Moving? Here’s Your 2 Month Checklist

Moving? Here’s Your 2 Month Checklist

8 Weeks Out:

How are you going to do it?

Here is where everything starts. Decide how you’re going to move. Are you doing it yourself? Are you hiring a moving company? Now is the time to set the date and recruit friends and family to help. If you’d prefer not to do it yourself, find the moving company for you.

Finding the company that can best meet your needs can be difficult. Before looking, consider these questions:

  • How far are you moving?
  • Do you have a large amount of things to move?
  • What are you looking to spend?
  • What are all the services you hope to get from the moving company?

Getting recommendations from people you trust is always a good way to start. And it doesn’t hurt to do a quick google search to find an excellent moving company. When looking, you’ll want to consider the following questions:

  • Are they insured?
  • What kind of liability coverage do they include?
  • What are considered extra services?
  • Where are they located?
  • What do other people think about their services? (Yelp reviews, Google reviews, etc.)
  • Do they have restrictions on the types of boxes and bags to pack in?
  • What is the payment process like? Do they require a deposit?
  • How long is the move expected to take?
  • How do they handle broken or missing items as a result of the move?

Select your top 3 moving companies once you’ve done your research. Give each of them a call and get some estimates (make sure you are clear about all the services you will need from them). You should be able to quickly narrow down which company best suits your needs.

Arrange your personal travel.

Are you driving? Are you flying? Maybe you are going by train? Decide this now.

If you’re driving, figure out your route. Consider how you’ll pack your car, how long it will take, and how much you’re going to stop.

If you’re flying or going by train, get your tickets as soon as possible to get the best rates. Also, if you have a pet to transport in your move, you’ll want to make arrangements for them when you get your tickets if they are going with you. Otherwise, check out different pet shipping services online to ensure you pet will make it safely to your new home.

Will anyone need to transfer schools?

If you are in school or have a family with children who are in school, you’ll want to get records squared away. Call your school and notify them of the relocation. If you’re going far away enough to attend a separate establishment, you’ll want to figure out how to get those records over there.

First, if you have not done this already, find your new school(s). An easy way to do this is through Zillow. In addition to listing all housing, available and unavailable, this website allows you to find schools near your new location. Once you’ve entered your new address, you’ll scroll down and there you’ll see a list of schools and the zones they’re in. They will usually display about 4 schools for all different grades

If you’re a college student, you’ll simply have to transfer records.

Second, call your old school and figure out the transfer process. Will they send your records to you new school or will you have to do it yourself?

Third, call the new school. Figure out what they need, and what you need to do.

Fourth, you can choose to finish the process of transferring now or save the info about steps to take and finish the process in week 4.

Are you switching countries?

If you’re moving internationally, you’ll want to call some authorities in the new homeland. Hopefully, you’re not bringing too much. A lot or a little, you’ll still want to know what you can bring in. This could apply to anything like a car, or a samurai sword that’s been in the family for generations. To get information or a phone number, Google something like “Moving to ____ from ___.” You’ll be able to get the info you need.

7 Weeks Out:

Time to figure out finances and utilities.

The last thing you’d like would be to show up without access to a bank, then to go home and not have running water. Now’s the time to get those things figured out.

First, you’ll want to figure out your bank options.

If you have a widespread chain, you’ll have little trouble switching. Still, contact your current bank and let them know about the move. There may be some steps you’ll need to take to confirm and finish the transfer so that you’ll be ready to go.

If you’re at a local bank, you’ll need a new one. Do some research to find a new bank that will be best for you. Once you choose, make the necessary contact with both banks to ensure a smooth transition.

Next, get your utilities set up.

Though you probably won’t have much of a choice, do a Google search to find the appropriate utility companies for your area. Call each company you will need and make arrangements. Let them know the move in date. Be ready to give them credit scores, set up accounts, and pay deposits. You’re sure to have a functioning house upon arrival.

Consider your health care.

Will you need to transfer your health insurance to a different state or switch companies altogether? This is a good time to begin taking the necessary steps to switch things over if you need to.

