<![CDATA[Keller Moving & Storage, Inc. - Blog]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:45:49 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[To hire or not to hire … that is the question.]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 14:45:11 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/to-hire-or-not-to-hire-that-is-the-question
When it is time to move to a new home, the first decision can be the most difficult. Should you hire a professional mover, or complete the move yourself?  From budgets and logistics to personal preferences and ability, there are a lot of factors to making this decision.

Here are a few reasons that hiring a moving company might be what’s best for you and your family.

The 4 main pros of hiring movers

1. Convenience:  

Suppose you COULD handle moving all of your worldly possessions to your new home. Do you really WANT to? Hiring a professional mover will take all the hassle away from your relocation. Not only will they be able to handle packing, disassembly/reassembly and transportation of your goods, but they’ll have the expertise to protect your property and even overcome any unforeseen complications.

2. Liability:

When hiring a mover, ask about their valuation options. All movers have a free valuation along with a more comprehensive coverage. If the mover’s costs are too high, there are even third-party companies that will cover your shipment.

3. ​Equipment: 

In order to get your goods to their new home, you will need equipment to do so. Trucks, dollies and blankets are all necessary moving supplies. If you hire a licensed mover, they will bring all those things with them, and even have additional items that can be used to safely relocate your home.

​4. Moving for work:

​If you are moving due to a new job, or a new position within your company, and that company has offered to pay for your move directly, there is no reason to do this move yourself. 
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<![CDATA[How to Move Without a Destination]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:08:39 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/march-11th-2019
Wouldn’t it be great to empty your old home and move into your new home right on the same day? It would!

But maybe your house sold quicker than anyone thought. Perhaps you bought a new home, but want new carpets or paint before you move in? 

Now you must figure out what to do if you find yourself without an immediate destination. Here are some tips to help work through this process.

First: Hire a Mover

​Call several moving companies in your area. Make sure they are reputable, insured and licensed. Also, ask if they have the capability of assisting with your storage needs. 

Second: Research Storage

You can always call a friend or family member to store your goods in a garage or basement. This is an inexpensive option but adds stress to you AND those storing your goods. A professional mover should offer short- and long-term storage options.
  1. On the truck overnight storage
  2. Indoor, climate-controlled storage
Talk to a moving coordinator to see what option is best for you.  In most instances, your goods can only be held on their trucks for a few days.  Long-term storage, especially climate-controlled, will protect your belongings from the elements.

​Third: Find Temporary Housing

​Once you have a place for your worldly possessions, you will need a place for yourselves, children and pets.  A few options available to you are:
  1. Friends and Family
  2. Hotels
  3. Homestays
  4. Short or Long-Term Rentals
Once you determine where you’ll go interim and found a safe place to store your goods, it’s time to concentrate on your destination.

​Step Four: Find Your Forever Home

If you’re still looking for your dream home, now is the time to begin searching in earnest.

If you already have a new home, but need work done, you can concentrate on perfecting the house before you move in. Once you have a timeframe in place for all construction or renovation, call your mover to schedule your delivery dates. 

​We wish you a happy and stress-free moving experience. To help you along, call Keller Moving and Storage at 610-797-4886!

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<![CDATA[Services You Didn’t Know Your Mover Offers]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:19:44 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/services-you-didnt-know-your-mover-offers
There’s so much to think about when you’re moving house.  All the phone calls, paperwork and meetings can make your head spin.  If you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll want them to be trusted and reputable.  One of the facts consumers may overlook are a moving company’s services.

Accessorial services are extra services on top of transportation costs. A common accessorial service is packing, which is wrapping & securing your smaller breakables into cardboard boxes. 

If you’re looking to get the most out of your moving experience, stick around and read further.  Today, you’ll learn surprising services your mover could offer.

​Unpacking

You’ve heard of packing, but movers also provide unpacking.  Once your move is finished, the unpackers return to open your packed boxes, remove & place the items on a surface for you to organize, and haul away the materials.  For anyone searching for a hands-free experience, this is the service for you.

​Disposal

Similar to junk removal, disposal gets rid of any furnishings and debris you won’t need at the new home.  Sometimes, this service could be completed right on moving day.  The movers will pick up the unwanted items, drive them back to their warehouses, and find a way to get rid of the piece(s) – usually via donation or trash removal.

