14 Tips For Decluttering Before A Move

Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming process, and one of the biggest challenges is figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of. It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, and it can be tough to let go of certain items, especially if they have sentimental value. However, the more clutter you have, the harder it will be to pack, transport, and unpack your belongings. Plus, removing unnecessary items before a move can save time, money, and effort. Here are 14 tips on how to get organized before your move:

  1. Make a plan: Before you start decluttering, make a list of areas you want to focus on. This will help you stay focused.
  2. Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute to start decluttering. Give yourself plenty of time to go through your belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Start a month or two before your planned move. This will help you avoid feeling rushed and overwhelmed. 
  3. Start with hard-to-reach areas: Clear out hard-to-reach cabinets, upper shelves, and corner units, etc. This is likely where a lot of our clutter lives. Do you know that corner unit in the kitchen where you hide your once-a-year appliance? Start there.
  4. Be honest with yourself: As you go through your belongings, be honest with yourself about what you really need and use. If you haven’t worn or used an item in the past year, chances are you don’t need it. Hiring an accountability partner for this part of the process can be helpful.
  5. Be selective: As you go through your belongings, be selective about what you keep. Don’t hold on to items just because they were expensive, because you might use them one day, or because they were gifted to you. Things are only useful if you are actually using them.
  6. Donate or sell: Instead of throwing away items that you no longer need or want, consider donating them to a charity or selling them. (If you’re hoping to sell them, be sure to start even earlier than you think to allow time for the sale to happen.) This will not only help you declutter, but it’ll also benefit someone else.
  7. Be realistic: It’s important to be realistic about what you can fit in your new home. Don’t hold on to items that won’t fit or work with your new place. Know that each home is unique and you may need new furniture or organizing solutions for your new spot.
  8. Work within your home’s constraints: Whether you’re downsizing or just losing storage when you move, work within the constraints of your home. Use the 80% rule. No drawer, cabinet, or closet should be filled by more than 80%. The idea here is you’ll be able to maintain organization if it’s only filled 80%.
14 Tips For Getting Organized Before A move
Let’s get organized

Wondering what things you should get rid of before the move? Read on.

  1. Duplicate items. When I moved in with my now husband, I discovered we had accumulated four can openers. I kept our favorite and donated the rest.
  2. Outdated or broken items. This includes the old phones you have stashed in a drawer somewhere. Recycle your old electronics at Best Buy, free of charge.
  3. Unused or infrequently used items. For example, during my most recent decluttering session, I decided it was time to donate my home gym equipment I purchased during the pandemic and no longer use. Can you think of any items like this you’re ready to part with before the move?
  4. Sentimental items you don’t have room for. It’s natural to have sentimental attachments to certain items, but if you don’t have room for them in your new home, consider getting rid of them. If this is tough for you, remember the memory is not tied to the physical item.
  5. Excess and tattered linens and Tupperware. As a professional organizer who’s seen the insides of many homes, I’m fairly confident you don’t need all those linens, towels, or Tupperware.
  6. Expired or unused food. Quickly scan the expiration dates in your pantry and rejoice to know you’re not moving a bunch of old food to the new spot.

Remember, the goal is to declutter and eliminate items you no longer need or use. It’s important, to be honest with yourself about what you need and be selective about what you keep. Hiring the right moving company will help you have a smoother and more organized move. We hope you found these 14 tips for getting organized before a move helpful!

What Is Double Drive Time?

It’s this time of the year, you have already explored everything in your neighborhood, and the person downstairs would not stop fixing his kitchen, drilling walls, and having parties. Thoughts about having your backyard keep you up at night. With a quick online search, you found a fantastic house with a spacious kitchen and the backyard you always wanted. It’s available and move-in ready. Things couldn’t get better until you realize that you need Movers. So you made a few calls, and it feels like you know less now than before. You have all these questions like, how many movers do I needHow big is the truckDo I need to tip the movers? What are all these fees? What is Double Drive Time?

