Finding a new home in Phoenix, AZ can be such an exciting adventure. When you find the right home and begin the packing and moving phase, the prospect of starting fresh in a new space brings added motivation and added joy to the transition. Packing your belongings, clearing out your old place and getting moved into the new place are all big items on the moving to-do list, but we always recommend taking some time to prepare your new house or apartment before having your belongings moved in. Here is a list of 5 things to clean in your new home before bringing in your things. Doing these things is sure to set you up for a clean, fresh start in your new place.
Closets and Cabinets
Although closets and cabinets are some of the most frequently accessed spots in a home, they are often overlooked on the house cleaning and upkeep list. Take time to wipe out all cabinets, drawers and closets in your new home. Dust off shelves and consider laying clean shelf paper. Cupboards, closets and cabinets should be spotless before you bring in your clothing, dishes, food and other daily essentials.
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Although some previous owners and tenants will clean carpets and floors before moving out, we strongly suggest deep cleaning carpets and floors before moving into your new home. Once you move in furniture and other belongings, it is difficult to ever get a complete, thorough cleaning done on floors. Take advantage of the empty areas and clear floors before having your belongings moved in. You can steam clean on your own or hire a company that specializes in cleaning various types of flooring. Knowing the floors are spic and span will bring peace of mind and an added measure of purity and brightness to your home.
Fixtures and Appliances
Some of the biggest dust and grime collectors in a house are fixtures and appliances. Ceiling fans, built-in lighting, washers, dryers, kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures are all items you should deep clean before transporting your personal things into your home. After all, you want to be rid of any old dust or germs before bringing in your things and starting to make your new house feel like home.
Walls and Interior Trim
A fresh coat of paint can make a house feel fresh and clean, but any marks, stains or dust left on the walls should be wiped clean to give you a clear canvas to start with. Baseboards and trim should be dusted and cleaned off and switch plates and vent covers can be replaced to give your home an updated and sparkling clean feel before moving in.
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Letting the Phoenix sunlight and fresh air in through your windows is a great way to brighten the atmosphere at any new home. To avoid clouded views or letting in more dust, you will want clean and clear panes before moving into your space. Clearing out window tracks, wiping down windows and cleaning blinds and other window treatments are all cleaning details that should not be overlooked.
Enhance the feel of your fresh start by making sure you clean in your new home before bringing in your belongings. Spending some time cleaning closets, floors, fixtures, walls and windows will ensure you and your family make your move into a dust-free home you can start to make your own.
For more moving tips or for help getting moved into your new home, please give us a call at 602-944-1413.
While the idea of moving to a new home or office is definitely exciting, the actual act of moving is quite the opposite. In fact, many people will say that the moving experience is one of the most stressful experiences they have ever been through. So it is no wonder that when moving day arrives, most people are looking to get the process done as quickly as possible.
Here are 3 tips to make the moving process go faster:
1. Preparation and Organization
The more prepared you are before the move happens, the faster you will be finished and enjoying your new home. This means starting 30 to 60 days out by making plans on how you want the move to go. You will need to spend some time organizing your home or your office, identifying items that will not be making the move packing up items that are not used frequently.
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Develop a game plan ahead of time on how the move will happen. Make sure you have friends and family on board to help you and then schedule out how the moving will go in advance. Make assignments when necessary to keep everyone on task and working efficiently.
2. Do Not Wait to Pack
Some people hold off on packing their belongings until the very last minute. Then they are left scrambling to try and get things done in time. They often underestimate just how much time is spent packing boxes.
Start packing early on. As we mentioned before, you can always start by packing the items around your home that are not used frequently. If you are moving in the next 30 days, it is probably okay to pack up your board games and your DVD collection. Even some decorations and art can be packed a few weeks before the move. You will find that everyone involved in your move will be much happier if you have your items packed come moving day.
3. Keep Your Movers Informed
The better you communicate with your moving company, the smoother things will go on moving day. Start by giving them an accurate idea of what items they will be moving. This will allow them to prepare the right equipment and provide the right amount of manpower.
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Additionally, be sure to let your movers know about any other special considerations, such as elevators and staircases that may be part of the move. Movers also need to know if you are planning on them disassembling furniture or packing boxes. These small details can all add up quickly and make the day drag out.
