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:

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. 

Tips for Moving Kitchen Items

Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

Packing your kitchen can be one of the most daunting tasks to complete during your relocation. We plan to cover some general kitchen packing tips to help eliminate some of the stress. Packing your kitchen can be time-consuming due to the number of items generally hidden away within your cabinets and drawers. Not to mention, many of these items are very fragile and sometimes expensive. 

Packing Your Food

In general, packing storing and moving your food items is generally not a great idea. Most professional movers will refuse to load any perishable food items into their trucks. (It’s the law) Perishable food items will spoil during transportation and can attract pests and rodents that could potentially damage your other belongings. 

Packing non-perishable food items is not a problem! However, you may want to consider the cost of moving these food items. Often it’s cheaper to re-stock these items new than it is to move your entire pantry. 

We are proud to partner with Move For Hunger, which takes non-perishable food donations for those in need. Learn more about helping Move For Hunger today! 

Packing Your Kitchen Dishware 

Your kitchen dishware is fragile and generally hard to move on its own. We highly recommend utilizing dish pack boxes, and paper pads to help prevent your dishware from breaking and moving around during your move. We recommend sorting all of your dishes first, so you can properly plan for which boxes each item will fit nicely into. Now is the time to toss out any damaged dishware! You can quickly wrap your dishware by placing your dish wrapping material on your kitchen table and wrapping each item individually. You may want to use packing tape to secure your protective wrapping. Finally, make sure that you label your boxes to make it easier to unpack once you arrive at your new home. 

Packing Your Glassware

Packing your glassware will be similar to packing your dishware with a few minor adjustments to ensure safe transport. You’ll want to go through your glassware and throw out any cracked or partially damaged items. You should also plan on padding each box that you intend to house your crystal glassware within. You will need to spread your packing paper out on a flat surface, and wrap each glassware in the packing paper by folding the excess packing paper within the open-end of the glassware. Doing so will help prevent the packing paper from coming loose during transit. We highly recommend filling any empty box space with bubble wrap or additional packing paper. 

Packing pots and pans

If you’ve made it here, you are almost finished packing your kitchen! Packing your pots and pans should be a relatively simple process! First, you’ll want to sort your pots and pans and ensure that any fragile items are separated. Much like your glassware, you’ll want to take two paper pads and wrap the item while packing the excess paper into the opening. Another tip is to pack your smaller pans into your larger ones to save on space. 

If you are overwhelmed or have time constraints on packing your kitchen, you can hire a professional packing and moving company such as Moving Ahead Services. We would be happy to help you pack, move and answer any questions along the way. Feel free to reach out to our office at (877) 643-4044.

Packing Heavy Furniture

Tips for Packing Heavy Furniture

When you’re ready to start packing heavy furniture, you will want to think ahead by following a few simple tips. If you follow these four essential tips, you’ll save yourself a ton of strain and headaches.

Disassemble the items

For large items such as bookshelves, beds, cabinets, dressers, and tables, you’ll want to start by disassembling the prominent large pieces. Doing this will make your moving process much lighter. You may wish to consult manuals to help you properly disconnect the main parts of your furniture.

Protect your items

You should review your furniture items and look for any areas that may be weaker, or may be prone to damage during your relocation. Locate these areas, and try to protect them with paper pads, or bubble wrap. Use packing tape to secure protection and help ease the moving situation.

Wrap it all

You should consider wrapping all your large furniture pieces with quilted moving blankets. Doing so will add an extra cushion of protection for your possessions.

Cover it all

We cannot stress enough the importance of covering all of your high-end possessions with moving blankets and paper pads. Your items will move during transit, and the extra layer of protection will be crucial in preventing your belongings from being damaged.

Finally, you should never attempt to move cumbersome furniture on your own. You should consider hiring a reputable moving company to prevent any damage or injury occurring during your move!

If you have questions surrounding moving unique are large items, do not hesitate to reach out to our professional moving consultants at (877) 643-4044.

