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It is finally time for you to move after all your packing and planning. If you have opted to use professional movers instead of engaging your friends and family to help you move your properties, then you’ve made a good choice. It is a good choice because moving companies are professionals in loading, transporting, and unloading items and so will ensure the safety of your properties.

Millions of moves going on in the country every year. A lot of people use moving companies for their move. It doesn’t always go as planned because a lot of shady things such as scams and missing items happen to people. All the wrong things that could happen during a move make it important for you to hire a quality moving company when moving.

To hire a good moving company, there are certain things you have to look out for to make the right decision. The below paragraphs will highlight a few things to look for when hiring a moving company.

Due Diligence

You will need to do a due diligence search on the available companies and avoid any company that doesn’t meet up. Moving company scams are very common. Check the company name and address and find out about the owners. Avoid companies that have changed their names a few times. Some companies do this after being assessed and found unfit, after a bad recommendation or even a lawsuit.

Ensure that the company has been around for a while and there has a registered business place office you can go to when the need arises. Check out the office to ensure that they actually d business there.  Check if they have an alias with which they do business and of course find out if they are properly licensed.

This is important because you don’t want to entrust your properties to a company you will not be able to trace if anything goes wrong during the move.

Check with People Who Have Moved Recently

You can ask family and friends for recommendations of companies that have helped them move. If they don’t have you can check the company’s website to see their recommendations. Check for movers association and ask for a recommendation for the best movers. You can also check with your neighbors who recently moved in or former neighbors who recently moved out and ask for their recommendation and experience. The moving company you decide to use needs to have good reviews from past customers.

Get an Estimate

When you have done your due diligence and you’ve gotten recommendations from other customers, then you can request an estimate from your selected few. To get an estimate, be prepared to answer questions about the location you are moving from and to and items to be put in the truck. This information helps the moving company in calculating the cost of your move. When you get a different estimate, depending on your budget, you can begin to eliminate companies from your list. Do not base your decision solely on the price. However, ensure that you get value for your money. Moving can be very expensive and so try to avoid a company that over-charges.

Moving Inventory

A moving inventory is a list of items to be moved. A good moving company will take a stock of the items to be moved before moving them. Moving inventory is very important. It helps the company to be accountable for the items it is moving. Even though it is advisable for you to have your personal inventory to compare, you should avoid companies that do not take inventory of the items. It shows that they lack accountability.

Avoid Companies That Request for a Large Deposit

Agreed, most companies will ask for a deposit. However, you should avoid companies that request for a large deposit. The ideal thing should be paid upon delivery of the items to your new home. A good moving company will not demand for a large sum as a deposit.

Moving Contract

Every good moving company should have standard moving contracts. Ensure however that it is adjusted to suit your specific need. Do not sign a blank contract. Standard things such as the cost of the move, the date for the pick-up and delivery, liability for damages to your properties, and a list of items to be moved should be stated in the contract.  Avoid any company that does not allow you to input necessary things into the contract. If things go south, you might not be able to enforce some things where they are not expressly stated in the contract.

Extra Charges

Some companies give you a cheap estimate and somehow find a way to give you extra charges at the end of the transaction. Beware of this type of moving company. Find out from the company and former customers if there will be extra charges and when they will arise if any. Make sure that their rates are as transparent as possible.

Value of Insurance Coverage

Moving companies assume the liability of items while in transit. However, there are different levels of coverage. There is a comprehensive – full replacement – coverage and there is an alternative where the movers only cover a certain percentage of damages. Find out the type of coverage the company offers and ensure that it suits your budget and adequately protects your properties.

Number of Staff Members

When comparing companies, ensure to confirm the number of movers each moving company has. The more the movers, the faster you loading and unloading will be. Moving consumes time and so it is important to maximize as much time as you possibly can. If the movers are few and take longer, this can also increase the hourly rate you’ll have to pay for the move.

