Moving Day Checklist – How To Move Efficiently

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The moving day checklist you need – how to move efficiently.

So you’ve made it to the big day. You’re almost over the hump of your big move; all you have left to do is tie up some loose ends. Unfortunately, failure to prepare correctly for your final day at your old residence might end up causing you added stress. That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate moving day checklist to help you get seamlessly through your moving day.

End your moving-eve night early. Going to bed early the night before the move might seem impossible to do with so much going on, but the truth is you don’t want to be a zombie on moving day. If you have a choice between staying up all night or going to bed early and getting your day started fresh and alert- choose the ladder.

Eat a healthy breakfast. It’s not uncommon for people to forget to eat on their moving day. Between the stress and the time crunch, it feels like a mission to even a bag of chips. It’s important to remember that your body still needs fuel, and without a good healthy meal in your belly, you run the risk of burning yourself out quicker.

Initial Walk-through. Chances are, on the day of the move, you’ll have a pretty good idea about what’s left to do. But you probably don’t have a solid plan to get it done. Before the chaos starts, have an initial walk-through of the whole house and think about the best and most practical way to get it done. Having a plan set in place for the day will make moving-day go along a lot smoother.

Have your sleepover bag ready. Before you have everything loaded and ready to go, make sure, you have your sleepover bag (or suitcase ready). The bag should include pajamas, a fresh change of clothes, toiletries, and any important documents you want to keep with you at all times. Having this bag ready will save you the trouble of rummaging through piles of boxes at your new home (especially when you’ll be beyond exhausted).

Have small bags and a sharpie ready. A lot is going on-on moving day. Furniture is coming apart, and it’s easy for small things like nails and screws to get lost. Make sure you have plenty of baggies around where you can easily toss any small pieces and label them, so you know what they belong to.

Communicate well with movers. If you’re lucky enough to have a moving company helping you, you must communicate with them about any special instructions. If you have any questions now, it is also the time to ask and always go through and verify terms, services, and contact information one last time before moving.

Leave contact information. If you’re moving out of a house, consider leaving contact information for the next person. Doing so helps give them peace of mind should any questions about the place arise. This is totally optional but considered good etiquette.

Measure your furniture. If you haven’t already, make sure you measure your furniture and write down dimensions on a pocket notebook. Writing down this information will help you tremendously when you arrive at your new destination. It’s also a good idea to keep your notebook and a tape measurer in your sleepover bag.

Label your boxes. Before any boxes start going in the moving trucks, make sure you take a few seconds to make sure they are labeled. It is especially important to label boxes that are fragile and boxes that are a priority to unpack first.

Plan for children and pets. If you have small children and pets moving with you, try setting aside any special toys, food, and accessories they need. The move will be especially hard on them, so ensure you make them feel as normal as possible by setting aside their essentials.

Pack a cooler. This easy tip seems to be one of the most forgotten ones, but it is especially important if you’re moving during the summer. Having cold water, sports drinks, energy drinks, or even a few snacks in there can help you stay hydrated, fueled, and alert throughout the big day.

Don’t forget your chargers. Chargers for the essentials always seem to go missing during a move. Make sure you have your phone charger in your overnight bag. If you need things like a portable DVD player for the ride or another entertainment device, make sure you have the chargers packed up ahead of time.

Pillows and Blankets. If you have a long move ahead of you, you’ll want to keep pillows and blankets along for the ride. But even if you’re moving within the same state or even the same city, having clean pillows and blankets available will help make the new place feel like home.

Last walk-through. Once it seems everything is packed and ready to go, give your house one last walk-through. Things to look out for:

  • Lights are off
  • Thermostat is off
  • Blinds are lowered
  • Trash has been taken out
  • Run the Garbage disposal
  • Nothing in Refrigerator and/or Dishwasher if they’re being left behind
  • Closets are empty
  • The water heater is off
  • Doors and windows are locked.
  • Everything is generally clean.

