8 Effective Ways To Move Out Quickly


Couple Moving Out Of Their Gainesville Home Quickly

Sometimes an event comes along that requires you to make a residential move in short order. Perhaps it’s a new job offer or you want to be closer to the family. Whatever the reason, there are some ways you can speed up the process — and maybe save a little money, too. Here’s a to-do list before moving from the Gainesville movers at UF Mover Guys to make everything as fast as possible.

1. Hire Local Home Movers

When there isn’t much time to organize, a Gainesville moving company can respond to your needs faster than a national moving company. Gainesville residential movers at UF Mover Guys are professionals who will give your valuables superior care and attention, freeing you up to handle all the last-minute details.

2. Get Your Packaging Supplies Organized

Before you spend all that time and money at a moving supplies store, take a look around your home for materials to help you pack in a hurry. You can wrap fragile items such as large plates and glass in a towel or blanket, instead of bubble wrap. Other breakables, such as glassware and ceramics, can go into boxes padded with bedsheets, pillowcases, and socks.

Speaking of boxes, look for some extras sitting around in your garage. If you need more, visit your local grocery store and ask the manager for eggs boxes from the dairy department. (Eggs boxes are built strong, and they’re free for the taking.)

3. Start Packing Early

If you put off packing, you’ll be rushed at the last minute. As a result, you might leave something behind or forget to do an important task. So, begin packing as soon as you have your boxes ready. Label each box as you go, listing what’s inside and which room it belongs in.

4. Ask Friends & Family For Packing Help 

Putting stuff in boxes all by yourself is hard. Fortunately, you have plenty of assistance waiting in your neighbors, coworkers and family members. Why not invite them to a moving party? Offer them food and drinks in exchange for their packing labors. Play some great music and have lots of laughs. Before you know it, everything will be packaged, labeled and ready for the moving truck.

5. Donate Or Give Away Unwanted Stuff

Do you really need to take everything, or are there some items you don’t need anymore? Before the packing party, look through closets and storage spaces and separate out unneeded clothing, knickknacks, and gadgets. Also, look for items that:

  • Are damaged
  • Belong to someone else
  • You use only one time of the year, such as seasonal decorations

Toss the broken stuff, and pack the rest to donate. Then, take the items to a local charity where they can be put to good use, or give them to friends. The less you put on the moving truck, the more time and money you’ll save.

6. Plan A Pre-Move-In

Does your lease start before moving day? Take some things over to the new place early, if you can. Bring small items that you might not need right away, such as spare clothes, collectibles or kitchen tools. If you can make multiple trips, do it. The time you invest now will pay off in a faster move on the big day.

7. Have Your Move Ready The Night Before

The night before the movers arrive, double-check to make sure everything is ready to put on the truck. Did you:

  • Clean out the refrigerator?
  • Inspect the bathrooms for unpacked toiletries?
  • Peek under sinks for stray cleaning products?

Finally, put personal items like prescriptions and important papers in a small tote or other container. Pack them in the car a few minutes after the movers arrive in the morning.

8. Do Your Last-Minute Cleaning Before Moving In

Now it’s morning, and the truck is here. To help complete the moving in one day, clean up while items are being removed. Wipe dirt off windows or shelves as boxes get taken off them. When everything is out of a room, vacuum the floors and look for any items you may have missed. Then put the cleaning items in the truck and you’re ready to go.

Call Gainesville, FL Movers Now

For more than 10 years, Gainesville residents have depended on UF Mover Guys to handle last-minute moves. With our expertise and friendly service, you can expect a well-planned and organized move, even when time is critical. Contact UF Mover Guys today for moving services in Gainesville, FL, and let’s get this move on the road!

Moving Hack: Create A Packing Schedule

Gainesville Moving Hack: Create A Packing Schedule

Moving is stressful. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that you have to do and put off packing until the last minute. Unfortunately, as professional movers know, packing only gets more difficult and stressful with procrastination. The key to simple and stress-free packing is to start early and create (and stick to) a detailed packing schedule.

Before You Pack

The moment you know you’re moving, create a moving checklist of everything you have to do, complete with specific deadlines for each task. This checklist will keep track of tasks such as changing utilities from the old place to the new, picking up boxes, and hiring a Gainesville moving service. A detailed checklist will keep you on top of everything that you need to do.

Moving is also the perfect opportunity to downsize your belongings. The less you have, the easier it will be to pack. Take some time before your move to sort through possessions and get rid of clothes, books, or other objects for which you no longer have use. You might consider hosting a garage sale a month or so before your big move.

