You don’t have to stress over your upcoming long distance move as long as consider that it takes a bit more advance planning than when you’re moving across town. This is a collection of things we recommend you add to that plan.

11 03, 2021

Westmoreland and Cambria Counties Among added to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone in PA

2021-03-11T17:17:13-05:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Company Updates, Long Distance Moving Tips, Safety Regulations|Tags: , , |

Westmoreland and Cambria Counties Among 8 counties added to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Ahead of the spring hatch, Westmoreland and Cambria counties are among 8 new total counties in Pennsylvania that have been added to the quarantine zone for the spotted lanternfly. Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna, Montour, Pike, Wayne, and Westmoreland are new to the quarantine for 2021.This puts the total number of counties across Pennsylvania at 34 out of 67. For detailed information, see the alert from the PA Department of agriculture. PDA Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Alert The 8 new counties are not entirely infested, but there are municipalities in each of these counties that are infested enough to justify being added to the quarantine. These municipalities are detailed in the map below:   If you see a spotted lanternfly, immediately report it online or by calling 1-888-4BADFLY. Especially if you are not inside the quarantine zone. What to do I do if I’m moving from a quarantined area? The quarantine order [...]

28 10, 2020

Ideas on how you can reduce the cost of moving

2021-06-01T11:20:28-05:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Company Updates, Interesting Facts, Long Distance Moving Tips|

Ideas on how you can reduce the cost your move Moving can be a costly. Here are some simple ideas that can help cut the cost. a mover that is licensed and insured, for example: 1st Step Movers if your expenses are tax-deductible. You may be eligible to claim some of your moving expenses as a deduction when filling out your federal income tax return, especially if you’ve donated some items to charities. Also check and see if you qualify for any of the deduction illustrated in our post here  your unwanted stuff. What better way to help your moving budget than to sell the things you won’t ever need again, online or at a moving sale, and pocket the cash your home. One of the best ways to cut moving costs is to move as few items to the new home as possible. And in order to do that, you need to inventory your entire house and declutter it without delay. [...]

8 06, 2020

Tips for Getting Cheaper Rent

2020-06-08T18:29:26-05:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Company Updates, Interesting Facts, Long Distance Moving Tips|

Tips For Getting Cheaper Rent Are you attempting to move, but are wary because of the cost of rent? With monthly payments at the highest price they have been in 30 years, you are not alone. Rent is climbing every month, but that does not mean ‌finding an affordable rental is impossible. Here are some tips on how to pay less when looking for an place to rent. Late payments can end up costing you more with late fees. Offering to pay early gives a landlord incentive to lower the rent during negotiations. Ask your potential landlord if they are willing to write a trigger clause into the lease contract that if you fail to pay the rent early you get a $100 discount. Landlords usually have full-time jobs. Doing some cleanup and maintenance around the apartment complex can get you a decent reduction. One of the best ways to get a large discount is by splitting it with someone else. As [...]

29 05, 2020

Keeping your possessions safe is our 1st Priority

2021-01-26T08:07:38-05:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Company Updates, Long Distance Moving Tips, Our Services|

Keeping Your Possessions Safe Is Our 1st Priority If you have a special piece of furniture that needs safeguarding during a move 1st Step Movers can move it safely. Our pros can dismantle and reassemble furniture, move with minimal scratches on your floor and furniture, and provide insurance for you belongings. We have the skill and experience to keep your belonging's safe.

4 04, 2020

Before you move, Check for Gypsy Moths: It’s the Law

2020-09-14T10:20:18-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Long Distance Moving Tips, Safety Regulations|Tags: , , |

Before Moving, Check for the Gypsy Moth Since 1st Step Movers is based out of a Gypsy Moth quarantine state, we feel it is essential that we provide some information and resources for our clients that are moving to non-infested areas. Gypsy Moth Resources Gypsy Moth Partner Toolkit Your Conten Watch Video: Gypsy Moths Send Forest Animals Packing PSA APHIS Gypsy Moth Information Page View USDA Regulatory Information Visit the Slow the Spread Foundation Learn More from the U.S. Forest Service Please Remember: Don't Move Firewood Gypsy Moth Checklist Gypsy Moth Quarantine Map This map provided by the USDA shows quarantine areas. If you are moving from those areas you will need to inspect your household goods for gypsy moth if you're moving to a non-infested area. 1st Step Movers also checks on all long distance moves.