Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Coping with the Stress of Moving

Moving can be and is often very stressful indeed! However, with the right perspective and good preparation, you can simplify the whole process; that would ensure a stress-free move. Once you learn how to cope with the stress, moving can be fun and exciting new experience.

Get rid of all trash

This is the best time for you to get rid of all the useless things that will never ever serve you in any way. Such a definitive action will relieve you of the stress of moving a considerable mass of trash; you will have a lot less to move.

While you go through this exercise, put all the junk in four piles: ‘donate’, ‘sell’, ‘keep’ and ‘toss’. You can sell some of these items online, and donate less valuable ones to the needy or local thrift stores.

Draw a clear plan

It is very important to have a clear plan of what you are going to pack, or not. This will ensure an easier packing and unpacking, and will give you a sense of great relief when you have finally moved into your new residence.

Begin by collecting moving boxes a few weeks before the big move, so that you have enough containers to pack all your belongings. You can request supply of boxes from local retailers. Label every box according to the category of things and the rooms they belong to. You can use color or number as well to mark the boxes.

Make a task list

There is a lot more to moving than just packing and unpacking. You will have to attend to many things before moving out. For example, you should turn off utilities like electricity, water, gas and telephone in your old house, and close the accounts in order to get refunds, if any. Similarly, you have to turn on all those services in your new residence. Make a task list of all such things. Any service that involves early dates or payments should be on the top of the list.

Ensure that your task list has the right ‘move-out’ and ‘move-in’ dates. You might have to pay double the rent or utility bills for a few days or weeks. However, with the help of the list, you may try to save on payments and thereby reduce stress.

Assign tasks to others

Give specific tasks to every member of the family. While some can clean and clear things, others can help pack. It’s important that you don’t do everything by yourself. Taking help relieves you of stress.

Take care of emotional needs

Even if there are positive reasons for your move, feelings of anxiety and sadness may assail a member of your family. Do not discount the emotional issues related to moving; you may, if required, seek help from a professional counselor to ensure that the move is done with perfect emotional health.

If seeking the services of a counselor seems out of the way, you can share your thoughts with a close friend or family member and ask for opinions.

Hiring a reputed professional mover, above all, goes a long way in reducing your stress.

Friday, 25 November 2016

8 Sources for you to get Free Moving Boxes

Are you in need of free moving boxes? Simply keep your eyes and ears open, and you will find them everywhere! Using free cardboard containers does not just help save money; it is also a more environment-friendly recycling decision.

Here are eight ideas on where to get hold of these boxes. While some sources may only be a few clicks away, others may require you to go downtown to tap.

1. Craigslist

Craigslist makes an excellent resource for finding free moving boxes. Surf the ‘Free’ section of Craigslist to search for what you want. There is a better possibility for you to find them on Craigslist during the weekend days.

You can also post your requirement using the ‘Wanted’ section. Many people who want to give away boxes will first look here before creating a posting.

2. Online community groups

Social media sites such as Facebook come in very handy when looking for something. Perform a quick search on social media websites for local groups near you that offer free swaps, stuff, or just groups where people seem friendly and post often.

A great thing about these groups is that there is no need for you to wait for someone to post an offer of free containers; all you have to do is to post that you are looking for boxes and you will be amazed by the responses you get.

3. Retailers

Local stores are also a great resource for finding boxes ‘for free’. Simply ask a retailer in your area if they have any boxes that you can use. A lot of them will be happy to help you.

4. Office buildings

Tons of packages arrive at office buildings every day. Once they have unpacked and done with them, they have absolutely no use for the cartons. It is best to approach the front desk and they may be able to guide you in the right direction.

5. Someone who has just moved

So many people move every day and they need tons of moving boxes. Once they have moved, they have to get rid of all the empty cartons taking up precious space. Check around to see if someone has just moved in to your area. They must have a room full of empty moving boxes, and they will happily let you take them away.

6. Apartment complexes

There are many people constantly moving out and others shifting into apartments. Speak to the manager of an apartment complex in your area who might help you get free moving boxes.

