Moving is not the most economical event in a person’s life yet we all do it one time or another. All those boxes and tape are a waste for the environment so here are some ways to use moving pads and bands to alleviate some of the debris discarded after a move and make your move a green one!
Some other things you can do to make your relocation a green move are: recycling moving boxes, hiring green movers, and
Recycling Moving Boxes
If you are a germaphobic, you may not want to use others boxes but if you can live with the possibility of others touching your boxes you can check NextDoor and craigslist for boxes. NextDoor is a great app if you live in a suburb – you can usually find moving boxes within a few days here. Big box stores like costco and bjs as well as liquor stores will have used boxes.
When you a finished with your moving boxes you can post them on-line and/or do something useful with them. I used to let my kids use them to build castles, cars and what have you. Teens may enjoy using a razor to cut out shapes for crafts. There are a ton of cardboard craft ideas on pinterest! Some moving companies will pick up boxes at the completion of a move and use them as floor and wall protectors on another move.
Hiring Green Movers
There are a few green movers that you can hire – but finding some near you can pose a difficult challenge. Monster Movers is a green moving company that uses fuel efficient vehicles, recycled materials, and saves over 50% of paper waste by using electronic copies of estimates, bills and inventory. They are members of the sustainable business network and here are there green initiatives:
Reduce and reuse our moving boxes whenever possible
Offer complimentary retrieval of used moving boxes and packing supplies
Resell used boxes at discounted prices
Collect all non reusable moving boxes, which are then compacted and sent to a recycling center
Recycle anywhere between 20,000 – 30,000 pounds of materials each year
Provide moving boxes that are manufactured from 90% post-consumer recycled materials
Use only biodegradable foam peanuts
Use bubble wrap that is oxo-biodegradable, degrading into only water, carbon dioxide and less than 1% natural biomass
Source the production of our moving boxes and packing materials from companies that participate in Sustainable Forestry Initiative programs
Use FSC certified products for external marketing materials
Member of the Sustainable Business Association
Make sure you do research to make sure you are actually hiring a real green moving company and not just a company called green movers that doesn’t use sustainable practices.
Donate Unused Items
Moving is the perfect time to purge and donate unused items to be used by others. Again, NextDoor is a great app to use where you can post a curb alert letting others know that you have free stuff on your curb that they can take.
Instant Moving Estimate — Get Your Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes!
It’s almost moving day and you have procrastinated finding a mover – You need an instant moving estimate – a fast, convenient estimate for the cost of your local or long distance move. This moving estimator is a godsend! Not just a ballpark estimator, it gives you a flat rate, guaranteed price based on your exact inventory. Most “instant moving quote” sites are just information gatherers where you will be called/emailed by lots of different moving companies. Not only that but these are ballpark estimates which means they can change by the hundreds or even thousands if you are moving out of state. Although it may sound great to have a bunch of movers call you with quotes- you will get called and emailed a hundred times a day – from moving brokers all over the country. This instant moving estimate form is private and emails over a quote without the high pressure sales calls or emails flooding your inbox.
Instant Moving Estimate
The Simple Steps to Get Your Instant Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes:
Fill out the city/state or zip codes you are moving to
A second screen will pop up so you can add inventory – later you can access this screen to add anything you forgot OR take anything away
You will have an instant moving quote sent right to your inbox
If you require an in-home estimate – you can schedule a on-site estimate right on the same screen. A representative will be dispatched an you will get an appointment to receive a detailed, in-home moving estimate from a moving expert.
For more information on moving estimates and how they are calculated you can check our moving estimate blog post.
Have you ever wondered how strong of a friendship you and your bestie have? You can gauge your comraderie by their level of help during a move. Let’s put it this way – if there was a ceremony for friendship the “friendship vows” would be ” in moving and in chillaxing.” Check below for our “Should You Help Your Friends Move?” guide – also an accurate evaluation of your bromance.
Everyone who has moved while in college or shortly thereafter knows how precious moving day help can be. Let us help you find out if you should help your friends move:
TYPES OF FRIENDSHIPS and RESPECTIVE MOVE SCORE
Enabling Friendship: Move Score 8 This friendship is a special bond between buds that empower each other to do the impossible. This friend will boost your ego and are definitely one of the best types of friends to call for a move.
Hot and Cold Friendship: Move Score 5 The Hot and Cold friend is like a corked bat. Your hot and cold friend may show up, show up late or not at all but they do, they will easily provide that extra umph to get you home.
Class Clown Friendship: Move Score 3 One of the worst friends to help with a move – this friend loves pranks and those are not appreciated while moving. Also, you will be so busy laughing – nothing will get moved.
Bromance: Move Score 9 You know that friend who completely admires you for whatever reason. This is the best friend to invite for a move. This friend will do the entire move for you – to show up and just to be around your awesomeness
Drinking Buddies: Move Score -10 Just. Don’t.
The Long Distance Friend: Move Score 6 If you are moving long distance and actually hiring long distance movers – the long distance friend is a great for moral support – mainly because they won’t actually have to do any heavy lifting.
Helping your friends move can make or break a friendship. Your patience will be tested but after all the back-breaking effort – you’ll become better buds after a move together. Just don’t forget the pizza and drinks.
It’s hard not to get sentimental when you are moving – thinking of all of those things you will miss and opportunities gone by – your favorite coffee spot, that neighbor you never got to know to well but seemed cool, the nuances of your place only you know about. Okay – enough about that – YOU ARE MOVING!
Adventure, learning new things, and hope for the unknown are right around the corner and we have the playlist for you – to get you in the mood to move!
Movin’ On Up is the #1 moving song on our list – can’t go through a move without this oldie. This theme song reminds us we are always moving on up! Here are the next songs on our list –
Another goodie that we have to add is Flo Rida’s 2016 tune – My House – a perfect tune for moving in:
Move on Up is a perfect moving song for that last minute in your old residence – time to say good bye.
And of course if you can always do what Elsa does and…
Also on our list of songs for moving has to be Take U There
Can you move me? The most important question to ask your movers – let me explain… It’s getting close to moving day. You have an offer on your house and your buyers are just about to sign the purchase and sales agreement. Now is the time to find some movers. The first thing to ask is can you move me. You may waste a long time going through all of the other moving questions (below) and find out that your preferred movers are booked on the day in question. Here is some moving help for you.
After asking your mover Can You Move Me there are some other questions to ask your prospective mover during the initial phone conversation:
1. Rates! Rates for Two Men and a Truck should be around $99-$140/hour and rates for Three Men and a Truck should be around $120-$175/hour.
2. Travel Time! Make sure travel time is flat-rated. This means that you will not pay if the movers are late/in traffic/got lost.
4. Licensed and Insured! If a member of the crew gets injured at your home this could be a headache for you.
5. Any Additional Fees! Ask your mover if there are any additional fees aside from the ones they are telling you. Examples would be fuel surcharge, taxes, tolls. For long distance moving examples would be mileage charge, long haul, or shuttle fee.