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Four Fantastic Office Moving Tips

On the Liberty Bell Moving Group blog, we write a lot of blogs about how to move your house more effectively. Why you should let professionals pack your house up instead of doing it yourself. Labeling boxes so you know where to put them in your house. But what about office moving tips?

In the grander scheme of things, businesses across America move premises almost as often as most families. And when they do, they’ve got to find movers, just like anybody else.

Join us, today, as we discuss four professional office moving tips to make changing your place of business easier.

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Start Six Months Early

This is more of a tip for finding a new property to work from than moving more easily, but it’s so important you can just call it a freebie from us.

Start searching office leases at least six months out from when you want to move in. Unlike houses and apartments, office properties can actually be quite difficult to get set up properly in a short time. Everything from installing the Internet and phone lines to moving in furniture can take weeks and months to carry out.

You’d be surprised how many hold ups moving into an office can bring. Look for leases six months ahead of the big day, and get your moving, installations and renovations out of the way early.

Figure Out What You Want To Keep

Much like when you move houses, a relocation is a great chance to clear out some of the clutter of your old life. Look into new furniture and all the other trappings you’ll need to make your new space your own, but also consider cutting down.

Throw out items that don’t match your new space or decor. Sure, you could try to find ways to incorporate them, or you could leave the space open and minimalize your new look. Remember, space is a resource in your new location – the more you have of it, the greater your potential is. Fill up spaces with items and furniture that make sense, and don’t rush to do too much.

Get Moving Estimates Early  

Every move is unique and it’s hard to say that one way of doing it is better than another, when a move could be good or bad depending on the context.

But we can safely say that if you’re waiting until the last minute to get estimates for your move, you’re making a mistake. This is your business. You need to make sure you’re bringing in a licensed professional with a ton of great reviews and years of experience to their name. There are a lot of extra logistics to consider when it comes to business over residential moves.

Try to get estimates at least two months ahead of the move date. Meet with your prospective mover to see what they expect, time and payment-wise. Never assume it’s “just going to be a simple move” – make someone tell you how simple it’s actually going to be.

Make A Checklist

In moving as in life, a good checklist can save your life.

  • Check utilities companies, service providers, and moving companies for availability.
  • Arrange with these companies ahead of time, and be ready to wait on hold for best results.
  • Create a timeline for your renovation work. If you have firm dates by which each step needs to be done, you’ll know when you fall behind.
  • Reserve elevators and building access with the property manager.

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Ultimately, any move you plan for is going to go better than a move you leave for the day to figure out. If you do your research, call your movers and building manager, and keep a level head, you’ll be able to move your business, no sweat.

Interested in more great office moving tips? Just looking for someone to move your office? Check out our other great blog pieces, or get in touch with us today, and move your home, office, school, or other space the right way,

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The Perfect Superhero Moving Team

With the recent success of movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, today we thought it would be fun to bring you our top picks for a superhero moving team.

 

Because, when it comes to moving your personal belongings, you need more than just a great moving company. You need a supergroup that knows what they’re doing and is going to get the job done.

 

So join us, today, and get ready to meet your superhero moving team: the Relocators.

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Five Superheroes You Want Moving Your House

 

Alright, before we start off this list, a few ground rules.

 

All members of the team have to fulfill the basic requirements of any moving team, without exception. They have to be able to fit inside of a moving van, without being so heavy the car doesn’t grind against the ground as you drive. They have to seem like they’d like to receive pizza in part for their payment. And they have to seem like they’d actually want to help you move.

 

These are all important factors. And with that in mind, let’s introduce you to your moving team:

 

Mr. Fantastic

 

Reed Richards is a scientist, space explorer, inventor, genius and your best friend when it comes to moving house. This is owing to his ability to stretch his limbs to incredible lengths. His ability to distend his body to a maximum length of 1,500 feet before it becomes painful means he’ll have no trouble whatsoever helping you stack and move boxes safely.

 

Scarlet Witch

 

Probability manipulation and reality warping powers might seem wasted on a simple house moving job, but you’d be surprised how handy Scarlet Witch can be with a TV wall unit. Got a couch that won’t fit through a doorway? A wave of her hands, and it’s done. Broke your favorite mug in a dropped box? If Scarlet Witch can rewrite reality to make it so mutants never existed, she can fix a “World’s Best Dad” mug. Awesome!

