In most of our articles we talk about how moving is a stressful process. That is why we share some helpful tips to make your moving experience easy and stress-free. However, sometimes after the move, most people don’t know where to start to get settled in in their new home. A year ago, our article discussed some of the things you should do after moving. In this article, we put together a checklist to help you get started on your post-moving tasks.
Assess your delivered boxes.
After the move, you have limited time to report any damaged or missing items, the wise thing to do is to make sure everything is there and in the same condition. You can do a quick inspection of your valuables and make sure everything is in same condition as it was when picked up.
Lower the risk of damage to your items by selecting a reputable moving company. In case you find anything missing or damaged, don’t hesitate to contact the moving company.
Make sure your utilities are up and running.
Ideally, we recommend activating your main utilities before moving. If for some reason you did not do this, you should do this as soon as you can. You need to have at least the water and electricity turned on and ready for you.
Get your essential rooms ready.
Unless you plan on staying in a hotel until everything in your new home is organized, the bedrooms and the bathrooms should be set up for normal use. You can also start unpacking any essential boxes like your bathroom supplies, bed covers and sheets to help you get going.
The kitchen is also an essential room, but depending on your needs, you may decide to organize it later. Especially after cleaning and unpacking most of your boxes.
Inspect your new home.
Any new place of residence is an unknown territory to you. We recommend making a thorough inspection. Find every secret of the house including:
– Locating the circuit breaker or fuse box
– Checking to see if anything needs to fixed or replaced
– Check any sign of pest infestation
– Uncovered electrical wires
– Leaking faucets…
This will not only help you know how to organize and clean your home after you have unpacked everything, it will also help you avoid any safety hazards.
Start arranging everything.
Now that you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to start putting everything in place. However, before assembling the furniture and setting up major appliances, you might need to do a thorough cleaning of the house while you still have the open space. This will help you even more if you have pets. Some animals like dogs and cats have a developed sense of smell and you don’t want them smelling the traces left by the previous pets.
The process of organizing and arranging might take long so plan it carefully. You might choose to also do your decorations during this process to give your new home the look you’ve always wanted.
Get to know your neighborhood
After the move and making sure everything in your home is in its place, you should explore your new neighborhood. You can use this time to:
– Familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood
– Look for the nearest stores and pharmacies
– Update your postal information (change your address)
– Make necessary adjustments on your insurance (health, home, and auto)…
If you have kids, you probably already made arrangements for their new school before the move; if not, this is the time. Most people decide to plan their move during the summer when kids are not in school. This gives them time to get familiar with the neighborhood before school starts, and perhaps make new friends.
Make sure everyone feels at home
Moving to a new location affects everyone in the family, even pets. If you have kids, you may need to help them feel comfortable in their new home. It might take some time for your pets to get used to the strange new environment. Sparing some time and planning activities that will help you spend a lot of time together will help everyone adjust quickly. After all, the only familiar thing you’ve got in common is each other.
Open that Champagne bottle!
You did it! You are finally done with moving. I think that is a good cause for celebration. (Even if some adjustments might take a while to be made.) At least you’ve got the basics done and are ready to move on with your normal life.
If you have any questions about your future moving plans, give us a call today at 972-487-5843.
A recent study shows that moving houses is polled to be more stressful than both divorce or starting a new job. Do you feel as though you agree? Moving your home is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll face in life, although it can be difficult to enjoy the process as we charge toward that relaxing and comforting reward. Believe it or not, the average person moves 11 times throughout a lifetime and the average weight per move is approximately 6,500 pounds. That could surely add up to a lot of heavy lifting and unneeded worry and stress. Be certain you’re prepared, nothing is worse than a disorganized and poorly planned transition. Fortunately, today, there are many conveniences and a variety of services available that help make moving simple and easy.
Regardless if you are moving down the block or across the globe, consider these 6 planning insights to ensure the unknowns are limited and your move is as seamless as possible.
Storage units are a big business in America and still growing. Did you know that you could combine three islands of Manhattan and that is still less than the country’s total self-storage rentable space? There is over 2.3 billion square feet of storage unit space available nationwide.
If you’re moving long distance, consider packing your stuff and shipping it to your destination. Speaking of shipping, if you already have in mind the things you’ll need for your new space, don’t purchase these prior to your move and then have to haul extras around with you. Simply order necessities online, today essentially anything can be shipped to your new doorstep. From cleaning supplies, unpacking day groceries/snacks/wine, to boxed up mattresses sent by mail, save the hassle of packing the things that will be replaced anyway.
