Moving all of your belongings from your old home to your new home can quickly become overwhelming. It requires a considerable amount of time and careful planning to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible and that everything arrives safely. Far too often people arrive at their new homes only to find that some of their belongings have been damaged during the move. If you don’t want this to be your reality, it’s important to incorporate a few packing and moving best practices during your move.

Unfortunately, even with the most cautious packing and moving practices, all it takes is a bad moving company to compromise the safety of your items during the moving process. That’s where Doorage comes in. By taking moving companies out of the equation, Doorage offers a safer, more secure way to move. Our storage container moving solutions are simple. We send you containers, you pack them, we pick them up, and we deliver them to your new home whenever it’s most convenient.

Tips to Keep Your Stuff Safe During a Move

Our high-quality moving containers are constructed with a durable material and can be used to store just about any household goods. If you’re using Doorage, you’re already taking a step in the right direction towards a safer move. In this blog, we’ll share a few tips that will help further ensure that your belongings are safe during a move.

Develop a Plan

Before your moving containers arrive and the packing begins, take the time to make a plan and think about everything that you will be bringing with you to your new home. If you can, start categorizing and sorting your belongings by room so that you can easily pack the items together when the containers arrive. This will make it easier for you when it comes to unpacking everything at your new home. If you use Doorage’s storage calculator, you can get a good idea of how many moving containers you will need for the items you are bringing along with you.

Make a moving list

Take Inventory of Your Belongings

It can be far too easy to lose track of things during a move, and it can take a while to unpack and find everything again on the other end. To make things easier, consider taking an inventory of your belongings in advance. Making note of what is being packed and where it goes will streamline the process of unpacking everything once you arrive at your new home.

Use Extra Caution With Fragile Items

Just as you would when packing fragile items to haul in your vehicle or a moving truck, you’ll want to do the same for door-to-door moving services. Any of your belongings that can be easily cracked, crushed, shattered, or broken should be packed separately in their own container. These fragile items should be well-wrapped or padded in bubble-wrap or in soft items like blankets. These items should be packed carefully and properly labeled to ensure nothing is damaged during the moving process.

Don’t Overpack the Containers

When you are packing your moving containers with your belongings, avoid placing so many items in a box that the walls of the container begin to bend or bulge. First off, doing this will impact the integrity of the container, potentially causing it to either fail during the move or collapse when it’s placed in a state-of-the-art storage facility until you arrive at your new home and are ready to have your items returned to you. Secondly, overloading your boxes or moving bins may make them unnecessarily heavy. Evenly separate your belongings across the containers and bins so the loads aren’t too heavy for those that will be lifting them.

Avoid Packing Hazardous Materials

While most people know this, it doesn’t hurt to remind people that hazardous materials are not safe to move, especially when placed inside a moving container with other items and belongings. Avoid putting firearms and ammunition in these containers. Other items considered hazardous when moving include cleaning products, candles, pesticides, plants, and batteries. Some of these items can explode or cause fires when bumped or shaken.

Don’t Rush Getting Your Items Redelivered

One of the great things about Doorage’s door-to-door moving solutions is that you don’t have to have your items delivered to your new home right away. This is what many other moving companies do, but not Doorage! With our solutions, you have the option to keep your belongings in a safe and secure storage facility for as long as you would like. Believe it or not, your items are at risk of being damaged if they sit inside moving containers inside your home. Take your time getting settled into your new home, getting the essentials unpacked and putting everything in place. Then, when you are ready, simply have your other belongings returned to you. This will really help you manage the amount of clutter you have in your new home.

Though moving is always challenging, proper planning and packing can help you keep your belongings safe and also relieve some of the inevitable stress. Don’t put the safety and integrity of your belongings at risk by hiring a sub-par moving company. You don’t want to be just another victim of a terrible moving experience. Your peace of mind will only be increased when you use Doorage’s full-service valet moving solutions.

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National moving companies can end up costing you an arm and a leg. Moving brokers promise low prices, but end up costing you more — more time, grief, damage, and hidden fees. With Doorage, there’s no more guesswork revolving around the cost of your move. We will always provide clear, upfront pricing for your local or long-distance move. Get started with our simple pay as you go moving or take a quick run through our easy online move estimate and booking process — both will provide you with an instant moving quote and online bookings. Reserving local or cross country moving services while avoiding hidden fees and headaches have never been more simple!

When it comes to moving, chances are you’ve used cardboard boxes to pack up items before. Most people tend to gravitate towards using cardboard moving boxes because they allow for easy stacking of packed items, but there are now better options out there to keep your belongings safe and protected. Plastic moving containers have saved many people from undue stress and hardship, especially when moving between homes. They not only allow for easier and stress-free packing, but they provide a solution that makes it possible to compartmentalize household items effortlessly for easy sorting later on.

At Doorage, we offer storage container moving solutions that make getting your belongings from Point A to Point B easier than ever before. Doorage makes it possible to pack up and store your belongings without having to leave your home. Once you determine how much you will be storing, Doorage will deliver durable plastic moving crates at your doorstep. When you have your moving crates packed, Doorage will pick them up and bring them to one of our state-of-the-art storage facilities. When you arrive at your new home and/or are ready to have your items delivered back to you, Doorage will deliver the moving containers back to you and pick them up when you have everything unpacked.

Plastic Moving Containers: The Solution to Moving

Gone are the days of flimsy cardboard boxes — our plastic moving crates are guaranteed to keep your belongings safe and protected. Compared to cardboard boxes, plastic moving containers are more durable, eco-friendly, secure, affordable, efficient, and are available in a variety of sizes. These containers are just a small portion of what makes our door-to-door moving solutions so great. There are many advantages to using plastic moving containers for your move. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the features and benefits of our plastic storage bins that are sure to help ease any worries you may have.

