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With the spring season officially underway, you may be thinking about getting started on moving to a new place. With the weather warming up and road conditions improving, it probably seems like a perfect time to move. While that sounds perfect for those of us living in the northern states, there are a few other times of the year that could be just as good to move in for other reasons. There are also specific times of the year that make the process of selling your home and hiring a moving company more challenging than others. To give you a better perspective on the year from a mover’s point of view, here are some strategies for moving in each of the four seasons.

Moving in the Winter

January and February are the best months to move during the winter. Many people’s schedules open up at this time of year, allowing them more time to move with fewer commitments to events that take place during the holidays. However, during the weeks before the new year, moving companies are usually at their least busiest and can sometimes offer special rates for people looking to move during their slowest period.

If you’d like to move in January, this means that you might have to start packing and planning in December. For many people, this usually means scheduling and making appointments between holiday parties, shopping and other events that take place near the end of the year. However, if your schedule is flexible and you don’t have too many commitments, December could be an ideal time to get everything done.

And of course, during the winter, one may need to consider preparing for inclement weather and hazardous road conditions caused by ice and snow, depending on their location. While you may be a professional winter driver, it’s good to be sure you pack your belongings thoroughly in protective packaging to ensure complete safety. You can never be too careful!

Relocating in the Spring

Over the years, home sales have usually shown high rates during the spring season. This means that there is a high amount of potential home owners that are ready to move quickly in order to beat the larger moving rush that takes place in the summer. With more houses on the market, it becomes more likely for you to find a house or apartment and move into it faster as movers are just beginning to pick up business. The best time suggested to move during the spring would be in late April and early to mid-May. Additionally, there’s an obvious advantage that comes in the spring with the weather warming up and driving conditions being easier than in the winter months prior.

Summer Moves

Weather conditions during the summer are usually perfect for relocating homes. The sun is out and everyone wants to do more outside. And with many people’s schedules more open up, it can be very easy to schedule a move without worrying about interruptions to other commitments, especially for families with children on summer vacation. However, with the surplus of availability for customers, this also means heavily booked schedules for moving companies from June to August. With this in mind, it’s best to get an estimate and plan your move several months in advance so that you are guaranteed a moving date in early summer. This will also allow you to take advantage of lower moving estimates and rates before companies raise them due to higher demand as the months grow hotter.

Moving in Fall

With the kids (finally) back in school and the holidays still to come, the fall can be a good time for many people to plan their move. As mentioned, rates from moving companies usually begin to lower as the weather cools, and the market usually starts to become less competitive than during the summer. The temperature also makes it easy to transport belongings without the discomfort or dangers of moving in the heat or snow. Ideally, the best time to move during the fall would be any time between mid-September through the end of October.

If you’re not careful, moving costs can add up quickly. You need to hire movers, buy packing supplies, rent storage space, and that’s not taking into account the cost of closing on a new home or signing a new lease. There’s no need to let it cause you stress though, because if you know what to do, moving can actually be very affordable. The following steps will teach you how to get the most bang for your buck during a move.

Timing is Everything

Summertime is peak moving season, which means as it gets colder and business slows, moving and storage companies will tend to offer better deals on their services. If your move can wait until September or October, you may find yourself in a position to save a lot of money.

For renters, try and move at a time that gets you the most value out of your billing cycles. Most people pay rent around the first of the month, so try and schedule your move at the end of the month. This way, you get to take your time moving out of your old place, and you’re not paying for two rentals at once.

Visit the Dollar Store

You’ll need to do a lot of cleaning during a move, but you don’t need to spend a lot. For cleaning supplies and last minute knick-knacks, like paper plates for those first few inevitable pizza nights, the dollar store is perfect. The key is to save money wherever you can. You don’t need Clorox when the bottle that just says “BLEACH” works just as well. Remember, if you don’t absolutely need the high-end version of something, get it from the dollar store.

