Tips for a smooth moving day

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Tips for a smooth moving day

Tips for a smooth moving dayPreparing for moving day is not much different from preparing for other big life events. The more you prepare the smoother this transition will be. A common misconception when it comes to moving home is that if the move is small you needn’t prepare as much as you should with a large move. Although there may be some logic behind this assumption, it couldn’t be farther from the truth because even the smallest moves require preparation. To ensure your upcoming move is a smooth one we have prepared a list of tips that may be overlooked or not considered at all. To learn more continue reading our tips for a smooth moving day.

  • Bill of Lading

Bill of lading is an official contract between he movers and customer. It details all of the legal terms of the move. From the items being moved, to the rate charged. Your movers must show you this contract before your items are loaded onto the truck to destination. Take a few minutes to thoroughly go over all of the terms discussed in the contract. Make sure they correspond with the terms of your original service order. Make sure to hang onto the copy until you have completely unpacked and settled into your new place.

  • Provide snacks

Whether you hired professional movers or doing it yourself, provide snacks and water for everyone who’s helping out. Healthy snacks will keep everyone’s energy up and water will provide much needed hydration. At the very least, have bottles of water readily available. Moving involves a lot of physical activity and staying hydrated will help your move running smoother.

  • Oversee packing process

Take some time to oversee the packing if you’re having your movers pack your things for you. Although they are professionals, your supervision will make unpacking a much smoother process.

  • One last walkthrough

Once all of your things are loaded onto the truck and ready to be transported to your new place, do one last pass through the property. Before you depart you will want to make sure:

  1. You’re not leaving anything behind.
  2. All of the electrics and gas is turned off.
  3. Check for any damages that may have been caused during the moving out process. This is especially important if you’re leaving a rental, and your rental deposit is at stake.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Avoid losing your rental’s deposit with these helpful tips.

  • Tolls

Be sure to have cash ready for tolls and gas if you’re driving your car to your new home.

  • New place walkthrough

Once you arrive at your new place check to make sure all of your utilities are working. Do a thorough walkthrough of your new home to check the outlets, light switches, appliances, faucets, and toilets in your new home. If it can’t wait to be fixed in the morning, you will still have the time to address it before settling in for the night.

  • Unloading

Assuming you followed our packing tips and labeled all of your boxes, be sure to now oversee the unloading process to make sure they end up in the right rooms. Unpacking can be just as frustrating as packing, if not worse. Your movers will place the boxes according to your specific instructions; therefore having the floor plan ready will greatly help to facilitate things along. It may not seem like a big deal now, but after a long day of moving you won’t want to scavenge for toiletries through your entire home.

  • Tip your movers

Although not mandatory, if you’re happy with the service, tip your movers! Have cash tips of $20 to $25 per mover ready.

  • Take it easy

You may feel anxious to get everything done and orderly. But you must remember to not overdo it. Even if you’re a pro, moving can be quite an overwhelming process. You must remember that the important task is now over and you’ve moved into your new place. You should now take the time to settle in, and avoid overexerting yourself and your family.

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Items that are harder to move than you think

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Items that are harder to move than you think

While most professional movers have the knowledge, manpower, and equipment to perform even the toughest moves, moving on your own can get tricky. This is especially true if the move involves specialty items that will require extra care and attention. Although nothing is impossible, some projects go much smoother when properly prepared for ahead of time. While professional movers are highly recommended for most of the items on this list, knowing what to expect can help you make a sound decision that works for you. To learn more please read our list of items that are harder to move than you think.

  • Piano

Items that are harder to move than you thinkIt should come as no surprise that a piano made its way to number one on our list of the hardest things to move. They can be quite heavy, bulky, and very fragile. While they greatly vary in size, weight, and shape, the smallest piano can weigh up to 400 lb., while the largest a staggering 1,200 lb. Try getting that up a 4th floor walk up! While pianos can be very challenging to move efficiently, the task itself is not impossible. Although you shouldn’t attempt to move a piano on your own, here is a link if you wish to learn more on how to move a piano. The great weight of a piano and the dangers of inexperienced handlers should not be underestimated. Not only can you cause significant damage to your piano, but serious injuries to yourself and helpers as well.