Durable

Our plastic moving crates are constructed with a quality, highly durable plastic material. You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and secure when packed inside these containers. They are water-resistant, so you can store electronics and any other important items without worry. Moreover, they are resistant to insects and mold. The lids on these plastic storage bins have an incredibly tight seal to increase durability, which strengthens the protection of your belongings. Lastly, plastic moving containers can bear much more weight than cardboard boxes and other types of storage containers — you can put heavier items inside without having to worry about the bottom breaking out.

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Eco-Friendly

Because our plastic storage containers are incredibly durable, they are reusable, and therefore they are environmentally-friendly. Cardboard boxes can easily become damaged while being transported and will not be able to be used again. Plus, due to the fact that it can take a little more time and effort to recycle or resell the material, tons of cardboard boxes are thrown into trash dumpsters each year rather than being properly recycled. Our everyday choices have an impact and we truly can help the environment by being more conscious of our own environmental impact. Even a simple thing like using plastic moving bins can make a difference.

Size

At Doorage, our plastic moving bins are available in a variety of dimensions to meet your exact needs. The different sized containers we offer can be used to protect any sized household item, such as a lamp, a television, glassware and dishes, and so much more. You can choose from smaller plastic totes to large plastic bins that can store various belongings at once. To determine what size of moving containers you will need, use our storage calculator.

Efficiency

Moving takes enough time as it is. When you buy cardboard boxes, you will have to take the time to assemble each box before you can put anything into them. Plus, you have to tape up each box after it has been packed. Our plastic moving bins arrive to your doorstep ready to go — there is absolutely no assembly required. And, with Doorage, you don’t have to worry about transporting these bins. When they are packed and ready to go, we’ll pick them up for you. Doorage’s plastic moving crates and door-to-door moving solutions allow for a much quicker, stress-free move.

Cost

When moving between homes, moving boxes are among the last things you want to go out and spend money on. They will likely only be used once and then thrown away. Doorage’s plastic moving containers can help you save money in a couple of ways. To start, you won’t have to go out and purchase cardboard boxes on your own. Secondly, these containers don’t need to be picked up and transported by hired movers. And thirdly, you only pay for the space your container takes up while stored at our storage facility. In the long run, using our plastic storage container moving solutions can save you money.

Security

When moving, you’d prefer that your belongings remain secure. As you know, cardboard boxes are by no means secure. If water comes into contact with the box, the contents inside could potentially be ruined. Cardboard boxes are also much easier to get torn into, which compromises the safety and security of your belongings. As mentioned above, our plastic moving containers are incredibly durable and have a tight, secure seal that will prevent any theft, damage, or other risks.

Planning a Move? Make Things Easier on Yourself With Door to Door Moving Solutions from Doorage

With Doorage, you never have to worry about the safety and security of your belongings during a move again. We specialize in student, apartment, whole house, and office moves — whether it’s across the city or across the country. Stop wondering how much your move will cost. We provide instant online estimates and bookings for both local moves and cross country moves. You can even book your move in minutes with our ‘pay as you go’ plan

A long-distance move is challenging by itself. Add pets into the equation and it becomes even more complex. While your dog or cat may generally be calm and happy at home, moving cross country can put a cramp in your furry friend’s style. After all, you are not the only one that gets stressed from all of the continuous errands, piles of boxes, and a slowly-emptying house.

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your dog or cat is comfortable throughout the packing process, on moving day, and during the transition to the new home. At Doorage, we’re all about making moving easier with our door to door moving solutions. Continue reading to learn how to make moving long-distance with cats or dogs easier and avoid overstressing your pet.

During the Packing Process

Packing can be one of the most stressful parts of moving, for both you and your pet. All of the commotion caused by moving things around can make both dogs and cats – especially sensitive ones – nervous. Here are a few things you can do to get your pet ready for a long-distance move during the packing process.

Pack Up Your Pet’s Items in a Separate Container

In addition to packing up all of your belongings during this stage of the moving process, you’ll want to be sure to get your pet’s belongings packed up as well. The container will likely be kept in the car that you and your part are traveling in, so make sure you don’t forget any essentials that could make the ride more comfortable, including food and water, dishes, treats, blankets, toys, etc. Having these items ready to go come moving day will help ensure your pet has a trip with minimal stress.

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Get Them Used to a Crate

If you don’t plan on letting your pet roam free in your car, you’ll definitely want to get them used to a crate or carrier. If you plan far enough ahead of time, you can get your pet accustomed to using a crate, which would definitely come in handy for a long-distance move. If your pet is not used to crates, be patient. They can be an incredibly frightening aspect of an already frightening experience.

Start Making Your Car Cozy

While you are packing all of your belongings, you’ll also want to consider how your vehicle will be arranged. Ideally, you should have a comfortable and safe space for your pet to lay or sleep. If you plan on using a crate, make sure your vehicle has enough room for it. Dogs tend to need a lot of human touch, so try to create a space in your car that is close enough to you that they can be reached for a quick pet. Similarly, cats should be kept in an area where they can see you. Take the necessary measures during this time to make sure that your pet is comfortable.

On Moving Day

When moving day finally arrives, you’re definitely going to have your hands full. With movers arriving at your home and packing up everything into your car and the moving truck, there certainly is a lot going on. However, it is important to take the time to make sure that your pet is comfortable and ready for the long haul ahead.

Keep an Eye on Your Pet

The last thing you want when you’re about to embark on a cross country move with a dog or cat is to lose them on the day of your departure. Unfortunately, losing a pet is far too easy on moving day. With people going in and out of your home, it can be easy for your pet to get outside and run off. For that reason, you should place your pet somewhere safe where they can’t escape. You can put them in a back room that doesn’t need to be opened, an enclosed yard, or a crate. You could also get someone to watch your dog or cat while you are loading up everything.

