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”

Stress and moving: how they connect

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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. Continue reading “Stress and moving: how they connect”

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?

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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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8 must-know tips to follow when moving in snowy weather

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Winter is here! That first snowfall of the year can be truly magical, can’t it? Unfortunately, the effect has a tendency to quickly wear off, especially when you have to move house in a land of white. To make your winter move a success, here are eight, must-know tips to follow:

movingConfirm detail with your moving company. It may be more difficult to move house during winter, but it is actually a pretty smart idea. With winter being moving companies off-season, moving rates are often lower, and it is much easier to book movers because they are more available. But because the winter season often brings unpredictable weather it is important o confirm the details of your move with your moving company ahead of time. Check in with them one week prior to your scheduled move as well as one to two days before. This way you and your movers are on the same page and if there are any problems due to the weather, you can come up with a backup plan.

Check the weather often. Since winter can be so unpredictable, it is important o keep a close watch on the weather as your moving day approaches. Check the forecast, paying close attention to what your trusted local meteorologist has to say. Also check it every week leading up to your move, and then every day the week of. If you are concerned the weather will cause roads to be shut down or that it will hinder your move in any way, don’t hesitate to call them and express your worries. Remember, as anxious as you are to get your move over with, it is always best to play it safe and delay your move. Getting stuck in a blizzard is definitely not worth it.

MovingCover your floors. Moving in snowy conditions leads to the floors of your home becoming dirty and wet. It also makes floors extra slippery and dangerous to walk on. To avoid ruined floors or a potential injury, it is a good idea to cover your carpets and hardwood floors. Just grab a few cheap plastic tarps from the nearest hardware store and use them to cover the areas of your home that will see the most foot traffic during your move. We also suggest laying down floor mats at every entry way to help clean off shoes and decrease the risk of injury.

MovingClear sidewalks, driveways and street. The floors inside your home aren’t the only thing that can lead to a potential injury on moving day. Your sidewalks, driveways and street can too. Carrying a heavy couch down an icy sidewalk, for instance, is a very dangerous scenario. The solution? To salt, shovel or snow blow any major walkways that will be used during your move so your movers can walk upon them safely. Not only does this help protect your movers from injury and save you from a potential lawsuit, but it also ensures your belongings are better handled and not broken or damaged.

Double pack fragile items. During cold weather, many things become more delicate and fragile. To make them less likely to break during the move, it is a good idea to double pack them. It is also important to keep any items that are prone to breaking in cold weather off of the moving truck if at all possible. If your moving truck has to stay outside overnight, be sure the most fragile items are brought inside to avoid damage.

movingTurn off your heat. It may sound crazy to turn off your heat during the winter, but it is definitely a good idea to do so on the day of your move. During your move, your home will have a constant flow of people going in and out. This will make it hard for your furnace to do its job. As it strives to heat your home, all of that nice warm air will all go straight out the door. In turn, your electricity bill will skyrocket!

Check the utilities at your new home. After a long and very cold moving day, the last thing you want is for your heating system and power to not be working at your new home. This is why it is very important to ensure all of the utilities at your new home are turned on about two days prior to your move.

movingHave sheets, towels and blankets on hand. Hopefully, you don’t encounter serious snowfall on the day of your move. But if the skies open up and your snow begins to pour down, you will want to be prepared. To do this, you will want to have sheets, towels and blankets on hand. This way, you will be able to cover and protect your furniture so it won’t be ruined when being moved in and out of the moving truck.

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The top 6 things your movers want you to know

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Hiring professional movers is a great way to get out of all the manual labor that moving to a new home requires. After all, movers have the expert know-how required to perform a smooth and trouble-free relocation. However, there are some things they wish you knew that would further ensure they are able to do their job and do it well. Here are the top six things movers want you to know in order to make moving day easier for everyone involved:

1. Stay out of the way. There’s a reason you decided to hire professional movers to move your belongings for you – and that’s so you wouldn’t have to do it. This being said, stay out of the way when your movers are at work. They are trained to relocate your belongings in the safest, fastest and most efficient way possible, so let them do their job. Trying to micromanage them and tell them how to do their job will only slow down the process and create unnecessary tension. Your best bet is to provide your moving crew with any information they may need and then get out of their way.

