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3 Things to Consider Before You Move into Your First Home

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What surprises pop up during residential moves? Hope for the best while we help you prepare for the worst.

Residential moves into first homes are so much more complicated than moving between dorms or apartments. Not only do you have more responsibilities, but it takes a long time to organize your house. How can you simplify? Hiring a professional company can help. Here are three things to consider before moving into your first house:

1. Someone Has to Let Your Movers In

Having someone available to access your new home is especially important for people who are moving across the country. Whether you’re taking a plane, train, or automobile, you need to make sure someone can open the house once your movers arrive. This might mean flying in early, so a flight delay doesn’t interfere with your moving plans or connecting with your realtor in the event of an emergency.

What happens if no one’s home? It depends on the company you choose for your move. At Nilson Van, we place your items into short-term storage and will deliver them later. However, this comes at an additional cost.

2. Sometimes It’s Cheaper to Replace an Item Than to Take It With You

It’s common for someone to lug their old college sofa to their first real home and store it down in the basement. What better makings for a man cave, right? The problem is that the couch might not be worth very much. The cost of your move depends on weight and time, so a heavy item might wind up costing more to move than the item is worth. To save money, it’s a good idea to pare down your belongings before you pack.

3. To Stay Organized, Take Notes

No one wants to waste money replacing items you can’t find after a big move, but that’s what often happens when you can’t remember exactly where you put your socks or hair dryer. If you don’t label your boxes with detailed notes, you might not remember what you put in each one. It’s a good idea to mark contents down as you go, either on the outside of the box or in a notebook corresponding to your box label.

Are you facing a move into your first home? Don’t fret! Schedule your residential move with Nilson Van & Storage today to save time and money, and reduce your stress.

3 Tips for a Less Expensive and More Efficient Move

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How much should you budget for commercial moves? It might cost less than you think!

Commercial moves can be tough. They interrupt business, put your property at risk, and can leave your employees in limbo, sometimes for days. Poorly organized moves can disrupt progress for weeks. Avoid all that by following these three handy tips.

1. Hire Professional Movers

Some business owners assume they have the bodies and the equipment to handle a move on their own. Unless you run a moving company, this is a losing proposition. Your employees won't know how to pack and move items properly, and they're likely to hurt themselves in the process, leaving you liable. Professional movers have years of experience invested in quick and convenient moving practices. We also have insurance to cover any accidents or mishaps.

2. Use a Box for Every Item

It might seem ridiculous to box up a floor lamp or a monitor, but boxes offer more than just protection. They make it easy to organize the moving van, move items on and off the truck efficiently, and to fit everything in a smaller area. Having everything in its own box speeds up unpacking and organization too, meaning you get back to work in record time.

3. Label Boxes in Detail

The age-old advice of labeling boxes with a room name is a great start for residential customers. For commercial clients? It's important to use more detail. Homeowners benefit from detailed descriptions too, but the amount of time you'll save as a business owner makes this a no-brainer. Don't use "office" or "kitchen"; descriptors when you can get down to the nitty-gritty. "Customer files 2010 Q1" will let you know exactly what is in a particular box and where it has to go.

We know how important it is to keep your items safe and organized, so that you can get back to work as soon as possible. Contact Nilson Van as soon as you know about your move so you can cut costs and reduce move time during commercial moves.

Unexpected Things to Budget for During a Cross Country Move

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Are you prepared for the curve balls long-distance moves can throw your way?

Long-distance moves are a pain in many ways, but a bloated budget doesn’t have to be one of them. Make room for surprise expenses in your moving plan. Being prepared can help you get into your new home without busting your budget.

Get a Written Estimate

Moving companies charge based on weight, miles, and the time it takes to move your items. A phone estimate usually isn’t binding. It’s best to schedule an in-person estimate. At Nilson Van, we can assess your needs and provide a written quote with a guaranteed price. You can also see all the fees and taxes included in the final cost.

Avoid Storage Fees

The one thing movers can’t prepare you for is a last-minute need for storage. If we arrive at your new location and aren’t able to get inside your new home or apartment, we’re not going to leave your boxes on the street. We’ll put them into temporary storage and schedule a follow-up delivery. The costs for those services can be expensive. Your contingency plan should include having someone onsite who can let us in as soon as your moving truck arrives.

Plan for Travel Expenses

Are you driving cross-country? Don’t forget to plan for food and lodging. Restaurants and hotels can gobble up your budget in no time. Consider packing meals ahead of time or relying on foods you buy fresh at the grocery store instead of the high cost of restaurants and fast food. Do some research before you go to find affordable hotels and motels on your route to your new home. Websites like Priceline and Hotwire can help you find inexpensive places to stay during a move.

What’s the best way to plan ahead? By talking to the right moving company that can help you prepare and complete your move without significant hiccups. We’ll also help you avoid unexpected costs so you can get your new life started on the right foot. Get in touch with the team of experts at Nilson Van & Storage today to request a written quote for your long distance move.

What Do I Do with My Vehicle When Moving Across Country?

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Learn our secret to safe, secure vehicle transport during long-distance moves.

Long-distance moves present many challenges and practical obstacles, no matter your destination. If you want to keep your current car, transporting it can be another stressor. How can you get it to your destination? A great choice is hiring a moving company to transport it for you. You can save time, money, and stress by working with an established company who can handle your household packing and delivery, right along with moving your vehicle.

Decide on Acceptable Terms

There are several ways to move a vehicle. You can hire someone to:

  • Drive your car to your new location
  • Drive a vehicle on which your car rides in the open
  • Drive a vehicle containing your car in an enclosed area

Make sure you get the details in writing and ask about your mover’s insurance plan. How does it relate to your vehicle? For insurance to cover a car with specialty features, the policy might require additional protection.

Prepare Your Car for Transport

Once you’ve received an accurate quote from a moving company, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for transportation. Some of these steps are simple and take very little time or effort. Others might require a trip to a dealership. Still, others might fall under your moving company’s responsibilities. You’ll want to do the following before transporting your car:

  • Perform basic maintenance
  • Wash your car and clean the inside
  • Take interior and exterior photos
  • Check on inspection, registration, and insurance laws in your new location
  • Make an extra set of keys for the moving company

Call Nilson Van and Storage for quotes and information on auto transportation during long-distance moves.

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