8 Hacks to Quickly Clean Your Apartment Before Moving Out


Trying to quickly clean your apartment before moving out doesn’t have to be a chore. 

Not only can decluttering make your move less stressful but cleaning your apartment can actually save you money.

It’s true: 

Usually, if you leave your apartment in super clean condition, you can earn your deposit back!

Most leasing companies and landlords reserve your initial deposit for cleaning and repair fees after you move out.

By cleaning it yourself, you save them money and time while getting back the cash you put down in the first place!

It’s a win-win situation, right?

So, for this Spruce Your Space post, we sat down with our friends at Berry Swift Cleaning for their most helpful apartment-cleaning hacks EVER.

Take note of these 8 expert-approved cleaning tips that will help you move fast—and get your deposit back—when you’re moving out of your apartment.

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1. Start With a Clean Canvas

You probably think starting with a “clean” canvas sounds like a contradiction, but it’s really not. 

Larger pieces of furniture, kid’s toys, shelves, and cabinets full of items you haven’t used in ages… 

Who wants to clean around all of that

It’s a recipe for disaster. (It makes it easy to lose all motivation, procrastinate, or totally skip cleaning altogether!) 

Instead, Berry Swift Cleaning recommends making sure you prepare to clean your apartment by removing all the clutter in the way.  

“Get everything out—including trash—before you start to clean,” says Jazzmine Berry, co-owner and Brand Ambassador for Berry Swift Cleaning.

This could mean doing a deep declutter or moving your furniture out completely.

And, you know who can help with that?

That’s right.

Movers.

So, first thing’s first: schedule your move a day or two before your apartment lease officially ends. 

Doing this will give you an extra 24 hours to deep-clean your apartment, request repairs, and leave everything a little better than you found it.

It’s much easier to clean your apartment after your furniture and any debris are gone. Plus, you can call maintenance to fix any minor dings or problems for FREE. 

  • You won’t be charged for damages…
  • You will (most likely) get your deposit back…
  • Your leasing office will be happy…

It’s a total win for everybody!  

You can space out your responsibilities rather than trying to clean at the same time as your move—an already super stressful day. 

Takeaway Hack:

Move out 1-2 days before your lease ends so you can clean and schedule apartment maintenance without anything around.

2. Completely Clean From Top to Bottom

Sure, this is an old saying, but Berry Swift advises you to take this advice as literally as possible: 

“Start at the top and work your way down,” Jazzmine says.

It seems obvious, but for people who hate cleaning or who get easily distracted or overwhelmed, it’s a great way to streamline and track what to clean next.

If you don’t find cleaning enjoyable on its own, scrubbing down your apartment before a move can be extra stress on top of an already hectic time. 

That’s why picking an area and cleaning it from top to bottom is so important. 

Chunking parts of a room into smaller, more manageable sections and cleaning it from top to bottom will help you:

  • Easily tackle dirty areas—even if they’re a huge mess
  • Ensure you don’t miss cleaning any spots before moving on to the next 
  • Manage your breaks, especially if you get interrupted or have helpers
  • Document any parts that need to be replaced or repaired (doorknobs, lights, stove drip pans, cabinets, etc.)

Even if you’re not sure how long it will take to clean your whole apartment, it’s so much better and faster to clean from top to bottom, one area at a time.

Takeaway Hack:

Focus on one area of your apartment at a time, and clean it from top to bottom before moving on.

3.  Cut Through Dusty Layers With a Dryer Sheet

What do mini-blinds, stove vents, air conditioner vents, cabinets, and baseboards have in common? 

First of all, they’re common areas where dust tends to accumulate. 

And when dust accumulates over long periods of time, it can tend to be a bit, well, greasy.

This is especially common in areas with higher levels of moisture (like bathrooms or kitchens). 

Gross, but true. 

It can also be pretty difficult to clean sticky dust, particularly if the thing you’re cleaning can’t be sprayed with liquid or a chemical. 

Yes, sprays are great for disinfecting, sanitizing, and imparting a fresh scent, but they just won’t do for certain areas. 

Sticky stove hood vents, dusty blinds, and furniture made from delicate, natural materials all need a different touch. 

In such places, Jazzmine recommends using dryer sheets to get rid of caked-on, dusty layers. 

“Try using a dryer sheet for dust, especially if it’s caked-on,” she says. 

“Especially for buildup on mini blinds, use dryer sheets. Dryer sheets also work for a buildup of grease on cabinets or stove covers!” 

Since dryer sheets are designed to reduce static and they’re coated with a thin layer of wax, they have the added bonus of actually repelling dust, too.

Try swiping a dryer sheet over areas that attract lots of dust, spattered oil, and pet hair. 

Places like electronics, corners, upholstery, shelves, and above-the-stove kitchen appliances are perfect spots.

Takeaway Hack:

Use dryer sheets to remove caked-on or greasy dust and pet hair.

4. Sweep Apartment Baseboards With a Broom

Jazzmine highly recommends using a stiff broom to clean baseboards. 

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a broom, but whatever you use should have stiff bristles. 

“Hand-wiping alone doesn’t work,” she explains. 

“Elbow grease is required to clean baseboards in your apartment. If baseboards need to be wiped down after dusting, you can use water and mild soap and clean them.”

Just don’t be too overzealous when trying this hack…

The stiffer the bristle, the more damage you risk on painted baseboards. 

Brooms typically aren’t coarse enough to scratch through paint. 

You should still be wary of the potential for paint damage if you use anything stiffer than a broom to clean baseboards.

If you rub or sweep too vigorously with a rigid brush, it could scrub off the paint. In turn, you’d have to call maintenance to quickly paint it before you move.

A move is enough to worry about. 

So, you definitely don’t want a lot of avoidable mistakes when cleaning your apartment before moving day. 

Try not to be too rough on your baseboards with this hack.

Takeaway Hack:

Gently clean the baseboards in your apartment with a broom, then wipe down with soap and water.

5. Take Advantage of a Self-Cleaning Oven, (or Use This DIY Recipe Instead)

When’s the last time you even thought about cleaning your oven? 

(Yes, your oven needs to be cleaned, too!)

Jazzmine admits that this hack is more akin to a reminder, but only because so few people actually recall to do it before moving out of their apartment.

“Self-cleaning ovens offer a lot of convenience,” she stresses, “Oven cleaner isn’t required!” 

Lack a self-cleaning feature on your apartment oven and don’t have any oven cleaner?

Berry Swift Cleaning even has a remedy for that.

“Even if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can remove gunk at home,” Jazzmine says.

Below is her do-it-yourself solution for a greener style of oven cleaner:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part dish soap
  2. Spread it all over the interior of your oven, especially on the inner door
  3. Scrub off with a rough sponge or scouring pad  
  4. Wipe it off again using a microfiber cloth and white vinegar

Let’s be honest, it’s also a great idea to clean your oven before in your new place, too. 

I mean, who knows how many years’ worth of splattered food particles is in there?!

Takeaway Hack:

Use the self-cleaning setting on your apartment oven, or clean it with a #DIY baking soda + dish soap + vinegar recipe!

6. Remove Everything From Your Fridge Before Cleaning It

If you’re planning to move out of your apartment, you will probably already have a plan for clearing out your refrigerator and consuming your most perishable food. 

But cleaning the actual fridge isn’t necessarily something you think about before moving out of your apartment.

It’s also one of the dirtiest areas for food spills, odors, and more. 

If you don’t clean it, someone else will have to, and that’s what your deposit is for.

But if your goal is to get your deposit back, don’t stop at packing up your food when it comes to your apartment fridge.

Luckily, our friends at Berry Swift Cleaning have a hack to keep it simple:

“Refrigerator cleaning is easiest if you remove all the food first,” Jazzmine advises. “Fill up your sink with soapy water to instantly remove, wash and dry each shelf as you go!”

Next, all you have to do is individually wash the shelves, drawers, and remaining caddies with a degreasing soap.

Simply dry the pieces with a microfiber cloth and place them back into the refrigerator. 

You’re done!

Takeaway Hack:

After tossing or packing your food, remove all drawers and shelves from the refrigerator for a more thorough clean.

7. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned

We love fur babies and kids here at 3 Men Movers!

Yet, for all their endearing charm, they can absolutely be messy

If you have children or pets, chances are that you’ve had at least few carpet mishaps.

For pet-parents who live in apartments, you’ve often paid the risk to your apartment upfront with a separate, pricey pet deposit… 

A deposit that exists largely to assume there will be animal-related damage to your flat.

And if they’ve ever left a lingering stain or odor, you’ll definitely be charged for it.

Even excessive pet hair can cost you (and we all know how notoriously pet hair clings to everything no matter what.)

In this case, the best and easiest remedy is to get your carpet professionally cleaned. 

You can certainly do it yourself, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth if you’re trying to simultaneously take care of other pre-move errands…

  • You’d be responsible for renting, maneuvering, and returning any equipment you borrow within the same day… 
  • Plus, it may not be readily available during peak moving season—meaning you could have to wait… 
  • Then, you’ll still have to remove any stubborn stains, odors, or pet hair from the carpet on your own if the rented equipment doesn’t work well enough. 

Not good if you’re on a tight moving schedule!

The good news is that professional cleanings are very affordable and include much more than just a vacuum and shampoo of your carpet.

For example, Berry Swift Cleaning offers a package that will handle 100% of your apartment cleaning needs for under $200. 

It’s a fantastic deal if you don’t have the time to personally clean your apartment before moving out.

Takeaway Hack:

Hire a team to professionally clean carpet to remove stubborn stains, odor, and pet hair.

8. Check the Most Forgettable Areas of Your Apartment

Finally, Berry Swift Cleaning suggests you make a special effort to check the most forgettable areas in your apartment. 

By that, they mean the spots most people completely forget to clean when moving out of their apartments.

The top places most people forget to clean before moving out are:

  1. Top shelves in closets
  2. Bathroom drawers, shelves, and medicine cabinets 
  3. The warming drawer at the bottom of your oven (which often doubles as extra kitchen storage)

Except for the bathroom drawers, these areas also tend to gather the most dust, and—for those with pets—hair, as well. 

