Hired movers? Good for you! Here’s how to be ready for your big men (and women) on moving day.

Happy-Family“We’ve hired movers!” she said to the collective delight and relief of her friends. Hiring a reliable and efficient moving company is the holy grail of relocation. Anyone who has ever hauled a king sized mattress from one end of town to other can tell you it’s worth every cent. But there’s more to do on moving day than sip coffee and point. Here’s how to prepare from a simply seamless day, movers and all.

Be a good manager

Create a detailed plan for moving your items out of your old place and in to the new ones. Direct your moving team to the largest and heaviest items while giving them a mini tour that includes your expectation for packing or any important tips for example, “that table has a wonky leg”. This helps get everyone on the same page and lets your movers make informed decisions about their plan of attack.

Be a good host

Yes your movers are working but it’s good form to set out some water, juice and snacks for them to grab throughout the day. A little water and carbohydrate pick me up is hugely appreciated and can keep your team productive.

Be a good Boy Scout

Being organized is good for everyone. Make sure your movers have clear directions on paper to your new home or apartment so they know where they’re headed. Someone should be at your new place and expecting them to avoid delays and misunderstandings.  If you’re moving in to an apartment building be sure to share the building’s move in protocol with your team ahead of time to avoid any headaches.

Be quiet

When people come to your home its natural if not automatic to want to entertain and welcome them. Be gracious and kind to your very important and welcome guests but keep the Chatty Kathy business to a minimum. Conversations can take you and your team off task and will cost you money in the end.

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Who, How and What to Pack

You can save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the packing on your own. Limit yourself to non-fragile items such as books, linens, clothing and shoes; and replaceable items such as plates, dishes (not fine china or expensive silverware), and small kitchen appliances. These items will be cheaper to replace in case of damage as opposed to hiring workers for the extra labor. Leave the furniture, mattresses, and heavy appliances to be packed by the mover.

The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should occupy. Don’t toss everything into one huge box. It will make the hauling much more difficult. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t lift the box easily, it’s too heavy! Keep the weight of the box under 50lbs and remember to always lift with your knees, not your back.

You should never let the movers pack your jewelry, family heirlooms, or other priceless items. Should they be lost or damaged, the insurable value will not come anywhere near the value you would place on them. Such items include jewelry, sports memorabilia, photo albums, and various hobby collections. Pack these items yourself and take them with you, either in the car or as carry-on luggage if size allows.

Get the proper boxes for your items – the right sizes and strengths. Have enough wardrobe boxes, as they’ll save you ironing time later. You can pack t-shirts and jeans in suitcases and regular boxes but you don’t want to pack your fine clothing such as suits or dresses in the same place. Save space by tossing in shoes at the bottom of the wardrobe box, but be reasonable. Don’t let the box become too heavy or susceptible to fallout from the bottom. Purchase the padded dish boxes with dividers to protect your fine china. For your replaceable and non-fragile items, save money by using the free boxes that you can obtain from supermarkets and wrapping the items in old newspaper.

Take the time to pack everything carefully. It is important for you to buffer and separate the fragile items that you pack with old newspaper, bubble wrap, sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Wrap each fragile item separately. Fill in empty spaces to minimize movement during transit. Pack plates and glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked. Purchase strong tape- not masking tape but either duct tape or the plastic and strapping tape that movers use.

For the safety of your items, movers are required to inspect each box tendered for shipment. Immediately point out to your mover each and every box that you packed yourself, especially if they’re fragile or valuable. The mover will advise you on whether the boxes need to be repacked in sturdier, more appropriate boxes. They have the right to refuse to load any box they deem improperly packed. Any improperly packed boxes must be repacked either by you or the mover. All repacking services are additional costs. However, if you agree to use used boxes, they may give them to you for free. Professional moving companies use only sturdy and reinforced cartons. Although the boxes you can obtain from your neighborhood supermarket may be free, they are not nearly as strong or padded. They are more susceptible to causing damage to your valuables in transit. Keep in mind that the NJ movers are not liable for items they didn’t pack.