  • Pool Table

Items that are harder to move than you thinkA staple centerpiece in most entertainment rooms, a pool table requires a lot of effort to move safely. Not only does it require a near complete disassembly to be moved properly, it is also quite heavy and hard to handle. The smallest scratch can affect the pool tables’ function once it’s put back together, therefore one wrong move can end up costing you hundreds.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ How to move a pool table.

  • Fish Tank

Items that are harder to move than you thinkFish tanks are not only heavy and fragile, but also require to be taken apart when being moved. As a result, the fish living in it endure a lot of stress, and some don’t even make it to the destination. That’s why moving a fish tank is a tedious, and somewhat messy step-by-step process that must be done properly in order to increase chances of survival for your beloved fish.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ How to move a fish tank.

  • Artwork

Items that are harder to move than you thinkFine art moving can be especially tricky due its valuable nature or sentimental aspect. Pieces of various artwork can be especially delicate and particularly costly, closely linking its condition and value as a result. Therefore when it comes to relocating artwork there is just no room for mistakes. Whether moving an expensive piece of artwork or one that has great sentimental value attached to it, professional fine art movers are highly recommended. They will properly pack, handle, and transport your piece of art to your new home. But most importantly, they will provide you with a piece of mind.

 

  • Plants

Items that are harder to move than you thinkHouseplants are amongst the most common items present in our household. We are also less likely to leave them behind during a move. Unlike most of the items on this list, houseplants are considered perishable. Therefore they are also on our list of items movers will not move. Oftentimes the movers will advice you take the plants in the car with you rather than putting them on the truck. Your plants are sensitive to extreme temperatures, and will require a temperature-controlled space, especially during transport. To avoid damaging ceramic pots in transit transfer your plants to plastic ones for the duration of the move. Although most plants can survive for several days without water, be sure to check your particular plant species, and the duration of time they can last without water.

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Benefits of refinancing your home

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Benefits of refinancing your homeThere are many reasons why a homeowner may choose to refinance their home. This strategy is most often used to achieve a lower interest rate through a new mortgage, and reduce monthly mortgage payments. Although it may appear like a no brainer, you must take many factors into consideration before preparing to refinance your home. For the purpose of this article let’s take a look at the potential benefits of refinancing your home.

  • Should you refinance?

When you refinance your home, you are essentially replacing your existing mortgage with a new one. For instance, if you’re on a 30-year plan, you can choose to refinance to switch over to a 15 year mortgage plan, which will allow you to repay the amount owed faster. Whatever your reason for refinancing, you must be prepared in the same matter as you were with your first mortgage. Have your credit and/or income changed over the years since your first mortgage? These important factors may significantly affect your process to refinance your home, and even stop it dead in its tracks. You may be approved at a higher rate or not at all if your credit score dropped or your salary is lower than it was before. You should also expect to pay closing cost fees when refinancing your home. These fees generally range anywhere between 3% and 6% of the entire loan amount.

Benefits of refinancing

  • Lower interest rate

One of the main reasons people choose to refinance their home is in the hopes of attaining a lower interest rate on their now new mortgage. Anyone who is looking to add extra cash to their monthly budget will benefit because a lower interest rate translates to lower monthly payments. Even if you’re not strapped for cash, a lower interest rate means you’re paying less for your home overall.

  • Clear mortgage debt sooner

If you’re on a 30-year loan, refinancing to a 15-year mortgage means you will pay off and own your property that much faster. Although this option will increase your monthly payments, it will build equity on your home much faster as well.

  • Cash out equity

Your home’s equity is the difference of what you still owe on your mortgage and your home’s current value. For example, If your property is valued at $500,000 and you owe the lender $200,000, the equity on your home is $300,000. When you choose to cash out on your equity through refinance, also known as cash-out refinance, you are borrowing against your equity to refinance for more than your home’s current principal balance. You can use the money to pay off college tuition, home remodeling projects, or investments.This option should be carefully considered as it does put you further in debt.