Where To Start

The hardest part of any big project is figuring out how to get started, and this is no less true for packing. Because packing can take a long time, and you’ll still need to live in your home while you’re packing, it’s best to start in the least frequently used rooms of your house, such as an attic, garage, or guest bedroom. Clearing these rooms early on will provide you with a convenient “dumping ground” for packed boxes to keep them out of your way throughout the packing process. Having all of your packed items in one area will be a blessing come moving day.

Packing Schedule By Room

Depending on how much time you’ve allowed yourself to pack, you may choose to dedicate a day to packing each individual room. If you’ve really planned ahead, you may even be able to spend a week on each room. Gainesville movers recommend the following packing order:

  • Storage areas such as basements, attics, or garages.
  • Little-used rooms such as guest bedrooms or home offices.
  • Children’s rooms, if any.
  • Finally, the most essential rooms: kitchens, master bedrooms, and bathrooms.

As you’re packing, keep in mind what you’ll need your first night in your new home and pack those items together in a box or suitcase. This way, you won’t spend your first night digging through multiple boxes just trying to get ready for bed.

Packing Schedule By Item

Another tactic for packing is to tackle objects by function. As with packing by room, it’s best to start with nonessentials. This includes seasonal items such as holiday decorations and out-of-season clothes, artwork and decorations, and collectibles such as photo albums or scrapbooks. Anything that you won’t have use for before your move should be packed first. Next should come books, DVDs, games, and other hobby activities. You likely won’t have time to enjoy these in the hectic days and weeks leading up to your move. Remember that books are heavy, so it’s best to pack these in small, sturdy boxes to keep them safe.

As moving day gets closer, move on to nonessential items that you use a little more frequently, like linens, office supplies, and jewelry. When packing linens, remember that old blankets, towels, and sheets make excellent padding for breakable items like china or lamps. In the final days before your move, tackle the objects you use every day. This includes electronics, kitchen items, and clothes. You may have to live on paper plates and plastic utensils for a few days.

Packing is a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Gainesville movers will tell you that the best way to keep moving low-stress is to create a packing schedule that works best for your life. Remember that these tips are just suggestions, and you can tweak them to suit your needs. To get started on creating your packing schedule, contact us today to schedule your move.

Pack A Priority Box For Easy Moving

Man carrying a priority box of first-night supplies beside his girlfriend while moving in Gainesville, FL

The process of moving is widely regarded as being stressful, whether you’re moving across the country or to the next town. Our moving company in Gainesville, FL, works with clients daily to provide expert moving services. With attention to your residential moving or commercial moving needs and a goal to reduce the stress associated with your move, our moving guys are here to discuss priority boxes. By packing your must-have items into a priority box, you’ll have your essentials ready and waiting at your new home — even if the rest of your belongings are yet to arrive or waiting to be unpacked.

What To Pack In Your Priority Boxes

What items provide you with the comforts of home? Determine those necessary belongings and fill your priority box(es). Rest assured that while UF Mover Guys handle your other moving services — packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking — that your essentials will be ready for you at your new home or business.

Depending on whether you are moving to a new home or moving a business to a new location, the items you may wish to send via priority box will differ. For example, if you’re moving to your new home you may select bedding and pillows but if you’re moving business locations then you may pack painting tools and the paint you selected for your storefront.

Business Essentials

What needs to be accomplished first at the new location? Simple repairs, cleaning, organizing — whatever is first on your to-do list, make sure you have the items necessary to tackle the task. Items that may be useful in your priority box are:

  • Business décor or signs
  • Paint and painting supplies
  • Tools
  • Cleaning products and supplies
  • Necessary paperwork (receipts, inventory, orders, etc.)

Home Essentials

It doesn’t matter if you are moving near or far away, it’s still likely you’ll need and want your personal necessities! Not to mention, if you have children or pets, simple items of comfort can make this process easier on everyone! Think of the following items when you’re ready to fill your priority box:

  • Baby necessities (such as pacifiers, bedding, sound machine)
  • Child necessities (such as night lights, favorite toys, bedding)
  • Pet supplies
  • Personal care items
  • Bedding
  • Bath necessities and linens
  • Medications
  • Snacks
  • Entertainment (such as books, tablets, board games)

Once you have selected your must-have items, visit your local post office to obtain the ideal priority size box(es) and prepare your priority shipment! Let our movers in Gainesville, FL, handle the rest! Spend the first few days at your new location with your essentials while we finish moving your remaining items. Our moving company offers many moving solutions, each catered to the needs of your move. From cool storage services to student moving services, UF Mover Guys will handle your move with ease! Contact us for a moving quote!