Finding answers to these questions is proven to be difficult, sometimes because of dishonest businesses, but most of the time is a simple lack of knowledge. But don’t worry. In this post, you will find the answers you are looking for! In this post, we will finally explain What Double Drive Time is.

Qshark Moving Employee showing off his packing skills of a dresser and flexing muscles during a local move in Orange County. Double Drive Time Specialists
Knowledge is power! Muscles are overrated

The Wild West Of Moving or Why We Need Double Drive Time

Let’s go back to the wild times in the moving industry before the regulations, licenses, required insurance, online reviews, and endless ways for unethical companies to thrive. As soon as your hard-earned items end up in the moving van, it’s time for the moving company to turn evil and demand every possible fee they can come up with. But what can you do, you want your items back? The answer is nothing but paying off the thieves and trying to forget this nightmare.


One of these shady fees was the Drive Time from your unloading location back to the movers’ office. They claim it took them two hours to drive five miles when this morning it only took them 15 minutes. Crazy? While it sounds outrageous, it would happen daily, and more and more people would fall victim to these scams.

Creation Of The DDT

Moving became such a big part of our lives that lawmakers had to create rules and regulations to protect consumers from “moving thieves.” Double Drive Time was born to regulate the drive time between locations and minimize the room for scams. It’s a simple idea but a big difference-maker regarding your bill. Movers are only allowed to charge you for the time it takes them to drive from your pick-up location ( point A ) to your second location ( point B ). To get paid for the time it takes to go back; they can only double the time from point A to point B. Still sounds confusing? Don’t worry we have examples!

Example number one ( the wild west of moving )

John is moving 30 minutes from his parent’s house to a new apartment in the city. You can’t be a village boy forever. Dad recommended a local moving company he had used in the past, so without further research, John hired them. Everything is going great. The tv and couches are in the truck. A few hours later, before unloading the final ( and most expensive items ), the foreman comes up to John to take care of the final bill. Something doesn’t add up. John keeps checking the hours. ” Where these two additional hours came from?” John is suspicious. Foreman replies: ” It’s time for us to drive back.” But it only took 30 minutes to drive here. I’m not paying for two additional hours! ” – John screams, quietly letting go of his dreams of buying a new DVD player. ” We won’t unload the rest until you do.”
And you got the idea. John would end up paying to get the rest of his items back. So sad and unfair, but it was the reality back then.

Example number two ( current Qshark Moving Company )

It’s been 20 years since John moved, he swore to himself never to do it again, but his family of five can no longer fit in this tiny apartment. The new house is exactly 30 minutes away, just like the first move. Ready to relieve his old horrors, John picked a company he found online. He didn’t believe when they said there were no additional fees or their five-star reputation.
Finally, moving day is here. Everything is going very well, but John is still skeptical. ” Looks like everything is unloaded, and it’s time to pay your bill. ” John could feel the old feelings of anger coming back even after all this time. ” But where is additional time to drive back? ” John is surprised. The foreman shows him the Double Drive Time field and explains: ” It took us 30 minutes to drive between point A and point B, so it will be doubled to 1 hour” It’s that simple.
By the way, because of the extra money John budgeted, he could buy a brand new TV.

Double Drive Time Is Your Friend

We hope this paragraph helped you understand what Double Drive Time is. Our team of specialists is always happy to assist you with any questions. We recommend visiting Government Website to learn more about moving fees and licensed companies. As a special thank you for reading this entire post, we will offer $25 off if you mention ” Double Drive Time Post” when you contact our company

5 Tips On How Self-Storage Can Help With An Office Move

Qshark Movers loading our company truck, to deliver items to customer's self-storage facility
Qshark Movers loading the truck

Moving office can be an incredibly stressful process. Luckily, there is an easy way to ease the burden and make the process streamlined and relatively painless. Here is why self-storage is an essential partner when moving office. Together we came up with these Self-Storage Tips!