Packing Supplies

Packing: Start with the right supplies

If you’d like your move to be stress-free, it’s essential to start with the correct packing supplies. Using industry-standard packing supplies will ensure that your move is safe and successful. 

Moving Boxes

Finding and using proper boxes will save you time and back-strain. We recommend finding strong and durable cardboard boxes that will be able to stand up to the weight of your items. If your items are too heavy to lift on your own, you may want to consider wooden crates and a professional moving company. 

Wrapping Materials

To prevent damage to your items, we suggest investing in durable wrapping material such as bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and quilted moving blankets. These items will keep your things safe while in the moving truck, or during hauling. The quilted moving blankets also serve as additional cushion and safety in case of accidents. 

Packing Paper

Paper pads and newsprint will ve useful when packing smaller items into larger boxes. These paper products will help you keep things safe during relocation and are quite light-weight. Newsprint will help keep dishware and other fragile items safe while loading them into bigger boxes. 

Packing Tape

Using industry-standard packing tape rolls will help you save time and money versus traditional tape. Packing tape will allow you to seal boxes safely, but will also come in handy when wrapping items in packing paper, and quilted moving blankets. Having a few extra rolls of great packing tape is never a bad idea! 

Mattress Bags

We highly recommend investing in a mattress bag during your move. A mattress bag will make your mattress more natural to move while keeping it spotless in the process. Mattress bags are incredibly cheap in comparison to a new quality mattress. 

The above items are the most basic moving supplies. We offer a wide variety of moving supplies for your next relocation project. Check out our store, or give our move consultants a call at (877) 643-4044.

Packing Your Bathroom

5 Tips for Packing your Bathroom

Packing your bathroom doesn’t have to be a complicated task when you’re moving. It’s often one of the last rooms to consider when you’re preparing to relocate. With this in mind, we created a quick list of items to think about when packing your bathroom. 

#1 Pack your must-have bag

The first step to packing your bathroom is to have each family member pack a must-have bag for themselves. This bag is essential for getting through the first and last days of your move. This must-have bag should include all of your day-to-day bathroom items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, body and shower soaps, make-up, deodorant, shaving accessories, and medicine. 

#2 Separate fragile items

Be sure to put extra effort into protecting your delicate items. Be sure to double wrap your mirrors in packing paper! Also, separate things and containers that may be prone to breaking during the move. Proper packing will prevent wet boxes and other items fro becoming damaged or ruined. 

#3 Pack liquids separately

The last thing you want to deal with in your new home is cleaning up a mess. You need to pack your liquids in a safe and leak-proof container! It’ll be in your best interest to avoid spills and leaks, and this can be completed by putting your half-empty bottles into zip-lock bags and making sure they are properly sealed. 

#4 Don’t forget your medicine 

It’ll be essential to pack your daily medication in your must-have pack. However, you may want to consider keeping other drugs close by during your move. You may want to consider including pain medicine and a first-aid kit close-by. 

#5 – Label your boxes

Properly labeling your boxes will help you find your must-have bathroom items easily after your move. Generally, your bathroom and bedroom items will be the first boxes to un-pack. You should plan on writing the contents of each box on the outside, and include whether the items are fragile or not.

If you need help moving your items, or have general questions about moving unique bathroom items, give our moving consultants a call today at (877) 643-4044

Packing Heavy Furniture

5 Tips for First Time Movers

Are you a first time mover? Moving out for the first time can be a very stressful situation. It will be essential to create a game plan and understand what to expect during your first move. We decided to put together a quick and easy to follow guide to help you survive your first move. 

#1 – Create a moving to-do list

We find that new movers are often overwhelmed by everything involved with a move. It’s essential to try and think of every task that needs to be completed and organize within a list. You may find yourself asking, “Where do I start?”. The correct answer is anywhere! We recommend starting by taking an inventory of items you’d like to move, and things you will be leaving behind or throwing away. Creating a list will allow you to understand how big your move is, and what sort of equipment may be required to complete your relocation. We also recommend creating a task list of items that may need to be completed. Some popular items are Turning Utilities on/off, Notifying landlords, preparing pets or animals, scheduling rental trucks, or moving services, donating or moving pantry, and food items. 

