Protecting Your Electronic Devices with American Moving

Protecting Your Electronic Devices with American Moving

In the 21st century, an added pressure of the moving process is ensuring your devices, and their accessories, are properly handled and cared for. In the average American home, multiple television sets and over 25 appliances are often included in a move. At American Moving, it’s our job to help you move without incident, and handling your electronics in a caring, professional way is one priority among many for our moving crews.

Before we move your things, it’s your responsibility to pack them. We put together a few pro’s tips about how best to store and pack electronic devices and the cords and dongles that go with them (yes, that’s a real word!). First, be sure to take photos of your plugged-in devices before unplugging and wrapping cords. This is to make sure you’ll be able to plug them in correctly again in your new space. Then, when you unplug your devices, separate cords and carefully coil them up, separating related cords into plastic bags or boxes to separate and organize them. You can also use colored tape to mark your wires and keep them with related devices.

In the event you’re moving devices that take CD’s or other inputs, make sure to take them all out before moving day and that all trays are closed to avoid damaging your devices. Try to pack related wires, and remote controls together, to avoid confusion during move-in.

Depending on what kind of television you have, the packing protocol may be different. If you have a plasma flat screen television set, they’ll require more delicate handling and packing techniques given their easily breakable screens and heavy weight. LCD TV screens would not be damaged as easily, and can be packed with some padding in a standard box. In the future, saving original packaging will help move your devices more easily down the road, since you won’t have to put a TV in a square package or order special boxes.

Finally make sure you back up your various hard drives and photo storage on all devices before moving day. Anything can happen, and the last thing you want to do is lose years of memories by simply dropping a device or mishandling it.

At American Movers, our staff is ready to help you move, worry-free. We’re dedicated to providing the very best service while giving special care to your electronics and personal devices. Call for a quote today.

American Moving | Denver, Boulder, Vail

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On moving day, it’s important to understand what exactly your rights are as a tenant or homeowner, and what responsibilities you have compared to the moving company you choose to work with on the big day. For consumers, there’s a resource published each year by the Federal Motor Carrier & Safety Administration. It’s written to inform you, the mover, what to expect from us, a moving company, on moving day. It’s also meant to help the moving process go smoothly and mitigate any disagreements or miscommunications between parties. At American Moving, it’s our job to give you the highest quality service in an efficient and cost-saving manner. We take pride in our reputation of professionalism and honesty, and pointing consumers to resources like that of the FMCSA booklet is all part of doing business and thriving in our industry. In fact, it’s the law to provide you with these resources throughout the moving process.

When you’re ready to pack up and move out, contracting with a moving company like American Moving requires us to offer written estimates to you about our services, pricing, and time frame. Now, these estimates can be binding if we’d like them to be, and it’s advantageous to offer these because inaccuracies and underestimations can occur for estimates that are non-binding. Any documents sent to you by American Moving should be complete, and if they are not, they must be verified with our company immediately before any party signs them or uses them to direct action. We’ll be sure to provide accurate documentation and measurement on all potential loads and services both on and leading up to moving day, as well as any charges incurred in the process.

As the customer, you are allowed to reserve exclusive and guaranteed dates of service. These cannot be changed by the mover without notice or written documentation, and all transactions and services must be properly insured. You may be present when any loads are weighed to promote transparency and can request a load to be weighed.

Be sure to check in with our crew at American Moving regarding acceptable payment options, and any damage claims must be filed as soon as possible after the move. It’s important to shop around for estimates, but we guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the quality and amount of service our prices can afford.

Ready for moving day? Call American Moving to schedule an estimate or moving appointment.

Lift With the Knees-Self-Care during the Move

Self-Care During the Move

Our mission at American Moving is to make your big move memorable in its ease, simplicity, and efficiency. But even with our services, there’s still a fair bit of heavy lifting involved in packing up the life you’ve built and taking it somewhere brand new.

When packing, unpacking, and arranging your brand new space long after our movers are gone, it’s important to practice the tried-and-true self-care tips to take care of your body and stress levels over the course of them moving process.

