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Saturday, 31 October 2015

General Cleaning Tips

Moving has two terrible parts: packing, and cleaning. Here's a few all-purpose cleaning tips to make your moving easier.

Make an easy, all-purpose cleaner with this recipe that will make nearly every kitchen surface shine! Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away. Baking soda is actually a Swiss army knife cleaner! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

  1. Baking soda to get rid of sneaker and gym bag smells
  2. Baking soda is good for doodles on paint
  3. Remove pet smells by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, and then vacuuming it up after 15 minutes.
  4. Clear drains with 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth and flush after 5 minutes.
  5. Clean stains from cutting boards by sprinkling it with baking soda or salt, and then rubbing it with a fresh cut lemon.
  6. Keep baking soda in your linen closet and other cloth storage areas to keep the smells out! 
  7. Beat tough oven stains by spritzing with ammonia, and then sprinkling baking soda and a few drops of vinegar. After it's bubbled up a good bit, wipe it off with a sponge.
Toothpaste is good to get rid of marker stains on woods. Brush the wood like you brush your teeth! Also, you can use toothpaste for:
  1. Shining silver: Rub damp silver with toothpaste, rinse, and dry with a clean cloth.
  2. Toothpaste can also clear grime and soap scum off of your chrome faucets!
  3. OR remove coffee stains from mugs!
  4. Scrub tennis shoes with toothpaste to bring out the shine!

De-stink the garbage disposal Run a few lemon rinds through the garbage disposal and follow with cold water to dispel any sour odors.

Use a lint roller on stuffed animals or use that lint roller in the car after you're done with the stuffed furries!

De-funk hairbrushes and combs by soaking them in a dish soap solution. Also, you can use dish soap to:
  1. Combat build-up from hair products with a sudsy solution of a few drops of dish soap mixed with warm water.
  2. Add a squirt of dish soap to a bowl of warm water, and use it to clean the outdoor furniture. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose.
  3. Remove greasy stains from clothing by gently rubbing dish soap into the grease spot and rinsing it with water. It's even gentle enough for fabrics like wool!
  4. Remove grease stains on cabinets with a warm water solution of dish soap. Rinse with a cloth and allow to dry.
  5. Remove carpet stains by soaking a clean white cloth in a solution of one tablespoon dish soap and 2 cups of warm water. Ring out the cloth, and blot the stain until it all comes out. Then sponge dry with cold water and blot with another cloth until dry.

Make your toilet, bath or kitchen nicer by storing toiletries and other sundries in jars or baskets in the bathroom

Use baby powder and a pin to help untangle a knotted necklace.

Soften fuzzy towels - if you've got hard water, mineral buildup could be the cause of your scratchy towels. "To lift deposits, wash the towels in the hottest water possible, and add 1 cup of ammonia and nothing else," says Good Housekeepinghomecare expert Heloise.

Is that wet towel you left in your gym bag speckled? First, take it outside, brush off the spores, and sun-dry the item for about three hours. Then, pre-soak with a bleach and water solution (check the care tag to be sure its safe), and machine wash.

Use white vinegar to brighten your windows. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on and wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth (not paper towels, which can cause streaking).

Make vinegar based cleaners smell better by infusing them with good smelling herbs, like sage or orange peels for a citrus scent!

Remove sweat stains from clothing by rubbing the affected area with a full strength enzyme liquid detergent and letting it sit for 15 minutes. Then, wash with a full dose of bleach alternative fabric soap in hot water.

Shine up your copper pots with ketchup!

Remove scratches and scuffs on wood furniture by rubbing them with the meat of a walnut!

Shine up your porcelain with vodka on a clean cloth. (It's for cleaning, honey, honest!)

Clean the inside of your microwave easily by heating water and lemon on high until your microwave steams up. Let sit for about 15 minutes, and then wipe away the grease and grime with little effort!

Damp rubber gloves are like pet hair magnets!

You can put almost anything in a dishwasher, not just your dishes!

Fix squeaky wooden floors by sweeping baby powder into the cracks to silence the creak.

Use table salt as a gentler version of sandpaper to clean wood or cast iron pans without ruining either one.

Use coffee filters to help shine up mirrors since they're lint free and won't cause scratches!

Hope these tips are helpful for your daily life, not only your relocation life!

Moving in with someone?

