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On The Move: A Week-By-Week Checklist To Prepare For Moving Systematically

Posted by on Jun 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on On The Move: A Week-By-Week Checklist To Prepare For Moving Systematically

When you know well in advance that you’re going to be moving, you have time on your side. You can approach moving related tasks methodically and slowly over the course of a few weeks rather than scrambling to get everything done in time! Everyone’s situation is different and you may need to add a few tasks to this list, but in general, these are the tasks you’ll want to complete in the weeks leading up to the move. Four Weeks Out Four weeks before your move, it’s time to start planning and making arrangements. This week will be dedicated to making phone calls, sending emails, and making decisions. Make sure you: Confirm with your current landlord or new landlord what day you’ll be moving out and what day you’ll be moving into the new place. Call your utility companies and tell them what day to cancel your services. Give 30 days’ notice on your gym membership and any other local subscriptions you’ll be terminating. Call your car insurance company and let them know your moving date and new address. Call several moving companies to get an idea of their services. You can click for more information on a moving company. Schedule in-house estimates to be done with at least three companies in the next week — preferably all on the same day. Start asking around at local stores for spare boxes, or purchase your packing boxes so you have them on hand. Three Weeks Out This week, you’ll start doing some of the hands-on work. By the end of the week, you’ll also have a moving company selected. Check these items off your list as you complete them: Conduct your estimate appointments with the moving companies. Get written estimates from each one of them, and ask questions to clarify what, exactly, each estimate includes. Carefully look over the estimates. If you have a partner or spouse who is moving with you, tackle this task together. Choose the moving company that’s the best fit for your needs and budget, and give them a call to formally schedule your move. Go through storage areas, like your closets and basement, and get rid of items you don’t need. Pack items you do want to bring with you into boxes, labeling each box clearly. Two Weeks Out If you pack anything non-essential this week, you’ll have a lot less to do next week when you’re stressed out about the upcoming move. Some tasks to tackle include: Pack up all of your out-of-season clothing, along with items you know you won’t wear in the next two weeks. Pack all non-essential kitchen appliances that you won’t use in the two weeks. Make sure you clean each one out thoroughly before packing it away. A mixture of white vinegar and water works well in most cases. Take pictures and other decorations off the walls, packing them away carefully with plenty of padding. Wrapping them in towels works well, since this way you get the towels packed up, too. Clean areas that won’t get too much use between now and the move so you don’t have so much cleaning to do next week. One Week Out The big week is here! At the end of this week, your moving company will arrive to put all of your...

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5 Tips For Preventing Hoarding Behavior In Your Self Storage Unit

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Preventing Hoarding Behavior In Your Self Storage Unit

 While only a small percentage of the U.S. population suffers from compulsive hoarding, it has been noted that Americans in general tend to hold onto items that they may not necessarily need. As a result, the self storage industry in America is booming. While self storage is an excellent choice for short-term storage during a move or major life changes and can be a long-term solution for people with small living spaces, it is important to regularly assess your storage space to prevent hoarding behavior. Storing unnecessary items can end up costing you money and causing you stress. To make sure you are only storing the items you need, follow these five steps.  Set a Date to Regularly Clean Out Your Storage Unit If you are renting a long-term storage unit, then it is possible that there are items in your unit that you have forgotten about. Regularly cleaning out your storage unit helps you ensure that you are not storing items that you do not want or need. To make sure you clean out your storage unit at least once a year, you should mark a date on your calendar to do your cleaning and sorting. Larger storage units may require an entire weekend of cleaning. If you are regularly adding items to your storage unit, you may want to clean bi-annually or quarterly to keep your belongings manageable.   Label Items With the Date of Their Last Use  If you find it difficult to get rid of belongings because you think they are useful for you or you think that you might use them in the future, you should start labeling your items with the date you last used them when you put them in storage. Then, set a date after which you feel comfortable getting rid of an item. For example, if you have not used a set of skis in over five years, you may want to get rid of them to free up more space.  Labeling your items helps you remember exactly when the last time you used an item was and decide whether it is adding value to your life. It also lets you know when you can safely discard important paperwork without having to sort through it.  Label Boxes Clearly  While it may be easy to sort through your large items, you may find it tedious to open each box and go through its contents. To make this process easier, you should clearly label your boxes with their exact contents. For example, instead of labeling a box as “toys,” you may want to tape a list of the specific toys that are in the box to its side.  Do Not Store Items of Little Intrinsic or Emotional Value  Storing items that have little intrinsic value, such as old furniture, toys, or clothing, can cost you more than simply purchasing new items when you actually need them. Additionally, these items can often be used and enjoyed by someone who needs them at the moment. For this reason, you should try to store items that are of high value or have a high emotional value for you. If you have trouble recognizing items with a high emotional value or you deem everything that you currently have to have a similar emotional value, you may...

