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Creating Your Step-by-Step Moving Checklist

Moving check

While moving a new place can be an exciting experience, most of that is due to the excitement of living in a new home and in a new area. Truth be told, the moving process is usually a major stress that most people can’t wait to be over. Packing up everything you own into boxes, with the understanding that you’re going to have to take it all out and put an entirely new home together, is an activity that few people enjoy. On top of that, there are a million responsibilities that need to be considered, when moving. Even if you hire a professional moving company to lighten the load, moving is still a process that comes with a dozen different headaches. However, you can mitigate much of this stress by being organized and having clear goals during the moving process. To help towards that end, here is a step-by-step moving checklist to help you during this time…

Prepare your family for the new neighborhood

Moving is a lot easier if you spread out a lot of the steps over a couple months. To start, a couple months before you actually move, you want to start setting up your family presence in the new neighborhood. This means a couple of things. First of all, you want to make sure that you and your kids are going to feel comfortable in the new area. You can do this by heading to the new neighborhood and doing some of your own exploring. If you are moving far away, and this isn’t a feasible option, then you can at least surf the web to find cool things nearby. Secondly, you should start calling schools, dentists, doctors, and other types of community businesses that you will need to get established at, so that you can start to transfer your family’s records.

Schedule with moving company

Another thing that you should do about a month or two before you move is call a professional moving company and schedule the move. If you have a family with kids, then you probably have quite a bit to move, and it is going to be invariably stressful to try to do everything on your own. You can mitigate a lot of this stress by calling the professionals and letting them help you, but you have to make sure that you schedule the move with enough notice for them to fit within your schedule.
Packing up boxes
Transfer utilities

The month before you move, one important chore that you are going to have is contacting each of your utility companies to make sure that they are aware that you are moving, and to check if they can service your new address. If their services can’t transfer to the new place, then you’ll need to cancel and find a new utility company to set up that service in your new home before you actually plan on living there.

Change your address

About two weeks before your moving day, you’ll want to alert the United States Postal Service that your address is about to change, and let them know what day you’ll be settling into your new home. There are services online that can change your address and notify all of the companies that need to know about your new address. However, you should probably still take the liberty to call your bank, credit union, insurance company, and check in with your monthly subscriptions to make sure they are aware of the address change.

Start packing several weeks before
Moving into new home
Another thing to start doing at least two weeks before you move is to start packing up your home. If you have a lot of stuff and tend to get stressed easily, then it might even be worth it to start this step even earlier (or at least get your moving supplies beforehand). The idea is to pack up your decorations and things that you don’t need, first. Then, about a week before you move, you can start to pack up dishes, appliances, and other sorts of things that you won’t need, immediately. As you get closer to moving day, you begin to pack clothes and other sorts of necessities.

Moving day

On moving day, when the movers show up, you should be able to just load up the truck and go, if you have done all of your packing beforehand. One thing to remember is that you and your family should pack a necessities bag that has a couple of days worth of clothes with toiletries and whatnot. This means that you don’t have to start unpacking right as soon as you move into the new home, and you can take a little bit of time to spread out the unpacking process, but there’s enough there for a whole different article!

How to Store Your Motorhome for the Winter

Nothing quite embodies freedom and adventure like a motorhome, and in this respect it may seem counter-intuitive to store this vehicle away from the open road.

This is a necessity during the winter, however, as the exterior can be ravaged by austere weather conditions while tyres can also bear the brunt of snow, rain and heavy winds.

In this article, we will consider the most efficient and cost-effective storage methods that will help you to keep your motorhome well protected next winter:

  1. Seek Out a Secure and Affordable Storage Space

Let’s start with the basics; as you will need to have a safe and secure place to store your motorhome. This enables you to protect it from adverse weather conditions and the risk of theft (or damage) while it is off the road, while it will also ensures that you do not have to park it on your driveway!

Some may consider the cost of this to be prohibitive, of course, but this does not reflect the sheer range of options that are available in the modern, self-storage market.

It is now possible to hire mobile, self-storage units on a rolling basis, for example, which minimises costs and allows you to utilise space for the precise amount of time that you need.

Not only this, but self-storage units now come in variable sizes, meaning that you can easily find a space that suits your needs!

  1. Consider Both Interior and Exterior Preparation Techniques

Whether you have purchased a high-end vehicle or a competitively priced motorhome from outlets such as www.kentmotorhomes.co.uk, it is crucial that you look to protect your investment. This starts by considering both interior and exterior preparation techniques, will help to optimise the functionality, longevity and visual aesthetics of the vehicle.

