Moving Back in with Your Parents: Strategies to Take

The day you first moved out of your parents’ home, you were likely filled with many emotions. You may have felt a bit nervous or sad, but overall, you probably felt eager and excited. But what happens when you have to move back home? No matter the reason, you may have some mixed emotions about it – frustration, depression, gratitude, relief, and so on. You may even feel that you are taking a step backwards in life. All of these feelings are natural. Though moving back in with your parents may be the right step – emotionally, financially and professionally – doing so is likely to be a great challenge. In this situation, you will need to find a way to be your adult self while still showing respect and gratitude to your parents. If you are considering moving back home, here are some strategies you should take:

Discuss your plans. After living on your own, you are probably used to only having to think about yourself. But a decision to move back home doesn’t just involve you – it involves your parents too. Before you show up at your parents’ front door with moving boxes in tow, be sure to discuss your plans with them first. Be open and honest with them about your reasons for moving home and the goals you wish to achieve while there – to pay off debts, build up savings, focus on your career, etc. Taking an approach that is clear and direct is one of the best ways to avoid problems while living back under your parents’ roof.

Set up an agreement. You probably won’t need a formal agreement to move back home, but you and your parents should definitely come to an agreement on certain issues beforehand. Consider these:

  • Establish roles: When moving back in with your parents, it is common for everyone to revert back to old family roles. To eliminate the risk of this happening, you should remind your parents that you are no longer a child and should be treated like an adult. Inform them that you don’t expect them to clean up after you, prepare your meals or do your laundry. Also tell them that you expect them to respect your privacy and take your opinion into account. If you treat your parents with respect and courtesy, they are likely to reciprocate.
  • Set rules: Another important thing to do before moving back in with your folks is to establish set rules. For example, do you want your parents to stay out of your room? Or do your parents expect you to join them for dinner or let them know if you will be out late? Knowing the answers to questions like these and setting clear rules is the optimal way to avoid confrontations.
  • Define your responsibilities: No matter where you live, you will have certain responsibilities to take care of. This is also true when moving in with your parents. Are you going to contribute to the family budget, and if so, how much? What household chores are you going to be responsible for? Will you be having friends or a significant other come over or stay over, and how often? Consider these questions and discuss them openly with your parents so everyone will have a better understanding of what to expect.

Be considerate and show gratitude. If your parents are nice enough to let you move back in with them, it is important to be considerate and show them gratitude. Otherwise, your parents may feel taken advantage of or taken for granted and feelings can be hurt. So,

  • Respect their house rules
  • Be polite
  • Take the necessary measures to avoid conflicts
  • Offer to help them with errands, jobs or tasks
  • Do your best not to disturb their daily habits and routines

Set an end goal. Letting yourself get too comfortable living in your parents’ home can make it harder to move out later on. This is why it is important to remember that your new living arrangements are only temporary. A good way to do this is to set an end goal and work hard to achieve it. Make plans for your future, spend and save your money responsibly, look for affordable places to rent, apply to jobs, etc. – whatever it takes to ensure you work towards moving back out on your own at some point.

Still not sure if you should move back in with your parents? Check out our next blog, “Moving Back in with Your Parents: The Pros and Cons”.

Penny-Pinching Tips to Cut Moving Costs and Expenses

When tackling a residential move, there are a number of things that you will have to think about – planning, organizing, packing, cleaning. But there is one thing that will stand at the forefront of your mind when it comes to a home move, and that’s the cost. Regardless of whether you are moving locally or clear across the country, moving house is expensive! Here are some stats:

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of a home move within the same state is roughly $2,300. For an interstate move (of around 1,225 miles), the cost jumps to around $4,300.

Did your jaw drop to the floor? Sorry about that! But based on these estimates, is there any wonder that moving can cause such a great deal of stress? Luckily, we have some tips to help cut moving costs and expenses. Now, once you have picked your jaw up off the floor, continue reading to learn how to pinch those pennies!


Create a budget.
There are lots of ways to save a few dollars here and there on moving expenses, but when you are looking to save more than a few bucks, you will need a real plan to follow. The ultimate way to save money on your move is to create a personal moving budget. Based on the average cost of a move, you will want to create a budget that will help you not only stay within your limits but also lower your moving costs. This being said, a moving budget will serve as an invaluable moving costs checklist. Here are some things that should be on the list:

(If hiring professional movers.)

