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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

The ultimate stress-free packing experience would be one offered by your moving company, for sure.  Hire them, bring them in, and they pack for you… But 99% of the time, this is not the case.  Most people run out, buy their boxes, and get to packing up their stuff.  Besides, only you know the more valuable, sentimental, and cherished items from the others.  Me, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive, so I would want to pack everything myself the way that I want to.  Besides, after moving no less than eight times in my life, I think I’ve become pretty good at it…  But, prior to packing “everything” for a move, there are things you should do to make your pack more “stress-free.”

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

Trust me.  Decluttering your home and getting rid of the items you really don’t need will make your life easier.  Example:

  • The 12-year-old pillows on your couch with worn covers that you bought when you were in college.
  • The old blender you replaced with a Ninja or Vitamix
  • The old pair of sneakers that have been sitting in the back of your closet
  • The old lawn furniture that may not be right in the back yard or has about had it due to using over the years,

Really, making the decision to get rid of items will literally liberate you and make you less stressed about how you may get items to your new home, increased costs, and or whether or not items may be the right fit for the new space.

Get rid of anything broken that cannot be repaired you do not need.  Sell stuff on Offer Up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace, to recoup a little cash for your moving costs…

Overdo the Packing Supplies

Seriously.  Again, I have done this enough to know, you never, ever, buy enough boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, etc. the first time you bring them home.  You will almost always go back to the store to purchase more of them.  If you think you need 5 boxes, buy seven.  If you think one roll of packing tape is enough, buy two, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you have extras.  You may use them for storage at your new home for the attic or basement, or you can turn around and sell them.  Someone will buy them because of the sheer number of people that are looking for moving supplies at any given time.

Don’t standardize on one size box either, especially large boxes.  Do you know how heavy an extra-large box of kitchen supplies can be?  Will that box be safe?  Get smaller boxes for different packing options.

Buy more than you think you’ll need.  Trust me on this one…

Get Organized…

Yes, you heard it.  This is critical to helping you minimize the stress of packing and having a deadline to move. The more organized you can become early in the process, the less stress you will endure.  Here are a few tips to getting organized….

  • Label your boxes before you start and put them in their designated rooms.
  • Color-code each box in each room or label them for breakables
  • Create an inventory per room that you want to pack and a list of items you wish to get rid of.
  • Use a spreadsheet to keep track of boxes and belongings, by numbering each box for each row or column in the spreadsheet.

Get creative to make your life easier going into the process and at the exit of the process when you are unpacking.

Research “How to Pack”

You might find it silly, but there are literally hundreds, and maybe thousands of videos on YouTube for how to pack belongings, your kitchen, etc. that will make your life more efficient in the process of packing.  Click this link and you’ll learn more in just a few short minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+pack+for+moving.  Don’t know how to pack your shoes, there’s a video for that.

One bit of advice we can give is that you should start the process no less than a month or more in advance… If you know you are moving in 90 days, start offloading the items you do not want to bring with you, selling them, disposing of them, or giving them away.  Once you have done that, you’ll be able to assess what you will “need” to be packing up.  Start packing 30 days ahead of time.  Why a month and not a couple weeks.  From experience the following may affect your packing:

  • Work schedule,
  • Holidays & family obligations
  • Budget
  • Weather
  • Car problems
  • Health issues

The list can go on.  You want to give yourself ample time to pack to keep yourself from being stressed out.

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If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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5 Of The Best Ways To Avoid Moving Scams | Hercules Movers, Inc

500,000+ people moved out of New York City in 2020, almost 1,000,000 people moved out of California, and more people moved out of New Jersey than any other state, per capita.  You could barely find a moving company, they were so busy getting people to their new homes from their old.  Working with a reputable moving company may be one of the best decisions you could make, despite how busy these businesses were, and still are.  However, when any type of business spikes and there is high demand, you will find those nefarious players out there who may want to take advantage of you and scam you out of your money, belongings, or both.  By doing these three things, you’ll be taking prepurchase precautions and make a better hiring decision for yourself and your family.

Research Reviews

Today, it goes without saying that you’ll likely hit a business’s Google ratings before you buy.  It’s normal, and people trust reviews like they trust a referral from their best friend.  You can review Yelp, but today yelp is likely secondary to Google, but Facebook may not be a bad option for the reviews… You will occasionally find the disgruntled employee acting like a customer, or a bad actor giving a business a poor rating, so please keep that in mind, but the Internet is likely the fastest way to determine if you are going to make a call to that company for your no-obligation quotation.

