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3 Tips to Make Moving Week Easier on You

The week of your move, chances are you are going to feel as though you are being pulled in a variety of directions. This is even truer if you are dealing with pets, kids and other family members. What can you do? We have compiled a few tips that may be small, but they are those things that can take a load of stress off your mind and make this week just a bit easier!

  1. Consider preplanning meals and making these. There are tons of recipes online for meals that can be made and stored in the refrigerator for a week. These are the meals that you should be aiming for. Not only does this ensure you do not have to cook while you are trying to pack up boxes, but it also means you avoid having to stop and run out to get food to eat.
  2. If you have kids, while not let them have a mini-vacation with a family member while you are packing. Of course, this may not be an option for everyone. If it is though, it could mean fewer stops and more work completed!
  3. If you have the time to take off from your job, then do so. You are going to find that if you are still working all day and then trying to do this at night for a few hours, it may take longer than a week to really get everything packed and settled. Plus, you are going to be tired. When you are tired and trying to pack and prepare for a move, then is when mistakes happen.

Remember, moving is a difficult task, but here at Excel Moving and Storage, our goal is to make this easier on you. We are professional movers that can make the process less stressful and you may even find that moving is not as difficult of a task that you had once thought it was!

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After the Move: What Do You Do with the Boxes?

 

The movers have left, they have unloaded your furniture exactly where you wanted it, they helped to get the electronics put back together for you, and made the process super easy. You unpack everything super-fast, and you are starting to feel like this new place is quickly becoming home. The only question you have: what are you supposed to do with all those moving boxes?

You can go the traditional route, break these down and then take these to the local recycling center. Or if you are feeling a bit more imaginative, we have a few things that you can do with these boxes that repurpose them. For those who have kids, you can make a great toy that they will enjoy for hours on end!

  1. Repurpose these boxes for the holiday season. How many people often find themselves running out of boxes for packing presents?
  2. Use one of these boxes to create an emergency kit for yourself and your family! These are strong and sturdy boxes that can hold quite a bit of weight.
  3. Break apart one box and place this under your car or keep this in the garage. Cardboard is great for determining leaks under vehicles, as well as being a help when crawling under vehicles for a pad of protection between you and the ground below.
  4. Use these boxes to make a magical kingdom for kids in the backyard. They are going to love this!
  5. Use cardboard as a protective layer on your new floor when the kids are doing crafts.
  6. Flatten the cardboard box and turn this into a sled that can be used on a grassy hill. Who said you had to wait until it snowed to go sledding?

Those leftover boxes don’t have to be another chore for you. If you have kids, they will love these. But, for adults, there is always a time in which you wish that you had some extra cardboard lying around. So, before you decide to drive these boxes somewhere to be recycled, think about the future! And if you are ready to move in the area, Excel Moving is here for all your moving needs!

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3 Things You Don’t Need to Move

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While the majority of times, the advice is catered towards what you need to do and what you need to move, many people don’t realize there are some things that you need to leave behind. Why move these items when they are not worth your time? They are going to add extra weight to the truck, which results in a higher price for your overall move. Here are a few things that you can toss into the trash, give away or donate before moving, as they are not worth your time to move!

Those Unwanted Things

We all have them, those things that we would be okay if they were lost or destroyed. If you feel about these items like this, then why bother with moving these? Instead, donate these somewhere. You never know when those things that are outdated to you are going to be loved by someone else! Remember this, if you move these items, then they are just going to be taking up space in your new place as well!

Have Kids? Don’t Move those Broken Toys

For those who have kids, they know that there are always those toys that are no longer working as they should, they are completely broke and need to see the inside of a trash can or the kid has outgrown these toys. In these cases, take a garbage bag and go to town. Throw away those toys and items that are broken and damaged. Toys that have been outgrown, donate.

Why Move That Bubble TV?