7. College dorms

There is a move-in day in every university or college when students move into the campus dorms. Hundreds of boxes are discarded after unpacking; you can get some free for reuse.

8. Recycling centers

Unwanted cardboard boxes normally end up in recycling centers. Drive to your local recycling center to get some you can reuse.

Getting free boxes may seem very difficult; try out these ideas and you will surely get some quality moving boxes.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

4 Things you should do before you Move out

Moving out of a house after a sale or termination of a rental contract is always a stressful task, no matter how organized you are. Moreover, add to the fact that most of us who sell a house do buy another, and consequently have to deal with moving stress doubled.

Real estate agents can come in very handy on such occasions. They can refer individuals and companies, who can help make your move smooth. Here are a few things you must do before moving out of your old house:

Cleaning the house before leaving

One of the most basic tasks that most people overlook is to clean the house properly before leaving. This is mainly because they are too busy packing their belongings. However, if you look closely, you will see a lot of dirt and dust accumulated behind the washer and dryer, refrigerator, and in other similar areas.

Make sure you keep a few cleaning supplies handy. Someone is sure to move in after you move out, and it is your duty to leave a clean house with no trace of your legacy of garbage:  that would most certainly annoy the new occupants.

Arrange for your mail and leave the key behind the mailbox

You can change your postal address easily by logging in to the website of the relevant authority. It is a lot more convenient than paying a personal visit to the post office. Also, make sure you alert companies that send you monthly or yearly subscriptions.

It would be a good idea for you to leave your forwarding address in a kitchen drawer so that the new occupant, in case of need, can forward promptly any gifts or packages. Make sure you leave with the caretaker the key, the number and the location details of your mailbox, if you move out of an apartment complex.

Alert utility companies about your moving

You should take care to notify every utility company about the date of withdrawal of service and the new address to which your final utility bill should be sent. In addition, do not forget to cancel the daily newspaper and security alarm services.

Organize all your packed boxes

It is best to organize all your moving boxes before the arrival of the movers. Remember, the box that is loaded first onto the truck is usually the last to be unloaded. Let there be no confusion: arrange boxes in the order of rooms in your new house.

Label all the bedrooms by number or color, and create corresponding labels for every bedroom door and the boxes to be moved. This can help movers identify easily the right room for every box. It is also a good idea to number all your boxes serially after counting every one of them, so that the movers will be accountable for every one of them.

Apart from keeping in mind the tips given above, do not forget to pack an overnight box for your family, containing personal items, dishes, clothing, medicines and anything else that you will need right after moving into your  new house. You would then be left with no energy or patience to ferret out those things from different boxes!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tips for Moving your Business Efficiently

Moving can be time consuming, expensive and overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you make your upcoming move as easy as possible.  Remember, the more time you spend on planning your move, the less amount of time your business will suffer a disruption.

Donate/Discard unwanted office items and equipment

This is the right time for you to get rid of useless copiers, old phones, printers, office furniture and PC's – even office supplies. Donate them if there are takers. There is no point in paying for moving items that you do not need any more. You will do well to make early decisions on the items that you need to carry to, and items that you do not want at all in the new location.

Start packing early, if moving on your own

It is never a good idea to wait till the last minute for anything in life, and more so for moving. If you are moving on your own, start with packing office items you do not use regularly.  It is not uncommon to underestimate the total amount of time it takes to complete the packing.  In case you need quite some time to go through a huge inventory of items, then you can imagine the number of weeks it will actually take to pack those items.

If you wish to save on the cost of packing, consider buying used packing supplies and boxes.

Mark your boxes if you choose a mover

Make sure you mark your boxes clearly on the sides and tops so that you can identify the contents quickly. In addition, if you have several hundred boxes, it is a good idea to have a numbering system to ensure you do not end up losing items on the move. This is especially important if you are planning to hire a moving company. If you mark or number your boxes with a small description of what the boxes contain, and the mover loses any during the move, it will be easier for you to make a claim.