Ask Friends and Family

Just like researching reviews, friends and family won’t generally steer you wrong. I’m not sure there’s much more to say here, but this is likely a no-brainer.

Ask Better Questions

Get detailed in your Q&A when you are speaking to the Moving company representative and/or ownership.

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How many moves a day/week do they perform?
  • Are the employees long term?
  • Will there be a manager coordinating the move when they arrive at my home?
  • Can they provide references (see the review paragraph above)?
  • Do they have their license numbers handy?
  • Are they fully bonded and insured?

There are likely other questions but think a little deeper than beating them up for a better price on your quote.  You do want your belongings to get to your destination in one piece…

The Low Quote Warning

If you’re smart, you’ll get a couple of quotes.  If one of them is significantly less expensive, this could be a warning sign.  They may nickel and dime you to death with mileage, extra labor costs, etc. Or, they may not be fully insured, etc.  Remember, there are a lot of costs to running a business… Truck payments, truck insurance, employee insurance, other insurances, rental on their office space, employee costs, tax costs, etc.  These things make up the cost basis of the quotation and keep the moving company in business.  If the quote is too low, well, they may not be paying these, and you may be out of luck if items are broken, the truck they use is not stable enough, or if there are other issues or accidents.

Hard to Find on the Internet

Transparently, if you are looking for a moving company you’re starting on the Internet these days… And, moving companies today are notorious for advertising on Google, blogging, making videos, etc.  They put themselves out there so you can find them.  If they’re hard to find, on page 10 or further down than Google, they may be a bit obscure, and you may not want to put much stock in them.  A thriving and growing moving company doing business consistently should be easy to find and research online…

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 

 


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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Used to Their New Home | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

Not only can moving to a new home be stressful for you, but it can also be tough on the children.  If you’ve moved beyond your neighborhood, out of town or across the country, your kids may have left their friends behind, are in a new environment, and likely will be starting at a new school in the coming days.  Making new friends and leaving the old ones behind can be a bit stressful for a child. They’re essentially alone in a new environment at school for the first time all over again!  Here are a few ways you can make it easier on your child or children 

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

From the time you get ready to make the decision to move, keep your kids involved. They can actually be a big help if they are made part of the process.  Meaning, letting them know where you are moving to, some of the positive points and highlights, getting them to help you pack, unpack, etc. pack their toys in “their boxes” so that they can unpack them themselves, keeping them occupied so you can put your dishes in the cupboard for the first time without distraction.  This way they play a vital role in their minds to moving into the new home, helping to make it their own.

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

Kids respond to the news of a move different from one another.  This is just a fact.  Some will be excited for your move south (if let’s say you’re moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, as many of our clients have done), and some will be more resistant to a move out of the neighborhood leaving friends behind.   It will be your job to get your children pumped up about your move to your new home, creating excitement for the new adventure they’re going on.  

One way to create some excitement, depending on their age, is to let them pick the color of their new room, or pick out that racecar or dollhouse bed for their new room.  This could ease their mind and distract them from the thought of leaving their best friend in first grade behind.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a pet, such as a kitten, and think the new home is the right place, and the distraction may be the right time to do so for your child.  Or, maybe you’re moving to a new home with a pool, which is sure to get your kids excited for summer fun.

Make it a Game

If your children are old enough, you may have had them memorize your home address.  They’re getting a new one, so you may want to turn the memorization of the new address into a game with treats and prizes to get them interested in learning their new address… 

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

It’s likely you moved to a new neighborhood in a new town.  Very rarely does someone move two doors down from their old home, unless you’re moving from a smaller apartment to a larger one in the same building?  If you’ve moved to a new town or a new neighborhood, it’s likely that your children are a bit overwhelmed with the simple things, like getting off the school bus at the right home. Make it a point to find out what the route is their school bus will be using, and drive that route to and from school a couple of times.  This will familiarize both you and them with their route so they are more comfortable on their first day at the new school.  It will be rough enough on them getting on a school bus with a bunch of kids they don’t know.  

Take them to the closest playground or park.  Show them something they can look forward to in a semi-familiar environment.  Every kid likes a playground if they’re of that age group.

Ask them to pay close attention when you are touring the area, and try to have them navigate you from place to place or on the route home.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Make Your Next Move More Sustainable | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Green, eco-friendly, low carbon, renewable.  All of these are terms for what our society believes businesses should be, more ‘sustainable.’  What is the definition of sustainable and how can we have an eco-friendlier move and lower our carbon footprint just a little bit?

