Should You Ask Friends to Help You Move?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Should You Ask Friends to Help You Move?

Should You Ask Friends to Help You Move?

Should You Ask Friends to Help You Move?

Asking friends to help you move: yea or nay?

After moving more than a million people over the past 20+ years, we’ve discovered that one of the most important things you’ll have to figure out ahead of time is how to get everything done. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer on a tight budget, you may consider asking friends to help out instead of hiring labor. But if you’re more concerned about things being packed and loaded professionally so that they travel safely, you may consider getting professionals to help you out. 

Friends help a couple move boxes into a new home on moving day.

Why getting friends to help is a great idea 

Not only do friends enrich our lives, they can also be a big help on moving day. Here are some good reasons to ask your friends to help you move:

It’s the most affordable option

Depending on how much you’re moving, hiring labor for packing and loading can get pricey. If your budget is tight, getting friends and family to help cuts those costs completely. 

You can get as much help as you want

If you’re moving a house full of heavy, bulky furniture, you may want to recruit your entire friend group, but if you’re just moving boxes and light furniture, a couple of friends for a few hours might do it. Either way, it’s a great option when you’re not sure how much help you’ll need. With hired labor, you’ll typically get a minimum number of movers for a minimum amount of time (based on your home size and what you need done), then pay by the hour. 

Friends may be willing to help longer 

If you’ve moved before, you know things don’t always go as planned on moving day. Asking your friends to help you move gives a little extra flexibility. They’re not on the clock, so technically they can work for as long as they’re willing to stick around. 

You get extra time with your people 

They say hard work brings people together, and there’s not much that’s harder than moving an entire house.  You may be surprised how much you can accomplish with pizza, drinks and your closest (helpful) friends! 

Reasons you may want to rethink getting help from friends

While friends are a great resource, there are definitely things to consider before enlisting their help for a move — especially if you’re moving across the country (because packing for a long-distance move is much more involved than a move down the street). 

Here are some things to keep in mind: 

How your belongings are packed matters

If you have fragile, heavy or breakable items, they need to be packed properly to avoid damage. Are your friends aware of best practices? 

There’s a proper way to carry and load items 

Have you ever heard “load high and tight”? Properly loading boxes and furniture into the moving truck can be a challenge. It may involve hauling things like heavy furniture down narrow hallways or carrying bigger, bulkier belongings up or down a flight of stairs. Do your friends know the best way to load into the moving truck or container to keep things intact in transit, and are they aware of the proper way to lift and carry heavy items to avoid injury? 

You’re relying on their schedules

When you hire moving help, you’re scheduling them for a specific day and a window of time during that day. And you have an agreement that says they’ll be there. If there’s any chance your friends could be a no-show on moving day, and you can’t get the job done without help, you may want to have a back-up plan. 

If it’s all work and no fun 

Is the time you have to spend with your friends winding down? If so, you may not want to spend it working.

Hiring Experienced Moving Labor

If you’ve decided that the condition of your belongings when they’re delivered to the destination is more important than sticking to a budget, you may want to go the route of hiring experienced moving labor — for just the big stuff or for everything. With their knowledge of proper packing and loading techniques combined with an expertise in moving household goods, you’ll know everything is safe and secure in transit. 

Helpful Tips If Your Friends Help You Move

If budget is the deciding factor, then getting your friends to help you move is the way to go. Here’s are some things you can do to help the day go smoothly:

Plan, plan, plan

Once you know who all is helping, plan and delegate jobs ahead of time. This will alleviate people standing around wondering what to work on next. Get someone to pack, someone to clean, etc. 

Make sure they know packing and loading best practices

They may not be experts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pack and load like the experts. Send them our helpful packing tips and loading tips ahead of time to make sure they know the best way to do it all. 

Give them plenty of notice

You can be respectful of people’s time, by selecting the date and giving your friends as much advance notice as possible. And if you can swing it, set up the time for the weekend when more people are off work. 

Buy lunch

The way to your friends’ hearts might just be through their stomachs. If you’re getting (free) help, it’s always good practice to provide food and plenty of cold water. Easy to eat things like pizza, burgers or sandwiches work best. 

Make it fun

Moving doesn’t have to be an “all work, no play” situation. After all, the advantage of having your friends help out is that you’re spending time with them in the process. Put on a fun playlist or have your favorite movie on in the background. 

Find creative ways to show your thanks 

Whether you do a personalized gift basket with their favorite treats, gift cards to their favorite restaurant or take everyone out for a fun evening on the town, a thoughtful gesture will go a long way. 