Moving computers

It is important to wrap computer monitors individually in bubble wrap or moving blankets and tape them. The units should not be placed inside boxes, and packing tape must not be in contact with the screens. Protect your computers with heavy blankets; never stack the screens on top of other screens.

Moving electronics

Just like computers, printers are sensitive machines. Make sure you remove cartridges, tape down scanners and cover lids; follow any instructions for moving copiers, FAX machines, and printers since incorrect moving can damage a device.

Update your contact information

One of the most important things to do when you move your office is to update your address on your website. Also, make a list of all networks you do business with and make sure you update them about your address.

It is wonderful to plan a move far in advance. Make sure you take all sorts of possible delays into account when scheduling your packing and moving.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

6 Common Moving Myths Debunked

Many people may tell you that hiring a mover, or moving in general, is an unpleasant experience.  The reason: moving myths that have no substance! When they are debunked, you will feel they are at best false opinions. This is what is exactly done in this post!

Myth 1: Any box will do

Most people suggest for moving purposes, used cartons picked up from local liquor or grocery stores.  However, this idea may not be great.  Boxes have to be sturdy with flaps that are uniform in size and free from damage.  If you use boxes not provided by your mover, you risk packing your belongings in boxes that will not stay intact during the move, leading to possible damage or loss.

Myth 2: There is no need for special packing supplies

It is definitely easy to pick up any pen from your desk, but not every pen mark lasts.  Markings of a permanent marker pen on boxes do last longer. In addition, use strong adhesive packing tapes to secure boxes – not fancy tapes that may peel off within seconds after the packing is done.

Myth 3: Always move on a Friday

Most people think it is best to move on a Friday because the entire weekend is available to unpack and settle down. You may have a lot of weekend time, but you will not definitely be the only one moving; many others think like you and want to move on a Friday.

Movers are, therefore, busiest over the weekends. You can guess easily the consequences: you end up paying more for your move. As movers are not busy mid-week, they offer discounts.  There can be other problems related to a Friday move: traffic delays, bank transaction issues and complications of utility services.

Myth 4: All movers are the same

You may think that it doesn’t matter which moving company you choose. However, the choice is one between hidden charges, high prices, and damage/loss/theft of your belongings on the one hand, and safe and competitive costs on the other.  Compare moving services and prices each company offers; read reviews/testimonials, and ask loved ones and reliable contacts about personal experiences of quality of services. 

Myth 5: Movers can wait for payments.

This is one of the biggest myths about moving. Movers have to be paid on time. The majority of movers ask for a deposit to secure supplies and hold the crew.  Then full payment has to be made immediately after unloading.

Myth 6: Hidden Charges will pop up no matter what

Moving expenses may not even cross your mind, when you first think of scheduling your move.  When you receive finally the bill for payment, the amount indicated may be much more than what you had prepared for, thanks to quite a few hidden costs.

Lesson: Never sign a contract with a moving company before all the charges to be incurred are declared in writing. This will ensure that there are no surprises when you pay the bill.

Stories of unpleasant moving experiences leading to myths no longer hold true. Debunk them all at one go; with a little bit of research and caution, you can find a reasonably good moving service.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

7 Moving Mistakes You Should Avoid

You need to  be cautious and proactive when you move; if you’re not, moving mistakes can occur, leading to loss of money, waste of time and the agony of facing avoidable hardships. Listed below for your benefit are seven moving mistakes you should definitely avoid.

1. Lack of planning

It’s good to act on impulse on certain occasions, but not when you want to move. Even if it’s an emergency move to be made in less than a week, you must make a plan of your move – about how you will tackle things that have to be done. Otherwise, many things might go wrong: from losing/damaging your things during the move to facing a last-minute hitch in transportation.

2. Hiring the first mover found on Google search

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is hiring the first mover you find on Google search.  Choosing a right mover can have a huge positive impact on your move. Bad and fraudulent movers are out there with angel-like appearance! Therefore, make sure you research well and do your homework, checking credentials before hiring a mover.

3. Hiring a mover without a quote in writing

Make sure you get a quote in writing: you should have a solid contract with which you can act, if anything goes wrong during the move.  Although a written agreement does not protect you completely, it offers a bit of security for both parties. Many people accept verbal agreements or take a quote on phone. It is fine for starters, but make sure you have everything in writing before the move.

