Affordable Movers: How to Find Them

When a home move is on the horizon, you will quickly see how many things need to be accomplished before your relocation date arrives. This being said, you will most likely want to find a moving company to help make the process easier. While this is a great idea, moving is far from cheap, which can make the idea of shelling out extra money to movers hard to do. But what if we told you there are ways to find movers that are not only affordable but also reliable too? If you are in need of movers but are on a tight budget, here are some ways to find a company that is actually affordable:

Look Early

As the saying goes, “the early bird gets the worm.” This is especially true when looking for a moving company. The earlier you start looking for movers, the greater the chance of securing a company that is both reliable and affordable. You will also:

Have a larger choice. The cheaper the rates a moving company offers, the quicker they are booked. Waiting until the last minute to find a low-cost moving company will prove difficult. So push the procrastinator tactics away and start your search in advance. By looking for movers several months before your relocation date, there will be many experienced and trustworthy moving professionals available.

Get a discount. By simply booking a moving company early, you could be eligible for a discount. This is because the goal of most moving companies is to secure as many jobs as possible in advance. By doing so, they are often willing to drop prices to draw in business.

Have more flexible scheduling. When you plan your relocation in advance, you will have the ability to set your moving date during less busy moving times, such as:

  • Off-peak moving season (September to May)
  • Less busy times of the month (second and third weeks of the month)
  • Weekdays

Consider Local Movers

When the safety of your personal possessions and valuables is at stake, many choose to hire a big, reputable, and nationwide moving company. This is because large moving companies are less likely to commit fraud or overcharge you at the end of your move. But don’t dismiss smaller moving companies. Because small moving companies rely mainly on moving jobs within their immediate areas, they work hard to gain the trust of locals; they also offer lower prices in order to attract more customers. When your goal is to find the most affordable movers, it will definitely be worth your time to consider small, local movers instead of big moving chains.

Get Recommendations

When on the hunt for a moving company, it’s crucial to do your search before booking. This way you can ensure you find movers that meet all of your must-have qualities (reliability, trustworthiness, professionalism, affordability).

Every moving company out there will claim to be the best, but what’s most telling is what others say about them. Asking for recommendations from family and friends is a great way to find a moving company that will satisfy you. If several people praise the same movers, this is a huge indication that they are a company that does a good job and you too will be happy with their service.

Another way to find worthy movers is by searching trustworthy websites like Yelp.com. Here you will be able to read genuine reviews from real customers and gain insight into the type of service a moving company provides.

Get In-Home Estimates

After gathering recommendations, you will need to get estimates from several companies in order to find the best rate. It’s important to keep in mind that any estimates you get online or over the phone are never truly accurate. For an accurate moving estimate, you will need to have a representative from each company you are considering hiring to come to your home for a visual survey of your belongings. During this in-home survey, you will be able to:

  • Show the representatives everything you intend to relocate (number, size, type of items);
  • Provide them with all relevant information (specific handling requirements, possible obstacles) needed for them to perform a smooth move;
  • Discuss the details (date, time, liability coverage) of your relocation.

Even if you like the first estimate you’re given, be sure to get a few more from other companies. Be sure to get a written binding estimate, to avoid price changes later.

If you receive an offer that is too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution. This could be a sign of rogue movers who are just out to scam you.

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Celebrating 10 Years in Business

 

We at ABC Movers wish to express our sincere appreciation to our employees and customers for their loyal support as we celebrate our tenth year in business. When our company was founded in 2007 with just two employees, we could hardly foresee our growth to a national national company with a staff of 3,000 within ten years. We could not have come this far without the loyal support and hard work of each member of the ABC team.

To further show our appreciation, when enlisting our services, just mention the following code to receive $50 off your move: 10Y50OFF.

To help celebrate ten years of helping YOU move, here are 10 fun facts about moving in the United States!

