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Military Moves: The Unique Stress that Goes Along with These

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For those who are in the military, they may not have as much notice as a normal person when it comes to moving. Therefore, they are in a unique situation. The good news is that we have several tips that can help a military family to make this move easier!

One of the biggest issues with  military moves are that you may know you need to make the move in a month from now, or it may just be a few days. This all really depends on where the military member is going and how soon they are needed. For some people, this move could be to a military base that is only a few hundred miles away, while others may find their move to be on the other side of the United States. Here are a few tips that can make the stress a bit easier to handle:

  1. Every time you move, try to keep it simple with what you are moving. Having too many items when you are moving like this can make for an even more hectic move! Due to military moves being often, this is a great time to ensure that you are not keeping a lot of items you no longer need or want.
  2. Label everything with your name and the like so that the belongings are going to get back to you. This is especially important if you opt to let a company move you, while they may be moving a few other military families as well.
  3. Keep an inventory list. One of the most common complaints military members have is that they do not get all of their items once they are moved. If you have an inventory list of what you have packed, you will have a higher success rate of getting all of your items.
  4. If you have children, be sure that you are preparing them as best as you can for this move. It can be hard on children having to move frequently, as they often do in the military. But, the more prepared you make them, the more they will learn how to handle this.

For those who are ready to move and need assistance, Excel Moving is here for your needs. Whether you are civilian, or military, we can help make your move easier!

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Tips for Moving While Pregnant

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One unique moving situation is when a couple is expected a child and decide to move during this time. For example, some couples who are expecting realize that their current home is simply not big enough, so they decide to move. However, there are some special considerations to take when you are moving while pregnant. Whether you are two months along or ready to deliver any day now, the following tips can prove to be helpful during this move!

Still Take Care of Yourself

It can be tempting to try to get everything sorted now and move. However, now that you are pregnant, you need to take care of yourself, as you are living for the baby. Therefore, take breaks when packing items and eat healthy meals. This may mean that you have to start packing and sorting several weeks in advance, but your health is more important right now!

Be Sure to Set up A Doctor in Your New Area

If you are moving to a new area, be sure that you have set up a doctor to use. You will want to go ahead and have records and the like transferred to them so that they can see you as soon as possible when you get into your new home.

Avoid Heavy Lifting

This is extremely important. You are going to want to avoid the heavy lifting as this can put too much pressure onto your body. And for those women who are ready to deliver in the next month or so, picking up heavy items can actually bring on labor faster. SO delegate your lifting to others who are helping. Or simply use a professional packing service for even better results.

The Nursery Gets Set Up First

Be sure that you are setting up the nursey first in your new home, then working on other rooms in the home. This way you are prepared for the baby, whenever he or she decides to make their debut.

Be Sure to leave your Baby Bag Out When Pacing

If you are close to it being time to go to the hospital, be sure that you leave your baby bag unpacked and ready to go. Keep this with you in your car, rather than letting the movers put this in their truck. This way, in the unlikely event that you need while in the midst of a move, you have it with you.

Moving while pregnant, no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, is not always easy. There are going to be times in which you are cranky and simply want a nap. Our best advice is to put yourself first, and use as many other helpers out there that you can get, which does include professional packers and professional movers like Excel Moving. In the end, you will be happy that you did!

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Methods for Passing the Time While Waiting on Goods Delivery

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In a perfect world, when we move, we would arrive at our new home and our belongings would be waiting on us. However, that is not always the case. Many times, when move long distances, there is a delay in getting your belongings to you. Many times these delays are due to numerous customers going in this direction, hence moving companies put their items on the truck as well as a way to save gas. And the savings in gas is passed back to you. So what are you supposed to do while waiting for your items to arrive at your new home?

