Step-By-Step Guide to Unload a Moving Truck the Right Way

After many hours of loading all of your belongings safely inside a moving truck, you are probably already tired and ready for moving day to be over and done. But as you roll up to your new home, you still have many hours of unloading ahead. Sigh! So how do you make the process of unloading a moving truck efficient, speedy and safe? By checking out the handy step-by-step guide below.

1. Fully extend the loading/unloading ramp your rental truck is equipped with. Check the ramp to ensure it is in good operating order and also that it is dry.

2. Open the truck door. This should be done slowly so you won’t disturb items inside, and if something falls out, you will be able to react quickly. The chance of pieces falling out of the truck as you lift the door is high because things easily shift during transportation.

3. Unload items carefully and in the right order.

  • The first item to unload will be the last items you loaded.
  • Next, remove miscellaneous items that are lightweight. These will be those belongings that have been placed on top of larger items or in remaining empty spaces.
  • Household appliances should be next on your unloading list. Since these items are delicate – and heavy – use extra care when moving them, along with a utility dolly and several extra hands.
  • After household appliances have been taken off the truck, tackle bulky boxes.
  • Now comes the time to remove furniture. Be sure to unhook any ropes or moving straps that are holding pieces in place inside the truck. For furniture that contains drawers or doors, check to ensure they are well secured and won’t fall out or swing open while unloading them.
  • Once all of the previously mentioned items have been unloaded, you should be left with just large boxes to remove. Be smart and carry only one box at a time – it will actually be just as quick and will decrease the risk of damaged items and personal injury.

4. Use proper lifting and carrying techniques during the unloading process. Bend your knees, and use the strength of your arms and legs to lift and carry heavy pieces. Be sure to hold items close to your body, take small steps and keep your movements slow and precise.

5. Avoid rushing while unloading your moving truck. Rushing to get the job done faster will only lead to broken belongings and injury. So plan every step carefully and avoid hasty actions.

6. Take belongings directly to their designated location as you remove them from the truck. This will eliminate having to move large, heavy items around your home later, and will also save you lots of time when trying to unpack, because everything will already be in the right spot.

7. Check inside your moving truck one last time to ensure all of your belongings have been removed. Then close and secure the door, and disengage the ramp.

8. If a moving company delivered your items, check your inventory sheet to make sure all of your belongings arrived safe and sound. Be sure to do this while the movers are still there, just in case!

9. If you rented a moving truck for a DIY move and it has officially served its purpose, it’s time to clean the empty truck, fuel it back up and return it on time.

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Pack Your Desktop Computer with These Tips

Whether a person is old, young or somewhere in between, computers are an essential part of daily life. They offer entertainment, education, and an easy way to instantly connect with others. So when you’re preparing for a move and it’s time to pack your precious computer, you want to take every precaution in order to avoid something bad happening to it. From specific packing supplies to packing preparations, below you will find everything you need to know about how to pack your computer safely to protect it during the bumpy journey ahead.

Packing Supplies

The first rule to packing (no matter what the item is) is to ensure you have the proper supplies to keep your belongings safe and protected. When packing something as valuable as a computer, the process of packing gets a bit trickier – especially for desktop computers because they come with a number of parts (monitor, hard drive, keyboard, mouse). Here are the essential packing supplies you’ll need:

Computer packing boxes. The optimal choice when packing a computer for a move is to use its original packaging. This is because it is professionally designed to provide adequate protection to a computer during travel. But let’s be real … if your computer is more than a few weeks old, any original packaging is most likely long gone. But don’t worry; there are ways around this.

First, ask friends and even IT employees where you work if they have any spare computer boxes you can use. If not, opt for a regular cardboard box. Make sure it’s the right size, and use lots of cushioning materials around the computer.

Bubble wrap and packing paper. Along with boxes, you will need bubble wrap and packing paper to safely pack your computer. Several layers of these two items should be wrapped and secured around your computer in order to help eliminate damage during a move.

Styrofoam inserts, packing peanuts, and air-filled plastic bags. Along with wrapping your computer in bubble wrap and packing paper, it is also a good idea to fill the moving box with extra protection, like styrofoam inserts, packing peanuts or air-filled plastic bags. Supplies like these will provide the necessary protection required during your relocation by absorbing vibrations and negating direct hits that may occur while traveling on the road to your new home.

