St Louis Movers Beware of Theft during Move Process

Tis the season. Thieves are looking for homes to hit.  There are times when your home is more vulnerable to theft. McGuire Moving & Storage wants our St Louis movers to be on the lookout and protect their homes throughout their move process.

There have been unfortunate news stories around the country of thieves pulling vans up to homes with sold signs and clearing them out when the owners are not at home. Neighbors will not notice that something is off unless they are informed. To an uninformed neighbor, it might just look like your moving out day but could actually be a thief getting away with the contents of your home. Protect yourself. Once your home sells, please inform your neighbors of your move date. Give them your cell phone number so that if they notice anything suspicious ahead of that date, they can contact you and let you know what is going on.

Another vulnerable time for your home is if you have to move out before it sells or after it sells but before settlement day.  Even if you have taken all of your personal belongings with you, thieves may target your empty house for appliances, fixtures and even copper piping. Again, having at least 1 or 2 neighbors who can keep an eye on your property can make all the difference in protecting your property from theft and vandalism. If you have home security, continuing paying for monitoring until closing.  It is also a good idea to contact your local police department as well so that when they do their regular rounds in your neighborhood, they can keep an extra eye on your property.

If you are having construction done on the home after you move out to prepare it for sale or as a contingency of sale, make sure your neighbors are informed about when contractors will be there and the companies they represent. They can always give you a call if they are not sure about someone who is “working” in your home.

McGuire Moving & Storage wants our St Louis movers informed and protected from theft during the move process. Chances are you will have nothing to worry about and that is what we hope for you. Be safe and be proactive against theft. Good luck throughout your move and remember we are here for all of your moving and storage needs.

Happy Thanksgiving from McGuire to our St Louis Moving Customers!

McGuire Moving & Storage would like to extend our gratitude and best wishes to our St Louis moving customers this Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your business and the trust you place in us time and time again to deliver and store your goods. It has been our pleasure to serve you.

Much of the country has been blanketed with snow over the last couple of weeks. Today the weather is at it again creating wide-spread delays and travel complications due to a large winter system in the northeast. We hope that if you and your family have to travel this week, that you arrive safe and sound.

From our family at McGuire Moving & Storage to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

McGuire Moving & Storage Thanks Our Military Veterans for their Service!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day, a day we honor and thank all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Of course we honor and thank them every day but this is their nationally celebrated day. We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made in service to our country.

Many businesses and organizations recognize our veterans and thank them with special offers. We found a great site that connects you too all the great offers Veterans can enjoy on this upcoming holiday.  Check out the Veterans Day Guide to Offers-click Here.  You can also find Veterans Day Resources as well as Military and Veterans discounts offered year round.

McGuire Moving & Storage, St Louis moving company, likes to show year round appreciation for our Veterans of the armed forced by offering special services and rates on long distance moves especially for Veterans and active military personnel. Just give us a call and we can go over the details with you. It is our way to say that we appreciate you and thank you for serving our country.

 

Hiring a St Louis Moving Company Does not Have to be Scary

Happy Halloween from McGuire Moving & Storage! It is the time of year for ghost stories, bats in the night, jack o’lanterns, and all things spooky and scary. All good and fun for Halloween, but if you are nearing the time for a move, we are sure that scary is the last thing you want from the experience of choosing a St Louis moving company.

Moving does not have to be scary at all. Sure all change comes with a bit of anxiety, but anxiety can usually be lessened when you do your research. Doing your homework will help you get closer to a stress-free moving experience.  Any reputable St Louis moving company should have plenty of information on their website as well as connections to other sites that prove their trusted status in the moving industry. We suggest you look to answer the following questions in your search:

  • Do they offer free and accurate on-site estimates?
  • Are they an AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) certified ProMover?
  • Are they Better Business Bureau accredited?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Will they manage your move from beginning to end?
  • Are they recognized and involved in their community?
  • Do they have good reviews?
  • What other important affiliations do they have?
  • And of course, do they offer the service you are looking for?

At McGuire Moving & Storage, we provide the answers to your questions, putting your mind at ease and helping you to feel confident in your choice in us. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We work hard to give you a happy ending to your moving story, not a scary one. Instead of tricks, you are left with the treat of having your goods delivered safely and in a timely manner.

