seniors

Moving Advice for Seniors

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In most cases, when a senior decides that it is time to move, they are moving to a smaller home than what they are leaving. In fact, it may be their families who are suggesting that they move, sometimes closer to their children or the like. For seniors, moving can be extremely difficult, especially in cases where they have lived in the home they are moving from for quite some time. We have collected a few pieces of advice to make this easier for seniors who have decided to move.

  1. If you are downgrading, take the time to get rid of some items in your home. Let your family look at what you may be getting rid of and if this is something that they would want to have in their home. At least this way you are keeping the item in the family.
  2. Find out about your new area and if there are restrictions to what you can bring. Many seniors move into retirement communities that provide them with new furniture in a home, this is something to consider as you do not want to move your couch for no reason.
  3. Be sure that you list your home as soon as possible on the market. Your real estate agent will have a better chance of getting this sold in a timeframe that is going to help you get to your new home sooner.
  4. Do you need transportation services to get your vehicle to your new area? This is something to consider, as many retirement communities may not allow for a personal vehicle. Two, if you are moving close to your family, you may not need a vehicle which will be an extra expense, wasted, if it is not truly needed.
  5. Be ready for an adjustment. For many seniors, they are leaving a home that they purchased 40 years ago, and raised a family in. This is going to be emotional, but also look at how this move could be exciting and a new adventure to take!

For those who are ready to move, for whatever reason, Excel Moving is here for you. We have the movers and staff to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch and you are into your new home as soon as possible.

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Packing in a Day: Can it Be Done?

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While we often recommend that you take a week or more to pack your belongings before a move, there are times in which a person may have to do this in one day, then having the moving company pick up belongings the next day. This can be a bit stressful. But, there are a few things you can do to make this easier, less stressful and a successful venture!

Have High Fuel Snacks on Hand

While it may be tempting to order a few pizzas, and eat this greasy goodness…don’t! These are foods that are going to make you want to curl up in a ball and take a long nap when you really need to packing your belongings. Instead, opt for foods that are healthy and going to give you the right type of energy.

Don’t Forget Breaks

While it may be tempting to continue to pack constantly, you need to have breaks. Why is this? If you do not take breaks, chances are you will find that you get sick and tired of packing your belongings and will start to basically throw things into a box. Instead, take ten or fifteen minute breaks every hour to ensure that you are not losing steam or patience.

Enlist Helpers

Packing by yourself can be daunting, especially if you have a large home. Instead, enlist some helpers to help you out. You can ask people to come altogether, or take people in shifts so that you do not have a house full of people at once. Either way, it can be a great way to have some help and get this done faster.

Be Prepared

One of the main ways in which you can ensure that you complete your packing within one day is to be prepared. Have plenty of packing materials so that you can rest easy knowing that you do not have to run out of your house for anything.

Be sure that you have scheduled your move with Excel Moving to get professional service, and a great experience in getting to your new home!

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Moving: Garbage Bags versus Boxes

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When you are packing, you are probably going to face the issue that most people who move face at one point or another. Should you use garbage bags or boxes for your belongings? Not everything is going to fit in a garbage bag. However, many people wonder if it is better to use these garbage bag for blankets, clothing and those softer items rather than using a box. So, are garbage bags really the best option when compared to a box?

There are some pros and cons of each option:

  • It can be much easier to shove clothes into bags rather than boxes
  • You may feel as though you can get more clothing into bags rather than placing these into boxes
  • Garbage bags are hard to label when compared to boxes
  • If you are moving yourself, these garbage bags can be placed into the vehicle in small places that boxes cannot fit
  • However, boxes are easier to keep an organized move compared to having bags shoved everywhere

With these pros and cons being noted, most professional companies are going to prefer to move boxes rather than garbage bags. The only reason being is that there are times in which several homes are being moved within one large truck. Having garbage bags all over the place can make this harder to keep organized. However, this does not mean that you cannot put some garbage bags on your moving supply list. There are several cases in which garbage bags can come in handy:

  1. If you have a drawer full of clothing, it can be easier to dump these into a garbage bag, and then place the bag inside of box. This is especially helpful if you are moving fast and do not want to take the time to fold clothes into the box.
  2. Garbage bags can be great supplies for those last-minute items you pack that are going with you in your personal vehicle.
  3. A garbage bag is also useful for your designated overnight bag if you have packed up your luggage or do not want to buy new pieces.

So, before you decide to simply forego the garbage bags, think again. Though they may not be suitable for packing everything that you need to move. They are great for several situations. Remember, if you are moving into or around our area, be sure to call Excel Moving to schedule your move date. You can rest assure that you will find a fair price and a great moving experience!

Recent Graduates

Recent Graduates: Moving Advice

 

Recent GraduatesWith many college students approaching a Spring graduation, they may be considering a move to a new city to start living their adult life. With this being said, Excel Moving has helped recent graduates in the past who need to move to a new location. Our team can pack up your items and load these into our truck. We will then deliver these to your new home. However, before all this happens, we have a few tips for the recent grads that may be looking to move after college!

