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By turning old used goods, donations, and volunteer efforts into aid for children and families in need, Bellevue is made a stronger and healthier community.When you think of Bellevue Square, you may think of the collection of stores and boutiques ranging from Nordstrom to Macy’s to the Microsoft Store. You may have heard of the nearby Lincoln Square Expansion that offers state of the art office spaces, residential and retail space, dining and entertainment. Since long before the boom from business to the Bellevue and Seattle metropolitan area, Bellevue LifeSpring has been a part of this vibrant and prosperous community. Bellevue LifeSpring, formerly the Overlake Service League, has been a pillar of community service in the Bellevue community for over 100 years and they are looking forward to an even brighter future.

The foundation of Bellevue LifeSpring has always been able to give back to the members of the Bellevue community who are below the poverty line. Bellevue is the third largest suburb of Seattle and is found just across Lake Washington. Bellevue’s downtown features the second largest city in the state of Washington and is home to Expedia and T-Mobile headquarters. Bellevue is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and for business.

The Bellevue LifeSpring History

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Bellevue LifeSpring started from humble beginnings as the Overlake Service League way back in 1911. During the Great Depression, The Overlake Service League helped children in the Bellevue area by delivering milk and helped local farmers by donating equipment and farming supplies. The Overlake Service League Thrift Shop began its time at Bellevue Square Mall in 1981, and in 2017, changed their name to Thrift Culture. The Freeman family has been an integral part of the Bellevue community for over 100 years. Miller Freeman was a driving political force that created the Lake Washington Floating Bridge, the first floating bridge crossing Lake Washington. Kemper Freeman Sr. was instrumental in starting the very first school district in Bellevue as well as Overlake Hospital Medical Center, which was the first hospital in Bellevue. Kemper Freeman Jr. is the CEO of Kemper Development Company, which manages The Bellevue Collection. Bellevue LifeSpring has always played a vital role in the Bellevue community by assisting families in need since the beginning. To this day, Bellevue Square and the Kemper Development Company only charge Bellevue LifeSpring $1 per year to rent their retail space in Bellevue Square. Turning used wares into salable goods with the end goal of helping people has been the recipe for fostering the prosperity of the Bellevue community. Through offering reused goods and turning charitable donations into real sales, Thrift Culture looks to continue to build on the success Bellevue LifeSpring and the Overlake Service League started long ago. By turning old used goods, donations, and volunteer efforts into aid for children and families in need, Bellevue is made a stronger and healthier community.

Bellevue LifeSpring Moves to Bellevue Square

The Bellevue community has a strong sense of giving to others who are less fortunate, and area businesses also share this sentiment. Some area businesses and organizations that helped make Bellevue LifeSpring’s move a success were AAA Washington, Apex Moving and Storage, Gravity Creative, JPC Architects, TubeArt, plus many more local donators and contributors. With the vigilant support of the area businesses and the kind spirited efforts of those in positions of power, the community of Bellevue and the surrounding Puget Sound region will continue to prosper well into the future.

A recent article in the Bellevue Reporter highlights the opening of Thrift Culture in Bellevue Square.

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You’ve landed a new job in a new state, you’re moving across town to be closer to family, or perhaps you’re expanding your family and need to move into a bigger home. Whatever your case may be, you’re ready to pack up and move out, but you realize the job might be too big to handle on your own. Your first reaction is to grab your computer or phone and type “moving companies” into your search engine. Simple enough until you’re bombarded with a never-ending list of contenders to choose from. Choosing a moving company should not be done blindly. If you don’t do your research when hiring movers to help with your relocation, it can end up costing you much more than anticipated. That’s why we’re offering 5 tips for hiring reputable, trusted movers for the job.

  1. Types of Moving Services Provided and Extra Fees
  2. As you begin your journey to find a mover, it’s important to really think about what your move involves and whether a moving company provides the services that meet your specific needs. Do they have experience moving specialty items like pianos or antiques? If you need help with packing your belongings, do their services include packing services or does it cost extra? If you don’t need help packing but need moving supplies like boxes and padding, are those offered by the movers? Does the mover provide storage services for those items you need to set aside during your relocation? Do they perform office relocations or international moves? Be sure to ask yourself these questions when you’re on the quest to find a moving company. Beware of hidden fees that may sneak up on you. Doing your research and asking the movers questions about what services are included and what additional fees might be applied will go a long way in saving you money.

