Friday, December 13, 2013

Requesting a Moving Quote

 Moving can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be! Although there are challenges and obstacles  you will have to overcome it’s all about how you approach the situation. One of the easiest ways to lessen your burden is by planning early. You can start requesting moving quotes way in advance but what do you need to know before making the call? Below is a list of facts you should know about your move and possible questions you might think of asking along the way. 

Where are you moving from and to, 
you’ll at least be asked to give a city or zip code. Even if you still don’t have a new home or storage picked out make sure you know what area your moving to. This way you can receive the most accurate quote possible because this information determines if your area is serviced and what your travel fee may be. 

What type(s) of moving services do you need for your move? Keep in mind if you want packing services, just loading or unloading services, and how large of a distance your moving. The way pricing is calculated there can be variations based on these facts. Moving companies may charge by the hour or mile depending on how far you are moving. Rates may also charge based on the services you’ll be receiving. 

What type of home are you moving into and out of? This may determine how long your move takes based on how accessible the building or home is. Keep in mind if your home is defined as a spilt level, single family, duplex, town home or apartment. It will especially be important to know if your apartment has either elevators or stairs accessible for the movers. 

Do you have any special items? Will you be moving any pianos, pool tables, appliances or grandfathers clocks? Sometimes these items require specialized care and equipment when moved so it’s important that your moving company is aware. Also, this is a good time to let your moving company know of any items that may be special to you or that your concerned about. This way special attention can be given to these pieces. 

When receiving your quote ask your company how they charge, is it by the hour? Also, what are they’re rates if they do charge by the hour. Along with a hourly charge see if your company charges a travel fee or fuel surcharge. Finally, make sure to ask if your company is licensed and insured, if your wary make them prove it! You can also go online and check out reviews for the company this way you will have full confidence in your choice of a moving company. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Preventing Common Causes of Moving Stress

Finding a Home

Finding your perfect home regardless if this an apartment or house, across the city or country it can be a stress full process. It’s important to recognize your stress early so your less likely to settle for a home that you don’t truly love. Plan in advance so you don’t have to make a rushed decision, start looking at new homes as soon as you know you want or need to move. Do some walk throughs and figure out what your must haves and have nots are.  This narrows down your search to homes that fit your criteria. If you still can’t find a new home your in love with there’s always plan b - moving into storage or temporary housing until you find that home. '

Choosing a Mover

This is a huge decision when moving but it’s key you feel confident in your choice so start getting referrals and doing research early. First start out by finding reputable companies that are licensed, insured and have a great record. Once you’ve picked out your top companies the best way to compare them is by getting an on-site estimate. This allows you to compare apples to apples when looking at moving costs, packing services, and just the company in general. You can take advantage of this meeting and talk with companies about promotions they may be running like use of boxes for free with your move. 

Packing & Unpacking 

If packing yourself, the earlier you start packing the less likely you are to feel stressed. This also makes the task of packing your entire home less daunting when it’s done in hour sessions each night or on the weekends rather than a panic the night before your move. You can also use this extra time to get rid of things you don’t need and possibly make some extra cash with a garage sale if wanted. When unpacking keep in mind you don’t need to stress yourself and get it done the same day. Start with the rooms you use most like the kitchen, your bedroom and bathroom. Setting up your new home should be a fun event not a stressful one!

 The Little Things Add Up 

When moving there are some things you don’t think of at first when starting to plan your move like changing your address or transferring utilities and doctors. Making a check list of these little things can help keep you organized when it comes to move day. You can also plan ahead and get one thing checked off your list every weekend that way there’s not additional stress after your move. 

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, make sure to keep this in mind! One of the keys to a successful move is planning ahead so make a plan that works with your schedule and keep to it. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed take some self-health time and do something you enjoy like a hot bath, exercising or watching a movie. It’s better to take an hour for yourself so your move goes smoothly. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Quick Moving Tips!