Packaging tape. Once your computer is safely packed inside a moving box, it’s important to use quality packing tape to seal the lid shut. You will also want to secure sides and seams, along with the underside of the box, for extra reinforcement.

Sealable plastic bags. Computers come with several small parts (cords, screws, etc.). For small items like these, use sealable plastic bags to store them. Be sure to label all bags so parts aren’t lost during the chaos of your move.

Steps to Prepare Your Computer for a Move

Once you have all of the supplies needed, there are some things to do before you can actually use them to pack your computer. Here are some important steps to follow:

Step 1: Backup data. As important as the outside of your computer is, the data it stores inside is just as vital – if not more so. If your computer was to endure damage during your move, if you have a backup of all of your data, you will still have all of your photos, important documents, etc. To backup your data, there are several ways to do it – we suggest using at least two of the following methods, just in case!

  • Upload data to a cloud storage service.
  • Transfer files to an external hard drive.
  • Save information to a flash drive.

Step 2: Measure your computer. Before you can properly pack your computer inside of a box, you will need to know what size packing box you will need. To find out, measure your computer. For desktops, this means measuring both the monitor and computer tower.

Step 3: Remove cables. When it’s time to pack your computer, the first thing you should do is take a picture of how all of its cables are plugged in. This will save you time and confusion when hooking your computer back up after the move. Next, remove all cables from the wall and the computer itself, and pack them accordingly.

Step 4: Keep Your Computer in One Piece. Before you start taking apart and removing important pieces to your computer, opt for the better route and don’t disassemble your computer at all! Taking your computer apart in order to pack it for a move is not necessary. In fact, disassembling then reassembling your computer poses a much greater risk of damage than simply leaving it intact and packing it as is.

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Packing and Moving Musical Instruments: A How-To Guide

When moving, there are a number of personal belongings you will need to take special packing precautions when packing, like musical instruments. Pianos, guitars, cellos, violins, etc. – all of these items are very delicate and fragile. So how exactly do you go about packing them? Here are some helpful tips on packing and moving musical instruments.

Hire Professionals

The best way to move musical instruments is to get help from a professional and reliable moving company. Not only are professional movers trained in moving such fragile items, but they also have access to the correct moving and packing supplies needed for the job at hand. For example, to safely move sensitive items, like musical instruments, a professional moving company has special climate and humidity controlled trucks that are designed to protect items like these. If you decide to hire professional movers, be sure to check reviews and ratings of former clients so you will know you are getting help from a company that will treat you and your belongings with respect.

Pack Correctly

An important rule when packing instruments is to never pack more than one instrument in a box. Doing so will only lead to damage.

String instruments. String instruments are very fragile and, therefore, need to be packed in a way to prevent damage during the moving process. Follow these steps to ensure its safety:

  • Lightly loosen strings.
  • Wrap instrument with bubblewrap, taping it securely in place.
  • Place instrument inside its case. If there is a lot of spare room inside the case, use crumpled paper to fill in the gaps. Be sure you are still able to easily close the case even with paper inside. If the case is soft, be sure to use more crumpled paper in order to provide it with adequate protection.

Brass instruments. Brass instruments are also fragile and need to be treated with extra care when packed and moved. In order to safely move brass musical instruments, you will need to first remove the mouthpiece and wrap it with lots of bubble wrap. The same should be used to protectively cover the remaining parts of the instrument. Both wrapped pieces (mouthpiece and instrument) should then be placed inside its case. As with string instruments, use crumpled paper to fill empty spaces inside the case.

Large instruments. Do you own a large instrument that needs to be relocated? If so, you are up for a rather difficult task. Large instruments, such as pianos, may be huge and heavy, but they are also very delicate and can suffer vast damage if not packed and moved correctly. In order to pack an instrument of such magnitude and heft, you will need to use lots of padding and packing supplies to protect it during shipping. To do this most efficiently, it’s best to contact a professional moving company that is trained in such tasks.

Moving materials. For each musical instrument you intend to pack for your move, you should always first place them inside their original case. If you do not have the exact case, the next best packing technique is to use a sturdy box that is a little bigger than the instrument itself. When packing musical instruments – whether in precise cases or in moving boxes – it’s important that nothing moves inside. Items that are loose inside the box or case can scratch the musical instrument or cause it damage in some other way.