  3. Reputable Movers Offer Free In-Home Estimates
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    A key indicator when trying to figure out how to find a good moving company is whether or not they provide a free estimate. A quick online quote or an estimate given over the phone is a good starting point, but a reputable moving company will offer a more accurate quote via a video or in-home estimate. Avoid the shock of a drastic increase in your bill that’s far different from the initial online quote you received. Hiring movers that provide in-home estimates will give them an opportunity for a thorough walkthrough where you can show them exactly what needs to be moved. A video or in-home estimate also gives you a chance to discuss any challenges, like flights of stairs for apartment moves or large furniture and fixtures, that might generate additional charges.

  5. Trusted Moving Companies are Qualified, Licensed and Insured
  6. Using a moving company for the first time can be intimidating and you may find yourself lost in a sea of movers. It’s important to gather only the ones that are accredited and leave those that aren’t at sea. The moving companies that you look into should be licensed by the United States Department of Transportation. You can ask the mover for their US DOT number, otherwise you should be able to find it on their website. You also want to verify that the moving company is insured. Research the type of valuation protection they provide and the costs that will apply for the level of protection of your goods. Reliable movers you can trust will also be a member of moving associations such as the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) or their state association of movers.

  7. Read Online Reviews from Real Customers
  8. Finding out information about the mover from their website will give you an idea of who you’re dealing with, but the true assessment comes from the reviews of real customers. Reading customer reviews of people who have had experience with the moving company you are considering will give you a great deal of insight as to how the movers conduct their business. The Better Business Bureau is a good source as well as Google, Facebook, Yelp and Angie’s List. You can even search for reviews on sites specifically focused on mover reviews such as MovingCompanyReviews.com, MoverReviews.com and MyMovingReviews.com. Contacting the movers directly and asking for customer references can also give you a better idea when hiring a moving company.

  9. Years of Experience and Community Involvement
  10. The amount of experience in the moving and storage industry that the company has will speak to the quality of the services they provide. When hiring movers, you need to choose one that you can trust with your valuable belongings. A decade or more in the business with a respectable track record will be the difference in whether you have a successful move. A moving company that is also involved in the community of their city is also important. Community involvement shows they care about the people they serve, and it shows their familiarity with the area.

To start some research on your Seattle-Tacoma move, Puget Sound Moving & Storage, Neighbors Relocation Services and Air Van Moving are a few reliable movers in the area. Of course, Apex Moving & Storage is also always ready to help with your relocation to or from Seattle-Tacoma.

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glassware at a garage saleYou’re getting ready to move and it’s an exciting time in your life! Moving allows you to pack up and start anew, which means you may have to part ways with some items you no longer find the need for. As you sort through your home, you realize there are more things you should really to get rid of than you had initially thought. A great option for you might be to host a moving sale. Holding a moving sale not only helps you lessen the load, but it’s also profitable! You get say goodbye to old, unwanted items and save up some cash to possibly put into other moving expenses or save towards new furniture or décor for after you relocate. Sounds like a win-win situation, but maybe you’ve never held a garage sale, yard sale or moving sale. We’re here to offer you helpful tips and tricks to host successful garage sales in the weeks or months prior to your move.

6 Tips for Hosting a Successful Moving Sale

  1. Sell It or Toss It?
  2. As you sort through your belongings and begin to put things in the sell pile, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. Is the item damaged? If it’s an electronic, does it still function? If it’s clothing, are there holes in it? You want to think with the mind of the customer. If you were at a neighbor’s garage sale, would you want a mug with a chip in it or a stuffed animal with stains on it? It might be a better idea to toss those belongings of yours that are damaged or ruined in the junk pile rather than trying to sell them. Items that you decide to sell should be free of significant scratches, tear, fade or any other noticeable damages. Once you’ve decided on all the items to sell at your yard sale, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough cleaning prior to selling. Give items of clothes one last wash and wipe down shelves or chairs of the dust they may have collected. It’s also a good idea to package items that came together such as a DVD player with its remote control. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so make it look like so! The more appealing you make your items, the more likely they are to sell.

