Easy Everyday Apps for Moving

Putting Technology to Work on Your Move

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Using apps for moving {and using your phone in general} can make things much easier – and more organized! Technology is definitely a blessing and a curse, but helpful throughout the moving process.  Using easy, everyday apps can be a serious lifesaver before, during and after your move! You couldn’t pay us to rewind the clock to the pre-smart phone days, where everything from a phone call to directions was just not simple. Here is our short list!

Tools and Apps for Moving – Smart Phone, Smart Move!

Planning  Your Move:

Moving is a serious stressor, no matter how you slice it.  There is so much to do, tasks to remember, bills to pay and planning to plan. Your phone was made for this!  Calendar apps, Evernote, and apps to help you organize or clear out clutter can be super helpful.  In addition, your camera can also help you stay organized! Take pictures of what’s in boxes or snap your friends for some comedic relief.

  • Calendar
  • Lists (Notepad, Evernote, etc)
  • Zillow & Real Estate Apps
  • Thred Up – Buy / Sell Apps
  • Camera

During the Big Move:

  • Maps
  • WAZE

This has literally revolutionized the way we can do business in a day!  No more atlas books and endless traffic – Directions and information is literally at your fingertips!  Use it!  Traffic can be a serious headache on moving day.  Keep in mind you may need to accommodate a moving truck and take a new route – Which could have issues to battle.

After Your Move:

  • Uber/Lyft
  • Yelp/ Google Local
  • Tinder / Match / Meetup
  • Angie’s List / Home Advisor
  • Groupon

From exploring your new town to getting a date, meeting new friends or getting something repaired – Your phone can literally do it ALL! Apps can also be a great way to save money on food, drinks, groceries, gifts and more. Take a few minutes before you run errands or schedule a contractor and check out Angie’s List, Groupon, Home Advisor and the likes. You’ll be glad you did!

Rent Vs. Buy Costs

What Makes the Most Sense for You?

Rent vs. buy is a common conundrum.  From buying your first home to relocation for a relatively short or temporary period for work – Renting or buying is often weighed heavily before a decision is made! Many expenses and factors go into making the final choice.

Rent Vs. Buy

Rent Vs. Buy Considerations

  1. Length of time
  2. Neighborhood
  3. Credit / Finances
  4. Interest Rates
  5. Availability

LendingTree has recently released an updated version of their Rent vs. Buy Calculator and it is a great way to help calculate and decide! Factoring in everything from interest rates to rental insurance, the Lending Tree calculator is a good way to look at time vs. costs vs. market information to help guide your decision!

How to Decide – The Questions to Ask Yourself

Length of time

How long do you plan to stay?

What happens if you have to stay longer or want to leave sooner?

Are you relocating for work or buying your first home?

Neighborhood

Not just for now, but for the future – If kids or marriage are on the horizon, is this the right neighborhood?

Are you close to work? Do you LIKE your job to plan around it?

Is this neighborhood up and coming, safe and nice – Or on the rocks with a questionable future?

Credit / Finances

This may be one of the bigger factors unfortunately.. Do you have credit for a loan?

Do you have savings for a downpayment?

What about savings to repair or remodel, etc?

What about opportunity costs? Are you giving things up to purchase instead of rent?

Interest Rates

Are interest rates high?  You may be able to justify holding off a bit…

Are rates low and predicted to raise?  You may want to get yourself a REALTOR stat!

Availability

Is the area of town you want better for renting and not buying?

Perhaps there are a ton of houses for sale!  Availability in your budget is incredibly important.

Get an ACCURATE Moving Estimate

Accurate Moving EstimateAn accurate moving estimate should not resemble pulling teeth! Nobody likes surprises, not the customer and not the business!  The best way to get an accurate moving quote is to learn the biggest factors and plan accordingly. Let us help!

How to Get an Accurate Moving Estimate {In 3 easy steps}

  1. Report Appliances
  2. Report Large / Unusual Items (Hot tubs, safes, pianos, exercise equipment)
  3. Do a Video Tour

The rest of the information can be easily estimated by evaluating the number of individuals in your household and the size of your home.  Bonus points if you have moved at all recently (and had a good experience) and can report the time, weight or other details!

Why an Accurate Estimate Matters

Having a precise moving estimate is critical for a variety of reasons

  1. The number of crew members on your job
  2. The length of time
  3. The size of the truck
  4. Supplies

Unfortunately, inventory changes, differences in distance and other factors can have a huge (re:awful) impact on a move.  Delays, lack of space and supplies and general unpreparedness can be catastrophic.  Hiding or forgetting items will cost you in the long run!  It is best to be transparent.

The Beauty of Video Tours

In the past, tours were largely reserved for long distance relocations.  Today, we have the beauty of technology and can tour any home, any time, anywhere!  Walking through your home on Facetime, Skype or Google chat – We are able to see every detail with our expert eye.  It’s an amazing tool!

Call us today for your free moving estimate, or fill out our helpful moving quote here.

