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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.

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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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Let’s face it, moving day is a stressful time. Here are a few tips on how to be prepared for the big day.

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We’ll move your belongings from anywhere to anywhere, and under almost any conditions … almost. This probably wasn’t one of Armstrong Relocation’s drivers parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Forney, Texas, yesterday during the series of tornadoes that ripped across North Texas (lower left corner of photo below).

Around 650 homes were damaged by the twisters, but most importantly, there were no deaths. Those whose homes were destroyed or who suffered injuries are in our prayers.

United’s drivers, including hundreds of Armstrong drivers, are all over the place all the time. They do their jobs in good weather and bad. As we ramp up to our peak season, it should be good to know that we have plenty of drivers that are willing to brave the elements to help you get your belongings where you need them.

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Wow! Do preschoolers LOVE moving trucks or what?  Armstrong Relocation’s van operator Tony Behrig recently volunteered his time to go out to a Carrollton Early Childhood PTA meeting and show all the preschool kids his United Van Lines truck.  Tony talked to the kids about his truck, what he does for Armstrong/United, and about moving.  The kids had a blast checking out the trailer (well….really running the length of the trailer over…and over…and over again), but the cab was definitely everyone’s favorite area.  Tony let the kids get up into the cab to check out the sleeping quarters and pretend they were driving his truck! 

Everyone had a great time and Tony was such a great sport about it all!  Thanks Tony for everything you do here at Armstrong and especially for spending the day with these kids to give them a taste of what Armstrong’s van operators do on a daily basis!

Here are a couple of shots from the day….hope you enjoy them!

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When most people think of storage for their household belongings, they think of private mini-storage. These are those establishments that will rent you a 10-foot-by-10-foot storage locker or garage on a month-t0-month basis. They typically have a gate that restricts access to vehicles with a gate code and allow their tenants to come and go during regular hours. This is not the case when you store with a moving company, at least a moving company associated with a van line such as United.

Armstrong Relocation’s Carrollton warehouse has 94,000 square feet of storage capacity in which we store our customers’ belongings. The goods are wrapped with protective pads and carefully packed into wooden storage vaults, each of which can hold about as many items as would fit into a 1-bedroom efficiency apartment. They are secured tightly with steel clamps and are not accessed until they are delivered to the final destination via truck. Here’s our President, Mike Gonzales, demonstrating the storage vaults in our warehouse.

 

 

In addition to the wooden vaults, each customer’s belongings are protected by an alarm system that is remotely monitored by ADT Security, as well as closed-circuit video cameras surrounding the exterior of the facility. A massive water sprinkler system is also in place to guard against the possiblity of fire damage.

One caveat for our customers to be aware of is the limited access they have to their belongings while in storage with us. Due to the way in which the items are stored, and the fact that we are not set up to receive customers as retail mini-storage facilities are, we require advance notice for requests to access the vaults. Some warehouse labor is also necessary in order to make the vault accessible to customers. For these reasons, customers typically only store items they will likely not need access to until the entire shipment is delivered to the final destination.

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This is a very interesting article based on results from a worldwide Manpower Group survey. This trend, if indeed it is a trend, will eventually prompt employers to beef up their benefits packages, including their employee relocation policy. As experts in employee mobility, that’s exactly where we can help.

Role reversal: Employers say they can’t find workers.

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