2. Stay nearby. Okay, so we just told you that you should stay out of the way while your movers work. But don’t take this to mean you should actually leave while your movers do their job. What we really meant was to just go to a different room or outside. Here’s why: Even though your movers will be mostly busy when moving your belongings, they may need to consult with you at some point – whether to ask you a question or for some other reason. Good communication is key to a successful move because it saves time and prevents misunderstandings and mistakes. So even though you are staying out of your movers’ path, be sure to stay nearby for the times they do need you around.

3. Take care of details ahead of time

movingDetails, details, details. If there is one thing that can make or break a move, it’s ignoring all the little details involved. Not only do you need to pay attention to them, but you also need to do so in advance. Here are some details to stay on top of prior to your move:

  • Consider your location. Does it have stairs or a long distance between the front door and the closest parking place? Are there any physical elements that may prevent access to your moving truck? Obstacles like these should be discussed with your movers in advance to ensure the necessary steps are taken before moving day arrives. This way, your team of movers can determine exactly how much time, how many workers, and what size truck they will need to successfully perform your move.
  • Reserve parking access. If parking poses an issue during your move, it is important to reserve a parking space for your moving truck before moving day. Convenience is key to making your move easier, so the closer access your movers have to the entrances of your old and new homes, the better!
  • Reserve the elevator. Are you moving out of or into an upper-level
    apartment building? If it has a working elevator, your movers will need to movingensure access to it – this is especially true if you live in a busy building with lots of tenants who require continuous access to it. To make sure your movers don’t have any problems using the elevator, go ahead and reserve it via your landlord for the day of your move.
  • Remove safety hazards. With your movers carrying heavy items to and from your home, it is vital to remove any potential safety hazards before they arrive.Ensure there is plenty of free space in all rooms so they can easily move around. Remove doors from their hinges (if necessary); remove obstacles from corridors and entryways; and keep paths from the front door to the moving truck clear – no debris, fallen leaves (they’re slippery!) or other potential hazards.
  • Prevent property damage by taking the necessary precautions – cover floors, carpets and stairs with protective, anti-slip materials, wrap banisters in old blankets, protect door frames with foam padding, install corner guards, and remove paintings, mirrors, clocks, etc. from walls.


4. Speak up.
Movers can’t read your mind. If there is something you need to tell them – speak up! These are some things you should tell your movers movingahead of time:

  • Where they can park.
  • How to access your home.
  • If there are any rules to be aware of – parking rules, time restrictions on moving hours, etc.
  • Which items need extra care.
  • What level of coverage you want.
  • What additional services you need.
  • What items you don’t want loaded on the moving truck.
  • Where you want specific items and boxes to go – a designated room, a self-storage unit, etc.

5. Pack everything before movers arrive. Another thing movers wish you knew is that the best way to ensure a fast, efficient, and smooth move is to have everything fully packed and ready to go when they arrive. This way they can immediately get to work and complete the job in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

If your movers have to wait around for you to finish packing, this delay will cost you extra money in the end. The expression is “Time is money”, isn’t it?

moving6. Pack properly. As just stated, it’s vital to have all of your belongings packed and ready to go as soon as your moving company arrives. But it is also very important that you have packed everything properly. If your movers believe something has been inefficiently packed, they will make you repack it. They don’t want to be held accountable for things breaking under their watch, and you don’t want your possessions to be broken during your move. The optimal way to deal with this is to pack everything correctly before your movers arrive.

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Electronics: How to Prepare Them for Moving Day

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During a move, some things are easy to pack and relocate, while others simply aren’t. Electronics are one of the most tedious and time-consuming things to prepare and pack for moving day. They’re fragile, and most include an abundance of cords or batteries. But because our electronics are so precious to us, it’s vital to pack them properly for a relocation. To ensure the safety of your electronics during your move, follow the important steps below.

