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November 9th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Manpower MoversWhen I brought up to my friend that I was moving without any help, my friend reminded me what it was like last time. And then she promptly handed me the business card of Manpower Movers, a moving company in San Diego. The last time I moved was five years ago, and since then, I’ve forgotten about all of the agony and pain involved in performing a move yourself. I remember the good parts (pizza and beer afterward), but I didn’t remember how long it took and how entirely exhausting it was.

The more she talked about it, the more I realized that yes, it was a horrific experience, and no, I didn’t want to repeat it. Especially because this time I was going to be moving even more than I was the last time. Of course, over the course of 5 years, one will acquire exponential amounts of clothing, décor and furniture. Or I did, anyway.

I wasn’t moving far, but I was moving from the suburbs into Downtown San Diego, which meant that I would have to deal with parking, etc. I hate parking. In fact, I didn’t want to have to move into the city, but it was so much closer to work, I hated spending the extra money on commuting to work.

I knew that Manpower Movers would know a thing or two about bust parking and moving in the city—and I was right! They were incredibly helpful in the process and even brought orange cones to protect me, the movers and my belongings. I will definitely have to write down my positive experience with a moving company because this time I want to remember my moving experience—for good this time.

Manpower Movers was totally professional and helpful—I couldn’t imagine trusting anyone else with my move. City life is going to suit me, I think.

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October 26th, 2012 | Tags:

Although the moving industry isn’t very green to start with, several moving companies including San Diego mover Manpower Movers, are trying to encourage a greener way of moving.

Nowadays, everyone is trying to find ways to diminish their carbon footprint. In the moving industry, it can be especially difficult to encourage “green” moving because packing materials and fuel are a huge part of the moving process. But, if you are diligent, your next move doesn’t have to be entirely wasteful.

Donate

Instead of throwing away old clothes and furniture, donate them to a local charity or Goodwill. Even better, having a moving sale and make some money off of your old things. In reusing your unwanted items, you are sparing them from laying waste in a dump.

Recycle

While you are purging and throwing away things you don’t need, be mindful about what items can be recycled. Shred bank statements and other sensitive documents and use the shredded paper to pack your fragile items in boxes.

Use Items You Already Have

Since you will be packing your blankets and towels anyway, you can use them to pack other things as well. This way, you save space and packing materials.

Find a Moving Company That Uses Eco-Crates

Manpower Movers, for example, has set up a unique Eco-Crate system in which they provide plastic reusable storage containers for movers in lieu of cardboard boxes. This saves the customer money as well as prevents the usage of cardboard.

Turn in Your Cardboard Boxes

If your local moving company doesn’t offer an Eco-Crate system, you can still do your part! After you are finished with the move, drop off your used cardboard boxes at any mailing or postal store because they will likely be able to use them once or twice over.

Now that you have a little bit more knowledge of how to make your next move eco-friendly, you can sleep knowing you did your part.

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October 19th, 2012 | Tags:

Moving Electronics easilyAlthough electronics aren’t made of glass, they do need special care when they are being moved. Sensitive electronics must be packed carefully to make sure they are not damaged or broken in the move. For a safe and easy journey with your treasured electronics, follow these tips.

  • Before the move, be sure to back up all information on your computers and/or smart phones. This way, if anything happens to them, at least all of your data will still be intact.
  • Be sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications when moving specific electronics.
  • Label all cords and cables before disconnecting so there is no question about which cords belong where. Use twist ties to keep them untangled and put them in plastic bags that are labeled with the corresponding device.
  • Remove any external drives or DVDs/CDs before moving.
  • It’s best to put the electronics in the boxes they came in, but if that isn’t an option, use strong cardboard boxes with plenty of packing materials.
  • Use paper-based packing supplies to reduce static, which can damage some electronics.
  • Make sure your electronics will not be subjected to extreme temperatures while in the moving truck because some electronics can be temperature sensitive.
  • Be sure to mark each box as “fragile” so the mover takes care not to jostle or set them down too hard.
  • Remove ink and toner from any printers or other equipment before moving them, storing the toner/ink in a sealed bag that has a clearly marked label.

For large electronics like flat screen TVs and computers, it is best to hire a moving company who has the experience and equipment to safely negotiate a move with a high volume of fragile and sensitive electronic equipment.

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October 18th, 2012 | Tags: ,

kitchen with boxesNot that packing is an especially simple endeavor, but compared to packing the kitchen, everything else seems pretty simple. In the kitchen, there are many fragile and sometimes dangerous items all in the same place.  Where else in the house do you keep dishes and glasses, knives and appliances, tools and cleaning supplies all in one place? It can be very hard planning to pack a kitchen just because there is so much variety in a kitchen. Here are some helpful tips for packing your kitchen.

Begin early.

The key for packing up a kitchen is beginning early. You probably won’t be using everything in your kitchen during the last few weeks before the move, so you should take advantage of the fact that you can begin packing early. Spices, kitchen tools and some appliances are good to pack right away because you probably won’t need them until after you move to the new place.

Packing dishes.

