Moving in the Cold Weather

        Moving can be stressful, especially if you are not prepared. One of the best ways to help prepare for your move, is to anticipate things that you will need the day of your move and to make sure that you and your family are comfortable. Comfort is important and you cannot be comfortable if you are wearing the wrong clothing!
Moving in the cold can be hard if you are not wearing the right type of clothing.

First, you need to make sure you leave enough clothes to wear the day of your move. Do not pack up too much clothing – like your jacket! Next, you will want to wear several layers. This will help ensure you have enough clothing, but you can remove and add as your warmth fluctuates.

 
If it is snowing where you are moving from or to make sure that the walk areas are cleared so that you and your movers can get to the house. Also, place down safety mats if the area is slippery!

We wish you the best of luck with your move and hope that we are on it with you!Don’t forget to check out our website at www.TaylorFamilyCompanies.com and friend us on Facebook!

*Tip – don’t try to pet a wild tiger

Moving – A chance to cleanse?

          Most people think of moving as a chore and do not look forward to the experience.  There is another way to look at the experience of moving.  We can look at this as a time to cleanse our homes as well as ourselves.

Have you ever watched one of those reality hoarder shows and thought this might be me one day?  Most of us do and will at some time in our life, because it is a natural reaction to try and hold on to our things.  What we do not realize is that we need different things; at different phases of our lives and sometimes never again, for example, a pacifier.  So don’t worry if you have your old pacifier in a drawer somewhere we will help you figure out what to keep and what to cleanse.

First, when you decide to move go through everything.  I would suggest doing this before you get a moving quote, because you will hopefully have less to be moved and will receive a more accurate quote.  When you go through your boxes think about the last time you used these things or even looked at them.  Now I am not saying do not keep mementos, because we all need some of those!  Just try and figure out what is a memento and what is taking up space.

This is a cleansing experience!  It is proven that when we are around clutter we feel stressed and less centered.   Get rid of anything that has a negative history associated with it.  We have enough things in life to go through without holding on to the negatives of the past.

* Tip – if you do find your old Pacifier – junk it!

*We hope you enjoyed this article and it helps you cleanse for the next phase of your life!  Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook and visit our website at www.TaylorFamilyCompanies.com!

Fall Moving Tips

  Now that fall is in full swing, we have a few moving tips that we think you will find helpful!

  • Wear layers so that you can remove and add clothing when needed; depending on where you are in the moving process as well as the day.
  • Drink plenty of water.  This is always important; moving or not!
  • Summer is peak moving season – with that in mind, you should be able to get better rates on moving items, truck rentals, moving estimates, etc.
  • Do not try to pack while watching football!  This may seem funny, but make sure you label your boxes and pack them with care.  Always fill your boxes to the top – so that they won’t cave in when moving.
  • Blow your driveway and walking path the day of your move.  This will help keep leaves and debris off the moving truck; which will help your furniture stay clean.

Good Luck with your move and feel free to post questions and comments on our blog and Facebook page!

How to Know if you are Ready to Take the Plunge

Housing prices rates and have not been this good for at least a decade.  So are you ready to buy a home?  We will help you figure out the answer to that in this article.

Are you a first time home buyer?  If you are there are advantages to you buying a home, such as, tax breaks, interest free loans, etc.  To find out more about these opportunities visit: www.dca.ga.gov/housing/Homeownership/programs/GeorgiaDream.asp.

If you are not a first time home buyer; there are still plenty of reasons to purchase a home.  First, as previously stated, the rates and prices of homes have not been this good for a decade.  So you can purchase more home for less of the price; or you can save on the house you would have purchased.

If you are interested in looking for a home, make sure to figure out how much you want to spend and what interest rate you want.  There are mortgage calculators you can use to figure out what the payment will be like on different homes.  It will be easier if you get pre-approved and also help you secure a house faster when you find it!  It is always best to be prepared when making decisions.  Try to make the payment 1/3 of your take home pay or less; that will ensure you are not overwhelmed with your payment.

When looking at a home make sure that it will not be a money pit.  Fixing up a home is a good idea, but make sure that you will have the time and money to dedicate to these projects.  If you do not have time for extra projects then play it safe when looking at what a house will need.  The bathrooms and kitchens sell a home.  Make sure that you will not throw a lot of money in other areas of the house if you are not looking to stay there long term.

We hope this article was helpful and good luck with searching for your new home!  Do not hesitate with any questions and as always we love your feedback!

Moving In the Summer without the Sweat!

As we all know it gets hot in the summer months especially in the South!  So you need to move and it is 100 degrees outside – now what?  We will help you stay dry and cool with these easy moving tips for the summer:

  • Drink lots of fluids:  This will help you keep your body temperature cooler and sweat less
  • Try to keep your power on at your old residence and on at your new residence:  This will help ensure a cool load and unloading situation.
  • Keep children and pets indoors as much as possible:  Dogs and cats can also have heat strokes; so do not forget about your furry friend on the day of you move!
  • Try to move earlier in the day if you can:  This will be a coolest time of day to move.
  • Wear light breathable clothing
  • Take breaks when necessary
  • Ice Cream is always helpful to cool down!
  • Call us to help you move and you can relax as we sweat for you!

We hope these helped and we wish you the best of luck this summer!  Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook and check out our website at www.TaylorFamilyCompanies.com

*Tip – drive on the right side of the road unless in Europe!

How to Make Packing Easier

There are many things in life that we do not look forward to and I think we can all agree that packing to move is one of them!  We are going to give you some great tips on how to make packing easier for your upcoming move.

The supplies you will need are boxes (ranging from small to large in size), packing paper and or bubble wrap, and tape (specifically for boxes). The boxes can be acquired through your local Lowes store or you can get them from your grocery store.  The important thing to remember is that they are around the same sizes.

Now that we have all the supplies we are ready to start the fun part – packing!  Packing according to room makes it easier when unpacking.  So divide your boxes up among the rooms to get started.  Pick your first room of choice to start and then you will the start packing process.  When packing you want to put heavier items in smaller boxes so that they do not get too heavy.  Make sure to fill the box up to the top, for example, say you have a box full of books that do not reach the top you can put some blankets or stuff animals on top.  If you do not fill them up to the top then the box will cave in when placed on the dolly with the other boxes.  When packing breakables be sure to label that they are fragile.  Pack the items tightly and use extra packing paper or bubble wrap.  For example, do not pack a breakable tea pot with a waffle iron.

When you finish each room make sure that all the boxes are labeled for the room so that they can be placed together on the truck and unpacked in their designated room in the new home.  We wish you luck and encourage any questions or comments you have about packing!

*Tip – Don’t get sand in your bed!

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