Use Masking Tape On Glass

Use masking tape to place a large X on your glass picture frames. (Use more tape if the picture is large.) The tape will not prevent the glass from breaking, but just in case the picture is dropped or otherwise damaged in the move, the tape will help keep the broken glass from damaging the picture itself. It is a lot cheaper to replace the glass than the whole picture.

More Free Moving Apps For IPhone

As the dreaded packing and moving process approaches, you might find yourself wondering how you’re going to keep track of everything that needs to be done. From finding reliable professional movers to making a system to keep track of all of your belongings, moving is a complicated process. Never fear! With this list of moving apps, you can accomplish much of the moving process right from your mobile phone.


Moving Day for iPhone

In our opinion Moving Day for iPhone is one of the best moving applications out there. Moving Day is an App to help organize your entire move from packing to delivery. Moving Day helps organize all of your information to make the entire moving process easier. It allows you to take “before” pictures of your belongings and also generates barcode labels creating an inventory of all of your items. The barcodes can then be scanned to make sure all of your items made it to your new residence.

Available Free at iTunes


Home Move Pro for iPhone

Home Move Pro is an all-in-one, inventory-listing, contact-saving, note-taking, to-do list-making, moving app. This app allows you to create folders and lists to keep track of all of your belongings. It also has a contacts section to keep track of important phone numbers and email addresses that you may need during your move. This app is definitely worth a look see!

Available Free at iTunes

Use “Post-its” To Identify Contents

Post-It notes can be your best friend when unpacking the bathroom, kitchen, and assorted linen closets in your new home. As you unpack and place items in your new home, mark the contents of each drawer and cabinet on a Post-it note and attach it to the cabinets/drawers. Leave the “notes” on for the first week or so of living in your new home. This will help you and your family to become familiar with where everything is located and it will also save you from the constant, "MOM! Where are the _______?????!"

Children’s “Essentials” Box

When packing your “Essentials” box, don’t forget the children! It’s important that the children have their very own essentials box, packed with their favorite stuffed animal, toys, and whatever else they may need to help them through their first couple of days at the new home. If possible, it's important that you involve the children in selecting and packing their own essentials' box. This of course will depend on the child’s age and ability to choose and pack their things.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to explain to your child what should be included in the box. This will depend on the age of the child and what kind of move you're making. If you're moving a long distance, then your child's essentials box should include some additional items to keep them happy and entertained throughout the trip. Other items to include are things your child will want for their first few nights in the new home. This includes items such as, coloring books, bedding, games, and anything they think will help them settle into their new home.

Organize With Your IPhone

“How did I possibly fit everything in there?” This is a question many people ask themselves when trying to remember how dishes, knick Knacks, or glassware was arranged in a china hutch or curio cabinet. Thankfully today’s technology can save you precious time when trying to arrange everything as it was in your previous home. Just pull out your IPhone and snap a simple picture or two. It only takes a few seconds to photograph everything before you pack and the photo will remind you of how the items were placed originally!

Fun With Moving Boxes!

Don’t immediately discard your moving boxes! To children, big empty boxes may be the most popular toy of all time. Buy a package of colored markers and let the kids create a box city in the back yard. They can take the discarded boxes and color them to make a playhouse, cars, or even a whole cityscape! This is guaranteed to keep the little ones busy for hours giving you time to start putting the new home in order. Really!

Color Coordinate Box Placement

OK, so the movers have arrived at your new home and are ready to start unloading. It seems like the most difficult part of your job now is directing them as to what rooms to put everything in. The easiest way to let them know where all of the boxes go is to color coordinate!

Draw a map of the new home and designate a color for each room, such as Blue for kitchen, Red for Dining Room, etc. Place several colored stickers on each box indicting the room that it will be placed in. Place the map at the entrance to the home and put a matching sticker on the doors of each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. Put the colored stickers on the map in a way that indicates where in the room you would like the boxes placed. This will insure that they are kept out of the way of possible furniture placement.

Moving Day Reminders

1. Make sure that you will be available for the movers the entire loading day.

2. Plan to leave all utilities on until the day after your move.

3. Be sure to have a working cell phone the day of your move

4. Check the inventory sheets and any comments made by the mover as to the present condition of your furniture. In the event of a discrepancy, please discuss it with the lead mover and note it on the inventory sheets.

