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.

Best Reasons to Move to Philadelphia

Moving house is a big deal. It takes lots of planning, packing, time and money. While all of these things may be true, sometimes you just want to pick a new place to live so you can start fresh. But when the urge to move strikes, where exactly do you move to? The United States has a lot of great places, and while this can be exciting, it can also make the decision process rather difficult. Should you move west to San Francisco, south to Nashville, or northeast to New York? Maybe you should go somewhere in the middle? While all of these locations offer some worthy perks, have you ever considered moving to Philadelphia? Whether you have or you haven’t, here are some of the best reasons to move to this cool city.

Affordability

When you think of East Coast cities, you may think they are too costly for you. Sure, this may be true for places like New York City, but there are many areas in this region where the cost of living is affordable – Philadelphia is one of them. In fact, the cost of living in Philadelphia is significantly lower than other East Coast cities. Over the past few years, Philadelphia has seen a rapid development with a generous increase of trendy shops and restaurants boosting the appeal of its city. When this happens, the cost of living tends to go up. So why exactly is Philadelphia so affordable? The answer is this – the value of homes has basically stayed the same. This is great news because homeowners are able to get great deals on houses, all while having access to a city that continues to expand and thrive.

Another perk is that while the trendiest clubs and restaurants in cities like NYC will have you spending an entire paycheck on a meal or a few fancy cocktails, Philadelphia’s top-notch hot spots are affordably priced.

Easy Transportation

When it comes to living in a city, you want to be able to get around town with ease. This is one area where Philadelphia definitely shines. Philly is equipped with an excellent public transit system with trains, electric trolleys, subways and buses that can be taken all over the city. Plus, coming in fourth place in the ranking of the most walkable cities in the country, you can save big on money because you don’t really need to own a car.

Great Location

For many, location is key to enjoying where they live. This is why so many people like living in Philadelphia. The weather is one example. With its central location within the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia rarely faces extreme weather conditions or natural disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Philadelphia also has the third-largest student concentration on the East Coast. With 80 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools, you’ll be close to a number of the most top-rated schools in the country, including UPenn, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design.

Craving a weekend away in another fun-filled city? Why not? Travel is great for the soul. Living in Philadelphia means you are just a hop, skip and jump away from exciting cities like New York, Boston and Delaware.

Culture

Another reason Philadelphia may be for you is because of its richness in culture. As you may remember form those high school history books way back when, Philadelphia holds a rather prominent spot in American
history. Here you’ll find many national historic sites, such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell – two of the city’s most famous attractions.

Philadelphia is also home to an incredible list of history museums. You’ll find the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and many more.

There are also several science museums and the United States’ first ever zoo and hospital.

Abundant Greenery

Do you like the great outdoors? Then Philadelphia will make a wonderful place to live. While many cities offer mostly building after building, sidewalk after sidewalk, Philadelphia actually offers an abundance of greenery. Within this bustling city, you’ll find ample green spaces, like Rittenhouse and Washington Square Parks. There is also Fairmont Park, the largest city-owned park in the nation. Stretching 9,200 acres, this park offers miles of trails and access to the Schuylkill River.

No matter where you decide to move, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your relocation a success!

What to Know When Moving Your Hot Tub to a New Home (Part 1)

Hot tubs. They’re great for providing relaxation, fun and excitement. But when it comes time to move house, a hot tub can go from the ultimate de-stressor to a major stressor really quick. One look at a hot tub and you can conclude that they are big, heavy, and awkwardly shaped – three things that make it a very difficult object to move.

How do you move a hot tub? Can you do it solo or will you require professional help? Should you bother moving it or is it best to leave it behind? For all of your head-scratching questions, we’ve got the answers, so continue reading!