Eliminate the Need to Purchase Moving Boxes

What?  Don’t buy moving boxes?  That’s right.  Did you know that a lot of people give away moving boxes or sell them when they are done using them?  You can go to Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up to find those giving away moving boxes, selling them, or selling plastic storage bins (my personal favorite) inexpensively, and recycle them for your own use.

By recycling cardboard moving boxes, you are keeping them from hitting someone’s garbage or recycling bin and losing their ability to be used over again.  If you have a green thumb, save the cardboard boxes (if you don’t want to pay it forward again), and use them at the end of the summer season in your garden.  Pull some soil off the top of your garden, cut the boxes into single layers and put the soil back on top.  The paper in the cardboard will decompose and rejuvenate the soil, giving you richer soil to plant in the spring.  Your boxes helped you create a food source.  What’s more renewable and greener than that!?!?  Just be sure to pull off any plastic tape and dispose of it appropriately so that it does not become part of your garden…

By buying used plastic bins, you’re clearly saving the world from the energy of recycling and putting them to good use.  Don’t throw them out, however, pay it forward and give them away or resell them again so that someone else gets good use from them.  The plastic, as we all know takes forever (literally) to decompose, if it ever does at all…

Recycle at Home

Recycle Moving Boxes and Newspaper | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Bear with us for a moment.  Let’s assume you bought a home with a wood fireplace or wood stove. You may have a ton of newspaper used in packing and your cardboard boxes from your move.  Did you know that you could process the paper into a log, and use it in your fireplace?  This device will allow you to compress paper into a log brick that you can use to heat your home…

To recycle your paper and boxes, follow the below directions:

  1. Using one of your plastic storage bins, you tear up the waste paper like an old newspaper, journals, and cardboard boxes into pieces and soak them in water overnight in your plastic bin or a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes or Home Depot.
  2. Put the soaking paper in the briquette maker basket and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Move it to a dry place and wait for it to become dry paper brick then you can use it as stove fuel.

It’s literally that simple…

Donate, Donate, Donate

The last way you can stay green in your attempt to move is to donate unwanted clothes, small appliances, etc. to the appropriate organizations such as Goodwill. We all have clothes, shoes, and other stuff we’ve barely used that can be of service of someone else who needs it.  By donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross or some other deserving organization, we can ensure that the items will go to those who consume them based on their needs.  To us, this is the ultimate in recycling and doing good by those who would best be served by the items you might normally just put in storage or in the back of your new closet.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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The Risks of a Do It Yourself Move | Hercules Movers | NJ Movers

It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town, to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Florida, you always have the option of doing it yourself.  It’s tempting.  Trust us.  It’s our business to know.  I mean, it seems reasonable to want to try and save a few dollars because moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you just bought your first home…

Two things we here often when those that are moving look to save a few dollars are:

  • Save time
  • Save money

But, does renting a truck, enlisting help (if you have it), and doing it yourself really help you bypass saving money and time?  After all, they say time “is” money, and if you have to take time out of your workday or the weekend to move what did you really save?  You just traded your downtime for hours of back-breaking labor for yourself.  If you’ve been thinking about a do it yourself move, you should look at the workload, the time, the effort of those helping you, etc. Other factors in your move are:

The Safety of Your “Stuff”

Ask yourself this question, “Do you trust yourself, and your friends to handle, carry, stack, unstack, handle, and carry again, all your electronics, breakables, and other items without breakage?”  One of the biggest risks in a do it yourself move is the damage of your own goods.  A fully bonded and insured moving company is insured to move your belongings.  By choosing a company such as Hercules Movers, you get professional movers that perform these jobs up to 1,000 times a year, you get a fully insured service in the event of a mishap.

 

What is it going to cost you if that 65-inch flat-screen falls off of the top of your stuff in your own Do It Yourself move?  The trip to Costco or wherever you may have purchased it, to purchase the latest model for $1,000+ dollars over what you just paid to move.  You could have hired the moving company for the rental and the cost of the television…

Which Brings us to Experienced Movers…

If you’ve ever moved an entire home before, or even hired movers to move an entire home you should be aware of a few things:

  1. Driving a large rental van or moving truck around town with all your stuff can be HARD. If you are not used to maneuvering a large vehicle you are going to have to be EXTRA careful you don’t damage the truck or another vehicle.  What would this cost you financially?  Think on that for a moment or two.  An experienced driver has no issue backing up a large vehicle or getting around tighter corners.
  2. As mentioned earlier, do you want to leave your curved 65” 4K QLED television to just anyone? If you are going to spend all the extra time trying to figure out how to pack all your stuff, safely, just remember time is money, and broken possessions are more money…  If you accidentally pack your dinner plates on the bottom of 350 pounds of other items, you may have an issue, wrapped in bubble wrap or not…  Why not leave it to an experienced team?

