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Staying Cool While Moving in the Summer | Modern Movers, Inc.

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If you've recently made the decision to sell your home and relocate to another city (or state), you may be dreading the thought of packing up your home's belongings and moving into a new home during the hottest time of year.

Fortunately, with some careful planning and heat-busting strategies, you'll be able to pull off a seamless move without losing your cool. Read on for some tips and tricks for staying comfortable and organized during a mid-summer move.

#1: Plan Ahead

Careful planning is the key to success with any household move, and summer moves are no exception. The last thing you want is to reach your final destination and find that you're missing the key, or worse, have your most-needed belongings in the very back of the moving truck where they're all but impossible to access.

Before you even begin packing, you'll want to make a series of lists. First, you'll want some sort of timeline to keep yourself on track, from packing your belongings to turning over your keys to your landlord (or closing on your home sale) to obtaining your new keys and move-in date.

By having target dates for each of these activities, you'll avoid feeling rushed or like you're forgetting something. And since the summer is peak season for household moves, building in some extra time for each of these tasks can ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

You'll also want to list all the household items you and your family members will need during the first few days after the move. While you'll want to keep toiletries and a few changes of clothes in an overnight bag for easy access, other items (like laptop computers, school books or items you need to work from home) may need to be packed in a well-marked box so that they can be quickly unloaded once you've arrived.

You'll also want to make a list of anyone who needs to be notified of your new address. While filling out a change-of-address form at your local post office can ensure your mail is forwarded, changing the mailing address on file with every person and company that sends you documents will ensure your physical mail is always routed to the right place.

#2: Stay Hydrated

During your planning process, you'll want to ensure you have some handheld fans, moist towels and water bottles on hand for the move itself. Having constant access to water and a way to cool yourself can prevent you from suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke while performing physical work during the hottest time of year.

You'll also want to take frequent breaks, especially if you're working around the lunch hour when the sun is at its brightest and hottest. Staying in the shade as much as possible can lower your core temperature and help avoid injury.

#3: Hire Help

Professional movers can take much of the physical and logistical burden from you, allowing you to focus more on the issues only you can handle (like enrolling your children in school, finding new doctors and medical providers, and shopping for your next home).

Moving services can run the gamut from trucking services that focus on getting your already-packed items from one point to another to full-service moving companies that will pack, ship and unpack your belongings for you.

The right service for you will largely depend on factors like the total distance you're moving, your moving budget, your timeline and the availability of any moving cost reimbursements from your employer. Fortunately, most moving companies are flexible enough to have a wide variety of offerings to fit your budget and needs.

#4: Plan a Grocery Strategy

Unless you're just moving to a new home across town, bringing your entire refrigerator and freezer's contents with you from your old house to your new one can be a recipe for foodborne illness, especially in the summer.

While transporting some frozen or refrigerated items in a large insulated cooler can be fine for short trips, the lack of strict temperature controls in most retail coolers can leave your food vulnerable to bacteria growth.

You may want to stock up on some restaurant gift cards or investigate your local grocery delivery or pickup options to help you stay well-fed and restock your refrigerator once you've moved into your new home.

While spices and nonperishable foods can be more easily transported without refrigeration, you'll still want to make sure they're carefully packed away from sunlight and high heat that can cause damage to their contents.

In addition, many moving companies won't handle the transportation of any type of food, so even if you've enlisted some professional help with getting your home's contents from Point A to Point B, you may be on your own when it comes to moving your edible household items.

No matter what your moving needs may be, you're sure to find the ideal arrangement for you and your family if you contact a moving company for assistance during your summertime relocation.

Our Blog > Moving Last Minute? Here's What to Do

Moving Last Minute? Here's What to Do

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Sometimes,you get months or even years to prepare for a move. But other times,you get weeks or even days.

Thereare many reasons why you might need to move with little preparationtime. Maybe you just got a job offer, or you had a family emergency,or you sold your house more quickly than you expected to. Whateverthe reason, there are a few steps you can take to make yourlast-minute move go smoothly.

Createa Timeline

Movingcan involve dozens of tasks, and thinking about all of them can makeyour head spin. To figure out what to do at which time, write down amoving timeline.

