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.

 

Online or In-Home Estimates

Online, Phone or In-Home Estimates… Which is better?

Online Estimate

Finding the right moving company can be a challenge, but there are simple tasks to make it painless. Understanding what information is needed to identify a good estimate is the difference between a good estimate and a bad one.  Whether the estimate is completed online or in person is key to understanding the moving costs along with the time and effort it takes to move a significant amount of items. Receiving a great quality and detailed estimate without surprising costs is important and is the goal of providing a great estimate.                     

Online or Phone Estimates

There is a challenge when completing an online estimate, the moving company isn’t able to see all the items or know exactly how many boxes are in each room that need to be added to the truck or even packed. For online estimates the easiest way is to keep them simple, each customer service representative will many questions starting room by room, to keep everything organized of what is being moved. The customer’s job is to make a detailed list, or be specific when speaking over the phone to relay all the items that are being moved including box counts or specific hard to handle items.

Online and phone estimates are great for a quick move and the move doesn’t include a lot of items. Online estimates are also great for someone who is on-the-go and doesn’t have a lot of time. They are easy to accomplish because an online or phone estimate can fit into anyone’s schedule. Keep in mind to be detailed about items that are being moved and have a great estimate of box counts or sizes to help keep things smooth.

In Home Estimates

In-Home EstimatesThe difference, in-home estimates more accurate. If you are on a budget it will almost be spot on. In-person communication is key when moving and handling customers belongs. If there is availability to schedule an in-home estimate to achieve a full estimated budget and an accurate inventory of all the items.

In-home estimates can be time consuming. That will depend on the amount of items or boxes that are needed to be inventoried. Make sure there is enough time to allocate to spending with the moving company to take the inventory to get an accurate list.

Estimates

Either option for a moving estimate will always depend on what is best for the customer. These options provide the convenience and reassurance that the estimate is being done correctly. These options also provide that the items are being properly accounted for before the move and to provide a detailed estimate to ensure the move is on budget for the customer.

Moving to Assisted Living or Nursing Home

Moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be a complicated, overwhelming process.  If you have successfully navigated care needs, toured and selected a facility and figured out all of the necessary details – That is half the battle!

Unfortunately, even once you or your loved one is settled into their new place, there can be a ton of work ahead. Often, family support is needed to help coordinate all of the necessary logistics!

Organizing and Packing

Moving and packing for yourself is one thing, but moving and packing if you are unable to complete the tasks or have to complete the necessary tasks on behalf of a loved one – Is a whole other ball game. Trying to pack up someone else’s home, or trusting family to pack up your home, can be a daunting task.

Start small and work as diligently as possible. Often, nursing homes or assisted living facilities have limited space and therefore much of your belongings (or your loved one) will have to be packed, donated or stored elsewhere.

Clearing out the clutter, packing up the sentimental items and packing the essentials for your new home should be the top 3 priorities.

Finances and Subscriptions

Don’t forget to make all the necessary updates! Going through bank statements and credit card statements can be an easy way to account for anything that needs cancelled, or any address updates needed. Many service providers require a statement of residence from the nursing home or care facility to cancel contracts and subscriptions, grabbing one ahead of time can make life easier.

Moving and Storage

Assuming you have gotten much of the sorting and organizing out of the way, having professional help can make the moving (and/or storage) process much easier. Work that could take you or family members several weeks (or months) to complete, can be done easily in a short amount of time.

Packing, moving, and if needed, storage services, can all be helpful in making the process and transition as smooth as possible. Using a moving company can eliminate the need to pack and label items, supplies and equipment are all provided and long or short term storage is an option.

If you or a loved one is moving and needs assistance, please call us today! We can provide a free moving quote and recommend services and support to make the process as easy as possible.

Kentucky Operating Authority

Moving Ahead Services Announces Kentucky Operating Authority

We’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off 2019 with our Kentucky operating authority! Being our neighbors to the south, it makes perfect sense to be able to serve Kentucky residents with their local in state moves.

Kentucky MoversConveniently serviced by our Cincinnati and Dayton offices, our customers in Kentucky have long enjoyed our long distance moving services. Now we are licensed and able to move our KY customers around the corner or across the great Bluegrass state!

What Does Operating Authority Mean?

In the moving business, you are licensed to do business in the state you operate, as well as across state lines. Having operating authority in Kentucky means that we are now able to complete in state local moves. Previously, we were only able to serve customers moving into or out of the state of KY – Not local moves within state lines.

The KY operating authority is a great way to kick off 2019. Our Cincinnati office is contacted frequently for customer moves, and we have had to explain and abide by the industry regulations. Now we are good to go!

Schedule Trusted Kentucky Movers

Trust your next move to the experts! Our Ohio-based moving company has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Willoughby and Pittsburgh. With over 2,000 customer reviews across the web and over a decade of experience, Moving Ahead Services is ready to make your next move an easy transition.

