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.

children helping their parents move into a new house

Should you Move in the Middle of the Week or on the Weekend?

Wherever you’re moving, the timing of your move is a very important decision to make. You may ask yourself if it’s best to move on a weekday or weekend. When making that decision of moving during weekdays or weekends, you have to consider family, work, traffic, and your moving company. But, one of the primary reasons to ask yourself this question starts with PRICE. 

Is a Weekday Move Cheaper?  

This is probably the most important question to consider when moving. In general, moving companies charge more during peak times to relocate movers. These times are summer, holidays, and the first and last several days of the month and weekends. However, moving companies are less busy during the months from October to April and weekdays. So the short answer is weekdays are usually cheaper!

Movers can charge different rates depending on what day you move, and as with any relocation, the cost of every move is unique.

The Pros and Cons of Weekday vs. Weekend Moves

Some pros for moving during the week include:

  • Lower costs: cheaper moving company rates are likely to be found during the week, and you might even find that your savings from moving during the week will offset any costs associated with losing a day of work, if that’s a factor.
  • More money for other expenses: many people are able to apply the savings from moving during the week to extras such as having the moving company handle some of their packing. Letting packing professionals take control over the boxes, bubble wrap, and organization can give you the peace of mind you really need right now to handle bigger concerns.
  • The kids are at school: you love your kids, but moving with children of any age can add a layer of stress and interruption that will just prolong the process. On a weekday, with kids away at school or daycare, you can focus on the task at hand—the move—without additional distractions
  • Switching on utilities: if you move into your new home during the week and find that your gas and electric still hasn’t been turned on, it can be easier to have utility companies resolve the issue promptly during regular weekday business hours rather than waiting it out over a weekend
  • Take the weekend to settle in: if you move on a Thursday or Friday, you’ll have the upcoming weekend to unpack, unwind, and explore the area around your new home. It’s nice to have a little down time after a stressful move. You can even pop open a bottle of wine to celebrate, and not have to worry about getting up for work the next morning.

 

Some cons for moving during the week include:

  • Work time loss: moving on a weekday can mean that you’ll miss a day or two of work, depending on the distance you’re traveling. Some people don’t wish to lose a day of work, or depending on the nature of their work, may not be able to.
  • Time away from school: aside from the summer, this might pose an issue to move during the week during the school year. A weekday move might disrupt your children’s school schedule and activities, especially if your child will be switching schools.
  • Shortage of Help: even if you’re enlisting the services of a moving company, you may need the help of some friends or family to help with packing and transporting your possessions. During the week with people’s work schedules, you may find that not everyone is available to help you.  

 

Some pros for moving during the weekend include:

  • Less work week loss: naturally, if you work during the week, time away from the office is minimized. And since nearly half of all interstate moves within the U.S. are related to opportunities for work, your job may play an important role in choosing the best time to pack and move. Weekend moves won’t usually disrupt your work schedule or infringe on your vacation time in most cases.
  • No missed school: children won’t miss important days of learning at school with a weekend move, or, if they’re transferring to a new school, they’ll be able to start at the beginning of a new week, which might ease their transition to new settings.
  • No rush hour traffic: even though weekends can be busy with errand traffic, weekday rush hours can be even more brutal. This isn’t always the case, but something to keep in mind, especially if you’re moving far.

 

Some cons for moving during the weekend include:

  • Busy movers: weekends, holidays, and summer are typically “peak” times for people to move, which means that moving companies will always be busier during these times. If you can only move over a weekend, you’ll probably pay more, but not necessarily unreasonable rates. You’ll need to make sure to book your move as far in advance as possible, as weekend schedules fill up fast.
  • Limited unpacking time: even though a weekend move may be more easy to handle, it could leave you less time to unpack before having to jump back into the work week. This may not be as bothersome to you, but if you have other family members, it could add to their stress over settling in and getting back to normal
  • Some city buildings have restrictions: if you’re moving to or from a city, check with the people in charge of the building. Some buildings do not allow for weekend moves
  • Jacked up prices: some moving companies increase their prices for moving on weekends because of the high demand. Elite Moving and Storage, however, does not. Our prices remain the same no matter what day of the week you move, although availability is more limited. 

