03 Jan 2018
Packing up a house or office before moving can be a massive upheaval.
On average, we move houses five times before turning 30, and then three more times after that, meaning most of us experience this process at some point.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Moving can be exciting, and we’ve got plenty of advice for packing up a house. So, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive in.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This may seem like overkill. However, you should always try to give yourself at least six weeks to pack before moving.
This avoids the stress of running around shoving things in boxes, trying to get everything packed in record time – no one wants that.
Diligent planning and time management is key to saving you both time and money.
With that in mind, we recommend creating a packing calendar. This is essential for keeping focused and motivated.
When writing your calendar, prioritize your packing and try to distribute your tasks with the time you have left evenly.
Unsurprisingly, you should plan to pack all of your non-essentials first. For example, if you’re moving during winter, pack all your summer clothes, and vacation gear to begin with.
If you’re feeling super organized, consider breaking down each task into ‘mini goals.’ For example, one of your tasks might be ‘pack wardrobe.’ – you could break this down into the following categories;
- Sort through clothes and shoes
- Pack my clothes
- Pack his clothes
- Pack shoes
- Pack accessories
You get the idea; this may seem boring. However, you’ll save yourself time in the long run.
Don’t Move More Than You Need
Before you put any of your belonging into boxes, sort through everything you own. Ensure you allocate time to your calendar to sift through your belongings.
Undoubtedly, there’ll be things you don’t need/want anymore.
Use this as an opportunity to de-clutter your life and give to charity – win-win.
You may find you need to book a trash haul if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. This is usually easier than finding time to take everything to the dump yourself- especially if you have lots of bigger items.
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to pick up supplies.
Do your best to estimate how many boxes you’ll need. Before you waste money buying any, see if you can get some from work, use suitcases you already have, or, ask your friends and family.
Label. Label. Label.
Labelling your boxes is key to a smooth moving experience. You can buy sticky labels in most stationary stores, for next to no money.
Ensure you mark both the top and sides of your boxes with the contents and make it clear whether it’s fragile.
This will help to remind you which room each box needs to go. You should also make it clear as to the specific contents of the box.
This will come in handy when you’re desperate for a pair of underwear. You don’t want to be rummaging through 10 boxes stamped ‘bedroom’ when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.
Make Sure Your Stuff Stays in One Piece
When packing up a house, you should use what you have already to supplement your bubble wrap.
By this, we mean use clothes, and towels (and other household things) to wrap items that are easily breakable.
Just be sure to mark on the box what you’ve used. This has a twofold benefit;
- You won’t lose track of where you’ve packed everything
- You don’t want to go the trouble of safely packing away your gear to then have a champagne flute flung out of an old tea towel
In addition to doing the above, thoroughly wrap anything fragile in lots of bubble wrap – newspaper just won’t cut the biscuit.
Where scratchable surfaces are concerned, you’ll want to wrap them up in protective padding.
For example, coffee tables, TV stands, chest of drawers, etc. Furniture padding is usually easy and cheap to rent from storage facilities.
Try to save as much space as possible by taping lone items together. For example, brooms and mops.
This is especially important with disassembled furniture. Not only does this save space, but it also makes the load lighter and easier to move.
However, you must make sure you keep all relevant parts together. Put any small pieces into a secure sandwich bag and tape it to the furniture.
Keep Things Light
Aim to keep boxes as light as possible. You don’t want you or anyone else helping you move injuring themselves.
We recommend your boxes weigh less than 50 pounds. If you have any unusually heavy boxes, be sure to mark them to ensure no-one has any nasty surprises!
Things You’ll Want to Have to Hand
There are a few things you’ll want to access when you reach your new home. Such as;
- Enough clothes for the immediate aftermath
- Paper plates and plastic cutlery
- Toilet paper and soap
- Bottled water
You’ll be thankful you thought ahead when you start unpacking all your stuff!
Two to three weeks before the move, make a list of your utility service providers and plan to transfer them to your new address or cancel them. Here’s a list of utilities you should consider;
- Home Insurance
While contacting your insurance provider, check what your policy says about belongings in storage. This may come in handy.
We also recommend asking what your policy says about the removal process. For example, is your property covered if anything breaks on the road?
Are You About to Start Packing up a House?
If you’re about to start packing up a house, please feel free to check out our services pages.
Our team of professionals will be more than happy to help you pack up your belongings and clean your house before the move.
Additionally, if you have any questions about how we can help you during this chaotic time, please feel free to reach out. We’d be more than happy to work out the best way to help.
13 Dec 2017
Business is booming and you’re ready to move to a bigger office.
