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Gift Ideas for Friends Who Are Moving AwaySwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Gift Ideas for Friends Who Are Moving Away

December 12, 2023
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It’s always bittersweet when loved ones move away, no matter how far they’re moving. Friends, family—it’s never easy when the miles separate us from the people we love, especially around the holidays.

With the rise of technology, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch, no matter what time zone you’re in. Nevertheless, they may enjoy a sweet gift before they leave as a token of friendship or just a little something to remember you by.

Here are our top gift ideas for this holiday season for friends or family who are moving!

Online photo storage subscription
Share an online account with photo storage such as Dropbox, and you can both upload photos to share. (Hey, there’s only so much storage space on phones!)

Personalized Welcome Mat
Personalized items are always fun, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be functional. Help them decorate their new home with a custom welcome mat, whether it’s a silly phrase or something sweet and simple.

Put Together a Scrapbook
Maybe scrapbooks are a little outdated with the rise of digital photos, but there’s something super sentimental about a handmade scrapbook. Put together your favorite photos and sentimental items like tickets to a concert you went to or movie stubs. No matter what you put in it, they’ll appreciate the time you put into making the scrapbook.

Digital Photo Frame
There are plenty of smart WiFi photo frames on the market, and they don’t have to be super expensive. Load your favorite memories first, and you and your loved ones can add photos via a cloud-based app. It’s a fun way to share pictures when you’re hundreds of miles apart.

Housewarming Gift Box
These can contain just about anything and everything you can think of! Nothing says home like a box of their favorite snacks, a bag of their favorite coffee grounds, or even a few of their favorite sweets. And with the chaos that comes with moving to a new place, having a small box of comforts can put a smile on anyone’s face.

Friendship Lamps
If you haven’t heard of friendship lamps, it’s time to get on the wagon! What are they, exactly? They’re lamps, and whenever you touch yours, your friend’s lamp lights up, too. Pretty neat, right? It’s a cute way to say, “I’m thinking of you!”

Prepaid Debit Card
It’s no secret that moving can be expensive. If you’re not feeling particularly creative with a going-away gift, a prepaid debit card can help cover costs without having to carry around excess cash.

Commemorative Jewelry
Some may find it cheesy, but some folks love commemorative jewelry. Whether it’s matching bracelets or necklaces, they’re a great way to keep a reminder of your loved one close to you. Similar to the friendship lamps mentioned earlier, there are even touch bracelets that light up, vibrate, or direct them to an app.

Subscription to a Food Meal Kit or Gift Basket
There are a ton of subscriptions available online, from food delivery services such as Hello Fresh to personalized gift baskets like FabFitFun. Food can be helpful when they’re first getting settled into their home, as it offers them an easy dinner with all the right ingredients included. Gift boxes, on the other hand, can be great if you know your friend’s tastes.

Tote Bags
If you’re not in the habit of sharing sentimental gifts, how about practical gifts? Tote bags are a dime a dozen, and they’re a helpful way to carry personal items during the move.

A Gift Card to Their Favorite Restaurant
Whether they want to enjoy one last meal at their favorite restaurant before moving or their favorite food joint is nearby in their new city, nothing says comfort like your favorite dine-out meal.

Take Them Out to Dinner
Before they make their big journey, why not take your friend or relative out to dinner at their favorite restaurant? (As long as it’s not too pricey, of course!) It’s a great way to say goodbye, and you can do it at any point before they move so as to not interrupt their hectic moving schedule.

Christmas Ornament
With the holidays upon us, there’s nothing like giving a sentimental ornament for them to put on their tree. Make it funny, cute, or sentimental, and they’re sure to love hanging any kind of ornament from you!

Local Guide to Their New Town
If you can get your hands on one, a local guide may come in handy for your loved one to explore their new city.

Paper Plates/Dishes/Bowls
When all of your dishware is packed up to be moved, having disposable dishes can be an underestimated lifesaver.

Fireproof Document Bag
All those important documents that they’ll need to take with them? Check! Consider those birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other important documents safe and sound with a fireproof document bag.

No matter what you get your friend or family member, they’re sure to appreciate anything you give them. It’s always the thought that counts, not how much money you spend on something! And if you, yourself, are in need of moving services, Swamp Rabbit Moving can hop to it. Just give us a call, and we’ll get you a quote!

Items You Shouldn't Pack for a MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Items You Shouldn't Pack for a Move

November 21, 2023
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Hiring a moving company can really take the stress out of moving. There’s so much to pack and organize that it can be overwhelming at times, but knowing you have a team of people to help with your move can relieve some of the pressure. Most items are able to be moved without any hiccoughs or troubles. Furniture, antiques, and specialty items like pianos or even hot tubs can all be moved by Swamp Rabbit Moving, so you don’t have to worry about unique items.

Items that Moving Companies Aren’t Allowed to Move

If you’re hiring a moving company for most of your belongings, you should know that there are items that movers won’t transport for you. Essentially, anything that is flammable, corrosive, or explosive. Those items include (but are not limited to):

  • Aerosol cans (such as deodorant and hair spray)
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Acids, ammonia
  • Motor oil, antifreeze
  • Gasoline, kerosene
  • Turpentine, solvents
  • Pesticides, fertilizer, weed killer
  • Propane tanks
  • Yard equipment containing fuel
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paints and stain
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Lighter fluid or matches
  • Fireworks
  • Liquor
  • Paint thinner
  • Nail polish, polish remover
  • Bleach
  • Charcoal
  • Lamp oil

The reason for most moving companies refusing to move these items is simply because of the hazard. Imagine if bleach spilled in the truck and got all over your stuff! We don’t advise trying to hide these items inside boxes or inside other items, as you would be liable for any damage to your belongings. If you plan to move items such as a lawn mower, be sure to empty the tank before it gets put on the truck.

If you come across any of these items while packing and getting ready for your move, either plan to discard them properly or plan to pack them with you in your vehicle.

There are items, too, that you probably shouldn’t pack. Some food items fall into that category, such as anything in mason jars or any perishable items (like food in your refrigerator). Canned items or anything that’s dried and won’t mold during the trip are typically fine to transport.

Items to Keep With You During a Move

Some other items you may want to keep with you during the move include:

  • Financial statements
  • Check books, cash, credit cards
  • Airline tickets
  • Keys
  • Collections (stamps, coins, baseball cards)
  • Personal documents (passport, birth certificate, Social Security cards, deed)
  • Tax records
  • Medicine
  • Photos
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Car titles
  • Cell phones
  • Medical records

With the importance of these items, you don’t want to risk loss or damage. (Remember that loss and damage are not 100% unavoidable during a move. While Swamp Rabbit Moving does its very best to prevent it, we can’t guarantee that it will not happen.)

Pets may seem like an odd addition to this list, but people do try to move pets inside our moving vans. The air circulation is poor, and the temperatures are extreme in cold or hot weather.

We also recommend taking some personal essentials with you, such as shower or bath supplies, hygiene essentials, daily medication, or medical equipment. You could also pack non-perishable snacks for you and the family to get you through the drive if you have a longer trip ahead of you. (And maybe indulge in some takeout for the first night in your new home.)

For the items you do pack to be put on our truck, Swamp Rabbit Moving offers several insurance options. The insurance that is offered on every move ($0.60 per pound for each item) is the regulated minimum that all moving companies must offer, no matter what state you’re in. If you’d like additional coverage, our representatives can discuss your options with you.

Get Your Move on the Road

Ready to get your move on the road? Let the Rabbits help! We can provide a smooth, stress-free move no matter where you’re coming from or where you’re going to. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your next move!

What to Do With Your Decluttered Items from MovingSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

What to Do With Your Decluttered Items from Moving

November 7, 2023
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There’s no denying that preparing for a big move can be a huge hassle. A move takes a lot of coordination and planning to make sure everything gets done at the right time: having utilities turned on at your new place, getting utilities out of your name at your old place — oh, and that’s not to mention the actual move itself!

Getting ready for a move may seem like an overwhelming task, and it’s suddenly amazing how much stuff you’ve acquired over the years. Books and magazines to clothes and toys — when you’re faced with having to pack it all, it suddenly seems like way too much. And it’s not like you want to completely throw away items that are in perfectly good condition. (But, we do acknowledge that there are some items that need to be thrown away, whether for health or sanitary reasons.)

Fortunately for you, you have a couple of options. There is, firstly, the option to try and sell some of your items online or at a garage sale. This can be a good idea if you have the time and patience to sell every individual item.

If you don’t have the time or patience to sell everything, there’s always the option to donate. Donating is always a great option, and if you didn’t know, Swamp Rabbit Moving is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity. By donating, you get rid of all the items you don’t need (or want to take with you) while helping families in need — and keeping unwanted items out of a landfill.

Sorting through your stuff is probably one of the hardest things to do. Every item probably has some amount of sentimental value, making it harder to part with, but we like the Marie Kondo method: Does this item spark joy when you hold it? (Okay, maybe it’s not that simple.)

Fortunately, for the items you plan on giving away, there are several options depending on the type of item it is.

Computers and Electronics

Computers and certain electronics can sometimes be traded in for store credit, depending on how old the unit is and what condition it’s in. Stores like Best Buy also have a recycling program in which they’ll take your old, outdated electronics for free. Be careful with handling, as many laptops have lithium batteries inside, and these batteries can expand after so long. When lithium batteries swell and get old, they give off a distinctive smell and run the risk of exploding, so be careful when handling old electronics.

There are a few options if your electronics are in decent shape but not worth trading in.

  • Donate to thrift stores and/or non-profit shops (like Habitat for Humanity)

Many thrift stores and non-profit shops will happily take your electronics, just make sure they’re in working condition when you donate them. Someone will make good use of the thrift computer or device, whether for school or work.

  • Community centers or schools

Many schools and local community centers can make good use of used electronics, whether for staff or for students. The local community center can point you in the right direction if you’re not sure where to start.

Books, Magazines, Office Supplies

Some people are book collectors and refuse to give up any book they have, and that’s OK. If you’re not one of these people, keep reading.

  • Used book stores

If you have a used bookstore in town, definitely check them out. Many used bookstores will trade for store credit or sometimes even cash. Some stores will even take magazines, DVDs, or even comic books.

  • Libraries

You may find that your local library runs a literacy group, and they may ask you to donate your used books and magazines there. Hey, it may even end up at an underfunded library in an area that needs help. Libraries are great free resources for the local community, and helping people gain access to literature is a great deed.

  • Schools or daycare centers

Depending on the types of books you have, you may also want to consider donating your used books to a local school. Access to books is of utmost importance in the education of young minds. If you have extra office supplies (such as copy paper, boxes of pens or pencils, crayons, or any other office tool), you may also want to donate these items to your local schools. Budgets are frequently very tight in the school system, and they will usually take whatever they can get.

Clothing, Bedding, Kitchen Supplies, Toys

Bear in mind that depending on the state of your items, some places may not take them. Still, it’s worth a try, isn’t it?

  • Consignment shops

Most consignment shops will take your better-quality items, including clothes that have only been worn a few times. You’ll usually get a discount or money in exchange. Some may pay upfront, while others may not pay you until the item is sold, so consignment shops may not be the best choice if you’re moving far away.

  • Non-profits

Be sure to check the guidelines of your local non-profit that you want to donate to. Some of them have guidelines on what they can or cannot accept, so be sure to do your research before taking an entire car full of stuff to them.

  • Shelters

Many items will usually be accepted by shelters or other support agencies that help people get back on their feet. Like with non-profits, be sure to call ahead and verify that they’ll take the donation.

No matter what you choose to do with your decluttered items, do what works best for you, of course. We recognize that not every item can be donated and that some stuff has to be trashed — that’s inevitable. But whatever you do, do it with good intentions! And if you need moving or storage services, Swamp Rabbit Moving will hop to it!

Fun Ideas for Leftover Moving BoxesSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Fun Ideas for Leftover Moving Boxes

October 18, 2023
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DON’T LET THOSE BOXES GO TO WASTE

So, your move is finally complete — congratulations! Moving can seem like an insurmountable feat. There are so many intricacies that go into orchestrating a move, from cataloging all of your belongings to inspecting everything for damage and finally unpacking everything to ensure it has the right place in your new home. It can certainly be overwhelming.

But by now, you’ve probably got a ton of leftover moving boxes without knowing what to do with them. On average, most families will use somewhere around 60 boxes in a single move! What can you do with so many leftover boxes?

WE’VE GOT A FEW IDEAS!

Sure, you could keep them, just in case you ever need them again. You could always try to sell them and make a few bucks, or you could even give them away.

What if you could make good use of them? Here are some fun ideas for your boxes:

DIY PICTURE FRAMES

This can be a fun project with the kids. You can find how-to videos explaining how to create these frames, but the kids will love the arts and crafts: paint, jewels, or other art supplies can make for a few quiet hours for Mom and Dad!

