Tips for Basement Storage

Oftentimes, a basement can be a huge selling point for a home! Offering extra square footage, storage, and living space, basements are typically a positive selling point. We regularly move customers’ items into and out of basement storage spaces. Basements can be designed for additional living space, often carpeted and even with windows, and some basements are used strictly for storage if they are unfinished or just not a space that would be regularly inhabited. Whether you are renting or purchasing a home with a basement, be sure to follow these tips for basement storage!

Basements can be humid or have moisture. In some older or unfinished basements,  you might discover that there is water breaching in from the outside. Keep your items stored in plastic containers and bins if at all possible to avoid any issue if water enters your basement or if the humidity level causes condensation. These containers are also useful for keeping out spiders and other undesirable visitors that may try to make a home within your stored items. Bins and containers are also easy to move as well as stack and label. It is also a good idea to try and keep items on a raised platform or shelving units. This will most likely keep items protected from an accidental contact or any other sort of damage.

Organize and Label! Just like with moving, storing items in your basement is always easier if you have them organized for easy retrieval later. Holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and other items that are not needed on a daily basis should be grouped together in your chosen storage container and then clearly labeled for easy identification down the line. It’s a good idea to use tape or an actual label to write on to avoid having to rewrite on a container or box several different times.

Oversized items may require careful planning if you are going to use or store them in a basement. Unless there is a walk-out door available, it will be necessary to plan ahead and make sure that couches, exercise equipment, and more will fit down the basement steps and into the area that you desire. As previously mentioned, it is always a good idea to call and ask if you have any doubts on large items and your intended destination for them!

Whether your basement is for living or storage, careful planning can help you maximize the use of the space, especially when you follow our tips for basement storage.


Items to Consider


Old, Older, Oldest: Items to Consider When Moving into an Old Building or Home

In Cleveland, Columbus, and across the country, we are frequently requested to move items into or out of historic apartment buildings and homes. There are certain items to consider, however, as, in these instances, it is often renovations that have led to divided living quarters, and planning doesn’t typically involve considering the size of furniture or ease of access to it when done. We can provide you with more information on items to consider when moving moving into an old building or home.

Couches, exercise equipment, and beds can be difficult to maneuver around tight corners, wound staircases, and tiny quarters. If you are moving into or out of a ‘difficult’ building, be sure to request an onsite inspection to avoid any additional fees for time and issue. It is sometimes necessary to purchase split box springs, as a particular mattress size may fit but the equivalent box spring may not. Oversized couches, pianos, and exercise equipment may or may not be able to fit in certain spaces if it cannot be disassembled in any way.

Buildings that have staircase access only, or long entrance distances, can also affect the cost of your move. If your building has a service elevator, it is sometimes necessary to request use and also to confirm that no maintenance is scheduled, not to mention ensuring that the elevator is functioning. It is not uncommon that a service elevator is reserved upon our arrival, and either the move is rescheduled or manually completed, potentially negatively affecting the costs in the long run.

Historic homes and apartments can be great places to call home, even though they may be cause for extra care and planning! Give our pros in Cleveland or Columbus a call and we can answer all of your questions about items to consider and provide common situations that may arise.

Moving Within the State of Ohio


What You Need to Know About Moving Within the State of Ohio

When moving within the state of Ohio with a moving company like ours, documentation is provided regarding your rights as guaranteed by State Law and enforced by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. These rules are in place to enforce proper operation for the moving company providing services and also to protect you as the consumer. Here are the document inclusions and a brief explanation of each for better understanding during your next move.

Estimates: All moving service providers must give an estimate that clearly outlines and describes all charges that will be incurred as a result of your move. During the planning phases, a representative of the moving company will either verbally or physically inventory all items that will be included in your move to ensure that the estimate is accurate.

Protection for Lost or Damaged Goods: Moving companies are also required to provide insurance for the goods that will be included in your move. The types of insurance varies and will most likely affect the cost of your estimate. The three types of insurance are minimal reimbursement, depreciated value, and replacement value coverage. Minimal reimbursement is determined by a rate per pound for an item that is damaged or lost. Depreciated value insurance is either the value after depreciation, or $2.25 per pound for the item in question, whichever is greater. This is also the standard level of coverage. Replacement value coverage is the total replacement value of a lost or damaged item, or $6.00 per pound, depending on which figure is greater. Each estimate includes a section for choosing the coverage plan that best fits your needs!