From an interior perspective, start by defrosting the freezer and cleaning the refrigerator. Baking soda can also be used to absorb stains and odours, and this is the type of small detail that goes a long way when storing your motorhome for the winter.

Storing your motorhome indoors will negate many of the risks posed to its exterior, of course, but you can still takes steps to protect your vehicle. You should certainly wash the motorhome from top to bottom, starting from the top and working your way down to effectively remove dirt, dust and debris. This ensures that the motorhome is as clean as possible when it is stored, which is important given that it will be locked away for a period of between four and six months depending on the severity of the winter.

  1. Don’t Forget About the Battery

We have already touched on the importance of considering small and easy to overlook details, as this optimises your chances of protecting your motorhome. This includes ensuring that your battery is well-maintained, as sustained periods of inactivity can damage the unit and impact negatively on the performance of the vehicle.

So while your motorhome is in storage, it is important that you visit the sites regularly and plug the battery unit into shore power. Leave it charging for approximately eight hours each time, while it is also worth periodically starting the engine to optimise functionality.

When the battery is switched off, however, it is important to ensure that its disconnect switches are inactive. This prevents parasitic loads from draining the battery, ensuring that it has as much power as possible when the summer months arrive!

Equipment that you NEED for Moving Day

So you’ve got your moving van, everything is packed up and it is time to haul everything into the moving van. You may have one major problem, most moving truck rentals do not come with all the equipment necessary to move all your items efficiently and safely. A lot of people don’t know that on top of the moving truck, they may need some extra supplies. Many of these supplies you can rent from moving truck rental companies, but if you move often you may want to consider investing in some of these supplies. Here are items that you really need to load a moving truck come moving day:

A Dolly

I cannot emphasize enough how important a dolly is to a move. Yes, we are capable of physically moving every box and heavy item, but it is really not good for your body. When we do all the work of moving just using muscle, we greatly increase the risk of injury. Also, a dolly helps you move heavy items a lot faster than you could otherwise by just picking it up and moving it. For the sake of safety and brevity, I highly recommend having at least a standard dolly for a move.  

An Appliance Dolly 

A regular dolly usually won’t be able to handle heavier appliances like refrigerators, driers, washers, etc.  These are usually the type of dollies that you’ll want to just rent from the moving truck rental company, because they actually can be quite expensive. If you are not using movers, I especially recommend renting an appliance dolly, because it is a  major risk to the people moving the appliance and the appliance itself when two individuals attempt to move these extremely heavy items.

Padding 

To protect the surfaces of furniture, it is vital to have padding available. Scratches, chips and other damage can easily be done to furniture when items are shifting in the back of moving truck. Pads are not actually that expensive, so you may just want to consider buying them rather than renting them.

Plastic Wrap 

Plastic wrap can mainly be used for two things. One, you can use it to secure the padding onto the furniture. Secondly, you can use it to wrap up clothes, pillows or any other items that you don’t want to get dusty during the move.

Mattress Bag/Covers 

This is a really important one, because no one want to sleep on a bed that has dust, dirt, pests or bugs in it. Getting a mattress bag really is a vital part of the move, and you should get one for every mattress in your home.

Tools to Disassemble Furniture 

Sometimes people forget that they need to take apart furniture before they move it. Make sure that you keep the tools you need around to do this, so that you don’t end up wasting a bunch of time unpacking  a bunch of boxes or making a visit to the local hardware store in order to get the tools that you need.

Bungee Cords and/or Rope 

When we use a moving truck, rope and bungee cords are not always needed, but it can be a wise precaution to have some around. Occasionally items just do not look as secure as they should be when we place them in the back of a moving truck, so it is wise to reinforce the stability of these items by tying them down.

 

How to Move with Kids

Moving is a tough experience for everyone in the family, but it can especially be rough on kids. Psychology Today even featured an article about the psychological impact that moves can have on children that is worth a read  if you want to know a little more about how a move effects children.

While we probably cannot avoid all of the mental anguish both adults and kids experience during a move, we an make it easier for everyone involved by trying to make the move as harmonious as possible. Here is a brief guide to how parents can help make moving with kids just a tad bit easier for all parties involved.

Communication 

Taking the time to discuss all the important aspects of the move with your child can really make a huge difference  in how the child perceives the move.  As miniature members of the family, the want to know what is going on too! Discuss the move early and often with your little ones to help them fully understand the move. Also, make sure to address any concerns or questions they may have even if the concerns seem a tad bit on the silly side. A lot of fears of children about moving can be dispelled as long as those fears are actually talked about out in the open!

