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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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You went to the Home Depot, you bought the boxes, plastic, moving blankets, peanuts (Those messy get everywhere under everything styrofoam peanuts), and had to go back again because you didn’t buy enough boxes for the move, three times…  Everyone does this.  Everyone stacks up on way too many newspapers just to crumple them into balls to use them for packing… What to do?

It’s easy to overwhelm yourself with packing, especially when you waited until the last minute to start packing. But once your packed and the movers have loaded everything onto their truck, got it to your new home, and unloaded it all over your new place, where the heck do you start?  The bedroom, bath, kitchen?  It again can be a little overwhelming… 

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for unpacking your new home once it’s all been unloaded… 

The Essentials

This is really where you should start… This may be the box you didn’t want the movers to move in fear of getting lost.  It may contain:

  • Any medications that are critical to you
  • Toiletries.  You know, Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel, washcloth, hairbrush, blah, blah, blah
  • Maybe some canned food or soup for dinner that evening
  • Anything you may need in the first 24 – 48 hours of your move to your new home.

Your Kitchen

This should likely be the first area of the home you unpack after you set up your essentials.  Some may say the bedroom, depending on the time of day, but we suggest the kitchen.  Besides, you’ll need it in the morning for breakfast anyway.  

Get your appliances in place on the counter, like your toaster oven, coffee maker, etc.  This will put you at ease and also give you a quick feeling of accomplishment and normalcy before you continue embarking on your unpacking journey.

Once you have some of the kitchen unpacked, kick back and relax for a few minutes.  It typically isn’t a race to get your home in order once you have just moved in.  Make no mistake, everyone wants their new place in order.  However, too many open boxes, a mess of bubble wrap, newspaper, and peanuts, and the stress level can mount when there is still only a little place to move about in your new home.  You may be better off ensuring the right boxes are in the right rooms and start prioritizing your task list.

Things to Avoid While Unpacking Your New Home

Bulky Furniture

That dining room table with the legs off of it, or other pieces of furniture from Target, Ikea, etc you’re adding to your furniture collection that is going to take up a bit of space can be a pain in the neck to assemble or reassemble.  You should think about how you want it situated in the room and where specifically before you assemble it so that when you go to move it, it is a simpler task than moving it three rooms away.  

Don’t Take On Too Much

In the past, it’s taken me as long as 90 days to unpack my new residence.  You don’t have to do it all in a weekend.  If you have a spare bedroom, it can wait.  Trust me… If you have a full-time job, the basement can wait… 

While unpacking everything at once and ending your move with a pristine looking home, may make you feel good, the very act of making that happy can stress you at.  It’s normal to want it done, and it’s normal to just sit on the couch and relax knowing it’s finished.  However, there’s no fast rule that says you have to do it all at once. 

Unpacking all at once also does not give you the opportunity to reevaluate whether or not you really need that thing that is coming out of the box, if you’ve lived without it for a week, a month, or even a year.  We still have boxes in the attic and garage that have not been unpacked from a move six (6) years ago.  They have to go this spring…

Chill out a little during the process of unpacking… You may just find you enjoy the process more.

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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When you’re moving, it can feel like beyond the actual transportation of your goods from one place to another, the actual packing and unpacking is the real job that takes the most time and is the most stressful. That is understandable because many of the things you’ll need to transport were designed to be stationary, and nothing typifies that more than your refrigerator. Big, heavy, and not shaped for easy carrying, you’ll also need to treat your refrigerator delicately because it’s expensive and can break if not handled right.

Thankfully, there are a few strategies you can use to prepare your refrigerator for moving, to make the process safe and efficient as possible. Here’s a checklist for you to follow to achieve just that:

Gather Your Materials

It’s best to gather all the materials and tools you’ll need to make sure that you don’t waste time stuck at any stage, having to pause your work to go look for something. The things you’ll need are cleaning supplies to clear out the fridge, trash bags to take out any rubbish, moving blankets and straps as well as a moving dolly to make moving the refrigerator easier when you finish cleaning it:

Empty the Fridge

You’ll need to clear out everything in the fridge. If there is anything you won’t be able to eat before the move, dispose of it. If possible, give what you can away to people who need them. The important thing is to ensure that at the time when you’ll start carrying the fridge around, there’s nothing in it. First, you can’t be exactly sure how long the move will take so whatever is in it will likely spoil. Secondly, anything that’s in the fridge while it’s being moved will likely dislodge and maybe even spill. You don’t want a messy fridge to be one of the first things you have to deal with in your new home.

