10 Ways To Make Your Life Easier During a Long-Distance Move

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If you’re preparing for a cross-country move, the excitement can be overshadowed by the moving logistics.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the scale of your move. With a little organization, you can move from point A to point B efficiently. Whether you’re leaving the Great Plains of Oklahoma for the golden West Coast or the bustle of the Northeast, these long-distance moving tips will help you and your belongings get there smoothly.

Consider Moving During the Off-Season

May through September is the most popular time for people to move. Off-season discounts, or at least pricing, may be available during downtimes in the fall, winter, and early spring. If possible, explore the possibility of moving when the roads are less crowded with fellow travelers.

Take Inventory of What You Need to Bring

Moving is a great excuse to de-clutter and simplify your life. While you want to take your favorite furniture, heirlooms, and kitchen essentials, you don’t need to keep dragging around old clothes and unwanted knickknacks.

Take time to decide what you want to take with you to your new house and what needs to be sold, donated, or thrown away. We recommend using the one-year rule.  If you haven’t used or worn something in the last year, it’s time to toss it. Any items or clothing in good condition can be sold or donated.

Have Quality Moving Supplies Ready to Go

Invest in sturdy moving supplies, especially if you plan to pack yourself. This means durable cardboard boxes that are easily stackable and come in a variety of sizes.

While it’s tempting to raid your local grocery store or other businesses for leftover boxes, it’s best to make an investment in professional packing supplies. Pre-used boxes that aren’t intended for packing heavy items could bottom out, be prone to further damage, or be hard to fit together once packed in a car or moving truck.

Decide Whether or Not to Hire Packers

If your moving budget allows for it, you can save an incredible amount of time and stress by hiring professional packers. They have the expertise to move fragile or special items with care. From kitchen appliances to paintings, they can help you with the logistics of getting everything organized.

Make a Packing Plan

Packing up an entire house takes time. The demands of daily life leave little spare time for moving prep. Instead of waiting until the very last minute to pack up, set designated packing days for certain rooms of your house.

If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, go room by room and start with the items you know you won’t need to access every day, like out-of-season clothing or décor. Then move on to bigger projects like your closet or the bulk of your children’s toys. Leave the essential items you need for your daily routine for last.

Pack a Suitcase to Keep with You

Have a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, and other basics ready to take with you as you travel to your new home. If you’re moving with small children, it’s a good idea to set aside a few of their favorite toys and activities from moving boxes. These can help keep them occupied on moving day.

Finalize Travel Plans

Long-distance moving can involve multiple days of traveling. Decide whether you’ll be flying or driving to your new home. If driving, determine if you need multiple cars and who will be driving. Determine what needs to be packed in each car. Also, map out directions and plan stops along the way.

If flying, buy your tickets well in advance of moving day. You’ll need to plan what will go in your luggage and how many bags in total you’ll need. It’s also great to have rides to and from the airport arranged beforehand.

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Make Moving Plans for Your Pets

Pets require special planning. If you’re driving, you’ll need to make sure your pet has enough food, water, and potty breaks planned. You also need to have any essential supplies with you and ready to go.

If flying, communicate with the airline on how to best travel with your pets. Chances are you’ll have to check the pet supplies you’ll need after landing or make plans to purchase supplies at a store once you’ve arrived at your new home.

Visit with your vet before you move to see if any special accommodations need to be arranged to keep your pets comfortable during the move.

Book Arrangements for Multi-day Moving

If you’re driving across country, you’ll want to have sleeping arrangements made, especially when you have over-night stops on your route. Choose hotels and pre-book rooms that can accommodate your family and allow you to have a good night’s rest before you hit the road again. Waiting until the last minute to book arrangements may prove disastrous if hotels are full for the night.

Give Yourself an Adjustment Period

You may be travel weary once you get to your new home. If you’re able to move at least a week before starting a new job or before your kids start school, do so.

