Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
The first and most important thing is to use your free time to consider all the options. Start with the organization at least a couple of months before the planed date for the move. This will give you enough time to do everything in advance, which is much better than hurrying in the last minute.
The organization may include a number of factors, which will help you with the choice of the right location. Factors, such as whether you move for school, or to see parents for the long holidays, are very important. Take into account your preferences for the arrangement of your new place – where are the connection points, the switches for the lights and the lights themselves, where is the best spot for a better Wi-Fi performance, etc.
Do some de-cluttering and sorting. Put aside all the useless objects that you’ve been hoarding over time. You don't want to pay for extra space and to get rid of them right after unloading the moving van. Empty all wardrobes, drawers, lofts and closets, while putting the clothes in pales, ready for packing. Donating to charity, selling by advertisement or to second-hand buyers are only a couple ways to get rid of the old clothes.
Search for a removal company in your region, as soon as you see the true scale and size of your possessions that you want to move to the new house. Scroll through the sites of the removal companies and request as many quotes as possible if you want to choose the best one that suites your needs. Ask which fees to pay, as well as whether the company makes any discounts if paying cash.
Choose the right boxes in terms of size, materials, protection amenities, etc. A great tip is to discuss this with the removal agency, because they may have rental, plastic or recyclable boxes, as well as help you with very useful advice to prevent breaking fragile or expensive items.
When moving quite big furniture – consider renting a bigger van with a mover. Choose the best moment for the move if you want to enjoy a smooth and trouble-less move. This moment is usually outside the big holidays when no one’s coming and going everywhere. The big and heavy items are difficult to handle, so another great tip is to call friends to provide assistance on the moving day. Or else, call two, three or more men with a van company – they are well trained and experienced in heavy lifting.
Make yourself a list with To-Do steps for the moving day, as well as inventory sheet/moving checklist that will help supervise the movers in their work. Such an inventory sheet will also help you in a myriad of other things, for example: labeling of the boxes, monitoring the condition of the objects, taking special notes, numbering the boxes, etc.
When it's time for packing - just follow the checklist and you can easily keep everything in order. Keep in mind that if you are doing the packing by yourself, the company is not liable for damages to your boxes. Deal with some partial packing and let the experienced movers do the difficult part.
There are plenty of important organizational activities, which should take place on moving day too. Supply your friends, helpers, and strongest family members with gloves for heavy lifting. Make a quick comprehensive tour around the house with the packing crew so they can see the volume and number of the packages they should handle. Inspect the route to the front door of the house and remove all the bumps and imperfections in the terrain.
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Ayla Urwin-Toll P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Everyone wants to stay within budget when moving. This often involves getting multiple quotes for the service and choosing a company that is within your budget, but isn’t so low of a price that you question their quality. And, if it wasn’t obvious, a quote is only as good as the information it is based on. This means that to receive an accurate quote, you must give accurate and complete information to the person generating that quote. Below are some tips on how to be prepared and get that accurate quote.
1. Be forthcoming with any information regarding your move.
Yes, you want to save as much money as you can during the moving process, but you are better off being honest about what you have and anything that may increase the time it takes to perform your move. We do not charge extra for moving items up stairs or if we have a long walk from the truck to your new home, but we can give a more accurate quote for how many hours the move will take if we know such information. It can also take more time if you have numerous large, heavy pieces of furniture. If you give accurate information upon scheduling your move, your estimate is more likely to be the amount you actually pay.
2. Ask questions! We are here to help you.
If you aren’t sure how a particular policy of ours works, then ask questions. It is much easier for us to explain any company policies or procedures prior to a move than the day of. For instance, when a customer books a crew for four hours and the men finish the job in three, then we will not charge you for the fourth hour. Or perhaps you are moving out-of-state and only need Moving Made Smooth to load your rental truck. We would ask you to provide your own moving blankets by purchasing them from a company like Northern Tool or by renting some along with your truck (it is pretty easy to rent some along with a U-Haul, for instance). If we are performing both the load and unload, then they would be provided for you.For any move we provide any dollies, furniture moving straps, and floor & door protection.
3. Make a list of things a moving company is likely to ask if you’re planning on getting multiple quotes.
Some examples of what you should have on your list is date of move, any preferred times, load address, unload address, the size of your truck or desired size, flights of stairs in your dwelling or in the apartment complex, list of large, unusual, or heavy furniture, and include any special needs you may have. This allows you to be prepared for most of the questions a mover will ask when giving a quote or booking your move.
Thank you for reading our latest blog and, as always, have a great move!
Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Moving house is often feared by many, both for the psychological implications and the work to be done to complete the operation in time.
The best solution, in case you do not have the necessary help from your loved ones or when the objects to be moved are many, is to rely on a firm specializing in removals. One of the areas that require particular attention in terms of removals is the kitchen. The operation of dismantling, if you decide to proceed on your own with the kitchen removal, needs much time available, in addition to a certain familiarity with the job to be done. You will also need specific tools, such as drills, screwdrivers, and suitable wrenches. A moving company may help you deal with this.
If the furniture is modern, it is likely that some complex technologies have been used in the assembly, which means that a precise disassembly is necessary. But even those who have kitchen furniture of a certain value should consider the opportunity to rely on a moving company that can remove the kitchen without any problems, making sure that the value of the objects is carefully preserved. Considering the single objects, try also to think of the weight of them in order to avoid boxes that cannot be lifted and above all to decrease the risk of damaging anything. Given the fragility of items such as glasses and plates, a useful tip is to make use of bubble wrap; by using a couple of sheets as box protection before inserting any object you will avoid any possibility of damage. The plates, after being packed individually, should be placed in the boxes vertically; to prevent them from moving around, be careful to fill the horizontal volume available. If the box is not completely full, you should think of filling the space with quite small objects, like saucers, teapots or ornaments. Obviously, these must be individually wrapped. When done, close the container, putting the word ‘Fragile’ on it.
With regard to items such as glasses and cups, contrary to what takes place for the dishes, they will have to be inserted in the box by placing them in a horizontal position. Try to put the heaviest on the bottom and, if you need to stack multiple layers, remember to separate each of them with the bubble wrap. In the event that some bottles are to be moved, try to find boxes of medium size, wrap the objects in one or more sheets of bubble wrap and place them standing in the box. Turning to the pots, if they are different sizes it is possible to fit one inside the other but, in this case, remember to place a sheet of paper on the bottom of the previous pot so as to avert the danger of scratching the inside. Always try not to overdo the weight of the boxes, as this may cause problems especially when the entrance of the new home is far away from the street or if it is necessary to walk up some stairs before reaching the destination.
The important thing is that the boxes are filled to the edge. This will prevent dangerous movement of the contents. For users who are wondering how much it will cost to relocate a kitchen, the price of the service depends mainly on the number of boxes to be transported, the distance of the path between the two houses, the presence of an elevator, but also from the period in which the move needs to be made. This is an aspect that is often overlooked, but in reality, comparing the tariffs applied during different periods of the year, it appears that these increase in some months, when the demand is very high.
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Ayla P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Sometimes a roommate decides to move out before the lease is complete for a variety of reasons; maybe they can’t afford their portion of the rent or they are moving in with a significant other. Whatever the reason, it leaves the remaining tenant to figure out how to deal with the consequences.
If you find yourself in this sticky situation, there are a few tips below to help you through the process with as little stress and discomfort as possible.
• Try having your roommate sign an agreement to pay the remaining rent & utilities, help you replace them, pay for any damages they caused to the dwelling, and forfeit their rights to live in your dwelling. If an acceptable replacement isn’t found within 30 days, your ex-roommate will be responsible for any remaining rent for the remainder of the lease until a new one is found.
• If unable to do the above, you may be able to take them to small claims court to obtain the remaining rent & utilities payments. If they don’t appear for court it automatically will be ruled in your favor. Any court winnings can potentially be garnished from their wages or removed from their bank account by the court.
• Do not simply switch out your roommate for another one! These are grounds for eviction if your landlord was not informed of the changes to your rental agreement.
• Have any new roommate fill out a rental agreement with your landlord.
• If you also decide to break the lease, you & your roommate will be responsible for paying the charges involved along with any damage to the dwelling. You must also inform your landlord. Be aware that breaking a lease can also complicate entering a new lease.
• Beware! A landlord can decide to evict you both even if you or your ex-roommate is paying for their portion of the rent! This will usually only occur if the landlord already wants you out for other reasons, since few landlords want to spend more of their time searching for new tenants.
• If terminating the lease entirely, notify the landlord immediately! Also helping the landlord to find a new tenant or showing the dwelling to potential new tenants is beneficial to you. The sooner a new tenant can be found, the sooner you will be no longer responsible for paying rent at the dwelling.
• Remember: things always go more smoothly when you try to keep your cool. The landlord won’t put up with your tone & complaints about a roommate skipping out on you. And things will probably be better with your ex-roommate if you try to be understanding about their departure also.