Emptying the fridge also includes removing all the shelves, drawers, and trays. You can store them with your kitchenware, to be sure they don’t get jostled and possibly break while being carried. It might be difficult to find replacement parts, depending on which exact fridge model you have, and it’s much more convenient to put the items back in when you get to your new home than to risk damaging them.

Defrost the Fridge

Once the fridge is empty, you’ll need to allow it to defrost so all the accumulated ice can melt away. The best way to do this is to arrange towels on the flow to catch the water that’ll be flowing out o the fridge. Once the defrosting is complete, clean out the fridge thoroughly and dry it, after which you’ll need to leave it open for at least a day to make sure any remaining moisture dries up. If there’s still moisture, it can result in mold and mildew growing in the fridge if the fridge isn’t used for a while.

Measure and Plan the Movement Outside

To get your fridge into the moving truck, you’ll first need to get it outside your house. While the obvious solution might be to take it out the same way you brought it in, a lot of things might have changed in your house, such as the layout or new obstructions, especially if it’s a large fridge and you’ve had it for a long time. First, you’ll need to measure the fridge to get its exact dimensions and then measure the doorways and spaces that you’ll need to carry it through. Be sure to give allowance for the people who will be carrying it and the equipment (such as a moving dolly) which you’ll be using.

Remove Obstacles

If your measurements and movement plan show that there’s enough space for you to conveniently carry the fridge outside, then you have nothing to worry about. If, however, there are some spaces which the fridge simply won’t fit through or which are too tight to be safe, you’ll need to remove any obstructions necessary to create more space. It might be as simple as rearranging furniture or other fittings, or you might have to remove doors from hinges or even remove stair railings. This is one stage where it’s best to have professional movers help you, to ensure that you’re removing only what is absolutely necessary. Sometimes, experts can move large objects like fridges in ways that might not occur to a non-professional. Working with experts will make sure you do not spend more time and money (paying people to remove fixtures) than necessary.

Get Fridge onto Dolly and Strap it Down

Some fridges have wheels, and if that’s true in your case, then getting the fridge onto the moving dolly should be straightforward. If not, you’ll have to get the necessary help to lift the fridge onto the dolly. To be safe, place furniture sliders beneath the refrigerator and use them to get the fridge onto the dolly. Strap it tightly with the dolly strap and make sure it’s very sure. Be sure you have all the help you need because a mistake here could mean the fridge falling onto the floor and getting damaged or even worse, falling on you.

Move the Fridge Outside

Using the dolly, slowly guide the fridge through your home to the moving truck outside. This should be done as carefully as possible because just as with getting it onto the dolly, a mistake could result in it getting damaged or causing injury to you. You must take particular care when going downstairs because a large, heavy object like a fridge will certainly become unwieldy and difficult to maneuver, especially in the hands of someone without enough expertise and experience. Ideally, there should be multiple people guiding the dolly, to be sure it does not fall over anyway.

Secure the Fridge in The Truck

Once you get the fridge into the truck, you’ll need to make sure it is placed securely. It is generally a good idea to get very large items like fridges into the truck first so you don’t have to deal with the difficulty of trying to get them in over a ton of other items, trying to find space and potentially damaging other things while you place them somewhere. Make sure you strap the fridge tightly to make sure it’ll stay secure during the trip.


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Moving is a journey of two halves — packing and unpacking.

If you thought packing your belongings together was the hard part, you’ll likely find yourself rethinking that stance when you begin to unpack after getting to your new home. However, the process can get easier if you know the right things to do.

Below are a few tips to help your unpacking experience go smoothly and a bit stress-free.

Have unpacking in mind when packing. You can make unpacking easier if you plan ahead. While packing, try to label your boxes correctly. If you don’t have the time to label, then grab markers with different colors and distinguish the boxes. You could use red markers on your bedroom items, blue markers on your living room things, green for the kitchen, and so on.

