The Top Five Reasons to Plan a Midweek Move

midweek moves Are you planning a move this summer? If so, you may be interested to know that 20 million other people in the U.S. are also moving then, and possibly considering moving on the same weekend as you. How do you avoid getting caught up in the crush of weekend summer moves?

Do a midweek move.It’s the best way to get around the crowds and probably save some money too. Here are some great reasons why that’s true:

  1. The basic law of supply and demand. It’s the same reason flights to Florida are more expensive during spring break and hotels near a stadium are more expensive on game weekends. Some moving companies and rental truck companies may actually raise their rates on weekends in the summer.
  2. Get a deal. Do you love a bargain? If so, mid-week moves are the way to go. Many moving companies offer incentives such as discounts and free moving supplies if you schedule your move Monday through Thursday.
  3. Avoid the wait. Because so many other folks move on Saturday morning, traffic jams at loading docks and elevators are common if you’re moving into or out of an apartment or condo complex. Moving mid-week will allow you to avoid the hassle of waiting for elevators or getting stuck waiting your turn to park your truck.
  4. Avoid the traffic. Weekend traffic can be crazy since so many people who work during the week are out running errands on their days off. If you’ve already moved by the time Saturday rolls around, you can spend your weekend unpacking and getting settled into your new place.
  5. Your neighbors will be at work. If your new neighbors are home on moving day, you’ll be meeting them when you’re tired and frazzled. It’s not the best time to make a first impression. If you move in on a weekday, you’ll be more likely to have time to get settled in and meet your neighbors when you’re rested, relaxed and ready to socialize.

Moving day can be the start of a great new chapter in your life, and there are lots of ways to reduce stress and save money during your move. So contact your moving company today, and ask what specials they have available if you move during the week. You’ll be glad you did!

About Jay’s Moving Company

There are plenty of moving companies in Indiana. Choosing experienced, compassionate and professional movers can make all the difference when the big day comes around. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with us  The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.

Jay’s Moving Company is a Hoosier-owned moving company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951 and we’re deeply entrenched in our community. We have locations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne and offer both homeowner moving services and full service business moves. For more information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

Five Moving Tips for Packing your Kitchen

packing kitchen moving

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where meals are created, memories are made and laughs are shared. Which is why, when it comes to packing for a move, packing the kitchen can feel overwhelming. However, if you have a plan and a schedule, it’s easier than you think.  Here are five moving tips to help you pack up your kitchen like a pro before your big move:

  1. Make a plan. Before you start tossing your kitchen supplies into boxes, come up with a packing plan. Create a calendar that will help you stay on track and pack more productively. Schedule it out far enough that you’ll know you can easily complete your packing with time to spare. Pack items that you rarely use early and set a goal of packing a certain number of boxes per week. Spending some extra time on the planning process now will save you tons of time and stress when moving day comes.  
  2. Let it go! Much like the rules that apply to clothes you haven’t worn in years, if you open your pantry or spice cabinet and find items you’ll probably never eat, get rid of them. If they’re still edible, donate them. If spices and baking supplies are expired, toss them. There’s no point in packing and moving food items you haven’t used in your old kitchen and probably won’t use in your new one either. Now’s the time for a fresh start!
  3. Stay organized. There’s nothing worse than making your first meal in your new home and realizing you forgot which box the salt and pepper shakers are in. Box dinnerware, silverware, cooking utensils, glassware and food in their own boxes. Clearly label each box. Labels like “Kitchen Miscellaneous” won’t be of much help to you when you’re looking for your coffee maker in your new house.
  4. Set aside the essentials. Make a list of the kitchen supplies you’re going to need immediately before and after your move. At a minimum, each family member will need one plate, cup and a set of flatware. Keep out a couple of bowls, a dish towel or two, hand soap, dish soap and a sponge. You’ll also need cleaning supplies, so don’t pack those up until the end. This is the one box that can contain mixed items. Label this box “Kitchen Essentials” and set it to the side so it doesn’t get mixed in with the other boxes.
  5. Start packing!  You have your plan and timeline in place, your Sharpie is handy and you’ve set aside your essentials. It’s time to get packing! If you never start, you’ll never finish. Just take it one box at a time. You’ve got this.

