Posted on March 5th, 2016
As a local Oklahoma City business we’re always trying to do our best to serve and understand our Oklahoma customers. We want to provide the best moving experience possible for our customers, and that requires us to thoroughly understand our customers’ needs and problems for all things related to their moving process. So we’re constantly asking customers questions about their moving experiences and how we can help make the moving process easier for them.
One of the most common issues we hear from our customers is that they don’t even know where to begin looking for a moving company once they decide they want to hire one. On average, Americans live to about 79 years old, and the average person will move 11.4 times in their lifetime. So that works out to the average person moving about once every seven years. Since people only have the need for a mover once every seven years, it makes sense that most people don’t have a go-to moving provider or a preferred moving company that quickly comes to mind when they decide they need to hire a moving company, as the last time they used a mover was probably seven years ago!
Most of our customers only use a moving company once every seven years, so when they need a mover a lot of our customers say they have trouble even knowing where to look. So we came up with this comprehensive list on how to look for a moving company to help Oklahoma City area residents find their next mover.
We hope you find our list of places where you can find an Oklahoma City moving company useful!
Posted on January 3rd, 2015
Moving is ranked as one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever go through, and most of us go through it once every four to five years or so. It’s an onerous process, requiring that you uproot your life, your family, and leave the familiar behind. Even relatively short moves can be difficult to achieve correctly. The key to getting through the moving process is to have a plan, and to be organized from the get-go. This checklist was developed to help simplify an all-too complex process, and to provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve got all your bases covered.
Eight Weeks Prior to the Move
Your preparations should begin well in advance of moving day. In fact, you should start preparing for the move at least two months ahead of time. Granted, this won’t be possible for unexpected moves, but you’ll still find essential steps in this section.
Posted on December 11th, 2014
The moving and storage industry is a $15 billion industry in the United States. About 42 million families each year use a moving company, or pay in some way for their relocation. And international relocations are growing as fast as domestic ones. Do-it-yourself storage during moves is a growing industry as well, now bringing in about $22 billion a year. But how did this all get started? Here’s some history on the moving industry.
In ancient times, moving was conducted on sled-like objects (called travois by the French), which were loaded with belongings and pulled by horse or by hand. At this time, humans moved often, and had few belongings to take with them. However, once the agricultural period began, humans began to move less often. They also became more stationary, and accumulated belongings, making it more difficult when they did choose to move. Shortly thereafter, the wheel, and then the axel, were invented. From there, humans invented the wooden cart, the wagon, and eventually the rail car.
The moving industry in the United States was created during the 1800s, around the development and expansion of the continental railroad, and during the great migration west. The first specialized cover wagons, called conestoga wagons, appeared around 1800. They would travel in groups of 5 or 6 families to get to their new homes. Once the railroad became more developed, Americans started travelling and moving via train. People would put their belongings onto wagons, and have them taken to warehouses that were located close to railroads. Moving companies would then load their belongings onto rail cars, and then put them into a warehouse at the intended destination. From there, the possessions would be put onto another wagon, and taken to the family’s new home. This was the first case of paid moving in the U.S. However, at this time these companies performed these services as side revenue. The mid-twentieth century would bring the advent of full-time moving companies.
Posted on December 11th, 2014
Your piano is a valuable and beautiful piece of furniture in your home. Chances are you’ll want to take it with you on your move, and it is extremely important that you be able to do so without damaging it. While it’s possible to do so, there is an art and a method to doing so that needs to be followed and understood. Here is how you can ensure your piano arrives at your new home in just as good condition as it was in your old one.
What You’ll Need
You will definitely need proper equipment to move a piano. First, you will need a set of straps. These will allow you to keep a proper grip on the piano during the moving process. You will also need a furniture dolly, to help you physically move the piano. The straps will also attach the piano to the dolly while you’re moving it. You will also need padded blankets. These will keep the piano from getting scratched or scuffed while it’s being taken to the truck. You will also need some other people to tackle this project with you, especially for the lifting.
Straps can be purchased from most retail stores or hardware stores, and can also be rented for a day from some rental companies. Furniture dollies can likewise be purchased or rented, but you are more likely to find them at hardware stores for purchasing. Padded blankets can be found at just about any store selling blankets. All of these items are also available through a moving company, so if you are using a moving company be sure to ask about these supplies. Moving companies may also be able to provide advice on the strength or size of straps, and the size of dolly you need, depending on the size of your piano.
Before you begin moving, measure the piano and all openings that the piano will need to go through, to be sure that it will fit. Figure out which way (length-wise or width-wise) you want to push the piano before arranging it on the dolly, so that you don’t have to maneuver it any more than absolutely necessary. Have the route you’re going to take planned out, and make sure that it is clear of all clutter. Since the piano should be situated on the back wall of the truck, you want to have it be the first, or at very least one of the first, items to go onto the truck.
Posted on December 11th, 2014
Moving boxes can be confusing. There are so many options, and it’s hard to determine what’s right for your own moving needs. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about moving boxes.
Where to Buy Them
Moving boxes are available in a variety of places. Websites such as Amazon sell them online, as do U-Haul and Budget Truck Rental. You can buy them in-store at supply office supply stores such as Staples, or at hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. Many moving companies also sell boxes, or offer packages that include moving supplies along with the other services you are buying.