Chances are, you’ll need a new doctor for everything. Eye care, dentist, general physician, etc. Do your research and consider the following:

  • How close are they?
  • What reviews do they have?
  • Is my insurance accepted there?

Ask your current doctors for referrals. Do your research and choose some favorites. Give them a call. Confirm that they accept your insurance. Also, notify your current doctors that you’ll be leaving. This will give them time to prepare records for transfer and make any necessary changes. Check to see if you need to transfer the records or if they will do it for you. You’ll want to make sure they have the correct information for your new doctors if they are doing the transfer.

 

6 Weeks Out:

Time to de-clutter!

Start going through the house and find things you’ll want to get rid of. Have a pile for the stuff to keep, the stuff to donate or throw away, and the stuff to sell. You may want to consider a garage sale before heading out.

Any furniture, TV’s, or other large clunky things that aren’t coming with you (in decent condition) can easily be added to craigslist. Depending on the price you set, you can request that buyers come pick up their purchases themselves.

You can visit them at www. craigslist.org

Let the post office know where you’re going!

You’ll have to file a change of address with USPS. You can easily do this on their website. We’ve included the link to the USPS address change form.

Make an address change list.

You’ll want to inform people about where you are going. Create a checklist, including the following contacts:

  • Family and Friends
  • Current Employer
  • Landlord
  • Postal Services
  • Utilities
  • DMV
  • Government Agencies
  • The IRS
  • Financial Institutions (bank, credit card companies)
  • Insurance Companies (car insurance, home & renters insurance, health insurance)
  • Phone Company
  • Medical and Educational Establishments
  • Subscription Services – Magazines and Newspapers

5 Weeks Out:

Time to solidify packing dates.

Some things may need to be moved sooner than others. You’ll want to have those items packed and planned out so that you or the moving company can get those things squared away.

Setting up a checklist and a calendar might be the tool you need to make sure you’re getting things done. Two excellent tools are Trello or Asana. Both help you easily set up and keep track of things you need to do.

Begin some of the cleaning!

This is a good time to get a head start on cleaning. Since it’s still 5 weeks out, you can start by taking things to the cleaners. If you’re leaving things like the rugs and the drapes, your landlord will appreciate it if they are cleaned. Even if they’re coming along, you may consider cleaning them anyway. Do a google search to find the best deal!

Finish that de-clutter.

Now is the time to finish getting rid of things you don’t want to take with you. Put things on Craigslist or have a garage sale. You can also call ARC, Habitat for Humanity, or Goodwill. ARC will even come pick up your things for you. You might also look up info about tax deductible donations.

Another thing to consider is that professional women’s clothing is welcome at ABLE Women’s Career Closet. This nonprofit organization located in Ft. Collins helps outfit underprivileged women for job interviews!

4 Weeks Out:

This is kind of the wrap-up and confirmation week, one month out from the move!

Make sure to let necessary contacts know about your move.

Remember the checklist you made in week 6? You’ll want to make sure you’ve notified everyone on your checklist of your address change by this week.

Transfer your school records.

If you didn’t complete the transfer in week 8, follow the instructions you were given by your schools and finish transferring your school records now.

Time to pack!

Pack up anything that you won’t be using in the next month. This may be included in what your moving company can do for you. You can begin packing things like off-season clothing, seldom-used dishes, holiday decorations, books, videos, and other things you won’t need in the weeks to come. Start in the attic and the garage!

3 Weeks Out:

Transfer your health records.

Think back to week 7. Now is the time to start getting those records transferred to your new selected dentist, physician, etc. If your doctors are the ones doing the transfer, check in with them to make sure it’s getting done.

Start finishing up that food!

Our guess is that you’re not looking to pack and move food as well. Consider using up some of the stored food. This might be freezer food, canned food, etc. If you feel like you’re not going to be able to finish it, you can always donate nonperishables to a local cause. In Fort Collins, we recommend The Food Bank for Larimer County. They are located at 1301 Blue Spruce.

Organize some child and/or pet care.