Packing up your kitchen is a big job, but these tips will help you break it down into manageable steps. However, if you’re like many folks, you might rather leave this job to someone else. If so, your moving company can send a team of packing professionals to do the job for you. Either way, before you know it, you’ll be enjoying meals and making new memories with your family in the kitchen in your new home.

About Jay’s Moving Company

There are plenty of moving companies in Indiana. Choosing experienced, compassionate and professional movers can make all the difference when the big day comes around. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with us  The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.

Jay’s Moving Company is a Hoosier-owned moving company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951 and we’re deeply entrenched in our community. For more information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

You’re Getting Married! Moving Tips to Peacefully Combine Households.

married couple moving into one household

Congratulations! You’re about to tie the knot. You’re both currently obsessing over wedding details and planning your honeymoon. It’s stressful and exciting–there’s little time to think about anything else right now. But here’s something you’ll want to discuss before you return from your honeymoon. When you’re getting married, you might need some moving tips to peacefully combine households. Having an open conversation and making a plan before moving day is essential.

You may be moving across the country or just across the street. Regardless of whether you’re moving into your significant other’s home, they’re moving into yours or you’re moving into a new house that you’ve chosen together, making assumptions about what’s coming with and what will have to be left behind can potentially cause a bit of discord in your otherwise harmonious new union.

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you live happily ever after moving into your new, joint household:

  1. Make a plan before moving day. Have an open and honest conversation about big picture things well in advance of moving day. You may both be envisioning your own sofas in the living room. But most likely, one of them will have to go in another room or be sold. Either way, moving day is not the day to have this conversation.
  2. Pare down as much as possible prior to moving day. Decide in advance how storage and closet space will be shared in your new home, and plan accordingly. Even if your new home has tons of storage space, it doesn’t make sense to pay to move things the two of you will never use. Save your money. You can put that extra cash toward your honeymoon!  
  3. Be empathetic. If your spouse-to-be digs in his or her heels about a particular item that you find unattractive or less than useful, try to understand what’s behind the resistance to part with it. Was it a gift from a grandparent or something he or she made in school? If there’s sentimental value attached, be flexible and find room in your heart and home for it. This moving tip can be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s worth following.
  4. Be open to negotiation. You’re simply not going to agree on everything when you move in together for the first time. Everyone has different priorities and preferences. You might find yourself saying things like, “I’ll get rid of one bin of shoes if you’ll get rid of half of that shot glass collection.” That’s okay. Those types of negotiations are unavoidable and probably even healthy for your relationship. Remember that you both have to give a little and that these conversations can be really funny later, even if they’re stressful now.
  5. Have a Plan B. Consider getting a storage vault for things that are in limbo until after the frenzy of the wedding day and big move are done. Sort these items into a separate location and have the movers load them up and store them for you. You can sort through it all later when there’s less pressure.

Moving into your first home together is a wonderful time in your lives. You’ll be building a lifetime of memories together. Make sure you start out on the right foot by listening to each other and making room for each other’s things– the good, the bad and the (in your opinion) ugly. Make sure you consider these moving tips to peacefully combine households. In the end, it will be worth it.

About Jay’s Moving Company

There are plenty of moving companies in Indiana. Choosing experienced, compassionate and professional movers can make all the difference when the big day comes around. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with us  The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.

Jay’s Moving Company is a Hoosier-owned moving company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951 and we’re deeply entrenched in our community. For more information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

How to Pack a Truck Like a Pro Mover

Packing a truck is like Jenga

How are you at Tetris? Jenga? If you’re out of practice with these kinds of skills, and you’re planning to move yourself instead of using a pro mover in the near future, it’s time to get back in the game. Packing a truck like a pro mover is tricky–it’s like putting together a complicated jigsaw puzzle. But the stakes are a little higher with this particular puzzle because if all the pieces aren’t put together just right, some of them could end up broken at the end of the day. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to ensure that your most treasured possessions don’t end up in more than one piece when you roll up that truck door at the end of your moving journey.

