Here’s the scenario: You made an excellent choice in selecting Mighty Movers to relocate successfully. A few weeks have passed and you want to make some adjustments to the furniture layout in your home. Nothing too drastic of course. Moving large pieces of furniture up a flight of stairs may require some professional help (so call us!). But here we’re just talking about moving some furniture to opposite sides of a room, or even a small adjustment to a large piece of furniture. The tips below should come in extremely handy.
Slide instead of lift
Small piece of furniture can be carried, but anything more cumbersome should be slid across the room. Instead of ending up with a beautiful room, most of us can end up with a bad back. If you do have to lift something, use your legs not your arms and shoulders and keep your back as straight as possible.
Using towels and cardboard
Slip something underneath your furniture’s legs. To do this, rock your piece forward or backwards slightly to slide the material underneath the legs instead of lifting the piece. By doing so, the furniture will move easily across the room. On carpet, try cardboard; and on bare floors, towels or rags usually work great.
A pretty useful product available online. Here’s the link. You can put them on all of my furniture as soon as you get it. Though they’re significantly more expensive than felt pads, they are worth the extra investment 10-fold. Most importantly, they are very durable and they make even the heaviest pieces of furniture slip across the room with ease.
Push or pull
While it may seem natural to push a heavier piece, I’ve actually found pulling to be more effective than pushing for certain pieces of furniture. First, place an arm on either side of a piece of furniture. Then, with your feet a few inches away and using your arms as a brace, lower your body as if you were going to sit, then inch backwards.
Empty everything out of it first
Obvious right? Don’t forget to empty out instead of trying to move everything when it’s all filled up. Not only will it make it lighter, it’ll prevent something from falling out accidentally and creating a mess.
Small Tips for a Smooth Move
As they say, “It’s all in the details.” And moving is no different. Here are a few small tips that you may want to keep in mind for your next move. Follow these, and leave the rest to Mighty Movers.
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.
Don’t forget about the Fridge
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
Keep the Phone Book
Take your current phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.
Pack Heavy – Pack Light
Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
Give out your Number
Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached.
Protect Your Memories
If it’s irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.
Know how to Pack Plates and Records
Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
Remember the Bare Necessities
Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first.
Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.
Tag your Items
For your garage sale, tag all items and be prepared to wheel and deal. Garage sale gurus love to haggle.
Give the Kids an Exercise
Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town.
Help your Pet Relax
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him at their house.
Be Nice to Your Plants
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
Take a Break from the Computer
Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.
Enjoy the Help
Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!
List of 15 Moving “Hacks”
When it comes time to move, every little tip can save time. We found some “gems” on this infographic and we wanted to share them with you. It might be a good idea to save the link for future use!
You may be surprised how useful and clever these hacks can be! So check out the graphic below.
A few tips for finding the BEST movers
With so many options out there, selecting a moving company can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Below are a few considerations to facilitate finding the best possible moving crew.
Are they a real business?
Ask for all of their details: full company name, company address, phone numbers, e-mails and website. After that ask the residential furniture movers how long they have been in business, how many moves they’ve assisted, what is the annual number of claims they get and what percentage is left unresolved. That should give you an idea of the quality of work of the relocation company.
Do the local residential movers offer the best quality?
There are several ways to check that out. Check if it is a member of the Better Business Bureau. In this way you will be able to ensure local or national residential movers that strive to offer the best to its clients. Is the personnel permanent and regularly trained? If the company staff comprises of students that come and go they are more likely to cause damage to your house or flat belongings. The personnel of the residential movers should be getting regular training as well and should be well experienced. Asking this question to the local or long distance residential movers should help you understand this.
What is the attitude that you get?
Do the speak badly of other moving companies? Are they polite and responsive? Do they answer your questions precisely and to the point? It may be difficult to know exactly which are the top rated residential furniture movers but surely if you follow these signs you are more likely to be getting a quality servicing.
Five Packing Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful
Anything that makes a move less stressful is worth entertaining. Of course, choosing Mighty Movers as your moving crew is a great first step. These 5 tips below may also help keep things organized and streamlined.
