Make Moving Easier with a Garage Sale

Make Moving Easier with a Garage SaleMoving soon? You can always make moving easier with a garage sale! Today, 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs offers our quick tips for a successful sale. And once you’ve unloaded all that clutter, we can make your move even better by providing all the essentials. We offer packing tools, moving of large and heavy items, and transporting all your personal belongings to their new place in our air ride vans that are safe and reliable.

A garage sale can be a fun and profitable start to your move to a new home. Follow these simple steps to help lighten your load and put some money in your pocket:

  1. Keep it or chuck it

Here is where a good friend can come in handy to give you an honest opinion on what you should take with you, and what you shouldn’t. Have a look at your large items, such as furniture, pictures, etc. Will they still look good in your new home? Will they fit in the desired area? Be honest and willing to let go. 

  1. Get everyone involved

Make it a family, friends and neighbors event. Let them pitch in on the garage sale by offering up some of their unwanted items that are just kicking around the house. Sometimes having one large event can bring out a bigger crowd with more interest and sales! 

  1. The best time

Choose a weekend with hours from 8-4pm. People are always looking for fun ways to spend a weekend and things to do. This allows working people to have a chance to get in on some of your goodies. 

  1. Where?

Be sure you have ample parking space and room for all your items, including space to move around and look at things. Do not violate any city codes, and even consider renting a hall if space is an issue. 

  1. Advertise

With social media sites, there is no reason people should miss a big garage sale event. You can also put ads in the local paper, street signs with visible writing and large letters, directions and arrows are always helpful too! 

  1. Be ready

If you advertise for an 8 am garage sale, be sure you are ready and waiting for customers to arrive. Remember, if you don’t want early birds, you must specify that in your ad. Make sure you have plenty of change on hand, a cash box, and clearly mark and label your items with prices. Ensure the area is clean, free of dirt or distractions. This is also a good rehearsal for your move – if you go with 5 Star Moving & Storage for your residential move, you can be we’ll arrive right on time. 

  1. Put your best stuff in front

By placing your unique, high priced items right where people can see them best when driving by, you may get them to stop and check you out, rather than driving on by to the neighbor’s yard sale down the road. Avoid placing lots of clothes in the front, or books, and be super organized with your items. 

  1. Weather

Yes, it is out of your control, but try to pick a time like spring or summer when you know the skies will be blue and not raining on your parade. No one wants to be out treasure hunting in the wet and cold. On the flipside, if it’s hot and sunny, bring out your pop-up canopy or borrow one from a friend. 

  1. Accept credit cards

Yes, believe it or not, in today’s day and age, if you own a smart phone or tablet, you can download an app such as the Square reader, and start accepting credit cards at your garage sale. This is a real bonus, especially if you have high priced items or large flea market buyers coming around. Many people will want to use this feature, and it just takes a little research on your part to set it up. 

  1. Give your best price

Knowing the market value of your items will make bargaining a whole lot easier on everyone. Do some research regarding your items for sale, and see what the going rates are for what you have. If your prices are too high, people will either be offended or not even bother to negotiate with you. Of course, you don’t want to sell yourself short on antiques or valuable items, so be armed with a good response when someone asks you where you got the price for that specific item. 

  1. Be tidy and systematic

Hang anything that can be hung up, such as pictures and clothes. Place small trinkets on a table that does not require bending down; put similar items together, and make sure everything is clean.

  1. Be fun, outgoing and confident

When people see you having fun, smiling and genuinely enjoying yourself, it is contagious, which means you will probably sell more. Have lots of bags available for people to take their treasure home in. And be personable, reasonable and willing to negotiate. Bundle items together to get rid of more stuff, and most importantly, be organized.

So now you have finished your successful garage sale but didn’t sell all the items. You can try to sell them on online auction sites to squeeze the last little bit out, or, you can also donate the items to charity or a local thrift shop. A lot of charity shops will even pick up items free of charge, so check out their websites to get a better idea of their pickup methods and schedule.

5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs wants you to have a fresh start in your new place of residence, so make moving easier with a garage sale! It can be fun, profitable, and save you lots of space when moving into your new digs, as well as moving company costs in the long run. Call 5 Star Moving and Storage today to set up your move, whether it’s in town or clear across the country!

Should You Use Professional Packing Services?

Should You Use Professional Packing Services?Do you have a big move coming up? Should you use professional packing services? 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs knows how stressful any size move can be, and we are here to help you every step of the way by providing good advice, a solid and honest reputation and some great reasons why we think you should use professional packing services to help make your move an easy one!

How does it work? The first step is to get an assessment to see what is involved, which will help determine the total cost of your packing services. Consider creating a list of each item that needs to be packed, including furniture, cupboard contents, and kitchen drawers. This will also help determine what’s of value and may need extra special care.

Valuable items such as paperwork, artwork and jewelry should be discussed during a household survey, determining how these items should be handled according to your desires. Any items that you want to take with you on moving day, will be packed separately and set aside for you to take.

You should also be sure to ask about the time estimate as to how long it will take them to pack your belongings. Depending on the size of the move, this usually only takes a day.

So why should you use professional packing services?

Time is probably the biggest factor, and most people cannot take the time off work to get it all done. Packing, preparation and organization take a while, not to mention all the supplies you will need to get your items secured also. When a professional packing crew comes in and boxes up your stuff in one day, that means you don’t have to live out of a suitcase during the majority of the move.

Many people do not have a ton of experience at properly packing items into boxes to be transported. It is quite an art to accurately assess your items and ensure they are packed correctly to avoid damage or shuffled around during the move. For example, packing mistakes that can occur are not filling tops and spaces in cartons with paper, or linens, to ensure contents of the carton do not shift in transit.

