How Moving Has Changed Since 1947

The regulations, market place and technology has dramatically changed how we interact with both our customers and team members since this truck was dispatched from our original Lubbock, Texas location. When Gene Anderson started Dependable Relo in 1947 and signed an agency agreement with United Van Lines, he had no way of knowing the dramatic changes that would impact the relocation industry almost 70 years later. He began the company with a simple vision of providing the customers with the service they needed. Whether it was moving across town or storage and fulfillment of product, he knew the customer needed people who cared enough to do the job right the first time. Read more

How to Do an Office Move (The Right Way)

#1 – Create a growth plan.

You need to know the trajectory of your company to get the best results for your commercial move. This means knowing how your new building will fit with the goals of the company. If your business is growing, you may need to over-prepare by getting a much larger space that you need at the time. A growth plan can include: Read more

The “Common Sense” Residential Move In Checklist

Congratulations! You’re moving for the first time! We know that’s a lot of exclamation marks, but we’re excited to help you on your very first move. It’s an amazing, anxious, and awesome experience that can fill you with butterflies. There are a lot of things to do before you even set out for your new home.

It’s easy to pack up and head across the country compared to sussing out all the paperwork you have to finish when moving. We’ve heard a lot of stories from people who forgot to do this one thing when they moved. Because of that, it created some low grade chaos on their end. They couldn’t help it, though, because they didn’t know all the ins and outs of moving except for packing things in boxes.

That’s why Dependable Relo made the “common sense” list of things to do after you move. We call it “common sense” because after you find out, you’re probably going to slap your head since you didn’t think of it. The only reason we set that expectation is because the people that provided us these tips slapped their head because they didn’t think of it.

Our Moving Tips

Do you have running water and electricity?

This might be silly, but it’s happened before. You move to your new place and you don’t know what to do about the utilities. Whether you’re moving to an apartment or to a brand new home, it’s crucial to figure out how to get the power on. If you don’t, your house will be dark and your showers may be very cold.In order to get this fixed, contact your city’s utility department. Get detailed instructions from an operator and put your name with your new address. This will get bills flowing into your mailbox. Bills are never fun. What is fun is being able to turn on the lights when you want.

Do you have valid car insurance?

If you’ve recently moved with your car bought in another state, check your insurance. In some instances, your insurance may be completely invalid according to where you are. That’s why it’s important to check in with a new local agent in your new hometown.It’s easy to forget about insurance. When you’re not dealing with insurance instances every day, then you can put it out of your mind. However, when you get in an accident or get pulled over by police for something, you could be in significant trouble. That’s why it’s important to talk to an insurance agent and get your situation squared away as quickly as possible.

Did you get your car registered? Also, did you register to vote?

Most states have a limit of how long you can have your old license plate on your vehicle. If police pull you over and your tag is invalid, you could be asking for big trouble. Get your vehicle registered in your new home state as soon as possible. This can take away any potential headaches you have with law enforcement.Also, get registered to vote. It’s very easy to put this one off. If you’ve moved for a new job or something that takes up your time, this could get pushed to the wayside fast. If you want to have an active voice in your new community, you have to step up. Be a part of your new home and vote.

Do you have furniture?

Again, while this might seem silly, this is our “Common Sense” residential guide. We wouldn’t put this in if we didn’t know someone that this happened to. Instead of moving with their old furniture, they left it behind. While they were busy packing up the rest of it, they had completely forgotten to arrange any furniture to be at their apartment.It’s extremely easy to find used furniture in a new city. Hopping onto Craiglist.org and going to the free section is a fantastic way to find tables, chairs, beds, and more. Similarly, if you live in a town with a university, go out driving. Structure your move to be at just the right time, you can find a wide selection of fantastic furniture that’s available curbside.

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Did you tell your workplace where you’re moving to?

You’ve got a new job in a new city, which means you’re leaving your old job. Tell your former employer where you are moving to. When tax season rolls around, you need to be able to fill out all of your tax information. If you can’t do that and can’t track down your W-4s come tax time, the amounts you pay may well exceed anything you could have imagined.Provide your former employer with all the details of your new home. This includes a new address, new phone number, and any new changes that might be happening. This can help send final pay stubs, final tax information, and anything else they need to send you.

