Homesick After Moving

Handling the Moving Gloom

Being homesick after a big move is totally normal! Whether it sets in right away or after the initial hustle and bustle of relocating, it is definitely a reality for many. If you are feeling homesick, check out our top tips for beating the blues!

Don’t Mope

At least don’t mope for long!  Give yourself a mental health day to process everything and get it together. Resist the urge to binge Netflix on your couch for a solid month! The more you do, the better you will feel and the key to improving your feelings is to take action.

Use Technology

We are seriously lucky to have such a plethora of technology options at our finger tips.  Whether you want to do Facetime, Skype, chat, text, video messaging, etc etc… You have the ability that no one in history has ever had – You can see your loved ones and friends from anywhere! Take advantage of it, it will help!

Make a List of Places

If you are really struggling with missing your last home town, then it’s time to start getting busy making memories. Make a list of your favorite places and start working on finding new ones in your new town. From restaurants to shopping, gyms, grocery stores and more – Getting familiar can go a long way!

Find Group Activities

Whether you are looking for friends, dating, professional networking etc – It is out there thanks to the interweb! Check out group activities at a local fitness center, volunteer around town, find group dating networks – Anything that will get you out there and start meeting some locals and making new friends.

Get Social at Work / School

If you have changed jobs or started a new school, start spending time with people! Sure, they may not be your new BFFs but at least give it a shot! You never know who else you will meet, and it could also show some great new places around town.

 

Moving and being homesick is totally normal. Moving distances is not for all of us, and if you find after the first year or two you just aren’t settling in and happy – It may be time to think about a move back!

Moving Ahead Services Referral Program

Refer Your Friends, Family and Coworkers

Our referral program is a great way to share your awesome moving experience, and help out your friends and family! The Moving Ahead Services’ referral initiative is in response to overwhelming customer return and referral ratings.  The single best compliment we can receive is the ‘thumbs up’ and a mention to your loved ones.

Our business has been built on a commitment to quality, and by treating each move as if it were our own. Each year, our referral and return customer base grows exponentially across all of Ohio. This is in large part to our great customers spreading the word!

Referral Program Details

The process is pretty simple. If you have told a friend, family member or coworker about Moving Ahead Services, or if you’ve simply mentioned it and we are able to reach out directly, fill out our easy referral form here.

Once their big move is scheduled, we will reach out and get your gift card in the mail!

 

UNPacking Tips

You have survived the move, but the work is not over!

Unpacking tips can be incredibly helpful after the move is over (and to help you pack properly!) and it’s time to get your life and home back in order. Cleaning, organizing and putting items away properly now can save serious headaches and time down the road. Resist the urge to rush through it and get unpacked with these great tips!

Unpacking Tips from the Pros

unpacking tipsTip #1: Rewinding a bit, make sure that your boxes are clearly labeled during the move and ensure that each box is placed in the room to which it belongs in. This will aid in keeping track of all of your household items but also assist movers or helpers to ensuring everything goes to the correct room – Saving time and chaos later!

Tip #2: Have the proper supplies This means cleaning supplies, as well as supplies that will be needed before you can unpack.  This includes liners for cabinets, tools and hardware, etc.

Tip #3 Clean before you start each room If possible, try to clean (and/or paint) your new home or apartment thoroughly before moving in at all!  If you were unable to, have all items placed in the center of the room and clean thoroughly before you unpack. Wipe walls, baseboards and windows.  Clean all appliances, scrub bathrooms and ensure everything is in good shape before unpacking.

Tip #4: Unpack the priority items first During packing and planning stages, it’s a good idea to prioritize and keep important everyday items available.  This includes, clothes, towels, toiletry items, bedding, etc. Start here and unpack priority items first.

Tip #5: Prioritize by Room  – Organize and plan as you go to maximize use of space!

Kitchen

Your kitchen is typically one of the more lengthy packing and unpacking projects you will have.  Before unpacking your kitchen and after cleaning – Make sure you line all cabinets and do any preparatory work. Then plan your kitchen! Decide what items will go in what cupboards, how you want your pantry set up, etc.  Make sure to put away any refrigerated or food items.

