Hot Weather Moving Tips

Prepping For a Hot Weather Move

Warmer weather is fast approaching. Moving throughout the summer and in the heat is not ideal for everyone. Hot weather and moving are not the best of friends. Check out these tips that have become very useful. Over the years learning tips for staying cool in the heat is very helpful. Protecting items that can be damaged while prepping for a move in hot weather saves money. 

Hot Weather Tips:hot weather

Heat Can Damage Items – Electronics, electrical equipment and paintings should be kept inside until the move is ready. Keep all items protected from the weather and sunlight.

Children, Pets and Family Members – Anyone who is not involved in the move during hot weather, shouldn’t be there. This helps to reduce distractions to complete the move in a timely fashion.

Staying Hydrated – Make sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for anyone that is participating in the move to stay fully hydrated.

Early Morning Move – Schedule a move for the early morning, if possible, the sun is not at its highest in the sky which will help to limit the heat and be cooler outside for longer.

Light & Breezy Clothing – Wear light colors, avoid heavy and thick items of clothing. This will help to keep you cooler longer. Reducing the need for additional hydration.

Sunscreen – Always make sure there is sunscreen available. Keeps you protected from the sun and helps protect burns. This will be important to have on hand as the day goes on depending on how long you will be in the sun. 

 

Moving in hot weather isn’t fun, and using these tips will help you along with anyone involved. Be prepared for hot weather and some ideas of what is useful and how to be stay protected for hot weather to make the moving process easier. 

 

Leftover Moving Boxes…Now What?

Leftover moving boxes… what to do with them.

You have finished moving and finally finished unpacking and now there are leftover and empty boxes everywhere from the move. What can you do with them? There are a few simple things you can do with the leftover boxes. These ideas can be used for more than just moving boxes. Use these ideas for any boxes that are delivered or in good quality can have many uses. 

Recycle them

Take them to your local recycling center or place them with your recycling trash. This is the easiest way to put a use to those empty boxes without wasting them. Use them for projects around the house and for the kids to have some fun playing around with those leftover moving boxes.

Sell themleftover moving boxes

Selling boxes that are in good condition is always and option. Being able to make a little something back from the time and money spent is rewarding. Try putting them on Facebook or find an organization that will take the used boxes. Moving is expensive and this is good way to assist someone else with cost savings.

Donate them

If you know anyone moving and want to give the boxes away. If you live in apartments or condos this is a great place and someone could be moving soon. Ask around to give the boxes away and help a neighbor out. Reaching out to a local church or food bank is an option, donations are always welcome for food drives and transportation of these goods.  

Good for long term storage

You can always use these boxes for storage and around the house. Placing and sorting your items in moving boxes is quick and will be set aside for easy storage. After that pack away for safety and if moving again the boxes are ready to go or then you might know it’s time to get rid of these items. 

 

If none of these options are available or work out for you. You can always save the boxes for your next move. The boxes store flat for storage and can stay together when it is time for the next move. Choose the boxes that are clean and the most sturdy. Boxes store great in a cool dry place. In addition, tuck away those boxes for safe keeping for you or a friend’s next move and don’t forget where they are located. Find easy to pack boxes here!

Saving Money On Your Next Move

Moving is a huge stress and we don’t know a lot of people that enjoy the moving process. Saving money on a move is something that can be done. Just knowing what you can do to help or speed the process along, helps yourself and your movers.

Boxes & Valuables

Anything that has value that is able to be packed is important as well. You will know these items are packed safe and have an idea of where they areInternational Movers too. Having all the packing done before movers arrive is key.

Packing as much as you can yourself is a big saver when it comes to moving. As long as you have the time to pack and make sure things are packed neat and tight. It will help make the moving process smooth.

Moving boxes for easy access out of the house is a huge time saver, which saves you money. Putting the boxes near the door that will be used or in a garage if available, helps to make sure everything gets loaded onto the truck and to speed the process up.

Furniture

Taking apart furniture, any furniture that you can disassemble yourself is a HUGE time saver. Having the time to take apart the furniture and put back together takes up time, and again time is money. Moving furniture as close as possible to a point for easy pickup also helps to save time. If there is furniture that is heavy or awkward, do not stress and the movers can take care of moving those items.

Transporting What You Can

Lastly if you are able to move the smaller items and most boxes yourself do it. You will already be off to a great start because you are taking the time to make your move go smoothly and you will be saving money. Transporting as much as you can yourself saves you money, but you will also know where those boxes or items are once everything else arrives at your new home.

We’re happy to complete everything from packing to unloading, but if you want to reduce costs we will work on a custom affordable plan for you! For additional information, including a free moving quote, scheduling your move and more – contact us directly by phone or email.

 

Online or In-Home Estimates

Online, Phone or In-Home Estimates… Which is better?

