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The Hidden Costs of a Long-Distance Move in Dayton, OH

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Moving is an expensive ordeal, and at some point your life, you’ll probably have to organize a long distance move. It’s important to know that even with the most reputable company and precise estimates, there are going to be some hidden costs involved. These can present themselves along the way to your new destination.

Here are some of the potential hidden costs of a long-distance move. Knowing about them ahead of time will help you feel more financially prepared.

The Unexpected

Even with the most orchestrated move, things can and will go wrong at some point. With this in mind, it is important to factor the unexpected into your budget, or at least have some sort of cushion. The longer a move takes, the more you’ll have to pay for transportation. For instance, one flat tire can set you back a day, which causes you to pay for another day of rentals.

There could also be problems once you arrive at the house. There may be an appliance issue, electrical concern, or structural problem that wasn’t caught in the inspection. All in all, it’s safe to assume that you’ll end up spending more than you initially thought on your move, so make sure you leave room in your budget for surprise expenses.

The Need for Storage and Rent

When the unexpected happens, you may need to put some of your belongings in storage before you can move into your new place. Maybe construction on the building is taking too long or you encounter some kind of hold up. You’ll need to budget for a storage unit just in case. According to U.S. News, for a climate-controlled (which you want) 10 feet by 20-foot storage unit, you can anticipate paying $170+ a month. This cost may vary based on location, size, and other factors.

The Things You Need to Replace

Fortunately, you can often stagger some of your replacement needs like drivers licenses, license plates, and gym memberships by a couple of months. Still, you’re going to need food, cleaning supplies, and more necessities immediately upon arrival. You should make sure you get your utilities and their payment sorted as soon as possible, too.

American Way Van & Storage Can Help You With Your Next Move

At American Way Van & Storage, we can help with your next long-distance move. From the initial estimate to the final move-in day at your new place, our experienced team will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us today at 937-898-7294. We are based in Dayton and are ready for any kind of move you need.

How to Safely Pack Glasses and Cups

Packing up your entire home is stressful and overwhelming. Moving is not easy, and, while dealing with a ton of different things at once, you may become lazy with packing just to conquer the task. But, that cannot happen for rooms like your kitchen, which requires extra care in order to keep your dishware and other items in their best condition. There is a proper way to pack these pieces, specifically glasses and cups.

The Materials

When it comes to packing glasses and cups, you will need a few items. The first is a sturdy box that can be purchased at any kind of home improvement store. You’ll also need a good amount of packing tape to make the box. It is important to make sure that the tape you purchase is not duct tape or masking tape, as they will not adhere nearly as well; the last thing you need is the box holding your glasses to burst open while you are carrying it. From there, you need a large amount of packing paper, which can also be purchased at home improvement stores. You can go with a bubble option for added shock absorption, or even utilize old newspapers if you have them.

The Method

For glassware, pack the heaviest items first and finish up with daintier items. Lay all of the paper out flat, and start by taking your densest glasses, like coffee mugs, and laying each one individually in the center of the piece of packing paper. Take each corner of the surrounding piece and insert it into the open end. Later, when the heavy bottom layer is all done, you can do the exact same thing with teacups. You will also need to wrap them. As for other glasses and stemware, take a crumpled piece of packing paper and put it inside of the glass. This will serve as extra cushioning, and will do more than you may think should unexpected jostling occur. Then, wrap them! Start at one end, lay the glass down diagonally, and roll the paper. For more delicate pieces, double wrapping is a good idea. If the day-to-day glasses you use are a denser glass, you may opt to stack them by putting a piece of sturdy paper in between each glass. But, if you choose to do this, be sure to put them in a fuller box with plenty of cushioning.

Call American Way Today

American Way Van & Storage knows packing and moving better than anyone, so when it comes to your next residential move, we have you covered. If the do-it-yourself way is not for you, do not worry. We offer full-service packing and crating services, so all you have to do is relax! Call us today at [phone] for any questions or to schedule a move with us. We are based in Dayton, Ohio.

Five Packing Tips for Your Next Move

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Moving is a complicated process. We know you don’t need us to tell you that! But it is a painstaking, gradual, and sometimes stressful ordeal – even with a wonderful result at the end of it. You are essentially uprooting all of your life and possessions, packing them up in a truck or van, and heading out. If you have never done it before, it can be especially overwhelming. But believe us when we say that there’s an art to moving – more specifically, there is an art to packing. Here are five packing tips for you to use the next time you are preparing to move.

1. Large Boxes Are Not for Heavy Items

While you are packing, you will undoubtedly think that the larger the box, the bigger & heavier the things you can put into it! Well, no – this is actually a common mistake, because what happens when you have a large box filled with your heaviest items? You get one that weighs a ton! That will be too much for you to handle, and it may even be too heavy for movers to lift without help. Definitely use smaller boxes for heavier items.