  3. Put a Price on It
  4. Determining the price of your items might take some researching. The most important tip is not to overprice. Your ultimate goal is to get rid of your things before your move. You want to sell at a reasonable price and whatever you don’t sell at your moving sale should be donated. Keep in mind that you are selling things of yours that for one reason or another you decided not to hold on to. Refer to sites such as Craigslist and Ebay to determine what similar items are selling for to get a better idea of how you should price yours. Be mindful of the fact that people will not likely be carrying around change, so try to keep items priced at whole dollar values. Price collective items at the same price. For example, if you have a box full of books, mark the box as $1 each or 2 for $1. Make sure all your items are clearly marked with a price tag or indicated with a sign near them. This way customers are aware of the costs without having to flag you down to ask.

  5. Schedule and Advertise
  6. Scheduling your moving sale carefully is critical to how much success it will have. Typically, Saturday and Sunday are the best days to hold a moving sale since most people have the whole day off work to spend leisurely. Parents can also bring their children along to your garage sale on the weekends which can drive more sales. Make sure you check the weather ahead of time to avoid a rainy forecast. Rain keeps potential customers from leaving their home or even their cars as they drive by your yard sale. Once you’ve picked out your dates, it’s time to let everyone know about your moving sale! If you don’t raise awareness, people won’t show up. Advertising doesn’t have to be complicated and doesn’t have to cost you much or anything at all! Spread the word on social media and let people know through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can advertise on the Seattle-Tacoma Craigslist page or make a posting for the classifieds of a local newspaper. Get creative and print fliers to post on bulletin boards in local stores, restaurants or coffee shops. You can create signs to pitch around the neighborhood. There are numerous ways to spread the word, but be sure to ask neighbors and local vendors for permission before you put anything up.

  7. Thoughtful Organization is Key
  8. Nobody wants to spend their day digging through a large pile of junk hoping to find what they want. Organizing your moving sale will be beneficial in selling more items. Separate the things you are selling as a department store would. Create categories of items for organization. Kitchenware could all go together, but also separate out silverware, plates, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and so on. Toys, books, electronics, and shoes can all be separated by table or bins. When organizing clothes, you can create distinct piles of women’s, men’s, girl’s and boy’s. Make sure when putting furniture out to sell, they are not in the middle of your layout, but placed on the perimeters out of the way of heavy foot-traffic. When displaying your merchandise to sell, you want to make sure you are doing so in a way that will catch your customers’ eyes. Laying down some decorative or colorful table cloth, hanging up your best items of clothing in racks, laying out toys for kids to play around with are just some ideas you could try out.

  9. Fast and Simple Checkout
  10. When closing a purchase, you don’t want to take too long fumbling around for cash or running back and forth to grab change for a customer. A cash drawer or money tin might be a good idea if you have a trusted friend or family-member managing it at all times throughout the day. A better idea might be to have each seller walking around with either an apron with pockets or a fanny pack holding enough change in various bills. You may need to visit the bank prior to moving sale day to ensure you have plenty of ones and fives to make change. Nowadays, with everything being done electronically, you may even want to consider getting a mobile credit card reader or swiper. These devices plug right into your phone for easy access and convenient use. You can make more sales this way from customers stopping by your garage sale with no cash.

  11. Keep Customers Happy and Sticking Around
  12. A good way to keep customers sticking around and lingering a bit longer is by offering small amenities and refreshments for their comfort. If it’s a nice, hot summer day, have a table with bottled water, soda, lemonade and snacks available to sell for cheap. Another idea is to put up a tent or canopy to offer customers some relief from the heat as they browse around. As customers finally make their purchases, make sure you have newspaper or gift wrap available for fragile items such as dishware or picture frames, as well as paper or plastic grocery bags so that customers have something to carry all their newfound treasures in. The last thing you can offer your customers is a friendly thank you and a smile, and they might just come back the next day.

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Your boxes are packed, the moving van is loaded, you have your family in tow and it’s time to move! Whether you are settling into a new apartment or house, the feeling of starting from scratch and the freedom to plan and design a new space with endless possibilities is refreshing and exciting! Before you tear open those boxes and begin to unpack all your belongings, it’s important to consider exactly how you plan on organizing and arranging your new home. You’ve gotten rid of your old clutter and you’re starting over. You want to make sure you’re not going from one cluttered home to another. To avoid this, you want to create a floor plan in order for you and your family to live comfortably and happily after relocating for years to come. Consider these helpful tips for creating a floor plan that will make you love your new home even more!