Leave the St Louis moving company mysteries in the dark. Go with the company that has nothing to hide. Enjoy this spooky time of year for what it should be-fun! BOO!

Recent St Louis Movers and Crime Prevention

October is National Crime Prevention Week. Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has designated October as the month to promote awareness and education surrounding crime prevention. McGuire Moving & Storage would like to take this opportunity to discuss this topic with our recent St Louis movers. Being aware and proactive is your best defense against crime.

Moving to a new area is a huge undertaking and probably the busiest time of your life.  It can be all too easy to put off thinking about all kinds of things that have to do with your new home as you tackle the tasks in front of you. Recent St Louis movers certainly have plenty to do. October is here and speaking loud and clear about National Crime Prevention.  We hope you are listening.

It is important after moving to take the time to know your home, surroundings, your neighbors and the resources available to you about safety in your unique community. Certainly home security merits your immediate attention.  We suggest our recent St Louis movers use this Checklist for Home Security provided by the National Crime Prevention Council.  When your mind is flooded with post moving details, this is a really simple way to organize and stay on top of home security in your new residence.

After you have seen to home security issues, you will want to turn your attention to your community.  Perhaps October is a great time to visit your new local police department to inquire about Crime Prevention events in your town and gather information about safety issues and concerns in your new community. If you have school age children, schools often acknowledge Crime Prevention Week with activities at school and/or delivering communications about community events. There may be opportunities to volunteer and get involved in community safety activities and events and what a great way to meet new people and feel a strong part of your new community. Check out this list of articles provided by the National Crime Prevention Council that are all related to Neighborhood Safety.

There are so many issues involved in crime prevention we want to be sure you are aware of them. We encourage our recent St Louis movers to connect with all the crime prevention programs offered through NCPC. Their entire site shares a wealth of information surrounding this important topic.

McGuire Moving & Storage wish all of our recent St Louis movers a happy and safe new home experience. Celebrate National Crime Prevention Month along with us. Be safe!

Seasonal St Louis Storage

Happy Autumn! It is a great time of year to take stock of what we have. It may be time to put away the lawn furniture and lawn ornaments. A time to change the clothes in our closets to reflect the cooler temperatures. Certainly it is a time for change.

Is storage space limited at home? Could you use more storage space to protect and secure your seasonal items? Choosing a St Louis storage facility to help unclutter your home and yard from season to season might be just what you need.  Here are some examples of seasonal household items that might benefit from a safe professional storage space:

  • Lawn furniture
  • Empty planters
  • Hoses
  • Trampolines
  • Summer clothing and shoes
  • Summer toys and backyard games
  • Pool floats
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Camping equipment
  • Boating equipment

And thinking ahead, professional St Louis storage may be just what you need to store your holiday decorations each season as well as your winter items-clothes, sleds, winter toys, etc.

McGuire Moving & Storage can provide short-term St Louis storage for your seasonal items. Protect your seasonal items from the elements by placing them in a clean, dry storage space in our secure facility as well as provide you with more usable space at home.  Call us today for a quote or for more information.

St Louis Moving Company Recognizes National Truck Driver’s Appreciation Week

It is National Truck Driver’s Appreciating Week and McGuire Moving & Storage would like to honor this week by saying thank you to our St Louis moving company drivers.  Our drivers work tirelessly to ensure that your goods are delivered safely and on time. They are dedicated with a work ethic second to none and we are proud of their safety record.

National Truck Driver’s Appreciation Week began in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations. This year it is celebrated from September 14-20. It is a week where Americans recognize and honor professional truck drivers for their hard work in delivering just about everything we need and use. According to America Trucking Associations, there are 3.2 million professional truck drivers driving 400 billion miles a year all while keeping our highways safe in the process.

McGuire Moving & Storage say THANK YOU to our St Louis moving company drivers! We appreciate all that you do to ensure a smooth move for our customers. Nothing moves without you.

Why not thank your St Louis moving company driver this week and while you are at it, wherever you are, give a wave and a word of thanks to all the drivers you see out and about delivering America’s goods. The smiles you share will go a long long way.

St Louis Movers Recognize National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. The month serves to educate Americans on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks. Whether you are St Louis movers about to move or have moved recently, McGuire Moving & Storage wants to bring National Preparedness information to your front door.