If you have young kids or pets running around the house, you might consider having someone else take care of them for moving day. This will allow you to be more focused on getting everything done without having to constantly keep track of the kids and make sure they’re okay. Not to mention, moving can stress the furry companion, so having pet care can help eliminate that.

Hire some friends or family to watch them for the day. If no one is available, get referrals for caretakers from trusted contacts. If you are unable to find someone, do a Google search. Remember to carefully check those reviews! It may be a good idea to drop in to meet the caretakers before moving day to make sure your child and/or pet is in good hands.

Create an essentials folder.

Throw together the necessary documents for travel. This will include any important documents you don’t already carry in your purse or wallet. Some of the documents you may want to add to this folder are your driver’s license, passport, insurance, and registration. Keeping them together in an easy to find folder will be handy for anything planned or unexpected.

Schedule an auto appointment.

If you’re moving far via car, you’ll need a vehicle tune-up for travel. An oil change, tire rotation, an alignment (if necessary), and fluid replenishment will be sure to serve you well in the many miles ahead.

If you don’t already have a mechanic you trust, get referrals from your connections or start another Google search. Finding the appropriate shop can save you money and stress. Check those reviews.

If you’re leasing your vehicle from a dealership, they may be able to do the tune-up for you.

2 Weeks Out:

Make a moving plan.

Start planning out how moving day is going to look. Make sure you’ll be able to get everything where it needs to go, stress-free.

Consider no loading or parking zones; walking a few extra hundred feet can make it a rough experience.

Are hallways and stairways clear for the moving of large furniture?

Hiring a moving company can take the stress out of this. In most cases, they’ll handle this all themselves.

How is the pet coming along?

If your pets are coming with you by car, make sure you have the necessary pet carriers to keep them safe during travel.

1 Week Out:

Here it is, moving week! Prepare to be busy!

Have some fun!

Moving week can be stressful. Your home is soon to be someone else’s. Plan some fun with the family before taking on the task at hand.

Plan food for the week.

Because this week will likely be the busiest week of all, it will probably be a good idea to have protein-filled snacks on hand as well as fast meals that don’t need much prep. It’s a good idea to have bottled water so that you’re remembering to stay hydrated and don’t have to keep track of cups around the house.

Confirm that utilities are ready to go at your new place.

Though you’ve already set these up, you’ll want to call your utility companies to make sure the house is ready to go. Simply double checking!

Fill any prescriptions you need.

If you have medication, be sure to have enough for two weeks. The last thing you need is to be all out in the middle of the big move.

Finish Packing!

Chances are, you’ll do the majority of your packing this week. Whether you’re doing it yourself or not, you’ll need to know some tips.

Remember to leave out supplies for the next two weeks. This might be clothes, laptops, snacks, etc. You don’t want these necessary things to be packed away deep in the moving truck.

Do not pack any flammable, explosive, corrosive or liquid items. Movers by law cannot move these items. This includes pressurized containers, aerosol cans, propane tanks as well as ammunition of any kind. Either find a safe way to move them yourself or dispose of them safely.

Disassemble some furniture. Moving companies like Mountain Moving can do this for you, but you might consider doing it anyway to save yourself some money and save your movers some time.

Organize all your fragile furniture. Mirrors, countertops, glass tables, and all things like this fit into this category. The movers will know where to put this stuff. Having it all together will make for a flawless loading process. Also finish removing wall décor and things on your shelves and pack it away together. You won’t want to risk knocking things off the walls as you’re moving out large furniture and boxes. Having these things packed together will be beneficial for when you begin unpacking at the new home.

Clean up the house!

Organize a crew and clean anything you might want to before heading out: the kitchen, the bathrooms, carpets, etc. The new or current owner of the house will be very grateful!

Create a floor plan.

Print or create a floor plan of your new place for yourself or the movers. This will help guide furniture to the rooms they need to go, little hassle to you.

2 Days Out – Confirmation Checklist:

  • Is the house clean? Are those cleaning supplies packed?
  • Do you have supplies to last you two weeks? Clothes? Prescription? Snacks?
  • Do you have your important document folder ready and accessible?
  • Is the fridge and pantry cleaned out?
  • Have you double-checked all the storage areas (garage, attic, storage sheds, closets) to make sure nothing gets left behind?

