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August 8, 2022

Decorating Your New House When You Feel Overwhelmed

A new house can give you a clean slate to express your personality and make your home your own. However, staring at blank walls can be overwhelming. Here are some nonintimidating ways to start decorating your new home after your household move.

Before the Move

If you can access the home before your furniture arrives, you can change the colors of the walls and trim. Choose a piece of furniture or artwork you love to move to the new home. Take the artwork or fabric samples into the paint store and choose three colors. Put one of the colors on the walls and use the other two for trim and furnishings.

After the Move

Remember that decorating your new home is an ongoing project. You don’t have to complete everything in the first week, first month, or even the first year.

Create a Budget

Decide how much you can spend. Then, keep track of your expenses and receipts once you start decorating.

Take It One Room at a Time

Choose one room to start with. Perhaps you want to start with the room where you spend most of your time. Or, maybe you want to start with the one that bothers you the most. The idea is to choose one to focus on, decorate it to your satisfaction, and let the momentum from that success encourage you to move on to the next room.

Make a List of Essentials

List those things you feel are necessary for you to enjoy the room. Another approach is to identify all the problems the room has currently and decide what could fix them. Then prioritize.

As you conceptualize the room, create a Pinterest board for that room and pin things to the board you like when you come across them. Use the Pin description to write what you want about each post. Then, look back at your posts to see overarching themes. Once you feel stuck for other ideas to pin, the time has come for you to begin decorating.

If you’re not a computer person, start a looseleaf binder and clip photos from magazines or catalogs to place in the binder. Write a few words about what you like about each image, and look for common themes.

Find An Inspiration Piece

One way to start is to find one item, a rug, blanket, or piece of art, that can serve as inspiration for the whole room. The inspiration piece will help you create a vision for the room.

Believe in Yourself

Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’re in a new home and starting a new adventure. Now is the perfect time to try something different.

Also, realize that you probably will make some mistakes at first. Professionals learned to decorate by making mistakes and trying different combinations. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you try something that doesn’t work. Nothing is permanent.

Making the Move

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July 28, 2022

4 Tips for Planning a Garage Sale Before a Move

Do you have a relocation approaching? Perhaps you’re moving across the country and need to reduce your load. Or maybe you’re downsizing to a smaller house. In any case, you are probably looking for a fresh start in your new home, and what better way to start anew than with less stuff bogging you down?

There are many great reasons to have a garage sale before your move, but you want to be careful not to create additional anxiety on top of your moving stress.

Here are some ideas to help you plan for a pre-move garage sale.

1. Do Your Research

Conduct some research and develop a plan before hosting your garage sale. For instance, find out if your city or homeowners association requires a permit for you can have a garage sale.

Consider joining forces with a neighbor and hosting it at their home, particularly if you are also selling your house. This would reduce the foot traffic, clutter, and potential chaos if you had both events simultaneously — keeping your home tidy for any possible showings.

2. Take Inventory

Set a date for your sale, then create an inventory of your belongings.

Creating an inventory list will help you keep track of and organize everything you have before, during, and after your garage sale.

Go through each room one at a time and place old and unused items in a box. Check the condition and usability of each item as you move through your inventory.

As you review each item, take the time to clean it off. They will be more desirable to buyers in good, clean condition. In addition, the more stuff you have to sell, the better, so use that as motivation to eliminate more! Finally, customers are likelier to stop at your sale if you have a good inventory and selection.

3. Collect Your Supplies and Price Your Items

Ensure you have markers and stickers so that you can price each item. Then, when determining a price, leave plenty of room for bargaining and be ready to strike a deal. Your goal should be to sell all your unwanted items to avoid hauling your old stuff to the charity donation bin.

 Decide how you will display your merchandise. How many tables, chairs, and blankets will you need to present your stuff? A rack to hang clothes would be handy and a box to display books is also a wise idea. 

Garage sales operate on a cash basis, so have cash available to make change during the sale.

4. Advertise Your Sale

Use social media, advertisements, apps, local newspapers, yard signs, and good old word of mouth to let people know about your upcoming garage sale.

 Ensure you include complete information about the event — including the dates, times, and location.

Moving Preparation

Clearing out your old stuff and having a garage sale before the relocation is a great way to start the moving process. The next best step is to secure an experienced, knowledgeable moving company that can help with the rest of the challenges. Contact us for a free quote.

 

July 25, 2022

5 Tips About What to Wear on Moving Day

As you get closer to moving day, it will be time to make an essentials box that includes the clothing you will wear on moving day. So, you must plan what to wear on your moving day.

The appropriate clothing depends on how you will participate in the move. Here are a few tips to ensure your best comfort and safety during the residential moving process.