Professional packers use industry standard techniques to keep your belongings from damage during transit. There is a different packing technique for everyone and every valuable that you own, and our professionals are well trained in how to do it correctly. For example, certain furniture pieces will be taken apart and meticulously wrapped using padding and protective packing. Artwork and photo frames will be removed from walls and secured with the right packing materials and in the right-size box.

Saving money is key during a residential move and by hiring the professionals, you can cut down greatly on space in the moving van by packing neatly and using the correct boxes and weight distribution for the journey. Be sure to ask about unpacking your items as well. Most times this will be included in the deal, and it can be a very helpful added feature when there is already so much to do to get settled in.

If you want to save a little money, you can pack up the basics and just hire a professional to pack specialty items such as breakables, antiques, mirrors, furniture, artwork, and other high-value pieces. Also, take into consideration appliances if they’re making the move with you. They are heavy, bulky and finicky on how they must be transported. Professional movers are well equipped with muscle power, heavy-duty equipment and know how.

When is it best to hire the professionals to pack?

If you are just moving a small apartment, then there is probably no need to hire a professional mover, but if it is a long-distance move, a large home or office, or you have many valuable assets, then these are all great reasons when it comes to why should you use professional packing services.

Don’t risk losing important items or having them stolen in the process. A long-distance move is just too big of an undertaking for a family to move an entire lifetime of living under one roof! Time is a large factor as well for most people and something to be realistic about.

Here are some things you can do to get involved and make moving a breeze:

  • Have a garage sale! Get rid of some of those items you just don’t need following you anymore. Donate unwanted items for people in need and don’t forget to head to the local dump to recycle and dispose of unwanted items so that the new owners can move into a nice clean space.
  • Separate valuable things and personal information from items being packed by the professionals for obvious reasons, and take them with you if possible. This will ensure their safe arrival.
  • Leave the light, non-breakable items in the dresser and cabinet drawers such as clothes or towels or pieces of clothing. They are light and easy to transport.
  • You do not need to empty drawers if you hired a professional team. They will tend to all those tasks and pack everything in your home right where it is.
  • If you are moving appliances that will be going with you, it is a great idea to disconnect any water lines or connections as early as you can so the packing crews can prepare it for transit safely and without delay.
  • Ensure pets and children are tended to or away from the home during the move. You do not want unnecessary delays or unfortunate accidents occurring.

So now that you know what you know, should you use professional packing services? Well, that is completely up to you and your unique situation, but 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs can make your move a much easier and stress-free event. Be sure to call and ask about all of our services, our stellar reputation, and ethical business practices. Your moving quote is just a call away.

Before Moving Your Office, Read This

Before Moving Your Office, Read ThisAt 5 Star Moving & Storage, we know how much time and effort it takes to organize a move from start to finish. Before moving your office, read this interesting bit of information for a smooth and easy transition of your important documents and customer security.

When it comes to planning a company move, it is important to have a checklist leading up to the big day. Let’s take a look at this step by step process from your friendly commercial moving specialists.

  1. GET YOUR TEAM TOGETHER: It is important to select a cross-department moving team and define clear roles and responsibilities about 12 months before the move, depending on the size of your office. Here are some characteristics you will want to find in the people you choose for these tasks:
  • Experienced at multi-tasking
  • Great overall motivator
  • Knowledge of your business
  • Great communication skills
  • Someone who can stick to the budget
  • Highly organized
  • Has seniority to make decisions

 

  1. INFORM SHAREHOLDERS AND PEOPLE THAT NEED TO KNOW. Examples are:
  • Unions
  • Parent Companies
  • Department Heads
  • Staff
  • Board Members

 

  1. LOCATION: Maybe you have already picked out your spot, or maybe not. Here are some points to consider when choosing.
  • Good public transportation for staff and easy access
  • Easy for clients to find
  • Easy for your staff to visit clients
  • Easy commute for employees
  • Local amenities and easy access to highway systems
  • Parking access
  • Perhaps near a major airport

 

  1. BUDGET: Again, this will depend on the size of your company, but it is important to get quotes for everything.
  • Furniture
  • New equipment
  • Storage if necessary
  • Marketing
  • Commercial moving company
  • Getting your old office space back to original
  • IT set up and installation

 

  1. HIRE THE RIGHT MOVING COMPANY: About 10 months before your move, you should make arrangements with your moving company to ensure all the details are in order and you are all ready for the big day.
  • Research several office moving companies in your region and obtain quotes.
  • Look for reviews, especially corporate office moves that they may have done in the past
  • Ask for accreditations and certifications.
  • Meet with them in person at the site to go over layout
  • Ask them to provide a complete inventory list of all furniture, machinery, and electronics if possible and take pictures if you are unable to do it.
  • Make sure your timeframe is blocked off with your moving company. Many times, good moving companies are booked well in advance, depending on the time of year.

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS AND LOGISTICS: About 4 months out, if you have not done so already, let your current building owner know the date you will be moving, as well as other important details such as:
  • The ordering of new machines, computers, office furniture, etc.
  • Have a meeting with the moving company and staff to voice any concerns and go over the agenda for moving day
  • Contact communications and computer companies for internet and telephone transferring to the new building
  • Distribute a communication sheet and itinerary for all employees to follow

 

  1. FLOOR PLANNING: Get acquainted with your new space about 2 months from the moving date.
  • Divide floors into two or three sections.
  • Be sure to inform the landlord that the elevators and loading and unloading areas will be occupied extensively on the date you plan to move.
  • Be sure your coordinators review furniture layouts as well as the moving company if applicable
  • Have signs made up, so people know where they are. (Example: floor number or building)

 

  1. START PACKING: 4 weeks out is an appropriate time to start wrapping up the small details.
  • Have ample boxes and crates available to put items into
  • Pack large common areas up
  • Have a grid sheet made for furniture placement
  • Be certain the bulk of your packing is finished at this point.

