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What are Some Complexities Involved in a Cross Country Move?

What are Some Complexities Involved in a Cross Country Move?

Moving cross country is something we rarely stop to consider until the opportunity presents itself. The dream of moving out-of-state may be long-standing for you and your family, but once the time comes to get the move along, it can be a challenge to keep all your ducks in a row. Local moves can present challenges to movers, but it’s common for families and individuals to tackle short-distance moves on their own—despite the unforeseen costs that inevitably come up. However, a cross country move is undoubtably further complicated, and often requires the help of a professional moving company. It goes without saying that it is critical to hire a moving company you trust with an excellent reputation; however, there are a few other complexities involved in a cross country move that you should know about before tackling the experience head on. Downsizing and packing for the long hull Besides hiring a reputable moving company, beginning the process of packing can seem overwhelming to most movers. The first thing you should do is downsize your belongings and narrow it down to only the items you’ll be taking with you. By downsizing ahead of time, you can not only cut your cost of moving significantly, but you don’t have to deal with getting rid of items you don’t want anymore in an unfamiliar, new location. Here are some packing tips that prove to be especially helpful for cross-country moves. Thoroughly and clearly label boxes Stay organized and make to-do lists Use appropriate packing materials Keep important items and documents accessible Moving with children or dependent adults Making the appropriate arrangements for...
Tips to Simplify Your Long Distance Move

Tips to Simplify Your Long Distance Move

Moving is an often hectic undertaking that usually doesn’t occur very often, which is why the complicated process tends to throw many of us for a loop. This process can become especially complex when moving long distance. Long distance moves pose a few unique challenges that are often unforeseen by movers. For instance, you may not be familiar with the area you’re moving to, you may not be adjusted to the time zone, climate, or culture, and you may need to find reliable work once you get there. All of these factors and more can make a long distance move a hassle. In this article, we’ll go over a few specific tips to help you simplify your long distance move. Consolidate Your Belongings Before you start anything, it’s most important to narrow down what you’ll actually be bringing with you when all is said and done. It’s useless to begin packing things that you aren’t sure you want, have outgrown, or may eventually give up anyway once you arrive at the new location. Furthermore, you’re paying for every pound you bring with you, so downsizing is a critical first step. Here’s what you can start with: Donate and give away items that are no longer in use Sell larger items that take up space By donating and giving away items you haven’t used in a while, you make room for new things once you arrive at the new location, but you also cut back on your moving costs. Speaking of costs, you can supplement some of the costs of moving by selling any larger pieces of furniture or specialty...
Factors to Keep in Mind While Hiring Long Distance Movers

Factors to Keep in Mind While Hiring Long Distance Movers

What makes a good moving company? If you’ve never hired a professional moving company before, then chances are you have no idea where to begin looking when you need to hire a moving company for your long distance move. Moving locally is one thing, but moving long distances presents challenges and difficulties that are often unforeseen or overlooked by movers. It’s important to find a moving company that is not only reliable and trustworthy, but who is accommodating and helpful to you personally. One of the best ways to determine whether a moving company is good at their job or not is to ask others who have used their services before. However, keep an open mind and make informed decisions based on your own experiences—what is best for you may not be what’s best for others. In this article, we’ll go over what you should look for specifically in a long distance moving company and how you can make your long distance move as simple and smooth as possible. What to look for in a long distance moving company It’s true—all good moving companies have a few things in common besides just excellent customer service. Here’s a short list of some of the qualities you should look for in a long distance moving company in particular: Years of experience and expertise You don’t want to be the guinea pig for a new moving company that hasn’t yet established themselves in your area. Find a moving company with extensive experience and expertise so that they can help you, not the other way around! Licensure and insurance The company should be...
How to Hire a Moving Company During the Peak Season

