Meeting New Neighbors

Welcome to the Neighborhood

New Neighbors

Gone are the days where everyone is excited for neighbors and that first doorbell ring with new faces and a fresh plate of cookies. When first moving in, neighbors used to come over and introduce themselves and their families, giving you that friendly welcome from the first day in your new home. Times have changed with real-life interaction, social media perceives that everyone is bold and willing to speak their mind, but that is not the case. Social media is changing the way real-life interactions occur and how neighbors/friends interact with each other. Meeting new neighbors is harder than ever. The consistent change of times and social media are not making it easier. 

Without that initial greeting, how are you supposed to get to know your new neighbors? Moving over the course of a couple of days, most neighbors are going to see something going on and will be curious. Maybe someone will stop by or say high, but most will watch from a distance. In the world today, no one wants to bother each other and keep their distance. When this is the case, putting the introduction on yourself is the most important. No one wants to seem annoying or intruding but you also don’t want to seem unfriendly. What is the best way to introduce yourself to your new neighbors?

Worry Only About the Closest NeighborsNew Neighbors

Meeting everyone on the entire street can be a handful and keeping the initial greetings to the nearest neighbors are the most important. Everyone else on the street will be met over time throughout outdoor activities or greetings later on. Include the neighbors closest to you, if living in a house, the houses on either side and across the street and possibly behind you depending on where your house is located. Introducing yourself to these neighbors is key because they can be affected by you or you can be affected by them. If there are issues they will come from those neighbors nearest you. By establishing a greeting and understanding early on, if there were to be a conflict to arise it would be able to resolve better or faster because there is an established relationship to grow from. 

Opportune Time

Finding the right moment to introduce yourself can make a difference as well. When neighbors are outside and they aren’t in the middle of something that would be inconvenient to interrupt, then go an approach them with a friendly introduction. If they seem busy, and they do catch your attention throw a wave or smile at them to show you care and are open to meeting as well. Try to do everything outside casually for both neighbors to feel comfortable. If after a week or so and there still hasn’t been a good opportune time to meet your neighbors outside. When you feel comfortable go ahead and think about knocking on their door. 

Greeting new NeighborsKnocking on the Door

Going up and knocking on the door may be uncomfortable but it is important to meet your neighbors and just say hello. Take the time and plan it out just a little bit. So you don’t go up and have nothing to talk about. Introduce yourself, your family, and pets if any to give a little bit about you or your family. Ask about trash day or if there is a bulk garbage day. Or ask about a good place to eat if you are unfamiliar with the area. Be open and ask questions or offer anything you able to do. This gives off that you will assist if there is an issue for any of your neighbors. Breaking the ice is all it takes for neighbors to become more than just a familiar face.

Commonly Damaged Items

Most Common Damaged Items During Moving

Protecting your items during the moving process is important. Knowing how to pack boxes to protect items, will save time and money during the moving process. No one wants damages to happen,  but it isn’t easy to protect everything during the moving process without good organization and experts. Take a look at the most commonly damaged items and ways to protect and prevent further damage while moving.Commonly

Drinking Glasses

Glasses are an easily damaged item if the packing is done incorrectly and without care. Using bubble wrap and packing paper will help to assist with smooth packing and less breakage during the move. Taking time to pack and protect will prevent damage from occurring during the move. Writing the contents of the box on the outside, to know the items are fragile and need to be handled with care.

Plates or Dishes

Plate or dish packing is very similar to packing drinking glasses, knowing the type of items and what the best packing material will be to keep these items safe during transit. Again, using packing paper and bubble wrap while packing boxes to provide extra security to those fragile items, keeps them safe and ready for transport.

Artwork

Artwork is hard to know the best way to pack and get ready for a move, if you are moving a far distance and want to make sure the items are safe to use a trusted moving company like us, we are able to provide the materials to ensure safe travels. We are able to offer custom made artwork frames and wrapping to protect items along with standard picture boxes.

Lampshades

Lampshades are awkward items that need to be moved, but what is the best way to pack these? We are able to offer lamp boxes, made especially for lamps. These provide the protection throughout transit without the lampshades obtaining any damage. You can see all the different packings supplies that are available here.

Liquid Cleaning Supplies/Liquids

Liquids are hard to move because well, they can leak. Storing in containers that are leakproof will help during transit and making sure there is little to no movement in these specific boxes. Preventing damages is key to safely secured items for the move

Wine/Liquor Bottles

Wine and Liquor bottles are going to be similar to packing fragile dishes. Taking the extra care and protection with bubble wrap and packing paper can be the difference between safely traveled wine and a liquidy mess during transit. Wrapping and packing safely in boxes without extra space will keep the items from moving inside the boxes.

