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This article explores some of the best places to live in Pennsylvania in 2022 for new job opportunities and low cost of living would be (in no particular order).  If you are looking to move from New York City or New Jersey to Pennsylvania, check out the below.

Altoona, PA

Altoona, Pennsylvania is very close to Pennsylvania State University. Despite its small population, it has a very good quality of life. It has easy access to the Appalachian Trail which runs through Pennsylvania and New York state. Accessibility is great because the city has four exits on Interstate 80/Pennsylvania Turnpike. There are also several public parks like Hillcrest Park with Memorial Waterfall. Landmarks include the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, Lily Lake, and Pennsylvania State University-Altoona.

Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania is known for its water sports because of Presque Isle Bay which it shares with nearby Millcreek Township. It has several public parks like Frontier Park which has the replica tall ship Rickonia, an amphitheater, a playground, pavilions, picnic tables, and grills. Within the Erie city limits are 12 public swimming pools including Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy’s pool. The Bertch Memorial Ice Arena has public ice skating as well as hockey leagues for all ages. Other landmarks include Perry Square, Erie Maritime Museum (located on the bay), John Hill House – home of American portrait artist Charles Willson Peale.

Johnstown, PA

Johnstown is Pennsylvania’s steel-making capital. Many of the old rolling mill buildings have been turned into shops and restaurants in Pennsylvania. The city is home to several landmarks including the Johnstown Inclined Plane, Cambria Iron Company-American Sheet, and Tin Plate Company Complex, Pennsylvania Flood Museum, Pennsylvania Railroad Station, Pennsylvania Canal Boatlift No. 5, Floodwood Covered Bridge, Soho Site – Archaeological Site from 1800’s Johnstown Flood National Memorial (see picture), Gautier Steel Warehouse, Eclipse Mill Historic Landmark Building Complex, etc.

Kittanning, PA

Kittanning is known for its boat tours of Armstrong County on Pennsylvania Route 66. Other than that it has three public parks like Friendship Park with playgrounds and picnic tables under an expansive shade tree canopy along the banks of the Allegheny River. There are several public swimming pools in Pennsylvania. Also within Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania’s Caverns-largest dry cavern in Pennsylvania. Outdoor landmarks include Armstrong County Courthouse (see picture), Kittanning Historic District, Isaac Holstein House, Pennsylvania Route 66, Pennsylvania Route 28, etc.

Monroeville, PA

Monroeville is home to the state’s largest living history museum complex outside of Harrisburg which includes Old Economy Village and Pioneer Hearth Living Historical Farm (see picture). It has several other landmarks like Forbes Field (home of Pittsburgh Pirates before Three Rivers Stadium; demolished in 1971; see picture), Monroeville Mall Shopping Center (one of the first enclosed shopping malls in Pennsylvania; opened on March 14, 1969), Pennsylvania Route 48, Pennsylvania Route 982, Pennsylvania Route 22/U.S. Route 422 Business (see picture), etc.

Moosic, PA

Moosic is one of the smallest municipalities in Pennsylvania with a population of fewer than 10,000 people but it has great educational facilities as well as job opportunities and low cost of living for those moving out of Pennsylvania or New York City or Philadelphia. It has three public parks like Kiwanis Park which features picnic tables and grills under an expansive shade tree canopy along the banks of Lackawanna River. Other landmarks include Pennsylvania Power and Light-Lackawanna Steam Generating Station (which has a visitor’s center on the first floor where local history is displayed; see picture).

Mount Plesant, PA

Mount Pleasant Township is Pennsylvania’s only township that has a contiguous border with another state (Maryland). It also has Pennsylvania’s longest stretch of Pennsylvania Turnpike (58.7 miles). Pennsylvania Route 743 ends at Pennsylvania Route 997 in Washington Boro which itself is home to many historic structures like Tradesmens Union Hall and Lodge No. 676, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church (see picture), Christ Memorial Lutheran Church (founded by German immigrants in the 19th century; see picture), etc.

Pennsylvania is known for its mountains and gorges such as McConnells Mill State Park along Slippery Rock Creek Gorge where there are three waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic areas under expansive shade trees, an extensive network of biking trails, etc.

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city with a population of more than 1.5 million people (2012 estimate). It has several landmarks like Independence Hall (site of the United States’ Constitutional Convention in 1787; see picture), Liberty Bell (see picture), Ben Franklin House, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Rodin Museum, Betsy Ross House, Pennsylvania Hospital (one of America’s first hospitals established in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and others; it had opened at its present location on 8th & Pine Streets in Center City Philadelphia in 1855 but moved to its current site along Pennsylvania Avenue near Washington Avenue in 1877 due to lack of space), Eastern State Penitentiary (opened on October 25, 1829; oldest operating penitentiary in Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania Convention Center (opened on November 12, 1993), etc.

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s primary economic center with several Fortune 500 companies calling it their headquarters like Comcast (see picture), Aramark, Crown Holdings Inc., Urban Outfitters Incorporated, GlaxoSmithKline, etc.

