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Aug
10

5 Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

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Moving BoxesNo matter what the circumstance is, downsizing to a smaller home is always an adjustment but by making some small changes before the move can set you up for an easier adjustment period. Our experienced team of movers have put together their best tips for handling this adjustment to help you downsize to a smaller home.

TIP ONE: PLAN AHEAD

Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing and organizing for your move. Since you will be downsizing, there will be items that won’t be needed in your new space and items that just don’t fit. Make a plan as early as possible so you can figure out what you’re going to do with these items and how you’re going to pack up the item you’ll be keeping. Don’t wait until you have moved in to your new space to go through all of your belongings – it’ll save you from unnecessary headache and will save you money.

TIP TWO: GET AN OBJECTIVE OPINION

When you’re going through all of the item you’re going to keep, donate, and trash, bring in someone close to you that can keep an objective opinion. Sometimes when you’re going through your own personal belongings, it’s hard to keep an objective opinion about whether or not you truly need an item. By bringing someone else in to give a helping hand, it allows you to get rid of the items that you likely wouldn’t have used in the next ten years.

TIP THREE: DE-CLUTTER

When downsizing, think about the items you want to take with you. Just because you might have space for it, doesn’t mean it’s necessary to have a bunch of stuff laying around. The easiest way to de-clutter but keep those necessary items is to think about how it’s being stored. Mount your TV to the wall instead of having it on a TV stand, purchase a printer that has Wi-Fi capabilities to eliminate extra wires, and have a storage bench at your kitchen table instead of a regular bench so you can store items out of plain site.

There are numerous ways to de-clutter and reuse your belongings in nontraditional ways to keep the clutter at bay.

TIP FOUR: AVOID PACKING ALL IN ONE GO

The easiest way to stress yourself out about a big move is trying to tackle your plans and packing in one go. Break up each step in the moving process into weeks and determine what goal you want to set for each week to help break up the process. Over time, things will get done little by little at an organized rate instead of in a short period of time with your current home becoming a disaster zone.

TIP FIVE: FIND THE RIGHT MOVING COMPANY

Other than finding a new home to live in and signing the papers, the most important step in the moving process is figuring out your plans for the actual move. Are you going to have a group of friends help you move your belongings from point A to point B? Are you going to be renting a moving truck and making multiple trips? Is it best to just hire someone so you don’t have to worry about moving all of your belongings into your new place?

Deciding on the right mode of moving for you and finding the right moving company can make a huge difference in your moving experience.

For all of your local and long distance moving needs, A-Z Express Movers is here to help! Call us at (603) 893-5060 to make an appointment or request a quote!

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Jun
06

Tips For Choosing A Local Moving Company

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man lifting boxAs most homeowners can attest, moving can be a complicated process, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it stress you out. Set aside some time for yourself to do some research to prevent any moving scams and decrease the stress that comes with a local move. A-Z Express Movers has put together a few tips to help prevent a stressful move!

  • As you begin looking for a moving company, talk to your friends and see who they have used. A respected company is going to have happy customers who are willing to share their experience. Look for review websites and the moving company’s social media profiles for more opinions.
  • Speak with a trusted advisor, like a real estate agent or contractor, who work with moving companies on a day to day basis. They can provide you with their professional opinion on the companies you bring to them.
  • For each moving company you are considering, contact each one to get their legal name and ‘doing business as’ name, DOT and MC license numbers and the number of years they’ve been in business. With this information, you can then go to FMCSA resources to ensure that the companies are federally licensed.

Receiving Moving Estimates

A legitimate moving company will provide you with an in-home estimate for your upcoming move. Be sure that you show every room, space or nook and cranny to ensure there are no surprise fees come moving day.

Avoiding Moving Scams

Moving scams happen more often than you think-about 3,000 Americans a year will be scammed by a moving company. Be on the lookout for the following red flags as you make your way through the moving process:

  • Don’t provide a deposit before your belongings are moved
  • Ensure that they have a physical address
  • Check their qualifications with companies like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)

If you have an upcoming move and are looking for a trusted and local company, look no further than A-Z Express Movers! We provide nothing, but the best when it comes to our moving and packing services. Receive a quote today by calling us at 603-893-5060 or by filling out our online form

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May
22

Organize Your Children’s Things Before You Move

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messy roomAs anyone with children knows, doing certain activities with them can be a bit of a challenge! What can be even more challenging is packing up their belongings for an upcoming move and the purging that comes with packing. A-Z Express Movers have put together a few suggestions to make this transition easier on you and your children.