By following these tips, you will hopefully minimize the cost and strain of the process of replacing your roommate or otherwise terminating a lease. If you have any input or advice not included in this article, please leave a comment below!
Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
If you are moving for the first time, there are many questions you are either asking, or are unaware that they need to be asked. Moving house is a slow, tedious, and encumbering process, and during it, you need to keep track of everything you are doing. This guide will help you through the course of moving, and will try to keep you aware of what you need to ask yourself before moving.A guide is only as good as the questions it raises, so let’s just go through the main questions:
1. Are you aware of what you own?
Most people start moving without even knowing how many possessions they have; shelves of books, wardrobes of clothes, boxes of kitchen cutlery & plates, dish stands, and furniture, and literally everything but the kitchen’s sink. A list would be a good start to keep track of what you will need to move. Put down on a sheet every item you can think of from the top of your head. Then walk around your house and put down everything you have missed and will probably also need. Then, go to your cellar, or closet, or cupboard and look through the things you have forgotten, but might also find a need or use for. A complete list is vital to keeping track not only of how many boxes/trucks/people you would need and how much time it will take to move everything, but also what you actually own.
2. Where will everything go before moving?
Before hiring a truck, you will need to arrange all the things you are taking with you. A good alternative to piling everything in front of your house in waiting for the movers is arranging it in boxes (otherwise known as packing) and subsequently arranging them somewhere in your home where it will not get in anyone’s way before the movers come and take it. Wrap everything up, and be careful with the fragile items. Use sturdy boxes that will last until you take everything out of them. Buy old economical wrapping paper from the dollar store – no need not to be green even if you are leaving the old home.
3. Where will everything go after moving?
This might sound as a silly question, but have you thought the relocation through? Do you know for certain whether the new home can fit in all of your old home’s furniture and items? That bed and end table can go to the bedroom, there is some room for the sofa and armchairs, but what about that dining table and desk you were so fond of? Find a place for everything before you move it
4. How will you move everything?
Finding a trustworthy company to help you move your home sometimes can be just as tedious as the moving itself. You cannot just hire any man with a truck, but need to think about viability, credibility, and reliability. A friend with a van would be brilliant, but if that is not an option, then you need some research done. Ask someonewho has recently moved about what service they used to do it. Moving furniture is the hardest part of the trip, so you need a reliable company that can get your huge bed from point A to point B without turning it into two less appealing and maybe less useful, bedsteads. Depending on the distance you are moving, you might also want to think about whether a single truck would be enough.
5. Get help.
No, this is not a question or a tip, this is a prerequisite. Do not get over your head about your moving skills and how much load you can handle. The amount of items in any house is too much for any one person, so call a friend, or a helpful hand. Think about all of this as you go through the process of moving. Relocation is hard, so put some hard thinking into it. But if you answer all the questions above, you should have a successful removal.
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Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Moving house is stressful as well as expensive. Set a budget limit for yourself so that it won’t create a burden on your pocket. You might be changing your area, downsizing or up sizing your home, or you might be buying or leasing your own apartment. Each of these reasons for moving has its own expenses. No matter how excited you are, the anxiety of moving house remains on your nerves. It is a big job to transfer all of your stuff safely from one place to another. No matter if you are making your move locally or cross country, the stress remains the same. The job is not only to transport your stuff, but to transport it with safety and within budget.Even if the process of moving house is being performed at the lowest budget possible, it isn’t cheap. This is because you can decrease the services to some extent, but you obviously cannot compromise with the quality. In the case of quality compromise, you may end up with damaged goods or bad service. There are some costs that you cannot overlook including transportation costs, moving company fees, taxes and other legal charges. Obviously, you need to hire a truck and men to get your stuff safely loaded and then safely unloaded at the destination. You also have to pay for the fuel and packing supplies that you will need. If you are going to perform all of these jobs by yourself then it will get really hectic for you. Always remember, the more hecticthe more stressful. You cannot avoid these costs but there are ways that can help you in lowering your costs without degrading the quality of services.
First of all, you must have a detailed look at all of your belongings and then think carefully if you need all of this stuff. Always remember, the more stuff you have, the more packing boxes you will need and, in the end, the more space will be required in the truck. As a result, you will have to hire a big truck, you will need more men, and the costs for moving will also be more expensive. The moving companies usually charge for the volume of stuff on the truck, but at Moving Made Smooth we charge by the number of men and the hours. The lesson is the same though, the more stuff you own, the longer it will take our men to load and unload your truck. All these services need you to pay some charges and you can reduce these charges only by reducing the amount of stuff that you have.
