Blog Posts by 1st Choice Movers

How to Move During Peak Moving Season

As professional movers for Hennepin County and the surrounding areas, we see most of our moves in the spring and summer months. Peak moving season typically lasts from May through August and with the first day of spring being just a few days away, we thought we’d provide helpful moving tips for peak season. After all, when people seem to choose the same time period and the same approach for a certain task, there is likely good reason for it.

The increased demand for reliable professional movers during the peak season can pose a number of challenges. So, if you intend to move this spring or summer, you need to be fully aware of all the aspects of a peak season relocation. Keep these important tips in mind

Plan Ahead

If you can, it is important to book your move with your preferred professional movers weeks or even months in advance. And, once you’ve got your move on their calendar, create a detailed moving calendar and timeline of your own to keep organized. List all the moving tasks you need to take care of with the appropriate time limits for each of them. This can help you pack and prepare in efficient manner and keep you from forgetting important tasks.

Try to Be Flexible

If your own schedule allows flexibility concerning the exact date of your relocation, you can better ensure the moving services and professional movers you want. At 1st Choice Movers, we are a top choice in moving companies for many local residents and do our best to accommodate all those who reach out to us but during peak season, flexibility can help and even provide benefits like mid-month discounts.

Only Hire the Best

When searching for moving services in peak season you are very likely to encounter incompetent movers. Their services may seem affordable at first; but once they secure the job, scam artists will disappear with the deposit money or worse. That is why it is important to be diligent, patient and only hire professional movers. And, professional movers like ours are specially trained in taking care of a move quickly and efficiently without accidental damage to your property.

These are just a few things you should consider before your big move this spring or summer. 
Give us a call today and we can tell you even more about our professional movers in Hennepin County and all we can offer. Call 1st Choice Movers today at 763-559-5934, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

 

Moving Your Business in Winter

Even in the dead of winter, work must go on. And, when the time to move your business arises, you can’t always choose the time of year. When the time to relocate pops up during the winter months, there are a few additional factors to keep in mind. As expert commercial movers for Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, we’ve put together some things to keep in mind if you’re preparing to move your business before spring arrives. And, don’t hesitate to give our commercial movers a call to schedule your upcoming move!

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When moving during the winter you’ll need to consider a few more factors than if you were moving during a warmer month, including:

The Weather

Namely, unpredictable weather. Your sensitive office equipment needs to travel safely from your old office to your new one while avoiding snow, rain, sleet and similar weather that could cause damage. Plan to cover all walkways movers will need to use to prevent your items from getting damaged. Shovel and salt all pathways to prevent slipping, and ensure your commercial movers take necessary precautions to protect your equipment. After all, your computers and what’s held within them is essential to your business and must be handled with utmost care.

The Temperature

Don’t forget to keep the heat on. Both the office building you are leaving and the one you are relocating to will be prone to chilly temperatures during winter as commercial movers come in and out of the buildings. Consider keeping the heat on in both places during moving day. Not only will the commercial movers appreciate it, your employees will enjoy having their equipment and personal desk items moved into a warm environment. Cold sensitive electronics will also benefit from more temperate conditions.

Priorities

Make sure to prioritize supplies that are needed for everyday operations. Set up coffee machines, computers, and phone lines before organizing materials that employees use sparingly.

Problems

Moving during the winter can even become problematic due to unforeseen complications. Be sure to listen to advice from your commercial movers during travel as they have experience in moving furniture, large equipment and electronics during the winter months.

Along with these possible complications, it is important to keep in mind that there are also many benefits to moving your business in the winter. Choice moving day selections is just one of them! To learn more about moving your business in winter, contact the expert commercial movers at 1st Choice Movers today!

To learn more about commercial movers in the Minneapolis area and throughout the entire state of Minnesota, call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Moving in Winter: Reasons & Benefits

Moving in winter? There’s a reason why the colder months offer a less competitive real estate market; moving in winter isn’t always easy! This time of year in Minneapolis, the harsh winter weather can create some difficult obstacles when it comes to moving, from ice and snow to the frigid cold. With the coldest stretch of winter approaching, we thought we would provide you with some tips in case you find yourself moving any time soon. 1st Choice Movers is the trusted moving company for the Twin Cities and we want to help make your winter (or spring or summer) move go as smoothly as possible.

