A Few Tips for Making Your Home Move Less Stressful

Moving can often be a fun adventure but it can also be exhausting and frustrating. During this time it is easy to get lost in the madness and stress of the situation. The key to a good move is preparation. Proper preparation will ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. There are many small things that you can do that will go a long way in streamlining your move. Here are a few tips for making your home move less stressful.

Be Creative

Time and space are at a premium in any move. A good way to make the most of these is to use clothes to pad your fragile objects. This will save on the amount of boxes that you need because you are using the unused space to store clothes. To the same end, you can also pad the inner walls of the box with socks.

Color Code

Color coding each box by room is a great way to save time when you reach your new home. Bring in a box, look at the color tape that is affixed to it, and place it into the correct room. Every little bit helps when you are in a time crunch.

Photograph Electronic Hookups

Photographing how all of your electronics are hooked up can save a large amount of time when you reconnect t them in your new home. This will save time and dramatically decrease your stress level.

Consider Hiring Professional Movers

Professional movers have the experience and tools to get your move done well and efficiently. it is always good to employ the use of friends to help, but a professional moving company will take a lot of the worry off of your shoulders. If you are looking for a professional and reputable mover in the California area don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us put our knowledge and skills to work for you.

5 Tips for Moving in Winter Weather

Moving to your new home can be a pretty stressful situation to deal with. Add icy or wintry weather to the mix and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen. Many homeowners don’t stop to consider that inclement weather can easily slow down the moving process or even halt it altogether. As we get deeper and deeper into winter, homeowners should be more aware now of their surroundings than any other time of year. Here are some tips to keep you on track and prepare against the snow.

  1. Check the Weather: Being aware of the changing weather can really help during your move. The use of a weather app can come handy when you’re checking the weather once a week before the move and then every day during the move.
  2. Get Updates on Your Local Traffic News: Be aware of any road closures that may occur on your route. Be prepared to reach out to your moving company and don’t be afraid to express your concerns if there will be a delay in your move.
  3. Double-pack/Double-wrap Electronics and Fragile Items: The cold weather is not favored by electronics and glass items can get brittle in low temperatures. Double-pack electronics and keep them in a warmer environment such as secured in the cabin of the car. As for glass, double-wrap or add more packaging material to the moving boxes to better protect the items.
  4. Get Winter Essentials Ready: Extra towels, clothing, blankets, and even spare boots are essential for winter moves. Keep these items in your car so you can easily reach them to warm up. Once those winter essentials are packed, why not prepare some warm meals or drinks to add to the coziness of your drive?
  5. Keep Calm and Stay Flexible: Even if you feel you’ve prepared for the worst, anything can happen during winter weather. A sudden freeze could bring your entire move to a halt and in extreme cases, you may have to bunk down and wait out the storm. In these cases, keep the line of communication between yourself and your movers open. This way everyone is aware of the situation and what must be done once the worst has passed. Try your best to keep calm if your move is delayed and keep in mind that your safety comes before the move.

Don’t think you have to shoulder the entire weight of responsibility during your move. Always consider reaching out to your moving professionals. All Reasons Moving & Storage is dedicated to helping make your move smooth and cost-efficient. Since 1991, All Reasons Moving & Storage has been providing high quality moving and storage services to individuals, families and businesses in San Jose, California. Call us today for a free quote.

After a Home Move: Check out New Neighborhood

San Jose NeighborhoodWhether you’ve moved across the country, across the state or within town chances are good that you will not be familiar with your new neighborhood. Adjusting to a new job or a new situation is stressful enough, not to mention finding new doctors and dentists for the kids and new friends for you! Here are some tips on how to become familiar with your new neighborhood that are fun and exciting for the whole family.

  1. Geocaching: Exploration as a route to discovery. Whether you moved to a big city or a rural area, this fun activity is absolutely everywhere! It’s called geocaching and it is a fabulous way to become familiar with an area and find hidden treasures to boot! All you need to go geocaching successfully is a computer, and a GPS unit (global positioning service device). Sign up for a free account, and download coordinates to locations of hidden treasures. Pile the kids in the car, or put on your walking shoes, and you are ready to explore hidden parts of your neighborhood that you might never even know existed —even if you were locals! The idea is to have your GPS device assist you in leading you to the coordinates where the treasure is hidden, and you then seek for it. Once back home, you log your find. There is a plethora of information at Geocaching.com, including geocaching etiquette, what to expect, what to bring with you, etc. If you come from another state, bring some tokens specific to your origin state to replace in the treasure box for others to find.
  2. Library, newspaper, and co-workers. The most obvious place to find out what’s going on locally is to visit the nearest library, or ask your new neighbors or co-workers. Children’s interests will often dictate the first things you discover, like the hockey rink or playgrounds. Use Google maps to look at satellite images of your area and see what looks interesting.
  3. Meet Ups. There are a huge variety of meetups (meetup.com) available across the country. There are bound to be several that would interest you and your family. The fun thing about meetups is that you will automatically find people who share similar interests, making finding new friends that much easier.

Let your interests dictate what you do. The most important thing to remember is that a home move often means a fresh start. Let your interests dictate where you focus your energy, and don’t get bogged down in habits you had at home that you want to change. If you’ve always wanted to learn to ballroom dance, start taking lessons!

Don’t let the unpacked boxes be an excuse to procrastinate. Start by doing what you want, and slowly get to the everyday things. If you have followed our advice on how to label your packing boxes (see blog Time Saving Tips), you will easily be able to unpack the most important boxes first, and let the rest come later.

And most of all “Enjoy Your New Neighborhood”

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