 

Make Your Move an Easy Decision with Elite Moving & Storage  

Moving your home on a weekend or during the week is a decision that only you can make based on a lot of variables in your life and the needs of your family. Elite Moving & Storage can help you save time and money by handling all aspects of your relocation move whether it’s across town or across country, so that you can focus on what’s important. 

Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority, and we strive to ensure that our movers, storage personnel, and office staff are professionally trained to provide all of our clients with great customer service and an excellent moving experience, so you can start your new life adventure on the right note. Call us for quotes and guidance to make your move as carefree as it can be!

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Moving Tips from a Mover’s Perspective

Written by Curtis Cryer

 

Elite Moving & Storage helps you save time by handling all aspects of your relocation move, so that you can focus on what’s important. With customer satisfaction our #1 priority, we strive to ensure that our movers, storage personnel, and office staff are professionally trained to provide all of our clients with great customer service and an excellent moving experience, so you can start your new life adventure on the right note.

That’s why we’d like to provide you with some handy tips written from a mover’s perspective to help make your move as smooth and effortless as possible!

 

  1. Due to Covid-19, please keep family and friends to a minimum, and practice safe, social distancing as much as possible. Everyone must wear a mask at all times!
  2. Keep pets and children out of the way of movers. While some people may consider them cute and harmless, their presence could be potentially dangerous to our movers, as they will be lifting large and heavy items, and small children and pets could get into a blind spot.
  3. In winter, snow and rain can leave planters, pots, and patio furniture wet and dirty, leaving a trail of wetness and mud behind that can get onto both the movers and furniture as items are being transported into the moving van. This can make it messy for other people who are loading up items as well. Store your patio furniture inside your home or garage a few days before your move to let it dry off or so that you can wipe it dry.
  4. Remember to mark each box, and make sure to write the room where the possessions are supposed to go using large, easy-to-read lettering. Use a different color for each room to make it easier and faster for movers to distinguish which room the box goes to.

A How-To COVID-19 Moving Guide

Moving is daunting even without the threat of a pandemic, but as time goes on without guarantee of an end in sight, many are choosing to stop just “waiting it out.” As we have become increasingly knowledgeable and accustomed to the necessary COVID-19 precautions, pulling off a move has become increasingly feasible. And how we see it, if you’re going to be quarantined at home for the foreseeable future, it should be in the house you truly want.

Should you even move during COVID-19?

Moving during the pandemic is possible and can even be done safely, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to think about first. Before you travel, the CDC recommends weighing the following risk factors heavily before making the decision to move to a new location:

  1. Are you or anyone you’ll be in contact with at risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  2. Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
  3. Are hospitals in your community or destination overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients?
  4. Does your new home have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  5. Will you have contact with people you don’t live with 14 days or less before your move?
  6. How will you get to your new home and can you follow CDC guidelines while doing so?

How to plan for a Pandemic move

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to make your move, it’s time to get planning. This is one of the most important parts of any move, but there’s even more to consider during a pandemic.

With current shortages on supplies in stores and limited business hours for storage facilities, moving companies, and other necessary contractors, it’s important to ensure everything is in order early, especially if that move is across state or even national borders. Double check rescheduling or cancellation policies of trains, busses, airlines, or hotels before booking. If you’re in an area with higher levels of COVID-19 cases, plan what you need and make purchases early or online to limit the amount of time you’re out and about in stores.

Getting rid of possessions you no longer use or want is another way to save time and make your move easier. If you plan on donating your belongings though, do so in advance and check that donation centers around you are open and willing to take the items you’re offering.

How to prepare your new home

Giving your new home a good, thorough scrub may feel like the last thing you want to do after an exhausting day of moving, but it’s not only an important COVID-19 precaution, but a great way to start afresh in your new digs. Although studies have shown that the COVID virus cannot last as long on surfaces as originally thought, cleaning and disinfecting can still lower the risk of infection and it’s just generally good practice when entering a new home.