  1. Friday is the most scheduled moving day.
  1. The busiest time of year to move is during the month of August.
  1. The least busy time of year to move is during the month of February.
  1. Two of the most popular cities to move to in Texas are Austin and Houston.
  1. An estimated 43 million Americans move house each year.
  1. An estimated 33% of all moves are into apartments or multi-family homes.
  1. Local moves make up two-thirds of all moves.
  1. An estimated 40% of all moves are due to job promotions or transfers.
  1. The average person moves 12 times during their lifetime.
  1. On average, people schedule their move 42 days in advance with their chosen moving company.

Top 5 Items Damaged When Moving and How to Protect Them

When preparing for a move, you will spend a fair amount of time packing. Each and every item you own will need to be wrapped and boxed in a way that will keep them safe during their transport from old home to new. Failure to do so will result in your belongings being broken or damaged. Before you start packing, it’s a good idea to make a game plan. First, figure out which items are fragile and will be easily broken during your move. Then, gather the appropriate packing supplies that will keep all of your breakables safe.

So which items should you pay extra attention to? Here’s a list of the top five items most easily damaged items during a move, and how to protect them.

1. Drinking Glasses

Considering they are made out of glass, it makes sense that drinking glasses are the #1 most easily damaged item when moving house. So how can you pack them in a way that will ensure you won’t be left with a box full of broken glass? First, individually wrap each glass in packing paper. Then:

  • Place the glass horizontally on packing paper.
  • Grab a corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into the paper. Be sure to tuck the sides of the paper in (imagine wrapping a burrito).
  • Repeat these steps 3-5 times (depending on the thickness of the glass) with more sheets of packing paper.
  • Label each glass so it doesn’t get tossed aside in the packing paper madness that will occur later during the unpacking process.

Once your glasses have been wrapped, you’ll want to ensure you use the appropriate moving box. “Dishpack” boxes are made with double thick walls that create extra protection, which make them perfect for packing all sorts of breakable dishes and glassware. With your box in front of you, crumple packing paper and place it in the bottom of the box. This will provide a protective cushion. Then, place each wrapped glass vertically in one layer inside the box. After completing the first layer, place packing paper on top, and then repeat layers until the box is full.

*If there is any remaining space left in the box, fill it with crumpled packing paper.

2. Plates

Running neck and neck with the most easily damaged item when moving, is plates. The main reason for plates breaking during a move is that most don’t put enough packing paper in each box to adequately protect them. Luckily, wrapping plates takes basically the same steps as wrapping glasses:

  • First, wrap each plate individually in packing paper.
  • Repeat this step 3-5 times with more sheets of packing paper until the plate is properly secured and cushioned.
  • Label each plate.
  • Using dishpack boxes, cushion the bottom of the box’s interior with crumpled packing paper.
  • Place each wrapped plate vertically (not flat!) inside the box.
  • Then follow the rest of the steps listed above in the section about how to pack wrapping glasses.

3. Artwork

Whether you have artwork that is valuable, or even something you made yourself, you want to ensure all pieces are protected during your move. The best way to keep your artwork safe is by using a picture box. First, line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper. Then, place your artwork inside the box, keeping it securely in place by stuffing more paper in the front and back, and along the top. You can also use bubble wrap. The point is to make sure whatever is inside the box doesn’t shake, rattle or move during shipment.

4. Lampshades

Due to their awkward shape and often large size, lampshades are another item that can be hard to pack, putting them at a high risk of being damaged during a move. If not packed properly, they can easily be dented or torn. What to do?

  • Wrap the lampshade in bubble wrap. Be sure to cover every inch of the shade.
  • Fill the interior cavity of the shade with packing paper. Avoid using newspaper, because the print can rub off onto the shade.
  • Place the shade inside a properly-sized moving box and fill it with packing paper to keep the shade from shifting around inside.
  • Do not place anything else inside the box, especially on top of the shade. This even includes light items, like linens or clothes.

