Best Breweries to Celebrate Your Move: Miami

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Best Breweries to Celebrate Your Move: Miami

Best Breweries to Celebrate Your Move: Miami

While people across America enjoy beer, Miami locals truly love their craft brews. In Florida, the beer industry has a major impact on the local economy, bringing in $21.6 billion in 2016 alone. In Miami, specifically craft beer has been growing in popularity and saw an 8% volume growth from 2017 to 2018. But numbers aside, the real question is, where are local Miami residents getting their favorite brews?

In this article, we’ll take you to some of our favorite craft breweries and microbreweries in Miami, from art-deco-themed brews at M.I.A. to the ever-weird Lincoln’s Beard Brewing, and explore the flavorful beers that have made them the go-to spots for happy hour.

Just moved to Miami? At these bars, you’ll be welcomed like a tried-and-true local.

M.I.A. Beer Company is loud and proud, and so are their beers. M.I.A

Why is M.I.A. Beer Company the first stop on our craft breweries list? Because this brewery is loud and proud, and so are their beers. M.I.A.’s taproom features vibrant colors straight out of the 80s, and over 50 beers on tap every night. Their brews are so popular, you can find them at bars all around Miami, but if you want to go straight to the source, head over to the original location in Doral.

Wondering which beer to try? We love the company’s flagship brew, the Miami Weiss, a citrusy and light hefeweizen ale.

There’s also patio space out front and the Star Wars-themed taproom

If you’re still trying to use “the force” to move objects, J Wakefield Brewing might be the perfect craft brewery in Miami for you. In addition to the Star Wars-themed taproom, there’s also patio space out front that’s perfect for Miami’s cool but pleasant evening climate. Rotating food trucks offer a sampling of some of the best food in the city, while weekly live music performances bring music, beer, and sci-fi fans together in the unique space. Wakefield’s brews have a loyal following, and you can also find them on menus throughout the city.

Biscayne Bay Brewing is the perfect craft brewery in Miami to visit

For those who want a beer that’s more traditional, Biscayne Bay Brewing is the perfect craft brewery in Miami to visit. The brewers stick to perfecting the classics, with top brews such as the Kapitan’s Kolsch and the Double Nine IPA. In addition to their own beers, Biscayne also offers “Guest Taps” where they feature a hand-picked selection of their favorites from other brewers. There’s also a menu of beer-friendly eats, such as pretzel bites and nachos, and a brunch menu with bottomless mimosas.

Miami Brewing Company is located in an enormous warehouse, complete with billiards and communal-style tables

If you’re in the Homestead neighborhood of Miami, you’ll definitely want to stop into Miami Brewing Company for a pint of their delicious beer. The taproom is located in an enormous warehouse, complete with billiards and communal-style tables where you can laugh and drink with friends. There are more than 20 craft beers on tap at any given time, from flagship beers like the Big Rod coconut ale, to seasonal brews like the Imperial Russian Stout. On Fridays, this Miami craft brewery becomes a Western destination with Country Night, which includes free line-dancing lessons. Live music and food trucks also come by each Saturday for a fun way to end the week.

Veza Sur offers an array of beer cocktails, like the “Shoot the Moon

If you want to dip into Miami’s Latin roots with your beer selection, the craft brewers at Veza Sur have you covered. From the Latin Lager to the Arroz con Mango, you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in the sun with the perfect drink when you visit Veza Sur. The fun doesn’t stop at the beers, either; Veza Sur also offers an array of beer cocktails, like the “Shoot the Moon” (Guava Berliner Weisse, Florida citrus, Campari, and mint).

As an added bonus, if you’re looking for craft breweries with food near you, Veza Sur features the extremely popular Chi Fa food truck, which serves an eclectic mix of Chinese and Peruvian cuisines.

The quirky Lincoln’s Beard Brewing is perfect for those renting an apartment in the Birds Road Arts District

The quirky Lincoln’s Beard Brewing is perfect for those renting an apartment in the Birds Road Arts District. The brand’s tagline is “Weird at the Beard,” which should give you an idea of the taproom’s welcoming and fun atmosphere. Inside, you’ll sit on stools and drink on a classic oak barrel (sadly, not filled with beer). In addition to their three constant brews on tap, P. Swayze, Avenge Me and Lincoln’s Best Sparkling Beer, this microbrewery in Miami also features a small selection of rotating beers, which they’ve classified as “often” and “sometimes” beers.