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh (“The Steel City”) is Pennsylvania’s second-largest city with a population of more than 2.4 million people (2013 estimate). It has several landmarks like PPG Place (world’s first green skyscraper; opened on August 3, 1981) and One PNC Plaza (see picture), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside Hospital Campus, and UPMC Mercy Hospital, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation (see picture), etc.

Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania’s major industrial and commercial center with several Fortune 500 companies calling it their headquarters including PNC Financial Services, H.J. Heinz Company, CONSOL Energy Inc., Highmark Inc., Federated Investors, etc.

Pennsylvania has several landmarks like Hersheypark (opened on May 30, 1906; one of America’s oldest amusement parks; see picture), Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (see picture; operational trolleys from 19 different Pennsylvania cities displayed there as well as a New Orleans streetcar and San Francisco cable car), Pennsylvania Turnpike-Signature Series Rest Area (features a 1938 Sunoco station that was relocated to the site), Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Maintenance Facility (transportation hub along Pennsylvania’s 1,500-mile “Main Line of Mid-America”; also see picture), etc.

Millcreek Township, PA

Millcreek Township is Pennsylvania’s third-largest township with a population of over 85,000 people (2013 estimate). There are several landmarks here like Millcreek Mall, Perry Square Historic District, Airview Golf Course, Independence Seaport Museum at the Docks on Penn’s Landing (see picture), Frank Curto Park, Jordan Park Pool & Sprayground, Lafayette Street Playground & Sprayground, Pennsylvania Power and Light Building (largest office building in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia; opened in 1963), US Airways Corporate Headquarters Building (opened in 1991 with a height of 848 feet; Pennsylvania’s tallest building on the 30th floor), etc.

Pennsylvania is also home to many colleges and universities like Pennsylvania State University (over 40,000 students enrolled there in 2012), Temple University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania College of Technology (largest technological college in Pennsylvania), Community College of Philadelphia, etc.

Media giant AOL. was established here by Steve Case in the 1990s with an early focus on the online service Prodigy which he had built up before forming what became Aol.; today it has over 25 offices worldwide including its main headquarters at 22000 AOL Way just outside Dulles Airport in Dulles, Virginia since 2009 after having moved from New York City that year. Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania’s major industrial and commercial center with several Fortune 500 companies calling it their headquarters including Baker Hughes Incorporated, Crown Holdings Inc., Comcast Corporation, United States Steel Corporation, PNC Financial Services Group, HJ Heinz Company, Urban Outfitters Incorporated, etc. Pennsylvania has several landmarks like Hersheypark (opened on May 30, 1906; one of America’s oldest amusement parks; see picture), Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (see picture; operational trolleys from 19 different Pennsylvania cities displayed there as well as a New Orleans streetcar and San Francisco cable car), Pennsylvania Turnpike-Signature Series Rest Area (features a 1938 Sunoco station that was relocated to site), Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Maintenance Facility (transportation hub along Pennsylvania’s 1,500-mile “Main Line of Mid-America”; also see picture), etc. Pennsylvania is also home to many colleges and universities like Pennsylvania State University (over 40,000 students enrolled there in 2012), Temple University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania College of Technology (largest technological college in Pennsylvania), Community College of Philadelphia, etc.


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If you’ve been tasked with packing small kitchen appliances for a move, it’s good to know there are some options available to save time and effort.  Regardless of your moving company or method of transportation, small kitchen appliances can be packed in small boxes that maximize the number of items that can be shipped safely at one time.  Add these small containers to your list of small things to pack-up for the big day.

What small kitchen appliances should be packed?

The following small kitchen appliances are perfect for your new home:

Blenders Chefs’ knives Chopping boards Electric whisks Hand blenders Milk frothers Mixers Sandwich makers Slow cookers Tea kettles Toasters

How do I package each item?  What items require special packaging?

To pack small kitchen appliances for a move, you can purchase small boxes with dividers or cut down cardboard shipping boxes to make small containers.  Creating small containers will allow more small things to be packed into each box and maximize the number of small appliances that can safely be moved at one time.  Adding plenty of padding is important to reduce the risk of damage.  If they are small enough, some small kitchen appliances may even be packed inside large kitchen appliance boxes so they don’t have to be handled as much during the move process.

Properly packing knives is also essential.   Using bubble wrap is important for reducing the risk of injury because it cushions the blades securely and keeps small and large kitchen appliances from moving around.  Properly wrapping small kitchen appliances like small coffee makers is important to prevent damage as well as injury during the move process.

In addition, some small kitchen appliances may have cords that need to be packed with care as well as other small parts that might break off easily if not packaged correctly.  Use a small box or container for each small appliance part so they can be properly secured during the move process without risk of being lost.

Where should I store my small kitchen appliances?

If you’re going to pack small kitchen appliances yourself, storing them in a safe location before your big day makes perfect sense- especially if you haven’t chosen a moving company yet or want to reduce the risk of them being stolen.  Using small boxes for packing small kitchen appliances could even be cheaper than hiring a moving company because you use small containers instead of depending upon larger containers or storage spaces.

Can small kitchen appliances be used during my move?