  • Moving cost estimate
  • Additional services
  • Moving insurance
  • Extra charges and fees

(If performing a DIY move.)

  • Truck rental costs
  • Moving equipment
  • Packing supplies
  • Hidden DIY costs

Hire low-cost movers. One of the cheapest ways to save money when moving is to hire low-cost movers. For a small DIY move, getting some buddies to help you for free is the ultimate goal. But what if you don’t have any friends who can help, or your move is too big to tackle alone? In these circumstances, you will need to hire professional movers. While a number of companies will be much too expensive, there are others out there that will be much cheaper and actually allow you to save some money. To find a moving company that fits into your budget, you’ll have to do some research and compare the rates of various companies. To figure out the lowest rate:

  • Fill out a moving cost estimator for a number of different companies.
  • Request in-house estimates with clearly listed moving services and charges.

Then, compare quotes carefully and choose the one that fits your budget best.

Word to the wise: Be wary of dishonest “rogue” movers. If a moving quote seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Pack yourself. Professional movers can move and transport your belongings, but they also usually offer packing services too. These services are worth it if you have household items that require expert packing in order to survive a relocation (for example, a pool table or piano). But for most home items, packing yourself is the best idea – especially when wanting to save money.

Negotiate with your movers. Many don’t realize this, but no moving company rate is set in stone. This means you are able to negotiate with them in the hopes of getting a better deal. The key is to save money, so even if you aren’t the best at negotiating, give it a shot just in case!

One way to negotiate price with a moving company is to inform them that you found a cheaper moving rate with a different company (be sure to include the price). Ask them if they are willing to match this price or even go lower. Top-rated moving companies typically prefer to be hired for a job that pays less if it means keeping business away from their competitors.

Another way to negotiate price with a moving company is to be persistent. If your mover will not reduce the price, ask again the next day, and the day after that. You may feel annoying, but your persistence will show you are a serious customer. There is also always the chance that when you resume price negotiations on a different day, you will speak to someone who is more flexible and willing to lower the price.

Get free moving and packing supplies. Take a moment and consider how many boxes you will need to pack all of your belongings. Now add in packing tape, bubble wrap, labels, and moving supplies like a dolly and blanket. As you can clearly see, there is a mile-long list of supplies you will require when moving house. And with such a lengthy list, the price will add up quickly. In order to cut back on moving costs, try and gather as many free supplies as you can. Check grocery and liquor stores, etc. Also look in your own house for any baskets, buckets or blankets you can use to pack and transport your belongings from old home to new.

How to Ensure the Price of Your Move Doesn’t Change on Moving Day

When it’s time to pack up and move to a new home, one of the first things you must do is contact a moving company and get a price quote. Simple enough, right? Yes and no. It’s always easy to call and get a free quote from a moving company, but as the customer, it is up to you to ensure you ask the right questions, like learning what costs are covered and what the agreed upon price includes, etc. This is the only way to ensure you are given an accurate price and aren’t surprised when the final bill arrives. So how do you avoid situations like these? Here is some advice to ensure you’re confident and informed come moving day:

Provide All Information Up Front. In order for your movers to come up with an accurate price quote, you will need to provide them with a great deal of information. Here are some questions you will need to know the answers to when discussing your move in depth with your proposed moving company:

  • How many boxes will you be moving?
  • Will your movers need to navigate stairs?
  • Will you need any furniture disassembled or packaged?
  • Will you require packing materials, like furniture blankets?
  • Are any of your items fragile or require special handling?

All of these things can lead to a higher-than-expected moving bill, so it is best to go ahead and know the answers to questions like these so you can get the most accurate price for your upcoming move.

Clean Out Drawers. One thing most all moving companies will not do is transport furniture with full drawers. Not only do full drawers make furniture heavier and harder to move, but it also comes with a high risk of items being damaged or broken during transport. This is something moving companies do not want to be held responsible for – and who can blame them? If your movers have to empty your furniture for you, they will most likely charge you for packing materials and also labor. This situation could lead to a longer move time, too, which will also increase your bill. And depending on how much extra time will be needed for your movers to do extra tasks like these, the bigger the chance your move will be pushed back to another day or time.