A calm week to unpack and arrange your new home will allow you to settle.  Take a day to drive around town, find a grocery store, pharmacy, or gym. Drive by your new workplace or your children’s new school. If you have time, check out coffee shops or other unique features that will make your new town feel like home.

Let ACE Move You

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How To Pack Your Fragile Bowls

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There’s no point in crying over a broken bowl–especially if you can avoid it breaking in the first place. Packing is stressful but throw in delicate items like fragile bowls and other dishes, and it can feel overwhelming.

Don’t fret when it’s time to pack up your dining room and china cabinets. Our tips for packing fragile dishes will help protect your treasured dining ware.

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How to Pack Fragile Bowls Step-by-Step

Step 1: Set up a workstation and fill the bottom of a dish pack with extra paper for cushion. Only use weight-rated dish pack cartons.

Step 2: Place bowl on top of several sheets of packing paper in the center of the top sheet.

Step 3: Gather several sheets of packing paper and pull one corner up and over the bowl so that entire bowl is covered.

Step 4: Stack a second bowl inside the first bowl (which should be covered by packing paper).

Step 5: Moving clockwise, fold the remaining corners across the second bowl.

Step 6: Continue to fold corners across middle until both bowls are wrapped on all sides.

Step 7: Turn entire bundle upside down and secure with packing tape. For non-fragile plates and bowls, you can pack five or six to a bundle.

Step 8: Always remember to pack your carton from the bottom to the top, high and tight.

How Can ACE Help You Move?

Need to pack your stemware as well? Take a look at our “How to Pack Stemware” article. We also offer the packing starter kits you need to be fully prepared for moving.

 

Moving Guide: Should You Sell, Donate, Or Toss Your Items?

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Are you getting ready to move to a new home? Packing can be overwhelming, but a little planning can ease your nerves. Before you begin to pack every item in sight, take advantage of your move and spend a few days finding opportunities to downsize and declutter.

Declutter Before Packing

As you go through your home, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of clothes, toys, and appliances there is to sort through. To ease the stress of the packing, create attainable goals and a game plan.

Go one room at a time. Set aside boxes and label them either: Keep, Sell, Donate, or Throw Away. Try to finish packing one room before moving onto the next one. Once you have items organized into the right category, it’s time to act! Donate gently used items or sell them through a garage sale, and throw away or recycle any unusable items appropriately.

Are you having trouble deciding what you should keep or give away? Follow these guidelines to streamline your moving process.

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We want to make your move as stress-free as possible. From packing up your home to getting your belongings where they need to go, we can handle every step of the moving process. Contact us today, and let’s get moving.

Top 7 Commerical Moving Tips

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Is your business expanding or downsizing? Moving an entire office to a new address can be extremely stressful. From computers to breakroom fixings, your office crew needs to move items without interrupting productivity.

Fortunately, all you need is a game plan to avoid big interruptions to your workflow. A few tips of the trade will make moving more manageable, if not a breeze, for you and your employees.

Let Your Employees Know About the Move Ahead of Time

This is the first step. Your employees need time to process and plan for an office move. Ideally, a few months should be given. Under extreme circumstances, a few weeks is adequate. Be open and transparent with your employees. Some may be concerned about a change in their commute or the distance to their child’s school. The more communication and time you have before moving day will allow workers to adjust.

Start Letting Your Customers Know

If your business has a lot of customer foot traffic, it’s a good idea to start letting them know you’re relocating. Start advertising your move a least a month to a few weeks in advance. In-store signs, flyers, and announcements on social media can help spread the word.

Your customer service team should also be ready to help answer any inquiries or concerns about the move.

Create a Checklist for Relocating the Entire Business

Your employees will appreciate the organization of a checklist. As you plan for what needs to be done logistically, write down what each employee can do to ease the moving process.

Should everyone clean their desks by a certain date? What do they need to bring with them? What stays behind? These are all questions you need to think about. Once you have an idea, send a memo or print out the checklist to pass out. Try to get this out at least a week before moving.

Workers prepare their office for moving by labeling desk items.

