• WELCOME TO THE PRIMETIME MOVERS’ BLOG!

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    Moving is hard. You have to go through all your household goods to donate, throw away, and pack everything. You have to figure out how to pack those delicate breakables and heirlooms, how to haul your furniture down narrow stairs, and how you’re going to get everything to your new place in one trip. This is all doubly complicated if you’re moving away from Memphis entirely. At Primetime Movers, we understand just how stressful and taxing it is to move. That’s why we’re here! The next time you move, let us do the heavy lifting for you. Whether you’ve never moved before or you’re a seasoned pro, stay tuned to our blog to get all our best tips and tricks for making your move a smooth one.

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    Who We Are

    Primetime Movers is a Memphis-based professional moving company. We have been in the business for nearly a decade, so we’ve seen it all when it comes to moving struggles. This also means we’ve had plenty of time to pick up plenty of little tricks to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re upgrading, downsizing, or just looking for a change of scenery, don’t let the prospect of moving deter you from making that change! We are here to offer our moving expertise so you don’t have to fret.

    What We Do

    Just because we’re based in Memphis doesn’t mean we stay local. Our team of professional movers is just as skilled at long distance moves as we are with local ones. What this means is we do it all; not only will we move your household goods from your old home to your new one, we will also lovingly pack everything for you, take care of all the furniture moving , and (of course) transport and unload everything. All you’ll have to worry about is getting the kids and pets to the new place.

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    Preparation Is Key

    We at Primetime Movers know just how much of a difference a bit of prep-work can make. We provide a handy moving checklist to remind you of all the little details that can often slip through the cracks. When you call to schedule a move with Primetime Movers, we’ll come by for the initial consultation and give you a good idea of what to expect with your upcoming move. This way, you will be prepared for your move and so will we!

    The next time you have to relocate, don’t stress! Call the professional movers at Primetime Movers to make your moving process easy and stress-free. Schedule your consultation today!

  • TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR MOVING

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    We know it’s only the end of January, but we’re sure many of you are already preparing to file taxes for 2016. Congratulations on being prepared – we’re big fans of preparedness at Primetime Movers! Starting a new job, uprooting your family, and moving either locally or long distance can all take a toll on your monthly budget. Don’t worry; we have good news. Your move may be tax deductible!

    Save on your local move with Primetime Movers!

    Do I Qualify?

    The IRS is surprisingly clear when it comes to what qualifies you for a moving expense tax deduction. In order to qualify, you will need to fit into these criteria:

    1. The reason you moved is key – You have to have moved for employment-related reasons. This means either because you got a new job or were relocated by your employer, or you moved because you started a new business. Whatever the reason for your move, you can only deduct it if your move was closely related to work.
    2. Time makes a difference – obviously, to claim a deduction on a 2016 tax return, the move had to take place during 2016. However, in addition to this, you have to meet an additional time requirement. If you are employed full-time, you have to work at least 39 weeks during a 12 month period. If you are self-employed, you have to work 39 weeks during 12 months and you must work 78 weeks in 24 months at your new location.
    3. Distance matters – to qualify for a moving deduction, you also have to have moved at least 50 miles away. The IRS has a handy calculator on their website but, in essence, your new job has to be at least 50 miles further away from your old home than your old job was. If you are self-employed, your new business has to be at least 50 miles away from your old home.

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    If you meet these three criteria, you are most likely eligible for a tax deduction. However, if you are a member of the armed forces, note that the distance and time requirements do not apply to you.

    Make Your Move Easy

    When it comes to relocation for a new job, a change in position, or company restructuring, time can often be a big factor. Many companies expect you to start within two weeks, which is not much time to give notice, pack your home, and move house. Even if you’re not going that far, hiring local movers to take care of the major moving labor can save time, which means you can work longer or start the new job sooner.

    Call Primetime Movers today to schedule your local or long distance move so you can get to work sooner!

  • PROFESSIONAL MOVERS: WHAT TO EXPECT

    professional movers in memphisDo you have a vague fuzzy memory of being ten years old and helping box up your room in preparation for The Big Move? Unless you grew up with a parent in the military, odds are good that you lived in the same place for the entirety of your childhood. Or maybe you moved once or twice, but it was just to a new house in the same city. If all you have to rely on are those vague memories of a distant childhood move, preparing to pack up and move across the city, state, or country can be a daunting thought. Here’s what you can expect when you trust a professional moving company like Primetime Movers to move your Memphis household to your new home.

