Bubble Wrap Is Your Friend On Moving Day

Bubble wrap may be one of the most useful tools you have when packing delicate objects for your big move. Our professional staff will always ensure that your belongings are not damaged and everything arrives safely at your new home or business but it never hurts to have some additional protection. Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of it and how you can be better prepared on moving day.

Bubble wrap your dishes. Dishes are probably the most common item in your house that should make friends with bubble wrap while packing. Simply wrapping each dish with a layer of the bubbly stuff before placing them in cardboard boxes will keep them safe and ready for pizza when you settle in.

Pre-wrap some items before bubble wrap. Some of your more delicate ceramics of glass items can end up with little remnants of plastic from the bubbles themselves. This can happen more often if the items are exposed to sunlight or higher temperatures for an extended amount of time. If you wrap the items in paper before applying the bubble wrap you can avoid this problem.

Bubbles in or bubbles out? This is a surprisingly common question. The general consensus is that the bubbles should be facing inward. The main reason for this is that the primary purpose of the bubbles is to secure the item and provide a bit of a cushion if there is any bouncing. This can only happen if the bubbles are facing inward and making contact with the item being protected.

Tape every side. It can be easy to wrap your item in bubble wrap and only tape one side to make a seal. While it may seem like a good idea at the time it is better to tape all of the sides to make sure there aren’t any holes for your item to slip out of its protective covering.

Use bubble wrap lined envelopes for flat objects. The reason for this is simple – it’s easier. Not only does the bubble wrap provide added protection but taking something out of an envelope is easier than unwrapping it like a present.

Having all of your belongings safe and snug in some bubble wrap will help everything go smoothly while Arrow Moving and Storage takes care of the rest for you. Call us today for a quote.


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Easily Prevent Moving Scams

Avoid common moving scams and save money in the process

Hiring a moving company without properly vetting them first can be the cause of all sorts of problems. Thousands of people are taken advantage of every year by fly-by-night moving companies that make big promises but fail to follow through. Some common results of moving scams can be large delays in delivery of your stuff, damaged or stolen property, a misleading estimate that ends up being a bait-and-switch, or even having your things held for ransom.

Here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Check the moving company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. Arrow Moving and Storage is fully accredited with the BBB and handles all customer service with the utmost seriousness and speed.

Get an in-home estimate. Not all moving companies will send a representative to your home in order to provide you with an estimate. This is the only way to get an accurate idea of how much the move will cost. Arrow Moving will have someone from the company available in your home to answer your questions face-to-face and to break down the estimate and make sure everything is easily understandable for you.

Get complete contracts. Some moving scams can start with an incomplete contract. Make sure that your contract doesn’t include any blank spaces that will be filled after the fact. Movers are not legally allowed to charge more than 110 percent of the quoted price no matter what happens. In the end, make sure you feel comfortable with what you are getting into. Our friendly staff are available at any time to answer any questions you might have and make sure you get the best experience possible.

Not only does Arrow Moving offer full value protection but we are also licensed and bonded as well so you know that your are safe with us.

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Signs Of A Good Moving Company

Ways To Identify A Good Moving Company And Avoid The Bad

Americans are some of the most active movers in the world. It is estimated that the average person in the United States will move more than 11 times in their lifetime. With all of that packing and unpacking it is likely that you will need some help. Thousands of people are victims of moving scams or bad moving companies that seem to good to be true and often are. Here are some tips to help you stick with a good moving company such as Arrow Moving and Storage and avoid the frustration of the other guys.

Straightforward quote system given in writing. A consistent red flag with customers who have been burned by a bad moving company is when the moving quote is only given over the phone. If a company gives you only a verbal quote then they can quickly change the price on moving day leaving you with an increased bill and ruined plans. Arrow Moving and Storage has a comprehensive quote system and even lets you request a free quote through a simple form on our website.

Infrastructure and helpful staff. Having the right tools for the job is one of the most important parts of being a good moving company. If a moving truck is not in working order or any moving equipment has not been properly maintained it can mean damage to your property. Arrow Moving has state of the art technology and equipment. We can even track our moving vans online at any time to ensure your items are safe and sound. To make things even better our highly trained and helpful staff will put your mind at ease.

Readily available information about the company. A good moving company like Arrow Moving will always have information about the company easily available. Arrow is a Mayflower agent so you can count on our reliability. If you are having a difficult time finding any information on a prospective company then you could be dealing with bad movers.

