How to Make Your Move as Comfortable as Possible for Your Furry Family

Moving is a big change for every member of the family, including the ones with fur, feathers, scales and tails. Animals are just as sensitive to change as people, and it can be hard to acclimate them to a new environment—you can’t exactly sit them down for a heart-to-heart conversation to answer their questions. And a stressed pet can become added anxiety on top of your load which, when moving, is already pretty significant. So how can you make sure every member of your family makes the transition without issue? Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

Preparing to move with pets

There’s a lot you can do to prepare with your pet before you even start moving, and a lot more you need to consider when it comes to packing, travel, and your new location.

Get the logistics in order.  First things first, check, then double check that your new location allows pets if it’s a rental, condo, or apartment. You also want to make sure that it’s a good location for your pet. If you have a larger or more energetic animal, is there enough space for it to roam? If you have a complicated cage or habitat set up, will there be room for it? Will your furry friend be able to get enough exercise and open air? This includes preparing to pet-proof. If possible, do this before you even move in, but with a cross-country move or if someone else is currently occupying the space, you may not have full access until you get there for good. In that case, prepare and purchase all the necessary supplies so that you can make your new digs safe for your pet as soon as possible.

Do your research. Whether it’s in person, through friends, or through Google, get the names, numbers, and locations of places that you’ll need to help your pet stay happy and healthy. That could include everything from pet stores to groomers to kennels, and, of course, a good vet.

Get your pet travel trained.   Traveling with pets can be a struggle depending on what kind of animal you have, how far you have to go, and how you’re choosing to travel. If you’re taking a carrier on a long car ride or plane trip, start by keeping your pet in for shorter periods of time. Make sure they’re comfortable with the space. If you’re traveling by plane, be sure to ask the airline about pet travel requirements too. And you’ll likely need a copy of your pet’s veterinarian records in your carry-on luggage.

 

How to Handle Moving Day

No matter how prepared you are, moving day is always hectic, and a panicked or skittish animal will only make your day more difficult. Here are a few ways you can ensure their comfort—and yours—on the big day.

Prepare an overnight kit.  Prepare an easily-accessible ‘overnight kit’ that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.

Keep them away during the move

Keep your pet away from the action.  If your pet is particularly skittish, the best option may be to keep them at a kennel or with a trusted friend or relative during the moving process itself. Not only will this put them in a situation they’re more comfortable with, but it also gives you one less thing to worry about. If that’s not possible, try to keep the move quite and keep your furry friend away from the hubbub. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor and closing the door, or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the garage or car (after, of course, taking precautions to ensure they have the space, resources, and temperature control necessary for the day). Wherever they are, make sure sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.

Move the house before the pet.  Your pet should be the last thing you move into your home if possible. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. That way, they only have to deal with a big change once; they won’t be caught in the chaos of the move while you’re setting up and organising. Even if you have to keep them in a section of the house while they adjust to their surroundings, make sure they have something consistent. And always supplement with lots of love, attention, and their favorite treats and toys to train them that this change is a good one.

 The following items may help

  • Collar and ID tags. If your pet can wear a collar, put one on and attach an ID tag. (For birds, put the tag on a leg band.) The tag should include the pet’s name, your name, and the destination address and your number.
  • Pets with microchips are entered into a pet recovery system so if your pet gets loose, you’ll be contacted once it’s found. If your pet was purchased from a breeder, pet store, or shelter it likely already has a microchip.
  •  Keep a photograph of your pet so you can show your new neighbors what your pet looks like if it gets lost.
  •  Keep a chain and leash for your dog to keep them in your new yard if you have to wait for a fence to be built. Pack a spare in case your pet breaks the leash.
  • Pet carriers.  If you’re traveling by airplane, any pet in the cabin must be in a pet carrier. In a car, some pets are less stressed in a carrier rather than on the loose. To find out more about pet carriers click here.

Acclimating Your Pet

Remember, once you’ve moved there’s still work to be done. Just like you have to get used to your new location—to make your house a home—you need to do the same for your pet. It can be frustrating, and it may take a while, but soon your pet will feel just as at home as you do. Here are some ways to hopefully speed up that process.

Update their info.  The first thing you should do after moving is update their info. That means potentially getting new tags, updating microchips, and making sure your new vet has all the correct information. If you haven’t already found and talked to a vet, do that ASAP because you never know when you’re going to need one, and that’s the last place you want to be caught unprepared.

Keep A Routine.  This can be hard, especially because you may not even have a routine worked out for yourself yet, but it’s so important to making an animal feel comfortable. You have to remember that they don’t understand what’s going on the same way you do, which makes it all the more stressful. Most animals are creatures of habit, and making this new place resemble the old one as much as possible will help them adapt.

Give Them Loads of Attention.  Affection and treats can help reassure your pet that everything is OK. You can even take some time off work, or, if you’re moving for a new job, consider negotiating a delayed start. This not only benefits you, because moving is stressful on people as well, but also provides more together time as your pet settles in.

Be Patient.  Last but not least, remember that it takes time. This is a big change for the whole family, you and Fido both. Be patient with your pet, as this may take a few weeks. If your pet still hasn’t calmed down then, you may want to meet with a specialist or a veterinarian to see if there’s anything else you can do to make your pet feel at home. But in most cases, with extra love and attention, your pet friend will be peeing on hydrants, marking your new neighbourhood as their own in no time.

 

Let Elite Handle The Rest

Elite Moving and Storage may not be able to move your four-legged friend (unless those four legs are on a chair or table) but that doesn’t mean we’re not here for the whole family. With over a decade and a half of experience in the moving industry, we have the experience and expertise to get you moved quickly, easily, and safely. Whether it’s local or long distance, moving heavy furniture or fragile, delicate items, Elite can handle it. Visit our website now to request a quote for free.

Pros, Cons, Tips, & Tricks for the Ultimate Summer Move

Summer is known as “peak season” for moving—anyone who’s anyone seems to be packing up and moving out under the hot summer sun. In fact, 70 percent of all moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend! But, as your mother would say, “if everyone was jumping off a bridge, would you?” Is moving during the summer right for your situation? Why do so many people choose this time of the year to make this transition? And most importantly, how can you make a summer move as easy as possible?

 

Pros of a summer move

There are a plethora of reasons summer is such a hot time for house jumpers everywhere, and the reasoning is different for everyone, but here are some of the most common.

School’s Out:  For families with school-aged children, summer is the optimal time for moving. A change of location can be hard for kids even under the best circumstances, but a mid-year school change can be even more difficult. With a summer move, kids are able to get a feel for their new surroundings, their new neighbours, and maybe even make some new friends before they’re tossed into the battle royale that is K-12.

Extra Help:  For those same families, a plus might be a little extra free labour. Kids in school and even older kids in college may be more able and willing to lend a hand in packing, preparing, and setting up a new abode when they don’t have their GPAs and afterschool activities to worry about.

Longer Days: With the sun setting later in the summer, moving during this time of the year simply gives you more hours in the day. If you’re crunched for time, those extra few hours of daylight just might give you the time you need to get everything prepared and moved without the crushing weight of it flattening you like a fully-loaded moving truck.

