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Everything You Need to Know About Unpacking

By the time unpacking rolls around, the excitement of relocating has long worn off. All that is left to do is take everything out of boxes and to put your new house in order. Unpacking is probably one of the most time consuming and tedious tasks you will encounter during your move; second to packing.

If only there was a way to magically wave your hand and all your belongings would unpack themselves. Sadly this can only happen in dreams for now, so you will have to settle for first hand unpacking; unless, of course, you have ordered unpacking services from your moving company. This article will tell you everything you need to know about unpacking, so you can get into the groove of things.

Tips for Making Unpacking Easy

The good news for you there is a light at the end of the tunnel; there are a few tips and tricks you can implement in order to have an easier unpacking process. As I’m sure you are dying to know what these secrets are, let’s jump right in.

There are a few things you can do during the packing process that will really help you cut down on unpacking time. Not only that, but these packing tips will make unpacking much more organized. There will be no need to pull out your hair and scream for your sanity back when you follow these little tricks.

If you want to unpack with ease, it is very important that you label all of your boxes. Use a black permanent marker to clearly label every box you pack with the according room in which the contents came from. You can also attach a detailed or concise inventory list on each box to make unpacking even easier. And here is another little tip that will not only make packing easier, but unpacking as well; pack your household goods room by room. This way you can focus on one room at a time.

I also suggest that you pack your belongings in order of least used items first, to most used items last. Start with your knick knacks and décor; when it gets closer to your move out date you can start packing the things you use the most. When it is time to unpack, start with the items you use the most first. This will allow you to have access to everything you need. And don’t forget to label those boxes!

Time to Unpack

You made it! Your household goods have been successfully delivered to your new home and it is now time to start unpacking. I know, at this point you may just want to pass out and sleep for a week; but you must persevere and get to unpacking. Not to worry, as I am about to unveil to you a few tricks for experiencing an easy unpacking process.

When you get to your new home set aside an empty wall in each room. This is where you can direct either your moving crew or friends and family to stack boxes. When you stack your household goods against walls, this will make for an easier maneuvering around your new home. You won’t have to worry about tripping over boxes everywhere you step. Just remember to stack boxes marked FRAGILE on top.

If you have hired a moving company to unload your household goods, then I suggest that you advise them to place the correct boxes in their according rooms. How will your movers know which boxes go where? Because you clearly labeled them with the rooms in which they came from; of course, how could you have forgotten.

Now that all boxes are in their according rooms, it’s time to dig in. Here is another helpful tip for your journal; make sure all table tops, counters, and whatever else that is above floor level is clear of all boxes. Avoid stacking boxes on these spaces as you can use them to unpack. The elevated level will prevent back strain. Well there you go; everything you need to know about unpacking is right here in this very article. Use it to your advantage for an easier unpacking process.

Helpful Tips for Moving with Children

Packing up and moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Add a child or two in the mix and things just got harder. You have to make sure your kids are ready for the move, along with getting yourself and your household in order. I see some headaches in your future; but don’t worry. There are a few things you can do during your move to make relocating with children easier. Just as there is no guidebook for raising your little tots, there is also no guidebook for moving with them. But luckily there are helpful tips for those moving with kids. Hopefully the information in this article will make your move a little less stressful.

Encourage Your Kids to Help

If you want your kids to enjoy the move, then a great way to do this is to involve them in the moving process. When you look at houses have them tag along and ask for their opinions. Children can feel one of three ways about moving: excited, sad, and in between. To get your kid excited about the move, the best thing you can do is involve them as much as you can. After all, they will have to relocate and live in a new home as well; so why not let them voice their opinions and make some small decisions?

Involving your kids doesn’t stop at choosing a new house. You can also let your kids help by letting them pack a few things. It doesn’t have to be anything big; you don’t have to let them pack your expensive china, but give them small tasks to do so they feel involved. When children are given responsibilities, even small ones, they feel important and like they are helping out with the move; and will therefore, hopefully, get excited about moving. And in the end, they will get to see how their hard work paid off.

How to Make the Trip More Comfortable

Moving can be hard on kids. They may have to change schools, make new friends, and will be surrounded by unfamiliar territory. So why not make the trip as fun and comfortable for them as possible?

A great tip for keeping small children occupied during a long trip is to have them make a “fun box.” Give your kids a small box to decorate. They can put their name, stickers, and color on it; let them go all out. When they are done with decorating you can have them choose a few of their favorite things to put inside; this can range from anything to toys, books, games, and whatever else they love. During the drive or flight to your new home hand the kids their fun box. This should keep them occupied and happy for the trip. That way you can relax and your kids can have some fun.

Tips for Move out Day

Move out day can get hectic. I’m sure the last thing you want to do is have to deal with loading up the van and keeping an eye on your children. It can be hard work; which is why I highly recommend that you get a sitter for move out day. Ask someone who the kids really adore, whether this is a baby sitter, friend, or family member doesn’t matter. If your kids are in the care of someone they like, they won’t have a problem leaving you for the few hours it will take to get everything loaded up.

Once the kids are off and having fun with the sitter, you will be left to concentrate on moving out. And if you hired movers to help, they can solely focus on moving your belongings rather than having to worry if your children will get in the way or accidentally get hurt. Having a sitter for move out day is great for you and your kids.

Use these helpful tips for moving with children to make your move easier.

Getting Your Pet Ready for the Move

No matter if you are a cat, dog, bird, insect, or reptile person; if you are planning a move you want to make sure your pet is ready for the trip. After all, whether your pet is hairy or has scales doesn’t mask the fact that you care for their wellbeing and safety. The pets we choose to bring into our homes become part of the family; and just as you would prepare your child for the road ahead, I’m certain you would do the same for your pet. Perhaps you aren’t quite sure what preparing your pet entails. Not to worry. Getting your pet ready for the move will be easy once you have read this article. There are plenty of tips to ensure a safe and happy travel experience for your pet.

Check-ups are In Order

Before hitting the road, schedule a visit to the vet. You will need to make sure your pet is healthy enough for travel. Pets that are pregnant, sick, or hurt should probably keep put until their conditions have improved. Relocating a pet that is not physically healthy enough may do more harm. Just get the OK from your veterinarian before packing up and shipping out.

You should also use this time to get vet recommendations for your new town. Ask your current veterinarian for suggestions. It is always a good idea to have a few reputable recommendations on hand in case your pet needs any medication or gets sick upon arriving to your new home. This way you won’t have to scramble to find a good vet; because you’ll already have a list.

Depending where you are relocating to will also determine what type of shots and immunizations your pet will need. If you are moving out of the country then your pet will most likely need to get a few shots and vaccines before they can be cleared for entry. Make sure to take care of this well before shipping your pet. Failure to do so will result in your pets delayed entry.

If you are relocating to another state make sure your pet is up to code. Different states have various rules and regulations for pet owners to follow. Any time you move somewhere relatively far, you should consider getting your pet micro chipped. Since you and your pet will be in unfamiliar territory, micro chipping your pet will help reunite you if your pet ever gets lost.


For those of you moving out of the country or to Hawaii, your pet may be required to stay in quarantine for a certain period of time. The amount of days will vary from country to country; so make sure you find this information before shipping your pet. In places like Hawaii, pets will require a period of up to 120 days in quarantine; which makes it important to properly prepare your pet for the move. Ask your moving company for help if you are having trouble finding this information. Typically you can find information about pet importation on the government website of the country or state you are moving to.

Other Preparations

Along with the preparations listed above, there are a few other things you should do to prepare your pet for the move. For instance, you should ask close friend and family members if they will be able to pet sit for you if you must leave town during the moving process. Having a reliable pet sitter on hand will really ease the stress of having to get you and your pet ready.

If you are traveling long distance with your pet it is a good idea to crate train them. This way your pet will have a more comfortable trip. Getting your pet used to a crate will also diminish the stress of travel. Pets can get easily stressed during a move, so it is important to make them as comfortable as possible.

You should also make sure all paper work is in order. This is especially true if you are moving out of the country. All required paper work and documents must be submitted before or upon arrival. It is very important that you follow these rules or you risk the delay of your pet’s entry. And your pet may be kept at your expense until you provide the needed documents.

Getting your pet ready for the move will take some time and preparation, but it will ensure a safe and happy travel experience for the both of you.

How to Move On a Budget

Money might be tight right now. Pinching pennies wherever possible to make sure you have enough funds to relocate your household goods isn’t the most fun thing in the world; but it must be done. We’ve all been there, stretching our resources to save up for the things we need and want. Budgeting one’s household is just a part of life that we have come to accept.

Speaking of relocating your household goods; you may be wondering how you can move while also trying to keep costs low. Not to worry. This article will provide you with helpful tips on how to move on a budget. It can be done. And soon enough you will be moved into your new home all while having saved money and sticking to your budget.

Do It Yourself

If you are relocating on a budget, a great way to keep your finances in check is to do as much of the move yourself as possible. Instead of hiring your moving company to perform all of the work, only use their services when absolutely necessary; like transferring your goods from point A to point B. You can do everything else yourself, along with the help of friends and family for a more time efficient move.

When you hire a reputable moving company, ask for the most basic moving plan they have. You don’t need all the bells and whistles. Instead, gather up your friends and family and have them help you pack up all of your belongings; rather than have your movers do it for you. This will save you money on your move and help you stay within your budget.

You can also forgo loading and unloading services from your mover. Instead load up the van or container yourself. If you are having some trouble you can always call up your moving company for loading and stacking tips at no extra charge. That way you can load like a pro and move on a budget. The same with packing and loading goes for unloading and unpacking; do it yourself. Handling as much of the move yourself without the help of your moving company will help you to avoid any costly services. As you may know, moving can get expensive. Cutting costs wherever you can will allow you to relocate on a budget with little to no hassles.

Cut Down Your Moving Load

Another great way to move on a budget is to get rid of stuff. This will cut down on your moving load which will save you money, time, and keep your funds in check. This tip is really great for those who have a tight budget. Getting rid of some or most of your household goods will make for an easier move.

Go through your home and seriously evaluate the worth of your goods. If you haven’t used something in over a year, I think it’s time to move on and get rid of it. I also suggest that you do the same for all of your furniture and large items. Do you really need or want them anymore? Determine if it would be cheaper to get rid of them and repurchase new items rather than having to pay money for relocating them.