8 Moving Tips For Lazy People

Lazy dude chilling on the couch despite the fact that he's moving today!

If moving and being lazy seem contradictory, that’s only because these concepts are still largely thought about in traditional terms: moving is work, laziness isn’t, therefore, the two can never jive — except they can. Though some believe laziness is inexcusable behavior, others view inactivity as an art form. It’s to these inactive artists of the world, the people who don’t really care about planning and details but just want to get through moving with minimal effort, that these eight tips are dedicated.

1. Start Packing Weeks In Advance

Even though procrastination is a trademark of laziness, delaying your packing until the last minute could actually create more work, because then you’ll have to work harder, faster, and under stress to finish. Instead, conserve your energy by packing a couple of boxes every day starting several weeks in advance. Focus on your most important belongings first. That way, if you run out of steam later, you can just sell or donate remaining items.

2. Use Small Boxes

To a lazy person, using small boxes probably seems illogical. After all, large boxes make packing go faster because they hold more stuff. However, the time saved by packing large boxes comes at the cost of you exerting extra energy later when carrying those behemoths. Since small boxes are lighter and easier to handle, they make loading and unloading a less demanding job. To reduce the number of boxes you need, use proper packing techniques: start with large, heavy items, then fill in space with small items — similar to fitting all the pieces in a game of Tetris. Also, keep in mind that moving boxes have different widths of padding. Use thin boxes for towels and soft items and thick ones for electronics and fragile decorations.

3. Label The Boxes

Again, though it seems contradictory, the trick to effective laziness isn’t always to avoid work. This is the case with labels. Listing the contents on the outsides of boxes takes effort, but it also saves you more work later. By knowing what’s inside, you can put boxes in their right rooms, so you don’t have reshuffle them later. And, just in case you don’t unpack everything right away, labels help you find the items you need without searching every box.

4. Make Slides With Extra Boxes

Flattened cardboard boxes laid end-to-end on the ground create a sliding surface to push or pull other boxes. Start by deconstructing extra boxes then laying them out in a path from the front door to the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. A slide also works wonders on stairs, where carrying heavy items is a precarious chore. For safety, tie a string around the box at the top of the stairs, leave yourself plenty of slack, and allow the box to slowly slide down the stairs. Try not to destroy the boxes on the ground so that you can reuse them, and recycle any damaged ones.

5. Hire Cleaners Before Moving Out

Our moving company in Gainesville serves a lot of tenants and students in rental housing. Rather than clean their apartments, some tenants prefer to move out and let their security deposits cover the cleaning costs. This is superb laziness but terrible economics. The average deposit equals one or two months’ rent, which is more money than it would cost to hire house cleaners for an afternoon. If you’re a renter who’s too busy (being lazy) to clean, don’t leave the apartment in shambles — call the professionals.

6. Sell The Furniture, Then Buy It Again

When you’re feeling lazy, it feels like everything weighs more than normal, including furniture. Usually, there are two ways to move out furniture: 1) find several people to lift it, or 2) dismantle the furniture and carry it out piecemeal. Here’s a third option: put it up for sale. Many people are sentimental and want to take their furniture with them, but if you’re someone who thinks a couch is just a couch, then there’s no harm in selling yours on Craigslist or LetGo and then buying a new one with the money raised from your entrepreneurialism. If you choose to go this route, just make sure the furniture store delivers, otherwise, you’ll end up doing the heavy lifting anyway.

7. Prop Open The Doors

There’s no mystery to this advice. Loading or unloading a moving truck involves traveling through your front door multiple times. Not only does opening and closing the door take effort — when you’re lazy, every ounce of energy counts — but turning a handle can be difficult while holding onto boxes. Wedging the door open with a doorstop saves you from opening and closing it manually. But if you’re worried about intruders (human or insect), wrap a crisscrossed rubber band around the knobs and across the latch mechanism. This will allow you to pull open the door without using the handle.

8. Hire Movers To Do The Work For You

We saved the best advice for last. Rather than putting your laziness to the test with a large workload, pawn off the responsibility on our movers in Gainesville. UF Mover Guys is a full-service moving company for students, families, and businesses. Whether you’re moving across town, across Florida, or to another part of the country, we can handle everything for you, including packing, loading and unloading, and transportation. And if you’re only half lazy and want to do some of the work yourself, we also sell moving supplies and rent trucks and climate-controlled storage units to make your life easier. Being lazy has never been less exhausting than with our movers on your side. Contact us today to schedule moving services!