5. Items of high value that are being loaded on the truck by the movers, such as artwork and antiques, should be noted separately on a hi-value inventory sheet and signed off by the lead mover. Small valuable items such as jewelry should be transported in your personal vehicle.

6. Walk through every room in the house, to make sure nothing is missed. Be sure to also walk through the garage, yard and any out buildings or sheds.

7. Before the truck pulls away on moving day, make sure that you and the driver have a way to contact each other en route to the destination.

So, You're a Student on the Move!

In this segment let us assume that you are a student, moving somewhere along the Wasatsch Front.

Let's say you are in reasonably good health and have a friend, also in reasonably good health, that you can entice with a pizza to assist you. Chances are you have a single room full (or not quite full) of stuff. If you have almost any kind of furniture, a car is not going to work. You need a truck. The car rental companies like Avis, Hertz, Enterprise etc. have virtually no trucks. Penske and Budget trucks are expensive unless you are going over 100 miles, and their beds are "dock high," meaning 4.5 feet off the ground. Your best bet would be a U-Haul pickup truck or cargo van. They cost $20 plus 59 cents per mile, and you have to replace the gas you use (regular by the way). You need to have a valid driver’s license and only need to be 18 years old, instead of 25 like the car companies require. You also need a credit card OR a debit card. (Car companies typically do not accept debit cards.) A gift card is also possible. The U-Haul system will usually authorize your card for an amount between $45 and $65. I, personally, prefer the cargo vans over a pick up, unless you need to tow something. The cargo bed is about the same size for both the van and the truck, but the cargo van has taller side walls, so you can stack higher. Of course, a van provides real protection against rain, whereas a tarp for a pick up truck is an imperfect solution, at best.

Cargo vans work best for students. The ride is smoother, more car-like than the rough ride of a truck, and vans are almost as easy to drive as a car, meaning less chance of an accident. If you are worried that all your stuff won't fit in the van, relax; just make two trips. If where you are moving from and where you are moving to are not that far apart, then the extra trip will only cost you a few dollars. On the other hand, if you have to travel across the whole valley or even farther, then you will want to finish your move in one trip. In that case you should consider a 10-foot truck, which has no ramp, but is still the best value for a one-trip move at just $20 plus 69 cents per mile.

If you have two rooms full of stuff, or if two of you are moving as a couple, then you will want a 14-foot truck. It is a real truck with a ramp. The 10-foot and 14-foot trucks have a harsher ride and large open-rear cargo areas, so you will need plenty of blankets and rope, which is the best insurance against damage you can buy. Come on into our store and rent a dozen blankets for $10 and buy 50 feet of rope for just $3. Make sure everything is packed tightly enough so that things are not jostling around. Use the blankets to buffer all hard surfaces and use the rope to tie everything to the inside rails of the truck. Without packing tightly and securing the load, items could bang around inside the truck, breaking your fragile belongings, and the inevitable bumps and turns in transport could cause the load to shift slightly, crushing the more delicate items, but using the rope and blankets, you can be sure that your property gets through the rougher ride without damage.

Plan ahead and have a safe and pleasant moving experience, so that you start off the next chapter of your life on the right foot.

So, You Need Packing Help!

There are four general types of packing needs:

  1. You are moving out of state with all of your belongings,
  2. You are going out state for school, job, etc., but are coming back,
  3. You are moving, lock stock and barrel, across town, or
  4. You only want to move a handful of items.

In this segment, we will discuss the third and fourth situations. Eighty percent of those that we help move fall into the third category, moving locally from one apartment or house to another.

When moving locally, the value, quantity and size of the things you want to move are the most important considerations.

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First, let us consider the fourth situation, where you are on your own with only a few belongings to move, and without any large items like furniture pieces, or anything of great value. You could hire a moving company, but that would not be cost effective, since, even though your move might only take an hour or two, you would probably be charged for three or four hours, because moving companies have a policy of charging for a certain number of minimum hours, usually three or four. (Our rate is $85 per hour with a three-hour or four-hour minimum, depending on the distances involved.)

In this scenario, your first step is to get the right packing material for the job. Your best value for packing material can be found at U-Haul. Our U-Haul location is

412 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: (801) 532-6683

Not only can you get the supplies you need from us, but we will show you how to use them. You will want packing paper ($1 per pound), tape and medium boxes ($2.35 each). The medium box (18x18x16 inches) is so useful, that it is the most sold box on the planet.

