3 Moving Tips for Winter

Snowy and Icy Road Conditions

Moving in Winter Weather – Be Prepared!

Moving in wintery weather… not always the desired time of the year to move but it happens.  Some people just don’t have a choice in what time of the year their move landed on, so they have to deal with moving in inclement weather and cold temperatures.  Sure, it would be nice if everyone could plan so their next move took place in comfortable weather and clear skies, but that’s just not the case.

We’ve been through our fair share of wintery moving experiences, so we figured we’d share some tips that have come to help us over our years as a moving company in Maryland.

1.)  Keep up to date with the weather!  This way, no matter what type of inclement conditions comes your way, you should be ready for it.  It’d be terrible if you woke up the morning you were supposed to move into a new home to find that there was a half foot of snow on the ground.  It could delay or postpone a move if one isn’t prepared for a little ice and/or snow.

2.)  Save winter items for last when packing.  If the weather is calling for snow or there is ice on the roads, make sure you have some things to assist you!  Keep snow-shovels, salt, windshield scrapers, and any snow/ice removal tools unpacked and ready.  Imagine if you and a moving truck pulled up to your new home and the driveway hadn’t even been shoveled after it had snowed?  You wouldn’t want to have to dig through packed stuff to get to a snow-shovel or some salt, so keep it handy!

3.)  Last but definitely not least : be cautious and take your time!  This means driving, carrying boxes or furniture, or even walking.  This should be a general guideline in inclement weather even when you aren’t moving, but even more so when you are.  Pay attention and take your time if you are driving to the new home, ice and snow make for terrible driving conditions.  Also, take take when arriving to your new residence to check for ice and snow and clear it if necessary.

So if you are moving this winter, and plan to use a moving company, get a free moving estimate from Affordable Movers LLC.  We’ll make your move as worry free as we can!

Home Move – Moving Company or DIY?

Home Moving Company in Baltimore, MD

Use a Residential Moving Company or Do It Yourself?

When you are moving from home to home, there are a tons of things to worry about, and many decisions need to be made.  One of the first decisions to think about making is the choice to use a residential moving company.  A couple key  things factor into making this decision, which is why we have provided this list of questions to ask yourself.  Answer these questions to determine if you should use a local moving company, like Affordable Movers LLC.

1.) How Big is My Home Move?  This should be one of the first things you are assessing when planning your move.  Are you moving into a bigger home or downsizing?  Do you plan to bring everything you own or are there things you will get rid of before the move?  Figuring out approximately how much stuff is going to be moved can help you decide whether you have the ability to do it yourself, or if you need the help of a moving team and moving trucks.

2.) Local Move or Long Distance?  The distance between your old and new residence is a huge determining factor when making your moving company decision.  Obviously, if you are only moving right down the street, a professional moving company probably isn’t the right choice for you.  However, if you are moving far away, where it may take a couple of trips to get all your belongings to the new location, why not just hire movers that can do it all at once?

3.) Time vs. Money  Basically, this is what it all boils down to.  Yes, pretty much everyone could handle their own move if they had to, but is it worth it?  How much is your time worth? How long will it take you to pack all your belongings into whatever vehicles you have, or can borrow, then unpack it at the new location?  How many days of lost work will it take?  Depending on the amount of money you generate at your job per day, letting an experienced team of movers do the moving for you, at a pre-determined price, could save you a lot of money.  Going with a moving company can save you loads of time and back-aches, but doing it yourself, depending on what your time is worth, can save you money.

4.) Big Company or Local Movers?  If you do decide to use a moving company, here are is a questions you need to answer.  Do you want to use a big business company like United Van Lines or Uhaul, or do you want the personal touch of a local moving company?  There are advantages to both!  A big company like Uhaul has been in the moving industry for years, so they have streamlined most of their operations, which doesn’t leave much room for suggestion, but gets the job done quickly and effectively.  Local moving companies, like ours, Affordable Movers LLC., take the time to get to know each client, so we can make their move a more custom process, and the best experience it can be.

Office Moving Checklist – 5 Tips for Moving Your Business

Moving a business or office can be even more stressful than moving your home.  If you are the business owner, or someone who is managing the move to a new office, you want to make sure you are prepared for whatever may come.

Not waiting until the last minute is the best thing you can do when you’re getting ready to move your office or small business.  Here is a small checklist that we find helps our customers out a little when it comes time for them to plan an office move.

1.) First thing’s first, plan ahead!  We can not stress this enough.  You want to give your employees plenty of notice so they have enough time to pack their belongings, and even help you plan if necessary.  Employees are vital assets to every business, so let them know as soon as you can about the upcoming move.  Decide what items can be packed ahead of time and which items need to remain unpacked until the final couple days.  Just keeping the bare essentials and packing less important items can make things run a little more smoothly on the day of the move.