  1. Appliances go first. Load your refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer all the way towards the front of the truck, standing up. (This means that your fridge should have been emptied into coolers the night before–hopefully with a nice selection of beverages for your friends who are helping you move!) Distribute the weight evenly from side to side. Tuck the plugs inside or on top of the items to avoid damaging them with other furniture.
  2. Couches and other large pieces go next. Sure, some of your slacker friends who are there to “help” would like to sit on the couch while you pack other things, but the couch and other large items like entertainment centers and recliners need to be the next things you load. Use these pieces to anchor the appliances and secure them with straps. Hold back any removable cushions though–you can use those to cushion fragile items later.
  3. Load long, flat items along the sides of the truck. Items like mattresses, box springs, table tops and bookshelves will slide right along the side and the space between them is perfect for fragile items like mirrors and artwork. Use moving blankets or cushions to give these items extra padding.
  4. Build a pyramid of boxes. It’s helpful to have your boxes organized by heavy, medium and light (and also clearly labeled as to which room they go in on the other end of the move!) Keep your boxes stacked at an even height throughout the truck. If there’s a gap between stacks, they can come crashing down like dominos if you have to hit the brakes.
  5. Fill in the gaps. You’ll have lots of nooks and crannies to fill with other miscellaneous items like lamps, large baskets and things that don’t stack well. You could also stuff your slacker friend in here. (We’re kidding.)
  6. Don’t roll with liquids. Remember that it’s very dangerous to transport chemicals like cleaning supplies or gas tanks on your truck. These things should be packed separately in small boxes and loaded into a personal vehicle. And don’t forget to unload them right away when you reach your destination if it’s a hot day!

Loading is the hardest part of moving day, but it’s important to take the time to pack your truck properly at Point A to avoid heartbreak at Point B. Unloading will typically take half as much time, so once you feel good about your Tetris, know that the game is more than halfway over.

Moving is a big deal, and it can be overwhelming. If you feel like your upcoming move is more than you can take on yourself, your friends at Jay’s Moving Company are here for you with packing and moving services in central and northern Indiana. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with them “The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.” Jay’s is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For more information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

What Can I Expect Movers to Do (And NOT Do?)

“Moving is a blast!” Said no one. Ever.

But there are ways to make it easier, faster and less stressful. One of the best ways to do that is to have great communication with your movers up front to avoid any unpleasant surprises on moving day. Here’s a list to help you minimize moving day misunderstandings and start the day out right.

  1. Pack it up. Unless you’ve hired your moving company to pack you, you should be fully packed by the time they arrive. And the answer to the question “How many boxes do I need?” is always “Ten more than you thought you possibly could.” If you’re scrambling on moving day, call your moving company as soon as you realize you’re running short. They might be able to bring some to you when they arrive.
  2. Expect protection. Your movers should take every precaution to protect your floors, walls and furniture. Wrapping your furniture with blankets, furniture pads and shrink wrap should be included in the price of your move. If you have very delicate floors or light-colored carpet, you should ask the moving company to add carpet and floor protectors to your order.
  3. Lug your own liquids. Movers cannot move chemicals, paint or cleaning supplies. In essence, if it sloshes when they pick it up or there’s a chance of it spilling in their truck, it can’t go in. You’ll need to pack these items ahead of time and perhaps plan to move them in one of your own vehicles.
  4. Most “blasts” are good, but… Movers also can’t move fertilizer or gas grill tanks. It kinda goes without saying that no one wants your moving truck to explode.
  5. Keep your treasures close. To reduce any risk of heartbreak, you should plan to move your most precious valuables such as fine jewelry or irreplaceable family heirlooms yourself. No matter how careful your movers are, moving day is chaotic, and it’s possible for things to get lost or broken. After all, your movers are human. Simply don’t take any chances with things you feel can never be replaced.
  6. Choose wisely. Most importantly, you should expect that your movers show up with smiles on their faces and a can-do attitude! No matter how organized you are, you’re bound to be feeling some stress. Your professional moving team should do everything in their power to make your day easier, more efficient, and dare we even say…a blast? The good kind.

