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The Last Minute Move Checklist: How to Move at the Last Minute
So you’re moving soon? Like, really soon? Well, it’s time to get packing … literally.
Whether the official “we’re moving!” decision happened last minute, or life got busy and moving snuck up on you, you’ve found yourself here – needing to move fast. That’s absolutely okay.
Everything that you need can get done. I know because I’ve gotten stuck doing it too, so I wrote a last minute moving checklist about my experience. Here’s how to get moved in record time.
We’ll go over all of these steps below.
There are some very straightforward ways to make packing in a hurry fast. Whether in a 2 bedroom apartment, 3 bedroom house or more, these strategies will get you in the moving truck – with your stuff ready to drive off.
…is to have less to pack.
That’s why it’s vital to be ruthless on donating, selling and throwing things out. As shared in the Kon Mari Method, don’t bring items with you merely because you’ve always had them. Assess if the item:
One question to ask yourself: “If this was put in storage for a year, would I miss it?”
If not, it’s probably good to give away or toss. Even if you don’t have 6-8 weeks, as you’re packing be ruthless. Put stuff in the “do not keep” pile. Want to be more radical? Put up a listing on Craigslist for a time and place people can come and just take stuff from your place under supervision!
Need last second, free boxes? Check out this guide.
It only takes a moment to broadcast your last minute move predicament to anyone who might be willing to lend a hand, Moving.com reminds us. Even if you hire movers, any extra hands on deck or donated resources will get things done far zippier.
It’s best to do this stuff about four weeks out, but better late than never, right? Even though some of these changes won’t take effect in time for your move-in date, it’s best you take care of contacting these people before you’re unpacking at the new place:
While the idea of boxes labeled “His clothes” and “Kids’ bedding” sounds lovely, time is too precious for such details in a rush. The most important thing is to get objects in boxes – and have them taped up. Yes, mugs may end up with lotions, but they’ll make it to the new home – that’s what matters.
Updater suggests trying recyclable moving bins, which can save a ton of time during the packing/unpacking portion of your move, if you have more than a day to track some down.
If you still insist on a loose way of organizing, the best way to fudge clarity is to assign a different color marker for each room of your house: kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc. Make an easily visible mark on each box for the general room it belongs to, and leave it at that.
When packing in a rush, a structured moving checklist may go the window. However, no matter how quickly you move, you absolutely need to make sure the most important items stay close by. These items are:
With this handy bag at the ready, you may move and have no idea where that favorite mug or comfy sweater is, but you’ll have the core items you definitely need.
As capable as you are, last minute movers have experience getting boxes loaded into cars at shocking speeds.
Let’s face it, if you could afford a $5,000 move, you probably don’t need most of the tips on this list. Luckily, if you call up your local truck rental place and they have something available, pairing a local rental truck with local movers can actually be super affordable, and might save your life during a last minute move!
While movers used to be expensive, the new gig economy has made it easier to hire movers that are actually affordable. In some cases, packing and/or labor help can be as little as $200.
Which, for most, is well worth countless hours of stress and squabbles. As stressed as you probably are, it’s hard to move your whole place knowing a pro moving team would have gotten the items into your truck safely – and in a fraction of the time.
Sites like HireAHelper have a vast network of local movers and will personally call them for you at the last minute to find someone who’s trustworthy and available right now. Their moving agents still compare your last minute options by their reviews and price point, don’t worry.
It’s true, your mover usually doesn’t have to be booked weeks or months in advance, it just helps.
If selling a home, it feels good to leave the home clean. If renting, cleaning is a necessity – especially if you want that much needed deposit back. At the very least, clean these top five items that leave the biggest “oh this looks clean” impression:
A sparkling bathroom counter and nice looking stove make a massive impact on a landlord perceiving the home as “doesn’t look so good”…or passing inspection.
Protip: Make sure not everything gets cleaned up – back up important files on your laptop or computer so nothing accidentally gets lost if your computer gets damaged or lost in the panic!
The precise amount of time it takes to pack depends on the amount of stuff one has, but here are ballpark figures cited for a professional mover to move the place after you’re done packing, depending on the home style:
Please note: these are estimated moving times for professional movers moving a house, NOT the average person or family.
Most people who pack their own home need a much longer amount of time to have their home packed, compared to movers. Usually it takes minimum of a few days for a 1–2 bedroom home.
Yes, they can.
No matter how efficient, organized and strong one is, a professional mover has the training and experience to pack a home at an incredible, near-unprecedented speed. A professional is trained to get multiple 5-star reviews one to three times a day! There is nothing they haven’t seen or done.
See prices for movers by the hour – instantly.
Read real customer reviews.
Easily book your help online.
Not only that, but because they work in teams (typically a minimum of two), vetted movers know how tackle any job as a united, “we got this” team, unlike most couples or families who’ve only moved a few times and still find lifting the couch “you got it!?” challenging.
