Make sure these 4 Things are in Order Before You Move
If you’re about to move into a new home, life’s probably been hectic with packing, calling moving companies, and getting time off work in order to actually make the move. LeadsPlease estimates that more than 40 million people move each year.
It’s not uncommon for people to wait until the last minute to pack and prepare, which leaves them scrambling, spending half the night taping up boxes, going on endless Home Depot runs for more bubble wrap, and spending the first couple nights at their new place with flashlights until they’ve regrouped enough to make sense of everything.
Set up utilities and services
Have all the modern conveniences set to go when you move in, or at least have the appointments made. Gas and electricity are important, but so are those entertainment and communication utilities, like phone service, television, and Internet access. In order to save money, many purchase Direct TV bundles that can provide them with the right combination of services to fit their life. Whether you want just the basics, or larger packages with premiere movies and sports, talk to the Direct TV provider in your area to see which options will work best for you.
Reviewing your car, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies is also vital, because coverage can differ from one place to another. Get a grip on what these things are going to cost as you’re finalizing your personal budget.
Create Functional Space
Set up a couple of places in the home right away that will be functional. Set up at least one bathroom with towels and a shower curtain, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. The last thing you want to do is go on a scavenger hunt for toilet paper in the middle of the night. Completing one room will motivate you to move on to the next room, until your new place becomes home.
Verify that School Transitions are on Track
If you’re moving with kids, call any new schools your children will be attending. Confirm that the old school has successfully sent all needed records to the new school. Ask your child’s old teacher to write a note about your child that will help the new teacher get to know him that much faster. Missing this step can lead to a delay in your kids starting school, and you may have to take off work unexpectedly while you sit in the principal’s office filling out paperwork
Change Address and Update Contacts
If you aren’t especially tech savvy, the U.S. Post Office can give you a paper form to update your address. If you embrace modern conveniences, then you may want to fill out your change of address form online. Either way you file, you can opt in to receive money saving coupons that could prove to be useful in your new home.
Let your friends and family know what your new address and phone number is. If you have any subscriptions, such as magazine, or a book or wine of the month club, update them.
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Tips for Rearranging Furniture
Here’s the scenario: You made an excellent choice in selecting Mighty Movers to relocate successfully. A few weeks have passed and you want to make some adjustments to the furniture layout in your home. Nothing too drastic of course. Moving large pieces of furniture up a flight of stairs may require some professional help (so call us!). But here we’re just talking about moving some furniture to opposite sides of a room, or even a small adjustment to a large piece of furniture. The tips below should come in extremely handy.
Slide instead of lift
Small piece of furniture can be carried, but anything more cumbersome should be slid across the room. Instead of ending up with a beautiful room, most of us can end up with a bad back. If you do have to lift something, use your legs not your arms and shoulders and keep your back as straight as possible.
Using towels and cardboard
Slip something underneath your furniture’s legs. To do this, rock your piece forward or backwards slightly to slide the material underneath the legs instead of lifting the piece. By doing so, the furniture will move easily across the room. On carpet, try cardboard; and on bare floors, towels or rags usually work great.
A pretty useful product available online. Here’s the link. You can put them on all of my furniture as soon as you get it. Though they’re significantly more expensive than felt pads, they are worth the extra investment 10-fold. Most importantly, they are very durable and they make even the heaviest pieces of furniture slip across the room with ease.
Push or pull
While it may seem natural to push a heavier piece, I’ve actually found pulling to be more effective than pushing for certain pieces of furniture. First, place an arm on either side of a piece of furniture. Then, with your feet a few inches away and using your arms as a brace, lower your body as if you were going to sit, then inch backwards.
Empty everything out of it first
Obvious right? Don’t forget to empty out instead of trying to move everything when it’s all filled up. Not only will it make it lighter, it’ll prevent something from falling out accidentally and creating a mess.
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10 Reasons to Hire Professional Movers
Hiring an experienced crew to assist with your relocation can result in a stress-free moving experience. If you are considering hiring a moving company, the following are ten reasons to hire professionals to help with your next move.
