moving and packing tips

Want to get a BIG headstart on packing and moving? Read the Tips & Trick from Freedom Moving Professionals. Our easy-to-follow articles cover a range of topics including time saving packing tips, protection tips for your delicate valuables, back-saving tips on how to move large furniture and much more. Even if you are not moving for months, Freedom Moving is here to help.

Finding the Best Storage Facility

Finding the Best Storage Facility

If you need to store your personal or office belongings before or after a move, a storage unit may be your best choice. With so many self-storage facility options in and around Pasadena, Maryland, how can you choose? Here is what to look for at a storage facility to help you decide which one is right for you. Safety and Security Before you are tempted by storage facility signs about great deals on units, consider the price you could pay for that cheap storage unit. Suppose you care about your safety when going to and from the unit and protecting your belongings when you’re not there. If so, then the cheapest option may not be the best option. Even though it may cost more, storage facilities that put in measures to prevent theft, damage, and danger to its customers are worth it. Here are some features to consider when looking

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Maryland on The Move – Where to Donate

Maryland on The Move – Where to Donate

Throughout the moving process, you’ve probably packed at least a box or two intended to donate to one of the Maryland businesses accepting them. Now that your move date is getting closer, what should you do with the donation box you set aside while prepping for the big day? Well, you have a few options in Maryland to donate gently used and brand-new items. Call or Go Online to Schedule a Pickup Suppose you don’t have the time or ability to drive somewhere to drop off your donation boxes. In that case, you could schedule a pickup with one of several companies that offer this service in Maryland. A few donation centers with pickup services available are: DonationTown Pickup Please Purple Heart Vietnam Veterans of America DonateDAV Second Chance Inc GreenDrop The Salvation Army These companies make it easy to set up a time for them to come out and

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Home Staging Basics

Home Staging Basics

Whether you’re planning to move across town or across the country, the first thing you have to do is sell your current home. Even in a seller’s market, there are benefits to staging your home for sale, especially if you want top dollar, and to get the house sold quickly. Why stage your home? According to the 2021 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors, 47% of buyers’ agents stated that staging the home helped the buyers view the home as their own. The Basics While you can stage your home yourself to save money, sometimes it’s worth paying a professional to stage your home with the buyers in mind. As much as 23% of buyers’ agents advised that home staging increased the final sale price by between 1%-5% compared to similar-sized unstaged homes for sale. From the buyer’s perspective, there are several benefits to viewing a

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Can I Just Move Myself?

Can I Just Move Myself?

Moving your home or office space is a huge undertaking, especially if you try to do it all yourself. If you’re moving long distances, the process can be even more overwhelming, including the logistics of Having To Hire a Realtor® to Sell Your Home Purchase A New Home or Find a New Space To Live In What Items to Sell, Donate, And Take With You How To Pack and What Materials Are Best Is it better to move yourself or hire movers? While you’re the only one who can make that decision, we can help you figure out which method is best for you. Moving Yourself You’re in Control of the Process When you move yourself, you have control over the moving process. You can set your own timeline for getting your belongings sorted, packed, and ready to go. You can take the care needed to pack delicate items, choose

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Appraising and Insuring Your Valuables Before Moving

Appraising and Insuring Your Valuables Before Moving

No matter where you are in the packing and moving process, it’s essential to take care of your valuables. Jewelry, fine art, stamp collections, family heirlooms, firearms, memorabilia, cameras, and musical instruments can be worth a lot. The last thing you want is for something to be broken during transport. By appraising and insuring your valuables before packing them for the big move, you can ensure they are covered if something were to happen. Appraising Your Valuables Just because something has sentimental value does not mean it has monetary value. The best way to know what something is worth is by getting an appraisal from a professional. The place to go for an appraisal depends on the item you want to value. Some of the major appraisal associations can help you find an appraiser in your area: American Society of Appraisers Appraisers Association of America International Society of Appraisers Even

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Setting Up Your Yard Sale

Setting Up Your Yard Sale

Choosing when to set up your yard sale for success takes some careful planning and consideration. Most often, high-traffic days are Saturday and Sunday. People who frequent yard sales expect to spend early mornings on the weekend rummaging through other people’s stuff to find treasures. Check the weather to make sure it won’t be too hot, too cold, or raining. Start early and be ready to open for business by at least 7 AM, when the early birds are ready to go. Plan to be open until at least lunchtime or longer so that you can be available to the most people. A Week Before Your Yard Sale Prep work should begin a week before your yard sale. Make cardboard signs (maybe you have leftover packing materials?) with the words “yard sale” nice and big. Include your address, the date, starting time, and arrows pointing to your yard sale. Post

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Tips and Tricks at Your Local Landfill