Finding the Perfect Craft Beer in Miami

Now that you’re an expert on the local beer destinations, go explore each of these locations to find your favorite spot for happy hour. From crisp and light Belgian wheat beers to dark and stormy porters and coffee stouts, plus variations on every type of beer under the sun, when it comes to beer, these craft breweries in Miami have everything you could want.

Still working on moving to Miami? Use our Move Matcher system to find the perfect moving company. When you’re done moving in, celebrate with an ice-cold beer at any of Miami’s amazing craft breweries.

Published at Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:00:59 +0000

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Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

‘Life’ stars Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal waste some time with WIRED and answer the Internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Does Ryan Reynolds have a twin brother? Did Jake Gyllenhaal climb Mount Everest? Watch this WIRED Autocomplete Interview to find out!

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2019 Survey on Dating and Distance: How Far Are People Willing to Look for Love?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on 2019 Survey on Dating and Distance: How Far Are People Willing to Look for Love?

2019 Survey on Dating and Distance: How Far Are People Willing to Look for Love?

2019 Survey on Dating and Distance: How Far Are People Willing to Look for Love?

Posted in:
I’m Moving,
Long Distance Moving, Moving Stories

Online dating fundamentally changed how we connect with others, and even how we date and fall in love. From Tinder to Bumble, Hinge, and even, it’s easier than ever to find a match almost anywhere in the world.

Yet, while you can connect with someone on the other side of the globe, most people say they are still looking for romance close to home. In our recent survey, HireAHelper uncovers exactly what distances people are (or aren’t) willing to go to find love.

Survey highlights

  • When dating, most people’s limits for finding a partner are their state borders. Two-thirds (68%) say they’d look for a partner within their state borders or closer; this includes a third (35%) who wouldn’t look for love outside their neighborhood or city.
  • When dating through apps or online, the limit on love is 30 miles or less. Two-thirds of people say they’d set a dating app or site’s location radius for matches at 30 miles or closer.
  • More people are against getting into a long-distance relationship (41%) than are open to it (27%). Should they find a long-distance partner, however, many would consider moving to be with them — 44% would be open to the idea, compared to 26% who would be against it.
  • A long-distance relationship should last at least six months or more before considering a move to be together. 68% say they’d need to be dating for a period longer than six months.
  • Among those who have moved to be with a partner, 30% met their significant other online through a dating app or site.

Two-thirds of people set a dating app location radius of 30 miles or less

After picking out your sharpest selfies, it turns out the biggest decision you make when setting up a dating profile might be setting your location radius for matches. Most dating sites and apps require that you set a location radius that tells the platform how close or far you’re willing to look for love.

Overall, 30 miles or less seems to be the magic number — about two-thirds (62%) say they would set a distance radius at or under that amount if they were to use a dating app.

“Overall, 30 miles or less seems to be the magic number.”

On dating apps, what location radius would you set as the max distance for matches?

Millennials are generally more likely to set a smaller radius, with about half (49%) open to matches within 20 miles or less. This could reflect the stage of life they are at. With more open to casual dating and also with a larger pool of peers also looking for partners, they might feel they don’t need to look very far for matches.

Men are also more likely to set a smaller radius on dating apps, with 48% setting a dating radius of 20 miles or less — compared to 42% of women.

Dating and distance: 2 in 3 wouldn’t date outside their state

When it comes to looking for a new partner, most people are unwilling to search too far from home.

We asked people to name the furthest distance they’d be willing to go to find a partner if they were to start their search today.

  • About a third (35%) are willing to look for potential partners only as far as either their city or neighborhood.
  • Another 29% would be willing to look within their state or closer for a partner.
  • In all, two-thirds (68%) of people had distance limits within their state lines or closer.

State lines are the boundaries or potential love for most — but not all. Some people said they were willing to go the distance for true romance: 13% would be open to dating matches across state lines or further. Another 9% say they wouldn’t consider distance when dating.

Here’s a look at how dating distance preferences differed among specific demographics:

  • Relationship status: Single people who are actively dating or seeking a partner are less likely to say they aren’t willing to look for partners beyond their city limits (48% compared to 39% among general respondents).
  • Gender: Men are more likely to say they would only look as far as their neighborhood or city (43%) compared to women (37%).
  • Orientation: People who identified as homosexual or bisexual are more likely to be willing to look for love across state lines (16%) or to not consider distance (12%).

2 in 5 are against a long-distance relationship

If you were seeking a romantic partner, how open would you be to a long-distance relationship?

In line with the trend of people saying they’d look for love closer to home, more people say they’d be against entering long-distance relationships (41%) than would be open to it. That includes 17% who would be “very against” a long-distance relationship, as well as 24% who’d be just “somewhat against” it.

