Moving During COVID-19? Five Tips for Staying Safe!

Are you planning a move during COVID-19? On your moving day, the tasks to complete are many and the hours are few.  Your day starts with anxiously awaiting the movers to arrive and, when using Moving Ahead Services, becomes one of relief because they are on-time and they present as professionals.  However, even with the best movers and the best planning, anxiety and stress are bound to emerge.  There is a lot to think about.  Complicating a move in 2020 and in the near-term future is the unprecedented uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus.

Challenges Right Now

Taking on any major change under normal conditions is stress-inducing.  For most of 2020, and for the undetermined future, however, normal activities and a reasonable expectation of process is in flux because of the pandemic.  Questions you may be asking include: Should you put off moving?  Should you try to move yourself despite knowing you need help?  Are there concerns ‘you don’t know you don’t know’, only made worse during COVID-19?  Like with most activities, COVID-19 has added a complicating layer on moving, and it can be incredibly nerve-racking.   Work to mitigate risk and anxiety if you need to plan and execute a move during these uncertain times.

Practical Tips for Your Move During COVID-19

Before we list the practical advice, remember to take measures to care for yourself and your loved ones.  Daily habits that work to keep you healthy mentally and physically will go a long way in minimizing issues that come from forces outside of our collective control.

  • One important way to limit stress during your move, and especially during this time of COVID-19, is to limit commitments.  Stay focused on taking care of your needs and that of your immediate family and then, when your move is complete, you can pick up again helping others.  Don’t be afraid to say “no”; people will understand and they can relate.  In addition, limiting commitments limits your interaction with others, which reduces your risk of contracting contagious infections.  What other practical steps can you take before and on your moving day to minimize risk of exposure during COVID-19?
  • Opt for a virtual “in-home” estimate.  Moving Ahead Services offers this service should our customers prefer to limit the number of people in their homes.  Should you prefer a traditional in-person home estimate, MAS will send only the required number of personnel and will follow recommended safety protocols including mask-wearing and physical distancing.
  • Limit the number of family members who are present on moving day.  Anyone who needs to be present should be wearing a mask and should sanitize their hands often.  Moving Ahead Services movers are following these strict mask and hand-washing protocols as part of our overall safety plans.  Our crews are also self-reporting their temperatures and overall wellness as part of their personal responsibilities to our clients during this time.
  • Be diligent about disinfecting.  Carry disinfectant wipes with you so you can use them on apartment building handles, elevator nobs, and door handles in advance of your movers.  If you’re driving your own moving truck or rental, wipe down the car door handles, the steering wheel, and other driver-side high touch points before you’re driving for the day.

Introducing Electrostatic Cleaning

Not only are you moving out of your current location, you’re moving into a new one. COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC include washing hands and surfaces frequently.  So what about your new location?  How do you ensure your peace of mind regarding the cleanliness of the place you’re moving into?

  • Take advantage of Moving Ahead Services’ new service offering: Electrostatic Disinfectant. Our electrostatic spraying will help eliminate 99.999% of bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, H1N1; MRSA; Norovirus; HIV; Legionella; Hepatitis A, B, and C; Ebola virus; among others. The method uses an electric charge to ensure the disinfectant reaches as much surface area as possible, and could be applied before you move into a new house, apartment, or office.

Lastly, once your movers have finished and the move is complete, give yourself some mental ‘space and grace’.  Don’t expect your new office or home arrangement to be perfect in a short-amount of time.  You may feel the urgency to get everything right, but moving can be hard, and moving during COVID-19 brings an additional challenge.  Acknowledging this, and taking a bit more time for cleaning and moving your items will go a long way in your efforts to staying safe during your move.

Do you want to take advantage of the extra protection of our Electrostatic Cleaning service?  Contact us today!

Cleveland Hiring Event

Do you enjoy meeting new people every day? Do you enjoy being fit or working out? Are you missing a sense of belonging to a team? Do you enjoy being noticed for your hard work and paid for it in return? Come to our hiring event! If you’re second-guessing yourself on attending, just do it. The initiative, willingness to learn, problem-solving skills, and a good attitude will go a long way!

We are conducting this event with staggered start times and limiting the amount of people per window. Please contact our dispatch department at 440-376-5354 to schedule your time of arrival. There will be isolated work stations provided, as well as social distancing. Please arrive with a mask on that must be worn at all times. Your temperature will be taken in order to enter the building. We will make our hiring decisions as soon as possible — some candidates may be hired on the spot; others may be requested to return for a second interview. Moving experience is not required!