We have a few ideas that many people have suggested to us when we delivered their belongings, as well as our personal experiences of dealing with this type of situation. Remember, this period of time does not have to be one in which you are stressed and unhappy. While you may not have any of your belongings, you should have your personal bag that includes all the essentials. You can pass the time by:

  1. Get to know your new area. There is nothing to unpack yet, so instead of sitting in your new home staring at the wall, get to know your new area. Walk the neighborhood, talk to people who are out, find the best parks, best places to eat and the like.
  2. Making any changes to your new home? Now is the best time to slap up a fresh coating of pain if you want, since nothing is in the home, you can rest assure that paint is not going to get onto your belongings.
  3. Considering new furniture, look around. For those who are moving into their new home with the idea of getting new furniture, then go ahead and get these pieces while you wait for the rest of you belongs to arrive at your new home.
  4. For those with kids who are waiting on their belongings, make every night a campout night in the living room. Kids will love it, and since there is no television yet, you can tell stories, talk about the move and the changes to come, and simply reconnect after this long journey.
  5. Take this time to enjoy the peace and quiet, and the idea that there is nothing pressing for you to do. Taking this time to relax is one of the best pieces of advice and many people find it is just what they need.

If you are in the process of having your goods delivered to you after your move, don’t let this stress you out. Instead, put this waiting time to good use!

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Tips for Moving into a Fixer Upper

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There are several families who move into fixer upper homes. These are homes that often need a little tender, loving care in order to get back to the home that it once was. For many people, this is going to mean moving into the home that they are fixing up, rather than fixing up this home and living elsewhere. It can be difficult to live in a home that you are living in, however, for many people it is unavoidable. If this is the case, we have some tips that can help you decide just how to move into a fixer upper.

Perform Renovations in Order

If you are staying in a home while renovating, be sure that you are performing the renovations in order that makes sense. You do not want to end up doing more work and taking more time when you are doing renovations. For example, if the home needs to be re-wired, do this before you repaint the walls. Likewise, if you need to replace the floors, do this in a time in which the floors are less likely to become damaged.

Consider Consolidating your Belongings

One thing you don’t want to do is to have us move you into your new home, then find yourself constantly moving items around your home to make room for renovations to happen. What we recommend is that you put some items in a storage unit if possible. Those items that you are not going to use can always be stored for later. We can even help with delivering and storing these things into the storage unit for you. You may find it easier to perform renovations when not having to move room after room while working on these renovations.

Practice Patience

When you decide to live in a home that you are renovating, you are going to find that it will require patience. There are going to be times in which you wonder why you even moved to this home. However, rest assure that once you have the home of your dreams, the move will pay off!

 

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Is it Cheaper to Move Yourself or Use Professionals?

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This is one question that many people ask. However, when answering this, you have to consider more than just the actual dollar amounts that you would be paying a professional mover to come in and help to move your belongings. You also need to consider:

  • Your time
  • The physical toll that moving can take on the body
  • The stress that comes with moving

With this being said, let’s take a look at the different scenarios so that you can decide for yourself which is the best option.

Moving Yourself

For those who decide to move themselves, they need to take into consideration several aspects. We have highlighted some of the more typical expenses and needs associated with moving yourself:

  • Renting a truck or borrowing your friends trucks
  • Taking time off from work in order to pack items and load these onto the trucks, which could take several days for some people, meaning this could cost you hundreds of dollars in lost income
  • A few days after moving these items onto trucks and moving, your body may be paying for this in the form of pulled muscles, bruises, stiffness and overall being sore
  • If you have children, this may mean having to pay for daycare while you are trying to load and move boxes for their safety and your peace of mind

Typically, those who move themselves find that between packing, actually moving boxes onto vehicles, and then traveling to their new location, they could spend a few days moving a typical 3-bedroom home.

Letting the Professionals Handle the Move

When you let the professionals handle the move, you are going to find that there is very little that you have to do. You may have to dictate some things, such as which boxes need to stay with you and whatnot. However, in the end the movers are going to move the boxes, load their trucks, drive this to your new location and unload the boxes. In most cases, these moves are completed within a day if moving within the same city.

So which would you rather do? Spend your entire day doing back breaking work, or leave this to the professionals? If a move were a car, you wouldn’t do the work yourself, you would let the professionals handle the work. So consider Excel Moving the next time you are moving!

