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Shipping Your Car to Alaska

You may decide to ship a car to Alaska, depending on personal requirements or impending relocation to the area. This may be more practical for you than driving the car the full distance and it may also be more fiscally sound. You may have also decided to purchase a car in another state on the mainland. If you need to relocate your car to a remote area without adequate road access, shipping will be your sole option. Whatever the reason, there are steps you should follow closely in order to make this process run as smooth as possible.

1. First, make sure the carrier you choose is both insured and licensed. Also be sure to obtain the company’s references and check them out. If they are a Better Business Bureau member, secure their rating so that you know that they have no unresolved claims against them.

2. Make sure the freight company will ship to your exact location, as not all carriers ship to all regions of Alaska.

3. Determine the time frame that will be needed for the shipping of your car. Is there a certain date you must have your vehicle by? Expedited shipping could be available.

4. Ask for an estimate. This estimate will be based on the size of your automobile, as well as the location from where you need the vehicle shipped, and your final destination. Measure the height and length of your automobile, as you will need this information to determine shipping costs. Some will also determine costs based on the make and model of your vehicle, whereas others will do so based on its exact weight.

5. Receive quotes for ports of departure and sailing dates. Rates may be higher at certain times of the year when shipping space is at a premium. There may be a fuel surcharge as well.

6. You may also be asked for a deposit upfront prior to the shipping day. Ask about how much your deposit will cost.

7. You will also want to notify your own auto insurance company that your vehicle will be transported by sea to guarantee that it is adequately covered during transit for any damage that might possibly occur.

8. While transporting other items in your car sounds like a great way to be efficient, it’s probably prohibited by your shipping company. Normally, the car can only be shipped with about a quarter tank of gas, and any legal documents in the glovebox. Other than that, shipping companies need to keep weight to a minimum for safety and security reasons. Make sure you’ve cleaned your car out.

9. Now you will need to make the proper arrangements for vehicle drop off and pickup.

10. When finalizing the process, have your license plate number on hand, as well as your vehicle identification number (which can be found on your registration papers) to provide to the shipping company.

11. Arrange to bring your vehicle to the port of departure, which will be located in Washington State either from the Port of Tacoma or the Port of Seattle. Be aware that both weather conditions and the time of year will determine how long it will take your vehicle to arrive.

12. Prepare your vehicle to be transported, first by making sure that there is less than a quarter tank of gas in it. The keys should be left in the car during the transport and the car doors should be left unlocked for ease of movement.

13.  You will want to make arrangements to have a rental car set up to use in the meantime, or the use of another vehicle. Once the car to be transported is picked up, you should expect to be without it for up to two weeks.

14.  Be prepared to show proper identification when you come to pick up your car in person in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

Useful Tips When Moving to London

 

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If you are thinking about moving to London, or living in London, we are here to help!  Whether it has always been a life-long dream of yours, or you have simply recently discovered of the land, you have decided to take the plunge and are now faced with the task of planning your move to London from the US.  How exciting!

Before you buy your ticket to London and start packing your bags, we would love to share a few moving to London TIPS and links that we feel may help you in your transition abroad.  After all, moving to London from overseas is a totally different experience than moving from within the UK.  You will have an entire new country to experience, complete with new sets of laws, new customs and a new culture.

 

First thing is first: Don't confuse Great Britain with England!

This is very important, especially if you want to start your journey off on the right foot.  After all, you don’t want to go around offending people, do you?!  Quick summary: 

 

Next, what is a Visa, and why do you need one?