Prepare Furniture and Electronics for Moving

If you’re moving computers, it’s important to do it in an orderly fashion. Make sure the cables are removed carefully and placed in a numbered zip locked bag that corresponds to the computer it goes with. Important information on your computer should be backed up on either a cloud server or flash drive. As a business, your number one priority should be to protect your data.

If you’ve hired a mover, they will make sure your furniture is broken down properly and transported safely to your new location. Furniture that’s going with you to the new office should be identified and counted. You don’t want to lose track or forget someone’s desk chair at the old office. Movers can help with this if you’ve hired them for packing services.

Get Rid of Unwanted Items

There’s usually a little unwanted clutter in every office. Now is the time to dig deep into forgotten storage closets, cabinets, and designated “junk” desks. Donate old electronics, recycle old papers, and toss out long-forgotten lunches in the breakroom fridge.

Update Your Address, Website, and Local Listings

Your customers need to know where to find you. The moment operations start back up again at your new office, your physical and online listings need to be ready to go. Your stationery, business cards, and website need to reflect the updated address.

If your business is listed on Yelp, Google+, and other prominent local listing sites, assign someone to update your new phone number and address. It’s also important to update your social media business pages. Make sure to announce the move on all your business’s social platforms as well!

Keep Your Receipts

It’s important to keep all the receipts accumulated throughout the move. You need to keep track of all your company’s expenses to figure out what can be deducted from your taxes or used for reimbursement.

It Always Helps to Have the Right Movers

Ace Moving & Storage will make sure your transition is seamless. We’d love to help move your businesses so you can focus on what you do best.  Contact us for a quote or for more information about our corporate moving services.

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Tips On Packing Small Appliances

How do you pack up items like blenders, microwaves, and Keurig’s? Our handy how-to tips will help you pack all your essential appliances.

Step-by-Step

  • Step one: Set up a workstation and fill the bottom of a dish pack with extra paper or bubble wrap for cushion. Only use weight-rated dish pack cartons.
  • Step two: Place appliances in center of packing paper and remove all food and drink from the appliance.
  • Step three: Completely cover appliance on all sides with medium-sized bubble wrap.
  • Step four: Secure bubble wrap around appliance with packing tape, ensuring all sides are covered.
  • Step five: Place appliance in center of box on top of packing paper. Fill empty box space with crumpled packing paper.
  • Step six: Always remember to pack your carton from the bottom to the top, high and tight.

How Can ACE Help You Move?

We’ll expertly pack and move your household. Whether moving down the street or across the country, ACE can help reduce your moving stress. Contact us for a moving quote today!

Need more packing tips? Check out our other packing guides for stemware and fragile bowls!

ACE Moving &Storage: Making Your Move Simple

Whether you’re finding a new homerelocating your business,  or moving for a new job or military assignment, ACE Moving and Storage takes the pains of moving and breaks them down for you.

As an agent of the Atlas Agency Network, we take the time to determine your moving needs and provide options for both interstate and long-distance moves.

We’ll walk you through the how-to’s of moving prep and packing and make sure you have everything you need before relocating.  Moving can be stressful, but we provide the expertise and care to make it as easy as possible for you.

ACE is there every step of the way, providing you support and quality service.

Contact ACE today for your free moving consultation. 

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4 Tried And True Tips To Save On Your Move

From the movers to the packing supplies to the deposits at your new place, moving can cause a strain on your budget. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving down the street or relocating across the country: you’re going to need some funds to get it done. But you can limit the cost of the move by thinking ahead and being strategic.

1) Changing the move date may save you money

You don’t always have a say in when you’re going to move – if your spouse is in the military and changing locations, for example. But if you do have the option, try to move during the off-season, which is usually between the months of October and May. You may also be able to save some dough by simply changing the date of your move to the middle of the month, since the majority of people are moving at the end or beginning of it.

2) Take your time- don’t make hasty decisions

Obviously, the more stuff you own, the more you are going to have to shell out for the move. Most moving companies charge according to weight, so the more you can get rid of, the lower your cost.