“After picking out your sharpest selfies, it turns out the biggest decision you make when setting up a dating profile might be setting your location radius for matches.”

That’s far more than the 27% of people who are open to a long distance relationship, of which just 7% say they’d be “very open” to such an arrangement.

Additionally, 6% say that distance wouldn’t matter to them, and another 27% are neutral on the topic.

Going by generations, millennials are the most open to long-distance dating. Just 39% would be against it, and 30% are open to it.

People aren’t looking for long-distance love — but if they find it, they’ll chase it

It’s not a shock that most people prefer to date closer to home and would prefer not to be in a long-distance relationship. The miles between them can make it trickier for couples to connect with each other, strengthen their bond, and develop and grow as partners.

But while a long-distance relationship isn’t what most people would look for, if it happens, they say they’d move to pursue it.

“Millennials are the most open to long-distance dating.”

When asked how willing they would be to relocate for a long-distance partner, 44% say they’d be either very or somewhat open to the idea. By comparison, just 26% say they’d flat out be against (again, either very or somewhat) the idea of moving for a significant other.

But among people willing to move for love, nearly half (49%) say they’d be open to relocating across state borders or further. That includes 17% who would move as far as across the country, and 7.4% who’d consider moving out of the country for love.

To warrant a move, 2 in 3 think a relationship should be 6 months or older

The length of a long-distance relationship is also a major factor that plays into deciding whether to move for love, our survey finds. Two-thirds (68%) say they’d consider moving for a romantic partner only after being together for six months or longer.

So who would be willing to move for a partner they’ve dated for less than 6 months? Twenty percent of respondents say they’d consider moving for a partner at or before 6 months of dating.

Women are more likely to say they wouldn’t move for a romantic partner (13% women vs. 11% of men) and are more likely to expect to be together for more than a year (41% vs. 35% for men).

Men are more likely to expect to be together for a shorter time before relocating, with almost a quarter (24%) expecting to be together for 6 months or less compared to just 18% of women.

Most long-distance couples meet on dating apps and sites

Looking for love and are open to long-distance relationships? You’re best off trying your luck on dating apps and dating websites. Three in 10 people who moved for love say they met their romantic partner through a dating app or website.

But don’t be afraid to try old-fashioned matchmaking methods, either, such as getting set up or introduced by family members or friends. Twenty-two percent say they met the partner they moved for thanks to their social circle. Another 15% met their significant other in a social setting, and 14% met through work.

While most people won’t be looking for long-distance love, if it happens, moving can be a smart move. Our survey also showed that moving for love works out more than it doesn’t. Of people who have moved for love, 73% say they’re glad they took this step.


The results for this survey were conducted on the online platform Pollfish, collecting 1,000 responses on April 23, 2019. When discussing generational trends, we matched the survey’s demographics to the age ranges that most closely matches the current ages of these groups: millennials include respondents ages 25 to 34, Generation Xers includ ages 35 to 44, and Baby Boomers include respondents ages 65 and older.
Illustrations by Deborah Lee

Published at Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:00:10 +0000

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HHG or PPM? How to Save Money on Your PCS Military Move

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on HHG or PPM? How to Save Money on Your PCS Military Move

HHG or PPM? How to Save Money on Your PCS Military Move

HHG or PPM? How to Save Money on Your PCS Military Move

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Military Moving

Ah, the Permanent Change of Station, or “PCS Move”—military families all around the world are familiar with what comes after they hear those words: a house full of moving boxes, detailed inventories of family heirlooms, and road trips to new homes.

A PCS is the standard military term for an official relocation to a new military installation, but there are multiple types of PCS moves. And they can sometimes give you some wiggle room to gain some money whenever the government isn’t picking up the bill.

After going through four different military moves myself, here are the nitty-gritty details everyone going through this should know about their moving options, shipping and storage, and how to save a lot of money.

Types of Military Moves

Military Move

The US Department of Defense is adept at handling the logistics of moving service members and their families all over the country and internationally. Most occur with six months or more notice, but it is not unheard of to need to relocate on short notice to fill a critical position.

And in many cases, military members are able to choose how to ship their household items. Here are the two most common types of military moves.

Household Goods Move (HHG)

For those looking to put in the least amount of work themselves, a Full Service household goods move may be the option assigned to you.

During a HHG move, the Department of Defense finds, contracts, and pays for all move-related services and expenses. This is done through local moving companies as well as larger group contracts. The service member has no input into which company packs or transports their things.

