6 To-Do’s Before You Move into Your New Home

Moving is an exciting time! A new home awaits. But, before you move in you will need to take care of a few essential things. Here is a list of some key tasks you will want to take care of when you move into your new house.

Deep Clean

It’s possible the previous owners have left your new home in excellent condition, but just in case, if you have the opportunity, spend a day at your new place deep cleaning, literally from top to bottom. Scrub everything from ceiling and exhaust fans to baseboards and carpets, plus everything in between.

Give particular attention to disinfecting the kitchen as well as the bathrooms as those are the rooms where germs linger. Also, replace the toilet seats!

Or, if you just can’t squeeze in the time to do do the cleaning yourself, hire a professional cleaning service to take care of the dirty work for you.

Turn on Utilities

Take care of your utility changes well in advance.

If you are in an area where you need to maintain electricity or gas between the closing date and your moving in, you will need to make arrangements based on your closing date. Otherwise, plan to have the services turned on a day or two before your move-in date. Or, if you plan on doing that deep clean day, make sure your power and water are on for that.

When scheduling the disconnection from your previous home, plan to have the services discontinued a day or two after your scheduled move-out date so that you will have the utilities you need throughout your move.

Set-up Internet and Cable

In this age of technology we depend on these services, so you will want to have them available as soon as you move in.

Contact the internet and cable service companies for at least two to three weeks in advance to schedule service. Sometimes an installation appointment is necessary, so get on the schedule ahead of time to get these services up and running as quickly as possible.

Change the Locks

As soon as you move in, change the locks on all of your doors. Or, hire a locksmith to come and take care of it for you. Since you have no idea how many keys might be floating around out there it’s best to be on the safe side and have the locks replaced.

Change Address

Take care of changing your address as early as possible so that you don’t have to depend on the new tenants of your previous home to forward your mail.

Notify the post office of your new address through their online form.

Contact businesses and government bodies individually to assure your mail is forwarded to the correct address. Remember to:

  • contact car insurance and registration provider to change your address
  • update magazine and other subscriptions
  • update the details for voter registration
  • notify your bank

Personally update your friends and relatives with your new address through a text message or email.

Locate the Main Switches

Locate the circuit breaker box and primary water shut-off valve in your new home. It’s important to know how to shut off the electricity or water in case of an emergency. Also, make sure the circuit breaker panel is labeled correctly.

Let Us Help With Your Move

With so many details for you to take care of you might need some assistance with packing and moving. We can take those tasks off your plate for you so that you have plenty of time to do the rest and enjoy your new home. Give us a call today.

Manage Your Move From Your Smartphone: Top 10 Apps

You’ve wandered around the house a few times, you’ve picked things up and put them in a different room. Let’s admit it. You’re no closer to starting your move than you were last week.

We’ve all been there! When it comes to moving, one of the hardest things is merely knowing where to start. Let us tell give you a tip… “start by picking up your smartphone.”

No, we don’t mean scroll on Facebook or get lost in the world of Instagram. There are now plenty of amazing apps designed to make your big move as easy as A, B, C. Let’s take a look at the top ten.

1. MyMovingList

Are you looking for a time plan of how to manage your move? MyMove allows you to create a timeline of up to 8 weeks before the big day meaning that you won’t be leaving things to the last minute. MyMove is the ideal app to avoid moving day stress.

2.  Wunderlist

This is the ideal app if you like making lists. Wunderlist allows you to create, update and share your lists with collaborators, so you know exactly where you are in the moving process

3. Mint

Not great at budgeting? Then let Mint do the hard work for you. Simply link the app to your bank account, and you can organize your transactions, create graphs and quickly see where you are underspending or, overspending concerning your move.

4. Sortly

Do you find yourself thinking “Ah I’ll put that somewhere safe” only to forget where you packed it? If this sounds like you, then Sortly will be a dream come true. Take a photo of essential items, label them in the app and log where you pack them so when you move you know precisely where they are.

5. TaskRabbit

Sometimes it is just easier to get someone else to do the hard work, and that is precisely where TaskRabbit comes in handy. Need some repairs on your new place before you move in? With this app, you can find someone to clean your new home, hang new curtains, or even mount shelves.

6. MagicPlan

Trying to imagine how everything will look in your new home, but struggling? Then MagicPlan might be your ideal app. Take pictures of your new house (the app will tell you how), and you’ll be able to create and edit a virtual floor plan of every room.

