Breaking a Lease Early: How to Do It Without Penalties

One of the biggest events in a person’s life is moving to a new home. This makes sense considering the great deal of organizing, planning, packing and time that it requires. But what happens if, after all that moving, you come to realize that your new place isn’t going to work out? Considering you signed a lease, you probably feel that you are trapped. In some circumstances, this may be true. Here’s why:

A lease states a number of things – the price of your monthly rent, any rules or regulations regarding the property, etc. While it may seem like a flimsy piece of paper, a lease is actually a binding legal agreement. And once you signed it, it became a binding legal agreement between you and your landlord. If you break a lease, there could be some negative results. One thing that can happen is that even if you decide to move before your lease has ended, your landlord may still demand full payment for the remainder of your lease. Even worse, your landlord can take you to court for breaking your lease. If your landlord wins, you will wind up owing more than just the remainder of the rent; you will also owe lawyer fees and interest. Breaking a rental agreement can also damage your credit score, which can make moving more difficult in the future.

So is there any way you can break a lease? If you really need to move, check out the following tips on how to get out of a lease early:

Check for Breach of Contract. As part of your lease agreement, landlords agree to maintain the property and to provide an environment that is safe and healthy for their tenants. Unfortunately, some landlords do not keep up with their end of the bargain. Some may ignore requests to replace nonworking appliances or refuse to fix faulty plumbing and broken heating/cooling systems. There may also be more serious problems like mold or an insect infestation. Problems like these are definitely not what you signed up for! If your landlord fails to keep your rental property in good condition, this means they are in violation of a breach of contract, and you may legally be allowed to break your lease without penalty.

Converse. If you’re lucky, you may just have a landlord that is willing to bend some rules for their tenants. The only way to find out is to talk to them. As soon as you realize you need to break your lease, speak with your landlord about it and explain the situation in detail. They may wind up being a jerk and refuse to bend in any way, but hopefully, your landlord will be understanding and work out some sort of agreement with you about the matter at hand.

Forfeit the Security Deposit. Many renters look forward to getting some – if not all – of their security deposit back when moving out of a rental property. But if you are looking to end your lease early, you may want to forfeit your security deposit. Speak to your landlord about using your security deposit to maintain the property until they find a new tenant. You can also offer to clean and paint the apartment yourself in order to save them money and time. By doing these things, you may forego any major penalties for moving out early.

Sublet. Subletting is not always an option, but if it is, it could save you from being penalized for opting out of your lease early. To sublet, find someone in need of short-term housing accommodations and have this person move in and take over your lease. Your name will remain on the lease, but instead of you paying the rent for a place you no longer live in, the sub-tenant will pay you, and you, in turn, will pay the landlord.

Examine the Termination Clause. If you are considering breaking your lease, read over your contract for a termination clause. Many landlords add an early termination clause to their lease in order to make renting more fair to the tenant, and also to lower the risk of vanishing tenants. This clause may allow you to terminate your lease as long as you give a notice of 30 days or more.

Another thing you may learn when reading over the termination clause is that any fee you may be forced to pay for breaking your lease is much lower than first expected, which could help quickly simplify the issue.

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Tips for Moving House as a Single Parent

From an outsider’s perspective, parenthood may look easy. But when on the inside, parenthood is hard work – especially as a single parent. Keeping a household running smoothly, while playing the active role of two parents … well, ya gotta hand it to those moms and dads that manage to do it so well. For anyone, throwing a home move into life is difficult, but as a single parent, it becomes even more complicated. Before you refuse to move, there is some good news, and that’s that many single parents have tackled a home move and lived to tell about it. How did they do it? With help from tips like those listed below. Check ’em out!

Plan Ahead. When tackling life as a single parent, one of the most important things one can do is to plan ahead. This is also vital when a home move is to come. How far in advance do you need to plan to make your move a success? Generally, three months or more. This will give you enough time to find reliable movers, pack your family’s belongings, and prepare your new home. It will also allow you enough time to get your kid’s school records and other important documents transferred to their new school district.