The Right Gear for the Job

If you’ve not done it all before, and know what you need, meaning, moving blankets, rope, extra boxes, ramps, dollies, and more, you may want to leave it to a moving company. Nothing is worse than having to stop a move, because you have to run to the big box hardware store and buy a dolly because you forgot to rent a couple of extra ones for the move… Time and money… Time and money… What is it worth to you?  You may not want to nickel and dime yourself by having to go buy extra gear, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc. just because you miscalculated… A professional moving company can get this right the first time for you.

Lest We Mention Stress

We would be remiss if we did not indicate the number one reason, we think Do It Yourself moves should be avoided at all costs.  It’s not enough you have to start packing and disrupting your normal routine with your family at least a month ahead of time.  You’ll be putting things in boxes “hoping” you don’t need them over the course of and prior to your move.  You still have to work, you still have a normal family routine, etc. Now add in the time daunting task of packing and stacking boxes out of the way until moving day.

You may want to think about using a professional moving company at that point… A moving company can take the stress of scheduling the rental truck, picking it up, hoping your buddies can make it to help you with your move, etc. A professional moving company will bring the team with them to move you right the first time and protect your belongings correctly.  With Hercules Movers, you can expect the most professional of commitment to your move from a very reputable organization that’s been moving New Jersians for years.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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4 Key Hacks to Make Finding and Purchasing a New Home Stress Free | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

Buying or renting your first home can be a very exciting and harried experience.  You get on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc, and start looking for the perfect place for you to live with the right price point whether you are renting or buying…  You look for the right neighborhood, the right school system, you may be looking at mortgage rates, you start thinking about packing and trips to the Home Depot or Lowes for moving boxes.  You may be thinking about putting some items in self-storage.  What do you get rid of and what do you keep…? It can get a bit overwhelming.

Below are several tips you can use to help streamline the process of finding your dream home, condo, townhome, or apartment!

Define What You Want in Your New Home

What are you looking for, specifically?  What you will find is that no one place may be perfect, however, you may get everything you are looking for just not the way you initially visualized it.  Meaning, you may get all the bedrooms and baths you are looking for but they may be slightly smaller to fit your budget.  You may be slightly further away from your workplace you want to be but get the perfect home on the perfect budget.  Additionally, you’ll need a finite minimum number of bedrooms for the number of occupants for space.  If you have two boys and two girls you may be able to get away with a three-bedroom home, with the children sharing a room.  However, most people today want their children to have their own bedrooms… Not to mention, most people want their home to be in a school district with a good educational rating.

It should be noted, also that you should cap your purchase price, the payment you are willing to make, and/or rental payment so you do not go outside a budget that makes you “house poor” as they call it.  Experts have often said that you should not let your mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc. that make up your payment exceed 25% of your monthly household income… This is just a guideline, however… So, before you jump on the real estate sites, you might want to make a list of your criteria, and your monthly budget, as this will dictate what you want or can afford during your search to keep your expectations in check.

Get Pre-Approved…  It’s Essential to the Process.

It goes without saying, that Realtors want to work with qualified buyers.  Being “qualified” in the early stages of the home buying process means you have a mortgage preapproval from your bank, mortgage lender, or credit union.  That is unless you have enough cash to purchase your home outright, and most people today do not so they buy into the mortgage payment process with a qualified lender.

You can easily get pre-approved today for a mortgage by going to any online mortgage company such as Rocket Mortgage, Quicken Home Loans, Wells Fargo, Etc… They say that you should get three pre-approvals.  One from your local bank or credit union, one from a big bank, and one from a mortgage service.  Depending on your negotiation skills you can negotiate the rate a bit if you need to…

Getting pre-approved will dramatically make your life easier for you when you finally engage a realtor in your home search, and purchase.  Just make sure you start also preparing for the onslaught of financial paperwork requests for pay stubs, tax returns, credit card statements, etc. By having this information pulled and ready to go, you will make your life much easier.

