They Won’t Do What? 4 Things Your Movers Will Not Do for You

If you thought you could call a moving company and expect the movers who show up to handle a bunch of things for you, they won’t. In fact, there are a variety of things that your movers will NOT do and they are not afraid to say no. But why? If you are wondering why your movers cannot do many of the following tasks, it is because of liability reasons.

If you find that you need help with any of the actions they will not help you with, consider calling a friend or relative to help in place of the mover.

  1. Unhook Your Appliances

Your movers will not unhook and disconnect your appliances for you. This is left up to you and you will need to empty out, clean, and unhook the appliance prior to the movers showing up. If you are unable to do this or simple do not want to, you have two options: 1) hire someone to do it for you, such as an appliance company or 2) leave your appliances behind and buy new ones.

Vehicle Maintenance Checklist for Your Move: Know Before You Go

One of the most commonly forgot about items when it comes to a move is your vehicle. Did you know that your vehicle needs to be inspected before you hit the road? Most people never even think about this, but if your vehicle is in subpar condition, then you will find that it may break down on the side of the road or your tire may blow out on the interstate. Below, we will go over some items you need to check on your vehicle before you close the doors and hit the road.

  1. Take Your Vehicle in for an Inspection

If you have the time and funds available, take your car in for a quick inspection. Dealerships often offer a special where you can have your vehicle inspected for free with any service purchase. These inspections will look over the main components of your vehicle and the mechanic on site will let you know if he notices any issues with your vehicle.

What Size Moving Truck Do I Need?

So, you have made the decision to rent a moving truck for your upcoming move, but now you are faced with the decision of what size truck to rent. This is one of those things that stumps almost all of those who do rent a truck. When it comes to the size of the truck, you want to make sure you choose a truck that is going to hold all of your belongings, otherwise, you will be making unnecessary trips back and forth to move all of your items.

One of the hardest things for people to determine is the size equivalent of the truck itself. For example, you may look up how many items a 14-foot truck holds and one person may say a one or two-bedroom apartment. But, how many items is this? For someone in one area of the country, a two-bedroom apartment may be the size of a two-bedroom house, but for someone else, a two-bedroom apartment is only the equivalent of a one-bedroom house.

Why Asking Friends and Family to Help You Move Might Be a Bad Idea

When you first decide to move and as the day approaches, you are probably starting to think about who you can ask to help you move. The first people you are likely to ask are your friends and family, right? Well, this may not be the best idea and you may actually be doing yourself a disservice by asking your friends and family. If you are wondering why this is a bad idea, we will go over some of the reasons below.

  1. Your Friends and Family May Not Stick to Timelines

Since your friends and family are close to you, they may not feel like they need to adhere to the timelines that you set and they may arrive late to help you move. This can cause your day to be delayed and you may become frustrated with them.

In addition, your friends and family may think it is okay to flake out on you and not show up when you are ready to move. This is problematic because it means that you are left without the help that you planned on and needed to get the move done.

Your Checklist for Must-Have Moving and Packing Supplies

Packing up and moving your home is no simple task. But, if you have the right supplies on hand, you will find that packing and moving your items is much easier than you initially thought. Below, we will go over some of the must-have items you need for packing and moving.

  1. Boxes or Plastic Totes

You are definitely going to need some boxes or plastic totes to move your items because without these items, you will not get far. Boxes are ideal for most residential moves and can either be purchased at your local moving truck rental store or home improvement store. Often, you can even find cardboard boxes for free by simply asking stores if you can have the extras once they have unloaded their products from them.

While cardboard boxes usually do the trick, plastic totes are the best option for any move. This is because they are more durable than cardboard and they help to protect your items. You can stack the totes and they keep moisture out in case you plan to store any of your items.

Your Guide to Hosting a Successful Packing Party

If you are stressed out about your upcoming move, there is one way that you can make the entire experience a great one – have a packing party. You may be wondering what a packing party is right now and it is a sort of get together that you host and your guests help you pack up all of your items and stick them into boxes. How fun is that? Not only will you be able to bond with your friends, you will find that your packing gets done a lot quicker than it would have if you were doing it alone. Below, we will go over some ways and ideas to help you host the best packing party of all time.

