Memorial Day 2018: Military Discount, Patriotic ways to Celebrate

US Cargo Control team

US Cargo Control appreciates and remembers the grit and bravery of all U.S. military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.

That’s why US Cargo Control offers a site-wide 10% military discount to all current, former, retired, and disabled members and dependents of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserve. More on this later.

First and foremost, remember that this is a day of remembrance and recognition. There are many different things you can do on this holiday, but some are more patriotic and impactful than others.

Patriotic Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day  

It’s fine to have your barbecue and to enjoy some sunshine and watersports. But, also find some time to infuse remembrance and solidarity for these heroic men and women.

  1. Visit a war memorial or veteran’s cemetery in your town.
  2. Attend a local parade or event. Or, watch the National Memorial Day Parade online.
  3. Invite military families and veterans over to your barbecue.
  4. Fly an American flag. Keep it at half-mast until noon, then raise it to full mast for the remainder of Memorial Day.
  5. Be a part of the National Moment of Remembrance. The president will issue a prayer for peace followed by a silent moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. 

Continuing Military Discount at US Cargo Control 

Remember, the USCC 10% military discount covers everything (excluding shipping) found on the USCC website, from ratchet straps and motorcycle tie downs to moving blanketschain, and more.

US Cargo Control has already discounted over 600 orders for military members and dependents! It’s just a small way to give back to the brave men and women of the United States military.

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To all current, former, retired, and disabled heroes of the U.S. military, thank you for your service.

7 DIY Moving Tips for Preventing Damage

Heavy furniture, steep steps, bulky appliances, narrow doorways, and valuable breakables.  When you’re faced with moving all your possessions out of one home and into another, it doesn’t take much to cause costly damage. 

Without the proper moving preparation, you not only put your precious belongings at risk for damage, you could also put scratches on floors, gouges in wall paint, and dings in narrow doorways. Or worse yet, you could injure yourself.

Pack away these DIY moving tips to ensure minimal damage the next time you move. 

1. Shield your Floor

Whether your moving items over hardwood, tile, linoleum, laminate, or carpet flooring – start by obtaining floor covers. Not only do they prevent scratches and tears, they also protect against dirt and heavy foot traffic. In addition, floor coverings for moving protect you by creating a non-slip surface. 

2. Protect Doors and Doorways

Doorways take a beating during move-out and move-in – especially your front door. Everything you own will need to go through it. And if you’ve moved before, you know the struggle of maneuvering a couch or dining table through a narrow doorway. Protect all your doorways with a door jamb protector and cover doors in a quilted door cover for quick and easy protection. 

door cover for moving
Quilted door covers will protect against dings and scuffs.

3. Take Proper Precaution with Breakables

Nothing is worse than going through all the work of packing and moving, only to unpack and find that your dishes are broken, pictures are bent, and mirrors are cracked.  To ensure your most delicate items arrive in your new home the same way they left your old one, make use of the proper supplies. Start by wrapping breakables in plenty of packing paper. Use a double wall dish box and dish partition kit to ensure dishes stay properly positioned during the move. Remove bulbs before packing lamps and consider using a specially designed lamp box 

4. Construct and Pack Boxes Smarter 

All boxes are not created equal. Without a strong and properly constructed box, all your items could end up on the sidewalk. Construct your boxes with plenty of quality packing tape to avoid broken boxes and extra work. Tape the center seam twice and tape once along the bottom edges where the flaps fold in. The tape should extend four to six inches up the side of the box. To avoid overpacking boxes, it’s best to pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. 

constructing moving boxes properly
To properly construct moving boxes, tape the center seam twice and the bottom edges once.

5. Protect your Furniture 

Move, load, drive, unload, move. Moving day presents plenty of opportunities to ding your new washing machine or put dirt all over your white mattress. Wrap your expensive furniture in moving blankets and moving pads to shield against scratches, scuffs, and dents. To ensure they stay put during transport, consider putting stretch-wrap around the blankets, or use pre-shaped furniture protectors for a perfect fit around love seats, refrigerators, and more. If precipitation is in the forecast, plastic furniture covers will ensure everything stays dry. 

6. Take the Pressure off Yourself 

The average king size mattress weighs about 150 pounds. The average front load washing machine? 225 pounds. Moving all this is not only a lot of work, it’s potentially dangerous. But you don’t need to be an Ironman Champion if you have the proper moving tools. Moving straps take pressure off your arms and back and allow for better control and maneuverability. If you use a hand truck or moving dolly, you can simply push and pull many items into your new home. 

lifting straps for DIY moving
Forearm Forklift Moving Straps take the pressure off your back, making heavy lifts much more manageable.

7. Load Smart and Secure Cargo 

Take the time to load your boxes and furniture in a safe and smart manner. This means loading larger and heavier items first to avoid crushing. No matter how far you’re moving, you’re probably going to run into some bumps, potholes, and sudden stops. Secure any items that could shift around or blow away with bungee cords or tie-down straps. Below is an example of what not to do.

How not to move
Don’t get caught moving without quality cargo control equipment like tie-down straps and bungee cords.


Feeling overwhelmed with all that goes into moving? Don’t sweat it! Learn how to remove the stress of moving. 

