Moving in a Hurry? 6 Tips for a Last Minute Move

By | Moving

In a perfect world, you’d have ample time to prepare for any move that you have to make. Moving is a process rife with tiny details and individual tasks, and three or four weeks, at minimum, is generally preferred for doing it right. But in the real world, life comes at you fast, and so does a last minute move.

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Moving for Love

By | Moving

They say “love knows no distance” and it’s true it isn’t impossible to have a successful long distance relationship but it certainly requires a lot of effort to make it work. You need to be willing to dedicate time to travel and eventually eliminate the long-distance factor. That’s right it means that either one of you will have to move or the both of you can start fresh in a new city.

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Moving Estimates in Minutes

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Moving requires a lot of time and planning. Even if you are only moving a couple blocks away from your current home there are several details that you will need to have set . Planning a move can be stressful and time-consuming but the idea of moving without good planning can definitely be far more stressful.

One of the most difficult things when planning a move is finding the time for it. You have to do a lot of research, make sure the mover is legitimate, decide on what things you’ll bring to the new home, packing and of course you need to figure out how much it will cost.

A few years ago your only option was an In-Home estimate which meant that you needed to schedule an appointment with a moving company so they would go to your home and make a good assessment of all your belongings so they could give you a fair estimate for your move. Nowadays things are far more simple and you have more options. Sure you can still have someone go to your home to get the estimate but there is also a new and quick way to get the information you need in just a few minutes that will easily adapt to your busy schedule.

Video Estimates

All you need is a smartphone, laptop or tablet since any of this devices will allow you to download the App (SurveyBot by gosurveybot.com) that will help you get the information you need from the comfort of your home!

How to get the App?

Download  SurveyBot by going to Google Play (for Android devices) and to Itunes or the App Store (for Apple devices).

The next step is to schedule the virtual estimate itself. The date and time are up to you! Using only your mobile device, you can connect with Joyce Van Lines for a live video chat designed specifically to be convenient, efficient, and accurate.

The video chat is conducted entirely from your home. Shortly after, you will receive an estimate of your moving costs.

It’s so easy!

  1. Download the App
  2. Schedule video estimate
  3. A Joyce team member will call you at your chosen time
  4. During the video call, slowly pan through each room to ensure the accuracy of your move estimate
  5. Wait for the Joyce team member to reach you to receive the information,


To get an idea of how long this will take:

  • 1 bedroom take about 5 minutes
  • 2 bedrooms take about 10 minutes
  • 3 bedrooms take about 15 minutes


Feel at Home in Your New Place

By | Moving

You just into your new place and suddenly you’re feeling overwhelmed by blank walls,  boxes and stuff lying around EVERYWHERE. While homeowners have the luxury of customizing their home into their heart’s desire, renters are a little more restricted.

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3 Apps that Make Moving Easier

By | Moving


In order to have a successful move, you’ll have to coordinate and execute several small and big tasks which can be very time-consuming and overwhelming. Instead of having a mental list of everything that needs to be done there is a lot of cool apps that can offer effective solutions to make the moving process more efficient and stress-free.



(Free, available for Apple products)

MagicPlan is an iOS app that lets you create floor plans using your camera. You can create the floor plans from scratch based on pictures or you can work from a sample that the app provides. It is a great solution so you can start planning the layout of your new home and it makes the decoration easier. This way you won’t have to live in your new places with several unopened boxes that you still need to unpack because you don’t know where everything will go.



(Free, available for Apple devices and web login)

This app is a useful tool to be organized. You can create moving checklists, QR labels, tags, notes, photos, and 15-second videos.  It allows you to have an inventory of all your belongings. All you have to do is take a picture of the item and then categorize it so you can easily find it later.



One of the most time-consuming tasks is to notify people of your new address. This app saves you time by doing it for you. They can help you forward mail with the USPS, update over 15,000 accounts and records, connect utilities and digital services, update license with the DMV, send digital moving announcements and more.






4 Common Moving Mistakes

By | Moving

You’ve just rented or bought your new place and are ready to start the next chapter of your life. You can see the finish line, and it’s almost there! Now you just have to cross it. With so many different aspects involved with moving, it’s easy to forget about something here or there. These bits of advice will help ensure that your moving day is a smooth one, void of any unnecessary last-minute headaches and heartbreaks.

Not removing fragile items from storage furniture

The day has finally arrived and you’re getting excited about your new setup already. You’re still not finished packing though. Putting everything away is taking longer than expected. After a long packing and organization session, you think that you’ve finally finished packing up your whole house. You walk around your place one last time and notice a storage furniture full of small items that you’re way too tired to pack. Once you move the furniture you notice you don’t like it. All the small items are scattered around and look disastrous.
This frustration could’ve been easily avoided. If it is a lightweight storage furniture, remove everything before the move. You will thank us later.

Not considering parking space

They day of moving is here! The truck is outside and now they’re looking for a space to park and start mounting the truck with your stuff. You dash outside and the closest parking spot is 2 blocks away, and you inform the movers of the situation.
Reserving a parking spot at both locations is essential for an efficient move. The onus is on the customer to provide parking for the moving truck. Any parking tickets incurred are also the responsibility of the customer, so by securing parking spaces at both locations, you will not have to incur any additional fees/fines. It will make for a shorter and easier move.



Not reserving elevators

The movers have arrived, and they enter your apartment. They lift and carry your couch to the hallway but the elevator are taking forever, as, to be expected, you’re not the only one using them.
If you live in an apartment building or high-rise condo, you will need to reserve an elevator, and coordinate the times with your moving company. Buildings usually equip and protect the service elevator with padding/blankets before the start of the move, and most places will not even allow you to move without reserving one. Many buildings also require a “Certificate Of Insurance” from the moving company. This COI usually needs to be received before the day of the move. To obtain a copy, it’s as easy as requesting one from the moving company via email or fax.

Not labeling boxes according to rooms

You did it! The move is complete, the movers have left, and now you’re alone in your new place with all your possessions. But then you look around the house, and there are boxes everywhere. You open the first box in the living room, and see that it’s full of dishes. You go to the kitchen, and find out that those boxes are full of blankets and clothing. As tired as you are, you realize that this move isn’t close to being done.
To help alleviate this problem, there is a simple process that can be done while packing – labeling each box as it is packed. By doing this, your movers will be able to place the labelled boxes in their desired room. The last thing you want to do on moving day is to spend unnecessary hours dedicated to finding items all over the house, and then having to place them where they belong. A simple label on each box will make it that much easier to set your new place up and have it feeling like home in no time. The movers will also be able to figure out the safest way to stack the boxes on the moving truck. Writing “fragile” on boxes of delicate items will also let us know how to individually treat each box.