Sharing your space with someone is a pretty scary endeavor. If it's someone you've been dating, then it won't quite be as much of an adjustment as moving in with a stranger, but both cases are still intimidating. Here are a few tips for moving in with someone who isn't your someone special. 

1. Setting the stage

Your first night as flat mates should set the stage for all of the nights to come. If you just hop in the flat and then hide in your respective caves, then things don't look good for a chummy relationship in the near future. Instead, try to make it a fun event, with a special, celebratory meal, a glass of wine or hors d’oeuvres. Also, take this time and good atmospheric opportunity to discuss your plans for your shared spaces. Furniture, arrangements, bathroom schedules, which side of the fridge, do you need to label foods, etc. Setting out the rules in the beginning is paramount to a good shared living relationship. If you start off well, you can finish well as well. 

2. Take Inventory

When merging two people's belongings, it's important to make sure what goes where, including what goes to the dump. Sit down together and make a list of all of items you have, they have, and that you both want to bring with. It's important to make these decisions together to get a sense for what you have, and how you'll be merging your houses together. Don't only focus on furnishings and big accessories, but include small appliances and other items that will go in shared spaces. It's important to compromise on these items. If you need, we have affordable, convenient storage options for any items you don't need now, but might want later!

3. Talk about Lifestyle and Pet Peeves

It's important to layout your lifestyle and strong dislikes in the beginning, preferably before deciding to move in together. How you set up your personal space is your own thing, but sharing space with someone is often uncomfortable at best. Will your new roommate be awake late at night when you need to wake up early? Does your roommate smoke? Will there be romantic visitations, and how will these be dealt with. What kind of Feng Sui do you like? Are there any strong pet peeves that you have? For example, touching your things, stealing from your plate, etc. How tidy are you, and how will chores be divided? Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory is a bit of an eccentric, but having an agreement to resolve conflicts isn't such a bad idea!

4. Find the missing pieces together

After you've managed to fit together all of your belongings and lifestyles, you can work out the missing pieces together to really cement your shared space. Doing these activities together will help change the space from looking like two houses smashed together into two houses merged together; like proper shading in a painting. Try to keep things fun, and avoid any stressful moments. But, don’t feel like there's an immediate need to patch everything togther at once. It takes time to make a masterpiece, so give yourselves the time you need need to find solutions as an ongoing, fun process.

DIY Moving Made EasIER

Relocating for a new job or a new city is exciting and expensive. Hiring movers can be fast and efficient, but, also can break your bank if you're on a limited budget. DIYing it can save you money, but, here are some tips for relocating it on the cheap!

1. Set a budget.

6757849129_54c4f1ab10_bIt's very important to understand your financial limits. Moving can be incredibly expensive. Security deposits, utility deposits, set up fees, moving costs... Setting a budget is critical to keeping your move from breaking your bank.

2. Call a mover to get an estimate

There's a lot of hidden costs in a DIY move. When we start a move, we think about the moving truck, but sometimes we miss the other costs like, the food for the helpers, gas for the truck, and any other travel expenses, such as a hotel room for you and any helpers, and it can really add up. Often, it is either cheaper, or close enough, to be better to choose the professional KNT move. Call us to receive a free moving quote and inspection, and then make the final decision to do it yourself or let us help you out! We can handle any move, whether we do all or some of the packing, heavy lifting, or moving.

3. Planning

Each and every move requires planning, but, your first big move, or the first move out of your parents home will require extra planning. We advise that ou start as early as possible by checking out our moving tips and really thinking about what you really need to keep and not. There are a number of apps for your tablet or smart phone to help you prepare for and budget your move. Why not try one of these out to help keep you on track?

4. Reducing your clutter

yard sale movingSometimes you take a look at the stuff you have, and you just can't really be sure you need it. Some of it you just don't throw away because it's too valuable, sentimentally or monetarily. You can save yourself some time and money by having a yard sale or flea market stall timely before your move. It will help you by reducing on truck space, labor, and time packing, and you can make a few extra dollars to help cover all those expensive moving costs! Don't hesitate to donate anything you couldn't sell to a good home or charity!
5. Pick and choose when to hire the pros!
flat rate moving professionals helping when moving for a new jobNot every budget allows for, nor does every move require, professional movers, but, we find that some items are better taken care of by professionals. Especially with large or extra heavy items, the overs have the expertise and insurance to take care of things for you. They can take care of damages in case they make a human error, and they can get the medical attention they need if they hurt themselves.