Once the service member initiates the move by contacting their local Housing Office or using the online Defense Personal Property System (DPS) at, everything is taken care of without anything required of the military member, beyond scheduling the pack out and delivery dates.

An HHG move is almost always required for those moving overseas, including to or from Alaska or Hawaii.

Worried about precious items being lost or broken? While the contracted moving companies have strict packing guidelines to follow, DPS provides a claims process to reimburse service members for things that don’t make it to their new destination in one piece (or at all). But you do have to submit photos and replacement values on the claims form provided by the moving company for reimbursement.

Personally Procured Move (PPM/DITY)

A Personally Procured Move (PPM), formerly called a do-it-yourself or “DITY move”, is a favorite among experienced military members and their families.


Because for a little bit of extra effort and logistics coordination, the service member can actually profit from their relocation with a PPM.

Keep in mind that PPM/DITY moves are predominately for moving within the United States.

Those opting for a PPM will have to pack, transport, and then unpack their household items at their new home. For PPM Moves, the military reimburses up to 95% of the cost that it would have required for a Full Service move. The member is able to keep the difference. The amount does vary based on rank, but can be estimated using the calculator.

“For PPM Moves, the military reimburses up to 95% of the cost that it would have required for a Full Service move. The member is able to keep the difference.”

The items eligible for reimbursement are based on weight, and sometimes this is referred to as “Household Good Weight Shipping Allowance”, or “HHG”. Again, keep in mind higher-ranking service members have a higher weight allowance, since they typically have larger households.

How do I get reimbursed for a PPM/DITY move?

To go through the process of reimbursement, make sure to get an empty truck weight ticket at your origin, then full truck weight tickets at your origin and final destinations.

(Curious about dislocation allowance and other PCS allowances? Click here.)

How can I save the most money with a PPM/DITY move?

It’s tempting to do the labor for your entire move on your own to save the most amount of money, but finding affordable and efficient movers – especially for just the labor – isn’t as expensive these days!

By shopping around for a good deal for local movers, the military member can still pocket the difference between the reimbursement and the actual costs. Even with movers, this can amount to thousands of dollars for those opting to pack, unpack, and transport themselves.

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PPMs and PODS (and other shipping containers)

Not sure if you are up for the challenge of driving a big moving truck across the country by yourself?

Shipping containers are a great solution for getting your things transported for you, especially when you need a flexible window of time.

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You can rent a PODS container, or any other portable storage container available in your area. Your container will be delivered to you, then picked up and shipped to your new destination when it’s ready.

Just like any other moving expense, you pay for the service and are reimbursed later for what it would have cost the military to do the job as part of a Full Service move.

You can still hire professionals to take care of any step of the moving process—packing or unpacking, transportation, and shipment—and you’ll still likely save some money from the reimbursement amount provided by the Department of Defense.

“The average military family moves about every two years.”

Military Moving FAQ

You may have heard a lot of strange military terms floating around out there. Don’t worry, I was once confused as to what they all meant too!

Here is a 101 (or a quick refresher course) on some of the most important things you need to know for military moving.

How do I get my PCS allowances while moving, such as dislocation allowance for meals?

There’s the process of moving, then there’s all the other important stuff surrounding a move.

If you are curious about how to get reimbursed for things like meals, hotels and airbnbs, car mileage and more, here is a fantastic write up on what the military calls per diem allowance, temporary lodging expense (TLE), and travel by privately owned conveyance (POC), as well as all the important forms you will need.

What is “Unaccompanied Baggage“?

The Department of Defense allows for a small shipment to be sent in advance of the bulk of your move, and this is often referred to as “unaccompanied baggage”. This small shipment usually consists of clothes, bedding, and some household items that the family will need immediately when they arrive. This is done to avoid any arrival window mishaps.

Does the military cover dependents traveling with me?

Yes! However, the amount depends on how they travel.

If you all are traveling by car (POC), the standard rate for mileage is usually $0.19/mile. (This also applies to your own travel!)

If they are traveling by plane, bus, or train inside the US, it’s up to your personal military advisor to authorize their travel and reimburse you for the cost of the ticket(s).

And if they are traveling outside the US, they typically will be booked a ticket on a military aircraft, though sometimes you might be asked to take a commercial flight with reimbursement in the case that no American-Flag carrier aircraft is going to that location.

“A PCS is the standard military term for an official relocation to a new military installation, but there are multiple types of PCS moves. And they can sometimes give you some wiggle room to gain some money whenever the government isn’t picking up the bill.”

What is “Professional Gear”?