1. Comfortable, Fitted Clothing

By the time you get to moving day, you might be wearing whatever you haven’t packed. Wearing whatever is left may not be a wise choice.

Selecting comfortable, fitted clothing for the move is essential. You need to be able to move with freedom.

Keep in mind that comfortable doesn’t have to mean loose. Loose clothing is more likely to catch on things, which is a hazard when carrying items. If you worry that nothing you have will fit the bill, learn how to shop your size and head to the store.

2. Breathable Fabrics

Even on a cold day, moving can cause you to sweat. That’s why many people wear something like workout gear when they move. These fabrics know how to breathe.

The most breathable fabrics allow moisture to pass, so it doesn’t collect next to your skin. So, if you get hot, you’ll need this capability.

There are a variety of options, so you should plan to do some research in advance. Cotton and polyester are some of the best choices.

3. Layers

Moving on a cool day can be a great way to minimize the sweat and stress that comes with heat. But if you live in a place that warms up quickly with the sun, you’ll need layers.

Get a few lightweight layers you can wear or take off when necessary. If it’s moderately cold outside, start with a short-sleeve tee, a lightweight sweatshirt, and a windbreaker.

Don’t forget layers for your head and hands. A pair of gloves and a hat can help keep your head comfortable and your hands limber while you work.

4. Sturdy Shoes

As you pack, keep out a pair of sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Preferably, you should have something with good arch support. If you must climb many stairs, consider a pair with good ankle support.

Choose shoes you’ve worn enough to feel comfortable but not so worn that they are falling apart. You may need the tread if the path gets wet or slippery.

If you have to buy something new, give yourself at least a few weeks to break them in. You’ll be less likely to get blisters that way.

5. Hair Ties

Moving requires a lot of movement, typically while your hands are full. You’ll want to keep your hair out of the way. Choose a hair tie that is easy to put on and unlikely to break.

If your hair is too short for a ponytail but too long to stay out of your face, consider using clips, barrettes, bobby pins, or a headband. Even a hat is better than nothing.

Figuring out what to wear for the move can be an important decision. Contact us for more help in planning your upcoming move.

July 14, 2022

8 Tips for Telling Customers About Your Business Move

Losing contact with people during a move is a common occurrence. But, for a business, loss of connection means loss of customers and revenue. Companies, then, want to do everything they can to remain in contact with their customers.

Here are ways to tell your customers that your business is relocating.

1. Create a Contact List

Have each team member submit their customer contacts to create a master list. Having multiple connections at the same business is OK. Announce your relocation to all of them. Every announcement is a way to put your company name at the top of their minds.

2. Send Personal Letters

Write a personal business relocation letter to each of your customers to show that you value their business. Give a positive reason for the move. End with a positive note about your relationship.

3. Announce on Web and Social Media

The Internet and social media are also important media for announcing your relocation. For example, consider a home or contact page banner that starts several months before moving. Then post another banner announcing the move that stays for six months after the move.

You can announce the move on your social media pages in advance, along with relocation photos. You can also keep customers updated with new photos as the time for the relocation draws closer.

4. Send Clever Announcements

Send clever announcements with invoices and other communications. Never substitute creative announcements for personal letters, however. Both types of communication are essential.

5. Announce in the Local Newspaper

Consider announcing the move in the newspaper through paid media (ads) and earned media (news stories.) If you already advertise, use one of your ads to announce your move, then put a statement about the relocation in all your ads for six months. For example, you might say, “Contact us at our new location, 9 Commerce St.” If you don’t already advertise, consider one or two ads to announce the move.

To gain earned media, write a press release to send to the business reporter who covers your industry. You want the press release to convey that your relocation is a statement of your success. Include the relocation date, new location, expected benefits, positive aspects of the move, and information about your products and services.

6. Update Your Address on Online Venues

Be sure to update your address on social media, website, online business directories, and Google.

7. Announce Through Voice Mail

Place a moving announcement on all your office lines to allow customers to take down the new location and phone number, if applicable.

8. Throw a Grand Opening Celebration Post-Move

After your move, host a Grand Opening Celebration. Consider how to create a memorable experience for your guests that furthers your brand reputation. Also, consider whether you want an informal family affair, a professional atmosphere, or an elegant, formal event.

The type of event should fit in well with your brand; for example, an upscale hotel would be more likely to host an elegant, formal event than a toy store. Depending upon your business, a theme party also might be memorable and support your brand.

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July 11, 2022

5 Important Moving Terms to Understand When Hiring Movers

Planning a move often involves a flurry of activity, some of which can be confusing. Here are five critical moving terms you should know as you prepare to work with your residential mover.