1. Start packing as soon as you have your moving date. Closing up just a few boxes more often will spread the work out over a long period of time. You avoid the mad rush of last minute packing, mitigating the risk of items being damaged or improperly sorted and labelled. And you reduce your stress!
2. Make sure you’ve got some old boxes and bags to pack up those items you are purging, so they can be swiftly lifted out and off to the second-hand store, recycling depot, or collected by a junk disposal service.
3. Begin with your storage areas. Anything you haven’t used for a year and cannot guarantee you will need again, and items that have no sentimental value, are the first to go. Out of sight, out of mind! Don’t bring them to clutter up your new home!
4. Move on to the rooms you will use infrequently prior to moving day. Box up the items to be transported to your new home, all the while cultivating a spirit of less is more and setting aside those things you won’t need again.
5. The last items you pack up prior to your move will be your everyday kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom belongings. Try to consider what may not suit your new home, or furnishings and household things you won’t have room for. These can be part of your purge.
Cleaning Up Your Digs Before Moving
So you’re all set. Your belongings are packed in the Mighty Movers truck and traveling to your new home. But, your tasks are not over yet. Whether you have been renting or just sold your old home, you will be expected to perform a certain degree of cleaning. Here are the key places you can concentrate on to really make a difference.
Vacuuming and mopping is only the bare minimum you can do here. If you have pets or young children, then prepare yourself for some hard stains. Are there any strong pee odors or dirt that cannot be removed just by vacuuming? Unfortunately these do not go under the wear and tear policy, and you will be accountable for them, so make sure your floors are sparkling clean as you can never hide a carpet stain.
Clean hard-water and mold buildup
No matter for how short you have lived in your past home, your tabs, shower, tub and tiles are more than likely showing signs of buildup. Having a small grey mold spot in the corner of your bathtub screams dirt to anyone visiting your home, including a potential buyer or landlord. Getting rid of these is not that hard but make sure you take the time to.
Wash inside the refrigerator and oven
People are particularly observant in the kitchen, especially where their food is stored or made. Making sure you remove all grime and burnt food can really make a difference in an inspection with your landlord or a tour with a buyer. And let’s be honest here, this is all yourfood leftovers, so put the rubber gloves on and get scrubbing.
Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves
These shouldn’t take much effort to clean, unless you have been neglecting the task while living there.
Dispose of all toxic items properly
It is easy to forget in the midst of all the packing and transportation of your whole home, so an easy trick is to pack hazardous materials in a bright red container of sorts, maybe write on it that it is for recycling and put it somewhere where you will easily spot it.
Walls can be easily forgotten
You don’t necessarily wash walls on monthly basis, but once you are leaving your home you have to consider all the dust, tooth paste, various spills and dirt they have accumulated through the years. To begin with remove all staples and nails you have put and fill the holes in. You can quickly wash the walls with a solution of water and dishwasher liquid, which you can make stronger by adding vinegar, washing soda and ammonia.
Avoid Moving Brokers
Here at Mighty Movers, we have our own crew, our own equipment, and our customized pricing is tailored to your specific needs. This is how a moving company should operate. However, there are many “moving brokers” out there – and we caution you to avoid them for many reasons.
What is a moving broker?(And why should you avoid them)
A moving broker is definitely NOT an actual moving company. They do not have moving trucks, professional movers, proper moving equipment, and in a lot of cases not much moving experience. Brokers do not have the operational and logistic capabilities moving companies have. Moving brokers are sales teams that book your move and sell it to an actual moving company. Sometimes the broker is not able to sell the job for various reasons – low estimates, availability, resources and the list goes on – in this case you can get stuck without a mover on the day of your move. Many moving brokers operate from call centers located anywhere in the country.
When you book your move make sure to ask the company to conduct the move whether they are an actual moving company or broker. For example, Mighty Movers is a local moving company with an office (and supervisors) close to you that can assist with any problems or concerns that may arise during the moving process. To ensure this, confirm that the company uses their own crews and trucks to pick up your shipment.