  1. Consider a roommate. Why is this? Chances are the first job that you get is going to be entry level, meaning that you may not be making a ton of money. However, with a roommate you can help to lower some of the out of pocket expenses that you have with the cost of living.
  2. Remember to declutter some of those items that you may not need when you move. You may not need or want any of your textbooks, so instead consider selling these for some extra cash or storing these at your parent’s home.
  3. Be sure to consider the job market in the new city that you are moving to. Find the city that has the highest rate of job potential, so that you are increasing your chances of finding full time employment.
  4. You may want to wait on buying tons of furniture, as you are not sure of the size of what your new home may be. In addition, if you are bunking with roommates, it is best to get their ideas on furniture as well, so everyone feels at home.

One of the last pieces of advice that we can give recent graduates: If you know that you are going to need our services for your move, be sure to book early. You would be surprised at just how many grads call just a few days before their move, and find that they must do this on their own. Don’t take any chances, call early!

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Moving Advice for the Busy Mom

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Moving on its own, is a huge task. But, for many busy moms, they are left to be the ones to handle this entire move, as well as the rest of the house. Trust us, when watching a mom in action as she packs up another box, and then finds a sippy cup for the youngest child in the house, it will make you appreciate your own mother more! With this being said, we have compiled a few tips for moms who are trying to pack and move their family, while also ensuring that the house runs smoothly!

  1. Know when you need a break! This is important as moms tend to think that they can do it all, without catching but a few hours of sleep. This is not helping you, and it may be slowing you down! Instead, take some time with the kids, read a book, or just take some time for yourself…after the kids are asleep of course.
  2. The kitchen should be the last room you pack, as you don’t want to hunt through boxes for one kids favorite cup, the other kids favorite plate to eat pizza off and the like.
  3. Realize that while packing, you may not be able to fix those delicious meals each night, and that is okay. You are not Superman and no one expects you to keep up with everything else that is going on. Instead opt for a pizza and a salad delivered to save you some time.
  4. If you work outside of the home, or even from home, you may want to consider taking a few days off to just devote to packing up your house. It can make things much easier when you do not have too many irons in the fire.
  5. Have family nearby? Ask if they could watch the kids for a few hours each day to allow you some time alone to pack. It is amazing what you can get done when not having to stop every few minutes to stop kids from fighting, to get them the snack that they are wanting and the like.
  6. Always leave some toys unpacked for your kids, as they are going to be wanting their favorites. Sit them down and explain what is happening and how many toys they can keep out. It not only gives them a say so in what is going on, but it gives them a job to focus on so you can get some more packing done!

Moving and being a busy mom is hard, but you can do it. Take a week or so before the move date to start, and work at your own speed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Greensboro

Help with Your Greensboro Move

Greensboro

There are many people who are looking to make the move to Greensboro or who are simply moving into new homes in the Greensboro area. Why is this? Being based in Greensboro, North Carolina, we may be a bit biased, but we find that it is a great place to call home, and a great place for families to be raised, and careers to be found. After all, this is the third largest city in the state of North Carolina, and it continues to grow.

What to Do in Greensboro

Greensboro has tons of things available to do, which is another reason why we are finding so many people are moving into the area. Most people are looking for a home that is going to allow them to stay local. They want to go out and do things, but they want to do these in their local area, and they will not be disappointed with what Greensboro has to offer. For example:

  • Several concerts and events are hosted at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • The Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe
  • Greensboro Science Center
  • The International Civil Rights Center and Museum
  • Home to the Wyndham Golf Championship
  • Headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference

And several other activities throughout the year, along with other locations to visit.

Our Help

If you have decided to move to the Greensboro area, we can’t say that we blame you. First things first, you need to know where you are moving to. We highly recommend you work with one of the many real estate agents that call the Greensboro area home and can get you into your dream home. Once you have finalized the location to move into, then you need to call us.

Even if you are moving in from out of town, we can still help you as we deal with local, across state line moves and even international moves. We will give you an affordable rate and the knowledge that your belongings are going to be safe with us. If your home is not move in ready when the date comes, we can also offer our storage facilities for your belongings.

Our goal is to make the moving process easier on you. We realize how much trouble it can be to move your items, store these and unpack them into your new home. Which is why you should not go at this alone. You worked with real estate agents for finding your new home, so let our professionals handle your move!

Items We Cannot Move For You

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Looking to move soon? One of the common questions that we get asked daily is what can you take with you and what we can move for you. What most people don’t realize is that there are those things that we cannot move for you. There are numerous reasons why, but it all boils down to safety. There are many things that we will not move for the safety of our workers. In addition, there are laws related to what we can and cannot move for our clients.