What about all of the extra uniforms, equipment, and professional materials that military members need to do their jobs? For both a Full Service HHG move or a PPM/DITY move, stuff you need for your job is considered “pro gear” and does not count against the overall weight allowance and is annotated separately.

Professional gear is defined as:

  • Uniforms
  • Medals, Ribbons, Rank insignia
  • Ceremonial uniform items (e.g., sword or saber)
  • Job specific equipment (e.g., fins and masks for military divers)
  • Training manuals, required reading

What is “Non-Temporary Storage“?

Once you arrive at your new home, all that’s left to do is unpack, right? Well, usually the answer is yes, but what if a military member faces a prolonged time away from permanent housing and is staying in a hotel room?

This is where the government can hold on to your things for you, and it’s called “Non-Temporary Storage”. Non-Temporary Storage may be authorized for your household items in this case.

Non-temporary storage is most commonly used for those moving overseas where housing may be limited or significantly smaller than in the US. It can be authorized in some cases for moves within the US, however.

How often will I be moving in the military?

Military moves do not follow a set rotation and vary from service to service. Even within one branch, relocation can be based on a service member’s job specialty, rank, and even personal circumstances, such as the need to fill a gap at another command.

That said, according to the Department of Defense Education Activity, the average military-connected child can expect to move six to nine times during their K-12 school years. This means the average military family moves about every two years. That’s a lot of moves during a 20-year military career!

Is There Anything the Military Won’t Pay to Move?

Military Move

The military will move many household items that you may expect—furniture, clothes, bedding, kitchen items. But a few unexpected items are also on the approved list. Yep, there is an “approved list”!

Before purging your home (or buying a new, fancy toy), make sure that you know if the military will move it or if you will have to arrange transportation at your own cost.

What will the military move?

  • Firearms: Provided that you have the required documentation and follow the local laws at all points in transit, the military will pay to ship personal firearms
  • Unopened liquids: Bottles of unopened liquids, including alcohol, are usually allowed in the shipment
  • Bicycles: Bicycles are allowed and included in the overall shipment. The same applies to larger house maintenance items, such as lawn mowers and weed eaters
  • (Some) boats: Recreational boats under 14 feet may be shipped but do count against the overall allowed weight. For this reason, it can sometimes fall on the member to pay for their own shipment
  • Recreational vehicles: Motorcycles and dirt bikes are allowed as part of the shipment within the US. When moving overseas, motorcycles and dirt bikes follow the same guidance as cars. RVs are authorized on a case-by-case basis

What won’t the military move?

  • Cars: In general, the military will pay to ship one (1) vehicle overseas, but expects members to transport their own vehicle to their new home within the US. You may be able to be reimbursed for gas and expenses, however, depending on your specific situation
  • Consumable items: Items that are meant to be eaten are generally not allowed
  • Pets: Transportation of pets is done at the member’s expense. It is important to check local regulations at your new home as they may require proof of vaccination or a quarantine period
  • Flammable items: Understandably, moving companies require that all flammable liquids be drained from gas tanks. Batteries are also normally not moved as part of the overall shipment

Moving is almost inevitable in military life. Whether you want to use a Full Service option that takes care of all details or you put in some effort to make some extra spending money, there is an option for you out there. Knowing the terms ahead of time, as well as what you can and can’t move, will make moving day that much smoother; you will be on your way to your new home and new adventure in no time!

A small-town Missouri native, Katie writes about parenting, military families and travel for a variety of regional and national publications. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Monterey Bay Parent Magazine, where she was a monthly columnist. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in English and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Connect with Katie @kmbegley or at
Illustrations by Robbie Cathro

Published at Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:55:40 +0000

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How to reduce stress for your pets when moving house

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on How to reduce stress for your pets when moving house

How to reduce stress for your pets when moving house

How to reduce stress for your pets when moving house

Watch this handy video on how to reduce stress for your pets when moving to a new home. As we all know moving house is not just stressful for us, it is also stressful for our pets. We’re taking them away from their safe place, from their territory and everything that’s familiar to them. In fact 48% of pet owners say that their pet experienced stress during their move.

This helpful video will give you the key elements to take the stress out of moving house for you and your pets.

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Should You Rent a Moving Truck? 5 Points to Consider

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Should You Rent a Moving Truck? 5 Points to Consider

Should You Rent a Moving Truck? 5 Points to Consider

Should You Rent a Moving Truck? 5 Points to Consider

Should You Rent a Moving Truck? 5 Points to Consider

Whether you need to make a move due to a changing life circumstance or simply desire a change of pace, getting started with the moving process may feel like an intense physical, emotional and financial burden. In the current economy, you might be wondering whether you should rent a moving truck to transport and move your belongings on your own, without the assistance of a professional moving company.