It’s important to check them not only so you don’t leave anything behind when moving, but also to clean any grime that’s accumulated over the long term.

Takeaway Hack:

As you clean around your apartment, make sure to open drawers, cabinets, and closets in your bedroom, bathroom & kitchen. This will *visually* remind you to clean them.

Wrapping Up

Now that you’ve got some quick tips on the best ways to clean your apartment, you’ll be ready to move in no time!

Still need some guidance on how to get started? 

We recommend decluttering before you start cleaning. It will help you avoid getting too overwhelmed by trying to clean around items that you should discard.

Get ready to have less stress on your moving day (and more money in your pocket) with these 8 handy hacks for cleaning your apartment!

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Why Moving from California to Austin Isn’t a ‘Dystopia’


Thinking about moving from California to Austin? 

If you’re anything like the droves of Californians scrambling to move to Texas (Austin, specifically) you’re probably wondering how it stacks up to where you currently live.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Bay Area-based sales exec, Brett Alder, who couldn’t wait to move to Austin, only to later regret it and move back to California…

Notably, he dubbed Austin a “conservative dystopia”. 

(Dystopia means “an imagined state or society where is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.”)

It sounds dramatic, because it is. But Austin is pretty awesome as long as you’re realistic and prepared. 

Politics aside—because let’s be honest, that’s stressful and simply not our jam—we’re proud of every inch of our state. 

With 63,174 California residents moving to Texas in 2019 alone (the most influx from any state)1 we’d like to offer a more positive perspective about our capital city. 

Here are 3 weirdly satisfying things that Californians can expect when moving to Austin!

1. Austin’s Cultural Scene Is Distinctly Texan—With a Worldly Twist

Whether it’s an artistic cultural exhibition or foodie fest, Austin is on par with California in terms of diversity by Texas standards. 

Events happen daily, with some of the most world-renowned festivals taking place year-round. 

Texans as a whole are incredibly proud of our brand of barbeque and Tex-Mex cuisine.

Austin takes this to a whole ‘nother level. 

Instead of relying solely on Yelp, why not talk to locals and do a little more research on the things to do and places to eat? 

You’ll find it difficult to choose from Austin’s myriad of mouth-watering restaurants, bars, and barbeque joints known for their range of ethnic and regional influences! 

If you want a cinematic scene with more of an indie flair, why struggle in the highly competitive world of Hollywood, California?

Austin is an excellent choice for launching a career in film or simply enjoying a festival. Cult films, blockbuster TV shows and movies alike have long been filmed in Austin.

Heck, in 2016, Moviemaker.com even voted the city the third-best for filmmakers2.

2. Cali Transplants Who Plan Wisely Can Handle the Austin Heat

One of Alder’s biggest complaints included not only high energy costs for his 4,000-square foot home, but the hot and humid weather in Austin. 

Yes, it’s hot (duh, it’s Texas)—much hotter than California. 

Despite having lower energy costs across Texas, you’ll use more to cool down/heat up your home. 

Combined with the 300 days of sunshine3 that Austin gets, make sure you can handle the heat and don’t mind spending less time outdoors during 100-degree temperatures. 

But, there are ways around paying so much money to heat and cool a large home, and it’s best to do your research before you get to Austin.

Humid air takes longer to heat and cool down4, so you’ll need to be much more strategic when leaving California’s temperate climate for the muggier Lone Star state.

  • Install a smart thermostat- This will help you cool down your home efficiently on a timer and you can even set it by specific days or monitor settings with a mobile app. 
  • Invest in a humidity control system- Dehumidifiers will help inhibit any mold growth (fungi love humid and warm conditions) and zap moisture from the air. Whole-home systems can be installed by an HVAC technician to automate your humidity control even better.
  • Cycle the bathroom fan- That fan in the bathroom isn’t just for number 2’s. It should be your BFF when you want to keep air and surroundings dry. Just remember to turn it off so you don’t waste energy!
  • Consider getting a dryer duct kit- Reroute air from your dryer (non-gas dryers only) either outdoors during warm days or indoors when it’s cold. Combine this with a dehumidifier to combat condensation. 
  • Check any cracks and reseal- Your home can’t efficiently heat or cool if there’s air getting in or escaping. Closely inspect your future residence to determine if any areas need to be resealed or repaired. 

If you haven’t moved to Austin yet:

Find out what you’re currently paying for energy, including the usage, and write it down. 

An Excel or Google spreadsheet should work fine.

The goal is to compare what you’re currently paying with the energy and water rates where you’re planning to move. 

Even if you don’t know exactly where you’ll be moving to within Austin, you’ll have a solid rate already recorded for future reference.

If you’ve already moved to Austin: 

It’s still a good idea to check what you’re currently paying (especially if your bill is higher than it was in California). 

Use an energy comparison provider like ElectricityPlans.com or Power to Choose to compare rates in Texas. Enter your zip code and instantly get a lineup of rates to choose from.

Lastly, if storms and harsh weather have you concerned, factor in getting the appropriate level of renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance to your moving costs. 

You may even be eligible for assistance or discounts through certain company projects—like weatherization and solar or wind energy programs!

3. Austin Has a Lower Crime Rate & More Economic Opportunity Than California

Looking to move somewhere where there’s more opportunity to buy a home?

Austin is a good choice for a few reasons.

In general, Texas is known for its Southern hospitality and more laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere.

Austin will give you the same experience with a bigger metro-city feeling.

Ranking 28th out of the 30 largest cities in the US for violent crime5, you can feel safer there than in many Californian cities.

In addition to the lower crime rate, Austin has an existing reputation as a technology hub. This reputation is quickly gaining steam as more large companies and tech workers are ditching higher-priced metros with state taxes (Texas has zero) for cities like Austin.

To name a few, big brands like Tesla, Oracle, Lowe’s, and others are either relocating to Austin or expanding operations and opening regional offices there.

Of course, current employees and aspiring industry newbies alike will follow the money—and so can you!

Key industries for employment in Austin6

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Clean Technology
  • Corporate HQs and Regional Offices
  • Creative & Digital Media Technology
  • Data Management
  • Financial Service & Insurance
  • Space Technology
  • Life Sciences

Did you notice that many of the key industries in Austin mirror those in California? 

Even better news is the fact that Austin’s economy is bouncing back, proving to be more resilient than many other cities impacted by the widespread COVID-19 pandemic job losses of 2020.

National & Local Housing Market Data | Zillow

home values in Austin compared to Californian cities

Housing prices are also lower compared to basically anywhere in California’s major cities. In the charts on average home value below, Austin clocks in at $378,454. While that’s above the U.S. average of $266,104, it’s well under even the least expensive major California city mapped on this chart ($678,665). 

So yes, homeownership is definitely within your reach if you’re fleeing California for more opportunity. 

It’s even more attainable if you’re realistic (a.k.a, not aiming for a McMansion) and have funds from previous home equity, or savings from a decent-paying job. 

Observed Rent Index | Zillow

rent prices

Rental prices in California versus Austin are comparable with housing averages.  They’re even more of a deal when you consider the national average ($1,740)!

When compared to major cities in California, Austin is still less expensive for renters with an average price of ($1,548).

Wrapping Up

Californians, please don’t expect Austin to feel 100% like the cities you’re leaving behind in the Sunshine State…

California is unique and so is Texas.

That pretty much goes triple for Austin which we fondly call ‘weird’ for a very good reason. 

The best way to acclimate to any new place is to keep an open mind and do lots of research. 

Keep in mind those two simple things and you’ll find that a utopia awaits you in Austin instead of regrets.

Sources:

  1. ‌‌U.S. Census Bureau. “Moves to and from the South and West Dominate Recent Migration Flows.” The United States Census Bureau, 29 Apr. 2019, www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/04/moves-from-south-west-dominate-recent-migration-flows.html. 3 Feb. 2021.
  2. Hensley, Ellie. “Austin One of Best Cities for Filming — Even Better than LA.” Austin Business Journal, Austin Business Journal, 21 Jan. 2016, www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/creative/2016/01/austin-one-of-best-cities-for-filming-even-better.html. 7 Feb. 2021.
  3. Media, Yu. “Austin, TX – Detailed Climate Information and Monthly Weather Forecast | Weather Atlas.” Weather Atlas, 2021, www.weather-us.com/en/texas-usa/austin-climate#climate_text_1. 7 Feb. 2021.
  4. Guy, Energy. “How Humidity Affects Heating and Cooling – Energy Forums.” Energy Forums, 11 Feb. 2016, energyforums.net/hvac/how-humidity-affects-heating-and-cooling/.  7 Feb. 2021. 
  5. ‌Mulder, Brandon. “Fact-Check: Is Austin One of the Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.?” Austin American-Statesman, Austin American-Statesman, 6 Nov. 2020, www.statesman.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/06/fact-check-is-austin-one-of-most-dangerous-cities-in-us/43010523/. 7 Feb. 2021.
  6. “Key Industries.” Austin Chamber of Commerce, 2019, www.austinchamber.com/economic-development/key-industries. 7 Feb. 2021.

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Yes, You Can Still Move With No Power & Burst Pipes. Here’s How.


Did Mother Nature interrupt your plans to have a smooth moving day by knocking out your power or bursting your pipes? 

Even if a major, weather-related inconvenience has put a damper on your previously scheduled move, you do have options.  

In some cases, your move can continue as scheduled if your moving company makes some adjustments.

In other cases, you may need to change your plans so you can still leave while having as little damage to your belongings as possible. 

Either way, a stressful situation calls for an easy solution, and we’re here to help you get your sanity back! 

See your options for moving in several distressing scenarios and how 3 Men Movers can help you safely settle into your new space.

Scenario 1: It’s Move Day—And Your Power Went Out

Believe it or not, you can absolutely move even if your power goes out.

Why fight the cold when you can move elsewhere (especially if you were planning to do so anyway)?

It may sound too encouraging, but we promise, it’s not. 

Having your electricity fail doesn’t mean you have to postpone your move day— our crews can simply move you during the daylight.

