Premier Relocations LLC is an established, licensed and insured, full-service moving and warehouse storage company based in Michigan. In this blog you will get the best moving tips for your local, cross-country, or international move!
Did you know that moving consistently ranks as one of the most stressful things in life? Even if you and your family have moved many times, you probably still stress every time you think about packing up your home. As professionals who go through this process every day with clients, we can help you through this process so you can enjoy a stress free move. We have put together some steps you can take to make your move easier.
Follow our top tips for a stress free move and you will be relaxing in your new home before you know it.
Get in the right mind set: Whether you wanted the move or not, grief often accompanies a move. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge and experience your feelings. It will help you move to a happier emotional place faster than if you ignore them.
Plan Ahead: Doing things at the last minute is always stressful, but when you have to move an entire household full of things, you don’t want to be doing this at the last minute. Start planning as far in advance as you can. Being prepared and having a plan will eliminate stress. Our moving planner will help you know what needs to be done week by week.
Use a Support System: You will no doubt feel overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done before, during, and after the move. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what friends and family are for.
Hire Professional Movers: Hiring a professional mover makes everything about your move easier. Read our top reasons to hire professional movers here.
Pack without Emotion: We all tend to get sentimental about our belongings, but do you really need your old notebooks from college? Packing will go a lot quicker if you don’t have any sentimental attachment to the items. Figure out what items you really need and pitch the rest.
Research New Area: People are always the most comfortable when they feel prepared, so do your research. For example; find the schools, the malls, the restaurants. See what events regularly happen in the area. Get a feel for where you will be setting your roots down.
If you take some of these tips into consideration when you are going through this transition, it will make your relocation a whole lot easier and hopefully give you a stress free move! We specialize in stress free moves here at Premier Relocations. Learn more about the Premier difference here!
The weather is cooling and leaves are beginning to change color – a true sign that fall has arrived. Fall is best known for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and football games but did you know it is also one of the best times to move? If you’re considering moving or trying to plan out the best time to make your move, here are 5 reasons why we think fall moves are the best.
Beautiful Weather: Fall is known for cooler temperatures, and that is the best weather for moving! You won’t be sweating in 90-degree temps while you are carrying and unpacking boxes, nor will you have to worry about snow or icy sidewalks. Just make sure you clear the sidewalks of any leaf debris.
Move before Holidays: The holidays are notoriously busy, by moving prior to this crazy time you will eliminate a lot of stress. This will allow you to enjoy the holiday time with loved ones.
Flexibility: Fall is an uncommon moving season, as the busy season for moving companies falls between May and September. Fall moves give you more flexibility. You will be more apt to be able to pick the exact date and time for your move.
Save Money: Fall moves have some of the best rates of the year, due to it being the off-season. You can save up to 20% by moving in the fall.
Enjoy the Activities: Get to know your new community by taking part in all the fall activities! Most areas have fall-related events such as; Oktoberfest, fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes. Take a road trip and take advantage of the colorful scenery while you get to know the new area.
Here at Premier Relocations, we are available to help regardless of what season it is! Call us today or fill out the free estimate page and one of our professional estimators will contact you. We can help make your move effortless so you can enjoy your new home!
Buying a new home is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime. Add to it the expense of moving – and these costs will put a big dent in your wallet. Fortunately, if you have some time to plan ahead, you may be able to make some decisions that will save money. We know most people like saving money, so we have put together some tips to assist you!
5 Ways to Time Your Move to Save Money
Research: Do your research early when picking a moving company. Make sure you are dealing with a professional mover that will stand behind their service, like Premier Relocations. Using online resources can be very helpful in making the right choice when picking a moving company. Here is a guide to assist you.
Plan Ahead: If you have the flexibility, book the date of your move early. You may be able to get a better deal if you book well in advance.
Move During Non-Peak Moving Season: Non-peak season is generally during the fall and winter, while Peak season tends to run through the spring and summer. Movers will generally increase their rates slightly during this season to react to the supply versus demand issues faced during this season.
Move Mid-Week: Weekends are a prime time for truck rentals and moving companies, as people typically plan their moves when they can be away from work. Pick a Tuesday or Wednesday to move and you may get a better price.
Move Mid-Month: Fewer people move in the middle of the month, so you might find more affordable moving deals. The last week of every month is always the busiest for moving companies and many people tend to move at the beginning of the month when a lease is up. Moving in the second or third week of the month may actually help you get a better price on your move.