Did you tell your bank where you’re moving to?

If you’re moving to a completely new city or state, inform your bank. When your bank information suddenly has new transactions popping up in a brand new area, it could look alarming. Also, if you’re getting regular statements from your bank every month, you won’t be able to keep tabs any longer.This particular stipulation is doubly important if you need direct withdrawal or direct deposit. If you’re working all the time, you have to set up withdrawals and deposits just to keep track of your bills. If you don’t get your financials squared away and stop using your old bank, you could suddenly go into debt due to automatic payments. Make sure you have a new bank if you need one and make sure your old bank is dealt with by either closing out your account or finding a new branch.

Dependable Relo wants your move goes as smooth as possible. If you can think of any other common sense tips to add, feel free to contact us and let us know. Let’s make this guide as comprehensive as possible for new movers. Have a good move!

International Moving Tips

An international move in itself is a big adjustment. You’re learning a new city, a new country, maybe even a new culture. For some people, the actual process of moving can feel just as stressful as the relocation itself. However, there are ways to pre-plan so you worry less about getting there and simply enjoy the adventure. Here are some tips for international moving.

1. Get the necessary paperwork out of the way. This step will vary depending on the reason you’re moving. You’ll need a different visa if you’re moving for school than if you’re moving for work. This is good to keep in mind if you’re moving with children. You and your family will also need passports if you are moving out of the country. If you don’t have passports already, be sure to give yourself ample time for applying and processing (ideally, several months).

2. Decide what to carry and what to ship. If you’re flying to your new destination, obviously you won’t be able to fit an entire household into carry-ons and a couple checked bags. Thus, you will need to decide what to carry with you and what to have shipped. It is recommended you keep important documents, medications, and clothing with you, as these things may be needed on a short notice. In terms of shipping, be aware of any non-allowable items. Your international moving company may provide you with a list, but generally non-allowable items include things like food, alcohol, firearms, narcotics, and explosives. However, these restrictions can vary depending on the country to which you’re moving.

3. Speaking of shipping, decide what you’d like to do with your car. Moving companies can often ship cars, but you may want to weigh the cost of leasing or renting a car if you’re only relocating for a short period of time.

4. Consider storage options. This is another factor to weigh if your international relocation is temporary, like for a military relocation or attending university. If there are certain items that are special or important to you but that aren’t necessary to bring or won’t fit in your new home, you can arrange for storage in your country of origin or where you are moving. If you’d like to minimize storage, look into how you can downsize your belongings.

5. Take care of all the “details.” In addition to the bigger logistical pieces, there are many smaller parts of the equation to remember. This includes finding schooling for children and relocation services for pets, transferring your bank accounts, getting any required vaccinations, and whether you’ll need a new cell phone and/or adapters for your electronics.

Embarking on an international move can seem like a daunting task, but can be very manageable if you break it up into smaller steps. Enlisting the help of experienced international movers is invaluable as well. As overwhelming as the process may feel, there are plenty of resources available to make it easier.

If you’re looking for international movers, make Dependable Relo your first and only call!

Dependable Relo Wins 7th Annual 10K a Day to Benefit the United Way!

UniGroup recently participated in the 7th Annual 10K a Day event to raise funds for United Way, an organization that helps people and communities across the U.S. We’re pleased to report that there was a great deal of enthusiastic participation from employees, including our staff at Dependable Relo’ headquarters in Round Rock, Texas. Teams from 19 UniGroup agency locations logged more than 158 million steps and raised more than $10,000 for United Way organizations across the country.

Dependable Relo is proud that we had so many passionate individuals from our company who were excited and willing to participate. In total, we had 3 teams and 55 participants, more than any other agent. What makes us even prouder is that this is Dependable Relo’s second consecutive year winning this event.