Size of Trucks

This is very important. Consider the properties you have and ensure that the moving company has a truck that will fit your items. You don’t want to find out when they arrive on a moving day that the truck is too small and you’ll have to do multiple trips.

When you have done all this, then you can be sure to end up choosing a good moving company and be confident in their services.


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Tricks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly Stored

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack an Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make an Inventory of all You Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


If you enjoy drinking and wines, when you are moving, you will have a collection to move with you. When packing them and moving them, you will need to take special care to preserve them during the move. Wine bottles are delicate items and moving delicate items require special care.

For wines, you will need to be extremely careful when packing them. There are various reasons why you need to be careful when moving them. Firstly, they are very delicate and can be broken in transit. Secondly, wines have delicate chemistry which can easily be upset by high or low temperature, vibration, humidity, or even light. These reasons show that wines are very vulnerable and can easily be damaged during a move.

To move wine bottles, you will need special and careful planning and packing to minimize the risk of damage during the move. When wine bottles get damaged during a move, not only will they break, the content of the bottles can lead to a mess and damage some of the other things you are moving. Even if the move is a short one, you will still need proper planning to prevent damage.

A guide has been made to help you with tips for packing wine bottles.

Tips for Packing Wine Bottles

Make an Inventory

Check your wine bottles and make an inventory of the ones you want to pack and move. Do not move unnecessary bottles of wine from your collection. Do not move wine bottles that are already open. Wine bottles are heavy and moving them can be very expensive so the fewer wine bottles you have to move, the better for you.

Research Best Practices for the Wines You are Moving

It is imperative for you to find out the specific requirements of the wine you are moving to. If you are packing more than one type of wine, you will need to find out the requirements for moving all the types of wines you are moving to. For example, some wines are more sensitive to temperature than others. For your wine bottles to remain in good condition after the move, you will need to know your wine, know its special features and needs and hoe you will care especially for each bottle.

Purchase the Right Packing and Moving Supplies

Like dish boxes for dishes and kitchen wares, there are special wine boxes for wine bottles. They are specially designed to pack wine bottles for a move. They are built with cells in them that separate the wine bottles. They come in different sizes for different sizes of wine bottles because they are made to fit perfectly. They also have different capacities. Some can take one wine bottle, some six, and some twelve. Using wine boxes is a secure way of packing and moving your wine. Ensure that you get a sturdy box that will be strong enough to bear the weight of the wine bottles.

In addition to wine boxes, you will need tapes to secure the boxes, packing papers to protect the bottles, and permanent markers for labeling.

Wine Shipping Crates

These are wooden crates used for moving wine bottles. As you can imagine, they are more durable than wine boxes which are just carton boxes. Because wine shipping crates are wooden, they provide the best protection for moving a wine collection.

Wrap Each Wine Bottle

If you do not use a wine box or a wine shipping crate to pack your wine bottles, the other option available to you is the regular moving boxes. When using regular boxes, you will need to take special care because they do not have the cells that wine boxes and crates have to protect your wine bottles. This makes it important for you to wrap each wine bottle before placing it in the regular box. Wrap each wine bottle with two or three sheets of packing paper and secure it with tape before placing it in the box. Ensure to cushion the box with sheets of packing paper before placing the wrapped wine bottles in the box.

When you are done placing the wine bottles in the moving box, ensure that there is no space in the moving box. Space n the box will allow for moving and clanking when the items are in transit. If there is space in the box, place extra sheets of packing paper fill up space in the box.

Position the Wine Bottles Properly

How you position the wine bottle when packing is very important. How it will be placed will depend on the type of wine in the wine bottle. Each wine is moved in a unique way.

  • For red and white wines, you are to pack them upside down or on the side. The purpose of this is to keep the corks wet throughout the move. Keeping the cork wet prevents oxidation or spoilage.
  • For sparkling wines and champagne, you are to keep them packed upright.

Label the Boxes Appropriately

Moving involves lots of boxes. You need to label your wine box and indicate what it contains. Label your wine box fragile on each side of the box to ensure that it is handled with care.

