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4 Important Moving Terms You Should Know and What They Mean

The better you understand the terminology used in the moving industry, the easier it is to enjoy a seamless experience. Taking a few moments to familiarize yourself with common moving phrases makes it easier to arrange your household move but also assists in helping you assemble any questions you might have about your moving contract. Here are four crucial moving terms you should know and what they mean.

1. Bill of Lading

A bill of lading is a contract between the moving company and the customer. Essentially, it establishes the terms and conditions of the move and serves as a customer receipt for goods and a contract for transportation. Customers signing this document acknowledge they permit their belongings to be loaded on the truck and released to the carrier. Before signing this document, read it carefully and understand all the terms. Movers are happy to answer any questions.

2. Full-Service Packing and Unpacking

Moving companies typically offer various services aside from transporting customer possessions. One popular service is full-service packing and unpacking. The movers pack all the household goods, prepare them for transport, and then unpack them upon arrival at the new home. You should always ask what an individual company’s full-service packing and unpacking covers, but generally, the cost of this service is inclusive of cartons, packing/unpacking labor, and removal of debris.

3. Binding/Non-Binding Estimate

When a moving company and a customer agree, they sign a contract. As a part of the negotiations, an estimate is drawn up—there are two primary types of estimates.

  • Binding Estimate: This document is drawn up in advance of the move, itemizes the total cost of the relocation, and guarantees the final quote they offer. No matter how long the job takes the movers to complete, they are obligated to charge the quoted flat rate. *Requires an onsite estimate.
  • Non-Binding Estimate: This document is a mover’s estimated cost based on the estimated weight of the items to be moved and any additional services contracted. It is not a final price and will be adjusted based on the actual weight and other circumstances on moving day.

Additionally, some movers may charge “hourly rates,” which means the customer is charged by the hour, per man, per truck, but most movers are likely to go with binding or non-binding estimates.

4.  Non-Allowable Items

Professional moving companies are dedicated to ensuring a smooth relocation experience and have an important checklist of items they will not move. In addition, there are government regulations on relocating hazardous materials, so movers can’t transport dangerous and flammable items because they are safety risks. These items include explosives and toxic substances.

The homeowner should transport personal and sentimental items themselves since the movers might not want the responsibility.

Moving Made Easy

These are just four critical moving terms to know, but there are numerous other important terms as well. Check with your professional movers for a glossary of moving terms.

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Practical and Creative Ways to Recycle Moving Boxes

Once you complete your move, unpacked, and everything is in its place, there’s one big chore to take care of – all the cardboard boxes! Sure, you can break them up and stick them out for recycling day pickup, but have you considered other practical and creative ways you can use them?

According to the EPA, the U.S. generated 33.2 million tons of corrugated cardboard. Ninety-five percent is recycled, which is excellent, but it still consumes a lot of energy. When it comes to producing packaging, less is more in this case. Reusing cardboard boxes is not only good for the environment, but it also saves you some money.

See if your moving company will take them off your hands. Another option is to check with people in your community who might look for moving boxes for an upcoming move. These are great ways to ensure that your gently used boxes get another life.

In addition, here are four nontraditional ways you can repurpose cardboard moving boxes.

1. Repurpose Boxes in the Garden

Cardboard can be beneficial to your garden. Instead of buying plastic barriers to block weeds or using chemicals to maintain the garden, simply remove any tape and labels and line the garden bed with leftover moving boxes. They will help squash the unwanted weeds and, as the cardboard breaks down naturally, it blends nicely with fresh dirt. While you’re at it, cut up other leftover boxes and use them as kneeling pads for the garden instead of spending money on plastic ones that last about as long anyway.

2. Compost Extra Cardboard

Once all packaging remnants from your moving boxes have been removed, put moving cartons into a compost container with any other food scraps, grass clippings, and materials you use. All you need to do is tear it into smaller pieces or cut the boxes into strips and add them into the compost. Over time, you’ll see healthy soil created, which you can use down the road.

3. Reuse for Home Organization

Most moving boxes are pretty hardy and maintain their strength after you’ve used them for relocation. Instead of breaking them up for recycling day, repurpose boxes and use them for everyday storage. Boxes of sizes that are already useful (small and medium) cover them with material (or even heavy-duty wrapping paper) and wrap the exteriors of the boxes. You can store toys, magazines, art supplies, video games, or whatever else you have that could benefit from a bit of organization.