5. Liquid Cleaning Supplies

A spill that occurs inside of a box during a move can be awful – especially if the spill involves liquid cleaning supplies. These types of liquids can leak and damage items both inside and outside of the box. To avoid this, be sure all bottles of liquid are sealed properly when packed. To do this:

  • Remove the cap of each bottle and place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening.
  • Tightly screw the cap back on.
  • Tape the outside of the cap to the bottle to further seal and secure it.

To pack your liquid cleaning supplies:

  • Choose a box that is small and secure its bottom with tape. For optimal security, run the tape in multiple directions across the bottom.
  • When the box is full, place packing paper around the bottles to stop them from shifting.
  • Tape the top of the box so it doesn’t open and spills its contents during transport.
  • Finally, be sure to label all boxes.

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Packing Tips for a Fast Move

Packing for a move is never fun. Not only does it take lots of sorting and organizing, but it’s also very time-consuming. So what do you do when you are only given a few days to have your entire home packed and ready for a move? Your first instinct will be to panic. Defeating thoughts like, “There’s no way!” will zip through your head at rapid speed. But wait just a second. Take a deep breath and tamp down the panic. When pressed for time and faced with such a laborious and time-consuming task, your first step is to take advantage of that time. Although time is not in your favor, there are ways to expand it in order to accomplish everything on your moving to-do list. Check out the fast packing tips below to learn how to pack for a move in just a few days.

Basic Tips for Quick Packing

As soon as you push aside that initial panic of having to move house in just a few days, you can focus on the task at hand – packing. And packing quickly. But how? Here are some proven packing tips to abide by when moving in a hurry:

Start immediately. When there’s a very limited amount of time until moving day, your best bet to get everything done in time is to start packing immediately. When every second counts, avoiding procrastination and other delays is the key to success.

Leave things behind. Packing is time-consuming, and the more belongings you have to pack, the longer the process will take. To save some much-needed time, limit the number of items you have to pack. Not only will time be saved, but money will, too, because your final moving cost will be lower.

Know what not to pack. Professional movers transport a lot of items. But there are some they do not. Before your movers show up, go ahead and get a list of the non-allowable items. This way you won’t waste time and supplies packing something you’ll be forced to leave behind.

Create a packing schedule. You may think that taking the time to create a packing schedule will only waste the limited time you have, but the opposite is actually true. By spending some extra time to create a detailed packing schedule, you will save time when you start packing. Instead of packing random items in a random manner, a detailed timeline will provide you with a reliable guide that will keep you focused, motivated and well-organized from start to finish.

Get enough packing supplies. It’s impossible to pack your belongings without the appropriate supplies. So when collecting your materials, be sure to get everything you need in one trip. This will eliminate wasted time by having to stop packing to go purchase more supplies.

Get help from family and friends. Moving is a huge job that requires a lot of helping hands. Packing for a move that’s just a few days away … well, that requires even more help. To ensure you meet your moving deadline, ask for assistance from family and friends. A bonus is that it will provide you with the opportunity to spend more time together before the move.

Detailed Tips for Quick Packing

Now that you know the basics of how to pack quickly, here are more details on how to shed even more time off your packing timeline.

Have everything ready. Before you even begin the process of packing up your home, it is a good idea to already have everything set up and ready. To do this, create a packing station. At your station, keep all items in one spot. This way, you won’t waste time running around hunting down supplies. Clutter will slow down your packing progress, so try and keep your station clean and organized to achieve optimal time.

Leave drawers full. When it’s time to pack items in dressers and chests, your initial instinct is probably to empty all drawers and cabinets. But doing this requires a lot of time emptying the drawers and cabinets, and organizing and packing all the content. Here’s a tip: Before opening a single drawer or cabinet, stop and leave everything as is. Leaving your drawers full will save a lot of time during a fast-paced move.

Just make sure:

  • The furniture piece is not too heavy to lift or carry when items are left inside;
  • There are no fragile items inside the furniture;
  • You use preventative measures tokeep items inside drawers safe – foam sheets, crumpled newspaper, etc.;
  • You secure all doors and/or drawers so they don’t open during transport.