After-Move Care

Once your musical instruments have been relocated, you probably think the moving process is over and done. But before you unpack your items, there are some after-move care rules to follow.

  • Let stringed and woodwind instruments acclimate to the new climate for at least 24 hours before use. Instruments should be room temperature.
  • If you loosened strings prior to packing/moving, or if your instrument was not used for long before packing/moving, you will have to tune it again before playing.

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Helpful Ways to Make Your Relocation Easier on Your Cat

Cats. They’re furry and purry and full of affection. They also have extraordinary senses, constantly scanning their surroundings and responding to even the slightest change. This being said, it makes sense that they easily pick up on pre-moving vibes from you and the quickly changing settings of their home. The stress you emit, the sudden appearance of boxes, etc., all of these things can cause your cat to become filled with anxiety. During all of the pre-moving stress and chaos, it’s important to take the time to step in and try to calm your furry friend’s nerves. Here are some ways to do so:

Keep their daily routine unchanged

Cats love a daily routine because it makes them feel safe and secure. When moving your cat to a new home, it’s a very good idea to keep their daily routine as unchanged as possible. Moving preparations are likely to add a bit of chaos to your cat’s regular schedule for food, play and sleep, but just try your best to keep things as consistent as possible so your cat will feel safe, confident and content.

Talk to your cat

Don’t deny it. If you own a pet(s), you talk to it, even carry on small conversations with it. There’s no shame in this. It’s normal and creates a bond between the two of you. While your cat probably doesn’t understand spoken English, it can definitely detect the inflection in your voice. Using calm and reassuring tones, talk to your cat and tell them what’s going on. Your cat understands much more than you think, so don’t be surprised if your furry feline suddenly becomes less stressed after some words of assurance.

Take your cat for a checkup

A pre-move checkup is very important for your feline, so be sure to schedule a full medical exam at your local vet. Your cat should be in good health before embarking on a relocation. If your cat is easily frightened or excessively nervous, it is a good idea to discuss this with your veterinarian. They may be able to provide you with specialized anti-anxiety medication to help make the relocation easier on them. While you are there, be sure to request copies of your pet’s medical records or any other documents you may need during or after your move.

ID your cat

Before moving day rolls around, it’s important to provide them with adequate identification – whether it be a collar and tag or a permanent microchip. Having your cat properly ID’d is the best way to ensure their safety. In case their stress level skyrockets and they manage to escape during the move, the chance is great for a happy return to you. Be sure that your cat’s microchip or tag is updated with the address of your new home.

Get proper transportation

In order to guarantee a comfortable and safe relocation for your cat, you will need a specialized pet container to transport them. The transportation carrier should be spacious enough so your cat can sit or stand comfortably, as well as turn around freely while inside. To purchase a proper pet carrier, visit your local pet shop.

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Packing Blunders to Avoid

Moving to a new home involves a never-ending list of jobs to complete before moving day comes banging on the door. One moving task, in particular, that can put anyone’s patience and resourcefulness at stake is – you guessed it – packing! But before you recoil in horror at the mere thought of packing, we are here to help you efficiently tackle this much-dreaded job. Continue reading to learn the most common packing blunders and how to avoid them.

I can pack everything by myself

The biggest moving blunder you can make is believing that you can pack your entire home by yourself. While this would be an incredible achievement, it is an extremely difficult one to accomplish. Adding to this blunder is not reaching out and asking for assistance – or worse – refusing help that is generously offered to you.

A good way to avoid an overwhelming situation as moving day approaches is to ask friends and family to lend a hand. If you can afford it, we strongly suggest hiring professional movers who are trained for the task. This is by far the ultimate option for quick and efficient packing.

I can procrastinate because I’m a fast packer

Packing a backpack for school or a few bags of luggage for a weekend getaway may be something you pride yourself in doing quickly, but don’t let this lead you into the false belief that you can pack your home as fast. Packing for vacation and packing an entire home are two entirely different things. This is because speed alone is usually not enough to efficiently pack your home. You’ll also need adequate supplies and good organization.

When moving, time is the essential factor when packing for a move and will determine the speed at which you must pack. The more time you manage to squeeze in before the moving truck arrives, the better your packing efficiency will be, as well as the lower your stress level.