Columbus Movers

What’s Good? Columbus’s Growth

Columbus…Ohio?  Indeed!  Columbus has many things going for the city in recent years.  The greater metropolitan area is growing rapidly, and not by accident.  According to US Census Bureau for 2018, the city limits of Columbus proper have more people than the city of San Francisco – yes, you read that right.  While the surrounding region is not as populous and Columbus has a larger land mass, this interesting growth statistic illustrates the changes and trends that economists and city planners like in order to attract new talent and ideas for the growing Midwest city.   So what’s driving that growth?

Small-Town Feeling, Big Business Draw

Columbus’s growth is a huge draw for business: centrally-located in the country, it is one of the best ‘hub’ cities for getting products and goods physically delivered to another location at the fastest rate.   One notable statistic that really highlights the significance of Columbus’s location is that “46% of the U.S. manufacturing capacity is within a 10-hour truck drive”, as noted in this Inc. article.   Columbus also has a thriving digital health technology base, with innovation attracting talent from across the country as well as the ever-desired start-up funding.  The city still maintains the Midwest geniality and the familial feeling so unique to this area of the country, which is great for feeling connected and having your city be accessible.  Places like New York, Houston, and Los Angeles, among other city giants, are fantastic, if you have the means and the access to live and work in them and enjoy them.  In contrast, a growing town like Columbus has all the amenities and attractions without the competition for resources and the expense that goes along with it.

“But, it’s Columbus…”

The one thing that’s constant is change, and the leaders of Columbus have adopted that mindset for the future growth of their city.  To that end, they have asked the question: “what makes a company want to invest in Columbus?”  It has to attract regional and national talent to want to live in, move to, or stay in the area.  So when young professionals are just starting out, what are they looking for in their “choice” destination for work and play?  Number 1, a job, coupled with number 2, a cool place to live and meet cool people.  Columbus offers all of the above.

From research pulled together and aggregated by, the top ten places for the two above conditions to be met account for the following: low unemployment numbers, sizable number of college graduates (who are singles!), median income for said young professionals, affordable housing, and numerous quality-of-life options for when work ends and fun begins (bars, fitness facilities, etc.), among other factors.  When considering these, Columbus ranked 3rd in the nation, behind Madison, WI and Austin, TX, respectively. Dismissing Columbus would be a disservice to the list of great places to work and live.

What’s the Blueprint for Columbus’s Success?

As highlighted in a September 2018 article in Inc. magazine, Columbus’s growth is due to the following efforts:

  1. A major concerted push for capital investment, which served as a catalyst for garnering additional public and private investments for the area;
  2. A strong focus on the revitalization of the entertainment and restaurant areas, specifically the connector area of Short North; and
  3. A group of city leaders united in their vision for the city’s future.

In the ten counties surrounding the central Ohio city, the Gross Domestic Product grew by over $3B between the years 2014 and 2017.  The area attracted 10,000 new people in 2019, which contributed to and coincided with the rising housing prices and more competitive market.  The people of Columbus have a large vision for the future of the region, guided by the efforts of the One Columbus organization, an economic development organization that aims to continuously improve the economic and social well-being of the people in the region.  The energy is palpable.  New businesses look at Columbus as a perfect centrally-based hub for their transportation and logistics needs.

“Small Town” or No?

So Columbus is not actually a small town?  Not anymore, but several characteristics keep it definitively in the “Friendly and Accessible” category, despite the city’s growth.  First, it is in the Midwest, which may be an ambiguous element but an element nonetheless.  “From the Midwest” says something about people and how they interact.  It’s hard to put your finger on, but it definitely exists.  It comes to you with a slower conversation pace, eye-to-eye contact, an actual “hello”, and a genuine curiosity about how you’re doing.  Second, those friendly people live in very close proximity to some of the best small towns in the country.  Granville is home to Denison University, a 30-minute drive from Columbus that will transport you to a quaint and upscale place once you arrive, enhanced by the college-vibe of the “Hidden Ivy” in the Midwest. Zanesville has art museums and sculpture studios to add to its charm, Marietta has tons of mountain bike trails and borders the Ohio River.  Chillicothe, 45 miles to the south of Columbus, was twice the state’s capital.  These plus the little towns of Sugarcreek and Walnut Creek, both Amish towns, offer the small town feel an afternoon drive from Columbus.