​Home Staging

Before you try to sell your home, your real estate agent will recommend home staging.  Home staging is the specific cleanup, sorting and positioning of your items to make spaces look larger and more appealing.  If your home has some clutter, your mover can load these items and bring them back to their warehouses, where they’ll store until your new place is ready.

Rigging

Large items that can’t fit through doors, narrow hallways, tight corners and stairwells with your home(s) will require rigging service.  A heavily labor-oriented process, rigging is where your movers will haul your goods out or into a window and/or railing using ropes and cables.  Since this requires a lot of care, make sure your mover is experienced.

​Clean-Out

Your home buyer(s) could request that you sweep or clean your old place before settlement.  During your preparations, this could leave you short on time.  Ask your mover about clean-out service.  They’ll come to your old home (or new home if you’d like!) and give the property a standard household cleaning.  They can also provide a general & cost-conscious vacuum and sweep.

As you research a mover, make sure to figure out your needs and budget.  Once you have an idea, start scheduling your free in-home estimates.

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<![CDATA[How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:25:17 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/how-to-declutter-your-home-before-moving
One of the top moving tips you’ll find is to remove unnecessary clutter before moving day. It sounds easy enough, but once you begin opening cabinets, it could turn out to be a larger project than the move itself.

To avoid unwanted stress, you’ll need to learn how to sort through your goods in an organized and efficient manner.  Today, we’re sharing the best ways to remove clutter in your home before you move.  Let’s get started!

Straighten Up

Before you begin the decluttering process, make sure everything is in its rightful place.  Doing so will help you focus on the task at hand instead of getting sidetracked by cleaning.  It will also ensure your items are packed in the appropriate room.  Who wants their wine glasses mixed in with bathroom soaps, after all?

Work Room-By-Room

Instead of compiling everything into one massive project, take your time and work room-by-room.  Start with smaller rooms, such as bathrooms and closets.  This will help you create the momentum you need for larger spaces.

Sort

Every single item inside your house should be one of these two categories:

             Category #1: going with you to the new home
             Or
             Category #2: NOT going with you

As you begin to sort each room, designate each item into category #1 or #2.  Category #1 is self-explanatory and won’t need to be touched until you begin your moving preparations. 

Once you know which items are in category #2, you’ll need to create subcategories and plan on what to do with them.  Your subcategories should be SELL, DONATE, GIFT AND DISPOSE.

Sell

You could get a little extra money in your pocket by selling items of value.  These items include your electronics, old décor, furniture and collector items.

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your belongings for their sale.  Nowadays, you can use social media like Facebook and online listings.  Be wary of scammers and no-showers.  For collectables and rarities, use popular auction sites such as Ebay.  Take quality photos and detailed descriptions with a transparent return policy included.  Any items of extraordinary value should be appraised prior to selling. 

Since shipping costs are expensive, leave your bulky items for garage sales, local listings and auction houses.  Learn more on the do’s and don’ts of garage sale pricing.

Donate

Charites are always accepting items to help a family in need.  Check around to see which ones offer free pickup, such as Pickup Please.  Remember to save those donation receipts for tax season!

Your common donation sites are Good Will, Libraries, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army.  Most charities only receive gently used products.  You’ll need to contact the organization(s) to see what they'll take.  In most instances, charity groups won’t accept upholstered furniture, damaged or stained clothing, hazardous materials, broken glass, old light fixtures, and obsolete electronics.

Gift

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  You might have a family member, friend, coworker or old neighbor who’s willing to take some items off your hands.  Maybe you have an old Holiday gift that’s collecting dust in your closet and the season is approaching.  Whatever the reason, gift giving is a great alternative to selling if you’re running out of time.

If you’re planning to throw a farewell party, you can collect & create a pile of items that your party goers can sort through and take.

Dispose

If you can’t sell, donate or gift, another option is disposal.  Your moving company can offer this service for an extra fee.  If you don’t have much to get rid of, they can complete the disposal the same day as your move.  How easy is that?

Another disposal method is to contact your trash collector and schedule a dumpster rental.  The trash company will arrange to leave a large bag or dumpster outside your property, then pick it up once it’s full.  While normally used for contractors, this is a great way to get rid of many items in a short period of time.  Keep in mind of weight and hazardous waste restrictions.