Cooperation 

Working together makes a little less work for everyone, but it also makes little ones feel like they are involved in the moving process. Take the time to consider what sort of tasks would be appropriate for your child to help with making a list as you go. As a little extra bonus, giving them tasks will also keep them busy while you are busily working on the move. If you want to get creative with this part, even try to make a game out of the work that needs to be done.

Give Them a Break 

Everyone has their bad days even us adults. It is important to remember that moving is a really big deal for kids who are sensitive to big changes. Occasionally your child may have a bad day where they are whining and crying excessively. We all have days where we feel a little on the cranky side, so try not to be too hard on them when they are getting a bit cranky about the big changes coming their way. We shouldn’t hold our children to higher standards than we would hold other adults!

Adventures! 

Try to make moving to a new place a big adventure to kids so they feel like it is something to look forward to rather than dread. Don’t forget to talk about how fun it will be in the new place you are going to live. Also, it wouldn’t hurt about how awesome moving boxes are to play in once you guys finishing unpacking everything. Just remember, whenever possible try to talk about the move in a positive light around the kids, because a negative attitude can drag their moods down too.

Rewards 

Plan a rewards for you and your family once the move is finally finished it up. It could be something as elaborate as a vacation or simple as a sleep over. After all that hard work everyone deserves a little something special to help them recover from the difficulties of moving. Also, there is nothing wrong with having small rewards planned like candy, movies, game night and other entertainment to help kids keep motivated throughout the move.

5 Must-Know Moving Tips on Packing

Moving is a difficult process that requires a lot of time, money and energy, so saving any of three whenever you can is a wise choice. There are some very basic moving tips we can follow to make packing, moving and unpacking infinitely easier, so be sure to use our blog as a resource to help make your move run smoothly. For those of you who only want a small amount of information with the best return in time and energy saved for a move, we created the top 5 must-know moving tips.  Here are five of the most basic packing tips that will make all of the difference in your move. 

1. Start with Storage Areas ASAP 

Closets, the attic, basements and any areas that basically serve as storage should be packed as soon as you know the moving date or sooner. Any items that you know that you don’t use on any regular basis should be boxed and ready to go come moving day, so that you can worry about more important things as moving day approaches. Trust me, you’ll be so glad when you look at these space later and realize that you’ve already dealt with them!

2. Don’t Make Boxes Too Heavy 

When we are packing so many boxes it can easy to stop paying attention to what you are exactly doing, so the law of physics may escape you as you cram each box to maximum capacity. If you fill a huge box with books, you simply are not going to be able to easily lift that box or you’ll throw out your back trying to do so. Save the smaller boxes to pack heavy items to make life a whole lot easier. If you are worried about the weight of the box, lift it up to test if it is too heavy or not. If there seems to be too much stuff in the box, transfer some of the heavier items to a different box.

3. Organize Boxes 

Do not mix different items from different rooms in the same box, because you’ll be making a lot of extra work for yourself later down the road. Also, make sure to label every box with what room and type of items the boxes hold. You’ll thank yourself for taking these simple organizational steps when it comes time to unload and unpack everything into your new home.

4. Make Priority Boxes

There are three main categories of items that you should keep separated from everything else: important paperwork, sentimental items and first to open boxes. Make sure that all of these items do not get mixed in with everything else, because once they are lost in the brambles of moving it can be hard to find them again until everything is all unpacked.

5. Secure Boxes Thoroughly 

Folding the flaps over to close a box is simply not enough to secure a box. Add packing tape over the folds on the top and the bottom to ensure that the box is thoroughly secured.

 

How to Prepare for a Move Months Ahead of Time

When we have the luxury of knowing well in advanced when we are going to move, it is a good idea to get started on getting ready to move as soon as possible. This way we don’t end up doing all of the work last minute which can be overwhelming to say the least.

Find a Mover 

If you are considering get a moving company to help you handle the move, now is a good time to start researching different moving companies. You’ll need to check out reviews, billing methods, insurance, etc of at least four different moving companies to help narrow down the search. Next you should get a bid and interview each moving company to make a final decision.

Consider Self Storage 

Are you going to need a self storage unit? It can be a good idea, especially if you are moving to a smaller place, to put some unused items into self storage unit you get settled in. This way you can move just the necessities then when you are ready gradually filter in extra items if there is space.

Get Rid of Any Excess Items 

Sell, donate or throw away any junk that you  no longer want or need. What would be the point to pack, move, unpack then organize items that you no longer have a purpose for? Save yourself the trouble by getting rid of this stuff before you move rather than after.

Pack Anything You Don’t Use 

Decorations, books, seasonal items and other stuff can all be packed away for the move. Packing everything at the last minute adds a lot of extra stress for no particular reason, so really pack as many things as possible long before moving day even comes.

