Long Distance Moving Tips

How to Avoid Stress on Your Long Distance Move

Moving, in general, is very stressful. Whether its moving down the street or moving across the country, stress and moving will coincide. However, there’s something about moving all of your worldly possessions from East Coast to West Coast in a 26 foot box truck that may keep you up at night. While the stress cannot be fully removed, here are some tips that can make your long distance move a little less stressful.

Give yourself time:

One of the most important factors to moving across the country is time. Giving yourself time to plan accordingly, find an acceptable place to live in your new state, find where the best schools are for your children, or even finding the best route from your new house to your new job to avoid that dreaded morning traffic. One month should be the appropriate amount of time to get this research done and start planning your next steps. 

Movers for hire:

The next step would be to figure out the most cost effective option for your long distance move.  You may decide to rent a UHaul, pay someone to load your items or just load them yourself, drive it yourself, and again either pay someone to unload your items or unload yourself.  

Another option would be to hire a mover to drive your truck for you. You would still be responsible for renting the truck as well as the loading and unloading of the truck.

A third option could be PODS. Using PODS is one of the more cost effective options but it has its downfalls as well. There is no real guaranteed delivery date and once the doors of the PODS are closed the items could get damaged during transport if not loaded correctly. 

The last option is hiring a full service moving company to load, drive, and unload your materials with a guaranteed delivery date. While this option may seem a bit more pricey, it is also the most effective. With a good, reliable company, you will get your items on the agreed upon date.

Fortunately for you, the reader, Moving Ahead Services would be able to help you with any of the above options. We can help you load your rental truck or POD, or even help you unload it if it’s in the area of one of our four locations. We also have capable drivers to drive your rental truck for you. Lastly, our full service long distance moves speaks for itself, check our reviews online if you don’t believe us. 

So now that you have decided to move across the country, and have figured out the best cost effective option for you, whats next?

This or that?:

The next thing you need to do to make your cross country move less stressful is to decide what you actually want to move. Some people prefer to buy all new furniture in their new state and only move their essentials, such as clothes, dishes and glasses, electronics among other things. Other people may decide to empty their current home and take everything they have to their new home. Whichever person you are we, at Moving Ahead Services, can help accommodate your needs. 

Now that you have decided what you are moving, whats next?

Packing:

Packing is one of the most tedious things to do, especially when moving. Putting all of your loose or fragile items into cardboard boxes and shipping across the country is enough to wake up anyone from a deep sleep. Packing is something that needs thought and time. If this process is rushed it may end up in damaged items. Packing is one of the most important parts of the moving process. If it is not done correctly or rushed, then a disaster could happen. Well, some good news is that Moving Ahead Services offer professional packing services. Our packers are trained to ensure the safe transport of your valuable items. If you decide not to go with professional packers then there are plenty of resources online in order to protect your items during your packing and moving process. 

Inventory, inventory:

So, maybe we lied, packing may not be the most tedious part of moving. Depending on who you ask, inventories can be the most tedious part of the moving process. If you are moving by yourself, keeping an inventory as you go is the best way to keep yourself from forgetting anything. Inventory sheets are available online and there are several stickers that could be used to help you keep your accurate inventory.  If you are using the moving company route, any professional and reliable company will make sure to take an inventory of your items. The inventory is for your record as well as the companies. Many companies will have customers sign the inventory to ensure both parties agree that the inventory is accurate. Moving Ahead Services ensures that any large local job or any long distance job, large or small, has an inventory. We try our best to relieve the stress that moving causes, and we hope that we can do that for you as well.

Bring your car, without the added miles:

Some people are moving at a reasonable distance where they can drive their own cars. However, if someone is moving from Virginia to Oregon, then that might be a different story. There are some options when it comes to moving your car across America. One option is to find a bulk auto transporter. They will pick up your car and they will give you a time frame in which your car should arrive. Notice we said should. Sometimes, with these transporters, some of their communication is not the best and you may get your car at the latter end of that date range. Another option is certain moving companies may be able to tow your car for you. At Moving Ahead Services, we offer to have your car towed behind your moving truck and your car will be delivered at the same time as your items. All four wheels would be off of the ground and your car would be safely secured on a car trailer. We suggest that this is the best possible way to transport your car. 

All said and done:

After you have decided on what you want to do at each step and completed each step, the next thing to do is to enjoy your new home. Once your moving process is over, all you have to do is kick back, relax, and unpack your boxes. Enjoy some of the things you researched to do in your new city. Whether it’s to try that restaurant with great reviews, a hike in the state park, taking a stroll downtown. Take the time to enjoy the start of your new chapter. 

Tips for Moving Kitchen Items

Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

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

Packing Your Food

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

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

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

Packing Your Kitchen Dishware 

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

Packing Your Glassware

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

Packing pots and pans

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

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

Packing Heavy Furniture

Tips for Packing Heavy Furniture

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

Disassemble the items

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

Protect your items

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

Wrap it all

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

Cover it all

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

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

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

Lakeland Florida – City on the Move

Moving Ahead Services is proud to announce our newest location in Lakeland Florida. We are proud to help relocate the city on the move!

 

Plan your next central Florida move by enlisting the trusted Florida movers at Moving Ahead Services. Beginning with a moving quote and customized, detailed planning, our team of professionals will provide moving, packing and storage services, and much more! Moving can be incredibly stressful, but our thorough approach, coupled with years of industry experience, allows for a seamless transition. Hire our moving services for residential and commercial moves, corporate relocation, and military moving, both locally and long-distance.

Each of our moves is scheduled allotting the appropriate amount of time and the preferred number of professional moving experts. Our Lakeland movers are well versed with the neighborhoods, traffic patterns, and other potential impacting factors. During local moves, members of our team are available to schedule in-person meetings and walk-throughs. For long-distance moves outside of the Lakeland area, our expert moving services are discussed over the phone to plan every detail. Our unrivaled growth in Lakeland is the result of old-fashioned dedication and hard work! We are committed to central Florida communities and customers just like you.

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Packing Supplies

Packing: Start with the right supplies

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

Moving Boxes

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

Wrapping Materials

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

Packing Paper

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

Packing Tape

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

Mattress Bags

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

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

Packing Your Bathroom

5 Tips for Packing your Bathroom

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

#1 Pack your must-have bag

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

#2 Separate fragile items

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

#3 Pack liquids separately

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

#4 Don’t forget your medicine 

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

#5 – Label your boxes

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

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

Packing Heavy Furniture

5 Tips for First Time Movers

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

#1 – Create a moving to-do list

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

#2 – Create a moving budget

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

#3 – Know what to pack

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

#4 – Pick a safe moving date 

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

#5 – Research your new living area

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

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

Piano Moving Service

Moving Your Piano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do’s of Moving a Piano 

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

Don’ts of Moving a Piano

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

Slow Down – Don’t rush a piano move!

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

Last Minute Moves

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

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

Make a plan

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

Be prepared to work

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

Make your move stress free by working with a moving company

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

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

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.