1. Bill of Lading

The Bill of Lading is essentially the contract between mover and customer. Always read it carefully and ask the mover if you have any questions. This document is probably the most important term to understand because it:

  • Establishes terms and conditions of the move
  • Provides as a customer receipt for goods
  • Serves as a contract for transportation

Once signed, the customer acknowledges they permit their household items to be loaded on the truck, releasing them to the carrier.

2. Virtual Survey

A virtual survey is an online tool that is steadily becoming popular. Instead of setting up an appointment with a moving agent to physically come to the home to provide an estimate, everything can be done online through video chat—even from a smartphone or tablet.

Many customers prefer this option because they can complete the entire quote process remotely, so scheduling a move can now be done easier and faster than ever.

3. Binding Estimate

A binding estimate is drawn up before the move that itemizes the total cost of the relocation. This type of estimate guarantees the quote provided is the final quote, regardless of how long the job takes to complete. 

4. Non-Binding Estimate

Unlike a binding estimate, a non-binding estimate isn’t a guaranteed rate. However, it gives the customer a generalized idea of how much their move will cost. The mover provides a quote based on the estimated weight of the items to be transported and any additional services the customer may have requested. The final price is determined by the actual weight of the freight and other circumstances occurring on moving day.

5. Full-Service Move

Aside from transporting items from one location to another, most moving companies offer additional services. A typical service people contract for is full-service packing and unpacking. In a full-service move, the mover handles:

  • Packing up items to be moved
  • Loading and unloading the moving truck
  • Unpacking goods upon arrival

It’s a good idea to ask the moving company what their full-service move entails. Many movers perform the above services, providing the packing materials and removing them at the end of the move, all-inclusive of the cost. However, some movers may not include packaging material services, so always double-check if purchasing a full-service move.

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June 27, 2022

Moving With Teenagers: A Parent Guide

Raising teenagers is never easy – but it can get more complicated during a relocation. If you’re living with teenagers and you’re relocating to a new city, there are many things you can do to help your teenagers adjust to their new house and their new community.

By listening to their feelings, maintaining transparency about your own feelings, exploring your new city, and engaging in other activities, you can help make your child’s experience a positive one.

Listen to Their Feelings

Teenagers experience intense emotions, especially when something life-changing happens, like a relocation. One of the ways that you can help your teenager deal with these intense feelings is by listening to what they have to say.

Ask your teenager at various times throughout your relocation to discuss their feelings about their upcoming move. Listen to them empathetically, without judgment.

Don’t argue with your child about their feelings or try to counter what they say to set the record straight. Instead, tell your teen that you understand how they feel.

Ask them open-ended questions about their feelings, and let them respond in whatever way makes them feel comfortable. This will help your child feel heard and acknowledged. Show them you value what they have to say.

Be Transparent About Your Feelings

Your child may be able to open up more about their feelings if you’re transparent about how you feel about your relocation. If you have concerns about your move, tell your teen.

If you’re feeling excited, let them know why. Being transparent about your feelings may encourage open conversation that can help open the lines of communication between you two.

Take Time to Spend Together

Your teen needs you now when they’re going through a big transition like this. So take time to spend together, even when you’re busy packing and unpacking.

If you can, get away from the house to see a movie, get some ice cream, or spend time together simply taking a walk. Taking this time will help you two bond and can help your child feel more secure in the big transition that’s taking place.

Explore Your New City

As soon as you’re able, explore your new city together. Exploring your new city together will help you and your child learn to love what is wonderful about where you now live. Exploring your new city also gives you something interesting to focus on, which breaks up some of the monotony of unpacking.

Not sure where to take your teen in your new community? Try going to the local zoo, a new park, or a museum. Tailor your activities to your teen, so they know that you’re doing something special for them.

Nurture Relationships With Loved Ones In Old City

Don’t forget to help your teen nurture relationships from your old city. Give your teen the resources to stay in contact with friends and loved ones from their old life. This will help them feel connected to people they care about as they strive to make new friends.

Work With a Professional Moving Company

You can spend more time with your teenager if you hire a professional moving company to get the work done. Contact the pros for a quote to get started with your upcoming relocation. We offer full-service and traditional moving services so that you can pick the appropriate moving service for your budget!

 

June 20, 2022

6 Tips to Prepare for Packing Your Home for Your Move

When it’s time to relocate, the entire moving process can seem overwhelming, from packing to transporting all of your possessions. Like most other people, you likely have thousands of things to box up and move out. Here are tips to make the packing process more manageable for you and your family. 

