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How to Adjust to Moving to a New Time Zone

You’ve decided to move abroad for work, school, or pleasure, and you feel excited. You have an adventure in front of you, and you can’t wait to get started. You’ve spent months preparing paperwork, hiring a moving company and scoping out the local culture-but you haven’t finished preparing yet. You still need to get ready for one feature of moving abroad: living in a new time zone.

A new time zone may not sound like a big deal, but picture this. When you wake up at 8 am in Indianapolis, people in London have just returned from lunch at 2 pm. Meanwhile, people in Moscow have just sat down to dinner, and people in Sydney have long since gone to bed.

Depending on where you move, you could have a difficult experience while you transition to a new time zone. You might experience jet lag, except you’ll have to put your new house together at the same time, so it might feel even worse. Streamline your transition by using the tips below.

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1. Slowly adapt to the new sleeping schedule.

A month to two weeks before you leave, start reorienting your sleeping schedule to match your destination’s time zone. You should do this slowly by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day. Keep adding an extra 15 minutes until you’ve fully adjusted. This way, your body will already have the energy it needs to start moving in when you arrive, and you won’t walk around in an exhausted stupor.

2. Rest for three days before you leave.

If you want your body to feel rested after your flight, you’ll need to do most of your resting before the aircraft ever takes off. For three days before your flight, keep activities to a minimum. Don’t leave all of your packing and moving to the last minute.

3. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and sugar before you leave.

These substances don’t just keep you awake; they also make it harder for your body to adjust its circadian rhythm. They make your body stressed, which means it’ll feel tight and exhausted when you arrive. Cut these things out of your diet for at least three days prior to your flight. You should also avoid heavy meals the day before your flight. Your body uses heavy meals as part of its circadian rhythm; if you avoid eating them until after you arrive, you’ll adjust more quickly.

4. Drink plenty of water.

A hydrated body also adapts to a new sleep schedule more quickly. Make sure you drink eight cups of water daily during the week preceding your relocation. Your body needs to get used to feeling hydrated-a single glass of water before your flight won’t help you fight jet lag.

During the Flight

1. Drink some more water.water

Your hydration won’t last if you don’t drink water on the plane. Aircraft cabins have very dry air, and they’ll dehydrate you quickly. By the time you arrive at your destination, your body won’t have the water it needs to adjust. Maintain your hydration by drinking plenty of water during your flight.

2. Sleep or stay awake (depending on arrival time).

If you’ll arrive early in the morning, you should sleep during the flight. Take off your shoes and curl up with a blanket and pillow. You’ll arrive feeling ready to greet the morning. However, if you will arrive in the evening, don’t sleep. Force yourself to stay awake by stretching and walking down the aisles. Just make sure you don’t disturb the other passengers.

Even if staying awake exhausts you, you’ll arrive tired enough to go to bed at the correct hour for that time zone. This will give you a head start on your transition.

3. Reset your watch.

While you fly, you should get your mind used to thinking about the time in the new area. Set your phone, computer, MP3 player, and watch to the new time zone.

After the Flight

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If you want a quick transition, you need to act like you’ve always lived in that time zone as soon as you arrive. Don’t take a quick nap, and don’t eat a heavy meal if you plan to go to bed. Do whatever the locals do at that hour.

If you arrive in the morning, go for a brief walk. The sunlight will help your body regulate its rhythm. Breakfast will too. But if you arrive at night, feel free to have a small snack and go straight to bed.

Don’t worry if your body feels strained at first. You have to force it to adapt. It won’t like it at first, but it will catch up eventually.

2. Use melatonin.
If you have trouble falling asleep in the new time zone, take melatonin. You may have to buy it before you go abroad though many countries don’t offer it over the counter.

Now that you know how to adjust to your new time zone, you can go forward with confidence. You won’t have to postpone your adventure as you try to recover from your move. If you use these tips, you can jump into the new culture as soon as you land.

Contact your international movers if you have any further questions about moving abroad.

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Bekins Van Lines delivers cheer to Ronald McDonald House of Indiana

Employees of Bekins Van Lines collected and delivered more the 430 items to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana on Thursday.

