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Date: 2/9/2015 6:32 PM CST

Winter Moving Tips From Move It With M&S LLC


Winter moving in Missouri and the Midwest can be stressful and a challenge any time of the year, but winter moving is especially tiresome when you have to deal with snow, sleet, wind, ice and freezing temperatures. It’s also a time of year when most people want to be sitting down with hot chocolate (my fave!)  with food, family and friends, not packing up their belongings and looking for a reputable and qualified moving company. 

Our previous blog post on Winter Moving from 2011 still rings true, however, we have some additional tips/ideas.

Helpful Winter Moving Tips 


Although nothing can replace a warm, settled home during the winter, there are a few things you can do to make a winter move less stressful. Below are our favorite winter moving tips: 
1. Be careful with temperature-sensitive items. Packing for a winter move is very similar to packing for a move any other time of year with one exception. You need to be careful with items that can be damaged from the cold. Some are obvious, like house plants. Others may not be so apparent, such as old china pieces or plastic shelving/tubs that may crack or get fine lines in the extreme cold. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa at Move It With M&S LLC. 
2. Be flexible. Even the most reliable moving company has no control over closed highways and blizzard-like driving conditions. When planning a winter move, it’s best to have a contingency plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate on moving day.  
3. Keep the sidewalks and driveway clear. Keeping your sidewalks shoveled is important any time it snows, but when movers are carrying heavy boxes and furniture in or out of your house, it’s especially critical. This is an important winter moving tip to help prevent anyone from getting hurt as the movers  navigate slippery walkways. If you need assistance with this task, please let us know, so we can bring our snow shovels. Our crew will gladly help with this task, as part of our mission to help your move be as stress-free as possible. 
4. Keep the heat on. Although it may be tempting to have your utilities disconnected early if you’re already sleeping somewhere else, you’ll want that heat come moving day. Having the door opening repeatedly will send that cold air all through the house. 
5. Move your pets first. Although this is a good idea any time of year, it’s especially important if you’re moving in winter. Get your cat and/or dog to a warm, secure place before the movers descend on your home. You don’t want them to sneak out of the house and get lost in freezing temperatures. 
6. Cover your floors. Winter brings all kinds of mud, snow and slush. You don’t want the movers to track all of this dirt and debris in to your house, even if you are moving out. Protect your carpets and floors by covering them with plastic drop cloths. Be sure to anchor them securely, however, so the movers won’t trip on the edges. 

A Winter Move with Move It With M&S LLC 

To learn more about how to organize a winter move and how to make your move as easy and stress-free as it can possibly be, contact Theresa for a free moving quote. We have more several years experience in helping people like you move across the state or across the country. We operate in a 200 mile radius of Saint Joseph, Missouri, and are adept at offering quality service at an affordable price, no matter what the season. 

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Date: 12/21/2014 4:18 PM CST

With the holiday season, new electronics are often added to your home. After getting them all connected and functioning, take a photo of how your electronics are connected. Nothing is more time consuming and frustrating than having 100 different wires that go in the back of your computer and having to remember how they were connected, when you move. The same applies to TVs, TV components and stereos. Before packing your electronics, take a photo (on your phone for extra convenience!) of how all the cords are connected. When you get to your new home, you can then pull up your photo and quickly reconnect and power things up without having to spend hours trying to remember which cord plugs-in where.

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Date: 10/31/2014 5:44 PM CDT

Sometimes, moving to a new location can be hard on your social life. Making new friends isn’t always easy when you are an adult. It’s important to get to know your neighbors ─ you may even make a few life-long friends! You survived the move with our tips and checklists, now enjoy your new home and neighborhood.

Meeting the neighbors can be a challenge if you are somewhat reserved. However, the neighbors are probably just as shy to approach you as you are of them. Perhaps you or your neighbor will need someone to water plants, keep an eye on the home or feed the fur babies while on vacation. Or maybe you want to meet the family whose kids are the same age as yours.  There are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial to get to know the people who surround you. Here are three tactics to get to know your new neighbors: 
Bring a welcome present 

Say “Welcome to the neighborhood” or “I'm new in the neighborhood” with a fresh loaf of bread, fresh flowers or a batch of homemade brownies. If you are the one welcoming your new neighbors (who just moved in) you might want to also consider a thoughtful house-warming gift. 
Don't be reserved. Go over and introduce yourself and offer your assistance if ever they need anything from you. Sometimes just a smile and greeting can warm a person's heart. 
If your neighbors aren’t home and you are more of the shy type who is apprehensive of approaching them, try leaving the gift by the door with a note. Most likely, they will come over and thank you personally for the gift. 
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Use your kids and fur babies as an excuse to make conversation