There are several people who have those extra TV’s that are sitting around their homes, such as those bubble TV’s that are taking up a corner in their storage room or basement. Why move these outdated electronics? There are several stores and centers that welcome people to drop off these outdated electronics for recycling. For example, BestBuy is known to allow a person to drop off up to 3 electronic items per household, per day to be recycled.

 

For those who are ready to move, remember to let Excel Moving know what day you need to move and talk with them about the move itself. WE can make your move so much easier!

 

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Moving Outdoor Items: Tips for Success

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When moving, most people focus on packing up their home. However, what about those outdoor pieces that you want to take with you? Contrary to what most people think, you can move these items. The only restriction would be if you sold your home and these items were requested by the buyers to be left behind. If this is not a situation that you are facing, then we can help with moving these items as well. However, we have a few tips to make this move flawless and easy for everyone involved!

  1. Clean these pieces up, as you don’t want to pack up dirty items. It may seem odd to clean these, but trust us, when you arrive at your new home and those patio chairs are clean, you are going to appreciate this!
  2. Be sure to check items for bugs like spiders and the like. You don’t want to put these items into the truck and find that these creepie crawly bugs make their way into your other boxes!
  3. Dismantle swing sets to save room. This can be said of other outdoor items like playhouses and bulky toys. Kids love these, and you don’t have to leave these behind!

Remember, some items that you may have sitting in your garage cannot be moved, such as paint tins, oil or pesticides. You can move items like lawnmowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and the like, if the gas has been removed so these are not leaking during a move, for your safety.

Just because these items are outdoors, does not mean that you cannot take these into your new home! Here at Excel, we want your move to be stress-free, along with going above and beyond your previous moving experiences!

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Can You Afford a Move?

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If you are ready to move, the question you need to ask yourself, can you afford this? This is especially true for those who are renting their homes. For those who are buying a home, they are going to find that financially they have different priorities. So, for those who are renting a new home, how much money should you be saving before deciding that a move is the right option? This truly depends. Here at Excel, we want everyone to be ready for their move. Not only do we want to provide you with tips and hints to make the packing and moving work, we also want you to be financially prepared for this move.

How Much Should You Save to Afford your Move?

Those who are renting are in a unique situation. They are going to be paying rent, while still trying to make the move to a new location. Saving money can become hard when still paying rent and utilities where you are still living. However, the good rule of thumb that most financial advisors give is that the person must save at least 3 months of expenses before they move. Why is this? Consider all the items that they are going to have to pay for a new rental:

  1. First and last month rent as a security deposit or another security deposit amount.
  2. Pet fees if they have a pet and are moving into a home that requires this.
  3. Deposits for turning on your utilities.
  4. Cleaning fees for the home that you are moving out of.

And you also must consider that you are needing to hire your professional movers as well.

How to Save Money with Movers

Now that we know how much money you should be saving, we want to give you a few tips that can help you save money when moving with our professionals. Here at Excel we pride ourselves on giving fair and low rates to those who utilize our service. We want to help your move to be stress-free and something that you do not dread doing again! Here are a few tips to remember:

  1. Be sure to declutter! The fewer boxes you must move, the lower your rate is going to be!
  2. Try to move when others are not. This way you may find that rates are lowered since the demand for services is not as high. Of course, this is often out of your control. When you need to move, you simply need to move.
  3. Consider selling some of those items that you are not using. This way you get a few extra bucks for your move!

When you are ready to move, have saved up the money for your new rental home, be sure to give us a call. We are here to help you with your move, whether you rent or buy, Excel is here for your needs.

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5 Tips to Feel at Home in your New House

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The movers have dropped off the boxes, and now you are standing in your new house, staring at all that needs to be done. Right now, the house may not feel like home. In fact, you may be questioning why in the world you moved in the first place! However, with these tips, you can make this house feel like home sooner!

  1. Turn on the music!

Crank up the tunes! Not only is this going to make the unpacking process fly by. And music has been proven to help in relieving stress.

  1. Unpack big things first.

Be sure to unpack those larger items first. These items include the furniture, lamps and those things that you need to put together. You will find that having these big things up in the house will make it easier to unpack those smaller items.

