4 Tips for Helping Your Elderly Parents Move

One of the hardest parts of life is watching your parents get older and less able to care for themselves. As the years go on, we are made to watch those vibrant people from our childhood and youth lose their health and relocate either to a smaller home or an assisted living facility. 

The move itself can also be problematic and stressful, just as a regular move can be. But this time, it’s compounded by having to navigate your parents’ emotional state as they must leave the home they’ve probably lived in for years. 

Here are tips for how to help your elderly parents move into their new home:

1-Downsize carefully — One of the toughest aspects of the move for your parents will be trying to downsize their home. Most seniors have kept their home “just so” for years and are emotionally attached to the things they see each day. 

Many also keep mementos of the past and of their loved ones. But it may not be practical to get rid of everything just as it may not be practical to take it all to the new home. 

So, give yourself plenty of time to sit with your parents and reflect on each item deciding what to keep and what to do away with. Also, consider getting a storage unit so that your parents don’t have to feel like they are throwing all their cherished belongings away.

2-Hire a team of professional movers — Another thing that will go a long way to easing the move is hiring a team of professional movers. Obviously, your parents may not be able to handle moving any of the boxes or belongings that are going to their new home. But, it’s also important that they trust whoever is moving them. Hire experienced professional movers with an inscrutable reputation that can be trusted to move the belongings without breaking or scuffing them.

3-Handle the medical side before the move — Obviously, health and medical concerns are of utmost importance with your elderly parents. Before they move, you need to help make sure that their health needs have been cared for. 

To that end, make sure that you have updated their new address with their insurance company and all their doctors. Have their prescriptions updated to go to a pharmacy closer to the new home? 

You may also want to see if you can have these filled so that they don’t have to worry about refills during the move itself. Give them some time to get acclimated to their new home without worrying about tasks like that. Also, make sure you have found them a new doctor in their area (especially if they are changing cities)

4-Make the new house feel like home — The best thing you can do is make this transition a smooth one. Your parents may be going into their first new home in decades. If possible, don’t let them move in until you have had time to set everything up. 

Plan out where they want things to go and then have the movers place these exactly as they wish. When they move in, have personal pictures and mementos placed around the home to remind them as much as possible of the old home. Also, as you set up furniture, make sure the locations are safe with plenty of wide spaces to prevent trips and falls.

Helping Your Parents Move Can Make All the Difference

If your elderly parents are preparing to move, then it’s essential that you help them get ready for this. Preparation means a lot more than just packing up the boxes. It also goes toward preparing them emotionally for the changes they will experience.

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Steps to Prepare for a Move in 2022

Moving a home is a challenge whether you’ve been living it for a year or a decade. And it goes without saying that moving during 2020 and 2021 presented special problems and considerations that no one saw coming. COVID-19 certainly changed a lot of the “normal” practices for moving and other industries. 

While there are still COVID precautions that need to be taken, there are other things to keep in mind when planning any type of a move, regardless of the date. 

Here are steps, along with our best tips, to get you ready for a move in 2022:

Use your apps — It’s 2022, so be sure to take advantage of all the technology that you can. Be sure to ask if your realtor/real estate agent can offer online tours of the property. This is great if you’re moving long distance and it’s not practical to visit in-person or if you’re concerned about touring in-person because of COVID. 

Also, take advantage of any apps that help you track your boxes so that you can keep a digital list of all your packed items, making it easier to find items later.

Research your options — Speaking of the Internet and technology, now is the best time to start looking at researching your moving company. Look online to check out if a potential moving company has this list of red flags that might show you that a company isn’t the one for you

Also, make sure to read reviews closely to find the best movers in your area. Finally, be sure to ask your potential moving companies what precautions they are taking with regards to sanitation and COVID prevention.

Create your budget — Next, you need to figure out exactly how much money you can afford on the move and budget accordingly. A big part of this is to find out the best times to move. 

It’s generally cheaper if you move during the winter and during the week as opposed to the weekend. You can also check out more tips on how to properly budget for your move from one of our previous blogs titled How To Estimate Your Moving Costs.