I’ll pack now and sort later

If you are planning to put off your sorting until you have already moved to your new home, we strongly encourage yo
u to avoid this at all costs. This plan is one of the worst packing mistakes you can make when preparing to move to another home. The main reason being that it is very costly. Not only will it cost you more money to pack and haul unnecessary items along with you, but it will also prove costly in time and space. Failure to optimize the number of household goods you intend to take with you before initiating the packing process will prove detrimental. Here’s a closer look at how:

  • Time. In order to finish packing all of your belongings on time for your move, you need to go through each item carefully, getting rid of those things you no longer want or need. Skipping this important step will waste hours upon hours of wrapping and packing possessions you have no intention of keeping. When time matters, use it wisely.
  • Space. Even if you are moving to a larger home, it’s never a good idea to start your new life there by filling it up with unwanted and unneeded items. This will only cause a bigger mess when it comes time to unpack.
  • Money. Packing your home for a move without first sorting through your possessions will put a hefty strain on your wallet. How so? Every box you add to your moving truck increases the final price your moving company will be forced to charge you. More content means your movers will need extra time to load/unload your belongings. More content also means a greater weight, which increases transportation costs.

I can’t get free packing supplies

Are you someone who believes there’s no such thing as free packing supplies? We are here to tell you that this is definitely a false belief. You just have to know where to find them. And trust us – moving is a very expensive affair, and as you see those prices continue to increase, you will be happy you were able to save some money o/n supplies. Here are some free alternatives to lessen moving costs:

  • Boxes. As you already know, moving boxes are an essential packing tool. Before you can even begin packing, you’ll need to collect boxes in many sizes and shapes. You will also need tons of them! Check local supermarkets, bookstores, liquor stores, etc. for free boxes. These places have a continuous supply of boxes – more than they’ll ever need. To get your hands on their abundant supply, all you have to do is ask! Be sure to only take boxes that are strong, clean and in good condition overall.
  • Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap and other protective packing supplies are great, but don’t dismiss items that are already lying around your house just waiting to serve a purpose. Old clothing, thick socks, hand towels … all of these things can do an excellent job of protecting fragile items during a move. Plus, they’re free!
  • Packing paper. Soft, clean packing paper is hard to beat, as it provides numerous advantages. However, it can be quite costly. Newspapers are a cheaper alternative and work as a great protective packing supply. Just watch out for ink stains!

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Best Ways to Explore Your New City

Moving to a new city means embarking on an adventure. The opportunities are endless with new people to meet and places to see. But after your move is said and done, you may end up feeling confused – even depressed – by all of the unfamiliar that surrounds you. Instead of finding everything new and exciting, you instead find it difficult to fit into your new environment. While it may be a hard transition, with a positive outlook, open-mindedness and a dose of courage, adapting to your surroundings will eventually become easier. Here are some ways to explore your new city quickly and easily so you can better adjust to your new home.

Tap into Your GPS

Whether you decide to use the navigation system on your smartphone or in your car, tapping into your GPS is the ultimate way to find all sorts of places to go and things to do in your new city. You can also look for city maps that come with a listing of local businesses, essential services, places of interest and other key, up-to-date information about the community.

Use Guidebooks

Though typically intended for tourists, guidebooks can also be of use during those first travels around your new city. Inside, you’ll find handy information, like places to eat, things to see and how to get around. They also provide a quick introduction of the city and surroundings so you can learn important facts about the place you now call home.

Search the Internet

Searching the internet is a daily activity for most. Now, you can put your master Google skills to good use to find everything you need or want to know about your new city. Here are some ways to most efficiently tackle the internet.

Search engines – No matter which search engine you use (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), simply type in whatever it is you are looking for in combination with your zip code. This will generate lots of results, giving you a good idea of available options in your area.

Specialized websites – The internet is made up of zillions of specialized websites that are specifically designed to help you figure out how to get somewhere, how to find something, and so on. Need a list of family restaurants? Want to figure out if your new city has any museums or upcoming festivals? Specialized websites are made for exactly these types of things. Some sites that may be worth using include Good Maps, Yelp and Citysearch. All of these sites offer great suggestions as to the best places in town to eat, see movies, partake in hobbies and even simply hang out. What’s also worthwhile about specialized websites is that they typically provide you with detailed area maps and turn-by-turn directions, along with reviews, ratings and recommendations.

