payment until after the move. If you must make a large deposit for a more complicated relocation, make sure you put it on a credit card. Never pay with cash. If something goes wrong, you can dispute the charge with your credit card company.
  • Rented moving vans. Some smaller companies might need to rent moving vans to build up their business. However, these rentals are more common for small moves, like one or two pieces of furniture, etc. They are less common for whole-house movers. Reliable companies will have their own moving vans and equipment.
  • Unprofessionalism. Other unacceptable behavior includes showing up for the estimate late, unprofessional demeanor, and any condescending actions. Also, be wary of companies without an answering service.

5. Trust your gut and pick your favorite.

Two people could have the same set of moving circumstances and still come to a different decision when choosing a moving company. Remember, factors that matter to you like pricing might not matter as much to someone else. Ultimately, you should trust your gut and make a decision that feels right for YOU.

6. Get everything in writing.

Before the move, solidify the terms of your contract and get everything in writing. There are different types of contracts, and you want to be sure you understand the terms completely. For example, make sure you know the answers to the following questions. Is the price firm? How are overages handled? When is payment due?

Also, make sure you go over their insurance policy. What does it cover? How much does it cover? Learn about the difference between full replacement value and other no-cost options that may not include replacement value. Pick the insurance that you’re comfortable with and pay more for extra protection if you own very valuable items.

We are proud to say that we have all the terms and conditions on our contracts and on our website.