Moving services come in handy when you have to get all your stuff across town and away from "Big Marcel," the great dane who keeps letting himself into your house and sitting on all the clean surfaces in your kitchen. Clear out with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $75 for two hours of moving services with two movers and a moving truck ($150 value)
- $105 for two hours of moving services with three movers and a moving truck ($225 value)
Moving Tips: Four Ways to Make the Day Easier
Preparing for a move is a big task no matter what, but there are ways to simplify the effort. Here are four tips designed to help alleviate anxiety on moving day.
1. Use the Right Supplies
Consider what Real Simple calls "the professional mover's secret weapon"—regular ol' packing paper, specifically unprinted newsprint. Its benefits are threefold: it's recyclable (unlike newsprint), won't smear ink on your belongings (unlike regular newspaper), and can be crumpled up to pad almost anything (unlike bread). Professional movers also recommend taping boxes up with brown packing tape—masking tape and duct tape don’t stick to cardboard as well. Masking tape is useful, however, for framed pictures. Tape an 'X' over the glass to lend it extra strength and prevent it from shattering if it does happen to break. Liquor stores are a good source for divided inserts, which can make transporting a variety of fragile objects easier.
2. Follow a Method
Be methodical about the way you pack and label your boxes with the room where they belong. Packing kitchen items in a separate box from bedroom items will speed up the process on both sides of the move. Experts also suggest marking boxes—on at least two sides—with a list of contents and a box number. As you pack, you can keep track of all your boxes by logging their box numbers in a spreadsheet, recording them in a notebook, or writing them on postcards and mailing them to the new house. That way, you can confirm as soon as you arrive that every box made it there, too.
3. Keep It Light
Some moving companies suggest keeping each box at a maximum of 50 pounds, but if your bathroom scale doesn’t go up that high, just make sure you can lift every box with ease. To distribute the weight of each box evenly, place heavy items at the bottom and lighter ones on top—much like the way you should pack a grocery bag.
4. Hold on to the Essentials
At the end of the day, you’ll be sitting on the floor of your living room, hungry and exhausted. The last thing you’ll want to do is open Box #138 to get the forks. Put anything you think you’ll need on that first night into a box or suitcase and carry it along with you. These must-haves could include paper plates, plastic cutlery, and napkins; pajamas and changes of clothes for the next day; or towels, bed linens, and toiletries. With all the essentials close at hand, you’ll be sure to have freshly brushed teeth when your new neighbor stops by to bring you an apple pie and conduct the neighborhood halitosis inspection.
ProMoves Relocation Services
When the crew from ProMoves Relocation Services has to get a couch around a tight corner, they don't see it as an annoyance, but a challenge. This crew is made up of career movers, not college kids with a summer job or new puppy to impress. So they take pride in their skills at handling difficult moves and oddly-shaped furniture. They efficiently wrap all furniture in pads, as well as banisters and other structures, to keep them from getting nicked.