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Checklist for Moving Out of State

Checklist for Moving Out of State

Everyone knows that moving is no easy task, it can be extremely stressful and time-consuming.  But, consider the added stress of moving to a new state!  It may seem overwhelming to plan an out of state move.  However, below is a checklist for moving out of state to help you prepare for relocation. It details tips that will help your move go as smoothly as possible.  Figure Out a Moving Budget It is a wise idea to set a budget for moving, this will help you avoid overspending.  It is best to figure out first, how much money you have to move, and then set aside a small percentage of that money for any surprises along the way.  Keep in mind an out of state move is going to cost more than a local move, so adjust your budget accordingly.  If you are moving for a job, be sure to check if your company can help with the costs.   Hiring a Moving Company Vs. a DIY Move Your next step is to decide between hiring a moving company or having a do-it-yourself move. Hiring a moving company is more expensive, but if your budget allows, it may be the right

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five tips for a local move

Five Tips For a Local Move

Planning a local move can be every bit as stressful as an out-of-state move.  Moving is still moving after all, and short distances do not take away the stress. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you will want to stay organized and on task.  Below is a list of five tips for a local move designed to help you plan a stressfree local move. Tips for a local move to lower your stress Professional Moving Companies Vs. DIY  You may decide that since the move is local you will not need a moving company.  After all, a do-it-yourself move will be cheaper. But, if you choose to move by yourself, be prepared to do a lot of hard work.  Be sure to make a to-do list of necessary tasks that will need to be done before, during, and after the move.  Just because the move is local, doesn’t mean it doesn’t require careful and organized planning.   If you decide to go with a moving company, they can handle the heavy lifting for you, such as packing, unpacking and hauling your items.  You could save yourself some time and sweat by hiring a local, and reputable moving company.   Explore Your New Neighborhood One

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5 Hacks for Moving Fragile Items

5 Hacks for Moving Fragile Items

If you have an upcoming move and you are a little apprehensive about packing up your breakable belongings, rest assured. If you plan to pack yourself, you need to follow these 5 simple hacks for moving fragile items that will keep your valuables safe Moving fragile items – keep your valuables safe Leave Plenty of Time To Pack Fragile Items It will seem tedious but packing up fragile items requires a lot of time on your part.  You do not want to leave your delicate nick knacks unwrapped until the last minute.  Start about 1 or even 2 weeks in advance so that you can take your time and do a quality job.  Make sure you have the right supplies to pack fragile items.  You should have sturdy boxes in different sizes, packing paper, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, a marker to label the boxes, and scissors.   Be Extra Careful With Fine China Here is a good method to pack fine china.  Pack plates in boxes that match the size, so that there will not be a lot of room for china to move around.  After you carefully wrap each item in bubble wrap, stack the plates vertically and

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What to pack first when moving

What to pack first when moving

What to pack first when moving and Knowing where to Start It can be overwhelming to undertake a move, and the most difficult part is knowing where to start.  However, by figuring out what to pack first, you can stay organized and on track during a busy time.  Once you get started, the moving process won’t seem so chaotic.  Here is a list to help you with the process.  It offers tips on how begin packing for your move.  Follow along and you will be well on your way to a fully packed house.   Items that are not in Season Start with belongings that have been put away because they are not in season, like winter boots if you are moving in summer, or swimsuits if you are moving in winter.  Hopefully, these items have been packed up and stored already, so all you have to do is go through them and decide what to keep and what to give away or donate.  When you start small like this, it probably will only take a few hours.  This can give you a sense of accomplishment and give you confidence to move onto more tedious packing. Closets Next move onto

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Ways to Make Moving Environmentally Friendly

Ways to Make Moving Environmentally Friendly

Are you looking for a more environmentally sound moving process? Consider all the packing materials and trash that comes with moving, not to mention the driving a move requires. Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce your carbon footprint and waste as you tackle a move? Below is a list of tips for a greener moving experience. Try to incorporate these suggestions and help the planet along the way! Reuse Store Boxes from Online Shopping We all know that online shopping is not very green, but it has become a part of our modern, busy lives.  So, why not save all the boxes you receive from online shopping, and then reuse them at a later time.  Break then down when they come in and store them in your basement, garage, or storage space.   Find Packing Boxes that are Used is a way to Make Moving Environmentally Friendly If you don’t have enough boxes from online shopping for your move, don’t go out and buy new ones.  First, see if you can find used boxes.  Check out the free section on Craig’s List to see if people in your area are giving boxes away.   You can secure boxes at liquor

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How to Keep Your Moving Costs Down

How to Keep Your Moving Costs Down

How to Make Moving More Affordable Preparing for a move can be overwhelming but may seem even more daunting if you are on a fixed budget.  Luckily, there are ways to move your belongings into a new home while still keeping your moving costs down.  Below is a list of tips for planning a move designed to help you save money. Professional Movers vs. DIY Please do your research before deciding to take on a do-it-yourself move.  Take the time to get a few quotes from professional movers before you make any final decisions.  If you are moving during an “off-season” you may get considerably lower rates from the professionals.  Did you know that if your move occurs during fall or winter, some moving companies offer rates that are up to 30% cheaper than during spring or summer?   You should also consider portable storage units for a move.  You rent the units and load them, but the company drives it to your new home, and then you unload the units.  This could be a good, and economical compromise that saves you from doing the whole move by yourself.  If your research indicates that doing the move yourself is still

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