Within the state of Minnesota we are not legally allowed to move the following: 
    Combustible products
  •   Flammable products
  •   Plants or soil
  •   Pets
  •   Aerosols
  •   Any Illegal products

   Moving Suggestions:
  • The earlier the better: you want to be organized before the arrival of your moving crew
  • Stay in contact: make sure you have a way to stay in contact, for example cell phone numbers, with your moving crew in case a problem should arise or you get separated
  • Lighten your load: donate or sell your unwanted items ultimately saving you packing and loading time
  • Change of address: inform your post office to have mail forwarded
  • Separate personal belongings: gather all your irreplaceable items such as jewelry, cash, family photos, birth certificate, credit cards, legal documents, ect. that should be kept extra secure
  • Once you know where your new home is located it’s never to early to find shopping malls, post office, school, police department, and restaurants
  • Moving can be a stress time, make sure to leave some personal relation time so you can recharge
  • Make a final walk through with your moving team to make sure that nothing is left behind

   Packing Suggestions:
  • Over packing moving boxes can increase damage to your personal belongings, remember the heavier the item the smaller the box
  • To insure complete organization make sure to label both the top and sides of all moving boxes
  • Seal moving boxes with packing tape, interlocking box tops can lead to damaged goods
  • Create a “Open First” box of items you will need immediately at your new home
  • Use safe packing techniques such as packing over a soft surface to minimize the chance of breakage to your possessions
  • Due to the ink on newsprint, lamp shades and china should be packed in packing paper without ink to insure that these items will not be stained
  • Delicate items should be packaged with extra cushion and clearly labeled “FRAGILE” so they will not be damaged in your moving process

Friday, October 25, 2013

Supplies You Can Not Move Without!

It doesn’t matter whether your moving into a another home or storage you still have to pack your belongings so they are not damaged. If you look in advance you may be able to find some deals of the supplies you’ll need before getting started! 

What you’ll need: 

Boxes: Yes, I know this sounds like a no brainer but when your in a rush it might seem appealing to throwing everything into a bag of some sort. The risk you’ll be taking is possibly breaking all your prized possessions, I highly doubt this is your goal. The saying goes you get what you pay for so you may want to send the extra time finding or spend a few extra dollars getting quality moving boxes if your packing yourself. It’s important that you also get a wide variety of box sizes, remember the golden rule: the heavier the item the smaller the box. It’s also important to pack the entire box whether it’s with items (make sure the box is still safe to lift) or packing paper/peanuts. If there is open space the box has a risk of crumbling under pressure from stacking other boxes on top of it, you want the weight to be distributed evenly. 

Packing Paper, peanuts or bubble wrap: These materials are important as I said before to keep the integrity of the box intact under pressure. It’s also important for keeping your possessions safe during storage or transport. It provides cushion to your belongings and decreases the risk of them sliding around in the box. This decreases your likelihood of scraps, scratches and scuffs during your moving process. When in doubt make sure to over protect especially if your packing on your own instead of using your moving company packing services. If the belongings you’ve packed get damaged during the move your moving company is not responsible for the damages so don’t slack in your packing protection! 

Tape: You can never have enough tape when packing, I’d suggest buying more than you need because the worst case scenario is you need to return the extra! This way you won’t have to stop in the middle of packing to run back to the store for more! It’s important that boxes are taped not simply folded. This runs the risk again of having the box flaps fail and your items break from taking a fall to the ground. I’d recommend getting a tape with a 2 inch width or greater this way you know the tops are secure.  

If your going into storage you’ll want to this about getting shelves and a storage lock. Many facilities do not provide these for you or charge extra for their use. The advantage of having shelves within your storage unit is having an organized unit and less stress on your boxes from being stacked high. You can even label the boxes on the shelves this way if you need to remove an item later it’s a breeze. When buying a storage lock I’d recommend not skimping. Stainless steel disc locks may be a couple dollars more but they hold up against weather and thieves. If your using your moving company's storage services make sure to ask how they protect your belongings! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Moving Your Business with Ease!

Moving your own home is one thing, moving your business is a whole other. There is a lot more logistics and planning that goes into moving your business especially when you’ve already established yourself. Although it’s a lot of work just think of all the benefits your receive from moving into better access to clients, bigger work spaces, or the money you will save.


Plan ahead, once you’ve set the moving date in stone start getting your moving quotes early. This way you can receive at least three quotes from professional moving companies and guarantee you’ll get your preferred moving date. Moving efficiently with professional commercial movers will ensure little disruption to your business. 

Now if you’d like to cut down moving costs you can move somethings yourself like boxes, files, computers, and miscellaneous desk items but it’s to your advantage to hire professional movers for your office equipment. Attempting to move something so heavy on your own is not only difficult, but it's also asking for injury. Hiring movers will also reduce the amount of down time for your company, you could close on Friday and be fully functioning on Monday instead of dragging the moving process out. By passing off the heavy lifting you’ll be able to focus on your grand reopening! 

Instead of seeing moving as a load of stress take advantage of the attention it will bring to your business. Bring attention to the fact that your moving, maybe even plan an event  that will give customers an opportunity to get involved in your business. This will create a big buzz in the community which will ultimately build more business in the future. Some ideas to get you started could be marketing in local newspapers, bringing the local radio station to your event or running a coupon in the weekly ads. The right marketing techniques will depend on the type of business you own, keep in mind what will work best for you! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Summer Moving - Are there Advantages?

