Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Should I Hire Three Movers Instead of Two?
There are several things to consider.
If you have a two bedroom apartment on a ground floor with no steps and it’s only thirty feet from your front door to the truck, then you’re probably best with only two movers.
If, on the other hand, you have a large family in a four bedroom home with a lot of goods and a stuffed attic and basement, and you want us to do all the packing of boxes, and we have to park our truck fifty yards from your front door, then you’re better off with three men.
There are also some other situations in which three men will be necessary. If you have a concert grand piano, then you’ll need three men. If you have a hot tub that you want moved, it will probably require at least three men. And there could be other items that would require three men for a safe move.
The reason for this is that Moving Connections has a minimum charge of four hours. In the first case, with a small apartment and a short drive, three men would be “overkill” and you’d be paying a four hour charge for work that might be done in as little as two or three hours. 
In the second case, with such a large home and family, your move might take a lot longer than four hours, and a third man could speed things up greatly.
And in the third case, with heavy and very large objects, the consideration of the safety of the workers and the welfare of your goods takes precedence.
As far as efficiency goes, there are also situations where three men can get things done twice as fast (or even three times as fast) as two men, so you’re ahead of the game in those cases.
If you’re concerned about a third man having a lot of “stand around” time, you will find that concern is unfounded. The third man will often be taping and marking boxes or disassembling a bed frame or playground equipment, etc., while the other movers are busily taking the boxes onto the truck and loading it. So there’s no “down time” with a third man. The workers will all be busy on moving day.
Consult with your movers in advance and they will be able to provide you with the most efficient sized crew to get the most bang for your buck.

We here at Moving Connections think of ourselves as Salt Lake City’s Best movers. We have been serving the Wasatch Front for over 30 years and have become part of the community. We are located in the heart of Salt Lake City on the corner of 400 East and Broadway (300 South), in the Shipping Connections Plaza, a mini strip mall just behind the Greek Souvlaki restaurant.

And remember Moving Connections is the home of the $95/hr two men and a truck package deal!

Friday, March 16, 2018

We live locally, work locally, buy locally and support our local businesses and hope you do too!


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Specialized Services

Occasionally, someone might have a need for a specialized service, such as crating of a museum piece, or the shipping of a car, or they might need an expedited shipment of household items via an express air service. 
Moving Connections is prepared to deal with all of these situations. We have fragile packed and shipped one-of-a-kind and high value museum and art pieces, we have crated and fragile packed everything from medical diagnostic equipment to FLIR cameras to motorcycles. We have sent many pallets of household goods via 2- and 3-day air. And our car shipping company, Carnections Auto Transport, moves cars all over the nation.
For crating and fragile packing, as well as for palletized 2- and 3-day air shipments, just give us a call at 801-532-6683.
If you need a car transported, visit our website at We are a federally licensed and insured car shipping broker, so you know you are getting top tier professional service with us.
For all your other moving needs, visit our website at or call us at 801-532-6683.

Saving Money by Using Portable Moving Containers (plus Information about Car Shipping, Crating and Fragile Items, and Express Air Palletized Shipping)
If you’re looking for discount moving methods or low-cost alternative moving solutions, you’ve come to the right place.

If you want to save money in a way that will still get your goods to their destination on time, then consider using portable moving containers. All the driving is done by a professional driver, so you don’t have to worry about the hassles of driving a large truck with a heavy load. A variety of companies provide these services, so see which one best suits your needs.

At least two companies specialize in portable containers as their main service, PODS being one, and Pack-Rat being another. They offer three sizes (lengths) of containers, 7- or 8-foot, 12-foot, and 16-foot. Both companies also offer storage, too.

The smallest containers (7- or 8-foot) are usually good for moving studio apartments or small one-bedroom apartments. The medium sized containers (12-foot) are typically used for two- and three-bedroom dwellings. The largest containers (16-foot) are often used for moving three- to four-bedroom homes. However, each home is different, and one might have an attic, garage, basement, and storage shed stuffed with goods, while another has none of these and is sparsely furnished throughout. So select carefully.

These containers are not only used for moving, but they can also be used for storage on site (on your property) or at their storage facilities. Storage can be done in conjunction with a move, or it can be used for other purposes. On site is often used for remodeling projects, where furniture and other items that would be in the way are moved temporarily into a portable storage container while carpenters and other workers remodel the kitchen, etc.

In any case, the company delivers the storage container to your home for you to load. These containers are weatherproof and very sturdy. When you’re finished loading the container, the company will pick it up and drive it to your new destination. Or, if you’re just using it to hold goods while you remodel your kitchen, they will simply pick it up and take it back to their store when your remodeling project is finished.