The collection took place at the corporate office in Indianapolis mid-November to December to be used for the Santa’s Workshop, which will allow parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House shop for gifts at no cost during the holiday season. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Bekins also donated a selection of gift cards.

Representatives from Bekins were given a tour of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana that serves 58 families around the world while their children receive life-saving treatment at Indianapolis hospitals. Below are pictures from the tour.

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Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.

 

 

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Bekins Van Lines Celebrates the Careers of Four Loyal Employees

Bekins Van Lines celebrated the careers of Diane Schueller, Sam Napier, Dave Rhodes and Gary Reynolds during a luncheon at the corporate office today.

All four of the retirees brought something different to the table and will be missed greatly throughout the organization.

Diane Schueller, Staff Accountant – Diane has worked with the company since 1991 when she moved from Dallas, Texas. She is known as the number cruncher extraordinaire and is precise and detail-oriented with a wealth of industry knowledge.

Famous Quote “It’s six of one, half a dozen of another.”

Sam Napier, Warehouseman –  Sam has been a warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage for 32 years. He is known for always smiling and his calm demeanor. Sam is dependable and always a go-to for advice.

Famous Quote “You trying to kill me?”

Dave Rhodes, Equipment coordinator – Has been with the company since 2000. He has had varied background in the moving industry that stems for over 50 years. He watches over the fleet and the needs of drivers with great precision and detail. When you see a Bekins trailer on the road, Dave is the reason it looks so good.

Famous Quote “It is what it is!”

Gary Reynolds, VP of Operations and Safety – Gary has been with the company for 13 years. The operations department has “hummed along like a well-oiled machine” under his leadership. He is known for his wicked sense of humor. He has worn many hats in the industry, but we are grateful his last one was with Bekins.

Famous Quote “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Diane, Sam, Dave and Gary will all be greatly missed. Thank you for many years of service, loyalty and dedication.

 

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10 Ways to Pack for Your Next Move on the Cheap

When planning a move on a tight budget, the last thing you want is to spend money on expensive packing materials. To help you pinch your pennies, this list will spark your creative problem-solving skills and save you money while packing for your next move.

1. Never Buy Boxes You Can Have for Free

Before you buy boxes for your move, look around your community for used boxes that people no longer want. Many businesses receive weekly inventory shipments, so they have an overabundance of cardboard boxes. These boxes may be yours, if you only ask.

Here are a few places you can ask for boxes in your area:

  • Online Classified Ads - Many people that have recently moved want to give away their moving boxes.
  • Home Appliance Retailers - Big stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy often have large boxes for items like fridges, washers, and electronics.
  • Grocery Stores - Grocery stores often have plenty of spare boxes. If you find old produce boxes, make sure they are dry and sturdy before you bring them home.

2. Pack Heavy Objects in Liquor Boxes

Wooden liquor boxes are designed to carry heavy glass bottles and cans, which makes perfect boxes for moving your heavier belongings. These crate-style boxes often come with handles, which also makes them easy to carry.

Ask the staff at your local liquor store if they would be willing to give you their used boxes, or at least sell them to you at a discounted price.

3. Use Clothing to Pack Breakables

Instead of buying bubble wrap, cover fragile or easily-scratched items with clothing. Delicate items could include silverware, plates, picture frames, and ceramics.

Line your boxes with your sweaters, pajamas, and other soft clothing before you pack your breakable items into boxes. This method not only saves you on packing material, but it also saves you packing space. You won’t have to pack your clothing in separate boxes, and you won’t have to throw away countless piles of bubble wrap after your move.

4. Pack Your Glasses and Stemware in Clean Socks

While sweaters and pajamas work well for larger, yet delicate, items, they don’t do as well for glasses and stemware. Fortunately, clean socks make perfect impromptu covers for packing glassware. Just slip each of your glasses into a sock and pack them snuggly into packing boxes. The socks will act as a buffer to keep them from clinking together during the move.

5. Use Dollar Store Balloons as Packing Materials

Instead of using expensive air-pillow packing materials, buy a few packs of balloons from the dollar store. Partially inflate the balloons and use them to fill open space in your boxes. Balloons absorb impact without popping as long as you don’t over inflate them. You can buy various balloon shapes to fill up different sized gaps in your boxes so your items stay secure.

