Who is the BEST Moving Company in Tampa?  Why I was determined to find the best movers in Tampa. I’ve come to realize I'm a person who does not like change, and moving, no matter how you look at it, is change. It's my turn to move, and you'd think I'd never read any of the moving articles that I've posted on my blog over the past seven years.BEST Moving companies Tampa You're going from a place you know and like and that you're comfortable with to an unknown; it is a little scary, even if you love where you're going. Even though I sell houses and help my clients with the closing process, it is a stressful ordeal. Add moving into the mix and it might send me over the edge. Moving forces people to have conversations about things they normally wouldn't discuss. Just mention that you're moving and people want to know why and where. Curiosity is human nature. Moving is kind of a big deal. What if you had to do a short sale on your house and people kept asking you why you were moving? Would you want to have that conversation repeatedly about how you can't afford your mortgage payment? Probably not. But there are plenty people in that situation. Don’t forget the stress of getting the three moving-truck-quotes websites suggest you get, and finding out which company is going to give the best deal. TIP: When buying a new home, you may want to consider closing on your new home and allowing two weeks to move from your old house. I decided to splurge this year and actually hire a full-service moving company and have the Tampa movers pack me. They arrive, pack and move all in one day and it's done. The day before the move, I hadn’t packed a thing other than my jewelry and important documents. Movers apparently do not insure those items. I was hoping the moving company would do a wonderful job and I would be able to refer my clients and friends to them. Having great movers would take a lot of stress out of the whole situation. It's been a week since the move, and there are only three, small boxes sitting in my living room. It was very good experience; the movers worked well together and truly enjoyed their job. Even better, they came in under budget. I hadn’t really known what to expect, but I will say that this was a stress-free move -- if there is such a thing. The pictures are hung, and I'm starting to feel relief. It’s great to say "wow that was easy".

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Who is the BEST Moving Company in Tampa?  Why I was determined to find the best movers in Tampa.



I’ve come to realize I’m a person who does not like change, and moving, no matter how you look at it, is change. It’s my turn to move, and you’d think I’d never read any of the moving articles that I’ve posted on my blog over the past seven years.BEST Moving companies Tampa

You’re going from a place you know and like and that you’re comfortable with to an unknown; it is a little scary, even if you love where you’re going. Even though I sell houses and help my clients with the closing process, it is a stressful ordeal. Add moving into the mix and it might send me over the edge.

Moving forces people to have conversations about things they normally wouldn’t discuss. Just mention that you’re moving and people want to know why and where. Curiosity is human nature. Moving is kind of a big deal.

What if you had to do a short sale on your house and people kept asking you why you were moving? Would you want to have that conversation repeatedly about how you can’t afford your mortgage payment? Probably not. But there are plenty people in that situation.

Don’t forget the stress of getting the three moving-truck-quotes websites suggest you get, and finding out which company is going to give the best deal.

TIP: When buying a new home, you may want to consider closing on your new home and allowing two weeks to move from your old house.

I decided to splurge this year and actually hire a full-service moving company and have the Tampa movers pack me. They arrive, pack and move all in one day and it’s done. The day before the move, I hadn’t packed a thing other than my jewelry and important documents. Movers apparently do not insure those items.

I was hoping the moving company would do a wonderful job and I would be able to refer my clients and friends to them. Having great movers would take a lot of stress out of the whole situation.

It’s been a week since the move, and there are only three, small boxes sitting in my living room. It was very good experience; the movers worked well together and truly enjoyed their job. Even better, they came in under budget. I hadn’t really known what to expect, but I will say that this was a stress-free move — if there is such a thing.

The pictures are hung, and I’m starting to feel relief. It’s great to say “wow that was easy”.


Florida has consistently ranked #3 in the U.S. for top States people move to and the Tampa Bay area is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida.  Companies like Bristol -Myers Squibb, who will be hiring 600 employees here in Tampa, and over 25 other companies that have headquarters in Tampa, are focused on relocating the right talent for the job.

Getting hired for a new job or being transferred to a new location is often very exciting; however, relocation can be expensive.   In negotiating your contract, take a moment and ask what relocation costs they cover.  Let’s talk about domestic relocation, within the continental United States,  and focus on what’s important to know about your upcoming move.