Because movers are so much quicker, hiring pros is the best way to ensure a smooth, less stressful moving timeline.
Luckily, I found out there are businesses who’s entire job is to find the cheapest movers available now, not just grimey ones who take your personal info and call you for weeks. Within seconds and with no personal information, I was able to get a free estimate for a pro moving team near me.
If time is the most important factor to you, affordable movers are the #1 recommendation for any efficient moving checklist. Trust me on this one.
All the tips above and more, in one handy graph!
Have a little bit more time to move? Check out our robust moving checklist, too!
Published at Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:37:48 +0000Read More
Packing Tips from U-Pack
Rossi Morreale visits a local family moving their household items with U-Pack.
Watch as Rossi learns from Brittney how to safely pack up your belongings for a long distance move, then visit upack.com and blog.upack.com for more helpful packing tips and advice!
Pack your electronic equipment in the box it came in. Try to avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box so it’s easier to carry. Label boxes according to rooms for easier unpacking at your new home. When it comes to dinnerware, pack plates and glass objects vertically. Use plenty of bubble wrap to protect fragile objects. Place heavier items in the bottom of the box. Pack books upright in smaller boxes–they get heavy real quick! Put shoes, purses, and belts into the bottom of wardrobe boxes to save space. Move clothing on hangers directly from the closet into the wardrobe boxes. Put clothing from drawers into suitcases or boxes and use tape or straps to secure the drawers closed. Pack medicines in a leak-proof container, but remember not to load prescription medicines; you might need them during the trip to your new home! The same goes for valuables, jewelry, and important documents–pack them separately and take them with you for safe-keeping.
If you can take your furniture apart, do it. Put all nuts, bolts, and screws in a small bag and tape the bag to the back of the furniture (just be careful taping certain finishes to avoid damage). Wrap exposed legs in bubble wrap, paper padding, or moving blankets.
Put an X of tape across mirrors and paintings framed with glass for added protection, then wrap each item in bubble wrap and cardboard frame/mirror boxes.
Here’s one you’re likely to overlook—the washing machine. Use a Styrofoam stabilizer from an appliance store to protect the inner drum during transit. You can also fill washers with towels or linens. Drain water connections to the washer and refrigerator. Tape down any parts that could come loose, such as the burners on your stove. Wrap and tie everything securely.
Place mattresses and box springs into vinyl storage bags to protect their upholstery.
Last thing–pack an ‘essentials’ box with things like paper towels, trash bags, scissors, light bulbs, and paper utensils; basically anything you may need for the first night in your new home. This way it will be easily accessible in one spot during the unpacking phase.Read More
Van Life: #LifeHacks on the Road
Life on the road can be tricky- whether you’re trying to figure out how to secure everything so that items don’t scatter around while traveling, or maybe you’re trying to figure out ways to organize all of your stuff efficiently- lots of these tricks are typically on a ‘learn as you go’ basis. I wanted to give you a head start on successful vandwelling, so I’ve provided some #VanLife hacks for efficient living.
An overlooked key to Van Life happiness is to be sure that you are organized and make use of all of the empty and awkward spaces available for storage. You may think that small, awkward shaped space is just space wasted, but look closer and be creative. Some ideas:
With limited water sources, staying clean can be tough on both you and the van. There’s no doubt you’ll need to test out a few tricks out before finding a ‘normal process’ for you, but hopefully the following will help give you a head start:
Efficiency in the ‘kitchen’ is important. When it comes to living and eating in a van, there’s no room from excess. You need food and water, but don’t have much storage space or cooking appliances, so what do you do? If you get creative, you’d be surprised at how much you can actually store and cook in a van kitchen! Plus, I’m sure you’d get sick of just eating noodles in a cup & PB& J’s 24/7. The low down:
Vandwellers typically spend more on gas than the average person, so taking advantage of ways to save is important! Some tips to save money on gas guzzlers:
Without a permanent address, how do you receive mail? Do you have to stop using Amazon Prime?!?! DEAL BREAKER. Lol, but not really. Although you should minimize buying random stuff due to lack of storage, there are still ways to receive mail while living on the road:
But what about the puppers?! We all want to keep the ‘road pets’ comfortable, happy, and safe, so here are some best practices:
I have more tricks up my sleeve to make your van life easier:
So now that you have some tips & tricks of the #VanLife game, are you ready to put it all to action? I’m sure you’ll learn your own #vanlifehacks along the way, so feel free to let us know any that we missed. Just visit our Facebook page and give us a shout!
Published at Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:27:30 +0000Read More
Gentle Giant Celebrates Annual Summer Wellness Week
Every year, Gentle Giant sets aside one week during the summer
to celebrate health and wellness. The Giant Health team has been organizing and
hosting Wellness Week for several years to raise awareness about the importance
of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The week provides tools and education to
enable employees to improve their overall quality of life.
