Tips for Moving Your Pets the Safe and Stress-Free Way

With moving comes packing, unpacking and everything else that makes relocating to your new home stressful. And while you may have the fortitude to withstand the stress, your furry friends might find it very unsettling. The good news, however, is that you can make the moving process much more bearable for your pets. How you might ask? Well it’s easy, all you have to do is adhere to these simple tips;


Brace yourself – and your pet

Pets have the unique ability to sense the emotional state of their owners; it’s why your cat buddy cuddles up to you (even when no one else will) when you come down with the flu. In the same manner, your pets will most likely pick up on any bits of anxiety, franticness or anger you let loose during the moving period; to prevent this, it is imperative that you stay calm. TripsWithPets.com Kim Salerno summarises the importance of maintaining your cool in an email correspondence with the New York Times;

‘It’s about letting your pet know that you will keep things stable and under control, which allows him to worry less,’

Try to start the prepping and packing early and take breaks throughout the process with your pet as this will alleviate stress for you and them.


Introduce your pet to its makeshift home

And by makeshift home, we mean your pet’s kennel, cage or carrying crate. Whichever way you choose to ferry your pets as you move, it’s vital that they are comfortable with the setting even before the D-day. In the words of Rebecca Wallwork, columnist for Vetstreet.com;

‘A crate is a pet’s home during transport. Getting them used to it early can help relieve stress.’

The first step to getting them comfy is selecting a suitable and correspondingly comfortable enclosure. Once that’s settled, set up the enclosure at home and encourage them to take naps or entire night rests in it. Don’t forget to incentivize them with treats.

Continue with this until your pet earmarks the enclosure as its new makeshift home.

From experience, we’ve found that it’s good practice to send your pets in their temporary housing to somewhere without the shake-ups that accompany the final D-day packing; could be your friend’s place or even the vet’s office. Once you’re through and ready to move simply pick them up and head off on your trip.


Planning your road or air trip

Road essentials

If you’re moving by road prepare to make a few pit stops on the way, this allows your pets time to pass out wastes. It’s also a good way for them to get a breath of fresh air. Don’t forget to pack up the water and food. And depending on the moving distance and your pet’s needs you might also require a few on-the-road pet care extras. AirHeart pet hospital recommends packing; a collapsible water bowl, extra dry kibbles and treats, a small blanket, extra poop bags, an empty water bottle, and prescription medications when traveling by air. This applies to land travels also.

Be conscious of where you place your pets as you drive, make certain that they are secured in place in a ventilated area and as far from the windows as is possible.

Moving by air

Unlike land trips, air travel can be a tad bit complex. Although many airlines do allow for under seat carriage of small pets, bigger pets will most likely fly as cargo. In both cases you’re required to pay a fee, the latter being more expensive. Note that depending on the carrier, many other rules and regulations still apply. Word on the marble from DR Patty Khuly of Vetstreet is to always verify your airline’s pet policies before the actual of day flight; ‘you’d be surprised at how much you need to know if you’re planning to take your pet aboard a plane,’ she says.


Finally, getting settled in

Sure, you might feel the need to slide onto your new couch and doze for hours on end. Moving is tiring, we understand, but the moment you arrive at your new home is perhaps when your pets need you most. The melange of new smells and scenery can be hard to take in at once, help it settle in by unpacking and setting up their space, ideally at the point you’d want it to be in the long term.

Once you’re rested completely, you can then go on to do some home touring and neighborhood sightseeing. By now your pet should be getting tuned to its new environment, and if that’s not the case, give it time, some pets might need a few more days to settle in properly.

How to Make Your Next Move Eco-Friendly

Moving from your home or office starts a new chapter, but a downside of any relocation is the tremendous time and work required to execute it properly.  It requires planning, prepping, getting rid of clutter and unwanted goods. It can also mean lots of waste and trash. As a moving consultant and relocation specialist, I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle leading up to moving day. Because my team and I are passionate about taking proactive steps toward eco-friendly moving, we are always cognizant of finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

According to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, the percentage of people who move every year equates to 11.2 percent of the population (or roughly 36 million people). These numbers are significant as are the impacts of moving upon the environment. Imagine the amount of disposed furniture each one of these moves can accumulate! In an article published by Reuters, “In 2009, the U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1 percent) of household waste,” which then finds it’s junky way into our landfills.

