Moving Tips

Moving Tips and Advice for Efficient Moves

In the interest of saving you money, the following list of moving tips has proven extremely helpful in reducing the amount of time and frustration spent on your moving day.

Moving During The School Year?

If you have kids, I’m sure you have dealt with the stress of the back-to-school fiasco. But, what about the hassle of having to move with young children during the school year? Unfortunately, not all moves are planned. Sometimes we have to hire an emergency moving service due to evictions, family emergencies, or other surprise situations. When short notice moves take place, your children may have to switch schools depending on whether you are moving locally or long distance.

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To help us provide you with the fastest, most efficient, and safest move possible, we ask that you do the following:

  • PACKING: Pack everything in boxes. Do not use plastic or paper bags. We will not be responsible for china or antiques, or other valuables that are in boxes that are not professionally packed. We have boxes available for purchase.
  • Shut and tape all boxes. PLEASE call us if you are going to have more than 50 boxes.
  • Clearly, mark the destination of each box on top and sides.
  • Mark boxes containing glass, etc. as “FRAGILE”.
  • PARKING: Reserve ample parking for the truck. If parking is to be on a city street, it is your obligation to tell us of any meters that need to be capped by the city. In the winter, be sure to have the parking area and walkways clear of snow and ice.
  • CONTENTS OF DRAWERS: The contents of the desk drawers must be emptied. Unless weight is too great, file cabinets can generally stay packed, however, the doors must be either locked or securely taped shut. Clothing may remain in drawers, but remove fragile items ( perfume, jewelry, etc.).
  • CLEANLINESS: Please have all items to be moved in a clean condition. We need to keep our moving blankets and other moving equipment clean. Please provide mats at entrances for keeping the home clean.
  • SAFETY: Our movers have the right to not move any dangerous items. We cannot transport flammable liquids. Be sure to empty gas from gas tanks, grills, and lawnmowers.
  • TOOLS: Have a basic set of hand tools available so that our men can quickly disassemble an item if the need should arise.
  • APPLIANCES: Please disconnect all appliances before the movers arrive.

TIMESAVERS: These are some things that will help us provide yours with a LOWER final price.

  • Move your own pictures, lamps, and electronic equipment.
  • Unhook appliances (**We do not disassemble gas lines**)
  • Remove mirrors from the back of dressers and chests.
  • Remove shelves from bookcases and china cabinets.
  • Disassemble beds.

You and your friends are welcome to help us bring items to the truck, but for insurance purposes, you will not be allowed to enter the truck itself.

  • Tips are not necessary but are appreciated.

Last of all, just RELAX!               It will be over before you know it!

Holiday Moving Tips

If you are thinking about moving during the holiday season, make sure to contact Men on the Move. The holidays can be a stressful time. Do not let a pending move add to your stress level. The experts at Men on the Move can help your move go quick and smooth leaving you time to enjoy the holidays with your family.

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Just The Moving Tip Of The Iceberg!

Of course, these are just some of the great moving tips and advice we have for you. If you have more questions about moving give us a call at (734) 744-9547. In addition, if you would like a free quote on your next move click here for a residential quote or click here for a commercial quote. You will be glad you did!

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Moving Tip Of The Month

Fall has finally arrived. Although the summer season has ended, the moving season has not. Just like summer, there are different hazards and worries that come with moving in the fall. So, Men on the Move is here to help to get you moving ready this Fall.

Fall Moving Hazard: Temperature

So what type of moving hazards come with the Fall season? After all, you don’t have to worry about heatstroke when the temperature is cooling. However, cooling temperatures can be a health hazard. Dressing appropriately for the weather is always important when it comes to moving. Putting on layers will allow you to keep warm and take off layers if you become too hot.

While dressing for the move is important, turning on the heat and electricity in your new house is too. A few days before you move, you should call your utility company and make sure they will be turned on. After a move, you want to be in a cozy and warm home, not a freezing one.

Fall Moving Hazard: Seasonal Changes

During the summer, the daytime is extended. While this could allow people to chose later moving times, it is not the same for Fall. As the days become shorter, the amount of daylight you have will be limited. As Daylight Savings Day approaches, sunset will be becoming earlier. In addition, the night will set around 5 pm. Moving in the dark can be dangerous, even for professionals. This is why you should be loading and unloading early in the day during the fall.

Another seasonal hazard is the changing leaves. For Michigan, we get to enjoy defined seasons. Fall is known for the beautiful changing of the leaves and them falling their trees. Although these fallen leaves can be fun to play with, they can be dangerous during a move. Leaves can be slipping hazards, especially if they are wet. A great way to prevent slipping is to rake the leaves off your moving pathway. In addition, you should wear sturdy shoes and be cautious while moving.

Fall Moving Tips

In addition to the tips above, there are few other things that you should prepare or do for your move. For parents, it is important to know that because different districts can start before or after labor day. So, check your local school district to make sure your kids start on the right foot. In addition, make sure to label your boxes. Especially when it comes to seasonal clothes. It will make your life easier if you are able to identify what each box has.

Another tip is to cover the floor during the move. During a move, leaves and dirt can be dragged into your new home. Putting down plastic on your floors can prevent an extra clean-up.

Fun Fall Moving Facts

Did you know it is cheaper to move during the Fall? Most people move between May and September. As a result, moving prices are typically higher because of demand. As the summer moving season comes to an end, moving companies become more flexible and prices are better.