Now comes the tedious part of moving your office to a new location. Office moving can feel like an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be.
All you need to do it a little planning with the right information. Read these 9 tips for a smooth office transition.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
It goes without saying that the first step should be to have found a new office space. Ensure all the applications are done and leases and clearances are signed and ready to go.
Next, begin by setting a detailed time lime when office moving planning. Make a realistic timeline and stick to it.
Allow the necessary amount time for the timeline to be realistic. While small offices might only need 3 months, large offices might need up to 8 months to move.
Make sure you account for building moving in and out policies. Get layouts and blueprints for your new space.
2. Communicate With the Team
Once the initial office moving planning is done, you need to communicate this information to the team.
Give them all the information they are supposed to know because you don’t want people being misinformed about the timeline.
Ensure everyone is aware of the timeline and what roles they’ll be playing. If they’re not in a leadership role, they should at least know what things they should be taking care of.
Don’t forget to get their feedback on issues that could be improved in the new office.
3. Assign Roles
Too many hands in charge could create unorganized chaos. Ask your employees to volunteer to be responsible for tasks. It doesn’t have to be upper management, after all, they already have enough on their plate.
These will be the people who will communicate with employees, movers, and other key contact people to make sure everything runs smoothly and on time.
They should coordinate with each area and department to ask what moving materials are required.
Continue having meetings with your moving team leaders to ensure office moving goes without a hinge.
4. Deep Cleaning
Even if you’re office is maintained, years and years of dust bunnies will catch up with you in the office moving process.
A deep clean is necessary if you don’t want to bring unnecessary clutter to the new office.
Arrange to send documents that need shredding to separate from the ones that should get packed.
If you need to get rid of some old furniture, arrange to put it up for sale or donate it to a charity.
Delegate that every employee cleans their specific workstations to ensure there’s even less clutter.
At the end, depending on how much cleaning it’s required, you can consider hiring a professional cleaning service to leave the space clean.
5. Hire Movers
No matter how big or small your office is, you want to hire professional movers. Imagine you and your staff moving those heavy desks without the proper tools.
Remember this takes time, so it should be early on your moving timeline. The person in charge should start gathering quotes and doing research to ensure you get the best movers for your office.
Depending on your moving budget, you might want to consider hiring professional packers. This might be an advantage when packing items that could get scratched or damaged in the process.
6. Update Contact Information
This is the part no one ever likes doing. You have to update your contact information.
First, all of your business accounts need to be updated when you move offices. We’re talking about utility bill, internet, phone, banks, and other service providers.
You also have to contact your vendors and see if they will be able to accommodate you at your new location. In the event that they cant, you’ll have to start the search for new ones.
Don’t forget to also make your customers aware you will be changing location well in advance. You want to make the transition easy for them and avoid any inconveniences.
The person in charge of updating contact information should make a spreadsheet and check off to ensure nothing gets missed.
7. Secure IT Service
You don’t want to move to the new office and not have what you need to do your job.
Well in advance make sure your IT support company knows about the move. You will need their help setting up computers, printers, wifi, and router.
Technology runs smoothly when it’s properly installed, so make sure you start off well.
Don’t forget to call your service providers and schedule them to go in advance of your moving day to ensure they connect the services you need.
8. Do an Inventory Check of All Equipment
You’ll want to take an inventory of all your equipment including, computers, printers, copy machines, etc.
If the equipment is too old and your budget allows, you will have to decide which computers need recycling.
Also, if you’re moving to a bigger office, you might have to purchase more equipment. It’s always good to plan it well in advance.
9. Pack Equipment, Files, and Personal Items
Finally, develop a packing strategy to get everything else packed and coordinated.
All of the technology equipment should probably need more attention to ensure none of it gets damaged. Pack and label the files in a way that is easy to make a smooth transition when they have to be unpacked.
Tell your staff they’re responsible for moving and cleaning out personal items and they should be the ones bringing them to the new space.
The moving coordinators should make sure everything is securely packed and label to make the transition as quick as possible.
Must-Know Office Moving Tips Final Thoughts
Moving can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re prepared and organized your office moving should be a breeze.
Are you moving offices in the Spokane, Washington area? We’re here to help. Contact us for a quote and join many other satisfied customers.
Every year since 1980, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 43 million Americans (16.8% of the population), end up having to move to a new house or apartment. If you’re finding yourself in this percentage and are planning on relocating within the next few months, you should start seriously considering everything that a move will entail.
Moving is extremely stressful. Whether you’re moving down the street or to a completely new place across the country, you’re going to be stressed out, at some point, about your move. To limit that stress as much as possible, consider working with professional movers.
