How to Pack Your Wardrobe for Moving

Moving and packing 5 Star Moving Colorado Springs5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs is here to help you move with our tips on how to pack your wardrobe for moving. Your wardrobe is a significant part of your life and keeping it available and where you need it at all times is essential. Check out this helpful guide to get some great ideas to help you keep track of your clothing essentials even during a move.

Groups

We find that grouping like clothing together facilitates the process of moving and unpacking. You will be able to find what you need more easily, and that will indeed make your life better. Keep similar clothes together for similar needs, such as work, so you don’t have to waste time searching for particular items. 

Purpose

You will most definitely need to get to your comfy clothes first, before any formalwear, so keep those together and deal with the formal clothing later on. Before moving to a new home, you may also want to pack your business clothes, workout clothes, or other specific-use clothing together.

Materials

When it’s time to pack your wardrobe for moving, be sure to separate out your clothing according to different materials. Be more careful with silks, natural fibers, and delicate materials. And remember that woolen fabrics take up the most space. Whereas, polyesters can be thrown into just about anything and not even wrinkle. This sorting will help you find what you are looking for easier later.

Seasons

Seasonal clothing such as winter and summer clothes are better separated. This will make the access easier now and later. Your summer clothes are smaller and will take up less space. Whereas, your winter wear is bulkier. Either can be used for filling in gaps during packing. Whichever season it is not, use those clothes to pad items while packing for your move. For instance, fluffy winter sweaters make an excellent padded base inside boxes.

Size and Shape

Separate out your pants from your shirts and so on. Taking this step when you pack your wardrobe for moving saves space and makes it easier to find what you are looking for when you need it most.

Pack Up

Place the separated out clothing into large and medium boxes. Fold and face opposite to keep the surface level inside the box, for more efficient packing. Clearly label and seal up boxes with packing tape. As long as you write what is inside, you should have no problem finding what you need when the time comes. Some people like to fold their clothes inside out so that when you take them out, the wrinkles relax easier.

Heavy Items and Bundling

Place the heaviest item on the bottom when you pack your wardrobe for moving. They are generally stronger and can take the pressure of other items on top. Then, use the bundling method to save even more space. Layer like items, one on top of the other. Use a small pouch of things such as underwear to be the center then fold the pile into one piece. This will help with eliminating unnecessary wrinkles.

Also, make sure everything is clean and dry. Otherwise, mold, mildew, and stains can spread throughout and ruin everything in its path. Although, leave repairs and dry cleaning until after the move is over.

Suitcases

Could anything be made better for storing and transporting clothing than a suitcase? Suitcases are the perfect way to pack your wardrobe for moving. Neatly fold up your most delicate and expensive clothing, as the suitcase is designed to provide the ultimate in protection. Most likely, all of your clothes will not fit into only a few suitcases. Plus, you may want to use the wheeled suitcases for bulky items such as books or other delicate household items. You can decide which is best.

Vacuum Bags and Garbage Bags

There are upsides and downsides to using vacuum sealed bags or garbage bags. The downside is the slippery-ness that comes with using plastic versus cardboard boxes. Try stacking plastic bags one on top of the other, and you may find yourself frustrated trying to get them to stay where you put them.

But the upside to using plastic bags, whether vacuum sealed or not, is the ease and convenience. You don’t have to run out to buy any special boxes. You probably have plenty of plastic bags in your home. When using garbage bags, cut a hole for about a dozen hangers to fit through, then zip tie them in place. Then tie a knot or use packing tape on the bottom side to keep anything from falling out.

Plastic Wrap

This is an easy option to use as you can place any amount of clothing to wrap up. Also, it is generally see-through, so you can see what you have there as opposed to a black garbage bag that remains a mystery. Another benefit to using plastic wrap is that it is not slippery when stacking and packing, so you will not feel the same frustration that you do with other plastic bags.

Sheets

If you don’t want to mess with any of the plastic options when you pack your wardrobe for moving to a new home, turn to an old standard, the bed sheet. Spread out a sheet and load it up starting with larger clothing first. When you think there is enough and not too much for carrying, wrap it up and tie it closed. You’ll look like Santa for a moment as you load up your vehicle or moving truck with this bundle.

Wardrobe Boxes

By far, wardrobe boxes are the easiest and most efficient option for packing hanging clothing. They have a bar to hang clothes on, so you can easily transfer your clothes from closet to box in a jiffy. These are great for your business clothes, dresses, formal wear, suits or dry cleaned clothing, as it will keep it in the best shape, even wrinkle-free, during the move.

Now that you know how to pack your wardrobe for moving, you will have a better time transitioning from one home to the next. For even more moving advice and all the help you need, contact the team at 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs for a great moving experience.

Preparing for a Winter Move

Preparing for a Winter Move 5 Star Moving Colorado SpringsToday, 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!

Better Movers

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 First

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.

Clear Walkways

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.

Pad Thicker

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.

Vehicle Prep

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
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Snacks such as energy bars
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Extra clothing, hats, gloves, coats, socks, boots
  • Fully-charged cell phone
  • Money
  • 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.

How to Help Your Moving Company

How to Help Your Moving Company 5 Star Moving Colorado SpringsToday, 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.

Stick Around

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.

Label Boxes

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.

Empty Furniture

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.

Tips for Easy Commercial Moving

Tips for Easy Commercial Moving 5 Star Moving Colorado SpringsAt 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!