  1. Make up the bed.

Make up the bed with sheets and your comforter. This way you have somewhere to sleep once the night rolls around. And you will find that this can help you relax, even if you have more boxes to unpack.

  1. Unpack those homey items.

There are items throughout your old home that made it feel like home. Be sure to unpack these items so that your new space is going to feel like home sooner! Whether this is a familiar painting or family photos on the walls, it is these little touches that make a home.

  1. Make the bathroom perfect!

Be sure to focus some time on the bathroom. Hang the shower curtains, unpack the towels and your toiletry items, as having a place to take a shower and then getting into the bed will make this house feel like home within a few minutes!

For those who are ready to move, remember, Excel Moving is here for your moving needs!

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Tips for Avoiding Moving Errors

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We all mistakes, but when it comes to moving, mistakes can end up costing you a lot! For example, it could result in postponing your move to another day, or even result in an injury if you are trying to do this on your own. The best way to prevent mistakes is to be prepared and educated on what the most common mistakes are and how you can avoid these!

Behind on Packing

What happens when you are behind on packing? You are going to feel even more stress and it could be movers cannot even move anything for you on the day you wanted. This can lead to all kinds of issues! Want to avoid this? Here are a few tips:

  • Have a packing timeline and follow this!
  • Do not waste time by not having what you need, get all the packing matorrals you may need.
  • Consider hiring professionals if you simply do not have the time devote to this.

“Quick” Tasks the Morning of the Move

Too many people do this: they leave those quick tasks for the morning the movers arrive. While you may think, this is quick, you would be surprised just how many quick tasks you end up having that take a lot more of your time than what you thought. It’s always best to be 100% ready for the day of your move. Don’t put off those tasks for later, do those now!

Forget the Essentials Box

Do not find yourself in the situation that you have packed your essentials and they are loaded onto the moving truck. The essentials box should be packed the night before the movers arrive. This way, you know it is there. Be sure to write DO NOT MOVE on this so that movers will not load this onto their truck. Or you can simply place this is a room that is designated as a no pack room.

Moving errors will happen. However, if you pay attention to these three tips you could find that your move goes much easier than you had thought! And if you work with Excel Moving, you can rest assure that we are here to make your move as error-free as we can!

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Unpacking: Where to Start?

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The move has happened, and now you are standing in your new home. Boxes are all around you and the home is empty. What now? Take a deep breath and a moment to enjoy the empty home and to get your mental state right. Once you release it…it’s time to get to work! Now is the time to unpack and get everything situated. For most people, this is overwhelming. After all, you may have tons of boxes and personal items that you need to unpack and get set up. This can be even more bothersome if you are facing a deadline for getting your items unpacked, such as if you are needing to get to work in a few days. So, where do you start?

Step 1: Bedding

You should always start with the bedding in a room. Unpack the mattress, sheets and comforters to ensure that you have somewhere comfortable to sleep tonight. Remember, once you have this done, most everything else tends to fall in place. If your entire family is unpacking, be sure that the beds are the first thing in each room. This way when night falls, everyone can feel more at home in their own bed!

Step 2: Dressers and Clothing

Dressers and clothing should be your next step. Most people have their necessity bag that contains a few changes of clothes in them for emergencies. However, if you do find that you must go to work or school in a few days, unpacking your regular clothes and putting these away in the closet or dressers is a must do! After all, no one want stop have to go through boxes to find clothing for work first thing Monday morning.

Step 3: Kitchen

The kitchen should be another room in which you pay attention to and do as soon as possible. Everyone must eat, and having something to eat on is going to be great! Even if you get a few pizzas that first night, having your familiar dinner plates can be relaxing and make this new house start to feel like home.

Step 4: Bathrooms

Bathrooms should have new towels and items in it so that you can take a shower once you are done unpacking a few rooms. Chances are you are going to be a bit on the dirty side, after all, moving is a strenuous activity.