What to do if you’re moving without electricity:

  1. Gather any battery-operated flashlights or power banks to charge your mobile devices. This is important to do even if you’re leaving to go elsewhere. 
  2. Schedule your move for the desired date and choose a morning timeslot only. Flex moves aren’t advised if movers have to come to a home without electricity. Since they’re designed to be adaptable to the time needed for previous moves, flex moves won’t work for you or your movers because your crew needs the surest possibility of full daylight.
  3. Even if you’re staying at a friend’s house, you can always book the move using their phone or computer, and movers can meet you at your residence. This is why it’s so important to have a charged cell phone in case they call you with updates or questions!

Scenario 2: Your Pipes Burst & You Need To Move Everything, Fast

Unfortunately, wintery weather—or simply bad plumbing—can turn even a dream home into a nightmare.

If this ever happens to you, you know how awful and frustrating it feels. 

Besides consulting your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s policy on sudden and accidental water damage (most declarations include them, but some don’t), you’ll probably want to leave before things get any worse. 

If you’re really lucky, this may mean moving into an immediately available apartment.

Since an instant apartment is not always a reality for many people who suddenly have a burst pipe to deal with, your goal should be to keep everything as dry as possible and remove furniture as soon as you can.

How to prepare before any pipes are frozen or burst:

  1. Plumbers are in short supply during winter when pipes are most likely to burst. Still, try to find a 24-hour service as soon as you hear reports of prolonged temps below 32-degrees Fahrenheit (that’s when water freezes).
  2. Turn on your faucets to a pencil-size stream—not a measly drip.
  3. **TIP: Use HotHands 12-to-18-hour body warmers in the towels to distribute the heat when temperatures drop. Available at Target, Walmart, and many grocery or dollar stores. You can also try pipe sleeves, heat cables, or heat tape from home improvement stores. 
  4. Open all cabinets housing your pipes so warm air can circulate around them.
  5. Use extra linens or blankets to insulate heat in areas where it often escapes: via garages, attics, crawlspaces, and doors. 

What to do if you’re moving because your pipes burst:

  1. IMPORTANT: Turn off electricity to any areas with flooding or leaks.
  2. Turn off your water at the main valve or at the valves under your sinks and near appliances.
  3. Drain any remaining water from pipes that may not be frozen yet. Do this by turning on your faucets to a pencil-size stream (again, not a drip).
  4. Move any upholstered pieces to the driest part of your space and manually dry what you can with a hairdryer or towels. (Items need to be dry for movers to handle them, so do this first.)
  5. Wrap or cover anything that isn’t already wet using garbage bags, shower curtains or basically anything that’s non-porous and non-absorbent. Leaks from burst pipes can appear suddenly, so this helps secure your furniture just in case. 
  6. Schedule your move for as soon as possible. You’ll want to get your items removed immediately, but remember that they need to be dry first.
  7. Movers can either load your items into a new residence, or place them into a facility of your choice, or house your furniture in our climate-controlled self-storage (Houston area only) or MOVITS™ containers (San Antonio & Houston).
  8. To minimize additional damage from frozen and stopped pipes, wrap any exposed indoor/outdoor pipes with towels or newspaper, then with plastic or garbage bags to stay dry. 

Scenario 3: You Need to Remove Furniture From a Heavily Damaged Area

Maybe you don’t need to completely move out of your home or apartment…

Perhaps you simply need your beloved furnishings to be temporarily moved. 

If your current circumstances involve getting furniture out of the way so repairs can be done in a certain area—like a damaged wall or room—our movers can still help you.

In fact, you can book our MOVITS™ storage containers in San Antonio or Houston to stash your furniture until you need it again. 

How MOVITS™ storage helps when you’re doing repairs:

  • MOVITS™ are perfect for long-term or short-term storage
  • You can get multiple containers, or just one to fit your needs. 
  • MOVITS™ containers are designed to store the average 2-bedroom apartment, so you don’t need a literal house full of furniture. 
  • Even if you have no idea when your repairs will be finished—or if you don’t need everything all at once—our crews bring the MOVITS™ directly to you

What to do when moving furniture out of the way for home repairs:

  1. Before you, a contractor, or the movers touch anything, take pictures to document and report all damages to your insurer.
  2. Save any notes or photographic evidence somewhere safe and private (preferably on a digital cloud storage like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox. We’ve made a home inventory sheet for you below!) 
  3. Pack whatever you can using suitcases or boxes you already have.
  4. To make everyone comfortable, please pack precious or sentimental items before movers arrive. 
  5. Disconnect and drain washers and/or freezers & refrigerators at least 12 hours before the move.
  6. If you don’t have any packing supplies, tell us and we’ll bring them to pack for you (NOTE: having a crew pack items in boxes is a separate service.)
  7. After booking your MOVITS™, we bring it to you and load your furniture inside.
  8. The crew will drive your container back to our climate-controlled warehouse and await your next call.
  9. Contact us whenever you’re ready, and we will deliver and unload your MOVITS™! 

Wrapping Up

So there you have it:

You can still move with us during a power outage, burst pipes, and even while repairs are being done in your home.

Remember, we’re just a click or call away so don’t hesitate to let us help you move in any of these conditions!

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Expert Tips on How To Pack Fragile Items for Moving


We all have that special set of delicate china, a family heirloom, glassware, or oddly-shaped ceramic figurine that we want to keep safe when moving.

Broken items are one of the things that people fear most about moving. If you’re packing on your own, it can be a bit difficult to know exactly how to prep your most fragile possessions so they stay intact. For most people, our delicate pieces also tend to have more sentimental value. In cases like this, it can be even more devastating if they are damaged.

Don’t forget, your items will have a very bumpy ride in the back of a moving truck. That’s why it’s crucial to have the correct supplies in order to keep them intact during the trip. 

Want to know the best way to prepare easily broken items for your move?

Read on for expert tips we’ve learned in over 30 years of moving fragile objects for thousands of clients.

Key Supplies You’ll Need to Pack Delicate Items

It may not seem like a big deal, but having the right supplies is vital for keeping your fragile things safe during a move.

Your delicate items risk real damage if you don’t have enough supplies, or have the wrong ones.

Here are the basic packing supplies you need. (Luckily, there aren’t that many, and most of them are reusable)

Must-have packing supplies that you’ll need for fragile pieces:

  • Packing paper (get lots more than you think you need)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Brown paper tape

Optional (but helpful) packing supplies for fragile items:

  • Chipboard
  • Pliable cardboard box dividers 
  • Picture boxes
  • Blankets or towels
  • Cushion paper or kraft paper (at moving supply or hobby stores)

Double-Wrap Items With Paper and Bubble wrap

Keeping your fragile items protected begins with wrapping and packing them properly.

Moving is a lot of, well, movement.

Your delicate items are at risk for suffering damage from the motions of wrapping and packing, plus the wobbling and rattling that happens as your movers carry and load boxes into the truck. 

Not to mention, your things need to survive the drive to each location. Potholes, aggressive drivers, or even long periods in hot weather can affect whether your fragile belongings stay whole.

That said, you’ll want to go above and beyond when packing delicate items to make sure they’re secure.

The trick here is double-wrapping. Do it with each fragile item—especially glassware, mirrors, lamp bases, or oddly-shaped pieces.

Simple 3-Step Process to Double-Wrapping Delicate Items:

  1.  Wrap each item in two layers of bubble or plastic wrap. Use paper for glassware.
  2.  Then, wrap in two layers of packing paper.
  3.  Finally, seal the layers with a little bit of tape.

This method ensures that your fragile items stay securely wrapped during the entire moving process and don’t break when they’re loaded, unloaded, or in transit.

Use Packing Paper as a Cushion Inside Boxes

While you’re packing, try to fill up as much space as possible within each box marked “Fragile”.

That’s where all that extra packing paper will come in handy—especially if you have wine glasses!

Below are some handy pro tips on how to do this.

How To Pack Glassware & Correctly Fill Spaces in Moving Boxes:

  1. Crinkle up pieces of paper into thick wads & add to the bottom of the box before any items go in.
  2. Stuff spaces with crumpled kraft paper, packing paper, or thicker cushion foam paper
  3. Fill up all empty spaces with paper, not just the corners. 
  4. Packing glassware or wine glasses? Definitely stuff some paper inside the bowl after wrapping the body of the glass. 
  5. Wrap paper around the edge of the wine glass bowl, too, for good measure.
  6. After all delicate glass is in the box, add another thick layer of crumpled paper on top .

Want to make sure your fragile items don’t get crushed from above? Top off the paper wad with chipboard before closing the box (it’s much thicker than cardboard)!  

Master Your Move Tip: Avoid using newspaper! It may seem like an easy fix, but the ink will stain your wine glasses or fine china. Soaking and washing dishes is the last thing you want to do after unpacking from your move.

Pack Dishware & Picture Frames With Extra Reinforcement

Have wine glasses, dishes, or picture frames that you need to move?

Consider getting moving boxes that are specifically designed for them. 

Dishware boxes are made with reinforced bottoms so that your heavy-but-fragile items won’t break through when the box is lifted by movers.

You can also wrap dishes with clean bath towels or layer cardboard dividers between each piece. 

Don’t have any cardboard dish dividers? No problem. 

Simply cut off the opening flaps on older, flimsier boxes that are no good to use for moving. 

To properly pack wine glasses or wine bottles for moving, you may want to locate the original box, or purchase a wine glass storage box. Preferably, something made in thick plastic or anything else sturdy.  Either way, make sure these wine glass boxes have dividers and a strong lid

Boxes used for picture frames or mirrors are reinforced on the sides and often come with corner guards (whether foam or thick paper) to protect the ends and fill space in the box.

 No time to get picture boxes? 

Break out your old blankets instead. Your pictures and mirrors will be fine if you wrap and tape them securely enough.

Label Your Boxes on All Sides

Ensure that your movers know that your box contains fragile items and should be treated as such. 

It may seem like a no-brainer, but you want your fragile boxes to stand out when movers are deciding how to load the truck. The best way is to label it on all sides. Got a red marker? Even better!

As movers are glancing around your room, these boxes will be easy to identify if they’re properly and conspicuously labeled. 

To help you unpack more efficiently, also list the contents on the outside of the box 

Wrapping Up

These tips may seem simple but they make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your delicate possessions safe during your move. 