Make your checklist — Another very important thing to do is to create a checklist for each step along the way. This would include supplies you need to buy, how to best pack your boxes, how to label everything so you can find it easier later, and what you need to do to get your utilities switched over. Make sure to include cleaning both your old home before you turn in the keys and your new home before you get everything set up where you want it.

Sit back and let the pros handle everything — One of the things we’ve found over the years is how awkward some people are having others come in to move them. Many customers aren’t sure what they should be doing while the movers are packing their items. 

The reality is that the pros are here to take care of your move. Just give them room to move  and be ready to answer questions as they may occur. Basically, you can just sit back and let your movers handle everything.

 

Use The Tips to Prepare for a Smooth Move in 2022

If you’re planning to move during the coming year, it’s important (as always) that you do your homework and prepare before you pack up. There’s been a lot of chaos in the world, so in 2022 you can put order into your own personal environment and create an organized moving experience.

 

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4 Tips for a Stress-less Holiday Move

The holidays are already stressful enough when it comes to buying presents, cleaning your house for visitors, and preparing all that food for the family. But if you throw in moving houses, then you can send your stress and anxiety levels into the stratosphere. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re going to share some holiday-themed tips that will help you keep your stress levels lowered while you try to move into a new home this season.

Moving during the holidays4 Steps to Reducing Your Stress and Anxiety During a Holiday Move:

Get Santa’s Little Helpers

No, we don’t mean elves. But you do need to get yourself professionals who can really help you with this move. 

Nothing says lowered stress levels with a move quite like hiring an experienced, professional moving company to handle all your packing for you. Depending on your needs, you may hire movers that can box and pack all your belongings for you. Or you may only need movers to pick up the boxes you have packed and move around the heavy furniture and items. 

Regardless of your needs, you can know that professional movers will take care of your belongings and do everything in their power to make sure nothing is damaged. Movers are motivated to make your relocation as painless and stress-free as possible.

Make a List and Check It Twice

Here, you don’t have to check out who’s naughty or nice. But you should create a list of exactly what you need to do with each step of the move. 

Have a checklist of everything including switching over utilities, internet, and TV as well as what you need to pack. You can even use moving apps to help keep yourself organized. These apps can assist you to ensure everything gets packed and you can keep track of all your boxes to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

Pack Up Santa’s Bag

When Santa packs for Christmas Eve, he takes all the essential items to deliver. Well, that’s something that you need to do as well before your move! 

Pack a bag of essential items that you will need in your new home before you unpack your belongings. This should include a change of clothes (usually a couple of days’ worth), medicines, toiletries, and chargers for your cellphone, computer, or tablet. If you’re moving with small children, then you should definitely pack a toy or two to keep them entertained until you can get the rest of their stuff out of boxes.

Go Easy on the Decorations and Gifts

Finally, you want to keep this move as easy as possible. Before you move, make sure you don’t waste time putting up a lot of decorations. 

This will just be something that you have to take down and pack. Instead, plan on putting up the decorations in your new home when you get there. 

Also, you might want to keep your gift buying prior to the move to a minimum. It will be hard to pack these extra items, especially if you’re trying to keep them hidden from the other members of the household.

Holidays Are Stressful Enough, Give Yourself the Gift of Peace

This holiday season, be sure to make plans so that your move will be as easy and stressless as possible. By hiring professional movers, keeping yourself organized, and packing an essentials bag, you will anticipate many of the problems that occur and handle them up quickly so you can relax on moving day.

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Should You Create a Floorplan for Your Move? A Guide to Creating Floorplans

A question that has come up recently is if floorplans are a good idea for preparing to move. Let’s look at how to use this tool to your advantage.

Creating a floorplan for your move can be an important step in the process. After all, when you’re moving into a new home, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by how much work there is ahead of you. Understanding what needs to happen and where everything goes will keep things organized and running smoothly on move-in day. 

By knowing exactly where each piece of furniture belongs, you won’t have to worry about putting something away in the wrong place or having a bunch of empty boxes left over after your big day. That being said, creating a floor plan doesn’t need to take up too much time or effort if you know what steps are necessary from the beginning! 

What advantages can floorplans provide during a move? 

