The Unexpected Perks of Local Moves


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Often when people move, it’s across the country or at least across the state. But for my recent move, it was just about seven blocks away! Yes, I just completed a local move. And I’m a little surprised about all the unexpected perks.

Here’s the story: My husband and I are expecting our first child and have had our eyes peeled in our “dream neighborhood” for over a year. This neighborhood came with a much better school district, a house big enough to accommodate our growing family, and a close-knit community that we were eager to join.

So although it seems silly to think we put in so much effort for a move just seven blocks away, we think it was well worth the investment and are so happy with the decision.

What We Learned

We didn’t have to be as organized.

A lot of my friends have moved across the country and in doing so, have had to really focus on their moving gameplan because it came with some serious logistics. How many days and miles do you need the moving truck for? Who will drive the moving truck and who will drive the family’s cars? What do you gotta bring on the moving truck to survive the few days en route?

Figuring out this information wasn’t exactly impossible for them, but I found out (the easy way) that common logistic problems definitely didn’t sneak up on me because our move was local.

Scheduling and driving a rental truck was easy-peasy.

To save money, I opted for a Hybrid Move. Translation: I hired Helpers for the heavy lifting, but rented and drove the moving truck myself. Because my move was local, when I was choosing the truck I needed, my priorities were strictly around the size. Nothing else.

Here’s another thing: Often times during long-distance moves, new homeowners need to research a truck that has extra seating, valuable leg room, USB or GPS capabilities, etc. Guess what? That extra information didn’t matter so much to me as I was zipping back and forth. Plus, the rental process was a breeze because there were so many trucks available in our area that fit our minimal requirements.

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Even details like where or when I needed to drop the truck off were far less complicated because I was going to pick-up and drop-off at the same location, which meant I was dealing with one salesperson the entire day. And yes, he quickly got to know me when I picked it up and was very flexible on when I brought it back. Repition is nice.

Plus, I’m not necessarily “used to” driving a 15-foot moving truck, but I can do anything for 7 blocks, right?! I would have been a bit more hesitant to drive a solo mission across the country, but zipping around a neighborhood I was already familiar with was definitely a perk that came along with this local move.

My neighbors were a huge resource.

When we moved into our new house, we needed an extension ladder to get up on the roof right away. The homeowner before us left several decorative ornamental pieces on the siding around our home and I couldn’t stand to look at these eyesores another day! You’re probably laughing at me, but seriously, a missing extension ladder was the only thing holding me back.

Google Map image of my new home.


Sure, we could have purchased one, but they’re expensive (like almost $200!) and it would’ve taken up quite a bit of non-existent room in our limited garage space.

But – yet again – because we still lived so close to our old house, we were able to borrow the ladder from our old neighbor! We drove it the seven blocks to our new house, used it, did a happy dance on our lawn once the job was done, then drove it right back to our old digs. I had no idea that the network we made in our old neighborhood would pay off so quickly, but staying local does have its perks … especially when you find yourself in a bind!

Potential financial overlaps pay off … big time!

Paying two mortgages at the same time is not fun, but ironically for the few days that we had possession of both our old house and the new house was pretty amazing in terms of moving perks. If you’re moving locally and have the chance to close on your new house just a few days before the old ones, do it! I can’t begin to tell you all of the hidden perks that came along with this situation.
For one, we were able to accomplish a lot of our DIY projects in the new house without having to live through the mess. We demoed the trim, added new trim, painted the walls, and had the floors re-finished all before we had to move into our new place. This was an epic success because we were not only able to dodge the mess and dust, but these jobs were so much easier (and quicker) to accomplish without the nuisance of all of our delicate, new furniture.

And speaking of all my “stuff”, after the DIY dust settled, we started bringing over the light-weight boxes to our new home. Anytime we would drive to the new house, we would fill up our cars with a few boxes and before we knew it, a lot of our stuff was already there and it wasn’t even moving day yet!

I can’t stress enough how much time, money and stress we were able to save thanks to this overlapping, local ownership.

We leisurely unpacked our wardrobes, bathroom essentials, and entire kitchen before moving day. When moving day finally arrived, we needed to hire the minimal amount of Helpers, then, the entire job was done in two hours! Plus, the unpacking process was a lot less stressful because nothing needed to be unpacked immediately since the closets, bathrooms and kitchens were already done.

With the help of the movers, moving day turned out to be relaxing (yes, that’s a thing!) … a welcome perk I definitely didn’t see coming.

The transition of utilities was seamless.

When we called about canceling some of our monthly utilities, some of the companies quoted us a cancellation fee because we would be ending our contract. But much to our surprise, a lot of these cancellation fees were waived if we had these services transferred over to our new house instead. We obviously opted for that option, which made the transition pretty seamless and much more affordable.

It also made paying our bills a whole heck of lot less time-consuming because we didn’t have to set up new automatic pay accounts through our bank for all of these new utility companies. So we could continue making payments and the utilities continued just like usual. It was definitely a win-win!

All our food stayed fresh.
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Another unexpected perk was not as significant as the previous ones, but one I still appreciated!

In a long distance move, transferring your frozen or refrigerated food is another task that needs some pre-planning and an exact game plan. Groceries are far too expensive to let them go to waste because of poor planning. But in my local move, none of this pre-planning was necessary. No cooler (or planning) necessary! I don’t know about you guys, but I could get used to this trend of not having to pre-plan during a move!