Back up important files and documents

Electronics, like computers, hold all of our most important information. And even if you pack these items to the best of your ability, you still need to be prepared for potential damages that may occur during transport. If anything happens on the road, there is a high risk that you will lose all of the important information stored on the hard drive. To say this is a nightmare is an understatement! In order to avoid irreplaceable damage to your computer files, it is crucial to back up all files and documents prior to moving. Your best bet for this is to use an online cloud service offered by a reputable, established and trustworthy company. Examples include: Google Drive, Microsoft Azure and Dropbox.

Collect the correct packing supplies

Without the proper supplies, packing can be an impossible task. This is why it is essential to ensure you have not only the right supplies but also enough

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supplies. The best way to keep your electronics safe during your move is to pack them in their original packaging. This is because it was specifically designed to keep electronics 100% safe during transport. We aren’t just talking about the original box either, but the custom-cut styrofoam inserts that snuggly fit around the electronic device, along with a generous amount of anti-static bubble wrap and protective sheets of soft padding materials.

But let’s face it. These packaging materials were probably disposed of a long time ago. This means it is up to you to acquire proper packing supplies. Search for thick-walled cardboard boxes that are slightly larger than the dimensions of the electronics you are packing. Also collect adequate padding materials to insulate your electronics properly. These materials include:

  • Anti-static bubble wrap. You probably already know the great cushion that bubble wrap provides. But why does it need to be anti-static? Ordinary packing peanuts – made from foam – conduct electricity, a problem that can harm your electronics. To avoid potential damage to your devices, anti-static is the optimal choice.
  • Packing paper. Regular, everyday paper may be too rough and tough when packing. The ideal choice is to use actual packing paper, which is softer. Packing paper provides a better protective cushioning and will insulate your electronics so they will be protected from dust and minor hits and vibrations when on the road.
  • Moving blankets. Moving blankets are another viable thing to use when packing your electronics. You can also use ordinary blankets and other soft household items like pillows and clothing to provide extra padding for all of your most sensitive electronic equipment.

Organize and label cables

Electronics come with a lot of cables and writing, especially desktop computers. Before you rip out all plugs and throw them into a box, slow down and take the necessary time to organize and label them. While you

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may want to get the job over with as quickly as possible, organizing and labeling these important cables will save you a great deal of time and frustration later on.

One good tip to follow when packing your electronics is to use colored stickers, colored tape or numbered tags to mark all cables.

It is also a great idea to take a photo of how your electronics are hooked up to your computer or other device. Then you will have an easy guide to follow when hooking your device back up after moving.

It’s also wise to separate all cables, remote controls and other electronic accessories and, instead, pack them with the electronic unit they belong to.

Remove temperature-sensitive items

Electronics are sensitive to abrupt temperature changes. In fact, they may even become damaged when subjected to extreme temperatures. These items include:

  • Disks and peripherals. Remove all media disks – CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays – from their video players and pack them together with your disk collection. External hard drives, flash memory sticks, and so on should also be disconnected.
  • Batteries. Batteries can overheat and leak – something you definitely don’t want to happen in the back of your moving truck. To avoid this, remove all
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    batteries from electronic devices and their respective remote controls before packing them.

  • Toners and ink cartridges. Toners and ink cartridges pose a huge mess risk. Before packing a laser or ink printer, be sure to remove toner or ink cartridges and pack them inside plastic dust-proof bags.

Use bubble wrap correctly

When packing your electronics, bubble wrap will be your savior. And believe us when we say, the more sheets of bubble wrap you use, the better!

  • Place several sheets of bubble wrap along the bottom of each box you intend to pack with electronic equipment. This initial layer will act as a shock absorber, keeping potential damage at bay. (Towels can be used instead.)
  • Next, wrap each electronic device in soft packing paper. Then add a sheet of bubble wrap on top of it. Secure the bundle with high-quality packing tape.
  • Place the wrapped-up electronic unit inside the packing box. (Always place heavier devices first.) Then, fill any remaining spaces with bubble wrap. (Towels or pieces of clothing work too, if necessary.)
  • When done, place one final layer of bubble wrap on the very top. Ensure nothing is shifting inside. Then, close and seal the box with strong, durable packing tape.