Jay’s Moving Company 

There are plenty of moving companies in Indiana. Choosing experienced, compassionate and professional movers can make all the difference when the big day comes around. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with them “The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.” Jay’s is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been doing things “The Jay’s Way” and proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For northern Indiana or long-distance moves, call 260-747-5625. For central Indiana moves, call 317-638-7033. For information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

Pare Down the Clutter in the New Year if You’re Planning a Move

Most of us really love our stuff. Some things, we hold onto for sentimental reasons– a teddy bear that someone we love won for us a long time ago or cards and pictures that the kids made (for the last ten years…) Other things have piled up because we just haven’t taken time to get rid of them– old magazines, clothes that no longer fit us despite our best-intentioned New Year’s resolutions (for the last ten years…) The start of a new year is the best time to clear out the clutter. And if you’re planning a move in the next few months, the time to start paring down what you’ll have to pack is now!

Here’s a handy list of ways you can lighten your load when moving day comes.

  • Get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn in a year. Yes, we know, you’re planning to start eating better and working out so that you can fit back into the things that are too small. Here’s a better idea: eat right and work out and then treat yourself to some new clothes. Donate your old clothes to an organization that will do good things with them, such as Dress for Success.
  • If you’ve got a pile of magazines sitting around because there’s one article or recipe in each one that you wanted to save, spend a Sunday morning going through them. Tear out each article or recipe and put them all in a ring binder. Then, it’s off to the recycle bin with what’s left!
  • Clean out your leftover container drawer. You’ve probably got about twenty containers in there that have no lids (or vice versa.) And, no, you don’t need to move that Cool-Whip container. You can always get another one.
  • Purge your paper files. Paper is heavy! The last thing you want to do is tote boxes of old files to your new home and then realize you don’t need them when you’re unpacking. Back to the Sunday morning strategy of plowing through them and sorting out what’s no longer relevant. Take them to a shredding service and move on.

Taking a little time to pare down the clutter in the cold winter months is the best way to welcome a fresh start in the spring. It’s too cold to go outside anyway. Planning a move can feel overwhelming, but when you’re ready to move, the friendly and efficient team of moving experts at Jay’s Moving Company will be ready to help you get there– it’s the best move you’ll ever make!

The Top Six Things to Consider When Hiring a Mover

 

Moving can be exciting, with the promise of a new home (or even a new home town!) It can also be exhausting, overwhelming, and incredibly stressful. Much like planning a wedding, you can plot out as many details as you want, but in the end, part of the success of it depends on the other people you entrust to bring it all together. And while there will always be factors outside of anyone’s control (like the weather!) your moving day can either be smooth sailing or a downright disaster. Here are the Top 6 Things to Consider to ensure that your day is more of the former than the latter!

  1. Does the company have experience?

This seems like a pretty simple question, but it’s worth asking. How many years have they been in business? Just because the company has a website and a truck with a logo on it doesn’t mean they’ve been around long enough to know which end is up. When you’re entrusting your precious possessions to people you don’t know, experience matters.

  1. Do they have a good reputation and online reviews?

In this day and age, it only makes sense to check out a vendor before you hire them. Of course, no one can hit a homerun every time they perform a service. There will always be some negative reviews, either from truly dissatisfied customers or folks who just love to complain. But a solid company should have more positive than negative reviews, and you should take the time to assess them.

  1. Is the company licensed and properly insured?

Moving days can be “anything can happen days.” It’s incredibly important to know that the company you contract is covered if something happens to your possessions, your new home, your old home, or one of the movers during the course of the day.

  1. Does the company provide a written estimate?

You need to be sure that you’re comparing apples to apples when you’re comparing mover’s rates. If a company only provides you with a verbal (or online) estimate and it seems too good to be true, beware. It probably is. There can often be hidden costs or surprises that get added onto your bill at the end.

  1. Does the company respond quickly?

If you request an estimate online or on the phone, and that company doesn’t respond within 24 hours, you should look elsewhere. If they don’t respond to you when you’re looking to give them money, how can you expect them to respond after they’ve taken it?

  1. Do you feel confident they will handle your belongings with respect and care? 

Are the people you talk to empathetic, patient and kind? If not, run the other way. If the schedulers and estimators aren’t nice people, that’s an indication that your movers won’t be either. You need to have people you feel you can trust to move your precious belongings from Point A to Point B. Plus, having some really nice guys with smiling faces and a great attitude can go a long way towards making your moving day less of a chore.

There are plenty of moving companies in Indianapolis to choose from. Jay’s Moving Company is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For more information about our services and get a free quote, click here.