Tips and Tricks moving with Children


  • Ask for help with the children, it can be more stressful than the packing itself
  • Use color coded duct tape to separate each room or person.
  • Online yard sales and groups to sell any unwanted items
  • Have a few new and exciting surprises such as a new toy or bed set to help them settle into the new home
  • Pack an overnight bag for the first night in the new home



Packing is the easy part… Right?


Whether you’re packing for a move, or packing up decorations, or even following that New Year’s resolution to clean out the attic and donate all your gently used belongings that you haven’t seen since last year, it can be difficult to even know where to start. Better yet, do you have all the packing materials you need?

Sturdy cardboard boxes of different sizes (They make boxes specifically for almost anything these days).

Packing/Duct tape (You will probably need both, and using different colors is a great way to separate what goes where once the box is closed).

Bubble wrap (Preferably some that you haven’t popped all the bubbles out of, hard to resist).

Old newspapers ­­(You could even use old wrapping paper if one of your resolutions is to recycle).

Sharpies of different colors (You’ll need as many as you have rooms in your home, or places to donate, etc).

Pen & Paper (For your inventory list).

Plastic baggies (To collect screws and small parts that go with furniture. Tape each bag onto the corresponding piece of furniture.)

Heavy-duty garbage bags (For items that aren’t as fragile that you are donating or throwing away).

Tools (To take apart furniture and put it back together; don’t forget your screws, nuts, and bolts).


Movers Tips for Cleaning the New Home or Old Home


When moving a lot of the focus is set on actually moving all of your belonging from one place to the next but don’t forget about cleaning as you leave and maybe once you get to the new place. Being in the moving industry you pick up a few cleaning tips along the way. First and foremost it’s always easiest to work your way from the deepest point of the home out towards the exit, that way no one is walking back through a clean area to re-clean. Start from top to bottom when cleaning anything for the same reasoning, there’s no sense in re-cleaning what was you just cleaned.

Removing a Carpet Stain: A mix of hydrogen peroxide and blue dawn dish detergent will get out most any carpet (and mattress) stains.

Toilet Bowl Rings: Cut a corner off of a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and put it in the toilet bowl overnight, no scrubbing necessary, just a flush.

Household Odors: Put two cap fulls of Vanilla Extract in a coffee cup, place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Also take baking soda and sprinkle it on the carpet, let it sit for 15-30 minutes then vacuum.
Scuff Marks: Using WD-40 and a scrub brush should take those scuffs right out.

Dishwasher Stains or Deposits: Run a packet of Kool-Aid brand Lemonade flavor through and empty cycle and it will knock out lime deposits or rust stains.

Unclog a Drain: Pour ½ a box of baking soda dry down the drain, grab a towel and a bottle of vinegar, pour the vinegar down the drain and stuff the opening with the towel tightly. Wait 30 minutes, take the towel out and then take a pot of boiling water and pour it down the drain.

Dirty Showerhead: Take a rubberband and a big Ziploc bag, place the showerhead in the Ziploc and fill it with vinegar just enough to submerse the showerhead, use the rubberband to hold the Ziploc bag in place and wait an hour.

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Great news, you’ve sold your old house! Now What?


You’ve sold your old house and found a new home to move into! Now, it’s time to close both deals. Coordinating your move and your closing can be a tricky process, laden with possible delays and costly complications. Here are three smart tips for how to keep your closing and moving process quick and easy.

Communication is Key: Just in case something delays your ability to move or close at a certain time, make sure you keep open the lines of communication with the buyers of your home, the sellers of the home you’re buying, your movers and the lawyers involved in the process. When dealing with a process as time and money-consuming as moving, anything you can do to conserve these valuable resources is worthwhile.

Plan Ahead: Thinking about a day-of timeline ensures that you realistically give yourself enough time for each step in the process, and it gives you the opportunity to avoid any major time snags. Prevention is the best medicine, and stressing out on moving day because of poor timing is not a place you want to be.

Take Your Time, Make Lists: Before you leave your old house for good, make sure all your boxes have been loaded in the truck, and there are no stray items hiding away in cabinets or closets. Losing anything is bad, but losing something of monetary or personal value, is even worse. Keep your valuables close on moving day, or if you’re trusting them to the movers, make sure you document where they’re securely and safely packed.

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Going The Extra Mile

Everyone agrees moving is no easy task, but it can be a rewarding experience. Some of our current feedback sound like this, “Fabulous! Went above and beyond Chris even did carpentry work-will always use East Coast for all our moves-Carrie made everything fall into place perfectly-Robert was the best” –Mary O. of Sunset Beach, NC.

Lauren N. from Montville, New Jersey wrote a whole thank you letter! Here are some of the excerpts, “You helped to support me through what, as you were well aware, was a very stressful endeavor. […] The way they wrapped every single piece was well beyond what I expected. […] Your team saved me!! They were just amazing from start to finish. […] Anyway, the care this team took to unpack the truck, arrange the furniture and place the boxes where they belonged was amazing. […] Would I recommend them? You bet! And, in fact, will be calling on you again when we are ready to move from this rental to our forever new home.”

Sharing this feedback can be your reassurance that East Coast Moving does come through when promising a smooth move with us, it’s a “shore” thing!


Summer is Almost Here

Are you ready for summer? Most people in today’s world tend to procrastinate, even if just a little. Don’t stress yourself out anymore than you have to; set your tentative move date well in advance – at least four to six weeks before. If at all possible, try not to move when everyone else wants to move. Typically the end of the month is a busy time for movers, because of the expiration of leases and preferred closing dates. The summer months – May to mid-September, when children are out of school – are “peak season” for movers. Do not assume you cannot be accommodated with short notice though, availability is always changing for an in-demand company. Some closings don’t happen, some financing doesn’t fall into place, some moves change from a home far away, into storage nearby; taking less days to complete. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing move dates – even the weather! Regardless of who, what, where or when – call the Move Lady at East Coast Moving where a smooth move…, it’s a “shore” thing!