Protect electronic screens

The most vulnerable part of computer monitors and flat-screen TVs is their screens. So you should do everything in your power to protect them. Avoid using bubble wrap directly on screens, because it can leave marks. Instead, wrap the entire device in soft moving blankets. Then cut out a large piece of clean cardboard that measures the size of the screen. Place the cardboard cutout over the blanket-wrapped item. Finally, using packing tape, secure the cardboard in place.

Label boxes

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After sealing your electronics inside their cardboard box, you should immediately label it. Write the destination room on the box, too. You should most likely avoid specific labels like “computer” or “TV” to avoid potential theft from less-than-trustable movers.

Moving House: Tips to Get Motivated

When the decision to move house is made, you should immediately jump into action – planning, organizing, packing, etc. But with such a lengthy list of things to accomplish, getting motivated to do everything you need to do can be difficult. Unfortunately, the longer you put it off and time ticks away to moving day, the bigger the risk that you will encounter a stressful and problematic move. So how do you motivate yourself for the tasks ahead? By following the tips below!

Create and follow a packing checklist. Moving house requires taking care of a lot of different jobs, packing being one of the most difficult and time-consuming. How do I start? What do I pack first? All sorts of questions like these can slow you down. So before you become overwhelmed with similar questions , do this instead: create and follow a packing checklist. A packing checklist will serve as the ultimate guide to ensure you stay organized. A good checklist will tell you when and where to start packing for a move, as well as what items you should pack.

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Pack smart. One reason you may feel unmotivated to pack is due to a lack of organization. But now that you have created a moving checklist, you have the means to begin packing. Here are two tips to help you tackle this process:

  • Start ASAP. The best way to start packing for a move is to begin the process as early as possible. Waiting around will only lead to wasted time, more stress and a high risk of problems on moving day. Starting early is the best way to provide yourself with enough time to accurately sort and protect all of your belongings so they will make it from point A to point B.
  • Start with hardest-to-handle rooms. It may seem like starting with the easiesttopack rooms is the best way to get and keep yourself motivated during the packing process. But if you really think about it, knowing that you will eventually have to deal with these difficult spots later on can actually make the packing process difficult to even begin. For many, storage areas – the basement, garage, attic, spare rooms – are the most difficult to manage. Our suggestion is to pack the hardest areas of your home first, so you can knock them out of the way and focus on simpler tasks.
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Only pack what you need. When you start to box up your home for an upcoming move, you will begin to realize just how much stuff you actually own. Chances are, you will happen upon certain items in your home that you just don’t need or want anymore. Now is the perfect time to get rid of unnecessary belongings. Whether you sell, donate or trash them is totally up to you. How does ditching items help motivate you to prepare for your move? Well, the more things you get rid of, the less items you will have to pack. With fewer items to pack, the much more likely you will do it.

Along with boosting your moving motivation, having fewer possessions to pack also means:

  • Less time spent packing
  • Less money spent on packing materials
  • Less money spent on transporting your belongings

Reward yourself. If you are still having a hard time getting motivated to get ready for your home move, you may want to consider devising a reward system in exchange for your hard work. While you may be too old to bribe yourself with a piece of candy, there are other rewards that may get you to finally pack some boxes or sort and organize a set of drawers. Consider these:

  • If you pack your garage, you can go see a movie.
  • If you pack your kitchen, you can grab a meal at your favorite restaurant.
  • If you finish packing your entire home, you can book yourself a relaxing massage.

These rewards definitely sound worth the effort, don’t you think?

Ask for assistance. You can always hire professional movers to pack and transport your belongings. And this is definitely a wonderful way to reduce stress during a move. But it can also be costly. If you are opting for a DIY move, one of the best ways to get motivated to get the job done is to ask your friends for assistance. When asking your pals for help, here are some pointers:

  • Give your friends plenty of notice. This will show them that you respect their busy schedules.
  • Inform them of exactly what type of packing assistance you need and how much of their time you require. Honesty is the best policy.
  • Don’t judge them if they are unable or unwilling to help. All you can do is ask and hope for the best.

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