You can see that the timing of your move can save you money, with just a bit of effort and flexibility on your end. If you don’t have the flexibility, don’t worry, if you have picked a quality mover like Premier Relocations, there are no bad days to move. We can be your partner throughout your move from the start to the finish. Give us a call or visit our website for your free estimate to get started today!
Congratulations! You have met the person you will spend the rest of your life with and are now preparing for the next step! As newlyweds moving in together, the thought of sharing a lifetime with another person in a shared space could be a bit frightening. We have put together some tips to make sure the transition goes smoothly, and you and your sweetheart are set up for success.
Find a New Home: Decide if one of you will move to the others’ current home, or if you’ll find a new place together. Moving into a new place together is a great way to ensure that the home feels like your “couple” home, with no history for either of you.
Sort Belongings: Now is the time to take a joint inventory of your belongings. You should compare and get rid of all duplicate items you will not need in your new home. Remember to account for the impending wedding gifts as well. The fewer items you must pack and move, the less money you will spend on your relocation.
Get Professional Relocation Assistance: Call a professional moving company, like Premier Relocations. Moving is hard work – let the professionals handle it. Enjoy time with your new spouse and have peace of mind knowing your relocation is in good hands. Read more top reasons to hire a professional moving company here.
Set Ground Rules/Expectations: In every household, there are chores that must be done; cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, taking out the trash, and so on. Discuss how the chores will be divided. It’s best to have that conversation before one of you gets mad about toothpaste splatters on the mirror.
Be Ready For Some Compromises: Sure, you’ve compromised plenty of times before, but marriage means you have to compromise on bigger issues. Where you live, where you work, how you spend and don’t spend your money. The other person’s opinion matters just as much as your own, so be prepared.
Keep Your Communication Channel Open: The number one thing every married couple must do is communicate openly and clearly. Be honest with your spouse about all decisions no matter how large or small.
Now it’s time to celebrate the start of your shared life together. Life’s happiness, opportunity, hardship, and loss will all be experienced with your spouse at your side. As long as you keep love and mutual respect at the center of your life, it’ll all be worth it.
If you are sending a child off to college this fall, you are not alone. Sending your child off to college is an emotional time for both parent and child. You can’t help but wonder how time has gone by so fast and how you are already at this stage in your child’s life? Wasn’t it just yesterday that you were just tucking your child into bed? College move-in day is a proud moment for any parent, that does not mean it isn’t a day filled with stress and a little sadness. To try to make things a bit easier as you prepare for this day, we have put together some tips to prepare for college move-in day.
Tips to Prepare for College Move-in Day
Check Move-in Policies: Procedures vary. Some schools let families pull right up to the dorm door, while some will have you take a number. Others don’t want you unloading anything until your child has gone through registration, had their ID card photo taken and signed innumerable forms. Review a campus map to determine where your student will pick up their key, where cars can pull in for unloading and later for parking.
Pack Essentials: If your child’s belongings don’t fit in the back of a minivan or average sized car, they have packed too much stuff. Think about what items you can’t live without and what items can stay at home. Items that are needed later can be brought at a subsequent visit or shipped.
Utilize Storage Bins: Dorm rooms are known to have limited space. If your child will be using under the bed containers to hold spare towels and bed linens, pack those items in the containers, to begin with. The container goes straight from the car to underneath the bed; no unpacking necessary.
Personalize the Room: Do not forget items that will make the space feel like home. Photos of friends and loved ones, soft bedding and pillows make for a more comforting environment, especially when your child is missing you and home.
Pack Kleenex: Don’t forget the tissue! Sending your child off to school is an emotional undertaking. Expect to feel at least a little weepy.
Preparing for college move-day can be overwhelming, but our tips should make the process easier. You’ve worked hard as a parent raising your child and this is the time you will see what all that hard work has produced. Take a moment to tell them how proud you are of their accomplishment in getting to this point, offer them advice, or just share your love and encouragement. Premier Relocations wishes your child good luck as they embark on this new journey!
You just found out that you are moving, what do you do first? The very first milestone in your moving journey is to choose a trustworthy moving company. When it comes to hiring movers, the more research you do early on, the fewer headaches you’ll experience on moving day. The best way to find reliable movers is to ask questions and find a moving company that you can trust with your belongings. We have put together a list of important questions to ask.