Always hire the truck by checking the size of it. Sometimes, the trucks are small and they need to make two trips for transferring your stuff. In this case, obviously you have to pay for two trips and more fuel will also be consumed. It is better to hire a truck according to the volume of your stuff. It will cost you normal. If you are hiring a professional moving company then you can also discuss this issue with them. They can help you find the right sized truck for your belongings.If you are making a move in your own area, then it would not be a bad option to move on your own. You can do it slowly by transferring the stuff room by room making several trips. It will be hectic for you, but it will save money.
Finally, try to get some packing materials for free or check out the low rates on the Moving Supplies page of this website.
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Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Not everyone has the tenacity or energy to take on unpacking their belongings after a long day of moving. And we hear you! The moving process is stressful and draining. So, we've compiled a list of several things to help you unwind the night after your move. You may want to take a look at our blog covering the Open First Box for some ideas on what to have ready for your first night.
1. Find your favorite too-big hoodie, or your comfiest PJ's and get cozy on the couch. Sometimes all you need to make your new place feel like home is to make yourself comfortable in it.
2. Make an appointment for a professional massage. This can be a great way to unwind after any stressful day, so why not after your move? Get yourself pampered at any number of spas in the Omaha area. Click this link to see Google's listing.
3. Have you set up your TV yet? If so, you can spend the night chilling on the couch and marathoning your favorite shows or movies on DVD or Blu-ray. If your cable is already set up, channel surfing can be the best stress reliever.
4. Hook up your stereo or pop in your headphones. Hearing your favorite song, the one that makes you say, "That's my jam!" can take you right back to better times and kick the lingering stress where it counts.
5. Go to the nail salon and treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Maybe invite your bestie and make it a girl's night. Sometimes getting some me-time or going out with your best friend can make all the difference. For local nail salons follow this link.
6. Check out your new neighborhood. Find local landmarks and get familiar with it. Maybe check out the nearby bars or night clubs. If you have the energy, go out dancing. Maybe a good dose of fun is all you need to ditch the stress. Check out your nearby restaurants, maybe you'll find your new favorite place. For night clubs click here; for restaurants click here.
7. Go to the gym or a jog at a nearby park. Exercise is a proven stress reliever and is sure to get you in a positive mood.
8. Pull out your yoga mat and get some use out of your new living room floor. Yoga and meditation are great for diminishing stress and centering your mind and body.
9. Unpack a good book and sit in your favorite chair. Before you know it you'll be so engaged in that new world that you'll forget the stress of your current predicament.
10. Get in a long nap. Sometimes the best way to unwind is to hit that mental 'restart' button and sleep off the stress. You should wake up feeling refreshed andenergized. Maybe even motivated enough to start unpacking all those boxes.
11. Break out the scented candles and bubble bath! The hot water and aromatherapy will melt away the tension of the day and relax your stiff muscles. Have a glass of wine and maybe some soft mood music or ocean sounds.
12. Go out shopping or check out your favorite online stores. Buying yourself a present is a great pick-me-up. Pick up that handbag you've been eyeing or raise your self esteem by getting yourself something pretty. Maybe check out a home decoration store and plan the feng shui ofyour new place. Even some window shopping can do you some good by just getting out of the house.
13. Practice your favorite hobby. Grab your crochet bag and finish that scarf you've been meaning to complete. Bake the kids some cookies and build a blanket fort. Get out your sketch pad and draw for awhile. Hobbies are great for getting that little extra joy out of your day.
14. Hook up your game system and play some Call of Duty with your buddies (if your internet is turned on) or complete the campaign mode that you haven't gotten around to finishing. Play some board games with the kids. Some of the best times are sitting around the table and watching as the Jenga tower topples.
15. Turning off your cell phone. For some professionals this is a no-go, but for the majority of us it's not all thatimportant to have our phone on 24/7. Escape the worry and constant interruptions that sometimes occur when your phone is on.
16. Order pizza and invite your friends over for a movie night (or bring the pizza over to their place if you haven't unpacked your entertainment system yet). Who knows a better way to relax you than your best friends, right?
17. Surf the internet. Read some interesting articles or watch those funny cat videos your girlfriend sends you from YouTube. Find out the latest celebrity buzz or catch up on your favorite podcasts.
18. Get your favorite take-out or delivery food and cuddle with your significant other. Devote some time to them and maintain your relationship. Not only can this benefit you in the short term, but this can prevent future stress as well.