Clip Coupons

Actually clipping them is rarely necessary anymore. There are dozens of coupon sites that will let you print out coupons or display them on your mobile device. Some sites will even let you input a zip code to search for coupons in a certain area. It’s a great way to save money in a place that you may not know that well yet.

Research Professional Moving Companies

Hiring help doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, once you consider all the time you’ll save, moving companies are often quite cost efficient. Professional movers are fast, organized and they know exactly what to do should you hit a snag. As long as you’re prepared, hiring movers shouldn’t break the bank.

Pack and Prepare

Preparation is the best path to a stress-free and cost efficient move. If everything is properly packed and ready, it means the movers will spend less time on the initial loading of your belongings, which means their services will cost less. While you’re packing, make sure everything is properly labeled, to save you time when you get to your new home.

Seattle skyline

Seattle Moving Company

If you’re planning on moving to the Seattle-Tacoma area soon, then you’ve truly picked a great place to live. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most progressive and up-and-coming parts of the country and has something to offer everyone. Seattle is one of the biggest cities in the region and has numerous neighborhoods that should be experienced in full by all new residents. As a newcomer, you’re probably wondering which part of our city would be best to settle down in. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best neighborhoods in Seattle. Check each of them out after you get settled in.

Beacon Hill

This neighborhood is great for families and over 20 percent of the households here have kids. The Beacon Hill community is diverse, so you’ll meet many different kinds of people in one of the many local parks and playgrounds. Beacon Hill has great schools and a branch of the Seattle Public Library so if you’re moving with a family, give this neighborhood some serious consideration

South Lake Union

With its population jumping more than 20 percent from 2014 – 2015, this is perhaps the fastest-growing neighborhood in Seattle. The reason for this is likely the emergence of Amazon and the surrounding businesses that have recently sprung up. Hundreds of new employees needing a place to live have transformed this former industrial area into a vibrant neighborhood. That is why 25 buildings have been approved since the spring of 2014, with many more in preliminary phases; all of this in an area less than one square mile in size.

SoDo/Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, and SoDo is one of the up-and-comers. Yet, the combined neighborhood is still one of the least densely populated parts of greater downtown Seattle. That is set to change soon, as there have been many new projects announced lately, such as the new Stadium Place apartments on South King Street. If a trendy, new up-and-coming neighborhood is your style, then you might want to find a place in this neighborhood sooner rather than later.

Capitol Hill

Do you like to eat? We do. This is one of the best places in the city to find some great food. Seattle is home to two of the best chefs in the nation, Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell. Down here, you can spend a week trying new restaurants every day and still not eat at the same place twice. We’ve got cafés, gastropubs, microbreweries, and, of course, the coffee scene in Seattle is legendary. Loosen those belt buckles when you come to this neighborhood.

Lakehurst

The Lakehurst neighborhood is beautiful, with miles of bike trails and close proximity to the University Village shops. The homes and rentals are on the pricier side, averaging around $1,800/month for rentals and over $1 million asking prices for homes. It’s worth every penny though, as Lakehurst is one of the safest neighborhood in Washington state.

Leschi

East of the Central District, facing Lake Washington, Leschi’s lakeside homeowners enjoy the same stunning views as communities like Denny-Blaine, at more reasonable prices. Also, they have easy access to the parks and docks along the lake. The median home price in Leschi is almost half of that of similar neighborhoods, such as Denny-Blaine or Madison Park. If you’re moving to Seattle to get a view of the water, this may be the neighborhood for you.

Apex Moving Executives holding awards

Apex Moving President, Dean Savage (second from left), accepting awards for company achievements of the last year as presented by executives of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines at its recent convention in Ft. Lauderdale on October 27, 2014.

Many of us throw away a lot of our belongings during a move. Maybe some of this stuff has no place in your new home, or maybe it has no real value to you and your family anymore. Other times, items such as food, can be valuable to someone in need. By setting aside your non-perishable food items while packing for your move, you can help families in need.

Hunger is not only an issue in third-world countries. 50 million Americans struggle to find their next meal; 17 million of them are children. Apex Moving & Storage is doing something about this.

