Learning About Packing, Loading and Unloading For A Move

4 Common Mistakes To Avoid On A Long-Distance Move

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Common Mistakes To Avoid On A Long-Distance Move

If you and your family are planning to move to the other side of the country or just a few states over, you will need to do a little more preparation than if you were moving 10 miles away. It is important that you take everything into consideration, from the size and floor plan of the new living room, to what really needs to be brought with you. Here are some common mistakes to avoid before your long-distance move begins. Not Downsizing Enough When you are moving long-distance, it might not be necessary to bring absolutely everything with you. This not only requires a larger moving truck, but more time spent packing and unpacking, more furniture to disassemble, and more setting up in the new home. Go around your home before moving and really think about what you need to keep and what can be purchased when you get to your new home. If you have a general idea of the size of the rooms, bring some main furniture pieces, but sell or donate the rest. Try to only bring necessary items and items that are valuable or you have an emotional attachment to. Failing to Consider the Layout of the New Home Many people will look at the square footage of the new home and its different rooms, but don’t think about the floor plan and layout. This is a big mistake when you have a lot of furniture and items to pack into a single room. For example, a large U-shaped sectional might have worked great in your current living room, but even if the new living room is about the same size, that doesn’t mean the layout calls for the same sectional. You might find that based on where the television needs to be placed and where the sliding glass doors are, you need to have a smaller sofa and loveseat or some easy chairs. You now have to get rid of your sectional and buy new furniture because you weren’t prepared. Protecting Items Incorrectly If you were just moving 30 minutes from your current home, the way you protect your items doesn’t make as big of a difference. The furniture and appliances won’t be sitting in the truck very long, so it isn’t something you really think much about. However, long-distance moves take hours, but most often days. This makes a big difference in how much your items are at risk if you are using the wrong packing materials. For example, you may use some extra clothing items to cover appliances since you ran out of foam padding, and find that a few days later when retrieving those appliances, the dye from the clothing has transferred to them due to the humidity or heat in the back of the moving truck. This could have been avoided had you protected those appliances with the right materials. Failing to Hire Professionals Long-distance moves require a little more help than what you might have for a local move. Professionals from companies like http://www.wheatonworldwide.com not only move all your boxes and furniture to the new location, but they can help pack and unpack boxes, along with disassembling and reassembling furniture. When you are planning on such a big move, this can be a huge relief. It also helps give...

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4 Tips For Dealing With Moving Stress

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Dealing With Moving Stress

Among the different stressful events you will endure in your life, moving is often at the top of the list. Whether you are moving to the next town over or across the country, moving can be a very stressful experience. It takes a big hit on your budget, your family might be leaving friends and their school behind, and it takes a lot of planning. Here are some tips for dealing with moving stress. Start Planning Early No matter how easy you think your move will be or how you think you have your timeline squared away, you will probably need more time. When you wait until the last minute, a lot of unexpected things happen. You might have waited too long to call the movers and they are booked, or you are packing a few days before the move and realize how long it is actually going to take. Start getting extra boxes, bags, tape, and labeling supplies now. Pack up items you don’t need before the move as soon as you get the chance. Go through areas of your home you don’t frequent, like the attic and basement, to start packing them up. Focus on the Positives With Your Kids If your kids are moving from their school and away from friends, you will also be dealing with the emotional stress of moving. This is a very difficult transition for kids of any age, but especially younger children. As soon as you have made the decision to move, start communicating with them. Focus on the positives of the move, such as the fact that you will be in a neighborhood with a lot of kids, that you have family in the area, or that there is a park or mall nearby. This can help them accept the change a little easier. Pack a “First Night” Box When you are finally done moving into your new home, the last thing you want to do is go searching through boxes to find your pajamas or toothbrush. For this reason, it saves you a lot of stress and annoyance by packing a box for the first night and following morning. Pack what everyone in your family needs for the night you move, such as clothing and pajamas, toiletries and toilet paper, snacks, and bottled water. You might also want a box for the next morning, including another change of clothes, non-perishable breakfast items, and your coffee maker. Hire Full-Service Movers If you can fit it into your budget, consider hiring full-service movers. Companies like Bekins Van Lines Inc will not only move all boxes and furniture for you, but they provide packing services as well. All you need to do is instruct them what items go in what boxes, and they will handle the rest. They will also label boxes according to what room they packed them in, or according to your instructions. They can also assemble and reassemble furniture for...