 

  1. ARRANGE ANOTHER COMMUNICATION MEETING: This is a good idea to go over the objective of the move one last time.
  • Meet with all move coordinators to advise them of final plans and schedules.
  • All employees need to be notified of moving plans and coordinators they will be assigned to
  • Installation of new furnishings at the new office location
  • Turn on the air conditioning/heating during move day
  • Security and telephones need to be scheduled

 

  1. SIGNS: Be very clear on where items should go.
  • Label, label, label! Be sure it is clear on packed boxes and the destination of the box
  • Have the signs you made put up in the appropriate places, so coordinators and the commercial moving company knows where to go
  • If necessary, color coding is a good way to organize where items belong

 

  1. ORGANIZE: With the final day approaching moving day, now is the time to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.
  • Be certain employees are completely packed and ready to go
  • Direct coordinators to designated areas at both the new and old building
  • Ensure movers have protection for walls and elevators in place
  • Be sure everyone is on the same page and has asked questions if they do not understand the process
  • Enjoy a great move, and more importantly, have fun!

 

  1. FINALIZATION PROCEDURES: So, the move went well, and now the last bit of business to attend to.
  • Make a list of any damaged or misplaced items
  • Move any items not needed to storage
  • Remove empty boxes and moving items

 

Having a checklist that is easy to read and placed where everyone can see it is an important piece of making your office moving day go smoothly without a hitch, and having the right team in place is an important key as well. A reputable moving company that is experienced in this type of move will help out tremendously, so be sure to do your due diligence when choosing the right company for the job.

5 Star Moving & Storage is a commercial moving company with a long history of friendly customer service and outstanding satisfaction. We are exceptionally trained and highly organized when it comes to this type of a move, and we’re here to help you. So before moving your office, read this over again before getting started then give us a call for a free quote.

How to Avoid Moving with a 500 Pound Box of Books

How to Avoid Moving with a 500 Pound Box of BooksToday, 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs shares how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books, and save your back and legs from injury in the process. We know that moving is a stressful and physically demanding job for everyone involved. Where do you even start? What do you do with your extensive library collection? By following a few simple suggestions as you start a packing regimen, you may even find yourself with a few extra bucks in your pocket at the end of the day!

Here’s your step-by-step for how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books.

  1. NECESSITIES: This may be a tough one for some, because most bookworms really don’t want to part with ANY of their beloved reads, but it is necessary only to keep the most significant ones, and get rid of the rest when you are trying to downsize. Books add up quickly in the weight department, and that means added cost to your moving bill when hiring a moving truck. Remember, you can gift, resell or donate and earn a little money while making someone else very happy. Sort your books into KEEP piles and GIVE AWAY piles, and then take action. Use social media or online buying sites such as eBay. You can even hold a garage sale at your home or ask a local book store if they can buy the whole lot.
  2. PACK PROPERLY: You will need to gather up boxes, packing tape, markers, newspapers and packing paper for this task. Your boxes will need to be DRY, clean, sturdy and undamaged but small enough to fit your books. Use the newspaper and packing material to protect your antique or valuable books. Tape and mark the boxes, categorizing each one, so you know exactly what’s in them, such as “cook books,” and what room they need to go to, such as, “kitchen.” This will help your book boxes find their way to the right room in your new place instead of having to reshuffle heavy boxes post-move.
  3. ENSURE BOXES ARE STURDY: A good point to consider is to reinforce your boxes with masking tape or a strong clear packing tape, and thoroughly inspect them before placing your most cherished books in them. Add a little extra packing paper for protection and peace of mind. This might also be where you go ahead and buy new boxes instead of going the second or third-hand box route.
  4. HOW TO PACK BOOKS: Believe it or not, there is a protocol on how to pack your books to ensure the best move. Here are 3 great options to choose from:
  • FLAT: and stacked is an easy way to place your books in a box of choice. Be sure to have the largest in first and stack up to the smallest.
  • UPRIGHT: Place your books upright with the open ends facing the outside of the box, not the inside where they could get damaged.
  • SPINES DOWN: This is the least recommended option of the three, but be sure to keep the spines facing the bottom of the box or container to avoid damaging the spine indefinitely.

  1. DON’T PACK TO TIGHT: Allow a little space in between books, even perhaps adding a towel in between rows if the box allows. Be sure to fill in holes and gaps that you may see to avoid any significant movement that could bend or crinkle pages during transport, whether you’re moving long distance or nearby.
  2. USE YOUR SUITCASE: This is an excellent way to pack books and add an extra element of protection in doing so. Not only is it durable and waterproof, you also have a comfortable handle to carry them from point A to point B.
  3. QUICK TIPS FOR MOVING YOUR BOOKS: Keep book boxes under 40 lbs. and keep the boxes small. Double tape bottoms and tops for reinforcement. Prized and antique books afford extra packing precautions or carry them with you to ensure they reach their destination intact.

TICK TOCK, HOW TO TIME EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT

Along with proper book packing, a great idea when moving and packing up belongings is to organize a timeline or calendar that you can follow to ensure you stay on track for when the big day comes. Here is a guideline to follow, adjust it to suit your needs:

4 WEEKS BEFORE:

  • Pack out of season items you won’t be needing such as clothes, shoes, sweaters, etc.
  • Pack special tools or equipment you won’t be using
  • Pack collectible items such dolls, art, figurines, coin and stamp collections

3 WEEKS BEFORE:

  • Pack your books at this time and maybe leave a couple of your favorites out
  • Pack spare bedding, towels, duvet covers, kitchen ware, kitchen items

2 WEEKS BEFORE:

  • Pack up children’s toys, games, office supplies, jewelry, hobby rooms, etc.