Breathe Easy

First, be sure to regularly stretch your body and practice steady breathing when lifting and moving heavy or cumbersome items. Holding your breath while lifting not only limits all-important oxygen in the muscles working the hardest but also increases the likelihood of injury. Whether you practice yoga or a simple runner’s stretch, taking time to lengthen and listen to those muscles will also effectively prevent strains, sprains, pulls, or painful nerve tweaks. Your body works hard, so be sure to take care of it, and let American Moving do the heavy lifting on the big day.

More, Planning, Less Stress

At American Movers, we know all too well the stresses of moving day. It’s easy to procrastinate packing and avoid planning ahead for a move, especially when you’ve spent years filling your home with a lifetimes worth of memories and important items. But the only thing that’s more stressful than moving those items in a day or two is moving them without the guarantee they’re packed correctly and safely for moving day. At American Moving, we’re happy to help with this and supply all-important supplies for your move to run as smoothly as possible. We make it a priority to complete the job, free of damages, mishaps, and injuries for all people and items involved. We’re professionals, after all, and our experience in the Denver area puts us a cut above the rest. We’ll offer the peace of mind that weeks of extensive planning can, but if you’d prefer to take the pre-move preparation on yourself, don’t leave it all to the last minute. After all, your mind needs as much care and relaxation as your body.

Finally, take care of your stress by taking care of your budget ahead of moving day with American Moving. Our services are efficient, friendly, professional, and competitive. We’re on a mission to give our customers the biggest ‘bang’ for their buck and offer an incredible service in the process. Ask around – we have a reputation of excellence in our business and pride ourselves on maintaining these promises to our Denver-area clients. Our services are sure to satisfy and meet your needs.

Take care of your body, mind, and wallet by investing in our services and letting our moving experts make your big day a breeze.

Fall Real Estate- A Quick Denver Neighborhood Guide

Fall Real Estate Guide

Looking for a new nest this fall? First of all, congratulations on the prospect of finding and owning a home in this beautiful city we call home! 

As Denver’s housing market continues its competitive streak, mortgage and down payments continue to rise, and visitors turn to permanent residents, renters and homeowners alike can benefit from a little extra information and know-how from those who’ve been around a while. We’ve put together a list of a few well-known areas and suburbs in Denver and what makes them great for anyone scoping out a new neighborhood.

Capitol Hill

In the (almost) heart of Denver, the Capitol Hill neighborhood offers easy access to the city’s various areas. From downtown to the business district, you’ll have a front-row seat to Colorado’s ever-growing capital city. And the architecture and parks in this ‘hood aren’t half bad either!

Five Points 

A true mark of the old made new again, Five Points has really come into its own in the past few years. Multiple renovations and apartment developments have reignited the neighborhood, and compared to a few other areas nearby, you might be able to save a few bucks on rent in this neighborhood.

Ballpark/Lodo

These two areas of Denver are sandwiched together in the city’s busiest area, making your potential access to transit, shops, restaurants, businesses, and Coor’s Field as easy as possible. However, the cost of living is steep in these parts, as new (and often luxurious) apartments continue to pop up in the area. When looking in these neighborhoods for housing, it’s all abou weighing what your priorities are and the lifestyle you’re looking to lead in Denver.

Highland

On the north side of I-25, the highland neighborhood offers slightly lower rent and a more suburban feel, while still being a relatively short walk or bike ride away from downtown Denver. With recognizable brew and food staples like Avanti, hanging out in highland can offer spectacular views of the city from its northern fringe and the mountains to the West.

Sunnyside

We’ll consider this ‘hood the “upper” highland. The further you go, the more suburban the vibe. But it’s generally affordable and offers easy access to the cities between Denver and Boulder along US-36.

Broomfield/Louisville/Superior

Speaking of the road to Boulder, these towns are absolutely booming along the Denver-Boulder turnpike. Recently, Forbes’ list of the top 100 places to live in 2017 included all three of these up-and-coming residential hubs. And if you’re looking for more square footage per dollar, the cost of living is incredible compared to living in the city.

Whether you’re new to town or just looking for a change of scenery, navigating Denver’s housing and rental market can be overwhelming. Let American Moving help with what we’re best at, and take the stress out of the moving process. We’re here for you!