For your hazmat items, your community may organize hazardous material drop-off programs and retailer take-back events.  Check their calendar for more information.
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<![CDATA[Appliance Preparation: Before you Move]]>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 19:03:20 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/appliance-preparation-before-you-move
Washing machines, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers.  These are the everyday appliances you can find in almost every home.  If you’re moving in the future, you’ll soon discover these items require special preparation before they’re transported.  If you hired a reputable mover, they can offer preparation guidance.

Make sure to follow these five helpful steps to get started:

​Real Estate Agreements

Some appliances might be included in the sale or purchase of your home(s).  Talk to your realtor and make sure everyone is on the same page.  If you find that appliances are staying at the new home but you’re bringing your own, you can ask your moving company to either (1) dispose, (2) drop off to charity and/or (3) move to another room, such as a basement or garage.

​Measuring

Take measurements at both homes to make sure hefty appliances will fit through doors and hallways.  If you run into an issue, talk to your moving company.  In most instances, they’ll have a plan B available, such as rigging or finding an alternative route.

For your kitchen appliances, make sure they’ll fit between cabinetry.

At the new home, check electrical outlets.  If you notice the plugs don’t match, contact an electrician before or after the move.

​Make & Manufacturer Instructions

Every appliance will have a set of moving instructions in its owner’s manual.  You should follow these instructions to a T.  Try to do this about three to four weeks in advance in case you’ll need to hire a technician or purchase shipping supplies.

Moving companies do not carry shipping bolts or stabilizers.  They will bring hand trucks, straps, moving blankets and industrial stretch wrap.

If you misplaced your owner’s manual, visit Appliance 411 or call your manufacturer.

​Professional Assistance

If you’re uncomfortable handling the preparations on your own, you might want to hire an appliance technician.  We personally recommend contacting a technician, or your gas company, if gas lines need handling.

A technician will help you with the following services: disconnecting and capping off gas or water lines, disconnecting ice makers and/or stabilizing a washing machine drum.  Once you’ve made your decision to call a professional, make sure the appointment gives you time to empty, clean and dry the applicable appliances.

​Cleaning and Drying

As a rule of thumb, your appliances should be unplugged, emptied, dried and clean.  Any loose parts or pieces must be packed away.  Your mover can pack loose items, or you can choose to pack yourself.  If you pack on your own, mark the box clearly so important parts don’t get mixed with other boxes.

We compiled a breakdown below:
  • REFRIGERATOR: use up or dispose all perishables.  Remove, clean and pack removable shelving and compartments.  Disconnect ice maker and water lines, if applicable.  Clean interior.  Unplug and leave the doors open for a few days to ensure moisture removal.
  • FREEZER: similar to your refrigerator, use up or dispose all perishables.  Remove and pack loose racks.  Unplug and leave the doors open for several days until defrosted and dry.  Clean interior.
  • STOVE: clean both the inside and outside with degreaser.  Remove and pack racks, knob burners, drip pans and grates.  Disconnect and cap gas lines, if applicable.
  • DISHWASHER: clean and pack racks & utensil basket(s).  Remove any debris from the bottom.  Leave the door open for a few days to remove moisture.
  • DRYER: remove and pack the lint trap, dryer hose and other removable parts. Disconnect and cap gas lines, if applicable.
  • WASHING MACHINE: run a clean cycle.  Unplug the unit, turn off water taps and disconnect hoses.  Leave the door open for several days to ensure the unit is completely dry.  Hoses and wiring must be disconnected and packed.

With these tips, you’re another step closer to an easier moving day!  While moving yourself might seem easy, you should hire a professional mover to handle heavy appliances.  At the end of the day, your wallet, property and sanity will thank you.
For more tips, visit our blog!
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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for Your Moving Estimate]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:13:23 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-your-moving-estimate
If you’re about to contact a mover, chances are they will schedule an in-home estimate with you.  You might ask yourself why these appointments are necessary – it’s just moving, after all.  You'll be surprised to discover that the visual estimate is the first and most important step to your relocation.  It will teach you about the moving process (there’s a lot to it!), prepare you for your moving costs, and give you the confidence in choosing the right company for your family.  Another purpose for the in-home estimate is to ensure your mover brings the proper manpower, equipment and materials.