Bath

Bathrooms are essential in the unpacking process!  Put away all TP, toiletry items, towels, shower essentials and anything else you will need right away. Plan ahead so that you do not need to go back and re-organize later.

Bedrooms

Whether you are able to tackle the bedroom completely on day 1 or to at least set up temporary sleeping quarters, get your bed room started to have a place to rest your head at the end of the long day!  Take your time to unpack and put away everything, and stay organized throughout.

Tip #6: Assemble essential furniture Put together all furniture in priority order.  Start with essentials like beds, then move on to kitchen and living spaces. If you have hired movers, they often will provide this service!

Tip #7: Set aside items for storage and plan to handle storage areas last As you pack and unpack, it’s a good time to purge and organize. For items that can go into the storage spaces, designate extra boxes and safely store them with other storage items until you tackle those spaces.

 

There you have it, unpacking tips to unpack like a pro.  If you need help, schedule our post-move services today. Happy unpacking!

 

Forgotten Items in Moving

What Are You Most Likely to Forget During Moving?

Forgotten Items in MovingForget me not! When our brains are on overload during the moving process, it is easy to forget even the simple things in life. Being wrapped up in your move means you may leave some items behind or forget to complete very important tasks! Save this for your big moving day and avoid forgotten items in moving.

Most Forgotten Items in Moving

1. Address Changes

Moving means you essentially need to update every single instance of your address across all areas of your life. Take inventory of anything that you need to update and when it needs updated – Including all bills, anything you have scheduled for deliveries, items being repaired, etc.

  • All utilities, school contact information, work contact information
  • Repeat deliveries like Amazon Prime, subscriptions, etc.
  • Service related things like dry cleaning, pick up / drop off repairs etc.

The Updater app is a helpful tool!

 

2. Medical and Health

This is a critical one! Be sure to keep meticulous records and make appropriate updates for all medical and health related necessities. This includes updating your medical records, pharmacy, emergency contact information and more. Keep all items in a safe place and easily accessible during the move. Notify all regular physicians!

 

3. School Related Items

Whether your kids are transferring schools or not, you likely will have updates to be made here. Ensure schools have all proper contact information, important dates, emergency contact information and any other relevant items.

 

4. Moving Supplies

Many overlook even the most simple aspect – The things you actually need to move!  Ensure you have all of the proper tools and equipment before your move – and make sure you take them with you when the move is done!

  • Packing supplies, boxes, paper, scissors, tape, labels, markers, etc.
  • Dollies and moving blankets/pads

 

5. Hiding Spots

Take a mental inventory of any hiding spots you have had over the years and make sure you ask your kids the same! From valuables to cash to important documents, it can be difficult to retrieve things after the fact.

 

6. Last Minute Packing

The VIP items that you have left out to pack last can often be the most common to be forgotten! Check all drawers, closets and storage and talk to everyone involved to make sure things are not stashed away for safe keeping and left behind during the move.

 

7. Appliances

If you are leaving appliance behind, don’t forget to check them!  Check inside dishwashers, ovens and refrigerators, as well as washers and dryers.

 

8. Cleaning Supplies

Commonly saved for the end of the move to clean up – Cleaning supplies and garbage are often left behind. Keep everything together and don’t forget to do a final thorough sweep before you go.

 

9. Chargers / Electronics

From phone charges to speakers, laptops and more  – Don’t forget your electronics and chargers!

 

10. Outdoor items – Plants, planters, grills, mower etc

Check all of your storage spaces to make sure you have grabbed and packed everything – Including all outdoor areas. Planters, grills and mowers are all frequently forgotten.

The easiest things you can do to ensure your move is organized include hiring movers, and keeping very detailed lists and schedules.  This will help you stay sane, as well as ensure all bases are covered.  Keep lists handy to continually add to, remove and update!

Save this list to avoid forgotten items in moving, and contact us for your free moving estimate!

Marriage and Moving

Tying the Knot and Moving

Marriage and moving

Marriage and moving often coincide, with the two major life events sharing many similar motivations. The key to choosing your dream home or fresh new apartment is to have a solid understanding of all the considerations! As if you don’t have enough going on surrounding wedding planning and nuptials, planning a move efficiently can save some headaches!