The team members from Dependable Relo logged 46,769,494 steps over the 12 week period. This adds up to a staggering 23,300+ miles! To keep our teams motivated and inspired, we had a biweekly drawing to give away 6 FitBits to members of the team who consistently achieved over 10,000 steps a day. And we certainly had many participants who went above and beyond these expectations. At the end of the challenge, we had 5 members who had exceeded 1,200,000 steps (or 600 miles) and 18 members who exceeded 1,000,000 steps (or over 500 miles) in total.

As the first place agency, Dependable Relo received a trophy recognizing us as “The Most Physically Fit Agency in the UniGroup System” for 2014. We would also like to thank the three hard-working team captains who encouraged everyone and kept them on track: Tanya Wilson, Valisha Woodhurst, and Sherri Brauer. It’s been wonderful to see how so many of our team members stepped up to help United Way continue doing its important, life-changing work.

6 Easy Winter Moving Tips

Moving during the winter can present some extra challenges, but it certainly isn’t impossible! In fact, sometimes moving during this time of year can help you save on rent and moving costs since it isn’t peak season. To help your cold-weather move go as smoothly as possible, check out Dependable Relo’s winter moving tips.

1. Keep Cold-Weather Items Accessible

Don’t pack up your coats, scarves, and gloves if you’re going to need them on moving day! People often get into “packing mode” and forget what they’ll need the day-of. Set all your winter gear aside so you don’t have to go rifling through all your boxes right before you hit the road.

2. Shovel Walkways

If the sidewalks or driveway outside your new home is covered in ice or snow, shoveling beforehand will keep your family and any moving professionals safe from slips and falls. It’s also much easier to get from Point A to Point B when you have a clear path and aren’t tiptoeing around a snow mound. If shoving can’t remove the ice from your sidewalk or driveway, sprinkle sand, salt, or kitty litter on top of it to create traction.

3. Keep an Eye on the Forecast

Winter weather can be unpredictable. In the week leading up to your moving day, continue to check the weather forecast in case a storm is rolling in on the day of your move. Have a backup plan or some wiggle room in your schedule in case you need to switch the date. It’s also wise to check the forecast on the day of your move so you don’t start loading up the truck right before a torrential downpour.

4. Have Cleanup Supplies Handy

With multiple people walking in and out of your home, someone is bound to trek in snow or mud. Keep old towels on hand to line the doorways and wipe up any messes. You’ll definitely want to be extra careful when entering your new home. The last thing you want on your first day is a mud stain on the carpet! Having extra rags in the car is useful for wiping down boxes so they don’t tear or cause damage to your belongings.

5. Get Your Car Serviced

Drivers are more prone to accidents in inclement weather when visibility is low and roads are slick. Whether you’re driving 50 miles or halfway across the country to your new home, having your car break down during a move is miserable – especially in winter. Get your car inspected before moving day (check your brakes, tires, oil etc.) and make sure to fill up the gas tank and wiper fluid if necessary.

6. Make Sure Your New Home is Ready for You

Before move-in day, contact your realtor, landlord, or utility company to check that you will have light, water, and heat when you arrive. There’s probably nothing worse than trying to move into a cold, dark house. This simple step will save you from a major headache!

Tips for Moving With Kids

Many families end up relocating to a new city or home at some point. Although moving can be taxing for adults, it is often much more daunting for kids who may feel like it’s the end of their world. They may feel saddened at the prospect of leaving everything behind or resentful because they weren’t involved in the decision. No matter what emotions they experience, there are a few steps you can take as a parent to make the transition easier for your children.

Talk to Them About It

Moving can be a very difficult experience for children and breaking the news is the part many parents worry about most. It is helpful to openly discuss the move with them. If you’re excited about the move (for instance, if you’re moving to a bigger house or have a new job), tell them about the happy news. It also helps to involve them in the process as much as possible, whether it’s taking them on visits to the new house or research the parks and activities in the new city together. This makes the move feel more like a family experience than something being forced upon them.

Moving to a new city of strangers can certainly be a scary idea to a child, especially if it is his or her first move. Share the story of your first move and what you did to make friends. Also let them know that you’ll be there to help them settle in and feel comfortable in their new home. Open these lines of communication so they can come to you with their feelings or concerns about the move. Allow them to be upset or sad, and then look for solutions together.