One of the easiest ways to start a conversation with a new neighbor with kids or fur babies is to ask about them. Parents love talking about their children and fur babies.
If your neighbors don’t have kids, they may have fur babies aka pets. A lot of dog owners find themselves making casual conversation with other pup lovers when their furry friends great each other and perhaps toss a few menacing growls at each other.
Use these opportunities to learn your neighbor’s names. You can also use this opportunity to ask about local dog parks or vets in the area. Our dog, BeBe, shown below, is a frequent visitor to our job sites, and is a great point to start any conversation. 
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Neighborhood meetups 

If you have recently moved into a large apartment community, many of them have monthly meetups for residents. This is an opportunity to get to know people.  If you have moved within the summer months, be on the look-out for neighborhood block parties.

Meeting your new neighbors doesn’t have to be a daunting or complicated task. Use these tips to help you break the ice and say, “Hi” chances are they are eager to meet you as well. 
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Date: 1/29/2014 11:41 PM CST






Move It With M&S LLC  commercial division specializes in commercial moving services for the transportation and storage of household goods, high-value, sensitive equipment, office equipment and other commodities. We also provide white glove/last mile delivery services to a wide variety of customers.

We provide flexible, cost-effective and efficient solutions to virtually all of your transportation, relocation and short term warehousing needs. Whether relocating one employee or an entire facility, transporting high-value medical equipment or delivering furniture to residences, Move It With M&S LLC is your single-source solution. We have the expertise, capabilities and resources to manage all of your transportation and storage need

Request a quote/estimate at www.moveitwithms.com

Commercial Moving Service Excellence

SERVICES -Because every business’s needs are different, Move It With M&S LLC offers a variety of moving services to meet your business needs.
QUALITY -Our experience, training, state-of-the-art equipment and stringent equipment standards have made us the moving service company to depend on.
COMMUNICATION -We provide a dedicated move coordinator, 24/7 customer service and tracking to ensure convenient and speedy service.

Efficient and Cost-Effective

All of our commercial moving services are designed to improve your business processes while minimizing downtime. As a successful business for over 7 years, we know what’s important during any relocation. We excel at efficient, streamlined and organized commercial moving services for your business, employees or specialized products. So, relax and let Move It With M&S LLC keep your business moving.

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Date: 1/23/2014 9:16 PM CST

Move It With M&S LLC is proud to offer complete local moving services. Each move we perform is tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers. We will gladly design a comprehensive plan, which will satisfy all of your moving requirements and give you the most expedient service at the most competitive price. Our goal is to provide you with the peace of mind knowing your most prized possessions will be handled with the upmost of care by our team of professional movers.

There are many factors that determine the final cost of the move. Luckily, many of those factors are within your control such as how prepared are you when the movers arrive? Are all or most of your belongings packed in boxes? How close can the truck park? Are there any hard to move items? How much packing, unpacking services will you be requesting? Are there any special care items, such as pianos, gun safes, hot tubs? Are there any outdoor items, such as grills, outdoor furniture, jungle gyms etc?

The cost for a local move is based on the number of movers and the time it takes to load, drive and unload your belongings. The chart below will assist you in getting an idea of your move time:

Dwelling Size Sq. Feet No. of Movers Loading Hours Hours of Driving* Unloading Hours Total Hours
Studio Apt. 400 – 500 2 1.5 – 2.0 0.5 – 1.0 0.5 – 1.0 2.5 – 4.0
1 BR Apt. 600 – 700 2 2.0 – 2.5 0.5 – 1.0 1.5 – 2.0 4.0 – 5.5
2 BR Apt. 750 – 900 3 2.0 – 3.0 0.5 – 1.0 1.5 – 2.0 4.0 – 6.0
2 BR House 950 – 1100 3 3.0 – 4.0 0.5 – 1.0 2.0 – 2.5 5.5 – 7.5
3 BR House 1300 + 4 4.0 – 5.0 0.5 – 1.0 2.5 – 4.0 7.0 – 10.0
Larger 2000 + 5+ 6.0+ 0.5 – 1.0 4.0+ 10.5 +

Please Note: Factors that may affect this chart include stairs, elevators, long carry, distance between new and old residence, packing services and unique amount and type of belongings.

* Double Drive Time

Included With Every Move:
  • Free On-Site estimate at your request
  • Time starts at your door and charged in 15 minute increments
  • Free moving blankets for furniture protection
  • Disassembly; reassembly of furniture at no additional charge
  • Basic valuation coverage included at $0.60 per pound/per article
  • Moving vehicles with all necessary equipment; materials
  • We accept all major credit cards
 

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Date: 11/21/2013 9:49 AM CST

Move It With M&S, LLC,  has been officially certified as a ProMover by the industry’s trade group, the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

AMSA provides ProMover certification only after the designated company has passed a background check of its operations and has agreed to abide by a set of honorable business practices and AMSA’s Code of Ethics.

