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A Packing Party for Moving

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When moving, it is a hectic time. There are tons of things that you are trying to do, such as find a new place, say goodbye to those who you may be leaving behind, pack your belongings, organize the shipping of your items and the like. There is no wonder that many people feel overwhelmed when moving time does come around. One of the biggest complaints that people have when they move is that they did not get the time that they had hoped to say goodbye to loved ones and friends in the area. The good news is that there is a unique way to combine moving and a goodbye party all in one: packing parties.

What is a Packing Party?

Basically, a packing party is a way to have your cake and eat it too. How many people who have moved in the past feel as though they have to choose between spending time with friends who they may be leaving behind and getting prepared for their move? A packing party is the answer to this. This is a party that you throw in honor of moving. Everyone will come to your home and help you pack up your belongings. It is a huge help, as it makes the packing process go much faster, and it can be tons of fun since you are spending time with friends, remembering the good times and planning your future.

Tips for a Perfect Packing Party

For those who are going to throw a packing party, here are some tips to ensure that this is going to be a huge help to your moving adventure and is also going to be tons of fun for you!

  1. Order in food to ensure that you do not have to cook and these utensils can be packed.
  2. Use paper plates and cups, along with plastic silverware so that you can pack these items up as well.
  3. Ensure that you have tons of boxes, tape, markers, and other packing materials since you are going to have everyone working on this at the same time.
  4. Make a day of this and at night, you can all go out if you so choose to celebrate one more night together.
  5. Have this packing party close to your moving day, a couple of days beforehand is often recommended.
  6. Have some music playing in the background, as work that is tedious and often boring goes better when there is music involved.
  7. Avoid inviting too many people as this can make the packing take even longer than normal.

Moving does not have to be a solitary event. Having a packing party with your friends, and then once packed, call us here at Excel Moving to get your items to their new location safe and sound.

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Items to Avoid Packing

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We have spent a lot of time discussing what to pack and how to pack this. But, there are a few things that you are going to want to ensure that you are not packing. It seems simple enough to throw everything into a box and sort through it later. However, when you are having a moving company deal with your belongings, there are a few papers that you are not going to want to pack. To do so, could mean that your move turns into an even more stressful event that causes a headache and delays. In addition, there are a few personal items that you should not pack, and instead keep this on you at all times.

Your Moving Papers

The moving papers that you get from a company like Excel is going to detail the contract between you and the moving company. This contract is your lifeline when it comes to the company moving you. The information that is detailed in the contract includes the boxes being moved, the prices, the destination time frame of receiving your items and the like. You will also receive paperwork that tells you what to do if something goes wrong, such as if something were to get broken, which is not likely when using Excel for your moving needs.

Always Keep your Medications

Always keep your medications on you. There have been cases in which moving deliveries happen a few days after the initial pack up and loading into the truck. Thus, you do not want to be a few days without those medications that may be helping your life. Too many times, people throw their medications into a box with their bathroom items and then realize when it is too late that they packed up something very important.

Many people would argue that you should keep family pictures and momentous with you instead of letting a company move these. However, here at Excel we treat your belongings just as we would our own. Thus, family pictures, art work, and those with priceless items can be moved safely by our company with no worries.

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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!

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Military Moves: The Unique Stress that Goes Along with These

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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!

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Methods for Passing the Time While Waiting on Goods Delivery

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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!

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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!

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Moving with Kids? Ideas to Make Moving Fun!!

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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.

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Move the Environmentally Friendly Way

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We recycle, carpool to work, utilize the latest energy efficient windows and doors throughout our home, increase the temperature in our home by a few degrees, and buy more fuel efficient cars all in name of helping to save the environment. So why does this commitment to doing what is right have to stop when you move? The good news, is that it doesn’t have to stop. There are several ways in which you can make your move more environmentally friendly.

How to Be Safe for the Environment while Moving

There are several tips that you can take into consideration when it comes to moving environmentally friendly. We have compiled those in which you should consider:

  1. Use packing materials that are eco-friendly, meaning avoid using the Styrofoam packing peanuts. In addition, you may find that reusing boxes could be a great way to make use of the green packing materials. You can also look into renting plastic crates to pack your belongings in and then returning these to the company once your move is complete.
  2. Complete your move in as few trips as possible, which is not an issue when using Excel Moving. We will bring a truck and crew large enough to load up and move your entire home in just one day…one of the benefits of using a professional moving company compared to doing this on your own which could take several trips and tanks of gas.
  3. Ensure that the company you use to move your belongings is doing their best to help with the environment, which we agree should be a vital part of any business!
  4. Once you are moved, make sure that your new home is utilizing green energy. This means, energy efficient appliances, power reducing bulbs throughout the home and the like to start your new home off right.

What do you think? What green tips can you share for a move? We would love to hear from everyone, as we believe this is an important issue everyone needs to be aware of.

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Tips to Move Quicker

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Moving is an activity that we all want to finish quickly. After all, the sooner you finish this move, the sooner you can start your life in your new home. With this being said, we have come up with a few tips that are meant to help you to achieve the fastest move that is possible in terms of packing and then moving your belongings.

  1. Call the professionals to move your belongings

This is perhaps one of the best time saving tips that you can get. Here at Excel Moving, we are all about moving your belongings in a timely manner and with efficiency.

  1. Clear your schedule

If you want to move in a speedy manner, then be sure that you clear your schedule so that you can devote your time to packing boxes and the like. If you have numerous things to do, chances are the move is going to drag out over the course of several days.

  1. Get your supplies beforehand

Having all your tape, packing boxes, pens/markers, bubble wrap, packing paper and whatever else you may need for packing items. If you have these beforehand, you do not have to quit what you are doing in order to get these items.

  1. Having a packing station

To get the best out of your packing, have a packing station that is going to have everything that you could possibly need in the packing station. You will find it much easier to pack boxes, and move these to the packing station to tape up and label.

  1. Ask for help

If you have to be out of your home in a hurry, be sure that you ask for help. Recruit friends and family members to help with the packing, as just about anyone can pack a box. Just be sure that everyone labels these boxes appropriately so that you have ease with unpacking.

If you have a move coming up that needs to be completed quickly, be sure that you follow these tips. You will find that moving quickly is possible. You simply have to focus and forgo other activities during this time so that your entire attention is devoted to your move. In the end, it will result in a move that is quick and painless.