Doing this will make you able to pack all the boxes you need for a particular room together and begin unwrapping with no confusion.

Start With the Bathroom. This room takes care of most emergencies that could arise at home, so you want to set it up early. You don’t want to answer the call of nature and discover that you’ve got no tissue paper in there, nor do you want to have to deal with cuts and scrapes without having quick access to your first aid box.

Pack a couple of towels, hand washes, soaps, and place them in the correct positions. Then install your shower curtains. You can then move to other areas of your home.

Next, Get Your Bedroom Ready. There’s a little chance that you’re going to get your packing 100% done in one day. You could plan to unpack all your things six hours after arriving, yet fatigue can set in after some time. At that point rest becomes unavoidable and it’s best to get your beauty sleep as comfortably as you can so you can recover all the energy you’ve lost in the course of the move and unpacking.

Having your bedroom —or at least your bed — set early enough will give your muscles and brain a nice break. You could even decide to sleep till the next day when you’ll resume unpacking.

Move to the Kitchen. Setting up your kitchen can be a bit tricky. The arrangements of the cabinets could be a little different from your former home, even more complicated. Unpack the essentials first; the plates, mugs, spoons, and forks. Then move to kitchen equipment such as juicers and blenders. Place the frequently used items where they can be easily accessed. The drawers closer to the ceiling should be used for items you won’t need too often.

After that, open your drawers and place your spices and ingredients. Your salt, baking powder, thyme, and others should be kept not too far from the cooking appliances. This will make it easy to reach when making meals.

Your larger appliances should come next. Plugin your microwave, electric cooker to see if they are working. You should give your refrigerator no less than 3 hours so the oil can settle in the compressor unit.

Then Attend to the Living Room. Start by sorting out your TV and connecting cables. You’ll need a lot of patience disentangling them if you didn’t fold them neatly while packing. Think of where you want to put up your pictures and arrange your books.

Your furniture arrangement is important to the beauty of your home. You’ll want to adopt a style that’s elegant and simple while maximizing the space available.

More tips.

  1. Play some good music. While you unpack, you need to keep yourself in your best mood. Unlock your music playlist and grab your headset. Dance if you want at intervals. Get the groove and adrenaline going. You’ll need all the good vibes to make your unpacking a smooth one.
  2. Have Some Snacks Handy. Unpacking is not a thing you just breeze through. It might take some time, depending on how much stuff you brought with you. And you may not be able to go fix yourself a hot meal while you’re at it. Order a pizza. Get some nuts and cookies. Something to ward off hunger in the meantime until your kitchen is set and you can cook a proper meal.
  3. Take Breaks: At some point, you may run into a jam. You might not find it easy choosing where you want an item placed or a picture set up. We all want to get the perfect look for our homes so this is sure to happen. Leave it awhile. Go out, take a breather, and allow some breeze blow through your hair. In a few minutes, your head will clear out and you’ll find it easier making those decisions.
  4. Delegate if You can. If you’re moving with your family, then that’s a big plus for you. Unpacking alone is okay but having an extra hand or more is something you can put to good use. You can tell the kids to decide how they want the living room set up. Borrow their ideas when arranging the kitchen. You might even want to engage the services of your moving company to help with unpacking. Some of them offer that as an add-on service and at the very least, you could get ideas from them regarding how to set things up properly.
  5. Make a Deadline. Getting unpacked on time requires a lot of discipline. Some people procrastinate things like arranging the cutlery or hanging their clothes in the wardrobe. They think they can get it done before the week runs out but after a month they’ll discover that there are still a lot of things to set up. Set a deadline. If it’s going to take a week, decide and stick to the plan. Leaving your items loosely in different places can make the process frustrating and tiresome. Keep working towards the deadline and when you’re done, you’ll be happy to look at your finished new home and smile with delight.

Please Don’t Forget…..

Observe proper hygiene. Your moving company would do their part to make sure your belongings are not contaminated but it is ideal to take extra safety measures. If your boxes were wrapped with blankets or slim plastic sheets, then you have to carefully remove them and dispose of neatly.

If they are not wrapped, you can select a few boxes you would be needing immediately, wipe them with bleach before you begin unwrapping. The rest can then be left outside for a few hours so any germs on the surface can die off.


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