Top Questions to Ask Your Moving Company
Is your company properly licensed? Any moving company that is a member of the American Mover and Storage Association (AMSA) guarantees compliance with the federal laws which means that your move is in good hands and your items will be handled safely and with great care. Membership in the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another proof of reliability and professionalism.
Can you provide references of satisfied customers? Satisfied customers or awards for service are quite a significant indication of reliability and high quality. Read online reviews of your chosen company – you will know if the movers over promised, under delivered and overcharged their customers.
How long has your company been in business? A long history does not necessarily mean high-quality services but movers who have been around for many years have gained considerable experience and have had satisfied customers in order to stay competitive for so long.
Do you have permanent employees? Who will be dealing with your packing and moving? Does the company has the permanent staff or hire laborers on a day basis? Many companies are understaffed during the busy summer months and hire temporary employees. This is not a bad thing, but you will want to ensure those employees are properly trained.
What forms of payment do you accept and on what terms? It is not recommended to hire movers that only accept cash. Most professional and quality moving companies do not require a deposit. If they do, it is good indication you are not working with a safe moving company and may be asking for trouble. Most reputable companies have a merchant account and will accept credit cards so be sure to ask if credit cards are an option.
What kind of liability coverage do you provide? You need to make sure that your company is insured and liable for damage. Make sure you understand all the provisions and differences in the available valuation plans they may offer.
Premier Relocation believes you deserve the finest in corporate, commercial, and household relocation and we do our best to provide you with that. We will partner with you and will not only answer all your questions but provide you with moving tips throughout your entire relocation process. Contact us to today!
When your current home no longer meets your needs and you find a new home, the most obvious option is to sell your old home. But in some cases, turning it into a rental home might make more sense. Are you better off keeping your old place as a rental, or does selling it make more sense?
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding if renting or selling your home is the better option.
Your Financial Situation: Becoming a landlord brings added expense that you need to consider. Your insurance costs may increase, as rental homes may cost more to insure. This applies to taxes, as well. Many states have tax rules that favor owners who live in their homes, these tax breaks don’t apply to investment property. Cleaning, care and maintenance costs must be considered, too.
Local Market Conditions for Rental Homes: You need to consider whether the city where your home is located can generate a profit in renting. The need for rental properties is higher in cities where affordable housing is needed or a large concentration of jobs is being offered. See this list for the best cities for rental properties.
Your Future Plans: Maybe you have been transferred and think you may come back to the area? It may be cheaper to rent your house and move back in when you return, rather than paying sales commissions to sell your current home and purchase of another one when you get back.
Your Tolerance for Being a Landlord: Being a landlord takes good communication skills, tolerance and flexibility. Not everyone is going to be a good tenant. With that in mind, landlords must have a thick skin and a level head.
Current and Projected Home Prices: Consider how much you would profit if you sold the property today. If you would make little or nothing, it may make sense to hold onto the property, waiting for the market to improve over time. This is especially true if the property will provide positive cash flow in the meantime.
When it comes to renting or selling your home, there is no right or wrong answer. Once you understand the options, you can make the best choice for your situation. Whatever choice you make, when it comes time to relocate, Premier Relocations can help. Call us today for your free moving estimate.
First impressions matter, especially if you are trying to sell your home. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look which you can take pride in. There are a lot of small and inexpensive changes you can make to improve your home’s appearance.
We have put together some quick ways to get instant curb appeal that won’t blow your budget
1.Paint your front door, trim and shutters. This is an easy update to make and you can pick up a gallon of paint for around $30.00. Bold and bright colors will definitely make your home stand out. Be sure to match your new paint color to the rest of your house.
2. Plant a tree and/or flowers. Planting a tree and flowers is probably the quickest and cheapest way to add visual appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect the landscaping of your house.
3. Update outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting can really change the look of your home. There are a lot of inexpensive options to be found, just make sure you find some with the same mounting system as the current lights.
4. Update old house numbers. Purchase new attractive house numbers, if the existing ones are old or faded. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures
5.Makeover your mailbox. Mailboxes should complement the home. Dress up mail boxes for curb appeal by painting the wooden post to match the house’s exterior color, or by surrounding it with flowers.