Your Options

When it comes to moving a hot tub from one location to another, there are three main options to consider. Here’s a look at each:

Option 1: Don’t move it. Looking for the easiest way to move a hot tub? Then here it is – don’t move it. It may not be easy to part with your ultimate source of fun and relaxation, but after much thought and consideration, it may turn out to be your best option. When deciding if you should take your hot tub or leave it behind, consider these things:

  • Moving cost. Every item you take with you from your old home to your new one will increase your final moving bill. Since hot tubs are incredibly heavy and difficult to move, it may cost you a pretty penny to do so. First, get a quote from specialized hot tub movers. Then consider how much the hot tub cost you to purchase. Now think, is moving your hot tub worth it?
  • Time. The more difficult an object is to move, the more time is required to move it. A hot tub is one possession that will eat up a lot of your moving time. You’ll need to prepare it, load it, transport it, unload it, and reassemble it. Do you have enough time to spare?
  • Dangers. Some things are easy to move, while some are not. A hot tub is one that is definitely not. You can’t just pick up a hot tub and throw it onto a truck. And there are a lot of dangers that go along with moving it. Hot tubs are extremely heavy – averaging around 800 pounds. This can lead to many dangerous situations, such as costly damage to the hot tub or personal injuries to those who are put in charge of moving it.

Option 2: Hire movers. After serious thought, if you come to the conclusion that you are going to take the necessary steps to take your hot tub with you, then you will need to figure out the best way to do so. Because of the high level of difficulty it will take to move your hot tub, the best choice is to hire professional movers to do it for you. Experienced movers will have the experience and proper equipment to get the job done safely and quickly. Having professionals take care of your hot tub will also free you up so you will have more time to focus on more important tasks.

Option 3: Move it yourself. We can’t stress enough that hiring professionals to move your hot tub for you is the best choice. But if you really insist on moving your hot tub yourself, there are some ways to do it. But you’ll need some things first:

  • Proper equipment. In order to move your hot tub, you’ll need to have the proper equipment: Four-wheeled furniture dollies (at least 2)
    • Appliance dolly
    • 4×4 wood pieces
    • Moving straps
  • Manpower. Due to its extreme weight, you will need at least four people to complete the challenging job of moving your hot tub. So be sure to secure help from your strongest friends and relatives to get the job done.
  • Basic knowledge and experience. Before tackling the task of moving your hot tub, you must first prepare and plan for the job ahead. Becoming familiar with how your hot tub is put together, and how it works, are two things that will help you prepare for the main goal – moving it.

As you have learned so far, moving a hot tub takes a lot of time, money and strength. If you plan to move your hot tub yourself, you will need to know how to do so. To learn the necessary steps, continue on to our next blog!

Top Reasons You May Require Temporary Housing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving Plants: How to Do So Successfully

Whether large and leafy, tall and viney, or full of bright and colorful petals, plants are the living heart of your garden. While they may be attractive and add lots of charm to your yard, they are also one of the most difficult things to move in your garden. Due to how delicate and fragile plants are, they will not easily survive the transport to your new home and may have a tough time adapting to their new environment.

Before relocating any of your plants, you should first consider whether they are worth the effort and money required to move them. Keep in mind that most moving companies will not relocate your plants for you. This means you will either need to move them yourself or find specialty movers who will. You may even want to schedule your move during times of the year that provide the highest survival rate for your specific plants. The best time to move plants is in early spring or late fall. This is because plants are dormant at these times and stop growing, making it easier for them to adapt to new conditions. Plus, the climate is milder, which means your plant’s life won’t be threatened like it would be during scorching heat or freezing cold temperatures.

Preparing and Packing Your Plants

If you decide you are going to take your plants with you when you move, here are some important tips to properly prepare and pack them for the transition ahead:

Prune and Tidy Trees and Shrubs. Several weeks before moving day, you should prune and tidy any trees or shrubs you intend to take with you. This means removing all dead leaves and dry branches, as well as excessive foliage and protruding twigs that will easily break during transport. Restricting their growth and making sure no pests infest them will also help reinforce the health of your plants as well as increase their chance of survival.

Dig Them Up. In order to move your plants to a new location, you will need to dig them up – just be sure to do so the right way. Digging out your plants properly and preserving their root systems is vital to relocating them successfully. The greatest challenge will be moving your plants without harming their roots. Damaged roots will hurt your plant’s survival rate because it will be unable to provide sufficient water and nutritive substances. To successfully uproot your plant:

1. Water it immediately before digging it up. Wet soil will adhere to the roots.

2. Dig a wide area to ensure you can take out the entire root ball – especially when moving trees or other large plants.

3. Dig down 1-15 inches and try to preserve as many roots as possible – both fine and thick.

4. Wrap the root ball in a hessian cloth, keeping as much of the soil as possible. Make sure the soil is moist (not wet) at all times.

