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moving couple planAre you going to be relocating soon?  Whether your move will be across the country or just down the block, don’t forget to think ahead.  You’ll want to avoid the following top five moving mistakes.

Jumping in Without a Plan – Moving your household does not happen every day.  It’s a major life event.  Not having a plan is a prescription for chaos.   Two or more heads are better than one (yours), so spend a little time with each person in the household to get their help in listing everything to be done before moving day. In addition to packing all belongings, you’ll also need to think about notifying everyone of your new address, arranging time for cleaning your current home, scheduling the disconnection of your current utilities, among many other items.  Need a place to start with your plan?  Use these checklists on our website to get started.

Dragging Your Feet – The time you’ll need for a move is much the same whether you will be moving out of state or within your local area.  While it might seem that you have a lot of time before moving day, if you put off tasks such as packing for too long, your moving experience will be a very stressful one in the end.  Organize your belongings in advance and begin to pack weeks before moving day.  And be sure to leave out those everyday items you’ll need right up to the day that you move. 

Failing to Purge the Junk Before the Move – If you have lived in your current home for more than a year, then chances are you’ve collected clutter and junk that should be discarded, sold or donated instead of being packed and move to take up space in your new house.  A proven rule of thumb:  If you haven’t needed an item in a year, consider letting it go. The old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies here.  Think about using social media to get rid of those unwanted  items. Waiting too long will likely result in these useless items being transferred to your new home where they will likely languish in the basement or attic – maybe even until your next move! 

Having no Method for Packing – As you pack your moving boxes, be sure to place all related items together so that they can go into the same room at your destination.  Then label your boxes to show the contents and what room they should be moved to (Example:  Books – Den).  Organizing your belongings as you pack and labeling properly will save you from having to move items from room to room once everything has arrived at your new home. 

Not Realizing How Much You’ll be Moving – If you are hiring a mover, your moving company will need to plan ahead to be sure to have the right size truck for your move.  That means you’ll need to know what you’ll be moving – especially if your moving company’s representative will not be visiting in advance to help you evaluate that.  Be ready to let your mover know about how many rooms of belongings as well as large appliances and large furniture pieces you’ll be moving as well as your best guess as to how many boxes will be moved.  Even if you’re not ready to discuss your move with a moving company, you might want to take a look at the quote form on our website for a list to prompt you in your planning.   If you have a good idea of what you have when you’re ready to schedule your move, you’ll get a closer estimate of how much the move will cost you.

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here at Warners Moving & Storage, we’re all about taking away your stress. We can help you plan your move. We can also provide the supplies you’ll need for packing and more.  Then, when moving day arrives, our experienced crew will handle your household belongings as if they were our very own – from loading to unloading.

If you know the date of your move, why not contact us to discuss your moving options and/or get an estimate of your moving costs as far in advance as possible?

Moving to a New Home -- You'll need a Moving Plan FirstMoving your household does not happen every day. It’s a major life event. With hundreds of details to coordinate, not having a plan is a prescription for chaos. Two or more heads are better than one (yours), so spend a little time with each person in the household to get their help in listing everything to be done before moving day. In fact, why not consult your local professional movers as you begin the process? A visit from a moving consultant can help you to organize your relocation plan and even let you know what sort of budget you'll need to plan for to take care of the various moving expenses.

In addition to packing all belongings and arranging a transport, you’ll also need to notify everyone of your new address, arranging time for cleaning your current home, scheduling the disconnection of your current utilities, among many other items.

Moving Tip

Need a place to start with your plan? Use these Moving Checklists on our website [http://www.warnersmoving.com/resources/planning-your-move.html] to get started.

Here at Warners Moving & Storage in York County, PA, we are experienced with moving households (residential moving) -- across the country, down the street or somewhere in between. We can help take the stress out of your moving day. Just Contact Us to find out how we can help.

Tips for packing and moving with kids from Warners Moving & Storage, York County, PAHere at Warners Moving & Storage, we're the movers with decades of experiences helping families with their move in York, PA and far beyond. So we've learned a few things about how families handle the challenges. Moving day is daunting even for the most organized and energetic, and it is often the most difficult for kids. You might not believe that it can be an experience you’ll remember fondly, but it can be. Here are some tips from seasoned parents who have made it work.

Use the Move as a Lesson in Giving

If your kids are typical, there will be toys that have not been touched for perhaps years. If you explain that these forgotten toys could bring joy to a child who doesn’t have as much and suggest donating, chances are good that the kids will agree. Then while you pack, they’ll spend their time deciding which toys to keep and which to give away. The bonus – it will also lighten the packing load.

Explore the New House and Neighborhood Before Moving Day

I’m sure it’s no secret to you that kids can become difficult when they’re uncertain about where they are going to be next. A visit to the new home before moving day reduce their anxiety; but if that’s not possible, then sharing pictures is helpful too – especially if they can see their new room and perhaps begin to plan how it will look once they have gotten settled. It’s a bonus if you can visit the new neighborhood. Point out schools, parks and other places of interest.