First, let’s talk about what a floorplan is and how it can help you. A floorplan is a map of your new home’s rooms which allows you to map out where each piece of furniture should be placed. 

Completing one of these early on can be a huge help. As your professional movers are bringing in your furniture, you can give them a detailed description of where you want the furniture placed. Too often, clients vaguely say “Put it over there and we’ll move it later.” 

But then, when it comes time to set up your room, you must break your back moving the furniture across the room. Having a plan upfront can make moving in go smoother and easier because you can have your movers place the furniture exactly where it needs to go.

How can you make a floorplan? 

In the past, floorplans were created using graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil. But now, technology has made this process even easier. These apps allow you to create an accurate map of your room with proper dimensions so that you can lay out exactly where everything should go. 

Three of our favorite floorplan apps include:

Any of these can give you a quick (and highly accurate) floorplan you can use to plan your room’s layout.

More tips and tricks for creating a floorplan for your move

One of the biggest things you need to do is ensure you have accurate measurements for every aspect of your floorplan. If you plan to place a couch along one wall, make sure you measure not only the wall but also the couch itself. 

Use these measurements to put together your room like a set of building blocks. But you should also be willing to change things up on the fly if you realize something doesn’t look right once you place it. 

Look for other aspects other than space. For instance, if you plan to place a big screen TV along one wall, you’ll certainly need to know the dimensions. But, you will also need to know if there is a window along any of the other walls that may let in light that will cast a glare on the TV. This can be fixed with blinds or curtains, but it is something you need to take into consideration. Also, don’t feel that you have to use the same furniture set-up in your new home as you had at the old house. Some pieces may work better in a different room. Have the flexibility to look at all your options.

Including a floorplan as part of your move prep is worth your time

A floorplan of your new home is a great way to plan out your house’s floorplan and where you plan on putting everything. It can also save you a lot of time and energy. There’s already so much to do during a move, you will thank yourself for planning ahead and saving yourself another hassle.

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5 Tips for Speedy Packing

Trying to get packed up for a move is hard enough, but when you’re trying to do it in a hurry it can be extra stressful. Whatever the reason for the quick move, it’s essential that you still get everything packed carefully so your belongings are safe and secure. 

Here are a few tips and guidelines to make sure you handle packing for your move as efficiently as possible:

  1. Leave it to the pros — One of the easiest ways to ensure your packing is handled quickly and safely is to hire a professional moving team. Movers do this for a living and know how to get in, get you packed up, and get you on your way as quickly as possible. If you can, give serious consideration to hiring pros to pack you up.
  2. Don’t pack everything — This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best tips we can give you is to reduce the amount of packing you have to do. To do this, you need to do a fast spring cleaning of all your belongings. Throw out anything you don’t need or want. If possible, donate it to a local charity so you’re reducing the amount that you have to pack. This is especially true when it comes to the kitchen. There’s no point in packing up a lot of food items for transit. Donate the unopened items to your local food pantry. Toss the opened items out and start fresh when you move into your new location.
  3. Pack an essentials bag — Before you start packing your other belongings, put together an essentials bag. This will include all the things you can’t live without for a few days. For instance, you’ll definitely want a couple of days’ clothing as well as your medicines and toiletries that you will need. Also, throw in your chargers for items like your phone or laptop as well as any paperwork that you might need for the move. If you have kids, do the same for them and include a few favorite toys and a book or video to keep them occupied during the move.
  4. Don’t empty your drawers — If you have a large dresser, don’t empty out the drawers and try packing the individual items. Instead, just leave everything in the drawers and use them as makeshift packing boxes to carry the items to your new location. You can even cover these in packing cling wrap to help keep everything bundled together nicely.
  5. Don’t try to sort things out — Another big packing tip would be to not try to sort items when you’re boxing them up. The goal here is to just get everything into a box as quickly as possible. If you are trying to pack up a bedroom, for instance, just start putting everything into boxes. Don’t worry about sorting out whose clothes belong to who or putting some order or organization to the boxes. This is going to mean a little more work when you unpack and try to organize your new home, but it does mean you can get packed quicker in your old location. Also, as you pack these items, make sure you go room-by-room. If you bounce around from one room to another, you’re going to slow yourself down. 