Patching Up-Tips and Tricks to Get Ready for Move-Out

Tips and Tricks to Get Ready for Move-Out

It’s a common scenario. 

It’s almost time for moving day, and everything’s packed up. You’ve walked through and designated which boxes are headed where, and how much time you’ll need to make the move happen. You’ve hired help like our crew at American Movers or borrowed a friend’s truck to make it happen. 

But when everything’s picked up, packed, and off the walls, a few lingering tasks remain. 

If you’re a renter, the cleaning checklist has only just begun. From dusting to vacuuming to patching and painting holes and scratches, making your home or apartment move-out ready often clouds the light at the end of the tunnel in the moving process. But, some easy rules to follow in these situations can save you a headache and help you earn a few more deposit dollars back.

Get Proof

From the day you move into the second you move out, keep track of your home’s condition with photos. Take wide pictures of each room and more detailed photos of appliances, flooring cracks or stains upon move in and document any changes in condition while you’re living there. This way you’ll not only have proof of what you did (or did not) damage, and a running photo-list of projects to complete leading up to moving day.

Ask your landlord for paint

This is often left out of lease agreements, but it’s acceptable and smart to inquire about any extra paint available that matches the walls of your home or apartment. Oftentimes, landlords will hire a crew to repaint spaces after tenants move out, and they might just have the exact color you need to paint over that patched hole or scratch on hand at the leasing office. It never hurts to ask, and doing these repairs yourself can easily save a deduction or two from your security deposit. Plus, doing it yourself will always cost less than the labor charged for others to do it after move-out.

Leave what you can’t fix 

One major project that might not be worth the effort is the carpet. Despite all the vacuuming and steam cleaning in the world, a landlord will most likely invest in professional carpet cleaning or even replacement when taking on a new tenant. Unless you’ve caused a large stain that needs attention or significant damage to carpeting, this project is most likely not worth the time and effort. It’ll get deducted from your deposit anyway. And it’s common for landlords to charge tenants up-front for carpet cleaning, whether it’s at the start or end of your lease agreement.

Dust and Clean Regularly

This tip often goes without saying, but the more often you deep-clean your space while you live there, the easier it will be to spruce up before you move out. Taking care of your space is important as a homeowner and renter, since a clean home is a valuable one, and a happy landlord is a good rental reference when looking for new housing in the future.

When moving day finally comes, we guarantee you’ll want American Moving by your side. Call us today to schedule a service or get a quote for your moving needs.

Declutter in the Fall-How to Donate this Holiday Season

The perfect time to simplify and clean out clutter is just head of a big move. What better way to clean out your wardrobe, bookshelf, garage space, or kitchen than to create a worthy donation to a local cause? 

At American Moving, we believe it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit and never a bad time to give back to the community and those in need.

If you would like to donate but don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a few simple tricks to trimming down on your gently used goods.

Track Your Usage

This tip applies to anything from clothes to silverware. It’s as simple as consciously noticing what you tend to use on a regular basis and which items in your home are collecting dust.

In your closet, for example, the best way to gauge what you wear is by reorganizing your closet. Hang everything up, and as you wear and wash items, re-hang them on the left side of your closet. Each time you hang an item, place it on the far left side, and continue adding exclusively to that side of your closet. After a few months, the clothes on the right will generally be what you wear the least, since those on the left will be the ones worn, washed, and hung most recently. From there, decide whether you’re willing to let go of those items left untouched, and begin to build a donation pile. To choose other items, take a look at your favorite pieces and check for any light wear or damage that you’d consider replacing. Of course, no one wants a torn or pilling sweater, but a fly-away thread here and here isn’t hurting anyone.

This applies to other areas of your home too. If you find yourself choosing the same towels and sheets over and over while others collect dust in the back of the linen closet, consider donating those items to a family in need. Unused canned foods, excess kitchen items, and used books and movies are also great gifts to give back.

