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Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:43

Kitchen Packing Tips for Moving

Great Plains Offers Packing Tips for Moving Your Kitchen

When you’re getting ready to move, it makes sense to take the time to declutter, organize, and donate items you’re no longer using. If you’re looking for other ways to prepare, the expert movers at Great Plains Moving and Storage have put together this list of tips to help with packing your kitchen and other fragile items in your household.

  • Start with the Right Supplies - You might think that using newsprint could save money, but in your kitchen, newsprint can leave ink on metals, plastic, and ceramic, affecting the quality of your dishes and cookware. We recommend packing paper, bubble wrap, or air packs to help keep delicate kitchen items safe and clean during transit.
  • Make a Plan - One of our best packing tips for moving is to have an accurate idea of your moving schedule so that you can plan accordingly. You’ll need some kitchen supplies as you pack and get ready to move, and also in your first few days in your new home. Set aside a box for just the essentials you’ll need to keep with you: a few cutlery items, cups, plates, silverware, and anything else that can be used during those final days in the old home and first few days in the new home. This should be the last box you pack, and clearly marked so that you can easily identify and unpack it in your new space.
  • Use Caution with Appliances - Your toaster, blender, food processor, coffeemaker, microwave, and other appliances are all delicate electronics. Be sure to pack up electric cords by winding them in loose loops around or next to the appliance, and secure the cord for packing and transit. Do not bend or fold cords; this can damage the cord for future use. Some small appliances can be disassembled for easier transit; unpacking will be easier if you label each box clearly with which parts for which appliances are inside.
  • Layer Like Items - If you have dish sets, storage container sets, and other items that easily stack, you should still use packing paper or bubble wrap between each layer. Another of our best packing tips for moving kitchen items that’s important to bear in mind throughout this process is to use additional packing material if you’re not sure if an item will stay safe during transit. Not using adequate packing materials can cause chipping or cracking in glass, ceramic, stoneware, and other kitchen items.
  • Use Kitchen Materials to Pack With - Remember that you can also use kitchen materials to help keep kitchen items safe. Kitchen towels, oven mitts, and other cloth and padded items can help keep kitchen items safe while you pack them with your kitchen supplies. Mark each box of your kitchen items “fragile” and “this side up”, using an extra layer of packing material on the bottom and top of the box.


Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

As a leader among moving companies in Colorado, Great Plains Moving and Storage can help with all your household moving needs, including packing, unpacking, storage, and relocation services, and give you all the best packing tips for moving. If you’re getting ready to move into or out of the Brighton, CO, Denver, CO, or Colorado Springs, CO area, contact our local experts today to get started with


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Friday, 14 June 2019 14:16

Moving into a Smaller Home

Downsizing Tips from Packers and Movers in Brighton, CO & Colorado Springs, CO

Families of all shapes and sizes experience the need to downsize, whether that’s because the kids have all gone to college, you and your spouse has retired, you’re starting out on your own, or you’re moving to an urban area with smaller housing units. If you’re planning a move into a smaller space, there are plenty of ways to make both your move and your unpacking, organizing, and settling in easier. As a leader among moving companies in Denver, CO and Brighton, CO, our expert packers and movers have put together this list of tips to help.


  • Make a Floorplan - Moving into a smaller space doesn’t have to feel like it’s taking away your ability to do daily tasks, hobbies, or activities. Get a layout of your new space and consider the functionality of each room. Plan where to place larger pieces of furniture so that you know in advance that you have space to sleep, cook, host, and hobby how you want.
  • Downsize Your Belongings - One problem our packers and movers have witnessed with clients who are downsizing is the desire to bring the same amount of stuff in your current home into your new, smaller home. Make a point to purge any duplicate items in your kitchen, linen closet, and clothing. Not only does moving less stuff make your move easier, but it will make settling into your new home more comfortable, as well.
  • Get the Right Resources - Smaller spaces can be just as functional as larger spaces if you bring the right resources. Closets can double in capacity if you add extra shelving. Consider hanging some of your storage needs on the walls, like a jewelry organizer, a ceiling-hanging pot rack, or a filing rack for mail and paperwork.