Although we
consistently encourage and promote the benefits and value of investing in a
professional moving company, we understand everyone’s situation is different
and hiring professional movers may not always be an option.

As industry experts, there are a few items we recommend considering before you decide whether you should rent a moving truck for an independent move.

#1: Materials to protect your items are essential but often expensive

To protect your
items in-transit, reliable movers will use moving pads to properly wrap and
secure certain items in your inventory. When you’re performing your move
independently, you might forget to purchase moving pads, and many unreputable
moving companies won’t bring moving pads at all.

You have the option to rent moving pads from a company such as Gentle Giant, but the cost can add up quickly and it’s often impractical to return them or making them a permanent purchase. You could also rent moving pads directly from the rental moving truck company to make the return process easier, but this can involve an unclear price. Be aware of this prior to inquiring.

#2: The drive may be grueling

While renting your
own moving truck has the potential to save you some money, keep in mind the
labor involved with driving a moving truck over a long distance. The skill and finesse
required to safely navigate a loaded truck for hours can be exhausting and
could easily be avoided when hiring a professional moving company.

Consideration #3:
Liability issues will have blurred lines

Even if you’re
hiring professional movers to load your truck instead of doing so on your own,
they will unlikely be liable for any damage during the offload at your destination.
The same is true if you hire movers to unload your vehicle, as they were not
responsible for loading the truck and cannot be held responsible.

This means if you
do encounter an issue with damage to your items, the “stream” of liability is
often broken, and the customer must deal with the consequences, since there is
no one to be held responsible. Even though damage is not guaranteed, in the
unlikely event something does occur, it is helpful having one company be present
during the entire process for accountability purposes.

Consideration #4: The rental moving truck company may overbook

While you should
be able to fully trust the rental company you’re reserving your truck from, it
is a common occurrence for the companies to make booking mistakes or to overbook,
especially during the busy summer moving season. This can be a risky move to
make if you have a strict deadline of when you need to be out of your current
home and into your new one, or if you are starting a job in a new city and
flexibility is limited. There could also be an issue of receiving a smaller
truck than what you requested, which may not be able to hold all your items.

Consideration #5:
It can be difficult to determine the best truck for your needs

On the surface, it
may seem like a simple task to select the appropriate moving truck for your
needs, but the average person will underestimate the size of the truck they
will need for moving all their items safely. When this occurs, you are stuck
with the logistical issue of not having enough room for your belongings, which
means some may need to be left behind, or shipped later. The logistical
headache this can bring forth is completely preventable and unnecessary when
you choose to work with a professional moving company instead.

The final decisions related to your move are ultimately up to you, but we hope the considerations above will allow you to think about why hiring a professional moving company is worth the investment. When you work with a reputable company like Gentle Giant, all five issues above are ours to handle, so you can relax and prepare for life in your new home!

So if you are reconsidering whether you should rent a moving truck and think you’d rather go with the pros, reach out to Gentle Giant Moving Company for a free moving estimate and see more Gentle Giant blog posts for additional moving tips.

Published at Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:46 +0000

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How to Pack Lamps for a Move: Let There Be Light Again

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on How to Pack Lamps for a Move: Let There Be Light Again

How to Pack Lamps for a Move: Let There Be Light Again

How to Pack Lamps for a Move: Let There Be Light Again

Packing lamps for movingPacking lamps and lamp shades for moving looks fairly easy and straightforward… but it’s not so. In reality, lamps prove to be rather tricky to pack and move to a new home.

The moment you begin to disassemble your lamps for a move, you’ll realize that those household items are too fragile and too oddly-shaped to just throw them inside a cardboard box and be done with it. If you did just that, then you’d have to buy brand-new table lamps and floor lamps after the move. And that’s something you wouldn’t be thrilled about, would you?

Your ultimate goal is to transport, either locally or across the country, all the lamps in your home without any sort of damage along the way. And to be able to keep your light fixtures safe until you reach the new home, you’re going to need to protect and pack them really well.

The following 13 steps will teach you how to pack lamps and lamp shades for moving.


Packing and moving your lamps is not going to be easy – you’ll need to invest time and efforts to make sure those fragile household items reach the new place in one piece. And even if some of your lamps are made from metal, they will still contain rather delicate elements such as U-shaped harps, shades and light bulbs.

In addition to spending extra time and energy to pack up all the lamps in your home, you’ll also pay money to get the packing supplies you’ll need for the packing process and then pay even more money to transport the lamp-filled boxes to the new address.

