What to Do When You Are Moving

Is there a move in your future? Are you looking around the house thinking, “now what?” When you are moving, there are three main decisions you need to make—what to move, where to get moving boxes and packing supplies, and how to get your stuff from the old home to the new home. Let’s tackle them one at a time.

What to Move?

This first decision is really a thousand little ones. Sorting through a house full of stuff is a time-consuming task. However, you save time and money if you don’t pack things you neither need nor want. One easy way to tackle this task is using this 3-category system:

  • Keep
  • Give away (or sell)
  • Throw Away

What to Keep?

Keep items you use on a regular basis or that have deep sentimental value. Keep household staples, like bandages, screwdrivers, and emergency supplies. Even though you don’t use these very often, you wouldn’t want to start over at the new place. Keep seasonal items you know you will use again.

What to Give Away?

Consider giving away any good-quality items you have not used in the last year unless you reasonably expect to use them again. Someone will appreciate them and you probably won’t miss them.

If you are feeling ambitious or are in need of extra moving funds, you might consider putting on a yard sale with your give-away items. Larger or more valuable items can be sold at local consignment shops or online.

What to Throw Away?

Most items that belong in the “throw-away” category will be obvious. Sometimes though, it can be difficult to decide whether to give something away or throw it away. A good rule of thumb is this: if you would pick it up off a thrift store shelf and consider purchasing it, give it away. If it’s stained, junky, or just plain gross, throw it away.

Where to Get Moving Boxes?

Once you’ve sorted your belongings, you need to figure out where to get moving boxes. Again, you have three options:

  • Used cardboard boxes
  • Buy cardboard boxes
  • Rent moving boxes

Used Cardboard Boxes

You’ve probably have had at least one move in which you’ve driven around from business to business, begging for leftover cardboard boxes.

Pros

  • Cost (free except for all the gas money to run around town)
  • You can leave your stuff in boxes if you need to store it long-term

Cons

  • Lots of effort required driving around town
  • Boxes all different sizes (more difficult to pack a moving van or storage container efficiently)
  • Boxes not designed to hold-up during moves
  • Boxes might not be clean
  • Still have to buy packing supplies (tape, paper, wrap, etc.)
  • Have to figure out what to do with boxes when you’re done moving

Buy New Moving Boxes

A second option is to buy cardboard moving boxes. Local moving companies and home improvement stores carry moving boxes in sets or individually.

Pros

  • Boxes regularly sized (easier to pack than mismatched used boxes)
  • Boxes are clean
  • You can leave your stuff in boxes if you need to store it long-term

Cons

  • Expensive (boxes, tape, paper, wrap, etc. adds up quickly)
  • Have to assemble and break down the boxes
  • Large boxes can get heavy and hard to move
  • Have to figure out what to do with boxes when you’re done moving
  • Not an earth-friendly option

Rent Moving Boxes

A relatively-new option for those moving within a particular metro area is renting boxes from box rental companies.

Pros

  • No effort required—they deliver moving boxes and packing supplies to your home
  • Renting boxes is up to 30% cheaper than buying boxes
  • Rented moving boxes are clean
  • Company picks boxes up again after you unpack
  • Plastic boxes are stronger than cardboard
  • Plastic boxes can stack more efficiently in moving van so you can rent a smaller truck
  • The greenest moving option

Cons

  • Service currently available for local moves only
  • Not a good option if are putting your items in long-term storage

Getting the Stuff from Here to There

Once everything is packed and ready to go, you’ll have to move your stuff from here to there. Again, three options are available:

  • Self-move
  • Hire movers
  • You pack and load; they drive

Self-Move

This option usually involves lots of friends who are paid off in pizza, beverages, or other tasty treats. You can use friends’ vehicles or rent a moving truck. The self-move option is great if you are moving locally and/or you don’t have a lot of stuff. It becomes more challenging, however, if you are moving far away and/or are moving a larger household.

