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.
You can use all of the moving day checklists and prepare as much as possible, but sizeable moves can be difficult even with great preparation. That’s why we offer the help of relocation coordinator! We will help with everything, down to the smallest details, making sure your move is completed quickly and efficiently. Working in conjunction with our expert movers, we have the best team available at your fingertips. Moving is our business and we want to move you!
Relocation coordinators help with the following:
- Will monitor your move from beginning to end, alleviating stress
- Helps determine any special needs for your move ahead of time
- Can help make sure all documentation is filled out properly and in a timely manner
- Will be your main point of contact at Jones Moving & Storage, helping you with any questions or concerns during your move
- Helps set up your moving schedule so time won’t be a stress or during your relocation
We want it to be a joyous time as you move into your new home, not a burden.If you’d like to learn more about our relocation coordinators, our expert movers, our storage facility and moving services in Phoenix, please call 602-944-1413.
We offer many services in addition to the convenience of a Relocation Coordinator.
Our list of services continues to grow as we find new and exciting ways to help our customers. That’s why we’ve continued to be one of the top moving companies in Phoenix. Our exceptional customer service and pain-free moves have become the talk of the city. Give us a call and we’ll set up a time to plan and execute your perfect move.
Having furniture cleaned can be very pricey. That’s why we like to keep furniture clean during your move! There’s a few ways to make sure your furniture won’t end up in your new home, dusty and dirty. Believe us, it’s worth the extra cost and effort to make sure you don’t have to bring an upholstery cleaner to your home!
- Wrap your furniture in plastic. Make sure you wrap it enough times that it won’t get ripped during the move.
- Use cloth to cover the parts of your furniture that will touch the side of the truck or vehicle.
- Purchase cheap drop cloths used for painting to cover couches and chairs.
- Disassemble furniture as much as possible. The smaller the pieces are, the easier they’ll fit into your vehicle and will be less likely to rub against truck beds or moving van walls.
- You can also clean a moving truck if you are renting. Give it a quick rub down to make sure there’s not dust and dirt that will transfer to your belongings.
Here at Jones Moving, we will wrap any white furniture for free. We know how important your things are to you and want to get them to your new home in the best condition possible. We also use furniture pads to ensure any sharp corners won’t be damaged during the move. We treat your belongings as if they are our own.
We also have storage available if needed. We know that sometimes you may need to downsize your home and simply can’t take all of your furniture with you. We can assist you in shrink wrapping your furniture so it will remain in great condition for the time it’s in our secure storage facility in Phoenix.
If you’re looking for a moving service in Phoenix, call us here at Jones Moving & Storage. We’ve been the go-to moving company for years and continue to hire only the most experienced movers and have competitive pricing. We’ll be sure to keep your furniture clean during a move so call us at 602-944-1413 to set up a consultation for your move today!
If your moving day is approaching, that means it’s almost time to clean! Clean the floors, clean the walls, clean the bathrooms
and clean the cupboards. It may seem overwhelming. But as a moving company in Phoenix, we can check one thing off your list. We advise you not to clean your furniture before moving.
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As you’re moving and shuffling things around your old home and into the new, dirt gets kicked up, dust flies around and hands are touching everything. That’s why we say, leave the cleaning of your furniture until you’re moved in! Here are a few ways to spruce up your furniture in your new home!
- For wood furniture, purchase a wood marker to fill in scuff marks and dings.
- Have your upholstered furniture steam cleaned by a professional and it’ll look like new!
- Give all of your smooth furniture a wipe-down before bringing it in the new home to reduce the amount of dirt brought in.
Though we do our best to keep clean trucks and use exceptional care when moving your belongings, dirt does happen. That’s why we say wait until after the move to worry about cleaning your furniture. You have enough to worry about with cleaning the old home before leaving so set your focus on that.
To make your move as stress free as possible, consider hiring a moving company in Phoenix. Here at Jones Moving & Storage, we are dedicated to making your move smooth and simple, providing the best care for your belongings. Call 602-944-1413 to get your moving quote today!
While we are willing to take the majority of your items to your new home, there are some things we don’t recommend giving to a moving company and some things that we simply won’t move. It’s important to check with your specific moving company to get to know their policies better, but as a general rule these are the items you shouldn’t expect your moving company to transport.