As far as managing your move, Evernote is a great too for keeping tasks organized and helping to ensure that things stay green. Besides keeping track of everything and promoting a more paper free environment with Evernote, here are some other suggestions to help make your next move more eco-friendly.


Go Green with Your Packing Materials

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanFrom the paper, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts and cardboard, packing materials can result in piles of waste but by taking time to search your home and innovate, you can keep your items safe and keep trash down. Newspaper, old blankets or rags, egg cartons and a variety of other everyday household items can be used to protect your belongings. When you need to purchase materials think of repurposed paper, peanuts, and even reusable packing pads. There is also the option of renting reusable boxes. City Moving Boxes, a provider of packing materials that offers same day delivery throughout New York City has both conventional cardboard as well as reusable boxes for rent free delivery and pickup included. For additional companies offering this service you may wish to check out this article on MoverJunction highlighting 5 Companies That Provide Plastic Moving Boxes. We will recommend that our clients consider recycled boxes and materials both to be kind to our planet as well as save them some money.


Recycle

Moving is a great time to toss household and office goods that you don’t need anymore. The beauty of it is, most of these items can be recycled, and taking the time to dispose of them mindfully can go a long way toward making your move green. Most of us also have leftover items like old paint, batteries, and unused or old electronics. Most cities have centers to accommodate the drop of potentially harmful materials. To check out a list on the EPA’s website for Links to Hazardous Waste Programs and U.S. State Environmental Agencies by state, visit their website. Throwing these items out in the regular trash can be devastating for the environment. If you’re dealing with something that’s still usable such as an old CD player or Nintendo unit, you can take it to Habitat for Humanity, a local thrift shop or second-hand electronics store. They’ll be happy to give it a new life.


Donation and Removal

There’s nothing like a move to kick decluttering into high gear. Old shoes, clothing, purses and furniture are prime items to donate. From second hand stores to non-profits and domestic abuse family shelters, you can rest easy knowing that someone will get good use out of the things you no longer need. And the best part is, you’re not filling the local landfill site with these unwanted items. We advocate donating rather than tossing unwanted furnishings and home goods as long as they’re still of use. There are organizations such as the Salvation Army and United War Veterans Council who will pick up for free. 

Eco-friendly-move-Blog_DonateWhen we need to remove both trash as well as donation items, we call on The Junkluggers, a premium eco-friendly furniture and junk removal company specializing in donating, reuse and recycling. Their goal is keeping as much as possible out of the landfill and will take almost everything but hazardous material.  Zach Cohen, brother of The Junkluggers founder Josh Cohen and the owner of the Manhattan and Brooklyn franchise said: “We like to think of ourselves as a logistics company that happens to specialize in furniture and junk removal. We have a true passion for giving back to our local community, and in this wild and wonderful city, there’s no shortage of people and organizations who can make use of your extra couch, old microwave, former office furniture, clothing that no longer fits—or any other items you may have lying around.” Homeowners may receive rate quotes over the phone and online or schedule an onsite estimate so they know in advance the projected associated costs. Specific designated time frames are given for pick-up and discount applied in the event of a delay that is 30-minutes or more.  The Junkluggers partner with dozens of nonprofits and donation centers as well as provide tax-deductible receipts via email within a couple weeks.


Aim for a Natural and Organic Cleanup

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanWhether you’re leaving the old place spotless for the next tenant or owner or scrubbing your new home before move in, be sure to steer clear of noxious chemicals. From all-purpose cleaners to scouring powders and a variety of other household cleaning materials, many cleaners contain harsh, if not downright dangerous chemicals. Go green with your cleanup by using natural ingredients such as baking soda for scouring the sink, vinegar on the windows and select safe and natural substitutes for chemical cleaners that won’t hurt the environment! For some wonderful recommendations, see this article from the Today website, “An expert’s choice for the best eco-friendly cleaning supplies” for 2018.


