Checklist of Info to Discuss With Your Professional Moving Company

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Emerging real estate trends have shown an increase in people moving into downtown areas. Downtown living has so many advantages, including proximity to work and entertainment and no lawn care. Are you one of those people giving up suburbia for downtown living? Or maybe you are moving from one building to another. In any case, moving in a densely populated area should be given certain considerations.

Here is a checklist of logistical information go over with your professional moving company before moving day to help your move go off without a hitch:

  • Know your moving areas and the best route between them. Time is very important in a move, so know which route is quickest. Take note of construction and road closures. You don’t want to waste moving time stuck in traffic.
  • Where will the moving truck will be able to park for loading and unloading? Is there a special loading zone?  Double-parking could mean the truck may have to round the corner often, which costs time and could mean extra charges.
  • Between what hours does your building allow moving. Big buildings often only allow moving between certain hours.
  • Find out what certificates the building needs from your professional moving company to allow them to enter. Is your professional moving company required to show proof of insurance upon entry?
  • What requirements does the building have in terms of elevator use and floor and wall protection?
  • Check the availability of a suitable elevator. Is it big enough to hold large furniture. If not, disassembling your furniture before hand would save you time and money.

Knowing the restrictions and requirements for your building along with other information listed above beforehand will help you avoid logistical headaches on moving day. If you choose our services, we’d be happy to discuss potential concerns and help find solutions. All of this will set the stage for a smooth move into your new home. Contact us here for an on-site quote today or call 713-839-7677.

 

Moving to Houston is a Great Choice for the Kids, Too

If you’re thinking about moving the kids and your loved ones to Houston, you’re making a great choice. We’ve already covered the many benefits of general living in the city, from the cost of living to the job market. But when it comes to your family, you want to make sure it’s right for them, too. Therefore, education is a huge factor.

Houston is a top education destination, which means it’s ideal for the family.

  • The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in the area with 288 schools and 13,000 teachers.
  • More than 375,500 students were enrolled in higher education last year.
  • More than 67,800 degrees and certificates were awarded in the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Technical schools in the area have taught critical skills, which have contributed to the emerging workforce.
  • The City of Houston Public Library is a great resource with a Central Library complex in downtown Houston and 35 neighborhood branches.

If you’re curious about the other benefits of moving to Houston, just check out the video below, highlighting the reasons why Houston is considered “the city with no limits”. When it’s time to move, remember C&M Moving for your professional moving needs. We’d love to help you make your transition smooth so you can start enjoying Houston! Contact us here or at 713-839-7677.

Things to Remember During Estate Relocation

4553020964_443774e87dMoving can be chaotic, especially when you’re in charge of every aspect. So when it comes to the actual estate relocation, do yourself a favor and take a few tips from us. When you have as much experience as we do, there are some things you learn along the way.

Estate relocation can be easier when you are organized and plan ahead.

 

  • Packing materials can be supplied and purchased by your estate relocation company.
  • Have a plan to keep small children or pets away from harm during moving day.
  • If packing things yourself, make sure you have a schedule for how much you need to get done per day.
  • Use a smart, simple system to label your boxes, such as keyword descriptors and color codes.
  • Keep all your packed boxes around 50 pounds, if possible, for safety precautions.
  • Properly pack fragile items or electronics securely to prevent damage.
  • Don’t forget to prepare any important address changes before your estate relocation.
  • Check your insurance plan to see if it’s better for you to pack your own items or if a professional estate relocation company would be better.

At C&M, we aim to make your estate relocation as simple for you as possible. We use our experience and expertise to make sure you can worry about the big picture, while we organize, pack, and move during the entire process. Contact us or call 713-839-7677 today to see how we can help you.

Proper Maintenance After Chandelier Installation

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If you’re considering installing a beautiful chandelier into your home, it is great to know that maintenance is possible after a little education. This is true for those in real estate as well, since chandeliers can transform any space.

Here are a few tips how to keep proper maintenance after a chandelier installation:

Use a Spray

If you can reach it, spray it with a safe cleaning solution and wipe it down. Different materials call for different types of spray so be sure that yours will not corrode or harm the metal of the chandelier.

Take it Down if Needed

When an aggressive cleaning is needed, it may be required to take the entire chandelier down. This will allow for a good hand washing and drying.

Frequency of Cleaning

Depending on the material and your preference, it is best to clean your chandelier every 2-6 months. Of course, regular dusting is encouraged and is best with a feather duster.

Choose Your Chandelier Accordingly

If you’re planning to install a chandelier, it’s best to consider how likely you will take care of it. Those who may not have time to maintain it can choose the right materials to match their needs.

