Beltmann Basics: 15 moving hacks to make your life easier

Beltmann BlogWe’ve searched online to find out what our customers are doing to make their move as painless as possible. If you can’t afford to have us pack you up (obviously the easiest and best way to move), then take a look at some of these creative ways to stay organized and make your packing (and unpacking) as easy as possible.

  1. Color code and number boxes. Put colors and numbers on a floor plan of your new house, so the moving crew will know where to put your things when they arrive.
  2. Put cotton balls in your makeup compacts. The cotton will give them some extra padding so they (hopefully) won’t break.
  3. Use trash bags to keep hanging clothes together.
  4. Use two fitted sheets to protect your mattress on the top and bottom.
  5. Keep a separate tote that will hold things you want to go with you.
  6. Keep track of moving expenses, some are tax deductible.
  7. Roll your clothes, you can pack more.
  8. Put labels on the side of your boxes, not the top.
  9. Use zip lock bags to hold screws.
  10. Take a picture of the back of your TV and computer to know where the chords should go.
  11. Use toilet paper rolls to organize your chords.
  12. Twist and lock hand soap bottles.
  13. Know what you can’t move (see “what movers won’t move”).
  14. Defrost your fridge 2-3 days before moving day.
  15. Donate perishable food to Move for Hunger (usually the moving company will take it to a local food shelter)

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Miami Mover – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

 

 

Beltmann Basics: What will movers not move?

Beltmann: Do not moveWhether you’re using a New York City moving company or an LA mover – they’re all the same. There are some things movers just won’t move for you. Many times the reason is obvious – because of the imminent risks or laws involved. But, some might not be as “common sense” – so be sure you know what’s allowed as you start planning your move.

Here’s a list of things to remember not to pack:

  • Plants
  • Hazardous materials (examples):
    • Paint
    • Aerosol cans
    • Paint thinner
    • Batteries
    • Fire extinguishers
  • Perishable foods
  • Explosives
    • Ammunition
    • Black powder
    • Primers
    • Propellants
  • Pets
  • Flammable Items
    • Charcoal
    • Kerosene
    • Lighter fluid
    • Paint remover
  • Corrosives
    • Muriatic acid
    • Nitric acid
  • Equipment with fuel
    • Lawn movers
    • Leaf blowers
    • Weed eaters
    • Motorcycles

As you plan your upcoming move, be sure to talk to your moving company about any specialty items that might need to be moved with extra care like – grand pianos, flat screen TVs, heirlooms or motorcycles. Beltmann is able to accommodate most requests by taking special care to pack and ship these items in a way that will keep them safe and secure.

And, as always, please call us at 888-251-0892 if you have any questions or need a free moving quote.

Beltmann Basics: What to do on moving day!

Beltmann Moving DayIt’s moving day and you have a million things going on. The first thing you should do today, is breathe…it’s going to be OK. Hopefully you’ve hired a moving company that is going to take the stress out of the day (instead of add to it).

Here’s your moving day checklist

  • Like we said, first breathe – stay calm
  • Keep important phone numbers handy
  • Make copies of your new floor plan and labeling system
  • Do a run through of your home to ensure you have everything
  • Pick up some water for you and your family
  • Plan something fun to do while the movers are moving in your things
  • Get the contact information for your moving crew so they can notify you when finished
  • Do a walk through before they leave to ensure everything is in its place

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

  • 101 Fun things to Do with Your Family in the Summer: http://www.parenting.com/article/fun-things-to-do-summer
  • USPS Change of Address Form: https://www.usps.com/umove/

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago mover – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

 

Beltmann Basics: What to do1 week before your move

Beltmann Relocation GroupThis is the week! The week you move…new things are on the horizon. But, before you daydream about your next adventure, let’s get some things done. Here’s a list of things to do to prep you for the week ahead, plus a review of things you should have already accomplished.

Here are some things you should be thinking about if you’re plans include moving this week.

  • Call your mover to confirm move date and time
  • Transfer bank accounts and pay remaining bills
  • Defrost your refrigerator and prep your appliances
  • Donate or use your food (See Move for Hunger link below)
  • If packing, pack the majority of things into boxes
  • Pack a suitcase of things you’ll need
  • Notify the following people of your move:
    • Post office
    • Banks
    • Credit cards
    • Insurance
    • Subscriptions
    • Government offices
    • Pharmacy
    • Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Attorney
    • Home care services
  • Forward your mail to your new home (See link below)

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

  • USPS Change of Address Form: https://www.usps.com/umove/

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago Mover – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

Beltmann Basics: What to do 2 weeks before your move

Beltmann blogOK, don’t panic…but you only have 14 days until you move. If there was ever a time to get organized, this is it. If you’re running behind, download these checklists, print them and cross off the most mission-critical ones before moving onto this weeks list. And, good luck!

Here are some things you should be thinking about if you’re plans include moving this month.

