Things to Consider Before Unpacking

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At Florida Moving Systems, we pride ourselves on offering expert moving resources for our clients, so their relocations are super simple. A successful move, however, can also depend on the first things you do after arriving at your new space before you start unpacking it all. Check out these tips so it doesn’t take you weeks and weeks to set-up your home!

4 Things to Consider Before You Even Think About Unpacking

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  1. Pack an Overnight Bag
Before the big day arrives, it’s essential to pack an overnight bag with everything you’ll need for your first couple of days. The last thing you want is to drop on your bed, too exhausted to go on after such an overwhelming day, only to realize you have no pjs, toothbrush, or toilet paper. Avoid this scenario altogether by packing a bag ahead of time. Include things like snacks, toiletries, essential electronics, phone chargers, PJs, a couple of changes of clothes, prescription medications, and some extra cash.
  1. Plan Ahead for Meals
It’s quite common to only think about meals once you’re hungry after the day is done. But that creates a problem, since that may mean you’ll need to cook. Plan ahead and know what you’ll do on moving day, once mealtime arrives. Our team not only offers moving resources like transportation and storage, but we can also help you figure out what places provide take-out or pick-up in the area. Aside from ordering in, you can also make sure to have on-hand some basic ingredients for meals, like pasta and a jar of sauce, or even pop some frozen pre-cooked meals in the microwave.
  1. Set-Up the Bathroom and Bedroom First
Don’t just start randomly unpacking once you get to your new place. Although you may be tempted to start in the kitchen, don’t open that pandora’s box just yet! Instead, your first rooms to unpack should be the bathroom and bedroom, ensuring that at least the basics are set-up. If you have kids, this can be especially important since you don’t want to be digging around in a sea of boxes to find your child’s favorite stuffy – you know, the one they can’t sleep without!
  1. Avoid Procrastination

Now that you’ve prepared the most essential to-do items and set-up the most important rooms, it’s time to lay a plan to unpack everything else. Again, this shouldn’t be done randomly, or else unpacking may suddenly turn into a chore that just seems to never end. What’s really helpful is to also set a deadline, which forces you to avoid procrastination. Also, you don’t have to finish one room to tackle another. Rather, you can unpack essential items of each room, then go back later to decorate.

Looking for moving resources to simplify your big day? Call us at Florida Moving Systems for quality, knowledgeable support for a stress-free relocation.

Planning your Move? Avoid These Top 4 Mistakes!

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At Florida Moving Systems, we understand how big a task it is when you’re planning on moving to Orlando. But to ensure a truly positive experience from start to end, it’s essential to avoid last-minute decisions. Waiting until the final weeks or days of your relocation to set plans in motion may result in a few common mistakes some people end up doing with their move. Luckily, our industry professionals have come up with the following list of typical mistakes and advice on how to avoid them for an easy, breezy transfer.

Doing it all on your own.

There’s a whole lot of work that goes into preparing, planning, and undergoing a move. So, if you’re convinced that you’ll be fine to do it all on your own, just take a minute to think about all the packing, loading, and unloading you’ll be stuck doing alone. Instead of injuring yourself during the move or losing items while in-transit, do yourself a huge favor and hire an expert team to oversee every aspect of the relocation. Get the help you need and avoid disastrous pitfalls by having many experts on-site.

Procrastinating until the last minute.

Even if you enlist professional services when moving to Orlando, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure a smooth move. Therefore, hire your team well ahead of time, especially since procrastinating may likely end up with you getting a moving date that’s not ideal. Or worse – a crew that isn’t experienced. Start packing early to avoid throwing things into boxes randomly because of lack of time, which will more often than not cause a lot of confusion upon unpacking.

Hiring an amateur team.

While there’s no need to get the most exclusive relocation package available – unless you absolutely want it – don’t hire an amateur team in hopes of saving a lot of money. Normally, in such a case, after moving expenses, fees, gas, and the cost of replacing items that were damaged during transportation, you’ll be stuck with a significantly higher bill in the end. Your safest bet is to enlist the services of true industry professionals that have decades of experience, knowledge, and specialised skills.

Opting for “cheaper” supplies.