4. Not booking a moving truck in time

You do require a moving van or truck, if you plan on moving yourself. Make sure you book the moving vehicle well in advance. Research about things you will need to know when hiring,   including the right size, pricing, etc.

5. Not allocating a moving budget

Budget allocation is always a great way to ensure the best value for every dollar to be spent.  Since moving is an expensive task, allocate a well-thought-out budget.  If you draw up a carefully estimated budget, you will find several areas where you can save, and also be prepared for unexpected costs.

6. Not making an inventory of items for moving

Before packing, you must make a careful inventory of all the items. Take note of the larger items and the total number of boxes as well. It is easy for things to get lost while moving, and you will certainly need a list for reference. If it is an international move, you require an inventory to hand over to the customs.

7. Not sorting things before packing

Most people are unaware that sorting things before the move helps getting rid of unwanted things. The occasion of moving is the right time, if not late, to do it; if you fail to do it, you are saddled for ever with all those things which are of no use to you.

It’s imperative that you avoid all the seven moving mistakes described above, which can impact badly your savings, peace of mind and precious space in the new residence!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Easy and Quick Unpacking: An 8-Step Plan for you

 
Unpacking can be a challenging task. To do it right, it is important that you have a plan to avoid getting lost in this task. Experts suggest that the most efficient way to unpack is to start with one room at a time.

Arranging all your things should be easy, if you have already obtained the plan of your new house. If there is a need to rearrange furniture in the living room, bedrooms, and dining room, create a plan first. Assembling larger pieces of furniture can be done only when you know where they have to be placed.

Here is an 8-step plan for you to ensure that your unpacking is done more effectively.

1. Keep a copy of the inventory list

Make sure you keep safely a copy of the inventory list. It can be the one the movers usually provide to you, or the one you created on your own.

2. Unpack the ‘essentials’ box

When starting to unpack, one of the first boxes to be cleared should be the ‘essentials’ box. This container must have everything essential you will need for the first few nights in your new house.

3. Unpacking the kitchen

If you have labeled the boxes properly, you should be able to locate easily what kitchen things you will need first in the new place. Line the cupboards and unpack the things you will need more immediately, including pans and pots. Install all the major appliances like the toaster and coffee pot that will make life easier.

4. Putting the beds together

Once the essentials are unpacked, put the beds together. Get the linens out for every bedroom. After a tiring day of labor, it will be good to have a bed ready to sleep on.

5. Unpacking the bathroom

When it comes to bathroom essentials, unpack first the things that you will need the most such as, the shower curtain, toiletries, medication, and towels.

6. Unpacking the bedrooms

Bedrooms can be unpacked by every family member. Again, closet organization or furniture placement must be completed first before unpacking.

7. Unpacking the garage

Since garage items are not essential, try organizing the area before you begin to unpack. Get all the equipment or tools you will need to keep the area functional. This can include storage boxes, extra shelving, and the like.

8. Finishing off with the patio

You can unpack and set up the patio items at your own convenience. However, if you have shifted during the summers, you can set up the barbecue first, so that you can cook without needing pans or pots. In fact, you can have your first meals right off the tinfoil. There would be very little cleanup and fuss.

You can take out time to enjoy the new space, after you have completed the process of unpacking. Set out a few hours every day or during the weekends to make sure you get the job done to your full satisfaction. This will also give you the time to explore your new neighborhood and gel with your new neighbors.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Unpacking Services: Are They a Good Option?

In order to decide whether you need the help of an unpacking service, you should know what to expect from such service providers, and the services they actually provide. Listed below are some useful tips for you.

