Moving Guide: Tips for a Small-Scale Move

If you’ve ever experienced a home move before, you know it’s a stressful, chaotic and all around complicated process. Not only on your nerves, but also your bank account. While this is typically a true presumption, it’s a good idea to treat each and every moving situation uniquely. For example, a move across the ocean is very different than a move across town or moving a single piece of furniture down the street. Each type of relocation comes with a different set of needs and requirements. Even if you are faced with a mini move, it’s important to plan and prepare accordingly for the situation. You may even require expert help from qualified movers. To check out our useful small-scale moving guide, continue reading.

Small-Scale Moving Help

Full house moves are the most common type of relocation. But don’t let this lead you to believe that small moves don’t require professional moving help. Moving is difficult, no matter the size, and moving companies have services to meet all your needs. This includes small-moving help, both locally and long distance. Partial-load moving, or small-scale moving, is the ideal solution if your shipment is not large enough to fill a moving van.

Good to know: A small move is generally estimated to be up to about 1,000 pounds. For a shipment that falls below this weight mark, it is called a mini move. For a mini move, the most beneficial choice is to consider a partial-load moving service.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages to opting for small-moving services is the cost. The cost of a large move is based on a number of things, including the total weight of your belongings. A small move, however, only requires you to pay for the items you are actually moving. This means no minimum weight requirements or hidden costs. It also includes both local and long-distance moves. How is the cost so low? The answer lies in efficiency. Movers strive for maximum efficiency when performing their job, and the best way to achieve this is by using moving trucks for dual purposes. When shipping a small – or partial – load, your items will share space inside a moving truck with other customers’ items. Sharing a truck means sharing transportation costs. As a result, the final price of a small move is based on the actual weight of your items and the relocation distance – not on pre-set charges.

Want to keep your small-moving costs as low as possible? Here are some tips:

  • Book movers early: When you first know of your impending move, go ahead and book a professional moving service. The earlier you book, the greater the flexibility for your movers to combine your shipment with someone else’s. This equals lower costs because you won’t have to pay for full use of a moving truck.
  • Move essentials only: When moving, it can be all too easy to take everything you own with you. However, the more items you relocate, the more stress you will endure, as well as the increased risk that your small move will turn into one that’s larger and much more costly.
  • Pack yourself: If you have the time and supplies – not to mention, the patience – opt to pack your belongings yourself. Or with friends and family who won’t charge you for their help. Doing so will greatly cut the cost of hiring professional movers, and their supplies, to do it for you. Just note that if you are relocating artwork, fragile items, family heirlooms or other valuables, it is a very good idea to hire professional movers who are trained in such matters.

Find Your Match

Find the best company for your needs. Moving companies can provide you with convenient and economical options when it comes to moving your small load. To find the company that is best for you and your specific needs:

  • Get references from friends and/or family. These will be your most trusted sources for recommendations.
  • Get small-load moving quotes from several companies. This way you can compare prices, quality of services, terms, etc.
  • Research small-scale movers, investigating reviews and performance ratings from past customers.
  • Discuss the details of your move with your chosen moving professionals. Important topics include liability coverage, handling requirements, transportation requirements, potential difficulties, final moving costs, etc.

Ensure all negotiated terms and conditions are clearly stated in your Bill of Lading!

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What to Know When Hiring a Moving Company

Moving Company figures - PHOTOMoving is a daunting and stressful process. It is also not a one-person job. So who do you turn to for help? The answer: a moving company. Finding a good moving company may seem difficult, but to take the stress – and heavy lifting – out of your move, it is the optimal choice. Here are some helpful tips to find the right moving company for you.

Get Recommendations. One of the first steps to take toward hiring a moving company is to get recommendations. Ask family, friends, coworkers and local real estate agents that have dealt with movers first hand. These are the most reliable sources you can get when it comes to finding a company you can trust with your moving needs.

Investigate Companies. Once you have a list of recommendations, research these companies by hopping online and doing some background checks. By investigating companies before even speaking to them, you can potentially avoid scams, and other potential problems.

Schedule an In-Home Estimate. Whether moving interstate or out of state, it’s a good idea to call several companies for an estimate. This is the best way to get a price on how much you will be charged. For out-of-state moves, ask the company for a written binding estimate or a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Both estimates place a guaranteed cap on what you will pay for your move. Note that nonbinding estimates are legal if free, just be warned that the final cost will most likely be more than the estimate.