To repurpose larger boxes that are too big to reuse as is, cut them into smaller pieces, shape them into the sizes you need, secure them with duct tape, and then get them to create to make practical storage. Make boxes for pens, hair accessories, kitchen utensils, wrapping paper rolls, CDs, DVDs, and just about anything else you can think of.

4. Make Toys for the Kids

If you’ve got kids, you probably have already learned that many of them often would rather play with the boxes instead of what’s inside. So rather than hand them a box, help them be creative. Get out markers, stickers, duct tape, and anything else that would make a great invention. Think of the possibilities – forts, castles, pirate ships, racecars, dollhouses, robots, or help them create whatever they dream of.

Other ways you can repurpose moving boxes include art supplies, gift packaging, or simply use them for storage in the attic or basement for seasonal items. You can also give them away to others planning an upcoming move.

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Weeding Out Your Junk Drawers Before a Move

As moving day approaches, you have a lot to consider. You have many tasks to accomplish, from choosing your new home to selecting a mover to pack your belongings up to relocate. As you start to declutter your home and pack each room, you might discover you have a few junk drawers you need to deal with.

It’s the drawer filled with miscellaneous, somewhat useful, sometimes mysterious stuff, and almost every American has at least one. Some surveys show that over 80 percent of Americans have at least one catch-all junk drawer in the house. So before you move is the best time to tackle these haphazard storage spots —especially If you have more than a few of these drawers in your home. Here are a few tips to help you in the process.

1. Take everything out of the drawer for easy examination

Simply pulling everything out of your junk drawer gives you a better understanding of just what you have hidden out in this mingled storage spot. Pull out the drawer and set it on a table or surface where you will have ample room to work. Be sure to pull out everything, right down to the smallest items in the collection. 

2. Purge what you don’t need or want 

Go through the drawer’s contents with a discerning eye. If you are like most people, you will have a lot of items that can simply be thrown away or that you don’t necessarily want to keep. A few examples of things you could probably eliminate include: 

  • Condiment packets 
  • Old business cards 
  • Expired coupons 
  • Old rubber bands 
  • Twist ties 
  • Tattered recipe cards 
  • Old fasteners 

If you have problems letting things go, one helpful thing to remember is not to overthink things. The more you think about an item, the more potential you will find a reason to keep it. 

3. Sort and group all of the items 

With everything out of the collection that doesn’t serve a useful purpose or look like something you want to keep, you can start sorting the items in the collection. While every junk drawer can be unique because people are unique in what they find valuable and worth stashing in a convenient spot, everyone has a junk drawer that you can sort. Do what you can to bunch all items together in a pile according to their use or category. For instance, you may have a collection of: 

  • Tools 
  • Office supplies 
  • Paper items 
  • Utensils 
  • Small food items 
  • Household hardware 

4. Relocate what goes somewhere else in the house 

Ideally, once you have completed going through your junk drawer, you won’t have anything left to go into a box that will eventually go into a new junk drawer at the new house. The bulk of what ends up in this space you can relocate to a proper place. Here are a few examples: 

  • Pens, pencils, and other writing instruments can go in the office supplies 
  • Screwdrivers, drill bits, and other small tools can go in the toolbox 
  • Notepads and recipes can go in the recipe box 

The goal is to find everything in the drawer a more logical place to reside, and in most cases, you can easily do just that. 

Looking for Assistance with Your Residential Move?

No matter how many junk drawers you may have in your home, knowing you have help for the big transition can make things so much easier. If you are ready to find out more about getting help from professional movers, reach out to us today to get started. 

 

Moving with Pet Birds – Tips for a Safe Transition

Even though most households in the U.S. that own a pet have a cat or dog, many people prefer feathered pets—20.6 million to be exact. So if you happen to be one of over 20 million households with a pet bird, you could face having to move with that bird at some point in its life. 

Birds can be prone to stress and a little more precarious to move than a furry four-legged companion animal like a dog or cat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a safe transition from your current home to your next one with your pet bird. 

1. Be vigilant about nutrition

In the weeks leading up to the move and directly after, be especially vigilant about nutrition. A healthy bird is less likely to get physically stressed by a transition and a change in its environment. So take a discerning look at what you usually feed your bird, and be sure it is getting what it needs. For example, cockatiels need a healthy mix of fruits, veggies, and seeds. 

2. Protect the bird during the work to prevent stress

During packing and moving, make every effort to keep your bird in a quiet, secluded place. You don’t want to get the bird stressed out before the actual transition, so the calmer you can keep their surroundings, the better. While other pets are often the last to leave the house with the family, it can be helpful to move the bird early, if you need to, just to prevent them from being immersed in a chaotic environment. 