Another perk of planning ahead when moving is that it will allow time for your kids to get used to the idea before the big day arrives. This will result in a much smoother transition for all. Plus, with an event as unpredictable as moving, planning ahead will allow more time to sort out any bumps that occur.

Declutter Your Home. If you’ve ever been on vacation, you know that the more personal belongings you had to pack and take with you, the more complicated and expensive your journey became. Well, the same is true when moving to a new home. As you prepare for the big move, it’s in your best interest to sort through and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. This will help lessen the amount of items you have to pack up and move. It will also make the overall cost of your relocation cheaper because you’ll spend less on packing supplies and the total weight of your belongings will be lighter (professional movers typically charge by the total weight of items being moved).

Talk to Your Kids. Children are sensitive and attentive beings. During pre-moving preparations, you may become so preoccupied and distracted that you forget this. Ensuring an open line of communication with your kids (no matter their age) is important – at all times, but particularly when a move is to take place. Moving to a new home involves a lot of changes. This can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. So help ease their fears. As soon as you decide that a move is in order, inform them as soon as possible. Discuss with them all of the events that are going to take place and the changes that are to occur. Let them share their thoughts and opinions with you, and answer any questions they may have. Being open, honest and positive about moving is the best way to help them understand and adjust to everything that is going to happen.

Save Money. Financial worries affect most everyone. But being a single parent can cause this to be even more worrisome, especially when a move is ahead. Saving money can be difficult, but to help lessen the financial
burden a move can present, it is important to try and save as much as you can. To keep moving costs to a minimum:

  • Reuse cardboard boxes instead of purchasing new ones. You can get them from work, the grocery store, a warehouse, and from family and friends.
  • Use crumpled-up newspaper, socks, towels or t-shirts you already own to cushion your boxes instead of buying bubble wrap and packing peanuts.
  • Try to schedule your move for fall, winter or spring. Moving rates will be much cheaper because fewer people move at these times of the year.
  • If you are moving for a job, find out if some of your moving expenses are deductible.
  • Find out if any of the deposits you will have to pay for utilities can be paid in installments.

Ask for Help. Single parenthood means an endless list of obligations to tend to. Moving adds even more tasks to take care of. How will you manage to get everything done by yourself? There’s a chance you won’t be able to. Whether you get help with your move from family members, a close friend or two, or a professional moving company, your relocation will go a lot smoother with helping hands.

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San Diego, CA: Reasons to Move to America’s Finest City

Do you ever look around – at your home, your job, your life – and think, “What am I doing?” If so, the urge to move can strike big and hard. We definitely don’t suggest grabbing a bag and moving on a whim! But there does come a time in many people’s lives where a move to an entirely new location is a very good idea. If you’ve browsed the Internet for places to move, you have learned that there is an endless list of possibilities. For this article, though, we will discuss one hotspot in particular – San Diego, California.

Known as America’s Finest City, San Diego offers many great perks – all with a gorgeous Pacific Coast View. To find out if San Diego is the place for you, continue reading!

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Beauty. It’s hard to deny the beauty that is found in the city of San Diego. It offers miles of gorgeous beaches that trail along the Pacific Coast and has many beautiful parks and gardens. Balboa Park, for instance, is an amazing place to walk or jog, have a picnic or just take in nature’s many sights and sounds.

Another thing that makes San Diego a beautiful spot is its mountains, canyons and seaside cliffs.

Climate. The climate plays a big role in how well one likes where they live. Too-cold winters, too much rain or too-hot summers can be a definite burden. This is why so many people love living in San Diego. Summers in San Diego are warm and dry, and winters are mild. In fact, the climate is typically mild year-round, which is especially great if you aren’t a fan of winter weather.

Transportation. San Diego is a place where there is always something to see or to do. With so many people out and about, you may wonder how everyone gets where they need to be. San Diego offers many options for transportation – especially if you don’t want to deal with the expense and burden of owning a car. Equipped with many trains and trolleys, transit around the city of San Diego is made easy. There are also walking and biking trails located throughout the city, if these modes of transportation sound good to you.