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Things you should transport yourself, but we will transport at your own risk:
- Photo albums
- Financial Documents
- Medical records
- Car Keys
- Personal mementos
- Open top boxes
- Large Pottery
While most companies will insure your belongings in the event that they were damaged during the move, we advise you to transport irreplaceable items yourself. Here at Jones Moving & Storage, we will transport your personal memorabilia, but it’s at your own risk. While companies may compensate you for lost or damaged goods, it won’t get back your memories.
Things we will not transport:
- Flammable items
If your belongings will not arrive to their new destination within 24 hours, perishable items will not be allowed on the truck. For local moves we will transport your food, but they will need to be properly packed with ice or ice packs. We will load them last so they will come off of the truck first at your new home.
Related: Why You Should Hire a Moving Company
If you have questions about what we will and won’t move, call our Phoenix moving company at 602-944-1413. We will be able to break down which items you’ll need to move yourself and which ones are better transported by you or your family to ensure their safe arrival.
Once you’ve put valuable items into a storage unit, you don’t want to be in constant fear that they could be getting damaged. Whether you’re holding them until you can find a space for them in your home, or you ran out of space and needed extra storage, you want your belongings to be safe and well taken care of.
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That’s why we offer climate controlled storage. We don’t want you to worry that during the sweltering summer months, your family heirlooms or furniture are in danger. Here are the benefits of investing in climate controlled storage for your belongings.
- It eliminates heat damage to items. Items like pictures and electronics can become damaged by extreme heat. No need to worry if you’ve placed items in our storage units.
- Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair, so what do you think it could do to your furniture if it’s not in a well enclosed space? Wood can become warped and damaged. Metals can begin to rust and change color. You’ll have peace of mind with your things in our climate controlled storage units. Phoenix monsoon season will be no big deal!
- Because our unites are indoors, there’s no exterior exit. This means added security for your precious items. We perform regular inspections just to ensure each of our customer’s storage units have not been tampered with. There’s no public access to the units and our facility is secured 24 hours a day.
While you relax in your nice cool home during the summer months and bask in the warmth during the winter, you can rest assured that the items in your climate controlled storage units. Our units are moderately priced and we offer long and short term rentals.
Related: How to Properly Pack Fragile Items
Stop by to tour our facility or give us a call at 602-944-1413 to see if our climate controlled storage units are the ones for you.
To say moving is a stressful process is putting it mildly. Moving is a time consuming, energy zapping, and sometimes headache inducing undertaking, especially if you don’t hire a packing and moving service to do it for you.
If you’re set on doing it yourself, you’ll want to make sure you’re packing the RIGHT way. Yes, there actually is a right and wrong way to pack!
When it comes to packing your fragile items, here are some tips to follow to make sure your precious pieces survive the journey.
Pick the Right Supplies
It’s easy to think towels, newspapers or rugs would make good packing supplies. The truth is they don’t. Towels and rugs can slip easily during moves and newspaper often leave behind a black residue. To do a move the right way, you’ll want to invest in packing paper. It’s durable and will do the job without leaving any sort of ink behind.
Use Packing Paper or Bubble Wrap Generously
To pack fragile items, you’ll want to place lots of packing paper or bubble wrap at the bottom of the box. You’ll also want to make sure to wrap each individual item in packing paper. Nothing spells disaster more than fragile items stacked against one another without any padding or protection in between.
Think About Weight
No, I’m not talking about your own weight! I’m talking about the weight of your items. Pack the larger items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Also, make sure not to over pack your boxes. You’ll want your fragile items to be snug, but not piled on top of one another.
When it come time to pack fragile items, the best thing you can do is be prepared and take your time. Nothing’s worse than half hazardly packing fragile items because time is running out…that’s a quick way to ensure your fragile items break during the move!
If you plan to pack fragile items, don’t forget to label the boxes as such so that you know to be extra careful with them. And remember, hiring movers is always an option! Jones Moving and Storage would be happy to lend you a helping hand. We are movers Phoenix residents trust to move even their most fragile items. Schedule your move today by calling 602-944-1413.
As a packing and moving service company in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas, we might be a little biased when we say that hiring movers to move your belongings is well worth the money. To put it bluntly, we’ve seen far too many instances of moves gone wrong to say that moving yourself is the best way to go. If you’re on the fence about hiring a moving company, consider the following points and see if hiring movers makes sense for you and your circumstance.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to hire a moving company.
Do you like to sweat?
If the answer is “no,” then you’ll definitely want to hiring a moving company. A company like Jones Moving & Storage can take all the work off of your hands. We can pack, move, and transport your belongings. All you need to do is sit back, relax and give out orders.
