Exhausting physical labor like what goes into any moving job only gets harder in the dog days of summer. No one wants to have to carry a heavy sofa or flat screen TV in 100 degrees of heat. Summer is a particularly difficult time to move for another unrelated reason as well: summer is when demand for moving supplies and services skyrockets. American school schedules end before and begin after the summer, which means they generally need to move within the few months school is off. Oz Moving & Storage performs thousands of moves every summer - literally - and we like to think we’ve perfected the art of a summer move that hurts less than a bad sunburn. Here are the best tips we’d advise you about moving during the summer.
BOOK EARLY - EARLIER THAN YOU THINKDemand for moving supplies you’ll certainly need any services you might need will spike in the summer months, especially if you’re planning on renting them very close to the beginning or ending of a certain month. First off - center…

How to pack trophies when moving:

Your residential move has just been confirmed, and you’re about to take the preliminary exploration tour around your home with the purpose of deciding which household items you will take with you to the new residence, and which ones you will leave behind. You’ve read some good moving tips and you know perfectly well that moving only the things you will need in the future can save you both plenty of money and a staggering amount of time.

And it’s in that very moment that you suddenly catch a glimpse of your trophy cabinet. And no, it’s not a display of your hunting trophies from animals you’ve KILLED in the past – rather, it’s a proud display of the trophies, awards, plaques, medals, cups, and prizes you’ve WON through the years.

Now, a couple of critical questions pop up in your head with the speed of light:

1) Is it worth moving all the trophies you own?

2) How to pack trophies when moving so that they survive the relocation trip in one piece?

Read on to get familiar with the best trophy …


It’s no secret that most of us have too much stuff. Homes are just crammed with it: attics stuffed with dusty holiday decorations we never use, garages full of camping equipment and beach gear and sports paraphernalia, basements overflowing with old furniture, hand-me-downs, and heirlooms. We hardly think about all the excess junk—until it’s time to move. Then it’s clear how much more of a headache those collections of possessions will be, complicating an already long to-do list. But here at Modernize, we’re passionate about helping you make your home your sanctuary—and simplifying your move is part of the journey. If you’re willing to adjust your perspective a little, moving can be a chance for a fresh start—for your stuff as much as for you. This is your opportunity to clear out unwanted items and part with the old toys, collectibles, and everything else that no longer serves your life. Here’s how you can unpack the baggage around what you own, so you can pack up easily when it’s t…

List of Things You Need to Do 2 Days Before Moving Day:

There are just two days left before you say goodbye to your old bedroom, your old backyard where you had some great barbecues and neighborhood parties, and to the familiar sounds of your old neighborhood. Probably by now, you're ready to go, just wishing it would all be over, anticipating the new start. But hold on; are some things you need to take care of before the movers or moving truck arrives. Defrost Your Refrigerator and Freezer To prepare your fridge for moving, clean it well then allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. If you're moving your refrigerator yourself, make sure you have all the necessary tools to do so. Check to Make Sure You Have All Vital Documents Vital documents should always stay with you rather than moving with the truck or moving company. Such documents include passport (if needed), directions, maps, credit cards, bank cards, cash, new keys, rental agreement (if needed), etc... Keep All Documents Related to Your Move Within Easy Reach Make sure you …

Moving Tips:

Over the years we’ve managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade. Whether we are helping with your move or not, dig into our cache of moving tips. They make moving easy — easy moves make people happy. Tape boxes on top and bottom.Clearly label all of your boxes according to their content and handling instructions (e.g.: “Fragile,” “Top Load Only”). You can also categorize the boxes by room using color-coordinated sticker dots.Towels and linens make excellent packing materials for fragile items.Use closet space to store packed boxes.If you are moving into storage, arrange your storage unit in advance. If you have antiques, you may want to reserve a climate controlled storage unit.If you are renting a truck, do it as early as possible. Don’t forget to rent plenty of moving blankets! (About 2 blankets per item.)Cloth items can be left in drawers.Bundle garden tools, fishing poles and the like together.When packing breakables use a lot of newsprint, bubble wrap, and other packing materia…

How to Choose the Best Mover to Handle a Cross-Country Move:

From boxing up your belongings to dealing with moving chaos, relocating to a new city is an especially stressful time of life. The last thing you want is a group of rogue movers hauling your stuff anywhere– much less all the way across the country. Yikes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid this almost-certain disaster. Here are 7 tips for how to choose the best (aka reliable and trustworthy) mover to handle your upcoming cross-country relocation. Check that they are properly licensed and insuredBefore moving, I highly suggest checking to see if the professional moving company is properly licensed and insured. Otherwise, you could end up engrossed in the drama that accompanies moving scams. Thankfully, this is easy to avoid. First, be aware that all professional moving companies should have a license number issued by the U.S. DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation). Once you have your moving company’s U.S. DOT number, enter it into the U.S. DOT’s database. From there, yo…

Moving to Portland? Here’s What Living Here is Like.

You can think of moving to Portland, Oregon as an exciting and unique experience – some might even say weird – depending upon comfort level with progressive politics and hipsters. After all, this is the place where folks commonly raise backyard animals (like chickens) and keep bees. In typical PDX (local airport call sign and a synonym for Portland) fashion, rather than banning backyard critters, the city adopted codes and issues permits to raise animals. Portland is Oregon’s largest city and home to a little over 630,000 people, making it the 26th largest city in the United States. The Portland metro area includes seven counties (two inside nearby Washington State), bringing the total population of Greater Portland to 2.4 million people. Living in Portland puts you geographically between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the former creating a natural border between Oregon and Washington State. Hills, rivers and the distant Cascade Mountains dominate the visual landscape. Portland …