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Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Of course we all know that organization, preparation, and planning can greatly improve a moving transition. Unfortunately, sometimes, being organized can bite us back. If you’ve ever moved before, then you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to find an item you desperately need. Of course, staying organized helps—especially if you clearly label all of your boxes. However, it can be extremely helpful and even more efficient to plan what you DON’T want packed away before a move. Here is a list of a few of the most essential items that movers frequently claim they needed during the transition of a move. Toiletries and a few clothing necessities If you’ve ever traveled before, then you know how important it is to keep your bathroom toiletries handy. If you’ve ever traveled before and lost your luggage, then that’s a whole other story. Being without toiletries and basic clothing necessities can be more than a hassle, but an all-out burden. It helps to keep a few pairs of socks, undergarments, a pair of sneakers, pants and a t-shirt at the very least in a bag with your toiletries. Just having one change of clothes can make a huge difference in a time of desperation or displacement—especially if you have kids! Having a school outfit picked out or lunches packed for the next day after a move can help lessen the load of stress. First-aid kits and prescriptions Other basic essentials include a first-aid kit and all of your daily prescriptions or vitamins. Keeping this in a suitcase with your toiletries and clothing is the best, most efficient...
Checklist to Make Your Move Successful

Checklist to Make Your Move Successful

Moving poses many unique challenges that one may not consider until the actual day of the move. However, it’s best to think through your moving experience before you get stuck without a plan. Some moving companies that are especially mindful of how stressful the moving process be can be particularly helpful in preparing their clients for the big day. Other moving companies, however, tend to take advantage of inexperienced movers with the understanding that a lack of adequate preparation will likely cost the customer more money in the end. It is important that movers take matters into their own hands in preparing for a move. Here is a short checklist that will help make your move more successful (and inexpensive): Get Quotes and Estimates When surveying the moving companies in your area, it is critical to compare pricing options and qualifications. Moving companies do not all charge the same way, and it may help you to figure out how you can cut a few corners to save some cash—after all, moving to a new place may pose unique challenges that you’ll need a little extra money for. Understanding how a company charges can help you get inspired to ditch some of those old items you don’t use anymore, or better yet, sell them at a garage sale to put towards the move. Take an Inventory of Your Belongings After you get a good idea of what moving company you’d like to hire, you can take an inventory of your belongings; sometimes it may be helpful to reverse these first two steps, depending on what types of items will pose...
Why Moving Rates Vary with Time

Why Moving Rates Vary with Time

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to moving; every case is unique and based upon the individuals’ needs that are moving. The process of moving is fluid and ever changing depending on the needs of the client. However, the cost of moving is another evolving part of the process. Moving rates vary greatly throughout the course of a year and are dependent upon several different factors. Having a better, general idea of the factors that affect moving rates are helpful to know so that you can plan your move accordingly, or at the very least know what to expect when the big day comes. Moving rates vary with time because some of the factors that affect the cost are also in constant fluctuation. Here are some of the most basic reasons why moving rates vary with time: Gas prices The price of gas is in a constant fluctuating state. Furthermore, various states are affected differently by gas costs, making it important to research the cost of gas in other states you could potentially be moving to. Moving trucks can use up a lot of gas on the road—even more gas is used in heavier trucks. One of the ways that moving companies typically fix their costs is based on how heavy your items are collectively. Heavier trucks carrying more objects and belongings use more gas, and this will likely be factored into your moving estimate and costs. Be sure to ask your specific moving company how they factor gas costs into the process. In order to lessen the cost of your move, you can eliminate as many objects from your...
Useful Tips to Move Your Motorcycle Safely

Useful Tips to Move Your Motorcycle Safely

Moving is a complicated process that involves a lot of tough decision-making. This process can be further complicated if you have a motorcycle that requires moving. If you are not familiar with moving a bike, you should look into the various ways that it can be done. Depending on how far the journey is, you may be able to drive the bike there in stages, saving you a bit of money in the long run. However, one of the best, most efficient, and least complex ways to go is to hire a moving company that is skilled and experienced in moving motorcycles and other vehicles safely. Some people also opt for moving their motorcycle themselves in a trailer; this is a viable option, although it is important that you are familiar with what safety precautions to take, particularly because your bike could become significantly damaged due to poor planning. Here are some useful tips to move your motorcycle as safely as possible. Check options for motorcycle move Firstly, you should look for all of the options in your area for moving your motorcycle so that you can find the best fit for your specific situation. You should consider cost, the weight and size of the bike, and the condition that it currently is in. Particularly if you are moving out-of-state, you may need a more durable option that involves special parts or equipment designed to secure your motorcycle for long, potentially bumpy transits. Depending on the type of bike you have, the distance you will be driving, and the type of vehicle you will use to transport, you may...
I Have a Ton of Books: How Can I Move Them?

I Have a Ton of Books: How Can I Move Them?

Uprooting yourself and moving to another location is a stress-producing event. Moving requires a lot of considerations and complex logistical planning that takes time to prepare for, especially if you have a large collection of books. Books are heavy and take up a lot of box space, making them especially difficult to move from one location to the next. If you are currently attempting to figure out the best way to move a ton of books, it’s important that you consider a few tips that will help make the job a whole lot easier. Books are susceptible to damage in transit; one may assume that because they are heavier, they are sturdier—however, books are vulnerable to pages tearing and covers becoming worn or gauged. Furthermore, water damage can be particularly devastating to a box of books. It is also important to prepare yourself for moving your books in the most efficient and thoughtful way so that unpacking them won’t be a complete nightmare. Here are a few tips for moving a ton of books. Downsize unnecessary books Before you decide that every single book is coming with you, you should take the opportunity to downsize and eliminate some of the books that have been collecting dust on your shelves, or ones that are outdated or no longer useful to you anymore. Books that are already damaged or particularly delicate you may want to consider discarding and re-buying sometime later down the line, especially if they are at risk to further damage from moving them. You will want to utilize bubble wrap and newspaper wisely to protect the books from...
Moving Tips: Moving and Storage Go Hand-in-Hand

Moving Tips: Moving and Storage Go Hand-in-Hand

Moving is a huge undertaking; it requires a lot of pre-planning and research beforehand in order to make sure the move goes well. Movers who do not plan end up suffering in the end, so it is in your best interest to look into all of your options ahead of time, and never wait till the last minute to figure out a plan. A lot of movers don’t realize that moving and storage go hand-in-hand; renting a self-storage unit for a period of time is one way to help relieve some stress during a move, and is an efficient way to hold belongings that you are unsure what to do with. There are wide ranges of options when it comes to storage units, but what you end up deciding upon will rest heavily on what your specific needs are during the time of the move. By renting a storage unit, you may be saving yourself time and money in the long run. Sometimes moving dates aren’t always convenient for everyone—they often don’t coincide with rental agreements and wind up creating issues for movers. By renting a storage unit, you can have someplace to keep your items instead of spending another month’s rent. How you go about renting a unit is determined by necessity. Make a list of all your items When you decide to go for a storage unit, you will first need to make a list of all the items you want to store in there. Usually it helps to think of all the bigger items first, and then the smaller ones later because smaller items can be...
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