Top 5 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Moving from one home to another is a significant event, whether you’re moving across town or across the country. When we’re planning a move, we think about everything else such as the new job, fun things to do in the new city, the going away party…everything but the move itself! There are just some things we forget to think about it until we’re in the middle of it the move, and then it’s too late.

Common Pitfalls of Moving

Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Houston Moving Company

Don’t wait until the last minute and get stuck with the wrong movers.

1) Waiting Until the Last Minute: About 40 million Americans who move each year — late spring and summer are especially popular, and reputable movers get booked up fast. Plan at least 3 to 4 months in advance, so you get your top choice of moving company and a time slot that works best for you.

2) Doing It Yourself: Sure, it seems like you’re saving money. But there are so many risks involved when you decide to do your own moving, such as damaged furniture and injuries to your body. These mishaps not only create unexpected expenses, but they are also potentially very dangerous.

3) Didn’t Clean House: Remember those boxes in the garage from your last move than you never unpacked? Or the closet full of clothes you haven’t worn in a decade? Or maybe the Christmas tree in the attic that you’ve been using since 1987? Perhaps it’s time to clean out — have a garage sale or donate to charity. Start fresh in your new home!

4) You Forgot About Your Antiques: Furniture? Check. Appliances? Check. Dogs? check. Wait, but what about your antiques? Are the movers you hired professionally equipped and insured to handle valuable antiques? Don’t wing it — some things are too precious to leave to chance.

5) Not Getting an Estimate: Most movers offer two kinds of estimates. A nonbinding estimate is based on the mover’s estimate of the size of your current home and its contents, and how far you’re moving — you can be charged up to 10% more than the estimate. A binding estimate is a legal document that clearly describes the charges and cannot be changed. Most experts recommend that you get three estimates and ask about possible hidden fees.

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At C&M Moving, located in the Houston area, we are fully insured with general contractor’s insurance, supplemented by a separate policy to cover the artwork that we handle. We are experts in handling luxury furniture, fine art and antiques, as well as in crating and chandelier installation. To set an appointment for a free estimate, please call our offices at (713) 839-7677.

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Storage & Preservation of Fine Clothing

Houston Storage and Preservation: Fine ClothingPreparing for a move is the perfect opportunity to take inventory of your wardrobe. Send all soiled garments to a high-quality cleaner. Have repairs made to any damaged pieces and replace missing buttons. Decide which items you no longer need and donate them to your favorite charity or arts or group — theater groups especially can repurpose a variety of clothing items.

Most moving companies use “wardrobe” boxes to move clothes from residence to residence. Little preparation is needed if clothes are to be boxed for short periods. But if you’re going to be putting items away for a long while, you’ll need to store them for proper preservation.

Long-Term Storage Tips

  • Do not store clothes in plastic bags – natural fibers need to breathe
  • Store clothing in breathable, bleach-free muslin bags or drape muslin over the shoulders
  • Use acid free preservation boxes
  • Place tissue in the shoulders and arms of shirts, blouses and suites
  • Pack clothes loosely in container to avoid creasing and wrinkling
  • Store clothes in a cool, dry area out of direct sunlight to protect from humidity and fading

Couture purchased today, if cared for properly, will be the vintage of tomorrow. You never know when you’ll want to re-wear a certain outfit — perhaps the trend will return, or it may even become a valuable collector’s item! Taking the necessary steps to preserve and store your fine clothing items will extend their life for decades.

If you have any questions about your upcoming move, call C&M, a Houston storage and moving company at (713) 839-7677. C&M Moving and Storage specializes in “white glove moving,” transporting Houston’s finest art, furniture, and antiques.

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Opening the Vault: Exclusive Estate Sale

Houston Estate Sale: Cabinet ArmoireHave you ever wondered what wonderful treasures lie unclaimed in a huge furniture and antique storage warehouse? For the first time in over a decade, C&M Moving and Storage is opening its vaults! Come and see rarities such as a 19th century hunt scene ice box, a search light from an old New England lighthouse, and a pair of Greek marble goddesses as well as many other unique items both new and old.