Columbus is Moving…

…and after learning more it’s no surprise so many people are drawn to live in this city.  When you’re ready to make your move, Moving Ahead Services is ready to help.   Our Columbus crew is the pinnacle of professionalism.  We know Columbus and are excited to get you started on your residential or commercial move.  Check out our detailed list of services here, and get a free, no-obligation quote for the best movers in the area.  Welcome!


Tampa Movers

Moving to Tampa? Consider This

Moving to Tampa?  The second-most populated metropolitan area in Florida is a hub of culture, festivals, and good living, capped off with Florida’s fantastic tropic-like weather.  The area’s relationship with the sun and water attracts tourists, businesses, and residents alike.

Regardless of whether you’ve visited before, living in the Tampa Bay area will be different than being an occasional visitor.  Here are several topics to ponder for living in Tampa, and other ideas to consider as you make your move.

How Big is Tampa?

Tampa is the third-largest city in Florida, and the 48th largest in the US, according to Wikipedia.  The 2019 population of Tampa city limits was 400,000, and the immediate area brings that number up to roughly 2.8 million. Including the area surrounding the city, proper makes the Tampa Bay area the second largest metropolitan area in Florida, second only to that of Miami.  What does this mean for you?  The size and population density of the Tampa Bay region is akin to the areas of San Diego, Minneapolis, and Denver.  While not the largest cities in the US, they come with plenty of lifestyle options and fun activities, (along with more traffic congestion and expense), than other smaller cities.

How’s the traffic?

Unfortunately, Tampa is one of the worst cities for traffic in the United States, and in the world.  In 2019, the TomTom Traffic Index listed the city as 27th worst traffic in the US, and 226th in the world. Drivers here spend 24% more time stuck in traffic than drivers in other cities. While this is typical for many vibrant metropolitan areas, depending on your experience you may need to get used to planning your day around congested traffic patterns.  Note that there are many draw bridges, and the bridge traffic can be significant as a result.

Who Lives Here?

Tampa residents, known as Tampenos, Tampans, or Tampanians depending on who you ask, are a diverse community of people.  According to the US Census Bureau and compiled online, between 2011 and 2015, people from Chicago, the New York City area, and Fort Worth, Texas were the main areas of origin for people moving to the Tampa area.  The neighborhoods in which they settle are as diverse as the population.  According to data from the American Community Survey and compiled by the World Population Review, Tampa’s population can be generalized as 45% White (non-Hispanic), 25% Black, 20% Hispanic, Asian 4% and native Hawaiian or those with two or more races making up the remaining percentage.

There is a strong Latin influence; one of the first established neighborhoods was from immigrants from Cuba.  There was also a historical Greek and Italian communities, but as Tampa has grown the city has emerged from any one overarching influence.  Spanish speakers make up 20% of the population. There is a 20% poverty rate in the city proper, placing it in the bottom half of the top 50 of poorest US cities.  Conversely, the neighborhoods just south of Tampa International Airport are very affluent, including Beach Park, Palma Ceia, and Bayshore Beautiful.

What’s the Landscape?

All of Florida is barely above sea level.  This goes for the Tampa Bay area, too.  Specifically, the Tampa Bay area is 48′ above sea level.  The topography has many bridges and causeways over water.  There are not that many hills though runners have found areas near San Antonio, FL (30 minutes north of Tampa) for better elevation changes.

What’s the Cost of Living?

Because of housing and the quantity of gas you’ll be putting in your car upon your move to Tampa, the area’s cost of living is slightly more than the national average.  Like other similarly-sized areas, however, the different localities around Tampa can vary greatly.  Living in Palm Harbor, Indian Shores, or St. Petersburg Beach can be much more expensive compared to Temple Terrace, Brandon, or Riverview.  Many people move to Florida because of the lack of income tax.  The state relies on sales tax to generate state revenue, which is currently 6%.

How Far Is It To…?

Jacksonville, FL: 3 hours driving time; 200 miles.

Key Largo, FL: 4.5 hours driving time; 330 miles.

Atlanta, GA: 6.5 hours driving time; 450 miles.

Miami, FL: 4 hours driving time; 280 miles.

