Important Advice for Packing Goods for a Move
There are many tasks that have that have to be completed for a move such as planning, carrying heavy goods, transporting them and so on. Packing is one of the most important steps and can be the most prolonged and complicated. There is lots to manage and it is all necessary so that you can keep your belongings safe, clean and dry. There is a lot to this step so if you want to learn all about it and be prepared for everything you have to do then keep reading for useful packing tips.
Before you can even think about packing anything, you must go through all of your goods. This will allow you to work out various aspects for the move such as how much packing is necessary, what types of materials you use and what items you will be taking with you. Whether it is a home or office removal, you will likely have goods that are not necessary, are damaged, broken, old, etc. There is no point spending time packing and transporting these goods and them letting them take up space in your new address so you should depose of them. You can do this through your usual waste collection, by hiring a skip or recycling things. If these items are in decent condition, then sell or donate them.
Having an estimate on how much packing material is essay for the move is every beneficial. You don’t want to stop halfway through packing because you have run out of materials because this can prolong the process and cause delays. Not having enough wrapping may also encourage you to spread it further among items, which could result in items being not fully secure so they will be at risk. So go through your building and estimate how much you will need and if any items will need special materials.
There are many types of materials you can use for your belongings, Bubble wrap is ideal or fragile materials but also is excellent with other items. Tissue paper and cloth can also work well. You can find these at various stores such as supermarkets, home supplies, stationery stores and more. Other options to consider are also old clothes, sheets, cloth and newspaper. These may not be as effective but are cheaper and much easier to obtain.For boxes, you two main types will be cardboard and plastic. Cardboard containers are easily available and cheap to buy, come in many shapes and sizes and can be obtained in bulk. You can easily write on them and you may have such containers spare already. Plastic boxes are much stronger and will keep things dry, they can come with lids and wheels, but are more expensive and are not as easily recycled.
You should determine what materials would be best for each item and then gently apply it. If you feel the material will not stay on, then use adhesive tape to stick it together. Place items gently into boxes, with light and more delicate items on top, with heavier and bulkier items at the bottom. Keep sharp objects and liquids separate from others and never place too much into a box, as this can cause items to be crushed, the box to be too heavy to lift and may make it fall apart. Write down on boxes what is inside to keep track of them and make an inventory as you go along so no item is lost or forgotten.
These tips are essential to keeping your goods safe during a move so follow them carefully for successful packing.
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Tips for Rearranging Furniture
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.
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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.
Why Hire Pros? Infographic
We found this great little infographic on Visual.ly that shows some impressive moving statistics – as well as some advantages of why you should hire professional movers. Check it out!
What NOT to Pack
Amongst all things you have in your house or apartment – garage, attic, living room, etc. you have to figure out the destiny of each item. And, it only makes sense that some of these things should not be moving to your new location. The folks over at TheMovingBlog.com have a few tips.
Things to throw away
This may be probably the easiest to do. You don’t have to move with you items that are worn out, broken, damaged or just out of fashion. Put it all in the garbage! The more things to pack when moving out, the higher your moving costs!
Items you don’t know what to do with
This is where the difficult task is. Every home is full of so much stuff that holds no particular function and just collects dust from the shelves. If you have items that are of emotional value to you or are expensive, keep them. If you have things that hold no or little value for you, donate them or sell them.
What to sell?
Surely you have household goods that are in a good condition but you don’t need them or want them. You can organize a moving sale, uplod things for sale at websites like ebay or craigslist, etc.
Whatever you don’t or won’t sell, you can give way to neighbors, friends, family, colleagues.
Valuables, documents, money – don’t pack them and don’t give them to the moving company; take them with you on your move. Bank statements, contracts, laptop, credit cards, jewels, currency – these are all things you should protect well all the time, includingly when moving. There are also items, forbidden to pack and give to the relocation company like perishables, explosives, weapons, ammunitions, etc.