It’s easy for you to help us make a difference. When you are packing your last minute belongings, simply set aside any non-perishable food items you’d like to donate. Our dedicated movers volunteer their time to help pack up this food and deliver it to the Puyallup Food Bank. The donated food is then sorted and delivered to Puyallup area families in need.

Apex Moving & Storage is dedicated to fighting hunger. When you book your move, be sure to let your move coordinator know that you’d like to help.

With such a beautiful, hot summer, we could have a warmer, wetter fall and winter. You could be faced with a “slippery slope” if it’s raining when it’s time to move. Here are a few great tips to keep your stuff dry:   Clear out your driveway. The closer the moving truck is to your front door or garage, the better. The shorter the distance, the smaller the opening for pesky raindrops to cascade upon your precious – and previously dry – belongings.   Fill the garage first. If you have a garage, it can save you lots of very wet tears. If you move your furniture and other cloth items to your garage before the movers arrive, they can usually get the truck incredibly close to your garage door (maybe even inside, if you have a “monster-truck” garage).   Order up some gravel. If you have mud puddles, troughs, or holes, fill them with gravel to help protect your expensive investments. It’s not that expensive and it might save the lives of your movers or at least the lives of your sofa, your basketball hoop, and your 210 inch 1080p HDTV.   So, if your moving day is cloudy, remember to watch for falling drops (rain as well as your heavy furniture). Follow these fantastic tips and you can look forward to your winter move and still enjoy the rest of this gorgeous summer!   Moving this winter? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.
Moving? New address? (Clearly, if you’re moving, you’ll have a new address.) So, if you’re moving, check the invisible and hypothetical “Yes” box. If you mentally checked “Yes”, then you, wisely, want your mail to arrive at your new home. For that purpose, the US Postal Service has a handy-dandy form that you can fill out online. They charge a small fee of $1.05 to verify your identity and will then redirect all of your mail to the new address.  In addition to updating your mailing address, here are a number of services you will want to update with your new address: Banks
  • Loans
  • Savings
Healthcare
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Pharmacy
Insurance
  • Auto
  • Home
  • Life
Subscriptions
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
Utilities
  • Electricity
  • Garbage
  • Internet
  • Satellite or Cable
  • Telephone
  • Water
Accounts
  • Amazon.com, etc.
This is also your opportunity to NOT update your address with annoying services, junk mail purveyors, nosy neighbors, and/or the IRS. (Disclaimer: I don’t recommend tax evasion. They will find you!) While this is list is not exhaustive, it should be a great starting point for you to add to, on your own. After it’s all said and done, you can think of every letter and package that arrives at your new home as a birthday present to yourself! (If it’s your birthday, it’ll actually be true!)    Moving? New house, new address? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.  
Inbound are a few fantastic lifting “strats” or strategies to help you lift heavy objects with style and stay healthy.   If you don’t know it, check the weight. Now, this doesn’t mean you should start off by launching the object onto your bathroom scale with a pair of kitchen tongs and a spatula. If it’s too heavy, you’ll hurt yourself, and you’ll probably hurt the scale in the process. To test the weight, lightly push the object with your hands to see if it moves easily. (No back injury required!)   If it’s too heavy, ask for help. This concept is one of the most effective and overlooked strategies to prevent injury to yourself and others. Try it. Go ahead, actually ask for help. Seriously, I think you’ll fall in love with the results. If you don’t love the results, I promise you a one-hundred percent money-back guarantee for all of the money you paid to read this. (If you actually did pay to read this, please let me know so I can get a percentage.)   If it’s still too heavy, use the right tool. A handtruck or lifting straps can literally save your life, especially if you’re moving a stainless steel fridge-monstrosity on a tightrope, over a molten lake of lava. If you want to become (easily) a lot smarter than most people, you can use these tools for smaller items as well. (It’s super effective!)   Possible side effects of poor lifting strategies include: Headaches, nausea, back pain, hemorrhoids, plastic surgery, and possibly even death (as illustrated above).   So, whenever you lift something, stand close to it, keep your back straight, and lift slowly and steadily with your legs. If you follow these general and specific lifting strats, heck, you might even have some fun!   Need help moving your heavy stuff? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