 

Spider-Man

At this point, we’re going to have to admit a little bias. This list was going to have Spider-Man on it even if we had to force him in there, we just love him that much. That being said, doesn’t the wall-crawler seem like he could web a cardboard box closed from a mile away? Give him a wall to stick to and a box three times his size to move, and watch Queens, New York’s favorite superhero cut your workload in half.

Hank Pym

 

If we’re being honest, genius scientist and resident “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” guy Hank Pym could easily replace your entire moving crew on his own. With state of the art technology, the original Ant Man’s ability to shrink items of huge sizes down to pocket-sized means you could just throw your living room set in your backpack and hope in the truck.

 

Rick Jones

 

Alright, so Rick Jones, the Incredible Hulk’s original sidekick isn’t exactly a superhero in the traditional sense of the word. But think about that: he’s a regular human who, in the course of Marvel’s history, has been a sidekick to Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, both Captain Marvels, and R.O.M. the Spaceknight. In other words, a laundry list of some of Marvel’s most powerful superheroes. Rick, meanwhile has no specific powers of which to speak (yes, barring some of the hand-to-hand combat, hacking, and technology nonsense he got in later years). He’s a regular guy.

 

Which means he’s dedicated. Whatever he sets his mind to, he’s going to finish.

 

Rick Jones, more than anybody, will be there, bright and early on moving day to help you. And that’s worth all the stretchy arms, super strength, flight, invisibility and super speed in the world.

 

And there you have it: the Relocators. The only superhero moving team you need to call. Looking for more articles on moving? Check out some of our other fantastic blog pieces, and get in touch with us today to find out about our services.

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Moving: When (And Why) To Hire A Professional

Got a big move coming up, and wondering if it’s even worth it to hire a professional?

If you have to ask, it almost always is. Professional moving services help speed up moves, create an efficient environment, and take the workload off of you.

Join us, today, as we discuss three great reasons to hire a professional moving service.

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Hefty Moves

The simple answer to this question is: if you’ve got a move coming up and you know your furniture is too heavy, hire a professional.

We tend to get tied up in our own pride when it comes to moving house. “Oh, yeah, I sit on this couch every day, how heavy can it be?” The truth is, a lot of stuff in an average house could throw out your back if handled wrong. Or break your baby toe if you dropped it on your foot. Or just leave you exhausted and sweaty.

You catch our drift. If it could be too much work to do on your own, it probably will be.

Renovations

If you’ve got a big renovation or paint job coming up, something you may not have considered where you’ll actually put all of your furniture. Sure, maybe you can cover up some of the less important stuff with cling film and trash bags on the day your paint crew rolls through your home, but what if someone spills some?

Find a location to store your furniture and cut out the middleman. With a crew of professionals to help you out, you could have your rooms cleared out on the day, and all your furniture back the very next day.

This works as well for redesigns and renovations, each of which can be a messy nightmare of woodchips, dust bunnies, varnish and dust particles. Best, in each of these cases, to have your furniture as far away as possible. And where there’s furniture to be moved, there’s always a chance to benefit from the services of a professional.

Storage Moves

Our last point is common enough that thousands of people do it every day, but many never consider that they might need this service until they’re right in the thick of it.

We’re talking about storage moves, of course. Putting your couch, dresser, or desk into storage is a sound move if your house is getting too full. But moving the items themselves can be tricky, especially when these items are almost always put into storage because they’re large, clunky, and difficult to move around your house.

Hire a professional to help you move your belongings somewhere more convenient without straining yourself.

For more on moving services, contact us or check out another one of our fantastic blog pieces, today!

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Moving long distance can be a stressful experience.

Moving long distance with a cat is another level.

Imagine juggling three bricks, and one of them’s filled with bees, and the other two are on fire, and you’re in space. That’s moving with cats on a good day.

We don’t mean to put the fear into you, but you’re going to need help. Which is why we’ve assembled today’s list of three great moving tips for long distance moving with cats.

Long Distance Moving with Cats
Long Distance Moving with Cats

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Changing homes is disorientating, even for humans. You move into a new space and all of a sudden you don’t know where your lightbulbs are, or where you left your keys.

