Posts Tagged ‘Moving Tips’

A Guide for First Time Movers

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A first move, whether it’s to college, your first job or to your first house, can be a very exciting time. It can also be a time of great frustration and confusion, especially if you’re not quite clear on how to coordinate your international or domestic relocation. It’s quite likely that you will remember your first move for a long time, but not for good reasons. In order to avoid some of the seemingly inevitable problems of a first move, follow our guide below.

Ask for help. There’s no shame in asking for help during a move if you’ve never done it before. Most likely you will know someone who has gone through the process multiple times and can show you the way to make your move faster and more efficient. If you have a really great friend, they may help you with the physical part of moving along with the mental aspect of coordinating and planning.

Stay patient. Take your time and plan out your move plenty of time in advance. This will allow you to be patient and make sure that you cover every base necessary. Staying calm ensures that you maintain a clear and focused mind that can make the best decisions and evaluate each scenario effectively.

Don’t panic. Panicking in any situation, but especially a move, can lead to a lot of mistakes and things forgotten. When you are moving for the first time you want things to go as smoothly as possible, but when they don’t it’s important to keep your cool so that you don’t make things worse than they already are.

Take care of yourself. Sometimes we forget to do even the simplest things like eating when we are in the rush of a move. Make sure you take time out of your schedule to have a relaxing meal and settle down a bit. This includes getting plenty of sleep and makings sure to drink plenty of water.

Lifting Heavy Objects during Your Move

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Most household injuries occur when we are unaware of proper safety precautions for certain jobs and activities. Injuries can occur when we are trying to fix electrical, plumbing or structural damage. Injuries can also occur when moving in and out of property due to a lack of knowledge in lifting techniques and proper support of heavy objects. Below is a short list of safety precautions you should be aware of before you start your international or domestic move to help ensure the safety of you and your family.

Lift with Your Legs – Most people outside of professional moving and weightlifting aren’t aware how important it is to lift heavy objects with the leg muscles and not the back. This means bending down at the knee and using the quadriceps and hamstrings to lift. Lifting at the back can cause serious injury.

Use Padding – Use regular or furniture blankets to protect the exposed edges of any piece of heavy furniture you are moving. This has the double effect of protecting the item itself and protecting the lifters from injury should the item become loose or move in unpredictable ways.

Belts and Gloves – Wear any or all protective gear if the situation calls for it. It’s a good idea to use a weight lifting belt when carrying heavy objects to encourage correct lifting techniques. It’s also a good idea to use gloves in order to protect from splinters or other sharp objects that may be coming out of appliances or furniture.

Dollies – When conducting a domestic or international relocation it’s a good idea to use all tools at your disposal. This includes things like dollies, which will greatly decrease the amount of muscle work needed to be used by human labor. There are lots of different dollies on the market for different types of lifting situations.

Moving Tips for Busy People

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Moving is time consuming, and if you’re busy, there may just not be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Thankfully we live in a modern world where you can pay someone else to do just about anything. Moving for busy people will mostly be about delegating responsibility to third parties: moving companies, relocation services, lifters, packers and planners. The following are some tips to help the busy person get their move done in the most time efficient and cost effective way possible.

-Use a relocation service. Scheduling and coordinating a move, no matter how far, can be a time consuming process. A global relocation service can help arrange the door-to-door transportation of all of your household goods so that you don’t have to worry about all the details of transfer points, bills of lading, customs paperwork, invoices or any of the other types of issues that can arise during transportation.

-Delegate responsibility. There’s no need to pack all of those boxes, tape, organize and lift when you can get other people to do it for you. If you’re really trying to save money, you can guilt trip people you know into help you out. Otherwise, there are plenty of professional movers and day workers that would be happy to earn a few dollars in exchange for helping you out with transporting your household goods.

-Plan ahead. If you have a long notice before your move, you can split up jobs into much smaller chunks and get everything done over a longer period of time during spots when you are not busy. This only works if you have a few months to plan ahead.

Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The following are a few ways people make mistakes while moving and how to go about avoiding them. Following this short guide can help you save money and avoid getting your goods damaged when you have them transported by a relocation service.

-Lack of Planning. Without proper planning before a move, a lot can go wrong. The most damaging mistake can be the hiring of a moving company that is not up to proper standards. By hiring a moving company that is not properly licensed and well reviewed you risk anything from major damage to your valuable belongings to your household goods being held hostage by the moving company until you pay their ransom. Make sure to do plenty of research before picking a relocation service.