1 WEEK BEFORE:

Assess the situation, and see where you may need to pay more attention. Kitchens can be difficult to organize, but now would be the time to start.

  • Pack food items, toasters, etc.
  • Pack clothes, medicines
  • Disassembled furniture

2 DAYS BEFORE:

Everything should be very close to packed and ready in boxes for your residential movers to transport.

  • Pack essential box with items you will need during your move, such as toiletries, medicines, and of course a book

MOVING DAY:

When the day finally arrives, remember to try to have fun and go with the flow. Have some friends over to help if possible, keep pets and kids in a secure area, out of the path of the movers, and keep an eye on which items need to go where.

Whether you are moving long distance, or just across the street, try to keep a positive outlook and a stress-free attitude to make the move go smoothly. After all, it is always exciting to start a new chapter, and a new and exciting journey, wherever that may take you. Just like the cherished books you have carefully packed, your new move holds a new story, so enjoy!

Knowing how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books will save you a lot time, hassles and sore muscles. Of course, if you find yourself short on time or just too overwhelmed with packing up your library, remember you always have the choice of asking the professionals at 5 Star Moving & Storage to work their magic and get your library packed safely and securely.

How to Simplify Moving with These 15 Tips

How to Simplify Moving with These 15 Tips5 Star Moving & Storage wants to share how to simplify moving with these 15 tips. As a company you can rely on for service, honesty, and accountability, we hope these great ideas will help you in your next moving endeavor. Most moves are an exciting time for people, with new adventures and new beginnings, so don’t let moving stress you out! Follow these tips for a successful move, every time.

  1. LOOK for the PROFESSIONALS: A lot of homeowners don’t realize just how big of a job moving can be. While it is sometimes possible to gather up the neighbors, friends, and family come moving day, other times it might be a different story. Sometimes excuses can leave you high and dry with a mountain of boxes and work, not to mention other deadlines when moving day arrives. Do some research and seek out the help of a reputable and reliable moving company. Ask for quotes and references, then weigh your options if you decide to go the professional route.
  1. DECLUTTER: Probably one of the hardest realities to come to terms with when we are moving, is getting rid of stuff. Why carry extra “baggage” around with us from home to home, or room to room? Is it really what you need in your life? Get some help with this one, and make it a fun and enjoyable experience. Invite over a friend, to be honest with you and the extra stuff that you have grown attached to. Hold up items and decide if they stay or do they go.
  1. ORGANIZE: Once you have the items that you DON’T want, now you can decide whether to sell them online, have a garage sale, give to charity, or any other type of donation system in your community. It is an excellent way to give back to your town or even make a little money to help pay for moving expenses.
  1. CHOOSE A MOVING DAY: Believe it or not, selecting the right day can make a huge difference in savings. By selecting a weekday versus a weekend, you may get a significant discount, and keep in mind that certain months are more demanding than others, such as summertime being a busy time for most companies.
  1. GET YOUR PACKING SUPPLIES READY: This is a huge time saver when it comes to packing your house. Why not save even more time while you are picking up your tape, felt pens, etc. and ask the hardware store if they have any old boxes they are getting rid of.
  1. PACK UP DECORATIVE ITEMS: Your walls may look a little bare and empty, but this time saver will be a blessing when push comes to shove on moving day. Take down pictures, wall decorations, fragile items, knick knacks, and anything taking up space. The more you do now, the less anxiety will ensue come moving day.
  1. GET YOUR PAPERS IN ORDER: This means changing your address and sending out notices to utility companies, friends, and family. Cancel any subscriptions you will not need anymore, credit card statements and bills.
  1. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL: Labeled boxes are your friend. Numbering boxes will help you know which boxes need unpacking first and labeling them with what room they are from such as kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, makes unpacking a breeze. Have stuff headed to a storage facility? Label those boxes clearly!
  1. HEAVY ITEMS: These should be placed in small boxes, so they are easy to carry for either you or your movers. Your back will thank you, and you may save yourself a lot of broken items and split boxes.
  1. PROTECT YOUR ITEMS: Don’t pack any blankets, pillows, towels or foam you may have around. These are great ways to pack your fragile dishes in or around other breakables.
  1. PERSONAL PACK: Don’t forget your personal toiletry bag with a change of clothes and any medications you may need when you arrive at your new place. Be sure to set it aside somewhere where the movers or helpers won’t accidentally throw it in with the other items.
  1. USE YOUR STORAGE BINS: Or even your garbage cans and laundry baskets to pack belongings in. Especially useful for crafts and odds and ends.
  1. LOAD THE HEAVY STUFF FIRST: By putting in your furniture and heavier items first, you can evenly distribute the weight in the van as well as free up extra space for your boxed items on top, not to mention better protection for the items in boxes. If you have opted for a professional moving company, they are trained in this task, and will more than likely tell you which items need to go in first.
  1. PETS/KIDS: A word of wisdom with pets and children. This can be a stressful event for them, so be sure to line up a babysitter and kennel or pet sitter. Not only will it keep them out of the way and avoid mishaps, but it will also be much more relaxing for all parties involved.
  1. CELEBRATE: Once you have finally signed off with the movers and are sitting with your feet up in your new living room, it will be rewarding to know that by being organized and following a moving procedure, it was well worth all the effort. Celebrate and enjoy!

Now that you know how to simplify moving with these 15 tips remember the most important aspect is to HAVE FUN! Try to keep an optimistic and cheerful outlook while moving. Having help will make the day go quicker and keep spirits up too! Hiring 5 Star Moving & Storage is also a good way to ensure an easy and fun move. We have many years in the industry, be it short or long distance moves, and we are bonded, insured and genuine when it comes to your belongings and welfare during a move. We also provide storage units that are heated, secure, and large for any items you may not quite have a spot for yet. Ask about our senior and veteran discounts too. Contact us today.