Charlotte, NC: 8.5 hours driving time; 580 miles

Columbus, OH: 15 hours driving time; 1000 miles

If road trips are not for you, you’ll find a plethora of flight options from several accessible airports.  Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA) – in your back yard relatively, with four terminals and nonstop flights to roughly 80 national and international locations.  Orlando International Airport (MCO) is 80 minutes away by car, and as such is helpful for having many travel options at your disposal.  Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (PIE) are also international airports in the Tampa Bay area.

What are the Neighborhood Vibes?

Tampa and its surrounding cities are intricately linked, though they are managed by different municipal governments.  Regardless, the many diverse community choices make it easy to find one that will suit your lifestyle upon your move to Tampa.  Here are a few stand-out communities that make Tampa a great choice overall:

St. Petersburg: If you’re looking for an urban vibe, this downtown is going to check all the boxes.  Live, work, and walk to all that downtown St. Petersburg has to offer, including restaurants, museums, hotels, parks near the water, and the myriad of housing options. 

SoHo: Like downtown St. Petersburg, SoHo is a neighborhood that offers all the ease of living, working, and playing in the same locale.  There is a perfect blend of retail and leisure activity options in Hyde Park village, with easy access to four miles of the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk.


Channel District: This area is home to the Tampa Bay Times Forum and two performing arts stages: the Straz Center and the Tampa Theater.  In addition, it hosts the amazing Florida Aquarium and several museums.  While in the heart of downtown Tampa, this neighborhood has plenty of parks, restaurants, and businesses to make living easy. 

Ybor: Looking for the heart of Tampa’s Latin vibe?  Look no further than Ybor (“ee-bore”).  The Cuban immigrants and their expertise in cigar-making have left a permanent mark on the constantly developing area. It is significant enough to have received one of Florida’s historical landmark designations. Parades, festivals, and colorful celebrations are always on the calendar.  Shopping, dining, and people-watching make Ybor an entertainment and party destination.    

…and the Suburbs?

Are you looking for good schools within walking distance, easy access to grocery, retail, and amenities, and family-friendly neighborhoods?  Farther from the Tampa city center are great suburban neighborhoods, each with the slower-pace of life that can appeal to families.  Included in this list are the communities of Fishhawk, Bloomingdale, and Valrico to the east of Tampa, and Lutz and Wesley Chapel to the north.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

As you make your move to Tampa, keep in mind a few things that may be different from your current home.  First, the weather is as good as you hear, and the beaches are always within reach.  If you’re new to Florida in general, you will want to investigate insurance for hurricanes and flooding.  Reptiles are as common as other pests, including roaches and ants.  The area is growing; on average the Tampa Bay area gains 150 people per day.  If you’re thinking about becoming one of them, contact Moving Ahead Services and get a free quote.  Moving Ahead Services is ready to get you started on your new Tampa adventure.   

Moving Containers

Moving Container – Is it For You?

Think of a moving container as a portable storage unit brought to you at the location of your choosing. You load it with your belongings, and it either stays with you until you’re ready to move, or the container company moves it off-site for you until they deliver it to your new location. The recognizable commercial brands on the market include PODS, Mobile-Mini, Go-Mini, and Pack-Rat, among others.

Moving Container – One of Many Options

When making a choice among service providers for help with your move, the container option is a standpoint between the extremes of the basic “do-it-yourself” move and a full-service move. It is one of several options for balancing convenience and cost. If you don’t need a full-service move, you may consider getting help for your specific needs: hiring labor, renting storage, purchasing packing materials, packing and crating, junk removal, handyman services, and vehicle relocation. (Click here to read about Moving Ahead Services’ expert solutions for all of the above.)

A Place to Put a Moving Container

A moving container on your property can be more convenient than going to a storage facility, but with one limiting factor: you need a driveway or other designated space on the street. If not, most moving container companies offer off-site storage space for your container until it’s delivered to your current or new location. Considering placement limitations, renting a moving container can be a reasonable choice over traditional storage units.

Consider the following factors as you decide whether a moving container is right for you:

Time and Flexibility of a Moving Container

Do you need more time moving from your current place to your new location? A moving container can be a great option if you have to remove your belongings, but can’t move them into a new space immediately. You may have painting or remodeling work that precludes an immediate transfer of goods from one location to another. Or, unfinished construction dictates your move-in date is fluid, and you want access to your items. A moving container avoids having to use a temporary storage unit in a location that may not be convenient.  It also avoids having to move your belongings twice: first into an off-site unit, and again out of the unit).