Purge your unneeded items. Moving is an ideal time to lighten the packing load. Try to take the time to scale back on items you own that you don’t use or have any need for. This is a great way to make a little cash for the move while saving yourself from moving extra items.
Nothing is worse than needing something and not being able to put your hands on your own belongings. With moving this is a necessary evil. Consider putting together a 24-hour survival kit with the necessary items while you’re in transition. Things like toiletries, cords, valuables, and move related documents.
Lighten the load and strategically replace:
If you plan on buying new furniture or other large items soon, there is no need to bring your old sofa with you for a few weeks. A move is a great time to replace commonly used and overlooked interior necessities. Treat yourself and upgrade your essentials during your moving phase.
Schedule Service and Appointments in Advance:
Perfect planning pays off. When it comes to utilities, you don’t need to wait until you’re in your new home and unpacking to call and set up appointments that will only be projected out a week or two further. Consider getting ahead of the curve and lining up appointments prior to your move, this way the cable guys arrives during the week you already have off for unpacking rather than at their earliest convenience.
Most moving sites you see online are run by what is professionally known as moving brokers.
Moving brokers act as the middleman between a customer and a moving company. They are not the actual moving companies, they do not own moving trucks and equipment or have the professional moving staff.
How do moving brokers work?
Moving brokers are mainly salespeople. In an ideal world, they will help you find a good moving company at a low price and ask for a fee in return.
Here is how it works:
A moving broker will give you an estimate mostly over the phone or online. When you accept the estimate, you will be charged a fee. The brokers will then bid the job to moving companies based on the estimate that they have. This is how they are able to get you the cheapest move possible. So, what could go wrong you ask?
The risks of using a moving broker are much higher than the benefits. Since they use the lowest estimates to lure customers, moving companies might not accept the job at all; and this could leave you without a moving company on moving day.
An uninsured or unlicensed moving company may be hired to do the job since no one else is doing it. This is not a company that you want to trust with all your belongings.
Moving Day Blues
When working with a broker and something goes wrong, instead of taking responsibility, they will blame it on the moving company. Consider this, the moving company that is hired to do your moving job has only the information that the broker has provided to them.
Upon seeing the totality of the job, they might charge you more for the job. Moving brokers do not take responsibility for any negligence or discrepancies between the estimate and actual load once the moving company is hired.
We recommend that you always get a quote from the same entity that will be moving you. The logos on the website, the truck, and the employees should all match, and if they don’t, this should be a red flag.
Call Garrett’s Moving and Storage today for a free estimate, or use our online contact form to get started.
Let’s play these scenarios, you just got a job nice offer in another city, state or country; your current employer asks you to relocate; or your job hunt in your current location has been unsuccessful so far. What do you do? Should you move for a job?
Relocating for a job is one of the main reasons that most people move. In fact, a Consumer Insight Study conducted on 8,000 consumers, revealed that a new job transfer is one of the top 5 reasons people move as reported by mymove.com. Since there is a lot more involved when you decide to move for job than just financial reasons this article will give you some points to consider before making the decision.
Current personal circumstances
We all have personal circumstances that affect the way we make decisions. When it comes to moving, your current personal situation plays a big role in deciding whether, when and where to move. For someone younger and in the early stage of their career it might be easier for them to move, especially if it means advancing their careers. On the other hand, someone older with an established career might need to be careful before making the decision to move.
Things might get even more complicated if you are a long-term resident, you might have close friends and family living nearby. You might be involved in your local community. This is why you need to consider the long-term outcome from you move. You can make a Pros and Cons list of benefits and obstacles that come with moving.
Things to think about before you decide to move for a job:
Is the new location a good fit for me and my family?
Will my family be happy at the new location?
Will we be able to make friends easily?
Do the benefits of moving for the job outweigh the problems?
How happy are you with your current situation?
Do you know someone in the new location that will help you adjust?
Financial and career reasons.
Career advancement and financial stability is at the top of the reasons people often consider when moving for a job. However, before making the big decision, you need to have all the right information about the new job offer.
Some companies offer relocation assistance. If your company is offering to cover the costs of your moving expenses, it’s usually a good sign. It shows how much the employer is committed to you. No matter how great the relocation assistance package looks, don’t let it blind you and forget about the other aspects involved in the relocation. There might be better job opportunities that might not be offering such packages.
Here is what you should consider:
What is the cost of living in the new location?
Will your new salary cover the cost of living and still save you some money?
Where do you see this company in the next 5 years and where do you see yourself in this company?
