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Packing for a Downsize

As American homes grow larger in size (and higher in price) many people say if they decided to move, they’d want to downsize. In fact, more homeowners would rather have a smaller house than a larger one (37% compared to 23%).

With that goal in mind – living large in a smaller home – here are some tips for planning ahead for a downsize:

  • Take an inventory – Before you tackle a downsize, knowing where you’re headed is key. How much space – inch for inch, room for room – are you losing? It’s important to have a general idea where your possessions will end up in your new residence, so estimate what amount you’ll aim to take with you before the packing begins. Better yet, draw up a general blueprint of your new home and note which major items will be placed in the new location.
  • Organize – With a general goal in mind, create piles (or designate space) for each room in your new residence. As you maneuver through each room in your current residence, place each item in its respective, new location. We recommend creating the following piles: items to trash, items to sell, and items to give away.
  • Identify and address duplicates – Have two toasters? Get rid of one. Only take what you need and utilize the purge/donate sell process with any duplicate items.
  • Purge – If any item didn’t make the cut for a donation or giveaway, save yourself some space and trash it. For ease, consider renting a roll off dumpster.
  • Donate – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Instead of defaulting to throwing items away, donate them. Organizations like Goodwill will even allow you to schedule a donation pick up, saving you time and allowing you to continue packing for your move.
  • Sell – If your item has monetary value and you’re in the market for a little cash, consider resources like Ebay, Craigslist, or having your own garage sale.
  • Prioritize – When you arrive at your new home, what items will you need immediate access to? Consider things like medications, pet food, cleaning supplies, important documents, etc. Label boxes accordingly, detailing what is packed and what room it should be unloaded in upon arrival.

No matter the size of your moving load, Busy Bee Movers has the expertise to deliver your possessions efficiently and safely. Contact us to start planning your move today.

7 Tips for a Smooth Move into Your First Home

Congratulations! Moving into your first home is a major accomplishment, one worth celebrating with friends and family. But wait! Before planning that housewarming party, take care of these essentials for a smooth transition.

We developed a list of 7 tips to make sure your home is welcoming, safe and properly equipped. Take a look:couple in front of sold home

  1. Conduct another comprehensive inspection. Whether you’re renting or owning, you should do an overall inspection to document any damaged areas, or, in the case of a new build, areas that haven’t been completed. Check for leaking pipes or any other problems. For an extra measure of insurance, have a home inspector check things out. Document and have these issues addressed.
  2. Identify the essentials. Where is the electrical panel? Main water shutoff valves? Water meters? HVAC? Smoke detectors? Identify important equipment and make sure it functions. Doing so will help you establish a maintenance list and schedule.
  3. Change the locks. Even if you feel fairly confident that the previous occupant handed you all the keys to your new home, it never hurts to install new locks. It’s possible that one of their relatives or friends has an extra set. You’ll rest more easy knowing that you’re the only one with access to your home.
  4. Install a security system. You have numerous options for a security system, including wireless, cameras and smart locks. Check out the latest in digital security systems to ensure your home is safe from intruders. This is an addition that can make you feel more at ease in your new home.
  5. Do a thorough cleaning. What better time to clean than before all your belongings have been unpacked? If you can afford to hire a professional cleaning service to clean and disinfect your new home, make the investment. You’ll feel great moving into a clean environment. If you can’t foot the bill, invite a few friends or relatives to help with the cleaning duties.
  6. Paint! Just like cleaning, painting is much easier when you haven’t already unpacked all your boxes and started arranging all your furnishings and belongings. It’s your new home–don’t be afraid to go with colors that you would love to live in.
  7. Establish a maintenance schedule. Life gets busy. Home maintenance tasks can be easily forgotten if you don’t set a maintenance schedule. The best time to develop a maintenance schedule is immediately, before life gets in the way. Schedule time to check the HVAC, clean gutters and perform other tasks.

Ready to move? Let us help you. Contact Busy Bee today for a quote.

What to do if You Have Broken Items After Moving Day

Broken Glass After MoveUnfortunately, no matter how many precautions are taken, there may be a situation in which one of your household items was damaged during moving day. So, what do you do?

At Busy Bee, we are meticulous about our moving procedures. Our team is highly trained to handle all aspects of your move, from small, fragile objects to heavy, bulkier pieces. Yet, we realize that accidents happen. That’s why Busy Bee, which is licensed and insured, addresses your claim in a timely manner.