Job Opportunities. If you are going to move to a new location – especially to a new state – you will need to find a job. We know, work can be such a pain sometimes! But it’s essential if you want to have money for rent, food and fun. San Diego is a great place to find work, with plenty of jobs available. And no matter your education, training or experience, this city offers something for everyone, which makes it possible to find your perfect niche.

Legoland, San Diego, CA

Lots to Do. A great perk about the city of San Diego is that it has lots of things to do. There are plenty of beaches, parks and museums, as well as places like the zoo and Legoland, which provide entertainment for both adults and kids. Plus, when you live in this great city, you will catch wind of all sorts of surprises like new shops to check out and local concerts and other events happening around town.

Delicious Food. From sunup until sundown, you’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurants, food trucks and more that serve delicious food and drinks for a variety of different taste palates. This is especially true for beer, wine and Mexican cuisine.

San Diego is just one of the great places you can move to in the state of California. You can also check out some perks of moving to Cali in our blog, “Top 6 Reasons to Move to California”. Wherever you decide to move, you can make it a success when you hire professional movers, like us!

What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away (Part 1 of 2)

Having a best friend is a wonderful part of life. You’ll laugh together, cry together, and be there for one another through all of life’s many challenges. But what do you do when your closest confidant is moving away? Most likely you will be shocked and completely saddened by the news. However upset and confused you may feel in this situation, you need to remember that your friend is probably even more stressed and worried by the imminent changes they will soon be facing. During this time, they will need you more than ever. So what can you do to help them, comfort them, and reduce some of their stress? Continue reading to find out.

Offer Support

It can be tough to evoke happiness when a best friend moves away. It can be a very sad situation, after all. But being supportive will help reassure your friend that their future endeavor is going to be okay. Here are some ways to show your support:

  • Offering your excitement is a great way to show your support for them and their impending move, so push away the sadness and put on your bravest face. Take some time to research positive aspects of the area your friend is moving to, and let them in on the many cool things you find. Telling them that their soon-to-be home and town have a lot of great qualities will help assure them they are making the right decision. It is also a good idea to encourage them to explore their new location at length and to make every effort to adjust to their new environment.
  • Be Sympathetic. Moving is a big deal – one of the largest changes one can make in their lifetime. So it goes without saying that your friend will experience plenty of apprehensions and worries, expectations and hopes regarding their relocation. A good way to be there for your friend is to be sympathetic and lend an ear. Listen intently to everything they have to say to help them vent their feelings, and try to come up with some useful and reasonable advice. Your efforts to ease their anxiety will reassure them things are soon to change for the better.
  • It’s also important to tell them you will miss them, but that their relocation will have no effect on your relationship, nor will it sever your special bond.

Lend a Helping Hand

Moving is hard. It comes with a never-ending list of tasks to accomplish, from organizing and packing to loading and unloading the moving truck. It may feel difficult to actually help your friend move away from you, but it’s important to push your self-pity aside and lend a helping hand. Doing so will save your pal lots of time and will help them avoid moving scams. Here’s how:

Find your friend a reliable moving company:

  • Ask all of your friends, relatives and acquaintances who have recently moved for their opinions, recommendations and feedback on moving companies they have worked with;
  • Research how to prevent moving fraud and ensure a safe relocation;
  • Read online moving reviews, visit websites and compare the cost and conditions different moving companies offer;
  • Make a list of licensed, insured and trustworthy movers that meet your friend’s unique moving needs.

Help your friend organize and pack:

Sorting out a lifetime’s worth of belongings and packing each and every item safely for shipment is a time-consuming and laborious process. A process that your friend will be more than thrilled to have your help with. To aid in these moving tasks:

  • Spend a few hours at your friend’s place, and help organize their belongings. It may sound tedious, but it can actually be a fun experience. You’ll get some quality time together and relish old memories you’ve shared in the past as you happen upon half-forgotten items.
  • As you help your friend sort through their possessions, act as the deciding vote as to which items they should definitely keep and which they can live without. Your decision making will come as a welcome help when making the hard choice of whether to keep or diss certain possessions. If there is time, take your organizational skills one step further and help your friend organize a garage sale. Selling their unwanted items can earn them some extra cash to make the moving process less stressful. You can also help them by taking their unwanted things to a charity center or recycle center.
  • Collect any packing supplies you may have at your house, and give them to your friend. Every cardboard box or roll of tape you are not using can come in very useful for them; it will also save them money on packing materials.
  • When all of your buddy’s belongings have been organized and they have the necessary moving supplies, help them pack their belongings safely and efficiently. This means wrapping and packing all items with utmost care and making sure all boxes are well padded, tightly sealed and properly labeled.