Do you own a large quantity of belongings?
The more belongings you have, the more it makes sense to hire movers. Moving one or two items yourself is easy, but moving 50 items is a whole other story. With years of experience, Jones Moving & Storage knows how to move even the most complex items with ease and efficiency, saving you time, money and frustration.
Do you value your belongings?
Hopefully your answer is “yes” and if so, you should really consider hiring professionals to move your belongings for you. Professional movers like Jones Moving & Storage know how to properly pack each and every item you own to ensure its safe arrival. You can count on us to treat your belongings with the utmost care and consideration.
A good moving company will simplify the moving process for you and take out all of the work, stress and headache associated with it. Hiring a moving company will allow you to concentrate on what’s important: your new place and the fun ways you’re going to decorate!
For the best movers Phoenix has to offer, give Jones Moving & Storage a call at 602-944-1413.
When it’s 100 or more degrees outside, the last thing you feel like doing is spending time outdoors. But like it or not, sometimes it’s necessary, especially if you’re moving. Whether it’s for residential or commercial reasons, moving in the summer months isn’t fun by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn’t have to be as unbearable as it seems. Follow these tips to help your summertime move go as smoothly as possible.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
If feasible, check the weather beforehand and plan to move on the coolest day of the week. Also, make sure to pack as much as possible the night beforehand. This will save you time, energy and body heat. Instead, you’ll be able to concentrate on the hard part: lifting heavy boxes and lugging them outdoors in the blistering hot sun.
Tip #2: Start Early
When moving in the summer, it’s important to remember that the early morning hours are your friend. To avoid heat exhaustion, it’s advisable to start moving in the wee hours of the morning when it’s coolest. Plan to do the hardest and most labor intensive part in the morning, so you can save the easy parts for later in the day when the heat is at its worst.
Tip #3: Stay Hydrated
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking plenty of water the day before and the day of is crucial to avoiding heat exhaustion. Along those same lines, be sure to take lots of breaks and eat a nourishing meal that will give you energy and sustain you throughout the day.
Tip #4: Dress Appropriately
This might seem like a no-brainer but dressing for moving in the summer is harder than you may think. You want to pick lightweight and comfortable clothing, but you also want to pick clothing that can get dirty or torn. You’d be surprised how easily it’s to nick your sleeve on the sharp edge of a dresser!
Tip #5 Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
The last thing you’ll want to deal with after a move is a painful sunburn. To protect your skin during a summer move, it’s essential to pack on the sunscreen. You’ll want to buy a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher as it will give you the most protection.
There’s no doubt about it: moving in the summer is unpleasant. While these tips are designed to help you stay cool and comfortable under the scorching hot summer sun, there’s no getting around the fact that you can’t completely hide from it. If you move yourself, you’ll more than likely get sweaty and hot!
If you’re not the type who likes manual labor, consider hiring movers. Phoenix based Jones Moving & Storage can do all the work for you! We’ll pack and move your belongings, even on the hottest of hot days. Give us a call at 602-944-1413 to find out how we can help simplify your move.
In a previous blog, we covered why hiring a moving company is a smart choice; now we’re going to talk about how to hire a moving company, specifically, what types of questions to ask movers to ensure you’re working with the best moving company in your area.
Question 1: How long has the moving company been in business?
This question will give you an idea of their expertise and track record. It’s important to hire a moving company that has been in the business more than a year and knows how to deal with all sorts of belongings.
Question 2: Can they provide client testimonials?
Testimonials and reviews are a great way to evaluate a business. A company that can’t provide any positive reviews, either online or on paper, is a company you should be wary of.
Question 3: Are they licensed?
All licensed moving companies that travel long distance should have a US DOT number which is issued by the Department of Transportation. This shows that they’re a reputable moving company.
Question 4: Are they insured?
Knowing that your moving company is insured will give you peace of mind. Not only should your moving company have car insurance, they should also offer some sort of moving insurance, both of which are extremely important to have.
While there are other considerations to take into account, these four questions are the most important. They will give you an idea about the company’s reputation and character. Hiring a moving company that you feel confident in and can trust to handle your most precious belongings is absolutely crucial. Don’t settle for a company that’s cheap. Spend a little extra for a company that you can be sure will get the job done right.
For licensed, qualified movers in Phoenix and the surrounding area, call Jones Moving & Storage at 602-944-1413.