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Unpack With a Plan

by RISMEDIA

Once everything is unloaded, you may feel overwhelmed by the stacks of boxes surrounding you. Unpacking in an organized manner can make the transition to your new home less stressful and can save a lot of time. Try these unpacking tips, courtesy of Lowe’s.


1. Unpack Essentials First

You should have a few boxes of essentials marked to be unpacked first. These boxes should include items like toiletries, pet supplies, tools, a couple changes of clothes and so forth. Go ahead and unpack these boxes right away and distribute these essential items to their respective rooms.

2. Clean and Prep Your New Home

Though it's tempting to dive right in and start unloading boxes, it's a good idea to clean, prep and get organized. Here are some moving tips to help you prepare to unpack at your new home:

• It's easier to wipe down shelves, clean windows, and mop under appliances before your belongings are in place.

• Complete any prep work. Line kitchen and bathroom shelves with paper. Consider installing closet systems in bedroom closets, if necessary. Once these jobs are done, you'll be able to unpack more efficiently.

• Plan where to place certain items. For example, in the kitchen; put dishes and glassware in the cupboards above the dishwasher, coffee cups above the coffee pot, and so on. Deciding what goes where before unpacking will save you time in the long run.

3. Go Room by Room

Focus on one room at a time, and unpack essentials first. Though it can feel like an insurmountable task, rest assured: Your house is going to feel like home in no time!

Kitchen and Baths. In the kitchen, unpack most-used items first. Items that you won't use immediately can be set aside to unpack at a later time. In the bathrooms, hang shower curtains, unpack toiletries and put out toilet paper and soap.

Bedrooms. In your bedrooms, have the beds set up and made with clean sheets by the first night. Unpacking your clothing and bedroom accessories can wait. Again, now is a good time to install a closet organization system.

Living Room. Unpacking the living room should be a combined effort by everyone in the household. There will be a lot of items to be placed and electronics to hook up.

Garage. Having an organized garage is important. If you haven't set up shelves and hooks for placement of tools, yard supplies and sports equipment; do so now. Having organizational systems in place will help curb the tendency for making piles later.

4. Play Interior Designer

Place furniture so the room feels open and functional. Strive for balance by distributing heavier pieces of furniture around the room. Create a focal point or use a natural one like a fireplace.

When positioning furniture, it's a good idea to make a sketch of the room, including desired locations of items. Erasing an armoire, rather than lifting it, could save you a trip to the chiropractor.

It takes time get settled in, but here are some quick and easy tips for making your house feel like home:

• Hang shades, blinds or curtains for instant privacy and a homey feel.

• Consider painting rooms a different color, or stenciling around an archway.

• Brighten up a room with self-adhesive wallpaper borders.

• Refinish old cabinets or add new knobs.

• Hang family photographs, mirrors and framed artwork.

• Add potted plants for extra color or to fill empty corners.

Helpful Tips for Setting Up

• As boxes are unpacked, take an inventory of everything you have to make sure nothing has been lost. If you have any broken or damaged items, make sure to keep them as evidence for insurance claims. Claims usually need to be filed within a set number of days after the move.

• Use a surge protector when setting up a computer or stereo equipment.

• As you unpack boxes, collapse them for storage or recycling.

• Start a log of home repairs and maintenance that needs to be done.

• Create a shopping list to make sure you have everything you need.

 

The Right Decisions Can Save Money During a Move

by Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune.

Moving a residence is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it's tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs.

That could be a mistake — for your wallet and your peace of mind.

Moving can be quite expensive. A typical full-service interstate move costs about $4,300, while the same in-state move might cost about $2,500, according to the American Moving & Storage Association.

And while the moving industry has many fine companies, it is notorious for fraud and dirty tactics by so-called rogue movers.

Here are tips on making your move with lower costs and less hassle.

CHOOSE A TYPE OF MOVE: You have three basic choices: do-it-yourself, full service and a relatively new hybrid of the two. Going it alone is cheapest, costing the rental price of a truck, gasoline, packing materials and, perhaps, pizza and beer for friends you rope into helping.

With full-service moves, moving within a state is charged by the hour, while moving across state lines is charged by weight and mileage.

