DON'T SWEAT THE BIG STUFF!

You can make bulky things easier to move by removing all the attached parts. For example, don’t move a desk with drawers and contents still inside. Instead, empty drawers, shelves, etc., and then remove those drawers and shelves if possible. If you can’t remove them, wrap them up or tape them shut so they don’t open while you carry them. You’ll also want to remove furniture legs and protruding handles, pulls, and knobs. Be sure to label everything you remove so you can put it back in its correct place. Painter’s tape is a great option for labels on the fly. Not only will this make your furniture and appliances lighter, but there will be fewer parts to scratch floors, gouge walls, and pinch fingers.
NEW HOUSE IN YOUR FUTURE?
 
Here are a few timely tips to help you manage your move in the new year! And from all of us at Brothers Movers, our best wishes to you and yours for an amazing New Year!
 
• Recycle more
As you pack for your new home, keep in mind that moving is an opportunity to make a new life for yourself. Get rid of unnecessary material goods or items that carry little sentimental value. Instead of taking your trash to the dump, however, donate it or give it away to people who may see it as treasure. You may not want your old coat or a worn chair, but maybe there is a family that does. Conversely, if there is something your new house needs, don’t buy new. Visit thrift stores or antique shops and furnish your new place with vintage, rustic and secondhand goods. With a little effort, you can find perfectly good items at decent prices.
 
• DIY Your House
DIY decorating, repairs and cleaning can make all the difference. This can include repainting rooms, fixing any damage to walls and re-carpeting. Don’t just focus on the interior though, as your curb and garden can really make a house’s appearance. Simply cleaning up, moving outdoor furniture and trimming the hedges can make a huge difference to the overall aesthetic. If you really want to make sure your property is presented at its best, think about hiring a professional photographer to take photos that will be displayed on estate agent websites.
 
• Manage pre-moving stress
When you’re planning to move, you’ll no doubt have an extensive list of tasks to complete. A number of these – such as registering your car in a new state, changing your bank and notifying the post office of your address change – can easily fall to the bottom of your list, only to cause you stress later on. The last thing you want to deal with when navigating a new town is a number of bureaucratic errands. Before moving, update your address and map out important offices in your new town, including DMV locations, post offices, and nearby banks. Set aside an afternoon once you’ve moved to visit these places and take care of business.
 
• Manage post-moving stress
There is no shortage of stressors once you’ve moved. One of the more subtly irksome aspects of a move is a home that’s not fully unpacked. Having boxes everywhere not only makes your new place feel more like a storage facility, it also means you have to spend time digging through boxes for things you need. Set aside a weekend to do all of your unpacking. You’ll be happier for it once you’re done.
 
• Eat healthier meals
If you’re trying to make some positive changes in your diet, unpack your kitchen as soon as possible. Don’t rely on fast food and microwave meals to get you through the first weeks of a new town. Cook healthy and often.
 
• Volunteer more
Many people hope to get more involved with their community in the new year. Volunteering is also a great way for recent movers to feel better connected to their new community. Soup kitchens and food drives are also a great place to meet like-minded people.
 
• Take a (MINI) vacation
Once you’ve moved, make sure you explore your new home. Spend your first few weekends taking trips to nearby locales outside your neighborhood. Go to local favorites off the beaten path as well as main cultural hubs. Make a day trip out of it.
 
THE (HOLIDAY) SPIRIT OF MOVING

If you’re moving right before a holiday, make sure to set up your decorations first to stay in the spirit of the season. Pack these festive items together and label them to ensure you can find them easily. Items like Christmas decorations, holiday cards, ornaments, and clothing should be in these labeled holiday boxes. Any gifts you’ll be bringing with you are important to label as well. After all, giving is the most important part of the season! And don't forget to give yourself some time off when you're done!
MOVING OVER THE HOLIDAYS?
 
 
If you’re planning the best time for your move over the holidays, consider moving in between Christmas and the New Year. The week after December 25th is usually very laid-back. Many people aren’t working. In fact, you may even have some time off work. You’ll likely have more friends and family available to help make your move go smoothly.
 
 
If you ARE making a holiday move, it's more important than ever that you stay organized. Have everything you don’t need for the holidays packed up and ready to go. And, go ahead and put up those holiday decorations! Instead of stashing away your regular décor, simply pack it into boxes. You’ll only have to pack up your decorations after the holiday is over.
 