Today’s Real Estate Market

Buying or Selling in Today’s Real Estate Market

Real Estate MarketThe real estate market is booming in Ohio, and it has certainly made for some interesting challenges for our customers, family and friends!

Whether you are trying to buy or sell – It seems we are at a time of extremes on both sides of the fence!

Being prepared will be critical to getting the winning bid – Or selling your home and being ready to move fast!

Buying Right Now

If you are in the market to purchase a home, you need to be ready BEFORE you even start to look! It may sound like a cheer – But seriously, homes are selling fast, fast, fast in the current real estate market!!

In some areas, homes are selling before they ever even officially ‘hit the market’. The power of word of mouth, Zillow and social media have had a profound impact!

Many homes in desirable areas and prices are experiencing multiple offers – Some receiving far more over asking price.

Figure out what you want in a home, what area, and hit the ground prepared!

Selling Your Home

On the other side of the fence, home may sell very quickly! Especially if you are in a desirable area, in that great price point, your home may literally sell overnight!

Be prepared with a plan incase you need a ‘layover’ spot. This can include temporary storage, temporary housing, school changes, etc.

Be prepared for multiple offers – and have a trusted realtor to help guide you through the process! Now is a great time to sell, but it seems the general consensus is to just be ready for the whirlwind!

Real Estate and Relocation Solutions

If you are planning a move, bundle your services and save!  Our customers enjoy great savings on their moves, ask us how to list your home and save!

 

Heat Safety at Work

Heat Safety is Critical This Time of Year

Our number one priority is safety on any job site! Heat safety is critical, as heat related illnesses can have deadly consequences.  Commonly recognized in sports related activities, heat related exertion and illness is prevalent in moving and labor related positions as well.

HEAT and the EHS Exertional Heat Stroke

Drew Brees, New Orleans’ Saints QB has a new campaign highlighting the risk factors and symptoms of serious heat illnesses.

heat safetyHEAT

(H) High Temperatures

(E) Exercise or Activity

(A) Acting Confused

(T) Time to Call 911

Remembering these 4 key items can be the difference in saving a life! Whether you are working around your home, have movers on site or are on a moving crew – Heat illness can be incredible serious.

Exertional Heat Stroke symptoms can include a spike in body temperature, fainting, vomiting, confusion or unusual behavior, dizziness and more.

Learn more about Drew Brees’ HEAT campaign today!

Tips for Driving a Rental Truck

Driving a Rental Truck Like a Pro

tips for driving a rental truckTips for driving a rental truck, straight from our experts!  Many customers call Moving Ahead Services to hire our labor and/or drivers for their move. That is a great way to save time and be budget conscious during your relocation!  If you opt to do labor only and need to drive your own rental truck, these tips are for you!

Getting to know, and getting to drive your rental truck well are two completely different stories! Let us illustrate..

Tips for Driving a Rental Truck

Selecting your truck / Getting to know your truck

  1. Try to get a newer truck! (Better maintenance, bluetooth or I phone jack, etc etc)
  2. Make sure you learn how to properly start the truck, put it in gear, lights, etc –  before leaving the rental spot
  3. You have a governor! It’s going to be a slow ride
  4. Check your clearance height!!
  5. Check your insurance.  If you have to, opt for the extra coverage for theft / damage.

Let us tell you, trucks most definitely hit bridges and drive-through awnings! They also can be difficult to operate if you do not understand the basics – this is not your normal car! It is also crucial to push for a newer truck – If your Penske, Uhaul etc breaks down on the side of the road, you could be stuck for hours. Then when a new truck shows up, it is your responsibility to trans load your belongings.

Safety tips for driving a rental truck

  1. Pack the truck properly – Weight must be distributed evenly!
  2. Passing distance
  3. Speed
  4. Mirrors
  5. Signs for truck directions / different road rules
  6. Brake easy
  7. Backing up / ground guide
  8. WIDE, slow turns

Remember, you are in a large and dangerous machine.  You must take care to protect yourself and others on the roads! Operating your moving truck safety is critical.  You cannot simply think of it as driving a vehicle!

Other considerations:

  1. More money will be spent on more expensive fuel (often diesel!)
  2. Longer travel time
  3. Parking considerations for food and/or overnight stays
  4. Weigh stations may be required

 

 

Senior Moving

My, How The Times Have Changed!

senior movingSenior moving today is much different than it was, even 10 years ago! With more options and information than ever before, we are able to effectively and affordably provide outstanding senior moving services in our communities.  Planning and completing moves that may require additional help, organization, downsizing or other stressful details is our specialty!

Moving Ahead Services is a Trusted Partner for Ohio’s Top Senior Communities

We are proud to work with communities across Ohio to provide an array of relocation and storage related solutions.  There is simply no ‘cookie cutter’ moving package once you hit a certain age bracket! Don’t sell yourself short on your move. Research, choose and move like a pro!

