Valentine’s Day Sneaks Up On The Best Of Us

images (11)Here’s just a few tips on how to make the best of a move during Valentine’s Day:

1. There’s Nothing More Romantic than Candlelit Dinner on the Floor, Really

Romantics are suckers for this one and when you’re moving into a new place the “table has already been set” for this romantic gesture. Movies and TV shows have been delivering this scene for decades – a couple moves into a humble new place, they have no lofty possessions other than their love for one another, and one surprises the other with candles strategically placed on the hardwood floor as they sit face to face on a picnic blanket and dine on take-out. Get into your new place early to set the stage and host a romantic candlelight dinner on the floor before unpacking a thing.

2. Hide a Gift in One of the Moving Boxes

Even though you are in the middle of a hectic relocation that is no excuse to skip the Valentine’s Day gift giving. Pretend that you forgot or simply did not have the time to get anything all the while smirking to yourself because within one of the boxes marked “FRAGILE” you have placed a retail token of your affection in one of the moving boxes. Ask the recipient to fetch something from the box and watch them saunter over in an irritated (because you “forgot” Valentine’s Day) manner only to be surprised when peeling back the cardboard flap. You’re in good graces for weeks after that.

Young couple eating food and smiling3. Rent an Intimate Room, for Storage

No matter how well you’ve packed and planned for the day of the relocation you will still be neck deep in moving boxes, unless you consider this option. Secure a convenient storage locker located near your new abode and stuff the non-essentials within for the remainder of the month (at least) so that moving day (Feb 14th) is free and clear for you and your loved one to enjoy without being surrounded by boxes and odds & ends.

4. Give the Gift of Professional Movers

While securing storage will relieve much of your Valentine’s Day relocation concern, nothing will do the job quite like bringing in a professional mover to take on the bulk of the job. By having a professional mover as your official Valentine’s Day moving “concierge” you two can escape to dinner and a movie soon after taking possession of your new home.

We hope that his arrow finds the way into the heart of your loved one as you work Valentine’s Day magic into your move. If you have decided to follow our advice above then follow your heart and contact East Coast Moving LLC today to take care of your up and coming household move.

Article borrowed in part by: Total Move Management

Five Significant Moving Mistakes

Making mistakes are a part of human nature and the process of moving is no exception.

Making your list and checking it twice? The inventory list is exceptionally important. It’s the main way of checking that everything from the first home was packed up as it should be and got on the truck. It’s easy to be exhausted from the move but don’t mentally check out just yet and rush through the list. It’s easier to locate a missing item the day of the move than a month later when you discover you can’t find the box with your video camera and holiday tapes. Before signing off on the inventory sheet on delivery day, make sure you understand the process for filing claims for missing items. From the beginning be certain you understand the valuation option you assigned the company, in case of any loss or damage.

No survival kit? Smart movers make sure they have a personal moving survival kit that stays with them on that move-in day (and night) ensuring it goes smoothly for everyone in the family. This might include must-haves such as scissors, a screwdriver, address book, a flashlight, Johnny’s can’t-sleep-without blanket or  your toiletries, dog food, soap, coffee, toilet paper, water bottles, cleaners, paper towels, a television remote control and necessary medications for the whole family. Remember to have enough handy cash, too, so that you’ll be able to pay for that pizza delivery you’ll most certainly need.

Forgot the special care items? Not everything is able to be moved by movers. Ask your movers if there is anything they can’t transport ahead of time to prepare. For example, typically hazardous materials are a no no.  With all of the other things you’re worrying about, it’s easy to forget that the family pet needs to move too, something no mover can toss in a box. Visit your vet before moving day to make sure your pet has current shots, tags, certificates, and proper identification. Make sure you carry the animal’s papers with you, especially if you cross state lines.

Want to DIY? Even a move across town can be very complicated, and takes extensive advance planning. There are a huge number of potential pitfalls, from the wear and tear physically and potential damage to household goods, to unexpected or underestimated fuel costs. In the end, a do-it-yourself move may not be as “cheap” or as fun as figured (that would be about the time you drop the TV on your foot or discover the truck is fully loaded but a third of your house is still on the sidewalk). Leave plenty of time to research how you want to move and review movers to find a truly professional team.