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Moving is an event that involves a lot of planning and decision-making. One of such decisions is how to move your car across the country when you are making a long-distance move. You might decide to use a ship it down or to drive it across the country. If you are moving across the country with your car to save cost or for whatever reason you decide to drive your car, you will need to inspect your car to ensure that it is fit for the journey ahead.

Inspecting your car before a long drive across the country is very essential. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of nowhere and have your car breakdown. This is not safe, and you will end up spending much more money asides from the extra stress you will feel in addition to the stress of moving and driving. Failure to inspect can also lead to an accident along the way as your car will be a danger to you and other road users.

Preceding your move across the country, it is important to inspect your car thoroughly to ensure that your car is ready to move. The following are routine checks you should carry out:

  1. Inspect your car fluids

The various fluids in your car include engine oil, washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. This is one of the first things you should do when you are inspecting your car for a move. Ensure that they are all present in appropriate quantity. These fluids help your car to run smoothly. If you do not inspect them and change them when necessary, the move across the country can damage your car.

  1. Inspect your tires

Tires are an important part of your car. You cannot move without a good tire. There are different aspects of your tire to inspect. Firstly, check the air pressure in your tire. The air pressure must be just the right amount. It should not be too high or too low as that can be dangerous. If the pressure is too high, it can cause the tire to burst on the way. Then again if the pressure is too low, it can result in a flat tire while traveling.

You should also inspect the tread on your tires to confirm that the tires are fit for the journey across the country. If the tread is worn, it’s best to replace the tires before the journey. It might be expensive but it a small price compared to the safety it brings you.

  1. Inspect your battery 

Truth be told, even short-distance journeys should not be done with a bad battery. Much more is expect4d for a move across the country. You do not want to have a dead battery while traveling across the country. You need to inspect to see if there has been a build-up on the r=terminal of your battery. If there has been, you will need to clean up the battery terminal. It is also important to check the battery strength of your battery. Confirm that the strength is appropriate enough to avoid any breakdowns during the move.

  1. Inspect your brakes 

The importance of good brakes for the move cannot be over-emphasized. It is important to inspect your brakes before the journey. A worn brake is a hazard both to you and other road users. Inspect to see that the brakes are not making squeaky noises or just worn out. In essence, change worn-out brakes or brakes with any kind of issue before the move across the country.

  1. Inspect your lights 

You should also inspect your lights. You should check both the external and the internal lights in your car. It is even more important when you know that your journey across the country will span into the night. You cannot drive without lights at night. That is the last thing you want to do. Inspect your lights and change where necessary. To err on the side of caution, you can carry some extra lights just in case anything goes wrong while on your journey.

  1. Inspect your engine belts 

These are the belts that keep the engine accessories running smoothly and connect them to the engine crankshaft on the outside. Sometimes you might not see the warning signs of your engine belt falling. It is therefore important for you to inspect your engine belt. Engine belt can cut while you are on a long-distance move. If your engine belt cuts along the way, it may be difficult to get the same belt needed for your car model and someone to fix it along the way. Inspect it before you move. You do not want to be stranded.

  1. Inspect your wipers 

Wipers help to endure that you see clearly during your move. Ensure that they are in good working condition to prevent avoidable accidents. If damaged, replace the wiper. Also, ensure that your mirrors are clean and in good shape.

Conclusion 

If you maintain your car as regularly as you should, it should not cost too much to ensure that it is in good condition for your journey across the country. No matter the cost, it’s best to properly inspect your car to ensure efficiency. This gives you a smooth journey. If you can not properly inspect your car, get a professional mechanic to do a full inspection. This mechanic can give you the list of things to change and work on it for you. Ensure that everything is checked out. The above mentioned are just a few things on your car you should take care of before your move. Hiring the mechanic helps simplify the whole process of inspection. You should even delegate as much as possible before your move. There are already a lot of things you have to work on and stress about. So, if you plan on driving your car cross country during your upcoming move across the country, make sure that you have crossed properly inspected your car to avoid roadside troubles and accidents.

THINKING ABOUT MOVING?

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country? Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely. Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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Moving is generally a very challenging and stressful exercise. This stress is even increased when your move is a long-distance one. Long-distance moves can be very tough because they require a lot more planning and organization. There are a lot of activities involved in the process of moving and this makes planning very important. Planning will help to keep track of your activities and reduce stress.

