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Moving Company Woes: The Hidden Fees

Picture this:  You finally select a moving company, schedule a date for pickup and delivery, and finalize the details. Fast forward to moving day and you're standing in front of your new home with all of your belongings locked inside a moving truck. The moving company has added hundreds of dollars with of "hidden" charges and fuel charges that you hadn't counted on. This is the story for millions of people that have hired a "professional" moving company.

Helping Hands Moving does not have any "hidden" fees.

Moving Advice for Summer Moves

Moving Advice
If you're feeling panicked about your upcoming move - take a deep breath and follow the below list. This is the stuff to do as soon as possible - get it out of the way and continue on with your move!

1). Moving Company

Do a little research and ask a ton of questions. Your moving company should be reliable with great reviews. Don't just go with the cheapest company - find one that offers a reasonable price and that you can trust.

2). Visit your Local Good Will:

If you have plenty of time you can have a garage sale, but if you're pressed for time, donate to those that need it!

Tips for Moving with Children

Moving is a stressful time for parents, however it is equally as stressful for children. If you have finally sealed the deal on an upcoming move, it's time to work with your children on understanding why you are moving as well as how they can help so that they feel involved as well. Here are a few good tips for moving with children:

Have a Family Conference- Set a time and date and sit everybody down (most likely over dinner) to inform everybody of the plans. Explain why you are moving and how it will impact the entire family.

The New 24 Foot Truck is Almost Here!

Proud to service all of South Florida, Helping Hands Moving & Labor is about to extend their services! In just a week we will be expanding our fleet with a 24 foot truck! This truck will be able to accommodate larger moves (3+ bedrooms). We are proud to offer low rates for this truck to help families move their belongings at the lowest rate possible!

We are fully licensed and insured and our new truck rates are:

17' Truck- $75 per hour (3 hour minimum) for 2 bedrooms and smaller

24' Truck

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With moving season around the corner, don't put off booking your movers. Schedules fill quickly and it can be difficult to hire a professional mover at the last minute. Be sure to call Helping Hands Moving & Labor to schedule your upcoming move! We proudly service: 

  • West Palm Beach
  • Boynton Beach
  • Wellington
  • Delray Beach
  • Boca Raton
  • Coral Springs
  • Coconut Creek

3 Moving Steps

There are basically 3 steps to moving - all of which may seem unpleasant to a family. The first step is packing.

This step, unfortunately, is the worst of the 3. It involves gathering all of your belongings, organizing them and packing them into a box. Helping Hands Moving recommends labeling each box with contents and a designated room (for example, kitchen). Packing is a service that can be done by yourself or you can hire a moving company that actually packs for you. If you are going to pack on your own, we recommend having a large supply of: 

How Early Should You Plan Your Move?

We recommend planning your move at least 5 to 6 weeks in advance. This is for local moves, although long distance moves will require more planning which requires more time. Begin your search by looking up local moving companies in your area. Once you find a company that offers affordable pricing and rates, be sure to look into their reviews.

Now that you have your movers scheduled, you should make a "TO DO" list which should consist of everything - what to pack, the materials that you need (boxes, tape, etc), utilities for the new (and cancellation of the old) and anything else that you can think of.

Moving into a New Apartment

If you've decided to move into a new apartment complex, remember, planning is key. Be sure to check out the development fully including surrounding areas. Once you have selected the right development for you and your family, then you should start planning the actual move.

Devise a detailed checklist and create a calendar to help your move go easily once you reach your designated moving day. Helping Hands recommends making a  specific moving calendar that includes important dates, such as when to start and finalize your packing, as well as when to sign your lease and set up utility services for your new home.

Valuable Packing and Moving Tips

Don't stress about your upcoming move.Helping Hands Movinghas hundreds of tips to help your family pack with ease and still have time for a family meal!

Necessity boxes-  Each necessity box should be labeled clearly with it's contents and should be the first box that is loaded and unloaded from the moving truck/container, etc. Many people pack:

  • Disposable Plates
  • Cups
  • Snacks/Drinks
  • Hand Soaps
  • Toiletries

That way you have a day (or several) to rummage through your other boxes and you still have your necessities at hand.

Must Have Packing Supplies!

Does packing give you the blues? Here is a list of must-have packing supplies that will make your packing job a breeze:

Boxes- This may seem like a no-brainer but remember to get boxes in various sizes.

Tape- A good, strong tape is recommended to secure each box once it is successfully packed. 

Markers- Keep your boxes organized and labeled by clearly marking the contents of each box and title each box with a room name. (Example: KITCHEN)

Scissors- These handy tools will help you to cut tape and any other material that needs it.
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