Moving office made easy with a self-storage unit

Any move is stressful. It is said that moving home is one of life’s most stressful events. I would argue that moving office is even more so! Moving office can be a logistical nightmare and has the added burden of making sure the disruption is kept to an absolute minimum to ensure the loss of business is negligible.

This is why anything that helps the process is a huge boon. Here are the top 5 self-storage tips that can help with an office move.

  1. Allows you to move in stages

Rather than the entire move happening all at once, a self-storage unit allows you the flexibility to move at a more leisurely pace. This is especially relevant if you don’t have early access to the new premises.

A self-storage unit can be used to store non-essential items like archived documents, excess furniture etc., in advance. This means that come moving day, it is only essential and mission-critical items that need to be moved. A self-storage unit can be rented for short periods, so you only need to rent it for the period you need.

  1. Lets you organize without the clutter

Moving the contents of an entire office takes time, but so does getting everything organized in your new office. This can be time-consuming and stressful and is even more so if the office is full of packing boxes and clutter.

A self-storage unit lets you store everything in a clean, dry, and secure environment for as long as you need. This allows you to get organized in stages and streamlines the whole process.

  1. The perfect solution if you are downsizing

With businesses facing rising costs on every front, many firms are looking to downsize premises to help cut costs. This presents a problem with how to create space to accommodate the contents of a larger office.

Self-storage can come to the rescue. A storage unit allows you to store non-essentials that you previously had space for. You can even book a “locker” storage unit for archived documents and ease the space burden on your new premises.

Another problem with downsizing is what to do with excess furniture and equipment. Some of this can be valuable, and getting rid of it in a hurry can mean losing money on it. A self-storage unit can give you the time to decide how best to dispose of it.

It also allows you the time to ensure that you don’t dispose of furniture or equipment that you subsequently discover you need.

  1. Peace of mind

With soaring stress levels, anything that can give you some peace of mind has got to be a good thing!

Self-storage units are safe, dry, and convenient. You can relax knowing you’re your belongings in interim (or long-term) storage are protected by multi-layered security and are safe in a dry and clean environment.

  1. Cuts the costs of moving

Rather than being seen as just another moving expense, self-storage units can actually save money.

Firstly, self-storage units are available in a wide range of sizes, so you only pay for the storage you need, for the time you need it. This makes them an extremely cost-effective storage solution.

When this benefit is paired with the overall smoothing of the moving process, it greatly reduces a business’s downtime at a minimum cost.

They also provide a cost-effective way of renting extra space without many of the associated costs. This allows businesses to move to premises that otherwise would have been too small. With heating and power bills soaring, this can help to dramatically cut overheads.

Conclusion

If you are planning an office move, then a self-storage unit should be at the very top of your to-do list! Self-storage units can save you money, make a move go far smoother, and greatly reduce the stress of moving. Check out our pricing for storage by requesting a moving quote here! More moving and self-storage tips are coming soon!

How Many Boxes Do I Need to Move? We’ll Help You Unpack the Answer

It doesn’t matter if you’re moving for the fifth time or a first-time homebuyer. The moving process can be incredibly stressful. There’s the time investment, the fear of valuable belongings breaking, and, of course, all those cardboard boxes. You may be asking yourself, “How many boxes do I need to move?” The short answer: it depends. While there is no concrete rule or formula to determine exactly how many moving boxes you’ll need, there are a few ways to estimate that number. Whether you’re moving out of a house in Denver or a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, we’ll help you unpack how many boxes you’ll need.

Large sized moving boxes
Moving Boxes

What you’ll need to begin packing

In addition to lots (and lots) of cardboard boxes, you’ll need several other supplies to ensure that your belongings are packed properly and kept safe on the way to your new home. Here are some packing materials you will need:

Packing tape: It’s easy to overlook something as mundane as the type of tape you choose, but using the proper tape will ensure that your belongings remain safe. Opt for packing tape instead of regular office tape, as it tends to be wider and provides a more reliable seal on cardboard boxes.