Before your upcoming move to London, it is important to understand and educate yourself on the various types of Visas.  Without the proper documentation, you may have difficulty finding work, renting “flats” or entering the country all together.  The different types of visas are as follows:

  • Ancestry Visas - UK Ancestry Visas are available for individuals who have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • Youth Mobility Scheme Visas - The UK working holiday visa, also known as the ‘UK Youth Mobility Visa,' allows young people aged between 18 and 30 years old to live in the UK for up to 2 years and to take up permanent or casual employment to help fund their stay.
  • Skilled Workers Visas - available to skilled workers who have been offered jobs in the UK.
  • Highly Skilled Workers Visas = this highly skilled visa type replaces the old Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP).  Unlike the Skilled Worker Visa listed above, which requires a sponsorship from an employer, the Highly Skilled Workers Visa allows highly skilled workers to come to the UK in search of work, so long as they have enough points to be granted this visa.
  • Student Visas – individuals 16+ years of age that are planning to study in the UK on a course with a minimum of 12 months

For more information about Visas and their specific requirements, please visit the London embassy.

Here are some additional links that we believe may help you better prepare for your upcoming move to London:

·         How to Move to England

·         London Guides, Maps, and Things to Do

·         London Hostels

·         London Bars, Nightlife, and Entertainment

·         Flat Rentals in London

 

Wishing you the best of luck during your upcoming adventure abroad!

 

 

 

-EO

 

Dewitt Companies Raises Awareness of Online Pet Scammers!

 

 

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Dewitt Companies is dedicating this blog posting to help educate the public and warn them of the online Pet Scams that are currently sweeping the internet.  As awful as the idea may seem, this new wave of internet scam artists are preying on online puppy buyers, often displaying cute puppy pictures and giving false promises to would be puppy owners.  Individuals across the nation are being taken for emotional and financial rides that end up costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  Pay particular attention if you live in states such as California, Florida and Louisiana, as these seem to be particularly targeted by online pet scammers.

One of the worst things about the current online pet scam scares, is the fact that these individuals typically and frequently operated from overseas.  This fact alone makes it almost impossible for victims to get their money back or take legal action.   

With the above said, and because we are a professional mover that sincerely takes your interests to heart, Dewitt Companies is committed to exposing these fraudulent companies and individuals.  We would like to do our part and help educate you on what to watch for BEFORE you begin searching online for a furry addition to your family.

The following are examples of names of fraudulent companies and e-mail addresses that have been already been identified:

·         Pet Delivery/Air Transport Department, Pet Shipping Agency Singapore

·         Global Pets Travel Service

·         Pet Shipping Agency

·         World Wide Pets Relocators

·         IntPetRelocators

·         Pets Relocators Transportation Agency

·         USA Pet Relocation Delivery Service

·         leslieeve26@yahoo.com

·         pets_relocators_delivery@mail.com

·         sera.eve80@yahoo.com

·         petshipping_agency@mail.com

·         chrisnoble70@yahoo.com.au

 

If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has already been scammed, we recommend that you do any, if not all, of the following as soon as possible:

1)  Gather as much information about the scammer as possible.  This information includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

·         Phone number/s of the scammer

·         Address/es given by the scammer

·         E-mail address/es of the scammer

·         If you were asked to wire money, provide the name of the bank etc. (i.e. Western Union)

·         Any other information that you were given that you feel may be relevant

2)   If you were by chance scammed by someone in Cameroon, we recommend that you fax a letter of complaint to the US Embassy in Cameroon as soon as possible.  The embassy information is as follows:


                                The United States Embassy in Cameroon
                                Phone: (237) 2220-1500
                                Fax (237) 2220-1500 x 4531

3)  Lastly, please make sure to post the scammer information that you have collected to sites such as Fraudwatchers.org and other online communities that have dedicated themselves to exposing online scams such as these.  Your efforts alone may save someone else hours of headache and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

In addition to the above, we recommend that you visit sites such as Scambusters or FraudWatchers to learn more about current online pet scams and find out ways that you can better protect yourself.  By taking the time to educate yourself, you, yourself, can gain valuable resources that have the potential to save you a lot of money, and heartache in the future.

Thank you for visiting our moving blog! 

 

 

 

-EO

 

 

So you are thinking about moving to Germany?

