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Aye Aye, Captain! A Seafaring Move

Every move comes with its own set of challenges – moving to a home by or on the water is no exception. Water is a dangerous element that can easily damage your belongings without the proper preparation. Whether you’re moving to a houseboat or shuttling belongings into your new home via a dock, here are some tips to keep your property safe and preserved.

Setting Sail

Transporting boxes by sea or another body of water poses a significant risk of property damage. Before loading your boat, ensure it can handle your boxes’ weight without tipping over or sinking. Consider renting a barge service if you have a boat-access-only home, but be mindful of your dock size and sea levels to ensure the boat can safely dock. When you have selected your boat, load it carefully and keep boxes closer to the deck, as traveling on choppy water can easily cause your precious cargo to tip over. The best way to prevent this from happening is by tying your boxes down and covering them in plastic wrap to protect them from sea spray and moisture.

Keep in mind that docks have weight limits as well. Find out your dock’s weight limit before you use it to transfer your belongings into your new home. Elevated docks supported by posts are much sturdier compared to floating docks. Floating docks support less weight, so be mindful of the weight of your boxes.

Weight distribution is also important to remember when storing belongings in your floating home. Placing boxes on one side or spot in the home can cause it to tilt. Most homes are bulky enough to handle the weight distribution, but the weight disparity in smaller, lighter house boats can pose a significant danger, especially when water is choppy. Distribute boxes equally when placing them in your home or unpack them as you move them in one by one.

Move Your Belongings Safely to Your New Home with Arrow Moving

Although nautical moves are pretty rare, it’s nothing experienced movers can’t handle. No move is too challenging for the residential and corporate moving professionals at Arrow Moving. Our exceptional moving services are unmatched, as we have a trusty staff of professional movers that can pack and move any size household or business utilizing our extensive fleet of moving trucks.

Arrow Moving clients can expect:

  • Full-service packing
  • Quality packing materials
  • Online shipment tracking
  • Short- and long-term storage
  • Unpacking and debris removal
  • Easy utility transfers with Updater

Arrow Moving & Storage reduces all the logistical headaches of moving by partnering with www.updater.com. Updater makes it easy to transfer utilities, forward mail, update licenses with the DMV, notify friends and family of your new address and much more. Enjoy a significantly simplified process that reduces the stress of trying to remember all the things you need to update!

We also ensure your move is budget friendly, providing written estimates of all moving costs before packing even begins. With an attention to detail and a courteous and reliable moving staff, Arrow Moving is a premier choice among people looking for a comprehensive moving service.

Contact us to get an estimate on your move today!

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The New Neighbors on the Block

Being the new neighbor on the block can be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re moving to a new state or a different country where cultural differences and language barriers may take time to overcome. Getting acclimated always takes time, but if there’s a newcomer to your neighborhood, you can facilitate the process by welcoming them into the community.

As a resident in your neighborhood, it’s not only considerate to welcome your new neighbors, it’s also wise to get to know them. Starting off on the right foot with your new neighbor ensures you can approach them in a friendly way should any issues arise in the future. Here are some great ways to welcome your neighbors and get to know them in the process.

How to Welcome Your New Neighbors

  • Greet them as they’re moving in – While it may seem counterintuitive, meeting your neighbors as they move in is a fantastic opportunity for an introduction. Not only can you introduce yourself, but you can also offer an extra hand to help move their boxes inside. It’s a wonderful way to build a foundation for your relationship – if they say no, offer your contact information in case they change their mind later.
  • Create a welcome package – Chances are, you neighbor isn’t affiliated with all the local amenities and resources near your neighborhood yet. Go above and beyond by baking a pie for your neighbors as a welcome gift. Create a welcome package that includes information on local businesses nearby like grocery stores, restaurants and physician offices. Include contact information on local school districts or government offices nearby like the DMV – your neighbor will appreciate it.
  • Host a dinner party – Your neighbors will likely be exhausted from moving in, and their dinner plans will probably include pizza or takeout. Welcome them to the neighborhood with a delicious homecooked meal. As they’re moving in, introduce yourself and invite them over for dinner that night when they take a break to eat. Make sure to note any food allergies they may have and get their opinion on what meals they like best. Your neighbors will appreciate the gesture, and hosting dinner is a great way to get to know your neighbors more.

Get Acclimated to Your New Neighborhood Quickly with Arrow Moving

At Arrow Moving we aim to get you settled into your new home as quickly as possible while providing excellent and timely moving services. Every Arrow move is hassle-free and has many flexible options that work for any budget, whether you’re considering a DIY or full-service move.

