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January 11, 2018
Preparing for a Winter Move
Today, 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs is here to provide some information on preparing for a winter move this year. With the facts, you can make a winter move easier and safer for you, your family and even your movers. There are definite benefits to considering a move in winter, so read on to learn more about making the big day go smoothly.
The Benefits fo Preparing for a Winter Move
Better Rates and Deals
One of the most enticing reasons for people to choose moving during the winter is how much you can save. You can potentially keep a chunk of money in your pocket due to reduced rates and other specials for winter moves. Since the summer time is the most popular time to move, it is much busier and more hectic for moving companies. With a winter move, you will be given the best rates available.
Better Professional Service
Along with saving money by preparing for a winter move, you will also receive other benefits including better customer service from your moving company, since you will be one of the few clients during the season. It is always nice to be at the top of the priority list. Of course, at 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs, you will always receive first-class service no matter the season!
If you don’t choose 5 Star for a move, you’ll definitely need to make a winter move work to ensure the actual moving crew that comes to your home will be the cream of the crop. During the summer, most other moving companies will often bring in additional, less experienced movers to help out in a crunch. During a winter move, only the best professionals are kept on, so you get experienced professionals instead of newbies on the job. You’ll want to check on that – or give us a call for year-round pros who have each worked hundreds of household and commercial moves in the Colorado Springs area.
Ensuring a Successful Winter Moving Experience
Safety is always crucial, especially when it comes to a residential move. Keeping your family and pets safer is a priority over cost and even convenience. When it comes to do-it-yourself versus hiring professional movers, a winter move may be the time to choose the safer option. With professional movers on the job, you and your family can stay safer and not risk injury. Let them take care of it and make your life easier.
For a safer day of moving, clear off any and all sidewalks and pathways needed to access the moving truck from the house. Use sand, kitty litter, or de-icing salt to add traction and diminish the risks of falling. This applies to both properties, the old house, and the new one.
With cold temperatures comes brittleness. Delicate items such as porcelain, china, glass, and other materials become more fragile in colder temperatures. For this reason, be sure to use extra packing materials for the job. Your packing company should have a surplus of this during the winter months so don’t be shy about asking for it. Moving from indoors where it is warm to non-climate controlled moving vans will invariably put some of your items at risk if not packed correctly. Use extra blankets and padding for anything susceptible to breakage. Your movers will know how to do it right. Move plants using extra packing paper and especially bubble wrap will lead to better relocation results.
Keep it Warm Inside
Just as you must use more material to pack and pad your valuables, be sure to dress warm enough for a cold day moving. Ideally, dress in layers in case it warms up or your exertion warms you up. It is not a good idea to work up a sweat on a cold day. So, maintain an even temperature with layered clothing for best results. Wear gloves for protection against the elements and for help gripping boxes in general.
An immensely appreciated gesture is to offer hot coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate to your movers. It will create an excellent mood for a chilly day move, and keep everybody motivated and warm inside.
Keep your Homes Safe and Clean
Keep both homes, old and new cleaner and with less damage by laying down plastic, cardboard, or polyethylene in high traffic areas. Secure these with tape at the sides to prevent slipping. You and the new homeowner will be delighted that you did so.
Make sure that your own vehicle is winter driving ready to avoid any issues on the journey over to the new place. Check out this list of what to bring just in case inclement weather hangs out on move day:
- Winter-ready wipers
- Ice scrapers
- Snow shovel or two
- Tire chains
- Extra fuel
- Sand, salt, or kitty litter
- Jumper cables
- Tow strap
- Snacks such as energy bars
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Extra clothing, hats, gloves, coats, socks, boots
- Fully-charged cell phone
- Roadside assistance phone numbers
- Emergency contact list
- Emergency medical kit
Plans B and C
With all of your efforts and plans for moving day, just in case your Plan A cannot be carried out successfully, have multiple backups worked out when preparing for a winter move. Shorter days in winter encourage an early start, to avoid driving at night. The weather can get worse unexpectedly. Check the weather stations for news and updates.
New Home Prep
Make sure that your new home is ready for your arrival with the electricity turned on. Ideally, you can test the heating system and lights ahead of time too, to ensure a smoother and more comfortable transition. You won’t want to show up to your new home without the option to turn on the heat. Try to get this task done about a week ahead of the move date to work out any kinks ahead of time.
Preparing for a winter move is easier with help from 5 Star Moving and Storage. Our team of dedicated movers will help you from start to finish and get you safely moved to your new home. We are looking forward to scheduling your winter move soon.