Payattention to the basic order in which you should complete commonmoving tasks:

  1. Book a movingcompany
  2. Sort yourbelongings and give away unneeded belongings
  3. Gather movingsupplies
  4. Notify employers,schools, doctors, and utility companies
  5. Pack non-essentialbelongings
  6. Clean your house
  7. Pack essentialbelongings
  8. Clean out yourrefrigerator

Whilemost moving timelines encourage you to start months before your move,you don't have that luxury. You'll need to adjust your timeline tofit your short timeframe.

Basedon the amount of time you have, write on your calendar when you'llneed to complete each task.

Askfor Help

Nowthat you have a moving timeline, you can ask family members andfriends to help you with the various tasks. Find the right people forthe right tasks. For example, maybe your friend George is a pro atcleaning or your Aunt Mary is skilled at packing and organizing.

Yourchildren can do their part, too. As long as they have some direction,older children can pack their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Whenyou find people to help you, the moving process can go much smoother.

GiveAway As Much as Possible

Themore belongings you give away, the fewer belongings you have tomove—and the more time you'll save. Thus, you should give away asmany belongings as possible. If you don't have time to hold a yardsale, give the items to friends or to a local thrift store orcommunity organization.

Somecharities will pick up your things for you so you don't have to worryabout dropping them off yourself. You could also hire a company topick up your unneeded belongings.


Sinceyou're moving at the last minute, you don't have much time to collectmoving supplies. So how can you get the supplies you need quicklywithout paying a fortune?

Oneoption is to post on a social media site that you're looking forsupplies. People who have extra moving supplies can see your post anddonate their supplies.

Anotherway is to check big-box stores like Costco and Walmart and see ifthey're giving away any boxes.

Somemoving companies offer free moving supplies just for getting anestimate. Take advantage of this option if possible.

Packin Order

Inan attempt to save time, you might want to quickly throw everythingyou own into boxes. However, you can avoid confusion and chaos bypacking your belongings in the right order. You should packnon-essential belongings first and essential belongings last.

Startout by packing items from your garage and storage areas. Next, packitems you don't need right away, such as books, DVDs, off-seasonclothes, decorations, and photos. Now, pack any remaining items inthe rooms you don't use as often, such as your living room and guestrooms. Finally, pack all remaining items in your kitchen, bedrooms,bathrooms, play rooms, and offices.

Makesure to pack a separate bag of items you'll need on moving day, suchas clothes and toiletries.

Throwa Moving Party

Sinceyou're moving quickly, you don't have time to visit each friendindividually. Instead, throw a party so you can say goodbye to allyour friends at once. A moving party has a dual purpose: you can saygoodbye to your friends and you can benefit from their packing andmoving help.

Ifyou don't get a chance to say goodbye to all your friends, you canalways send them thank you cards with your new address after youmove.

Finda Moving Company that Handles Last-Minute Moves

Sinceyou don't have much time, a moving company can be a lifesaver. Withyears of experience behind them, moving companies can pack, move, andstore your belongings much quicker than you could.

Notevery moving company is willing to sign on for a last-minute move.Make sure to find a moving company that's willing to book moves onshort notice.

Movinglast minute doesn't have to be a disaster. Follow these tips totransform your last-minute move from stressful to successful. ModernMovers can move you within 24 hours' notice. Contact us todayfor a free estimate.

Our Blog > 5 Essential Tips for Planning an International Move

5 Essential Tips for Planning an International Move

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An international move can be equally terrifying and exciting, but if you take the right approach to the logistics of the move, the experience can be a bit more relaxing and a lot less scary. While there are a huge range of things to consider, here are the five key tips you need to keep in mind as you start to plan your move abroad.


Organization is key in any successful move, but it's even more important in an international move. Before packing or purging anything, sit down and draft a schedule. Start with your target move day and work your way backwards scheduling in tasks.

When tackling a project this big, it helps to break jobs into small pieces. For example, schedule organization and packing sessions by rooms or by categories (such as books or clothes), rather than trying to do it all in a day.

2.Identify Essentials

As part of your organization strategy, make a list of essentials. This list should include clothing, kitchen items, electronics (phones,laptops, etc.) and personal items that you, your family, and your pets need to survive for a few days. Ideally, your last night in the home, these items should be the only ones unpacked.