Immediate Access to a Moving Container

Do you need access to your items at all times?  When a container company places the unit at your location, you can access your belongings conveniently. Contrasting this option with a typical storage facility, a moving container can be a good option without having to drive to a facility. If you can place the container on the street, within city ordinance guidelines, you can use the container as interim personal storage over the short term. The benefit, in this case, is you move items into storage once and not a second time when you’re ready to move items into your new location.

Urban residents will have more difficulty finding a place to put the container versus suburban or rural residents, and street placement usually requires a permit or permission from the local government. Obtaining that permission can be a hassle and an extra step that you don’t want to endure while planning your overall move.

Cost of a Moving Container

Generally speaking, a moving container is less expensive than a full-service move and more costly than a typical storage unit. Also, a container is usually more costly than a traditional storage unit in a fixed facility. (Click here to explore Moving Ahead Services’ solutions, including short- and long-term storage in our secure, climate-controlled warehouses.)

In addition, the container company transports the container.   A trained professional drives, operates, and coordinates the operation, leaving you without the worry of managing a heavy truck. People also have used containers for reasons other than moving, including storage for furniture at a current home during a basement finishing or home remodeling. Your items stay on your property; you’re essentially renting additional space on your driveway.

If the POD or container is kept outside on your location and not in the off-site storage facility, it is susceptible to weather and environmental conditions. Rain, wind, insects, and rodents can find creative ways of ‘getting in’. Make sure you’re comfortable with your container’s quality, especially if you plan on keeping it over the long-term.

Once you have chosen to use a moving container, consider the following to make the process easier for you:

Hire Packing Help for a Moving Container

Moving Ahead Services is a premier, full-service mover. We can do the whole job for you, or we can customize the job for your needs. Do you need help with packing? We can come to you with the best professional crew in the business.

Hiring Lifting Help for a Moving Container

Do you need help only with loading heavy items into your container? Again, we can customize a quote to suit your needs, even if you don’t need our full-service option. 

Hire a Driver for your Move

Do you have goods going to multiple locations? We also have truck drivers for hire if you’re not comfortable driving a large truck. 

Hire a Handyman for your Move

Do you need items disassembled and then reassembled in your new location? Moving Ahead Services expertly handles both residential and commercial items, including furniture and electronic equipment. 

Hire Custom Help

Do you have special items that need custom-built packing crates? Moving Ahead Services specializes in custom crating for your oversized items, artwork, instruments, or odd-shaped items that require extra care in ensuring a safe move.

A moving container offers a flexible option and can be a useful tool in your plan for a successful move. However, knowing what is right for you can be a lot to process. Contact Moving Ahead Services today for help deciphering what will work best for you. Our experienced customer service managers will patiently answer your questions about the moving industry, the different options available, and make suggestions to help you get the moving help you need at the right price. Call us today!

How to Spot Shady Movers

Shady Movers and How to Avoid Them

Is there an industry with a more deep-seated negative reputation than that of the moving industry?  Unfortunately, it is well-documented how “Shady Movers” have taken advantage of customers in the midst of the moving process.  It is especially true now when technology and marketing can give a clean facade to a dirty operation.   So what do you do?  You know you need professional help, more than just some trusted friends and a weekend.  How do you find the right people?  You need a company you can trust to handle all of your possessions.   How do you find the right company with the perfect balance of reliable service and reasonable price?

Anecdotes: “How Can I Know if They Are Shady Movers?”

You’ve probably heard the horror stories.  There are movers who never show up after taking your deposit.  There are movers who blatantly steal from you without your knowledge during the packing process.  Or, the truck they brought was not big enough and you have to find an additional, costly solution.  Worse still, a ‘successful’ packing process leads only to have your items held hostage or undelivered for weeks or months afterward!

What about bad business practices that are less obvious to spot?  You’ve researched moving companies and found one that seems legitimate.  It is Better Business Bureau rated with no infractions, and otherwise looks like a decent company.  Their estimator personally comes to your home, and soon after you have a written quote.  However, upon moving day, the driver’s and movers’ estimate about their time and materials is for more than your written estimate.  They inform the manager, who then calls you demanding a revision to the contract and asking for more money, all on moving day!  The disconnect is between the company’s own estimator and their movers, but as the consumer, you get the brunt of their mistake.  What if it’s not an honest mistake, but a common manipulation to exact more money from the consumer? 

