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6 Things Your Moving Company Might Not Tell You

6 Things Your Moving Company Might Not Tell You

Moving your home or office is a stressful event with many moving parts. Hiring a full-service moving company will help you make sure your items get to their destination in working order and within the right timeframe, but only if you are well prepared. That said, movers do their job every single day. Answer their questions, give them the directions they ask for, and then get out of the way and let them do their job without being micromanaged. You don’t want grumpy movers moving your great-aunt’s antique vanity table with revenge on their mind.

Answer their questions, give them the directions they ask for, and then get out of the way and let them do their job without being micromanaged. You don’t want grumpy movers moving your great-aunt’s antique vanity table with revenge on their mind.

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I’ve been in the moving industry since 2002 and pretty much seen everything. Your moving company should go over every detail with you, but these are some things you might not hear – and you should.

1. Your Property Is Not Fully Insured

In general, moving companies have a certain amount of insurance known as basic liability coverage, but it may not be enough for expensive items or significant loss. Technically your items are covered to a certain amount – 60 cents per pound per item. A reputable moving company should give you clear information on how much insurance they have. If the policy feels insufficient, your homeowner policy may cover personal items. If you are moving a business or office, speak to your insurance broker to find out what your policies might cover, and what is available for specific coverage if you need it.

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2. You Pay A Premium To Move In Summer

The ideal move for a business is usually to pack up Friday night at your old location and be ready to go on Monday morning at your new one. Families often like to move during the summer to avoid making their kids switch schools in the middle of the year. College kids are often moving into and out of dorms during summer. All of this means that if you expect to move during the summer and on the weekends, you’re going to pay a premium for the timing. If you can afford to move mid-week or off-season, you may be able to get a discount on your movers.

3. Your Movers Expect A Tip – Not Snacks

If your friends are helping you move, you can get away with pizza and beer. If you’ve hired professional movers, they expect a tip if they’ve done a good job. The going rate is somewhere around $3-$5 per mover per hour, and you should budget to include that in your payment. If you’re not sure whether your movers will expect a tip, ask the moving company about their policies.

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4. Your Estimate Is Just That

When you get an estimate for your move over the phone, remember that it’s just an estimate. If the movers arrive and you have more to pack than they were expecting, or your pre-packing isn’t completed, or extra materials are necessary to keep your items safe, all of those things can affect your estimate. It’s always recommended to get an estimate in-person at your home to properly estimate the number and type of boxes, obtain an accurate quote, and ask any questions that you might have before the move date.

If you have questions, call the office immediately; once movers have your household items on their truck, you’re basically going to end up giving them whatever money they want in order to get your possessions back, after all.

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5. You Need To Be Home And Be Ready To Move

For your move to go smoothly, you need to be home, and your packing needs to be done right. Your furniture needs to be empty and ready to be loaded, and your boxes need to be well packed, not too heavy, and not unbalanced. Even though you may have hired full-service movers, they still need your guidance. This is especially true at the destination, where they’ll need to know what boxes are going to what locations in the new building.

6. Inspecting Your Property As It Comes Off The Truck Helps Avoid Problems

If you notice any problems with boxes or furniture, report it to the head of the moving team immediately. Document the damage as thoroughly as possible, and if you can, get someone to sign off on the damage. Contact the head office immediately to let them know what’s going on and find out what they want you to do. Making sure that this happens before the movers leave helps eliminate potential confusion about when exactly any damage occurred.

Hiring full-service movers is the right choice if you want a smooth, professional move without damage, delays, or unnecessary heartache. But not all consumers realize how much they influence the outcome of a move. By making sure that they give the moving company all the information they need, follow the company’s directions, and ask all the right questions, they can help make the move completely effortless.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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