Decisions, Decisions – Marriage and Moving Considerations

For many couples, taking the official step to marriage is a time to combine and conquer. Even if you were living together before, it is still common for couples to want to move and get ready for the future.

Space

Talking with your SO to determine the size and type of home or apartment is essential.  If you are combing all of your belongings or just need to accommodate all those wedding gifts, your new home will likely be larger and able to serve its’ purpose now and in the future. Have a clear plan and budget!

Location

Are you a city dweller and your SO more a fan of the ‘burbs? Talking about location is one of the most important conversations.  Even just considering a local move, the distance from work, potential future school systems and a variety of other factors come into play. Long distance relocations typically involve many more considerations. Talk through them!

Family

Whether you have kids now or plan to in the future, having children absolutely influences most marriage and moving decisions. From school systems to proximity to family and more – Planning for your family needs now as well as your future plans, are important.

Work

Career plans, commute times and other factors are also commonly considered before planning a move – And considering your significant other is essential.

Finances

Whatever your style, whether you combine finances, share goals or simply compliment each other – The financial conversation is a big one to have for marriage and for moving!

 

Call us when you are ready to make the move! Get a free moving estimate online now. 

 

Fall Maintenance Projects

Maintenance Before the Leaves Fly

Fall maintenance projects are a great way to tackle some routine home repair items. The seasons are beginning to change, and many maintenance items are much more difficult once the snow begins to fly! Not to mention, some repairs are essential before the weather changes. Check out our top 10 list of projects to tackle this beautiful season!

fall maintenance

10 Fall Maintenance Projects

🍁Finish any Paint or Staining Repairs While the Weather is Warm

As the temperatures begin to drop, painting and staining gets much more difficult! Many paints and stains cannot be applied below a certain temperature, and many fall days are rainy and cool. Tackle any painting or staining projects this month!

🍁Repair Window and Door Seals and Exterior Window/Door Caulk and Trim

Window and door seals and trim can keep the cool air out and the warm air in. Broken or damaged seals and trim can also allow pests to sneak in. Repair everything while it is easy to access in nicer weather.

🍁Clean Windows and Screens

Windows and screens with built up junk from the summer months are not pretty to look at, and may not function properly.  Debris caught in spider webs and the likes can keep your windows from shutting and sealing properly as well!

🍁Repair any Exterior Entry Points / Holes

As the seasons change and temperatures begin to fall, critters and pests will try to find their way into your cozy home. Repair any access points to keep pests out.

🍁Have your Furnace and Duct Work Inspected / Repaired

This is not only about energy efficiency, but also safety as well! Have your furnace serviced as part of fall maintenance to ensure safe operation and ventilation. Have duct work inspected to make sure kicking that furnace on isn’t going to cause a dust storm in your house, and to make sure the warm air is moving as intended.

🍁Have your Chimney, Roof and Gutters Inspected

Chimney, roof and gutter issues can wreak havoc during the winter season. Take care of it now! Make sure your chimney is in tip top shape for ventilation, and ensure your roof and gutters are up for the winter weather.

🍁Trim Trees and Landscaping Prep

Take care of any fall clean up to avoid a stressful spring. Make sure any dead branches or trees are trimmed so that high winds or heavy snow do not send them flying.  Plan your landscaping changes, and move anything recommended during the fall season.

🍁Service your Garage Door

Do not get stuck this winter! Having a routine garage door fall maintenance call before anything serious is wrong, can save you big in the long run.

🍁Clean and Service Appliances

This is just a great way to stay on top of annual tasks – but we are more likely to be indoors and using our appliances in the winter time! From washing bigger, bulkier clothing to running the oven more – Make sure your appliances are in good working order.

🍁Attic Ventilation / Insulation

A big one, but of great benefit – Having a peek around your attic is a great idea in the fall.  Temperatures are cooler so attics are not as miserable, and you want to be sure your ventilation and insulation are ready for another winter season.

Enjoy the beautiful weather we have in the week ahead, and get going on that fall maintenance project list!