Expert Moving and Storage Services

At Great Plains Moving and Storage, our packers and movers have helped families with all kinds of moves, including cross country moves, apartment moves, retirement home moves, interstate moves, and more. Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, our experts can provide the service you need to feel comfortable and safe throughout your transition.


Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

If you’re ready for your next residential relocation, make sure to contact us online or by calling the packers and movers that Colorado families trust at (720) 487-9809. We’ll get started by working to understand your needs and provide a free, no-obligation quote.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:24

Moving into a Rental Space

Tips from Local Movers in Denver, CO on Moving into a Rental Space

Moving into a new rental unit can be exciting, as you get to experience a new neighborhood, a new unit, and build a relationship with a new landlord. When you’re a renter, you also want to be mindful of your security deposit, and how every activity in your home can affect your ability to get that deposit back. Renters can also be charged upon move-out for items that are damaged in the unit during your lease. Move-in and move-out are prime times to be the most careful of activity in your unit and how to reduce any damage that might take place.

  • Protect Your Walls, Doors, & Floors - When your friends and family attempt to move your heaviest furniture items, they might bump into door frames, ledges of steps, or corners of walls as they navigate the home. Make sure to protect your furniture and your rental unit during the moving process. The professional local movers Denver CO trusts most at Great Plains will take additional measures to protect your heavy furniture, like using furniture padding and cloths on individual items, and walking the path to and from the truck to remove any obstacles and be sure the moving team can be safe.
  • Work Together - Don’t be afraid to ask for help during a move; moving is hard work, and it’s important that you take good care of your health and your household by getting the assistance you need. Especially when moving furniture, use the buddy system (or three or four buddies!) to make sure that no one strains themselves. The Great Plains local movers in Denver CO will also bring moving tools like dollies and lifts to help with those heavy items.
  • Use a Professional Moving Team - The local movers in Denver CO at Great Plains can help move your entire household, or just your furniture, or just your heaviest items—it’s up to you! Your moving plan can be fully customized to meet your needs. But as a renter, bear in mind that getting professional help can save you money and time in the long run.

Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

If you’re getting ready to move or change rental units, the local movers Denver CO and Brighton CO residents use most are here to help you. Contact us today to get started with your free quote, and learn more about why we are considered a leader among moving companies in Denver, CO and Brighton, CO.

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Great Plains Moving and Storage is a Leader Among Relocation Companies in Denver, CO

Great Plains Moving and Storage is proud to call Colorado home. Our relocation companies have served Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Aurora, CO, and the surrounding Colorado areas for decades. That means our local moving and packing experts have watched the economic expansion and social growth happen here and helped it to happen by assisting employers and employees in making their next move. If you’re relocating for a new job, trust the relocation companies with years of local experience to help you get it done right.

Moving Efficiency from Expert Movers

Relocating for a new job can often mean a quick timeline, as your employer is eager to get you into your new position as soon as possible. When your timeline is tight, you need all the expertise you can get in order to make your move smooth and stress-free. Great Plains Moving and Storage offers comprehensive packing, moving, and storage solutions that can be customized to meet your timeline and your budget.

If you’re relocating temporarily for a new job, ask your move coordinator about our storage services. We offer variable length leases, and our storage facilities are all climate-controlled with top-quality security. You can rest assured that your possessions are in good hands no matter how long you need to be away from them.

Partner with Great Plains Moving and Storage Today!

If your business opportunity is taking you overseas, Great Plains Moving and Storage can help you connect with international movers and carriers, and even negotiate to be sure you’re getting the best price. Great Plains is also part of the North American Van Lines family of businesses, so you’ll have a local partner anywhere you need to go on this continent. No matter how far you need to move, Great Plains Moving and Storage can help you get there.

To learn more about our relocation companies and how we can help you get to your next job on time, contact Great Plains Moving and Storage today.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 20:17

Moving and Storage Options for Fitness Equipment

Tips from the Moving and Storage Experts at Great Plains

Whether you’re relocating your whole household or just your personal gym, fitness equipment can be some of the most stressful items in your home to move. Because fitness equipment is designed to be sturdy, it’s often far heavier than you’d estimate it to be, and the build and shape of most machines make them unwieldy to move through hallways and doorways. Allow the expert movers at Great Plains Moving and Storage to help you make your move a little less stressful.

