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7 Things to Know About Moving Companies Before Hiring Them

7 Things to Know About Moving Companies Before Hiring Them

Modern workforce is more mobile in nature. Millennials are ready to move to take on new opportunities across states and borders.

One survey by Rent.com indicated that half of the millennials were living in other cities either renting or owning small micro apartments.

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Further estimates indicate that more than 36 million Americans move during the year from one city to another. With this constant moving from one place to another, you need to hire professional services of moving companies to assist you in relocating easily.

Here are seven important things you must know before hiring them:

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1. A professional mover always has a license

It is often the case that your van man is an ordinary Joe who is doing it as a part-time job. Moving requires careful handling of your stuff and there are chances of damage during the transit.If your driver is an amateur with no license and insurance, you are surely going to bear a heavy cost of this simple mistake. Always check if they are licensed or not.

2. They are often local

Most man and van services – smaller moving services – are local in nature, therefore, you can easily find them either on craigslist or gumtree. Finding a good reliable local moving company is the relatively easier option for you instead of hiring someone who is located outside your city.

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3. A moving company does more than just move your stuff

A good moving company can offer you a comprehensive package of services and you should always make a cost-benefit analysis before accepting any offer. Moving companies offer extra services such as crating, packing assembling and storage services. If you want temporary storage, a moving company may offer that. If you want to move your car or boat, moving companies can offer you that service also.

4. They offer tracking services

A good moving company will always offer you a tracking service so that you can track where your cargo is. Cargo sent through the air is relatively expensive whereas if it is moved by ship, it costs less. As such, tracking services for any mode of shipment is provided by the moving companies and you should specifically ask for them.

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5. Never deal with the driver

It is often the case that driver and the person who actually makes a deal with you are two different individuals. It is always preferable to actually strike a deal with the person who gives you the estimate. Smaller moving companies hire drivers who can indirectly try to make more money from you.

6. Flat vs. time-based rates

Pricing offered by moving companies can be either flat or time-based. Some movers will offer you quotes on the basis of a number of items to move. Whatever your situation is, always compute which pricing structure suits you more. Sometimes, time-based rates will be more beneficial to you if you can offer to move some items yourselves or reduce the number.

7. Never pay in cash and to the driver directly

Chances are that your driver will certainly offer you a cheaper service provided you cancel the deal with the company. In such scenario and almost in every deal, it is always better to deal with the moving company directly instead of paying anything in cash to the driver. Always deal with the company directly.

Make sure you understand how moving companies work, as hiring a moving company can be a nightmare if you fail to plan accordingly. Always prepare and do not try to find simple hacks to save money because if you directly deal with the company, it will be lot cheaper and safer for you to move your belongings.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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