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Try to take advantage of as many daylight hours as possible. Even when you have a team of moving professionals helping you, it’s still a good idea to have your moving completed before it starts getting dark. This way, you can stay safer and keep warmer as the temperatures begin to dip when the sun goes down.

What’s the Weather?

Keep an eye on the weather. Being aware of any upcoming nasty weather can help you avoid moving during a winter storm. We will try our best to keep your move on schedule but sometimes in particularly bad weather, it could be too dangerous to continue a move as planned.

Protect the Floors

It is important they put down protective covering in your home to avoid dirtying your floors. Be sure the company you use offers floor covering to keep ice, salt and dirt from being tracked into your home. At 1st Choice Movers, we can provide these materials and protect your flooring for you.

If you follow these great tips, you’ll be cozy in your new home in no time. If it looks like you will be moving during the winter and would like to avoid the messes and stresses that come along with it, be sure to call on 1st Choice Movers moving company for the Twin Cities.

Hiring professionals to help assist you with your move is always a good idea, but especially smart in the winter months. If you are inexperienced driving a moving truck or carrying boxes on possibly icy sidewalks, it’s best to turn over your move to the moving professionals. In addition to being great at winter moves, there are so many other reasons to hire the professionals at 1st Choice Movers. We can make your move an enjoyable one no matter the time of year! Give us a call at 763-559-5934 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.
 

Thank You and Happy Holidays from 1st Choice Movers

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers for their support. We are grateful to have served the Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas with our moving services for more than 20 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we want to thank each and every one of you who has used our moving company, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future moving needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

5 Reasons to Buy a Home and Move in the Fall

Fall is in full swing! In fact some days it feels more like winter! The temperatures have dropped and we’ve already had some snow. This time of year is typically when people are ready to hunker down in their house and wait for spring to arrive. Believe it or not, this can actually be a great time to buy a house! As a moving company serving Washington County and surrounding areas, we want to provide some reasons why this time of year may be an optimal time to buy and move into a new home.

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Home sellers tend to get on the market for the first time in spring. They often list their homes too high out of the gate, which could mean a series of price reductions throughout the spring and summer months. These sellers have fewer chances to capture buyers after Labor Day. By October or November, sellers are often desperate and may be offering their house under market value.

Less Competition
Most families want to be in a new home before school starts, so this time of year, many of them have stopped shopping. This means less competition for current houses on the market, and more opportunities for buyers. You’ll likely notice fewer buyers at open houses, which can mean a great opportunity to make an offer.

Motivated Sellers
A home is an investment, which has tax consequences. A home seller may want to take advantage of a gain or loss during the current tax year. Therefore, buyers might find homeowners looking to make a deal to close before December 31. Look for listings that offer incentives to close before the end of the year.

Holiday Season
Another reason for motivated sellers and fewer buyers is the holiday season. At this point, sellers are ready to be done with the process. They are ready to enjoy the holidays and not have disruptions that come from their home being listed. Likewise, most people are focused on the holiday season and not taking time to shop for a home. This again spells less competition in the market for buyers.

True Colors
Most homes don’t show as well once the landscaping fades. Although, a home won’t be as appealing to look at, you will be able to see more of its flaws. The best time for a property inspection is during the rain or snow when you can truly see if there are leaks or issues that need to be fixed. It’s better to know the homes flaws before you buy rather than be surprised several months after you close.

Buying a home during the fall can be a good decision. Once you get that new house, you can count on us for professional moving. Since fewer people are moving this time of year, we usually have more flexibility to work with your schedule. So, there are even more advantages to fall home buying!

If you would like to learn more about our moving company that serves Washington County and the surrounding Twin Cities area, give us a call at 763-559-5934 or contact us for a Free Estimate.