  • Convert from adjustable to a fixed rate mortgage

 Adjustable rate mortgages are popular amongst home buyers because unlike a fixed rate mortgage, they offer lower rates for the first few years of a mortgage term. When the fixed period expires, the interest rate shifts according to a benchmark index, which can at times an interest rate hike that results in higher monthly mortgage payments. That’s why this option is ideal for buyers who will reside in the home for only a short period of time. But if you change your mind, refinancing to a fixed rate mortgage is a great idea, as you will enjoy predictable monthly payments and an interest rate that will never change for the duration of your mortgage plan.

  •  More Options

Unless time is a matter of great importance, if you decide to refinance your home you will have the luxury of taking your time to shop around for the best deals. You won’t be under as much pressure as you were when initially purchasing the home because if the options are not to your liking you can walk away.

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How to pack and move your gym equipment

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How to pack and move your gym equipmentIt does not matter where you do it, as long as you exercise, whether at the gym or at home, you are taking care of your health. Regular exercise not only allows us to lose and maintain a healthy weight, but it also helps to prevent a wide range of health problems. Having a home gym is great for people who may not have the time to always go to the gym or just simply enjoy working out in the privacy of their own home. Although, a home gym is amongst many other things convenient, it is not as convenient when it’s time to pack and move your gym equipment. These machines are heavy and bulky to say the least, and can be tough to handle. If you’re moving home and preparing to pack and move your gym equipment, then you’re in the right place. To help you get started, we have prepared tips on how to pack and move your gym equipment.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Take photos of equipment from various angles prior to disassembly. Keep screws, and other small parts together in a zip lock bag and secure it to the machine it belongs to. Test each machine after reassembly to make sure it is working properly.

  • Treadmill

One of the most popular exercise machines, and certainly one of the most to be likely found in a home gym is a treadmill. Very easy to use and produce great results. When it comes to moving this bulky machine that weighs a few hundred pounds, careful planning and extra help is required. Most treadmills fold, in which case you’re in luck because most of the work is done for you. On the other hand, if your treadmill doesn’t fold, disassembly is required. For best results refer to the owner’s manual. Otherwise follow these general steps to safely prepare your treadmill for relocation.

  1. Make sure the treadmills incline is set to zero.
  2. Remove the safety key and store in safe place.
  3. Unplug the treadmill from outlet.
  4. Fold the walking deck up toward the console, locking it into place.
  5. Depending on your treadmill, you will have to either insert the locking pin or tighten the knob to secure it.
  6. Wrap the treadmill with moving blankets and secure in place with moving tape.
  • Elliptical machine

When it comes to relocating an elliptical machine, its unique shape can make it somewhat tricky to move from point A to point B. You can move it as is, but disassembly is recommended.

  1. Take it apart into 4 different parts: the handlebars, pedals, base and main console.
  2. Wrap each part in a moving blanket and secure with moving tape.
  • Stationary Bike

How to pack and move your gym equipmentAlthough it takes multiple people to relocate a stationary bike safely and efficiently, it is still one of the easiest home gym equipment to move.

  1. For powered bikes, unplug the cord from outlet and secure to the bike.
  2. Wrap the bike in moving blanket and secure with moving tape.
  • Weightlifting Machine

Weightlifting machines, due to their odd shape and weight can be challenging to move from point A to point B. At the least, partial disassembly is required. For best results follow the user’s manual to easily disassemble and reassemble the machine.

  1. Remove all weights and wrap in moving blankets secured by moving tape.
  2. Remove or secure any moving parts.
  3. Place all hardware in a box, carefully marking the parts they belong to.
  4. Finally, wrap the machine in moving blanket secured by tape for transportation.
  • Exercise bench
  1. Simply wrap the exercise bench in a moving blanket and secure it with moving tape.
  2. If the bench has any moving parts, secure them in place prior to being wrapped in blanket.
  • Dumbbells, barbells and weight plates

How to pack and move your gym equipmentDue to their wide range of size and shape, there is a variety in ways that you can move free weights. Never over pack a box with even the lightest weights, as this will compromise the box, potentially causing it to break or make it too heavy to handle safely and properly.

  1. Smaller, lighter weights can be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in moving box.
  2. Heavier, bulkier ones can be wrapped in moving blanket and secured with tape.