Will this job help you learn and advance your career?
How easily will you adjust to the new company’s culture?
After considering the benefits and obstacles that comes with moving for a job to the new location, you will be able to determine if moving for the job is the right thing to do.
If you decide to move give us a call at 972 487 5843, or click here for a free quote.
Just like there’s a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there’s also a specific time when moving that can be a little less costly or stressful. The only difference is that the specific time when it’s the best time to move can be different depending on who’s moving.
When is the Best Time to Move?
When planning a move, preferences may vary from saving money, school calendar, the weather or move in date flexibility. This article discusses which time is the best for each type of preference.
If you are looking to save money
If you would like to save money on your move, the best way to plan your moving date is to target the time when moving companies are the slowest. The key here is to avoid the time when everyone else is moving. Summer is the most expensive moving season. Moving companies are busy and charging their highest rate, kids are out of school and everyone is moving.
The ideal time to move would be spring or late fall. Also, you should consider moving in the middle of the month and avoid weekends or holidays if at all possible.
Most parents prefer to move in summer. During summer, kids are out of school and you don’t have to worry about them experiencing much sudden changes in the middle of the school year. It also gives them time to get to know their new neighborhood and make new friends.
Moving in summer can also be beneficial since your kids can help and you are not worried about picking them up after school or helping them do their homework.
However, some parents found that moving in the middle of the school year is the best time. Teachers are more likely to give more attention to new kids in the middle of the year than in the beginning of the year when everyone is new. Also, moving in the middle of school year can help our kids meet and make new friends faster than they would in summer.
Parents might need to consider what works best for their kids; and if possible, involve them in the decision making.
The weather can have a great impact on your moving experience. Bad weather will not only make the moving process hard for you, it can also affect your belongings. In some states, summer heat can be extreme, and in the others winters are so extreme you can’t even drive.
Also, if you have valuable items that can be affected by the weather, you might need to wait for seasons with favorable weather conditions.
If you are worried about extreme weather condition, this is another scenario where moving in spring or fall might be a good Idea.
Sometimes, situations like limited apartment availability, change of employment or divorces might give you less wiggle room to plan your move based on your preferences. In this case you might end up taking what’s available or what you can afford. However, you can still plan your moving day in the time of the week or month when moving companies are less busy. Remember the “middle of the week or middle of the month ” rule.
Moving might be one of the hardest things family have to go through at some point in their lives. As hard as it can be for adults, it might be even harder, and take longer, for children to adjust to change. Especially if they don’t understand why they must move. In this article, we make a few points that can help you prepare your kids for an imminent move.
Discuss the move with kids and keep them involved
For families that have gone through major life changes like losing a loved one or divorce, parents might find it helpful to postpone the move. However, in many cases, moving is the last option.
Whatever the conditions that are necessitating your move, keep a positive attitude about it. Consider the changes your kids will have to go through; and create a good environment to talk to them about the move.
Give them as much information as you can. Answer their questions openly and truthfully. Anticipate both negative and positive reactions and be prepared to deal with them. Inform them about some changes that they might have to go through, like sharing rooms or getting their own rooms… Tell them about the arrangements that will be made for them to participate in their favorite activities.
Keep them involved in the process as much as possible. You can let them participate in house hunting or the search for new school. You also can take them to explore the new neighborhood, or visit the new house/apartment (or show them progress if it’s being built). This will make the move seem less forced on them.
Keep their age in mind
The challenge of discussing the move with your kids may be different depending on their ages.
For kids younger than 6, it can be easy for them to move as they don’t fully understand the changes involved in moving and they adjust faster. It is still important to help them transition during the move. Try to hold off any additional changes like training toddlers for toilet or advancing them from crib to bed.
For kids old enough to be in school, there may a lot more to consider. They might need to change schools, make new friends and adjust to the new neighborhood.
To avoid any unnecessary drama, try to consider which is the right time to move for your kids. Some parents may find it better to move during summer because it will not disrupt the school year. Others may find it helpful to move in the middle of the year because the child meets other kids faster and makes friends.
Teens might even be more difficult to approach with the idea of moving. They might rebel against the move. The move might cost them their social activities, their friends, long waited events like prom…
It is important to let them know that you want to know their concerns and that you understand and respect them. Try to make adjustments for them to return to visit if possible. Also, you can promise them to return for their events only if possible.
Help them to see that this move might prepare them for bigger changes in the future like going to college or new jobs.
Here is what you can do for helping child cope with moving:
Give them as much information about the move as you can and do it as soon as you can.