Mirrors/Glass Picture Frames

Using picture boxes that are protected with wood or extra cardboard inserts for supports is the best way to transport mirrors and picture frames. These boxes are able to provide the added layers of protection to keep the items in place during transit and without spending a large additional amount to transport safely.

Stereo/Audio Equipment

Protecting the expensive stereo and audio equipment during a move can be difficult depending on the size of the equipment. If original boxes are available, use those first. Otherwise, keep additional paper and packing supplies to wrap and protect this equipment to prevent damages.

Books

Books are usually the last items anyone thinks needs protection during a move. They are easy to bend and tear pages depending on items are packed. Using the right size boxes to provide secure tight space to protect these items.

 

Proper packing of all items is important and these specific items are usually the most damaged during a move. Preventing with proper packing and materials is the best way to ensure that the least amount of damage possible during the moving process from start to finish. Knowing what items are damaged the most will help to prepare you better for the upcoming move.

Green Cleaning Solutions

 

Unleash The Power of Green In Your Cleaning Routine

Green Cleaning Techniques

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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.

Source: Cleaning Building Services

 

Best Cleveland Movers

Top 14 Best Cleveland Movers

Expertise website looked at 107 movers in the Cleveland area and we have made the cut for some of the best movers.Best Cleveland Movers

Moving Ahead Services has been selected from Expertise and they scored movers on more than 25 different variables across five different categories. Narrowing down from 107 companies to 14 is difficult and we are proud to say that Moving Ahead Services made the cut!

Scoring Categories

The five different categories that the results were based of off were reputation, credibility, availability, professionalism and experience!

Reputation – We have been in business for 15 years and have 4 office locations, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Pittsburgh.

Credibility – Our reviews and ratings across the board say it all. We pride ourselves on being the best in the business. We do what we can to ensure that the moving process is handled smoothly and professionally.

Availability – We will always do our best to meet your moving needs, and be flexible with your schedule. Changes happen and we make sure to accommodate the best that we can.

Professionalism – Training is maintained and being professional is what is expected from customers. We do our best to provide this experience for customers to trust and ease the stress of the moving process.

Experience – Our company is privately owned and operated with training consistently to improve and maintain a professional moving experience.

Thank You

We say thank you to Expertise for choosing us, and thank you to Cleveland for continuing to use us day in and day out!

Declutter Before Moving

7 Decluttering Tips Before Moving Your Home – The Preparation

By: Maria Victoria MacAraig – Content Strategist, Miromind

 

Does moving to another house make you freeze with fear? Does it seem as if your entire world is about to turn upside down? There is a way out.

When you think about the number of things you have to do to arrange the move, the process may seem overwhelming. Thankfully, you can do a few things in advance to make it much easier.

Of course, a move is never a walk in the park. However, you can simplify it tremendously by doing some decluttering work. Proper decluttering is the key to a fun move. However, it may be psychologically tough.

In this article, you’ll learn how to do it quickly and painlessly.

 1. Take Pictures

When you look at your house, you may not have a clear idea of what can be decluttered. Take pictures of each room and look at them from a new perspective. More often than not, an image allows you to understand what should be removed.

Once you know what to get rid of, take a large trash bag and walk around the house. Don’t stop until it’s full. Trust us, you have enough stuff to fill at least a couple.

 2. One Item per Day Rule

OK, this one works only if your move is far away. You have to find one item in your home to give away or sell every day and get rid of it immediately. In a year, you’ll give away 365 things. Imagine how decluttered your home will be!

In case your move is looming upon you, increase the number of items proportionally. If it’s about to happen in one month, find 12 things to give away each day. You’ll be amazed at how well this works.

Smart tip: While you are using this rule, don’t allow yourself to bring anything new into the house. Otherwise, it simply won’t work.

3. Get Rid of Books

Here is a tough one. Do you need all the books you are storing on the bookshelves? Some of us have huge libraries, which have been collecting dust for ages. According to experts at TorexMoving, the majority of their clients spends extra money on packing and transporting books they never read.

Let’s be honest. We live in the 21st century. The era of e-books is here. Do you really need the good old paper books? Or perhaps you could donate them to a library or arrange a yard sale?

4. Donate Your Stuff

Throwing things away or selling them may be tough. Meanwhile, donating is something we do much easier. When you think about your stuff serving a special purpose for someone who can’t afford it, your life gets a special meaning.

So take a good long look at things you really don’t need but feel bad about throwing out. Perhaps their true home is elsewhere.