2013 Migration Patterns
2012 Migration Patterns by Atlas Van Lines

Typically, most upper management positions come with a relocation package; however, they can vary from company to company, or position to position.  Some employers give you a relocation allowance or a lump sum of money to offset your moving costs.  Often times, they may have a preferred mover with discounted pricing. Other times, they may suggest you go out and get three (3) estimates to submit for their approval.

If you are planning on moving to Tampa, here are a few suggestions you may want to go over concerning your relocation costs:

• Contact reputable moving companies to provide you with accurate in-home estimates.
• Consider getting full-value replacement insurance for your move.
• Ask your employer if they will be covering packing/unpacking.
• Do you have automobiles to ship and will they cover the transportation costs?
• If you have pets to relocate, will they cover their relocation costs?
• If you have not found a new residence, will they cover storage costs for 30 days, 60 days?
• Third Party Charges, coverage for servicing Grandfather clock, pool table, appliances, crating?
• Travel expenses such as lodging, food, airline tickets, car rental while house- hunting?
• Maid Service – Unpacking and putting everything away?

• Move-in/Move-Out Cleaning Service?

If you are given a lump sum to move, how can you maximize your moving allowance?  Years ago, people could save a substantial amount of money by renting a truck and moving themselves.  In today’s market, compare the costs of a do-it-yourself move versus a professional move.  You will be surprised how little you’ll save.  You can save some money by packing, however, those boxes are not covered under the van lines insurance for any breakage.

 

If your employer does not cover the costs of your relocation to Tampa Bay, you can visit the IRS website, http://www.irs.gov/publications/p521/index.html.  This publication will outline what expenses are deductible off your taxes, when relocating for a new job.

Haven’t started working with a Realtor yet? You can contact us here and we will guide you to the best places to live in the Tampa Bay area!

Moving Companies Tampa: What You Need to Know about Relocating..


Arranging the move to a new home requires dozens of important decisions – particularly in the case of a long distance move.

Hiring a professional moving company can save you both effort and time.  Moving companies can provide a variety of services for a range of fees, and in many cases leaving the actual move to the professional can free you and your family up to focus on other details.

Picking the Right Mover

Choosing a moving company who will transport your possessions both carefully and swiftly can be something of a daunting task. The tips below can help you find a quality moving company while weeding out some of the less than trustworthy candidates.

Only Accept Visual Estimates – It’s nearly impossible for a mover to offer an accurate cost estimate on the transportation of your things without completing a detailed inventory of your house in person. Only get quotes from companies willing to review what needs to be moved before providing an estimate. You should also accompany each moving company’s representative on their walk-through to make sure the inventory is thorough.

Price Shop - While it may be tempting to go with the first company that you like, obtaining multiple quotes is the best way to assess the market rates for the service.

Avoid Dramatically Lower Offers - Shopping three or more price estimates is also a good way of identifying a company who is providing a “low-ball” quote. Companies who quote a price far below the median are more likely to either provide a final bill far above the initial (inaccurate) estimate or tack on arbitrary fees that will result in an unexpectedly high final total.

Avoid Movers who Promise a Precise Delivery Date - Most moving companies will provide you a delivery window during which your items will reach their destination. Any company that promises to deliver everything at a precise date and or time should raise your suspicion. Moving companies provide delivery windows specifically because precise delivery dates are often beyond the control of the movers themselves, especially in the case of long-distance moves.

Check for Proper Licensing - You always want to make sure that the moving company you’ve chosen is properly licensed and has a strong safety record. Interstate moving companies are required to be licensed through the Department of Transportation. If you’re moving in-state, you will want to check with local or state authorities to verify the mover’s licensing.

Check for Numerous Complaints - Asking for testimonials from past clients can provide some insight, but the best way to avoid hiring a moving company you will regret is to check the Better Business Bureau for any sign of numerous (unresolved) complaints about the mover.

Questions to Ask a Moving Company

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How are move estimates priced?
  • What extra charges may come into play?
  • Does the company have any repeat clients or references of business moves?
  • How do they handle expensive or challenging items such as a pool table or grandfather clock?

Common Moving Costs

A professional moving company can save you time and keep your back muscles in working condition, albeit at a financial cost. Here are some of the most common charges levied by movers.