Load Boxes Containing Wine Bottles Properly

When moving the wine boxes, ensure that you do not stack the wine boxes. Stacking them will increase their chances of getting damaged during the move. Place each wine box on the floor of the vehicle for moving.

Climate Control Moving

Generally, wines do well at a temperature of 55 degrees. If otherwise, it might go bad. You can get a professional mover with a climate-controlled truck to maintain the proper temperature for your wine bottles.

Do Not Open Wine Bottles Immediately After the Move

You will need to avoid opening your wine bottles for at least seven days after the move. If the move required driving for more than a day, then you will need to wait for a period longer than seven days. This is because the movement of the truck causes the wine to shake. This vibration can result in bottle shock. The bottles will need sufficient time after the move to recover from the vibrations. Opening them before they have had time to recover can result in loss of flavor. What is your wine worth when it has lost its flavor? It becomes worthless. So, it is good for you to wait a little so as not to lose the quality of your wine.

 


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Moving is a very intensive process, and there are a lot of moving parts (no pun intended). The sheer number of things you need to sort out for a successful move makes it very easy to forget some important things. Even when you are working with a moving company that is able to use their expertise to make the process as seamless as possible, there are some things you simply will have to handle on your own.

Changing your address is one of those things. As obvious as it might be, many people only discover that they’ve forgotten to do it after spending a week or two or even more in their new home and seeing that they aren’t getting their mail as they used to. Also, there are quite a few entities that you’ll need to notify about your change of address, for legal reasons and also to be sure that your magazine subscription doesn’t go to waste because they kept delivering at your old place. Here is a nifty checklist of all the notifications you will need to give:

✅   The Post Office – This is the first and most important one, simply because so much of your mail comes through the post office and if you don’t notify them well in advance, even a few days of being out of reach might mean that you miss very important documents. Generally, this is something you can do on the internet so that they forward your mail to the new address you have provided wile you reach out to the original senders and notify them of the change.

✅   Tax Agencies – You have a legal obligation to notify the IRS and the state tax agency of your new address so that they can send tax documents to you. As with the post office, you can generally do this online as well. The IRS makes it very easy by providing the form 8822 online. To find the procedure for your state, visit your state’s government website. There will likely be directions on how to complete the process.

✅   Social Security Administration is the third government agency that you will need to give an update about the change in your address. This applies if you currently receive any social security benefits, to be sure that they know where to send your checks and any other documents that you might need to deal with from time to time, to be able to continue receiving your benefits.

✅   DMV – The last government agency that everyone needs to send their new address is the Department of Motor Vehicles.          Notifying them is a legal requirement and you will have between 30 and 60 days to do so, after which you might be liable to pay fines. It is a simple process too since most states allow you to do it online.

✅   Gas and Electric – Being without heat or electricity in your new home is not fun, even if it’s just for a day or two while you sort things out with the utility company. To avoid that, you should reach out to them well in advance of your move and give them your new address as well as when you intend to move in. That way, they can shut off the supply to your current home and stop charging you for it, and start providing your gas and electricity in your new home. Apart from the risk of moving into your new home in the cold and in darkness, there is also the risk of paying for utilities that you’re not using, so definitely keep this one at the top of the pile.

✅   Cable, internet, and phone are the next most important set of utilities for most people, and the same things apply to them as do to gas and electricity. If you do not reach out to the companies that provide you these services in time, you might find that you remain liable to pay for the services in your old home for a while after you leave, and you might also have to spend some time without the services in the new home. It is very easy to avoid those issues, by reaching out to the companies online or calling them, so there’s no reason why you should let it become a problem.

✅   Other subscriptions and utilities such as the water department, sewer management, and garbage/recycling companies will also need to be notified for the same reasons as outlined above for utilities generally. If you subscribe to other services like magazines, you have to tell them as well, so they do not continue sending your packages to the old address. The process for doing this will differ but for most, simply calling their customer service line and explaining your situation will be the quickest way to sort it out.