You not only use packing paper around fragile items, but also to fill voids (holes) in your boxes

  1. to protected your items from damaging each other in the box,
  2. to prevent your items from sliding around inside the box, and
  3. to keep any one box from getting too heavy.

After packing everything snuggly, just transport the boxes using a car or van. If you do not have a car, you can request a taxi minivan. For a little tip the driver will usually load your medium boxes and luggage into their van and unload them at your destination.

If you have any furniture, the taxi cab method will not work, of course. If you can drive and have a valid driver's license, rent a U-Haul cargo van. They are really easy to drive and have very good mirrors. If you use the mirrors properly, it will be just as safe and easy in a cargo van as in a car.

At the U-Haul location, buy some stretch wrap ($5.85) and ask them how to use it. Use stretch wrap around all your furniture.

If you have mattresses, you will want to keep grease, soot and dirt off of them, so buy the right size mattress cover bags ($4 or $5 each, depending on size). After putting the mattresses into the bags, make sure you tape the ends shut.

You and a friend, each carrying one side, can manage a few smaller pieces of furniture or a mattress or two.

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Now let us talk about situation three, mentioned above, where a larger household, typically a family, is moving locally across town.

People often think that all you need for a successful move is the muscle to lift and carry the furniture, but every bit as important as sheer brawn is technique. Hiring somebody you found on Craigslist or the corner of Home Depot is extremely risky. You don't their background or intentions, and they will know where you live and what you own, and though they may have the muscle, they will most certainly lack the moving know-how.

What know-how? Let me explain. There is no point in transporting furniture, if it is broken beyond repair upon arrival, and most damage occurs because of how the truck loaded. This is where the art of moving comes in. First, the furniture needs to be stretch wrapped and blanketed in very specific ways, and then, it must be properly packed, loaded and tied down, or "cubed," as it is known in the industry. If the load is not cubed, so that everything fits together snugly, the furniture will shift and lean into each other when the truck turns or changes speed, and that is when things snap and get chipped, scraped and crushed. Don't let this happen to your belongings! Always get skilled, experienced moving labor to help you pack and load.

Our movers are full-time, background-checked, drug-tested, experienced professionals. Even if you plan to rent a U-Haul and drive yourself, our professional movers can help you properly cube your load for just $74 per hour for two movers and their equipment. Of course, we also provide the full-service option, where we do the driving, provide the 26-foot moving truck, two full-time experienced movers, blankets, stretch wrap and equipment for only $85 per hour. Our movers will also gladly hook up your washer and dryer, and disassemble and re-assemble furniture, as needed. They will do it quickly and carefully, because moving is what they do and all they do, and you have the peace of mind of knowing that they represent a company with a brick-and-mortar address that has been in business for over thirty years.

Our movers would also be happy to help you pack up your boxes, but they would be doing so at the same hourly rate as loading, driving and unloading. If you are able to, your best value for your money would be to pack the the boxes yourself and let us do the rest. All of the advice about packing for people with few belongings would, of course, apply here as well, but with larger households, there are often additional considerations.

By the time you have collected enough stuff to be considered a larger household, you have usually also collected memories and "special" possessions. You know best the monetary and sentimental value of your property and, consequently, what items you want to give special attention to. You will probably want to take extra time to pack items from your kitchen and curio cabinets, for example. By now, you may have fine china, figurines, porcelain dolls, souvenirs from your travels and family heirlooms. Your treasures and delicate belongings, like glass and porcelain, need special attention.

Make sure that you paper-wrap all of your delicate and special items. This is your first level of protection. Next, carefully weigh your options for the type of box you choose. Do not use plastic bags or weak boxes, as this makes cubing the load impossible and will likely result in damage. Do not reuse boxes, as 50% of a box's strength is lost after the first use. Never borrow boxes. Legitimate moving companies, like ours, no longer recycle boxes due to the loss of box strength and the likelihood of spreading bed bugs, which are expensive to get rid of. Never use boxes thrown away by grocery stores unless you want everything smashed to bits. Never use a box without a top, and always tape both the bottom and top of the box really well with several strips of tape. Never cross the flaps on the top of boxes to hold them together, as the strength of the structure comes from the two flaps butting together and being well taped in that position. Also, be sure to double-box the high-end items, using foam or small bubble between the inner and outer box. There are 24x12x12 inch boxes specifically designed for dishes and glasses. The dish pack kit includes 32 foam pouches for dishes, plus a cardboard insert. The glass pack kit contains 18 pouches and a cardboard insert for glasses. Do not let your boxes with glass and fragile items get too heavy. Know when to fill out the remaining volume of the box with wadded up paper.

