Things to consider when moving to a new state

Are you planning an interstate move? Though you may feel excited about the chance to live somewhere new, you may also be feeling nervous. It’s totally normal. A home move, whether close by or far away, is bound to produce at least some stress and anxiety. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for the move ahead. To ensure you are, here are some things to consider. Continue reading “Things to consider when moving to a new state”

How to transport your vehicle to a new state

moving, transporting vehicle, shipping vehicleEveryone who’s been through a home move knows it’s a tiring experience. Moving locally is hard enough, but moving out of state is even tougher. A lot of the challenges are due to the colossal amount of tasks to do prior to the move itself – all within a limited time period. Continue reading “How to transport your vehicle to a new state”

Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move

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Moving day is a culmination of things. Stress and anticipation. Moments of pure chaos. And don’t forget hard labor and lots and lots of sweat. If you’re not careful, you could also add injury to the madness. Moving is already plenty painful without adding injury to the list, so read on for a few tips to help your move go as smooth as possible. Continue reading “Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move”

Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips

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When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you have to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips. Continue reading “Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips”

Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.

movingA move is always stressful, whether big, small, long distance or local. But planning a move during the holidays takes moving stress to a whole new level – especially if you have kids. Is it actually possible to pack boxes, organize and clean your home, shop for presents and decorate for the holidays all at the same time?

Continue reading “Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.”

How to Prepare and Move Your Washing Machine and Dryer

movingMoving house involves a great deal of packing. Collecting all of the necessary supplies. Wrapping items so they don’t get damaged or broken. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time. What often proves to be the most difficult to prepare and move is large items. Couches, armoires, desks. Even big, awkwardly shaped items like these have to be packed somehow so they don’t get messed up during transport. There are two things that are especially difficult to pack and move. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed the washing machine and dryer, you are correct! Your washer and dryer are heavy, bulky and can be truly difficult to move. But it must be done, so we are here to help.

Here are some helpful tips to pack and move your washer and dryer.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine, more than likely, is the heaviest and hardest thing in your laundry room that will need to be moved come moving day. Before you start, here are some supplies you will need:

  • Washing machine instruction manual
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Bucket
  • Washer locks
  • Packing tape or duct tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Dolly, hand truck, furniture casters, or additional blanket/towel to slide the machine

Now that you have gathered the necessary supplies, you are prepared to follow the steps below:

moving1. Shut off the water supply to the washing machine.

2. Shut off the power supply to the washing machine at the electrical panel, and unplug the machine.

3. Using your slip-joint pliers, disconnect the hoses from the valves and from the washing machine. (Keep a bucket handy in order to catch any water that may be left in the hoses.)

4. Refer to your owner’s manual, and remove the drain hose from the back of the machine. Then install washer locks, and follow any other instructions in your manual concerning how to prepare your washing machine for moving.

5. Tape the lid of the washing machine closed. Also tape the electrical cord to the back of the machine. (If you have a front-load washer, the door should automatically lock, so be sure to close it completely before moving the machine.)

6. Wrap the washing machine in moving blankets. This will protect it from dents or scratches. If you have a team of professional movers helping you, they can now take over and your job is complete. If not, move on to the next step.

moving7. Load the washing machine onto a dolly. It can then be pushed up the ramp onto the moving van. *Be sure you have at least one or two friends helping you during this step. Your washing machine can weigh up to 300 pounds. Its weight and large size make this is a job you definitely don’t want to tackle alone!

If you do not have a dolly or hand truck, lift each side of the washing machine until you have placed a moving blanket completely underneath the machine. Then pull the blanket, with the washing machine on top, to the moving van.

*If you have to move your washing machine up and down stairs, take extreme caution when doing so. Go slowly, lift with your legs (never your back!), and take as many breaks as needed.

8. Secure the washing machine inside the moving van with rope or ratchet straps. Do not place anything heavy on top of the machine, as it could dent the top. Light boxes, however, are acceptable.