✅   Financial Institutions such as banks, insurance companies, credit card companies are the next set of organizations that you must give notice of your change of address. Your bank will likely be sending you communications regularly, along with your credit card company and any organization whom you owe money. Some of the more formal and established institutions will likely have a way for you to make the change by completing a form online but for the others, the best way will likely be to call them up and ask how to do it. Be sure you reach out to every financial institution with which you have a relationship, especially anyone that you owe. This is important because failure to receive and respond to certain financial notices might result in penalties or adverse actions on the part of the institution.

✅   Clubs and organizations which you belong too also need to be informed about your change of address so that they can direct their communications with you accordingly. This might be charitable organizations you belong to or store memberships. Send notifications to all of them according to their stated procedures, to be sure you do not lose your benefits or membership of the organizations.

✅   Your doctor, dentist, and other individual service providers are the final set of people whom you will need to give notice to. This will enable them to send you mails or bills, and while doing that, you should take the opportunity to ask for referrals if you’re going somewhere far enough that you won’t be able to continue using their service.

 


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

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

Gather Your Materials

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

Empty the Fridge

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

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

Defrost the Fridge

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

Measure and Plan the Movement Outside

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

Remove Obstacles

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

Get Fridge onto Dolly and Strap it Down

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

Move the Fridge Outside

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

Secure the Fridge in The Truck

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


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Moving can be a very complicated process. If you do not get every step right, quite a few things could go wrong. You could forget or misplace some items or have some get damaged while in transit. One of the ways you can ensure that the likelihood of any harm coming to your items is brought to the minimum is by making sure to have all the supplies you need from the beginning.

With the right supplies, you will be able to handle every stage of the process safely and efficiently, from arranging your home and preparing your items for the trip to boxing them and getting them in the vehicle. Here is a comprehensive list of all the items you will need:

✅  Boxes – These are the first things that come to most people’s minds when they think of moving, and that is for a good reason. Good boxes are integral to a well-executed moving plan. Many people simply pick up used boxes from nearby stores or around the house but that is not ideal. You should try to get new cardboard boxes or rent plastic moving boxes to be able to keep all your items securely. New cardboard boxes or plastic boxes will be more rigid and able to withstand the stress of being carried around and jostled with other items in the truck. You will also be able to stack them without being afraid that they’ll collapse (as long as you don’t overload them).

✅   Plastic Wrap – You can use any kind of plastic wrap but be sure you have enough to give the items that need it a full wrap. For instance, plastic wrap is great for making sure that a stack of plates does not shift around, as well as with other similarly fragile items. You can also use it to secure bottles to make sure nothing spills, along with myriad other uses.

✅   Cushioning Material – If you are going to be moving items that are fragile such as ceramic dishes or small, sensitive electronics, you would be best served by having them cushioned inside the boxes. This will ensure that even if the ride gets bumpy, they will be insulated from the shock and be less likely to break or get damaged in any way. Bubble wrap is a very common solution, and it works well, especially when you have items that are not shaped uniformly. Foam wrap sheets can also come in very handy and if you are really looking to save money, you can even use old newspapers. Just squeeze them rightly and make sure they provide a tight cushion in the box. You have to be aware, however, that newspaper won’t be nearly as effective as other options so it should be a last resort.

✅   Labelling Materials – One of the best ways to make your moving experience as smooth as possible is to label and arrange the boxes and items very efficiently. This way, it would be very easy for you to find any particular item or box of items when it’s time to unpack, instead of having to rummage through many boxes to find the one you need. Some people like to do it the simple way – simply writing on the boxes. If you want to do this, then all you will need is a marker. You can also use a market on masking tape. If you want to be a bit more elaborate or if you have quite a lot of boxes to sort out, you can have color-coded notes and or get purpose-made moving labels. One thing to keep in mind is that you should label the boxes on multiple sides so you can easily find what you need even if a box gets turned another way.

