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How to Be Creative with your Leftover Moving Supplies

How to Be Creative with Your Leftover Moving Supplies

After moving into your new home, you will feel greatly relieved. However, all of your boxes, packing material, and bubble wrap still remain. You will begin to wonder what to do with all of the supplies that accumulate during the process. Joe’s Moving can help you out. We are an experienced moving company in Miami, and we can show you creative and entertaining activities you can do with your moving supplies.

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes can be a delight for the little ones. They are a perfect tool for children to explore their imaginations. A cardboard box can be a time machine, a space ship, or a turtle’s shell if the kids want to crawl around on all fours.

If you have some extra tape, you can create own Boxman. Try connecting a few boxes together in the form of a person. You can then make a face for them, and your little ones can have a new cardboard friend.

If you have a green thumb, the side of a cardboard box can come in handy. They are effective in fighting weeds. Place the cardboard down over a place where weeds pop up. Cover the cardboard with a layer of mulch, and leave it alone.

The cardboard prevents weeds from reaching the surface. In addition, the cardboard insulates the ground, which brings the soil to a temperature that kills the seeds right there. If you do this, make sure that you do not use cardboard with a wax coating or ink on it.

Bubble Wrap

Popping bubble wrap is fun in and of itself, if you ask us. Your kids could spend hours just popping all of the bubble wrap that you brought along with you on your move, and even the adults may get something out of it.

We think it is a good idea if you make it into a game. For example, you could see who can pop the most bubbles in two minutes. Color the bubbles a few different colors, and give bonus points to each color for an added challenge.

After you are finished moving, you are going to need to take a trip to the grocery store. Bubble wrap is a good way to protect your fresh fruits and veggies in your bags and in the refrigerator. This will help keep your bananas, apples, and pears from bruising.

If you are sending a gift to someone, bubble wrap may also prevent something fragile from being broken. Items get roughed up in the mail, and if you are sending something valuable bubble wrap may be the only way to protect it.

Packing Paper

Packing paper is incredibly useful in the holiday season. If you have a shredder, you can tear your packing paper into little pieces for your own confetti. This would be absolutely perfect for New Year’s or Christmas.

You can also keep the packing paper whole, and use it as wrapping paper. There is no need to fight the holiday crowds in December, because you will already have a way to make your gifts look nice at home.

If you have questions about moving, we can help. We have been helping people move since 1974. Contact us today. You will be grooving with Joe’s Moving.

9 Valuable Tips for First Time Movers

Valuable Tips for First Time Movers

Moving into a new home can be stressful. Ensuring nothing gets left behind and everything is packed properly is overwhelming. If this is your first time moving, chaos may occur if the moving is not properly planned. For a seamless, easy move, keep reading for our top 9 tips for first time movers.

#1: Shed the excess

Make your move a mentally cleansing process. Shed all excess items that you no longer need and take only what is important. Donate old clothes, furniture and any other household items you do not use. The less you have, the less stuff you will need to transfer over. This will allow for a much easier, more efficient packing process.

#2: Organization is key

The best way to make your moving process easier is through careful organizing. Assign categories to each box and stick to it. This is better than sorting between rooms, as you will have a better idea of all you have. For example, if you organize all your coats into one box, you may realize you have way too many. This can help you with the elimination discussed previously.

#3: Give back

Remember that just because you do not use something anymore does not mean no one will. Help those who are less fortunate by donating gently used goods at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not only will your new home look better, but giving back will make you feel good.

#4: Make some money

 After you are done helping others, help yourself. Make some extra money by selling higher-end or more valuable items. Brand name clothing and accessories or nice furniture are all great options to sell. If you have any valuable antiques or vintage pieces in your closet, those may sell well too. For clothing, check out a local consignment store or Poshmark. Furniture can be sold via Craigslist or AptDeco and specialty items are better off on eBay.

#5: Keep a notepad handy

Moving can be stressful and overwhelming. Make the process easier by not letting little details be forgotten. Whether it is on an app on your phone or an old-fashioned yellow notepad, write down anything that needs to be remembered. Whether it is the name of a donation point, where to drop off your cable box or a reminder to pick up extra screws, do not let anything slip your mind.

#6: Stay up to date

Have a calendar nearby and keep track of any upcoming events that are taking place. Remind yourself to call the moving company on Tuesday and buy new sheets on Friday. Writing down important deadlines are a good way to keep organized and make sure nothing is missed.

#7: Change your address

This is something that is often forgotten about until you have been settled into your new home for a few weeks. Change your address a week before you officially move so that you do not have to worry about it later. It will be much more frustrating to have to retrieve mail that went to your old home.

#8: Be creative

 If you have run out of packing paper or bubble wrap, do not fret. Search around your house for other solutions. Items like newspapers, magazines, blankets and old clothes are all viable alternatives to your traditional packaging materials.