Join us for C&M’s estate sale:

Thursday, May 15, 2014
10:00 am
88 Jensen Dr.
Houston, Texas 77020

You’ll be able to find a trove of collected treasures and rare, vintage furniture including:

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  • bureaus
  • cabinets & credenzas
  • chairs & chaises
  • chests
  • glassware & pottery
  • dressers
  • headboards & bedframes
  • fine art & sculptures
  • lamps
  • mirrors
  • rugs
  • tables
  • …and more!

Houston Estate Sale: ChaiseC&M Moving and Storage serves interior designers and residential customers in the greater Houston area. The company and its founder, Ron Merrill, have been profiled in both local and national media including Entrepreneur and Southern Living magazines.

The type of furniture you’ll find at this exclusive estate sale will be of the finest, highest quality, featuring high-end, luxurious, and valuable antique pieces. This isn’t your ordinary estate sale…and it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss!

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Budget a Move Effectively

budget a moveThere are a number of ways to budget a move effectively. You can spend a great deal of time preparing for your move, but if you don’t budget what is going to cost beforehand, things can get out of control rather quickly, making it much harder than necessary to pay the full cost of your move. So, make sure to research the costs and know what it will cost to cross county, state, or national borders when you move next.

Repairs and New Items

To start with, what is it going to cost to set up your new housing arrangements? You might need to make repairs, buy new appliances, have utilities installed or replaced. Things like this are fairly common when moving into a new home, and even if something is not a vital repair, you may want to consider having it done so that it does not become a major issue in the future when you’ve been living there for some time already.

Rental Costs

If you are moving into a new apartment or rental space, how much is the move in cost – what does it cost to pay your deposit and do you need to pay a first and last month’s rent? Additionally, what storage and utility costs are added on to the rent? These are all factors that will affect your overall impression of where you end up living. You need to be sure you can afford whatever they include.

The Move Itself

Finally, make sure to consider the cost of the move itself. Too many people get caught up in how much it will cost to set up their new home that they forget a move can be a pricey experience. You need to hire a moving service or rent a truck. You’ll need to buy packing containers and other moving supplies. You’ll need to pay for insurance or valuation to protect your possessions. You need to hire professionals to unhook things like your gas stove or your freezer and prepare them for shipping. Then there is the cost of the trip itself, including plane tickets or gas, tolls, meals, hotels, and anything else related to the drive or flight.

In short, a move is an expensive endeavor and one that will require a great deal of time spent researching and preparing. If you do not take that time and ensure that you have properly laid out what is required of your pocket book, you may be in for quite a shock.

When the moving consultant does your estimate, they will gladly provide you with a detailed breakdown of the estimate so you can see what is beings charged for each individual service. To obtain a free estimate from C&M Moving and Storage, call 713-839-7677 and we can set up an appointment for an on-site survey.

Overall Excellence in Long Distance Moving

“I always use C & M because of their overall excellence! I’ve used C & M Moving and Storage for various things for 12 years. They’ve done everything from delivering furniture my designer may have selected to moving me across the country. They have a great attitude and great service. They are very professional and very accommodating.

I probably won’t need them again since 18 months ago they moved me from Houston to the mountains of North Carolina. But if I ever move back to Houston, I would be on the phone to call them first. I think you’d be very pleased with the job they do. They’re organized, punctual and very professional.”

— Elizabeth S., Cashiers, NC

Learn more about C&M’s moving services.

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5 Tips to Prepare for a Move

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#1: Find a good moving company!

So, it’s time to move. You’re probably a little worked up right now, and for good reason we imagine. To help you make the move easier and less stressful, here are five tips on what you can do to prepare for your move before it happens.

1. Find a Good Moving Company

Step one is to find a good moving company. You can talk to your realtor or you can look on the Internet for reviews of local companies that have good reputations. Make sure to get references and always check for any complaints or issues with licenses locally. A good company will have long term employees who are all highly trained, offer you a binding estimate, and provide a wide array of services without being problematic with your contract.

2. Organize Your Home

Start organizing your possessions early to make the process easier. You’ll find that if you pack up each room in order, without mixing the contents, color code each box, and ensure that everything is carefully prepared for the move three or four weeks early, the week or two before a move will be far less stressful than it might be otherwise.