6. Line the Sides of Your Boxes with Egg Cartons

Egg cartons are strong and lightweight. Take advantage of their design by using egg cartons to buffer the insides of your boxes. Egg cartons can take a beating, so they add a layer of protection for your belongings during the move.

7. Use Shredded Paper Instead of Packing Peanuts

Give your paper shredder another purpose in life. Use your shredded documents as filling for your boxes instead of packing peanuts. Shredded paper is good packing filler that would otherwise go to waste.

8. Put All Your Containers to Good Use

Gather your baskets, hampers, and luggage and pack them full of your things. This will cut down the number of boxes you will need for your move. You can also pack heavier items in your wheeled luggage to make it easier to move. Watch the weight, though! You don’t want to break your wheels by rolling around a shelf’s worth of books.

9. Sell Bulky, Unwanted Items on the Internet

You can cut packing and moving costs by selling some of your big, unwanted items before you move. If you have old items you can easily replace, don’t waste money moving them. Instead list them on a local classified site and pocket the proceeds. The fewer things you have to move, the less you will pay to pack them.

10. Donate Your Other Unwanted Things

Collect remaining items in good condition but that you aren’t able to sell. Bring the items to a local charity or give them to your friends. If you donate them, you may be able to write off the value on your taxes.

Follow these 10 simple tips to save money while packing for your move. The money you save may help you stay within your moving budget. And since these tips encourage re-purposing household items and reusing boxes, you can also help the environment by relying less on new materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Moving Day

What can I expect on moving day?

On moving day, you can relax and leave all of the hard work to the professional movers. When a Bekins driver arrives at your home, he will conduct an initial walk-through of your home. This is a good opportunity to let the driver know what items will be shipped and which items will stay. This also allows the driver to visualize how your belongings will best fit in the truck.

The driver and his crew will then prepare your house by protecting the floors and doorways. Once loading is ready to begin, the driver will use the inventory form to document the items, and their condition, going on the truck. The driver and his crew will wrap furniture pads (specially designed blankets) around your furniture to protect it from scratches and other damage. Overstuffed furniture (couches, etc.) will be wrapped in stretch wrap to help prevent damage. Once an item is properly protected it will be loaded on the truck.

After your belongings are loaded on the truck the driver will ask you to sign some paperwork, including the Bill of Lading, High Value Inventory, and Inventory.

Do you take protect certain areas of the home when moving the furniture?

When moving your household goods, Bekins Van Lines takes precautions throughout the home to make sure no walls get scratched and no mud on the carpets. Before actually moving anything, the crew from Bekins will go through the house and put protection on the carpets, stairs, walls and doorways to ensure nothing gets damaged while moving your belongings to or from the house.

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Do I have to be there the whole time?

It is recommended for you to be present on loading and unloading day to avoid any possible errors in communication. On loading day, you must be there to review and sign the Bill of Lading, which is a receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. On the day of unloading, you will need to be available to check and review your inventory as it is coming off of the truck.

When will you be able to let me know about the weight of the shipment?

Most of the time, the driver will be able to let you know within one to two days. The weighing is all dependent on what time the loading is completed and if the driver can get to the weigh station when it is open.

Will I have the same driver/helpers at the destination?

There is a possibility that your driver will be different from loading to the delivery. The crew will be different as they are usually from a local agent in the area that you are moving to or from.

What is a shuttle?
bekins small truck Shuttle service is a smaller vehicle to provide service when the residence is not accessible to the mover’s normal equipment. A Shuttle service at origin involves loading the goods onto a smaller vehicle then transporting and offloading them onto the mover’s normal equipment. The process is reversed at destination. Depending on the weight of the shipment, this could involve several trips with the smaller vehicle. The shuttle charge is based on a rate-per-hundred weight.

How will I know when my shipment is going to be delivered?
Your driver will contact you 48 hours prior to the delivery of your belongings. Confirm with the driver your destination contact information prior to his departure from your origin residence.

Who do I contact if my shipment is delayed beyond my delivery dates?
In the unfortunate situation that your belongings will not be delivered within the delivery spread that is stated on the Bill of Lading, please contact our customer service department at 1-800-932-7799. A customer service representative will be able to answer your questions and provide delivery updates. You should also feel free to contact us electronically if you prefer.