Another common mistake when moving is to choose “cheaper” or low-grade supplies in the hopes of cutting costs or simply because you’re unaware of the difference. Well, the difference between premium-grade and basic materials is indeed huge – and definitely noticeable when your boxes can’t withstand the actual move. Go for known, reliable supply brands or just ask our professionals to provide you with the supplies you need.

Moving to Orlando? Give Florida Moving Systems a call for expert, qualified relocation support today.

5 Great Things to do in Florida’s Space Coast

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5 Great Things to do in Florida’s Space Coast

Stretching 72 miles along Brevard County’s Atlantic region, Florida’s Space Coast offers visitors a mosaic of waterways to explore, areas of vast wilderness, and miles and miles of glorious beaches. With Melbourne Beach to the south, Titusville to the north, and sandwiched between Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral, Space Coast is an eco-tourism leader in Florida. Not only is this beautiful area a surfing mecca to both amateur and pro surfer, but it’s also known for its seas turtle nesting grounds, parks, sanctuaries, and major wildlife refuge. Curious about this authentic Florida gem? Here are some places you absolutely need to visit the next time you’re in the area, according to our professionals at Florida Moving Systems.

Kennedy Space Center

  1. Join A Sea Turtle Walk
Turtle nesting season, which is May through October, is truly one of the most magical times along the coast. During an evening walk on the beach in summertime, you’ll see turtles out digging their nests and depositing eggs. Guided walks carefully organized and overseen by local conservation groups with the Canaveral National Seashore, the Sea Turtle Conservation Society, and Sebastian Inlet State Park let you personally witness one of Mother Nature’s miracles.
  1. Check out Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, the second busiest cruise port in the U.S., is full of hustle bustle from pleasure crafts, fishing boats, cargo tankers, and cruise ships every day. Get a great view of the area atop Exploration Tower. Enjoy the many exhibits inside the tower that feature Port history, Space Coats exhibits, and a display of marine life created with recycled materials.
  1. Surf Florida’s Best Waves
One of the best places in Florida for pro and novice surfers is the Space Coast. Historic Cocoa Beach Pier, located on Cocoa Beach, draws crowds from around the world. Some excellent spots to surf are the Playalinda at the Canaveral National Seashore, the nearby Second Light, and the Picnic Table Beach directly across from Patrick Air Force Base.
  1. Watch a Rocket Launch for the Blast of a Lifetime
Without a doubt, no trip is complete without checking out the Kennedy Space Center. Chronicling over 50 years of space history, the Kennedy Space Center features some of the US’s proudest accomplishments. Highlights of the visit include learning about and experiencing the new Space Shuttle Atlantis program and exhibit, using the Astronaut Encounter to meet an astronaut, and a walk through the exhibit displaying the early days of space exploration.
  1. Bird watching
Did you know that over 300 species of birds can be found on the Atlantic flyway, making Space Coast one of the top destinations of birdwatchers in Florida? Get a comprehensive look at area birding by visiting the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the beauty of the preserved area with a car ride via Black Point Wildlife Drive.

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Set up the Perfect Home Workout Space with These 5 Tips

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It can be particularly difficult to design an effective workout room, especially when your space or budget is limited. While some may choose to spend thousands on the latest gadgets, you certainly don’t have to with the scores of ingenious, affordable options on the market. Don’t break the bank with the following advice from our professionals at Florida Moving Systems!

