Blog Posts by 1st Choice Movers

Tips on Holiday Moves in Minnesota

Now that Halloween is over, everyone is starting to get into the holiday mindset. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks (so is Hannukah!), and Christmas will be here soon after that. But if you’re planning to move on or around one of these holidays, one of the best movers in Minnesota, 1st Choice Movers, has some tips to make your move go smoothly.

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Most people like to spend their free time during the holidays with their Minnesota friends and family, and you might be feeling a bit emotional because you’ll be “missing out” on the festivities. But you could always throw a Packing Party! Enlist the help of some close friends and family members and ask them to help you pack and get organized. Provide some yummy holiday-inspired treats and take plenty of breaks so it feels more like a party.

1st Choice Movers, one of Minnesota’s favorite movers, can help you with your Minnesota move. We have all of the equipment and supplies to make your move as safe and stress-free as possible. Give us a call today at (763) 559-5934 or contact us online for a free estimate.

3 Tips for Moving with Children

Are you moving with children? If so, there are a few extra things you’ll have to take into consideration. Age is a big factor in their ability to participate throughout the move. It’s important to make them feel included in the moving process, but you can only expect so much. In this blog, we’re going to cover some basic tips for moving with children.

Discuss the Move

If the place you’re moving to is not close to your current residence, it’s important to have a discussion with your child about moving. Depending on their age, moving may be a difficult transition for them. Children love familiarity and are probably comfortable living where you do now. Provide with them with as much information as possible. Let them know how you’re going to keep them involved in the activities they love and in touch with the friends they know now.

Preparing for the Move

Preparing for the move may be easier said than done. Depending on the age of your child, you may have to assist them greatly in packing for the move. Let them do as much as they can. Provide them with boxes, markers, tape, etc. to show them they are an important part of the moving process. Start packing nonessential items as soon as possible, so you have more time to focus on the rest of the house as moving day approaches.

Moving Day

There are a couple of approaches you could take to moving day. You could have a family member or friend watch your child on the day of your move. It may be easier for you to concentrate on the move if your children aren’t present. Or, you could have your kids help you on moving day. If they’re old enough, they may be just the extra set of eyes and hands you need. Whatever your decision, be sure to communicate it with your moving company.

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Preparing Your New Home for Moving Day

If you’re moving soon, it’s important to get in order a few things at the place to where you’re moving. The more you have planned, the smoother things will go. In this blog, we’re going to cover some of the major things you should have prepared at your new home before our team of Minnesota movers arrive.

Assigning Rooms

Before the move, go through your new home and assign each room. It will be easier to collect your thoughts and really plan where you’re going to want things. If you have children, let them choose their rooms before you moving day. You may find it easier to pack when you have an idea of where things are going to end up. You may even consider labeling each room to make it easier for you and your movers to get your belongings to the right location.

Furniture Placement

While you have our team of movers assisting you, it’s a good idea to get the furniture as close to its final location as possible. We want to make sure the dining room table makes it there and all the beds are in the right bedrooms. This is only possible if you have some planning and preparation done ahead of time. If we get your furniture in the correct room, you can always reorganize later.

Be There

The best laid plan is only as good as the person with the plan. It’s important you’re present on the day of your move. We need to be able to communicate and work with you. We’ll need your assistance in getting everything placed in the correct location. We’ll do all the heavy lifting, but we still need your input.

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Tips for Moving in Unfavorable Weather

Weather may play a surprisingly large role on moving day. Some times for the better, sometimes not. The only way to have a successful move during bad weather is to prepare for it as much as possible and work together. In this blog, our expert Minnesota movers are going to provide some tips on weathering potential storms on moving day.

Beautiful Day

If you have gorgeous weather on your moving day, take advantage of it! Don’t take for granted a mild day because many wish they had more ideal conditions when they moved. There is a higher chance of a seamless move on a day with perfect weather. Be helpful to your moving team, and the process will be over before you know it.

Precipitation

Precipitation can provide some challenges, but it doesn’t have to ruin your move. If it’s raining on your moving day, don’t panic. We routinely cover items before we pack them onto the truck, so that will shield them from the rain. If you’re experiencing snow on your moving day, a little extra work will be required. Make sure you shovel stairs and walkways at your current home and the location you’re moving to. Assist your Minnesota movers in any way possible. Be patient, as it is better to go slow and be safe, than to be sorry.

High Winds

High winds are hard to prepare for. If they plague your moving day, you’ll just have to be flexible. It may change up the order things are packed, but not much more. We don’t want to have items that will easily blow over or blow away sitting outside, waiting to be loaded. We will streamline the process, so lighter items are moved directly from the home onto the truck. Again, in windy conditions it is important to be as helpful as possible to your moving team.

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5 Tips to Reduce Stress on Moving Day

Moving into your first home or a new home can be exciting! There are a lot of things to think about, though. As a local to Twin Cities residential moving company, we have moved a lot of people all over Minnesota and have a lot of experience. So, here are some tips to make the moving process a little easier.

1. Label the Boxes

Label your boxes in a systematic way that is going to be most helpful to you.  Bedroom, kitchen, living/family room, etc.  Label boxes appropriately for what will be need immediately.   When you unpack them, it will be easier to prioritize what you need to get done first.

2. Provided Supplies on the Day of Move

For your conveniences, on the day of move we provide free use of wardrobe boxes for moving closet clothing, bubble wrap for artwork, glass, mirrors and TVs, protective padding and stretch wrap for furniture, dollies, tools, floor covering and all equipment necessary to perform a safe and efficient move.

3. Check the Weather

If inclement weather on the day of move, we will take extra precautionary steps to make sure we have plenty of cover for furniture and floors.  If its snowy, be sure to clear walkways at your current location as well as the new location.  This will make the move more efficient and safe for your moving team.

4. Work Together

 

On your moving day, everyone needs to work together.  If you have children, and you are able, it may be wise to have someone look after them on your designated moving day.  There should  be an overall plan for the efficient moving of your belongings and everyone involved needs to communicate with each other throughout the moving process.

5. Current and Destination Preparations

Don’t forget to make necessary preparations at your current and new locations.  Before the truck and moving crew leave your current location, make a final walk through to make sure all your items that need to be moved have been loaded on the truck.  Make sure the truck and moving crew are able to get as close to your new location as possible.  Also, have a general idea of which room you want your items to go in.  This will make it easier and more efficient for our team to assist you.

6. Breathe

Take a deep breath!  Everything will be ok in the end.  Our team of movers will help to greatly reduce the stress associated with moving.  We’ll handle all the heavy lifting.  All we ask of you is to let the movers help you with all your moving needs.

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