✅   Cleaning Supplies – It is best to clean all your items before you move. You do not want to be taking dirty stuff into your new home, and you’ll need a variety of cleaning supplies for that. From detergent to garbage bags, brooms, and buckets, be sure to evaluate what items you need to clean and get all the supplies you will need to do a thorough job. You can even repurpose some of the cleaning supplies as you move. For instance, the garbage bags can play the role of plastic wrap in a tight situation, and you can simply take what you do not finish to your new home for use there.

✅   Straps and Rope – If you are moving heavy, unwieldy items like a refrigerator, you will particularly need this. Those items can fall over and damage a lot of other items, so you must ensure that they are secured to the side of the moving truck. The exact kind of straps or rope that you will need will be dependent on what items you need to secure but as a general rule, err on the side of thicker, stronger straps or ropes.

✅   Furniture Cover and Pads – The items of furniture in your home are likely to be some of the most expensive, so it makes sense that you should do everything you can to specially protect them as you move. You can slide plastic covers over your furniture to keep dust, liquids, and other extraneous material away from them, but if you want to protect them fully, you will need to get furniture pads. The furniture pads are designed to be shock-absorbers of sorts, absorbing any impact, and preventing damage to your furniture. Many moving agencies allow you to rent furniture pads, and it is an option you should certainly take.

✅   Moving Dollies – Using a dolly or a hand truck is a great way to transport a lot of items safely and efficiently. You minimize the energy spent on carrying the items from your home to the moving truck and from the moving truck to your new home. The benefits are particularly visible if you are going to be moving very large and heavy items. A refrigerator for instance. Without a dolly, you may need a few people to join in moving it but a dolly will drastically reduce how much manpower you need while still ensuring that the process is completed efficiently and with minimal risk of injury to anyone, or of damage to the items.


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Moving is one of those things that looks very attractive to DIYers. After all, it’s simple enough to just carry your things into a moving truck, drive it over to your new home and carry all the items out of the truck and into the house, right? Wrong.

In reality, there are a lot of complexities when it comes to moving that make it something that’s better left in the hands of people who have years of experience with it. There are many things that could go wrong, and if they do go wrong, would have a very negative impact on your moving experience (and even your experience in your new home). Damage to your property is the most obvious example here, but it’s far from being the only one.

The best way to go about it is to get a quote from a reputable moving agency to see how much it would cost to hire them. You’ll usually find that the cost is not as much as you thought, and well worth the service. Regardless, if you’re determined to go it alone, here are some of the common mistakes you’ll need to avoid:

Packing Every Single Item

Moving houses should be an opportunity to declutter and remove items that are no longer useful from your belongings. Sure, there’s some sentimental value in being able to say you have those magazines from 45 years ago, but you have to consider if it would not be a better idea to let them go and make more space in your house. Before you begin packing, take some time to do an inventory of all the items in your home that you need to take along with you. Think about each one and how it’s likely to be useful in the future, and you’ll see that many items will drop off the list naturally. Think of it as an opportunity to give some things out as well. You’ll be better off with a truly fresh start in your new home, and your move will be easier since there will be fewer items to deal with.

Not Getting Enough Supplies

There are many things that you will need, as you prepare your items for the move and through the actual move to your new home. Things such as boxes, wrapping material and even cleaning supplies are particularly important. If you forget or run out of any one of them, you’ll have to choose between wasting time and getting more stressed while you try to go get more, or looking for alternatives which will not be as good and which will likely put your items in danger of damage. Be sure to plan well ahead and get everything you’ll need.

Not packing your items Properly

How well you prepare your items for the move in the days before moving is as important as the actual moving trip, if not more. If you don’t prepare your items properly, you’ll likely find out, when you get to your new home, that quite a few of them have been damaged in the course of the trip. Something as simple as forgetting to wrap bubble sheets around some items could lead to shattered plates or damaged electronics. Failing to put padding on your furniture could also lead to permanent damage. The way to avoid this is to ensure that you conduct thorough research to find out how to protect each item and cover them appropriately with the right kind of material.

