Packing Heavy Furniture

5 Tips for First Time Movers

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.

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 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.