As you prepare for your upcoming move, call Jones Moving at 602-944-1413 for more tips and ideas on how to make your move efficient. We are happy to provide you with a quote for our services and help you form a game plan for moving day.
We may not realize that moving can be just as stressful for our pets as it is for us. They can sense the chaos that comes during the packing up stage and may feel some anxiety as they settle in at their new home. We are not able to have a conversation with them to help them understand why all of this is happening, so our actions definitely speak louder than words.
Taking good care of pets during a move requires a few extra steps, but can make a big difference to them. There are some things we can do as pet owners to make sure our pets feel as little stress as possible before, during and after a move.
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1. Choosing a New Home
If your pet is a big part of your life and you are definitely planning on having your pet with you for a while, then it is probably a good idea to make sure your new home will accommodate them as well as you. This might include checking out the neighborhood to make sure it is safe for your pet or choosing a home with adequate space for you, your family and your pet. You may even want to consider the age of your pet and how that will affect its needs.
2. Preparing for the Move
Before moving with your pet, you will want to be sure you are properly prepared. If it is a long distance move or involves an extreme change in climate, you may want to consult with your vet about any outstanding shots that may need to take place before the move. This might also be a good time to talk to the vet about car sickness medications for your pet. For those driving long distances, find hotels along the way that are pet friendly. Be sure to have all ID tags and health records ready to go.
3. Moving Day
In the chaos and confusion of moving day, the last thing you want to do is risk injury to your pet by letting them roam free. With movers and other people in and out of the house, it can cause fear in some pets. Keep them in a secured crate or room until you are ready to move them. This will reduce stress and keep them safe.
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4. Carriers and Crates
It is best to transport smaller animals in a safe and secure carrier or crate. Make sure the carrier is well ventilated and designed for pets. Larger animals should be kept on leashes and close to the owner at all times. The stress of the move can cause some pets to run away. Keep your pet close by at all times during a move. Do not transport pets in the storage area of a moving van or truck.
For more questions about moving with a pet, call Jones Moving at 602-944-1413.
Moving day can sneak up on you in a hurry! No matter how well you feel you are prepared, it seems like there is almost always something that is overlooked. Packing up all of your possessions and prepping your furniture for a move is huge project and unless you are prepared, it can feel a bit overwhelming.
Jones Moving has helped hundreds of people move in the past and have seen what works and what does not work. We put together this Ultimate Moving Checklist to help you as you prepare for your move.
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Two Months to “M-Day”
· Alert friends and family that you are moving
· Take inventory of what things will make the move and what will not
· If your children are changing schools, now is a good time to let both schools know
· Begin to clean out storage areas at your house
· Identify items that will not be going with you
· This is a great time to have a moving sale or garage sale
One Month to “M-Day”
· Complete and submit change of address forms
· Set up a box or file specifically for medical or school records
· Now is the time to notify your landlord if you are renting
· List any vehicles that need to be sold
· Get boxes, tape and other packing materials ready to go
· Start infrequently used items such as camping gear and seasonal clothing
· Begin to make arrangements for the transportation of family pets
· Redirect mail to new address through Post Office
· Pack up kitchen items that are not essential for the next week
· Have your children box up majority of their toys
· Books, DVD collections, board games can be packed
· Pack up linen closet and laundry room – leave only essentials
· Finalize arrangements for the disconnection of utilities such as cable, internet, water, electricity
· Check to make sure your new home will be ready for you with working utilities, phone, cable, electricity
· Cancel deliveries of newspapers
· Be sure to return all rented items such as movies or library books
· Take down all wall hangings and artwork and prepare them for move
· Organize and prepare outdoor furniture
· Finish packing garage and storage
3 Days to “M-Day”
· Disconnect and pack all small appliances that will not be used (oven toasters, mixers)
· Dispose of unwanted medicine
Take any valuable & breakable out of Dresser
Empty your Desk
· Empty trash cans
· Bedrooms should be mostly packed besides the basics
· Clean out bathrooms
1 Day to “M-Day”
· Disconnect all electronics that won’t be used (Blu-ray players, stereos, computers)
· Begin cleaning out refrigerator
· Defrost freezer
· All kitchen cabinets should be empty and dishes packed
M – DAY
· Be ready for movers
· Keep all important documents with you
· Make sure all utilities are turned off
· Check that windows are locked
· Do Final walk through with the Movers to make sure nothing is left behind
The best part about using an experienced professional moving company like Jones Movers is that we are there to help alleviate the stress on moving day. You can rely on our high quality service to get you and your possessions safely to your new home.