    If You Have to Move Quickly, These Tips Will Ensure You Get Everything Packed in Time

    Moving is done best when you have the time to plan it out and organize yourself. However, if this isn’t possible, then you can always make use of these helpful tips to ensure that your quick move is as efficient as possible

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A Guide to Moving to a New Province—Checklist Included

If you’re a seasoned mover who has hopped from place to place in your life, then you probably already have it down to a science. But you also know that a simple move across town is completely different than trying to move all your belongings out of one province and into another. Here are a few tips for those considering such a move and a handy checklist that will help you keep things organized without losing your sanity.

What Costs Will You Be Looking at To Move to a New Province?

Before you make your move, you need to consider if the new province you are moving into is within your budget. Some provinces have higher expenses than others. Vancouver, for instance, has a higher rate than cities in Quebec or British Columbia

When you’re moving, there are three main areas that you want to focus on:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Living Expenses

With these three, you should understand there is a connection between all of them. For instance, if you want to live close to work or shops, you’re going to pay more for your housing than you would if you lived far out in the suburbs or a less trendy neighborhood. 

The trade-off here is that you may not need a car because you can take public transit to get to your work or to do shopping. But if you live far out and pay less for a house or apartment, then you’re going to pay more for transportation. 

Sometimes they are not an even swap, so look at the expenses for your province and budget accordingly. The same is true with monthly living expenses. Research what you expect to pay for food, gas, utilities, and taxes in your new province before you make the leap.

What Should You Take Care of Before You Move?

There are several different groups and people you need to talk with before you make the big move. Be sure that you consider the following:

  • School — First, if you’re a parent, talk with your child’s school. There may be paperwork you need to fill out to transfer your child to their new school.
  • Utilities — Make sure you have the utilities cut off in your old apartment or home and set up for your new location. This may require paying new deposits, but it’s important to get this set up. While you’re at it, don’t forget to transfer your Internet and cable TV service so you’ll have it ready when you arrive in your new home.
  • Doctor — Talk to your doctor and see if they have any recommendations for a new physician where you are moving. Also, make sure to get your prescriptions taken care of so you don’t run out of medicine a few days into your new home.
  • Post Office — Turn in a change of address form so your mail doesn’t pile up at the old house. Also, inform all your creditors and any subscriptions about the new address to make sure your mail gets to you.

Who Can Help You with Your Move?

Here’s a quick checklist of resources you can use for getting information and transferring your services over to your new address:

 

If you’re moving to a new province, do your homework ahead of time and plan carefully for the move. You don’t want to be hit with unexpected expenditures nor do you want to be left out in the cold when it comes to your benefits and services.

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In-Town Moving Tips: Moving Across Town Checklist

Whether you’re moving a block away or across town, there’s still a lot of preparation and planning necessary to make a move go smoothly. One of the best ways to organize yourself is with a moving checklist. 

Not only will it give you an idea of “what’s next” when you feel overwhelmed, but it will also help you to feel a sense of accomplishment as you check off your “To Do” items. 

Here are items you need to have on your checklist if you plan to move across town:

  1. Clean out the house — First, start by cleaning your house and getting everything organized. Throw out anything you don’t need or donate it to a local charity. But the idea here is to not only clean but also reduce the amount of stuff you must move. The less you move, the cheaper and easier your move will be. 
  2. Set your budget — Once you’ve got things as cleared out as possible, begin to estimate your budget. Remember that large items (like a piano or oversized furniture) will cost you more to move.
  3. Research the moving companies — Don’t try to throw out your back or stress yourself out with moving yourself. A professional company can really make the difference between a good move and a nightmare. Instead, spend some time researching your options. Get quotes from multiple companies with a long history of moving with a good reputation and compare their price points and options.
  4. Schedule your move — Now that you’ve got your moving company picked out, be sure to schedule the date of your move. Once you have this information, begin the countdown until moving day.
  5. Get your supplies — Check with your moving company to get supplies for the packing process. You will want to store up on heavy-duty boxes and packing tape as well as paddings such as bubble wrap or Styrofoam “peanuts.” If you’re having them pack, you can “forget about it”!
  6. Begin packing — If you’re planning to pack your own belongings for the move and just have the movers relocate them, then now is the time to start packing and labeling boxes. Make sure you label them like this “Kitchen 1 of _____.” Then, when you finish packing, count your boxes and write that total on each box so you can quickly count and make sure that everything arrives at your new home.
  7. Label your electronic connectors — Take pictures and clearly label all your electronics and their accompanying cords and cables. That will make it easier to set them all up when you unpack them in your new home.
  8. Plan out your new home — Plan on where you want to put all your belongings when you move into your new home. Layout in your mind where each piece of furniture should be placed so you can quickly inform the movers when they arrive. The longer you keep them moving around your furniture and other items, the more your bill is likely to be.
  9. Switch over the utilities — Get the power and water (and cable/internet) shut down in your old home and switched over to your new home.