With a hybrid move, a mover will drop off a large container at your home for you to pack. It will then load the container onto a truck, drive the belongings to your new location and drop off the container for you to unload. Because you're doing the manual labor of packing and unpacking, it's far less costly than a full-service move.

HIRE A QUALITY MOVER: If you hire help, get at least three price quotes and do homework. Seek recommendations by talking with family and friends, even your Facebook circle. Investigate a company's reputation with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org), Yelp.com and possibly the paid-membership site Angie's List (angieslist.com). Check a company's complaint history at the federal government site, ProtectYourMove.gov.

"People think a good reputation equals expensive, but that's not true," said Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving in Los Angeles. "You don't get a good reputation by overcharging people."

For interstate moves, a company's ProMover certification with the movers association is a good sign. The organization in January 2009 started screening movers based on seven criteria. It kicked out some 220 of 3,100 members over the past two years because they didn't measure up, said spokesman John Bisney. See "Find a ProMover" at Moving.org.

"The old rubric 'You get what you pay for' is true more often than not," Bisney said.

Look for two things: A full-service mover should visit your home in person, not give a quote over the phone or online, and should provide a written estimate, experts say.

DECLUTTER: No matter what type of move you're making, taking less stuff is cheaper and less hassle. Set up a staging area, perhaps in a garage, with various piles, such as throw out, recycle, donate and sell.

"If you really love those go-go boots from the 1960s but will never wear them again, take a picture of them and get rid of them," McHolm said. For many items, use the rule of thumb, "If you haven't used it in a year, you probably don't need it."

BE FLEXIBLE: Like airline fares, moving rates depend on when you book. The busiest time for movers, and thus the most expensive time for consumers, is summer weekends near the 15th and 30th of the month.

If you have time flexibility, ask what rates would be for different days or seasons. If you have extreme flexibility, ask about moving standby: waiting until the mover has extra space and needs to fill a truck.

SAVE ON BOXES: Buying new boxes from a moving company is the most expensive choice. Ask if you can buy used boxes from your moving company. NorthStar, for example, gives customers 25 percent off used boxes and then refunds 25 percent if they return boxes in usable condition.

Cheaper yet is finding free boxes, ideally from somebody who just moved. Ask your real estate agent to connect you with other clients who recently moved. Or look on Craigslist.org. Specialty boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, might be cheaper to purchase at a do-it-yourself moving store, such as U-Haul, than from your mover.

SAVE ON PACKING MATERIALS: If you're packing yourself, fill suitcases, laundry baskets and plastic containers with unbreakable items. Use pillows, scarves and towels to wrap fragile belongings. And you might as well empty your paper shredder into a box to add cushion.

MAIL BOOKS: If you have many books, pack them yourself and ship them at the postal media mail rate. It might be cheaper than paying a mover. A 70-pound box would cost less than $30. You can't send anything with advertisements, so magazines are out. Search USPS.com for "media mail."

CONSIDER CONSOLIDATION: For long-distance moves, ask about consolidating your stuff on a truck with other people's. Most homeowners can't fill a full-size moving van. You might have to be flexible on delivery dates and times, but consolidation can be cheaper. "Most times it's a huge price difference," McHolm said.

INSURE IT: Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy to determine whether it provides coverage for your belongings while in transit. If not, you'll probably want more than the basic free valuation coverage a full-service mover provides. The standard valuation is 60 cents per pound per item. That means breaking a 10-pound, $1,000 stereo system would net you $6. You'll want full replacement-value insurance, which reimburses you what it will cost to replace broken items. But don't necessarily buy that insurance from the moving company. Moving insurance is likely cheaper from a third party, such as MovingInsurance.com, McHolm said.

Be aware that you probably cannot get insurance on boxes you packed yourself. A mover must pack them.

BE PREPARED: Plot out where furniture and boxes will go. The less time movers spend rearranging, the less expensive it will be.

In urban areas, reserve a space or two in front of your new home for the moving truck by parking your own vehicle there ahead of time. If the movers have to park too far away to unload, you could incur a "long carry" surcharge, McHolm said.

STAKE YOUR CLAIM: If you're moving for a job, negotiate the best relocation package you can. Unreimbursed expenses might be tax-deductible. For details, see Publication 521 Moving Expenses at IRS.gov.

