Decluttering Your House: How to Get Rid of Things You No Longer Want in Austin


If some days you look around and realize your house is too cluttered, you’re not alone. We all have things we just don’t use anymore, and yet we allow them to continue to sit in our house, closet, or garage, day in and day out, simply taking up space. You know that treadmill you haven’t turned on since 2002 and now just acts as a clothes rack? Or maybe that outfit you bought three years ago but still haven’t found an occasion to wear it? Well, how about setting aside some time in the next month and getting rid of that stuff once and for all? It will give you more space, and it will feel great to finally get rid of it! And if you plan on moving soon, think about how much easier your move will go when you have fewer things for your Austin movers to load up and transport. Here’s how to get started on getting rid of items you don’t need.

Keep It in the Family (or At Least Within Your Circle of Friends)

Maybe you’ve finally come to terms with the fact that you’re probably not ever going to step on that treadmill again…but your sister–who has been trying to get in shape–just might! After all, one person’s “trash” is another person’s treasure.

So as you go through the things you don’t want, think about friends and family members who might be able to use some of them. Maybe you have a perfectly good set of pots and pans you never cook with, and your best friend–who’s just getting into cooking more lately–would love them.

Or perhaps your son’s old clothes would be perfect for your neighbor’s younger son. Whether you donate your unwanted items to friends and family or sell them at a super low price, keeping them within your circle is a great way to help out loved ones while getting rid of things you no longer need.

Make Some Money While Downsizing

If no one you know wants your belongings, another option is to sell them. Among the easiest ways to do this is to take pictures and put them on Facebook Marketplace, or any local Austin Facebook groups that let members buy and sell. In fact, there are a few groups that are specifically for buying and selling in the Austin area. Similarly, you can post your items for sale on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

If you prefer to sell your items in person rather than online, consider going to a local resale store. For example, you can get money for your used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories at the Plato’s Closet in South Austin.

If you have furniture or household items to sell, head to consignment stores that take these items. Design with Consignment is one example of this kind of store in Austin. This way, you get your unwanted belongings off your hands–making more room in your home–and you make a little money at the same time!

As nice as it is to make some extra cash when downsizing, it’s not always a practical endeavor. Maybe you don’t have time to take pictures and write a description for every item you have so you can sell online, and you don’t want to spend your Saturday at the local consignment store. In this case, donating is a good idea.

In fact, since donations are usually tax-deductible, this tactic can be just as profitable as selling your stuff, especially if you usually owe at tax time. So head to the Austin Goodwill or Salvation Army to make your donations as you downsize. Most locations can even pick up your items if you can’t transport them yourself.

You can also donate gently used professional attire to Dress for Success, as they’re often looking for free clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This way, you know you’re helping a good cause while making more room in your home.

Throw Out Old Items

You know that saying, “when in doubt, throw it out?” Well, it applies here! If you know you don’t use it, and no one you know want wants or needs it, it’s probably time to just throw it away.

This is particularly true of stained or torn clothing and shoes, ripped up furniture and broken household appliances. If you’re having trouble getting rid of items you want to throw out, you can contact LoadUp in Austin to come pick up your junk.

Following these tips can help you get rid of anything you don’t need in your house. And if the reason you’re trying to declutter is that you plan on moving in Austin soon, contact us to schedule Austin movers to come help you from start to finish on moving day!


8 Ways We Protect Your Home and Furniture Like It’s Ours


Moving can be tricky. Maneuvering heavy things through doors they barely fit through, deciding if you really can carry that box of books another 15 feet without getting a hernia, and awkwardly pivoting that 7-foot couch around a winding staircase. Even though it’s a hilarious scene, the image of Ross from Friends screaming “pivot, pivot!” is symbolic of how trying to move large furniture yourself can turn out. It’s funny to watch on TV, but not to actually live out on moving day!

That’s a major reason people hire movers. After all, if you’re hiring professional movers in San Antonio, you want to rest assured they are going to make your moving day less stressful by moving efficiently, protecting your things, and making sure everything gets to your new destination safe and sound. So what does 3 Men Movers San Antonio include in your move to make that happen? Here’s how we protect your belongings:

1. Initial walkthrough: Our Crew Leader will do a walk-through of your home before the clock even starts, taking inventory of what you have and notating with you on their iPad if anything is already chipped or damaged before the move (Think similar to what you do with a rental car before you take it over).