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Three Factors To Consider When Choosing A Moving Company

Posted by on Nov 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Factors To Consider When Choosing A Moving Company

Choosing a moving company can be a daunting task, especially if you have never used the services provided by a mover. There are a lot of details to consider when analyzing prospective movers, and you should be sure you have all the information you need ahead of time to make an informed choice. Below are three particular criteria to look at closely when choosing a mover; these factors will help you pick a moving company that provides the best of care for your possessions and at a reasonable price: Make your evaluation more than about price It’s important to get a good deal, but you should always know what you’re getting for your investment. Once you get a quote, you need to ask a couple of specific questions to further evaluate the value of a mover’s services: How many personnel will be available at the price? – It is important to know what size crew will be available to perform the loading and unloading. Since a small crew will take longer to perform the move, all other things being equal, you may need to pay an additional amount for an extra crew member, if time is of the essence. What kind of truck and moving equipment will be used? – Another relevant question that can help you evaluate a quote is knowing the equipment that will be used with your move. For example, it is worthwhile to ask if one vehicle will be sufficient or if it will take multiple runs with smaller trucks or trailers. In addition, be sure to inquire whether or not furniture pads are included or if you will need to pay an additional fee for more pads. Is packing or unpacking included? – Some full-service movers will pack or unpack certain items or place them in a specific location. Others will drop-off your possessions in a common area, such as the garage, but getting them into the house is your responsibility. Be sure you know what you want and need in advance, and find a company that will offer services that match. Make sure the bottom line is the bottom line When investigating which moving company to choose, be sure to get a firm, written estimate of charges for the services provided ahead of time. Don’t let yourself be surprised by unknown fees that may appear once the final bill comes due. Here are a few common charges to be on the lookout for when making a decision: Stair charge – If your home has stairs, leading either up or down, then you will want to inquire about how much you will need to pay for moving items up or down from the other levels in your home. Oversized objects fee – Certain items, such as grand pianos or hot tubs, are likely to incur additional charges during a move. Be sure to get in advance the mover’s fee schedule for specific oversized items, if relevant in your situation. Mileage fees – You will need to be sure you understand the pricing structure of the moving companies you evaluate. Many moving companies offer a flat rate for local services, but they may also charge for miles beyond a certain limit. For example, a $199.95 base rate might sound great on the face of things,...

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Strategies For Streamlining Last-Minute Moves

Posted by on Oct 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Strategies For Streamlining Last-Minute Moves

Most household moves are planned affairs where people have plenty of time to pack and otherwise orchestrate the relocation process. However, it’s sometimes necessary to move in a hurry, and this can be a stressful, frustrating process that may even result in loss, breakage, and damage to your cherished household possessions. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can streamline last minute moves. Following are strategies designed to make that last minute move go as quickly as possible. Pack Smart Packing swiftly often means that errors will be made, but you can minimize those by following a few simple rules. For instance, packing light objects in large boxes and heavy ones in small boxes prevents boxes from becoming overly heavy and unwieldy. Other packing tips for a quick move include: Place toiletries, linens, and a change of clothes or two in suitcases and hampers for easy access Pack other items that you’ll need first together and mark the boxes with a star or other identifying symbol Don’t waste time emptying chests and dressers — simply tape the drawers shut and move them as they are Use blankets, sheets, and towels for padding so you won’t have to spend time packing them separately Call in Favors Having to move in a hurry is the perfect situation for you to call in as many favors as possible. If you have small children who would be a hindrance as you try to pack quickly, now is the time to reach out to those who owe you babysitting time or who otherwise might be counted on to watch the kids while you pack. If all else fails, the services of a paid sitter will be well worth the money. The same goes for pets — getting them out of the way while you prepare for a quick move will make the process go much more smoothly. You should also enlist as many friends and family members as possible to help with all aspects of the move. Purge as Much as Possible Moving is an excellent time to purge those items that you no longer want or need. Place clothing that you and other members of your household no longer wear in plastic bags, label them, and either drop them off at a thrift store receiving station or arrange for them to be picked up — many thrift stores offer that service. You can also get rid of household items and furnishing this way, provided they are in relatively decent shape. If you have items that are damaged or dirty to the extent that they wouldn’t be of interest to a thrift store, making a pile for the dump while you’re packing and paying someone to haul it will save you valuable time and energy. You can also invite friends and neighbors to help themselves to whatever you’d like to leave behind, but ask them for a little help in return with packing, cleaning, or other tasks associated with moving. Keep in mind that the less stuff you have to actually move, the less time the process will take. Hire the Right Mover Hiring a moving company that has specific experience and expertise in last-minute moves will save you a great deal of time, particularly if you decide to enlist their assistance with packing...