Yes, small appliances like slow cookers and blenders can be used before your move day, but it’s important to be careful.  Keep small kitchen appliances attached to their power cords or use extension cords instead so they don’t pose any risks if they are plugged in when the movers arrive.  Also, unplug small coffee makers and hand blenders before the big day arrives to prevent accidents that may occur when these items are moved around quickly by moving professionals.

Choose your moving method carefully and dedicate plenty of time before the big day arrives to avoid last-minute stress or mistakes that may cause small things to get broken or lost.  Keeping small kitchen appliances clean, properly packed, and stored in small containers might even be cheaper than renting a storage space for them so they are there when you arrive at your new home.

 


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Top Items You Should Avoid Putting Into Storage If Moving

Moving houses is a very transitional period in one’s life. It is like starting living from the start, even if you are moving to a place in the same city. The most important part is picking things into storage containers or boxes and then unpacking them. It is what takes the most time and requires the most details.

Even if you are hiring a moving-out company to help you with shifting, some people want to do it all under their own supervision. In that case, you should know of things which you should and things you should not put in the storage.

Top 10 Things You Should Not Put Into Storage When Moving Out

Once you have gotten rid of the things you don’t want, or in other words, you have de-cluttered, it leaves you with all the things you need to pack. There are so many things that you can put in storage, but the most important thing here is the things you should not store in the boxes.

Once you know what not to put, it all becomes easier. So without further ado, let us look at the most important things you should not put into storage when moving out.

1. Food Items

Putting food items in storage is not at all a good idea. Make sure you do not store food items, even if they are in separate containers or dry. There is a very high risk that they might attract pests or insects during moving. If not that, moisture in a closed storage container can cause molds and mildews to grow, which will completely ruin it.

2. Hazardous Chemicals

Hazardous chemicals or materials are things that can catch fire or are reactive. You never know there might be slight gas leakage, and hazardous material can start a fire. Other than this, they can even react to different temperature changes. So it is strictly said that you do not store hazardous chemicals. Some of the hazardous materials are:

  • Acid
  • Acetone
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Reactive oils
  • Compressed gas
  • Kerosene
  • Gasoline
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Grease
  • Fireworks
  • Radioactive metals.

3. Weapons

Do not put any firearms, ammunition, or weapons in storage. They are dangerous to transport when moving because these things can easily go to auction on the basis of security grounds. Even if you have the license for keeping the guns or other weapons, make sure you do not store them. Take separate permission for their transport, so it is moved safely.

4. Animals Or Pets

Other than being not permitted by authorities, it is inhumane to move pets or any other animals in a storage unit. It is morally wrong and also against the law, so if, in any case, you leave animals in the storage unit, serious action can be taken against you.

The storage units are not safe as they will not be able to get proper food and environment for living. The storage units are not even handled that carefully, so there is a risk of injury as well.

5. Plants

Plants should also not be stored in storage units or boxes. The main reason is that they will be deprived of water and sunlight in the process of moving. Sometimes all the storage units are so congested that they will not even get proper air.

So there is no use in transporting plants this way if they are to die eventually.

6. Wet Or Scented Items

Something wet or something that is not in a properly sealed bottle should not be moved out in storage boxes. Wet things and liquids that can leak out will provide a medium for the mildews to grow, which will ruin other things as well.

Other than these, scented items like candles, etc. will attract insects, and even though they are not edible, the insects can ruin the adjacent things.

7. Tires

You might find tires as an unusual item here, but they are banned in the US because of tire fires caused by tires on the roads. Also, they usually forage, so they are taken into the list of commonly stolen goods that can get you in trouble.

8. Unregistered Or Illegal Goods

An obvious thing here is that do not store anything which is not registered because if your storage unit is checked for any inspection, you will be charged with theft, and all of your stuff will be confiscated. So make sure you do not store unregistered or illegal goods.

9. Money

No cash should be sent in storage. The best place for your money transfer is a bank, so don’t take risks with storage or moving companies. There is no guarantee it will be 100% safe there.

10. Things With Great Sentimental Value

Things like your prized possessions or even things you have sentimental value with should not be placed in storage goods. There is still a risk, and it might get damaged no matter how much care it takes off. So keep it with you when moving.

Things You Can Usually Put Into Storage Containers When Moving Out

Other than the things mentioned above, almost all other items can be easily stored and transported. Here is a list of things we have made out of the things you can usually put into storage containers for a sample.

  • Artworks or paintings
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Books
  • Boxes
  • Electronics
  • Washing machine and dryers
  • Furniture
  • Home décor things
  • Wine bottles
  • Sports equipment
  • Oven, stove
  • Musical instruments
  • Clothes
  • Bedding
  • Mattresses
  • Lamps
  • Newspapers
  • Dishes and utensils

Final Thoughts

When you know what things you should not put in storage and what you should put, packing becomes easier. Make a checklist and write the names of items on each storage box so that it is easier to unpack even.

All these things mentioned above are the most important things we could think of, which will not be safe to put in storage when moving out. You can take them in your personal vehicle or if transporting, make sure you tell the moving company about it, and they will see what to do about them.

We hope these things will help you when moving out. If there is any other thing you know of that we might have missed, let us know.

 

 

 

 


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Packing Takes Longer Than You Think, Why You Should Start Early?