PLANTERS

Depending on the size of your box and the size of your plant, you can decorate an empty box, line it with plastic, and poke holes in the bottom for drainage to a fun planter.

NAPKIN RINGS

With the right paint and decorations (and a good pair of scissors), you can cut strips of cardboard from a box, roll them into rings, and — tada! You have homemade napkin rings to dress up your table. Let the kids decorate them, or decorate them yourself for a fun afternoon project on a rainy day.

SAVE FOR FUTURE GIFTS

With the holidays just around the corner, you know Santa will need boxes to wrap up all those gifts for the kids! Save a few in varying sizes in case you also need to mail gifts to faraway friends and family.

BUILD A CARDBOARD FORT

This is another one that’s great for keeping kids busy and entertained. Use leftover boxes to make a fort from cardboard. Add fun, interactive parts such as doors and windows, and maybe make a moat out of blankets, and the kids will have a blast!

CREATE A CAT CONDO

We get it. People love their animals. Why not give your cat a little something in return by building a cat condo? You could add different levels and various types of enclosures. They’ll love the different spaces to hide or sleep in. You could even create a scratching pad by hot gluing rope around a box.

SELL ON BOXCYCLE

More so for the practical, money-conscious homeowners, BoxCycle is a website that connects sellers with eager box buyers hoping to cut down on pack expenses. Just input your information and list your boxes for sale, but bear in mind that you will be charged a small commission.

SELL ON CRAIGSLIST

Selling your leftover boxes on Craigslist is a great way to make a few bucks. Craigslist is a popular website for listing and buying, and most people will list their boxes in the General or Garage & Moving Sales sections. However, people like to “lowball” you on price, so you may not make too much on it.

GENERAL ARTS AND CRAFTS

Build toy houses or other small crafts with the kids. Between painting and stickers, you’ll get at least an hour of quiet time.

USE AS INSULATION

Cardboard can actually make for a great option as DIY insulation. Of course, it’s not a replacement for foam insulation in your home, but it can still be useful. Use it in an unfinished attic or storage space in your home to promote a little more energy efficiency! (Who doesn’t love energy efficiency?)

You can do plenty of things with leftover boxes — we just couldn’t list them all, or our list would go on forever! There are lots of other ideas on the internet that you can find, and all it takes is just a few minutes of searching.

If you’re gearing up for your next move, we hope you’ll consider us for your moving team! We make moves easy and hassle-free and even offer packing and unpacking services so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our Rabbits are ready to hop to it to help you have a smooth and seamless move to your new home. Call us today or fill out the form on our website to get a quote for your move!

What to Do If Your Belongings Get DamagedSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

What to Do If Your Belongings Get Damaged

October 4, 2023
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MOVING IS STRESSFUL TO BEGIN WITH

Moving is a stressful time for everyone involved. Fortunately, moving companies like Swamp Rabbit Moving exist to help bear the heavy load and help you get to your destination in one piece—as well as your belongings still being in one piece. With a full house, it can seem overwhelming to make sure everything gets packed and loaded with care.

While we’ll do the heavy lifting, there are some items you should transport yourself, such as small electronics (laptops, tablets, e-readers), important documents (birth certificates, marriage licenses), and precious family heirlooms that can’t be packed easily. Packing them in a big box and having them loaded onto our truck can cause severe damage to such personal items.

For the rest of your items, we offer packing and unpacking services to ensure your items are moved safely and arrive at your destination without damage.

We do our best to ensure your items remain undamaged but should damage ever happen, you do have rights, and you should remember that when dealing with damaged belongings.

REMEMBER YOUR RIGHTS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibits moving companies from making you sign a receipt that relieves them (the moving company) from all liability for loss or damage to the shipment (your belongings). Never sign a receipt that alleviates responsibility for loss or damage. Additionally, never sign any receipt that doesn’t explicitly state that your items are in good condition upon loading. Make sure there’s a note about concealed damages, which are damages not immediately noticeable at delivery.

All companies are required to provide basic insurance on all items at a rate of 60 cents per pound.

CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TOO

Customers of moving companies still have responsibilities, even if their items are damaged, both before and after the move. Your responsibilities include:

  • Reading all moving documents issued by the mover
  • Being available at the time of pickup and delivery of your shipment. If you can’t be present during these times, designate someone to be there.
  • Promptly notifying the moving company if something has changed, such as move dates or additional items.
  • Making payment in the amount required and in the form agreed to with the mover.
  • Promptly filing claims for loss, damage, or delays with your mover, if necessary.

When signing an agreement with a mover, you should check for the following 14 elements on the order for service (directly from the FMCSA):

  1. Mover’s name, address, and the USDOT number assigned to the mover.
  2. Your name, address, and telephone number.
  3. The name, address, and telephone of the delivering mover’s office or agent at or nearest to the destination of your shipment.
  4. A telephone where you may contact your mover or its designated agent.
  5. One of the following three dates and times:
  6. The agreed-upon pickup date and delivery date of your move.
  7. The agreed-upon period(s) of the entire move.
  8. If your mover is transporting the shipment on a guaranteed service basis, the guaranteed dates or periods of time for pickup, transportation, and delivery. Your mover must enter any penalty or per diem requirements upon the agreement under this item.
  9. The names and addresses of any other motor carriers, when known, that will participate in the transportation of your shipment.
  10. The form of payment your mover will accept at delivery. The payment information must be the same as what was entered on the estimate.
  11. The terms and conditions for payment of the total charges, including notice of any minimum charges.
  12. The maximum amount your mover will demand, based on the mover’s estimate, at delivery to release the shipment when transported on a collect-on-delivery basis.
  13. Complete description of any special or accessorial services ordered and minimum weight or volume charges applicable to the shipment.
  14. Any identification or registration number your mover assigns to the shipment.
  15. For non-binding estimated charges, your mover’s reasonably accurate estimate of the amount of the charges, the method of payment of total charges, and the maximum amount (110% of the non-binding estimate) your mover will demand at the time of the delivery for you to obtain possession of the shipment.
  16. For binding estimated charges, the amount of charges your mover will demand based upon the binding estimate and the terms of payment under the estimate.
  17. An indication of whether you request notification of the charges before delivery. You must provide your mover with contact information.

STEPS TO TAKE SHOULD DAMAGE OCCUR

There are a few steps you should take if you notice damage upon delivery of your belongings.

  • Take time to inspect the delivery.

Be sure to carefully inspect all items and to take your time as you do so. You don’t want to hurriedly glance at all your items and later realize something has incurred damage. If you notice any damage (or even missing items) before the movers leave, alert them to your findings to have them make a note on the inventory sheet or Bill of Lading. Never accept a “settlement” on the spot, as the damages may be underestimated.

  • Reread the Bill of Lading.

This contains the terms of your agreement, and it should include the type of liability you and the mover agreed upon. If the company’s liability doesn’t cover you, it’s possible you’ll have to file a claim through your homeowner’s or renter’s policy instead.

  • Don’t wait too long to file the claim.

Moving companies must receive claims within nine months of the date of service. The sooner you notify them, the stronger your case will be. You can send a letter by certified mail, notifying them of the damages and requesting a claim form. Keep a copy of your inventory sheet handy, and be sure to take plenty of pictures to support your claim. The mover should acknowledge your claim within 30 days. They should also deny or settle the claim within 120 days. If the moving company refuses to reimburse you for the damage or loss, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or even go to small claims court.

Remember: Even if there are damages upon delivery, you still have to pay the moving company the agreed-upon amount for services rendered. But you do have rights, as stated above, when it comes to damaged or lost items. Take your time, take a thorough inventory, and remember to take the proper steps to file a claim.

How to Prepare for a Winter MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

How to Prepare for a Winter Move

September 12, 2023
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TEN Tips for Moving in the Winter

While you may not think of Greenville winters as harsh, there’s no denying that we get the odd snowstorm every now and then. There’s nothing quite like snuggling under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate when the weather’s bad! Snow can strike at any moment here in the Upstate during our chilly winter months, so if you’re planning to move this winter, it’s best to be prepared — just in case!A move during any season comes with its own set of challenges, but don’t be alarmed! This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to move during winter — it just means that you may have a few extra steps to take in preparing for your move.If you’ve never moved during the colder months here in Greenville, here are our top tips for preparing for a winter move:

Make a list of your belongings.

This goes for any move at any time of the year, but it’s a good idea to make a list of all the items you want to take with you, what you want to sell or donate, and what you want to chuck. This will help you stay organized, and you’ll be able to keep better track of your belongings, ensuring nothing gets lost (or accidentally thrown away) during the move.

Make a to-do list.

Right along the lines of making a checklist for your belongings, we recommend making a to-do list for the family. This is especially helpful if you have to sell your house in addition to moving, as there are usually at least a few things that need fixing around the house. Go through every room and mark down chores for each one. Does the baseboard in the living room need a coat of paint? When was the last time you cleaned out the window tracks? There may be more to do than you initially thought!

Review with your movers how they plan to deal with weather challenges.
While it’s true that a massive snowstorm is rare for the Upstate, it’s not totally out of the realm of possibilities. No matter who you’re moving with, double-check their guidelines or procedures for inclement weather. We also recommend keeping an eye on the weather as well so there are no surprises when you wake up to a foot of snow!

Have a plan for any pets.
The upheaval of a move can affect your pets, too! During the move, carve out specified times to take your furry friend outside for a bathroom break. When they’re not on the leash, find them a quiet place to relax that’s out of the way. You could even board them or have a friend watch them while the movers are traipsing in and out of the front door.

Pack early.

By starting to strategically pack a month in advance, you can ease some of the stress on yourself and your family (assuming you have the luxury of time). Go through items that you don’t need until after your move or won’t need immediately. By starting to pack early, you can do a little bit at a time to avoid overwhelming yourself. We recommend packing one or two boxes at a time and having a designated storage area for all your boxes, such as your garage.Take note of specialty items.If you’re moving long-distance and have specialty items, we recommend making sure they’re adequately packed and insulated. Musical instruments such as violins or cellos are made of wood, and that wood can contract in cold weather, which can cause warping to the body of the instrument during the trip. Pianos are also susceptible to cold weather, but if you move with Swamp Rabbit Moving, you can rest assured that we’ll take good care of it, as we specialize in moving delicate items like pianos.

Be careful with other fragile items susceptible to cold.

Things like glass dishware absolutely hate the cold. Be sure to double-wrap all of your fragile china, dishes, or glassware to protect them from shock. Use extra padding if you need to, and be generous with your bubble wrap.

Take care of utilities and other things ahead of time.

From water to electricity (or gas, if your new home is equipped), definitely take care of having the utilities turned on before you arrive at your destination. Don’t forget about submitting a change of address to the post office, too! You’ll be grateful upon arrival that you won’t have to sit in the cold and in the dark.

Your vehicle needs a little TLC, too!

In the event of inclement weather, a good idea is to make sure your car is serviced ahead of time. Get the oil change, rotate the tires, and check the coolant and brake pads — a tuneup is important to make sure there are no hiccups during the drive. We also recommend putting together a winter weather emergency kit to keep in your car, including:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlights
  • Snow scraper
  • Road salt or kitty litter (to give your tires more traction if you can’t get out of the snow)
  • Warm clothes and/or a blanket
  • Extra phone chargers
  • A first-aid kit
  • Spare wiper blades
  • Tire chains

Lastly… remember to breathe.

Moving can be stressful for anyone, but with Swamp Rabbit Moving, you can trust that your belongings will be taken care of. We aim to make your move as stress-free as possible. You may even want to check out our packing and unpacking services, so you won’t have to lift a finger! Be mindful of those moving with you, so try having family check-ins once a week. If you have kids, let them voice their concerns or frustrations. But mostly, be patient with yourself and your family.

Swamp Rabbit Moving is Here to Help!

Ready to get your move on the road? Check out Swamp Rabbit Moving, one of South Carolina’s top moving companies. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can rest assured that we won’t disappoint. Contact us today and see what the Rabbits can do for you!

TIPS FOR MOVING TO A NEW (COLDER) CLIMATESwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

TIPS FOR MOVING TO A NEW (COLDER) CLIMATE

September 11, 2023
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If you ask anyone who has moved from one environment to a completely new part of the country, they’ll readily tell you that it can be a shockingly big change. Whether you’re moving from New York to Charleston or even Seattle to Beaumont, Texas, adjusting to the change in climate is no easy feat. Sources say (depending on how drastically different your new climate is) that moving to a new altitude and climate can take your body up to three months to adjust.

So, what can you do to prepare for your new destination? Let’s start with the move itself!

Moving homes is a great time to purge old or unwanted belongings. Start going through your home and decluttering. Decide what items you’ll need (or want) in your new home, and start clearing out items you won’t need or items that won’t be useful after your move. Here are some tips for decluttering:

Decide what you want to donate, sell, or throw away. Habitat for Humanity is one of our partners, and we always recommend donating anything you can, as the money made from those items goes directly to building homes for those in need. Who doesn’t love giving back to the community?

