The Universal Fastener Company moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1901, reorganized as the Fastener Manufacturing and Machine Company. Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work for the company in 1906. Good technical skills and marriage to the plant manager's daughter Elvira Aronson led Sundback to the position of head designer. The company moved to Meadville, Pennsylvania, where it operated for most of the 20th century under the name Talon, Inc. Sundback worked on improving the fastener and in 1909 he registered a patent in Germany. The US rights to this invention were on the name of the Meadville company (operating as the Hookless Fastener Co.), but Sundback retained non-U.S. rights and used these to set up in subsequent years Lightning Fastener Co. in St. Catharines, Ontario. Sundback's work with this firm has led to the common misperception that he was Canadian and that the zipper originated in that country.
Just a few of the things that can affect the cost of your move include the distance you are moving, whether you need packing services, whether you have more than the average amount of possessions and/or a larger home than 2-3 bedrooms, whether you have items that require special handling (such as a hot tub or a pool table), whether you have a lot of heavy items and when you're moving. Weekdays are usually less expensive than weekends and moving mid-month is generally cheaper than the beginning or end of the month. You'll usually pay a premium for moving in the middle of the summer, the most popular time for people to move.
Professional moving companies can help make your long distance move easy. With a professional move, you get the services of a personal moving coordinator who will make sure that all parts of your move are well coordinated. Your moving team will load, transport and unload your possessions. They will even pack up your belongings (for an extra cost) if you desire. Once at your new home, your moving team will place your furniture in the rooms and will even re-assemble things like bed frames and tables, if desired. Do you want your boxes unpacked and everything put in its new home? Your moving team can take care of that, too. They will even return in 30 days to pick up and recycle your unpacked boxes and packing materials for a modest additional cost.
"Do-it-yourself" moves are not always the most cost effective or easiest option. For example, you need to rent a moving truck, which can run up to $100 a day. You'll also have to pay a substantial one-way fee, usually several hundred dollars, if you don't return the truck to the same location, something that's difficult to do if you're moving across the country. Keep in mind that things like furniture dollies and furniture pads come at an extra expense.
Some people opt for renting a portable storage container for their DIY move. With this option, one of these containers is dropped off at your home. You load it with your possessions, and the container is picked up and driven to and dropped off at your new location. For a local move, renting a portable storage container can run between $400 and $700. For a long-distance move, the price increases substantially, and can average between $900 and more than $4,500, depending on the distance you are moving. Most companies include 30 days of free storage in the rental price. 2b1af7f3a8