How Big are Moving PODs, Rental Trucks and Freight Trailers?

How Big is a Moving POD and Moving Truck

If you are planning a do-it-yourself move, you are likely going to rent a moving POD container, moving truck or freight trailer to transport and store your items. But did you know that each option can have many different size variations? Size options vary from company to company; some only have one size option while others may have five or more. We've created this nifty moving guide to help you determine what size options are available from popular portable storage (POD), rental truck and


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Moving Companies That Display The Elite Moving Labor 'Verified' Badge

Moving Companies Displaying Supplier Verified Badge

In March 2014 we officially gave permission to our active moving company vendors to use our Supplier 'Verified' badge for display on their website. If you're a consumer shopping for a reputable moving company, you may have come across this badge and are wondering what it means. Let's first help you understand what a Supplier is and why we verify them.

What is a Supplier?

Elite Moving LaborTM provides moving labor help nationwide to more than 23,000 customers each year. It would be nearly


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America's Best Small Towns in 2013

America's Best Small Towns 2013

CNN Money has just released their annual rankings for "America's Best Small Towns" as part of their "Best Places to Live" series. Although there are many new ranking reports published every month, for every possible category from "Best Towns for Hippies" to "Healthiest Cities", this particular report is broader and more relevant to the majority of American's who are relocating. We've decided to blog about this report because, for the first time in a long time, the results are evenly spread


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5 Tips for Finding Affordable Storage from A Self Storage Facility

Tips for Finding Affordable Self Storage for Household Goods

Whether you are moving, downsizing, staging your home, renovating or organizing you may eventually need to shop around for a storage unit. Self storage facilities are everywhere, seemingly on every street corner, but how do you choose the right one? Perhaps more importantly, how do you find the best price? How can you locate the best deal?

We've taken the time to research and compile the 5 best ways to reduce the cost of your self storage unit. Our list is outlined in descending


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Summer Moving Tips for 2013 - Book Early for Peak Demand Dates

Do-it-yourself moving tips for the summer

The 2013 moving season looks to be one of the busiest in years. Home values are increasing, sales are rebounding, employers are hiring, the economy is recovering and competition in the moving industry is driving down relocation costs.

Planning ahead is the best way to make sure your move goes smoothly. Hire your movers and reserve your rental truck or portable storage unit as far in advance as possible. Be aware of your moving dates - do they fall at the end or beginning of the month? On a


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Deciding What Property to Take When Moving

Deciding what property to take when moving

Moving is an event that most people experience during their lives. While transitioning to a new house or apartment is an exciting time and something to cherish, it is also a complicated process. It is important to relax and enjoy the journey, but there are decisions along the way that can help prioritize property and save you money in the long run. Below I have listed a four step process that can help you, the mover, decide what property to load in the truck or POD and which property to leave


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Top 10 Moving Destinations in 2012

Top 10 Moving Destinations in 2012

Last December we blogged about U.S. migration trends as reported by Forbes. The blog, "A Visual Look at American Migration and Relocation in 2011", included an interactive map that visually showed where people were moving to. Similar to 2011, the relocation trends of Americans continue to focus on the south, notably cities in warmer climates. Only 3 of the top 10 in 2012 are in colder climates: Denver, Seattle and Chicago.

The 2012 report was compiled with data from our favorite truck


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Reasons why you should relocate to the Washington DC Area

Relocating to the Washington DC Area

We may be a moving company, but we often like to blog about city rankings and migration trends. After all, city rankings are a great way to measure how a region is doing and thus, where people will be moving to or from.

One metropolitan area that never ceases to amaze me is the Washington D.C. area. For the past ten years the DC area has consistently topped national rankings, from "Top Earning Towns" to "Most Literate City". It's these high rankings which people use to measure the quality of


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Friendliest Towns in America

Friendliest Towns in America 2013

The folks over at Forbes are always looking for ways to report fun statistics, apparently this week they decided upon the "Friendliest Towns in America". I've decided not to question how they were able to measure this statistic, I'll leave that part up to the brains at Forbes. Instead, I thought it might be fun to compare the friendliest towns to other city ranking lists, such as the CNN Money, "Best Places to Live" and Forbes, "Top 10 Cities Where Americans are Moving".

