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.
Why Hire Pros? Infographic
We found this great little infographic on Visual.ly that shows some impressive moving statistics – as well as some advantages of why you should hire professional movers. Check it out!
Is your move Tax deductible?
If you meet the criteria, the IRS will allow you to deduct the cost of transporting your effects to a new location with professional movers (that’s us!).
Keep in mind that the the IRS will only allow moving deductions for job-related reasons. This can be a new job, a transfer or even a first job. but deductions are NOT granted because you like the weather better someplace else. Also, if you are moving as part of a job relocation and your employer is covering all of the costs, there won’t be much to deduct. If not, you’ll want to make sure to keep track of the costs that the IRS will allow you to take.
A few other things that may be deductible:
Any costs to connect and disconnect utilities because of the move.
The cost of transporting your cars and pets to a new home.
You can also deduct for personal belongings that are not stored at your old residence.
The cost of storing your belongings for no more than 30 consecutive days after the move is also a deductible expense.
You can deduct lodging expenses for one day at your old residence after your belongings have been moved.
For more details regarding the specific parameters of the criteria, take a look at the full article here.
8 Tips for Moving Day – Smart Advice!
So you just arrived at your new house or apartment. If you decided to hire the Mighty Movers team – you’re already in good shape! So what’s next? Below are some GREAT tips for settling in. Remember, we also have a comprehensive list of packing tricks moving checklists to help you out.
Survey the Space
Before the movers arrive, we suggest you get the lay of the land. Plan where you’d like furniture and decorations to go prior to the movers arriving. You’ll be able to more easily and quickly direct the *Mighty* movers if you already know where to place that large couch in the living room.
Plan Outlet Usage
Keep in mind where you’ll need to plug in electronics as you design your rooms. The further away from an outlet, the longer the cord and the more likely you will find it in your way. If possible, you should try to decide where TVs and electronics should go so you can tell the movers (that’s us) what room they go in.
Unpack quickly to get situated so you can begin living in your new home instead of walking around a maze of boxes. The longer you take to unpack, the more exhausting your move transition will seem.
Clean even if it looks clean
Clean, clean, clean. Even if your previous owner or landlord “cleaned” before you move in, make sure to give your new place another go at disinfecting. It never hurts to get those areas like the kitchen and bathroom (and carpet) more than once.
Change the Locks
It’s hard to know how many people had access to keys to your new doors. To be safe, change your locks. You’ll feel safer and not have to worry about any curious old tenants.
Check for Rodents or Bugs
While not pleasant, checking for rodents and bugs before moving in your furniture is not a bad idea. Depending on how the previous owners treated their property, you may find a call to the exterminator is worth it.
Save Your Moving Boxes
Environmentally friendly and cost effective go hand-in-hand when it comes to saving your boxes. If you’re someone who moves often, you’ll definitely want to flatten and tuck away your moving boxes for future use (or even for friends or family to borrow down the road for their move).
Meet the Neighbors
The first few days at your new home might be hectic, but try to meet the neighbors within the first 2 weeks. You’ll never know who may be a new friend or who can offer tips about your new neighborhood or who you may need to borrow a cup of sugar from. Plus, as a safety measure it’s good to be aware of the people around you to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your home.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, and it can also be overwhelming – especially if you decide to do everything yourself. The fast & friendly crew at Mighty Movers is always available to help with any size move – as we say – “Big or small. We do it all!”
Bachelor Pads vs. Bachelorette Pads
A great contribution from Homes.com, looking at the differences between the bachelor pad and bachelorette pad:
The Bachelor vs.the Bachelorette Pad infographic was developed by ForRent.com
4 Moving Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid
When preparing for relocation there are a few mistakes that can make your move unreasonably more expensive. In trying to simplify things for you and find ways to help you save money we have prepared a top six of the most common moving mistakes. They will help you stay organized during your relocation and keep the costs down as well.
Considering that a self move is cheaper than hiring a moving company.
When you are moving yourself you have many things to take care of: hiring a truck, paying truck insurance, paying for the gas, hiring moving labor, buying boxes and other packing material, packing, loading/unloading the truck, etc. Try to calculate each one of these costs separately and you may be surprised to find out that actually hiring a moving company to do it all is cheaper.
Not organizing your relocation in advance.
Decide early on how you plan on moving (and we certainly hope you’ll keep Mighty Movers in mind) – that is at least 2-3 months before moving day. Doing things in the last minute may leave you with no choice for reputable movers and you may end up paying more than you need to. One of the most common moving mistakes can be easily avoided if you just take your time in the moving process to organize it well. You can find a great moving checklist on this link.
Not planning the right time to move.
The summer, holidays, weekends, beginning/end of the month are very busy periods for the movers as people relocate a lot. One of the mistakes people do when moving is not researching the costs for moving at different times. During those busier periods moving companies may apply higher charges.
Not showing everything to the movers.
When the moving company representative arrives at your home show them everything for moving. Go through every room in your home and draw the person’s attention to easily breakable items. The movers also need to know what is the access to your home, the flights of stairs to climb, is there going to be an elevator available on moving day, will you use extra services like crating and storage.
