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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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Secured Climate Storage: For the Stuff That Kind of Matters

When you move you might need secured climate storage.

 

It’s storage for the stuff that you can’t sell but also don’t want in your house. Think of it as the island of misfit toys but instead of unwanted Christmas gifts it’s Grandma’s collection of porcelain cats that for some reason her ghost will never forgive you if you throw out. Or, the couch that has sentimental value to you but not your S.O. Or, clutter that has potential. Or the One Ring, because going to Mordor didn’t fit in with your moving budget.

No matter what the reason you’re keeping your items, secured climate storage is the best place to put the things you’re not quite sure what to do with yet. Not any storage will do. There are key things to consider when deciding what kind of storage your items need.

Make Sure It’s Clean. That means making sure your storage unit prevents racoons, rats, termites, and other harmful critters into your space. Nothing is truly worse entering a storage unit that has been infested with unwanted guests contaminating your furniture. While there are things you can do on your own a good self-storage facility will contract with a pest control professional who visits regularly. It’s extremely important to prevent infestations because pests can do plenty of damage to tenants’ belongings.

Make Sure It’s Secure. Secured climate storage facilities should be just that: secured. You should use cylinder locks which have no exposed hasp to be cut by bolt cutters.secured climate storage

Also, check to see if the facility you are talking to has installed alarms on each door in their facility so they can know the exact time of day that every storage unit is accessed. To de-activate the alarm on a unit, the customer keys in their personal passcode. If an unauthorized entry occurs, the alarm will sound, immediately identifying which unit has been entered.

Most facilities these days have at least a few video cameras on the site. Make sure that the facility you rent from has more than just a few, and that their cameras are covering as much of the property as possible. Finally, make sure that they are digitally recording the video 24 hours a day.

Decide on Short Term or Long Term. Short term and long term commitments look very different regardless of the situation. When storing belongings for short periods of time, it is usually okay to pack them closer together. When storing belongings for longer periods of time, however, providing extra space not only for ventilation, but also for a walkway so you can get to your items is also vital. For belongings that you may need to access regularly, consider leaving enough space in your unit for an aisle. Then, be sure to arrange those belongings along the aisle for easy access. (Here is a how to guide on organizing your storage unit.)

When it is not practical for you to take all your belongings with you after moving in to a new home or office, or if the move will take longer than expected due to a delay in house closing, you may need to store anything you leave behind in a safe and secure storage facility. If this is the case, you can always trust Best Deal Movers to keep your precious belongings protected for as long as you need them to be. We’ll even do professional packing so your items are safely and neatly stored.

 

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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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Safety Tips For Moving a Grand Piano

Moving a grand piano, much like the music played on it, can be an epic task.

When you’re moving a grand piano it’s important to consider many factors. After all, because of its large SCALE we wouldn’t want you to fall FLAT on your face or make a SHARP turn and drop it. (Ok, we’re done.)

 

But seriously, safety is perhaps the primary concern when moving your piano. Never mind getting it up and down the stairs or out of your home. If you throw your back out while moving a grand piano it could cause permanent damage for the rest of your life. And that perhaps is a best case scenario. Furthermore, you want to prevent damages to your home as well which could also have consequences – especially if someone else is moving in. Here are our tips for safely moving a grand piano out of your home or apartment.

 

Know Yourself.

 We don’t have to tell you a grand piano is heavy. Before you even begin to contemplate the how take into consideration can I do this. It’s not simply about strength – although if you haven’t been to the gym in a while moving a grand piano might be more difficult. It’s also about technique. Lifting from the legs, not using your back, knowing how far you have to carry it, how to maneuver it safely. Of course, you’ll need friends to help – and a lot of them. Coordinating enough people to help can be an ordeal in it of itself.

 

Use The Right Equipment.

Using dollies or hand trucks is a great way to avoid injury, because these tools bear most of the weight (although finding dollies large enough when moving a grand piano might prove a bit challenging.) Outdoors, you may be able to go with a series of rounded, cylindrical objects that you can put under a big piece of furniture.

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Protect Your Area.

