Helpful Tips for Summertime Moving

Summertime moving when children are out of school, graduates are relocating to their new jobs and professionals are making changes is common. Up to 13% of people and families move over the summer months whereas the rest of the year less than 8% move. Here are a few tips that should make your upcoming move easier.

Setting a timeline will ensure everything’s done well in advance. With a month before your trip call the moving or the moving van company to schedule the pickup and drop off dates. Take photos of each room so set-up goes more quickly once you arrive. The familiarity of the set up will also help children adjust more quickly to their new home. Collect copies of the children’s records from school and put them in a special box you’ll take with you along with other important documents like copies of health records, vehicle titles, etc.

With 3 weeks to go, begin weeding through things to decide what you need to take and discard things you no longer need. If you haven’t used something in over a year, put it in a donation bag. A cupboard full of butter tubs can go in a recycle bin. And things that are broken or no longer work should be trashed. Be sure and designate a spot for packed boxes.

2 weeks before the move confirm your reservation with the moving company and find out what they don’t allow so you can dispose of it. If you have pets, you should book stays at pet-friendly hotels. Create a package of activities for children that will keep them busy as well. Also, remember that summertime moving is especially stressful for children so reassurance that everything will turn out great may be required frequently. Finally, be sure and schedule any cleaning services you’ll need.

With 1 week left separate the things you’ll take from those that go in the van. Make sure everything is prepaid and eat meals that don’t require a lot of cleaning such as frozen dinners, sandwiches and cereal. Make sure you take an “open first” box in your vehicle that will contain pots and pans, silverware and anything else you’ll need to get started. Finally, be sure to check in with water, power and trash companies to cancel service and put in a change of address with the post office.

When moving day arrives you should be set. If you’re moving yourself make sure you have sufficient help. The last thing you need is to try to set everything up immediately upon arrival. By following these simple tips summertime moving should be much less stressful. Consider using All Reasons Moving & Storage to ease your next move and save you the hassle and strain of doing it yourself.

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.

What Are Additional Moving Services?

Most people should be familiar with what a professional moving company can do, right? The moving crew will carry all of your belongings out of the home you are moving from, will load them into a moving truck, and then will drive off. The next time you will see them they will be arriving at your new address with all of your things and then they will take them inside your new place. That is what professional moving company does, right?

In a nutshell, this is the basic moving services offered by most moving companies. However, a legitimate professional moving company can and will do much more to complete a relocation job. There are many additional moving services that reputable moving companies offer.

Packing

Why would you want to risk damaging your expensive possessions such as an antique piece of furniture or a piano when you can hire professional movers who are also properly licensed and insured? No one else but a legitimate professional moving company can offer customized moving solutions that will work best in your situation.

Unpacking

Unpacking is another valuable service offered by most top-rated moving companies. Having your professionally packed household items not only delivered to your new home but also brought to their respective rooms, unpacked carefully, and positioned how you want them. You want to make sure the terms and conditions of any additional moving services are clear from the start so there are no surprises later.

Handling of Special Household Belongings

To avoid additional moving services fees, you may be tempted to move the number of special household belongings you have by yourself and maybe a couple of dependable friends. This could be a huge mistake. If your expensive items are damaged they will not be replaced except at your own expense. Let a professional and insured moving company handle these items for you.

Asking A Friend To Help You Move: Is It Worth It?

When it comes time to move, many people often turn to friends to help them move. Is it really worth it to ask a friend to help you move? Perhaps a friend owes you a favor and you may think that them helping you move would not be unreasonable. If you are considering asking a friend, there are a few things that you should consider first.

Damage to Your Belongings

One thing people often don’t think about when they ask a friend to move is what will happen if they break something in the process of moving. Are they going to replace it for your or will you have to replace it. If you do have to replace it, is it going to be something that you will hold against them?

Imagine your friend attempting to move your HDTV and, in the process, they drop it and the screen shatters. HDTVs are not cheap to replace. This is a far too common scenario. It can cause animosity between friends when something is broken during a move.

Sustaining An Injury While Moving

If your friend is injured, who is going to pay their medical bills should they need medical attention?

When you are moving there are going to be large items that weigh a lot, like TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, couches, etc. When people are not experienced moving heavy items they may lift them incorrectly. This can cause a back injury. Items can also be dropped on feet or hands may be smashed between the item and a wall or a door.

Who Should I Ask To Help Me Move?

If you are moving and need help, call a licensed and insured moving company. Most reputable moving companies will replace items they are responsible for breaking. They will also have insurance that will cover their movers, should they be injured while moving your belongings.

Unlike your friends, All Reasons Moving offers the best and most streamlined moving service around. We are also licensed and insured.  Call us at (408) 240-0244 or fill out our free, online quote form to learn more about the moving services we can offer you.

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