  1. Plan and Set a Date

You need to make sure that you plan and set a date for your packing party. Sit down and think about who you want to invite, the activities that will take place, your budget for the party, and what day you want the party to be held. If you plan to have a small get together, choose a day that you know all of your friends will be able to attend. For example, an ideal night would be a Friday or Saturday, but if you have some friends that work weekends, you may find that everyone is off on Wednesday and you can have the party then.

Your Guide to Moving Your Above Ground Pool

Pools are by far one of the best summertime activities and they bring families together for barbecues and more. But, if you plan to move, what do you do about your above ground pool? You take it with you of course! Below, we will provide you with the steps to move your above ground pool safely to your new location.

  1. Empty All That Water

Since it is likely that your pool is filled with water, it is time to take the time to empty the entire pool. Make sure you are prepared for the draining and that you do not flood your neighbor’s yard. Often, above ground pools will have a plug or some type of special drain to allow you to safely remove the water.

Once the water has been removed from the pool, carefully climb into the pool and hose off the liner to remove any buildup of dirt, pollen, and debris.

  1. Determine Where the Pool Will Go and Prepare the Site

Now, you need to determine where the pool will go at your new location and you need to prepare the site for the arrival of the pool. This part is going to take some time, so you must plan in advance before you bring the pool along with you.

When it comes to preparing the site for the pool, you should level the ground where the pool will go and make sure that all rocks and any sharp objects are removed from the ground as they may rip the liner and lead to leaking.

Your Guide to Moving Your Home Office

The term “home office” used to mean something a bit different than it means today. Today, the term is used for a place where business is conducted from home and many people often work out of their home and receive calls from clients, etc., while in their office. Since this space is used to support your family and build up your business, you do not want to take a move lightly, especially since many of the items within your office are fragile. Below, we will go over some tips to help ensure a smooth and easy home office move.

  1. Go Through Your Desk and Files

Before you make your move, go through all of the items on your desk and also through your files. You do not want to take things along for the move that you no longer need. If you find that you have important paperwork that you do not need, shred it instead of placing it into the trash. This will help protect your information and the information of your client as well.

  1. Keep Your Important Items in a Box That’s Readily Accessible

Since it is unlikely that you can just put everything on hold or your move, you should keep any important items that you need readily accessible in a box. For example, if you are currently working on a project, make sure to keep those files in this box along with the contact information for your clients.

Your Guide to Packing Your Kitchen for Your Upcoming Move

If you are dreading packing your kitchen, you are not alone. In fact, it is one of the most commonly despised areas in a home to pack and this is because it is usually packed with items. There are some strategies to help you pack it up without stressing about the situation and below, we will provide you with some tips and tricks to make a kitchen packing session easier than ever.

  1. Sort Through Your Silverware

Ugh! Silverware is one of the hardest things to pack because each utensil is loose and can become mixed in with everything else. To prevent any damage to your items and to help keep your silverware manageable during your move, separate the utensils by type and then secure each bundle with a rubber band. Grab a shoebox or small cardboard box and place all of the bundled silverware into the box to keep them separated from all other kitchenware.

Know Your Kitchen Storage Needs BEFORE You Remodel

If you are planning a remodel of your home, you need to know that it is going to benefit you and that you will not find yourself unhappy with the revisions made to your kitchen. Before you settle on the final blueprint of your remodel, you should consider all of your kitchen storage needs. This way, you will know that your new kitchen will be able to store all of the items you need it to without having to sacrifice counter space.

  1. Know What Items You Have

Before you start to plan out storage space, know what you have. Your storage needs will be different if you have a lot of small appliances than if you simple have a lot of dishware. You will need time to look over everything you have.

When you are taking inventory, think about where you would ideally like the items to go and how you want your kitchen to look when everything is put away. You can note these ideas down or even create a rough sketch of how you envision your kitchen.