Dryer

Compared to the mighty weight of your washing machine, your dryer will feel like lifting a feather. Okay, maybe not a feather, but it will definitely be lighter because dryers weigh half that of a washing machine.

Here’s how to move it:

1. For an electric dryer, unplug it from its power source and secure the cord to the back of the machine with packing tape or duct tape.

For gas dryers, disconnect the hose and store it inside the dryer (or drum).

moving2. Disconnect the metallic hose vent. If it’s in good condition, you can store it inside the dryer. If you have an older vent hose, however, you will want to throw it away and replace it with a new one after your move is complete.

3. Wrap the dryer in moving blankets just like you did your washing machine. This way you won’t risk any dents or scratches.

4. Whether using a dolly or a moving blanket, follow the same steps you used when transporting your washer. (Step 7)

Important things to look for when moving to a new neighborhood

movingWhen it’s time to find a new home, there are many things to take into consideration. Here are some important things to look for when scouring neighborhoods for a new place to live.

movingGreen Spaces. Whether you dig a city vibe or more urban area, everyone can benefit from having some greenery in their lives. That’s why it’s a good idea to look at neighborhoods that offer local parks. Find out how many are in the area. Do they provide key aspects you and your family want? For example, are they within walking distance to the homes you are looking to live in and do they have play equipment like swings and slides for your children to use? It is also important to make sure these parks are safe, so check with trusted neighbors in the area and do an Internet search.

Neighborhood Watch Program. Speaking of safety, another important thing to learn about when searching for a good neighborhood to live in is whether it has a neighborhood watch program (NWP). An NWP is a good indicator as to whether the neighborhood is serious about safety and if it can provide your family with extra security. Speak with members of the community to find out if there is an NWP, how often they meet, and how they go about ensuring neighborhood safety. If there isn’t an NWP but you like the added security it provides, you may want to consider asking others in the community if they’d be willing to start one with you.

Good Schools. If you have school-aged children, then the location and quality of schools in the area you intend to live is of utmost concern. After all, what’s more important than your children’s education and safety? This is why researching the schools in the area where you plan to live is a must. When researching schools, use a school finder to compare important indicators – average test scores, ratio of teachers to students, and reviews from current and former neighbors. Ideally, you will want the school your child to attend to provide an excellent overall performance record and enough teachers to give your child the attention they need to succeed.

movingWalkability. Living in an area where you can ditch the car and simply walk wherever you need to go sounds pretty phenomenal, doesn’t it? There are several benefits of it too, like saving on gas and lowering wear and tear on your vehicle. Plus, it helps lower your carbon footprint – a definite score for the planet. Fresh air and exercise don’t hurt either, and we all want to look and feel our best, right? If you want to live in an area where you can easily walk around on foot, check out Google’s walkability score website. Just type in the name of the area you are considering moving to, and it will provide you with information on how pedestrian-friendly it is.

Friendly Neighbors. There are the neighbors that you never see and the neighbors that are overly friendly and make you want to run in the house before they notice you. And then you have the perfect neighbors that are just the right amount of friendly and trustable. Having a good relationship with your neighbors is important for both you and your family’s safety and peaceful living experience. Neighbors that have a good rapport with one another will think highly of each other, have get-togethers, and keep the yards clean and safe for kids in the neighborhood. Before you decide on a permanent residence, consider chatting with potential neighbors in the area. This will give you a feel for who you might be living near.

movingPolice/Fire Departments. Another important thing to consider before moving to a new area is to find out how close police and fire departments are to your potential home. You’ll want to live in a neighborhood that provides a noticeable police presence, but not so noticeable that it indicates the area may have a crime problem. It’s also a good idea to look for a local fire department in order to try and get a feel for how long it might take them to respond to an emergency should something ever go wrong.

Culture. What you should also think about when choosing a specific location to live in is the kind of culture or lifestyle you want to be surrounded by. If you have small children, you may want to live in an area with other families with young kids. Or, if you’re an older couple, you may want to live in an area with people close to your age. While it is definitely a matter of preference, an area’s culture can make a large impact on how much you enjoy living there.

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