  • For the most part, kids love feeling like they are being treated like an adult. Ask them for their help and that their job is to help you put their toys into different piles. Create three boxes: donate, keep and toss and have your kids start putting toys into the boxes. Only keep the toys that your kids use and like the most. Anything else can either be donated or thrown out.
  • For the toys that you’ll be holding onto, create subcategories for them. All of the crafts should stay together, characters in another pile and so on and so forth. You most likely will end up with a pile of random toys and that’s ok! Put each category in its own box or container to keep them organized.
  • For the leftover toys that haven’t been categorized, try to donate or throw these out. If you’re not ready to get rid of them just yet, put them in a separate bag and keep stored away from the keepers. Come back to these toys once you’re all moved and unpacked and see if you’d like to hold on to them after all.
  • Your child might be a little upset that he/she has to part with toys to be donated. Say something along the lines of, “We’re going to be donating these toys to children who might not be able to buy toys. Do you want to help by putting the toys you don’t use in this box?”
  • If your child is in elementary school, have them practice writing by creating the labels for their boxes. The more specific you can be with dividing and labeling, the easier it will be when you are unpacking.

For more packing tips or information about our moving services to or from Lowell MA, contact our moving company online or by calling us at 978-453-9040.

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May
16

Tips for Preparing for Your NH Moving Company

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Moving to and from New Hampshire can be a hassle, especially when you have a lot of belongings and furniture that needs to come with you. Whether you’re relocating to a house in Lowell, MA or just to the next town over in Salem, each move is different! A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has put together a list of things you can do before your local moving company arrives on the big day.

  • As you start packing up your belongings, put aside any items you know you don’t want or need anymore. Over time, things can accumulate and you just don’t have the time to get rid of them. Moving is a fresh start so don’t include any unwanted items in that fresh start! Make a pile for donation, sell and junk to help determine where items will go.
  • Depending on your family, moving can be daunting and stressing. If you have children, they may be switching schools or their schedule, which can be chaotic for them. You may have to take time off from work for your move as well. Schedule a family meeting to go over a plan of action to ensure that everyone is on the same page, coming moving day.
  • When you begin to pack, make sure to mark the boxes or containers with either which room they’ll be going in or what’s in them. This will make it easier for you and the movers to organize boxes in your new home and ensure they’re in the right room.

Avoid a stressful move by planning ahead with your family and moving company! For more moving tips or to learn about our moving services, contact A-Z Express Movers at 978-453-9040 or by filling out our online form.

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May
02

What Else Can I Use to Pack up My Home?

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suitcasesWhen it comes to your long distance or local move, most Lowell & Dracut residents turn to cardboard boxes for packing. While they’re usually the most popular choice, there are other options for packing up your belongings. A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has been put together a list of environmentally friendly alternatives than cardboard boxes for your big moving day!

  • When it comes to packing your clothes, suitcases might not necessarily be a new idea, but you can also use them to pack up other items you own. Things like papers, small appliances or serving ware are great examples of what you can pack away in your suitcase. You’ll be able to wheel these items in and out of your new home without having to do any heavy lifting!
  • If you have any oversized totes, use these for kitchen utensils, picture frames, knick-knacks and any other miscellaneous items. Be sure to wrap these items in bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent damage.
  • If you have a home office that needs to be packed up, use any briefcases you have for laptops, important documents, etc. When you’re unpacking, it will be easy to identify which room it goes in since it’ll be in a briefcase!
  • If you own any ottomans or bed frames with drawers, store your bedding materials in here. You don’t want to make these items too heavy, which is why sheets, pillows and blankets are great things to store here.

Go green and pack up your belongings with the items mentioned above! If you need more packing tips or are interested in learning more about our local moving services, contact our experienced moving company! A-Z Express Movers, Inc. can be reached by calling 978-453-9040 or by filling out our online form.

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Apr
24

Homeowners Moving Checklist

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moving boxesFor New Hampshire residents who have decided to make the jump from renting to purchasing a home, you may not know where to begin. Our full service moving company understands the difficulty that comes with being a first-time homeowner, which is why we’ve put together some tips for you!

Not only will you want to clean your new home, but you’ll need to clean your apartment as well to ensure you receive your security deposit back. Wash down all cabinets, light fixtures, counter tops and plumbing fixtures. Sweep and mop all hardwood or tile flooring throughout your apartment. For any tough stains, contact a professional company to have your carpets deep cleaned.

At your new home, you’re going to want to have a few inspections done throughout your property. Here are a few things you should have looked at:

  • HVAC system
  • Home and yard for rodents or insects
  • Contact your utility company to ensure they have your new address

If you have an upcoming move to a new home and are looking for professional moving services, contact A-Z Express Movers, Inc. today! We can provide you with a free quote by calling (603) 893-5060 or by filling out our online form.

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Mar
29

Tips for Your Out of State Move

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moving boxesFor NH or MA residents that have decided to pack up and move their things across state borders, believe it or not, but that’s the easy part. Like all moves, a move across state lines can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! As a professional moving company, A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has a few tips to ensure your long-distance move goes as smoothly as it can!

  • Before you make the actual move, you’re going to need to create a plan that will include how it will be organized. Things to think about are your budget, can you use your own car or do you need to rent a truck to move things or should you hire movers? It’s important to figure out these things beforehand so you’re not stuck in a pickle come the day of your move.
  • Because an out-of-state move is typically more expensive, take inventory of all your belongings and see if there are things you can get rid of, sell or donate. This is a good time to downsize and really purge any belongings you know you don’t need, like that book report from the 5th grade. For any items you can sell, use that money towards your move!
  • If you’re hiring movers, be sure to ask questions about anything and everything! It’s best to have too much information about things like a time frame, price, etc. than not enough information come your moving day.

