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Moving Etiquette 101


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As one of the most experienced moving companies in Atlanta today, we know that no matter how well you plan for moving day, it will never go as smoothly as you had hoped. Even though there are a million other things to remember and take care of, make sure you think of your new neighbors while you move.

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Top Moving Destinations of 2013


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Since the gold rush of the mid-1800s, America has been a country on the move. It is estimated that 43 million Americans change residences each year with the typical American moving 11 or 12 times in his or her lifetime.

America retains the distinction of having the most mobile society in the world. And just where is everyone moving to and from within the continental United States? Read below to find out.

Favorite Destination

After being the perennial second-most favored destination for four years, Oregon has finally landed the No. 1 spot. The Beaver State is the top destination of mobile Americans in 2013, with 61 percent of relocations in the state tagged as inbound moves.

Oregon boasts the deepest river gorge in North America (Hells Canyon at 8,000 feet deep), the largest sea cave in the world and the deepest lake in the United States (Crater Lake). It is also the hazelnut capital of the country, producing 99 percent of the commercial crop, also known as Filberts.

Oregon bumped the District of Columbia from the No. 1 spot, an honor it enjoyed for five consecutive years. The nation’s capital moved down to fourth place with South Carolina and North Carolina occupying the second- and third-favored slots, respectively. (more…)

A.C. White Can Assist with Your School Move


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Here at A.C. White, we pride ourselves on being experts on every kind of moving—including moving schools! If your school is planning on a move this summer or perhaps looking to move campuses soon, we encourage you to call us and have one of our skilled moving planners come out to your school and help you begin the process of coordinating your school’s move.

Schools change campus locations more often than the public might think, and it is a massive project to undertake. Normally these moves happen during the summertime, when classes are out, because they can take time and so that the students and parents will not be confused by a mid-year switch.

Even if they do not necessarily relocate, schools often will hire moving companies if they are performing major renovations to their campus or if they have acquired new buildings and need to move in. With major renovations, our movers are usually asked to remove and replace the school’s furniture and supplies at the beginning and end of construction, storing it during the interim. Moving into newly acquired buildings is similar to any other move in, but the new furniture is usually shipped to the location ahead of time.

Your school’s move doesn’t need to be difficult. We are experienced with moves of all sizes, and we have the manpower to ensure that the move goes quickly and smoothly, regardless of the size of your campus. To start your move, we will send a moving coordinator to your campus to help you and the rest of your administrative staff schedule and coordinate the move. Your school move can be a breeze with the professionalism and dedication of A.C. White.

Before we go, tell us: has your school ever moved or temporarily relocated to a new campus? What surprised you about the process? Did you come across any unexpected complications during your move, and how did your moving company help you to solve them?

Two Weeks Before the Move


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One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day

Pet and Plants

  • Decide what to do with house plants. We cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.

Alternatives:

    • Give them to friends or relatives.
    • Donate them to a hospital or other organization.
    • Include them in a garage sale.
  • Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet’s collar.
  • Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city.

Other important details:

  • Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).
  • Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
  • Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.

Moving Checklist Part 2


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Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Day

Working With the Mover:

  • Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone
    numbers where you can be reached.
  • Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
  • If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.

Preparing the Family:

  • Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
  • Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
  • Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.
  • Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
  • If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)

Preparing Household Items:

  • Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable
    or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
  • Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
  • Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for
    shipment or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform
    this service.
  • Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in
    service through moving day.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
  • Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling
    wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might
    soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
  • Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if
    furniture must be placed in storage.

A.C. White provides the personal service of a family-owned company backed by the resources of United Van Lines, LLC and Mayflower Transit, LLC, the moving industry’s leading transportation providers.

Moving Checklist Part 1


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Working With the Mover

  • Call your United agent to set a date for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
  • If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
  • Do you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
  • Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
  • Read the “Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual” (for full-service moves) to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.
  • Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.
  • Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.

Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day

Places to Notify:

  • Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site.
  • Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following checklist will be helpful:

Utilities

Personal Accounts

Electric
Gas
Water
Telephone
Sewer District
Trash
Cable/Satellite
Fuel (Oil/Propane)
Sewer District

Pharmacy
Dry Cleaner
Lawn Service
Bank/Finance Companies
Credit Card Companies
Lanudry Service
Auto Finance Company
Health Club

Professional Services

Publications

Doctor(s)
Dentist
Accountant
Lawyer
Broker
Insurance Agency

Newspapers
Magazines
Newsletters
Professional Journals

Government Offices

Department of Motor Vehicles
Social Security Administration
State/Federal tax Bureaus
City/Council Tax Assessor
Veterans Administration

Miscellaneous:
Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.
Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts
showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.

Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only
what will be used before moving.