If you are planning to move this fall, call our award winning movers for a free estimate today!

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Support Houston and RAKE NOW

Join us in Supporting Houston

***DROP OFF CHANGE: Please bring donations to IX center!

 

RAKE  (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) is supporting Houston and we are proud to lend a hand! Join us in collecting donations, for transport to those impacted by the mass flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. Every little bit helps!

After collection on Saturday, we will be packing up 2 26′ trucks and sending them down to Houston. Penske generously donated the trucks to support RAKE.

Please take your donations to Cleveland IX Center!

Houston

Suggested Donations Include:

  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Formula
  • Wipes
  • Adult Clothing
  • Kids Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine Products
  • Flashlights

The devastating flooding in Houston has brought our Nation’s fourth largest city to a standstill, with many having lost everything they own, including their homes.  The water may be starting to recede, but the recovery is just beginning.

 

 

 

Moving Company vs. Moving Lead Broker

How to Find a Mover and Not a Lead Broker

Lead broker sites are gaining more and more traction, often confusing individuals looking for movers online! The times have changed and navigating the internet and websites is more confusing that ever before. We have seen a serious influx of lead aggregators competing in advertising space – And there is a serious difference in the process and the way things work!

What are Lead Brokers

lead brokerIt is common to go to Google to search for a moving company.  For many searches, you will receive a combination of results that include actual moving companies, and then lead broker websites.  Broker sites appear to be a moving company, but disclose in the fine print that the company does not provide service. They may even advertise that you can ‘shop for the perfect company’ or compare rates. The broker site typically collects your information using a form process, and then proceeds to sell the leads to individual moving companies in the local area. Often, many broker sites have multiple websites and are sharing information across their network of leads collected.

The minute you push the send button on a form on a lead broker site, it is common to receive an influx of calls and/or email responses from all of the local companies that are ‘buying’ your lead.  They receive an instant notification and then immediately follow up.

When Could a Lead Broker be Beneficial?

A lead broker makes money by selling the leads it collects.  Just like a company may pay for an Adwords ad, the broker site pays for that click and then turns around and can sell it 10+ times to various moving companies in the area. For some individuals, this can be an easy way to select a moving company with very little effort.

If you choose to use a lead broker site, it is important to be prepared! Callers will provide information on next steps to book your move. This can be a cost efficient way to compare rates, but it can be time consuming if you have to compare multiple companies.

What’s the Downside?

Lead broker sites may or may not screen the companies they are selling the leads to.  Sites like Home Advisor or Angie’s List do a pretty great job at screening companies that participate in their lead programs.  Unfortunately, there are also many websites out there that sell leads blindly to participants. It is very critical to still compare companies, read reviews and do your due diligence. Verify licensing, insurance and all other credentials.

If you are planning a move locally in Ohio, or across the US – Contact us today! 

 

Temporarily Moving In With Family

How to Survive (And Even Thrive) Moving in with Family

moving in with familyMoving in with family, or having family move in during a transition period, can be a tough pill to swallow.  While we may joke and poke fun, when push comes to shove and your moving plans get complicated – family is often a common fall back plan. The problem is combining two households, with often two very different expectations. This can lead to chaos!

Even if only for a short period, it is important to consider all aspects of becoming or having a house guest. Nerves and stress levels are already through the roof given the complications and/or details with moving – So this is really the time to slow down and think about things before doing something regrettable. This goes for ALL members of the family!

Tips for Temporarily Moving in with Family

1. Set ground rules. What are the expectations? What are the non-negotiables? What are schedules?

Having a clear plan is the first step to avoiding any animosity. Not discussing who will be responsible for what chores and household duties can be an awkward conversation later! Set clear expectations for who will help out where, and in what capacity. Similarly with schedules, talk about your weekly routine and who needs to be where, when. Lining up to use a single bathroom or two can be a huge pain point.

Don’t wait until frustrations boil over and one person or another feels taken advantage of. Make sure the lines of communication stay open if someone does start to feel frustrated.

2. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, take advantage!

