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3 Holiday Moving Tips From Greater Birmingham Moving Pros

There’s no place like home for the holidays. But what if you’re moving right before Christmas or right after the New Year? Won’t that make things tricky, to say the least? Of course, it can! The key to keeping your stress levels in check and actually enjoying the festivities that come with the holidays is to prepare. Read on as we share a few holiday moving tips we know will help you accomplish everything you need to do without turning into the Grinch.

Donate what you don’t need to those who are in need

We always encourage homeowners to declutter before they move instead of hauling those unwanted or no-longer-needed items to the next home. By giving away/donating items around the holidays you not only help those who aren’t as fortunate as yourself during a particularly hard time of year, but you’re also lightening your load- literally!

Block off time on your calendar and resolve to follow it

If you haven’t already taken a look at your calendar and upcoming events, do so right now. It’s imperative that you block off the time you need to pack, your moving date, and any other events that cannot be missed by anyone in your family. Once you have those penciled in, protect your time like a mama bear protecting her cub. The holiday season is full of fun and parties but this year you may want to forgo some of the festivities in order to preserve your time and sanity. There will always be next year!

Schedule your movers as soon as possible

If you were thinking about renting a truck and recruiting family and friends to help you move, remember this is a busy time of year, and by adding stress to their already booked December, you will not exactly create the goodwill the season speaks of.

The good news when it comes to movers is that the holidays are not traditionally a busy time of year for them. Still, it’s a good idea to schedule your movers as early as possible.

Consider hiring packing pros

Packing is time-consuming and if you’re going to get this move accomplished with as little pressure on yourself and others as possible, why not hire professional packers to take care of the necessary but tedious task?

Don’t forget about the weather

Here in Alabama, we don’t have to worry about blizzards causing moving delays but we should still be mindful of the weather and make adjustments as necessary. Thankfully in the Greater Birmingham market, we have James Spann and other excellent meteorologists to keep us weather-aware.

Let our local movers help you move this holiday season

We hope you’ve found these holiday moving tips helpful and that your upcoming move will not put a damper on your holiday season. If you’re planning on hiring movers, we’d love the chance to help you out. At Changing Spaces Moving, Inc., we offer residential moving services in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, and throughout the Greater Birmingham metro as well as Huntsville and Madison. If you’re looking for a reliable moving company to help you move over the holidays, we can help. Whether your move is a local one or you’ve got some distance to go to reach your new home, we are ready to assist.  Reach out today to learn more about our full-service packing and moving solutions or to request a no-obligation moving estimate!

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How To Save Money When You Move

Let’s be honest, moving isn’t easy and it’s certainly not cheap. Whether it’s a local move, across the state, or across state lines-the cost of moving can add up quickly. The good news, we have a few tips that could help you save money.

Downsize before the movers arrive

Why pay movers (and maybe packers) to move furniture and belongings that you’re just going to part with on the other end? By decluttering/purging your house of unwanted, unused, or unnecessary items before your move, you reduce the size and scope of your move which cuts costs.

Schedule your moving day on a weekday

If you’re able, schedule your move on a weekday rather than a weekend. Since weekends are super busy for movers, they may give you a break if you are willing to move on a Wednesday or any other weekday.

Move out of season

According to industry experts, April through September is when most moving companies are out straight. If you can wait to move when you hear neighbors shouting “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” your bank account may thank you. Of course, you may not have the luxury of holding off, but if you can wait to move during the industry’s off-season, you may get a better deal.

Take stock of what you have before you buy moving supplies

You might be surprised to find that you have several items around your house that could double for moving supplies. For example, blankets, sheets, towels, and other linens are a zero-expense swap for bubble wrap, clothes can be packed in suitcases instead of moving boxes, and stuffed animals can be “stuffed” into garbage bags (just make sure you mark them so they don’t get tossed). You may end up having to buy moving boxes and tape in the long run but before you spend your hard-earned money, look around your home for substitutions before you head out to the store.

Finally, hiring movers might be the best option

This one might come as a surprise but when you hire movers instead of relying on friends and their trucks or renting a moving truck and recruiting your own moving team, you’ll probably find it worth every penny in the long run. You won’t have to worry about feeding a crew and you certainly won’t have to be afraid of damages occurring to your belongings, and you can count on the move being completed in a shorter period of time when you have professionals on the job.