When in doubt, avoid the frustration and contact Arrow today.


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Hire Safe Movers With Arrow

Safe Movers At Arrow Take The Worry Out Of Moving

Some moving companies may pretend to be concerned about your property and the safety of your belongings. Choosing a moving company carefully is the key to peace of mind on the big day. Not all moving companies are fully licensed and can put your property at risk. Arrow Moving is fully licensed, committed to quality and committed to being your best option for safe movers. Our five-step quality process helps each and every Arrow Moving representative provide the outstanding service you expect every step of the way. From the initial estimate to the delivery of your belongings, our mission is to meet and whenever possible exceed your expectations.

You can’t be too careful. By choosing Arrow Moving, you’re not only moving with the name you know, but you’re also moving with one you can trust. With a dedicated team of agents, van operators and Home Office staff — a team that understands the importance of care for your treasured possessions. It’s what you expect. It’s what we deliver. When choosing a mover for your family, keep these things in mind: Your mover should use the best people and provide the best service. Your mover should provide the right blend of services, features and technology that sets it apart in the industry. Your mover should give you peace of mind. Your mover should be Arrow Moving and Storage.

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Moving in Winter – Some Tips

Some tips and ideas to help you while moving in winter

Moving in winter and adverse weather conditions can be tough. At least 39 of the states in the U.S. experience freezing temperatures during the winter months. Moving your belongings and family can be stressful enough as it is and moving in winter can only add to the stress. Arrow Moving has some tips to keep your family and belongings safe and warm. Arrow Moving will make everything easy and to keep all of your belongings safe.

  1. Forecast. Our professional drivers and movers will keep an eye on the weather forecast for you to make sure the roads will be clear enough to get everything to your new location.
  2. Pets. Your pets are members of the family and having them exposed to the elements during cold weather can be dangerous. Make sure that your pets are inside or boarded while the move is taking place so they can enjoy your new home or business.
  3. Warm Drinks. Preparing some hot chocolate, tea or coffee can make all of the difference on a cold day.
  4. Help. Not only will our professional drivers keep your stuff safe on the road, our staff will make sure everything makes it on and off the truck as quickly and safely as possible. Winter moving makes more than just driving difficult, it can make loading and unloading the moving truck just as dangerous. Our staff is trained to ensure the safety of your belongings and to keep you from doing any heavy lifting. We even offer full value protection to make sure you are protected no matter what happens.



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Moving Insurance and Protection

Full Value Moving Insurance

Protecting your personal belongings during your move is as important to you as it is to us. That’s why Arrow Moving offers a plan to protect you if the unexpected happens to your personal items during your move. Our moving insurance is easy to understand, and it’s included upfront with every Arrow Moving move.

Here’s how it works: The default amount of full-value protection is automatically included with your move using the estimated weight of your total shipment.

  • $6 x 10,000 lbs = $60,000

The protection amount is calculated at a rate of $6 per pound multiplied by the estimated weight of your total shipment.

For example, Arrow Moving will offer $60,000 in shipment protection for a 10,000 pound shipment. During your move: If we cause damage or loss to any of your personal belongings they will be either repaired or replaced up to the total amount of the shipment protection that you select.

Included with Full-Value Protection moving insurance is the High Value Inventory Form. This form must be used to list any items valued greater than $100 per pound. It’s important that each item being moved is carefully considered by you with this in mind. So if an item has a value beyond $100 per pound, be sure to list the item on the High Value Inventory Form. As you can see, your use of the High Value Inventory Form assures you the full benefit of your Full-Value Protection for your valuable items.

At Arrow Moving, we understand that moving can be a stressful time, let Full-Value Protection moving insurance help ease your mind.

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Moving Expenses Tax Deduction

Sometimes Changing Places Can Pay with a Moving Expenses Tax Deduction

You may, under certain circumstances, deduct some moving expenses on your federal income tax return if you complete the appropriate forms. Though Arrow Moving and Storage cannot give you tax advice, we have prepared a summary of some of the issues you should consider about the tax implications of your move. Because laws change frequently, you should always consult the Internal Revenue Service or your personal tax advisor for the most current information about your particular situation

Do You Qualify?