That being said, you need to be smart about what you toss and what you take. Yes, getting rid of your sofa may save you a chunk of change on the move itself, but it will cost you a lot more to replace it once you get to your new home. Before you drag out anything to the curb,  think about whether or not you have a place for it in your new home – or if it’s worth the cost of replacement.

3) Discard wisely

Once you’ve weeded through your heaps of stuff to figure out what is worth moving and what you can live without, it’s time to actually get rid of it. (That’s the hardest part!) Since time is money, having a garage sale is not always your best bet. You can sell larger items at a consignment shop or through your local classifieds section and donate the rest. (Just make sure you get the receipt for your taxes). If you do go forward with a yard sale, don’t bother putting price tags on anything. As long as you are able and willing to negotiate, you will have the easiest garage sale of your life.

4) Reuse materials

If you have the time and don’t mind doing the work, packing things yourself is a very effective way to save some money. And if you’re smart about it, the only things you will need to buy for the occasion are some packing tape and a Sharpie.

  • Boxes

    Purchase packing supplies from a local moving company. Compared to big-box stores, local moving companies are able to offer discounted prices on moving packages, giving you the most bang for your buck.

  • Padding

    When it comes to cushioning your fragile items, you can always use your own clothing, towels, and bed linens. You have to pack them all anyway, so you may as well combine them in the same box. Another option is to use newspapers (but be wary of ink transfers), old magazines, or leftover wrapping paper. Just make sure everything is properly wrapped – because when you pack yourself, you do assume liability if something breaks.

While there are plenty of ways to cut expenses during your move, it is crucial that you choose a moving company based on their services and skills and not their price. You can always contact us for moving quotes and any questions you may have. While you want your move to be affordable, you also want to keep all of your belongings intact.

Knowing When To Sell, Throw Away, Or Give Away During Your Move

As you are getting ready to move, you likely have numerous things on your mind. You have contracts to sign, a brand new home to paint, and a whole lot of stuff that needs to be moved. Some people hate to move simply because they have too much to take with them. The question is, though, do you really want – or need – to take everything with you? Could you stand to get rid of a few items that would make this move a bit easier? When it comes to selling, throwing things away, or giving them away, there are a few key things to consider.

DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR A GARAGE SALE?

 

A garage sale is not an easy process. You will have to move all of your belongings into organized piles in the hopes that people will want to buy your once prized possessions. You will need to hang clothing, organize books, and dust off furniture that’s been tucked away. Is it worth it? Consider these tips when deciding if you should host a garage sale and how to make it work:

  1. Do you have items that collectors actually want? If so, you can pull in buyers by advertising online and in local newspapers about your garage sale by using your local classifieds to start. If you only have random items, you might be less likely to draw in hardcore collectors.
  2. Do you have children’s items? One of the biggest draws for garage sales are mothers and fathers looking for inexpensive children’s toys and clothing. If you have kids’ furniture in good condition, selling it may be a good option and an excellent way to raise funds.
  3. Do you have a few hours to dedicate to the process? Organizing a successful garage sale may take a significant amount of time in the week before the event.

If you have a few pieces to sell that are in high demand, you may consider selling these items on websites like eBay and Craigslist. While posting your stuff to these sites takes some time on the front end, you’ll end up minimizing the amount of time you have to commit to the selling process – and will probably end up targeting more potential buyers. A good rule of thumb for online selling: be as detailed as you possibly can and always take pictures.

IS IT TRASH OR TREASURE?

The next step is to look at what you own to determine if it is something that you can give away or if it is something you should throw away. If the item is something you do not want to take with you to the new home, and it is not worth selling, you should focus on giving or throwing it away.