When it is a good idea to hire an unpacking service

If you have a low budget, then it’s all the more important for you to weigh your decision carefully. You may hire a professional service provider under the following situations:

  1. Your work schedule is tight and you have no extra time to unpack;
  2. You are a stay-at-home parent, and it’s difficult for you to do all the unpacking, while taking care of the kids simultaneously;
  3. You have packed all your things on your own, and the thought of unpacking them all on your own again makes you anxious;
  4. You have saved a lot of money, you still have some moving money left and can afford a professional unpacker;
  5. You have to unpack with great urgency (for example, you have moved during the holidays and are scheduled to host some function in your new house, and you have only a week before the relatives arrive).
What an unpacking service includes

Every unpacking service is different from every other. Therefore, it's a good idea to inquire about the company’s full range of services. You can expect them to include the following:

  1. Unpacking all the boxes
  2. Unwrapping the items
  3. Wiping the shelves
  4. Putting away all items
  5. Organizing the house from the linen closet to the kitchen cupboards and drawers
  6. Setting up items such as hanging pictures, adjusting the clocks, etc.
  7. Assembling all furniture, such as desks, beds, and tables
  8. Unpacking and organizing all clothing and making beds
  9. Removing and recycling packing materials and boxes
Unpacking service providers know where every item goes

If you hire a good unpacking service, they do have long experience of unpacking and organizing many households. Normally they complete job without bothering you. However, you can fine-tune their services indicating your preferences, if necessary.

Cost of hiring an unpacking service

Prices may vary depending on how big your house is, and how quickly you need to complete the unpacking job. Most companies complete the work in a day. But, if you need to complete unpacking in a few hours, they are likely to charge you extra.

Everyone's different from every other; while some love the idea of ‘do it all yourself’ – packing and unpacking, others feel overwhelmed at the very thought of settling down at a new place. If you belong to the second category, it is best to hire a professional to do the job for you.

Research about your options and come up with a service provider who can offer you the best services at a competitive price. Make sure you read about the company’s reputation before hiring them.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

How You can Help Seniors Pack and Move

Do you need to help a senior citizen shift to a retirement community or downsize to a smaller house? Take enough care, and consider the following tips when helping them pack and move.

Be kind

When helping seniors sort and pack their things, make sure you keep in mind that their weak eyesight can lead to poor housekeeping practices. Instead of judging or commenting even in a jocular way, be kind and considerate, offer to clean and give all assistance required.

Sort their things out

Like the rest of us, seniors have a tendency to accumulate and hold on to things they do not really need. Make sure you’re gentle with them, extremely patient and respectful, when you try to get rid of any of their possessions.

Go through their stuff, item by item, sitting by their side, and sort the things. There will be some possessions that have sentimental value, but can’t be accommodated in the new place.

Suggest to them to gift a sibling or a grandchild such items, so that those things remain within the family. It may normally be easier for them to give away those possessions to a trustworthy home.

Take pictures of their old house before packing

Before packing, take pictures of their old house with the prized possessions in place. Arrange those possessions in a similar fashion in their new house, closely mimicking locations. If possible, be as meticulous as you can, in placing the family pictures or arranging bedroom furniture or the chest of drawers. This will make the seniors feel at home in the new house.

Get beforehand the room layout of the new place

Make sure you know how much space the new house has. If the seniors are your parents shifting from a four bedroom house to a studio apartment, plan together with them what items would and wouldn’t fit in the new apartment. Also, offer to accept and keep those items that have some sentimental value in your house or in the family.

Start small

Do not start packing and moving in a hurry. Take out time for the sake of your parents; talk with them about the move and the changes that go with it. Plan to complete first small tasks such as the desk drawers, or a few containers from the attic.

Make them spend just about 15 to 20 minutes  a day, and prepare a ‘to-do’ list together with them; taking baby steps will help them get used to the whole idea of shifting to another place.

Hire outside help

As is the experience in general, it will be easier for you and your parents to hire professional help, particularly when it comes to packing and sorting. There are professional packers who specialize in moving seniors; they offer excellent services ensuring safety and comfort, winning the confidence and trust of seniors  and their families.

Give your parents enough time to accept the psychological and the physical uprooting from their decades-old setting. After a certain age, it becomes extremely hard to leave for good a familiar environment. The more supportive you are, the easier it will be for them to make the move.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

How to Help Your Family get ready for a Move?