Moving? Leave These Items Behind

Girl Donating Clothes Before Moving In Gainesville

When it’s time to move, you may become overwhelmed by the number of things you own. But as you browse your inventory of items, you’ll probably find several items worth leaving behind, either because they’ve outlived their usefulness, or because they’re not worth the time, hassle, or expense of transporting them. But we get it — it can be difficult to know whether to toss something for fear it may be useful in the future. To help you discern keepers from non-keepers when it comes to your belongings, UF Mover Guys offers this handy list of things you shouldn’t be afraid to ditch when moving.

Hazardous Chemicals

Many of the cleaning and household products that people use on a regular basis qualify as hazardous chemicals. These include obviously toxic substances such as bleach, drain cleaners, and pesticides, as well as seemingly innocuous products such as air fresheners, dishwasher detergents, and carpet shampoos. In your everyday life, these products pose health risks only when they are ingested (either by small children or pets) or exposed to bare skin. When you’re moving, though, the danger posed from hazardous chemicals is that during transit they could spill in the moving truck and ruin other items.

If you’ve hired a moving company, you can ask the movers to pack any chemicals they find in plastic bags or containers that will contain a spill. However, it’s probably worth having the movers focused on heavier and more valuable items since you’re footing moving the bill.

Where To Go For Hazardous Waste Collection

To be environmentally responsible, dispose of hazardous waste only at designated waste collection sites. In Alachua County, you can drop household chemicals at the main waste collection center, located at 5125 NE 63rd Ave., in Gainesville, or at any of the county’s five rural collection centers.

Over- Or Undersized Furniture

Before you move, get an estimate of the size of your new home or apartment. The layout and square footage of the new floor plan can help you determine which furniture to bring with you. If a couch, dining table, bed frame, or any other piece of furniture isn’t the right size for your new home, don’t be afraid to move on from it.

How To Donate Furniture

Unless your furniture is completely trashed, you can probably sell it online to somebody locally — most pre-owned furniture buyers only pursue items near their homes. If the items are moderately stained, dented, or scratched, though, consider donating them to a worthy cause instead. The Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Alachua County specializes in selling used furniture to fund charitable initiatives; the organization will pick up donations in greater northeast Florida, and it also has a drop-off open during regular business hours at its Gainesville location. Furniture that’s too dirty or damaged to even donate, though, should be brought to a waste management facility, such as North Central Solid Waste Collection Center. If you need a vehicle to transport furniture, appliances, or other large items, UF Mover Guys has some of the most affordable truck rentals of any moving company in Gainesville.

Unfashionable Threads

Nobody’s saying you have to be a fashion icon. But we are saying those torn, stained, and funky-smelling T-shirts have got to go. Any clothing that you haven’t unpacked from your last move, or that has not been worn in a year or more, aren’t worth folding, packing, and shipping to your new place. Instead, ditch your less useful threads prior to moving.

How To Participate In A Clothes Drive

Sometimes, worn out shirts and pants are no better than disposable dish rags. Other times, such articles of clothing can be worth a fortune to vintage collectors. It all depends, but one place to find answers is Plato’s Closet. This store buys and sells clothing of all styles and sizes. If your wardrobe is worth a pretty penny (or just a penny), they’ll be the ones to let you know. And if you can’t sell your old clothes for a small fortune, don’t fret. You can earn some good karma by taking the clothes to local nonprofits, such as Goodwill thrift stores.

Once you’ve decided which things not to keep, UF Mover Guys can help you pack up the rest and safely transport your property to your new address, whether it’s in Gainesville or across state lines. Receive a free, no-obligation moving quote today!

Your Guide To Summer Moving

Unpacking Boxes After Moving In Gainesville, FL
All across America, summer is peak moving season. Just how busy is it? Of all moves that happen annually in the United States, roughly 80 percent occur between April and September. Of course, the motivations for relocating at this time vary. In much of the country, summer months have ideal weather for being outdoors and driving long distances (not quite the case in North Central Florida if you want to stay cool).

Gainesville still subscribes to the summer moving craze, though, but mainly because of its student population. When the spring semester ends, many students either graduate or move home temporarily, and return in August for fall semester along with first-year and transfer students who arrive for UF move-in day and orientation.

What are the effects of consolidating this many moves in a season? There are actually two: one good and one bad. On the upside, moving is usually viewed as a stressful activity, but it is less intimidating if you know there are other people doing it. If you have friends who are moving, for example, you could help each other pack. On the downside, lots of people moving around the same time means they’re all vying for the same resources. And what happens when stores run out of boxes, or you’re on a waitlist for movers in Gainesville?