10 Things to Do Before Professional Packers Arrive

10 Things to Do Before Professional Packers Arrive You have decided to make the big move, congratulations. Now, do you know the 10 things to do before professional packers arrive? Where do you even start? If you’re like most people, it can seem somewhat overwhelming to pack an entire home and figure out your budget for this big endeavor. Talking to 5 Star Moving & Storage is the perfect place to start. We can provide all the information and help you need to ensure your move is hassle-free and stress-free.

Here are 10 things to do before the professional packers arrive. This will keep your costs and moving time down while also keeping your morale up.

  1. Move All Packed Boxes to One Room

Having all your boxes in one place will make for an effortless move for the professionals. They will never be left standing there or asking questions about what else goes into the moving truck, saving you wasted time as well as money. You should also strip your linens off beds and take down any artwork from the walls, wrapping them for protection.

  1. Take Photographs or Video

This important step will give you peace of mind knowing if anything went missing or sustained damage during the move. Refer to these photos or videos if you suspect something is gone, this will ensure you have the proof and the protection if needed for a claim.

  1. Mail and Address Change

Be sure to let friends, family, and businesses know of your address change by sending out notifications by email or snail mail. Don’t forget to cancel any subscriptions and utilities as well.

  1. Beverages

Stock your fridge with lots of water and drinks to ensure you stay hydrated during the move. Keep healthy snacks on hand to maintain your energy levels.

  1. Organize

Be sure to have a travel bag packed with all your necessities ready to go because it will save you a lot of time trying to remember where you packed your clothes and toiletries until your items arrive at their new destination. Keep jewelry and expensive items with you and NOT with the movers if possible. Keep kids and animals out of the way of movers and clearly mark your boxes with legible writing. Get yourself a moving calendar and aim for certain goals on certain days and prepare a budget to keep everything on par with what you can afford.

  1. Protect Walls and Floors

Most reputable moving companies will have protection blankets or plastic, but you can also take the initiative by placing down a protective cover on items or structures you do not want to damage.

  1. Quotes

Obtain at least 3 quotes from your moving company options. Ask questions to ensure you understand their policies and procedures clearly. Perform research on the moving company you choose by checking into their reputation, whether they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and get recommendations by other customers in the area. This will save you a lot of headaches in the end. Do not sign any contracts unless you completely understand them.

  1. Purge

This is a hard one for most people. What do you keep and what do you get rid of in order to make more space in the truck and even your new home? It may be helpful to enlist a friend to help you decide what stays, what goes to charity, what you can sell, and what is just plain garbage. By having a second opinion from a friend or loved one, the task can be a fun and entertaining. If needed, you can also set aside any items that you would rather put into storage instead of donating, selling or tossing.

  1. Inventory

Should something go missing or get damaged, you will be protected by having a list of your items for the claim at the insurance company. It is also wise to jot down serial numbers of your electronics as well.

  1. Have Fun!

This is probably the most important point of all. This should be an exciting time of change and new beginnings, so why not relish the moment of something new. Keeping a good sense of humor throughout the process will keep you and everyone around you in good spirits.

It is a good idea to know that there are some items that movers will not be able to move for you. If you have any concerns, ask your moving company what their policies are. Here is a list of a few:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Motor oils or lubricants
  • Antifreeze compounds
  • Corrosives
  • Acids
  • Drain cleaners
  • Photographic acids
  • Batteries (wet or dry)
  • Water purifying agents used in swimming pools
  • Fireworks
  • Small arms ammunition
  • Flammables
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Wood oil stains
  • Petrol-chemical based garden sprays
  • Paint, varnish or paint/varnish removers
  • Butane, propane, gasoline (in garden equipment)
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Compressed Gasses
  • Aerosol cans
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Scuba diving tanks

Should you pack your items or should you hire a professional?

Your full-service mover takes care of every aspect of your move from start to finish. They will pack, load, move and unload your items. If you want to save a little bit of money, you can opt to pack it all yourself. But it may pay off using the full-service moving option for a couple of reasons. If your moving company packs everything for you, then they also shoulder the responsibility for breakage due to poor packing, and it can save you the headache of this tedious task if you don’t have the time or interest.

When packing boxes, ensure they are not too heavy or under-packed. Some moving companies cannot guarantee the contents on an under-packed box, for insurance purposes.

Manage the weight of the boxes, for your own safety as well as for others. If at all possible, it is a good idea to disassemble any furniture that comes apart to ensure you maximize your space in the moving van as well as making it easier to move.

Once you have followed the 10 things to do before professional packers arrive, you should really feel good about your accomplishments. Now, 5 Star Moving & Storage will be there every step of the way until the last box has been delivered safely. That is our guarantee! Before you close the door one last time, conduct a final run through of the home to ensure everything is clean, tidy, and accounted for prior to the new owners or renters arrive. And when it’s all said and done, don’t forget to put your feet up and give yourself a good pat on the back for a move well done!

Get Rid of the Clutter When You Move

Get Rid of the Clutter When You MoveIf you are facing an upcoming move, whether across the country, to a different state, or just down the road, it always feels great to get rid of the clutter when you move. Why bring all those unnecessary items that you haven’t even looked at in the last year or so with you when you go? Chances are, you probably didn’t even know you had all those items, so declutter and get a fresh start on a new beginning. 5 Star Moving & Storage is just the place to call for help moving, with reputable drivers, organized movers, and a reputation that is trusted and well known for integrity, honesty and safety.

So, how do you go about cutting the clutter?