How else could COVID-19 affect my move?

The full consequences of COVID-19 aren’t known and they’re changing every day, so it’s important to keep a look out for the current state of your geographic area and the area you’re moving to. That being said, here some ways the pandemic could potentially affect your move.

  • Stay-at-home orders or other local precautions that affect travel to or from certain places
  • Company policies and widespread COVID-19 transmission could affect the number of workers available and allowed to aid you with your move.
  • Social distancing guidelines and quarantines could put a damper on your preparation efforts, especially if you usually enlist the help of friends to pack or unpack.
  • Money received via a federal government economic stimulus plan could be saved for moving expenses when life gets back to normal.
  • An increase in demand can result in longer-than-normal hold times to reach customer service representatives to set up internet services, utilities, or ask mortgage questions.

How can I make my COVID-19 move as safe as possible?

While government ordinances and widespread transmission may be out of your control, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe move and limit the spread of COVID-19 both for your own safety and those around you. Much of this may seem obvious, but simple hygiene and vigilance can go a long way towards ensuring your safety. The CDC recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health daily.

Cleaning your home prior to the move and your new home afterwards are also imperative for COVID-19 safety. Disinfecting items and surfaces you touch frequently with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants will ensure contaminants are promptly wiped out. If you cannot find such products in stores, you can even make your own homemade bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

How do I choose a moving company that’s right for me?

Ask your professional movers what they are doing to ensure COVID-19 safety. Most reputable movers understand the importance of safety, however, the current moment calls for an even more scrupulous eye. It’s imperative your moving team demonstrates hyper-vigilance.

At Elite Moving and Storage, we have pared down our in-person team to the most essential members to keep you as safe as possible, and for our moving experts whose jobs require in-person contact, we have a strict COVID-19 safety policy including:

  • Temperature checks for each team member before they start a shift.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well is reminded to stay home.
  • Constantly cleaned, sanitized trucks each equipped with disinfectant alcohol spray.
  • Avoiding customer handshakes and physical contact.
  • Virtual moving estimates so you can stay safely in your home
  • Daily reminders to crew members to wash their hands frequently, cough into napkins or their arm, and avoid touching their faces.
  • Our moving experts are always required to wear masks and gloves.

The faith you have put in us by allowing our expert moving team into your home is not lost on us, and our goal is to repay you by demonstrating the utmost caution and respect to you and your family’s safety. If there are additional safety protocols that you would like us to follow in your home or business, we are more than happy to comply. The health and safety of our clients and team members is always our top priority.

There will be brighter days ahead. In the meantime, if you are looking for a moving company wholly dedicated to keeping you and your loved ones safe, call us today.

Moving? Tips to Help your child adjust

Whether you’re relocating across the country or across the city, moving can be an especially stressful experience when kids are involved. Aside from the packing, unpacking, and physical labor aspect of it, there’s also a lot of emotion involved. Moving to a new home requires extra amounts of flexibility and fortitude — from the entire family! And sometimes helping the littlest members of the household adjust to a new home is not as simple as filling out a change-of-address form. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do – both before the move and after – to lessen their anxieties and alleviate their fears. Kids are resilient and while most adjust quickly to new changes, as a parent, there are a few things you can do to help ease the transition and make things less stressful for your children.

Acknowledge their emotions – Moving to a new home is an emotional time for everyone involved. In fact, psychologists say that moving is one of the top five most emotionally stressful situations that one might experience during their lifetime. Allow kids the freedom and space to feel a variety of emotions. Instead of a continual pep talk, invite kids to express their feelings and examine the root of those feelings. Kids are resilient, more so than grown ups. Don’t hide the idea of moving. Bring them into the conversation and allow them to be a part of it. Talk to your kids to help them understand it’s safe to process emotions rather than bury them.

Help your child know what to expect – Visit your new place, if possible. Don’t just go to the house. Take your kids to the playground, to see their new school and to the local library. Find the best pizza and bakery. Learn about the new neighborhood with your kids. Encourage your children to research the area you’re moving to, so that it’ll be more familiar to them once they move. Research sports teams, clubs, and other local groups to find out the best ways to immerse your family in the new town.