Here, UF Mover Guys offers ways to avoid the pitfalls of peak-season moves while also taking advantage of its opportunities. Use this guide with a standard moving checklist for the easiest move this summer.

Hire Movers First, Not Last

Waiting until you’re packed to hire movers could leave you scraping at the bottom of the barrel of moving companies in Gainesville. Instead, choose your moving company first. By doing so, you can find experienced movers who have positive reviews and competitive prices and will be available when you need them. Most professional movers allow customers to schedule services up to three months early. So if you’re planning to move in June, start searching online for movers in March.

Transfer Utilities As Soon As Possible

Sometimes, new residents pick up keys to their homes or apartments a few days before they move in. If this option is available to you, take advantage by transferring over your utilities immediately upon gaining access to your new abode. It’ll be hot outside, so you’ll want to have the electricity turned on and the A/C unit working. Also, cellular data can be patchy in Gainesville. Have the Internet hooked up early in case you need to search for moving company contact info, find helpers for unloading boxes on the fly, or most critically, order lunch.

Get Inventive With Packing Supplies

During peak moving season, cardboard boxes, tape, and even packing peanuts are often in short supply locally. If you have spare cash and storage space, you can buy these packing materials early and horde them. Alternatively, you can make do with the items you own already. Using suitcases, backpacks, and even plastic bags as storage vessels not only saves you the ruthless competition for supplies. It also reduces your moving expenses. Sweatshirts, pillows, and socks make great buffers for fragile items in boxes, and blankets, sheets, and towels can be used to wrap furniture to avoid scratches.

Be Safe, Stay Hydrated

The average daily highs in Gainesville during June, July, and August are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With the high humidity levels, caused by the fact that one-third of those days experience rainfall, you could be dealing with a swelter on moving day. For the sake of your health, keep a cooler of electrolyte-enriched beverages in the back of the moving truck to stay hydrated. You can’t go wrong with Gatorade, which was invented in Gainesville in the 1960s by a doctor at UF’s College of Medicine (much to the benefit of the Florida Gators football team of that era). Or, if you’re not a fan of sweet drinks, try bottled water with electrolytes. Stay away from beverages with high amounts of sugar or alcohol, which can leave you feeling thirsty and dehydrated.

In addition to your standard moving checklist, these tips for moving in the summer will help you make the most of your relocation. And for local and long-distance residential moving services for families, businesses, and students; packing supplies or climate-controlled storage for rent; or help with packing or loading and unloading; turn to UF Mover Guys. Contact us today to schedule moving services!

May Is National Moving Month: Here’s What To Know

Summer is the busiest moving season of the year, but May, which is the last month of spring and when many people start preparing to relocate, is National Moving Month. Here’s everything you need to know about this month-long holiday along with tips for how you can make the most of it for your upcoming move.

May Is National Moving Month: Here's What To Know

What Is National Moving Month All About?

As the busiest time of the year for home sales, summer is also when the most moves occur for houses, apartments, and dorms alike. Altogether, out of the 11 percent of Americans who move every year, more than one half — nearly 6 percent of the population — do so between June and September.

Summer moves have become so prevalent, in fact, that the federal government was prompted to designate May as a national holiday. But this month isn’t so much of an occasion to move (although you certainly can, if you want to) as much as it is a month-long, summer moving kickoff. Throughout May, students, renters, homeowners, and others who will soon be moving can find loads of tips, advice, and resources to help them set everything into motion.

So, if you’re thinking about changing your address this summer, whether by moving within Florida or across multiple states’ lines, use National Moving Month as a time to plan and prepare. To help get you started, our movers in Gainesville have put together the following moving tips. Apply these to your situation, or call us today to schedule moving services!

Summer Moving Tips For Gainesville Residents

What drives summer moving in Gainesville? It’s a mixture of necessity and choice. Since most college dorms close in the summer, and many off campus housing rental contracts end around then, students who are involved in summer athletics, camps, or courses or planning to work a summer job usually have to move. Meanwhile, many homeowners choose the summer to move because the real estate and job markets are hot, while parents also need time to enroll their children in school before the fall.

Whether you’re relocating to Gainesville or starting a new life outside of the area, use these tips from our professional movers to have a successful move this summer.

Call The Movers In May

If you’re moving in the summer, May isn’t too early to call your local moving company in Gainesville. Demand for moving services spikes in June and July as students vacate dorms and apartments near the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College. (This trend contrasts with what would be typically a steady demand for moving services in a non-student town.) Therefore, if you want to make sure and secure the movers you want, schedule them in May.