  • Call your mover and ensure they have directions
  • Start packing your home (if packing yourself)
  • Separate bills, important documents and medicine
  • Keep a list of items in each box (number each and color code for each room)
  • Schedule a cleaning service for your new home
  • Start packing your “important things” tote that you will take with you
  • Know what your moving company will not move
  • Ask your moving company if they participate in Move for Hunger and prepare to donate the non-perishable items you do not want to move

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago-based moving company – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

Beltmann Basics: What to do 4 weeks before you move

Beltmann BlogOnly a month until you move and you’re not quite feeling ready. Well, let us help you out. We have created lists of things to help you organize your life and tasks. Check out our past lists, then complete the most critical tasks and then move onto this week’s list to catch up.

Here are some things you should be thinking about if you’re plans include moving this summer.

  • Complete the IRS change of address form
  • Arrange to have your utilities disconnected
  • Get all packing and moving supplies
  • Start packing things in storage and in closets
  • Buy a tote for important items you will take with you
  • Give each room in your new home a color and buy colored tape and labels to make moving easier
  • Set-up a connection date for utilities at your new home

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago-based moving company – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

Beltmann Basics: What to do 6 weeks before your move

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With summer just around the corner, we wanted to offer up some useful tips as we count down towards moving season. We offered up a few tips for:

Here are some things you should be thinking about if you’re plans include moving this summer.

  • Register your kids for their new school
  • Start sorting, cleaning and prep for packing
  • Have a garage sale
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Sell high value items online
  • Make moving day arrangements for kids and pets
  • Select a mover
  • Schedule move
  • Clean out closets
  • Use perishable food items or donate
  • Purchase packing supplies (if you’re packing yourself)

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago-based moving company – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

Beltmann Basics: What to do 8 weeks before your move

 

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Summer is just around the corner, which is when a majority of the U.S. will move. Knowing that, we thought we would kick-off a series called “Beltmann Basics” that will take you some basic things you will need to do in order to prepare for your move ahead.

Let’s start with 2 months out –here are some things you should be thinking about.

  • Decide if you want to hire a mover
  • Get a copy of the floor plan of your new home
  • Decide what you will move vs. what you would like to sell
  • Research moving companies
  • Select 3-4 and get an in-home estimate (moving quote)
  • Compare each quote apples-to-apples
  • Research to ensure each are a ProMover
  • Make a moving budget
  • Discuss moving timeline with your family
  • Start connecting with people in your new city/neighborhood

Here are some websites that might help you with the above tasks:

If you ever having any questions about the moving process, we are always available to help you. You can call us at 888-251-0892, we’re more than just a Chicago-based moving company – we have locations all across the U.S. and networks across the world. We are looking forward to helping you make your next move and easy one!

How to Keep Stress Levels Low on Moving Day

Beltmann StressThe idea of eliminating “stress” during a big move is a little impossible. But there are things you can do to keep things in order and keep those blood pressure levels down. The first step is always to let our Bay area moving pros handle the heavy lifting for you. We can take care of everything from packing to unpacking. But here’s a few more steps that you can control to help moving day flow a little more smoothly.

  1. Have a plan in place. You’ve heard that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Well it’s true, and never more evident than moving time. Starting way ahead of schedule will give you a sense of ease. Plan out how long you think it might take to get everything ready for our movers, and then double it. Start that early and stay on top of your schedule, and enlist the help of friends along the way. The more work you can get done ahead of time, the smoother moving day will be.
  2. Plan out your meals and snacks. Nobody wants to stop what they’re doing in the middle of moving day to try and figure out what to eat for lunch. Plan to have either catered meals delivered from a pizza or sub shop, or use it as another opportunity to enlist the help of friends. Having a basket full of fruit, granola bars, and other snacks will help you not have to take an unnecessary time-out to find food.
  3. Take a break. Even when you use our competent and capable help, the stress of moving day can get to you. So many logistics and seemingly so little time. Take plenty of breaks, even for a just a few minutes. And remember to keep it light. Jokes and courtesy go a long way in keeping you feel energized, and everyone else around you.

Still working on the moving logistics? Give us a call for a free estimate at 866-542-5751.

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Kitchen Renovations That Will Pay Off

Beltmann KitchenLooking to get a nice price out of the sale of your home? Your realtor might suggest a few upgrades in order to squeeze out a better asking price. If so, here’s a few ways you can make that kitchen – which are famous for helping sells homes – sparkle just a little bit more.

Opening up the space. Many buyers are looking for a home with an open floor plan. Folks who entertain a lot will want to see that open concept, especially between the kitchen and the main living space(s). Opening up a wall or two, if possible, can go a long way. Or even a cabinet, if it’s blocking the open view to the living space, can be removed to make a big difference.

Faucets and countertops. Obviously, when doing upgrades you’ll want to keep costs low so you get more in the payoff. But consider the comparable homes that buyers are going to be looking at when shopping for homes. Do the comps have granite countertops, or no? It’s probably best to be right in line with your competition. That way your house shows well, but you’re not over-doing it on renovation expenses.

Appliances. It sure is hard to buy brand new appliances and then leave them when you sell your home. But again, consider your competition. If competing, similar homes have new appliances, you’re going to want to as well. And even if you decide you don’t want to leave appliances (which you’ll have to tell potential buyers), nice new appliances sure make a kitchen show a lot better. Dingy old stoves and refrigerators give off bad vibes.

Already closed on your new home and looking to make a big move? Let the Orange County movers take a load off your back. Call today for a free quote: (888) 251-0892.

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