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The decision to renovate your home can be a costly one but, as with other financial decisions, should be based on the careful answers to several key questions.

What is your motivation? Perhaps your family has outgrown your present home, you plan on staying for years to come, or there is excessive wear and tear on floors, walls or carpeting. Any of these might be good reasons favoring renovations.

What is the cost? Brainstorm with your family what your ideal renovations would be, then get estimates from several reputable contractors. Do you have the cash in hand or will you need to secure a home improvement loan? The cost might be too much for your budget or you could selectively choose one or two specific areas for renovation. Also consider the type of renovations you do — some have a higher return on investment (kitchens and bathrooms) than others (sunrooms and pools).

What will be the effect on the marketability or asking price on a future home sale? Updating is a common way to boost a seller’s asking price, but you must consider what the average value in the neighborhood is and whether renovations could potentially price you out of the market.

Will renovating cost less than moving? Moving can be a substantial expense so it’s worth factoring into your decision.

The answers to these questions should help you make a more informed decision on whether to take the renovation plunge or stick with the status quo.

Tell us a little bit about what you do at Armstrong Relocation/Armstrong Local Movers?

I quote customers over the phone for local moves and coordinate all local moves.  I also schedule appointments for our Residential Salesmen to do free in-home estimates for our customers.

ImageGive us an example of how you work to ensure a successful local move?

From the first time I talk with the customer to the end of the move I am always explaining exactly what is going to happen during the moving process so on move day there is no confusion. I always do a pre-move call and post-move call to make sure the customer is very happy with our moving company.

What gives you satisfaction in your current role as local moving coordinator?

Moving is a very stressful process for our customers, even if they are just moving a mile away.  I get satisfaction out of easing the customers stress and letting them know Armstrong Local Movers will take great care of them.

What is one of the most difficult parts of being a local moving coordinator?

I am a very organized person and like to know everything up front. In the moving industry, not everything is known and changes do happen — it’s just something that comes with being a move coordinator.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time (you know, when you’re not worrying about the details of upcoming moves)?

When I leave for the day, I am always checking my work email at home just to make sure I am not missing out on anything.  I like to go for a jog and lift weights 3 to 4 days a week after work. Unfortunately, I am a huge fan of reality television and will pretty much watch any reality show that I can find on TV.

Whom do you admire most and why?

The person I admire most is my father; he is a very determined man. Since I was a little kid I always remember him being so motivated and positive.  He turns anything negative to something positive, and I believe that is why he has always succeed at anything he puts his mind to.

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If you have ever managed a business, you know how valuable feedback can be. It helps you to know if you are providing the type of service or product that your customers desire. It can also help you get back on track if your service is a bit lacking in one area or another. That’s why we love to get feedback. Most of our customers receive a post-move survey, giving them an opportunity to voice any praise or concerns they have. Here are some of the recent highlights from moves over the past several months:

“The moving team was very efficient, respectful, polite and timely despite problems with the elevator at the pick up location.”

“The two ladies who packed our belongings continued to ask for instructions and did an outstanding job.”

“Everyone we worked with from start to finish was outstanding and all deserve special recognition. You should be very proud to have these individuals associated with United.”

“David, the moving truck driver was excellent. He was helpful and explained the process to me very clearly.”

“Best job in over 10 moves.”

“They were great! Very conscientious and efficient.”

“EXCELLENT, FAST, POLITE, EFFICIENT.”

“I’m sorry that I don’t know his full name, but the driver Tony did a great job.”

“We’ve moved quite a few times over the years & this is the best move we’ve had!”

“Overall experience was very positive. I received exceptional service beginning with the office personnel and ending with the driver and his crew. They were all fabulous! I would highly recommend ARmstrong Relocation/United.”

“Everyone who was involved with our move was excellent. We were very apprehensive about using a moving company due to negative things we had heard or read but we were very surprised and pleased with the entire experience.”

My Move

My wife and I recently moved from a Dallas townhouse we had been leasing for 2 years to our first house, also in Dallas. Between the two of us, we had amassed a sizable collection of “stuff,” which I had estimated to be around 7,000 lbs. (pretty standard amount for a moderately furnished, two-bedroom apartment). When it came time to move, I decided of course to use my company’s local moving department — Armstrong Local Movers.

In our effort to keep costs for the move low, my wife and I decided to do all of our own packing and carry highly delicate or breakable items in our cars. These included a 40″ LCD TV, our small wine collection and a large piece of coffee table glass. Our movers can easily transport those things, too, but I wanted to make it as simple as possible for them.

Moving day came one Saturday in late January and the crew arrived right within the window they were supposed to. These friendly guys were dressed in their uniforms and displayed a courteous and hard-working attitude. They put down floor protection next to the front entrance and wrapped furniture in protective pads. Then they set about stacking boxes on dollies, disassembling our bed and bookshelf and generally clearing the place out. The mattress was packed in a protective box. In about two hours, we were loaded and ready to go.

At our moving destination, the floor protection went down again. These are sheets of heavy cardboard that keep floors from being scratched, dented or soiled. The truck as unloaded and everything was put in the correct room in about an hour. The bed and bookshelf were re-assembled and the trash was cleared out. In a little under an hour and a half, we were moved in. Nothing was scratched, dinged or broken. From start to finish, this was a smooth move.

Yes, I do work for the company, but I can tell you from an insider’s point of view that this is the type of service we train our crews to provide on each and every move.

Great job, guys!

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Family-owned and operated, Armstrong Local Movers knows how important professional service and trust are to making sure your move goes smoothly. We are an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau, with which we have an A+ rating, the highest rating a business can receive. We’re also a certified ProMover with the American Moving and Storage Association. We specialize in moving services for both families and companies throughout the greater Dallas area, including Fort Worth, Mesquite, Carrollton, Irving, Flower Mound and Grapevine.

We’ve launched our local moving business and are in full swing now. If you’re moving within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, give us a call!

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