  • If the item is old and has sentimental value, hold onto it or give it to someone who can appreciate it. Fay Wolf of Apartment Therapy came up with a unique way to give away sentimental but impractical pieces: if you know you won’t use something but don’t want to forget about it or its memories, take a picture of the item and keep the photo. Then give the piece to someone you know will take care of it (unless it’s valuable only for its sentiment).
  • Items that are stained, broken, or damaged to the point where they are no longer usable should be tossed out. You do not want to take items that are potentially riddled with dust and dander into your new home!
  • If you have not used the item (especially clothing, books, and papers) in more than a year, it is time to toss it. The fact is, it may be “good one day” but it will take up valuable space in your new home, and it does not presently provide you any real benefit. It may be time to toss it out.

 

WHAT TO DO WITH NON-PERISHABLE FOODS?

 

During your move, if you ever find yourself in a position where you need to throw away the canned food in your pantry, DON’T! The best way to get rid of your unwanted food items is to get involved with a food bank or food drives that will accept your donations. Ace Moving & Storage participates in Move for Hunger, which is an organization that works with relocation companies to help fill the pantries of food banks across the United States. Any participating mover will pack up your food and deliver it to your local food bank. Minimize your inventory while helping families in need!

When you consider giving items away, be sure to focus on who might want them. Don’t try to saddle the kids, family members or neighbors with items they really don’t need or will just stash in a closet themselves. Instead, give unclaimed pieces to charities or recycling locations.

Most people accumulates a large amount of “stuff” throughout their lifetime. Sometimes, though, getting rid of items is a good thing. No matter if you sell items, give them away, or just toss them in the trash, one thing is clear: you’ll be starting over fresh in your new home if you do not bring it with you. And that’s truly worthwhile!

10 Must-Ask Questions You Should Ask Before You Choose an Oklahoma Moving Company

Moving is stressful. Help your stress level by doing a little legwork up front when choosing a moving company.

Every region is different, so it’s important to think about what you want and need out of a mover in your specific region or state. When it comes to handling your belongings, picking a moving company is not a decision to take lightly, and asking a few questions ahead of time can help ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are the questions we suggest asking your Oklahoma moving company.

1. HOW LONG HAS YOUR COMPANY BEEN IN BUSINESS?

You’re asking this question to find out if they’ve moved enough families to understand the value of your possessions, especially things that have a low monetary value but are priceless, like photos and child-made crafts. If they’ve been around a while, they will have gained experience with proven results in order to stay competitive. They’ll also have protocols to handle special items that are delicate or difficult to move.

2. IS YOUR COMPANY PROPERLY LICENSED?

Moving companies that provide state-to-state services in Oklahoma are required have a US Department of Transportation (DOT) number, which is a license issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can check online to see if their license is valid.

3. WHAT KIND OF LIABILITY COVERAGE DO YOU PROVIDE?

Basic liability protection doesn’t cover much. You need to find out if your company can offer you full value protection for an extra fee. Keep in mind that often basic liability is based on weight rather than actual value. You can choose to insure your things based on their cost instead of their weight.

4. DO YOU DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES?

Moving is stressful even before you think about someone else handling your possessions. Make sure your moving company cares about your security by requiring background checks on all employees who may handle your belongings.

5. ARE STORAGE FACILITIES AVAILABLE?

If your belongings will need to be stored for any amount of time, you want to make sure they’ll be in a safe place. Don’t forget to ask how much storage will affect your price.

6. WHO WILL BE PROVIDING SERVICES UPON ARRIVAL AT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION IN THE EVENT OF AN INTERSTATE MOVE?

Some movers may enlist a third party to assist with your move once you arrive at your new home. Find out who that company will be and do research on them as well. Ace Moving & Storage is an interstate agent of Atlas, one of the nation’s largest carriers of household goods and special products.

7. DO YOU HAVE CASE STUDIES FROM PREVIOUS MOVES?

You’ll get a better idea of a mover’s reputation based on reviews and case studies. No one will give a good review to a company that broke their grandmother’s Tiffany lamp.

8. ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

Find out if they supply anything you may need to assist with your move. Ask what things are included (like boxes and hand trucks) and what you may need to pay for separately. Ask about fuel and mileage surcharges, if applicable. Compile some follow-up questions so you’re not blindsided by the total cost of your move.

