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Bekins Van Lines Offers Updater, a Tool to Help Streamline Your Move

We get it – finding a new home is stressful enough, never mind everything you have to do in order to actually prepare for your move. You’re hit with a million and one moving tasks, from filling out your change-of-address form to finding home service providers in your area.

That’s why we’re trying to take a bit of the weight off of your shoulders.  Bekins has officially partnered with Updater, a time-saving tool that helps you save hours by streamlining the moving process. Through this partnership, Updater will be offered to all Bekins interstate moving customers.

With an Updater account, you can quickly and easily:

  • Update accounts and records: Automatically update any of over 15,000 business and account records including magazines, newspapers, charities, retail loyalty and frequent flier accounts, etc.
  • Connect home services: An Updater moving concierge helps set up your digital services including phone, Internet, and cable, identifying the best prices available and scheduling in-home installation appointments.
  • Forward mail: File your official U.S. Postal Service mail-forwarding form without setting foot in a post office.
  • Send digital moving announcements: Create a custom digital e-card to post on social media or send via email, notifying friends and family of your new address.
  • Claim exclusive move-in offers: Gain access to special offers and exclusive deals on moving expenses, such as discounts on professional cleaning services, packing supplies, local fitness classes, and more.

Interested in using Updater? Contact your local Bekins agent today to learn more about getting access to your own Updater account.


Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Move

Moving is expensive, but it doesn’t need to empty your wallet. The price of an interstate move is based on the weight of the shipment and the distance of a move. Local moves are calculated by handling time and added services, like packing. The bottom line is simple: the more stuff you move, the more it will cost you.

Cutting the cost of your move and staying organized will also alleviate the stress that comes with relocating. The key to a stress-free move is to get organized before your move and stay organized throughout the move. The more organized your move is, the more money you will save in the process.

The infographic below shows simple, effective ways to save money on your upcoming move and relieve the stresses that come with relocating.

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8 Books to Share with Your Kids Before a Move

The transition from an old house to a new house affects children in different ways than adults. Many children lack previous experience with moving, so they don’t know what to expect with such a major life change.

As a parent, you want to make a move as comfortable as possible for your children. One tool that helps you in your efforts is children’s literature. In a previous blog, we listed some helpful children’s books about moving. In this blog, we’ll name even more titles about moving created for children. Choose a few books from the list below to help your child prepare for your upcoming move.

For Toddlers


1. I Want to Go Home by Tony Ross

The Little Princess from I Want My Potty makes more demands in this fun story. This time she insists that her family move back to their former castle despite the extra room available in the new castle. This hilarious story will help children realize t he perks of moving house.


2. Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant Bunny Bungalow

A family of bunnies moves to a new bungalow and spruces it up to their liking in this short rhyming story. Toddler-aged readers will enjoy the whimsical illustrations. As you read, point out ways your child can personalize his or her new room just like the bunnies do with their bungalow.

For School-Age Kids

Chester's Way3. Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Chester and his friend Wilson are best friends, but when Lilly moves in down the street, the dynamic of their friendship changes. Teach children to be nice as the new kid or to other new kids with this book. It’s a must for fans of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.


4. The Berenstein Bears Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstein Bernstein Bears

Your child’s favorite talking bears move into their well-known tree house from their former home, a cave. Your kids will notice the Bear family doing typical moving activities, such as packing belongings into boxes, and feel more prepared for your move.


5. Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst alexander who's not

The same Alexander who had a terrible, horrible day puts his foot down about moving in this picture book. Read through this book with your strong-willed child if he or she has negative thoughts and feelings about moving.


6. Big Dan’s Moving Van by Leslie McGuire; illustrated by Joe Mahtieu Big Dan's Moving Van

Use this book to introduce your kids to how moving companies help with your family’s move. Readers follow Dan on a typical work day, from loading furniture into a moving truck to driving it to a new home. The story and the colorful illustrations familiarize children with moving professionals and reassure them that they’ll see their packed belongings again soon.

For Advanced Readers

7. Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger Amber Brown

Advanced elementary school readers will appreciate the candor and humor of the Amber Brown series as they approach your family’s move. In this first book in the series, Amber Brown does not move, but she deals with moving in two ways. First, her parents are separated, and her dad is moving to Paris. Second, her best friend and his family will be moving soon. Both situations cause Amber to confront the painful emotions caused by change and separation.

