Moving During the Summer

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Moving During the Summer

Summer relocations require careful preparation

If you are planning a move during the summer months, you are far from alone. Summer is by far the most common time for relocating. Families do not have to disrupt school schedules, college graduates find apartments, and military personnel are reassigned. More homes are sold in the spring and early summer, when yards are at their best and curb appeal attracts buyers. The warmer season ensures snowstorms or icy roads are not an issue, and you have the benefit of more daylight hours. All these factors result in a busy moving season for homeowners and moving companies. Here are some useful tips for planning a successful summer relocation:

Plan Ahead – Way Ahead

Obviously, planning is a vital component of any move no matter what time of year, but a summer move requires preparation months ahead of time. Moving companies will book up quickly, so the process of interviewing and selecting one must begin as early as possible. This is more important if your specific dates are limited. Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends are in high demand since they are long weekends to begin with, so you can expect to pay premium prices and to book well in advance for these dates. Summer in general will be a more expensive time to relocate, so knowing the company you will be working with and having a quote in hand helps you budget for the process and decide exactly which services are worth the price of professional movers.

Spring is a great time to have a garage or yard sale and planning to do so will eliminate your clutter to simplify organizing as moving day approaches. Plus, the extra money will come in handy during your move. If you decide to pack on your own, remember that packing materials are an added expense and are in short supply in the busy summer season. Order them well in advance of your move, keeping in mind that the process of packing will take longer than you think.

Stay Cool

Heat stroke, exhaustion, dehydration, and sunburn happen frequently in the summer, especially when you are busy with strenuous activities like moving boxes and furniture. Even if you have professional movers helping you, you are going to be exposed to the heat. It is a great idea to have a cooler full of ice and cold water as well as cold towels to help cool off on scorching hot days. You, your hired movers, and anyone helping will appreciate this gesture. Frequent water breaks on hot days make everyone more productive in the long run. You certainly do not want to see anyone pass out during the move. Children should be with friends or family on moving day if possible, so you will not have to worry about them getting sunburnt or cranky from the heat. Pets could be in extreme danger on hot days, so it is best if they are kept in a safe, cool place until the move is complete.

Dress appropriately in cool, comfortable, and lightweight clothing even if you will not be lifting a single item during the process. The excitement of the day and time spent outside is enough to cause overheating. Also wear plenty of sunscreen and try to keep your air conditioning running at both locations, so cool spaces are available for a respite from the heat on both ends of the move. A portable fan somewhere by the entrance to each home helps as well.

Protect Heat Sensitive Items

Some of your household goods are more susceptible to the heat than others. Computers and televisions, leather furniture, anything with batteries, appliances, plants, medication, important papers, and photos can all be damaged by extreme heat. These items should go on the moving truck last and be unloaded at the new location first to maximize their time in air conditioning and minimize heat exposure. If you can bring some of these items in your car ahead of time, that would also help minimize the possibility of damage.

Commonly Damaged Items and How to Protect Them

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The Most Common Items Damaged During a Move and How to Protect Them

With some minor preparation and attention to detail, you can protect valuable items during your move

The reason moving is considered one of life’s most stressful events is it is hard to believe that everything you own, and value will get from point A to point B without a hitch. Packing, loading, transporting, and unloading are all occasions in which we fear something will break or be damaged. You want your moving day to go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few suggestions to help ease your mind during the process.

Pack Carefully

If you are DIY packing, use quality materials. Do not over pack boxes and definitely use padding such as newspaper or bubble wrap to secure fragile items. Heavy items go in the box first, so they don’t crush lighter objects. Dishes and glassware are commonly damaged when an inexperienced packer is on the job. Lamps, picture frames, and any glassware must be wrapped carefully. You do not have to invest a ton in bubble wrap or packing peanuts. You can always use newspaper and plastic or paper bags, but this requires planning ahead, so you have time to collect enough to make a difference. Boxes with fragile items should be clearly marked as such.

Protect Your Furniture

Have plenty of padding, moving blankets, or bubble wrap on hand to prevent damage to your furniture. Try to disassemble as much as possible to make transport easier. Be sure to measure furniture carefully so you know if items will fit down stairwells and through door frames and narrow hallways in both locations. The last thing you need on moving day is to have a couch wedged in a doorway

Plan for Specialty Items

Fragile items like mirrors and artwork should be wrapped securely with padding and corner protectors. Certain unique household goods such as musical instruments, hot tubs, pool tables, wine refrigerators, treadmills, etc. will require extra planning and manpower. These are not items easily relocated on your own, without the help of professionals.