By finding local movers in your area to help pack, transport, and unpack all your items, you’ll be much less stressed out during your big move. Your moving day will likely still be stressful, however, even if you are working with an experienced moving company. Rather than worrying about packing each box and item into your own vehicle, driving to and from each location, and carrying all those heavy items, professional movers will handle all that while you focus on other important aspects of moving into a new home.
You don’t want to work with just any moving company, though. Make sure that you’re dealing with a quality organization. Here are a few things you should look for when hiring professional movers.
A moving company should be experienced.
Every move is different and every person has different items that need to be moved. The company you’re working with should have experience moving all kinds of items (TVs, shelves, furniture, etc.) into all kinds of buildings. The last thing you want to be doing on your moving day is helping a “professional” get your couch up the stairs.
A moving company should be hardworking.
If the moving team you’re considering isn’t hardworking, you might as well do everything yourself. Because moving is so stressful, it’s best to get everything done as quickly as possible. That doesn’t mean rushing, either, but rather working extremely hard.
A moving company should be compassionate.
You might’ve lived in a certain home for decades and have so many memories, making it tough to go through with the move. If you’re working with an inconsiderate team, they might not take good care of your items, especially any sentimental items you may have. Make sure the local movers you’re hiring are as compassionate as they are experienced.
If you want to get in touch with compassionate, hardworking, and experienced movers in the Spokane region, contact Movher today.
24 Aug 2017
You’re finally taking that big step and getting your own place. Congrats! Hopefully, you’ve found the perfect home or apartment and you’re in the middle of counting down the days to the big move. It’s important, however, that you don’t just stare at your calendar during these crucial months, but rather work hard to make sure the move is as seamless as possible.
Here are some excellent life tips for people just like you who are moving into their very own place for the first time.
Plan out every detail of your move
As you pack for the upcoming move, make sure you are writing down all your moving plans and are staying as organized as possible. Moving can be stressful and so can the first few weeks of living in a new place if you’re not sure where everything is. Make as many lists as possible to stay on top of your items and keep track of where everything is going.
Consult a professional moving company
Every year in the U.S., one-third of renters move to a new place and the smart ones get professional help. In addition to packing carefully and keeping track of everything, working with a professional moving company is a great way to guarantee a successful move. There are affordable moving services available that will put you in contact with local movers who know exactly how to get all your stuff to your new place. Struggling with that big couch of yours? Contact a quality moving company and watch the magic happen.
Buy everything you need before you actually move
The worst thing that can happen is you finally get everything moved in and then you realize you don’t have any toilet paper in your new place. To avoid these emergencies and other stressful situations, you should make another list of every important household item you’ll need during the first few days of living in your new place. Get all the bathroom essentials like TP, shower curtains, soup, toothbrushes, and toothpaste; important kitchen items like dishes, silverware, and chairs; necessary items for sleeping; and any other item you’re going to need during the first few days of living in your new place.
Plan for a day or two of rest
Although you’re probably extremely excited about moving to your new place, you’re going to be that much more exhausted after it’s all said and done. Packing, moving, and unpacking is tiring, and the last thing you’ll want to do after it’s over is to go right back to work. Your best bet is to take a few days off to slowly get your home in order and just spend some time relaxing so you aren’t overworking yourself.
Work with professional movers, plan out everything, get all the necessary items, and take a day of rest to have the perfect move. Enjoy your new place and contact Movher today if you need moving assistance.
Millions of Americans move every year, with 35.6% of those between 20 and 24 moving, and 30.7% of those between 25 and 29. If you’re one of those looking to move to a new home, you might be dreading the moving process. Loading, packing, and transporting all the items on your list can be a real hassle, and that’s why you should consider getting moving help.
Moving companies, professional movers that handle a lot of the work for you, can be a great investment for the tried mover. Especially if what you’re planning isn’t a local move.
Here are some benefits of hiring professional movers:
This is more for the local movers or those that are moving away to somewhere they’ve never been. Professional movers have the knowledge of the area, and the routes in that area, so your belongings can be safely transported to your destination. If you’re moving to a place you’ve never been, this can be a nice bonus.
Save And Insured
Hired professionals will have more experience in moving than you do, it’s a given as it’s what they do for a career. The safety of your belongings will be one of their highest concerns, and your belongings will be insured under their moving company. This can lead to great peace of mind.
They’ll also make sure to pack everything securely, if you allow them to pack for you, too.
The Right Equipment
If you’ve ever moved, you know how using the improper equipment can be a bad idea. Getting a truck from a friend and trying to do it yourself, without the right gadgets to make life easier, can lead to injury and broken possessions.