How to Hire a Moving Company During the Peak Season

No matter what time of year, moving can be a headache. There’s lists, planning, packing, research, and arrangements to take care of, and sometimes no matter how much you prepare, unforeseen issues still come up. One huge unforeseen factor involved in the moving process is planning a move during peak moving season. Most people usually don’t realize that they’re moving during peak season until they get their moving bill, or until they realize that moving companies are booked solid for months. Avoiding peak season for your move might not be the easiest thing to do; therefore, there are a few things you can do to find the right moving company to handle your move. What is considered peak season for moving companies? Moving companies usually consider peak season to be from the beginning of spring to the end of summer. The great majority of moves actually occur between memorial day and labor day, as that’s typically when people take vacation time or plan time off to move. Peak season can present a few concerning challenges to movers, including higher pricing, less availability, and higher volumes of traffic. Qualities to look for in a moving company Finding the right moving company to get you through your peak season move can make all the difference. Despite it being peak season, there are still a few important qualities that you must always look for in any moving company; however, during peak season these qualities become especially important for movers. Reputability Moving companies can provide you with a list of references to verify their experience, specific clientele, or capabilities. You can ask for...
Things to Keep in Mind While Hiring Film Industry Movers

Things to Keep in Mind While Hiring Film Industry Movers

Looking for the right moving company can be a challenge—especially if you’re trying to find a reputable, trustworthy moving company that is also experienced in specific tasks you’ll need them to complete. For instance, if you were hiring a professional moving company to help you move a grand piano, you’d want to know a little bit about their level of expertise, past experiences moving pianos, and how they can help keep your piano well-protected for the long haul. The same goes for moving in the film industry. The film industry requires frequent moving of set pieces, filming equipment, lighting and sound equipment…sound expensive? Well, all of that equipment, furniture, and so on are often high-quality and worth lots of money, so hiring the right film industry movers for the job is a critical step to ensure your film industry move goes smoothly and successfully. In this article, we’ll go over some tips for those of you who are looking for a moving company to help move expensive equipment such as these. Factors to Consider Before Hiring Movers Once again, it’s important that you take the proper precautions and perform adequate research before hiring a moving company to entrust with your expensive filming and audio equipment or high quality set pieces. These are the most salient factors to consider before you hire movers to handle this precarious job: Level of Experience This is one of the most important qualities of any moving company, let alone one that will be handling such important equipment and items. The moving company should have plenty of experience deconstructing pieces and/or protecting delicate items from...
Tips for a Hassle Free Move Within a Limited Budget

Tips for a Hassle Free Move Within a Limited Budget

Moving is one of the number one stress-causing events in an individuals life. If you’ve moved even once, then you know just how stressful it can be. Besides moving all of your belongings smoothly from one location to the next, the cost of moving alone can be a total hassle and quite easily expensive. Of course moving isn’t all bad; moving brings both benefits and challenges. However, we don’t all know how to successfully get through a move—especially on a limited budget. In this article, we’ll go over a few things you can do in preparation for your move that will help make the move go more smoothly and will also help you save tons of money in the process. Moving doesn’t have to be the hassle it’s made out to be—just plan ahead! Take your time packing It is awfully tempting to rush through the packing process—especially when you’ve gotten halfway through and realize you still haven’t finished the most challenging rooms yet! Taking your time packing will help you relax throughout the process, biting off one little chunk at a time. Take the time to plan what rooms you’ll pack each day, take careful inventory of what you’re packing and where, and beyond all else, pack carefully! When you take your time packing, things are less likely to become broken, misplaced, or discarded. You might even find a few things to give away or sell, which can significantly lighten the moving load and cost. Use free packing materials Packing materials can be expensive, depending on where you get them. Some moving companies provide their movers with packing...
Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Interstate Move

Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Interstate Move

Whether you’re being forced to move because of a change in employment, family needs, and other circumstances, or it was simply time for a change, moving is a hassle for everyone who attempts it. Furthermore, if you’re moving out of state, it can be quite the project; moving out of state requires careful planning and consideration in order to be done smoothly, and it’s almost never without a few hiccups. However, there are things you can do that will help you better prepare for the big day. Moving out-of-state is a lot easier with the help of a professional moving company, as they might know more about the regulations of moving certain items out of your state, such as outdoor furniture that must be inspected for bugs and cleaned before traveling out of the area. Little things like that can sneak up on movers, leaving them having to deal with a crisis situation in the middle of their move. This article will focus on how you can make your out-of-state move more efficient and simple, reducing the size of the headache it will inevitably create. Choose the Right Time You might be thinking, “there’s never a right time to move!” and you would be wrong; the moving industry has its own predictably busier times of years, months, and days that make scheduling your move an important step beforehand. Usually the middle of the month, rather than the beginning or end, include cheaper dates to move, as a flood of individuals move based on rent payments due at the beginning or end of a month. Furthermore, weekends are obviously the...
The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