Sell Your Unwanted Items In May, Or Wait Till August

To cut down on moving costs, lighten your load by selling the items you no longer need, such as clothes, furniture, or electronics. Downsizing reduces both the size of your moving job and the costs of packing and delivery. If you’re trying to make a few extra bucks, a good time to sell is in May (before students leave the campus) or August (after they return). Students are among the largest consumers of secondhand products, which they buy to save money or accentuate their image with vintage flair. During the summer, however, the buyer-market shrinks considerably.

If You’re Moving Bulky Items By Car, Try For July

When most of Gainesville’s student population is gone in July, local traffic is lighter, which creates a window for moving bulky items. Sure, driving on Archer Road with a mattress on the roof of your Camry is like tempting fate when the roads are congested during the school year, but this maneuver becomes easier to pull off during the summer slowdown. That said, renting a moving truck or hiring professionals to move bulky items is always a safer choice, both for pedestrians and your belongings.

Whether it’s May, January, or October, UF Mover Guys is available to help you out with residential moving in Gainesville. We handle local moves as well as long-distance moves, and we offer both single moving services and full-service packages. Call us today for a free, no-obligation price quote!

Settle In With This Post-Move Checklist

Moving day ends when you unload the truck at your new house or apartment. However, the moving process continues for several days as boxes need unpacking, furniture needs arranging, etc. In order to help you settle in faster, our movers in Gainesville made this easy-to-follow, post-move checklist divided by timeframes — feel free to add or subtract tasks per your situation!

Unpacking New Home After Moving In Gainesville, FL

Moving Day Preparations

1. Set Up Utilities

Before moving into your new home, be sure to set up the utilities, so you don’t have to spend the first night with no electricity or (gasp) Internet.

If you’re moving to Gainesville, here are links to local utility companies.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) provides electric, natural gas, water, and other services. Check with your landlord or realtor to confirm which services are your responsibility.

Cox Communications offers cable, Internet, and phone services. It takes a few days to process a new account or transfer your services (and longer if you’re not doing self-installation), so call in advance!

If you’re changing your cellular plan to get a local number, AT&T and Verizon purportedly have the best cell phone coverage in Florida according to WhistleOut. As for the cheapest cell phone plans, NerdWallet reports that Sprint ranks high for non-prepaid plans while T-Mobile ranks high for pay-as-you-go plans. And when you need to buy, sell, trade, or repair a phone in Gainesville, a popular location is Re-Tech in Butler Plaza.

Lastly, before you move, don’t forget to cancel the utility accounts for your previous address. You don’t want the new residents filling their backyard swimming pool while your name remains on the water bill.

2. Inspect Your Furniture & Other Belongings

Once your belongings arrive at your new home, inspect individual pieces of furniture and fragile items. We’re not saying it’s necessary to use a magnifying glass to find hairline scratches, but you should take a quick look over each item as it comes off the truck to ensure the item is in the same condition in which it was loaded.

Professional movers accept liability for damaged items. They also take care not to damage items when moving them. But if you spot any scuffed or broken items, let the movers know.

3. Unpack The Essentials

You’ll have time in the coming days or weeks to finish unpacking, so get to the essentials first. If you planned ahead, you may have set aside boxes with special items to get you through the next couple of days. These might include toiletries, shower items, clothing, and food.

If you didn’t pack a first-day box, hopefully, you at least labeled the boxes. Check which ones contain your toiletries, especially towels, clothes, and kitchen items for cooking.

Steps For The First Week

Now that you’ve gotten through moving day, your attention should turn to tasks that should be completed during the first week.

4. Finish Unpacking

There’s not much to it but to do it. Grab a box, pull out the contents, and put them in their correct places. Finish unpacking one box before moving to another, and always throw away or recycle packing materials to avoid a mess and save the planet.

Not everyone has the stamina to unpack a full house. If that’s the case for you, check with your moving company for packing services. They also can help with assembling furniture, transporting items to storage containers, or carrying bulky items up stairs.

5. Map Out Your Commute

Many of us have to move for purposes related to work or school. Whether you came to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida or Santa Fe College, or you moved here to start a job, it’s helpful to plan your route before your first day’s commute. The best route might not be the shortest distance. Sometimes, preferred routes have the least traffic or the fewest tolls or potholes.

In addition to giving you the shortest route, Google Maps also has filters you can set to find the fastest route and spot traffic well ahead. iPhone users can take advantage of Apple Maps, which lets the user avoid tolls.

