5 Moving Costs You May Not Have Planned For
If you’ve moved before, you know that no matter how organized you are and how much you plan ahead, unexpected costs pop up along the way, leaving you paying more for your move than you originally budgeted for. Here are 5 hidden costs to be aware of when moving.
Moving with Pets: How to Make a Smooth Transition for your Furry Friends
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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Adjust to a New Location
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When Do You Need to Hire a Moving Company?
Moving often ranks up there among one of the most hated undertakings in life. Hounding your friends for spare boxes, carefully packing fragile items, hours spent loading and unloading and going through the clutter while deciding what to keep and what to let go of; it can all add up to a lot of stress.
The idea of moving always sounds so glamorous at first—a new house, a new area, an opportunity for a fresh start. When it comes down to it, though, moving can be very stressful and push you to your breaking point. Here are 5 tips to help alleviate the stress and pains that often accompany a long-distance move, making the overall experience a positive one.
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At some point in your life you’ll have to face the physical and emotional roller coaster that is moving. Whether it is across the country, state, or just across town, the stages are the same. Be prepared for the six stages of moving, and save yourself some stress next time around!
- Yay, I’m Moving!
The first stage of any potential move is pure excitement. Maybe you got a new job or maybe you’re just headed off on a different adventure, the anticipation of what awaits in the new city is exhilarating. Hold on to this positive and partially naive feeling for as long as possible because next comes…
- Wait, I Can’t Move! Where Will I Do Yoga?
Terror sets in almost immediately after that surge of excitement. You will find yourself making silly justifications for why you can’t possibly move like, “They won’t have my favorite Vietnamese restaurant,” “I can’t find a new doctor,” and “Where will I do yoga at, they can’t possibly have a yoga studio like the one I have here.”
- How Do I Have So Much Stuff?
Once you’ve accepted that you really are moving, you look around your house and realize you have so much stuff to pack up.
- My Bed is Too Heavy, Can I Just Buy All New Things?
You may want to just sell everything you own and buy all new things when you arrive in your new city, but for most people, this is not feasible. It’s time to break down and put in some good physical labor to get that moving van packed up and ready to go. Enlist a few friends for the price of some beer and pizza to help you on your way.
- I Hope I Don’t Need Anything in that Box Because I’m Not Unpacking it
Getting settled into your new place can take months. You’ll surely be in a time crunch to start your new job, so make sure you unpack all vital boxes and settle your most frequented areas first for an easy transition. Take your time with the rest of the boxes to avoid added stress.
- The Pizza Here is SO Much Better!
Though there will be some bumps in the road, you will quickly gain your new “usual” routine and begin to discover little bonuses about your new area like the convenient grocery store location, the great bar down the road, or the delicious local pizza place that delivers right to your door.
Moving can be quite the process, but you’ll feel so accomplished once you make it to your destination with all your possessions intact. Remove most of the stress from your move by contacting Redman Vans for estimates on helping you pack and move.
Moving offices is an exciting time for your company. Whether you’re upgrading to a bigger space or downsizing to a better location, a move is a great opportunity to freshen up your business. However, physically moving all of your employees, equipment, and resources can get overwhelming… fast.
Thankfully, there are ways you can avoid the stress and backlash of an office move. By following these 8 tips, you can properly prepare for and execute a seamless, organized move that keeps business on track, customers happy, and employees excited.
Start Planning Early
Getting a jumpstart on your move is one of the more reliable ways to ensure a smooth transition. Request copies of the new floor plan and schedule a meeting to inform employees of the move. Encourage them to start planning for the new space. Most importantly, make sure to hire your moving company well in advance. Look for companies with commercial relocation experience or ask other companies in your area for recommendations.
Delegate Tasks To Different Employees
Sit down with your managers and employees and discuss moving strategies. Though this may seem like a non-essential step, making sure that each and every person in your company is on the same page will ensure a stress-free, organized move. Delegate tasks to individuals on your team:
- Choose a senior employee with good multi-tasking skills to oversee the move. This person will be in charge of motivating others and opening clear lines of communication between the staff, brokers, stakeholders, etc.
- Assign a staff member to share the moving budget with the team so that everyone is clear on how much can be afforded during the move.
- Use existing resources to aid in the pre-moving, moving, and post-moving process. Your marketing team, for example, can be a great tool for informing customers about the new, exciting move, while your IT department can get a head-start on ensuring your company’s valuable technology will be in good hands during the transition.
This is a critical tip: taking inventory and knowing the exact quantity of your stock will help immensely when it comes to unpacking and getting settled in your new location. Be diligent about going through all inventory, office supplies, etc. and keep an accurate record of what needs to be moved and what can be donated, thrown away, or left behind. Most importantly, pay special attention to things like client files, documents, and folders that cannot be lost during the move.
Develop A Transition Timeline
Once it gets closer to your office’s moving date, create a specific timeline that highlights important dates and times. Share this with your moving team, and be sure to discuss and clarify critical points on the timeline such as:
- When to begin the packing process
- When you’ll need to have the office entirely packed up
- When and what time the movers will arrive
- When and where your staff will need to be to help unload
- When the office needs to be unpacked
- Grand re-opening dates, moving celebrations, etc.
Fine-Tune The Floorplan
Sit down with your team and go over the final floor plan of the new location. Determine and highlight a particular space for each department so everyone knows where they will be located. This will also help your employees better prepare themselves and their supplies, equipment, and personal belongings for the new space. Be sure every area of the floor plan is thoughtfully assigned and make a point of requesting feedback from your moving team.
Prioritize Your Move
First and foremost, your move should be scheduled over a weekend or downtime to give your employees the chance to settle in and get business rolling again as smoothly and quickly as possible. One of the most important things to consider while prioritizing your move is that your IT department has ample time to move into the new office and get set up before the whirlwind of boxes, desks, equipment, etc., make their arrival.