Have plenty of cash. This one is significant if you’ll have a moving company helping you. Make sure you stop by the atm and grab some cash for tipping. The amount you tip your movers is usually left to your discretion. While $20 per mover seems to be a good rule of thumb per 4 hours of work, do try to keep in mind distance traveled, labor, and quality of work when making your decision.

Final paperwork. If you haven’t gone through your final paperwork, including your moving day checklist, the day of is probably not the time. However, it would help if you made a note of it in your moving notebook to check on things the night or week before like cancellation or transfer of homeowner’s insurance, change of address, and cancellation of anything pertaining to your old address. You’ll want to do this ASAP to avoid being overcharged.

Now go ahead and print this out, stick it in your moving notepad, and double-check it on moving day. If you follow this moving day checklist, you’ll have a much less stressful day ahead.

Top Questions When Hiring A Moving Company

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Top questions to ask a moving company? We’ll tell ya! A long time ago, hiring movers was a thing only wealthy people had even heard of. Even when regular folks started getting in on the action of hiring professional moving companies, there weren’t many choices to go off.

If you wanted professional movers, you accepted whatever deal they gave you and hoped everything went smooth on moving day. Then came the explosion of moving companies along with the ever-growing internet and its friends: Yelp and Foursquare (to name a few).

Today you have an overwhelming amount of professional moving company choices and what feels like hundreds of conflicting reviews for each. So, how do you determine what company will work best for you? Don’t sweat it. The process doesn’t have to be super overwhelming.

With a few tips from us, and the power of elimination, you can confidently choose the perfect professional moving company for you in no time.

 

Top questions to ask a potential moving company. 

Do you pack for me? 

Many people decide to hire a professional moving company in an effort to make the whole moving experience more manageable. They are willing to shell out the cash so long as they can save themselves as much time and headaches as possible. With that said, not all moving companies offer every type of service, and some companies rather not deal with the packing. If it’s important for you that your chosen company provides packing services- make sure to shop around.

Are you a Broker or a Carrier?

When choosing a professional moving company, you will want to find out the type of company you are working with. The two main types are:

Moving Brokers: Brokers have partnerships with other companies. This allows them to outsource their services to other companies near you. Using brokers can result in lower prices for you since what they are essentially doing is having the other companies bid for your business.

The potential downside to working with a broker is that because they delegate your business to other companies, there is the potential for miscommunication. Additionally, you will have to hope the broker chooses a moving company you’ll be happy with because you will basically be left out of the final decision.

Moving Carriers: Carriers are more of a boutique-like service. They handle all moving services and usually have an in-house staff. Working with carriers also means you get to have direct communication with the movers from beginning to end. Just keep in mind that this type of service might mean a significantly pricier final bill.

What are your delivery time frames?

Another top question to ask when hiring a moving company. All moving companies should be able to give you some sort of estimate on the delivery time frames. However, take this question one step further and ask if they would be willing to provide you with a guaranteed delivery day in writing. If you get it in writing and your movers are late for whatever reason, you can be entitled to a partial refund.

Do you Offer Moving Insurance?

This one is important because these insurance-like services will help ensure your belongings are covered should something go wrong.

Basic Protection: All professional moving companies are required to provide basic moving protection. What will vary here, and what you need to research is exactly how much they cover, but typically it’s between 0.30 to 0.60 cents per pound depending on whether it’s an intrastate move or an interstate move.

Full Value Protection (FVP): If you have particularly hard to replace items, you might opt to pay extra for full-value protection. This type of coverage covers the market value of your belongings. Not all companies offer this option, and they usually vary across companies, so make sure you speak to a representative of the company you are interested in to find out precisely what you can expect. Here’s a further breakdown of how it works.

Do I Tip the Movers and How Much?

Most moving companies should never and probably would never ask you to tip their movers. Gratuity is something that is usually left up to the customer’s discretion. With that said, if you are satisfied with your movers, it is considered good etiquette and recommended that you tip each mover.

