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Moving Options #3 Hiring a Moving Company

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

If you’re looking for a more full service moving experience, hiring a full service moving company is a great option for you. Along with transporting your belongings, many moving companies offer several additional moving services. Knowing what tasks you need help with (and what your options are) will help you choose a moving company that fits your needs.

Packing and unpacking
Like moving labor services, full-service movers will also help you pack and unpack your belongings. While some people choose to do the packing and unpacking themselves, many moving companies offer a variety of packing/unpacking services. Whether you want a full packing service or only need help with the fragile items, moving companies will tailor their services to your needs. If you don’t want to provide your own, many moving companies offer packing supplies such as boxes, padding, and moving blankets.

Loading and unloading
Whether you choose to pack your items yourself or pay for packing services, moving companies will load and unload your belongings. Since loading and unloading are arguably some of the hardest parts of a move, professional help will make a big difference.

When you leave it up to the experts, your belongings will be properly loaded to maximize space in the moving truck and ensure the safety of your property. Moving companies will also unload your belongings for you, making the transition into your new place much easier.

Truck driving
Full-service moving companies also handle the transportation of your household goods. If you’re not comfortable driving a moving truck yourself, don’t worry! Professional drivers will transport your belongings to your new home quickly and efficiently. When looking for a moving company, make sure you check whether they service local or long-distance moves.

Furniture disassembly and assembly
Hired moving help can facilitate so many aspects of your move — including furniture disassembly and assembly. If you’re moving extra-large furniture, it sometimes needs to be disassembled before loading it onto a truck or into a moving container. If you can’t deconstruct furniture on your own, many moving companies offer these services.

Insurance
You should pay close attention to moving insurance before booking a moving company. Moving insurance is technically called valuation (which functions like insurance). In the chance that your belongings are damaged or lost during your move, having moving insurance will give you peace of mind during your move.

Cost
The cost of hiring a moving company depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of your home and the distance of your move. Different insurance plans and the transportation of specialty items will also contribute to the final cost of hiring a moving company.

For a better idea of how much it costs to move, take a look at the industry averages for local and long-distance moves. The best way to determine the cost of hiring a moving company is to get a quote directly from the company.

Moving Options #2 Hiring Moving Labor

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

If you’re driving a moving truck or renting a moving container, you may still need help loading and unloading your belongings. You can enlist friends to do your heavy lifting, but sometimes it’s best to get professional moving help. Look into moving labor services for a speedy and safe move.

Packing
While it’s pretty easy to find free moving boxes, packing up your belongings correctly can be a challenge. If you’re short on time or are dealing with heavy items, it’s a good idea to hire moving help. Professionals have the experience of packing items quickly and correctly and will help simplify your moving process. From wrapping furniture to packing standard boxes, professional packing help will keep your belongings secure and protected during your move.

Loading
Even if you pack your boxes yourself, you might want to hire moving labor to load your truck or moving container. Hired moving labor services can load even the heaviest items onto your truck. If you need to transport heavy furniture or appliances, you should look into hiring moving help. Hiring moving labor will ensure that your belongings are loaded efficiently and quickly. Professionals also know how to load your items in a secure, organized fashion. If you’re in a time crunch, unable to lift heavy boxes, or are simply too overwhelmed, hiring professional moving labor will ease your move.

Unloading
If you need help loading your belongings into a truck or moving container, you’re probably going to need help unloading as well. Moving labor services will not only unload your items but bring them into your new place and take them to their designated rooms. Some moving labor services will even help you assemble furniture and unpack boxes.

Insurance
When you hire moving helpers from a reputable company, they should be licensed and insured. Should anything happen to your belongings during your move, moving labor insurance ensures that you will be compensated for any damage or loss. Be sure to about insurance policies when looking for a moving service. If you end up needing to file a moving insurance claim, we recommend preparing to do so prior to your move (just in case).

Cost
Moving labor services charge by the hour. For two movers, you should typically expect to pay around $140 per hour, with each mover earning $70 per hour. Still, different factors go into the exact cost of labor. For instance, moving labor services may charge extra for particularly challenging items. If you’re moving a grand piano or bulky exercise equipment, be prepared to spend a little extra.

Moving Options #1 Renting a Truck

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

Choosing the right rental truck
You’ll want to reserve a moving truck that fits with the exact needs of your move. For starters, are you moving locally or long distance? Certain moving truck companies will only rent out trucks for local moves, while other companies offer national truck rentals. While some companies start charging when you exceed a set mileage, others offer free, unlimited miles.

Along with the distance of your move, other factors that go into pricing include truck size, your pick-up and drop-off date and whether or not you plan on towing a vehicle. Use a moving truck estimation calculator to figure out what size truck you need.