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Gearing up for a Move: Staging your Home

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While we are professionals in moving you, we have become knowledgeable in quite a few other areas of the moving process. For those who are selling their home, they may be resorting to “staging”. Staging is the act of putting in nice furniture, and décor that may not be your personal favorite, but is more likely to get a buyer to bite on your home. It does work, so don’t be too fast in not considering it. For those who are going through this part of moving, we have a few tips to make this work better and ensure that you do not lose your sanity or question your reason for moving in the first place!

Your Home is Your Museum

Now that you are trying to sell, your home is a museum. And with that in mind it should always be spotless. This can be difficult to do for many people. However, here are a few helpful tips to could make it easier:

  • Instead of doing laundry at home, take it to a laundromat, this way you are not cluttering your ‘museum’ with dirty laundry
  • Consider eating out more so that you avoid dirty dishes in the skin and a messy kitchen
  • Ensure that kids are picking up toys every morning and night, when potential buyers could be stopping to see the home
  • Always declutter when new items are brought into the home and keep it decluttered!
  • Consider using storage units for those extra items in your home that may not fit in with the concept of the staging or which are simply in the way

Be Move Ready!

One of the benefits of having your home staged is that more than likely you are going to have your belongings already ready to go in the event that the home sells. This can work to your advantage, as it can mean less work in limited time frames to get moved. We do highly suggest that you work with your real estate agent in developing a schedule for when potential buyers are going to be coming by to take a look. This can allow you to make a few last minute adjustments to make the home perfect!

If you are ready to move, and the staging elements have worked in getting your home sold, don’t forget to notify Excel Moving. We are here to make your move one that is stress free and easy!

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Three Tips for a Productive Move

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Moving is always a stressful event, even if you are looking forward to this move. However, with our helpful tips, you can make this move one that is productive and that you are fully prepared for. Here at Excel Moving, we are here for your every move need, but we also know that there are things that you can be doing now, to make this move pain free!

Get Rid of the Clutter

This is a common tip that is given to everyone when they move. However, it is a tip that everyone needs to remember and do! The more items that you take with you, the longer the move is going to take. If you have boxes upon boxes of clothes that no longer fit, why move these? Consider donating these items to Goodwill or Salvation Army so that someone else can get some use of these, and you can decrease the number of boxes that you are moving.

Pack your own Personal Items

For many people, they pay movers to come in and pack their times for them. However, consider placing up those personal items of yours on your own. Most movers are not going to mind if you do this. In fact, many would appreciate it, that way you are certain that you are not going to be losing anything important. Personal items can include important paperwork, toiletry items, photographs or jewelry.

Have a Plan for your New Home for a Productive Move

Be sure that you have a rough idea of where items are going to be going in your new home. It makes it much easier to have movers place boxes and furniture in the rooms that they belong, rather than piling everything into one room. While this is an option, in the end, you are going to find that you end up moving these heavier items on your own. If you are paying for a moving company, why not utilize their services as best as possible? After all, that is what we are here for!

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Moving with Kids? Ideas to Make Moving Fun!!

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For those who are moving with kids, they are facing even more challenges than those who are moving who do not have children. Let’s face it…kids get bored with moving. They may not only get bored, but they may also act out, especially if they are not excited about the move. The good news is that you can prepare your little one for a move, and even make this move be fun with these tips!

Get Them Excited about the Move

Probably one of the hardest obstacles to get around is a child who does not want to move. However, there are a few things that you can do that may make the move a bit easier, and make moving day go much more smoothly:

  1. Allow your kids to throw a going away party with their close friends if they are moving a great distance away.
  2. Let kids prepare for their new rooms by choosing new paint colors or even bedding to go into this room, as it makes them feel more a part of the process.
  3. Explain to the kids why you are moving, be sure to point out the benefits of this move!
  4. Let the kids be involved in the house hunting process so they are more comfortable with the move.

Always Stay Positive when Moving with Kids

It can be frustrating to pack everything into boxes, label these boxes and the like. However, do not let your frustration get the best of you! Your kids are going to pick up on this and it can lead them to act out. Instead, stay positive. Make the moving experience one that is full of hope for the future and the excitement of going on a new adventure.