Start with the easy stuff. If you have a blanket that was well-loved by your dog (or even a piece of furniture that somehow ended up belonging to the dog), perhaps now is a good time to get rid of those items. If there’s an easier area of the house to declutter, try starting with that space and dipping your toes into the waters of decluttering! You may find that it’s not as hard as you originally thought.

Divide your areas of the house or even the items you want to go through into categories. Make a list of items you know you want to keep, a “maybe” list, and a list of items you know you don’t want.

If you’re keen on making a few bucks, try holding a yard sale. Those comfy beach chairs aren’t going to be useful once you’re living in the land of snowstorms, so why not earn a little extra cash?

Preparing for Your Move

At what point do you actually need to start prepping for your new climate? We say there’s no such thing as too soon! Take that extra cash you earned from your yard sale and do a little shopping. You may have to do some online browsing, as you may not find the necessary items in stores near you pre-move.

If you’re moving to a colder climate, consider stocking up on “warm” items: a jacket, gloves, scarves, water-resistant boots (no one likes when the wet snow seeps into their socks), hats, and even perhaps some heavy sweaters or pocket hand warmers. We recommend only buying items that are easy to pack, as bigger items like sleds and snow blowers are harder to move.

If you’re moving with kids, look up fun things to do during colder months at your destination home. Is there a ski lodge nearby for snowboarding or snow tubing? An ice rink? Somewhere to go snowshoeing? Maybe you want to look up great places to get hot chocolate with the kids! Moving so far away can be upsetting for young children, so we recommend making the best of it and finding fun activities to keep them engaged.

If it’s the middle of the school year for your kids, make sure to have them already enrolled at their new schools so they can start getting settled in shortly after you arrive. A good idea is to have a family sit down with your kids to let them express any concerns or worries they may have. After all, changing schools is a major upheaval in the lives of kids, as they’re moving away from their established school and the friends they’ve made there. Do what you can to assuage their fears and make this transition as easy as possible for them.

Settling in at Your Northern Home

If you’ve ever moved before, you know it can take a few weeks to adjust. Add kids into the mix, and it can take even longer. Don’t worry if you think you may have forgotten to bring some items; Amazon is a great place to find items you haven’t bought yet. Some items you may not have thought of for a cold climate include:

A sun lamp or therapy light. The dark, cold days of winter can affect people’s moods, which is why we recommend a sun lamp for some vitamin D or even a light therapy box to help boost serotonin levels.

Tire chains. While many tire shops up north sell all-season tires or even just winter tires (it’s not uncommon for people to switch their tires between seasons), some states allow the use of tire chains to help with traction while driving on snowy roads.

Ice scraper/snow brush. You’ll need something to scrape the ice off your windshield after big snowstorms, so always have an ice scraper handy. And a little trick if your car door is frozen shut: Try pouring warm (not boiling!) water over it. Just be sure to dry the door afterward to prevent refreezing. Many places also sell de-icer spray, so you may want to keep that on hand in your garage.

Don’t forget the SPF. Yes, you read that right! Even in the winter months when the sunlight doesn’t last as long, it’s still important to use sunscreen, as the UVA rays are just as intense.

SWAMP RABBIT MOVING IS HERE TO HELP

No matter where you’re headed, let the Rabbits make your move a breeze. You can find us in Greenville, South Carolina, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas of Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and Mauldin. If you’re ready to make it a habit to call the Rabbits, contact us today!

Tips for Moving into a Retirement HomeSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Tips for Moving into a Retirement Home

August 4, 2023
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As movers, we understand that any move can be extremely stressful. And having to transition a parent or loved one into senior living is no easy feat. Not only do you have the pressure of deciding what they can or can’t take, but you also have the emotional aspects of such a move. It’s a tough time for everyone involved, as it’s not an easy decision to make, and tempers can run high.

So, if you’re panicking about what to pack and what to leave behind, we’re here to say: Take a deep breath. Relax for a few minutes. Regroup. And take a look at these tips we have to offer for helping your loved one move into a retirement home.

  • Start planning as early as possible.

If you haven’t done this already, this is your best bet for the first step. Grab a notebook and a pen and start jotting down any questions or thoughts you may have. What will the senior living facility allow in terms of personal belongings? Will you have to hire a moving truck? Will you have to donate odds and ends that can’t be brought to the nursing home? These are all questions to help you start thinking about all the little things.

  • Start small.

Moving a loved one into a retirement home or senior living facility can seem like a daunting task. Take small steps, and if everything seems overwhelming, take a step back so you can focus on the steps you need to take.

  • Focus on the positives.

You and your loved one made this choice for a reason, and that reason is usually a better quality of life. You’ve put your trust in the retirement home, and you believe that they will be a more secure provider. Remind yourself of this whenever you feel doubtful about making the right decision.

  • Be realistic about your goals.

Your loved one probably has 50 years of memories throughout their current home. Don’t expect yourself to go through all of it in one day. It’s going to take time, and that’s okay.

  • Set deadlines for everything that needs to be done.

By setting deadlines, you and your family can hold yourselves accountable. Deadlines will also help you arrange for any services you may need to hire, such as a moving company or donation pickups from your local Habitat for Humanity.

  • Take care of the important stuff early on.

Make a checklist for yourself of everything your loved one will need for their transition, such as putting your hands on important documents (power of attorney papers, medical records, military records, diplomas, birth certificates, or even passports). Don’t forget about any medication they have or might need, and transfer scripts when needed. You’ll also want to update their address and submit for mail forwarding.

  • Make arrangements for pets.

If your loved one’s destination allows pets, such as cats or smaller dogs, make sure they have everything they need. But be sure to ask the community ahead of time what their rules are for animals. If they don’t allow animals, make sure to make arrangements for adoption ahead of time.

  • Have fun and talk it out.

This is a huge transition in your loved one’s life, and they may be feeling scared or anxious about the move. Let them talk out their worries or concerns, and be ready to help them find the answers to their questions. Sometimes, making the experience fun (and maybe even nostalgic) can help ease everyone’s anxieties.

Downsizing is a huge part of the process, and it’s often the most daunting task of moving. More often than not, folks making the journey into retirement homes or senior living have to downsize. Here are our top tips for downsizing:

  • Start with the unsentimental stuff.

It’ll be easier to start actually going through all their items if you start with the stuff that doesn’t hold sentimental value. We particularly like Marie Kondo’s take on accumulated junk: If it doesn’t give you joy, why keep it? Try and articulate that item’s purpose in your life. That, of course, doesn’t mean you should start throwing away every little thing! Just be sure to give thought to the items you’re sorting through.

  • Visit the new living arrangement.

Try to spend some time in the new community and, more importantly, in your new living space. Try to imagine what objects you can see in that space, where you will put them, or what will fit where. This can help you really decide which items you want to keep or donate.

  • Don’t immediately throw away your things.

Instead, set them aside and see if you truly notice their absence. You never know; you may find yourself enjoying life with fewer things! And if you do decide to dispose of an item, try to donate it or find a new home for it instead of letting it wind up in a landfill.

Again, we understand that the decision to move a loved one into a retirement home can be a tough one to make. It can be emotional for everybody involved, so don’t be afraid, enjoy all the memories while sorting through items, and take it one day at a time. If you decide you need moving services to help get your loved one’s belongings to the new living arrangements, be sure to call the Rabbits for all of your Charleston moving needs!

How to Check if a Moving Company Is LegitimateSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

How to Check if a Moving Company Is Legitimate

August 4, 2023
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How to Check if a Moving Company Is Legitimate in Grenville, South Carolina

Common Scams for the More Vulnerable

We’ll be upfront with you: Not all moving companies are created equal. There are so-called companies out there who aren’t actually interested in providing a quality, hassle-free move; they’re out to get your money.

This isn’t to indulge ourselves in fear-mongering. At Swamp Rabbit Moving, we’re just out to make sure you have an easy—and, dare we call it enjoyable—moving experience. It’s no secret that getting scammed by an illegitimate moving company is no fun, especially when you find yourself in the hole by several hundred dollars, if not more.

There are several different scams that companies may try to use, such as:

  • Charging a considerable deposit, then not showing on your scheduled moving day
  • Altering or creating a fraudulent bill of lading
  • Lying about the weight or volume of the shipment
  • Falsifying the amount of needed supplies
  • Giving a low quote and then requiring more money in exchange for your items
  • Taking your money upfront, then closing shop/ditching your belongings

Beware of anyone trying to contact you online via friend requests, direct messages (DMs), or unsolicited emails. These scammers typically prey on those who are less digitally savvy. If you are one of these people who isn’t as familiar with online activity, be sure to ask someone for help researching the legitimacy of someone who has contacted you.

How to Tell if a Moving Company is Legitimate

It’s always a good idea to check the background of any company before doing business with them, including moving companies. Always ask for licensure and certifications from any moving company, as good companies will have that available for you to view.

Here are a few steps you can take to check the validity of a business:

  1. Look for their website.In this day and age, any good business will have a website. Not having one is a huge red flag that they might be scammers. A company’s website should be clean, easy to read, and easy to navigate. You should be able to find reviews on their website or Google.
  2. Ask for a free estimate.If the company refuses to give you a free estimate, you should run far, far away! The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires moving companies to offer free, in-home estimates.
  3. Check for a Department of Transportation (D.O.T) number.You can check the D.O.T. website for certification of any moving company if it’s not already on that company’s website. Certification is good, meaning the company you might work with is legitimate and certified.
  4. Check for other credentials.

You can also check the Better Business Bureau for accreditation or a simple rating. For example, Swamp Rabbit Moving has a BBB rating of A.

  1. Check consumer protection sites.Sites like protectyourmove.gov have one mission: protect consumers from potential scammers. Search their website for any potential scams you might encounter.
  2. Trust your gut.If you think you might be working with a scam company that’s only out to get your money, you probably are.

While the idea of hiring a potentially ill-intentioned company may scare you, you can trust Swamp Rabbit Moving. We’ll handle all your belongings with care, we won’t overcharge you, and we will never hold your things hostage in exchange for more money. We’re graded A with the Better Business Bureau, and you’ll find our five-star Google reviews are overflowing! Check out a few of our reviews below:

“Perfect handling of some very old antiques. Polite, friendly and professional crew. I met Chris Sweet when he started out his business with one unmarked truck and just himself. Seeing what he has achieved just shows how much he cares for servicing the public. I highly recommend for any size move for new or antique possessions. Thank you again!!” – C. Colon

“We received our closing date on our new home only a week before we moved. The office worked to find an opening and help us in a tight situation. Tae, Eli, and Derek all did a great job at getting us loaded and unloaded into our new home in under the time we were quoted. They helped relieve a lot of stress typical with a big move. We couldn’t be happier with the service and value that Swamp Rabbit Movers provided!” – M. Smith

“I could not be more pleased with Swamp Rabbit Moving! This was by far, the best moving experience I’ve had and it’s all thanks to Cole, Antonio and Grant! They arrived on time, and got finished with our move two hours before anticipated! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this company!” – C. Boyce

So, if you’re ready to get your move on the road, no matter if you’re moving to or from Grenville, Spartanburg, or even Simpsonville, contact the Rabbits today! We’ll determine what supplies you’ll need and the best way to protect your valuable belongings, and we’ll hop to it. We look forward to helping you get your move on the road!

How to Prepare Your Kids for a MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

How to Prepare Your Kids for a Move

July 28, 2023
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Moving on its own can be a daunting task. Add kids into the mix, and it can seem like complete chaos. There’s so much that’s involved with moving, from packing up your life to finding a moving company, that sometimes we can forget this is a huge life change for our kids.

Kids can easily become stressed, and the uncertainty of a fresh start can compound their fears. And when they’re uncertain or even afraid of what’s to come, kids can act out in unpredictable ways. This isn’t to say that all kids will act out; some will be their usual, hyperactive selves. Either way, helping your kids adjust to such a huge change in their lives is a must.

HOW TO PREPARE KIDS FOR A BIG MOVE

Be Open and Honest with Your Kids

Holding back information from the start is only doing a disservice to you and your kids. Be honest with them from the beginning. As soon as you know you’re moving, tell them. Being open about your upcoming move early on will give them time to think through what it means for them. This is especially important for very young children, as they may not feel a sense of control over the move by actively participating.

Show Them the New Neighborhood

If possible, take your kids to the new neighborhood and the new house. Bonus points if you’re able to let them see the inside of the house. Giving them tangible evidence of the upcoming move can help them process the inevitable change in their lives.

Another great idea is to take them to their new school if you’re changing school districts. Ask the principal if they can meet their new teachers or even walk around the school. This can give them a better idea of what to expect on their first day.

