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Posted by Matt Gamache on 8/22/2018

Although your home gym has helped you stay in shape for many years, packing your dumbbells, an elliptical and other exercise equipment prior to moving day may prove to be exhausting. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing your exercise equipment.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare your exercise equipment for moving day.

1. Handle Your Weights with Care

Weights come in many shapes and sizes, and you should allocate plenty of time and resources to ensure your weights won't move while in transit.

For small weight plates and dumbbells, you can wrap these weights in packing paper and place them in a small box. However, you should try to avoid putting too many weights in a single box.

If you have heavy weights and barbells, you should wrap these weights in packing paper and place them directly on the floor of your moving day vehicle. Secure the weights with rope or straps, and you can keep the weights in place.

2. Take Photographs of Your Exercise Equipment

Let's face it – disassembling an elliptical, treadmill or other exercise equipment can be challenging. Perhaps even worse, putting your exercise equipment back together at your new home may be virtually impossible, particularly for those who struggle to stay organized.

Before you disassemble any exercise equipment, take a photograph of the equipment itself. Capture images of your exercise equipment from all angles, and you'll be better equipped than ever before to properly put this equipment back together once you reach your new address.

Also, keep all screws, bolts and other small exercise equipment parts in a plastic bag. You can attach this bag to the equipment itself to avoid the danger of losing these parts during your move.

Don't forget to keep track of the steps that you follow to disassemble exercise equipment too. That way, you'll know exactly what you'll need to do to quickly reassemble your exercise equipment.

3. Get Help from Family Members and Friends

Exercise equipment can be large, heavy and difficult to move on your own. Thus, you should not hesitate to reach out to family members and friends to help you safely pack and move your exercise equipment from Point A to Point B.

Furthermore, professional moving companies are available to help you transport exercise equipment to your new house. A moving company employs friendly, professionally trained staff members who are happy to help you simplify the process of moving your exercise equipment to any location, at any time.

If you need extra assistance prior to moving day, you may want to contact a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a residence, a real estate agent can offer expert moving tips, put you in touch with top-rated moving companies in your area and much more.

Get your exercise equipment ready for your upcoming move – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble packing and moving your exercise equipment to your new house.





Posted by Matt Gamache on 11/29/2017

If you recently bought or sold a house, it may be only a matter of time before you need to move. Lucky for you, many moving companies are available to help you transport your personal belongings from one destination to the next.

What differentiates a good moving company from a great one? Here are three tips to ensure you can find the perfect company to help you with your upcoming move.

1. Get Multiple Quotes

When it comes to finding a moving company, there is no reason to break your budget. Fortunately, if you shop around, you can select a high-quality moving company that won't force you to overspend.

Reach out to a wide range of moving companies in your city or town. That way, you can receive multiple quotes.

Also, it is important to remember that the lowest price doesn't always guarantee the best service, particularly when it comes to moving companies. And even though price should be a consideration as you evaluate moving companies, it is essential to consider other factors.

The more you research that you perform into all of the moving companies that are available, the better off you will be. With plenty of research in hand, you should have no trouble choosing an affordable moving company that will exceed your expectations.

2. Look at a Moving Company's Experience

No two moving companies are identical, and in most cases, you can enjoy many benefits if you choose a proven moving company over an inexperienced one.

Ultimately, a proven moving company will have sufficient staff on hand to help you transport your belongings to your new address. This company likely employs customer service professionals who are happy to respond to any concerns or questions prior to moving day too.

A proven moving company also can help you alleviate stress as you prep for moving day. This company will go the extra mile to support you in any way possible, and by doing so, ensure you can receive comprehensive assistance when moving day arrives.

3. Ask for Client Referrals

If you're on the fence about a moving company, it certainly won't hurt to ask this business for client referrals.

In many cases, client referrals are difference-makers, particularly if you're struggling to decide between two moving companies.

A moving company should be able to provide you with client referrals at your request. Then, you can reach out to past clients to learn about their experiences with a particular moving company.

Client referrals offer excellent resources as you search for the ideal moving company. In fact, client referrals can provide you with moving company insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent for extra help. This housing market professional may be able to put you in touch with a variety of moving companies that can help you relocate your belongings.