Online Estimate

Finding the right moving company can be a challenge, but there are simple tasks to make it painless. Understanding what information is needed to identify a good estimate is the difference between a good estimate and a bad one.  Whether the estimate is completed online or in person is key to understanding the moving costs along with the time and effort it takes to move a significant amount of items. Receiving a great quality and detailed estimate without surprising costs is important and is the goal of providing a great estimate.                     

Online or Phone Estimates

There is a challenge when completing an online estimate, the moving company isn’t able to see all the items or know exactly how many boxes are in each room that need to be added to the truck or even packed. For online estimates the easiest way is to keep them simple, each customer service representative will many questions starting room by room, to keep everything organized of what is being moved. The customer’s job is to make a detailed list, or be specific when speaking over the phone to relay all the items that are being moved including box counts or specific hard to handle items.

Online and phone estimates are great for a quick move and the move doesn’t include a lot of items. Online estimates are also great for someone who is on-the-go and doesn’t have a lot of time. They are easy to accomplish because an online or phone estimate can fit into anyone’s schedule. Keep in mind to be detailed about items that are being moved and have a great estimate of box counts or sizes to help keep things smooth.

In Home Estimates

In-Home EstimatesThe difference, in-home estimates more accurate. If you are on a budget it will almost be spot on. In-person communication is key when moving and handling customers belongs. If there is availability to schedule an in-home estimate to achieve a full estimated budget and an accurate inventory of all the items.

In-home estimates can be time consuming. That will depend on the amount of items or boxes that are needed to be inventoried. Make sure there is enough time to allocate to spending with the moving company to take the inventory to get an accurate list.

Estimates

Either option for a moving estimate will always depend on what is best for the customer. These options provide the convenience and reassurance that the estimate is being done correctly. These options also provide that the items are being properly accounted for before the move and to provide a detailed estimate to ensure the move is on budget for the customer.

Kentucky Operating Authority

Moving Ahead Services Announces Kentucky Operating Authority

We’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off 2019 with our Kentucky operating authority! Being our neighbors to the south, it makes perfect sense to be able to serve Kentucky residents with their local in state moves.

Kentucky MoversConveniently serviced by our Cincinnati and Dayton offices, our customers in Kentucky have long enjoyed our long distance moving services. Now we are licensed and able to move our KY customers around the corner or across the great Bluegrass state!

What Does Operating Authority Mean?

In the moving business, you are licensed to do business in the state you operate, as well as across state lines. Having operating authority in Kentucky means that we are now able to complete in state local moves. Previously, we were only able to serve customers moving into or out of the state of KY – Not local moves within state lines.

The KY operating authority is a great way to kick off 2019. Our Cincinnati office is contacted frequently for customer moves, and we have had to explain and abide by the industry regulations. Now we are good to go!

Schedule Trusted Kentucky Movers

Trust your next move to the experts! Our Ohio-based moving company has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Willoughby and Pittsburgh. With over 2,000 customer reviews across the web and over a decade of experience, Moving Ahead Services is ready to make your next move an easy transition.

Call us today or request a free moving quote using our convenient online form. We look forward to serving you!

 

Mover of the Year

Move For Hunger Mover of the Year

Mover of the Year, round 2! We are proud and excited to have been selected as Move For Hunger 2018 Mover of the Year. This award simply could not be made possible without the generous support of our community!

About Move For Hunger

Move for Hunger is an incredible program that aims to rescue food from the trash dump, and instead re-allocate it to those in need in our communities. As part of the Move for Hunger program, our team works tirelessly with our clients and communities to rescue food! Whether it’s food that would normally end up in the trash on moving day, or proceeds from a food drive, gathering and transporting it for meaningful impact is our number one goal!

As a result of a HUGE food rescue following the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and the Akron Race for the Cure, we were again recognized as the 2018 Mover of the Year! It goes without saying that we simply could not compete and have an impact without thoughtful, generous community support.

The 2018 Impact

In 2018, Moving Ahead Services rescued 8,597 pounds of food! This provided over 7,000 meals to individuals in need. As part of the semi-annual Stevens Worldwide Van Lines Conference in gorgeous sunny Florida, we were presented with this incredible recognition.

We plan to drive full speed ahead in 2019! Help us help those in need! Donate food on your moving day, let us know about events and organizations that often have food leftover or host a food drive at your business or workplace! We handle all of the logistics!

Move for Hunger Program

Just a Reminder this ‘Moving Season’

The Move for Hunger program goes a long way to impact our communities. For each of our offices, we are able to collect and distribute thousands of pounds of food each year! While food drives are a definite help, the real impact is from customers like YOU! Donating your food when you move is the easiest way to help us help those in need.