1. Create a Checklist

A moving checklist is an ideal tool to make sure you don’t forget anything when packing up your household goods for a move. Consider creating multiple inventory lists to make it easier to manage each room. For example, you could create a list for each bedroom, bathroom, etc.

2. Secure Your Packing Supplies

Your successful move depends on your packing supplies. You will need to estimate the number of boxes you need, but be sure to get them in various sizes to accommodate all you have to move. Smaller cartons are ideal for heavy items like books, while larger boxes are excellent for pillows and comforters.

Make sure you gather the following:

  • Boxes in various sizes – including specialty boxes for things like televisions and appliances
  • Cushioning like bubble wrap and plenty of packing paper to wrap fragile items and fill in space in your boxes to prevent shifting
  • Labeling materials including labels, color-coded stickers, and thick black water-proof markers 
  • Packing tape complete with a tape gun and additional rolls. You might want to opt for at least a couple of tape guns as they make the packing easier.

3. Declutter Your Home

Whether moving into a larger or smaller home, now is an excellent time to declutter the unnecessary stuff in your life. Over the years, you have probably accumulated many extra things that will only make your packing more cumbersome. Not to mention that you will quickly fill up your new home with unnecessary junk. 

Get rid of as many items as you can. Sell them if you have time, or simply donate the useful items you no longer need. Donating items is an excellent and efficient way to declutter your life. 

4. Apply a Last-In, First-Out System

If you have ever relocated, you may have experienced the inconvenience of trying to find the items you need right after getting to your new home. Avoid the stress of not being able to locate specific things by using a last in and first out system. First, put your essential items aside, and then pack those close to the end of your packing process. Those should be the last items loaded on the truck so that they can be the first items off at the other end.

5. Pack Separate Essentials Kit

Preparing an essentials kit will undoubtedly save you time, effort, and frustration. Keep the box with you so that you can locate it and use its contents right away in your new house. An essentials box is vital for any relocation but will come in hand, especially with a long-distance move, if the rest of your belongings are delayed.

You might want to pack multiple essential kits — one for each family member or one for each necessary room. Then, label each one and have them ready for your personal vehicle come moving day. 

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June 13, 2022

Utility Set-up When You Relocate

Relocating to a new home is thrilling but stressful. You have all the packing and moving to deal with, but you also have to coordinate things like utility set-up. Since utilities are necessary, here is a quick guide for setting them up in your new home.

What Are Utilities?

Utilities are fee-based services available to renters and homeowners vital to your home.

Public Utilities

Power, gas, water, sewer, and garbage are public utilities. Usually, your city will have one provider for each of these utilities. You can’t select your utility company in most cases, but sometimes you can choose your retail supplier. Research the area you are moving to find your options.

Private Utilities

Private utilities are services offered by a variety of privately-owned companies. These utilities include internet, cable, and security services. There are usually several options for each of these services, which allows for competitive pricing, but it depends on your area.

Setting up Utilities

Select a Provider

If you live in a community with a choice of an energy supplier, you’ll need to select public utility providers. But, again, do your research by comparing prices, reading reviews, and even asking people like your realtor for information to make the best decision for your needs.

Schedule Set-Up and Start Dates

After you choose your providers, contact them to schedule set-up and start dates. Most have websites that will facilitate your request. Some utility services might require a technician to come to your home to activate or install equipment.

Two to three weeks before you move, you should start canceling, establishing, or transferring your utility services. You can probably handle this online, but you might need to make some calls too. Make sure you have the following information available before contacting the utility companies:

  • Account details and passwords for current accounts 
  • Current and new home address
  • Payment information
  • Social Security numbers (for establishing new accounts as many companies run a credit check)

Note the dates you want each service turned on and off so that you don’t overlook anything or give incorrect dates.

Payments

Most service providers recommend the convenience of automatic payment. Auto payments allow a withdrawal of the exact bill amount each month and reduce the risk of late fees because of forgetfulness or other unforeseen circumstances.

Be sure to pay any balances before a utility’s end date. Leaving outstanding balances on an old account can put your credit score at risk.

Other Details

  • Make sure that you get back any previous deposits.
  • Check to see if your paid prorated services have been refunded.
  • Return equipment like modems or cable boxes.
  • Give your new address to the companies that will bill for final service.
  • Do a final meter reading and take photos to make sure your final bill reflects your actual usage.

Moving the Right Way

Set up your utilities a couple of weeks before moving to your new house or apartment. Plan to overlap services by a day in case of any moving delays. Then, you will have the appropriate services up and running when you arrive!

Make your move easy by contacting us. We can help with your relocation, no matter how big or small. Contact us today for the details.