Well constructed boxes will add a great deal of strength and stability to your moving load. There are industry-accepted guidelines, rating the strength of boxes. Never use a box without at least a 32 pound crush strength or a 200 pound burst strength (shown by a 3 inch diameter circle with these ratings inside the circle on a flap of every box). Or even better, use a double-wall boxes. These are easily recognized, because the cardboard is a full 1/4 inch thick!

Moving Appliances

Large appliances are often heavy, awkward, and difficult to move. They usually also require some kind of un-installation. Although most moving companies require that all major appliances be prepared before they will move them, some do offer packing services that will prepare your major appliances for moving for you. Most movers charge an extra fee for this service, but you can be assured that the units will be working when they arrive at your new home.

Here are some tips, if you decide to do this on your own.

  1. For most large appliances, it is best to contact the dealer for specific move instructions, or you can often refer to the owner's manual.
  2. If you are moving a refrigerator, it is always best to unplug it for at least 24 hours prior to the move. After the freezer unit has defrosted, thoroughly dry all surfaces to prevent the chance of mildew from forming. Secure or remove all racks so they can’t shift during the move. Also if your unit has an ice maker, disconnect and drain the waterline.
  3. If you’re moving a stove, it should first be thoroughly cleaned inside and out. Next, as with a refrigerator, the racks should either be removed or secured to prevent shifting during the move. If your stove is gas, make sure to shut off the gas before you start disconnecting the line. Flex Gas lines can be fragile and need special handling. It is also “best practice” to use new flex gas line when you re-install the stove at your new home. If you're unqualified to perform these tasks, it is best to call a qualified service technician for help. Make sure to also tape down the knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost or damaged during the move.
  4. Portable dishwashers need to be empty and the utensil holder/rack removed or secured. The door should then be taped shut.
  5. Washer or dryer units need special handling. It is always best to consult the owner's manual for specific instructions. Remove all washer hoses and pack separately, either in a box, or sometimes you can put them inside the washing machine. For the washer, you will sometimes need to secure the drum. Please, consult the owner’s manual for complete instructions.
  6. For all appliances, unplug each unit and secure the plug either to the back or side of the appliance using packing tape. Do not allow cords dangle or come loose.
  7. Tape all appliance doors and lids shut before moving them.

Choosing the Right Size Rental Truck

If you decide to move yourself, choosing a moving truck of the right size will save you time and money. Here are a few guidelines for choosing from among the various types and sizes of rental moving trucks available.

  1. How many bedrooms does your home have? This will help determine how many boxes and how big of a rental truck you will need. See the Truck Rental Size Guide, below. Be sure to make allowances for any additional belongings in a storage that will be moving with you to your new home.
  2. What are the rental prices and what is the availability of moving trucks for the time of year that you are moving? This is often a big factor when it comes to renting a moving truck. If you are moving in the spring or summer, it is very important to start looking for rental companies well in advance.
  3. How comfortable are you driving a big moving truck? This is especially important, if you are moving out of state or during inclement weather. A local move will be a bit simpler.
  4. Are you moving to or from a neighborhood with narrow streets? If so, you might want to choose a smaller truck or van so you can more easily navigate the potential obstacles.
  5. Are you moving from or into an apartment that has a parking garage or other low clearance restrictions? If so, you will need to consider truck height.

Truck Rental Size Guide:

  • 26′ truck fits 4+ bedrooms
  • 24′ truck fits 3-4 bedrooms
  • 17′ truck fits 2-3 bedrooms
  • 14′ van will move 1-2 bedrooms
  • 10′ van will move a studio or small 1-bedroom apartment

Please note that these are approximate averages for reference only. Your case may differ significantly.