-Proper Packing. It’s amazing how easily things can get damaged during shipping. Without proper packing and padding there is a high chance of your household goods getting damaged while they are being transported cross country or shipped overseas. When packing your valuables, make sure to use plenty of padding like bubble wrap or even newspaper. Also make sure the place heavy items on the bottom and lighter more fragile items on the top. This goes for inside the boxes and the stacking of boxes.

-Make a Budget. The costs of a move can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t create a proper budget for all of the things involved in a domestic relocation. These costs include but are certainly not limited to boxes, tape, dollies, trucks, hotel rooms, eating out and gasoline. People who do not plan a budget for such items can find themselves running out of money quickly or in serious credit card debt that just keeps piling up with interest. Don’t make the same mistake. Plan a budget with a little wiggle room so that you won’t be surprised by the costs of your domestic move.

Minimalism and Moving: A Perfect Match

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Have you ever been in some one’s house and wondered they could have ever moved all of that stuff in there? They have huge wooden cabinetry, large and expensive entertainment systems, expansive stoves and other large items that look almost impossible to move. Hopefully, people who have homes like this don’t move often, but if they do, it must be a nightmare. For the frequent mover, having a lot of heavy and hard to move items would be suicide, not just physically, but financially as well. Hiring movers and trucks can get very expensive.

It’s these reasons why being a minimalist is a huge advantage for people who move frequently. When it comes to moving in and out of apartments and homes, the less the better. Having only a few essential items saves time, money and the huge headache that comes from having to worry about the safety of all your things. Living the minimalist lifestyle isn’t for everyone though. Some people really appreciate and love having certain things in their lives and don’t want to give them up for the mere convenience of having a faster and cheaper move every once in awhile. For people who do want to become more minimalist, however, there are a few things you can do to start the process.

Minimalism at its core is about need over want. The first step in reducing the amount of clutter in the home is to go through each item and determine how important it is. There are two main questions to ask about each item. How often do I use this item, and how much do I need this item? If you find yourself looking at things you haven’t used in more than a year and they take up a good amount of space, it’s probably a good idea to get rid of it. Do this with every item in your home until you find yourself surrounded by the things you always use and find most important. The feeling can be liberating, especially when you are moving.

Essential Moving Tips: Frequent Movers

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

For people who live in apartments, domestic moving can be an all too frequent activity. Some people are forced to move every year or couple of years in order to get the best value out of rental properties and stay close to their jobs. Moving this often can be very expensive and tiresome, but there a few things frequent movers can do to relieve the hassle that comes from constantly being on the move. The following moving tips are great for people who move all the time, but they can also be useful for families and individuals who stay in one place for longer periods.

Plastic Bins – boxes are cheap and efficient if you only move once every couple of decades or so, but plastic bins are an invaluable resource for storing and moving items for frequent movers. Plastic bins, which you can find at most big box and home improvement stores, are cheap and durable and will last you infinitely longer than normal cardboard boxes. They stack easily and do not require annoying accessories like tape. T

Light Weight Objects – plastic dishes and cups might not be fancy or suitable for hosting the Queen for dinner, but they will reduce the weight load significantly when moving. Light weight plastic objects can also be far more durable than their glass or ceramic counterparts, which is essential when you are moving often.

Collapsible Furniture – desks, tables, chairs and other objects you can take apart and fit into smaller containers are a great way to save space in a moving truck. These items require a bit more work when moving, but they are usually lighter and easier to repair than their uni-body counterparts. When buying a collapsible item, make sure the hardware is not proprietary so that you can do repairs when needed.


Organizing Your Move or Relocation

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Domestic moving can be viewed as a huge hassle that brings out the worst parts of our stress and anxiety. Well, it doesn’t have to be. A lot of the hassle from moving comes from procrastination and lack of planning. When given enough time and the proper resources, moving doesn’t have to be as traumatic of an event as we make it out to be. Reducing stress can be achieved through two main concepts, timing and organization.

Timing is all about leaving the appropriate amount of days or weeks to enable proper packing and placement. For small apartments this can be a matter of days, but for large homes with lots of stuff inside it can sometimes take a month or more to get everything properly packed. The key here is to work slowly but consistently. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. Do a little bit at a time but at a steady rate and you will have everything packed in time for the move.

Organizing is work that is mostly done before the move, but has the most benefit during unpacking. There’s lots of different ways to organize your household items and make sure that nothing gets lost. Some people keep it as simple as writing labels on the boxes for where stuff belongs. Others find it easier to create color codes that can be spotted more easily. Either way, it’s a good idea to keep items for the same room together. Some people go as far as keeping inventory of every item in a list on a spreadsheet. While this is probably helpful, it is definitely not necessary.

