Are you moving to a new home? Moving companies don’t just do the heavy lifting and driving anymore. Now, you can find moving companies which help with all aspects of a move. Here are some of the top moving services you should know about before planning your move.
Many moving companies are flexible about their packing services. This means that you don’t have to hire them to pack up everything. You can have the movers’ just pack up 1 room (kitchens are particularly tough to pack), or just pack up fragile items, or come over the day before the move to finish packing anything you didn’t get to. Continue reading Guide to Professional Moving Company Services→
One of the many tough things that military families have to deal with is frequent moves. Make it easier on yourself and the family by following these smart moving tips.
1. Switch to Powders instead of Liquids
Many movers won’t move liquids at all. Even if you plan on moving all of those liquids yourself, there is a big risk that they will spill or leak. Save yourself the expense of having to repurchase dish soap, laundry detergent, and other liquid products by switching to powdered versions instead.
After the rigorous move which gave you back pains and migraines for days (actually you had a great moving service take all the stress away), you have finally unpacked all of your boxes, arranged your furniture and put gotten to the grocery store to restock your squeaky clean fridge. However, there’s only one thing missing, and that’s your mail! After relocating it is essential to ensure that all of your bills, letters and packages are coming to the right address, not only to prevent identity theft, but for the purpose of settling comfortably into your new home. Below is a list of how to get your mail back in order.
The first thing you might want to do, especially if you receive packages often through the mail, or love to order things online, is to update your United States Postal Service email address. The USPS keeps a record of your old residential addresses and automatically updates it to your new address after some verification. This may be done in three ways:
• Visit the Official Postal Service Change of Address Website, verify your identity when changing your address online by debit or credit card.
• You may also ask for the form on a visit to your local post office, in this case USPS will waive the fee.
• Call 1-800-ASK-USPS to be able to change your address over the phone, a verification fee also applies here.
You may also need to update your debit-card billing address, as your bank will need to verify your billing address and send you statements. This may be done online, if you have online banking. Otherwise, a mere visit to the bank will be sufficient. Magazine and catalogs may be updated online to reflect changes in your address, or you may even call the publication department and ask them to change it over the phone.
In the event that you frequently purchase items online and have them shipped to your home, it is important to consider logging into all the sites immediately and changing the address for the billing information and packages. It is natural to simply login and order, as such, this imminent change is required to prevent confusion on both your part and that of the seller.
Lastly, don’t forget to order a new driver’s license or state identification card with your new address. Most states offer a thirty day period after moving to update your ID, or you may be liable to pay a fine.
While movers are committed to getting your house emptied and reconfigured in your new home as efficiently as possible, there are some things that even the best movers won’t touch.
1. HAZARDOUS EQUPIMENT AND MATERIALS
Of all the things which movers certainly won’t run the risk of relocating, hazardous materials are at the very top. From gas cylinders to paint thinners, not only are these items dangerous for mere transportation when they come into contact with other items, they may also contaminate the removal truck.
2. HOUSEHOLD PLANTS
Yes, we know you can’t live without your precious orchids, but they most definitely will not be riding in the removal truck. This one comes as a surprise to many, however, plants are living organisms and as such, they have the capacity to carry germs, bacteria and viruses. Because of this, removal companies are hesitant to transport plants, especially across state borders.
3. PERISHABLE FOODS
Movers will not pack anything that is able to spoil in their trucks. Not only does this save juices leaking onto your grandmother’s 19th century entrance table, but it prevents someone from being tasked with bringing the back of a huge truck, back to it’s pre-packed level of cleanliness.
I know, I know. This one seems a bit unreasonable, but in cases where moving is treacherous and you will be riding in the front of the moving truck. It may be unreasonable of you to tag your best friend along and confining him in the small cab of a truck. Consider this tip a warning, especially if you are an exotic pet owner or lover of iguanas and the like, you surely don’t want to traumatize the driver.
5. POWERED EQUIPMENT
Movers generally refrain from moving items that are high-powered, especially those which use fuel. This is because of the flammability of the equipment and the potential danger that it would pose to items being transported, moving staff and other road users. However, in the event that they do agree to relocate the items, it is necessary to ensure that they are completely drained of all fuel, or left running until the reserve is completely empty. It is recommended to do this at least twenty-four hours before initiating the move.
6. LARGE LUXURY ITEMS
Forget asking your mover to include a quote for that large grand piano, your hot tub or even the exotic pool table. Not only are these items large and expensive, they require special mediums for repositioning. However, if you do find one that is willing to move such items, be prepared for a large bill to facilitate this costly service.
7. IMPORTANT VALUABLES
Possessions of extraordinary importance such as high-end jewelry, money, important documents and stock certificates should not be placed in a moving truck for risk of loss or even theft. Don’t risk losing these items, entrust them to a responsible family member or friend during the moving process.
Packing a moving box is simple, right? You just put items in the box, close it and be on your way. In actuality, packing a moving box requires a bit more thought than you might realize. And, if you don’t pack the moving box properly, you can end up with a nightmare or disorganization and broken items. Here are some of the most common packing mistakes people make when moving and how you can avoid them.
Ideally, you should only pack items from the same room together in one box. Otherwise, you will really have a hard time with unpacking because you will have to continuously run around to bring the items to their proper place in your new home. To make packing by room easier, spend a lot of time getting your home organized before you start packing.
Packing an Item Only to Find You Still Need It
Packing takes a long time, so you will want to get started as soon as possible. The problem with this though is that you will need a lot of items right up until moving day. For example, you might pack your best salad bowl only to have guests 1 week before moving and need to fish that same bowl out.
To avoid this problem, pack in stages. Start by packing items you hardly ever use and seasonal items like winter clothing and holiday decorations. Next, pack duplicate items you have such as if you have two salad bowls. Then you can pack the items you don’t use very often, but make sure not to close the boxes in case you’ve got to fish anything out from them. Finally, you can pack the items you use every day.
Forgetting to Label Boxes
All moving boxes should be labeled with the ROOM they belong to, their CONTENTS (except when there are valuable items inside), and whether or not they are FRAGILE. Remember to label boxes on at least 2 sides and also the top so the person carry it can easily see where it goes. Buying color-coded moving labels is recommended. Just assign one color to each room.
Using Duct Tape
You should only use packing tape for moving. Why? Because you are going to have a really difficult time opening a box which have been closed with duct tape. Plus, the duct tape will cause the box to rip apart when you try to peel it off the box, so you won’t be able to resell or reuse the box.
Heavy Items in Big Boxes
Heavy items should exclusively be put in small boxes. For example, you’ll want to put all your books in a small box. Otherwise, the box will be too heavy and the bottom will likely fall out. For very heavy items, you might even consider getting reinforced boxes.
Putting Mel table Items in Boxes
Do you have scented candles that you want to move? That’s fine but just don’t pack them with your other belongings in a box. The candles might melt in the hot moving truck, causing damage to everything else in the box. Any item which is sensitive to heat, such as old records, is best moved in your car.