#2 – Create a moving budget

It’s essential to understand that moving costs money. Having a general idea of costs involved will help save you some headaches, and potentially some hard moving decisions. We recommend making your budget a top priority! Some popular items to budget for include: Hiring help, buying packing materials, purchasing insurance, new housing expenses, security deposits, utility bills, items for your new house. Don’t forget about apparent things such as groceries, travel gas, and utility start-up fees. 

#3 – Know what to pack

You should inventory your items, and create a packing list for items you plan to move, and items you plan to donate or throw away. If you’re moving long-distance, you may want to ask yourself if you plan to use each item in the future. You may want to consider if things will make the travel safely. Doing this will also help you organize your move, allowing you to save time on unpacking. 

#4 – Pick a safe moving date 

This one may seem obvious, but it’s important to give yourself and your movers enough time to successfully move. Try not to schedule other important events on your move day. You should plan for delays since this is your first move! If you are moving out of an apartment, you may need to work with your landlords to find a good day to prevent interruption to other tenants, such as scheduling elevator times. Work with your movers to ensure that you have enough time to move everything safely. The more up-front you are with your movers, the less likely you will encounter surprises. 

#5 – Research your new living area

After your move, you’ll find that you have to learn a new routine. You may want to create a list of new or additional chores that you’ll need to complete. Often you’ll find yourself shopping at new stores, paying new companies for utilities, and visiting new places. You’ll want to create a new budget to make sure there are no new surprises while you’re getting comfortable in your new home. 

If your moving the first time, and have questions for our full-service moving staff, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We handle all of your moving needs! 

Piano Moving Service

Moving Your Piano

Moving your piano is no small task, and should be taken very seriously. Moving an item as large as a piano can be a hazardous and costly project if not adequately prepared. It is essential to be aware of the small details and the risks associated with moving a piano.

No matter if you’re planning a short relocation, or a cross-country move, you will likely run into a few obstacles while moving your piano. There are many factors to consider when it comes to moving your piano. 

Before you move your piano, you must understand the complex structure and generally oddly shaped body of your piano make it very difficult to move. 

First, ask yourself what type of piano you are relocating. There are two common types of pianos that our customers move:

Upright Piano – These are smaller pianos often found in homes, clubs, and studios. There are many different types of upright pianos, so it’s essential to have a general idea of the size and weight prior to moving or contacting a moving service. 

Grand Piano – These are large harp-shaped pianos that typically roll on caster wheels. These pianos can weigh up to 1200 lbs and require a unique moving plan. Often you’ll find smaller versions called baby grand pianos. 

If you plan on moving your upright piano, a team of 4-5 movers should be able to help you transport this item safely. These pianos will often fit through most door openings. However, moving a grand piano may take some additional planning due to its overall weight and dimensions. Some grand pianos will require the use of a crane, and special permits to properly move. It’s essential to reach out to a moving company to help you understand what is involved with moving a grand piano. 

Do’s of Moving a Piano 

  • Do consult with professional movers that have experience moving Pianos. 
  • Do move any furniture out of the pianos moving path.
  • Do cover the piano in moving blankets with secure straps.
  • Do place humidifier equipment within the piano before moving. 
  • Do remove grand piano legs before loading into the moving truck. 

Don’ts of Moving a Piano

  • Don’t start moving your piano without necessary supplies.
  • Don’t use a truck without a loading ramp.
  • Don’t leave the piano lid unlocked.
  • Don’t start moving your piano without a solid plan of action.
  • Don’t pack the piano with traditional moving straps. 
  • Don’t try to leverage the piano’s weight while moving. 

Slow Down – Don’t rush a piano move!

When you move something as large and fragile as a piano, it’s important to understand that you can seriously damage your piano or yourself without a sound moving plan. Do not try to rush this move, or wait till the last minute! A successful piano relocation will require patience, a clear mindset, and a plan of action. If you have any concerns or questions about relocating a piano, please reach out to our piano moving specialist at (440) 256-2224.