For more info about chandelier installations, please head to our design & installation services page or contact us here
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Benefits of Moving to Houston

11980285435_bb06f28003 If you’re considering a move to our city, we highly recommend it. Houston is one of the biggest cities in the country and offers a lot of every person. There are many reasons why moving to Houston will be a great decision.

Great Job Market

Jobs in Houston are constantly being created in this city, due to the major presence of industries. Oil, gas, renewable energy, manufacturing, technology, and business are all thriving and growing. Finding a job before or after moving to Houston will not be a problem.

Low Cost of Living

Housing in the city is very fair so many of those who move here will be able to find something affordable, while still maintaining your standards. Finding your new home will be more accessible than ever.

Low Taxes

If you’re new to Texas, you’ll be surprised by the absence of personal state income tax. The yearly tax bills for households are among the lowest in America as well, which makes moving to Houston even more attractive.

Fun Lifestyle

Along with all the practical benefits, Houston also offers lots of entertainment, dining, culture, and more. You’ll be able to head to a pro sports game, grab delicious Tex-Mex, visit a museum, or spend time at the parks. So if you’re ready to find a new home in this city, we’re ready to help. Our services and professional expertise can make moving to Houston effortless. Contact us here or call us at 713-839-7677.

Your Moving Day Checklist

3608960623_5849137fbaThe big day when you finally pack up the last few items and lock up your old home can be overwhelming. It’s the end of one life chapter and the beginning of a new, exciting one. With all the logistics also comes the emotions and that combination may sometimes make it difficult to remember things you must do on moving day. Here is a checklist to help:

  • Check all of the storage spaces to ensure nothing has been left behind
  • Walk through the yard for a final check
  • Transfer garage remotes to realtor or new owners
  • Remove any hidden keys outside
  • Ensure you have keys to your new home
  • Make sure the new owners have your new address and contact information
  • Give your family and yourself some time to say goodbye to the old home
  • Cut off all utilities in your old home
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Get excited for your new home!

The best way to make moving day as smooth as possible is to plan well. Finding help from a local moving company can also provide you the professional help needed to allow you to take care of the important processes of moving. Speak to us today to find out how to make that happen. Call us at 713-839-7677 or write to us on our contact page.

Piano Moving

Moving is an exciting experience, but there is a lot of work to do. Whether you are preparing to move many miles away or just down the street, you still have the daunting task of packing and moving all of your personal belongings. While you can do it on your own, there is always the risk of damage to your most precious belongings such as your piano. Pianos are large, bulky, and difficult to move, and one wrong move can result in irreparable damage. Our professional piano movers have the tools and skills to ensure your move is a smooth one. 

Insurance for Your Assurance

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When you work with our professional movers, you will have the peace-of-mind in knowing that we carry insurance to protect your valuables in the event that damage is incurred. High-end belongings such as your piano are worth a lot of money, and you can find the joy in your move quickly turn to sorrow when these items are damaged or destroyed. Our piano movers are able to offer both experience and a backup plan to best assure your items are protected during every stage of transport. 
Here for You Every Step of the Way

It is our goal that you are completely satisfied, and we are there for you every step of the way. When all of your valuables are safely transported, we can stick around to offer you services such as climate controlled storage options. We offer Storage In Transit services (SIT) in our 80,000 sq. ft. climate controlled facility. During the move, we can build custom crates for your art collection and valuable belongings. 
Inventory Process

It is not at all uncommon to lose valuables during the moving process, and you often don’t realize you are missing something until you need it most. When you work with us, you will see that we take a detailed inventory of everything we pack, and it is carefully tracked during the move itself. We pride ourselves in customer satisfaction, and our inventory process is one that has been perfected with repetition. 
The Fine Art of Moving

Moving is an art, and you likely haven’t done it often. If you would like to find out more information about our company’s full range of services, you can visit fineartofmoving.com . Our business also provides a free ebook that offers effective strategies for planning your move, and the guide will help you to determine the cost of your project. 

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Moving Pianos is a C&M Moving and Storage specialty

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.

Looking for a Houston Moving Company?

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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The Best Advice From Houston Movers: Purge

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Purge Unneeded Items Before Your Big Move

During the midst of all the planning, everyone that moves has one common thread when going through their belongings…there are a lot of unneeded things. Before you even think about packing, it’s important to purge these items from your household so the packing process can be easier later. Simply go through each room and group all of these items in an area. When you have finally separated all of them, pack these unneeded items according to where you want to distribute them (consignment shops, charity, etc.). You may want to pack them according to the specific drop off locations if you have multiple. In the Houston area, there are plenty of options.

