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.

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.  

Finding A Good Appraiser Before a Big Move

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Hiring a Top Notch Moving Company & Appraiser

Getting a good appraisal before a major move is important for anyone who needs to be sure their possessions are properly insured and valued. As a result, for someone interested in getting an appraisal, it is important to develop criteria for how to find and hire the right appraiser before you hire a moving company.

Who is Qualified?

Appraisers are formally educated in concepts such as appraisal theory, procedures, principles, law and ethics. They will be up to date with all standards and practices for the career and will be regularly tested and educated on any changes that arise in the field.

As a result, you should not have a problem finding someone with the right credentials to help move your possessions. Just ask to see their qualifications before you make any decisions about who is best for your move. Additionally, you need to be sure that whatever appraiser you hire is well trained in area of expertise needed for your particular possessions.

Keep in mind that not all appraisers have the same qualifications. Some may not have formal training, while others may not be certified in the state to which you are moving or moving from. Always ask the prospective appraiser you may hire to show their education criteria and to be sure they provide a professional profile or resume of their certifications.

How Much Should it Cost?

It is a good idea to avoid anyone who charges a percentage of the appraised value of your items or a contingency fee. This is only going to result in a big conflict of interest, which will reduce the overall ability to trust their assessment of your possessions. Additionally, the IRS does not accept appraisals worked out with such fees. Your appraiser should have a flat fee or hourly rate to do the appraisal.

Choosing Your Appraiser

In the end, when it comes time to choose the appraiser for your possessions, you need to be sure that you choose someone who is well practiced in the field of your possessions, can make a good assessment of value and who is well trained and educated in those fields. Ask for references, check with your realtor and always be willing to get a second opinion if it is called for.

For more information on finding a reputable moving company, read 5 Tips to Hire Reputable Movers in Houston. 

How Do Movers Charge For Services

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Movers Fees Explained

One of the most stressful and often misunderstood aspects of the moving process is how moving companies charge for their services. The two basic methods by which moving companies charge are by hourly rate or by a combination of weight and distance.

If you are moving locally or intrastate you will typically be charged an hourly rate. That hourly rate is set by the marketplace and can change based on the season or the amount of traffic in a given area. Movers that charge by the hour can include many services such as packing, unpacking, art services, and crating. Typically the only additional charges would be for packing materials and liability coverage.

When moving interstate, prices are most often calculated by a combination of weight and distance. The amount a moving company can charge is governed by a tariff. The current tariff was developed and approved by a committee of the Household Goods Carriers’ Bureau; a self-regulating body composed of moving industry executives, and is followed by most interstate movers. The tariff is basically a grid with weight on the vertical axis and distance on the horizontal axis. The intersection of a specific weight and distance determines the price of the transportation component of the move and is referred to as the “line-haul.” While the line haul is usually the largest component of the final bill, it does not include packing materials, packing service, storage, liability coverage or any of a number of accessorial charges.

When getting a bid based on weight make sure you observe the weighing of the truck before and after loading, which is your right. Remember a miscalculation of the total weight by your estimator can result in a final bill that is greater than the estimate. Be sure and go over with the estimator every item that will be moved to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

If you are in the process of researching moving companies in Houston area, please consider C&M Moving company. For more information, contact us here.

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4 Things to Consider When Moving Downtown

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For some, downtown living is the height of luxury, like sipping from a fine glass of champagne. However, there are challenges associated with moving downtown which should be addressed before enjoying the theater, restaurants, and trendy nightspots. Though well worth the effort, some research and footwork will prove helpful when finding movers in Houston to move you downtown.

Preparing for Downtown Movers in Houston, TX

After following several simple steps, you’ll be celebrating with a glass of champagne in your new loft in no time.

1) Hire a professional moving company. Make sure the company has experience with moving in the downtown area. Get them involved as early as possible in order to book the dates you need.

2) Talk to the concierge at your new building. He or she will be able to help make sure the elevators will be available on move-in day. Also, be sure to verify with building management that your mover has insurance paperwork on file. This is a requirement for many buildings before the movers can enter.

3) Talk to your movers and to building management about parking requirements for the moving van. Many streets downtown do not allow parking during certain hours. Your movers may have to obtain a parking permit from management or from the city.

4) Walk the route that the movers will be using. Get an idea how far it is from the street to your door. Also, riding the elevators and walking the halls will provide an estimate of the length of time it takes to move your belongings. This knowledge will give you comfort when it seems to be taking a bit longer than it did the last time you moved.

How Were Your Movers in Houston, TX?

Once settled in, take a moment to reflect on your new surroundings. It would be the perfect time to celebrate with a chilled glass of champagne. If we moved you in, let us hear from you! Leave us a review, we’d really appreciate it!

 

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Buying & Moving an Art Collection

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If there ever were a need to mark a moving crate as “fragile”, transporting an art collection would be the best time. Robert McClain, an art dealer, is the perfect person to discuss the issues faced when moving an art collection.

For a serious collector, a painted canvas or sculpture doesn’t only hold an emotional attachment, it represents the time and money  spent looking for a particular artist’s piece. As a point of pride, it’s only fair that the collection be treated as delicately as possible.

Finding Movers in Houston to Address Your Art Collection

The most important issues are who will be moving the collection and how it will be handled. According to McClain, the smallest amount of damage will affect a painting’s value. The best way to avoid damage is a to find a professional art services company because they use archival materials and techniques for safety. When a long distance move is involved, McClain recommends climate controlled transportation and storage. A painting should always be transported in the proper environment.

The Role of an Art Dealer When Moving an Art Collection

If preferred, an art dealer is more than happy to provide guidance and advice on moving your collection. According to McClain, there are several ways an art dealer’s expertise will help. Whether working independently or with a team of interior designers and architects, it is within an art dealer’s realm to determine where to place a piece and how it should be presented.

Tips on Finding Art at a Fair Price

If you love art, McClain asks you to consider what kind of collector you are. If you love art but not the expense, he advises to look for drawings or works on paper by up and coming artists. These pieces are known to be high quality work at a decent price. They also have the potential to be worth much more in the future if the artist becomes a revered name in the art world.

When searching for art, McClain also recommends working with a dealer or gallery with which you feel at ease. Whether answering your art questions or encouraging you to learn more and become educated about the art you wish to collect!

If you know any fellow art lovers, be sure to share this! Even if your friend or family member isn’t moving anytime soon, a passionate art collector could be planning to move an art piece into their home.

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