To protect themselves, movers will not disconnect your major appliances. Before the movers arrive to pack and load, unplug and prep your refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washer and dryer. Also prep your computer and back-up your important files.

Movers will not transport living things such as your plants or pets. If you do not wish to give them away, don’t forget to prepare them for the move. They will need a “plant/pet suitcase” of their own.

Movers will not transport or allow you to pack hazardous materials. These items include: paint, thinners, solvents, oils, varnishes, firearms and ammunition, bottled gas, propane, lamp oil, anything flammable, explosive or corrosive, motor fuels and oils, nail polish remover, bleach and aerosol cans. Also note that spilled sesame oil leaves a terrible stench on nearby items.

Make the loading process easier and more organized by designating a room in your home/apartment, preferably the one closest to the door, in which to place all of your boxes. Keep related boxes together since they’ll end up in the same room. This will help cut on the carrying time and make the move much more efficient.

Moving for love? Here’s what you need to know

white moving storage truckMany of us wait around a long time for love to come and bonk us on the head. For others, time passes seamlessly in an unending parade of vacations, dinners, boozy-brunches and rigorous autonomy. But once it happens and the single-ladies ship sails, many people find themselves shipping off to a new town, city or country in the name of love. It’s a big decision to leave it all behind and put your eggs in one basket but hey, that’s love. But since love doesn’t conquer all and a partner can’t be everything all the time, here are some helpful hints for a successful relocation of your stuff and your life.

Get a Job

Landing work before you move (or as quickly as possible) provides a sense of schedule and responsibility that will keep you going when things get rough. A space of your very own to perform, set goals and build a social circle will ensure you aren’t rattling around the house at 2:00pm feeling like 40s housewife. Earning your own cash will also help maintain a sense of independence and provide options if things don’t work out.

Get a Life

Making friends and discovering new activities as a couple and as individuals is key. Get to know your community and get involved. Patron the local pub, join a gym or sports team and try something you’ve been meaning to do for years. Even if you don’t feel like it you’ll be glad you played volleyball on Tuesday nights instead of sitting at home with your cat.

Kick Him to the Curb

Now that you’re busy with work, socializing and Tuesday night nachos with your volleyball team it’s time to schedule in a little “me time”. Everyone in a relationship deserves a few hours one night a week to be home alone to do whatever it is that they like to do when no one is watching. Institute “me time” nights for you and your partner each week so you can eat cereal out of the box in you underpants. You’ll be better people for it.

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House Warming Gifts. The good, the bad, the donatable

BoxesJust moved in to your first house? Good for you! The pristine and perfect lawns of the suburbs await you. The neighborhood BBQ’s, the shrieking children, the joy! But now that you’ve landed a five bedroom mini-mansion it’s safe to say you will receive some questionable housewarming gifts from wonderful people with terrible taste. Prepare to be amazed as we review some of the worst housewarming gifts the ‘burbs have ever seen.

I said I like owls one time. One time!

Don’t mention that owl figurine you once purchased on vacation-ever. The slightest tip that you like owls (or any other animal) could result in a house full of totems to these nocturnal math professors ranging from cute (keychain) to absurd (velvet painting).

Is that a dead animal?

Taxidermy-just say no. Let’s move on.

I know where I am

For some reason there is an entire industry built on telling us where we are inside of our own homes. Signs that screech “Barbara’s Kitchen” or “Jamie’s Room” are tacky and unnecessary. Most people know when they’re in their own kitchen. Keep the signs on the road.

Who’s that guy?

“Thank you for this scary portrait of someone I’ve never met”, said no one ever. Art is a beautiful thing but some things are better seen in a museum and not hanging in the hallway scaring on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. If you like it so much put it up in your own place.

Orchids

Often the calling card for Type A micromanagers, there is no argument that the orchid is a breathtaking plant. But there’s a reason they reside primarily on the desks of type A over achievers. It takes a ruthless sense of obligation to keep them alive. Gifts aren’t meant to create more work for the recipient. Buy a cactus.

