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Loading and Unloading: Hiring Movers Helps Avoid Personal Injury

How to Avoid Personal Injury While Loading and Unloading

 

Injuries are common while loading and unloading heavy boxes.

 

When you lose control of the box you’re carrying that’s when injuries tend to happen.

 

Sometimes, you think you can handle a box until you get to the stairs, or a particularly narrow door, or underestimate the distance between from where you’re moving and the desired destination. Getting a paper cut when packing up your books is not something to write home about. If you pull a muscle or hurt your back, however, and you’ll see how things suddenly take a sharp turn for the worse.

 

How do I avoid injury while loading and unloading boxes?

 

The first and most important rule: use common sense.

 

Don’t let your ego get in the way of making smart decisions. Don’t fool yourself over how much you can actually lift vs. how much you THINK you can lift. Access the situation accordingly.

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A general rule of thumb is never move a box that weighs more than fifty lbs. This means you should avoid cramming every single piece of cooking and dishware into a single box.. After all, if you drop a box filled with wine glasses, drinking glasses, all your utensils, and a frying pan . . . it’s just going to make a long day even longer.

 

Lifting a box off the ground takes technique. This rule applies to lifting anything straight off the ground: never lift with your back. Always lift with your legs. Bending over and lifting with your back is a fast way to end up with a herniated disc. Not only does it delay the overall move but will cause long lasting pain if not treated immediately. If you work in a labor oriented job, and you hurt herniate your disc while moving, it could cause complications down the line.

 

If you cannot lift a box off the ground—and it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to recognize when the weight is too much—you can use basic physics in your favor. A dolly is an essential piece of equipment when lifting heavy furniture. While not conducive for moving down the stairs it can ease the weight of the boxes and speedily move them to the vehicle of choice.

 

Is there a way to avoid injury all together?

 

There are no absolutes in life. However, hiring the professionals for loading and unloading services can certainly reduce risk of injury. Best Deal Mover’s movers will wrap, load, and unload every piece of furniture from your current home to your new residence with utmost care. With Best Deal Movers, you can be sure that your cherished furniture will be safe every step of the way.

No matter how big or small your project is, you can always count on Best Deal Movers for a 100% stress-free move. Call us today at 678-771-5599 or email us at bestdealmoversllc@hotmail.com and let us help you with all your packing and moving needs.

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Moving Long Distance: Starting Life Anew

Has moving long distance been a dream for you?

We’ve all had those days when we’re sitting in traffic or having a bad day at work and think, What if I just packed it all up and started over? It’s a titillating fantasy. You’ll be free to explore a new, interesting city, fully experience a fresh, unburdened life and reinvent yourself (or so you imagine).

Moving long distance can easily become a reality.

It might take a long time to plan – or it could be a spur of the moment decision. Whatever the circumstances might be there are a lot of positive outcomes to moving long distance.

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  1.  Personal Growth When you take on a long-distance move, you are opening yourself up to a world of change. Starting a new life in an unfamiliar place, away from your tried and tested safety nets, you will come to know yourself deeply. While the risks may be great, so are the rewards, and often a drastic change in address will spark more changes in other areas of your life. You don’t have to be a thrill-seeker to appreciate this opportunity to get out of the rut. You just need to remember that life is short and the world is a wide, and wondrous place.
  2. Career Opportunities Speaking of getting out of the rut, discovering new employment markets can do a lot for your career. You may find yourself exploring new professional avenues, experimenting with unlikely job choices or turning your passion into a source of income. This is especially true if you feel your current situation is somewhat of a professional cul-de-sac.
  3. Broader Horizons Moving cross-country affords you the opportunity to get to know a place that is probably very different to everything you’ve ever known. Not only is that interesting, it is also a humbling, mind-expanding experience which will make you worldlier and more sophisticated. If life were a school (which in some ways, it is) this would be a bit like the student exchange program.
  4. New Network A city is ultimately just a city. What’s important about moving is the new people you will meet, the friendships you will forge and the impact they will have on your life. Opening up to new connections could be a huge life changer.
  5. Out with the Old Moving is a great opportunity to purge unnecessary baggage, and we don’t just mean your worldly possessions. Bad habits, toxic friends and other mental burdens don’t need to be schlepped across the country with you. Running away from your problems isn’t always the best strategy, but in some cases-it works.

 

If you’re considering taking the plunge and going long distance call Best Deal Movers. We are  prepared to assist you from start to finish with the same professionally trained moving crew who will safely pack, load, and move your items from your current location to your new home. Each of our trucks has a GPS tracking system so we always know the precise location of your inventory, giving you peace of mind for the long haul!