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Four Tips For Moving On A Hot Day

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Moving On A Hot Day

Moving is a pretty physical task. Add some heat into the mix, and you have a pretty sweaty day ahead of you! In order to make sure you and your things stay safe on moving, day, follow these tips for moving in the heat. Tip #1: Start early, and take breaks. Even if your moving helpers cannot get there until later in the morning, get up early and get started yourself. Starting early accomplishes two things. First, it ensures that you get at least some of the work done before the sun gets too high in the sky. Second, it increases the time you have throughout the day, so you can take some breaks when you get too hot and exhausted. If you start to feel woozy, dizzy, or overheated, do take a break. You can’t move if you’re being rushed to the hospital for heat exhaustion. Tip 2: Pack a cooler with ice and cold drinks. Usually when you’re moving, you’ll have emptied the fridge and freezer and turned them off. To ensure you have something cool to drink throughout the day, head to a local store. Purchase a bag of ice and some cold beverages, and pack them in a cooler. Make sure that all of your moving helpers from places like an Aloha International Moving Service know where the cooler is and that they’re welcome to have a beverage.  A cold beer might be tempting, but stick with soft drinks – beer dehydrates you and might make matters worse in the heat. Tip #3: Set “heat-sensitive” items aside. There are probably items in your home that should not be shipped to you new place in the 110-degree back of a moving truck. This includes electronics (many will malfunction if overheated and then cooled too quickly – condensation builds up inside of them), cosmetic items, medications, and pet foods.  Set these items aside in a separate room or corner of the room so that your moving helpers know not to pack them. When you’re ready to officially head out, turn the air conditioning on in your personal vehicle and take these items with you. Tip #4: Rotate your indoor and outdoor helpers. Usually, it makes sense for the strongest people to load the truck and for weaker people to help out packing inside. On really hot days, however, you might want to consider throwing this strategy to the wind and having everyone rotate positions. Have two people work loading the truck for 20 minutes, and the others work inside. Then, designate 2 more people to take the place of the truck loaders. This ensures nobody spends too much time outside in the heat. Moving when the temperature is soaring is never fun, but with the tips above, you and your things should survive the experience in one...

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Four Ways to Make Sure Your Self-Storage Unit Is Secure

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways to Make Sure Your Self-Storage Unit Is Secure

Safety and security are the key features to look for when choosing the best self-storage facility for your belongings. While almost everything you read will advise that you go with a secure unit, very few tell you what makes the unit secure or what you can do to help increase that security. This guide can fill that gap so you are sure to pick the safest place for your storage needs. #1: Schedule a Tour Most facility managers and owners are more than happy to allow you to tour the place so that you can address any questions or concerns. Often, they or an employee will accompany you, so you can ask questions as they arise. If not, bring a notebook with you and jot down any questions as you walk around the facility. #2: Prepare the Checklist Not sure what to ask? The following list provides a few questions to get you started: Is the facility under video surveillance? Are the cameras monitored in real time or recorded for later review if a problem occurs? Is access to the facility controlled? Is there 24-hour controlled access, or do the gates close at a certain time? What kind of controlled access is it—code, security card, or remote control? Are there individual alarms on the units, or are units with alarms even available? Is the property well-lit, especially near the entrance points or near back areas that are easily seen from the street? How high is the fence, and does it have any anti-scaling measures, such as barbed wire, smooth panels, or pointed tops? #3: Choosing the Right Unit The placement of your unit is another key factor in keeping it secure. Generally, units in indoor facilities are a bit more secure than drive-up units, if only because it’s harder to get into a building and to empty out a unit quickly if you can’t pull a car right up to it. For outdoor units, opt for one near the main building or entrance. These areas tend to be busier and there are usually witnesses about, such as other tenants coming to their units, who can discourage would-be thieves that don’t want to be seen. #4: Provide Your Own Security First, always place your most valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will protect them from thieves that are acting quickly and not taking the time to sort through an entire unit’s worth of stuff. Next, choose the right lock. Disk and cylinder locks have almost no exposed shank, which makes them difficult to cut off. Finally, be wise when visiting the unit. Avoid showing off any valuable items, even by accident, that may tempt others to come back to steal them later. Also, make sure the door is fully closed, the lock is secure, and the alarm is engaged, if applicable, before you leave the unit each time. A little foresight and planning goes a long way toward keeping everything...