So, the big question you should ask yourself before you rush into boxing up your lamps is whether it’ll be worth to pack and move ALL the lamps you have in the house. There must be some luminaires that you never particularly liked. And what about those lamps that work only when they choose to? Some light fixtures will not match well the interior of the new home.

Don’t pack and move any lamps that are not worth the trouble.

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Lamp boxes

You’ve got the boxes. You’ve got the lamps. You got it all. Well, almost all.

One thing is clear – you’ll need suitable packing boxes for lamps. Now, if you happen to keep the containers the lamps came in when you first purchased them, then that’s great because original boxes still offer the best possible protection for extra fragile items.

If not, then you’ll need to find strong cardboard boxes that are taller than the bases of the lamps. If you’ve decided to look for free moving boxes, then you should measure the dimensions of your lamps so that you know what packing boxes to be looking for. Make sure that all second-hand containers you use are sturdy, clean, dry, and infestation-free.

When moving more expensive and valuable lamps and you don’t keep their original boxes, do consider buying special lamp boxes (box dimensions: 12’’ x 12’’ x 40’’, 3.33 cu/ft), available online for around $5 per box.

Regardless of the boxes you’ve chosen for your lamps, place crumpled paper on their bottoms to form a soft cushioning layer for the fragile objects.

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The best way to pack lamps for moving is to use the proper packing materials for the job. Now that you have the right boxes for packing lamps, it’s time to also get hold of wrapping paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and a marker.

  • Packing paper. When packing lamps for moving, you’ll need a lot of soft and white (ink-free) wrapping paper that’s also acid-free. One big pack of packing paper (500 sheets) costs roughly $25 and can be ordered online.
  • Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is a must-have packing material that will prove to be crucial when you pack lamps for a move. Lamps are one of the most fragile items in a home so it’ll take plenty of the air-filled plastic material to cushion the most delicate elements of your lamps and keep them protected throughout the move. A big box of Enviro-Bubble – the type of bubble wrap that is 100% recyclable and reusable – goes for around $20 for a roll of 150 feet.
  • Marker pen. Get a black marker pen in order to write down the contents and destination room on each lamp-filled box. Also, don’t forget about the FRAGILE warning in big black letters.

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Without a doubt, the safest way to pack lamps for moving is to disassemble them carefully and then protect each lamp component individually. In fact, that’s the only packing method that can guarantee total safety for your electric light units simply because their elements won’t come into direct contact with each other during transport.

Start the disassembly process by first removing the lamp shade. Depending on the exact model, you may have to unscrew the finial to be able to remove the lamp shade, or you just need to lift up the shade to disengage it. The usual way to unscrew the finial is to turn it counterclockwise.

Once you’ve removed the shade from the lamp, consider cleaning it so that it’s ready to be boxed up later. Remove any accumulated dust, dirt or hairs using a duster, cleaning wipes, or a portable vacuum cleaner. Choose the cleaning method that you know will work well for the specific type of lamp shade you’re dealing with – plastic, glass, fabric, etc.


How to pack lamps and shades

Some lamps will be less straightforward to pack than others.

Once you’ve handled the lamp shade, it’s time to remove the next lamp element – the light bulbs. This is a pretty straightforward step that should not give you any hard time at all.

As you know, light bulbs are very fragile and some of them may not survive the move regardless of how well you protect them. Nevertheless, light bulbs don’t come for free so you shouldn’t just throw them away despite the low chance of making it to the new home in working order.

Unscrew the bulbs carefully, making sure they are not too hot to burn your fingers. Most of the times, you’ll find dust settled on the electric bulbs so it’s a good idea to clean them with a soft cloth before you pack them away safely.

If you keep the original packages of the lights bulbs, then you should definitely pack them in them. Wrap each electric bulb in one sheet of packing paper, then insert it into their factory boxes. In case you don’t have those original packaging, bubble wrap each light bulb individually, then transfer it into a separate well-padded box. Write on pieces of paper which lamp each bulb belongs to in order to make the re-assembly process easier after the move.

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Now that you’ve removed the electric bulbs safely, it’s time to turn your attention to the harp. And no, you won’t need to learn how to play the harp before you move out.

Some of your table lamps and floor lamps will have harps – U-shaped metal or plastic frames that support the shades and usually surround the light bulbs. Slowly and carefully, take out the harp from the lamp base, usually by simply lifting it up or unscrewing it lightly.

Set aside the lamp harp for now – you’ll be ready to pack it up and box it up in a minute. If it happens to be dusty too, you can wipe it clean using a damp cloth so that you don’t introduce that same dust into the new home.