Get Your Buyer’s Real Estate Agent

People have mixed views of Realtors… Some are more helpful than others.  Some expect you to know the exact property you want already, expect to show it to you in person, and expect you to get right to the paperwork.  Some are more ambitious than others, and others simply want to show you the properties you forward them from the real estate websites.  Don’t let any-one agent push you in one direction or another, and sadly you will likely have to take charge of your search yourself.  I’m not saying Realtors are lazy, just that some are more ambitious than others.

Behind the scenes, realtors do manage processes for you.  They have access to MLS data you may not have, may live in the market you are looking and can have invaluable off-line information and data for you, and their organization will be instrumental in coordinating the closing meeting so that you may take ownership of your new property and home.

A good Real Estate Agent can help you streamline the process and ensure you get the options you are looking for in the shortest time possible.

Focus on Home Features Not What’s in It….

There is no doubt a well-staged home attracts potential buyers to the properties you may be looking at purchasing.  A well-staged home makes an empty house look beautiful…  Remember one thing… It’s not your furniture.  The furniture is there to make the space look attractive.  While you want to visualize yourself in the home enjoying time with your family in front of the fireplace, you need to focus on the home’s condition and structural integrity…  You need to spend time in the basement, stick your head in the attic, etc.  You need to get a feel for what might need to be replaced or repaired.  These are all costs above and beyond the purchase price of your potential home.

A good inspector will point out issues you did not see or the current owner did not know existed, or dare we say was trying to hide from you the potential buyer to make their home look like a more attractive purchase.

Conclusion

There’s much more to buying a home, but these four tips will help you make the right decision for you and your family.  Don’t rush into anything, take your time, and weigh your options…

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Now that you are done with planning, packing, moving and unpacking, you have done the bulk of what is to be done. However, the work doesn’t end there. I wish it ended with unpacking. When you are done unpacking, you will definitely have a numerous amount of moving boxes that you’ll have to deal with. You will need to determine what to do with these boxes. The good news is that there are a lot of options available for you to choose from and this part of the moving process is not a very stressful chore you handle.

We have put down a few creative ideas available to you. You can decide to go with one or more of them.

  1. Keep them

You can fold up your moving boxes and keep them in the basement or store of your house. Especially if by the nature of your job, you have to move again. A lot of people move more than once in their life. Even if you don’t have to move again, chances are that a family member, a friend or even a neighbor will have to move sometime in the future and they will need moving boxes. You ca keep your boxes for times like that. As long as you have space to store these boxes, there’s no harm in keeping them for next time. Ensure that you do not store them in a place that can attract pests. Store the moving boxes in a cool dry place. It is also important for you to examine each box before storing it so you do not store up boxes that are damaged and will be of no future use.

  1. Sell them

You can sell them. People are always moving so there will always be need for moving boxes. You can put up posts on the internet or place poster around your new community for people around to see. You can also contact local moving companies. They should be willing to buy since they are in the business of moving for people.

  1. Donate them

You can also donate these moving boxes. Ask around for people in need of moving boxes or local organisations that need them. This can even give you the opportunity to meet people from your new community. There will always be people that could use free cardboard boxes. Community centres around or local businesses could use them for storage. Schools or churches around you could put them to good use for things like art projects or storage.

  1. DIY projects for your home

There are a lot of creative ideas for DIY projects for leftover cardboard boxes. Some are practical projects for your home while others are just artistic for decoration. We have come up with a list. Take out time to relax and enjoy doing them.