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6 Ways to cut down on moving costs

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6 Ways to cut down on moving costsMoving expenses can add up, quickly becoming one of your largest monthly expenses. Luckily there is action you can take to cut down on your costs of moving home. Setting up a budget for your upcoming move will help you stay organized, in terms of finances, and our tips below will help you stay within that budget. To learn more, continue reading below our list of 6 Ways to cut down on moving costs.

  • Choose the right moving date

One of the easiest ways to cut costs on your next move is to simply choose the right moving date. When hiring a professional moving company, the date and time of your move can make all the difference, in terms of overall costs of moving. Because the demand for moving services is overall lower during the off-season, as well as weekdays, you can expect to pay a lower rate when moving on those dates. Generally “Off-peak season” is between the months of September and April. Weekdays are also more affordable because a large number of people tend to move during the weekend, when they are off from work. In an attempt to fill in the spots, moving companies will slightly lower their rates during the weekday. If you are looking to save money and move home on a budget, avoid moving during the “Peak season”, and weekends. The busiest time of the year for the moving industry is between the months of May and August, when the demand for moving services is at its highest. Moving prices can go up significantly during this time when compared to the off-peak rates.

  • Get multiple moving quotes

Before hiring a moving company, ensure you are getting the best rate by comparing at least 3 moving quotes. Narrow down the best movers near you, making sure they are closely equal in terms of quality and rating. Proceed to get accurate moving estimates, and finally hire the company that satisfies your moving budget the most.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Average costs of moving  

  • Purge

Downsizing your belongings is easily one of the main ways to cut down on moving expenses, especially if you’re being charged by the hour. The less you have to move, the faster your move will be completed. Sort and purge anything that you won’t be taking with you, and you are sure to save money on your upcoming relocation. This is especially important for long distance moves, the cost of which is determined by the weight of the load, and the distance being traveled from point A to point B.

  • Free packing material

Moving boxes are not cheap, especially when used in bulk. They can easily set you back a couple of hundred bucks. While scavenging for free packing boxes is not highly advised, due to its compromising nature, it is a way to save on moving boxes. Begin your search by checking online sites like Craigslist first. Here you may be able to come across slightly used, quality boxes that still have wear left in them. People that have recently relocated and spent a fortune on moving boxes may post them on such sites in an attempt to return a small fraction of their investment. Be cautioned whenever using pre owned moving boxes, whether from a local store, a friend, or stranger. Carefully inspect each box for damage, and pest before using them.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Moving box mistakes that can cost you money

  • Pack yourself

Although nothing beats the quality of professional packing services, it can certainly increase the costs of moving. Whether packing services are included in the hourly rate or are a separate charge altogether, by packing yourself you can cut the costs of moving. That’s to say if nothing is damaged as a result, requiring replacement. Another risk you’re taking by packing yourself is taking on all of the liability of the items. Movers are not liable for items that are not packed by them. Therefore, if you pack something and it is damaged during transport, you will not be compensated.

  • Deduct your moving expenses from your taxes

Depending on your move, you can potentially earn a return on your moving expenses by deducting them from your federal income tax, further cutting down on moving expenses.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Learn if you qualify – How to get tax deductions for moving expenses.

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How to negotiate with a moving company

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How to negotiate with a moving company

How to negotiate with a moving companyAlthough we can’t negotiate our way through everything in life, when it comes to shopping around for moving services, there maybe room for a little negotiation. If you’re moving home and looking for a bargain, you may be able to secure a good moving company for a slightly lower rate than originally quoted by using negotiating tips and techniques listed below. With that said, it is important to remember that a low rate won’t always equal quality service. Therefore, before you can begin to negotiate with a moving company, you will have to locate best movers near you with good ratings, and with an overall good standing within the community. Continue reading below to learn more on how to negotiate with a moving company.

  • Choose your top picks

Before you can begin to negotiate with a moving company, you must find a reputable company that you can trust with your belongings. Research companies in your area and look for the ones that have good reviews, amongst many other positive qulities. Former customers that used the company in the past and were satisfied with their services leave good reviews; hence the company will have an overall good rating.