    WORRY LESS

    One of the biggest benefits of trusting your household goods to professional moving companies rather than doing it yourself is the benefit of peace of mind. Moving, whether it’s a local move or you’re heading across the country , brings a plethora of things to worry about. When you hire professional packers and movers, we handle everything from packing the first box to delivering it safely to your new home.

    FULL SERVICE MOVERS

    As full service movers, moving companies like Memphis’ Primetime Movers will handle some or all of the following services:

    • Packing and crating – we will carefully pack, wrap, and protect all of your household goods in preparation for their time in the moving truck. We have years of packing experience, so we know how to better protect all your things.
    • Filling the truck – once everything in your house is packed, our team will pack the moving truck. Since this is our job, and we have plenty of experience, we know how to pack everything to minimize potential disasters and damage.
    • Furniture moving – don’t worry about throwing your back out because that overstuffed leather sofa is a beast. Our teams will do all the heavy lifting for you.
    • Transporting – a moving truck is a sizeable vehicle. Don’t worry about driving that huge rental moving truck that you feel unqualified to sit in, let alone drive. We’ll handle getting the truck from your old home to the new one so all you have to worry about are your own vehicles.
    • Unloading – once we arrive at your new home, we’ll handle the fight it takes to get your sofa down the stairs to your new man cave or that massive armoire up to the bedroom. Those boxes can take their toll, so we’ll unload those as well.

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    Get the details here! The biggest stressors for any move are how to pack and haul all your things and how on earth you’ll manage to drive that massive moving truck plus your own vehicles. When you hire movers at a moving company, we handle all of those steps and take away as much of the stress of moving as we can. If you have an upcoming move, whether you’re staying in Memphis or moving across the country, Primetime Movers can handle the hard part for you! Call us today to schedule your move !

  • LOCAL MOVERS: WHY LOCAL MOVES ARE JUST AS HARD AS LONG-DISTANCE

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    A few years ago, perhaps, you got a great job. The kind that comes with regular salary-based paychecks, benefits, and 401k matching. Now, you’ve had the chance to save up and you’ve jumped through all the hoops and spend countless hours agonizing over a decision. Buying a house is no snap decision, after all. But now, after all of that work, you are a homeowner. You’ve probably been fantasizing for years about throwing out that ratty couch you got in college and replacing it with a real-live adult-looking leather number. Congratulations on graduating to the next level of adulthood: homeownership!

    TIME TO MOVE

    Now that you’ve got the job and found the house, we’re sure you’re just itching to get our of your tiny apartment and spread out in your new digs. Unfortunately, even if you’ve been living in a cramped apartment, a local move isn’t nearly as simple as you may expect. As professional house movers, Primetime Movers wants to use our years of moving experience to help you make your Memphis move successful. If it’s time to move to a new place, even though it’s local, a few organizational steps will help smooth the process.

    GET ORGANIZED

    The first thing we suggest anyone does as they prepare to move is to go through and organize everything. A move is an awesome time to do a major spring cleaning, no matter what time of year it is. Go through all your household goods with a discerning eye. If something is broken beyond repair, it’s probably time to chuck it in the trash. If you’re still holding on to that notebook from your Freshman year of high school, ask yourself whether you really need to hang onto it.

    It makes no sense to pack up everything only to pitch it once you get to the new house, Instead, go through your current place room by room and sort things into one of three categories: trash, donate, and keep. This system will help you begin the packing process and, as a bonus, will reduce the amount of boxes you have to haul across town!

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    PLAN AHEAD

    The other big component of moving that so many people struggle with when moving themselves is the scheduling process. Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve or purchase whatever you need to move. If you only have one weekend to haul everything across town, it would be miserable to find out there are no vehicles the right size available! Start packing as far ahead of time as possible and be sure to reserve whatever moving materials you need.

    Or, rather than worrying about squeezing in your move slowly around your work schedule and using up several weekends, take all the stress out of moving. Instead of worrying about all of the above on your own, call the local movers at Primetime Movers! We’ll handle everything from packing your rooms and moving your furniture to driving the moving truck for you. Call Primetime Movers today to schedule your local Memphis move!

  • WHAT ARE FULL SERVICE MOVERS?

    If you’re preparing to move, you’ve probably mentioned your worries or asked for advice from friends, family, and even coworkers. With the stories so often heard about moving, it can feel like you only have two options. Either you move like a college student, packing your tiny sedan to the brim and planning to live on a futon for years (or, if you’re very lucky, filling a small rental moving truck). The only other option thrown out tends to be going the full-service route and having no control over anything except the destination. Fortunately for those of you who want more flexibility, this isn’t the case at all!

