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4 Tips for Moving During the Holiday Season

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Moving can be a lot of work, but moving during the holiday season comes with its own set of challenges. There are some ways you can prepare to relocate during what’s already a crazy time of year. Here are four tips from the pros:

Tip #1: Book as Soon as Possible

The holidays are actually a busy time of year for moving companies. Kids are off school, people get vacation time, and the movers themselves have holiday commitments. The best way to get the schedule and timeline you need is to book your movers as soon as you can.

Tip #2: Pack Holiday Decorations Separately

Moving is hard, but moving into a new home without being able to decorate for the holidays can make it even more difficult. Pack your holiday decorations separately and mark them so you can open them first. Even a few familiar ornaments and some lights can make your new house feel like home.

Tip #3: Watch the Weather

Winter weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you pack extra coats and winter weather attire someplace it’s easily accessible. Should the weather turn colder, you don’t want to have your winter coats and sweaters stuck on a moving van or packed in a box you can’t find.

Tip #4: Keep an Eye on Your Budget

The holidays are an expensive time of year. If you’re paying to move at the same time you’re paying for holiday gifts, it can put you in a financial crunch. Be careful with both your gift and your moving budgets, so your finances don’t add to the stress.

Do you have to move during the holidays? Count on the moving professionals at Nilson Van and Storage to get you to your destination without taking away your holiday cheer. Contact them online today to schedule your move.

3 Things to Do When Relocating a Business

Moving A Business

If you are in the first steps of the business relocation process, you may be feeling overwhelmed. There are a lot of factors to consider, and it is often difficult to know who should handle which tasks and when. At Nilson Van & Storage, we have just the tips you need to ensure your business move goes off without a hitch. Keep reading for the three things you need to do when relocating a business.

#1: Start with a Moving Plan

Just like any process in your business, having a plan in place saves time and keeps everyone on the same page. Your employees need to know what their responsibilities are in the moving process up front and will also appreciate a timeline for the move. Being as organized and clear as you can in the beginning will keep the moving process running as smoothly as possible.

#2: Donate Any Office Equipment and Other Items You No Longer Need

The less equipment, furniture, and technology items you have to move, the better. Now is a good time to take a careful assessment of your business belongings and identify the items that are no longer in use. Being able to donate those items now will save you time and money and will help you to do something good for other small businesses or individuals who could benefit.

#3: Consider Hiring a Pro Moving Company

Want to know the absolute best thing you can do to ensure the success of your business move? Let the pros do it. It’s amazing how much easier and more organized the entire process will be when you have the experts make it happen for you. After all, you still have a company to run, so it’s unlikely you have the extra time or staff available to accomplish moving tasks correctly and in a timely fashion. By hiring a pro moving team, you can continue to focus your efforts on your business operations and growth—even during the move.

Connect with our team at Nilson Van & Storage online now or call 800-845-2682 to get services for your upcoming business relocation. Whether you need a free quote for your move, or just have some questions to ask, one of our friendly team members is happy to help.

Tips and Tricks on Packing Clothes for a Big Move

Packing Clothes

Finding efficient ways to pack your clothes away for your residential move will save you effort and headaches when it’s time to unpack at your new residence. Rather than having to dig through boxes, hoping to find what you need, you’ll know exactly which box holds your favorite sweater.

Here are the top tips and tricks from the team at Nilson Van & Storage for packing clothes like a pro:

#1: Get Rid of Anything You Aren’t Wearing

Moving is the perfect time to cut back on excess stuff. If you haven’t worn a clothing item in a year, get rid of it. It’s just taking up unnecessary space in your life! The less you have to pack away and move, the easier your job is, and the less clutter you will have in your new space.

#2: Make Sure Clothes Are Clean Before You Pack

The last thing you want is to open boxes of clothes at your new home and find they are stinky or dirty. Make sure you launder everything before it goes in a box.

#3: Pack Valuable Clothing Items in Garment Bags

Whether it’s a special gown or your grandmother’s fur stole, it’s a good idea to take extra care when transporting. You can buy inexpensive garment bags to protect these items when packing and moving.

#4: Organize as You Pack

Even if your drawers are a disorganized mess, you can take this time to organize your clothing. Put t-shirts in one box, sweaters in another. Even if they are just different sections in one box, packing in categories will make your life easier when you unpack.

If you need some help ensuring your clothes are neat, tidy, and organized for your move, turn to the professionals at Nilson Van & Storage. Whether you need additional moving tips or would like our experienced movers to take it from here, we ensure we can make your upcoming residential move more efficient.

Questions to Ask a Moving Company for a Military Relocation

Asking Questions

Although you may feel like you are a moving pro since you have likely done it before, you need to ensure you have the best team for the job when it comes to your upcoming military relocation. Not all moving companies are the same. In fact, if you’ve moved a lot while in the military, you’ve probably experienced some unsatisfactory results.

To avoid a worst-case scenario for your next move, here are two questions to ask a potential moving company before you hire them:

Question #1: Do the Movers Understand the PCS Process?

The Permanent Change of Station, or PCS, is the way the military identifies moving. Once you receive PCS orders, you need to determine which of three options you will choose for your move. These options include:

• Letting the military moving you

• Hiring a private company to handle the move

• Using a combination of the previous two moving methods

The right moving company can help you determine which option is ideal for your moving process and budget.

Question #2: Do the Movers Understand the Reimbursement Process?

If you decide to hire a private company to perform your military move, you can expect the US military to reimburse your fees. The amount they will pay-out is dependent on certain guidelines and factors; it can be difficult to know what the amount of the reimbursement will be unless you are knowledgeable about the specific formulas the military uses. Ask the movers you are considering if they understand the formulas and reimbursement process. Choosing a company that is familiar will help you to keep your move within your budget.

At Nilson Van & Storage, we have been helping families with their military relocations for years. We are intimately familiar with the details and guidelines necessary to make your move hassle-free and on budget. Connect with us online now to get a free quote for your upcoming move.

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