Look for a Go-Green Moving Company

Eco-friendly moving companies are cropping up all over the place, and many have a wide variety of policies designed to keep things green. From recycled moving materials to low-emissions vehicles, these companies make it a priority to take the environment into account during their moves. Nir Shuminer is President of Scanio Moving and Storage, a trusted moving company in business for over seventy years is committed to using biodegradable packing materials. He states “we care deeply about our impact on the community and the world at large and work hard to remain socially responsible through using green business practices.” Selecting a mover who shares these beliefs is key for ensuring an eco-conscious experience. If you’re doing the move on your own then inquire about a rental truck that uses an alternative bio-friendly fuel, such as natural gas or biodiesel fuel. If your move is long distance, then consolidated shipping or even sending shipments by train.

Even though moving is a massive undertaking there are ways to execute your relocation while keeping environmental considerations in mind and making deliberate efforts to go green.

If you are planning a move and want to discuss your options for a greener move, please email or call us today!

Tips for Selecting a Quality Moving Company

With the millions of moves that take place every year in the U.S., it’s a minor miracle the majority of them go smoothly. During a move, there are many decisions to make and countless logistics to manage so it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed. How then, can you take some of the stress out of one of your biggest decisions – choosing the right moving company? By following these tips you’ll be able to select the right team to execute your move.

 


Research Quality Moving Companies and Ask Around

A reputable moving company will have an updated and accurate website with numerous stellar reviews, ratings and a list of awards they’ve received.  Get recommendations from friends and colleagues who have recently gone through the moving process themselves. Your real estate agent or moving concierge may provide valuable insights into the moving industry based upon their years of good and bad experiences. You may also obtain a list of reliable movers from associations such as the American Moving and Storage Association and state associations of movers.

Consider reviewing a booklet from the Federal government entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You MoveIt contains information about moving across state lines what you can do if your goods are lost or damaged during the move.


Remember Your Moving Priorities

If you hire a mover based solely on the lowest price, you may be sacrificing things that are actually more important, like getting your possessions moved safely and delivered on time. And remember, movers are required by law to deliver your goods for no more than 10% above the price of a non-binding estimate. This is known as the 110 percent rule.


Avoid Moving Companies
with a Name Switch

Some companies avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau by doing business under a variety of names. Be sure the company has a local address and information about licensing and insurance. Their employees should answer the phone with the full name of the business. Find out if there are any other names the company “does business as,” as well as their state and federal license numbers. Search online to see if there are complaints about the company.

To find out more about the company’s history, call the consumer complaints hotline at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 888-368-7238.


Verify Your Mover’s License

To avoid moving scams and rogue movers, make sure to ask whether the moving company is properly licensed. All professional interstate moving companies should have a license number issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. You can check their license number and complaint history here. On the other hand, local moving companies who only relocate customers within the same state are regulated by the state – not the U.S. Department of Transportation. Therefore, local movers should hold a state license. It’s important to note each state has their own set of moving regulations and license requirements.


Is Your Moving Company Experienced with Your Specific Type of Move?

Be sure to ask the moving company whether or not they have ample experience handling your specific type of move. For instance, if you’re moving to a high-rise apartment building, a townhome with multiple stories (and steps) you should inquire whether the moving company has experience with this. Movers should be well-prepared to handle anything coming their way – i.e. parking restrictions, steep stairs, no elevators and small doorways.


Ask for References

Ask any mover you are considering to give you references. Tell them you want at least three customers from your area who they have moved in the past three months and then contact those customers to ask direct questions about their experiences.


Get an In-Home Written Estimate From Several Moving Companies

The estimate should be based on an actual in-person inspection of your household goods. This is a chance for the company’s representatives to get an accurate assessment of all the items you want to move along with any accommodations that might need to be made.  They should also check out elevators, stairs or narrow doorways and be calculating them into your quote.   An estimator who performs a quick walk-through without noting what you plan to move is going to be off the mark. Be prepared to tell the estimator which items you don’t want on the truck—the items you plan to give away, donate to a charity, sell at an estate sale, or leave behind for the new owners. A reputable moving company will take inventory of all your belongings and determine the bulk of your move. The estimator should be thorough and check all of your storage places such as cupboards, drawers, garages and bookcases. A large component of the mover’s price is based on the volume and weight of your stuff and the space your goods take up in the truck. Be sure you understand this estimate and that it is as accurate as possible.