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  • Check for existing promotions

Before you begin to negotiate check the company’s online presence for any existing promotional value offers. This will include their website, and all social media outlets. Oftentimes companies will utilize social media to promote coupons and special offers to attract new customers. If you don’t find anything, don’t worry. You can still negotiate with a moving company even if they haven’t released any promotions to the public.

  • What is your move date?

A huge factor that will determine your capacity for price negotiation is your moving date. The movers will take the date of your move into great consideration when determining the rate for your move. Whether you are moving during the weekend, weekday, during the winter, or in the warmer months, it will have a significant affect on the price, affecting it negatively or positively. The more flexible you are with your moving date, the better your chances at negotiating a lower moving rate. Don’t expect too much leeway during the warmer months, as the demand for moving services is at its highest.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ How to choose the right move date.

  • Get moving estimates

In order to get an accurate estimate you are advised to request an in home estimate. For over the phone moving estimates, do your best to describe everything you will need the movers to relocate. In order to do this accurately, walk through each room of your home before hand, taking note of everything you will be taking to your new home, excluding the things you will be leaving behind. Be sure to give the same inventory to each moving company for accurate comparison of quotes. You will also need to indicate at this time whether or not you will require extra services. Services such as packing, and specialty moving services may cost extra. Items such as a piano, requires special handling and equipment, also resulting in additional costs. Will you require additional moving insurance? Determine this with your moving estimator because unlike basic coverage, full-value protection is not included with your move. The cost of which is determined by a thorough valuation of your belongings.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Organize each estimate from the least to most expensive.

  • Begin negotiations

The idea is to get estimates from 4 moving companies similar in quality, and have them compete against each other to reduce the total cost of your move. Begin to contact company D (being the most expensive), and ask them to beat your best price, which is company A. If successful, update the new quote, and continue down the list, until you have successfully negotiated a price you’re satisfied with. Do keep in mind, quality movers will not bring down their rates substantially, because it is the quality you are paying for.

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Average costs of moving

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Average costs of moving

Average costs of movingIf you’re moving in the near future, knowing the average moving costs is not only important for budgeting moving expenses, but also to spot when you are being ripped off, and taken advantage of by rogue movers. That’s why hiring the right movers, who are fully licensed and insured is essential. Before you start shopping around for local movers in your neighborhood, brush up on your knowledge of average costs of moving to help you gain deeper knowledge of what to expect. Below you will find useful information that will help you get an idea of average costs of moving. Keep in mind that these numbers and circumstances are only to be used as a reference, not to be taken in literal context.

What’s affecting your moving cost?

It is important to first take into consideration all of the factors that can potentially contribute to your moving cost.

  • Date

One of the MAIN factors affecting your moving rate is the DATE! What time of the year are you moving? Are you moving during the winter, when inclement weather drives prices down? Or are you moving during the busiest time of the year for movers, in the summer? Seasonal changes play a big roll in how much you will pay for your move.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒Learn more on how to choose a moving date.

  • Time it takes to complete the move

Unless you get a flat-rate quote for your move, the time (hours) it will take the movers to complete your move will be one of the main factors affecting the cost of your move. The minute they arrive at your current location, and begin the job to the moment you sign off on a contract to confirm the job is completed, you are on the clock!

  • Helpers

The more helpers arrive to your home to help you move, the higher your rate will be. Larger or more complicated moves require more people to complete safely, adequately, and in a timely manner. The moving representative will be able to determine the number of movers appropriate for your move based on the information you provide or the information they gather if an in-house estimate is performed. The size of the move is not the only deciding factor when it comes to determining the number of movers to send for the job, the specific circumstances play a big roll as well. So even if you’re moving a 1 bedroom apartment, but it’s on a 5th floor walk-up, your move will require extra help. It is also important to note that although your rate with each extra helper goes up, the number of hours it will take to complete your move will go down! If you’re on an hourly rate, this will certainly have an affect on your moving costs, in a positive way.