2. Red carpet treatment: Our “red carpet treatment” can be taken literally, as we actually bring neoprene floor runners that go down prior to the move to protect your floors from any damage while your furniture is being moved on dollies. It’s also there to prevent the possibility of any mud, water, or grass dirtying up your floors from shoes. We definitely don’t want cleaning your floor to get added to your to-do list on moving day!

3. Protecting your things: We bring our own shrink wrap and blankets to wrap and protect your furniture from any damages or nicks during the move. We’ll also unwrap it at the final destination.

4. Bringing tools: We bring a multitude of transport tools so we can take your things from point A to point B in the safest way possible!

5. Loading your belongings carefully: We believe in strategy. This means we will develop a plan before we load your things, and not just toss things in as we go. One of our values here at 3 Men Movers is to treat your things like we would our own. You’ll be amazed how perfectly stacked everything will look when we’re done.

6. Final walkthrough: We will do one last walk-through with you before the moving truck departs to make sure we got everything you wanted us to take.

furniture reassembly

7. Transporting your things safely: Furniture is then tied off inside the moving truck to make sure it won’t shift or fall over at any point during the transport. That’s an important step if you like your furniture the way it is now.

8. Benefits just because: We will disassemble and reassemble your furniture–like your bed frames and tables. We will also move your furniture over and over again, so that you kind find the perfect feng shui.

Are you convinced yet that our San Antonio movers we can make this day easier for you? Just as an added bonus, if anything happens, we will work with you on a solution and go above the standard Texas claim rate of 60 cents per pound. We believe in accountability, so every one of our clients has a number to call and a person to talk to in the event something goes wrong.

We want you to sleep soundly the night before you move knowing that with 3 Men Movers, your belongings are in the right hands! Book online or contact us to get your move scheduled.


Items Our Movers Can’t Put on the Moving Truck and Why


Professional movers can make your move easy by packing up your belongings and driving them to your new home on moving day. However, as you finish packing, keep in mind that there are some types of items your movers cannot put in the moving truck. That’s because safety is among our top priorities, and some items simply cannot be safely transported in a truck. So before moving day gets here, take a look at what our movers can’t move for you.

Dangerous Items

Some things just aren’t safe to pack into a moving truck, as they could end up hurting our movers and anyone on the road. Items that aren’t safe for us to move include:

  • Oil
  • Gas/Fuel and Lighter Fluid
  • Pesticides
  • Cans of paint
  • Guns and weapons
  • Live ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Bleach, Ammonia, nail polish remover, or other strong cleaning fluids

Not only is it dangerous to move these items, but in many cases, it’s against the law. So just don’t try packing these. Instead, you can look into the safety of transporting them yourself, or perhaps just safely dispose of them and then buy replacements when you get to your new home.

Pets

This should come as no surprise, but experienced movers won’t put animals in the back of the moving truck. It’s just not safe for them back there. Not only is it not comfortable like a car is, but you also need to keep them in plain sight to ensure nothing falls on them on the way to your new home.

For this reason, you should transport your pets on your own. If you don’t plan on driving to your new home, you’ll have to make arrangements for someone else to drive them. And of course, if you’re moving with pets and your new home is too far away to drive to, plan on putting them on a plane–making sure to read up on the airline’s rules of transporting your pets by air first.

Valuables and Irreplaceable Items

Our movers will happily transport everything from your couch and bed to your TV and all your kitchen appliances. But we’ve found that irreplaceable items–like your great grandma’s super fragile teacups and your photo albums chock full of snapshots of great memories–would be better off going with you in your car. The same goes for any medications you need, and items that would be time-consuming or expensive to replace–like passports, credit cards and jewelry.

Basically, anything that you don’t want even the smallest risk of losing or breaking should not be put on a moving truck. We do have insurance to ensure you can replace any items on the off chance they’re damaged during the move…but that won’t help you get back mementos that money can’t buy! So it’s best to err on the side of caution by packing valuables and sentimental items into your vehicle.

Loose Items

Finally, our movers can’t transport loose items during the move, so if you want anything moved, you should put it in a box. After all, boxing it up will keep it safe and less likely to get lost during the move. If you need help boxing up anything you’re bringing with you to your new home, let us know and we can arrange to provide you with our packing services.