Planning a move? This post will get you started from breaking the news to helping your family members get ready for the D-day.

Prepare your kids for the move

The one thing most children don’t like is change. They don’t normally like to leave behind friends, haunts and environs. And moving to another house is one of the biggest changes they will have to make. So the best way to make a move successful is to make sure that your children get involved as part of the whole process from the beginning.

Preparing your children to move is an important step. Let them take their time to accept the idea. This will get them around to participate in the decision making, and thereby have a sense of control. Giving them the responsibility of planning to pack and organize their own room is the best way to start.

Dealing with the emotional stress of moving

Moving can make you and your spouse emotional; you fear the unknown environ, and it’s important to handle your own stress. Here are a few ways that can help you keep your cool.

  1. Get organized: Most people, when they have to move, run out of time for planning and organizing the move. The truth is, the more organized you are, the more likely you have less stress and make the move smoother.
  2. Think about the “what if” scenarios: Try anticipating all the things that are likely to go wrong in the new location; discuss with your family and find solutions to those problems. For example, what if the movers don't show up? What if you don’t get a truck on time? Things are bound to go wrong, and for avoiding last-minute stress, make a list of rental agencies, back-up movers, friends you can call for help and so on.
  3. Be relaxed and have fun: Think of moving as a chance for a positive change – a better job, a quieter town, or getting away from bad neighborhood and bitter experiences. Moving can be thought as an opportunity for bringing about a transformation in your life with promises of greater happiness.
Find the best school for your children

If you're moving to a new town, city, or neighborhood, you will have to find a new school for your children. There are several helpful websites that are dedicated to make things easier for you. Also, you can get in touch with your prospective neighbors in the new place, who have kids. They can give you useful tips.

Keep your family in good health during the move

The following are a few things, which you need to attend to when you plan a move; they are not directly related to moving; nevertheless, unattended to, they can create complications on your moving. 

  1. Stocking medicines: It’s important to check prescriptions of your family members to make sure you have enough stock to last through the move. Safer to buy at least a month’s supply for any chronic conditions. 
  2. Transferring prescriptions: Ask your local pharmacist to transfer your family prescriptions to a dispensary near your new neighborhood. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend the best retail store there.
  3. Gather and pack family health records: It is very important that you ask your dentist, physician, and other healthcare experts for copies of medical records of your family. These records must include medical history, scheduled and current vaccinations, latest test results, medications, allergies and the like. They are all required at the place of relocation.
The tips given above will ensure that your move is safe and smooth, and your family welcomes the relocation happily and positively.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Packing and Moving a House Room by Room

You can take this as a sure-fire guide to packing and moving your home. You will not need anything else excepting packing supplies and time. Here is how to pack and move a house room by room.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is the most overwhelming part of the house, with so much stuff.

  • Before moving, choose those items that you are planning to take with you. Get rid of the rest which you don’t need any more.
  • Put aside those things that you will need on your last couple of days in the current house. Prepare and name a box of essentials – those things that you will need for the first couple of days in the new house. Put into this box food items, cutlery, dishes, dishtowel, cleaner, dishcloth, soap, and the like. Let them all be packed with care.
  • Pack unopened bottles with care: liquor can easily go in early on. Food items in  sealed glass bottles can be the next,
  • Pack shelves and drawers: begin by packing things in the messiest drawer. Get rid of any item that you no longer use. Pack the cutlery next ensuring that you keep a complete set per family member.
  • Pack dishes: the plates, bowls, glasses and stemware. Take your time while packing to make sure everything is properly secured.
  • Pack pots and pans. Make sure you put one all-purpose pot into your box of essentials and pack the rest.
  • Make certain you get ready all the large appliances properly for the move. This should be done a day in advance. Hurried and careless packing would lead to broken parts, gas leaks, and damaged appliances.

Bedrooms

Packing and moving the bedrooms can begin with the least used rooms first. These bedrooms, after packing, can be used as storage space for already packed boxes as well as for dismantled furniture.

