Moving is a major undertaking and in the process your belongings can easily become damaged. But, there are ways to avoid that. If you’re worried about your expensive crystal champagne flutes or your grandmother’s antique clock surviving intact, here are some tips to help you get your belongings through the move unscathed:
1. Start with proper boxes.
Before packing anything, make sure you have the right boxes for the type of items you’re packing. If your moving company is packing up everything for you, it won’t be a problem. But if you’re doing the packing yourself, you should carefully consider which boxes to get. Start with the size of your boxes. You might think, “big is better” but when you have a lot of small, fragile things it’s not safe to pack them up in a big box. Doing this could cause them to break if large heavier items are packed on top of them. You need to pack small items in separate smaller boxes and large heavier items in larger boxes. Get boxes in several different sizes. Also, pack things in the appropriate type of box. If you need to pack up your TV, it should be packed into the box it came in, so I hope you saved it. On the other hand, for a very delicate set of china, buy a sturdy box that has been specifically designed for protecting dishes. If you’ve got some old boxes in your garage you’re thinking about using, think again. If they’re boxes from grocery or liquor stores they may have gotten damp or wet, and in that case they’ll likely fall apart during the move, damaging your items. You need strong solid boxes.
2. Use padding.
You are definitely going to need padding for your breakable items. Padding is a must if the box isn’t completely filled up. You don’t want your fragile items shifting around in the box because this could cause them to break. Foam peanuts and bubble wrap are commonly used for breakable items. For packing plates, platters, bowls, and other dishes you can use plain newsprint or tissue paper. If you’re on a tight budget, you can simply use comforters, blankets, pillows, T-shirts and/or stuffed animals. These can definitely provide the cushioning you need.
When Moving – Should You Pack Everything Yourself or Not?
People are always asking us how they can save money when using a full-service mover. They actually want to know if they can save on the cost if they go ahead and pack some items themselves in advance. The answer is yes they can, but not if they try packing things that are fragile.
The reason for this is because when the moving company transports your belongings, they assume responsibility for anything lost or damaged. But if the mover didn’t pack the box or they didn’t watch you pack it, they have no idea if it was packed properly and that everything is adequately protected. So how can the mover be held responsible if something is damaged during the move?
Then the question becomes, “Okay, can I pack boxes without sealing them up so the mover can look inside to make sure everything’s secure?” In this case the mover would be worried about the durability of the boxes. Have they been used before? How strong are they? It’s easy to see that expecting your mover to be responsible for the safety of all the contents is a tall order when he didn’t provide the boxes or pack them.
Although you can certainly pack your things up and handle your move on your own, you need to be aware that some things are quite difficult to move. Certain items need a lot more care taken when moving them and others really have no business being moved at all.
Paintings & Sculptures
Artwork of any kind is usually tedious to transport. Very often the painting or sculpture is expensive or is something with sentimental value, which you definitely do not want damaged in the move. If you’re moving a framed painting or poster, carefully wrap it all up using plain newsprint or bubble wrap, securing it with tape. When you’re finished wrapping it, carefully tape pieces of cardboard to the wrapping around the frame to give it even more protection. Then, place it in the proper box and use packing peanuts or something similar to keep it secure so it won’t move around in the box. If you have several framed pieces of art, you can wrap them up separately as explained above, but secure them together inside the box afterwards. This will help save space.
If you have statues or sculptures, use ample amounts of bubble wrap and tape, then place the wrapped piece of art in the right sized box, making sure it has a reinforced bottom. Use packing peanuts to fill the box up, securing the top and taping it closed. Don’t forget to label the boxes containing your artwork appropriately and write “FRAGILE” to let the movers and helpers know that they need to be extra careful with these boxes. For more information on moving art and sculptures please refer to this previous article here.
Tips for Making Your Home More Marketable
At one time or another in life you are probably going to have to relocate and sell your home, no matter how much you love it. When this happens, you will want to know what you can do before you list your house or property for sale to make it more appealing to buyers.