Make Sure They Get Plenty of Exercise

Depending on where you are moving from and where you are moving to, you and your pet may be cooped up in your vehicle for a while. For this reason, it is important that they get plenty of exercise on moving day. Even if it means getting up earlier in the morning that you’d like, take the time to exercise your pet. This could be a walk around the neighborhood with your dog or using small toys to get your cat running around. When pets are well-exercised, the day will be much less stressful for them, not to mention it will give you a nice jolt of endorphins.

moving with pets

Give them Extra Attention

If you are utilizing a professional moving company or door to door moving solutions you will have plenty of time to give your pet some extra love and attention. Giving your pet attention is incredibly important on moving day, with strangers in your home and a lot of activity. Ideally, you’ll want to keep them in a calm environment with people they are used to being around. Encourage play with their favorite toys, toss them their favorite treats, or simply sit down and give your furry friend a good pet.

During the Move

Once everything is loaded up and you’re ready to go, it’s time to hit the road with your pet. Here are a few tips that will make the trip to your new home easier.

Take Breaks

Your pet needs bathroom breaks too, so be sure to offer them often. For dogs, bathroom breaks are as simple as stopping at a nearby rest stop to let them do their business. For cats, on the other hand, you’ll need to figure out a litter box situation. Ideally, you will want a travel litter box that is large enough for your cat to sit in, but small enough to fit in their crate or carrier. If you are going to be staying in hotel rooms during your move, make sure you take the necessary steps to allow for bathroom breaks.

moving with a dog

Keep Tags On

It’s unlikely that your pet will break free and go missing, but if they do, you want to be able to find them. Make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag on them. Since you are moving, your address may not be as important as phone numbers. It is best to use the tag space for your phone number, as well as your partner’s number if applicable, or if not, the phone number of someone back home or in your new home.

Start Making Your Car Cozy

While you are packing all of your belongings, you’ll also want to consider how your vehicle will be arranged. Ideally, you should have a comfortable and safe space for your pet to lay or sleep. If you plan on using a crate, make sure your vehicle has enough room for it. Dogs tend to need a lot of human touch, so try to create a space in your car that is close enough to you that they can be reached for a quick pet. Similarly, cats should be kept in an area where they can see you. Take the necessary measures during this time to make sure that your pet is comfortable.

Your pets are family, so of course, you want to make sure they are comfortable during a long-distance move. Taking your pet’s personality and stress into consideration will make your relocation more enjoyable for you as well as them.

If you’re moving long-distance, you can make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your pet with door to door moving and storage solutions from Doorage. With Doorage, you pack your belongings into eco-friendly storage containers, have them professionally stored and then delivered to your new home whenever you are ready for them. This will give you less to do on moving day and will create more room in your vehicle to ensure that your pet is comfortable while driving to your new home. To learn more about storage and moving solutions from Doorage, give us a call or send us an email today.

Move To Your New Home With Door to Door Moving Services

With door-to-door moving solutions from Doorage, local moves have never been easier. Rather than working with a moving company or trying to move everything yourself, Doorage offers a more convenient, affordable, and hassle-free way to move your belongings to your new address. Learn more about how door-to-door moving works.

Thinking about relocating to Chicago? You’re not alone! With a vibrant culture, passionate sports scene, thriving nightlife, ample public transportation, and plenty of diversity, there really is no wondering why so many people choose to make the third-largest city in the US their home.

If you are debating a move to, have already bought a home, or signed a lease for an apartment in the Windy City, you likely already have an idea of the great features the city has to offer. Nonetheless, there are some important things to keep in mind before you pack up your things and head to the largest city in the Midwest. Below, we share some tips to help you better prepare for your move to Chicago.

Chicago skyline

Choose a Neighborhood

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to consider where you want to move in Chicago. Believe it or not, this decision can become incredibly overwhelming. Chicago has a total of 77 neighborhoods and nine districts, each with their own mix of culture, history, attractions, and personality. You’ll find that many of these neighborhoods have loyal residents — some having family in the area going back generations. If you want to have the best experience as a Chicago resident, it is important to choose a neighborhood that fits both your personality and identity. Millennials typically are attracted to northern and northwest neighborhoods, such as: Wrigleyville, home of the Chicago Cubs; River North, a nicer neighborhood closer to the Central Business District; or Bucktown, which offers an eclectic northwest downtown experience. If you have a family and desire lower housing costs as well as more space, consider living outside the city. There are plenty of beautiful family-friendly Chicago suburbs that provide a more peaceful environment and are close to schools.

 

Familiarize Yourself With Public Transportation

It won’t take long after your move before you realize how expensive parking can be in Chicago. Plus, when you get into the city the traffic can be dreadful. For this reason, many people choose to not drive their car as often — and sometimes sell it — and instead ride their bikes, take the train, or bus. The Chicago Transit Authority, or CTA, is a great way to get to just about any corner of the city. However, maps and routes can be confusing at first glance. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the CTA map and all of the different colors for each route as well as stops where you can transfer lines. Soon enough, you’ll be an expert with the trains and can incorporate the bus routes to make commutes or getting around the city a piece of cake.

cozy Chicago home

Prepare for the Cold and Windy Conditions

It’s no secret that Chicago has bone-chilling wind, snow, and freezing cold weather in the winter. Being right near a lake, Chicago winters can be cold — very, very cold. It’s hard to enjoy walking to the train in subzero temperatures and ankle-deep snow. Before you move, make sure that you have winter clothes readily available for when the temperatures begin to drop. And when winter does roll around, make the best of it. There are many activities the area offers that can make your winter bright and fun. Before you know it, winter will be over, the sun will come up, and you’ll get a taste of the glorious 80-degree weather.

deep-dish Chicago pizza

Experience the Delicious Grub

Deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef — if you consider yourself a foodie, you’re going to love living in an area that has a unique selection of food for virtually any palate. Chicago is home to well over 8,000 restaurants but these famous local dishes are ‘must-haves’ for any Chicagoland resident: a beloved beef sandwich at Al’s Beef; deep-dish pizza from Giordano’s; a juicy cheezborger from Billy Goat Tavern; and a Chicago-style dog from Portillo’s. There are so many restaurants to try — you’re likely to find some ‘new favorites’ during your time living in The Windy City.