 “I am pleased and extremely proud of our company,” said Theresa Meyer, owner of Move It With M&S, LLC. “This achievement will give our customers the assurance they are dealing with a legitimate, professional mover and not a fly-by-night con artist out to rip them off. Becoming a ProMover is consistent with our company’s long history of treating our customers fairly and honestly.”

 The certification authorizes Move It With M&S, LLC, to display the bold capital “M” logo that is the mark of a ProMover in its advertising and marketing materials as well as on its Web site.

“Move It With M&S, LLC, is among the latest to earn this sought-after designation,” said Linda Bauer Darr, AMSA president & CEO. “I’m delighted to have another member who has successfully met all of the qualifications and become part of the elite ProMover family of movers. Consumers in the Saint Joseph area can now know in advance they’re hiring a quality, reliable moving company.”

For more information about Move It With M&S, LLC, visit our Web Site at www.moveitwithms.com; and for more information about the ProMover program, visit AMSA online at www.moving.org






 

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Date: 3/31/2013 9:02 PM CDT

Among the details around your moving there are many things to take care of. One of them is the “open first” box. This is the box that you pack last and unpack first. The importance of making such a box will serve you during the last days at your old home and during your first days in your new home. Preparing an “open me first” box for your relocation is simple. Take a look at these “open first” box tips that will help you prepare your moving house essentials box for your relocation.  

Moving House Essentials Box

Here is what your moving box with basics should contain:

For the toilet and bathroom. This means hand soap, a few rolls of toilet paper, hand towels, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner for the hair, take bathroom towels – at least one for every member of the family, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush for every person again, hair brush, hair dryer, shaver and shaving cream and other bathroom cosmetics that you are using.

Items for the bedroom. This means that your “open first” box should contain bedsheets for every bed that you will be using in your new home, pillows and pillow cases for every member of the family and blankets. Put your alarm clock in too. Take at least one extra set of clothes for each member of the family.

For the kids. The kids will be happy to have some toys around or you could take them over to your parents’ or friends’ place for a day until you have moved (that could work well for short distance moves). You can also put in your moving box with essentials some games for the whole family to play. Prepare for your kids some books that they may like to read, pencils and paper if they feel like drawing or puzzles to arrange to keep them busy and entertained.

If you have pets like a cat or a dog remember to take the bowls for food and water and the pet’s toys. Don't forget any medications. Move It With M & S, LLC recommends having your pets away from the home during the move as there is a significant amount of activity and different people in their home.

Include in your “open me first” box also some kitchen items. These should include plastic plates and cutlery, cups for the drinks, some drinks and snacks, paper towels, some hand soap. After the move is over, the truck is unloaded and all the boxes are in your new home everyone will be hungry. You can have some snacks or just order pizza or Chinese.

Open me first box

Put in your "open me first" box bathroom, bedroom and kitchen essentials. And of course documents and jewelry travel with you too.

Cleaning items are also important. Prepare the cleaning supplies like sponges, mops, glass cleaning liquid, surface cleaner and any special surface cleaners. Move It With M & S, LLC offers pre and post move cleaning services.

Other things. These can be your glasses, any make up or cosmetics that you are using, medications, cell phones and their chargers, you can also take your camera with you and make photos on the way to your new home. If you pass by an interesting place you can stop for a quick photo session. If you try to make moving fun before and during the trip everyone will feel better and will take the relocation more lightly. Also put into your “open first” box a flashlight, batteries, light bulbs, trash bags, scissors for unpacking and a screwdriver. If you have a laptop, iPhone, iPad, etc. remember to charge them too and carry the chargers with you. You can charge your laptop in your car and use it or your partner may use it if necessary.

Documents, money, expensive things. Don’t leave these to the movers. Place in your moving box with essentials some cash for tipping the movers. Take your jewelry and other expensive things with you. Prepare your documentation. The moving documentation, credit and debit cards, bank records, the records from doctors, dentist, school, day care, utility companies, driving licenses, etc. all should move with you. Don't forget to provide any warranty documentation to the new owners.