The moving season is at it’s peak during the summer and fall months. That’s why planning ahead is the best way to make your move a success. Reserve your movers and trucks as far in advance as possible this way you can pick your preferred moving date. As your planning be aware of when your moving date is, does it fall at the end or beginning of the month? Is there any holidays around your moving date? These are easy aspects to over look so keep it in mind when choosing your moving date. 

First thing to start with is setting up all your on-site estimates. Make sure to be consistent throughout each estimate: ask the same questions and show the representatives the same items this way you can compare apples to apples when making your final choice. The best way to do this is by blocking out one day of your weekend or a couple nights during a single week to get them all done. This way each representative is fresh in your mind to make the best choice for your move. 

Once you’ve picked your company and scheduled your moving date it’s time to start packing. If you’ve decided to pack yourself it’s easiest to pack at night, especially if you’ve decided to move the little items yourself. If you do this you can avoid the blistering hot sun that is out in the summer. If you can not pack during the cooler nighttime temperatures make sure to take frequent breaks. Also, during your breaks make sure to drink water to avoid heat stroke. 

It’s a good idea to get all your utilities switch over to your new home but make sure you don’t do it too early. If you packing or even moving yourself you’ll want to keep your air conditioning on as long as possible during moving day. Moving is strenuous activity and like before over heating is a concern. Keeping the air conditioning on could overall save you money and time because your movers will be able to keep a steady pace and avoid heat exhaustion. 

Although you’ve picked a summer/fall moving date it’s always good to check the weather a few days in advance, it can be unpredictable. This way you can plan ahead and warn your moving company for any rain or even possibility snow. They may have special equipment or an alternative plan so your possessions are not damaged from the unpredictable weather. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Packing: Are you on Schedule for Move Day?

You’ve conquered some very large tasks by now since your starting to pack up for move day; you’ve already picked a moving company, new home and found all your supplies for packing. Now you may be overwhelmed with the amount of packing you need to do but first take a second to appreciate all that you’ve accomplished already! Now once you’ve zoned in on a moving date it’s important to stay on schedule and get organized. At this point we know that you’ve already decided to pack yourself and that’s wonderful but you need to stay focused to get it all completed before your move. 

You may think that 2 or 3 months before your move is way to early to get started packing but time flies! Start packing rooms you do not use on a daily basis such as the attic or storage closet. First sort through the items and figure out if your going to donate, throw away or keep the item. If it goes into the “keeper pile” pack it into a box. 

Now your starting to get down to the wire once your 1 month away from moving day. Continue to pack rooms throughout your home and start focusing on having one room totally packed at a time. The focus should still be on the rooms that are less essential to your daily routine. Another good goal to get taken care of in this time frame is scheduling appointments for transferring all your utilizes, cable, internet and phone to your new home. This is another good time to notify the post office, credit card, banking, ect that you will be relocating. 

As your move date is closing in, now only 2 weeks away, you’ll want to pack up everything expect for a few essential items like some pots and pans from the kitchen, food, some dishes, bathroom products, ect. At this time you can also start moving the boxes by the front door or in the garage if wanted. This will save your moving crew time and ultimately save you money in the long hall. 

Now your dashing toward the finish line when your move is only 1 week away, didn’t that time fly? This is the time when your organization and planning skills are tested. First plan out your meals for the next week, pack an overnight bag (if needed), and what you’ll absolutely need. Go through each room that isn’t already packed, if an items is not on your essentials list pack it up. This will also be a good time to defrost any freezers and disconnect your appliances if needed. 

At this point if you are unable to get all the packing done or have questions about packing specialty items notify your moving company. This way if they need to send out a larger crew, bring packing supplies, allot more time for your move, or explain how to pack certain items they can. 

Your final packing will happen just the night before your move. Take the final essential items you needed the past few days and mark them in a box labeled “open first”. By doing this you will know which box(es) you’ll need right away in case you are unable to start unpacking immediately. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Budgeting Your Move

Moving can be both a daunting and exciting process. One of the driving factors that can affect your move greatly is the financial budget you’ve set aside for your moving process. Depending on the individual this amount can differ greatly. One of the best starting points is researching your local moving companies. Don’t just look for the cheapest movers around but also their ratings and reviews from past customers. I’d rather spend a little extra money and know i’m getting quality movers to move my possessions. 