You can have a yard sale, give away, or donate the items you no longer need. Selling your unwanted goods is a great way to make money and save on moving costs. Just remember to try and donate whatever you can’t sell. Why not help someone in need while also helping yourself stay on a budget?

Stick to Your Budget

I know it may be hard at times to stick to your budget; but it is very important that you do so. This is especially true for those going through a move. Because moving costs can add up fast, it is important for you to keep track of your spending and to make sure you are staying within budget. The last thing you’d want to do is end up having to pay for a move you can’t afford. So stick to your budget ladies and gentlemen. Now that you have learned how to move on a budget you can start planning your move. Relocating when money is tight is possible; just follow the tips above for a successful move.

How to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Goods

So, you’re moving huh? Then you probably want to save as much money on your move as you can. A great way to cut costs during a move is to get rid of as much stuff as possible. The more belongings you have, the more space, time, and money it will take to relocate them. Many people are taking a good second look at their junk and deciding to get rid of it. If you are someone that has decided to part ways with some of your household goods, but don’t know how to dispose of them you’re in luck. This article will go over how to get rid of your unwanted goods. You will be swimming in free space once you put these suggestions to use.

Is It Worth It?

Perhaps you have made the choice to get rid of unwanted items but don’t know where to start. Not to worry. This section will explain how to determine if it’s worth paying to move or not.

Go through your house, probably room by room so you don’t make yourself nuts, and start evaluating the worth of your goods. Ask yourself when is the last time you used this item, do you still like it or need it, can you see yourself ever using it again? If the answer is anything short of yes, get rid of it.

Here is a little secret; people collect so much stuff they end up throwing it in a closet or drawer somewhere to rot in the land of the forgotten. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, chances are you will probably never use it again. These are the types of items you should consider getting rid of. Of course if the item you haven’t used in a while is something of sentimental value or worth a lot of dough, don’t feel bad about keeping it.

Just remember, the more you get rid of the less you have to pay to get it moved. Plus, it’s nice clearing out the clutter and starting off fresh for the new house.

What to do With Unwanted Items

Now that you have a pile of stuff you no longer need or want, what exactly do you do with it? Toss it in the trash? No; please try with all your might to avoid throwing your unwanted belongings in the garbage can. You can recycle whatever you can but don’t throw them in the trash. You will only clog up landfills when there are much more efficient ways you can dispose of your unwanted goods.

Consider having a yard sale. This way you can get rid of the items you no longer want and make some extra cash in the process; which we all know you’ll love after having to pay for a move. If you don’t have a yard you can ask a friend who does and have a joint yard sale.

If hosting a yard sale just isn’t your thing don’t worry, it’s not your only option. You can ask friends, family, neighbors and strangers if you’d like (just be careful) if they would like any of the items you no longer want. You can even make a spiffy post on your social networks to spread the word around.

Or if you’re not feeling any of the above you can donate your unwanted goods to a local charity shop. This way you are committing a good deed and helping people in need all while getting rid of stuff you no longer want. Also, if you have any items left over from your yard sale or giving items away you can always donate them as well.

See, that wasn’t too bad. Utilize the simple yet effective methods above to get rid of your unwanted goods.

How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Moving into a new house can be both a happy and sad time. The thought decorating and waking up somewhere new can be exciting. But this thought is bittersweet; as you will be leaving behind memories, friends, family, and familiarity. It will take some time to adjust to your new surroundings, but in due time you will feel like you are home. This may leave you wondering if there is an easier way to make the transition of relocating some place new. Not to worry. This article will show you how to make your new house feel like home, for a more comfortable transition.

What to do before You Move

Did you know that you can start familiarizing your new town before you even move? That’s right; it’s possible. And I’m not just talking about local moves. This tip is for those moving long distance or internationally. There are a few things you can do before you ship out to get to know your new surroundings.

How can you familiarize yourself with your new town or city without being there? Well listen up because I’m about to unveil the secret; and it has to do with a little something you are probably already obsessed with. It’s the internet! Yep, I said the internet.

Now what you need to do is go to your favorite search engine and start researching your soon to be home town. Look up everything from its history, to cool places of interest. You should also research local maps and get familiar with main streets and highways; this will surely come in handy. And don’t forget to look up local hot spots, grocery stores, shops, diners, gyms, and whatever else you fancy. Researching your new town or city will really make the transition easier; you are sure to feel right at home.

Meet the Neighbors

Another little thing about relocating to a new town or city is that you may not know anyone. Having friends and people to socialize with is a huge aspect of what makes a house feel more like home.

A great and easy way to meet people is to introduce yourself to the neighbors. You will be living next to these folks for a while, so why not get to know them. Being friendly with neighbors makes living in your new house more comfortable. When you have people to talk to, relocating a great distance isn’t so bad.

Another great way to meet the different characters around town is to get out and get involved. Join a club or class to meet people with the same interests as you; this should make meeting new friends easy. If you have always had an interest in cooking, research local cooking classes and sign up. Moving to a new town or city is a great way to take advantage of opportunities you may have missed out on in your prior town. Go out and be the social butterfly that you are. Making friends will certainly make your new house feel more like home.

What are you waiting for? Use the information above and get started on familiarizing yourself with your new home town.

All About Shipping Your Car to Hawaii

So, moving to Hawaii are we? Lucky you! Your future will soon be filled with the tropical beauty that is Hawaii. You will have the pleasure of waking up each morning to the sound of calming ocean breezes as you step out to a porch of warm sunshine. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Before you can wake up to what most people only dream of, you must first ship over your household belongings, and this may include your car.

If you have decided to take along old Bessie, also known as your car (every car should have a nick name don’t you think?), there are a few things you should know. Preparing yourself and your vehicle for the trip will ensure a successful relocation. This is where the very article you are reading comes in handy. As you will soon be learning all about shipping your car to Hawaii. Don’t be left in the dark, continue reading for some great information on shipping your vehicle.

Getting Your Car Ready

Before you can ship your car off to Hawaii there are a few preparations you will be required to perform. Now you don’t need to sing your car a goodbye lullaby or anything like that, but you will need to clean it up a bit.

Now, because Hawaii is an isolated cluster of islands this means that it has an ecosystem unlike the rest of the world. With animals and plants that exist nowhere else on earth. For this reason you will be required to thoroughly clean your car, ridding it of any soil, dirt, seeds or other grime that can harm the beautiful Hawaiian ecosystem. It is probably a good idea to do this the day or so before bringing your vehicle to the port.

Most shipping companies will also have other requirements put in place in order to ship your car. For example, your shipping company may only allow a certain amount of gas to be in your tank. This is typically a quarter tank of gas. You will also need to replace or fix any cracks in your windows. This is due to the fact that your vehicle will be shipped out via vessel and the pressure may cause your windows to shatter if there are cracks present.

You will also need to remove any belongings from the inside of your car. If you were planning on packing up your car to save on shipping your household goods I have some bad news. You won’t be able to do this. Many shipping companies require that the only items in your car during shipping are those that are physically attached. So make sure to clear out the contents of your car before handing it over.

It is also highly suggested that you disconnect your alarm systems for the duration of shipment. The ride at sea can get rough; and this may cause your car’s alarm to go off. Now, this is okay if it goes off one or two times but if your alarm repeatedly goes off it may drain the life of your battery; hence the suggestion to disconnect your alarm system.

And lastly, you should make sure you have the proper insurance for shipping your vehicle. I’m sure you would hate to pay out of pocket if something went wrong and your vehicle was damaged. So get some insurance!

What You’ll Need

You will also need to collect a few documents before you can ship your car to Hawaii. Break out your glasses, because it’s time to scour through your files and drawers to find the documents you’ll need in order to ship old Bessie (referring to your car here) out. Below is a helpful list I put together just for you, including all the documents you will need.


  • Photo ID
  • Keys
  • Vehicle registration
  • Title
  • Creditor/lessor notarized statement
  • And/or a notarized letter of authorization


Once you have found these lovely documents make sure to store them in a safe place; so when shipping day comes along you will know where to find them.

You did it! Now that you know all about shipping your car to Hawaii you can get started on preparing it for the ride across the wide open sea. Good luck!

Everything you need to Know about Title Insurance

Purchasing real estate can be tricky. There is so much information that one needs to become familiar with before signing over a check. From mortgages to inspections and insurance, it is recommended to read up on this information prior to purchasing a home or land.

One thing you may come across during your research is title insurance. This type of insurance is related to the ownership and title of a property. Not everyone needs title insurance, but knowing your options is the best way to be prepared for purchasing real estate. This article will go over everything you need to know about title insurance; so you can properly delve into buying property.

What Is Title Insurance & Why You May Need It

Title insurance was created in order to protect the buyer from system faults in the transfer of property. It was first initiated in the case of Watson v. Muirhead in 1868; which determined the buyer is not liable for the fault of professional opinion and misinterpretations that may lead to the loss of property purchased. Title insurance was implemented in to protect the investment of the buyer and or lender.

This method of protection is widely used in the United States due to the structure of land record laws. With the use of this recording systems, whenever a land title transaction occurs a local government recorder within jurisdiction, transfers the parties records. During this process mistakes can happen, which may lead to disputes in ownership and title of the property; this is where title insurance comes in hand.

Once a property is ready to be purchased, your lender may require that you purchase title insurance to cover their investment in case disputes of title arise. Not all lenders require title insurance, but most do. If you are considering buying a home or piece of land, then it is recommended that you look into title insurance so you can be informed on the matter beforehand.

Types of Policies

There are different policies that fall under the category of title insurance. All of which cover various aspects and parties involved in the transfer of a property. You should familiarize yourself with these policies to determine which fits best with your particular situation. Title insurance is meant to protect your investment, so it is important to look over which policy benefits you the most.

Owner’s Policy

This type of title insurance assures that the purchaser has rights to the bought property and is free from all liens, defects and encumbrances; not including those listed as exceptions in the policy and its coverage. Also, if the property is unmarketable or losses and damages occur the purchaser will be protected under this policy. The owner’s policy also includes coverage for loss if right of access to the land is denied. Depending on where you purchase your title insurance will determine the specifics of your policy; some extend coverage and others cover less. It is recommended that you shop around for title insurance before settling.