Whether planning a trip or moving to a new place, packing all the essentials is necessary. The main difference between packing for a shift and packing for a trip is that the former takes a long time, and you should already be prepared for moving. Keeping everything packed will allow you to save time and costs on moving.

Many people are rather lazy and avoid the pesky task of packing everything until the day of moving is barely a month away. But by that time, it’s already too late, and you will be wasting your time. In today’s article, we will give you some reasons to start packing sooner. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Why should you start packing everything soon?

One or even two months are not enough time to pack everything. However, this can vary depending on how much furniture and belongings you have in your house. Here are some benefits you will receive by packing everything early:

1.    You won’t have to hurry at the last minute

The earlier you start packing your essentials and belongings, the more time you will have in your hands on moving day. Some things are indeed impossible to pack early. For instance, things you use daily, such as utensils and other necessary items, can only be packed on a moving day.

However, you can still pack other items. Ensure that the bulk of the furniture in your house is neatly packed before the day of moving. This can include dismantled furniture, heavy kitchen items, washing machine, etc. This will allow you to have more time on your hands on a moving day. You can spend your time supervising the moving crew.

2.    You will have enough time to clean up everything.

You shouldn’t leave your house full of dust and debris before moving to another place as it can leave a bad impression on the landlord or the next party who will live in that home. Packing everything early allows you to clean everything under your furniture, large machinery, and other equipment. This kind of cleaning is only possible when you disassemble your furniture.

This will not only put a good impression on your landlord or new party but will also make moving easier for the moving crew, after all, who likes working in a house filled with dirt and debris.

3.    You can evaluate what to keep and what to sell.

Moving heavy furniture and belongings is a tough job. But is it worth it? Maybe you don’t really need some of the stuff you have kept in your home. A huge benefit of starting packing early is that you can see whether the objects you are packing are worth keeping. If you find out that you don’t need those items, then you can get rid of them.

But don’t just throw them away into the trash. You can organize a yard sale and put all the things you don’t need on sale. You will be able to get rid of those things while making money. You can even use that money to finance the moving process. Another option is donating those things to a charity organization.

That way, you will be helping those in need.

Some tips for those planning to move

It’s pretty handy to have a list of things to ensure before moving. This will allow you to keep everything organized. Here are some useful tips for you:

1.    Label your boxes

This is a very simple yet useful tip to know. Labeling your boxes will help you save much time once you move in and start unpacking. Many people don’t label their boxes and vaguely memorize which box is which. But this becomes very complicated when all your boxes are identical. It’s always wise to name all the boxes.

You can also write the room’s name they are supposed to go in. This way, you will know where these boxes will go once you unload them from the moving truck. This is much better than opening all of the boxes and searching for the items you need. Make categories for essentials, bathroom items, utensils, tv, etc.

2.    Evaluate the volume of your furniture and other items

It’s helpful to have an idea regarding how much space your furniture and other belongings are going to acquire. You should sort this out at least a month before you start moving. Declutter everything, then start packing. Wrap the biggest items as soon as possible. Obviously, the dimensions of the boxes should be bigger than the items you are packing.

A good way to do this is by measuring the dimensions of all your boxes. If they don’t meet the size requirements, it’s time to buy larger boxes. Measuring and comparing the dimensions allows you to know how many boxes you need to buy and specific sizes. You will also have an idea about how large the moving van or truck needs to be.

3.    Only get your boxes from a trusted company

You shouldn’t just buy random boxes that you get your hands on. If a box can withstand the weight of a bundle of cookies, then it doesn’t necessarily become a good container for your utensils. Consider buying your moving boxes from a trusted company that specially produces boxes to contain your furniture.

When you put your items in a box not meant for holding furniture, you risk breaking your items. This sounds like a huge loss of money! We suggest you get these boxes in advance so you can start packing early.

Bottom Line:

Moving to a new place is a process that’s mentally and physically exhausting. But you can reduce mental and physical fatigue by starting packing all your stuff early. This is not only time saving but also a good habit.

Do you need help moving your belongings and furniture to a new location? We have a qualified team at Hercules Movers that can help you move without any inconveniences!


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The Top 8 Best Places To Live In Idaho In 2022

Are you considering moving to Idaho? You have a fascinating choice. Idaho is an adventure state with unlimited outdoor activities, protected wilderness, mountainous regions, and a pleasant atmosphere. Tourists love the fishing and rafting activities of Idaho.

There are many contenders on the list when it comes to finding the best places to live in Idaho in 2022. Each place presents its own adventures and souvenirs to those who visit them. In today’s article, we will present the top 8 best places to live in Idaho in 2022.

Top 8 Best Places to Live in Idaho in 2022

1. Boise

Boise is probably the best place to live in Idaho. There are several reasons for that. Boise has great schools for your children and has low overall living costs. This is a great reason for moving if your family is particularly young. Boise is also the capital of Idaho. This city is nicknamed “the city of trees” for its rich atmosphere.

You can find many cultural offerings in the Boise downtown district. You can also find other fun activities such as hiking and biking opportunities in the nearby foothills. The Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho are quite famous in terms of education.