Social media groups – Social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and the like) provide an easy way to meet new people in the area as well as stay current on what’s happening around town. Try following local business pages or local forums/blogs to better understand your new community and even get advice on things to see and do.

Get Out There

You may feel the most comfortable and secure inside your home, but staying behind closed doors will only keep you secluded. In order to adjust to your new world, you have to get out there. Exploring your city is the only way to reveal all of the amazing things it has to offer. Here are some good places to visit:

Library – Yes, it’s full of great books, but it also offers some wonderful opportunities to better unite with your city and community. Here you’ll be able to locate local maps and guides, and also browse community bulletin boards and meet people from the area. Community buildings, like local recreation centers and community halls, are a useful resource for learning about city events and information.

Hot spots – Hitting the town’s hot spots is the ultimate way to meet locals in the area. Visit coffee shops, restaurants, small stores, shopping centers and more. These places offer a great opportunity to introduce yourself, mingle with others and potentially make some new friends.

Become a Community Volunteer

One of the best ways to get to know your new city really well, and to meet some friends along the way, is to become a community volunteer. To do this, you will need to become active and involved. Here are some things you can do to become a valuable and trusted community member:

  • Engage in community services and other local organizations;
  • Volunteer at local hospitals, shelters or soup kitchens;
  • Show your compassion and voice by getting involved with hot issues concerning your community. Search for efficient solutions to common problems, offer resourceful ideas on how to improve situations, and get on a volunteer list to be called in case of emergencies or disasters.

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Moving Costs: How Much Money Should You Save?

So, it’s time to move. Whether it’s for a job, because you don’t like your current landlord or neighbors, or just because you want a change, the prospect of moving can be quite appealing. But before you start picking out furniture for a new place you haven’t even found yet, it’s important to truly consider the many aspects that are involved in a move. One very important thing to consider before jumping into a commitment is whether you are emotionally ready to part with your old life and financially comfortable to afford a relocation. When moving house, costs add up quickly. You need to be able to cover these costs without difficulty in order to have a smooth, stress-free moving experience. But, how much money do you need to be prepared to move? It all depends on a number of things, such as:

  • The living costs in your new area;
  • The amount of items you’ll need to purchase for your new place; and
  • The size of your move, including the distance from your current to new home.

To figure out how much you will need to save in order to afford all of the moving expenses required, continue reading.

Housing

Housing expenses will typically be your largest financial challenge when moving to a new home.

Renting 

If you decide to rent an apartment or house, you will be required to provide several things, including:

Safety Net: Before you sign a lease for a new home, you are strongly encouraged to save enough money to cover at least three months’ rent – even more if you don’t have a steady income at the time of your move.

Security Deposit: When renting, you will be required to put down a security deposit at the time you sign your lease. Security deposits are typically the same amount as one month’s rent. One potential perk here is that you will be able to get your security deposit back after you move out. However, you will only get all of your money back if you leave the rental property in just as good of condition as when you moved in.

Management Fees: When renting a home, you will be charged for a background/credit check. This will add up to another $50 you will have to be able to hand out on the spot.

Buying

If you decide to buy a home, the initial costs are much, much more than that of renting. This being said, you will need to have a lot of dough saved before the idea of purchasing a home is even an option. To avoid extra fees like mortgage insurance, you will need to have saved 20% of the final cost of the home you are buying.

Whether you rent or buy, be sure the monthly rent or mortgage does not exceed 25%-30% of your disposable income. Otherwise, you run a dangerous risk of enduring serious financial difficulties.

Utilities

When you relocate to a new home, you will need to have all of the utilities turned on. These include gas, water, electricity, etc. If you like entertainment, you will also want to install extra utility services, like cable and internet. Utility costs depend on the area you live in as well as the size of your home. Also note that there are often extra connection and transfer fees you will be required to pay in order to have these services turned on.

It is a good idea to contact service providers in your future area before moving in order to get an estimate of what your monthly bills will be. In turn, you get a better idea of your total monthly expenses.

Moving Expenses

Moving house equals moving expenses – to hire movers, to buy packing supplies, and so on. These costs can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the distance to your new home, the size of your move and the moving assistance you require.