Additionally,if possible, these items should arrive at your new home when you do.However, depending on what you define as essential, you may need to be creative about this. For example, you may opt to take all your clothing and toiletries on the plane so you have them immediately at your new home.

However,if it's not possible to take the coffee pot and a couple other kitchen items on the plane, you may decide to do a little online shopping and have those items delivered to your new home before you get there. Your move will be a lot more comfortable if you make sure you have the basics at your new home when you arrive.

3.Pare Down Carefully

Many people use a move as an inspiration to purge unneeded possessions out of their lives, and that can be great. Additionally, some people like to pare down their possessions before a move so that they can save money on shipping and moving costs. Both of these strategies can work perfectly. However, you may want to embrace them carefully in an international move.

If you plan to get rid of your furniture in the United States and replace it at your destination, you should make sure you understand the market in your new home. Take some time to check out websites selling new or used furniture, or find other Americans in the area on forums or social media groups and ask about the shopping opportunities. This research can help you refine your budget and decide what to get rid of and what to keep.


With an international move, you have to deal with a number of issues that you simply don't face with a domestic move. Depending on where you are moving, your items may need to be inspected by customs officials,and your pets or plants may need to be quarantined for a certain period of time. Ideally, you should research all of these issues so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.

5.Experienced Movers

To make navigating an international move easier, it can help to work with movers who have international moving experience.They can help with the "small" things such as numbering every box and making a list of its contents for customs officials,and they also help with the big things like getting all your stuff to the other side of the world.

Don’t try to tackle an international move on our own. Talk to Modern Movers today about your upcoming relocation.

Our Blog > 3 Surefire Techniques to Avoid a Moving Scam

3 Surefire Techniques to Avoid a Moving Scam

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Imagine searching for your moving team online. You find an offer on Craigslist involving a local two-man team. They have a large truck and trailer, and they will gladly help you move locally for an unbelievably low price.

But come moving day, things don't pan out how you had hoped.

The men arrive promptly and load your boxes professionally into their truck. They take extra care to ensure your delicate, more valuable items stay on top. You give them the address, and they encourage you to follow them to your new home.

After a few inconvenient red lights, you lose the truck, and though you wait for hours at your destination, your moving van never arrives. Although you try to call your team to see where they are, the number has been disconnected. The movers have disappeared with a lifetime of your stuff.

Moving scam stories like this one continue to pop up across the nation. As many homeowners try to find a good deal, they often lose hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to disreputable companies.

So what can you do to ensure your moving story ends happily?

1. Check for Licensing

Moving companies are required by law to register with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and they have to renew this license every year. If your moving company has a license, the owner or manager should be able to provide you with a US DOT number. When you plug this number into the official DOT website, you can discover important information about the company, including inspection results, reported crashes, and safety ratings.

When a moving company does not have a license or registration with the state, you can see that as an immediate red flag. Should the moving team run away with your items, you won't have much help from the government, as no name, address, or information will be available.

2. Watch Out for Impossibly Low Estimates

You've probably heard the old adage, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is." Take this phrase to heart when you search for your next moving team. Although you understandably want to save money on your move, you shouldn't let your hunt for a good deal lure you into an uncomfortable situation.

Dishonest movers will give you low-ball quotes based on over-the-phone descriptions or cursory glances. Then when you've officially packed and loaded everything into the truck, they'll switch tactics and overcharge you for their services. Some movers will even hold your belongings hostage until you pay their exorbitant fees.

As you shop around for good deals and ask for estimates, make sure that the representative is thorough when providing a quote for services. He or she should ask in-depth questions about what you are moving (such as your bookshelves) and what you aren't (such as the food sitting in your pantry that you plan to give away later).

Furthermore, you, too, should ask your own questions about fees and charges. Ask for a breakdown of prices so you know upfront what you need to pay.

3. Avoid Large Upfront Deposits

Depending on the time of year, some moving companies have more homes to pack and unpack than their crews can handle. As a result, you may need to book several weeks (or even months) in advance to ensure you have the crew scheduled on your desired moving day. Once a company has penciled you in for a specific date, they may even have to turn down other clients to accommodate your needs.

To avoid losing money on unreliable clients, your moving company may ask you for a small upfront deposit ($50 or less) to show your commitment to that moving date. This deposit may go toward your total moving charges after they've completed your move.