Before you pack the dishware that you use frequently, start packing those items you use for decoration or special occasions first.  Stemmed glasses, decorative dishes, china and party platters are items to be packed ahead of time. Make sure to wrap china and glassware in plenty of packing paper, and then add packing peanuts in the spaces. Remember; don’t use newspaper to pack china because the newspaper print may rub off onto the dishes.  If at all possible, buy special carrier cases for the china so it doesn’t get broken.

Packing cookbooks.

As you will want everything from the same room to be packed together, you will likely be packing some cookbooks along with your other kitchen items. The trick with moving books is to move them in smaller boxes so that things don’t get too heavy. Pack the cookbooks with the binding facing up.

Packing pots and pans.

It’s best to pack pots and pans in medium to large sized boxes, wrapping each item and packing them large to small. If possible, to save room you can pack pots and pans within each other.

As you approach the move, you may want to pack the flatware and dishes you use the most a few days beforehand, switching to paper plates and plastic cutlery.

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October 17th, 2012 | Tags:

cats in boxesWhile it is ideal to move a pet in the car so that you can monitor it closely, not all long-distance moves will allow for it. It may be necessary transport your beloved pet by plane. But don’t worry, if you plan well, everyone will be happy—even Fido!

Plan, Plan, Plan.

The best thing you can do to ensure the comfort of your pet and ease your own stress about the airplane journey is to plan ahead. Be sure to get advise from family, friends and pet health professionals to get any tips and tricks they might have learned over the years. It’s best to have plenty of time to allow for the blips and road bumps that might occur on the way.

Ask Your Vet.

Before planning to fly your pet cross-country, make sure to check with your vet to make sure a long flight will be safe for your pet. If your pet is advanced in age or has preexisting health conditions, it will certainly be a riskier journey for them. Also consider whether your pet has serious anxiety or separation anxiety as well. It is also important to have your pet get a physical examination by the vet to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.

Chose Your Crate Wisely.

Make sure that when you purchase a crate for the flight, that your travel crate is both airline approved, but also roomy and well-ventilated.  If you are purchasing a new crate, it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is familiar with it and will feel comfortable in it for an extended amount of time. It may be helpful to put something in it that will simulate the feeling of home. Perhaps a pillowcase or a well-used toy will work. It is especially important to check the airflow and ventilation in the crate to make the trip as comfortable as possible.

Be Especially Careful With Snub-Nosed Dogs.

Breeds like pugs, bulldogs, boxers, mastiffs and other brachycephalics are more susceptible to breathing problems, so it’s especially important to make sure they are getting plenty of air during travel. In this case, it is important to make sure their crates are well-ventilated and have good airflow. Also make sure your pet is hydrated before, during and after the transportation.

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October 16th, 2012 | Tags:

The big move is finally here! You have packed your belongings, arranged and hired a moving company, and hopefully sent out a change of address notice to your friends and family. But your loved ones aren’t the only ones who will need to know where your new digs are—you will also have to notify several other entities that you’ve changed where you hang your hat. The USPS will forward mail for 12 months, but you’ll want to make sure you didn’t miss anything.  Here’s a handy list of the entities you will want to notify of your move:

  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Your employer
  • Any banks you have accounts with
  • Your gym
  • Accountant
  • Health insurance company’
  • Cell phone company
  • Any clubs you are a member of
  • Any charities you donate to
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Financial planner
  • Estate manager
  • Attorney
  • IRS

Also make sure to change your address for:

  • Drivers license
  • Voter registration
  • Vehicle registration
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October 10th, 2012 | Tags:

Apparently, moving is one of life’s greatest stresses. And while I agree that this is true for most people, it really isn’t true for me. In full disclosure, I am not easily stressed. However, I think the way in which I moved greatly diminished any stress I may have encountered. How did I do it? I kept a very strict calendar and hired a mover. You’d be surprised how little effort it takes to make an otherwise stressful move, stress-free,

The most important thing to consider during your move is your timeline. You can find a moving timeline online or you can even draw up one of your own. A good timeline will have items to be accomplished 8 weeks, 6 weeks, 4 weeks and 2 weeks before the move. It doesn’t even matter what tasks lie at each week-point, it just matters that you stay on top of things so that you aren’t overwhelmed by the move. However, your checklist should include the following: change address with the USPS, arrange for a mover on your moving date, perform research on your new neighborhood, buy packing supplies, pack belongings, etc.

The thing that allowed for a totally stress-free move for me was hiring someone to do the heavy-lifting for me. Not only did I not have to worry about the physical labor, I also didn’t have to worry about all of the details surrounding the move. For example, I didn’t have to rent a truck, I didn’t have to coordinate with friends to help me move and/or borrow a truck. I also didn’t have to worry about getting insurance because I made certain to hire a mover who was fully insured for anything that should happen during the move. In addition, because I created a map of the new place including numbers that coordinated with boxes and furniture, unpacking was really easy too. I truly think that hiring a mover is the single most important thing you can do to make your move stress-free.

Finally, in order to make your move stress-free, you have to stay active and eat well. It sounds a little trite, but during times of emotion and physical stress, it is important to eat well and stay healthy. The last thing you want is to get sick during the process of moving. You will need all of your physical and mental health to achieve a successful move. Make sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and remain active.