Flexible Moving Quotes

Great Plains Moving and Storage can work with you on any scope of a household move, and can even provide a quote to just come to move a single piece of exercise equipment for you. We’ve seen DIY movers stumped by fitness equipment in the past, and even some at-home injuries; so we’ve compiled our list of the best tips for moving and storage of fitness equipment, including how our own teams deal with this challenge.

Moving Fitness Equipment

First, make sure the machine is unplugged. Never attempt to move anything that has an electrical current. For some machines, you’ll be able to disconnect the cord from the machine itself; disassembling parts that are easily taken apart will make the moving process easier on you.

Next, make sure you’re prepared to move the machine. This means you should walk the path you’ll be moving the machine, and make sure that there are no trip or slip hazards, and that you have a plan for any doorway or stairwell you’ll have to navigate. Preparing to move the machine means you should also arrange to have help. Try to plan to have several pairs of hands available—the more help you have, the easier it will be on each of you individually.

The moving and storage experts at Great Plains Moving and Storage know the most important thing you can do during a move is to take good care of your body. Bend with your knees; never lift with your back. If you can’t lift something easily, you should get help from a friend; never jerk or wrench upwards on a heavyweight. Taking care of your body means also having the right moving equipment: where possible, use a dolly or a lift, especially if you’re moving the machine onto or off of a truck.

On a truck, in a storage unit, or in your basement or garage, it’s important to take precautions to keep the machine in good shape during transit and storage. The moving and storage teams at Great Plains Moving and Storage recommend using moving pads and blankets underneath and around the machine during transit, and covering the machine during storage. This helps keep the machine free of dust, dirt, and safer from damage during moving and storage.

Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

Great Plains Moving and Storage can work with you on any residential moving needs, no matter the number of items you need to be moved or how far you need to go. Contact us today to get started with your free quote and to see why we are considered one of the top moving companies in Colorado.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 15:29

How to Reduce your Moving Costs

Tips from Denver, CO Movers on How to Reduce Your Moving Costs

At Great Plains, we’re proud to serve all members of our community in their residential and business moving needs. No matter your budget, we can help make your move easier, and figure out the timeline and services that will be right for you.


Keep Track of your Moving Costs

Moving doesn’t have to break the bank—in fact, you should be aware of most of your moving costs from the start! Dishonest moving companies might try not itemizing their services or providing costs that are customized for your particular needs, so that later they can hike up the costs when you’re too far into the process to object. At Great Plains, you’ll understand your moving costs from the start. Our comprehensive quotes take into account the scope of your move, how much you need to move, how far you need to go, and the timeline you need in order to provide the most accurate information possible.

There are lots of ways to save on moving costs, especially when you have time to plan ahead and gather resources in advance. One of the easiest ways to save money is to use cardboard boxes from businesses. Ask local businesses (particularly grocery stores or liquor stores) if they have boxes you can take before they flatten and recycle them. Stores that ship and vend breakable items might also have heavy duty or reinforced cardboard boxes, which will be great for your kitchen items and other fragile household items.


Work with your Dedicated Move Coordinator

You can also work with your coordinator at Great Plains to reduce moving costs by selecting the services you need most. You don’t have to get a quote for us to move your whole household; plenty of clients choose to have us move just furniture pieces, or just a piano or other fragile, heavy item. Your coordinator can help you understand the costs of our various services so that you’re in the best possible position to choose what help you need for your move.

To save on moving costs, you can also consider the time of year when you’ll move. Because the busy season is during the spring and summer, you can find off-season rates from movers when you schedule a move during the slower months of the year. You can also find some movers who will reduce your rates if you’re willing to schedule your move on-call, meaning they’ll slot you in if another client cancels.


Contact Great Plains Today!