 
In fact, there is no need to abstain from celebrating - just simplify what you would normally do. Instead of hosting the family dinner at your home, go to a friend or family member’s house this year. Or, simply cook something simple and get a special dessert or wine to celebrate the occasion.
 
 
GOING SOMEWHERE?

Missing bills because you never received them is stressful. Change the address on all of your utilities, medical bills, insurance companies, and credit or bank statements as soon as possible to ensure you are getting all of your mail. And don't forget to submit a Change of Address form with the post office as well!
TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
 
‘Tis the season for moving (sort of)! While not actually considered “peak moving season,” the holidays can be an extremely busy time for movers. After all, they are people with holiday commitments too. This means if you’re planning to hire a moving company, it’s important to book a reliable service as soon as possible.
 
 
Also, keep in mind that moving on a holiday weekend costs more than moving on a non-holiday. Holiday traffic will be a concern, as roads fill up with holiday shoppers and travelers. The U.S. Department of Transportation states that the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's periods are among the busiest travel times of the year. FYI: Thanksgiving Day happens to be one of the heaviest long-distance travel days for vehicles. Given this information, it’s probably best to avoid moving these days, if you can.
 
 
From all of us here at Brothers Movers, our best wishes to you and yours for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD:
 
Just because something CAN be moved, doesn’t mean it makes sense to do it. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to toss, look for these key signs that something is best thrown out or given away. J
 
   •  You never took it out of the box
   • It doesn’t fit your style or needs
   • You think “I might need this someday”
   • It’s old or out of date
   • You won’t use or read it again
   • It’s an unfinished project
   • It hasn’t been touched in more than a year and holds no sentimental value
   • Furniture that won’t fit in your new space
SO... IT'S TIME TO MOVE MOM...
 
Downsizing is an inevitable part of moving to a new residence: taking old clothes to Goodwill, throwing away that leaf blower that hasn’t worked in five years, and getting rid of all the things you’ve accumulated that your family no longer needs.
 
 
But, downsizing can be particularly tough for the elderly, who may find it overwhelming to think about letting go of the items they’ve gathered over a lifetime. If a senior loved one is faced with a move to a small apartment or assisted living where they may have less storage space, that clutter in the closet may turn into a stubborn roadblock — or even a justification to resist moving.
 
 
This can mean a tough conversation for family caregivers, who are usually the ones faced with confronting their parents about downsizing. For these folks the problem isn’t denial about having to move, but rather, the extraordinary difficulty associated with giving up items that are so closely linked to their identities, their past and their memories. Pro tip? Start the process early... and be patient!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING.....
 
“I first used Brothers Movers back in 2003 when I needed to relocate around $300K of networking equipment from a site in Wilmington DE to a site in Philadelphia PA. I was so impressed by how they handled that move that I have never considered using any other mover for either my personal or corporate needs. I have used them for at least five other moves, including one last week. Each time, Brothers’ pricing has been fair, their crews have been great, and the service has been excellent. I strongly recommend using this company as your mover.” - Chris Q.
THE SPORT OF SORTING

Take a cue from Marie Kondo and organize your belongings by category, not by room (note that the category part only applies to the organization process, not the unpacking — that’s a whole separate ordeal). Instead of spending a day cleaning out your entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through every article of clothing you own. Scour every coat closet, dirty clothes hamper, and laundry room until you’ve got all your clothes in one place. Then sort. Do the same thing for books, shoes, important papers, and the like. You'll find yourself moving a lot less!!
 

DON’T SHOP ME NOW!

 

To save you the guilt of throwing away perfectly decent food, stop buying groceries a week or two before you’re scheduled to move. Try to make meals at home to use all the food have left. If you don’t finish everything, invite a friend or two over to see if they need some half-finished spices or boxes of pasta. For anything you can’t get rid of, toss it and don’t look back.

DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD...

"Can’t say enough good things about Brothers Movers! They moved us quickly, efficiently, courteously, and without any issues! From the office to the foreman to the guys on the truck, they all did outstanding work! Friendly, helpful, and reasonable. I highly recommend Brothers Movers if you are looking for a great moving experience!!" -- Alex T.