Keep the Kids Busy While You Move - ZOO

If you have kids running around while moving, it can be challenging and stressful. Therefore, on moving day, make sure the kids have something that will keep them busy.

For example, have someone take the kids to the Zoo. Starting May 2014, Utah’s Hogle Zoo opened their new animal habitat, featuring lions. In addition to lions, you can see polar bears, tigers, birds, reptiles, elephants, rhinos, and more. So have an older sibling, aunt, uncle, mom or dad take the kids to the Zoo.

It will keep them out of the way on moving day, and they will have some fun while learning. Of course, there are countless other out-of-the-house activities that could occupy your kids' attention during this time, so have fun, use your imagination, and make moving day enjoyable for the children and less stressful for you.

Food Made Easy

Make eating easy while you move, without adding to your waistline. All you need is a crock pot and the ingredients.

Here is an easy recipe: Pot Roast

Ingredients:

  • Chuck roast or rump roast
  • Baby Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Spices

Cut up the potatoes, onion, and celery. Add everything to the crock pot. Turn on high and let cook for 6 hours.

Eat and enjoy!

Moving Day is Here

Congratulations! You have already packed, padded and taped up your boxes, clearly numbering and labeling each, indicating into which room in your new home each box is to be moved. You have completed your inventory and made arrangements for your children to be entertained off site. Today is the day you have been preparing for. Moving day is here!

If you hired Moving Connections, your move will be simple and easy. Here is how the day will break down:

  1. Go ahead and grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and relax, knowing that you have just hired Moving Connections, the best moving company in the state.
  2. You will receive a phone call from the movers a half-an-hour to an hour before they arrive. Be sure to tell them at this time about any last-minute moving supplies that you still need to purchase, so that they can bring them on the truck. This is also a great time to confirm any special instructions you had previously conveyed to them, such as stopping at your sister's place on the way, to pick up the rocking chair you had lent her.
  3. When the movers arrive in the full-sized moving truck, they will have with them the additional supplies you ordered, plus moving blankets, stretch wrap, dollies and tools to ensure a successful moving experience.
  4. Moving Connections' movers will gladly and professionally unhook your washer and dryer, disassemble appropriate furniture, such as your bed. They will blanket and stretch wrap your belongings, load them into the truck snugly and secure them, so that nothing shifts during transport.
  5. You do not need to worry about getting through traffic and around corners with a huge, unwieldy truck. The movers of Moving Connections are also excellent drivers, experienced in expertly negotiating the inevitable obstacles, providing the highest level of safety for your precious belongings. You just drive your own car, perhaps with your most delicate items in the back seat, and meet the movers at your new home.
  6. Upon arrival, the movers will unload the truck, hook up your washer and dryer, and re-assemble the furniture they had taken apart. They will arrange (and possibly re-arrange) the furniture according to your instructions in each room.
  7. At the end of the move, the Moving Connections movers will gladly deliver any items you are donating to a charity, such as, the Salvation Army, Deseret Industries or Goodwill.
  8. Your beds are assembled, and due to your excellent planning, you know exactly where your bedding is, and where to find your toiletries and clothes for tomorrow, so go get your kids and enjoy the first night in your new home. You can start serious unpacking tomorrow.

Interesting Moving Statistics

Here are 5 interesting statistics about American Movers compiled by the US Census Bureau.

Did you know that the average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime and that about 1 in 6 Americans move each year?

One third (1/3) of all renters move each year.

According to the report, people in the Western US move the most and those in the Northeast move the least.

Nearly half of all US moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

How to Spot a Bad Mover

A simple search on the internet these days will bring up virtually thousands of news stories relating to unscrupulous moving companies. Before you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars and entrust your valuables with total strangers, here are some guidelines you can follow to ensure a positive moving experience, as well as avoid moving scams:

Screen potential movers. All companies that do interstate moves (moves that cross state lines) are required to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). You can use the FMCSA website to screen companies for company contact information, consumer complaints, or even safety information. You can look up a company by company name, motor carrier number (MC#) or by the state where its primary business office is located.

Local moving companies that do not cross state lines are not governed by the federal regulations, however they are subject to state laws.

Here are some RED FLAGS to look out for:

Does the moving company use its own employees or do they use temporary day labor? Reputable companies have employees that are professionally trained and background checked.