    We’re sure you’ve seen those orange and white trucks with different murals on the sides, so you know, intellectually, that there are options between tiny sedan and full service movers. However, it’s important to note that there are further options still, even within the parameters of a full service moving company.

    WHAT WE MEAN BY FULL SERVICE

    When we use the term “full service movers,” we’re describing a moving company like Primetime Movers. A full service moving company is one that will provide every level of moving needs. This includes:

    • Packing services – the moving company will come in and box up everything in your home, or as much as you ask them to pack .
    • Furniture hauling – couches are heavy and piano moving is complicated! Get help hauling so you don’t injure yourself.
    • Moving truck loading and unloading – if you’re worried about things shifting in transit and your antique armoire being dented irreparably, let the professionals play furniture Tetris so everything makes it safely.
    • Moving equipment rental – borrow dollies and tie-downs to make the hauling and transport easier.
    • Box purchasing – unless you happen to work retail and have easy access to sturdy boxes, get them from a moving company so you know they’ll serve the necessary protective services.

    However, just because full service movers offer these services, you are not required to use them. A good moving company, like Primetime Movers in Memphis, will work with you to customize their moving services based on your moving needs. If you just need help hauling your furniture and driving the truck, it doesn’t make sense to pay for packers and movers who will insist on charging you to box up your things. However, if you have a time crunch or a schedule so busy you can hardly get your kids to all their activities, a full service mover who also offers packing services can save you a lot of time.

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    PACKERS AND MOVERS SHOULD HELP NOT HINDER

    Don’t let yourself be restricted by full service movers who won’t work with you. Ask questions! Make lists ! Customize those moving services to better suit your needs. If you’re moving locally and you’ve got weeks to make it happen, you may not need full service packers and movers.

    If you’re preparing to move, whether it’s across town or a long distance move , work with the packers and movers at Primetime Movers. We’ll customize our services based on your needs. Schedule a consultation today!

  • MOVING LONG DISTANCE? SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

    If you’re preparing to move long distance, the keyword you’ll need to remember is prepare . Unless a family member or friend is moving into your current home, once you’re out of the house, there is no going back for something you forgot. Unless you’re okay with that priceless family keepsake going in the trash, you’ll need to prepare carefully before you move so you don’t forget something important or damage something during transit. Below are the suggestions from the long distance movers at Primetime Movers to make your long distance move a smooth one.

    MAKE LISTS

    At Primetime Movers, we are big proponents of a thorough moving checklist to get you as prepared as possible for long distance moving. If you’re already organizationally inclined, find the system that works for you, but if you have issues with organization, we have an already prepared moving checklist to help you cover all your moving bases. We offer reminders that range from organizing and cleaning out your home to remembering to turn on utilities at your new home. These suggestions all come with a handy timeline. Though, of course, these are just suggestions, not required.

    BETTER OVER-PREPARED THAN UNDER

    The more you can prepare ahead of time, the less frantic you’ll be when it comes time to actually pack up and move house. Seasonal items, decor, and other things you don’t use regularly can be packed away weeks ahead of your move so you have less to pack last minute. Our long distance movers also suggest you make a list of items you’ll need right away upon moving in – things like important documents, a few cleaning items, and some dishes – so you aren’t scrambling to tear open boxes to find your child’s comfort item before bed.

    RESERVE AHEAD OF TIME

    The last thing you need when moving is to throw your back out carrying the first box down to the truck. If you’re planning on doing the heavy lifting yourself, you may want to rent or purchase a dolly. Also, be sure you have plenty of rope, cord, or other tie-down options to prevent your furniture and boxes from shifting every time the moving truck takes a turn. And, of course, you can’t forget boxes and packing tape !

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    SCHEDULE LONG DISTANCE MOVERS

    Rather than taking all that stress on yourself, let the professionals handle as much or as little of the long distance moving process as you choose. If you’re preparing a cross-country move, call the professional long distance movers at Primetime Movers in Memphis. We have the equipment and expertise to help you with the process of moving across the country with ease! Our expert team offers packing services if you don’t trust yourself to pack up that heirloom china.

    Whether you want someone to pack up all your household goods and haul all your furniture or simply need someone to drive the moving truck, Memphis’ Primetime Movers can help you out! Call us today to schedule your long distance moving services today!

  • INSURANCE COVERAGE AND MOVING

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    If you own a home and have a mortgage payment still, we know you have homeowner’s insurance. It’s basically guaranteed since nearly every bank requires coverage while there is still money owed on a home. Of course, once your home is all paid off, you may choose not to continue carrying insurance, but that’s not something we suggest. If you rent, we hope you carry renter’s insurance for the same reason you’d have homeowner’s insurance: if something catastrophic happens, like a fire, you don’t want to be left rebuilding your life with only the money you have in the bank. It may not feel like it some days, but all those tchotchkes and t-shirts add up to a pretty sizeable sum when you have to replace most or all of it. So how do you protect your things while they’re between one home and the next?