 

Enjoy the Festivals and Events in the City

Chicago’s event schedule is very busy. While the recent health pandemic has altered the schedule, the city is home to annual celebrations of the fine arts, culinary arts and performing arts. Lollapalooza, the famed music and culture festival, brings three days of fun and music to the city in the summer. Crowds are drawn to the city in the Fall for the various premieres and events launched at the Chicago International Film Festival. No matter what time of year, Chicago tends to always have some type of event, festival, or celebration taking place.

 

Go to at Least One Sports Game

Chicago is a sports town. You’ll find that many Chicago residents are loyal, passionate, and die-hard sports fans. It’s in your best interest to jump on the train and become a loyal and passionate fan — or at least pretend to be — and start rooting for Chicago’s professional sports teams. Depending on what area you live in, you may lean towards routing for the Cubs or the White Sox, but with no debate, the Bears are the favored team for the NFL, the Blackhawks for the NHL, and the Bulls for the NBA. No matter which team you root for, the Chicago sports scene is a fun and competitive way to enjoy time with friends and family.

 

Find Storage Solutions in Chicago

With Chicago being the third largest city in the nation, finding available and affordable storage facilities can be challenging. And if you’re living in the city, chances are you are going to need a place to store any additional belongings that your home or rental doesn’t have the space for. Luckily, Doorage offers a solution. Similar to door-to-door moving, Doorage offers door-to-door storage solutions that make moving to Chicago a breeze. It’s very simple. You start by estimating how much storage space you will need by using the Storage Calculator. Then, Doorage will send durable, eco-friendly storage containers to your home. Pack these containers up before you move and when they are ready to go, Doorage will pick them up. You choose when you want your items delivered to your new address. Until then, Doorage will keep your belongings in a secure, state-of-the-art storage facility.

You’ll be sure to enjoy everything Chicago has to offer as a new resident, especially when you follow the tips above. No matter where you’re moving from, chances are you could use some help with moving and storing your belongings. If that’s you, you can make your move to Chicago easier by utilizing the affordable moving and storage solutions offered by Doorage. Get started today or contact us to learn more!

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Even if you are planning to move locally, there is still a lot of planning and organizing that needs to be done in order to make the move as easy as possible. If you want to ensure that you are ready to go on moving day, it is important that you start far enough in advance of your move date.

In our last blog post, we shared a moving checklist that covered some of the most essential tasks to complete both two months and one month prior to your move date. If you’re a week out or days away from your moving day, make sure you have everything on this checklist completed!

1 Week Before The Move

You should already have the tasks from our last checklist finished. The handful of days you have prior to your moving date should be used to ensure that the items on this list are taken care of.

Get Rid of Any Hazardous Items

If you haven’t already, get rid of items that are corrosive, flammable, poisonous, or not safe to move with. There are a lot of specific ways to dispose of hazardous items, such as those found in your garage, so make sure you do so properly.

Start Taking Down Electronics

If you have certain electronics that you have still been using, you should start getting them ready for transport a week before the move. If you don’t want to struggle with setting up all of your electronics in your new home, take a quick photo on your phone of how the wires are arranged. This will make setting up computers, televisions, and gaming systems in your new home a breeze.

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Pack Up the Items in Your Pantry

Don’t let your pantry go to waste. Defer any extensive baking and cooking plans until after your move — this is the time to indulge in some tasty take-out! If you come across any unopened food that you won’t be using, consider donating it to the local food pantry.

Update Subscription Services

You should have already notified the post office of your address change. If you haven’t already, update your address for the items that are delivered to you. Update your address for any newspaper or magazine subscription services. You should also update your workplace on your new home address.

Do a Deep Clean of Your Home

It may not be your first instinct to clean the property you’re about to leave, but tidying up is an important step of the moving process. Performing a final clean of your place will not only help your odds of getting your security deposit (if applicable) back, but it also gives you the chance to locate any items you may have missed while packing.

The Day of The Move

Can you believe it? Today is the day! By now you should have completed the necessary tasks two months, one month, and one week prior to your move date. Now it’s time to finalize everything and head to your new home!

Keep Essential Items Handy

Even for a local move, it is nice to have essential items handy. Put together a bag of essentials and transport it in your personal vehicle so that the items you need don’t get lost with your other boxes.

Make Sure Nothing Gets Left Behind

We’re sure you’ve already completed this step multiple times, but it doesn’t hurt to do one final walkthrough to ensure that nothing was missed. Your refrigerator should be cleared and all of the cabinets, closets, and drawers should be empty. Check all rooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to be sure you didn’t miss anything.

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Load Up All of Your Boxes

If you’re using a moving van or truck you’ll need to load up all of your boxes and belongings. It may be helpful to have some friends or family members help you with this process as it can be quite strenuous. If you’re using door-to-door moving services, like those we offer here at Doorage, you should have scheduled your moving containers to be picked up. You don’t have to worry about doing any heavy-lifting — the door-to-door movers will pick up your containers and deliver them to the proper destination when you are ready.

