Mover and Packers

 

No matter how you look at it, moving to a new home is a huge amount of work. To make your transition easier, hiring a moving company that offers both movers and packers can be the answer—just ask anyone who has tried a major move on their own. It can be a tremendous undertaking.

Professional movers and packers step in to get the job done before you become overwhelmed. Packing it all yourself can often take weeks, or even months to accomplish, whereas the professionals can get the job done for you in just a short time span-usually just a few days. They will wrap and pack everything you own, right down to the most delicate items if you desire. There may be certain items you want to move yourself, but even these things can be skillfully wrapped for you by the packers you hire.

It might make sense to hire professional movers and packers if you when relocating. Not only is this one less thing for you to think about, it also gives you time to do everything else that needs to be done before the move. You will likely be extremely busy, and probably still working your full-time job. Imagine heading in to work every day knowing that you have a long night of sorting, wrapping, and packing ahead of you. Consider hiring professional movers and packers that you can depend on to get it done in the shortest amount of time, and done right.

Do some research as to what company you should hire by reading reviews from former customers. Remember, you are paying this business to transport your whole household to another location and you want it to arrive in the same shape it was when it left your house. The movers and packers who are handling your personal stuff should be attentive to detail when wrapping everything so it is protected from damage during the trip. You want experienced packers that specialize in packing.

You may be able to save a little money by buying packing supplies yourself, but it is often worth it to have the moving company supply everything you need. The price you pay overall is going to depend on the size of the household you are moving, and the distance to your new location. If you have items that are odd-sized or unwieldy, fragile, or sentimentally valuable and are going to be hard for you to wrap, let the professional movers and packers deal with it. This is what they are trained and paid to do. The peace of mind you will have that comes from knowing your belongings are safe and secure will far outweigh what it costs to hire professionals.

How to Deal with the Stress of a Move

 

Anyone who has moved before knows just how stressful it can be to move into a new home. However, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the strain that a move puts on you and instead make it a more enjoyable experience. Check out some of the tips below for ways to make things a bit easier on yourself.

Get Organized – Moving almost always results in more work than anticipated. While at the time you may have thought that 2 weeks would be enough chances are you will probably wish you had more time. If possible, try planning ahead to give yourself at least 8 weeks to perform the move. This will allow you to move everything gradually and at the same time give you an opportunity to clear out any junk that you don’t need, which brings us to the next point.

De-clutter – Before you start moving, look at reducing the amount of clutter in your home. This is a great opportunity to take inventory of everything in your home and determine what items you can throw out or even sell. Being able to let go of some items for cash will help offset some of the cost of the move and make things a lot simpler for you. Don’t spend time packing and shuttling things that you will only sell 3 months after the move. Psychologically, getting rid of a lot of your older junk will help clear your mind and give you that fresh-start feel in your new home.

Reach out for Assistance – Chances all of your friends and family members have moved at some point in their lives and know just how difficult and stressful it can be. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them for some assistance – whether that means shuttling a few boxes over to the new home or coming over to help pack – every bit helps. Most of them will probably be happy to help you and may even take some of the junk off your hands that you are looking to get rid of.

Have a Backup Plan – Before you begin the move, have a list of things in mind that potentially could go wrong with the move and a backup plan for how to deal with them. Make a to do list with handy phone numbers for everyone that needs to be contacted. Having an online account with the Postal Service can also help with address changes and forwarding. Having a back-up plan you are ready to implement will reduce the stress involved.

Need more help? Have our packers help! Be sure to schedule them in advance of your move date. Our specialty crew will arrive a few days prior and have your household organized and ready for the movers arrival. We have a crew that specializes only in packing.

 

 

Cleaning Green during your next Move

 

More people are becoming ecologically conscious these days and for those of you that haven’t quite taken the plunge, you may be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to move green. Here are some real time saving suggestions on how to clean green during your move.

Cleaning supplies

Consider all the cleaning products that the commercials tell us are “necessary” to clean with ease. Many of these don’t even work as well as the non-toxic alternatives. For instance simple white vinegar (which is very cheap to boot) is used for a number of tasks from cleaning windows to taking the pet accident smells from a carpet to cleaning a grimy oven (when combined with baking soda). There are countless uses and you won’t be poisoning yourself in the process! That is only one of the many benefits to moving green.