Loading your moving truck
Loading your truck may seem intuitive, but there is a recommended method for packing a moving truck. When loading heavy items, you should pack them in an “I-formation” to ensure a safer and faster move. Starting in the front of the box truck by the cab, load your heavy items, like your washing machine and refrigerator. If you are transporting these items yourself, you may want some moving help from a moving labor service (unless you happen to have a team of very strong people on hand).

Next, pack your heaviest pieces of furniture in the middle of the truck. Slightly lighter items, such as couches or mattresses, can go to either side of the heavy furniture. Any other big boxes can then be placed in the back of the truck to complete the “I formation.” If you need help finding boxes for your move, there are several places you can find free moving boxes.

Smaller bags and boxes should be loaded last, behind and around your heavy items. As for your valuables, it’s best to keep them with you in the cab of the truck. Speaking of valuables, we’ve also got you covered if you need help packing your jewelry. Anything else you might need to access during your trip should also be placed in the truck’s cab.

Driving a moving truck
Knowing how to maneuver a moving truck is crucial. Since the truck is obviously a lot larger than your typical vehicle, you’ll want to take extra caution. To ensure a safe journey, you should drive slower than you normally do. Leave more space between your truck and vehicles ahead, take turns slowly, and apply breaks sooner so the truck has enough time to come to a complete stop. And of course, be cautious when switching lanes.

When moving, don’t try to do the whole trip in one leg. Bring a friend or family member along and take turns driving. If your trip is particularly long, make sure to stop along the way. Driving a moving truck isn’t too difficult, but requires caution and a good deal of attention.

Insurance options
Even if you’re driving your moving truck carefully, accidents happen. Since regular car insurance doesn’t always cover moving truck rentals, you should look into the insurance options provided by DIY moving truck companies. From Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) to Cargo Insurance (CAI), you can choose from several moving truck insurance plans.

When renting a moving truck, it’s key that you know exactly what is and is not covered by insurance. Prior to purchasing a plan, read the details closely to make sure you’re getting the best coverage for your move.

How to Pack Makeup

When it comes to packing your makeup, you might be tempted to just throw everything into a bag and go – don’t. Pressed powders can crumble, glass bottles can break, and other disasters can happen. Whether you’re traveling or moving, it’s important to protect your makeup to keep it intact.

  • Take small amounts with you
    If samples aren’t available, create your own by putting small amounts in a clean, screw-top contact lens case. It’s our favorite travel item! Squirt a dab of foundation, moisturizer, or other liquid into the wells of the case, and take just the amount you need.
  • Protect pressed powders
    Not much is worse than a broken eye shadow. To help keep it, blushes, and other pressed powders from breaking, place a cotton pad between the powder and the lid. It provides a little extra cushion to keep everything in place.
  • Wrap nail polishes
    If you’re packing for travel, it’s important to protect the bottle and your bag – a broken nail polish bottle could cause a lot of damage. To do this, wrap polishes in newspaper and place them in a zip-top bag.

    • Remember, nail polishes are liquids and flammable, so if you’re moving, you won’t be able to pack them into a moving trailer. We suggest wrapping them like you would for travel, and keeping them with you.
  • Separate liquids
    To avoid spills, place plastic wrap over bottle openings and replace the lids. This creates a tighter seal on the lid to prevent any leaks. For even more added protection if you’re moving, put liquids into a zip top bag and wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Cover loose powders
    The last thing you want is loose powder all over everything. To keep powders contained, place them in a zip-top bag, wrap them in cling wrap, or tape around the lid.
  • Pack your extra makeup for moving
    Any makeup you won’t need access to during your move should be packed into a moving box. Wrap it in packing paper or bubble wrap and make sure to fill empty space in the box with extra packing paper.
  • Prepare for carrying on
    If you plan on taking your makeup onto the plane in your carry-on luggage, make sure all liquids, creams, and pastes are 3.4 ounces or less per container and that all containers fit into a quart size zip-top bag.

How to Pack Shoes

When packing shoes for a move, you may be tempted to throw them in a box and go. But taking the time to pack them properly can help prevent scuffing, misshaping and other damage. You’ll need only a few supplies: small or medium boxes (or the original box if available), packing paper, Bubble Wrap®, packing tape and a marker.

1.    Stuff packing paper inside each shoe to help them keep their shape (avoid using newspaper because the ink can leave stains).
2.    Wrap one shoe completely in packing paper, then add the second shoe to the same sheet and finish wrapping. (Pro tip: Consider wrapping heels with Bubble Wrap instead to protect the heel from breaking during travel).
3.    Tape the bundle.
4.    Layer the wrapped bundles in a moving box, placing heavier bundles and shoes in their original boxes on the bottom (we recommend not exceeding 40 pounds per box).
5.    Fill gaps with packing paper to prevent shifting.
6.    Tape and label the box.

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