3. Pack an essentials box with bird supplies

Be sure to place all the essentials you need for your bird in a small box or container and in an area where you can easily access what you need. This essentials box should stay with the bird at all times, so you have easy access to food and supplies. Once you get to the new place, the essentials box will also make it easy to quickly replace food and water bowls, favorite toys, and any other items that the bird will find familiar. 

4. Prepare the carrier or cage

The carrier or cage you will be moving the bird in needs to be prepared before packing it to your vehicle. In general, you will want to pull out anything that could sway, fall, or move during the transition. Therefore, make sure you pull out hanging toys, feeders, and any extras just before the trip. 

5. Thwart stress during movement

When you move the bird, you will want to put it in a smaller cage and cover that cage. The less the bird sees going on around them during the transition, the less stressed out they will be, even though they know it is in motion. On another note, try to keep the bird at a consistent temperature. Warm or cool your vehicle appropriately to mimic the bird’s typical environment and keep it that way throughout the trip. 

Need Help with Your Residential Move?

Even though moving companies don’t transport live animals, enlisting their help can ensure you have time to dedicate to taking care of your pets, including your birds. If you need help with an upcoming move, reach out to us to get a free moving quote. 

 

 

5 Benefits of Hiring a Residential Moving Company for Your Out-of-State Move

While most people tend to stick close to home, or at least within their home state when moving, 2020 brought about a significant increase in people moving out of state. So, whether you opt to pack up and head to a new state to call home because of work, family, or otherwise, transitioning yourself and your belongings across state lines can be a real challenge.

Hiring a moving company to help with the transition can take the load off. Here is a look at some of the most important benefits. 

1. Save yourself time

Moving to a new state can mean you will have a little more to contend with that will require time. For example, you may not be familiar with utility service providers in your new state, so you can spend more time getting utilities connected in the new place than usual. When you bring in the help of a professional moving company, you will have a little more free time to focus on the more critical tasks. 

2. Forgo the risks of lost and damaged items

You are more likely to face damaged and lost things when moving a long distance than you would if you were moving locally. Bringing in the help of professional movers will ensure your belongings are well kept in a protected area for the duration of the trip. 

3. Save money on fuel for extra trips

When relocating on your own, you might purchase extra supplies like bubble wrap for protecting valuables or boxes to secure your things. But, when you hire professional movers, these moving supplies are often included in the cost of the long-distance full-service move. Also, the moving process takes time, so you might have to miss work to get everything accomplished, resulting in lost wages.

4. Focus on transitioning your family instead of your stuff

An out-of-state move can be far more of an emotional challenge than moving within the same city or even in the same state. You may be saying goodbye to favorite places and people you won’t get to see quite so often. Your children may be dealing with switching schools. You may be leaving a workplace and familiar coworkers. With some help with the physical aspects of the move, you have time to focus on getting your family through the emotional transition. 

5. Negate the risks of injury

Without question, moving is physically challenging, and you might get hurt. When you add in a new challenge factor of moving a long distance, you may lose sleep, deal with time constraints, and generally face a lot of added stress. Unfortunately, this can also mean you are more at risk of sustaining an injury during the process. Having professional movers can help lighten the burden so you can stay safe. 

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Any relocation can be a big event, but moving out of state can amplify the stress. If you need help with your upcoming out-of-state relocation, please reach out to us to get started with a free moving quote. 

 

 

5 Ways to Save Money On Your First Relocation

Moving can be expensive. Luckily, there are many ways that you can save money on your relocation. You can save money on your upcoming location by collecting free boxes, planning ahead, hiring the right movers, and getting creative with your packing supplies. However, saving money can be time-consuming, so get started as early as possible.

1. Get Rid of Clutter to Reduce Moving Costs

The more stuff you bring in your relocation, the more expensive and complicated your relocation will be. More stuff means more boxes and supplies, and more money spent paying movers, and so on. You can save money by getting rid of clutter and thus reducing the size of your relocation. Start decluttering when you find out you’re moving. 

2. Shop Around For The Right Movers

It’s critical to hire the right movers for your relocation – but it’s also important to hire movers who charge a fair price. Shop around. By meeting with multiple movers, you’ll be able to evaluate their customer service practices, competence, and costs.