Although not


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Lighten Your Load - Tips for a Simpler Move

Moving tips for diy self moving

Moving is one of the most stressful life changes a person can undergo. In fact, moving is often listed as one of the top most stressful life events among Americans today, right alongside death of a loved one, divorce and job loss. Although moving will come with several difficult obstacles to overcome, there are ways to approach this challenging task to make it less of a burden. One of the easiest ways to limit your moving stress is by limiting the amount of items you have to move in the first


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Top 15 Best Housing Markets for the Next Five Years

US Cities that will grow in the next 5 years

Is your home value increasing? If you are like many Americans it probably is not, at least not by very much. According to a price report by Fiserv Case-Shiller, average home prices are expected to rise a measly 0.3% in the next year and only 3.3% in the next five years. That's a long way from the 25%+ annual appreciation many metropolitan areas experienced during the housing boom. But, as with every study, there are always outliers that will experience higher or lower gains.

The same price


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American Cities with the Most Millionaires

US Cities with the most millionaires

So you didn't win the 550 million dollar Powerball on Wednesday, huh? Well, if you happen to be an entrepreneur or tech savvy person there is some good news. According to the Metro Wealth Index from Capgemini, many major metropolitan areas are recording an increase in the growth percentage of millionaires. San Jose, California, a large city within Silicon Valley, had a 2.1% increase in their millionaire population between 2010-2011. It's not all good news though, some cities, such as Detroit,


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Top 10 Cities Where Americans are Moving

Cities where Americans are Moving to

Are you ready to relocate somewhere new but are not sure where to go? Perhaps a look at the top 10 "Cities Where Americans are Moving", published by Forbes, will help you make a decision. The data is based on the most recent statistics available from July 2010 to July 2011.

The biggest winner during this period has been Texas, landing 4 of the top 10 spots. It's no surprise that Texas is such a strong winner, they have affordable housing, moderate weather and several major metropolitan areas


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10 Best Places to Retire

Best Places to Retire

2011 was the first year in which "Baby Boomers", those born between 1946-1964, began hitting retirement age. Over the next 19 years approximately 77 million Americans' will retire, many of whom may be looking for a new place to live. So where do you go? Luckily, large outfits like Yahoo! and Newsweek research and publish town, city and state rankings in a variety of categories. Today's category? The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012 as reported by Yahoo!.

Compare the 2012 rankings to our 2011


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How to Protect your Floors and Carpet on Moving Day

Protect flooring on moving dayMoving can be incredibly stressful which is why it is important to keep a checklist of everything you may need on moving day. One item that is often overlooked is floor protection, how will you protect your floors from damage or dirt? It's true, many vanlines will provide floor protection, but self moves are a completely different story. When hiring moving labor (movers to load or unload) the task of protecting the floors is usually yours. To help you adequately prepare flooring we have


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Move your Business with Ease!

Local business moversNo one looks forward to the logistics of making a big move - especially if the process involves relocating an established business or restaurant. Whether you are changing your address to move into a better market, to get a bigger space or because you are trying to save money, there is a lot to consider when moving your restaurant.

Perhaps you wonder how to make the moving process as smooth as possible, all the while hoping that your existing customer base will follow you to your new location.


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Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

Rental trucks are a great way to relocate for both local and long distance moves but you will want to keep an watchful eye on your budget. Although great options for self moves the fact remains that rental trucks have never been synonymous with fuel economy. Ten years ago that may not have mattered, but today fuel prices seem to rise almost daily. So how do you know how much money you should expect to pay for gas? Luckily for you, we have created a nifty rental truck fuel calculator to help.


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Florida Dominates Top 10 Turnaround Housing Markets

Florida Housing Market is UncertainBack in October we blogged about the "2011 Best and Worst Housing Markets" as published by Business Week. We were blown away when we read that Florida accounted for 17 of the top 25 spots on the worst housing markets list which surely meant certain doom for the state. Well, as we have reviewed before, sometimes it's all about how you analyze the data. Only four months after dominating the worst housing market list Florida has made headlines again, this time on CNBC's "Top 10 Turnaround Towns".


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What Supplies or Equipment Should I Provide for my Self Move?

Moving equipment necessary for a do-it-yourself move

You can always count on our movers to provide standard moving equipment, this includes a hand truck (a dolly for boxes), floor dolly (flat for furniture) and standard tools. However, depending on the type of services we are providing for you it may be necessary to obtain moving supplies or other moving equipment to help us complete your move successfully.

Take a look at the moving equipment we provide.

Load Services

  • Furniture Pads: It is necessary for us to have pads/quilts during a load

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Top 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wage Increases

Since the recession began in 2008 it seems like most news has been negative, especially when related to the economy, housing or employment. This week however, the Payscale Index released the top 10 cities which experienced the largest increase in wage growth in the private sector. The report notes that the rankings are based on the fourth quarter of 2010 through the fourth quarter of 2011.

After reviewing the numbers we are delighted to see such diversity in the rankings. No single state, region


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