Nowadays, rope knots are used in almost every field, including paddlers, scouts, boaters, search and rescue teams, mountain climbers, and arborists. Another popular area where knots come in handy is during a move.

During a move, they are used to complete a wide range of tasks, from tying various items together to fastening heavy stuff onto the moving truck so that they remain firm.

However, while these knots are useful during a move, you have to choose the right one for each specific task. Tying the wrong knot for a certain task may end up doing more harm than good.

Let’s look at different types of moving knots to help you choose the right one for each task.…

We have received a number of inquiries lately about the shipping website, which is an online marketplace for shipping services. Service providers bid against one another for customers’ shipments.

While you might be able to get your items shipped for dirt cheap using uShip, you should be aware that uShip is simply an online marketplace for helping parties connect.

What’s The Problem With uShip?

Licensed MoversuShip provides a venue where a shipper and a service provider can agree on a price for service, but uShip is not actually involved in the transaction. Most importantly, you should be aware that uShip;

“does not prequalify or validate the claims of transportation service providers with respect to their license, insurance, or other operating authority.”

June and July are the busiest months for moves and relocation. Planning and preparation are essential. Here is a simple Five-Step Plan for making your move as painless as possible:

1. For any move in Autexas moving tipsstin, Houston, San Antonio or Central Texas, of course, contact Elephant Moving and Storage. We have the experience, capability, equipment, facilities, and supplies to handle any residential or commercial move in Texas – all at competitive rates and prices. Contact us by phone, e-mail, or our website for more details and to start the process.

2. About 30 days before the actual move, make a checklist and begin scheduling notifications re utility shut-offs and service transfers; mail service; new address notifications; schools; others.…

Save money on movesA lot of customers have asked how they can save money on moves between Austin and Dallas, Houston or San Antonio.

The quotes our sales staff give when they receive a request for moving in Texas between these cities is a price based on an exclusive truck.

With an exclusive truck, the movers will arrive at your pickup location on the day you request, load everything you want to move into the truck, drive directly to your delivery address and unload it all when they get there.

This is an efficient and convenient way to move between cities on your chosen day without having to wait for your belongings.…

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is working on a campaign to help educate consumers on the dangers of using unlicensed moving labor.

Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a licensed mover or an unlicensed moving company. There are countless websites that offer listings, reviews, and ads for moving services.

But if your mover isn’t licensed to conduct moves in Texas then you are risking a lot to save a few dollars.

You are trusting your mover with your home full of possessions, which may include family heirlooms and other items of personal and irreplaceable value.

If your mover is unlicensed then you may not have any recourse in the case of loss or damage.…

know what to packWe know packing is hard work.

At Elephant Moving & Storage we make every effort to keep moving simple and as easy as possible, as well as the most cost-effective for our customers.

For local moves, we have a number of systems at work in our trucks that assist in keeping costs down and packing to a minimum.

Not all movers help you decide what to pack, but we do!

Small & Large Items

All small items (clothing, shoes, dishes, books, knick knacks, etc) should be boxed to ensure they are protected while they are being relocated.

However, certain items, such as TVs, mirrors, glass tops, glass shelves, framed pictures, small electronics, computer components, and lamps can remain unpacked.…

moving seasonThat’s right, summer is here, and that means it’s moving season!

Did you know that 70% of all moves take place during the summer months? Elephant Moving would like to wish Austin a safe and successful moving season this summer! Here are a few tips to help you get through your summer move:

As always, be sure that your mover is a licensed moving company that carries the proper insurances.

Check with the Texas Department of Transportation (for local moving) and/or the U.S. Dept of Transportation (for interstate moving) to make sure your potential movers are currently licensed.

Be Aware

Be aware that all movers charge higher rates during the peak season.…

before your move


Before your move, remember these helpful tips!

  • Clean out storage spaces & discard unwanted items
  • Make inventory of items to be moved
  • Use up refrigerated/frozen items
  • Notify post office, subscriptions, and correspondents of address change. This includes: Charge Accounts/Credit Cards, Friends/Relatives, Medical Offices
  • Verify with veterinarian any travel accommodations for pets
  • Register children for school and transfer school records
  • Purchase packing materials
  • Begin packing household items that you do not use on a regular basis


  • Contact utility companies to schedule disconnect and reconnect of these services: Electricity, Gas, Telephone, Water/Sewer, Cable
  • Contact Newspaper carrier
  • Call to confirm moving date with your moving company


  • Drain fluids from lawn equipment
  • Prepare a box with essential items necessary for your first day in your new house, including: Bedroom
  • Linens, Toiletries, Medications, Telephone Book
  • Purchase any additional packing materials necessary
  • Continue packing – Pack all items not used on a daily basis


  • Pack valuables (we recommend you take your valuables in your own vehicle)
  • Be sure fragile items are appropriately packed and labeled
  • Be sure all loose items are packed and secure
  • Confirm all utility connections
  • Clean the house to the best of your ability


  • Test all smoke detectors and find fire extinguishers
  • Make a new list of emergency contacts
  • Register new address with the department of transportation, obtain an update for license and registration

Get an Austin residential or commercial moving estimate now!

before and after you movePlease take advantage of our moving tips and moving advice for before and after you move. Print this page and carry it with you before and several days after the move. Moving tips that may seem obvious can be easily overlooked. Take our moving advice and utilize this checklist before and after you have moved.

Take Notes

Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.

Get the Bed Ready

Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.…