Choose U-Pack for your move

The beauty of moving with U-Pack® is that you can customize a move fit your needs — even when it comes to packing and loading help. So whether you’ve decided that a true DIY move with just you and your friends handling everything is the best route, you need help only with loading the big stuff, or you want moving labor to do it all, U-Pack has you covered. Get a free quote online, or call 800-413-4799 to talk to a moving specialist. 

Published at Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:58:34 +0000

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on I MOVED MY PETS WITH ME ACROSS THE COUNTRY! (HOW I MOVED WITH MY PETS)




Moving all my geckos, skinks, frogs, tarantulas scorpions and isopods to Vancouver!


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Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on MOVE MATCHER PARTNERS WITH RESIDE LIVING



Throughout Summer 2019, Move Matcher and Reside Living, a Chicago, IL-based property management firm launched a partnership that has resulted in smoother, simpler moving experiences for Reside Living residents. Move Matcher instantly connects consumers with quotes, ratings and reviews so they can quickly and intelligently book movers. The Move Matcher Property Partner program extends this service directly to residents of property management firms. 

Reside manages more than 2,800 units in the Chicagoland area and has 41 market-rate properties throughout Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Logan Square, Wicker Park, and West Loop, among other popular Chicago neighborhoods. They’re also serviced by top-rated Chicago movers on the Move Matcher platform, including Reebie Moving & Storage, Wolley Movers, New City Moving and Coffey Bros. Moving

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(from left to right) Move Matcher Corporate Accounts Manager, Mary Ann Gerards; Reside Property Manager, Nicole Richardson; Reside Leasing Agent, Keegan Greene; Reside Director of Concierge Services, Li Feng

Through the Move Matcher partnership, Reside Living residents can now research and book the city’s most trusted movers efficiently. This is one more differentiating perk for residents in addition to Reside’s concierge services which books events, secures restaurant reservations, purchases concert tickets and accesses Chicago’s best entertainment experiences on behalf of residents. The firm also enriches residents’ health and fitness by offering intramural sports, yoga, and a cryobar. 

Reside’s Director of Concierge Services, Li Feng recently coordinated introduction sessions for Reside leasing staff to learn about the perks of sharing Moving Matcher with residents. “Move Matcher has been a game-changer for my concierges and their residents. We no longer have to rely on recommending just one moving company and instead can give our residents a useful resource for researching all of their moving company options instantly in one place,” Director of Concierge Services Li Feng said. “I trust Move Matcher’s results so much that I used the site recently to get moving quotes and book a mover for my own move.”

“We’re extremely excited to continue our partnership with such a great property management firm, like Reside Living,” Property Partner Representative Olga Serna said. “Reside has been enthusiastic about Move Matcher from the beginning, and we hope that excitement continues for many years to come.”

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(from left to right) Reside Leasing Manager, Kyle Silver; Reside Director of Concierge Services Li Feng; Move Matcher Property Partner Team Lead, Olga Serna

Move Matcher currently works with four Chicagoland property management firms plus more than 70 individual properties across Greater Chicago and is quickly expanding across the nation. The partnership with Reside Living is an example of how useful the Move Matcher service can be for properties and their residents. Move Matcher saves residents time and money during one of the most stressful times of their lives. Move Matcher has personally branded, as we do for all of our Property Partners, a customized, white-label Reside Living landing page for all Reside residents to utilize when getting moving quotes. Residents of Reside can get a quote, book a mover, find ratings, and use reviews all in one place with their new landing page.

About Move Matcher

Founded in 2016, Move Matcher was created for people looking to compare trustworthy moving companies using moving company availability, price estimates, ratings, and web reviews. Move Matcher’s trusted Mover Network is comprised of reliable moving companies that are licensed, insured, and bonded. Moving companies list with Move Matcher to receive high-quality leads that result in more booked opportunities. Move Matcher is currently available nationwide, but notably in major markets such as Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, and Houston. 

For more information or to sign up for the Property Partner Program, visit

About Reside Living

Reside is committed to providing a memorable renting experience in neighborhoods across Chicago. They promise to redefine every aspect of your apartment living to make it the most pleasurable, enjoyable process you’ve ever had. Their cutting-edge technology provides seamless access from life to community with their events and athletic teams available to all residents. In addition to Reside’s commitment to the health of its residents, they’re also very environmentally conscious. Every one of their buildings implements a recycling program, and most are equipped with green spaces, such as the rooftop of The Belmont. Reside currently has properties in 12 of Chicago’s most popular areas and continues to expand across the city. 