8. Superfudge by Judy Blume Superfudge

The hilarious cast of characters from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing returns in this novel for pre-teens. Peter feels unhappy when he learns his family will move out of Manhattan to the New Jersey suburbs for a year. In their new neighborhood, Peter makes friends, tries new activities, and learns to handle the change.

If you’re preparing for a move, share these books with your children. Use them to start discussions about the good and difficult things about moving so your kids feel ready when moving day arrives.

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Tips to Protect Your Flooring During a Move

After months of searching for a new home, you’ve finally found one with enough room to accommodate everyone. You wanted the house to look picture-perfect, so you applied a fresh coat of paint to each room and even installed new carpet and hardwood flooring.

But now that moving day has arrived, you realize that your flooring may be in danger. Sturdy work boots could track in dirt and stain your carpet fibers. Heavy furniture legs could scuff and scratch your cedar planking.

So what can you do to ensure your flooring looks pristine after the move?

IMG_8245If You Have Carpet

Shag carpet and area rugs can snag on moving boxes and unravel faster than you can blink. And carpet with shorter pile can still pull away from the edges if exposed to heavy foot traffic.

The following techniques will provide an extra layer of protection for your carpet.

Invest in Self-adhesive Carpet Film IMG_8233

You can purchase carpet plastic online for a fairly affordable price. Much like plastic wrap for your food, this carpeting covering will stick to the carpet and keep out dirt and debris. To prevent injury, you’ll want a plastic that provides a non-slip surface for your moving team.

Place Cardboard in Heavy Traffic Areas

Although carpet film will resist some degree of tearing, it won’t hold up well over frequent use. If you have movers following the same path through the living room to individual bedrooms, you’ll likely want a little extra cushion for these high-traffic areas. Cardboard will shield your carpet from mud and water, but like plastic it can create a slippery surface, so you’ll want to secure it in place with adhesives.

Wear Shoe Booties

If you worry about dust, dirt, and grass stains more than crushing carpet pile, you can encourage everyone who helps you move to put on shoe covers whenever they enter your home. Since you likely will only want shoe covers for the first few days of moving, you should buy a large pack of cheap, disposable booties rather than one or two expensive, longer-lasting covers.

If You Have Hardwood

Although hardwood flooring offers a great deal of durability and scratch-resistance, it won’t stay immune to dents or damage if you drop a heavy refrigerator or table.

To prevent gouges in your flooring, try these three tips.

Protecting the floor with paperLine Bedrooms with Paper

In areas with little foot traffic, you’ll want to line the floor with kraft paper to help the space stay clean and minimize scratching. Keep in mind that you’ll want plain, uncolored kraft paper, as colored paper and similar items may leach their dyes into your flooring.

You can also place cardboard on top of the paper for extra protection.

Lay Plywood in the Kitchen and Living Room

If you plan to move heavy furniture, such as a large TV or washing machine, you’ll want more protection than cardboard and paper can provide. If you drop the appliance, the force from the corner could easily dig past the cardboard and into your wooden tiles.

So, lay a thin sheet of plywood over your flooring before your movers arrive. Since plywood can have a few rough edges of its own, you’ll want to use it in conjunction with cardboard and paper.

Apply Furniture Sliders to Chair and Table LegsFurniture Sliders

Once the movers have gone, you’ll likely still need to move your table and chairs now and again to clean the floor or to simply fit your arrangement better. To prevent future scratches, apply furniture sliders to chair and table legs. These soft pieces of fabric will form a protective barrier between the chair and the floor, and they’ll help your table glide more smoothly when you need to shift its position.

Need Additional Tips?

These are just a few techniques you can implement on moving day to protect your home. For more tips, check our blog regularly. We’ll keep you posted on the best ways to make moving as simple and stress free as possible.

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How to Prepare Your Belongings for Temporary Storage

Whether you’re in the process of moving or your office is in the middle of a renovation, temporary storage is something to consider with all of your moving and storage options. It provides a safe place for you to store your belongings until it is convenient for you to finish moving.

In general, there are two types of temporary storage: an on-site unit kept at a moving company’s facility and a portable unit that you can have delivered to your new home at a time that is best for you.

Temporary storage can simplify your moving process. But haphazardly shoving things into boxes and dumping them into your unit could cause stress and frustration. Follow these steps to organize your packing and your unit.