Prior to selecting a moving company or before scheduling your moving date, review these steps to make sure you know what to do in case of damage:

  1. Review the company’s insurance options. Busy Bee offers free basic coverage as a standard for all of our moving projects. However, you may want to consider different levels of coverage, depending upon the value of your items. Check the various options prior to the moving date to make sure you are comfortable with the level of insurance coverage.
  2. Inspect items for damage. After the move, take the time to inspect your belongings for damage. This should be done as soon as possible. By delaying the process, you could run the risk of not being able to file a claim. Pay careful attention to fragile items, like glassware and china. Also, check for areas in your home that may have been damaged including doorframes and walls.
  3. Take photos as documentation. As an extra measure, take photos of your items before and after the move to supplement any documents you may have about the damage. This lessens disputes. Using a date stamp also is a good idea.
  4. File a claim. Don’t delay filing the paperwork. We will guide you through the process. If you purchased additional moving insurance from another company, contact them to get additional information on how to file a claim.
  5. Avoid signing any documents that relieve moving companies of their liability. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a moving company cannot ask you to sign a statement relieving them from “all liability for loss or damage to the shipment.” If you are asked to sign such a document, do not hire this company to move your household goods. Consider it a red flag.

If you have any other questions about what to do in the case of a broken item, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help.

10 Packing Tips for Moving in a Hurry

No matter the circumstances, if you’re not properly prepared, moving on a time crunch can be a ridiculously stressful experience. By hiring Busy Bee Movers, you’ll have one of the hardest parts handles in physically moving things from place to place. Aside from that, how can you get everything packed up and unloaded quickly from your old home to your new one? Follow our 10 tips for fast moving.

  1. Hire movers. With so many details involved in a move, you’re sure to be involved in all the last minute measures and making sure every little thing gets treated correctly. Make the process easier by leaving the heavy lifting and items that require specialized packing to trained experts.
  2. Create a to-do list. Keep a running list of everything you need to do for the move to make sure you don’t forget details. This list can often include:

    • Utility disconnect dates 
    • Utility turn on dates at the new place
    • ost office change of address form
    • Note new address when paying bills
    • Leases
    • Moving out responsibilities
    • Moving in date/time
    • Mover estimates, quotes and contracts
  3. Source and/or buy boxes. Find boxes to make sure you have ample means to move all of your items without too much hassle. See more on how to get boxes for your move here.
  4. Prioritize a “just in case” box. If anything in your move doesn’t go right and you’ll have to stay in your old or new home without your belongings for a short period of time, you’ll want to keep a few things handy. Pack a box with immediate necessities, like prescriptions, paper or plastic utensils and dishes, extra clothes, mobile devices or other entertainment. Keep this with you and don’t stress about needing your things immediately.
    couple packing things into boxes
  5. Keep it consolidated. Don’t pack or unpack all at once; this can be stressful and often slower than just tackling your move one room at a time. This allows you to pack and unpack systematically.
  6. Move less stuff. Before committing to bringing items with you, do a quick assessment: what can you keep, give away or throw away? This can lighten the load on your move and give you less clutter to work around in your new place.
  7. Take pictures. As a protective measure, take pictures of items before placing them in boxes. If anything is damaged in the move, you’ll have proof of the condition items were in before they were transported.
  8. Color code boxes. Assign each room a specific color, and place that color on your boxes in the form of tape, sharpies or markers. This way you’ll be able to put each box right where it should be right away. Save yourself the time of moving the same box on multiple occasions.
  9. Keep clothes in dressers. See if you can keep your clothes inside your dressers and wrap them shut for the transport. This is one less thing to pack and unpack, but it depends on the overall weight.
  10. Protect breakables. Newspapers are effective at guarding valuables but they take time to gather (and can mean you need to wash these items later). Chances are you can save time and kill two birds by wrapping fragile items in t-shirts and other clothing. Both need to be packed regardless, and with any luck, you will need fewer boxes.
  11. Mark fragile boxes accordingly. Some boxes will contain more breakable items and will require more care than others. Don’t skip the step of labelling these, it only takes a few seconds and can further protect your valuable items.

At the end of the day, the best way to get a move done quickly the right way means hiring a trusted team of moving professionals. Contact Busy Bee today for a free quote, and make us your team.

10 Places to Find Inexpensive Moving Boxes

No matter where you’re moving, from close to home to the other end of the country, preparing properly for your move is one of the most important elements of the process. Don’t make the mistake of storing all of your things in reusable containers; buying enough to store all of your possessions will be extremely costly and difficult to store in your new home. Finding affordable and, later, disposable boxes can make your move a much more affordable process.

Wherever you live, there are plenty of places that will have used boxes they’re looking to get rid of. From retail and restaurants to other people via social media, you’ll have many opportunities. So, where can you find affordable or free boxes to make your move easier?

Liquor Stores
Liquor stores get deliveries most days and will almost always have extra boxes they’re looking to get rid of. Be sure to check these boxes for tears or dents before using them. Be warned, these may not have tops.

Retailers
Retailers have massive amounts of products, which means massive amounts of boxes. Call your nearest supermarket or retail store, and ask for boxes. With an accommodating manager or employee, you’ll get plenty of storage for your next move.