#1. Peace of Mind
Planning a move can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Professional movers understand the best ways to navigate the roads and how to handle your belongings to keep them safe and protected. Knowing that your possessions are in safe hands will help to ease your mind on moving day.
A professional moving company will often be the most reliable option, rather than attempting to move with the help of friends and family. Professional movers undergo rigorous training to learn the best moving techniques so that they can keep your belongings safe.
A moving company will be held accountable for your move and will work to ensure that all of your belongings arrive at your doorstep safely. Relocating without the help of experienced movers gives you the responsibility of seeing that all of your belongings arrive safely, which can result in added stress during your move.
A moving company will be able to give you a date and time that you can expect all of your possessions to arrive at your new home. Many companies pride themselves on prompt, professional service, and by finding a good mover, you can expedite and simplify the moving process. Not to mention, they can squeeze your couch through that staircase much more quickly than you can!
A professional moving company will be more efficient at handling bulky items such as furniture or heavy boxes during your move and will be able to more efficiently transfer all of your belongings to the truck and, later, into your new home.
#6. No Heavy Lifting
Without proper training, heavy lifting can lead to back strain and other health-related issues. You can avoid all heavy lifting during your move by hiring a professional moving company to assist you with the process.
#7. Professional Inventory Process
Taking inventory of all of the items in your home can be a daunting task, but a professional moving company can handle that for you. This will help to ensure that all of your belongings arrive safely to your new destination without spending hours tracking each individual box or item in your home.
Hiring a moving company often results in a much safer moving process. Experienced professionals understand how to transport items that you may not—load and unload boxes, pack a lamp properly and wrap your mattress safely. To reduce or eliminate damage to your items, they use the right materials throughout the move.
#9. Experienced Movers
Experience counts in moving. An experienced mover will be able to address any concerns that you have and provide a safe, fast and efficient moving experience for you.
#10. No Hassle
If you’ve considered asking friends or family to help you move, it’s important to understand the risks and hassles that go along with that. Packing your whole house with the help of a few friends will be more challenging than if you hired professional movers to pack your boxes and transport them to your new home safely.
Choose your Dolly Wisely
Part of providing a excellent service is having the right equipment. When it comes to handling your appliances and furniture, we have to use specific dollies. Using the wrong one you may put your item at risk of being damaged, so our professional team always knows which one is right for each piece. Let’s take a look at some of the main dollies we use.
First, the appliance dolly – this is used for moving your refrigerator, washer, dryer, safes, and even book bases. Normally this dolly has a max weight of 600lbs. It may also be used to move heavy items up and down stair cases as these dollies may have having stair climbers on the back. This is the strongest upright dolly they make and is used for very heavy items.
Next up is the box dolly. This is a two-wheeled dolly that is used for lighter weight moving maximum of 300lbs on average. Its great for boxes, small appliances like a dishwasher. This is a great tool for quick transportation of items and saves us 50% on loading/unloading time. Instead of moving oddly shaped boxes by hand – we may use this type of dolly to save time.
Last, the flat furniture dolly is used for a max weight of 900 lbs or more. This is ideal for moving heavy items like large big screen TVs, tool boxes and even dressers. Even though this dolly is capable of carrying very heavy weight – it really depends on the item. Sometimes we will move things by hand if there is any risk of damage.
The Mighty Movers team is always properly equipped for any move. Our friendly, clean-cut team is efficient, professional, and fast. Give us a call and let us help you plan your move. You won’t be disappointed.
A Timeline Checklist for Moving
There’s certain tasks you should start taking care of in advance before you move. This checklist will help you get an idea of what you should start doing up to 8 weeks in advance!
Eight weeks before move
Start by calling a moving company if you plan to hire professional help. The friendly folks at Mighty Movers can assist you with the planning and get the job done right. With more than 10 years of experience – you can trust we will ask the the right questions to make your move go as smooth as possible.
Order moving supplies like boxes and packing tape online. You’ll save money and gas. The other option is to hunt down used boxes yourself. Put a line out to friends and colleagues. And you can always scrounge at grocery stores or other businesses.