Bubble wrap: If you’re dealing with glass, dishes. or other fragile items, keep plenty of bubble wrap on hand to protect against potential impacts such as drops.

Packing paper: This is an additional tool at your disposal to protect your belongings. Packing paper takes up less room in boxes and is also recyclable.

Don’t cut corners with your supplies

Ensuring that you have the right packing supplies on hand will make your move go smoothly and prevent your belongings from breaking. Skimping on supplies to save money can backfire in the long run.

Types of packing boxes

Packing for a move is not a one-size-fits-all affair. There are many different types of boxes needed to store certain items properly. Here is a rundown of what you’ll need to store your personal belongings.

  • Small packing boxes/book boxes have dimensions of 16″ x 12″ x 12″, making them the smallest size typically used for moving. They are ideal for small items such as books or kitchen utensils.
  • Medium packing boxes have dimensions of 18″ x 16″ x 18″ and are perfect for items such as towels and decorative items such as sculptures or art.
  • Large packing boxes have dimensions of 18″ x 18″ x 24″ and can store small appliances, bedding, and smaller pillows.
  • Extra-large packing boxes have dimensions of 24″ x 20″ x 24″ and can hold large, light items like comforters, sports gear, and pillows.

Specialty boxes you’ll need

Household items come in all shapes and sizes, and conventional cardboard boxes won’t always get the job done. Luckily, there are many special boxes made to fit any number of oddly-shaped items.

  • Wardrobe boxes include a metal rod across the top of the box and are designed specifically for hanging clothes. You can store items such as belts or shoes at the bottom of a wardrobe box.
  • Dish barrel boxes are about the same size as medium boxes (18″ x 18″ x 28 or 18″ x 18″ x 18″) and feature extra-thick walls. The double-wall feature protects fragile items like glass, plates, bowls, and cups that are particularly prone to breaking during moving.
  • Mirror and picture boxes are flat and designed to fit items like artwork, mirrors, and framed photos. You can adjust these to the required size.
  • TV boxes, as the name implies, can store flat-screen TVs. They can be adjusted to fit a screen up to 70 inches.
  • Lamp boxes are ideal for tall, narrow items such as lamps or fans.
Different sized moving boxes
Moving Boxes

How many boxes do I need to move?

So, how do you know how many boxes you need?  There’s no magic formula to calculate the ideal number of boxes, but the next few sections should give you a general idea.

Calculating how many boxes you need in advance saves you time and money; avoid running out multiple times to get more boxes or spending money on boxes you don’t need. Generally, the longer you have lived in your home, the more stuff you will have accumulated. If you’re a packrat, now’s the time to own it.

Factors that determine how many moving boxes you need to move

Number of rooms

The type of home you live in and the number of rooms your home has can serve as the simplest indicator of how many boxes you need to prepare for a move. A studio apartment might only require a dozen or so boxes. On the other hand, a four-bedroom house will likely call for north of 100. If you find the packing process overwhelming, this is a simple way to estimate the number of boxes to buy.

Breakdown by number of rooms

Home typeStudio apt1 bedroom apt2 bedroom apt2 bedroom housethree bedroom house4 bedroom house5+ bedroom house
# of boxes10-2020-4040-6060-8080-100100-120120+

Square footage

It probably comes as no surprise that moving out of a larger home generally means having more stuff to move. The square footage of your space is a decent indicator of how many moving boxes you will need to relocate all of your belongings. For example, moving out of a small apartment (500 square feet) might only require 25 boxes. On the other hand, a larger house (2,000 square feet) might need up to 130. The size of your home is not the sole determining factor in figuring out how many boxes you’re going to need, but it can provide you with a good benchmark.