  1. DIY insulation:  Moving boxes are made from cardboard and cardboard is great for DIY insulation. This is not to state that cardboards are not replacements for actual foam insulation in your home, cardboards still very useful.  What makes cardboards good for insulation is the air trapped between the two outer layers of cardboard. If you have an attic or storage in your home, cardboards can be used to line the walls. It helps prevent extreme temperatures and make your home a little more energy-efficient. This can be a fun project for you and your family.
  2. Door labels:  If you stay in an apartment building, then you can cut some boxes and use them to label your apartment number at your door. Some buildings do not have numbers and it will be a good way for your visitors to identify your apartment. If your home is not an apartment building, you can use these boxes to label the rooms in your house. Design them and place them on the door post of each room. If you do not want to label doors, you can just decorate them and place them on doors. This can be something your children do as fun project to pass time in their new home
  3. Picture frames: Moving boxes can be designed to become picture frames. Just check the internet for a couple of DIY tutorial videos. These videos will help you transform basic boxes into beautiful frames that can be used for yourself and even be given as gifts to family and friends.
  4. Mirror frames: Boxes can be cut and designed to any shape for your mirror frames. Just cut it to suit the shape of your mirror and then get stickers and fancy things to design the box. Ensure to have fun while at it.
  5. Storage boxes: All you need to do is design the boxes to revamp the boxes and then they become fancy boxes for storing things such as magazines and random household items.
  6. Jewelry boxes: You can use old moving boxes as jewelry trays or jewelry boxes. Just pad the bottom of the box with a moving paper of foam. You can even use a napkin to do that. Then you can place your jewelry in them.
  7. Drawer dividers:  Cut the boxes into pieces and then they become useful as dividers for your drawers. Ensure to measure the size of each drawer before cutting to get the appropriate size. Dividers in your drawer will help you maximize space.
  8. Balcony planters: Leftover moving boxes can be used for planters. You can turn them into planters for your balcony or patio. Ensure to line the interior of the box with plastic bags and poke some holes for drainage.
  9. Napkin rings: If you can cut some of your leftover moving boxes and then roll them tight enough, they can be used to hold napkins in your home.
  10. Arts and crafts: Your children can make use of the left over boxes for arts and crafts. Just get paints, markers, stickers and other things used for decorating. They can create toy houses and other DIY decorations for their rooms. This will definitely be a fun activity for the family.

 

 

 


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Moving from one home to another, no matter how long or short the distance of the move is can be very stressful. The whole process of house hunting, packing, unpacking, and settling is very stressful. Moving is on the top ten list of most stressful event s a person goes through.

It is an accepted fact that moving is a stressful event. However, moving is also as expensive as it is stressful. Apart from the new home, you are paying for the many packing supplies you have to buy and that is not even the cost of moving your belongings. A lot of money goes into the whole process of moving.  Because you’ll need to spend a lot of money, it is important for you to be on a budget and save cost as much as possible.

Packing is arranging your belongings for a move. Packing is a major aspect of your moving process regardless of where you are moving to. You need to pack properly and keep track of your belongings. Nobody wants to be in a new home and discover that they are missing an important item or that your things were damaged in transit.

Because packing is very stressful, there are a lot of tips on how to pack properly to ensure the safety of your items during the moving process. However, many of these tips will cost you a lot of money. Moving is expensive and an expensive part of moving is packing. There are however a lot of cost-effective ways to pack for your move. These cost-effective ways will save you money that would have been spent on packing while protecting your belongings at the same time. We have outlined a couple of cost-effective ways that you can utilize for your move.

  1. Declutter

This is the first step you need to take when you are about to move. Before you start packing, it is very important for you to take time out to go through your belongings and declutter. Decide the things you need to move with and the things you do not need. There are different ways of getting rid of the things you do not need to move with. You can have a yard sale; you can donate them to charity or even throw some away. Reducing the things you need to move with automatically reduces the cost of moving especially where you are hiring a moving company. If you do not do this before packing, you will end up moving unnecessary items and spending unnecessary money moving them.

  1. Make use of plastic boxes

Moving boxes are the major packing item anyone has to buy. The popular moving boxes are cardboard boxes and even though they can be very durable, you might end up throwing them away after your move. Some of them will even get damaged during your move. One way to save you the cost of moving boxes is to rent plastic moving boxes. There are moving companies that rent out plastic boxes to movers. All you need to do is to return the boxes after your move. They might even have an arrangement for picking up the boxes. This is a very cost-effective moving tip and will save you lots of money considering all the boxes you’ll need to pack your moving items.

  1. Use all your containers

When packing, people tend to pack their containers – hampers, baskets, and boxes – empty. Utilize these containers. Do not pack them empty because they will just occupy space. Fill them with other things you need to move with before you pack them.

  1. Minimize the moving supplies you need to buy

As stated above, you can decide to rent instead of buying. However, before renting, it is also important for you to make use of items you already have. You can use your suitcases to move your clothes and certain delicate items. In addition to that, you can use your towels and soft clothing to wrap delicate items instead of buying bubble wraps and moving papers.

Make use of balloons in the place of air pillows. This saves you money while doing just what you need it to do – protects your belongings. Balloons even have an advantage – they come in different shapes and you get to control the size to suit the box you need to place it in.

You can also use shredded paper as cushioning material to protect your fragile items. This will replace the need for you to buy packing peanuts or packing papers. Shredded paper works well to fill the spaces in your moving boxes thus protecting your items.