  • Packing supplies

Packing supplies, such as wardrobe, and china boxes will also have an impact on your final moving cost. It will depend on how many moving boxes you will need, and the rates of the boxes. Moving boxes come in a variety of styles and sizes, and therefore have different rates. Depending on the amount of boxes you will need, your mover may be able to offer you a packing kit. It is a package that includes boxes in different style and sizes at a reduced rate.

  • Extra services

Extra services such as packing, unpacking, or disassembly will increase your moving cost. Your mover will either charge you a separate additional fee or take it into consideration when establishing your hourly rate. Specialty services, such as piano moving, will also contribute to a higher rate. Such services require additional help, and equipment, and will therefore increase your final moving cost.

  • Travel time

Local moves are usually charged anywhere between 1-2 hours travel time. Travel time is the time it takes the moving crew to arrive at your location from the mover’s terminal, and back to the mover’s terminal once they completed the move. Whatever the rate is per hour for labor is the same for traveling time.

  • Insurance

When it comes to moving insurance you have two options to choose from that is provided directly from your moving company.

  1. The basic insurance also known as “released value protection” is included in your moving rate at no extra charge. While that seems like a great deal, the 60 cents per lb. mover’s liability may not suffice when it comes to your high value items. So if your $6,000 painting is damaged or missing, you will only get 60 cents per lb. for it. If it weighs 100 lbs. you will only receive $60.
  2. Another, more comprehensive insurance plan available is the “full-value protection”, the cost of which is based on valuation of the items being transported. If any of your items are lost, damaged while in your mover’s custody, your mover will have an option to either repair or replace the item. As well as pay for the items to be fixed, or make cash settlement to replace the item at its current market value.

When it comes to Long distance moves:

A move is considered long distance when it is more than 100 miles away from pick-up location, or crosses state lines. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the cost of long distance moves is typically determined by the weight of the load and the distance traveling.

  • Distance

The mileage is one of the biggest factors affecting your long distance move. The longer the distance between point A and point B, the higher the relocation cost will be. 

  • Shipment weight

The more the entire shipment will weigh, the more you will pay for your long distance moving cost. This can be an especially significant indicator of how much you will pay for your move if you have a lot of heavy furniture, or just a lot of things in general. In which case, you may want to greatly consider purging some of the items you no longer use or need.

Local move

Rough estimates for different scenarios for local moves.

  • Studio Apartment:  2-3 movers to complete a 4-5 hour move. Anywhere between $90 – $145 per hour. Total estimated moving costs are $450 – $725 without any additional charges discussed above.
  • One Bedroom: 3-4 movers to complete a 5-7 hour move. Anywhere between $95 – $160 per hour. Total estimated moving costs are $665 – $1,120 without any additional charges discussed above.
  • Two Bedroom: 4-5 movers to complete 6-9 hour move. Anywhere between $115 – $180. Total estimated moving costs are $ 1,035 – $1,620 without any additional charges discussed above.
  • Three Bedroom and up: 4+ movers to complete 7+ hour move. Anywhere between $150 and up. Large moves are especially hard to estimate. Please contact your movers for more information.

Long Distance move

Rough estimates for different scenarios for long distance moves.

  • Studio/One Bedroom: 100-250 miles between point A and point B. Shipment weight 2,000 – 3,500 lb. Total estimated moving costs are $2,000 – $3,500 without any additional charges discussed above.
  • Two Bedroom: 100-250 miles between point A and point B. Shipment weight 4,500 – 6,000 lb. Total estimated moving costs are $3,500 – $6,000 without any additional charges discussed above.
  • Three Bedroom and up: 100-250 miles between point A and point B. Shipment weight 7,000 lb. and up. Large moves are especially hard to estimate. Please contact your movers for more information.

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How to De-winterize your boat

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How to De-winterize your boatSpring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner! Marking this lovely, friendly weather approved time when we begin to indulge in many water activities. If you are a boat owner, you are most certainly now preparing your boat to be season ready. Salt air and extreme temperature changes can cause corrosion, and wreck havoc on your boat. De-winterization of your boat is a crucial step now if you wish to have it ready for the summer. If you are a new boat owner, and still getting familiar with the process, you can have a technician service the boat for you. If you feel comfortable doing it yourself, we have prepared a few tips on how to de-winterize your boat to help you along the way.