Head to Your New Place

Once everything is packed and ready to go, you can get in your car and head to your new home! Before you do that, though, take the time to say goodbye to the property you are vacating your own special way. We make a lot of memories in our homes and it is nice to remember and reflect upon those that happened at your old home as well as look forward to those that are to come in your new home.

Start Unpacking When You Arrive

Once you arrive at your home, do a quick walk-through of your new home to make sure that everything is in place. If everything looks good it’s time to start unpacking — yay! You definitely don’t have to unpack everything, but it is a good idea to put away any perishable food items that you may have brought along and unpack any fragile items or anything that you would like to use in the next 24 hours. If you use door-to-door moving services, your items will arrive when you scheduled them, which can be helpful in preventing the unpacking process from becoming too overwhelming.

Moving is a long, drawn-out process, but there is no better feeling than arriving at your new home! Once you get settled in and are close to having everything unpack you can truly start to enjoy your new home and all the amenities that come along with it.

Move To Your New Home With Door to Door Moving Services

With door-to-door moving solutions from Doorage, local moves have never been easier. Rather than working with a moving company or trying to move everything yourself, Doorage offers a more convenient, affordable, and hassle-free way to move your belongings to your new address. Learn more about how door-to-door moving works.

Planning and organizing for a move is a big undertaking. There are so many different things that need to be done before you leave your existing residence and move to your new house. While local moves are less complex than those that involve long-distance travel, it is still important that you give yourself enough time to progress through all of the necessary moving preparations.

One of the biggest fears that people have when preparing for a move is failing to finish all of the pre-move tasks on time, usually due to a lack of proper preparation and organization. Since there’s so much to keep up with, our moving experts put together a checklist that will help make sure you don’t forget about the essential tasks.

2 Months Before The Move

Listen… your move date will be here before you know it. Even with a local move, it’s easier to get ahead of the game and set yourself up for an easy transition rather than playing from behind and struggling to catch up before time runs out. Two months before the move, start diving into these tasks.

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Create a Moving Folder

Moving typically involves a lot of documentation. Documents that aren’t digital can be easy to lose in the shuffle of boxes and papers. To make things easier on yourself, create a folder to put these documents in when you receive them. These include moving estimates from local movers, insurance records, and your lease terms, if applicable. For easier organization, scan all hard copies of important documents and create a digital folder on your computer or external hard drive to store everything. All of these documents will come in handy come tax season!

Know the Size of Your Move

Two months out is a great time to start considering how you want to get your belongings from Point A to Point B. Do you have a friend with a pick-up truck that is willing to lend a hand and would allow you to do everything yourself? Or would you prefer to outsource the heavy-lifting to a local moving company? Start taking a mental inventory of all the things that will be going with you to your new home to get a better idea of what moving solutions you will need.

Pick a Moving Date

If you are already starting to prep, chances are you have a time frame of when you would like to move in mind. Consider whether you have to be out of your existing residence by a certain time to get a better idea of when the move needs to happen. If you plan on working with a moving service provider, it is worth reaching out to see if they will be able to work with you on your desired date.

Start Decluttering

The more stuff you have, the more difficult it will be to move. Now is the perfect time to start decluttering your home. As you declutter, only throw away stuff that you find useless. You can host a garage sale, sell items on social marketplaces, or better yet, donate items to local non-profit organizations.

Find Moving Solutions

If you aren’t going the do-it-yourself route, you need to find a moving service to help you with your move. Moving companies can be expensive, even for local moves. Find a moving solution that fits your needs and budget. At Doorage, we offer door to door moving services that make transporting your items to your new home easier than ever before.

1 Month Before The Move

It’s getting closer! You should have a moving date in mind as well as have a way to move your belongings from your current home to your new one. Make sure to get these tasks done one month before your move.

Start Packing

You may have already started to gather some things here and there, but now is the time to really get into packing mode. Develop a system for packing your belongings. It helps to go by room. If you don’t have moving boxes make sure you get some. Unless, however, you are using door to door moving services from Doorage where durable moving containers are shipped right to your door. If that’s the case, you’re good to go.

moving and storage boxes

Go Crazy With Labeling

Labeling is a simple task that can go a long way in making unpacking in your new home easier. It is worth it to take the time to label, marking the room where each box came from and what is inside. Make sure you don’t forget to properly label any boxes or containers with items that are breakable. Clearly write “Fragile” (or FRA-GEE-LAY) on these boxes so that you or anyone handling your moving boxes will know to be careful.

Notify Utility Companies

Set up disconnect/reconnect dates with your phone, water, cable, internet, gas, and electricity providers. Check if your cable and internet providers are in your new city. If they are, let them know you’re moving. If not, shop around and see what other options are out there. You can also use this opportunity to pay any deposits for new utility services in advance.

Start Learning About Your New Neighborhood

You probably already know a bit about the area you are moving to, especially if it is local. However, you should still take the time to learn about your new neighborhood. Research which parks are nearby, see how long it takes to get to the nearest coffee shop and find out what the commute to work will look like. Feel free to ask friends and family who are familiar with the area if they have any recommendations.

Schedule Your Address Change

You’ll need to change your official mailing address with the post office. You can also have any mail that is addressed to and sent to your old mailing address forwarded to your new one after you move.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you hanging. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Local Moving checklist in our next blog post.

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There are a lot of decisions that need to be made during the moving process. A big portion of those decisions will be from choosing what will come with you to your new place and what will be staying behind. When it comes to moving, weight and space are money — the more items you need to move to your new place, the higher you can expect the final bill from the moving company to be. With this in mind, many people getting ready for a move often wonder if it’s worth it to have their furniture transported with the rest of their belongings or buy new once they get settled into their new place.