Nobody understands the importance of saving time and making life easier during a move more than Jones Moving & Storage. We know that your loved ones, your belongings and your location are huge parts of what make up your life. Packing and relocating can be stressful, but we’re excited to share the top 5 moving hacks to save time, money and energy in the process.
Keeping Essentials Separate
Before you dive into sorting through closets or filling up boxes, make sure to pack a suitcase containing a few days worth of clothing and toiletries for each member of the household. Setting aside some extra clothes will help you feel prepared no matter how the timing of the final move works out and will ensure that nothing vital gets packed away. Also, create a few “essentials” boxes containing any must-haves for the bathroom and kitchen so that your immediate needs will be met the first night or two at your new home.
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Boxes & Containers
The boxes and containers you pack your belongings in need to be clean and sturdy. The last thing you want to worry about is damage to your items because of pre-used boxes that might be ripped, damaged or messy. One benefit to hiring a moving team like Jones Moving & Storage is that we use only best in packing and shipping materials to ensure your items remain clean, safe and secure. If you do opt to pack up on your own, you might consider purchasing clear plastic containers, which are more sturdy than cardboard and also make contents easy to identify. If you do use plastic containers or totes make sure you tape the containers all the way around the container. If you pack in Boxes, make sure you put lots of paper on the box and top off the boxes with paper to protect the items in the box. Tape the box bottom well so it doesn’t open on the movers.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
When going through your possessions, consider downsizing or donating any old items to local charities or homeless shelters. You can also use some household items as wrapping or filler for fragile items as you pack. For example, instead of wrapping dishes in bubble wrap, why not use towels or linens to wrap them in? That way, you save space and reduce waste!
How many of us have run into a container in the back of a closet or garage and wondered what in the world could be inside of that box? Or, how about when you get to that last half of the unpacking process and suddenly the kitchen boxes and the holiday boxes are all in the same area that was originally designated for the boxes containing the kids old toys and clothing? That’s when you wish you had taken the time to label your containers clearly and durably. Color coding, using clear language and keywords, and labeling on multiple sides of each container are all worth the effort up front and will save you so much time in the long run.
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Ask For Help
If we could leave you with just one piece of advice, it would be this: you don’t have to do it on your own! Call your family, text some friends, post it on Facebook or invite your neighbors over. Think about providing some snacks or lunch as a way to thank them for their help and make it into a day of fun. Don’t forget, you can always reach out to Jones Moving & Storage. We have a team of experienced, professional and friendly movers in your area that are ready to help take the stress out of your move!
When it comes time to move your items into storage, there are some specific things you can do that will make a huge difference, we will show you how to prepare items for storage. Planning ahead can help you avoid headache and aggravation down the road and can make it so much easier to remove items when needed. Here’s some ideas we’ve picked up over the years:
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· Protect your dishes by using special dish packing boxes.
· Wrap each glass, dish, and cup in its own packing paper or bubble wrap – you might also use socks for glasses.
· Plates and bowls should also be wrapped individually and stacked in boxes on their sides.
· Be sure to use plenty of cushioning at the bottom of boxes containing dishes or glasses.
· Mark boxes clearly with “fragile” and be sure to stack these boxes at the top of your storage unit.
· Take the time to wrap big pieces of furniture such as sofas and loveseats with plastic or blankets. This will keep them clean and make them easier to move.
· Stack chairs seat to seat and be sure to put a piece of cloth or paper in between the cushions.
· Be sure to cover other valuable furniture carefully with plastic or blankets.
· Store couches on end if possible to conserve space.
· Separate the legs of a table from the table when possible to save space. Wrap each leg in paper, plastic or a towel.
· Put all hardware (such as nuts, bolts, screws) into a plastic bag and tape the bag to the piece of furniture it belongs to.