Move for Hunger is a non profit initiative that helps coordinate donation and volunteer services for over 1,000 relocation companies in the US and Canada. As part of the program, Move For Hunger has collected and distributed 10 million pounds of food! Since 2009, Move For Hunger has provided the equivalent of 8 million meals to those in need.

How the Move for Hunger Program Works

Move for hunger programThe best part about the Move for Hunger program is that it is EASY and makes your life EASIER! We try to make it as simple as possible!

If you are moving, we provide you a box (or boxes) to toss any non-perishable food items into to. In many cases, these items would go into the trash! This is a way to prevent throwing out good food and getting it to those in need through local food pantries and more.

The day of your move we seal up your Move For Hunger box and deliver it to a local organization. In Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cincinnati we have developed a great network of organizations that rely on donations to help community members. These organizations also provide us the opportunity to aid in food drives, deliveries, events and more.

For your upcoming move, or if you have a friend, neighbor or loved one moving soon – PLEASE let them know about the Move for Hunger program! These donations, no matter how small or large, collectively have a profound impact on our community and across the country.

 

 

Exterior Services

Power Washing, Gutter Cleaning & Windows

Exterior services are booking up fast this Spring! Hire us for your power washing, window cleaning or gutter cleaning projects. Learn more!

Exterior Services at Moving Ahead Services

You’ve trusted us with your move, now let us do the dirty work for your Spring clean up! Enjoy great service, great results and great prices for your exterior projects. Save time and stress this year!

Gutter Cleaning

Keep your feet safely planted and let us handle the heavy lifting. We’ll remove all debris and clean first and second story gutters. You’re left with no mess and clean gutters for the next rainy day!

Window Washing

Exterior window washing services for the toughest dirt and grime. Nothing is better than a view through gorgeous clean windows!

Pressure / Power Washing

Power washing for your home, walkways, driveways, patios and more. Blast off the grime the easy way!

 

Get a Free Quote Today!

Call or request a free estimate now for your exterior cleaning projects.

Moving Ahead Services Pittsburgh

Announcing Moving Ahead Services Pittsburgh

We are proud and excited to announce the opening of our latest office in Pittsburgh! Our full service, local and long distance moving company office is open, along with storage, junk removal services and more.

Moving Ahead Services Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh office is the 5th office for Moving Ahead Services. This is our first office in Pennsylvania. While we have provided long distance moving for customers going into or coming out of the Steel City area. Now the local office allows us the proper licensing and the ability to serve our customers with their local moving needs.  Our Pittsburgh General Manager is a long standing Moving Ahead Services’ team member, and a local native to the Pittsburgh area.

Choosing Moving Ahead Services for Local and Long Distance Moves

While we may be new to Pittsburgh, we are veterans in the relocation industry. Since our inception in 2005, Moving Ahead Services has grown from completing a few hundred moves annually to now serving thousands of customers each year. We proudly participate in all of the local and national recognition and review platforms, and adhere to the most stringent licensing and insurance standards.

Our team in Pennsylvania is a combination of local professionals. They are passionate about moving and relocation logistics and seasoned professionals from our team in Cleveland.

If you are planning your next big move in or out of the Pittsburgh area, give us a call! (412) 452-1222 or request a free moving quote.

Angie’s List Award

Moving Ahead Services Selected as 2017 Super Service Award Winner

Angie’s List Award announcements are in and Moving Ahead Services was selected again as a superior service provider for movers in Ohio. The Angie’s List Super Service Award is a great way for our customers to easily and quickly recognize us as a trusted provider for their next move.

About the Angie’s List Award

The Super Service Award selection processed is based upon Angie’s List performance, including customer ratings and reviews, operational standards, background check completion and overall Angie’s List presence. Both our Columbus and Cleveland offices have won the awards for almost a decade, displaying a consistent service quality and a commitment to Angie’s List Customers.

A Look Back in Time

A lot has changed over the years, including within our business, with Angie’s List and with the Angie’s List Award itself. Over the years, Angie’s List customers have played a very important role in our business. In the early days, Angie’s List was one of our first customer bases and has maintained a significant impact on our offices.  Angie’s List has changed over the years, expanding to allow new features and easier ways to communicate with customers. Another huge change is Angie’s List dropping their subscription requirement – Meaning that you no longer have to pay to be an Angie’s List member as a customer. Angie’s List is harnessing the power of the internet and allowing customers to use the great platform without a monthly fee.

Today, Moving Ahead Services has grown to 4 offices in 2 states, completing thousands of moves each year. Our growth and success over the years is in large part to customers providing great feedback! Angie’s List provides an excellent platform for it, requiring reviews be verified and preventing false or misleading information.

Congratulations to our dedicated team, and thank you to our Angie’s List customers – We couldn’t have done it without YOU! If you’re planning a move soon, check us out on Angie’s List Cleveland or Columbus, or get your free moving quote today.