Arrow offers clients:

  • Professional, uniformed staff
  • Full-service packing services
  • Unpacking and debris removal
  • Quality packing materials
  • Short and long-term storage
  • Online shipment tracking

We work according to your timeline so your move fits your schedule. Contact Arrow Moving to schedule your move today!

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What to Consider Before Buying a Tiny Home

Homeowners across the country have begun to shun the average American single-family home in lieu of a revolutionary new lifestyle. The tiny house revolution is gaining members quickly, especially with the advent of a culture that prioritizes experiences over possessions. Tiny homes are excellent ways for homeowners to declutter and downsize while seeking adventure. However, living in a home specifically designed and built to be smaller than 400 square feet isn’t for everyone. Before buying or building your own tiny home, you may want to consider a few important factors.

Will it Fit Your Lifestyle?

Buying, building and living in a tiny house is a commitment to a less materialistic lifestyle. This sounds great to many people, but others may not be able to handle the close quarters and the loss of their superfluous possessions. Remember: that’s okay. Homes are incredibly personal investments, so it makes sense they aren’t one-size-fits-all.

If you can handle the downsizing, consider, then, if you even want to live in a portable, towable home. Tiny houses are overwhelmingly considered trailers or RVs, meaning you’ll require a vehicle that can tow your house as well as a place to park it. If the portability is part of the charm for you, then you and your tiny home are simply meant to be!

Location, Location, Location

As stated, most tiny houses are portable trailers that can be towed by a vehicle. Due to zoning laws, you won’t be able to simply purchase an empty lot in your favorite suburban neighborhood and set up shop. Portable tiny homes are often classified as RVs, so you may find the perfect lot to rent or buy in a nearby campground or RV park.

Don’t worry, though. If living among tents and RVs is less than appealing, your tiny home can also be parked in friends’ or family members’ yards or even in specified tiny home communities where you’ll be surrounded by other like-minded homeowners. Just keep in mind that these communities are few and far between and often have a long waiting list, as many people are excited about this new way of living.

The moral of the story is, you need to plan where you’re going to park your tiny home ahead of time, and you need to be sure your location is legal. You don’t want to pick the perfect tiny home without someplace to put it. Consult with the zoning department in your city or state before committing to purchasing the land on which to construct or park your tiny home.

The Bottom Line

Part of the universal appeal of a tiny house is its smaller price tag. Homeowners love that they can custom build a beautiful little home for significantly less money than they’d spend on a traditional single-family home. However, tiny homes aren’t without their surprise fees and payments.

There are plenty of pre-built tiny homes available for purchase, but most home buyers are searching for something that will fit their unique needs. Luckily, homebuyers can turn to one of many custom tiny homebuilders to craft their specially-designed home from scratch, though this may cost you extra in labor and design costs.

Beyond the home itself, homebuyers need to rent or purchase their ideal lot of land on which to park their creation. Whether you have a mortgage or lease on your lot, you’ll need to take into account the monthly costs associated with your parking space. Tiny homes aren’t quite houses and aren’t quite trailers, strictly speaking, so you’ll need to apply for building, utility and plumbing permits to set up those creature comforts in your tiny house. Governmental administration fees can add up if you aren’t prepared.

Because tiny houses are towable vehicles, also consider the storage and fuel costs associated with transporting your home. Though many homeowners choose to stay put once they set down roots, some love the idea of picking up and traveling with their tiny home, so fuels costs could skyrocket.

Fear not, tiny homebuyer. All these fees and monthly payments don’t have to be scary. Many of these are startup costs that will only recur if you change locations. In addition, tiny homes are still eligible for loans from your local mortgage broker, bank or tiny home builder.

Make Moving Easy with Arrow Moving & Storage

When you’re ready to live a less materialistic life in a custom-built tiny house, we’ll help you get there. At Arrow Moving & Storage, we’ll help you tackle the strenuous moving process and transport your most necessary possessions into your new little home. Our professionally licensed and insured movers will handle all your items with care, allowing you to enjoy the start of your newest adventure. Contact us online or call (800) 593-6683 to receive your free quote today!

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Setting Up Your Own Home Gym

Getting in shape can be a daunting task for many individuals who aren’t used to regular exercise. Going to a gym and paying for an expensive monthly membership may also be contributing to those same feelings of anxiety. Why shell out a large fee just to feel uncomfortable at a public gym when you could set up your own workout space right in the comfort of your own home? It’s easier than you think.