Offer to Help on Moving Day

The greatest challenge your friend will face in the relocation process is moving day. Not only will it be physically challenging, it will be emotionally challenging too. Your help and support on this stressful day will be of utmost value. Here are some things you can do:

  • Arrive at your friend’s place a couple hours before the moving truck or movers arrive in order to help them handle any last-minute tasks – removing obstacles from entryways, covering floors, walls and bannisters with protective materials, etc.
  • If your friend has kids and/or pets, offer to take care of them during the move. Knowing everyone is safe and cared for will remove a great deal of stress during this stage of your friend’s move.
  • Moving day takes many hours to complete, which means everyone’s appetites will be quite high when all is said and done. A good way to offer your friend help on the day of their move is by supplying food. Whether you provide snacks, a homemade meal, or just order some pizzas, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Continue on to part 2 of this blog series to learn even more things you can do when your friend moves away.

Top Moving Questions, Asked and Answered

Moving house can be summed up in a number of words: exciting, stressful, chaotic, expensive. And with all of these things, your relocation can result in total confusion and a number of questions. What do I do next? What should I expect? How much is this going to cost me? So here’s what you do: hop onto your favorite web browser and search for information on all of your most grueling questions. Information is a powerful weapon and will give you a major advantage when moving from one home to another, saving you an enormous amount of time, money and stress! To make your move more efficient, we’ve listed the top questions people search online before moving house. We’ve also provided some useful answers and advice. Check it out!

Why do people move house?

Moving house is typically not something that just happens on a whim. It takes time, money and loads of planning. So if it’s such a serious matter, why do people do it? Many reasons! The number one reason people move is due to new or better job opportunities. When moving for this purpose, one may relocate to another part of the country, or even abroad.

Other main reasons for moving include:

  • The desire to be closer to a loved one;
  • The necessity to move into a more fitting home in a cheaper or safer city;
  • The wish to move to a place with a better climate;
  • The need to escape a past filled with bad memories.


What is the cheapest way to move cross country?

Depending on where you plan to move, you will need to decide whether to opt for a self-move or to hire a professional moving company. For a local move, a self-move is typically the cheaper (and first) choice. But for a move that will take you across the country, the best choice is to opt for professional movers. Hiring professional movers is one of the largest moving-related expenses. Is there any wonder people hit the Internet to search for movers with the best rates, along with ways to make a cross-country move cheaper?

To move cross country on a budget, here are some tips:

  • Find an affordable mover.
  • Book your move early.
  • Take only the belongings you truly need.
  • Sell items you aren’t taking with you.
  • Find free packing materials.
  • Pack whatever you can by yourself.

What steps do I take when moving house?

When first deciding to move to a new home, the process of moving probably feels rather straightforward. But with an ever-growing amount of tasks to complete within a limited time period, moving can become chaotic, stressful and hard to manage. Any lost time during your pre-move preparations can greatly hurt your chance of a smooth move. So what do you do? Successfully manage your time. For some, this is easy, but for many, it can be a real struggle! Searching the Internet for a good moving checklist will make a huge difference in the success of your move. A checklist can help you figure out what to do when moving and what items to take with you, along with valuable ideas on how to organize your time effectively and use every hour of every day to your advantage.

How do I choose a moving company?

Are you looking for a moving company that will offer high-quality services at an affordable (ahem… cheap!) rate? Of course you are! Who isn’t? This being said, it’s understandable why move-related online queries often contain the words cheap, affordable, low-cost and cost-saving. The mission to find a top-rated mover will not be a walk in the park, but if you do your homework and spend a fair amount of time researching movers, then the time and efforts you have invested should pay off nicely in the end. For tips on how to find a moving company, click here.

How do I pack for a move?

