DIY experts call professional movers

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Anne is a do-it-yourselfer and design guru; her blog, DesignDreamsByAnne.blogspot.ca, is a record of the hundreds of home improvement projects she has worked on since purchasing her 1930s fixer-upper home. Anne has great advice for DIY decor, gardening, painting tips and furniture arrangement. But after moving 32 times, help with moving is one of those things even Anne suggests outsourcing to the professionals, professionals like Strong College Students.  We hope the information Anne provides in the link to her website helps with you home or office moving needs.  We’re eager to have our student movers execute at a high level for your upcoming move.

In her blog article “How to move without losing your mind,” Anne covers her top 10 tips for achieving just that! Number one on the list is to hire a reputable mover and we couldn’t agree more!  Strong College Students was designed as a resource for your home moving and or office moving needs, feel free to contact us during your next move at www.strongcollegestudents.com

1 – Hire a reputable mover such as Strong College Students. Yes, you can get cheaper rates from budget movers, but more professional companies actually train their employees on how to pack a truck efficiently and correctly so that your things aren’t smashed to smithereens when they get to your new home. Get references from friends, family or co-workers. You will not want to deal with claims and broken items when you’re dealing with the stress of settling in. Oh and budget movers may NOT process your moving claims with ease or even at all…

2 – Invest in real moving boxes, Strong College Students has an assortment of  low cost moving boxes for upcoming move.   Anne expressed that “liquor store boxes are great for glasses and vases, but the big boxes actually take less time to pack and unpack. They’re fabulous for linens, pillows, clothes and bulky items. Wardrobe boxes are fabulous. They will make your life so much easier”.  To make things easier our moving company provides FREE wardrobe boxes on your moving day this is helpful because as Anne explains “You can pack all the closets up immediately and have easy access to your clothes before AND after your move.” Anne also states that you should “Get the movers picture boxes and separate your pictures with cardboard. The frames will rub against each other during the move and get scratched up if you don’t. Use big boxes for your lampshades, too. You don’t want them to be dented and crushed. If you want to save money, check Craig’s List – lots of folks give the boxes away after they’ve moved”.

3 – Pack your boxes according to room. Put all your master bedroom stuff together, all the kitchen stuff together, all the bathroom stuff – ok you get the picture.

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How to move out of your apartment

Moving from your apartment can be overwhelming. Unless you are highly organized it’s hard to keep track of everything. We created a list of information we feel is important to help keep yourself organized and make your move as smooth as possible. We also added a timelime help make this as effective for you as possible.

If your moving timeframe is shorter than ours, don’t worry. You can always use this list as a guideline to keep you on track with your move and adjust the weeks to match your timeline.

 

6 – 8 weeks before your move

Create a word doc, written page in your day planner, note in your fav app..whatever to keep all of your moving information in one place.

Make a moving decision. Will you hire a moving company or move yourself?

Calculate the costs of your move and set up a moving budget.

Research the area you will be moving to Google is a great place to begin

Make sure all obligations to your current lease have been fulfilled or it may impact your ability to lease an apartment in the future.

Finalize move in-details, deposit, utilities, etc with your new apartment.

If you have renter’s insurance be sure to transfer it to your new place.

Make sure to notify everyone about your new move.

Start gathering moving supplies and moving boxes.

Give notice to your current apartment.

 

4 – 5 weeks before your move

Make arrangements for any valuables or firearms you may need to move.

Start packing items, beginning with items that are in storage or you use rarely.

When you move it’s a good time to et rid of items you no longer need. Craigslist, freecyle, Goodwill are great places to get rid of items.

Use up household items, such as frozen food or detergent, that you will not want to move.

Hire movers or arrange for friends to help you move. Transfer magazine and newspaper subscriptions.

File a change of address form with the Post Office.

Talk to your employer to make sure you can get your moving day off of work.

Make arrangements for your children and pets if needed.

Update your address on your driver license and car registration.

Update your address with all of your financial institutions.

Arrange for temporary storage of items if needed.

 

2 -3 weeks before your move

Return any library books.

Make a meal plan to use up food in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry.

Set up utilities at your new apartment.

Clean your apartment for the check-out process.

Confirm moving day details with your moving company.

Pack essential items you will want after you move in a Priority Box.

Pack the clothes, toiletries and personal items you will need in the days following your move in suitcases.

Conduct your Apartment Checkout Walkthrough. Be present at the check-out walk-through and discuss any issues.

 

Moving Day — Moving Out

Finish last minute packing, remember to put any items you will want right away in the Priority Box.

Check for any last minute cleaning, and take out the trash.

Withdraw any cash you will need.

Set aside any boxes/items that require special attention and you want to be moved separately in a car. It is also a good idea to move any bags, suitcases, Priority Box separately so you can get any items you want immediately.

If you are using a Moving Company, give the movers any special moving/handling instructions. Review and sign any paperwork when your movers arrive.

Trade contact information with the movers incase something happens during transit.

Do a final walkthrough of your old residence, make sure you aren’t leaving anything behind.

Turn off the electricity.

Make sure to secure the apartment.

Make arrangements to recieve your security deposit.

 

Moving Day — Moving into your new apartment.

Make sure to arrive at your apartment before your mover.

Check in with your apartment manager to perform an apartment walkthrough and get your apartment key, if you haven’t yet.

Make sure your utilities have been hooked up.

Take note of items as they are unloaded from your moving truck to make sure nothing was damaged. Once all of your belongings have been unloaded, read and sign any final paperwork (inventory, bill of lading, etc.) if everything is in order.

Pay and tip your movers.

Unpack your priority box and set up furniture you will want to use right away, such as beds, chairs, etc.