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding the fate of certain pieces of existing furniture. While the idea of having new furniture is enticing, you don’t want to just get rid of something where memories have been made. In this blog, we’ll be sharing a handful of factors to consider that will help you decide whether you should move your furniture or buy new.

Think About Where You Are Moving

Where you are moving can have a significant influence on your decisions regarding bringing certain pieces of furniture or not. Both the distance and size of your new home are huge factors. If you are moving across town, it is typically more cost-effective to hire movers or rent a moving vehicle to bring your existing furniture with you rather than buying new. If you like your current furniture and don’t want to go through the hassle of picking out new furniture and increase your moving-related expenses even more, moving your furniture with you may be worth it. Long-distance moves, on the other hand, can make your decision-making process even more difficult. Unless you have a different long-distance moving solution in place, the cost to move furniture and other large items is going to be fairly high.

Think About the Size of Your Home

It is also important to consider if the furniture in question will fit in your home. There is no point in going through the hassle of moving furniture that you won’t even be able to use if it’s not a good fit. If the home you are planning to move to has tons of space, it may be worth moving all of your furniture. However, if you are downsizing, it is a good idea to get rid of larger, if not all, of your furniture you have so that your new place isn’t crowded. If you do decide to bring it along, make sure that you have a solid idea of the room layouts and where the existing furniture will go. Take measurements to help visualize how the pieces will be arranged in the new space. It’s also important to think of the style and design of the new home’s interior — you’ll want furniture that will match your new living space. We’re sorry we’re the ones that have to tell you, but an old recliner won’t look great in a new contemporary living room.

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Think About Sentimental Value

Sometimes pieces of furniture can have sentimental value attached to them. It is perfectly normal to be soft-hearted for personal belongings, even furniture. You may have a chest or dresser that has been in the family for as long as you remember. Furniture that is a family heirloom is definitely worth holding on to by any means possible. On the other hand, a move can serve as the perfect opportunity to part ways with an old, stained couch that has been around forever. Again, the less you have when moving, the cheaper it typically is. If you can find it in you to part ways with even a few pieces of furniture or cut down on the number of boxes required, you will save yourself a lot of money.

 

Think About Cost

Cost is perhaps the most important factor to consider. Will it cost more to move your furniture or replace it? Getting a few moving estimates from moving companies can help you determine approximately how much it would cost for you to move your items from Point A to Point B. Similarly, some online browsing of furniture stores can give you an idea of approximately how much buying furniture for your new home would be. While moving is expensive, so is furniture, especially nice, well-made furniture. If you think you can sell some or most of your furniture and other belongings, it may be to your benefit to make some extra cash and buy completely new stuff. Before making any decisions, you should consider the state of items as well. If something is on its last leg, it might be time to let go. If you can sell it, great, but if it’s not worth anything, it’s just time to say goodbye.

 

Think About Storage

Oftentimes, people use storage facilities when they move so that they can keep their belongings safe and secure while they work on settling in. Putting your belongings into a storage unit buys you some time and is less stressful, but you still have to deal with the hassle of transporting your items to and from the storage facility. You can potentially avoid having to store large furniture pieces by downsizing and buying new furniture, but if you plan on bringing your furniture along with you, make sure you have the right storage solutions in place. Keep in mind that self-storage facilities can be expensive. Door-to-door storage solutions are a more convenient, cost-effective option — your furniture and other items you want to be stored will be picked up from your existing address, stored in a safe and secure storage facility, and can be delivered to your new address when you’re ready.

Ultimately, the decision on whether to move your furniture to your place or to leave it behind mostly depends on the characteristics of the move, the furniture itself, and your personal preferences. For some people, the idea of getting rid of everything and starting fresh is all part of the adventure. For others, it is too much of a hassle to shop for new furniture and easy to keep what they have, especially when they use Doorage’s door-to-door moving services to transport it from one destination to the next.

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Due to the recent pandemic, more than half of employed Americans have transitioned to working from home — at least, for the time being anyway. When working from home, having a home office or designated workspace is essential to staying productive and meeting deadlines. However, it is darn near impossible to be at all productive in a cluttered workspace.

Stacks of papers, random, tangled cords, and coffee mugs from who-knows-how-long-ago — there is nothing less motivating than trying to get work done in a home office that is flooded with clutter. In a perfect world, your home office should be just as functional as your traditional work office. The biggest challenge that many face, however, is keeping personal and household belongings from intruding on their workspace and the things you need to stay productive throughout the workweek. If this sounds all too familiar, good news! You can get started decluttering your home office today with these tips!

Cluttered Home Office

Declutter Your Home Office In 7 Simple Steps

 

1. Take It Section by Section

Even though your home office isn’t the biggest room in your home, trying to declutter and organize it all at once can quickly become overwhelming. You can still accomplish a lot when you take it slow. Start with one section of the office; you can start by organizing your desk area one day and then move onto the surrounding area the day after. While you don’t have to turn decluttering your messy office into one strenuous task, you should make sure to get this part done within reasonable time so your productivity doesn’t have to suffer anymore!

 

2. Only Keep What You Need

If you recently set up a home office on a whim in your spare room, chances are there are some things in there that you do not need. Experts recommend that your home office space has only the essentials you need to help eliminate potential distractions that could take away from your work. See if these things can be moved into your basement, attic, or garage. If not, it may be worth looking into storage solutions for these items, especially since it is hard to tell how long companies will allow employees to work from home — some have already shifted to giving employees the option to work remotely. If you don’t want to sacrifice even more productivity by bringing your things to a storage facility, consider pick-up and delivery storage services.

