Tina McManus' Blog
Are you planning on moving in the next 6-8 months? Don’t let your belongings take ownership of you. As consumers, we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff” over the years. After spending 5, 10, or 20-plus years in one home, this can amount to more than some of us can handle. Do you have more than 4 sets of dishes? How about piles of toys & board games from when your kids were younger? And then there are those passed-down antiques that no one in the family seems to have use for, yet no one wants to throw away.
Rather than rush while packing and having to take the whole mess with you to your next home, consider starting the process early! You can categorize your belongings into the following groups:
- Throw it away
It may be hard to discern which category an item goes in. This is why it’s a great idea to solicit help when you’re moving and downsizing your piles of stuff. An outsider can be a bit more objective to help you see what’s useful and what isn’t.
The Keep Pile
The items you want to keep through your move are those that you use every single day. There’s no question in your mind that you’ll need these things at your next residence. Think of the items that are either irreplaceable or still in good working condition like bedding, the coffee pot, furniture, and personal items like books, DVDs, and electronics.
Sell For Profit
If you have a question about any of the items that you’re going through, you may want to consider selling them. Is your sofa still in good condition, but won’t fit well into your new place? It’s time to get that piece of furniture to another good home and make a bit of cash while you’re at it. There are tons of websites, apps, and other resources that connect you with people who are looking for the items that you want to get rid of.
Some items may not be an easy sell. You may not even have the time to sell them. This is where donation centers allow you to do some good while you’re cleaning out your things. As you’re packing for the move go through things like clothes, books, DVDs, games, toys, and other knickknacks. Those figurines that have been sitting on the shelf may not be ideal for your new house.
It’s also a good idea to keep the amount of space that you’re dealing with in mind. If you have less space, downsizing will be ever important. On the flip side, if you’re moving into a bigger house, you don’t necessarily need to fill it up!
Unfortunately, we’ll always have a few things that need to be thrown out. Items that are ripped, stained, worn, broken, or plain useless must face the fate of the dumpster.
No matter how you go about cleaning out your home before a move, you should know that it will feel amazing to have a lighter load to move as the clutter is cleaned out.
If you recently bought or sold a house, it may be only a matter of time before you need to move. Lucky for you, many moving companies are available to help you transport your personal belongings from one destination to the next.
What differentiates a good moving company from a great one? Here are three tips to ensure you can find the perfect company to help you with your upcoming move.
1. Get Multiple Quotes
When it comes to finding a moving company, there is no reason to break your budget. Fortunately, if you shop around, you can select a high-quality moving company that won't force you to overspend.
Reach out to a wide range of moving companies in your city or town. That way, you can receive multiple quotes.
Also, it is important to remember that the lowest price doesn't always guarantee the best service, particularly when it comes to moving companies. And even though price should be a consideration as you evaluate moving companies, it is essential to consider other factors.
The more you research that you perform into all of the moving companies that are available, the better off you will be. With plenty of research in hand, you should have no trouble choosing an affordable moving company that will exceed your expectations.
2. Look at a Moving Company's Experience
No two moving companies are identical, and in most cases, you can enjoy many benefits if you choose a proven moving company over an inexperienced one.
Ultimately, a proven moving company will have sufficient staff on hand to help you transport your belongings to your new address. This company likely employs customer service professionals who are happy to respond to any concerns or questions prior to moving day too.
A proven moving company also can help you alleviate stress as you prep for moving day. This company will go the extra mile to support you in any way possible, and by doing so, ensure you can receive comprehensive assistance when moving day arrives.
3. Ask for Client Referrals
If you're on the fence about a moving company, it certainly won't hurt to ask this business for client referrals.
In many cases, client referrals are difference-makers, particularly if you're struggling to decide between two moving companies.
A moving company should be able to provide you with client referrals at your request. Then, you can reach out to past clients to learn about their experiences with a particular moving company.
Client referrals offer excellent resources as you search for the ideal moving company. In fact, client referrals can provide you with moving company insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.
Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent for extra help. This housing market professional may be able to put you in touch with a variety of moving companies that can help you relocate your belongings.
Take the guesswork out of selecting a moving company – use the aforementioned tips, and you can find the ideal moving company based on your personal needs and finances.
Ready to pack your clothing for moving day? Ultimately, packing apparel and accessories can be a hassle, particularly for those who have only a limited amount of time to prepare for a move. Lucky for you, we're here to help streamline the process of getting your clothing ready for moving day.
Now, let's take a look at three tips for packing clothing before moving day arrives.
1. Sort Through Your Clothing
Take a look inside your closet and sort through your apparel and accessories – you'll be glad you did. If you organize your clothing today, you may be able to save time down the line.
Determine which clothing you plan to keep and which no longer suits your style. Then, you can eliminate assorted apparel and accessories from your wardrobe.
With excess clothes that are in good condition, you may be able to sell or donate these items. Before you do so, however, you should make sure that all of your clothing is clean.
If you find clothes that are ripped or torn, there is no need to bring them to your new address. Instead, dispose of any damaged clothes, and you can avoid the hassle of transporting these items from Point A to Point B.
2. Group Your Clothing
Group your clothing, and you can organize your apparel and accessories and speed up the process of unpacking your clothing once you reach your new address.
There are many ways that you can group apparel and accessories. Some people choose to group clothing by season. Or, you may want to group your clothing by material or purpose.