6. Renters’ insurance.

Moving into or out of a place you don't own, you should always carry insurance on your belongings. You never know what accidents may happen, from a flood to a fire to a broken water pipe in your apartment. Sometimes your neighhbors carry their own insurance in case they damage you, and sometimes they don't. For as little as 10$ a month, you can often get at least some kind of coverage in case of a disaster. Replacing everything out of pocket would be a crippling expense, especially if it's your first big move!

7. Packing supplies

Find one of our handy packing guides, and make sure you make a good list of what packing supplies you will need to pack everything in your home. Often, supermarkets or appliance stores can be a good source for extra boxes in their restocking times, but you also may consider buying new boxes to protect your most valuable items. Most moving companies will offer these at a reasonable rate, even if you don't hire them. We will even swing by and pick up your leftover packing supplies to recycle for you1

8. Pack smart

Packing smart when moving to a new city for workNothing ruins your moving day than unpacking to find you have broken personal items or spending hours looking for something you didn't label. Smart packing means to distribute items evenly amongst boxes, using ample padding and cushioning (sometimes your towels, and sometimes bubble wrap!), and keeping everything organized and labeled for easy unpacking. If you take your time, label and secure every item, then your moving day will be a lot less stressful!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Your bathroom is probably one of the smaller rooms in your house. However, it also has some of the smaller and messier items to pack. Most people will overlook the small details when they are packing, but, this guide will help you avoid the pitfalls.

Packing up a Bathroom for Moving

The easiest, simplest way to pack your bathroom is to call KNT and let us do it for you! However, if you'd like to take care of it yourself, check out these tips!

First, make sure to pack, in a separate box, the toiletries you use every day. These items include, but aren't limited to, cosmetics, medicines, toothbrushes and paste to match, puffs, pads, buds, a washcloth, your face wash, etc. etc. etc. Put these in a sturdy box with a clear label and set it aside to be packed someplace you can get access to easily. This will make evening bath time and morning shower time much easier!

Next, go through your bathroom to look for things you may not need, or might be able to replace cheaper than packing and moving. That shampoo you tried last year but didn't like the smell, the conditioner that turned your hair the wrong color, the hair dye you bought for your Halloween costume, etc. Also, check for expired medications that might be hanging out in your medicine cabinet.

Additionally, anything that's lost it's label, you forgot what it was for, or can't read any more is probably no longer necessary. Keeping these around is risky, and a waste of space at best. Don't bring your clutter from your old place to the new!

Also, check out your towels, face towels, wash cloths etc. Anything that's fraying, doesn't look so nice anymore, stained or just doesn't absorb like it used to, it's probably a good time to replace. A new house needs some of the old home to be comfortable, but we can all probably afford to replace our shabby towels for something a little bit more fresh.

As far as your cleaning supplies, it's best to pool these resources all in one spot to prepare for the painful actual moving day. Especially if you're enlisting help for the cleaning,  you'll want to have these all in a central place to dispatch your slave labor from; something like Mr. Clean's headquarters.

A few more specific tips on packing are coming up next! 
First, any items which were kept inside the shower or bathtub area, or around the sink, may still be wet. Make sure to dry these completely before packing them. Nothing spoils a moving day like a wet box, and nothing frustrates you on unpacking day like opening up a box of pungent smelling moldy bottles. 
Second, anything that has even the slightest chance of leaking needs to be secured. Generally speaking, a plastic baggy with a seal, like a Ziploc, is sufficient, but, if you have any doubts, there are two options. First, you could simply tape the bottle lid. I don't recommend this method because, sometimes when you remove said tape, there's a sticky, gummy residue. Instead, I take my handy plastic wrap from the kitchen, completely wrap the bottle cap, and run it under a hot air hair dryer so the plastic shrinks into place. There's much less chance of mess this way anyway, and no chance of gummy residue on the cap that you have to touch until the bottle is empty!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

How to Pack a Dining Room

from authenthicsimplicity .net
For starters, if you're using a moving company, communication is important to protecting your belongings. At KNT Movers, we prefer an onsite inspection so that our moving professionals will catch any items that you may inadvertently leave out of your declaration, but if you're using another moving company, you need them to be able to plan your dining room relocation appropriately. Also, please inform them items will be packed transported, and what will need to go into either short/long term storage, sold, etc. It's also important to let your neighbors, flatmates, or landlord / building manager know what day and time you are planning to have the moving crew come help you out.