I hope that you have a great time learning to remove the stress from moving and that these suggestions have helped you or at least given you some ideas of your own. If you have a great idea for decreasing your stress after moving, please share it with us in the comments below. And as always, have a great move!
Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
If you have already decided to move to a new place you should first consider a few things that might help you move out without problems.
· First, try to figure out the details of your removal at least a week before the time comes so you know exactly how many and what kind of materials you should use to pack your belongings, which removal company you should employ and so on. It is very important to know when you are going to sort, pack and prepare your things for the relocation, because it will be up to you to decide how to fit your removal with all the rest going on in your life in this important moment. You don’t want to lose valuable time to think about boxes and bubble wrap when you have to deal with the details of your new job, for example, right? Also it will be up to you to arrange your removal in the most suitable and fast way possible. That is why you should make a moving checklist, look for the proper materials or search for a moving company during that time. You will be surprised how many things you should look after before you can even begin sorting your things. If you begin arranging all the details for your relocation early on, you will be free to look after more important things when the time comes to move out.
· Second, you should try to figure out possible problems you will have beforehand. For example if you have bulky or heavy desks or wardrobes, you should look for furniture removals and where to get a moving truck. Do not postpone it till the last moment. The earlier you book the moving company the better. You will not want to lose your time worrying for your furniture when you could have far more important things to do. It is also not wise totry moving furniture yourself because you might not have the proper transport and you might even damage your car if you are not careful. Some items may actually be heavier than they look and even if you manage to somehow load them in your vehicle, you might have been better off with a simple house removal. Try finding an appropriate moving vehicle instead of risking major incidents.
· The earlier you start searching for the appropriate materials for your removal the less work you will have to do when the time comes. Also look for some friends or family to help you or if you do not have enough assistance, use the services of a removal company. Actually, if you get tired planning and making lists of so many things you have to do or simply you do not have time on your hands using removal services is a better option. Thus, there will be someone to take care of the problems that can arise and you could rest leaving the heavy lifting to a team of professional house movers. But, if you want to do it yourself, than at least a week earlier you should have already been to the stores and found the most appropriate boxes, bubble wrap, and tape you need for packing. Do not be fooled by the look of some articles or advertisements. Make a short list of exactly what and why you need it and follow it carefully. Don’t be disturbed by the marketing strategy of the store and get what you need, not what they are trying to sell you.
In the end, do not get disturbed if your apartment looks like a storage unit with boxes, bubble wrap and tape all over it. This actually means that you are almost ready and there will actually be almost nothing left to do on the removal day than simply – to move out.
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Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Is There an Elevator?
Elevators can make a move incredibly simple. Sometimes apartment complexes will advertise that their buildings have elevators and some do not. The best way to know for sure is to ask the apartment manager or look/ask them when viewing the apartment. If there is, you will want to see if it can be reserved for a few hours during your move day. Be sure to try coordinating the time with when your movers will actually be unloading your belongings. Be sure to take measurements of the elevator if you have any large pieces of furniture.
Measure any Tight Spaces that your Furniture has to go Through
This is one of the most aggravating problems that can occur on your moving day if you didn't plan ahead. So remember to measure any tight spaces your furniture must pass through. These usually include doorways, staircases, elevators, and corners. If you need help understanding how to measure these areas or your furniture, please visit our other blog "Did You Measure Your Furniture and Will it Fit in Your New Home?"
Plan where you want Your Furniture in Advance
Many apartment complexes have their floor plans online. This can make planning your furniture arrangements far simpler. All you have to do is print off the floor plan and measure your furniture. If you think your couch would look best in a particular spot, check the dimensions on the floor plan and measure the couch. If the dimensions of the room exceed the size of the couch by at east a few inches, then you will probably be able to put your couch there. I recommend doing this for at least any large furniture items. As an added bonus, if you took the time to clearly mark on the floor planwhere you want your furniture to go, you can give this to your mover on move day. This can prevent some of those "Where would you like this to go?" questions and save time.
Take Photos of the Apartment Before Moving Your Stuff In
Most people who have rented an apartment before know that sometimes management doesn't make it easy to get your deposit back. If management claims that the drops of white paint on the kitchen counter was caused by youwhen those spots were clearly there when you moved in, you have little room to contest their claim without evidence. This is where taking photos of the empty apartment will come in handy. Be sure to photograph anything that is damaged; chipped paint, paint drops, broken hinges, holes in screen doors, or anything thatisn't tip top before you move in. That way when it's time to move out, you'll have a better chance to get your deposit back.