Choose a Unit to Fit Your Needs

No matter if it’s a stationary unit or a portable unit, you want to select an appropriate size. A unit that is too big will end up costing more while a unit that is too small will make it difficult for you to fit everything. As a general rule of thumb, choose a unit that is a little Economy Moversbigger than what you actually need to help cut down on expense and stress.

If choosing the right size seems a little daunting, talk with your moving company. They can tell you approximately what size you will need based on what you plan to store. For example, furniture will take up more space than boxes of files, so your size decision will depend on what you need to temporarily store.

Pack Wisely

Because this is temporary storage, you don’t need to worry about taking special care to prepare your things for a long-term stay. However, you still want to protect your belongings so they aren’t damaged.

When packing your boxes, avoid stuffing too much in them or else the box might break. Invest in bubble wrap, furniture covers, and other packing materials to ensure your possessions arrive safely to the unit and then safely back to your home or office. To help with packing, defrost your fridge and freezer, drain your lawn mower and other machinery of fuel, and remove batteries from your devices. These extra precautions will keep your possessions safe.

As you pack, remember to label your boxes so you know what’s in them. This will make it easier for you to locate items in your unit later on. You can save yourself some time by deciding which boxes you will need access to during the transition period and grouping them accordingly. DSCF0301Then, when you pack your car or truck, you can put the boxes that you want at the front of your unit and the ones you won’t need at the back.

Remember to leave anything perishable or flammable out of your unit. Your moving company might have a few other restrictions on what you can store, so ask them if they have any specific regulations. Some companies might even pack and load your things for you.

Know Where Everything Is

To make a temporary situation even easier, you can create a diagram showing where everything in your unit is. This will save you time if you need to get something from your unit before moving day. If you’re planning on keeping only some of your possessions in the unit, you can also make a list of everything you have in your unit so you know what’s there and what is still in your car, hotel room, or elsewhere.

Take advantage of the convenience of temporary storage and the stress it will save you. By organizing and preparing your belongings, you will be able to save time and worry less. This will keep your possessions safe during a transition to a new home or a remodel at your office.

Infographic: Countdown to a successful move

You are moving and you have so much to do with so little time. Don’t panic! The best way to combat the stress of moving is to organize and set deadlines of when to accomplish everything on your to-do list.

Below is a countdown infographic to help achieve a successful move with less stress.

Countdown to a successful move - Bekins


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Stay Cool During your Summer Move

It’s hot outside and you feel as if you can cut the humid air with a knife and are just dreading the thought of packing and loading all of your stuff. Not only is this uncomfortable, but moving in the heat could be dangerous if you don’t take precautions. Below are some tips to stay safe in the heat during your move.

Stay Hydrated 

Your body will need more water to stay hydrated and keep your core body temperature where it needs to be. Drink 5-7 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish the necessary fluids in your body. Beverages with electrolytes will keep yourself energized, waterbut avoid energy drinks.

Also, eat foods that will give your energy while not dehydrating you. Instead of foods with high sodium content (salt) opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts and protein to help get you through the day. Also avoid caffeine and alcohol which can speed up dehydration.

AC on both ends of the move

If possible, don’t turn off your electricity in your new home until the day after you move, and schedule the power to be turned on in your new home a day before you move in. That way, you will be able to use your air conditioning during loading and delivery. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider buying fans to keep you cool keep during your move.

Dress Appropriately

Dress in a light colored t-shirt and in shorts to help keep cool. Lighter clothes will improve your circulation during the move, which helps prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If the temperature is very hot, dampen a towel or cloth in cold water and place it on top of your shoulders. This may sound uncomfortable, but it will help keep your core body temperature down.

Take Breaks

It’s hard to do, especially when moving, but try not to over exert yourself. Rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to move items either early morning or later in the day when it may be cooler.

SunscreenWear sunscreen

Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply the sunscreen over exposed skin and reapply every two hours, especially if you are sweating profusely. It is also a good idea to wear a hat to protect your scalp from getting burnt.

Hire a professional mover

Sit back and relax in the air conditioning while professional movers do all the work. Professional movers are trained to take care of themselves in extreme temperature. There won’t be any risk of you overheating or even breaking a sweat.

Learn more about Bekins professional moving services.


