House Moving During Coronavirus
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House Moving During Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues – you may in the midst of moving house, just moved into a new house or about to start a move from your house. Below is some advice from the CDC to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in your home. Read on to learn more.

Introduction

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of households where persons under investigation (PUI) or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation. It is aimed at limiting the survival of the virus in the environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available.

These guidelines are focused on household settings and are meant for the general public.

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  • Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

General Recommendations For Households

Community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

General Recommendations For Cleaning and Disinfection Of Households With People Isolated In Home Care

  • Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
    • In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
      • As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home, following home care guidance.
      • The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants (examples at this linkpdf iconexternal icon).
      • If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.
  • Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with persons with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 and their isolation rooms/bathrooms.

Clean And Disinfect

Surfaces
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
      • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
        • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
        • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    • Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claimspdf iconexternal icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
    • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or
      Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims (examples at this linkpdf iconexternal icon) that are suitable for porous surfaces.

 Clothing, Towels, Linens And Other Items That Go In The Laundry

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
    • If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
    • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
    • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.

Hand Hygiene And Other Preventative Measures

  • ousehold members should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Household members should follow normal preventive actions while at work and home including recommended hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Additional key times to clean hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After contact with animals or pets
      • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)

Considerations

  • The ill person should eat/be fed in their room if possible. Non-disposable food service items used should be handled with gloves and washed with hot water or in a dishwasher. Clean hands after handling used food service items.
  • If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the ill person. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, handling, and disposing of trash. Wash hands after handling or disposing of trash.
  • Consider consulting with your local health department about trash disposal guidance if available.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

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Written by craig braddick

Average Cost to Move a 3 Bedroom House

On average, the cost to move a 3-bedroom house is $6,600; with costs ranging from $2,400 for a local move, all the up to $10,800 for a long-distance move in the US in 2020, based on 3-bedroom moving costs provided by movers.com.

A 3 bedroom house can be medium to very large depending on the design of the home. Therefore, it will be a substantial task to move the contents safely and securely to your new property. That is where Professional Movers International comes in! They have the skilled expertise to be able to pack your existing home, transport, unpack and set up your new home safely.

Local & Long Distance Moving Costs

It’s a great idea to get in-home estimates from any company you are thinking about hiring, the following will give you a reasonable idea of what you can expect to pay for your a 3-bedroom house move.

  • If your move is going to local (less than 100 miles), movers typically charge by the hour — with an average rate of about $100 per hour for a truck and two movers. However, a three-bedroom house will probably need three to four movers increasing the hourly rate to about $150 to $170.

A three-bedroom house move often takes around 6-10 hours, costing your move at about $900 to $1,700 for labor. You may be charged extra for specific services like long carries or stairs.

  • If your move is long-distance (greater than 100 miles), the cost is determined by the weight of your property, the distance the movers will be driving plus the cost of specific services and additional insurance if you want. Prices can differ, but the following list will help give you an idea of a standard range based on a three-bedroom house move with 8,000 lbs of material:
Cost to Move a 3 Bedroom House

Cost to move a 3-bedroom house

  • 100 miles: $2,400
  • 500 miles: $3,400
  • 1,000 miles: $ 4,600
  • 3,000 miles: $9,400

Cost to move a 3-bedroom house with packing services

  • 100 miles: $43,000
  • 500 miles: $4,000
  • 1,000 miles: $5,200
  • 3,000 miles: $10,000

Cost to move a 3-bedroom house with mover’s insurance

  • 100 miles: $3,200
  • 500 miles: $4,100
  • 1,000 miles: $75,300
  • 3,000 miles: $10,100

Cost to move a 3-bedroom house with insurance and packing services

  • 100 miles: $3,800
  • 500 miles: $4,800
  • 1,000 miles: $6,600
  • 3,000 miles: $10,800

Please note these prices are only estimated so that the final costs will differ. The weight of your home obvious depends on how much furniture and other possessions you plan on moving.

How Much Does Storage Cost?

The list below gives you a rough estimate of the costs for both standard and climate-controlled storage units, in three different sizes related to 3-bedroom homes. The amount of property you have to store will determine the size you need.