2. Keep Specific Items for Each Room in Their Own Boxes

For organizational purposes, it will be much better to have items from each of the rooms in your house in their allocated boxes. When you get to your new property, it will be much easier that way. If you’re unloading a box with things from your living room and you open up the kitchen or bedroom items, things just get complicated. You’ll save time when you keep “room boxes” separated.

3. Label Well

There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to thoroughly and clearly label your boxes. It’s for your benefit, the movers’ benefit – trust us, everyone will benefit! We recommend numbering your boxes to easily keep an inventory when you reach your new home. Labeling also allows you to indicate when there are breakable items in a certain box. And of course, label the boxes with the room they belong to for additional organization.

4. Wrap Fragile Items

When you’re packing up your kitchen, or are dealing with glass or breakable items, you need to wrap them thoroughly. You can purchase packing paper from any home improvement store, but even towels, sheets, or other fabric items in your home can serve as awesome cushioning while the items are en route. Did you know that with your dishes, it’s important to always pack them on their side and not atop each other? That’s absolutely accurate. Cups and bowls can be stacked in a box but need to have something in between them. Both will require extra forms of padding for more shock absorption.

5. There Cannot Be Too Much Tape

Moving is a jostling, fast-paced process, between packing the boxes, loading up the truck, and unpacking boxes again. For this reason, you do not have to hold back on the tape when you’re loading up the boxes. A worst-case scenario would be a box popping open – especially if there are breakables, as it could mean disaster.

American Way Is Ready

At American Way Van & Storage, we are ready for whatever residential move you have in store for yourself and your family. We are also experts at packing, and offer comprehensive packing and crating services when you find yourself literally too busy or overwhelmed in the process. To begin planning your move, call us today at 937-898-7294 for a free estimate. We are based in Dayton and serve cities across Ohio.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Moving to Ohio

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At American Way Van & Storage, we are very proud to call Ohio the home of our moving company, and we always want to tell others about all of its wonderful traits. We are positioned in the heart of the nation, have genuine Midwestern charm, and offer an incomparable culture we believe anyone would be proud to be a part of. Here are some practical things to keep in mind before making the decision to move to Ohio.

Comparable Job Market

In Ohio, we have a comparable job market that has something for everyone. If you are willing to search for it, you can uncover an incredible opportunity. We have a slower growth rate in terms of population, which is typical for a midwestern state. In 2018, the state of Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7%, and is reported to be continually in decline. In 2009 it was 10.8%, which profoundly reinforces the strengthening of Ohio’s economy. If you work in the medical field, it is reported that there is an especially high number of potential positions.

Decent Housing and Cost of Living

Despite being a slower-paced state in population growth, Ohio has a lot to offer in the variety of places to live. The best part is that housing is affordable; the median price of homes sold across the state is $133,700. Average apartment rent for a one-bedroom? $579 per month, depending of course, on where it is located. It has been calculated that a single adult’s cost of living is only $10.75 an hour in the state of Ohio, and overall, you are going to have a lot more money in your pocket should you choose to make this move.

Enlist the Help of American Way Van & Storage

We are not only proud Ohioans who would love to welcome you to our state, but we would also like to help get you here. Whether you are moving your home or office to a city in Ohio, we are the commercial and residential moving team you can trust to get the job done. If you are interested in getting a free estimate on the cost of your move, fill out our form online or call us today at 937-898-7294. We are based in Dayton and serve multiple surrounding cities.

Things to Look For in a Storage Facility

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Are you in the process of moving? Or, do you just need a little extra space? Storage facilities are convenient, helpful amenities that are available to us today. Usually, for a monthly fee, you can rent your very own unit to store belongings that you are not yet ready to part with, but currently do not have the space for in your home. It sounds simple, and it generally is, but there are necessary considerations to take into account. Listed below are the important factors you need to keep in mind when selecting a storage facility for your possessions.

Is It Genuinely Secure?

As with many companies today, storage facilities can easily tell you what you want to hear in order to gain your business. It is up to you to ask the right questions ahead of time before putting your valuables in their hands. Ask detailed, pointed questions about their security implementations. Do they have a high-quality monitoring system? Is it monitored 24 hours a day? Is there security on site to keep an eye on things? All of these questions should be answered fully by the storage facility representative before you agree to store your belongings there.

Is It Climate Controlled?

If your belongings will be in storage for a while, they’ll likely need to be kept in an environment that is steady throughout Ohio’s changing seasons. Items like furniture and electronics can be ruined if temperatures within the unit become too hot or too cold, so if the storage facility you are looking into is not climate controlled, that should be a dealbreaker.

Can It Detect Other Hazards?