Learn from the Moving Mistakes of Others

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

We’ve all made mistakes moving before, but if you’ve never gone through a big move and experienced the major problems that can occur, you might want to learn from the mistakes of others. Below are a couple of examples of major moving mistakes that ended up costing the involved party thousands of dollars in recovery costs. These are not errors of stupidity, just lack of foresight and forgetfulness than can happen to almost anyone. You can avoid these types of expensive mistakes simply by reading about them and planning accordingly when you move yourself. Using a relocation service can also ease a lot of difficulties that arise out of moving.

Joseph decided that he was going to move from California to Kansas when he was offered a job in Topeka that increased his salary by 10%. Within a week of accepting his new position he packed up all of his belongings, put them in a truck, and drove all of the way to Kansas. He did this without having ever visited the state or scouting locations to live. When he arrived, he decided to stay in a motel until he could find a house to move into. Within a week he was packing up his things and moving back to California. He found that he didn’t like anything about the place he moved to and decided that the slight increase in salary was not worth living in a place he wouldn’t like.

Another story deals with a near opposite circumstance. A family decided to move from their home in one of the outer burroughs of New York City to a small quiet town in Colorado because it was listed in a magazine as one of the nicest places to live in America. Both parents quit their job and moved during the summer when their kids were out of school. Once they go there, however, they found that jobs in their areas of expertise were scarce. After four months they were unable to find high enough paying work to pay for their living expenses and were forced to move back to the city.

Deciding to Move or Not to Move

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Deciding whether to move or not is not easy. There are lots of things to consider before you pack all of your belongings and head towards a new home. Sometimes you are planning to move because of a new job and think the decision is simple, but even this may not be an entirely one-sided argument. Many people who are desperate for employment may not realize the full implications of moving to a new location because they think that they do not have a choice in the matter. Before making a final decision, consider some of the facts about your current home and a new one so that you can have as much information as possible before making such a important decision.

Visit your prospective new home. There’s not likely any job in the world that would be good enough to overcome a location you hate. Traveling to and just looking around your potential new town or city can be invaluable in making the right decision that will likely effect the rest of your life.

Do you know anyone where you are moving? Sometimes people forget about how important their social structure is near their home. The internet and technology in general has made it much easier to communicate with family and friends that are far away, but sometimes we neglect how important it is to have more than occasional physical contact with those who we care about.

If you own a home how easily can you sell? Having liability over an existing mortgage at your old home can be an insurmountable financial burden. Some people decide to move before they are even sure their old home will sell, which can make their life in their new city too expensive before they are even able to settle down. Some employers are willing to take on these costs but many are not.

What are my job prospects? If you are moving because you have found a new job in a different city then this question may be simple. If not, research the job opportunities in your prospective city in comparison to your current one. You may end up finding that you are better off staying at your current location to find employment, especially when you take into account all of the costs of moving.

What to Take and Leave Behind When Moving

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Some people think that it is necessary to take everything they own with them when they move, but sometimes there are things better left behind. It’s a good idea to take a complete inventory of all your items before you move in order to decide what is best to bring and what is best to sell or just throw away. There are several key aspects of an item to consider before you decide whether or not to bring it: size, weight, age, utility, frequency of use and adaptability to your new home. If you take into account all of these factors you will end up saving money in the long run and filling your new home will only your most important items.

Bedding – If you have been living in the same home for a long time, you may have very old mattresses and framing. Moving may be a good opportunity to get rid of the old mattress and replace it with a more comfortable one at your new home. It will also save valuable space in a truck.

Furniture – How much to you like your current couch, dining room table, dressers and chairs. These types of items take up a lot of space and weight on a truck. If you are planning on getting a new item when you arrive at your new home, it is probably a better idea to leave the old one behind by selling it or giving it away to charity.

Garage and Storage Junk – We aren’t all like the people in the show Hoarders, but most Americans are guilty of keeping far too much junk in their garage or storage units. Moving is a good opportunity to get rid of all that stuff you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time. Moving a lot of junk across the country can end up costing a lot more than what any of it is worth.

Appliances – Many appliances, especially those in the kitchen, should probably not be moved. But there are things like washers, dryers, outdoor refrigerators and freezers and barbeques that you may or may not want to consider moving. There are several questions you need to ask. Do I use the appliance often? Am I looking to upgrade? Is the space it takes up in the truck worth it?

Household Accessories – Most of us just have lots of stuff sitting around the house, some it useful and some of it that just takes up space. Take an inventory of all the little things in the house and make sure that you are not bringing a bunch of stuff that will just end up sitting in boxes. Doing this will save money on moving and make your new house less cluttered.