Be Accepting of Their Perspectives

It may take a little while for your kids to process the news, and they may have questions. Allow them to come to you with those questions, and be open to their perspectives or concerns. Let them know that their worries are valid.

Give Them a Sense of Control

By allowing your children to have a sense of control over the upcoming move, they will feel included in the process. Hold family meetings and allow them to give any input they may have.

You can also help them feel a sense of control by having them create inventories of their own rooms. Another good idea is to let them help pack boxes. (They may complain, but it will help them feel included.)

Let Them Plan Out Their Room

What kid doesn’t like to rearrange their room? Let them get excited about their new space by allowing them to plan what it will look like. Consider letting them pick out one new piece of decor for their rooms, even if it’s something small, to give them a sense of ownership.

HANDLING KIDS ON MOVING DAY

Get Them Involved

Give them a sense of control by including them on moving day. Depending on their age, ask them to help with certain tasks.

Introduce Them to Your Movers

Kids may be frightened or put off by all the movers coming and going. Assuage their fears by introducing them to all the movers.

Arrange Childcare

If your kids are too young, they may not be able to help, and being in an environment where so many things are being moved can pose a potential injury to them if they get in the way. On the other hand, they may get underfoot from the movers who are hauling heavy objects. By arranging childcare for the day of your move, you can make moving day a little easier.

Have older children? No doubt, there will be a point in your day when you need a little time to yourself to handle tasks that kids can interfere with. Choose a time and arrange childcare for your older kids mid-move. This way, you can focus on all the things that need to be done by you.

Have a Going Away “Party”

Turn saying goodbye into something fun and interactive for the kids, even if it’s just a few minutes to say farewell to your old house. Let your kids write out their favorite memories from your old house, or simply thank your old home for all the good memories. This will give them a better sense of closure.

ADJUSTING AFTER THE MOVE

Prioritize Setting Up Their Rooms

While there may be a lot to unpack and handle upon arrival at your new home, try to make your children’s rooms a priority. This helps them feel more grounded and stable in the new home with a room to call their own.

Keep Routines

If you had any routines or traditions at your old house, make an effort to keep these going. If you had dinner at the kitchen table, make sure to keep having dinner at the kitchen table. Pizza on Friday nights? Let your kids help you find a new pizza shop for their first Friday night in the new home. Having a sense of normalcy will help them settle into the new space.

Meet Your Neighbors

Getting to know the neighbors can make the neighborhood (as a whole) feel less foreign. And you never know — they may make some friends in the process!

Get Your Move on the Road!

Ready to get your move on the road? Let Swamp Rabbit Moving get you there! Don’t worry — our Rabbits are kid-friendly! Whether you simply need moving services or could use a hand with packing and unpacking, our Rabbits hop to it. Contact us today for a free quote! We’re here to help families around the Upstate, no matter if you’re in Easley, Gaffney, or even Spartanburg.

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving YourselfSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Yourself

July 6, 2023
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Charleston is a popular area in South Carolina. Between the beautiful beaches, amazing architecture, and historical sights — and who doesn’t love the open-air market — it’s no wonder people flock to the Low Country. Don’t get us wrong; all of us here at Swamp Rabbit Moving love the Holy City. But we see a lot of folks who try to move themselves, which means we also see many of the mistakes people make. We understand that, sometimes, hiring a moving company for a local move may seem like a lot. Moving can be done on a budget, but here are the top mistakes we see people make!

  1. Procrastination
    This is the biggest mistake we see. Don’t wait until the very last minute. If you do, you’ll end up scrambling to get everything done, which results in poorly packed boxes, forgotten items, and a struggle to find enough packing boxes.How to Avoid This Mistake
    -Plan at least 2-4 weeks in advance of your moving date.
    - Make a list of tasks you need to complete for a smooth move.
    - Set a deadline for those tasks.Tip from the pros: Professional packers and movers can help you get through everything that needs to be packed and moved. At Swamp Rabbit Moving, we offer packing and unpacking services and take responsibility for materials, transport, and loading and unloading.
  2. Failing to Declutter
    Decluttering and purging unwanted items are important for a smooth move. You may want to throw everything haphazardly into boxes, but this will only lead to more stress when trying to sort and organize everything at your new home. If you don’t declutter and purge, you’ll end up paying more for more boxes and supplies to pack and store everything.How to Avoid This MistakeBefore you begin packing, we recommend sorting through your entire house for unwanted items and unused things. This may seem like a daunting task, but try to break it up into smaller chunks: Declutter the living room one day, sort through the playroom the next day.Tip from the pros: If you’re unsure of what items you want to purge, make a list of things you haven’t used for a year or more (or don’t wish to use anymore). Throw away damaged goods and sell or donate unwanted items that are in good condition.
  3. Forgetting to Pack a “Survival Kit”
    There’s no denying that moving into a new home is exhausting. After a long, tiring move, you won’t want to dive right into unpacking boxes just to find your basic necessities. The first few days in your new home will be chaotic, but by packing a survival kit, you can make the transition a little bit easier.How to Avoid This:
    Save your “essentials” for last when packing. You’ll most likely need them on moving day and shortly after arriving at your new home.
    - Pack necessities: change of clothes, toiletries, medications, water, snacks, etc.
    - Important items: wallets, keys, laptop or other electronics, chargers, etc.
    - Additional supplies: basic kitchen needs, basic cleaning supplies.
    - If you have kids: milk, food, and any necessary toys.
    - Valuables: important documents, jewelry, etc.

  4. Not Getting Enough Packing Supplies
    Sure, it may be hard to estimate exactly how many boxes you need or how many tape dispensers you’ll go through. Don’t forget you’ll need different-sized boxes to fit various items to ensure a safe trip to your new home. Plus, we recommend you don’t overstuff boxes, which can lead to broken or damaged items (not to mention it makes the boxes that much heavier).How to Avoid This:
    Get plenty of everything you’ll need to ensure no damage to your belongings: bubble wrap, cushioning wraps, or even packing peanuts. A good idea is to research how to pack fragile belongings or simply for various household items.Tip from the pros: Professional packers and movers can be a great option to move your household items with quality packing procedures and safety measures. Our pros here at Swamp Rabbit Moving are well-trained and experienced in packing delicate items.
  5. Not Labeling Boxes
    This is a huge mistake we see people make. This can make your unloading and unpacking processes that much more difficult and complicated.How to Avoid This:
    Invest in Sharpie markers and label everything. Label it by room or by category.
  6. Not Preparing Your Refrigerator
    This is a common mistake. People forget about their fridges, and a dirty fridge may ruin other goods in the truck. Don’t forget to take out the shelves — these can break if not removed.How to Avoid This:
    - Clean the refrigerator and remove all the shelves.
    - Unplug and defrost for at least 24 hours before moving.
    - Clear the water tray and leave the door open (to clear any odors).
    - Remove all of the racks and pack them separately to avoid damage.
  7. Failing to Book the Right-Sized Truck
    Some folks aren’t aware that there are different-sized trucks, and if you book the wrong size, this can lead to delays in your move. A truck that’s too small means you’ll have to make multiple trips. By booking a truck that’s too large, you’ll pay for unused space (which is a waste of money).How to Avoid This:
    - Really consider the amount of stuff you have and how much space it takes up. Try to rent a truck that is at least 10% to 15% bigger than your estimate.
    - Look for a good transport company who can accurately suggest the best fit.Tip from the pros: Hiring professional movers can make the day of your move stress-free. We can determine the correct size truck you’ll need for a smooth transition. 
  8. Lifting Heavy Items
    Some people overestimate the weight of the box they’re trying to move. And if you don’t know how to properly pick up and handle heavy items, you can end up injuring yourself.How to Avoid This:
    - Equip yourself with lifting aids such as hand carts, dollies, carpet glides, etc. If this isn’t possible, we strongly recommend hiring a moving company like Swamp Rabbit Moving. We have the skills and tools to handle all of your items safely.Tip from the pros: Put your health and safety first. If you don’t think you can safely move your items, hire a moving company. 
  9. Forgetting About Utilities
    Sure, maybe it’s not directly related to packing and moving, but if you forget to transfer your utilities, you may end up paying a ton more for unused electricity and water at your old home. And if you forget to have the utilities connected at the new place, you’ll likely be sitting in the dark.How to Avoid This:
    - Contact your utility companies to schedule a date for disconnection/reconnection or transfer.
    - Pay all unpaid bills and make sure you have no dues before moving out.
    - Note the meter reading before leaving your old place and at your new place as you move in.

Do-it-yourself moving may seem daunting, but it’s not completely impossible to do. If you’re still overwhelmed by the idea of moving yourself, give the Rabbits a call! We’re trained to ensure no damage happens to your items — we know how to pack, carry, and load your belongings so they remain safe. Whether you’re planning for a local move or transition long-distance, we’re here to help. For a free quote, contact us today!

The Cheapest Ways to Pack for Your MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

The Cheapest Ways to Pack for Your Move

June 16, 2023
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We get it. Moving can be a big financial burden. Between purchasing your new home (or upfront costs for a new apartment) and having to hire a moving company, the price tag can add up. While we agree that time is money (and hiring a moving company can save you plenty of time), everyone wants to look for more ways to save on their move.

Well, here are our top tips for ways to save while packing for your move.

Pack items yourself.
While enlisting packing and unpacking services from your movers may seem lucrative, these services can be expensive. If you want to save money, simply pack your items yourself. The national average cost to hire packing services is $60 per hour per packer, which can add up to $450-$600 for labor (for a two-bedroom home).

Forgo the professional packers and pack your own items. True, it takes a lot of work and organization, but you’ll save in the long run. We recommend starting your packing journey well before the move date and spending at least a few hours each day on the task. Make sure to protect your belongings with proper packing items, such as bubble wrap. You may even want to leave your delicate items to the pros if you want them to make it through the move unscathed.

Get free moving boxes.
Speaking of packing materials, you can look for cheap boxes and materials to save even more on your move. You’ll probably need quite a few boxes to fit all of your belongings, and the cost of brand-new boxes can add up. That’s why we recommend trying to find used boxes by:

  • Asking friends or even coworkers if they have any unwanted boxes at home
  • Check websites such as Freecycle and Craigslist for anyone looking to give away moving boxes
  • Visit local retail stores during receiving hours and ask if you can take the empty boxes

You may find other packing supplies for free, such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts, by simply asking around.

Use the containers you already have.
As mentioned above, you’re going to need a lot of boxes and containers. But not all the boxes need to be cardboard! If you have other types of containers lying around the house, make good use of them. Things that you already have at home can suffice, such as:
– Suitcases, backpacks, or any kind of travel bag, heavy-duty plastic bags

  • Plastic storage containers
  • Baskets and hampers
  • Buckets and bins
  • Crates and liquor boxes, etc.

Leave non-breakable items in their drawers.
Drawers are designed to hold stuff and are typically sturdy enough to keep their contents safe during a move. What does this mean for you? Another economical packing option.

When packing, you can easily leave small, non-breakable items (such as clothes, linens, towels, office supplies, etc.) in their drawers and transport them as they are. This can cut down on the number of boxes you’ll need, as well as time and effort.

Utilize garbage bags.
No need to look down on garbage bags — they make a great alternative to packing boxes for items that aren’t fragile or breakable.

They are great for soft, lightweight items like bedding, pillows, cushions, towels, clothes, plush toys, and more. These items can safely be transported in heavy-duty trash bags that won’t tear mid-move. Plus, garbage bags are pretty cheap, so they can help you save on your move.

(Pro tip: Use clean garbage bags to move clothes on hangers. Simply pull a trash bag down over a group of hanging clothes and secure the bottom with the drawstrings or packing tape.)

Use alternative packing materials.
Some items can be safely packed with items other than your typical packing materials, like packing peanuts. While they do remain the best choice to keep your belongings free from damage, here are a few alternatives to typical packing materials:

  • Use soft towels or clothes for fragile and easily-scratched items instead of bubble wrap.
  • Store glasses and other small breakable items in socks instead of wrapping paper.
  • Line the bottoms of packing containers with old towels, sweaters, or any soft clothing instead of packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Tear and ball up old newspapers for an alternative to packing peanuts.
  • Use balls of yarn and/or shredded paper for extra cushioning and padding.
  • Use dollar store balloons (or even small, sealable plastic bags) instead of professional packing air pillows and airbags.
  • Use home blankets instead of moving blankets.

Reuse materials.
If you’re making a local move, you can reuse some of the materials while making multiple trips to your new home. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you’re not utilizing a moving company, you can transport multiple boxes, unpack them at your new place, and bring the boxes back to refill them.

Declutter your home before the move.
While all of the above are cheap ways to save on your move, many people forget about simply decluttering their homes before moving. Go through your drawers (yes, even the junk drawer you’ve been avoiding cleaning out) and clear out any old items you no longer use or want. You never know — you may make a few bucks in the process by selling unwanted items!