The next step is to clear the bedrooms most used. Start by clearing up the closet: sort clothes into two piles – "don't keep" and "keep". For clothing, make use of large-sized containers; fold clothes carefully before putting them inside. To make unpacking easy, keep contents on hangers and just fold them inside the box.

Take inventory of the furniture in the bedrooms, and the extent of time they will take to dismantle and prepare for your move.

Bathroom

Bathroom is the smallest in the house; it is the place that needs a lot of patience, as you have to go through every single drawer and shower caddy to decide what to dispose of or pack.

Start by sorting out the medicine chest, cupboards, vanity and drawers for any medicine tubes, bottles, or jars.

When going through toiletries, be meticulous about what you want to move to the new location. Make sure the caps or lids of these items are tightened properly and the tubes and bottles closed tight. Make use of zippered plastic bags to deal with leaks.

Home office

Moving a home office requires a lot of planning. Here are a few steps you can take to make your move comfortable and smooth.

Buy envelopes or file folders with fasteners. Purchase some labels. Sort all your documents into different envelopes/folders. In case you're making use of colored envelopes/folders, create a system that is color-coded, so that you can find things at a glance.

The next few things you should devote attention to would be the rest of the furniture in your living room, study, and other places, computers, TV, wall hangings, HVAC systems, fridge, etc.

The more organized you stay with the packing and moving, the better results you will achieve.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Why You should Hire a Professional Mover

Do It Yourself (DIY) is a good accomplishment for anyone to acquire. It teaches you new skills, gives the satisfaction of doing things for yourself, and above all saves a considerable amount of money and bother.

But you need to be aware of the limitations on your DIY efforts, which could lead to damage, chaos and greater costs and even injury. Changing a fuse is one thing, but rewiring a house is another. Loading an unwanted chair or two onto your car to help a friend organize a party may be easy. Moving to a new location, however, is an entirely different proposition.

Packing and moving may seem like a simple thing requiring only time and physical endurance. Think again carefully. When you move to another town or across your country, you are transporting your most valuable possessions, and the invaluable memories that go with them.

Any loss or damage caused just cannot be undone: invaluable memories of those lost/damaged things will haunt you for long. Using a professional moving company is one area where DIY usually does not make sense. Here’s why.

Experience and skill

Professionals know the best way to pack and load your household items, to ensure that they arrive at the destination safe and undamaged. They know how to carry furniture down narrow staircases and hallways, how to ensure that nothing gets tossed back and forth in the truck, and how to drive when carrying heavy loads.

It is not easy to pack oddly-shaped furniture for transportation without damage. Professionals do it every day; they know exactly what needs to be done. They can work very fast – pack, load, move, unload and unpack – taking the least time. They know how to maximize the loading space, and thereby minimize transportation costs.

Equipment and materials

Moving requires a great deal of handling a variety of household gadgets and assorted things. Different types of furniture, gadgets and other things require different kinds of packing. Long experience in using the right type of moving box, bubble wrap, anti-static peanuts etc., will ensure the safe arrival of your possessions at the destination.

Heavy goods require the use of moving equipments like hoisting cranes, moving platforms, furniture blankets and moving pads. You may be able to rent these, but do you have the skills to use them properly to protect your possessions?

Time and convenience

Moving means a lot to do both at the old and new locations. With all the demands on your time and convenience, do you think getting involved with the DIY-packing and moving is a good idea? Focus on the things you have to do yourself anyway. Leave the rest to professionals. That is the best way to ensure that everything is done correctly.

Another major issue of moving is always the cost. A professional moving company will help you know in advance what exactly the total cost of shifting will be; you can therefore plan and budget for it.

The company may be able to provide you with storage solutions to keep your possession safe, if your new home is not yet ready. And perhaps most importantly, should anything go wrong, you will feel relieved that your possessions are insured by the company against loss or damage.

Your home is the support center of your family life. Moving to a new place means packing and moving safely everything that makes up your home: the concomitant bother is just not worth your while. Having professionals pack and move for you preserve your peace of mind, and you can look forward to relocation without care or worry. Save your DIY skills for doing up your new home, not for moving to it.