The next idea that comes into play when creating a budget is taking a look at what you really have to move. What types of items do you have? Is there a lot of large furniture or boxes? Do you have any specialty items like a piano or grandfathers clock? Keeping these questions in mind  will help you form a realistic idea of what it will take to move and how much you should start saving. Now if you want an accurate quote or ballpark it is most beneficial to complete an on-site estimate with the movers of your choice. This will give you a professional movers opinion of the cost of your move because there are some things individuals do not think about for example the number of stairs in your home, how sharp of corners within your home or elevator wait time in your apartment. 

If you’d like to help your budget theirs always ways to prepare for your move that save time and ultimately money, below are just a few ideas to get you started. You can cut down the amount of items to be moved by having a moving sale or posting your unwanted items on Craigslist. This will also give you some extra cash for your moving process. If you have time you can start weeks in advance packing up items yourself that way there ready for move day. When you’ve got your new home start bringing over small items or even boxes every time you visit so there is less to move on move day. You can also place boxes and small items in the garage closest to where your moving truck will be parked that way they have a shorter distance to be moved. These are just some money saving tips for your move day! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Speciality Items - Moving Your Appliances

When moving there a few appliances that require some special attention. Certain appliances can take more than one day to prepare so planning ahead is key. By planning ahead you will decrease your stress on move day too which is another plus! We know it can be overwhelming so we’ve put together these simple moving tips to help.  
Refrigerators - Seems trivial but make a plan for your food during the move, are you going to slowly use it strategically before move day or are you planning on using coolers for transport? After taking all your items out, especially in the summer heat, your fridge may have an odor. To tackle this problem try leaving an opened box of baking soda inside to absorb the smell. Lastly but most importantly your refrigerator needs to be turned off about 48 hours prior to your move. When doing so you may want to either remove or secure any shelving or attachments that could be damaged in the move. 
Freezer - Preparing a freezer for move day can take hours or days depending on it’s condition and size. If you have frost and/or ice build up it can take time to defrost so make sure to allow for enough time for it to defrost completely. Again, like with your refrigerator, you’ll need to make a plan for your frozen goods. 
Dishwasher -  Your dishwater may require professional help to disconnect unless you have experience. If you do know how to disconnect a dishwasher here’s a final check for you. Make sure the water valve, inlet line, and hose are all disconnected. Also, the dishwasher needs time to dry out before moving it, if possible leave the dishwasher door open for a full day before your move day to allow for this.
Dryer & Washing Machine - These appliances are yet again some that you may want a professional to handle, especially if your dryer is gas. Even if you do have a professional disconnect here are some things to double check on moving day. Make sure the power cords are disconnected and taped to the appliance, check that your washing machine is water free and make sure the drum is secured. 
Oven - The amount preparation required for your oven really depends if it is electric or gas powered. If you have an electric oven make sure it is disconnected from it’s outlet and the cord is tape to the appliance. If you have a gas powered oven it may require the professional help of a third-party service. Your moving company may even be able to recommend a third party service to take care of it for you. Whichever power source your oven uses you’ll want to make sure to remove and pack any attachments such as burners or shelves inside the oven before move day. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tips for Your Apartment Move In Day!

When the property manager from your new apartment building hands over your new keys you get both a spike of excitement and a sign of relief. Excitement for the new adventures that await you in your new home and relief that your search is over!  Now to keep this feeling going and to have a smooth move in day you’ll want to read through our tips below. By taking these tips into consideration you can keep your move day stress free. 

1. Are you living on the gound floor of your apartment? If not, you’ll want to contact your property manager again. Most apartment bulidings allow one elevator to be blocked off for your moving company. This will ultimately save you time and money if your moving company charges by the hour. 

2. Does you apartment building have a parking area for the moving truck? If not, you can contact your cities general office and request a permit for hooding parking meters or a obstruction permit. This allows the moving trucks to park on the street or at a parking meter. This will again ultimately same you time and money because the movers will have a shorter distance to carry your belongings. 

3. Point your moves in the right direction, have them place the items in the appropriate rooms. This will save you a lot of time unpacking in the long run because everything will be in the correct space. All you’ll have to do is open a box and start placing the items. This will also save your back because you won’t have to try and lift so many heavy boxes. 

4. Coordinate all your insulation appointments for move in day or the day after. This will get all the hassle done in one or two days so you can enjoy your new home. This will also save you from procrastinating hooking up all your electronics or appliances.  Sometimes your moving company will have relationships already formed with installers all you have to do is ask when setting up your move. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

To Move or Not to Move? Here's some things to Consider!