At Great Plains, we believe you have the right to understand every expenditure during your move, and we’re dedicated to providing you with accurate, up-front information so that you can make the choices that are right for you. Contact us today to get started with your free quote.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:39

DIY Moving Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Tips from Local Moving Companies in Denver & Colorado Springs

Planning a move is stressful on your body, your schedule, and your wallet. Local moving companies like Great Plains Moving and Storage know that many individuals or families might think it’s easier or cheaper to try to manage the move themselves. Renting a truck and asking your grocery store for cardboard boxes might sound like the most cost-effective option but moving is a big endeavor that involves all of your household possessions and huge chunks of your time. Avoiding help from local moving companies isn’t always the right answer, even for the most budget-conscious among us.

Ask for a Quote

First, know that you can ask local moving companies for quotes on your whole move or any part of it. You and your family might decide to manage lightweight or boxed parts of your home, while still getting expert help in moving furniture, exercise equipment, antiques, or other challenging items. Great Plains Moving and Storage can give you a quote on any of these options.


Packing and Unpacking

Next, consider how you’re protecting your household goods. Is it really cheaper to risk damaging your furniture, your kitchen items, or your valuables? After reviewing your quote from Great Plains Moving and Storage, you might reconsider; or you might decide that packing yourself and letting our moving teams handle the rest is a good compromise. If you decide to pack yourself, make sure to use high-quality packing materials, and use plastic bins or heavy-duty cardboard boxes for items that are both heavy and fragile.


Let Someone Else Do the Work for You

Don’t forget to consider your time commitment. Especially if your move is long distance, it’s often more economical to let local moving companies move your household in one trip, rather than making multiple trips yourself. If you find yourself needing to take multiple days off of work or planning days of travel to accomplish your move, you might not be saving yourself money in the long run.


Understand Your Limitations

DIY packers or movers should also remember to be aware of their physical limitations. Our professional moving teams have extensive personal equipment (back braces, knee braces, training on lifting techniques) and moving equipment (dollies, lifts, standard size boxes) that make lifting heavy items safer and easier. When you do it yourself, try to mimic these best practices as closely as you can. Fill any void area in a box with packing paper or air bubbles. Only use boxes that are in good shape and be sure to clearly label each box. Ask for help lifting furniture and other items, and be cautious in hallways, doorways, and stairwells. Always clear your moving path before you begin to move heavy items.


Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

Great Plains Moving and Storage offers a comprehensive packing, moving, and storage service that can be customized to fit your needs. Contact us today to get started with your free quote.

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Consolidating households with a partner, roommate, fiancé, or family member is a great opportunity to start fresh and build a relationship. The logistics can also be overwhelming as you navigate names on leases, mortgages, utilities, and more, layout and floor plan questions, and more. One great way to reduce stress is to seek the help of professional moving companies.

Great Plains Moving and Storage has served the families and individuals of our community for more than 100 years, and we’d love to help you with your next residential move. We offer full-scale residential moving services, including packing, moving, unpacking, furniture building, IT set-up, and more. Our expert movers can also provide you with a quote for smaller needs, like moving a few heavy pieces of furniture, or transferring vehicles from one residence to another.


Combining Households Without Raising Stree Levels

Moving in with someone else means you’ll need to spend some time planning before you move and figure out what items need to go into your new space. Professional moving companies like Great Plains Moving and Storage know that the more time you can spend planning and prepare, the easier your move day—and after—will be.

·       Take an inventory. Each member of your new household should make a list of what they can bring into the new space. Try to also mark each list with what items are most important to each individual. For instance, if you’ve had the same couch since college, and your housemate has a beloved living room set they don’t want to part with, it will probably be an easy choice of which sofa winds up in your new living room.

·       Decide how to proceed. If you and your roommate both own full-size dining tables, chances are you don’t want both of the table sets to wind up in your new home. You can decide to sell, donate, or discard duplicated items across your household inventories.

·       Downsize wherever possible. Beyond items which both you and your new housemate own, downsizing your amount of possessions generally is a great idea as you combine households. Downsizing means you have fewer items you need to pack and move, which will make your move easier, and it also means you’ll have fewer items to have to find places for in your new home, which will make unpacking and organizing easier.


Contact Great Plains Moving and Storage

The best tip to make moving in with someone else easier is to hire a professional. Moving companies like Great Plains Moving and Storage offer comprehensive services that can take some of the labor and stress off of your shoulders, leaving you more able to focus on other logistics of your move and the joys of partnering up your living situation. To learn more about the moving services offered by Great Plains Moving and Storage, call or contact us today.

