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The Monthly Moving Tips by Summit Van Lines

Did you know on an average every household in the United States moves with goods worth 7,400 lbs? Yes this means that you have to pack up a lot of stuff if you plan to move and this stuff can take as many as 100+ boxes to relocate. Relocating this much goods can be costly but you can eliminate some costs by doing stuff yourself. This guide will help you understand how to move smoothly to a new place all the while saving up on costs.

First off determine how much you have to move

Going to a new location means that you will have to pack up at least 80% of your existing goods. But before you start, go around your house and make a list of things you need to move and have a separate list of stuff you can sell or give away to charity. This way you can easily eliminate the burden and reduce the stuff you have to move ultimately reducing the effort and costs.

Do you have adult kids?

Moving around with kids is going to be a lot of trouble. If you have young kids that cannot help with the moving process, have them taken care of by sending them off to your friends or family for the moving day. If you have adult kids, they can greatly help you around compiling and packing stuff and even help in unpacking when you reach the new place. Old age people need to be taken care of the same way children are taken care off, so send them off to rest at a friend or family’s place.

See your budget

Once you have made a list of things to move, start listing down the budget. See how many boxes and other tools you are going to need in order to complete your move. Take out a register and start noting down the costs. You can easily cut some costs here if you are very low on budget. But if you have plenty to spare, you can even hire professional movers who can greatly help you out with the whole process. Just remember, professional services will cost you a bit of money. A good time to hire professional help is when you need to move very large things like your furniture.

Cut down on the costs

There are going to be plenty of things in your house that you do not need. You can consider selling off your worn off furniture or just giving them away to charity. That way you won’t have to move too much stuff with professional help. Head over to craigslist and post a list of goods you do not want to take with you and you will be surprised how many people will be interested in taking that stuff off from you. Alternatively, you can also call a local charity in the area. They will come and pick up the goods you do not need and get them delivered to the needy.

Summer Moving Checklist

Moving to a new home? Get ready to go through a very tough time. Moving consists of several tasks that go beyond packing and unpacking your stuff from one place to another. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind. When moving to a new place, you not only have to deal with the new community, but you have to update all your accounts and register yourself with the new municipal. This checklist will help you draw a plan in which you can get everything done without much hassle.

Setting up new utility accounts

One of the first things you need to make sure that you have gas and electricity in the new place you move on. Then you can deal with the internet, phone and other utilities required in a household. Before you make the move, go to the new area and start registering yourself with utility providers in the area. Find out who provides the basic utilities and sign up with them at least two weeks before your final move. Once you have registered, the people from the utility office will come and take care of the rest. But if you take time, you may not have basic utilities when you reach your new home. So don’t delay on registering yourself first and foremost.

Get yourself registered to vote

Do you know moving to a new place means you no longer will be able to vote until you register yourself with the new area? When you get to the new place, you can visit the local election commission and get yourself and the family register to vote. Registering yourself for voting has other benefits which your election body will explain. So don’t delay and register to vote.

Get your car registered

Moving to the new place also means that you will have to register your car to the new municipal of the area. Go to the revenue authorities of the area you are moving to as soon as you have moved in and get your papers straight. They will update their database and your car will be re-registered.

Change your postal address or set a forwarding mail

Moving to a new place means all your postal address will need to be updated. You can do this in two ways. The easier way is to set a mail forwarding service with your local post office. Just tell them to send all your mail on your previous address to the new address. Once you have completely settled in, you can start updating your postal address with all the companies you are subscribed with. Remember postal forwarding may cost you a little bit of extra money, so it is a better idea to update your postal address with all the companies you work. This process is easy because most companies these days allow you to update your mailing address through a simple portal on their website. Visit the website and update your details and your mail will start reaching you to the new place.

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June Moving Tips from Summit Van Lines

Moving to a new place is a hectic job. You have to pack up all your stuff carefully and take them out once you get to the new place. A lot of people don’t remember that the new home they’re moving to will require some sort of cleaning before they can settle in. this guide was made to help you take on some essential supplies so you can start cleaning immediately before you put your stuff in your new home. Below is a list of all cleaning essentials that should be ready once you land in the new place.