2. Moscow

Moscow is a small, humble town with about 24,000 people. It is a cozy town, ideal for families who want to escape the usual bustle of big cities. The town has become more and more popular with millennials. Due to this reason, you can expect some major technological changes in this small town.

Living in Moscow is comparably more costly compared to Boise. However, it’s still an affordable area for young families. Moscow has the University of Idaho and New Saint Andrews College in terms of education. There are also many fun places, such as neighborhood parks.

3. Sun Valley

Sun valley is another small cozy town on our list. It is a rural area with many things to offer to those who live there. Once again, if you want to live a quiet life and enjoy rural vibes, then you should move to Sun Valley. You won’t regret it. Small Valley merely has a closely-knit community of 1,500 permanent residents.

Though it’s one of the expensive towns to buy a house in, living in this town can be quite dreamy due to the scenery and location. If you are planning to move here, we suggest that you first save up enough money.

4. Sugar City

Sugar city is one of the coolest places to live in Idaho. It is home to just 1300 people. This town is ideal for people who want to enjoy a cool neighborhood of warm, welcoming people. Sugar city is a great place to live due to quality real estate. If you buy real estate in Sugar city, it can generate great value and money.

Another great reason to move to Sugar city is that the crime rate is so low that it’s pretty much non-existent. This city also offers great schools for your children. If you want to raise a happy family, sugar city is one of the best places to move.

5. Meridian

Located on the east of Boise, Meridian is one of the favorite places to live for the people of Idaho. There is nothing to not love about Meridian. The only thing to complain about this wonderful city is the weather perhaps. Life can become difficult in Merdian due to harsh winters. In terms of education, there are 47 high-quality schools within the Meridian community.

Meridian is also the fasting-growing city in Merdian. Many people are new in Meridian. If you are considering moving to this place, now is the time. It also has many job opportunities.

6. Ketchum

Ketchum is very close to Sun Valley. Ketchum has almost double the population of Sun Valley. While Sun Valley is a rural area, Ketchum is a suburb with rich streets and culture. Ketchum is one of the best places to live in Idaho. It’s a special place that will provide you with an experience that you will never forget.

Ketchum provides a range of fun outdoor activities for residents and tourists alike. Though, Ketchum also has quite high prices compared to other places on this list. However, real estate in this town can add much value to your assets.

7. Eagle

Eagle is a mid-size town with a population of 21,000 people. The town is quite community-oriented that offers residents and tourists a range of high-quality schools, easy commuting services, and an overall reasonable cost of living. Compared to Meridian, this town can be a little more expensive if you consider moving to this place.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Eagle. You can enjoy fly fishing in the Boise River and whitewater kayaking along the Payette River. You can enroll your kids in the prestigious West Ada School District.

8. Ammon

Ammon is a city home to 14,000 people. The best thing about moving to Ammon is low property prices. You can easily buy cheap property in Ammon. If you are looking for a cheap town to buy property in, you should consider moving to Ammon. Ammon has a small town and a cozy feel.

You can easily find all the facilities that you need in Ammon. If you are looking for a place where you can lead a quiet, peaceful, and accessible life with your family, then Ammon is for you. Ammon also offers good schools for your children.

Final Word:

Idaho is wonderful, with many beautiful and fun places to live. If you plan to move to Idaho in 2022, you should consider moving to the above places. They provide a nice atmosphere for your whole family.

Want to move to Idaho? Our team can help you with the pesky moving process. 


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How Far In Advance Should I Book the Moving Company for My Move?

Are you preparing for your next move with your moving company? Perhaps you’re interested to know how far in advance I should book the moving company for my move.

You need plenty of time when you are planning your big move. Picking a moving date is probably the most challenging part of planning your move.

You want complete assurance that you are prepared with all of your stuff and that the weather, temperature, and your schedule will be perfect. It would help if you had time to find a company to help you with your move.

This article will discuss when you should be booking the mover and help you determine the date on which you should start looking for the perfect moving company for your needs. Finding a good, reliable, and affordable moving company is not always easy.

So we have listed all the information you need to know about booking my move-in moving company.

Why You Should Hire A Moving Company Far In Advance

Hiring a moving company is an exciting event, but it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to hire one last minute.

When moving, you should plan at least one month. You can hire a moving company that is experienced and professional. You can get help from them, so you don’t have to lift heavy objects and make sure everything is safe during the move.

Here are four reasons why booking a moving company in advance is the best bet:

1.    A Specific Mover

Moving companies can fill up quickly, especially if you’re moving during a popular season (like summer). You’re guaranteed to have your pick of movers by booking in advance. Your options will be more limited if you wait until the last minute.

2.    Locked-In Rates

Rates are constantly fluctuating depending on fuel costs, availability of labor, and other factors. As movers get busier, they may even bump up their prices. If you book early, your price is locked in. You’ll avoid any unpleasant surprises when it comes to billing.

3.    Plenty Of Time To Plan

If you book with a moving company in advance, you’ll have plenty of time to plan things. If you wait until the last minute, there’s no guarantee that you can hire a mover at all — or that the price will be reasonable when you find one.

