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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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Retiring is a significant milestone in the life of many people. After years of working, it is finally time to rest. To help retirees rest and enjoy this period, many retirees chose to move to a new place. Moving also provides you with the opportunity to improve your quality of life by moving to a city with a low cost of living and good quality of life.

If you live in New Jersey and are thinking of a new place to move to after your retirement, we have put together a few tips to look out for when choosing a new location and top retirement destination for people moving out of New Jersey.

Factors To Consider In Choosing A Retirement Destination 

Because this move is not one that you must make, it is good to take your time to examine the available locations so you will pick a place that you will enjoy during your retirement period. Factors to consider include:

Cost Of Living 

Top on the list of retirement considerations is finances and the cost of living. It is best to pick a destination with an affordable cost of living. During tour retirement period, income is quite calculable. You need to consider how much it will cost you to live in the retirement destination, bearing in mind your budget based on the restricted earnings.

Cost of housing

Housing cost includes the principal and interest on your mortgage, homeowner’s association fees, and general property taxes. When considering destinations, it is important to consider and know the cost of housing.

Tax rates and structure

There are a lot of state taxes levied by the state government. This means state governments have the power to set the rate of taxation in their state. The last thing you want is to move to a state with a high tax rate.

Quality of life

Quality of life of a location is the standard of comfort, health, and happiness that can be experienced by an individual in a place. It also includes the social interactions you are exposed to and the security of the place. This is a very important factor in picking your retirement destination. The retirement period is a time for resting. In addition to the fact that you need rest, with age, you need to be more careful about your environment as your immune system is not what it used to be. You also need some activities to do such as socializing and shopping to keep you active. You can even get a part-time job. Thus, quality of life is very important when planning for your retirement. You should pick a city with good quality of life.

Top Retirement Destination for Retirees

Certain cities are popular for retirees. These cities are popular among retirees for different reasons. We have listed the top destinations for retirees moving out of New Jersey and have highlighted the top reasons retirees choose these different destinations. Examine the destinations and make your choice based on your reason for moving.

Florida 

  • Florida is a popular choice for retirement. It has many cities with great qualities to make your retirement restful and enjoyable. Many cities in Florida such as Sarasota and Fort Myers have affordable housing. In addition to its affordable housing Florida also has warm weather and a walkable downtown area. Florida also has good, affordable, and accessible health care. Crime rates in Florida are relatively low making it a safe state and because it is popular amongst retirees, there is an active retiree community. This will give you a place to socialize in addition to the already numerous relaxation spots in the state.

Michigan 

  • If you have been willing to explore your artistic side and you are retiring, then Michigan is the place for you to move to. It has an artistic community and in addition to that, the cost of living is affordable. There are a lot of museums, art centers, sculpture parks, to mention a few. You can join the art community and even have a little art business to make some cash.

South California 

  • People residing in southern California have a variety of resorts and relaxation spots to enjoy from. This makes it a good spot for relaxation as retirement is a period to relax. South California is also a very tax-friendly place for retirees. They have a high rate of deduction for taxpayers above 65 among other tax benefits. There are even certain tax exemptions like exemptions available to retirees. For example, homeowners over 65 are exempted from property tax.

North Carolina 

  • North Carolina is another good retirement location. The state has cities with job opportunities a low cost of living. If you are retiring but you want to get a small job to keep you busy, then you can consider moving to North Carolina.

Texas 

  • Texas is fast becoming attractive to retirees. One reason is that Texas has small towns that still give you the feel and conveniences of the city. Although the property taxes are slightly high, it has no state income tax. Cities in Texas provide a high quality of life which is important for retirees.

Tennessee

  • Tennessee is a good location to relax on a budget. There are nearby mountains and rivers for your relaxation. Tennessee also provides a lot of opportunities for venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and tech companies. If you are retiring but still want to work part-time in any of these sectors, then Tennessee should be on your retirement destination list.