Alleyways
Depending on your city, you might find plenty of cardboard boxes and bins for recycling, or thrown away as trash by other movers. Find some of these and get free moving boxes for yourself!

Apartments
Apartment buildings are full of tenants, and people move in and out all the time. Get in contact with an apartment office manager, and they might be able to direct you to some free boxes to make your move easier.

Bookstores
Often, book collections are an extremely difficult thing to move. There are often many items and they can be bulky and require care to not damage. Bookstore boxes are a perfect fit for making sure your collection stays safe for your move.

Restaurants
Restaurants purchase food in bulk, and the boxes that are used for this are strong and considered perfect for hauling items durably and dependably. Many are independently owned, so the owners or managers should be accessible.

These aren’t the only options for you to get moving boxes, however. Some online resources include:

Craigslist
You might have some luck checking the “free” section of the site for these. Alternatively, you could pay a small fee and receive enough boxes to handle your move.

Freecycle.org
This environmentally friendly, nonprofit organization is designed to help people find free stuff while saving the environment. Join Freecycle and post that you need moving boxes.

U-Haul Personal Connect
This online resource allows you to search for moving resources near you. Post, and get free boxes!

Facebook Groups
You can post that you need boxes for moving, and odds are that someone in the largest online community will be able to help you out. Plus, it’s a convenient way to reach all of your family, friends and acquaintances in one place.

Now that you know where to find the boxes you need, follow our tips and hints on how to pack your things efficiently. Need to schedule your move? Contact us to get started.

8 Steps to Making Your New Town Feel More Like Home

Just moved to a new city? A new neighborhood? Or are you planning to make a major move a few months down the road? You’re not alone. Each year, about 15 percent of Americans move to a new location.

If you’ve just moved, or are about to move, to a new city or neighborhood, you’re in plenty of company. There are plenty of reasons to look for a move – a new job, an educational opportunity or personal reasons – but getting acclimated to a new place you’ve moved to can be a stressful and challenging experience. In fact, according to some medical experts, moving to an unfamiliar place can be one of life’s most stressful events.

With the right advice, though, you’ll be able to transition to your new place and form social connections without being overwhelmed by stress.

  1. Become a regular at a local cafe. If you want to go where everybody knows your name, all you have to do is visit enough to become a “regular.” Come in with a book or computer, order your drink of choice and stay a while. Don’t be afraid to be gregarious, chatting with the baristas and saying hello to other regulars. In time, you’ll become a fixture in the establishment.
  1. Say ‘yes’ to work/school events. For the more introverted among us, after a full workday an extra event might sound like a lot of extra time and effort. If you just say yes to a few of these, however, you’ll have a great opportunity to make some new connections and potentially form some new friendships.
  1. Join a Meetup group.  If you want to meet people, specifically those who share your interests or hobbies, find and join a MeetUp group relevant to you. Whatever your interests are – cooking, hiking, theater, Star Trek, tech, photography, crafts, writing, or dogs – you’re sure to find a group that shares common interests in your new home.
  1. Invite a friend or relative to visit. On the evenings or weekends, it can be difficult to muster up the effort to explore your new area without someone to help drive events. If a friend or relative from out of town comes to visit, however, you’ll have a reason to research your area’s attractions and explore them with your visitor in order to show them a good time. If you schedule an itinerary and scope out extra locations before they arrive, you’ll have even more experience in your surrounding community
  1. Ask, ask, ask. People are naturally welcoming and friendly in most areas. No matter where you move, there will more than likely be a few welcoming souls who want to help make you feel at home in your new surroundings. Don’t hesitate to ask your neighbors, co-workers or that barista for advice on the best restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops and other top spots in your neighborhood. They’ll be sure to give you some good recommendations, and might even invite you out!
  1. Navigate your new neighborhood. Explore your city with your car and public transit, if available. By finding your way around naturally, you’ll be less stressed when you have an appointment in a new part of town. Find the best destinations in the city and get familiar with them, as well as highly rated local spots.
  1. Volunteer. You might feel isolated in your new community, but you don’t have to! Volunteer at local charity organizations and meet new people. You’ll be able to meet like-minded people around you and you’ll feel better from the feeling of giving. Trust us.
  1. Get a dog! For animal lovers who don’t have a pet, it’s time to consider taking the leap into ownership. Dogs give you a reason to get moving outside on walks and in parks, and you’ll be able to meet fellow like-minded people. Of course, only take this route if you’re ready to commit to a pet for the long haul.

Adjusting to new surroundings is stressful, and it takes time to feel at home. Don’t pressure yourself to feel completely comfortable quickly, as you could find yourself boxed in socially. Enjoy the experience of exploring new places, destinations and friends and you’ll truly be able to call a place your new home.