Contract Time

contract profession organizerAfter you’ve had your in-home estimate, the company should submit a written quote. It should contain any particulars you’ve discussed including what materials will be provided and what will be packed by the movers and what will be packed by you. Get absolutely everything in writing and never sign a blank contract. The mover’s estimate and any extra fees should be listed, as well as your pick-up and delivery dates.  Read your contract and make sure it covers everything pertinent to your move.


Are There Additional Moving Fees?

Do you live in a two-story house or are you moving into one? Moving to or from an apartment building without an elevator?  If so, you’ll likely be charged extra for the movers’ having to navigate stairs. Have a narrow street that won’t fit a moving van? Expect a surcharge for the transfer of your belongings to a smaller truck for delivery. Make sure to ask your mover about any additional fees that may apply to your situation.


Additional Services

Many moves require the removal of items such as chandeliers, sconces and wall mounted televisions.  Some moving companies provide this service, but many companies will turn to the  homeowner to hire the electrician or handyman. It’s important to understand whether or not the moving company will handle this. Inquire if they have recommendations for these services or if you will have to bring in your own assistance.

As relocation specialists we are regularly asked to help our clients to select a professional mover. The above steps and strategies are what we employ as we help people move into new homes.  To ensure your move goes according to plan it’s important to be informed about every step in the process.  Most cities have hundreds of moving companies from which to choose but if you consider these recommendations you’ll have success selecting a quality mover who best suits your needs.

Taking the Heat out of your Warm Weather Move

According the United States Census Bureau, summertime is the busiest time of the year for household moving. Statistics for 2015 back this up. July 31 was the most moved on day and June was the busiest month.

5 Warm Weather Moving Tips

There are merits to packing moving boxes at this time of the year. Summer has the advantage of summer vacation, meaning less disruption to kids’ routines and sleep schedules. In addition, work responsibilities may be a bit lighter for some making it easier to free up time. That said, summer heat can wreak havoc on your move. If you do decide to relocate in the summer months, here are some considerations for your moving checklist.

1. Reserve a professional moving company well in advance

Because it is a popular season for moves hiring your movers and securing your dates in advance significantly reduces unwelcome surprises as the day gets closer.  The best moving companies fill up their schedule quickly.   The beginning and end of the month and weekends are always packed because that’s when most people move. If you have to move on a particular day like Friday or Saturday or the first or last day of the month, chances are, if you book last minute you may be unable to reserve the moving company of your choice.

2. Stay safe in the heat

As with any other summer activity, it’s always wise to keep lots of water on hand. Moving can be intense and often stressful.  Fight fatigue and heat exhaustion by adding water, hydrating drinks, and light snacks to your moving checklist. Take breaks when moving boxes, especially those that are particularly heavy.

3. Take special care of seniors, children and pets

With a house full of moving boxes, equipment, movers, and other service providers there are few shady places to stay out of the heat. The doors will be open for extended periods as well, making air-conditioning inefficient, and window units may already have been removed from houses without central air. Arranging to have kids or seniors stay with relatives or friends and putting the animals in pet day care can make sense on hot moving days.

4. Take care of your movers on a hot day

Adding extra water, drinks, and cold damp towels for the crew to your moving checklist is a great way to earn good karma with your movers. This will ultimately keep them safe, hydrated and more efficient and most appreciative.

5. Protect heat sensitive items

You may have to do a little research to figure out which items are sensitive to the heat.  Certain items – such as wax candles, aerosols, and electronics, for example, should not be boxed up in the sweltering heat and transported in the back of a moving truck. Chocolate and hard candies have a way of becoming hidden in kids’ clothes and belongings. Shrink-wrapped clothing can also lead to disaster, as can vinyl records and CDs. Some equipment should never be stored in extreme heat or sun so evaluate the type of equipment you have and refer to user manuals for transportation tips. Mark items that are unsafe for heat to prevent loss and damage.

Moves in any season benefit from advance preparation. Ask your moving concierge for tips and experience on prepping for a safe and successful summer move.