Good Weather:  Perhaps the most obvious reason, especially if you’re moving to or from somewhere like Chicago, is the weather. Nothing is worse than moving in the snow. There’s the cold of course, but it’s also much more dangerous, and slipping on ice can be a real fear, especially when carrying heavy boxes. Summer weather is warmer and often less prone to precipitation, making it a more ideal time to move. Of course, depending on where you are, summer can be too hot, but more on that later.

Curb Appeal: Warm breezes and sunny days just put people in the house-buying mood. Picture it: Sun glinting off the windows. Lush grass and flowers in full bloom. Birds singing in the trees and children laughing in backyards. It feels a lot more appealing than a house sitting in the cold silence of mid-winter. So because more people sell homes in the summer, it stands to reason that those people are moving during the summer too!

 

Cons of a summer move

It’s a busy time: Like we said, about 70% of all moves happen during the summer. That means that most movers’ schedules are pretty much packed. There’s less room for flexibility and change, which means you have to be certain and plan ahead before you book your mover. And if things don’t go exactly as planned, you may have to think creatively or pay extra to get everything done on time.

It’s expensive: The first rule of economics is supply and demand. More demand during the summer means movers can up their prices, and they often do. This is why it’s important to get a quote from your mover earlier rather than later to ensure you get a fair price and aren’t hit by a surprise fee later on.

It’s too hot to handle: Depending on where you live, where you’re moving, and the ever-changing weather forecast, the weather that seemed like such a pro can easily become a con. Risk of overheating including deadly heat stroke can be a major deterrent, especially if you live in somewhere that gets really hot like Florida or Arizona. And because movers are often busier, it can be difficult to re-book your moving day if the day you chose turns out to be a real scorcher.

Your possessions can overheat, too: It’s not just your own temperature that you have to worry about when you’re moving—some objects are really sensitive to heat too. Especially if you are transporting a lot of fragile items like expensive art, instruments, or antique furniture, you should be really careful how hot you let your possessions get. Of course, with well-qualified movers, this is rarely a problem. At Elite Moving and Storage, we have movers dedicated just to art and piano moving and storage, ensuring that your most prized (and expensive) possessions make it through the process unscathed. Unless you’re transporting your famed ice-sculpture collection, you should feel safe leaving your belongings in our care.

 

Tips for your summer move

Get an early start: Especially if the day of your move is hot, you want to get started as early as possible. The sun is generally at its strongest between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. which means that getting as much done as you can in the morning can save you from hauling boxes in the heat of the summer afternoon. Starting early also leaves you with more time to solve problems that crop up and give you a little extra wiggle room when things take longer than expected. Those extra few hours can be a godsend, because no move—no matter how well prepared—ever goes 100% as planned

Check the weather: It may seem like a given, but don’t forget to check the weather a day or two before your move for other inclement weather conditions, such as heavy rainstorms or tornadoes, that summer is notorious for conjuring up.

Get a quote in advance:  Like we said earlier, moving during the “peak season” comes with some downsides—one of those is scheduling and price. Make sure you’re prepared, that you have your movers chosen, that you know what it’s going to cost, and that you schedule it well in advance. We recommend gathering quotes at least eight weeks in advance to ensure you can get everything scheduled well before moving day. It may feel excessive at the moment, but it’ll save you a lot of stress later.

Bring Water. Lots of water: Staying hydrated is always a must, but it’s especially necessary when you’re exhorting yourself all day in the summer sun. Yet it’s so often forgotten in the moving day hassle. Moving goes from stressful to downright miserable when you’re dehydrated, cranky, and potentially even at in danger of major medical mishaps like heat stroke. So the night before you move, make sure your fridge is fully stocked with cold water bottles or that you have plenty of ice in the freezer.

The day of, stock a cooler full of water and any other beverages you want to have on hand. As an addition for kids—or anyone, really—you could even have popsicles or other cold treats to keep your strength up. There are tons of recipes or in-store offerings for healthy, frozen goodies available. Just remember to save some for the movers too!

Turn on the AC: It’s easy to focus so much on fighting the heat at your old home that you end up forgetting that your new place needs cooling too. And the last thing you want is for your first experience in a new home to feel like propelling yourself straight into the blazing inferno of the sun. If possible, make sure the air conditioning unit in your new place is functioning properly and is turned on one to two days before your move. If for some reason that proves impossible, make sure you at least have some portable fans to air out stuffy rooms and keep you from overheating while you move in.

Dress cool:  And we don’t mean wear designer. Dressing in light, breathable clothing is a must when it comes to moving in the summer. Quality cotton or chiffon, linen, or even sheer fabrics are optimal for providing sufficient air circulation. Other important factors you should consider when choosing your moving day ensemble include the fit—loose clothing is typically best, but not so loose that it will snag or trip you up—and the color—dark colours attract sunlight, so opt for lighter shades. And don’t forget to accessorize. In this case, that means hats and sunglasses to keep the glare and heat at bay and, of course, every fashion maven’s favorite accessory: sunscreen.

 

Elite is here for you all summer long

Our team at Elite Moving and Storage are experts at moving any time of year. With over 15 years of experience in the field and 3000+ moving jobs per year, Elite can make sure your move goes smoothly, rain or shine (or thick, oppressive heat). The summer is already well underway, so bisit elitemover.com for a free quote now.

 

 

9 Items You Need to Toss (or Recycle) (or Donate) Before Moving

Moving can be a stressful time, but on the upside, it forces you to get rid of all the junk you’ve been holding onto. It’s also easier and cheaper when you have less to pack and load onto the moving truck. But letting go can be hard, and sometimes you need a little push to get started or a little insight from the experts as to which items are likely to make your move most difficult. Elite Moving and Storage has been in business for more than a decade, and with thousands of local and cross-country moves under our belts, we’ve seen our fair share of household purging.

But before we get into what you need to get rid of, let’s talk about how you can get rid of it. What can you recycle, what can you donate, what can you sell, and what has no place left but the garbage shoot?

 

Trash it.

This one is the easiest. If it can be of no use to anyone in any re-purposing or recycling option, and if the item is broken or damaged beyond repair, toss it. Try to use this option as little as possible—if you look into it, you’ll be amazed at how much of your stuff you can recycle, donate, or sell.

 

Recycle it.

The good news is, most of this is pretty intuitive, but here’s a list of what you can recycle and what you can’t, just in case you need a refresher

Recycling

  • Newspaper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books
  • Brochures
  • Magazines
  • Recycling
  • Catalogs
  • Paperback books
  • Ream wrappers
  • File folders
  • Poster board
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Milk cartons

Plastic Recycling

  • Milk jugs (wash out all liquids first)
  • Water/Soda containers
  • Shampoo/Soap/Detergent bottles

Aluminum/Metal/Glass Recycling

  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Food cans
  • Scrap metal
  • Beverage containers
  • Glass food jars

What CAN’T be recycled:

  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Christmas Lights
  • Coat Hangers
  • Diapers
  • Electrical Cords
  • Food Waste
  • Food Wrap
  • Garden Hoses
  • Plastic Bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Rubber Balls
  • Sports Equipment
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Syringes/Razor Blades
  • Tires
  • Waxed Cartons
  • Wood/Yard Waste

Now that you have a good idea of where your things might go, what kind of possessions should you actually part ways with, what’s worth keeping, and how can you tell the difference?