Smart Consumer: Actions to Take

The first site consumers should research online is  This site is dedicated to educating consumers about their rights in a contract, what regulations exist for moving companies, and what different terms mean.  You can also use it to check a specific company’s qualifications.  At a minimum, a company should be licensed, bonded, and insured. 

In addition to researching online, ask for referrals from people you trust that had good moving experiences.  Read about companies to get a sense of a company’s core values and services.  However, online reviews and website descriptions soon can blur together or worse be deceptive.  You could be left not knowing what to believe. 

Here are several actions to take your research further, in order to avoid shady movers:

  • Ask about the whole team.  Are the people handling your items contractors or employees?  How long have they been with the company?  Are safety requirements and regulations consistently met?  How many complaints have been made? 
  • Consider your first impression of the company whether online or over the phone – is it professional?  Do you know who will take the ultimate responsibility for your move?
  • Consider their quoted price.  Does the firm have clarity in their pricing model and service costs?  Is the price too good to be true?
  • On moving day, are you going to feel like you need to supervise the entire process? Or can you hire a company that you trust implicitly?

Shady movers come in all forms, and some are less obvious than others.  What can you do to avoid a disastrous experience even if your research has companies that pass baseline standards?  Choose a firm based on a high standard of accountability and one that follows an ‘above and beyond’ approach to customer service. Don’t trade peace of mind for a cheap option with a shady mover. 

How Moving Ahead Services Protects the Consumer:

  • Longevity in the industry: For over 16 years, owner and CEO Jeff Collins has built a firm that focuses daily on its mission: sustaining high employee morale, providing competitive pricing and one-stop-shop relocation solutions, at the highest levels of customer service.  Hear from Jeff directly here and find out more about our team.
  • Moving Ahead Services is locally-owned and operated, not beholden to distant corporate interests, and is transparent about their process and operations.  With a strong emphasis on culture and team unity, Moving Ahead Services’s employee successes translate into customer success.
  • Every Moving Ahead Services employee is carefully trained and has been background checked.  Training occurs quarterly, and includes best-in-industry packing, carrying, loading and unloading instruction. Moving Ahead Service also conducts random truck checks to ensure the crews are packing safely. 
  • Many of Moving Ahead Services movers are CPR certified.  Crew leaders generally have over three years of experience, and some of the movers have been with the firm for over seven years.  As the industry is known for high employee turn-over, the staff at Moving Ahead Services has unusual longevity, is dedicated, and enjoys their work.  “Shady movers” can not say the same.

In the moving industry, the old adage is true: you get what you pay for.  Don’t make a decision based on price alone. Look for a competitively-priced company that stands behind their work.  Are you ready to start your moving process with a company that models integrity beyond reproach?  Contact Moving Ahead Services today!

Moving Ahead Services: Still Open for Business

Moving Ahead Services is still open for business, and we are continuing to handle all scheduled moves. We have been taking action to prevent the spread of coronavirus, while still servicing our local communities.

Given the circumstances and concern for public health and safety, we have implemented additional policies and taken action to keep our employees and our equipment clean and sanitary.

We will be disinfecting trucks and high contact points daily using approved disinfecting products. This includes steering wheels, gear shifters, door handles or knobs, tools, and equipment. We are also enforcing proper personal hygiene procedures including, washing hands regularly, freshly washed clothes daily and most importantly, if they are sick, STAY HOME.

We have yet to have any sick employees and will continue to proceed with moves as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and ensure that we are creating policies to keep our customers, staff, and community safe.

Planning Your Move

Getting Organized for Your Upcoming Move

Moving is a stressful situation! With that in mind, it’s important to be as organized as possible! Organizing for your move will save a ton of additional headaches, and prepare you for your upcoming move. No matter if you are planning a simple local move, or a huge long-distance move, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared, and ready for the move.

6 Weeks Prior to Your Move

Prior to scheduling your move, you should put together a checklist of items that you plan to move. Along with items you want to keep, you’ll also want to make a list of items that you plan on throwing away, selling, or otherwise not moving with you. If you plan to pack all of your items yourself, you’ll want to buy enough packing supplies to handle all of your moveable items. If you know the setup of your new home, you may also want to plan on where you’ll put all of your items during the move. This will create less work for yourself as your movers can place your items exactly where you want them. At this time, you’ll want to start researching the neighborhood! You can look up banks, schools, parks and other important day-to-day locations you may use. Finally, you can also update your information with the IRS, and notify USPS of your address change to start forwarding mail and important documents.