10×20 storage

  • Standard: $95 to $150
  • Climate Controlled: $150 to $180

10×25 storage

  • Standard: $120 to $200
  • Climate Controlled: $200 to $275

10×30 storage

  • Standard: $165 to $300
  • Climate Controlled: $285 to $400

3-Bedroom Movers

We are a knowledgeable and experienced professional moving company and are used to clients needing their homes moved. We can handle moving your 3-bedroom house; we have a sanitized truck fleet to keep your property protected and will help you with the logistics and scheduling of your move with ease.

Don’t panic about your upcoming 3-bedroom move. Hire a professional moving company, plan out the moving details, and look ahead to your brand new home!

Get a Free 3-Bedroom Moving Quote

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Average Cost To Move a 1 Bedroom Apartment
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How Much Does It Cost To Move A 1 Bedroom Apartment?

On average, moving a 1 bedroom apartment costs $2,700. 1 bedroom apartment moving costs range from $1,600 to $4,200 for the US in 2020, based on apartment moving costs provided by movers.com.

Apartment Moving Costs

Based on a total of 3,500 lbs worth of items to be moved the average price will carry on what quality of service you require and the distance to be covered.

Less Than 500 Miles

  • Standard Cost: $1,600
  • With Packing Services: $1,900
  • With Movers’ Insurance: $1,900
  • With Packing and Insurance Services: $2,100

500 To 1,000 Miles

  • Standard Cost: $2,100
  • With Packing Services: $2,300
  • With Movers’ Insurance: $2,300
  • With Packing and Insurance Services: $2,600

1,000 To 3,000 Miles

  • Standard Cost: $3,800
  • With Packing Services: $4,000
  • With Movers’ Insurance: $4,000
  • With Packing and Insurance Services: $4,200

Hiring A Professional Moving Company

Hiring professional movers is a great idea to ensure everything you own gets from point A to point B safely and it will save you many frustrations to let the professionals so the work. The final cost is dependent on any specific services you need, the company you use and the distance of your move. You may also face additional charges for special supplies and services, for example:

  • Elevator carries
  • Long carries
  • Moving items up and down stairs
  • Packing services and materials
  • Shuttle service
  • Temporary storage

While you should always get a one-site estimate from any moving company you are considering, the following will give you an idea of what you can expect:

Long-Distance Moving

Long-distance moves are in excess of 100 miles. Costs are measured based on the distance of the move, the weight of your property, and the fee for insurance and additional services on your property.

Moving Locally

Moves less than 100 miles are usually considered a local move. Local movers usually charge an average rate of around $100 per hour for a truck and two movers. A two-bedroom apartment move typically takes 4 to 6 hours, estimating your move at about an average of $500 with prices ranging from $400 to $600 for labor alone. You may also be charged for special services and supplies.

You Pack, We Drive Services

A great way to save money is to do the packing yourself and then have professionals move and drive your possessions.

Cost Saving Tips For A Two Bedroom Apartment Move

Be sure take into consideration the following:

  • Ask about the service elevator.
  • Be sure to measure all hallways, doorways, and stairways before you move.
  • Leave your old apartment in the same state as when you moved in.

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Cost to Move a 2 Bedroom House
Written by craig braddick

Average Cost to Move a 2 Bedroom House

$3,500 is the average cost to move a two bedroom house in the United States in 2020 according to movers.com. Read on to learn more about what is involved in moving a 2 bedroom house.

2 bedroom houses are small to medium in size depending on the layout and design of your home. It will be some work  to move the contents safely and securely to your new property. That is where Professional Movers International comes in! They have the skilled expertise to be able to pack your existing home, transport, unpack and set up your new home safely.

Local & Long Distance Moving Costs

It’s a great idea to get in-home estimates from any company you are thinking about hiring, the following will give you a reasonable idea of what you can expect to pay for your a 2-bedroom house move.