Call us today or request a free moving quote using our convenient online form. We look forward to serving you!

 

Top Winter Moving Tips

Top Winter Moving Tips

When the weather outside is frightful, having movers is delightful! Let it snow, and check out our TOP winter moving tips over the years!

winter

  1. Planning for extra time, supplies and moving day with these great winter tips!
  2. Make sure your walkways are safe and keep your home protected!
  3. Moving electronics in cold weather can take some extra care!
  4. Now, keep an eye on the weather and travel restrictions!

If you are moving this winter, call us! Get a free moving quote today.

 

4 Moving Mistakes

Mistakes Can Cost You Big During the Moving Process

Moving mistakes can take a big toll! Here are the top 4 moving mistakes we see, and tips for making your move as stress-free as possible!

  1. Not doing due diligence when selecting service providers. Doing the legwork is critical when you are hiring a realtor, moving company, hiring contractors, hiring a home inspector – Anything that goes along with a move! Having an accurate estimate, seeing reviews and references and selecting a reputable, licensed service provider is key.
  2. Wingin’ it and panicking. Moving is no joke. There is a TON of coordination that has to happen, especially if you are buying and/or selling your home. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and then at the 11th hour, decide to ‘wing it’, and just plan to deal with it later. This can have a huge negative impact on your move! Give yourself plenty of time, start early, get organized and make sure that everything gets done the right way.
  3. New home woes. Buying a home is the largest purchase decision most of us make. In the competitive market, it can be a delicate balance act to get your offer in quickly while still making a sound decision. Avoid the urge to jump at the bid and get a plan together. Have proper home inspections, ensure that you are making a great decision by really familiarizing yourself with the details of the home, your new neighborhood, etc.
  4. Extra costs and budgeting. Aside from the actual up front costs of moving and buying / selling a home, be prepared to budget for other expenses. Whether it’s things on the inspection report that will need prioritized and dealt with, buying furniture, increased monthly expenditures – Have a very clear picture on all costs associated with your move.

Moving is a complicated process! While usually an exciting and positive experience, there are definitely some hurdles to be expected along the way. Plan ahead and make your move a great one!

Types of Long Distance Movers

Understanding the Types of Long Distance Movers

Before you hire long distance movers it’s important to understand the types of moving companies out there. We’re here to help!

What types of long distance movers are you contacting?

Particularly if you are doing online research, it can be difficult to sometimes tell the differences in the types of moving companies out there. Many of them don’t specify in their ads or their websites, and it can take a bit of digging!

Brokers – This is very common now, and can be difficult to spot! Some companies will quote a low low starting price to get your information, and then sell your information to multiple types of long distance movers to service the move. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster! It can be unclear who is doing the move, and thus unclear to determine the type of skill and requirements that your movers have. Be sure to do your due diligence!

Van Lines – Van lines will typically provide a pick up date, and then a drop off window / date spread. Your belongings can be transferred from truck to truck and warehouse to warehouse, all loaded with other household moves. If this schedule and timeline works for you, great! For many, the specific delivery date is essential.

Dedicated Freight – Dedicate freight means that the company that packs / loads your belongings at your departure is the same company that unloads and delivers your belongings at your destination. This means the company that you select stays with your belongings every step of the way and you get specific pick up and delivery dates.

Doing your due diligence can go a long way to ensuring your long distance move is a success! In addition to understanding the types of long distance movers, it’s important to do your research on the company history, reviews, processes and policies.

Moving from the US to Australia

Moving to Australia – Everything You Need to Know

Every year, thousands of people from all around the world decide to take the leap and move to Australia. This is not a surprise since “The land down under” has plenty of things to offer to its new residents. Other than the fact that on average Australia has more than 230 sunny days per year, it has also one of the lowest air pollution levels in the whole wide world.

If you add to that the low crime rate, the lowest population density of any continent in the world, and the fact that it indeed is a multicultural society- you can see why it’s one of the best places to live in on Earth.

Australia is also a massive piece of land with more than three million square miles, so if you want to travel the country, you will need a lot of time to do so. The rich ecosystems make exploring this island a real adventure; from the sandy beaches and the tropical rainforests, to the golden deserts and even mountains with snow. This makes moving to Australia sound like an amazing adventure.

If you’re from the US and you’re considering moving to this alluring place, you should be prepared before packing your suitcase and hitting the jets.

 

Things to do before arriving

There are some steps that you need to do before you actually step a foot in Australia. Make sure you think through all of these points in order to avoid any problems once you arrive in your new home.