Read books – One of the best ways to help a young child with their anxiety and sadness is by reading positive books about the moving process. Hearing stories of other kids going through similar situations can help normalize emotions and ease any fears. Here are a few recommended books about moving.

 

Work while they sleep – Seeing their things get sorted and packed up might be stressful for some kids, while other kids might find a sense of purpose in contributing to the work of moving. Be aware of how the decluttering and packing process is affecting your child. If they seem rattled or anxious, you may want to consider packing while they are asleep. Also, you may want to dispose of items that cannot move with you — like that broken toy or the cracked sandbox in the backyard — while they’re sleeping to minimize their stress. If they are helping you pack, make it fun. If you have small children, we recommend getting them boxes to play with while packing up their rooms. Teach them how to pack correctly and let them be a part of the process, overall.

Pack a ‘favorites’ bag or box – When the time comes to pack up the final necessities, make sure all your child’s favorite items are consolidated into one special bag or box. Favorite toys, stuffed animals, blankets, books, clothes, or pajamas can all be packed together for safekeeping. In order to keep those items close, your child may want to hold onto that bag in the car rather than putting it in the moving truck.

Set up the kids’ rooms first – With the exception of setting up kitchen and bathroom basics, make kids’ rooms a top priority when unpacking in your new home. Everything for the kids’ rooms should be properly marked. These boxes should go into the moving truck last and come off first so you can start unpacking their room first. Getting things settled in their new space will help kids feel more comfortable and stable. Also, let them help with the unpacking process so that they know where everything is located in their room.

Get back into your routine – After you move, make every effort to get back on a normal schedule. Most people like routine, especially children and teens. For the first night, you may let the younger members of your family stay up a little longer just to make the night special, but after that, it’s important to establish a daily routine.  If you have a baby or a young child, it’s especially important to keep their daily routine (i.e. meals, play times, nap times, activities, etc.) as consistent and normal as possible. This will help keep your kids feeling secure and you feeling sane.

From the initial home search to the big moving day, do your best to make the process fun for your child. Elite Moving & Storage is in business since 2006, helping over 2,500 families each year with their moving needs. From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move. For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today!

Moving During the Holidays

Moving is a stressful experience any time of the year and the holidays are usually a pretty hectic time for most people.  If you plan on moving from December to January, the holiday season can crowd in on the whole process. Therefore, if you’re planning to hire a moving company, make sure to book a reliable service as soon as possible. Here are some tips for balancing your holiday fun and packing up your things for the move.

Organize tasks – The key to being successful at anything is to organize what must be done, and when it needs to be done. We suggest writing down ALL your holiday must dos as well as the holiday wants (like taking an evening to drive around and view light displays). From there, pick designated days that will be devoted to packing your current home. On those days, turn on a Christmas show for the children, and start to tackle how to pack.

Hire Movers – The holiday season is a perfect time to hire a moving company to handle your move. As not a lot of people typically move during the holidays, moving companies are more accommodating during this time of the year. Look for a trusted team of professionals like Elite Moving & Storage to do the packing and transport! It’s likely your friends and family have their own hectic schedules this time of year.

Start Packing Early – Begin a few weeks before your moving day and start by choosing a location to stage all your boxes. A garage, if you have one can be a perfect location. Then go room by room taking first all the things that won’t be moving with you. Moving is a perfect time to de-clutter! Then, go room by room packing up all the non-essentials. Get all your books packed because you can visit the library until your closing day, pack all your off-season clothes, pull down everything from the attic, extra bedding, etc. We also suggest packing up your Christmas decor, gift wrap, presents, and holiday wardrobe in separate and clearly labeled boxes. You could ask the movers to put them in a specific place. This way you can unpack your holiday treasures as soon as you arrive and make the new place feel like home. Don’t stress to unpack the whole house and take time to enjoy the holidays! You’ll have plenty of time to unpack after.

