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

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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.

Moving to Colorado

Why Are People Moving to Colorado?

child-in-a-boxA major study done by moving companies found that in 2014, people that were considering moving out of state were more likely to go South and Southwest. Weather is an important factor that seemed to determine where people wanted to live. It’s not surprising; people move to places where they can feel comfortable and weather is one of the most important factors in deciding where someone will live. Most people prefer the warm or moderate climates like those found in places like Colorado.

The warm weather during summers is very welcoming and makes the activities flow. The temperature is moderate, averaging in the 70s and 60s during the summer. The climate in Colorado is a lot less severe than other states which make it the perfect place to make a living. People can enjoy cool and comfortable weather most of the year.

Affordability is also an important factor to consider when you are deciding to move to an area. You need to move to a place where the standard of life is affordable and you do not have to struggle to make ends meet. In Colorado, the cost of living is comparatively low and complemented by relatively high job growth.

Warm weather, housing costs and job growth higher than the national average can all be found here in Colorado. Before you make your move, contact a professional moving company. Mountain Moving is an experienced and trustworthy moving company in Colorado. A professional moving company can make your move hassle-free, so you can focus on other important things. If you love warm weather and great economic opportunities, then moving to Colorado is the perfect fit for you.