Disinfectant – the new house will require some cleaning because you have no idea what went on there before you moved in. So carry a disinfectant and use it once before setting up your stuff.

Rubber gloves – you need to make sure that when cleaning, you have to protect your hands. Wear your rubber gloves no matter what you are doing. Take extra pairs with you so the whole family can wear them and contribute. Clean the bathrooms, toilets and the kitchen before you start placing your goods around the place.

Take some clean utensils – when you reach the new home, you will want to cook or heat some stuff. Having clean utensils is a great idea because then you can immediately unpack them and start cooking stuff for the entire family.

Broom, vacuum and mop – before settling down, make sure you thoroughly clean the new rooms. This is ideally done before the furniture comes in. this way you will have access to the entire area to clean. Once the furniture is set up, you won’t be able to clean properly. So before the trucks move in with the large furniture, get down and start mopping, vacuuming the place.

Pack some snacks – throughout the day you will need to replenish your energy levels because moving can be very stressful on your physical and mental strength. Pack some high energy snacks that will instantly give you an energy boost to deal with more work.

Take your clothes – when you reach the new home and when you are done cleaning, you will want to change into new clothes. Have your pajamas and other necessary clothing ready in a transparent bag. Take them out and change immediately so you are clean and comfortable.

Bathroom necessities – never go into the new house without having your bathroom essentials packed and ready. Once you move in, unpack your bathroom necessities and start cleaning yourself. Have soap, body wash and other stuff ready for this.

Get sheets and blankets – the first night is going to be very uncomfortable because most of your favorite bed time stuff won’t be available. Try to pack new bed sheets and blankets for the first night so you can sleep comfortably. Have your pillows in a separate bag ready to go once you are about to sleep.

Last but not the least, do not forget to take your phone chargers with you.

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How to Relocate Homes Like an Expert

A lot of people especially moving for the first time have common questions like ‘we have no idea where to start’ or ‘how do we put everything in action’. There is no doubt that moving is a tricky business. But it doesn’t have to leave you wondering too much.

We simply tell everyone to stay calm and take baby steps. Steps that are not too big and not too small. Take them easily and before you move. These steps are also tips you can follow.

So first things first, you need a plan to get started. If you don’t plan ahead, you will likely come into pressure and no one can act well while under pressure. So take some time, breathe in and start planning ahead of your move. We will give you some golden tips you can use to make things smooth for you and your family.

First of all, look at your packing supplies.

Moving will require you to do a lot of things. One of the first and foremost things is having enough packing supplies. So we are going to start from here and list down the packing supplies needed to get the job done.

You’ll need:

Packing tape: have enough tape on your hand so you can seal the boxes around the top and the side. Don’t hesitate to buy off plenty of packing tape.

Boxes: boxes are your core packing materials. You’ll need to go out and get a lot of them. But don’t just blindly bring in hundreds of boxes, stop and count the amount of boxes you are going to need to get everything inside. Ideally, you should have both big and small boxes brought before you can start packing.

Have several pair of scissors: to cut stuff you are going to need scissors. But these tricky little tools can get lost easily so have a few leftover with you.

Have big garbage bags: garbage bags are great to carry light stuff like clothes and dirty laundry. Have see through bags so you can have a look what’s inside the bags before you open them up. You can also get different color ribbons to mark them with code.

Colored markers: now this depends a lot on how you like to handle things. Some people use labels to mark the boxes and put on names where the stuff have to go. Others can use color markers to set colors for each room. For example, the kid’s room can be colored pink while your room can be colored yellow and the lounge can be blue. You can then color the boxes appropriately and have them moved to the right rooms when you get to the new place.

News papers are important: Newspapers are great if you are packing fragile stuff. These are great to pack utensils like expensive serving dishes and glass dishes. Have a bunch of newspaper and wrap this stuff in it so it doesn’t break on the way.

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