DIY Move: A do-it-yourself move is definitely the cheapest option when moving house. But keep in mind that a DIY move is only possible if you rent a moving truck and have reliable friends and/or family to help you. It is also, usually, only possible when moving locally. If you do opt to move by yourself, you will still need to pay for several things, such as:

  • Rental truck (and fuel)
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Road tolls, parking fees, and meals and lodging, if applicable
  • Moving boxes, packing tape, packing paper, moving dollies, etc.

Professional Movers: Hiring professional movers may be more costly than a DIY move, but it is definitely the more worthwhile choice. Experienced movers have specialized moving equipment, plus the required know-how to perform an efficient and safe relocation. When moving locally, you will be charged on an hourly basis. For long-distance moves, relocation costs are based on the total weight of your items and the distance to your new home.

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Transporting Your Vehicle to a New State: A Helpful Guide

Everyone who’s endured a move knows it’s a haggering 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. What can make it even more difficult is if you are forced to ship your car to another state. How do I ship my car from one state to another? How do I find the best auto transport company? How much does it cost to ship a car to another state? How do I prepare a car for transport? All of these are important questions that you will find yourself asking, and stressing over, as moving day approaches.

To help you through this head-scratching process, check out the guide below to learn what you need to know and do in order to organize your state-to-state vehicle transport in the best possible way.

What do I look for in an auto transport company?

Believe it or not, auto shippers do exist (phew!). All you have to do is find one. It may seem easier said than done, but it really is that simple – as long as you know what to look for, that is. When on the hunt for an auto shipper, pay close attention to these things:

Experience: As with all companies/businesses, what sets a great car shipping company apart from a not-so-great one is how much experience it has. Your best bet is to choose a company that’s been in business for many years. The length of time a business has been established acts as a sort of guarantee that your state-to-state auto transport will be well taken care of by someone with experience.

Trustworthiness: Having trust in your auto shipper will come from communication and dealing with the company one-on-one, and it will also come from what you read or hear from reliable, trustworthy sources. So do your research, and trust your instincts as you venture into a business relationship with an auto transport company.

Professionalism: It’s easy to tell right off the bat whether a company is professional or not. Professionalism is an attitude, a way of doing business in an honorable, honest way. A company that is disorganized or has rude, unhelpful employees is definitely not professional, so steer clear.

Affordability: A successful auto shipper will have a healthy balance between high-quality services and affordable prices. The most expensive place and the cheapest place are more than likely not your best choice, so try and find a company that stands somewhere in the middle.

How much does it cost to transport a vehicle?

One of the most important questions to ask an auto transport company is how much they charge, so be sure to ask for a price quote as early as possible to avoid wasted time and energy. Here are some things that will affect the cost of your state-to-state auto transport:

  • The distance from Point A (the current location of your vehicle) to Point B (your new destination). The more miles, the more costly.
  • The size, make and model of your vehicle. Larger or more expensive cars will cost more.
  • The total weight of your vehicle. The more weight, the higher the cost.
  • The cost of insurance to protect your vehicle (and you!) if there are any problems during the transport.

How do I prepare my vehicle for transport?

Once you’ve selected a company to transport your vehicle, you may think the task of shipping your car is complete – just hand over the keys and you’re done, right? Well, you will be handing over the keys, yes, but you will need to prepare your car for transport first. Follow these steps:

  1. Wash the exterior – if needed.
  2. Do a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Note any damage with close-up photos. This will stand as evidence of your vehicle’s pre-move condition. Also, get photos of your entire vehicle in case a damage claim needs to be filed post-move.
  3. Inspect your vehicle for leaks – around the engine, underneath the car, etc. If any leaks are discovered, have them fixed prior to shipping your vehicle.
  4. Leave your gas tank with roughly ¼ of fuel. This will decrease the total weight of your vehicle and save you money in shipping costs.
  5. Inspect tires to confirm they are in good condition and fully inflated.
  6. Ensure your car’s battery is well-secured and charging as it should.
  7. Verify the emergency brake is in good working condition.
  8. Remove any personal belongings from your vehicle. The only belongings that are allowed to stay are a child seat, spare tire, jack and emergency kit.
  9. Remove any non-permanent exterior parts (i.e., a bike rack).
  10. Disable or remove any alarm systems.
  11. Fully retract (or remove) your vehicle’s antenna.
  12. Close and secure any convertible tops, sunroofs, etc.