3 Weeks Before Your Move

About 3 weeks before your move, you should plan to return any items that you have borrowed. This includes library books, tools from friends, or anything else that you may not be able to easily get back to the owner after your move. You will also want to start devising a plan for your hazardous materials. Most moving companies are not legally allowed to carry hazardous materials, and it’s best to take care of these prior to your move date. Now is also a great time to start reaching out to your utility services. It’ll be important to call your electric, telephone, cable, and gas company to update them on your moving situation. Don’t forget to call the new utility companies to let them know about your move-in date!

1 Week Before Your Move

By now you should have a checklist ready, your utilities prepared, and all items returned to their original owner, with most of your items packed. Now we recommend planning for your post-move clean-up. We recommend cleaning rooms now to save time on your move day. Many apartments and rentals will charge you a cleaning fee, and trying to do this during your move can be problematic and not very time efficient.

1 Day Before Your Move

We experience the most amount of issues on the move date. This is why we recommend planning for your move day. Prior to your move day, you should ensure that your movers will be available and on time as promised. You should also plan to have your payment method handy, and an actual game plan on how you want to move. Knowing where your items will be going on the unloading part will allow the movers to properly plan and pack for your unload. You’ll want to do one final walk-through of your items prior to your move day, and ensure that all items are ready to go and labeled properly.

Moving Day

If you followed the above advice, moving day should be an absolute breeze! On moving day, you’ll want to make sure the movers have easy access to your home and are able to park closer to your doors. This will save time and back pain! Make sure you review the plan of action with your movers and be sure to give them any special instructions or accommodations you may need. Once at your unload address, you can start to unpack your daily used items, while the movers finish unloading.

Getting ready for a successful move is not a small task! However, if you plan, organize, and schedule you should have a very easy move! Using checklists, and planning ahead will save you tons of time, and in some cases, tons of money! Last, and not least, make sure your movers are licensed, bonded and insured!

If you need a no-hassle free moving estimate, feel free to fill out our quote form, or give us a call directly at (440) 256-2224!

Why People Are Moving

Why People Decide to Move

Every year nearly 12 percent of the American population decides to pack their bags and relocate to a new home. Ever wonder why? We have, and decided to ask our customers to help us understand our customer base a little better. We’ve compiled the most popular reasons that our customers are moving. Learn more about why our customers within the Ohio, Pennslyvania, and Florida regions are moving.

Better Housing

The most popular reason that our customers are choosing to relocate is that they want a better house than they currently have. 37% of our customers decided that they wanted to live in a better house, and this was their primary reason for relocating. Below you’ll see some specific examples:

  • They currently rent and are now ready to buy a home.
  • They need a larger house.
  • They are downsizing to a smaller home.
  • They want a newer home with less maintenance.
  • They want a larger yard.

Family Changes

The second most popular selection is that their family is going through changes. Although divorce was a popular selection, more customers said their kids were growing older, or they have a newborn on the way. Along with everything just mentioned, our customers also said the following:

  • They need to move in with a family member to save money.
  • They are having a baby.
  • They are getting married.
  • They are getting divorced.
  • They are moving out of their parents’ house.
  • The kids just moved out, and they are downsizing.
  • They want to get closer to family.

Job Changes

We initially thought that a change in job status was a very popular reason for moving. Turns out that only about 17% of our customers are moving due to job relocation. We asked our customers some additional questions, and we were able to come up with the following reasons:

  • They got a new job.
  • They got a raise, and want to upgrade their home.
  • They lost their job, and need to downsize.
  • They lost their job and are moving in with family.

If you need to move for any of the above reasons, don’t hesitate to give Moving Ahead Services a call today to get a quick and easy quote on your relocation. We also have a quick quote form to help get the process started! Trust the professionals at Moving Ahead Services to handle all of your moving needs.

Long Distance Moving Tips

How to Avoid Stress on Your Long Distance Move

Moving, in general, is very stressful. Whether its moving down the street or moving across the country, stress and moving will coincide. However, there’s something about moving all of your worldly possessions from East Coast to West Coast in a 26 foot box truck that may keep you up at night. While the stress cannot be fully removed, here are some tips that can make your long distance move a little less stressful.