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3 Stretches to Complement Your Big Move

Posted by on Oct 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Stretches to Complement Your Big Move

During packing and moving, most people complete more activity than they do during a normal day. Packing away items and occasionally relocating full boxes can burn around 245 calories an hour. If you are loading a moving truck or simply moving heavy boxes and furniture from one room to another you will naturally get both a cardio and resistance workout. However, to get the most out of moving day, you may want to throw in some additional stretches that complement the natural motions involved with packing and loading.  Forward Bend  If you are lifting properly, you will use the power of your legs as opposed to your lower back. However, few people can sustain a healthy back position all day while they pack and load a moving truck. For this reason, it is important to take regular breaks to allow your back and hamstrings to lengthen and rest.  You can add a forward bend any time you set down a box. As usual, set down a heavy box using a squat position. Then, instead of coming up as normal, drop your head towards the ground and slowly straighten your legs until you are in a forward bend. While you are in this position, rock back and forth and release the tension in your back and exhale explosively. You may want to press your back lightly against the box you just set down to deepen the stretch. Hold a forward bend for around 15 seconds before bending your legs and returning to a standing position.  Torso Twists  The majority of your movement on moving day will most likely be in a line along the front of your body. To add some variety and activate your core, you should occasionally add a few torso twists.   To complete a torso twist, stand at a 90 degree angle to where you will pick up or set down a box at waist height. Then, standing up tall, turn 90 degrees and either pick up the box or set it down before returning to normal. You should make sure you complete torso twists on both sides.  Jumping Jack Arms  After a day of carrying boxes, your shoulders and arms will probably feel fatigued. By giving them regular breaks throughout the day, you will help reduce the fatigue. A simple way to stretch your arms and engage your core in the lifting process is to do jumping jack arms. Just as it sounds, this is the arm movement of a jumping jack.  Begin by standing up tall with your legs slightly apart and your arms hanging by your side. Then, slowly raise your arms out to the side and over your head until you touch your fingertips together. With control, lower your arms to the starting position and repeat 10-20 times. Next, bend your arms at the elbow so your hands are next to your shoulders and your elbows are as close to your torso as possible. Draw your shoulder blades together and slowly raise your arms over your head, straightening the elbows. Then return to your starting position and repeat 10-20 times.  While you are doing these exercises, you should concentrate on keeping your shoulder blades down and your neck extended.  Packing and loading boxes can be an intense workout. If you plan your...

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Here’s How To Make Your Local Move With The Family Dog Less Stressful

Posted by on Oct 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Here’s How To Make Your Local Move With The Family Dog Less Stressful

Moving is one of the most stressful processes people experience, and it’s no different when it comes to dogs. Excessive barking, bathroom accidents indoors, and even signs of illness are things that can come up when moving with a dog. Taking your time to pack and get moved to your new home is a great way to make sure that people and dogs alike have the opportunity to transition on their own terms – once you’ve figured out approximately how long it will take you to plan, pack, and move, add a couple of extra weeks to your timeline for good measure. Here are a few other things you can do to make your local move with the family dog less stressful on everyone involved:  Invest in a Collapsible Kennel A great way to make sure that your dog is not underfoot when you are busy organizing belongings and packing boxes is to keep a kennel handy and ready for use. Investing in a metal collapsible kennel will enable you to fold it up and keep it in a closet when you don’t need it. And when it is needed, all it takes only a couple of minutes to put together. These types of kennels allow the dog to continue being part of the family and see what’s going on in the room while they’re spending time inside. It’s a good idea to keep your pooch in a kennel whenever a door to the outside is left open for long periods of time while you pack so they don’t run away and any time more than two or three people are in the room to maintain a calm and stress-free atmosphere. Hire Professional Movers To keep stress levels low for you and your dog, consider hiring professional movers like those at Walsh Moving & Storage to do the legwork of moving boxes and furniture from your old house to the new one. This will free up your time on moving day to get out of the house with your dog so the movers can do their job without distractions. Heading to the park for a few hours ensures that your dog doesn’t have to worry about the strangers moving your stuff out of the house. Being away while your stuff is being moved from your old home to the truck will also minimize the chances of having to deal with your pooch running away or getting lost in the commotion. What’s more is that unlike yourself who has multiple distractions to worry about on moving day, your movers will be able to focus solely on getting your stuff from point A to point B safely and securely. Get to Know the New Neighborhood Routine is important to dogs, so giving yours an opportunity to get to know their new neighborhood will keep their stress levels low once they’re fully immersed into their new life. Spend a day with your dog in the community you’ll be moving to, so you can play a game of fetch at the park, take a walk around the block of your new home, and get to know other dog owners in the neighborhood. You may even be able to set up a few dog dates for during the first few weeks of your arrival, which...

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