Figure Out Parking. Does your new house or apartment building have parking directly outside? If not, then this could hike up the total cost of your moving bill. This can lead to long-carry fees and time delays. Many cities require that moving vehicles have special permits that allow them to occupy multiple parking spaces for an extended period of time. Because these types of permits can take several weeks to obtain, it is important to arrange for adequate parking before the day of your move.

Avoid Last-Minute Add-Ons. When hiring professionals to help with your move, the cost will most likely be calculated based on the total weight of your inventory. If you decide to add on more items at the last minute, the weight of your inventory will go up, and in turn, so will your bill. To avoid costly additions to your inventory, transport any extra items you may have yourself.

Avoid Stops. Sometimes during a relocation, pit stops are inevitable. However, it’s best to avoid them if possible. Here’s why: Every stop your movers have to make during your relocation from point A to point B – whether to grab something from a storage facility or your parents’ home – you will be charged. Your detour may also add to the distance of your overall move, which will also increase your total bill. To help avoid stops during your relocation, try and complete all of your moving tasks ahead of time.

Ensure Good Directions. Another way to ensure extra charges aren’t tacked on to your moving bill is to make sure your movers know exactly where your new home is located. The longer it takes your moving company to find your home and load/unload all of your belongings, the more money they will charge you. While most everyone, including moving companies, have GPS, there is always the chance of a technology failure or a wrong turn will be taken. And as the saying goes, time is money, so if you want to keep your moving bill from increasing, be sure to give your movers good directions from the get-go.

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Should You Move to a New City? These Reasons Say Yes, You Should!

There are pros and cons to every town or city in the world. So ask yourself this – do you love the city you live in? Does your city have all of the qualities you want? Do you feel you could never love another city more? If you’re in the majority, you didn’t answer yes to all of these questions. Now answer this: Don’t you want and deserve to live somewhere that provides everything you want and makes you shout, “This is the best city ever!”?

Moving can, of course, be tough. But if you have ever considered moving to a new city, then there is a good chance that you should. To help you decide if it’s right for you, check out the following reasons that say yes, you should!

You will leave your comfort zone. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is hard for many. It’s dubbed a comfort zone for a reason, after all, because when you leave it, you risk being uncomfortable – nervous, anxious and awkward are other words that come to mind. So why risk these dreaded emotions? Because it provides a chance to rediscover yourself. Moving to a new city may be difficult and daunting, but these are actually reasons why you should do it. Taking risks shows you just how strong you are and allows you to grow to your full potential.

Staying in one place may be the “safe” choice, but it is really just a false sense of security that can leave you stifled. When you stand outside of your comfort zone, you will see life in a brand-new light, and it will be totally worth it!

You will reengage in life. No matter who you are, daily routines become such a habit that we wind up on autopilot. Wake up. Get dressed. Drive to work. Life can get pretty boring with no surprises to look forward to. Moving to a new city will push these habits aside and open up a whole new world of engagement. Your brain will be put to the test as you learn and navigate new streets, local lingo and social codes. The concept may seem scary, but in truth, it will empower you, and your new frame of mind will allow you to live your life more freely and wholeheartedly. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

You’ll get a fresh start. Living in one place your whole life can inhibit you from learning and growing. The beliefs of others about what you should and shouldn’t do being pressed upon you can make it hard to breathe and to live your life how you want. When you move to a brand-new city, you will get a fresh start, a clean slate. You will be free of people’s watchful eyes and stifling opinions and will finally have the freedom to be whoever you choose to be and do whatever you choose to do.

You only live once. You’re probably familiar with the phrase “you only live once” (YOLO for short), but it couldn’t be more true. With just one life on this crazy and amazing blue marble, you want to make it one you will be proud of and thrilled to have led. Moving to a new city is one way to embrace life and show yourself, and the world, what you’re made of. You will be surrounded with adventure, learn new things, discover new places and people, and even allow you to rediscover yourself. So you better make the most of this one precious life you were given!

You’ll strengthen former relationships. Sometimes, too much of someone can be a bad thing, for example, certain friends or relatives. Having someone in too close a reach can turn a once exciting relationship into a bland, tense or bitter one. This being said, existing relationships may benefit when given some space and distance. In fact, these relationships may even blossom and become stronger than they once were. Anger, judgement and criticism don’t travel well, and when you aren’t readily available anymore, you may begin to appreciate the people in your life much more. Maybe the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” really does have some truth to it after all?