Use rolling suitcases. If you own any rolling suitcases, put them to use while packing because they make the perfect place to hold a number of heavy belongings. One thing, for instance, is books. With their wheels and handle, you can easily transport your books without putting a strain on your back. It will also save some of your precious cardboard moving boxes so they can be used for other items.

Use resealable plastic bags. Organizing small items requires a great deal of time – time you can’t afford to spare when packing in a hurry. In order to save time and keep small items in one spot, resealable plastic bags are a great thing to have on hand.

Important Tip

When time is of the essence, you, of course, want to cut corners. But one task you should absolutely spend extra seconds on is labeling your moving boxes. This will help keep the packing process much more organized and will save you mountains of trouble post-move.

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Top Reasons You May Require Temporary Housing

When it comes to moving, you probably want to be moving into your forever home. After all, who wants to prepare and pack for a move more than once? But life is all about transitions and changes, which means that your move is probably going to be temporary. What are some reasons that may call for temporary housing? Continue reading to find out!

Moving before choosing a new home. Moving to a place where you are surrounded by completely different surroundings and unfamiliar faces can be tough. Not only can it be stressful, but it can also be confusing. Questions, like “What are should I live in?”, “What neighborhoods are best?”, and “Where are essential places located?”, will swirl rampantly around in your head. This being said, it’s important to carefully research your new area so you can find the perfect place and location for you and your family. But this takes time, and sometimes there isn’t enough time to do adequate research prior to moving. Finding a temporary home is the best solution for this situation. This way, you will be able to live in your new surroundings and learn everything there is to know before buying or renting a more suitable and permanent residence.

Temporarily relocating for work. If your job requires you to move temporarily, you definitely won’t want to uproot your entire household and everyone’s belongings unless it’s absolutely necessary. If the temporary relocation is short, you may want to find a place for just you to live in and leave your family behind at home. If the relocation is long, then you may want to bring your family with you. In this case, you will need to find a temporary home for everyone to live in. You may also consider renting out your permanent home to help make paying two monthly housing payments easier.

Moving before your new home is ready. Another common scenario that requires temporary housing is moving before your new home is ready. For instance, if you have sold your home, you may need to move out before the new owners move in – even if your new home isn’t ready yet. This means you will need to find a temporary residence to house you and the fam til you can finally move into your new digs.

Moving while your home is being repaired. House renovations are never fun – especially if you are living at home in the middle of them. Depending on the renovations needed, you may have to vacate your home for a certain period of time. This will require you to find temporary housing for your family and storage for your belongings until the upgrades to your home are complete. Luckily, this type of temporary move will only mean relocating across town, but there will still be many things to consider and take care of.

Moving to study. Your college career may feel never-ending at times, but at some point, it will definitely come to a close. This is why moving to college is one of the most temporary moves a person will make in their lives. Whether moving to a place on campus, or off, you will have many items to pack and take with you in order to survive those fun and stressful college years.

Moving to help someone. When it comes to life, always expect the unexpected. For example, a close friend or relative may suddenly be in a situation where they need your help – especially for medical reasons. Having to move closer to a person in need is another reason that will require you to find temporary housing and tackle the necessary steps to set it up.

Now that you know some reasons why you may require temporary housing, head over to our next blog to learn some temporary housing options and how to pack for your non-permanent move.

Top 12 Things to Do Before Moving Out

From the moment you decide to move to the moment the moving truck shows up, you will be met with a variety of tasks to accomplish. In fact, the number of moving chores and packing jobs can become so overwhelming you may get easily confused about what things you need to do before moving out, and when you need to do them. To better tackle all your moving tasks, and make your move a success, here are the top 12 most important things to do before moving out.

1. Research packing supplies and tips on packing. This will help you prepare yourself with everything you need in order to properly pack all of your belongings.