Here is a checklist to help you cover all your bases:

Cleaning supplies you will need for your green move:

~Rubber gloves

~Cleaning rags (these can be old clothes cut up into various sizes)

~Sponges (with one side that is a scrubber)

~Two or three old toothbrushes

~Scrub brush

~ Sponges (several)

~Mop

~ Broom and dustpan

~Vacuum cleaner

~White vinegar

~Baking soda

~Ammonia

~Spray bottles (At least two. One for the vinegar solution and one for baking soda solution)

~Buckets (One for cleaning, one for rinsing)

~ A box or two labeled “Do not move” (For your cleaning supplies)

Things to prepare for your green move:

~Window cleaner:

In a spray bottle or a bucket mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water. This mixture is better than most commercial chemical solutions and will leave you with gleaming windows without the usual streaks. Dry with a soft clean cloth or newspaper.

~Woodwork washing solution:

You will make washing walls, woodwork and even venetian blinds a breeze by using a mixture of 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, ¼ cup baking soda and 1gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution onto the walls or the blinds with a rag or a sponge. You’ll be amazed how easily the dirt and the grime comes away when you rinse with clear water. It will not dull the finish of the painted walls nor leave any streaks.

~ For no wax floors:

To wash no wax floors in your green move, add ½ cup white distilled vinegar to a half gallon warm water.

~For carpet stain removal:

Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent with one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar into a pint of warm water to remove non oily stains from your carpet. Apply it to the stain with a towel or a soft brush and rub gently. Rinse with a moistened towel (using water) and blot dry. Repeat until stain is gone. Use a hair dryer to dry. (Of course this is best done as soon as the stain occurs))

~To clean the refrigerator:

Use a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar with warm water.

~Cleaning stainless steel appliances:

To avoid streaks use straight vinegar on a soft cloth. But try it on an inconspicuous area beforehand as a test.

~Bathtub film:

This can be removed by wiping or spraying white vinegar onto the surface of the sink and then using baking soda. (most likely where they originally got the idea of “scrubbing bubbles”) Rinse with clear water.

~Shower doors:

Rub down the shower doors with a scrubber sponge soaked in white vinegar. This will remove scale, scum and any soap residue.

~Toilet bowl cleaner:

You can remove any stubborn stains from your toilet bowl and still keep to your moving green program. Just use straight white distilled vinegar and scrub vigorously. (It’s a good idea to add 3 cups of the vinegar and allow it to soak in the bowl for at least a half an hour. Scrub and flush This has the added benefit of deodorizing the toilet.)

~Unclog the showerhead from mineral buildup:

Remove the showerhead and soak in pure white distilled vinegar overnight. Alternatively, you may soak a towel in vinegar and wrap the showerhead or faucet with it. You will find that even the thick deposits will come away with a little coaxing from an implement. Just be careful not to scratch.

~Deodorizing pet accidents:

Check the color fastness of the carpet by testing in an inconspicuous place first. (You may also use a dilution of half water and half vinegar if you aren’t sure.) Sprinkle or spray white distilled vinegar over the accident. Wait a few minutes and blot with a sponge or rag from the center outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. If this is an old accident you may need to repeat the procedure. You may only need to deodorize the rug by sprinkling baking soda on the carpet for at least fifteen minutes before vacuuming. (Don’t do this before you dust, though!)

~ For cleaning ovens:

You’ll be delighted at the ease of cleaning an oven without the toxic fumes usually associated with the task. Moving green has the answer!

1) First remove any racks or thermometers, etc.

2)Then simply measure out 1/2 cup of baking soda and add two or three tablespoons of water. This will be the consistency of a paste. Adjust the ratio until you have a spreadable paste.

3) Coat the oven, staying clear of the heating elements. (Use gloves as this part can be pretty grimy. That way you’ll be more likely to really give it a good thick coat) It will probably turn brown as you do this, but that is normal.

4) Let it sit overnight or at least 12 hours.

5) Meanwhile clean your racks

6) Wipe out the oven. After the 12 hours using a damp dishcloth or rag, wipe out as much of the soda paste as you can. You may use a silicone or plastic spatula to get the thicker residue out.

7) Spray vinegar everywhere in the oven that you still see the soda residue. The vinegar will react to the baking soda and will foam up loosening more of the grime.

8) Do a final wipe down removing the remaining foamy grease, vinegar and soda mixture. You may need to rinse you cloth out several times with more vinegar water as needed. Repeat until all the residue is gone and you have a clean, shiny oven!

 

So now you can claim the title of a green mover! (And the earth will thank you.)