For those who are interested, here are a few things that we cannot move for you:

  1. Anything that is considered hazardous such as acids, ammonia, lamp oil, kerosene, weed killer, poisons, paints, motor oil, matches, fireworks, charcoal, fertilizer and the like.
  2. Perishable items are not allowed in moving trucks. Why is this? Rotten food not only stinks up the truck hauling items, but it can also attract rodents which could damage property we are moving.
  3. Personal or items that are sentimental are usually frowned upon by movers. We do this simply because we do not want to be held responsible for these items going missing since you cannot put a real price on these. For example, we recommend you keep medical records, car titles, school records and the like with you. These are items that are hard to replace, which is why they should be left with you.

The things that we move and will not move are for the safety of everyone involved. We understand that it can be frustrating knowing that some items we are not going to touch or move. However, even if you were moving on your own, these are items that you would not want to move either, as it poses the same safety issues to you as it does our professionals. Remember, we are here to help with your move, and we look forward to doing this. But in the end, we want everyone, including our workers to be safe!

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Moving: Those Little Things You Overlook

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There is no doubt about it, we are professionals when it comes to moving people. However, we also have expertise in packing and getting you prepared for your move. With we often hear about those who are packing their belongings, who end up going out to buy things time and time again, as they have forgotten that they need these. It can make the packing process even longer. That is why we have compiled a list of what you need to get before packing and moving, so you are prepared for whatever may come your way!

  1. A first aid kit: Cardboard cuts can hurt, and they often happen, especially if you are packing and taping up boxes in a hurry!
  2. Extra tape: Let’s face it, one roll of tape is not going to tape all your boxes. Keep in mind that you may need to tape the bottom and top to keep it reinforced during the move.
  3. Extra markers: Yes, you may have purchased a multi-pack with three markers in it, but get another one. You can almost guarantee that you will lose a few and run these markers out.
  4. Packing materials: Be sure to grab extra bubble wrap, towels, newspaper or the like, whatever you are using to warp materials in. You do not want to get to the point that you are simply putting things into a box and hoping for the best.
  5. Always have extra boxes. You never know when you have underestimated, and this can save you a great amount of time in searching for more boxes later.

One of the biggest things we see people overlook is the extent of the job itself of packing and getting ready for a move. So many people think that they can pack up their belongings within one day. While professionals can do this, most people are going to find that it is super hard to do this in just one day. So, don’t wait too long to start your moving journey!

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The Emotional Side of Moving

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When we move, we often focus on the logistics of this move.  We worry about the moving company arriving on time, about your belongings getting to your new home and the process of doing all of this in a very small amount of time. It can be nerve racking. But, did you know that part of the reason that you may feel stress is due to the emotional issues that often arise when you move? Most people do not realize that moving can be such an emotional experience, but it is most definitely one of the more emotional events of your life, especially if you have lived at your location for several years and have experienced several life events in this area. With this being said, here are a few tips to deal with the emotions that may arise when you move!

  1. Be ready to shed a few tears if you are someone who cries when they are emotional. There is no shame in this at all!
  2. Take some time to say goodbye to the home that you have known, this is especially important if you have grown up in this home as a family or the like.
  3. Consider a small going away party at your home for everyone to say their goodbyes.
  4. Talk to small children about why you are moving and when you are moving to prepare them for this change.
  5. Be sure that as part of the emotional process you visit your new area, and introduce yourself to what your new area has to offer you.

Moving is an emotional process, but it does not have to be an event that you remember with dissatisfaction and stress. Utilizing a moving company can help lower the stress of the move, and if you take our advice for dealing with the emotions, your move can be a very positive experience.

Charleston

Moving in Charleston: The Process of Working with Excel

Charleston

For those who are moving into or around the Charleston, South Carolina area, finding a mover is not a hassle, but finding the right mover is the key to this whole plan. For those who choose to go with Excel Moving, they are going to find that their Charleston move is much easier and less hectic. And in the end, a peaceful move is just what you need to ensure that you start this new journey in your life on the right foot!

So how are we going to help you? When you first call our office, we partner you with one of our counselors. The counselor is going to go through the various things that you know, such as the dates for when you are moving, the amount of rooms in your home, whether you have bigger items, like pianos, that will require extra people to move and special attention. The counselor will then point out some of the extra items that you may not be thinking about that could make your move even easier. For example, have you ever thought about our full-service packing service? Have our professionals come into your home and pack your belongings for you, it can make moving seem super effortless, and it could even be an experience that you remember with fondness later.

Other services that our counselor will identify as options for you will be:

  • The option for custom crating of those objects that are rather large or bulky in size
  • Various packing materials that we have in which you can purchase if you are packing yourself
  • Appliance disassembly and reassembly in situations in which you may need this
  • Moving insurance on those items that you are having moved

It is these extras that make Excel Moving the option for those who are moving into or around Charleston. If you are ready to get your move started, don’t hesitate to contact us.