That is a good question because it can be somewhat overwhelming, especially if the move is a big one with many family members involved. Just remember, try to make it a fun event and ensure everyone gets involved. There are several tips to help get rid of the clutter when you move, and organization is the key to this equation. Here are some great ideas to get you started on getting rid of that clutter:

  1. Start by getting some good boxes or plastic bins, packing materials, such as blankets and towels from your linen closet, pillows and any padding you can find for delicate items such as dishes and breakables.
  1. Organize by room, starting with a room that is not used as often where items won’t be needed during the move. Examples might be a sewing room or craft room, guest room, etc.
  1. Plan a selling strategy for unwanted items. Post garage sales on social media, sell through online auctions such as eBay, have a good old fashioned garage sale (time permitting), or give some of your items away to charity for a good cause. You can also look at some recycling options.

 

This is a great start to getting rid of the clutter! If you are feeling overwhelmed with the move or the thought of lifting of heavy items, remember you always have the choice to hire a professional moving company such as 5 Star Moving & Storage. We make life a lot easier, especially if you are still working full-time. Remember, moving can be costly, and generally, the “cost” is based on the weight of what you own, so by getting rid of excess clutter and unwanted items, you will save money, space and time.

Decluttering pays off when it’s time to move.

Generally, a reputable moving company will insist on providing a professional visual inspection and risk assessment followed by a moving quote on what costs you can expect. As you can see, when you get rid of the clutter when you move, your costs will be relatively less in the long run. This could afford you the much-needed assistance that a moving company can provide. Ask around about their reputation, and ensure you get a few quotes before choosing the right company for your move.

Here are some more great ideas to help the move go smoothly:

  • Be sure to label all boxes clearly and in big letters.
  • Keep pets and small children out of the way by having someone care for them; it will be easier on them, and you!
  • Keep an overnight bag or suitcase with all the essential items you will need when the movers haul away the rest of your belongings.
  • Go over all the contracts with your movers and do not sign anything without clearly understanding it first.
  • Know your “moving rights” by picking up a handbook called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” available online.
  • Again, start early on all your “decluttering.” Know the space you are moving into. If the items you have now will not fit into the new space, then it’s time to get rid of it.
  • Number your boxes according to the rooms they will need to be placed and eventually unpacked in. Easy on you, and the movers.
  • Most people store their “junk” in garages or basements, this is a great place to start the decluttering process.
  • Declutter one item a day at least if possible.
  • Set some time aside for you and a friend to enjoy an evening meal out to recharge your batteries and start fresh the next day.

 

It’s normal to have a hard time letting go of “stuff”.

Most of us can honestly say we have been in that situation a time or two. If you are struggling with the decision of what should stay and what should go, invite a friend or family member over to help. It is an excellent way to reminisce over items that have a great story. Enjoy the memory, but leave it behind if it has no place in your new space and new beginning. Also, remember that many companies like Salvation Army do regular pick-ups for free these days, simply sort and put the box out on the street.

And a final note of wisdom when trying to keep your clutter habits at bay in your new space, just because you moved to a larger house, doesn’t mean you need to fill it up with new things. Think of the time and energy, not to mention the money it takes to clutter up your space. If you are a family of four, you do not need a 12-piece cutlery setting, for example. Spend that valuable shopping time with family and friends outdoors or on vacation. Your home and you family will be happier in the end for it.

At 5 Star Moving & Storage, we want to help you get rid of the clutter before you move so that you can focus on the other exciting aspects of a new move like lots of extra space, a refreshing new start and the anticipation of a great new beginning for you and your family. Nothing feels better than knowing that your unwanted or unused items have gone to someone in need, leaving you only with the essentials. So, sit back, and leave the heavy lifting and moving details to us, you’ll be glad you did!

Moving City to City Guide

Moving City to City GuideWe have all been there at some point in our lives, making a large relocation. It is a process which can be stressful and daunting. But at 5 Star Moving & Storage, we have an exciting and motivating concept when it comes to this task, and our moving city to city guide will lead you in the right direction with ideas that make a smooth transition from point A to point B and everything in between!

The first step is to CREATE YOUR BUDGET and do your homework on HIRING PROFESSIONAL MOVERS.

You absolutely must have a budget in mind and quotes from moving companies to avoid any unseen future payment issues. Take an honest inventory of your stuff including furniture, large and heavy items, and valuables. If you don’t have the time or energy to do this move yourself and you have a mountain of things to move, your desire for a professional moving company will be top of the list.

Be straight forward with your moving company on what you can afford, where you will be relocating, your time allowance and the importance of the safety of your belongings arriving at their destination. Get referrals, references and quotes before you commit to anything.

A useful chart to use as a guideline for moving city to city and estimating the cost can be found here. You simply punch in where you are moving from and to, the size of your home or apartment, choose from a variety of options such as insurance and packing services, and boom! You have a quick estimate. Of course, this is just a guideline to give you an idea of what you may end up spending, and ultimately you want to get binding quotes from reputable and honest moving companies such as 5 Star Moving & Storage.

If you want to save a bit of money and you have the time, start early by packing up your household items that you don’t need or use at the moment. This is also an excellent opportunity to declutter and get rid of some items you maybe didn’t even know you had and clearly have no use for anymore. Hey, maybe you can even make some money along the way by selling items online or having a garage sale or even giving to charity. Be sure to box and label your items clearly and store them in an area that is out of the way, such as a spot in the closet or garage.

ORGANIZATION is one of the best things you can do for yourself when planning a city to city move or any other move for that matter. Ensure that you cancel current subscriptions, forward mailing addresses, cancel gym memberships, inform clients and friends, get utilities canceled and any medical or school records you may need for the future obtained. If you have children or pets, be sure to make some arrangement before the move that will be easy for everyone involved. Set aside a full day to do all the paperwork and complete tasks to keep your move stress-free on all levels.