1 Day Out:

Electronics and Appliance checklist:

  • Are all computers backed up and ready to go?
  • Are all other electronics already unplugged?
  • Did you pack your chargers where you can access them when they’re needed?
  • Are major appliances disconnected? These are things like refrigerators, washing machines, etc. Be sure to turn off those gas and water lines!
  • Moving anything with a gas tank (mowers, weed whackers, etc.)? Empty those tanks!

Be in contact.

Have a moving company? When they call for check in, please provide them plenty of contact information so that they can reach you at any time. This will help lessen stress in the move!

Keep those valuables close!

To keep yourself sane, make sure to keep track of your birth certificates, documents, jewelry, and other valuable items. You’ll probably feel better moving these yourself.

Tape it up!

If your mover is NOT doing your packing, have all moving boxes fully packed and taped shut before the crew arrives. Try not to over or under-fill boxes so that they can be neatly stacked. Carefully label the side of each box with its contents, and whether or not it is fragile. If you have requested professional packing services (dish packs, picture/mirror boxes etc.), please know that this is an additional service.

You can also start moving boxes into the main room. Stack them about 4 feet high so that the movers can roll them out to the truck with little difficulty.

Take care of yourself.

The day before your move we recommend getting take-out or going out for dinner at your favorite local restaurant. Also, remember to make sure to get a good night’s sleep.

Moving? Get the right size truck for your stuff.

Moving is stressful and if you’re doing it yourself, it’s crucial that you’re organized when moving your home or business.  Packing everything is one big item on the to-do list but the other big component is how to get your stuff from point A to point B.   Figuring out what size truck to rent for all your things sounds daunting.  It would be nice if you could just shut your eyes and envision your beloved treasures magically fitting like a glove in the first truck you rent.  Unfortunately, no magical genie will appear, so it’s critical that you rent the right size truck or your move could quickly turn into a nightmare.couple-with-moving-van

One of the most important things you need to figure out before you contact a moving company is how much stuff you have.  The easiest way to start is to go room by room and make a list of the major pieces of furniture you have.  Things to include are beds, dressers, tables, couches, and entertainment centers.  Basically, if it won’t fit in a box, it’s a large piece of furniture.

Once you’ve got your list, visit your local moving truck company.  They’ll have some guidelines for you to follow so you can decide which size truck best matches your needs.  There are two ways they categorize stuff going in a truck so you can be prepared when you walk in the door:

  1. moving-vanBy number of bedrooms: This is a simple and easy way to determine what size truck you need because they base the truck’s capacity in terms of estimating how much furniture you have in each bedroom. For example, one bedroom may have a queen-sized bed, one dresser, and two nightstands. Remember, this is just an estimate, so if you’re a furniture collector, you’ll need to let the truck company know that you have more than the average number of pieces in each bedroom.
  2. By cubic feet: Some moving truck rental companies base your needs on the cubic feet measurement of the truck. If you want to be more precise, this is the option for you.  Simply take the number of furnished rooms you have in your house and multiply that number by 150.  Here’s an example—if you have five furnished rooms, you’ll need a truck with 750 cubic feet of space.  Remember to include the kitchen if you’re moving your appliances because they take up a lot of space and need to be packed in a particular way due to their components.

When Choosing a Moving Van, Don’t Forget….

Don’t forget that in addition to the furnished rooms inside your home, if you have a garage full of stuff, you need to account for that as an additional room.  You also need to remember and account for space in the truck for items like a bike, grill, and outdoor patio furniture.  Make sure to tell the moving truck dealer about these items so they can account for it in determining the size of the truck you’ll need.

Getting the right moving truck means your stuff won’t be tossed around like popcorn if it’s too big or broken if you must jam it all in to fit.

Happy moving!

Apps that can make moving easier

moving smartphone appsA word we all dread but eventually have to do at some point in our life… move.  Whether it’s to your first apartment, your dream home or a relocation for a new job, we all have to pack up at some point.  Never fear, there’s help out there and it’s at your fingertips.  These five moving apps will help make moving easy.