And it’s worse for cats. So it’s no surprise that the first thing most cats do when they move into a new house is to set up shop under the bed or on your shoulder, with their claws deep into your skin.

And the trip over, in a car or a van, trundling down highways for who knows how long? Get ready to hear your pet’s singing voice, that’s all we’re saying.

Here are a few tips you can use to take the sting out of the trip, for you and your cat.

A Trip To The Vet

Firstly, taking your pet to the vet before a move is just good for their health, cats, dogs, or otherwise. Have them verify it’s in good health and that it’s had its most up-to-date vaccinations. You’re moving somewhere new – who knows what kind of cat superflu they’ve got over there?

You can also ask about having a microchip implanted. It might sound like a lot of money, but when Captain Whiskers goes missing and you’re out at 3 AM looking for him, you might think differently.

The big thing to find out about is a tranquilizer. Your vet will be able to advise you on whether this is a good option for your cat, and you can make a call based on its temperament. Remember that forcing your cat to take a nap on moving day is not only good for you, but less traumatic for it.

Pack Snacks

Cats are like kids. If you’re going to be putting them in a seat for any long period of time, you’d best be bringing snacks.

In order to make sure your cat keeps its good mood throughout the trip, remember to pack its medications, toys, food and a disposable litter box. It should go without saying that you should bring a scooper, plastic bags, and bedding, as well.

And snacks. There’s no better solution to a mewing cat than a tasty treat in the backseat of your car. After all, they’re going through a lot, too, so why not reward them with their favorite treat?

Transportation

If you’re driving to your new home or office location, it’s important to keep in mind your cat wants to drive in style.

What style?

First off, make sure it’s clean. A dusty, dirty, dank environment is just going to put your cat in a worse mood. Lay down a blanket for them to sleep on, and crack the window (by a sliver) to let in some fresh air.

If you happen to be taking a plane, make sure you find an airline with a good track record with cats. Also try to find a direct flight, to minimize your cat’s travel time.

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Ultimately, the more you do to prep your cat for your move, and your car for your cat, the better you’re likely to do when the big day comes.

Hopefully, with our list of tips for long distance moving with cats, you’ll be ready. Interested in more great moving tips from a company in the know? Check out our other fantastic blog posts, today, and get ready to move the right way.

 

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Why You Should Donate Before Your Next Big Move

It’s not every day most people move houses.

Maybe you’re especially nomadic and you find yourself in new homes every few years. Maybe you’ve changed offices a few times in the last year. Regardless of how often you pack up your life and move into a new space, you’ll know the feeling of looking down at a floor full of boxes and thinking “Do I really need all of this?”

Have you considered donating?

There’s a good chance you should.

Join us, today, as we take a closer look at five great reasons you should be donating your stuff ahead of your next big move.

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donate your spare items

You’ll Save On Your Move

When you’re looking at a house full of furniture and items that hold meaning for you, it can be hard to choose ones to simple “say goodbye” to. But the truth is, the first thing you need to know about donating items before the move is that you’re really only doing yourself a favor.

Because you’ll be saving money. When a moving company calculates your overall cost based on the weight of your belongings, it makes sense to donate what you can and keep those numbers low.

An Opportunity To Declutter

Next on our list of reasons to donate before your next big move is the fact that donating your excess belongings helps to simplify things. What things? Everything.

Moving to a house and having less stuff, overall, to unpack means less work to do. You’ll be able to set yourself up for a day-long move, with no unnecessary fuss or excess work. More than that, your new home or office will benefit from a sleek, uncluttered look, and you’ll be able to bring in new furniture as and when you need them.

A Chance To Give Back

One of the more obvious benefits to donating your unwanted items lies in giving back to the people in the community around you. It may sound simple, but the emotional reward from donating household items to people who don’t have any of their own is immeasurable.

Look into local charities that service people you connect with. Do your research, and you’re guaranteed to find an organization that you support and whose beneficiaries speak to you. With so many options to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

Save Time (And Frustration)

Donating items can help to simplify your actual moving process, as well.

People often underestimate how much time and effort will go into their moving days, telling themselves things like “It’s just moving a few boxes” or “If I load one, I can load 10”.