7. Pinterest

A great app partner for MagicPlan. Search for decorating ideas and inspiration on Pinterest. You can save your favorite ideas onto different pinboards for each room.

8. Postmates

If you realize you’ve forgotten something, run out of toiletries, or maybe you’re just hungry? Whatever it is, Postmates will deliver your needs right to your door, so you can continue with your move without having to leave the house.

9. Thumbtack

A whole host of home services are available at the touch of a button. From interior designers to home security installers, Thumbtack has you covered.

10. Nextdoor

Connect with your new neighbors to find out about local events, great eateries and much more right in your community. Note, you’ll have to verify your address for access to your local group. You can also receive alerts from police, so you’re always in the loop.

Become a Moving Superstar

That’s it! Our top ten list of amazing smartphones apps that will turn you from a confused moving day wreck into a Moving Superstar. Sounds good, doesn’t it? So, what are you waiting for, it’s time to get organized!

At Browning Moving & Storage, we’re moving experts. Let us help you get all of your stuff to your new home. Contact us for a free quote.

6 Essential Steps When Moving

Between creating a packing list, hiring movers, sorting everything out and packing for the move the moving experience can get overwhelming.

Waiting until the last minute to develop your moving plan can cause even more chaos. Here are some essential steps to include in your planning process.

1. Create a Moving Timeline

One of the keys to staying organized is to put all of the elements down in writing. Develop a list and assign completion dates for each task.

The moving process should start as early as possible and having a moving timeline to follow will help keep you on track. You can download one online then personalize it for your needs.

2. Inquire About Local Moving Companies

Securing a moving company is one of the first and most important steps in moving. It’s ideal to start searching approximately two months before your move.

Do some online research on local movers. Look for a moving company in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Look for a moving company that is well established and has been in business for a number of years, and confirm that online reviews are positive.

Make sure the company is licensed and that the workers are bonded and insured. Check out the website of each moving company to learn more about their services.

Once you have focused your list, contact the company for an estimate.

3. Purge Unnecessary Items

Before packing up all your belongings, take the time to sort through everything and purge items you no longer use or need.

Depending on how much stuff you have to get rid of and how much time you have, consider having a garage sale. Another way to make a little money from the sale of items it to place them on online websites or apps like eBay or Poshmark.

Or you can always donate old clothes and toys to charities like Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Finally, start finishing up any perishable foods because you won’t be able to move those items.

4. Begin Packing

If you prefer not to do the packing yourself, contact your moving company to inquire about their packing services.

If you opt to pack your own belongings rather than hire professional packers, you should start the process at least a month before the big day. Commit to packing a few boxes every day.

Holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, dress attire can be packed days or weeks in advance. Items you need daily should be packed as close to your moving date as possible.

Keep items from one room packed together in the same boxes. Label each box appropriately and label each side of the box. Make sure items are secure in the box by filling up any empty space with packing paper.

5. Pack an Essentials Box

Pack a box that will stay with you that includes important items for your first night and day in your new home.

Ideally, this essentials box will include necessities like medication, toiletries, bedding, snacks, paper towels, soap, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and a toolkit. Think about would items you will want to have on hand with easy accessibility. Pack them in this essentials box so that you can have peace of mind.

6. Get the Word Out About Your Move

A month before moving, begin notifying others of your move. Fill out an online change-of-address form with the US Post Office.

Contact utility companies at your current address as well as new location. Arrange for utility services to be set up at your new address, and schedule the cancellation at your old address.

Inform all your family and friends about your new address as well. Provide them with your new contact information via email or text.

Final Thoughts

Remember to begin your moving process early and implement a timeline plan. With these moving steps, your move is sure to be a success!

Do you need help with your move, contact us for a free quote today!

Downsizing? How To Break The Curse Of Hoarding

Are you moving from your family home? Perhaps your children have now left, and it’s time to downsize to a smaller location.

We all know that downsizing can be difficult, you’ll need to either store or part with some beloved items in your home.

You have spent your hard earned money purchasing everything in your house. Or, perhaps you are surrounded by numerous boxes filled with your child’s drawings, their first pair of shoes, their first book, and first A-graded assignment.

Don’t fall into the trap of saving everything! Want to learn how to downsize without hoarding? Follow these basic rules.

1. Enlist the Help of Friends

Sometimes, you need a friend to offer a shoulder of support. Choose a friend that will be firm and help you make the right decisions. It’s time to purge your belongings, so you need to be a bit ruthless.