If you own liquor boxes, you can use them to move your delicate items such as plates. These boxes are strong and specially built to carry delicate items. They even come with handles which make it so much easier when you have to carry them. Ensure to go through your things to find if you have supplies from your last move. Also, ask friends and family to get free moving supplies. They might have moving supplies from previous moves.

  1. Sell large items

Another cost effect tip for packing is for you to sell your large items and electronics. Selling your large items is especially important where the home you are moving to is in another state or another country. When you compare the cost of moving to the cost of purchasing a new one, it is more economical to sell the one you have and buy another one when you get to your new home. It is not a good financial decision to move large items like your refrigerators, gas cooker, and washing machine across the country. There are various apps and websites available for you to sell these items.

All these tips will definitely help you save costs when you are packing. Do whatever you need to avoid buying moving supplies that are not essential for your move.


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Moving can be very stressful especially because of all the packing you have to do. A lot of mental and physical strength goes into packing. When you need to move, shoes are part of the items that can be tricky to pack.  Maybe because they appear strong but need special care for moving or because they come in different shapes and sizes and you will need to put that into consideration when packing them. You must however move with your shoes and so you need to pack them properly to prevent any form of damage.

Packing shoes requires a bit of tact and of course a bit of your time. You need to take special care as you would with any other delicate item you need to pack for a move. Take out time to pack your shoes properly and look for tips to help you pack your shoes properly. These tips will help you pack your shoes properly.

  1. Sort out your shoes

For any item you have to move, you need to sort it out and determine the ones you need to move with and the ones you should get rid of. The same rule applies to your shoes. A lot of people keep shoes that they have not worn in years. Chances are you are one of them. So, sort them out then determine how to get rid of them. You can sell them to make money. You’ll need a lot of money for your moving process. Have a yard sale or try using websites or apps available for selling used items. If you are not able to sell them, then you can donate them to charity or to family and friends. You can also recycle the shoes instead of just throwing them in the trash. Just make sure you move with only essentials.

  1. Have your packing supplies

There are certain supplies you need to move your shoes. You’ll need to get them. Use large strong boxes, socks to stuff the shoes, packing papers, markers, and packing tapes.

  1. Clean the shoes

Generally, when you have to move anything, it makes sense to clean it. You should not get to your new house and have to unpack dirty things. Cleaning things from your old house should not be part of your settling in the plan. It is important to clean your shoes before you move. Ensure that the shoes are not damp before you pack them. If they are not dry before you pack them, mold might develop on the shoes while they are being moved.

  1. Keep your shoes fresh

After cleaning your shoes, you can also air-dry them and then spray the shoes with antibacterial spray or use alcohol to rub the shoes before packing them. You can also place unused tea bags inside the shoes before packing them. You should do this before stuffing the shoes with materials. Attach the unused teabags to the material and place it in the shoe or place the teabag in the shoe before placing the material for stuffing inside the shoe. These things help to keep your shoes fresh when you are ready to unpack them in your new home.

  1. Stuff the shoes

To help protect your shoes during the move, you will need to stuff each shoe with socks or any soft material. This will protect your shoes and prevent smashing during the move. If you don’t have socks to use or you cannot use any material, then you have the option of using packing papers or plastic wraps. This helps to keep your shoes in their natural shape. After stuffing the shoes, you may wish to wrap each shoe with wrapping paper for further protection.

  1. Group your shoes by type

Go through your shoes and sort them according to their category, type, and size. This will help make packing the shoes easier. Packing shoes according to size is a good plan because it makes sense for you to put shoes of the same size in the same box. Putting big shoes on top of small shoes might damage the small shoes. If you have to put all the shoes in the same box, ensure to put the big shoes at the bottom of the box and the small ones on top.

  1. Wrap the shoes

When you need to place the shoes in the box, you can wrap the shoes with either moving papers or bubble wrap. When wrapping the shoes, take special care in wrapping shoes with heels and buckles. Do not use plastic bags to wrap your shoes. Plastic bags can rip off during the process of moving the shoes.

  1. Tie sneakers together by their laces

For sneakers, keep pairs together by tying their laces together. This way, you might not need to place them in boxes if you don’t have extra for them. Also, if it makes it easy for you to pick them up when you are unpacking.

  1. Box pairs individually

If you have the original boxes for some of your shoes, then you can use them to pack your shoes. Where the shoes are expensive, you’ll need to protect them and so it’s good to use individual boxes. If you do not have the original boxes, you can get small individual boxes for your shoes.