An average estimate will take 30 – 45 minutes.  All Pennsylvania moving estimates must be offered to you for free.  By the end of your appointment, you’ll want to have an accurate written proposal.

Since you don’t move every day, you’ll want to know a few of things to make sure your estimate is right on the money.

Your Moving Schedule

Once your settlement and/or lease dates are official, you should search for movers right away.  Estimates are valid for a few months, so if you call too soon, your estimate could change.  If you received your estimate already and things didn't work out, let the movers know. A professional mover will be understanding and accommodating with your changes.  If you wind up needing storage, your mover can offer revisions.

If you’re satisfied with the estimate and ready to reserve your move, call their office and let them know you accept their proposal.  An estimate is not a contractual agreement until signed off.  Make sure your moving dates are confirmed in writing.  You don’t want your mover cancelling on you at the last minute.

​Your Moving Needs

What type of move are you looking for?  Do you want to leave everything to the movers?  Do you want the movers to only handle your large furniture?  Do you need storage while you search for your dream home or between settlements?

Your basic moving services will include the handling of your everyday furniture and your packed boxes from point A to point B.  Supplemental or special services such as packing, storage, disposal, rigging, unpacking and crating are additional to your basic service.

Hiring movers for specialty services will make your life easier.  Consider your budget as you plan for these extra services.  As you meet with the estimator, point out pool tables, pianos, exercise machines, grandfather/mother clocks and antique pieces.  You’ll find that these items require special care & attention.

Your Shipment

As your estimator surveys your home, they’ll compile an inventory onto their tablet.  This inventory will serve as a guide for your mover.  Before the estimate, you’ll want to assign your possessions into three main categories:
(#1) what’s being moved.
(#2) what’s staying with the house.
(#3) what you plan on getting rid of.


Review your sale or lease agreements for category #2.  Your estimator will ask if you're taking large appliances.  Window treatments, light fixtures, wall-to-wall carpeting and other built-ins may be considered part of the sale and unlawful to remove.

Category #3 items are tricky.  These are the items you plan on selling, donating, giving to family and/or throwing away before the move.  If you can’t get rid of everything on time, there are contingency services your mover offers.  Disposal and charity drop offs are common services.  Talk about this with your estimator and ask for advice.  In most instances, they’ll recommend keeping #3 pieces on the estimate for now.

Your Delivery

As your estimator records your belongings, he’ll also assess the layout of your current household.  In most instances, the movers won’t be able to see your destination until moving day.  If you know where you’re moving to, describe the location to the best of your ability.  Compared to a single-floor rancher, for example, a condo on the eighteenth floor will be handled differently.

Mention any potential obstacles the movers may experience, such as low hanging wires under 14 feet, driveways & parking surfaces, long walks, freight elevators, multiple or spiral staircases and narrow hallways.  Also consider the drive to your new home; the movers may need to reroute to avoid low bridges.

If it’s possible, take room measurements at your future home and make sure your furniture will fit.  This is especially important in smaller apartments and historic houses.  If the furniture will not fit in a certain room, have a back up plan.  Your movers can either place the bulky pieces into another section of the home (like a garage or basement) or offer disposal service.

Scheduling a free, in-home estimate will give you the best approximation on your moving costs. Hiring a reputable mover will make moving day stellar. 

Do you know the top five questions to ask a mover?

The holidays are almost here!  Are you prepared for your holiday move?

Searching for more helpful moving tips?  Visit our blog!

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<![CDATA[Our Best Packing & Moving Tips]]>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:54:35 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/our-best-packing-moving-tips
If it’s your first time moving, you’ll soon discover that it’s no easy feat.  There are special methods and procedures in place to handle your belongings safely and efficiently.  Choosing the right mover can have a huge impact on your transition.  You’ll want a knowledgeable, understanding and honest company to handle your valuables.

Don’t know where to begin?  Our family, with almost 100 years’ experience, is sharing our top 20 packing and moving tips.  We consider these our best tips to a successful move.  Have a safe & happy moving day!

