Five Packing Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful
Anything that makes a move less stressful is worth entertaining. Of course, choosing Mighty Movers as your moving crew is a great first step. These 5 tips below may also help keep things organized and streamlined.
1. Start packing as soon as you have your moving date. Closing up just a few boxes more often will spread the work out over a long period of time. You avoid the mad rush of last minute packing, mitigating the risk of items being damaged or improperly sorted and labelled. And you reduce your stress!
2. Make sure you’ve got some old boxes and bags to pack up those items you are purging, so they can be swiftly lifted out and off to the second-hand store, recycling depot, or collected by a junk disposal service.
3. Begin with your storage areas. Anything you haven’t used for a year and cannot guarantee you will need again, and items that have no sentimental value, are the first to go. Out of sight, out of mind! Don’t bring them to clutter up your new home!
4. Move on to the rooms you will use infrequently prior to moving day. Box up the items to be transported to your new home, all the while cultivating a spirit of less is more and setting aside those things you won’t need again.
5. The last items you pack up prior to your move will be your everyday kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom belongings. Try to consider what may not suit your new home, or furnishings and household things you won’t have room for. These can be part of your purge.
Two Unique Ways to Pack Clothing
Whether you’re getting ready for a big move or your just stuffing away your season clothes, packing up clothes is never a fun process. Here are two unique ways to make the process more efficient and ultimately less of a pain from Lifehacker.com.
To make the process a little smoother, Reddit user LutzExpertTera simply throws the clothes on a makeshift hanger attached to a box.
The picture above shows a custom piece of wood, but any old pole will do provided it fits outside the box. Throw your clothes on the makeshift hanger, turn the hanger diagonally and drop it in the box. This way you’ll be able to keep the clothes on hangers and skip the expensive wardrobe boxes.
The “Dead-Body” Method
This tip is great if you’re moving from one living space to another and you’ve a lot of hanging clothes. Learned this from a friend, he calls it the “dead body method”.
Take a bed sheet, lay it out on your bed or floor, take the clothes (hangers and all) and lay them out on top of each other on the sheet. Pile them in the middle and make sure the clothes are aligned so they’re parallel with the length of the sheet.
Fold the sides of the sheet over the clothes (there should be some overlap) and twist the ends. You carry it by the twisted end—with a friend on the other side because this can get deceptively heavy.
Doing it this way is fast (you can get one bundle together in sixty seconds or less), efficient (no buying extra packing material) and your clothes won’t get wrinkled.
Professional Movers: Worth the Cost?
Trying to save some money on your next move? You might find it cheaper to handle moving yourself, but if you really take everything into consideration – the cost of hiring professional movers to do the job can be a better alternative. Still – you might wonder if hiring professionals is really worth it.
One word – Safety
In the end, it is worth every penny to hire a good crew because you can easily avoid any personal injury or accidents or damage to your personal belongings. Professional movers are trained in proper techniques and use special equipment to make the transition fast and smooth. Having the proper equipment is essential to prevent any serious injuries – dollies, moving trucks, and ropes – just to name a few.
Peace of Mind: Priceless
if you’ve ever moved in the past, you know how stressful moving can be. We all know how inconvenient it can be to ask friends for help. What if someone gets hurt? Will your furniture get damaged because you aren’t using the right equipment? You are much better off with a crew of trained individuals. Why? Because you save time. You avoid injuries to yourself and others. And, you get it done right! So give us a call. Remember, with Mighty Movers there’s no job too big, and no job too small. We do it all!
Trust is Key
Always look for a company that has been in business for a while with a good reputation. The team at Mighty Movers is a great example. We has 10 years’ experience of helping people relocate their cherished belongings from one location to another. All of our movers are held to very high standards. Fast, friendly, and clean-cut. We don’t hire day-labor like other moving companies.
Tips for Setting up Your New Space
When moving to a new space the majority of us feel completely ungrounded until we get settled in. For most people, your new home doesn’t really start to feel like “home” until you’ve placed the art on the walls and have found the right place for treasured objects.
But what if you’re having trouble with deciding on an arrangement for all of your furniture, plants, tables, etc? Here are a few tips from Care2.com that may help!
1. Stop and stare
Just sit in a room for 15 minutes and fill the room with your energy, stretching it out to connect to all the objects. Just sit and be and look for a while.
2. Sketch it out (no art skills required)
Draw the room and Imagine different scenarios of furniture configurations, placing first the larger pieces of furniture. Make sure they are in a position where you can see the door, and not turned with their back to it. This is called the empowered position and you will find you enjoy being in the room more when you can see the action from where you are sitting.
3. Break the rules
Be creative and don’t limit yourself to the perceived obstacles. For instance, you don’t always have to put the sofa across from the fireplace. If you really aren’t into the fireplace anyway, place the sofa in the place that works and create another smaller seating area in front of the fireplace. You can dictate what you want the room to be; you don’t always have to let the perceived limitations dictate it for you.
4. Keep moving things around
Move the furniture around until it feels right. The best way to do this is to get magic sliders, or if you live in the Dallas area or Austin Area – give Mighty Movers a call!
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.