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The Challenges of Moving Locally

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Moving locally is something that many people think would be the easier option when it comes to moving. Here at Excel we can help with long distance or local moves. However, we want to warn our customers that moving locally may not be as easy as you think. Moving around the corner, down the block or just across town has its own set of challenges when compared to a long-distance move.

Challenge #1: Easier to Hold onto Belongings

One of the best things about a move is that you can take this time to purge. However, when you are moving locally, many people simply move everything. This can be a challenge when you are downsizing, and it also leads to holding onto those things that you no longer need.

Challenge #2: Moving Locally Results in No Preparation

One of the main challenges we see when going to move someone locally is that they have not prepared their items to be moved. For example, they may stuff many things into bags and just hope for the best. They feel that since the truck is not going a long distance, there is no reason to put everything into properly labeled boxes that are sturdy. However, remember, even a ride across town in the back of any vehicle can cause damage to items. And you are still moving, so the tips that we have given about packing still need to be observed!

Challenge #3: You Never Embrace your New Area

For those who move locally, they may never embrace all that their new area offers. For example, there may be an excellent dog park right around the corner, however, you will probably still drive to the old one since it is not that far away. This type of action can make it harder for a person to adjust to their new area and truly enjoy it, as they are always going back to their old neighborhood.

Remember, local moves can be a great option for someone who finds their dream home or they simply want to move to a new area. However, treat this as you would any move. Pack your items properly, get rid of those things that you no longer need and fully embrace your new neighborhood. And remember, we are here for all your moving needs!

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An Overseas Move from North Carolina

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If you currently live in North Carolina, moving overseas can be a huge change! After all, you may be moving to an area in which you do not know the language, the people or even the customs of those who live here. On top of this, you still must move your items to this new location! Do not do this on your own, as you are going to find that there are specific regulations that should be followed when an overseas move.

What Are These Regulations?

The regulations from an overseas move whether you move from North Carolina or other locations are going to find that customs will have several steps you must clear before your items are moved. One of the biggest things that you must have to move your items overseas is through a packing list.

This packing list should include serial numbers, models and make for electronics or appliances that you may be moving.  There are other items that must be listed individually, such as:

  • Musical instruments
  • Sporting equipment
  • Exercise equipment
  • Carpets, including the sizes of these
  • Items that are used outside of the house such as grills, pools, etc.

Other items such as clothing, books, dishware, toys, and the like can usually be categorized rather largely, rather than having to list these individually and description.

How We Can Help with an Overseas Move?

Here at Excel Moving, we can help ensure that an overseas move from North Carolina is going to go flawlessly. We first offer you a moving coordinator who will go over what you want to move, when you need to have this completed by and the like. They are going to be the one person in which you can trust throughout the entire process and answer any questions that you may have.

Next, our packers will come in and pack these items for you, creating the detailed list to fit regulations to pass customs. This is important! If you attempt to do this on your own, you may delay your shipment. If your shipment is delayed this can make it harder to really settle into your new home. Once these items are packed, the packing list has been made, and they are on their way, we do provide you with a link to track your shipment online, ensuring you can plan your arrival accordingly.

An overseas move from North Carolina is not impossible! We are here, and we have the experience to make this a smooth move.

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Having a Floor Plan Before a Move

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When you are preparing for a move, you are often told by numerous people who have moved before that having a floor plan of your new home is a must have. Why is this? It can make a move into this home much easier if you have this. While most people cannot get an actual blueprint layout of their new home, you can make your own to reference. All you will need:

  1. Photos of the room can be helpful to help you visualize where you want items placed
  2. The room measurements including where doors are located, walls and the like
  3. A large piece of paper or poster board to draw this onto

Once you have this information, here are some tips for how to put this information to good use:

  • Use post it notes to add these into the rooms labeled with piece of furniture.
  • Prioritize which room should be completed first.
  • This will also allow you to make a list of items that may not fit into your new home and whether you should get rid of these or put these into storage.
  • Have a plan for where to tell movers to place things, which in the end will make your move in process much easier!
  • This can also be helpful in loading the truck, if you are doing this on your own. However, with Excel Moving, you can rest assure that however the truck is packed, your items will be secure and everything will be placed where it needs to be placed that day.

Keep in mind that there are several programs online that will help you in drawing out a floor plan if you are short on time and cannot do this one your own. And these programs are relatively easy to use for anyone, even if you are not a budding architect!