Ultimately, the cheapest way to move is to do the entire move yourself. But if you’re wary about precious heirlooms or expensive items getting damaged, we suggest hiring a moving company such as Swamp Rabbit Moving. Our movers are specially trained to handle your belongings with the utmost care to ensure damage doesn’t happen. Plus, with the help of Swamp Rabbit Moving, you won’t have to drudge through multiple trips back and forth between your old house and your new house.


If you’re ready to get your move on the road, contact the Rabbits! We’re here to help your move go as smoothly as possible — because we hop to it in Upstate South Carolina, including Greer, Simpsonville, and Spartanburg.

Tips for Packing & Moving Your ElectronicsSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Tips for Packing & Moving Your Electronics

May 3, 2023
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No matter if you’re making a local move around the Upstate, such as in Taylors, Greer, Simpsonville, or Spartanburg, or you’re planning on a long-distance move, how you pack and handle your electronics can make a huge difference. Many electronics are costly, while some (like your personal computer or laptop) can contain sensitive information. And if they get damaged during a move? You may have to pay more than it’s worth to retrieve data from the hard drive or replace the item.

This is why proper packing and handling are of utmost importance. By packing your electronics properly, you can safeguard your belongings from damage caused by improper handling by a moving company. Or, if you’re putting your electronics into storage, you can protect them from the elements if you’re using a storage unit that’s not temperature- or humidity-controlled. (Here at Swamp Rabbit Moving in Greenville, we offer climate-controlled storage units! Check out our storage solutions today!)

TOP TIPS FOR PACKING & HANDLING ELECTRONICS

So, how exactly should you pack and handle your electronic devices? Here are our top tips!

  1. Make a backup of all data and files.
    If something happens to your desktop or laptop, there’s a chance even the hard drive may be damaged beyond repair. Because of the possibility of damage, regular backups of your files are essential (especially before you pack your electronic device). Cloud storage (such as Dropbox) is a great option, allowing you to retrieve files across your devices. You can also use an external hard drive to back up your system.
  2. Remove any batteries.
    We’re not talking about prying open the battery from your laptop — lithium batteries can be dangerous to handle — but from any small accessories or remotes.
  3. Remove any cartridges or discs.
    If you have a DVD player or handheld gaming device, remove any discs or game cartridges. Older media, like DVDs and compact discs can warp or deform if left inside the machine.
  4. Detach wires and accessories.
    Detach any charging cables, USB or HDMI cables, or anything attached to electronics that can be removed. Prolonged metal-to-metal contact can create issues, especially in storage units without climate control.
  5. Use the original packaging if you have it.
    Saving the original boxes is a great idea if you can manage it. (If not, that’s okay, too. Skip to the next tip!) Many electronics experts suggest keeping the original packaging when possible because they contain pre-shaped packaging and inserts that keep the items from shifting during shipping.
  6. Use a moving box if you don’t have the original packaging.
    Can’t find the original packaging? No worries! Use a moving box big enough to fit the device and pack it with lots of Styrofoam and packing peanuts for a snug, secure fit. Ideally, you want at least two inches of packing on all sides of the electronic. Starch-based peanuts and popcorn can still be environmentally friendly if you only move a short distance. For longer moves, we suggest synthetic materials for the sake of longevity.
  7. Add silica gel to the box.
    This tip only applies if you’re preparing for storage or a long-distance move. Silica absorbs excess moisture before it can collect on metal components (which can cause corrosion). If you have small children or pets, keep the silica gel packets out of reach — while they are non-toxic, they can pose a choking hazard.
  8. Use moving blankets.
    You’ve probably already realized that most televisions don’t fit in standard moving boxes. Instead, wrap it in a padded moving blanket and store it against a wall for support. We suggest you not keep them flat or stack anything on the screen, which can cause permanent damage.
  9. Keep dust out.
    Protect any computer monitors or televisions with a protective layer of bubble wrap or towels and tape paper over the fan vent. This will keep particles from getting inside your electronics during travel or storage.
  10. Unplug your electronics at least 24 hours before packing.

By allowing your electronics to cool off, you ensure they can be transported without internal damage. Unplugging beforehand also reduces the risk of static electricity.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

Now that you’re knowledgeable about how to protect your electronics. First, you’ll need to get the proper materials to secure your items. Here are the supplies we recommend you invest in:

  • Moving boxes in various sizes
  • Packing paper or newspaper
  • Twist ties
  • Bubble Wrap and packing peanuts
  • Heavy-duty packing tape
  • Protective plastic or large trash bags
  • Markers
  • Phone with camera

You might be wondering why we included a camera! Well, a good idea is to photograph your items before disassembling them so you can quickly reassemble them once you’ve moved to your new home. You can also document any damage that may have occurred during the move and file for reimbursement.

Twist ties are a handy little helper when keeping cords organized, and they’ll stay neatly collected with their corresponding device. And a marker is simply for marking the appropriate boxes so you can easily see which box is which!

USING STORAGE? CHOOSE CLIMATE-CONTROL.

Electronics are susceptible to damage caused by temperature extremes. Cold can cause metal parts to contract, which can weaken soldered components. A harsh cold snap can cause liquid crystal displays (LCDs) to even freeze. On the other hand, heat can cause metal parts to expand, which stresses soldered components. Warm air also holds more moisture, and high humidity is horrible for your electronics.

Again, we offer climate-controlled storage solutions here in the Upstate. So, if you need to store your belongings between moves, contact the Rabbits! Not quite confident in packing your own things? We also provide packing and unpacking services, and our Rabbits are trained to pack and handle your items with care.

Ready to get your move on the road?

Pros and Cons of Moving in Spring in Greenville, SCSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Pros and Cons of Moving in Spring in Greenville, SC

April 18, 2023
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Whether you’re a fan of the chillier weather or you’re excited about soaring temperatures, the blooming of a new season is already upon us! The flowers and critters are emerging, and despite the incoming attack of pollen, spring can be a great time to move.

Moving isn’t the only exciting thing about a spring move. With the longer hours of sunlight, many people are more motivated to get more done. Some see spring as a fresh start or just a time to tidy the house and finish the chores.

Although spring is a great time to move, that doesn’t mean it comes without challenges. Here are some tips to make your move a little easier:

  • Do some spring cleaning. Many people tackle their house chores in the spring during “spring cleaning.” While it’s not always a particularly fun activity, you’ll feel proud about your house and all the work you’ve done.
  • Early planning is critical. A move (no matter if it’s local or long-distance) can be a hectic time, so taking advantage of the time you have before your move is essential. Pack and label your items early, as this can take some time to sort through everything.
  • Transfer your utilities ahead of time. You don’t want to get to your new home and not have electricity, water, gas, or any other utilities. If you wait too long, you run the risk of forgetting.
  • Book your movers early. You’ll want to shop around for pricing and legitimacy. (Yes, there are bad movers out there doing dirty business.) Get three quotes and look into their reviews, request licensure, and any paperwork to check that they are a legitimate business. For more information on picking the perfect mover, check out this blog post!
  • Don’t take spring allergies lightly. Itchy noses and lots of sneezing? Check! While most spring-based allergies aren’t too harmful (primarily annoying), severe allergies and asthma are no joke. If you’re really struggling with allergies, be sure to see an allergist (a doctor specializing in allergies) to get tested and ask what type of antihistamine or allergy medicine to take.
  • Prepare for unpredictable weather. Spring can bring unexpected weather changes. Have an umbrella or rain jacket on hand, just in case.
  • Host a yard sale. Have a lot of stuff you want to get rid of before your move? Host a yard sale! You’ll find that many thrifters (people who shop thrift stores and yard sales for good deals) love a good yard sale. From furniture to china that you no longer want, you can get rid of a lot of items while making a few bucks.
  • Take breaks. Yes, moving can be exhausting, and a lot of organization that needs to happen to make a move successful. Don’t overdo yourself by taking small breaks on your moving day. Be careful not to injure yourself in any way, and don’t take on too many responsibilities!

THE PROS OF A SPRING MOVE

There are a lot of great aspects to moving in the spring that don’t necessarily have to do with the weather (but we’ll list them anyway). Here are our top reasons you should consider moving in the springtime.

  • Longer days & more hours of sunlight.
    With more sunlight, you’ll have more time to complete your move before night arrives. More daylight means more time to take breaks and less need to rush.
  • Warmer weather.
    Winter moves can be rough for both professional movers and their clients. It’s no secret that relocation can be exhausting, but moving during nicer, warmer weather can make it easier for everyone.
  • More affordable moving prices.
    Summer moves can be more expensive, but you can save a little cash by moving in the spring. You’ll also find more availability amongst moving companies, meaning you don’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts.
  • It’s easier to sell a home during spring.
    Surprised? Many folks want to get settled into their new homes before summer, making spring an ideal time to sell for a fantastic price. Your home will likely sell quickly, and the crisp air and sunny skies will add to the appeal of your home.
  • More flexibility for the kids.
    Moving with a family (especially young children) is no easy feat, and some families report that moving while their kids are in school is easier. Without children to worry about, you can focus on making sure your things get moved quickly and safely.

THE CONS OF A SPRING MOVE

Yes, everything has a flip side, including spring moves. Here are the biggest downsides:

  • Allergy Season.
    As mentioned before, this is prime time for allergies and pollen. While dust is inevitable inside your home, avoiding the sneeze-inducing pollen outside is impossible. Plan ahead for your move, and consult a doctor to find an antihistamine that works for you.
  • Rain.
    People prefer to avoid rain on their moving day, as it makes the process much harder and lasts for hours. Fortunately, our Rabbits are skilled and equipped to work in bad weather conditions, so we can still get you moved on schedule.
  • Higher Prices on Homes.
    The flip side to selling your home for a great price is that you also have to pay a great price for a new house. Demand for real estate is high during this time of year, and it tends to be the busiest time for realtors. Still, you’ll likely find that good home for a good deal, even if it’s not your dream home.

While some people don’t have a choice when it’s time to move, spring is a great time to relocate. And if you’re looking for a moving company you can trust, trust the Rabbits! We’re prepared and equipped to move you to your new home, no matter the conditions. Contact us today!

Benefits of Using Climate-Controlled StorageSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Benefits of Using Climate-Controlled Storage

March 9, 2023
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Whether you have an overflow of belongings that need a temporary home or are between living situations and need to store your stuff, storage units can be a great choice. Your items will stay safe from anyone with less-than intentions, and you don’t have to worry about asking a friend or family member to hang on to your stuff, thereby cluttering up their home.

We here at Swamp Rabbit Moving offer storage options for those in Greenville! And if you’re utilizing our residential storage options, you’ll get your first month on us. We also provide commercial storage for businesses around Greenville, Simpsonville, Taylors, and Greer. Our units are climate controlled, so you can rest assured that your belongings won’t end up warped, damaged, or even destroyed due to the weather.

WHAT DOES CLIMATE-CONTROLLED MEAN?

Extreme heat or cold can affect the atmosphere in a storage unit. If you’ve lived in Greenville for any amount of time, you already know that we can get some pretty cold weather in winter and extreme heat during the summer months.

So, what is climate control? It’s more than just turning up the air conditioning during the summer or turning on the heat in the winter. Climate control regulates both temperature and humidity. If you think the temperature alone can warp an item, think again. High humidity can damage your belongings, especially paperwork, photographs, or other essential things you might want to keep in storage.

Climate control keeps your belongings from getting too hot, too cold, or too wet.

MORE REASONS TO CHOOSE A CLIMATE CONTROLLED UNIT

  • Protection from Extreme Temperatures

As mentioned, Greenville can see some wild weather. The summer months are spent in grueling hot temperatures, while winter brings temperatures below freezing.

Certain sensitive items definitely require a climate-controlled storage unit. Some examples include wood furniture, musical instruments, and antiques. These items can warp, split, or even crack due to extreme temperature changes. If you have books, business or personal records, fine art, or vinyl records, you should know that these types of items can also become damaged.

  • Humidity control offers more protection.

It may not seem that important, but with the natural fluctuation in the humidity levels outside during the changing seasons, you may consider a storage unit with humidity control. Most storage units with humidity control keep the base humidity around 55% by removing excess moisture from the air.

So, why is humidity control important? It’s especially needed for items that may warp or crack (or even rot) if there’s too much moisture in the air. Antique furniture is a significant concern for too much moisture, as it can warp or crack the woodwork.

Belongings such as electronics and musical instruments, on the other hand, require some moisture in the air. Without enough humidity, items can dry out or even splinter.

Without humidity control, your storage unit may stay too damp during the fall and spring months. This can encourage mildew growth, which can (if left long enough) give your items a musty smell.

  • The air quality is fantastic.

While many people overlook air quality when picking a storage unit, it can significantly affect how often you should visit it. Without climate control, the air quality of your unit is poor, which means you’ll need to take a trip to your unit to open the door for some fresh air.