Not Labeling

As you pack by yourself, you’ll likely find yourself instinctively putting items in the boxes that are nearest to hand, and simply carrying them all to the truck afterward. That’s a terrible way to go about it because if you don’t box your items purposefully, you might put items in a box together which shouldn’t be together, and if you don’t take the time to do an inventory of all the items, you might find that you forget something or somehow lose some of your items in the course of the move. With proper planning, inventory and labeling, you’ll be able to keep track of all your items and quickly find anything you want when you get to your new home. This is particularly important if you don’t want to or cannot unpack everything immediately – you’ll be able to find exactly what you need in a jiffy instead of rummaging through all the boxes.

Forgetting to Change Your Address

You’re moving houses – wow, how exciting! In that excitement, it’s possible to forget that beyond, your neighbors, friends, and family, you also need to notify a few other people that you’re changing addresses. Depending on what you do for a living, the people whom you have to notify will differ greatly but generally, you must notify the utility companies as well as the mail service. Again, the procedure will vary but you can generally complete the process online to be sure that you don’t miss any mail while enjoying your new home.

Renting a Truck of the Wrong Size

This is another mistake that is easily avoided if you work with professionals. Many moving companies will usually be willing to evaluate what you need to move before giving a final quote, which will include the kind of truck that will be suitable for your needs. Many people who choose to DIY their move often end up with a truck that’s too small to carry their goods which could mean that they’d need to do multiple trips or one that’s way too big, in which case they would have spent much more money than they should have. A reason for these mistakes in estimation is that unlike professional movers who have experience fitting belongings into trucks, making a rough amateur guess could never be as accurate.

Not Packing and Driving the Truck Properly

People who have never driven a moving truck or other very large vehicles often make the mistake of thinking that driving one is just like driving a car, only bigger. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes some time to get used to driving a moving truck in a way that’s safe for oneself, other road users, and the items in the back. It’s important to load the truck properly too, stacking the boxes well and strapping furniture and other large, heavy items like refrigerators securely to make sure nothing falls on other items during the ride. When driving, you will need to be more careful and be aware of road signs for large vehicles, such as clearance and weighing stations.


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Ask anyone and they’ll tell you relocating right now isn’t the best idea.

Why? Because we are currently facing a huge health crisis nationwide. Probably the worst type we’ve had in decades. The figures are grim and it seems like there is little or no end in sight for the continued spread of the coronavirus. Plus, there are restrictions in place regarding movement, especially if you’re going to be crossing state borders.

Yet, most times, moving is not a luxury. Definitely, not something you would do simply for the fun of it. It could be a necessity, something paramount to your work or life in other ways. At the moment, it could even be long overdue. And if you’re waiting for the perfect time to execute your relocation plans, you just may never find it.

So if you’ve come to realize that relocating during this crisis isn’t something you can postpone, but what you want to do and get over with as soon as possible, here are a few things you should consider.

Check Your State’s Guidelines. It is to be expected that as time goes, states are going to review and make alterations to their different COVID-19 guidelines in response to the situation on ground. At present, moving is still considered essential by most states, meaning that you would still be able to relocate from one place to the other.

Consider the Health Status of Family Members. Statistics show us that certain classes of people are more prone to suffer from Covid-19 pandemic. If there are members of your family who have underlying health problems, you would want to take extra preventive measures to protect them. Gauge your options. Is it possible to wait a little till it is safer to move them? If it is possible, then you should consider postponing or at least make arrangement for them to join you later.

Ask if Your Moving Company is Currently Operating. As explained earlier, it’s unlikely that relocation companies will be stopped from working during the covid-19 pandemic because they are generally taken as essential businesses. But it won’t come as a surprise to see a moving company out of operations temporarily as anything from the sickness of employees to logistic and financial hitches could affect their ability to attend to customers.