During the In-Home Estimate. When you schedule an in-home estimate, a person from the moving company will come to your home to look at everything you will need to have moved. During the appointment, be sure to show the estimator everything you want to have moved – in the closets, backyard, basement, attic, etc. Also be sure they know certain aspects of your home that could complicate the move – stairs, elevators, a significant distance from the door to the curb outside, and so on.

There is also a chance that when moving day rolls around, the foreman may challenge the original estimate your were given if he believes you have significantly more stuff than was first calculated. (This will happen before everything is on the truck.) No one can force you to pay a higher amount, but the company also does not have to move your stuff for the original amount.

Create a Folder – and make it bright! Finding a moving company requires lots of hand-written notes, forms and website print outs. This will help you organize all of the important information and documents you will accumulate. Run to the store and grab a brightly-colored folder for all of the research and price estimates you will collect. Be sure the folder is in a bright color – the brighter the color, the harder it will be to lose during the mayhem of moving.

Another reason you should opt for a bright, organized folder is that having it handy and in plain sight when estimators come for an in-home estimate will know them that you are doing your homework. It will also encourage them to be honest with you on pricing; it may even make them give you a more competitive price.

Ensure License and Insurance. As you probably already know, not all companies or people play by the rules, which means many are not legally sound. A legit moving company will have the license and insurance required to move you legally, which means they will play by the rules and are your safest bet.

Choose a Mover and Move On. Once you have thoroughly investigated several moving companies with the checks above, you will be able to make a confident decision in which company to choose. Before the big move, confirm dates and times with your movers, and be sure to get a signed order for service.

The day of, provide movers with specific directions to your new home, along with your phone number. Also make sure you have a number to call so you can reach them throughout your move.

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The Pros and Cons of a Summer Move

Moving During Summer - PHOTOSummer means many things. A break from school. Family vacations. Trip to the beach, lake and pool. But did you know, summer is also the most popular time to pack up and move to a new home? A summer move comes with many pros and cons, so continue reading to learn more.

Pros

Less Stressful. For many, summer months are often less busy. School days and holidays are over and people are enjoying more laid-back days. With a schedule that’s less chaotic, moving in summer can be less stressful.

Better Weather Conditions. One thing most love about summer is its more manageable weather conditions and longer days. This is a definite advantage when moving because it allows you to get most, if not all of your moving done in just one day.

School’s Out. If you’re moving with kids, waiting until summer vacation begins is the best way to ensure an easier transition between schools. Your child’s education also won’t be disrupted by the move and no school will have to be missed.

Cons

Heat. Summer weather is definitely nicer to look at, but it’s very hot conditions are a definite con. Hot temperatures can be exhausting, as well as dangerous to your health.

More Costly. Due to the increase of people wanting to move in summer, it can be more costly to hire movers and supplies; it can also make scheduling harder. To ensure you have everything you need for moving day, be sure to plan ahead and book early.

How To Move Safely During Summer. As previously stated, the hot weather conditions of summer can make moving dangerous. If you opt to move everything yourself, this means lifting and carrying heavy boxes, furniture and appliances for hours on end. This can lead to physical strain any time of the year, but during the summer months, this greatly increases. If you decide to move during summer, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions. Here’s how.

Dress For Heat and Comfort. The day of your move, dress for the events ahead and wear clothes that will be cool and comfortable. Opting for light-weight and light-colored clothes is the best way to help prevent dangerous problems, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Stay Hydrated. Scorching temperatures and intense physical activity can be a very bad mix. Your body will need more water than usual to stay hydrated and to keep your core body temperature where it needs to be. To stay hydrated, be sure to drink lots of water during your move. Also, consider beverages with electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.). Avoid energy drinks and sodas because they will only dehydrate you.

Apply Sunscreen. With all of the constant commotion on moving day, it will be hard to truly judge how often you are in the sun. But during summer days, sunshine is typically lurking everywhere, so be sure to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from dangerous rays on the day of your move.

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Food: what to keep and how to pack it

From awkward-shaped pans to breakable dishes, heavy appliances to cabinets full of uneaten food – boxing up a kitchen is one of the most challenging parts of the packing process. Before you throw in the towel and decide to dump all food items in the trash, read the following checklist to learn what to take with you and what to leave behind, plus many other handy tips.

Consider Your New Space. An important thing to consider during the packing process is the amount of storage available in new space. Will you have more or less pantry space? If you will be downsizing in storage capacity then minimize the collection of food you plan to move with you, too.

Box Size. When packing, always think in terms of weight. For example, when packing heavy canned goods, opt for small boxes so they are easier to carry and move.