  1. Put the shoes in boxes

For other shoes that are not too delicate or that you are too concerned about, you can box them all up in a strong moving box. Ensure to place the larger and stronger shoes at the bottom of the box and then put the more delicate ones at the top. Avoid using plastic bags to pack your shoes they are not advisable because plastic bags can rip because of the weight of the shoes or because of shoes with heels or buckles.  If you do not have a spare moving box, you can use baskets to move your shoes. Baskets can do the same work of protecting your shoes and making sure that they are not pressed during the process of the move.

 


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Moving is an expensive exercise. From the numerous packing supplies to hiring a moving company, the process of moving to a new home comes with a lot of expenses. Because you will have to spend a lot of money, it becomes necessary to cut costs in every way possible. Get as many free supplies as are available to you. It can be very annoying to spend money on moving costs, especially on moving supplies like moving boxes that you just might get rid of after the move.

The good news is that there are ways to get free out free moving supplies thus, saving some money. Besides a few custom-made boxes designed to fit certain household items, there are various locations available for you to get free moving boxes. We have highlighted a few of these locations to help your search for free boxes.

  1. Online

The internet is a good way to find everything and anything. You can search for online stores to find out if anyone is giving away boxes. Some websites have a free section where people lost items they wish to give away. All you need to do is search for free boxes and add your location. It is also possible for you to post your own advert to inform people that you need free boxes.

  1. Liquor Stores

You can visit liquor stores around you to ask for some of their empty boxes. They receive a ton of shipments regularly so they have an abundance of boxes. You can take these boxes and make them your moving box. These stores receive too many boxes and so you will even be doing them a favor by reducing the number of items they have to deal with.

  1. Friends, Family, and Neighbors

This should be the easiest way to get free boxes. Call around with family and friends and check in with neighbors especially new neighbors to find out if you can get moving boxes from them. New neighbors might still have boxes from their move. Others might even have boxes from recent deliveries.

  1. Community Groups

You can extend your search for free boxes to your community. A good way to find moving boxes around is by connecting with the people in your community and asking them for free supplies.  Community groups are a free private social network for your neighborhoods – and the surrounding areas.  Many community groups have a website that is often used for information dissemination. They have a section for posting free items for giveaways and you can also post updates requesting free moving boxes. There is a high probability that somebody in your community is willing to give away moving boxes or other boxes that can serve as moving boxes. Someone or a good number of people might just have moving boxes and will be willing to give you for free. Do not feel shy to ask around.

  1. Stores

You can always find boxes in stores especially large retail stores. You can always find empty boxes in stores regardless of the size of the store. Large stores however receive and sell a whole lot of goods regularly and as a result of that, they have lots and lots of empty boxes. These boxes are just sitting around in the back probably to be disposed of. Go to any large store you can find around you and ask them for boxes. They will be more than happy to give you boxes for free.

  1. Bookstores

All bookstores, large or small, have boxes you can use to pack for your move. You can be sure to get sturdy boxes because those are the kind of boxes needed to carry books given how heavy they can be.

  1. Offices

You will be surprised by the number of boxes that can be found in offices. Reams of paper and other office supplies are delivered regularly. This is especially true for large offices. If you work in a large office, find out the room for storing empty boxes and ask about taking some boxes. There might be a recycling room where these things are kept.

  1. Recycling Drop Off Locations

Most cities have multiple locations that accept cardboard for recycling. You can go to these locations and try getting free boxes that are still in good enough shape to be reused for your move. This is a good location for you to find free boxes.

  1. Grocery Stores

Both large grocery store chains and small grocers have plenty of boxes available for you to pick up. They receive weekly and sometimes daily supplies to maintain a fresh produce inventory. These products come in boxes. Thus, there are a good number of sturdy boxes available for them to recycle daily. At any point when you decide to move, it is advisable that you go a grocery store and inform them that you need some of their boxes. They’ll be willing to let you have some of them. It will even be possible for you to get medium-sized boxes from them as they deal in large quantities of goods.

  1. Freecycle

Freecycle is one great way to find free things in your community. As soon as you sign up, you can join your local Freecycle community group. It costs you nothing to sign up. On your community group, you can post your need for free moving boxes.

  1. Schools

Call schools around you to find out if they have boxes. They just might have some lying around especially at the beginning of a school year. Do not hesitate to try. They will definitely have a few boxes for you to take.

Conclusion

In summary, all you need to do is ask around and you will be sure to get boxes. There are random places around you where you will find boxes that can be used as moving boxes. I can bet that by the time you are done going to all the places mentioned above, you will have enough boxes to use for your move.

 


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