 

3. Make Your Documents Digital

If you’re someone who still relies heavily on paper documents, you know just how quickly they can stack up in your workspace. Now that you are working from home, there is no better time than now to digitize your documents. Thanks to technology advancements, almost all of your business documents — such as receipts, bills, invoices, and other miscellaneous sheets of paper — can be converted into digital files. As long as you can store these documents on a hard drive that can be frequently backed up, it’ll be just as safe as keeping paper copies, only with less clutter. If you have any documents that you want to keep, or documents that require having a physical copy, they can be put in a filing cabinet.

 

4. Thoroughly Clean and Dust

A messy office is, without a doubt a distraction. Before you continue organizing and putting things away, once you have a good portion of the clutter removed, make sure to dust, sweep, and thoroughly clean the surfaces in your home office. A fresh, clean workspace is proven to help boost productivity — certainly much more than a filthy one with stacks of random paperwork and stained coffee mugs would.

 

5. Label, Label, Label

Especially after working in your work office for so long, working in a new environment can make it difficult to know where you have put the items you need. A simple, tried-and-true solution is to make labels. While label-making seems like something up a scrapbooker’s alley, using labels to define where certain things are stored in your home office will make it significantly easier to find things during your workday without killing your momentum.

 

6. Put Everything Back Where It Belongs

As you were decluttering, chances are some things got moved around. Make sure that the essentials are placed back into their proper place. Make sure that the cords to your computer and other electronics are out of the way and free of tangles. This is the time to restore neat, orderly, and accessible fashion into your home office.

 

7. Don’t Let Clutter Reclaim Its Ground

As you know from working in a regular office, clutter can quickly build up due to all the hustle and bustle of the workweek, and at home it is often worse. Therefore, if you plan on continuing to work remotely in your home office, it may be worth getting in the habit of tidiness. Make sure to always put things back when you are done using them and take some time to tidy up at the end of each workday. If you feel like you need a more small-scale storage solution to keep things clutter-free, go for it! Just make sure you are considering the available space of your home office as well as its style and atmosphere.

All it takes is a little time, dedication, and elbow grease to declutter your messy home office. With a clean, clutter-free home office, it will not only be easier to work but you’ll genuinely be in a better mood while doing it.

Declutter Your Home Office With Door to Door Storage Solutions

If your home office needs some things cleared out, taking it all to a storage facility isn’t the best option in terms of being productive. To save time — and money — you can safely and securely store the items you have with Doorage’s door to door storage services. Similar to door-to-door movers, Doorage sends storage containers to your door. Once they are filled, the Doorage team will pick up your storage containers and bring them to their state-of-the-art storage facility. Eliminating the need to rent an entire unit at a storage facility, Doorage’s pickup and delivery storage services are a no-brainer!

Clean Home Office

Moving across the country is a big move — literally. Whether the decision is brought on by a new job opportunity or the need for a change in atmosphere, the biggest question you are probably asking yourself is, “How much does it cost to move cross country?” Such a drastic change brings its own set of challenges, including all of the logistics and costs surrounding your valuables and personal items, plus the stress of leaving your current residence, finding and buying a new one, and relocating to an entirely new place.

Every move is unique — there isn’t a common price. The amount you pay will depend on a range of factors, but where you are moving and the number of belongings you are moving to your new place will largely determine how much money will be put towards your cross country move. According to HomeAdvisor, a local move typically ranges anywhere from $633 to $1,743, so you can expect cross country moves to cost more. Fortunately, you can save money by reviewing the different ways to move your belongings from Point A to Point B that best fits your budget and needs.

What Is The Cheapest Way to Move Cross Country?

When it comes down to it, you really only have three options when moving across the country. You can rent a moving truck or trailer, hire a moving company, or choose door-to-door moving solutions. Again, the total cost of a long-distance move is dependent on various factors, including distance, location, and the number of belongings you are taking with you. To give you a better idea of what each option costs, we put together estimates based on moving a three-bedroom, moderately furnished home to a destination that is 1500 miles away — think Boston, MA to Miami, FL.

Time to Get Movin’!

Well, there you have it, folks! Now you have an idea of what it will cost to move across the country. Keep in mind, the final expenses of a long-distance move will vary based on the location, what moving services you choose, and how much stuff you actually have.

For many people making a long-distance haul, pick-up and drop-off moving is a great option. With Doorage, you can get instant online estimates and bookings for both local moves and cross country moves — there is no more wondering how much your move will cost. You’ll get a clear, upfront price for your move.

How Much Does it Cost to Move Yourself?

Moving by yourself for a local move alone can be challenging. Moving by yourself across the country is a completely different story. If you’re up for the challenge it certainly is doable but you will likely need to rent a moving truck or trailer. The average cost of renting a moving truck can range anywhere from $100 to more than $3,000 — while that’s a pretty broad range, the pricing depends on specific factors. When moving cross country, you can expect the cost to rent a moving truck on the higher side of that estimate. Keep in mind, when you opt for do-it-yourself moving rather than using a moving service, you are losing the protection and peace of mind that is provided by professional help. Cross country moving is daunting, and not having to worry to get all of your belongings safely to your destination is a huge weight off of your shoulder.

Moving on your Own

How Much Does it Cost to Hire Movers?

If moving a three-bedroom, moderately furnished home across the country by yourself doesn’t sound like a good time, you’ll definitely want to look into professional moving services. Most people will hire a moving company that specializes in long-distance moving. Unfortunately, hiring professional movers can put a dent in your bank account, costing an upwards of $7,000. The distance of your move isn’t the only thing that causes a significant change in price. Movers might charge extra to move unique items like large entertainment systems or pianos. So be mindful of any heavy items you own and make sure your moving company includes them in the estimate upfront so that you aren’t faced with any extra charges when given the final bill. The good news is that professional movers typically provide superior protection for your belongings in transit. Ultimately, hiring a long-distance moving company may cost a bit more financially but the costs are often worth the reduced stress and the security of knowing that your valuables are handled with care.