Hire Movers

Though significantly more expensive than the first option, hiring a moving company takes much of the stress out of moving. This service usually includes you packing your belongings into the moving boxes. The movers then load the moving truck, transport your items to the new house, and unload the truck. This option is especially helpful for people with physical limitations. It is also helpful if you are moving long-distance to a place where you will not have help with unloading.

One disadvantage, aside from cost, is that you are trusting the moving company to handle your belongings with care and to keep them secure. Be sure to choose a reputable organization to avoid theft or property damage.

You Pack and Load; They Drive

Like renting moving boxes, this option has become more widely available in recent years. A portable storage container is delivered to your home. You pack all your belongings in the container and lock it. The container is loaded onto a truck and delivered to your new home.

This option is cheaper than hiring movers, but leaves the driving to the professionals. In addition, you are the only one with access to your belongings, and you also have as much time as you need to pack and unpack. However, you must load and unload the storage unit yourself. You also need to make sure that local ordinances do not restrict or forbid use of these containers.

Now You Know!

No matter how you look at it, moving is a huge task. By breaking the decisions down, you can choose the options that work best for you. For more moving advice check out these tips Now that you know what to do when you are moving, it’s time to start packing!

 

How To Find A Gym In A New City

Now that the holidays are upon us, it might be time to start thinking about what to do when January 1 rolls around…you know…to work off a little of the candy, turkey and dressing, buttery mashed potatoes and pies we’ve indulged in over the past three months.  So, here are some great tips for finding a gym in your new city!

First of all, studies show that people join gyms for these reasons:

  • Lose weight
  • Build muscle
  • Tone muscle
  • Stress relief
  • Improve overall health
  • Train for an event

Why you’re joining has a lot to do with your gym selection, so be sure to think about your reasons.  Before you select one, do your research to make sure you get everything you want out of the membership.  Keep in mind that many gyms require a contract…you don’t want to be stuck in something for an entire year that doesn’t fulfill your needs. 

I recommend starting with a list of the things you want/need from your gym…operating hours, equipment types, classes, personal training options, dressing/shower facilities, cleanliness, etc. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to narrow down the choices.

Note: many gyms will allow contract cancellation if you’re moving more than 25-30 miles away from the facility or you become injured in a way that permanently prevents you from exercising. Some will allow a temporary hold on your membership for a temporary injury.

Determine the reasons you want to find a gym in your new city and when you begin researching, ask what each gym can offer in these areas:

Gym location

Regardless of how great the gym is, if it’s too far out of your way, your motivation to go may be hindered. People are normally more likely to go regularly if the gym has easy access to home, work or school.

Gym hours

Whether you prefer to exercise in the morning, on your lunch hour or at the end of the day, you’ll want to find a location that fits your schedule. 

Group fitness options

Many people find group fitness a great motivator for sticking with a gym membership. Attending classes like Zumba®, cardio kickboxing, toning, step and boot camp not only gives you great accountability, it’s also a great way to make friends in your new city. It’s also true that having an instructor to push you through the workout will usually keep you going longer.

Gym equipment

Whether you’re looking for a great cardio workout or strength training, you’ll need good, quality equipment to accomplish your goals. Take a tour of the facility to check out the equipment ahead of time.

Cleanliness and facilities

You may not get the full picture of the cleanliness of the facility until you’ve spent some time there. So, ask for a one or two-week trial membership before you sign on the dotted line.

Price

Lastly, once you’ve found a few gyms that meet your needs, explore pricing structures to see what you get for the price.  Don’t forget to ask for discounts…many gyms give corporate discounts, discounts for paying with an automatic draft from a credit card or checking account or for paying six months to a year in full in advance.

Good luck with your fitness goals and in your new city! Still in the process of moving? Click here to check out the variety of convenient moving services offered by US Border Movers.