Unpacking Moving Industry Trends: Why, When, and Where Americans are Moving

According to U.S. Census data, 11.2 percent of Americans move each year on average. That’s over 35 million Americans who will make the big decision to pack up and move on this year. 

The big questions are: what makes Americans want to move, when are they doing it, and where are they going? Continue reading to understand moving industry trends that will better prepare you to make tough moving decisions. 

Why Americans Move 

According to U.S. Census data, most Americans move specifically to change their current housing situation. This includes a desire for new or better housing, housing that is their own, or cheaper housing.  

Meanwhile, other Americans are moving due to a new job or for personal family reasons.  

Other less common reasons include a change in marital status, leaving for college, seeking a neighborhood with less crime, retirement, or just wanting a change of climate. 

top reasons Americans move
According to 2016 U.S. Census Data

When Americans Move 

Among those using a professional moving service or renting a moving truck (those that are trackable), Fridays are the most popular day to move. According to My Moving Reviews Annual Data Report, 20 percent of moves in 2017 were done on a Friday.  Moving on this day allows more time to unpack and be ready for work on Monday. 

The least popular days to move? Sundays and Tuesdays. If you can move on either these days, you will most likely get better prices on moving services. 

most popular moving days
Friday is the most popular day of the week for moves

The summer is by far the busiest time of year for moving. The overall busiest moving month? June, with about 13 percent of total moves. Interestingly, the overall busiest moving day of 2017 was June 30. The second? Just one day later on July 1.  

most popular months to move
June is the most popular month for moves

Where Americans Move 

So, which states are Americans heading to, and which ones are they leaving?

Top inbound states for 2017:

  1. Vermont 
  2. Oregon 
  3. Idaho 
  4. Nevada 
  5. South Dakota 
  6. Washington 
  7. South Carolina 
  8. North Carolina 
  9. Colorado 
  10. Alabama

Top outbound states for 2017:

  1. Illinois 
  2. New Jersey 
  3. New York 
  4. Connecticut 
  5. Kansas 
  6. Massachusetts 
  7. Ohio 
  8. Kentucky 
  9. Utah 
  10. Wisconsin

 

Green = top 10 inbound states for 2017. Orange = top 10 outbound states for 2017

Moving Advice 

If you’re thinking about moving, whether it’s across town or across the country, make sure you have plenty of moving supplies and set time aside to plan and prepare. Start by getting tips on how to remove the stress of moving.

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

stress free moving

Moving tends to be a combination of excitement and mind-rattling nerves. It’s a new adventure and a turn of the page. But, it’s also often a startling plunge into new and unfamiliar territory.  Above all else, it’s a lot of work. 

Believe it or not, the stress of moving is right up there with divorce, job loss, and death of a loved one.  

But, fear no more. Whether it’s your first move ever, or your fifth move this year, use this checklist to remove the guesswork and stress of moving.

Months Before Moving: No Need to Sound the Alarm 

  • Decide whether you’re going to hire a moving company, rent a moving van, or move yourself using your own equipment. Moving companies and moving vans can be booked solid for several months, especially during the moving season (May through August). The earlier you book, the better rates you’ll get. Just make sure the moving company is licensed with the FMCSA.
     
  • Submit a change of address form at usps.com. Also, don’t forget to notify banks, credit cards, insurers, and healthcare providers. Otherwise, the next person to move into your home could be getting your sensitive information.
     
  • Make any necessary repairs and touchups to your old home or apartment.
     
  • Start purging items that aren’t worth moving. Whether you sell them or toss them, some items just aren’t worth the cost or work of moving.
     
  • Make sure you have plenty of moving supplies. Using specialized supplies will increase efficiency and help prevent damage when moving.
     
  • Begin packing as early as possible, starting with your least-used items. Label boxes by room and contents. Then, for quick reference, create a comprehensive inventory of which items went in what boxes. Use colored stickers for added organization and less writing.
     
  • Give yourself some breathing room by scheduling time off work.
     
  • If you’re moving without assistance from professionals, enlist the help of family and friends. Don’t put all the work on yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks Before Moving: Don’t Resist, Keep Pushing 

  • Schedule your current utilities to be shut-off or transferred to your new address.
     
  • Continue packing as much as possible.
     
  • If you have access to your new space, make sure it’s clean. There will never be an easier time to clean or paint a wall than when the space is empty.
     
  • Remind your enlisted moving helpers of the day and time you need them. If you’re renting a truck or hiring workers, call the company to confirm dates and times.

The Day Before Moving Day: Fight the Fatigue 

  • Pack your essentials, like bedding, toilet paper, snacks, soap, plates, cups, utensils, and cleaning supplies in one box. Then, set it aside to be loaded last so that it will be the first box brought into your new home.
     
  • Finish packing all other belongings so you can start moving bright and early the next day.
     
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Moving Day: Embrace the Change

Once everything is packed and organized, it’s just a matter of moving it. If you’re doing it yourself, look at it as a chance to exercise. Stay positive. To pass the time, think of all the new people and places you will soon get to experience.  

Do you have any tips that help alleviate the stress of moving? Share your experiences in the comments below!