    AUTO INSURANCE VERSUS HOMEOWNERS

    The first question so many people have is, when moving, should their furniture and goods be protected by their homeowner’s insurance or their auto policy? It makes sense that, while in transit, your things could all be covered by your auto policy. However, that’s generally not the case. Even if your goods are all boxed up and packed away in a moving truck, they are more likely to be covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s policy than by auto insurance.

    HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE WHILE MOVING

    Most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies have some convoluted rules covering your property if it’s left in your car overnight and other unique circumstances when you’ve experienced theft away from home. So what happens when you move? Many moving companies offer a separate insurance policy to cover your furniture and boxes of household goods when you move, but do you really need it? The answer is a solid maybe. Here’s what you need to know:

    INSURANCE COVERAGE

    Both homeowners and renters policies fall under the broader heading of property and casualty insurance. This means that, at least on the surface level, the policy covers your property while you are a policyholder. Of course, things like purposeful damage are never covered, but most insurance policies have a few other restrictions as well. The good news, if you’re moving soon, is that your homeowners or renters insurance policy may still cover your household goods while you’re in transit to a new home. If you will continue to carry insurance through the same company at your new home, there is generally a subsection of the policy that covers the few days it takes to transport your goods to the new location. However, you will need to either read your policy for coverage or call your insurer for verification.

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    MOVING COMPANIES OFFER HELP

    When moving, many moving companies offer insurance to cover damage done to your household items via theft, breakage, water damage, and more. Whether you opt in to this coverage is up to you, but if you’re already paying for homeowner’s insurance that covers items while moving, you may not need that extra coverage. Check with your insurer and ask what they cover to better guide your decision.

    If you’re preparing to move, the best way to protect your goods is to trust the to professional moving companies like Primetime Movers in Memphis. Call us today to schedule your move!

  • MOVE LIKE THE PROS: MILITARY MOVING TIPS

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    If you know anything at all about our nation’s military, it’s that they have moving down to an art. Many military servicemembers find out they will need to relocate several months out, but are not actually given orders to move to a specific place or a certain date until last minute. A common saying across all the different military branches is “hurry up and wait,” which pretty well exemplifies how PCSing (a PCS is a permanent change of station) happens for military servicemembers and their families. If you’re worried about an upcoming move, try the following tips to make your move as seamless as possible, no matter how long – or short! – you have to get yourself moved.

    ORGANIZATION IS KEY

    One of the first things so many military and their families learn is that a bit of organization can make a world of difference in the “hurry up and wait” process. Even if you have no idea where you’re moving, or if you know the city but don’t have a house yet, the boxes and boxes of your household goods will all transport the same. Start the process by packing up as much as you can ahead of time, like out of season clothing and decorations.

    DO A LITTLE SPRING CLEANING

    As you’re beginning to pack, or even before you begin, go through your home with a discerning eye and get rid of things you don’t need or never use. The less you have to pack, the swifter you can do so! However, of course, don’t get rid of things you’ll immediately need to replace when you move unless that couch is just so ratty and broken it needs replacing anyway.

    PREPARE YOUR “FIRST” BOXES

    The “first” boxes are the first boxes you’ll want when you get to the new house. These may include some basic cleaning items, so you can get rid of the dust on the windowsills and the footprints before you move the furniture in. You’ll also want a few clothing items for everyone in the family, toiletries, and dishware. If things cannot be packed ahead of time, have a list so you can check off everything as it goes in last minute.

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    MAKE IT HOME

    One of the most valuable lessons most military families will tell you, especially if you have kids, is to find a way to make the new place feel homey as quickly as possible to lessen the emotional impact of the move. Maybe this means having some photos or keepsakes to place in bedrooms the first day. You may also want to find a way to carry over traditions from old house to new or create happy memories; try a favorite family meal, either cooked in or ordered.

    Of course, one of the other reasons military moves are so successful are the packers and movers they rely on to get them from Point A to Point B. Get trustworthy assistance from packers and movers near you in Memphis with Primetime Movers. Call today to get started!

