Tips for Moving Your Car

Of all the items you plan on moving, your vehicle may be among the most valuable. Relocating a car can be easy when you use the right Jacksonville movers, such as our team at All My Sons. We are happy to help you and can provide these key tips for moving your car:

Removing Personal Items. It is always a good idea to remove any of your personal belongings from the vehicle before it ships. This reduces the risk of damage if the items move during transit. Additionally, your car may be inspected during the move, which means it may have to remain unlocked. Removing any valuables or custom products, such as a GPS system or stereo system, will mitigate the risk of theft.

Prep the Car. There are a number of things you can do in terms of maintenance to make for a smooth transport and re-entry:

  • Make sure the battery has a full charge
  • Take the vehicle to a mechanic for a tune-up
  • Top off any fluids in the car except gasoline, which should only be at about a quarter full to save on freight costs

You can also ask the transporter if there are any other details you should tend to prior to shipping.

Inspect the Vehicle. You should thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of the vehicle and then perform an inspection. Make a note of any scratches, dents or other cosmetic damage. You may even consider taking pictures of the car. Your Jacksonville movers will likely also conduct an inspection of their own and ask you to sign off on it.

Following these tips will ensure your vehicle will move well with you.

The Right Way to Pack Up Your Home

Getting ready to move can be a lot of work. We here at All My Sons in Jacksonville know that the last thing you want to do when you get to your new home is spend all your time sorting through unorganized boxes. We are happy to offer some tips on the most efficient way to pack up your home, whether you have Jacksonville movers do it or choose to do it yourself.

  1. One Room at a Time

It can be easy to bounce from room to room as you pack, especially if you are spreading out the task over a couple of days. Try to focus on just one area at a time. This way, you can ensure that you have taken care of every last item and check the room off your to-do list.

  1. Proper Labeling

Most people know to mark on a box which room the items belong to, but proper labeling extends beyond that. Put a number on every box and keep a running list of the numbers as well as what each box contains. When you get to your new home and move the boxes inside, you can cross off the containers one by one and make sure everything has gotten to the new location.

  1. Use Professional Materials

Sure, a laundry basket can double as a moving container when you are in a pinch, but you should utilize sturdy boxes and packing materials to keep your belongings safe. Our Jacksonville movers at All My Sons can provide you with the supplies you need to make your move a breeze.

Find Key Resources in Jacksonville

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but it may also require an adjustment period. You might have to figure out the best way to get to work and where to find the best grocery stores. At All My Sons in Jacksonville, we are happy to provide our customers with an idea of where to find good information about your new town. As our Jacksonville movers help get you settled, you can do a little research on your new surroundings.

City Websites

A great place to start gathering information is online. Most cities have a website dedicated to providing new and existing residents with resources, such as:

  • Schools
  • Utilities
  • Parks and recreation

In many cases, you may even be able to register for your utilities online or sign up for the city’s e-newsletter.

New Neighbors and Co-workers

People are often curious about who is moving in next door, so take the opportunity to introduce yourself. In addition to making a new friend, you may be able to get advice regarding which roads are crowded during rush hour and which grocery stores have the best produce. If you are starting a new job, your supervisor or co-workers are likely happy to show you around town, or at least point you in the right direction.

Your Movers

We here at All My Sons in Jacksonville pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. If you need advice on your new city, please feel free to ask our Jacksonville movers. Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible.

3 Ideas for Decorating a New Jacksonville Home

Of all the many exciting things associated with moving into a new Jacksonville home, decorating may come close to topping the list. Whether you are walking into a blank slate or a house that has remnants of its old owners, there are a few things you can do once the Jacksonville movers are done unloading your things. We here at All My Sons Jacksonville are happy to offer the following ideas:

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Not Match

Not everything in your home needs to match perfectly. In fact, going overboard with matching can make your home look a little too staged. Instead, feel free to play with different colors, textures and décor. A few stylized sets, such as matching your kitchen towels with the curtains, can be great complements to an eclectic centerpiece on the breakfast table.

  1. Start in the Bedroom

Is the great room overwhelming you? Don’t fret. Many designers suggest decorating the bedroom first, as you spend roughly a third of your time in there. Find a paint color and new bedding you like and go from there.

  1. Plan Ahead

Before the Jacksonville movers even show up to your old home, you can start putting together ideas for your new house. Use the floor plan to picture where furniture will go. This not only makes it easier on the movers, but it can also give you an idea of how you will set up a room.

Following these ideas and searching online for more can add to your excitement about your upcoming move.

Wounded Warriors

Jacksonville is proud to host the Wounded Warrior Project, a veterans service organization to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors” from the post-9/11 conflicts. While the headquarters has been in Jacksonville since the organization’s inception, there are plans to possibly move the national headquarters South to Johns County. While the move’s not far, it does mean a loss of about five hundred well paying jobs in the area, half of which will be relocations.

While the news of people moving is always good here at All My Sons Moving & Storage, it’s always a shame to lose both neighbors and an organization that has been a badge of honor for us here in Jacksonville. Fortunately, the national nature of the organization means that Jacksonville veterans will still be cared for, and the hundred million some odd dollars spent annually in aid will still go where it needs to.

While many veterans are suffering under the present system to get timely care for even essential surgeries, organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project are making a real difference. You can do the same by making a contribution to their efforts.

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Choosing the Perfect Size Pool for Your Jacksonville Home

If you are a hopeful homeowner, then you may be considering a pool for your new residence. Your Jacksonville movers here at All My Sons can help you get everything moved inside of your home, and we can also offer you some guidance on how to choose a properly sized pool for your yard and your individual needs.

Who Will Be Using the Pool?