*If you are moving in warm weather, keep your plant in a shaded area that is dry and cool. If moving in cold weather, tie bubble wrap or old sheets around the roots in order to provide extra insulation against frost.

5. Place plants in appropriately sized plastic containers. For plants with long stems, fasten a rod to them so they don’t snap during transportation. To protect the upper parts of your plants on moving day, loosely wrap or bag these areas.

Re-establishing Your Plants

As important as it is to properly prepare and pack your plants for a move, it is just as crucial to correctly replant them. After arriving at your new home, you should tend to your plants as soon as possible – this will better ensure their success. To re-establish your transplants, follow these steps:

1. Ensure the ground where you will plant your transplants is weeded and well-tilled. You can also mulch the soil with compost, peat, or whatever plant food is appropriate.

2. Dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball.

3. Water the root ball thoroughly and place the transplant inside the hole. *The top of the root ball should be even with ground level.

4. Fill half the hole with soil, and water the root ball again. Be sure to leave some time for the moisture to settle the soil around the roots.

5. Fill in the remainder of the hole, and then lightly pack the soil around the plant, and water again.

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Self-Storage Units: Things to Consider

Since the economic recession of 2008, there is one industry that has actually flourished. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed the self-storage industry, you are correct! For a fixed monthly fee, you can rent a self-storage unit to store all of the belongings you don’t have a use for currently, but may need in the near future. Having an extra space at your disposal to store your belongings can be hugely beneficial, providing a practical solution to a living space that is too small or too cluttered.

There are several reasons why people choose to use self-storage:

  • Marriage (two households merge together)
  • Divorce (one household splits into two smaller ones)
  • Retirement (downsizing one’s home)
  • Death in the family (specific items belonging to the deceased person need to be preserved)
  • College
  • Military deployment

While a self-storage unit does provide many pros, there are some cons to consider. Here are some to know:

Financial Burden

When you need a place to store some of your belongings – whether short-term or long-term – then opting for a self-storage unit probably sounds like the ultimate solution. But can you afford it? The price depends upon a number of external factors – location, city, and company, for example. It also depends on the size of the unit. Consider what items you need to store, then how much space these things require. For instance, a small storage unit typically measures 5′ x 5′. Generally, the monthly rent for a small self-storage unit ranges anywhere from $60-$100. With some basic calculations, you can gather that if you rent the smallest storage unit available (5′ x 5′) for the lowest possible price ($60), then in one year’s time, you will end up paying $720 a year for a unit the size of a typical home closet. If you need more space than this, the price ultimately goes up, so before you rent a storage unit, be sure to figure out the overall cost first.

Poor Security

Whether the possessions you want to store away are of little importance or utmost value, they are important to you, which is why you are considering a storage unit. This being said, you want to ensure they will be safe when stored away. When searching for a storage unit, you will want to find one that provides good security. Look for one that provides these things:

  • Solid-structured units that are climate-controlled and weatherproof
  • A gated and monitored premises
  • Experienced on-site attendants

Aside from the price and even the size, the security of your rented storage space should be one of your top priorities. If you are able to, inspect any potential self-storage facilities first. This way, you can take a look around and get a general feel of the facility and its employees. An in-person look will also allow you to request more information on what security measures are taken to keep your possessions from being tampered with or stolen.

Inconvenient Location

Sure, a storage unit will serve many great purposes for you, but this will only be true if its location is convenient to your home. Finding a storage unit that is close by is the ideal situation, especially if you intend to take your belongings in and out of storage on a regular basis. Before making the final decision to reserve a storage space, consider how much time you will need to go to and from the facility. Also think about possible scenarios that may lead to more time and money lost – heavy traffic or jams, bad weather, car issues, the cost of gas, etc.

Stress

When you put some of your belongings into storage, it may feel like a quick and easy relief. But it can lead to some stress. Each month that you pay for your storage unit, you may feel the guilt of losing money – especially if you are storing items that you really don’t need. You may also become stressed by the nagging voice in the back of your head that continuously reminds you to do something with all of your stored belongings. No matter the excuse – a lack of time, procrastination, laziness, etc. – this voice can gnaw at your conscience and become a source of guilt and annoyance.