Last Minute Moves

The perfect move includes advance notice and the ability to spread out as many moving tasks as possible while heading to your new home. It’s terrific to plan ahead, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. 

If you find yourself needing to relocate quickly, it’s essential to consider a few things so your relocation can go as smoothly as possible. 

Make a plan

Every successful move starts with a plan. You may feel overwhelmed, but it’s essential to take the time to create a basic moving plan. Our checklist is a great place to start while planning your move. Cross-referencing our guide will help you remember all the in’s and out’s of relocation. Keep in mind that scheduling or hiring movers will help you save time, and back-aches. 

Be prepared to work

The sooner you remind yourself that work needs to be done, the better. You’ll likely need to sacrifice some of your weekends and nights to ensure that all your belongings are ready to be moved. Procrastinating will just cost you more money and time in the long run. It’s important to give yourself proper rest, especially if you’re not used to moving heavy furniture. 

Make your move stress free by working with a moving company

Finding dependable movers and packers will make your last-minute move a breeze! Movers will handle the heavy lifting and packing for your relocation, allowing you to focus on other moving tasks. A professional moving service will be able to manage your time concerns and ensure that your move is without issues. 

To learn more about moving with Moving Ahead Services, give us a call, or fill out our quote form

Green Cleaning Solutions

Unleash The Power of Green In Your Cleaning Routine

Green Cleaning Solutions

Keeping your house clean can certainly be a challenge sometimes. Especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do. Not only do they take up plenty of my time and attention, but it seems like everywhere they go, they leave messes behind! Cleaning the house can also take a chunk out of your household budget, since cleaning supplies can be pricey, and goodness knows our grocery bill’s high enough. But it doesn’t have to be this way: I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies, using things that I already keep around the house. Not only is it cheaper to use these simple tricks for keeping your house clean. It is also simple and it’s eco-friendly, too.

In the Kitchen

A couple of my favorite cleaning ingredients are probably already in your kitchen cupboard: white vinegar and baking soda. These items are both eco-friendly and versatile. For instance, if you mix up a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water, it makes a good all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen counters and inside of your fridge. (It’s not a bad idea to keep a bottle of this by your desk at the office, too, to keep your work area clean and fresh.) A paste made from baking soda and water also makes a good scrub for stubborn stains, like those brown marks inside of your coffee mugs that just won’t come off. It works well on greasy stovetops, too.

Vinegar makes a great floor cleaner: Just mix it with hot water and mop. And if you add a cup to your dishwasher and run the rinse cycle, it’ll remove hard-water stains. But vinegar and baking soda aren’t the only great cleaners found in your kitchen. For instance, you can get your pots and pans squeaky-clean by scrubbing it with a heavily salted half a lemon.

In the Bathroom

One of my favorite green cleaning solutions comes in especially handy in the bathroom. Make your own glass cleaner by combining two cups of water and a half-cup of vinegar. Pour this into a spray bottle, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought you needed Windex! Vinegar is also good for the mineral buildup that makes your shower head spray everywhere but straight down. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, use a rubber band to attach it to the shower head, and leave it overnight, and it’ll dissolve all of that nasty buildup. And to clean your toilet; put equal parts baking soda and vinegar into the toilet bowl. Then just let them fizz and foam, then scrub with a toilet brush.

Around the House

Remember that stuff your mom used to buy and sprinkle all over the carpet before she vacuumed? It turns out that you already have a cheap, all-natural substitute: baking soda. If you want it to smell nice, just add a little of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda. Sprinkle it on the carpet, and vacuum to freshen up the rugs and remove odors.

If your wood furniture has seen better days, there’s an easy green cleaning solutions fix for that: Combine a half-cup of lemon juice with a cup of olive oil to make your own furniture polish. And, if the whole house smells a bit stale, don’t reach for a can of aerosol air freshener; simply grab your favorite aromatic spices, fruit peels, and/or essential oils and boil them in a saucepan on the stove. You could also try the trick a lot of real estate agents use to make a house smell like a home: Bake cookies! The kids are sure to appreciate that.