How to transport your vehicle to a new state

moving, transporting vehicle, shipping vehicleEveryone who’s been through a home move knows it’s a tiring experience. Moving locally is hard enough, but moving out of state is even tougher. A lot of the challenges are due to the colossal amount of tasks to do prior to the move itself – all within a limited time period. Continue reading “How to transport your vehicle to a new state”

Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move

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Moving day is a culmination of things. Stress and anticipation. Moments of pure chaos. And don’t forget hard labor and lots and lots of sweat. If you’re not careful, you could also add injury to the madness. Moving is already plenty painful without adding injury to the list, so read on for a few tips to help your move go as smooth as possible. Continue reading “Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move”

Stress and moving: how they connect

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When a move is ahead, the first word that comes to mind for many is stress. In fact, moving ranks among one of the most stressful events in one’s life. It’s really no surprise, considering it’s such a costly, laborious and nerve-wracking endeavor. Continue reading “Stress and moving: how they connect”

Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips

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When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you have to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips. Continue reading “Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips”

Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.

movingA move is always stressful, whether big, small, long distance or local. But planning a move during the holidays takes moving stress to a whole new level – especially if you have kids. Is it actually possible to pack boxes, organize and clean your home, shop for presents and decorate for the holidays all at the same time?

Continue reading “Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.”

Top Tips for Moving with Pets

movingMoving involves lots of time, effort and plenty of stress. Adding pets to the mix can make it even more nerve-racking. If you are anxious about moving to a new place, just imagine how your pet(s) feel! Here are some helpful tips to help make your move a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

  • Before you move, pack an easily-accessible overnight bag for your pet. Fill it with enough food, toys, and cat litter to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during those first initial days of unpacking.
  • Moving involves plemovingnty of noise and unfamiliar sounds and smells. For an animal, these things can be very scary. During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pet(s) is to leave them at a kennel or friend’s house. If this isn’t an option for you, the next best thing is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try an empty bedroom with the door closed or inside their carrier inside the garage, any location that will keep them away from all of the moving ruckus. Be sure to check on them regularly, as well as feed and walk them at a time you usually would. Just as people like a routine, so do pets.
  • During the drive from your old home to the new one, keep your pets inside their carrier. You may even want to throw a blanket over the carrier so your pet(s) can’t see the environment changing outside. Stressed and in a new neighborhood, animals can easily get lost outside, so when arriving at your destination, always keep them in their carrier until they are safely inside your home.
  • movingAdjusting to a new place takes time, especially for pets, so go for the slow and steady approach to reduce stress. If possible, move all of your belongings to your new home before moving your pet. To introduce your pet to your new home, start by confining them to a certain room. This will allow them to slowly adjust to their surroundings. Giving your pet lots of attention and providing them with familiar objects as soon as possible will help them adjust much quicker to the new digs.
  • After you move, be sure to update all pet tags and microchip information with your new address and contact info.
  • Traveling by air or internationally? Before you head to the airport, be sure to check all rules and regulations far in advance. Also, remember to bring along all of your pet’s special travel documents.
  • movingPulling an all-night packing extravaganza isn’t good for anyone – especially your pet(s). Try to pack over a long period of time so your pet(s) think everything is normal and their stress level will stay down. Moving with cats? Break out their carriers several weeks before your move; this will help eliminate the risk of them fleeing the scene and leaving you searching for them.
  • When your move is finally complete, don’t let your pet(s) roam around your new neighborhood. Keep them on a lease until they become adjusted to their new surroundings.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help make your move successful.

How to Prepare and Move Your Washing Machine and Dryer

movingMoving house involves a great deal of packing. Collecting all of the necessary supplies. Wrapping items so they don’t get damaged or broken. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time. What often proves to be the most difficult to prepare and move is large items. Couches, armoires, desks. Even big, awkwardly shaped items like these have to be packed somehow so they don’t get messed up during transport. There are two things that are especially difficult to pack and move. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed the washing machine and dryer, you are correct! Your washer and dryer are heavy, bulky and can be truly difficult to move. But it must be done, so we are here to help.

Here are some helpful tips to pack and move your washer and dryer.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine, more than likely, is the heaviest and hardest thing in your laundry room that will need to be moved come moving day. Before you start, here are some supplies you will need:

  • Washing machine instruction manual
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Bucket
  • Washer locks
  • Packing tape or duct tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Dolly, hand truck, furniture casters, or additional blanket/towel to slide the machine

Now that you have gathered the necessary supplies, you are prepared to follow the steps below:

moving1. Shut off the water supply to the washing machine.

2. Shut off the power supply to the washing machine at the electrical panel, and unplug the machine.

3. Using your slip-joint pliers, disconnect the hoses from the valves and from the washing machine. (Keep a bucket handy in order to catch any water that may be left in the hoses.)

4. Refer to your owner’s manual, and remove the drain hose from the back of the machine. Then install washer locks, and follow any other instructions in your manual concerning how to prepare your washing machine for moving.

5. Tape the lid of the washing machine closed. Also tape the electrical cord to the back of the machine. (If you have a front-load washer, the door should automatically lock, so be sure to close it completely before moving the machine.)

6. Wrap the washing machine in moving blankets. This will protect it from dents or scratches. If you have a team of professional movers helping you, they can now take over and your job is complete. If not, move on to the next step.

moving7. Load the washing machine onto a dolly. It can then be pushed up the ramp onto the moving van. *Be sure you have at least one or two friends helping you during this step. Your washing machine can weigh up to 300 pounds. Its weight and large size make this is a job you definitely don’t want to tackle alone!

If you do not have a dolly or hand truck, lift each side of the washing machine until you have placed a moving blanket completely underneath the machine. Then pull the blanket, with the washing machine on top, to the moving van.

*If you have to move your washing machine up and down stairs, take extreme caution when doing so. Go slowly, lift with your legs (never your back!), and take as many breaks as needed.

8. Secure the washing machine inside the moving van with rope or ratchet straps. Do not place anything heavy on top of the machine, as it could dent the top. Light boxes, however, are acceptable.

Dryer

Compared to the mighty weight of your washing machine, your dryer will feel like lifting a feather. Okay, maybe not a feather, but it will definitely be lighter because dryers weigh half that of a washing machine.

Here’s how to move it:

1. For an electric dryer, unplug it from its power source and secure the cord to the back of the machine with packing tape or duct tape.

For gas dryers, disconnect the hose and store it inside the dryer (or drum).

moving2. Disconnect the metallic hose vent. If it’s in good condition, you can store it inside the dryer. If you have an older vent hose, however, you will want to throw it away and replace it with a new one after your move is complete.

3. Wrap the dryer in moving blankets just like you did your washing machine. This way you won’t risk any dents or scratches.

4. Whether using a dolly or a moving blanket, follow the same steps you used when transporting your washer. (Step 7)