  • Engine

Inspecting your boat’s engine, and making the necessary adjustments is crucial when you begin to de-winterize your boat. Inspect the following, and make changes if necessary:

  1. Visually inspect the engine
  2. Change the plugs
  3. Change the distributor cap
  4. Check engine blowers
  5. Change the oil filter
  6. Check oil levels
  7. Check outdrive oil (must be clean)
  8. Change the engine oil
  9. Check for leaks
  • Battery

Use a battery tester to make sure the battery is still able to hold a charge. Common battery life is around 5 years old, and may require replacement if it isn’t able to hold a charge. Once you’ve established the battery is good, re-fill it with distilled water and check the charge. Next, detach the wires from the charge posts to clean off any corrosion. Coat the posts with lithium grease to prevent corrosion, and reattach.

  • Cooling System

As a rule of thumb you should always drain the cooling system when winterizing the boat. This prevents the coolant line from freezing.

  1. Check for cracks, holes and empty the strainer
  2. Refill the cooling system with equal parts water and antifreeze.
  • Fuel System
  1. First, inspect the fuel line for cracks, and if necessary replace. Low temperatures will often times cause the lines to crack.
  2.  If you filled up the tank before winterizing the boat to prevent moisture from settling, drain the stale gas, and refill.
  • Belts

The belts connecting the engines and motors tend to wear off when you are not using your boat. To see if your belts need replacement due to wear, press down on them, and if a belt has too much slack, replace it.

  • Electrical systems

Test all the switches, knobs, and electrical systems on the boat. Flip the switches on the helm and cabin. When the battery is running, switch it off and see if the automatic bilge pump float switch works.

  • Safety gear

How to De-winterize your boatMake sure all of your safety equipment is in good working condition, and ready to be used. Inspect your personal floatation devices, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher, and test the lights. Check the signaling equipment, such as horns, flares, and whistles.

  • Manual

Check your boats manual for any further instructions when de-winterizing your boat for this upcoming season. Even the smallest detail that is missed can have a big impact on the overall function of the boat, and your safety.

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Moving box mistakes that will cost you money

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Moving box mistakes that will cost you money

Moving box mistakes that will cost you moneyThere are many moving mistakes you can make, and one of the biggest ones involves moving boxes! After all, moving boxes are the staple in any relocation process. Not much can be achieved without moving boxes, other than some broken things. With a wide range to choose from, there is a moving box for all your specialty items, and every day things. Now that we have established the undeniable importance of a moving box, let’s move on to the main point of this article, and that is moving box mistakes that will cost you money. Continue reading below ⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓

  • Not using moving boxes

One of the biggest moving box mistakes that is sure to cost you money is not using one to begin with. Using garbage bags instead of boxes will not only put the items inside at jeopardy, but will also make relocation more difficult. Moving boxes are designed to keep the items inside safe, and protected from the elements. Another advantage of using moving boxes is their convenient, uniform shape, ideal for stacking on top of one another.

  • Using grocery boxes

Moving box mistakes that will cost you moneyLarge moves require a lot of moving boxes, and that can sometimes get expensive. If you’re on a tight budget, scavenging for second hand boxes at your local grocery stores may seem like the cost effective thing to do. While you may get lucky with some sturdy boxes that can be used for items that are of non-fragile nature, for the most part, grocery boxes should be used for just that, your groceries. Most grocery style boxes come in the form of a crate, which means they do not close. They are hard to stack, and leave your possessions susceptible to damage. Often times, boxes found in supermarkets can also house pests that you certainly don’t want to be moving with you to your new place, old place, or anywhere for that matter. In any case, proceed with caution. An idea that may appear to be saving you money can end up costing you much more in the end.

  • Making boxes too heavy

Making the boxes too heavy to handle safely, and efficiently poses a danger to the handler, and the items inside. Although professional grade moving boxes are designed to safely hold items within them, they too have their limit. Overstuffing the boxes can make them too heavy to carry, which can cause accidents, setbacks, and money. Also, be sure to avoid placing odd shaped items in boxes that are too small. Rather, place the object in a bigger box, and fill the gaps with packing peanuts.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Avoid these top packing mistakes!