December 12, 2017
How to Help Your Moving Company
Today, 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs offers our insight on how to help your moving company. This will greatly help the whole moving process go more smoothly. Moving day is stressful, but with some planning, focus and these ideas from 5 Star Moving and Storage, you will find that it can actually be a much less overwhelming process.
Finish on Time
There’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to complete a task in a rushed panic! If you can finish packing your house before your residential movers arrive, they will appreciate it, and it will save you money, especially if you are paying hourly! Otherwise, the movers may have to wait for you to finish packing. In the meanwhile, you’ll be racking up time and fees.
Even though you got all of your work done ahead of time, that doesn't mean that your presence is not needed. Movers may have questions or need clarification in any number of situations. Stick around and be available to answer questions for your moving company. They will appreciate it!
Valuables Stay with You
Just so you can keep track of things, you’re welcome to keep your cash, jewelry, important documents, and prescription medication with you at all times. Make it clear to the movers what stays with you or pack it up in your vehicle before they arrive. This will save a lot of trouble and headaches on moving day.
It’s Their Job
You got it, this is not their first rodeo! Your residential movers have been around the block a few times (literally) and know what they are doing. While a walk-thru to discuss the scope of your move and any special handling requests are great, have some trust in your moving team and let them do their job. Be there for support and maybe set out some water to keep your crew hydrated.
Writing down the destination room on each box will make your life a lot easier. Your movers will get it to the right spot and when unpacking, you’ll be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
Label Fragile Items
Labeling boxes that contain fragile or delicate items will help your movers be extra careful. Professional movers pay attention to labels, so the more you can do to describe what's inside, the better!
Heavy Items = Small Boxes
Items such as books must go inside of smaller boxes in order to be moved efficiently. This will help to avoid any injuries and prevent a large, heavy box from crushing another box filled with your valuables.
Dressers, armoires, buffets, desks, and anything with drawers should be emptied out. This will make the piece lighter and more manageable for your residential movers. Items can shift around, drawers can spill out and other incidents may occur if furniture pieces are not emptied.
Moving Truck Access
Make sure that the moving truck will have the access it needs. Issues like parking, metered parking, moving hours, and more can really put a damper on the moving process if not adequately address ahead of time. Help your movers by knowing the rules and sorting out the logistics ahead of time.
Knowing how to help your moving company will make your moving day a lot better for everyone. You’ll avoid delays, potentially spend less and take on a lot less stress. Moving houses? Call the pros at 5 Star Moving and Storage for a friendly and reliable move by a time that loves to help its customers.
December 1, 2017
Tips for Easy Commercial Moving
At 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs, we’ll help make your business move as hassle-free as possible. With these tips for easy commercial moving, you and your team will have a less stressful experience when the time comes. You will be prepared and ready to make the move that will lead to even more success for your company. And we hope to be a part of it!
When it comes to tips for easy commercial moving, we cannot stress this enough! Planning ahead will help everyone involved be more prepared and ready for the big move. We advise starting 4-6 months ahead of time to allow your company time for the smooth transition. Checking out the new space will definitely be a part of this process. Deciding the new layout and making a floor plan will assist not only the movers but your staff in getting their areas set up too.
Choose your commercial moving company as soon as possible, at least 1-3 months ahead of the move date. They will need to provide an on-site quote for services. You can also ensure their professionalism right from the start. They should offer the same standard of service as your company does. A great way to find the right movers can be through recommendations, so ask around.
Order New Equipment
Changing office locations is a great time to order new office equipment, update old and tired machines, replace them with the latest and greatest ones (or at least more functional and better than before). Do this step well in advance of the move date in order to ensure everything is correct and ready to go.
Whatever can be thrown out, recycled, and given away, should be, before a commercial move. Less is more! This goes for all office equipment, furniture, machinery, paperwork and more.
Your IT team will be invaluable getting the new space ready for work. So having them check it out ahead of time and make any necessary improvements and updates will no doubt save time and hassles later.
Every box should have a label with employee names and/or numbers to determine its destination. Not only will this help your Colorado Springs commercial movers, but your employees will also benefit from knowing exactly where to find their items when unpacking in the new space.
Especially for larger companies, using a color-coding system can make the relocation process a whole lot less messy! Instead of a list of names, give each department their own unique color to determine where boxes and furniture goes.
Make sure everyone knows that your business is moving and where to. This may include your vendors and suppliers, clients via the website, Google online listings, marketing materials, business cards, etc.