  • If your move is going to local (less than 100 miles), movers typically charge by the hour — with an average rate of about $100 per hour for a truck and two movers. However, a two-bedroom house usually takes between four and six hours to move so you are going to be looking at $400 to $600 just for the labor. In addition you may face additional charges for services such as:
  1. Moving items up and down stairs
  2. Elevator carries
  3. Long carries
  4. Shuttle service
  5. Temporary storage
  6. Packing services and materials

 

  • If your move is long-distance (greater than 100 miles), the cost is determined by the weight of your property, the distance the movers will be driving plus the cost of specific services and additional insurance if you want. Prices can differ, but the following list will help give you an idea of a standard range based on a two-bedroom house move with 4,500 lbs of material:

Cost to move a 2-bedroom house 500 Miles

  • Transportation Only: $2,000
  • Unloading Services: $2,300
  • Monthly Storage: $2,300
  • Unloading And Storage: $2,700

Cost to move a 2-bedroom house 1,000 Miles

  • Transportation Only: $3,200
  • Unloading Services: $3,500
  • Monthly Storage: $3,600
  • Unloading And Storage: $3,900

Cost to move a 2-bedroom house 3,000 Miles

  • Transportation Only: $4,900
  • Unloading Services: $5,300
  • Monthly Storage: $5,300
  • Unloading And Storage: $5,700

Please note these prices are only estimated so that the final costs will differ. The weight of your home obvious depends on how much furniture and other possessions you plan on moving.

How Much Does Storage Cost?

The list below gives you a rough estimate of the costs for both standard and climate-controlled storage units, in three different sizes related to 2-bedroom homes. The amount of property you have to store will determine the size you need.

10×20 storage

  • Standard: $95 to $150
  • Climate Controlled: $150 to $180

10×25 storage

  • Standard: $120 to $200
  • Climate Controlled: $200 to $275

10×30 storage

  • Standard: $165 to $300
  • Climate Controlled: $285 to $400

2-Bedroom Movers

We are a knowledgeable and experienced professional moving company and are used to clients needing their homes moved. We can handle moving your 2-bedroom house; we have a sanitized truck fleet to keep your property protected and will help you with the logistics and scheduling of your move with ease.

Don’t panic about your upcoming 2-bedroom move. Hire a professional moving company, plan out the moving details, and look ahead to your brand new home!

Average Cost to Move a 2 Bedroom Apartment

Average Cost To Move a 2 Bedroom Apartment

On Average the cost to move a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,500, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 in the US in 2020 according to movers.com.

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Cost to Move a 4 Bedroom House
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How Much Does It Cost to Move a 4 Bedroom House?

On average, the cost to move a 4-bedroom house is $8,000; with costs ranging from $3,000 for a local move, all the up to $16,000 for a long-distance move in the US in 2020, based on 4-bedroom moving costs provided by movers.com.

Moving a 4-Bedroom House

Moving a 4-bedroom house can be quite an undertaking. With a substantially sized home, it may become costly to hire a professional moving company but will take time to attempt to tackle the move by yourself.

Local & Long Distance Moving Costs

Moving a 4-bedroom house can be quite an undertaking. With a substantially sized home, it may become costly to hire a professional moving company but will take time to attempt to tackle the move by yourself.

While always a good idea to get an in-home estimate from any company you are thinking about hiring, the following will give you a ballpark idea of what you can expect for your a 4-bedroom move.

  • If your move is going to local (less than 100 miles), movers usually will charge by the hour — with an average rate of about $100 per hour for a truck and two movers. A four-bedroom house will likely require three to four movers which the hourly rate will increase to about $150 to $170.

A four-bedroom house move usually takes around 8-12 hours, costing your move at about $1,200 to $1,800 for just the labor. You can also be charged extra for specific services like stair or long carries.

  • If your move is long-distance (greater than 100 miles), the cost is determined by the weight of your property, the distance the movers will be driving plus the cost of specific services and additional insurance if you want. While prices will differ from one moving company to another, the following list will help give you an idea of a standard range:

Cost estimates based on moving a house with 9,000 lbs of material

Cost to move a 4-bedroom house

  • 100 miles: $3,300
  • 500 miles: $4,700
  • 1,000 miles: $ 6,500
  • 3,000 miles: $13,700

Cost to move a 4-bedroom house with packing services

  • 100 miles: $4,200
  • 500 miles: $5,600
  • 1,000 miles: $7,500
  • 3,000 miles: $14,700

Cost to move a 4-bedroom house with mover’s insurance

  • 100 miles: $4,400
  • 500 miles: $5,800
  • 1,000 miles: $7,700
  • 3,000 miles: $14,900

Cost to move a 4-bedroom house with insurance and packing services

  • 100 miles: $5,300
  • 500 miles: $6,800
  • 1,000 miles: $8,600
  • 3,000 miles: $15,800

How Much Does Storage Cost?

