Planning Your Move

7 Time & Space Saving Packing Tips

When it comes to moving, saving space can save you money. Read more to learn about our 7 best time and space saving tips!

Nesting Dolls

Did you just visualize the colorful wooden Russian Matryoshka dolls?  If so, then you understand the space-saving tip already!  Stack similar items within themselves.  Pots and pans are an obvious choice for this concept.  Smaller pots can easily fit within larger ones, and this reduces the cumulative space the item takes up.  Also, pots and pans are not fragile, relatively speaking.  They can be nested without risking damage.

Roll your clothes

Rolling clothes, instead of folding them, saves a surprising amount of packing space when moving.  For certain articles, rolling instead of folding is preferable for preventing wrinkles.  T-Shirts, casual pants like denim and sweats, swimsuits, cotton dresses – these items are better candidates for the rolling method compared to bulky sweaters or heavy coats.

Wardrobe Boxes

Any even quicker method to moving clothing is to keep them on hangers and use Wardrobe Boxes.  You eliminate the need for removing items from a hanger, folding (or rolling) them into a separate container, and then having to rehang them on the other end of your move.  When you’re preparing for a move and counting for how many Wardrobe boxes you may need, remember to count all the closets in your current home, including bedrooms and foyer closets holding coats and jackets. Extra space.

Vacuum sealing

Vacuum Sealing can be a great solution for saving space when moving clothing, but it is an almost essential for moving bulky bed linens, including comforters and pillows.  Vacuum sealing removes the air pockets that settle between even the smallest fibers, so your vacuum sealed down comforter goes from being two-feet thick when folded (requiring its own box) to a few inches think when sealed and finished.  This saves twice: on space for transporting and for the extra box!  You can also vacuum seal food for transporting to preserve it.  Another alternative is to donate any food you don’t want to move to Move for Hunger, a nonprofit of which Moving Ahead Services supports. Move for Hunger will take you leftover food and make sure if goes to needy members of the community, while saving you the extra time, effort, and expenses of moving food.   

Plastic Wrap (Avoid Spills)

Like Vacuum sealing, using Plastic Wrap for moving is an innovative way to save time and hassle.  Movers have wrapped upholstered furniture in plastic to protect it from any damage that comes from handling.  Plastic wrap can also keep out critters and nesting animals if a piece of furniture needs to go into long-term storage.   Plastic can be used to keep drawers from sliding out of a dresser during a move and, like bubble wrap, can keep table legs together in one unit or even wrapped up on the underside to keep disassembled pieces from becoming separated.

Wrap drawers

Wrapping your drawers will save you time on re-packing, but also ensure that your items stay in their proper home. Wrapping will save time for your movers too, just make sure that it’s not overpacked!

Packing supplies

Use them. Boxes, bubble wrap, wardrobe boxes, and protective wraps. Using the right supplies will save you time and damages. Check out our online moving supply store!

Tampa Moving & Living Tips

Living in Tampa: Fun Places & Public Services

Congratulations!  You’ve arrived in Tampa and your move is complete.  If you chose the professional, expert movers at Moving Ahead Services, you’re relishing in the fact that all of your items arrived safely, the move was overall stress-free, and you enjoyed working with the bright and personable moving crew assigned to your job.   Now that you’re living in Tampa, what should you do after your move?  Should you explore fun places or public services? Well, the smart idea is to call the utility companies, connect your Wi-Fi, line up your trash and recycling days, locate your closest grocery stores, and route your best path to commute to work.  Of course, these tasks would be after you unpack, arrange furniture, and discard your bubble wrap.  It’s a lot to do!

Instead of the smart idea, what about the not smart idea?  What would be a better, nonconventional use of your time, that is less about being productive and more about having fun in your new city?  We suggest you explore the best of Tampa first, and do all the other mundane tasks later.