There’s no question that packing a home for a move is the toughest moving-related job. It requires lots of effort, energy and time. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that packing tips are one of the top things people search for online when moving house. There are tons of packing tips out there – some with general advice on when to start packing and how to pack quickly. There is also a handful of efficient packing tips aimed to help you save an enormous amount of time and how to keep your belongings protected at the same time. For useful packing tips, check any of our guides.

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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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Moving Mistakes to Avoid for a Less Costly, More Efficient Move

From simple mishaps to serious blunders, moving mistakes can ruin your moving adventure – especially if they result in lost money and valuable time being wasted. Moving house is a major event. It takes lots and lots of careful planning, packing and organizing. It also requires many helping hands. The last thing you want to do is create complications and suffer extra expenses by making mistakes that could have easily been avoided. To eliminate emotionally and financially draining mistakes during your move, here are some things to avoid.

Hiring the First Moving Company You Find

Google “moving companies” and you’ll be provided a mega list of choices – each company claiming to be “the best in the business” in order to compete and attract more customers and to make a greater profit. But are they really the best in the biz? All moving companies offer moving services, of course, but their services may be radically different in terms of rate, quality, reliability and terms. Their level of competence and experience, along with equipment used, will also be different. This is why thoroughly researching a moving company before actually hiring one is so important. Hiring the first moving company you discover can lead to money lost and huge disappointment, so take the time to consider all of your options so you will pick the best company for your specific needs and requirements. Here are some important steps to take before hiring movers:

  • Ask for several moving quotes;
  • Interview several selected movers;
  • Request onsite written biding estimates; and
  • Compare and analyze offers.

When contacting moving companies, be sure to give them all relevant information – the number of household items to be moved, the final destination, any potential obstacles and requirements, and so on. Clearly stating your wishes and preferences is necessary in order to get the most accurate quote. Also ask about discounts, specific conditions, guaranteed pick-up and delivery date and time, etc.

Costly Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Believing an estimate given via phone or email is accurate;
  • Withholding relevant, must-know information your movers should know;
  • Hiring movers at random.

Choosing the Moving Company with the Lowest Estimate

As the moving expenses pile up, up, up, saving money is definitely going to be at the forefront of your mind. But don’t let the fear of expenses cause you to make an unwise choice when choosing a moving company. If a moving estimate is too good to be true, then it probably is. You may be dealing with:

  • Rogue movers who plan to disappear with your money and your valuable possessions.
  • Incompetent movers who want to secure the job but will do it poorly.
  • Scam artists who will demand a much greater amount of money than previously stated, for alleged accessorial services. (In this situation, they will not deliver your belongings until you pay these extra fees.)
  • Moving brokers who will sell your move to a third company that has its own tariffs.

All of these scenarios will cause you to pay large amounts of money. To avoid situations like these:

  • Before signing a contract, check the legitimacy of your chosen movers by verifying their USDOT number.
  • Look for any complaints regarding their services by calling the FMSCA safety violations and consumer complaints hotline.
  • Learn how disputes and conflicts have been settled in the past.
  • Read the fine print before signing a contract.

Costly moving mistakes to avoid:

  • Not thoroughly reading/comprehending movers’ paperwork;
  • Not checking movers’ credentials;
  • Signing blank or incomplete documents.


Hiring Movers at the Last Minute

If you have a big move ahead of you, one of the worst things you can do is procrastinate. This means everything, from signing a lease or mortgage on a new home to packing mountains of moving boxes. It also includes waiting too long to hire a moving company. As often as people move, moving companies are quickly booked up, and the longer you wait to sign a contract with one, the bigger the risk of:

  • Restricted available moving dates;
  • Limited moving crews;
  • Limited access to moving equipment and supplies; and
  • Higher price.

Moving at Popular Times

If you want your move to be as flawless and cheap as possible, it’s all about good timing. Here are some moving times to avoid:

During peak moving season. Between the months of May and September, moving costs dramatically increase. This is because more people are moving during this time. The result is paying more to secure a moving crew and vehicle.

On weekends. It’s a lot easier for most to move on weekends when they are off work and have a larger chance of getting help from family and friends. Unfortunately, your weekend free time can mean higher moving costs.