Professional movers, however, will come with the right tools for the job. They’ll likely have hoisting straps, dollies in both the two and four wheel variety, ramps and a large truck with cushions to transport your items in a safe and secure fashion. And, they’ll know how to use it.
They’ll know how to get the harder furniture out of your door without scratching or banging the walls, and how to get it back into the other building, too.
So if you’re moving and dreading the move, consider getting a professional moving company to do the job for you. They’ll have all the knowledge, experience, and gear that you might not.
If you have questions, contact us. We’ll be glad to inform you about the types of services you can expect from professional movers.
26 Jun 2017
According to the Census Bureau, since 1980, about 43 million Americans (16.8%) end up having to relocate every year. Many of those Americans, however, are moving for the first time and are leaving their college dorms and going on to bigger, better, and (hopefully) much more responsible things.
If you are getting ready to make a big move out of your college dorm, or the apartment you spent your early 20s in with your college buddies, there are a few things that you should consider in order to ensure you have a successful first move.
Here are a few moving day tips for moving out of your college living area:
Take advantage of affordable moving services
The best way to get moving help, no matter where you plan on relocating to, is to work with a local moving company. You can find local movers who have years of experience moving people out of messy apartments or dorm rooms and you’ll be in great hands. Perhaps one of the best moving day tips you can implement is to actually get professional help so you don’t make things worse during the move.
Don’t have your buddies help
Tell them you appreciate their offer to help, but kindly let them know you and the professionals will take it from here. You don’t need any of your wacky friends goofing around while you’re trying to move as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Get rid of all the junk you don’t need beforehand
If you’ve spent the last four years (or longer) in the same place you have probably accumulated a significant amount of… garbage. A lot of that stuff was probably funny or cool for a few months or during the first year or two of college, but now it’s time to live like an adult. Try to sell any items you don’t need online, give them to your roommates, or simply donate the items to charity. Make sure you do so well before the move, however, so you don’t cause problems during the moving day.
Hopefully these moving day tips will help you with your upcoming move but contact Movher today if you want professional assistance or want to learn more.
People, especially young people, move all the time. In fact, two-thirds of American adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old have relocated at least once within the last five years. If you’re planning on relocating in the near future and are in need of moving help, knowing the answers to these frequently asked questions can certainly help expedite the moving process.
- What’s the best way to get moving help? — Contacting a high quality moving company is your best bet. These professional movers know what they’re doing and they will help you transport all your items, no matter the size, as quickly as possible. Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, working with the pros can help make your move much easier.
- What should I do in the weeks before the move? — The best thing you can do before any big move is to plan out every single aspect of the move. That means planning out the exact day and time of the move, what quality company you’re going to work with, where everything is going to go, and focusing on all the other logistical aspects of moving like contacting the DMV, post office, workplace, etc. In addition to planning out every second of the upcoming move, you should also spend plenty of time packing and getting rid of all the items you won’t really need once you move into your new place.
- How should I get rid of stuff before the move? — Knowing the moving day well in advance is important because you’ll be able to put all the items you won’t need at your new place online for sale. If that’s too much of a hassle, have a yard sale or two or simply donate all those items inside your old place.
Make sure you plan ahead, get rid of all your unwanted stuff, and get moving help from professionals to ensure a successful move. If you want to learn more about easy moving tips, contact Movher today!
01 May 2017
Roughly 40% of American adults say that they are either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to move to a new place within the next five years, according to data from the Pew Research Center. If you’re one of those millions of Americans who is getting ready to move to a new home, whether it’s across the street or across the country, there are a few tips for moving out you should consider.
Because if you procrastinate and wait until the last possible second, then you are going to find yourself wildly running around during the day of the big move with no plan on how to handle the inevitable issues that may arise. Moving is stressful enough, and that’s why it’s so important to be extremely careful in the weeks before your move. Here are some essential tips for moving out that can help you during your big day.
Hire affordable moving services to help you out
The biggest mistake you can make preparing for your move is not asking for professional help. Trying to do everything yourself will undoubtedly lead you to feel overwhelmed and extremely stressed out. Remember: there are limits to your friends’ and family’s generosity. By hiring local movers, these experienced professionals can help you with any difficult moving day task and provide assistance throughout every step of the moving process.
Worried you can’t afford professional moving companies? Getting a quote is 100% free, so start researching local movers before you decide to do it all yourself.
Sell or get rid of all the items you don’t need as soon as possible
Moving day is going to feel hectic no matter what, but if you have all sorts of additional junk to sort through during the actual move, it’s going to take up a lot more time and cause even more problems. As soon as you know your move out date, plan a garage sale or gather up as many items as you can and donate them to charity (or the local landfill). If you seriously take a look around your home, you will probably find a ton of items that you really don’t need. Going through the trouble of packing and moving this junk to your new place is a headache you don’t need.