Hiring Movers

How Much Do Moving Containers Cost

Using moving container services is a popular compromise between moving by yourself and hiring a moving company. The reason? For one, it’s much more cost-effective to rent a moving container than to hire a professional moving company. Additionally, these portable moving containers give customers more flexibility with their moving timeline and automatically give them a place where they can store furnishings before, after, and during their move. When using these moving containers, the packing and loading are usually done by you, while transport is handled by the company. They are typically stored in a secure storage facility until you are ready to have them delivered to your new location.

There are a lot of moving containers and storage options out there, but if flexibility and affordability are important to you, using Doorage’s door-to-door moving services are the ideal solution for your cross country move. You only pay for the containers you need, which is determined by using an intuitive storage calculator. Then the containers are shipped to your door, picked up when you are finished packing and are stored in a secure facility until you are ready to have them delivered to your new address. Unlike other companies that offer moving containers for rent, Doorage charges you by the space your containers take. This can help you save money and avoid hassle while moving across the country.

Moving boxes and containers

If you are planning a cross country move, make sure to reserve your door-to-door moving services as soon as possible.

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For college students, it can seem like living situations change more times than ramen in the microwave — which is typically a lot. And now that the academic year is over, college students across the country are most likely preparing to move to your next destination. And, if they don’t have a new place lined up yet, moving can be a real pain when it comes to having to bring all of their stuff back home for a few months.

Whether they have a need to keep their belongings safe and secure for a few nights or the whole summer, most college students will turn to self-storage units.

Renting a self-storage unit can be a real hassle. Not only does it require driving to the storage unit facility — assuming they have a car — but the fee to rent a storage unit is often far out of the average student’s budget. Think renting a storage unit is the best option? Continue reading as we explore the realm of college student storage solutions and which is the best budget-friendly option.

Is There a Need For College Student Storage?

Unless they are renting an apartment or are in another living situation off-campus, chances are college students will need to move once the academic year is over. Even if the commute back home isn’t terrible, packing all of their belongings, loading everything into their car, and driving it all back home can be a lot of work, especially when they’ll have to bring it all back in a few months. Instead of hauling their belongings home every summer, they can drop them off at a self-storage unit for safe-keeping during the summer months. Unfortunately, storage units are not the most budget friendly-options for those going to school.

How Much Does Renting College Storage for the Summer Cost?

Depending on the location and storage needs, the cost of renting a storage unit will differ. Typically, though, it can be expected that storage unit facilities near colleges and universities will have higher prices due to their close proximity and make it somewhat easier for students to bring their belongings to. Plus, a significant downside to renting a storage unit for summer storage is that college students will have to pay for an entire unit, even if they don’t have much to store. A storage unit that is packed to the brim will cost the same as a storage unit of equal size that only has a few boxes inside. Seems kind of unfair, right?

Is There a Way to Save Time & Money on Student Storage Solutions?

College students are always looking to save money, whether that means eating hot dogs every night or staying in on the weekends, so paying for an entire self-storage unit for the summer can take a toll on the summer savings — especially when considering how much of a pain in the you-know-what it will be to have to pack everything up and drive their belongings to the nearest storage facility. Fortunately, there are better summer storage solutions out there that are more affordable and convenient than renting a self-storage unit.

Door-to-door college storage services are commodious to students, whether they are looking for short-term or long-term storage solutions. Whether students choose to drive their belongings back home or store them at a nearby storage unit facility, they are required to load everything up in their car that may or may not have enough space and transport their belongings to their new home for the summer. Door-to-door storage services follow a pick-up and drop-off storage model, meaning college students won’t have to go through the hassle of packing all of their stuff into their vehicle. The only thing that is required of students is packing their belongings into storage boxes or crates, which are dropped off to your doorstep. From there, once they are packed and ready to go, they are picked up by the door-to-door storage company you are working with.

Here’s where the money-saving comes into play.

Rather than having to pay for an entire unit, door-to-door storage services often only charge for the space needed to store your boxes. This, in addition to the fact that no leaving is required in order for college students to store their belongings in a safe and secure location, makes door-to-door storage services a no-brainer for college students that are looking for an affordable and convenient way to store their goods.

Doorage Offers the Best College Student Storage Solutions

Of course, it’s common to want to find cheap student storage solutions that best fit your budget. At Doorage, we are proud to offer door-to-door storage services to people throughout the Midwest, especially college students. Our convenient and affordable storage solutions have helped students with their storage needs at many colleges, including the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, the University of Illinois, and THE Ohio State University. Our door-to-door storage services are a bit different than others that other college storage companies offer, but in a way that saves college students more time and money. In just three simple steps, college students can find the storage solutions they need without having to rent a self-storage unit or drive their belongings back home for the summer. Here’s how it works in a nutshell:

 

1. Figure Out Your Exact Storage Needs.

As mentioned, with door-to-door storage students only will pay for the storage they need, rather than paying for an entire unit. However, some door-to-door student storage services can make it difficult for students to estimate how much they’ll actually be paying until they know how many boxes they will need. With Doorage, our easy-to-use storage calculator makes it very simple to calculate how many boxes you will need and how much it will cost.

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2. Pack Your Belongings.

Once you determine how many storage crates you will need, Doorage will ship them to you for you to begin packing. Once they are packed and ready for pick-up, Doorage will arrange for the transportation of your belongings to our secure storage facility.

3. Request It Back When You’re Ready.

Your belongings can stay stored for as long as you wish, but whenever you are ready to have them returned, Doorage will send them back to you, whether you are at the same address or a different one.

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