You’ll discover a new culture. It’s amazing how many different cultures there are in the world – and no, you don’t have to move across the globe to find them. In some cases, you don’t even have to cross state lines. Each and every city holds its own unique vibe – its food, its slang, its sense of style, its music. The list is never-ending. Moving to a new city will award you with the chance to discover a different culture than the one you are used to. And trust us, it will be a fascinating and exciting experience.

You’ll enhance your career. It’s not always easy to find your perfect job, one that can turn into a real career. There are so many job possibilities out
there that finding your niche can be difficult – especially if the area you currently live in doesn’t have many options in the field you prefer. Maybe you’re a writer or designer and need to move to the Northeast to really advance in your career. Or, maybe you’re an actor or actress, and a move to the East Coast would be the ideal spot. For many, moving to a new location is the best way to truly make or enhance their career. If you want to turn your job or passion into a true career, then a move to a new city may be in your best interest.

Have you ever taken the plunge and moved to a new city? Let us know the pros and cons you discovered during your journey in the comments!

Before You Sign a Lease, Ask These Important Questions First

After what probably feels like months of looking for a new place to live, you are most likely thrilled when you finally find The One. It’s close to work, it’s in an area of town that you love, and it will serve as a wonderful home for you and your family. The fact that you have actually found a place you love and can afford can be truly exciting. But before your excitement takes over and you sign a rental lease, be sure to ask these important questions first!

When is the rent due?

This is one of the most important questions you should ask before signing a lease. Rent is generally due on the first of each month. However, many landlords give you a few days grace, allowing it to be paid a few days later, such as on the third or fifth of each month. While some property managers are laid back about late payments, some are very strict – charging you late fees or even evicting you if it happens more than once. Late fees can be awful, and an eviction is even worse, so be sure to find out the exact date the rent is due and be sure it is stated on your lease agreement.

How long is the lease?

You’ll find that most rental leases run for 12 months then expire. At this point, you are required to either sign a new lease or move out. But it is important to know that there is a wide variety of leases with differing lengths of time required. This is why you should ask when your lease expires before ever signing it. Along with this question, you should also find out if the lease will automatically renew or convert to a month-by-month tenancy. Most landlords or property managers will contact you prior to your lease ending in order to find out what your intentions are, but it is best to know how long your lease lasts before ever moving in so you understand your living circumstances well.

How do I document previous property damage?

Before you move into your rental property, your landlord will most likely be handling any damages that the previous tenant(s) inflicted upon the space – stained carpets, scarred or dirty walls, etc. But some damages to the property may be overlooked. When the day comes for you to move out, you don’t want to be held responsible for damages you didn’t cause. No way! This is why it is important to document any problems before moving in. There are several things you should check:

  • Functionality of electrical outlets
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Heating and air-conditioning systems

If you find any problems, be sure they are included in the lease agreement before signing it.

Is anything included?

When you rent a house or apartment, you expect to pay a monthly fee to live there. But it is unwise to assume that anything else is included in the rent. Trash pickup and parking, for instance, may have been included in the rent at your previous location, but that doesn’t mean they will be at your new home. So ask your landlord about what – if anything – is included prior to signing the lease.

Is there an eviction policy?

This question may make you feel as though you are labeling yourself a troublemaker, but it is actually a common and worthwhile thing to ask. When renting, it is important you and your landlord are on the same page. This eliminates any miscommunications or negative feelings toward one another. If your landlord prohibits anything specific – pets, loud parties, smoking inside or out, etc. – it is important to be aware of these things so you don’t get evicted because you broke certain rules.

Can I make improvements?

When you move to a new place, there are going to be certain things you just don’t like. For example, you may hate the faucets in the bathroom sink or wish to paint one of the bedrooms a different color. When owning a home, you have the privilege of making whatever improvements you want. But when renting, the ball isn’t totally in your court. Before moving in, it’s a good idea to ask your landlord if you are allowed to make changes to the property and if they are willing to pay for them. While some landlords may welcome the offer, some will be much more hesitant and say no. Either way, it is important to know their answer ahead of time and to have it documented in the lease.