A good rule of thumb is to tip $20/per mover per four hours. So, if your movers worked an 8

hour day, the ideal tip would be $40/per mover for the day. Just make sure you have plenty of cash available on moving day.

Do you offer storage?

Asking for moving companies to offer storage is a relatively new concept. Most traditional companies will not provide storage services. However, if storage is something that’s particularly important to you, the answer usually lies in searching for storage companies that also help you move (as opposed to moving companies that also offer storage). Be advised that this type of service can get expensive, so please include that in your moving budget.

What type of payment do you accept?

We know that it’s hard to believe a company would not accept any and every type of payment in this day and age but believe it or not, that is precisely the case. If you’re planning to put your moving expenses on a credit card or hoping to use a check, double-check with the company beforehand to ensure they will accept either as a form of payment. Additionally, many companies will offer a significant discount if you pay cash. If you’re using a debit card to pay anyway, it might be worth inquiring about.

How do you handle unforeseen circumstances?

Listen, no one wants to go into anything thinking of the worst possible scenario. However, when you’re dealing with literally such a life-changing move, you want to be smart about it and have the forethought to look ahead to other scenarios. Some questions to ask about unforeseen circumstances include:

  • What happens if I need to cancel?
  • How do you handle damages and/or loss claims?
  • Should I be aware of anything that might require additional fees?

These are all great questions; so don’t be afraid to ask. There’s some more information on questions to ask a long distance moving company here. It also helps to know that companies that are comfortable with these topics are probably a lot more likely to handle them correctly. If, on the other hand, you notice defensiveness during the questioning process- that’s a red flag.

Hiring professional movers is an important task. The good news is that though it might seem a bit daunting at first, the process is relatively simple if you know what you’re looking for. Taking time to research the right company will provide priceless peace of mind, and at the end of the day- this probably something you won’t have to deal with too often.

 

Where Can I Get Free Boxes?

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Where can I get free boxes for a move?

The number one moving supply you’ll need on moving day is moving boxes. Depending on your move, you may even need a few dozen of them, and purchasing them from places like Office Max or moving companies can quickly add up. To save you some money, we’ve made a list of all the places you can find free boxes for your move. Check them out.

 

Amazon Deliveries. Well, technically, you paid for these, but you can get the most bang for your buck from all your Amazon purchases by keeping all the boxes they deliver in. Although they might be on the smaller side, they are still great for putting away things like plates, video games, and frames. Bonus: they often come with bubble wrap you can also use for your move.

 

Neighbors. If you’re constantly throwing out cardboard boxes, imagine how many more your neighbors also have. As soon as you find out you’re moving, put the word out with your neighbors. They’ll more than likely have a few boxes of their own they are more than willing to give you.

 

Local Classifieds. Apps like Craigslist, Neighbor, Offer Up, and your local Facebook group almost always have someone trying to get rid of their cardboard boxes. Don’t be afraid to post your own ad looking for boxes. Chances are, as long as you’re willing to pick them up, you’ll find more than enough people willing to donate them.

 

Local Grocery Store. If you’ve ever driven through the back lot of your local grocery store, chances are you’ve seen their section of trash cans that contain mountains of cardboard boxes. The good news is that you don’t have to go dumpster diving for these. Reach out to the store manager and ask if you can grab the next batch of boxes they get rid of before making it in the bins. Score!

 

U-Haul. Did you know U-Haul has a cool spot in each of their locations where people can opt to leave their moving boxes for other movers? All you have to do is look up your local U-Haul, drive over and see if they have any boxes. If you live in a metropolitan area, you might even have a few locations to choose from.

 

Office Depot or Office Max. It’s not what you’re thinking. The great irony here is that while Office Max and Office Depot are certainly places you can purchase your boxes, they also have a ton of cardboard boxes they’re constantly trying to get rid of. Next time you’re looking to score a bulk of free boxes, call them first thing in the morning and find out when they’ll be getting rid of their next batch and if you can take them off their hands. Trust us; they’ll probably be super happy to hand them off.