Both apps are free. But if you’re willing to cough up some dough, MotionX GPS Drive is another highly rated paid app that gives directions in multiple voices and even remembers your parking spot.

The First Month

After a week, you should be settling into life in your new home. Before you call the move over and done with, you’ll want to address a few final tasks.

6. Head To The DMV

Most states have laws requiring residents to update their driver’s licenses within 10 or so days after changing addresses. If you’re a Gainesville resident, you’ll want to head to the nearest office of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).

To save time and avoid standing in line, you can take care of new licenses, tags, and plates online.

7. Throw A Housewarming Party

A housewarming party is a great way to meet your new neighbors — once your home is fully unpacked and presentable. If you’re in a residential neighborhood, try going door-to-door to meet your neighbors. Just be mindful of the fact that some people are less welcoming of drop-ins.

If you have friends in the area, be sure to invite them, as well. Having a few familiar faces in the crowd can help to cut through any lulls in conversations between new people who are just getting acquainted.

Whether you’re planning a move, in the middle of one, or finishing up the last steps, UF Mover Guys can help. We offer everything from full-service moves to individual services, such as packing, loading and unloading, and even temporary storage. We also handle local moves within Gainesville as well as long-distance relocations. Contact us to schedule your move!

Three Tips For An Easy Move

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Whether you’re transferring for a job, preparing for the end of a lease, or you’re planning to live with a romantic partner, the process of relocating personal belongings can quickly create stress. At UF Mover Guys, we know a thing or two about moving. Whether your objective is to vacate a dorm room, an apartment, or a house with great haste, or you want to simplify the moving process, the following tips will help make your upcoming move a breeze.

1. Declutter Before Packing

Even those with the tidiest living spaces have some degree of clutter. Whether it’s one small drawer filled with different kitchen utensils or a smorgasbord of household goods, clutter is no match for the decluttering process created by our movers in Gainesville.

Create Item Categories

Before you’re waist-deep in a collection of your personal belongings, pull out a piece of paper and a pen or open a spreadsheet on your laptop. Next, detail categories which describe the types of items you own. Add items to each category to simplify the decluttering process. Consider the following example or create your own to accommodate your needs.

Clothing

This should include every garment, article, or accessory in the home that you could wear, such as pants; dresses; suits; pajamas; jackets; shoes; handbags; socks; underwear; hats; and athletic clothing, among any other type of clothing, accessory, or footwear.

Books

Even if you’ve embraced the digital age, you’re bound to have a few books laying around the house. Our Gainesville movers are accustomed to packing-up textbooks and other types of books, such as cookbooks; magazines; cookbooks; kids’ books; photo albums; and more!

Documents

Some documents are sentimental, such as old birthday or holiday cards, personal journals, or school assignments. Other papers are essential, such as tax documents, birth certificates, social security cards, and any papers related to work that you may need in the future.

Kitchen

If there’s one area of the home that presents difficulty while moving, it’s the kitchen. Practically every individual has a kitchen in their home, with a range of foods; cookware; spices; herbs; silverware; dishware; and different types of portable kitchen appliances.

Bedroom

Items that don’t fall within the different categories you’ve established, such as clothes or books, might include bedding — such as sheets, pillows, and comforters — artwork on the walls, and electronics, which include TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles, home audio systems.

Group Items Into Categories

This step consists of going through each room of the home, gathering all personal items, and placing each item into the respective category to which it belongs. To avoid complications while grouping, Gainesville moving professionals recommend keeping items from the same rooms together. This will make unpacking a much simpler, faster, and more organized process.

Get Rid Of Excess Belongings

Even if you hire a moving company to help with the relocation, reducing the number of items you plan to bring with you to the new home can help facilitate a quick moving day process. Once the items are categorized into neat piles, put into a box all of the belongings you no longer need, want, or use. This can include clothes you’ve outgrown, electronics from which you’ve since upgraded, and multiple sets of the same kitchen items.

Throw Away Unusable Items

Items you plan to throw away can be put in the nearest trash can or dumpster, or you can make a round trip to any of Alachua County’s Rural Collection Centers.

Donate Excess Belongings

If the items you no longer want may be of use to others, consider donating them to charitable organizations, such as Goodwill Industries of North Florida, Inc. or Alachua Habitat for Humanity. Contact the organization ahead of time to note the days and times in which donations are accepted.

List Online Items Of Value

As a local moving company started in Gainesville, UF Mover Guys also understand that some people have an entrepreneurial spirit regarding their belongings. If you’d like to try your hand in selling your unwanted items, eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace are all good options.