TIP: Tipping each mover $3 to $5 per hour is customary, said Stephen Coady, marketing manager for Gentle Giant Moving Co. in Somerville, Mass.

For in-depth information on choosing a mover, see the free, downloadable "Make a Smart Move" available at Moving.org.

MOVING RIPOFFS:

—Furniture nabbing. A mover essentially holds your belongings hostage, demanding a higher payment to release them.

—Lowballers. Beware of lowball price quote. They could end up costing you as the mover adds various surcharges.

—Instant quotes. Be wary of phone or Internet estimates. Get written, in-home estimates.

—Large down payment. Be suspicious of carriers seeking large deposits. They might take the money and run. Legitimate movers require no deposit or a small "good faith" down payment.

Moving Tips

by Move.com

Check out these tips for moving, courtesy of Move.com. It might just help save your clients a bit of time, stress and heartache.

4 weeks from move date: Get organized and start notifying the right people and companies that you'll be moving soon and give them a date to forward or terminate service. Start looking for licensed and professional moving companies, moving guides and relevant coupons.

Tip: If using a professional mover, get quotes from multiple moving companies to get the best deal that is right for you and your needs. Ask plenty of questions like whether or not they give binding quotes and what kind of insurance is included. Be sure to talk with them about the different options available with full-service moves such as packing and unpacking services and providing boxes and packing supplies.

Tip: Important documents such as your child's school records may need to be accessible during your transition. Make sure to put these items aside and make copies of any records for yourself, in case you forget what box they're packed in.

3 weeks from move date: Once you've selected a mover, begin by taking inventory of your belongings and their worth and decide what will be coming with you to your next home.

Tip: Start cleaning out closets, drawers and storage areas of your home and divide things into categories: "pack," "recycle" and "give to friend." You can always have a garage sale or donate old items to charity. This will make packing day a lot easier and you may reduce the total weight you'll be paying for to move.

Tip: If you're moving yourself or contracting for a self-service move, pack the items you know you won't need until 30 days after the move. It will feel great to get started early.

Tip: If possible, take pictures of rooms and areas inside the home or apartment you'll be moving into so you can start thinking about placement of furniture, artwork and other items. This will help save time, headaches...and money...on moving day.

2 weeks from move date: If you choose not to take advantage of full service mover packing services, or are planning to do it yourself and rent a truck, start packing things into boxes. Figure out the logistics of the move, travel plans and if other specialized plans need to be made.

Tip: If you are using a professional mover find out what items are on their "non-allowables" list and discard those items or find a way to transport them separately.

Tip: Instead of stacking plates, pack them vertically; they will travel safer this way.

Tip: If you are moving long distance, remember travel arrangements for your pets. There are pet-exclusive airlines available such as Pet Airways but regular airlines have travel options for pets as well.

Tip: If you have young children, you may want to make childcare arrangements so you can be 100% focused on moving day and your little ones remain safe and busy with fun activities.

Tip: Schedule "move out" cleaning service, carpet cleaners and heavy appliance disposal if necessary for once you'll be out of the home you're vacating. Even if you're selling your current home, it's a nice welcome for the buyers to move into a clean and tidy home.

1 week from move date: Set aside valuable items and keep those with you. Clean before moving and leave your house or apartment as clean as it was when you moved in.

Tip: Make sure the details for paying the moving company are taken care of. Some will require money orders or cashier's checks upon delivery; know their policy in advance to avoid stress on moving day.

Tip: Start eating all the frozen foods you have, or give them to a neighbor or friend. This way you won't have to throw them away on moving day, or worry about packing an ice chest.

Tip: Also think about necessities for managing moving day like confining your pets and anticipating the amount of time you will need.

Tip: Place necessities such as toiletries, toilet paper, rags, "must-have" cooking supplies and organize them in boxes marked "open first" so it's easy to find the initial items you'll want handy on those first few days of being in your next home. Don't forget the flashlight!

Tip: If possible, take one last tour of the new location and identify water and gas shut off locations, as well as the electrical breaker box just in case something happens in the first few days so you're prepared. Might be smart to drop off a fresh box of light bulbs too!

Moving day and beyond: Take one last walk through and make sure nothing has been forgotten or overlooked. Also, make sure all doors and windows are locked and switches turned off, then you are on your way to your new house or apartment.