So now you are left with the heavy stuff and no idea on how to keep it dent free and scratch free. This is where your professional movers come in. Allow them to do the heavy lifting and packing. They have all the materials and equipment at hand to make a thorough and safe move such as lifts, dollies, blankets, foam, plastic wraps, boxes and more. They will secure and pack your items in air ride vans that support and protect your belongings no matter how far or bumpy the distance is. Be certain to ask questions about the drivers and their credentials, after all, they will be transporting your personal belongings and everything you own.

Keep in mind when researching your quotes that there may end up being some extra charges along the way. Be sure to have a little buffer for some added extras which may include, unforeseen packing material, tips for your movers, moving insurance, perhaps gas costs with the moving company and the time of year can also affect the costs. Summertime tends to be peak season. A good moving company will give you a complete and accurate quote and keep you informed along the way of any unforeseen circumstances. 5 Star Moving & Storage also provides storage units if you cannot move everything at once and discounts for seniors, veterans, and AAA members, so be sure to see if you qualify.

Know your rights when making a big move and check with your local Better Business Bureau on Consumer tips as well as The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on protecting your move by hiring reputable moving companies, fraud info and your rights. And most importantly, be there to answer questions, ask questions and supervise everything that is going on. After all, getting a fresh start, shouldn’t mean you must start over because things didn’t go as planned.

A quick reference checklist is a must when moving day, and here are some main points to NOT overlook.

  • Ask for recommendations and referrals from neighbors on moving companies
  • Research reputable moving companies that qualify according to the guidelines and regulations
  • Have estimates from at least three moving companies and compare them thoroughly
  • Be sure they are an interstate mover
  • Insure your belongings and ask about their damage policy
  • Know your rights by picking up the handbook, Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
  • Be present on a moving day, read documents thoroughly, give directions to the driver, inspect the inventory process of your goods, take a final look inside of the van and a photo with your phone, stay in contact with your movers till they arrive at the destination.
  • On delivery day, do not sign any papers of completion until you are satisfied and have inspected everything and supervised the unpacking process.
  • Have FUN! After all, this is a new chapter and a new beginning.

 

By following these steps, you’ll soon be sitting down, relaxing with a cool drink, and enjoying your new city and home, perhaps a new career or school. Of course, 5 Star Moving & Storage is always just a phone call away. We offer residential moving services, whether you’re going across town or across the country. We can even help with packing! Get in touch for a free quote.

Six Tips to Reduce Office Moving Stress

Six Tips to Reduce Office Moving StressAt 5 Star Moving & Storage, we know any move can be challenging. But when it comes to moving an entire office, with important files and documents that cannot be misplaced, lost or ruined, the stress can be overwhelming. Today, 5 Star Moving & Storage presents six tips to reduce office moving stress. We’re passing along the knowledge we’ve gained from years of experience moving households, offices, military personnel and others across town, even out of state.

It is important to remember that moving an office must be quick and efficient, so you don’t lose any customers due to the inconvenience. Most people will understand if you give them a heads up and a designated time that you will be back in business to accommodate them. Follow some of these simple but necessary steps to get the most out of your office move.

1. GIVE YOURSELF TIME by planning your move well in advance. Three months may seem like a bit of overkill, but you will be surprised by how much there is to manage during this transition and your customers will appreciate the time to prepare also. Make sure your employees are on board with the move, ready to pitch in on various tasks at hand and able to keep up an efficient pace.
For example, you may have to get rid of some outdated electronics or desks and office furniture. Your employees can lend a helping hand by arranging an online garage sale or by having a charity pick up the items. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated for those in need, or the extra cash will come in handy for new office equipment and help pay for the move.

2. PURGING AND RECYCLING will take up quite a bit of time, depending on the size of your office and the amount of data that will need to be taken off of old, outdated computers, phones, and laptops. Properly disposing of these items is an important security step and one that should be done diligently. Ensure you have someone that is knowledgeable in removing personal data from all devices and knows how to wipe them clean of information, there are many good sites to help you get started such as Computer World and Consumer Reports or even the Environmental Protection Agency. You can now recycle or donate your old equipment to the many different organizations and businesses throughout the country that accept these items such as Moneycrashers, Dell, and Samsung, to name a few.

3. IMPORTANT VERSUS NON-IMPORTANT designations are a good way to organize yourself and a trick that we use here at 5 Star Moving & Storage. Basically, first move the items that are not that important to your new location. Label everything very carefully and visibly. Place those items in a spot that is out of the way in your new office and follow with the important day to day essential boxes that you need access to on a daily basis. This way you avoid stress and the time it takes to rummage through supplies. Therefore, business, as usual, can continue without interruptions.

4. AVOID DISRUPTIONS by having someone in your office oversee informing your clients of the move and details of the move so as not to frustrate them or cause confusion. This person can also handle emails and phone calls to ensure your customers are satisfied. Then, when you do finally settle into your new place, you won’t be dealing with misunderstandings from clients.

5. DOWNSIZING has its pitfalls, and one of those is space. Are you moving to a smaller square footage office? Well, the good news is, the overhead costs will be better, but what do you do with all your files and unnecessary items? 5 Star Moving & Storage has just the right solution, offering climate controlled and secure storage units in various sizes to accommodate all your office goods. Our competitive and reasonable rates are ideal for long or short term storage, and we inventory every piece and parcel that comes through our doors to ensure accountability. We even have an automatic billing system for your convenience. You get the necessary space needed without all the clutter.

