Easy Everyday Apps for Moving

Putting Technology to Work on Your Move

apps for moving

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

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

Planning  Your Move:

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

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

During the Big Move:

  • Maps
  • WAZE

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

After Your Move:

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

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

Rent Vs. Buy Costs

What Makes the Most Sense for You?

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

Rent Vs. Buy

Rent Vs. Buy Considerations

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

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

How to Decide – The Questions to Ask Yourself

Length of time

How long do you plan to stay?

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

Are you relocating for work or buying your first home?


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

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

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

Credit / Finances

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

Do you have savings for a downpayment?

What about savings to repair or remodel, etc?

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

Interest Rates

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

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


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

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

Get an ACCURATE Moving Estimate

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

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

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

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

Why an Accurate Estimate Matters

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

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

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

The Beauty of Video Tours

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

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

Today’s Real Estate Market

Buying or Selling in Today’s Real Estate Market

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

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

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

Buying Right Now

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

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

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

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

Selling Your Home

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

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

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

Real Estate and Relocation Solutions

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


Heat Safety at Work

Heat Safety is Critical This Time of Year

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

HEAT and the EHS Exertional Heat Stroke

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

heat safetyHEAT

(H) High Temperatures

(E) Exercise or Activity

(A) Acting Confused

(T) Time to Call 911

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

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

Learn more about Drew Brees’ HEAT campaign today!

Win $10,000 – Ask Us How

Join us for a chance to win $10,000

We are upping the ante at this years’ Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing! Participants can play our island HOLE IN ONE contest, for a chance to win $10,000. Just $10 to play, with all proceeds benefiting the Chamber.

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Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

Visit Moving Ahead Services at HOLE #8 for an island party, complete with drinks and more! 

Hole #8 – Par 3

167 yards


JUNE 16, 2017

Live Auction

Join us 5/31 with Densmore Auction

Moving Ahead Services Surplus Auction | Wednesday May 31, 2017 | Preview 5:00 pm Auction 6:00 pm

35160 Topps Industrial Parkway, Willoughby


View Full Auction Listing Here.

1989 Ford F150 XLT Lariat-New Motor, Restored Body

1988 Yamaha Raptor 50cc

Office and Business Furniture:

  • Desks
  • Assorted Chairs
  • Bookcases and Filing Cabinets
  • Exam tables

Miscellaneous Items

  • Exercise Equipment (elliptical, treadmill, weight bench)
  • Animal Cages
  • Pool Tables
  • Grills
  • China Cabinets
  • Decor and Wall Pictures
  • Desks & More
  • Patio Heaters

Dining Room Furniture

  • Barstools, Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables and Sets
  • Buffets
  • Credenzas

Living Room Furniture

  • Couches (sectionals, pull-outs and more)
  • Seating Benches
  • Living Room Sets
  • Ottomans
  • Misc. Chairs
  • TV Stands and Entertainment Centers
  • TVs
  • Bookcases

Bedroom Furniture

  • Bedroom Sets (kids & adults)
  • Bed Frames / Headboards
  • Armoires
  • Dressers & Sets
  • Nightstands
  • Chests & More

The auction will take place at our building and adjacent warehouse, at 35160 Topps Industrial Parkway and  34999 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby, 44094.


34999 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, OH 44094 – Enter at the plaza for TJ Maxx, Fitworks, Big Lots, etc.

34999 Is behind this building, facing SOM / Rt. 91.

Terms: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover & Check

10% Buyers Premium (5% waived for cash or good check)


  • Barry Densmore
  • Gene (Thomas) Mattingly

Apprentice Auctioneer: John S. Britton Jr


Tips for Driving a Rental Truck

Driving a Rental Truck Like a Pro

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

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

Tips for Driving a Rental Truck

Selecting your truck / Getting to know your truck

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

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

Safety tips for driving a rental truck

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

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

Other considerations:

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



Senior Moving

My, How The Times Have Changed!

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

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

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

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

Senior Moving with More Options than Ever

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

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