Give Out To-Do Lists 

If you have a family or a partner who seem to have a problem self-motivating, make lists of tasks that they need to get done before the move. Moving is a lot easier when everyone throws in a helping hand to get things done.

Plan the Logistics of the Move 

There are lots of details that go into making a move run smoothly. Take the time to plan out all the small elements of the move from a first to open box to switching utilities to how you want to organize items in your new house. When we take the time to plan and organize everything beforehand things tend to go a lot smoother than when we just try to improvise as we go along.

How to Plan Which Items you Want to Put into a Self Storage Unit

Choosing exactly what you want to put into a self storage can be a difficult task. Parting with our valued items can be painful and annoying, but hundreds of thousands of people manage to do it every year. We think you’ll be able to manage it too, but it may take just a little bit of extra work and planning to help you decide. Here are some guidelines that’ll help you decide what goes into self storage.

Do not Procrastinate 

When us humans don’t want to do something, we have this lovely habit of putting it off to the last minute. This is not such a great tendency when tackling the huge task of putting away items in self storage- especially if you have some hang-ups about putting items in self storage at all. When you are selecting items to put into self storage, it is a good idea to start choosing as soon as you know you’ll need to put some items in storage. When you start early you have plenty of time to sort through everything to pick out the items that you wouldn’t mind going into self storage.

How Much Stuff NEEDS to Go Into Self Storage 

This is an especially important consideration to make when you are moving into a more restricted space. Take the time to measure the new and old space then calculate what items will fit into the new space. Based on this measurement you can start choosing items that probably need to go into self storage.

What Can You Live Without 

Take the time to inventory items that you absolutely want to have versus items that you can live without. Once you start making the list you may be surprised exactly how many items that you think you can live without, so the whole process of putting items in self storage becomes a lot easier.

Post-It Note Method

Go through every room in your house and attach post-it notes to items you want to go into self storage. This will give you a clear visual as to how much stuff you plan on putting into self storage, so from there you can decide if you need to start choosing additional items to go into self storage too.

Box and/or Bag Method 

It can be helpful to go through each room with a bag or box to start removing and packing items that will go into self storage. If you are having a particularly difficult time choosing items set a goal of filling of half-filling a box or bag each day and/or choosing a larger item that will go into self storage. As a bonus, this gets you started packing if you are moving!

Seasonal Items

A lot of people choose to always have seasonal items in self storage, but if this whole new self storage thing is new to you the idea of putting Christmas lights, Halloween decoration, etc. may be painful due to the sentimental value. Just because you are putting away seasonal items until it is appropriate to take them out doesn’t mean you are never going to see them again. Just keep seasonal items towards the front of the self storage unit, so when the time comes it is easy to go grab these items out of self storage.

9 Common Moving Mistakes that You NEED to Avoid

In almost every move something is bound to go not exactly as planned. It can be as small as forgetting to make a certain item easily accessible or as huge as breaking that expensive big screen television. We hope that everything in your move does run smooth, but there are certain precautions you can take to help avoid most problems. By avoiding the 9 following moving mistakes you will help guarantee that moving day doesn’t turn into a moving disaster.

1. Hiring Disreputable Movers 

When deciding on what moving company you want to go with, it is vital to spend the time doing research on the company. Google the company, ask for references and thoroughly interview the movers, so you can feel comfortable with your choice.

2. Not Hiring Movers at All 

A lot of people decide that they’d rather save the money and do the move themselves. For some people due to budgetary restrictions this is the only viable option. When you have the option, we highly recommend hiring professional movers. Professional movers know how to move better than the average Joe, because it is what these people do for a living.

3. Not Packing Items Properly 

A lot of the time when we are in a hurry we’ll take short cuts to save us time. In the case of moving this can end in disaster! Anything delicate or breakable should be carefully packed, so that it makes it unscathed and/or unbroken to your new home.

4. Waiting Until the Last Minute 

Rushing to pack everything can result in injury, broken items and forgetting certain things. As soon as you know that you are going to move is a good time to start preparing for your move. Putting off everything until moving day makes moving a stressful too, so give yourself a break by starting to pack and prepare very early on.

5. Moving During Busy Times 

Moving during rush hour, weekends, or peak moving season means that your move is going to take a lot longer. It can also mean that your movers are going to run behind schedule, so don’t panic if the movers show up a little bit behind schedule!  P.S. The best time to move is in the middle of the winter in the middle of a day on a Wednesday. Of course, we can’t always choose our moving date, but it is something to keep in mind when trying to schedule a move.