Understanding the Basics of a Relocation Package

Relocating for a new position within a company is an exciting, and stressful, time for both an employee and the company. To ease the transition and compensate the employee for the disruption, many companies offer relocation packages that cover expenses such as apartment-hunting time off, moving, temporary housing, and an allowance for miscellaneous expenses.

In the Atlas Van Lines’ 2015 Corporate Relocation Survey, 81 percent of companies had formal policies for domestic relocation and 83 percent had policies for international moves. The details of what an individual company’s policy covers vary depending on the size and nature of the firm. In an Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, the average relocation package ranges from $11,000 at smaller companies to more than $33,000 at larger companies.

For a company to structure a fair and competitive policy, and for an employee to effectively negotiate a move, it is important for both sides to understand what a standard policy includes and what additional incentives might be included or negotiated.

Preparation for Moving

Before moving, an employee will visit their new city to look at new residences. Most companies will reimburse meals, lodging, and transportation for the employee and a spouse or partner. The employee should be armed with information about neighborhoods, housing or rental prices, and school districts in the new location before these trips. Some companies provide assistance with this research.

Relocation Package

Forbes magazine recently named Denver, Raleigh, Portland, Provo, and Atlanta the best overall places for business and careers. These cities are attractive both to the workforce and companies thanks to reasonable business costs. If an employee is being relocated to Denver, his trip would be more productive and cost effective for the company if he took time to research Denver’s neighborhoods beforehand. Using a resource like Rent.com can help narrow down areas that fit an employee’s lifestyle.

Moving Expenses

The expense of physically moving the employee’s possessions to the new location is generally the largest expense covered by a relocation package. The Atlas Relocation Survey found that more than 50 percent of companies will pay for a moving company to pack, ship, and unpack all items, move up to two cars, and cover storage costs while an employee is in temporary housing.

One consideration for both the company and employee is when and how this expense will be covered.

  • Will the movers directly bill the company or will the employee be reimbursed?
  • What is the timing for any reimbursement?
  • Is the moving company chosen by the employee and approved by the company or arranged by the company?
  • Is there a cap to this expense?

Additionally, many companies include a payback policy, requiring employees to pay back the cost of moving if they leave the company within a certain time period after their move.

Additional Incentives for Relocation Packages

In addition to an allowance for miscellaneous expenses such as interim housing or utility costs, many companies will include or allow employees to negotiate additional expenses in their relocation packages. Companies may cover the cost of selling a home or breaking a lease in the old location, and some home buying costs in the new location. In a sample relocation package provided by Workforce.com, home selling expenses included real estate commission, appraisal and inspection fees, and rental expenses including the loss of a security deposit. For married employees, the Allied Mobility Survey revealed that 80 percent of employees were concerned with their spouse’s employment situation with relocation, so companies may include assistance in finding spousal employment or cover spousal unemployment costs.

5 Tips to Keep in Mind Before You Move

Here at In Order To Succeed we’ve moved countless clients from state to state. We are at a point where not much surprises us – but every once in a while we encounter something new & add it to our arsenal of “learning experiences”.

Below five tips before you move that may not be at the top of your list, but preparing for them before an out-of-state move will save you time and ease your transition. Get these items out of the way so you can spend your time finding your favorite coffee shop, settling into to work, and enjoying your new home.

1) Utilities. Call your utilities companies at least a week ahead of your move-in date and find out what they need to make the switch. In one very significant learning experience, our client learned too late that they needed to visit the water provider IN PERSON (to get it switched on since it was a new account. The water company was a 45 minute drive away and they had no running water! Adding to that, it was 90 degrees and we had six movers, two toddlers, one babysitter, our team, and NO water which means…no operating toilets. We hope this never happens to you, or anyone.

2) Budget. Add an extra $3000 to your moving budget for the first few weeks of the move and just call it “unexpected costs”. You anticipate the big costs (moving trucks, flights, etc) but the little things add up too: tips for the movers, frequent take-out meals, babysitters while you decorate/unpack/run errands, start up fees for utilities, dump fees for garbage removal, first big grocery shop, etc. The list goes on.