However, there are moving companies operating at the moment. You should contact one that is credible and with a history of good outcomes for clients to handle your move. Now more than ever, you need a moving company that’s reliable, to deal with anything that might come up.

Get new Supplies. It’s best that you get new supplies though it could seem far cheaper to go around gathering old boxes and cartons to stuff your belongings in.  It is a usual habit for people to recycle boxes from the supermarket for different purposes, yet your priority should be safety over cost. In a report by the New York Times, the coronavirus can remain active on a paper or cardboard surface as long as 24 hours.

Make a list of the supplies you would need. They should include; small boxes, large boxes, medium boxes, mattress bags, furniture sliders, post-it notes, box cutters, measuring tape, packing tape, bubble wraps, glass pack kits, plastic bags, tv boxes, markers, tall wardrobe boxes etc.

Plan Ahead of Time. It is wise to order for your supplies 6 to 8 days before you would need them. This is to make sure that in the event of a delay in the delivery of your supplies, you would still be able to pack up your things and be ready in time for your delivery company to move them.

Handle Packages Carefully. We recommend leaving your ordered items outside the door for a day at least. You won’t be able to disinfect most of the packages without staining or otherwise damaging them anyway. Best to leave them out so any contamination can die off before you begin using them to pack. As they say, the sun is often the best disinfectant.

Get Adequate Sanitizers and Disinfectants. Speaking of disinfectant, in the process of moving, you may not have the opportunity to always wash your hands with soap and water but you need to stay top of your hygiene game at all times. Have hand sanitizers to constantly clean your hands. Take disinfectants for commonly touched surfaces. If you find yourself short on them, you can make sanitizers out of strong alcoholic spirits. Be sure any alcohol you’re using is strong enough though – alcohol percentage levels of above 60% are most effective.

Find out about your moving company’s policies. What are the safety measures being put in place? Are the workers to wear gloves? What steps have been taken to ensure the security of workers and customers during the relocation process.

Do they also offer virtual assessments of your belongings? Physical assessments could still be done with precautions put in place. But in a world where there is abundant technology to conduct remote assessments, why not take advantage and conduct some of the processes virtually to reduce time spent doing it in person?

You will also need to know about payment policies. If you change your mind about the move, is it possible to get a refund? Could you also reschedule your move to a later date? These are information your moving company ought to provide.

Other Helpful Tips.

  • While moving, make use of cloth masks. If you called friends to help you, provide masks for everyone. Standard moving companies will adopt safety measures like professionals but friends choose to be casual. Yet, since they are there to provide assistance you should be looking out for their safety.
  • Label your boxes. Don’t just stuff everything randomly. If you do, you’ll have trouble sorting out your belongings when you arrive at your new home. Get a marker and name each box according to their contents. You could also make a list of what’s inside each boxes so you can detect if anything goes missing.
  • Give out what you can. There might be some things you’ve not used in a long while and most likely won’t be used in your new home. Why bother taking them with you when someone else could be needing them? Call your neighbors and ask if you can drop them at their front door. That way you can make someone happy while reducing your load as well.

Last thing: stay safe. By observing social distancing, using cloth masks and sanitizers, you will be doing your bit to ensure everyone involved in your move remains in good health. Happy relocation!

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More tips.

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

Please Don’t Forget…..

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

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


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Have you been making plans to move from your current location?

Relocating to a new home can be one of the most memorable events in your life. You may have just gotten a new job in a big city and you need a new apartment to work from. Or you could get a pay raise and decide to get a bigger and nicer apartment. Never a bad idea. It’s even better when you do it with family. Be it a newlywed couple or a family of five, moving can always be fun.

But we’re currently in a rather unusual situation. A time where a lot of people would prefer to stay at home than go out. A period where we want do not want to do anything that can put us in danger of getting infected with COVID-19. Therefore, if you are thinking of relocating, there are a lot of questions you would need to seek answers to.