Prices will differ depending on the company you choose, but the following list will give you an idea of costs for both standard and climate-controlled storage units, in three different sizes related to 4-bedroom homes. The amount of property you have to store will determine the size you need.

10×20 storage

  • Standard: $95 to $150
  • Climate Controlled: $150 to $180

10×25 storage

  • Standard: $120 to $200
  • Climate Controlled: $200 to $275

10×30 storage

  • Standard: $165 to $300
  • Climate Controlled: $285 to $400

4-Bedroom Movers

We are a knowledgeable and experienced professional moving company and are used to clients needing their homes moved. We can handle moving your 4-bedroom house, we have a sanitized truck fleet to keep your property protected and will help you with the logistics and scheduling of your move with ease.

Don’t panic about your upcoming 4-bedroom move. Hire a professional moving company, plan out the moving details, and look ahead to your brand new home!

Get a Free 4-Bedroom Moving Quote

Professional Movers Inc. provides affordable moving services for residential moveslocal moveslong distance movescross country moves, and international moves. Get a free 4-bedroom moving quote with PMI today!

Recycling Moving Boxes
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Recycling Moving Boxes

There is no better than idea to recycle moving boxes for other purposes. Read on to learn some handy ways to repurpose those boxes.

Donate

Local libraries or schools may need heavy-duty boxes to store books. Call around your neighborhood to see if there are any organizations in need of some extra boxes.

Recycle

If your moving boxes were damaged during the moving process, consider recycling them. You can recycle worn out and dirty boxes by breaking them down and taking them to a local recycling bin. Some cities also pick up recyclable materials upon request. Check with your local recycling center to see if they provide similar services. Ask the recycling center about any stipulations they have about acceptable boxes for recycling. For instance, they may require that boxes be flattened or shaped into a certain size.

Using The Boxes

You may want to use some of your sturdier boxes to store certain items in your home. You can organize items that are rarely used into boxes according to type or value. Consider breaking down the cardboard boxes and storing them for future use. For instance, if you plan to move in a year, you may want to keep some of your moving boxes on hand. Boxes may also come in handy for wrapping presents during holidays or birthdays. If you have small children, you may want to use the boxes for creative art projects down the road as well.

Selling The Boxes

Many cities have companies who buy and sell moving boxes. You can find such companies by doing a quick Google search of cardboard box companies in your area. Some moving companies may also know of cardboard box companies in your area. Once you have found a company, they will likely pick up the boxes from your home and pay you a small amount for each box. You might also want to try selling your boxes on websites like BoxCycle.com or ContainerExchanger.com. These websites allow people to buy and sell used boxes for free. Most often, people can sell their used boxes for $.50 to $1.50 per box.

Giving The Boxes Away

If you’re not interested in making a profit off of your moving boxes, you can give them away. Keep an eye out for someone in your neighborhood that might need the boxes. You can also post the free boxes on your local classifieds. Consider posting flyers around your neighborhood as well. If you moved into an apartment complex, talk with the rental office to notify other tenants that may need moving boxes. Apartment managers may also know of tenants who are planning to move soon that could use your boxes. Try these methods to get rid of your boxes after you move.

 

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Moving Without Boxes
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Moving Without Boxes

If you want to save money or not use cardboard boxes for environmental reasons – read on to learn more of some alternatives you can use to boxes when moving!

Dresser Drawers

You can often leave dresser drawers with their contents in tact. Just utilize some stretch wrap to make sure the drawers remain secure to prevent them from opening while they are transported.

Plastic Bins

Plastic storage bins have the advantage they can be used over and over again as well as being water-proof, durable and having large storage capacity. Another boon is they often work well when stacked in vehicles.

Hampers And Baskets

These can be used for moving everything from small electrical items to kitchenware to fragile glasses and plates. Wrapping each item that is breakable will help as well. You can even pack your shoes in such baskets!

Vacuum Bags

These can be used to shrink down the volume of bedding and other clothware asd well as larger items of clothing.

Trash Bags

Cheap and great for transferring items that are not breakable! They are also ideal for packing your hanging clothes including their hangers. However, remember they can get damaged easily.