Everyone has different and unique reasoning for moving, for example some people move to be closer to family, find a job, or make a new start for themselves. Reasons like those listed before might be considered a necessity but other may find it a choice to move or not. Either way you look at it there is a major change in your everyday route and way of living. Below are some things that can impact your moving decision and are great things to consider for you and your family

1) Raising a Family - You may want to consider the age of your children when planning your move. How will transferring to a new school affect them? Will they still be close to their friends? You also want to consider the area your moving to, is it family friendly? Are their children in your community? 

2) Daily Living - it’s true that some communities are more expensive to live in. What type of a lifestyle do you live and can your new community provide you with it? This can be affect by the type of job you have and home affordability. Another aspect to consider is your own emotions because saying good bye to your community, home friends and family within can be difficult. 

3) Selling and Buying - Buying and Selling a home can be an exciting and scary time, you have to make sure your prepared for both. Make sure you also anticipate the costs of this process as well, some that can be forgotten are realtor fees and closing costs. If your moving to another state you really need to take a close look at these fee because they can be different. 

4) Your Career - Having job opportunities in your new community is a large factor that can influence your choice to move. Will your job transfer you to a new location? Do you already have a job in your new community? When looking at a new company or career choice you may start at a lower wage. 

There are plenty of other driving forcing when considering moving, what are yours? Make sure to look at every aspect of your life before making a large move! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Protecting Your Flooring

Protecting your flooring including wood, tile, and carpeting seems like a huge obstacle when moving but it doesn’t have to be! You may have fears of your friends, family and moving crew walking back and forth constantly on your nice flooring, if this is you don’t fear the tips below can save your sanity and flooring. 

Strategically pick your moving date, after all your the expert on what weather is like in your area. One of the most challenging times to move is in wind, rain and snow. Try picking a time of year where these can be avoid. However you need to keep in mind a lot of others have this same thought too so you’ll want to schedule your move early. If you have no choose in the matter make sure to decrease the risk of injuring your flooring by shoving or sweeping the walkways to your home.

Ask questions, because if you don’t you’ll never know if your moving company offers floor protection. When scheduling your on-site estimate or booking your move make sure to ask what your moving companies policy is for protecting your home. Many companies will offer carpet shield, rug runners, and laying cardboard down before moving your items. The key is to make sure they provide these services and if there is an extra cost. 

If your moving yourself it is still possible to protect your flooring at a reasonable cost that doesn’t require hours of work. You can purchase heavy duty paper rolls from your local hardware store. When this is taped to the floor it can provide you with protection but beware it can rip, especially on carpeting. Another option you can try is purchasing slip on booties that are worn over shoes. This create a barrier between your shoes and the flooring because your shoes could potentially tract in all kinda of mud, snow, rocks or water. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Starting Out in a New City

Relocating to a new city? It’s both scary and exhilarating to move to into your new home. Once your all moved in what do you do? Here are a few ideas to help you settle in your new home! 

Don’t be Afraid - If your new neighbors don’t come running to your door step make an effort to say hi. You’ll make friends within the neighborhood in no time, plus this is one of the best ways to find out what the best shops, restaurants, schools, and malls are within your new city. You can also get involved within your community by joining a club or association, this way you can meet your neighbors and get insider information on your new city you may not get elsewhere. 

Plan for some Me Time - Moving and starting in a new city can be a crazy adventure, you may be submerged in work, children, and your new home life. All this chaos can be stressful so it’s important to make time for yourself even if that means just taking a walk around the block. 

Explore -  Find time to explore your new home, don’t tell yourself you’ll do it later because later never seems to come. Whether your exploring alone or with family and friends make sure to try something new even if it’s just going to a new mall or new restaurant for lunch. You’ll never know what your new home has to offer unless you look around. 

Don’t Panic - It’s completely normal to miss your old home at first, everyday that feeling will lessen as you feel more comfortable in your new home. The important thing to remember is to keep an open mind, this will allow you to enjoy your new friends and surroundings. Unpacking your belongings to make your new home feel homey and making new friends are the first steps in helping this feeling subside. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reading Your Moving Estimate

