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If you’re pregnant or have a new born, moving is probably the last thing on your mind, but events such as job promotions, military deployments, and other exciting life changes may require you to uproot. Below are some of the first steps you should think about before moving.

Talk to Your Doctor
If you are moving to a different state or country, don’t forget to organize your healthcare provider before you go. Speak with your current provider to see if they can refer you to any reputable providers close to your new home. Do this as soon as possible to ensure you receive continuous care throughout your pregnancy.
Always check with your doctor to make sure that you are safe to participate in a move. Most doctors will discourage pregnant women from standing and lifting for long periods of time. Flying during a pregnancy can also be very dangerous. If your pregnancy has been classified as high risk, your healthcare provider may advise you to push out your move date or to stay close to home until you give birth.

Plan Ahead
The best way to reduce stress, is to plan the move thoroughly. Although you might not be able to help with packing or lifting, you can help by creating a move schedule. Keeping everyone on track will help ensure that your move goes as seamlessly as possible. Three key things to remember when creating this schedule are:

  1. Make sure your hospital bag is easily accessible at all times. You never know when you might go into labor, but if it does happens, the last thing you need is to find that your hospital bag to be packed away in a box!
  2. Give yourself plenty of time to pack and unpack! Work out what you can pack in advance, and start packing it. When unpacking prioritize important rooms such as the nursery and kitchen, and leave the spare rooms and garage for last.
  3. Call in favors. Pregnancy is no time to be moving home single-handedly. Call in reinforcements in the form of friends and family. Whether you need help packing, filling boxes, or choosing new furniture for your house, your friends and family will be more than happy to help.

Leave it to the Professionals
If your budget allows we recommend hiring a professional moving company to do all of the heavy lifting, packing, and unpacking. They will take care of everything, and leave you feeling Stress-free.

Listen to Your Body

Moving day will probably be long – an early start, a late finish, and lots of hard work and stress between. You need more rest during pregnancy, and may find yourself exhausted on moving day. Listen to your body, and rest when you feel you need to. Make sure you have somewhere comfy to rest, and that you can rest undisturbed in a quiet room if necessary.

It may be hard for you to take it easy, especially if you live an active lifestyle throughout the year, but over exerting the body may cause issues with the pregnancy. Any task that requires you to stand for long periods of time should be avoided especially closer to the due date.

Sit back, relax, and consider yourself more of a project manager than a mover. Good luck with your move and enjoy your new family and home!

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You’ve finally got your dream job, but it’s across the country. Now what do you do? Sometimes the actual act of moving can be the most stressful thing about relocating for a job. But that shouldn’t deter you from being excited about your new job. So, if you want to have a successful transition, here’s what you’ll need to do:

Know the Cost of Living. There are significant differences in the cost of living across the US. Usually you will be compensated for that difference in your salary, but it doesn’t hurt to know and make sure that you are getting paid fairly.

Know What’s Available to You. Make time in your day to learn about the resources that are available to you and use them! Many companies offer a variety of relocation services. Ask your employer if they will pay for your relocation. If your employer typically doesn’t offer relocation assistance, try asking for it anyways. The worst they can do is say no, right? However, before you ask we recommend researching moving costs (moving company quotes, storage, etc) so you can present a detailed estimate to your employer. We also recommend asking about preferred partners for relocation services. Your company may have established relationships with relocation companies that may offer you a discount.

Get to know your new environment before you move. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to visit and explore your new city before moving, do it! If you are not able to visit the new city before you move, try talking to the people that live there or have lived there. You should also read any local publications or local blogs to understand the vibe and to be informed on events that are going on in your new city.

We hope this post was helpful. Good luck with your move and new job!

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Whether it is a Grand, Baby Grand, or upright your piano is probably the largest and most complex musical device in your home. Moving it from one home to another without the utmost care can easily cause unforeseen problems. If you plan on moving your piano we suggest you look at the following tips for guidance.