Additionally, your storage facility should have working fire alarms that alert management and emergency services the second there is a fire to put it out. Losing your personal items to a storage facility fire is a horrible situation that can ideally be prevented with adequate precautions. Additionally, ask about other potential hazards and how the facility is equipped to handle them.

Call Us Today With Any Questions

At American Way Van and Storage Inc., we are passi`onate about the storage and transport of your special possessions. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are fully prepared to protect your valuables. We offer state-of-the-art storage services in the Dayton, Ohio area and would be happy to speak with you about our storage or moving services. You can reach us at 937-898-7294.

Reasons Why Letting the Moving Company Help With Packing Is a Great Choice

Moving is expensive, no matter what your circumstances are. Between finding a new place to live and transporting all of your belongings there, it can be tempting to cut corners and save a little money on the way. That’s why many people decide to pack their own boxes instead of hiring a professional moving company to do the job. Sadly, those people are missing out on some serious benefits. Paying a moving company to pack your boxes might seem like an unnecessary expense, but in reality, you’re paying for invaluable rewards, including the following.

Less Time Spent Preparing

According to a study conducted by researchers in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who spend money on time-saving services are generally happier than those who do not. By paying movers to pack up your numerous belongings, you’re not just saving yourself tons of energy; you’re literally buying yourself time. This time can be spent on other preparations for the move, dealing with children, or even just decompressing. Time is money, and in this instance, the price tag is worth it.

Better-Protected Belongings

Let’s be honest: even if you do your absolute best to swaddle valuables in bubble wrap and carefully pack every belonging away, something is going to get broken during the course of your move. That’s just the way things go. However, when you hire a moving company to handle your packing, you’re also paying them to go the extra mile when it comes to protecting your stuff.

Moving companies come prepared with plenty of tape, protective bubble wrap, sturdy boxes, and other equipment that can protect your belongings. They’ll be able to shield your stuff from damage better than you can, simply because they have more experience packing and own all of the right moving supplies.

An Overall Safer Move

Unless you’re a champion weightlifter, moving heavy box after box is going to take a toll on you and your fellow movers. You probably don’t have heavy-duty dollies on hand or the know-how when it comes to lifting bulky objects like couches. That’s why it’s safer to let movers handle the packing part of the move. They’ll be very safe when it comes to boxing everything up, and you’ll avoid pulled muscles and potential trips to the emergency room.


If you’re truly worried that you cannot afford to hire a moving company for the preparation part of your transition, don’t give up hope just yet. Many moving services will surprise you with affordable prices and/or discounts. For instance, here at American Way Van & Storage in Dayton, OH, we do our best to offer crating and packing services at a reasonable cost to home and business owners.


To learn more about American Way Van & Storage, our services, or how we can help you pack up your belongings, give us a call at 937-898-7294.

6 Tips for Moving in the Heat of Summer

Moving in the heat of summer might not be ideal, but sometimes it must be done. The important thing is to use caution, as sometimes overdoing it in hot, humid conditions leads to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and that can quickly cause problems. Here’s some tips and tricks for making a hot move during the next few months go smoothly.

1. Try to get as much done as possible in the early-morning hours. Temperatures are usually at their coolest when the sun is hiding, so try to schedule the bulk of your move right after sunrise. Mid-afternoon is the hottest time of day, so avoid doing the hardest work during those hours.

2. Hydrate and wear sunscreen. Nothing makes moving day more stressful than dehydration or a blistering sunburn. Take care of your body to stay in good shape for the remainder of the move.

3. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing. You know you’ll be running around in the sun and sweating, so dress like it. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the situation, and don a ball cap or brimmed hat to protect your head and face from UV rays.

4. Make sure the AC in your new home is already running. The last thing you want is to start unloading all of your boxes in the heat, then walk into a stuffy, sweltering house!

5. First unpack those items that don’t hold up well in the heat. Be strategic while unloading boxes. Some of your belongings will be able to withstand the heat of a hot moving truck much longer than others.

6. Watch for signs of overheating. During the hottest months, it’s very common for people to experience heat-related illness. It’s extremely important to watch for dangerous signs like these – nausea, dizziness, cramps, weakness, or fevers. If someone of any age seems to be suffering from any of these, have them cool down, rest, and drink plenty of water. Restore electrolytes by having some fruit instead of a sugar-loaded beverage. Sometimes medical attention may be necessary.

But there is a “best way” to protect yourself during a hot summer move! Hire a reputable, well-trained moving company like American Way Van & Storage. Not only will they handle all the heavy lifting, they’ll ensure that your move is conducted as quickly and painlessly as possible. Make your summer relocation as easy as possible! Call American Way today at (937) 898-7294.