For more information about Reside, visit

Published at Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:46:11 +0000

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Updater Expands Relationship with 5 Real Estate Brands

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Updater Expands Relationship with 5 Real Estate Brands

Updater Expands Relationship with 5 Real Estate Brands

Updater Expands Relationship with 5 Real Estate Brands

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We’ve worked with a number of these brands throughout the years, originally launching a partnership with NRT Coldwell Banker in 2015. We’ve also been an active participant in Realogy FWD. Not only did we compete in the first-ever Realogy FWD Innovation Summit in 2012, but we were invited back in 2017 to share Updater’s successes in the industry, which include:

  • Received the endorsement and support of some of the largest organizations in the industry, including the National Association of REALTORS®.

  • Secured integrations with the most widely-used and respected technology platforms available, including Dash, BackAgent, zipLogix, SkySlope, Profit Power, DocuSign Transaction Room, Brokermint and AccountTECH.

  • Added key features and benefits for our movers and partners to make relocation more efficient for everyone.

  • We’ve partnered with many of NRT’s divisions, as well as thousands of real estate companies to deliver an innovative and seamless experience to the millions of Americans who move every year.

Thanks in part to the continued support of the real estate industry, Updater now processes nearly 25% of all moves in America.

Want to learn more about offering Updater at your brokerage?

Published at Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:03:05 +0000

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DIY | Must Have Moving Tips!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on DIY | Must Have Moving Tips!

DIY | Must Have Moving Tips!

DIY | Must Have Moving Tips!

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How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

Posted by on Nov 24, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post by Wendy Dessler, an outreach manager and content creator.

Finding the right apartment in competitive cities such as San Francisco and NYC can be difficult. You could consider moving to a sleepy town, but this might not be feasible, especially if you have a job in the city.

Apartment hunting in competitive cities is overwhelming, even for the most seasoned apartment hunter. Here are some tips that will come in handy when looking for the right apartment:

Be Ready to Research
and Attend Open Houses

Look out for scams and avoid deals that seem too good to be true.
Words such as ‘charming’ and ‘cozy’ can be used to describe small apartments
with out-of-date features. ‘Converted’ is another word that you should watch
out for; it could mean that additional rooms have been added using temporary

You should know your rights as a renter to understand what
landlords are permitted to ask you. Before you attend any open houses, you
should arm yourself with the right information if you want to weed out
landlords with illegal demands.

No matter how badly you want an apartment, you should not be
afraid to ask questions. After all, you will have to live in the apartment once
you get it. Make sure you ask about past tenants and the neighborhood. You don’t want to be stuck living in an apartment you don’t

To discover new listings, create user accounts with several online
listings to find out when apartments are available. You also need to keep track
of the rental information you find. For example, use a spreadsheet to compile
the information for all the apartments you like.

To make a good first impression on the landlord, you should
prepare a good description of yourself. When a potential landlord asks why you
want to move out of your current apartment, you need to have the right answers.

Make Moving a

In a competitive rental market, you need to jump on listings quickly.
This is because many people are interested in the property and waiting means
you could lose out. If you only have weekends free to take apartment tours, it
will take longer to find the right apartment for your needs.

Apartments such as the Urban Avenue are in high demand, so clear your
schedule and make time for showings. The apartment search process is
overwhelming, and you should take time to care for yourself. Moreover, you need
to have a clear head to find the best apartment. Landlords in competitive
cities have many potential clients, so you need to respond quickly to the listings
you are interested in.

Do you have an apartment searching app? Set up notifications to
know about available apartments on time. Let the landlord know you are ready to
pay the deposit and sign the lease if you want him or her to give you top

Unlike other markets, you might not be able to negotiate rent
prices. Because you have plenty of competition,
you might also have to sign the lease without negotiating.

When you prepare for open houses and make moving a priority, you will be able to find the ideal apartment. You will have the confidence to dive into a competitive market and find a good home.

Once you have found your dream apartment, make sure to use as much care in choosing a moving company. See tips for moving long distance and find a handy moving checklist here.

Published at Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:00:54 +0000

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Best Cities in the UK: Cardiff

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Best Cities in the UK: Cardiff

Best Cities in the UK: Cardiff

Best Cities in the UK: Cardiff

Best Cities in the UK > 20 Best Cities > Cardiff

When you talk about the big cities of the UK, the conversation focuses on England.

London and Manchester are the UK’s most well-known cities. Their influence on music and sport tends to be the centre of discussion. But, while these two are fantastic places in their own right, the UK is hiding other incredible cities within its murky shores. 

Wales is known for its countryside and natural landscapes more than it is for its cities. It’s seen by many as a place to escape the city and to get back in touch with nature… and sheep. 