Be sure to free up any appointments, deadlines and the like on either side of your business move date. This will greatly reduce stress for your team and ensure that clients are still taken care of adequately during the transition.
With these tips for easy commercial moving, you and your team will be more than ready to move, and get settled into your new space. Call the reliable team at 5 Star Moving and Storage today for friendly and high-quality professional commercial moving services.
November 17, 2017
Proper Packing for Easy Moving
When it comes proper packing for easy moving, the experts at 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs are here to show you just how simple it can be. By following these easy suggestions for moving down the street, clear across the state, even moving your business operations, you’ll streamline the process and hopefully experience a few less headaches.
For starters, proper packing for easy moving means getting rid of unwanted items that you just don't use anymore. Have a friend or relative help in this process because their opinion will be valuable when you are unsure whether to keep something or dispose of it. You can even make a little money by having a garage sale, posting items for sale on social media, or just giving it all away to charity and feel good doing so.
Should you hire a professional mover? Well, most people will go for this convenient option, just for the ease of it all, and let's face it, you must decide if realistically the move is too large or overwhelming for the amount of time you have. There are many factors to consider, so be sure to sit down and discuss how a professional mover like 5 Star Moving & Storage can ease the load. Perhaps you can do some of the packing to cut down on costs, and they can load the moving van and deliver to your destination. Ask for quotes and get everything in writing.
Boxes, this aspect of your move needs to be taken seriously. Ensure that your boxes are sturdy, and not so large that they cannot be picked up easily. Try to look for ones that have handles and be sure not to pack them too loosely. Professional packing services know that if you hear items shifting in the box, repack or add towels to keep from moving around and hence being damaged. Pack heavy items on the bottom and lighter towards the top, with plates and books packed vertically. Try to keep boxes under 50 lbs.
Labels and packing materials are essential for organization and proper packing for easy moving. Get good packing tape, wide-tip felt markers, a tape dispenser, bubble wrap, plastic wrap if needed, packing paper or newspaper, scissors, sharp knife, and a notebook. Mark the boxes with what’s inside and which room it is destined for. This will help immensely when it comes to the efficiency of your residential or commercial movers and save you a mountain of time! You may also want to put "FRAGILE" for breakable items, or "THIS END UP" for items that may spill.
General Moving Organization Tips:
- Start packing rooms that are not being used or are seasonal, such as a craft room, attic, garage, kids room, playroom, etc.
- Large items such as light fixtures, china cabinets or large mirrors should be left to the professionals and or crated
- Proper packing for easy moving requires keeping similar items with similar items. Don't mix and match; it will only be frustrating when it comes to unpacking
- Empty out junk drawers with miscellaneous loose items and place them in jars or ziplock backs to keep them together
- Wrap up all electrical cords and place in bags, along with coat hangers and hardware.
- Seal boxes securely, unless you need the movers to inspect first
- You can mark the rooms of your new place with numbers or letters that correspond to boxes, so the movers know which boxes go to which room, making it super easy for all involved
- You can also mark your boxes with numbers indicating which boxes need to be unpacked first, second, third, etc.
- Be sure to pack a small carry on bag which has your toiletries and items you will need to wear for the next few days, especially if you are moving to another state that may be quite a distance
- Check to see if you have some of the original boxes for items such as electronics, blenders, etc., as these will have the original packing material for protection, and you will easily know what it is
- Make sure you schedule disconnect times for your cable provider, electricity, and any other memberships you may have such as a gym and such
- Provide your new address and details to banks, friends and family, and anyone that needs to know
- Pack heavy items in small boxes, so you save your back from overdoing it
- Take pictures of how your electronics are attached. This will save you time on setting them back up in your new place
- Be sure to use storage bins and luggage for items such as blankets, towels or kitchen items, much better than leaving them empty
- Make copies of any important papers and keep them with you in case you need them
- Any items of value, such as jewelry or heirlooms should also be kept with you if possible during the move, though 5 Star Moving can certainly be trusted with your valuables
- Be sure to leave some cleaning supplies out for the final cleaning when all the boxes have been removed, and the house is empty
- Defrost and clean the fridge at least a day before you leave if you are not taking it with you
- Proper packing for easy moving requires that heavy furniture be loaded first into the moving truck, followed by smaller items and lighter items on top
- If possible, delegate tasks on moving day, so everyone knows what they are doing, and no time is wasted
- Keep pets and children clear out of the way of movers on moving day, the last thing you need is someone injuring themselves
Now you know the basics of proper packing for easy moving when the day finally arrives. We are happy to provide all your moving needs from air ride secure moving vans, long distance skilled and bonded drivers, temperature controlled storage vaults and a reputation for being the best. Give us a call today at 5 Star Moving & Storage for a free moving quote.