New Hampshire 

  • New Hampshire has a high quality of life. There are job opportunities in the state and easy access to good health care. Another reason why New Hampshire will interest you is that the City does not have sales tax or earned income tax. However, note that the property taxes in the stated can be a bit high. It is also an artistic state. So, if you are artistic, you should consider this state.

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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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

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

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

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

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

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

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

Overdo the Packing Supplies

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

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

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

Get Organized…

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

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

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

Research “How to Pack”

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Research Reviews

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

Ask Friends and Family

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

Ask Better Questions

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

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

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

The Low Quote Warning

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

Hard to Find on the Internet

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

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

 

 


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

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

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

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

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

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

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

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

Make it a Game

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

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

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

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

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

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


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Reasons Businesses May Choose Non Office Storage Spaces | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

For the same reason one might use a self-storage facility for their extra “stuff,” businesses have a unique requirement to keep records on paper, and in many cases outgrow the office space they are in… They require more space, and sometimes, may have to think outside the box to get it… Here are a few reasons why a business may choose a non-office storage facility.

Extra Space for Their Paperwork, Inventory, etc.

It will come as no surprise that just like your home, businesses may need extra storage as well.  Many organizations fill their offices with filing cabinets, fill them up with paperwork, and then may need to keep those paper records for audit purposes, review, etc.  Once those filing cabinets are full, they are near impossible to move without more than one person.  They’re heavy objects, to begin with.  What do you do with that paperwork you may never reach into again unless there is an audit, or you need to locate a record of something once every 10 years?

The same can be said for inventory.  If you are a growing business that needs to store inventory and still want to keep your office looking professional, it has to be put somewhere.  A storage facility or storage unit may just be the place for your temporary inventory stash.

By moving your inventory or large bulky file cabinets into storage, you’re creating a more professional, organized, minimalist look for your office.  It will be more appealing to your staff so that they do not feel boxed in on a daily basis.

If this describes your business, you should think about a storage unit or a storage warehouse where you can have occasional access to your ‘stuff.’

A Better Security Option

Sometimes out of sight is out of mind.  If you have items (such as inventory), your records are sensitive, or you have a compliance requirement, off-site storage may be your only real option.  Additionally, if records are in the office and not accessed on a regular basis when someone does need something, they may not return it immediately, and possibly misplace a critical piece of information.

From an inventory perspective, keeping your inventory off-site, also keeps it out of the hands of those that might help themselves to something they do not have the right to take.

This of course all depends on your requirements.  A storage facility may or may not have to be climate controlled, may require security cameras, biometrics, or none of those items.  Even if you do not need them, they could benefit your peace of mind in the long run…

Quickly Expand

Putting inventory or other records in storage helps you quickly expand your business by allowing you to utilize space that may have otherwise been taken up by bulky cabinets or pallets of goods.  If you need to get that extra person hired and working quickly, your best bet is to put your records in storage if you can and not have to move to a new office… We’ll get into that shortly.

Lease Requirements

Maybe you are growing and deed to move offices, but are in the middle of your rental lease, and breaking it is not a good financial option for you.  It rarely is.  Maybe the move to that new state of the art building just isn’t possible for the next 18 months, and you have to make five new hires.  Your only option may be to lease another office, usually a very expensive venture with personal guarantees, first month, security deposit, and sometimes last month’s lease payment upfront.  What if those five employees don’t work out or your business has to pivot and/or downsize?  A storage facility may be the best option for you, and less expensive than adding a new office for those new employees…

Not mentioned is storage for furniture “if” you have to downsize.  If you are leasing, financing, or do not want to part with office furniture for future expansion, storage is an excellent way to keep those items out of sight until you require their use.

It’s Less Expensive 

Everything we’ve written in this blog post up to this point leads up to this statement.  “It’s just less expensive to put inventory, records, and or other critical items you need to keep in storage, than any other option.”  This is especially true if you want some level of security, an insured facility, and peace of mind.

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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