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What NOT to Pack

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Amongst all things you have in your house or apartment – garage, attic, living room, etc. you have to figure out the destiny of each item. And, it only makes sense that some of these things should not be moving to your new location. The folks over at TheMovingBlog.com have a few tips.

Things to throw away

This may be probably the easiest to do. You don’t have to move with you items that are worn out, broken, damaged or just out of fashion. Put it all in the garbage! The more things to pack when moving out, the higher your moving costs!

Items you don’t know what to do with

This is where the difficult task is. Every home is full of so much stuff that holds no particular function and just collects dust from the shelves. If you have items that are of emotional value to you or are expensive, keep them. If you have things that hold no or little value for you, donate them or sell them.

What to sell?

Surely you have household goods that are in a good condition but you don’t need them or want them. You can organize a moving sale, uplod things for sale at websites like ebay or craigslist, etc.
Whatever you don’t or won’t sell, you can give way to neighbors, friends, family, colleagues.

Valuables, documents, money – don’t pack them and don’t give them to the moving company; take them with you on your move. Bank statements, contracts, laptop, credit cards, jewels, currency – these are all things you should protect well all the time, includingly when moving. There are also items, forbidden to pack and give to the relocation company like perishables, explosives, weapons, ammunitions, etc.

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.

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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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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.

From mymove.com

#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.

#2. Reliability

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.

#3. Accountability

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.

#4. Fast

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!

#5. Efficient

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.

#8. Safety

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.

The 5 BIG things to do One Month Before Your Move

There are tons of “little” things you need to set straight before you move to a new home. In fact, we have a great checklist and a comprehensive list of moving tips right here. But, the folks over at TLC have identified the 5 most important pre-move items you should take care of before your big transition.

Notify the Post Office of Change of Address

Don’t let this one fall through the cracks. You may miss some really important mail — like bills, bank statements and checks from people who owe you money. You can pick up a change of address form at the post office, fill it out and send it via snail mail. Or you can fill out the form online. You simply inform the U.S. Postal Service of your new address and the exact date when you would like your mail to be forwarded to that address. It’s easy.

Notify Utility Companies of Account Changes or Disconnections

Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact and then get out your bills (or look up your account information online). It’s usually pretty easy to get a service turned off at one place and turned on at another. But you might also use this move as an opportunity to reevaluate your services. Could you save some money by switching companies or getting a different package? Do these companies have any special deals right now? It never hurts to ask.

Newspaper/Subscription/Pending Online Orders

Are you subscribed to any magazines? Did you order something on eBay? Your mail should be forwarded, but just to be safe, you might want to go ahead and call those contacts to let them know what your new address is.

Collect Important Papers and Medical Records

Packing up for a move is a great time to organize your essential documents. As you’re going through your papers, collect your most important documents — your will, birth certificate, financial documents, social security card, car title, medical records, etc. You don’t want these documents to get lost in the shuffle during the move.

Make Any Reservations for Lodging

For various reasons, you may not be able to stay at your new home the first few days. You might need to make reservations for them at a nearby hotel. Whatever lodging reservations you need, you should go ahead and book them at least a month in advance. You don’t want hotels to fill up before you get a chance to set up your stay.

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.

Magic Sliders

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.

 

Small Tips for a Smooth Move

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As they say, “It’s all in the details.” And moving is no different. Here are a few small tips that you may want to keep in mind for your next move. Follow these, and leave the rest to Mighty Movers.

Take Notes
Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.

Get the Bed Ready
Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.

Don’t forget about the Fridge
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.

Keep the Phone Book
Take your current phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.

Pack Heavy – Pack Light
Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.

Give out your Number
Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached.

Protect Your Memories
If it’s irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.

Know how to Pack Plates and Records
Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.

Remember the Bare Necessities
Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first.

Unscrew Bulbs
Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.

Tag your Items
For your garage sale, tag all items and be prepared to wheel and deal. Garage sale gurus love to haggle.

Give the Kids an Exercise
Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town.

Help your Pet Relax
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him at their house.

Be Nice to Your Plants
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.

Take a Break from the Computer
Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.

Enjoy the Help
Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!

List of 15 Moving “Hacks”

When it comes time to move, every little tip can save time. We found some “gems” on this infographic and we wanted to share them with you. It might be a good idea to save the link for future use!

You may be surprised how useful and clever these hacks can be! So check out the graphic below.

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A few tips for finding the BEST movers

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With so many options out there, selecting a moving company can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Below are a few considerations to facilitate finding the best possible moving crew.

Are they a real business?

Ask for all of their details: full company name, company address, phone numbers, e-mails and website. After that ask the residential furniture movers how long they have been in business, how many moves they’ve assisted, what is the annual number of claims they get and what percentage is left unresolved. That should give you an idea of the quality of work of the relocation company.

Do the local residential movers offer the best quality?

There are several ways to check that out. Check if it is a member of the Better Business Bureau. In this way you will be able to ensure local or national residential movers that strive to offer the best to its clients. Is the personnel permanent and regularly trained? If the company staff comprises of students that come and go they are more likely to cause damage to your house or flat belongings. The personnel of the residential movers should be getting regular training as well and should be well experienced. Asking this question to the local or long distance residential movers should help you understand this.

What is the attitude that you get?

Do the speak badly of other moving companies? Are they polite and responsive? Do they answer your questions precisely and to the point? It may be difficult to know exactly which are the top rated residential furniture movers but surely if you follow these signs you are more likely to be getting a quality servicing.

Five Packing Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful

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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.

Cleaning Up Your Digs Before Moving

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So you’re all set. Your belongings are packed in the Mighty Movers truck and traveling to your new home. But, your tasks are not over yet. Whether you have been renting or just sold your old home, you will be expected to perform a certain degree of cleaning. Here are the key places you can concentrate on to really make a difference.

Floors

Vacuuming and mopping is only the bare minimum you can do here. If you have pets or young children, then prepare yourself for some hard stains. Are there any strong pee odors or dirt that cannot be removed just by vacuuming? Unfortunately these do not go under the wear and tear policy, and you will be accountable for them, so make sure your floors are sparkling clean as you can never hide a carpet stain.

Clean hard-water and mold buildup

No matter for how short you have lived in your past home, your tabs, shower, tub and tiles are more than likely showing signs of buildup. Having a small grey mold spot in the corner of your bathtub screams dirt to anyone visiting your home, including a potential buyer or landlord. Getting rid of these is not that hard but make sure you take the time to.

Wash inside the refrigerator and oven

People are particularly observant in the kitchen, especially where their food is stored or made. Making sure you remove all grime and burnt food can really make a difference in an inspection with your landlord or a tour with a buyer. And let’s be honest here, this is all yourfood leftovers, so put the rubber gloves on and get scrubbing.

Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves

These shouldn’t take much effort to clean, unless you have been neglecting the task while living there.

Dispose of all toxic items properly

It is easy to forget in the midst of all the packing and transportation of your whole home, so an easy trick is to pack hazardous materials in a bright red container of sorts, maybe write on it that it is for recycling and put it somewhere where you will easily spot it.

Walls can be easily forgotten

You don’t necessarily wash walls on monthly basis, but once you are leaving your home you have to consider all the dust, tooth paste, various spills and dirt they have accumulated through the years. To begin with remove all staples and nails you have put and fill the holes in. You can quickly wash the walls with a solution of water and dishwasher liquid, which you can make stronger by adding vinegar, washing soda and ammonia.