Long story short, my seven block move came with some pretty unexpected perks that ending up saving me time, money and stress. Some of our family and friends rolled their eyes at us when we announced that we were hopping just one neighborhood over, but I’m happy to report it wasn’t that big of a deal to do, and the perks for us were huge; Even if it’s just seven blocks away from our old one!

The DIY Playbook are Bridget and Casey, two crafty bloggers writing out of Chicago about cool DIY projects, lifehacks and money saving techniques. After 15 years of blogging, they believe that if they can figure out how to DIY it, you can definitely do it too.

How Movers Still Make Money When There Are No Jobs


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[Synopsis: When the busy season slows, pick business back up by reaching out into the community.]

During these long sweaty peak season days, when you’re packing boxes and wrapping sofas and loading up those oven-hot trucks, thoughts of summer fun creep in, don’t they? Barbeques and cold brews, jumping into the pool or going down to the river, the beach…

We’re going to take a wild guess and say marketing doesn’t come to mind.

The good thing is marketing can be a lot more – and a lot more fun – than posting flyers and making phone calls. With a little creativity, we can use this time to develop a marketing strategy to rival the enjoyment of grilling sausages and catching wide-mouthed bass. Don’t believe it? Take a look at a few of the ideas that our industry colleagues have put into play. Then think about how you can involve your own community during your hard-earned days off.

Boy Scouts and Merit Badges Are Great Exposure


This past spring, Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock, New Mexico actually visited a local van line agency. The boys checked out a few of the trucks, got a feel for what the moving industry looks like behind the scenes and scarfed a few doughnuts for good measure. But there was more to it than fun and sugar –  the scouts were able to turn their visit into an opportunity to earn their Truck Transportation merit badges.

The boys walked away with something tangible to represent the things they learned. On top of that, having a list of merit badge requirements to follow gave the moving company an outline for activities for the day, helping them make the most of everyone’s time.

If you don’t have the equipment and facilities needed for the Truck Transportation requirements, don’t despair! Check out the requirements for the Traffic Safety merit badge. While not specifically related to our industry or even trucking in general, traffic safety is something we can all speak about. 

As a bonus, the local paper would probably be happy to cover your event for you.

Know Where to Look for Local Events

shutterstock_313501484 copyCheck out the Touch-A-Truck fundraiser that takes place every year in Milford, Massachusetts. Sitting in the driver’s seat, holding the big steering wheel, honking the horn – this is all big fun for little tykes (Not to mention their parents’ eager cameras.)

But you don’t live anywhere near Milford, you say? There’s no annual Touch-A-Truck event in your area? No problem. Any type of community gathering can become an opportunity to get the guys out and seen.

We’re not just talking about the big events like the County Fair or the State Baseball Championships either. Consider taking one of your trucks to Opening Day or any day of your town’s recreational baseball, soccer or football leagues. There’s a ready-made opportunity for a Honk-The-Horn event. Is there a place in your area for pumpkin picking? Call them up and see if you can go down on one or two Saturdays this October when the crowds would be coming. The added attraction would benefit both parties.

Be on the lookout for town events, church activities…even school or college related functions where you might be welcome to show up and add to the fun. The possibilities are out there.

Movers Make Fundraisers Interesting

fundraisingUgh. Fundraising.

Yes, we know. The word brings visions of standing outside the supermarket cheerily asking people to give you their change from the register and selling over-priced chocolate.

Well, we’ve got some interesting ideas to share, compliments of a few of our colleagues from around the country.

Humboldt Moving & Storage of Boston has a truck pull to benefit the Special Olympics. Granted, it looks like a pretty big production, but how cool would it be to get in on something like this? Or follow in the footsteps of Amazing Moves of Denver, whose employees take an active part in their city’s “Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes”. Jay’s Moving of Indianapolis is involved in all sorts of events – and even as a small, independent mover has received some excellent recognition in the process.

We don’t have to go gangbusters either; Our involvement can be quite simple. Maybe the church could use a hand with their food drive, or the school with their clothing drive, or the soup kitchen with their special Thanksgiving efforts. 

Don’t Forget About Carwashes

carwashEven (especially) during the hot summer, giving the guys a chance to cool down for a few minutes can change a dog day into an afternoon to remember. Got trucks that need to be washed or even some plants or grass that need to be watered? Send your guys out with a hose and let them have at it. 

This is an easy way to get the name out, too. Pick a local charity or cause to raise a few bucks for and call them. Set up your soap shop along a well-traveled road. Play music. Whatever it takes to get visible. This isn’t a new idea, for sure. But it’s easy, fun and great for fending off the lingering summer heat.

Having said all this, we’ll sign off with the idea that the best times sometimes come without any planning or even purpose. This video of a mover putting on an impromptu piano concert in a senior citizens’ home has now scored over a quarter of a million views.

All of this, of course, is just the tip of the idea iceberg. Hopefully, these things our industry colleagues are doing, along with our own bits and pieces, will help spark your own creative engines, get your gears turning as you look for ways to keep your guys active and your trucks visible. Even the busiest, toughest, hottest days can be memorable – for you and for countless others.


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