If your items have highly sentimental value (and you don’t want to take any chances), you can also transport your delicate pieces to your new place ahead of time. 

Alternatively, you can transport only those items in your own vehicle on the day of the move. 

P.S. Don’t want to deal with packing fragile items at all? Our professional packers have plenty of experience and would love to assist you. They can even unpack your delicates and organize them at your new spot!


Moving With Us During Hurricane Season? Here’s What To Know


Are you moving with 3 Men Movers during the Texas hurricane season?

If you’re moving when the National Weather Service issues an inclement weather notice for the Gulf Coast, you’ll most likely wonder how it will affect your move.

When you book with 3 Men Movers, we’ll instantly provide up-to-date information regarding your moving-related services.

Read on to learn about our company policies when you move during hurricane season.

Accessing Your 3 Men Movers Storage Unit in Houston

We are otherwise open during normal business hours for storage.

There is no reason to panic about your belongings in our Houston storage facility.

If you would like to access your storage unit(s) in our facility, we welcome you to come by at your discretion.

However, if weather conditions deteriorate, or if there are reports of flooding or debris en route from your location to our facility, we advise that you refrain from trying to access the facility for your own safety.

Weather permitting, we are open and plan to continue services as scheduled.

 

Safety Is Our Top Priority While Moving You During Hurricane Season in Texas

In the event of worsening weather, we completely understand that our customers value flexibility.

Movers do have the right to halt a move if the weather or conditions are unsafe.

They will take both their safety and yours into account, should this occur. (We can always reschedule or come back another day, but your safety is priceless!)

 

Rescheduling Your Move During Hurricane Season

Not feeling comfortable moving during hurricane season or inclement weather notices?

That’s completely understandable.

To discuss rescheduling your move, give us a call or email us!

Please contact us directly using the information below. One of our staff members will happily assist you.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-333-6683

 

3 Men Movers’ Hurricane Season Cancellation Policy

Customers who prefer to cancel their move during hurricane season will appreciate the flexibility offered by our cancellation policy.

Here’s what to expect if you’d like to cancel your move:

 

What To Remember About Moving in Inclement Weather

  • Blankets are not waterproof!
  • We won’t stop the job unless it’s determined to be unsafe by the mover or based on a customer’s request.
  • While it rains, we can focus on the preload process of the move (i.e. disassembling, arranging, blanketing and shrink-wrapping items, etc.)
  • Due to rain, your move might take longer since safety is the priority and moving items becomes a more difficult task, especially on wet surfaces.
  • If the weather deteriorates, we can stop the clock for 1 hour to determine if the weather will improve.

We look forward to assisting you with your moving needs.


5 Essential Things To Do On Moving Day


 

Moving can either be exciting or overwhelming. If you haven’t prepared or organized all the necessary things to do on moving day, just thinking about it can be downright stressful.
Feeling flustered, like you can’t get a grip on how to make moving day easier?
Even if you feel like a deer in headlights, we’re narrowing down the many things you need to do on moving day to just five essentials.
Stay calm and organized with these top five moving day must-do’s!

1. Empty Your Furniture Drawers

Ever try to move something full that’s heavy even by itself?
Yeah, calling it ‘heavy’ is an understatement.
Imagine how much lighter and easier to move it would be if those items were removed and packed separately.

That’s exactly why clearing out your drawers is a great idea.

Emptying drawers will relieve unnecessary weight, and add these benefits:

  • Furniture is less problematic to load on a dolly or truck
  • Makes your move easier & faster
  • Reduces the chance of breaking or scratching furniture, floors, or walls
  • Is much safer to transport without risking injury
  • Zero chance of your items being damaged or ripped inside shifting drawers
  • Removing & packing items separately gives you a chance to declutter

Some people start planning their move months in advance. Whether you’ve done the same or are packing last-minute, do you really want to risk injuring yourself, your furniture, or the movers?

No matter if you hire one of our 3 Men Movers crews, or are moving alone, remember that emptying your drawers is one of the most important things to do on moving day!

2. Prepare & Disconnect Appliances

Most apartments and rentals provide tenants with in-unit washers, dryers, and refrigerators. However, if you brought your own with you, you’ll probably have to prepare these appliances for moving by yourself.

How to prepare appliances for moving day:

  • Remove food/ supplies from the compartments in each appliance
  • Clean your appliances thoroughly—especially the fridge shelves!
  • Keep the owner’s manual available at your starting and ending addresses
  • Read instructions for disconnecting & reconnecting appliances
  • If not hiring movers, wrap items with thin blankets or shrinkwrap to prevent scuffs

The key here is prepping appliances at least 24 hours prior to your move. Remember that certain appliances—especially refrigerator units—need time to defrost. That can take up to a day, so start early!

It’s also a good idea to clean your dryer vent when you’re moving. Not cleaning it is actually a fire hazard. And, let’s be honest, when will you ever think to do that again, anyway?

3. Do Your Laundry Before Moving Day

It seems like this would be a given… But we’ve seen quite a few stunning things during our 30+ years of moving!

While it should go without saying, packing dirty laundry with your clean dishes or other items in the same box is a terrible idea.

Yes, it’s unsanitary.
Plus, having to do laundry after a looong day of moving is also a massive inconvenience, especially if you don’t have immediate access to a working washing machine.
One of the most important things to do on moving day is your laundry. (And, try to do it 1-2 days ahead.)

You can rest easy knowing that every piece of clothing you unpack is ready to be put away.

And, any towels used to wrap delicate dishes can be placed in the linen closet or used after your refreshing, post-move shower!

Doesn’t that sound nicer than dealing with dirty laundry when you just want to relax?

4. Label Boxes With Items for Each Room

Labeling keeps you organized and helps your movers work swiftly.
And we don’t mean simply scrawling FRAGILE in red marker on one side of a box…

After all, movers will be stacking and loading your boxes on a truck. They must be able to see your labels from any angle they glance.
Make it a part of your packing process to label efficiently.

It may take a bit more time upfront, but it certainly makes your move day run smoothly.

Use these labeling tips to make moving day easier:

  • Label each side of your boxes
  • Use red for boxes with FRAGILE items & add lots of padding
  • Write a number or room where each box will go at the destination
  • Tag what’s in each box (e.g. dishes, glassware, ceramics, etc.)
  • Color-code or number your box labels for each room

It is so much easier to know what items are in each box because it would be difficult trying to find your dishes without labels on your boxes.  

We’ll definitely recommend you label your boxes when moving with us. This way, our crews can move quickly, knowing exactly where to take each box instead of constantly asking you.

4. Keep a Bag With Easy-to-Grab Essentials

Many people are under the impression that moving will only take a few hours.
Truth is, how long moving takes depends on a lot of different factors: if you have kids or pets to care for, if lots of furniture needs disassembly, how many floors you have, if you can reserve parking spots or elevators, how many things you own, if you’re already packed or need movers who pack for you, any time restrictions to move out, and more.

Moving will most likely take the entire day, especially if you have multiple bedrooms or lots of things to pack and unpack.

So if you get hangry easily, need to take medication at certain intervals, have children or pets, or simply need to stick to a tight timeline, it’s crucial to pack a bag of essentials on moving day.

How to prepare for moving day with an essential item bag:

  • Leave out what you’ll use the night before and morning of your move
  • Add all daily medications, vitamins, utensils, portable snacks and water
  • Bag your cosmetics and toiletries immediately after using them
  • Use a sturdy bag that closes, plastic bags can rip too easily in transport
  • Charge handheld electronics and put them in waterproof cases inside your travel bag
  • Add pillows and blankets to your essential bag in case your move runs long

Read Next: Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead For a Move

5. Choose the Perfect Timing

Of course, how you move is important. But your move won’t be nearly as carefree if you don’t consider when you move.

One of the biggest things to do on moving day is to get your timing right.

Timing your move can be difficult because of all the different elements that can arise. However, if you realize something might interrupt your move (like major road construction, heavy rain, or a school event that runs late), get in touch with your movers right away.

While sudden issues will require last-minute workarounds, creating a solid plan is still one of the most vital things to do on moving day. Always have a backup plan if possible, and don’t be shy to ask your hired movers about their own backup plans, too.

Whether you are moving out of state, city, or just to the other side of town, it’s better to plan ahead rather than plan as you go.

Wrapping Up

See? With a little organization and prioritization of these simple tasks, you can make your move day much less stressful!

These to-dos will not only help you prepare yourself and your belongings, they’ll also help your movers.

Save yourself some time, money, and stress by following these essential things to do on moving day.


Moving In Summer? This Is Your Cool Safety Guide.


 

Planning on moving in the summer heat and trying not to fry like an egg on a hot sidewalk?  

Summer is peak moving season. So not only is it hot, but it’s the busiest time for both movers and residents.  

Considering the amount of time and effort involved in moving, you don’t want to waste time or overheat yourself or a moving crew. 

Can you picture the ultimate summertime post-move scenario:

Relaxing with your air conditioner blasting…

Stress-free and totally finished?

If you can’t, that’s cool (pun intended). Because, luckily for you, we’ve learned a thing or two throughout 30+ years of moving during Texan summers, when 100-degree temps are super common. 

Whether you’re hiring movers or DIYing it, check out these summer moving tips that will keep you cool and collected despite scorching temps and insects. 

1. Take Lots of Breaks in Hot Weather

It’s great to pride yourself on keeping a steady pace no matter what kind of work you do. But, remember, moving day is not the time to overexert yourself! Especially if you’re moving in summer when it often gets extremely hot outside.

Keep these tips in mind. They’ll be particularly helpful if you’re not used to lifting heavy items or have a medical condition vulnerable to heat:  

  • Be comfortable; don’t rush to avoid rest periods during your move. 
  • Have intervals for mini-breaks—time yourself or set reminders if necessary.
  • Sit in the shade whenever you start feeling winded, thirsty, or tired. 

You might not want to delay your move, but consider how a trip to the hospital would interrupt your day if you get severe dehydration or heatstroke! 

It’s not worth the risk. 

 

2. Stay Consistently Cool & Hydrated

You lose water when you sweat. If you do vigorous activity and don’t replace fluids as you go along, you can become dehydrated. Hot, humid weather increases the amount you sweat and the amount of fluid you lose.