Be suspicious if the mover asks for an exceedingly large deposit or will only accept payments in cash.

Does the company's website list a local office and license registration information? This will give you an indication of the level of their professionalism.

Does the company refuse to put anything in writing? Even if they are charging by the hour, they should give you paperwork reflecting their costs.

Do they use a company-owned moving truck, clearly marked with their company name, registration number, and logo? Beware of movers that show up in unmarked trucks.

Does the company answer their phone with their company name, or do you receive a generic message?

Utah Town #1 For Happiness

All of us who live here in Utah already know how great of a place Utah is, and a recent Gallup poll confirms it! According to USA Today, Gallup conducted 178,000 interviews nationwide and ranked all 189 U.S. metro areas based on a set of six sub-indexes. The sub-indexes examine work environment, emotional health, life evaluation, healthy behaviors, physical health, and access to basic necessities. This year’s title for happiest city goes to…Provo-Orem!

Utah! 2nd Fastest Growing State

Once again, according to CBS News, Utah is the second fastest growing state in the nation, just behind North Dakota. Whereas North Dakota’s growth is attributed to the booming oil and gas industry, Utah’s growth is based on the fact that there are simply more babies born here than folks who die.

Because of the population growth in Utah more and more people are moving locally and the demand for honest and reliable movers is in short supply. Moving Connections has been helping Utah families with their moving needs for more than 30 years. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment, retirement condominium, or any move in between, let us show you how we have become Utah’s first choice for local movers.

Apps to Help You Move - IOS

Lovely Rentals. This app assists in finding a place for rent where you would actually want to live. It allows you to search on common features, like the number of bedrooms, prices and local amenities. Just input your search criteria and get notified when a matching listing becomes available. Free. For IOS.

Walkscore. It shows the proximity of your new home to grocery stores, bars, restaurants, public transport, and more. Free. For IOS.

Moving day. This app enables you to make labels, make and scan barcodes, and create an inventory to track all of your personal property as you move. You can also save photos of your belongings before the move and record their value for your insurance claim, in case they get damaged during the move. Free. For IOS.

Paint My Place. This gives you a free and fun way to see what colors you might want to paint your new living space. Use this app to virtually paint and repaint your new place in various colors until you find just the right one(s). It features over 35 brands of paint. Free. For IOS.

Apps to Help You Move – Android

Hotpads Mobile. Search for rentals, homes for sale, and even hotels. Compare prices, and learn about the various features of a specific rental unit or a house. Get moving tips, make notes about your move, and create a moving check list. Free. For Android.

Aroundme. Learn what attractions are close to where you want to move. See how close your new place is to: ATMs, business, restaurants, shopping centers, pharmacies, and more. Free. For Android.

Homestyler. This app lets you create 3D models of your home or apartment, so you can see where you want your things to go before you unpack. Free. For Android.

Low Clearance Bridge Video

Click here to see the "Low Clearance" video.

Lol… So many trucks hit that bridge. As funny as it may be to watch, you would not want to be the driver of a moving truck that hit a low bridge like that. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to avoid.

Just hire Moving Connections to do your move. Our careful and expert drivers transport your precious cargo in our trucks, and everything arrives safely.

Piano Falling Video – Funny But Painful!

Click here to see the "Piano Falling" video.

The "Falling Piano" is a staple of slap-stick comedy, dating back to silent film and the earliest cartoons. However, if that were your piano, it would not be quite so funny, would it? Do not let this happen to you.

We understand that your piano is not just a piece of furniture, but a delicate, cherished instrument, which responds to the master's touch with the voice of the gods.

We have the experience, equipment and know-how to handle your piano with the respect and care it deserves.

Let Moving Connections transport your beloved piano, so that it arrives not only undamaged, but undefiled.

Video: When Catapulting is a Bad Idea

Click here to see the "Bad Idea" video.

I am sure you have heard the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times!" Catapulting items to the third floor is certainly interesting, but in this video, the TV pays the price for the excitement.

At Moving Connections, we pride ourselves in predictability without the thrill of shattering glass and smashed electronics. We efficiently, but methodically protect all of your belongings with great care throughout the entire process.

Moving is exciting enough without taking unnecessary risks. We offer something more precious than the stimulation of danger; we offer the tranquility of confidence and peace of mind.