Move Advisor

This free app will help get you prepared to move even if you’re organizationally challenged.   With a week-by-week moving checklist that’s incredibly detailed and user-friendly, you won’t miss a beat (or a box) as you pack up.  All you need to know when you start is your move date and if you’re hiring a moving company or doing it yourself.  Then leave the details up to the app and it will tell you what you need to do every week to be ready for the big day.  Some of those details include an ‘action’ button below some tasks that you can tick off quickly so you feel accomplished and even better, if the task is related to hiring someone or researching something, you can visit websites that correspond with that task to make it easier on you.  You can use the home inventory tool to create a detailed list of everything you own.  You can even calculate the approximate weight and volume of your stuff so you’ll have an estimate of how much your move will cost you if you’re hiring movers or know how big of a truck to rent if you’re moving yourself.

With Move Advisor, moving has never been easier.

MyMove

Being organized will make your move less stressful on both ends and MyMove will give you information on what to expect from your move, help you find a moving company you can trust and get organized for your move.  From the get go, MyMove provides articles on how to choose the best moving company and  with that valuable information you’ll be ready to make calls and get ready to move.  Also, the app has a ‘Moving Tips’ list that gives you access to a constantly updated database of expert moving related articles with moving tips, relocation guides, moving checklists and moving industry news.

Another great feature of MyMove is that it helps you find the best movers for your relocation.  You can easily request free estimates, search moving companies by name or state and read reviews from past customers.

MyMove is a good app to have ready for your relocation and is available for both Android and iOS devices.

State Farm Move Tools

This interactive, user-friendly, free app will help you get organized for your move by providing many tools to make the job easier.  First up is the to-do list which is a detailed week-by-week checklist with tasks that you can check off and even add to if you’re a detail-oriented person.  The packing tool helps you keep track of items in your house so you have a complete inventory of what leaves and goes into your new home.   The smart labels functionality gives you the option to print out the app-generated labels and attach them to your packed boxes.  No more permanent marker for you.  Finally, this app has a ton of articles with moving tips, how to decide between hiring a moving company or moving yourself, moving insurance and things you should do before your move.

This practical app will help keep you on track for the big day.

Suddath Moving Guru

Another app to help make your move easier–Suddath Moving Guru lets you customize your move between domestic, international or government.  This feature then gives you a to-do list based on the move you’re making.  The task list isn’t as detailed as some of the other apps but with the international and government features, there are tasks that you need to think about that you don’t with a domestic move.

This app also gives you detailed instructions on how to pack each room which is a huge benefit on the other end when you’re looking for pillows and the blender in your new space.

Sortly

With the free Sortly app, you get a moving checklist that starts eight weeks before your moving day and a week-by-week checklist.  Unfortunately, the task list is short and not super detailed so if you’re a person that needs that, don’t use Sortly.  If you want a list just to tick off the big items you need to get done, like hire a mover, then Sortly is the app for you.

DIY Moving: Is It Really Worth The Cost?

When DIY Moving Goes Wrong

The do-it-yourself (DIY) craze is upon us and while your cousin’s homebrew might be the best beer you’ve ever tasted, there are a few things you should leave to the professionals rather than trying to do it yourself.

Like re-wiring your own electrical system, moving your home is best left to the professionals for similar reasons. You wouldn’t mess with the hard wiring behind your walls without knowing what you were doing first because you could risk serious injury. Likewise, moving on your own if you do not know what you are doing carries the risk of injury.

You probably won’t get electrocuted if you attempt to move all of your belongings from one place to the next (unless you’re tearing out wiring as you go) but you can seriously injure yourself in many other ways.

Some common injuries for people who attempt to lift and move heavy items that they are not used to moving include:

  • lower back strains
  • pulled muscles
  • broken or pinched fingers
  • hernias, if you’re not careful

older couple with boxes

DIY Moving Risk – The Cost of Medical Bills

Let’s think about the cost of these potential injuries for a moment.