Have you received an on-site estimate from your moving company? If not, this is the place to start! Anyone can tell you a range over the phone but having a representative come to your home gives you a realistic idea of what your move will actually cost! Next, you should receive a copy of your estimate via e-mail so you can look it over. The tips and questions below will help you decipher your estimate! 
If your move is local, within the state, you will first want to look at the amount of movers and trucks stated on your estimate. Are these amounts the same amounts that you discussed with the representative? If yes than you can continue looking over the estimate, if not than this is one item to question. 
The next item to look at is the amount of estimated time to complete your move and the hourly rate. Just don’t settle for the company that estimates the lowest amount of time! Legally, you as the customer have to pay for the amount of time the crew spends on your move. This means even if the estimate says it’ll take 5 hours you have to pay even if it takes 8 therefore this is worth looking at. Another item to consider when looking at this are reviews. What are other people saying about this company? If they have great reviews it might be worth paying an extra five dollars an hour. 
After looking at estimated time and rate take a look at your travel time. What do this even mean? Your travel time or trip charge is the amount of time to get the crew out to your home and back to their shop after your move. It’s like a delivery and pick up charge for your moving professionals. Another question to ask is if your moving company charges a fuel surcharge on top of the trip charge? This is a fee for the fuel used on your move. It’s an extra fee you might like to know about. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Moving Insurance

If your moving one thing to consider is purchasing moving insurance and whether you need more than the moving company provides, especially if you thinking about not using packing services offered by your chosen moving company. It’s complicated process to decide these factors but a good place to start is understanding the terminology you’ll hear when calling around. Here are some concepts and moving insurance terms to get you started: 
1. High Value 
Used to describe any items that are worth $100 per pound, this will very depending on the item. It is important to know which of your items are considered high value so you can purchase moving insurance accordingly. Items that are considered high value include original artwork, fine crystal, antiques, ect. 
2. Standard Coverage 
Any professional moving company will provide clients with a minimum of free coverage , this refers to the amount of money you will receive per pound of the damaged goods. Typically the amount is 60 cents per pound. This is another way you can double check if your moving company is legit.  
3. Claim
A term used when household goods are damaged during your moving process. If this occurs it is important to submit your claim as soon as possible to ensure your damaged goods are covered.
4. Declared Value
A declared value is assigned by the home owner, this value is of the total household goods you will be moving. This number is important because it will be the basis for the amount of insurance you will need. 
5. Declared Value Protection  
This is used to determine the value of your good now should they be damaged or lost. This means that the value of the items is equal to it’s depreciated value. It’s current value minus the value it has decreased over time. Make sure to ask for this value when talking to your moving insurance company. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

What Not to Pack

After getting all your supplies to start packing your belonging before move day stop and make a list. What don’t you want to pack in your moving boxes? Things like valued documents or hazardous chemicals should be packed in a separate box. You might want to keep your valued documents with you in your moving process. This makes them easy to find when your unpacking so you don’t accidentally throw them away. Another idea to keep in mind is the fact that moving companies can not move hazardous chemicals. 

Items to include in your valuable item box include: 

  • Medical records
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Laptop computers
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Rare collections
  • Photo albums
  • Spare keys
  • Medications

These valuable items can be irreplaceable or a hassle to replace. Depending on your personal preferences you may have more or less items on your list, this just gives you some ideas to start with. Make sure to pack these items yourself and keep them in your personal vehicle as you navigate to your new home to insure that they are not damaged or lost.

Items that are illegal for moving companies to move include: 
  • Flammable items (i.e. pesticides, acid, aerosols, pool chemicals, kerosene, motor oil, fireworks, lamp oil, weed killer, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Perishable food items (i.e. eggs, milk, cheese, meats, poultry, etc.), especially if you’re making a long distance move

So what do you do with the items you can’t bring? If your unsure you can always call your local city hall or waste management company, this way you are disposing the chemicals properly. Another resource to use is the internet, your local companies may have resources and instructions on their website. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Utility Costs in a New Home

So your interested in buying a new home, do you know what the utilities are going to cost each month? Some of these small details like gas, electric, or water can be over looked when setting up your new monthly budget. This could be the deal breaker when looking at a home. 

Ask your realtor for the utility bills if your serious in buying a particular home. It’s a good idea to not only look at only the last month but also the past 12 months. This way you get an idea of the utility bills across all seasons. The selling realtor of the home can be contacted by your realtor to get this information. If this information isn’t given to you by the realtor you may also try contacting the current utility providers. They might be able to give you a ball park of the utility costs for that home. 

Look for clues of the energy efficiency in the home. Does the home have cathedral ceilings? This can draw conditioned air up from the areas you want it to be. Other things to look for are older water-chugging plumbing fixtures, spas, complex landscaping that requires a lot of watering, and single-pane windows. These are all small details to take into account when figuring the utility bills. 

