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Fuel Prices Making You Re-Think Renting a Truck?

With the high cost of fuel these days more and more people are choosing to move via do-it-yourself moving. However, when moving with a rental truck you need to consider where all the expenses are coming from. The most significant component will be fuel.
When renting a truck there are many factors that come in to play. First, you got the primary rental rate, which is usually a per day rate. Then, you got the mileage rate, which only includes so many miles. Then you have to factor in how much for the additional miles. And this can really add up for longer haul moves! Next, you got the insurance fee, which you should always have to be on the safer side and purchase insurance because god-forbid you break down on the side of the highway! This ensures that you are not liable in the event of any accident. Then of course, you got the fuel costs!
When receiving your rental truck… after all the paper work and registration, you should receive the truck with a full tank of gas. Once you return the truck you are responsible for giving it back with a full tank of gas too. If you don’t the company will charge you for it and the costs are usually higher than what it would normally be to fill the tank, which includes the ‘labour’ for paying the employee to do it. The mileage along with the truck costs are usually only limited. Once you go over your included mileage there is an additional cost per mile. This cost may seem small, but it adds up! Especially when moving long distance. This could cost from anywhere in between 0.19 cents per mile to 0.80 cents per mile or more! The average cost of an average size rental truck is approximately 10 miles per gallon. So depending on how far you are driving, the more the miles add up, therefore the more the cost adds up.
The size of the truck also makes a difference. As well, weight plays a big part in fuel consumption.
And whatever hidden costs come along with that…   
With Flexible Move you don’t have to worry about the cost of fuel! And you don’t even have to worry about driving that big truck! All you have to do is load and unload your own container. Flexible Move’s do-it-yourself container service allows you to save on the cost of moving and the high costs of fuel!
For more information on the high cost of fuel, check out Statistics Canada and check out the increase in fuel over the years:
To get a better idea on how much you pay on fuel with a moving truck per mile/kilometer calculate your costs on this Fuel Calculator:
Now compare that to the price of your flat rate cost with Flexible Move!
It’s clear that the cost of fuel; provided from the stats above from Statistics Canada, that the cost keeps increasing dramatically. So when moving, consider how much you will pay on the cost of your move!

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posted by Flexible Move @ Monday, December 20, 2010 11:52 a.m.   0 Comments

Off-Setting the Stress of Moving!

Moving can be one of the most stressful events, especially when moving long distance. Depending on the circumstances for the reason of your move, some situations can be more stressful than others. No matter what the reason for your move at Flexible Move (United Van Lines/ Mayflower Canada) we are experts on the moving process and understand the emotions that go along with it. That’s why during a move we are committed to providing you “A Higher Standard of Care”. 
·         First, pre-planning can make your moving day and process a lot smoother. One must be organized for calling it a day for moving.  A good idea is designating tasks for everyone involved in the move.  Allocate tasks to friends and family members who are willing to help to babysit (if you have children), to walk the dog (if you have pets), and helping you to pack and so on. If you have older children, help them get organized and provide them with packing supplies, boxes and labels and get them to pack the things they can in their own rooms. This will relieve some stress of having to do so many things. Make a list of each task, prioritize, take it step by step and things will gradually get done. Proper planning, organization and timing is key (always give yourself enough adequate time)!
·         It is easy to get frustrated in the process of your move when something planned hasn’t gone accordingly. For instance, something was broken. You need to remember that these things are easily bound to happen during a move. Keep your cool and stick to your plan to stay as organized as possible and go with the flow. Make sure to get enough sleep in between the days because not only is it important for your health, especially at the time of your move, but you will be well rested for the day ahead. Emotions can play a big role in moving.
·         If you have kids involved, then it is very important to remember to give them attention through the moving process. If the move is stressful on you, then imagine how your kids may be feeling, particularly when they are younger and really don’t understand what’s going on. It can be hard on them switching schools, leaving friends, changing to unfamiliar locations, and the fear of making new friends, etc. Communicate with them and reassure them that everything will be fine. Make it a positive thing, if the move isn’t already.  Again, depending on some circumstances for the reason of your move it may not be a happy one. But most often the reason is a positive one such as a new home or job promotion. Stay positive!
·         When it comes to transportation with Flexible Move we alleviate some of the stress in a long distance move by doing the driving for you! It’s hard enough packing up your whole home and then having to drive across the country with a big truck! We take that added stress away from you and your family. So keep in mind not only are you saving on the cost of moving, but you can leave the driving to the professionals. All you have to worry about is strategic planning in packing and loading your container.
Always remember that moving is a process, not a week long assignment. Take it easy and enjoy the transition in your new home and neighborhood. Make a checklist and check off your establishments as you finish each room and/or job in your new home. Doing these few things will help reduce the stress of your move and make your move go a lot smoother!

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posted by Flexible Move @ Thursday, December 9, 2010 3:28 p.m.   0 Comments

Winter Woes & Pro’s to Do It Yourself Moving

Winter Woes: Moving can be a challenging time and moving through the winter season can slow the process down dramatically. Be prepared and take pre-cautionary measures to avoid any possible troubles that the ice, snow and cold can bring.

First, remember to bundle up! It is very important to remember not to pack any winter garments away. While you are moving, you and/or anyone else helping should be wearing a hat, gloves, scarf, warm clothing and a warm jacket.

Watch the forecast! Knowing what to be prepared for and hopefully, avoiding any snow storms or heavy snow falls can be instrumental in planning your move.

Remember to clear the way! Have your driveway, sidewalk, walkways and/or any steps salted and shoveled before your moving day. Make sure all pathways are clear of snow and ice. Protect your floors when walking in and out of the house. It may be a good idea to have someone bringing your belongings to the front door, while another person loads/unloads your container. Have an extra pair of shoes, shoe covers (booties), or floor runners put down on the main walking areas in your home. Winter time can be a messy season and tracking in snow or mud can make for a slippery and wet floor. TIP: Having old towels on hand will allow you to sop up any wet spots. Prevent any possible slip and falls!

Winter Pros: Winter moves are typically more expensive because of the harsh conditions. Flexible Move actually lowers the cost of moving in the winter months. We understand the conditions you will be faced with and want to do our part in helping you save on moving costs!

posted by Flexible Move @ Friday, December 3, 2010 4:15 p.m.   1 Comments

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