Measure Your New Space

The house or apartment you are moving into will not have the same dimensions as your prior residence. You may have planned to simply plop your furniture on the floors of your new home just as you did in your old home, but that might not be a possibility. This is why having a tape measure on hand after moving in will be a good idea. Measuring the rooms you are planning for may be time-consuming, but will be beneficial in laying out your furniture efficiently later on. Use your tape measure to determine the length and width of the room from corner to corner. It’s also a good idea to figure out the halfway point of each wall in the room. This way when you arrange your furniture, you’ll have an idea of where to place them proportionately.

Sketch Out Your Floor Plan and Sketch Again

It’s difficult to imagine exactly how your room will look and distinguish one idea from another. It’s a better idea to grab a pencil and some graph paper to sketch it out. Once you’ve taken all your measurements, scale and draw the boundaries of the room. Don’t forget to include the halfway points on each wall, as well as any doorways, windows, fireplaces or any other built-in fixtures. Doing this will help you avoid placing furniture in front of anything you don’t want to cover or facing something you don’t want it to. For example, computers or televisions should be kept from facing windows to prevent glares. Make copies of your sketch so that you can plan several ideas with various furniture layouts. If you want to skip the paper and pencil, there are numerous apps you can utilize to layout your floor plan as well. These visual apps allow you to enter in your dimensions or even take a live video of the room to generate measurements for you and design your floor plan digitally. Taking advantage of these apps can make your project easier and faster.

Think About Pathways

If you’re moving a family with children, being mindful of pathways when creating your open floor plan is critical. Think about where the most natural foot traffic will be to make enough floor space between furniture for your family or visitors to walk through comfortably without obstruction. A good rule-of-thumb is to keep 3 feet of clearance space in front of doorways or stairs for ease of circulation from room to room. In rooms such as offices and bedrooms, you also want to think about the space in front of drawers, cabinets, and desks. Make sure there is ample space to extend and access these pieces of furniture fully.

Furniture Layout Ideas

living room furniture layoutIf you’re having trouble thinking of ways to arrange your floor plan layout, a good start could be to ask yourself, “What is the focus of the room?” Answering this simple question will help you determine the main feature of the room that the rest of your furniture should be arranged around. In your living room, this could be the fireplace, a television or a large painting. Another way to get your creative mind flowing is to research some ideas online. Google, Pinterest, and Houzz are great resources for images of different floor plans and furniture layouts of all the rooms in your house. Although your house may not have the exact same dimensions or features, it is still beneficial in coming up with different arrangements you could try out and figuring out what appeals to you and what doesn’t.

Filling up a new space just the way you like can be both exciting and challenging. Don’t make the work more difficult by going in blind. Take these helpful tips to plan and strategize, and you’ll be on your way to design a floor plan that is beautiful and efficient.

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Don’t let the stress of moving hold you back from taking that new job opportunity in a new town. Moving into a new home can be your fresh start to an exciting life. It’s a time for new beginnings and a time to flourish. It would be a shame to let that opportunity pass you by just to avoid the strain that comes with moving.

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Relocating can be easy and undemanding if you move forward with the most efficient plan. With the right schedule, your move can be stress-free and simple. Take a deep breath and relax. There are ways to make the moving experience less time-consuming. Utilize these four helpful tips that will save you hours or even days during your next move.

Plan out your moving schedule

Every efficient move starts with a solid plan and schedule. Organizing your moving plan in advance is a huge time-saver. List the things that need to get done before and during the move. Make sure to prioritize your schedule so that tasks with approaching deadlines are listed first. For example, notify utility companies and the post office of your address change a few weeks prior to your relocation. This way, you’ll get these tasks out of the way and have time to plan for the rest of your move.

Prepare an organized packing plan

Buy and arrange your packing supplies well before your relocation. Separate your boxes by room or object types. For instance, you may have a few boxes for kitchen utensils and a few boxes for living room décor. Label each box accordingly for easy recognition of what each box holds. Now once you’ve moved into your new house or apartment, sorting the boxes into each room will be easy for you and your movers.