Cold Weather – Many places across the US experience cold, snowy conditions during the holidays. Therefore, make sure to pack accordingly. And don’t forget to bring supplies to help you load and unload in the weather. Make sure you are prepared for slippery surfaces as you load and unload. Ask your moving company about the weather conditions and how they might affect the shipment of your household goods. Try to keep good communication so they can update you and make sure to ask any questions you have regarding holiday moves.

Floor Protection – The weather outside is frightful and Elite Moving & Storage offers the perfect solution to keeping your floors clean and scratch-free as we move your items from the truck into your home. Floor runners are protective materials that safeguard your floors during your move. This floor runners are blue with a rubberized bottom, so they stay in place when you walk over them. They are designed from high-quality materials for areas of your home that experience high traffic or specific sections of the floor that have heavy objects that could damage them.

Moving during the holidays may feel stressful at first, but keeping organized and planning ahead will get you where you need to be. Remember not to let anxiety take away your holiday spirit, since this season should be one of the best times of the year! Call Elite Moving and Storage today for a free quote! Our expertise and efficiency help you have peace of mind and give you a quality experience from start to finish.

What to Pack in Your Car for a Cross Country Move

Cross-country moves can be difficult. However, they can also create fun memories! Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth move. Proper car packing is not just about maximizing the space in your vehicle. It’s about making the right decision about which items to go into the car versus into the moving truck. That’s why we put together a list of some essential things to pack in your car for your cross-country move.

 

Organize your belongings – Set aside all the items you intend to transport in your car. Items you should bring with you in your own vehicle include valuables like jewelry and special mementos, important documents, essentials boxes, and small electronics. Make sure you save enough space for your pets and their carrying cases.

Extra clothes (and masks!) – Set aside a few changes of clothes. Whether you arrive before your moving truck, you need another layer, or your travel outfit gets dirty, you’ll want extra clothes on hand. It is especially important to pack extra undergarments, socks, t-shirts, jeans, pajamas and a jacket. Don’t forget your mask and bring several extras in the car in case it gets dirty or someone leaves one behind.

Bathroom packBe sure to include the essentials to wash off that “hours in a car” feel. Pack a small bag of bathroom essentials including, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash and lotion

Pillows & blankets for napping – Driving cross-country takes a long time. It’s likely your passengers will want to take naps during the drive. Get a few pillows and light blankets so they can sleep as comfortably as possible. If you have children, you’ll want them to each have their own blankets.

Road trip snacks & music – No road trip is complete without quality road-trip snacks and good music. Don’t forget the basics on an already stressful day by being sure to bring snacks and plenty of water + hydrating drinks. Entertain yourself and your passengers with audiobooks and music. Create playlists and download tunes, stories and podcasts ahead of time.

Use bags for packing – Use duffle bags or plastic bags for packing things in your car. Bags are flexible and don’t take a lot of space. Bags are ideal for packing bedding and clothes. Consider using vacuum bags to pack clothes and bedding in your vehicle. Vacuum bags shrink based on the volume of items saving more space for additional items. Cardboard boxes are useful for arranging items and stacking up in the moving trucks, but they take up a lot of space in a car. If you have to use a box to carry any items, use small manageable boxes.

Small tool kit – When you get to your new home you won’t be getting started on major fixes right away any small or annoying bits will be able to be taken care of right away when you include this in your essentials bag.

First aid kit – Along with traditional first aid kit supplies, make sure you include a small pair of scissors, tweezers, alcohol pads and extra bandages.

Car emergency kit – Roadside emergencies happen when you least expect them. Be prepared by packing the following items in your trunk: flashlight, gloves, spare tire and lift kit, roadside flares and folding shovel.

Be safe – It is always essential that you have a clear, unobstructed view out of all of your car windows and that you can safely operate your vehicle without items shifting or sliding.

 

Packing the essential items on this list in your car is a great way to start your cross-country move on the right foot. Elite Moving & Storage will help you plan your move, transport your belongings, support you along the way, answer any questions and help ease your concerns. Contact us today!