It looks like we have quite a bit of Summer heat inbound. Hopefully you already cooled down a bit with your free “July 11th” Slurpee from your local 7/11 convenience store. If you missed the cutoff time or the day entirely, don’t feel too bad, the frozen beverages, though free, were incredibly small, plus they aren’t that good for you anyway. (Full disclosure: I got one anyway.)

A couple of weeks ago we gave you some personal tips on how to Stay Frosty, Ice-Cream Cone. I’m here to provide you with three team-oriented tips on how to cool down your house and help your whole family chill, without an air conditioner:

1) Close your windows, shades and curtains.

It may seem like blowing air through an open window is a good plan, but only if the air outside is cooler than what’s inside. Keeping your doors, windows and blinds closed, traps the cooler air inside. This will make your house a bit darker, but it will dramatically reduce the temperature in your home. Window glass converts solar energy to heat and open curtains pour that heat directly into your house, while closed curtains block most of it. The darkness inside your house will probably make little difference to you because you’ll likely be outside or at work during the day. What vampire wants to sit inside the house on a sunny day? (Answer: Every vampire. All of them.)

2) Blow some air around.

Moving air definitely helps you feel cooler. Unfortunately, once your house gets hot inside, just blowing hot air around is not enough to make sleeping comfortable. And most of us don’t have a clue on how to effectively blow hot air out of our houses. Here’s what I’ve learned: The first key is to have fans (plural, at least 2). The second key is fan placement, which leads to Tip 3.

3) Use fans strategically to blow the hot air completely out.

First, you can’t just conjure cold air from nowhere. It must exist already, and second, you must find a way to release the hot air as well as invite the pale frozen winds inside. (Why pale? It, sounds… colder, right?)

Knowing what you know now, wait until nightfall to begin your devious plan. Once night falls, open your windows. Place fans in the upper windows facing out (if you have multiple stories). This will blow the hot air out and bring the cold air in from outside. If you have a single story home, blow the air across your house. Remember, the cold air has to come from outside, so at least a couple of the windows should not have fans in them, or those fans should point inward.

If you follow these steps, your house should cool down and stay a lot cooler, unless of course, the air outside stays hot during the night. If so, good luck with that. Otherwise, enjoy chilling in your cool, yet un-airconditioned home.

Now your house is cool. Like, totally rad, dude (or dudette).

Moving in the Summer heat? Move with Apex!

We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

 

The Mind Map. Awesome. You might have heard of it. You might not. But I am about to tell you about something that saved me from going insane, off my rocker, completely and utterly bonkers, last year.

People are busy. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. Whether it’s work, birthday’s, weddings, or everyday responsibilities, it can be tough to keep track of all that information.

I understand completely. Last year I struggled with keeping track of what needed to get done. It was incredibly frustrating. I wasn’t a very nice person because I was stressed out.

Then I remembered a concept my dad taught me: The Mind Map.

What is a Mind Map?

Quite simply, a mind map is a map of your mind. Or, more accurately, of your current thoughts, ideas, or tasks. It allows you to pour all of the info rattling around in your brain onto a sheet of paper. It could look something like this:

mind map exampleNow whenever I feel confused or overwhelmed, I just write out a quick mind map (It only takes around 60 seconds) of everything I need to do. Almost immediately my mind is free to think of other things, instead of shutting down, just trying to hang on to my thoughts, which are now (quite conveniently) on paper. I could finally relax.

The best part of The Mind Map, is that it works for anything and for everyone. Designing a video game? Mind-map it. Writing a book or a news story? Mind-map it. Planning a wedding? Mind-map it.

I think you’ll love the results. I did. And I still do.

Planning a move? Mind-map it, and move with Apex!

We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.