Curtains and Draperies (DIY)

For starters, curtains, draperies and other cloth items are easy to pack. Simply fold them lengthwise and place them in boxes or pack them in empty drawers and cupboards. Other soft, bendable, unbreakable items (napkins and table cloths) can also be packed in the same way. Fragile items should be packed in appropriately sized and insulated double layer boxes (which we have available), and can be extra protected by placing these cloth items around them in the extra space in the boxes.

Dining Room Table (DIY)

When moving a dining room table, it's helpful to dismantle it, if possible, before trying to pack it. All the small parts (screws, bolts and nuts) fit nicely inside a a small, plastic bag with a proper label. After putting them in the bag, tape it to the table with friendly adhesive tape so they won’t get lost. Don’t use standard tape directly on wood, though as it could cause damage or leave a sticky residue that's impossible to remove. Make sure the table is clean. To add extra protection for corners, use corner protectors from a moving supply store or pad the corners of the box with cloth items normally found in the dining room. Wrap the table in moving pads, and secure them in place. The same can be done for your table legs. If they're the correct size, they can help as extra protection for your table. Wrap them in sufficient layers, and then keep them on the corners, outside the padding, to help reduce damage to your table top. To move your dining chairs, similarly dismantle them where possible, and wrap them in padding the same way. Any cushions or pillows that may accompany them can be packed in boxes or strong plastic bags (like a garbage bag) for easy carrying.

Pet Preparation and Care

Photo: animals.ekstrax .net
Pets need extra care any time you change their routine, especially pets that don't live in an aquarium or cage.Let us share some tips for you, some that you can start now before you even know you're moving, to help your pets adjust to a new home!

First, crate training: it's useful for more than narrowing down the sleeping arrangements! A crate provides a constant, familiar space for your pets to retreat to in times of uncertainty. When you move into your new house, put out their crate as early as possible, and try to stay near it to give them reassurance as much as you can. More importantly, don't change anything in the crate in the weeks leading up to and following your move. The relocation will be enough trauma for them already, so try to preserve their bubble of serenity.

After moving in, try to unpack and put (just like for your children) any of your pets toys out as soon as possible for them. It's yet another point of familiarity for them. Dogs will be interested to explore the new place as soon as possible. It can be reassuring for them to explore the new space together, and make a point to show them where all their essentials are; i.e. their crate, their food, the water, any pet doors, the backyard, the place you'd like them to do their stinky business, etc. For cats, they will want to explore at their own pace, but you still need them to know where the litter box, food, and water are. When I move, I make it a point to not leave my pets alone any more than absolutely necessary. If they feel abandoned, they may try to break out and run back to the place they still call home. This is also another reason why crates are beneficial.

As for the surrounding areas, dogs do well on leashes out exploring their new 'hood, but take care with cats. If they're outside too early, they may bolt and you will be consoling children and posting missing flyers around town when they don't turn up back in the new house.

Also, try not to make any changes in their bedding or daily routine during this sensitive adjustment period. It seems like a lot of attention to detail, but our furry family need our tender love and care just as much as our children do.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Moving and Your Family

For Adults, moving is a pretty intense experience. For children and pets, it's beyond intimidating. Both children and pets are creatures of habit, their friends, their routine, the places they like to visit... it's a long list of things that are tough to accept changes in. Here's a few tips to help ease the transition for them, and we'll talk about your pets soon!

For starters, children, even older children, need time to adjust to new ideas and changes. To start, prepare your children by talking about the move as early as possible. When you talk about the move, talk about the reasons why honestly. It will seem like a huge ordeal at first, but, the more that you talk about it, the more common place the topic will be, and the easier to accept it becomes.When you broach the subject, and discuss it afterwards, there's definitely going to be crying and temper tantrums from younger children, and/or rage from the older children. It's important to respect these feelings and to let the children go through them all. Be supportive and patient with their emotions.