Make a Game out of Packing and Unpacking Boxes

Let the kids help in packing and unpacking boxes if at all possible. You can make this into a game in which the kids have to pack up their belongings for a magical journey to a new and better home. Even better, many parents have found that if they hide a little treasure at the bottom of boxes, unpacking time goes a lot faster.

Make New Rituals

Once you are moved into your new home, make new rituals that are going to make the house feel like a home. For example, have a campout in the floor the first night complete with the kid’s favorite movie. Or find the closest park or new restaurant that the family can go to together. The idea is to start making great memories as soon as possible so the move is one that is accepted!

Moving with kids can be hectic. However, with our moving services, you can make sure that the move is not one that is drawn out for days and weeks.

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How to do a Moving Inventory

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Almost everyone realizes that moving does require having an inventory of some sort. The reason being is that when you have an inventory list, you are going to be well organized. This organization ensures that you are not going to lose any of your belongings while moving. With this being said, there is more to a moving inventory than simply documenting what is in boxes. It does require a little time and planning, but in the end, you are going to be better off for doing this.

Pre-Packing Walkthrough for a Moving Inventory

One of the first things that you need to do is a pre-packing walkthrough. Many people utilize their cell phones and capture a video or numerous pictures of what they are going to be packing. Be sure that you get close ups of very valuable items along with serial numbers for televisions and the like. The more information that you have now, the easier it will be later if there is something that goes missing or becomes broken.

Have a Labeling System

We have discussed just how important a labeling system is for those who are packing. So you need to find the one way in which you want to label that makes sense to you. We often recommend the idea of a color coding system in which each room is given its own color, and you can also utilize a listing method on these boxes so that you know where certain items are in these boxes.

Have a Master List

Be sure that you have a master list of the items that you are packing and moving. A master list is going to include what is in the box, the box color (if using a color coding system), along with the number of the box or other identifying information. Be sure that you keep this master list with you throughout the move. Once you are at your new home, this list is going to be the only way to tell if you are getting all of your belongings together in your new home.

While your items are being unpacked, be sure that you are checking off boxes as they are arriving. This will be much easier to do now, than trying to do this after everything is unpacked. This is one reason why you need to be present when your items are delivered by the moving company. What happens if there is an issue? We hope there aren’t any issues, but accidents do happen. In the event that there is an issue with your moving inventory and what has arrived, then you need to tell your movers immediately and contact the office. From here, we can work with you to figure out a solution that meets your needs.

 

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Move the Environmentally Friendly Way

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We recycle, carpool to work, utilize the latest energy efficient windows and doors throughout our home, increase the temperature in our home by a few degrees, and buy more fuel efficient cars all in name of helping to save the environment. So why does this commitment to doing what is right have to stop when you move? The good news, is that it doesn’t have to stop. There are several ways in which you can make your move more environmentally friendly.

How to Be Safe for the Environment while Moving

There are several tips that you can take into consideration when it comes to moving environmentally friendly. We have compiled those in which you should consider:

  1. Use packing materials that are eco-friendly, meaning avoid using the Styrofoam packing peanuts. In addition, you may find that reusing boxes could be a great way to make use of the green packing materials. You can also look into renting plastic crates to pack your belongings in and then returning these to the company once your move is complete.
  2. Complete your move in as few trips as possible, which is not an issue when using Excel Moving. We will bring a truck and crew large enough to load up and move your entire home in just one day…one of the benefits of using a professional moving company compared to doing this on your own which could take several trips and tanks of gas.
  3. Ensure that the company you use to move your belongings is doing their best to help with the environment, which we agree should be a vital part of any business!
  4. Once you are moved, make sure that your new home is utilizing green energy. This means, energy efficient appliances, power reducing bulbs throughout the home and the like to start your new home off right.

What do you think? What green tips can you share for a move? We would love to hear from everyone, as we believe this is an important issue everyone needs to be aware of.