Fun Places in Tampa

It goes without saying that Tampa is a great city.  Even during a pandemic, Tampa’s business community is growing with several newcomers opening up in 2021.  Tampa has several new hot spots that will appeal to all crowds; here are a few new selections:

  1. Hatch Hangout: hatchethangout.com   Is there a better idea for relieving post-moving stress than throwing an ax or two in a controlled environment?  Throwers need to be 12 or over, but no experience is required.  The company will host ladies nights, team-building events, groups of families, or any event that wants to incorporate active play into the celebration.  It’s an update on the dart-throwing days of old, and we can’t wait.
  2. Flower Crown Kombucha: flowercrownkombucha.com Does your new life in Tampa come with a lifestyle reset?  If so, that should include imbibing on Kombucha, the fermented tea that benefits your body with probiotics and other good-for-you ingredients.  The taproom is the only one of it’s kind in Tampa, and in the future will offer other beverages from which to choose.
  3. ParBar: parbarstp.com Not into Kombucha and favor the more traditional bar offerings?  What if those offerings were paired with mini-golf?  Even better!  Opening in the Spring of 2021, Par Bar is a mini-golf themed bar that will cater to your sense of fun and play.  Food trucks will be at the ready, and you can even bring your dog!

Public Services in Tampa’s Counties

If after reading this you still want to be practical and efficient, here are some helpful links for checking off your list those mundane tasks.  We applaud you for your sense of time management and organization!  It’s important to have fun, but it’s also important to understand your new locale and your county’s schedule for trash management, public safety, and building and permit information, among other things.  In addition, Tampa has tons of libraries and public parks to help you enjoy your new location as a new resident.  Determine your specific county in the Tampa area and start discovering the fun places and public services available to you.

Pasco County:

Do you need to understand the public transportation options in Pasco County?  Need to finalize your business license?  The Pasco County government services website is a helpful place to start.  Like other counties, the website offers the standard links for expected government services.  In addition, there are links to support you with your pet adoption, to get involved in supporting the homeless community, and a disaster planning guide.

Pinellas County:

Like other counties, Pinellas County offers an online tool for locating facilities and services in the county.   For establishing new utility account in particular, research the municipalities link for the services available to residents in the 24 cities in the county.

Hillsborough County:

Hillsborough County is the home of downtown Tampa and the immediate cities surrounding it.  The county website currently boasts news of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl LV champions.  More important information is the quick link to the COVID-19 dashboard, as well as a quick “At Your Service” residential online service request option.

Manatee County:

Manatee County has developed a “New Resident” information tool, which lets you enter an address into their system to generate information specific for that address.  It will generate trash collection days, polling and school information, flood zone information, and more.

Have Fun or Get Things Done?

Whether you decide to visit fun places or accomplish tasks with public services, your move to Tampa or the surrounding areas can be productive and insightful.  The vibrant city has new offerings for residents and businesses opening regularly.  As Tampa’s premier provider for professional moving services, Moving Ahead Services is always ready to be of service to new residents and businesses.  Can we be of further service to you?  Contact us today for a no-obligation quote.  Enjoy your new home and welcome to Tampa!

Now Offering Electrostatic Spraying & Disinfectant Services!

It’s no surprise, bacteria can quickly build-up on everyday surfaces of residential and commercial office spaces. This bacteria aids in the spreading of contagious illnesses such as the flu or the common cold. Using the correct sanitary equipment is more important than ever before. Eliminating all bacteria and germs is almost impossible with traditional disinfecting and cleaning methods. If you’re serious about stopping bacteria and illnesses from spreading, Electrostatic spraying is your best coverage option.

How Electrostatic Spraying Works

Electrostatic spraying is a unique cleaning method that applies an electrical tiny charge to liquid droplets as they pass through the sprayer. These droplets are naturally attracted to surface areas, which helps create uniform coverage throughout your business and home. Electrostatic spraying also has a coverage effect, which helps the disinfectant reach hard-to-get-to areas.

If you’re serious about the cleanliness of your office or home, please give our office a call at (440) 256-2224.

FAQs

How does electrostatic disinfection work? 

Electrostatic spray cleaning is the fastest and easiest way to achieve full 360-degree disinfection.  E-sprayers use positive and negative charges to allow disinfection and cleaning solutions to stick to surface areas easier.