The 5 BIG things to do One Month Before Your Move
There are tons of “little” things you need to set straight before you move to a new home. In fact, we have a great checklist and a comprehensive list of moving tips right here. But, the folks over at TLC have identified the 5 most important pre-move items you should take care of before your big transition.
Notify the Post Office of Change of Address
Don’t let this one fall through the cracks. You may miss some really important mail — like bills, bank statements and checks from people who owe you money. You can pick up a change of address form at the post office, fill it out and send it via snail mail. Or you can fill out the form online. You simply inform the U.S. Postal Service of your new address and the exact date when you would like your mail to be forwarded to that address. It’s easy.
Notify Utility Companies of Account Changes or Disconnections
Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact and then get out your bills (or look up your account information online). It’s usually pretty easy to get a service turned off at one place and turned on at another. But you might also use this move as an opportunity to reevaluate your services. Could you save some money by switching companies or getting a different package? Do these companies have any special deals right now? It never hurts to ask.
Newspaper/Subscription/Pending Online Orders
Are you subscribed to any magazines? Did you order something on eBay? Your mail should be forwarded, but just to be safe, you might want to go ahead and call those contacts to let them know what your new address is.
Collect Important Papers and Medical Records
Packing up for a move is a great time to organize your essential documents. As you’re going through your papers, collect your most important documents — your will, birth certificate, financial documents, social security card, car title, medical records, etc. You don’t want these documents to get lost in the shuffle during the move.
Make Any Reservations for Lodging
For various reasons, you may not be able to stay at your new home the first few days. You might need to make reservations for them at a nearby hotel. Whatever lodging reservations you need, you should go ahead and book them at least a month in advance. You don’t want hotels to fill up before you get a chance to set up your stay.
Is your move Tax deductible?
If you meet the criteria, the IRS will allow you to deduct the cost of transporting your effects to a new location with professional movers (that’s us!).
Keep in mind that the the IRS will only allow moving deductions for job-related reasons. This can be a new job, a transfer or even a first job. but deductions are NOT granted because you like the weather better someplace else. Also, if you are moving as part of a job relocation and your employer is covering all of the costs, there won’t be much to deduct. If not, you’ll want to make sure to keep track of the costs that the IRS will allow you to take.
A few other things that may be deductible:
Any costs to connect and disconnect utilities because of the move.
The cost of transporting your cars and pets to a new home.
You can also deduct for personal belongings that are not stored at your old residence.
The cost of storing your belongings for no more than 30 consecutive days after the move is also a deductible expense.
You can deduct lodging expenses for one day at your old residence after your belongings have been moved.
For more details regarding the specific parameters of the criteria, take a look at the full article here.
Get Hung Up on Hangers
Moving into a new home is a great time to rethink the way you organize your closets. Hangers are a critical part in keeping your clothes readily accessible – and more importantly, keeping your garments from losing their shape.
Contrary to what you may think, you should not be using one universal hanger for everything in your closet. The reason why there are so many different types of hangers is because they all serve a specific purpose. Use the right hangers for the right clothes, and you will find your closet to be a much more pleasant place.
Plastic Tubular Hangers
The majority of garments in your closet will be just fine with these. They are ideal for most shirts from casual to business and they are fairly inexpensive. When picking plastic tubular hangers, you should opt for heavy ones so they will hold heavier pieces.
They are most commonly used in spare closets that don’t see a lot of action – especially if you have a problem with moths or moisture. These hangers come in array of styles and sizes and since they are so durable, they are also a preferred choice for winter coats.
Delicate knits and evening wear that can easily get out of shape from other hangers benefit from a padded hanger. The padding wraps all the way around the hanger and pampers your clothes.
Keep your jackets and bottoms on suit hangers because these have curves that protect the shape of the garment while the strength of them provides support to heavy pieces. Having multiple hangers for each just takes up a lot of extra space in your closet that most people don’t have to spare. You can also use these for evening wear, sweaters and robes.
These hangers are made for pants, skirts and capris that wrinkle or crease easily. They allow you to hang pants from the cuffs or waist and skirts from the waist, and they don’t leave marks.