 5. Survey Your Kitchen

When was the last time you used that juice maker? Were you really happy when your aunt gave you that food processor last Christmas? Most people have too many useless appliances in their kitchens, which take up a huge amount of space.

Moving them to a new home is counterproductive. Wouldn’t it be much better to get rid of them? Ask your friends and coworkers if they need these appliances. We bet you’ll find a juice lover, who has been dreaming about a juicer and an aspiring chef, who can’t live without a food processor.

6. Take Advantage of the One Year Rule

Take a day or two to declutter your closets. Use the one-year rule with your clothing. If you haven’t worn it for a year, you can live without it. Most likely, you don’t even remember all the clothing you have stuffed in the back of the shelves.

Don’t hesitate to throw it out, give it to your friends, sell it on eBay or give it to charity. We bet there is someone out there who needs this clothing much more than you do.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the stuff, you aren’t throwing out because you are planning to lose weight. When that dream comes true, you can pamper yourself with buying new garments rather than digging out old ones.

7. Take Care of Paperwork

The era of paper files is done and over with. Say hello to Google Docs. Now, go through your paperwork and throw out anything, which is outdated. If you still have large piles of papers, which you truly need, scan them and upload them to your Google Docs.

Yes, this may take some time, but you’ll thank yourself later. Stop carrying paper around with you and allowing it to clutter your home. Go digital.

 

Decluttering your home before the move doesn’t just help you save time and money. It allows you to start a brand new life without any useless stuff pulling you back. You’ll breathe easier.

 

 

Deducting Moving Expenses

Does Moving Qualify as a Tax Deduction?

Laws for deducting moving expenses have changed recently and most taxpayers can no longer deduct moving expenses. Through 2025 this tax deduction will be suspended. The only exception for this tax deduction is for active duty military members.

New Tax LawDeducting Moving Expenses

For tax years through 2025, the qualified moving expense reimbursements and the moving expense deductions have been suspended and are no longer available for most taxpayers. However there is one exception and that is for active duty military members, their spouses and their dependents. For all military members there are certain requirements that will be met to ensure everything is deductible.

Are you qualified?

Servicemembers of the Armed Forces can deduct expenses without a certain time or distance test if both of the following criteria are met.

  • You are on active duty.
  • You are moving because of a permanent change of station.
    • Permanent change in station can include:
      • Moving from home to a first post of active duty.
      • A move from one permanent post to another.
      • Relocation from post of duty to home.
    • Other circumstances:
      • Spouse or dependents relocation if servicemember deserts, dies or is imprisoned will include a move.
      • The members place of enlistment or induction
      • Your, or the member’s home of record or
      • Nearer point in the United States

For all active servicemembers that have met the criteria above you would be qualified for a tax deduction. Certain moving expense can also be deducted which can include the cost of transportation and storage, travel, lodging, vehicle expenses, foreign relocation.

Nondeductible Expenses

During the moving process even if all the criteria is met, there will still be certain expenses that are not covered during the relocation process. These nondeductible can include: cost meals, temporary living expenses while traveling, security deposits, real estate taxes, mortgage penalties, any part of the new home purchase, cost of breaking a lease.

These expenses are not considered moving expenses which is why they don’t qualify for a deduction. Doing your research and understanding the moving process and all deductions is beneficial. Going to IRS.gov for information will provide additional support but reach out to your local tax expert for help.

Local Expert

When we spoke to Jeff Campbell of Jeffrey Campbell CPA, he mentions that with the IRS there are always exceptions and sometimes the rules may be changed or updated. For more in-depth information check out this article which goes into depth on explanation of what qualifies and what isn’t qualified for deducting moving expenses.

What is Moving Labor Services?

What is Moving Labor Services?

Professional labor services are popular for residential or commercial relocation. Offering labor only services which can include loading or unloading household or office goods during the move. Loading processes can be time consuming and the experts are here to help make the most of your time. When choosing to hire professional movers, the movers are there to assist in the moving process and make sure everything will be loaded and unloaded properly. 

Our Moving Labor Services

These services are very popular for the movers that want to do-it-themselves. Our movers are here to provide help with those labor-intensive moves. We have certified movers can help load that already rented truck, or PODS. Then you are free to continue working on other aspects that pertain to your move. 

Benefits:corporate relocation

  • Keeping costs efficient
  • Safe and reliable loading to ensure safe travels during move
  • You are in control of your upcoming move
  • No need to ask friends or family 
  • Use your energy for needs during the moving process

Best Plan

At Moving Ahead we can assist and help you design the best plan for your upcoming move that can include labor only services or full move services which include packing, moving arrangements, storage, and necessary packing supplies to ensure a smooth transition. 