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Are you one of many individuals that want to move to Germany but have no idea how to do it, or where to start?  Well, fortunately, Dewitt Companies is here to help!   Dewitt has been relocating to Germany for years.  We would love to share some basic Germany moving information with you to help ease you into your transition abroad.

If this is your first overseas move, congratulations!  Moving abroad is as exciting as it is wonderful, but we absolutely recommend that you educate yourself prior to packing your bags and leaving the states behind.  It is well worth your time to make the effort and will most certainly ease the transition in to your new life abroad.  Let’s get started:

First thing is first, we highly recommend that you hire a professional overseas mover to assist with your upcoming move to Germany.  After all, you are not moving next door, you are moving across an ocean, and over international waterways.  You want to make sure that you are working with a professional international moving company that has the experience to relocate to Germany with ease, and without potential delay.

Next, we recommend that you attempt to come up with a realistic budget.  Find out how much the overseas move will cost you financially so that you can better prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Don’t forget to include expenses such as travel, moving, paperwork/customs documents and housing, to name a few.  

As you are well aware, bills are not going to pay themselves.  For this reason alone, it is a good idea to obtain a "German residence permit" so you can both live and work in Germany.  Please make sure to visit the German Embassy or the American consulate beforehand to gain the most accurate and current information.  German laws and policies unfortunately do have a tendency to change. 

Go to the nearest German embassy in your state.  There, you will want to get permission to move to Germany and obtain your "German residence permit."  Once your application is complete, you will need to wait for approval from German immigration.  The immigration and employment officials themselves will ultimately determine whether your entry visa application is denied or approved.

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Germany before your actual move, great!  Make sure to pay close attention to the areas and communities that you like and dislike.  Try and stay for an extended period of time so that you can have a “real life” experience abroad.  If you so choose, you may even want to apply for a temporary work placement to see if you like working and living in Germany.  After all...knowing the “likes” of today, will certainly help to eliminate the potential “dislikes” of tomorrow.

Best of luck to you and your upcoming move to Germany! Please let us know if you have any additional questions or require further assistance for your upcoming relocation to Germany.  We would be more than happy to assist you further in any way that we can.

Dewitt Companies and Royal Hawaiian Movers sponsor the California Moving and Storage Association

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International moving company Dewitt Companies teams up with sister Hawaii moving company Royal Hawaiian Movers to support the greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Beach Cities CMSA Chapter. 


In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, local CMSA members and affiliates will join together this December at the Clearman’s North WoodsInn in La Mirada, CA.  All participants will be asked to bring a toy that will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  Toys can be of any size or price, but must be new, and must be wrapped. Professional mover Dewitt Companies and Hawaii mover Royal Hawaiian Movers have graciously offered to sponsor the holiday event, hosting cocktails between the hours of 6:00-7:00pm. 


The CMSA, or California Moving and Storage Association, is a non-profit trade association that represents over 385 licensed and insured movers operating in the state of California.  For more about this organization, please visit the CMSA website.


 


 


-EO

Protect Yourself BEFORE Your Move to Hawaii

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So you and the family have decided to leave life on the mainland and move to Hawaii.  Congratulations!  Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and you will soon be one of the lucky ones to call it home. 
 


Whether you are moving to Oahu, moving to Maui, moving to Kauai, or the Big Island, we hope that you will take a moment to review the below information.  There are dozens of online internet brokers and illegitimate moving companies that are standing by just waiting to take advantage of the unsuspecting mover = YOU.  We unfortunately see this all of the time, and always do what we can to help educate potential movers before they move to Hawaii or elsewhere around the world.  By taking the initiative to educate yourself on some of the moving basics “do’s and don’ts”, you can save yourself hours of potential anxiety and headache.


Let the lesson begin!


Did you know that the U.S. Government, in partnership with law enforcement, consumer groups, and the professional moving industry, is starting to take a more active role in educating consumers on household moves?  This has recently been brought about for one reason and one reason only:  Unsuspecting consumers are being taken advantage of by dishonest, “Rogue” movers. 


