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5 Things to Clean in your New Home Before Bringing in your Things

POSTED ON January 16th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves

105942763Finding 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.

Related: The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Floors

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.

Related: Top 5 Moving Hacks

Windows

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.

Top 5 Moving Hacks

POSTED ON December 30th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves

movingNobody 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.

Related: Why You Should Hire a Moving Company

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!

Labeling

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.

Related: 3 Tips for Moving Large Furniture 

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!

 

3 Tips for Moving Large Furniture

POSTED ON December 16th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Residential Moves

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.Moving large furniture

Related: Keeping Your Furniture Clean During a Move

  • 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.

 

Related: Protect Your Floors While Moving

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.

How to Protect Your Floors and Carpet When Moving

POSTED ON December 12th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves

Protect Your FloorsIt’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.

Related: Why You Should Hire a Moving Company

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.

Related: Keep Your Furniture Clean During a Move

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.

Will a Moving Company Transport My Car from One State to Another

POSTED ON December 9th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves, Storage

Transport a CarMoving 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.

Related: Tips for Downsizing

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.

Related: Try our Relocation Services

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.

Give us a call today!

Tips for Downsizing

POSTED ON December 4th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves

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.

Related: Items Moving Companies Will Not Transport

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.

Use a Relocation Coordinator for a Stress-Free Move

POSTED ON November 25th  - POSTED IN Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Relocation Coordinator, Residential Moves

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!

Related: Great Cleaning Tips to Help Ease Your Moving Process

Relocation Coordinator

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

 

Related: Important Items that Moving Companies Will Not Transport

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.

Keep Your Furniture Clean During a Move

POSTED ON November 24th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves, Storage

Having furniture cleaned can be very pricey. That’s why we like to keep furniture clean during your move! keep your furniture cleanThere’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!

Related: Don’t Spend Time Cleaning Furniture Before a Move

  • 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.

Related: Why You Should Put Your Belongings Inside Climate Controlled Storage

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!

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