Do you know of other important questions one should ask before signing on the dotted line? Help out your fellow movers and state them in the comments sections!

Top Ways Having a Roommate Saves You Money

There’s no denying that the cost of living is expensive. There are bills to pay, food to buy, household furnishings to acquire. No matter how old a person is, affording the many things life requires can be difficult. It can be especially hard for young adults just venturing into “the real world”. So how does one manage to pay all of their expenses? One way is to get a roommate. To learn the top ways in which having a roommate can save you money, continue reading!

Bills. From rent to utilities, bills are a constant part of living. This is one area in which having a roommate can save you money. You think that the bills for two people will run higher than those for just one, but in actuality, the costs don’t increase the much. Splitting the cost of rent, electricity, internet, etc., will translate into major savings in the long run.

Meals and Groceries. Another way having a roommate can save you money is by sharing meals and grocery costs. By coordinating grocery trips, you won’t end up filling the fridge with doubles, like two gallons of milk or two cartons of eggs. You also won’t risk having your food spoil or leftovers going bad – which ultimately is money being thrown in the trash.

Buy in Bulk. Along with sharing meals and grocery costs, having a roommate also allows you to purchase items together, in bulk. While you may not want to go in on bulk items together like 20 jars of peanut butter and 50 toothbrushes together, it is a good idea to purchase certain things in larger quantities. Things like toilet paper, rice, pasta, and so on, are good bulk items to purchase together as roommates. Not only will it save you money by sharing the expense, but it will also save you time so you won’t have to go to the store as often.

Clean Up. One look around your home after just a few days of not cleaning up will show you just how much effort is required in order to keep a living space that is clean and organized. Maybe your job or schedule is so busy you are unable to keep up with household chores, or maybe you just despise cleaning, but either way, you may be tempted to hire a professional to keep your home spic and span. Though the  may be very appealing, it will only lead to spending money – not saving it. This is where having a roommate comes in handy. Instead of having to clean an entire house by yourself, you and your roommate will be able to share the responsibilities. This means just half the cleaning burden lands on you and you can spend your time on more worthwhile things.

Décor. When you move into a new place – or simply live on your own – you need a lot of stuff, like a couch, a microwave, some pots and pans, and so on. Finding the means to purchase all of the things you need to fill your living space can be hard to manage alone. But with a roommate, outfitting a home is much easier. With two of you to donate items to the household, you will save a great deal of money, all while being able to decorate your home more quickly and efficiently.

Events. Say you and your roomie want to have some people over for a get together, or want to host a small party for a friends birthday. Having a roommate means you can do these kinds of fun activities without bearing all of the financial responsibilities. For example, if hosting a friend’s birthday party, one of you could pay for the food and drinks, while another pays for the decorations or gift.

For It To Work

In order for you to be able to save money by having a roommate, you don’t want to sign up just anyone for the role. For such an important decision, you will want to take the time to ensure that whomever you pick is financially responsible. If you aren’t moving in with someone you already know, here are some important questions to ask a potential roommate:

  • How long have they had their job?
  • How do they feel about paying rent on time?
  • How do they envision splitting utility costs?

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Relocating the Elderly: A Helpful Guide

A home is more than just four walls and a roof. Home is a place that provides comfort and safety. A place that holds memories. All of these qualities grow the longer you live in the same home. Because of this, having to move to a new home can be very upsetting – especially for the elderly. Not only is it harder for seniors to endure a move physically, but it is also difficult emotionally. After all, they have spent years of their time, effort and money to create a home they truly love. Moving seniors can be an enormous challenge, requiring time, organization, and lots of patience. You will also need the assistance of the guide below that will hold your hand as you go through all of the stages of the senior relocation process.

Communication

Moving house is always a time of difficulty and worry. But for the elderly, leaving a cozy, comfortable place that has been their home for many years can be a time of great sadness and apprehension. The main cause of this distress is the perceived sense of loss – a loss of control, independence and self. In order to ensure a smooth transition, reducing your parents sense of loss and powerlessness is a must. To do this, communication is of utmost importance. To create an open line of communication:

  • Discuss the matter at length. Talk with your parents about why they need to move and their options for where they can move to;
  • Be patient. Give your parents time to think about moving, grieve their loss, and also accept the changes that are to come;
  • Be positive. Point out the good aspects of them moving – less responsibilities, less work, increased safety, better healthcare, the chance to spend more time with you and their grandchildren (if moving closer to you).
  • Give them choices. Let them choose their new home or living community. Allow them to be part of the moving preparations, letting them decide what belongings they will take with them, etc.