6. Being Cheap 

Being cheap when it comes to hiring movers or buying packing supplies can result in too many disasters to mention here. If the price seems too good to be true remember we often get what we pay for.

7. No First-to-Open Boxes 

Prioritizing at least one box to open first is a good idea, so that you can have items you need at hand immediately. What goes into this box or bag is completely up to you, but it is a good idea to have some First-Aid and medical supplies in the box just in case something goes wrong.

8. Injury 

It is very easy to push ourselves to hard come moving day. To help ensure that you don’t hurt yourself during your moving day learn how to properly lift items using your arms and legs- not your back. Also, dress for the occasion wearing sturdy shoes and clothes.

9. Not Getting Rid of Items Before Move 

It is a lot less work to sell, donate and throw away items you no longer use before moving rather than after moving. Every item you remove from your household is one you don’t have to move, so get working on cleansing your house of all the excess junk!

7 Foods to Eat on Moving Day

The day you arrive at your home is tiring, exciting and rejuvenating! For some people with all of the stress it can be difficult to even think about food, but for others you may have been famished since moving day began. Either way you are stuck in the difficult predicament of needing food, but unfortunately you are tired and almost everything is in boxes. Here are 10 foods that you can eat that have minimal hassle.

 

1. Pizza

It is delicious, doesn’t require utensil and is extremely filling. Either go out to the store to buy a cheap frozen pizza, or you can treat yourself to a carryout pizza.

2. PB&J

In a first to open/box bag pack all that you need to make this classic sandwich. It takes very few dishes and minimal preparation, so that you can make it quick and easily at the end of moving day. If you want to make it especially fancy you can have you can pack the toaster in the first to open box too, so that you can toast the bread.

3. Bananas and Almonds

This is an especially good snack for people who don’t like to eat when they get stressed. Since you’ll be doing so much physical work during a move it is vital to get some protein, potassium and other nutrients these two easy snacks provide. Just throw some bananas and almonds in your purse, glove box or a bag, so that you can make yourself eat this snack even if you’re stressed.

4. Cereal

A lot of people have sentimental recollections of eating a bowl of cereal every morning, so that many cereals almost feel like a comfort food. This does require someone either running out to pick up milk, but many convenience stores sell milk for an easy way to get that.

5. Anything Carryout

This is an obvious one, but carryout can be a huge reward after a hard day of working. Research close-by and delicious carry-out options in your neighborhood.

6. Television Dinner

If you are willing to quickly drop a grocery or convenience store this can be an easy one. Also, make sure that you have the microwave or oven setup! Cheap, easy, quick and okay tasting, frozen foods offer something warm after a long day of hard work.

7. Delivery

There is nothing better than having someone actually bring dinner to your doorstep. Research who delivers to your address before moving day, so all you have to do is make the phone call when you are ready to chow down.

5 Ways You Can Change Your Life By Moving

Sometimes  a move serves as an opportunity to make much needed changes in our lives. They always say the grass is always greener on the other side when people talk about moving to a new place to make transformations, but we are of the opinion that a change of scenery really can make all the difference. Here are five ways that moving can help change your life.

1. New Community

There are a lot of variables when it comes to the type of communities people are in and the problems they encounter with said community. Some people live in bad neighborhoods, some feel too isolated from their neighbors and others are influenced negatively by the people surrounding them. Whatever the reason, sometimes moving to a different place to surround yourself with a different group of people can be helpful in the course of making changes in life.

2. New Habits

Breaking bad habits sometimes calls for a move. When we are surrounded by people and places that either enable or remind us of a bad habit, it can make it all that much harder to quit something. When you move, you can start a new with everything, so that there aren’t constant reminders of the old habits.

3. New Budget

Whether you want to shrink or expand your budget, sometimes moving can be a great option. Maybe you want to sacrifice some spending money to live closer to the city, so that you can actually spend your money on fun things to do. Or perhaps, you want to move out further from the city, so that you can save some money on cost of living. Either way, be sure to run the numbers thoroughly to ensure that the changes you are making will have the expected budgetary effect.

4. New Climate

Sick of all the extreme weather of where you live now? Too cold, dark, wet, windy, hot? Well move somewhere else! There is a climate to match most people’s weather preferences, but we have to take the dream step of moving closer to where we want to actually call home.

5. New Job

The security of a job is a really good reason to stay put, especially in today’s job market. It can never hurt to look at different  job opportunities somewhere else, and with the internet doing so is easier than ever before. Maybe even consider a career change if you hate the job you have now.

Conclusion 

Life is too short to spend it toiling away at a location that you hate. Consider making the big move to make your way towards the life that you’ve always envisioned yourself leading.