 

Sell or donate it.

The primary difference between the two comes down to the price you can get for it, and whether that’s worth the hassle of selling it. New, rare, expensive, or high-end items may be worth cataloguing online, meeting with potential buyers, and figuring out mailing or transport. Things like new technology, quality furniture, or jewelry in good condition may be things you want to sell. There are even specific sites and platforms dedicated to sales of particular kinds of products like Chairish for furniture, Poshmark for clothes, and Decluttr for technology. However, if things aren’t in the best condition, or if you’re just not in the mood, donation is a great way to declutter fast. The thing you need to be considerate of is that your donation pile is not a dump. It’s not a place for your trash or broken items. Only donate gently used things in good condition. If the reason you want to give something away is because it’s beyond repair, the donation pile is not the right choice.

 

Old clothes

If your closet can be divided into “eras” maybe it’s time to do a little bit of clearing-out. Clothing, while it may seem light and easily folded and packed away, can easily become cumbersome. Especially if you’re stuck moving delicate garments or those which wrinkle easily, it can really become a hassle, and while using wardrobe boxes may keep your clothes immaculate, they’re some of the largest and most awkward boxes to move.

When cleaning out your closet, there are plenty of questions you can ask yourself: “Have I worn this in the past year?” “Will I have something to wear it to in the near future?” “Is it still in style?” “Is it clean and undamaged?” “Does it still fit?” If “no” is the answer to most of these, maybe it’s time to kiss that particular outfit good bye. And on the plus side, a cleaned out closet is the perfect excuse for a celebratory shopping trip once you’ve settled in your new place.

 

Knick-Knacks and Tchotchkes

Remember that one time five years ago you mentioned that you like koalas (substitute any cuddly animal, sports team, food item, etc)? How now every time anyone is unsure what to give you, it’s koala t-shirts, coffee mugs, baseball caps, keychains, and shot glasses? Well maybe it’s time to move away from the marsupials and onto bigger and better things. Tchotchkes like these pile up so fast that sometimes you forget they’re even there. Before just shoving everything off your cupboards and directly into your moving boxes, make sure you’re only taking the things you want. Useless knick-knacks are all well and good for a laugh every once and a while, but they’re not worth carrying across the state, or even across the nation. And in your new home, make sure you tell all your new friends that what you really like isn’t koalas but cold hard cash.

 

Furniture

If there’s anything that’s a hassle to move—for you and your movers alike—it’s furniture. It’s heavy, awkward, and certainly not something you can just throw last minute into a box. Moving furniture requires more planning and effort than moving almost anything else, so if you want to keep your furniture, make sure it’s really worth while. It’s also important to be certain that your favorite comfy couch will fit in your new place. Before you decide to move anything too big, make sure you measure, measure, then measure again. Know exactly where it’s going, and think about how the colouring of the room and everything around it will look. That way, you can be sure the strain you put into getting your furniture into a new place will be worth it.

But don’t let perfectly good furniture go to waste, either. Furniture can be incredibly expensive, so it’s best to sell or give away unnecessary furniture. Look into having your local Habitat for Humanity pick up the furniture from your house, or try hosting a garage sale to sell belongings still in good condition.

 

Out of date electronics

The latest gadgets can get pretty expensive, so it’s no wonder we sometimes have trouble giving or throwing them away. It can feel like money down the drain. But if you’re really not using your old tech, it’s even more of a waste to haul it around with you. Before you move, assess each of your electronics to determine whether: the item is properly working, the item is up-to-date, and whether the item is something you need in your new home. If your electronics are less than five years old and still in good working order, you may be able to donate them to a non-profit organization or sell them with platforms like eBay or Craigslist or even those designed for selling old electronics like Gone or Decluttr.

 

Old toys

Toys, like so many other mementos from childhood, can hold a lot of nostalgic value. But unlike a downloadable tape of a baby’s first steps or few old 5×8 photos, giant lego sets or life sized stuffed animals can be difficult to pack and move. Unless your kid still plays with it, or you think it might come in handy as a hand-me-down for a child later, it’s best to cut down on the clutter in any way possible. Before you pack up the playroom, ask yourself: when was the last time you or your little one gave Tickle-Me-Elmo something to laugh about? Toys can be easily donated to places like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army, or even sold on Craigslist, eBay, or at your very own yard sale. However you want to play it, there are a multitude of ways you can declutter the toy chest.

 

Leftovers

Obviously you’ll want to clean out your fridge—no one’s packing leftover Pad Thai or a jug of milk into cardboard boxes—but there are some items that can be packed. Canned foods, pantry staples like pasta, oats, or rice, could all theoretically survive a move, but that doesn’t mean they should. It may not seem like a lot when you’re scrambling to come up with a last minute dinner plan, but once you start packing, you realize just how much stuff you may have. It can get quite time consuming, voluminous, and heavy, and after a certain point, it’s just not worth it, especially since you’ll surely be doing a big grocery shop as soon as you get settled into your new home.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. That’s wasteful. But it doesn’t have to be. Donating non-perishables to a local food bank, homeless shelter, or other charity can not only help you purge your pantry, but will also provide food for those who need it. If you don’t know where to start, there are even companies like move for hunger that will help you donate leftover food.

 

Expired products

It seems obvious that you wouldn’t want to bring expired medication and pantry products to your new home, but when packing up your bathroom or other drawers and shelves, it can be easy to forget to check. It only takes an extra second to glance at the label, so make it a habit as you look through your cabinets, and save yourself a little bit of clutter. This will also ensure that you never use those out-of-date products, which could be, at best, ineffective and, at worst, very dangerous for you and your family.

 

Books, CDs, DVDs

With the growing popularity of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Peacock, HBO Max, Apple TV, Showtime…the list goes on and on…as well as music streaming with Spotify or Apple Music, CDs and DVDs are quickly becoming obsolete. Of course, no Kindle or Nook can replace the worn paper smell or the tactile tingling of flipping a page when it comes to real books, but books too can be hefty and cumbersome to transport. Depending on the size of your collection, transporting your library can be like transporting a second couch!

So before you pack up your collections, make sure you narrow them down as much as possible. Most music can be copied to your computer—dvds too if you have the right equipment. As for books, make sure you donate or get rid of the ones you don’t need: old textbooks, books worn or ripped beyond repair, old children’s books, stories you didn’t like, or ones you just know you’ll never read.

 

Old paint

Unless you’re planning to leave a can or two for the new residents, you’ll need to responsibly dispose of it all before the move. Unfortunately, most donation sites won’t accept hazardous items, which include aerosols, propane tanks and (of course) paint. Most local curbside trash programs won’t accept or pick up your paint either. The best way to properly dispose of old paint is by bringing them to a local drop off site for hazardous and chemical-containing items.

 

And for the rest, there’s Elite!