Lender’s Policy

This policy is only issued to mortgage lenders and does not cover losses on the behalf of the purchaser. This title insurance is to cover and protect the investment of your lender in case any disputes arise. In general, this policy covers the following basic elements of the lender in case of losses:


  • Title to the property if the mortgage is either:
    • Unmarketable
    • Not in the mortgage loan borrower
    • Subject to liens, encumbrances, or defects
  • There is no right of access to the land
  • The lien created by the mortgage is:
    • Not before any other lien existing on the property on the date the policy is written
    • Unenforceable or invalid
    • Subject to mechanic’s liens under certain circumstances


Now that you have learned everything you need to know about title insurance you can begin your quest in the search of the perfect policy for you. Insuring your investment is a great way to cover all of your bases.

How to Increase Resale Values

If you are planning on putting your home on the market, then you probably want to make sure your house is appealing to buyers. The last thing you would want is for your home to be on the market for more than 6 months. This will leave you to foot the bill as you wait for your house to catch the eye of a potential buyer. But how can you attract buyers and increase the value of your home? Not to worry. There are plenty of methods you can implement in order to price your house at an increased value. This article will show you how to increase resale values on your current home.

Ways You Can Increase Value

More than likely your home is your most expensive and therefore valuable item; so it makes sense that you would want to get every penny your house is worth when selling. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to increase the value of your home; and some of them are quite simple and inexpensive. The trick is to not overdo it; only do what you can afford and you are sure to make a profit.

Stage Your Home

If you want buyers to fall in love with your house then try staging. You don’t need to go all out and purchase expensive new furniture. Rearrange your furniture or rent new furniture to make your house look more up to date and spacious. Replace outdated pieces with a more current, clean style that will appeal to the masses. Staging your home is a great way to increase value on your home; as potential buyers will be able to picture themselves living in your house and feel it is worth more because it looks so nice.

Clean Up

Before showing your house to any potential buyers make sure to clean up beforehand. Remember to dust, mop, clear out closest, and power wash the outside of your home, just do as much de-cluttering as possible. Avoid over stuffing your closets with belongings, as buyers will be opening closest and cabinets to check out storage space. You want to show them that they can adequately store their belongings with the available storage. Instead get a storage unit and clear out closets and garages while showing the house.

Curb Appeal

The first thing potential buyers will see is the outside of your home. For this reason it is a great idea to invest in landscaping your home. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to make the outside of your home appealing. Add cheap potted plants, grass, and perhaps a tree, so your house can make a great first impression. Just remember to start investing in the exterior of your house far in advance to make sure plants and trees have grown to adequate size. Landscaping adds value to your home by creating appeal.


One simple way you can make you house look more appealing is to paint. Try to stick with neutral tones, as bold colors can turn a lot of people off. You will be surprised at just how much a few coats of paint can really spruce up the place. Color can change the look and feel of a room, and can add to the value of your home by attracting buyers.

Add Rooms

If you can, a fantastic way to increase the value of your home is to add a room. If you have a den or an odd room you never use, take a few simple steps to turn it into a functioning bed room. Add a closet, doors, and bam! You have just increased your home’s worth. More rooms equal a bigger price.

Hire a Good Real Estate Agent

Ask around and research for top real estate agents in your area. An agent can help you advertise more easily, and get your house noticed faster. They can also help you to determine what improvements will increase value and which you should skip. Having a professional on hand is always a good thing.

Update Your Rooms

There are two rooms in a house that always seem to be deal breakers for buyers, and they are the kitchen and bathrooms. People spend a lot of time in these rooms so it is important for them that they are comfortable and functional. You can make these rooms more appealing by updating appliances and fixtures. There is no need to break out the big bucks and completely remodel. Stick to the smaller updates like replacing kitchen appliances, adding a new sink, fixing the bath tub, and throwing on a fresh coat of paint.

Fix & Repair

If you are on a budget, then you don’t need to and shouldn’t make several costly updates. Instead stick to necessary repairs. Focus on piping, heating and cooling, the roof, plumbing, electrical system, and windows. Fixing these problems will show the buyer that your house was well taken care of and increases value by showing longevity. Plus, no one wants to move into a house that is falling apart. People would much rather have these repairs done than purchase a fully remodeled kitchen. Choose your repairs wisely.

Get a Second Opinion

Because you have an attachment to your home, you may not see repairs and problems that stick out to others. To address these problems before putting your house on the market, get a trusted friend or your real estate agent to walk through your home with you and to have them point out problem areas. Then focus your repairs on fixing these problems to make your home more appealing to the outside eye.

Don’t Overdo It

You may think putting in a fancy shower or adding a pool will increase value to your home, but others may see these as a hindrance. Instead just make repairs that are absolutely needed and do small upgrades to increase value. If you customize your home it may be harder to sell to those with different tastes. You may not even need to replace your carpet; just give it a good cleaning. Most buyers prefer to choose their own flooring. Now that you have learned how to increase resale values of your home, you can get to work. It won’t be easy, but your invested time will pay off.

Winning a Real Estate Bidding War

With low interest rates and smaller inventory on housing, competition for buyers is getting fierce. Everyone wants to scoop up a house now before prices rise in the years to come. If you are looking to purchase a home you may find yourself in the middle of a buying frenzy. It has recently become the norm to have several, if not dozens of offers on well-priced houses. The opportunity to get a good deal is ripe, and people aren’t taking chances. Sellers may have the luxury of choosing the best offer, but buyers are left fighting for a piece of land to call their own. This article will provide you with information for winning a real estate bidding war.

Preparing for the Battle

Before you jump into putting offers on any homes, it is important that you prepare for the bidding war that lies ahead. If you do not have the correct information you could find yourself losing out on purchasing a house. Below are a few helpful tips to having an edge while bidding, so you can find and purchase the house of your dreams; even in these hectic times.

Find a Good Real Estate Agent

In order to have the up and up on newly listed properties you should think about getting a real estate agent and have them send you frequent updates. This way if a house goes on the market, you will know about it as soon as possible; which gives you the opportunity to put in a first bid.

Try to hire a well-known local real estate agent. Having a local agent means they will know the area better and will be able to better advise you on a bid price. And hiring a well-known agent will make you stand out. People like to work with familiar faces. Working with a popular agent may put the seller at ease knowing the agent has had plenty of successful transactions in the past.

Get Pre-Approved

If you really love a house and want to show the seller you are serious, then get pre-approved for a loan or mortgage. This will put the seller’s mind at ease knowing you will have a way to foot the bill. This is especially true if there are multiple offers on the house. If you put in an offer and have no proof of funds, the seller will most likely reject your offer and go with someone they know can pay for the house.

Make a Fast & Personalized Offer

Put in your offer with the seller as soon as possible. Make your bid count by offering them the highest price you are willing to pay. You may only have this one shot, so it is best if you go all in to make a serious impression. If they counter your offer make sure to get back to them as soon as possible to avoid being outbid.

You should also try to personalize your offer. If you can, speak with the owners and tell them how much you love the property. Let them know you can’t wait to raise your family in their house. Or you can always write a personalized letter and attach it to your offer if you can’t meet in person. This will give your offer a face and perhaps make the seller consider your offer over the others.

Know Your Limits

It can be easy to get carried away in a bidding war; especially if you have fallen in love with the home you are placing an offer on. It is important that you know your limits in regards to finances. Work out beforehand how much you are willing to pay, and how much you can afford to put towards the house. Do not exceed this limit no matter how much you love the house. After all, there are plenty of other homes left if you end up losing the bidding war.


If you can, a great way to catch the attention of a seller is to offer your payment in cash. Now, because most of us don’t have this kind of money lying around this may be tough to do. Not to worry. You can offer some of your down payment in cash to make the offer more appealing to the seller.

Speaking of down payment, you can also offer a larger percent down. This will show the seller you are serious, and plus, the seller won’t mind a little extra cash in their pocket.

Limit Conditions

If you want to make your offer stand out above the rest, it is suggested that you limit the conditions on your offer. Instead of asking for the seller to throw in the shed in the back or the washer and dryer, ease up and just take the bare minimum. Some people even forgo having an inspection, but try to resist this. Instead offer to pay for the inspection yourself.

Have Inspector on Alert

To sweeten the deal, tell the seller you can have the inspector there in 2 days. This will move your transaction along; rather than having to wait two weeks for an inspector to come out, which may make the seller turn to another buyer. Call your inspector ahead of time to let them know you have something in the works. You can even take them along as your guest during open house to have them inspect the home then; which will eliminate the need to do it later and make your offer more attractive.

Winning a real estate bidding war will take some planning and preparation, but you can do it. With the provided information in this article you can make sure your offer comes out on top.

Negotiating the Best Real Estate Deal

When you find the perfect home all you want to do is move right in and start making it your own. But before you can do that you will first need to purchase a home. And in order to buy a home you will be required to do some negotiating on pricing. More often than not you can get a better deal on real estate when you negotiate with the sellers. When you pay exactly what they ask for you lose out on potential savings you could be putting towards your new home. Along with the purchase price you will also need to account for closing costs, which cannot be financed; so there are a few things to think about when purchasing a home. This article will reveal some tips to negotiating the best real estate deal.

After you have read this article you will be one step closer to becoming a negotiating master. Listed below are some helpful tips to get started on perfecting your skills so you can get the house you want at a price you like.

Do Your Homework First, and Research

Before you go into any negotiating, it is highly important that you do you research beforehand. This will give you more to work with and ideally get you a better deal. Make sure you know the current housing market conditions before going in with an offer. Depending on if it is a buyer, sellers, or equal market will determine what kind of deal and negotiating you can do.

You should also make it a point to research the area where the home of interest is located. Look at the surrounding homes that have recently sold to get a better idea of what price range you should be getting. The last thing you want is to go in with an offer that is outrageously underpriced and risk upsetting the seller and losing the deal.

Having Options & Alternatives

Odds are that you will likely find a home that speaks to you more than the rest; this house will be the one you want to settle down in and start a family. But the key to negotiating is to have options. Sure, you may be in love with the house, but make it a point to find at least one or two other homes that you wouldn’t mind settling down in. This way you won’t feel like you are stuck in purchasing the home you want at a price that exceeds your liking.

You can even make it a point to casually add that you are interested in the home, but if things do not work out you have other alternatives. This tactic will hopefully lead to the seller working with you in negotiating a price that you both can agree upon.