For long-distance moves, you will need all the tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible. One way to ease the stress of a long-distance move is by using short-term storage for your long-distance move. This will go a long way to make your long-distance move more flexible and more convenient.

Short-term storage refers to storage for a period of three months or less. Short-term storage allows you to store your belongings until you move to your new home. Short-term storage can be used for several reasons. One of such reasons is when you have to move especially long-distance moves. For whatever reason you decide to use short-term storage, it presents an effective and efficient way of temporarily storing belongings.

We have put together a few reasons to show you how short-term storage might beneficial to you when you have a long-term move.

Reasons to Consider Short Term Storage

  1. It Makes The Long-Distance Move More Flexible

After your long-distance move, you may want to spend a few weeks or the first few months settling in and getting familiar with the new town. Even if you do not necessarily need time to settle in, moving can be a very exhausting activity. Right after your long-distance move might not be the time to start unpacking your things and you might not want to live with boxes around your apartment. Short-term storage thus helps you to keep your things for the period you need to settle in. it makes your long-distance move and settling in more flexible. This is even more helpful when you were not able to find a home before your move. Short-term storage will give you time to search for the right house.

  1. Flexible Plans By Storage Companies

Many storage companies allow for flexible packages in their storage. They offer open-ended contracts so you can adjust the terms to suit your needs. Some are renewable and can allow you to renew for as long as you need. For some companies, plans are renewable weekly while for others, monthly. weeks nut for students it was Storage companies also give access to owners. With this, you can access the city whenever you want. In addition to being flexible, the plans are relatively cheap and affordable. This makes storing your belongings affordable.

  1. When You Have Not Decided What To Move With 

Generally, downsizing is a part of moving. It is important that you take your move as an opportunity to get rid of the things that you do no longer use or no longer have a need for. It is even more important for you to downsize when your move is a long-distance move. This saves you the stress of moving with things that you do not need, and it will reduce the cost of moving your belongings.

However, when you have a long-distance move and you have not decided on what to move with even after getting rid of the unnecessaries, either because you have not gotten a house or you want to confirm what will fit into your new home, then it makes sense for you to use short term storage.

  1. When You Have To Renovate 

When the new home needs renovation, then it makes sense for you to make use of short-term storage for your belongings. A long-distance move can be very stressful and so is renovating a house. Things in a house are even cleared out to enable proper renovations. The last thing you want to do when renovating after a long-distance move is unpacking. Chances are that you will not have the time to unpack and so, there will be moving boxes scattered all over your new home. It makes sense for you to use short-term storage. When you are done with renovations, then you can think of how to get your belongings delivered and unpack.

  1. When Your Long-Distance Move Is For A Short Period

If you are making a long-distance move and this move is just a temporary one like for a vacation or just for you to take trips, then it will likely make sense for you to use short-term storage. Even when you decide to extend your trip, you can contact the storage company for your contract to be renewed and reviewed to fit the circumstances.

  1. Delivery Arrangement

Some storage facilities have delivery arrangements. The things stored can be delivered to you at a time specified. This saves you the stress of trying to get a moving company for your long-distance move and even the stress of trying to bargain a good price. A storage facility with delivery arrangements will maybe have a package that covers both the storing and the delivery. All you have to do is pick a period that you think will be suitable for you to unpack and put that time in the contract.

Conclusion 

Short-term storage for a long-distance move has many advantages as stated above. It helps you reduce the stress of an already stressful move amongst other benefits. When moving, it is important to cut stress as much as possible and short-term storage is one way to do that. In deciding which storage to use there are different factors to consider to help ensure that your belongings are kept in good conditions. Considering the fact that you are moving a lot of different things with different textures and different levels of fragility, ensure that you choose a storage facility with the capacity to keep your belonging safe and damage-free.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.

 


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Buying a new home far away from your current one is an important decision in your life because it involves investing a huge amount of money. It is also an exciting and adventurous experience to have a new home where you can make new friends and have a fresh start. However, buying a new home far away from your current location could be a very stressful thing to achieve. It goes with a lot of mental and emotional stress. From considering the right location to move into, to getting the right realtor, purchasing according to your budget, and finally organizing your moving.

Here are a few tips below to make your house hunting easier.

Out of State Move House Hunting Tips

  1. Determine your budget.

When buying a new home, you must know how much you have saved for buying and moving into the new home. You must be able to determine the true cost of the house and the expenses you will incur. You can begin by finding out how much it will cost to purchase a new home, get a real estate agent, get a relocation expert to assist you in moving out, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and utilities, house maintenance, transportation, food, and other expenses.