Tip: Go back to the photos you took when you began to pack up. Now you can show the movers or those helping you unpack exactly where everything goes with photos.

Tip: Unpack one room at a time according to basic needs starting with the kitchen and at least one bathroom...and don't forget to make a bed as early in the day as possible if you'll be sleeping in your home that evening! Remember, you don't have to unpack everything in one day, or even in one week.

Tip: After you've settled in a bit, introduce yourself to some neighbors, ask for advice on the best places to eat, grocery shop, etc. This way you will feel like part of the community and can get some great local tips.

Create an Action Plan for an Easy Move

by Team Ulster

The key to an easy move is careful planning. There are many action items that need to be taken prior to the move all the way up to the actual day the first box is loaded on the moving truck. Take time to write down and organize the decisions and activities that will need to be accomplished prior to the move such as securing a mover and changing your address. Ideally, you should try to break up the tasks over a two-month period. By doing so, you won’t overload your schedule, plus it can save you time and money.  To get you started, consider using the checklist below as a guide.

 

Eight Weeks Prior

  • Get estimates from at least three professional movers. If you are going to do it yourself, get estimates on rental trucks.
  • Decide which furniture and household goods you’ll be taking, which needs to be disposed and which needs to be replaced.
  • If you will be moving to a new city, contact the Chamber of Commerce of that town for a new residence packet. Your sales professional may also have information.

 

Six Weeks Prior

  • Inventory your possessions besides furniture – kitchenware, decorative items, electronics, apparel and so on.
  • Complete a change of address form with the post office. This can be easily done online at www.MoversGuide.com for a minimal cost of $1. Make sure you notify organizations, credit cards companies, and publications to which you subscribe of your new address, too.
  • Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting and veterinarian records.
  • If children are changing schools, arrange for transfer of educational records.
  • Itemize moving-related costs with the mover including packing, loading, special charges and insurance.

 

Four Weeks Prior

  • Make arrangements for packing your belongings. If you will be using professionals, schedule with the company for packing to take place a day or two before the move. If you will handle packing on your own, purchase adequate boxes, packing materials and tape.
  • Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if needed.
  • Make travel arrangements for pets including necessary medical records, immunizations, medication and so on.

 

Three Weeks Prior

  • Begin packing items you won’t need immediately or that will go into storage.
  • Contact utilities on both ends of the move to order termination or turn-on for occupancy date.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for family and pets.

 

Two Weeks Prior

  • Terminate newspaper and other delivery services.
  • If necessary, arrange and confirm new bank accounts and local services in your new neighborhood.

 

One Week Prior

  • Gather important papers, records, and valuables for protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box.
  • Obtain any prescription medications needed for the next few weeks.

 

Day Before or Actual Moving Day

  • Defrost refrigerator/freezer and give away all perishable food.
  • Keep a box marked “Last Box Packed/First Box Unpacked” for tools, flashlights, first aid kit and so on. On moving day, this should be the last box placed on the truck.
  • Pack items to carry with you such as valuables, financial records, personal papers and so on.
  • Give the movers a telephone number and address to reach you.

To be sure, a detailed action plan can get your move well down the road before you ever depart to your new destination.

When Nana and Gramps Decide to Move

by Tony Gonzales

When Nana and Gramps decide to move into a "community of active seniors," they may not be willing to downsize everything - just yet. That is why self storage is an ideal option for "newly-relocating" seniors. It provides them with the flexibility to resettle and s l o w l y sort through a lifetime of memories.

Anyone who has moved knows how traumatic the process can be; sifting through and evaluating all of the things you want/need to take with you, and parting with the things that you know you no longer need, but may still be associated with fond memories. Now, imagine doing all of this very late in life. It can be overwhelming!

For seniors, this is an inevitable occurrence. Hopefully, Nana and Gramps will recognize for themselves that they require a "little more help" around the house than they use to, and will choose to move to that "community of active seniors" on their own; that is the first hurdle. The second is helping them realize that they cannot take all of their "stuff" with them! Even in the largest retirement communities with ample storage (which are few and far between,) the entire contents of the "family home" would be a tight fit. The best option is to help Nana and Gramps decide what is immediately necessary in their new digs (i.e. beds, some living room and kitchen furniture, clothes, etc.) and go from there.