Don’t forget about the Seller’s Needs

Many times buyers go into negotiating with the mindset of “winning”. However, this way of thinking will only be a letdown. If you really want to get the home of your dreams, then you should find out about the seller’s needs. Try to ask them why they are selling. Do they have another job, are they foreclosing, did they just purchase another home and are now responsible for two mortgages? When you know this information you can make an offer on the home that covers their needs and still gets you the home at a cost that is reasonable. Negotiate a cost and conditions that gets them out of the house when they need and gives you the price you want.

Leave Your Emotions at the Door

It can be hard not to get emotional over negotiating a price for your future home; but it is necessary if you want to make calm and clear decisions. Don’t let your ego get in the way of scoring a great deal. If you feel yourself getting emotional take a step back, breathe and collect your thoughts. Go over your options again, and remember you aren’t trying to win. You are simply trying to reach a price range that you feel comfortable paying. Don’t get greedy, this is where a lot of people lose out on great real estate deals.

Face Time

Try to make it a point to get in some face time with the seller in order to get a better idea of what you are working with. Use this time to ask questions about why they are selling; what they are willing to offer, and so on. Talking with the seller is a great way to use your negotiating skills to get what is reasonable for both parties. Using realtors and brokers alone may not be the best option; as many work on commission and may not work hard at getting you a lower price from the seller.

Apply these tips so you can be a pro at negotiating the best real estate deal. It will take some work and patients, but you are sure to get your dream home at a price that works for both you and the seller.

The Current State of Real Estate in Maui

So, you have finally decided to pack up and relocate to the beautiful island of Maui. This beautiful island is filled with endless adventure and breath taking scenery, I am certain you will enjoy the relaxing island life. With its numerous beaches and healthy array of outdoor activities, it is no wonder that many people flock to Maui and the surrounding Hawaiian Islands. No matter your reason for moving to Maui, you are sure to enjoy yourself. But before you can take in the luxurious atmosphere, you must first find a home. In this case, it may be helpful to know the current state of real estate in Maui. This article will discuss what the current housing market holds for potential buyers.

The Real Estate Market in Maui

If you are looking to purchase a home in the Maui area, then you should consider taking a look at the current housing market conditions. This will allow you to better determine your options and if purchasing a home in Maui is the right thing to do at this time. Real estate and the housing market may not be the most interesting of subjects, but being informed really does help you make better buying decisions. When you know what you are working with, you can adjust your plan to make purchasing a home in Maui work.

Currently in Maui, it appears that housing prices are going up as with the rest of Hawaii. But the thing about Maui is the available inventory for low to medium range priced homes is limited. This means housing prices are being listed at higher prices than last year, but the quantity of available homes has gone down; which also means there is competition. Don’t let this deter you; with the right information you can find the perfect home at a price you can live with.

As of now, with low interest rates it is still a great time to buy in Maui for first time home buyers. You can find great Hawaii housing at prices that are still considered low. The longer you wait the more home prices will go up; so you may want to think about investing in your Maui home soon. Although, keep in mind that the availability of homes and condos ranging from $300,000-$399,000 are limited to about a one month supply; which makes it a seller’s market. You may have to bid and work hard to purchase a home in this price range, but it is possible.

On the other hand, if you have a much larger spending price, then you are in luck. There is a surplus in luxury homes on the island of Maui. This means these homes are up for more affordable prices than they will be later in the year, and in the years to come. If you have the funds, this is a great time to purchase luxury homes and condos in Maui.

How this Relates to You

Your budget will determine how much housing inventory you have to choose from on the island of Maui. If you are looking for a home priced at or below $399,000 then you may have a tougher time purchasing your home. The low inventory of homes and condos in this price range means more people will try to purchase them before prices rise. The lower inventory and high demand may lead to bidding wars, or the owner may pull their home off the market and wait for prices to rise. This means you have to be quick and smart about purchasing homes in this range. You should consider getting expert opinions from local realtors in the area of Maui.

If you are looking at luxury homes or condos in Maui, then you may have a much easier time purchasing a home. Because there is a surplus in inventory, you will be able to find one that works for you at a reasonable cost. Just keep in mind that the longer you wait to purchase a home, the more it will cost you.

If you are seriously considering purchasing a home in Maui, try looking for a home now. The current state of real estate in Maui is looking up, and now is a great time to buy.

Locating Real Estate Bargains

Looking for a home can be hard work. It requires an abundance of time and energy. Luckily the housing market is slowly improving in the United Sates. People are more comfortable selling and buying homes now than they were just a few years ago. But with rising house prices you may be wondering how you can get the best deal. Don’t let this discourage you from finding the house of your dreams; you just have to implement a few strategies to your house hunt that you might not have otherwise considered. Locating real estate bargains is your goal, and this article will show you a few ways to accomplish this.

Buying a house is a huge investment, so why not try to find the best deals? There are other ways of finding houses other than using a realtor and flipping through house listings. Find out how you can locate houses for a bargain; who doesn’t love to save a little cash?

Look For Short Sales

Many people try to avoid short sales because banks can take quite a long time to accept offers. But what they don’t realize is this is a great way to score a house at a discounted rate. Short sales involve the bank working with the current owner to help sell the house to avoid foreclosure. You may be surprised at how many of these homes are listed at below market prices. This is usually because the owner needs to sell the house quickly and are not concerned with making a profit. Try looking for short sales to score some real estate on the cheap.

For Sale by Owner

For sale by owner, or also known as FSBO, is another great way to find deals on houses. Try looking for these listings in classified ads or on the internet; they will typically state “FSBO”. This means the seller is listing their house without the help of an agent. With no agent, the seller does not have to pay commission, which can mean a discounted price for you. The seller may also be motivated to sell, which means you can negotiate a reasonable price with them.

Rent to Own Homes

If you are shopping around for real estate bargains then you should look into rent to own houses. With this option the owners of the house allow for the buyer to put a portion of each month’s rent towards the purchase of the home. This way you will be able to save up funds without having to put a down payment and get a bank loan. This method of purchasing a home provides relief to those with limited funds. So if you want a bargain house, rent to own homes are something to look into.

Less Obvious Methods

There are a few other ways you can find bargain prices that you wouldn’t normally turn to when searching for a house. They are a little more unconventional to typical home buyers, but investors frequently use these methods to score cheap houses.

Break out the local paper and look through the obituaries. Yes, I know this sounds a little morbid but people have found great deals this way. Look for the attorney’s name and contact them regarding the home of the deceased; ask if they are they selling. This is a great way to put in the first offer. Typically the attorney will not get paid commission and are just required to sell the home. If you feel weird about putting an offer on a deceased person’s home don’t worry. The family probably just wants to sell the home as quickly as possible; so think of it as doing them a favor.

During your search also look out for homes listed as:


  • Fixer-upper
  • As is
  • TLC
  • Foreclosure


These homes often need to be sold as soon as possible, which means you can get bargain prices. Although make sure you hire an inspector to check out the home. This will come out of your pocket and the owner will not pay for any repairs; so keep this in mind. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a home with little to no improvements needed at a deep discount; look for motivated sellers.

Locating real estate bargains will take some time and effort on your behalf, but it can be done. The home of your dreams is out there, and for a cheap price tag too!

All about House Hunting

Finding the perfect house is a journey many of us will take during our lifetime. The end result of this journey will hopefully be a house that perfectly suits the needs of all the members of your family. However, in order to obtain this house worthy of being made into your home, you will first need to find it. Sadly, the house of your dreams cannot simply pop up in the perfect location and be ready for move in; instead you must go out into the world and search for it the old fashion way. This journey will call for a house hunt. Not to worry. This article will let you know all about house hunting so you can find your dream home in no time.

The process of finding a home will take some time and patients. You may have to look at dozens of houses before you find the one that is right for you; and this is completely acceptable and normal. Purchasing a house is something you do not want to rush. Take your time to really inspect the houses you see in order to make sure they are a good fit for you and your family. Listed below are a few helpful tips to utilize during your house hunt.

Make a List

Before you start house hunting, you should first generate a list of things you need in a home. You may get your wants and needs a little mixed up during this process, but don’t worry. Write down all of the things that come to mind of what you would like to have in your home. Then go back and evaluate this list and pick three to five things that you and your family absolutely need. The rest will be things that you can live without, but would be nice to have; it is possible to find a house with both your needs and wants included.


If you really want to be prepared for your house hunt then you need to do some research in advance. Make sure you know what kind of housing market you are getting into; is it a buyer, sellers, or more or less an equal market? Knowing the current market trends will help you to figure out finance solutions and what you can expect to pay for your home.

You should also check out the current listing prices in the neighborhoods you are interested in. This will allow you to compare pricing with the houses you are interested in; which will aid in the negotiation process.

Speaking of neighborhoods, you should also research the surrounding area and neighborhoods you are interested in. Walk or drive around, visit at various times of the day to get a better sense of what goes on. You will be able to take note of noise level, neighbors, traffic, safety, and so on. This is a great way to feel out if you would be comfortable living in a particular area or not.

Get Pre-Approved

Try to get pre-approved for you mortgage and loans before looking for houses. This will present you with a more realistic spending budget; not to mention sellers will feel more comfortable making a deal with those who have been pre-approved. Showing proof of finances will help sellers take you more seriously.

Comparison Check List

Make a check list that includes all of your needs in a house and a separate check list that includes your wants. As you walk through a home have your check list in hand and take note of what the house has to offer. Does it meet your needs? This is a great tool to use in order to weed out houses that are not right for you.

House Inspection

You should always inspect a home before purchasing it. If you fail to do so you may be faced with costly repairs and unsatisfactory living conditions. You should have your realtor schedule you multiple visits to homes you are interested in. Take your time in each room and inspect all floors, walls, ceilings, and so on to make sure they are in livable conditions and function properly. If you are going to purchase this home than you should make sure it is worth the money.

Also, always hire professional inspectors to come in and evaluate the home. This way you will know of any repairs that need fixing before purchasing. If there is extensive damage you can either walk away or get the price significantly reduced in order to pay for repairs.

Now that you know all about house hunting, you can utilize these tips to your advantage and score the house of your dreams.