Not a big water drinker? Well, now is the time to start! (At least on moving day.)

Buy a liter or gallon of water and get ready to build a new relationship with H2O. It’s what’s going to keep you alive during your summertime move! If you simply can’t bring yourself to drink plain water all day, try sports drinks like Gatorade

Either way, thorough hydration doesn’t just start on your move day. Try to start drinking water regularly at least 1-2 days before moving

Skip this, and you risk sweating out all your electrolytes after spending a couple of hours dragging your furniture and dozens of boxes out the door. The good news is that technology makes it simple to track your water intake, like this list of apps that fight dehydration.

Stick to these science-backed summer moving tips to stay hydrated:

  • Pack enough hydrating fluids for all day. 
  • Stick to drinking water, coconut water, or electrolyte-rich, sugarless sports drinks. 
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages high in caffeine or sugar, like energy drinks or juice.
  • Totally skip the alcohol (you can celebrate moving later!)
  • Pack a snack of fresh fruit, especially if you can’t carry a drink along.

Finally, who could forget about air conditioning

Living in Texas wouldn’t be the same without it, so make sure to set up your electricity service for your move day. You’ll want to make sure the lights and air conditioning are on at your new place before moving in summer!

 

3. Watch Out for Summertime Insects on Your Move Day

From 1997 to 2017 in July:  279 Americans died after being stung by hornets, wasps or bees. 2,917 Americans died from heat exposure. (CDC.gov)

Southern summers are notorious for insects.  

If you’re not familiar with the South, here our summers are pretty much a competition between bugs and the sun. 

With rainfall, high humidity, and lots of tasty humans hanging outside, it’s basically playtime for insects, including mosquitos. 

Mosquito-borne diseases—like the West Nile and Zika viruses—have also been found in the world’s deadliest animal here in Texas. So, it’s vital to protect yourself! 

Not to mention roaches, disease-carrying ticks, and other critters who like hitching rides on your stuff. The last thing you need is an infestation in your new home!

Stinging insects can also attack when feeling threatened by you or a mover who disturbs their nests. 

Use these tips to avoid insect issues when you’re moving in the summer:

  • Allergic or attractive to mosquitos? Book a fixed move time when mosquitoes are least active. Avoid dusk & dawn.  
  • Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes like to breed. 
  • Apply an EPA-approved insect spray, but don’t use it on children under 2. Offer some to your movers, too!
  • Inspect all indoor & outdoor furniture and fabrics for infestations before deciding to take them with you.
  • Clear out fire ant hills, especially if they’re on the path to your new or former property. You don’t want to accidentally trip on them! 
  • Spray or hire a pest control company up to 1 month before moving.
  • Safely remove small wasp nests near outside corners or doorways. 
  • Always call a professional to remove larger nests of hives of ants, wasps, termites, or bees, which are more dangerous to you & your structure. 
  • Don’t spray beehives! Bee pesticides are often illegal and honeybee populations are critical to our food supplies. Call an apiary professional for help. 
  • Repair damage & clean residue so that your structure isn’t unstable and more critters don’t come around. (Extra important if you’re selling a home!)
  • Check and treat pets so they don’t carry ticks or fleas into your new place.
  • Avoid attracting ticks by wearing light-colored, long shirts and pants with the legs tucked into socks or high boots.

 

4. Overestimate the Power of the Sun

You can avoid sunburn, heat exhaustion, or heat-destroyed items by taking the right precautions when moving. 

Some smart tips to stay safe from the ravages of the summer sun when you’re moving: 

  • Check the weather forecast 1-7 days before your move to get prepared.
  • Stay hydrated using the tips in point #1; don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Pick move time outside of rush-hour traffic. You can do this by booking early and packing ahead of time.
  • Wear appropriate SPF sunscreen for your skin tone (waterproof if you sweat heavily).
  • If you’re prone to sunburn, consider wearing additional sun protection (e.g. hats, sunglasses).
  • Choose light, loose-fitting clothing that is breathable and won’t snag on furniture
  • Wrap towels around frozen ice packs or place in a cooler full of ice for you and your movers to use. 
  • If you’re moving alone, load electronics last and unload them first so they’re not sitting in the heat. 
  • Only put heat-sensitive, combustible items in cool, well-ventilated areas away from vehicle windows
  • Plan to securely transport ammunition on your own. Most movers will not transport live ammo or loaded weapons, especially not in summer heat.
  • Unload, discharge, and clean any guns or gun safes before moving.
  • Never leave pets or children in cars unattended and/or without air conditioning. 

 

5. Recognize Signs of Heat Sickness in High Temperatures

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures…. The condition is most common in the summer months.” 

—Mayo Clinic

Overexerting yourself?

Profusely sweating?

Staying outside for way too long?

Stuck in traffic with the sun baking your skin through your car windows?

Be wary because things could get dangerous.

In order to be prepared for any possibility, get familiar with the symptoms of heat-related illness in case it happens on your move day.

That way, you can get medical help for you or your movers, fast

See some common symptoms1, 2, 3 of dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke to look out for during your move:

Dehydration 

most mild

Heat Cramps

mildly serious

Heat Exhaustion

somewhat serious

Heatstroke

most serious

What it feels like: Extreme thirst.  Dizziness, fatigue, or confusion. Urine the color of apple juice or darker. Muscle pain, spasms, heavy sweating Fast, weak pulse; cool skin with goosebumps, faintness or dizziness, nausea, headache, low blood pressure if standing,  and/or muscle cramps. High temperature ( ≥ 104°F or 40°C).  Fast, strong pulse.  Hot, dry, red or damp skin. Confusion, agitation, passing out.  Dizziness, headache, or nausea.  Rapid breathing.
Where it happens: Mouth (due to thirst), head, or all over the body (sweating) Any muscle group you move a lot All over your body, especially the skin, head & stomach. All over your body.
What causes it (combined with heat): Excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.  Increased urination. Fluid and electrolyte loss, often from excessive sweating. Strenuous physical movement in high temperatures—especially with high humidity. Dehydration. Strenuous physical activity.  Drinking alcohol before moving.  Lack of air conditioning.  Certain health conditions.
What to do:  Stop physical activity to cool off.  Drink water or electrolytes. Rest for several hours.  Cool off.  Drink electrolytes. Loosen clothes.  Cool off with a bath, garden hose, or wet towels.  Sip water or electrolytes. Take a cool (not cold) bath or wet towels.  Remove excess clothing.
Seek a doctor if: Diarrhea is present for 24 hours or more.  Irritable, disoriented, or sluggish. Cramps last for over 1 hour.  You’re on a low-salt diet.  You have heart issues. Vomiting.  Symptoms get worse or last over 1 hour. Get the person to a cool place. Do not provide drinks. Seek medical help immediately. 

 

You can probably tell that it all starts with being adequately hydrated.  

If you or someone else starts experiencing those more serious symptoms during your move when it’s hot outside, pause the move, and seek medical attention immediately.

 

6. Let Professionals Handle Moving in Summer Heat

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by these tips or if you’re worried about prolonged heat exposure, consider hiring a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. 

Lower your moving anxiety by just concentrating on packing. This will prepare you to move without having to be outside long. 

Many moving companies in Texas have been helping people move in the heat for years. Specifically, we’re pros at it because we’ve been training professionals to move in scalding Texas summers for over three decades!  

Before you hire movers to help you in the summer, do these two things first:

  • Prepare and pack well to have a faster, efficient move. 
  • Know how many crew members are coming & their experience levels.

You’re paying by the hour. So ask your chosen company how long your designated crew has been moving. The last thing you want in summer is a rookie crew who isn’t used to moving in hot weather. Professional, experienced crews can move all day without excessive breaks.  

Many people wonder if they have to feed their movers. 

While we definitely appreciate the sentiment, we don’t recommend it.

But, it is nice to get a few cold bottles of water or sports drinks rich in electrolytes (like Gatorade or Pedialyte) to offer the crew. 

Dehydration is exhausting and can stifle our mental and physical reflexes.

So, helping your moving crew stay sharp and hydrated can only benefit your move!

 

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re moving from one Texan city to another, or if you’re simply brand-new to a place with sweltering heat, moving in the summer is going to be a challenge if you’re not prepared.

Sure, you might have grand plans to spend all day lugging your belongings from your house to the moving truck, but those plans will probably change after 10 minutes in the Texas heat! (And no, it’s not a dry heat. It’s pretty humid, which means it’s more like wet, sticky, uncomfortable heat). 

Granted, this doesn’t mean you have to postpone your move until fall. 

Follow the tips above, and you’ll safely survive moving in the summer heat with no sweat.

 

 


Sources: 

  1. Mayo Clinic. 2017. “Heat Exhaustion – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). 2017. 
  2. 2019. “Heatstroke – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). July 16, 2019. 
  3. National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2017. “Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.” CDC.gov. Centers for Disease Control. September 1, 2017.
  4. UPMC Sports Medicine. 2016. “Hydration: The Importance of Replacing Sweat Losses.” UPMC.com. University of Pittsburgh: Schools of the Health Sciences. ‌

Top Mistakes That Will Drag Out Your Move Day [Checklist] 


Know what can kill your chances of having a good move? Mistakes we make when moving. 

No matter where the errors originate, no one wants their move day to take forever.

Everyone hates a move day that is painfully, unnecessarily long. Especially if you have appointments or move-in deadlines!

Sometimes issues are unforeseen, but that’s not what this advice is about.

We’ve researched the most common, time-sucking errors— from both customers and hired movers—that make your move day tedious.

THE GOOD NEWS: These mistakes are 100% preventable!

With this guide (and a free checklist) you can skillfully dodge the frequent mistakes people make when moving that drag it out, costing you more time, money, and frustration in the end.  Keep these questions handy to ask whenever you book any moving company


[CHECKLIST] 24 Time-Saving Questions to Ask Before & During Your Move

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Click to download this checklist of questions to clarify your move and avoid mistakes that waste your time, money, and energy.

Time is super important when you’re moving.

So, the more info both parties have before your move, the easier it is to avoid these time-sucking slip-ups.

We also want you to have an amazing and stress-free move—even if you don’t move with us!