Who do I contact if my household goods were damaged during my move?
In the unfortunate instance that an item was damaged during the move, please contact Bekins claims department at 1-800-992-5202. A claims adjuster will be assigned and he or she will review the claim and contact you, if necessary, with any further instructions. Please take note of the following details on the claims process:

  1. All claims must be filed in writing, within nine months of the date of delivery to residence. If your goods were placed into storage-in-transit, and remain in storage in excess of 180 days, you have nine months from the date of conversion to permanent storage in which to file a claim.
  2. Please do not discard or repair any items without prior authorization from this office, as we reserve the right to inspect all claimed items.
  3. If you are claiming any damaged items which were packed, please indicate whether or not the carton was damaged. Please also save the packing material and carton for our inspection.
  4. Please describe the nature and location of damages for each article claimed, and furnish repair estimates whenever possible to support the claim.
  5. Please provide the manufacturer’s name, the model, and the serial number of any appliances or electronics equipment claimed as missing or damaged.
  6. Copies of original purchase receipts should be submitted with your claim for items requiring replacement.
  7. Please make certain that all items you wish to claim are included on your claim form, and that the claim form does constitute your complete and entire claim.

Learn more about the Claims Process.

Are there any questions about the moving/loading day that we might have missed? Ask below!

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Frightening Moves in Halloween Movies

It’s Halloween and one of the favorite pastimes of the season is to watch scary movies. When it comes to horror movies, the moving industry is quite busy as most Halloween movies begin with a family moving into a new house and later to find out it is haunted. We have compiled some of our favorite moving Halloween movies. In the case you are are looking to move to one of these areas, we have Bekins agents located there to help you!

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Amityville Horror (1970 and 2005)Based on a true story, The newly married Lutz family with their three children movie into their beautiful new house in Amityville, N.Y., only to discover the house already has demonic inhabitants after a Rob DeFeo, Jr. murdered his family in the house.

Maffucci Storage Corp. is actually located right in Amityville, N.Y., so if you want to move to there, call them today!
866.228.6400
www.maffuccimoving.com

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Hocus Pocus (1993) - 300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, who moved from Los Angeles, Calif. to Salem, Mass., the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.

Bekins Local Agents Near Salem, Mass.:

1. Tobin & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.
800.974.0400
www.tobinandsons.com

2. Liberty Movers
800.649.3740
www.libertymovers.com

Pet Sematary

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Pet Sematary (1989) – The Creed family moved from Chicago, Ill. to a countryside home in Maine. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house. The Creed’s neighbors are reluctant to talk about the cemetary, and for good reason too.

Agents near Chicago, Ill.

1. Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage
800.323.8558
www.boyer-rosene.com

2. Century Moving, Inc.
800.304.1688
www.centurymove.com

3. Boerman Moving & Storage, Inc.
800.323.3048
www.boerman.com

The Conjuring

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The Conjuring (2013) - In 1971, the Perron Family moves to Harrisville, Rhode Island into a farm house and soon strange things start happening around it. Mother, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a satanic spirit that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this evil spirit before it destroys everyone involved.

Agents near Harrisville, R.I.:

1. Liberty Movers
800.649.3740
www.libertymovers.com

2. Tobin & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.
800.974.0400
www.tobinandsons.com

3. John C. Murphy Moving & Storage, Inc.
800.966.3518
www.murphymovers.com

Coraline (2009) – When Coraline moves from Pontiac, Michigan to an old house in Ashland,

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327597/

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327597/

Oregon, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. She sneaks into the passage and discovers a parallel world where everybody has buttons for their eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the people of the other world get her to stay, she ends up trapped and it’s not what it seems.

Agents near Pontiac, Mich.:

1. Midwest Moving & Storage
800.473.4667
www.midwestmovingstorage.com

Agents near Ashland, Ore.:

1. Southern Oregon Transfer & Storage
541.476.4439

2. Flegel Moving & Storage
541.673.4437

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486651/

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486651/

Dark Mirror (2007) - The housewife and photographer Deborah Martin is strangely attracted to a house in Los Angeles, Calif. and convinces her husband Jim to buy it. They move from Seattle with their son Ian. Deborah takes a photo of a mirror in the bathroom and she soon discovers that her neighbor is snooping on her family and a stranger is stalking her. She researches the house history and finds that it belonged to a painter who might have killed his wife.

