Monthly Archives: July 2016

moving

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!

Three Tips for a Productive Move

productive move

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!

moving with kids

Moving with Kids? Ideas to Make Moving Fun!!

moving with kids

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.