In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and being deemed “essential business” by the governor of the state of Florida, we want to assure you, our loyal customers, that Pro Movers Miami has, and always will,put the safety of our team and that of our customers first and foremost. We are committed to following all best practices and guidelines for sanitation and for cleanliness, and are taking all of the necessary precautions as we proceed to service your move. To that end, extensive measures are being taken wherever possible to combat the spread of this virus, while still being safe and efficient as we continue to provide you with the first-class, five star moving experience that you have come to expect of us. Here are some of the proactive measures we’ve implemented and will continue to implement:

  • All estimates are being provided over the phone, virtually, on-line or via email until further notice.
  • Pre-move wellness checks for both our customers and our crew members, where all will be asked to advise us if you feel ill or suspect exposure to the virus. For our movers it would be mandatory that they stay home, and for our customers, moving services can be rescheduled, postponed or cancelled to mitigate risk, should that be necessary.
  • Our crews are equipped with gloves, disinfectant sprays/wipes and hand sanitizer for your protection and theirs.
  • We have put into effect social distancing measures, and although we have always valued the professionalism and respect that comes along with a good introductory handshake and a departing thank you, we ask for your understanding that for the safety and well-being of everyone, there’ll be no handshake or touching of any kind.
  • Upon arrival, our crew will still introduce themselves, walk through the home with appropriate social distance, begin to protect the home with all safeguards like floor runners, and door jams (as they always do), but in addition we ask you now (with all due respect), to please give them the appropriate space they need to safely and efficiently service your move and allow them space to do their job.
  • When available and appropriate, open doorways and windows to increase air circulation and ventilation.
  • We are also taking measures to sanitize the cabs and boxes of our trucks, as well as all blankets, pads, tools and equipment after each and every move to reduce any risk of cross-contamination.
  • It is our hope and our expectation that you will take the same precautionary measures that we are taking, and that will also sanitize and wipe down any and all exposed surfaces and furniture prior to our arrival. Anything that you can do to help keep our working conditions safe and sanitary for our men, is equally appreciated.
  • Owners / office staff will be working around the clock from home with complete access for our team and our customers via phone, email and text.

Again, thank you for choosing Pro Movers Miami, it is our sincere pleasure to serve you. Our Promise to you, and no matter what circumstances, is to continue to deliver the 5 stars moving service that our customers depend on. Should you need to reach us directly, please feel free, Text is always the quickest, and we are literally her for you 24/7.

Thank you, be well and stay healthy!

Moving to Europe 101

Well, isn’t this an adventure of a lifetime? Europe is a wonderful place to be in, whether you plan on visiting as a tourist or staying as a full-fledged resident. Moving to Europe has its challenges and certain things that require some getting used to. However, when you know what’s in store and are able to prepare adequately, you have nothing but joyous time to look forward to. And the following text is all about familiarizing you with the upcoming events, tasks, and possible surprises.

Taking care of things prior to your flight

Before you put on your beret and buy your first baguette, there are things at home that require some taking care of. These tasks regard legal and financial actions. The former ones include:

A figurine of a man on a map of Europe
What should you look forward to when moving to Europe? Oh, plenty of positive changes and adventures.
  1. Inform the tax authorities of your leave. It will most likely come down to you filling out forms that tell the authorities you are no longer tax resident in your home country. As a non-resident, for example, you are no longer obliged to pay tax on your savings accounts. Certainly, that’s some money you would like to keep.
  2. Sort out your current pension. In most cases, American and Canadian pensions cannot be moved. Australian residents can move their pensions to Europe after they’ve been resident 12 months abroad. Have this in mind when planning your move to Europe.
  3. Set up a new pension scheme. See with your new employer what can be done about your new pension plan. Know that you can set up a European Union Retirement Benefits Scheme if your employer fails to be of help.
  4. See what you will do with your current residence. That is, whether you are going to sell or rent it.

While the latter ones are:

  1. Set up a direct debit to pay off your credit card. It comes out as very useful for booking international flights and for other purchases online which may not accept debit cards.
  2. Renew any bank cards you might have. In addition, you ought to make sure that your current bank card isn’t going to expire whilst abroad.
  3. Have a word with a financial adviser. Chances are you are going to need new advice as you may have to move some of your investments around for tax & currency planning purposes.

Moving to Europe means familiarizing with the culture

While moving down the block is made easy with residential movers Miami, moving to Europe does require more effort. After you’ve taken care of all the technicalities previously mentioned, it’s time to get to know the country you are moving to. Now, since we are unaware of your future location, we will speak of Europe in general, mainly accentuating the differences it has with the USA.

A figurine of a car on a map of Europe
Think that traffic in Europe and the US don’t differ? Think again.

Traffic and transportation

Roads are narrower and cars are smaller throughout the whole of Europe. This can take some getting used to. Europeans drive a car with a manual shift gear, as opposed to Americans, who utilize the automatic option. In addition, Europeans tend to drive less, since public transportation systems are a lot better than those across the pond. Buses, trams, and metros are all very available and reliable. And for those of you who like to take an alternate route and rent a bike, know that many places have designated bike lanes throughout the cities.

Food

Portions you get in a European restaurant are much smaller than those in America. This stands for both food and drinks. Of course, when in the US, you can see this as getting the biggest bang for your buck. However, since Americans are getting fatter, chances are you don’t really need that much. Europeans don’t have XL sizes in groceries, foods, drinks, and, consequently, not many in clothes.

Dressing up

While on the matter of clothes, it’s worth noting that the Europeans dress much better than Americans in general. This rule especially applies to women in Central and Eastern Europe. It is highly unlikely you will see anyone go to a mall or anywhere outside wearing baggy sweatpants, big sweatshirt, bright white tennis shoes, out of style jeans or out of style clothes of any kind, and without makeup. It is simply a part of the culture. Both men and women pay special attention to their clothing choices.

Tips and tax

Unlike in the US, where you are more or less expected to tip, even for the long distance moving companies in Miami, Europe sees it as an action conducted at your own discretion. What’s more, while the American employee expects 18-20%, in Europe 10% will suffice. Of course, high-end restaurants will expect a greater tip, but it’s all up to you whether you decide to leave it. Also, the price that you see is the price that you get. Tax is already figured into the price of the meal, so no surprises at the bottom of the bill are included.

Methods of payment

Get used to a lot of coins! Most European countries, regardless of the currency, use a wide range of coins for their smaller units. This can become quite arduous, and quite frankly heavy. That is a lot of metal you will carry. And, while the 1 and 2 Euro cent coins don’t have that much value, 50kc coin in Prague is pretty significant. As for credit cards, Europeans tend to use them less frequently than Americans. Cash is the preferred mean of payment. In the US, you can pretty much go a whole week with using just your credit card. Europe, however, has a lot of places that are ”cash only”. However, in the restaurants that take credit cards, you will see the waiter carrying a portable credit card machine. So, no need to worry about any fraudulence occurring, since all the action is happening in front of your eyes, and not in the back.

Euro coins falling.
Embrace coins as your new financial companions.

As you can see, moving to Europe means more changes than you thought of. Howbeit, not all of them are bad. And, even though it will take some time to prepare for moving abroad, you will feel all the advantages of European life in no time. Being surrounded with history, culture and diversity no other place can offer will surely help you enjoy the whole process.