First, if you’re injured enough to require medical attention, you’ll have to pay for a hospital visit one way or another. If you hurt yourself severely enough to miss work, that’s more money out of your pocket. When considering the cost of hiring professionals versus medical expenses, you may find that the costs of DIY moving can add up to much more than making a phone call to a professional moving company like Mountain Moving.

Hiring professionals can also save you the trouble of hurting yourself while moving your couch down three flights of stairs and reduce the overall cost if you strain your back in the process. For many people, a lower back strain is more than an inconvenience; it can mean the loss of valuable work and cause severe discomfort.

On average, a lower back injury can take at least 2 to 8 weeks to heal. While there are many factors that might contribute to recovery time, such as age and fitness level, one thing is certain – the chance for lower back strain increases as you get older.

When you consider opportunities lost because of having to recover from a lower-back injury, you have to ask yourself, “is it really worth it?”

Avoiding Common DIY Moving Risks

professional moving companyAvoid the many common injuries of lifting and moving heavy things by getting professionals to do it. They have the right equipment and they know how to use it to save their bodies. They are able to carry more things faster to and from the moving truck. If you’ve ever had to move your things to the next home by yourself, you know how long it can take to carry every last box and piece of furniture to the truck. Professional movers can get your possessions into the moving truck and to your next destination much faster than you and your friends can move them on your own.

Everyone needs help sometimes, and in the case of Mountain Moving, you’ll get a great value on a moving service that can get you from your old home to your new home as quickly and painlessly (literally) as possible. Instead of burning yourself out in trying to move everything you own to your new home, hire a team of professionals who are all trained to avoid injury and move heavy items quickly and efficiently. The pricing of Mountain Moving’s services is very reasonable and worth it in the long run because you’ll avoid injury and the many costs that hurting yourself can have.

The Average Cost of Moving in 2016

moving-vanYou’re all ready for the new adventure that awaits, but… you have to move.  If only there was a magic wand for packing, moving, and unpacking everything you own. But since there’s not, it’s important to make sure you’re budgeting your move accurately.

The first thing you have to do is figure out how much it’s going to cost to move in 2016.  Estimating the costs of packing up and shipping out can be complicated. Don’t just open your wallet and hand over a huge wad of cash and hope for the best.

According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170 and the average cost of a move between states is $5,630.  That’s based on a load size of 7,100 pounds.

Getting a quote based on the following parameters will help you compare moving companies easily.  Those factors include where you’re moving from, where you’re moving to, the move size (how many bedrooms and how many total rooms), and when you want to move.

Now that you’ve gotten several quotes, it’s time to ask even more questions so that you don’t plan on one cost and get a bill for a very different (and much higher) end cost.  You don’t need any surprises before uprooting your life.  Here are a few questions you might want to ask to get a better picture of what moving will cost.

  • Does the moving company provide all packing materials or is that an extra charge?
  • If the company charges hourly, how many hours did they estimate for your move and if they go over that, how much is their hourly rate?
  • How many people will be moving your things?

By doing your homework, you’ll be prepared for the day when they show up to pack your treasures.  Beyond themoving in 2016e questions, it’s also a good idea to be prepared for the unplanned parts of your move that you didn’t think about until they are knocking on your door…rather loudly.

 

Keep in mind as you estimate the cost of moving in 2016, if you’re delayed because your new house closing is postponed, then you’ll need to put your belongings in storage.  The cost of a self-storage unit can vary widely, depending on location and if it’s a climate controlled unit. You should plan on $95-$155 for a 10’ x 20’ unit.

Also, if you decided to purge a lot of what you owned so you could move less, remember that you’re going to have to buy those new items when you start unpacking. Otherwise, you’re going to be left without that trusty toaster or those cleaning supplies.

Now, it’s time to hire the movers.

You might think you can move on your own if you collect enough free boxes and tape, but hiring a reputable company to move your belongings will ultimately save you time, money, and a large piece of your sanity.

Make sure you hire movers that are insured, ethical, and transparent with their costs so you have peace of mind, knowing everything you love will get to your new house safely and quickly.

Now all you have to do is unpack!

