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Unpacking: Where to Start?


The move has happened, and now you are standing in your new home. Boxes are all around you and the home is empty. What now? Take a deep breath and a moment to enjoy the empty home and to get your mental state right. Once you release it…it’s time to get to work! Now is the time to unpack and get everything situated. For most people, this is overwhelming. After all, you may have tons of boxes and personal items that you need to unpack and get set up. This can be even more bothersome if you are facing a deadline for getting your items unpacked, such as if you are needing to get to work in a few days. So, where do you start?

Step 1: Bedding

You should always start with the bedding in a room. Unpack the mattress, sheets and comforters to ensure that you have somewhere comfortable to sleep tonight. Remember, once you have this done, most everything else tends to fall in place. If your entire family is unpacking, be sure that the beds are the first thing in each room. This way when night falls, everyone can feel more at home in their own bed!

Step 2: Dressers and Clothing

Dressers and clothing should be your next step. Most people have their necessity bag that contains a few changes of clothes in them for emergencies. However, if you do find that you must go to work or school in a few days, unpacking your regular clothes and putting these away in the closet or dressers is a must do! After all, no one want stop have to go through boxes to find clothing for work first thing Monday morning.

Step 3: Kitchen

The kitchen should be another room in which you pay attention to and do as soon as possible. Everyone must eat, and having something to eat on is going to be great! Even if you get a few pizzas that first night, having your familiar dinner plates can be relaxing and make this new house start to feel like home.

Step 4: Bathrooms

Bathrooms should have new towels and items in it so that you can take a shower once you are done unpacking a few rooms. Chances are you are going to be a bit on the dirty side, after all, moving is a strenuous activity.

Step 5: Prioritize the rest of the home

Once these areas are unpacked, be sure that you prioritize the rest of the home in terms of what should be unpacked and the like. Don’t forget to take the time to make a run to your local grocery store to stock the refrigerator and get those items that you may need to feel more at home!

If you are debating on whether you are ready to move or not, remember Excel Moving is here for your moving needs! Our expertise can make the process much easier!

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Moving: How to Ensure Safety in Your Old Home

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One of the most common obstacles that is faced when you move is transitioning from one home to another. This is complicated even more when you still own the one home you are moving out of, and are moving into a home that was just purchased. One of the most common fears that people have in this situation is their old home. With burglaries happening throughout the United States, a vacant home is almost like a welcoming card to those who are looking to rob a home or cause damage to a home. So, what can you do? We have a few tips for those who are moving out of a home, but are still owners until they sell!

  1. Consider asking someone who is local to check in on the house. If there are people who are monitoring the home, thinking that it would be an easy target, when a person keeps showing up at random times throughout the day or week, they are going to back off!
  2. Exterior lights that are on timers are a great way to make a statement! If you time these to come on as soon as it is dark, it is going to make people think that there is someone who is staying in the home. You can even use this with the interior lights as well!
  3. Security cameras set up around the home can be instant detour to those who are up to no good. You can find very inexpensive sets to utilize that you can monitor from your home computer or even your cell phone.
  4. Get a security system! You can find that these are rather inexpensive when you compare just how much they could save you in the long run. Shop around and check out the offers. Remember, this could be a way to get even more value out of your home when it goes on the market.

In a perfect world, you would sell your old home then move into a new home within a week or so of each other. However, that is not always what happens. Several of our clients are moving out of their old home while it is still on the market, waiting to get sold. If this is the case, be sure that you take the time to add in a few safety precautions to keep it safe! And remember, for help with your move, Excel is here for you!


Moving with Teens: Tips to Succeed


One of the biggest challenges in moving, is when you move with kids in tow. Moving with kids can be a bit easier, the younger the kids are. However, what do you do when moving with teenagers? For many parents who have done this in the past, they find that this move is harder than any others. Why is this? For one, teens are often categorized as being a bit on the moody side, to say it lightly. The idea of change may be something that upsets them, and if this is the case, you may want to count on them acting out. Two, teenagers have friends that they have developed and may even have a boyfriend or girlfriend that they do not want to leave. So, what can you do?

We have a few tips on what to do and what to avoid doing, as you could make the situation worse. Remember, moving is a huge life change, no matter what age you are!

  1. Talk to your teen about the move. Don’t assume that they are not happy about this! Assuming they are not happy about the move can make the move even harder. You never know, your son or daughter could be super happy about moving.
  2. If you do have an upset teen, don’t let them make you feel guilty about moving. This is a common feeling for parents if a teen is unhappy or acting out about this move. Remember, kids often adapt to a move easier than what parents think. Be positive and know that you are making this move for a good reason.
  3. Try to move when the school year is over, during the summer. It can be easier for a teen when they are starting fresh during an academic year, rather than starting in the middle.
  4. Get an internet connection asap at your new location so that the teen can stay in touch with those back at their old location. This will make the move easier as they can still communicate with their old friends.
  5. Encourage your teen to get involved in new groups at your new location. This way they are making new friends, and this can help ease their transition into a new school.
  6. Try to give your teen things to do while moving, to make them feel as though they are a part of this move. Plus, this can help a teen to not focus on the moving dilemma that they may be feeling.
  7. While your teen may mope around due to the move, keep a watch on them, but try not to interfere much. Kids often find their own way if they are given the chance, and this can be a tremendous time of growth in your teens life. However, if you do notice that their grades start slipping or they are getting depressed, perhaps counseling could help.