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Babies, Bottles, and Boxes: Making Your Residential Move with Babies and Toddlers as Easy as Possible

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Babies, Bottles, and Boxes: Making Your Residential Move with Babies and Toddlers as Easy as Possible

Moving is stressful enough, but moving with babies and toddlers can be a nightmare. Between packing boxes and watching the kids, you can easily become overwhelmed. These tips will help you manage your upcoming residential move and avoid problems.  Hire Residential Moving Professionals The first step to having a successful, low-stress move with little kids is to hire residential movers. Full-service residential movers will pack your belongings in a way that is organized and safe while you watch over the kids and give them the kind of one-on-one attention they need.  Clearly Label the Urgent Baby Boxes Babies need a lot of supplies over the course of a single day. There may be several baby boxes that you don’t want packed into the moving truck, but would instead like to take with you in the car. Label all boxes that need to stay out of the moving truck with brightly-colored stickers that all movers will be sure to notice. Some of these items (strollers, large toys) may not even fit into boxes. Put all these items into a specific area of the house and rope them off to show that they’re separate and special. When the movers arrive on moving day, have a short meeting before they get started to show them what won’t be going with them in the moving truck.   Divide and Conquer If you work as a team with a spouse or partner, divide up your duties on moving day to ensure that all aspects of the move are adequately monitored. One of you will be coordinating with the residential movers, directing them to the right places and giving them advice as necessary, and the other one of you will be watching the kids. This way, one person will always have their eye full-time on your young one or little ones.  Pick an Empty Room to be Your “Mover Free” Zone Have the movers clear out one of the rooms in your house early on, emptying it of all boxes to be loaded into the truck. Establish this room as your “home base” where the babies and toddlers can have a place undisturbed by the noise and activity in the house. Toddlers will need a place to play and nap. Any babies that are still breastfeeding will need a quiet place to eat, and breast feeding moms will need a comfortable chair to sit in. This will be your safe space where the kids won’t be in the way of the movers and can be closely monitored by an adult. For more tips about moving with your little ones, speak with your residential movers, such as A-1 America’s Best Moving, when they come to your house for your initial...

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Extend Garage Sale Season To Your Storage Unit

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Extend Garage Sale Season To Your Storage Unit

Summer is a perfect time for garage sales, but you can think beyond what you have in your actual home to gather a number of seldom-used possessions to turn into cash. If you keep some of your items in a storage unit, garage sale season is the ideal opportunity to wade through the space and see what items might be able to give you some money in your pocket. Want to hold a garage sale at your unit? Here’s how to proceed. Seek Permission Storage units are located on private property, which means it’s important to obtain permission before you begin advertising and inviting the public to visit the facility and browse through your possessions. Many self-storage businesses invite customers to hold sales, and some businesses even schedule large-scale sale days to allow several customers to open up their units to the public. If the business doesn’t allow you to hold a sale, it might be because of a fear of blocking access to other customers’ units. Ask if you can set up some tables in a wide-open area of the facility as a compromise. Organize Your Items Unlike what you might see on reality TV shows, the average customer isn’t interested in walking into your storage unit and pilfering through your possessions in the hopes of finding something of value. Just as you don’t open your home to customers during a garage sale, it’s important to organize your items properly for your storage unit sale. Set up tables in front of your unit to display your items, or depending on the size of the available space within your unit, set up your goods on tables around the perimeter. You have the choice of affixing price stickers to everything or inviting customers to make you an offer. The approach you take depends on your enjoyment of bartering back and forth. Be Realistic Although it’s fine to use a storage unit to hold your family heirlooms and miscellaneous trinkets with sentimental value, remember that many of these items will have little commercial value. Be realistic about what you think might appeal to customers, and display these items prominently. It’s helpful to group everything you don’t foresee selling into one corner of the unit and cover it with a blanket taped to the walls or ceiling. This approach ensures not only that customers won’t get confused, but also keeps any valuable items away from the public eye.  Once garage sales are over, you may want to move some of your unsold items into a new storage unit next year. Contact a storage company, like Koch St Mini Storage, to ask about renting...