Hiring a Reputable Moving Company In 2016 – 5 tips

reputable moving company 2016Hiring a reputable moving company in 2016, or any year for that matter, is a big decision. After all, these are the people who will pack and take your possessions long distances to your new home. When choosing a moving company, it pays to be prepared. Follow these tips to make a good decision:

  • Research the company. Ask for recommendations from family and friends, and then look up each company to see their Better Business Bureau and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ratings and complaints. Any company you consider should be licensed and will readily provide the information if they are in compliance. Be sure to read online reviews from past customers or ask the company for references to hear experiences from other people in your situation.
  • Get multiple estimates. Professionals recommend you get written estimates from at least three moving companies. Make sure these estimates include everything, from the labor hours to mileage and cost of moving your amount of belongings. Be wary of estimates that are significantly lower than others—you may be sacrificing good service and safety for a rate that is probably too good to be true.
  • Ask questions. Once you have your options narrowed down to a few contenders, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Make sure you are clear on what is included in the service, how long they have been in business, their process for packing and moving your belongings, their schedule for your move, and more. Choosing a moving company is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, so make sure you are completely clear and comfortable with any company your choose.
  • Consider insurance. Before signing a moving contract, make sure you know what kind of insurance is included in your package. If you have expensive or irreplaceable belongings, you might want to add more insurance coverage in case anything happens.
  • Watch for red flags. If the company demands a large amount of cash or a large deposit up front or if they are unclear about the delivery schedule, walk away. Other red flags include a company that rents (not owns) its equipment, movers that are unprofessional or late, or a slowness to respond to your questions.

Taking the time to carefully research and consider your moving options can make a big difference in the long run and in the success of your move.

Why Move to Northern Colorado?

horsetooth mountainIt’s the land of mountain views and 300 days of sunshine, but Northern Colorado has more to offer than its gorgeous weather and landscape. When considering a move, Northern Colorado should be top of your list for many reasons; here are just a few:

 

Nature

The Rocky Mountains are visible all throughout Northern Colorado and are unlike anything else in regards to size and beauty. Most Northern Colorado cities are just a short drive to beautiful hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and rock climbing on some of the country’s top trails. Within miles, you have access to gorgeous plains, rivers, mountains, and more. You can get outside and enjoy the scenery throughout the year, from kayaking in the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

 

People

In Northern Colorado you’ll find friendly people who enjoy a full and healthy lifestyle. People here work hard, but they also play hard and love to get out and experience everything the area has to offer. Everywhere you look, people are friendly, considerate, and involved.

 

Economy and Education

The entire state of Colorado is booming, but especially Northern Colorado. In fact, Fort Collins was recently ranked the fifth best city in the country for business and careers. Northern Colorado is also home to some of the state’s top schools at all levels, including the esteemed University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

 

Restaurants and Breweries

Northern Colorado is a melting pot of different cultures, and it comes through in the huge variety of restaurants. Some of the state’s top chefs work up north, and the result is something to eat and drink for everyone. Plus, much of the menu comes from locally grown meat and produce from the area’s rich agricultural community. The area also has some of the country’s top breweries, including the third largest in the country, New Belgium, conveniently located in Fort Collins. Breweries are open for tours and tasting and contribute to the great culture of Northern Colorado.

 

Arts and Culture

Northern Colorado has a rich past, but it also embraces the future. This is shown in the wide variety of cultural opportunities, starting with the regions many museums and historical attractions. On top of that is a large artist community with galleries and displays throughout the cities. Musical talent and theater also runs deep, with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra as the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi. There really is something for everyone in Northern Colorado.

 

 

 

[INFOGRAPHIC] Powerful Questions for Finding The Right Long Distance Mover

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If you think all Northern Colorado movers are created equal, think again. When it comes to choosing who will move your belongings across state lines, you want a company that is professional, responsible, and reliable. While many companies may make promises, the actual follow-through can be a little off. Choosing a long-distance mover is a big decision. Here’s how to make the right choice:

 

  • Do your research. Ask family and friends for recommendations of moving services. Your local chamber of commerce may also have some ideas. Be sure to look at reviews of each company online and to check their rating with the Better Business Bureau. In areas like Northern Colorado where you have multiple moving options, don’t settle for a company that doesn’t have a great rating and reviews. You’ll also want to make sure the company is licensed and insured—it is a huge red flag if the company doesn’t have both of those things.