Click to download the free checklist above! It’s chock-full of the top 24 questions to ask so your move doesn’t take forever.


How Long Does Moving Take? Factors That Affect Your Move   

It’s super common for people to not know what to disclose to movers

Plus, some moving companies don’t have a thorough questioning process to find out what (if anything) could drag out your move time. 

Little-known factors that affect your moving time:  

  • Anything over 600 lbs.  Movers could come unprepared if they don’t know about something this hefty; some companies won’t move any item over 600 lbs. Others may need an extra hand or equipment. Either way, you don’t want to wait around to find out!
  • Gun Safes– Your move will take longer if your safe isn’t empty. Since the door is usually the heaviest part, you or the movers should remove it to fast-track the moving time. Also, check if it’s bolted to the floor because removal will require special tools—and possibly a separate contractor.
  • Armoires- Empty and dismantle this before move day. Keep screws and small parts in a zipped bag, taped to the interior. This way, no one will waste time scrambling to put it back together at your destination.  
  • China Cabinets. Not only do china cabinets take time to dismantle and reassemble, they often have glass shelves and lighting which should be removed & wrapped before transport. You may not know to do this yourself, so tell your moving company when you book. 
  • Barbeque (BBQ) grills, smokers, & pits- Let your company know what type of grill or smoker you own and approximately how large it is (our crews like to research how to dismantle them).   
  • Patio furniture or specialty tools/equipment Tell movers if you have any odd-shaped or large outdoor furniture, or equipment like a desk saw, workbench, or landscaping equipment. 
  • Musical instruments- Inform your moving company when you’re booking so you can get a crew experienced with musical instruments. On the flip side, make sure you have a crate or case for each musical instrument you own.

Moving Company Mistakes That Make Your Move Long 

Mistake #1: Not Investing in Proper Training 

As a wise moving guru once said, Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move.

At 3 Men Movers, we personally vet and train all crew members in our proprietary program. Plus, new members get more than a year of live, hands-on training on how to wrap, box, disassemble, reassemble, load, stack, pack, and organize for a move. 

How long does it take to load or unload a moving truck? 

Will it take forever to move your 3-bedroom house? 

Can movers reassemble everything at your new location?

If your chosen moving company isn’t investing in well-trained or experienced movers, your move could take longer for all of the above. 

 

Mistake #2: Assigning the Wrong Crew for Your Needs

If your move needs some special care, you can’t afford to waste time dealing with the wrong type of crew.  
Your moving company should be able to give you a quick rundown of the crew you’re hiring, and tell you why

Say that you need someone experienced in moving survivors our of a domestic abuse situation, or you need help moving a baby grand piano. Do you really want just anyone to show up?

 

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Job 

Being confident is great. Being unprepared is not. No matter how experienced a moving company is, they should always be clear on how much you need moved and any time constraints that apply. 
The best way to do that? They shouldn’t make assumptions. They also shouldn’t give you a standard crew if your move isn’t typical
Whether you have a ton of stuff to move, have a storage stop, or need to move in by 6 PM, the moving company you hire should be able to provide the best movers to accommodate you.

 

Mistake #4: Failing to Ask the Right Questions

Moving companies have the best intentions, but sometimes your move takes longer because of what happened before a crew even arrives at your place. 
When you first book a move, there’s a lot of back-and-forth between you and the company. Certain questions may be omitted or simply forgotten during the questioning process. If you’ve never moved before, you may not even notice. 
However, if the company isn’t asking you the right questions, they’ll never truly understand what you need, which can unexpectedly add hours onto your move day.

For instance: it’s easy to fall behind schedule on your move if the crew didn’t know you had 2 armoires to disassemble, wrap, load, and reassemble!

 

Mistakes by Customers Make That Drag Out Move Day 

Mistake #1: Forgetting to Mention Stairs or Elevators 

Most people don’t realize it when they’re booking, but stairs can have a huge impact on how long it takes to move and load or unload a moving truck. 

Multiple staircases—especially in apartment buildings—can be quite time-consuming for movers hauling heavy furniture or lots of items. 

Tell your moving company how many staircases and elevators are in each location so they can plan accordingly. Also, don’t forget to mention anything heavy that you need to move between floors! 

 

Mistake #2: Underestimating How Much You Own

While you know how much stuff you own, your hired movers don’t. Even then, it’s super easy to overlook or understate what you have (especially if you haven’t started packing).  

If you underestimate your belongings, you may not have enough movers. It’s a massive waste of time (and money) if you have to wait for more movers to arrive or even reschedule because no one else is available during the peak season.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to better explain yourself: make an inventory or take photos/video and send it to your moving company.

 

Mistake #3:  Not Calculating Time Constraints in Your Move

Many places have time restrictions on when you can move out or into a residence. Ask yourself if your move could be even slightly affected by such constraints. 

  1. Have to stop at a storage location? Let your movers know if there’s a cutoff time for moving items in. 
  2. When is the latest you can move into your new place? Is there a deadline that would be affected by a flexible start move

Remember, if you agreed to a flexible start time with your movers, there’s no guaranteed start time (just a general range). So, make sure you’ve considered your final destination’s cutoff time for moving in.

 

Mistake #4:  Being Too Helpful

Movers are there to make your day easier and hassle-free. 

The best thing you can do for your own sanity? Let them

You almost certainly own some things with sentimental value, but most movers want everything to go well just like you do.

So, if you’ve communicated clearly and have the perfect team assigned to your job, relax and don’t worry. 

Avoid These Mistakes to Move Quickly, Efficiently, & Save Money

To be clear, this is not about placing blame.

Simply put, an efficient move day can’t happen unless everyone involved is 100% clear and highly responsible.

Use these tips and the checklist to ensure both you and your movers will know exactly what to expect. This way, your move can be hassle-free and fast, and everyone can prevent stressful mistakes from happening.


Efficient Moving Advice That Will Make Your Day Successful


It’s move day, and time is money. So you definitely need to know how to move out as efficiently as possible. 

So, what’s the most efficient way to move?

Find out with this essential advice to reduce moving stress and avoid wasting time. 

Tip #1: Communicate About Your Circumstances 

Discussing your moving plans with a friend is a good way to get ideas…. 

Just don’t expect your move to resemble theirs!

So how long will it take movers to load a truck efficiently? 

The structure, accessibility, and layout of each residence are different, so these attributes will definitely affect how long your move take. 

Below are some ways to optimize the efficiency of your move day based on time.

Consider your starting and ending locations:

  • Do you have a one-story 3-bedroom home?  Fewer staircases mean it could take less time to move compared to a similar home with the same number of bedrooms but two stories
  • Living in an apartment or condo? It’s important to let movers know if you have to reserve an elevator or have a time limit to move somewhere new
  • Remember: these movers have never been to your place. Let a booking agent know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Does your home have odd features or landscapes that could make loading or unloading more difficult? Do you have a roommate or children that would be disturbed by noises?

Knowing these things in advance will help you and your movers determine whether your move could take longer or shorter than average.  

 

Tip #2: Point Out Meaningful Items & Be Thorough

Many people own something with either sentimental or material value.

It could tug at your heartstrings or simply be expensive. 

Either way, tell your moving company and the crew beforehand.

That childhood trinket, professional artwork, special collector’s item, or wedding gift? Movers won’t always assume how special or fragile it is unless you point it out.  

Even if it’s a simple request to be gentle with a certain box, your moving crew wants to make sure you’re happy and comfortable with their service. 

Here’s how to be detailed and let movers know what you want

When you’re booking a move:

  • Inform the agent about anything that you want to be handled with special care (gun safes & ammo, delicate items, items up to or over 500 lbs., etc) 
  • Ask your booking agent to make a note of this for the crew (a responsible company should do this automatically, but request it anyway.) 
  • Be clear on what the moving company will and will not move… (To abide by state regulations and company policies, there are some things movers simply cannot disassemble or transport—like live plants or baby cribs.)

Before move day:

  • Clear packed boxes out of the way so movers can safely and quickly walk between each room to the exit 

On move day:

  • Walk movers through every part of your home and point out anything delicate or special
  • Open closet and cabinet doors to make sure nothing is overlooked
  • Show the crew anything that may need to be double-wrapped
  • Let movers know which boxes are ready to be loaded and which boxes have delicate or heavy items
  • Check all outdoor patios, closed doors, and drawers. Leave everything open as movers are loading so nothing is missed

Remember that extra communication is key.

Almost all moving mishaps are preventable! 

How can you help make your move more efficient? Voice your wishes early so movers can reasonably meet them.

 

Tip #3: Stay Attentive & Focus On The Move

Back to the point about communicating throughout your move: this works best if you stay focused on the move itself.

Now, we’re definitely advocates of a smooth, stress-free move because we train movers to become true professionals in how to handle and transport your items.

Professionals don’t need hand-holding, but they may need to ask important questions that can make or break your move. 

Here are some focused tips that will make your move easier:

  • Stay accessible throughout the day without interruptions or distractions from friends and family who may be there
  • If you can’t be accessible: discuss your move with someone who will be physically present, knows what and how you want to move, and who is authorized to speak on your behalf if there’s a question or concern

If you hire a moving company to help you move, you expect (and should get) professionalism.

Make your move more efficient by occasionally checking in with the crew leader and voicing your concerns or questions. 

 

Tip #4: Call Your Moving Company 

Whenever a service person comes to your place, you should know what to expect, right? The same thing goes for moving crews who you’re relying on for a successful, well-organized move.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Movers are human, too, and the unexpected could happen and directly or indirectly impact your move. 

Don’t hesitate to call the moving company. A phone call to immediately notify the company will take less time and save you the headache of enduring an awkward move if:

  • If anything goes wrong or if movers are late
  • If you have questions about added services or charges
  • If you simply feel uncomfortable (especially if a mover seems ill)….

It’s your move day, and there’s no need to waste time. 

 

Tip #5: Know All Fees (& How They’re Calculated)

Doing research on the moving company you’ve chosen will eliminate a lot of headaches upfront. However, if you want to have a highly efficient move, that’s not where the buck stops.

For example, 3 Men Movers uses a transparent travel fee

This includes the transportation costs of our facility distance to your starting address, the distance from your final address back to our facility.  