  • Apply for a visa: before going to Australia, you have to have an approved visa. The type of visa that you have to apply for depends on many factors such as the country you’re originally from, whether you’re going there to study or to work, how long are you planning on staying, and more. If you need help with this, you should go to the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and get info.
  • Count your savings: Australia is a place where the average salary is much higher than in the US, and the unemployment rate is around 5%. Although this is a great sign for the country and its strong economy, it can also mean you should expect to have much higher expenses. You should plan to have some capital before you go. Count on having at least AU$5,000 to live through a few months without work.
  • Cut expenses in the US: it doesn’t matter how long you’re going to be living in Oz, you have to be smart and start cutting back on all the things that you can in your home. You won’t need the internet, home phone, Netflix accounts, and more- so you might as well close your accounts.
  • Find accommodations and a job: if you can, you should have these two very essential things lined up before you enter Australia. Some websites where you can find accommodation are Flatmates and Gumtree. Since it’s a common practice in Australia to rent apartments without any furniture, make sure you ask about that before signing the contract. According to http://www.movingtoaustralia.com it helps to have a reference from a place that you rented before.

When it comes to job hunting, even though Australia has a low unemployment rate, it might be difficult to find a job right away as soon as you arrive. Try to do your research before going so that you have an idea where to start. Moreover, the opportunity to save cash while having a regular job is the best thing about working there. Try finding something to do at Gumtree, Seek, Careerone, or Taw.

Once you’re there

  • Apply for a Tax File Number or TFN: this is similar to a social security number, and you need it if you want to work, file taxes, and more.
  • Open a bank account: don’t keep a lot of cash in your pockets, instead open an Australian bank account which will make everything much easier.
  • Get healthcare insurance: getting healthcare immediately could potentially save you money in the long run. There are different private healthcare packages according to your income.
  • RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate: if you want to work in hospitality and either serve or sell alcohol you will need to complete an RSA training regulated by state laws, and after finishing the course you will get your certificate.
  • Buy a power adapter and a voltage converter: if you have chargers, hair straighteners or other appliances, be aware that in Australia the main voltage is 230V 50Hz.
  • Stay left: do not forget to drive on the left-hand side of the road! Usually, you will be allowed to use your driving license during your stay in Australia, except if you’re applying for permanent residency status.
  • Remember the tax return: you could get “extra” cash if you remember to do your tax return, and it’s fairly easy to do it too.

What you need to know

  1. The weather: The weather in Australia tends to be very hot. A common misconnection is that it’s always sunny and dry. Actually, the weather can be so turbulent that even Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day.
  2. The sun is very strong: the temperatures are known to rise above 40 degrees Celsius, and the heat is expected to rise in the following years. Furthermore, the ozone layer above Australia is unusually thin which makes the dangerous UV radiation from the sun even worse in this part of the world. It’s critical to protect yourself by using lots of sunscreen, wearing protective shirts and hats, and avoiding the sun in the hottest periods of the day.
  3. Fires: Australia experiences up to 50,000 bushfires on average per year, mostly as a result of the dry vegetation, the strong winds and the hot weather. Make sure to listen to the fire warnings and to be very careful, especially in rural areas.
  4. Wildlife: Many think of Australia as the land where spiders and snakes attack you everywhere, kangaroos kick you, sharks bit you, and everything is out to get you. Although it can happen, the statistics say that there is no real danger. For example, there are only two deadly spiders for which there is an anti-venom, and nobody has died from a spider bite since 1979.

 

Hopefully these tips have you feeling a little bit relieved about making major decisions when moving to Australia. Don’t be afraid to meet some Aussie people and to explore their rich culture. You’re good to go, mate!

Author Bio: Jessica is the head of content for https://www.hireamover.com.au – her father’s moving company. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling around the world to different surf spots and tasting the local cuisine.

 

Mover of the Year

Move For Hunger Mover of the Year

Mover of the Year, round 2! We are proud and excited to have been selected as Move For Hunger 2018 Mover of the Year. This award simply could not be made possible without the generous support of our community!

About Move For Hunger

Move for Hunger is an incredible program that aims to rescue food from the trash dump, and instead re-allocate it to those in need in our communities. As part of the Move for Hunger program, our team works tirelessly with our clients and communities to rescue food! Whether it’s food that would normally end up in the trash on moving day, or proceeds from a food drive, gathering and transporting it for meaningful impact is our number one goal!

As a result of a HUGE food rescue following the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and the Akron Race for the Cure, we were again recognized as the 2018 Mover of the Year! It goes without saying that we simply could not compete and have an impact without thoughtful, generous community support.

The 2018 Impact

In 2018, Moving Ahead Services rescued 8,597 pounds of food! This provided over 7,000 meals to individuals in need. As part of the semi-annual Stevens Worldwide Van Lines Conference in gorgeous sunny Florida, we were presented with this incredible recognition.

We plan to drive full speed ahead in 2019! Help us help those in need! Donate food on your moving day, let us know about events and organizations that often have food leftover or host a food drive at your business or workplace! We handle all of the logistics!