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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

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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.

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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

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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!