Set up the Perfect Home Workout Space with These 5 Tips

  1. Inspire Activity with an Ideal Atmosphere
Your motivation levels are significantly affected by your surroundings. Sunlight, specifically, has a huge impact on working out, as natural light infuses the room and ups your energy. Ideally, you’d have at least one large window in your workout area that provides ample natural light. However, if your space is in a windowless room or basement, bright white bulbs in recessed lighting can do the trick.
  1. Leave Extra Room for Workouts
Although you may be tempted to cram as much equipment into your new home gym, it’s certainly not the most effective way to utilize your floorplan. Instead of getting a ton of fancy machinery, you can have the ultimate workout experience with basic, tried-and-true equipment like a selection of cardio circuits and a jump rope – it’s as easy as that! Plus, you’ll free up precious space for strength training and stretching.
  1. The Added Benefit of Mirrors
Mirrors can help you improve your overall performance, pick-up on small postural imperfections, and fine-tune your form. Aside from these things, there are two other benefits to mirrors: they reflect light and create the illusion of space. These two extras are indeed positives that will make your workout room feel more pleasant and likely motivate you to hit the weights.
  1. Protect your Joints by Protecting your Floors
Hard flooring materials, like concrete and hardwood, don’t absorb impact when you move, run, and jump, and as such can be tough on the body. Since the energy, you emit during workouts travels right back up into your body, hard flooring makes you more prone to injuries like sprains and shin splints. A low-cost solution is commercial-grade interlocking foam mats that not only protect your feet and body, but they also muffle sound and reduce floor scuffing.
  1. Keep the Area Organized and Clutter-Free with Storage
Even just a few simple racks to store equipment and mats can work wonders in terms of keeping the area clutter-free. If possible, opt for a wall-bolted shelving system to gain as much floor space as you can.

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Major Differences Between Local Moving & Long Distance Moving

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As an American, expect to move 11.7 times in your lifetime according to the U.S. Census Bureau. People move for a variety of reasons, from upsizing or downsizing their homes to changing jobs to trying out a new neighborhood.

Now, moving can either be local or long distance. But the differences between local and long-distance moving go beyond the distance.

In this article, we are going to share with you the major differences that exist between local moving and long-distance moving.

Difference #1: Long-distance moving requires more preparation.

Cross-county moving is far more complicated than if you are moving locally. For one, you need to find a home, which isn’t easy considering that it’s in a faraway place. And because you’re like to not know the area well, as Income Realty explains, you may also need to hire a local agent to do it for you.

Secondly, you will need to find the right moving company. There are some that only operate locally, some that specialize in long-distance moving, and many that do both. Therefore, you’ll need to do proper diligence to find out which option is best for you.

And thirdly, considering the costs and the distance, you may need to decide what to keep and what to give away.

Difference #2: Long-distance moving takes more time.

This is pretty obvious. With more preparations, you would need more time and effort when moving long-distance than if you were moving locally. While it’s manageable, it sure will be taxing.

If moving cross-country, you can expect the move to take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks for your belongings to arrive. But if moving to a neighboring state, then you can expect your items in just a few days.

The amount of time it takes, however, depends on many different variables. For example, the moving company, your personal situation, and even the weather.

To get a better time-frame, check your contract, or simply ask your moving coordinator.

Difference #3: Moving long-distance costs more.

Moving from Colorado to New York will cost you more than moving from a local city to a local city. Generally, moving long-distance costs an average of about $4,300, while moving locally costs about $1,250.

Difference #4: Some of your items may be forbidden for transport when moving cross-country.

Do you know that there are certain things that you can’t transport when moving interstate? That’s right! What you may be permitted to carry in your car within your state may be forbidden when you cross to another state.

First and foremost, interstate moving companies aren’t permitted to carry pets, plants, and perishable foods. Also, it’s illegal to carry any hazardous household items. That is items that are explosive, corrosive, or combustible (flammable).

Difference #5: You may need to lose some items when moving long-distance.

How much it costs to move depends on how bulky and/or heavy the items you’re moving are. So, when moving long-distance, it might be in your best interest to take only things that you need.

Decide what to keep and what to donate or throw away. As a general rule of thumb, if you haven’t used an item for more than a year, then you really don’t need it.

Difference #6: You can’t move on your own when moving long-distance.

With local moves, you can just pack everything up and hit the road. Because the distance is relatively small, you can do as many roundtrips as you’d like. You can even seek help from a few good friends or family members.

The same, however, can’t be said with long-distance moving. While it isn’t impossible, it wouldn’t make any sense from a financial and time perspective.

Difference #7: Packing is different when moving long-distance.

When moving locally, your belongings will only be trucking for at most a couple of hours. However, when it comes to long-distance moving, your stuff will be on the road for days, sometimes even for weeks.

With the prolonged distance comes increased risk of damage to your belongings. For this reason, when packing to move long-distance, you’ll need to pay more attention.

Clearly, long-distance moving is different from a local move. Whichever you choose, though, make sure to hire the right moving company. The right moving company can make all the difference.