Ideally, on moving day, partitioning off a section for "new home" delivery and another section for "storage" will make the transition a bit easier on them. As long as Nana and Gramps know their "stuff" is still accessible and retrievable, they will be less panic-stricken, enjoy greater peace of mind, and the transition will go more smoothly for all involved.

Once settled, suggest that one day each week, you jointly visit their self storage unit with them, offering to assist them in assessing collectibles/pictures/souvenirs - whatever it is that Nana and Gramps wanted to store - and decide what makes it back to the new place, and what makes its way to the church bazaar, the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

It may be months, or even years, before Nana and Gramps choose to "let go" of some of those things, and that is okay. After all, it took them a lifetime to collect all of those trinkets...it may take them a little while to detach. But in the meantime, they are settled and happy...and looking forward to next week's trip to their self storage nook!

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Shifting from one location to another may be a pain or a pleasure depending upon the shifters predilections. Travel lovers would love any change of place while couch potatoes might hate any change of place. However, both travel lovers and change haters do not seem to like the job of shifting their things. They think of it as too much of a bother, at least till they understand how much the right type of moving boxes can help.

Let us consider a scenario where a travel enthusiast is posted to some place, which is perhaps better than the place he is currently living in. He would love to go there and would prefer to have all his household things shifted there, lock stock and barrel. The first thing he would consider is using the services of professional packers and movers. Once a person entrusts the job to professionals, he does not have to worry about anything. Trained packers will come with their own moving boxes, will pack the things, load it, and shift it to the new place. Once the goods reach there, they will unload it, unpack it, arrange things the way it was in the original place, and will even take away the moving boxes for recycling, or reuse, or whatever.

A change hater who is forced to shift his own mass and belongings to a new place may not be equally enthusiastic. He might prefer to shift with as few things as necessary, just enough of it to keep him alive at the other end. He may consider managing with whatever moving boxes he has got. Everybody is likely to have at home, steel trunks or traveling bags or old cardboard boxes in which groceries had come packed. These cases may not be designed to function exclusively as moving boxes, but much of the household paraphernalia could be squeezed into them and the remaining can be rolled up into comforters and tied with plastic ropes.

The former is as good an arrangement as can be, though there is one glitch. Professional packers do not come cheap, and a person might have to pay through his nose to get the services of expert packers and movers. Their moving boxes and services would be excellent, and so far as one can afford to avail their services, there is no harm in doing so. Still, everyone may not be able to, and those cannot afford, will have to seek other options.

The latter is also not a bad way of packing, and can be managed cheaply. The problem here is that you may not be able to take all your goods because of the limitations in the number and size of the available moving boxes. You might also look something like a 14th century traveler on his way to explore an unknown world.

The truth is that you need not have to go to either extreme. The in-between option that will work out best is buying the right type of moving boxes. There are excellent moving boxes available at very reasonable prices. You can pack everything in them yourself, and look like the 21st century individual that you are, instead of appearing like Marco Polo setting forth on his explorations.

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Cardboard Moving Boxes - Lasting Symbols of Convenience

by Sunil Punjabi

 

In the same way cardboard has not lost its throne to plastic or steel, cardboard moving boxes has also maintained its position as the most favored packing cases despite the presence of several other types of boxes and cases in the market. Many characteristics of cardboard make its handling and disposal quite easy, and so has made cardboard moving boxes the preferred choice of all those who are relocating.

Cardboard is strong without being heavy and that is one of the most enduring reasons for the popularity of moving boxes made out of it. The weight of a cardboard box will vary depending on weather it is a single walled one, double walled one, or triple walled one. However, even the triple walled ones are never heavy. With triple walled boxes, the layers are stitched together with staples whereas with the other two either glue or staples may be used for fixing the layers.

At the bottom of all moving boxes, the bursting strength of the walls of the box will be given. The bursting strength is expressed as a result of Mullen Bursting Test. It is a measure of the pressure that is needed to puncture a paperboard sheet, and indicates the load carrying capacity of the box. With the same size moving boxes, there could be difference in its Mullen test results. Users should check it to decide if he can pack heavy things into the box or if the box has to be kept apart only for lighter things.