2. Sort through your belongings, organizing everything into three main categories: “To Keep”, “To Donate/Sell”, “To Throw Away”. Remember, the more items you move with you, the more it will cost in terms of the amount of supplies you will require and how much it will cost to ship all of your possessions. By donating, selling or even throwing away any items you no longer have a use for, you will save money on your moving shipment, spend less time packing, and may even make a few bucks on those belongings you decide to sell.

3. Make a moving budget. This will help you decide what kind of move you can afford. Be honest with yourself about your finances, and ask yourself some important questions. “Will you be able to afford professional packers and movers, or will you need to stick to a self-move with just you and help from your family and friends?” “Can you afford to buy all of your packing supplies, or do you need to locate as many free moving boxes as possible?” Figuring out the answers to questions like these will help ensure you stick to your budget instead of drowning in expenses.

4. Designate a specific spot for all of your important moving documents, such as a brightly colored folder. This will make it easier to keep everything together so you won’t lose anything and also so you can access any documents quickly and efficiently. Be sure to keep this folder with you at all times so you don’t lose it during the stressful, and often chaotic, hustle and bustle of moving day.

5. If you are moving out of a rental property, be sure to let your landlord know about your plans to move, as soon as possible.

6. Figure out how to properly pack and ship certain items, such as those that are fragile and need to be handled with the utmost care. When researching this subject, consider what specific packing supplies you will need, like bubble wrap, packing paper, protective blankets, and other cushioning materials.

7. Get a moving estimate. To do this, contact a few reputable moving companies near you. An in-person estimate is best, so schedule a time for movers to come to your current home to help create a more accurate estimate for your move. Be sure to let them know how many items you intend to move and what fragile items, if any, you may have that will require more movers or special moving tools or supplies. Also be sure to inform them of any obstacles that may hinder your move – flights of stairs, a long distance from your door to the moving truck, etc. All of these things will make an impact on the cost of your move and what your chosen movers will need to come prepared with the day of the move.

8. Prepare your old home – and new one if possible – for moving day. Many things can happen during a move, from scuffed floors and damaged walls, to personal injury, etc. This being said, you will want to ensure the property is protected. Cardboard is a great tool to use because it provides cushion and protection to all sorts of things. Cover floors and carpets with it to help eliminate dirt and other problems from occurring. You can also wrap cardboard around stair railings and sharp corners to help keep them protected from large furniture, and other items that are being moved about.

9. Pay extra attention to how you wrap and carry large, bulky items, such as couches, tables and chairs. To avoid damage to your belongings, property, and yourself, be sure to wrap any protruding areas, like table and chair legs, with extra protective layers. If possible, remove these pieces and wrap them separately to make them less awkward to move.

10. Find out ways you can save money during your move. One way is to opt for a self-move with free help from family and friends. Moving boxes and other packing supplies is another great way to save money when moving. Check grocery stores, liquor stores, and bookstores, which have a continuous supply of boxes.

11. Create a move-out cleaning checklist. This will help guide you through the steps to take to leave your old home in good shape. If leaving a rental property, this will help ensure you get your deposit back, which will be more money in your pocket for your move.

12. Change your address with the many companies and people who should be aware of your whereabouts. Some include: utility companies, banks, the post office, schools, the department of motor vehicles, family and friends.

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Tipping Movers: What to Know

Moving from one home to another is a very stressful process that’s often filled with lots of tough questions and uncertainties. Two of the most notable being:

  1. Should I tip my movers?
  2. How much do I tip my movers?

As difficult a topic as money is, so is how much you should tip. On one hand, you don’t want to look cheap or unappreciative of the work your movers did. On the other hand, you also don’t want to over-tip your movers, because, after all, moving is already a costly event. To learn more about tipping movers, continue reading.

Do you have to tip your movers?

