If you are planning to ship your beloved and precious car, then you can choose from various car transport companies. However, all the companies serve the same services; there might be some or other differences in their service qualities. Therefore, you need to analyze the differences between the various car shipping companies while you are planning for your car shipment.
Do not pay extra money
The cost of car shipment fluctuates from company to company. Moreover, there might be different prices for different types of services by the same company. It may also vary according to your shipping address and location. You have to confirm and take all the details of the exact price rates at your shipping address before you confirm the final booking.
Do all the research to make sure that there are no hidden charges. However, also keep in your mind that cheaper is not always the best of anything. You can easily get the quotations of different companies to easily compare the charges of various shipping companies to select the best out of all of them. However, if you are in a hurry or you want the delivery on any specific date then you might need to pay a bit more.
Take insurance coverage
The car shipping companies need to have authorized insurance in order to cover any damage to the car they are moving. You can also ask the company to give a copy of the insurance certificate and ensure that you understand exactly what coverage your car will have when it will be shipped to another place. If the insurance coverage of the company is insufficient, you can look into getting additional coverage from your own insurance company.
Collect all the necessary documents
Before shipping your car, most of the companies ask for certain documents before they confirm your shipment booking. The required documents usually include your insurance certificate and vehicle registration, as you have to prove to the company that the car is owned by you. To avoid any chaos, make sure that you have all the demanded documents assembled in the correct order.
Before shipment, the shipping company will do a thorough inspection of your car and make a note of all the issues on the inspection report. All the information gathered at the time of the inspection is very crucial and you have to ensure that the report is precise.
When you get your delivered at the desired location, you should again do an inspection of your car. If you find any patch of damage due to transportation, you must report it to the company and ensure that the transporter signs it.
Remove all the personal items
You must remove all the personal items from your car before shipping it. Although, it seems like a very smart idea to load your car with the stuff and let the stuff move with the car shipment, you should keep in mind that vehicle shipping companies are prohibited by law from shipping any vehicle that contains personal belongings.
However, some shipping companies do allow up to 100 lbs of your personal property to be stuffed in your car. The company won’t take any responsibility for your stuff if it gets damaged or goes missing. Furthermore, if your car was full of your belongings, the insurance company won’t cover any damages that are caused to the car. Hence, it is always great to ensure that your car is completely empty.
The car shipment might be a bit chaotic process but if you avoid some common mistakes while shipping your car then you make the entire shipping task easy and smooth.
City Retirement – Why young people aren’t the only ones interested in urban living
Offering the most exciting concentration of retail outlets, social outings and career opportunities, cities are becoming extremely popular destinations to live in. You should be able to guess the main demographic of people that want to live in cities, but overall it isn’t as clear cut as you might think.
Here’s a bit more information on why this trend is beginning to grow in popularity among pensioners and retirees, and why it might continue to be a popular choice in the future, due to developments in technology.
Who wants to live in the city?
A large majority of the people that come to live in the city are young people, either living close by to their university during study time, or looking to work and live in the area in order to aspire higher and make the most of the opportunities for socialising and work that it affords. That being said, young people aren’t the only ones living an urban lifestyle, and an increasing number of older people are looking for similarly designed city-centre apartments and homes to retire into, reaping very much of the same benefits as the youngsters.
Referred to by the Telegraph as ‘super-agers’, this growing niche group of older urbanites are estimated to be on average in the ‘mid-or high end affluence’ category, and want to spend their money on getting the most they can out of their retirement with their savings. This is good news for investors, local businesses, and larger city development in general.
What do young city tenants and retirees have in common?
Almost coming full circle in terms of living requirements and demands, the living situation and choice in housing style is surprisingly similar between people young and old. Here are a couple of key similarities:
Manageable studio apartments/flats – Most students or young people living on their own or with partners within the city want small, compact apartments that are easy to maintain and don’t get in the way of busy lives and schedules. Older people are very much the same in their apartment needs and wants. Many moving to the city downsize and sell their family homes in favour of something more manageable and simple, that is relaxed enough but doesn’t require a lot of travel to reach various facilities.
Examples of these apartments include the likes of One Baltic Square and Bridgewater Wharf, luxury residential apartment buildings offered by RWinvest in Liverpool and Manchester. These sorts of buildings are well placed in their respective cities, providing sleek interiors and ease-of-access to the surrounding amenities.
Proximity to the surrounding city – Again, having a solid social life and friends around is actually something high on the list of priorities for both young people and old people alike. Young students, for example, want to make the most of their time at university, forging new and long-lasting relationships with course mates and friends, while the elderly want to enjoy their retirement and get out to different social activities and events as much as possible.
Ease-of-access and opportunity for travel – Being within a city puts a ton of different facilities and amenities within walking distance of where you’re living, but it also helps to connect you with the wider country, making it much easier to get around. In Manchester for example, the northern great city, there are train links, buses, access to the airport, and even a tram service. This bonus benefits young students living away from home that use the train to travel back and forth, but also elderly people who can easily hop on-and-off public transport as they please, and access airports and long-distance trains without having to plan ahead.
How will cities benefit retirees in the future?
As technology increasingly interweaves itself with cities and the way they are navigated, nearly everyone will benefit from an increase in accessibility and productivity. However, certain developments that are being made in cities around the world will really help to make them inclusive for the elderly and disabled, in ways that they might not have thought previously possible.
One great example of this is the ‘Virtual Warsaw’ project in Poland, which aimed to make city traversal much more accessible and possible for the visually impaired. By creating a series of different network transmitters across points-of-interest around the popular city, visitors and locals could be alerted to their location via smartphone, making them aware of everything from dangers to local museum opening times and bus stop locations. This sort of development wouldn’t necessarily be possible in rural areas, and so displays a level of social inclusion that only cities would be able to achieve.
To add to this, you might have heard of the phrase ‘internet of things’, which refers to the interconnectivity between home devices and appliances that allow for them to be controlled through one another. This trend is also permeating modern building techniques, and it is quite probable that in the coming years, building features such as internet connectivity, heating and security will be connected and automated on a tenant/landlord’s behalf. These sorts of developments will benefit both the investor/homeowner and the tenant going forward.
Which cities are the most popular for students and retirees
It’s a great time to be an investor in the UK at the moment, as there are many different cities across the country with exciting prospects and unique features. But which are the most popular among young students, and which do retirees seem to gravitate towards?
Students – Oxford & Cambridge – Most cities in the UK with prevalent universities attract an abundance of young people during term-time. Despite Manchester holding the title for one of the largest student populations in Europe, Oxford and Cambridge perhaps unsurprisingly take the cake for the most young people. Oxford in particular has the highest share of residents aged 18-24 in the entire country. Students aiming for greatness in these cities can expect to also pay great sums to find accommodation, however, as quality living arrangements are hard to come by due to their partial scarcity.
Retirees – Blackpool
Providing the seaside attraction while still maintaining a partial city feel, Blackpool is the city in the UK with the highest percentage of older people. A study by the Guardian estimated that five out of ten English people want to move when they retire – and the city presents new social opportunity – although they also prioritise peace and quiet, and aren’t happy in overcrowded areas like London, which can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Blackpool seems to currently provide the best balance for those that want to ‘dip their toes in the water’ of city life.
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