Should I make the move? Currently, at least 31 states are planning to reopen the economy. Therefore, movement should be a lot easier. Yet, there could be a couple of reasons. Health experts warn that people with underlying health issues such as diabetes and cancer are more prone to the illness and they have a higher chance of succumbing to the virus than other people when infected. If you or a member of your family has such health problems, you might consider ruling out a move at least for the time being.

What if I booked with my Moving Company and Want a Refund? After thinking it through, you might decide not to make the move at all. It could be that it is something you can postpone without much trouble or there are health concerns for either yourself or your family members. You will new to contact your moving company to find out if you can get a refund or if rescheduling is the only option on the table.

How can my “stuff” be assessed? Before moving, it is the usual practice to first decide the quantity (usually calculated from the standpoint of volume, although weight may also be taken into consideration) of what you want to be transported and the price you’ll be charged for it. Ask the moving company you are considering what ways this can be done. Do you have to open your doors for a physical assessment, or can the company arrange for you to do a virtual inspection? Lately, moving companies have been organizing virtual assessments and people are getting used to it.

The idea is to limit physical contact as much as is possible. Studies show that 25% of people who get COVID-19 do not show symptoms at all and can still move around as normally as every average healthy human being. This means that they can transmit the virus unknowingly to another person who could get very sick without having the slightest idea where the virus came from. Besides, when someone visits your home it is hard to track where they might have touched so you can disinfect those places afterward.

With a good camera, you can take shots of your items, record videos, or have a live session with your moving company to evaluate them. And you would still achieve pretty much the same result you will get from a physical assessment.

What Safety Measures Are in Place? This should be the top of your concerns. You will need to know what precautions the moving company is taking to protect both workers and customers and reduce the risk of the transmission of coronavirus to the barest minimum. The current situation dictates that businesses do not wait until a worker shows up at the office with COVID-19 symptoms before they step up hygiene and safety measures.

What are their guidelines for delivering and handling packages? Are workers mandated to wear face masks? Are there hand sanitizers and disinfectants available? A lot of moving companies have adopted the method of wrapping boxes and packages with thin plastic sheets to prevent contamination. You should ask your moving company what methods they have also chosen. Don’t be afraid to make any suggestions you feel might better keep you and your family secure.

Are all the Necessary Equipment Available? Does the moving company have the right truck size? Or would they need to make an extra trip before all your belongings are dropped in your new home? You need to make certain that you’re comfortable with what they’re offering you in this regard.

The goal should be to minimize the time spent transporting everything, and if it’s possible to do it in one trip, that’s a very good thing.

What About Storage Facilities? If you have got items that would need to be preserved for the duration of the journey, you’ll need to ensure that your moving company has those storage facilities available and they work in a safe and proper way. If your moving company uses storage units provided by third parties, you may want to get all the necessary information and examine them personally.

Are There Sufficient Experienced Hands? Sometimes, moving companies become understaffed and so they turn to students who may be on vacation or persons who are just looking to earn a few dollars on the side. The risk with these kinds of workers is that their lack of experience could be costly when handling fragile or precious belongings. If you have sensitive materials among your things then it’s best to go for a company that has experienced workers available.

It’s not necessarily bad that a moving company is using fresh hands, however. After all, the economic turmoil is making many people seek employment anywhere they can find it. What is important is to be clear with the moving company about specific items that require experienced handling. A good company will work with that without any fuss.

Finally….

Getting the right moving company to help you relocate can be the first milestone in the journey. With the right people, you will save time, money, and go through the process with a good deal of calm.  You have done the stressful job of planning your relocation and you need a moving company that will ensure your peace of mind and the safety of your belongings.

You would also need a steady, experienced moving company that will do a perfect job or at least not ruin your plans. Another important thing is the level of precautions they have taken during this pandemic.

A company’s health safety policies at the time is a representation of what they are about and how much they value the lives of their workers as well as their customers. So when choosing a moving company, choose wisely.


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