Agents Near Seattle, Wash.:

1. Bekins Northwest
800.497.6683
www.bekinsmovingandstorage.com

2. Merchants Moving & Storage
800.922.2661

Agents Near Los Angeles, Calif:

1. Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc.
800.223.3146
www.mybekins.com

2. Antelope Valley Van & Storage
800.381.0772
www.avmoving.com

 

Want to binge on some Halloween moving movies this weekend? Here is a list of even more:

Paranormal Activity
Poltergeist
Flowers in the Attic
The Attic
House at the End of the Street
Haunting in Connecticut
Beetlejuice
Casper
Darkness
Haunting in Salem
Lost Boys
The Grudge
Seven Days to Live
Dark Water
Insidious
American Horror Story Season 1 (TV Show)

 Can you think of anymore? Comment Below!

Sources: IMDB and Wikipedia

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An Employee’s Guide to Corporate Relocation

So you’ve been offered your dream job. Congratulations! However, this dream job has one big caveat-it’s located far away from where you currently live. Deciding to make the move may seem like a hard decision, but actually making the move could be even more difficult.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the idea of a difficult move. Instead, use these tips to take advantage of your job opportunity-no matter where it takes you.

1. Find out if your employer offers a relocation package

Before the economic downturn, many firms offered generous relocation packages to their employees to acquire the best talent. Now, fewer companies offer financial compensation for their employees to move. But it never hurts to ask.

And if you take time to negotiate, your company may compensate you for at least a few of your expenses.

Relocation packages could cover:

  • Trips to find a new home in the new location
  • Professional moving services
  • Moving costs for specialty items
  • Travel costs for you and family members
  • Rent of temporary housing for a short period of time
  • Loss-on-sale protection (if you lose money selling your current home)
  • Closing costs
  • Relocation bonus

You should also ask your new employer if you should take advantage of preferred providers. The company may work closely with certain real estate agents or moving companies, and they may only reimburse you for moving costs if you use those providers.

business handshake2. Ask how you will be compensated for relocating

Companies have different types of relocation packages: lump sum, reimbursement, direct bill to employer, and third-party relocation packages. Find out which method your company uses before you start spending money on moving.

Lump sum: Your company will give you a one-time payment that you and your employer previously agreed upon. There are no restrictions on how you spend the money, but you won’t get any more.

Reimbursement: Your company determines an amount that they will reimburse you for moving-related expenses. You typically need to show receipts to receive the reimbursement.

Direct bill to employer: Your company pays all or some of your moving bills directly through the moving company. Generous employers will combine this payment type with lump sum payments or reimbursements.

Third-party relocation: Your company uses a relocation company to coordinate and manage your move in its entirety. You may be required to pay the relocation company yourself, or the company may contribute with one of the payment plans above.

3. Figure out how much money you’ll spend out of pocket

Your company will likely not cover every single cost of your move. You’ll probably have to pay for the travel expenses of you and your family, your food, any stays in hotels, and home selling costs.

Here are some costs you should think about (note that some are also listed in possible relocation package bonuses):

House hunting trips: You should research your new location thoroughly. Many people who relocate take at least one trip to the new city to search for a new home. Do your research before you arrive. You should look at school systems, crime rates, cost of living, home values, and any other information you think is valuable. Then when you get there, schedule walk-throughs of several potential homes so you can decide which one suits you.

Remember, the expense of traveling to search for a new home may fall on your shoulders, so be economical with your time. If you fly, take rental car expenses into account.

skd273191sdcLease cancellation or closing costs: If you’re currently renting, you will typically have to pay a cancellation fee to get out of your lease. The cost could range anywhere from one month to three months’ rent.

If you sell your home, you may have to spend as much as 10% of the price of your home to get it sold. Take into account real estate agent costs, listing costs, and closing costs. You may also have to accept the possibility of selling your home at a loss.