Moving Plan

Moving Plan: A Plan for a Move in Two Months

 

Moving PlanWhen most people think of a moving plan, they think that this comes together in a little over a few weeks. However, if you want the best move that you can possibly get, be sure that you are planning for this move at least two months in advance. And we have a few tips that are going to make this easier!

2 Months Before Moving Date

During this time, you are going to want to do a few things:

  1. Get moving quotes from companies
  2. Compare the different moving companies you are considering
  3. Chose a moving company and make an appointment for your moving date. Remember, here at Excel Moving we are ready to help you in any way that we can, and we ensure a fair price and a great move!

6 Weeks Before Moving Date

This is the time in which you are going to want start organizing your move. Be sure that you are getting medical records together, school records for kids and all this information for your new location. Also, be sure that you are starting to compile moving supplies together for the day in which you move.

4 Weeks Out

This is the time to make final travel arrangements. For example, are you going to need to stay in a hotel once the moving company takes your belongings? Do you need to arrange for a vehicle to be shipped? Perhaps you need a dog sitter during the move? These are all aspects in which you will want to arrange now!

3 Weeks Until Move Out Day

You should be starting on the packing process. During this time pack:

  • Non-essential items such as non-seasonal clothing, family photos, photos on the walls, etc.
  • Start to make those small repairs to the home that you may need to, such as repairing holes and the like
  • Start the process of changing your address on the mail

2 Weeks to Move

This is the time to be focused on packing. You should aim for packing at least one room every two days, depending upon the size of your home. Be sure that you are not packing those things that you need to use every day just yet. This is also the time in which you should start setting up dates for cutting off water and electricity for your current home.

Moving Plan: One Week to Move

Almost all the packing should be completed, except for those rooms that you use most such as the kitchen and bedroom. This is the time to focus on those last-minute details such as having medications moved to a new pharmacy, getting a sitter for the kids or pets, or the like.

The day before the movers arrive, be sure that you pack up the kitchen and those items that you have been using daily. Then sit back and let the movers take care of the rest!

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Move into Carolina: Mistakes to Avoid

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There are several people who decide to move into Carolina from out of state, or even from across the other side of the country. When this is the case, this is a different type of move. These cross-country moves out or out of state moves require a bit more attention to detail, otherwise you will find that this process could turn into a huge headache in which half of your belongings are lost after the move. If you want your moving process to be easier, whether you are moving across the state, across the country or just across town, here are some mistakes that you are going to want to avoid!

Not Organizing your Items

If you are in a hurry to get everything packed, you may not organize your items as it should be. And this is going to be a huge issue when you go to unpack your belongings. Every box should be labeled per whichever room you are packing. Each box should contain like items, for example, clothing in one box, bedding, trinkets and the like.

Not Having the Proper Equipment for a Move into Carolina

For those who move into Carolina, having the proper equipment is a must have! Whether you need to move into South or North Carolina, you are going to find that the proper equipment can make this process go faster and be easier for everyone involved! Proper equipment can include the right materials to pack, along with a dolly to help move those larger items.

Not Having a Plan

Do you have a plan for the move into Carolina? Do you know a time frame? Do you know who can help you move? These are all important questions that need to be answered to make a plan for your future move into the Carolina’s. Be sure that you call Excel to see how we can help with your move into the area, we are professionals that can make this move stress free!

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4 Activities that Will Involve Kids During a Move

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For those who move with children, the recommended advice is to have your children go somewhere during the packing and moving process. While this is ideal, this is not always an option for some parents. So, what can these parents do? A great idea is to involve your kids in some way in the moving process. While this will greatly depend upon their age, there are several things that they can help to do. Not only is going to help you, but it makes them feel as though they are contributing. It can also help kids to feel as though this move may not be such a bad thing!

Encourage Kids to Pack Their Own Room

For those kids who are older, encouraging them to pack their own room is going to take a load of stress off you. However, remember that if they are younger, this could potentially turn into a nightmare. Be sure to outline a few rules such as keeping certain items together and not making the boxes too heavy for the kids. This way, they are being productive and helpful throughout the moving process!

Let Kids Help with Labeling Boxes

While younger kids may not be able to write on boxes, you can rest assure that they can stick color coded stickers to boxes that you may need. In fact, you may find that if your child sticks these boxes with color coded labels, there will be no mistaking what room that box belongs to. Let them put a color sticker on each side of the box if they want, it will simply make it easier when unpacking!

