Bar-none the easiest way to move in Homestead is to hire professionals to do the move for you. This is the certain way to correctly finish the job. Even when you use this method there are still more steps you can take to make an easier move.
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Lots of people assume if they are only moving a short distance in Homestead , they can automatically move the contents of their house to their new home. Size differences between your new home and old may make this impractical anyway, but it is probably not a good choice either way.
Color Coded Moving Labels that Can Be CustomizedFind Color Code Labels for Moving to help you be more organized, come moving day. Moving can be exciting and fun, or not. Either way, the boxes still need to get packed and unpacked. It's amazing how much help colored labels give. Having your labels be color coded, helps you to identify a specific type of box, without having to get up close to read it, which can help both you and the movers. At the end of the trip, it's easier to know where to take each box without having to open it first. The best area to add your labels:This will require some thinking ahead, but helps out big time. Most of your boxes will probably be stacked, meaning that a side or even multiple sides might be the best area to place your labels. You can easily see from the side what types of content are inside the various boxes. It is also best to place the labels near the top of the box. That way if other boxes are placed in front of the first box, you can more easily move the next box a bit to see the label behind it. How best to stack your boxes:Try to stack your boxes with the labels facing out. If some boxes can't be placed that way, it's a good idea to have extra labels on hand to identify these boxes at a glance too. The general rule is that larger and heavier boxes go on the bottom. But also keep in mind what is inside the box. For instance, if it is fine china, although heavy, you may not want to stack other items on top of it. Also, be sure to have Fragile labels on hand to identify the boxes to take extra precautions with. Be sure that heavy boxes are not placed on top of boxes labeled Fragile. Custom Moving LabelsWant to pick your own colors? Order specific colors for the rooms that you need. Each colored label can be customized. The label to the right is a sample of a custom moving label. These are called shipping labels and they measure 2 inches long by 3.75 inches wide. You can type in your own text and or choose from Fragile, Open First, Heavy, Storage, Pet Supplies, Living Room, Dining Room Kitchen, Bedroom 1, etc. already on various colored labels. You can type in your own special description on the template that is provided. There are currently 19 colors to choose from. These custom moving labels are ordered from Zazzle.com, a print on demand company. Remember to let friends and family know your new address.These postcards are easy to customize. Tip: type in your new address and message on the We're moving postcard before placing your order. The only thing you'll need to fill in later will be the send to addresses, or: You can also type in the addressees addresses online, and add each postcard, one at a time to your cart. The typed print will be easier to read, and may also make adding addresses go faster, if you are a pretty good typist. You'll find these postcards included as an option in the link provided in the Custom Moving Labels, above. Learn Packing Tips - Wrap and Pad...*Stand wrapped dishes on end. *Place lighter dishware on top. Be sure to wrap dishes and glassware individually. Savings tip: If there is a local newspaper company near by, they may allow you to take an end of roll of newspaper to help with your wrapping and packing needs. We have gotten an end of roll from out local newspaper company and have also known of others that have done so as well. An end roll goes a long way. Our local newspaper company gives the end rolls away free of charge. Get a variety of packing boxes.You can get extra boxes from your local grocery store; they can be a big help. They can also be ordered online. I've noticed though, that the packing boxes that one purchases, are usually sturdier. An assortment of sizes comes in handy.Little things, like the contents in desk drawers, in the medicine cabinet, and bathroom cleaners, are easier to locate when they are in their own separate box. You can use shoe boxes and other small packing boxes for this. These smaller boxes can be packed inside of larger boxes, and helps you to be more organized and efficient when unpacking and putting items away in your new home. I hope that you have found this information useful.I have had the experience of moving five different times, sometimes in state, and sometimes out of state. Anything you do to help the labeling and packing process in the beginning, really helps in the end, when you are ready to unpack it all. May you have an enjoyable move and also easy unpacking at your new location.