If you are head over heels for a home with high utility bills you still have a chance to lower your bills if you have a budget that allows for improvements. Install ceiling fans to help direct heated and cooled air. Select lightbulbs and fixtures that are energy efficient/energy savers. Make sure the home is insulted well and choose new windows that have double panes. Also spend some time looking at your landscaping, smart drip irrigation systems can cut down the costs of water. 

Before you move into your new home take the time to look at all aspects of the home including utility bills. You’ll avoid any surprises and have the opportunity to fix inefficiencies ahead of time. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spotting a Bad Landlord

The landlord is one of the last things you think about in all the hype about getting a new home. Funny thing is having a landlord is like having another spouse. Your making a large commitment to an individual that you may not know anything about, sounds scary right? Well here are a few tips that can make you more aware about what your getting yourself into when it comes to having a landlord. 

Ask Questions, you never can ask enough questions. You have the right to know what kind of a person you will be dealing with throughout your housing commitment. For starters make sure you take a walk through of the home your leasing with the landlord him/herself. This way you can ask all the questions you want face to face with them. This also allows you to get to know your future landlord and their management style. Don’t fool ourself, whether you like it or not this individual will become part of your life. Here are some sample questions to ask when completing a walk through: 

1. How long have you owned the property?

2. Do you handle maintenance yourself? Am I responsible for any repairs?

3. How long did the last tenants live here? Did they have pets? 

4. What kind of security measures do you take? 

5. What is the neighborhood like? Any crime in the area? 

Examine the property, is it clean? are there any visibly obvious damages? these clues can say a lot about the landlord. If your questioning damages that look like pest infestation, water leaks, mold or other damages get a second opinion. A inspector may be a good investment if you are making a long term commitment. If repairs are needed you want to make sure to include them in the lease or make sure the are completed before signing the lease and moving in. If they are not included in the lease or not fixed the landlord could hold you accountable if the deal falls through. 

Talk to others, see what other tenants think of their landlord. This can give you a large clue to what he/she is like after moving in. It’s good to hear both the good and the bad. Another option may be doing your research on the landlord using technology. If they are part of a property management group then their maybe some reviews online. You can also research the property via public records in your city. This will help you figure out if there are any set backs with the property or landlord. 

Read carefully, once you sign the lease you can’t take it back. It is important to re-read the lease you are about to sign, it is not uncommon for a landlord to sneak in or restructure the current sections in their favor. It may not be a bad idea to familiarize yourself with landlord/tenant laws in your state. This way you know your rights and what is supposed to be in the lease itself. You also want to ask about any sections you do not understand in the lease. The most important thing to remember is if you feel uncomfortable then do not sign the lease. There are a million different options for a new home out there you don’t have to settle! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moving Your Office

Is this the first time you have to move your office? Well have no fear it’s easy when you follow the tips explained below. Moving day is always a stressful event but preparing in advance can help you feel relief. Plus as soon as you pick your move date you can start packing and labeling boxes slowly so it’s not such a burden in the future. This way you can keep your employees working successfully instead of closing down for a day to pack and prepare. 

Once you know your moving and you have the date set it’s nice to let your client’s know in advance. Make sure to put it on your website, make signs for the office, and maybe even mention it on the phone. It wouldn’t be good if a client showed up at your old office, who knows how many potential clients you could lose just because they weren’t notified. It’s also important to change your billing address. You wouldn’t want important mail going to someone else, they might just throw it away. 

For office moves it’s important to research for a reliable moving company ahead of time. You should request a on-site estimate that way you get a realistic idea of what it will cost and how to prepare for the big move. Hedberg Moving Solutions even offers a packing demonstration that explain how to pack your office boxes for free before your move. This way you know how to pack certain items and make sure your items are not damaged. 

Now with all your preparation your move day will be easy! The movers will even put your employees boxes, desks, and items in their office so that all they have to do is unpack. This will save you downtime, you could even choose to move on a weekend that way no business days are wasted. Your employees will leave for the weekend on Friday and show up at the new office Monday to continue their work as usual. 

Whatever the reason for your office relocation – the need of a bigger space, moving the business to another town, finding a less expensive alternative when renting a place, etc., try to save yourself the troubles and let a professional take care of your move. By doing this you can stay focused on activities that you heave to do instead. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Did you know?

Most individuals don’t want to even think about moving but moving is on a lot of people’s mind. One-sixth of American’s relocate every year. Think about that! That’s about 43 million people a year that move. So choosing a professional and trust worthy moving company is a important part of planning your move. Below are some fun facts about moving you might that know! 