Like any other move, hiring a professional moving company takes any unnecessary stress off of you and your family on the big day. With years of out of state moves, A-Z Express Movers has the experience to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re moving from Lowell MA to Salem NH or vice versa, our expert movers will take care of all your moving needs! To receive a long-distance move quote, call us at 978-453-9040 or fill out our online form.

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Jan
30

Packing, Moving and Storing a Painting

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fragile boxFor art lovers with an upcoming move and are unsure of how their pieces should be packed, shipped and stored, A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has a few suggestions for you!

Packing a Painting

Before you move the piece of art, you’ll want to ensure that it is packed properly. To protect the finish and to keep it clean, wrap the painting in plastic. Use Styrofoam to seal the painting and its frame. You can even build a Styrofoam box to keep it extra safe during the move. Once you have Styrofoamed your painting, place it into a tightfitting carboard box. If there is any empty space in the box, fill with bubble pack to avoid any damage to the painting.

Transporting a Painting

Now that your painting has been safely packed, it’s time to get moving! Here are a few tips if you will be moving the painting yourself:

  • Anticipate a lot of braking on the drive. Ensure that your painting won’t be bouncing around if you have to suddenly brake.
  • Make sure that the painting is on an edge when transporting. If you lay it flat, you run the risk of someone or something falling or sitting on it, resulting in damage.
  • If you have no other option but to lay the painting flat, put it up against something solid in the event you have to brake quickly. You can also add a blanket or pillow for additional protection.

Storing a Painting

Congrats! Your painting is now packed and transported to your new home. Now what?

  • Keep your artwork stored somewhere where the temperature is consistent and the humidity isn’t too bad. Avoid your attic or basement at all costs.
  • Because frames and canvases can absorb wetness from the concrete and other surfaces, lay your painting on a rack to keep it off the ground.
  • Keep paintings covered or in their packaging to prevent direct sunlight from fading canvas colors.

When it comes to safely packing, transporting and storing a painting, your best bet is to hire a professional moving company to assist you! A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has years of experience with specialty moving services, especially with the transporting of pieces of art. Moving can be stressful as it is so don’t worry about additional stress with moving expensive paintings. For more information or to receive a quote, contact A-Z Express Movers, Inc. by calling us at 603-893-5060 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Jan
20

Specialty Moving Services in NH & MA

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A-Z Express Movers, Inc. are happy to provide the residents of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts with our specialty moving services. We offer nothing but the best when it comes to our customer service for your unique moving needs.

moversOur full service moving company is made up of a team of highly skilled professionals that have been handling items of all shapes and sizes for years. Whether it’s a piano or your personal gym set, we’ll generate a custom plan to ensure your items get to their final destination unharmed and on your timeline.

We Provide Specialty Moving Services for the Following Items:

  • Refrigerators
  • Pianos
  • Gym Sets
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Pool Tables
  • Electronic Appliances
  • Mirrors
  • Antiques
  • Paintings
  • Delicate Pieces of Furniture
  • And Anything Else You May Have!

When it comes to choosing the best for your next specialty move, there’s no one like A-Z Express Movers, Inc. To learn more about our moving services or to receive a quote on your next move, contact us today! We can be reached by filling out our online form or by calling us at 603-893-5060.

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Dec
07

Tips For a Winter Move

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Usually, when people think of a time to move, it’s usually between May and September, but the winter can actually be a great time to schedule your next move! It’s not a very popular time for house hunting so you’ll most likely get a good deal on a place and you can save on your moving expenses. The downfall to moving in the winter is that New England weather is unpredictable. It can be sunny one minute and the next we’re in the middle of a blizzard. A-Z Express Movers, Inc. has a few safe tips for your cold weather move!

  • As your moving date approaches, keep an eye on the weather and any reports. Look for incoming storm fronts that could hinder your move. Along with the weather, keep an eye on your local traffic reports. Try to avoid high traffic streets during winter weather to ensure you and your belongings arrive to your new home safely.
  • Keep your winter items, like your shovel, scraper and salt, unpacked and in your car with you. If there was a recent snowfall, you might have to shovel a path to and from your new home. To prevent any slippery accidents, throw salt down to keep yourself and moving company safe.
  • Hiring a professional moving company has benefits for moves in the fall, but it has even greater benefits in the winter. You’ll be moving in not so ideal conditions so hiring professionals to do this will only benefit you.
  • Be sure to dress in layers so that you can regulate your body temperature. You may be cold at first, but in time, you’ll work up a sweat and need to shed some layers.
  • Keep towels handy to wipe down any areas or boxes that get dirty or wet from snow. This will help to keep dripping boxes at bay and prevent any accidents.

If you are interested in hiring a professional company for your upcoming winter move, contact the experts at A-Z Express Movers, Inc.! We can be reached by calling 603-893-5060 or by filling out our online contact form.

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