 

 

Moving your Office

Office moving man with box.

Before starting your move, it’s important to take the time to sit down and plan out the entire timeline of the move. Make sure you include the managers or supervisors from different departments to determine if the timeline is feasible and to get their input on any potential roadblocks that could come up. Some departments have a lot more documents and furniture to move than others and the IT team in particular will need time to transport all of the network devices over. It’s often best to let them go in first so they can set up the network at the new location and make sure everything is working before people start moving over. Trying to trouble-shoot potential issues with the distraction of dozens of people moving in and setting up shop can be very difficult to do.

Depending on the size of your office, you will want to give yourself anywhere from three months for a small office to eight months for a very large one. If you have any specialized office equipment or machinery to move, this can add to the timeline. If you work in Engineering firm, for example, and need to move a 3D printer, ask your movers if they have experience handling this sort of equipment. Warranties on these expensive pieces of machinery generally do not cover damages from moving so make sure you aren’t hiring an amateur.

You will also want to get your hands on the blueprints of the new office to make sure there is enough space to fit the furniture you currently have. This is also a great opportunity to determine if you might need to purchase new furniture or sell existing pieces. If you are selling, often the buyer will come pick it up from your office so you don’t need to incur any shipping cost. Likewise, if you purchase new furniture you can have it delivered to the new office so it’s ready to be used when you get there. You should also determine if you want the walls painted, or want any changes made to the structure – such as additional meeting rooms. It’s far easier to have this work done when the office is empty, before you move in.

If you are organizing the move for a larger office, we recommend assigning someone from each department to oversee their group’s move. This person can report to you directly with their moving timeline, requests for modifications to the new office and any issues they are encountering. If you try to micro-manage each individual you will undoubtedly become stressed-out and the move will be slower so choose people you can trust to help plan it out.

Make sure you are not going for an extended period of time without some sort of functional office. You don’t want to be caught unprepared or worse, unable to handle an important order from a key customer. Before pulling the plug entirely on the old office, make sure you have at least some capacity at the new location.

Finally, perform your due diligence. Research the office mover before committing to work with them. Ask them to provide some references or tell them some of your concerns and how they can help mitigate them. It’s also a good idea to have someone from the company come to your office to assess the move and give you an idea of how long they think it will take.

Planning your next Move – What to leave Behind

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Moving to a new home after years of being in the same residence can be a daunting task. You have probably accumulated tons of junk over the years, most of it sitting in your basement, garage or cupboards. When it comes time to move, instead of bringing all the clutter with you, take the opportunity to identify what you can let go of so that your new house can be as much of a fresh start as possible. See below for some tips on what to leave behind and how to get rid of it!

Clothing – Moving to a new home is a great opportunity to clear out some of your old clothes and figure out what you don’t need anymore. While we understand some articles might have sentimental value to you, there are many pieces that you haven’t worn in years but would get used a lot by someone else. Additionally, depending on the climate of the area you are moving to, you might not need some of the sweaters, mittens or hats you currently have. Depending on the brand name and condition, many of these items can be sold on eBay or Classified sites. However, if you want to avoid going through the trouble of listing them there are likely many charitable organizations in your area that will come pick them up and make sure they get to someone who needs them.

Papers/ documents – Try clearing out some of the old receipts or outdated documents that you no longer need. The last thing you want to do when moving to a new house it to bring all the old clutter with you. Obviously certain items like birth certificates, passports and marriage licenses need to stay – but for the less important things, try scanning them onto the computer. Storing them digitally takes up far less space and they are much easier to sort through.

Expired/Outdated items – Check your cabinets, garage and basement for outdated or expired products. For example, expired medicine, insect killer, batteries chemicals can all be dangerous to carry around the house. Expired medicine can be brought to many local pharmacies to be safely disposed of. As for batteries and chemicals like insect killer – check out the listings in your area for areas where you can dispose of chemical products. Keep in mind that certain products might not be necessary depending on where you are moving. If you are moving to a condominium, for example, you can look to sell your lawn mower on your local classified ads so you don’t have to incur the cost to move it.

Appliances – If your new home contains brand new appliances then there really is no point in bringing the old ones with out. As long as you didn’t include them in the sale of your existing house, these items are best sold or given away locally. Again, if you don’t wish to go through the trouble of listing the item then call one of your local charities and they would be happy to come pick it up at no charge and make sure it gets to people who need it.

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