Finding the Perfect Moving Company

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, finding a quality moving company can be a headache in itself. With so many moving companies to choose from, how do you know you are getting the best quality for the best price? Some companies will charge a flat rate for their services while others will charge a moving fee plus mileage and some will even charge a flat rate plus mileage plus labor hours for their services. My goal is to help you make an informed decision as to which moving company to hire and trust that your belongings will arrive to your new home safely.

Do Your Homework

Being that there is such a wide variety of movers, you will want to go online and do some research before dialing the first number you come across. Just like anything else, people will be leaving reviews on the services they liked the best or even movers that they were not so happy with. Many companies will have review sections on their websites so that you can look and see what other customers have to say about a particular company.

Pricing

Pricing may just be the most important factor in choosing a moving company. Most local movers will charge a flat rate plus mileage for using their trucks. If you are planning on a long distance move, a little bit more research is required to find long distance movers. Long distance movers typically charge a flat moving rate as well as mileage and labor. Some companies will even have the option of allowing you to borrow their vehicles and letting you do the heavy lifting yourself. While most people do not enjoy loading and unloading the truck themselves, this is a great way if you are looking to save a few bucks on your next move.

Is Your Moving Company Insured?

Most companies will have insurance to protect against damage of your property. Let’s face it, accidents do happen and sometimes your fragile belongings will get dropped or fall inside the truck while driving. If the company you are interested in does not have any information about insurance on their website do not be afraid to call them directly and ask what kind of damage protection they provide. Remember: if a company does not provide any insurance they may not be an established company. You may get a better deal by going with an uninsured mover but you may pay the price with damaged belongings.

Whether you are looking for a local mover or a company that provides long distance moves, do not go with the first company you see. Ask your friends or family members that have recently moved which company they chose and why. Every company is a little bit different and has different packages to choose from.

Making Your Home Look Natural With Stone Veneers

The use of stone as a building material is nearly timeless. All varieties have been used over the centuries to construct homes, businesses and all manners of buildings used to gather together for a myriad of reasons. Stone is a natural product that is readily available for use in most areas of the world. The added benefits of durability make it a product that is still in high demand today. The trend towards stone veneer products make it a little more affordable, but below are a few things to consider before starting this type of project.

Thin Versus Thick Veneer

There can be a big price difference between thin and thick veneer products made of cut stone. The biggest difference beyond price is durability. Interior stone walls and outdoor surrounds work well using a thin product, but complete exteriors should be done using a thicker, high-quality veneer. The finished project will look more natural and it will last for years.

From the Ground Up

The trick in getting near perfect results in any masonry job is having a solid foundation to work from. Ground that tends to move, which is possible due to rain and large snow melt, is a set up for disaster. Take the time to ensure you have the proper foundation work done to apply stone veneer without worrying about cracking and sinking.

Climate and Weather Factors

Brick, stone siding, landscape stone and stone veneer may all be subject to huge temperature fluctuations that can lead to cracking, early repairs or even expensive replacement. Crushed stone products can look beautiful after installation, but the resins are not designed to tolerate sub-zero temperatures for long periods of time. Make sure that stone veneers are all natural cut stone. Interior stone products in a climate controlled environment should do well.

Uniform Colors

Larger projects utilizing stone veneers require a lot of product. One common problem is a subtle color difference when the product is gathered from a variety of sources. The color difference may not be great, but it can be enough to make it noticeable after installation. Always make sure that the products needs for your project are gathered from the same stone source.

Never Settle for Less Than You Want

A natural looking veneer made from stone can dramatically change the appearance of your home. Take the time needed to explore all of the options available before settling on any particular product. You do need to keep a budget in mind, but remember that this is an improvement project that is designed to last for many years. You want to love the end results.