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.

For more noteworthy moving tips, ABC Movers has what you need.

Top Things to Do Before You Move

Everyone knows that moving day is a big day. Not only is it a busy day, but it can also be a very long day. This is why it is vital to plan and prepare for the big move ahead of time. Otherwise, you risk many problems. To eliminate these risks, here are the top things you must do before you move.

Selecting the Right Home

You may love a particular house, but there are more factors to take into consideration than the number of bedrooms and exterior appeal. If you fail to properly research your new area and to assess your lifestyle, needs and preferences when choosing a home, you risk costly and consequential mistakes. When considering housing options, pay serious attention to these things:

Location. Location is key, and while an affordable property that meets all of your requirements is the goal, if it is in an inconvenient location, it has the potential to be a major problem, causing troubles in your everyday life. Be sure your new home will be conveniently located in a safe and prosperous neighborhood. You’ll want it to be close to work, your children’s school, reliable healthcare centers, local amenities and even some entertainment locales.

Lifestyle. Do you need a place where your kids and pets can run around and be safe? Do you want quick access to entertainment and nightlife activities? These types of questions are important to ask yourself before making a decision on a new home. So, assess your lifestyle, needs and preferences when researching housing options in order to avoid choosing the wrong place to live.

Size. Whether opting for a house, apartment or something different, be sure to figure out what size it needs to be. A family of five won’t be comfortable in a two-bedroom home, just as a mcmansion will be much too large when living solo. Buying or renting a home of inadequate size can cause inconvenience and/or financial loss, so avoid this at all costs.

Condition. Before you make a decision on a new home, it’s important to inspect its current condition. If it needs a lot of attention, you will need to figure out the additional financial burden it may place upon you. You will also need to ensure you have the necessary amount of time for repairs and renovations so it will be in solid, livable condition before moving in.

Cost. A large home in a prosperous neighborhood may be tempting, but be sure to take into account the cost. This includes rent/mortgage, utilities, maintenance costs and so on. Taking on an unaffordable home is a huge mistake, so be mindful of what you can and cannot afford.

Prepare Your Home Before Moving In

After selecting your ideal home, it’s important to prepare your home before moving in. This means fixing any problems or performing any renovations. Moving into a new home that is still enduring ongoing repairs and restorations can turn into an instant nightmare. So be sure to prep your new home before moving day. Here are some ways to do so:

Create a Floor Plan. If your home is in need of renovations, it is a good idea to plan ahead. One way to do this is by creating a floor plan. A floor plan is the ultimate way for you to create the perfect interior design for your home. By figuring out the ideal location each of your furniture pieces, household appliances and other items will go, you will eliminate moving day dilemmas, like finding out your couch is too large for the space. You will also save time, money and frustration because you won’t have to rearrange furniture and other items several times to find the perfect spot.

Deep Clean. As you move into your new home, you will, of course, need to clean as you unpack and get settled in – removing boxes, trash, etc. But, it is also a very good idea to provide your home with a deep cleaning. This doesn’t mean just mopping the floors or scrubbing the bathtubs. It also means cleaning air ducts and changing air filters, washing windows inside and out, and ensuring the interior is free of dust and debris. Performing these tasks before moving in will make for a less stressful and lengthy post-move to-do list.

Transfer/Turn On Utilities

Another important thing to do before you show up at your new home with all of your belongings is to make sure you have transferred/turned on all utilities. This is a very crucial pre-moving task to take care of because you will need the utilities running as soon as you arrive at your new place. Not doing so will leave you with a long list of problems, like being without power, which means no lights and an inability to prepare warm food or keep food cold in the fridge. It also means no water, so you won’t be able to take that much-needed shower after a long day of moving.

To make sure you are ready for the big move, ABC Movers can help. Contact us today at 800.771.0151 or visit our website.