When it comes to your move, you need someone you can trust with your most prized possessions—the things that weathered the decluttering.That’s where Elite comes in. With over 15 years of experience in the field and 3000+ moving jobs per year, Elite Moving and Storage has moving experts who will know the best way to make your moving experience the best it can be for you, your family, and your environment. Visit elitemover.com for a free quote today.

 

Perfecting the Art of the Moving Sale

The humble yard sale: In recent years, it has fallen out of fashion due to the rise in popularity of online sales platforms like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Craigslist. But sometimes, simplicity is key, and the classics are a classic for a reason. A moving sale (a.k.a. a yard or garage sale) can be a way to get rid of your odds and ends in bulk—all in one go—not to mention making you a little extra cash. Plus, it can be a fun event that brings people together, the perfect way to create lasting memories among your friends and neighbors as a final goodbye before you leave for your new home.

But it can also be overwhelming, especially if you’re used to just clicking a pic and posting your for-sale goods online. So if you’re at a loss for where to start, or just want to make sure you’re not missing anything, here are a few tips to ensure your moving sale is the most effective, most profitable, and the most fun it can be.

 

1.   Set day and time

Before you start on the what, the first thing to figure out is the when. The date and time can make a huge difference, especially because a yard sale hinges so much on people happening upon your set-up. A weekend works best, especially Saturdays since that is the day most people are the most free. As for time of day, mid-morning to mid-afternoon is the sweet spot: still early enough to give you a lot of time, but late enough that people are done with their morning routines and families may find themselves out for a walk, strolling past your sale.

There are some days, however, that you’ll want to avoid. These include holidays or days on which other things are likely to distract from your event. Keep an eye on local happenings like concerts, sports games, and school events to ensure you don’t clash with any other goings-on.

And of course, the elephant in the room, make sure you’re prepared for the weather. Check forecasts as much as you can beforehand, and dress accordingly. If there are heavy winds, make sure you’re set up in a way that will keep lightweight items from flying away—unless the wind is willing to pay up, it can’t take anything!

Keeping a collection of tarps nearby may also be a good idea if there’s even the slightest chance of rain. And remember, weather predictions are not always reliable, so it’s always good to be prepared even if the weatherman is calling for clear skies all day.

 

2.   Check with the local authorities

More than likely, you’re not going to make the FBI’s most wanted list for hosting an unauthorized garage sale, but it never hurts to check and see if there are certain restrictions or permits you should have. A quick call to city hall or to the local authorities is an easy way to ensure that you’re doing everything above board, and the fastest way to start the process of getting the right permits and permissions if it turns out that’s something you need.

Do this as early as possible so that you have time to sort everything out on the off chance there is something you need to do.

 

3.   Do a Thorough Search

One of the best things about a yard sale is that it’s one big event. It’s a blowout. A way to get rid of a lot of stuff quickly. So you want to make sure you put everything you got out there. So go beyond the garage, cabinets, and closets. Clean out storage spaces, desk drawers, under bed storage–anywhere you think there might be something you can get rid of. Of course, focus on things that you think someone else would want. Sometimes one man’s trash is, well, everyone else’s trash too. There’s a place for that, and it’s still great to clear out unwanted items, but make sure you’re intentional about what’s going out for sale and what’s going to the dump. A yard sale crowded with junk might turn off potential buyers.

 

4.   Get Organized

In order to sell, you gotta know what you’re selling. Especially with a moving sale where there are so many items, it’s easy to get lost in the fray, and your front yard may start looking like an episode of Extreme Hoarders. To combat this, start by making an inventory. There’s a reason all real businesses do it—it will help you both in setting up and keeping track of your progress, and when you’re all sold out and counting out your spoils, you’ll be able to locate exactly where that profit came from to ensure everything is in order.

When setting up, organize your items into categories like “kitchen,” “outdoor equipment,” “children’s toys,” etc. This will make it easier for your buyers to find what they’re looking for. Plus, if they have a sense of where things are, they may be more likely to roam around and pick up an impulse buy or two.  Also ensure that it’s clear what’s for sale. Set up your yard, garage, or basement so that all “For Sale” items are clearly separated. You don’t want any confused customer trying to buy something that’s not even for sale.

Lastly, setting up a cashier’s desk with a cash box and change makes for a fast, smooth sale process and no stress when it comes to where to put the money. Having an easy, recognizable set-up just like a real retailer will put potential buyers at ease and ensure they don’t just get frustrated by the chaos and walk out.

 

5.   Get the prices right

Of course, you want to make money, but there’s a balance between a giveaway, a good sale, and swindling your neighbors out of their cash. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your items and their condition honestly. Make sure there’s no significant damage, that each item is functional—especially if it’s electronic or has moving parts—and, most importantly, make sure that it’s safe Then price accordingly. Think about how much you’d pay for it if you saw it in a secondhand shop. If you can’t remember how much you bought something for, or you don’t know what it’s worth now, look online for similar items from secondhand dealers to ballpark it.

Then, when you have all your prices set, record them on a tag or sticker and place them on the item in an easy-to-see location. From there, it’s all up to you—and there are a lot of ways you can handle pricing or add a little flare to your sale.

 

Color Coding

For the people who had a specific color pen for every class in high school, you can elevate your sale the same way.  Use different colored stickers or identification codes to signify different price ranges, discounts, categories, etc.

 

Offer Bulk Deals

Pricing deals will help you move more items, and may encourage someone to buy who may otherwise not have. Offer buy-one-get-one-half-off deals on things like books or toys that are easy to pick up a few of, or offer discounts if someone buys over a certain dollar amount.

 

Mystery Bags

Surprise grab-bags can be a fun add-on to your sale. These are little  bags of miscellany–think birthday party goodie bags—where the buyer purchases them at a set price and then finds out what’s in them afterwards. It’s a great way to get rid of odds and ends, especially if you have lots of small tchotchkes or children’s’ toys—and the surprise aspect makes them enticing. Of course, it only works if you fill them with items that are worth something. You may have a customer uprising on your hands if you’re selling bags of old batteries and loose lug nuts.

 

Be Open to Haggling

People love to argue; embrace it! Ideally, people will just pay you the price that you set, but people who love a good deal also tend to enjoy getting an even better one if they can. If you’ve found an interested buyer for an item, but they don’t want to pay full price, consider dropping it down. Especially because moving sales are just as much about getting rid of stuff as they are about making money, this is a great strategy to push someone over the edge of making a purchase.

 

6.   Get creative with your advertising

Just because you’re having a classic yard sale, doesn’t mean you have to stick to simple picket signs and flyers. Make the most of the modern age and update your marketing strategy. Create clean, digital ads and post on social media to reach a wider audience, or hang posters on bulletin boards and around in local businesses. You can even use neighborhood news sources like local newspapers or neighborhood online forums to get the word out.

 

7.   Make it an event

Yard sales are community events, and if you create a fun atmosphere, it’s likely others will want to join in. So make it more than a yard sale—get snacks, drinks, games! Even do a combo yard sale/lemonade stand if you have kids. It’s a great way to get your whole family and the whole neighborhood involved. And on a hot summer day, a cold drink will be a welcome relief to shoppers. You can even ask neighbors to help or host garage sales at the same time as you to create a bigger event and more camaraderie. This may be one of the last big memories you’ll have of your old neighborhood, so make the most of it.