Get the Paperwork Out of the Way

When relocating, all the little things can start to add up. It can help to make a checklist of all the documents you’ll need for the kids. For instance, make sure you know where any birth certificates and/or passports are located and keep them in a safe place so you don’t lose them amidst the commotion.

You may also need to have certain papers transferred, like school transcripts, medical and vaccination records. This is a good opportunity to scope out pediatricians in the area so that you’ll know where to go before an issues comes up.

Let Them Create Their Own Space

For young people, one of the more difficult aspects of relocating is losing the place they called home, especially if they’ve grown up there. They miss the house they’ve known forever, the room that felt like “their place,” and the familiarity of their environment. To get your kids more excited about the move (and more accustomed to the new house), let them decorate their own rooms. They can pick out paint colors, curtains, throw rugs, or even just a few new pictures to hang up. This makes the new house a little more fun for them and it allows them to create a space that’s their own.

Help Them Adjust by Exploring Together

Try to plan a few fun things for the first few days and weekends you’re in the new town. Hit up a local museum, park, library, swimming pool, or any other attractions your kids may enjoy. Show your kids all the great things your new town has to offer. Although you’re probably stressed about getting all your affairs in order after relocating, take some time to help your kids feel at ease in their new surroundings. It can also benefit you and/or your partner to step away from your to-do list for a weekend to reconnect as a family.

Keep Them Connected

Lastly, as beneficial as it is for your children to acclimate to their new home, it’s okay for them to stay connected to their “roots,” so to speak. School age kids, especially preteens and teenagers, usually feel distraught about leaving behind friendships. Before the move, make sure they exchange addresses, emails, phone numbers or other ways of staying in touch with their old friends. With all the technology available today, kids shouldn’t have too hard a time staying in touch. If feasible, you and a friend’s parents could even discuss the possibility of arranging a visit or meet-up between your child and their friends. Staying connected to old friends can give your kids a support system to turn to as they explore their new school and make new friends.

Remember, every child is different and will take a different amount of time to adjust. But don’t fret too much–once they’re involved at school and their community, it’s very likely that they will warm up to their new home! Until then, stay connected as a family and explore all your new city has to offer together.

Top 5 Moving Tips From Dependable Relo

At Dependable Relo, we know how overwhelming the moving process can feel for you. That’s why we work our very hardest to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Our decades of experience helping people relocate has given us some insight on how to make your move more manageable.

You can get a free in-home survey from Dependable Relo that will provide the most accurate estimate for your move. During the survey, you’ll be telling us what items we’re moving, so you’ll want to have a decent idea beforehand of what is and isn’t coming with you.
Of course, what most people think about when moving is all the packing they have to do. While this is one of the most time-consuming parts of the relocation process, there are some things you can do to make it easier.

First of all, donate or sell any unwanted items before you move. Having a lighter load will cut down your packing time and also save you money on shipping costs. In some instances, donating clothes or household goods to charities can earn you a tax deduction if you save the receipts from the donation. Another easy way to downsize is to use up your canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what you will use before you leave. For more detailed tips on scaling back before a move, see our video on downsizing.

If you’ll be self packing, it can help to know the safest way to pack your belongings, from china sets to furniture. You can visit our website at www.Dependable ReloTS.com to find our guide to packing almost any type of object. Be sure to keep an overnight bag of items you’ll need right away when you arrive. This way, you won’t have to go searching through boxes to find your belongings after a long day of traveling.
If you have items you’d like to keep but that won’t fit in your new home, you have the option of renting a storage unit. Dependable Relo even offers full service storage to help you maximize the efficiency of your move.

Lastly, the final few weeks before moving day are a good time to begin tying up loose ends and ensuring that your new home is ready for you. Make sure to tell the post office you’re moving; set up an end date for your current utilities and set up your new accounts; take pets to the vet; and if you’re driving a long distance, have your car serviced for the trip.

At the end of the day, two of the most important things to remember about moving are to just take it one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have about the relocation process. If you need assistance with an upcoming move, call Dependable Relo for personalized solutions and expert service.