Published on: November 11, 2015 Categories:

There’s no questioning that moving may be the most stressful thing we can do – especially for those who wait until the last minute to get everything ready to go.

Ask any professional movers and packers, and they’ll be the first to tell you that the process starts well before moving day. In fact, most of your moving day stresses can be avoided with a little planning and prep work in the month leading up to your move. Don’t let the stress of moving keep you from experiencing all the excitement that moving into a new place should bring, and start preparing for your big day today with our ‘One Month to Go’ Moving Plan.

Why Make a Moving Plan?

All too often, our moves end with the uttered phrase “Never again!”

Unfortunately, we don’t always have the luxury of staying in the same home forever. Sooner or later you are likely to find yourself surrounded by packing boxes and materials as you face the challenges of your next move.

Moving doesn’t have to be seen with such despair, however, and creating a moving plan is your first step to a stress-free move. Professional packers and movers have been crafting custom moving plans for years, so take their advice and you may just find yourself on the path towards a stress-free, smooth and efficient move.

Getting Started with Your Moving Plan

The first step to any successful moving plan is to build your blueprint. Carefully create a pre-moving checklist, covering all...view more

Published on: October 12, 2015 Categories:

Moving into a new home is always a big job. Not only do you have to pack all of your belongings into boxes and find a way to transport them, but you have to adjust to living in unfamiliar surroundings. It can feel like a relief once you're moved in, but your work is far from over. Once you're settled into your new home, you still have a lot to do. This can sometimes feel as overwhelming as the move itself, but with this handy checklist things should be a little easier.

Take Care of Your Utilities

Having the gas, water and electricity set up should be the first thing you do when moving into a new house. All of these things are obviously essential to modern life, and you don’t want to spend your first night or two in your new home without them. This is usually as simple as a few phone calls, so take care of it as soon as you move in, if not before.

Take Inventory of Your Belongings

Moving can be tough on your things. Furniture can be damaged, and smaller items are left behind in moves all the time. After you've moved into your new home and have everything unpacked, take inventory to make sure that none of your things are damaged or missing. If you find that any of your belongings have been damaged or lost, contact your moving company immediately. You can and should be reimbursed for anything that is lost or damaged during your move. 

Clean Your New Home

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Published on: October 08, 2015 Categories:

Everyone can agree that packing up their belongings to move into a new home is tough, but it’s also fairly easy to find moving advice that can help you with that. What people often don’t take into account is how difficult it is to unpack their things after a move. It may not seem as bad as packing up your things, but there is still a right way and a wrong way to do it.

If you’ve recently moved or are planning to move into a new home, here’s what you should and should not do when it comes time to unpack.

Start with the Essentials

You should have at least one box of essential items that you will always need. These boxes will hopefully be the first things off your moving truck since they should’ve been the last things you packed. Your essentials include things like toilet paper, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, garbage bags, cutting tools, an emergency kit and anything else you might immediately need in your new home. If for some reason this is all you can unpack shortly after arriving in your new home, you can at least spend the night knowing you have everything you absolutely need.

Unpacking Your Kitchen

The next thing on your agenda will be to unpack your kitchen. Your kitchen supplies may range from sturdy cooking pots to fine china, so make sure that any full-service moving company you hire knows how fragile they can be. You also don't need to unpack your entire kitchen at once; you can unpack a...view more

Published on: October 07, 2015 Categories:

No matter how prepared you think you are, proper packing is the most critical component to a successful move. Whether you stick with the professional packers and movers or choose to pack up your belongings on your own, knowing how to pack like a pro is key to a stress-free move. With the following suggestions and tips, you’ll find that packing even the most fragile of belongings to be as easy as can be.

Start with a Moving Plan

Having a stress-free moving day is all but impossible if you don’t have the right plan in place. Make sure you have every detail of your move covered by taking the time to make your pre-moving checklist.  Any professional moving service will tell you that preparing for your move starts well before moving day, so make sure you have all the details figured out and a winning plan in place to make your move as stress-free and smooth as possible.

Prepare the Proper Moving Supplies
You wouldn’t try to tackle your household plumbing issues without first having the right tools for the job. The same goes for packing. Professional-grade moving supplies and packing materials make packaging and protecting your belongings easy. When shopping around for your moving supplies, don’t forget the small stuff such as packer’s tape, bubble wrap, mattress covers and moving labels that will help keep your belongings protected and organized as you pack up and prepare for your...view more

Published on: September 23, 2015 Categories:

One of the best things you can do when preparing to move to a new home is to pack a First Night Box. An adequately stocked First Night Box can play a big part in easing stress that is often associated with moving. To get started, all you need to do is you make a checklist for moving and then pack cardboard storage boxes with your essential items. If you pack them ahead of time, you won't need to fumble through all of your moving boxes to find important items once you get to your destination. Instead, you will have exactly what you need right at your fingertips. Here are a few things to remember to help you stock your First Night Box with important things you will need.

  1. Personal Items
    Although everybody has different needs, individuals and families often find there are certain personal items they almost everybody requires for comfort. For example, if you pack your favorite pillows, sheets and blankets, you will probably get a better night's sleep. If you think you may not have time to set up a bed, you should pack an air mattress too. You and your family will also need one or two complete changes of clothes, including pajamas for sleepwear and fresh underwear, pants, shirt, and socks for day wear. To save yourself a trip to the convenience store, toiletries should include toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, a hairbrush, soap, towels, a hair dryer and toilet paper. And, don't forget a shaving kit...view more

Published on: September 01, 2015 Categories:

No matter if you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up your possessions and putting everything you own into boxes can quickly leave homeowners with a huge headache. The truth is, however, that moving shouldn’t be such a hassle.