When a Storage Unit Might Come in Handy During a Relocation

When you decide to pack up all of your belongings and move to a new home, timing is everything. More often than not, your move-in and move-out dates won’t align perfectly. In those cases, things can become a little complicated.

The easiest way to deal with a messy move? Rent a storage unit. You’ll need a place to store a large majority of your belongings until they can be moved into your future home. Not only will you have a little extra space for all of those boxes, you’ll also have an area where you can put bulky pieces of furniture until they can be retrieved at a later time.

You might worry that renting a storage unit is a moving expense you can’t afford, but in reality, it’s a way you can save a little money. Storing your belongings in a moving truck after you leave your old home can be extremely pricey, especially if you’re renting the vehicle by the hour. In comparison, storage units are fairly inexpensive and much more spacious.

Furthermore, most storage units are temperature-controlled. That means you can store sensitive items in there without worrying that the heat or cold will damage anything. Storage units are also safer than moving vans or trucks. Most are equipped with security cameras, trusted personnel, and a personalized code you can use to access your belongings.

In need of a storage unit during your move in the Dayton area? Contact American Way Van & Storage today. They can provide you with convenient storage solutions for homes and businesses that are in transition. Each of their storage facilities is guarded 24 hours a day and is protected against fire, heat damage, and other hazards. Call 937-898-7294 to speak to an American Way Van & Storage representative about various options and prices.

Why Hiring Movers for an Apartment Relocation Is a Smart Idea

As you look around your fairly small apartment, you might wonder why you would need to hire professional movers to help with your relocation. You don’t have that much stuff, and other than carrying the boxes and lifting a few pieces of furniture, the workload isn’t that intense. Is paying for a professional moving company’s services really worth it?

In short, the answer is yes. If you don’t believe it, consider these five big reasons to hire a local apartment moving company.

  1. They’ll save you lots of time. It would probably take you two full days to transport everything in your apartment to your new home, but with hired movers, you’ll be done in a matter of hours. This means you can take less time off of work and enjoy your new living space much sooner.
  1. You’ll protect your health. Be honest: you’re in no shape to lug your huge leather sofa down two flights of stairs, even if you have a friend to help. Movers know the safest and easiest ways to transport awkward furniture and bulky items, and you’ll avoid pulling a muscle or otherwise injuring yourself during the move.
  1. They have all of the proper equipment. Even if you’re a fairly handy person, you probably don’t own fancy moving supplies like high-end dollies or endless amounts of masking tape. When you hire movers, they bring plenty of equipment with them so you don’t have to buy any.
  1. Apartments aren’t that expensive to move. When paying movers to help move from one mansion to another, you may shell out the big bucks, but an apartment relocation is much cheaper because you own fewer items and take up less space. That means you can probably afford to pay for the help.
  1. You won’t have to borrow or rent a truck. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a spacious vehicle that can fit all of your belongings, you’ll probably need to find a way to use another vehicle. That’s yet another moving expense you have to deal with. Instead, just let the movers use their trucks, which are perfectly equipped and protected for the situation.

Need to relocate from one apartment to another in the Dayton, Ohio area? Contact American Way Van & Storage today. They’ll get you situated in your new rental quickly and easily. For more information or to schedule your next move, give them a call today at 937-898-7294.

Why You Should Choose a Professional “Military Mover” Company

Leading a military lifestyle can mean frequent moves for individuals and families, and each of those moves can be costly, stressful, and time-consuming. To ease the burden, consider turning to a military mover company. They help military members and their families transition to a new home quickly and easily. If you or your partner is in the military, here are three reasons you should opt for a military mover company over regular movers.

1. They Have Experience With Military Professionals

Because they work with people in the military so frequently, military mover companies understand exactly what you need. They can provide information and advice that will specifically benefit your transition, and they’ll even prompt you to remember the small details that often fall through the cracks. You can feel more prepared for the transition and stress less.

2. Military Movers WIll Help You Plan Ahead

Between balancing your career and preparing for a big move, it can be difficult to plan everything out. That’s where a military mover company comes in handy: they’ll talk to you about your schedule and get all of the dates booked months in advance so you can focus on handling other important preparation details.

3. They Enjoy Helping Those Who Protect Our Country

Whether they’re boxing up the items of a Marine or helping an Air Force member relocate, military mover companies genuinely respect and protect their clients.They’ll attempt to make this transition as easy as possible and treat you with excellent customer service.

If you’re looking for a stress-free military move from Dayton, Ohio, to another state or nation, don’t hesitate to call American Way Van & Storage Inc. They pride themselves on helping servicemen and women for a fair price and will attempt to make your move as hassle-free as possible. They’ll even help you plan out your move in advance so that the transition goes smoothly. To learn more or schedule your next move, call American Way Van & Storage Inc. at 937-898-7294.