First things first. There is no rule that says you have to tip your movers. This being said, you don’t have to feel obligated to do so. Based on the quality of your move, the professional attitude of your movers, as well as the number of items that remain intact at the end of the day, you – and you alone – are in charge of deciding whether or not to tip your moving crew. To help you decide whether your movers deserve to be tipped or not, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Did your packers and movers arrive on time?
  • Were your workers nice, friendly and sociable, or rude, cold and disrespectful?
  • Did your movers act in a professional manner from the moment they arrived?
  • Did your movers treat your possessions with care and attention?
  • Did your movers do everything necessary to avoid property damage?
  • Did your hired professionals work hard from start to finish? Or did they try to deliberately extend the time they needed to finish the job by using dishonest or disrespectful time-wasting tricks – frequent cigarette or bathroom breaks, for example.

How much do you tip movers?

When it comes to tipping your movers, it is entirely up to you as to how much you think they deserve based on their job performance. But there are some ways to go about it. Here is a universal tipping formula you can use for short-distance and long-distance moves:

Short-Distance Moves.

A short-distance move, or local move, is one that will typically only require one day’s service from professional movers. For this type of move, it is easiest to tip based on an hourly rate.

  • Big tips – $5-$8 per hour/mover – if they did an outstanding job or had to work under tough conditions – long flights of stairs, narrow corridors, heavy and huge furniture pieces, etc.
  • Standard tips – $4-$5 per hour/mover – if they did a good job protecting, carrying and loading your belongings with care.
  • No tip if they did a poor job, damaged your belongings, or had a rude or disrespectful attitude.

Considering moving jobs are typically only a few hours, this will average to around $40 a day – an appropriate and standard tip for movers.

Long-Distance Moves. For long-distance moves, you may want to consider tipping your movers based on a percentage of your final moving bill. According to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), the average moving cost of an interstate move is around $4,300. For movers that did a phenomenal job, you could pay them up to 20% of this total. Depending on the performance of your movers, you can adjust the percentage accordingly.

If percentages aren’t your thing, then you can use the universal tipping method as previously discussed.

When do you tip movers?

If you decide to tip your movers, it’s important to get the timing right. There are two ways to go about it.

  1. Encourage your moving crew to work harder by promising tips at the end of the move provided they do a good job. Along with this verbal assurance, you can take it an extra step by giving each worker $10 to let them know you are serious about tipping them.
  2. Tip your moving team after they’ve completed the job. This means after all boxes and furniture pieces have been delivered and taken inside your home. If you’ve tacked on extra services for unpacking, tips should be handed out after the task is done. Tipping movers after the job is completed is typically the safest – and most common – option because it allows you to ensure the job is done efficiently, because if it isn’t, you will be out money on an unnecessary tip.

If you opt for tipping method number 2, be sure all of your possessions are accounted for, and that they are all in good shape. Once you sign your final paperwork, you can then reward each mover individually.

Who do you tip?

Before you can tip your moving crew, you first need to know who to tip. Typically, you are expected to tip each individual mover according to their service, professional attitude and overall performance. A potentially big mistake to avoid is giving the entire sum of cash to the foreman or driver. If they end up being dishonest, they may simply forget to share the tipping money with the crew or keep the money entirely for themselves.

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Moving: Top Reasons It’s So Stressful

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. But what really makes moving so stressful? Several specific factors cause the tension and anxiety typically associated with the moving process. Here is a breakdown of the top reasons why moving is so stressful.

Breaking the News

Breaking the news to family and friends of your life-changing decision to move can be one of the toughest parts of an impending relocation. Though this requires neither strenuous effort nor time or money, the news may come as a shock and even cause conflicts and tension in the home – especially if you have children. Because of this, you need to be very careful, positive and patient when discussing your upcoming move with your kids. Kids, especially those that are young in age, are unable to fully understand what moving is all about, and are not as able to process their thoughts and feelings as well as you. They may get upset, scared or confused by the prospect of leaving their safe and familiar world behind. After all, the unknown can be a very scary concept. If you have school-aged children and teenagers, be prepared for some grumbling, shouting, angry retorts, and bitter tears, and a loud door slam or two.