Remember, moving is a difficult task. We can make it easier! Here at Excel Moving we have years of moving experience. This way, you can focus on your teen and other children rather than worrying about when boxes are set to arrive at your new home.

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A Business Move: How to Prepare your Office for the Change

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When a business move is near, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are a number of items that need to be checked off of your list before the move happens. For example:

  1. Informing clients of a new location
  2. Making changes to the online profile for the company including all social media pages
  3. Making announcements via social media about this move
  4. Packing up the office
  5. Informing employees of their new locations after the move

All the while, you may still be doing business. The stress of this can be outrageous! In fact, many business owners do not realize just how stressful this move can be. The good news: there is help and advice that can get you through this transition.

Have a Timeline for Every Business Move

For every business move, you need to have a timeline. This timeline is going to keep you on schedule and will help to decrease the stress slightly. An example timeline could be:

  • 2 weeks before moving offices, let customers know
  • Announce the upcoming move on social media two to three weeks from the date
  • As the date grows closer, keep announcing this move so it reaches the maximum number of people
  • One week before the move, all employees need to be packing their items
  • Stop doing business at that location two days before the moving company comes to help, this way you have two solid days of no interruptions

Ask for Help

Always be aware that there is help for a business move. And many businesses find it is better to call in the professionals to help with the move rather than having their office staff tackle this on their own. Excel Moving can offer tons of help for any move, whether this is business or residential. A few other ideas that have worked for businesses in the past:

  • Have interns for the business help with packing.
  • Hire one time employees to help with the move, as there is the packing of this office, as well as getting unpacked at your new business location.

Remember, a business move does not have to be something you dread. You can make this move one that is going to be a positive experience and best for your business! To get better prepared for your business move, be sure to check out packing tips and talk with professionals, as there is always advice to be found.


Moving for Work? What you Need to Know!

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Moving for work is not something that is considered strange. Many people find that when they get that big promotion that they have wanted, not only are they getting a pay raise, but they may have to move as well! If you are in this situation, then you should know that you could be getting this move paid for you! Many companies offer movers assistance for those employees who they are asking to move for a new position. And if the company doesn’t offer this, always remember that you can deduct work related moving expenses on your taxes. However, to do this, your move must meet a few criteria:

  1. The new location for work must be more than 50 miles away from your current home. If you were move to a new neighborhood that is only 25 miles away from your old home, moving expenses cannot be deducted! However, if you were to move 52 miles away from your old home, you could deduct these expenses.
  2. To deduct any type of moving expense, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the year you arrive at a new location for a job. Otherwise, you cannot try to deduct any type of moving expenses. This does not apply to those who are members of the armed forces, involuntary separation or in the case of a death.

With these criterions being known, we have a few tips that can make this move for your professional success even better.

  • Be sure that you call us at Excel Moving as soon as you know that you will be moving. Keep in mind that the Summer time is a popular time to move, along with Spring and Fall, as students head back to school and the like.
  • Consider decluttering many times, especially if you are going to be moving a long distance away. As the price you pay on the move does depend on how much weight you have in goods to be moved.
  • If moving cross country, you will probably need vehicle transportation as well for your move, unless you plan to drive yourself to your new home.
  • Work with a great real estate agent whom you can trust. In many cases, those who are in this situation is not waiting around to sell their home before they move, thus you need someone whom you can trust to show this and sell your home.
  • Prepare your family for this move by pointing out the great points about a new neighborhood or even new state. Be sure they realize that this can be an adventure if they let it!

Moving for work is never easy. However, it is a necessity in a changing work environment. The good news is that we are here to help!


Why You Need to Declutter your Home


Many of us who are looking to move are not really worried about decluttering. Instead, our minds are focused on organizing the move. Getting the date for the movers to come, ensuring everything is packed and finding a new house to move into. However, decluttering is one of the main things that you should be doing before any move! Why is this?

  1. If you do have a home that you are trying to sell before a move, decluttering is going to allow you to only keep the bare minimum in the home. This gives the illusion of a blank slate to most potential buyers, increasing the chances of the person being interested and buying this!
  2. If you declutter now, there is less to pack. And if there are less boxes, you will have less to move in the long run! Remember, if you pack all the clutter, you must unpack this later!
  3. Decluttering can be a way to cleanse your life and start new. And for many people this is exactly the type of feeling that they want when they move into a new home!

Tips for Decluttering

With it being known just how important it is to declutter your home, here are a few tips to help you along the way!

  1. Look in your closet, if it has not been worn in the past year, toss it or donate it someone who may want to wear it weekly!
  2. Declutter one room at a time, and do not leave that room until you have taken out all the clutter,
  3. A new rule to put into your life, the “in-out rule”. This rules states that for every one new item you bring into a home, toss one old item out. This can be a great rule for when you do complete the decluttering.
  4. Ask yourself if you really need an item, if you hesitate, then chances are you do not need it!
  5. Have boxes set up for what you want to keep, toss, giveaway or donate. This will make the entire process a bit easier.
  6. Get everyone in the home involved. If you have a family, chances are you didn’t save all of this on your own, so get everyone involved in the process!

Decluttering may not be fun, but if you do this before a move, you are going to find that it allows the move to flow more smoothly. And remember, here at Excel Moving we have tools to help with the clutter, storage units to put items inside and of course, our dedicated moving services!

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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!

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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!