What does health really mean? Healthy living isn’t just about
attending CrossFit classes or the latest fad diet; it’s a wider reaching philosophy
impacting every area of life.
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as
“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity.” This year’s Wellness Week highlighted
a wholistic vision of health with activities focused on mental health, financial
health, work/life balance, and of course, physical health.
The importance of mental health and stress reduction was a common theme throughout this year’s Wellness Week. A session of acupuncture specifically targeted to increase relaxation, a yoga class and a guided meditation session were popular activities related to mental health. Employees were also offered the chance to meet with a representative from our employee assistance program (EAP). The Gentle Giant EAP provides a resource for employees who are seeking assistance with managing stress within or outside of work, and employees are encouraged to seek out available resources to maintain their mental health.
Financial health ranks as one of the most common sources of
ongoing, chronic stress. To combat this stress, we offered a class with
financial advisors to discuss debt management, added in response to growing
challenges younger generations face with student debt and homeownership.
Education regarding building good credit, managing good and bad debt, and
balancing budgets provided an engaging tool to build greater financial health.
Gentle Giant recognizes the value of interests, hobbies, and passions outside work. A historical mid-week walking tour with a Preservation Planner from the City of Somerville offered employees a chance to understand our local community and learn more about the roots of our culturally thriving neighborhood. A planning session with a few of our resident outdoor adventure experts helped employees learn about opportunities in hiking and bike touring.
Let’s not forget about the value of physical health. A
shadowboxing class, led by a former Gentle Giant employee, provided education
and fun to those who participated, and to those who spectated! The ever-popular
seated massages were back again this year, an employee favorite. The week was
capped off with an intro to the company gym and a company BBQ.
Another great Wellness Week is in the books! Looking for a company who cares deeply about your health and well-being, both physically and mentally? Check out the Gentle Giant moving jobs and careers page. We are always hiring for the ever-growing operations team!
Published at Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:00:24 +0000Read More
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How to Choose a Moving Date
Moving House Checklist > Choosing a Moving Date
Moving to a new house is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. Not only representing a huge personal and financial achievement but also marking a new chapter in which to grow and progress. However, in all this buzz and excitement it’s easy to overlook the simple of question of ‘when am I actually moving?’
As straightforward as it sounds, deciding on definitive moving date may prove quite difficult. From multiple third-party involvement, a mountain of paperwork and pre-existing responsibilities, finding a time that is both feasible and practical can be a huge challenge. In addition, with things like budget and location thrown into the mix, it can be difficult to know where exactly to start when trying to narrow things down.
So, to help you through the process, Buzzmove have put together our top tips and factors to consider when picking a moving date.
If you are moving to or from a privately rented property, your tenancy agreement or landlord will dictate the date on which you can move. Whilst this does simplify the process, it can result in reduced flexibility and more logistical planning when it comes to moving day. In addition, there may be certain moving stipulations in place which must be followed, including notice periods, cleaning requirements and viewings, which can make the end of a lease more difficult. Be sure to read your contract carefully and discuss any protocol with your landlord in advance, in order to be in the best position to move.
In addition, if you want to learn more about your contract, check out our guide to ‘Understanding your Tenancy Agreement’ which covers everything you need to know.
If you have purchased your new home your moving date will probably be affected by two main factors: when the previous owners are moving out and your completion date. Whilst these may lie somewhat out of your control, establishing clear communication with your estate agent and solicitor will allow you to be kept up to date on any plans or possible changes.
Make sure to check out ‘The buzzvault guide to conveyancing’ to find out more.
If your move is motivated by relocating for a new job it is likely that your employment start date will play a key role in deciding when to move. Although difficult, giving yourself enough time to get settled before you first day will provide you with some peace of mind, and keep those stress levels somewhat manageable.
In addition, even if you are staying at your existing job, being able to take time off for a weekday move can play a key factor in when you can actually move. It is best to let your employer aware of your situation and book time off in advance,
When it comes to moving day, having family around is invaluable. Whether it be to help with moving furniture and packing boxes, or looking after children and pets, knowing you have an extra person on hand can help ease the moving day stress. Make sure to discuss any plans with them ahead of time to ensure they’d be available (and on board) to help out.
To find out more tips on moving house with a family, check out our guide to ‘moving house with children’ and ‘moving house with teenagers.’
If you are choosing to use a professional to help with your move, their availability will strongly dictate your moving date. After all, there’s no point setting a day if you can only move everything as far as the pavement. Therefore, it’s important to get in contact with your removals company as soon as possible to discuss possible options.