A Checklist Brings Order to the Chaos During a Move

Taking time to plan out your move is one of the surest ways to make the move go smoothly. Be sure to go through this checklist and use it and other tools such as a moving calculator to make the best choices for your budget.

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How to Estimate Your 2021 Moving Costs

 

If you’ve ever talked to a friend or family member and told them that you plan to move, chances are you’ve probably gotten A LOT of unsolicited advice. It seems that it’s a topic on which everyone has an opinion, even if it may not be wholly accurate. 

One of the things that we’ve found over the years is how little people know about how to properly budget for a move. It’s a little more complex than one might think and there are a lot of different factors that go into determining your total moving costs. 

Here are items you need to consider when you budget for your move:

  1. Estimate your “stuff” — The biggest determining factor for cost will be just how much you’re having moved. You can do this by hand if you want, going room by room and estimating how many boxes you think it will take for the small things. Then include how many large pieces (beds, washer, dryers, dressers, etc.) that you plan to move.  

A better move would be to use a moving cost calculator app that can help you estimate exactly how much you plan to move. Once you have an idea, talk with your professional movers about their rates. Some will charge by weight and others by the hour. Either way, the amount of “stuff” you plan to move will determine a large part of the cost.

2. Determine the time of year — Time is also a huge factor in moving costs. If you move in the spring or summer, you’ll be paying “prime” rates. However, if you can hold off your move until the fall or winter (usually from September to late February/early March), then the rates are greatly reduced. This is because more people want to move when the weather is nicer, and the demand causes the rates to go up.

3. And figure out the time of the week — The day of your move can also impact your cost. If you want to move on the weekend, you’ll probably see a slight increase because of a higher demand for professional movers and vans. But if you can take some time off from work in the middle of the week, you can save yourself a few dollars. (And those add up!)

4. Other factors — There are several other aspects that you should consider when budgeting your move. All of these will potentially impact the cost:

  • Distance from your old home to your new (especially if your new home is in another city or province).
  • If the movers have to take apart a bunch of furniture or other items, then this will add to the time it takes (and the total bill).
  • Optional add-ons such as additional insurance will raise the cost of your move.

Moving Costs Are as Unique as Each Move

In Canada, it’s hard to pin down an average cost for a move. A small apartment may only take as little as $750 while a large home can cost upwards of $2500. It’s important to talk with your movers, get a quote upfront, and look closely at your contract to help determine the budget for your move.

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How to Spot Red Flags When Considering Moving Companies

As anyone who has dealt with a company can attest, there is a big difference between those who claim to be “professional” and those who are. The same is true for professional moving companies. 

Most of these businesses are qualified movers who take their work seriously and are in this to help customers with their expertise. However, there are some who will ruin the reputation of the field for everyone else with their unprofessional behavior. 

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How to Spot Red Flags When Considering Moving Companies

Here are red flags you need to be on the lookout for when determining if the company you are considering is a group of qualified professionals or a fly-by-night operation that will take you for a ride.

  1. They just give you a number over the phone — Be very careful of a company that just offers a “flat rate” for all moves. Any good moving company will tell you that each move is different with its own special considerations. To accommodate this, a truly professional company will insist on a site inspection/evaluation before they give you a quote on how much it will cost to move you. If a company doesn’t want to know what you are asking them to move, then the alarm bells should start going off.