 

 

  • Get multiple estimates. Don’t just jump into the company that looks the best on paper. Talk to at least two to three companies to see which one is the best fit for you. Get detailed quotes from each company and find out exactly what is included in the package. Some companies may quote you a base price but then add extra charges for mileage, packing supplies, or labor.

 

  • Ask questions. Choosing who will move your belongings a long distance is a big choice, so don’t feel bad about asking lots of questions. Be sure to clarify the company’s packing procedures including how they wrap and package things, as well as their policies on broken or missing items. You’ll also want a firm delivery date window before you sign a contract. Don’t leave anything up in the air and don’t feel you have to sign a contract until all of your questions.

 

Start early before your move to research and find the best long-distance moving company. There are a lot of options out there, so you definitely want a moving service you can trust.

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NYC Movers Helping Our Veterans Get Back to Work

For many U.S. veterans, adjusting back to civilian life after a tour abroad can taxing mentally and physically, not to mention financially. In fact, there are more than 459,000 unemployed veterans around the country. But one vet is trying to change that fact and show that he won’t leave his fellow military members behind.

Jesse Gartman, a veteran of Iraq currently living in New York City, started his own moving company, Veteran Movers NYC, in 2011. Of his 20 employees, an amazing 17 are fellow veterans. In starting the business, Gartman’s goals were to realize the American dream of owning his own company and provide jobs to returned service men and women.

“These vets say moving furniture in and out of apartments and homes is like the work they have done in the military,” reported Laura Ingle on “America’s News Headquarters.” “They execute orders and use discipline to get the job done right and on time.”

Gartman worked as a mover after finishing his time with the Marines, and he knew his fellow veterans would be central to starting his own company.

“Trust, integrity, little bit of muscle, foresight, intuition. These [are the] kinds of things that we were taught in the military,” Gartman explained. “Discipline, responsibility, these kinds of things. These are very, very important to uphold such a high level of customer satisfaction.”

And uphold customer satisfaction they have—with high demand for movers in New York City and a great reputation you would expect from a team of veterans, Veteran Movers NYC is constantly growing and is quickly becoming one of the most popular moving services in New York. Their customers are satisfied with the excellent moving service and feel great helping our nation’s heroes get back in the workforce.

Why More People Are Moving To Colorado

Moving to Colorado? Find the Perfect Location.

According to a headline in the Denver Post in late 2014, “Colorado ranks fourth among states for population gains,” and statistics show current numbers are expected to rise even more over the next couple years. So why are more people moving to Colorado? Clearly, Colorado is a popular place to live, which is no surprise to those of us living here and to companies like Mountain Moving in Ft. Collins, a reputable moving company that has relocated its share of those migrating to our Centennial State.

In fact, the entire Front Range has some of the fastest growing small (but not too small) communities, according to a study of the state’s population growth last year. Although people often think of larger cities when they think of growth, many of those moving in are choosing the Front Range communities, such as Loveland, Ft. Collins, Longmont, and Greeley, all of which are experiencing strong economic growth and attracting a well-educated, highly skilled work force.

Moving to Colorado is all about the Rocky Mountains, right? People come here for the year round outdoor activities, whether from a mile high or all the way up to 14,000 feet. There are advantages and disadvantages to living in the mountains versus living on the plains, though, and Mountain Moving encourages those relocating here to consider carefully where they want to live. Choices include Ft. Collins and neighboring communities along the Front Range as well as tourist destinations and mountain communities such as Estes Park just up the road. But residents pay the price for these small niche communities nestled in the Rockies. Mountain Moving, locally owned since 2001, reminds its clients that a mountain getaway only a 30-minute drive away—without the high prices, hazardous winter road conditions and snow storms, long drives down the mountain, as well as a highly transient population that is in and out with the seasons. Wherever you choose to live, however, trust Mountain Moving to get you there.