November 5

10 Most Common Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It should come as no surprise, but moving can be stressful. Between packing, changing addresses, picking a move-in date, and dozens of other tasks, opportunities for mistakes abound. Ask anyone how their first move went, and you’re likely to get a laundry list of things they wish they had done differently. At Alliance Moving & Storage, we want every single person to have the simplest move possible. To ensure that your next move doesn’t unravel, we’ve created a list of the 10 most common moving mistakes along with tips on how to avoid them. 1. Forgetting to Prepare a Moving Checklist No matter how much experience you have, a moving checklist is a must-have for any relocation. Whether you’re moving your business or heading to a new house, a checklist keeps you on budget and on schedule. The best ones break the move down into timeframes so that you have a running list of what still needs to happen. If you don’t know where to […]

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November 5

Long Distance Moving Tips

Unique Aspects of a Long Distance Move Every move presents a unique set of challenges. Determining how many boxes to buy, whether to hire movers or DIY the move, all these options require careful consideration. But a long distance move presents unique obstacles that can topple your plans if left unconsidered. Before we discuss how to make long distance moves easier, we need to know what separates them from other moves. Distance The first and most obvious difference between a regular and long distance move is, of course, distance. Many people make the mistake of thinking that long distance moves only add additional miles between destinations. In truth, the distance of a move, especially ones that take more than a day of driving to complete, impact every facet of how a move should be approached and planned. Timing Figuring out the timing of a long distance move takes more detailed planning than a local move. If you leave something at your previous residence during a […]

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November 3

How to Move for Cheap?

Congratulations! You’ve bought a new home or business location. With the keys now in hand, all you have to do is move. But after all the expense of finding a new place, you want to save some money while moving. If you’ve moved before, you know that many costs need to be closely observed while planning. Moving trucks, boxes, movers, containers, pods, and everything else that it takes to move don’t show up for free. Luckily, our tips on how to move for cheap will save you money and make your move easier. Inquire About Company Relocation Policies Before you begin planning or even start house shopping, check with your employer about relocation packages. If your work requires you to move, your company may be able to pay some of the costs. If they do have a relocation package, you may be able to use those funds for any part of the move. Compare Mover Costs More quotes equals more options. When it comes to […]

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November 3

How to Prepare for Moving Day

Moving day, the day you’ve been waiting for all this time. After you’ve packed all your boxes, hired your movers, and prepared your checklist, there’s only one thing left to do — move. But a move always has a few more steps to tackle. Before the sun rises on moving day, here’s a list of 8 essential prep tips you need to know. 1. Create a Detailed Inventory List Early in the moving process, create an inventory list. This list tracks every item in your house and should be regularly updated as the status of items changes. A great way to make a moving list is on a cloud-shared spreadsheet. With this, you’ll be able to easily update the status of items as they get packed, sold, or shipped. To keep better track of items, add in a column that indicates “date last seen.” With this, you’ll never misplace boxes or belongings without at least knowing their last location. 2. Submit a Change of Address […]

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October 7

Items to Leave Behind When Moving to a New Home

When moving, there are a lot of things to consider. Which rooms will your children pick? Which car gets to go in the garage? How much will you like your new neighbors? All these are questions that are worth considering, but deciding what you’ll leave behind is one of the toughest decisions of any move. While each move presents its own unique challenges, there are certain items that are best left behind. Knowing what items not to pack will help you avoid getting bogged down by clutter before you even get a chance to settle in. Use this helpful guide to determine which items to leave behind, donate or sell before you head to your new home. Items Too Difficult to Move One of the biggest reasons to leave behind items while moving is because they’re too big or too heavy. Whether it’s your garage fridge, the old jukebox you never fixed, or a china cabinet that’s been empty for years, there’s some stuff that […]

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October 6

Basic Moving Supplies for Any Move

A move of any distance takes careful planning and lots of supplies. To someone without much moving experience, figuring out the logistics can quickly become an overwhelming task. Knowing that not everyone is a professional mover, we’ve assembled this helpful guide. It covers all the moving supplies you’ll need for your next relocation. To make the guide easier to navigate, we’ve separated this guide into two major sections: Moving supplies for packing Moving supplies for transporting items Each section details the items you’ll need for that stage of the moving process, along with information about why you’ll need them. With this guide in hand, you’ll be ready to tackle any move, no matter how big or small! Moving Supplies for Packing Making the right choices when it comes to packing materials is one of the most important parts of any move. Purchasing the wrong packing materials can slow down your move and make the process more frustrating than necessary. Worse yet, it can even result […]

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October 6

The Only Moving Checklist You’ll Ever Need

Anyone who has moved before knows that it’s as much of an exercise in logistics and planning as it is a physical task. The first part of any good plan is to create a checklist of what needs to get done to accomplish a job. To ensure that you don’t leave something off of your list, we’ve compiled all the best moving tips into the only moving checklist you’ll ever need. To make your moving checklist simple, we’ve broken the tasks into what to do before, during, and after moving day: Before the move 8 weeks before 6 weeks before 4 weeks before 2 weeks before 1 week before Final days Moving day After the move 1 Week after 2 Weeks after If there’s a specific portion of the move where you want to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, feel free to jump ahead to the section in question. To those who are just beginning their moving process or who are looking to […]

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October 5

How Much Does It Cost to Move Locally?

Moving locally doesn’t come with a specific price tag. Though local moves are often cheaper than long distance moves, there are a lot of factors that can change the cost to move locally. Recent studies have shown that the average cost of a local move is between $1000 and $1250. Of course, many factors can increase moving costs drastically. For example, you can expect to pay at least $1000 to hire a local mover if required. Factors in Local Moving Costs To get a better picture of how much your upcoming move will cost, let’s explore the factors that most commonly affect the cost to move locally. These factors include: Travel fees Moving add-ons Moving date Storage needs Packing needs Move size Move Size The size of your move is going to be one of the biggest factors when calculating the cost to move locally. If you’re moving a one-bedroom apartment, the price of your move will be significantly less than if you’re moving a […]

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October 5

How to Prepare for Moving to a New City

Moving to a new city can be both exciting and stressful. During the move itself, you might find yourself focusing more on the stressors of moving rather than the excitement of new experiences. To help your move go a little more smoothly, we’ve created this guide on how to prepare for moving to a new city. You’ll learn how best to organize your city-to-city move so you can let go of the stress and get excited for all the experiences that await you at your new home. Packing Plan Every successful move kicks off with a well-organized and comprehensive packing plan. An easy to follow packing plan ensures that you’ll be able to pack up your house in a timely and orderly fashion. Here are our tips for a foolproof packing plan. Pack Items Based on Their Final Location Instead of packing up items and boxes as they are currently ordered in your home, consider where they will go in your new home. Packing items […]

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September 8

How Much Do Moving Boxes Cost and Where to Buy Them

It’s months before moving day and you’re ready to buy boxes and supplies. Cardboard boxes allow you to safely pack and relocate your belongings from one place to another. Plus, they’re recyclable and reusable – so no waste here. How much do moving boxes cost and where is the best place to purchase them? Here’s a basic breakdown of standard moving box prices along with our favorite places to shop. How Much Do Moving Boxes Cost? Moving boxes range in price based on size, quantity (bundle), material, and where you buy them. In general, the classic square, cardboard boxes are great for packing and moving home items and belongings. Here are the standard sizes and approximate prices* (*as of 8/2020). Small moving boxes (16” x 10” x 10”) range in price from $.98 to $2.00 per box. Medium boxes (18” x 14” x 12”) cost around $1.50 to $2.50 per box. Large moving boxes (20” x 20” x 15”) go from $1.80 to $3.00 per […]

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