Greater Birmingham & Huntsville Moving Pros

Changing Spaces Moving, Inc., has been helping families and businesses move since 2003 and offers full-service moving solutions in Pelham, Vestavia Hills, and Madison as well as throughout the Greater Birmingham and Huntsville metros. Locally owned and family-operated, we are local and long-distance moving specialists who are passionate about what we do. If you’ve decided you’d like help moving, please give us a call or simply request a free moving quote here.

 

 

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

In just a matter of days, we’ll be saying so long to summer and hello to fall. While it’s true the weather may not reflect the transition from one season to another (although we’ve had a couple of chilly mornings recently), that shouldn’t stop us from getting our homes in tip-top shape before the threat of tornados and inclement weather arrive. With that in mind, here are a few fall home maintenance tips to consider.

Fall home maintenance tips for new & existing homeowners

  • Service your HVAC system
    It’s not time to switch the HVAC from pushing out cold air to hot just yet but it will happen. Before the need to do so arrives, we highly recommend scheduling a cleaning and maintenance service for your system.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning
    Since soot build-up and other issues associated with a dirty chimney can be a fire hazard, it’s necessary to have your chimney cleaned before you light a fire this fall.
  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors
    If your alarms and detectors run on or have a backup battery, make sure you swap them out this fall. You should also test systems to determine if they are working properly. A word of caution, if your alarms and detectors are tied into your security system, you should probably let your security company know you are going to run a test.
  • Prune dead branches
    Dead branches and other tree debris can cause damage to roofs, crack windows, and cause other issues on the exterior of the house. In order to prevent your trees from being the source of a problem, prune dead branches and trim healthy ones back so that they don’t touch your home. Side note, this will also deter insects that use these tree limbs as bridges to houses.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts
    Prevent water damage and/or water accumulation in your gutters and around the foundation of your home by cleaning out your gutters so that water can run freely through them. You should also make sure your downspouts are free of debris and that they point away from the foundation.
  • Shut off and drain outdoor faucets
    Don’t give water a chance to freeze inside your pipes (which will burst if bad enough), rather shut off and drain your outdoor water faucets. You should also put hoses away to keep them in good shape for the next time they’re needed.
  • Pest-proof your home
    Although we touched on this briefly above, you should seal every crack, gap, hole, and opening on the exterior of your home to keep rodents and insects from crawling in to find food and warm shelter when natural food sources run low and the temps dip.
  • Repair your fence
    A good storm can knock down a fence that has seen better days. Before the threat increases this fall, repair or replace boards and consider staining to prevent water damage from occurring.
  • Prepare your lawn for next spring
    To ensure your lawn grows thick and green next spring, make sure you have it aerated and fertilized sooner than later.

Moving this fall?

While our area of expertise does not necessarily lend itself to home maintenance, we are certainly ready to help you move into a new home this fall! Offering affordable and top-rated moving services in Mountain Brook, Hoover, and throughout Greater Birmingham as well as the Huntsville metro, our locally owned and family-operated moving company specializes in residential and commercial moves and is ready to go the distance whether that’s around the corner, down the street, or out of Alabama! Request a free moving estimate today or give us a call to discuss your moving needs.

 

 

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5 Things To Do As Soon As You Move Into A New Home

Welcome home! Now that your movers have unloaded the last box and you’ve said goodbye to friends and family who were on hand to help, it’s time to make the space yours! Of course, it’s probably going to take you a few weeks (or more) to settle in so before you start tackling those boxes, we have five tasks we recommend taking care of right after moving into a new home.

Change the locks

While it’s probably safe to assume the previous owners aren’t coming back, you don’t really know who has a spare key to your new home. To ensure that your family is the only one with keys, we suggest changing your locks right away.

Find the breaker box

Your circuit breaker box is where you access all the main power lines to your home and it also protects electrical wiring in your house and keeps you safe should a wire become overloaded with electrical current. It’s important to know where the box, also called a panel, is located so that you can fix a tripped breaker or shut off power, if necessary.

Many breaker boxes are poorly labeled so if you’re unable to read what each switch goes to, you’ll want to test and re-label.