Measure your new digs. It’s not worth bringing that recliner if it won’t fit in the living room next to your couch.
Four weeks before move
If you plan to donate or sell items, now is the time to get started.
Seem too early to start packing? Not if you want to save money and make things as fast as possible for the movers. Begin packing now.
Label boxes with major items and their destination room at your new place.
Two weeks before move
Fill out a change-of-address form online. Also notify credit- card companies, banks, insurance and utility companies of your new address.
A note about cable and Internet providers: Often, they charge a fee to transfer service locations. It’s worth calling and battling it out with them. It’s possible to get those fees removed through persistence, persuasion and assertion that you’ll change providers.
Confirm your reservation with the moving company (that’s us!). Make sure your paperwork matches theirs. There shouldn’t be any surprises.
One week before move
You should be almost completely packed by now. If not, don’t wait any longer.
Two or three days before move
Consider defrosting your freezer if the refrigerator is going with you. Also, if you can, disconnect your washer and dryer. That’s something that can take movers quite awhile. If it’s already done they have no reason to linger.
Day of move
Disconnect all appliances and bundle power cords and remotes. The moving company you hired should show up at the predetermined time. Before the movers leave, examine their inventory list.
Moving Day Playlist – Good Songs to Listen to While You Pack!
We found a great list of songs to play while you’re packing from themovingblog.com. These upbeat tunes will keep you energized throughout the process. Then, once you’re all packed – give the Mighty Movers a call to help with the transport!
If you’re moving by yourself or with a partner, take some time to think of your favorite songs with a positive vibe and a good beat to add to this moving day playlist. You may even have a few of these tunes in your music library. If you’re moving with kids, get them involved and add in some of their favorite songs so that they will enjoy the move, too. It may also help to create a couple of different moving day playlists, e.g., one for packing, one for driving to your new home, and one for relaxing after you get there.
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along
All-American Rejects – Move Along
Audio Adrenaline – Starting Over
Beach Boys – I Get Around
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Billy Joel – Movin’ Out
Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
Blink-182 – Going Away to College
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Segar – Night Moves
Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Colin Farrell – Gone, Gone, Gone
Cream – Crossroads
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our House
Daft Punk – Around the World
Dave Matthews Band – Drive In Drive Out
Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
DJ Ayres – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Remix)
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Foghat Slow Ride
Foo Fighters – New Way Home
Gladys Knight – Midnight Train to Georgia
Grateful Dead – Truckin’
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
Ja Net DuBois – Movin’ On Up (Jefferson’s Song)
Janet Jackson – Runaway
Jay Z – On To The Next One
Jet – Get Me Outta Here
John Denver – Take Me Home
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
Kiss – New York Groove
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Lipps Inc – Funky Town
Ludacris – Area Codes
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It
Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way
Sheryl Crow – Every Day is a Winding Road
Sublime – Wrong Way
Sweet – Fox on the Run
The Beatles – Ticket to Ride
The Black Keys – Goodbye Babylon
The Cranberries – Dreams
The Eagles – New Kid In Town
The Eagles – Already Gone
Willie Nelson – On the Road Again
Young MC – Bust a Move
Moving Blunders to Avoid
Occasionally while you are packing, you’re mind tends to wander off. You think about the moving process and bills, and all the sudden it’s time to meet your friends for a quick bite to eat. Moving blunders cause aches and pains and they normally happen during the packing process.
How do we solve this problem?
Start off with a plan. Making a list of priorities can almost immediately turn frowns upside down. Here are some moving blunders that are easy to avoid.
*Packing too much per box.
: Make sure that when you pack, you are aware of the amount that goes in the box. Packing too much can cause the box to rip from the bottom and cause damage to what’s inside.
*Heavy items in large boxes.
: It’s a common mistake. Heavy items however do belong in small boxes. To be on the safe side, it should be the ONLY thing inside the small box to avoid cracks.
*Not taking advantage of what’s around you!
: There are plenty of free resources that are right under your nose! To save money on packing, search for free boxes at local stores or the mall. Newspaper and old magazines are also free packing items that you can use to cushion fragile items from breaking.