If you are moving in order to start a new job or have been transferred to a new location in your current job, the IRS allows you a reasonable moving expenses tax deduction as an adjustment to gross income if certain conditions, including the following, are met: The change in job location would require you to commute at least 50 miles (one way) farther to work had you not moved. That 50 miles must be based on the shortest of the most commonly traveled routes. The move occurs within one year of the date you begin work at the new location. You work full time (for any employer) in the general vicinity of the new location for at least 39 weeks during the 12-month period following the move. If you are transferred, laid off or become disabled before the end of the 39-week period, you still may claim moving expenses. If you are self-employed, you must work full time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the 24 months immediately after you move.

Deductible Expenses

If you meet the qualifications for a moving expenses tax deduction, the following types of expenses may be deductible if you moved with the United States or from a foreign country into U.S. territory. Packing and Transporting You can deduct the reasonable expenses of packing, crating and transporting your family’s personal effects from your former home to your new one. Moving expenses can also include the transportation of your automobile and pets and the cost of valuation and in-transit storage. For moves within the United States, the deduction of in-transit storage expenses is limited to the cost of 30 consecutive days of storage after your goods are picked up. Guidance about whether particular expenses are reasonable is available from the IRS. Travel You can deduct the cost of your personal, one-way transportation and lodging. The trip should be the shortest, most direct route available for the type of transportation selected. It is not necessary that all family members travel at the same time. However, the expenses for only one trip per person may be deducted. Additional information about particular expenses may be obtained from the IRS.

Moving Documents Checklist

You should keep records pertaining to your move in one place, and keep them for at least three years. Those records should include:

Mover’s Documents

• Bill of Lading

• Inventory

• Additional Services Performed form

Travel Expense Receipts

• Personal transportation costs (air, bus or train fares, and/or automobile expenses)

• Lodging

IRS Tax Forms and Information

• W-2 Wage and Tax Statement (from employer)

• 4782 Employee Moving Expense Information (from employer)

• 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

• Schedule A – Itemized Deductions

• Schedule D – Capital Gains and Losses

• Form 3903 – Moving Expenses

• Publication 521 – Moving Expenses

• Publication 523 – Tax Information on Selling Your Home

• Publication 530 – Tax Information for Homeowners

• Publication 553 – Highlights of Tax Changes

Keep in mind that Arrow Moving and Storage cannot offer specific tax advice and any specific inquiries should be directed to a tax professional.


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Packing Tips For Your Move

The Things to Leave off the Truck – Packing Tips

Starting fresh in 2016? Move into a new life with Arrow Moving. Let us take care of all of the heavy lifting and transport while you enjoy your fresh start. While we can move anything for you we have created some packing tips and a checklist of items not to pack on the truck. Before your things are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a container. Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed, and we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.  These include

Hazardous Materials

• Aerosol Cans
• Ammonia
• Ammunition
• Car Batteries
• Charcoal/Lighter Fluid
• Chemistry Sets
• Cleaning Solvents
• Darkroom Chemicals
• Fertilizer
• Fire Extinguishers
• Fireworks
• Fuels/Oils
• Household Batteries
• Kerosene
• Liquid Bleach
• Loaded Guns
• Matches
• Nail Polish
• Paint Thinners
• Paints/Varnishes
• Pesticides
• Poisons
• Pool Chemicals
• Propane Tanks
• Sterno Fuel
• Weed Killer

Also Perishable Items Including:

• Food without Adequate Preservation
• Frozen Food
• Open or Half-used Foods
• Plants
• Produce
• Refrigerated Foods

Don’t forget that you should keep any items of personal or sentimental value with you on the move.

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Moving Van Tracking

Track Your Moving Van Like A Package – Arrow Moving And Storage

When the van drives away, we’re watching it every step of the way. Arrow Moving uses VanStar®, Mayflower’s vehicle location system meaning your belongings are always in sight. As a certified Mayflower agent, Arrow Moving has access to a vast array of resources and technology, including the ability to track your moving van just as you would any other package. Rest easy in the knowledge that your belongings can be monitored online at your convenience.

Arrow Moving provides you with satellite tracking of your moving van, making your current order status details readily available to you. That means you can track your shipment’s progress and get up-to-date information through our online tracking system. As a Arrow Moving customer, the sophisticated technology of VanStar allows you to rest easy and concentrate on your family, not your furniture. The customer-friendly design of our online tracking tool means you will never have to wonder about the status of your shipment. When the Arrow Moving and Storage moving van leaves your driveway, VanStar is watching out for it, ready to provide the peace of mind you need during the moving process. Contact us or visit a your local Arrow Moving and Storage storefront today.

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