Check smoke detectors & air filters

When it comes to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, it’s not wise to assume there’s plenty of battery life left. While some are hardwired into your home, nearly all detectors have a backup battery. Since you don’t know when the previous owners last replaced batteries, go ahead and take care of that straight away.

While you’re taking care of the batteries, you should also consider changing out air filters that filter out dust, pet dander, and other pollutants that might adversely affect indoor air quality.

Deep clean before you unpack

Your new home might look clean on the surface, but there’s a good chance that there are remnants of the previous owners in the kitchen, bathroom, and elsewhere in the home that you’ll want to scrub away before you move your own belongings into position.

Even if no one has lived in your new home prior to you, a deep clean is still the way to go. There’s a good chance that dust and dirt from the construction phase are lingering somewhere in the house.

Make your house a home

Whether you’re a practitioner of hygge (you know, the practice of creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home) or simply want to surround yourself with possessions that make your home… well homey, we encourage new homeowners to spend time setting up furniture, hanging picture frames and wall art, laying down area rugs, and really just finding the right place for all their belongings. You may want to have storage boxes on hand in case you decide some items just don’t belong with your new aesthetic.

A couple more tips for after you’ve moved in

Of course, these move-in tips are really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to settling into a new home. There’s also the need to change your address at the post office if you haven’t already and though it’s not required, stop and say hi to your new neighbors now that you have a chance to catch your breath.

Still looking for a moving company?

Offering top-rated moving services in the Birmingham and Huntsville metros, Changing Spaces Moving, Inc., is the company to call if you’re on the search for local movers to help you move into a new home. In business since 2003, our locally owned and family-operated moving company specializes in local, intrastate, and interstate moves. Whether you need a residential moving firm to help you move around the corner, across the county, or out of state, we are here to help. Get started with a free estimate!

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ALABAMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR TRUCK SAFETY 2021

ALABAMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR TRUCK SAFETY Birmingham, AL, March 2022 – Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. was awarded 2nd place in the Household Goods Division of the Alabama Trucking Association Safety Contest for 2021. For 2021 Changing Spaces Moving also won the President’s Award for being one of Alabama’s Safest Trucking Fleets and the Safety Improvement Award for maintaining an accident free year. Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. has won the1st place award for trucking safety for these previous years 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006. Only one is awarded in the entire state of Alabama per year in the Household Goods (movers’) category.

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ALABAMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR SAFETY

Birmingham, AL, March 2021 – Changing Spaces Moving, Inc., a local moving company serving Greater Birmingham and Huntsville, was awarded 1st place in the Household Goods Division of the Alabama Trucking Association Safety Contest for 2020. For 2020 Changing Spaces Moving also won the President’s Award for being one of Alabama’s Safest Trucking Fleets and the Safety Improvement Award for maintaining an accident-free year. Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. has won the1st place award for trucking safety for these previous years 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006. Only one is awarded in the entire state of Alabama per year in the Household Goods (movers’) category.

 

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ANGIE’S LIST 2020 SUPER SERVICE AWARD

Birmingham, AL, January 2021 – Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. was awarded the Super Service Award for achieving a superior service rating on Angie’s List for 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 against all Angie’s List companies in the U.S. Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. was also named to Angie’s List Honor Roll featuring only the 1% service providers in industry in the U.S. for two years.

 

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ATA Comp Fund Moving & Storage Services Safety Award

BIRMINGHAM August 14, 2020 — Faced with ongoing social distancing orders from the state with further restrictions on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama Trucking Association took to the Internet to host its 2019 “Virtual” Fleet Safety Awards on April 30. Changing Spaces Moving Inc. was recognized for the Moving & Storage Services Safety Award. However, we just received the reward and wanted to share some pictures!

The ATA Comp Fund announced during the program. The Fund’s winners were selected based on “a willingness to instill a culture of safety, a commitment to implement the group’s Risk Management model and overall loss ratio.” Fund Director of Risk Management Don Anchors announced the awards.

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Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. Receives 2020 Best of Birmingham Award

BIRMINGHAM March 16, 2020 — Changing Spaces Moving, Inc. has been selected for the 2020 Best of Birmingham Award in the Local Business category by the Birmingham Award Program.

Each year, the Birmingham Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Birmingham area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Birmingham Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Birmingham Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Birmingham Award Program

The Birmingham Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Birmingham area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Birmingham Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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SOURCE: Birmingham Award Program


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