Just remember that your friend is doing this as a favor, so no arguments, please! You are purging items, not friendships!

2. Ask yourself three important questions

  • When did I last use this item?
  • Do I plan to use it again? (The answer “Well, I might,” is probably the same as “no.”)
  • What is the worst case scenario if I don’t have this item?

Hopefully, by answering these questions, you’ll realize if it is essential to keep.

If you are still unsure, establish a ‘maybe’ storage box so you can come back to that item later and have another look at it at the end of the day. Only allow one storage box for this exercise. If there is no room to add a new item to the “maybe” box, then you’ll have to get rid of something before you can add another.

You never know, as the day progresses, you might become more decisive.

3. Be realistically sentimental

This is one of the hardest things to do because sentimental feelings are powerful. If you feel especially connected to some items, think about where you might store them in your house. If the item is one of a kind, will it continue to be stored in the closet or put on display?

If you have a whole draw-load of artwork or projects from your children, keep one or two favorites and perhaps frame those. Take a photo of the others together for remembrance and then discard them.

4. Don’t give up!

Once you have gone through all of the items in your house, you’ll feel much better. Now you won’t take things that you won’t use or see to your new home.

After your purging is complete, treat your helpful friend to a nice meal to celebrate. You’ll both need it!

Help With the Move?

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Celebrate Your Move At One Of These Top Spots in the Tampa Area

Congratulations on your move to Tampa! After your successful move, take some time to unwind and enjoy your new surroundings. Whether you want a fun, family-filled activity or some personal alone-time we’ve scouted out some great ways to enjoy the Tampa area.

1. Find your space at Lettuce Lake Park.

Despite its unusual name, you can’t beat a sunny day at Lettuce Lake Park. With over 240 acres of activity-filled fun, you are sure to find something to enjoy. Visit the wooded picnic area, wander through the wooded park or run the fitness trail. Canoes are available to rent, and there is observation tower is a highlight.

2. Check out the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

“Ahoy, Me Hearties!”January marks the start of Gasparilla Season in Tampa Bay. It includes a full schedule of pirate-themed events including a Children’s Parade and Pirate Festival. Events are held from mid-January through early March. The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, held the last Saturday of January, kicks off with a friendly invasion by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. This annual favorite is noted as the third largest parade in the United States with an average attendance of 300,000 people.

3. Go animal mad at Busch Gardens.

This dynamic family adventure theme parks boasts numerous top-notch thrill rides, Broadway-style shows, and more than 12,000 animals. Set on over 335 acres, this unique combination of amusement rides, exotic animals, shows, restaurants, and shops make it an ideal destination for those of all ages.

4. Experience a film or event at the Tampa Theatre.

This historic theatre is an impeccably restored landmark site of the Uptown District. Theatre-goers experience world-class entertainment under a realistic night-time sky complete with twinkling stars in a Mediterranean courtyard which features classic statues, flowers, and gargoyles. The theatre presents more than 600 events every year. Events include first-run and classic films, special events, concerts, corporate events, tours and educational programs.  

5. Get inspired at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

This unique museum features historic and contemporary works by national and international photographers. This gallery not only offers excellent rotating exhibitions, but they also have a number of great workshops. You can relax and unwind after your move, but on top of that you might also learn a skill and make some new friends.

6. Go on a crazy trip to Adventure Island.

Located just across the road from Busch Gardens, this massive water park is full-on-fun for all the family. The water slides will have the children occupied for hours, while the adults can relax and unwind in the lazy river.

7. Discover Ybor City.

Hop on a restored, vintage streetcar and visit Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District. Explore the rich architectural history as well as the great restaurants and shopping. Ybor City is known to achieve the perfect balance between nighttime party destination and a daytime haven for tourism and shopping.

8. Get the best of everything at Bayshore Boulevard.

Enjoy a walk along the longest continuous waterfront sidewalk in the US, Bayshore Boulevard. This scenic walkway not only provides incredible skyline views of the city and bay it offers an abundance of fun activities. Enjoy a fantastic waterside walk, jog, skate or cycle. Or rent a water bike or Segway and discover the sites. There is so much to take in along this fantastic route.

Unpack and Unwind

Congratulations on your new home. It’s time to celebrate all of your hard work, so we hope that you have found your ideal way to unwind in our list above.