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How to Handle Holiday Moving

 

Make Holiday Moving Easier

 

The holidays are celebrated as a joyous time of year— but it’s not all gingerbread houses and heartwarming holiday commercials. It’s also hectic last minute shopping, decorating, and feasting.  For those who will be moving during the holiday season, you probably are already aware that you should prepare yourself to handle two stressful situations: moving and holiday plans. Whether it’s due to unforeseen circumstances—a sudden job replacement or military leave—we have three general tips to make moving this holiday season a little easier.

Keep It Simple This Year. If it helps you maintain your sanity, this might be the year to scale down your holiday celebration. To you, this may mean a simpler Thanksgiving dinner. And if most of your cook wear is in boxes? Go out to eat!  Just because your celebration is not being spent in your traditional setting doesn’t mean that your warm spirit is lost. This year, enjoy your dinner out and be sure to take advantage of the variety of food and drinks that restaurants can offer that you would not normally have at home.

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You Can Still Keep It Festive. Playing holiday music is a great way to keep the mood in your home festive while you’re packing and baking cookies. You probably never imagined celebrating the holidays being surrounded by moving boxes, but decorating a few of them to look like Christmas presents, or wrapping some with garland, big ribbons and bows will certainly add to the holiday cheer! If you’re moving with your family, you can even hide a few presents inside some of the boxes as little surprises to even make the task of unpacking fun and festive!

Schedule Accordingly (If Possible).  If you can, get the dates and times of your family members/friends holiday events so you can make some time to attend. Remember, if you’re packing last minute during the holiday season sometimes you must turn down an invitation. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay. Pack ahead whenever possible, and make a list of questions to ask a moving company about the specifics and logistics of moving during the holidays. Here are some examples:

These questions will help make a smooth transition during the busiest time of the year.

Enjoy Your Holidays. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by holiday moving, packing, unpacking and the disarray during your move. Relax, allow yourself to enjoy your holidays this year despite the nontraditional setting in your home. There will be plenty of time after the holiday season to unpack!

If packing is just too daunting in the middle of the holiday season let Best Deal Movers take care of all your professional packing. A packing job that would normally take you anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks will take our professional packing team no time at all. This may be one of the best ways to stress prevention during your holiday move!

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Moving Budget: Creating Your Template

Whenever you’re planning a move, the first thing you should do is create a moving budget.

Most people who move feel they don’t have time to set up a moving budget, however, not preparing financially could cost you more in the long-run. Small items such as buying a new shower curtain, sheets or restocking your shelves after you move all adds up. I recommend setting a budget first, before you do anything else.

Create a Moving Budget Template

Software programs are probably the easiest way to create a budget template; Microsoft Word or Excel are the best programs to use, with Excel allowing you to use formulas for easy calculations. We’ve provided a pre-made moving budget courtesy of military one source.

If you’d rather have something more portable or if you don’t want to spend the time setting up a document on your computer, purchase a bookkeeper’s record book at your local office supply store. You may need to make a few adjustments to the column titles or entry boxes, but it will provide you with the basic outline of expense tracking that you’ll need.

Moving Company Expenses

If you’re hiring a moving companymoving budget, you’ll need to include the following amounts:

Moving Company Fee: Includes fuel charges and labor. Ask for estimates from three and even if you haven’t decided on which company you’ll choose, add the highest quote to your budget.

Additional Insurance: If your items are worth more to you, you may need to add this on to your total moving costs.

Extra Services: Could include preparing appliances, moving a piano, etc. Ask the moving company for quotes if these services apply.

Extra Charges: These may include accessorized charges, expedited service charge, flight charge, long haul charges, long carry charges and shuttle service.

Claims/damage costs: you may not need to include an amount here, but to be safe, add in a 5 percent contingency rate based on the total moving company fees.

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Make the Most Out of Your Loading and Unloading Services

Making the most out of your loading and unloading services might not be what you think.

Removing your furniture from your current residence and transporting them to your new home without damaging them can be an extremely daunting task. This is one of the reasons why people actually need to prepare themselves emotionally for the tedious uphill challenge of moving. If you feel the same way, you need to know that there is a better, more convenient, and more affordable way to make sure your furniture reaches its destination without incurring any damages. How can you do it?

By hiring the services of a professional moving company, whose owner, Mary Becker, won the 2016 Business Persons of Excellence.

So what can you do while Best Deal Movers handles all your loading and unloading services (oh and your packing too)?
Have. Fun.

I firmly believe you can make anything fun. Especially, when you’re working with a licensed moving crew who can take care of all your packing, loading, and unloading services. So while Best Deal Movers handles all the craziness you can kick back and make the most out of your move.