Create your floor plan in advance

Decide exactly where you want to put your furniture, décor and other household items, then map out a floor plan of your new home. Be as detailed as possible, from deciding which kitchen cupboards to use for certain utensils to what dresser drawers will be home to specific clothing items. Once you’re all moved into your new house or apartment, you won’t have to move any furniture around because everything will already be in its designated place. With this out of the way, you’re ready to get settled in.

Hire a professional moving company

Packing, loading and unloading your furniture and boxes takes a lot of time and energy that you could be saving for something else. Salvage some extra time, and hire an efficient and affordable moving company to finish the moving process for you. Hiring expert movers to do the packing and shipping will save you from the heavy lifting and allow you more time to tie up any loose ends. If you are moving to or from the Puyallup, Washington area, call the professional movers of Apex Moving & Storage to help save you time and get the job done right.

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Whether you are looking to downsize after retirement, moving closer to be near your immediate family, or are placing a senior loved one into an assisted living facility or retirement home, planning a relocation is all too common when we reach our golden years. All moves can be deemed stressful but senior moves usually involve additional emotions, which can make the process feel more difficult. Here are some tips to make your senior relocation, whether for yourself or a loved one, easy and stress-free.

Planning ahead of time is crucial for a stress-free senior relocation. Depending on their new living situation, you may have to downsize significantly.

Communication is Key: In order to make the transition smoother, it’s important to talk to your parents or elderly loved one early on to help them cope with their emotions. Many times, people will have a strong emotional connection to their homes, so it’s important to give them time to grieve if necessary. Change can be difficult for anyone, young and old, so you’ll want to make sure there is open communication so they know the entire plan. This plan can include things such as where they are going to be living and why they are moving. Your senior loved one will feel better when they feel like they haven’t lost control of their own situation, so if possible, give them options and choices when it comes to location and what will happen with their personal belongings. Keeping your loved one in the loop with their transition will limit stress and make them feel more comfortable about their new home.

Plan Ahead: Planning ahead of time is crucial for a stress-free senior relocation. Depending on their new living situation, you may have to downsize significantly. Figure out the square foot measurements of your current home and future home to make it easier to how much you will need to downsize. Be aware of the floor plan ahead of time so you can know exactly what furniture and other personal belongings will fit. This plan will be your guideline as you make decisions about what should stay and what should go. It took years to accumulate most of those belongings so this process is something that should be executed weeks or even months before the move. Slowing the process down, instead of getting rid of things in a hurry will also make it easier for your loved one.

Get Organized: Since most senior moves will involve downsizing, the process will require a lot of sorting and organizing. Go through the entire house, piece by piece. Categorizing each item and separating them will help to organize the clutter. These categories can include items to take, items to be sold or donated, items to throw away, and personal keepsakes for family. Remember to be sensitive to your senior’s feelings when packing, as they may have a lot of emotional attachment to their items.

Clean Up: After all the packing and organizing, it’s time to clean. Whether the property is going to be sold, rented, or given to another relative, the home will need a good scrub down. If the home needs repairs or minor updates such as painting, now would be the time to do so. This can also be a great way to add value to the home if you decide to sell it. Taking care of maintenance issues at the same time rather than when the home is already rented or after the house is for sale will be much easier on you.

Get Extra Help: Planning and executing a senior move can be a huge task, so asking your family to join you for emotional, mental, and physical support will be very beneficial. This process is very involved so it’s recommended you request time off from work to help limit stress and feeling rushed. If your siblings or other relatives live out of town or are unavailable, contacting a professional and reliable moving company is your next best bet to assist you. Hiring an expert senior mover such as Apex Moving will take all the extra burden and stress from your shoulders and leave you and your loved one with a stress-free moving experience.

No one needs to tell us how important a pet any person or family. We’re pet lovers too, so we know that your dog, cat or any other pet you have at home means a great deal to you. No matter what kind of pet you have, people like us know that a pet isn’t just an animal, it’s a member of the family. We understand that your pets comfort and quality of life means a lot to you. There’s no end to how much joy and fulfillment people get from their pets, which is why you’ll want to make sure that your pet is ready when you move.