June 6, 2022

6 Things Movers Want You to Know

Planning a move involves countless details and essential tasks that you shouldn’t overlook. The more organized your relocation is during the planning stages equates to less stress, chaos, and difficulty. It also goes a long way towards eliminating safety hazards. So, before the big moving day arrives, here are six things you should know.

1. Certain Items Aren’t Allowed in Moving Trucks

Movers have restrictions on certain items because they are either a) dangerous or b) not permitted by law. These items will have to be discarded safely or transported by the customer. Here are some to watch out for.

  • Perishable foods
  • Plants
  • Gasoline (including gas left in equipment and tools)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Pets

As you’re packing in the weeks leading up to moving day, it’s good to ask your mover for a list of non-allowable items. This way, you have time to prepare.

2. Plan to Bring Valuables Yourself

Money, bank cards, essential documents, ID cards, heirlooms, jewelry, and other cherished family keepsakes should ideally go with you in your car, especially for local moves. While movers are professionally trained to move allowable items meticulously, they prefer customers take care of these other things themselves. Most customers also like having the peace of mind that they know exactly where these items are at all times.

3. Finish Packing Before Moving Day

If not paying for packing services, movers prefer you get the packing finished before they arrive. Moving companies have specific timeframes allotted per customer. Extending those timeframes can result in extra charges. Set a packing schedule and stick to it to avoid being unprepared for having your boxes loaded and ready to go on moving day. It’s easier for both you and your mover.

4. Label Boxes in Detail

Many customers opt to pack their belongings themselves, which means they’ll label the boxes. So, label each moving carton in detail.

  • Label all contents
  • Add special handling instructions
  • Indicate the rooms where the movers should place the box

Detailing boxes helps the movers to place them in the designated rooms. In addition, the simple step of labeling saves everyone time at both ends of the move.

5. Keep Small Children and Pets Safe

If you have small kids and pets, it’s best to make alternate plans for them during the hectic hours of moving. It isn’t easy to manage tasks while making sure the kids and pets stay safe from getting underfoot. Movers are highly trained, but it’s difficult to spot a little body underfoot when carrying heavy and bulky boxes. If possible, bring children and pets to a different location or plan to stay in a safe room where a designated person can watch them.

6. Inform Movers of Changes ASAP

Sometimes even the best-laid plans go awry or change. For example, employers alter timelines, relocation on the other end is delayed, or the number/type of items to be moved needs to be adjusted. If these or any other events occur that change the scope of the move, let your mover know right away. Changes can affect equipment and the number of crew members—updating changes can help everything goes as planned.

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May 27, 2022

Moving Out of a Rental Home? Don’t Forget This Checklist

There’s a lot to think about when you’re moving out of a rental home – especially if you’re hoping to get your security deposit back. So most landlords conduct a walk-through with their renters before they move out to see if the property is in acceptable condition at the end of their stay. 

If there is damage to your rental home, the landlord may require you to pay for the repairs. Get more of your security depot back by leaving your rental in the best shape possible. Below are several things you can do to get your rental inspection-ready.

Check Lease for Expectations

Your landlord may have written expectations about the necessary condition of your rental upon move-out. First, check your lease to find out what these expectations are. Next, write the expectations into a checklist and then follow it to make sure that the rental home is as it should be when you move out.

Clean Up

Start by performing a deep clean of your rental home. Shampoo the carpet. Wash down the walls. Wash the baseboards, blinds, windows, and ceiling fan blades.

Clean areas of the rental space you’ve rarely thought to clean, including the tops of light fixtures and the inside of the oven. By cleaning these parts of the home, you leave little to be cleaned by a professional cleaning company.

When you’re done cleaning, walk through the property, looking for anything you may have missed. Sometimes it’s easier to see what you didn’t get to once most of the cleaning is done.

Set Up Walk Through With Landlord

Don’t forget to schedule the walk-through with the landlord. Your landlord will likely have this on their to-do list, but planning the walk-through ahead of time can help you avoid last-minute scheduling problems that might arise.

If you have a good relationship with your landlord, consider trying to schedule a preliminary walk-through before the final walk-through. Your landlord may be willing to point out problems that they notice so that you can have them cleaned up before you leave.

Make Small Repairs

Is there anything broken in your rental home right now? Maybe you’ve got some clogged drains, or the smoke detectors need fresh batteries? Perhaps some of your light bulbs are burned out?

If so, make these minor repairs before your walk-through with your landlord. Patch any holes in your walls, fix scuffs and damage to your carpeting, and make other changes.

You may be able to do some of these changes yourself, while others may require you to hire a handyperson. If you need to hire someone, you may decide to let your landlord fix those problems independently.

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