I hope that my stress-free moving experience can help you in your moving journey too. It is entirely up to you how you react to challenges and trials along the way, so stay positive and keep the end goal in sight: your beautiful new home.

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September 28th, 2012 | Tags:

You have your new home, you’ve got a moving date and you’ve all but mentally moved in. The process of moving can be tedious and stressful-not to mention hard on your back. Here are some useful tips we found that will make your move easy.

Plan AheadIf you have the advantage of knowing you will be making a move a few weeks or months in advance, you will make it much easier on yourself if you start packing as soon as possible. If it’s summer and you are moving in the fall, why not pack up all of your winter clothes and jackets so you already have them ready to go? You certainly won’t miss them during the summer months. Anything you won’t need for a while should get put in a box.

Organize, Organize, Organize. Sure, it’s not terribly difficult to load things into a box and call it a day. But how many people do you know who moved in months ago but still haven’t unpacked? If you organize your belongings beforehand and label everything properly, unpacking becomes much more intuitive. For example, place all of your bathroom items together and you will have an easier time unpacking when all of you bathroom supplies are in the same spot.

Labeling System. You don’t need to be an Excel addict to put together a labeling system for your move. It is helpful to number each box and then keep track on your computer what has gone into each box. This way you can be more detailed in your own records but the movers won’t know where grandma’s antique vase is.

Keep Important Items and Valuables With You. Birth Certificates and other important documents are just paper after all, and could easily get lost in the shuffle of a move. You should keep a box with valuables and necessities with you if at all possible to minimize the risk of loss.

Use Your Luggage.“You’d be surprised how many people don’t consider utilizing their luggage during a move. Since they are built for travel and probably have wheels, they are ideal for moving day as well as a weekend in Paris. Use your luggage for anything you may want right away, as you can keep them with you and are easier to identify than one of the dozens of boxes being transferred to your new home.

With our quick and resourceful list of tips, you’ll be more than prepared for your next move!

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September 28th, 2012 | Tags:

There is only so much that can be accomplished before the actual move, but there are a few things you can (and should) accomplish before D-Day. Here are five things to do up to a month before the move:

  • Retrieve Important Documents

Collect and organize your important documents so that when the time comes to move, they are all in one place. It is a good idea to store them in a safety deposit box until you move so that you can retrieve them once the dust settles. If at all possible, take them with you, and not the moving van, just so you know where they are at all times. Important documents include: wills, birth certificates, social security cards, medical/academic records, car title, etc.

  • Stop Newspaper, or Change Address

Depending on where you are moving and which newspapers you subscribe to, you may not need to cancel subscriptions. Either way, you will need to contact all of the periodicals that are delivered to you to notify them of your change of address. The sooner, the better so you don’t have delays.

  • Disconnect Utilities or Transfer Service

To make the transition smooth for billing and usage purposes, inform your utility companies of when they can shut off service at your old home. If you will be using the same company after your move, use that time to set up a date of activation so you have power, water and gas when you move in.

  • Change Your Address With USPS

Now, you can do all of this online relatively easily. At USPS.com, you can change your address and request forwarding from your old address too. This is another thing you will want to do a few weeks before the move so you don’t have to worry about mail not being delivered.

  • Make Hotel Reservations

If you are moving across country, you should arrange a hotel stay up to a month in advance to get the best price and selection especially if you are moving during the summer or holidays. If you have extra family members or staff along to help, make sure to make reservations for them as well.

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September 26th, 2012 | Tags:

“Moving can get pretty expensive very quickly, so it’s important that you stick to a detailed budget”, says Brain Casey of Manpower Movers, San Diego’s premier moving company. This way, you will know how much the move is going to cost you, or at least how much to expect. It is also a good idea to stick to a budget because if something costly comes up, you can budget for small emergencies and times when you will need the extra money. Here are some of the things you will want to consider.

Consider: The Time of the Year

Especially if you have children, the summer months are the best to move because they allow for less disruption. However, many families and individuals move during that time for the same reason. As a result, prices are higher and the mover you want may not be available when you need to move. If the summer is still the best time for your family to move, make sure you call ahead to reserve your move date.

Consider: Hiring a Professional

It is tempting to perform a move yourself if you are watching your budget, but you should also consider the costs of moving yourself. Some expenses you may not have thought about are renting a moving truck, purchasing insurance, taking time off of work, renting hand trolleys and other equipment, toll fees, and hotel stays. Performing your own move also puts you at risk for injury. In the end, you may end up paying more when you do the job yourself.

Consider: Packing Supplies

Many people who move fail to consider the cost of packing supplies. Cardboard, tape and packing peanuts aren’t terribly expensive, but they generally aren’t free either. You can purchase moving supplies from a home improvement store but your moving company should have them available for purchase as well.

Consider: Self Storage

In many cases, you will want to store items you aren’t going to be using in your new home that you don’t want to sell or donate. You can rent one on a monthly basis but you can also purchase storage sheds from home improvement stores.

The fact is, you probably won’t come out exactly on budget, but this way you will be aware of how much things are costing you and you won’t be blindsided when you realize the move cost you thousands instead of hundreds.

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