Use a few sheets of packing paper to wrap the harp, then use tape to secure the bundle. Finally, be ready to pack it up in the same box with the lamp base.


It’s important that you make your task of packing lamps for a move as safe as possible. One possible problem that may compromise the overall safety of your packing job is not securing the cables of your lamps – something that could lead to tripping accidents or damage to the light units themselves.

First of all, tape a piece of bubble wrap over the metal prongs of the lamp cord to make sure the metal parts cannot scratch the base of the lamp. Secondly, use a cable tie to bundle the cord safely and keep it secure at all times but don’t wrap it around the lamp base just yet because you’ll want to make sure the surface of the base has been protected before you do it.

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How to pack lamps when moving

Some of your lamps may be extremely valuable so be extra-careful how you pack and move such lamps.

The next step when packing lamps for moving is to protect their bases for the relocation trip ahead.

To do that, position the lamp base over a couple of large sheets of packing paper, then wrap the soft paper around the delicate surface until you cover the entire base. Use more sheets of wrapping paper, if necessary – the idea is not to leave any lamp areas unprotected. Form a paper bundle, then use tape to secure it in place.

Don’t leave the electric cord inside the paper bundle to avoid any possible damage whatsoever – you’ll secure the cable over the paper package. So, do it now and use small pieces of tape to fix it to the wrapped-up paper.

The next packing step is to play it safe and wrap the already protected base of the lamp with a large sheet of bubble wrap, then use tape again to fix it. The lamp cable should remain fixed safely between the two protective layers.

How to pack fragile items for moving


Our tips for packing lamps when moving continue with the important step of boxing the lamp base in the safest way possible. The lamp will already be well protected with two padding layers of wrapping paper and bubble wrap. Now it’s time to transfer it to a suitable moving box.

When using special lamp boxes (box dimensions: 12’’ x 12’’ x 40’’), then you should place the lamp upright in the box with its base down. Remember that the bottom of the lamp box should be pre-padded for extra safety. As a rule of thumb, a lamp box can only fit one tall lamp inside and therefore the cardboard container should be used for more expensive and valuable light fixtures.

When using standard moving boxes that are deep enough to fit the lamps, you can arrange several lamp bases in the same box, placing them tightly one next to the other. The thick layers of paper and bubble wrap should keep the main lamp elements safe and protected even when two lamp bases come into contact with one another during transport. If the boxes you’re using are not deep enough, then you can still arrange the lamp bases lying on their sides as long as the bottom of the container is well-padded.

Once you’ve filled a box with one or more lamp bases, fill in any empty spaces between the lamp components with pieces of paper – using newspaper, in this case, is fine. The goal here is to make sure nothing moves inside the carton – if it does, add more padding materials until it stops.

Finally, use the black marker to label the lamp box properly. Don’t forget to add the FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP handling instructions.

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You should pack the lamp shades separately from the lamp base in order to keep them safe. Why? Lamp shades are extremely fragile and will need to go into another pre-padded box to avoid any harmful contact with the rest of the lamp elements.

How to pack lamps for a move

If you happen to own a lamp that’s out of this world, then you should do whatever it takes to keep it safe in this world.

Clean the lamp shade of any dust or dirt as described above. Use several sheets of packing paper to cover the delicate lamps hade as the first line of protection, the fix the paper bundle with bits of tape. Add a second protective layer of bubble wrap, then secure it with tape as well.

When packing several lamp shades with similar shape and size, feel free to use the nesting packing technique to save valuable space.

Keep in mind that when packing lamps and lamp shades for moving, there’s no such thing as over-padding or over-packing. If one of your lamp shades gets damaged during the move due to improper packing, then you’ll need to find a replacement lamp shade for that particular lamp model. And even if you could somehow find one, then you’d still be losing money after the move is over.

Transfer the padded lamp shade or shades into a strong medium-sized box and then use plenty of packing paper to immobilize them. Remember to label properly the moving box after you’ve filled it up with all the lamp shades you can fit safely inside.

Finally, use the black marker to label the lamp shade box properly. Remember to add the FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP warning signs.

When you’re packing all the fragile items in your home, there’s always a risk of damage due to improper packing techniques. Sometimes the lack of enough time to do things the right way can hurt your chances of a damage-free move.

Hire professional packers with years of experience – that’s the only way to make sure your lamps, together with all other breakable items under your roof, will remain perfectly protected until they reach the new home.

Published at Mon, 05 Aug 2019 12:52:58 +0000

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