If you’re ready to hire professional movers to assist you on moving day, contact us today!


Interstate Moving vs. Intrastate Moving: What’s The Difference?


When you call 3 Men Movers to get an estimate and start planning your move, one of the details we’ll need to know is whether you’re making an interstate or intrastate move.

So what’s the difference?

Interstate moves involve moving from one state to another, while intrastate moves occur within the same state.

So if you’re moving from Texas to Illinois, you need interstate movers.

If you’re moving from Dallas to El Paso, you need intrastate movers. And, while you could hire 3 Men Movers for either type of move, we mainly specialize in local moves.

If you’re trying to decide what type of movers to call for your interstate or intrastate move, here’s what you need to know.

How Intrastate Moving Works

Intrastate vs Interstate moving

If you only remember one thing about our movers, it’s that local moves are their jam.

Looking at the map above for us Texans, that means if you’re moving anywhere in and around Texas, it’s an intrastate move.

So if you’re moving from San Antonio to Austin, or Houston to Dallas, we’ve got you covered!

We even have moving offices in all those cities, though we can certainly move you to any other Texas city for your intrastate move, as well.

As experienced intrastate movers, we can beat the competition when it comes to pricing and speed.

We get most local moves done in one day, or at least overnight. That means when our movers show up to help you move in the morning, you could be sleeping in your new bed the same night!

We’ve had over 30 years in the moving industry to perfect our craft, so we’re pretty efficient at this point. So, when you need a speedy, affordable move within the state of Texas, we’d be happy to help you!

How Interstate Moving Works

If your move will cross state lines, you’re looking for interstate movers. Here’s where it gets a little tricky if you want to hire 3 Men Movers.

Now, if you’re moving from Texas to surrounding states, such as Louisiana or Oklahoma (any state in red on the map), it shouldn’t be a problem.

We’d be glad to offer our services at an affordable rate, considering this move probably wouldn’t take much longer than a move from Houston to El Paso.

But if you’re moving from Dallas to Chicago, or basically to any state that’s not next to Texas (every state that’s white on the map), you might want to look into moving companies that specialize in interstate moves.

Basically, you’ll want to look at some national van line companies. They operate differently than local movers, making them more cost-effective for long distances. They typically have a driver who simply operates the truck, rather than loading and unloading it, too.

That doesn’t mean you’re on your own when it comes to moving your stuff into the truck.

Usually, the agent for the van line has a hub in your city, and that company will load your items into the truck, at which point the truck driver will drive to your new home.

Along with moving all of the stuff inside of your home, you may also like to move one or all of your vehicles to avoid driving them or towing them yourself.

As far as your own vehicle is concerned, you may want to consider shipping it if:

  • Your move is really long-distance, as in over 900 miles
  • You have concerns about driving long distances for days—especially at night
  • Paying for gas, hotels, or simply putting additional wear-and-tear on your car is out of your budget
  • You or accompanying passengers have health issues that would make sitting for a looong time either uncomfortable or unsafe

When you factor in the cost of gas and the increased safety and convenience factors, shipping your car makes a lot of sense!

If you think that’s a route worth exploring, check out a car-shipping company like All America Auto Transport.

They’re a great option to transport and ship your vehicle safely, reliably, and at a reasonable rate!

When To Hire 3 Men Movers

So what makes van lines like this more affordable than moving companies like 3 Men Movers for interstate moves?

They don’t usually have to deadhead on the way back. (Deadheading means driving an empty truck back to the office after moving someone.)

Instead, they can often pick up another load on the way back, so their trip is a little more lucrative.

This, in turn, saves you money!

So can we do interstate moving? We can!

However, we’re probably not the cheapest since we send our whole crew, not just a driver, and we have to deadhead on the way back.

Some of our regular customers know this and still hire us for long-distance moves, since knowing they’re in good hands is worth any price.

Whether you need interstate movers or intrastate movers, 3 Men Movers can help.

We have offices in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas, so contact us today!

 


What Is a Certificate of Insurance?


If you’re moving out of or into an apartment or condo, the moving company you hire might need a Certificate of Insurance before moving day. If your movers don’t get one ahead of time, they might not be allowed to enter the property, which will delay your move. So as moving day approaches, make sure you know what a Certificate of Insurance is…unless you’re prepared for that awkward moment when your movers are not allowed to help you move! So here’s the rundown on the Certificate of Insurance.