Perhaps you have heard of these rogue movers, perhaps not, but if you have gone online to search for a moving company, you have probably already spoken to a few.  Please remember to keep your eyes open, and at the very least, watch for these 4 signs. 


 


1.  Their Moving Estimate is Substantially Lower than Other Estimates You Have Received


The cheapest moving quote is seldom the best, as there are certain to be numerous hidden fees that have the potential to cost you 3x more in the long run.  Once your items are picked up from your residence, they are out of your hands.  Do you your homework, and work with a reputable moving company you can trust.  Do not let your household goods be “held captive” by dishonest, rogue movers.


 


2.  They Never Offered an In Home Survey


Federally regulated movers are required to, at the very least, offer a no cost, no obligation on-site inspection of your household goods.  If they do not at least offer to send someone out there to survey your items, hang up!  Don’t be bullied by smooth talk.... know your rights!


 


3.   They Want Payment First or They Ask for a Deposit


No legitimate, federally regulated moving company will demand cash or a large deposit before your move.  If the person on the other line is asking for money up front, BEFORE your items have been picked up, tell them “Thank you but no thank you,” and RUN!


 


4.  Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move


Federally regulated moving companies are required, by law, to provide you with a copy of the booklet "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move." If your moving company has never heard of this booklet before, or for whatever reason they choose not to send this information to you... hang up the phone and find another mover.


 


We sincerely hope that the above information was helpful!  For more information about how you can protect yourself during your upcoming move, please visit www.protectyourmove.gov


Thank you for visiting our moving blog!  Please check back often for updates or contact us for any additional questions you may have.  We look forward to the opportunity to assist you further in any way that we can!


 


 


 


-EO

Dewitt Moving Companies Shine at the 2011 IAM Convention in Denver, CO

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(Left:  IAM Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Conference Center in Denver, CO.   Right:  Representatives from Dewitt Moving and Storage Guam, Royal Hawaiian Movers, and Dewitt Companies Ltd., LLC)

 


Exhibitors and attendees from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Central America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East joined together for this year’s IAM Conference in Denver, CO.  This conference, which occurs annually, provides opportunities for both exhibitors and attendees to connect with moving industry professionals from all over the world.


This year’s conference was a very special event for Dewitt Companies, as Dewitt Companies founder Richard Dewitt was honored during the 2011 IAM Hall of Honor Luncheon.  Recognized both for his continued dedicated service and his various contributions to the Association and the moving industry, Richard Dewitt was one of four to be honored during this year’s event, becoming the 2ndmember of his family to be inducted into the International Association of Movers prestigious Hall of Honor. 


Dewitt Companies today include the following professional moving companies:



 For more about the International Association of Movers, please visit www.iamovers.org.


 


-EO

Moving to Hawaii – The Process from A to Z

Ahhh.... moving to Hawaii.. sure, we have all thought about it, especially during the grueling ice cold snowy winters here on the mainland.  You’re in luck... BBB A+ rated Dewitt Companies specializes in moving to Hawaii!  We would like to take this opportunity to educate you a bit on the Hawaii moving process.  The more you know about what to expect from your upcoming move to Hawaii, the better!


STEP 1: From Mainland Residence to Mainland Port


1. Depending on how much stuff you are moving to Hawaii, our local agent will safely and securely pack your belongings and load them into either a full sized container (FCL), or into individual Lift Vans (LCL), which are essentially big wooden boxes or crates that measure approximately 7ft x 4ft x 7ft.   


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2. Once your items are brought back to the local warehouse, we will begin the process of booking the first available ocean vessel bound for Hawaii.  It is important to remember that just because a vessel sails on a specific day, does not mean that there is room on that vessel for your shipment.  Remember, there are hundreds upon hundreds of shipments than are loaded onto ocean vessels, and sometimes space can be limited, specifically during the busy summer months.


3. Once an available vessel is booked, we will arrange for your household goods to be picked up from the local facility and transported to port.  Your shipment will then be properly cataloged and loaded onto the ocean vessel.