Let Kids Help with Final Clean Up

In most cases, when moving out of a home, you are going to do a final clean up, this is especially true with rental homes. Let your kids help with this. For example, most younger kids can run a vacuum with ease. Older kids can help with the more dangerous chores such as cleaning bathrooms or helping to mop floors.

The Final Walk Through

The final walk through once your boxes have been loaded onto the trucks is a great time for kids to help. For younger kids, tell them you are looking for some hidden treasures, and they need to make sure there is nothing left behind. Older kids, can simply be an extra pair of eyes looking for items that you may have forgotten to pack.

Remember, for a smooth move, whether you have kids or not, Excel Moving is here to help you!

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Keeping Your Cool During a Move

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What is most annoying about a move? For most people, it is not the move itself. In most cases, they are excited about the new home, the new neighborhood and the like. The most annoying fact is the move itself. So how can you keep your cool? We have a few tips that will allow you to keep your cool and to smoothly transition into your new life!

  1. Do not schedule a lot of things on moving day! We have seen too many people do this. Moving day is hectic enough without worrying about getting numerous things done. And if you try to do this, you are only going to be annoyed that you run out of time.
  2. Be prepared for issues that will arise. Too many people believe that since they are using a professional mover, the idea of having anything go wrong is nothing to worry about. However, realize that weather still affects professionals, and there are always those things that are out of our control.
  3. If the stress of packing gets to be too much, step away for a few moments. Take a walk around your neighborhood or simply sit down for a bit. If you are agitated while packing, you are going to find that the items are going to be unorganized and messy!
  4. Minimize those distractions such as the television running, checking your email constantly and the like while moving. This is only going to slow you down and could result in your move being postponed slightly. So, why do it?

In the end, keeping your cool during a move really all boils down to having the right kind of expectations. Remember, a professional moving company like Excel can give a better moving experience than if you were to try to do this on your own!

Quick Move

5 Tips for a Great Quick Move

Quick Move

We have discussed just how hard it is to pack suddenly and move. However, for many people this is reality. They may have gotten news that requires a quick move, they belong into our armed forces and are getting re-stationed, or maybe that dream job is available but you must be out of state in the next three days to get it. We understand, sometimes a move cannot be planned months in advanced, despite the best of intentions. With this being said, here are 7 tips that are going to help you to be successful in packing your home in a hurry!

  1. Make three piles: Keep, Throw Away and Donate. Be sure that you are making these piles in each room and quickly go through items. If you are unsure, keep it. Since you are moving so fast, you don’t have time to think about it. But, when unpacking, you can then decide whether to keep it or not.
  2. Get some help! We cannot stress this enough, when you need to get your home packed up soon, as many people as you can find to help you is going to be what you need to do.
  3. Start early with your packing. If you must be out in a few days, expect to have some early mornings and late nights trying to get your entire home packed up and ready to move.
  4. Stay hydrated! Even if it is not hot outside, packing is a chore and it is burning a lot more calories than you realize. Be sure that you stay hydrated so that you are on the top of your game and packing boxes as quickly as possible.
  5. Wear the right shoes. This is an invaluable tip. For those who wear sandals, they are going to be walking these boxes around the home slower, and are going to be more likely to fall causing an injury. Instead, wear boots or tennis shoes to protect your feet, and have the mobility that you need to get this done quickly!

Remember, whether you know a year in advance of your move, or even just a few days, Excel Moving is here for you!

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Record Management: Consider This for your Business Move

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If your business is considering a move, what about record management? Here at Excel we can help you move your business to a new location with ease, but did you know we also offer record management services? Why should you consider these services? Here is why:

  1. Record management has been shown to help decrease the likelihood of your business becoming a victim of identity theft!
  2. Through utilizing record management, you can decrease the physical space that you need at your business location.
  3. Do you want to know that your records are being stored properly and away from prying eyes? This is a worry of many businesses, but with our service, it is no longer an issue.

Many businesses decide to move due to the space that their records are taking up. While this is a legitimate reason to move, if this is the only reason, is it truly worth it? Our record management service also offers document destroying services that are safe and per your requirements. This can provide you not only with more space, but with the peace of mind that secured documents are taken care of as they should be!

Our facility houses are in Greensboro, NC. And no matter where you are, you can always see that status of your documents from our online tracking system. And if an emergency were to arrive and you need a document, we can get this to you within an hour when the need arises. In the end, you are saving yourself some headaches and space at your location.

Even if you are determined to move into a new location, while move these records with you? Let us move them in our secured facility, and it will no longer be something that you must worry about. Instead, spend some extra time turning this new business location into one that you are super proud of!

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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.