Determining Moving Charges: In Ohio, moving companies are required to file a tariff or price list with PUCO that contains all possible charges. Mileage, hourly rates, and additional services such as packing and assembly will all factor into the estimate and charges for a move.

Payment and Scheduling: Generally, the moving date is reserved at the time of scheduling, as the Moving Company will need to ensure availability. This information is also a part of your written estimate, and any changes need to be agreed upon by both you and your moving company. Payment is also part of the estimating process, and generally depends on the type of estimate you receive.

Questions and Comments: As a trusted service provider, your Moving Ahead Services team is available for questions before, during, and even after your move! The PUCO IntraState Moving Rights document outlines many of the topics that arise during a move, and our professionals can elaborate on those as well as provide other helpful insights!

Moving Terms Defined

We are often asked what our different terms for things mean, so we wanted to have our moving terms defined for your own use. Here are the recent terms our professionals in Cleveland and Columbus have been asked to explain during scheduling.

Moving Terms Defined:

Additional services — Items such as packing and unpacking, storage, furniture disassembly and reassembly, cleaning, window treatment, and picture hanging are available and typically require additional fees.

Dolly — A tool used to transport boxes and other items during loading and unloading. Special dollies are also available for large appliances and furniture.

Bubble wrap and plastic wrap —Bubble wrap is used to protect fragile items and plastic wrap is typically used to hold items together, such as table legs, during moving.

Inventory— The list of personal and home goods that are being moved.

Interstate moving — moving across a state line.

Intrastate moving — moving within the state.

As always, if any questions arise, we are available by phone or email to walk you through the process, which will hopefully be easier to understand with our moving terms defined. Our customer service combined with our endless experience is why we are a leading service provider for local and long-distance moving.

Quick Tips on Moving and Your Utilities!

When you begin to plan a move, it is important to prepare and update all of your utility files:  electric, gas, water, cable, and more. Here are some quick tips on moving and your utilities.

Before you leave your current home, be sure to notify the local utility companies to ensure that they update your records to reflect the service ending date on your accounts. This will also provide an opportunity to update the address with your utility provider that your final bill will be sent to.

Once you arrive at your new home, you will also contact the proper utility providers and update their records to reflect your name and contact information for the address. It is important to do this even if you are renting, although you may not typically contact providers of water and sewage because that will generally stay under the landlord/homeowner’s name. When you first begin receiving bills, expect to see a type of new account or connection fee, but be sure to check each bill for accuracy! If you have questions, reach out to customer service for thorough explanations of the charges.

In addition, keep in mind that some utilities, such as electric, are often estimated, so it is a good idea to call in and work with customer service to read the numbers off of the meter to ensure you are not being overcharged. Certain individuals may use more or less, and the estimates do not account for the new occupants!

As always, it is our goal at Moving Ahead Services to provide as much information as possible to our customers and friends. By following these quick tips on moving and your utilities, you can simplify the moving process for yourself. Keep in touch and let us know if you have any topics you’d like to see covered in the future.


What is a Moving Broker?

We are often asked the difference between a moving service provider, such as Moving Ahead Services, and that of a broker. It is a very important distinction to be made and can make a huge difference in the long run.

What is a moving broker? A broker will act as a middleman or liaison and provide information regarding best prices, available dates, and company-specific details. Often contacted by phone or through websites, brokers gather the details on the move and then essentially shop around for the ‘best’ price. Keep in mind that the broker doesn’t work for free and will either up-charge the quote itself or take a commission off of the sale.

At times, the broker may be able to coordinate services quickly and with little to no issue. However, as with any liaison position, things can quickly change and the broker is not in control of either party. If the customer needs to change dates or the moving company needs to update a time, the chain of communication can quickly become an issue. In addition, direct contact information is often withheld, which means confirmation, contract questions, and payment issues can be difficult to decode.

Our best advice is to recommend that you spend the time searching for a moving company instead of a broker to provide the moving company information. Moving Ahead Services is able to answer any and all questions, estimate fair pricing, and offer support with professionals that have completed thousands of residential and office moves.


The Anatomy of Your Moving Truck

Have you ever wondered about the anatomy of your moving truck? Moving trucks come equipped with supplies to securely transport your belongings, whether around the corner or across the country.

 Moving Blankets: Available in a variety of sizes, moving blankets help protect items from being scratched or bumped while in the truck. The blankets provide cushioned protection for large or fragile pieces that cannot be packed into a box.