When you’re meeting with movers, ask them questions such as:

  • Do you have references?
  • Will the quote be binding? Will there be fees not mentioned in the quote?
  • How long will the relocation take?
  • What is your cancelation policy?

Keep in mind that the cheapest moving company is not always the best moving company. So take care and hire a good moving company for your needs!

3. Get Free Boxes

An option instead of buying new boxes is to look for free ones. Check online sites like Craigslist, NextDoor, or Freecycle to contact people trying to pass down their old boxes for free. You can also try local retail stores, or even your moving company might offer gently used boxes at a reduced price or free.

Start looking at these sites and resources early so that you’ll have plenty of time to accumulate them before your move.

4. Use Linens, Sheets, and Towels to Pack Delicate Items

Supplement your packing paper and bubble wrap supply with items you can already find around your house. For example, you can use linens, sheets, and towels to wrap and protect some delicate things. 

Use packing paper for your very fragile items like dishes, plates, and bowls, but using what you already have on hand for other miscellaneous items will save you some money on packing paper and bubble wrap.

5. Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

Sometimes saving money can be time-consuming – especially if you’re relying on boxes collected from businesses and you’re shopping around for the right moving company. Decluttering is an exceptionally time-consuming process that can take many days. To move as inexpensively as possible, start the moving process early. Then, give yourself lots of time to go slowly and reduce costs.

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Prepare Your Refrigerator For Your Household Move

If you’re planning a household move that includes a refrigerator, it’s essential to prepare it carefully. Moving companies are specific in how they want to transport various appliances. For the fridge, it’s not as simple as emptying the food and hauling it on the truck. Consult with your mover on how they suggest you prepare your refrigerator. The movers’ preparation steps will probably include some similar to the following:  

Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer

In the weeks before your move, plan your meals to use up items in the refrigerator and freezer. This way, less goes to waste since it all likely can’t be moved. Once the unit is primarily empty, take out any perishables kept and place them in a cooler packed with ice. Remember also to empty the icemaker.

Unplug the Unit

Once you empty your refrigerator/freezer, unplug it at least 24 hours before the move. Check the manufacturer’s manual for directions because some models need a week to defrost thoroughly. Next, disconnect any water lines. If unsure how to do this, consult with an appliance technician to ensure it’s done correctly. When ready for defrosting, remember to place towels on the floor to soak up any water that may flow out.

Clean Inside and Out

The last thing you want is to arrive in a new place with a dirty refrigerator. So give it a good cleaning while it’s empty.

  • Remove all shelves and drawers
  • Wash with warm soapy water, and then rinse
  • Leave the pieces to air dry
  • Empty, clean, and dry the evaporator pan (usually found underneath the refrigerator)

Once the removable pieces are clean, before putting them back in, clean the refrigerator and freezer’s interior with a sponge, using warm water and baking soda. Replace pieces. Next, clean the top of the unit with a warm soapy sponge and dry. Then, vacuum any dust that has accumulated on the coils on the back of the refrigerator. Remember also to get out any dust from underneath.

Securely Tape Loose Pieces

Once the shelves and drawers are back in the unit, tape them (painter’s tape can work well) to not jostle during the move and crack or break. These pieces can be expensive to replace, and it could take weeks to order them. Proactively protecting them saves a lot of hassle at the other end of your move.  Also, secure the refrigerator cord with packing tape to avoid getting torn or frayed during the relocation.

Wrap the Refrigerator

Ideally, you want to leave the doors partly open when in transport or storage. This way, odors don’t get caught inside, or mold starts to grow—even the slightest bit of moisture is enough to set conditions for mold. Next, use a towel to keep the door(s) slightly ajar and tape them together, so the doors don’t swing open. Finally, wrap the unit in a moving blanket (or old comforter) to safeguard it from scratches or nicks.

Moving Made Easy

Prepping a refrigerator and other major appliances for a move takes careful planning that you need to do in the days leading up to the move. You may need the help of a specialized technician. Consult with your professional moving company to find out. They typically have a network of qualified technicians they can refer you to.

Are you planning a move? Contact us today for a free quote.

 

Moving Before Having a Baby

Moving with children is one thing. However, a household move when you have a baby on the way is an entirely different experience. You might have more free hands, but your mobility isn’t quite the same.

Fortunately, moving at this time is common. Here are several ways you can make it easier.

Start Early

First, consult with your doctor to confirm that it’s safe for you to help in the moving process.

If you are moving to a new community or area, set up a new doctor before you relocate and transfer your medical records ahead of time. Having these things in place before your move will give you peace of mind and less worry.