4.    Your Choice Of Date And Time

Booking earlier helps ensure that you get the company of your choice (and not just whoever has availability). You’ll also be much more likely to secure a truck on the date and time that works for you, which is expected to be less busy for everyone involved as well.

How Far In Advance Do I Need To Book Movers?

Many people believe they may book a moving company when they are ready at the last minute. However, it is best to start your search for a company as soon as possible to get the best rates. For example, if you want your move to occur in three months, start looking for moving companies now. You don’t want to wait until 30 days before your move because you will be stuck with the most expensive mover.

If your move is local, meaning that you’ll be moving within the same state, you’ll want to start looking for movers as soon as possible. Most companies have a lead time of around two weeks, and if you wait until the last minute, they might not fit you into their schedule.

If your move is long-distance, then you’re going to need even more time to prepare. Most long-distance movers will require a minimum of four to six weeks’ notice from the person who will be paying for the move. Some moving companies might ask for up to eight weeks’ notice for an international move. It gives them enough time to assess your needs and find the right crew for your job.

We recommend doing your initial research online and then calling the companies which seem most suitable for you and having them give you an estimate over the phone or via e-mail. This way, you can see how much it will cost and decide if it fits into your budget or not.

The best way to schedule a moving company is to book them three or four weeks in advance. It gives the company enough time to organize their workers’ jobs and train them on their belongings.

When to Hire Movers for Loading and Unloading?

Hiring professionals for loading and unloading is sometimes necessary. You can hire movers to load or unload at any point in your move, but there are certain times when it’s more beneficial than others.

Before hiring a moving company for your entire move, you’ll want to make sure there is enough time for the movers to load the truck and unload it at their destination. It’s best to negotiate a specific window for the movers to be available.

Find out if they can work with your schedule or if they have availability on certain days of the week. If you’re hiring movers hourly, then availability isn’t as much of an issue. You can have them show up whenever you have time to let them in and out of your home or apartment.

Bottom Line:

The context of your move will be the ultimate factor in determining how far in advance you will need to book a moving company. Short distance moves during peak season, extended distance moves, and long-distance moves taking place at off-peak times will all have their timeframes associated with the booking, which require some advance notice.

For over 20 years, Hercules Movers Inc has been the premier website to book your move directly with a professional moving company of your choice. Select a reputable mover that best fits your needs.


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Exercise equipment provides stabilization and makes it easier to focus on your workout. The purpose is to train your large muscle groups adequately without worrying about stressing or pressurizing your tissues. That way, you maintain balance and avoid the problems of falling weights that can cause injuries to your body.

Whether you have lightweight or heavyweight equipment, it is crucial to focus on proper maintenance to increase efficiency and overall lifespan. The same principle applies to moving or hauling your gear in and out of your home. Taking care of your machines is critical if you are an exercise enthusiast.

So, you will want to haul the machinery or equipment safely and adequately without any problems. However, packing and wrapping your expensive equipment is a daunting and time-consuming task. It requires careful planning and preparation. In today’s article, we will discuss packing, wrapping, and moving your workout machines. Read on!

Packing and Wrapping your Exercise Equipment

Many people think moving is a stressful, physically enduring, and mentally exhausting task. Although this is true, you can streamline the process by following a step-by-step approach. Everyone wants to stay active and improve their overall well-being.

However, when you arrive in your new house and see a mess, you will experience delays and disruptions in maintaining your daily exercise regimen. That’s why you must pack and wrap your home-gym equipment properly to avoid complications. Follow the tips and tricks given below to optimize the entire process.

Clean the Equipment

Cleaning the equipment is essential before you start packing it. The purpose is to clean the equipment or machines properly and ward off the accumulation of microbes. So, start by cleaning the surfaces and sanitizing other parts of your fitness equipment.

When cleaning your elliptical, stationary cycle, and treadmill, ensure you use appropriate tools to avoid damages. We recommend using homemade solutions or wet wipes to get the job done. Avoid using products that contain chemicals because they can damage your equipment.

Pack Lightweight Equipment

Once you have cleaned the equipment, it is time to disassemble the heavy machines. However, before packing the parts of the heavy machines, we recommend pacing the lightweight equipment to stay organized.

Things like yoga mats, towels, blankets, etc., are easy to organize and pack. Pack these things in a box and secure them with a seal. Remember to roll the yoga mats up and secure them with a strap. Make sure you put the yoga mats at the bottom of the box to avoid problems.

Free weights, such as dumbbells and hand weights, require robust boxes for a move. We recommend using small boxes than larger ones because they can carry dumbbells without bending or breaking.

Besides, you can use small plastic bags to carry the free weights. We suggest wrapping the dumbbells and other hand weights in packing paper or bubble wrap to protect during the move. Use multiple boxes to create a balance and ensure one box is not heavy to lift.

Moreover, you can use plastic totes to handle the weights if you don’t have boxes for carrying the hand weights. Once you have packed up the lightweight equipment in multiple boxes, you can load the boxes in the moving truck. You can seek help from a professional moving company to avoid stress, reduce the risk of injuries, and achieve peace of mind.

Pack Heavy Exercise Equipment

Ellipticals, stationary cycles, running machines, treadmills, benches, etc., are heavy exercise equipment that requires careful packing and wrapping for a move. For instance, an elliptical has a unique shape, making it difficult for the homeowner to pack the equipment.