Aside from getting your home ready to sell, you’re going to need a good reputable moving company to help you pack your belongings and safely transport them to your new home. Now might be a good time to start getting organized for your move.
Real estate is a highly competitive industry and residential properties need to look their best inside and out if when that For Sale sign goes up. For starters, you’re going to want your home to be immaculately clean and clutter free. Aside from this, there are other hacks that will help your home be more marketable:
Upgrading your kitchen and bathrooms with new countertops will help sell your home faster. If you have old, worn, outdated countertops it will make a world of difference if they are replaced with new, stylish countertops. This will add value to your home and make it much more appealing to buyers.
Paint, Stain or Refinish Decks, Walkways & Concrete Surfaces
Wooden decks and/or stained surfaces should be refinished prior to listing your home for sale. Concrete surfaces, like your patio and garage floor should also be thoroughly cleaned and refinished so that they look inviting to buyers when they arrive on an Open House or with their agent for a private showing.
If you’re like most tenants, when it’s time to move you’re going be worried about getting your deposit back from the landlord. By being organized and implementing certain strategies, you can be confident that you’ll prevail in any dispute over your deposit. Get Your Move On spoke with a premier maid service to provide you with what you need to know to make sure you leave your place clean. Here are some tips from to ensure your landlord has no cause to keep your deposit:
Start At The Beginning
The smartest thing you can do to ensure the apartment or house you’re leaving is spotless when you move out is to make a point of keeping it clean from the start. To set this up, line your drawers and cupboards, place runners and throw rugs over high-traffic areas, and remove all carpet stains as they happen. This is what is called “defensive cleaning” and it can save you a lot of time and effort when you move out. If you didn’t start out this way when you first moved into your current place, no worries; you still have time to get organized before moving day. But, don’t forget to do some pre-cleaning at your new place.
Clean While Packing Up
While packing up your closet, take the time to clean as you go. There is no better time than now that to use a damp cloth to clear out the cobwebs, dust the shelves and wipe out the drawers. Although you’ll want to give everything a good going over right before the landlord’s inspection, at least you will have done the hard labor well ahead of time.
Vinegar Works Wonders
It goes without saying that a spotlessly clean shower door or mirror looks a lot better than one with water spots or scum. The same goes for stained toilet bowls and sinks. None of these will help you recover your deposit. Fortunately, it won’t take a lot of work to get them shiny and clean. Just pour some vinegar on problem areas and wait 30 minutes, then use a little elbow grease and a scrub brush on stubborn areas before rinsing with water. You can also use baking soda to clean rust stains, lemons in your garbage disposal to get it clean and odor free, and floor wax on hardwood floors to really make things shine. All this will create a great impression when your landlord comes to do his or her walk-through.
Moving is always an emotional experience, especially when you’ve sold your existing home and are waiting to close on your new one. Adding to the emotions of having to say “goodbye” to a place you’ve called home for years, and perhaps friends and family as well, is the stress of getting the loan and all the paperwork finalized, submitted and approved. Timing is key, and it’s often difficult, if not impossible to make a smooth transition. What happens if you have to move out before you can move into your new place? How are you going to work out the logistics?
First of all, you’re going to need help. Trying to manage everything by yourself can be overwhelming. If your new home won’t be available or move-in ready when the time comes and you have to be out, you’ll need to find a temporary place to reside. In many cities there are residence hotels with and all the conveniences of home in the rooms, including a full-service kitchen. Many apartment complexes have units set aside for short-term rental. These are sometimes referred to as “corporate housing” since they’re often occupied by the families of business people relocating for a new job.
People move for all kinds of reasons: for a new job, to be near family, to downsize, to enjoy city life, or to start a new life! Whatever reason you have for moving, you may need to put some things in short-term storage while getting organized into a new place. It can give you some breathing room if things are hard to let go of or determine what you’ll need and not need while you settle in. Here are some helpful hints to help you decide what things would be best going in storage when it comes time to move:
Separate Your Items by Season
If you’re moving someplace that goes through all four seasons, it’s clear you won’t need snow gear in the summer. Separate out your snowshoes and boots, snow tires for the car, and so on. The same goes for packing up the summer gear if moving where it’s the middle of winter. If you’ve got a bunch of patio furniture you won’t want to leave it outside in the snow, so it too goes into your storage unit. Make sure you rent one large enough! If you’re packing a lot of clothing, choose a storage unit that is controlled for temperature and humidity, and make sure your clothes are clean. Otherwise, you’ll find an unpleasant smelly mess when you reopen those boxes.