Room type

Another way to estimate how many packing boxes you’ll need to move is by considering the types of rooms in your home. This is a slightly more specific way to approximate the number of boxes required to move all your things successfully. Here’s a room-by-room breakdown of how many boxes you need based on room type.

Breakdown by room type:

Room type# of small boxes# of medium boxes# of large boxes# of extra-large boxes# wardrobe boxes# of dish packs
Kitchen2-45-64204-6
Dining room1-21-20002-4
Bathroom210000
Master bedroom1-35-65-804-60
Other bedrooms1-23-503-52-40
Living room2-43-42-41-200

As you can see, the kitchen and the master bedroom tend to use the most boxes. One thing to consider is that the number of boxes used for bedrooms can vary widely based on who’s using those rooms, especially if you’re moving with kids. A toddler is unlikely to have as many personal belongings as a teenager, and the total box count will reflect this.

How many boxes do I need to move based on my lifestyle?

Lifestyle is an important factor to consider, as two houses with the same dimensions or rooms can have very different needs regarding the number of boxes needed to move. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a large house with a walk-in closet, your lifestyle will significantly affect how many moving boxes you’ll need. Whether you enjoy skiing, pottery, painting, or any other hobby, those additional items will also need to move.

Tips for a successful move

Don’t overfill your boxes

It can seem intuitive to cut costs on boxes by filling them to the max. In reality, this is often counterproductive because it leaves less of a cushion between the box’s contents and the environment on the outside. Remember to leave room in the box for packing paper or bubble wrap for adequate protection. Remember that a few extra boxes won’t outweigh the cost of replacing your fine china if it breaks.

Buy more boxes than you think you’ll need

On a similar note, there’s no need to be stingy when buying boxes. Cardboard boxes are relatively cheap, and having to buy more at the last minute only increases the stress of moving.

Take the opportunity to declutter

If you’re wary of taking too much stuff to your new place, take the opportunity to get rid of items you no longer need. 

Plan ahead and stay organized

With any large undertaking, preparation is key, and this certainly applies to moving. Give yourself plenty of time before moving day to strategize. Be sure to clearly label each box with its contents and where it needs to go. This will make the unpacking process go much smoother.

Although there is no hard and fast rule when packing for a move, these tips and guidelines will help you find out how many boxes you need for a successful move.

Chose a right moving company

If you feel tired after reading this, maybe the best answer is to hire movers and make your life a little bit easier.

Masks Policy At Qshark

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If you have any questions or any concerns please call us or email at qsharksmoving@gmail.com

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We Move Everything! Big and Small!

Many of us have this giant piece of furniture we love so much, and it looks so good in the upstairs room. It makes our life a little better, but when it’s time to move, we all want to throw this thing away so we don’t have to deal with it. You don’t have to worry anymore, because we move everything! Qshark Moving

Finding professionals to move it safely can be an issue, and here are a few things you have to consider:

  • You want the item to be insured because the possibility of damages is very high
  • Not every company will do it
  • Some companies will charge you a high premium to move it
  • You need movers that you can trust

At Qshark, we get you and want to help to safe your giant awkward friend and here is what you can expect by choosing us

  • Trained movers that will make you and your furniture comfortable
  • Most of the time, we include these extra things in the hourly rates ( so no extras )
  • Basic coverage is always included ( we also provide additional insurance options )
  • Nothing is too heavy or too big for Qsharks!

Please call us for your specific item and we will be happy to work with you and get that thing moved!

At Qshark Moving Company, we aim to provide full service and help you with anything you need. That's why We Move Everything!
During this move, no one ( including the couch ) was hurt!

How To Move A Mattress!

A bedroom is a special place in our home where we relax after a long day. Personally, there is nothing I enjoy more than morning sleep-ins on a cozy Sunday. Sleep is one of the essential parts of our lives! By improving the quality of our sleep, we enhance the quality of our lives. That’s why picking the right mattress is critical to improving your sleep. It’s also one of the biggest investments because good mattresses are expensive. I recently moved, and one of my first questions was how to move a mattress. How do I keep my investment safe, clean, and protected? Here are some tips I’ve learned while researching the best moving company in the area.