Air quality is an important factor to consider when storing any sensitive electronics or documents.

  • You get an additional barrier from dust and debris.

Because most climate-controlled storage units are inside buildings with sealed and insulated roofs, walls, and floors, they are much less susceptible to flooding or dirt tracked in by people’s shoes. There’s a much lesser chance for critters or insects to play homemaker inside your unit. Plus, less dust and debris can settle onto your stored belongings.

With reasons like thee to choose a climate-controlled storage unit, you can have peace of mind that your items stay safe, undamaged, and intact. You will only need to make a few trips to your unit to check the conditions. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the weather or humidity wreaking havoc.

ITEMS THAT REQUIRE CLIMATE CONTROL

Not all items indeed require a climate-controlled facility. Here are some things that should be stored in a unit with added protection:

  • Wood or leather furniture
  • Electronics
  • Artwork
  • Medical supplies
  • Wine
  • Household appliances
  • Any personal or business-related files
  • DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records
  • Photographs


If you’re ready to get your move on the road or need to store your stuff, be sure to make it a habit to contact the Rabbits! We can help you with your storage, packing, and moving needs.

Moving Day at Colleges Around the UpstateSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Moving Day at Colleges Around the Upstate

February 22, 2023
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MOVING DAY

Moving day is quickly approaching schools around Upstate South Carolina, and it’s a big day for new and returning students. No matter if you’re attending Clemson, USC Upstate, Bob Jones University or even Furman University, the traffic around the campus can be quite heavy (and, frankly, a little overwhelming) on moving days.

No need to worry, however! With the help of the Rabbits, you and your folks can have a stress-free transition into your dorm room. You can enjoy your time as a new student, get to know your new roommate, and explore the campus of your school. You’ll want to get to know your campus so you can be prepared for your upcoming classes. (Let’s face it — you don’t want to get lost while trying to find your very first class!)

If you were accepted to Clemson, we want to say congratulations! It’s one of the many great schools near Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg. In the event that you haven’t scoured the Clemson website yet, all students (new and returning) have to set an appointment for move-in day. If you’re bringing your own car to campus, you’ll need to purchase a parking ticket, and you’ll be allowed to park in a resident lot. If your family or friends are bringing you and dropping you off, you’ll need to park in the family lot locations.

Due to the sheer number of students who are all trying to move in on a single day, the amount of traffic on the surrounding streets typically clogs up the campus. And having to make multiple trips back and forth to the car? What a headache! You’ll have a ton of stuff to move in, from bedding and clothing to any spare furniture you’re allowed in your dorm. And not all of it may fit in mom’s minivan.

According to Clemson’s website, a good idea is to plan for severe weather. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with their warning sirens and safe alerts. If the weather is severe enough to impact move-in, a notification will be sent via the CU Safe Alert system.

WHAT TO BRING

So, it’s time to get packed and ready for your move. While you’re packing your stuff, you may want to use packing labels to keep track of your belongings (and avoid losing anything during move-in or throughout the shipping process).

Clemson has a fantastic list of recommended items to bring with you. Bear in mind that these are approved items in University Housing, but they are not provided by the school. Once you get your room assignment, you should compare lists and decide who will bring which items. As a fresh-faced college student, you may be wondering what to pack. Many students tend to underpack, mostly due to not knowing what to bring. (We totally get it. It can be hard to know what you need to enjoy life at Clemson.)

  • Trash can
  • Broom & dustpan or small vacuum
  • Laundry basket, detergent
  • Towels (bath, hand, washcloth)
  • Toiletries
  • Flip-flops for showering
  • Bedding made to fit an extra-long mattress: mattress cover, sheets, pillows, blankets
  • If you are a resident in Douthit Hills West (Buildings A, B, C and D) and Thornhill Village require bedding to fit a full-size mattress.
  • Clothes hangers
  • Storage bins
  • Folding chairs, inflatable seating, etc.
  • Push pins or white sticky tack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • A few dishes (bowl, plate, flatware)
  • Can opener
  • Laptop
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit/medicine
  • Umbrella, raincoat and boots
  • Television, mini-projector, or tablet
  • Power strip (no extension cords)
  • Clothes for the semester

WHY YOU SHOULD LET SWAMP RABBIT MOVING HELP YOU ON MOVE-IN DAY

It’s an exhilarating time, moving to college — kind of like a fresh start! You’ll get to meet new people, make new friends, and study your favorite subjects. Don’t let the headaches of moving your own stuff into your new dorm dampen your very first day on campus! That’s where Swamp Rabbit Moving comes in. Even with scheduled move-in times, it can be a stressful endeavor to move in by yourself. Between finding parking on campus, having to lug heavy boxes for what seems like miles, and navigating your way around an unfamiliar place, move-in day can be a hassle. While you may think it’s overkill to hire a moving company for a college move, we guarantee we’ll make your move that much easier. And you may not even realize how much stuff you have! All of it may not fit in mom’s minivan.

When you have the Rabbits on your side, moving is a piece of cake. We can easily find our way around campus, and we have trucks of various sizes to fit your belongings. We’ll help you find your dorm, get you unloaded, and move you into your new living arrangements. Our Rabbits will handle your possessions with the highest degree of care, which means you can focus on getting ready for your upcoming studies (all while we take care of the hard work)!

No matter if you’re a longtime local of the Upstate or living out of state, Swamp Rabbit Moving can get you packed and moved to college with ease. Plus, we offer reasonable prices on our college moves that won’t break the bank. (We get it. College can be expensive!)

Ready to schedule the Rabbits for your move-in time slot at Clemson (or any of the other wonderful colleges around the Upstate)? Contact us today!

10 Tips for Relocating Your OfficeSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

10 Tips for Relocating Your Office

January 18, 2023
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So, you’re planning on relocating your office. Whether you have experience with relocation or not, it can still be a hassle. From expensive equipment that needs to be moved to dealing with your lease agreement, there’s a lot that goes on with a move that needs to be overseen. Fortunately, we’re here to help. Here are ten tips to help you plan your move. (And when it comes to physically moving your equipment and office furniture, leave it to us!)

1. PLAN EARLY.

If you’ve ever relocated your home, you already know that there’s quite a bit to orchestrate with a move. With a commercial move, you can double (or even triple!) the stress. This is why we recommend planning your move well ahead of time, at least six months to a year. You’ll need to decide on a moving date, a timeframe for the entire relocation process, and a budget.

Around six months before your move, a good idea is to review your lease. This will help you determine if there will be any fees for breaking your contract or if you’ll be charged for any damages in the office, such as chipped paint or broken lights. You should also decide whether or not you want to deal with all the hassles that come with moving yourself or to delegate some of the responsibilities to other team members.

2. MAKE SURE COMMUNICATION IS CLEAR WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES.

Confusion about the move will only cause headaches for everyone involved. Communicate clearly about the upcoming relocation, such as when it will happen, the new address or any revised phone or fax numbers, and even packing arrangements. Keeping staff up to date can help boost morale and even quell any concerns about the move.

3. SET A BUDGET.

Like previously mentioned, you may want to consider setting a budget for your move. While it’s possible you’ll have to adjust it a bit here and there as you go along, this will give you a good idea regarding pricing for moving companies. Be sure to determine what you’re not willing to negotiate on and where you may have to scale back.

4. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON MOVING COMPANIES.

Be sure to get at least three quotes. This will give you an idea of the average price of the move, and it will weed out those who may be charging far too much (or even those who are undercharging, which can be a red flag for poor business).

When researching companies, be thorough in your search. Read reviews, check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints, and make sure the company you’re looking to hire is legit. A legitimate company will be licensed and insured, and if you find that they’re doing business under several “doing business as” names, run far, far away. A good moving company will have no problem showing you their credentials.

5. ASSIGN A PROJECT MANAGER.

By appointing somebody to handle everything about the company’s move, you can focus on actually running your company and making sure everything goes smoothly. Your team leader should have excellent organizational skills, communication skills, and multitasking abilities.

6. TAKE INVENTORY EARLY.

No matter if you’re downsizing your office or upgrading to a grand suite, you’ll want to take an inventory of everything in your office. Decide what needs to go to the new location (such as important documents), what will or won’t fit, or even what needs to be thrown away or donated.

7. SUBMIT ANY ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER CHANGES AHEAD OF TIME.

Be sure to notify any suppliers, customers, vendors, or anyone else you conduct business with that you’ll be changing addresses. If you have a Google business account, don’t forget to contact them to update your information. Also, be sure to update any business cards, letterheads, social media, and even your website!

8. DESIGN A FLOOR PLAN FOR YOUR NEW OFFICE.

By doing so, you’ll help keep everything organized, and you’ll know exactly where all your office furniture needs to go when the movers arrive. You don’t want to be stuck with a big pile of desks without a home in the new office!

9. PROTECT YOUR COMPANY’S DATA.

Whether it’s employee data or client information, you don’t want that private information getting out. If any of your servers or hard drives get damaged, all that precious data could be gone for good. Be sure to back up all data and protect it from any loss or breach.

10. ORDER ANY KEYS OR EMPLOYEE ACCESS CARDS BEFORE THE MOVE.

You don’t want your employees being stuck outside when the move is done! A good idea is to order any keys or access cards before you vacate the old office.

Sure, it seems there’s a lot that goes into commercial relocation. But once you break down everything that needs to be done, you’re already on your way to a successful office move! When you’re ready to hire a moving company, be sure to contact Swamp Rabbit Moving. Our rabbits hop to it, and they’ll be sure to handle all of your office items with the utmost care. You can find us in both Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina, but we handle both local and long-distance moves. Ready to get your move on the road?

Here Are 10 Points to Consider Before Renting a PODS Container (or any other container) for Your MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Here Are 10 Points to Consider Before Renting a PODS Container (or any other container) for Your Move

January 13, 2023
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Moving to a new home can be an expensive endeavor, and we understand that most people want to cut as many unnecessary costs as possible. To save money on their move, many folks will rent a PODS container. These DIY containers typically cost about a fourth of what most full-service moving companies charge, but there are some factors you should consider before renting one of these portable storage containers.

The Pros

  • PODS are usually large enough to fit most (if not all) of your belongings for the majority of medium-sized homes. This includes your sofas, TV stands, beds, dressers, tables, and much more.
  • PODS are secure in transportation. You won’t have to worry about losing any of your possessions during the move or having them stolen.
  • The timeframe for your move is flexible. You usually have 30 days to load and unload your stuff with a portable storage container, which means you won’t be hassled by having to schedule dates and times for movers to come to your house.
  • They’re more convenient than renting a truck. Seriously, who wants to rent a big moving truck and drive it to a whole new place? Even if you’re just moving across town, trucks can be hard to navigate (especially on narrow, winding streets).
  • The convenience is strong with portable storage containers. All you have to do is load and unload your belongings. Everything else is taken care of for you—the container is dropped off and picked up at your old home, then it’s dropped off and picked up again at your new home once it’s unloaded.

The Cons

  • Not all containers are created the same. Quality can vary from company to company, so be wary of who you choose. While some companies promote their containers as made of steel, you may get one made of wood and tarps.
  • Not all homes will have space for the delivery and pickup of a PODS container. If there’s not enough room to maneuver the truck and the container, this can hinder the delivery process. Hindrances like a steep driveway, sprinkler heads, bushes, concrete curbing, or even basketball hoops can keep you from renting a portable storage container.
  • You have to keep track of your own stuff. Portable container companies (like PODS) don’t inventory your belongings, so if something goes missing, you’re probably out of luck. You’ll also need to keep track of where you put your stuff in the container
  • If you have quite a few belongings (or if you’re sorting your stuff for storage or donation), you may need to rent a second container. This can double your cost, not to mention your time, effort, and even aggravation.
  • Not all companies offer long-distance service. Of course, this is fine if you’re moving to the other side of town, but having to find a different company can be a pain if you need to move to another state.

PODS, specifically, offer several options for the size of container you need, including 7-foot, 12-foot and 16-foot. The 16-foot is ideal for homes with three to four rooms, and it’s comparable to a 20-foot truck.

A few tips for packing a portable storage container:

  • Distribute weight evenly. If you have large, heavy items, be sure to spread them out rather than group them together.
  • For items you’ll use sooner rather than later, pack them toward the front of the container for easy access. Items you might consider “essential” would be mattresses, pillows, blankets, bathroom essentials, or even clothes.
  • Have important documents? Don’t put them in the container—be sure to carry them with you in the event of unexpected loss or damage.

Don’t want to entrust your belongings to a portable storage container? No worries! Swamp Rabbit Moving is here to help. We provide fast and friendly moving services in Greenville and Charleston, and we also will offer storage options soon if that’s something you need. Our rabbits will be sure to take extra care with all of your belongings to ensure a quick and safe delivery to your new home. So, if you’re in the Taylors, Greer, Summerville, or West Ashley areas, be sure to give us a call for your next move!