Whether you’re moving locally or across a long distance, it’s important to know what to do to make things easy for your pet. Since we view our pets as family, it can sometimes be hard to remember that they are not human, and therefore they can’t make sense of new settings and events as fast as we can. When your pet doesn’t realize that a big change is about to come, such as a residential move, they can become just as stressed out as any human. So, we’ve decided to give all our fellow pet lovers a few tips to help ease the transition. Here’s some advice that will keep you and your pets happy and stress-free during your move.

Vet Visit: We know, a trip doesn’t to the vet doesn’t sound like the ideal way to de-stress your pet. But as unpleasant as vet visits can be on Fido, it’s important for you to be at ease before you can help your pet, knowing your pet is healthy will help accomplish this. In order ensure that you have enough time, make sure you schedule your visit two or three weeks before your moving day. This is also a great chance to make sure you have any and all prescriptions and other medicines your pet will need after you move. You may not know where a vet’s office is in your new neighborhood, especially if you’re moving long distance, so it’s vital to make sure this is done before you move.

Keep Them Occupied: We’re sure your pet is capable of some amazing tricks, but packing, loading a truck and driving to your new home are a little trickier than catching a ball in mid-air with your mouth. You’ll want to have a professional moving crew around to take care of all the heavy lifting that will have to be done when you’re moving. Planning your move, coordinating with the moving crew and getting things loaded up will probably take all your attention, so it’s best if your pet has something else to do. If you own a snake or goldfish, this likely won’t be a problem but for dogs and cats, it’s usually best to have someone keep an eye on them while you’re moving. It’s also important to remember that not all people are animal lovers like us. Some members of the moving crew may be uneasy around pets, so moving day is easier on everybody without having to watch over your pet.

Lastly, try and get as much of your unpacking as possible done before picking your pet up from the sitter. Being able to devote more time to your pet instead of unpacking will make the transition easier. Also, if you can unpack any of your pet’s belongings, such as a doggy bed, it will help make a new home seem more familiar.

Prepare Moving-In Kits: We highly recommend having moving kits ready for you and every family member including your pets. These kits should contain any and everything you might need immediately upon moving into your new home, including pet food, toys and other items such as scratching posts. Organizing a home full of moving boxes takes time, so you’ll want to able to access the essentials right away. Being able to take your time while unpacking makes all the difference.

With these tips, you and your pet should be ready for any type of move. For more moving tips and advice, be sure to regularly check our blog page.

A long distance move is a big step, so it can be difficult to know that best way to handle this type of move. Luckily, we have a lot of experience with long distance moving, so we know exactly what it takes to get the job done right. Whether you’re moving from New York to California, or anywhere in between, there a few key steps that will go a long way to helping you have a stress-free move. Here are a few tips for getting through a long distance move.

  • Find the Right Neighborhood — If you’re moving to a new city, you know how important it is to find the right place in the right neighborhood. If you’re planning a move, then you’ve likely already gone through the process of finding the right home but you can never do too much research on your new neighborhood.

    If you have any friends or relatives in the area, talk to them or plan a pre-move visit so you can get to know your new city. They will be the ones to know all about the area you’re moving to, they can show you the best places to eat, the best routes to work and other important things about your new home.

    If you don’t know anyone, use online tools like Google street view and Zillow’s maps to help you get an idea of the place you’re moving to.

  • Sublet — If you don’t already know the exact neighborhood you’d like to live in in your new city, consider subletting while making a decision. A rental property in a new city gives you the chance to get to know the area before committing to a permanent place.  If you do decide to sublet, it may be a good idea for you to place a majority of your household items in storage. That way, you won’t have to move them in and out of two homes.

  • Downsize — Another good way to prepare for a long distance move is to decrease the amount of household items you’ll be taking. The bulk of the cost of a move comes from the amount of time the move takes and the weight of the load on the truck. By selling or donating anything that you don’t need, you can save on your move and someone else can get continued use from your items. This will also give you the opportunity to use the money you earn to fill your new home with all new furniture, decorations and other items.

Don’t forget to plan out the weeks, or even months, leading up to your long distance move. Remember that moving across a long distance, especially moving across the country, requires more planning than many other types of moves.

Following all of these steps will help you have a stress-free long distance move. If you need more tips and advice to get you ready for your move, be sure to keep checking our blog for updates.

