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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Protecting Your Floors

Protecting your floors and carpets during a move shouldn’t be an afterthought. During the moving process, a million things can be running through your head. Are the movers placing your boxes in the correct area? Can the couch fit through the door? After the dust has settled, you realize that your floors are dented and scuffed. Your carpet is torn up. Nobody wants to deal with floor damage after they are done moving.

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Moving Appliances

Need some tips for preparing your appliances for moving day? When you are looking to buy a home, sometimes people will leave their appliances behind for the next owner. For many, it’s just easier to buy new items than haul away the older ones. However, for people who have newer equipment, leaving these appliances can be less than ideal. Fortunately, you can take your appliances with you. All you need is a little preparation!

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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 Tips Of The Month

Finding Boxes

Looking for alternative ways to find boxes? When people are moving, boxes become essential. However, buying moving boxes can become very expensive. Unless you have a hidden surplus of boxes, you are going to have to find boxes. Instead of buying boxes, there are some alternative methods to getting moving boxes.

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Moving Instruments

It is important to know how to pack your musical instruments. While packing is straightforward, there are certain items that need special care during a move. Musical instruments are one of them. Even if you have a case, it does not guarantee the safety of the instrument.

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Benefits Of Springtime Moves

  • Fewer people move in the Spring than in the Summer. This means that our schedule is mostly open for your convenience.
  • Moving is more comfortable in the Spring because of the temperature. Winter is too cold, Summer is too hot, and Spring is just right!
  • Spring is one of the best seasons to sell your house. A lot of people like to buy houses during the Spring season so they can be settled in by the time Summer comes.
  • If you have kids, moving in the Spring is the easiest time. Also, there are a lot of school breaks in the Spring that they can use to integrate themselves into the new house and perhaps get ready for a new school. Not to mention, with the kids home, you will have an extra set of hands for unpacking.

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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.

Moving Seniors

Senior movers can have a hard time during a move. In addition to body aches and pains, seniors have to endure the same stress that everyone has during a move. Furthermore, seniors often are downsizing, leaving the family home, and moving into something smaller. Even moves between apartments can be hard. However, there are a few moving tips that can make moving easier for senior movers.

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