However, you should always be wary about particularly large upfront deposits. Some scammers will simply collect the deposit in advance, and then they'll disappear before your move. If a moving representative asks for $500 or more, say "no" and look elsewhere.

Always Research Your Moving Team

When you follow these three tips, you can avoid a large majority of moving scams. However, you should always err on the side of caution and do extra research on your moving team before you settle for a specific company. Find out a history of the company name and location, read the latest user reviews, and ask friends and family for recommendations. With a little work, you'll find a company you can trust without draining your bank account.

Our Blog > 5 Safety Tips for Moving Heavy Belongings

5 Safety Tips for Moving Heavy Belongings

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Even if you're only moving from a studio apartment instead of a two-story home, you'll probably have to do some heavy lifting. And even when you work with a moving team, it's important to remember some safety tips when disassembling, organizing, or packing heavy belongings. In particular, your back is in danger of severe injury if you don't move heavier items with safety in mind.

In this blog, we go over five safety tips to help you prepare your heavy belongings for a move without injury.

1. Lift From the Legs, Not the Back

When you need to move your own items to organize the space or clear a path, don't bend over a box and lift using only your arm and back muscles. Instead, bend your knees, crouch down in front of the item, and lift using your legs to return to a standing position. You should also get close to the item you're lifting to reduce the strain on your arms and back.

Never lift something heavy over your head. If you need to retrieve an item from a high shelf, grab a stepstool so you're level with the item. Trying to lift the item up too high increases the chances of objects falling and hitting your head.

2. Plan Ahead

Large and unwieldy objects, such as a couch, should be left to the professionals. At the same time, you can make moving large items easier for movers by preparing the items in advance. Break down furniture that can be transported in pieces, like bookshelves, and unload dresser drawers so the dresser is lighter.

Try to pack only boxes that are a small size or that have holes for handholds to make carrying the containers easier for you and for your movers.

3. Clear a Path

In all the chaos of moving and packing, you might feel like your house has turned into a disaster area. Even though you're busy making plans and talking to the movers, it's important to organize boxes in a way that keeps the path to the moving van clear. You don't want to leave items in the path that could trip up you or your moving team while they move heavy items.

If you have young kids or pets in your household, try to arrange things so they can visit a friend's house or play in one room of the house while you or the movers are transporting heavy items. This will reduce the risk of injury to you, your kids, your pets, and your movers.

4. Pack Boxes Wisely

Be smart when you're packing boxes. Don't make any one box too heavy. Write "heavy" on containers that weigh more so you and your movers know which boxes need to be handled more carefully. This labeling will also help the movers know which items to pack at the bottom of the truck and which can go on top. Pack boxes so the weight is distributed evenly so the container is easier to lift.

When packing items such as books or dishes, only fill the boxes partway with these heavy objects. Fill the rest of the box up with lighter items, such as clothing, to keep the weight of the box manageable and to protect fragile items.

5. Treat It Like Exercise

Remember, a move is a lot of exercise. In addition to all the walking you're doing around your house, you're doing some weight training as well. Treat the move as any normal workout and warm up beforehand so your muscles aren't stiff. Stay hydrated, and don't push yourself too hard. If you're starting to feel tired or shaky, take a break until you're feeling better.

Leave any item that you do not feel confident lifting where it is and have the movers take care of it.

For more moving tips, including packing tips for specific common household items, visit our essential moving tips page.

Our Blog > 6 Tips for Staying Organized During Your Move

6 Tips for Staying Organized During Your Move

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Whether you're moving to the next town or across state lines, packing up everything you own and transporting it to a new home is an involved,stressful endeavor. To make sure you don't lose your mind (or some important paperwork), it's essential to stay organized throughout the process. To that end, here are six quick tips to keep your things—and your thought process—organized during a big move.

Create a Master Calendar

As soon as you start planning your move, designate a calendar to keep track of important dates. Write down when you plan to meet moving companies for estimates, turn in the keys to your current home, call the utility company to set up service in your new home, and so forth.

If you prefer, you can use a calendar app rather than a physical calendar. Some of the top-rated calendar apps include Fantastical 2,Calendars 5, and Outlook. Share your smart calendar with any family members who are moving with you so that everyone is on the same page.