Afterthought

In the case of most every situation in life, you will have to choose the best route for you. If you use your storage unit smartly, it can provide you with an excellent solution to your moving needs. However, if you use your storage unit recklessly, it can put a huge strain on your budget and stress level. So, what will your decision be?

Top Reasons People Move House

Have you ever wondered why people move? Are they seeking a new environment? Are they running to or from someone or something? Considering that moving house is one of the most difficult, important and life-altering decision one can make, there has to be a pretty good reason to endure such a long and strenuous act. So what makes someone say, “Yes!” to moving? Here’s a list of the top reasons people move.

Space

One of the main reasons people decide to move to a new place is because their old home no longer suits their needs/preferences. Here are the top space-related causes of moving:

Not Enough Space. One of the main reasons people opt for a residential move is the need for more space. Upsizing happens quite often, due to many circumstances:

  • When a family grows and a home starts to feel too small;
  • When kids become old enough to need separate bedrooms;
  • When the home becomes too full of belongings;
  • When it becomes possible to afford a larger, more spacious home;
  • When extra room is required for work, relaxation, etc.

Too Much Space. While people typically want a home with more space, sometimes too much room can be a problem. Downsizing is a convenient and cost-effective solution in these situations:

  • Their kids have grown up and moved out;
  • They can no longer afford it;
  • They are unable to maintain it.

Desire for a Better Home or to Own a Home

One of the major goals people have in life is to upgrade to a better home – one that’s newly built with a convenient layout, advanced home systems and attractive features. This is why so many work hard to save enough money to move into a better and more comfortable house. Doing so puts them closer to the life they’ve always wanted for themselves.

Owning a home is another major life goal and reason for moving house. While living in a rented property is typically the best choice for those who are young and do not yet have a stable job, or have not started a family or decided where they want to live, it is not a suitable long-term solution. Though it comes with a vast number of responsibilities, owning a home provides many great opportunities, which is why so many choose to tackle the moving process to do it.

Neighborhood Advantages

House-related problems pushed aside, sometimes people choose to move because other neighborhoods/areas come with more advantages, such as:

Convenience. Many decide to move house to live in areas that are more convenient for them – better infrastructures, abundant local amenities, and easier access to quality medical care, educational institutions, recreational centers, entertainment venues, etc.

Safer/Family-Oriented. When choosing to start a family, many decide to move to a neighborhood that is safer, better maintained, calmer and child friendly. These areas often offer plenty of grassy areas, playgrounds and more.

Bad Neighbors. If you’ve ever experienced “bad” neighbors, then you have probably either moved because of them or really wanted to. Bad neighbors cause many problems, from not trusting them to feeling uncomfortable in their presence – both serious issues that cannot be easily ignored.

Family-Related Reasons

Family-related reasons are another key cause of people moving house. Near 30% of home relocations are due to family-related reasons. This makes it the second most common reason people move. Family-related reasons include:

  • Change in marital status – marriage or divorce.
  • Following a spouse or partner due to change in work, studies or other reasons.
  • Moving closer to elderly parents or to children.
  • Moving in pursuit of love.
  • Moving to a child-friendly neighborhood.

Occupation

Another common reason people move house is due to their occupation. Job-related relocations are typically due to:

New jobs. The most frequent reasons for an occupational relocation is due to a new job. When presented with the opportunity to advance their career, or achieve a higher salary, stable job, better work conditions, etc., most people are more than willing to jump at the opportunity – even when it means uprooting themselves and their family halfway across the country or even halfway across the world.

Corporate transfers. A corporate transfer means an employee is sent to a different city or state with a specific long-term assignment, or to relocate to a different branch of a company they are working for. This is done in an attempt to improve a company or business or to cut down overheard costs.

Another reason people often move to a new job is because they are restricted by the lack of jobs available in their particular field in the area they currently reside in. A move to a new city or state can open the door for better employment opportunities in the future.

Moving closer to work. Long commutes and heavy traffic are both serious incentives for moving house. This is why many people choose to relocate closer to their place of employment in order to save time and money and to lower the level of stress to and from work.