How long does it take?

The time to properly disinfect your area will depend on the overall size of the job. Our team will be happy to discuss your needs and offer you a same-day quote!

How long will it last? 

Our Electrostatic disinfection does not create an unstoppable protective barrier! It simply disinfects and kills unwanted pathogens from every targeted surface.

Does it leave behind residue? 

Our electrostatic disinfection will leave a light layer of residue. Disinfectants are required to dwell on surfaces for a specified amount of time in order to be effective.

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Moving in Pittsburgh? Check out these tips!

Are you planning a move in Pittsburgh?  The experts at Moving Ahead Services know Pittsburgh and are here to help you have the best moving experience possible.  The crew is based locally and has been providing expert moving services to the people of the area since 2018.

That being said, we know moving can be a hassle and a source of unnecessary headaches.  In the ranking of favorite things to do with free time, moving is not in the top ten.  That’s where Moving Ahead Services can be a source of relief in a stressful situation.  Let us apply our expertise to your task.  We get joy from helping others with an otherwise joyless event, and we’re experienced Pittsburgh moving professionals.

Pittsburgh Moving

What do you need to know when moving in Pittsburgh?  If you’re moving to Pennsylvania from out of town, your first research should start with the state government resources for new residents, found here. If you are moving to the Pittsburgh area from elsewhere in Pennsylvania, bookmark the city government’s resource page, found here. Residents can find information on voting, city planning, permits, etc.  As a general summary, here are several tips that will ensure your move happens as seamlessly and efficiently as possible.

Traffic Patterns

Will your move involve crossing through or moving out of downtown Pittsburgh?  There can be heavy traffic created by the triangular layout of roads in the city, combined with tunnels, bridges, and short highway on-ramps.  Also, did you know that within a two-mile expanse you can experience the highest and lowest elevation points in Pittsburgh?  Pittsburgh’s highest point is at 1371 feet above sea level.  The lowest (man-made) point is less than 600 feet above sea level.  The area’s rivers have carved these elevations over time, and the streets and roadways have been adjusting ever since! Navigating these unique Pittsburgh roads and hills in a 20 foot, 15,000 pounds moving truck can be extra precarious.  We’ve completed 3,000 moves in Pittsburgh over 3 years, and as such have a great deal of experience on the Pittsburgh roadways.  Moving Ahead Services offers full-service moves or, if you prefer, we will drive your rental truck for you!

Truck Parking Questions?

Is your inbound or outbound Pittsburgh move in an area of the city where the moving truck may obstruct traffic?  Plan ahead for your Pittsburgh move by reviewing the city ordinance information found here.  When you work with Moving Ahead Services, we will ensure the truck will be able to be parked in a convenient place for moving your items while complying with the city’s regulations.

Pittsburgh Neighborhoods and Suburbs

If you’re lucky enough to be moving into the Pittsburgh area, congratulations!  It’s a fantastic city for everyone, from young and single to families with kids.  Are you starting from scratch to find the best neighborhood for your lifestyle?  Do you want to factor in commute times, access to nature and parks, schools, retail shops and restaurants, and places of worship?  One of the best resources for understanding Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods is Discover the Burgh, a home-grown site built, managed, and sourced by people who love everything Pittsburgh, and have lived in and experienced different parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Why Us?

Moving Ahead Services has adjusted for moving during COVID with appropriate protocols.  MAS has industry awards, is veteran-owned, is a company run with small firm values valuing employees and clients, knowing both need to be treated with respect and trust.  A full-service moving company that can adjust for your moving needs in the Pittsburgh area.  The best way to get started is to give us a call or fill out our quick quote here, and we’ll call you. We look forward to handling all of your moving needs!

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Cleveland New Facility!

It’s not just our customers that enjoy the satisfaction of growth and change.  Moving Ahead Services, the premier, full-service moving company based in Cleveland and serving the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Tampa markets, is moving!  Our homegrown moving company is happy to report a need to move to a new facility, to allow for more space, due to our measured growth in every market we serve.