You may also need to consider a mortgage loan if necessary, from the bank or any mortgage institution that will be willing to lend you the money needed to purchase the home. However, it is advisable to work within your budget to avoid incurring debts that may in the long run make you lose your home. You may also consider paying by installment if you do not have the money at once. Having a budget should be the first step in purchasing a new home.

  1. Get the right realtor

Finding a good and credible realtor when relocating and buying a new home is one of the most important things to do. You should be able to choose a realtor that you can work with. Get a realtor with enough experience. Someone that understands the housing market and the location you are moving into. The realtor should be someone you can easily have access to and meet at any given time.

When picking a realtor, always seek referrals from other homeowners. A referral is important because it gives assurance on who you are working with. If you do not know anybody in the new area that can refer a realtor, you can find an online community of that area and reach out to people on the platform. You can also find out if the realtor is reputable and credible by researching about the realtor online or through a real estate company.

  1. Have a virtual home tour.

Recently, because of the pandemic, buyers now go online to search for a new home of their choice. They can easily go to a real estate website that has a virtual house search and find an up-to-date listing of houses that they fancy, in the location they want. They can also conduct a virtual tour of the home they desire. This will be helpful as you do not need to travel to check out the home. If you are someone with a busy schedule virtual tour can also help you.

  1. Visit the house for inspection.

Before buying a house, you need to visit the house to take a proper look at the asset you are buying. Even with the help of a good realtor and a virtual tour, there is a need to visit the house and carry out an inspection. It usually a good idea to get a proper feeling of what your life will feel like when you move to your new home. You should also get a professional inspector to inspect the house. A good inspector will inspect everything in the house and give you a piece of professional advice on whether to take the house or not. This will prevent you from making the wrong choice and having to regret buying the wrong house as your dream home.

  1. Learn about your proposed new location.

Knowing the new city or location you are moving into will go a long way in helping you make the right choice when moving to your new home. Make sure to pay a visit to the new city and know the neighborhood. It is important to move to a safe neighborhood. Discover if the neighborhood is well known for criminal activities or any other unacceptable activities. Also, find out if you will be comfortable in your neighborhood. It is best to consider how people interact with one another in the new location. Some cities are known for being people-friendly, relaxed, hostile, etc. you must know the atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. You should also get to know about the transportation options available in the new city, to plan your budget when moving in. Consider other activities like restaurants, grocery shops, galleries, etc.

  1. Consider your family and job.

Your new home should be able to accommodate your family members. However, do not forget to always work according to your budget. If you are single, you can decide to get a one-bedroom apartment. If you are newly married, you can get a two-bedroom apartment. Also, if you are a couple and do not wish to have kids you can get an apartment that will accommodate both you and your guests. You should also consider a pet house if you have a pet, the school your kids will attend, accessibility features for an aged person if you have one living with you and other family members. For your job, consider proximity from your home to your place of work if you are not working remotely. Even if you are working remotely, you also need to have a home that can be both office and home-friendly.

  1. Be open-minded.

Finally, keep an open mind on your move. Flexibility is important. While you may originally have an idea of the kind of home and neighborhood you want to live in, you can also discover that there are other options as well.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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People move for different reasons. Family reasons such as divorce, changing marital status, financial or economic reasons such as getting a more affordable house, and other reasons such as getting a new job in another city or another part of town. People are always moving not just because they want to, but sometimes, because they have to move. However, the rate at which people move is not as high as one would expect.

In 2019, just before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world, fewer people in America changed homes. Statistics show that there was a migration decline in the months preceding the coronavirus pandemic. Even in the preceding decade, there was a continuing decline in the migration rate. Between March 2019 and March 2020, before the pandemic, the rate of people who changed residence was at an all-time low since World War II. Even before the coronavirus pandemic.

For 2020, it appears that there is a mix in the migration pattern both across different parts of the country and internationally. This mixed pattern is evidenced by real estate, moving, and survey patterns date. All these data show a selective migration based on different reasons.

The Pre-Coronavirus Pandemic Decline in Moving Migration Rate

Migration trends confirm a relatively consistent decline in migration movements. There has been a gradual but consistent reduction in migration. This reduction is due to a number of factors such as demographic factors, economic forces, age of the population, and labor factors. Migration plunged even more after the great recession in 2008. No doubt, the great recession affected the housing and labor markets generally consequently, affecting the rate at which people migrated.