Packing

What is packing?  Packing is a process of securing your fragile items in a cardboard carton before you move.  Your movers can pack your belongings for you or you can pack articles on your own. 
​If you’re packing yourself, consider these top 10 tips:
  • Your crystal, dishware and china must be wrapped and secured in a STRONG moving box.  Dish packs are designed exclusively for this fragile ware.
  • Paintings, mirrors, framed artwork and glass tops need to be packed in a mirror box.  If you’re moving long distance, crating may be required for pieces with extraordinary value.
  • You can use twine to tie long-handled items together, such as brooms, rakes, curtain rods and mops.
  • Flat screen televisions need to be packed.  If you still have the original box and it’s in excellent condition, it should suffice.  If not, have a professional pack it for you.
  • Since books are heavy, you’ll want to pack them in smaller cartons.  If too many books are placed in a large box, it could cave in.
  • Lamp bases and lamp shades must be packed separately.  Lamp shades will usually fit into medium or large boxes.  To pack a lampshade, wrap it in white paper, place alone in a carton and cushion it with extra packing material.
  • White, unprinted paper is an excellent material for packing.  Don’t use newspaper or magazines as stuffing, since the ink could damage your goods.
  • Your hanging clothing can go inside a wardrobe box.  Ask your mover to bring these on moving day.  You won’t need to remove your clothing from their hangers.
  • Your clothing and linens are OK to stay to stay inside dresser drawers.  If you’re going into storage or moving long distance, it may be best to pack separately.
  • Your canned food can be packed in advance.  Perishables are not recommended in the moving van.  Try to use up all your perishables before moving day.

​Moving

Moving is the physical relocation of your possessions from point A to point B.  Moving services include padding & stretch wrapping of furniture, dis- and re-assembly and loading-drive-unload.  Every moving company is different, so make sure you know what’s included with your relocation.
  • Flammable items cannot be transported by your moving company.  These include paints, aerosol sprays, fireworks, ammunition, etc.  If you’re trying to get rid of these items, watch for hazmat removal events in your community.
  • Anything gas-powered, such as lawn equipment, must be drained several days before the move.
  • Plants are transferrable, but their condition may not be guaranteed.  Make sure your plant species is allowed in your new state if you’re moving long distance.
  • Your moving company can only transport household goods.  Make sure you have arrangements to move your family & pets.  Keep pets away from the moving site for their safety.
  • All personal valuables, such as your handbag and wallet, should be kept away from the moving site.  Since it is a movers job to clear the entire house, you don’t want these items to be accidentally packed.  Most people keep valuables locked in their car.
  • Jewelry, keys, alcoholic beverages, firearms, coin collections and items on intrinsic value must be moved by you.
  • Check with your real estate agent regarding your attached fixtures - such as light fixtures, built-ins and window shades - prior to transport.  You may find these were included with the sale of your home.
  • Washers, dryers, refrigerators, wine coolers and/or standing freezers may need servicing before and after the move.  Contact your appliance manufacturer for special instructions.
  • Your moving company should disassemble and reassemble your beds.  You do not need to roll mattresses.
  • Rugs and loose carpeting can be moved.  Double check with your real estate agent if you want to move wall-to-wall carpets.

Do you have any tips?  If so, share with us and comment below!

For more tips & moving guidance, visit our blog!

To schedule a free, in-home estimate, click here.

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<![CDATA[Your Holiday Moving Tips!]]>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:12:13 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/your-holiday-moving-tips
Oh, the holidays.  A time for family gatherings, present exchanges, shopping sprees, decorating and office parties.  The holiday season is a festive and busy time of year.  Add moving into the mix and things become a little more than hectic.  A holiday move will keep you on your toes, so it’s important to prepare, organize and prioritize.

Are you searching for a new place to call home for the holidays?  You’ll need to know these top tips before you get started!

Schedule Right After Christmas

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Work together with your real estate agent and try to schedule settlement(s) a few days after Christmas.  As you schedule, remember that, in most instances, you’ll make your move before your settlement.  Both you and your home buyers will want to complete a walk-through once the house is empty.

A move after Christmas gives you the chance to celebrate with friends & family.  Once the holiday madness is over, most of us take the time to relax and enjoy our gifts.  Take advantage of this downtime for a stress-free moving experience.  It’s also a bonus that you’ll be starting over in a new place right around New Years!

​Be proactive

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Start your preparations as early as possible.  Purchase packing supplies and begin packing the stuff you rarely use.  Sort and separate items you know you won’t take with you to the new home.  Who knows - maybe you’ll find something to re-gift!