Take the guesswork out of selecting a moving company – use the aforementioned tips, and you can find the ideal moving company based on your personal needs and finances.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 10/18/2017

Moving boxes can serve too much like furniture for too long. It's enough work to pack up a three, four or five bedroom house. There are drinking glasses to wrap in tissue paper or protective newspaper. Lamps need to be covered in thick material, the type of material that offers as much padding as a winter quilt.

Here's how you can unpack a full house in one day

Special care has to be given to computers, laptops, microwaves and televisions, all household items that have one or more glass pieces in them. Unless you plan on loading and unloading a moving truck solo, you have to build a team of movers or pay for professional moving services.

Regardless of how much planning and organizing you do, things pop up when you move. One of your scheduled movers receives another requests and calls to tell you that he can't help you move after all. The moving van arrives to your house late. It may save you money, but it throws your other moving plans off track.

If it keeps up, you might grow tired. All you may want to do is get your moving boxes inside your new home. If you're not careful, you could end up living around dozens of moving boxes for months. Avoid this ongoing nuisance by:

  • Sell furniture and decorations that you know you are not going to use before you start to move.
  • Load and unload boxes on the moving truck by categories. For example, unload dishes together. Unload clothes together.
  • Unload heavy furniture like sofas and chairs first.
  • Assign one to two people to actually unpack boxes while two other people unload boxes.
  • Let someone else wash out sinks and wipe down shelves.
  • Focus on unpacking. You can go back later and re-position picture frames, floral centerpieces and other items.
  • Unpack living room and kitchen items last. This will motivate you to unpack bedrooms and other rooms that you might otherwise think it's not important to unpack for several days later.
  • Start loading and unloading the moving truck early in the morning, around the same time that you leave home for work.
  • Hire professional movers to un-box and set up your belongings.

Putting off unpacking moving boxes has consequences

Loads of planning won't get your moving boxes unpacked. It takes commitment. Motivation also helps. For motivation, remind yourself of how awkward you feel when company visits and has to climb over rows of moving boxes just to reach the sofa or a chair.

Thinking about how clothes and decorative pieces could start to smell, become discolored or bend the longer they stay packed in moving boxes, is also a good motive to unpack in one day. Another motive to unpack in one day is the fact that the longer you delay unpacking, the more comfortable you could become with living with rows of moving boxes, robbing yourself of the chance to enjoy clothes,dishes and other valuables.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 3/29/2017

We all know moving is a stressful time, but for cats, it can be a bigger upheaval than for their human counterparts. Your home is your cat's territory. By taking them out of their familiar environment and into a completely new one can be extremely overwhelming for them. However, there are a few things you can do to make the move a more comfortable process for your feline friend. Creature comforts - establish the carrier as a safe, comfortable place for your cat to be as soon as you can. Leave it out a few weeks before the move for your cat to become comfortable with its presence. Putting blankets and the occasional treat inside will help your cat warm up to the carrier more quickly. Try to stick to normal feeding routines as much as possible in the days leading up to and after the move to give your cat some semblance of normalcy throughout the environmental changes. During the move - consider keeping your cat in a separate room while the moving process is taking place. This ensures not only that they won't slip out any open doors, but they also won't be underfoot or become stressed by the chaos of moving. Place a sign on the door to let everyone know that the cat is in the room. You will want to leave a litter box, food, water and their carrier in the room with them. Pack this room last and put the cat in the carrier before you begin packing up this final room. Stay safe - when cats are nervous they seek out small spaces to comfort themselves. To prevent your cat from getting stuck monitor them in the kitchen and other rooms with small gaps. You will also want to ensure that all window screens are securely in place. If you have an outdoor cat wait two to four weeks before allowing them to roam outside. Be sure to update your cat's tag and/or microchip with your new address and phone number. Comfort zone - set up a safe room in the new house for your cat to stay in for the first few weeks after the move. Being confined to a smaller section of the new house will put your cat more at ease. Place their favorite toys and bedding in the room with them as well as food, water, and a litterbox. If you want to keep the litter box in a different room have two litter boxes, one in the safe room and one in the room you would normally like it until your cat becomes comfortable with the rest of the house and new litter box location. Cats are creatures of habit and drastic changes like a move can cause them to become distressed. By taking a few preliminary steps throughout the moving process like slowly introducing them to their carrier and creating a comfort zone you can ensure your cat enjoys your new home just as much as you do!




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