Sunday, December 6, 2009

How to Change Your Address When Moving From Home.

When you move from one place to another, you should know how to change your address so that you don't miss any important mailings. You must notify the U.S. Postal Service that you are moving. Changing your address is very easy and after you do so, all of your mail except magazines will be forwarded to your new home. Learn how to change your address and how to make sure you receive your magazines as well.

1) Obtain a Moving Kit from the post office. The kit has a form that you fill out with your name, current address and your new address. You must fill in the date that you want your mail to start being delivered at the new address. Give this form to your postal carrier. Send out the change of address cards supplied in the kit to your contacts.

2) Or change your address online at the Postal Service website (see Reference). You must give a change date, your name, current address, new address and your email address.

3) Change your address with magazine companies by using the form in the most recent edition that you have received. For the most part, the mail service will not forward magazines unless you pay the extra postage. It is recommended that you change these addresses yourself by contacting the publications.

Friday, December 4, 2009

How to ship your car to another state.

If you are relocating or just looking to move from one state to another, you will want to take your car with you. However, you will not want to drive your car cross-country unless you have extra time on your hands. You will probably want to find a way of transporting your car from one state to another at a good price. The following steps will help to learn how to ship a car to another state cheap.

1) Determine a carrier for your vehicle. There are multiple options to choose from when it comes to picking a carrier. You will need to see which ones will go where you need them. Carriers may be limited by the amount of weight or the size of the vehicles they can transport. Find eligible carriers to ship your car.

2) Look at the cost of transporting the vehicle with the different carriers. Some may offer discounts if you are shipping multiple vehicles. If you are using a moving company, they may be able to provide or recommend someone who can transport the vehicle for you. Often, these companies have relationships with each other, and deals are available if you ask. Make sure to look in and determine if there are hidden costs that are associated with this including insurance fees, one time upfront payments, administration costs or length of trip fees.

3) Use the pricing that they provide to determine what the cost would be to ship your vehicle based on size and weight. There will be different charges if you have a larger vehicle of course as they will base the pricing for your vehicle on a weight basis or through some other determination. Make sure that they are up front in regards to this and you do not get surprised in the end. Compare these costs to find the cheap ones.

4) Negotiate with the companies for a cheap rate for shipping the vehicle. Ask for discounts and deals they may be offering. Most of these companies are flexible enough to work with any budget you may have. Negotiate by showing the most trusted company the lowest quotes you've received. They are likely to drop the price.

5) Set a timetable for when you will be using the transportation service. You will want to be sure that the company will be able to have your car to where you will be when you get there or when you need it. At the same time, be flexible to get the lowest rate possible. This will get you cheap shipping of your car across state lines.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How to pack your Television.

With televisions now costing so much money, they're often considered an investment and something you'd hate to break. Not only would you miss out on that all-important game, televisions can be quite expensive to fix. Follow these instructions for moving your television safely and effectively.

  1. While it may seem obvious, it's important to make sure that you have enough help to move the television. They're much heavier than you might think, and because they can be quite fragile, it's best to have some extra hands around.
  2. Collect enough blankets and/or furniture pads, which can be rented from a moving company or truck rental agency, to cover and protect the television in its entirety. I'd use a couple of pads.

    You may also need to rent or purchase lifting straps; again, a moving company, moving supplies store or truck rental agency should have them available. Using straps will depend on the weight of the television and how awkward it is to handle. Using padding, which is needed to protect the unit, will make it more difficult to handle.

  3. Place the padding or blankets on the floor. Set the television on top of the padding, standing in its usual position, then carefully wrap the television. You'll need a few sets of hands to keep the blanket or pad snug while someone else secures the padding with packing tape. Make sure you don't tape directly on to the TV; this could damage the screen.

  4. Attach the straps according to the instructions and make sure that the two people doing the lifting are capable of holding the weight. Keep the television in its upright position as you lift it.

    If the TV is too heavy or you're unsure if you can carry it to or from the truck, consider renting an appliance truck; this is a type of dolly that is capable of holding and moving up to 1,200 pounds. It also has kick-back wheels for extra support. I highly recommend using one, especially if you have stairs that you need to negotiate.

  5. If moving the television down a flight of stairs using an appliance truck, keep the base of the television pointing down the stairs with the screen leaning back. Make sure you use straps to hold it in place and that you measure the stairwell or width to ensure the television will fit.

  6. Once you have the television on the truck, make sure it's in a safe place where it won't move. Keep box corners and other sharp objects away from the screen.

    What You Need:

    • Packing Tape
    • Padding and/or Blankets
    • Lifting Straps
    • Appliance Truck
    • Patience