Now that you know a little bit about how to ship your vehicle between states, your move will go a lot smoother. For more tips and tricks to make your move easier, click here.

Important Documents to Collect Prior to Your Move

Considering the magnitude of the moving process, it can be a challenge to effectively plan and organize all of the complicated aspects of your approaching relocation, along with handling all of the laborious moving-related tasks. Along with key issues to take care of, like these, you also need to gather all of the necessary paperwork. All things considered, paperwork may seem like the simplest task to complete on your moving checklist, but it often proves to be more time-consuming and nerve-wracking than originally anticipated. Not only does collecting and organizing all records and papers need prior, during, and immediately after your relocation take time, effort and diligence, but you also need to keep it safe. It is important to keep in mind that procedures for issuing and/or updating documents can take a long time to complete, so preparing paperwork as early as possible is your best bet to eliminate any potential problems when moving day arrives.

Documents to Collect Pre-Move

While some of the documents you need to take with you when moving are already in your possession, some will need to be retrieved from different institutions. Here is a list of the documents you will need:

Personal IDs. Personal IDs include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Driver’s license
  • Social security cards
  • Marriage/divorce certificates
  • Military documents (I/A)

Be sure to gather all personal IDs for yourself as well as for each member of your family. Some of these documents will be needed during your relocation, so be sure to keep them on hand at all times.

Moving Documents. If your relocation includes hiring a moving company to transport your belongings, you will be provided with important moving documents. These include a signed contract, along with a binding estimate, inventory list, moving-guide pamphlets, etc. These documents will be needed frequently throughout the moving process, so keep them secure and easily accessible during your relocation until moving day. When moving day arrives, place all moving-related paperwork in a secure spot, such as a lockbox – just don’t leave it behind by mistake!

Financial Documents. Financial documents include:

  • Credit cards
  • Bank statements
  • Savings account statements
  • Bank transaction statements
  • Income tax papers
  • Tax receipts
  • Tax deduction bills
  • Loan papers

Be sure to keep all financial documents in a designated folder and away from potential prying eyes. Also, keep track of all moving receipts because moving-related expenses can be used for tax deductions at the end of the year.

Property Documents. If you are moving into a home you purchased and/or out of one you sold, you will have a mountain of property-related documents to keep up with, such as:

  • Selling and buying agreements
  • Lease copies
  • Mortgage documents for new and old homes
  • Property insurance policies
  • Auto insurance cards
  • Registration documents of motor vehicles

Medical Records. To keep everyone healthy, it’s important to visit your doctor shortly before your move so you can obtain all medical documents needed post-move Also, be sure to transfer all prescription medications, and obtain dental records from your dentist’s office. If you have pets, you’ll also need to retrieve copies of veterinary records and vaccination certificates.

School Records. If you have kids, don’t forget to collect their school records. This is important because you will need them to enroll your kids into new school systems after the move. If your child is applying for college, be sure to request certified copies of his/her school transcripts.

Documents Needed When Moving Abroad

If you are moving abroad, you will need to gather a somewhat different set of documents. They include:

  • Valid passport
  • Visa and work permit
  • International health insurance policy
  • Immunization records
  • Pet information and vaccination certificates
  • Emergency contact list, including the address and contact details of the U.S. embassy in your new country

It is also a good idea to obtain an apostille stamp on all important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, degree certificates, professional licenses, etc.) when moving abroad. This will assure foreign officials and government agencies that your documents are legit.

For everything you need to know about your upcoming move, ABC Movers can help. Click here to visit our blog or contact us at 800.771.0151.

Move Your Couch with These Professional Tips

When relocating, there is always an unbelievable amount of obstacles you will face. Where to live. How to afford it. Packing. The list is never ending. Another challenge you will also run into is deciding which belongings you should take with you and which you should leave behind. One item, in particular, is your couch. Whether you are a couch potato or not … whether you spent a lot of money on it or got it fairly cheap from a thrift store … a couch is one piece of furniture that becomes very well loved. The very idea of getting rid of it may even feel like disowning and old, dependable friend. In order to figure out if you should take your couch on your moving adventure, here are some things to consider:

  • Is it valuable? Was your couch made by a famous manufacturer, or was it a meaningful gift from someone important to you? Is it a priceless family heirloom or considered an antique? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your couch holds value, and you should definitely take it with you.
  • What is its current condition? Your couch may be worn in just the way you like it, but the older and more worn out it is, chances are leaving it behind is your best choice. This way you can start fresh and purchase a new couch to go in your new home.