Another quality credential of moving boxes is expressed by what is known as Edge Crush Test. This relates to the compression strength of the cardboard, also known as its stacking strength, and is an indication of the force that is required for crushing a sheet of paperboard that is standing on edge. Besides the bursting strength and stacking strength, the certification stamp of the manufacturing company will also be displayed on the bottom flap of the boxes. All these are surefire pointers to the quality of the box.

The weight carrying capacity of boxes with low bursting strength is explained in relation to what is known as its dimensional weight. Larger lightweight moving boxes may carry a lot by way of volume, though not by way of weight. Dimensional weight is also known as volume weight and is important in calculating airfreight charges. The general practice is to calculate the chargeable weight by multiplying the length and width and height of the box and then dividing it by 166.

A highly redeeming quality of cardboard moving boxes is that they are both reusable and recyclable. Those boxes that have finished their job of transporting goods to the new location, can be kept in a cellar or an attic for storing extra stuff that are not needed for daily use. They can also be used in gardens for planting the first level of seedlings before they are transplanted to prepared beds. People, who do not need their used boxes for any of these purposes, can recycle them. Either way, moving boxes are more or less immortal.

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Where to Get Moving Boxes - You Have Options!

by Diane Pedreira

When the time comes and you need to move, the easiest way to sort out your belongings is to put them in boxes. Why do that? Well it beats filling your car with your plants that tip everywhere. The only time I think you may not need to use boxes is if you only had ten items that you are moving.

Okay so you need boxes, you get it. The question you may ask is where to get moving boxes? Well my friend, there is a couple of places that I can tell you of. So sit back and take notice!

Moving Companies Can Help

If you are using a moving company to do your move, they can supply you with the boxes and even help you pack for an extra fee. This way you do not need to worry where they come from, just pack away!

This works the same for international moving companies; however, they must actually pack your belongings by law in case you are a terrorist trying to plant a bomb on a ship, you cannot blame them really.

If you are doing the packing yourself, or are going half way and just using moving companies for their trucks or containers, you can purchase or rent the moving equipment from them or retailers. What I mean by that is, if you are using some of their services then they will be happy to sell you the products they use at a normal price. On the other hand, if you are not using a moving company then the answer as to where to get moving boxes is a retailer.

Buying from a retailer is easy; you can buy the boxes online or at the nearest box supplier. To find an online company just do a web search for moving boxes and a list will appear magically in front of your eyes.

The real tip however, is getting the boxes for free. What? Why keep this from me? I'm not, wait a second, I will tell you where to get moving boxes for free, do not worry!

Free Moving Boxes

If you are looking for the best deal for boxes, then this is it. Everyone works or knows someone that works in a place that uses cardboard boxes. And even if you do not, you know of a supermarket.

These cardboard boxes are 99% of the time wasted, thrown in the bin. If you befriend the staff and just ask for them, it would save you loads of money! So that sure does seem to answer to where to get moving boxes! Of course these boxes won't be as good looking as the brown square boxes, and may not have the amount of strength, but they will work and they are free after all.

Supermarkets do give away cardboard boxes usually, so long as you ask nicely you could have them. Because the boxes are made for carrying heavy objects such as tin cans, drink bottles, they should be able to carry your belongings. Be sure to not put your clothes in the banana box though, and check for any rips or tears that could ruin your items.

So where to get moving boxes comes down to three main sources:

Your moving company (if applicable),

Online or at a local retailer,

Free at work or a supermarket.

So now all you have to do is go and get them!

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Domestic and Professional Moving Made Easier

by Lara K. Ruchell

Moving is a part of domestic and professional life as we grow continuously in both. And if you are living in a state like New Jersey, where life is too fast and busy, sometimes it becomes hectic to manage your moves. In this context, moving companies NYC and New Jersey comes as a helping hand and manage it for you. And it will become even easier when they are experienced ones. The only thing you need to do while planning a move is to choose a better moving company new jersey and to decide upon services you expect from them. For instance, you may not need boxes because you have preserved boxes from your previous move. You may need storage facility for your luggage and household things. This leads you to search for the mover who can provide complete solutions for your moving requirements and someone you can entrust with your houseful of valuables. Many moving companies are active enough to anticipate your needs and provide you services accordingly and match them up. All you have to do now is to know your requirements, analyze the services provided by the various movers. While hiring a mover, the following points should be kept under the consideration:

. Licensing and registration: Ensure that the company has obtained the license and registration certificate to operate with its activities. The company website is a better medium to authenticate the legitimate existence and operations of the company.