#9: Find a trustworthy moving company

The right moving company can transform your moving experience completely. Finding a trustworthy, reliable company can make the process seamless and much easier for all involved. At Joe’s Moving, we know how stressful moving can be for you. Let us help you make it easier by providing you with great workmanship and first-class customer service. Contact us at 800-796-3963.


Don’t Neglect Your Pet: 5 Helpful Tips for Moving Your Animals

Helpful Tips for Moving Your Animals

Moving is a rough experience for animals. They become agitated when they are placed in a vehicle. This is due to the fact that they are acclimated to an environment where they roam around. Here are some tips you can try to help your pet be at ease with moving.

1. Take your pet with you in the vehicle.

Pets want to be with their owners all the time. If you give them enough attention, traveling to a new home will not be so hard for them.

If you have a dog, make sure to keep a leash on them all the time. Cats normally prefer the security of being inside a crate during travel. You can place a blanket on the carrier so that they will not see their surroundings changing.

2. Keep your pets away from the hustle and bustle of moving.

Reduce the stress of your pets by keeping them in a quiet area while doing preparations. If you cannot leave them at a friend’s house, place them in a bedroom or living area. Make sure that it is secluded and there are few people and not a lot of activity. Provide enough food and water for your pet to keep them satisfied.

3. Pay attention to the special needs of your pet.

Some animals require special attention when being moved. For instance, fish react strongly to stress. Moving can be traumatizing for them if not fatal. They can be transported in short distances using bags filled with their old tank water. If you are traveling a long distance, it is best to give your fish away.

Guinea pigs suffer from moving or being jostled around. Their hearts are particularly sensitive. Make sure they are transported using a warm and comfortable carrier.

4. Maintain your daily routine.

Make sure that you still follow your routine schedule with your pet once you transfer. If he is accustomed to having time to play outdoors, then continue doing so. Use a leash for the first few days to ensure his safety.

If your pet is used to having a doggy door, set one up in your new home. Do not buy new toys anymore. Bring their favorite toys, bed, treats and other familiar items instead. Place them in places where your pet normally finds them in your old home. This will help your pet acclimatize and feel at home faster.

5. Be patient.

Once you have settled in your new home, give your pets a chance to explore their new surroundings. Allow them to sniff around. Do not be too hard on them if they sometimes hide from you. Let them be as long as they know where the litter box and doggy door is located.

Your pets will definitely need some extra loving from you at this phase. It is highly recommended that you hire a professional mover to assist you in moving. This way you will have extra time for your pet. When you need a Miami moving company, we can help.

Joe’s Moving and Storage Inc. has more than 40 years of experience in the business. Call us so we can discuss how we can help you out.

Top 7 Tips for an International Move

Top 7 Tips for an International Move

51.7%, more than half, of all residents of Miami-Dade County were born in another country according to official US Census Data. We are proud of how open our city is, and we believe that our diversity is our strength. As part of our dedication to the people who want to move here, we are providing a guide to moving internationally.

  1. You Do Not Need Every Item You Have

Generally, if you have more items, it will cost more to move it. Take a good, hard look at everything you own, and ask if you really need it or cannot get it in the country you are moving to. That quilt that Grandma made is irreplaceable, but you can buy a new TV at your destination.

  1. Organize Everything on One List

Moving is a stressful time, and a little bit of organization can go a long way. Try to compile all of the information that you need on one document, and back that document up. It is easy for things to get lost in the maelstrom that is moving, so simplifying is vital.

  1. Create a Checklist of Everything That Needs to Be Done

One of the first things that should go on your one sheet is a list of vital actions to take. Doctor’s appointments, insurance information, and schools’ records need to be obtained. There is a very long list of things you have to do, and going through it methodically will be crucial to a smooth transition.

  1. Label Everything

On your master list, you are going to want to keep a record of every box that you are bringing with you. Labeling all of your boxes with their contents is a good way to understand what you have and what you are missing. Plus, when you unpack, you will know what to unpack first.

  1. Check, Double-Check, and Triple-Check Your Documents

The people at immigration are rarely a forgiving group. Before you depart, you need to know exactly what you will need to present for them. You should be able to find some guides online about what you need to depart your country and what you will need when you arrive. We also recommend backing up these documents. If your copy is a physical copy, it may be a good idea to scan these and store them digitally. Your visa is especially important here.

  1. Storage Is Your Friend

If you are moving short-term, consider putting your furniture in storage. For a move that is fewer than two years, storing your furniture with a company is wise.

  1. Prepare for Culture Shock

In your home country, chances are you have a favorite grocery store or restaurant with your favorite foods. You speak the language of everyone around you, and you know the culture of your hometown inside and out. When you moving to a new country, you are leaving all of that behind. You may need to take language lessons, or talk to someone from that country to understand a little bit more. In some places, showing up to a party two hours late is the norm, while in other it is a grave insult. These are things you need to know.