What to do with Boxes after the Move
After a successful move with Mighty Movers, you might have enough empty boxes to make a small mountain, and you may not feel comfortable leaving them on the curb. Below is a list of just some of the ways you can put those boxes to recycle, reuse, or ridding yourself of them altogether:
Local recycling programs. Your city or town may allow people to recycle large amounts of cardboard. Some won’t pick up from the curb, so you may have to drive it to the recycling center yourself. When you call or search online, make sure you ask about restrictions such as amount, size, and whether or not the boxes need to be flattened.
Call a box broker. Many cities have companies that buy and sell used moving boxes. Do a quick search on Google to see if there are any in your area.
Try BoxCycle. BoxCycle allows you to list boxes for sale and purchase used boxes. They are a very “green” company. Here’s what they say, “While recycling cardboard is beneficial, it only reduces the environmental impact by a little bit. Local reuse eliminates environmental impact. You can make a real difference by helping boxes live longer!” Check it out!
Post on Craigslist. Craigslist is a very simple (and free) site where you can post many things. Use it to post boxes that you want to get rid of or exchange.
Call up a charity. Organizations need boxes too. This option may take a bit more time, but it’s typically for a good cause.
Luckily, since your unpacked, the hard part is already over – especially since you dealt with the friendly, knowledgable, and “mighty” team at Mighty Movers. Your move to Dallas or any of the surrounding cities went off without a hitch – so dealing with boxes is just a minor detail.
Staying Organized Before the Move
Planning to move in the near future? There are many ways you can stay organized while moving, although it can be a bit complicated. If you’re moving and want to learn what you can do to stay organized before you move, then you’ve come to the right place. Kate Sheppard, from The Moving Blog, has five great tips to help your get your home organized before you move:
Do what can be done in five minutes.
Many times we get stuck with a huge pile of things that need to be done. Often this is because we’ve put off dealing with them until everything needs to be done all at once, quickly. For busy families, this can be a problem. You will need a large amount of time in order to get things done. But, there is a solution. Getting organized before you even start packing can be done in short spurts of time. Simply take five minutes to gather five things that you want to donate or give away. Use five minutes to clear the fridge of expired products. Take five minutes to organize the hair barrettes your daughter has thrown all over her room, plan out your week, clean the junk drawer, etc… Getting into a routine of taking five minutes to do things will help with completing the tasks that need to be done before you move.
Never leave a room with nothing in your hands.
Pick up things that are out of place, no matter which room you’re in. Put them back where they actually belong. Do not leave a room empty handed. This will help make packing easier later.
Tidy up each night ten minutes before bed.
Each night before going to bed, take a few minutes to walk through each room and get them organized for the next morning. That is, take ten minutes to make sure that your child’s backpack is complete and ready, mail is ready to go out, your to-do list is created, plan what you want to make for tomorrow’s dinner, etc… Being prepared for the next day helps with being organized. You never know what may come up or happen that will interrupt what you have planned.
Leave notes or clues to get rid of clutter.
When you have a lot of things going on at the same time, you may not be able to remember everything. It’s good to leave notes for yourself. This takes the guesswork out of what needs to be done. Place colored stickers on clothing that you want to get rid of. Mark dates on the calendar to remember when you have appointments or bills due. That way, you’ll always know what has been done and what still needs to be done. If you do not use it, it’s time to get rid of it, before you move.
Create “zones or stations” in your home.
Whatever you want to call them, gathering items into one location always works. Instead of walking all over your kitchen gathering items needed to make coffee, keep your coffee supplies in one location for efficiency. This is a tip that you can apply to many other areas of your home… snacks, games, crafts, etc… It can save you a large amount of time when you need to find a certain item that you want or need.
5 Things to Remember for a Successful Move
So you expect to move in the next few months. Hiring the right moving company is critical, but there’s other aspects you may want to keep in mind. Of course, you need to be ready for the unexpected, but the following tips may help. Keep these tips in mind as you plan.
Plan & Prioritize
Draft a budget as early as you can. Moving takes time and resources. Sit down and figure out what it will cost to make the transition. Better yet, talk to a Mighty Movers representative for customized pricing.
Yes, you need boxes, but you may need different sized boxes. Don’t forget packing tape and a few Sharipies. Save yourself some stress and label boxes on multiple sides.
Make a Moving Schedule
We are busy people, and this may sound silly, but most of our weekends are booked a month in advance. We’re either visiting family, friends, hosting, traveling etc, so it helps to set out a schedule and black out designated moving days.
Start Packing Early
Procrastination is not always the culprit. We all have busy schedules, but you need to make it a point to set aside some time everyday (or every few days) to start packing. This is a time consuming activity so don’t leave it for the weekend before the move.
This is tough for everyone. When was the last time you wore it? Will you wear it again? If you cannot answer either of these two questions, it’s best to toss it out. Throw it away or jump to the next tip and donate!
Preparation for the “big move” is the key. When it comes down to the “heavy lifting”, Mighty Movers has all the right modern equipment. And, with our competitive pricing and friendly staff, it’s ONE decision you won’t won’t have to worry about.
Get Hung Up on Hangers
Moving into a new home is a great time to rethink the way you organize your closets. Hangers are a critical part in keeping your clothes readily accessible – and more importantly, keeping your garments from losing their shape.