A two-year thought process has resolved in Moving Ahead Services going from renting a 7,500 sqft space to now owning a 40,000 sqft facility, a strategic business decision that will better serve our customers going forward. Our new facility and location is part of our strategic business plan to continuously improve our services and keep our own costs low.  We strive to make ourselves a better company for our loyal clients and new customers.  Our 50+ employees are thrilled to remain based in Willoughby, a suburb on the East side of Cleveland. In choosing the new location, the company reiterates its commitment to maintaining employee morale as much as it shows our goal of delivering excellent customer service.

Cleveland offers a variety of great areas for warehouse spaces that are necessary operating requirements for a moving company.  True to its industrial roots, the city caters to manufacturers and industrial activities, and the decision process for Moving Ahead Services considered many factors.  First, the location had to be cost-effective.  Second, it had to offer the right amount of end-user storage space, business-operation space for trucks, supplies, crates, etc., and office-operations space to create an efficient and friendly environment for our valued staff.  Third, we preferred to stay in the heart of Willoughby allowing for easy access to the Interstate and the greater Cleveland area.

The new location is in the same office park as the previous warehouse, located at Topps Industrial Parkway in Willoughby.  We invite our family, friends, and current and new customers to visit our new location, tour our facility, and meet our office and warehouse staff.  Moving Ahead Services loves referrals and our satisfied customers are our best marketing!

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 Realtor.com, 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.

Plus…

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.   

Tampa Florida Moving Service

What’s New Right Now? New Location Serving Tampa!

Looking for Tampa moving services? Moving Ahead Services, a veteran-owned, full-service moving company, is excited to announce our new location serving the Tampa Bay area. Complimenting the excellent service provided to markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, Moving Ahead Services is ready to service Florida’s Central West region. While other companies may be contracting their businesses, we are further expanding our exceptional offerings and unmatched value to the Tampa Bay community. 

People are relocating! Despite the current pandemic and uncertainty in the news, people and businesses continue to make improvements in where they live and operate. They need a reliable and trustworthy service provider as a partner in their move. We are ready to provide the best residential and commercial relocations to and from Florida’s Sun Coast. Our new location serving Tampa includes:

Local Residential Moves – Movers for Hire

Planning your move in the Tampa / St. Petersburg / Clearwater area will be an easy and stress-free experience when you partner with Moving Ahead Services. We know the city, the traffic patterns, and the weather conditions, and can provide an affordable, quality solution for your moving day. Whether you are moving a one-bedroom apartment or your family home, we have a solution for you. 

Long-Distance Residential Movers in Tampa

Are you moving away from Tampa? If you want your long-distance move to be handled with the best service and support, call us today. We offer a variety of options for long-distance moving customers. We have a plan for every move and every budget. Moving Ahead Services provides dedicated long-distance moving, which means we are with your belongings from start to finish, anywhere in the United States.

Storage Solutions – Residential and Commercial

Utilizing storage can be a crucial part of any move. From temporary solutions during real estate transactions, construction, or temporary housing to long-term storage options, Moving Ahead Services can create a custom plan for you. Our secure storage warehouse is an excellent option, and our competitive pricing ensures storage can be a unique solution for many in transition.

Packing Services

Put us to work! Packing correctly is a critical part of the moving process. Our trained professionals are employees, not contractors, and are highly trained, vetted, and trusted to handle your personal belongings. From full-service packing solutions to packing only select rooms, we have the supplies and expertise and are willing to develop a custom plan. We also offer custom crating options built to suit.  

Moving Labor

Moving labor solutions are a popular option for long-distance or local moves. Hire our team to load or unload your moving truck, storage container, or trailer.

Commercial and Office Moves

Moving a business can be incredibly stressful. Like the service we provide to our valued residential customers, we offer full-service commercial and office relocation solutions.

Corporate Relocation

Are you moving for work? Whether you are moving into or out of Florida, our corporate relocation packages are an excellent option. We have no minimums, no “red tape”, and all of the experience.