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Celebrate. Maybe you’ve lived in your house or apartment for a long time—it has sentimental value. It’s time to remember all the good times. Order a pizza, buy the finest, cheapest champagne, and reminisce on all the fantastic memories you had in your living area. Maybe create a slideshow of all the good times you had in your house or have your roommates share their favorite memories from living together in your special place.

Relax. You’ve done all the hard work. Maybe it was doing well on an interview for a higher paying job and now you can move into your dream home Or, maybe you’ve gone through a difficult challenge in life and it is time to downsize and make a fresh start. Whatever the case might be, while Best Deal Movers handles your loading and unloading services, you can now find ways to relax and center yourself before moving to a new area.

With Best Deal Movers you can make the most out of your loading and unloading services in the best way possible.

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Downsizing: The New Fresh Start

Have you started to think about downsizing your home?

The first time I ever started truly feeling like an adult—even after working a full time job, paying my bills, and making a weekly grocery list—was when I started to discuss buying my starter home. Nothing was more exciting me than settling down in a place that was truly mine. A home wasn’t just a place to live in— it was a future I can truly invest in and gain something back rather than throwing money away on a temporary residence.

I found myself growing emotionally attached to pace I didn’t even live in yet.

That’s why I can see the difficulty for people who have reached the age of retirement. Whether you’ve lived in a home all your life, or you’ve upgraded, or you’ve had to travel for work, every home is a space to create memories. Perhaps, you raised your children in that home, or it’s a place you’ve always dreamed of living, or you’ve been there so long you really have gotten to know the neighbors like family. It’s hard moving from something familiar. Particularly, when you’ve reached the age of retirement, and you’re trying to figure out what to do with the new free time you have.

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“Downsizing” often has a negative connotation. It is a signal of the end, a word associated with deteriorating, the ‘loss’ of a former life. However, it’s time to change the nature of that discussion. Downsizing isn’t the end. It’s not a mark of fragility or herald as being too weak to run a household. Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot put it best in her article with the Wall Street Journal,

Rather than downsizing, let’s talk about “clearing” and “composing.” As we excavate the layers of our former life, we must clear a space, by getting rid of the baggage that has weighed us down—physically, emotionally and spiritually—for too long.

The new chapter when coming into retirement shouldn’t be a source of anxiety. Rather, it’s time to start rethinking what your values, to revisit some things you may not have had the chance to experience or accomplish—a time of rebirth. By downsizing your home you cut the cost of living, you have less housework to manage, and therefore you have more time to focus on the things that are important to you.

Downsizing is far from the end. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s the opportunity to begin a new future. To start fresh. And to enjoy all the things you have earned in your lifetime – to reflect on precious memories and make new ones.

 

 

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Four Things You MUST Unpack First

When I moved into my apartment, after an entire day of lifting heavy boxes and furniture, all I wanted to do was sleep. Unfortunately, I cheated myself, because I didn’t have an “Unpack First” box. Thus, I was without essential items that would have made finally getting some rest a lot easier. Instead of crawling into my comfy new bed I had to drive in the middle of the night and buy these five items to get me through the day.


Toilet Paper. We don’t really think about it when we’re packing. It’s all about the big stuff – couches, plates, etc. Don’t forget your TP in the Unpack First box!
Silverware.  Pots, pans, and plates are all well and good but it’s hard to eat without a fork or knife isn’t it? 
Shampoo/Soap. 
After a day of heavy lifting you’ll want to hop in the shower. Instead of rummaging through boxes to find your soap put them in the first box along with . . .
Charger. Yes, don’t let your charger to your computer or phone get lost in the mix! An Unpack First box should have essential technology items so you can reward yourself with a post moving Netflix binge watching. I recommend Stranger Things.

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What To Expect When Moving An Elderly Loved One In With You

Having an elderly loved one move into your home is an emotional transition for all parties involved.

While the occasion is often satirized in pop culture as a hilarious debacle, the situation can be very delicate, deeply affecting—and yes, stressful. Perhaps the older family member no longer has the capability of doing everyday tasks such restocking their own fridge, paying bills, or taking medication. They might find it painful to go upstairs or difficult to drive. When the decision is made for an elderly family member or even close friend to move in there are several issues you must consider.

elderly loved oneIs your house accessible to their needs? If your elderly loved one needs easy access to the bathroom will their room be on the same floor? Will they have wheelchair access—do certain utility or kitchen items need to be hidden? Can they drive on their own? These are all very difficult questions that must be answered before your elderly loved one moves in.Make sure your home has what they need in order to function with dignity and as independently as possible.