Check In With Your Moving Company
Talk with your chosen moving company about your business’s specific moving protocol. Be sure to discuss important preparation measures, what the movers request of your company, how specific items should be moved and unpacked, and if you or the moving company will be in charge of overseeing the disposal of equipment and other items that are not making the move.
Tie up loose ends
With all the details of your move fine-tuned and well-planned, there are only a couple of steps left to take to ensure your office’s move is complete. First, talk to your business’ insurance company about getting temporary moving insurance. This is a good idea for businesses who are making a major move and are moving a substantial amount of valuable equipment, documents, etc. Note that you will have to provide a detailed inventory list and estimated worth of your items, but this shouldn’t be an issue if you followed tip #3.
Lastly, hire a cleaning crew to tackle your old office. Though this may seem like a minor detail, the last thing you’ll likely want to do after executing a major move is deep-clean your old location. You might also consider delegating the task to a few willing employees who are up for taking on the task and making a little extra money.
If your company is making the move to Utah or relocating in the area, count on Redman Van movers to make your transition flawless. With years of experience in the commercial industry, Redman Van is the number-one office mover in the state. Learn more about how we can help you, today!
Don’t waste time and money chasing down moving boxes from friends or buying plastic tubs, look for free moving boxes at any of these 13 locations in Utah.
Find free moving boxes online through websites such as Craigslist, Freecycle, and even through community groups on Facebook. Post your need for boxes and let others contact you.
Bookstores such as Barnes & Noble receive shipments once or twice a week which results in a bunch of sturdy leftover boxes. College bookstores are also a great resource and if you’re moving at the right time, college dorms are piled with empty boxes at the beginning of the school year.
Visit the closest U-Haul to view their box exchange message board regarding free moving boxes in the area. Check if they have a “take a box/leave a box” bin on site for free boxes.
4. Redman Vans
Forget the hassle of finding boxes and all the other stressful aspects of moving when you hire a professional like Redman Vans. Their Utah moving services can provide the boxes, carefully pack them for you, transport your goods, and even unpack them for you.
5. KSL Classifieds
Scan the free listings in the KSL classifieds as free moving boxes are listed there almost daily.
Fry boxes from McDonald’s are frequently being disposed of and are actually quite strong transportation for any goods.
Contact Starbucks or other coffee shops that receive weekly shipments to request that they hold their larger leftover boxes for you to retrieve.
8. Liquor Store
For books and DVDs, liquor store boxes are always a classic. Try to get the boxes with lids by checking their box disposal area or asking employees inside.
Look for empty boxes at Elementary, Middle, and High Schools who are often receiving shipments of supplies and may not have a use for the containers.
You may have access to plenty of empty boxes at work. Ask around your employer’s construction sites, business offices, and facilities departments for boxes you can take off their hands.
11. Recycling Centers
Stop by a recycling center and speak to an attendant about allowing you a peek into the cardboard bin for discarded moving boxes.
12. Grocery Store
Who gets more shipments than a grocery store? Contact the store to see when their shipments come in so you can get to the good banana boxes before anyone else.
13. Local Hardware Store
Skip finding a manager at big hardware stores and swing by your local Ace or True Value hardware store to ask about boxes. Managers are much easier to find and you may find some good items on sale for your new home.
Contact Redman Vans to hear all options regarding packing, moving, and local storage.
Are you moving to a smaller home? Are your closets overflowing with too much stuff? Do you want to clear out your home in order to help clear your head?
Once you learn how to downsize your stuff without sacrificing the items you really love or need, you’ll enjoy freedom from anxiety-inducing clutter and will gain more space to relax and enjoy the lifestyle you really desire to have in your home.
There are plenty of perks to downsizing. They include:
- The option to sell your extra stuff for extra cash
- Reducing your mortgage payment and putting that money toward other financial goals
- Spending less of your free time maintaining and cleaning your house and yard
- More quality time together with your family since there is less room to spread out
Even if you’re not planning a move, dejunking is still a good idea. You’ll feel more relaxed and satisfied living in your current home when it’s clear of all the unneeded, unwanted stuff that you have stashed.
Commence with the Clothing in Your Closets
Start by creating a “capsule wardrobe” and eliminating all other clothing items and accessories from your closets. What exactly is a capsule wardrobe? It’s a term used in the fashion industry that refers to a collection of high-quality, essential items that fit well and will never go out of fashion.
The theory behind curating your closet is that by eliminating items that are out of style, don’t fit very well, or that you don’t love, you’ll expend less time and energy on unimportant things such as deciding what to wear every day. Then, the energy that you save can be put to better use.
Ditch These Duds
There are certain items that, when left unused, should probably just go away. They include:
- Exercise equipment
- Kitchen appliances and gadgets
- Extra car
- Childhood memorabilia
- Books, magazines, DVDs, and other media
- Paper files
- Home decor and holiday decorations
When you get rid of these items, you give yourself room to breathe and the chance to live your life without being overwhelmed with the chaos that clutter can cause.
Store the Extras
If you’ve pared down your belongings but still want to clear out space or need to hang onto some things temporarily, a great option is to put the extra necessities or “nice-to-haves” into a personal storage unit facility. Choose one that has good access hours and security features.
Always pack your items properly and move things with care to ensure they remain undamaged from water, heat, pests, bumps, and breaks.
Packing and moving can be a hassle, one that takes a lot of time to complete. Let us help! We offer a variety of affordable packing and moving solutions along with five modern storage facilities located conveniently throughout Utah. We’re your one-stop shop!
Contact Redman Van & Storage Co. today!