Selecting Reputable Movers for your Shipment to Hawaii

When you are shipping goods to Hawaii, the professionalism of the moving services you will be using is a crucial factor. Hawaii shipping is a complex process that involves several stages. Local pick and delivery are followed by a delivery and shipping process, which in turn is followed by a re-delivery process in Hawaii.

Using Specialized Movers

When you search for movers online, many of the results you will receive will not be for actual Hawaii service providers. A lot of movers use various agents or simply sub-contract other companies to perform the move for them. Brokers will schedule the move or you and then pass it on to an actual moving company, something that may deprive you of having actual control over the relocation process.

This is why your first step should be to check whether or not the service you are considering is a specialized mover or not. A specialized Hawaii mover will do the pick-up in the continental US itself and take care of all port procedures. It will also have a base of operation in Hawaii, or utilize a particular reputable agent to perform the delivery process for it.

Getting Prices

Once you have based the fact that you are dealing with a reliable mover that specializes in shipping to Hawaii, you can continue the process by getting actual prices and comparing them. Do not compare bottom line prices without comparing the basic rates and possible extra fees as well. Some companies will provide low estimates, but if you look at the basic unit rates and the possible extra fees, you will discover that the rates are likely to increase during the day of the pickup. Try to avoid getting a large quantity of estimates. Concentrate on getting estimates from three or four leading movers that specialize in shipping to Hawaii.

Tips for Preparing your Shipment to Hawaii

Organizing your goods in order to ship them to Hawaii can be comparatively easy, if you organize the tasks at hand in an orderly manner. The first step is to create a checklist that will include all moving tasks. Prepare such a check list at least a month in advance, so you will have plenty of time to maintain a daily schedule that will allow you to prepare with ease.

Packing Schedule

If you decide to do the packing for the move yourself, creating a packing schedule should be accompanied by a list of the items to be packed and the packing materials required. Such a list will allow you to order the necessary materials in advance and keep that steady daily schedule which we mentioned above. Be sure to use only new and sturdy boxes materials; that will help you to avoid possible damages and breakage.

Inventory Schedule

An important consideration should be whether or not it is worth your while to ship individual pieces to Hawaii. The best way to go is to create a full inventory of all items in the house. Once you’ve created such an inventory, you will be able to go item by item and decide whether or not it is worth your while to take it. Don’t hesitate to get rid of stuff, especially if you are not shipping full container. Remember that you will be charged for actual space, and therefore each individual piece added will increase the total price.

Getting your Mover on Time Start contacting Hawaii shipping companies at least a month in advance. This will give you enough time to compare prices and make the right selection. Create lists that compare rates per cubic foot or container prices, as well as possible extra fees.

Understanding Hawaii Shipping Quotes

While many movers offer Hawaii shipping services, in actuality only a select few actually specialize in the field. A specialized mover will have its own base of operations in the islands and will be able to be in control of all aspects of the operation from start to finish. A specialized mover will also be able to provide you with a definite, bottom line quote that will allow you to understand how pricing is done, how it can possibly change and what you can do to avoid additional charges.

Understanding Hawaii Estimates

The two things that you need to fully understand in order to be in control of the shipping process are the pricing unit and the possible extra fees. Most Hawaii shipping companies will charge for the exact amount of space that your shipment will take on a consolidation container. The most common charge unit is for cubit foot, if a smaller shipment is concerned. Larger shipments will be sent in a full 20’ or 40’ container. In this case, the mover will provide you with a price per full container. When you compare moving prices, be sure not to compare the bottom line estimate price, but the basic charge unit or the price per full container. Also, compare charges for the possible extra fees that we will detail below.

Checking for Extra Charges

Always remember to check for possible extra charges. The best way to go is to request the mover to provide all possible extra charges in writing. Such extra fees may include packing and packing materials, accessibility relates fees, such as charges for stairs or long carry and documentation charges. Also, make sure you understand how your shipment is going to be released in port and that all possible delivery fees in Hawaii are described in writing.

Choosing the Right Company for Vehicle Shipping to Hawaii

Finding vehicle shipping to Hawaii services can be hard enough, let alone having to make a final decision on the matter. There are many companies that offer vehicle shipping services, but the tricky part is finding the right company. How can you determine which companies are worth a second look, and which should be cast aside immediately? The good news is that you are in luck! This article will give you the information you need to know in order to choose the right vehicle shipping to Hawaiian company for your next or current shipping venture.

Getting Started: The Importance of Research

Perhaps the most useful tool you can utilize during the quest for choosing the right company is research. If you just received a flood of flashbacks to your school days of frantically researching various topics, don’t worry. Yes, finding and choosing the right shipping company will take some time and patients; but your research will heavily pay off in the end. Just imagine yourself smiling in Hawaii, and driving your vehicle that has come back to you in pristine condition. This can be your reality if you choose the right company; but first you must do a little research.

Below are a few key aspects that you should focus on while researching shipping companies.

  • Services- In order to narrow down your choices, try to research using the services you want or need as filters. Some companies offer various services for their vehicle shipping; such as delivery and pick up services.
  • Budget- Stick to searching for companies that lie within your budget. Go over your finances to determine a specific budget. This is the amount you will use to filter out overly expensive shipping companies. It is important to stay with this budget, or you run the risk of paying much more than you initially intended.
  • Reviews- During your research make sure to read company reviews regarding the shipping companies that you are interested in. This will help you get a better idea of their actual services. Keep in mind no company is perfect, and there will always be a few negative reviews no matter how good the company; but do not let this deter you. In the end go with your gut in making a final decision.


Compare & Choose

After you have completed your research, you should have at least two companies in mind. Try to come up with a few companies so that you can compare their costs and services, and in turn save money. Shipping vehicles to Hawaii is no cheap feat. You are going to want to have options so you know that you are getting the best possible deal. Once you have compared the companies of your choice, the last step is to make a final decision. Keep in mind that you do not have to hire the best of the best, simply choose the company that offers the services and price that are just right for your specific move. Utilize this information to make finding the right shipping company easy.

Essential Facts about Shipping to Hawaii from California

If you are planning on shipping to Hawaii from California, then you are going to want to read this article. The thing about shipping to Hawaii is that there is a vast body of water that separates it from the rest of the world; which means that shipping by truck alone is impossible. In order to have a successful shipping experience to Hawaii you are going to need a reliable shipping company and lots of preparation. Shipping to Hawaii from California can be stressful; so put your mind at ease by preparing yourself ahead of time. This article will do just that; you will be provided with essential information regarding shipping to Hawaii.

Packing Your Shipment

Keep in mind that your personal or commercial belongings will be traveling a great distance to reach the islands of Hawaii. For this reason you should make sure all of your packages are well packed and prepared for shipment. In order to properly prepare your shipment, you will need quality packing resources. Try to obtain high grade, durable boxes and crates for your belongings; this will ensure their safety. If you decide to get flimsy cheap boxes, there is no guarantee your items will survive the trip.

You should also well insulate each box to take extra precaution of safety. Wrap your personal belongings with packaging materials that include but are not limited to: packing foam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, packing blankets, packaging wrap, and other types of insulation. When you properly protect your belongings you can rest easy knowing that they will be more likely to end up in one piece upon arrival in Hawaii.

Restricted & Prohibited Items

The islands of Hawaii have their own set of customs rules and regulations that must be followed by all that enter the state. If you are shipping into Hawaii then you must abide by these laws. There are specific items that require special permits in order to take into Hawaii, as well as some that are heavily restricted. Along with restricted items there are also those that cannot, and will not be let into the state of Hawaii. Make it a point to avoid packing and shipping these prohibited items, or you may face delay of shipment and or fines and penalties. Your shipping company should be able to help point out which items are restricted and prohibited; which should allow your shipment to clear check points with ease.

The Actual Shipping Process

After you have properly packed all of your belongings, excluding any and all prohibited items; and are now ready to ship to Hawaii from California you may be wondering what the actual shipping process entails. It is only natural to be curious as to what your packages will endure during their travels across the Pacific Ocean.

Because you are shipping from California to Hawaii, it may please you to know that there are several available ports that your shipping company can utilize. The west coast is the main road of travel to Hawaii; which means lower costs for those shipping from California compared to those shipping from the east coast.

The method of travel will most likely be by sea. There are options for flying your belongings, but this is typically much more costly and has more restrictions. Your shipping company will ship your personal belongings via cargo ships and large vessels.

The distance from California to Hawaii is great, so expect your total shipment to take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.

After reading this article you should be better equipped to prepare and handle your shipment to Hawaii. Happy shipping and safe travels!

Essential Information about Shipping Freight to Hawaii

Before shipping freight to Hawaii, you should know some vital information that will make your shipping experience more pleasant. This information will help you to be better prepared for the process of shipping freight. Shipping to Hawaii is no small matter; one cannot simply jump right into the process without the proper materials and information. This article will explain essential information regarding shipping freight to Hawaii.

Finding the Right Shipping Company

In order to have a successful shipping experience you should make the effort to find a company that is right for you. There are tons of shipping companies that partake in freight shipping; you just have to decide which one fits your specific situation and budget. There is no need to search for the most expensive and best shipping company in the universe. Stick to searching for companies that are in your price range, offer the services you want, and have positive reviews from past customers. If you keep this in mind finding the right shipping company should be easy. A great place to start your search for a shipping company is online. You can use your favorite search engine; or utilize shipping database websites. While looking for a company, make sure to search by the services and price range you want. This will narrow down your search and help you make a final decision. The key to a great shipping experience is hiring the right company.

Packing Tips

If you are shipping to Hawaii, then it is highly suggested that you properly pack your commercial or personal belongings. This will prevent damage from occurring during the shipping process. You can secure your belongings by well insulating your boxes with packaging materials. These materials include but are not limited to packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packaging wrap, and packing blankets. All of these packing tools will secure your items for the trip.

You are also going to want to purchase quality grade, durable boxes. If you pick up flimsy boxes there is no guarantee that your belongings will make it through their travels. You should also stack your boxes in a way that they do not hang over the edge, are not stacked interlocked, and that the top is as flat as possible. Doing this will keep your items safe as they make their way to Hawaii.

Restricted & Prohibited Items

Keep in mind that Hawaii has in place custom rules and regulations. This means that there is a list of items, plants, and animals that will not be allowed entry into Hawaii; or they may be restricted under certain circumstances. Make sure that you do not pack these items for shipment, as your freight may be delayed. Check with your shipping company to see if they have a complete list of restricted and prohibited items; otherwise the information is available online.

