5 Reasons to Hire Movers to Help Load Your Truck or POD

Movers to Load a Truck or POD

Moving is a physically demanding and exhausting task for most people. Even if you are in peak physical shape, you will likely find that it is far more difficult than anticipated. But the importance of hiring moving help goes far beyond the heavy lifting, especially when loading your moving truck or POD. Navigating the complicated loading process is daunting, so it's best to have professional movers available to load your items for you. Simply put, loading a truck or POD requires experience


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How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Moving Truck?

How Much Does It Cost To Rent a Moving Truck

Renting a moving truck is one of the most affordable ways to move. Commonly referred to as a do-it-yourself (DIY) move, a rental truck is a great option for both local and long distance moves. Although rental truck pricing is relatively simple to understand, there are also a lot of misconceptions as to how much a truck rental will cost. We've created a simple breakdown that will tell you everything you need to know about the cost of renting a moving truck.

Hiring moving labor to help load


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Free Ways to Recycle Old Electronics and Printer Ink Cartridges

Recycle or Trade in Old Electronics

Whether you're preparing to move, recently completed a move, or you are simply organizing and decluttering, you may find that you have old, damaged or otherwise unwanted electronics. It's human nature to look for the easiest solution and simply throw these items into the trash, but doing so can have adverse environmental effects and it's just down right wasteful. Luckily, many top electronic manufacturers and retailers have made the process of recycling old electronics and ink cartridges easy


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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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How to Determine the Size of a Side-by-Side or French Door Refrigerator

How to Determine the Size of a Side-by-Side or French Door Refrigerator

You're moving soon and you have a side-by-side or french door refrigerator (SBS for short), a pretty common appliance these days. Because side-by-side refrigerators can vary greatly in size, weight and bulkiness we often need to know just how large your refrigerator really is. Understanding the size will allow us to accurately determine how many movers are required for it to be moved safely. To make this process as easy as possible we have outlined several different methods to help you


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A Schedule for Keeping Self Packing Stress Free

A Time Schedule for Packing Before Your Move

Are you moving soon? If so, we know this can be a stressful and expensive endeavor. Some homeowners try to save money by packing themselves, if you have the time, this is a great way to reduce your overall moving costs. However, it is important to remember to stay organized, start early, and be patient with yourself.

Once you have a closing date on your home, it is important to start getting organized to move. If you are going to pack yourself, but are hiring a moving company to move your


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Finding the Best Deals on Furniture Blankets, Paper Pads and Quilts

Find Affordable Furniture Blankets and Pads for Moving

Over the years we have covered the topic of furniture pads pretty extensively. Recently, there have been some updates worthy of reporting, notably their affordability, which has prompted us to write another blog.

Until recently, furniture protection was not readily available to the general public unless you were willing to shell out big bucks. The majority of the lower cost options, such as paper pads and textile blankets (discussed below), were only available online and they were far more


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How to Keep Pets and Kids Occupied On Moving Day

How to Move with Kids and Pets

Approximately 12 percent of U.S. residents moved in 2012 according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and many of those moving include families with children or pets. Moving day can be a difficult time for both kids and animals, so keeping them happy and distracted can go a long way toward ensuring the moving day experience is calm and peaceful.

One of the simplest ways to keep pets and kids distracted, or at least out of the way, is to arrange for them to visit friends or relatives or, in


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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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Moving To Your Dream Home

Moving tips for do-it-yourself moves

The successful search for the house of your dreams is finally over. You've found the place you've been seeking, seemingly forever, an ideal combination of beauty, utility, location and karma that will serve your needs for years to come. And though your quest for perfection might have taken up months or more of your valuable time, it's been a fun and interesting journey. You've considered all the options, studied what others are doing to customize their residences and learned a lot about how


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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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