DON'T PACK A STACK
 
Don’t stack your dishes horizontally inside a box. Instead, wrap your plates and bowls in packing paper - or even dishtowels and tablecloths - gently place them into a box on their sides like records, and then fill the empty spaces with bubble wrap to prevent cracking and breaking. Don’t forget to put a little padding on the bottom of the box for extra cushioning!

DRESSER DRAWERS

Dresser drawers are their own moving boxes, and the easiest way to move them is to wrap them with plastic wrap. You can leave them in the dresser if it’s not too heavy to move that way, or you can remove them and move the dresser and the drawers separately. Wrapping them this way will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents!

YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES!

Snap a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices before your move. Better yet, start labeling your wires well BEFORE the move so you know where things need to be plugged when you get to your new location. You can use pre-purchased labels, a piece of paper taped around the cable, or even something as simple as a bread tag to label your wires. Just make sure your label is securely attached before you disconnect it from your device!

PET POINTERS:

If you’re moving with a dog or cat, place their food and water bowl (and litter box) in the same room as you had it in your old home. The more consistent you are with your pet’s routine, the less likely they are to be anxious and destroy things. Keep a snack bin available during moving and unpacking. Load it up with water, protein bars, treats, chips, or whatever you, and your furry friends, need to stay fueled up during your move.

CONSOLIDATE YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES:

If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it. Try to keep your supplies together in one container or carton to make things easier to move from room to room!

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY!

Boxes, that it. You’ll need lots of boxes – probably more than you think – and having enough boxes will make your life easier. Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last-minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items), packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. When the truck is all packed, you can then return any unused supplies, or just toss them.

LET’S GET PERSONAL!

To help yourself – and your movers - get organized, use brightly colored boxes, and give everyone a different color! You’ll be able to see at a glance which boxes belong to which person, and where those boxes will go in your new home. Let each family member also prepare an ‘Open Me First’ box with items they’ll want ‘right away’ in the new home – a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone charger, nightlights, toothbrush, pens and paper, keys, tissues and toilet paper, travel cosmetic case, and so on. And don’t forget the snacks!
DIY PACKING MATERIAL:
 
Bubble wrap and packing peanuts aren’t cheap. You can use stuff like towels, sheets, and clothing to protect your breakables, but unless the things you’re boxing are squeaky clean, you’re going to have a ton of laundry to do after you unpack.
 
What to do instead? If you own a paper shredder, chances are you’ll be shredding a ton of paper clutter while you’re getting ready to move. Instead of dumping the shredded paper into the recycling bin, you can use it to cushion blows. To avoid a big confetti-like mess, stuff the paper shreds into plastic grocery bags before using to pad boxes and fragile items. Just remember to tie a knot at the top of each bag to prevent spilling.
 
Another good tip to know: clean plastic bottles in an assortment of sizes can be used to stop odd shaped items from shifting around the confines of boxes.
USE YOUR LUGGAGE:

Here’s an easy way to keep track of your important and first-needed items: Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, toiletries, and paper goods! Even for short moves, you’ll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favorite sweaters, whereas “Box #189” might remain elusive for days. Besides... you gotta move ‘em anyway!
 
IT'S PERSONAL!
 
It might seem like common sense, but there are some things you should never put into a moving van -- your personal, must-need papers! Your list of “important” papers might include birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, realtor info, maps, and more. Don’t leave these with the mover. Keep them with you and move them personally.
GET COLORFUL!
 
Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for the dining room, etc. As you pack your boxes, apply colored moving tape or stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, put a matching sticker on the door to each room so the movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, (“Boxes here please”) to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.
THINK OF MOVING AS THE ULTIMATE DECLUTTERING OPPORTUNITY!
 
The less stuff you have, the cheaper it’ll be to move it — and the neater and faster your new home will come together. Start as early as possible, and divide items into “keep,” “trash,” “recycling,” and “donate.” Be ruthless — if you haven’t used it in a year (or forgot you even had it!), you don’t need it. Stuff you really shouldn’t bother moving: open condiment containers, cleaning products, and stacks of old magazines.
MAKE A LIST
Write everything down -- you’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents, or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. Place a number on EVERY box you pack and jot down the contents on your list. Then, don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll call packing central. That’s where you’ll keep all of your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific—”A-D files” is better than “files” and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen.”