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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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Before Moving Out, Follow This Room-By-Room Cleaning Guide

Checklist - PHOTO (ABC BLOG)You’ve decided to make the huge commitment and move house. You’ve taken the necessary time to organize, plan and pack all of your belongings. But wait; isn’t there something you are forgetting to do? Before you carry out that last moving box and say goodbye to your home, you will need to clean it. After weeks of laborious moving preparations and exhausting moving tasks, the very idea of scrubbing floors, washing windows, etc. probably sounds like a nightmare – especially when you are leaving this particular home behind. But cleaning your property before you leave it for good is an important part of the moving process. Leaving your old home in tip-top condition will ensure you get your security deposit back if you are renting,and if you are selling, it will make the property more desirable to potential buyers. To make the cleaning process easier, check out our room-by-room clean-up guide below.

Bathroom(s)

  • Tiles. All bathroom tiles, from the floor to the shower wall, should be scrubbed with the appropriate cleaner – preferably one with bleach. Also, be sure to clean the grout betwcleaning bathroom - PHOTO (ABC BLOG)een the tiles. After you have scrubbed, rinse all areas well with clean water.
  • Tub and shower. Your tub and shower can acquire quite a bit of soap scum and mold, so make sure to put these spots on your must-clean list. Using a disinfectant, clean and rinse the tub, tub fixtures, shower rod, shower head and shower enclosures. If your shower curtain is fabric, throw it in the washing machine and reinstall, otherwise toss it.
  • Sink(s). Sinks collect a lot of slimy gunk and more, making them a major area to clean prior to moving out. Pay extra attention to the faucet(s) and handle(s). For a handy tool, try a toothbrush, which will make removing mold and stains in all of those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies much easier.
  • Toilet. The mere thought of cleaning the toilet may repulse you, but it must be done prior to moving out. Sanitize the toilet bowl, tank and seat; also wipe off the toilet paper holder.
  • Countertops, vanities and medicine cabinets. All of these places are hot spots for dust and grime. To clean them up, first remove all items from the shelves and drawers, and then wipe them down, inside and out, with a wet sponge. Also, clean any mirrors.

Bedrooms and Living Rooms

  • vaccuuming - PHOTO (ABC BLOG)Clean windowsills, frames, tracks, casings, blinds and glass panels;
  • Clean sliding doors and screen doors, inside and out;
  • Wash or dry-clean curtains;
  • Clean out and wipe down furniture. Polish wood surfaces and steam clean upholstery;
  • Steam clean rugs and wash/polish tile and wood floors;
  • Wipe down air conditioners and vents to free them of dust. Replace air filter (if applicable);
  • Empty storage areas – closets, drawers and wardrobes, and clean them, inside and out.

Kitchen

  • Cabinets and drawers. All cabinets and drawers should be emptied and wiped clean with a sponge and mild cleaner. Remove old liners, and replace them with new ones once surfaces are fully cleaning kitchen - PHOTO (ABC BLOG)dry.
  • Countertops. Using warm, soapy water, along with disinfectant, wash countertops to remove any stains, residue, mold, bacteria and grime.
  • Glass. Make all glass surfaces – windows, doors, tabletops, etc. – shine with the help of specialized glass cleaner.
  • Sink and faucet. Using a powdered cleaning product or chlorine-free bleach, scrub the sink and faucet. If you have a garage disposal, use lemon slices to remove unpleasant odors that have accumulated.

If you are leaving any appliances behind, don’t forget that these items should be emptied and cleaned too. You will also want to move them away from the wall so you can clean the areas behind them, including the floor where they stood.

  • Refrigerator. Before cleaning the fridge, empty and defrost it. All drawers and shelves should be taken out and cleaned appropriately. The interior of the refrigerator should be cleaned as well. When fully dry, replace drawers and shelves. If the electricity will be turned off when you move out, leave the door open to prevent mold. You can also place a container with baking soda inside to absorb any odors.
  • Stove. To efficiently clean the stove, remove grills, oven racks and drip pans, and scrub them clean. For the interior, use steel wool along with a heavy-duty oven cleaner. *Note: wear thick gloves and ensure good ventilation while cleaning the oven. Oven cleaners, especially those with degreasing agents, can be harmful to the skin and respiratory system.
  • Dishwasher. Using a damp sponge and baking soda, wipe down all surfaces. Pay special attention to the filter, rubbers, inside and door, including the edges. For an extra clean, add a small cup of bleach to a cycle. This will help kill any bacteria inside the machine.
  • Microwave. An efficient way to clean your microwave is by placing a bowl of water with lemon juice in the microwave, then heating it on high for several minutes. Once finished, let it cool, and wipe down the inside with a sponge or microfiber cloth. Using a damp rag, also clean the exterior.
  • Sweep and mop. The final step to clean your kitchen before moving out is to sweep the floor to remove all dust and dirt. Then mop it for a deeper clean and shine.