Moving house essentials box

When your essentials box is ready label it and put it away from the other boxes to go in the truck. When you pack your essentials in a moving box (or two, or a box and a suitcase – whatever is convenient for you, it doesn’t matter) label it and put it away from the other boxes to be loaded on the truck. When the movers arrive lock your “open first” box in the bathroom or somewhere else so they don’t take it. Move It With M & S, LLC are professional movers who work quickly and are very handy so be careful! After you prepare your moving house essentials box take it with you in your car. You will need all of the things in your moving box with essentials for your first day in your new home. If not, you would have to open your boxes one by one in order to find the hand towels, then the hand soap, then the bedsheets, then clothes for everyone, etc. A moving box with packed essentials will ease your move – you arrive to your new place, unload, open the essentials box and have a shower, make the beds and go to bed so you can have a good sleep and make an early start the next day. If you have more ideas on what to put you can make a comment below. Happy moving!

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Date: 12/10/2011 3:13 PM CST

Moving in winter is very different than moving in the summer, spring or fall. There are considerations you need to make, including inclement weather. Use this list as a guide of what you'll need when moving in winter.

What You'll Need to Have on Hand for a Winter Move

If you live in a cold climate, you'll probably have the following items on hand; however, if you don't check through this list. You may find that you've packed these winter moving essentials and don't have access to them on moving day. So make sure you keep these items available, just in case.

Snow shovel: This may seem obvious, but if you don't scrape the walkways and driveways prior to the movers arriving, then we, the movers, will remove the snow. This is time that they could be spending on preparing your items for moving. Move It With M & S carries a snow shovel on our truck during the winter, as we may need to remove snow during the move. You will need your snow shovel at the new home also.

Salt or sand: We always bring Ice Melt or an extra bag of sand or salt on hand for moving in the winter. The weather can change quickly and sand or salt will ensure icy spots are safe to walk on. It's important that everyone who's helping with your move has a safe-footing. Again, once the move-out is complete, store the extra salt or sand in your car just in case you need it while traveling to or once you arrive at your new home.

Large pieces of cardboard: Cardboard is the perfect material to use for entrance-ways and carpeted areas that will see a lot of foot traffic on moving day. Place it on areas where people will be walking to save having to clean off boots when entering your home. Also make sure you have enough cardboard to use in your new home, too.

Extra gloves, sweaters and warm clothes: Keep extra clothing on hand, especially gloves, hats, socks and sweaters. The weather can change and it's important to ensure the people that are helping you move are kept warm and dry. Again, wet clothes can be packed at the last minute as can extra clothing that you didn't use. If you're moving long distance, keep some extra gloves, hats and socks in the car, just in case.

Hot chocolate, tea and coffee: Keep hot drinks on hand and a warm space in the house for people to retreat to for breaks and to keep warm. Usually when we move during the winter, our tea kettle is kept out (then loaded into the essentials box right before we lock the house door) and always plugged in. To save having to pack mugs and spoons, invest in some paper cups (recycled) and wooden spoons. You'll also want to provide hot drinks at your new home, too, so make sure you have enough supplies on hand for both the move out and the move in.

Rags, cleaner, mop: Before you lock the doors, you'll want to give your old home a once over once the movers leave. Keep rags, a mop and cleaner on hand to give the floors a quick wipe. Again, these items can be packed into your essentials box after you're finished moving out.

Extra plastic sheeting: The weather forecast will give you a good idea of whether you'll need some plastic sheeting for household items that need protection from wet snow. Items such as electronics (if not being packed in a box), fragile or unfinished wood furniture or plants may need extra protection from the elements. Clear garbage bags (leaf bags) work well for smaller items. Move It With M & S also uses shrink wrap liberally on all items we prepare and move.

If you have any questions - Let us know!!!

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Date: 11/7/2011 5:04 PM CST

“To new beginnings!” is the toast you say as you watch the Times Square ball countdown on TV. And new beginnings they will be since you just moved to a new house just on time to ring the New Year in. In fact your boxes are still half unpacked and you are eating out of plastic plates after failing to remember where your best china was packed in. It doesn’t sound believable, does it? Who would want to mix the moving chaos into the holiday hassle?

You will be surprised how many people move during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year. Many families choose to move because that’s when the school is out or in hopes that the wide-spread holiday sale will apply to moving services as well. Some tenants’ lease expires at the end of the year and they may choose to move to a better apartment not to get locked in the new lease.

So if your moving date is during the holiday season, there a couple of things you want to be aware of. First of all you will not be one of the “few”, so don’t expect it to be a slow time in the moving season when movers are fighting to get business from you. Holiday discount on the move is a myth so you shouldn’t count on that either. In fact the biggest challenge for moving companies around this time of the year is that they are short of hands because moving helpers want to take some time off to be with their families for the holidays. Hence, you might expect longer than expected delays for the available date. At Move It With M & S, we do work hard to meet your moving deadlines.

Have a Great Holiday Season from Move It With M & S

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