Tips and Tricks That Can Help You Make Moving Easier

5 Tips For Nailing Down Your New Furniture Arrangement Before Your Furniture Arrives

Whether you are paying movers to move your belongings for you or are tackling a long-distance move on your own, knowing exactly where your belongings will go in your new home can save time and energy when you arrive at your new house. For example, if you have paid for your moving company to reassemble furniture for you upon arrival, they will usually assemble the furniture in the room you designate and leave it in the place where it was assembled. If you know exactly where you want your furniture to go, you will not have to move it again after your movers have left.  However, it can be difficult to work out your furniture arrangement ahead of time. Here are some tips for making your project easier.  Create a List of All of Your Furniture The first step in deciding where all your furniture will go is determining what items will go in which rooms. To do this, start by making a list of all of your furniture. Include small items such as end tables and trash cans as well as larger items such as beds and couches.  Next, make a list of the rooms your new home will have. Start breaking up your furniture list into the rooms your new home will have. Do not be afraid to break up furniture that was housed in the same room in your current home, especially if you have a different layout or number of rooms in your new home.  Measure Everything Begin by getting accurate measurements of your new home. You may be able to get blueprints or ask... read more

Tips For Preventing Damage To Your Home While Moving

Most people are concerned about preventing damage to their belongings when they move. However, many don’t consider that damage to the home itself may also occur while moving furniture and boxes. If you are renting your home or apartment, the cost of repairing the damage may come out of your deposit or the scratches and scrapes may result in a lower sale price if you are trying to sell your place. Here are a few tips for preventing damage to your home while you are moving. Hire Professionals Possibly the best thing you can do to protect your home and property from damage is to hire professional movers who can help you move your belongings safely. First, a reputable and experienced company will take steps to minimize the possibility of damage occurring such as using protective gear like stair and door runners and creating a strategy for moving big items based on your home’s topography. Second, if your home does get damaged, you can file a claim for reimbursement with the mover’s insurance provider depending on the circumstances of the accident. Most moving companies have general liability coverage that pays for nicks and dings that may occur, and you can research whether a company you’re considering hiring is insured by looking it up on the U.S. Department of Transportation Licensing and Insurance website. Use Protective Products As noted previously, many moving companies use protective gear such as floor and stair runners and door pads. Some include the cost of these items in with the moving quote while others charge extra for them. Regardless, you’ll want to ask the moving... read more

Preparing Furniture for Long-term Storage

There might be a number of reasons that you might want to store your furniture for a long period of time. Whether it’s due to the fact that the furniture has a certain sentimental value and you can’t bear to get rid of it, or if it’s a longtime family heirloom that simply doesn’t fit in with the current aesthetic mien of your home, the reasons are long and numerous. However, it is not recommended that you simply throw your furniture into storage with no wherewithal or know-how. Rather, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that your furniture will be safe and will last long throughout its tenure in storage. Here is a bit of advice on preparing furniture for long time storage. Clean and Prep Make sure that every piece of furniture that you are storing away is adequately clean. This means taking a dry cloth and wiping it down from top to bottom, then using the appropriate cleaner for the material of which the piece of furniture consists (be it cloth, wood, or metal) and then giving it another wipe down with a clean, dry piece of cloth. Make sure that the piece of furniture dries off in a dry, well-insulated area. The last thing you want is any moisture trapped in your piece of furniture. Moisture can lead to all sorts of unwanted phenomena, including bug infestations, mold and rust. Disassemble If you have larger pieces of furniture, it is recommended that you disassemble them before transporting them to storage. Most larger pieces of furniture, such as beds, tables and couches, can be... read more

2 Steps To Preparing And Packing Your Doll Collection For Storage

If you have spent years amassing a large collection of your favorite porcelain figurines and plush dolls, then you may never have thought you would reach a point when you had too many to keep in your home. Parting with those precious little faces can be tough, but moving them into a storage unit is your best option when you don’t want to re-home them just yet, but you need more room in your home. Your collection needs to be prepared very carefully for storage to avoid damage during packing and when in the unit. Here are some tips on how packing service professionals prepare collections like yours for storage, so you can help keep your dolls in pristine collection in storage. 1. Preparing Ceramic Figurines If your figurines are glazed and have collected dust over the years, you may want to clean them carefully before storage. You don’t need any special cleanser, but instead just lukewarm water and very mild soap, such as baby wash. Wash your hands before beginning, so you don’t transfer dirt and oils from your hands onto the dolls. Make a small bucket of lightly soapy water. Grab a soft cloth that will not leave fibers behind, like a soft wash cloth or microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the water and lightly wipe the figurines making sure to be very gentle and concentrate your efforts only where you see embedded dust.  If your figurines are not glazed, then just brush off dust gently with a soft, dry cloth. Without glaze, they may absorb too much of the water solution, and that can damage... read more

How To Handle A Fast Paced Eviction Process With Less Stress

No eviction is fun, but some states allow for very short-term evictions that require you to make multiple court appearances and arrangements within a single week. If you’re being threatened with eviction after only three or five days, it’s essential you make the most of every hour without getting overwhelmed by stress. Follow these simple steps to stay on top of the situation and prepare for either outcome. Contact A Moving Team Start by finding a local moving company that offers last minute services instead of requiring you to make a reservation days or weeks in advance. By having professional last minute movers standing by for your call for help, you don’t need to stress as much about what you’ll do if the eviction goes through and you must move out. Trying to call around and find an emergency moving company 30 minutes before a law enforcement officer arrives to change the locks is a sure-fire way to end up with your stuff stuck inside the home where you can’t access it. Also, having a moving company on hand can help when you’re negotiating in court over the details of moving out. If you show the judge you’re prepared to remove your belongings and relinquish the space to the landlord, you can often get a few extra days added to the order to reduce the rush of packing and finding a new place.  Pre-Pack The Essentials As soon as you receive a three, five, or seven day Notice to Quit or a similar document, pack up all your family’s essentials. These may include Crucial documents like birth certificates, property... read more

Moving Tips: When You Have A Child With Autism

If you have a child with autism, you already know that routines and staying calm are vital. If you are relocating, however, many of your normal routines will go out the window as you sell your current home, pack up your belongings, go house-hunting in your new neighborhood and acclimatize to a different house. While this can be a trying time for any family, your autistic child may have more meltdowns than usual, causing even more stress for everyone involved. Here are some tips on helping your child get through the process of moving. 1. Take small steps in the packing process. While you would like to get it over with as quickly as possible, suddenly packing up all of your belongings can feel extremely overwhelming and frustrating to a child with autism. Instead, break down the process into smaller steps. Depending on your child’s age and developmental level, he or she may or may not understand what is happening, but you can begin by bringing in boxes, explaining what they are for. Then, pack up your bedroom and other rooms that are not usually used by your child. Pack rooms such as the kitchen and living room gradually, saving the items that your child uses until the last day, if possible. It’s best to leave his or her bedroom until the last minute in many cases. 2. Take advantage of regular caregivers or school, if possible. If your child is already in daycare or school, use this time to your advantage. He or she is occupied and safe during the workweek, so try to schedule house showings and... read more

About Me

I knew when I married my husband that I wouldn’t have much of a stable life. I knew that I would have to be willing to move as often as needed for his job. Over the last eight years, we have moved six times. Although moving is getting easier, it is still a challenge that we have to get through. All of those moves have helped me come up with a lot of great ways to reduce the time it takes to pack and unpack the things we own. This blog contains tips and tricks that can help you make moving easier.