If after lengthy consideration you’ve decided your couch is worth relocating with you, there are several things to consider. This article will provide you with knowledge on:

  • How to disassemble a couch for moving;
  • How to properly wrap a couch for moving; and
  • What equipment is needed to move a couch.

How to Disassemble a Couch

Unless your couch consists of stationary cushions, you will need to disassemble it. Not only will detaching certain elements of your couch make it easier and safer to transport, it will also prevent unexpected property damage like if a protruding part accidentally hits a doorway or corner. Here
are some tips on how to take your couch apart.

The goal of disassembling your couch before relocating is to strip it as much as possible. The first step is to remove its legs. This will eliminate a number of difficulties during the moving process. Couch legs are typically screwed to the frame structure, so simply use the correct screwdriver to remove them. Along with disengaging the legs of your couch, remove all other parts that can be done so safely, like armrests, cushions, covers, etc.

As you remove screws and other hardware pieces, be sure to place them directly into a plastic bag or small container with a tight lid. Staying organized is the best way to avoid losing important parts, as well as eliminate frustration down the road.

If you are at a loss for how to disassemble your couch, don’t fret. Call a friend or contact professional movers who can provide you with expert help.

How to Properly Wrap a Couch

After your couch has been disassembled, your next step is properly wrapping it so it will remain in perfect condition until it reaches its final post-move destination.

  • The first step is to gather a sufficient amount of bubble wrap (bigger bubbles will prove more protective). Check to ensure bubble wrap is clean, otherwise you risk dirtying up your couch. Then, wrap all parts you have removed from your couch and place them inside of a cardboard moving box. Label the box accordingly to make post-move unpacking easier.
  • Does your couch have protruding parts that are unable to be removed? If so, be sure to handle these areas with extra care because they are especially prone to damage. To protect these fragile components, cover them well with bubble wrap and secure it with packing tape. *Avoid damage by never placing packing tape directly over upholstery or polished wood surfaces.
  • If your couch reclines or folds out into a bed, you will need to take extra precautions so no damage or bodily injuries occur while moving. The best way to do this is by securing it closed with a furniture strap or strong piece of rope to prevent it from opening during transportation.
  • If your couch is valuable – whether an antique piece of furniture or cost you a fortune to purchase – provide it with extra protection by covering it from top to side to bottom in shrink wrap. This will help ensure it remains fully protected against moisture, dirt and dust.
  • The last step to wrapping your couch is to cover it in thick, protective coverings. Try renting or purchasing furniture blankets from a local moving company, or if all else fails, opt for household blankets. Be sure to secure coverings with strong packing tape.

What Equipment is Needed to Move a Couch?

Your couch may now be ready to be hauled to the moving truck, but before you can carry it onboard, you will need to obtain the proper equipment. There are two items that you will be very grateful to have: furniture sliders and furniture dollies.

  • Furniture sliders: Is your couch really heavy? If it is, you may intend to slide your couch across the floor in order to move it. To avoid scratches on the floor or damage to your couch, furniture sliders will be of great help. This equipment is made up of a piece of sturdy plastic with one side made of hard rubber in order to minimize friction between your furniture and the floor. Simply place the slider under each leg of your couch – or corners, if legs have been removed – and push it toward the door.
  • Furniture dollies: You’ve probably heard of – or even seen – a moving dolly/hand truck before (L-shaped and best meant for stacking boxes or heavy appliances, like washing machines). But there are also dollies designed specifically for furniture. Furniture dollies are one of the greatest inventions to ever hit the moving world – so take advantage of this must-use tool. Furniture dollies are made up of a four-wheel square platform that sits low to the ground for easy loading/unloading. It allows your couch, or other furniture items, to be easily rolled, saving you from the stress of lifting and carrying.

For more information on how to relocate your couch, contact ABC Movers.