Finding a Cause

Even if you can’t name the nearest Salvation Army donation center or upcoming food drive off the top of your head, worthy causes are not hard to find in Denver. Whether you give through your child’s next school-run program, church, community group, or find your own volunteering opportunity, our biggest ally in targeting a cause this season lies in the power of the Internet and social media. If you’re struggling to pin down exactly how or where to donate used items, simply ask your feels-hundred Facebook friends or do a quick Google search when waiting for your coffee in the morning. Opportunities are at our fingertips in 2017!

After you’ve finished de-cluttering your home and are ready to prepare for moving day, contact our friendly experts at American Moving to plan and execute your big move at the right price for you.

College Move-In Day: What you Don’t Need

Tips from American Moving

As classes begin across the country, college freshmen are experiencing their first taste of life away from home. Despite the late-summer marketing pushes from big-name superstores about what essentials and accessories your student needs to succeed this year, some of those items are not as important as one might think.

Of course, we want our kids to be prepared for the challenges of university life, from making new friends to killing it in the classroom. Here’s a list of five common dorm items that can be crossed off before you even grab the shopping cart:

1-Mini fridge

This one’s on the top of our list for a few reasons, and the first is that a mini fridge often already supplied by the university. If not, there are only a few reasons your student might actually need one for their dorm room. However, with improving nutrition and hefty meal plans often required by large schools for first-year students, their needs will often be taken care of by the nearest dining hall—perishable items and all. Plus, it’s best to keep dry goods only in a dorm room, especially when residence halls are already known for mysterious smells and easily transmitted winter-season viruses.

2-Headboard

This is a fairly new trend, but it’s popping up everywhere. Installing a custom headboard, whether ordered online or hand made, to your newly minted scholar’s dorm bed is an expense easily spared. Our recommendation is to use that extra cash to make the bed itself more comfortable, whether it be through more substantial bedding and pillows or a mattress pad and cover. In college, a good night’s sleep is far more important than excess personalization and flair.

3-Ikea-like furniture

The bottom line is that a dorm room has most, if not all, the furniture a student needs (except maybe extra dancing space, that is). Most rooms come furnished with a bed that will loft if needed, a desk, chair, lamp, dresser, and closet space. The best investments for extra storage space often lies in temporary or rolling plastic drawers, storage bins, or collapsible shelves. Save any wood or metal furniture for sophomore year and beyond.

4-Excess Wall Decor

Chances are, your student is about to grow and change. Their first year of school may lead them to new interests, opportunities, and fresh insight about who they’re meant to be and what they want to pursue. Aside from important family photos or their favorite band poster, save any decorative purchases or after move-in. After all, their ideas of how to fill their space will usually not come until they’re actually living in it.

American Moving is here for all your residential moving needs. Give us a call today to schedule a service.

Packing Tips: Valuable Items

Packing Tips: Valuable Items

If it’s not your first move around the block, you’re probably in on the secrets to moving delicate items and precious valuable. But because it’s so important to protect your most important items, heirloom, high-cost, or otherwise, make sure you understand the available insurance protections out there, common packing tips, and how to communicate valuables effectively to your movers.

Insurance

First, check out available insurance on the market for your items that need it. We do handle this type of insurance, and it’s possible to buy policies that protect your items in transit, in storage, and in your current home on moving day. If you’re renting, your renter’s insurance policy will often cover any damages incurred during moving day as long as it’s left activated through the move. If you’re planning on putting some items in storage, then talk to the site manager about insurance coverage options for your items as they hang out on that site. Last, coverage for a big move might just be a click away.

Packing

Everyone knows you have to wrap your valuables, but not everyone knows how. clean, non-printed newspaper can be purchased from American Moving. Packing peanuts are also still very popular when it comes to moving more delicate items, but most opt for wrapping each individual item with clean newsprint paper before packing. Be sure to provide a layer on all sides of glass items like tall cups, beer and wine glasses and other figurines. Another life-hack tip before moving is that if you subscribe to any popular food delivery services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron, begin to save their packing materials as you near your move. Oftentimes, those services will include ribbed paper or covered pads to keep food safe and cold, and those can easily be repurposed to protect your dishware and other valuable items when moving day finally comes.