Regardless of how you group your clothes, you'll want to label moving boxes that contain clothing accordingly. This will ensure that you can instantly locate your clothing after your move and start unpacking your apparel and accessories right away.
3. Consider What You'll Wear on Moving Day
Although you'll want to pack as much as possible prior to moving day, you should put aside clothing that you intend to wear on moving day.
It often pays to pack clothing as close to moving day as you can. That way, you can keep a close eye on the weather forecast and ensure you can put aside appropriate apparel and accessories for moving day.
Furthermore, if you're moving in summertime, you may want to set aside a pair of sunglasses and hat for maximum sun protection. On the other hand, you may want to keep a pair of winter gloves and other seasonal accessories on hand if you're preparing for a winter move.
If you need extra help getting ready for moving day, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer honest, unbiased recommendations to help you prepare your clothing and other belongings for your upcoming move.
Use the aforementioned moving tips, and you should have no trouble packing all of your clothing prior to moving day.
Although your home gym has helped you stay in shape for many years, packing your dumbbells, an elliptical and other exercise equipment prior to moving day may prove to be exhausting. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing your exercise equipment.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare your exercise equipment for moving day.
1. Handle Your Weights with Care
Weights come in many shapes and sizes, and you should allocate plenty of time and resources to ensure your weights won't move while in transit.
For small weight plates and dumbbells, you can wrap these weights in packing paper and place them in a small box. However, you should try to avoid putting too many weights in a single box.
If you have heavy weights and barbells, you should wrap these weights in packing paper and place them directly on the floor of your moving day vehicle. Secure the weights with rope or straps, and you can keep the weights in place.
2. Take Photographs of Your Exercise Equipment
Let's face it – disassembling an elliptical, treadmill or other exercise equipment can be challenging. Perhaps even worse, putting your exercise equipment back together at your new home may be virtually impossible, particularly for those who struggle to stay organized.
Before you disassemble any exercise equipment, take a photograph of the equipment itself. Capture images of your exercise equipment from all angles, and you'll be better equipped than ever before to properly put this equipment back together once you reach your new address.
Also, keep all screws, bolts and other small exercise equipment parts in a plastic bag. You can attach this bag to the equipment itself to avoid the danger of losing these parts during your move.
Don't forget to keep track of the steps that you follow to disassemble exercise equipment too. That way, you'll know exactly what you'll need to do to quickly reassemble your exercise equipment.
3. Get Help from Family Members and Friends
Exercise equipment can be large, heavy and difficult to move on your own. Thus, you should not hesitate to reach out to family members and friends to help you safely pack and move your exercise equipment from Point A to Point B.
Furthermore, professional moving companies are available to help you transport exercise equipment to your new house. A moving company employs friendly, professionally trained staff members who are happy to help you simplify the process of moving your exercise equipment to any location, at any time.
If you need extra assistance prior to moving day, you may want to contact a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a residence, a real estate agent can offer expert moving tips, put you in touch with top-rated moving companies in your area and much more.
Get your exercise equipment ready for your upcoming move – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble packing and moving your exercise equipment to your new house.
So you've found the perfect home to move to, whether it is your first home up- or downsizing, congratulations. Now it is time to pack up. The rest is exciting, but now you dread the headache of packing, knowing how much supplies that you need to get (without a million trips to the store) and making sure that your fragile items make it to the new place intact.
How many supplies you need depends on what you have
The pros have enough experience to help with estimating how much supplies you should get based on the size and the description of your home and possessions. To get a picture of what is needed, a rule of thumb to measure by is per 1200 square feet of living space. Some suggestions are one 25-lb roll of packing paper, six rolls of tape, one roll of small bubble wrap (more if you have a bursting kitchen or many trinkets), mattress covers for all your mattresses and box springs (make sure they are the right size) and 80-100 furniture blankets.
Getting and keeping your boxes sealed
Depending on the scope of the move (length, time, movers or friends, etc.) you may be used to folding the flaps of your boxes closed, but this leaves them vulnerable to moisture, insects and other stuff getting into your boxes. Not to mention that it makes it much more likely that something will fall through (cue driveway full of what was once packed nicely into the box now empty in your hands). The easiest way to ensure that nothing goes in or out of your boxes once packed place three strips of tape across the top and bottom of all of your boxes. Types and number of boxes can be determined by asking your movers or putting it into a moving supplies calculator online.
Packing paper helps protect breakable items by preventing friction between objects. It does not leave ink residue that you have to try to remove after unpacking everything. It also helps to cover knives and other such items to help keep injuries from happening while unpacking. Bubble wrap is for the more fragile items in your house. Small bubbles for smaller things and large bubbles for things like large art and such.
Mattresses and box springs need care too
Mattress covers are essential for protecting the place where you spend one-third of your life and ensuring that no stains, dust or rips affect your investment. If you have a king size bed, remember that the box spring is usually two extra-long twin size so remember to get covers accordingly.
Don't forget to protect your furniture during the move. Scratches, dings, and dents, or broken drawers and doors, especially on expensive or heirloom furniture, could put a damper on any move. If that many blankets are too many for your budget, get enough for your most important furniture and then get paper moving pads or shrink wrap for the rest.
Avoiding the headache that can accompany moving
Although moving can be stressful, there is no reason to make it any more so than necessary. Do some research or ask a professional near you to take the stress, and trips to the store, out of moving this time around and enjoy your new home.