Consignment Shops

Consign-It Furniture
www.consignitfurniture.com

Designers Furniture Exchange
www.designersfurnitureexchange.com

MAI consigned
www.maiconsigned.com

 

Charity/Donation

The Salvation Army Family Stores
http://houston.satruck.org

Goodwill Industries of Houston
www.goodwillhouston.org

Purple Heart Clothing Donation
https://donatestuff.com/charity/purple-heart/

Dress for Success Houston
www.dressforsuccess.org/HOUSTON

Now that you’ve got your things narrowed down to what you need, it’s time to bring it to your new home. That’s where C&M Moving & Storage comes in, your Houston movers. Call us at 713-839-7677 to make the rest of the move simple with our services.

 

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Moving Art: The Tale of the Ancient Bowl

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C&M Moving & Storage has had the pleasure of coming across some of the finest art and furniture during the company’s existence. Moving art has become second nature to the company; we are experts in moving art and antiques. Years ago, C&M Moving and Storage moved an art piece with such a rich history, Ron Merrill, CEO of C&M Moving & Storage, felt compelled to write about it.

Moving Ancient Art

The year was 1578, the place Ching-te-chen, home of the imperial Chinese porcelain factories. The Ming Dynasty was well into its’ third century and emperor Wan-Li sat on the throne. Being a generous and gracious emperor, Wan-Li presented a fine porcelain bowl to the daughter of one of his courtiers on the eve 
of her wedding. The marriage was long and successful, producing many offspring. 

For ten generations the prized bowl served its’ family. By the late 1700’s the once great family had fallen on hard times. In 1777 the bowl along with many other porcelain pieces were sold to a local antique dealer who promptly packed them up and sent them to market in Hong Kong. It was a long and perilous journey to 
Hong Kong. Not only were the roads bad, but at one point the cargo was seized by bandits and held for ransom. By the spring of 1779 the small collection made it to market and was promptly traded to British sea captain and porcelain merchant Francis Fothergill. 

Fothergill had been in Hong Kong for two long years collecting wares for the hungry English market. Upon receipt of this last collection, he packed his porcelain in sand filled crates, loaded his cargo along with fresh provisions and set off for England. Encountering typhoons, avoiding pirates and running aground twice, the grand trading ship H.M.S. Peppercorn would take another 2 years to reach the British Isles. 

In an exclusive antique shop in the fashionable King’s Row district of London, a 200-year-old porcelain bowl once again traded hands. The year was 1782 and the purchaser was Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire. Once more the bowl would be a wedding present, this time to Elizabeth’s daughter Anne, the 
5th Earl of Bristol’s bride to be. Soon the bowl would come to rest on the mantle at Stonebidge, the Earl’s summer compound in Bath. 

The Earl was a hardy outdoorsman and spent much of his time on the hunt. It was rumored that Fox was not the only game he pursued. Anne made due and spent her time on her own pursuits. She became an excellent seamstress, built the garden at Stonebridge (which still stands today), and developed a passion for 
antiques and fine art. In addition to the rare Chinese porcelain bowl, she acquired several Etruscan pots, a fine example of roman cameo glass and a collection of pictures that included a Vandyke, a Canaletti and two Titans. Anne lived till the age of 91. She spent her final years at Stonebridge tending her garden. 

The bowl spent the next 100 years sitting quietly on the mantle at Stonebridge surrounded by Anne’s collection of antiquities. The year 1940 brought excitement to Stonebridge. The Nazi’s were bombing England and the compound served as a hospital for the injured and safe house for refugees from London. 
At the height of the bombing over two hundred people lived at Stonebridge and the bowl was put into active use for the first time in over 350 years. 

Soon the war was over and the bowl was packed away. Uninhabited, the residence fell into disrepair and by 1979 the contents were sold and the buildings gutted for renovation. In 1983 an antique dealer who had purchased a collection of boxes from a storage company in Bristol rediscovered the bowl. Later that same year the bowl sold at auction for an undisclosed amount to an American buyer. 

This is not a unique story. Antique stores and art galleries right here in Houston are filled with pieces with long and elaborate histories. These pieces are part of our history. They have outlived kings and Popes, they have witnessed the rise and fall of empires, and they have seen the redrawing of the map. I believe that it is 
our responsibility as stewards to care for these items just as we must care for the earth and for the needy. 

Several weeks ago my company, C&M Moving, had the pleasure of moving the ancient Chinese bowl. We took our responsibility very seriously and once again the bowl arrived at its new home intact. We are proud that our name has been added to the long list of caretakers of the bowl, which now stands proudly on the 
mantle in an apartment at the Huntington. 

If you are planning a move soon in the Houston, TX area and have questions about moving art, antiques or installing chandeliers, please contact us on our website.