Two Keys to a Successful Office Relocation
Regardless of the reason for your office relocation – the need of a bigger space, moving the business to another town, finding a less expensive alternative than renting space, etc., you should always strive to save yourself the troubles and turn the potentially chaotic experience into a more bearable one by keeping some important “big picture” keys in mind.
The faster the office removal goes, the better for your business.
Your clients will need to be notified of your move – and for various business processes, it’s essential that the move is done in a timely fashion. For efficiency purposes, your move should be in the hands of professionals. They might need to have a look at everything beforehand in order to make an estimation of the number of vehicles and movers that will be needed. This is done only for your convenience since you cannot really calculate these things on your own. The experts will do it instead of you, and thus the risk of hiring too many movers and trucks will be eliminated, so will the extra expenses on your part if you make a mistake with the calculation.
Respect the specifics of the equipment that has to be moved.
Fax machines, copiers, computers, etc. All these have to be carefully packed by people who know how to do it in order for the items to stay undamaged. The equipment you’ll be moving must have cost you a fortune, and you should not risk receiving it in a bad condition after the relocation. So, the requirement for them to be treated with special attention is a must.
In conclusion – hiring an experienced moving company is critical when you’re dealing with an office relocation. A trusted crew like our team here at Mighty Movers is highly trained for paying attention to these details. Give us a call for your next commercial relocation.
Smartphone Apps that help plan your move
It’s 2014. Chances are – you probably own a cell phone. And more than likely you can’t live without it. That’s perfectly okay. We’re in the same boat. There aren’t many things that a smartphone can’t do – so it only makes sense that there are apps to help with your move.
Realistically, you will require real muscle when it’s time to actually do the “physical labor” – but that’s why Mighty Movers exists. Leave the grunt work to us.
To help plan for the event, here are a few apps you can use to make sure you’ve got everything covered.
If you have a home full of expensive electronics, collectables, etc., then you will need to create an inventory of the contents of your home. This will ensure that you receive an accurate quote from the movers and help you to determine if you will need additional insurance.
The iMoving app makes it super easy to create a content list and receive reliable quotes or estimates based on your belongings. It is customizable and automatically calculates each object in cubic feet and weight.
Although not officially a moving app, Astrid Task can prove to be extremely beneficial when planning a move. It is basically a personal assistant that helps you keep track of everything you need to do. You can create lists, set reminders and more. This is an app that you will want to continue to use long after the move as well.
At $2.99 – this is a small price to pay for an app that has so much to offer. It features 95 pre-populated to-do tasks and of course, you can add your own as well. Organize tasks by due date or category and use the fun Packing Decider feature that will help you decide to trash or keep that old worn out chair.
Sometimes, the excitement of moving causes you to overlook some important details, or forget to look for something at all. Whether you are renting or buying, you will find this Home Inspection Checklist pretty helpful. It will assist you in evaluating a residence thoroughly before you make your final decision.
For the full list of moving apps, check out the full article.
Organize Your Self Storage Unit
Whether you are beginning your move to another city or need a self storage unit to free up space in your current home, you really need to prepare ahead of time. One easy way to better prepare is to make an inventory list. The folks over at TheMovingBlog have put together a few tips on making a list to better organize your storage.
There are a few ways to create and manage your list. It is probably best to start with the bigger, more expensive items. Belongings such as jewelry, electronics, TV’s, furniture and computers should all be written down and have the serial number included if you can. Be sure to take pictures of all of these items as well. (Taking pictures and documenting serial numbers will help if you need to file an insurance claim.) This can also help if your possessions are damaged while in the storage unit or moving truck.
Once your bigger items are packed and documented you can move onto the smaller items. For pieces such as plates, glasses, pots, pans etc., you can simply place them in boxes. Count the number of boxes you have for each room and be sure to label the boxes in detail so you have an easy system once you need to unpack. For example, “15 kitchen boxes with 7 being dishes, 4 being glass, 2 silverware and 2 pots and pans”. Items which don’t need or won’t fit in a box can still be listed – 10 curtain rods, 3 shower rods, 6 lamps etc.