Tote Bags

Roomy tote bags can be great in keeping and protecting things but you will need to protect them with bubble wrap or newspaper. And do not forget to seal the top of the tote bag.

Briefcases

Briefcases can be used to store important dicouments as well as small but important items that need a great deal of security. It can also be used to store receipts and paperwork connected to your move.

Backpacks And Travel Bags

These are ideal for small valuables and use bubblewrap or paper for further protection. They can also be handy for the storage of jewelry boxes.

Suitcases

These can be used to keep your clothes safe but also for moving heavy books as well as computer related devices and smaller kitchen tools and appliances.

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Packing Material Alternatives
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Alternative Packing Materials

If you are fed up of the expense of packing materials and/or looking for more eco friendly options, read on to learn more about some alternatives that will help save the planet as well as saving you money!

Alternative Packing Materials

  • Popcorn, yes, that good old movie favorite, popcoarn! You can pad extra space with small bags of freshly popped popcorn and enjoy a snack when you are unpacking!
  • You can repurpose wrapping paper from gifts to make excellent and colorful packing material!
  • Sandwich bags can be inflated with air to provide additional cushioning.
  • Paper waste from the office but be sure not to use paper that once had confidential information.
  • There is always an excess of junk mail that can be used.
  • Old clothes make ideal packing objects and can be utilized as a spae filler or to protect breakables.
  • Magazines and newspapers cna be balled or torn into strip or just used to wrap items to be used as packing material.
  • A skien or two of yarn can make ideal packing material.
  • Plastic bags can make ideal space fillers as well as providing cushioning for breakable materials.

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Moving Checklist
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Moving Checklist

After relieving the cramp in your hand from signing a couple of inches worth of mortgage documents – it dawns on you, the good times are just about to get underway. Perhaps hold a garage sale, do not overlook discontinuing the utilities and let’s not forget the medical records of your family. Then gather up all of your belongings and get them from your old place to your new place. However, it does not have to be a daunting experience, you can follow our eight-week timeline so you can be fully prepared when you move into your new home. Need a printable moving checklist? Download the Moving Checklist PDF

8 Weeks Before Moving 

Decide What To Keep. Go through every room in your home and open up every drawer. Make a decision what you want to keep and take to your new home and what you need to part ways with. It is a good idea to make a list of items you want to keep or will require additional insurance coverage or will need to be specially packed for transportation.

Throw Away Items. Host a garage or yard sale or donate items you no longer need or want to make your move easier.

Hire a Moving Company. Now is the time to do some research on what moving companies you are going to use. It is a must to check the US Department Of Transportation license number for the mover as well as making sure the mover is bonded and if you are relocating to a new state, whether the movers have a license for interstate moves. Having done that, you can gather estimates to ascertain the most accurate pricing available from various moving companies.

Obtain School Records. If you have children be sure to let the school(s) know you are relocating and make sure you have copies of the school records of your child or children. Then contact the schools they will be attending once you have moved so you understand the procedures for the transfer of records and requirements for enrollment.

6 Weeks Before Moving

Book Hotels & Flights. During the course of your move if you are going to need overnight stays en route to your final destination or before your new home is ready for you to move in, book hotels and, if needed, any flights.

Buy Packing Materials. Think about the packing materials you will need and purchase boxes in a variety of sizes. Do not forger packing paper, packing tape, bubble wrap, as well as specialized boxes for things like dishes and wardrobes.

Obtain Medical Records. Contact all your medical professionals and be sure to get copies of medical records for every member of the family. Alternatively, if you know who your new physicians will be, have the records transferred directly to them. You can also ask your current doctors if they can recommend any medical professionals in the new location you are moving too.

Check Insurance. Insurance agents will also need to be contacted as changes may be needed in your dental, medical, personal property or vehicle insurance coverage.

4 Weeks Before Moving

Begin Packing. Start packing items that are only used seasonally or from time to time. Conversely, make sure you save the items you use on a regular basis until just before the day you move. Take photos of your valuable possessions and individually pack them as you will want to keep those items with you.

Mark Boxes. With every box you pack, mark the boxes contents and the room it will go too in the new house. But be sure not to mark boxes that valuables are placed in to minimize the possibility of theft.