In addition, removals company rates will vary dependant on when you chose to move. Factors such as the day of the week, time of year or relation to school holidays, can all play a role in how much you’ll pay, with peak times including weekends and summer months. This means it is best to explore your options and find the price that is best for you, whether this means taking time off work for a midweek move or pushing things back by a few weeks.
Whilst they won’t have a definitive impact on you move date, considering how long it will take you to pack and tackle any household admin is very important. If you have busy schedule finding time to get stuff done can be a challenge, meaning it’s not worth picking a moving date a week away if you know it will take you three weeks to pack.
Therefore, it’s important to be practical when working out your move schedule. Not only should you factor in packing time but consider how long it will take you to clean and repair necessary areas, declutter and take items to the charity shop or dump. As well as any necessary admin that needs to get done, such as redirecting mail or cancelling your TV licence.
Looking to move? Compare the best house removal companies using buzzmove. Get up to 6 free quotes from trusted movers.
Published at Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:00:44 +0000Read More
Why is Moving a Family So Difficult?
Moving an entire family is a huge undertaking. You have to worry about keeping everything together, managing the children and adjusting to your new home. More than most, family moves require organization, communication, and planning. Keep everyone on the same page, and you’ll pull off your move without a hitch.
Of course, that’s always easier in theory than it is in practice. Moving a family is chaotic and tends to lead to some unique complications. Knowing how to anticipate and respond to these complications is crucial to a successful family move. We want to help. These are a few family-specific challenges you’ll almost certainly face during your move and how to tackle them.
The more people you’re moving with, the more complicated the move. Staying organized is especially difficult and especially important for moving families. The last thing you need is an argument about where everyone’s stuff is as soon as you move in! Luckily, there’s a simple, clever solution to even the most complex of family moving arrangements: color-coded moving equipment.
Assign each family member a color. Color code their boxes, bags or buckets using anything you’ll be able to identify at a glance. Then, simply pack each family member’s belongings into the boxes that match their color. Assign a separate color to “shared” boxes for items like kitchenware or home decor. With color-coded boxes, you won’t have to worry about sorting out everyone’s stuff after you move. Everyone will know right where their stuff is when they need it.
During a move, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of making sure everything goes well. You’re worrying about organizing, transporting things safely, managing the movers and arranging transportation for the family. Adding children into this mix adds a whole new dimension of challenges. On top of everything else, you’ll have to keep the kids entertained… or you won’t be able to do anything else!
There are two main ways to keep kids entertained during a move: get some help or use the power of a screen. If you can, try having a relative, close friend or babysitter take the kids out of the house for most of the move. Have them go to the movies, go play in the park, go eat at a restaurant, etc. The important thing is they have fun… and leave you to focus on the move. If that’s not an option, try sitting the kids in front of a family-friendly moving movie.
Keeping pre-teens and teenagers entertained is another kind of challenge entirely–and often an even more crucial one! A particularly effective way to keep teenagers happy during a move is to give them a little independence. Put them in charge of their own belongings. You could also ask them to do a little research about their new hometown. Ask them to find things to do when you get moved in. Let them pick the first restaurant you try!
Moving to a whole new community is always a challenge, and it can be especially hard on families. New cities or neighborhoods can be daunting. The best way for anyone (and especially a family) to adjust to a new space is to get proactive. Get out there and explore your new home with your whole family! Schedule “adventures” around your new community that everyone can look forward to. Do some research!
Help your children find activities that could help them meet new friends. Consider throwing a neighborhood housewarming party to meet your new neighbors. Eat at local restaurants. Visit local parks and museums. Walk, drive or bike around! Let yourself have some fun. Don’t worry too much if takes longer for your children to adjust to their new community than it takes you. Everyone operates on different wavelengths. One of the best ways to adjust to a new home is to start making new memories right away.
There’s so much to manage during a move! Between the logistics, planning and execution, it’s all-too-easy to forget to check in about how everyone’s feeling. Moving is stressful, especially for families and especially for children. The best way to deal with that stress is to talk about it! Take some time to touch base with your family members about how they’re feeling after a move. Ask questions: what are they excited about? Worried about? Happy or sad about? Do they have questions about their new home?
Change is hard. Talking about and working through change together makes it easier. By reassuring your family that some things haven’t changed, you’ll begin to make your new place feel like your new home. This is especially important for families with young kids. Encourage everyone to speak up and listen to any anxieties or problems they may have. By confronting and addressing these anxieties together, you’ll feel more comfortable and at home in your new space.
The reason moving with your family is challenging is the same reason it’s fulfilling: you want everyone to be happy. A little planning, a little good luck, and a trusted moving company are the way you guarantee that happens.
The next time you plan on moving house with your loved ones in tow, give Bekins a call. We’ll make the process as effortless as possible. That way, you can spend your time enjoying the excitement of an adventure with your favorite people. Have a great move!
Published at Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:00:41 +0000Read More