Label Boxes Accordingly. Organizing and labeling moving boxes is a great way to pack up your home. This includes food items. Separate all food into categories, such as: perishables, canned goods and spices. Then label all boxes accordingly. This will help you prioritize which boxes need to be opened first after you move.

Pack Heavy to Light. Once you have narrowed down what food items you’ll be bringing to your new home, you can then start packing. The best method is to pack heavy to light. Place all heavy items (canned goods, peanut butter) on the bottom of your moving boxes first, then layer all light items (crackers, cookies) on top.

Near-Expired Foods. When deciding which food you should keep or toss, first look at expiration dates. If something will only last a mere few weeks after your move, go ahead and toss it. Chances are you won’t eat it after you move anyway, so free up some space and ditch any near-expired foods.

If you don’t want to waste food by throwing it in the trash, donate items to others, such as family, friends, neighbors, homeless shelters and others in need.

Fragile Items. Fragile food items include basics like flour and sugar. Before you pack these things, be sure to place them in more secure packaging first. Invest in some heavy-duty, sealable containers that will stop any spills from happening. Another option is to put these items inside large ziplock bags so anything spills will be contained.

Spices. Salt, pepper and other spices are another fragile item that can lead to spills during a move. To avoid salting everything with spilled salt shakers or opening a box covered in paprika and oregano, here’s a tip: cover the tops of each shaker with a piece of masking tape. With a simple piece of tape, you will stop any spills from happening.

Pack a Cooler. If there are certain items that need to be kept cold that you weren’t able to use in time – or throw/give away – be sure you remember to pack a cooler the morning of your move. If you are moving a few hours away, a cooler will keep your items from going bad until you can hook up your fridge at your new place. Just be sure you don’t forget to unpack the cooler!

Defrost Fridge. One of the most common things people forget to do before the moving van shows up is defrost their fridge – a situation that is somewhat problematic if you are taking your fridge with you. Be sure to unplug your fridge at least 24 hours before your move so the freezer will have time to defrost.

Important Tip. When moving day finally arrives, you’ll want to be well rested and well fed for the big day. Be sure to set aside some pre-made meals and snacks that are easy to grab and won’t take long to eat. Think granola bars and PB&J sandwiches which will keep your energy up during a long day of hustle, bustle and heavy lifting.

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Important Things To Do Right After You Move

Things To Do After You Move - PHOTOAfter months of planning, packing and hard work, you have finally completed the big move to your new home. Congratulations on a job well done! You are probably ready to break open a bottle of champagne, kick your feet up and finally relax. But, before you get too comfortable, check out this list of important things to do right after you move.

Take Photos. Before you rush to unpack all those moving boxes, whip out your camera and take lots of photos. Why would you want photos of bare, unadorned rooms? If you’re renting, photos are an essential way to get your security deposit back. Photos can also be useful if you just purchased a home. If any damage has occurred during the time the previous owner moved out and you moved in, photos are your proof – and, if necessary, can even get you money for repairs.

Check For Breakage. Did you hire movers to pack and move for you? If so, you only have a limited amount of time to report any suspected damage or missing items. Check everything from dishes to heavy appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

Find Out Trash Schedule. Lots of unpacked boxes means lots of trash. But, where do you put your trash and what days it is picked up? To find out, ask your landlord, homeowners association or neighbors. You can also call your city’s sanitation department.

Change the Locks. Home sweet home. It’s all yours … now. But, have you ever considered who else may have had keys when the previous residents lived there? Avoid any safety risks by having all of the locks changed as soon as you move in (or before if possible). As a new property owner, this is one of the most important things you can do.

Register Your Car. If you moved to a new state, don’t forget to register your car. You will typically have 60 days to do so, however each state has slightly different requirements. Penalties for not having your car registered within the allotted time can range from fines to your vehicle being impounded.

Along with registering your car, you will also need to obtain a new driver’s license. This typically needs to be done within 30 days of your move.

Update Voting Address. If you want to continue having your voice heard, don’t forget to update your voting address. Most states allow a small grace period which allows you to use your old address at your new polling place. However, for elections beyond the grace period, be sure to update your new address at least two weeks prior to the election so you can cast your vote on important issues.

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Avoid Moving Injuries With These Helpful Tips

Avoid Moving Injuries Blog PHOTOMoving 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.

Know Your Limits: The best advice to keep in mind while moving is to know your limits. If something feels too heavy to lift safely, then it probably is. Don’t risk hurting yourself. Stop and get help – from a friend, family member or professional.