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The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Unpacking

Moving-BoxMoving is exhausting. The time, energy and effort required to pack up your life and transport it somewhere completely different is massive. All things considered it’s no surprise that many of us find ourselves with pictures and curtains un-hung months if not years after a stressful move. Even if you’re move was a breeze there can be something about unpacking and setting up your life that just feels like…work. Before you resign yourself to years of staring at your Kandinsky print leaned up against the dining room wall, check out our lazy woman’s guide to unpacking.

Remove distractions

This goes beyond turning off your phone. Taking your laptop, phone and music devices out of the house goes a long way toward getting unpacked. Limit your options for entertainment until unpacking is the most appealing of available activates and watch the magic unfold.

Get a date

There’s nothing like the impending visit of an attractive potential mate to get you cleaning. Most of us want to impress our guests and show our status. Nothing says “I’m a grown up with good judgment” better than a house that is not full of dusty boxes.

Create a deadline

There are lots of organizations out there who accept donations of used goods and moving boxes. Call up your local charity and set a date to have your moving boxes and unwanted items picked up from your home. This will give you a real deadline to get unpacked and you can also get a tax receipt for your donation.

Build a barrier

Sliding all your unpacked boxes and miscellaneous stuffs to the center of the room and in the doorways ought to annoy you in to dealing with them. If you block the thorough fares of most of your apartment and remain unmotivated to unpack, it may be time to hire a professional.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

neighborsFinding a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle, personality and commuting needs is tough. Landing the in the right spot is like hitting the habitat jackpot and a bad fit can make your daily routine seem like a chore. Whether you’re shipping off to a new part of town or sailing in to the unknown waters of a new city you need a plan for finding that little chunk of earth that’s just right for you. Check out our tips below for finding the best neighborhood for you.

Invent it

Whether you’re single, coupled or familied it’s important to sit down with the folks you live with to create a vision of your perfect neighborhood. Get your team together to create a long list of needs, wants and must haves. This can include being close to work, parks, schools and pubs and extend all the way out to the maturity of the neighborhood, diversity of people and proximity to a Starbucks. Even silly things like, smells, noise and planned construction are important to consider. Creating your Shangri-La doesn’t mean you’ll get everything you want but it does give you some guiding principles to guide your search.

Ask the lord…I mean internet

Once you have a laundry list of neighborhood needs it’s time to take to the internet and see what your city has to offer. Start by searching for the things that are most important like a good school or best place to get a sangria and nachos. Identify your top five needs and see how many neighborhoods are capable of satisfying them.

Do a recce mission

In the army this means a reconnaissance mission. You gather all of the tools and measuring devices you will need (in this case your lists and your feelings) and head off to visit the neighborhoods that stood out in the internet test phase. Take the time to visit shops and stroll around.  Stop in on a playground or local restaurant to meet the locals and check out the vibe. If you’re going to live there you need to get a real feel for the people and surroundings.

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Moving House? There’s an app for that

moveAtlasSeriously, there is. Given the great many apps available for any and every thing in this world it only makes sense that we have access to a treasure box of tools to help us get organized. Staying on top of your to do lists and logistics is tough even for the most organized and Martha Stewart-y among us. With everything held tidily within the digital hallways of a smart phone, we can say goodbye to the mountains of to-do lists, post-it notes and random reminders forever. Check out our list of great moving apps to help you get out the door in one neatly organized (calm) piece. Oh, and all of these are free.

Moving Guru

This app is your moving organizer, guidance counselor and mental health professional all rolled into one. Designed to see you through every step of your move Moving Guru supplies users with checklists, tips, and costs estimates. It also includes packing tips complete with videos and some common moving-biz terms to help you negotiate like a pro.

Moving Day

Think of this as your personal inventory and quality control coordinator. This app allows you to track each and every one of your items at Point A and complete a quick checklist to ensure it all arrived at Point B. It’s easy to use and can connect through your phone to print a complete list of all every item and box.

My Move

Never mind that this app can keep track of the weight and size of your boxes and gear, it gives you complete access to top-notch professional moving companies in your area. More importantly, My Move provides users with full reviews of those moving companies from savvy movers just like you.