Likewise, our hourly rate doesn’t start until we arrive at your first location and you sign the crew in. The clock stops when you sign the movers out at the end of the service. This way, clients have the ultimate approval over their move.

So, not only are such costs explained upfront, but there are no sneaky fees tacked on to the end of your move.

We’ve calculated the transparent travel fee in the most reasonable and relevant way for each individual client. 

Be wary that some extremely common tactics in the moving industry are to:

  • Extra charges for going up or down flights of stairs, handling safes, oversized items, or pianos, etc. 
  • Claim there is no travel fee—then add on fuel costs or the time it takes to get back to the facility (often in rush-hour traffic)
  • Claim that their travel fee is time-based and therefore cheaper… and it certainly looks inexpensive at first

Yes, some movers will find ways to charge you for time spent not actually moving… Unknowing clients then end up paying for the cost of movers to sit in notoriously horrible Texas traffic, or they get charged an hourly moving rate for the driving time!

No matter which moving company you hire, be aware of what you’re paying for and how charges are calculated:

  • Thoroughly read a copy of your rights (all licensed moving companies are required to furnish this for you)
  • Ask the booking agent to explain all services, charges, and fees and how they’re calculated. You need to know what factors will influence the rates you’re paying 
  • Ask if they will hold your items on the truck if add-on fees aren’t paid immediately

Ensure that you understand any time-based charges or potential extras. It will eliminate lots of misconceptions and disappointments. 

 

Tip #6: Ask About Your Moving Crew’s Experience Level

Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move!

If you’re interested in hiring a moving company, ask about the people who will actually be moving you:

  • Feel free to ask how long a crew has been moving
  • Ask if the crew is experienced in moving specific or delicate items
  • Voice any sensitive issues they should be aware of (e.g. domestic abuse, elderly or sick residents, medical equipment)
  • If you own animals, inform the booking agent in case a crew member has an allergy that would affect the efficiency of your move
  • Request by name any movers you’ve heard of through online reviews or from a friend

One of our Movifestos states, “We respect that your home is sacred.” 

We also back it up with onboarding crews to our expectations, criminal background checks, and ongoing professional training so their skills stay sharp. 

At 3 Men Movers, if you request a crew—perhaps you heard a friend or online reviewer singing the praises of one by name—we’ll honor it. After all, you deserve the move you want.

 

Tip #7: Be Aware of the Claims Process

Heaven forbid you’ll actually need to file a claim, but in case you do, you should know how it works first.

How to find out if a moving company’s claims process will go smoothly:

  • Does the company have carrier liability?
  • Are the movers involved in the claims process? 
  • Do moving crews have accountability or incentives for their claims rates?
  • How does your moving claims process work? 
  • Where do I start by filing a claim—should I call or email?
  • Do I need to provide a receipt or proof of value to get the maximum allowable amount in case of a claim?
  • How long does the claim process take? Are there deadlines?

Personally, at 3 Men Movers, we’re really proud of a claims rate that is consistently less than 3% of thousands of moves over the past few years.

Again, no matter what company you choose, you still need to know how their claims policy will affect you should you need to use it. 

 

Tip #8: Properly Crate or Prepare Unique Items

Musicians have to move too… And so do people with huge armoires. 

Despite how much you own and have to lug into a new place, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before your move day arrives.

Save time by preparing:

  • Box up everything and label anything fragile
  • Number boxes and have corresponding sticky notes/tape for the new rooms they’ll go into
  • Ensure nothing is protruding from boxes that would make them difficult to stack on a dolly or truck 
  • Set out extra blankets on top of items you want movers to wrap (but they’ll also bring their own)
  • If you want to speed up your move, disassemble whatever you can before movers arrive
  • Unplug appliances and take out tubing at least a day in advance (put a towel down for refrigerators)
  • Wrap and place televisions and any fragile glass in their original boxes, if possible
  • Call the moving company if you have any safes over 600 lbs 
  • Find out if safes were drilled into the floor by previous owners 
  • Empty safes before movers arrive (movers can’t transport ammunition)

Special note for musicians:

  • Crate or case musical instruments you want movers to transport (especially stringed instruments like harps and cellos)
  • Let movers know if there is an instrument inside of a case
  • If you don’t have a case but insist that movers handle it, please be prepared to sign a waiver for liability

 

Tip #9: Know Your Storage Facility 

Timing is everything when you’re moving. That’s doubled if you are moving into or out of a storage facility.

If your movers are stopping at a storage location, there are some things to communicate if you want things to go smoothly:

  • Talk to the facility manager in advance to determine if your items will fit.
  • Know the hours of operation for your storage location.
  • Are there deadlines for when a storage facility will no longer accept moves?
  • Is there 24-hour access?
  • Make sure there is a facility manager onsite when you and your movers arrive in case you run into problems or need help.

This is the most significant info you should know before moving into storage (it’s certainly not everything). Understanding your facility and needs will prevent any issues with not having enough room. 

Certainly, you don’t want to spend more money or time than you have to when you’re moving! 

 


Domestic Violence Survivor’s Moving Safety Guide [DOWNLOAD]


Moving out or threatening to leave is the most dangerous thing a domestic violence survivor can do. 

It’s also the most necessary thing a survivor can do. 

This downloadable domestic violence moving safety guide is designed to make it easier. 

It explains not only what you need to do in detail, but how and why. 

This guide is brought to you by our partnership with the domestic violence shelter, Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC). 

P.S. We will never sell your personal info.

“It is crucial that you do not tell your abuser, his family, his friends, or any mutual friends of your plans to leave.  This could sabotage your plans, or even worse, cost you your life.”

Peggy Wright, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Programs at Fort Bend Women’s Center

Domestic Violence Survivors’ Moving Safety Guide

By leveraging our vast moving assets and crews, we’re driving items donated during a move to the FBWC resale shop, PennyWise. 

Download a Free Domestic Violence Moving Safety Guide

So why are we doing this?

This way, the Center can generate more profits and funds to support survivors who leave and try rebuilding their lives. 

FBWC provides not only shelter, but therapy, connections with legal advocates, access to medical care, training resources, and so much more. 

The help survivors receive is vital. They most often leave with nothing for themselves and their children or pets. 

Stopping family violence is not whimsical, part-time dabbling for us. 

It’s a goal that we will do anything to reach. 

If you have an upcoming move

Let us know during booking, and we’ll take items or furniture you don’t want (with a few restrictions) as donations. 

Not only is it one less thing you have to worry about, but you’ll feel better knowing that it ended up in a much more useful place than a landfill.  

If you’re not moving but still want to help

There are still ways you can support FBWC and domestic violence survivors. Please consider giving in one of the following ways:


Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move


Trying to pack ahead for a move can be overwhelming. Depending on how many things you own, you may even feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do!

If you’re wondering where to start, read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack ahead before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our YouTube video series, Master Your Move

In the video interview and post below, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique background in claims which gives her great insight on how to pack for a move early to prevent damage.  She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them damage-claim free by knowing what to expect and what to do before a move.

So, read on to learn what and how to pack ahead of your movers’ arrival!

 

 

 

Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Pack Ahead of Time for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself.

It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for packing ahead of your move—and how to do it right so you don’t waste time or damage your stuff. 

1. Fold or Vacuum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (anything that’s not illegal or a safety liability). Lucky for you, that includes luggage and suitcases!

Instead of worrying about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel luggage and use it to pack clean clothes before your move. 

Your suitcase is much safer than a box, so this is a great way to protect any fabric that is thin, beaded, fringed, delicate, or otherwise expensive. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase.

Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

2. Use Towels to Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

Contrary to what some YouTubers say, if you’re wondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea.

Newspapers are often way too thin to keep dishes from rattling around, then chipping or breaking. So, Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box FRAGILE as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”

—Norma 

3. Color-Code Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move.

Movers find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it up a notch and also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination.

Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the rooms with the matching box numbers.

4. How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains.

“We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

If you have to move a potted plant, invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat because you’ll probably have to move it in your vehicle. 

5. Disassemble & Pack Your Lamps Early

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and take them all apart. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable or small parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces long before your movers arrive. 

6. Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simple to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before your move will make it easier for movers to stow it on the truck

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let just anyone do it.  If you can’t do it on your own, we highly suggest getting a representative or contractor from the manufacturing company to reassemble child beds, playgrounds, dressers, and more.

Movers are people too, and lots of people are allergic to pets.

To make your move go faster, make sure pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc—are clean and disassembled/ folded if possible.

The cleaning part is especially important. 

Even so-called hypoallergenic pet breeds carry allergens that can cause an attack in people who are allergic. 

You don’t want a mover to have an allergic reaction or have to pause your move while you pay by the hour.  

7. Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 

 

Packing Don’ts: Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than normal.

Poor packing can alsoresult in damages that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

1. Having Open Boxes Lying Around 

Having open boxes is a big no-no.

Why?

Movers are coming into your home to work quickly

If you haven’t reserved packing services—which is best done before movers arrive—it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes.

Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages.

Additionally, not all professional movers are also trained in proper packing techniques. (At 3 Men Movers, we train all of our crews to pack the right way, but you’ll need to ask your preferred company about their procedures.)

Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move

Whenever possible, try to disassemble any pieces that are oddly shaped and won’t fit in a basic moving box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

2. Keeping Your Clothes In Dresser Drawers 

Despite the fact that this is a huge ‘don’t’, unfortunately, many people do this a lot

In fact, other less-experienced or less-careful movers may even tell you it’s ok to leave your clothing inside of dresser drawers.  But our response will always be the same: avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers.

This is an accident waiting to happen because anything that most people keep in a dresser (like jewelry, perfume bottles, clothing, etc) can all get ripped, broken, or even fall in the dreaded, hard-to-reach nether-space behind the drawers.

Norma sums up the problem simply:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering [a dresser]—to where they have to turn it on its side—all the weight falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages. Not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is… It could break; jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and get damaged, as well.” 

—Norma

You might think it’s easier than taking all your clothes out and folding them again later, but that’s only true if there are no damages in the moving process! 