Planning

After a decision is made about whether or not your parents will be moving – and where they will be moving to – it is time to start planning the relocation. With every move, a great deal of time, effort and organization occurs. For a senior move, you will need to accomplish a number of important tasks, such as:

  • Downsizing your parent’s belongings.
  • Packing your parent’s belongings.
  • Hiring professional movers that are experts in handling a senior move.

Packing

When packing for a move, the elderly are not just packing mere belongings. They are packing memories, keepsakes, and other essential elements from their life. Because they will need to limit the amount of items they move with them, packing can be a longer-than-usual process. To make the packing process efficient and stress-free, you should:

Be considerate and patient. While you may want to just throw things into boxes and donate gobs of other items, it’s important to be considerate and patient with your parents at this time. Ask them what they’d like to do themselves and what they will need help with. While it’s a good idea to help them sort their belongings and steer them in the direction of getting rid of nonessential items, be sure to let them have the final say in what they keep and what they say goodbye to.

Start early. As we just mentioned, it can take time for your parents to decide what belongings to keep and which ones to toss. This is why it’s important to start the packing process early – around three – four months before moving day.

Begin with simple tasks. Easing into the packing process will make it much more bearable on everyone involved. So begin with simple tasks first. For example, try having your parents pack a room in their home that doesn’t hold much emotional attachment, such as a guest room or study.

Another way to help make the moving process easier is to focus on one area at a time. This will make everything that needs to be accomplished less overwhelming.

Pack an essentials box. The first few day after a move is always the hardest. Unpacking, finding specific items you need, and so on. This is why packing an essentials box is a must In this specific box, pack the most must-needed items your parents will need during those first few days after moving. This way they will have easy access to the necessities – medication, toiletries, clothes, basic kitchen items, etc.

Ensure the safety of belongings. Moving is hard enough without suffering the loss of items that were damaged during transportation. While packing, take the necessary steps to ensure all of your parent’s belongings are safely packed to ensure they make it from Point A to Point B on moving day.

Label all boxes. To keep the packing process organized, be sure to label all moving boxes, furniture and other belongings clearly. When labeling, include the specific location that each box, etc. is to go in at your parents’ new home. It is also a good idea to label boxes with their contents to make unpacking easier. For items that require special instructions, be sure to state them on the labels.

Moving Day

When the day of the move arrives, emotions will run high for everyone involved, especially your parents. You will need to be extra cautious in order to keep everything running smoothly and error-free. Here are some things to consider on this stressful day:

  • Be present on moving day to supervise all moving activities as well as the emotional state of your parents.
  • Take the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries during the move.
  • Set aside any items that should not be loaded on the moving truck (an essentials box, valuable items, or important documents).
  • Take the time to double check the house before leaving it for good. Ensure nothing has been left behind.
  • Create a safe and comfortable trip for the senior(s) as they relocate to their new home.
  • After the move, help your parents settle in to their new home. Place all o their belongings in the correct places and ensure they are able to freely and safely navigate through their new home.
  • If your parents have moved to a retirement community or assisted living facility, ensure they know how to reach staff for assistance.

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Important Steps to Take When Moving a Safe

If you read our previous blog, “Moving a Safe: Important Prep Steps to Follow”, you learned the necessary prep steps to take when moving a safe. If you didn’t read it, hurry and do so before venturing further!

Now, let’s continue…

Moving a safe is a big job and should be taken seriously. You will need to have strong people to help you move it, the correct moving equipment, a plan for how to move it successfully, and a vehicle to load it onto. For optimal results, follow these important tips to move your safe:

Step 1. After prepping your safe for transport, be sure to close the door and lock it in place. If the doors to your safe accidentally open during transport, it could cause a lot of damage – to you and your helpers, to other belongings or your property, and even to itself.