No one should have to suffer while trying to ship their freight to Hawaii; this information has been provided so that you can ship easy. Take this helpful information and apply it to your situation so that you too can have a successful shipping experience.

Freight Shipping to Hawaii

It is well known that freight shipping to Hawaii involves a lot of planning and time. No big feat goes without work, and this includes shipping freight. At this point you may be stressing out; but not to worry because with the helpful information provided in this article you will be well prepared to send out your shipment. Freight shipping to Hawaii does not have to consume your mind and well-being, give yourself and break and utilize this information for a successful shipment.

Packing Properly for Your Shipment

Because you will be shipping your commercial or personal belongings into Hawaii, you are going to want to properly secure all of your items beforehand. During the shipment process and travel time things may get rough, which is why securing your belongings is important. This may result in unwanted damage; keep in mind if not properly packaged, your shipping company may not be held responsible. Nobody wants their belongings to show up in pieces, so here are a few tips for protecting your items on their trip to Hawaii. Packing tips:


  • Insulation - Make sure you have secured all of your belongings by properly insulating their boxes with items such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and packing wrap. These tools will help keep your belongings safe.
  • Boxes - To keep your items in tact during their travel, it is important to pack them in high quality durable boxes.
  • Stacking - Once your items have been properly packed the next step is to stack them on a pallet. Make sure that none of your boxes are hanging over the side, as this will make the boxes unstable and more likely to get damaged. Also, try to make the top of the stack as flat as possible. And lastly, try not to interlock your boxes, as this makes your boxes less stable.


Freight Services

When planning a shipment, it is always a good idea to look into the types of services offered by various companies. These services will help you determine which company you would like to hire and which services will suit your specific shipping needs. Some services you may want to consider are LTL, or Less than Truckload. This service will transport shipments that weigh anywhere from 100 to 10,000 pounds. And a FTL, or full truckload, is utilized for shipments weighing more than 8,000 pounds. You may also want to consider drop off and pick up services; such as port to port, or door to door services.

Shipping your freight to Hawaii can be easy and stress free when you possess the right information. Utilize the information in this article to make your experience more enjoyable.

Shipping Cars to Hawaii

Shipping cars to Hawaii requires time and preparation. You will be required to prepare your vehicle so that it is ready to ship; and in order to do this you will need the right information to guide you through the process. Shipping cars to Hawaii is no small feat, but rest assured it can be done properly and safely with the right company. This article will inform you on the process of shipping a vehicle to Hawaii.

Is Your Car Worth Shipping?

This is a question you must ask yourself before you begin the process of shipping your car to Hawaii. It may be cheaper for you to repurchase a used vehicle once you have arrived on the Island. This is a great option for those who only plan on living in Hawaii for a certain period of time. Make sure to be careful when purchasing used vehicles in Hawaii, as they may be corroded from the sea water, heat, and humidity. As long as you do your homework you should be fine.

If you just can’t seem to part with your vehicle, then please make sure it is at least a popular model and make on the islands of Hawaii. If you have an unpopular vehicle, you will be limited to a small number of mechanical shops; and since you are on an island it will take longer for specific parts to arrive. Weigh your pros and cons of shipping your car to Hawaii to determine if it is worth shipping.

East Coast versus West Coast Shipping and Costs If you currently live on the west coast then you are in luck. The west coast ports are where all vehicles will be transported to Hawaii from. There are ports up and down the entire west coast, which should make for an easier shipping experience. The typical cost for shipping out of the west coast and into Hawaii is around $1,000.

If you live on the east coast, your costs will be a little higher than shipping directly from the west coast. This is due to the fact that you will be required to personally transfer, or pay your shipping company extra to get your vehicle to a designated west coast port. Typically the cost of shipping from the east coast is above $2,000.

The Shipping Process

Once you have determined that your car is worth shipping, and your total expenses of shipment, you may want to know what the process actually entails. Below is a concise outline of the shipment process to give you a better picture of what it to come.


  • Time & Method- The average time it takes to ship a vehicle to Hawaii is around 3 to 4 weeks. The method used for vehicle transport is by cargo ship.
  • Car Preparations- You will be required to clear out the contents of your car, and to clean it inside and out before shipment. Also, please disable your alarm system, fix all window cracks, and have the proper amount of fuel.
  • In Case of Damage- Look into your insurance options prior to shipment. This will ensure that your vehicle will be covered in case damage occurs.


If you are planning on shipping a car to Hawaii, please utilize this helpful information to make your shipping experience easy.

A Short Guide about Shipping from Hawaii to California

If you are shipping from Hawaii to California then you are probably wondering how the process works and where to start. Not to fear! The act of planning a shipment is hard enough, but if you are unprepared there are many things that can go wrong. Especially with shipping from Hawaii to California; as this is a great distance separated by miles of ocean. The best plan is to be prepared and plan ahead. Follow this short shipping guide to make your shipping experience to California as calm as a summer breeze.

Know California Custom Rules & Regulations As with entering any state or country, there are certain rules and regulations set in place to ensure the safety of the people residing there. California is no exception, and has custom rules and regulation of its own. If you are shipping in from Hawaii to California then you are going to need to become familiar with these rules.

Every package and crate coming into California is subject to inspection, and all shipments are checked before being shipped and after reaching their destination. This means you should try not to pack any prohibited or restricted items in your shipment. Like Hawaii, California has a delicate eco system; which is why many plants and soil are heavily restricted upon entering both California and Hawaii. You should try to refrain from shipping plants into California to avoid delays and unwanted fines.

To get a complete list of restricted and prohibited items for entry into California please visit the California customs website, or ask your shipping company for some help. Your shipping company should know which items are prohibited and restricted. If they do not know and are unwilling to help then perhaps you should ship with another company. Do not add unwanted stress to your shipping experience, avoid packing items that may cause you trouble once you have arrived in California.

Packing for the Long Trip

The trip from Hawaii to California is not the shortest distance; therefore it requires more preparation than a local shipment. In order to keep your personal or commercial belongings safe throughout their journey to California, you will want to make sure that they are packaged properly. If you feel that you cannot adequately pack your belongings by yourself, then you can pay your shipping company extra to pack for you. If you are interested, double check the services offered by your shipping company to see if they have packing services available.

Otherwise, if you have decided to pack on your own, do not fret; with the proper information found in this article you can securely pack your belongings. All you will need are top quality, durable packing materials. You will not be allowed to ship loose items to California from Hawaii, everything will require a box or crate. For extra protection please make sure to well insulate each box with packaging materials.

You may use packaging wrap, packing peanuts, packing blankets, or bubble wrap to secure your belongings within their crates and or boxes. This extra padding will ensure that your belongings will have a safe journey to the mainland of California.

Shipping Details Below are a few shipping details that will help you to better prepare yourself for a shipment to California.


  • Time frame- The typical amount of time it takes to complete a shipment from Hawaii to California is 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Method of shipment- Typically your shipment will travel via cargo ship or vessel.


We hope that this information will be of great value to you, and that your shipping experience has been made easier.

Choosing the Right Hawaii Moving Company

The task of finding a reputable Hawaii moving company can be difficult, not to mention choosing just one. Generating a list of possible companies worthy enough to take care of your move is going to take some time and patients. You will be required to put in some effort in order to find the right company; which will involve research. Depending on how much time and effort you put into your research will determine how good of a deal and company you can find. You don’t want to hire the first Hawaii moving company you come across; choosing the right company will take time, but in the end you will reap all the benefits through having a successful relocation.

Moving Costs & Budget

In order to choose the right moving company you are going to need to calculate a budget. This will help you find a company that is affordable for you and your family. The cost of moving can add up fast, and is typically a large expense in regards to relocating an entire household. Depending on how many items you need shipped will determine your price. Ask people you know that just moved to get an idea of possible moving costs.

Once you have determined a range of costs, the next step is to find a moving company that is reliable and within your budget. It is important to stay as close to your budget as possible, as fees and services can add to your total costs. Keep in mind that you do not need to hire the most expensive mover; more money does not necessarily imply better service. Stick to your budget when finding a mover. This will help you choose the right company.

Compare Reviews & Services

The final step in choosing the right moving company is to compare the services and reviews of the companies you are interested in. You should at this point, have a list of a few companies that you are considering for hire. Try to have at least two companies on your list so that you can compare and save. When you compare the best you have found to each other the choice becomes easy; simply choose the one that fits your budget and moving needs best. With the right company any move to Hawaii can be easy and hassle free.

Things You Need to Know Before Shipping a Car to Hawaii

The feat of shipping a car to Hawaii can be cumbersome, but not if you have the right information. Before shipping your vehicle, there are a few things worth taking note of. The information shared within these paragraphs will help you to be better prepared for your shipping experience. Keep reading to find out what you need to know before shipping a car to Hawaii; you will be glad you did.

Inspection & Insurance

It may please you to know that your vehicle will be inspected before shipment, and once more after it has reached the final port. This process is performed in order to take note of the pre-existing condition of your car, and to compare it upon arrival to asses if any damages occurred. This procedure is done for the benefit of the customer. At pick up if you notice any damages please inform your shipping company immediately and not after you have left the port. Cars are expensive enough as it is, and shipping one is not cheap either; which is why you want to make sure the condition of your car stays the same after shipment.

Shipping companies do indeed offer insurance coverage in case of unfortunate damage. Although there may be a limit as to the amount of coverage they offer. You will want to inquire about the specifics regarding insurance coverage and policies. It is not the intention of your shipper to harm your car, but unfortunately accidents do happen. This is why looking into shipping insurance may prove to be beneficial.


In order to ship your car to Hawaii you will need to prepare your car in a way that meets shipping requirements. If you do not follow these regulations your car will be denied shipment; so it is best that you abide by them. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following bullet points below.


  • Cleaning- You will be required to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your vehicle. This includes the engine area, tires, and clearing out your car of all contents except for those physically attached to your car.
  • Windows- Make sure your car does not have any cracks on the windows. If they do, you will be required to get them fixed prior to shipping. The pressure of being in the cargo ship may cause further breakage or shattering of your windows, if left untreated.
  • Gas- Depending on your shipping company, you may be required to have only a certain amount of fuel in your car. Double check with the company to find out their specific requirements.
  • Drivable- Your car must be in working condition in order to be shipped. Your shipper will need to drive the car into its designated location on the cargo ship; and this is not possible if your car does not work.
  • Alarm System- Please disable your alarm system before handing your car over to the shippers. If not, your battery may be depleted once it has arrived.


