Monthly Archives: August 2016

checklist

A Checklist for Your Upcoming Move

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Any more, whether this is large or small, is going to have its own level of stress associated with it. However, one of the key components of getting through any move is to ensure that you are preparing for your move in the proper method. That is why we have created a checklist of items that you are going to want to have on hand, along with things you need to know, before your move.

  1. Have enough packing supplies on hand

These packing supplies will include:

  • Cardboard boxes of numerous sizes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Fresh newspaper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Box cutter
  • Permanent markers for labeling
  1. Start packing in a logical manner

Be sure that you are packing in a logical manner so that the packing will go smoother. Consider these tips:

  • Pack those offseason things first
  • Then go to the storage items you may need to pack
  • Rooms that are not in use
  • As time gets closer, start packing those everyday items that you can do without until everything is packed
  1. Lists are helpful

It is helpful to have lists of things that you need to do before the move. For example, make a list of who to contact before your big move, of other things to do such as change of address, and whatever other items you need to do. These lists can make your move that much more organized.

Remember, the more prepared you are for your move, you are going to find that it goes smoother. Every checklist out there is going to be different, as the list is going to contain different items that are of importance to that person. In the end, moving is difficult. But, if you use a professional mover like Excel Moving you will find that your move will be that much easier!

military move

Military Moves: The Unique Stress that Goes Along with These

military move

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!

moving while pregnant

Tips for Moving While Pregnant

moving while pregnant

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 Packing

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!

goods delivery

Methods for Passing the Time While Waiting on Goods Delivery

goods delivery

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!

moving

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!