If everyone in your family likes to swim, then you’ll want a pool that’s large enough to accommodate your entire family. If you’re thinking that you want to get a large pool, consider the fact that a majority of kids won’t be upset because a pool is small. They’ll be just as excited about a small pool as they are a big pool.

Will You Be Doing Laps?

If you enjoy swimming laps in the pool, we recommend that you get one that’s at least 34’ in length.

Do You Want a Patio?

You also have to keep your patio design in mind while deciding how big your pool will be. If you absolutely love swimming, you might not mind having a smaller patio so that you can have a larger pool. If you only swim every once in a while, a larger patio could be more to your liking.

For more tips on choosing the perfect size swimming pool and getting everything moved into your new Jacksonville home, call the friendly Jacksonville movers here at All My Sons.

Cutting Time from Lawn Maintenance on Your Jacksonville Home

The Jacksonville movers of All My Sons don’t mind spending an entire weekend helping you to move into your new home, but you might not be looking forward to spending all of your future weekends taking care of lawn maintenance. Thankfully there are some steps you can take to ease your lawn care burden.

Automate the Process

With an automatic sprinkler system you won’t have to worry as much about over-watering or under-watering your lawn. We recommend investing in high quality sprinkler and drip irrigation systems for the absolute best efficiency. Now you don’t have to fret as much about wasting water and money.

Keep Your Equipment in Good Shape

If your lawn mower and other pieces of lawn care equipment aren’t properly maintained, then it can take you longer to maintain your lawn. Make sure your blades are sharp, check your cords for signs of fraying, inspect the oil levels of your mower, and use a fuel stabilizer if you don’t mow your grass very often.

Cut Your Grass Less

It’s actually better if you let your grass grow rather than cut it every weekend. The reason for this is that your grass will have a deeper root system when allowed to grow out, which can help keep weeds out of your yard. Your grass will be able to carry out photosynthesis more efficiently if allowed to grow, which means that it can look healthier.

For more lawn care maintenance tips, turn to our Jacksonville movers instead of a lawn care company.

Efficient Ways to Protect Your Jacksonville Home

Besides getting a security system, there are other things that you can do to increase the safety of your home. The professional Jacksonville movers of All My Sons can provide you with excellent moving advice as well as useful security tips for your new home.

Think About Your Location

While you’re looking at homes, it’s important that you check the crime rate of the area. Even if a home costs a little more than you’re comfortable with, it may be worth the cost to live in a safe neighborhood. Look at the houses in the area to see how many of them have window decals and yard signs for security systems.

Stay Smart

Get into the habit of checking all of the locks before you go to bed. Install an automatic garage door opener and give your extra house key to a trusted neighbor rather than hiding it somewhere a burglar might find it.

Ask the Police for Help

You can call the police even when you don’t have a break in. Ask the local police if they can swing by and inspect your new home for points of vulnerability and for additional security suggestions.

Get the Illusion of a Dog

Just because you don’t have a dog is no reason for potential burglars to know that. Get a “Beware of Dog” sign for your home and make a habit of asking service people to wait while you put the dog up before you invite them in. Doing this might feel a little silly, but it can help keep you safe.

The Jacksonville movers at All My Sons are here to keep your belongings safe while you move and your home safe when you’re all moved in.

Finding the Right Jacksonville House for One

Single and looking to buy a home? Here at All My Sons our Jacksonville movers are happy to help you find the perfect single-person home and can get you moved into it as well. So what should you consider during your search?

Think About Your Financial Future

Don’t just think about your current financial situation while you’re searching for a home, think about your future finances as well. Will you still be able to pay your mortgage if you were to suddenly lose your job or develop health complications that rendered you unable to work? As a single person, you may not have someone else to fall back on for help during the hard times.

Consider Your Yard Work

Everyone wants a house, but not everyone wants to handle their own yard work. While you’re looking at homes, take a look at the yard and ask yourself if you would be willing to mow your grass, trim tree limbs, and clean your gutters. If not, you may want to hire someone to do all of that for you.

Think About Resale Value

One of the best things about being single is being able to pick up and move when the mood strikes. Make sure you consider the resale value and longevity of your home before you close the deal. You don’t want to be stuck with a home that you can’t quickly sell if you get a job offer in another state.

No matter how many are in your family or how large your new home is, the Jacksonville movers of All My Sons are here to take care of the heavy lifting.

Stressed About Your Upcoming Move? Follow These Suggestions

Some people face a move with excitement as they look forward to new experiences and adventures. For others, an upcoming move is faced with trepidation and maybe a touch of panic. At All My Sons, we have some suggestions to help you de-stress before your Jacksonville Movers arrive at your home.

1. Get Organized

Create a plan that will help you to accomplish one step at a time. Ideally, you’ll have at least eight weeks to prepare. Designate specific tasks to a certain time frame. Generate lists of important information. Break the move into manageable chunks and keeping important references handy.

2. Get Rid of Items

Look at each move as an opportunity to de-junk your home. Toss those things that don’t particularly have any value for you. This step will make it easier to pack and easier to unpack once you’ve arrived at your new home.

3. Focus On Each Moment

Rather than getting overwhelmed thinking of everything that you have to accomplish, try to focus on the task that you are working on right now or just those items that you can check off for the day.

4. Involve Friends and Family

Saying good-bye to your good friends and family members can be one of the most stressful things about moving. Let these people help you to pack, clean, and move. This might give you one last opportunity to spend time with them before you move.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Eat right. Get plenty of rest. When problems arise, you’ll be better equipped to face them.

One final bit of advice is to let Jacksonville Movers do most of the work. From gathering supplies to packing up the truck, we can handle much of the move for you.