Getting ready for a big move can be very exciting. Whether your move is local or long distance; residential or corporate; international or cross country, you likely have a lot of things to think about. One of your chief concerns is likely the safety of all of your belongings, especially if you don’t have a lot of moving and packing experience. Well luckily we have over 15 years of experience and safely transporting your belongings is something we’re adept at, no matter the type of move. Here are some helpful tips to keep your belongings safe during your move.

Get Help

One of the easiest ways to injure yourself or damage belongings on moving day is by trying to do too much. That’s why it’s best wait until the movers arrive before attempting to move large furniture, pack hard-to-reach items or pack any other items that are heavy and/or fragile. If you must move these kinds of items before moving day, be sure to ask friends and family for help. Remember, even a minor injury or undue physical strain can be harmful to your overall health and make the move take longer.

Wrap Breakable and Valuable Items

Bubble wrap, tissue and newspaper are essential for packing. Glassware, finished wood and other fragile items should be wrapped tightly and securely to prevent scratching and breaking.

Whenever working with old newspaper, make sure that your hands are clean as the natural oils in your skin can cause the ink to smear on to your household items.

Proper Packing Tools

Knowing and using the right tools and supplies for the job is a big part of keeping your belongings from being damaged. If you can, use boxes specifically designed for moving as they are more secure than old boxes you may have lying around. Also, items like wardrobe boxes are expressly designed to move certain common household items, meaning that packing is faster and easier when using them.

Labeling

Proper labeling makes all the difference when you get to your new home. If boxes are not labeled accurately, sorting through them one-by-one will be a hassle. Make sure to use boxes labeled ‘fragile’ for breakable items, such as glassware and dishes and to observe the arrows designed to indicate which end of the box should face upward. Moving crews are trained to look for these and other labels that indicate what items should be handled with extra precaution, so if boxes are labeled properly there should be no problem.

Unpack Slowly

Give yourself plenty of time to unpack your boxes slowly and carefully when your move into your new home. Doing this can help save you from dealing with broken items as well as help keep you organized while unpacking. Packing a special box and duffle bags with immediate essentials for you and your family can also help ensure that you have ample time to unpack.

Keeping all of your belongings in good shape can be easy as long as you are prepared and careful. For more tips and advice on moving and packing, keep track of our blog and check out our moving tips page.

3 Green Moving Tips

Moving usually involves the use of several resources and materials. There’s moving boxes, packing materials, unwanted items that get thrown away, not to mention all of the fuel used during transit. Making sure your move goes smoothly is important, but it’s also important to know that there’s an eco-friendly way to do so. There’s a few simple steps you can take to make sure you keep waste to a minimum during your move: Here’s a few tips on how to move green.

Start with What You Already Have

If you are opting for a DIY move, gather up any plastic bins, cardboard boxes, old linens, newspaper and all other containers and packing materials you already have and begin packing with those first. If you need tips on packing, view our moving tips page for a guide on how to pack for your move properly. Using what you already have saves money, reduces waste, and helps consolidate what’s already in the home.

This method can also be used when hiring a professional moving company to cut down on the amount of packing materials you need to purchase and save the moving crew time by having less to pack.

Recycle/Reuse Packing Materials

Once you’ve gone through all of the packing materials you already own, ask your mover if they offer used or recycled packing materials. If they do not, be sure to check with friends or family, they may have some old boxes they would be willing to part with. If all else fails, a quick Google search should show you the closest place that offers used or recycled boxes. It doesn’t take very long to find used moving and packing materials, but it does have a considerable positive impact on the environment. Be sure to recycle what boxes you don’t use.

Donate/Sell Extra Belongings

This last point is especially important for long distance moving. We can’t tell you how much easier a move is for our customers who simply have less stuff. Take a close look at your things and decide how much you could let go of or what you would like to replace. You can save time, cut down on moving costs and make some extra cash if you sell unwanted items online or at a garage sale before you move.

Any unwanted items that you don’t sell, such as old clothes or toys, can easily be donated to a local charitable organization. Remember, what you don’t want can be helpful to someone else.

For more help with planning for a local or long distance move, you can take a look at our moving calendar, a week-by-week guide to prepping for a move.