  • Job related moves make up about 40 percent of total moves throughout the year. Another 42 percent is due to personal reasons and the last 18 percent is due to military or government relocations. 
  • Around 62 percent of individuals still live in the state which they were born in.
  • Families, a married couple between 25-44 years of age with 1-2 children from the ages of 2-11 years old are the typical moving clients seen
  • The busiest moving season is made up of only  about 4 months, from May to the beginning of September. If you are planning to move during this time frame make sure to schedule your move date ahead of time. This way you get your preferred moving date and time. 

  • A household has a average moving shipment of 6,000 - 7,000 pounds, this is equivalent to  the weight of an elephant! 

  • Most of all moves, two-thirds to be exact, are local. For example most of Hedberg Moving Solutions moves are within the same county.
  • In a lifetime most individuals will move about 12 times. 

Moving is the third most stressful event in life aside from death of a loved one and divorce. A professional moving company can relieve this stress and even save you time/money from renting a truck and moving yourself. As always the key to success when moving is planning, preparation and contacting your moving company early! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Moving In Must Do’s

Finally, your done with moving and your in your new home after all of your careful planning and hiring a excellent moving company. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and start some adventures in your new home. Although you feel like there’s been a weight lifted off your shoulders, there’s still some unpacking and last minute items to take care of. Here are a few things to put on your must do list after you move in: 

1. CLEAN: Even tho the landlord or last home owners have done their best to clean it’s never "your"   kind of clean. Make sure to give your new home another disinfecting, unless you know the last owners you never really know what your walking into. If you don’t have time to clean the whole house make sure to clean the kitchen, bathroom and carpets. These are areas where dust and germs like to hide out. 

2. CHECK FOR UNINVITED GUESTS: It might not be a bad idea to check for signs of rodents and bugs. Look for droppings, entry points, gnawed items, or nesting materials in tight, hidden warm areas where critters like to make homes. It’s not a pleasant thing to do when moving in but it could prevent larger issues in the future. Keep in mind if you don’t want to look yourself you could always hire a exterminator to do a preventative check. 

3. UNPACK THE SMART WAY: If you made a “open me first” box then do as it says and open it first. You might want to start by organizing your boxes and putting them in the room in which the items belong. Then you can unpack a room a day or even a weekend and still have room to walk throughout your new home. This helps minimize clutter and ultimately minimize stress. You might consider unpacking and hanging your pictures or decor so you feel more at home and comfortable. 

4. CHANGE YOUR LOCKS: It’s hard to know how many people have access to keys to your new home. It’s better to be safe than sorry, you’ll feel safer in your new home after you’ve changed the locks.

5. MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS: It’s sometimes awkward to walk up to a new neighbor’s home to introduce your but you’ll be happy you did it in the long run. You may meet a new friend or learn something about your new neighborhood. The added bonus is the awareness you gain of those that live around you whether that may be a good or bad thing, you’ll know who you can trust or who you should stay away from. This in sight is something only a resident of the neighborhood can give you! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Moving in the Winter!

Moving in the winter can have it’s advantages. There are plenty of homes on the market and you can almost always get a great deal on a home because seller and rents are waiting for a buyer. Although it may be cold, braving the winter to relocate can have it’s perks. Plus you’ll be already settled in your new home by the summer. This way you can relax and enjoy the summer instead of stressing over your move. Below are some tips to keep in mind while moving in the winter. 

Plan for the worst, make sure you are aware of the weather conditions on your planned move day. Salting and shoving your walk aways can be the deciding factor of whether your move runs smoothly or not. Make sure your move is safe by planning ahead, even if it means waking up an hour early to shovel or salt. 

Moving into storage? Consider a climate-controlled storage when making your storage decision. The elements such as cold weather or snow can damage your prized possessions. A climate controlled storage takes the risk of damaged belongings away. You will be happy about your decision  even if you are only storing your items for a short period of time. 

Is your new home a large distance from your old home? Make sure to pack a emergency car kit just in case. The cold weather can go from bad to worse in a hurry and you don’t want to be  caught unprepared. Even if you have a reliable car you never know when and if you’ll break down. Unlike summer when you can sit outside and wait for help with ease, the winter is not so easy. Having a first aide kit, water, snacks, hot packs, a flashlight, salt, sand or kitty litter, and jumper cables may be some handy things to keep in your car for emergencies. 

The wonderful uses of cardboard. The flooring in your old and new home can be protected by simply laying down cardboard. Slush and salt from the snowy winter can damage your flooring. Creating a walking pathway from your front door to each room can save your floors. Plus it’s an easy clean up compared to scrubbing floors after a long day of moving in.