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The Best Boxes for your Next Move

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It's a busy time of year for moving and Knoxville's housing market is fast and furious these days with lots of folks relocating within and moving to our fabulous city.  HYD has had the privilege of assisting lots of folks with their move, be it the pre-pack purge, packing, coordinating the day of the move, or setting up clients in their new homes. In our experience, the one challenge that is consistent throughout this process is figuring out the most protected, cost efficient, and environmentally conscience way to contain all our client's belongings.

Just recently, we had the great pleasure of meeting the owner of a new company here in Knoxville that may help us answer that very question...

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Meet Frank Ramey, owner, operator, and "Chief Officer of Customer Happiness" of RPM Boxes, a plastic moving box rental company located in the heart of Knoxville.

Frank has an extensive background in logistics which has set him up perfectly for running this new business here in Knoxville. As packers (and unpackers), HYD really appreciated all he had to say about his research to find the best-sized boxes for fitting the most commonly packed items and how easy he's made it for people to get those boxes delivered to and picked up from their doorstep!

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RPM Boxes' user friendly website will answer your questions and help clarify the facts about saving money and time renting plastic boxes instead of purchasing cardboard boxes and tape. Also, as organizers we love how well these pack then stack, allowing for movers to easily access them, load them on dollies, and get them to the truck, cutting down on the time and cost of moving items. Lastly, we can all appreciate the small environmental impact involved by choosing reusable boxes.


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We're also excited to share that anytime you use the code HYD10, you will receive 10% off your rental fee! AND... for a limited time only, RPM Boxes is offering 50% off any rentals so if you book for an upcoming move now, you'll get a GREAT deal!!

Call (865) 269-6797 to secure your boxes today!

Tips For Your Upcoming move

It's Spring time in Knoxville which means that many home owners will be preparing to put their houses on the market. Whether you are buying, selling, or renting, moving is a huge job! We've gathered our tried and true tips to share with you to make your move as seamless as possible.

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Step 1: Come up with a plan. If you have a deadline; the end of a lease, a closing date etc, give yourself plenty of time to move well. Secure a moving company. Set goals to stay on track so that you won't be stressed at the last minute. Make a list of services that you will need to transfer to your new home and turn off at your current home. If you plan to do the packing yourself, set goals to keep yourself on track. If you need packing assistance, go ahead and give us a call so that we can help you with your packing plan! Check out the graphic we created below to get on the right track.

Step 2: Staging. If you are selling your house, your process may look different depending on whether or not you plan to stage your house. Some people stage their homes with their own furniture while others opt to have a staging service bring in furniture. Some folks chose to show their home without any furniture. If you plan to stage using your own furniture, you will want to pack the clutter, but leave just enough out, so that your home still feels warm and lived in. If you aren't sure what should stay and what should go, we can help with that too!

Step 3: Packing. Packing up a home happens in many stages. Before you even begin packing, we always suggest that you purge. Why move something that you don't want or need to keep? We recommend that you begin by packing up the items that you won't need to use prior to your move. Books, decor, photos, memories, extra linens, out of season clothes, etc. can all typically be packed weeks ahead of your move as they are less likely to be needed. For items that are not specific to a certain person or room (like decor or books), we recommend that you pack by item rather than by room. For example, instead of packing up your whole living room, pack boxes of similar items. Gather all of your decor and pack all of it together. When you pack this way, you may find that in your new house, you use decor from your old living room in a totally new way or new room. We recommend color coordinating and labeling boxes that go in certain rooms. For example, placing a blue sticker on every box that needs to go into your son's room will make it easier for movers to keep track. Tape a blue piece of paper to your sons door in the new house so that movers can easily identify where each box goes. Having a system in place will make your move go quickly and will keep you free to do things other than answer questions about the placement of each box as it's brought in. 

Step 4: Preparing for the first week. Pack for your first week in the new house like you are going on a trip. Anything you will need that first week needs to be easy to find and accessible. Think linens for your beds, clothes for the first few days, toiletries, daily medications, etc. Also, it never hurts to have a stash of disposable or plastic dishes, silverware and cups for your first few days in case you don't have time to unpack immediately.

Step 5: Preparing for the day of the move. We always recommend that you move any valuable jewelry, cash, and prescriptions that you have, yourself. There are a lot of people in and out of your home during a move and these items are easy for you to stash in your own car and drive over yourself. Need someone to help you manage the movers and other service providers? HYD would love to be there for your move to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Check out our move management page here for more information!

Packing up the memories

 

There often comes a time in all our lives or our loved one's lives when we have to say goodbye to the place we've called home.


This is never an easy transition for multiple reasons. In this particular case, the homeowner needed assistance with everyday life and wasn't able to live on her own any longer. Not being able to take much with her, her daughter and son-in-law have been left with the task of clearing out the remaining items from her former home. However, they have busy lives of their own both working and raising two active school age children. After almost 6 months of the condo sitting untouched, waiting to be gone through, HYD got the call to help.


This situation is all too familiar to so many folks. A parent's home filled with memories, trinkets, collections, photographs, furniture (both valuable and not), attics, that are so overwhelming to go through. In this case, we've been able to go through every cabinet, dresser drawer, bookshelf, box, closet, trunk, and room to categorize, label, box up, and create order so that when the daughter and son-in-law come, they can easily decide what to keep, what to sell, and what to donate. 

HYD feels honored to be trusted with such an important job which is why we take such care with each object we touch, paper we read, photo we categorize, and memory we help to preserve. It all stays confidential and our clients can feel safe knowing that we will find the right home(s) for any items they choose not to hold on to.

This particular homeowner is a very talented artist. We thought you'd enjoy just a few treasures we found as we organized her belongings. The first is her "Ideal Wardrobe" handmade book from the late 1940s. The latter photos are just a couple of the many wonderful sketches and prints we found. Enjoy...


Thanks so much for coming along with HYD as we journey through our clients' stories and memories. It is a job we cherish and look forward to each day. If you have any questions or interest in learning how we might help you or a loved one with transitioning into a new home, please don't ever hesitate to call or email us at 865.245.9080 or info@helpyoudwell.com.

We've also updated our website in a few places to describe in more detail how and what HYD can assist with especially related to estate transitions and organized moving and unpacking.

And as always, feel free to drop by The Hive to visit us anytime we're in!