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Tips To Help You Pack Your Self Storage Unit Properly

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Pack Your Self Storage Unit Properly

Taking your valuable items to a self storage unit may not be something you want to do, but something done more out of necessity. Maybe you’re in the middle of a move and need to take your things somewhere until you find a permanent home. Maybe you’ve recently moved back home and simply don’t have the space for your things in your parent’s home. Whatever your reason for needing a storage unit, packing it properly will mean the difference between your things staying in good condition, or being ruined because of a simple packing mistake. See below for some helpful tips to use. 1. Keep Appliances Clean If storing appliances such as refrigerators or freezers, or even small appliances like microwaves and toasters, be sure to give them a deep clean. This will help to prevent bugs and mold. To help keep moisture from building up, keep a container of salt inside of your refrigerator and freezer to help absorb moisture. 2. Drain Gas And Oil For your outdoor items like lawnmowers, tillers and snowblowers, be sure to drain the gas and oil. This will help ensure that your gas and oil will not go bad, which can damage your garden or landscaping tool’s engine. It’s also good to do, just in case there’s a leak, it won’t ruin anything else you have stored in your unit. 3. Store Mirrors And Televisions On Edge Be sure to store your mirrors and flat panel televisions on their edge, not flat. This will help ensure they will not get broken if something happens to get stacked on top of it by mistake. To help prevent scratching, pack them with a heavier cardboard, mark them as fragile, and do not lay them flat on the cardboard. 4. Protect Upholstered Furniture Protect your upholstered furniture and mattresses by covering them with a heavy plastic. You can usually find mattress covers at your local self storage facility. The plastic will help prevent insects from making their way to your furniture. It also helps protect them from smells, mold and mildew. 5. Leave Walkways And Space Be sure to leave walkways between your items to give you a path to get to anything in the back of your unit if need be. Also be sure to keep space between the walls of the unit and your boxes. This will help ensure a good air flow throughout your self storage unit. A good flow of air will help prevent moisture. Packing your storage unit properly will help to ensure your items are protected while in storage, and that they come out the same way they went in. If you’re looking for a self storage facility in your area, visit Allsafe & Storaway Self...

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Answering Frequent Questions Concerning Moving A Piano

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answering Frequent Questions Concerning Moving A Piano

The piano may be one of the more popular instruments to learn to play, but it is also one of the largest and most cumbersome to move. If you are lucky enough to have your own piano, there is a good chance that at some point you will be faced with the task of moving it — either from room to room or to another home. It is no big secret that moving a piano at all can take some special preparation and a lot of care and attention. Here are a few of the most common questions about moving a piano and the answers that you should know before you ever consider getting started. How much do pianos weigh? There can be great differences in how much a piano weighs, according to the type. For example, a small upright piano may weigh less than 300 pounds, while a concert grand piano can weigh as much as 1000 pounds or more. Furthermore, some pianos are top-heavy, making them vulnerable to tipping over easily when they are moved from their seated position. The sheer weight of a piano is one of the biggest reasons most people hire a professional to move it. Otherwise, you will likely have to have several strong people to safely move the instrument, even if it is just to another room. Will the piano have to be tuned every time it is moved? Pianos are complex instruments with many strings, which are held to a specific tension that allows for the perfect pitch and sound when they key is struck. Therefore, it would be easy to assume that moving even a short distance would knock the piano out of tune, and with some models this is true. For example, the upright piano is usually easier offset than the concert piano and will usually have to be tuned after moving. However, there is no definitive guarantee that the piano you have will not sound the same once it is moved. Is it true that climate changes can cause problems with a piano move? It is true that changes in temperature and humidity levels can have an impact on how your piano stays tuned after a move. In some cases, you may not realize that there has been a change in tune until the piano has been in its new location for a few days. This is because the change in humidity and temperature can have an affect on the tension of the strings. When it comes down to it, moving a piano can be a major undertaking, even when you have several people to help. It is always best to consult with a piano mover, like Johnson Piano Moving, to find out what you should do about moving your...