Tips and Tricks at Your Local Landfill

When planning a home or office move, you’re bound to have a pile of trash to throw away. The pile starts as you go through all your belongings and ends with an enormous stack of cardboard boxes as you unpack in your new home. Before you throw things in your residential trash, consider these tips and tricks to help you at your local landfill. Sorting Trash and Recycle Depending on where you’re moving from and to, you may have a local pickup for trash and recycle. If you don’t have too many items, you may be able to put them at the curb to be thrown away or recycled. But if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of or don’t have curbside pickup, you’ll have to go to your local landfill to dispose of them. Know how to sort items before you go. Many landfills have designated

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Your Pre-Move Decluttering

Your Pre-Move Decluttering

Whether you’ve been in your home for a long time or just have a lot of possessions, decluttering can be a stressful part of moving. Most people don’t realize how much stuff they have accumulated until they are preparing to move. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to declutter pre-move, but the best piece of advice is to start early. The more things you have, the more time it will take to go through, so leave yourself ample time to work through each room and declutter before moving. Prepping to Declutter Before you declutter, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place. Here are some steps to take to prepare for a pre-move decluttering. Pick a Room If you think about decluttering your entire house, it can be overwhelming and cause some people to shut down. Instead, pick a room and focus on just

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Your Pre-Move Inventory

Your Pre-Move Inventory

Whether you’re packing to move on your own or having the moving company do it for you, it’s a good idea to create a pre-move inventory. It can make packing and unpacking more efficient and help you understand what you have and what you might need. If you’re using a moving company, a pre-move inventory can also help you estimate moving costs. One of the most important reasons to create a pre-move inventory is for insurance purposes if something happens to your belongings during packing or moving locations. There are several ways to create a pre-move inventory. One may work best, or you might find that a combination of these methods works better. Pen and Paper Sometimes, the old-fashioned way of doing things is still the best way. You can make one master list, divide the list up by room or packed box, or use another method that works for

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Should We Drive or Fly to Our New Home?

Should We Drive or Fly to Our New Home?

When working on the logistics of your long-distance move, inevitably, the question comes up: should we drive or fly to our new home? To determine the answer, here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine the best way to get to the endpoint of your long-distance move. How Far Are You Moving? If you’re only moving across town, it doesn’t make sense to fly to your new home or office space. However, if you’re moving to another state or across the country, it might make more sense to fly instead of drive. If you’re up for a road trip, driving might be a more economical option than flying. Consider the time it would take to drive and how much gas, accommodations, and food would cost to get you there. How Much Will it Cost? Cost is a significant factor for many people when they make a long-distance move.

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What’s Involved in Long Distance Moving?

What’s Involved in Long Distance Moving?

Long-distance moving requires a lot more planning than if you’re moving the next town over. Here are some tips to make your long-distance moving experience a success. Start Planning Planning to move long distances can be a huge undertaking that requires careful planning to reduce stress and hiccups along the way. If you’re planning to use a moving company, it’s a good idea to reach out to companies at least three months before your move. This gives you time to find the best moving company and know what you need to do for a smooth transition. Get In-Home Estimates Once you’ve narrowed down moving companies in your local area, it’s time to get an in-home estimate. Estimators will come out to your home or office to evaluate your belongings and give you an accurate quote on the cost of your long-distance move. If you’re planning to pack yourself, you can

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Getting Recommendations for a Moving Company

Getting Recommendations for a Moving Company

Are you planning a home or office move and wondering whether you should hire a moving company? Where do you get recommendations for a moving company? With so many options available, which is the best to choose? Finding the right moving company to handle your belongings and get them to your new destination safely takes more than a Google search for “moving company near me.” These tips can help you find the right moving company you can trust before you start packing. Get Recommendations Before you begin your online search, ask your friends and family first. You may not be aware that some have used moving company services before. The people you trust in your life are a great resource when getting recommendations for a moving company. Check Reviews Once you’ve got recommendations, it’s time to get online to do some research. Check consumer reporting websites to get unbiased reviews,

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Planning Your Move – When to Call for an Estimate

Planning Your Move – When to Call for an Estimate

If you’re planning your move –  your home or office space, you know there are many logistics to take care of before moving day. One question you may have is when to call for an estimate during the planning stages. It’s never too early to get a moving estimate free with Freedom Moving in Pasadena, Maryland. You can fill out our contact form with your inventory and service requests in about five minutes and receive a free, no-obligation moving estimate. If you aren’t quite sure about all the details just yet, we recommend getting a quote at least four weeks from your moving date. We can also schedule an in-home estimate to come out to assess your belongings and give you a quote. Again, this is free, and you are under no obligation to use our moving services. While planning your move, here are some things to consider and keep