Designate One Room for Packed Boxes

If you have one room in your home that's relatively empty, make that room the designated "packed box room." As you fill boxes,stack them neatly in this room. This organization tactic will make it easier to keep track of what's already packed and what you still need to pack away. Plus, you won't be tripping over boxes as you walk through your home.

Assign Different Moving Tasks to Certain People

Assuming you have family members moving with you, it will be easier to keep track of what's already done and what still needs to be done if you assign certain tasks to each family member. Make a big list of moving-related tasks on a poster board, and then write someone's name next to each task. Have family members check tasks off as they complete them.

Color Code Your Box Labels

This tip will really pay off when it comes time to unpack. As you'repacking and labeling your boxes, designate a different color for each of your rooms, and then label boxes for various rooms in the assigned colors. For example, you could label boxes of living room items with blue writing and those filled with kitchen items in green writing.Another quick way to color code boxes is to place a strip of colored duct tape on the side of each one.

Maintain a Moving Documents Folder

You don't want to have to sort through an entire stack of papers to find our renter's insurance information when the landlord calls, or spend 15 minutes searching your home for the moving contract to see whether it covers valuables. Purchase a brightly colored folder and keep it in an easily accessed place, like on top of the fridge. Use it to stash any and all documents related to your move.

Pack a Survival Box

When it comes time to unpack, you won't want to have to dig through fifteen boxes to find the basic items you need for the first night.Packing a so-called survival box allows you to avoid this frustration and unpack at your own pace.

Your survival box should contain everything you need for the first couple of days in your new home. This can include kitchen items like glasses and plates, as well as basic hygiene items and a few changes of clothes for each family member. You might need two or three survival boxes if you have a bigger family. Label them clearly so you can locate them easily once you arrive.

Hiring an experienced moving company will also go a long way towards keeping you organized and sane throughout the moving process. Contact ModernMovers for qualified, friendly service.

Our Blog > How to Prepare Your Pets for a Move

How to Prepare Your Pets for a Move

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Youfeel both excited and stressed before a move because you know whatkind of transition lies ahead of you. You know you'll get to explorea new location and meet new people. However, though your pet mightsense a looming transition, it probably won't understand the changeor know how to handle it. After all, your pet doesn't understandwords. It just sees all your belongings vanish into boxes.

Yourpet is one of your family members, so it deserves some extra TLCduring this stressful time. Prepare your furry friend for the move byfollowing the steps below.

1. Schedule a CheckupWith a Veterinarian

Petsfeel a lot more stress during relocations than you do. As a result,your pet has a heightened chance of developing a health problem. Makesure you take your pet to the vet before you travel, if not beforeyou start cleaning and packing. Your vet can then resolve any healthissues before your relocation.

Additionally,depending on the state you move to, you might have to transfer yourpet's health records. Make sure you take care of this extra step. Youmight even want to do this task even if your new state doesn'trequire it, especially if your furry companion has a history ofhealth issues. You'll make it easier for the new vet to keep your pethealthy.

2. Find a Carrier ThatCan Comfortably Accommodate Your Pet

Yourpet shouldn't just fit in the carrier. It should have the ability toeasily turn all the way around, as well as sit up straight.Additionally, your pet should have the ability to move around freelyeven when it has a bed and other comfort items inside.

Onceyou've found your carrier, give your pet time to get used to theenclosure before the move. Place comfort items inside. Comfort itemscan include beds, toys, or other items that hold your scent and yourpet's scent. These items transfer the scent to the carrier and helpyour pet feel more at home. Also, if a pet enters the carrier of itsown free will the first few times, it won't fear the carrier as muchafterward.

3. Find a Pet-FriendlyAirline If You Fly

Notall airlines give you the option to fly your pets along with you. So,before you book your tickets, call or email the airline to see if itoffers pet transportation. Once you've found a company that does,make sure you ask for detailed instructions so you know what itemsand documentation your animal companion needs to fly.

4. Research ConvenientStopping Points Along Your Route If You Drive

Roadtrips often last longer than flights, especially if you move severalstates over. So, before you leave, map out your route and pick a fewplaces to get out and let your pets walk around. Even if you have acat, not a dog, you can still put your cat in a secure harness andlet it stretch its legs.