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Storage Tips: How To Store A First Communion Dress

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Storage Tips: How To Store A First Communion Dress

Your child’s big day has passed, and you want to keep this very special dress for later generations. The best thing you can do is properly store this monumental family garment. The following simple guide should help you do just that.  Take The Dress To The Cleaners One of the most important things to do is to have the dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible. This is because there are food particles, dirt, and oil stains that are sometimes naked to the eye. Some of these particles or stains could contain acids that could discolor your beautiful dress over time, especially in storage. Not to mention that they may—depending on the source—attract insects to the dress and many insects can feed on natural fibers.  Packaging Matters You want to stay away from plastic holders because plastic traps moisture. Moisture can attract insects and also create the perfect environment for mildew or mold.  Look for a box large enough to fix your dress without folding it much, and make sure the box is acid-free. You should also purchase garment, acid-free tissue paper. You want to place these pieces of tissue in between any folds make. This is to make the folds gentler and avoid creases. Make sure that you place tissue pieces around any of the ornaments on the dress. Some communion dresses have pearls and other ornaments. These ornaments could hook on to the delicate fibers of the dress while in storage and cause damage.  The Right Storage Unit The last thing you want to worry about is the storage unit that you choose. You want to store your dress in a place that receives no sunlight, which could discolor your dress. And you also want to make sure the storage unit has an air controlled environment. This is to control the humidity level inside the storage location. Humidity can attract insects and does carry moisture, which could put your dress in danger of mildew or mold.  You should also know that keeping your first communion dress in cool environment may also protect you from insects because some of them do not like cold temperatures.  The ideal temperature is 75 degrees, so talk to your storage specialist about making sure your storage unit is cool enough for your dress.  As you can see, taking care of this precious piece of your family’s history just takes a little care and the right storage facility (facilities such as Controlled Storage...

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How To Make Your Local Move Much Easier

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving is hard work, even if you are going to be moving locally. You have a lot of things to take care of and you’ll have a lot of arrangements to make before, during and after your move. Having a good schedule and planning ahead will really help you when it comes to moving in the smoothest, most hassle free manner possible. Set up your services Once you have your new address, you will want to call ahead and set up a turn on date for all your utilities. You should devote an entire day to this before the rush of packing and moving comes. Call all the local companies and make sure you are getting the best rates and services possible. You can save a lot of money on some of your services by bundling certain ones. Keep your pets safe Boarders can fill up fast, especially during certain times of the year, such as summertime. You should call at least a month before your moving date to reserve a spot at the boarders for your pets. Make sure your pets are caught up on their shots. You also need to have their shot records handy for the boarder. If you own an outside cat, you should bring it in about a week before you move. Cats are very sensitive creatures known for noticing subtle changes and getting nervous. Keeping your cat indoors can prevent it from running away before you move. Create a packing chart It will be much easier for you to find your belongings when you get to your new place if you make a packing chart. Take a sheet of paper, number it and then number all the boxes you are going to be packing. Mark the contents in each box on the paper next to the matching number. When you get to your new place, you can find the item you need on the sheet and determine which box it is packed in within a manner of a few minutes. Consider hiring a local moving company You can cut out a lot of the stress and physical exhaustion that comes with moving by hiring a mover to take care of this part for you. Make sure you let the company like Walsh Moving & Storage know all the moving services you need well ahead of time. Call at least a week before your moving date to confirm the movers. Try to leave yourself plenty of time to take care of things so you don’t wind up rushed and under pressure at the last minute. By following the advice in this article, you will see you can make moving a much easier process all...

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