 

Walmart.  Believe it or not, Walmart has also become somewhat of a go-to for boxes. If you go there after 10:00 pm, you should find any size box leftover from their drop-off shipments. Hint: get there early, especially if you’re looking for a particular sized box, as this is actually a pretty well-known place to get free boxes.

 

Target. Target is also known for getting rid of their boxes. However, their shipments are a little trickier to get your hands on. Some people swear they get their shipments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, while others report it’s an every other day type of thing. To be on the safe side, we recommend you call the Target you’ll be going to ahead of time and ask if they’ll be willing to set aside some boxes for you. Most of the time, the answer is yes.

 

Barnes and Noble. If you can score some boxes here, you’ll be in pretty good “moving” shape. Because books are heavy, their boxes tend to be consistently sturdier. There are different reports about unloading times that seem to vary across places, so your best bet might be to call your local Barnes and Noble ahead and find out if/when they’ll be getting rid of their boxes.

 

Local Drug Stores. By now, you’ve probably noticed a trend. You should be able to find free boxes at any of your local stores, but the easiest always seems to be the drug stores. Such places include stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, etc. The key is not to be shy and call to find out about their drop off-time. Ask about the best times to pick up boxes after they unload their cargo. Some stores do it early Saturday mornings. Others do it at the beginning of the week. Either way- you won’t find out until you ask.

 

Grocery Stores. This is actually one of the best suggestions on our list. Grocery stores boxes not only make some of the best moving boxes, thanks to their side handles but a massive perk in scoring some of these boxes is that often they come with free produce. That’s right, scoring your local grocery boxes can often mean you get hooked up with free fruits, vegetables, and even perfectly safe to use meat. Of course, you’ll want to get your hands on these the second they leave the store, so, again- make sure you call ahead.

 

Apartments. Apartment buildings usually have colossal recycling bins that are filled to the rim with boxes. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, feel free to hunt down some boxes in any near-by apartment buildings. Heads up, it might be a good idea to befriend someone in the establishment or even the property manager to help avoid any misunderstandings.

 

Local Recycling Center. This one can be hit or miss, but it’s worth mentioning. While your local recycling center will certainly be filled with cardboard boxes, half of them might either be ruined or on the verge of being sold. Either way, if all else fails, it can be a good choice.

 

There you have it. There is absolutely no reason why you have to spend any money on boxes on your next move. All you need is about an hour of free time and maybe a few minutes to make some calls. Happy box hunting!

 

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Tips For Moving In 2021

Tips for Moving in 2021

If you’ve ever so much as changed desk during your lifetime, you know that moving can be a headache. You start with the best of intentions, making everything as simple as possible in your mind until the second you have to load that first packing box. That’s when you realize the tape you have won’t work; your blankets are too big, and your dishes need to be covered in bubble wrap. Before you know it, you have literal chaos around you. But worry not, we have come up with the ultimate moving tips to help you prepare for your big move in the smoothest, least stressful way possible. Keep reading to find out how: 

 

Start by Trashing. The minute you find out you’re moving is the minute you should start “Mary Kondo-ing” your entire home. Before you start labeling and separating, you should be parting ways with everything that doesn’t bring you joy, anything you haven’t used in the last year, and anything that is just trash. Often, the headaches brought on from moving are due to the overwhelming anxiety of random things around your home. Take it from us; the less clutter you have to deal with during the move- the more stress-free it will be.

 

Research Moving Companies. How lucky are we to live in a day and age where everything is online? It is easier than ever to find out prices, time frames, and services from the comfort of your couch. Because a moving company can make or break your moving experience, it is vital you research them ahead of time. Things to look out for are (of course, too many bad reviews), are they licensed in the state you’re in, and always look over their fine print. Check out our reviews here.

