What makes the best movers? And how can you tell if you are fortunate enough to be working with one? Let’s face it. Most people agree that moving is one of the most difficult things they can expect to go through during their lifetime. In fact, some experts consider moving as the third most stressful life event, with the death of a loved one and divorce taking the top two spots.
Move New Buyers to Purchase Your Home
It’s easy to overlook simple staging things because you already love your house, but there are some serious do’s and don’ts that could make or break a buyer’s purchasing decision. Consider these tips while you are preparing to show your home before a big move.
They changed your diapers. They taught you to ride a bike. They cried at both your graduation and your wedding. Your parents have done an incalculable amount for you over the years and shaped you into the adult you are today. But as we age, roles tend to be reversed; it is now your turn to take care of your aging parents the way they took care of you. One of the first steps to ensuring your aging parents enjoy their twilight years is by helping them in downsizing their home. Without kids in the house, it makes good sense to move to a property more suited to their space and abilities. If you are facing moving your aging parents in North Fulton, Best Deal Movers will be happy to help.
Moving an entire office can be more stressful than an ordinary move. For one, it takes more planning and there are a lot more people and factors involved.
No matter what your reasons are for moving to a new home, this life-changing event can be filled with excitement, anticipation, and a lot of back-breaking work. Unfortunately, this can also leave you vulnerable to identity theft, especially if you let your guard down. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are some tips to help you protect your personal information during a move and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Tips to Protect Your Identity and Prevent Theft When Moving
- Submit a Change of Address Form. Aside from submitting a formal Change of Address Form to your local post office, make a list of all the organizations and businesses that send you mail on a regular basis (e.g. your bank and other financial institutions, insurance companies and healthcare providers, utility companies, schools, publications you subscribe, etc.) and notify them of the address change.
- Protect sensitive documents. Don’t leave any personally identifiable information in the dumpster. Identity thieves can easily use this information against you. To be safe, put all your sensitive documents (e.g. birth certificate, Social Security cards, financial documents, stock certificates, insurance policies, wills, etc.) in a locked box or online vault and keep them with you during the move. As an added precaution, shred documents you no longer need.
- Be present. Your mere presence during the duration of the move can deter theft and help ensure that things are being properly taken care of.
- Monitor financial statements. Monitor your bank and credit card statements for any signs of suspicious activities during and after the move.
- Use a trustworthy moving company. Not all moving companies are created equal so do your research to find one that you can trust. Take time to read online reviews and ask for recommendations from family and friends who have recently moved. For best results, choose a company that is fully licensed and insured, has an excellent rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has been recognized as a leader in the industry.
Remember, you can prevent identity theft when moving. For more tips on how you can enjoy a more affordable and stress-free move, download a copy of “The Ultimate Guide to Moving”, a comprehensive guide that provides helpful tips in planning and organizing your move.
Move Advisor: Your Ultimate Pocket Moving Guide
Moving your home is probably one of the most dreadful and chaotic occurrences in life. There are urgent things to take care of, people to call, places to go, movers to hire, those minute details you cannot afford to forget and so much more. To be honest, it is tiresome. Residential moving was never meant to be a thing you can do on your own. So you trust a moving and storage company to do it for you. The moving company will take half of the stress out of your job by taking away all the physical issues related to moving. But what about the mental dilemma? The extensive planning, the careful organization, and the last-minute check to make sure everything is in place? Luckily, the digital age provides us an answer to that too.
While a shipping company will take care of all the physical duress, Move Advisor will deal with all the psychological stress of moving. What is Move Advisor, you ask? To start with, it is a mobile app. But not just any mobile app, it is a stylish innovation that can be your virtual moving planner! It helps you organize and take care of the entire process of planning and executing the move, making your task utterly nominal. Move Advisor has an advanced week-by-week moving timeline that lists out all the essential tasks to be complete before, during and after relocation.
Move Advisor also offers a home inventory tool that offers you an easy way to inventory your entire household and make an exact digital copy of your current household arrangement. All you have to do next is shift to your new house and rearrange everything according to the already store home inventory.
Finally, Move Advisor also offers a comprehensive list of all movers and packers in your locality to help you choose the one that is the most efficient and affordable. With Move Advisor to assist you, and Best Deal Movers at your side, moving in Atlanta, GA can be a piece of cake!
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Moving requires a huge chunk of your time. For starters, you need to spend time planning, organizing and packing your belongings. After that, you need to move your stuff to your new residence, unpack and arrange them accordingly, and then get rid of all the packing materials.
However, most people don’t have time to spare. Most of us have so many things to do we need to make every second count. Thankfully, there are ways to save time when moving. Here are some simple tips that can help you achieve your objective.
Have a plan.
Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish in preparation for the big day and identify your priorities. To ensure a smooth and stress-free move, download a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Moving by Best Deal Movers, LLC. This free ebook provides a detailed plan to help you through the moving process.
Put your phone to good use. Set reminders to stay on track of everything you need to do in preparation for the big day.
Stock up on packing materials.
You wouldn’t want to run out of materials when you are packing your things so make sure you have ample amounts of moving boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and packing tape. However, you don’t need to worry about these things if you requested a full service move.