Both local and international migration have been on a decline. From 2007 (the beginning of the great recession), internal migration reduced from 4% to about 3.5% to 3.7%. Survey shows that even the people who moved gave housing-related reasons. Many moved to find more affordable housing.

Factors that Affected the 2020 Moving Migration Pattern

Different factors such as safety and finances have contributed to the migration pattern of 2020. However, the major factor that affected moving migration pattern in 2020 was the coronavirus pandemic.

There is data to show that some moves were induced by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, some people moved from crowded cities to smaller cities to reduce their chances of coming in contact with people and getting the virus. Some young people had to move back home with their parents or other family members for health and safety reasons.

Effects of the Pandemic on Migration in 2020

2020 was the year of the pandemic. Countries were forced to go on lockdowns and people had to stay home and work from home. The Coronavirus pandemic affected a lot of activities and migration was not left out. Still, some reports show that despite the coronavirus pandemic, people kept moving. Moving data from 2019 was analyzed with that of 2020. Even though there are no definite answers, there is data that shows people’s response to the pandemic. Some data suggests that people moved more than usual while others suggest that people moved less.

Some Examples of How People Moved and Why are Highlighted Below.

  • Many countries closed their borders. The coronavirus pandemic forced many countries to close their borders. This was done in a bid to contain the virus in the country as well as prevent more from coming into the country. This made migration a whole lot more difficult than it already is. Border closures slowed down the rate at which people could migrate to other countries. Thus, border closures and travel restrictions affected international migration and not local migration.
  • Economic downturn was one effect of the coronavirus pandemic that led to a reduction in the rate of migration. Migration can be very expensive, and the coronavirus pandemic reduced the amount of money in circulation. Companies are letting go of workers and cutting salaries and there are no jobs because every other company is trying to remain stable through the pandemic. the direct effect of the economic downturn.
    There is however data to show that some people moved because of the economic downturn. The coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of income loss and this income loss led some people to move as they could no longer afford their current housing. Some moved to places with cheaper housing while others moved back in with family. The bulk of this category of people are millennials who found it hard to survive with the effect of the pandemic on finances and jobs. A lot of them had to move back in with families.
  • For internal migrations, some data suggests that people moved less than usual in a bid to stay healthy. However, people also moved to stay safe. For example, a lot of people moved from urban areas to communities with fewer people. For long-distance moving, reports show that there were fewer long-distance moves in the year 2020 and the obvious cause of this was the pandemic.
  • A lot of companies and organizations have adapted to the pandemic and now, many workers work from home. This work from home arrangement has affected migration patterns. Statistics show that a good number of people move to enable proximity to work. Now, they no longer have to go to work every day thus, dispelling the need for proximity. This development has caused some people to move away from big cities and also, prevented some from moving to big cities as they can work from towns close to the cities.

Conclusion

The bulk of the 2020 migration patterns were pandemic-related migration patterns. It is uncertain how lasting the coronavirus pandemic-related migration will be. It is however anticipated that when the vaccine becomes more widespread, the migration rate will go back to its stable downward shift. For instance, the fact that a lot of organizations have adopted the work from home arrangement means that fewer people will have work-related migration. It is uncertain how long the work from home arrangement will last thus, uncertain how long the reduction in work-related migration will last. The same applies to all other coronavirus-related patterns.


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

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

  1. Keep them

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

  1. Sell them

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

  1. Donate them

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

  1. DIY projects for your home

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

  1. Declutter

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

  1. Make use of plastic boxes

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

  1. Use all your containers

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

  1. Minimize the moving supplies you need to buy

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

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

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

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

  1. Sell large items

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

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


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

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

  1. Sort out your shoes

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

  1. Have your packing supplies

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

  1. Clean the shoes

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

  1. Keep your shoes fresh

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

  1. Stuff the shoes

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

  1. Group your shoes by type

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

  1. Wrap the shoes

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

  1. Tie sneakers together by their laces

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

  1. Box pairs individually

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

  1. Put the shoes in boxes

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

 


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

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

  1. Online

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

  1. Liquor Stores

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

  1. Friends, Family, and Neighbors

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

  1. Community Groups

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

  1. Stores

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

  1. Bookstores

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

  1. Offices

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

  1. Recycling Drop Off Locations

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

  1. Grocery Stores

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

  1. Freecycle

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

  1. Schools

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

Conclusion

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

 


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Packing for a move can be very hectic. This is said to be the most dreaded part of having to move. As dreaded as packing is, some rooms are easier to pack than others. The kitchen is said to be the most difficult room to pack. This is because the kitchen is filled with lots of fragile items and packing them for a move can be very stressful. You need to pack like a pro to protect each item and prevent damage during the process of moving.