Step 2. Your safe may appear indestructible, but trust us, it can be damaged during a move. This being said, use moving blankets to completely wrap your safe; ensure no parts are visible. Then, using packing tape, moving straps or rope, secure the blankets in place.

Step 3. With the help of your moving buddies, slowly tilt the safe and slide a heavy-duty dolly underneath the bottom. This step should be performed with extreme caution. One slip or misstep and someone could get hurt.

Step 4. Once your safe is on the dolly, you will need to secure it in place. Do this by wrapping the entire body of the safe with straps or rope, fastening it tightly and securely to the dolly. It is vital that the safe remains firmly attached to the moving dolly at all times, so before continuing to the next step, double-check your work.

Step 5. All of your strength will need to be used during this step, so get your muscles ready. After double-checking to ensure your safe is securely attached to the moving dolly, tilt back the two-wheeler so the full weight of the safe is balanced on the wheels.

Step 6. As you begin to slowly roll the dolly, have at least three of your helpers support the safe. You may also want to assign someone to walk a few steps ahead of you in order to warn you of potential trouble along the way (bumps, cracks, etc.). During this time, no one should make any sudden or unexpected movements. Doing so could confuse others, or even throw them off balance. Sharp turns or bumps should also be avoided if possible because it could cause the safe to fall off the dolly.

Step 7. If you’ve managed to transport your safe to the awaiting moving vehicle, you will then need to lower the loading ramp. This way you can wheel your safe up the ramp and into the vehicle where it will remain until arriving at your destination.

Step 8. After loading the safe, strap it against one of the vehicle’s sides, securing it as tightly as possible. Remember, the more securely you strap your safe to the inside of your moving vehicle, the better the chance it will survive the many bumps and turns on the road. Be sure to use as many straps and ropes as necessary to achieve complete immobilization during transport.

Step 9. Once arriving at your new home, you will need to repeat the above steps in reverse order.

Don’t forget. Safety is your number one priority when moving a safe. If you are not 100% certain you are up to the challenge, turn to experienced professionals that can help you get the job done.

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Moving a Safe: Important Prep Steps to Follow

Moving to a new home is no small task. Instead, it is a process that involves an interconnected series of moving-related jobs that serve one main goal: to get you, your family and everyone’s belongings successfully from Point A to Point B. Sure, some moving tasks are easy, but others are much more difficult. A problem can lead to damage of certain possessions and injury to yourself or those helping you. It can also cause large amounts of stress and irritation. One example of a difficult moving task is moving a safe. No matter their size or what they contain, moving a safe is a challenging job. So how do you tackle it?

First, you need to focus on safety. When moving any object, safety is important. When moving an object that is heavy and awkward, the importance of safety escalates and should be of utmost concern. Say, for example, that you own a huge high security commercial safe. Typically, this type of safe can weigh up to 500 pounds or more! When combining this extraordinary weight with your safe’s large dimensions, moving it can be both hard and dangerous. Under these circumstances, hiring professional movers is a good idea. One that we strongly suggest. But what if you can’t afford to hire professional movers to help you or you can’t find reliable movers you trust? Or, perhaps, you are just one of those individuals who insist on doing things themselves. Whatever the reason may be, before taking on the mighty job of moving your safe, there are some steps to take first:

Measure. The first thing to do when planning on moving a safe is to measure it. Knowing the dimensions and weight of your home or office safe is the only way movers will know what type of moving equipment to lend you. To find the specific data for your safe, check the Internet or the instruction manual.

Secure the proper moving equipment. If you want to master the task of moving your safe, you will need to have the correct moving equipment to get the job done. For this particular job, you will need to use a heavy-duty appliance dolly (or hand truck). You will also need some supporting straps (or a very long rope) in order to secure your safe once it is loaded onto the dolly. It is also a good idea to have a number of thick moving blankets on hand in order to protect the safe from damage during transport.

Empty your safe. While it’s not an absolute must to empty your safe before moving it to a new location, we do suggest it. Due to the unusual movements the valuables inside your safe will be subjected to during transport, it is a good idea to remove these items before beginning the moving procedure. This way nothing risks being damaged. Emptying your safe is an especially good idea if it is a heavy-duty gun safe. Not only could your guns be damaged during transport, but why risk a safety issue if you can easily avoid it? Once you have removed items from your safe, be sure to pack them securely in a separate box or container.