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Top Tips for a Smooth Relocation During a Severe Weather Evacuation

severe weather awareness - PHOTO (ABC BLOG)Mother Nature brings many things, from beautiful rolling green hills to massive sunrises and sunsets. But while Mother Nature is fairly calm for the most part, she can also be quite fierce at times, blowing in with reckless abandon, causing destruction and devastation to whatever is in her path. While most times we can find safety from bad weather in a designated safe spot, there are times when weather conditions can become so severe we are required to evacuate our homes – even towns. So, what do you do when dangerous weather hits and you have to relocate? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about packing up and moving during dangerous weather.

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit

Emergency Evacuation Supply Kit - PHOTO - ABC BLOGThe first thing you should do when evacuating is to prepare an emergency supply kit. It should include:

  • Bottled water: Water is our most vital resource, and you should have an adequate supply in your emergency supply kit. Each person needs one gallon of water per day. You need enough water in your kit to last each family member three days.
  • Non-perishable food: Food is another essential you will need during your evacuation, so stock up on non-perishable items. Example: soups, cereals, nuts, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, energy bars, etc. Also included in your supply kit should be food for babies, infants and/or pets. And don’t forget the can opener!
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, change of clothes: Be sure to pack enough of each of these things for all family members. Make sure to take the weather and temperature into account.
  • Prescription medicine/First-aid kits: Be sure to pack your emergency supply kit with all prescription medications. Also, include first-aid supplies, such as pain relievers, sterile bandages, antiseptic lotion, allergy meds, thermometer, etc.
  • Toiletries: Just as when you go anywhere overnight, you should bring along toiletries, like toilet paper, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo.
  • Tools: Another way to prepare your kit for your evacuation is by supplying it with basic tools – a pocket knife, hammer, pliers, duct tape, flashlight/spare batteries, matches and so on.

What to Take with You When Evacuating

If severe weather causes you to evacuate your home, or town, there are some things you should always bring with you – no matter what. Some essentials include:

  • Valuables: Any items that are truly valuable should never be left behind. This means things that are irreplaceable. Examples include: cash, bank cards, jewelry, expensive electronics, collectors’ items, family heirlooms and artwork.
  • Important documents: Even if pressed for time while getting ready to evacuate, it is a good idea to try and gather some of your most important documents first. These include:
    • Personal documents: IDs, passports, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, diplomas.
    • Financial documents: Banking information, investment papers, tax records.
    • Insurance documents
    • Medical records
    • Home deeds/other property needs
  • Pets: Your pets aren’t just important to you; they are valuable too. So, just as you are evacuating yourself and your family, don’t forget your precious pets. Be sure to bring their transportation carriers, and ensure they have their ID tags secured to them. Also, bring along food and water for them for the journey ahead.

What to Do Before Evacuating

When the time officially comes to evacuate your home, here are some of the important things you should do before leaving.

  • Prepare to evacuate using a planned evacuation route.
  • Start preparing for the evacuation as early as possible. This will help you avoid the risk of being on the road when bad weather strikes, as well as getting a jump-start on the traffic jams that are sure to form.
  • Ensure you don’t leave anyone or anything behind, from family members and pets to valuable items and documents.
  • Turn off the main water valve, switch off the electricity and stop the gas supply.
  • In case of flood, move prized possessions you are unable to take with you to higher ground.
  • Secure any loose objects inside your home – furniture, potted plants, etc.
  • Board up windows and doors.
  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Have your cell phone and charging cable handy.
  • Load your emergency supply kit and all valuables into your vehicle.

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You may not have considered this, but if there is enough time before severe weather makes its debut, you can hire professional emergency movers to help you move your items out of harm’s way. Professional emergency movers will respond quickly and know how to handle emergency moves. They will also make it possible for you to move – and save – more of your possessions.

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