Spring is here and Memorial Day is around the bend, that means moving season is upon us. Since 1997, May has also been given the honor of being national moving month. As an interstate agent with Bekins Vanlines, White Glove Moving & Storage has been helping families take advantage of moving late Spring through summer for the past twenty years. It is no wonder, when school is out and the weather in the northeast and midwest goes from gray to clear skies, many use this time to move.
Of course, moving can be more than a hassle, it can be a downright overwhelming proposition. Regardless of the size and distance, here are a few useful tips and tricks to help make the process easier:
*Book a reputable moving company. Post covid, there are many cash buyers and other factors that can result in the need to move much quicker than in the past which in turn is creating high demand. Thus, it’s essential to book a quality moving company quickly. At White Glove Moving & Storage, we offer both in-person and virtual surveys to provide accurate pricing and ensure the crews have the right tools and materials for the job. Thereby, providing peace of mind that come moving day; it all goes smoothly.
*Throw away or donate as much as possible before and during the packing process.
*Use laundry baskets, trash bins, and suitcases as boxes if you are doing a direct move. If you know you will need more, ask your estimator during the complimentary survey, how many boxes and what sizes they recommend. When White Glove is chosen as your mover, those boxes can be arranged for delivery or pick up so you can start packing sooner rather than later. Of course, should you wish to have the professionals pack for you; that is always an option and we welcome the opportunity to be of further service.
*In lieu of bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with clothing and linens.
*While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking simpler.
*Put stemware and glasses inside clean socks for extra padding.
*Eat at home during your last week to clear your fridge and pantry as best you can. Keep in mind, if you are moving over state lines the actual end cost is based on weight so don’t let that be in soup cans; rather donate your heavy non-perishable items. At White Glove, as Move for Hunger movers, we can help with that by taking your reserved box of items to the warehouse for our big delivery to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
*Plan out your wardrobe for the week before you pack, then pack the clothes that you don’t plan on wearing for the week.
Other tips for clean out once your items are moved include:
*Use white Ivory soap, toothpaste, and other items to fill nail holes in your walls.
*Broken glass on the floor? Use a slice of bread to pick up the pieces that your broom missed!
*Remove any dents in the carpet that furniture left behind with ice cubes. Simply place the ice cubes on the dents, let them melt, and use a spoon to lift the fibers.
*If you have scuff marks on hardwood floors, cut a hole in a tennis ball, stick the ball on the end of a broom, and rub the scuff mark until it disappears.
*Wrap a rubber band around a hammer to prevent scuffing the wall when removing nails.
*Unwanted electronics, remotes and more? Visit a local electronics recycler like Staples where these kinds of items can be recycled into something new.
In closing, yes moving can be stressful but when you enlist the help of the pros and you take the proper time to sort; moving can be an adventure, too. New home, new places to explore. Thereby, expanding your horizons to make new connections. At White Glove, during National Moving Month, and all year long; we enjoy being a small part of that exciting process when a move occurs for a family, individual or business. Lastly, click here for our full moving checklist.