References: Mayo Clinic, News Medical 



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Preparing to Move Into your Larger Home

If you’ve spent years in a small apartment or modest home, you already understand the limits of space more than those who live in a larger home.

Of course, some people prefer a small space. But if your family or employment needs change, you may decide to move to a new city and a larger home. Just imagine how much easier your life will be when you actually have room for your current belongings!

However, upsizing holds a few challenges as well as rewards. The more you understand what a larger space means for you, the better you can prepare-not just for moving day, but for all the days afterward.

Downsize Your Belongings a box full of clothes to be donated.

If you want to really enjoy your large new home, cut the clutter before you arrive. Even though everything you currently own will easily fit in your new place, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purge some belongings before the movers arrive. There’s no point in paying your movers to box up the books you never read or pack the faded drapes that don’t match your new décor.

Additionally, too much junk is a challenge no matter your home’s size. Even if you have ample room in your new house, you won’t feel much like sorting out the junk once you arrive. Do it now instead.

Prepare Ahead to Save Money in a Larger Space

Although you may be tempted to buy more furnishings right away, resist the temptation to overspend. Unpack a little at a time and see how your current belongings look and feel in your new space.

Also, since you’ve only seen your furnishings in the context of a smaller home, it will take time to adjust to the bare walls and emptier-than-normal rooms. Allow yourself several weeks to simply live with your new environment before you consider adding more furniture or other belongings. Even then, be judicious with new purchases so you stay within your budget.

Depending oMoving Inn your new home’s size, you’ll probably spend more on electricity and gas bills each month. This is another reason to avoid buying new furniture and other accessories right away. When you’re adjusting to a new mortgage payment and higher energy costs, you’ll need to avoid unnecessary purchases for a while.

Adjust Slowly to Your Surroundings

Don’t expect to feel at home right away. It’s normal to feel some anxiety at first.

To combat these unsettled feelings, try to create as much of a normal routine as you can. Take your dogs for a walk to explore the neighborhood. Set up your kitchen in a similar pattern to your old kitchen-at least for a while. Have dinner at the same time as usual.

Remember, too, that you’ve already lived for a long time without those extra closets. There’s no need to fill them just because they exist. As time goes by, you’ll be open to creative ideas for them and other areas in your new home. Besides, not every space must be filled.

If all the open space starts to bother you, just remind yourself about how long it took to pack everything prior to the move. This thought should settle you while you slowly adjust to a bigger home.

If your budget allows for it, make yourself feel more at home by painting the spare bedroom a new color or switching out a bathroom fixture. These smaller, budget-friendly choices help you invest in each new space without automatically filling it with more belongings.

Before long, you’ll enjoy the extra space around you. In the meantime, keep all the best “small home” habits so you feel relaxed, not intimidated, in your larger home.

For more tips about preparing for your move-or adjusting to it after the big day-visit our Bekins blog again soon.


Selling Your Home Before You Move

When you move across the state, or even across the country, you can give your family countless opportunities for growth and exploration. But before you pack up your things and call your local moving company, you need to sell your old home-and fast!

Unfortunately, selling a home takes time. Sometimes houses can stay on the market for months, or even years. If you don’t prepare your home for resale, you may deter future buyers and prolong that time.

So what can you do to speed the process?

Improve the look and feel of your residence with the following suggestions.

Make a Great First ImpressionEntryway

First impressions make or break sales. When people pull up to your driveway, they need to feel welcome and comfortable.

To create a positive experience, inspect your home’s siding. If you notice peeling panels or grungy stains, apply a fresh coat of paint before the showing. Also, a good wash can work wonders for the look of your home. Power wash the exterior to remove stains, dirt, and other buildup.

Trim the Trees

The quality of your surrounding landscape affects the overall appearance of your home. Stray weeds and dead grass will age your home and decrease its value. So trim the hedges and trees, mow the lawn, and add some flowers for warmth and beauty.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Lighting sets a mood and makes the details of your home easier to see. Ensure that each light fixture works well, and put in some new bright bulbs. Also, open curtains and blinds to let in more natural light. A bright home feels more welcoming and open.

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Clean the Kitchen

Many homeowners spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, so they often come to this room first when inspecting your home’s interior. Even if your kitchen isn’t roomy or gadget-filled, you can still impress buyers by keeping it clean and functional.