3) DMV Requirements. You know you have to either drive or ship your car, but what about registration, licensing, etc. when you get there? Find out the DMV requirements ahead of time and make a plan for when you arrive. States have different requirements for registration transfers (i.e. you must change your registration within as little as 10 days upon establishing residency) so just google your local DMV and/or Tax Collector and make a plan.

4) Purge. In weeks before before you move – spend the time purging the things you don’t need: clothing you haven’t worn in years, old books, games, toys, electronics. If you aren’t using it now, you will not want to unpack it. Hire a professional organizer to help you do this. Their fees will be less than the cost to move all the items that will just to go back in storage. Unpacking is not fun for most people. The knowledge that you are unpacking only what you need and/or love is priceless.

5) Network. Join a local Social 5  prior to the move and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. This is a great way to find like-minded individuals. Be specific and you will be surprised at what’s out there (such as: New Moms, Tennis Groups, Dog Walking Clubs, Wine Lovers, Alumni Groups) and how willing people are to connect. If you don’t find what you are looking for – create it!

Finally, I’ll dispel a piece of advice I received when I left for college and that I’m still using. Say yes to everything for a while. Try new restaurants, make plans with new friends, take out that bucket list, talk to everyone, force yourself to get out there. You will make a new happy home for yourself, – you just have to say YES!

Four Moving tips to avoid disasters

No move comes without unexpected challenges. Don’t stress over what could go wrong, anticipate potential hiccups. Moving tips to avoid to disasters.

You snagged a great job, found a good place to live and are thrilled to explore a new city. But every well-planned move isn’t without its unexpected challenges. Instead of pulling your hair out and stressing over what could go wrong, anticipate some of the potential hiccups so you can plan ahead. Here are a few moving tips that will help avoid disasters.

No move comes without unexpected challenges. Don't stress over what could go wrong, anticipate potential hiccups. Moving tips to avoid to disasters.

Buy Extra Boxes

It’s the day before your move and you just ran out of boxes and packing tape. But don’t freak out. There is a solution. U-Haul, hardware stores and office supply stores are open late and carry the supplies you need. To be proactive, buy more moving supplies than you need, and then return whatever you don’t use. Just make sure you keep your receipts.

Hire Movers

Admit it. You laughed last week when you watched Tom guilt his friends into helping him move on “Parks and Recreation.” And then you laughed even harder when he goes on a huge power trip watching them carry his things. Of course, you are not like this to your friends, so you’re wondering where everyone went on the day of your move. Other than your bestie, all your other friends are suddenly “busy.” Avoid this disaster by hiring your own help. Besides having bodies to carry boxes, professionals are better at packing and handling fragile items. After all, you don’t want your one of your friends to accidentally drop your grandmother’s antique tea set.

Build in Cushion Days

The paperwork takes forever, your daughter has a mental breakdown and the cat goes missing. Then, Mother Nature throws you a curve ball and it starts to rain. There are any number of things that can delay your move. Anticipate this before it happens, and build in a few cushion days so you don’t have to hurry to get into your new place. Although it’s difficult to plan for unexpected delays, making lists and staying organized can help. And when it comes to weather, plan for the worst. Have ponchos, gloves, jackets and whatever else you need depending on the weather you face in your city. Regardless of all your preparations, having a few extra days built in can drastically reduce your stress about getting to your new place on time.

Rent a Bigger Truck

You’ve done all the legwork. Your boxes are organized, labeled and ready to be loaded onto the truck. But no matter how you stack the boxes, there isn’t enough room for all your stuff. To avoid this situation, rent a bigger truckprior to moving. You tend to underestimate the amount of stuff you’ve collected over the years, but it adds up quickly. Although the cost may be a little more, it is worth avoiding this headache on moving day.

Moving is about the details. Make lists, use labels and pack ahead of time to cut down on last-minute stress. But don’t forget to keep the big picture in mind. Unexpected hurdles will happen, so try to keep it all in perspective.

The Long Haul: Prepare for your cross-country move

Moving clear across the country can seem daunting. From packing up your home to the long drive, it’s difficult to keep everything organized. And you don’t want to forget anything! So how can you keep all your ducks in a row? Here are some moving tips to make your cross-country move less stressful.