  • Do consult with professional piano movers beforehand. We do not recommend taking on this task yourself.
  • Do move any furniture and other objects out of the piano’s traveling path before starting. It will be much harder to do this after you start.
  • Do cover the piano in non-slip blankets and secure them with moving straps to protect the finish.
  • Don’t wear anything that can get caught on the instrument while it’s in transit and be sure to wear non-slip shoes. One wrong step can cause a dangerous accident.
  • Don’t forget to lock the lid.  If you go over bumps, you don’t want the lid bouncing open and close. This could damage the instrument’s ivory keys.
  • Do secure the piano in the truck during loading. Any movement during transport can result in a damaged instrument, including damage that isn’t immediately visible.
  • Do remove a grand piano’s legs before moving. The legs are fragile and can easily break during transport. Additionally, removing the legs usually makes it possible to fit the piano vertically through doorways.
  • Don’t pack the piano last. Put the piano in the very back of the moving truck, right up against the wall. If the interior of the truck isn’t level, place some wood planks on the floor so that the weight is evenly balanced.
  • Do tune the piano after the move. Differences in humidity and atmospheric pressure in your new home can detune the instrument.

To hire piano moving professionals click the link below.

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Spring time is quickly approaching and your beloved flowers and plants are blooming! A decision a lot of plant owners struggle with is whether or not to move their plants. Unfortunately plants fall into the category of household items that are forbidden for transport. No professional moving company will agree to transport your plants, not even local movers on a short distance move. The back of moving trucks can get very hot and your leafy friends are too fragile and are not likely to survive the ride regardless of the duration of the trip.

We suggest you strongly consider leaving your plants for the next home owner, donating them to a local nursery, or gifting them to a friend or family member. If you absolutely can’t live without your plants we only suggest transporting plants if you are moving locally. There is a better chance of them surviving, but it can still be risky. When transporting your plant locally take the necessary precautions to increase chances of survival.

Before the Move

  • Two to three weeks prior. Transfer your plants from clay pots to more durable plastic pots of the same size.
  • One week prior. Check your plants for insects and parasites. If you need to apply insecticides we encourage you to exercise caution by leaving the plants at your current home.
  • Two days prior. Water your plants. However, do not over water them! Too much water can cause plants to freeze in cold weather and promotes fungus growth in warm weather.

 Move Day

  • Wait until the very last possible minute to pack your plants into boxes.
  • Place each plant in a box so it fits snuggly at the bottom. You can use regular moving boxes, like dish packs, available at any Sorensen location.
  • If needed, use brown packing paper to fill in any spaces at the bottom of the box to secure the plant. Also punch air holes in the side of the box and loosely close the lid so the plant can breathe
  • Set the boxes up right and label them very well. You wouldn’t want them to end up in the wrong spot that could result in damage.
  • Keep the temperature in your vehicle at a comfortable level. Extreme fluctuations in temperature can harm your plants.

Once You Arrive at Your New Home

  • Unload and unpack your plants as soon as possible
  • Put your plants back in their original pots and refrain from moving them around too much. Allow your plants to acclimate to their new home.

For more helpful moving tips click the link below.

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As the tenant, you are responsible for returning your old office space to the original condition as specified in your contract. If you have been in this location for a long time you will probably have a fair amount of work ahead of them. Here are some tips that will make this process more successful.

Verify the Required Condition of the Property. Your lease has all the specifications of how to decommission your office space. However, it is wise for you to meet with their property manager to discuss the lease surrender conditions of your contract. Get it verbally and on paper.

Audit Your Old Furniture Assets. Does it make more sense to upgrade your furniture or is the old furniture still in great shape? Create an inventory of your current furniture and make decisions based on business needs and your budget. Most moving companies can assess whether there is any resale value with the furniture you wish to dispose of, which can help make your budget go further!

Don’t Forget Your Cabling. Voice and data cable removal is typically a required part of a lease. It is a necessary task for returning the office space back to the landlord.

Clean Everything to an Impeccable Condition and Make Repairs. Sweeping, wiping down walls, and vacuuming the carpet are only a few items that should be on your checklist. Once your office and warehouse are clean you will be able to see any damages that need to be repaired. Whatever repairs you consider making, just make sure you follow the terms of your contract. Often times, your relocation provider can offer these cleaning services as part of their overall lease surrender/decommission scope of work.

Make sure you have a thorough checklist and knowledgeable experts in place to help with your decommission or lease surrender. For more information and to see what decommissioning and lease surrendering services we provide click the link below.

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You’ve decided to take the next step in your relationship. You are going to move in with your significant other! You both are extremely excited until you realize that you probably won’t have enough room for all your belongings. Keep the following tips in mind and  it should be a smoother process.