Keep your explanations clear and simple.
Be prepared for both negative and positive reaction.
Keep them involved in the process.
Keep their interest like sports and social activities in mind.
Give them moral support during the transition.
Let them know that you understand their concerns and that you’re there for them.
After the move, try to keep changes minimal if you can. You can try to maintain regular meals and bed time. Be realistic about the transition.
Even though the move might present some challenges, sometimes good things come from such changes. Families grow closer and learn a lot from each other by going through it together.
Summer is here and so is the moving season. That’s why in this article we will discuss the top 5 things to remember when moving in summer.
To get started, it is important to remember that summer is the busiest moving season of the year which takes us to our first point.
Plan as early as possible when moving in summer
Since summer is the busiest moving season of the year, you have to expect higher prices. The earlier you start planning your move, the more you could save on your moving expenses. Start contacting your prospective movers and comparing prices. While planning your move, try to avoid the busiest time of the summer, like Memorial Day weekend or the first weekend of July. The best time to move is always in the middle of the month.
Summer time is also a good time for yard and garage sales. Planning a garage sale prior to your move day should help you save space for moving and make your life a lot easier
Beware of scammers
Most internet fraudsters take advantage of the elevated moving prices to scam people by offering ridiculously low prices. In this post we have made a list of tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of internet scam moving companies.
Plan for kids and pets
If you are moving in summer, there is a good chance that kids will be out of school. To keep your kids safe, if they are too young to help, it would be better if you kept them away from the moving process. You could ask a friend or relative to keep an eye on the kids and/or pets while you move. Otherwise they might try to help or get in the way of the movers while playing and end up getting hurt.
Moving itself is an intense activity. With all the lifting and moving, it’s easy to get dehydrated even in colder weather. Add to that the summer heat and it could get unsafe. Make sure that that you have enough cold refreshments for you and your moving team. Be considerate of your moving team, as they too, can feel the heat and may need to take short breaks from time to time and use some drinks.
Also, while you need to dress safely for the moving activity, make sure your attire is suitable for the weather. Avoid jewelery and any loose clothing that might get stuck on corners or get damaged.
During summer, depending on where you live or where you are moving to, the temperature can get to scorching levels outside. It gets even worse inside the moving truck. You should keep heat sensitive items in an air-conditioned vehicle when moving in summer. Otherwise your candles and chocolates will melt all over your stuff and make a huge mess.
If you hired a reputable moving crew, they should be able to help you or give you suggestions on how to wrap and move heat sensitive goods like leather furniture, CDs or Vinyl records. They have more experience dealing with this.
Give us a call today at 972 487 5843 to schedule your next move with Garrett’s Moving Inc.
To expand the reach of our services, Garrett’s Moving & Storage has joined Wheaton World Wide Moving as their interstate agent. Founded in 1945 by Earnest S. Wheaton, Wheaton World Wide Moving is committed to quality ever since their first move which started in Canton, Ohio and ended in Constantine, Michigan.
Why Wheaton World Wide Moving?
By Joining Wheaton World Wide Moving, Garrett’s Moving & Storage will be providing high quality moving services that our customers have enjoyed for more than 25 years with more resources and more reach.
Usually, moving is a stressful task. That is why we work hard to provide a comfortable, hassle-free moving experience. Now that Garrett’s Moving & Storage has become a Wheaton World Wide Moving interstate agent our customers can expect even higher quality service.
Our team is now dedicated to work with you on your moving project from start to finish. You have the option to choose our professional packing services. When your items are professionally packed, you can rest assured that your items will arrive safely at your destination. The amount of items that need to be packed determines the amount of time it take to complete the packing process. If you possess specialty items we recommend to schedule an in-home estimate to determine how much time will be needed to pack your items.
With a move manager as your primary point of contact you will be able to get answers to all your questions. Your move manager will work with you from start to finish by coordinating the loaders and the drivers. You move manager will also communicate with you during transit, to provide you details regarding your move. Such information as ETAs of your belongings based on the distance, weather conditions and other factors. You move manager can also take care of you customer service concerns and help you file a claim if needed.
Our goal is to provide excellent services that will leave you completely satisfied. After your move, we might follow up with a customer satisfaction survey. Feel free to tell us how we did. It also helps to know what we can improve to provide better experience.
Contact us today at 972-487-5843 to get you started on your next moving plans.