Packing

Leave some baggage behind. Go through all the things you own — from furniture to clothes — and decide what you really need. Got crates and crates of books you’ll never read again? Take them to a local used bookstore. Clothes you haven’t worn since 1980? Donate them to Goodwill. If you have items that might be worth something, hold a moving sale or list items on Craigslist or Ebay. Craigslist tends to work better in cities where demand is high. Ebay works best in rural areas, though consider shipping costs and logistics before posting.

Sometimes it’s difficult to part with nostalgic or sentimental items, but part of moving is letting go of the past and finding something new. The less you have, the less you’ll have to haul across the country. Parting ways with some of your less-than-essential possessions helps you prioritize and focus on what really matters.

Your Car

While moving cross-country, your car is your tool. You wouldn’t try to cut down a tree with a dull or rusty chainsaw, so why would you try to drive a car on a long trip without a tune up? An oil change, new spark plugs and maybe even some new tires are a good idea before you hit the open road.

Old tires can be a safety hazard — especially if they’ve ever experienced extreme weather conditions — and cause you loads of time and trouble. Check the wear of your tires by measuring the tread using a penny. With so much on your mind already, you don’t want a distraction like a blowout or flat.

If you’re moving somewhere rural, all-terrain tires might be a good idea. All-terrain tires are smooth on paved roads, but also have the tread to handle muddy and rocky tracks. Order them online from a retailer like TireBuyer, and have them delivered to a specialist for easy installation before you leave.

Your Route

Plot out your route. By having defined directions, you’ll save yourself worry, time and money. Getting lost can slow you down, waste gas and be stressful if you end up on shady roads in unfamiliar cities. With an in-car GPS navigation system, you’ll take the most efficient route.

Along the way, call in some favors. Friends, family, family friends — you can save money on hotels and visit people. Don’t let the experience of moving go by too fast. Take a few days off and enjoy the trip. If you’re moving to a city without permanent house plans in mind, arrange a temporary place to stay before you get into town. A friend or inexpensive hotel can be your base of operations until you get your bearings.

About In Order to Succeed Staff

In Order to Succeed is a full service Professional Organizing firm providing Home and Business Organizing Solutions, Moving/Relocation Coordination Assistance and Time Management help to people throughout New York (NY) and Connecticut (CT) and across the US. Our Professional Organizers, Relocation Specialists, and Productivity Experts will make your home and office more efficient and attractive. We can help create a zen-like, less stressful environment giving you the time and calm to focus what you enjoy. Our Professional Organizers and Project Managers can work with you to declutter your home, office or calendar ~ creating sustainable systems to simplify your life and keep it organized and clutter-free. You’ll find that you will boost productivity, save time, and optimize your resources. If you are moving from your home or office we’ll facilitate this process and plan your move with you by obtaining moving quotes, providing packing assistance, coordinating the sale or donation of unwanted possessions. We’ll work with you and your movers to help you work through the details and get you and your family settled into your new home. We assist clients who wish to organize an office, tame their paper piles and manage technology. Organizing and removing clutter is our specialty whether at home or work so we’ll take on projects that you don’t have the time, interest or resources to do yourself. Whether you’re a homemaker, business executive, small business owner, senior or student – we’ll show you how to become more productive and recapture balance & time. In Order to Succeed offers a wide array of professional services and organizing solutions so let us take the stress and complexity out of your life by turning over any home, business or relocation project to us.

Should you move it, chuck it or sell it? What to keep when moving

If you’re getting ready to move, you have some big decisions to make. One of them is figuring out which items to take with you and what to leave behind or sell. These tips can help you decide what to keep when moving:

Appliances

There is no broad-brush explanation as to when major household appliances should be replaced. The 5-10-15 rule, by Stanford University doctoral candidate Rachel Adams, is a good starting point:

Keep any refrigerator, washer or dryer that is less than five years old.
Consider replacing 10-year-old appliances after calculating their daily energy consumption. Refrigerators, for instance, can account for up to one-fifth of monthly electric bills. Replacing an old refrigerator with a newer model that is Energy Star-compliant could drop your monthly electric bills substantially and pay for itself within a few years. EnergySavings.com features four steps to estimating energy usage.
Replace any appliance that is more than 15 years old.
Another factor to consider is storage costs. The more appliances you keep, the larger storage facility you’ll need while between homes. A 10 X 10 unit costs around $70 per month (depending on where you live), whereas a 10 X 20 will be double that amount. But if the items you’re storing are worth keeping, then the price difference doesn’t matter.