Moving in with your parents? Your in laws? Your siblings? That doesn’t mean they are now an extension of your team! Don’t take advantage of errands, babysitting or other help. Be sure to make this a two way street – You can help each other out while you stay, but don’t make it a habit to take advantage of the situation. This goes for the host as well, do not set unrealistic expectations for your guests. Communicate and figure out a mutually beneficial solution where necessary, if you are going to help one another.

3. Be respectful

Remember, you are a guest! Bite your tongue and pick your battles. This is someone else’s’ home, and for the short time you will be staying there, you may need to put up with some not-so-great habits that do not jive with your normal everyday life. Embrace it! Learn from each other, talk about things and maybe even take away some great life strategies.  For hosts, the same rules apply. The key is communication, if something is truly intolerable for the stay.

4. Be inclusive

While you are a guest or have a guest(s) staying with you, be inclusive with one another! Invite them to plans, and communicate if it is strictly a family matter. This is a great time to strengthen your relationships and show gratitude, but failing to look at everyones’ POV can cause animosity later.

5. Have a clear plan and communicate it

If and when possible, make sure that you are communicating the details of your stay. If things are yet to be determined, share that simple fact! Don’t make your host continue guessing. Plan to store your items off site unless previously discussed, and make sure your closing/construction/general delay is managed appropriately.

Unless their is a psychic in the family, it is important to share the information up front, and as things transpire. Be considerate of their generosity (and don’t overstay your welcome!).

For a free estimate for moving and storage solutions, contact Moving Ahead Services. 

Smart Home Technology

How Smart is your Home?

Smart Home TechnologySmart home technology has seriously catapulted us into another dimension of convenience, intelligence and even cost savings.  The latest gadgets and tech trends can make a huge difference in your home!

Check out top picks for smart home technology.

Smart Item #1: Heating and Cooling

  • My home is to hot / cold when I am gone
  • I forget to change my thermostat at night / morning
  • My heating / cooling system is efficient, but my home is not

Introduce smart thermostats to your home and it can solve problems you didn’t even know you had! Honeywell, the Nest and many other manufacturers now have WiFi enabled thermostats. Control temperature, set timers, set zones and more – All from any device!

Smart Item #2: Voice Command

From changing the song to asking a question, looking for a recipe or getting weather updates – Echo/Alexa and similar devices are a great hands free way to get answers instantly. This is easily the most popular smart home technology on the market today!

Smart Item #3: Security / Locks / Cameras

Lost your keys? No problem. Forget to shut the garage door? Done! Looking for a security system upgrade? Easy.

From smart locks controlled by your phone to garage door sensors to open or shut your garage from anywhere, these automated beauties can be seriously convenient and seriously safe. Investing in smart technology to keep your home safe and secure is a great choice!

Smart Item #4: Lighting / Shades

Let there be light!  Smart bulbs and automated lighting can be a great way to save energy, and provide lighting when you need it most. Similarly, automated lighting and shades on timers can be a great solution for travel!

Smart Item #5: Automatic Vacuums

Models like the Roomba can be a great solution to cleaning – Hands free! Be on the lookout for deals on Amazon, Target and HSN – Bundles can be a great way to get the accessories you need for a fraction of the cost! The Roomba and other similar automatic vacuums can save you time and keep your house tidy!

Smart Item #6: Lawn Items

Similar to the technology of the Roomba, there are automatic mowers that you can set loose and your yard is done in no time! Automated irrigation systems can also be a great solution to saving time and money while keeping your lawn pristine.

Smart Item #7: Appliances

Forget energy efficiency, think bigger! Dual load washers and dryers can be a lifesaver for those that seem to always be doing laundry! Similar technology in dishwashers, ovens and refrigerators can also be great investments to get even more for your money.

Smart Item #8 Fire / CO2 Safety

Smart safety products are pretty much a necessity.  WiFi enabled smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors talk to each other, and to your devices. Verbal alerts eliminate any questions – And alert  you of issues quickly.

Smart Item #9 – Pet Products

Don’t forget your pets! From pet cameras to food distributors and invisible fences, technology has seriously upgraded your pets wish list. Products are great for convenience and safety!