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STEP 2: Arriving at the Destination Port in Hawaii


 1. Depending on which island you are moving to, ocean transit time can be 1 to 2 weeks, (depending on the weather of course).  Once your ocean vessel arrives into the Hawaii port, it will be systematically unloaded to ensure that all of the cargo goes to the proper port agent.  A port agent, by definition, is a person or company who prepares shipping documents, arranges shipping space and insurance, and deals with the customs clearance process where applicable.


2. IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that a vessel ETA of Monday, does NOT translate to a delivery to your Hawaii residence on Tuesday.  Your shipment must first be “made available,” or “ready” by the port, at which time our sister company, Royal Hawaiian Movers, will transport it to their local facility.


STEP 3: From the Hawaii Port to Your New Home


1. We typically estimate that your shipment will be available for delivery to your residence about 7-10 business days after the arrival of the vessel to it’s’ port of entry.  Once your shipment is “made available” by the Hawaiian port and transported to our Royal Hawaiian Movers’ warehouse, you will be contacted directly to schedule the earliest possible delivery date.


2. Our local agents will make sure to follow up with you no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled delivery date to confirm the time and location with you personally.  Our agents will also make sure to contact you post-move to ensure that you were well taken care of during the process.


 


That’s it!  Piece of cake!  Hopefully the above information will help to fill in some of the blanks about the Hawaii moving process.  When moving from one place to another, let alone one continent to another, it is important that you understand the process from start to finish. This will help relieve some of that stress and anxiety, and give you a better sense of how Dewitt Companies truly does provide each of our customers with the Royal Moving Treatment.


If you have any additional questions whatsoever, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.


Thanks for visiting our Blog!


 


 


-EO

BBB A+ Rated Dewitt Companies Ltd., LLC

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Professional moving company Dewitt Companies Ltd., LLC celebrates their A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau!  If you are not familiar with the Better Business Bureau, GET FAMILIAR!  This business was created to not only to rate business reliability, but to also “alert the public to frauds against consumers and businesses, provide information on ethical business practices, and act as mutually trusted intermediaries between consumers and businesses to resolve disputes.”


Decades of continued customer service excellence have paid off.  Great Job!


Meet our Sister Companies:



 


 


 


-EO

Government Cracking Down on Online, Unlicensed, Internet Brokers

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We have all heard about moving horror stories… “You found a moving company online, you gave a deposit, and come moving day, your so called “trusted moving company” sent you a bill for twice the amount they originally quoted.”  Well, good news!!  Times are changing.  Federal and state authorities are working diligently to crack down on online scam artists who pose as licensed movers.  These online brokers are notorious for ripping off consumers by substantially increasing prices, providing fake estimates and holding consumers' belongings hostage.


In the past year alone, states including California, New Jersey, and Illinois, have conducted various undercover operations to expose these unlicensed brokers and their unfair business practices.  It is businesses like these that continue to hurt the professional moving industry, as consumers continue to lose faith in professional movers and are thus seeking alternatives.


We care about you and want to make sure that you are not taken advantage of during the moving process.  This being said, here are a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping around online for a professional moving company.



  1. Important:  Make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when obtaining rates (i.e. lower rates may look good on the surface, but they will most certainly have hidden fees, offer ½ the service, and/or offer no consumer protection in the event of lost or damaged items)

  2. Beware the internet broker who buys cheap, sells cheap, and QUOTES BY THE CUBE.  Real movers tend to quote by the pound and follow federal regulations for consumer protection.  Internet brokers have no rules, are not regulated like real movers, and you will not be protected in the event of lost or damaged items. 

If you are moving a great distance, and over international waterways, you want to ensure that every aspect of your move is handled both safely, securely, and by a professional moving company. If you have any questions whatsoever about the moving process, please do not hesitate to Dewitt Companies directly.  We would be more than happy to assist in any way that we can.


 


-EO