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Who to Notify When Moving

Who to Notify When Moving

While moving from one place to another can be stressful, you don’t want to forget to notify when moving the proper entities as part of your moving to-do list. We created this checklist to help the transition go smoothly, so you don’t have to worry about remembering who you need to contact. The Post Office – Notify When Moving One of the first places to notify when moving should be the Post Office. You don’t have to go in person or even call. You can submit your change of address online. If you do it online, you must pay $1.05 and provide a valid email address, so have your debit or credit card handy. Going in person to change your address is free. Just ask for a Mover’s Guide packet and fill out the enclosed PS Form 3575. Hand it to a postal worker or drop it in the mail

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Work Smarter, Not Harder – Ways to Move Heavy Objects

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Ways to Move Heavy Objects

When moving heavy objects or furniture, a simple job can quickly turn into a time-consuming and potentially risky situation. If you’re not careful, you could damage your furniture or other expensive objects. Even worse, you could end up getting injured, which could completely derail your moving plans. This is one of those times when you should work smarter and not harder. Having the right tools for the job and a plan before moving anything is the key to moving heavy objects with more ease and safety. Create a Plan of Action for Heavy Objects Before you move anything, you need to plan to get the heavy objects from A to B. The last thing you want is to start carrying a large piece of furniture, only to find the doorway isn’t big enough or it won’t fit through the stairwell. Measure the item’s dimensions, and then measure the doorways, hallways,

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Should I Be Wrapping My Furniture to Move?

Should I Be Wrapping My Furniture to Move?

Whether you’re moving house on your own or hiring a moving company, you’ll need to get packing materials if you aren’t having the movers pack for you. The question should I be wrapping my furniture when moving? comes up when gathering supplies, and the answer is, it depends. If you aren’t worried about nicks, dents, scrapes, or other damage to the piece, then you can get away with not wrapping it. However, if you want your furniture to survive the move without injury, you might want to take the time to wrap it when moving. Here are some tips to use when wrapping your furniture for your move. Use the Right Materials When Wrapping My Furniture You’ll need different packing supplies depending on the material from which your furniture is made. Here are some of the supplies you might need: Furniture moving pads Plastic wrap Moving blankets or old blankets

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Packing To Move- Is it Worth Paying for?

Packing To Move- Is it Worth Paying for?

If you’ve ever moved from one place to another, and done your own packing, you know how much work and stress packing to move can be. There is so much involved leading up to the moving day. Then, you get into your new home, and you’re excited. Still, the task of having to unbox everything now and put it all away replaces excitement with overwhelm. You may be wondering, is it worth paying for packing? And the answer is, it depends. Let’s examine some reasons it might be a good idea and worth the cost to have someone else do the packing for you. Packing to Move – Time Savings One of the most significant advantages of having someone else do the packing is the amount of time you’ll save. You never really know how much stuff you actually have until you start packing it up. You go in with

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When Should I Start Packing to Move?

When Should I Start Packing to Move?

If you’re getting ready to move to a new home, you’re probably wondering about when to start packing your belongings. The more you do ahead of time, the smoother your moving day will be. If possible, get preparations started six-eight weeks before moving day, but start packing no later than three weeks before the deadline. Here are some guidelines to help you along the way! Packing Six to Eight Weeks Out – Decisions, Decisions After giving your house a good cleaning, think about two things… what you want to move, and what you do not want to take with you. Start getting rid of the stuff you don’t want any more. Can it be donated, or does it go in the trash?  Can someone else get some use out of it?  Taking only the things you genuinely want will make your move… and your life much easier! Four Weeks Out

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6 Packing Hacks for Moving to a New Home

6 Packing Hacks for Moving to a New Home

The idea of moving can be very daunting. The packing process alone requires quite a bit of thought and planning. We’ve put together some packing hacks to help you get through the process with a little less stress. Put Together Your “Essentials” Pack Designate a small suitcase or tote bag with the things you will need first when you arrive at your new place. Be sure to include phone chargers, prescription medications, at least one change of clothes, and your standard toiletries… deodorant, soap, toothbrush, etc. Everything you will need and won’t want to hunt for. You also might want to pack a few essential tools you know you’ll need on the other end to put beds and other pieces of furniture together. Think about packing some paper plates, cups, and cutlery… to use while you’re hunting for the real thing! Great Packing Hacks – Use Suitcases to Pack While

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7 Ways to Save Time When Packing to Move

7 Ways to Save Time When Packing to Move

You might have heard it said that moving is one of the most stressful experiences you go through in life. Although it can be a positive experience, you may still feel stress over everything you must do. There’s a lot that goes into packing all your belongings and moving to a new house. It pays to save time where you can. Packing your belongings for the move is one of the most time-consuming parts of the moving process. We’re here to help with some time-saving tips that will get you ready for the big day in record time. Don’t forget to breathe! Don’t Wait Until Moving Day to Start Packing It’s a great idea to get a jump on things and start 60 days or more ahead of your moving day. There are so many variables you’ll encounter as you go through the moving process. A lot depends on things

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