3 Tips For Managing Pregnancy & Morning Sickness While Moving:
You were excited when your partner came home and told you about the new job offer. Yes, you would need to move to lessen the commute, but it would be fun looking for a new home. Then what happened is that you got another surprise! You found out you were pregnant. It’s a really exciting time for you, and the timing seems good since you’d need a larger home anyway.
But unfortunately, you didn’t factor in how you’d feel when you have all this planning and packing to do. You can hardly leave the bathroom you’re so nauseous. It comes in waves and you never know when you’re going to be sick. Is there any way to manage morning sickness so that you can get through your move?
1. Adjust Your Eating Habits
When you start feeling queasy, the thought of eating anything makes it worse. You can’t even have a taste of those rich greasy dishes you love so much. Your appetite is gone. The problem is that low blood sugar makes morning sickness worse so you feel more tired and light-headed. To avoid feeling worse, nibble on small snacks throughout the day.
Every pregnant woman is different in terms of what foods they can tolerate, but many agree that bland carbohydrates, like soda crackers, pretzels, dry toast or potato chips can quickly settle their stomach. Other women respond well to ginger snaps, citrus candies and herbal teas. Just test out different types of foods and keep track of what works and what doesn’t. Then make sure you have these foods handy on moving day.
Get Your Move On Earns Esteemed
2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Get Your Move On has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the moving companies in Arizona were able to do it.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non- paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.
“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”
Moving is stressful, but it does offer a chance to get rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff, including financial papers and documents. While you’re cleaning out your cupboards and closets and sorting through your belongings, you may as well open your file cabinet and get rid of all the paperwork you no longer need to hang onto. The IRS only requires you to keep your last three years of personal income tax returns. The documentation you used to prepare your returns should also be kept for three years.
If you own a small business, you would also have financial records for your business to consider. In most cases a small business owner only needs to keep three years of their tax returns plus the documentation used in preparing those returns. This would include financial statements, proof of the purchase of assets as well as disposals and stock issues and/or losses. If you’ve claimed a loss on your tax return, whether it’s a bad debt or worthless securities, those records need to be kept for seven years. If your company has employees, all employment records need to be kept for a minimum of four years.
There are shredding services that offer their services free to people in the community several times throughout the year. You should take advantage of this and safely shred any paperwork that’s no longer needed. It would be best to personally move your personal financial records, tax returns, any company paperwork, your passports, social security cards, insurance records, etc. rather than sending these documents on the moving truck.
If you are moving your business to a new location once you’ve filed your tax return, let the IRS know of your new address. You can do this in writing, electronically or verbally. Your written notification should be sent to the IRS Center that corresponds to your old address using IRS Form 8822, which is the Change of Address form. You will need to inform them of the Social Security number of all the people you had in your filing or include your company’s EIN number.
Other personal documents that might be wise to personally move rather than putting them on the moving truck would be your wills, deeds, loan papers to include mortgage documents for both the new and old homes, any bills of sale that establish the home you’re selling’s value, plus bank and investment documents. It would be smart to store all of these electronically on a thumb drive, just to be safe. Unless you are confident about the level of security on the cloud storage you use, think about storing your personal financial information elsewhere.
If you are moving items of exceptional value you should definitely document this electronically by taking a photo of your valuables with either the appraisal or the bill of sale. You can save each photo with its documentation on a thumb drive. If you were declaring high value items with your mover (over $100 per lb.) you would be able to establish your items’ true value on the declaration. If something happens and an item is damaged or lost, you can easily establish the item’s pre-move value.