2. Pack Smarter, Not Harder

As a rule, packing is easier when you have less stuff. After completing an exhaustive decluttering process, what remains is preparing for transport the items you plan on bringing along to the new home. Go room-by-room and pack your belongings into boxes, finishing one area before moving on to the next. You can buy cardboard boxes, heavy-duty tape, packing peanuts, and a wide range of other moving supplies from UF Mover Guys. We can also provide you with tips for cutting moving costs by using the items you already own.

Packing is a step that you can avoid altogether by hiring movers to do it for you. Our team can provide full-packing or partial-packing services, as well as disassemble any large furniture that doesn’t fit through the front door. Among the advantages to hiring professional movers for packing is the ensured safety and security of personal items throughout each step of the moving process, from start to finish, including packing-up, transport, and delivery.

If you decide to pursue a do-it-yourself move, ensure the safety of your personal items by remembering to pack and move from heavy-to-light and from large-to-small. This pertains to the manner in which items are packed into the boxes as well as the order in which the boxes are loaded onto — and unloaded off from — the moving truck.

3. Start Planning Early

This tip may seem somewhat obvious. However, the lead-up to a move can be a busy, preoccupying time, as you focus on the number of things you have to do besides moving, such as dealing with a realtor, finishing up school or preparing for a new job. It’s possible, even understandable, that a few details regarding the relocation may slip your mind. But planning ahead for the move by several months can help you ensure that all details regarding your move are accounted for. Three to four months prior to moving day is the optimal time to schedule services with a moving company and create a to-do list. You can also avoid feeling stressed and overworked by creating an early timetable for decluttering and packing — distribute the moving tasks across multiple weeks and set aside a few hours to perform the tasks on designated days. Following these tips will help you make easier your upcoming moving day. For additional help or to schedule moving services with UF Mover Guys, contact us today!

Five Tips For Moving With Children

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Caring for young children is a full-time job. Adding a relocation into the mix can make for a complex moving process. These five tips from the Gainesville moving professionals at UF Mover Guys will help you simplify the process of moving with kids.

1. Hold A Family Meeting

To prepare children for a move, start with a family meeting several months ahead of moving day. Order-in from your favorite pizzeria — for recommendations in Gainesville, try Satchel’s Pizza, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, or MOD Pizza — gather the family around the dining table, and lay out in clear terms what everyone can expect (e.g., changing schools, leaving old friends, making new friends). By taking away the element of surprise and providing kids with realistic expectations, children are more likely to both adjust to and handle the move.

2. Ask Your Kids For Feedback

Parents know best, but kids always have an opinion. When it comes time to make decisions about the move, let the kids have their say. If you’re browsing homes for sale online, ask the kids what they like or dislike about your final picks. When you’re choosing a moving company, ask your children whether they agree with your choice of Gainesville movers! The point of this exercise is to provide your kids with a reason to feel invested in and involved with a significant aspect of the move.

3. Downsize Kids’ Rooms With Caution

The fewer items you take with you, the easier the process of moving. Every move should include downsizing — the process of donating, selling, and/or disposing of items you no longer need, want or use. But for the sake of household harmony, exercise caution when downsizing kids’ bedrooms and play areas. While it may be less of a burden to move five boxes of toys instead of ten, the stress of moving coupled with extreme downsizing can be too much change to handle for young children. Instead, consider hosting a yard sale once the move is complete.

4. Spend A Day As Tourists

When you live close enough to your next home to visit ahead of time, you can help your kids adjust to life in their new surroundings by spending the day as tourists. You can swing by the new house or apartment as well as the kids’ new school to help them become familiar with nearby, but new surroundings. It may also be beneficial to set aside a couple of hours for exploring the new neighborhood with the kids. If your family is moving to Gainesville, feel free to contact UF Mover Guys for tips about local points of interest.

5. Prepare A Moving-Day Survival Kit

A survival kit for moving day follows the same concept as the kits commonly prepared for hurricane season and other perilous occasions. But instead of batteries, you have fruit snacks. Rather than astronaut food, you have granola bars. Instead of a flashlight, you have coloring books, handheld game consoles or kid-friendly apps downloaded and ready for use on your smartphone. Other items in a survival kit for moving with small children include wet-nap moist towelettes, a change of clothes, a few select toiletries, and a few of your kids’ favorite toys. As the majority of your personal belongings will be packed into boxes, this kit can serve to provide you and your kids with the necessities until your items arrive to the new living space. For more moving tips or to schedule your next move, contact UF Mover Guys today!