How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Moving ScamsThe three most common moving scams all involve money. Before you continue to read about the common scams of moving companies, just know that all can be avoided, quite simply, if you sign a contract before you officially decide to hire or use moving services.

  1. Inflating Prices after Packing All Your Belongings

One thing you want to watch out for is hiring a moving company without having a contract with an established, agreed upon price for the move. If you don’t have a contract, some rogue moving companies will pack all your belongings and then require that you pay a fee two or three times larger than estimate or refuse to unpack your stuff. This is a terrible situation: avoid it at all costs!

  1. Inflating Prices after Giving an Estimate

Some dubious movers will just glance at all your belongings and give a “rough” estimate of how much moving fees and services will cost. Do not trust this, and do not base your final decision on the estimate being true. Rather, if you receive an estimate or not, do not agree to use the services of a moving company without signing a contract with an agreed upon price.

  1. Deposit Required before Moving

Lastly, unscrupulous moving companies might require a deposit before showing up to move your stuff. Never do this. This is the sure sign of a scam. Scammers will just take your deposit money and never show up. Then you’ll be out of both movers and out of money.

Signing a contract is the best way to avoid the scams listed above. But there is also more you can do to protect yourself. First of all, never give a deposit. The only time this might be necessary is if you move on a holiday, but otherwise virtually no reputable moving company will require one of you. Another thing you can do is ensure the moving company is licensed by the Department of Transportation. Simply visit their website and do some research on your movers. Additionally, the Department provides a checklist brochure so you’ll never be in the dark about whether your movers are legitimate or not. Lastly, you can always check online reviews. Chances are, if they’re scammers, other people have already reported them.

Tips for Packing Boxes for Storage

Tips for Packing Boxes

Tips for Packing Boxes for StoragePacking boxes for storage is not rocket science, although without some experience doing it you might make minor mistakes that, over time, become considerable problems. The following tips will help you pack boxes to prepare for moving or long-term storage.

 Should we take our boxes from the attic or garage and place them directly in storage?

When people place things in storage around their homes, whether in the garage or in the attic, generally much thought isn’t given to the organization of the things inside the boxes or the condition of the boxes themselves. Whether you should repack boxes you have in storage around your home will depend on how long you have used these boxes and what is inside them. If your box is falling apart, you should just automatically recycle it and get a new one, because moving the box from place to place shouldn’t be an anxiety-filled affair. If the items within the boxes are delicate, you’ll want to replace the box anyway, because if the box is exposed to different levels of humidity or temperatures, the box could break down more and expose its elements to the elements. Generally you will need to repack things you have had in the storage of your garage or attic.

 Can I just use any kind of tape for these boxes?

Packing tape uses a specific adhesive that sticks especially well to boxes and paper materials. Use packing tape and not duct tape or masking tape might save you from a headache later. For instance, duct tape, if not completely sealed to any area on the box, is known to peel off over time by itself. The fine particles on boxes can cover the adhesive layer on duct tape without forming a bond, rendering the duct tape useless. The same is true for masking tape. Different adhesives are designed to bond with different kinds of materials, this is why it is best to use packing tape over any other kind of tape when you are preparing your boxes for storage.

 How much stuff should I pack in each box?

Generally it is not recommended to pack more than 30 pounds in a box. But depending on what is inside, it might be wise to aim lower than that mark. Be sure to fill spaces in between objects with paper so that the contents to do move around when the box is moved from place to place. Generally bubble wrap for fragile items works well and paper for anything else. Pack the boxes tightly, filling in spaces with packing paper.


Tips for Moving Large Mirrors

Tips for Moving Large Mirrors

Tips for Moving Large MirrorsIt’s the one thing you dread moving: the 100 pound, colossal mirror. If you’ve never moved a large mirror with a moving truck before, every little bump in the road will make you second guess the thickness of the sheet you wrapped it in. But, with just a few tips, you’ll be ready to go.


This step is especially important for larger mirrors. You’ll want to tape across the mirror, horizontally and vertically. Create all kinds of crisscrosses. If your mirror breaks during the move, the pieces won’t shatter all over the place. Instead, the tape will keep the shards in a somewhat better position to dispose of without injury.

Bubble Wrap

It’s just essential. Bubble wrap will protect the mirror from edges and corners, bumps and boxes.  Bubble wrap the mirror as many times as you want. The more you have the better, right? Just don’t pop the bubbles until after the move.

The Best Box

Invest in a mirror carton. It’s a box specially made for mirrors. The mirror carton is divided into four parts that interlock and move to fit the frames of most mirrors. In conjunction with the bubble wrap and tape, you won’t have any problems moving any mirror.

And best of all, you won’t have to worry about breaking them. Who needs that kind of luck, anyway?


Self-Storage Inventory

Create Your Self-Storage Inventory

Self-Storage InventorySome storage units have as much storage space as a three-bedroom home. Some are even larger! One consequence is more stuff can get lost or forgotten about. Don’t leave your things in the dark. Start a self-storage inventory today.


The easiest way to begin organizing your storage is to begin at the beginning. When you drop off an item, write it down. Some of us like the motto, “Why do today what can be done tomorrow?” But procrastinating certainly won’t help you organize your storage. And it won’t put you in a good position to plan and be ready for unexpected events.