Books, Files, Documents
· Careful not to overload boxes with books – you don’t want them to be too heavy.
· Use file storage boxes and hanging folders for documents.
· Be sure to label boxes accurately.
Appliances and Electronics
· First be sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing – they can be ruined when stored with even the smallest amount of moisture inside.
· When possible, store electronics in original packaging.
· Leave refrigerator door open slightly for circulation.
· Be sure that when filling a box, you fill it completely so it doesn’t collapse.
· Use empty spaces between chairs and in the tops of dressers to store small items.
· Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic and stored on their sides.
· When storing metal items, run a few drops of oil on them to prevent rusting.
· Artwork and mirrors should be carefully wrapped in plastic or packing paper and then placed in heavy duty cardboard boxes.
Be sure to give us a call at Jones Moving & Storage if you have any questions regarding specific items. We’ve been in the moving and storing business for years and know a thing or two about prepping for storage.
What are the biggest pieces you’ll need to transport during a move? Your couch, your bed and your dining room table. If you haven’t hired movers to get you into your new home, the heavy loads can be intimidating. There’s a few tips that we can give you as a moving company in Phoenix.
- Move the biggest pieces first. Get those out of the way so by the end of your moving day, you’re not faced with the hardest part.
- Take the furniture apart as much as possible. That is our recommendation unless you would rather do heavy lifting. If you can break down the furniture, you can move it piece by piece and make it easier on yourself and your helpers.
- Use sliders to move big pieces across the floor. You can even use something as simple as a cloth coaster from your coffee table. That way you don’t have to do the heavy lifting until you get to the exit of your home. Save your back and slide as much as possible!
- Purchase some shoulder dollys. They will free up your hands to maneuver large objects through small spaces and enable you to use your whole body to lift the big pieces of furniture.
- Lift things at an angle with your helper. Instead of one person grabbing one end from the bottom as the other person is doing the same, have one person lift from the top and one from the bottom. This will also make it easier to navigate staircases as the item will already be at the proper angle.
- Have a plan layed out so when you arrive to your new home, you know exactly where everything goes. This will eliminate any extra moving and rearranging.
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Lastly, lift with your legs! The last thing you want to do is injure your back halfway through moving day. Do you have any other tips for moving large furniture? Let us know below! And as always, if you’re looking for a professional moving company in Phoenix, call Jones Moving & Storage at 602-944-1413.
It’s important to consider the protection of your carpet and especially protect your floors on moving day. With so much foot traffic in and out of your home, you may want to take some precautions to ensure you’re not left with stained or scuffed carpets and flooring. It’s also a good idea to protect your floor in the event that a heavy piece of furniture skids along the tile or if an appliance scratches your hardwood floors.
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Here are some simple things you can do to ensure your floors are safe on moving day.
1. Carpets – Use either plastic film or carpet masking. Both will provide protection from dirt and are inexpensive. Plastic film tends to stick to the surface, so you don’t have to spend time or money on tape. This is also a great option when you’re moving in rainy or snowy weather as it will keep your floors dry and clean.
2. Hardwood Floors – Cardboard, rugs, blankets, heavy duty paper, or painter’s drop cloths all work as great protection for hardwood floors. You’ll want to consider a few things such as routes and safety. If you can find a quicker route out of the house that eliminates the need to cross hardwood floors, you may save yourself time and money. When it comes to safety, you want to be sure to use coverings on your floor that will keep the movers from slipping or falling.
3. Furniture Sliders – These can be found at most home improvement stores. They come in many different shapes and sizes and not only protect your floor, but also make moving bigger pieces much easier.
4. Plywood – The ultimate protection for flooring during a move is plywood. It’s strong and heavy duty holding up under any type of weight. You can easily move loaded dollies across plywood and you won’t have to worry about dropped furniture or messy work boots.
5. Booties – You might consider having your movers wear booties. Booties can easily slip on and off over the movers shoes. They are inexpensive and will also keep out water and dirt.
There are plenty of options available for protecting the floors of your home in a move. The most important part is to take the time to communicate with your team of movers so they know and understand your expectations. As mentioned before, professional movers may be able to find a creative way to move your possessions in or out of a home while avoiding your floors as much as possible.