Except for those renters who trash their apartments, most renters anticipate receiving at least a fair portion of their security deposit after leaving their rental. However, in a survey by rent.com more than one-fourth of renters (26%) have lost the security deposits at some point. The most alarming statistic is that 36% of those renters got no explanation from their landlord. (Which may be illegal in some states.) In this article, we discuss security deposit insurance. It is one of the most practical alternatives that can secure both the residents and the landlord.
Security deposit insurance
The product known as security deposit insurance provides a coverage equal to the same amount the resident would be required to pay as the traditional security deposit at a percentage of the cost. This reduces the renter’s overall move-in cost. Landlords can buy the insurance and offer it as an option to their residents. When a resident chooses this option, a payment plan for the premium could be established which can be a monthly payment, an annual payment or even a one-time fee.
* To the residents, it saves them money and time. They only pay the premium and they don’t have to worry about how big of a portion they are getting back on their security deposit when they leave the unit.
* Many times it is transferrable to a different unit within the same community.
* To landlords, it gives you a competitive advantage with a “No Deposit” marketing strategies.
* Covers your property up to the same amount of the required security deposit from most common resident-caused damages.
* The basis for security deposit insurance premiums is typically the resident’s credit history, prior renting history, owning pets, having kids or other factors.
Like any other insurance policy, the security deposit insurance will have a list of the type damages they cover. Likewise, we recommend asking what the specific coverage is from insurance company. Here is a list of some of the most common damages that this type of insurance covers:
* Damage caused by pets and kids
* Carpet iron burns
* Cigarette burns
* Common unit water damage
If the apartment you are trying to get does not provide the security deposit option you can ask for other available options like, surety bonds, or security deposit replacement. Most of these other option work like the insurance but they have different requirement and different advantage.
Before you make your next big move, give us a call today at Garrett’s Moving & Storage for reliable moving services. We’re happy to offer tips for a seamless moving experience. Alternatively, just click here, and you can submit a quote request online and we’ll contact you with an estimate or arrange to come on site for a review of what needs to be moved.
Moving day is the one of the busiest most of us will ever have. It’s full of activities and needs to be thoroughly planned for in advance. When moving with pets, there is an added responsibility of caring for their furry four-legged friends so consider these pet moving tips.
Just like humans, pets need some time to adjust to a new, strange environment. This article will give you some tips on how you can prepare them and get them ready for their new home.
Pet Moving Tips: Before the Move
1. Check local laws regarding pets.
If you are moving in a different city or state, there is a chance you might need to make slight or major adjustments for your pets to meet the standard rules and regulations regarding animals in that area. We recommend doing this as soon as you can since some of these adjustments may require a specific timeframe especially if you are moving to Hawaii and other states with strict rabies policies.
2. Schedule a Visit to the veterinarian.
Even if you don’t have special requirements, it is always good to make sure that your pets are healthy and that all the vaccinations are up to date. If your pets are not used to travelling, you can ask about anti-anxiety medication and help them stay calm during the move. Make sure to keep a copy of all the medical records, as you might need them for the new veterinarian, especially if you are moving a long distance.
3. Make travel and moving day arrangements
Pets and small children can be easily injured during the packing and moving process. If you can, make arrangements for someone to take care of or stay with them. If you plan on traveling by car, you might need to help your pets adjust to a long-distance drive. You can do this by driving them around occasionally and making them feel comfortable in the car. Don’t forget to prepare a travel kit for them. You might also need to check out some of the great pet friendly hotels. You can find this information online.
If travelling by air, it’s important that you get all the information you need about your airline’s pet policies before you book your flight. If you can, it might help to arrange for someone familiar with your pets to meet them at baggage claim. This might help if they arrive at baggage claim before you get there.
4. Check and Update the Microchip contact information
Another one of our pet moving tips is that most can have a Microchip Id implanted. This is an excellent way to keep your contact information with your pets at all times.
5. After the move
When moving in a new home or new apartment, there is a significant change in the environment, especially for pets. With pets like dogs and cats which have a developed sense of smell, they will notice the difference immediately. This does not help them adjust to the new environment. There is also chance that previous occupant had pets and they may have left some traces. For territorial animals like dogs and cats, if they detect these traces they might start marking their territories. To prevent this you can thoroughly clean the house/apartments to clean up all the traces left by the previous occupant.
Other pet moving tips to help your pets adjust quickly:
– Bring along their favorite toys
– Save some time to play with them as much as you can
– Don’t leave them alone for an extended period
– Take them to the park to help them get familiar with their new neighborhood.
Are you or your friend or relative planning to move? Give us a call at 972.487.5843 for a free quote for professional moving services. Our friendly team is ready to give you additional tips to help you have seamless moving experience.