In any case, all the driving is done by a professional driver. And the cost for a long distance move can be less than one third that of hiring a moving company for a full-service move. So it’s a good way to save money.

Other companies that provide portable moving containers are U-Haul (U-Boxes), ABF (ReloCubes), and United Mayflower (United Mayflower Containers).

U-Boxes have a 257 cubic foot internal capacity and U-Haul offers climate controlled storage, while ReloCubes have about 305 cubic feet of interior space. U-Boxes are 8’ x 5’ x 7 1/2’ while ReloCubes are just a bit larger. So these are limited in their capacities, but you can always order more than one. All offer storage.

While the U-Haul Boxes are not weatherproof themselves, weatherproof covers are delivered with them. ReloCubes are weatherproof.

United Mayflower only offers one size container, and that is the 16-foot container. So it will hold a lot more than a single U-Box or ReloCube. It is weatherproof.

There are also other companies that provide container moving services, such as Smartbox, so it’s good to check around and see what’s available before ordering.

In any case, you’ll save money using these services, and you’ll have the advantage of not having to drive a truck cross country or even within your state.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Local Movers in Sandy, Utah

Moving Connections is your local Sandy mover that can handle whatever moving needs you have. We not only handle residential moves, but we also do so-called "labor only moving help" moves and corporate relocations.

Moving Connections even offers setup and takedown services for exhibits and display booths, as well as transport and assembly services for those requiring a professional hand in putting up backyard trampolines, playhouses, furniture, and things of that nature. When you consider that Moving Connections has been rated one of the best moving companies in Utah many times over the years you realize what a great moving deal this is.

Moving Connections is committed to providing the highest professional moving service available while maintaining competitive and straightforward pricing. So if you’re contemplating a Sandy move and would like a quick, free Sandy move price quote, please give us a call or you can send us an email and we will get back to you.

Either way, you owe it to yourself to check out Moving Connections before you make a final decision on your Sandy move. Moving Connections is one of the top moving companies in Utah.

So give us a call to find out more details or to get a quick moving quote. In fact if you are on mobile phone click here to dial us directly. Or, if you wish, you can email us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Insider Tip #4 – Packing Items and Loading a Truck

Hi, this is DD again, this time to discuss some of the issues concerning the packing of items in boxes, and the strategy loading of a truck. This if for those who have decided that they want to rent and drive a truck themselves, and who want to avoid the extra cost of having someone else do this service for them.
Anybody can unload a truck, but it takes a trained person to load a truck correctly so that 1) you and other people are safe on the road, and 2) your items are safe.

If you have a grand piano, a pool table, or a hot tub that you want to transport, it would probably be best to hire professionals.  Grand pianos can weigh up to 1200 pounds and they don’t take well to being dropped.  Pool tables are very persnickety about the way they’re handled, and hot tubs can be just plain gnarly.  Same thing with a gun safe, or a chandelier.

That being said, you want to use some basic strategies for loading your truck. But before that, we’ll need to discuss a little bit about packing.

            Packing Supplies

First of all for packing, everything should go in a box, even plants (U-Haul lamp boxes are good for tall plants). U-Haul has a whole range of box sizes and types, including short and tall wardrobe boxes which have crossbars from which to hang your clothing. These have even been known to hold chandeliers. And The Shipping Connection (Moving Connections’ sister company) has not only U-Haul boxes in stock, but also stocks more than 100 box sizes and custom types of boxes made by major brand name manufacturers. These include ski boxes, snowboard boxes, and guitar boxes, as well as a large number of boxes for paintings and mirrors.

U-Haul also has mirror boxes as well as special dish boxes and glass boxes (with individual cells for dishes and glasses with foam wrappers).
Moving Connections also stocks packing paper, tape, tape guns, stretch wrap, moving blankets and pads, etc. So if you need packaging materials, we have everything you need in our store.


The idea in packing boxes is to isolate and cushion each fragile item, and to make certain each package is firmly packed in order to support any packages on top of it.  Of course, you always want to load the heaviest items on the floor of the truck, but most boxes will have to bear some weight of boxes above, unless they’re going on top.

There are a few things to keep in mind when packing items, some of which might seem counter-intuitive.  For instance, dishes should not be laid flat, but should stand on their edges with a lot of packing paper underneath and between each dish. Laying dishes flat will almost assure that some or many will be broken, even with packing paper between them and underneath.
Everything should be put in a box with the exception of your heaviest and largest items.