Extremely important items such as documents, medication, laptops, cell phones, or irreplaceable special toys should travel with you to their new location. Set a box aside for these things so you know exactly where they are and can easily grab them when you’re ready to go.

Protect Yourself and Others

Personal injuries during a move can be devastating. Make sure you and your family members are safe on moving day by ensuring little ones and the elderly are out of harm’s way. Pets should also be contained so movers do not trip or bump into them. Movers must be aware of guns and weapons of any kind to properly plan for a safe relocation. Even kitchen knives should be packed with care. Additionally, all obstacles should be removed for safety. Before moving day, make sure that neighbors’ cars or toys as well as your own, will not be blocking the path to your moving truck. Lastly, do not lift heavy boxes, appliances, or large items of furniture on your own.

Select Your Professional Mover Carefully

You can avoid many of these issues by working with quality professional movers who will handle the details of your relocation. Well ahead of moving day, interview at least 3 movers and get written quotes. Check references and make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Be sure to ask exactly what the process is for filing a claim in the event of damage. A reputable moving company will patiently answer your questions and address all your concerns so that you are comfortable with your final decision. Experienced, highly quality moving companies work hard to earn your trust and will do all they can to prevent damage of any kind.

Enjoy Your New Home

With a little planning, you can successfully relocate without damage to your home, your goods, or yourself. A trusted moving company will make the entire process worry-free. You will be able to settle into your new place and make new memories.

Home Staging Ideas for Sale

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Home Staging Ideas for a Quick Sale

Five easy staging tips from our relocation experts

When you have made the decision to sell your home, you naturally want to complete the sale as quickly as possible and get the highest price you can in the process. To achieve these goals, you must make the home you love appeal to people from all walks of life. This is easier than it sounds. All it takes is a little time and a small investment of money to stage your home for buyers. In the end, your reward will be well worth your efforts.

Step 1: Be your own critic

You love your style, but your goal is to attract multiple buyers who may have different tastes. Take a good look around your home and decide what makes it most attractive to others. Ask a friend or relative or even your trusted realtor for their opinions as well. You want to highlight your home’s best features. If everyone loves the kitchen, or the sunroom, or the big basement, you know you need to make those areas look even better. If you have a great fireplace or impressive front door, a fresh coat of paint or good cleaning and the addition of a large wreath or piece of art will make these areas stand out more. Devise a plan for each room. This is also when you must identify necessary maintenance and cosmetic issues such as leaky faucets, discolored ceiling tiles, cracked glass or rust stains in your bathroom. These all need to be taken care of so buyers have confidence in the quality of your home.

Step 2: Clean and Declutter

Cleaning is perhaps the most important action you can take when preparing a house for sale. Buyers want to know that you have taken good care of this house. If it is not clean, they will suspect more important maintenance has also been neglected. Take the time and effort to spring clean every room. If you do this once, then it is only a matter of simple daily pickup to keep it looking nice. If you must, it is worth hiring a cleaning company to help with this step. Do not forget your windows during this process. Natural light is a selling point, so you want each room to have clean, bright windows letting the sunshine in as much as possible.

Decluttering means it is finally time to go through all the piles and closets and look under beds and on countertops. Get rid of anything you no longer need or box it up nicely for storage. Clear countertops and clean closets help buyers see the potential for storage and ample space.

Step 3: Paint

You do not have to paint every single room in your home, but it is a good idea to freshen up areas you can and cover bold paint colors with more neutral tones. Most people want to put their own stamp on a home’s decorations, and a neutral palette helps them to see the possibilities. A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to revitalize a room and make it more attractive.

Step 4: Accessorize

A good way to add some personality to a home without overwhelming buyers is to add some cute accessories in each room. Bright new pillows, fresh flowers and plants, and a new bedspread are all homey, attractive details most buyers appreciate. You can also set your dining room table and add a lovely floral centerpiece, making potential buyers imagine themselves successfully entertaining in the space.

Step 5: Curb Appeal

At the very least, clean up that yard and make sure your lawn is mowed. Some time and money spent towards weeding or adding fresh mulch and new plants will also be well spent. Potential buyers often do a drive-by before even considering stepping foot inside your home. If they do not like what they see on the outside, they aren’t going to go in for a closer look.

Staging a home is not as daunting as it sounds. If you take the time to thoroughly examine each room, some simple changes can make a huge difference. It will take some time and preparation, but your quick sale and elevated price will make your efforts worth it in the end.