Movers Hold Belongings Hostage

Lowest Price ≠ Best Value

The lowest price is not always the best value. Make sure the moving company you choose is licensed.

Moving Connections is licensed, bonded and insured. To find out who is and who is not licensed, go to the U.S. Department of Transpor- tation website.

The following article from WABC-TV New York, Eyewitness News, abc 7 is an excellent example of this principle.

Click here to link to the original article.

June 5, 2013
By Diana Williams

NEW YORK -- Lauren Richeson is finally settled in her new apartment, but for months a moving company held her household belongings hostage.

This happened even though she had paid the total agreed upon moving cost of $900 dollars, in advance.

When the movers got to her new home they demanded an additional $900 dollars.

Richeson said that she freaked out and refused to pay the additional money and so the movers shut the door and drove off with all of her stuff.

Lauren says her mother had found the company and they gave her a low estimate sight unseen.

According to Anthony Giorgianni of Consumer Reports, if a moving company insists on giving you a binding quote over the phone or Internet without coming to your home, that's a bad sign. Also if the movers are using unmarked trucks, it should bring up red flags.

In order to find a legitimate moving company with a good reputation, it is best to get recommendations from real estate agents or friends who have actually used the company.

It is recommended that you get estimates from at least three companies, and also that you do your homework before hiring your mover. Also make sure that the moving company that you choose is licensed.

There is a helpful website, protectyourmove.gov, that lists all companies licensed for interstate moves and tells you if there are any complaints.

If there is a problem, such as missing or damaged goods, you should notify the moving company immediately. If you are unable to resolve the issue or believe you've been defrauded, contact the consumer protection department or your state attorney general.

Lauren called the police and notified several government agencies and was finally able to recover her belongings without paying the additional “ransom”.

Cardinal Grand Cross Won't Affect Moving

The Cardinal Grand Cross Won't Affect How Moving Connections Does Business

SALT LAKE CITY — April 14, 2014

We respect the beliefs of all of our customers and appreciate being apprised of the astrological events now in progress, but our commitment to reliability, safety, speed and customer service remains firm, despite any cosmic energies that may provide stumbling blocks. We recognize that we are all subject to “acts of God,” but other than proceeding with all due respect and caution, there is not much more we can do in advance of any such potential events.

We have been advised that a Cardinal Grand Cross is a rare astrological occurrence. Pluto opposing Jupiter and Mars opposing Uranus are at exact 90 degree angles forming a Grand Cross. Additionally, each of the four planets is at 13 degrees of one of the four cardinal signs: Pluto 13 degrees Capricorn (Cardinal Earth), Jupiter 13 degrees Cancer (Cardinal Water), Mars 13 degrees Libra (Cardinal Air), and Uranus 13 degrees Aries (Cardinal Fire). This constitutes a Cardinal Grand Cross. In addition, Mars is in retrograde and the Cross whose maximum effect is April 23/24, 2014 falls between the Total Lunar Eclipse (April 14) and the Solar Eclipse (April 28). The Total Lunar Eclipse is, of course, a Blood Moon and three more will be taking place between now and the end of 2015: October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. Another rare occurrence this year is the appearance of the two Black Moons (two New Moons in one calendar month) in January and March. We had no idea about so much unusual celestial activity. Still, it all kind of goes over our heads.

We are told that this Cardinal Grand Cross holds potentially volatile possibilities. Apparently, the planet Mars, named after the god of war, and the number, thirteen, are the source of angst for some, as Mars represents conflict and anger, and thirteen represents death. However, the predictions are not as gloomy as it would seem. Mars also represents strength and courage and, being in retrograde, any negative effects are mitigated, and Mars being in Libra is also a good sign, as Libra is known as the peacemaker. The much-feared thirteen not only represents endings, but also new beginnings. The other planets and relationship bespeak transformation, expansion, creativity and business success. So, with the determination of Mars, we choose to view the signs, as explained to us, as indications of evolution, growth and prosperity, if anything at all.

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As a part of the Salt Lake City community for over thirty years, Moving Connections is committed to giving back to our neighbors. So, every Tuesday, pending our availability, we offer two services absolutely free:

  1. We will move you or a loved one either in or out of a nursing/assisted living home free of charge on any Tuesday that we are available, provided that both locations are within the Salt Lake valley.
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