It’s easy to see how Wales has got this reputation: Sheep outnumber people in the country by three to one. In 2016, there were 9.81 million sheep and lambs in Wales, compared to 3,026,000 people – that’s how rural it is.

But, while Wales’ countryside forms a large part of its charisma and charm, there is more to this country than rolling valleys and livestock.

The capital of Wales is Cardiff. It’s a vibrant, bouncing and charismatic city. It’s a city with its own character and it’s developing and changing by the day.  

But you probably don’t know that, do you?

What makes Cardiff so special?

Cardiff is a hidden gem. What was once a small town until the early 19th century, is now a modern and multi-cultural city.

Cardiff is a port city that sits on the south coast of Wales where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. It’s the capital of Wales and the county town of the county of Glamorgan. 

A modern city

The city has undergone something of a facelift in recent years. It has been subject to several regeneration projects, in particular around the old docks (more on this later). 

Cardiff’s modern appearance is enough to satisfy city slickers, but it also offers the best of both worlds to residents and visitors. It’s located close to the Vale of Glamorgan and the coast, meaning fresh air and a slower way of life are never too far away. 

Cardiff’s newfound mixture of city-living and country escape has gone unnoticed. The Welsh capital was voted as one of the top three European capital cities in a 2016 EU survey.

Quality of Life

The Quality of Life in European Cities Survey focused on a range of topics, focusing on the various aspects of city living. The topics included employment, transport, education, health, culture, property and green spaces. 

It’s easy to see why Cardiff ranked so highly. 

The city is home to plenty of green spaces and can be cycled across in just 20 minutes. Its university is considered to be one of the best in research universities in the UK and is home to over 30,000 students. On top of that, the regeneration of Cardiff Bay has produced a flock of new companies and opportunities to the city. 

Before we go into any of that, though, let’s talk about housing. 

Property in Cardiff


Whichever way you look at it, Cardiff is cheap. The average price of a property in the UK is £234,853. In Cardiff, however, that figure stands at £210,803. 

So the city is around £25,000 cheaper than the rest of the UK for purchasing property, but what about renting? 


Cardiff is cheap for renters as well. 

According to figures from the number-crunching website Numbeo, a city centre apartment in Cardiff will set you back a fraction of what it would in London. Take a look at the figures below:

Rent Per Month Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: £684.66 

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: £534.21

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre: £1,117.86 

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre: £836.15

However, while the prices in Cardiff may be mouth-watering, they’re quickly rising. 

Now is the time to invest in the city. The figures of the Office of National Statistics reveal that the 2019 average price is 5.2% higher than it was in 2018. 

But what’s drawing people to the city? 

Employment in Cardiff

Cardiff is a city that is still going through a transition period. While the likes of Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol are rivalling London for job opportunities and salaries, Cardiff is still playing catch up.

That said, the city is the economic powerhouse of Wales. The last few years have seen a revamp of its employment sector and Cardiff is quickly carving its own lane.

Jobs are up, unemployment is down and visitor numbers continue to grow. Not only that, but the number of new companies in the city is also growing.

The investment and development of Cardiff has been focused on improving life, attracting new talent and modernising the city. Unsurprisingly, this has bought a wave of creative companies to the city, with a particular focus on television and film. 

Film & TV

Cardiff Bay is home to the BBC’s 170,000 square foot of drama studios at Roath Lock, which is the largest drama studio in the UK. Pinewood Studios also opened a Cardiff facility in 2015.

There’s also space for the independents alongside the juggernauts. GloWork is a Welsh government creative centre for independent companies to create their work. 

Fresh Talent

Cardiff’s employers are spoilt for talent as well. The city region is home to over 30,000 students and the university is a key player in the city’s economy. 

It’s estimated that Cardiff’s higher education bodies employ 10,000 people in the city, while also providing exciting and passionate students for other businesses. 

Not only do the students make Cardiff a young and vibrant city, but they’re also seen as the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to take the city forward. 

Cardiff’s evolving and growing economy has led to the UK Government naming it as one of the UK’s Financial Centres of Excellence. It contributes almost £1.2billion to the UK economy, which is higher than the contribution made by the sector in cities such as Sheffield, Liverpool, and Aberdeen.

Things to see and do in Cardiff

It’s not just housing and jobs that draw people to Cardiff. The city is an exciting and diverse place that never fails to surprise and charm visitors.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is one of the most-visited attractions in Wales. Its history dates back to the Roman period, but its architecture is part medieval and part gothic. The castle was designed by William Burgess for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. 

The result of his work is a breath-taking combination of elaborate interiors and intricate murals with gorgeous stained glass and marble finishes. 

