Last blog I wrote about Arizona being a leader in population gain due to our job growth, housing market, and weather. So that raises the question – which state had the most outbound moves in 2019? For the second consecutive year New Jersey lost the most people. Apparently the Garden State isn’t where a lot people want to live right now despite all the good things that state has to offer. Maybe the Chamber of Commerce’s new slogan should be “There’s Plenty of Room in New Jersey”.
The numbers show that Arizona continues to be popular with people from elsewhere, taking in 2.2 million new residents from other states since 2010 to 2018. Job growth, Arizona’s steady economy and lifestyle are the major reasons that people say they are attracted to our state. The highest traffic was between neighboring California, with Texas in second place (137,320 people). Illinois sent 102,897, which is which makes sense considering the number of Chicagoans here. A surprise to me was the 127,772 people Washington sent south to our state since 2010. All these numbers put Arizona in the top five of states with the most inbound moves.
According to Bloomberg, 200 people arrived in greater Phoenix from 2017 to 2018 on a daily basis. That represents a 26 per person per day gain from the previous period of 2016-17, when the metro Phoenix area welcomed 174 daily new arrivals. That makes the Valley of the Sun number 1 in domestic migration numbers, welcoming 62,000 new arrivals from other states between July 2017 and July 2018.
Moving Day Tips.
Color Code: As well as labeling, assign each room a color and use coordinating colored duct tape on the top and sides of boxes so that they can be identified when stacked.
Fill Space: To prevent damage, use socks or rags to fill in ‘dead air’ space, especially in and around breakables like glassware, and use t-shirts to wrap larger items.
Even It: If you’re moving yourself, even out the weight when loading furniture and appliances to help prevent damage. Place the refrigerator in the front on one side of the truck, and the washer and dryer on the other.
Secure It: Plastic wrap your furniture, and place drawers against the wall of the truck to prevent them from opening. For added security, use any tie-downs on the side walls.
Cover Up: Cover both sides of mattresses with fitted sheets you no longer use, or plastic wrap ‘em.
Things Not to Pack. Federal law bans moving companies from transporting “hazardous materials”. They also will refuse propane and oxygen tanks, weed killer and pesticides, gasoline tanks, ammunition, batteries, charcoal, pool chemicals, liquid bleach and nail polish. Household plants and perishable food items also can’t be moved, and often items like lawn and pool equipment as well. Some movers will take a lawn mower or generator. Next: Moving Day Tips.
The ‘Not to Exceed’ Estimate. When you ask the mover to provide an opinion of the cost, one option is a ‘Binding Not-to-Exceed’ estimate. With this type of estimate, if your actual weight is more than the written estimate, you’ll pay for only the amount of the estimate. And if your actual weight is less than the estimate, then your cost can actually go down. And get full replacement ‘valuation’ coverage to protect your goods in the event of any damage. Next: Things not to pack.
Lower the cost and hassle before the movers come using these 5 prep tips:
1. De-Clutter – Clean out your closet and get rid of anything that you don’t need. Consign, donate, give away or have a garage sale to reduce the weight and cost of the move.
2. Pack to Unpack – When boxing up your belongings, start in the kitchen, which typically houses the most items that are not needed immediately. At your new home, unpack your bedroom first, and leave the kitchen for later.
3. Wrap It Up – To save hours worth of unpacking time, don’t empty drawers of small-scale furniture, like end tables or corner desks. Wrap heavy-duty plastic wrap around the piece of furniture, from top-to-bottom and side-to-side to seal the drawers in place and prevent spillage.
4. Zip It – Don’t waste time un-hanging (and re-hanging) closet garments. Group a few hanging clothes together with a zip tie, slide a black garbage bag over them, and make a hole in the top of the bag for hanger hooks.
5. Bag and Tape – If certain furniture pieces require disassembly before moving, keep all of the parts together by placing all bolts, screws and small pieces in a Ziploc bag. Tape the bag with clear packing tape to the bottom of the piece. Next: Get an On Site Estimate.
If you are a senior or know one that plans to move, check out the National Association of Senior Movers at www.nasmm.org. No it isn’t a bunch of old people that move furniture really, really slowly – although that might make a great comedy sketch. It is an organization that states they help seniors relocate. A Phoenix area company, Move Advocate (www.moveadvocate.com), provides moving assistance services for all age groups that I also recommend you check out if you have a move on the horizon.