Communication

Our teams at American Moving are here to help you and make moving day as easy and stress-free as possible. If you’d like us to pay particular attention to an item, be sure to clearly label that item as high-priority and then reiterate your instructions verbally to us. This way, we can take special care in how and where we move that item out of your old house and into the new one.

Find out more moving tips and get a quote from American Moving by giving us a quick call today.

Where are you Headed? – Colorado No Longer a Top Destination State

Where are you Headed?

Let us stop you there. Of course, Denver is still in the top three when it comes to popular places for people (particularly, young professionals) to move, but Colorado as a whole has evened out in terms of those coming in compared to those also leaving. So,  the Centennial state is no longer a major destination for those moving in 2017.

According to Forbes, it seems the general shift is that people are moving out of popular east coast states and heading south and west. But other reports show none other than South Dakota is the most popular state to move to at the moment, with 68 percent of its traffic heading inbound and staying there. For 2015 and 2016, that top state was Oregon, where most moved to for a job. That state’s still seeing a lot of new arrivals between those in the job market and retirees but was slightly edged out by South Dakota this year.

Another top destination, also making an appearance on the Money Magazine Top 100 list for best places to live, is Austin, Texas. Much traffic into the city comes from within the state, statistics show Dallas and Houston residents are picking up to plant new roots in Austin. Otherwise, it’s a high-demand spot for new families or those looking for a healthy job market in the Lone Star State.

Forbes reports that those looking for second investment homes tend to look southward, targeting places like New Jersey and Florida. Plus, there’s a trend among Millennials and Gen Xs alike of searching for quieter places where homes are surrounded by peaks rather than people.

Of course, the metrics for these various studies to tend to differ, and can reflect varying results. These are simply averages and trends across publications and agencies, and like we said at the top of this article, Denver is still top when it comes to large city moves. And we hope newcomers love it as much as natives do!

If you’re looking for professional moving services ahead of your next relocation, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team American Moving as soon as possible.

Moving FAQ’s for the Big Day

Moving FAQs

As we near the end of peak moving season (typically from late spring to early fall every year, while the weather’s hot and sunny), we’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions to help prepare anyone planning their big move next year and want to start preparing.

What day should I move?

This may be difficult if you work full time, but statistics show that moving on a weekday is best. This is for a few reasons. One is that the most popular moving days are Friday and Saturday, and those are the days our services at American Moving are in the highest demand. Plus, if you have a family with young children, it’s often easier to move big items and the bulk of your things when they’re in school. Now, this is simply based on the logic that you’re expected to label boxes, direct movers on where to put furniture, and be present throughout the day. It’s harder to give kids the right amount of engagement and attention they deserve as moving happens, so this is why you should shoot for a weekday if it’s possible. Finally, utility services like cable and internet providers are in business on weekdays, and can more easily meet with you to set up those services at your new home on day one.

How much will it all cost?

That all comes down to where and how much you’re moving. Generally, the industry standard is an hourly rate, with moves that stretch over 100 miles turning into a by-weight rate. Of course, it’s easy to get a quote from American Moving! But, moving day doesn’t always go as planned, and since the service is charged by hour, it’s best to be prepared and disclose any important information to your movers ahead of time. For example, will they have an elevator or have to take things up stairs? How many rooms are you packing up, and is absolutely everything moving with you? This will give services like American Moving a better idea of what they’re providing during your appointment, and it’ll help determine how much you’ll end up paying in the end.

On the day of the move you need to be present. There is paperwork to sign and you need to show the movers exactly what is being moved. After the movers have loaded the truck you will be ask to do a walk through. That is the time to point out anything that may have been missed once the truck drives away they are done.

At the unload they will place boxes in rooms based on the rooms written on the boxes (ie., bedroom, kitchen, garage). Furniture will be placed in the location you specify. It is helpful if you already have a basic idea where you want furniture placed. If the movers have to keep rearranging and switching furniture around it will take longer and you are paying hourly.

Tips and Food

It is normal to tip movers for job well done, and they will accept those tips and divide them up amongst themselves. However, providing food or drinks is by no means expected of you. Of course, these gestures are often appreciated, but they simply show us how amazing and generous our community in Denver really is!

Plan your next big move with American Moving, and call us today.