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Moving Day Tips: An Interview with Tony Bass of All Around Moving & Storage

By Tony Bass

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

All Around Moving & Storage was founded in 1984, and we have been performing quality moves to the Southeastern Michigan area since then. We are a proud agent for National Van Lines who we provide all local support to. We are a full service moving company offering most services pertaining to the industry. We offer packing, local and long distance moving, long term/short term storage at our climate controlled facility in Romulus, MI.

When should I start packing for my move? Do I need to have everything packed before the movers show up?

Slow and progressive packing is what we try to push to our customers. Things you will not have any need for through move day should be packed right away. This should take place as soon as the plans are made to move, this will also help in the showing of your home if you are trying to sell. All other items should be packed according to the same idea, all the way up to the day prior to the move. If you do things like this, it will not be as overwhelming as the ladder. Everything should be packed prior to the movers showing up. Limit bags and keep in mind the common sense idea that we will be building a base with your furniture and stacking all boxes on top. So, limit liquids, never pack open liquids and never pack cleaners such as bleach, other household chemicals etc. Last minute packing can be very overwhelming, stay ahead of the game and you will be okay.

Should I take an inventory of all my belongings so I make sure everything arrives at my new home?

Yes, though this is not mandatory. In some cases the company that is moving you will be taking an inventory as well, but it is smart to take note of everything going and its general condition prior to leaving your home.

Is there anything I should make sure is set up in my new home before I make the move?

Nothing stands out in my mind. The customer should definitely know that "most" moving companies will not disconnect nor reconnect any type of gas line or water line going into their appliances.

How do I make sure there is a parking space available for the truck at my old and new home?

If you are moving to/from a condo, apartment or high rise you will want to check with the appropriate personnel or association to see what their usual plan of attack is in the case of a move. Generally, these plans are already in place and they are different everywhere. If you are moving homes, just simply try to check with your old and new neighbors if the need is there.

When should I turn off the electricity in my old home?

You will want to have your electricity turned off after the move is complete. Things happen, whether with the moving company or with your job or maybe even something personal to where the move has to be pushed back a couple hours or even rescheduled all together, therefor you want to be prepared for "the worse case scenario".

Should I provide helpers for the movers?

Absolutely not, you are paying for movers and that's what you should receive. A good salesman will make sure to sell you the appropriate amount of help to get the job done efficiently and within your parameters discussed at the point of sale. Most companies have no issue with the client running boxes if they would like to help, just to the truck. The client should never be allowed on the moving van for liability reasons.

What are some other things I can do to make sure my move runs as smoothly as possible?

The thing I always tell customers and probably the most important is "the more organized you are, the smoother and safer your move will go". By organized I mean, everything should be boxed, clearly labeled which room the box will go into at destination as well as a very clean and tidy house free of debris and/or trip hazards.

Additionally, this is all about the company you hire. Make sure to do your homework and be vigilant in who you do hire. They should be registered with the MPSC (Michigan Public Service Commission) if in Michigan, as well as that they carry comp insurance on their employees. Check reviews on line as well as the BBB (Better Business Bureau) just to make sure you are not going to be adding to the list of very unhappy customers. Keep in mind, if you have a truck, you can pretty much be a moving company, you can buy the same leads that legitimate moving companies purchase as well as promise the same promises that a legitimate moving company would. Just be vigilant. Choosing a company that is "Van Line Affiliated" is another good way to make sure your making the right choice, these companies go through extensive application processes and provide many referrals prior to being accepted into any affiliation.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you?

I can be reached Monday-Friday in the office at (734) 941-2280. I can also be contacted directly at (734) 755-7354 or email: tony@movemetro.com.

Tony Bass
Relocation Consultant
All Around Moving & Storage/National Vanlines
O: (734) 941-2280
C: (734) 755-7354
F: (734) 955-7529

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