5. Give Your Pet aQuiet Space During Move-Out and Move-In

Yourpet shouldn't have to sit in its carrier in the middle of moversrushing in and out. The extra activity might make your cat, dog, orother furry companion over-stimulated, and that overstimulation maylead to stress. So, keep your animal friend calm by putting it in aquiet room out of the way during move-in and move-out.

6. Spoil Your Pet WithTreats, Toys, and Comforts During the Move

You'llget a new house and a new adventure. Your pet should associate theexperience with positive things as well, such as added treats, moreaffection, and perhaps some new toys. Make sure you give your furryfamily member more cuddles and playtime during the transition aswell.

Ahappy pet means an easier move. For more tips that'll make your nextrelocation smoother than ever, check out our other blog posts.

Our Blog > The Book Lover's Guide to Packing Books for a Move

The Book Lover's Guide to Packing Books for a Move

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If you're a book lover, packing up your collection for a move can feel daunting. You want to make sure your books stay safe and protected for the move, and you also want to make sure that you can carry them from your house to the truck without breaking your back.

In this blog, we discuss six easy steps to make sure your books make it to your new home safely.

1. Trim Down Your Collection

Before anything else, an upcoming move presents the perfect opportunity to get rid of those books gathering dust on the shelf. You may even find you have more than one copy of a book or decide that having a certain book in audiobook or digital format works better than a hard copy.

Once you decide to donate or sell a book, don't second-guess yourself. Take the books to a thrift store or used bookstore right away before you change your mind.

2. Use Smaller Boxes

Books can be surprisingly heavy so you should pack your shelves up in smaller boxes to keep each box light enough to easily carry. Reinforce the bottom of the box with extra packing tape so the weight doesn't warp or tear the cardboard.

If you have to pack your books in larger boxes, don't fill the box with only books. Pack a quarter to a half of the box with lighter belongings like clothes or office supplies.

3. Use Creative Packing Methods

If you don't have the boxes for your books and don't want to spend the money on new ones, you have other options. Brown paper bags wrapped tightly with tape, reusable grocery bags, or even storage baskets are all small enough that you can keep the overall weight low. You can then use containers of books to fill smaller spaces in the moving truck.

Another option is to pack your books in suitcases that have wheels. This option has a higher weight limit since you can just roll the suitcase instead of carrying it.

4. Pack and Label Your Books by How You Arrange Them

Make things easier on future you and pack your books the same way you arrange them. If you arrange by genre, keep all the fantasy books in one box and all the mysteries in another.

Then label each box according to your packing method so you don't spend an hour tearing open boxes to find one particular book.

5. Pack to Protect

Both hardcover and paperback books can be packed upright with the spine down or lying flat with the spine against the side of the box. If you pack your books upright, make sure they're secure but not packed too tightly in order to prevent damage when unpacking. Whatever you do, do not pack your books (especially paperback) spines up as this can cause them to warp.

For special editions or books with more value, wrap each book individually before packing it in the box. Some fragile books may even need stiff cardboard to prevent the spine from moving. Pack empty spaces in book boxes with light material such as bubble wrap or packing paper.

6. Put Book Boxes on the Bottom

When packing the moving truck, be careful with where you place the boxes full of books. Don't, for example, put them on top of a box full of dishes. Instead, put book boxes at the bottom of a stack.

Or, if your boxes are smaller, place your boxes throughout the truck in open spaces.

Talk to your moving company about any packing materials they sell. They may even have some tips for packing and protecting your books.

Our Blog > Moving to Southwest Florida?

Moving to Southwest Florida?

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Southwest Florida is packed full of things to do with various activities, places and nature to enjoy. We want to help you discover just what you can do now that you are moved in to the local area. We are not just a moving company but a moving company that takes the extra time to move you efficiently and provide you the resources you need to settle in your new location. “It's Your Move!” Call us today for a Free Moving Quote (800) 226-4663.

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  • If you're a shopper, you'll enjoy the luxury provided in Lido. There are enough shops here to keep you going the whole day and more.
  • Southwest Florida is home to some of the best beaches in Florida. Anna Maria Island, Manasota Key, and Longboat Key all offer their own spin on water sports and relaxation.