  2. They don’t have a professional office — Not only should the movers come to inspect your home, but you should also be able to visit their offices. If all you have is a PO Box and a phone number, you have no way of finding them if something happens to your belongings. Many fly-by-night businesses are just a couple of guys with a pickup truck operating out of their home. Don’t trust them.

  3. They give you a blank contract (or no contract at all) — Another thing you need when you are hiring a moving company is a comprehensive contract that covers as much detail as possible. A good contract should cover the costs, mover’s responsibilities, customer’s responsibilities, and the anticipated time frame for the move. If a company doesn’t offer you something like that (or if the contract they give you doesn’t have specifics), then you have no legal recourse if they try to change the terms of the move. (This would include trying to jack up the price when the movers arrive.)

  4. They won’t give you information about their insurance — A big issue with “bad” movers is that they don’t carry the required insurance that will help replace your belongings if they are lost or damaged by the company. If a moving company doesn’t give you a copy of the insurance paperwork, then you can bet that your valuables aren’t covered. Don’t just take their word for it.

  5. They don’t have their own professional vehicles — As we’ve said, sometimes an unprofessional moving company will just show up with a pickup truck and say they are there to move you. Other times, they may arrive in a rental van from another company. In this case, they have literally rented a van for your move! Instead, you want to find a company with its own fleet of branded vehicles so that you know exactly who is moving you. A reputable business will have special moving vans equipped to carefully move your items.

Don’t Get Swindled. Choose Movers You Can Trust.

No one wants to trust their precious valuables to just anyone. This is not only your furniture or clothes—it’s also family heirlooms and breakables that can’t be replaced. Because of this, you should only work with a reputable moving company and not trust your stuff to those who set off these warning signals.

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Tips for Moving with Roommates

Every fall, thousands of university students across the country begin to move in with complete strangers who will become their roommates. For others, they may be moving out of one location with a roommate and moving into another with a different roomie. 

In doing this, it’s important to make sure that you have a plan going into the move. Any move can be complicated, but when you are moving out of a home after sharing the living space with someone else, it can be even more complex. 

Here are tips for how to handle the move without losing your sanity:

  1. Make a List and Check It Twice — The first thing that you need to do is get organized. Make a list of everything you’ll need to do to get packed and moved. One of those items should be listing out all your belongings (or as many as you can). Then, talk to your new roommate to decide if you need to bring those items. If you’re living in a dorm, or moving into a rental with your roommate, you both don’t need a microwave and your own refrigerator, especially since space is limited.

  2. Start Early — This is an issue that many people don’t take care of as they should. No one likes to move. Because of this, a lot of people hold off on the logistics of moving until the last minute. (This is especially true for students who have made a habit out of procrastinating.) Don’t do that! Start early making your plans and packing up your stuff. This way, you won’t be working until 4 in the morning the night before the move.

  3. Hire a Professional Moving Company — As with any move, one of the biggest things you can do is hire professional movers. Don’t put a strain on yourself and your relationship with your new roomie trying to pack things up and move them yourselves. Instead, let the pros come in and move you with ease. (And trust us, if you are moving out of your parents’ house into your rental home, they will really appreciate not having to pack all your stuff.)

  4. Communicate Clearly About Bills — It is important to always keep open the lines of communication with your roommate. This is especially true as you move. If you’re moving into a dorm, then you won’t have to worry about utility bills. But if you’re moving into a private apartment building with a roommate or sharing a house with one or more people, then you are all going to have to talk about how these bills will be paid. Internet, cable/satellite TV, water, and power bills will have to be shared by everyone living there. How will you split this up? What will happen if someone doesn’t carry their weight? Who will be responsible for paying the deposits and having the utility in their name? All these need to be decided before you move in.

Keep the Fun of Moving in With a Roommate 

If you are planning to move in with a roommate for the first time or if you are just moving in with a new roomie, then you need to make sure that the process goes smoothly. This will be the beginning of a new relationship and you want to start off with your best foot forward.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.

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