 

But Not Every Part of Moving Should Be a Big Event

And just like a garage sale, the moving process itself is easier if there’s someone there to help with the—pardon the pun—heavy lifting. That’s why Elite Moving and Storage is dedicated to helping you with an easy, organized relocation.

We’ve been serving thousands of families through the continental United States for over 10 years with a 99% success rate. Whether your move is local or cross-country, Elite Moving & Storage will get you there with confidence. So call us today or go to our website for a free estimate!

How To Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

You may be moving from one home to another, but there’s one place we all call home, and that’s planet Earth. Moving can be strenuous, which means the sustainability that’s so important to all of us can occasionally fall to the wayside, but there are so many simple things you can do to make your move eco-friendly—some may even make it cheaper and easier for you too!

Elite strives to protect your belongings and the planet, so here are a few eco-friendly moving tips to get you started.

 

Think inside the box

Cardboard boxes, the most common packing material, are simple and recyclable, but the materials often used inside those boxes, such as plastic or foam to wrap and protect your items, are not so easily disposed of. That makes how you pack the inside of your boxes incredibly important if you’re trying to decrease pollution and waste.

If you need additional packing materials, start with newspaper, which you can throw in your standard recycling bin.

And if you do end up needing to use plastic packing materials, that’s still fine! Just use a site like Recycle Finder to figure out exactly where you can drop them off once you’re done with them.

 

Give a Box Back

If you end up with too many boxes, don’t just get rid of them. A great alternative to recycling your boxes or discarding them is the “Take a Box Leave a Box” program. All U-Haul company stores (and many dealers) offer this option so that customers can drop off their used boxes.

Of course, in an ideal world you’d have the perfect number of boxes, and Elite can help with that. Our boxes, available on our website shop, can be purchased specifically for the number of rooms you’re looking to pack, so if you have no idea how many boxes you need, Elite is a great place to start.

 

Food For Thought: Save the Kitchen for Last

The kitchen is often one of the most cluttered rooms in the house, so it makes sense that many movers try to get it out of the way right at the beginning. However, once it’s all packed up, it makes it difficult not only to cook, but to eat without having to rely on plastic ware. Using disposable materials—even if it’s just for a few days—piles up quickly, and because plastic forks, knives and spoons are not biodegradable, it can really start to expand you and your family’s carbon footprint. Instead, consider leaving just enough utensils and dishware for the last leg of your move, then pack those up at the very last minute. You can even use a camping kit with easily packable but still very sustainable silverware as an alternative to traditional dishware for those last few days.

As your kitchen gets packed and the move gets closer—not to mention as you and your family get more exhausted—takeout meals may also become increasingly common. No shame in that. However, to minimize your waste from takeout containers, you can ask the restaurants you order from to leave out the plastic forks and straws. Dining out in person can also be a good option, especially if you live close enough to walk, or if you have specific eateries you want to take advantage of before you move away. Walking to a restaurant for a nice bite to eat not only means no plastic takeout containers, but is also a great way to get some exercise, relax, and spend quality time with the people you love.

 

Donate what you don’t need

A move presents a perfect opportunity for getting rid of the things you no longer use and sending them on to a better purpose. When deciding what to donate, sell, recycle, and throw out, try to make your trash pile as small as possible—full of only items that you really, truly can’t do anything else with.

Minimizing your possessions is good for the environment, saves you time, and will help your sanity when packing and unpacking gets exhausting. What’s the point of moving things you don’t even want? By donating or selling your lightly used possessions before moving, you can decrease the amount of packing materials, the number of trips you or your mover will have to take, and the amount of time you’ll spend driving yourself crazy with the moving process.

Second hand shops like Goodwill take a wide variety of items, and even do pickup for unwieldy pieces like furniture or heavy appliances. Local organizations like schools, libraries, shelters, and recreation centers also sometimes take donations—a great goodbye gift to your community before you leave to your new home.

You can also sell your possessions either with a yard sale or online with sites like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. That could be a way to cover a little bit of the moving costs, or just give you a little extra cash to buy yourself a nice housewarming gift once the chaos of moving is all behind you.

 

Take Fewer Back & Forth Trips—That’s where Elite comes in!


Try to make the fewest amount of trips possible with your move. Saving gas on trips is one way hiring movers like Elite Moving and Storage can help make your move all that much better. Rather than doing it all yourself, relieve yourself of the stress by letting Elite do the work for you. With over 15 years of experience in the field and 3000+ moving jobs per year, Elite’s moving experts will know the best way to make your moving experience the best it can be for you, your family, and your environment. Visit elitemover.com for a free quote today.

Lesser Known Mobile Markets to Help You Declutter Before Your Move

You never truly understand how much stuff you have until it comes time to move it all. That’s what makes moving such a fantastic opportunity to minimize and organise your belongings into what you really want and need. Shedding the extraneous can be a great way not only to cut down on the time, effort, and cost of moving, but it also allows you to come into your new home in a new place with a certain weight off your shoulders.

As for how to cut out the junk, it’s easier now than ever! No more hauling everything out to the lawn, traipsing around in the sweltering heat putting up “garage sale” signs until some neighbour takes pity on you and finally takes that old couch off your hands. The internet has made it oh-so-easy to find eager, reliable buyers for your unwanted items—everything from clothes to furniture to tech.

Of course there are the ones you’ve heard of: eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, but the internet landscape nowadays has so much more! Here are a few options for that pre-move purge that you may have never heard of.

 

For Selling Clothes

Poshmark

If your closet is overflowing with dresses, tops, jeans and more, consider selling these secondhand goods via the Poshmark mobile app. Based on the social media fashion landscape, Poshmark allows users to follow like-minded clothing lovers, allowing sellers to easily find the right market for their pieces. List clothing and fashion accessories by taking a photo of each item to be posted for sellers to see. Poshmark users can also attend “Posh Parties,” virtual buying and selling parties that happen within the Poshmark app.

Poshmark is best for those looking to sell more expensive clothing items—things you’re looking to get a little bit more money for. Since each item must be listed separately and listings can become more complex, this site works best for users looking to sell too many clothes.

ThredUP

ThredUP functions in a very different way. Users can order a free kit online and send clothing in good condition for review. ThredUP will then send cash or credit for the pieces they keep. This system is perfect if you’re looking to get rid of clothes in bulk and don’t want to go through the trouble of listing individual items. It’s for those who are more concerned about clearing clutter, and less about getting a good price. Any clothing items that thredUP doesn’t accept will be recycled, which makes it one of the more sustainable options on the used clothes market.

Vinted

Vinted is another secondhand clothing alternative that functions somewhere between the Poshmark and threadUp. You can set prices for individual items, but also set items to be “swappable” rather than asking for a monetary price. As a user, you have access to thousands of clothing items, and as a seller you can build up your market and profile by gaining followers. This may be more time consuming, but can also lead to increased interest, better payouts, and even the formation of a community for you in the app.