Enlist Their Help With Packing

Sometimes kids get anxious seeing that all their things are packed up. If you take the time to let them pack their favorite toys in their own box which you clearly mark to be found easily, it can take the worry away. They will love being included and the chore will keep them busy and maybe give you extra help.

Let Them be Creative

Find a place out of the work area and ask the kids to decorate the boxes. If you use washable crayons, there will be no mess; and they will love the chance to create their masterpieces on these “canvases”. Don’t forget to praise their work and thank them for their help!

Consider a Sitter During Packing & Moving

Accept that complete the entire move while taking care of the kids just creates unnecessary stress for everyone. Don’t shy away from taking the help offered by friends and family. Putting your children in trusted hands where they can be entertained and supervised gives you the kid-free hours you need to complete the move and prevents moving day meltdowns.

Pack Move-In Night Essentials Separately

Set aside one or more bags or boxes to hold the special items you’ll need during the first few days after you move in. From pajamas, blankets, favorite toys, snacks, toothbrushes, an extra set of clothes for each child, and whatever else you know you’ll need right away will turn the day after the move from a challenge to a pleasant memory.

Here at Warners Moving & Storage in York County, PA, we are experienced with moving households (residential moving) -- across the country, down the street or somewhere in between.  We can help take the stress out of your moving day.  Just contact us to find out how we can help or get a quote for our service.


After moving, be creative in meeting new neighborsIf you’ll soon be moving to a new neighborhood, you might be wondering about your neighbors. In fact, might they be curious about you as well?

In years past, when someone new moved into the neighborhood, the established residents would make it a point to visit and introduce themselves as a welcome to the neighborhood. However, we are more of a transient society now, and times have changed. If you want to meet your neighbors once you’ve moved in, why not plan to make the first move? Here are some effective ways to reach out in the neighborhood.

 

Hold a Yard Sale
This is an especially good idea if you did not have time to sell off those no-longer-wanted items before your move. But now that you have identified items that you no longer want or need, you have a perfect excuse to hold a yard sale. It’s a good bet that your neighbors will take the opportunity to get to know you as they browse your treasures.

For a slight twist on this concept, why not visit other yard sales in the area. You’ll get to know your neighbors while exploring what’s for sale. Don’t know where to find the sales? Try the Yard Sale Treasure Map app for iPhone or Android to get started.

 

Work on Your New Home’s Curb Appeal
If you’re visible in your new neighborhood, then you’re approachable. Getting outdoors to trim and groom existing plantings or even to add new flower beds or shrubbery is not only healthy, but it puts you in the right place for a visit from your new neighbors. Don’t worry, even if you have never done yard work or gardening, you can still try this approach if you check out this site on Gardening for Beginners. Who knows… those established residents might just be seasoned green thumbs willing to offer advice and exchange ideas.

 

Visit the Neighborhood Park
If you have children or pets, then the local neighborhood park or playground is where you’ll find other parents and pet owners. It’s much easier to strike up a conversation when you have common interests – especially children and puppies. If you’re not sure where to find the local parks in your area, check out Map of Play on your computer or smartphone.

Once you’ve connected with neighbors, it might just be a perfect time to arrange a play date, to get to know each other better.

 

Moving Tip
If you will be moving to a townhouse or condo community, there could be access restrictions for your moving van and/or parking guidelines for off-loading your belongings. By checking in advance and letting your moving company know, you could avoid unnecessary stress and possibly save time and expense.

Here at Warners Moving & Storage, we are always ready to work with you to make your moving experience as smooth as possible. Once you know you’ll be moving, checking with us as far in advance as possible will help us to help you. Why not request a free quote today?

 


selling-your-homeIf you are planning to relocate to a new home, finding the right moving company should definitely be on your list of important things to do. If you must sell your current home before moving, then you might think that it is premature to decide on a mover even before you begin the home sale. However, you could be overlooking an important tool in your selling process.

As you prepare your home for sale, along with making the necessary repairs and sprucing up your property, your realtor will tell you that you should “declutter”. They advise to move all extraneous furnishings and belongings completely off the property . Staging your home makes it look like a model home so that buyers see the potential while making the rooms seem more spacious.

With all the other demands of the move, how do you do that?

You could – and perhaps should – have a Moving Sale to get rid of items that won’t fit with the size or style of your new home. This could include furniture, appliances, toys, personal items, tools, gym equipment, sports gear, etc. Better to eliminate unwanted items instead of having to deal with them at your new home.

But what about all the items you need to remove but want to keep.   This is where a good moving company can help. If you choose a reliable moving company that also offers storage, you can pack and store all your extraneous household items as you prepare your home for sale. Then on moving day, those previously-stored items will already be on the truck when it arrives at your home – saving you the additional hassle and expense of retrieving items from personal storage and relatives’ garages.

Here at Warners Moving and Storage in York county, Pennsylvania, we are at your service when you need us. We can assist and advise regarding the storage of your household items during your home sale staging and be ready to complete your move at your convenience – whether across town or across the country. Why not contact us to discuss your moving options and learn about our commitment to your successful move?

 

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