At Joe’s Moving, we are experts in helping people move internationally. If you have any questions, please let us know. Call us, and our friendly, experienced, and highly-professional staff will help you with your move abroad.

Things No One Tells You About Moving Close to the Water

Moving close to the water. Living near the ocean

In the US, there are millions of beachfront homes. We definitely understand the appeal of living by the sea. The quiet crash of the waves upon the sound is a sweeter sound than many symphonies, and there is nothing quite like the sight of the sun rising over the sea. That being said, there are a few things that you need to know about owning a home on (or near) the water.

You May Not Have Exclusive Access to the Beach

Property is nine-tenths of the law, as the old saying goes. Property law in regard to beachfront homes is sometimes hard to disentangle. According to the State Constitution of Florida,  all beaches below the ‘mean high-water line’, otherwise known as wet sand, are public. Court cases have established the right of the public to use the dry sand when the public has been using a beach for the past 20 years without objection from the landowners, or through customary use, which is to say the peaceful, ‘ancient’, use of the beach by the public.

In the case Stop the Beach Renourishment vs. Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that when the government replaces eroded beach, the public owns the beach. Essentially, there is no right for waterfront property to contact the water.

Hurricane Season Comes Once a Year

People have many misconceptions about hurricanes. Everyone sees the massive storm on television. When they do broadcasts about the storm, they emphasize the heavy winds. Actually, the most damaging part of the storm is the storm surge. This is the massive tide of water that the storm pushes up the beach. A storm surge can cause flooding.

It is a good idea to know what to do before a hurricane hits. Having supplies on hand and knowing how to secure your home is paramount. A check of your home for leaks before hurricane season starts is a good idea. Sand dunes and stilts also go a long way towards protecting your home.

The Elements Are Not Always in Your Favor

There is nothing quite like the crisp smell of the salt breeze. However, as you sit out on the patio sipping a drink, your home is taking abuse. The salt winds bring crystals to the flashing and other exposed metal, which does not lead to good conclusions. Similarly, windows need to be cleaned pretty often. Electrical wires corrode very quickly, so make sure you have moisture-proof coating.

Natural Landscaping is the Best

Nature gives us many resources. The resources most applicable here will not only beautify your home, but will protect you. Saltbushes will provide a natural windbreak for you. Succulents firm up the ground, and provide a little green. Keep in mind that the plants will be in direct sunlight a lot, will face a lot of wind, and are salt-tolerant.

Generally, we find that the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to living on the beachfront. After all, it is incredibly common down here in South Florida. When you want to move to a beachfront home, call us. Joe’s Moving is your local Miami movers. You will be grooving with Joe’s moving.


5 Tips for Moving in the Summer

5 Tips for Moving in the Summer

Summer is the ideal time for moving. The kids are out of school, everyone is at the beach, and the highways are as clear as they are ever going to get. If you want to move over the summer, we can help in more ways than one. As part of our commitment to you, we have provided a few handy tips to help make your summer move as stress-free as possible.

  1. The Early Bird Gets the Worm

The sun’s rays are most intense between 11 AM and 3 PM. Temperatures climb up to a boiling point, and people who are outside at this time are vulnerable to ultraviolet rays. Moving is a laborious process, and you do not want to pack, lift, and move all your boxes when it is most difficult. It is a good idea to get everything done before noon. Holding off until later in the day is also a good idea.

  1. Don’t Let Anything Melt with You

Scented candles are a wonderful way to make your room smell nice, and they are a terrible way to ruin all of the other items in a box. Air circulation in a moving van is poor, so ensure that anything that can melt is air conditioned, or at least isolated. DVDs and CDs may warp and wither under the intense heat, so make sure to keep these cool as well.

  1. Everybody’s Moving on the Weekend

Generally, weekends and days at the end of the month are the most popular times for a move. Moving companies are very busy, so you would do yourself quite a few favors by scheduling your move for the middle of the week. Also, make sure to check in with your moving company before the move, to ensure that they are keeping track of everything.

  1. Planning for the Dog Days of Summer

You need to make plans for yourself, your family, and also your pets. Cats, dogs, and any other pets are at risk of overheating during a summer move. Making sure they do not get out or otherwise interrupting your move is also vital for the process. We recommend letting a friend watch them for a day, or getting a kennel or cage for them. Whatever you do, make sure they are cool and have enough water to keep them happy.

  1. Turn on Utilities before You Move

Picture this: you have baked in the hot sun all day, corralling kids and pets alike while crossing a vast distance. Then you get to your new house, shining and glimmering and absolutely broiling because there is no AC yet. If that does not appeal to you, ensure that everything is up and operational before you get there. Remember, you are going to have to unload and put all your stuff inside once you arrive, and there is no need for you to sweat your guts out.

If you have any questions about moving any time of the year, do not hesitate to call us. Our professional, courteous, and qualified staff are happy to assist you with any moving related issues you might have. The situation is always improving with Joe’s Moving.