When Jim and Francine MacDonald made the decision to sell their cherished family home of 30 years and move to a senior-living community, they had a clear vision in mind. Francine, a former marine biologist and passionate supporter of environmental causes, was determined not to add anything more than necessary to the waste stream. With sustainability and “reduce, reuse, recycle” firmly in their minds, the MacDonalds sought out move-making companies that shared their values.
Enter The Move Makers – where sustainability is not just a practice…it’s woven into our fabric. As we plan your move, we work on organizing and reducing your household to fit your new space... Read the rest
Happy New Year from The Move Makers!
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? A lot of people do. This is the time of year when gym memberships increase and books about decluttering fly off the shelves. Storage boxes go on sale and some people even think about making dramatic changes, like downsizing and moving house.
If you’re in that category, a move management company like The Move Makers can be a godsend. Choosing the right Move Management company can transform your move from a headache into a hassle-free adventure.
1. Embrace the Expertise:
As the first move management company in Oregon to receive an A+ accreditation from NASMM (National Association of Senior and Specialty Move Managers), The Move Makers have ten years of knowledge and expertise in the intricacies of moving... Read the rest
Fall is a great time to downsize everything outside your home since indoor projects can happen once the weather turns cooler. Even when you are not planning to move, a quick clean-up will give you a head start in the spring. Think of starting at the edges of your property and working inward from the areas most visible from the street (and your neighbors). If you are planning to move within the next year or two, you will save yourself significant stress by taking care of the outside cleanup early, enabling you to focus on the inside of your home later... Read the rest
During the months/weeks/days before your move, remember to stop buying food and supplies. Eat the food in your freezer and pantry, and wait to replace tools and small appliances until you arrive at your new home. For more tips, download our Move Checklist.
Do not underestimate the time it takes to pack. If you have ALL of the materials you need and have made ALL of the decisions about what to keep, it may still take 20-40 hours (or more) to pack up your home.
10 Packing Tips from the Pros
- Set up an area in each room to place items you will need before, or immediately after your move (medications, computer and phone chargers, vitamins, toiletries, clothing, etc.).
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If you are moving this summer, now is the time to do a reality check. Are you finished sorting? Have you booked a mover? Are you being realistic about the time it will take you to do all of the move-related tasks on your list?
Here are 3 tips for saving time, money and avoiding stress:
- Book the mover early
- If you’re moving out of state, your move will be estimated by the weight of everything you are taking. Complete sorting before you get an estimate if at all possible.
- If you’re moving locally, you will be charged by the hour, so the more you donate, sell or discard, the more you will save.
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Are you moving this year, or thinking of moving in the next few years? Moving can be a daunting task, especially if you have a busy life or have lived in your house for many years. There are steps you can take NOW that will make things much easier when it’s time to move.
Please note that if you are moving in the next month or two and you are feeling overwhelmed, read our post about Moving Do’s and Don’ts, or better yet, contact us here. Our team can step in to provide help where you need it. To find out more about our team, see recent post here... Read the rest
Last August, we brought you some Do’s and Don’ts for a move. Some bear repeating and others are new suggestions for when you are considering a local, intrastate, or interstate move. Understanding what to expect, and your role and responsibilities as well as those of the mover, can make the process run more smoothly.
DO the hard work of sorting through your goods and dispose/donate anything you no longer want. Thinking “I’ll just sort it when I get there” means that you’ll pay extra in both time and money. Interstate moves are based in part on weight, so you don’t want to pack unnecessary items you don’t need... Read the rest
Employing the ancient practice of Feng Shui (“fung shway”) is a perfect way to establish a fresh, vibrant energy in your new home or reset the energy in your current home.
The Move Makers Project Manager Paivi Panttila Vargas is a certified Feng Shui practitioner, and advises on the positive elements of the practice for those who have been in their home for some time, or wish to incorporate it into a new space..
“Creating a good energy for a new home makes it possible to get settled faster and unlock new opportunities for the new life phase,” said Paivi. “Feng Shui and other methods like Vastu and Wabi Sabi are there to give you inspiration and guidance on how to look at your home in a new, deeper way... Read the rest
When it comes to moving, packing is the task that many people dislike the most. If all decisions have been made and you have gathered the proper packing materials, the task is much easier. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your beloved items are not only efficiently packed, but safely, too.
Not all boxes are created equal – This may seem obvious, but some items can be damaged if transported in the wrong box. While liquor store boxes with their compartments may seem handy for your stemware, they are often not strong enough to sustain the normal jostling on a moving truck, and their thin sides can buckle easily if something is placed on top or shoved next to them... Read the rest
You’ve found the house you love, and best of all, sold the one you’re in. Now the real work begins – getting ready to move. Your first instinct may be to start packing up everything and organize it later. What you may not realize in your hurry to get the task accomplished is the longer-term negative effects of that decision, like the costliness of time, money and stress.
Here are four points to consider before you decide to pack up for moving day.
Saving Money: Moving is costly, and whether you’re moving locally (where movers charge an hourly rate, or out of state, where the move cost is based on weight and distance), you should ask yourself if the investment in money up front and the time spent later, is going to be worth it to you... Read the rest