Before the move:

  1. Prepare your bedroom, clear out the space, and if you feel handy, take apart your bed ( It will also save you money on the moving process ) 
  2. There are different options you can buy ahead of time for Mattress protection, such as plastic covers and mattress bags. You can get them online or in your local Uhaul store or Home Depot. They range from $9 to $40, depending on the quality and size. Make sure you get the right size. Don’t be like me. 
  3. Putting the bag on can be challenging and will require two people to do it. I recommend leaving it to the movers. 

Moving Company: 

  1. Movers know precisely how to move a mattress. The company I chose also provided plastic wrap free of charge. So when choosing a company, ask about mattress covers. Most companies will offer it for free. 
  2. This is how the process looked for me: The movers wrapped the mattress in plastic wrap, hand-carried it to the truck, and placed it on the moving blanket ( to protect it from the dirt ). Then carefully strapped it into the remaining items they already had inside. 

After the move:

  1. As a part of the service, movers assembled my bed, unwrapped the mattress, and placed it on the bed. 
  2. If you plan to do it yourself, remember that covering your mattress with plastic and padding will help you keep it clean. 

Conclusion:

Using a Moving company saved me a lot of hassle and time. If I were to do it myself, I would bring a friend, buy a plastic bag, rent moving blankets, and choose a first-floor apartment ( Stairs are no joke! ). I hope these tips on how to move a mattress will help you and your mattress during your next move! 

Local movers are delivering a mattress to its new home.

How much to tip your movers?

When it comes to moving, a common question is, “how much to tip movers?”. After all, you want to show appreciation for their hard work. But you also don’t want to overdo it or break the bank. So, what’s the right amount to tip your movers?

The short answer is that tipping your movers is entirely optional. While it’s a nice gesture to show appreciation, it’s not required or expected. However, if you decide to tip your movers, there are a few things to remember.

First and foremost, consider the quality of the service that you received. Did your movers do a good job of handling your belongings with care, showing up on time, and being professional and courteous? If so, a tip is a nice way to say thanks. On the other hand, if you feel like the movers could have done a better job or had any issues with their service, it’s probably best to hold off on the tip.

Budget

Next, consider your budget. Tipping your movers is a personal decision. You should feel free to tip as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. A general rule of thumb is to tip between $20 and $40 per mover, depending on the complexity of the move and the length of time it took. This amount is considered to be generous, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide what you can afford.

If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider tipping each mover a smaller amount, such as $10 to $20. Or, you could consider tipping a little extra to the mover who you felt went above and beyond in their duties. It’s also worth noting that the tips are split evenly among the crew in most cases. So you don’t need to worry about figuring out who to tip more.

It’s also worth considering the type of move you’re making. If you’re moving locally, it’s generally more common to tip your movers. However, it’s less common to tip if you’re making a long-distance move, as the movers typically get paid a higher hourly rate. That said, if you had a particularly good experience with your long-distance movers, a tip is still a nice way to show appreciation.

Summary

It’s important to remember that the movers are getting paid for their job, and tipping is never guaranteed. That’s why it’s important to choose a reputable moving company that you can trust to provide high-quality service. By taking the time to research your options and read reviews from past customers, you can help ensure that you have a good experience and find movers who are worthy of a tip.

When deciding how much to tip movers, consider the quality of service, your budget, and the type of move. For a local move, it’s generally recommended to tip $20 to $40 per mover. This amount is considered generous, but ultimately up to you. For long-distance moves, it’s less common to tip. However, if you had a particularly good experience, a tip is a nice way to show appreciation. Remember, the movers are getting paid for their job and tipping is not guaranteed. Choose a reputable moving company and set your expectations accordingly.

Two movers wrapping a nighstand before a local move.
The movers at work!