2.) Label your Boxes!  This is a help to everyone, not just you!  It helps the business moving company that is loading and unloading your things into the trucks and the employees who will have to unpack them at the new location.  Organization is key to a successful and stress-free move, and it’s very easy to do, so take advantage of it.

3.) Layout the New Office ahead of time.  Determining where desks, shelves, cabinets, etc. will go before you get to your new location can save a lot of time and struggle.  Get employee input on this as well, they are the people that will be working in this new environment, so why not give them a say in how it’s laid out?  Even if you think you are the Da Vinci of office architecture, their suggestions may help!  Figure out where every item will go, down to office decor.  This way, as soon as the trucks pull up to the new office, you know right where to tell the moving team to put things.  There is minimal confusion, and everything will run much more smoothly.

4.) Back-Up all Important Electronic Documents.  This is kind of a no brainer but it does take planning and time to execute.  You don’t want any of your computers, servers, or hard drives moved until you have a back-up copy of all your important information.  Take advantage of cloud based storage solutions like Google Docs and Box.net to place a copy of your important data where you can retrieve it from any computer anywhere.  Make sure your mover is licensed, insured, and experienced at moving computer related equipment.  If you have a very important computer your couldn’t stand to loose, move it yourself, and be careful !!!!

5.) Look into Business Moving Companies.  These guys are expert movers, they know how to get your belongings from point A to point B safely and professionally.  They have the right equipment and knowhow to make sure your office move is as easy as it can be.  Why go through the stress and struggle (and possibly back pain!) of moving your office yourself when these guys can do it affordably and quickly?

5 Advantages of Hiring a Local Moving Company

Moving Company Employee with Handcart and Moving Boxes

Affordable Movers LLC – Local & Reliable Moving Services

Moving can be a stressful time for anyone.  There are many things to keep track of.  It can really be a hassle if you didn’t take the time to plan properly.  Even if you did plan, who’s to say an accident can’t occur that you have no control over?  Luckily, there’s moving companies, like ours, that do as much as we can to help keep the “move-ee” informed.  So if you are thinking of using a moving company for your next move, here are some advantages we can guarantee with our years of experience.

1.) Licensed and Insured !

Affordable Movers LLC is licensed and insured through the state of Maryland.  We are trained professionals who have been moving pianos, beds, dressers, tables, couches, and everything in between for years, so we know how to do it right.  Also, we offer moving insurance so in case an accident does occur, you have the highest level of protection.  If any of your property is damaged during the move,  that property will be replaced or reimbursed to you.  If you didn’t use a local moving company, and something got damaged on your own accord, the money to pay the damage would come out of your own pocket!  We make sure all your belongings get to where they need to go in the condition they were when they left, safe and sound.

 

2.) Never Run Out of Room!

Let’s admit it, not everyone has a huge box truck at their disposal whenever they have to move.  Especially in today’s economy, with gas prices what they are, it could cost a lot if you had to take more than one trip for all of your belongings.  Here at Affordable Movers, we start with a free moving quote that accesses all of the property you need moved from the start.  From there, we begin the planning process for you to assure all your belongings fit in the truck and get to where it needs to go.  We take out the guesswork and the worry .

 

3.)  Scheduled, On Time, Reliable

If time management isn’t your strong suite, or you just don’t want the hassle of scheduling everything yourself, fear no more!  Affordable Movers LLC plan the arrival, departure and everything in between.  We’ll take care of all the fine details, so that’s just one less thing for you to have to manage.  Stress-free moving is what we provide.

 

4.) Knowledgable, Experienced Movers

Moving companies have the know-how through doing.  This is our job, we know how to twist and jiggle couches to get them through hallways and doors.  We have the proper equipment, safety gear,  and proper packing materials to make sure moving furniture, boxes, and everything else is quick, and simple, as it should be.  You don’t want to damage and walls in your old or new residence, or the furniture that you are moving to or from there.  Affordable Movers makes sure everything gets to its destination the exact same way it was, to save you the head or back pain.

 

5.) Stress FREE, We Can’t Say It Enough

Yes, we do say it a lot, but it’s true!  Moving is definitely one of the most stressful times in anyones life, especially if it’s unexpected!  Sure, ideally, we’d all love to know in advance so that we had time to plan it and make sure everything went smoothly, but that isn’t always the case.  Moving companies take care of the heavy lifting, scheduling, and figuring for you.  At Affordable Movers, we try to make our clients move stress-free so they can focus on the important matters setting up a new home.