Packing Materials - Regardless of whether you are boxing everything up yourself or having the movers pack for you, boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap, packing tape and loose packing fill will all need to be purchased. If you rely on the moving company to pack boxes, they will charge top dollar for packing materials (sometimes double retail value). Movers may also impose an additional packing fee.

Self-packing all items is one way to save money. Remember that movers usually won’t load anything that is not already boxed and well-taped, so buy extra boxes and rolls of packing tape as a precaution on moving day.

“Line-Haul” Charge - This is the base charge for the transportation portion of your move. Line haul charges are based on the distance of the move and the quantity of moved items (determined either by weight or cubic space occupied).

“Long-Carry” Charge - The “Long Carry” is an additional charge allotted if there is an excessive walking distance between your home and the mover’s vehicle.

“Stair” Charge - Similar to the “Long Carry” charge, most movers will add an extra fee if they are required to haul your furniture and boxes up or down an excessive amount of stairs. Some movers will charge any stairs in place (by the flight).

Third Party Charges - Many services involved in a move are not handled by the moving company directly, in which case the movers will pass the charges from third-party companies on to you (typically without markup). Examples of third-party charges include appliance servicing (disconnecting &hookup), disassembly/assembly of exercise equipment or playground furniture/equipment and the crating of fine/fragile items.

Insurance Surcharge - The moving industry faces high costs for trucking insurance. Insurance surcharges help the moving company off-set some of the trucking insurance costs they pay on the truck(s) that actually transport your goods and furniture. Note that an insurance surcharge does not offer protection against the loss or damage of your goods.



Valuation Charge & Supplemental Insurance - The valuation charge compensates the mover for assuming liability of your goods during transportation. Moving companies are required by law to have a minimum protection, and federal law requires interstate movers to offer you the option between two different levels of liability. Some movers may also offer to sell or obtain for you separate liability insurance on top of basic valuation coverage. 

Relocating to Tampa?  Looking for nice homes for sale in the BEST neighborhoods and good school districts near the new Bristol-Myers office in Tampa?

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced today they will be creating almost 600 new jobs in Tampa Bay by locating a North America Capability Center in Hillsborough County.

The address of their new location in Tampa Bay is 5401 Eisenhower Blvd. S., located near the Tampa International Airport.

This is a great area as it is centrally located and very close to the desirable affluent neighborhoods of Davis Islands, Harbour Island, Downtown Tampa and trendy South Tampa, all surrounded by water.   Expect to pay approximately $200 per sq foot and above if you are wanting to live in these areas.

For a more affordable solution and suburban feel, the Westchase Neighborhood will be just 20 minutes away.  This award-winning community boasts hundreds of acres of preserved land, the Westchase Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course, multiple parks, playgrounds and picnic pavilions, nature trails, a soccer field, sand volleyball court plus two Swim and Tennis Centers. a golf course and town center. Both neighborhoods also have A rated school districts.

The Tampa Real Estate Market is HOT, and now is a great time to take advantage of great deals! If you are relocating to Tampa and would like to speak with relocation Realtor, please contact us here.

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best schools in tampaGreatSchools.org has rated Tampa’s H.B. Plant High School as one of the BEST public high schools in Florida with a score of 9 out of 10.  US News and World Report  ranked Plant High the 22nd best public school in the Florida and 321st nationally in 2012

The athletics programs offered include: football, volleyball, sailing, rowing and ice hockey.  The school’s football team, The Plant Panthers, went undefeated winning their first Florida State Football Championship on December 9, 2006.

Where is Plant High School?Plant High School Boundary Map

The school district boundaries encompass the South Tampa neighborhood, including Davis Islands and Harbour Island, which are some of Tampa’s most desirable neighborhoods, and most expensive!

The Elementary and Middle Schools in the Plant High School District are also some of the best. They are Mabry Elementary, Mitchell Elementary and Grady Elementary. Having a combination of all three schools being highly rated in Tampa also causes the price of real estate to increase.  The average median list price for a single family home is 600,000.

If you are looking to relocate to Tampa and would like to purchase a home in the Plant High School District, here’s a list of homes, condos and townhomes for sale. 

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