Hire a moving company.
You can take the stress out of your move by hiring a professional moving company. However, keep in mind that not all moving companies are created equal so take some time to do your research before hiring one.
Map out a floor plan.
Having a floor plan can help you save a large amount of time since your belongings can be placed directly in the room they belong to as they are unloaded from the truck. This can also help you save a considerable amount of money, especially if the company is charging an hourly rate.
Moving doesn’t need to take a lot of your time. With a little planning, you can get everything ready in time for your move.
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Moving to and around Atlanta can already be stressful and tiring. Once you add kids to the mix though, your stress (and theirs) can quickly double if no preparation has been done. The process of change may not be as easy to absorb for your little ones and you need to pull off your move while causing the least amount of anxiety for them. Here’s how!
Set Good and Proper Expectations
Younger children might not understand what moving really means. Take the time to explain to them why you are moving, what is going to take place before and on moving day, and when to expect everything to happen. Be sure to let them know that movers are coming to help with a truck and some equipment. This will prepare them mentally and reduce panic attacks. There are also some great children’s books about moving. Ask your local librarian or bookseller for help in finding these books.
Explore the Area of Your New Home in Advance
Use the internet with your children to explore the new places and activities there will be near their new home.The greater Atlanta area has so many things for families to see and do, and offers lots of welcome information and services!Let the move become an exciting adventure for your kids!
Have a Goodbye Party
Give your kids a chance to say goodbye to the people who matter to them the most. It is best to do this before the day of the move due to the already hectic activity of the day. Keep the party upbeat and invite family, friends, or favorite classmates. Create memory boxesso your children and their guests can add treasured mementos, photos, and contact information to it. This will bring your kids great comfort, and make sure the boxes are decorated so that they can be found very easily in the new home.
Enlist the Help of Family, Friends, or a Babysitter
Maneuvering furniture and boxes around children can be dangerous for everyone involved. This can also cause your move to take a lot longer as well. The movers will need to go slower in order to watch for kids that may cross in front of them while moving heavy or tricky items. If family or friends are not availableto watch your children on moving day, it may be a good idea to hire a recommended babysitter who you know will do well with this type of situation. Your investment in a babysitter just may save you money in the long run.You can compare it to a higher moving bill due to a longer move because movers had to constantly slow down or stop to avoid children in their pathway. Of course, your children’s safety and happiness are important factors in having a successful move.
Give Them Tasks
Kids usually enjoy the process more if they’re a part of it. Put them in charge of some age-appropriate tasks such as carrying their own backpacks with items that are important to them. These backpacks can stay with them all day and come with them to the new home. The items in the bags will bring them continuity and a calming sense of security. Get them involved but keep it simple and safe.
Kids can get bored easily. Make sure you have them include in their backpacks things that will hold their attention and keep them entertained during moving day. These might include books filled with stories, activities, or pictures to color, a few matchbox cars, a small doll, or electronic devices. Choose items that will keep them safely out of the way of movers as they maneuver furniture. Also, don’t forget to include snacks and drinks. A prepacked lunchbox or cooler might do the trick nicely on moving day.
Try not to show signs of stress and panic. Kids can pick up on your feelings easily and can tell if you’re not having a good experience. They will begin to feel the same way in turn. Let them see you smiling and talking cheerfully with your Atlanta movers, and stay calm as much as possible. Remember that you set the tone of the move for your children.
Your Secret Weapon
Moving with kids can be fun and exciting too, provided you prepare them and yourself for the big day. Besides reading this list and following its tips, you are now ready to pull out your secret weapon! Call Best Deal Movers for any Atlanta moves, local or long-distance. We offer you a one stop place for all your packing, moving, and storage needs. Best Deal Movers is family-owned so we understand about putting the needs of a family first. We’ll be your secret weapon in alleviating the stress of moving. Call 678-771-5599 for a free quote and let our family help yours!
How to Move A Lot of Books
For booklovers, bringing books when we relocate is a must. Moving creates a great opportunity to make the time to sort through a collection and decide if you would like to donate any to your local library or thrift store. (It certainly isn’t necessary to move something that you are not going to use again!) Once that decision is made, divide the books you are moving into groups according to whether they are hardcover or paperback, and group according to size. Packing them correctly is the key to these beloved treasures arriving safe and sound. Choose small, strong boxes.
Put an extra layer of tape to all the seams so there’s additional support; it’s also a wise decision to put extra packing paper in the bottom of the box. Hardcover books should be placed on end as they would set on a shelf; if there is room for more than one row, place the books spine to spine. Any paperback books should be flat stacked on top of each other. Once the box is full, fill any remaining gaps with packing paper; this will help the box not get crushed in case other boxes are stacked on top of it. Tape the box securely and label it “BOOKS”, that way anyone carrying that box will be forewarned that it could be heavier than it looks!
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One misconception when hiring a professional moving service is that the movers can and will carry all your items, regardless of what it is. However, there are certain items that will not make it to the truck. It’s best to ask your local moving company regarding their guidelines about it, but to make it easier, we compiled a basic list of items that should either stay with you, or should be left behind: