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Helpful Tips for a Smarter Move this Spring

Shawn Hacker - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In the moving industry Memorial Day is generally the kickoff to the peak season and runs until about Labor Day. Although it’s a taxing experience for all, including residential and commercial, a little bit of planning can make the task much easier. If you’re thinking of a big move this Spring you may find these tips below to be helpful. And remember, at any step of the way feel free to call us to assist with an on-site analysis of your moving needs so we can help you save money and lighten your load

  1. Outline exactly what will be involved to determine how much and what kind of help you'll need.

  2. Downsize: Do some spring cleaning, review what you really need and get rid of things you don’t need. Craigslist is your friend! Get rid of unwanted items by selling or giving them away on Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

  3. Know your potential costs to plan the budget:

    • Moving company

      • If you go this route, save some cash by packing your own boxes. Prep the house for the move to save time off of the hourly rate. (roll up rugs, unplug appliances, disassemble as much as you can)

      • Book as early as possible to save money

    • Do it Yourself

      • Supplies (boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, rope)

      • Equipment rentals

      • Gas and tolls

      • Buying your helpers meals and beverages

  4. Look for complaints and reviews about your moving company. Read our Yelp reviews. Click here.

  5. Pack smart:

    • Pack the items you need right away in clear plastic bins.

    • Pack breakables in clothing and socks.

    • Label your boxes well. Include what’s inside the box and what room the items will go in once unpacked. Label on several sides of the box.

    • Tape the tops of liquids so they don’t open during the move. And pack them inside ziploc bags if possible.

    • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected to remember where all the connections go.

* "boxes" by Alaina Browne is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    
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