Before moving, give the children a tour of the house and the neighborhood. Point out all the things that are similar between the old and the new. Find places for them to do their favorite activities, and places for them to make new friends! Sign them up for extracurricular activities so they can both have the comfortable routine they've been used to and be around others of the same age and similar interests. Be excited with them when they come home talking about these new connections in their life and encourage them to deepen them!
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On the actual moving day, be prepared for the whole gamete of emotions. To help reduce the impact, let the children enjoy their last moments in the house as long as possible. Pack up their room and other entertainment at the last possible timing. When you arrive at the new house, make sure you unpack some of this entertainment for them as soon as possible. They may be interested in the unpacking and decorating. This is very helpful for them, as it will help them to feel that this new place is their place. If you unpack their room first, it will also convey a sense of their importance to you. Listen to the things they don't like, and discuss plans on how you can redecorate or remodel their space to make them more comfortable and happy!

To help them make friends, start off by inviting the neighbors over to play at your place. Everyone will be curious about the new kids on the block, and it's a good way to give your children opportunities to make new friends as well. Also, don't neglect places like the public library or community center's free or low cost activities for both entertainment and friendship building.

Lastly, don't forget the phone calls and emails! Letting the children stay in touch with their friends from the old neighborhood will help ease their transition as well, and most probably will help to fade out those weaker bonds gradually, instead of losing everything at once!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Your most at-risk belongings

Perhaps the worst thing about moving is unexpected breakage. The obvious solution is to hire movers. KNT ensures the highest care and professionalism when handling your precious items; everything from your fragile flatware to your child's favorite blankie. We make sure everything makes it to your new residence on the same number of pieces we packed it in.

If you are planning to do the moving on your own, let us offer you a few tips to keep those belongings safe. To get started on a move, first you need to take an inventory of all the items you are moving, and which ones are the most likely to break. For anyone who still wants to pack themselves, let us help you identify the items that are the most at risk to suffer from a move, and some tips on how to reduce that risk.


  • Electronics are easily damaged. They need to be packed in double layer cardboard or china boxes. If they're larger items, find a larger box! And....
  • Don't skimp on the padding and packaging. Protect all four sides, and reinforce the corners of the boxes as well. Don't forget to add extra layers or padding between items if packing more than one electronic in a single box. In addition, make sure each item is wrapped individually, not in clumps.
  • Label, remove, color code and twist tie and wrap each cable individually. It's helpful to color code the cable with the corresponding plug into the device it matches with. Also, don't forget to label which electronic device each cord belongs to!
  • TVs and other large items should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If the original box is not available, professional movers often use special plasma boxes for televisions and pile on the blankets moving blankets in key places to prevent screen damage. Also, please don't forget to remove the base of the TV and other large items before wrapping (and of course wrap the base!).
  • Last, remember that electronics are heavy. If you stack inappropriately, or sometimes at all, you can cause pressure damage to your items. Err on the side of caution!


  • We have a special kind of box, china box, which is double layered and perfect to suit your flatware moving needs.
  • Always pack from heaviest to lightest, both in boxes and in the moving van! Also, be sure to pack anything possible in a standing position. This will also help reduce your breakage.

Lamps & Lamp Shades

  • Always remove the lamp shade from the lamp before packing.
  • Make sure your lamp shade is packed snugly in a box of appropriate size, and padded carefully around the edges.

  Picture Frames

Don't make this mistake: "Oh, it's a wooden frame, that will keep it from breaking!" Remember that most picture frames have glass, and if the glass breaks for any reason, it can do irrevocable damage to your priceless photos. Always make sure to wrap each frame individually, and we recommend removing the photos before packing them.

Antiques & Collectibles

These items are impossibly expensive and important to protect. We highly recommend hiring a mover (like us!) to take care of these items for you. If you are unable or unwilling to entrust us with your keepsakes, always remember to double layer pack with copious amounts of padding. We don't encourage you to use newsprint or other items with inks or stains that could alter the appearance or color of your antiques and collectibles. Make sure to wrap the tape around the packaging, not the item. The gum on the tap can cause serious damage to these items!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Moving Is Stressful

Moving is a serious experience. It can alter not only your life patterns, but even you, or your family. As humans, we are creatures of habit. When we go through a dramatic change in our environment, we have to change ourselves to adapt to the new life. This can cause a change in stress level (up or down), a change in health and skin problems (due to environment), a change in disposition due to things such as diet, sleep rhythm alterations, and even small things like what you smell when you wake up. It's important to be aware of these physical and emotional changes not only in yourself, but also your family. Here's a few tips to help reduce the stress on you and them.