Give yourself time:

One of the most important factors to moving across the country is time. Giving yourself time to plan accordingly, find an acceptable place to live in your new state, find where the best schools are for your children, or even finding the best route from your new house to your new job to avoid that dreaded morning traffic. One month should be the appropriate amount of time to get this research done and start planning your next steps. 

Movers for hire:

The next step would be to figure out the most cost effective option for your long distance move.  You may decide to rent a UHaul, pay someone to load your items or just load them yourself, drive it yourself, and again either pay someone to unload your items or unload yourself.  

Another option would be to hire a mover to drive your truck for you. You would still be responsible for renting the truck as well as the loading and unloading of the truck.

A third option could be PODS. Using PODS is one of the more cost effective options but it has its downfalls as well. There is no real guaranteed delivery date and once the doors of the PODS are closed the items could get damaged during transport if not loaded correctly. 

The last option is hiring a full service moving company to load, drive, and unload your materials with a guaranteed delivery date. While this option may seem a bit more pricey, it is also the most effective. With a good, reliable company, you will get your items on the agreed upon date.

Fortunately for you, the reader, Moving Ahead Services would be able to help you with any of the above options. We can help you load your rental truck or POD, or even help you unload it if it’s in the area of one of our four locations. We also have capable drivers to drive your rental truck for you. Lastly, our full service long distance moves speaks for itself, check our reviews online if you don’t believe us. 

So now that you have decided to move across the country, and have figured out the best cost effective option for you, whats next?

This or that?:

The next thing you need to do to make your cross country move less stressful is to decide what you actually want to move. Some people prefer to buy all new furniture in their new state and only move their essentials, such as clothes, dishes and glasses, electronics among other things. Other people may decide to empty their current home and take everything they have to their new home. Whichever person you are we, at Moving Ahead Services, can help accommodate your needs. 

Now that you have decided what you are moving, whats next?


Packing is one of the most tedious things to do, especially when moving. Putting all of your loose or fragile items into cardboard boxes and shipping across the country is enough to wake up anyone from a deep sleep. Packing is something that needs thought and time. If this process is rushed it may end up in damaged items. Packing is one of the most important parts of the moving process. If it is not done correctly or rushed, then a disaster could happen. Well, some good news is that Moving Ahead Services offer professional packing services. Our packers are trained to ensure the safe transport of your valuable items. If you decide not to go with professional packers then there are plenty of resources online in order to protect your items during your packing and moving process. 

Inventory, inventory:

So, maybe we lied, packing may not be the most tedious part of moving. Depending on who you ask, inventories can be the most tedious part of the moving process. If you are moving by yourself, keeping an inventory as you go is the best way to keep yourself from forgetting anything. Inventory sheets are available online and there are several stickers that could be used to help you keep your accurate inventory.  If you are using the moving company route, any professional and reliable company will make sure to take an inventory of your items. The inventory is for your record as well as the companies. Many companies will have customers sign the inventory to ensure both parties agree that the inventory is accurate. Moving Ahead Services ensures that any large local job or any long distance job, large or small, has an inventory. We try our best to relieve the stress that moving causes, and we hope that we can do that for you as well.

Bring your car, without the added miles:

Some people are moving at a reasonable distance where they can drive their own cars. However, if someone is moving from Virginia to Oregon, then that might be a different story. There are some options when it comes to moving your car across America. One option is to find a bulk auto transporter. They will pick up your car and they will give you a time frame in which your car should arrive. Notice we said should. Sometimes, with these transporters, some of their communication is not the best and you may get your car at the latter end of that date range. Another option is certain moving companies may be able to tow your car for you. At Moving Ahead Services, we offer to have your car towed behind your moving truck and your car will be delivered at the same time as your items. All four wheels would be off of the ground and your car would be safely secured on a car trailer. We suggest that this is the best possible way to transport your car. 

All said and done:

After you have decided on what you want to do at each step and completed each step, the next thing to do is to enjoy your new home. Once your moving process is over, all you have to do is kick back, relax, and unpack your boxes. Enjoy some of the things you researched to do in your new city. Whether it’s to try that restaurant with great reviews, a hike in the state park, taking a stroll downtown. Take the time to enjoy the start of your new chapter.