Edit: U-Box has changed a lot since I wrote this article. For my more recent experiences with U-Box, please see U-Box Review Part 2. Edit: For those of you interested in sending your U-Box to Canada, check out Moving to Canada with U-Haul U-Box. Hopefully you can avoid the problems I ran into. After graduating from college, I have been bouncing from one end of the country to the other as my beau and I peruse our graduate degrees. Having moved twice now in the past three years, and about to do it again come this summer, I’d like to think I’ve gotten it pretty much down.When it comes to moving, the perpetually broke college/grad student generally has three options: Ship everything. This works best if you are leaving a dorm and have little to no furniture to take with you. It also works best if you have an intermediate location (ie parent, friend or relative) to hold your stuff and ship it to you once you have a new address. I did this as I moved out of my dorm in Portland, OR, and into my apartment for grad school in Pittsburgh, PA. Move it yourself. This generally requires a truck and some burly friends. I have steered clear of this generally because of long highway hours and gas prices. (Though now that I actually have a car to move cross-country anyway, I may be revisiting this option). However, my favorite moving option so far has been option #3: portable moving and storage, made famous by PODS and, in my opinion, perfected by the U-Haul U-Box.Here’s how it works: you call Moving Company and tell them that you’re moving and what size crate you want. Moving Company drops off a crate at your doorstep at your requested date. After you’ve filled the crate, you call them, and they take it away, store it for however long you need. When you arrive at your new home, you call up Moving Company and they drop off the crate at your new doorstep. You unload the crate, and they take their crate back. So easy. So convenient.As my boyfriend and I prepared to leave Pittsburgh for St. Louis, we had originally planed to do option #1 again--ship everything--but despite getting all our furniture on Craig’s List, we came across a couple pieces we decided were worth keeping. This, of course, made option #1 unfeasible, and so began our research into on-demand storage and shipping. PODSStarted in 1998, PODS is perhaps the most well-known on-demand storage company, if not the pioneer of the business.Their containers come in three sizes: 8x7x7, 8x8x12, and 8x8x16, however only the smallest and biggest sizes are available for moving. They also partner with packing services if you need a hand boxing and unboxing your precious items.Despite PODS being well-known and well-established, I found them to be pricey and inflexible the more I looked. First of all, they require your email address to give you a quote, and for most long distance moves you end up having to call them anyway. I personally like to shop around a little more before dealing with a live person.When I called them and requested a quote on their smallest container, the representative’s first question was not “Where are you moving to/from?” but “How much are you moving?” Upon my response of “A 1 bedroom apartment,” she immediately answered “Oh, the 8x7x7 won’t be big enough.” But of course the mid-size is not available for moving, so she proceeded to try to talk me into getting the 8x8x16 which would be ridiculous. Besides this, I was rather miffed that she imply I didn’t know how much stuff I had in my own apartment. Yes, on paper it was a 1 bedroom apartment, but it was so small it might as well have been a studio. Plus all we were moving was a mattress, a sofa, a table and an assortment of boxes. Even the 8x7x7 would have been spacious.I finally got her to give me a quote for the 8x7x7, and, as a perpetually broke grad student, the price made my teeth grit: $99 a month for storage (we would be storing for 2-3 months), and about $900 to ship from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. With two people it was certainly doable in our budget, but it would still hurt. U-Haul U-BoxAt the time we were moving, spring of 2009, U-Haul had just started their U-Box program. We didn’t even know about it until my dad stumbled across it in a fortuitous web search.Unlike PODS, U-Box has one container size that is a little smaller: 7.5x7x5 However they make it easy to get as many as you need. They have a convenient chart on their home page clearly showing approximately how much each box holds, and how many boxes you might need for any given number of rooms. If I recall correctly, you can even have them drop off an extra one if your not sure how many you need, and if you don’t use it, you don’t pay anything extra.The added benefit of these smaller boxes is that they take up a smaller footprint, which is really nice on narrow, downtown streets. While the smallest of the PODS is 7 feet wide, a U-Box fits neatly into a standard sized parking space without sticking out into the street. The standardizes size also lets U-Haul easily stack a bunch of these on a flatbed truck which probably helps them keep shipping costs down.The cost for a U-Box was significantly cheaper than for the smallest of the PODS. One U-Box (which fit the contents of our tiny apartment perfectly) cost about $60 a month to store, and shipping from Pittsburgh to St. Louis was less than $500.You can get a quote online without an email address or phone call, and can even book your U-Box online. ConclusionWhatever moving options you pick of course depends on your needs. U-Box may be cheaper, but their boxes are also smaller. If you’ve got an eight foot sofa, you’re probably going to have to go with PODS.Needless to say, we chose U-Box for our last move, and will be considering them again in the future. In my experience, I found them much more convenient and cost-effective, and the personnel friendly and helpful. Plus the smaller box fit our small amount of furniture perfectly.Of course, my experience with PODS ended with getting a quote. If you have had experience with them, or have discovered other lesser known portable storage companies, feel free to share!
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