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4 ways you can get help with your move

Packing is one of the most essential things when it comes to any type of relocation. If you’re moving across the country, you need to be fully prepared and ready to handle the packing process. Anyone who has experience with relocation knows that packing is not an easy process, especially if it’s your first time moving. People tend to underestimate how much time they will actually need in order to pack all of their belongings. It can sometimes take up to 2-3 days for your packing to be complete. After all, you’re not going on vacation – you’re moving! If you want to do everything properly and make sure that everything is safely packed, you need to dedicate some time to this process. One of the most important steps towards a successful packing is making sure that you have all the necessary supplies that you will need. Here is a brief overview of the packing supplies and materials you should grab:

First of all, you will need different sized moving boxes, to accommodate all of your belonging:

  • Small boxes
  • Medium boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Extra large boxes

You can also consider repurposing some of your old bins or shoes boxes, these are a great option if you would like to save some money!

Then you will need some good quality tape, which will help to seal your boxes properly:

  • Shipping tape
  • Tape dispenser
  • Duct tape and/or strapping tape
  • Masking tape, if you want to label your boxes

Other useful things to get include box cutters, hand trucks, dollies, protective gloves for hands, permanent markers for labeling, etc.

The next most important thing that you need will need is packaging material. The best kinds of packaging material are:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam peanuts
  • Packing paper

You can also use cheaper alternatives, such as old newspaper, old linens, sheets, etc. It is also important to have things that you can protect some of your items with. For example, you need to make sure that you floor is covered while moving things around or while cleaning. The best thing to use for this purpose are felt pads, or even old blankets! Twine, rope, tie downs or bungee ropes will protect your furniture and boxes from moving during transportation. If you want to color-code the packed items, simply get some colored highlighters, sharpies, sticky notes, etc.

You will also need some basic cleaning supplies, so that you can clean everything up after you’re done with packing. These include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Broom and a dustpan

 

PRO TIP: Hire a packing crew!

Cross Country Moving Group offer many convenient moving services, amongst which are, of course, our packing services. Our packing crew consists of professional and experienced staff, which will definitely make the packing process easy and stress-free. If you’re worried about how you’re going to handle it on your own, let us help you! We will supply all the necessary packaging materials, moving boxes, etc. If you wish to hire our packing crew, give us a call right away!

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Planning and organizing your move can be somewhat demanding and hectic. When you decide to take this step, you have to take care of quite a few tasks, which makes it more likely for you to make a mistake or even forget to do something. After all, you’re only human, right? Nonetheless, making some major errors during your relocation process can be rather stressful, so you should do your best to make sure the whole process goes according to plan if possible. To help you do that, we provide you with a list of most commonly made mistakes that you should avoid. Keep these in mind, and you have nothing to worry about.

  1. Choosing the wrong time

Your decision to leave your current place of residence and start your life over someplace else is a huge step, so it is of utmost importance that you reach such a decision only after careful consideration. Thus, before you do anything to get the relocation process started, make sure that you (and your family) are ready for your move. Think about the time of the year because, for instance, summer is the busiest season for moving companies, which means your relocation will probably cost more if you decide to move during the hottest months of the year.

  1. Not creating a moving budget

Not only is moving to another state intricate and time-consuming, but it is, more often than not, somewhat costly, too. For that reason, one of the first things on your to-do list is to think about is money. You should make a moving budget that can cover all the moving expenses before you schedule your moving day.

  1. Jumping to conclusions

Once again, remember how important your move is, so before you choose the first moving company that seems to meet your needs, do some research. Don’t just jump to the conclusion that the company with the lowest bet is the most affordable one. In most cases, such companies actually hide various additional costs that are added later on. So, we suggest that you explore several moving companies, narrow your choice down to only a couple of those, and then compare them in order to decide which one is the best choice for you.

  1. Not exploring your insurance options

Last but not least, don’t forget to learn more about the insurance your chosen moving company offers. We’re sure you don’t want your fragile and highly valuable items to get damaged or broken during the transportation. Of course, movers will do their best to protect your belongings adequately and avoid any possible damage. Nonetheless, accidents happen, so explore your insurance options in further detail to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

If you need more moving tips, or you have some questions about your relocation, do not hesitate to contact Cross Country Movers Group anytime you want. We will be more than glad to help you in any way we can.

 

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Making friends in a new city is not as easy as it may seem, especially for adults. But it doesn’t have to be difficult either. Even though, as we grow up, we tend to get too preoccupied with our careers and everyday errands in order to make new friends, there are still ways in which you can up your chances to bring some new people into your life. Here is a quick guide that can help you do that.

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We all know how hectic and stressful relocation process can be, so the best way to make your move a pleasant experience is to hire a moving company which can help you. Not only are there some tasks that you can’t possibly take care of all by yourself, but there are also the ones that will just take you too much time and energy, so it’s best to leave them to professionals. Luckily, nowadays, most moving companies offer a wide range of additional moving services that you can choose between, so you can forget about your relocation turning into a nightmare. In case you’re not quite familiar with these, here’s a list of the most common additional services you can use:

 

 

 

  1. Professional packing and unpacking

There is no doubt you would do your best to pack all your belongings with utmost care, but no matter how hard you try, some items such as fragile and expensive pieces of furniture or artwork are almost impossible to pack without professional assistance. For that reason, it is advisable to leave this tricky task to experts and not worry about the safety of your belongings. Professional movers are called professional for a reason – these people are trained for what they do, and they have all the adequate packing supplies, as well as wrapping and padding materials used to protect your items. Plus, they can save you the trouble of unpacking all your boxes when you move into your new house.

  1. Disassembling and reassembling your furniture

Another thing movers will be better at is dismantling and reassembling your furniture. Again, they have all the adequate equipment for doing so, which means you don’t have to lift a finger. You might be tempted to think that disassembling your furniture is not that complicated, but believe us – it’s more complex than it seems.

  1. Appliance servicing

We’re sure you’ll be happy to hear that your chosen moving company can help you with your electrical appliances, as well. In other words, movers can save you the trouble of disconnecting them and then setting them up again when you get to your new house.

  1. Hoisting

Not only are certain pieces of furniture hard to dismantle, but there also the ones that are just too large to fit through the door of your old or your new house, which means you can only leave them there or ask your movers to deal with this problem. Luckily for you, moving companies have teams of people with great expertise in hoisting, so they can take such items out without any trouble using ropes and pulleys.

  1. Storage service

Last but not least, remember that you can ask for storage units if you need a safe place to store your stuff for some time for whatever reason. So, in case something comes up, and you find out that your new house will not be ready in time for you to move into it, you can leave your belongings in a storage unit.

So, when you get down to planning and organizing your move, keep in mind the previously listed services that can make the whole process much easier. Good luck!

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