 

For Selling Electronics

Gone

Gone’s mobile app makes selling old electronics easy. They will vet and locate potential buyers for you as well as helping you determine a price, making the sale, and taking care of the shipping and handling. As a buyer, all you have to do is upload the information on your electronics. Once a buyer is found, Gone will send a box with a prepaid return label for the shipment.

Decluttr

Decluttr works in a very similar way, taking users’ electronics offers, quoting a price, and handling the rest. Then, the day after your shipment arrives, they release the payment directly to you. Decluttr even allows for the sale of broken electronics like computers with missing keys or phones with broken screens that won’t turn on. Of course, you won’t get a very high price for them, but it’s better than nothing. The site will buy used textbooks, CDs, and DVDs as well and, perhaps most peculiar of all, deals in secondhand Legos.

 

For Selling Furniture

Trove

Trove is primarily a furniture buying/selling platform, although they also deal in electronics, art, kitchen decor, and more. You can list your items and set your own prices on this platform for free, although they do take a 10% commission on sales. As well as listing your own price, you can set times to meet potential buyers and, of course, the final sale decision is yours. Trove also allows you to search for items by city or Zip Code, making it more likely that buyers will be in your area which, especially with large furniture items, makes transfer and transport much more convenient.

Chairish

Specifically for furniture of a certain style and quality, Chairish is a more upscale resale site for where higher-end, vintage and boho-style furniture will be able to easily find a new home. Chairish has its own pricing resource—the Chairish Pink Book—to help price your item before adding a listing alongside quality photos on the app. There are multiple selling plans within the app, and the commission depends on the item—20% for sales up to $2500, then decreasing as items grow more expensive.

 

For Selling Books

BookScouter

BookScouter is not so much for selling books themselves, but is a tool to help users find the best price for the books their looking to sell. BookScouter’s website says they’re just for textbook buyback, but increasingly they deal in regular trade books as well. BookScouter will tell you what websites will currently pay for each book you’re trying to sell. This will give you a good idea of whether or not it’s even worth selling your books. Remember, all of these websites pay based on what they think they can sell books for, so books with higher demand will sell for more.

Cash4Books

Especially for the excess college or high school textbooks you have lying around, Cash4Books can be a great resource to get rid of some of that clutter. Just download the Cash4Books app, enter the ISBN code, and Cash4Books will give you a quote. If you choose to accept it, they’ll send you an email link to print a prepaid label. Box up your book, and if the book passes inspection, you get paid within two weeks by check or PayPal.

 

For Selling Music Equipment

Reverb

If it’s been five years, and all you’ve taught yourself to play on the guitar is the riff from “Smoke on the Water,” maybe it’s finally time to get rid of that old guitar. For that and any other musical instruments, DJ equipment, amps, audio exponent, ,and more, use Reverb for sales. Reverb is a specialty app that specialises in this kind of equipment. You can list as many items as you want for free, but when they sell, you pay Reverb takes a commission of 3.5%. Money changes hands via Reverb itself or PayPal.

 

Some Of Our Top Overall Picks

OfferUp

The mobile app OfferUp allows users to buy and sell all kinds of belongings right from their smartphones. According to the company’s site, OfferUp’s mission is to become the “simplest, most trustworthy place for people to buy and sell locally.” Using the app, sellers can post a photo of their item, describe its condition and set a price. Once it’s listed, they’ll be able to chat with potential buyers through the app. OfferUp allows users to create profiles to help increase reliability and to help buyers and sellers alike avoid scams. After you’ve completed a transaction, OfferUp also allows for input of reviews and feedback to further encourage an honest and trustworthy community.

LetGo

Perhaps one of the best-known mobile marketplace apps is Letgo. This mobile app is free, fast and easy to use. The app helps users buy and sell secondhand things primarily nearby and in their own neighborhoods, dealing in everything from electronics and sneakers to furniture and children’s toys. The advantage of using Letgo is that it’s extremely easy to post an ad—snap a photo of your stuff and upload it to the app. Users don’t even need to post a title to their post. Users can also be able chat instantly and privately with buyers and other sellers.

5miles

Launched in 2014, 5miles is one of the best secondhand sale sites for selling items to buyers in your immediate area—within, as the name implies, five miles. The process is simple, snapping a photo and entering a short description as well as including a location to determine the radius of people that will be able to see it. To avoid scams, 5miles makes it possible to identify potential buyers by their Facebook accounts or phone numbers. However, beyond this, all contact and private information is kept confidential. Feedback and ratings can also be input into the app. If you are open to in-person sales, 5miles also allows you to find and share information about local yard/garage sales among other things. Because of the limited geographical scope, this platform may work best for those in highly populated areas, such as in or nearby a large metropolitan area.

Mercari

Mercari is a similarly diverse mobile marketplace, dealing in a wide range of items, but is good for those looking to widen their network of buyers. This app connects users across the country, providing a larger audience for sales. This helps you get a better price, although it may also make the process of finding and connecting with a buyer more complex and time-consuming. Once the app is downloaded, users post a photo and details of the items for sale and the ad is shown to interested buyers nationwide. Users can pay safely with a credit or debit card, and rate buyers or sellers as well.

 

And For All That’s Left: Use Elite

When it comes to your move, you need someone you can trust with your most prized possessions—the things that weathered the decluttering.That’s where Elite comes in. With over 15 years of experience in the field and 3000+ moving jobs per year, Elite’s moving experts will know the best way to make your moving experience the best it can be for you, your family, and your environment. Visit elitemover.com for a free quote today.

Cut the Clutter: 5 Tips to Minimize Before you Move

One of the best ways to lighten the load of a high-stress move—both literally and figuratively—is to minimize the amount of stuff you have to transfer from place to place. The more you can declutter, the easier it will be to pack, transport, and settle once you’re moved into your new home. But especially if you’ve been in the same place for a long time, it can be difficult to know where to start or exactly how to choose what to keep and what to trash. Here are a few ways you can make it all more manageable.

 

1. Set goals

The worst feeling is looking at the mountains of stuff you have to do—or in this case, to pack—and running in blind. You’re bound to drown in old clothes and chachkis if you do it that way. Instead, set goals for yourself: small, concrete, attainable goals that you can go through bit by bit. Perhaps start with a specific space like the living room, or storage closet, or a specific item category. Here are some categories you can think about when determining what you have and what you need to go through:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Papers
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Kitchen items
  • Décor
  • Holiday decorations
  • Outdoor gear
  • Gadgets

Breaking the process down like this will make the task not only feel more manageable, but will also help ensure you don’t forget a room or category in all the chaos.

 

2. Think Beyond the Trash

Of course the first step is deciding whether you are going to keep each item or not, but once you decide to get rid of something, remember there are more options available to you than just throwing things away. Here are some options:

Sell

If you have more expensive items like technology, nice jewelry, or even furniture that you don’t want to take with you, selling it is a good option. Online sellers like Ebay or Craig’s List make it easy to do: just a few photos and an online post, and you can get some good money for items you no longer need. Plus, many buyers will come pick it up themselves, so if it’s a heavy object like furniture, it can give you one less thing to worry about. And the extra money you get from the sale can help ease a little bit of the financial strain of moving. Or you can put it away for nice bottle of wine—a little housewarming gift to yourself once the whole moving process has come to fruition.