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Midnight move: A parent’s guide to packing

Toy-carOnce you reach the packing stage a lot of the hard work is already done. You’ve found a perfect new home, unloaded your old place and set a date to move house. Yet somehow, the simple act of wrapping up your things and placing them in boxes is boring, time consuming and let’s face it, the least sexy part of moving. Doubly so if you’re a parent.

Kids are a hands-on experience at the best of times so having a toddler or two running about the house while you’re trying to pack a 50 piece china set presents some challenges.

For Your Kid’s Sake

Moving is tough for little ones so in addition making them a part of the packing process it’s important to make their favorite things and basic comforts easily available. A strategically packed and clearly marked box of cherished toys, PJs and bed sheets allows kids to feel at home right away. Packing up your kid’s room and toys last will also help ease a little stress and midnight purges of old misfit toys never to be spoken of again are great ways to avoid tears (and clutter).

For your sanity’s sake

As important as it is to involve your kids in the entire moving process there are times when they can be categorized as super cute people who are not very helpful. We’re all busy of course but getting out in front of your moving date is a must. Start the packing process ASAP. Even if it’s one box each day it will add up in the end. Scheduling a few late night packing sessions will also allow you to get through some serious packing backlog. A few hours of uninterrupted, wine infused pack-a-thons are worth the hours of missed sleep.

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Moving out of the City

MP900386388-199x300So you’ve had it. The noise, the traffic, the pollution; the endless waiting-dear God, the waiting! It’s time to leave the big city nonsense behind so you’re packing up and shipping out. It’ll be great to have shorter commute times and less pushing and shoving but it’s not all smooth sailing. Getting ready to leave metropolis is just as important as the actual leaving which means there’s just a few more anxiety fuelled items to scratch off your list when making your big move to smaller life.

 Going the distance

Long distance moving is a special kind of awful. The logistical arrangements and travel times can make moving day feel like an endless marathon. If you can afford it, a proper moving company can significantly reduce your pain and suffering. A highly organized team of professionals knows how to get your life packed up and on the road. Communicate clearly with your hired-guns and be sure to organize all of the time, details and directions with military precision.

 Big and Tall or Little and Small

When most people move, they purge but a move to a smaller town usually means you’re going to get more living space. This is great but it’s not an open casting call for Hoarders. Whether you’re settling into something big and roomy or small and cozy, take the time to get rid of the things you no longer use and do your best to avoid purchasing new furniture until you’ve arrived at your new digs.

Don’t Panic

Leaving a big city is like a break-up. After a while you only remember the good things-especially when you’re bored. Be prepared to feel a little listless, displaced and under stimulated. Remember the reasons you left your mega-town and get informed about all the things to do in your new town. If you look hard enough you’re sure to find other urban-refugees who are just like you.

There’s no place like home

Home-sweet-homeGearing up for a big move is not only time consuming, it’s all consuming. It fills your time and your mind with logistical details and emotions that run the gambit. With all that thinking going on it’s no wonder that most of us never consider what happens after the last box arrives and the movers are gone. Choosing the right place is one thing but making it your own is something else all together. But not to worry, we’ve got some tips for embracing the displacement and transforming this strange new world into your new home.

This isn’t a box castle

After all that work the last thing you’ll feel like doing is unpacking. Tough! Do it anyway. This activity connects you and your everyday things to your new home and gets that mountain of boxes out of your living space.

Rewards are not just for dogs and babies

You’ve just successfully moved house and if that’s not a good enough reason to celebrate then I don’t know what is. Pop a bottle of bubbly or your favorite drink to accompany you through the unpacking and furniture organizing odyssey.

Raindrops on Roses

For a place to feel like home it has to be stocked with the familiar foods, smells and the accoutrements that comfort us at the end of a long workday. Head out ASAP to pick a few of your favorite things so you are fully stocked. Make a list of what items help you get through your day like tea, a newspaper, a particular brand of TP don’t hesitate to pick them up.

Let me entertain you

Invite friends or family over for a drink and a meal immediately. Quit being so uptight about your place being perfect before anyone lays eyes on it. No one cares if you don’t put out your good soap. Filling your new home with the people you love is a great way to christen the space and fill it with good energy.

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