That’s why you must disassemble the elliptical and take it apart. Start the disassembly process by removing the legs and pedals from the central part. Make sure you unscrew the nuts and bolts appropriately and place them somewhere safe.

You can use a Mason jar or Ziploc bag to secure the nuts and bolts. Once done, wrap all the components of the elliptical separately with moving blankets. Use packing tape to secure each part.

It is amusing to exercise on your treadmill like ellipticals, but packing and wrapping it is a task full of hassle. A treadmill is an expensive piece of exercise equipment, and even slight damage to the machine can lead to complications. Remember, repairing your damaged equipment can cost you money.

Sometimes, the damages are irreparable, causing you to replace the entire machine. If you are on a budget, this can break the bank. So, you have to be very careful when packing and wrapping your treadmill.

Start by disconnecting all the wires. Next, clean your treadmill to remove dirt, dust, and pollutants. Now, fold the machine up and ensure it is in the upright position. That way, you can lock the machine in its place.

Use the moving blankets when folding your treadmill. Wrap the equipment and tape it from all sides to secure the packing. Bear in mind that these machines are heavy and require 3-5 people to load on and off the moving truck.

We recommend hiring a professional moving company because it has qualified staff who use the right tools to get the job done adequately, reliably, and safely. You must not risk your health trying to save money and carrying out the task as a DIY project.

Final Words

Moving exercise equipment, machines, tools, etc., requires planning and preparation. Packing and wrapping are crucial tasks to ensure a safe and secure move. However, this requires time and effort.

Although you can use furniture dollies to handle heavy equipment, including exercise machines, this can create a lot of hassle. Follow the tips and tricks above to streamline the entire process or hire a professional moving company to avoid the hassle.


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Atlanta is an excellent place to move.  If you are looking at moving from New Jersey to Georgia – there is a very good reason that Atlanta has earned the top slot on the list of best places to live in Georgia. Atlanta was the largest and most urbanized city in the state of Georgia until decades ago. Suburbs like Gwinnett and Cobb counties are also fast developing into desirable locations. The cost of living in Atlanta has come down dramatically over the past few years.

Still Growing

Atlanta’s rapid growth has resulted in a low cost of living, better transportation options, and quality of life improvements for its residents. Atlanta is now among the best cities to be relocated to. It has the largest number of professional and economic services businesses. Atlanta is now home to several colleges that provide you with an excellent education for making advancements in your career and life.

Transportation

Atlanta is well connected with the rest of the country through several interstate highways. This makes it easier to get to other major cities in the country. Atlanta’s location makes it ideal for business and labor moving to the city. Because the cost of living in Atlanta has fallen considerably over the past few years, relocating to Atlanta has become much more appealing to residents of other states. Atlanta attracts people from all over the US and the world

Healthcare

One of the benefits of living in Atlanta is easy to access to major hospitals and healthcare facilities. This means that you will be able to avail of medical treatment at any time, day or night, no matter what the time of the day. There is also a strong Nursing Presence in Atlanta which makes it easier for residents to receive nursing care when they need it. The city has an excellent public transportation system that allows you to move from in-town areas to the outer regions of Atlanta.

Proximity to the Great Outdoors

Another one of the best places to live in Georgia is it’s great outdoors. Atlanta is surrounded by beautiful natural environments including the Georgia National Park, the Ozark Mountains, the foothills of the Smoky Mountain Range, and beautiful rivers. There are many parks in the area that attract people by their scenic beauty and unique history. The metro area is home to some of the most beautiful small-town neighborhoods that are conveniently located near some of the best public transportation in the U.S.

If outdoor activities are more your style, then you should consider a home right on Stone Mountain in Lithia Springs. This is a charming community nestled among the many mountain peaks and pine groves. It is home to many hiking trails, waterfalls, and other great outdoor activities. If you enjoy being in nature but are a little more urban, then you should consider relocating to Lithia Springs in Georgia, which is just a few hours drive from Atlanta and close enough to downtown Atlanta to offer you convenient shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Entertainment

Atlanta is also home to some of the nation’s premier music and dance festivals. The Metro Arts Center organizes such events all year round and provides a venue for live entertainment by a number of local and national bands. An additional benefit of attending one of these events is that many of the performers come from or are family members of some of the local Atlanta musicians and groups. In addition to the music and dance festivals, Atlanta offers a variety of cultural events and activities for visitors to check out.

Cost of Living

One of the most desirable aspects of living in Georgia is that the cost of living is extremely low. Because there is so much money available to people in the cities, they can enjoy eating out at restaurants, going to the movies or taking a nice walk in the park. Because there is so much money available, homes in Georgia are affordable and a low cost of living is another great reason to move to the area. Homes in Lithia Springs are close to the golf courses and the beach and offer a lot of outdoor activities. Whether you want to golf, play tennis or go for a swim, you can enjoy having plenty of things to do in and around the area.