Eliminate the Clutter Before you move
Before you even think about moving in with another person it is wise to get rid of all unnecessary items. Having 100 stuffed animals and pillows on your bed was nice when you lived alone, but it may not be practical when combining two houses. Putting off decluttering your home can create unnecessary financial burdens. Many moving companies charge based on the total weight of the move. Holding onto clutter can increase your moving costs. It is ideal to decrease your belongings before you move in to your new home.

Get Rid of Duplicates
In a perfect world every single member of the household would have a sofa for themselves (Dogs included of course), but most people don’t have space for that much furniture. You are most likely going to have duplicates of a lot of common household items (sofas, coffee table, coffee makers, spatulas, etc.). Evaluate what you have and pick items based on your needs. Some criteria’s to base your choices off of include: décor, cleanliness, age, and usefulness. This step is important, but may be hard for some couples.

Evaluate your New Space
If you have an opportunity to see your new home before you move in, take it! Seeing your new space will give you an idea of what items are not useful (i.e. Barstools in a home with no bar). Once in the home we recommend taking measurements of each room and making notes of unique details (i.e. built in shelves). You can draw a scaled down version of the home and determine if your furniture will fit.

Combining two lives can get very messy, but it is definitely doable! For more tips on moving in with someone check out this post as well.

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Flu season is in full swing right now. So it may not be ideal to schedule a medical office move at this time. But we understand that things can happen unexpectedly; requiring companies to move during not so ideal times. Moving a medical practice requires special considerations. If you are planning to move your medical office or clinic create a checklist specific to your practice right away. Even if your move isn’t scheduled to occur for another year or so, creating a checklist will ensure that all important tasks are being worked on and will be completed before the move date.

Finding the Right Medical Office Space
First thing on your list should be finding a new location. Whether you’re leasing or plan to purchase your space it is always a good idea to contact a Commercial real estate agent/broker who specializes in medical office space. You want someone who understands the unique requirements of a medical practice for meeting patient safety and regulatory compliance. That can range from design improvements for safe operation of radiation-producing medical equipment to ADA compliance to limited landlord access (for leased office space) and more.

Work with Experienced, Professional Movers
Next on your list will be finding the right professional mover. You need to minimize your downtime to avoid loss of billable patient hours, so hiring an experienced moving company is key! Moving a medical practice requires specialized expertise and equipment. The movers you hire should be able to move office furniture, filling systems, cubicles, exam tables, and more. The moving team should also consist of technicians with expertise in decommissioning sensitive equipment, packing it and safely moving it without damage. Once they reach the final destination the movers must recommission the equipment to make sure that they are fully functional and ready to be used right away.

Prepare Your Orders for Printable Materials
One thing that tends to get overlooked is the change of address. Make a list of printable materials such as appointment cards, prescription pads and letterheads you need to order with your new address. Also be sure to set up mail forwarding to the new address. These tasks should be done a few months ahead of the move date to avoid any interruptions in business.

You will need to make numerous notifications about your change of address. Below is a list of a few establishments that should be notified of your address change.

  • Insurance Providers (Medicare, Medicaid, In Network Providers, etc.)
  • Payroll services
  • Call center/phone answering services
  • Medical waste disposal company
  • Maintenance company

Notifying your patients
Last but not least, you must properly notify patients and former patients about the move, and it is best to do so using multiple methods. Place a sign on your door and in the office announcing the move at least 30 days in advance. Add a notice to your phone greeting. Publish a notice about the move in local newspapers once a week for four consecutive weeks with the date of move and new address. Notify patients by email and mail, and tell each patient about the move as they check in/out. Notify each patient scheduled for a visit after the move by phone. Announce the move on your website and any social media accounts.

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Christmas has passed and you’ve gifted your children some of the coolest toys out right now. You’re making plans to move into your new home, but you’ve realized that their toys are started to take over your home. What should you do? Decluttering doesn’t only happen in the spring time! Try playing the “Declutter Game” with your kids.  Turning this process into a game instead of a task will make it more enjoyable for you and your kids.

Sort 
Start with one section of the room at a time. We suggest starting with the highest areas and working your way to areas closest to the floor. That way as time goes on and fatigue starts to set in you can relax on the floor and continue to sort. Have your child grab each item and let them determine if they want to keep, donate, or throw away it away. The key to this game being successful is to not let them put the item down until they’ve made a decision. They must decide now in order to win a price at the end of the day. Once they decide what they want to do with the item they will place it in the correct pile.