  1. Determine the details. Where are you moving? Is family going to help? How much are you able to do on your own? From geographic location to the type of destination, organizing, storage needs and more.  Your move may encompass a lot! Let us help.
  2. Research service providers. Ask friends and family, use websites like Angie’s List or simply ask your new community director – Finding a reputable service provider is essential.
  3. Get ready for the big day. Let us guide you through the moving process, with detail task planning and support.

Senior Moving with More Options than Ever

Our favorite part about coordinating and completing senior moves is truly our passion to provide value and go above and beyond with the services we provide.  This can be a great experience!  Tell us your story, what makes you excited and what has you nervous about the big move.  We will work through the details together!

Schedule your senior moving consultation today! Whether you are planning your own move, or helping a loved one, we are happy to serve you.  If you work for a senior or retirement community in Ohio, contact us to learn how we can help make your resident’s transition an easy one!

Security Risks During Moving

Is Your Move Putting You At Risk?

security risks during movingSecurity risks during moving are frequently overlooked, and should definitely be at the top of the priority list! Moving can be an overwhelming time, whether or not you have expert help.  Unfortunately, the increased activity and related moving tasks can put you at a higher risk for crime.

Security Risks During Moving

Protecting yourself and your family is incredibly important.  Get a handle on these safety tips to keep your move and your family secure and safe!

  1. Change the locks! Be sure to change your locks at your new home, and update any security codes or entry access points. Don’t forget garage doors, garage door openers, patio doors and more!
  2. Choose reputable service providers. Use sites like Angie’s List, AMSA and the BBB to check on the reputation of your service provider.  From contractors for repairs to moving companies and everything in between – The more people in and out of your home, the higher the risk!
  3. Don’t display your trash at the curb. Properly dispose of electronics boxes and anything that may indicate valuables are in the home.
  4. During the move, ask a neighbor at both locations to keep a watchful eye during the transition.  Having belongings in two places can get complicated!  Report any suspicious activity.
  5. Keep a close eye on your moving truck or packed car if you are doing a DIY move! Make sure to lock the back of your truck.
  6. Keep track of valuables, jewelry, cash, checkbooks and important documents.
  7. Scope out your new home. From lighting to window locks and anything that could raise your risk – Get the repairs done before you move!

Moving is a complicated, exciting and stressful process!  Unfortunately, individuals with ill intentions can use those weaknesses to their benefit.  Take extra precautions to make your move a safe one!

Buying Out of State

Purchasing Your First Home In a Different State

Buying out of state, particularly for your first home – Can be a little challenging. From financing to the searching process, finding a home in a different locale takes some extra considerations!

5 Steps For Buying Out of State

Our latest mortgages.com article outlines our top 5 tips for finding, buying and moving to your first home in a new state!

  1. Stay realistic.  From budgets to timelines and travel plans and more.
  2. Finding a realtor.
  3. Researching and finding a neighborhood.
  4. Deciding home features.
  5. Finding a job!

View our full list over at Mortgages.com, Buying Your First Home Out of State

Buying Out of State

Temporary Housing for Long Distance Moves

Tips for Where to Rest Your Head When Your Bed is in Storage

Temporary housing for long distance moves is common, and we have more options than ever before!  Figuring out your plan may be impacted by several factors but the great news is todays’ options have more and more flexibility.

Moving long distance (and sometimes locally) can have a tricky timeline.  Your real estate closing, job demands and even kids’ school may start to dictate the dates and require you to be in your new location or stay longer in your departure city. This used to mean crashing on family, living out of boxes and muddling through until you can complete the move.  There is a better way!

Temporary Housing Options for your Move

In no particular order,  these are some great temporary housing options for your move.

temporary housingAir BNB, Home Away, VRBO, etc.

This is our favorite option today.  Air BNB and similar apps make ‘home away from home’ a reality.  Extended stay rates, full house accommodations and flexibility in location, cost and stays make this a great option!  Air BNB may never replace the classic options completely (Think Uber with the taxi industry)  but it has definitely given us great choices (And can even add a slice of paradise to your move).  We use Air BNB as we travel the country for your move too! You will also be able to keep more of your belongings out of storage, during the transition!

Corporate Housing

Short and long term corporate housing is another flexible option.  Did you know most apartment complexes have at least a few units set aside as temporary housing for corporations in the area?  They do!  Talk to your company, talk to friends, etc and I guarantee you can find an in somewhere.

Hotels

Hotels and extended stay accommodations can be another great option, but may get pricier quicker.  While convenient, this may still require you to put most of your items in storage.  This is a still a great short term option, but we’d recommend corporate or AIR BNB for anything more than a few days, especially if you are moving with your family!

Family and Friends

What is family for, amiright?!  For many of us, your close friend or a dear family member will let you (and maybe your family) crash for a short time during the transition.  Tread lightly here!  It may be easier and less stressful to budget the extra amount to pay for accommodations, but this may be an option.

Wherever you decide to stay, call the experts for your move!  Moving Ahead Services specializes in long distance moving, serving customers in Ohio and across the US. Get your free estimate today!