  • LONG DISTANCE MOVES: KEEP BREAKABLES WHOLE

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    Do you still have the champagne glasses you used to toast at your wedding? What about a collection of your kids’ handmade holiday ornaments? Everyone wants to keep around items that remind them of the happiest times in their lives; that’s a natural inclination. Unfortunately, most of those pieces of memorabilia are, more often than not, unusually shaped and breakable. So, how do you pack those physical pieces of memory to ensure they survive when you’re moving across the country? At Primetime Movers, we are Memphis’ long distance moving experts, which means we have years of experience packing and moving irreplaceable items across the country. If you’re packing everything for long distance moving, try these tips:

    FIND THE RIGHT MATERIALS

    When it comes to packing your breakables, you probably already know you can’t simply rely on the box to do all the protective work. You will need bubble wrap, packing paper, spare cardboard, scissors, packing tape, and a few permanent markers. We suggest using actual made-for-packing materials rather than those old sheets and towels because of the additional protective buffer they provide over thin cloth.

    DON’T SCRIMP ON SPACE

    We see it often – so many people prioritize the box count over more careful packing. The downfall to this is, often, you end up with boxes of books you can’t lift because they’re packed too full and your breakables get crammed into too-small spaces, which causes chips, dents, and cracks. Instead, don’t worry about keeping the box count small. Packing your breakables with excess padding will help ensure they make it to the new house in one piece.

    LABEL WELL

    If you’ve read our previous blogs, you probably know we’re big fans of organization. As you pack things up, it’s helpful to note the room that box belongs in so things can be sorted appropriately for unpacking. When it comes to packing those fragile items, take a note from the cartoons – mark the boxes “fragile” or “breakable” largely and visibly so it’s easy to know which ones are especially delicate.

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    PAD, LAYER, WRAP

    Things like plates and bowls are made to stack; however, even those stackable items need some extra padding before they go in the boxes. Crumple packing paper in the bottom of boxes and add another layer on top once you’ve filled the box. Pliable cardboard can be cut down and layered between plates and bowls to help prevent chipping and breaking. For glasses, take that packing paper and crumple it to fill the empty space in the glass then wrap each of them separately so they can’t clink against each other and break. Things that are less uniformly shaped will need extra padding, so be sure you’re packaging it to protect any parts that jut out. Those unusually shaped items are often best packed with bubble wrap and layers of crumpled paper around it.

    If you’re moving across country, keep your breakables safe with the tips above. If you’re unsure of your packing prowess, leave it to the professionals. The team at Primetime Movers offers packing and moving services customizable to your needs. Call us today to schedule!

  • STORE YOUR STUFF: LOCAL MOVING TIPS FROM LOCAL MOVERS

    storage tips for local movers in memphisIt doesn’t seem like it, but so often, moving locally can be more complicated than moving long distance. The problem isn’t so much in the distance, or lack thereof, but in the mindset most people have when planning and preparing for a local move. When you’re just moving across town, it can be simple to fall into the mindset that you have plenty of time because you’re not going that far. Just grab a couple of friends to help move the furniture, and you have all weekend, so it’s no big deal, right?

    Even worse is how that mindset tends to promote procrastination. If you’re only moving across town, you don’t need to make sure everything is packed beforehand because you can just shove it in your car. In the end, you may end up with several broken items, late nights, and general moving disarray. If you only gave yourself that one weekend to move, completely sure it would be enough time, what do you do when Sunday night hits and you’re still only half-moved?

    PREP, PREP, PREP

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: organization is the number one thing you can do to make your move easier. This is absolutely the case when it comes to local moves, not just those haul everything across the country moves. Whether you have weeks to move your things from home A to home B, or just a weekend, ensuring you’re packed and ready to haul your goods before that weekend will make everything go more smoothly.

    STORE STUFF

    If you know you’ll only have a day or two to get everything out of your old place and into the new, one of the biggest helpful steps you can undertake is to rent a storage unit. This way, you can move out everything you don’t use daily, and do so a few trips at a time. If you know you’re going to need a quick turnaround to actually be out of your old home, stash as many things as possible in the storage unit before your official move-out weekend. This way, you have plenty of time to get your old place clean and ready to hand off to the next owner or renter and will incur fewer security deposit fees or inspection issues.

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    SCHEDULE HELP

    Unless you’re Captain America, you probably can’t move your couches, bed, or dresser on your own. The faster you have to move, the more help you’ll need to get everything loaded into a moving truck and hauled to the new place. If you need moving help and don’t have friends available to bribe with pizza and beer, get yourself moved quickly with help from Primetime Movers in Memphis. We offer a variety of moving services, including moving furniture and packing boxes, so we can customize our local movers services based on your needs.

    Whether you need help with hauling your couches or you want help packing your entire house, Primetime Movers can help. Call today to schedule help from your local movers!