Moving always takes longer than people expect. Unfortunately for you, the process might take even longer.

As you progress, you might notice that your mobility decreases. While you feel better and more active, you’ll have an easier time sorting and packing. If you can, schedule your moving date for your second trimester. Try to avoid planning it for the last month because you can’t predict the baby’s timing.

Once you have a date, start packing as soon as you can. Then, if you have twelve weeks to work with, you’ll feel better and less stressed than if you only have eight.

Set Limits

People tend to fall on one of two extremes about pregnancy. They either think you can still do everything (like they did), or they won’t allow you to do anything at all.

Feel free to set your own limits. You may have to be strict, especially if you have a full-time job or older children to care for.

Pick a maximum amount of activity each day, and stick to it. You’ll protect your energy that way.

Listen to Your Body

When you are pregnant, you probably hear many people telling you to listen to your body. For moving, it’s something you should do.

It’s easy to overdo it, especially when you have daily goals to reach. But like moving when you have any other condition, the risk of overdoing it while pregnant is higher. You don’t want to end up straining muscles or triggering preterm labor.

Pay attention to how you feel while sorting and packing. If you start to feel sore or sick, take a break. Maybe even ask someone else to take over.

Hire Help

Moving is hard enough. It’s a lot more difficult when you can’t sit comfortably, stand on ladders or extend to reach things.

You can solve many problems by hiring professional packers to load your home. You may have to sort some of your things, but the heavy work will be someone else’s job.

This goes double for hiring movers. There are many benefits of hiring movers — peace of mind comes at the top of the list. You won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking a friend to get heavy furniture out of the house.

Allow Time to Settle In

You don’t always get to pick your moving date. But if you can, choose one that’s a couple of months before the baby arrives.

You’re going to need time to settle in. That’s true even if you’re not doing a big nursery remodel.

Get used to the space first. Then, take the opportunity to babyproof. They’ll be here before you know it.

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Getting ready to move and getting ready for the baby sometimes happens at the same time. For more information about how you can make both experiences a lot less stressful, contact us for a free quote.

 

5 Easy Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

When you’re making a household move, packing your kitchen might seem like the worst part. But, in some ways, it might be the easiest.

You don’t have to worry too much about furniture, except appliances. And you can thin out as much as you like.

Try these five kitchen packing tips to help you make progress in no time.

1. Empty the Pantry and Freezer

For the most part, you shouldn’t worry about packing a lot of food. If you’re hiring a moving company, they may not be able to transport it anyway.

Instead, start sorting your pantry for items you can toss or donate. For example, eat through your freezer, or throw it out if you know you won’t have time. Before moving, focus on convenience foods that don’t need much prep or cleanup in the last week. Get take-out instead of making complicated meals.

2. Designate an Essentials Box

When you first start packing, be sure to leave out a few items for the essentials box. Packing an essentials box involves thinking about everything you’ll need for the first few days in your new home.

Kitchen stuff for the box might include one place setting for each person, a coffeemaker, one pot and pan, paper towels, and cleaning supplies.

Keep this box simple and easy to transport. You’ll probably go grocery shopping not long after you arrive so that you won’t need too much. Label as “Kitchen Essentials Box” so it is easy to identify.

3. Use the Right Packing Materials

Tools for cooking and eating can be delicate or heavy. So you’ll want the right kinds of packing materials.

Gather various-sized sturdy moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, labels, and markers. Use the original boxes for your small appliances if you still have them. 

 

Generally, small to medium-sized boxes work the best for packing kitchen necessities. Consider getting moving boxes specially designed for glasses, stemware, and dishes. 

4. Clean as You Pack

As you start to pack, take the time to clean shelves and cabinet doors. Scrubbing is easier if you break it up into pieces.

Wipe down small appliances before you pack them. Unplug and clean out large appliances. Wind up the plugs and tie them together, so they don’t catch when you move them.

If it feels like you have too many boxes of one type, now’s a great time to thin it out. Donate pans you don’t use or see if a relative wants that heirloom china set. Give your old cookbooks to the library.

5. Label Boxes Clearly

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you might have a lot of boxes. So it’s essential to label them specifically.

You’ll probably unpack the kitchen and bathrooms first so that you can clean and cook in the new home. A box label that identifies which plates or pans are in it will make unpacking go faster.

Household Moving

If you take a systematic approach to pack your kitchen, you’ll finish before you know it. For more tips or to schedule your upcoming move, contact us today.

 

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