Straps: Packing a truck is a science in and of itself, but it is important that items are secured within the truck. Straps can be used to keep an item in place, whether it be against the back of the truck or the walls.

Wrap: Rolls of plastic wrap are used to secure pieces together, such as a bedframe or dresser drawers. The plastic wrap sticks to itself, but unlike tape, there is no potential damage when it is removed.

Dollies and Carts: Especially helpful for large items, or to speed along the loading and unloading of boxes. Instead of having to carry a large item, it can be loaded onto the dolly or cart and rolled up the ramp. For boxes, most of us can only carry one or two at a time, but a dolly allows for several to be moved at once!

Visit our website for more helpful information on the anatomy of your moving truck or our services!

Safety First for Your Move

It is very important to apply the rule of safety first for your move. Even if you plan to hire professionals, chances are that you still will encounter some circumstances that require some lifting and rearranging.

Preparing your Home

In the days leading up to your move, be sure to clear all walkways, entryways and steps to ensure clear access.  Items such as toys, bags, and boxes can make for dangerous obstacles when you or your movers are carrying objects that may not allow for an unobstructed view.  Animals should also be safely secured as to avoid any injuries from tripping.

Preparing your Items

When you are packing your belongings, keep in mind that heavier items will generally go into smaller boxes. For example, avoid packing books in large boxes, as it is much more difficult to carry for your movers and also for you when you arrive at your destination to unpack. Moving Ahead Services supplies several sizes of boxes to best fit your needs.

Lifting and Carrying

If you will be lifting or carrying items, whether moving them yourself or just rearranging them for loading or after unloading, it is important to lift safely. Bending at your knees and straightening your back by tucking your chin will assist in proper form. Ensure a strong grip by utilizing your palms and avoid lifting a box by its flaps with your fingertips. This will also help with securing the bottom of the box as well. Always remember to prioritize safety first for your move.

Moving Services Quotes

We recently had a new customer call in and inquire for a free quote. Upon receiving all of the information, we were able to provide the details and pricing related to the scheduled move.  The caller was quite surprised, as the move had been quoted lower by another company.  When asked why, we took the opportunity to explain exactly how a moving company should be operated, and we wanted to share the information with you as well by offering you information on how we conduct our moving services quotes.

As a Registered Household Goods carrier, Moving Ahead Services has completed all of the proper registration requirements. What does this mean for you as a customer? When we provide our moving services, we are fully licensed and insured. We have registered with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and are recognized on their site as a service provider. As with any specialty service, proper training and care are taken to ensure that each and every move is completed correctly, and for the best possible moving services quotes.

Our professionals often receive feedback from customers who have had poor experiences with other companies, but not every moving company has taken the steps that Moving Ahead Services has to ensure they operate properly. We urge you to do research and we offer complimentary informational consultations to anyone planning to schedule a move. As an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner and a PUCO recognized service provider, the team at Moving Ahead Services is looking forward to your next move and bringing you great moving services quotes.

Tips to Clear the Clutter

Spring is the perfect time to take inventory and reorganize your home. Oftentimes, as summer comes to a close, we hurriedly store items for the following year without necessarily evaluating the process. Take the time now to sort, label, and organize with these tips to clear the clutter. You will thank yourself when the summer sun is shining!

Household goods

A great tool for deciding what to keep and what to pitch is an outbox. The outbox itself can be anything: a basket, a box, or simply an area in a closet. The concept is to place items that you haven’t been using regularly into the outbox, set yourself an amount of time (one week, one month, etc.), and if you haven’t touched the item in that time frame, then it is time to donate! This can help clear clutter, toys, paperwork, kitchen goods, and more.


Before swapping out your clothing for the season, give yourself a chance ahead of time to do the hanger flip. Flip all of your hangers to face one direction, and as you wear and rehang an item, do so in the opposite direction. In a month or so, when it’s time to pack away the winter gear, make the choices as to what you will be keeping and what will be tossed. The hangers that never got flipped are the items that you most likely can part with.

The Full House Sweep

Pick a room each weekend (or two if you are really adventurous) and take the time now while it is not quite nice enough to relax outside. Go through the entire room and identify the items that are old or worn and anything that you just don’t anticipate using. While you’re sorting through, organize drawers and closets as well.

Moving Ahead Services believes in giving back to the community, and as you enact these tips to clear the clutter, please keep in mind those that are in need. We have local resources for donation drop-offs and pick-ups, and we also offer services for haul away of large items.