Complete your holiday shopping early.  To save on time, shop online. Make sure to designate a room exclusively for holiday presents so they don’t ge-t lost in the move.  If you’re moving before the holiday, consider moving the gifts yourself.  Winter weather could cause delays.

Donate, donate, donate!  Now is the perfect time to help a family in need and spread some holiday cheer.  If you have old toys and clothing lying around, go to these charities that help children at Christmas time.

​Book a full-service move

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If you want to dedicate your energy to the holidays, hire full-service movers.  Full-service moves give you the luxury of a hands-free moving experience.  The movers will handle your disposal, packing, clean out, dis- and re-assembly, moving, unpacking and organizing.  Every moving company is different, and some offer more services than others, so make sure to research before scheduling estimates.

While there are many benefits to full-service moves, keep in mind that these types of moves can hurt your wallet.  Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.  You’ll also need to take several days off work for the movers to complete the services.  Most full-service moves can’t happen in one day.

​Mix up tradition

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Get creative with your traditions and make new memories.  If you usually host the holiday dinner, consider switching things up.  Make a reservation at a nice restaurant and invite your closest family.  Most will understand you’re moving and will make their own plans.

If you must host at home, try to keep it simple and budget-friendly.  Host a potluck, use paper plates and plastic utensils for an easy clean up.  Try out these great Christmas planning tips!

Think about the weather

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Make sure you have a backup plan for winter weather.  Snow and ice can cause delays or cancellations.  Ask your movers about their winter weather policy.  You wouldn’t want to risk the safety of your belongings.  Keep watch of the weather forecast and avoid any travel if a state of emergency is declared.  If you’re moving long distance, create an emergency moving kit with every day essentials, water and snacks.  If the roads become too dangerous, you might need to stay at a hotel.

If you’re in need of storage, consider a temperature-controlled facility.  Certain furniture could sustain damage if left out on the cold.

Stay festive!

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No matter what life throws at you, try to look at the positives and stay festive.  Keep the holiday spirit alive by setting up easy decorations.  Have one room decorated until the last minute – and yes, buy the tree!

Play Christmas music around the home.  Dedicate some time to enjoying the season.  Take a day trip and tour neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.  If you need to stay in a hotel, book a decorated place that throws events the entire family can enjoy.

Time management is very important during a move.  Make sure you exercise, sleep at least 7-8 hours a day and eat a well-balanced diet.  Maintain some normalcy as the world around you is changing.

A holiday move is challenging, but if you stay joyful and organized, you’re sure to make wonderful memories! 

​Are you ready to schedule your move?  Click here to schedule your free, in-home estimate!

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<![CDATA[After Moving Day: Top 6 Tasks]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:01:14 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/after-moving-day-top-6-tasks
It’s finally moving day!  It’s been weeks of preparing, sorting and organizing for this one special day.  But like they say: “It’s not over ‘til it’s over”.  Once your movers pull out with the empty moving van, you’re going to need to get situated and settled into your new home.

Most people call this the fun part, but don’t rest your feet just yet.  Here are the top six tasks you’ll need to accomplish once your movers depart.

​Find & Unpack Your First Night Box

What’s a First Night Box?  This is one of the most important boxes you’ll move.  It will contain all your necessities to keep you & your family comfortable right after your relocation.  This is the last box you’ll pack at your old house.

You’ll only want your First Night Box to contain bare minimum essentials.  You don’t want there to be too much clutter after a tedious day of moving.  We recommend you move your first night box on your own for immediate access.

We compiled a general list of what to put in your essentials box:
  1. Bathroom – shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower curtain, toilet paper and towels.
  2. Kitchen – Dish soap, sponge, paper plates, cups and mugs, utensils, paper towels, napkins, garbage bags, bottled water, snacks, pot and pan, cooking utensils, non-perishable meals (such as ramen noodles or pasta with tomato sauce).
  3. Bedroom – bed sheets, pillows, pajamas, change of clothes, hamper, privacy curtains with hardware.
  4. Miscellaneous – batteries, box opener, pet food, small tool kit, scissors, pen and paper, flashlight, broom and dustpan, trash can.