Plan Ahead

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.

Hire Early

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.

Purge

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. 

IT Involvement

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. 

Labeling

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. 

Color-Coding

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.

Address Update

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. 

Scheduling

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.

Proper Packing for Easy Moving

Proper Packing for Easy Moving 5 Star Moving Colorado SpringsWhen 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.

Tips for Long Distance Moves

Tips for Long Distance MovesGetting 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Tax-deductible

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Budget Considerations When Moving

Budget Considerations When Moving 5 Star Moving Colorado SpringsAt 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs, we know that budget considerations when moving are important. If you are planning a big or small move, it shouldn’t break the bank. We understand that you want the best move for a reasonable rate, so today, we provide a few suggestions to get you started, and of course, stretch your dollar.

Here are 10 budget considerations when moving:

  1. Move in the off-season if possible. Rates are usually less expensive if you require a moving company, and they will also have more time to give to your move.
  2. Get quotes from at least 3 different moving companies to compare their services.
  3. Be certain to use a reputable company that is accredited and carries the correct insurance to avoid losing or damaging your items. Protecting yourself and your personal belongings are your responsibility, do your research thoroughly.
  4. To lighten the load, get rid of items you really don’t need. Give to charity, resell on social media websites or online auctions to make some extra cash. If you have excess items, consider an in-house auctioneer for a day.
  5. Packing materials can be expensive. Use boxes from department stores and bedding, pillows and sheets as protectors for breakable items such as glassware, art and heirlooms.
  6. Storage. 5 Star Moving & Storage can provide this option if you are unable to move everything at once, for reasonable rates. There are many storage unit sizes to choose from, with long and short rental options available.
  7. Write it off. If you meet certain distance criteria, you may be able to deduct some of your expenses come tax time, depending on the situation.
  8. Look for combo deals on storage and truck rentals.
  9. Visit the dollar store for labels, tape and markers.
  10. Start packing early. Children’s rooms, craft rooms and items that are not often used is a great place to start your journey.

Set up a moving budget as well, this will be a great guideline to follow as you begin getting organized and packing. Details and hidden costs can add up quickly, so it is imperative not to forget anything when planning. Take the time to really go over all that needs to be done, from the truck rental or moving company, utilities set up, cleaning company, damage deposit, and more. The list can be long but doesn’t have to be intimidating.

As with most moves, you want things to go smoothly. Be sure to ask friends if they can help out, perhaps you can use their truck to move some items. Keep your pets and children out of the way when moving day arrives to avoid any unnecessary trips or accidents, and remember to have some snacks and drinks on hand to make the day an enjoyable one.

Don’t let your move be stressful and expensive. With these amazing budget considerations when moving, you will be well on your way to a great new start! And 5 Star Moving & Storage can help in a small or a big way, and everything in between. Give us a call for a quote, whether you’re moving across town or a thousand miles away.

Tips for Moving in Fall and Winter

Tips for Moving in Fall and WinterIf you are looking for some great tips for moving in fall and winter, just give the professionals at 5 Star Moving and Storage in Colorado Springs a call. We can take care of all your moving needs no matter what the weather is outside, and you can sit back and enjoy the warmth in your warm and toasty home. Read on for some great tips that may interest you if you are planning a move during the cooler temperatures.

One great thing about moving during the fall or winter is that most people don’t, so that means it is not too busy when looking for a Colorado Springs moving company to help out! This is a time of more flexible schedules, and perhaps even cheaper rates. Be sure to ask whomever you hire about any discounts they may offer.

Start Early

Winter months mean less daylight and colder temperatures as the day wears on. Be sure to get an early start to allow yourself plenty of time for moving items in and out. You may also avoid potential falls from icy patches, and it will be more enjoyable if you’re not chilly or unable to see.

Keep Walkways Free of Ice and Snow

Obviously, taking a fall with your prized dishware will put a damper on the whole day, so save yourself the disappointment (and pain) by clearing your path for moving. Fall leaves should also be removed, as they too can become slippery.

Dress Appropriately

Another of our tips for moving in fall and winter is to dress in layers, starting with a bottom layer that will wick away the moisture and keep you from getting cold. As the temperature warms up, you can take off layers as needed. Wearing a warm hat will also hold heat in longer.

Weather Track

Be sure you follow the news on the forecast for the up and coming date of your residential move. If the weather changes for the worse, be flexible and have a backup plan and schedule. It is not worth it to take chances, especially with all your valuables.

Precautions

Tracking snow, dirt and water in and out of the home can be dangerous and a potential fall risk. Place rubber non-slip mats down where needed, cardboard boxes, sheets or carpet to avoid unnecessary dirt and debris from trampling in.

Protect Your Items

Cold weather can cause glassware to be very brittle and break easily if exposed. That also goes for other items as well, so be sure to take precaution when you suspect something you own may be affected by the cooler temperatures or freeze. Proper packing can also help with this issue.

Hire a Professional

Professional movers are always the best option when considering a winter move, especially in Colorado Springs. They are trained in special driving skills to get your belongings where they need to be, and they can provide a stressless move during the cold.

Hopefully, these tips for moving in fall and winter have helped you make a good decision about the future of your winter move. 5 Star Moving and Storage is here to help and keep you on the inside, warm and toasty and free from worry during this exciting time in your life.

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.