A.C. White provides the personal service of a family-owned company backed by the resources of United Van Lines, LLC and Mayflower Transit, LLC, the moving industry’s leading transportation providers.

MoveRescue


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We thought this would be a great repost since moving season is now upon us!

MoveRescue was formed in November 2003 to provide assistance to consumers who have fallen victim to disreputable moving companies. Beyond its knowledgeable staff and attorneys, MoveRescue manages a nationwide network of transportation attorneys who are committed to assisting victims of rogues.

MoveRescue is endorsed by United Van Lines, LLC and Mayflower Transit, LLC. As leaders in the transportation industry, United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit have pledged their support to help customers when rogues violate the federal consumer protection regulations.

Background on Mover Fraud
Mover fraud is a statistically minor occurrence. A recent government report stated that only 3,000 of the approximately 1.6 million professional interstate moves each year result in complaints to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Consumers have the most risk of becoming victims of fraud when they use only the Internet to find their mover and then decide which mover to hire based solely on cost. Unscrupulous moving companies and moving brokers are often Internet-based because this makes it more difficult to track them down when a problem arises. Consumers should investigate movers’ service records and reputations.

Check Them Out
Once you’ve compiled a list of potential moving companies, you can use the Internet as a tool for researching the companies on your list. http://www.moverescue.com/check_out.htm

Federal Consumer Protection Regulations
The FMCSA publishes and enforces the federal consumer protection regulations that govern consumer rights and industry procedure for all interstate household goods moves. Please call 800-832-1773 and a MoveRescue representative will help you to understand how these regulations apply to your move. You may view the consumer protection regulations online at: www.fmcsa.dot.gov

A.C. White provides the personal service of a family-owned company backed by the resources of United Van Lines, LLC and Mayflower Transit, LLC, the moving industry’s leading transportation providers.

Dan McBride Wins with Secure Record Storage!


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As a table sponsor at the GNFCC Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast on April 24, 2012, Secure Record Storage distributed storage box replicas filled with chocolate & entry slips into a $200 drawing for anyone who provided us with the name of their company’s Document Manager.

The morning was extremely successful for us, but the real winner was Dan McBride, Director of Institutional Advancement, at Gwinnett Tech! McBride said that he plans to spend his winnings on golf.

To Learn More about Secure Record Storage, visit http://www.acwhite.com/Atlanta-Data-Storage.htm.

Introducing Our Newest Division, Secure Record Storage


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Secure, reliable record storage management is an essential service for every business of every size. Storing important documents in a basement, public storage unit or cluttered office space is about as secure as storing your life savings under your mattress. And trusting your records to a company you can’t trust to accurately and appropriately manage that critical information can be even worse. Nowhere are your business’s records more secure than in the hands of Secure Record Storage.

Paper documents and hardcopy records can quickly pile up and overload any office or practice. Storing them involves taking up valuable office space or renting public storage. Keeping them protected, organized, available and easy to find is the greatest challenge of all.

To Learn More about Secure Record Storage, make plans to visit our table at the GNFCC Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast on April 24, 2012, from 7:30 – 9:00 AM. We’ll enter anyone who provides us with the name of their company’s Document Manager in a drawing for $200! Register to Attend Here!

A.C. White’s Very Own Was Recently Recognized as National Account Salesperson of the Month


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Cindy Sirmans, Account Development, Moving Consultant & Project Manager, was recognized by UniGroup/United Van Lines as their National Account Salesperson of the Month in December 2011.

Since 1983, Sirmans has been successfully working in the moving industry acquiring loyal and trusting clients. Over the years, she has broadened her knowledge of the many complex veins contained in the transportation and relocation business. She has the ability to service the many needs of her customers which include employee transfers throughout the world as well as office relocations, locally and across the nation. Sirmans also handles freight, special commodities, exhibits and trade shows. Her dedication to her clients has gained her the respect of others who work in this industry. When asked, she has used her time and expertise training many other colleagues in the field of transportation.

Sirmans credits her success with hard work and the love and respect that she has for God, country and family as taught by her parents. From this she has learned the value of helping her customers through their most stressful endeavor of relocating their families. As well as assisting the personnel for hundreds of office moves that she has overseen and organized for the last two decades.

Regarding her success, Sirmans says, “You’re only as good as the company you work for. I give credit for my achievements to A.C. White Storage and Transfer, Pete White, who has always given me guidance and direction and Paula Runyon, my coordinator who keeps everything running smoothly and efficiently. And of course to United Van Lines who makes all of this possible. Always keep the customer as your number one priority and success will surely follow.”

Congratulations, Cindy Sirmans! We are all very proud of you!

A.C. White provides the personal service of a family-owned company backed by the resources of United Van Lines, LLC and Mayflower Transit, LLC, the moving industry’s leading transportation providers.


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