9. DO THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE MOVING MILITARY?

Tinker Air Force Base, Altus Air Force Base and Fort Sill are just a few of the military bases in Oklahoma. If your move is military-related, you should ask Oklahoma moving companies if they have experience with Do-it-Yourself (DITY) moves, which are designed to provide military members an alternative to move their household on their own.

A follow-up question to ask is if they are an approved participant in the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program (CHAMP).

10. WHAT KIND OF VEHICLES DO YOU USE?

Oklahoma weather is unpredictable and road conditions can change rapidly. You’ll want to make sure your mover has high quality vehicles equipped to handle Oklahoma weather.

A reputable moving company won’t take offense to any of these questions. They’ll be expecting them and will be ready to give you answers. If you encounter a company that doesn’t seem helpful or want to answer these important questions, you may take their attitude as a sign to move on.

At Ace Moving & Storage we work hard to make sure your transition is as seamless as possible and we want you to feel comfortable with your movers. Contact us today to get a free moving quote.

Moving Supplies in Oklahoma

When you’re preparing to move to a new home, you have a lot of things on your to-do list: notifying utility providers, sharing your new address with family and friends, notifying your insurance agent, and getting your furniture and other belongings to your new home.

While you probably used any old boxes you could find when you first moved out of your parents’ house, as an adult, you owe it to yourself to pack your things more carefully now for the move. After all, you’ve worked hard to accumulate your possessions, and you want them to last as long as possible. Here’s the lowdown on various types of moving supplies:

WARDROBE BOXES.

These tall boxes come with a hanger bar and are designed to allow you to simply transfer the contents of your closet on their hangers! No more having to fold and pack, and then unfold and re-hang your dress shirts, suits or dresses.

DISH PACK BOXES.

Specifically designed to get your dishes and glassware from your old home to your new one without breaking them, these boxes are a must-have for any move. You no longer have to use newspaper to painstakingly wrap each plate or glass and hold your breath every time the moving truck goes over a bump in the road.

MIRROR SETS.

When moving mirrors or large framed pictures, you need to use extra caution. That’s where mirror sets come into play. Each of the four pieces fits on one corner of the mirror or framed picture or other artwork, providing you with some peace of mind for your fragile framed pieces.

BOXES IN ASSORTED SIZES.

You’ll also need an assortment of boxes in various sizes (small, medium or large) to help you pack and transport everything else, including bedding and towels, dresser drawer contents, books and home office contents, toiletries, cleaning materials, toys, and more. Packing items in appropriately sized boxes makes the heavy lifting easier and avoids packing blunders. For example, filling one large box with books might seem like a good idea, but efficiency doesn’t translate to effectiveness if no one can lift the heavy box.

PAPER PADS.

When moving pieces of furniture such as tables, desks, bookshelves or dressers, you’ll want to protect the surfaces and corners of those items so they don’t become scratched, scuffed or otherwise damaged during the move. Paper pads function as blankets that you can place over those pieces of furniture so they will look just as good in your new home as they do in your current home.

PACKING PAPER.

Unless you’re packing up things like bedding or towels, your boxes will probably have some empty space. Packing paper comes in handy to fill in that empty space and protects your belongings from the jostling that can occur when boxes are moved and carried.

PACKING TAPE.

Don’t rely on gift tape to try to seal your moving boxes; you’ll need heavy-duty packing tape to make sure the flaps are sealed and stay sealed, throughout the move.

PERMANENT MARKERS.

Don’t forget to label each box as you fill and seal it, so you will know exactly what is in each box and where it should go upon arrival at your new space.

Moving can be stressful, but knowing that your belongings are packed to get from point A to point B in one piece can help ease that stress. Purchase one of our packing starter kits to help you save money with your move. To learn more, contact Ace Atlas today. Call 405-672-4425 for Oklahoma City or 918-251-1111 for Tulsa.