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If you’ve moved recently, or you have family or friends moving to Colorado, it’s important to take the time to make your new space feel like home. Often, we spend the first days or weeks after a move surrounded by boxes, just trying to make sure we’re getting to work or school on time. Making the time to make your new house feel like a home can also make moving to Colorado feel like coming home. 

Finish Unpacking

It helps to have a strategy as you approach your unpacking, like going room by room. Start by setting up pieces of furniture and arranging the layout of the room, and then unpack the items that belong there. 

As you unpack, make sure to remove the cardboard boxes from your new home. We’re guessing you don’t usually decorate in cardboard, so having it hanging around the rooms of your house won’t make you feel more at home. You can often donate or recycle moving boxes. (Moving to Colorado means finding green solutions for almost everything!)

Settling In

Finding homes for your décor, your art, and all the little touches that make a space look and feel like you. As you unpack your art, you can think through which rooms or spaces you’d like to hang it in.

Unpacking your kitchen gives you the opportunity to decide which small appliances, baskets, or vases you’d like to have out in your kitchen. And as you organize your living room, don’t forget to add throw pillows, family photographs, your game collection, and all the other odds and ends that make the room your own. 

Moving your household also gives you the opportunity to throw a great housewarming party. Nothing makes a house feel more like it’s really yours than filling it with family or friends. Giving loved ones the opportunity to celebrate your moving to Colorado, enjoying your new space, and adjusting to your new life will also give you the opportunity to feel more at home. 

If you haven’t yet planned your move, or you know someone who will be moving to Colorado, the full-service team at Great Plains Moving and Storage would be happy to help. We offer comprehensive packing, moving, storage, and logistical support for residential and commercial moves. Learn more by contacting our friendly representative for your free quote today.

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:28

Moving Tips for Relocating During the Holidays

While moving during the winter holidays might seem like a last resort, there are actually many benefits to choosing the winter months for your next move. Real estate and rental prices tend to be lower during the winter months. The costs for movers tend to be lower as well because the winter is the off-season, and because it’s less busy, you’re more likely to get the moving dates and times you want.

Moving during the winter months can present different challenges. The teams at Great Plains Moving and Storage have gathered these moving tips to help you make your holiday move stress-free:

Plan Your Move in Detail

When you partner with Great Plains Moving and Storage, we’ll help you build a moving plan that works with your timeline, your budget, and incorporates all the services that you need. When you have your moving plan finalized, you’ll know exactly what to expect, and you can plan out the rest of your logistics as well.

Schedule Your Move Well in Advance

Your moving team can schedule the day you’ll move out of your old residence and into your new residence, and you may be able to pin down the time of day for your move, as well. Ironing out as many details as possible ahead of time will help your move go smoothly.

Make Plans For Your Pets

No matter how you’re planning to travel to your new household, you’ll need to make a travel plan for your pet, too. Your vet can offer tips for extended airline or car travel and how to make that easier for your pet. You should be prepared to travel with food, water, and any needed medications for your pet. Keeping your pet safe from the weather during winter travel can be more challenging; make sure you have a plan for any downtime or in case of emergency.

Be Mindful of Holiday Closures

Preparation ahead of your move will go a long way to making sure that your utilities are on, cable or internet is installed, and there’s food in the fridge for your first few days in your new home. When you move over the winter holidays, you’ll need to be mindful of any closures for the utility service companies, cable or internet providers, and local services like restaurants and groceries. You can research in advance to make sure you can set appointments around holiday closures.

Moving over the holidays might make you feel like you’ve missed the opportunity to celebrate with family or friends. That’s why our moving tips include recreating holiday celebrations. A housewarming can be a great reason to gather those you love, too! Recreating a family tradition or homecooked meal in your new space can make it feel more like your home.

The best moving tips from Great Plains Moving and Storage are to use our comprehensive packing, moving, and storage services to their full extent. Your move will become easier the minute you had off the hard labor to our team.

Get started today by requesting your free quote.

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