Moving is never an easy task; it involves months of planning, research, and preparation. Since moving is such a stressful time, you might have overlooked the fact that you’ve got a beast of a piano in your living room and not a clue as to who is going to help you with such a large project. Pianos seem sturdy, but they’re actually very delicate. It takes skill and experience in order to move one without damaging it, and reputable piano movers can be hard to come by. As previously mentioned, it takes special care to safely move a piano from point A to point B. There are plenty of things to consider before you move your piano, including the type and size of piano you’re moving, the distance it will be traveling, and the costs associated with it. However, the important task at hand requires knowing what to look for in a piano mover so that you choose a reputable one, and therefore can rest easy at night. You wouldn’t trust just anyone to move your piano for you, so here’s a list of things to consider before settling on a moving company. Company’s Reputation for Moving Pianos and Other Specialty Items First and foremost, it’s critical that the company you choose has a solid reputation in the community for moving large, delicate objects such as heavy antiques and pianos (or antique pianos). By doing some basic research, you can learn a lot about a business’s reputation. Looking at the company’s online reviews can tell you whether their customers are generally satisfied or not. You can even narrow down...
How You Can Benefit by Using Warehouse Storage

How You Can Benefit by Using Warehouse Storage

There are many reasons why one might run into the need for a storage space, and it can be difficult to gather the funds and energy to shift your things around. Furthermore, there are few storage options available to the public that keep belongings safe, out of harsh weather conditions, and free from bugs or pests. Finding good storage options can be freeing and relieve a huge burden off of your shoulders—at least it gets all the clutter out of sight, out of mind temporarily. Among the many different uses for storage, perhaps the biggest reason for seeking external storage is lack of available space in your immediate area. Whether it’s your home, an office space, or even a theater company with lots of props and costumes, a warehouse storage space is a great option to look into. In this article, we’ll talk a little bit about the different ways you might be able to benefit from warehouse storage. A Cheaper Option For: Different seasons and transitional periods bring the need for storage options. As we move and shift things around for various reasons, we might need larger or smaller storage options—and warehouse storage can offer a great amount of flexibility at an affordable price. Seasonal Storage If you own a business, or are even re-decorating your home for the holidays, you might consider utilizing warehouse storage to temporarily store the other seasonal items that won’t fit or don’t belong with your current décor or stock of supplies. You can utilize warehouse storage year-round for every season if seasonal storage is something you wind up needing each year anyway....
Tips to Find the Best Storage Facility for Your Office Move

Tips to Find the Best Storage Facility for Your Office Move

Moving an office isn’t easy, especially if you’ve established your office space over many years, accumulating “stuff.” Often moving an office involves moving important paperwork that must be stored and protected for long periods of time, but must be available to access at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, office furniture might be replaced eventually, but in the meantime needs a place to stay until it can be sold or auctioned. If you’re moving offices and aren’t quite sure what to do with some of the items, a storage facility might be the right option for you. Moving offices requires planning and organization in order to go smoothly, and ultimately the success of a business could be compromised if things aren’t well planned in advance. Along with temporarily, safely storing important items, storage facilities also allow you to take the time you need to get organized without worrying about perhaps some of the trivial parts of the move, like whether or not you want to keep or donate the decorative fake trees. Finding the right storage facility for you entails looking for certain qualities in the business. Here are some tips for finding the best storage facility for your office move: Look at the company’s reputation and qualifications Online reviews are helpful for evaluating the public’s response to a specific company, and they won’t always be glowing; however, the general consensus of previous customers should be a pleasant experience overall. Pay special attention to the facility’s qualifications in keeping customer’s items secure and safe in their storage units. Evaluate their customer service by corresponding with their staff Looking over prior customers’...
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