3. Leaving Jewelry or Fragile Items Loose

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, but on certain conditions:

  • Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside
  • Remove jewelry or watches and place them in a lined or wrapped box with a hard exterior that can protect it from heavy pressure or bumps
  • Make sure your jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly

4. Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

5. Using Cheap, Flimsy Boxes & Packing Materials

While it should be everyone’s goal to keep moving expenses down, avoid cheap packing materials at all costs.

Not only are cheap boxes more difficult for movers and packers to work with, but they’ll also slow down your move and can contribute to damages. 

If you’re packing by yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they definitely won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items.

And, flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big (or expensive) stuff!

Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted or getting crushed from above by something heavy.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

6. Using Bags to Pack Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes definitely won’t protect your items when being transported.

Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box. 

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes.

Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it maximizes space and ensures your items don’t bump or fall around in the truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast, Damag Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest, easiest move ever. Not to mention your movers will adore you for being so well-prepared. 

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you?

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need.

They’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot!

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Here’s How to Make Moving Somewhere New Less Scary


 

So you want to move somewhere completely new where you don’t have any connections?  

Well, there’s a wrong way and a right way to fulfill your desire of moving somewhere else alone. Below, we break down what you need to know before you go, and why.

Moving to a New City or State? Consider These Things First

The last thing you need is to be afraid or caught off-guard by unexpected challenges. Before you load up a moving truck with everything you own, make sure you investigate everything that will impact your life and happiness in a brand-new city.

If You’ve Never Lived There

Desiring to relocate elsewhere and start over can seem thrilling. But if you’ve never lived there, haven’t even visited, or if you have no family/friends waiting, picturing your new life can conjure dreamy illusions not based in reality. 

To know the real deal, you’ll need to look into things like:

  • Influential cultures/subcultures, politics, or policies. It may not be obvious now, but the general pace, attitudes, and demographics of a new place will have a tremendous impact on your longterm happiness. Plenty of people who are used to a way of life may find it hard to adjust to something new. Whatever preconceived notion you had of the place you want to move to, your new discoveries about it may be super interesting or extremely off-putting. 
  • Climate, weather, and seasonality.  This is crucial if you hate certain weather extremes. Note: climate is general and is defined as “the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long time period.”  For example, Texas is known for its scorching, humid summers, heavy and sometimes dangerous rainfall, and lack of four distinct seasons. (Unless you count allergy season by itself). People with a strong preference for mild or colder climates or individuals with medical conditions triggered by heat definitely shouldn’t move here on a whim! The same logic applies if you have a severe respiratory disease… You probably should investigate if your desired city has heavy air pollution. 
  • Check transportation routes. When you’re looking for a place to live, transportation is a key factor in getting to a job or important services. No matter if you’re house- or apartment-hunting if you plan on commuting, use Google Maps or Quora to find out where the major traffic areas, interstates, highways, or public transportation routes are. While you’re at it, see what’s nearby in terms of grocery stores, hospitals, urgent care clinics, shopping centers, public facilities, or entertainment. 

 

If You Don’t Already Have a Job 

Not having a job lined up wherever you plan to relocate can make things more difficult, but it’s certainly not an automatic failure. 

If you’re trying to land a gig in your new locale, do this before you move:

  • Check out the local job market. Depending on where you live, some industries have a stronger presence than others. It’s up to you to find out which fields, occupations, and skills are more in-demand in the new place you want to move. Roles for a marine biologist or scuba instructor may not exactly be abundant if you want to move to a landlocked city or state with no coastline or beach. 
  • Build your network online. What skills do you need to work on to get the job you want? Of course, you’ll need to polish your professional presence—resumes, curriculum vitae, portfolios, etc. Get copies of any transcripts, diplomas, or certificates before you move. Then, the hustle begins: Join professional groups or meetups (Facebook is fantastic for this), establish yourself on LinkedIn and post regularly while reaching out to former colleagues, professional acquaintances, and new connections. This will help increase your online visibility to recruiters and employers needing to fill a role. Research job opportunities and apply online directly with the company you’re checking out. Ask anyone you know who lives there to keep an eye out for roles that fit your skillset. It will also help you help others who are looking for new opportunities you come across but don’t want; they will likely appreciate it and return the favor when necessary. Check into larger employers or startups based there because they’ll often have more roles to fill. 
  • Gain a new skill or trade. Trade schools, internet-based certifications, and online courses from colleges and universities have made it easier than ever to develop an existing competency or gain a new skill. If you don’t already have a role in the city you’ve moved to, focus on one of these methods to get the background knowledge for a new job. Also, consider getting a freelance hustle in the gig economy in case you need to temporarily make ends meet. 

If You Have Pets or Children

Ok, so you’re not exactly alone if you’re bringing pets or kids along to a different city or state… However, if you are alone, then you’re definitely the breadwinner. 

Here are some super important things that parents and pet owners should look into before moving somewhere unfamiliar:

For pet parents: Check your residential pet policy.

  • It’s more than just paying pet rent. Some homeowner’s associations (HOAs), many home insurance companies, apartment complexes, and even cities/counties have policies that ban certain animals, including specific dog breeds and mixes. Although there is much controversy over these breed restrictions, certain entities like apartment complexes and rentals, reserve the right to enforce any lease bans on what they deem “aggressive breeds.”
  • Even if you don’t have an aggressive breed as outlined in the contract, another neighbor could. If the thought of it makes you uneasy, it should. Terms of the other tenant’s lease are only known and enforceable by the landlord. So, it’s at their discretion to give them the boot, and you won’t have a say if a dispute arises over an unfriendly pet.
  • Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance companies often have long, arbitrary dog blacklists, too.  Many smaller cities, homeowner associations (HOAs), and apartment complexes have breed restrictions as well. Unfortunately, many people don’t consider this or even ask about pet policies when they move somewhere new.  If your pup is considered a prohibited breed or has a history of biting, you often can’t get renter’s or homeowner’s insurance coverage, so check into this before moving.
  • If your dog is deemed an aggressive breed and harms someone? You’re facing 100% liability for the resulting costs because it won’t be covered by an insurer. You can try to get an exception, have the dog excluded from the policy, or search for another insurer. More exotic pets (like snakes or meat-eating reptiles) are typically excluded from homeowners and renter’s insurance, altogether.

For parents of children: Dig into school district ratings.

  • Education is a crucial part of childhood development. If you have children in primary school, you’ll want to research the best school districts where you’re planning to move and make sure you’re legally zoned to those districts.
  • Find the answers to important questions about the districts and any specific schools you’re eyeing. What are their ratings and why? What are the policies, programs, and track records of the schools? What are students and other parents saying about the school? It will have a big influence on where you choose to live.
  • For those in secondary schools, focus on any interests your kids have that are reflected in the academic or extracurricular activities. For instance, if your daughter is adamant about becoming a pediatrician, look for schools that emphasize science exposure. Getting credit for certain advanced high school-level courses can help offset your child’s college tuition costs later. Depending on any training programs that your child completes, they could possibly graduate high school with a professional certification! Join online parental groups and check local news sources to get the real scoop on the state of childhood education before you move. 

If You’re Single or Simply Don’t Know Anyone

Single? Looking for friends? 

Stop us if this starts to sound like a dating ad, but you’re going to have to work harder to get to know a new place so it’s not so intimidating. 

If you’re moving and don’t know anyone:

  • Read up on the neighborhoods. Most cities are unofficially separated into different neighborhoods. The upscale suburbs, the newly renovated and gentrified areas, urban enclaves, tourist traps, where to get the best shopping, food, business or industrial connections… You name it. If you’re excited to explore a new city, get to know where you want to hang outwhere you want to live, and if you want those two to actually be the same place or separate. Can you handle living around an area with frequent noise? What about the quieter family-oriented suburbs? Do you want your amenities within walking distance or do you prefer to live on the outskirts and see the stars? 
  • Check crime rate & response times. When you’re alone in a new city you don’t know very well, safety should be at the forefront of your decision. This also goes back to the first point: know where your nearest hospitals, ER, and urgent care centers are near your new spot . What’s the average first responder time? What do the crime rate and density look like by neighborhood or zip code? There are lots of deceptively attractive areas you’ll see in the daytime that actually have surprising crime rates. Whether it’s break-ins, burglaries, juvenile mischief, or even violent crime, you need to know before you make the commitment. Get the real deal from real residents using apartment review pages and sites like Nextdoor.com for neighborhoods. 

If You’re Buying a Home There

House-hunting means you’re seriously thinking about settling in a new place. If you’ve never lived there before and never bought a house, you’ll want to look out for these things specifically:

  • What are local and state taxes like? What about insurance? What are the property taxes and insurance rates in your new desired location? Are they higher than what you’re paying now (or more than what you’d be willing to pay)? Don’t stop at digging into the property taxes, but find out if your new destination requires state income taxes, too. 
  • Before closing, check Mother Nature. Are you moving to an area notorious for flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, etc? If you’re eyeing a move to a new place with a reputation for natural disasters, this should be at the top of your FAQs when looking for a new home. Real estate agents should be able to help answer these questions while steering clear of anything that gives you pause. Likewise, it’s best if you’re upfront about your concerns right away.
  • Find the nearest fire department. Not only will this help you save on home insurance costs, but you’ll feel safer knowing that trained firefighters aren’t far away if you ever need them.
  • Locate nearby noise-makers and potential hazards. Unfortunately, some people don’t even think about this until they’re trying to sleep or get to work and a train abruptly and very loudly interrupts them… Or when that nearby airport activity constantly jams up their WiFi and cell phone signals. The dangers of living near an outdoor gun range or an unofficial outdoor shooting practice area are obvious.  Airports, railroads, shooting ranges, etc… these are things to avoid when house-hunting somewhere you’ve never been before. Make sure you notify any realtor you’re working with, too, of these deal-breakers.

Get Ready to Start Over Somewhere New. Fearlessly.

Lots of people find it too intimidating to even consider heading off alone. 

(Meanwhile, other folks do the exact opposite, diving in headfirst to the prospect without planning at all). Both mindsets can end up regretting “what could have been.”

It can seem exciting to move to a place you’ve never lived in. It can also prove challenging if you don’t check out this critical information first. 

Now, you don’t have to let any of that stop you!