At the beginning or end of the month. There are several reasons why moving mid-month can lead to savings. This is because things like payday, end-of-lease agreements, and starting a new job typically fall at the beginning or end of the month. Because more people move during these times, moving companies are in higher demand, which, in turn, causes prices to skyrocket.

On holidays. National holidays are an extra busy time for a relocation, with moving companies pushed to their limits. The busier the time, the more you’ll pay.

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Top Items to Never Entrust to Movers

When tackling a major move, hiring experienced movers is the ideal choice. This is because professional movers have the training and equipment to perform a smooth and trouble-free relocation. However, no matter how competent and reliable your chosen movers are, it is strongly recommended not to entrust them with certain possessions. Here is a complete list of the valuable items you should always move yourself:

Important Documents

There are many important documents you’ll need to keep track of during your move – passports, driver’s licenses, medical and school records, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, bank statements, car registration papers, mortgage papers, etc. While no one will necessarily want to steal or damage your documents, you never know what may happen or how soon you will need them after your move. For all moving-related papers, it’s a good idea to store them in a binder, small safe or lockbox and keep them with you at all times. If you opt for a safe or lockbox, be sure you have the keys to unlock it, and keep them in a safe spot.

Valuable Jewelry

Pieces of jewelry are small and expensive – two elements that make them prone to mysterious disappearances during a move. One, you may lose or misplace an item, and two, someone can easily take it, especially when left unattended during chaotic moving-day activities. To help lower the risk of valuable jewelry being lost, be sure to do your research on moving companies and only hire those movers with an excellent reputation.

Because delicate jewelry pieces can be easily damaged during transport, be very careful when packing these items, and take the time to move them yourself. You will handle them with much more care than anyone else, and you can ensure to get them to your new home safe and sound.

Electronics

You probably won’t be surprised by this, but expensive state-of-the-art electronics top the list of stolen items during a move. This includes everything from flat-screen TVs and computers to stereo, headphones and popular video games. If items like these are stolen, it is obviously a very sad and frustrating event. Not only will you be out a lot of money – and a prized or favorite possession – but you are also put at risk of identity theft if the item stolen has personal information digitally stored on it. To ensure the safety of your most expensive electronics – laptop, digital camera, smartphone, etc. – keep them with you at all times during your relocation. A good way to protect yourself in case of stolen electronics is to secure them with a password (and avoid easy ones like “1234”).

Another problem seen when moving expensive electronics is a high risk of damage. This is especially true during long-distance moves in mid-summer and mid-winter. Why do these times increase the risk of damage? Because of the extreme temperatures and weather conditions – a situation that can lead to irrevocable damage to sensitive devices. Your best bet when moving these items is to store them in a temperature-controlled environment at all times.

Family Heirlooms

The loss of family heirlooms can cost you dearly in many ways. The most obvious one being deep emotional stress because no amount of time or money can ever bring them back again. No matter the object, items of high sentimental value are irreplaceable and should be given special attention during a move. To avoid having them stolen or damaged, pack them with care and keep them with you at all times.

Antiques, Artwork and Collector’s Items

If you own antiques, there is a good chance that many of them are rather large and will need to be placed on a moving truck. To keep these items well protected, wrap them in materials like bubble wrap and packing paper.

Art pieces are much too valuable and delicate to be loaded into a moving truck. But for large items that cannot be transported by car, package them in custom wooden crates that are specifically designed to hold artwork. Be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap, foam sheets and corrugated paper.

If you are a collector, no matter what the item is that you collect, it is something that holds some sort of value to you. If possible, take these items with you during your relocation to avoid having these prized possessions lost or damaged.

An important thing to remember to do before your moving truck departs from your old property is to check to ensure nothing important has been forgotten, misplaced or mistakenly loaded onto the moving truck. It is also a good idea to remember that even if you have hired trustworthy movers, anything can happen. Opting for a liability protection plan is a good way to ensure you are compensated if your belongings end up missing or damaged during your move. For those items of high sentimental value that can never be replaced, don’t risk it, and move them yourself.

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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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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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