Replace burners that don’t work, scrub grease and smears off the cabinets, and update any worn appliances.

Follow Your Nose

The smells in a home do much more than influence aesthetic appeal. Odors relate closely to health and sanitation. When your buyers take that first whiff of your home, you want it to smell fresh and clean.

If your home smells musty, air it out for a few hours before your buyers come to view it. Consider burning some scented candles or spraying some air freshener, too.



Add a Personal Touch

Your home should put your buyers at ease, and adding your personal touch can do just that. Although you may feel tempted to pack everything away and let your movers handle the storage, place a few strategic pieces of tasteful décor throughout your home to bring out its best features.

Avoid displaying family memorabilia and photos, as these will make it look as though you still plan to live in your current home.

You want your home to look classy but open to future changes in design. And you want to leave enough empty space for your buyers to imagine their own furniture designs and layouts.

Remember a Little Goes a Long Way

Walk through your home as if you were doing so for the first time. Contemplate what features are most desirable for a new home and decide what needs a little loving care. A few repairs and upgrades can transform your home from a fixer-upper to a keeper.

You may need to spend a little extra money to create these finishing touches, but the payoff will be worth it when your buyers eagerly sign those papers for their new home.

Baby Relocating

Moving with your Infant: 7 Ways to make it Safe & Easy

Have an infant but need to relocate?

Don’t worry. You can achieve a safe and easy move even with your small child in tow. From advanced planning to packing and basic moving tips, the following guide covers everything you need to complete your move with a happy, healthy, and cared-for baby.

Before the Move

Advanced planning is an absolute must when you have an infant. In addition to your regular moving to-dos, add these items to your list:

  1. Create a Meal Plan

Packing boxes and organizing transportation is no easy feat. You might struggle to find time to feed your baby, let alone time to feed yourself. So before your move, take the time to plan a few simple meals to keep up your energy levels. Stick with simple foods you can take on the go, like sandwiches and trail mix.

  1. Book a Babysitter

You and your significant other can take turns packing and watching the baby, but you’ll Moving with a baby 2definitely need help on moving day. You don’t want to worry about your child crawling under foot or crying unnoticed in the corner as you load boxes into the truck.

So hire a professional service, or ask a friend or family member help. Make sure your sitter knows the right date and time, and give plenty of advanced notice. If you worry your go-to sitter might not be available, ask a back-up babysitter to help, just in case.

  1. Find a Pediatrician

Your baby could get sick before, en route, or once you’ve arrived at your new place. To avoid a stressful situation, find a good pediatrician before your move. Ask around, read reviews, and visit your child’s new doctor.

Also, keep copies of your child’s medical records on hand, or mail them in advance to the pediatrician. This way you can keep your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations despite the move.

During the Move

Now that you’ve planned your entire move, it’s time to prepare you and your baby for the official moving day.

  1. Put Together aMoving In Travel Case of Baby Essentials

Think everything you use to care for your baby day and a night. Since moving services may deliver your items before or after you arrive, you’ll want to keep certain essentials with you. This could include:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Changing pad
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toys and snacks
  • Plenty of baby food
  • First-aid kit
  • Plastic bags for trash
  • Stroller
  • Portable crib
  • One or two blankets
  • Sunscreen

Although packing these items can sometimes seem look more hassle than its worth, you’ll be happy you have them during an emergency.

  1. Take Extra Time En Route

If you are traveling to your new home via road trip or plane, realize that it will take extra time when you have an infant. Plan for frequent stops along the way for feeding, bathroom, or just to take a break.

Bring a noisemaker or recorded sounds that soothe your baby during the trip.

After the Move

Congratulations! You made it through the journey to your new hoSmallerme. But you’re not finished yet.

  1. Enjoy Your First Meal in Your New Home

Upon arrival, plan for an easy takeout meal on the kitchen floor. You can turn this into a fun picnic by spreading a blanket out and taking your meal together with some paper napkins.

  1. Catch Up on Your Sleep

After you’ve eaten and fed your infant, take a few minutes to unpack your basic essentials. This could include a few blankets to sleep on, or finding your toothbrush in your toiletries bag. From there, do what’s necessary to settle in and enjoy your first night in your new home.

If you can, try to remain consistent with your infant’s sleep schedule. Soon you and your family will adjust to your new home and new routine.