Miscellaneous expenses: Remember to account for the little things. You may have to store your belongings in temporary storage while you wait to move into your home. You have to prepare your home for the move. You have to get the new home ready to move into. You’ll have to pay security deposits for utilities in your new home.

4. Find temporary or rental housing

If you’re selling your home, avoid paying two mortgages at once. Unless your current home sells right away, live in a rental unit for a portion of your time in your new location. Often, people who relocate for work live in temporary housing for 1 to 3 months. 3 months is more typical if you owned your previous home.

Living in temporary housing gives you a chance to live in your new environment before you make a final purchase of a home. You don’t risk as much of a monetary investment. If you hate your rental housing, it’s not a big problem, because you can easily move.

5. Make the move

Now that you know where you’re going and who’s paying for your move, you’re ready to move you and your family to your new location. Visit our Corporate Relocation Services page for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Packing

Once you have hired a moving service, you will have to decide whether to purchase additional services, and one of those services is packing. Packing is a tedious task that can be done for you, or you can do it yourself. Regardless of what you choose, here is the compiled a list of frequently asked questions when it comes to packing.

What packing services does Bekins offer?

Bekins offers a variety of packing services:

  •  Full-service packing, crating and unpacking
  •  Packing only difficult and/or fragile items
  •  Special packing for sensitive home electronics
  • Advice and quality packing materials

Of course, you can pack you own belonging and Bekins agent can offer suggestions and a full line of packing materials at competitive rates.

All Bekins movers are trained to handle your belongings with the utmost care and attention. To obtain packing materials including boxes, your local Bekins agent can provide these at competitive rates.

Can I leave the items in my dresser drawers?
Yes, you can leave clothing in your dresser drawers if your shipment will not need storage. If you will need storage at one of Bekins’ agencies, we recommend that all items in your dresser drawers be packed. We also recommend that all non-clothing items be packed, regardless of your storage needs.

Will the mover load the boxes that I packed?
Yes, the driver will load the boxes that you packed as long as the driver deems them safe for transport. Please note, the liability coverage for boxes that you pack yourself is not the same as the liability coverage available to you for carrier-packed boxes.

Can I pack and move my plants?
Typically, it is not advisable to move your plants. Most professional movers will only accept plants if the shipment is not going more than 150 miles and/or delivery will be within 24 hours. In addition, if you are moving across state lines, check with federal and state regulations for quarantines or other restrictions. Several states even require that plants be inspected and declared “pest free.”

What items cannot be packed?
Bekins wants your belongings to arrive at your new home safe and sound.

That means not moving certain items. Aerosol cans and hazardous materials are unsafe for transportation on a moving van. In addition, perishable items and those of personal importance are recommended for your individual transport. Read our comprehensive list of What Not to Pack.

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Bekins recommends you do not pack or ship your fine jewelry, precious metals, important papers (titles, tax forms, bank books, deeds, etc.), medical and dental records, prescriptions, coins, currency, stock certificates, notes or bonds. These items should be carried with you during your move.

How should I prepare my appliances?
All major appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, stoves, etc.) should be properly disconnected before the mover’s arrival. An authorized service firm can disconnect and prepare each appliance for transport. All refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted, cleaned and dried before the movers arrive. For more information, visit our how to move appliances page.

Will Bekins move my automobile?
Yes, Bekins has the capability to transport your automobile. There are several options for this service, including in-van service or use of a third-party carrier. If you elect to use in-van service, your automobile will be transported on a Bekins moving truck with your household goods. You can also elect to use a third-party carrier to transport your vehicle. Whichever option you choose, your local Bekins agent can arrange this service for you.

How will my mirrors and pictures be protected and packed?
Your local Bekins agent can pack all of your mirrors and pictures using specially designed cartons and wrapping materials to provide maximum protection for your goods.

What type of protection options do my belongings have during transport?
Bekins offers different levels of valuation options for your belongings. These options are not insurance, but provide for protection of your goods during shipping. Learn more about Bekins Valuation options.

More packing resources:

Bekins Packing Guide

Bekins Moving Checklist

Bekins Printable Labels

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Frequently Asked Questions when Preparing to Hire a Moving Company

Relocating your household goods is an extensive and complicated process, which can raise a lot of questions. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions when choosing a moving service.