Your largest and heaviest items should be wrapped in professional grade moving blankets to provide cosmetic and structural protection for the items.  You can secure the blankets around each item with stretch wrap (some prefer to use tape).  This includes tables and headboards for beds, and similar items.

            Loading for Personal Safety

First, load your heaviest items along the sides of the truck and strap them in tightly to the rails that line the interior sides of the truck. Be certain to use ratchet straps, as rope or twine will begin to slacken and sag in a short time due to vibrations and bumps during transport. This will cause your heavy items to shift and jar loose, which will cause packages and other items to tumble and break. You’ll end up with a big, expensive mess when you open the cargo bay door (if you can) when you arrive at your destination. And if you can open the doors, you might very well be injured when the goods fall out on top of you because they have toppled. So make certain that your heavy items are strapped to the wall with strong ratchet straps.

The next consideration is to balance the load to keep the truck from swerving or tipping over on turns and curves or when braking fast.  The heaviest items should go towards the front, while the less heavy items can go behind them. Again, use professional grade ratchet straps (available at many U-Haul rental centers) to secure your items to the sides of the truck.  Each truck has wooden rails running along the interior sides for this purpose, so it is wise to use them.
 Make certain that you don’t have a significant imbalance on either the left or right side of the truck, as this could cause the truck to tip over

            Large and Odd Shaped Items

Large and odd shaped items that are not heavy should also go along the sides of the truck. The next section has instructions on building “walls”, and you will build your walls around these items. This might seem unwieldy, but it works.

            Loading to Protect Your Cargo

There are a few basic strategies and tactics to remember when loading a truck.  First of all, you want to build “walls”. A wall is simply a stack of packages from side to side and bottom to top. In their earliest training sessions, dock workers are taught that their packing should be so tight that you can’t get a credit card between your packages, and that includes between the top package and the ceiling of the truck. This might seem a bit far-fetched, but you get the idea. Pack ‘em tight, or as tightly as you can.  The main thing is not to leave any spaces between packages that might cause them to buckle, which would probably cause the wall to topple.
Start out at the front of the cargo bay at one side (most Americans are more comfortable starting from left to right) with a heavy, larger box that is well packaged. Then go along the floor from left to right placing other heavy packages of similar sizes as much as possible. Of course, packages are going to vary in size and weight. This is actually a good thing, because it pretty well prevents you from making what are called “columns”, which can be dangerous to your goods and to those people opening the door of the cargo bay, as well as to those unloading it.

                        Avoid Making Columns

A column occurs when you stack packages of the same size more than three high. This invites toppling, and toppling is what you want to avoid.  Of course, the shape of the box matters.  If you’re stacking exercise equipment that is long and flat, you might be able to go five high without a problem, but this situation is rarely encountered with household moves. On the other hand, if you have tall, narrow boxes (such as lamp boxes), you wouldn’t want to stack them even two high.

                        Tie Your Packages

“Tie” your packages to avoid making columns.  This is absolutely necessary.  Tying is where you offset your packages so that the middle of one box spans (is over the edges of) the two boxes below it. You want to continue this pattern across the truck and all the way to the top. Think of making a ‘T” with the edges of your boxes. If the sides of three or more boxes line up from top to bottom, you have a column, and you’re inviting disaster, seriously. So don’t stack boxes of the same size more than three high.

                        Securing Your Walls

You should secure each wall to keep its packages from shifting.  You can use different methods of securing your walls. You can use rope and tie it across the wall using the side rails as tie-off points.  You can use an “X’ pattern in addition to tying straight lines across the truck for each wall as you complete it. You can also use cargo poles or cargo nets to secure each wall, but these tend to be prohibitively expensive.

When used properly (make certain they are tight), they can be excellent for the situation in which you don’t quite fill the truck, leaving empty space at the back, and you need to secure the load to keep it from falling into the empty space.  And in this case, you only need to buy a few poles or one cargo net, but still use rope to tie off the last wall, and make certain that the poles or net are tight against the packages of your wall.

Some people and even professional movers like to separate walls with mattresses and box springs, but this can be very tricky as they leave a lot of space around the top and sides for packages to shift and topple. Mattresses are probably best placed along the sides of the cargo bay where they can also serve as buffers between pianos and packages or other items. 

In the end, each household can bring unique challenges to whomever is doing the packing and loading, so you have to use your own judgement at times. But make certain that each box is well packed so that it won’t crumple under the weight of boxes above it.