Finding a Suitable Home

One of the first steps in the relocation process is finding a suitable home for you and your family. This task alone is extremely difficult, as well as time-consuming, especially if you’re moving to an area you are unfamiliar with. To help make the process easier, it is a good idea to visit your new city in person several months before the move to get a good understanding of your new location. This way, you will be able to find:

  • Safe and pleasant neighborhood: Exploring different neighborhoods in your soon-to-be town will help you find one that will meet all of your specific requirements in terms of safety, agreeable surroundings, and friendly community;
  • Appropriate residence: Whether you need a small apartment or a large house with a spacious backyard, you will want to ensure that wherever your new residence is, that it is in excellent condition and will provide you with all the comfort and coziness you desire. It should also come at an affordable price.
  • Convenient location: Your new home should be conveniently located to all of the necessities – work, children’s school, local amenities, medical facilities, etc. Your new location should also meet your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Finding Reliable Movers

As soon as you know when and where you will be moving, as well as pin down a suitable home, you will need to figure out how to get all of your belongings there safely and efficiently. Unless you have decided on a self-move (which is best for short-distance moves), you will need to find trustworthy, reliable movers to ship your belongings to your new home. Due to the large volume of moving companies out there, finding movers won’t be a problem. However, finding movers that are experienced, dependable, and affordable will be a much harder task. Your final decision will define the kind of moving experience you will have. This being said, the process of finding a solid moving company adds stress to your move. In order to find good movers, you will need to do careful research and pay meticulous attention to details. This way, your relocation will be successful and stress-free.

Organizing Your Belongings

A little organizing here and there isn’t all that bad. But organizing your belongings for a move is a serious and challenging task. You’ll have to clean out closets, kitchen cabinets, a basement or garage, etc. All of these areas will take time, strength and lots of decision making. Here are two essential reasons it’s an important step in the moving process:

  1. The fewer items you relocate, the less you will pay in moving costs. This is because your final moving costs depend on the weight of your shipment.
  2. The better organized your belongings are, the easier it will be to pack, unpack and transport them.

Packing Safely

The safety of your belongings will be one of your primary concerns when moving to a new home. In order to ensure your things get from Point A to Point B safe and sound, you will need to pack properly. This means using quality packing materials and knowing how to best pack, arrange and secure your belongings in moving boxes and in a moving truck.

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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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Helpful Tips to Move Your China Cabinet with No Cracks, Chips or Broken Pieces

Just looking at a china cabinet can leave you feeling tense. All of those delicate items just waiting to break at even the slightest rattle or shake. The worry of breakage is even worse when preparing for a move. One careless step and you risk some of your most valuable items being shattered into thousands of sharp, dangerous pieces. Not only that, but your china cabinet itself is breakable too and can suffer major damage during the moving process. Luckily, there are ways to tackle the fragile process of moving your china cabinet and all of the precious items inside with no cracks, chips or broken pieces. So let out those worried breaths and steady those shaky hands, and check out the following tips.

Must-Have Supplies

Before you can begin the process of packing your china cabinet, you will need to gather all of the necessary supplies. Here’s a list of all of the must-haves:

Dish boxes. To provide the best protection to your breakables, you will need to invest in dish boxes. While similar to typical moving boxes, dish boxes are better for breakables because they are made of a double layer of thick corrugated cardboard. They can also be found with specific slots to provide extra protection around each individual dish. If you are unable to find boxes specifically designed for dishes, you can still use regular moving boxes, but just be sure to include extra padding to compensate for the weaker protection of their single-layered cardboard walls.

Bubble wrap. The air-filled sacks bubble wrap provides is a must-have supply when packing breakables. For delicate items, like china, it will ensure the ultimate protection needed to keep everything safe during the moving process.

Steps to Pack Your China and Breakables

Now that you have the necessary packing supplies, follow these steps to pack your fine china when moving house.

Step 1: Reinforce the bottoms and sides of dish/moving boxes with quality, heavy-duty packing tape. Breakables, like fine china, can become very heavy when packed together. Providing your boxes with extra security is a vital step to ensure your boxes – and the contents inside – won’t break.

Step 2: Layer wads of crumpled paper on the bottom of your boxes before filling them up.