Our first advice is, of course, to hire a mover. Relocations are hard on your body, on your pocketbook, on your family and pets. Hiring a mover, such as us (KNT Movers, in case you forgot!) makes the process of transporting your goods from old to new house less stressful, and helps you to focus on your loved ones while we handle the heavy lifting, packing, unpacking, cleaning, etc. It's hard to handle both them and the boxes at the same time, and it can be a traumatic experience for younger children and pets!

I remember when I was young, moving was one of the most traumatic things for me. I lost my friends and my neighborhood; my entire world was turned upside down. I had to learn the safe roads to ride my bicycle, make new friends, and get over losing the friends I'd known since the last time I was uprooted. Worse, I was "the new kid" at school. Even as I got older, it wasn't easy to come to terms with moving, and I could call my friends any time! It makes the home life a lot harder. As parents, we can help reduce our children's stress by offering them support and helping them to find new avenues of entertainment and friendship. Take them the local parks to play or enroll them in classes at the local community center or other classes where their new friends are waiting to meet them. Encourage and enable them to communicate with their old friends anyway possible, but help them see that they will need new friends as well!

And, let's not forget about our furry friends. Indoor pets will recover quickly, but outdoor pets can also be traumatized by a move. Indoor pets will adjust quickly because the same humans and the same smells to comfort them. Outdoor cats and dogs have been known to go on jailbreak and return to the house they're familiar with. Don't forget to give them plenty of attention and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't run off. It may require keeping them inside when you're out of the house.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

It's more than just transport!

Moving is one of the hardest things we will have to do in our lives. And yet, we have to do it so many times! Why is it so hard?! It takes time. Time to plan, time to move, time to reset up in a new residence. It takes effort. Effort to research, pack, clean, move, unpack, and get everything back just the way you want it. It takes tons of energy. Energy of thought, motion, and STRESS! Let's not even talk about the cost! Even doing it by yourself, it still costs an arm and a leg. It's so stressful for the whole family! Not just on you, but the helping hands, the pets and the family (we will have a post on how to help them soon too!)

Time Intensive!

You have to decide what to pack. You have to separate what to throw away. If you're packing something, which box does it go in? Where will it go in the new house? What other things should you pack with it? Then, you have to decide what kind of box and what packing materials you need. Then, after it's all decided, you have to actually do all the packing. Deciding what to pack, purchasing materials, interviewing and deciding a moving company, even looking for a new home, it can take months, and sometimes even years. We are all busy with our regular day-to-day lives, so it can become quite a chore! Even just the thinking time can make you tired! KNT can help you shorten this process quite a bit, by being your one stop shop for packaging, all the way through to packing up and helping with the unpacking of your new home! We can even cart away your used packaging.

Money Intensive!

Moving costs so much money, not only time! Retaining a realtor, paying for materials, disposing materials, hiring a truck, hiring movers or buying food and alcohol for your buddies, house down payment or first and last month's rent, utility deposits, new furniture, fumigation or other things to do before moving in.... Everything takes money! If you're selling a house, it helps offset the moving costs some, but, often you have to pay upfront for the new place before you get the dividends from the old place... There's a few ways to help reduce these costs. 

First, surf the advertisements on websites and newspapers or free papers provided in town first. This is a good way to find a variety of good information or gems, from finding out the good neighborhoods to finding someone who is listing their home themselves, which saves the realtor and closing fees associated with them. When you find places you're interested in, although time consuming, drive around the neighborhoods first to see what neighborhoods seem like they'll fid you. If they're too far way, Google Earth can help you if nothing else! 
If you're relocating locally, try to find out if any of your utility companies can overlap. If so, then that can save you on paying new deposit fees or startup fees. 
When renting, sometimes a landlord will list their apartments or homes with more than one rental agency. If this is the case, find out which company has the better reputation and/or lower fees. 
Finally, make sure to check into the cost of living. The variation in different parts of the country can work in your favor, or can hurt you!
Moving materials cost money. We can accept unused packaging for no restocking fee, and, like we said, cart off the used materials after you've finished! Give us a call before you buy any of our packing materials!