What’s the Point of the Certificate of Insurance?

You know how important it is for your moving company to have insurance, right? It protects both you and the property you live in, which is why your apartment or condo’s property manager wants to see proof that your movers are properly insured. And that’s exactly what the Certificate of Insurance is, as it’s a document directly from the moving company’s insurance company.

What Information Does the Certificate of Insurance Include?

The Certificate of Insurance has to include specific facts that your property manager will want to know. For example, not only does it prove that your movers are insured, but it also shows that they are insured for that specific property, as it will include the address of the condo or apartment. It will also list the conditions in which the insurance coverage will be used. This way, the property manager knows that if the movers somehow damage the property during the move, the repairs will be covered by the moving company’s insurance policy.

What Happens If the Movers Damage the Property?

As careful as our movers are, we know that damage to the property is a possibility during any move. A moving crew might scratch a wall or scuff a floor, and we’re quick to take responsibility when this occurs. That’s why we have insurance! At 3 Men Movers, we meet the minimum state requirements of $1 million for general liability. If there is any damage to the property as you move in or out, you or the property manager can contact us and we will either pay for it directly or submit a claim with our insurance, depending on the total cost. Regardless, neither you nor your property manager will have to pay for the damage incurred during the move.

How Do You Know If You Need a Certificate of Insurance for Your Move?

Before you schedule your move with 3 Men Movers, ask your apartment or condo property manager if you need a Certificate of Insurance. Most require it and let you know this when you move in, so any paperwork you have from the complex should state whether or not this is a requirement. If it is, your paperwork should even include an example of how exactly the Certificate of Insurance needs to be filled out.

If you do need this certificate, let 3 Men Movers know when you schedule your move, as we will be sure to have it ready before moving day. If you don’t mention it ahead of time and your property manager asks us for one when we show up, your move could be delayed, as our movers will be barred from entering the building to help you move in or out. Imagine paying a crew of movers to stand on the grass and wait around for a while until the certificate can be obtained. Talk about a waste of time, which is just the worst on moving day!

If you want to know more about the Certificate of Insurance or are ready to schedule your Texas move, contact 3 Men Movers today to get a free quote.

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Watch Out For These 4 Main Triggers of Move Day Stress


You know moving is difficult, and that’s why you’ve hired movers to do the heavy lifting, (literally.)

So why are you still feeling stressed about the move? Shouldn’t you be sitting back with a glass of sweet tea, feeling good about your stress-free moving experience?

Apparently, that’s not a reality for most people. In fact, despite having over 30 years of moving experience, even our CEO was stressed about her recent move, and she had the best movers at her beck and call!

So why is moving stressful? Here are the top four reasons for move day stress.

1. Physical Exertion

Okay, everyone knows you’ll be stressed if you try to do the whole move without the help of a moving company. Moving is physically exhausting! But we’ve realized that while hiring movers can cut your physical work in half, you’re still bound to be stressed at some point.

That’s because even when movers wheel all the heavy items out of your house, you’re still going to be walking around, moving around boxes and smaller possessions. Maybe while your movers remove your fridge, you’re busy doing laps around the house, finding random items you forgot to pack. All that exertion adds up, especially when you’re used to sitting at a desk job and normally only log 5,000 steps on your Fitbit … on a good day! And that unexpected exertion leads to move day stress.

2. Extra Tasks

No matter how much physical help you have from your movers, you’re still going to end up exhausted from all the extra tasks that require mental focus. You have to schedule your move, and once that’s on the books, it’s time to start calling utility companies to cancel services at the old house and set them up at the new house.

Add these administrative tasks to your normal day — which probably involves working, taking care of kids or both — and it’s no wonder you’re stressed! Moving feels like a part-time job, and that’s even with help from a great moving company. And it’s not like you can outsource these tasks. You have to squeeze them into your day, which causes sleep deprivation … and that can lead to a compromised immune system and mood swings. In fact, many people get colds while moving, further increasing move day stress. So yeah, why is moving stressful? Probably because of all of this!

3. Added Stress on Relationships

Now you’re grouchy, haven’t slept, and you’re spending all your free time packing and making phone calls. It’s no surprise that your relationship is probably not thriving right now. In many cases, one person perceives the other as doing less than they should, causing arguments leading up to moving day.

