How to Prepare When Moving in Florida
Moving a household can become extremely stressful due to the amount of preparation required, let alone the actual day of the move. Some moves can take over a month to prepare for. With that being said, we’ve provided you with a list of ways to prevent a disaster. You’ll thank us later.
If you’re planning on using a moving company, begin by getting estimates from at least three different movers. Be sure to ask if they are a broker or a carrier. Confirm that they are licensed and insured while checking their reviews to make sure you aren’t hiring a nightmare in the making. Lastly, closely review the estimates you receive as the services offered and possible increases in the terms and conditions are much more important than the total estimated cost itself.
When you decide on which moving company you would like to hire, schedule a mid-week, mid-month pickup. This may reduce cost as demand is highest on the weekends and of course at the end of the month. More importantly, moving when your mover has more availability will prevent delays or even worse; a no show. The reduction of pressure on the company will also result in better service with well rested, more alert and careful movers on moving day.
The next task you want to begin focusing on is packing, which can become an endless task. It is common for a person to push their move back a few days because they haven’t finished packing. Otherwise, they end up experiencing an increase in cost because the moving company had to render packing services which initially were not requested. Unfortunately, starting early will lead to a clustered home with boxes in every corner, but at least you’ll be ready to go.
One moving tip we constantly come across is the use of recycled boxes. We strongly urge you to disregard this tip as we find it to do more harm than good. Here’s why, these boxes are usually worn and torn and end up causing damage to the goods you place inside of them. They are more likely to collapse and be crushed when stacked on top of each other in a truck. Not to mention being worn, they cannot sustain water damage from rain as well as a new box could.
Another way to prevent damage to the items you pack is to pack heavy items into small boxes. Large heavy boxes are likely to crush a lighter box or open from the bottom. It also allows the moving crew to stack them more carefully, further preventing damage. Remember to apply color coordinated labels to your boxes separating them by room to make the delivery process smoother.
Fragiles and glassware can be packed into large heavy duty boxes or dish-pack boxes as we call them. Although we urge you not to over pack these boxes. Keep them light to ensure the safety of the fragiles within. You can use pillows and blankets on fragiles like lamps, for example but we recommend you use foam pouches and bubble wrap for glassware and dishes.
Before we move on from packing, we have one last tip that some may find useful. Place a fully charged IOS device like an ipad or iphone into one of your boxes in order to track your move. The device should have a “find my device” feature which will allow you to know where your items are located at all times. Just remember to pack the device on moving day and place the device in power save mode before packing it.
It’s moving day! Time to dot my I’s and cross my tees. Check all cabinets and dressers to make sure your dishes are packed and dressers are ready for transport. Have water handy as there will be plenty of activity in all the chaos and simplify entries and exits with a door stopper. Finally, take photos of your furniture to log their condition prior to loading.
Now it’s time to let the movers do their thing, go have a lemonade and give yourself a pat on the back for applying the tips you found here and elsewhere! “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin.
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Making The Best Choices When Moving To Florida
Florida, also known as the Sunshine State is home to many thriving markets. It is the third largest state in the nation and is conveniently placed in a climate like no other. It offers a vast coastline of beaches on both the eastern and western sides of the state with wildlife attractions you’ll surely want to visit. If you’re considering moving to Florida this article will tell you why that may be a great idea regardless of which area you’re interested in.
For starters, Florida is a state that is obviously warm and sunny most days. Especially St. Petersburg which gets 360 days of sun each year! With that said, don’t bother packing your shovels and prepare to enjoy endless beaches, lakes, water parks and hiking trails. Common hobbies and activities in Florida consist of swimming, diving, sailing, golfing, hiking, playing tennis and many other outdoor sports. If you’re an active health conscious individual, Florida is right for you.
Since Florida is such a large and diverse state, it would probably be a good idea to give you an idea of what to expect in different areas. Beginning with Miami, a metropolitan city filled with beautiful Cuban culture and plenty of people from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts so expect to find that New York attitude I’m sure you’ve heard of. Most people planing on moving to Florida first think of Miami which might be not be for everyone. On the other hand, if you’re a New Yorker or Bostonian, you’ll feel right at home. The city of Miami can be very lively, attracting celebrities, athletes and many other successful people. Nightlife is probably the best in the state but the cost of living is also higher.
If beaching and the party scene isn’t the only thing you’re interested in, maybe a city filled with world renowned theme parks is a better suit. Orlando is a high populated city that thrives on tourism with Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld and the Kennedy Space Center at your doorstep. Not to mention, you haven’t necessarily traded the beach scene and nightlife. Orlando offers plenty of nightlife options with a great food scene considering the amount of tourism it receives and Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Cocoa Beach are just an hour drive from the city.
Tampa / St. Petersburg
Tampa and St. Petersburg are two cities currently growing rapidly. If you are serious about moving to Florida, then be sure to look in to both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Commercial buildings are going up one after the other and job opportunities are pouring in. Although the cost of housing in these markets is low, with that comes lower wages than Miami or Orlando. The two cities do offer plenty of beaching and nightlife and tourism is popular in the winter as many “snowbirds” make their way down from the north.
Jacksonville is a unique part of Florida that I personally enjoy. It has a big city feel with a southern culture all in one. It is the most populated city in Florida with over 900,000 residents. Home to the Jacksonville Jaguars and many other thriving areas of commerce it is no surprise that the residents of this city have higher than average household incomes. With that, you may find it appealing that much of the city also offers affordable housing.
If you are thinking of moving to Florida or are considering a local move within Florida we hope the information in this article has helped! Rodeway Relocation is a local Florida mover and we’d love to keep visiting all the amazing locations listed above. We also love servicing you and enjoying our own Sunshine State! Click here a free local Florida moving quote.
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