When Jones Moving & Storage handles a move, we take great consideration to carefully map out how we’ll enter and exit a home or office to keep things looking just the way they were before we arrived.
Moving out of state definitely adds a completely different slant on everything, especially when you have to transport your car. This is especially true when you’re involved with a long distance from one side of the country to another. It can sometimes feel that the longer the move, the more complicated it becomes.
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One concern many people have when it comes to moving from one state to another is transporting their vehicle. It could be that they’re hoping to avoid putting thousands of miles on their odometer, or they’d simply prefer not to drive across parts of the country they’re unfamiliar with. Either way, finding out whether a moving company will transport a car from one state to another can be a very important consideration when it comes to choosing a moving company.
The short answer is yes; there are moving companies who will transport your car for you.
In fact, Jones Moving and Storage is one of those moving companies. We not only specialize in out of state moves, but we also have experience in transporting any size car or SUV.
When you’ve hired a moving company to transport your car, there are some considerations involved. For one thing, the method of transport is important to consider. In some cases, your vehicle will be loaded into the back of a moving truck along with your other possessions. Or, it might work better to use an auto transporter. Typically it ends up coming down to price. We know and understand that most people are looking to keep moving costs to a minimum. We’ll discuss your needs with you and give you some different options to choose from.
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You’ll also need to have a clear understanding of what can be in the car at the time of transport. Some people assume that they can completely stuff their car full of items that need to go to the same place as the car. There are some space and weight limitations involved when moving a vehicle so it’s important that you discuss them with the moving company.
If you know you have a long-distance move coming up and need some help deciding the best way to move your possessions safely and efficiently, give us a call at Jones Moving and Storage. With many years of experience behind us, we’ll be able to offer tips and ideas that can make a big difference in your move, including how to best transport your vehicles.
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For better or for worse, downsizing continues to be a fact of life for families across the Phoenix, AZ metro area. Whether you’re facing a major change in life that is forcing you to cut back and make adjustments, or whether you’re at a stage in life when you just don’t need as much as before, downsizing can actually be a refreshing new start.
Ask anyone who has downsized before and they’ll tell you…it’s not so easy! Making decisions about what stays and goes can lead to stress, sadness and even anger. One person’s treasure might literally be considered trash by someone else.
We’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for downsizing that might make some decisions easier and help you avoid a fight.
Start Early – Some people know that downsizing is coming down the road, which gives them an advantage. Now they have time to sort through their possessions and make careful decisions about what’s important and what isn’t. Others may not have that luxury. They may be under the gun to downsize immediately. We suggest you start as early as possible when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes. You’ll feel better about your decisions in the long run. Jones also provides temporary storage for their customers, so your moving process can be seamless and not overwhelming.
Room by Room – Take it one room at a time. Start with one room – take a look at everything that is in it and consider where those items will end up at your new home. This will help you put things into perspective. If you realize that all of the items in your current room won’t fit in a comparable room at your future home, you have some letting go to do.
Get Rid of Clutter – Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of having clutter in at least one space in our homes. Clutter might be one of the easiest things to let go of when downsizing. If you’ve held onto something for years hoping that you’ll someday have the time to really give it the attention it needs, downsizing is the perfect time to let that item go. The last thing you want to do when downsizing is bring clutter along for the ride. If you are planning on getting rid of any items, Jones Moving and Storage will also pick up your items to be donated, so that you will not have to worry about the extra stress of finding how to properly donate your unwanted items.
Identify What’s Most Important – It’s understandable that parting with certain items like furniture, dishes and antiques can be challenging. Stop and ask yourself what is most important in your life. This might be a good time to break out a pen and paper and make a list. When you can truly identify what is most important, you’ll find it easier to let things go that just aren’t.
Consider the Move – This is especially appropriate in long distance moves. As you look around your current home, think about what things you actually want to prepare for moving. What things do you trust will make it to your new home safely? Do you need a lawnmower if you’re moving to a house with desert landscaping? Will the heavy winter coats become clutter if you’re moving to the southwest? Now that kids have moved out, do we need to lug that old sectional across town?
Hopefully, downsizing can be a liberating experience that helps you focus on what’s most important in life. If you ever have concerns about how to safely transport a valuable item or the best way to prepare items for a long move, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.