October 12, 2017
Tips for Long Distance Moves
Getting ready to move your whole household across the state or country? Well, 5 Star Moving and Storage is here with tips for long distance moves, and to help you complete this overwhelming task with less stress. Our company is part of a nationwide network offering long distance moves that will ensure your valuables are delivered to your new location in the same condition as they left. Here are some great tips for long distance moves to get you started.
- Get rid of stuff
Whenever you have a long distance move involved, weight can bring the overall price up. Consider getting rid of items that you have outgrown and don't use anymore. For example, if your kids have grown up and you still have their childhood toys kicking around, it may be time to sell, give to someone in need, or donate. Lightening your load will make you feel better, and help your budget too!
- Get free boxes
Keep your costs down by asking your moving company for used boxes, or going to local stores for freebies. Also, be sure to utilize your baskets and containers within the home as storage for packing items.
- Get quotes and prices
Hiring a moving company is a great way to go, especially when moving long distance. Ask your local moving company for a quote on the actual drive, storage fees, packing and unpacking costs, as well as insurance and safety fees. Be sure the company has an excellent reputation and is recognized by local business associations, such as the Better Business Bureau. Planning at least three months in advance will give you a significant advantage and save some stress. 5 Star Moving & Storage can provide a checklist, as well as fair pricing and quality assurance.
- Label all your boxes
If your moving company is not doing your packing, it is essential to be well organized when doing it yourself. Label all boxes with the contents, as well as what room they need to go in, such as the kitchen or dining area. This will save you a lot of time and frustration when you start to unpack in your new place!
- Understand your rights
Most long-distance moves are regulated by overseeing companies who ensure everyone is protected. It is up to you, the consumer, to know what those rights are, and by obtaining a "rights and regulations" booklet, you can understand all these main points. For example, if some of your items get damaged during the move, there is compensation available depending on the company you hire. Ask your movers what their valuation policies include.
- Move in the off-season
Let's face it, most people move in the summer when they are off and the weather is nice, but if you can take advantage of a low season rate, by all means, do so. This can save you up to 50% on moving costs!
This is an often overlooked item on our list of tips for long distance moves. Depending on your situation, especially if you are moving because of a work-related move, you may benefit from filing your move as a tax deduction. Check out IRS.gov for more info.
- Make a list
With any move, especially a long distance move, you will have a lot of tedious items to attend to. Do not forget to cancel subscriptions such as tv, utilities, etc. You will also need to inform your banks, gym, and any memberships you hold. Don't forget to give your new information to any clients you may have, friends, and family, as well as the post office for mail delivery. Checking off a "to do" list will save you a lot of worries.
- Get some help
Involve friends and family in your move; it will make your move more enjoyable time and pass the time quicker. Be sure to have kids or pets out of danger when moving large items such as furniture or appliances. If you are relocating in colder weather, be sure you stay hydrated, warmly dressed, and keep your work area slip-free with cardboard or carpets.
- Check out your new space
Moves can be an intimidating process, especially if you are doing it alone, but it doesn't have to be. Be sure that once you are settled in, you get out to explore your new surroundings and new friends. This will help you adjust quicker, and provide a more positive experience locally.
- Make some money
Also on our list of tips for long distance moves, is to take some of your more expensive items such as furniture, art or sports equipment, and put them up for sale on social media sites, auctions, or even have a garage sale. You will be surprised by how extra cash this can bring, and it is a great way to put money towards paying for the move.
- Determine your budget
By making a list of what things will cost during the move, you will avoid any surprises in the end. Write down what you can afford realistically, and work around that depending on what is most important to you. Your moving company can also help you determine where you can save extras along the way.
- Storage units
Sometimes with a long distance move, it is just not possible to move everything you own at once. Perhaps you have some large pieces of furniture that will not fit into the new place, or they have not sold in time, maybe you have another vehicle that will have to remain behind. 5 Star Moving Storage has secured storage vaults for short or long-term storage.
By following these tips for long distance moves, you’ll be well on your way to a new beginning full of great opportunities and a change of scenery. 5 Star Moving & Storage wants it to be a smooth transition right from the get-go. We offer everything from start to finish to support your long distance move. Give us a call today for a free estimate.