6. I CAN’T FIND YOUR NEW OFFICE! That is the LAST thing you will want your customers saying once you are situated in your new space. In this day and age of smartphones, Google Maps, Waze, and more, it is one thing to change your physical address, but let’s not forget about your cyber address as well. Make sure your data on directory sites is up to date so people can find you when they punch in your address or search on the web. You can create accounts on search engines and update your information as well as other sources and references. Many sites on the internet that will redirect traffic to your business including, Google, Bing, Yelp, Yahoo, Yellow Pages, Merchant Circle, YellowBot, Manta, MapQuest, Foursquare, and the list goes on.

Along with these six tips to reduce office moving stress, communication at every step is another good idea. Keep your staff well informed of what is going on well ahead of time. There could be a lot of anxiety in regards to the future of their jobs and why the move is taking place, as well as many more unanswered questions. It is best to have a meeting with all employees, explaining the situation and hopefully setting their minds at ease. Everyone will work together with the same goal, and the move should go more smoothly if everyone is informed about what to expect during the transition.

Finally, remember that our commercial moving team at 5 Star Moving & Storage has the experience to ensure your move is seamless, so your employees can concentrate on the important business at hand. Hiring our company will give you peace of mind by providing licensed and insured movers who handle important documents, furniture and office items with extra care and attention.

By using these six tips to reduce office moving stress and getting in touch with 5 Star Moving & Storage, you can rest assured that the job will get done right. Call or contact us today for a free quote.

Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Moving Tips for NewlywedsAt 5 Star Moving & Storage, we know what an exciting time it can be when moving into your first home, especially if you just tied the knot. To ensure a stress-free and enjoyable experience, we’d like to pass along our quick and easy guide, 10 Great Moving Tips for Newlyweds! Take a look:

  1. Try to purge any unwanted items by having a garage sale, selling items online, or donating to charity. As you enter this new chapter in your lives together, you both deserve a fresh start with minimal clutter. Just think of the extra cash you’ll potentially earn by selling your unwanted items. Plus, it’s a great feeling to de-clutter!
  1. At your wedding, you were likely bestowed with money and gift cards from friends and family to purchase new items for your home together, or perhaps you received gifts from your registry.

Word to the wise, keep fragile gifts in their original boxes until you arrive at your new home to prevent breakage. As for the gift cards and cash, give yourselves the time to settle in and see what you may need to finish the fine details. Giving your home that personal touch it needs with a decorating spree is a lot more fun when you don’t have moving worries on your mind.

  1. Next, it’s time to think of the size of truck you will need to fit all your items. More than likely, you will both be moving into a somewhat larger home from a condo, apartment, or smaller home, so a 12-16-foot truck would probably be adequate.

At 5 Star Moving & Storage, we have a variety of vehicle sizes for every move, and they are all equipped with air ride comfort to ensure your items will safely reach their destination, whether just down the block or clear across the country. We are members of Arpin Van Lines which is a certified ProMover and recognized by the American Moving and Storage Association.

  1. Packing is critical. To ensure you have an organized move, pack early and pack smart. Use your clothes and towels as protection for breakables and try not to pack the boxes too heavy. Be sure to fill boxes with similar items or at least pack them by room, labeling them with the contents and room name. Lastly, tape boxes securely before stacking them in the truck.

If you need a hand, 5 Star Moving & Storage can help you from start to finish, whether you’re short on time or just need moving materials to get you started. We specialize in packing, using proven methods and materials to make sure your finest dinnerware, art, furniture, electronics, and delicate items will arrive at their new home in the same condition they left.

  1. Once items are boxed up and labeled, it’s time to organize them in the truck. Usually, the best way to accomplish this is to put the larger items such as beds, appliances, and heavy items in first to secure the load and distribute the weight balance, followed by heavy boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Don’t forget that you will need to access your toiletries and a change of clothes after a long day of moving, so don’t pack those by accident! In fact, pack a small suitcase first before anything else.
  1. If you have small children it’s always a good idea to arrange a sitter for moving day. It will ensure their safety and make things a lot less stressful for everyone involved. The same goes for pets. If you can’t find a pet sitter, consider boarding them for the day.
  1. If you have items that your new home just can’t accommodate at the moment, make sure you set up storage before you find yourself with a garage stuffed with overflow items and nowhere to park your cars. Of course, 5 Star Moving & Storage has you covered in this area. We have a 10,000-square foot warehouse and offer units in a variety of sizes and rates. They’re heated in the winter and cooled in the summer to keep your items from being damaged by the elements.
  1. Do your research when choosing a moving company. Whether you go with us or another outfit, check reviews, get referrals, make sure they’re licensed, bonded and insured. Don’t just take their word for it either. Ask for paperwork.

Without a doubt, our moving company will pass with flying colors on every aspect of your move. Don’t take our word for it alone; ask around and get referrals. We are confident you will see that there is no better choice than 5 Star Moving & Storage. Check out our clients’ experiences. Read their testimonials on our web page. And see if you can stump our experts when you talk with us about your move – bet you can’t!

  1. Don’t get stranded without help on moving day. While it’s always great to have our friends and family lend a hand, life sometimes gets in the way. Instead of worrying about no-shows, trust 5 Star Moving & Storage for whatever move you are up against, near or far. Leave the details to a trusted, bonded and insured company that has your best interests in mind.
  1. The most important moving tips for newlyweds are to have a good time and realize that all the effort will be worth it once you’re settled in your new home together! If you just got married, you’re probably having a great time as it is, and your moving experience will bring some great memories to mind years in the future. A positive attitude will make the day go faster, smoother and be less stressful for the entire family.

Whether you’re moving for college, work, business, or just need moving tips for newlyweds, it doesn’t get any more professional than 5 Star Moving & Storage. We’ve been experts in the moving industry for many years. Our company practices are tightly managed and our trained crew performs all moves under strict guidelines. Our goal is to make you a customer for life, so let us help you start married life with a fun, stress-free move. Call or contact us today to request a customized quote.