Keep Inventory. Keep a list every box that is packed, the contents therein and the room it is going too. You can later check this versus the inventory sheet provided by the moving company.

Take Measurement. Take stock of your belongings by measuring them to ensure they will fit in your new residence. Make special note of unusually tall or strangely shaped items – as well as measuring the spaces they will have to be negotiated through when moved.

Backup Computer. Updates all your computers by making sure the latest software updates have been downloaded and all of your valuable files (including photos) are backed up to an external hard drive or an online cloud storage.

Hire a Pet Sitter. Think about your pets. Be sure to book a care facility or a pet sitter for the day you move. The arrange your travel plans and make sure your veterinarian has authorized your pets for the upcoming journey.

Schedule Transfer of Utilities. Utility companies need to be contacted so services are disconnected the day following your move and do not overlook directing the utility companies where you are moving too to install services at least twenty-four hours before you are due to arrive at your new location.

Obtain Storage. When you leave your old home, if you have circumstances where you cannot move in straight away, be sure to look ahead for storage options in the community you are moving too.

Empty the Freezer. Empty your freezer by start consuming food that is frozen, so it does not have to be moved. Next do the same with the fridge and pantry.

Get Car Maintenance. Make sure your car is up to date on your oil change, tires are good to go, and any other work needed prior to making the move.

File a Change of Address. Visit the USPS.gov website to change your address officially (you can also do this at your local post office.) to cover all base, leave your forwarding address with a trusted neighbor.

Notify the Right People. Do not forget to alert the following of your new move: banks, employers, subscription services, credit cards and family and friends.

2 Weeks Before Moving

Check Your Plans. Double check your plans with the moving company you have chosen to hire and ensure the correct amount of insurance is in place for your valuable items.

Empty Storage Units. Visit any storage you have outside the home, as well as safe deposit boxes, as well as any outstanding dry cleaning you may have.

Take Off Work. Calculate the time you will need away from work to make the move and make the request to your employer.

Get Carpets Cleaned. Get carpets and area rugs professionally cleaned. A great advantage is they will arrive wrapped and rolled from the cleaner, already to unroll at the new residence.

Get Organized. During the packing process, gather warranty information and house specific info to help the new owners of the house.

1 Week Before Moving

Complete Packing. Complete the general packing of the household at least a day or two before the day you move.

Pack a Bag. The last bag you pack should contain at least one or more changes of clothing for each person making the move as well as all the basics needed for survival for a few days journey without the possessions that will be on the moving trucks.

Refill Prescriptions. Go to your pharmacy and refill prescriptions you will need for next month as well as arranging to transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy close to your new location.

Disconnect Appliances. Clean and disconnect any large appliances that you are taking with you and have a qualified professional disconnect the gas lines. Defrost the freezer the day before if you are moving it and be sure to clean it

Make Donations. Make final donations by ensuring everything is ready to go in your “pick-up” pile.

A Few Days Before You Move

Tripple Check the Movers. Once again confirm the with the movers how much will be owned on moving day and how payment will be made. Get a cell phone number contact as well as confirming the arrival time of the movers. Write out directions to your new residence and give them to the movers on the day you move.

Obtain the Keys. Arrange to obtain the keys to your new home or arrange the landlord or realtor to meet with you on moving day.

Make Food Donations. Donate nonperishable foods you do not want to take to a local food pantry.

Get Organized. Place brackets, fasteners and screws from furniture in a small plastic storage bag and label it. it is a good idea to tape them to the underside of the furniture.

The Do Not Pack List

On moving day be sure to leave these items of the truck and ensure they are close to you on the day you move.

  • Trash bags
  • Toolbox
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape measure
  • Snacks and water (for kids and pets)
  • Phone and charger
  • Paper towels
  • Medication
  • Laptop and charger
  • Jewelry
  • Important documents (e.g., passports, marriage license, birth certificates, any records containing bank account information or Social Security numbers)
  • Flashlight
  • Credit cards
  • Checkbook
  • Cash
  • Any other valuables, heirlooms or irreplaceable items
  • A child’s special toy or blanket (if they can’t bear to pack it)
  • A change of clothes (one for each member of your household)

The Day Of Your Move

Say Farewell. Say farewell to your current home before everything gets busy. This is of special benefit to children. Do a walk through and recall some fond memories and discuss the fun you will have in your new residence.