Wrap your banisters up with towels to make sure they aren’t scuffed or splintered while your lift the piano down a hall. Sliders are little bits of felt or similar stuff that go under the legs of a piece.You can drag heavy items around this way without damaging floors, at least until you get to a bevel or edge where you have to figure out another strategy. Floor covers are another option to protect hardwood floors. Also, measure the length of your archways so you know how to manipulate the grand piano through the space without scratching the walls.

 

Avoid Injury and Hassle All Together.

This clearly is the best option. Moving a grand piano is no easy task especially by yourself. Your piano is probably a valuable asset to your family. It might be an heirloom or an instrument you’ve invested time and money into. Let the professionals move it for you. They are experienced in moving large objects while keeping your house or apartment free of any damages—and for that matter yourself!

 

To make any part of your move easier call Best Deal Movers. We are certified movers equipped to handle all your moving needs. Moving a grand piano is second nature to us. So you can go along with your move and avoid getting into any TREBLE. (We had to do one more.)

 

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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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Moving To Atlanta

Atlanta, Hotlanta, Hollywood of the South, Hip Hop Capital of the World, The Snowpocalypse City of 2014 . . . whatever you want to call us, we’re proud people from around the country are moving to Atlanta.

Very rarely these days do you meet Atlanta natives. There are more reasons than ever to start a life in the and it’s not just because we invented that sweet Dixie champagne.

So why is everyone taking the change? There are lots of reasons. In fact, we made the reason why EVERYone is moving to Atlanta easy for you with this handy infographic.

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So, thinking of moving to Atlanta, Greatest City on Earth? Let Best Deal Mover’s Help! We’ll move you anywhere in the Atlanta so you’ll have more time to experience everything our fantastic city has to offer.

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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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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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Moving a Sofa: Iconic Furniture from Pop Culture

Despite the challenge you’re moving a sofa. YOUR sofa.Why? Because to you it’s more than a piece of furniture.

It is the fixture you’ve become emotionally attached to even though it is coming apart at the seams. The moment you walk into your home or apartment that particular piece instantly brings back fond memories and you hope—despite the fact any normal person would have condemned it years ago—you can pass it on to your children or a generous craigslist buyer.

Pop culture has picked up on the emotional connection between people and their furniture. Just like our own special pieces, there are furniture pieces in TV and movies we recognize without hesitation. Not only that, but we have an instant response to it. Here are some of the most iconic pieces of furniture in pop culture—specifically couches (and one chair).

The Simpson’s Couch

Present in the beginning of (almost) every episode the Simpson’s couch has set the stage for some very memorable couch gags.

It is often the location of the center of conflict in the Simpson’s household. More importantly, the Simpson family gathering together on the couch is indicative of the modern family spending quality time pre-Netflix. Although it is not flashy it is an essential piece of pop culture.

The Iron Throne

Hate it, love it, never seen it before your life, Game of Thrones has dominated pop culture ever since its shocking debut. So what is the center of conflicted in a show known for its vast, intricate, and complicated story line, gruesome violence, and other things we probably shouldn’t mention? The Iron Throne – made from a thousand steel swords.The Iron Throne represents power in the world of Westeros and fans have been waiting six seasons to see who will finally claim their spot on the most uncomfortable piece of furniture ever.

The Central Perk’s Couch

Will we ever know how all the ‘Friends’ managed to occupy their spot every single time without waiting? Maybe. Maybe not. However, the Central Perk couch was the place of many intellectual discussions among the iconic group. Fact: Gunther sat on the couch one time for the entire duration of the show. In fact, a few couches were used throughout the series run to keep it in good TV shape. I guess not all of us can be Jennifer Anniston.

Holly Golighty’s Bathtub Couch729255ef4f5b37a5d7d2333730573520

The cool grandmother of hipster romances, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is rife with iconic style. Equally as memorable as Audrey Hepburn herself was her quirky, disorganized apartment. Along with milk in fancy wine glasses, she also had a bathtub cut in half with a few pillows serving as the beautiful—but tragic—Holly Golighty’s couch. It is actually possible to create this couch yourself if you have some heavy duty tools. This couch perfectly captured Holly’s devil may care persona.

 

 

 

 

Do you value your couch above all other furniture? When moving a sofa, it’s probably best to have the experts help. Best Deal Movers guarantee your precious, memorable sofa will be handled with the utmost care so you can continue making memories. Who knows—maybe one day it’ll have its own notoriety.

 

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