 

Make a Plan. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the clutter and are ready to pack everything that is left- it’s time to make a plan. Having a concrete plan and a list you can check off will not only make the transition smoother but quicker. If you are color coding the rooms- write down which rooms will be what color. If you are putting things in storage- write down exactly what. You can go as far as writing down the order you will be packing in (e.g., starting with the bedroom, then the restroom, living room, etc.). That’s not to say you won’t have to disperse from the plan. But having something to keep your mind organized will be invaluable.

 

Gather All Your Supplies Ahead of Time. Once you’ve made your plan, look ahead and gather everything you will need. Include even the smallest and most “insignificant” piece of supplies. Include boxes, tape, markers, zip ties, bubble wrap, box cutter, scissors, plastic bags, Ziploc bags, and even tools like a hammer, pliers, and screwdrivers to help you disassemble things. Find a designated workstation area and try to keep everything there after each use.

 

Pack least used items first. Anything that you’re keeping for mere sentimental value (aka I am “definitely” going to use at some point) should be packed first. This includes books, movies, décor and garage stuff, and/or anything else you rarely use. Make sure you label those boxes as non-essential, so they’re stored all the way in the back of the moving truck.

 

Color Code by Room. One of the most helpful things we’ve seen is this genius little trick. Rather than just labeling your boxes, color code them. Doing something as simple as using different color markers to label boxes can save you a lot of time in the long run. Our brains are wired to group things, and by putting a system together in which you can recognize what box belongs in which room just by looking at the color of the marker, you will significantly reduce your moving stress.

 

Create a “Fire Bag.” If you’ve ever wondered what you would take with you if there were a fire, you know what a fire bag is. It holds all your most valuable documents. Maybe some pictures and a few prized possessions. The moving version is very similar, only that it’s also more of a suitcase. It includes pajamas, toiletries, toilet paper and a change of clothes. It is basically everything you need on your first night at the new place. Packing this in advance is helpful for two reasons. One, you won’t be frantically looking for your things all over the place while trying to put it together. It will also ensure you have everything you need on your first night in the new home, which is super helpful when you’re beyond exhausted on moving day.

 

Slow and Steady. If there’s one thing most people moving have in common is that they are understandably entirely overwhelmed. The secret to being one of the rare (less stressed out) movers is changing your perspective and doing things slowly. Moving can be a great experience; you are, after all, starting a new chapter in your life. You’re purging away old things and making way for new opportunities. With that said, try to enjoy every step of the way and handle each task with the intention of making things easier on yourself.

 

Don’t Forget to take Pictures. One of the best things you can do to avoid creating a confusing mess for yourself at your new destination is to take lots of pictures of your electronics. Take pictures of the back to help you remember what plugs go in where and with what. Trust on this; even when you know exactly where everything goes, this is still a way to help your future exhausted- self a lot of trouble.

 

If you follow these easy 2021 moving tips, we promise your move will be smooth and, dare we say, maybe even enjoyable. Try them out for yourself, and don’t forget to pay it forward and share this article with other people that might need it.

If you’re looking for a trusted and top -rated moving company to help you with your local or long distance move, click here for a free quote.

 

Pros & Cons Of Moving To Florida

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What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? Are you considering moving to Florida? Moving to a new state is a big decision, and if you’re not sure what you’re walking into, it can be a lot more overwhelming. It’s always a great idea to look at a new adventure from all angles (especially when that idea involves you uprooting your entire life). Luckily, we have done the heavy lifting for you and prepared a list of major pros and cons to consider for your big move to Florida. We’re covering everything from the weather to tax information. Grab a notebook and prepare to take notes; these are things you’re going to want to reference before making your big decision.

 

What are the pros of relocating to Florida?

What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? In the spirit of our love for Florida, let’s start with the pros. Aside from the fact that it’s home to two world-famous theme parks Disney World and the East Coast’s Universal Studios, there are so many other things Florida has got going for itself. Check them out,

  1. Sunny Weather. Florida is known for its sunny weather. It never snows, and it’s warm most of the year. This is great if you love being active and going out for lots of adventures. This means that between the beaches, nightlife, and an unlimited number of places and activities available, you will never be bored…or cold.
  2. The housing market is still relatively low. Notice how we said (still). Although the housing market has increased by over 30% over the last five years, it is still considered a great investment by Florida Realtors. Meaning Florida is still a great place to invest in.
  3. Florida State TaxFlorida does not have a state income tax. If you currently live in a state with a high-income tax, you’ll love this one. This is a great perk that helps you save money (or rather keep it). This is especially great news if you’re in a higher income bracket.
  4. Unlimited Entertainment. Nothing goes better with sunny weather than lots of entertainment options. Between the world-class Florida beaches, the nightlife, and the hiking trails, there are more than enough choices to keep you entertained year-round. You can live in Florida your whole life and never run out of things to do.
  5. Great for Retirees. Sure, Florida is full of nightlife, but did you know it also holds many retiree communities? If you’re looking for a peaceful place to settle down, Florida is a great retirement choice.

What are the cons of relocating to Florida?

What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? Of course, every rose has its thorns. Florida is not for everyone, and if you are seriously considering moving there, you should consider some of its downsides. Some of them might not seem like a big deal, and some might be complete deal-breakers. Keep reading to see if you can handle the following…

  1. Hurricanes. California has fires, Alaska has earthquakes, and Florida has hurricanes. Florida ranks as the most hurricane-prone state in the country. If you’re considering a permanent address in Florida, be prepared for (mostly annoying and inconvenient) hurricane warnings. Particularly from August to October.
  2. Lots of Bugs. You might have heard about the crazy humidity in Florida. What you might not have heard about the number of bugs (or the size) of them that it draws. Moving to Florida means you’ll have to get comfortable with your eek factor and learn to be ok with all kinds of creepy crawlies.
  3. High Insurance Cost. It’s a good thing you’ll be saving some money in income-tax because you’ll be needing it to pay the high Florida home insurance rates. The state’s susceptibility to hurricanes and a rising insurance fraud rate are contributors to the state’s high insurance cost. With Florida residents paying almost double the amount of home insurance than other states.
  4. So much Tourism. If you’re going to be settling down in Florida, you need to consider the amount of tourism and everything that comes with that. You can expect to be dealing with a lot of heavy traffic and crowded places. There is so much tourism that locals reportedly have the best places under wraps to avoid having tourists from taking over their favorite spots.
  5. A Media Circus. This one is only a deal-breaker if you’re overly sensitive, but we thought we’d let you know what you’re getting yourself into. Over the last decade, Florida has become somewhat of..um…shall we call it a pun? If you become a Florida resident, expect to have a number of jokes being made at your expense. Also, be prepared for Florida to be on the news…a lot.

There you have it: all the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of the day, we love it here. Living in Florida can be great. Why else would so many people go out of their way to make it their home away from home? And why would thousands of others make it their tourism choice? They do it because when it’s good, it’s great. The vibe is always high, and the culture and food are phenomenal.

We encourage you to dig a little deeper into Florida life. Take virtual tours, research the beaches, look up the homes. We have a feeling you’ll be in awe of all the hidden beauty in Florida. And if you’re worried about the cons, just know that there are hundreds of services and products created to help you prepare for everything from cockroaches to hurricanes. After reading this list, how do you feel you would do as a fellow Floridian? Check this article out for some more reasons.

If you’re looking for a moving company to help with your move to Florida, click here for a free quote.

 

Different Types of Moving Services

Moving can be a challenging experience. From planning your move-out and packing all the way to transporting your belongings, it is a journey getting to your new place. Save time and even money by hiring a professional family-owned moving company in West Palm Beach to handle your relocation. Depending on the services you need as well as the size and distance of your move, there are different types of moving companies you can choose from to meet your needs.

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