Hot Weather Moving Tips

Prepping For a Hot Weather Move

Warmer weather is fast approaching. Moving throughout the summer and in the heat is not ideal for everyone. Hot weather and moving are not the best of friends. Check out these tips that have become very useful. Over the years learning tips for staying cool in the heat is very helpful. Protecting items that can be damaged while prepping for a move in hot weather saves money. 

Hot Weather Tips:

Heat Can Damage Items – Electronics, electrical equipment and paintings should be kept inside until the move is ready. Keep all items protected from the weather and sunlight.

Children, Pets and Family Members – Anyone who is not involved in the move during hot weather, shouldn’t be there. This helps to reduce distractions to complete the move in a timely fashion.

Staying Hydrated – Make sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for anyone that is participating in the move to stay fully hydrated.

Early Morning Move – Schedule a move for the early morning, if possible, the sun is not at its highest in the sky which will help to limit the heat and be cooler outside for longer.

Light & Breezy Clothing – Wear light colors, avoid heavy and thick items of clothing. This will help to keep you cooler longer. Reducing the need for additional hydration.

Sunscreen – Always make sure there is sunscreen available. Keeps you protected from the sun and helps protect burns. This will be important to have on hand as the day goes on depending on how long you will be in the sun. 

 

Moving in hot weather isn’t fun, and using these tips will help you along with anyone involved. Be prepared for hot weather and some ideas of what is useful and how to be stay protected for hot weather to make the moving process easier. 

 

Leftover Moving Boxes…Now What?

Leftover moving boxes… what to do with them.

You have finished moving and finally finished unpacking and now there are leftover and empty boxes everywhere from the move. What can you do with them? There are a few simple things you can do with the leftover boxes. These ideas can be used for more than just moving boxes. Use these ideas for any boxes that are delivered or in good quality can have many uses. 

Recycle them

Take them to your local recycling center or place them with your recycling trash. This is the easiest way to put a use to those empty boxes without wasting them. Use them for projects around the house and for the kids to have some fun playing around with those leftover moving boxes.

Sell themleftover moving boxes

Selling boxes that are in good condition is always and option. Being able to make a little something back from the time and money spent is rewarding. Try putting them on Facebook or find an organization that will take the used boxes. Moving is expensive and this is good way to assist someone else with cost savings.

Donate them

If you know anyone moving and want to give the boxes away. If you live in apartments or condos this is a great place and someone could be moving soon. Ask around to give the boxes away and help a neighbor out. Reaching out to a local church or food bank is an option, donations are always welcome for food drives and transportation of these goods.  

Good for long term storage

You can always use these boxes for storage and around the house. Placing and sorting your items in moving boxes is quick and will be set aside for easy storage. After that pack away for safety and if moving again the boxes are ready to go or then you might know it’s time to get rid of these items. 

 

If none of these options are available or work out for you. You can always save the boxes for your next move. The boxes store flat for storage and can stay together when it is time for the next move. Choose the boxes that are clean and the most sturdy. Boxes store great in a cool dry place. In addition, tuck away those boxes for safe keeping for you or a friend’s next move and don’t forget where they are located. Find easy to pack boxes here!

Saving Money On Your Next Move

Moving is a huge stress and we don’t know a lot of people that enjoy the moving process. Saving money on a move is something that can be done. Just knowing what you can do to help or speed the process along, helps yourself and your movers.

Boxes & Valuables

Anything that has value that is able to be packed is important as well. You will know these items are packed safe and have an idea of where they areInternational Movers too. Having all the packing done before movers arrive is key.

Packing as much as you can yourself is a big saver when it comes to moving. As long as you have the time to pack and make sure things are packed neat and tight. It will help make the moving process smooth.

Moving boxes for easy access out of the house is a huge time saver, which saves you money. Putting the boxes near the door that will be used or in a garage if available, helps to make sure everything gets loaded onto the truck and to speed the process up.

Furniture

Taking apart furniture, any furniture that you can disassemble yourself is a HUGE time saver. Having the time to take apart the furniture and put back together takes up time, and again time is money. Moving furniture as close as possible to a point for easy pickup also helps to save time. If there is furniture that is heavy or awkward, do not stress and the movers can take care of moving those items.

Transporting What You Can

Lastly if you are able to move the smaller items and most boxes yourself do it. You will already be off to a great start because you are taking the time to make your move go smoothly and you will be saving money. Transporting as much as you can yourself saves you money, but you will also know where those boxes or items are once everything else arrives at your new home.

We’re happy to complete everything from packing to unloading, but if you want to reduce costs we will work on a custom affordable plan for you! For additional information, including a free moving quote, scheduling your move and more – contact us directly by phone or email.