 

Apartment Moving Tips

Moving into a new apartment can cause a wide array of emotions.  You may feel excited about moving into a new place, stressed about getting everything moved and overwhelmed by having to coordinate the connection and disconnection of your utilities.

Thinking ahead can help prevent additional stress on moving days.  Here are some moving tips you might want to consider to make the transition to your new apartment as smooth as possible.

  • Renter’s insurance Call your insurance agent ahead of time to get a quote on renters insurance.  This type of policy is relatively inexpensive and will cover most of your belongings inside the apartment from certain types of loss.  If you use the same company for your auto insurance be sure to ask about a multi-line policy discount.
  • Utilities Arrange to have your utilities connected in advance.  There is nothing worse than wanting to take a shower after a long day of moving and not having any water.
  • Make notes of pre-existing damage Walk through your new apartment and make note of any existing damage and provide documentation to the landlord.  As an extra precaution, you may want to take a video or snap some pictures. Some things you want to make note of are holes in the drywall, chipped paint, broken appliances and damaged carpet.
  • Parking Once you have decided how you are moving you want to make sure you have ample space for the moving truck.  You may want to call the apartment complex office and arrange for additional parking on the day of your move.
  • Essentials Box Have an essentials box packed with items you need immediately such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.  Miscellaneous tools such as a hammer and a screwdriver may also come in handy for reassembling items and hanging pictures.

Moving can be hectic for even the most organized renter. Being prepared will help you stay calm and collect the day of your move. We hope you found these apartment moving tips helpful! If you have questions about how US Border Movers can make apartment moving easy and affordable, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Ways to Save Money Moving | Reducing What You Move

What to Move, What to Move, So Much Stuff, I Don’t Know What to Do!

So it’s time. You have to start making your final decisions on what’s making the move and what’s not. What worldly possessions get to go on the big adventure to your new home? How do you decide what gets to go and what gets left behind? You may have heard that you pay less when you move less.  If so, you heard right.  So if you’re looking for ways to save money moving…keep reading, I’ve got some great things for you to consider.

 

Reasons you might pare down what you’re moving:

  • Downsizing
  • Moving to a Different country. In this case, border movers will help you.
  • Good Excuse to Get Rid of a Few Things
  • Short on Cash
  • Completely Different Style of Home

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help decide what to trim down.

 

Indoor Furniture – You’re moving to a new home, is there anything you’re hoping to replace in the next six months anyway? Does the style of your furniture fit your new home or lifestyle? Will it fit? Should it be replaced? Do you want to move it? Will you be adding to the family? Is anyone moving out?

 

Outdoor Furniture – Lawn furniture can be very bulky, hard to pack into a moving van and can take up a lot of space. Is your new climate conducive to the set you have? Will it fit your new deck or patio? Could you sell it for a nice sum and replace it with something more appropriate for your new home?

 

Outdoor Maintenance – Do you still need a snow blower? Is the old lawnmower worth moving or would you be better off selling it and buying new next summer? Are you moving to a condo with a lawn service included in HOA fees? Is the swing set worth the hassle of breaking down and rebuilding? How about the old grill, is it worth moving? Do you need to move the pool equipment?

 

Appliances – Do you want the refrigerator for your new kitchen or will it end up in the garage? Are the washer and dryer worth moving or would you be better off selling and getting a high efficiency set on the other end? How often do you use the rice cooker or bread machine?

 

Remember, if you let go and sell some of the larger, bulky items you’re not likely to use at your new home,  you not only get the cash from selling the items, you also get the cost savings from reducing the size of your move.  You might even consider leaving behind some of the really bulky items you will use at your new home.  Just look at the cost savings of using less space, paired with the profit from selling the item, and determine whether it’s worth it to replace it once you get there. Sometimes you’ll find that’s a great way to save money moving.

 

I hope these tips help you to stop and consider things you could leave behind that will ultimately save money on your move. If you want a cost-effective way of moving your belongings, have a professional moving company like US Border Movers do the job.