Further Details

The following information contains further information regarding the shipping process.


  • Cost- Typically shipping a car costs around $1,000.
  • Time- The average time for your car to arrive at its destination is 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Method- Your car will most likely be shipped via cargo boat.


Essential Facts about Hawaii Car Shipping

If you are getting ready to ship your car to or from Hawaii, then you may want to learn the facts. Hawaii car shipping is a process you are better off preparing for. There is no need to research the subject for hours on end, but there is essential information that will greatly aid in the shipping process. Thankfully this article was created to provide you with helpful facts regarding Hawaii car shipping.

Is Your Car Worth Shipping?

Before you start making arrangements it is a good idea to determine if your car is actually worth shipping. The islands of Hawaii are just that, islands which are isolated from the mainland. This means if you have an uncommon car and plan to ship it to Hawaii, you may want to think twice. When your car needs maintenance you will have to go to specialty shops and wait longer to receive auto parts. And because their rarity, you are more likely going to have to pay a lot more money to get things fixed. Try to ship cars that are popular in Hawaii so you have more service options.

Preparations for Shipment

In order to ship your car to or from Hawaii you are going to need to prepare it according to shipping policies. This includes, but is not limited to:


  • Your car must be in working and driving condition in order for it to be shipped. Make all necessary mechanical corrections prior to shipping.
  • Fix all window cracks. If you fail to do so your window may crack further or completely shatter due to the pressure of being in the cabin.
  • Some companies require that you only have a certain amount of fuel in your car; others do not regulate this. Double check with your shipping company to be certain.
  • Your car must be cleaned inside and out prior to shipment. This must be a thorough cleaning and there should be no dirt or soil; this is to protect the eco system of Hawaii.
  • Disable your car alarm system. If you fail to do this your car may run out of battery life before reaching its destination. Other Helpful Facts
  • Inspection- Your vehicle will have an inspection of condition before and after being shipped. This is to determine if any damaged occurred during shipment.
  • Insurance- Many shipping companies offer insurance in case of damages. They may only cover up to a certain amount, so double check your coverage before you ship.
  • Drop off & Pick Up- In order to have you vehicle shipped and picked up from the port, you will need a photo identification card, vehicle registration and title, creditor/lessor notarized statement, and if you are having someone other than the owner pick up the vehicle it requires a notarized letter of authorization.
  • Time it takes to Ship- The average travel time for your vehicle will be 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Method- Your car will most likely ship from port to port via a cargo ship.


Now that you possess this information you can properly prepare for the shipment of your car to or from the islands of Hawaii.

10 Essential Facts about Hawaii Shipping

Whether you are moving to or from Hawaii, or are just in need of shipping a few things, being informed on the process of Hawaii shipping is crucial. Jumping in head first is not a good idea when it comes to planning a shipment to or from Hawaii; or with any move. You are going to want to prepare and research as much as possible prior to getting your belongings shipped, or face the consequences. Bad planning can add up in costs, fees, and damage to your belongings; which is why you should read up on Hawaii shipping. This article will provide you with a few useful facts regarding your shipment.

The Facts

Below are ten facts you need to know before shipping your belongings.

1. Packing- In order to have a smooth shipment process, you are going to want to properly pack your personal belongings. Make sure that all fragile items are wrapped and well insulated with packaging materials. You should also pack your belongings in sturdy boxes. This will prevent damage from occurring.

2. Bulky Furniture- You or your movers will be required to disassemble all large and bulky furniture prior to shipping.

3. Choosing a Shipping Company- Take to the internet to search for a professional and reliable shipping company. Do not entrust your belongings to just any company. Make sure they have good work ethic, plenty of experience, and positive feedback from past customers.

4. Budget- Try looking for shipping companies in your price range. Keep within your budget by taking note of fees and avoiding them whenever possible. Shipping to and from Hawaii can be costly, so it is important to keep an eye on your finances.

5. Restricted & Regulated Items- Items leaving and exiting Hawaii will be inspected before and after shipment. Research items that are prohibited or regulated in Hawaii and/or the items restricted in the area your items will be landing.

6. Shipping Pets- If you are shipping to Hawaii it is important to note that it is a rabies free area. This means your pet will be required to stay in quarantine for up to 120 days. You may also apply for a shorter quarantine period; this requires certain documents to be filed. If you are shipping out of Hawaii look up the specific pet requirements of that area.

7. Automobile Shipping- This will run anywhere from $1,000 and up to ship an automobile. If you can part with your vehicle, it may be cheaper to sell your car and purchase a new one later.

8. Time Frame- The typical time it takes for a shipment to arrive in or out of Hawaii is 3 to 4 weeks.

9. Method of Shipment- If you are shipping to or from Hawaii there are only two methods your items can travel by; which is air or sea. More often than not the shipment of choice is by cargo ship.

10. In Case of Damage- Because your belongings will be at sea for up to 4 weeks, there is always a chance that something may get damaged. This is why it is a good idea to insure your expensive items. Many shipment companies offer their own insurance to make shipping easier. Now that you have gone over these essential facts you will be better equipped to plan and handle your shipment to or from Hawaii.

All about Shipping from Hawaii to the Mainland

Are you in need of shipping from Hawaii to the mainland? If so, then you will want to prepare yourself through researching how one goes about shipping from Hawaii. Hopefully you will be pleased to hear that this very article will inform you on the process and procedures of shipping your belongings to the mainland. Having this knowledge in hand will allow you to experience a stress free shipment.

Finding a Reliable Shipping Service

You will be in need of a shipping company that has the resources to provide you with reliable and professional services. This is an important aspect to the success of your shipment. If you decide to go with an unreliable company, you will risk the loss and damage of your personal belongings. Shipping can cost a pretty penny, and it is better to get your money’s worth rather than pay for an unworthy service. A great place to find a reliable company is online. You can weed out the unprofessional companies due to their reviews and services. Search through companies that provide the services you want and need for a price that is within your budget. You do not have to hire the absolute best company out there; just one that is perfect for your specific shipping needs.

Packing Done Right

Because you are shipping to the mainland, which requires travel by sea, you are going to want to properly prepare your belongings. You may also have the option of shipping by air, but more often than not the method of choice is ocean travel. When your items are on their journey to the mainland you will not have access to them for a certain period of time. This means you will not be able to check on their condition; all the more reason to pack your belongings properly. You will be required to place everything that is meant to ship in boxes. None of your belongings will be allowed to stand freely outside of a box. Hence, it is highly advised that you purchase high grade shipment boxes. These types of boxes are more durable and sturdy, which means your items will be better protected. Remember to wrap your fragile items in packaging wrap and insulate them with packing peanuts or blankets. You can also purchase special crates to keep your furniture secure.

Restricted & Prohibited Items

Keep in mind that there are certain items that are not allowed into the mainland. This depends where your shipment is traveling to. Every country has its own rules and regulations for items entering the country. You are going to want to look up the specific details, and make sure not to pack any prohibited items or your shipment will be delayed.


As discussed, the method of choice for shipping items out of Hawaii and into the mainland is by sea. You may choose to ship with a full service moving company, or a cargo service; the choice is yours, but the method is likely to be shipped by boat. You or your service provider will take your items to a designated port on the Hawaiian Islands, and from there it will ship to the mainland. This process can take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks so make sure that you are prepared. Once your items have arrived they will be dropped off at your desired location, or you must pick them up yourself. Shipping items from Hawaii to the mainland may take some preparation, but you will be rewarded by having a successful shipment.

Shipping to Hawaii Tips and Advice

When shipping to Hawaii, every last bit of advice will greatly aid in the success of your shipment. If only every subject had a handbook of useful tips and advice; alas, that is not the reality of things. But no matter, because this article will do just that! I will share with you helpful advice and tips for shipping to Hawaii. Your next or current shipping situation will be much easier to handle after heeding this advice.

Lighten the Load

A great way to save some money during a shipment is to get rid of some of your personal belongings. Go through your home and take note of items you have not used in a long time. These items are good candidates for getting rid of. If you haven’t used something in over a year, the chances are you will never use it again. So why not leave them behind? This will make more space in your new home and save you money on shipment.

Shipping costs are usually calculated either by weight or the amount of belongings you wish to ship; you will also be charged for the amount of labor used to remove your items. In turn, the amount of items you own factors into your total costs. Hence getting rid of unused and unwanted belongings will help you in the long run.

In order to rid yourself of these belongings you can arrange a yard sale, give things away to friends, neighbors, and family or you can donate them. Donating is a great way to help those in need and to lighten the load of your shipment.


Properly packing up your personal effects is a crucial part of making your shipment to Hawaii successful. The first order of business is to obtain sturdy boxes. During a shipment overseas, like those to Hawaii, everything you are shipping is required to be packed in boxes or crates. Also, because your items will be taking a long trip you are going to want to make sure they are well protected. The way you ensure their safety is to purchase sturdy boxes, packaging wrap and blankets, as well as packaging tape.

For all fragile items it is highly important that you wrap and well insulate their boxes. This is to prevent any breakage during shipment. As for your larger items and furniture you can purchase special crates that will safely house them.

Pets & Plants

All pets entering Hawaii must be kept in quarantine for a period of up to 120 days. This is due to the fact that Hawaii is a rabies free zone, and they wish to keep it that way. There is an option for a 5 day quarantine you may apply for. This option requires specific documents to be filed prior to shipment.

Many plants are regulated for entry. They will require inspection and documentation, if they are allowed. Keep in mind that there are plants and plant parts that are not allowed entry into Hawaii. You should read up on these restricted and prohibited plants if you are planning on shipping plants of any kind.

Finding a Shipping Company

In order to have a stress free shipping experience you are going to want to find a reliable shipping company. You can do this by researching various companies on the internet. Consider the service options you would like to have, and apply these to your search. This will narrow your choices down, making the final decision easier. You should also research company policies, fees, and customer reviews. These will give you a better idea of what kind of experience you will have after hiring a specific company.