Remove Obstacles: Lifting and carrying boxes and furniture can be dangerous by itself. Add in navigating messy floors and it spells disaster. Before moving commences, create enough unconstrained space – inside and outside your home – to allow for free movement and to guarantee safe routes. This means removing any obstacles along hallways and paths that lead to the moving truck, as well as keeping walkways free of leaves, protruding branches, mud, snow and ice – all things that could prove hazardous during a move.

Wear the Right Clothes: The day of the move be sure to wear the right clothes. Avoid baggy clothing that may get caught on boxes or on door frames and cause you to fall. Instead, opt for comfortable garments that are made of breathable, flexible materials.

Proper footwear is also vital to avoiding moving injuries. High heels, open-toed sandals, and slippery soles prove dangerous during a move. The most optimal footwear is sneakers that are supportive and comfortable, as well as provide adequate traction to avoid any slips or falls.

Use Proper Equipment: Hiring a moving company to tackle all the heavy lifting for you is the ultimate way to avoid personal injury on moving day. However, if this is not an option for you and you are planning on a self-move, it is crucial to have and use proper moving equipment. This includes: a moving dolly, furniture pads, moving straps, etc. All of these things will help you move large, household items safely without hurting your back, pulling a muscle or dropping something heavy on your feet.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques: To avoid injury during your move, it is critical to use proper lifting techniques. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Heavy Objects – when lifting heavy objects, lift with your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and use the strength of your arms and legs to lift the object off the ground and carry it.
  • All Objects – when moving objects of all sizes, shapes and weights, hold the item close to your body, using slow and steady movements, while taking small steps.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects over your head.
  • Avoid carrying large objects around for more than several minutes.
  • Whenever possible, push items instead of lifting them (a dolly can help!).

Take Breaks: The moving process can be long and tedious, which makes it easy to try and rush through it. However, rushing through a move can lead to all sorts of problems, especially injuries. For a more successful move, be sure to take frequent breaks to catch your breath, stay hydrated and eat an energizing snack.

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Avoid Losing Items During Your Move With These Must-Use Packing Tips

Blog 4 PHOTO“Where did I pack my favorite coffee mug? I can’t live without it!” … “O.M.G. – I left my iPad behind!” … “Where are my photo albums? I know they were placed in the moving truck!”

No matter how much care you take while packing, it never fails, something always manages to get lost or misplaced during a move. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many ways to minimize the chance of losing things during your move. But, the number one way is to be organized. Here’s how.

Pack One Room At A Time. Before you start packing, first consider your packing style. Are you someone who likes to put all of your things neatly into a box? Or, are the type who grabs an armload of things and dumps them straight into a box? If you’re the dumb-into-a-box packer, this tip is definitely for you!

One of the most efficient ways to pack is to pack one room at a time. This may sound like it will take too much time and effort, but it will pay off greatly on the day of the big move – as well as the days of unpacking that follow it. A good pre-packing prepping tip is to place several empty boxes – and packing materials – in each room of your soon-to-be-vacant home. Then start at one point in your room and work your way around until everything is packed.

Cables/Wires/Cords. TV cables. Computer wires. Phone chargers. The list of cables, wires and cords we accumulate is never ending! As easy as these things get misplaced in our homes, they are just as easy to lose during a move. So what’s the solution? Bags! Bags! And more bags! For every electronic device you own, place all corresponding cords inside a labeled, zip-lock bag; then tape it directly to the device. This way, when you go to set up your computer or use your iPad after the move, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Make a Master List. For this tip, you may have to break your OCD loose, or officially activate it. As you prep for your move, there is never a better time to become a master list maker. While packing, write each and every thing you place inside each box on your master list; also write down which room each box belongs in when moved to your new home. This way, you have control over what and where everything will go inside your new place when the actual moving takes place.

Label Everything. If you’ve never been someone who labels things, it is now the time to become a labeling machine. And no, you don’t need a label maker – the average sharpie will suffice!

While packing, clearly label each box with the name of the room it is to go in in your new place. (Be sure to label the top and all sides of the box, too!) Also, label each box with “this end up” (drawing arrows can also be helpful) or “fragile”. This way every box will be handled properly and there’s a lessened chance that your stuff will get broken.

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10 Tips for Moving From San Diego to Los Angeles

So do you want to leave your old home in San Diego and shift to a palatial apartment in Los Angeles?

Firstly, we do not want to burst your bubble, however, here’s a newsflash: Irrespective of where you are moving from, the transition is not going to be an easy one. It’s not impossible but undoubtedly not so easy. Continue reading “10 Tips for Moving From San Diego to Los Angeles”