How to Ship Your Car Across StatesSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

How to Ship Your Car Across States

December 4, 2022
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HOW TO SHIP YOUR CAR ACROSS STATES

Making a cross-country move, or even to another state, can seem like a big hassle, especially when you think about the fact that you have to move your vehicle (or even multiple vehicles). On top of everything else you have to coordinate with your move, especially if you’re moving to a completely different state (or even a totally different part of the country), it can seem extremely daunting.

Fortunately, when it comes to your vehicle, there are options for transporting it to your new home. Here are some potential ways to ship your car to your new home state:

  1. Hire an auto transport company
    This is the most stress-free option, but it does cost additional money. We recommend getting at least three quotes from automotive transport companies to compare prices and services. Additionally, make sure the company you choose to work with checks off the following boxes:
    – They are licensed and insured for interstate moves. You can verify licensure by visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website and looking up the company’s U.S. DOT number.
  2. They have a good BBB rating.
  3. They have good online reviews.
  4. Hitch your car to a moving truck
    If you’re renting an additional truck, you may be able to hitch your vehicle to the back using a tow dolly or a car trailer. You can always check with your truck rental company to see if it’s allowed. If they do allow it, they’ll most likely rent you the equipment you need. Note that driving a truck with a trailer adds more potential hazards while driving in regards to mobility, so if you’re uncomfortable driving with a trailer, this may not be the option for you.
  5. Hire a professional driver
    There are also concierge transportation companies, allowing you to hire a driver to drive your car cross-country for you. Some will even take your pet with them and stop for potty breaks along the way. Bear in mind, though, that this can be pricey. If you do decide to hire a driver, make sure to go through a concierge transportation company instead of someone not associated with any company. These companies pre-vet their drivers and have the move covered by insurance.
  6. Drive it yourself
    This can be the most time-consuming option, but it allows you to have total control over your vehicle and its move. While it’s not the easiest, especially on cross-country trips, it’s the probably the most affordable option. This also might be a good option if you have pets who need to come with you on the trip.
  7. Ship it by train
    Amtrak is capable of transporting all types of cars, from sedans to SUVs and motorcycles, but this is limited to mostly the East Coast.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Interstate Transport

Be sure to prep your vehicle before hitting the road. If you decide to go with a professional auto transport company, they’ll generally go over the specifics before pickup. (But it’s a good idea to be prepared to do these tasks anyway.

  • Check your fuel gauge and make sure it is no more than one-quarter full. This has to do with the overall weight.
  • Empty all items from your vehicle. This may be required simply to meet a set weight limit.
  • Remove all valuables, including any documents in the glove compartment or standalone GPS devices.
  • Check the tires for proper inflation and pressure.
  • Check your car’s battery to make sure it’s at full charge.
  • Take photographs of your car to document any pre existing damage, and be sure to photograph it from all angles. This way, you’ll have proof that any damage during the move wasn’t present beforehand.

No matter which way you choose to transport your vehicle, you can trust the rabbits to take care of all your other belongings! If you’re ready to get your move on the road, just give us a call today! And don’t worry about a thing—we hop to it! Located in Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina, we’re proud to serve the surrounding areas of Taylors, Gaffney, West Ashley, and Summerville.

How to Pack Your Valuables for Moving DaySwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

How to Pack Your Valuables for Moving Day

December 2, 2022
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HOW TO PACK YOUR VALUABLES FOR MOVING DAY

Like most people, you probably have some prized possession that you’d be devastated to lose or have damaged. Whether they’re hand me downs passed down from generation to generation or even something you paid a pretty penny for, it’s a given that you don’t want to lose them. It might be a favorite art piece, fine china, antique books, irreplaceable documents, or even expensive electronics.

While most of your possessions won’t break if you drop them, some of your more expensive items may. Clothes, for example, won’t be damaged if they happen to get bumped around inside a box or accidentally dropped. But an expensive laptop or even an expensive musical instrument is bound to get damaged in one way or another if dropped or bounced around without proper handling and packaging.

So, how do you properly pack and handle your most valuable possessions for moving day?

Proper packing technique will determine whether your valuables and prized possessions make it through the trip to your new home. It all also starts with proper packing items and supplies.

First, make sure to get good, quality packing supplies:

  • Boxes
    If you have the original boxes for your valuables, it’s best to use those, since they’re designed to fit your items. If you have to use another box, make sure the cardboard is strong, dry, and has no visible signs of damage.
  • Packing Paper
    White packing paper makes for a good first layer, and it’s a good idea to make sure you purchase enough for all of your valuables.
  • Bubble Wrap
    Your best bet for protecting your valuables is bubble wrap—its level of protection from damage is unrivaled. You can find rolls of bubble wrap at office supply stores or even big chain stores such as Walmart.

Proper Packing Technique
Most valued articles can be rather fragile, so packing them properly will mean the difference between getting them to your new home safely or ending up taking a loss. But by properly packing these items, you can reduce your risk of damages. Here are a few tips for proper packing technique:

  • Double tape the edges and corners of boxes
    For extra protection that the boxes won’t break open during the move, double tape the corners and edges of your boxes, and make sure to use quality tape.
  • Utilize bubble wrap
    By placing a few layers of bubble wrap at the bottom of your boxes, you can help protect your items. The bubble wrap will absorb any shock along the ride.
  • Use jewelry boxes for any valuable jewelry
    If possible, store and transport your necklaces, rings, bracelets, and any other precious jewelry inside a jewelry box. If you don’t have a jewelry box, there are a few ways you can protect your items:
    – Use drinking straws to protect necklaces
    – Use pill organizers or egg cartons to protect rings and earrings
    – Use index cards or pieces of cardboard to wrap your bracelets around
  • Use art boxes for framed art
    Wherever possible, use art boxes made for art pieces, and be sure to use plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap around the art itself.
  • For electronic devices
    We understand that most electronic equipment is expensive. So, if you still have the original boxes, we advise using those to pack your electronics. If not, be sure to use plenty of static-free bubble wrap. Smaller equipment, such as tablets, laptops, and phones, should be transported with you in your own vehicle on moving day. For larger equipment, such as flatscreen televisions, it should be packed to the best of your ability with lots of bubble wrap.
  • Antique furniture
    For any antique furniture, we recommend using moving blankets to protect the entire piece of furniture, including anything that may protrude out, such as legs or arms. For these, wrap them in plenty of bubble wrap.

If you’re ready to get your move on the road, contact the rabbits—we hop to it! We’ll move all of your valued possessions with the utmost care.

Ready to schedule your move? Call the rabbits today at (864) 643 – 2213! We’ll take care of your possessions like they were our own! Located in Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina, we proudly serve the surrounding areas of Spartanburg and Taylors.

The Pros and Cons of an Autumn MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

The Pros and Cons of an Autumn Move

November 29, 2022
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THE PROS AND CONS OF AN AUTUMN MOVE

There are a lot of great reasons to move in the fall. And we understand, too, that sometimes extenuating circumstances mean you have to move ASAP, such as a new job or even a family crisis. But autumn is a great time to move! It’s not as busy for most moving companies, so there will be more available crews and fleets. Plus, the temperatures are milder, meaning you won’t have to move during the dog days of summer. (In that blistering heat and humidity…yuck!)

Still, every season has its advantages and disadvantages, and each comes with its own set of challenges. No matter what time of year you plan on moving, you should prepare and plan for a successful, stress-free move.

Reasons to Consider Moving in the Fall

Lower Moving Costs

The peak moving season is considered to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, which means you’re more likely to save on a move from late September to April. As previously stated, movers are in less demand, which could mean lower moving costs and cheaper prices for you. Maximize your savings by moving mid-month and mid-week when rates are lower, too.

  1. Better Weather
    No matter your favorite season, there’s no denying the beautiful weather that makes up the fall season, especially during September, October, and November. Temperatures are cooler, meaning you won’t have to haul boxes in the blistering heat, but it’s not bone-freezing cold, either. Plus, there’s no chance of snow or ice.
  2. Houses Show Well in the Fall
    If you’re selling a house, know that your house will show well in the fall. Between foliage and seasonal decorations, you’ll have great curb appeal. (Isn’t there something about fall that brings out the interior decorator in all of us?) You can stage your home with tasteful seasonal decor, and potential buyers will love it. Plus, the housing market slows down in most areas of the country from October through the winter, so you’re more likely to find a better deal on your new home.
  3. Around the Corner: Holiday Season
    By moving in the fall, you’ll be able to unpack and decorate your new home before the holiday season. What’s more exciting than decorating a brand new home for the holidays?

Three Cons to Moving in Autumn

  1. Having Kids in School
    If you have kids who are in school, you may find a fall move stressful and challenging, especially if the move requires them to change schools. They may even miss days or weeks of school in the process. Our conclusion? If you are moving with kids, you may want to reconsider moving in autumn.
  2. Inclement Weather
    Nobody wants it to rain on moving day, but rain, fog, and high winds are common during this time of year, and they’re generally unavoidable. Just one thing to consider when planning a fall move.
  3. The Holiday Season

Yes, we listed it as an advantage, but it can be stressful for some people to move so close to the holiday season, especially if you’re moving in November. With Thanksgiving upon us during the early part of the holiday season, you may not want to add the extra stress of a move while planning for the “most wonderful time of the year.”

A Few Tips for an Autumn Move

  1. Get an off-season deal.
    Fall is considered the off season, so you’ll be able to enjoy more flexibility when it comes to scheduling. (Not to mention lower rates!) We do recommend getting at least three quotes from different movers before making your final decision.
  2. Set up your utilities in advance.
    The weather is starting to get colder during fall, so it’s especially important to get your utilities (electricity, gas, and water) in time for your move. If not, you may end up arriving at a cold, dark house.
  3. Plan for inclement weather.
    There’s always a chance it could rain on your moving day, so plan accordingly. Protect your belongings with plastic wrap and plastic bins when and where you can. Keep rain jackets and boots (and umbrellas!) handy in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.
  4. Clear pathways of fallen leaves.
    The ground can be especially slippery with wet leaves, and they can make a mess when tracked into your home. Sweep and rake the leaves from the road and any sidewalks before the moving truck arrives.
  5. Protect your rugs, carpets, floors.
    Mud, dirt, and wet leaves are easily tracked into your home, so protect your floors with tarps, plastic sheets, floor mats, old towels, or even garbage bags (taped down) in both your old home and your new home.

Overall, autumn is a great time to move. Moving costs are lower; the weather is milder; and fall is a great time to sell your house and buy a new one.

If you’re ready to schedule your move, call the rabbits! We offer swift and friendly moving services.

Top 10 Things to Do in GreenvilleSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Top 10 Things to Do in Greenville

September 15, 2022
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LOOKING FOR A FUN ACTIVITY IN GREENVILLE, SC? HERE’S OUR TOP 10 LIST FROM SWAMP RABBIT MOVING!

Whether you’re new to the Greenville area or are a longtime resident, there are always new and exciting activities to do here! There are a ton of great things to do in our area, and we’ve come up with our list of the top ten places to see and things to do!

10. The Peace Center

The Peace Center, found downtown on Main Street near Falls Park, is a beautiful entertainment venue featuring a concert hall, theater, and outdoor amphitheater. It hosts more than 300 shows every year. Here, you can find local community theater plays to big Broadway tours and internationally known artists, so there’s something for everyone. There are also free shows and workshops from time to time, so be sure to check out their schedule!

9. Sully’s Steamers

One of the most well-known sandwich shops in downtown Greenville, Sully’s Steamers serves some of the best hot bagel sandwiches in town. Order from a variety of filling sandwiches such as The Hulk, with turkey, pepperoni, salami, onions, provolone, cheddar and Italian, or try a California Steamin’ with bacon, egg, veggie cream cheese and avocado. No matter what you fancy for breakfast, lunch, or late-night dinner, Sully’s has the perfect meal for you.

8. Mice on Main
Downtown Greenville has a few hidden secrets up its sleeve! Inspired by the famous children’s book Goodnight Moon, local artists hid nine small, bronze statues of mice along a five-block span of Main Street. If you need a few hints, you can pick up a sheet at any of the visitor’s centers, and be sure to keep your eyes open for these fun, miniature statues!

7. Greenville County Museum of Art

This small yet spectacular museum hosts the world’s largest public collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors, and it is viewed as one of the best art museums in the South. It first opened in 1963 and now resides in a superbly modernist building. There is also a wonderful Southern Collection and works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol.

6. Spartanburg

Looking to get out of downtown Greenville? Head to the nearby city of Spartanburg! With its stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rich history and heritage, Spartanburg makes for a great day trip. You’ll find a sweet, charming downtown area and a thriving arts scene. The best part? It’s only about a forty-minute drive east of Greenville. Take in the historic sights or enjoy a show or concert at one of its cultural centers.

5. Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Need a fun activity for both you and the kids? The Children’s Museum is the perfect spot! It’s packed with fun, interactive exhibits and encourages your little ones to learn about the world through engaging activities. It first opened in 2009, and there are three fantastic floors of fun. You’ll find exhibits that focus on art, nature, science, technology, and community. There are also climbing structures and sensory spaces. This museum is sure to keep your kids occupied and entertained for hours!

4. The TD Saturday Market

Between the months of May and October, you can find the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville. It’s a huge farmer’s market with fresh produce (grown locally!) and other great finds, such as handmade art and jewelry. The items available vary depending on the season, but we’re confident you’ll find something to love!

3. The Swamp Rabbit Trail

Whether you’re looking for fantastic scenery or need to get in your daily run, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a great way to do both. You’ll find cyclists, walkers, runners, and even skateboarders along this 20-mile paved trail that weaves its way from downtown Greenville all the way to Travelers Rest. You’ll find great shops, sights, and nature spots as you make your way along this great trail.

2. Local Breweries

With such a great atmosphere, Greenville offers up some of the best microbreweries and small-scale distilleries. If you’re a fan of craft beers and liquors, you’ll find some of the best local wares here, such as the Yee-Haw Brewing Company or the Quest Brewing Co. Looking for a bit of classic Southern moonshine? Visit the Dark Corner Distillery. Enjoy a drink and take in some live music or special events.

1. Falls Park on the Reedy

If there’s one place we definitely recommend checking out, it’s Falls Park. You’ll find gorgeous waterfalls, lush nature, and the lovely Liberty Bridge. Surrounding this birthplace of Greenville (found in the heart of downtown) are countless shops, restaurants, and attractions. With stunning views along the paths, you’ll also discover great picnic areas, public art installations, and views worth seeing more than once.

No matter if you’re visiting Greenville or just need something to do in your hometown, there are plenty of fun activities for both kids and adults in Greenville! Planning on moving to Greenville or the surrounding areas of Travelers Rest, Spartanburg, or Greer? Let Swamp Rabbit Moving help you with your move.

Swamp Rabbit Moving is here to help you with all your moving needs. Don’t worry about a thing — we hop to it! You can find us at 2106 Airport Road in Greer, SC 29651. We look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, Spartanburg, Greer, and Travelers Rest.

Picking the Perfect Movers in Greenville, SCSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Picking the Perfect Movers in Greenville, SC

September 7, 2022
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PICKING THE PERFECT MOVERS IN GREENVILLE, SC

So, you’ve bought or rented a new place! First of all, we want to congratulate you on your move. We here at Swamp Rabbit Moving understand that moving into a new place can be a stressful time (but also a little exhilarating). There’s nothing quite like that thrill of a new home, but it’s important to remember that there are many things to consider when moving, such as finding the perfect company to move all of your precious belongings.

No matter if you’re uprooting your life to or from Greenville or Charleston, finding the right movers is an important step in your journey. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of bad business in movers, and some people learn that the hard way. At Swamp Rabbit Moving, we want you to have the best experience possible, and our friendly, hard-working team is ready to help you. Here you’ll find our top tips for picking the moving company for your needs.

1. Get at least three estimates.
Don’t jump on the first offer you receive. By pricing out three separate moving companies, you can ensure you’re getting the best rates (for the best work possible). Be wary of those who charge too little or too much. Trust your gut — if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Alternatively, a quote that’s way too high can also be a red flag. Bear in mind, too, that a reputable mover won’t require a huge deposit. A “guaranteed” quote is also a big red flag — you should look for three types of contracts:

  • A non-binding estimate. This means the company can’t require payment more than 10% above the original estimate, and any overages have to be paid within 30 days of delivery.
  • A non-binding to-exceed estimate. These ensure that you won’t have to pay any overages beyond the original estimate (which is the absolute maximum you’ll need to pay for any services).
  • A binding estimate. This is the price for the move and all extras and services. If you request any services beyond that (like unpacking), extra fees must be paid within 30 days of delivery.

2. Make sure you get a moving inventory.
Any reputable moving company will take inventory of all your belongings to determine the bulk and weight of your move. This can be done in-person or via a virtual survey. Make sure the estimator is thorough (like checking all of your storage places such as cupboards, drawers, garages, and bookcases). The majority of a mover’s price is based on weight and space needed. A good estimator should ask questions about what you plan to take to your new home, so be sure to notate what items you plan to give away, donate, or sell.

3. Avoid a company that uses a variety of names.
By doing business under different names, a company may try to avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau. The company should have a local address and available information about licensing and insurance. You can also find out if there are any “doing business as” names, not to mention their state and federal license numbers. A smart move is to do a quick online search for any complaints. You can, too, find more about the company’s history by calling the consumer complaints hotline at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, at 888-368-7238.

4. Get reliable references.
Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about their experiences or ask who they hired to move their belongings. If no one has any reputable recommendations, you can get a list of reliable movers from associations like the American Moving and Storage Association.

5. Be aware of any extra fees.
Some companies will upcharge you for various reasons, such as having to negotiate furniture up or down stairs or elevators. Be sure to ask your mover about any possible additional fees that may apply to your move.

6. Get everything in writing.
We repeat: Get absolutely everything in writing, and never sign a blank contract. The estimate and extra fees should be listed, not to mention your pickup and delivery dates. Read through your contract with a magnifying lens and ensure all of your belongings you want moved are listed. By doing so, you reduce the hassle of having to file a claim for something that doesn’t appear on the inventory list.

7. Ask questions.
Not sure about something from your quote or contract with your mover? Always ask questions for clarification.

By utilizing these tips, you can avoid some of the unfortunate scams that do happen. Some of the more common scams are:

  • Bait and switch: The mover changes your moving agreement at the last minute, and you end up with a much higher price tag than originally agreed upon.
  • The hostage: This happens when a mover refuses to give your belongings back until you pay double (or even triple!) the original quote.
  • Unreasonable delivery charges: A disreputable mover will tack on made-up fees and force you to pay more to get your things back.
  • Late delivery: Your belongings don’t arrive on time or not at all. (And who wants that to happen? Yuck!)
  • Abandonment: The mover will take your money ahead of time, ditch your stuff, and close up shop.

If you do run into any problems with your mover, bear in mind that you have nine months to report any problems to the moving company and file a complaint. The mover then has 30 days to acknowledge that they received your claim, and within 120 days of receiving the complaint, the mover can deny your claim or make an offer to reimburse you for any damages or items lost. A good idea is to open every box on moving day to ensure there’s no damage.

Again, no matter if you’re in the Greenville or Charleston areas, Swamp Rabbit Moving is here to make your transition into your new home as smooth as possible. Don’t worry — we hop to it! We offer a variety of services including local residential moves, commercial moves, packing and unpacking, and even long-distance moves. Moving is our passion, and we are licensed, insured, and bonded, so let us help with your move!

If you’re ready to get your move on the road, you can find Swamp Rabbit Moving at 2106 Airport Road in Greer, SC 29651. We look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, Spartanburg, North Charleston, and West Ashley.

Packing Like a Pro: Tips For Your Next MoveSwamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

Packing Like a Pro: Tips For Your Next Move

August 31, 2022
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PACKING LIKE A PRO: TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT MOVE

According to years of research, moving is one of the most stressful times in each of our lives. From packing up all belongings, getting rid of unwanted items, cleaning and incurring moving-related expenses, it can cause stress and tension in even the most organized individuals. It can leave you tired and confused, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Here at Swamp Rabbit Moving, we’re experts at the art of moving, and whether you’re moving from Greenville, Charleston or somewhere else in the great state of South Carolina, we’re here to help. Before moving day, you need to pack, and sometimes that can be the most overwhelming part of the process. Keep reading to learn some of our top tips for your next move whether it’s 5 minutes down the road or across the state.

Good Moving Prep

When it comes to moving, a little preparation can go a long way. Obtaining boxes from the store or from friends/neighbors/family who recently moved as well as packing paper and good tape will help you stay organized. Chances are, you’ll have to replenish these products throughout your packing process, but having some to start out with will help motivate you to get started. Another good thing to do before you even begin packing is to make sure to donate or get rid of anything you don’t want to move. This might seem obvious, but if you haven’t worn a few pairs of shoes in years (for example), it might be time to donate them instead of paying to move them.

Packing Basics

Did you know that there’s actually a strategy to pack your moving boxes? Instead of just throwing items into random-sized boxes haphazardly, it’s good to have a system in place to make moving the boxes easier for you and your moving team. You also want to pack boxes correctly in order to avoid damage to your items and damage to the boxes. There’s nothing worse than carrying a heavy cardboard box and having it break. Using bubble wrap or packing paper will help your items stay safe during the moving journey. To minimize damage the most, start by putting a base layer of packing paper in every box with breakable items then place the heaviest items in first, and it’s important to eliminate empty spaces as well as cover everything with paper.

Decide What To Pack

The order in which you pack things is also really important. Making a list of what needs to be packed and in what order will really help you in the long run with your organization. By planning out your packing, it also ensures that you’ll have enough room in your vehicle or the moving vehicle for the big day. First, you should pack up everything you don’t use on a daily basis or things that are out of season (like seasonal decor). This way, you won’t be wondering where you put the can opener in a few weeks right before your move.

Why Swamp Rabbit Moving?

We know that moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! With Swamp Rabbit Moving, we’ll help you make your move as simple as possible. We’re upfront and can handle just about any kind of moving you might be doing from residential and long distance to commercial and storage. Whether you’re located in Greenville, Charleston, Columbia or anywhere else in SC, we’d love to help you move!

All of this talk of packing making you anxious? We even offer packing and unpacking services! After all… When it comes to moving, we hop to it!

HVAC + Moving?Swamp Rabbit Moving Greenville

HVAC + Moving?

August 2, 2022
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Why Do I Need An HVAC System Inspection?

Moving into a new home is an exciting time in your life. But it can also be a rather stressful and expensive process. Often, homeowners find themselves buried under unexpected expenses after purchasing a new home. How does this end up happening? Home inspectors frequently fail to notice that important systems may need maintenance, repairs, or replacement during the standard preliminary home inspection. That’s why you need an HVAC inspection before you move into your dream home.

What Is An HVAC Inspection?

A home HVAC inspection is an in depth evaluation of all the working parts of your home’s cooling and heating systems. A certified HVAC company in Greenville, SC inspects the HVAC system to determine the system’s age, evaluates the cleanliness of each component, checks the function and condition of each system component, and inspects the safety mechanisms.

Why Does A Home Buyer Need An HVAC Inspection?

An HVAC inspection is a great way to avoid the surprise expenses and stress from dealing with an old, malfunctioning, or broken HVAC system. This thorough evaluation will be able to determine the efficiency and condition of each part, and whether or not to expect replacement, costly repairs, or high utility bills when you settle in.

A standard home inspection is necessary for discovering any glaring problems before move in day. The inspector will assess the roof, structure and foundation of the home, as well as test to make sure all plumbing, electrical work, and HVAC equipment are functioning. This is a general evaluation that simply tests if the HVAC equipment turns on and off. Although a home inspection is important, the inspector is not an HVAC technician, nor do they possess the HVAC tools required to thoroughly evaluate and understand your Heating and Cooling system.

Your HVAC system is central to your comfort; give it the attention it deserves. Depending on the status of the HVAC unit, you may also be able to negotiate on better terms and potentially save money on the house purchase. So let’s learn what an HVAC specialist evaluates during an HVAC inspection! Besides an HVAC inspection, it is also important to consider an entire home inspection for your Greenville, SC home.

Furnace Inspection

Thermostat

To start off, it is important to make sure that your thermostat works properly. The contractor will test the device and inspect any internal wiring in order assess if everything is functioning as it should. During a standard home inspection, the heat or AC may come on, but you will not be able to determine if the thermostat is reaching its set temperature or not.

Furnace Cabinet

Next, the HVAC technician examines the structure and connections of the cabinet. This is important to inspect because it is where the internal furnace components are located.

Furnace Electrical Components

While inside the furnace cabinet, the HVAC professional evaluates all electrical connections and test all safety features, such as the high limit switch. This safety feature turns the furnace off when it is overheating.

How Long Does An HVAC Inspection Take?

You might be wondering how long it takes to complete an HVAC inspection. Essentially, the time depends on the type of heating and cooling equipment, accessibility, overall condition, as well as how in depth the HVAC inspection is. Typically most HVAC inspections can take from 1-3 hours though they could go longer if there are multiple systems involved!

At the end of every HVAC inspection, the HVAC contractor will provide the homeowners with a System Health Report . It contains a thorough account of everything your technician examined and its current status.

The final report should have detailed information about each part’s inspection status along with recommendations on how best maintain/service these components moving forward.

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