3. Get Rid of the Old Stuff

If you have old items you don’t need, broken junk you haven’t gotten around to throwing away, or anything you just don’t feel like paying to have moved, start paring it down. You can give away items to your family and friends if they’re still useful or to the goodwill or salvation army if they’re borderline. You can throw away or recycle anything that is beyond use and if you think it is worth money, have a garage sale or hit up eBay to see if your old items can make a profit.

4. Clean Everything

Many people, in the chaos of a move, forget to have their old home cleaned before leaving. In fact, this is a great time to not only clean the old house but to clean all your possessions. Have old clothing dry cleaned or washed, get your rugs cleaned, and dust everything as it goes into boxes. The new owners or tenants will appreciate the gesture and your possessions will come out of their boxes nice and fresh.

5. Appraisal and Insurance

Anyone moving needs to be sure they have protection for their possessions. The best way to do that is to have an appraiser come out for any antiques, fine art, or collectibles. Additionally, you will need to get a good insurance plan or rider to cover the move. Most home owner plans do not cover moving damage, and most valuation offered by moving companies is not sufficient if real damage occurs. So, you will need to do some extra research and purchase a policy that will match the full appraisal you receive from whoever you hire.

Ultimately, a move doesn’t need to be the most stressful experience in your life. It can be a smooth, relatively simple process that thrives from some careful planning and foresight on your part.

Call us at 713-839-7677 so we can help you get started on your stress-free move!

Cost More, But Totally Worth It

Extremely Professional and Thorough: Antique Movers in Houston

“Seven years ago C & M Moving and Storage helped us move three times in one year. We were in the process of moving out of the house where we had lived for 11 years into a new house we bought that was being remodeled. Since the new house was being remodeled, they helped us move into a rented house first. We also stored some of our stuff with them while we were in the rental. They then helped us move into our new house when it was complete.

They made the move as easy as it could have been. They were totally helpful, and always willing to help us out by doing things like hanging pictures on the wall. We really got to know them during the three times we used them.

They may cost a little more, but they’re totally worth it. They are very professional and careful with your things. They understand how to move artwork and antiques. They are conscientious and helpful. If I had to move again, which I hopefully won’t, I would call them again!”

— Susanna M., Houston, TX

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The Ultimate Moving Guide from the Moving Experts – Free E-Book

fine art of moving - ultimate moving guideA client once asked us, “I am getting ready to move for the first time in many years. I am a little nervous – and am afraid that I might forget some details. Do you have any advice?”

In preparing for a move, infrequent movers should indeed research all aspects. You can never be too careful in selecting a quality moving company, or in storing and packing your personal items. We recommend getting to know your moving company first hand – to be sure you are comfortable with their moving and storage procedures.

Ask around, as a company’s reputation is the best source of information. “On the Move – The Ultimate Moving Guide from the Moving Experts”, C&M Moving and Storages’ new e-book, is a great source for helpful tips and advice for first time movers, as well as experienced ones.

Below is the table of contents from the e-book, to give you an idea of all the great information you’ll find! Fill out the form to the right to download the e-book.

  • Planning Your Move…1
  • Where Should You Start…1
  • Budgeting…3
  • The Hidden Cost of Moving…3
  • Moving Industry Price Guide…5
  • Understanding the Moving Industry Tariff…8
  • Saving Money On Your Move…9
  • Should You Pay In Advance…10
  • Downsizing Your Possessions…11
  • The Garage Sale…12
  • Qube Sheet…13
  • Movers Bid Evaluation Form…15
  • Packing and Materials…17
  • Preparing Major Appliances…18
  • Handling the Moving Day…19
  • Quick Tips…19
  • Finishing Up the Moving Process…20
  • Moving Your Own Stuff…20
  • Timing Your Arrival…21
  • Post Move Issues…22
  • Insurance for Your Move…22
  • Special Circumstances…24
  • Moving with Children…25
  • Moving with Pets…27
  • Moving Plants…29
  • A Quick Self Moving Guide…30
  • Seven Things You Should Know About Moving…32
  • FAQ…34
  • Consumer Handbook…39