Shipping your belongings to Hawaii does not have to be as difficult as it sounds. As long as you are prepared with these helpful tips you are well on your way to having an enjoyable shipping experience.

Shipping from the Mainland to Hawaii

A lot of people do not realize that shipping from the mainland to Hawaii is a term that encompasses a wide variety of options. Although in almost all cases your goods will be shipped via container, there are many variables regarding pickup and delivery options, as well as the way in which the goods are shipped.

Let’s take a look at some of the options available for shipping from the mainland to Hawaii.

Pick Up and Delivery Options

There are many options for pickup and delivery in the mainland and Hawaii. The range of services that Hawaii shippers and movers will offer you includes self-service and full service options. The full service option involves the usage of movers to fully pack the goods, load them onto the container, and then off-load them at the destination. Full unpacking of goods after the delivery process is completed may also be available, but in most cases it is expensive. Customers can also choose and combine different elements from each method. For example, one can fully pack the shipment, but have the mover load the container for him, or have a professional service come and do the packing and they load the container by himself.

Shipping Options

Most customers that have large sized shipments use full containers for their moves. This basically means that they select a 20’ or a 40’ sized container, depending on the size of their inventory and that the space of the container is exclusively theirs. Partial shipments to Hawaii involve shared containers. This means that several smaller loads are grouped together in order to lower the individual price of each shipment. The recommendation is normally to use partial shipments for loads that are between 50 and 600 cubic feet and full containers for shipments that are larger.

Shipping from Hawaii to the Mainland

Shipping from Hawaii to the mainland is an easy enough process if you do it with the right company, but you should be aware of the fact that there are many companies that are not equipped or able to perform such a move by themselves and use various agents and sub-contractors. While this does not necessarily mean that your shipment is going to be handled inappropriately, it also means that you do not know who will actually take care of it from A to Z. You may get a terrific agent that will handle your goods with utmost care and you may also get an agent that will mishandle and damage your goods.

Selecting the Right Company for Shipping from Hawaii to the Mainland

Many people think that if they moved with a certain company to Hawaii it means that they can safely move back with the same company. The truth is that not all Hawaii shippers that operate from the mainland have actual operation bases on the islands. So your first step in selecting a company for shipping from Hawaii to the mainland is to make sure that they have an actual location on the islands and that will come to do the pickup with their own movers and trucks.

The pricing of the moves is done in the same way it is done for shipping from the mainland to Hawaii. You need to take into consideration that shipments will arrive to the CA port and then shipped to the destination via truck. This means that delivery may take a few weeks, so be prepared to spend some time without your furniture and goods and plan ahead accordingly. Also, make sure that your Hawaii mover will be able to tell you when to realistically expect the shipment and to give you the opportunity to track it at all stages.

Hawaii Shipping Basic Advice

Hawaii Shipping is a term used by industry professionals to describe moving to and from the Islands to the mainland. It actually covers many different moving and shipping options. Not being aware of the various shipping options leads many consumers to select ones that are inappropriate to the needs or too expensive.

Some Basic Hawaii Shipping Options

Hawaii shipping can be described as a hybrid between local, long distance and international moving. Because shipping is done via containers, the way the actual charges are determined is very similar to that of international shipping.

Almost all shippers to Hawaii will determine actual costs based on space usage, but full container and partial shipments are charged differently. The best way to determine if you need a partial or a full container shipment is to prepare your inventory in advance.

Based on the size of your inventory, your mover will help you determine whether you need a full container load or a partial container load.

A full container is normally 20’ or 40’ long. Choosing this option means that you will ship your goods to Hawaii in an exclusive container. You can use the mover to load and off-load it or you can do the loading and off-loading by yourself. However, bear in mind that full coverage, item by item insurance is not available when you self load.

A partial shipment means that your goods will be shipped via consolidation container. Normally, the mover will come to pick up the goods and they will be loaded onto a container in its warehouse. This option allows people with smaller shipments to pay much less than what they would have paid for a full container load. Most shippers will also offer the option of sending small shipments in sealed wooden crates or vaults in order to better protect valuables and delicate items.

The Importance of Storage Availability

Many people dream of having a home that is full of extra storage space. Times are different now; in today’s age decorative items and clothing are more readily available and affordable. This has led our homes to be cluttered with our personal belongings. From our homes to our offices, all we can do is wish that more space existed so that we can properly store them. Due to the amount of belongings people accumulate over the years while occupying their home, storage space of all types are in high demand. Storage space options and availability are just as important for a move as with everyday life.

Moves of every kind take a lot of time and effort; this is because all of the belongings we possess need to be collected, packed, hauled, and unpacked. The entire relocation process would be much less time consuming if everyone only owned a few necessary items; but that is not the case in today’s society. After you have gone over in your head the amount of belongings that you must pack for your local, long distance, or international move, now think about the process that comes with shipping your belongings. Imagine that you are all packed and ready to go; the movers have shown up and are placing your belongings piece by piece into their spacious van. And as they unlock their breaks and haul away every box and piece of furniture that once resided in your home, you get a phone call. Something was not processed yet and you cannot move into your new home on the date scheduled; panic envelops you mind. You cannot unpack everything your movers just hauled away, the family that purchased your home are set to move in tomorrow; so what do you do with all of the belongings that you have so lovingly collected over the years? The only thing you can do is start searching for a storage facility that will be an added cost to your move. You think, “I should have gone with that company that offered free storage space for these exact situations.”

This kind of experience will not happen to everybody; but those who do come in contact with this unfortunate situation truly know the importance of having storage availability for their move. Unplanned events happen every day, and moving to a new home is not exempt. This is why it is important that your moving company offer you storage services; so if something like this happens to you, you will be covered and calm. There is nothing more assuring than to know that you have secure storage facilities on hand if needed. You cannot predict the future, but you can prepare yourself for those just-in-case moments. If you can, make sure to choose a professional moving company that provides storage services, and you can be certain that you are covered for any and all events to come on your relocation journey.

Picking Up Cheap Packing Supplies

Every move entails the need of packing supplies; but many do not know where to collect the necessary tools at low costs. There are many packing supply stores and departments, but they usually provide high costs and the selection may be limited, depending on where you go. There are ways that you can get your moving supplies for free, or much cheaper than if you buy directly from your movers. The packing supplies on hand from your movers are usually available for last minute needs, but should not be the first place you look for your supplies.

One of the most important packing supplies that you can pick up is boxes. Cardboard boxes are necessary to pack your personal belongings away in. They are ideal for any move because they can be filled, sealed, moved, and stacked easily to save on space. One can say that they are the perfect packing tool. The problem is where to get them at an affordable rate. The answer to this concern is at your local shops. Yes, that’s right; you can go to the grocery store, restaurant, or clothing store of your choice and ask them for their unused boxes. This is because most businesses get weekly shipments; and these shipments arrive in boxes. The stores and shops that receive these boxes normally do not keep or use all of the boxes they have; and since they throw them out at the end of the day, you can just ask the clerk if you can have them. Usually they will say yes and gladly give you their extra boxes; if not they may have a policy in place, but don’t worry you can just try another store.

If you do not want to go inside shops and ask the clerks, you can go straight to where they store unused boxes, the trash. Yes it may sound disgusting, but it is not as gross as it seems, I promise. Usually they have separate areas for boxes, since they are recyclable. Take a trip to your local mall and go to where the shops dump their trash. On the side there will be a plethora of boxes just waiting for you to take your pick. This is a great way to save costs by picking up free boxes. If this doesn’t seem like your style, you can always go to your local hardware store and buy a few there.

For cheap packaging tape I would suggest to try your local discount stores. As they usually have competitive prices and are most likely cheaper than a specialty packing supply shop. And a great place to buy permanent markers at a discounted price is at your local dollar store. They usually carry name brands at very low costs; and since you will be using them to mark boxes, there is no need to dish out money on a high end marker. When searching for packing supplies make sure to keep in mind which supplies are best skimping on, and which are worth investing in. An example would be to invest in good packing tape, as this holds your boxes shut; and skimp on markers, and they are not dire to keeping your belongings safe.

A last tip for cheap packing supplies is one you may have never thought of doing. Instead of purchasing packaging insulation such as packing peanuts, try using blankets and sheets to wrap around your fragile belongings. This will save you money, as you can use the blankets and sheets you already own; and can save you packing space through creatively utilizing the space in your boxes. I hope that these packing supply tips will greatly help your packing costs stay low. Happy packing!

Is it Worth Taking with You?

There comes a time in most of our lives when we look at what we have and evaluate its worth to us. Some things are complete trash, and others hold high sentimental value that you would never dream about discarding. During a move, no matter how small or large, the process of determining which items to take with you to your new home should cross your mind. This action is very important to eliminating clutter, and to reducing the costs of relocating. And if you are going to be moving in the near future, or even considering a move it is best to take into consideration which items you would not have a problem parting with.

Whether you are moving locally, long distance, or internationally, you should really consider leaving some items behind. You can do this by donating, having a garage sale, or giving away any items that you feel are not worth taking with you to your new residence. Doing this will prevent unwanted clutter at your new home. There are many benefits to having a less cluttered home, such as having a space that is not filled to the very last inch. Determining what items to take and which to leave behind will also benefit your wallet as well as people in need; if you decide to donate unwanted belongings.

When moving to a new home there are a few things to consider that may help your decision on what to leave behind easier. One major factor is the size of your new residence compared to the place you currently live in. If your new home is smaller you will definitely need to get rid of some items. Also consider the amount of storage space available in your new home; are you going to be able to efficiently store all of your belongings? If not then you should determine what you absolutely need, and what you do not. Another tip is to think about any awkward corners or spaces that may be in your new home; will they be able to be utilized? All of these questions are good starting points in determining whether or not certain items or furniture are worth the effort in hauling and packing.

If you are moving internationally or a great distance from your current home it may be wise to determine the cost of shipping large furniture and cars. If you possess quite a bit of furniture and are thinking about shipping it long distance or internationally, it may cost you more than they are worth. The same goes for cars, especially shipping them overseas. It may just be cheaper for you to purchase these items when you arrive at your new home rather than ship them. These are things that you should take into consideration when moving; they will help you lower shipping costs in the end. If you are planning a move, please look over your belongings and determine which items are not worth taking, you will be happy you did.