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“My Sales Rep Tom was GREAT and always available when I called. I shipped 18 boxes, one contained a rocking chair, from Virginia to California. Every thing went smoothly. I highly recommend this company. Just ask for Tom. I am sure the other Sales Reps are good but I can tell you Tom was with me through it all and it was stress free. Just do your part and be organized!”
Joyce, Harbor City, CA, October 29, 2014

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 3

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Make minor repairs around the house. Everything doesn’t need to be fixed, but there are small things (such as those listed below) you should spend the time & money to fix.
Painting Tips for Moving
• Patch up holes in the walls
• Fix squeaky doors
• Replace broken locks on windows
• Repaint
• Replace burned-out light bulbs
• Fix leaky faucets
• Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks

Once minor repairs have been made start to clean. Do more than your weekly routine of vacuuming, cleaning windows, bathrooms and straightening up. Read More

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“Fabulous experience. Loved the customer service at the onset. The pick up guys were amazing in there efficiency and loading. I am told by my Tennessee friend, to whom the sofa was delivered, that they did everything she asked as far as installing it where she needed it. This is my second time with you and I will always come back! Thank you for this great, effortless experience.”
Sandra, Arnold, MD, October 22, 2014

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 2

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Let’s start with your closets and kitchen cabinets.
Buyers want to look in your closets for two reasons: to see what kind of storage the house offers and to see what kind of person currently lives there. By this I mean that interested buyers will judge your home based on the condition of your living areas—for instance if you are well organized and take good care of your things it makes the buyer think you did the same with the rest of the house.

• Stack your dishes neatly.
• Arrange your coffee cups.
• Line up your shoes instead of keeping them in a huge pile.
• Hang shirts according to color and have the hangers facing the same direction.

Store Items in Garage for Home SellingFind somewhere to store large items, unused equipment, packed boxes, etc. As you are packing up items and getting your house ready for showings, find a different location for your large items. As stated above, buyers will look in closets and garages and they do not want to see a mess of items. If you have a family member or friend that has space in their garage or basement ask if you can put some things in that space for a short period of time. If you do not have anywhere to store these items then rent a storage space. This strategy is also helpful for large furniture items that are just taking up space in your house – remove furniture that crowds your room (too much furniture can make a room look smaller). Read More

Ways to Save Money on Your Next Move

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Move in the “off season.” Summer is the most popular time of year to move—kids are out of school, people have vacation time saved up, etc., etc. Since movers are in high demand June through September, movers that aren’t already booked are hard to come by, meaning you could pay higher prices. Scheduling your move during the “off season” (October through May) will save you money and hassle!

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Start Early. Begin packing and sorting through your belongings weeks before moving day. Get rid of things you haven’t used in the last year, anything that doesn’t have sentimental value, or stuff you simply don’t like anymore! Why pay money for someone to move something that just takes up space? This has an added bonus—not only are you saving money, you’re de-cluttering too!

Recycle. Don’t buy into the “I HAVE to have new boxes” thing. You don’t need brand new boxes! Buying cardboard boxes from U-Haul or UPS can be absurdly expensive—save some money and use recycled ones. Ask friends if they have any extra, or visit local grocery stores and apparel stores and see if they will give you their boxes. Don’t forget, take advantage of the other packing materials laying around your house. For instance, use your own blankets to protect fragile mirrors, pictures, etc., but make sure they can be easily cleaned!

Do Research. Another way to save on moving costs is to get quotes from several different moving companies.

Moving With an Infant

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Below are some tips to help new parents planning a move with an infant.

The first step in helping your infant with a family move is to be prepared. The more time you spend weeks before the move to prepare your family for the move, the less stress you will feel and in turn the less stress your child will be exposed to. This can be accomplished by starting early, clearly labeling all boxes and purging before the big day.

Moving With an InfantLine up a babysitter ahead of time. Figure out who will be watching your child the day of the move – whether that is you, your mom, your dad, your sister, a family friend or a hired babysitter – no matter what, you want your child taken care of and distracted during the move. Even if you can only find someone for half the day, it will be worth those couple of hours.

Have an abundance of supplies. Babies require a well filled diaper bag, especially during a move. You want to make sure you have enough diapers, formula (pumped bottles), wipes, diaper cream, etc. to last a few days because the last thing you want to do is to take time away from moving to run to the grocery store. If you nurse, make sure you pump enough bottles for at least 2 days and store them in the freezer until they are used. Breast milk can last 3 months in the freezer, so as long as you keep it frozen it will not go bad. Read More

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 1

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For SaleIt might be hard to believe that you are listing your house on the market. It is exciting and nerve racking, all at the same time. No matter what you are feeling, it is time to move forward. This week we want to start with some tips on how to prepare your house.

The first and very important step is to disassociate yourself with your house. This is (was) your family home – your child may have taken their first steps there, your first family Christmas or maybe even your spouse proposed there. No matter what, this house has memories, but you need to remember that those are your memories, not the house. So say to yourself, “This is no longer my home, it is a house that needs to be sold.

As they say in the hit Disney movie, Frozen, “Let it go, let it go!” Soon this house will be in the past, so look toward the future and your new home. Say goodbye to every room and don’t look back. Read More

Helping Teenagers with the Transition of Moving

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Moving is stressful for all members of your family, but it can be extremely overwhelming and disruptive for your teenager. Your child has formed strong friendships and maybe even romantic relationships, has put a lot of time into developing their academics and after school activities—basically they have built a life for themselves where they are. When the time comes for your family to move, your teenager will be leaving everything they know. This will be a stressful and emotional process for your child, and if your teen seems angry or reclusive here are some suggestions to help ease the transition: Read More

Organizational Tips for Your Closet

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Having an organized closet is also a huge help on hectic mornings when you get up late and have to quickly find something to wear to work. The moral of the story is that when you have an organized closet you can see what you have and in what colors much more easily! That is why we have some great ideas on how to make your closet organization more manageable.

Closet Organizational TipsThe first and hardest step is to purge. If you haven’t worn something in more than 2 years, then get rid of it. This may be hard to do, so we recommend starting by placing items your haven’t worn in a bin and putting that in your attic. Once you have worn something for over 2 years AND left it sit in your attic for a year, then you should feel OK with donating it.

Next, if you have the budget, hire a professional to come in and organize, but if you cannot afford it then purchase storage units that allow you to see your clothes and accessories. Remember if you can’t see it, you might not wear it! Low cubbies for your heavy sweaters that you can’t hang is a start. Read More

Moving Day Tips

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Eliminate confusion on moving day by knowing exactly where your furniture should be placed which prevents moving the furniture twice. This can be accomplished by drawing out a floor plan with the furniture sketched in (give each piece a number). Then number the actual furniture (write it on a piece of paper and tack it to the protective covering) so each piece of furniture corresponds with its depiction in the drawing. This will help you and the movers know exactly where to put the furniture.

Moving day tipsCreate an inventory list. You should you have a list for the movers of everything that is being moved. It’s also smart to be there during the loading process to make sure that all of your packages and furniture are put in the moving truck. A great idea is to take photos of your furniture before being loaded and once it is all in the truck. If anything gets lost or damaged you have a photo that you can email to the movers to show what it is they are looking for.

Have furniture and boxes ready to go before the movers arrive. Most movers are on a schedule and do not always have the time to wait or help you prepare your furniture for transport– they are there to load your things quickly, so be prepared. It is helpful to have heavy items close to the door because it saves movers time. It’s also a good idea to request that these heavier items go in the truck first (heavy items should be on the bottom to prevent damage to boxes/other items). Read More

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