Packing up your home and moving is stressful any time of year, but it is especially hard on the nerves during the hot and humid summer months. Here are some tips to help you stay cool, calm and collected if you’re planning to pack up and move this summer:
1. Line Up a Moving Company
As soon as you have a moving date, make an appointment with a reputable moving company like Get Your Move On, LLC to come out and give you estimates on the cost. This will help you determine your budget while paring down the number of items you actually need to move to the new residence. Once you decide which mover to hire, schedule a date for them to come out and pack things up and set the moving date as well. The summer months are the busiest for movers, especially the last and beginning few days of each month.
2. Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Start sorting through your belongings to determine what you will be taking with you, what you can sell at a garage or yard sale, and what you should donate or toss out. Make sure you get any necessary permits if you’re holding a garage sale. Put up flyers around the neighborhood advertising your sale and attach prices to each item you’re selling. For items that don’t sell, donate them to Goodwill or a local thrift store.
3. Make Arrangements for the Elderly, Children and Pets
If you have seniors, small children and/or pets, make arrangements for them to be cared for during the move. You can book an air-conditioned hotel room or ask a friend or family member to watch them for you at their home. You can take your dog/cat to an animal daycare or to your friend’s house in a secure carrier. This keeps all family members safe and secure and out of the hot summer sun during the move.
Find out what your employer’s corporate relocation package looks like
Large companies often provide employees with a pre-determined relocation package that spells out what they will offer you and what you will be responsible for. We recommend that you look into this first so you have a basis before asking about the details. They will most likely handle moving all you’ll need from your office, but will this include paying for the moving company to pack everything up? How soon will you be required to complete the move? How much information will they give you ahead of time about your new home? Will they pay your travel expenses so you can visit the new city before you move? You need to know all these details and they may all be outlined in your employer’s relocation package. You might want to ask your HR Manager for a copy of your relocation package.
Determine how your employer plans on compensating you for the relocation
Moving can be very costly, especially when it involves a whole family. Is your employer planning on paying up front for your move?
Will your company be reimbursing you up to a certain point according to specific guidelines, or don’t they have a ceiling on this?
Are they willing to cover temporary housing so you have time to find a new home? Some companies have a policy of reimbursing employees for this in a lump sum. In this case it would be up to you to decide how the money should be spent, knowing there won’t be more coming your way if you lose money on the sale of your house or are responsible for additional closing costs you hadn’t expected. There may be a chance for you to negotiate with your employer on these matters, especially if you are being required to relocate for their benefit. Find out exactly how your moving costs will be handled before you begin spending your own money on the move.
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.
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.