Confirm help. Whether you hired professional movers to move your safe, or decided to gather some of your strongest friends to help you, it’s a very good idea to confirm that your helpers will indeed show up as planned. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to move a heavyweight safe by yourself. We cannot stress this enough! Doing so risks costly damage to your property, along with serious personal injury. So be sure your hired helpers really will show up on the big day.

Dress correctly. We know clothing and footwear are probably the least of your concerns when moving, but trust us – they matter. When picking out your clothes for moving day, it’s important to choose items that will provide comfort and protection for your body. Avoid baggy clothes and jewelry that may get caught on something and compromise safety. When deciding on footwear, choose a comfortable pair that is closed-toe. They should also provide good traction in all situations.

Another thing to ensure you wear when moving your safe (and other items) is work gloves. Investing in a high-quality pair of work gloves will not only protect your hands and fingers but also allow for a better grip.

Secure a moving van or truck. In order to transport your safe from Point A to Point B, you will need to use a moving van or durable pickup truck. Whatever vehicle you choose, ensure it is equipped with a loading platform to make the process both easier and safer for everyone involved.

Now that you know how to prep for a ‘safe’ move (pun intended!), head over to our next blog, “Important Steps to Take When Moving a Safe”, to learn the steps required to move your safe.

Tips for Deciding How to Style Your New Home

Gearing up for a home move means lots of organizing, planning, packing, and heavy lifting. Not only that, but it can be an emotional time with large amounts of stress. All in all, moving can be very overwhelming. While you are probably counting down the days to when your move is finally over, there is one thing that you are most likely eagerly waiting to be able to start. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed decorating your new home, we are on the same page.

Sure, a lot of what you will be doing after your move will be unpacking. But as things get unpacked and put away, decorating will be the next big step to take in the post-moving process. Though it is definitely exciting to make your house a home, it can often be hard starting such a task. Luckily, there are some way to pinpoint “the look” that is right for you and your home. Check out the noteworthy ideas below!

Consider other areas in your life. When first starting out on the path to decorating your new home, first consider the areas of your life where you know and love your particular style or taste. One area, in particular, to examine is your wardrobe. Are your clothes and accessories bold and fancy? Or are they muted and minimal? Figuring out certain aspects of your wardrobe may help you decide the type of style, colors, etc. that you would like the interior of your home to possess.

Take a look around. Ideas are all over the place, from decorating magazines to websites like Pinterest. While these are great options to get the decorative wheels turning in your head, we suggest taking the time to stop and look at certain things around you. If you were drawn to a certain area of town, or neighborhood, there had to be several reasons why. One is most likely the style and architecture of the houses. So pause for a moment and look at other homes in your neighborhood and on your own street. Are they traditional? Modern? Eclectic? While you observe nearby homes, figure out what exactly catches your eye and draws you in. Is it the architecture? The color combo of the shutters and front door? Once you learn specific details about homes you admire, figuring out how to apply the same ideas to your own place is much easier.

Think about countries you dream of visiting. When you see photos of different counties, what draws you in most? Is it the rich, bold colors of a tropical location like Greece? Or the earthy, muted tones of a Tuscan landscape? When you consider the appeal of certain locations that strike your senses, you may find that you enjoy the same type of hues inside your very own home.

Scour magazines. Websites are perfectly fine, but magazines are also something we suggest using when planning ways to decorate your home. Decorating is a hands-on activity. This means you need to mix and match paint colors in person, test the comfort level of a couch by sitting on it, and feel the fabric of a pillow or throw rug between your fingers. Magazines are a great way to start the hands-on experience of decorating. Feel the magazine in your grip. Tear out the pages and make a collage of how certain colors and furniture items work together. The process is fun and will lead you to a newly-decorated home.

Figure out what you don’t like. It seems like a weird concept, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what types of style and designs you like. To help make it easier to know the things you do like, it’s a good idea to figure out the things you don’t like. By eliminating the styles, patterns, colors, etc. that you dislike, you will be able to steer clear of these things and focus on the true direction you want to take to set up your new home.

Now that you have read some ideas on decorating your new home, you are on your way to having the house you always dreamed of. If you have other tips to add, let us know in the comments.