Organize
They were able to cut down there toys and make room for their new toys! Now it’s time to organize. Organizing the room doesn’t have to break the bank. You can use existing organizing units and buy more if necessary. Your local dollar stores should have all types of buckets that can be used to store toys. We recommend getting colorful bins to liven up the room and to make explaining where items go a bit easier. Set up a system that makes sense to both you and your kids. If they understand the system they will be more likely to put their toys away in the appropriate spot. Also, having the toys already in buckets can make moving them a breeze!

Reward
Phew! After a long day everything has been sorted through and put in their proper place now it’s time to celebrate!  Cleaning and organizing can be tough on both the parents and the kid. Take them out to get some ice cream or to their favorite play place. While they play and have fun you can take some time to relax after a hard day’s work! To make the “Declutter game” a life style change try making it a semiannual event that the whole family partakes in.

For more tips on ways to declutter before a move please click the link below.

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The holidays are usually a pretty hectic time for most people. Between shopping for presents, attending school and work functions, and getting the Christmas lights untangled, it may seem like moving during the holidays is impossible. We’re here to tell you that It is possible to fit in such a huge endeavor and still enjoy your normal festivities! You’re probably asking yourself how? Well we are sure that the next few tips will help you!

1.    Put it on your calendar. The key to being successful at anything is to organize what must be done and when it needs to be done. We suggest writing down all your holiday must dos/wants as well as packing plans on one calendar. By using one calendar you will have an overview of EVERYTHING that needs to be done before and after your move.

2.    Start Early. The earlier you start, the less you’ll have to do in the end. The Holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Do as much as you can early on, so you can spend the extra time with your family and friends. While spending time with family and friends you don’t want boxes all over the place. A garage or spare room are perfect places store any boxes and packing material.

3.    Put Out Minimal Decorations. Even though you are moving that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! There are lots of holiday decorations that you can be put up and don’t require tons of work. Simple lights, strung popcorn, and tinsel look great, are very festive, and are really easy to put up and take down. Depending on how close your moving date is to Christmas you may want to wait until you move into your new home to set up the tree, or you can put it up with minimal ornaments.

4.    Keep your family busy. Don’t let the stress of what you have to do ruin your holiday fun! Follow your holiday calendar, but also include fun activities that the family can do together. Be sure to attend community events before and after your move. Go out and enjoy your communities. If you’re moving far away this may be the last holiday your kids get to spend with their school friends.

5.    Don’t stress the unpacking. Christmas and New Year’s day only come around once a year! You’ll have plenty of time to unpack. Put up your normal Christmas decorations to really make the new place feel like home!

For more information on how we can help make your holiday move easier click the link below. 

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We always recommend having a professional movers pack and move your belongings to your new home. However, we understand that having a moving company pack for you may be out of your budget. If you do decide to pack your belongs yourself, we recommend you follow the following tips.

  1. Start early. The last thing you want is to have an entire house to pack a few days before your move. You don’t really know how much stuff you have until you have to pack and move it. Create a game plan that suits your schedule. We recommend packing away all items you don’t use on a regular basis a month in advance. Items used more frequently should be progressively packed the week before your move. Items used on a daily basis should be packed in a bag the day before your move. Packing these items in a bag will allow you to easily access them before, during, and after the move.
  2. Choose your boxes carefully. Many self packers tend to pack heavy items in large boxes, but the opposite is recommended. Fill large boxes with light stuff such as pillows and linens. Fill small boxes with heavier items like books. If you overload a large box the box is likely to break. Smaller boxes for heavier items provides more stability.
  3. Do not empty your dressers. By leaving your clothes in your drawers you save the movers a lot of time and effort. This will also save you money because you won’t have to buy extra boxes. We do recommend emptying drawers that have paperwork, pens, or electronics. These types of items tend to roll around and can easily be damaged.
  4. Don’t pack air. To ensure that your items are secure it is best practice to fill each box completely. Leaving air pockets may lead to broken belongings. We recommend using packing paper to fill those spots. If you don’t have packing on hand some good alternatives include: towels, pillows, or newspaper. When closing each box if there is a little resistance that’s a good sign that your items are tightly packed and secure.
  5. Label boxes on two sides. Mark each box with its contents and destination on a minimum of 2 sides. Make these notes as detailed as possible to save you time. Labeling a box “Master Bedroom” will lead to you opening all your boxes in order to find specific items. Also note if the contents are fragile.
  6. Be ready. Have everything packed before the movers arrive. Dissemble furniture, unplug and prep any appliances.For more helpful tips click the link below.

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