National Museum Cardiff

For further insight into Wales’ history, the National Museum Cardiff showcases the country’s national art, history and geology collections. It’s also the location for several major touring exhibitions. 

Whether you’re after giant dinosaurs or abstract art, there’s plenty to keep you entertained and gallery trails to guide you around the Museum.

Some of the big-hitters on show at the Museum include Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Cézanne, Turner, Degas, Magritte and Graham Sutherland. It also features work from Welsh-born Richard Wilson, Thomas Jones and Sir William Goscombe John.

The museum has something to offer everyone and also has a regular programme of events and activities, so keep an eye out for something that tickles your fancy. 


Cardiff is a sporting city. The city is home to several small rugby clubs and a Championship football club, Cardiff City.

However, the best representation of Cardiff’s love for sport is the city’s stadium. The Principality Stadium is a 75,000-seater stadium that hosts world-class sporting events and concerts. 

The stadium has been home to the Champions League Final, hosts Wales rugby and football games, and has been the venue for several music concerts. Previous performers at the stadium have included The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Paul McCartney. 


After all of that touring, you’ll be needing some retail therapy. Luckily, Cardiff is considered to be one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. 

The city is home to all of the high street hitters, as well as a range of unique and individual boutiques. 

St David’s shopping centre is the main hub of retail activity. The centre has an extensive list of retailers for mainstream shoppers wanting to pick up the latest trends. If you’re after something a little more unique, the adjacent Victorian and Edwardian arcades are home to the independent boutiques and stores. 


It’s not just shopping that Cardiff excels in, it’s also a cultural hotspot and proudly showcases the cultures that make it the modern city that it is.

Cardiff celebrates culture through several events. The city hosts a year-round programme of festivals that includes Oktoberfest, the Swn Music Festival, Hub Festival, and many more. It also has an array of food and drink establishments which show off the talent in the city.

Food and Drink

The Cardiff Indoor Market contains a variety of stalls selling fresh produce and snacks to customers. The smell is enough to pull you in, with the food and the produce making you stay. 

Cardiff is full of different restaurants and a variety of cuisines. Whatever you’re after, the city will have something for you. And, giving the economy of Cardiff, these restaurants will often be cheaper than elsewhere. 

Curry-lovers should head to the North of the city, where they will be greeted with the tantalising aromas and flavours of Salkaara. 

The small curry house is regularly crowned as the top-rated restaurant in Cardiff on TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why. Ran by head chef Santhosh Nair, the restaurant’s dishes have a south Indian influence and are served in a cosy and welcoming setting. 

For a completely unique Cardiff experience, head down to Sully’s cafe and wait until nightfall. What may look like a traditional greasy spoon cafe, is something so much more. 

Sully’s transforms into the surprising, impressive and trendy Blue Honey Night Cafe once the street lights come on.

The cafe is the brainchild of the team behind the Cardiff-based vintage store Blue Honey. The shop’s retro influence can be seen across the style and the vibe of the cafe.

The mash-up of good tunes, delicious drinks and flavoursome food make this a must-visit Cardiff hotspot. The menu is a short read, with the food being inspired by street food from around the world. 

The bar is open late, making it the perfect place to round up a group of friends and enjoy some fantastic music, food and drinks. Is there anything better?

The arrival of Blue Honey Cafe is undoubtedly down to Cardiff’s new generation of hip and trendy professionals. There’s no denying that their influence can be seen across the city. 

One establishment where this is obvious is Rum & Fizz. Opened in 2018, the popular bar is inspired by the bars of Downtown NYC. 

With its sister bar (Gin & Juice) being located next door, Rum & Fizz is a beautifully decorated establishment. The decor is lavish and intricate at the same time, with their being a supply for fresh flowers, velvet chairs and decorated tiles. 

There’s no prizes for guessing what Rum & Fizz specialise in. The bar has over 250 types of rum behind the bar and the staff are knowledgable in the spirit. The ‘Fizz’ part of the name is represented by the bar’s selection of prosecco, sparkling wines and champagnes.

So that’s Cardiff. 

The UK is full of great cities, and many of them are already established. Cardiff is undoubtedly one of these great cities. While it’s a well-known destination, it’s personality remains relatively unknown. But not for long.

The city is known for its large arena and lively nightlife, but it is transforming to a creative, vibrant and young city. A growing job scene, cheap housing and a fantastic lifestyle make Cardiff a tantalising place to be.

The new Cardiff is exciting, but its future is even more so. 

Get in before the secret gets out!

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Published at Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:27:30 +0000

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