Make sure everyone is on the same page. Their condition will greatly change the environment of your household when they move in. communication with the members of your household is key. Everyone must come to an understanding of what to expect when an elderly loved one moves in. When talking with your spouse it may be good to set boundaries and decide ahead of time what they are willing to do to help out and what their limits are. You may need to set in place a schedule and list of duties.

Hire a moving company. Already, you are probably under an extraordinary amount of stress dealing with the sudden change of your elderly loved one moving in. You could have family members assist with the move but the easiest thing to do—for all parties—is to hire a professional moving service to handle everything from packing to unloading. That way you can focus on giving your aging parent, grandparent, relative, or other loved one the time and attention they need.

Best Deal Movers has the best reputation for handling moves of all scale. Let us focus on the move so you can focus on the important details.

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What To Do When Moving Last Minute

Moving last minute should be a last resort.

Moving last minute is tedious and brought about by extreme circumstances.
I speak from experience.

The last straw for me was the smoke alarm.
It beeped incessantly for over an hour. I couldn’t get it to stop—even replacing the battery didn’t help. My dog had an accident because she was so nervous from the noise. I don’t blame her. Eventually, the neighbors—bless their heart—came to see what was happening.

I told them the frustrating fact: management refused to come and fix my smoke alarm. The landlord told me it wasn’t their issue. He suggested replacing the batteries . . .even though I already had. Twice.

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Luckily, my upstairs neighbor was a lawyer. She called management and with a fair amount of legal threatening had the landlord not only send the maintenance guy but pay for a dog friendly hotel room for me.

Yet between the smoke alarms confusion with rent renewal, the refusal to fix the lock on the entrance to the complex, and other poorly run inconveniences, I was done.

Two days later I had moved out of that apartment into a new one.

Moving last minute is not an easy choice. In fact, most people only vacate immediately under extreme circumstances. Most smart moving takes time and careful planning. Admittedly, my decision to move out immediately may have been impulsive and emotional, but I don’t regret it. While it was stressful I did manage to have everything under control.

My experience was not normal I hope no one has to be in my position. It wasn’t impossible, however. And it doesn’t have to cost you.
My recommendation?

Hire the professionals.

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they were all handsome shutter stock men to boot

 I hired a professional cleaning and moving service to handle everything. It was reasonably priced and far less of a headache had I gone in blindly. The moving company unloaded, packed, and stored all of my items. I was lucky I got them so quickly. The cleaning company came in afterward and made sure my apartment was presentable for inspection.

Sometimes, moving out last minute cannot be avoided. Other times, it’s an impulse decisions. Whatever the cause it’s best to have someone by your side who can help alleviate the stress of moving. I know it saved me.

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Three Tips For Moving With Kids

We’ve discussed moving with pets and moving a couch. Now, it’s time tackle a factor that could really make or break a move depending on how you approach it: moving with kids.

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“Babe, where did we put Johnny?”

When my parents moved out of our old home— a very large farm to an upscale neighborhood—they sent me off to live with my aunt for two weeks. When I came back the sudden change was very disorienting! I once had so much room to explore—now we had neighbors. Luckily, my sister helped me adjust. There was no furniture in my room so every night the AC sounded like a helicopter landing on the roof of our house. My sister and I would pretend to be the secret service evacuating the White House. The whole process was a lot to take in as a child.

Not all parents have the luxury of sending their kids off with a relative, of course. Especially if you are traveling long distance! When you have to organize and coordinate and plan the move, it is important to keep everything normal with your child. Here are some important tips to help your child adjust to a big move.

Discuss It With Your Children.

Involving kids in the planning as much as possible makes them feel like participants in the house-hunting process or the search for a new school. This can make the change feel less like it’s being forced on them. If you’re moving across town, try to take your kids to visit the new house (or see it being built) and explore the new neighborhood.

Purge Before Moving With Kids.

Get the kids to help you go through the house, room by room, to identify what should go with you and what you could get rid of. Let them know that you don’t want to toss everything. It’s OK to keep certain things that hold important memories. However, items — be they clothes, toys or electronics — that are no longer used, should be closely considered for the toss pile. And you don’t have to toss them … you can sell them.

Organize Their Room.

To get your children excited about the new house, make room plans. You don’t have to limit yourself to their rooms only. If they’re interested in helping arrange and decorate other rooms in the house, let them. Take a trip to the hardware store to look at paint swatches. If you’re going to purchase new furniture and the kids are interested, take them with you.

Moving is difficult especially when you have to consider all other outside factors. Best Deal Movers can take the stress out of your transition so you can spend more time with your kids! Contact us today for a free quote.

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