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Here’s an easy way to create a moving checklist that will make packing for your move easy. It doesn’t matter how big your move is or how many boxes you need to move. What’s important is that you pack as efficiently as possible so that you can get everything to where you need it in the most efficient manner possible. Here are some tips on how to create a moving checklist that you can use throughout your entire move.

Create Your Guide

First, you’ll want to create a paper and pencil quick guide that lists all the essentials in your new home. This includes items like your mattress, blankets, dishes, pots, and pans, etc. You’ll simply write down each item as you put it in the carton. This organized aid can be a lifesaver, especially if you’ve got a large number of items to deal with. All in all, if there are only a handful of things to move, and you’re simply moving from a friend’s house to your own, you most likely don’t need to concern yourself with an organized essentials box. However, if your belongings are larger and more varied, it’s a good idea to put all of them on one of these moving company moving lists.

Create Your Packing List

The second important step is to create a packing list. This should also include a carton or plastic bag for fragile items and a box or plastic bag for non-fragile items. It’s important to place all of your important documents in a clear, easily accessible location. For example, do not put your driver’s license in a drawer that may house knives, screwdrivers, or other equipment that could potentially become dangerous if they get mixed up.

A packing list is most effective when it is used in conjunction with another important thing to do: follow moving guidelines. For example, it’s best to avoid the use of any sharp objects when packing. As well, it’s critical not to pack clothes or delicate articles like glasses that could become damaged if they get wrapped up in anything. All in all, the best way to create an organized moving checklist is to follow some general tips.

As a new homeowner, you want to make sure that you get rid of any excess furniture while at the same time keeping anything that you may need for future use. So it’s crucial to place all of your lamps in a storage place. You should also make sure that you remove any personal belonging from your residence before you begin the actual moving process. If you keep these few things in mind, creating a moving checklist will be painless and straightforward.

Packing

During the move itself, you will need to pack all of your clothes, blankets, and pillows in plastic bags. Make sure that you label each bag and make sure that you have somewhere to return all unused items. It is important to make sure that you have unpacked everything in a clean area on the day of moving day. You will want to leave behind any important items that you may need as well as special items for sentimental reasons.

When it comes to the actual step of transporting your belongings, make sure to keep track of how much each item weighs. Be sure to not pack too much heavier than you can comfortably carry. Also, keep in mind that you should not pack your belongings too tightly because this could strain some of your fragile possessions. At the very least, it’s critical to make sure that you pack your most valuable items like jewelry into your car’s trunk. Once you reach your new home, you can sort through all of your belongings to determine which ones will need to stay with you and which ones can go with someone else.

Moving Day

Moving day can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, by creating a moving checklist, you will be able to relax and know that you did your best to make sure that everything is ready to move into your new home. All you need is a little planning and preparation and you will be able to enjoy your new home!


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How do I “change of address” with the post office when I go to move? A: The easiest way to accomplish this is by visiting your local post office. How do I change of address with post-office? A: You can either make changes manually at your local post office or online at the USPS site.

Step One: Create a Change of Address Checklist.

This checklist will serve as your guide throughout the entire process of moving. Start by writing down the full name of the person to whom you will be mailing the mail. Add the new address of the new home and any other new or alternate contact information. On the Change of Address form, add any new or alternate names for the recipients such as roommates, children’s schools, or workplaces, etc. Also list the full street name of your new home, including any other streets or routes that will be traveled to get to your new home.

Step Two: Mailing your Change of Address with Post Office.

Send your request by regular mail to the applicable address such as your Post Office or the address online. Mail your package through normal delivery services, unless you have a self-service mail option. When you mail your package, use the self-service option provided by the USPS. Read carefully the instructions included on the form.

Step Three: Processing Your Change of Address with the Postal Service.

Usually, within two weeks, you will receive a reply from the USPS letting you know whether your request is approved. On the other hand, if you did not receive a positive response, you may need to resubmit your request. In this case, start making arrangements for your mail to be received by the applicable address on the next business days.

Step Four: Faxing your Confirmation Code.

Once you received the approval from the USPS, you will need to send a fax to the local post office confirming your mailing address change. Make sure to enclose a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your confirmation code. The local post office will forward your Confirmation Code to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which is where your driver’s license and vehicle registration will be processed. You will receive a forwarding start date from the DMV, which allows you to pick up your vehicle. However, it may take two weeks from the date of service sent by the USPS to actually pick up your vehicle.

Step Five: Changing Your Driver’s License.

As soon as you receive your new driver’s license, you should immediately change your license number. Use the same mailing address as you used to change your address. Provide DMV with your new license number, and then follow up two weeks to schedule the change of address. At the change of address, provide your printed driver’s license with a copy of your canceled check, and your signature. A SASE will be provided to you with your official change of address.

Step Six: Changing Your Mailing Address.

You will need to contact the local post office with your change of address request. A SASE will be provided to you with your official new mailing address. Follow the directions provided by your local post office, and then return to the DMV with your signed application and payment. Provide your printed driver’s license with your updated change of address.

If you follow these steps appropriately, you will be able to successfully complete a business change of address. By using the proper procedures when changing your address, you reduce the hassle associated with it. You also lower your chances of being incorrectly registered and assigned a new address. If you have any further questions, you can contact the local post office for more information.


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