Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cost of Household Goods shipments going up

Government regulations and driver shortage will be the key factors in the cost of shipping household goods to the consumer and to corporations.  

New government regulations centered around improved safety will increase the cost of moving interstate.  The initiatives are designed to improve highway safety  by reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities.  The main factors are:
- Driver fitness
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Drug Testing
- Crash indicators
- Hours of Service
- Electronic Logging Device (ELD)

The two highlighted areas are the ones that will most impact the cost of moving.  Hours of Services which are now more restrictive will negatively impact driver productivity the most.  Federal regulations have "mandated" the installation of ELDs in all motor transportation units with the first compliance date of 12/17/17 to insure driver compliance and truck operation compliance.
 The other major factor facing the household goods industry is the reduced number of qualified drivers effecting Van Line operator capacity during peak periods.  This simple supply and demand factor will dictate higher costs particularly during the late spring and summer months when most of the relocation activity takes place.  According the most recent ATA Driver Shortage Analysis the U.S. is short 100,000 truck drivers; a number expected to be 160,000 by 2025.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Many useful topics here and searchable

If you are looking for more infomration on moving, please use the search tool on this blog to look up topics of interest.  Many useful topics have been posted here over the years.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Phones were out and power was out as well

Crazy day.  Our phones went out this morning due to the phone company moving our lines to a new switch and apparently got lost in between.  Just as the phone technician began working on this our power went out due to a brush fire near by which forced them to shut down power in the whole area. 

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Administrative assistant wanted now through September

We are now looking to add an administrative person to our busy office.  Summer(business volume) has come early at Consumers Relocation, and we are staffing up now in anticipation of it growing even more.

Contact us at with your resume

Thank you

Monday, February 1, 2016

Consumers Relocation is looking for great customer service people

2016 has started off with a surge of moves coming into our company.   We are looking to hire for our Move Consultant position.  

Move Management Consultant
Weston based company is looking for an enthusiastic individual for a full time position as an assistant customer service consultant. Must have strong computer skills and excellent phone presence. College education preferred but will train the right person. Full health benefits, and 401k. Please send resume to or mail to CRS, P. O. Box 27, Weston, VT 05161
We encourage local Vermont applications and those wishing to live in our beautiful state!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cold Weather Moving; Be Prepared

Although on the east coast it doesn't seem like winter is coming soon, parts of the west are experiencing colder temperatures, and snow!  Particularly if you plan to move a long distance, you should be aware of colder weather in portions of the country that you household goods may be traveling through.

Moving vans that are used to move your household goods are not heated!  What this means is that your belongings may be passing through areas where temperatures are freezing; creating a potential hazard for things that may freeze.  Since drivers are restricted to operating a certain number of house each day and do require rest and sleep the truck may be sitting overnight in a location that is COLD.

Be careful of transporting items that maybe adversely effected by extreme cold.  Plants, wine, or other liquids can freeze and not only ruin that item but cause damage to the surrounding shipment if they freeze.

Check the weather reports across the country ahead of time just as you might if you were making the drive yourself.  Severe weather may delay the shipment so prepare accordingly.  The van lines are subject to the same potential delays due to severe weather and snow/ice storms that anyone traveling might be.  If severe weather is in the forecast, perhaps make a back up plan if the shipment of household goods is delayed.

Since Consumers Relocation is located in Vermont, we are particularly well tuned into dealing with severe weather, cold, ice and snow.  The picture above was taken during a powder day at a local ski resort, Magic Mountain in Londonderry, VT.  An area well known for its great powder skiing when it arrives.