Recycle

To ensure you’re doing the most for the environment, separate the stuff you are just planning to throw away into two categories: trash and recycling. Recyclables can include magazines, newspapers, tupperware and other clear containers, clear glass bowls, wire hangers, old birthday cards/postcards/holiday cards and more. If you’re unsure about something, give it a quick Google search; more stuff can go in those blue bins than you think!

Donate

If you have clothes that don’t fit, toys your kids have outgrown, or any other items that could be of use to others, donating is a great way to declutter while also giving back to your community. Many nonprofits like Goodwill or Salvation Army will pick up your items right from your house, so you don’t even need to make an extra trip, and you can get a little tax write off out of it too. Think of it as a final goodbye gift to your old neighborhood.

 

3. Label

As you start going through your things, organizing them, and compiling, make sure you label everything. Post-It Notes, masking tape, or other cheap labeling materials can be a life saver, allowing you to keep everything in order without breaking the bank. Keeping track of what’s in each box and where those boxes will go may seem like a lot of work at first, but it will make unpacking and settling into your new home so much easier.

 

4. Go Digital

Photographs and documents are some of the most difficult things to sort and transport, but hold some of our most treasured memories and important information. That’s why uploading your photos and important documents to a hard drive or the Cloud can be such a lifesaver. Online, it’s much easier to organize that information into albums, and you don’t have to worry about precious memories or documents being ripped, lost, or bent out of shape during your move.

 

5. Consider temporary storage

You know you don’t need your childhood Barbie Dream House or your great, great grandmother’s antique floral-print luncheon plates, but there are some things, no matter how unnecessary, that you just can’t bear to part with. A storage locker or facility is a great place to store these things, keeping your sentimental items or childhood possessions secure, but still out of your way during the moving process. It’s the best of both worlds: keeping the packing to a minimum without losing any of the stuff for good.

Of course, you have to pay for a storage facility, and if you are moving a long distance, transporting your things to said facility can be just as much work as packing, so we recommend trying to declutter as much as possible, even if it’s difficult.

 

Some additional tips and tricks

Even with a plan, it can be hard to decide which items are worth your time. Here are some ways to help figure out what should stay and what should go.

Follow the one year rule. If you haven’t used it in a year, and you don’t have a concrete plan to use it in the next year, get rid of it. We often get emotional about possessions, but applying this concrete formula makes it a little easier to look at your things objectively and make logical decisions on what you really need.

Don’t keep an item you wouldn’t buy again. If there’s an item you wouldn’t go out and buy now if you didn’t already own it, is it really serving a useful purpose in your life? Sometimes we just get used to the stuff around us without really thinking about why we have it. So think about it, and if you can’t imagine yourself going out to buy an item then you can probably safely assume it’s because you don’t need it.

Don’t keep an item just because you think you should. Guilt has no place in the moving process. If you’re holding on to a pair of hideous earrings your aunt gave you for your birthday a few years ago just because you don’t want to risk hurting her feelings, let it go. Trust us, she’ll never know.

Don’t keep an item that causes you misery. Don’t waste valuable packing time, box space, and moving effort on things that just bring you down. The things you take with you to your new home should bring you joy; they should be good omens that inspire you to start anew in a fresh place. Mementos of failed friendships or relationships or clothes that no longer fit do not fall into that category. Leave those toxic memories behind.

 

Get Elite For All the Stuff That Made the Cut

And after all that work, you’re going to want to take special care with the stuff you do choose to keep. Elite Movers and Storage has nearly two decades of experience, 3,000 new and repeat customers per year, and an A-rating from the Better Business Bureau for the past 10 years, so we know how to make sure the important stuff gets from point A to point B with no complications.

Visit our website today to get a free virtual quote on your move, or to learn more about how Elite Movers can be there for you.

Adjusting to a New City after a Long-Distance Move

The anticipation and excitement of moving to a new city can be filled with exhilaration and high expectations. After all, it’s a life-changing experience to pull up roots from someplace that’s been familiar and comfortable, with close and established relationships between friends and family, schools, neighborhoods, houses of worship, businesses, and many others.

Moving can mean overwhelming change for both adults and children. Even though the act of packing and moving all of your worldly belongings and getting them settled and unpacked might seem like the most stressful part of a move, the actual relocation and what follows it can sometimes be even more of a challenge.

You’ll have to establish a new routine, get to know your surroundings, meet new people, and build new relationships with businesses and organizations you might want to join. But with some preparation and a positive attitude, learning to feel at home in your new home can happen in no time at all!

Here are some valuable tips to help you adjust to your new life in a new city:

 

Address the Basics

One of the first things you need to do after landing in your new city is get to know the lay of the land. Find out where the hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transportation routes and stops are, and gas stations to fill up if you have a car. You’ll feel more settled as you get essentials like these identified.

Gather important contact information for your home. If you’re renting a house or apartment in a new city, make sure you get the number for your property manager and maintenance engineer. If you’re purchasing a house, check out websites like Angie’s List to help you find recommended and verified contractors. Sites like Nextdoor are also great and allow neighbors in specific areas to connect and share information with each other.

 

Get Local

Put the power of technology to use and download local apps for your public transportation or commuter rail systems, grocery delivery service, city services, and so on. It can make your move to a new city a lot easier. Do some research to find out which apps are the most popular and useful in your area. For restaurants and nightlife, Yelp and Untappd can help you zero in on local hot spots.

 

Meet New People

When you move to a new city, meeting people and building a social network is vital to getting settled. Whether you’re a single mover or have a family, everyone benefits from having friends! So explore networks in your new city to see who you can connect with or who can connect you with people in your area. Use an app like LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your line of business or to seek out volunteer opportunities, and Meetup to help you connect socially with others who have similar interests.

Also be open to any invitations you receive to meet new people and attend events. You never know who might become a new friend! Go to lunch and happy hours with coworkers and meet the neighbors on your block or in your building. Make the effort to stay current on events and things happening around you, and you’ll find yourself fitting right in to your community soon!

 

Connect in Co-Working Spaces

Working from home is a great convenience many people have gotten accustomed to through the pandemic, but you should also consider checking out co-working spaces in your new city where you can work and also make connections with other professionals. Check out the co-working shared space in your area.

 

Get out and Walk!

Not only is walking good for your health, it’s a great way to get to know your neighborhood and the surrounding areas where you live. You’ll discover the coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants along the way that will make your life more enjoyable. It’s also a good way to get a better sense of the environment where you live and meet neighbors and potential friends.

 

Make the first Move!

Being a bit of an extrovert is a good way to get more familiar with the area you’re in. check out the local coffee shop nearest to you to find some friendly faces, or if you feel comfortable enough, ask folks on the street for the best bars, restaurants, or special shops to seek out. Take a book to a coffee shop or local brewery for some refreshment and start up a chat with the barista or bartender. You might be surprised how willing, and friendly they could be to new customers to make them feel at ease. From there, you never know who your next friend might be!