Many online sources offer these boxes at prices that are cheaper than retail stores, and offer free shipping if your order is large enough. However, buying in person from a retail store allows you to go back and get more boxes if you didn’t buy enough, or to return extra boxes if you bought too many. It’s also a good option for people who aren’t good at spatial visualization, since you can see the exact size of the box you are ordering in person. Getting moving supplies through your moving company can sometimes be more expensive than ordering online, but it is also far more convenient. And if your moving supplies are part of a package deal you’re your moving truck and/or movers, the price can still be very good. Moving companies are able to help you determine how many boxes you may need, and what sizes would be best for you. They also allow you to get everything you need in one place at one time, without hunting through a store or wading through web pages. They know what you need and will give it to you when you need it.
Posted on October 26th, 2014
Finding an apartment in a new city can be an intimidating process. Figuring out what neighborhood to live in, how much a new place will cost you, whether or not you’ll need a roommate, and everything else can be overwhelming. Here are some useful resources to get yourself into an apartment you’ll love.
Apartment Finding Tools
There are a variety of websites out there to help apartment-seekers find the place they’re looking for. Here are a couple of good ones:
Maybe the best-known real estate website, Zillow.com, is a great place to start your apartment search. They have an effective, easy-to-use search feature that allows the user to search for just apartments in a given area, like a city or zip code. You can then narrow your search by things like number of bedrooms and price range. Zillow was founded in 2005 and has a database of over 110 million U.S. homes. It’s a great place to start you apartment search.
Posted on October 18th, 2014
Get Rid of Things
Before you even start packing, you want to narrow the amount of things you have to pack. 6 weeks or more before the move, go through the house and eliminate things you aren’t taking with you. Try to get rid of anything you don’t use. Throw out old clothes, books you haven’t read in ages, anything that’s been sitting around and is only going to continue sitting around in your new place.
Even if you need time to plan a garage sale or find somewhere to donate these items, set them aside as you start packing so that you don’t waste time and space packing them.
Gather Your Supplies
Collect all of the packing supplies you will need ahead of time. The last thing you need is to be running to the store for something else every other day while you’re trying to organize a move, so collect boxes of every size, padding supplies, wrapping supplies, tape, scissors, labels, and markers, so that you can wrap, pack, and label everything all at once.
Getting some boxes from local liquor stores that have dividers in them can be helpful – they are great for transporting kitchen liquids such as oil or vinegar, as well as alcohol. Using boxes that are designated for certain items, such as wardrobe boxes, can be helpful as well.
Posted on October 11th, 2014
For anyone looking to move into the Oklahoma City area, there are many surrounding suburbs that are great options, if the city itself isn’t quite for you. Here’s a list of the more prominent suburbs in the area, as well as a description of each one.
Edmond, Oklahoma is located on the northern border of Oklahoma City. In the 2010 census, Edmond had a population of over 81,000, making it the sixth largest city in Oklahoma. It is connected to Oklahoma City by two major highways: Route 77 and Interstate 35. There is public transportation available into Oklahoma City via Citylink Edmond bus service.
Edmond is bordered on the east by Arcadia Lake, which is a popular fishing spot containing bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, and largemouth bass. Twin Bridges Lake is also located in the Edmond area.
Edmond’s motto is “A Great Place To Grow,” and it made #1 on CNBC’s list of “10 Perfect Suburbs in 2011. It was also listed as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live” by Relocate America. The State Chamber of Commerce and State Industrial Development Department both deemed Edmond the most outstanding community in its class for five years running.
Top employers in the area include Edmond Public Schools and the University of Central Oklahoma. The city is home to Herbert W. Armstrong College, Oklahoma Christian University, and the University of Central Oklahoma.
Posted on October 11th, 2014
Real estate throughout the country has been hard to predict and very sporadic over the past several years. Between the housing bubble and the Great Recession, markets have been all over the place. Oklahoma City seems to be making a comeback, if it ever lost ground at all. Experts say that Oklahoma City housing reached its peak in 2009, and has only lost 1% of its value since then. Considering it is still gaining value, it seems that Oklahoma City is in extremely good shape right now.
The current median home value in Oklahoma City is $119,500. The median home value in the U.S. is 174,800. The median listing price is $169,900 (compared to a national of $215,000), and the median sale price is $159,800 (compared to a national of $217,800). The median rent price in Oklahoma City is $855, while the national average is $1,500. The current foreclosure rates in Oklahoma City sit at about the national average, with 4.6 of every 10,000 homes being foreclosed (the national average is 4.4 per 10,000).
Posted on September 28th, 2014
Here’s a few tips you may not have thought of, that will make the moving process easier on you.
1. Pack the items you’ll need right away after the move in a clear plastic bin. Put your paper towels and toilet paper, phone and laptop chargers, and the things you’ll need to cook your first meal or two into a clear bin. That way you’ll be able to see what’s in the bin, and it will also stand out from the rest of your boxes, making it easier to find as you’re taking everything off of the truck. If you don’t have a clear plastic bin, adding colored duct tape or a splash of spray paint to the outside of a cardboard box will also work.
2. Use clothes as protection. Wrapping flatware and other breakable items in clothing can save you on the cost of bubble wrap, and can also save a lot of space. Socks make great holders for glasses, and most other breakables can be put inside of shirts or wrapped in towels.
3. Prevent spills by putting saran wrap over the top of your toiletry bottles.