Step 3: Position one fine china plate – or other items – in the middle of several sheets of packing paper. Two or three sheets should suffice. One by one, pull the corner of the sheet stack over the plate until it ends up completely covered. Secure paper edges with packing tape.

Step 4: Using a single sheet of bubble wrap, use the same method as the previous step to wrap your item. Secure with packing tape.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for each individual piece of chinaware from your china cabinet.

Step 6: When all items are properly wrapped, you can place them inside their designated boxes. For plates, place them in boxes on their edges. Stacking them flat can cause damage to those plates on the bottom due to too much weight bearing down on them.

Step 7: When your box is unable to fit anymore pieces of chinaware, fill any remaining spaces inside the box with packing paper or newspaper. You can also use bubble wrap or old, clean pieces of clothing. The goal here is to make sure nothing moves inside the box during your move. To check, give each box a gentle shake. If you feel, or hear, movement inside, add more padding materials before sealing the lid.

Step 8: Use words like “BREAKABLE”, “FRAGILE”, and “CHINAWARE” to label the top and sides of each box.

Steps to Prepare Your China Cabinet for a Move

Packing the contents of your china cabinet is just the first half of the moving process. The second half is to get the china cabinet itself ready for the big move. China cabinets are very fragile. This being said, the best way to move them is to hire experienced professionals who will do a great job of safely packing and transporting your china cabinet in a way that only experts know how. If hiring a professional mover isn’t in your budget, however, the following steps will help you move your china cabinet safely and efficiently.

Step 1: Empty Contents. Before you can even think about preparing your china cabinet for a move, the first step is to empty all of its contents. (If you skipped the step-by-step guide above on how to pack items from your china cabinet, scroll up!)

Step 2: Handle Glass with Care. Once your cabinet is completely empty, you will need to focus on its glass elements. If your china cabinet contains fragile glass doors and shelves, for instance – as most do – it is crucial to handle these areas with particular care.

Glass Doors. During a bumpy, jostling move, the doors of your china cabinet are bound to swing open – a problem that can lead to damage and even injury to those moving it. The best way to secure doors, especially those made of glass, is by removing them and packing them separately. Remove all doors one by one, slowly and carefully. Then, wrap each door in thick packing paper, followed by a layer of bubble wrap. The final protection step is to wrap doors in furniture blankets and secure them with packing tape. *Be sure to keep all screws, hinges and other small parts in a sealed plastic bag – and don’t forget to label it!

Glass Shelves. Just as you removed the glass doors to your china cabinet, you will also want to remove any glass shelves. Using extra caution, take each shelf out of the cabinet one at a time. Then, wrap them in packing paper and cover them with several sheets of bubble wrap. Be sure to take the same final packing precaution as you did with the doors, and wrap shelves in a final layer of thick furniture blankets. Old, clean blankets you already own will also work.

Step 3: One-Piece or Two-Piece Cabinet? Does your china cabinet have one piece or two? If it is a two-piece china cabinet, it will have two
sections – an upper section where china is displayed, and a lower section with drawers for storage. If there are two sections, be sure to separate them for better packing and protection during your move.

Step 4: Wrap Cabinet in Furniture Blankets. When all pieces – including drawers – have been removed, wrap the entire cabinet in furniture blankets. Be sure all areas are fully

Step 5: Secure Cabinet Legs. If your china cabinet has legs, they are highly susceptible to damage during transportation. To protect these protruding parts, wrap them in thick blankets or multiple sheets of bubble wrap, then use plenty of tape to secure them. Even better, if the legs of your china cabinet can be removed, take them off and pack them accordingly.

Step 6: Move Your China Cabinet.The final step of moving your china cabinet is both tricky and risky. You have to be able to lift it and also know how to use proper moving equipment to move it. An appliance dolly is the best tool to move your china cabinet without damage or injury to those moving it. Make sure the cabinet is adequately secured and immobilized on the dolly with rope or straps before trying to move it.

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