Plus-sized clothing or larger peacoats, trench coats or heavy garments should have oversized hangers. You won’t believe what a difference 2 inches can make in the width of a hanger.
You never want to use adult hangers for your child’s apparel because they will stretch these small pieces out. Although they are generally plastic, wood and padded varieties are available as well.
Do you know of any other hangers we left out? If so, leave us a note in the comments!
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Golden Rules for Moving Efficiently
Regardless of the reason (whether it’s procrastination or a last minute transfer), here are some tips for packing fast while keeping stress and chaos to a minimum.
Keep the basics readily available
Begin by packing up all the basics you’ll need for a week or two, including clothes, toiletries, and basics for the kitchen and bathroom — you won’t feel like digging through a mountain of hastily packed unorganized boxes looking for a pillowcase at 10pm. Keep the number of suitcases and boxes to a minimum so you can easily keep track of them all, and mark/set them aside in a prominent, easy-to-access location.
One room at a time
Fill boxes one room at a time, bedroom items with bedroom items and living room items with living room items , etc. Label clearly and pack everything together except very fragile or otherwise distinct items. Use generous amounts of packing material and group like items together from different rooms only if you have time.
Open box policy
Leave boxes open for as long as possible and don’t tape all boxes closed right away. Leave a few open in each room so you’ll have a place to put all the miscellaneous items that will crop up as you go. Don’t pack anything you don’t really love or need. Fill garbage bags and designate items for giveaway as you go. Make choices quickly and resist the urge to second-guess decisions once they’ve been made. Hopefully – you’ve made previous plans with Mighty Movers for the last step – moving to your new location. Our team is fast, effective, and we’ll work hard to to make your move go as smoothly as possible.
Moving with children – Hints to keeping your stress down!
Whatever the age, kids need to feel like they are a part of the move. Make them feel like they are moving, rather than being moved! If you have children around the age of five to eight years old, then you have a seriously difficult time ahead, in that they are much more susceptible to being scared of change, as they have likely grown up with the house that you are in at present as a comforting area, that they are used to. Try taking them to house viewings that you feel might be the right one, and show them their new room and anything else that they may be excited about, like a garden or local playground.
Infants pose a different issue, in that the move takes up a lot of your time, just like a baby does! If you are solely in charge of both, then you will be pretty hard pushed to do both, but it is possible. Having the baby around you whilst you pack may mean that you need a movable crib, so that they can lie in safety whilst you get on with packing in the same room. This way, you will be attentive to both causes. If your baby needs to be asleep, then ensure that your baby monitors are working well, so that you can down tools if your infant needs you immediately.
Having a toddler means yet another set of issues! A child of the ages three to five will not be unaware of the changes, but will be less understanding, which can make things less emotional. At this age however, your toddler will be walking around and doing things for themselves, which makes things rather difficult. If they are in pre school, then you are in a good position to get things done while they are away. However, during the move itself, you need to be aware of where they are at all times, as having a toddler underfoot whilst your removals team are attempting to move large and heavy items of furniture around, will only cause disasters! If you can, get your kids looked after by a relative that they feel comfortable with, like a grand parent or aunt or uncle, so that you can devote your attention to the move for at least that day alone!
With older children, you have a whole different kettle of fish. The situations that can arise with teenagers not wanting to leave the places where their friends live can be monstrous, and each situation is different, so there are not many tips available for such a situation! Essentially however, any child that feels like they are being torn from their natural environment will be unhappy. You have to remember that while you may well be moving for a reason that will benefit the whole family, it is unlikely that your kids understand this in the same way as you do. The feeling of betrayal that some older children may feel will only be exacerbated by the amount of your time the move takes. It is a little like a child being jealous of a new baby in the family; not only does the baby change things, it takes the parent’s attention off the child in a large way. For this reason, you must ensure that your family time is not affected by the move, and that your packing and planning does not affect your relationship with your child in any destructive way whatsoever.
More tips at http://www.moving-van.org.uk/fulham-man-and-a-van-SW6/van-with-man-fulham.html