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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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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.

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Armstrong Relocation Dallas customer service coordinator Barbara Ripley recently was awarded Honorable Mention for the Heart of Quality Award. The Heart of Quality is awarded annually to United Van Lines employees who demonstrate outstanding customer service. Congrats, Barbara!

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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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You might think the moving industry is a very basic, low-tech,  elbow-grease driven kind of business. In years past, you were right. And for some of our competitors, it still is. But out-of-the-box thinking and tech-driven solutions are the new model for the times we live in. And as the largest agent for United Van Lines we’ve implemented a recent innovation that renders us able to generate paperless, hyper-accurate moving estimates for our customers.

A new software application called Quotes to Go, paired with a new fleet of Apple iPads, now make us the most technologically advanced surveyors and estimators on the street. Our moving surveyors can now use their touch-screen tablets to select every piece of furniture, every box and everything that our customers would like us to pack, load and transport for them. They then generate a super-accurate quote and e-mail it to the customer, or print it out, if requested.

This means less chance for error and will allow us to avoid some of the hiccups that can occur when using old-fashioned paper surveys. It also means customers can see exactly how we arrived at our estimated weights, which is the basis for our pricing model.

Thanks to Steve Jobs’ genius and our forward-thinking leadership at Armstrong Relocation and United Van Lines for helping us to stay Ahead of the Curve and the competition!

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