Decorate on a Budget

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How To Decorate Your New Home on a Budget

Simple and inexpensive decorating ideas to make your new house feel like home

When the stress of a move is finally over, the exciting part of settling into a new home begins. Putting your own stamp on a new residence is an essential part of creating a comfortable home life. While it is tempting to hire an interior decorator and purchase new furniture, you do not need to make a big investment to decorate your home. Our relocation specialists have seen quite a few homes transform into something special even on a budget. Here are a few strategies that prove you do not need to spend a lot to decorate your new home to reflect your personality.

Paint

The easiest and least expensive way to transform a room is using paint. Now that you are not trying to attract buyers and only have yourself to please, you can select any color that speaks to you. If you are afraid to go bold, you can always paint one statement wall. If you are attracted to the look of wallpaper, but not the cost, stencils are a great way to achieve the same effect. Walls are not the only thing you can paint to change a room. Painted trim, doors, cabinets, or furniture can also completely alter an environment.

Go Thrifting

Secondhand furniture is everywhere and thrift stores are more popular now than ever before. Not only do you save money by purchasing used goods, but you also help the environment. The quality of older furniture is often far superior to newer items. Thrift stores as well as garage sales and online auctions are thriving businesses. You are guaranteed to find something for half the price if you bought it brand new. Quality furniture, appliances, dishes, artwork, tools, and more can be gained for a fraction of the cost of new items.

Update Hardware and Trim

Replacing kitchen cabinets is a huge expense. Sometimes all it takes to update the look of your cabinets is new hardware. Modern pulls and knobs make a world of difference in rejuvenating a kitchen. This holds true for other cabinets and furniture you own. You can purchase inexpensive decorative knobs online or in a variety of retail stores and completely transform a piece for next to nothing. Additionally, decorative switch plates, doorknobs, and even door stops are affordable ways to add character and detail to an otherwise generic room.

Trim is also a cheap way to elevate the look of a room from ordinary to upscale. Crown molding and high baseboards will instantly create a unique look in any home.

Accessorize

When you move into your new home, you are starting with a clean palette. Now is the time to add pops of color through accessories. Funky pillows, colorful throws, unique lamps, and lively houseplants will add comfort and style to any room. Bold prints for artwork as well as personal work made by family members seems museum quality when put in sleek or chunky frames with artwork. Many of these items, including the frames, can be found at thrift stores for very little expense.

Repurpose Items

Do not be afraid to think out of the box to add an individual touch to your home aesthetic. Take a good look at the items you already own and imagine using them in a different room or for an unexpected purpose. A mirrored dresser, for example, could make an eye-catching sideboard in your dining room. An old ladder with a bright, new coat of paint could become a plant stand. A large, round table could become a statement coffee table by shortening the legs. When you have resources such as HGTV, Google and Pinterest, you can let your imagination run wild.

These are just a few ideas our team of relocation specialists have encountered through their years of helping clients settle into new locations. You do not have to break the bank to add some style and finesse to your home. The most important thing to remember when decorating on a budget is to fill your home with items that make you smile.

What is Double Drive Time & Why do Moving Companies Charge This?

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Learn More About Moving and Storage Services: What is Double Drive Time & Why do Moving Companies Charge This?

If you are planning for an upcoming move and are completing a few estimates with a variety of moving and storage companies, you might have come across the term “double drive time” while discussing charges and prices. Double drive time is the calculation for a round trip cost because the movers will move your belongings out to your new location, and then return to their original destination. This all is involved in the price of the move so continue reading to learn more about double drive time and professional moving companies.

What is Double Drive Time?

Double drive time is an estimate to calculate the total costs of a move for mileage and charge time for movers and drivers involved in the move. This includes several parts of your move in this calculation. The following services are charged on the billable time that makes up double drive time.

  • Loading
  • Unloading
  • Double the driving time to the destination and back to the point of origin.

All these services make up your move and are all charged on billable time, as estimated during your initial meetings with professional movers. Think about it this way, your new home may be where the move is taking place, but the movers—for your service—need to drive to your location and then return to their point of origin, all for your move. These charges protect movers and moving companies so they can compensate movers for their total time spent driving and working during the move.

Customizable Services

Double driving covers every moment of billable time from the movers leaving their warehouse and returning once your move is completed. Moving and storage services offer a variety of services from full service, partial service, packing, custom crating, disassembly, providing packing materials, moving equipment, I.T. services, and more to complete your move. Every service can usually be customized to your specific needs so be sure to inquire about each one during your next estimate.

When you are ready to schedule an estimate with a professional moving and storage company, you will be ready to discuss your move. These tips will help you understand the terms discussed during your estimate.