The best time to buy new appliances is late September and October when retailers are introducing the latest models and slashing prices on last year’s merchandise. Holiday deals, particularly Black Friday and the days following Christmas, are also good times to find bargains.

Furniture

We typically buy furniture based on the space in which it will be placed, and your old furniture may not fit physically or aesthetically in your new home. But you can always make current furnishings feel new to you.

First consider the quality and sentimental value of your furniture before deciding to reupholster. The labor and materials that go into reupholstering can equal the cost of buying new furniture in some cases. If it’s the couch that you and your spouse had your first kiss on, then perhaps you’ll want to keep it. The same goes for a comfortable bed that you fall asleep on as soon as your head hits the pillow.

But don’t reupholster a couch or chair with wobbly legs and a cheap wood frame. Vitian Robinson, who owns a reupholstery business in Indianapolis, told Angie’s List that many furniture manufacturers have lowered their wood standards in recent years. Today they use materials that would have been deemed garbage for furniture 20 years ago. In other words, if your furniture is relatively new, it’s usually better to replace it than restore it.

New Additions

Moving to a new home usually means more space. Now is the time to decide on some new items you’ve always wanted, but never had the square footage to make happen. Hot tubs are not only great for relaxation and pain relief, but are also conversation and party starters. An exercise bike or elliptical trainer can help you take control of your health and eliminate gym membership fees.

Moving can be a stressful, drawn-out process. But having a picture in your mind as to what your new home will look like when finished is a great motivator.

How to save time and money when moving into a rental

You’re moving out of your college dorm and into an apartment nearby. Your spouse just got relocated for work and you have a three-month window to move. You just found a bigger, nicer apartment closer to work at a much lower rental rate than your current lease. These are just a few of the situations that may require you to pack up all your worldly possessions in boxes and bags and get them to your new address.

If you’re like most people, you want to save as much time and money on your move as possible. These tips, tricks, and hacks will help you do both while making your move easier and more organized.

Tips for Using the Right Equipment

If you’ve accumulated a larger number of carefully packed boxes, it may be easier to move them all at once rather than taking short trips back and forth. To speed things up even more, rent moving supplies like hand trucks or warehouse dollies to get your items loaded quickly and with less strain on your back. Use items like moving straps and furniture pads to secure and protect your belongings during transit. Straps enable you to stabilize bulky items, and furniture pads help to protect surfaces from getting scratched.

Packing Tricks

If you want to prevent breakage and be able to find things easily when you get to the other side of your move, pack wisely and label things clearly. Before you start boxing anything up, create a colored moving/packing key that matches brightly colored printed labels. Run to the office supply store and get laser printer labels in at least four different colors for major areas of your house such as kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room. Print out sheets of labels instead of writing directly on the boxes. You’ll find that the easy-to-read labels, plus the color coding, makes organization much more efficient.

Prepare all your packing supplies in a bucket or basket so they’re all in one place. Include your labels, packing tape, a utility knife, a black marker, and any other supplies you’ll need.

Instead of putting clothing straight into boxes, consider slipping bunches of hanging clothes into large garbage bags to keep them cleaner, more wrinkle-free, and ready to hang in your new place. Cut handholds into moving boxes before packing and sealing to create an easier and safer way to lift boxes.

Moving Hacks

Instead of spending a lot of money on your move, try these money-saving moving hacks.

Save money on moving boxes by looking around for free boxes before you start packing. Check local shopping clubs and discount stores, look on online freebie sites like CraigsList and Freecycle, or drive around apartment complexes at the beginning of the month checking dumpsters for discarded boxes from people who just moved in.
Sell, gift, or donate non-essentials before packing so you’ll have less to move.
Prevent leaks and spills by unscrewing caps on toiletries and liquids, putting a plastic baggie or layer of plastic wrap over the opening, and re-securing the cap before packing. Use foam sheets between plates and around glasses to pack breakable kitchen items.