With less to move, you’ll shorten your move time, taking hours off of your total time spent. It’ll also be physically easier to do, meaning less chance of being frustrated with unwieldy boxes, uncooperative furniture, and other heavy items.

Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need

Boiling the donation process down to its most basic benefit, it has to be said that donating items means getting rid of stuff you honestly don’t need anymore. Which makes sense, if you look at household items on an individual level. If you had a TV in every room of the house where you could use a TV, and then you had another TV, you’d get rid of the spare.

It’s the same with other unnecessary household items. If you don’t need it, it’s reasonable to get rid of it.

Moving Houses? Consider Donating

If you’re moving house, and swimming in excess boxes, furniture and other superfluous items, the question you’re likely asking yourself is, “What do I do with all of this?”

The answer is: “Donate it”.

Looking for more insightful moving tips, ahead of your next big move? Check out some of our awesome blog posts, and move the right way, today!

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Moving Day Life Hacks: Part 2

In recent years, the idea of so-called “life hacks” has become increasingly popular online. 

“Got too many dogs? Check out these awesome dog-walking life hacks!”

“Tired of crying every time you cut onions? Here are five great no-more-tears onion-cutting hacks!”

We’ve even discussed the idea of moving day life hacks, right here on this blog. Because this is information with inherent value, and we understand how much you have to gain from using it.

It’s with this in mind, then, that today we bring you our list of five more great moving hacks for use when your next big moving day. Because if a little is good, more must be better!

Pack Your Essentials Into Your Car

A moving truck can be a complicated space to get into and out of, especially when it’s packed full of stuff. You and half a dozen movers load it up, shut the door, and take to the road.

And when you get there, you’ve completely forgotten where you put your toothbrush. Or your baby’s formula. Or the spare key you need to get in.

Our first tip today takes care of that. Pack one box full of essentials that you keep off of the van. Pack it into your car, instead – that way, you know exactly where your box is, and that nobody’s going to unpack or move it to somewhere mysterious without checking with you.

Make Your Bed On The Truck

This might seem a little extreme, but hear us out.

Pack your bed into the back of the truck before any of your boxes. Then get your sheets, duvets, pillows, and blankets out and make your bed, as if you were at home in your bedroom.

Pack everything on top of and around it, like you normally would, and get going. When you arrive, unload everything as needed and, when you get to your bed, move it in, fully made. Once that’s done, you’ll have somewhere soft and taken care of to take a short nap.

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Life hacks: time to make your bed.

Duct Tape Screws Into Furniture

For furniture where you’re removing screws to partially disassemble the items before moving, we’ve got a great hack for keeping everything in order.

Bag up your screws, brackets, hinges, and other small items into ziplock bags, and then duct tape the bags into the inside of your couches, cupboards and other furniture. That way, when you need to reassemble them, there’ll be no guessing where you left those all-important screws.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Half Boxes

Half the battle with a move is knowing which boxes go into which rooms.

A small but useful tip for box management comes in the form of underpacking boxes once you’ve packed everything for a room. Oftentimes, when people get to the end of their bedroom items, and there’s some space left in the box, they’ll go in search of other small items to fill it with. As humans, we tend to look at this as being economical and getting the most space for our money.

Instead, once you’ve half packed a bedroom box and you’ve got no bedroom items left, tape that box shut and move onto the next room. You’ll be glad for one or two light boxes, anyway, and there won’t be any crossover of kitchen or bathroom items moved into bedrooms or vice versa.

A Classic Storage Hack

If you’ve ever wondered whether renting a storage unit would be worth the time and money, there’s a simple way of figuring out. Simply move all of your boxes into your new house and start living out of them from day one.

This may seem like a drag, but after a while you’ll find you’re using specific items more than others. After a month, you’ll most likely have gotten everything you’re going to be using regularly out of its relative box. What’s left is probably more appropriate for storage.

Use this as a way to divide your belongings up and force yourself into storage decisions.

Life Hacks: Let Us Move You

When it comes to moving your home, office, or other living or working space, the more time you can save, the better. Hopefully, with the help of some of today’s awesome moving day life hacks, time is exactly what you’ll be saving more of.

Interested in discovering more great moving advice, or finding professional moving services? Get in touch with us, today, and get to where you’re going, the right way.