Make the move as simple as can be; get rid of all the junk beforehand.
Start as early as you can
Don’t wait until the day before your move to start packing! It’s best to start as early as possible and get everything done as quickly as you can. You’ll be much more relaxed if you are all done by the late afternoon the day before moving day, as opposed to rushing to finish up long after midnight. Just grab a cup of coffee and get going!
If you want to learn more about some more helpful tips for moving out, contact Movher today!
23 Mar 2017
Moving can be either a great and exciting time or a horribly stressful one. There are plenty of moving Do’s and moving Don’ts that you should be aware of.
- Do: Pack Ahead of Time — Give yourself plenty of time to pack before the big day. Hopefully you’re aware your going to move months before you relocate, but even packing a few weeks ahead of time can help guarantee you have an easy and successful move. When you are packing, it’s recommended to start with the kitchen since it’s usually the room with the most items.
- Don’t: Procrastinate — The quickest way to have a bad time on moving day is to also have it be packing day. No matter where you’re moving, relocating anywhere is a major life event. Don’t put any more pressure on yourself by waiting until the last possible second to pack all your belongings. If you procrastinate rather than pack, you’re going to have serious problems.
- Do: Work With Professional Local Movers — Contacting a moving company ahead of time hiring local movers is a great way to ensure a easy move. No matter how many moving day tips you implement, working with experienced and professional movers is your best bet.
- Don’t: Ask All of Your Friends to Help — Maybe one or two of your closest and most reliable friends can come over and help pack, but having 10 of your college buddies coming over on moving day can lead to a disaster. They’ll break stuff, lose boxes, and probably only care about the refrigerator.
- Do: Plan Out Everything — From the moment you decide you’re going to move, the most important aspect of your life becomes planning out every single detail of what’s to come. Plan what you’re going to do in the weeks before the move, plan exactly what needs to be done the day of the move, and what you’re going to need to do in the days, weeks, and months following the move.
- Don’t: Stress Out — Again, moving anywhere during any point of your life can be stressful. That’s why you have to do everything in your power to not stress yourself out any more.
Think about how much better your moving day will be if you focus on all the Do’s and not on the Don’ts. Rather than making stressful mistakes, pack ahead of time, work with local movers, and plan out everything.
27 Feb 2017
If you’re planning on moving this year, you likely have a lot to keep track of. You might be so busy focusing on getting everything ready once you arrive at your destination that you forget about some key points for the move itself. Of course, when you hire a professional moving company, that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about. But whether you’re going across the country or will be making a local move across town, there are certain mistakes you’ll want to avoid making. Moving day can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you avoid these four big mistakes:
Mistake #1: Not Doing Your Research
You should always professional moving services, but you also need to do your due diligence. Conduct searches on Google, Yelp, and with the Better Business Bureau to make sure you’re getting the best movers Spokane has to offer. You should also check your moving company’s license and ask trusted friends and family members for recommendations. If you blindly put your trust in a dishonest company, you’ll likely pay a colossal price later on.
Mistake #2: Overpacking
One of our top tips for packing and moving is to go through your collections before you need to pack them all up. You may not even realize you’ve been hoarding and may have way more than you realistically need or can fit in your new home. Getting rid of the items you don’t use can actually save you money and time during a move and it’ll make your home feel way less cluttered once you arrive.
Mistake #3: Procrastination
One of the benefits of hiring the finest professional movers Spokane has to provide is that you can leave things up at your current home for a longer period and have them unpacked more quickly at your new location. However, that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to start packing. Most people drastically underestimate how long it will take them to pack up their belongings and get everything ready for a move. Realistically, it takes a long time to pack (especially when dealing with fragile possessions). Leave yourself with way more time than you think you need to pack. You should also make sure to book your move far in advance. During busy seasons, these slots fill up quickly; if you’re on a specific timeframe, you could be out of luck if you wait too long.
Mistake #4: Forgetting to Inventory and Label
Before you pack everything up, you should take a detailed inventory of what’s in each box and label each one. This will help you know exactly where each box should go and will instantly alert you if anything doesn’t turn up. If you have priceless antiques or heirlooms, you should take photographic evidence of their condition prior to the move. Keep your inventory with you (there are even phone apps to make this easy) and make sure everything has arrived before your movers take their leave.
If you need help with an upcoming move, Movher is here for you. You’ll soon see why we’re considered the best movers Spokane has to offer. For more information or to schedule your move, contact us today.