​Double check utilities & subscriptions

Before you move, you should contact your primary utility companies and inform them of your relocation.  If you haven’t already, make sure you do so ASAP.  You don’t want to lose power and water while you’re getting settled.  Make sure to keep their contact information close by in the event of any emergencies.  If you’re expecting a technician, make sure they’re verified and employed by the company.  You don’t want to take any risks as it’ll become evident that you moved.

Remember to do a change of address on your accounts.  After you figure out primary utilities, you’ll need to consider internet, phone and other services.  Manage any subscriptions, newspapers, monthly boxes or meal plans.  By law, you’ll need to do a change of address on your driver’s license, ID, insurance and vehicle registration within 30 days.  To change online, visit the USPS website.

Detail and clean up

It’s time to pull out the cleaning supplies and thoroughly clean your new home.  Take advantage of detailing all surfaces and cabinetry while they’re empty.  Dust, sweep and mop throughout the entire home.  Don’t forget to clean the molding.  If your furniture was in a public storage, you may need to give it a good dusting.  Condition any leather furniture and vacuum under cushions.  Refer to a spring cleaning checklist for help. 
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Sometimes, your realtor can negotiate having the old owners clean the house before you settle.  We recommend cleaning again with your own supplies, just in case.

If you’re overwhelmed, trust in a maid service or visit Handy.com for an easy online experience.

Complete a thorough inspection

Inspect to ensure everything looks the same since your home inspection.  You should have notes on hand for any sealing that will need to be accomplished while you’re perusing.  Your primary concern will be water and fire damage.  Check the plumbing under every sink for leaks.  As added protection, place a shallow pan underneath the pipes.  Also check tight spaces & your attic where most damage goes unnoticed.

Find where your HVAC, water main valve, circuit breaker and hose connections are located. Think about scheduling a tune up with an HVAC technician to make sure your heating and air conditioning are in proper working order.  This is also a perfect time to make sure your washer, dyer and refrigerator are functioning correctly.  Make sure your water & gas lines are properly connected.  If you’re unsure, hire a professional.

If the old homeowners didn’t patch up nail holes, make sure to note & repair before hanging anything.  We recommend 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 for small hole repairs.  Make sure your attached fixtures, such as towel racks, electrical, built-in items, etc. are secured.  Some fixtures may need tightening from normal wear & tear.  Check ceiling lights and think about replacing the old bulbs with LED or energy-efficient.  There are also different shades of light for your home, such as Soft White, Bright White and Daylight.  Find the one you prefer best and switch out in the future.

​Change locks

Change every exterior lock by calling a trusted locksmith.  Determine how many spares you’ll need for you and your family.  You can easily make copies at your local hardware store. Give an extra key to a nearby family member in case of an emergency.

Not sure what to do with the old keys?  Online organizations like Key For Hope will collect old keys, melt them down to scrap metal and donate the profits to charity.  There are also unique crafts you can find on Pinterest.

Don’t get stuck with a scammer.  Do you research and make sure the locksmith is trustworthy.  Angie’s list shares the top 7 tips to avoid locksmith scams.

​Start exploring

Get to know your new neighborhood.  Introduce yourself to your neighbors and exchange telephone numbers.  You can find online groups on social media to keep you updated on local events, fairs and news.  Take a drive (or walk) around and familiarize yourself with landmarks and important buildings.  You’ll want to know the routes to your closest grocery store, gas station, hospital, bank, shopping center, township building, church and school.  Make sure you’re up to date on the crime index number by visiting Neighborhood Scout.

Now is the perfect time to install a security system.  This is especially important if you moved to an unfamiliar area.  The security business is constantly growing, so you can easily find a system that works with your budget.  For a wireless option, we recommend the Ring system.

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<![CDATA[Tricks to Staying Organized Before you Move]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:48:08 GMThttp://kellermoving.com/blog/tricks-to-staying-organized-before-you-move
No one likes moving.  It can be a stressful and messy process if you’re unprepared when the movers show up.  While moving is never a fun feat, it can become a stress-free experience if you remain organized, steadfast and proactive.

Our family at Keller Moving loves an organized move, which is why we’re sharing our top five tips on how to best utilize your time before moving day.

#1) Be Realistic and Stay on Schedule

Your perfect moving timeline is going to be two months.  This time frame will give you ample time to learn about the phases of moving and to find the best mover for you & your family.  We recommend booking your moving company about one month in advance; even earlier if you’re moving during peak season. 