* Profile: Choose a mover who at least has goodwill in the market. See Age and experience of the company in the movers and Packers industry. An experienced and expert mover will definitely be a better choice for moving. You can check testimonials at the company website.

* Time: You should better see if the mover has expert and experienced drivers so as to make your move hassle-free and ensure timely arrival at your place. It is really hard to rely upon any one when your valuable belongings are concerned; expertise of drivers and helpers ensure safety and timeliness in moving process.

* Distance: Make a wise decision be choosing a professional long distance mover NYC for long distance relocation. Inquire the awareness of the mover regarding ways and routes to the destination. Make sure proper management of routing and scheduling of the relocation.

* Price: Here comes the vital part of relocation management. Set your budget before you fix up other aspects. The most advantageous way is get estimate of your relocation cost through the mover itself. Surf on to the movers website, fill up your destination place, destination date and list your belongings to get your movers estimate. This helps a lot.

* Packing: Movers generally provide packing boxes to pack your belongings. Do consider the price and quality of the boxes. The packing experts may seek your suggestion for packing your valuable things, to make you feel satisfied regarding packing.

* Storage and handling: Make sure about ample and secured storage space when you need warehousing, in case you are looking for Long distance moving company and do not ignore handling techniques for things and cost/tariff for both.

After that, the only task left with you is to supervise the work stress-freely. If you manage to hire a better mover for you, they will manage your move exquisitely

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Solving the Moving Supplies Problem

by Sunil Punjabi

Moving to a new place could be your own choice, but you may get only limited options for managing that move. The place may be too far away for you to drive there yourself so that you will have to rely on transporters to get your things shifted. And you might have to spend some money on quality moving boxes to get the things packed. Still, there are innovative ways in which you can cut corners, and one of these is using your own moving supplies.

Most companies offer moving kits designed separately for drawing rooms, or bedrooms, or for 2 or 8 rooms together. The simplest kits will contain a specific number of moving boxes, and a proportionate amount of moving supplies. The supplies will mainly consist of sticking tape, bubble wrap, and a box marker. Some kits may contain more elaborate supplies like tape dispensers, packing paper, loose fill, and stretch wrap, in addition to duck tape and bubble wrap.

While it is convenient to have moving supplies together with the moving boxes, it is not always necessary to have them. At least things like tape dispensers, box markers, and packing paper are not necessary at all. You can cut the duck tape with your own scissors, use crayons to mark the box, and use old newspaper instead of packing paper. Even duck tape is not a must. If you have a back yard garden, there will be plenty of nylon rope or old wire, which can be used for tying the boxes. Shredding plastic covers in which groceries come packed can make other supplies like loose fill at home.

Then there are some special moving supplies like mattress covers, which provide for easy packing of mattresses, and moving blankets for scratch protection of larger things like furniture. While they could be helpful, you can use a lot of personal discretion on whether you need to use these. If your mattress and furniture is pretty old, there would be no need to invest in supplies like mattress covers. Selling the old mattress in a yard sale might work out cheaper. Or, if shift them you must, you can use old bed sheets or comforters instead of mattress covers and moving blankets.

However, though improvising with leftover things is a money saving formula, moving supplies are not always expensive. There is a lot of difference between peak season rates and off season rates of moving boxes and moving supplies. Besides that, there are certain days on which a company may offer things at a discount. There will also be package offers by some companies where you get all the moving supplies free, so far as you are ordering moving boxes worth a certain amount.

If you scan the sites of moving box manufacturers and track these offers rightly, you might be able to get your moving supplies quite cheap. If so, that will be better than typing up your boxes with sisal ropes like a clodhopper, or using nylon ropes that have started fraying at the edges. Nor would you then need to sit and shred plastic covers to make loose fill, or use your chiffon to pack your china. You need to resort to archaic moving supplies only when modern ones do not come within your budget.

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