Direct the Moving Company. Welcome the movers and make sure each of them is full representatives of the company you have hired. Check the U.S. Department of Transportation license number on the truck being used for the move is identical to the number shown on your estimate.

Get a Helper. Have a helper keeping an eye on the moving crew to ensure the belongings are safely stacked in the moving truck while making sure no damage is caused.

Hire a Cleaning Crew. Consider having a cleaning service come in on moving out day to tidy up rooms as crews finish in them.

Keep Important Things With You. Keep your valuables on your person, especially boxes containing passports, jewelry, laptop and other items cannot be replaced.

Final Walk-Through. Do a final walk through, lock the doors and windows, turn off ceiling fans and lights and ensure nothing has been left behind.

In Your New Home

Lay Down Carpet Protector. If your movers have not already down so, lay down plastic carpet protectors at the new house.

Direct Moving Company. Demonstrate to the moving crew what boxes you want in specific reasons.

Keep an eye out for missing and damaged items. The movers have what is known as a “bill of lading,” an inventory noting the conditions of your items as well as damage caused to any furniture or boxes.

Make Mover Payment. Pay the movers using the method of payment that was previously agreed upon. if a good job was done, a tip of 10 to 15 percent will be appreciated.

Sign Inventory Sheet. Sign the inventory sheet before the movers leave the premises and ensure the mover signs it too. be sure to obtain a copy for your records.

Perform Initial Cleaning. Perform an initial clean of the residence including mopping and vacuuming the floors before furniture is set down, do deep cleans of showers, toilets and tubs as well as wiping down countertops.

Put Together Furniture. Take your toolbox and start assembling the furniture reassembly. Do not leave this until after your helpers have left.

Unpack Items. When you commence the unpacking process, check any damage to your boxes and put them to one side until the moving company returns to perform an inspection. Takes photos of any damage so you have a record of it.

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How Much Should You Tip Movers
Written by craig braddick

How Much Should You Tip Movers?

Tens of millions of American move house or apartemtn every year. But how many of those people consider tipping their movers and how much should they be tipped?

How you should tip them? In beer, money, food? Google provides many answers but very few definitive ones. Read on to learn more.

How Much Should You Tip Movers?

It is not standard for moving companies to include a suggested gratuity. Generally, you should tip your movers between 15–20 percent of the total cost of the move for large moves and 5–10 percent for smaller, cross-town moves.

Always think about the complexity of the move—were there lots of large, bluky furniture, stairs or many levels to traverse? Did they take extra care of special and important items? Did they take the time to add extra padding on fragile items or listening to special instructions about specific meaningful objects? These factors should play into how much you tip. If your movers really blow you out of the water and go above and beyond, you should tip between 10 and 20 percent.

Others, however, think a flat rate system is the best to opt for. Some suggest tipping $20-$30 for each crew member on a small move and up to $40 per crew member for larger, more complicated moves.

Is Tipping Mandatory?

It is common for the larger moving companies to include the tip as a line item on the final bill, so you can add a tip to it and pay by debit or credirt card. This is usually the best way as it lets the IRS know that tips were part of your total moving costs and can be deducted from your tax return. If you are paying by check it is reasonable to write a single check and allow the foreman to distribute the tip accordingly.

Food And Drinks

It really is the correct thing to do to provide some refreshments for your movers. And think about the weather conditions. Coffee on a cool morning is always great. Soda, warer, energy drinks, gatorade are great options on a warmer day. If the move is over lunchtime, remember to think of alternatives instead of pizza. Movers get to eat a lot of free pizza! Snacks like oranges, apples, cookies or chips are ideal for half day moves. At least always have a jug of water to hand with plastic or paper cups. You can also tip with beer…a 6 or 12 pack of beer to go will be appreciated by most, but remember they are most likely not able to drink while on the clock!

Final Thoughts

It is always a capital idea to tip your movers regardless of the size of the move. Ask your self some questions such as:

  • Did they do a great job?
  • Did they go beyond what you would expect in delivering great service?
  • Would you recommend them to friends and family?

If they have done an outstanding job, let them know with a tip!

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