Location

Before you start breaking out the dumbbells and doing some crunches, you’ll need to find the perfect location to in your home. Location, however, is about more than simply having the extra space to do your yoga routine. It’s also about putting yourself in the right mindset for productive exercise. Dark rooms do nothing to inspire activity. Create your home workout space in a room with plenty of natural light and upbeat, energizing décor. Paint can do wonders to excite you. Slap a new coat of a brightly colored paint on the walls to inspire you to get the blood pumping.

Equipment

Decide what sorts of workouts you’ll be doing. By planning your workouts ahead of time, you’ll be able to narrow down the equipment you need and that which you don’t. If you’re more interested in aerobics and flexibility training than cardio, for example, there’s no need to crowd your workout space with stair climbers and ellipticals. Figure out new, innovative ways for you to complete workouts without much equipment. Dumbbells, yoga mats and jump ropes are excellent starter pieces that can be used for many types of exercise.

Protection

Keep yourself and your floors safe before you start doing jumping jacks. If you have a hard flooring type such as cement or wood, you’ll need to provide some padding to absorb the impact of your workouts and protect both your joints and floors. Lay carpets, basket weave or foam mats to accomplish the job nicely.

If you’re new to creating workouts, you may feel unsure about particular movements. Doing an exercise improperly could cause you to injure yourself more easily. Install a mirror so you can watch yourself moving. If you’re doing a workout incorrectly, you can see it and correct it before continuing.

Moving and Storage Services in Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Cheyenne and Salt Lake City

With the perfect exercise room, you’ll be all the more inspired to take the next steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Not enough room in your current place to build your dream workout space? It may be time to find your next dream home with plenty of space for all your exercise equipment. Arrow Moving can help you during your transition into your new home. You can count on our friendly movers to provide dedicated, caring service throughout your whole move. Contact us online or call (800) 593-6683 to request your quote.

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How to Create a Moving Budget Plan

Planning for a move – whether it’s just across town, to another state or clear across the country – can be overwhelming to say the least.

In addition to figuring out the logistics of how you’re going to physically get your family and all your belongings from point A to point B, you’ll likely have a long list of other individuals and companies to contact to ensure all outstanding bills are paid, services are terminated/activated and any other necessary actions are taken.

But before you start checking off all these other items on your to-do list, the first thing you should do is create a detailed moving budget.

Setting a budget will not only give you a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay before, during and after the move, but will also help ensure you don’t end up paying more in the long-run than you would’ve if you had taken the time to set a budget in the first place.

Here’s an overview of what you should include in your moving budget checklist to keep your expenses under control and avoid being shocked by the overall cost of the move once it’s all said and done.

Before the Move

Account for the cost of your final utility bill, any repairs you will need to make to your home or apartment and any other potential costs associated with leaving your home (e.g., home inspections/appraisals, advertising, cleaning, commission for selling your home, etc.)

Fees for terminating your lease (if applicable), bank accounts, etc.

Research local moving companies and contact the ones you’re interested in working with at least four to six weeks in advance to request a custom moving quote. Work with the professional movers (or the moving truck rental company if you choose to move on your own) to determine what size truck and any additional services or equipment you will need, as these factors significantly influence the cost you will be quoted.

Ask the moving company how much the included insurance will cover should any accidents occur during the move. If you have particularly valuable items that would exceed the included coverage, you may want to pay for additional insurance coverage.

Carefully consider the amount of packing/moving supplies you will need and figure these costs into your budget to your best ability, especially if you’re shipping your items.

During the Move

Factor in how much you will likely have to spend on the trip from your old home to your new one, including gas and any maintenance your vehicle will need before the trip if driving, airfare if flying, food, parking, lodging, etc.

After the Move

Account for how much you will likely be spending once you move into your new home or apartment, including: rent or mortgage payments, home survey fees, property taxes, security and pet deposits, costs associated with setting up utilities, cable and internet, and any other services for which you may be required to pay.

Keep in Mind…

No two moves are exactly alike, so while the aforementioned budget items are the most common costs people moving from one home to another tend to face, this is by no means a foolproof budget, and you will likely have several other things to account for that weren’t included above.

Once you have a rough dollar estimate in mind, you can help factor in the cost of these unexpected expenses by adding an additional 5-10% to your original estimate.

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At Arrow Moving & Storage, we go above and beyond to ensure your household move is as quick, affordable and hassle-free as possible. To learn more about our comprehensive residential moving services or to request a free, detailed quote for your upcoming move, contact us online today.

https://www.thespruce.com/budget-before-you-move-2436525
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