 

Settle in at your own Pace

Moving to a new city can bring on culture shock. But don’t be discouraged or feel overwhelmed. There’s no set time to make the adjustment, and you should give yourself at least a full year to get fully acquainted with everything new that surrounds you, from the weather and how the seasons change to learning how traffic flows and getting used to your new routine. Just take things one step at a time and enjoy the discovery!

 

Keep in Touch with Friends and Family

One of the best things you can do for your sense of well-being as you get used to a new city is maintaining your ties with the friends and family you left behind. They’re probably just as excited about your move as you are, and want to know that you’re doing okay. Remember, they love and miss you too! And once you’re all settled in your new home, it’ll be fun to invite them to pay a visit, so you can show them how well you’ve adjusted to your new city!

 

Let Elite Ease The Stress of your Long-Distance Move

Elite Moving & Storage specializes in long-distance relocations. We’ve been serving thousands of families through the continental United States for over 10 years with a 99% success rate. Whether your move is to New York, Florida, California, Arizona, or Texas, Elite Moving & Storage will get you there with confidence.

When you call Elite Moving & Storage, we’ll assign a personal consultant to your move who will create a personalized and comprehensive moving package guaranteed to suit your unique needs and budget. We can ensure an easy and organized relocation to your new home. So don’t delay, call us today!

Why Should You Consider Elite Moving & Storage?

Written by Curtis Cryer

 

It’s quite simple. Elite Moving & Storage operates with the utmost transparency when it comes to every aspect of your move. We’ve operated that way since day 1 of our inception in 2006. Transparency and our hands-on approach before, during, and after your move has allowed Elite Moving & Storage, a full-service moving company and female-run company, to grow from a tiny mound into a full-grown mountain in a relatively short period of time.

Over one-half of our staff has been with us since our grand opening, and the remainder 10-plus years! It speaks volumes to what we’re about as a solid, professional moving and storage company with the knowledge and expertise to provide you with reliable and efficient service. We’ve worked very hard to create, build, and nurture a family atmosphere to help bring the moving community together as a family, which includes moving more than 3,000 families each year — many of which are repeat customers and referrals.

Other moving companies sell materials and services, but here at Elite Moving & Storage, our competitively-priced, licensed, and insured services have earned us an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau for the past 10 years consecutively. That’s why we like to believe we sell “peace of mind”, one great service at a time!

How to Prepare for a Safe Winter Move

The first thing to know about moving in winter is that you can do it. In fact, it may even be to your benefit as many moving companies’ winter rates are lower due to lower demand. By moving during the winter, you’ll have more freedom and flexibility with scheduling and can get a pretty sweet deal. And really, moving during the summer’s sweltering heat isn’t all that much better. You’ll be all the more cozy curling up in your new home after manning your move from the snow.

But there are some things that are important to keep in mind when planning a move for the colder months.

 

1.    Make sure both sites are safe

Moving, especially with an expert moving company, can be smooth sailing, but one bad accident can make it nearly impossible. Especially during winter when snow and ice make innocent walkways into potential death traps, it’s important to scour both your current home and your new abode for danger zones.

Before you start moving, clear your walkways as much as possible, look out for icy spots, and warn your movers about any small steps or uneven ground that may cause trouble. This will not only keep everyone safe, but also make sure your movers can do their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible

 

2.    Protect your floors

Close your eyes and picture your new home: fireplace glowing, cookies baking in the oven, TV ablaze with your favorite show. Now picture the floors. Is there mud and snow all over them? Probably not. Ice and snow can be easily tracked into the house, and when it starts to melt, not only can the dirt and mud tracked in with it get messy, but water damage can be fatal to wood floors or leave you with that gross wet carpet smell. This is easily prevented by laying down protective flooring, but make sure you remember to do this before the moving starts, because even a little bit of water can do a lot of damage.

 

3.    Check your utilities

Ah, nothing like settling into your dark, 20 °F, internet-less house for the night, right? When you finish your big day of moving, the last thing you want to deal with is making calls to the electric company to deal with an outage or miscommunication. We recommend making sure your utilities are up and running at least 2 days before your move, giving you plenty of time to manage any mishaps before you could find yourself spending your first night in your new place freezing your butt off in the dark.

That being said, during the moving process itself, you may want to turn your heat down a few notches. With movers going in and out all day, you’ll be paying to heat the whole neighborhood. By keeping your heat down just for the day, you’ll be saving a good chunk of change–maybe even enough to justify that nice housewarming gift you were considering for yourself.

 

4.    Be Flexible

The good news, as we said earlier, is that your moving company is likely to be more flexible during the winter months because it’s a less busy time. The not-so-good news is that you might need it. It’s important to track weather conditions leading up to your move as a particularly bad storm may change your plans or make your move more difficult. Discuss the possibility of winter hindrances with everyone involved in your move and have a plan to put into action if, by chance, the weather is not cooperative with your original moving schedule.

It’s also important to keep in mind that with shorter days and fewer hours of light, a winter move gives you less time to get everything done. A move that may take one day in the summer could stretch into two during the winter, which is another thing you should consider when organizing your move. Be sure to keep your expectations realistic. As much as possible, try to stay flexible in the event that the move needs to be rescheduled altogether because of inclement weather.

 

5.    Be Organized

Arguably, this is the most important part of a move no matter the time of year, but in winter it’s especially important to make sure you’ve thought of everything before the moving begins. It will not only make the experience less stressful for you and your movers, but it will probably save you a whole lot of time and money in the long run. With so many things to think about, here are a few to keep in mind.

Before you move

  • If you don’t need it, don’t move it—look through your belongings while you’re packing and trash or donate the clutter.
  • Sort your belongings as far in advance as possible
  • Make sure all boxes are clearly labeled
  • Double pack fragile items and be careful with expensive tech and other favorite possessions
  • Have a plan for where everything should go in your new home

During the Move

  • Make sure you have everything that you intend to take with you in your personal vehicle like medications, changes of clothes, priceless or irreplaceable items, phones and computers, and paperwork associated with the move and your new home
  • Know what your movers can and cannot do when it comes to potentially hazardous materials such as certain paints, chemicals, or cleaning supplies
  • You never know when you’ll need to dig your way out of a snowy situation, not only for foot traffic but also in case your vehicle gets stuck.
  • Bring salt or sand should, shovel, or even a snow blower in case you need to dig your way out of a snowy situation.
  • A space heater accessible may also be good to have on hand in case temps get super low and you need to provide supplemental heat near an entrance or cold zone.
  • Board your pets–moving is hard enough without fido getting in the wa

Regardless of whether you’re moving one street over or halfway across the country, moving is a lot of work. Do as much as you can in advance to make the process easier on everyone—your future self most of all.

 

6. Make sure you’re working with a professional moving company.

In dicey conditions, experience makes all the difference. Elite Moving & Storage serve more than 3,000 families each year, many of which are repeat customers and referrals. We are competitively priced, licensed and insured, and have maintained an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau for the last 10 consecutive years.

We know that moving can be pricey, but especially if you’re moving in the winter, you shouldn’t try to cut corners with your moving company. An experienced moving team will not only make your experience easier, but will ensure your move is successful and, most of all, safe. Your piece of mind is worth the extra expense, so contact us today or visit our website for a free virtual quote.