So if you find yourself snapping at your significant other, don’t worry. It might not spell the end of the relationship. It just means your move is probably almost over, so wait a little bit before you decide to inform your SO that they will be getting kicked out of your new home before even moving in!

4. More Decisions to Make

Another reason for move day stress is that you’re making decisions all day. Even when you have terrific movers doing most of the work, they’re going to need some direction, and it’s going to come from you! So prepare to be pointing your finger to let movers know where to put furniture. Your brain will be exhausted for sure, especially if you’re also deprived of sleep, food, and free time.

Wrapping Up

Now you know why move day stress exists. So how can you try managing your stress when moving? Planning ahead helps, as you’ll need time to purge your house of items you don’t want to bring with you. And getting your move scheduled with a moving company will also help you achieve a stress-free moving day … or as close to that as possible! Contact 3 Men Movers today to get a quote.


6 Things Your Movers Want You To Know Before Move Day


You’ve found your new place (congrats!) and now it’s time to book your move.

Maybe you’ve never used professional movers or maybe you have, but it’s been a few years. Either way, we want to share expert information that our movers want you to know before your big day. You can always expect us to show up on your move day ready to hustle, but if we all start your move on the same page, we’ll arrive as strangers and leave as friends.

Here are the top 6 things your best moving-day buddies want you to know before the big move:

1. Carry important items with you

We encourage you to carry any expensive jewelry, cash, medicine and important papers (such as your passport) with you. Why? We never want to be at risk for misplacing any of your valuables and cause panic. As a matter of fact, it’s standard practice for our crews to alert our customers if they see cash or jewelry lying around. Here’s a true story – one of our customers couldn’t find her passport after her move and had to cancel her trip to Europe – turns out it was at the bottom of a box in labeled to go in her garage. Bottom line – we will all have more peace of mind when you keep expensive or irreplaceable possessions with you during your move.

2. Be ready to go (like really ready to go)

This one sounds easy but gets tricky as “ready to go” tends to be subjective. “Ready to go” for our movers means that when they arrive, your items will are already boxed, sealed and labeled. If you’re still tossing items in boxes and looking for the packing tape while the movers are trying to load the truck, just know that your move will take longer. If you realize at the last minute that you’re not ready, don’t panic! We can always add packing services to your move, just realize that it will be a separate cost.

3. Don’t leave drawers full of belongings

Please empty your desk and dresser drawers before moving day. It’s natural to think that your drawers are technically like “boxes” themselves, but moving heavy furniture is hard enough when it’s empty, so imagine how much heavier a dresser is when the drawers are full!

Keeping all your clothes in your dresser means it needs to be double-wrapped to ensure the full drawers do not slide open during transit.

If items like jewelry or clothing are left inside the dresser, they often shift around and can break, rip, or slide into the space behind the drawers. (And trust us, you don’t want to have to dismantle your dresser drawers just to find your favorite cologne or socks after a long day of moving!)

When thinking about desks, please understand that some items will shift around during transit—like you’re on an airplane—so it’s better to pack them safely within boxes.

Just try not to pack more than 20 to 25 pounds in each small box. And don’t forget to label your boxes! This is especially important when you’re packing fragile items that your movers need to handle with care.

4. You don’t have to tip—but it’s nice

Tipping is appreciated, but not required! If you think your moving company went above and beyond to give you a smooth move by handling your home and its belongings with respect, go ahead and tip 10-15% of your total.

But again, you are not obligated. Movers will appreciate a cold beverage and a respectful attitude on moving day just as much!

5. Make sure kids and pets are out of harm’s way

Keep your children and pets in a safe area during the move.

You know how hard it is to move quickly around little ones who are crawling or walking nearby. It’s even harder when you’re carrying large furniture that you can’t always see over.

Safety is important to movers, so just make sure they can move around easily without stepping on anyone while loading the truck.

6. Reserve that elevator

If you live in an apartment, try to reserve an elevator for your move day. Sharing the elevator with all your boxes and furniture isn’t the best way to become friendly with your new neighbors. Plus, your move will be delayed if the movers have to wait for the elevators to become clear and available. Save yourself money and stress, and talk to your front office about your options.

Wrapping Up

Overall, it’s important to remove any obstacles that could keep your movers from getting the job done quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Now that you’re aware of some ways to make your move go smoothly, feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Happy moving!