Moving to a new area will present many unknowns that will be understood in time as you settle in and adjust. At McGuire Moving & Storage, we think understanding the risk of certain disasters occurring in your new community is one unknown St Louis movers will want to understand before or shortly after a move so that you can be prepared as soon as possible.

We encourage St Louis movers to join us for this eleventh annual National Preparedness Month by knowing the risks for disasters in your new area and preparing for them. We have compiled this list of informative internet articles to educate our St Louis movers and help them take the steps necessary to be prepared. We hope you take some time to read over the many resources for protecting yourself, your family and your home in case of an emergency.

Stay informed and be prepared in case of a disaster. National Preparedness Month reminds us to and shows us how. McGuire Moving & Storage wish all of our St Louis movers the very best in your new homes and communites!

What Can a St Louis Mover Do With that Old Piano?

Well what do you know? September is National Piano Month as celebrated by The National Piano Foundation. The piano has been around for over 300 years.  It is indeed a beautiful instrument and also one of the largest and heaviest of instruments.  The words large and heavy always grab our attention at McGuire Moving & Storage because when it comes to moving, large and heavy items are the reasons you should hire a St Louis mover.

Ideally, if you own a beautiful piano and enjoy it, you will want to move it with you wherever you go and certainly a St Louis mover can help with that. But what if you no longer want a piano that has been taking up space or hidden in the basement? What can you do with it to avoid the cost of moving an unwanted piano to your new home?

Of course selling it is always an option but that will depend on the condition of the piano. If in good condition, you could list it in the classified section of the newspaper or on Craig’s list. If it is in ok condition, you could even list it as “Free” with pick-up.  A free piano might appeal to a family with young children just starting piano lessons. You might also consider listing your free piano on pianoadoption.com. This is a great source for finding someone that may want to adopt your piano. You create a listing on the site by state with information and a photo of your piano. Someone just might want to give it a good home.

If you would like to donate your piano to a qualified non-profit organization, you could possibly get a tax deduction for the value of the piano as well as your costs to move it. For more information on donating your piano, check out Pianofinders.com

For the St Louis mover who happens to be crafty or artistic and may want to keep an unused piano that has sentimental value, we got a kick out of this article-26 DIY Inventive Ideas how to Repurpose Old Pianos. Here are some brilliant and fun ideas to consider or perhaps the article may spark a creative idea of your own.

Maybe your children took lessons on your piano, but they are grown and it sits alone in silence. According to The National Piano Foundation, the fastest growing group of aspiring pianists in the U.S. today is not children, but adults aged 25-75+ years. It is never too late to learn.  Maybe you decide to move that piano along with you after-all so you can explore a whole new learning experience with music.

If you definitely have a piano to move, McGuire Moving & Storage is your St Louis mover with the experience needed to carefully move your piano and deliver it safely to your new home. And certainly if you can play it, we wouldn’t mind being treated to a song or two while we finish our work!

Is a St Louis Moving Company Needed for Your College Move?

Welcome back to your St Louis moving company moving tips blog! Last time McGuire Moving & Storage provided our local college freshmen with tips for moving into their dorm. This week we consider students moving back to college to live off-campus.

Students decide to move off-campus for any number of reasons. Popular reasons are to save money and take the next step toward living more independently as young adults. Whatever the reasons, parents will most likely have concerns and questions. We suggest this article on College Parents of America-Should My College Student Live Off-Campus?  The whole site is a fabulous resource covering a myriad of topics for parents of college students.

So here you are in August ready to move off-campus.  Off-campus housing brings unique moving needs and can be more complicated than moving into a dorm. There are so many different factors involved depending on the type of housing you choose.  Are you moving into an apartment or house? First floor or higher? Are you renting the space furnished or will you need to furnish it? Whether it is furnished or not, you will certainly be bringing more along with you than you could bring to a dorm.  Will you need to hire a St Louis Moving Company?

Most college moves are fairly easily handled without hiring movers. Usually a few friends and small truck will suffice. If you are moving yourself, be sure to check out our packing tips for information on packing supplies and packing methods.

If your off-campus move involves more than you want to handle on your own, McGuire Moving & Storage is the St Louis Moving Company with affordable small move solutions. Contact us for information about handling your college move. There are a number of ways we can help.  Have a wonderful year in your new college town dwelling and Good Luck!