Categorize different items you put in storage. Then create a map of your unit’s layout. If you need something in a bind, you’ll at least know the general area in which to look. To go further, if you’re using boxes, number them, and take note of the contents of each box. Don’t be looking for that replica quill James Madison used to sign the constitution at one in the morning. Especially if you collect replica feathers. And you have thirty boxes of them.

Receipts and Photos

As you’re logging, naming, and categorizing the things you put in storage, review your insurance or protection plans. Take pictures, compile receipts, and store all the information you’ll need in one place. If ever you need to make an insurance claim, having everything in one place will significantly expedite the process.

Google Sheets

An easy way to create, update, and manage your inventory is by creating a Google Sheet in Google Drive. This simple tool will give access to your inventory across all your devices. And it works much like a Microsoft Excel document.

Creating an inventory of your storage is a good way to stay organized and expedite claims. It also might save you a few hours, if you need something from your storage unit in a bind. Contact one of our storage professionals today to learn more about creating a storage inventory!

Tips for Hiring Movers

Tips for Hiring Movers

tips for hiring moversMoving can be tedious. It can also be fun: when someone else does all the work. Be sure to do a bit of research before you hire movers to protect your stuff.

Moving Policies

If you’re considering hiring movers, it is important to stay informed on their moving policies and practices. Are they liable if your fragile glassware arrives in pieces? It’s also important to know about the business itself. ApartmentHomeLiving.Com provides helpful questions that ensure you or your stuff won’t be left in the dark.

Sign a contract, and make sure all your stuff is protected in it.  Don’t pay a huge deposit, as this is usually indicative of fraud. If you pay off the moving contract before the move is finished, what guarantees the movers will take all your stuff to the new house? According to, paying a large deposit could mean you won’t see your stuff again. Also, take a look at’s explanation of common insurance packages offered by moving companies.This is an added layer of security for your valuables.

Extra Fees and Move Time

Staying informed can be a chore. An estimate from a professional moving business requires, at times, complicated variables. What must be considered, and what you should ask about, is how long it will take to move your possessions and how will your stuff be handled. Ask about previous experience, and what sort of challenges come with each move. If they have to walk up stairs to move your things, will it cost extra? What about moving things from a side street as opposed from a drive way?

Before you pack up your stuff, you may want to visualize how you will arrange your things before you arrive. Put yourself in the best position by labeling which boxes belong in which rooms. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for your movers. If the new home is a thousand miles away, don’t expect a rush, next-day delivery. And if you do get that rush delivery, you may have moved too fast.

Tips For An Effortless Move

Tips for an Effortless Move

tips for an effortless viewMoving is always an exciting experience. It can be stressful, however, if you don’t prepare. These three tips will help you put your best foot forward on move day.


Begin packing for your move a few weeks in advance. Pack clothes you won’t wear soon first, a few weeks ahead of the move. Then follow up with rare-use items. Those candles you haven’t lit since last year? Wrap them in your extra towels. Leave day-to-day stuff for the final week before the move. Preparing for your move early ensures a less stressful move-day experience.

Donate or Sell Unwanted Items

When you begin packing, you’ll notice some things you would rather leave behind. This is why it’s important to get a head start. Take all the unwanted stuff to Goodwill or make a few bucks hosting a yard sale. Whatever you do, it’s a good idea to lighten your load. Fewer boxes mean fewer things to move. And it also means more space for new stuff in your new home!

Label Boxes and Pair Items

As you look around at all the glassware you own, don’t worry about getting newspapers or bubble wrap to pack with. Use things you already have handy and need to store anyway. For instance, clean sheets, blankets, towels, and clothes work just as well to create layers of separation between glassware. There’s no need to get fancy.
And while you’re putting that all-purpose cleaner and dish detergent into boxes, be sure to label them appropriately. Then you won’t have your friends asking every few seconds, “Where does this go?” The less you need to explain when you get to your new home the less time it will take to setup your living room and watch Netflix.


Move-out Day Cleaning

blogEveryone wants to get the most back from their deposit. That’s what making the most of Move-out Day means. It means cleaning those areas you usually wouldn’t and doing maintenance on spots you’d usually let go. The following will help you get the most back from your deposit.


This is a huge part of preparing your apartment for move-out. If you’ve ever lived on a laminate or hardwood floor, you know how much dirt you can track around your house. But when you have carpets, sometimes the dirt is hidden, especially if the carpet is thick.

If you haven’t used a carpet cleaner on your carpet yet, now is the time. You might be surprised how much dirt your carpet hides.


Light switch covers, doors knobs, drawer handles, door stops, blinds: all are commonly used or commonly damaged items in your apartment. If you wouldn’t like the state any of these are in when you move into your new apartment, then it’s probably a good idea for you to replace or fix them.

Small holes

If you don’t use adhesive strips to hang your pictures and posters, chances are your apartment is riddled with small nail holes. But this is an easy fix. Simply purchase a putty knife and spackle or wall joint compound. Spread the spackle or wall joint compound over the hole(s). When it dries, sand it to match the depth of the wall. Repeat if necessary.