*Forgetting to change your address.
: Don’t miss previous bill statements, family invites or subscriptions. Call or go online to the US Post Office to forward all your mail.
Be sure to also find a moving company that is experienced. Mighty Movers has a friendly staff of superheroes that will take care of your belongings as if it were their very own.
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Do-It-Yourself Moving vs. Hiring Professionals
If you’re like some, you’ve probably avoided hiring professional movers and instead relied on friends and family to help with relocation. Yes, it may be a bit more of an investment to hire professionals, but in the end, it’s an investment worth making. Here’s 6 great reasons why – and let’s take it one step further and assume you will make a smart choice and hire Mighty Movers.
We are Fast.
If time is of concern to you, hiring professional movers makes a lot of sense. Friends and family may mean well, but in my experience, they can make a move take a lot longer than it needs to be. Pros know how to get people moved quickly and efficiently.
We Show Up at the Same Time.
It can be hard to get friends and family to coordinate their schedules. This means that you may have to settle for having your move completed in shifts. Again, this takes up time that you could use to work, unpack, or complete other projects.
We Bring a Truck.
Even if it’s a local move, we will bring a truck that is the right size for your move so you don’t waste time driving back and forth between your old and new homes.
We Bring Tools.
Movers will bring hand carts, hand tools, and other things that make moving easier – no more waiting around for your cousin to run to the hardware store to pick up a screwdriver so you can take apart your bookshelves.
We are Careful with your Belongings.
Not only are professional movers more likely than amateurs to know how to protect your belongings during a move, you won’t have to deal with any post-move awkwardness if one of them does manage to drop your grandmother’s antique mirror.
You Don’t Have to Feed Us.
It is only polite to feed friends and family when they help you move. If your move takes place in stages, you’ll have to provide multiple meals. The cost of these meals adds up, so be sure to consider these courtesy meals when comparing the cost of professional movers to a DIY job.
We could go on, but these reasons should be more than enough. And, with the customized pricing that Mighty Movers offers (not to mention the friendly staff) – you really have no excuse not to make the right choice.
Create a Portable Moving Planner
Moving to a new home is often overwhelming because there are dozens of tasks, calls, and coordination to keep track of. There’s the scheduling for specialists like the handyman, voice mails from Realtor or landlord, to-do lists related to the move, and keeping track of all the details for everything in between. One excellent way to keep all your ducks in a row is creating a “moving central.”
So what is a moving planner?
In short – it’s a business planner or moving notebook solely dedicated to your move. This is more important than boxes and tape. Find one at the local office supply store with big pages, one page for each day, and make sure it has business card holders, zipper pouches, and receipt envelopes.
How will you use it before the move?
You’ll track phone calls, make notes on houses you’ve toured, and gather phone numbers for the new close friends you’ll make — all those realtors and rental agents and mortgage people, your awesome Mighty Movers (that’s us), and handymen you’ll come to know intimately in the coming weeks. Tuck all business cards into their own little slots for easy reference. Make notes of the days you’ve spent tracking down things like the tile man – with dates and times. Cram snippets of flooring and wallpaper, paint swatches and drapery goods into a see-through zipper pouch for at-the-store decorating reference. Dedicate one receipt envelope for those fix-up-the-old-place receipts. Another receipt envelope holds receipts generated by house-hunting trips and travel to your new home. Stuff everything in there, and you’ll thank yourself at tax time!
How will you use it after the move?
After the move, you’ll use Move Central to schedule appointments to turn on your lights, water, cable and other essentials of life. If a neighborhood mom mentions a good plubmer, note the name and you’re ahead of the game! Tuck a local map into a flap or pocket, and you’ll always be able to get yourself where you’re going — even if you don’t always get there very directly.
Treat Move Central as just another body part — it should be with you always. Ladies – put it in a big purse. Guys – just figure out how to carry it. You’ll develop a permanent dip on one side of your body from the weight, but hey, it’s temporary. Having all your information in one place right at hand is key to a smooth and sane move.