Step 5: Prioritize the rest of the home

Once these areas are unpacked, be sure that you prioritize the rest of the home in terms of what should be unpacked and the like. Don’t forget to take the time to make a run to your local grocery store to stock the refrigerator and get those items that you may need to feel more at home!

If you are debating on whether you are ready to move or not, remember Excel Moving is here for your moving needs! Our expertise can make the process much easier!

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Moving: How to Ensure Safety in Your Old Home

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One of the most common obstacles that is faced when you move is transitioning from one home to another. This is complicated even more when you still own the one home you are moving out of, and are moving into a home that was just purchased. One of the most common fears that people have in this situation is their old home. With burglaries happening throughout the United States, a vacant home is almost like a welcoming card to those who are looking to rob a home or cause damage to a home. So, what can you do? We have a few tips for those who are moving out of a home, but are still owners until they sell!

  1. Consider asking someone who is local to check in on the house. If there are people who are monitoring the home, thinking that it would be an easy target, when a person keeps showing up at random times throughout the day or week, they are going to back off!
  2. Exterior lights that are on timers are a great way to make a statement! If you time these to come on as soon as it is dark, it is going to make people think that there is someone who is staying in the home. You can even use this with the interior lights as well!
  3. Security cameras set up around the home can be instant detour to those who are up to no good. You can find very inexpensive sets to utilize that you can monitor from your home computer or even your cell phone.
  4. Get a security system! You can find that these are rather inexpensive when you compare just how much they could save you in the long run. Shop around and check out the offers. Remember, this could be a way to get even more value out of your home when it goes on the market.

In a perfect world, you would sell your old home then move into a new home within a week or so of each other. However, that is not always what happens. Several of our clients are moving out of their old home while it is still on the market, waiting to get sold. If this is the case, be sure that you take the time to add in a few safety precautions to keep it safe! And remember, for help with your move, Excel is here for you!

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Moving with Teens: Tips to Succeed

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One of the biggest challenges in moving, is when you move with kids in tow. Moving with kids can be a bit easier, the younger the kids are. However, what do you do when moving with teenagers? For many parents who have done this in the past, they find that this move is harder than any others. Why is this? For one, teens are often categorized as being a bit on the moody side, to say it lightly. The idea of change may be something that upsets them, and if this is the case, you may want to count on them acting out. Two, teenagers have friends that they have developed and may even have a boyfriend or girlfriend that they do not want to leave. So, what can you do?

We have a few tips on what to do and what to avoid doing, as you could make the situation worse. Remember, moving is a huge life change, no matter what age you are!

  1. Talk to your teen about the move. Don’t assume that they are not happy about this! Assuming they are not happy about the move can make the move even harder. You never know, your son or daughter could be super happy about moving.
  2. If you do have an upset teen, don’t let them make you feel guilty about moving. This is a common feeling for parents if a teen is unhappy or acting out about this move. Remember, kids often adapt to a move easier than what parents think. Be positive and know that you are making this move for a good reason.
  3. Try to move when the school year is over, during the summer. It can be easier for a teen when they are starting fresh during an academic year, rather than starting in the middle.
  4. Get an internet connection asap at your new location so that the teen can stay in touch with those back at their old location. This will make the move easier as they can still communicate with their old friends.
  5. Encourage your teen to get involved in new groups at your new location. This way they are making new friends, and this can help ease their transition into a new school.
  6. Try to give your teen things to do while moving, to make them feel as though they are a part of this move. Plus, this can help a teen to not focus on the moving dilemma that they may be feeling.
  7. While your teen may mope around due to the move, keep a watch on them, but try not to interfere much. Kids often find their own way if they are given the chance, and this can be a tremendous time of growth in your teens life. However, if you do notice that their grades start slipping or they are getting depressed, perhaps counseling could help.

Remember, moving is a difficult task. We can make it easier! Here at Excel Moving we have years of moving experience. This way, you can focus on your teen and other children rather than worrying about when boxes are set to arrive at your new home.