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October 31, 2014
When you need long distance moving and storage services, you’ll probably divide your possessions into two groups. The first, which includes some clothes, household items and pieces of furniture, are those things that wouldn’t devastate you if they were lost or damaged. After all, quite a bit of what people use is relatively expendable.
In contrast, many people have prized possessions they could never find replacements for. Family photo albums, for example, are one-of-a-kind and their losses can be extremely tragic. The same is true for home videos, and this idea also applies to important items such as financial documents, government forms and medical records.
Consequently, it’s a good idea to make a digital backup of those materials well before the relocation and moving services come to box up your possessions and cart them across the country. Invest in a scanner and external hard drive or get in touch with conversion specialists. Moving company employees are professionals and won’t be to blame for your losses, but random acts of God can quickly wipe out your family records and keepsakes at the drop of a hat. Don’t take the risk these items will last forever – convert them to digital when you transfer your life from one home to another.
October 20, 2014
If you’re in the military, you know you could be deployed to a different base at a moment’s notice. As such, you need to be vigilant at all times and be in a constant state of readiness to pack up and go. This can be difficult with a family in tow, but a good plan and some reliable out of state movers will help ease any transition. Here are some tips to integrate with your daily life to ensure moves won’t take too long.
Keep receipts for everything related to your military moving, even well after the movers have brought everything into your new home. Many costs, including gas and supplies along the way, may be reimbursed by the military. Don’t expect to have to pay for everything until you’ve been told otherwise.
Make sure your kids understand you might have to move very quickly. Of course, you don’t want them to avoid making friends or enjoying themselves. However, preparing them for the fact you might be deployed elsewhere is kinder than avoiding the issue and springing it on them at the last minute.
Maintain a storage space somewhere you trust. There are some items, such as family heirlooms or memorabilia you probably don’t want to have with you until you’re much more settled. Keep them at a family member’s house or in a storage facility near a good friend or relative who is less prone to moving than you are.
Items stored in your basement could be used occasionally to brighten up your residence. For example, holiday decorations could provide your house with colorful lights that make your residence stand out at specific times, but these belongings spend the majority of the year in your house’s basement.
However, you’re moving, and it’s necessary to bring belongings stored in your basement to your new address. Check out the following tips to successfully transport possessions stored in your basement between destinations.
1. Use extra precaution
A safe approach benefits people who are preparing to move items from their basements.
Examine the items in each box and ensure that these belongings are crucial to keep at your new residence. You should dispose of possessions that have fallen apart or are beyond repair before moving day. Additionally, all belongings should be stored in strong, sturdy moving boxes that are properly labeled.
2. Start early
Moving all of your possessions can be time-consuming, but you can get a head start by taking stock of the possessions stored in your basement early in the relocation process.
Packing supplies are essential for moving day, so purchase moving boxes, tape and other items in advance. You also can spend time cleaning up the basement as you collect your belongings, as this could help you save time later.
Support from the professional relocation movers at Stevens Worldwide Van Lines provides significant benefits during your move. These relocation experts specialize in long distance moving and are ready to help you transport all of your possessions from one destination to another.
3. Evaluate your new residence
Just because you’re moving items out of your basement does not guarantee that these possessions can be stored in the same area of your new home.
Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your new residence’s basement before moving day to fully understand how much space is available. An extensive review ensures that you can effectively keep the items you once stored in the basement in the same area at your new address.
Unfortunately, some items could be difficult to move from your property’s basement, but solutions are available. In some cases, you could take the possessions apart and put them back together after moving day. You also can sell specific belongings before your move through online resources, yard sales and other venues.
Take advantage of the available opportunities before your move to clear out your basement. When you’re done, you can enjoy a successful relocation that enables you to take plenty of your possessions to your new residence.
December 10, 2012
The holidays are a stressful time – between shopping and seasonal obligations there’s barely time to relax. If you’re moving in December, the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not adequately prepared.
Whether your lease is set to expire or you simply want to be in your new home to kick off the new year, you might be unable to fully enjoy the holidays during your move if you don’t plan properly. Read on for some packing and moving tips that can help you celebrate the spirit of the season as you transition from one house to another.
Pack your decorations last
It’s always important to plan ahead before packing – homeowners can easily forget small necessities as they focus on larger belongings like electronics and furniture. When listing your essentials, consider boxing your seasonal decorations last.
As soon as you arrive in your new home, you can quickly unpack your ornaments and lights and hang them. This can help bring seasonal cheer into your new house while you settle in and unload the rest of your belongings. Additionally, packing your decorations last encourages you to only bring the ones you love most to save space.
Plan for travel delays
Vacationers frequently schedule annual trips around the holidays. If you’re moving out of state or into a big city, you may be faced with lengthy traffics delays as travelers hit the road to visit their loved ones. It can be stressful to stay in the car when you want to enjoy your new house and start celebrating, so plan ahead and consider moving on less-hectic travel days.
Traditionally, the busiest days are the ones directly preceding the holidays, and rush hours usually feature heavily congested traffic. If you’re able to move during December’s first couple weeks, you can avoid some delays. You can also reduce the amount of time spent idling if you drive at night instead of during the daytime.
Participate in local celebrations
Long distance moving may mean you won’t be able to hold your usual festivities with loved ones this year, as it can be difficult to hold parties at home when you’re unpacking and settling into your new house.
Before your move, research local celebrations in your new neighborhood. Most cities and towns hold events throughout December so you can participate in seasonal traditions like tree lighting and caroling. You can also introduce yourself at these gatherings and start making new friends.