6.Decorate your front porch or doorway. Add curb appeal to your home by showcasing your unique style to your front entry. Whether you place a wreath on the door or a porch swing, make your guests feel welcome and your home inviting.
These ideas will give your home a fresh new look and add instant curb appeal, all while sticking to your budget! When your house is sold and you are ready to start the moving process, make sure to contact us for your free estimate. Around the block or across the country, you will receive quality service from Premier Relocations.
Anyone who has ever moved knows what a stressful experience it can be and moving is particularly challenging for seniors. Packing up a home of 30, 40 or 50 years to start over again, in what is usually a much smaller home can take an emotional toll on seniors. Moving from the family home to a retirement home, possibly in a new community, sorting through decades of family history and possessions is truly overwhelming. To save time, energy and sleepless nights, we have put together some tips to help you organize your move and help it progress as smoothly as possible.
Tips for Seniors Transitioning to a Retirement Home
If you have the time, begin to declutter months ahead of the planned move. Continue this decluttering process monthly until you start the major activities of sorting and packing for the move
Throw away items such as outdated food or medications, clothes, or extra household items that just take up space. Make sure to shred old checks and documents that are no longer needed.
Now is the time for grown children to come gather their old belongings they have kept at the house. They need to claim their keepsakes – old sports trophies, CDs, posters, school projects.
Set a firm date for the move and call Premier Relocations. We have senior moving specialists ready to assist you. Our specialists work hand-in-hand with family members to ensure that all needs are met and that everyone is comfortable throughout the senior moving process from beginning to end. Learn more about our senior moving specialists here.
Use appropriate boxes for your belongings in order to protect them from damage. Premier Relocations can assist you in locating and purchasing the appropriate cartons. Learn more about packing boxes
Label each box with the destination area for your new home.
Pack a box with items you will need for your first night in your new home. Include items such as fresh bedding, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush, comb, pajamas, towel, plate and utensils, one change of clothes, flashlight, tape, scissors.
Prepare to spend a few days unpacking and organizing. Get someone to help if you can. Work as quickly as you can to make your new place feel like home.
Remember that adjusting to your new surroundings may take days, weeks, or months. It is normal to grieve the loss of your old community and friends.
If you have moved into a retirement community, get to know your neighbors and get involved in the activities that are offered. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you will feel like you belong.
Moving to a retirement home doesn’t need to be overwhelming; it can be an exciting new beginning. Contact us when you are ready to make the move. We’ll gladly put our senior moving expertise to work to make the process of moving as smooth and easy as possible.
A recent study done by Mayflower, our parent company, found that a large majority of millennials, defined as 18 to 35-year-olds, are ready to move to a new city to take a new job, but are not likely to stay there. Most who are considering relocating to a new city might make a temporary or “vacation” move to the city in question before permanently putting down roots there. As a result, Mayflower has given the millennials a new moniker: “Vacation movers.”
The Findings of Study
Mayflower’s Melissa Sullivan, said, “The findings of this year’s Mayflower Mover Insights study reinforce what our agents are hearing every day – millennials are excited about their new homes, jobs and adventures. The poll of 1,000 Millennials revealed that two in five have moved to a new city without the intention of staying permanently. Upon arriving in their vacation city, 74% of respondents said they had a plan to leave within a certain timeframe.
Reasons for Moving
While 30% of respondents moved in search of a new lifestyle or experience, other “vacation movers” had more practical motives. The survey found that 40% moved to a new city to work at a new job and 26% moved to find a new job. “Millennials are a generation of what I call “adventure movers”. Their motivations for moving are influenced by a sense of adventure, making these moves relatively short-term” said Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. “More than any generation before them, millennials have defined their 20s as a period of freedom and instability. This flexibility allows millennials to make moves in search of new job opportunities or adventures, even if they don’t plan to stay in the long run.”
Where Millennials are moving
Major metropolitan areas continue to attract Millennials. The survey revealed that 69% of respondents were currently residing in a city or an inner suburb near the city. According to moves completed by Mayflower between January and December 2016, San Francisco, Calif., is the hottest moving destination for millennials, followed closely by Los Angeles, Calif., and Washington, D.C.
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Are you ready for a “vacation move”? Whether you’re planning a move to the mountains or a big city, Premier Relocations can help. Our team of highly trained professionals is committed to quality with every service. We guarantee first class service that you can depend on. Contact us today for a free moving estimate.