Fragile items are items that can easily be damaged or broken. Many household items are fragile in nature and when you need to move, you need to take special care in packing them to ensure that they do not get damaged during the move.  Simply labeling the boxes fragile will not protect the fragile items inside the boxes.

We have highlighted a few helpful things to note when packing your kitchen items and fragile items to avoid common mistakes that people make mad ensure maximum protection of your properties.

  1. Sort your kitchen and household items

Go through your kitchen like every other room and determine what you’ll keep and what to do away with. Whenever you have to move is a good time to audit your kitchen and appliances. Sort them out and determine what to with the ones you don’t need to move with. This might be a difficult thing to do for your kitchen. However, only move with items that are necessary.

The same rule applies to every other household item. It just might be easier and cheaper for you to buy a new one when you get to your new home because of the special care and cost that comes with moving them. So, go through your fragile items and determine which ones you have to move with.

When you have sorted out your items, you can sell the items that are still in good working conditions. Selling them helps you raise the money for another one when you get to your new home. You can give out the others to charity or to family and friends. This saves the stress and cost of moving items that you’ll end up not using in your new home.

  1. Get quality moving materials

The kitchen items are very delicate. This makes it important for you to get a quality moving supplies for packing them. Take time to get yourself quality moving boxes, wrapping papers, bubble wraps, packing papers, tapes, and markers. These are the things you’ll need to pack your fragile items, kitchen wares, and appliances.

  1. Boxing kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances come in a range of sizes and it is important to protect them. If you still have the boxes they came in when you purchased them then use those boxes. These boxes were designed by the producers to protect these items. If you don’t have them then it’s advisable to use medium-sized boxes. Do not stuff boxes with too many items because they become difficult to move when loading.

When putting the appliances in moving boxes, you can cushion the boxes with bubble wraps or packing paper for extra protection especially of the appliances are delicate items. When placed in the box, tape the top of the box and any other side necessary to tape then label appropriately.

  1. Plates and glasses

For plates, there are plate boxes specially made for them. These boxes come with cells for each plate to ensure that they are protected during the move. Plate boxes are easy to find. If however, you don’t find moving boxes, get packing papers or bubble wraps, and use regular boxes. Cushion the boxes with packing papers and wrap each plate with bubble wrap to prevent damage. Use the same style for glasses. Wrap them individually. You can use tapes to fasten the bubble wrap to each item to ensure that it stays intact throughout your move. When you are done packing the box, ensure to tape it and label it appropriately.

  1. Pots and pans

For pots and pans use medium-sized boxes. Medium-sized boxes are advisable because they are easy to pack and move. Ensure that the boxes you get are sturdy ones. You’ll need to stack the pots in the box. When stacking your pots, put packing papers in between the pots to provide a form of protection for them. Cushion the boxes with moving papers, old towels, or old clothes to ensure that the pots are stable during.

  1. Television

Packing televisions can be tricky because they come in different shapes and sizes. If you still have the box you bought it in, then it makes it easy for you to pack it in that box. There are also special television moving boxes available. They are flat paneled boxes and they come in different shapes and sizes to suit different sizes of televisions available. Where you cannot get any box to suit your television, get regular boxes. Wrap the television in bubble wrap and tape it to fasten it. Cushion the box with packing paper and place the wrapped television inside the box. Fill any excess space with packing paper t ensure that the television does not move inside the box when your items are in transit.

  1. Picture frames and mirrors

There are special boxes used to move fragile items like mirrors, picture frames, and glass tops. These items should be secured with packing paper before placing them in the moving boxes. When placing more than one in a box, ensure to put packing papers or bubble wraps in between the two of them to avoid collision during the move. Place old towels or extra packing papers in any extra space in the box to ensure that the items don’t move around in the box.

  1. Lamps

For small and medium-sized lamps, you can use regular moving boxes to pack them.  Just ensure you wrap each lamp with a bubble wrap and tape the bubble wrap to the lamp to be extra careful. For tall floor lamps, however, you will need special lamp boxes because of the special nature of their length. Thankfully, these boxes are available. They are tall boxes that protects your lamps efficiently during the move.