Before scheduling a mover, you’ll need to schedule an in-home estimate.  All moving estimates, by law, must be free of charge.  Most moving companies can have a representative to your home within a week – sometimes two weeks if it’s the busy season.   

You want your moving quote to be accurate.  Before the moving estimator arrives, review your calendar and be realistic with your expectations.  It might be impossible to pack up an entire household with a full-time job while raising three toddlers.  Learn about the extra services your mover provides as a backup plan.

Communicate with your realtor about the current real estate market.  Sometimes, your buyers or sellers will require a quick settlement, which could leave you in a tight spot and scrambling to finish your organizing.

​#2) Start Packing Now

If you’re on a budget, you will dedicate most of your time towards packing.  This means you need to start packing immediately.  Before you begin packing, sort through your cabinets and donate/dispose of unnecessary items.  The best way to utilize your time is to purge while you’re staging your current residence for a quick sale.

The highest quality boxes will be available for purchase through a professional moving company.  You’ll want extra strength corrugated boxes for your heavier items such as dishes.  For your other knick-knacks, you can find free boxes at grocery stores and liquor stores.  As you pack, remember quality over quantity.  You don’t want your boxes to be too heavy that they’ll collapse while being handled by a mover.  Never use newspaper when packing since the ink could rub off onto your belongings.  Specialized unprinted moving paper can be purchased through your mover.  These small tips will give you a hassle-free moving experience.

There might be “tricky” or “special” items you’ll want professional movers to pack.  Lamps, paintings, glass tops, delicate china and flat screen televisions are all items you should consider having the professionals handle.  Make this decision before your in-home estimate so you know the costs involved.  Also keep in mind that items packed by a certified mover are also insured.

​#3) Find a Checklist

Since you only move a few times in your life, a moving checklist will be a beneficial guide to a successful transition.  A multitude of checklists can be found online.  Before you begin your online search, consider your moving needs.  A moving checklist for a local move won’t be as helpful if you’re moving across the country.  To get started, we included some helpful checklists below:

Bed Bath & Beyond

The Best Five Moving Apps for Your Phone

Move Planner by Moving.com  

After you choose your list, stick to it.  Don’t combine or abandon a checklist because you could end up missing an important step.  For general questions, don’t be afraid to call your mover for assistance.

​#4) If You Need Help, Ask

Your friends and family can help you with general preparations like packing.  To get as many hands as possible, host a packing party.  Serve light appetizers (so they don’t get sleepy!), easy entertainment and drinks while your company helps you pack away.  Make sure to assign them to less important items & tasks since they’re not professionals.  You don’t want your valuables breaking and friendships ruined because of improper packing.

If you haven’t already donated or disposed, offer to give away some items during the party.  You could use this as an extra incentive for them to help you.  If any of your friends moved recently, ask them for tips and advice.  No matter how organized you are, you could learn something new.

Remember, your moving company is here for you.  If you find you’re unable to get as much finished as you initially anticipated, call the office for options and pricing.  If you’re adding services, your final moving bill will increase, so plan for this as you get closer to moving day.

​#5) Consider Your Budget

The relocation business is heavily labor & equipment-oriented.  The costs associated with moving are relatively expensive and could be an unpleasant surprise.  If you haven’t relocated in a long time, or this is your first-time hiring movers, you’ll want to call a moving company and make sure hiring professional movers is within your means.  Tell the office staff your situation and they should provide you with general rates & information.  If you find these rates to be within your parameters, always schedule the free in-home estimate.

If you’re on the other side of the scale and have wiggle room, an excellent method to staying proactive is to request a “worst-case scenario” estimate.  Moving estimates are non-binding, which means your final moving bill is based on the actual services completed.  As we all know, life can easily get in the way of your moving preparations.  If anything puts a damper onto your moving plans, you can at least be rest assured that your moving bill will be comparable to the worst-case scenario estimate.  In addition, you can use that estimate as a financial goal.  If you end up meeting all your pre-move requirements and your final bill turns out to be less, use the extra funds as a housewarming gift to yourself!

We wish you a happy and stress-free moving day!  Did these tips help?  Do you have tips of your own?  Comment below!

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