In fact, the secret to a stress-free move can be uncovered with just a bit of planning and preparation. Make your next move easier than you could ever imagine with our ten professional packing tips that are guaranteed to help you make the most out of your space.

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Tip #1: Take Stock of Your Moving and Packing Supplies

One of the biggest obstacles people face as they prepare to pack up their possessions is deciding what gets packed where. This is where having the right moving and packing supplies can pay off, giving you the perfectly sized box for all of the books, dishes and clothes you’ll be taking with you to your new home. Don’t forget padded moving pads, packing tape and permanent markers to keep all your belongings safe and organized.  

Once you know what moving and packing supplies you’ll need, it’s time to start collecting boxes. This is where hanging on to the original manufacturer boxes and padding can come in handy, but even if you already threw these away, professional packers and movers can provide you with boxes of all shapes and sizes to keep your move neat and organized.

Tip #2: Clear Out Some Floor Space

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Published on: August 20, 2015 Categories:

Moving can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time, especially if you’re moving long distance rather than across town or down the street. While all moves require a bit or organization and pre-planning, nothing quite compares to the amount of work it takes to move across state or even across the country. Between dismantling and packing your old home, finding a new one, and booking the interstate movers, you’ll likely start to feel a bit over your head. Thankfully, there are plenty of full-service movers that offer long distance moving services to help you along every step of the way.

Contracting moving out to one of these services will make your life much easier, but before doing anything you should make a pre-move checklist of everything you need to do and exactly what you should or should not pack. Moving is an opportunity to de-clutter your life and when moving long distance, it will save you heaps of money and time while packing and unpacking. If you’re on the fence of what should stay and what should go, follow along as we explore what’s best to bring along and what should be tossed aside as you prepare for your long distance move!

What Not to Pack

When creating your pre-move checklist, go through your house and decide what items you no longer need. On a long distance move, your ‘what not to pack’ list should probably be much longer than the ‘what to pack’ one.

Published on: August 20, 2015 Categories:

You most likely worked hard to get accepted into college, so preparing to move into your dorm room is an exciting time. However, there are many things to think about and consider before you move, especially if this will be your first semester spent on campus. Although you might be a little nervous about your move, whether it’s across the country or on the other side of the state, a little planning, patience and the right moving boxes and supplies will have you feeling at home in no time at all.

Help is Only a Phone Call Away

Cramming your car full of your belongings is never fun. Luckily, help is just a phone call away when you contact a professional moving company to help get your stuff where it needs to go. They are experienced at minimizing the stress and headaches that often accompany moving day. If you decide to ship your belongings, find out how the college mail room works to make sure everything is in order when you arrive.

Coordinate Your Move

Most moving companies can work within your schedule, as long as you give them enough notice. Try to coordinate your move as much as possible at least two months prior to your assigned move-in date, helping you nail down the lowest moving rate and giving you an accurate estimate for any shipped items.

Label Your Boxes

Most dorm rooms are on the small side, so there’s not likely to be a lot of space once you get all of your...view more

Published on: January 15, 2015 Categories: Voice Recorder, Time Tracker, Account And Password Manager, Organizational Apps

Thumb availableonappstoreOur Moving Checklist guides you every step of the way. But there are some applications on the iPhone and Android market that can further amplify those tools that we’d like to make sure you’re aware of before your move.

Voice Recorder

Being able to stop everything and jot down notes is not always a realistic option when you’re juggling a move. Maybe you want to check something off from our moving checklist, yet you don’t have it up in front of you at the moment. With a voice recorder, you can quickly state what you need and leave it as a reminder for later.


Android’s Cogi - Notes & Voice Recorder (Free): This voice recorder makes it easy on you by giving the functionality to rewind 5, 15, 30 or 45 seconds from your current point in the audio. You can also write notes and take photos while recording. Download here.

iPhone iTalk Recorder (Free) - This app allows you to record all sounds around you and transfer them to your CPU via WiFi. The best part of the app is its ability to select sound quality if you’re worried about the size of files. Download here.

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Find out how much time you’re spending on tasks, and whether it’s smart to continue to do so or outsource them to someone else. For example, if you find that you’re taking much longer to box items, it’s most likely wise to have a reputable source, like MoveValet lend a hand. If you’re giving compensation to family and friends...view more

Published on: December 12, 2014 Categories: Prevent Moving Mishaps, Broken Glassware, Fragile, Moving Items, Fragile Moving Items

First off, what is a fragile item? Well, if it falls into one or more of these categories then you can assume it is: 

1) Has parts that are susceptible to snapping off with incorrect placement

2) Does it have existing cracks or damage?

3) Is it older than 20+ years?

4) How was it processed – was it made by man or machine?

If it falls into the category of any of these then the items that we have listed below will either match or be close enough to take into account for your moving experience.

Glassware – Wrap all of your glassware one by one with packing paper tucked tightly around them. Use as much packing paper as necessary to cover each glassware item entirely. Utilize paper or cardboard to divide every glass both horizontally and vertically.

If you have to question whether there’s too many items in the box, don’t hesitate to separate the glassware into multiple holders. Additionally, if you must stack glasses, ensure that the larger ones are on the bottom of the stack.

Furniture – The items are heavy, bulky and not shaped for easy moving purposes. While you may be able to get through the moving process without it, disassembling the material will most likely end up being the best course of action in the long run. The smaller you can break your furniture down into, the better.

However, be sure to consult with your instruction manual first. While there are monetary benefits to...view more