What is an interstate move?
Interstate moving is defined as those moves that cross state lines to get from their origin to their destination.

What is an agent?
An agent is a local moving company that books long distance moves through its van line. An agent usually performs local moves, intrastate moves, packing, storage and perhaps other services. Bekins Van Lines offers a network of 370 agents all over the United States.

What is the difference between a moving broker and a moving carrier?
Moving brokers are often described as a middle person between the customer and the moving company. A moving broker does not have the operational and logistic capabilities that moving companies have. Moving brokers are sales teams that book your move and sell it to an actual moving company. The broker provides a customer the opportunity to have access to many competitive moving quotes, however, despite there being reputable brokers, there are also rogue brokers who have left customers in bad situations.

A moving carrier, such as Bekins Van Lines, has operational and logistical capabilities, such as truck fleets and warehouses. We employ highly trained moving professionals and are licensed, insured, accredited by major business, transportation and regulatory organizations. Moving carriers are also responsible for lost or damaged goods and work very hard to prevent mistakes.

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When is the best time to move?
Whenever is the right time for you. However, the months of May-September have the highest demand in the moving industry. During the non-peak season September 15-May 1, Bekins has a special offer for customers moving during those months.

When should I begin researching and contacting companies about upcoming moves?
We suggest to start researching moving companies around eight weeks before you move. Many moving companies offer online options to receive a ballpark estimate, which would give you an idea if a moving company is in your price range. Once your narrow your search down to three companies, then request an in home estimate for the most accurate price. Then choose the right moving company from there about four weeks before your scheduled move.

What is an in-home estimate?
A local Bekins agent will come to your home and complete a visual survey of your belongings that you are planning on moving. The estimate is based on a wide variety of factors, the two main ones being shipment weight and distance to destination. In addition, the agent will evaluate the need for professional services, such as pack and unpacking, appliance preparation and custom crating and storage. Make sure all the items that you are planning on moving are in plain view, including items from the attic, garage and basement. If there are any household items are not making the move, make sure to point those out as well.

Along with providing a written estimate, your local Bekins agents will be able to explain the different types of estimates, your rights and responsibilities and valuation options.

What is a non-binding estimate?
A non-binding estimate is the carrier’s approximation of the cost, based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. The final cost will be based upon the actual weight of your shipment, the services provided and the tariff provisions in effect. To verify the weight of your shipment, the driver will weigh his trailer prior to loading your shipment and then reweigh his trailer once your shipment has been loaded.

DSCF0239What is an Order for Service?
An Order for Service is a signed written agreement made in advance with the moving company, authorizing the company to move your goods.

What is a Bill of Lading?
A Bill of Lading is the written contract between you and the mover which lists the terms of the agreement (services, dates and actual charges, etc.). The Bill of Lading also serves as your receipt for your belongings.

What is an inventory?
The inventory is the form that lists all of the items that you are moving and their condition. Both you and the driver will sign the inventory after the shipment is loaded and unloaded. The inventory is also used to document any change in the condition of your items or any missing items at delivery.

What are my rights and responsibilities when I move?
All moving companies are required by federal law to provide each customer a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. Your primary responsibility as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to select a reputable household goods carrier, ensure that you understand the terms and conditions of the contract, and understand and pursue the remedies that are available to you in case problems arise. You should talk to your mover if you have further questions. The moving company will also furnish you with additional written information describing its procedure for handling your questions and complaints, and a telephone number you can call to obtain additional information about your move.

What is Valuation?
Bekins goal is to delivery your household goods to your home in a safe and timely manner. Although Bekins takes every measure to assure that your items arrive at your new home without incident, sometimes damage occurs. To be sure that your goods are protected, we offer various levels of transit protection from full value protection to basic liability. Learn more about your valuation options and the different levels of transit protection.

What are the methods of payment Bekins accepts for my move?
Tariff provisions require the move is to be paid in full before the shipment is being unloaded at the destination. You can pay for the move at the time of delivery with cash, money order, traveler’s check, certified check or cashier’s check. With prior credit approval, there is an option to charge the cost of your move to a personal credit. Bekins accepts major credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

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