  • Leaving items loose within the box

 Yes, under stuffing a box is a thing! Equally as important as overstuffing a box, leaving the items free to shift within the box should be avoided! This too poses a great danger to the items inside. To avoid your items from shifting, use bubble wrap, peanuts, or even newspaper to fill the empty space. Be cautious, when using print paper as the ink may transfer onto your items.

  • Having many different sizes

While the moving box size is vast, and for a good reason, try to limit your moving boxes to three different sizes at the most. As explained before, uniform boxes make stacking, and loading much easier.

  • Not using packing tape

Moving box mistakes that will cost you moneyPacking tape is designed to hold boxes filled with items in tact. Regular tape is not designed to withhold such heavy weight, and may result in your box exploding in transit.

  • Not labeling your boxes

If you are not labeling your boxes accordingly, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Label each boxes with its contents, and the room they belong to.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Label boxes on the sides, not the top! This way you can read its contents when boxes are stacked on top of each other.

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How to move an above ground pool

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How to move an above ground pool

How to move an above ground poolThe benefits of owning an above ground pool are many to name. For the most part, many people choose this option simply because the modern above ground pools come equipped with many of the same features as its in-ground counterpart, minus the hefty price tag. So what happens when you are getting ready to relocate home? Do you leave it or take it with you? Of course you take it with you, silly! Actually, moving an above ground pool is not as complicated as it may appear. All you need to do is just follow our simple steps below on how to move an above ground pool. This task will require your time, and effort. But if you’re still having a hard time, just contact us, and we will walk you through every step.

  • Pick location and check availability

Sure you may ask, “Why do I need to check availability, it is my property after all, and I know it’s available, duh”! Well actually, even if you own the property, you have to make sure the pool is located a certain distance from the property line. For those who don’t already know, a property line is the defined point where your land ends and the neighboring land begins. Some detached, and attached homes are built in close proximity to each other. Therefore, you want to make sure you will have enough room for the pool at your new place. Otherwise, you may have to sell it. Just kidding! Not really. Be sure to also take note of any trees on the property near where your new pool will stand, and make sure they are at least 8-10 feet away. 

  • Prep the new location

You will require tools for this part. Many of the tools on this list can be rented from your local equipment shop in the case you don’t already own them.

  • Shovel
  • Sod cutter
  • Level
  • Rake
  • Tape measure
  1. One of the main, and first things you must do is to ensure the ground is level! This is of great importance to the base structure of your pool. To measure the level of the area, simply place a level on a long, straight board. The area shouldn’t be more than 1 inch of perfectly leveled. If the area is not leveled, dig down any high areas. Don’t build up low areas because the pool will settle over time.
  2. Next, determine the center point (middle) of your pool. Measure off an existing object, such as your fence, and mark where you want the edge of your pool to be based off that. Use the tape measure to measure half the width of the pool to determine your center point. Mark this point on the ground with spray paint.
  3. Next step is to create an approximate guideline for where the wall of your pool will be. Pull the tape measure one foot from the center point. Now using spray paint once again, mark this point all around.
  4. Now you must remove all the sod within that chosen area with the help of your trusty sod cutter. If you don’t own one, you should be able to easily rent one. Rake the area to remove any remaining sod, roots, and rock. Having grass, and other debris under your pool will render it unstable over time. Therefore, make sure the area is completely clean.
  • Disassemble the pool

How to move an above ground poolFirst and foremost, empty out the water from the pool. Be aware that once you drain the water, it is likely that your pool liner will shrink up, making it difficult to remove safely. You are likely better off replacing the pool liner with a new one. Next, remove the accessories, and disconnect the filtration system. Take the pool apart from the top down. Remove post caps, upper railings, then the liner. Detach the filter panel from the wall and roll the wall up. Finally, dig out, and remove the filter panel, and support posts. If you still have the instructions manual, follow it to take the pool apart step by step, as you did when putting it together, just in reverse. Keep track of all your parts! They may be harder to replace than you think.

⇒⇒⇒ Congratulations! Your above ground pool is now ready to be moved to its new location. 

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